Slave Labor or Archaic Customs?
Do claims of slave labor in the Brazilian Amazon merely reflect cultural misinterpretations? The BBC on the state of Para, where more than 1,000 "slaves" were rescued in two years.
Is slave labor in the Brazilian Amazon due to cultural misinterpretations, as landowners claim? One told the BBC, "We are very humble people with archaic customs. If you...find someone sleeping rough, on the floor, or in a dirty shed, that can be something normal here." But Vladimir Hernandez reports that in the state of Para, officials have been rescuing workers held on farms or in charcoal camps against their will, many poor rural workers and in very poor sanitary conditions who were "desperate to make a living in one of the most deprived and unequal areas of Brazil."
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
- Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
- Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
- All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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