Gold rush turns Vietnam forest into construction site

By Dac Thanh   July 7, 2022 | 08:13 am GMT+7

Bandits have set up camps and built tunnels to illegally extract gold inside a protection forest of Quang Nam Province.

Gold rush turns Vietnam forest into construction site

For around three months now, miners have rushed to the mountainous district of Phuoc Son in the central province to illegally extract gold.

Gold rush turns Vietnam forest into construction site

Miners set up tents and made a pond to pan for gold in a protected forest in Phuoc Son.

People living near the site said two Quang Nam residents had invested in machinery and hired locals to work at the mining site without permission.

Gold rush turns Vietnam forest into construction site

A tunnel that runs five meters deep at the mining site.

Gold rush turns Vietnam forest into construction site

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Why we stopped trusting elites – podcast

the guardian – Wed 27 Apr 2022 05.00 BST

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors.

This week, from 2018: the credibility of establishment figures has been demolished by technological change and political upheavals. But it’s too late to turn back the clock 

Nigel Farage campaigning with Donald Trump in 2016. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Written by William Davies, read by Andrew McGregor, produced by Simon Barnard, with editions from Jessica Beck. Executive producer was Nicole Jackson

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Why Sri Lanka’s Unrest Is an Omen

JULY 11, 2022, FP Newsletter

One year ago today, thousands of people took to the streets across Cuba to protest the skyrocketing prices of essential goods. It was the largest event of civil unrest on the island since the 1990s—and as journalist Lillian Perlmutter writes in a riveting dispatch, a disproportionate number of those arrested in an ensuing crackdown on dissent came from Havana’s poorest enclaves. Perlmutter reports that new laws passed by the Cuban National Assembly of People’s Power in May threaten citizens’ civil liberties further, criminalizing any participation in an unauthorized demonstration of two or more people, punishable by four to 10 years in prison.

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