The Americas


Hanford Nuclear Reservation, America’s most polluted site, leaking radioactive waste

Journalist David Trifunov wrote an alarming article concerning an active nuclear tank currently leaking a harmful amount of radioactive waste that has reached 150-300 gallons. Hanford, the nuclear site notorious for being the most polluted in the United States, was once used to produce plutonium for the bomb dropped in Nagasaki, Japan. The situation has been severe for quite some time. A former manager sued her employer for allegedly covering up important information on this grave issue – which is just one of many complaints. The site has had temporary stabilization in the past but many are demanding a permanent resolution to the leak of radioactive waste.

Trifunov, David. “Hanford Nuclear Reservation, America’s most polluted site, leaking radioactive waste.” GlobalPost. 15 February 2013. Web. November 2013. <>.


Brazil sends army to indigenous land dispute farm

BBC News published this article, concerning the dangerous and precarious situation involving the Terena indigenous people and the Brazilian government. The author explains that the land disputes between the government and indigenous groups of Brazil have been in existence for a long time. The Brazilian Constitution legally grants 13% of Brazil’s total landmass to the indigenous tribes. However, with Brazil’s large population and landmass, drawing the lines for boundaries has resulted in conflict and violence. Global land disputes play a huge role in today’s politics and social issues, which is why this topic affects us all.

BBC News. “Brazil sends army to indigenous land dispute farm.” 5 June 2013. Web. November 2013. <>.


To some Mennonites in Mexico, Russia looks like Promised Land

Tim Johnson wrote an insightful article about the Mennonite people currently living in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The Mennonite people migrated from Russia during the Bolshevik revolution, and have resided in Mexico for more than nine decades as farmers. Subsequently, land conflicts developed between the Mennonite and non-Mennonite populations, some even turning violent. Over 50,000 Mennonites currently live in Mexico, and several have begun to strongly consider returning to Russia due to overpopulation, limited land, and growing conflicts.

Johnson, Tim. “To some Mennonites in Mexico, Russia looks like Promised Land.” McClatchy. 12 November 2012. Web. November 2013. <>.

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