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Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon Gold Seeps into Supply Chains

  • festive: To match the festive spirit of South America's first Olympics, officials from Brazil, the host country for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, boasted that the medals hung around the necks of athletes on the winners ' podium were also a victory for the environment: The gold was produced free of mercury and the silver recycled from thrown away X-ray plates and mirrors.
  • explode: The AP previously reported in this series that the scale of prospecting for gold on Indigenous lands has exploded in recent years and involves carving illegal landing strips in the forest for unauthorized airplanes to ferry in heavy equipment, fuel and backhoes to tear at the earth in search of the precious metal.
  • prospector: Weak government oversight enabled by President Jair Bolsonaro, the son of a prospector himself, has only exacerbated the problem of illegal gold mining in protected areas.
  • exacerbate: Weak government oversight enabled by President Jair Bolsonaro, the son of a prospector himself, has only exacerbated the problem of illegal gold mining in protected areas.
  • manufacturer: Critics also fault an international certification program used by manufacturers to show they aren't using minerals that come from conflict zones, saying it is an exercise in greenwashing.

Yale history professor Timothy Snyder told Insider he fears American democracy may not survive anoth...

  • etcetera: Democrats just aren't worried enough about this because they tend to believe the institutions are going to work, that everybody will come together, etcetera.
  • proviso: I hate to always be negative, and I won't be, but let me just start with a proviso.
  • archaic: It's really too bad that, thanks to the archaic institution known as the filibuster, we don't have a bipartisan January 6th committee.
  • posterity: So the Republicans face this very different ethical situation, which is that the longer they operate within the shadow of the big lie, the more they're gonna be remembered by posterity as a party that became authoritarian and possibly broke the system.

Ruling Party Candidate Concedes Defeat in Tense Venezuela Regional Vote

  • fiefdom: A candidate from Venezuela's ruling party on Sunday conceded defeat in a tense gubernatorial election in Barinas, a fiefdom of late president Hugo Chavez.
  • annul: A week later, Venezuela's Supreme Court-- accused of pro-government bias by the opposition and observers-- annulled the preliminary result, which showed Superlano leading.
  • hegemony: The opposition won and they (the ruling party) didn't like it, because they wish to continue with their hegemony and dynasty," said Nelson Leon, a 68-year-old music teacher who voted near Plaza Bolivar in the state capital, Barinas, on Sunday.

Nearly 185,000 Ford F-150 pickups may have serious driveshaft problem

  • torque: The driveshaft, which transfers torque to other parts of the vehicle, may become fractured in affected trucks, Ford said.
  • acoustic: Ford notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Dec. 16 that thermal and acoustic insulators on the underbody of the F-150s " may loosen and contact with the aluminum driveshaft," which may fracture because of heat build up or other damage.
  • adhesion: An explanation submitted to safety regulators said the problem is caused by inadequate adhesion of the insulators to the vehicle underbody, which results in loosening and sagging of the insulators.
  • clock: More: Dwayne Johnson calls Ford factory workers 'clock punching champ i ons '.
  • chronology: In a chronology report outlining its internal review process, Ford said it initiated an investigation on July 1 after reports of inadequate underbody insulator adhesion on 2021 F-150 vehicles based on warranty claims of insulators coming loose.

Overturn Roe v. Wade? Conservative divisions could signal narrower outcome in abortion case

  • emergency: The law has no exception for rape or incest but allows abortions in cases where there is a medical emergency or" severe fetal abnormality.
  • precedent: Pre-viability bans in conservative states are intended to challenge the court's precedent in those two cases.
  • ban: Review granted: Supreme Court to consider Mississippi 15-week abortion ban.
  • precedent: The answer, expected next year, will turn on how the conservative majority balances precedent against a generations-old struggle to weaken Roe.
  • concur: Chief Justice John Roberts concurred with the Supreme Court's liberal justices in a ruling striking down a Louisiana abortion law.

The left is anti-anti-Critical Race Theory

  • react: Put in slightly more schematic terms, the left is reacting to the anti-CRT movement by becoming loudly anti-anti-CRT.
  • double: In part because we just lived through the folly of Republicans enacting the double negation of becoming anti-anti-Trump in order to avoid calling out the obscenity of the man himself.
  • negation: In part because we just lived through the folly of Republicans enacting the double negation of becoming anti-anti-Trump in order to avoid calling out the obscenity of the man himself.
  • zealous: Roughly seventy years ago the left's forebears made precisely the same move when confronted with an overly zealous, demagogic critic of communism.
  • vigilance: Rather than single out Sen. Joseph McCarthy for hysterical overreach while also acknowledging that communism was a serious threat that demanded vigilance, they instead became anti-anti-communists, elevating " McCarthyism" into the real danger, perhaps even the only danger, and dismissing concerns about communism as a phantom threat.

Troubled US teens left traumatised by tough love camps

  • witness: Some told the BBC they witnessed physical violence, self-harm and suicide attempts and many know other residents who took their own lives after leaving.
  • witness: He vividly remembers feeling cold, hungry and dirty for weeks on end and witnessing others attempt to run away and try to take their own lives.
  • tomorrow: Edit shows Paris Hilton holding a sign which says " The kids you abuse today will be the ones that take you down tomorrow".
  • shock: So, when the 40-year-old released a YouTube documentary about her life last year, many were shocked to learn about her decades-long struggle with trauma.
  • stranger: Hilton tearfully recounted how she was woken up by strangers in her bedroom in the middle of the night as a teenager and forcibly taken across the country.

‘Most humiliating punishment imaginable’: Black National Guardsman allegedly forced to wear heavy ch...

  • obtain: In a scathing report obtained by USA TODAY, the National Guard Bureau Office of Equity and Inclusion substantiated 11 complaints of discrimination and one of harassment lodged by Weaver and accused Maryland of violating Weaver's right to due process.
  • discrimination: In a scathing report obtained by USA TODAY, the National Guard Bureau Office of Equity and Inclusion substantiated 11 complaints of discrimination and one of harassment lodged by Weaver and accused Maryland of violating Weaver's right to due process.
  • intolerable: Michael Ricci, a spokesman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, said discrimination in the Guard and elsewhere is intolerable.
  • bureau: The bureau report criticized the Maryland National Guard for failing to track complaints from officer candidates about racial discrimination.
  • instant: Bruce Weaver recalls in an instant the heft of the chain that the all-white trainers at the Maryland National Guard forced him to wear during training at officer candidate school.

The Legal Line that Ties the Chicago Seven to Jan. 6

  • embark: In the wake of the political violence encouraged by Donald Trump and his allies, the government is now embarked on a wholly necessary enforcement offensive against the growing threat of right-wing terrorism.
  • wholly: In the wake of the political violence encouraged by Donald Trump and his allies, the government is now embarked on a wholly necessary enforcement offensive against the growing threat of right-wing terrorism.
  • offensive: In the wake of the political violence encouraged by Donald Trump and his allies, the government is now embarked on a wholly necessary enforcement offensive against the growing threat of right-wing terrorism.
  • insurrection: Last week, former acting D.C. US Attorney Michael Sherwin said that the government is considering charging some participants in the Jan. 6 insurrection with sedition, that is, rebellion against the state, a charge rarely brought since the middle of the last century.
  • sedition: Last week, former acting D.C. US Attorney Michael Sherwin said that the government is considering charging some participants in the Jan. 6 insurrection with sedition, that is, rebellion against the state, a charge rarely brought since the middle of the last century.

The Chairs From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah Interview Sold Out—Here Are 7 Alternatives

  • gratuitous: Meghan certainly knew what she was getting into, and while it is gratuitous and probably unfair to point it out, people who live in palaces that they did not buy with money they earned themselves are not likely to be the subject of unlimited sympathy.
  • unlimited: Meghan certainly knew what she was getting into, and while it is gratuitous and probably unfair to point it out, people who live in palaces that they did not buy with money they earned themselves are not likely to be the subject of unlimited sympathy.
  • sympathy: Meghan certainly knew what she was getting into, and while it is gratuitous and probably unfair to point it out, people who live in palaces that they did not buy with money they earned themselves are not likely to be the subject of unlimited sympathy.
  • sympathy: Often, and especially when their natures are not well suited to these positions, such people deserve great sympathy.
  • impediment: He was the second son of King George V and fought admirably through his twenties to overcome a speech impediment.

Trump's lawyers argue in pretrial brief that his January 6 rally speech 'was not and could not be co...

  • brief: Trump's lawyers argue in pretrial brief that his January 6 rally speech 'was not and could not be construed to encourage acts of violenc e' at the Capitol.
  • construe: Trump's lawyers argue in pretrial brief that his January 6 rally speech 'was not and could not be construed to encourage acts of violenc e' at the Capitol.
  • brief: Trump's lawyers submitted a pretrial brief Monday ahead of his impeachment trial.
  • brief: The real truth is that the people who criminally breached the Capitol did so of their own accord and for their own reasons," the brief said in part.
  • brief: Lawyers representing former President Donald Trump filed a pretrial brief Monday reiterating their claim that his impeachment trial is unconstitutional and that his words at a rally preceding the January 6 Capitol siege are protected free speech.

LGBTQ and Women’s Rights Activists in Europe Hope a Biden Administration Will Make the U.S. an Ally ...

  • ban: People take part in a protest organized by the Strajk Kobiet (W omen's Strike) movement, following a court ruling imposing a near-total abortion ban in Warsaw on Nov. 18, 2020.
  • barring: When Tamas Dombos heard that the Hungarian Parliament passed a series of laws on Dec. 15 effectively barring same-sex couples from adopting and making LGBTQI school education programs impossible, he was not surprised.
  • crusade: “This is all part of a crusade against LGBTQI people,” he says.
  • hate: Dombos says over the past year and a half, a growing number of Hungarian government officials and politicians have used hate speech against the community and enforced legislation that infringes on the rights of transgender people in particular.
  • infringe: Dombos says over the past year and a half, a growing number of Hungarian government officials and politicians have used hate speech against the community and enforced legislation that infringes on the rights of transgender people in particular.

Former Green Beret faces life in prison for selling US military secrets to Russia

  • sentence: He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in February.
  • entrust: "Our country entrusted Debbins with the responsibility and training to protect it from its adversaries," said prosecutor G Zachary Terwilliger, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in a statement.
  • betray: Debbins betrayed that trust and betrayed his fellow service members by conspiring to provide national defence information to Russian intelligence operatives.
  • betray: Debbins betrayed that trust and betrayed his fellow service members by conspiring to provide national defence information to Russian intelligence operatives.
  • conspire: Debbins betrayed that trust and betrayed his fellow service members by conspiring to provide national defence information to Russian intelligence operatives.

These key psychological differences can determine whether you're liberal or conservative

  • spectrum: According to scientific research, people on different ends of the political spectrum differ psychologically too.
  • disagree: When it comes to issues of race, immigration, national security, public health, and environmental protection, they disagree about how the government should handle things like never before.
  • exceed: The Pew Research Center reports that the country's political divisions now far exceed " divisions along basic demographic lines, such as age, education, gender and race.
  • spectrum: The share of Americans who sit in the middle of the political spectrum is lower, too.
  • pundit: Bots, pundits, and hate groups have taken advantage of these widening differences on social media, in an attempt to drive Americans ' opinions even further apart.

US spies say the Hunter Biden email controversy shows how 'exploitable' and 'grotesquely...

  • surrogate: He compared Giuliani to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was one of Trump's most active surrogates during the 2016 campaign.
  • nominee: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., August 18, 2016 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri.
  • discredit: Former spooks told Business Insider that Rudy Giuliani's role in coordinating a widely discredited New York Post story and President Donald Trump's willingness to seize on it highlights how vulnerable they are to being duped by Russian intelligence.
  • dupe: Former spooks told Business Insider that Rudy Giuliani's role in coordinating a widely discredited New York Post story and President Donald Trump's willingness to seize on it highlights how vulnerable they are to being duped by Russian intelligence.
  • personality: Giuliani's access to Trump, the two men's personality traits, their eagerness to obtain dirt on the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and unwillingness to acknowledge Russian interference makes them a goldmine for foreign intelligence services, ex-spies said.

Kamala Harris should make Mike Pence debate Christian values

  • moderator: With coronavirus spreading quickly through the Trump administration, Mike Pence may pose a legitimate health risk to Kamala Harris and the debate's moderator, USA Today's Susan Page.
  • diagnosis: While most of Trump world has used the president's COVID-19 diagnosis to extravagantly extol his superhuman status and aggressively attack reporters asking legitimate questions about his condition, the sanctimonious Pence will likely take a different tack, piously praising Trump's medical team and thanking the American people for their prayers.
  • extol: While most of Trump world has used the president's COVID-19 diagnosis to extravagantly extol his superhuman status and aggressively attack reporters asking legitimate questions about his condition, the sanctimonious Pence will likely take a different tack, piously praising Trump's medical team and thanking the American people for their prayers.
  • sanctimonious: While most of Trump world has used the president's COVID-19 diagnosis to extravagantly extol his superhuman status and aggressively attack reporters asking legitimate questions about his condition, the sanctimonious Pence will likely take a different tack, piously praising Trump's medical team and thanking the American people for their prayers.
  • tack: While most of Trump world has used the president's COVID-19 diagnosis to extravagantly extol his superhuman status and aggressively attack reporters asking legitimate questions about his condition, the sanctimonious Pence will likely take a different tack, piously praising Trump's medical team and thanking the American people for their prayers.

Trump's tensions with the military grow after reports that he disparaged soldiers, generals

  • disparage: Trump's tensions with the military grow after reports that he disparaged soldiers, generals.
  • brass: President Donald Trump has reportedly used those labels to describe American war heroes and Pentagon brass.
  • rankle: It's enough to rankle even key Trump allies, including the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee.
  • reluctant: It's exactly the opposit e," the Texas Republican said, adding that commanders are often the most reluctant to send troops into battle because they 've seen the consequences up close.
  • explosive: Then, an explosive new book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward says Trump used even coarser language in private.

Why Trump was never investigated as a Russian agent

  • explosive: Donald Trump never was investigated to determine if he is a Russian agent or asset according to an explosive book published Tuesday by a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter.
  • criminal: In Trump v. The United States, Michael S. Schmidt reports Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team was barred from investigating whether Trump, who has many known connections to Russian criminals and who says he trusts Putin over American intelligence agencies, was a Russian agent.
  • obstruction: Mueller's team was allowed to look into obstruction of justice by Trump, Schmidt writes in the e-book that went on sale today.
  • indict: Team Mueller found numerous examples but was barred by Justice Department policy from indicting the president.
  • revelation: These and many more stunning revelations, along with new evidence indicating that Trump is a continuing threat to American national security, are based on extensive interviews with those involved and more than a thousand pages of government documents that reporter Schmidt says no one else outside of the government has read.

Xinjiang government forces unproven medicine on people in lockdown

  • retribution: It was scalding," recounted the woman by phone from Xinjiang, declining to be named out of fear of retribution.
  • resort: The government in China's far northwest Xinjiang region is resorting to draconian measures to combat the coronavirus, including physically locking residents in homes, imposing quarantines of more than 40 days and arresting those who do not comply.
  • quarantine: The government in China's far northwest Xinjiang region is resorting to draconian measures to combat the coronavirus, including physically locking residents in homes, imposing quarantines of more than 40 days and arresting those who do not comply.
  • rigorous: There is a lack of rigorous clinical data showing traditional Chinese medicine works against the virus, and one of the herbal remedies used in Xinjiang, Qingfei Paidu, includes ingredients banned in Germany, Switzerland, the US and other countries for high levels of toxins and carcinogens.
  • ingredient: There is a lack of rigorous clinical data showing traditional Chinese medicine works against the virus, and one of the herbal remedies used in Xinjiang, Qingfei Paidu, includes ingredients banned in Germany, Switzerland, the US and other countries for high levels of toxins and carcinogens.