March 28, 2012
Road through Brazilian Amazon

Road through Brazilian Amazon     Photo: Ben Sutherland/Flickr

Brazil Investigates Killing of Activists

3 dead were fighting for land rights

Brazilian authorities are investigating a shooting on Saturday near a landless workers camp in Minas Gerais state that killed three rural activists. The victims were leaders of the Landless Liberation Movement, which advocates for agricultural reform and peasant-farmers' rights. A five-year-old who survived the shooting told police a car ran them off the highway and then opened fire. Authorities are considering whether the deaths are tied to a dispute between activists and the owners of a sugar mill. The watchdog group Catholic Land Pastoral says land-related assassinations are common in Brazil, especially in the Amazon region, and rarely end in conviction. In more than 1,150 activist murders since 1990, only 15 people have been found guilty of ordering an execution.

Read more at the Guardian


Khalid Khannouchi at the Olympic Marathon trials

Khalid Khannouchi at the Olympic Marathon trials     Photo: Ira Monko/Flickr

Marathon Champion Khannouchi Retires

Runner won majors; set U.S., world records

Khalid Khannouchi, a Moroccan-born runner who emigrated to the United States and established U.S. and world records in the marathon, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Khannouchi set his first world record with a 2:05:42 victory at the 1999 Chicago Marathon. He later gained U.S. citizenship and lowered the U.S. marathon record to 2:07:01 in 2000, then improved that mark to 2:05:38 at the 2002 London Marathon. In that race, one of the most-anticipated match-ups of the decade, he defeated legendary runners Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat. Khannouchi had been hampered by a foot injury since 2003. He missed the 2004 Olympic trials and finished fourth, as first non-qualifier, at the Olympic Marathon trials in 2007. His failure to represent the United States in the Olympics has received harsh criticism.



Beijing Olympics beach vb

Beijing Olympics beach volleyball quarterfinal     Photo: Craig Maccubbin/Wikimedia

Shorts Allowed for Beach Volleyball

Olympians get more clothing options

Female beach volleyball players can wear more conservative clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and shorts, at the 2012 Olympic Games, the International Volleyball Federation said on Tuesday. The organization changed old rules favoring bikinis as the sport has grown to include several nations with cultural and religious beliefs that do not favor bikinis. The women's Olympic beach volleyball tournament will run from July 28 to August 12 in London. Officials do not expect many countries to take advantage of the new rules.

Read more at ESPN