The Bhojpuri singer who refuses to let trolls silence her, and three more weekend reads

The Return of the Gold Rush

Even as the world takes bold steps towards cryptocurrency, it clings to old straws. Gold mines are reopening in California after demand for the metal surged following economic uncertainty induced by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The US Geological Survey estimates that of the known gold in the world, about 63,000 tons are still in the ground, compared to about 206,000 tons that have already been mined,” writes Becki Robins in the newspaper. dark magazine.

Metal mining naturally comes with environmental costs. Economists believe there is a better option: “Investors could buy shares in gold exploration companies that have identified gold underground but have no intention of mining it.”

Read the piece here.

The footballer who became the leader of the insurgents

The continent is a weekly newspaper circulating across Africa on WhatsApp. Its latest edition features a profile of Bonomado Machude Omar, the leader of an Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique, whose background includes playing football, selling vegetables and serving in the navy.

“Various testimonies describe him as both sinister and brutal, but also with a sense of justice,” an analyst told Luis Nhachote and Milda Quaria, who reported the story.

Read the edition here.

Export of plastic fire

After China closed its door to foreign recycling in 2018, mixed paper waste from Canada headed to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines where it sparked an uproar as it was contaminated with plastic bags that threatened to poison the earth and the air. Canadian exporters then redirected the waste to India.

“India, with lax inspections at some of its ports and a huge appetite for paper fiber, has become an attractive destination for Canadian recycling, with approximately 500,000 tonnes of mixed paper bales exported there between April 2019 and 2021”, reports Radio Canada.

His investigation traced some of the waste to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, where, alarmingly, it was “secretly burned at night by paper mills or factories that make jaggery, a form of sugar”.

Read the piece here.

“Strangers Can’t Silence Me”

Neha Singh Rathore is a 24-year-old Bhojpuri singer who is drawing both adulation and abuse for the harsh political criticism of her songs that has forced ruling parties in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to refute the day before national elections.

Profiling her in the Indian Express, Yashee writes: “Friends urged Rathore not to go out alone or keep her face covered with a mask. But the 24-year-old – who grew up in Jandaha village, Kaimur district, Bihar, who has attracted millions for her phone-shot YouTube videos, who writes and sets her songs , who now has fans even in faraway Punjab, who hopes to free the image of Bhojpuri songs from “blouse hooks and lehnga strings”, and who is now staying away from home at a hostel in Varanasi for better connectivity Internet and for her expanding work – says she’s done being scared.

In Rathore’s own words: “If a girl like me speaks out in public, she has already overcome the two most difficult challenges, of parivesh (environment) and parivaar (family). Random strangers can’t silence me.

Read the piece here.

The pursuit of distraction

“I want to upload Facebook stories. That’s all,” an 8th grade student from a village in Uttar Pradesh told Jyoti Yadav when she asked him what he wanted to do with his life.

In The footprint, Yadav examines why record levels of unemployment are not producing a tidal wave of social anger in India: “The most prevalent trend in the 2020s among unemployed youth, however, is continued distraction. When anger or desperation arises in this brave new world, it’s usually quickly paraded and assuaged by hours on Instagram reels.

Read the piece here.

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