Venezuelan activist urges Raab to back ICC Maduro torture case

Tamara Suj visits London to seek support for six countries pressing for investigation The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has been urged to draw on his experience as a former Foreign Office human rights lawyer to press the legal case that the Venezuelan government of Nicols Maduro has systematically tortured its people. The call was led by the prominent Venezuela human rights defender Tamara Suj who visited London to persuade the UK to join six non-European countries in pressuring the …

Venezuelan refugees recruited as child soldiers in Colombia: Report

(CNN)As Venezuelans flee their country in search of safety and economic security, another set of dangers awaits them across the border. One mother told HRW that local fighters offered her son guns and a motorcycle to work for them, and later warned the family to avoid interacting with government soldiers. As local authorities struggle to keep up with a rising number of homicides in the area, armed fighters are policing territories and local populations. Tens of thousands of people have …

Theres no opposition now: how a quiet Canada town became a world leader in growing weed

In an abandoned chocolate factory in Ontario, Canopy Growth is nurturing global ambitions. But could it thrive in Britain? The musky aroma hits you from the car park at the headquarters of Canopy Growth, the worlds largest cannabis company. Inside this nondescript warehouse an abandoned Hersheys chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Canada awaits the stuff of a stoners wildest dreams. Myriad rooms teem with row upon row of bushy marijuana plants at various stages of maturity, under intense lamplight, swaying …