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- New England Book History | Facebook September 28, 2020
- Filling the Gaps: Alyssa Pacy ’06MS, ’07MA Archives the Diversity of the Cambridge Community September 28, 2020
- Africa’s looted art | DW Documentary September 28, 2020
- Could We Survive An Asteroid Collision? | Final Target | Spark September 28, 2020
- What if Earth were unique? | DW Documentary September 28, 2020
- Top U.S. & World Headlines — September 28, 2020 September 28, 2020
- Our Director-General’s latest video message September 28, 2020
- “New” Nova Trigger, Solar Storm Continues, Electroquakes | S0 News Sep.28.2020 September 28, 2020
- Empire History at Oxford | Faculty of History September 28, 2020
- Britain and Its Empire (Online) | Oxford University Department for Continuing Education September 28, 2020
- Colonialism and historic slavery report | National Trust September 28, 2020
- The grim truth behind Britain’s stately homes | CNN Travel September 28, 2020
- LIVE Coronavirus Pandemic: Real Time Counter, World Map, News September 28, 2020
- NYT Obtains Two Decades Of Trump’s Tax Returns Revealing Years Of Tax Avoidance | MSNBC September 28, 2020
- Trump’s Tax Returns Revealed | 10 News First September 28, 2020
- Donald Trump sought control over his father’s will and estate, causing family crisis – Washington Post September 28, 2020
- US President Donald Trump paid no income tax for 10 years, says New York Times report | ABC News September 28, 2020
- President Trump paid only $750 income tax, bombshell report reveals September 28, 2020
- The Brutal War For the Amazon (Big Business Documentary) | Real Stories September 27, 2020
- 10 Essential Lessons Every Gardener Needs to Follow for Success + Garden Tour September 27, 2020
- Student Covid outbreaks were modelled and “entirely predictable” says government adviser – B BC News September 27, 2020
- Joe Biden says Supreme Court nomination is a “threat to democracy” – BBC News September 27, 2020
- Living Without Working September 27, 2020
- 6 Crucial Races That Will Flip the Senate | Robert Reich September 27, 2020
- Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist: Kate Raworth September 27, 2020
- Rogue Asteroid will impact Earth’s Gravity in close encounter September 26, 2020
- Some Troubling and Enduring Thoughts of a Balliol ‘Old Boy’ on the Focus, Direction and Value of PPE at Oxford September 26, 2020
- Greta and eight young activists on climate crisis PLUS more from Greta’s world debut at COP-24 September 25, 2020
- Teaching Africa: Towards a Transgressive Pedagogy (Explorations of Educational Purpose (9)): George J. Sefa Dei September 24, 2020
- Emitai Sembene September 24, 2020
- Sacred Rice: An Ethnography of Identity, Environment, and Development in Rural West Africa (Issues of Globalization:Case Studies in Contemporary Anthropology): Joanna Davidson September 24, 2020
- Plenary of the 2020 Virtual Forum on Fossil Fuel Supply and Climate Policy September 23, 2020
- Fauci counters Trump’s claim COVID-19 vaccine is around the corner September 23, 2020
- Anand Giridharadas – The System Isn’t Broken, It’s Fixed September 23, 2020
- Wolff Responds: US Coups Against Latin American Socialists – A Historical Lesson September 23, 2020
- The Irish Slaves: Slavery, indenture and Contract labor Among Irish Immigrants: Rhetta Akamatsu September 23, 2020
- Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States: James C. Scott September 23, 2020
- Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen: Linda M. Heywood September 23, 2020
- A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution: Toby Green September 23, 2020
- Innovation Conversations | University of Oxford September 23, 2020
- Innovation Conversations: Written in Stone with Professor Jonathan Prag September 23, 2020
- Caribbean New Orleans: Empire, Race, and the Making of a Slave Society (Pub lished by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the Universi ty of North Carolina Press): Cécile Vidal September 22, 2020
- A History of West Central Africa to 1850 (New Approaches to African History): John K. Thornton September 22, 2020
- Will They Turn New Mexico Into Nuclear Waste Dump? (w/ Kevin Kamps) September 22, 2020
- Has The Media Learned Nothing from 2016? September 22, 2020
- New Frontline Documentary ‘The Choice 2020’ Looks At The Lives Of Donald Trump & Joe Biden September 22, 2020
- Top U.S. & World Headlines — September 21, 2020 September 21, 2020
- “A National Tragedy”: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Friend & “Favorite Client” Remembers the Legal Icon September 21, 2020
- “RBG”: Film Director Reflects on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Lifelong Fight for Gender Equity September 21, 2020
- Remembering RBG: Legal Giant’s Death Sparks Furious Fight in D.C. over Vacant Supreme Court Seat September 21, 2020
Daily Archives: December 27, 2016
The Ring of Fire Published on Dec 27, 2016
Published on Sep 3, 2016
Elegance and Decadence – The Age of the Regency Pt 3
Published on Dec 27, 2016
MST’s Gilmar Mauro on the struggle to build a mass organization as an alternative to fascism amidst Brazil’s ongoing political crisis
Published on Dec 27, 2016
As an engineer working abroad in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, Ahmad Ayash and his wife Fatmeh enjoyed a good life in Syria. But when the war broke out, the family left everything behind. Arriving to the quiet fishing village of Lunenburg, Ahmad began work as his kids settled into school.
David Friendly, the lead of the private sponsor group responsible for the family, spoke with Ahmad many times on Skype before the family’s arrival and felt an instant connection.
David dropped hints to Ahmad that he was Jewish- a fact he worried might make the Syrians wary upon arrival. But he was forthright when they first met- and he says Ahmad sees them as long-lost cousins. “We understand each other more- on a deeper level- because of this shared history from the region,” says David.
Now, the family is determined to be a part of the small, close-knit community. Equally, they’ve been embraced by the residents- highlighting the long history of Maritime communities welcoming immigrants and refugees.
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By ADAM NAGOURNEY and HENRY FOUNTAIN December 26, 2016
LOS ANGELES — Foreign governments concerned about climate change may soon be spending more time dealing with Sacramento than Washington.
President-elect Donald J. Trump has packed his cabinet with nominees who dispute the science of global warming. He has signaled he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. He has belittled the notion of global warming and attacked policies intended to combat it.
But California — a state that has for 50 years been a leader in environmental advocacy — is about to step unto the breach. In a show of defiance, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and legislative leaders said they would work directly with other nations and states to defend and strengthen what were already far and away the most aggressive policies to fight climate change in the nation. That includes a legislatively mandated target of reducing carbon emissions in California to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
In 2015-2016, CNA studied water resource competition between India, China, and Bangladesh in the Brahmaputra River basin. The Brahmaputra River, which originates in China and runs through India and Bangladesh, raises serious concerns for regional stability. China and India have fought a war over contested territory through which the Brahmaputra flows, while Bangladesh faces human security pressures in this basin that will be magnified by upstream river practices. Despite potential threats to regional stability from dam-building activities and water diversion plans on shared resources, no bilateral or multilateral water management accord exists in the Brahmaputra River basin.
This project, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, provides greater understanding of the equities and drivers fueling water insecurity in the Brahmaputra River basin. After conducting research in the three countries, CNA offers recommendations for key stakeholders to consider at the subnational, bilateral, and basin-wide levels. CNA’s findings lay the foundation for policymakers in China, India, and Bangladesh to discuss steps that manage and resolve water resource competition in order to help move the discussion toward solutions that address underlying long-term water needs and development of the Brahmaputra basin, thereby strengthening regional security.
February 12, 2016
The Center for American Progress, World Wildlife Fund, Cargill, Mars, and CNA developed and executed a policy decision-making game designed to explore issues arising from, and possible responses to, global food system disruptions. The game took place in November 2015 in Washington, D.C., and included senior officials and subject matter experts on teams representing Brazil, Continental Africa, China, the European Union (EU), India, the United States, Multilateral Institutions, and Business and Investors. During four rounds of game play spanning the decade 2020 to 2030, players confronted food system pressure at the intersection of population growth, urbanization, severe weather, and social unrest. In response, players crafted policies, made decisions, and took actions that dynamically influenced the state of the world as the game advanced. As the chain reaction of impacts tied to their choices became apparent, players experienced first-hand how their decisions and actions influenced global food security. At the conclusion of the game, players highlighted significant lessons learned and expressed increased preparedness to collaboratively address food security.
To the reader:
The nature and pace of observed climate changes–and an emerging scientific consensus on their projected consequences—pose severe risks for our national security. During our decades of experience in the U.S. military, we have addressed many national security challenges, from containment and deterrence of the Soviet nuclear threat during the Cold War to political extremism and transnational terrorism in recent years. The national security risks of projected climate change are as serious as any challenges we have faced.
Since we published our first report in 2007 on the national security implications of climate change, we have witnessed nearly a decade of scientific discoveries in environmental science, a burgeoning scholarly literature on global complex interdependence among nations, and a series of reactions (or in many cases, failures to react) to projected climate change. Hence, we were compelled to provide an update to our report. Over several months and meetings, we listened to scientists, security analysts, government officials, industry representatives, and the military. We viewed their information through the lens of our military experience as warfighters, planners, and leaders. Our discussions have been lively, informative, and very sobering.
At the end of the day, we validate the findings of our first report and find that in many cases the risks we identified are advancing noticeably faster than we anticipated. We also find the world becoming more complex in terms of the problems that plague its various regions. Yet thinking about how to manage the risks of projected climate change as just a regional problem or—worse yet—someone else’s problem may limit the ability to fully understand their consequences and cascading effects. We see more clearly now that while projected climate change should serve as catalyst for change and cooperation, it can also be a catalyst for conflict.
We are dismayed that discussions of climate change have become so polarizing and have receded from the arena of informed public discourse and debate. Political posturing and budgetary woes cannot be allowed to inhibit discussion and debate over what so many believe to be a salient national security concern for our nation. Each citizen must ask what he or she can do individually to mitigate climate change and, collectively what his or her local, state, and national leaders are doing to ensure that the world is sustained for future generations. Are your communities, businesses, and governments investing in the necessary resilience measures to lower the risks associated with climate change? In a world of highly complex interdependence, how will climate change in the far corners of the world affect your life and those of your children and grandchildren? If the answers to any of these questions make you worried or uncomfortable, we urge you to become involved. Time and tide wait for no one.