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- The Overview Effect & Humanity’s Future October 23, 2021
- Spanning Oceans – Bridging Traditions: The Global Humanities & “The Overview Effect” on a Small Planet October 23, 2021
- The CIA and Returning to Vietnam After the War: John Stockwell (1985) October 22, 2021
- Production Gap Report 2021 October 21, 2021
- The Tombs of Mount Vernon October 21, 2021
- Climate change and health: developing evidence for action October 21, 2021
- George Washington and the Age of Discovery October 21, 2021
- Decarbonization in a new geopolitical landscape – the EU, US and China October 21, 2021
- Production Gap Report 2021 October 21, 2021
- Reading Room – Library Collections October 21, 2021
- Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial A Photographic Tour October 21, 2021
- Camembert culture: Dipping into the world of France’s most iconic cheese • FRANCE 24 Engl ish October 21, 2021
- Edge of Extinction: Collapse of Everything? October 21, 2021
- Indigenous Knowledge: the wisdom of deep listening | RSA Event October 21, 2021
- Another Criminal Investigation Reportedly Looking At Trump Golf Course Tax Scheme October 21, 2021
- Afghanistan talks: Russia, China, Iran to work with Taliban towards ‘regional stability’ October 21, 2021
- “Dire Crisis of Poverty”: NYC Taxi Drivers Launch Hunger Strike to Demand Relief from Medall ion Debt October 21, 2021
- 10,000 Striking John Deere Workers Demand “Equitable” Pay & Benefits as Company Sees Record Profits October 21, 2021
- Striketober: Labor Militancy Grows, U.S. Workers Walk Off the Job & IATSE Members Get Tentative Deal October 21, 2021
- Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme – Odisha October 20, 2021
- Climate Bridge Fund October 20, 2021
- Rep. Schiff: GOP Colleagues “Accountable for Destruction of Democracy” | Amanpour and Compan y October 20, 2021
- Biden: $90 billion In Loss Caused By Natural Disasters October 20, 2021
- How Business Lobbies Pushed Republicans to the Right October 20, 2021
- Brazil’s President “should be charged with crimes against humanity” over Covid death s – BBC News – YouTube October 20, 2021
- BBC World Service – Newshour, Covid: Brazil’s Bolsonaro ‘should be charged with crimes against humanity’ October 20, 2021
- How Democracy Dies | Democracy Maybe October 20, 2021
- MAGA Leader Steve Bannon Faces Jail Again — With No Pardon This Time October 20, 2021
- Capitol Riot Defendant Expresses Regret In An FBI Interview October 20, 2021
- The Oligarch Raided By FBI And How Mitch McConnell Got The ‘Moscow Mitch’ Nickname October 20, 2021
- ‘What Were We Thinking’ Digs Into The Books Of The Trump Era October 20, 2021
- Liz Cheney: Trump And Bannon Were Involved In Planning 1/6 October 20, 2021
- USS Connecticut Submarine Collision in The South China Sea October 20, 2021
- Difference Frames the World October 20, 2021
- China: Long-industrialized countries should take climate action lead – CGTN October 20, 2021
- How does Facebook ‘force’ political parties to go extreme? – CGTN October 20, 2021
- Why Should China Worry About Bio-Chemical Wars? October 20, 2021
- Glenn Greenwald: “Edward Snowden and the Secrets of the National Security State” October 20, 2021
- New Releases | October 2021 | Very Short Introductions October 20, 2021
- Do you get it now? Why scientific reality doesn’t care about your politics October 20, 2021
- “Demographic Destiny” Is a Total Farce October 20, 2021
- How Capitalism Absorbs Anticapitalism October 20, 2021
- Capitalism (Not COVID) Broke the Supply Chain October 20, 2021
- “Missing in Brooks County”: Thousands of Migrants Denied Due Process at Border Have Died in Desert October 20, 2021
- As CIA Ramps Up Anti-China Actions, Why Doesn’t Congress Oppose Biden’s “New Cold Wa r”? October 20, 2021
- Pediatrician Welcomes Approval of COVID Vaccine for Kids 5-11 Amid Opposition to Mask Mandates October 20, 2021
- “Racism Plays Major Part”: Like in Flint, Lead Pipes Leave Benton Harbor, Michigan, with Tox ic Water October 20, 2021
- A Reluctant Warrior? An Examination of Gen. Colin Powell’s Bloody Legacy from Iraq to Latin America October 20, 2021
- Why Should China Worry About Bacteria Wars? October 20, 2021
- Covid: Bring back rules amid rising cases, urge NHS chiefs @BBC News live BBC October 20, 2021
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.