Daily Archives: July 14, 2017

What’s behind Gulf demands to shut down Al Jazeera? – Inside Story


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 14, 2017

Saudi Arabia and its allies blockading Qatar appear to be backing down from their demand to shut down Al Jazeera media network.

It has been more than 40 days since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off ties with Qatar and imposed an economic blockade.

Noura al-Kaabi, the UAE minister for the federal national council, said the Emirates sought “fundamental change and restructuring” of Al Jazeera rather than to shut it.

Al Jazeera calls it another attempt to “throttle” its independence and rejects any external intervention in its work.

But what does this apparent concession mean for the larger dispute entering its second month?

Presenter: Richelle Carey

Guests:

Catherine Philp – diplomatic correspondent of the Times of London

Andreas Krieg – assistant professor at defence studies department of King’s College London

Barbara Trionfi – executive director of International Press Institute

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The Real Lowdown: The Trump and Congressional Republican Assault on Our Environment, Vol. 19 | NRDC

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Scott Pruitt wants to be a game show host to debate climate change, communities respond harshly to rolling back methane standards, and even Republicans are against offshore drilling.

America the superpower is fast becoming America the super pariah, thanks to President Trump.

At the recent G20 summit in Germany, Trump reiterated his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, which drew a rebuke from Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel. “I deplore this,” she said, making it clear that Trump made the talks on a range of issues, including climate change, difficult.

The diplomatic faux pas led NRDC President Rhea Suh to muse: What if a president goes one way and the nation goes another? “Though President Trump is turning his back on the 2015 Paris climate agreement and pushing his misguided plan to put fossil fuels first, others are standing strong on the side of progress,” she said. “More than 2,100 states, cities, universities, businesses, and investors have pledged to move forward to protect future generations from the growing dangers of climate change.”

She noted, too, that California governor Jerry Brown and New York’s former mayor, Michael Bloomberg, will document those gains and make a report to the United Nations, which is tracking the world’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint. While they are showing that Trump can’t stop the United States from doing its part to meet its Paris commitments, in other ways the Trump team’s drive to put our health and environment at risk continued—and continued hitting speed bumps.

Scott Pruitt, Climate Game Show Host

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced this week that he wants scientists to debate climate change on TV.

The science behind wildfires


The National

Published on Jul 14, 2017

Wildfire season has been more severe than usual this year, with catastrophic blazes in in Portugal and B.C. What’s made this year more dangerous, and is climate change playing a part?

What If China Collected on U.S. Debt?


ABC News

Published on Nov 17, 2009

ABC’s Robert Krulwich takes an animated look at China’s investment in the U.S.

China’s Ambassador to US talks trade with governors


CGTN America

Published on Jul 13, 2017

Crucial China-U.S. trade talks are set for next week in Washington. Ahead of the talks, Beijing’s top diplomat in the United States is on the road, promoting closer business ties between the two countries. Speaking at the annual summer gathering of National Governors Association in Rhode Island, Ambassador Cui Tiankai said both sides have a lot to gain from working together. CGTN’s John Terrett reports.

The Heat: China’s increasing global role


CGTN America

Published on Jul 13, 2017

China champions world leaders at the G20 Summit about the benefits of globalization, free trade and the need to combat climate change.
The Heat’s panel of experts discuss China’s role on the world stage as the United States isolates itself from foreign policies.

CGTN America

Published on Jul 13, 2017

China champions world leaders at the G20 Summit about the benefits of globalization, free trade and the need to combat climate change.
The Heat’s panel of experts discuss China’s role on the world stage as the United States isolates itself from foreign policies.

Chinese delegation buys 12.5 million tons of US soybeans


CGTN America

Published on Jul 14, 2017

China is the world’s fourth largest producer of soybeans, but it does not produce enough to meet domestic demand. A delegation from China is in Iowa, where it signed a deal for the second biggest soybean purchase ever from the United States.

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