Daily Archives: September 19, 2017

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake rattles Mexico City, Puebla


CGTN America
Published on Sep 19, 2017

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least two people, collapsing buildings and causing widespread panic less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country’s south. CGTN’s Franc Contreras reports.

U.N. Leader Gives Climate Warning as U.S. Continues Exit from Paris Agreement


Sep 19, 2017

At the United Nations, President Trump’s chief economic adviser Gary Cohn said Monday the U.S. would withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord as planned. His comments came as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said climate should be a top priority at this year’s General Assembly.

Secretary-General António Guterres: “We see the consequences daily. We count the costs in lives, livelihoods, damaged economies. And since 2008—and you know better than me—some 20 million people a year have been forcibly displaced by floods, storms, fires and extreme temperature. But many more are on the move due to the droughts and sea level rise, and climate change is not a distant problem for future generations. It is here, it is now, and we need to deal with it.”

Category 5 Hurricane Maria Threatens Storm-Ravaged Caribbean


Sep 19, 2017

In the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria strengthened rapidly Monday over the warm waters of the Atlantic, growing from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in a single day, threatening Puerto Rico and other islands already suffering from Hurricane Irma’s landfall earlier this month. On Monday evening, the storm’s eye passed directly over Dominica, where Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit wrote online, “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.” He later said he’d been rescued, but that the island had been devastated. The storm also brought high winds and flooding to Guadeloupe, the staging ground for relief efforts for islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Maria now threatens the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, with a possible direct hit as a major hurricane. The storm also prompted hurricane warnings in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, where residents scrambled to collect debris from massive damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Officials warn that shards of metal and glass from the rubble could be turned into deadly projectiles as Hurricane Maria passes.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Category 5 Hurricane Maria Barreling Toward Puerto Rico


Published on Sep 19, 2017
Democracy Now!

https://democracynow.org – In the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria strengthened rapidly Monday over the warm waters of the Atlantic, growing from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in a single day and threatening Puerto Rico and other islands already suffering from Hurricane Irma’s landfall earlier this month. On Monday evening, the storm’s eye passed directly over Dominica, where Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit wrote online, “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.” He later said he had been rescued, but that the island had been devastated. The storm also brought high winds and flooding to Guadeloupe, the staging ground for relief efforts for islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Maria now threatens the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, with a possible direct hit as a major hurricane. For more, we speak with Democratic Congressman Luis Gutiérrez.

Republican Politicians Launch Their Own Fake News Website To Spread Propaganda


The Ring of Fire
Published on Sep 19, 2017

The Republican Governor’s Association has decided to get into the “news” business by launching a media outlet called The Free Telegraph. The site claims to be a news source, but the headlines only tell stories of heroic Republican politicians and evil Democrats standing in their way. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains how this propaganda outlet will only make the problem of “fake news” in the United States so much worse.

Trump Threatens To ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea In U.N. Speech

Jane Mayer / The Koch Brothers and the Weaponizing of Philanthropy


EthicsinSociety
Published on Apr 6, 2016

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against “big government” led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement. But as author Jane Mayer shows in her powerful, meticulously reported new book, a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system.

Mayer was in conversation with Rob Reich and Lucy Bernholz to discuss the future of American democracy. This event was co-sponsored with Stanford PACS, and was part of The Ethics of Democracy series. The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society is committed to bringing ethical reflection to bear on important social problems through research, teaching, and engagement. Visit the Center’s website for more information: http://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu