Daily Archives: August 6, 2018

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence: Ronan Farrow

A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership, by the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.

US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America’s place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America’s deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We’re becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later.

In an astonishing journey from the corridors of power in Washington, DC, to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth―Afghanistan, Somalia, and North Korea among them―acclaimed investigative journalist Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a former State Department official affords a personal look at some of the last standard bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan.

Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers―including every living former secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson―War on Peace makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice―but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.

“Earth Will Be Annihilated”: On 73rd Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing, a Warning Against Nuclear War

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 6, 2018

https://democracynow.org – Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the United States’ atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, which killed 140,000 people and seriously injured another 100,000. In remembrance, we turn to the words of a Hiroshima survivor, or hibakusha. Koji Hosokawa was 17 years old when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. His 13-year-old sister Yoko died in the bombing. He gave us a tour of the city when Democracy Now! was in Japan in 2014. He spoke to us near the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few structures in the city that survived the atomic blast.

Ronan Farrow: War on Peace | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

How prepared is the U.S. to fend off cyber warfare? Better at offense than defense, author says

Graham: Goal is Unite World Against Chinese Trade

Climate change is making wildfires more extreme. Here’s how

Two California neighbors defend their homes from wildfire

Washington Post

Published on Aug 5, 2018

The Redding Estates neighborhood of Redding, Calif. was one of the hardest hit residential areas of the Carr Fire. Rodger Grey and Gary Lion, two neighbors, stayed through the blaze and defended the homes on their block.

At least 33 dead as heat wave scorches Quebec

Published on Jul 5, 2018

체감온도 46도…캐나다 ‘살인폭염’에 30여명 사망 At least 33 people have died in a heat wave that has been baking the southern part of the Canadian province of Quebec for a nearly a week. It marks the worst heat Quebec has seen in decades, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius along with high humidity. The death toll has been rising daily, with most of the victims aged between 50 and 80. Most of the fatalities were reported in Montreal, the most populous city in the province. Heat wave warnings will remain in effect for the city through Thursday night, when a cold front is expected to pass into the region.

Heat wave death toll still rising in Quebec

CBC News: The National
Published on Jul 5, 2018

The heat wave death toll continues to rise in Quebec. Montreal has a special heat response plan in place and Environment Canada has issued heat and smog warnings, though cooler weather is expected in the near future.

Sustainable soil solutions in Vietnam