Daily Archives: February 16, 2019

In upcoming interview, McCabe describes ‘panic’ at DOJ after Comey firing

Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump’s Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela’s Oil ?

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Socialist Richard Wolff Tells the Truth About the Chinese Economy

Ilhan Omar Humiliates War Criminal

Munich security conference: Top Chinese diplomat gives keynote speech

‘I want you to panic’: 16-year-old issues climate warning at Davos

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Published on Jan 25, 2019

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist, has told world leaders: ‘I don’t want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day and then I want you to act.’ In an impassioned warning to act now on climate change, Thunberg told her audience at Davos: ‘Either we choose to go on as a civilisation or we don’t’

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‘The beginning of great change’: Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes | Environment | The Guardian

The 16-year-old’s lone protest last summer has morphed into a powerful global movement challenging politicians to act

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Jonathan Watts   @jonathanwatts Fri 15 Feb 2019 01.00 EST Last modified on Fri 15 Feb 2019 14.56 ES

Greta Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on Friday can bring about positive change, as young people in more and more countries join the protest movement she started last summer as a lone campaigner outside the Swedish parliament.

The 16-year-old welcomed the huge mobilisation planned in the UK, which follows demonstrations by tens of thousands of school and university students in Australia, Belgium, Germany, the United States, Japan and more than a dozen other countries.

“I think it’s great that England is joining the school strike in a major way this week. There has been a number of real heroes on school strike, for instance in Scotland and Ireland, for some time now. Such as Holly Gillibrand and the ones in Cork with the epic sign saying ‘the emperor is naked’,” she told the Guardian.

With an even bigger global mobilisation planned for 15 March, she feels the momentum is now building.

“I think enough people have realised just how absurd the situation is. We are in the middle of the biggest crisis in human history and basically nothing is being done to prevent it. I think what we are seeing is the beginning of great changes and that is very hopeful,” she wrote.

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BBC World Service – The Real Story, The Coming Pandemic

Ebola is back. In 2014, it killed over 11,000 people in West Africa. Now the disease has struck once again in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This time doctors are better equipped, with a vaccine and immunisation campaign but the outbreak highlights the ever-present dangers posed by infectious diseases. One hundred years ago the Spanish flu killed over 50 million people in just one year. And doctors now say the next pandemic will be upon us in a matter of decades. We don’t know where it will start but in a hyper-connected world we know it will spread easily. Ritula Shah asks a panel of expert guests about the scenarios that keep them up at night and whether global health infrastructure is ready for the coming pandemi


Laura Spinney – Author of Pale Rider, a history of the 1918 Spanish flu

Arlene King – Adjunct professor Dalla Lana school of public health at the University of Toronto

Dr Jonathan Quick – Harvard Medical School, Chair of the Global Health Council, and author of The End of Epidemics

David Heymann – Professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Richard Hatchett – Chief Executive, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations


A health worker in Liberia. Credit: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

The Real Story – How to Keep the Climate Safe – BBC Sounds

IPCC report co-author Dr Joeri Rogelj of Imperial College, London, explains the big difference between a 1.5 and a 2 degree centigrade rise in global temperatures. If we are to keep to 1.5 degrees, global carbon dioxide emissions have to be falling by 2030 and at net zero by 2050.

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