Daily Archives: February 21, 2019

Huawei founder hits back at US & Canada

RT America

Published on Feb 21, 2019

While Chinese telecomm giant Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou remains under house arrest in Canada, the company’s founder has finally spoken up about her case. He deems the arrest a political move and insists that Huawei does not engage in espionage. RT America’s Alex Mihailovich reports for the News with Rick Sanchez.

Bioethics on the Margins: Vulnerable Populations and Health Outcomes

arvard Divinity SchoolPublished on Feb 21, 2019

Wylin D. Wilson, 2018-19 WSRP Visiting Associate Professor, delivers the lecture “‘Bioethics on the Margins: Vulnerable Populations and Health Outcomes.”

Climate Denier to Head New Trump Panel Despite Once Comparing Climate Scientists to Nazis

Democracy Now!   Published on Feb 21, 2019

https://democracynow.org – The White House is reportedly organizing a new committee to examine whether climate change poses a threat to national security, to be led by notorious climate change denier, Princeton University professor emeritus William Happer. Observers say his involvement in the “Presidential Committee on Climate Security” indicates the Trump administration wants to undermine findings within the national security community that climate change poses a severe threat to human safety. William Happer is a National Security Council senior director who has long claimed increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will actually benefit humans. He has compared the fight against climate change to the Holocaust, saying, “The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.” We speak with journalist David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor and climate columnist for New York magazine. His new book is titled “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.”

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The Uninhabitable Earth: Unflinching New Book Lays Out Dire Consequences of Climate Chaos

Democracy Now!   Published on Feb 21, 2019

https://democracynow.org – “It is worse, much worse, than you think.” That’s the opening line of a damning new book by journalist David Wallace-Wells that offers an unflinching look at the growing climate catastrophe. “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming” sounds the alarm about the climate crisis and the need for swift and radical action to save the planet from unimaginable destruction. We speak to Wallace-Wells about the rapid heating of the planet, which he says could reach more than 4 degrees Celsius by 2100.

Bernie Sanders Raises Record $6 Million After Launching 2020 Bid

Feb 21, 2019

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders raised nearly $6 million in the first 24 hours after launching his 2020 presidential bid—crushing the fundraising efforts of his fellow 2020 hopefuls. California Senator Kamala Harris was the second-highest fundraiser, receiving $1.5 million in donations in the 24 hours after her announcement. His campaign said the average donation was $27—the same as during his 2016 run.

Ex-NYC Congressmember Joe Crowley Joins Corporate Lobby Firm

21 February 2019

Former New York Congressmember Joe Crowley has joined the corporate lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs. The 10-term congressmember was defeated in a stunning upset in last year’s midterm primary by then-28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The lobbying firm represents fossil fuel interests, the arms industry and a private prison company, among others. Some of its clients include Gulf Energy Alliance, which promotes oil and gas drilling, and the conservative Koch-backed Policy and Taxation Group. Former Republican Congressmember Bill Shuster is also joining the firm.

Oakland Teachers Go on Strike

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Feb 21, 2019

In West Virginia, teachers are heading back to the classroom today after a successful 2-day strike which resulted in the demise of an education reform bill that sought to legalize charter schools.

Meanwhile, in Oakland, California, teachers are set to launch their strike today, as they demand fair wages, smaller class sizes and more resources for their students. Teachers are drawing attention to the soaring cost of living in the Bay Area, while public school salaries have remained stagnant and schools suffer from budget cuts.

U.N. Warns of Oil Company Complicity in South Sudan Mass Atrocities

Feb 21, 2019

A U.N. panel is raising alarm over reports of ongoing mass atrocities in South Sudan. Experts say oil companies in the resource-rich region could be complicit in war crimes.

Andrew Clapham: “There are thousands of civilians who have been forcibly displaced following a scorched-earth policy, in which the parties to the conflict are attacking the villages, torching the homes, killing civilians and raping women and girls. … If you are involved in oil extraction in that area and you are asked to assist one side or the other, you could be accused of complicity in war crimes.”

Three foreign oil companies operate in the region: the Chinese National Petroleum Company, Petronas of Malaysia and the Indian Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. The companies own joint projects with state-owned Nile Petroleum Corporation, known as Nilepet.

Mexico: 2 Radio Journalists Killed in Past Week

Feb 21, 2019

In Mexico, two radio journalists have been murdered in the past week. On Wednesday, environmental activist and community radio producer Samir Flores Soberanes was killed in the state of Morelos shortly before a referendum on a thermoelectric plant and pipeline project that he had opposed. On Saturday, radio announcer Reynaldo López was fatally attacked by armed gunmen in Sonora. Another reporter, Carlos Cota, was with López but survived the attack. Four radio hosts have now been murdered in Mexico since the start of the year.

Trump Considering Anti-Science Adviser to Head Climate Change Committee

Feb 21, 2019

The White House is organizing a new committee to examine whether climate change poses a threat to national security. Trump is considering naming Princeton University professor emeritus and White House science adviser William Happer to head the effort. Happer is a known climate change denier. He has falsely accused the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration of manipulating climate data and compared climate science to the Holocaust. This is Happer in a 2014 interview.

William Happer: “The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.”

We’ll have more on this story later in the broadcast.