Daily Archives: July 5, 2019

As census goes to print, Trump administration isn’t giving up on citizenship question

Published on Jul 6, 2019
After a Supreme Court decision left open the possibility of justifying the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. census, the Trump administration is exploring ways to do just that. Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the options being considered by the White House and the Justice Department, including a survey addendum, executive order and going back to the Supreme Court.

From the Green Revolution to GMOs: Toxic Agriculture Is the Problem Not the Solution



Chinese agriculture minister to head UN food agency


A Celebration of Independence, in Trump Fashion

Published on Jul 5, 2019
America’s annual Independence Day is celebrated a bit differently in Washington, D.C., this year, with a display of military might and a speech about patriotism by U.S. President Donald Trump. The event draws Trump supporters, as well as protesters who accuse the president of politicizing a nonpartisan holiday and wasting taxpayer money. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has the story.

Critics slam Trump’s “Salute to America”

Published on Jul 5, 2019
President Trump promised the “show of a lifetime” with his Fourth of July celebration “Salute to America.” But critics say the president is playing politics on a holiday that typically brings Americans together. Weijia Jiang reports.

Mediterranean hot tub: Waters around France are already overheating for early summer

Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More

Published on Jul 5, 2019
On April 12, 2019, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky’s speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.

Firefighters battle to save Greek island consumed by wildfires

Published on Jul 5, 2019
More than 250 firefighters were battling four wildfires on the Greek island of Evia on Friday, with authorities ordering the evacuation of four villages as a precaution. Earlier Friday, the fire department said that a 64-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of starting the first fire by using a naked flame to burn dried weeds near his house.

Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?

can-we-feedNearly a third of the world’s population suffers from hunger or malnutrition. Feeding them – and the projected population of 10 billion people by 2050 – has become a high-profile challenge for states, philanthropists, and even the Fortune 500. This has unleashed a steady march of initiatives to double food production within a generation. But will doing so tax the resources of our planet beyond its capacity?

In this sobering essay, scholar-practitioner Eric Holt-Giménez argues that the ecological impact of doubling food production would be socially and environmentally catastrophic and would not feed the poor. We have the technology, resources, and expertise to feed everyone. What is needed is a thorough transformation of the global food regime – one that increases equity while producing food and reversing agriculture’s environmental impacts.​

Artificial Intelligence is not neutral | James Bridle

Published on Jul 5, 2019
Artificial Intelligence is not neutral: there are cases where software used in justice systems have been racially biased. We need a massive democratisation of technologies.

In New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future leading artist and writer James Bridle surveys the history of art, technology, and information systems, and reveals the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future is out now in paperback https://www.versobooks.com/books/2698…

“Like an Orwell of the computer age.” – Kirkus

James Bridle is a literary editor, technologist, writer, journalist, and visual artist. He writes for Guardian, Observer, Wired, Frieze, Atlantic, and many other publications.