Daily Archives: July 10, 2019

Youqin Huang discusses effects of China’s two-child policy


CGTN America
Published on Jul 10, 2019

CGTN’s Elaine Reyes spoke with Youqin Huang, professor of the Department of Geography and Planning, about China’s two-child policy.

How corporate money is destroying NPR

RT America

Published on Jul 10, 2019

Rick Sanchez discusses the gradual decay of standards in US journalism, alienating the news outlets more and more from their audiences. RT America’s Michele Greenstein joins Rick Sanchez to talk about who really controls National Public Radio (NPR). She points out that while it began as an alternative to corporate, commercially funded radio, they have since accepted corporate sponsorship from Amazon, Walmart, Goldman-Sachs, the US army, Shell Oil, and even competing news outlets like Fox and CNN.

Trump Touts “Environmental Leadership” Despite Destructive Climate Policies

Jul 09, 2019

The resolution comes one day after Trump gave an address touting his administrations environmental leadership. Trump reportedly made the speech after consultants from his 2020 campaign said he was lacking support from several key demographics who are concerned with climate change. Environmental groups and scientists have repeatedly condemned Trumps attacks on the environment, which include leaving the Paris climate agreement, cutting clean water and air protections, and promoting coal production. Last year saw a hike of 3.4% in greenhouse gas emissionsthe biggest rise since 2010.

Bernie Sanders and AOC to Introduce Resolution Declaring Climate Emergency

Jul 09, 2019

Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Earl Blumenauer are introducing a joint resolution today declaring a “climate emergency.” If passed, the resolution in itself would not compel any practical actions, but it aims to push Congress toward enacting a “national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States at a massive-scale.”

Speaking to The Guardian, a spokesperson for Senator Sanders’s office said, “President Trump has routinely declared phony national emergencies to advance his deeply unpopular agenda, like selling Saudi Arabia bombs that Congress had blocked. On the existential threat of climate change, Trump insists on calling it a hoax.”

U.N. Human Rights Chief Blasts U.S. Detention of Migrants

Jul 09, 2019

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the dire conditions in which jailed migrants are being held in the U.S., and the ongoing separation of children from their families. In a statement released Monday, she warned that the detention of migrant children “may constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment that is prohibited by international law.” This is U.N. human rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.

Ravina Shamdasani: “What we appear to be seeing in the U.S. are policies that are based on detection, detention and expeditious deportation of migrants, without much regard for their human rights. This appears to be taken on as a policy of deterrence; however, this is completely a breach of the state’s human rights obligations.”

Protesters Vow to Stay in the Streets After Hong Kong Leader Calls Extradition Bill “D ead”

Jul 09, 2019

Protesters in Hong Kong have vowed to continue their fight following Chief Executive Carrie Lams announcement today that the highly contested extradition bill is dead. Protesters have been demanding Lam withdraw the bill, and accuse her of deliberately using misleading language and making nonbinding promises to quell unrest. Protesters have also been calling for the resignation of Lam and say they want the government to listen to all of their demands.

Ken Hui: A lot of people are complaining about issues of the police abusing their powers, and there are also just fundamental questions of institutional governance. The government does not listen to the will of the people, and so I think this is a really good time to bring back the fight for genuine universal suffrage.

Organizers say hundreds of thousands took to the streets again Sunday, including a massive march in Kowloon, where many mainland Chinese go to shop. That protest ended with several arrests and clashes with riot police, who at one point charged into a group with batons.

German Charity Ship Saves 44 People at Sea as Clash Btw. Italy and Rescuers Continue

Jul 09, 2019

A German rescue ship has picked up 44 people, including babies and children, off the Libyan coast today, after they were stranded at sea. The charity vessel, operated by Sea-Eye, recently transferred another 65 migrants to Malta after Italy refused to let the ship enter its ports.

This comes as human rights groups and German officials blasted Italy for arresting Carola Rackete, the 31-year-old German captain of the Sea-Watch 3 refugee rescue ship, as she tried to bring dozens of asylum seekers to safety. Rackete has since been freed and says she plans to sue Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for defamation. Over the weekend, thousands marched in German cities in support of Rackete and to call out the criminalization of humanitarian aid.