Daily Archives: July 10, 2019

John Carlos Frey: America’s Deadly Stealth War on the Mexico Border Is Approaching Genocide

Democracy Now!

Published on Jul 10, 2019

John Carlos Frey’s new book, “Sand and Blood: America’s Stealth War on the Mexico Border,” chronicles how the U.S.-Mexico border became a war zone through decades of deadly bipartisan immigration policy. But it also examines the border through the personal history of his family. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Frey moved to the U.S. with his family when he was a toddler in 1965. He grew up in southern San Diego, California, where he witnessed the effects of American immigration policy on the borderlands every day. His father was an American citizen. His mother was a Mexican immigrant. Frey’s book is dedicated “To my mother, an immigrant from Mexico who came to America to provide a better life for me and my siblings, and to all the mothers and fathers who had the same intention and lost their lives in the attempt.” We speak with John Carlos Frey in our New York studio.

U.K. Ambassador Resigns After Leaked Cables Scandal

Jul 10, 2019

Britain’s ambassador to the U.S., Kim Darroch, resigned today following the fallout from leaked cables in which he called Trump “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent.” In cables going back as far as 2017, Darroch questioned whether the Trump administration “will ever look competent.” He also said Trump’s presidency could “crash and burn,” and voiced fears that he may launch an attack on Iran. On Tuesday, Trump continued to lash out at Darroch, tweeting, “The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy.” He also called the outgoing prime minister “foolish” and blamed her for creating a mess out of Brexit.

Prime Minister May, who said earlier this week she stood by Darroch, said in Parliament after his resignation today, “Sir Kim has given a lifetime of service to the United Kingdom and we owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. Good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice. … I hope the House will reflect on the importance of defending our values and principles, particularly when they are under pressure.” Opposition Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn also lamented Darroch’s resignation.

Will China Save the Planet?: Barbara Finamore

Now that Trump has turned the United States into a global climate outcast, will China take the lead in saving our planet from environmental catastrophe? Many signs point to yes. China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, is leading a global clean energy revolution, phasing out coal consumption and leading the development of a global system of green finance.

But as leading China environmental expert Barbara Finamore explains, it is anything but easy. The fundamental economic and political challenges that China faces in addressing its domestic environmental crisis threaten to derail its low-carbon energy transition. Yet there is reason for hope. China’s leaders understand that transforming the world’s second largest economy from one dependent on highly polluting heavy industry to one focused on clean energy, services and innovation is essential, not only to the future of the planet, but to China’s own prosperity.

School climate strikes: 1.4 million people took part, say campaigners | Environment | The Guardian

Activist Greta Thunberg, 16, says action proved ‘no one is too small to make a difference’

Damian Carrington Environment editor

@dpcarrington

Tue 19 Mar 2019 08.56 GMT

More than 1.4 million young people around the world took part in school strikes for climate action, according to environmental campaigners.

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish student whose solo protest last August prompted the global movement, said: “We proved that it does matter what you do and that no one is too small to make a difference.”

Children walked out of schools on Friday in 2,233 cities and towns in 128 countries, with demonstrations held from Australia to India, the UK and the US, according to the Fridays for the Future website. Further strikes are planned for 12 April.

Eyal Weintraub, an 18-year-old from Argentina who took part in the protests, said: “We have reached a point in history when we have the technical capacities to solve poverty, malnutrition, inequality and of course global warming.

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Amazon rainforest: ‘Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever’ – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-48917148/climate-change-how-important-is-the-rainforest-in-limiting-global-warming