Daily Archives: August 22, 2019

Trump may label antifa a terror group | Public Radio International



PRI’s The World    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – 4:45pm 04:00

Neo-facist and anti-facist groups clashed in Portland, Oregon, over the weekend. There have been calls from human rights groups in the US to do more to curb hate speech, particularly after attacks targeting minorities. But it was the anti-fascist groups in Portland that President Donald Trump condemned on social media, saying he may consider labeling the antifa groups as terror organizations. Host Marco Werman speaks with the BBC’s North America correspondent, Aleem Maqbool, about his reporting on the rally.

Returning in chains | Public Radio International – The World

PRI’s The World   Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – 4:44pm   09:21

In an eerie echo of the past when captive Africans were shackled in slavery, Ghanian deportees from the US are now returning to Africa in chains — because of American immigration policies.

PRI’s The World | Slavery’s unresolved history

Aug. 25, 1619, marks 400 years since the first Africans were enslaved in the Colony of Virginia. Ghana has declared 2019 “the year of return” for African descendants around the globe. The World’s Rupa Shenoy traveled to Ghana to look at how slavery is entangled in both the past and present lives of people there and in the African diaspora.

  1. Slavery’s unresolved history
  2. ‘Willful amnesia’: How Africans forgot — and remembered — their role in the slave trade
  3. A professor with Ghanaian roots unearths a slave castle’s history — and her own
  4. Resistance and collaboration: Asameni and the keys to Christiansborg Castle in Accra
  5. Slavers in the family: What a castle in Accra reveals about Ghana’s history
  6. Archivists race to digitize slavery records before the history is lost
  7. Amid 1619 anniversary, Virginia grapples with history of slavery in America
  8. Pirates brought enslaved Africans to Virginia’s shores. Where, exactly, is debatable.

The great unbundling – Economics focus

Does economics need a new theory of offshoring?
Jan 18th 2007 |

GLOBALISATION is a big word but an old idea, most economists will say, with a jaded air. The phenomenon has kept the profession’s number-crunchers busy, counting the spoils and how they are divided. But it has left the blackboard theorists with relatively little to do. They are confident their traditional models of trade can handle it, even in its latest manifestations. For example, Greg Mankiw, of Harvard University, has concluded that “services offshoring fits comfortably within the intellectual framework of comparative advantage built on the insights of Adam Smith and David Ricardo.”

The Amazon is burning and Brazilians are blaming President Bolsonaro

FRANCE 24 English

Published on Aug 22, 2019

The Amazon is the “lungs of the world” – and it’s going up in smoke. There’s been an 83% increase in forest fires since early 2019, said Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) Wednesday. Many blame the policies of President Bolsonaro.

Why renewables can’t save the planet | Michael Shellenberger | TEDxDanubia

TEDx Talks

Published on Jan 4, 2019

Environmentalists have long promoted renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms to save the climate. But what about when those technologies destroy the environment? In this provocative talk, Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment” and energy expert, Michael Shellenberger explains why solar and wind farms require so much land for mining and energy production, and an alternative path to saving both the climate and the natural environment. Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment and President of Environmental Progress, a research and policy organization. A lifelong environmentalist, Michael changed his mind about nuclear energy and has helped save enough nuclear reactors to prevent an increase in carbon emissions equivalent to adding more than 10 million cars to the road. He lives in Berkeley, California. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Trump’s Trade War (full film) | FRONTLINE


Published on May 13, 2019

As the trade war between the U.S. and China escalates, FRONTLINE and NPR take a look at what led to the rising tensions and what’s at stake. “Trump’s Trade War” presents the inside story of President Trump’s gamble to confront China over trade. Reporting from the U.S. and China, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate what led the world’s two largest economies to the brink, and the billions at stake.

Is sustainable development a luxury we can’t afford? – Desmond Tutu responds

The Elders
Published on May 25, 2012

“We only have one world and if we destroy it…” Desmond Tutu gives his view on whether sustainable development is a luxury we cannot afford. See the full discussion and tell us your view: http://www.theelders.org/dialogue/sus…

Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems


Published on Jul 1, 2013

It’s a standard assumption in the West: As a society progresses, it eventually becomes a capitalist, multi-party democracy. Right? Eric X. Li, a Chinese investor and political scientist, begs to differ. In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, he asks his audience to consider that there’s more than one way to run a succesful modern nation.

China tells Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs

Published on Aug 22, 2019

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Canada should take full responsibility for the escalating tensions between the two countries. His remarks came in response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who on Wednesday called for restraint and respect for human rights in Hong Kong.