Official Website: https://to.pbs.org/2T1cU53 | #WashWeekPBS On the #WashWeekPBS Extra: Reporters from Iowa Public Radio and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joined the conversation to share their on-the-ground reporting on how farmers, communities, and the 2020 vote in their key swing sates could be impacted by a trade war.
Late Friday afternoon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed an order to deploy federal troops to help control the raging fires in the Amazon rain forests. This comes amid growing international and continued accusations, citing no evidence, from Bolsonaro that the fires were caused by non-governmental organizations.
Justin Trudeau has joined the rising chorus of Western leaders alarmed by fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest, saying more needs to be done to protect the environment when the G7 summit takes place this weekend.
Sao Paulo is the largest city in the western hemisphere — and Tuesday it was also the most hellish. Around two in the afternoon, the sky turned suddenly and ominously dark, almost as if the sun had been eclipsed. And it had — not by the moon, but by a pall of smoke from the burning rainforests of Brazil’s Amazon.
It’s not often you can pinpoint one person as the culprit for something on this scale, but the midday darkness is the direct result of the election of Jair Bolsonaro to the country’s presidency last year. Bolsonaro, who has told people, supposedly ironically, to call him “Captain Chainsaw,” campaigned on the theory that his country’s economic development had been limited by the world’s affection for the Amazon, and he made clear that those who wanted to cut it down had little to fear from his administration. He even fired the head of the federal agency tasked with monitoring by satellite the extent of deforestation, when he found that deforestation was increasing.
In late August, 1619, some “twenty and odd” Africans captured in present-day Angola landed in a southern Virginia port called Point Comfort. They were the first people in the British colonies of North America to be sold into slavery.
That site in Hampton, Virginia, later became home to Fort Monroe, which played a crucial role in the dismantling of American slavery during the Civil War.
Officials with the Fort Monroe National Monument have planned a commemorative weekend marking 400 years since the first documented arrival of Africans in the colonies, and one of the people participating in that event is Ajena Cason Rogers, who has traced her family history back to American slavery’s early days.
Four hundred years after the trans-Atlantic slave trade began, Africans and the descendants of Africans who were forced to leave West Africa are trying to come back together. But reconnecting on the continent isn’t without its challenges — it raises questions about history, culture and accountability.
World leaders from the G7 countries are arriving tomorrow in Biarritz, France, for the summit that starts on Saturday. But environmental activists have already been gathering there. This month French ecological groups, ANV, Alternatiba and Friends of the Earth held a joint training camp for more than 1,000 activists to teach each other tactics for non-violent protest, including civil disobedience. BBC Paris Correspondent Lucy Williamson was there.
Democratic Presidential candidates are unveiling ambitious climate plans, including the latest from US Sen. Bernie Sanders. He’s calling for 100% renewable energy in the transportation and energy sectors by 2030. Is that even possible? And do big goals like this help or hurt? Marco Werman speaks with Harvard environment professor Dan Schrag.
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