In the span of one year, Greta Thunberg, a 16-year old student activist from Sweden has become the global face of climate change. Since launching her school climate strike movement in August 2018, millions of people have tuned into her message. On Wednesday she arrived in New York after a grueling 14-day voyage at sea to highlight the cost of air travel to the environment and increase awareness about climate change.
She says she didn’t get seasick once – but it’s not something she wants everyone to go through. The words of climate campaigner Greta Thunberg speaking after landing in New York. She arrived after crossing the Atlantic in a zero-carbon yacht with a message to tackle global warming, as Sky’s climate change correspondent Hannah Thomas Peter reports.
President Trump has spent much of his term confronting other countries over trade practices. In particular, he is engaged in a bitter tariff war with China. But how do these tensions affect the U.S. economy? William Brangham talks to Iowa farmer Denny Friest and the National Retail Federation’s David French about what they see in agriculture and retail — two sectors caught in the crossfire.
On Tuesday, August 13, a sold-out crowd packed the TimesCenterin New York City for a program marking the launch of The New York Times Magazine’s ‘1619 Project,’ which explores the continuing legacy of slavery in America. The issue, which was the brainchild of New York Times Magazine staff writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, is timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of 20 to 30 enslaved Africans in colonial Virginia. Many of the contributors to the issue presented and discussed their work in a two-hour program emceed by editor Jake Silverstein and Hannah-Jones. Many hundreds of viewers from around the world also livestreamed the event online.
Hannah-Jones had pitched the idea for an entire issue dedicated to exploring the legacy of slavery in contemporary America to her editors at The New York Times Magazine. When doing so, she explained, she higlighted several modern phenomena—from capitalism to violence in the criminal justice system—and argued that they trace their roots back to slavery. “The legacy is part of everything in our society; it doesn’t only impact black Americans but all of us who are Americans,” Hannah-Jones said.
“What if I told you that the year 1619 is as important to the American story as the year 1776? What if I told you that America is a country born both of an idea and a lie?” she asked. She remembered how she was taught about slavery in school: “Slavery was always taught as something marginal to the American story; it was mentioned in history books because we had to talk about the Civil War,” she said.
She knew that the anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Virginia in 1619 would pass in many households in America without notice. But, she said, “this anniversary is the reason we even exist as a country…we would not be the United States were it not for slavery.”
“The dizzying profits from enslaved labor paid off war debts, helped finance some of our most prestigious universities…Wall Street in New York is named after the wall upon which enslaved people were bought and sold,” she continued. “When Thomas Jefferson wrote that all men are created equal, and endowed by the creator with unalienable rights…he owned 130 human beings who would enjoy none of those rights,” she said.
Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. Tonight, we remember this anniversary with an evening of conversation and performance featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, Wesley Morris, Jamelle Bouie, Tyehimba Jess and more. Remember to look out for our “1619 Project” on August 18 which examines how the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States.
It has been 400 years since the first African slaves arrived in what is now the U.S. In observance, The New York Times’ 1619 Project spotlights lesser-known parts of American history related to slavery. Harvard University’s Khalil Gibran Muhammad has analyzed how American sugar production cemented slavery within the U.S. economy — and how its legacy endures. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.
May 22 (Bloomberg) –- “Sons of Wichita” Author Daniel Schulman discusses the Koch brothers and their influence in the Republican party. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg)
Billionaire and conservative mega donor David Koch has died. After expanding the Kansas-based Koch Industries into one of the world’s largest privately held corporations, Koch and his brother contributed hundreds of millions to GOP candidates through their Americans for Prosperity PAC. David Koch also supported many philanthropic causes and declined to endorse President Trump. John Yang reports.
In the Amazon rainforest, historic levels of deforestation and fire have prompted global outcry. But what’s driving the devastation? Amna Nawaz and producer Mike Fritz traveled to Brazil to better understand both the physical and political dynamics at play. The series’ first report focuses on the influence of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, an advocate for logging and developing the Amazon.
The Amazon’s raging fires are leaving some Brazilian children unable to breathe. Heavy levels of smoke in the air are harmful to anyone but especially dangerous for babies and those with underlying respiratory issues like asthma. Despite the health risks, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected $22 million in foreign aid to fight the fires. Emma Murphy of Independent Television News reports.
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