Daily Archives: September 6, 2019

Is It Now Time To Discuss President Trump’s Mental State?


Published on Sep 5, 2019

Many people know that the field of psychiatry has typically declared it unethical for practitioners to diagnose public figures from afar, but a schism within the profession has emerged during the Trump presidency. Some experts have argued that given President Trump’s pattern of various troubling behaviors, it is important for the public to have such expert opinion available. Jim Braude was joined by Dr. Leonard Glass, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a psychiatrist at McLean Hospital, and a contributor to the book, ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: :37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess A President’; and Fergus Cullen, former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party from 2007 to 2008.

You’ve Never Seen A President ‘So Impervious To Outside Facts’ | Deadlin e | MSNBC


Published on Sep 5, 2019

NYT’s Peter Baker, Bloomberg Opinion’s Tim O’Brien, former congresswoman Donna Edwards, former TIME Magazine managing editor Rick Stengel, former assistant director at the FBI Frank Figliuzzi, and NBC News’ Al Roker on how the president’s Sharpie debacle is part of a pattern of two dangerous Trump phenomena – lying and doubling down

Shields and Brooks on Democrats’ climate plans, Trump’s Dorian claim

PBS NewsHour

Published on Sep 6, 2019

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including whether Democrats are taking a “politically risky” approach to climate change policy, President Trump’s fixation with Alabama being hit by Hurricane Dorian, Trump’s diversion of Defense Department funds for border security and “Trump fatigue” in the GOP.

How infrastructure shortfalls in the Bahamas are hindering Hurricane Dorian rescue efforts

Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 6, 2019

Despite its abundance of natural resources, the Bahamas has been unable to turn to renewable forms of energy due to multinational companies’ control over the islands’ electrical grid. The government’s use of legal roadblocks bars Bahamians from utilizing alternative energy to bypass the “failing” electrical grid, explains Professor Erica Moiah James of the University of Miami. The fallout after Hurricane Dorian highlights the many ways in which the islands have been shortchanged in the global climate crisis as organizations scramble to locate hundreds of missing people. Infrastructure shortfalls such as the weak electrical grid directly affect rescue operations. The death toll from Hurricane Dorian has now climbed to 30, and is expected to rise. As part of the “global ecosystem,” the Bahamians’ interests also deserve to be considered, Professor James explains. “We came to realize very early that multinational companies have become more powerful than small nation states.”

“We Are on the Frontline”: Despite Tiny Carbon Footprint, Bahamas Is Ground Zero of Climate Crisis

Published on Sep 6, 2019
Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm over the weekend, lingering for days and leaving nearly unimaginable destruction in its path. The airport on Grand Bahama Island has been completely decimated, and entire neighborhoods have been razed. Hundreds, if not thousands, remain missing. We speak with University of Miami assistant professor Erica Moiah James about the climate change-fueled hurricane and how the people in the Bahamas are on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

Shut It Down: Veteran Organizer Lisa Fithian Offers a Guide to Resistance in Era of Climate Crisis

Published on Sep 6, 2019
Lisa Fithian is a longtime organizer and nonviolent direct action trainer since the 1970s. She has shut down the CIA. She has occupied Wall Street, disrupted the World Trade Organization and stood her ground in Tahrir Square. She has walked in solidarity with the tribal leaders at Standing Rock and defended communities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She joined us at the Democracy Now! studio to talk about her new book, which was published this week, titled “Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance.” Fithian is currently on a book tour and doing a new workshop called “Escalating Resistance: Mass Rebellion Training.

Harvard Project Conducts Research Workshop in Beijing | Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Robert C. Stowe| Aug. 01, 2019

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements conducted a research workshop on July 18–19, 2019 titled “Subnational Climate Change Policy in China.” Tsinghua University’s Institute of Energy, Environment, and Economy — directed by Professor Zhang Xiliang — hosted and co-sponsored the workshop. The Harvard Global Institute provided major support for the project.

Twenty-five experts from China, Europe, Canada, India, and Australia participated, in addition to Robert Stavins and Robert Stowe, Director and Co-Director of the Harvard Project. Chinese participants included researchers from Wuhan University in Hubei Province, Fudan University in Shanghai, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou (Guangdong Province), as well as Beijing-based researchers at Tsinghua University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other institutes. Among the participants were He Jiankun, Deputy Director of the National Experts Committee of Climate Change — and Professor and Director of the Low Carbon Economy Laboratory at Tsinghua University; and Jiang Zhaoli, Deputy Director General of the Climate Change Department in the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

Nine students observed the workshop, including an undergraduate at Harvard College and a former Harvard visiting undergraduate student who will matriculate at Harvard Kennedy School in fall 2020. The Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF’s) China Program hosted a dinner for workshop participants, among whom were several EDF-based experts.

Climate change is a global commons problem and, as such, requires cooperation at the highest jurisdictional level — that is, international cooperation among national governments — if it is to be adequately addressed. However, national governments acting independently, as well as subnational governments, can also significantly advance efforts to mitigate climate change. Provinces and municipalities around the world have undertaken initiatives — sometimes working together across national boundaries — to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. These includes jurisdictions in the largest-emitting countries — China, the United States, and India — as well as in the European Union.

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Stowe, Robert C. “Harvard Project Conducts Research Workshop in Beijing.” News, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, August 1, 2019.


Mozambique’s Farmers Face Food Crisis

The Real News Network

Published on Sep 6, 2019

Several months after a devastating cyclone hit Mozambique, farmers are still reeling from the losses to their crops. Food prices have risen dramatically and millions of people continue to rely on emergency aid