Daily Archives: September 18, 2019

The countries grappling with their European heritage – BBC News

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-49728901
By Joshua Cheetham & Frances Mao BBC News
18 September 2019

Next month, a fleet of ships will circumnavigate New Zealand to mark 250 years since the arrival of European settlers.

Their journey is part of Tuia 250, a NZ$13.5m ($8.5m; £6.8m) government initiative to celebrate New Zealand’s “Pacific voyaging heritage”.

Among the flotilla is a replica of Captain James Cook’s HMS Endeavour, which landed in the country in 1769 and led to the first contact between Europeans and indigenous Māoris.

But not all plans have proved to be plain sailing.

After complaints by Māoris, this week organisers cancelled HMS Endeavour’s scheduled stop in the North Island village of Mangonui.

Anahera Herbert-Graves, head of the Northland Ngāti Kahu iwi, told the BBC that the idea was “historically confusing and quite rude”.

“The celebration is a renewal of the colonial myth that they discovered us,” said Ms Herbert Graves. “We’re looking at people who behaved like barbarians wherever they went in the Pacific”.

She added that local indigenous groups were also insulted because organisers had not consulted them beforehand: “They just assumed they had the right to do so”.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Culture was not immediately available for comment.

Elizabeth Warren Targets ‘Corruption Right At The Heart Of Our Government’ | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

MSNBC

1.91M subscribersPublished on Sep 18, 2019Senator Elizabeth Warren, 2020 Democratic candidate for president, talks with Rachel Maddow about selfie lines and her goal of building a grass roots movement to restructure the broken parts of government and address corruption. Aired on 09/17/19.

‘We’re a team’: Greta Thunberg visits Barack Obama

Guardian News

Published on Sep 18, 2019

After crossing the Atlantic on a solar-powered boat, the climate activist Greta Thunberg visited Barack Obama in Washington. The former US president later shared a photo of the pair and praised Thunberg as ‘one of our planet’s greatest advocates’. The Swedish teenager is in the US to speak at the UN climate summit on 23 September

Activist Greta Thunberg on how to make sure the word does not ‘give up’ the climate fight

Washington Post

Published on Sep 13, 2019

After taking a solar-powered boat from England to New York City to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Thunberg sat down with The Washington Post to discuss her role in the fight for preventing climate change.

Greta Thunberg takes climate fight to Congress

Associated Press

September 18, 2019

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg took her fight for climate change to Capitol Hill for a second day, demanding lawmakers “take real action.” (Sept. 18)

Greta Thunberg testifies to Congress over climate crisis

Guardian News

18 Septemer 2019

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg testifies at a congressional hearing on ‘Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis’

Young boy shields Greta Thunberg from photographers on Capitol Hill

Guardian News

Published on Sep 17, 2019

Photographers hoping to get a shot of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg had to contend with a young boy who attempted to shield the often shy teenager from the media. The spontaneous act elicited a smile from Thunberg. Thunberg was attending an event on Capitol Hill and had opted not to speak at the event, choosing instead to listen as other teens spoke about their own environmental concerns. Thunberg attended a Senate climate crisis task force on Tuesday, and told lawmakers: ‘Don’t invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it because it doesn’t lead to anything.’