Daily Archives: September 21, 2019

BBC World Service – Newshour, Climate change: millions protest worldwide


Greta Thunberg leads New York protest for climate change action

Guardian News

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Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg participates in the New York climate strike protest in Foley Square, and marches to Battery Park, followed by a rally where she is expected to speak.

‘We will make them hear us’: Greta Thunberg’s speech to New York climate strike

Guardian News

Published on Sep 21, 2019

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has warned world leaders the ‘eyes of the world will be on them’ at a key UN summit next week. ‘We are not just some young people skipping school,’ she told thousands of school strikers in Manhattan, on a day when millions around the world demonstrated for action. ‘We are a wave of change. Together, we are unstoppable.’ Across the globe, millions join biggest climate protest ever

UN chief sees change in momentum of climate action thanks to youth movement

New China TV
Published on Sep 21, 2019

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said he saw a change in the momentum of global climate action thanks to the ongoing youth movement.

Empires of the Weak: The Real Story of European Expansion and the Creation of the New World Order: Jason Sharman

How the rise of the West was a temporary exception to the predominant world order

What accounts for the rise of the state, the creation of the first global system, and the dominance of the West? The conventional answer asserts that superior technology, tactics, and institutions forged by Darwinian military competition gave Europeans a decisive advantage in war over other civilizations from 1500 onward. In contrast, Empires of the Weak argues that Europeans actually had no general military superiority in the early modern era. J. C. Sharman shows instead that European expansion from the late fifteenth to the late eighteenth centuries is better explained by deference to strong Asian and African polities, disease in the Americas, and maritime supremacy earned by default because local land-oriented polities were largely indifferent to war and trade at sea.

Europeans were overawed by the mighty Eastern empires of the day, which pioneered key military innovations and were the greatest early modern conquerors. Against the view that the Europeans won for all time, Sharman contends that the imperialism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was a relatively transient and anomalous development in world politics that concluded with Western losses in various insurgencies. If the twenty-first century is to be dominated by non-Western powers like China, this represents a return to the norm for the modern era.

Bringing a revisionist perspective to the idea that Europe ruled the world due to military dominance, Empires of the Weak demonstrates that the rise of the West was an exception in the prevailing world order.

Research questions:

Who painted this picture?  When?  For what purpose? What does the Chinese inscription say?  Are there more paintings from this “artist” or “illustrators.”  Is there a tradition of painting ships or other European buildings or scenes from the “China Trade?”



Climate Change: what do you want me to say? | FT

Financial Times

Published on Sep 19, 2019

‘The future has come to meet us’. Ahead of climate strikes started by Greta Thunberg, the FT and the Royal Court collaborate on a short drama exploring inaction on climate change. Actress Nicola Walker, transmitting news from 2050, asks why we ‘never really learnt how to talk about this’.

Protesting climate change in New York, masses gather in global strike epicenter

CGTN America

Sep 20, 2019

Millions of activists in over 150 countries participated in a global climate strike.