Daily Archives: October 7, 2019

Trump’s about-face: US drops support for Syrian Kurds after Turkey call

FRANCE 24 English Oct 7, 2019

They were the boots on the ground that turned the tide and defeated Isis. But after a Sunday phone call between the US and Turkish presidents, Donald Trump’s announced the end of Washington’s military backing for Syria’s Kurds. It opens the door for Ankara to launch an invasion. After Ukraine, maybe one of our panelists has an insight as to the transcript of this latest phone call.

Arrests as Climate Activists Block Roads in London

VOA News Oct 7, 2019

London Police said some 135 climate activists have been arrested as the Extinction Rebellion group attempts to draw attention to global warming. Among those arrested was a blind man who according to police had “obstructed a highway.” Demonstrators staged rallies across central London on Monday as they kicked off two weeks of activities designed to disrupt the city. The arrests come as protesters in cities across Europe blocked roads ahead of what is being described as widespread demonstrations. Extinction Rebellion says protesters were arrested as they blocked Victoria Embankment outside the Ministry of Defense. Similar climate protests are happening in Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam and other European cities. (AP)

Ignatius: WH Syria Move Is A Potential Tragedy | Morning Joe | MSNBC

MSNBC Oct 7, 2019

The Washington Post’s David Ignatius weighs in on the WH’s Sunday announcement that the US ‘will no longer be in the immediate area’ of Northern Syria.’ Aired on 10/7/19.

See The Evidence For A Trial Of President Donald Trump: Top Lawyers Preview Potential Senate Trial

MSNBC Oct 7, 2019

In an MSNBC special report “Trump and Ukraine: The Impeachment Crisis”, Ari Melber moderates a debate on the most fundamental questions in America right now. Did President Trump commit an impeachment offense? Is there enough evidence to impeach him? Former federal prosecutor John Flannery, who assisted Democrats in the Clinton impeachment debate says yes, making the case “the evidence is overwhelming” on crimes on campaign finance, bribery, obstruction of justice and conspiracy with Trump “admitting to it” in front of “the entire nation.” Constitutional attorney David Rivken, who served in the White House counsel’s office for Presidents Bush 41 and Reagan, says no, “you can’t impeach the President for foreign policy” arguing Trump’s conduct is “at best identical” to the conduct of a previous administration and having impeachment focused solely on Trump is the highest form of “weaponization and policization of impeachment power” and “constitutionally dangerous.” Aired on 10/7/19.

This is the Extinction Rebellion

CGTN America Oct 7, 2019

Thousands of activists across the global came out in full force to protest government inaction on the threat of climate change.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (full film) | FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE PBS | Official Sep 28, 2019

Note from FRONTLINE: This version of “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” has sporadic technical glitches with the audio. We have corrected the problem and posted a new version here: https://youtu.be/SVa2xqeIbkg

One year after the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, FRONTLINE investigates the rise and rule of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) of Saudi Arabia.

In a never before seen or heard conversation featured in the documentary, the Saudi Crown Prince addresses his role in Khashoggi’s murder exclusively to FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith. Smith, who has covered the Middle East for FRONTLINE for 20 years, examines MBS’s vision for the future, his handling of dissent, and his relationship with the United States.

Climate activist group Extinction Rebellion wants to paralyze cities worldwide | DW News

DW News Oct 7, 2019

Extinction Rebellion, a self-described ‘international movement’ founded in the UK last year, has kicked off worldwide protests, warning of an environmental ‘apocalypse.’ Over the course of the next two weeks, civil disobedience actions — where protestors attempt to peacefully paralyze cities — are planned in 60 cities around the world. Protesters want greenhouse gas emissions to be cut to net zero by 2025.

‘We have the right to rebel’: Extinction Rebellion begin Westminster shutdown

Guardian News Oct 7, 2019

Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked the road outside Downing Street on Monday morning as they began a planned two-week shutdown of Westminster. Peaceful protesters are targeting 12 areas in central London in an attempt to force meaningful action to tackle the climate crisis. The Metropolitan police said that by 8am there had been 21 arrests, in addition to others over the weekend, with eight people detained on Saturday

ITV News | 07.10.2019 | Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion

Oct 7, 2019

Interview with Suzanne Blier | AfricaMap Program


Interview with Suzanne Blier

WorldMap is an open source GIS tool that enables anyone anywhere in the world to create their own maps and overlay them with data for free. Why did Harvard create this?

GIS has been transformed in the last 20 years. I was using it in a project when I moved up to Harvard from Columbia in the early 1990s. I received some outside funding to put together a GIS mapping system of Africa. When that project came to a conclusion, I applied for some additional funding for innovative computing. At that time, Harvard had established a new Center for Geographic Analysis. They hired a really brilliant young GIS scientist named Ben Lewis, who is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s program in urban planning. It was his belief that one could actually put together a system, making it available to everyone using open source technology. This is what became WorldMap.

We began with Africa. The idea was to bring together the best available mapping anywhere in a format that would allow us to overlay different kinds of data. Soon, other people around Harvard began to look at it. From the sociology to the geology to the history departments, other scholars said, “we’d love to do that as well.” And there was serendipity: this was the first large project at the Center for Geographic Analysis. There, lots of people contributed ideas.

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