Daily Archives: November 4, 2019

Int’l law be damned, US to ‘steal’ Syrian oil

RT America

Nov 4, 2019

President Trump has announced that he intends to “secure the oil” in Syria. US media was largely uncritical of the move while the Defense Department confirmed that the US military would be protecting the oil “from ISIS and others.” RT America’s Michele Greenstein joins Rick Sanchez with the details. Then former Pentagon official Michael Maloof offers his analysis. He laments the international precedent set by the blatant theft of resources.

Indigenous people in the Amazon are under attack by agribusiness

Published on Nov 4, 2019
An indigenous forest protector named Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot dead in the Amazon by illegal loggers on Saturday. It is the latest incident in a wave of violence targeting indigenous land protectors since the election of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro last year — but João Coimbra Sousa of Amazon Watch says the history of land conflict in the state of Maranhão between indigenous people and corporate forces extends back much further than the reign of the contentious far-right president. “Most of those conflicts began with the colonization of Brazil,” says Sousa. “When you see how well-protected the indigenous lands are, you understand economically why they want to invade such territories. … The killing of Paulo Paulino Guajajara is directly linked to that idea of eternal expansion of the agribusiness.”

India smog: “This could be a watershed moment”

Published on Nov 4, 2019
Siddharth Singh, author of “The Great Smog of India,” says the country needs a major agriculture policy shift if it is to curb its toxically high levels of air pollution.

Schiff says no-shows more proof of obstruction

Published on Nov 4, 2019
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says the four no-show impeachment witnesses are just more fodder for the list of President Donald Trump’s obstruction of the impeachment inquiry. (Nov. 4)

Trump Threatens To Pull Federal Aid For Devastating California Wildfires | NBC Nightly News

NBC News

Nov 3, 2019

As California recovers from devastating wildfires, President Trump lashed out at California Governor Newsom and threatened to pull federal funding. He said Newsom “must ‘clean’ his forest floors,” though many of the blazes were not forest fires.»

Emboldened by Bolsonaro, Illegal Loggers in Amazon Kill Indigenous Leader Paulo Paulino Guajajara

Democracy Now!

Nov 4, 2019

An indigenous forest protector named Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot dead in the Amazon by illegal loggers on Saturday. It is the latest incident in a wave of violence targeting indigenous land protectors since the election of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro last year. Guajajara was killed when he and another forest protector were ambushed by a group of illegal loggers inside the Araribóia reservation in the northeastern state of Maranhão. We speak with João Coimbra Sousa, a field coordinator and legal adviser for Amazon Watch, in São Luís in the northeastern state of Maranhão. And in San Francisco, we speak with Christian Poirier, program director at Amazon Watch.

US begins withdrawal from Paris climate accord


CGTN America

Nov 4, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump has been waiting months to officially begin to withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. Today that process begins. CGTN’s Jim Spellman reports.