Donald Trump hit out at environmental “alarmists” and “prophets of doom” in a thinly-veiled attack on Greta Thunberg on the opening day of the World Economic Forum at Davos. The US president said it is a “time for optimism” as he claimed he was a “big believer in the environment”, prompting Thunberg to retort that his climate pledge was “nowhere near enough”.
In August 2018, then-15-year-old Greta Thunberg skipped school to protest alone outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm for urgent climate action. In just 13 months, she has become the figurehead of a global movement that has pushed the crisis to the top of the news agenda and inspired millions to take to the streets.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Friday that U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s comments had “no effect” on her during a news conference with other young climate activists in Davos. Mnuchin told Greta Thunberg she should study economics on Thursday, a quip that came two days after U.S. President Donald Trump and Thunberg sparred indirectly at the Davos summit. After Trump said the U.S. had committed to joining the one trillion tree initiative, Thunberg retorted that fixing the climate crisis was not only about trees. Thunberg later joined climate strikers in Davos on the last day of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Andrea Bernstein is a senior editor at WNYC and co-host of the “Trump, Inc.” podcast. A Peabody and duPont-Columbia award-winning journalist, Bernstein’s new work is an exposé on two families at the pinnacle of American power. American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power, is Bernstein’s investigative journey into two emblematic American families—the Kushners and the Trumps.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump enjoy limitless access to the Oval Office, but beyond their marriage, little about the families’ relationship is public knowledge. Throughout American Oligarchs, Bernstein reveals their campaign into the White House by tracing history stretching from the Gilded Age to WWII to the 21st century. Bernstein draws on private interviews, never-before-seen documents and forgotten files in order to expose the families’ accumulated wealth through real estate, manipulation and crime.
Bernstein’s American Oligarchs is a serious examination of the half-truths, secrecy and media manipulation weaponized by the Trumps and the Kushners. Join us as she discusses the Trumps, Kushners, and the marriage of money and power.
The White House on Wednesday objected to the publication of a book by President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton depicting Trump as playing a central role in a pressure campaign on Ukraine, while members of the U.S. Senate asked a spree of questions in the impeachment trial
Greta Thunberg has said that the World Economic Forum has completely ignored the climate movement’s demands on fossil fuel divestment this week. The 17-year-old activist also said that Steven Mnuchin’s comments had ‘no effect’ on her after he told her to go to college and study economics
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came under fire on Wednesday for comparing the Trump administration’s fight to ban abortion to the fight to end slavery. The remarks came ahead of Donald Trump’s controversial appearance at the anti-abortion March for Life rally in D.C. on Friday. “It is outrageous to really compare anything to slavery — but it is outrageous to especially compare abortion to slavery,” says Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center. “If the secretary was actually concerned about addressing the badges of slavery, she has the full authority to do so with her role as Secretary of Education. She could be dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. She could be focusing on inequities by race and by gender in school. It is this March for Life that allowed them to heap up this rhetoric, and this rhetoric itself is dangerous.”
We continue our discussion of President Trump’s long-awaited Middle East plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has described as the “deal of the century.” The plan was drafted by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians and would give Israel sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, control over all of Jerusalem, and keep all illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, senior columnist at The Intercept, and Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi’s latest book is titled “The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to annex about 30% of the occupied West Bank, after Israel was given the green light to do so by the United States. On Tuesday, President Trump — with Netanyahu by his side — unveiled a so-called Middle East peace plan that was drafted by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians. Under the plan, Israel will gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory will be allowed to remain in their homes. The plan also calls for a four-year settlement freeze and the possible creation of a truncated Palestinian state, but only if a number of conditions are met. Palestinians responded to the U.S. plan with protests in the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the deal. Only hours before the plan was announced, Netanyahu was indicted for corruption, marking the first time in Israel’s history that a sitting prime minister will face criminal charges. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, senior columnist at The Intercept, and Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi’s latest book is titled “The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine.”
On Tuesday, President Trump, with Benjamin Netanyahu by his side, unveiled a so-called Middle East peace plan that was drafted by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians. The plan effectively leaves no allowance for Palestinian sovereignty and is backed by several powerful U.S. allies in the Arab world — most notably, Saudi Arabia. But Rashid Khalidi, professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University, observes that much of the support for the U.S.-Israel regime comes from authoritarian governments in the region. “The only reason that Israel is able to maintain its regional superiority is because most Arab states are not democratic,” says Khalidi, who adds that Arab countries with some democratic structures still intact such as Lebanon or Kuwait express popular outrage at these kinds of policies. “The only countries that could or would buy into this are countries which can suppress their domestic public opinion.”
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