In an attempt to contain the new coronavirus outbreak, Chinese authorities advised people in Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, not to leave the city, as well as people living in other cities to remain on home quarantine to avoid the risks of further transmission. However, lots of Western media outlets have deemed China’s actions as human rights violations.
Those of you who have closely followed international affairs will probably be aware that China has long been labeled a “human rights violator.” Whether it’s about traffic surveillance cameras or much-politicized issues in China’s Xinjiang region, the Asian powerhouse has often come under criticism.
Not surprisingly, Western criticism has followed the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. #Coronavirus
In the new book “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power,” Steve Coll http://newamerica.net/user/3 investigates the notoriously secretive ExxonMobil Corporation. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the U.S. embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box. Coll is the president of the New America Foundation, http://newamerica.net/ a nonpartisan public policy institute headquartered in Washington, and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He worked for 20 years at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of six other books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Ghost Wars.” Coll discussed the book in two recent interviews on Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/4/…http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/7/… Location: BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX Date: 5/29/12
President Trump has just announced the sentence commutation of former Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich, a move that arrives just days after the DOJ overruled a harsher prison sentence for Roger Stone. Given the increased White House involvement in judicial matters, Yale University’s Timothy Snyder, a historian and author who has devoted much of his career to understanding the rise of tyranny in different parts of the world, sits down with Ana Cabrera to discuss his concerns about a worrying trend taking root in the U.S. Originally aired on February 18, 2020.
Ohio-based Murray Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday. Former CEO Robert Murray said the move was necessary to access liquidity and best position the company for long-term success.
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