Metis, Inuit and First Nations leaders met with King Charles at Buckingham Palace Thursday to start a new conversation about Indigenous issues ahead of his coronation. #KingCharles#Coronation#indigenous
Lawyers and lawmakers are calling on the Supreme Court to adopt a code of ethics, in light of ethical violation accusations against Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. Chief Justice John Roberts declined to discuss the matter with Congress. Now, independent Senator Angus King has introduced new bipartisan legislation, The Supreme Court Code of Conduct Act. If passed, the act would require the Court to establish its own ethics code in line with other federal judges. To discuss the bill and its aim — to help restore trust in the institution — Senator King speaks with Walter Isaacson. Originally aired on May 4, 2023
A judge in California has dismissed a seven-year $100 million lawsuit against Greenpeace USA that threatened the group’s existence. Canadian logging giant Resolute Forest Products sued Greenpeace in the United States and Canada for defamation after the group exposed the company’s irresponsible practices, part of a pattern of corporations attempting to use the burdens of the legal process to intimidate, exhaust and censor activists. Known as SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) lawsuits, they are increasingly being used by the rich and powerful to silence critics. We are joined by Deepa Padmanabha, deputy general counsel for Greenpeace USA, to discuss the organization’s legal victory, as well as the continued work of advocates to pass anti-SLAPP legislation and promote free speech. “We took on this fight not just for Greenpeace, but for everyone who dares speak truth to power, and we knew we had to win this both in the courtroom and for the movement,” says Padmanabha.
Environmental groups sue the U.S. government over SpaceX’s launch license. Plus, a pair of spacewalks outside the International Space Station, and a glimpse at the destruction that scientists say awaits our home planet. VOA’s Arash Arabasadi brings us The Week in Space.
A new report by Amnesty International documents how the Israeli government is using an experimental facial recognition system to track Palestinians and control their movements. The findings are part of “Automated Apartheid,” which reveals an ever-growing surveillance network of cameras in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron and in East Jerusalem — two places in the Occupied Territories where Israeli settlements are expanding within Palestinian areas. “Surveillance has been ramping up as illegal settler activity has also been ramping up,” says Amnesty researcher Matt Mahmoudi, who adds that the surveillance technology is part of an overall coercive structure used against Palestinians by Israel. “Effectively, facial recognition is augmenting, reinforcing, entrenching aspects of apartheid.”
A 1550 square km (963 sq mi.) iceberg, designated A81, recently broke off Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf. A time-lapse of the ‘calving process’ was captured by satellites, according to ESA. Full Story: https://www.space.com/iceberg-size-of… Credit; ESA – European Space Agency
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On May 6th, King Charles will become the oldest person to ascend the throne of the United Kingdom. He is a bit of an odd duck to be the king, Rebecca Mead (https://www.newyorker.com/contributor…) thinks. Charles has “long made clear that he considers his birthright a burden,” she writes. In fact, many things are a burden: during the ceremonies following the death of Queen Elizabeth, the new king “got into not one but two altercations with malfunctioning pens. . . . As his biographer Catherine Mayer puts it, ‘The world is against him—even inanimate objects are against him. That is absolutely central to his personality.’ ” Mead—a subject of the king, as well as a staff writer—talks with David Remnick about Charles III’s coronation, the problem of Harry and Meghan, and the future of the British monarchy itself.
Samo Burja explains the significance of the Göbekli Tepe site in southeastern Turkey, why it points to an earlier historical date for complex society, and the implications both for how we view archaeology and our future as a whole. This is an AI audio reading of the article “Why Civilization Is Older Than We Thought,” originally published in Palladium Magazine on May 17, 2021.
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