Al Jazeera English
11 Dec. 2019
China is now approaching a decade as the world’s second-largest economy, with economists wondering when it will leapfrog the US and become number one. The country’s explosive growth is not just down to attracting foreign capital for projects at home – its ‘Going Out’ strategy has for the last 20 years encouraged investment in a staggering variety of infrastructure projects across every corner of the world, not least Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean.
As China rolls out its multi-billion ‘Belt and Road’ initiative developing countries have become the stage for new canals, roads, railways, mines and power plants, all funded by Chinese loans that come without stringent conditions on human rights and transparency that are attached to financing traditionally sourced from the West. But while China calls its financial largesse an example of ‘win-win’ development, critics say that sending thousands of Chinese workers to oversee the projects undermines local workforces and threatens dramatic changes to local demography and culture. And they say the river of ‘no strings attached’ credit risks trapping developing nations in debt – with Beijing the ultimate master.
Is China’s cash-driven development drive a cause for celebration, or is it neo-imperialism in action? Join the conversation on Wednesday as we continue our special week of shows on colonialism.
Dec 11, 2019
House Democrats have unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that formally charge him with high crimes and misdemeanors after more than two months of investigation. On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined chairs of the impeachment inquiry committees to announce the charges of “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.” Democrats allege Trump withheld congressionally directed taxpayer funding for Ukraine’s military until the Ukrainian president agreed to do what Trump called a “favor” by announcing Ukraine was investigating his potential 2020 political rival Joe Biden. Democrats say Trump then tried to block attempts by Congress to investigate the move. We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic congressmember from California and a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Dec 11, 2019
Time Magazine names 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg its 2019 Person of the Year. Edward Felsenthal discusses. Aired on 12/11/19
Dec 11, 2019
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg tells the Associated Press she was surprised and honored to learn she had been named Time’s youngest “Person of the Year,” saying the accolade deserved to be shared by others in the global movement she helped inspire.
Dec 10, 2019
For nearly two decades, the United States’ military engagement in Afghanistan has been plagued by strategic missteps, according to The Washington Post’s bombshell report. The investigation examined thousands of pages of previously unpublished notes and interviews from the U.S. government’s Lessons Learned project analyzing the war. Nick Schifrin talks to retired Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute.
Dec 10, 2019
Tuesday marked the release of yet another stark report detailing how the increased warming of our atmosphere is transforming the planet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual Arctic Report Card includes some grim news for wildlife, native communities and global sea-level rise. William Brangham talks to Dartmouth College’s Erich Osterberg about the impact of melting ice.
Paul Beckwith Dec 11, 2019
Continuing on the climate emergency theme, myself, Peter Carter from the Climate Emergency Institute, and Regina Valdez discuss the oceans, and the scientific justification for an oceanic climate emergency. Clearly, as oceans warm, expand, acidify, and have reduced vertical mixing of oxygen and nutrients, the entire marine ecosystem from the base of the food chain to the highest trophic levels are all threatened. Life on land requires life in the oceans.
See supporting information at:
Our Oceanic Climate Emergency: COP25 Madrid: Life on Land Needs Life in the Oceans: Part 2 of 2