Inequality isn’t just bad for the economy — it’s toxic for the environment. The pope’s encyclical on climate change was received with both enormous enthusiasm and criticism, reactions that will only intensify as he continues to lead efforts to solve our climate crisis and generate momentum for the U.N. Climate Conference later this year. His latest move? Inviting Naomi Klein, author most recently of This Changes Everything, to help lead last week’s Vatican conference on climate change. The most consistent and profound message threaded throughout Pope Francis’ text is how disproportionately vulnerable the poor are to the escalating effects of climate change. Yet, to build on the pope and environmental justice movement’s message that economic inequality and environmental quality are linked, it is important to point out that the relationship between the economy and environment goes both ways.
Boyce provides two compelling pieces of evidence for his argument. Boyce’s results are supported by complementary studies. Because Every Country Is The Best At Something. Global Impacts of Germany’s Renewable Energy Transformation. The New York Times has finally broken away from the old narrative that renewable power is simply too expensive to be really competitive, with a ground-breaking if incomplete piece on the global and spreading impacts of the Germanenergiewende (energy transformation). The article points out that by creating a secure, ring-fenced market for renewable electricity,Germany not only built up its own manufacturing capacities to make solar and wind cheaper, but lured the Chinese into the market at such a dramatic scale that renewables are now slicing off increasing segments of the global electricity market—and eating market share in ways that are disproportionately disruptive of the existing utility model and the centralized fossil fuel architecture that underlies it.
The reporter, Justin Gillis, warns that “A reckoning is at hand, and nowhere is that clearer than in Germany. President Putin's Fiction: 10 False Claims About Ukraine. As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two times two equals five’ is not without its attractions.” Below are 10 of President Vladimir Putin’s recent claims justifying Russian aggression in the Ukraine, followed by the facts that his assertions ignore or distort. 1. Mr. Putin says: Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets.
It is “citizens’ defense groups,” not Russian forces, who have seized infrastructure and military facilities in Crimea.The Facts: Strong evidence suggests that members of Russian security services are at the heart of the highly organized anti-Ukraine forces in Crimea. News - Ukraine crisis: Crimea parliament asks to join Russia. 6 March 2014Last updated at 11:31 ET Regional First Deputy PM Rustam Temirgaliev tells the BBC's John Simpson: "Crimea now is Russia" MPs in Crimea have asked Moscow to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation.
The parliament said if its request was granted, Crimean citizens could give their view in a referendum on 16 March. Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the move had no legal grounds. Crimea, a region whose population is mostly ethnic Russian, has been at the centre of tensions following the fall of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president. Pro-Russian and Russian forces have been in de facto control of the peninsula for several days.
The announcement from Crimea's parliament comes as EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss how to respond to Russia's troop deployment on Ukrainian soil. In other developments: The Crimean parliament resolved "to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation". Tweets. News - Ukraine crisis in maps. 23 April 2014Last updated at 08:39 ET A masked pro-Russian gunman in Sloviansk, eastern Ukraine on 23 April Deadly pro-Russian unrest in eastern Ukraine has created a crisis for the new authorities in Kiev, months after President Viktor Yanukovych was driven out of office. After imposing economic sanctions on Russia over its annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in March, the US and EU are at loggerheads again with Moscow despite diplomatic efforts in Geneva. The crisis has exposed deep divisions in Ukrainian society - between the European-facing west and the Russian-facing east.
Explore the maps and graphics below to find out more. Why is the eastern Ukraine crisis dangerous? Pro-Russian sentiment is strong in regions like Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine's industrial heartland and vital to the country's economy, but the population is much more divided in its loyalties to Moscow or Kiev than people were in Crimea. High stakes in the east Crisis timeline Why is Crimea so important? News - Why Crimea is so dangerous. 11 March 2014Last updated at 09:24 ET The peninsula of Crimea in southern Ukraine is at the centre of what is being seen as the biggest crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.
Troops loyal to Russia have taken control of the region and the pro-Russian parliament has voted to join the Russian Federation, to be confirmed in a referendum. Why has Crimea become a flashpoint? Crimea is a centre of pro-Russian sentiment, which can spill into separatism. The region voted heavily for Viktor Yanukovych in the 2010 presidential election, and many people there believe he is the victim of a coup - prompting separatists in Crimea's parliament to vote for joining the Russian Federation and a referendum on secession. Crimea: Ukraine's next flashpoint? Is Crimea truly Ukrainian? Watch a short history of the Republic of Crimea Russia has been the dominant power in Crimea for most of the past 200 years, since it annexed the region in 1783. Crimea profile Will Crimea break away? The Crimean War. Violence-top-10-countries-2014. What ISIS Really Wants. What is the Islamic State?
Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. The group seized Mosul, Iraq, last June, and already rules an area larger than the United Kingdom. Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable: It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned. The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment matter to its strategy, and can help the West know its enemy and predict its behavior.
We have misunderstood the nature of the Islamic State in at least two ways. I. II. IV. New Politika. Three Lessons on Digital Circumvention from Canada. PEN just returned from a fantastic conference on internet openness and rights at the Citizen Lab, a Toronto-based activist group that has pioneered studies on censorship and surveillance around the world. I spoke about PEN's work on digital freedom issues, including the Declaration on Digital Freedom, and the many exciting new initiatives that PEN is exploring, including the forthcoming launch of a report on how our caseload is affected by the use of digital media. As I listened to the informative sessions at the conference, I realized that the rise of internet censorship was immediately accompanied by circumvention tools which probe the limits of censoring technologies.
Here are three revelations about circumvention that I learned in Toronto. Circumvention Costs Money Many dissidents around the world, and notably in China and Turkey, rely upon Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to circumvent censorship and filtering tools put in place by governments. People in China Just Want to Search. Encryption and the Faustian Bargain.
In his seminal book Code 2.0, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig explains that law alone will not solve problems related to privacy in the digital age. Rather, to ensure privacy we'll need a combination of improved coding, law, and policy. Each measure by itself will only bring partial results. Lessig's prescient advice rings true today. As advocates—including PEN American Center—rally for improved legislation that will thwart the spying of the NSA under various legal authorities, other groups have pressed for improved encryption measures by default. In 2014, Access launched a campaign called Encrypt All the Things, which PEN has joined. The best way to protect privacy, they argue, is for none of the intermediaries involved in transmitting information to be able to access it, so that there will be no "back doors" or vulnerabilities for the NSA, or anyone for that matter, to pry into your conversations.
You can see the trend here. 72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents. Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner? Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order? Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the “end times” or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are a “potential terrorist” according to official U.S. government documents. At one time, the term “terrorist” was used very narrowly. The government applied that label to people like Osama bin Laden and other Islamic jihadists. But now the Obama administration is removing all references to Islam from terror training materials, and instead the term “terrorist” is being applied to large groups of American citizens. Below is a list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” and “potential terrorists” in official U.S. government documents. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Here's the real reason North Korea hacked Sony. It has nothing to do with The Interview. Evidence that North Korea was responsible for the massive Sony hack is mounting, and in many ways the country has already been convicted in the court of US public opinion.
But, no matter how conclusive the evidence becomes, one thing remains widely misunderstood: why North Korea would do this. Despite the emerging narrative that North Korea hacked Sony Pictures in revenge for insulting Kim Jong Un with The Interview, this incident is consistent with a long line of North Korean attacks and provocations that are premised on such slights — a South Korean president saying the wrong thing, for example, or the US conducting too-close military exercises. But these are understood to be excuses, and the attacks are not responses but are in fact part of a long-running North Korean strategy carefully designed to increase international tensions. in buying north korea's explanation, we are helping kim jong un It's not actually about The Interview offending Kim Jong Un Card written by Timothy B.
Cleaning up Everest | Nation | Nepali Times. Working quietly behind the scenes are Khumbu's citizens to keep the trekking trails in the region clean and trash-free Most of the attention about environmental problems in the Himalaya seem to focus on garbage piling up on Mt Everest. Google it and see. However, away from the media glare and working quietly behind the scenes are Khumbu's citizens to keep the trekking trails in the region clean and trash-free. The problem is not so much tourists, who mostly have the sense not to litter and throw trash around, but the Nepali support staff from the lower valleys employed by mountaineering and trekking expeditions. Given that there are on average five porters for every climber, that means tens of thousands of extra people in the fragile environment in the Everest region.
Despite this, however, the Everest trail is suprisingly trash-free. There are two types of waste, burnable and non-burnable. For each of the roughly 25 towns in the Everest region there is a waste management committee. The high cost of low-wage labor | the Record. Tilakram Tharu died poor. Every winter during the biggest Tharu festival, the landless peasant who lived in Dang went to his landlord’s house and sold his daughters (he had three) as servants.
Each went for twenty sacks of rice, barely enough to feed the family. Instead of going to school, his only son ploughed the fields with him. The family lived in a dirty, single-story mud hut with no toilet. He would be surprised to see how well his grandchildren are doing a decade after his death. It’s not just the Tharus who are overturning the entrenched hierarchies. Although migrants may be transforming society, just how many there are remains a mystery. More money, more problems Remittances have surpassed foreign aid as a proportion of Nepal's GDP. Together, migrants sent home more than USD 5 billion last year through formal channels alone, according to statistics from the World Bank. The inflow of Riyals, Ringitt, and Dirhams is fueling a consumption boom. Death in labor camps Who is to blame? Sherpas: The Invisible Men of Everest. Sherpas working on Everest normally don't die en masse.
Apart from their darkest seasons—1922, 1970, and now, 2014, the darkest of all—they tend to perish one by one, casualties of crevasse falls, avalanches, and altitude sickness. Some have simply disappeared on the mountain, never to be seen again. If mentioned at all, their individual deaths are briefly noted in the Western media. Last year, when the attention of the world was focused on a fight between Sherpas and some Western mountaineers, you would hardly have known four Sherpas died on Everest in separate incidents.
The sad fact is that over the years Sherpas and Nepali mountain workers have died so routinely—40 percent of all Everest deaths over the last century—that it's easy for Western tourists and guiding agencies, Nepali officials, and even some Sherpas themselves to gloss over the loss of any one particular life. To most outsiders the death of any one Sherpa serving in this system is a kind of meaningless abstraction. Burning For Freedom: Crisis In Nepal As Tibetan Monks Self-Immolate And China Cracks Down. Nepalese police put out the fire and rushed him to a hospital, but Tsering could not be saved.
He died a few hours later, with burns on more than 90 percent of his body. The 25-year old monk was one of dozens of Tibetan Buddhists who have set themselves ablaze over the past months to protest what they say is Chinese oppression of Tibet, but his case quickly became an international cause célèbre. Self-immolation is not an uncommon form of protest around the world, but in the Tibetan context, it has become the gruesome symbol of a desperate people reacting to Chinese oppression, some argue, by taking the power to decide life and death away from the state. His death triggered mourning across the Tibetan diaspora, but it was what happened after it that really got the world’s attention. While Tsering’s body was kept frozen in a Kathmandu hospital, a tense standoff between Tibetan activists and Nepalese authorities mounted.
But Tsering’s body was a threat to China. Monks, Spies And Cops. Shift from West to East. Ts060405niblett. Agamben: From the State of Control to a Praxis of Destituent Power. G. AGAMBEN: For a theory of destituent power - ΧΡΟΝΟΣ online magazine. A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa'ida and Other Salafi Jihadists. Egypt Crisis -- The Moroccan Exception to Unrest In the Middle East.
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