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Leaked documents show Brazil’s Bolsonaro has grave plans for Amazon rainforest

DemocraciaAbierta had access to PowerPoints from a meeting that took place earlier this year in the state of Pará between members of the Bolsonaro government. The slides show that the current government intends to use the president’s hate speech to diminish the power of minorities living in the region and to implement predatory projects that could have a devastating environmental impact for the Amazon.

The Bolsonaro government has as one of its priorities to strategically occupy the Amazon region to prevent the implementation of multilateral conservation projects for the rainforest, specifically the so-called “Triple A” project.

“Development projects must be implemented on the Amazon basin to integrate it into the rest of the national territory in order to fight off international pressure for the implementation of the so-called ‘Triple A’ project. To do this, it is necessary to build the Trombetas River hydroelectric plant, the Óbidos bridge over the Amazon River, and the implementation of the BR-163 highway to the border with Suriname,” one of slides read.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/leaked-documents-show-brazil-bolsonaro-has-grave-plans-for-amazon-rainforest/

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Posted by on August 22, 2019 in South America

 

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Why the Democratic National Committee Must Change the Rules and Hold a Climate Debate

Dear Members of the DNC:

Your meeting in San Francisco this weekend takes place against a backdrop that is literally on fire. You are gathering one month after the hottest month ever recorded in human history. You are meeting on the same week that smoke from a record number of wildfires in the Amazon rainforest turned day into night in the Brazilian megapolis of São Paulo. And you are meeting just days after Iceland’s prime minister led her country in its first funeral service for a major glacier lost to climate change.

This is the terrifying context in which you will vote on a series of resolutions to determine whether the presidential primaries will include a dedicated debate about the climate emergency. Not the already scheduled climate “forum” or climate “town hall,” which will surely be fascinating for those who seek them out — but a formal televised debate among the top candidates vying to lead your party and the country.

I am writing to add my voice to the hundreds of thousands of others who have called on you to use your power to turn that debate into a reality.

Many of you are already on board, including the chairs of several state parties, but you are up against some powerful opponents. Let’s take on their two main counterarguments in turn.

https://theintercept.com/2019/08/21/climate-debate-dnc/

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2019 in North America

 

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Love, anarchy, and Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman’s beliefs have always been considered radical. It was daring, and often illegal, to lecture on homosexuality (“the intermediate sex” in the day’s parlance) and on love outside the institution of marriage. She evinced respect from prostitutes when legislation ostensibly aimed at preventing “white slave traffic” actually criminalized consensual sex, and, in 1916, she risked arrest under the Comstock “obscenity” laws in the US for advocating access to birth control.

Yet her bold public affirmation of the many faces of intimacy – whether between women or between unmarried partners – never secured for Emma a license for unfettered openness about her own personal life. Her hidden letters remain a valuable record of her own relationship to many of the subjects about which she impersonally – though passionately – lectured and wrote.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/transformation/love-anarchy-and-emma-goldman/

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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La crisi è lo specchio di una classe dirigente inadeguata

Si sta per entrare in una giornata impensabile in qualsiasi altro momento della storia repubblicana, essendo ancora ogni ipotesi aperta, perfino le più improbabili, ha osservato Enrico Mentana cominciando la sua maratona televisiva sulla crisi di governo. Nei giorni scorsi, anche giornali e tv avevano ampiamente battuto lo stesso tasto. Insomma, siamo di fronte a una delle crisi politiche più bizzarre di sempre – la più pazza del mondo, si è detto, ed è vero. Eppure, oltre ogni giravolta e più ancora del rimangiarsi oggi quel che era stato detto ieri, in questa confusione estrema c’è una cosa che è difficile da nascondere: se questa è la crisi più pazza del mondo, a guidarla, o quanto meno a provarci, c’è una classe dirigente tra le più inadeguate che questo paese abbia mai conosciuto.

Nel corso di questa crisi, i capi dei partiti non hanno mostrato pudore nel cambiare idea su tutto o quasi quel che avevano sostenuto nei mesi scorsi. Ineffabilmente, e di corsa, si sono ingoiati anni di insulti, di proclami e di pensosissime riflessioni destinate evidentemente anch’esse a durare il tempo di un battito di ciglia, come la coerenza. Tutto ciò, senza neppure dare conto delle ragioni di quel mutamento o almeno di un travaglio interiore. Per questo, ogni cosa è apparsa senz’altro ridicola.

https://www.internazionale.it/opinione/alessandro-calvi/2019/08/20/crisi-dimissioni-conte

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2019 in European Union

 

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Mike Pompeo Has Extreme Views on Muslims — and Liberals Don’t Seem to Care

On June 11, 2013, not long after the Boston Marathon bombings, a Republican congressman from Kansas took to the floor of the House of Representatives. “It’s been just under two months since the attacks in Boston, and in those intervening weeks, the silence of Muslim leaders has been deafening,” began Mike Pompeo, before going on to claim that “silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts and, more importantly still, those that may well follow.”

Pompeo’s remarks were “false and irresponsible,” as the Council on American Islamic Relations demonstrated at the time. Every major Muslim organization in the United States had put out a statement condemning the horrific terror attacks in Boston within hours of the blasts. Democrat Keith Ellison, one of only two Muslims members of Congress back in 2013, complained to Pompeo on the House floor — but the Republican refused to apologize and doubled down on his smear.

https://theintercept.com/2019/08/20/mike-pompeo-new-yorker-muslims/

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2019 in North America

 

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Le macerie sotto la crisi

Il governo del cambiamento gialloverde, quello che doveva durare cinque anni, abolire i poveri, eliminare dalla faccia della terra i migranti, vendicare il passato della prima e della seconda repubblica, rivendute all’opinione pubblica come mere fabbriche di nefandezze, restituire al popolo la sovranità rapinata dall’Europa, funzionare da faro per il disfacimento dell’Europa medesima, si è infranto su se stesso dopo appena quattordici mesi di vita stentata, spericolata, rissosa. E un cumulo di macerie resterà anche nella malaugurata ipotesi di un farsesco rammendo in zona Cesarini dello strappo voluto dal ministro dell’interno, una settimana fa in pieno delirio di onnipotenza e adesso pronto all’ennesimo testacoda tattico.

Come evolverà e dove andrà a parare la prima crisi di governo ferragostana della storia della repubblica dipenderà in larga misura dalla direzione che il 20 agosto le imprimerà il presidente del consiglio. Inutile dunque esercitarsi nel gioco della palla di vetro, che in questi giorni dà per fatto tutto e il contrario di tutto, compresa un’alleanza tra cinquestelle e Pd alquanto ardua da costruire. Inutile anche sfogliare l’album delle foto trash che hanno scandito le tappe del governo sovranpopulista, dall’euforia sguaiata sul balcone di palazzo Chigi per lo zero virgola di spesa in più strappato a Bruxelles al karaoke del ministro dell’interno in mutande con cubiste in tanga brasiliano al Papeete beach. Meglio concentrarsi su quello da cui le convulsioni della cronaca ci distraggono, ovvero l’inventario delle macerie suddette e dei relativi danni. Dal quale inventario dipende qualunque ipotesi credibile di uscita in avanti dalla crisi, e senza il quale qualunque ipotesi di uscita in avanti non è credibile.

https://www.internazionale.it/opinione/ida-dominijanni/2019/08/19/cris-governo

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2019 in European Union

 

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When You Give a Teacher a Gun

As Pam cracks the door to the front office, her hand creeps to the gun strapped at her hip. She’s in her 40s, with dark-rimmed glasses and a ponytail poking through the back of a baseball cap. At five foot six, she is not an imposing presence, but then again, what kindergarten teacher is?

She peers inside and sees a parent—Mr. Brown, who she’d heard was locked in a custody dispute with his ex-wife—shouting at Betsy, the school secretary, something about how he wants to see his son. And then he takes out a pistol of his own and holds it right up to her head.

Pam is lucky; Mr. Brown doesn’t notice her. She draws, her elbows locking out as her eyes settle between the sights. But in the split second before her index finger depresses the trigger, she hesitates. I have to try, right?

https://www.gq.com/story/when-you-give-a-teacher-a-gun

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2019 in North America

 

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Domestic War on Terror Is Not the Answer to White Supremacy

Americans often respond to tragedy by turning to ill-considered, dangerous ideas. But the suddenly popular idea of launching a domestic version of the war on terror — proposed in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton — is one of the worst ever.

The most ominous call for a new war on terror has come in an opinion article by John Allen and Brett McGurk in the Washington Post. Allen is a former Marine general and, in 2014, was named by President Barack Obama as a special envoy dealing with the Islamic State. In 2015, McGurk succeeded Allen in that role and continued under Donald Trump until last December. Their August 6 article had a headline designed to frighten: “We worked to defeat the Islamic State. White nationalist terrorism is an equal threat.”

The two former officials wrote that “we worked with all departments and agencies of the U.S. government to develop a comprehensive and multi-faceted campaign to defeat Islamic State terrorists on the battlefield, but also, and crucially, through counter-finance, counter-messaging and information sharing across the United States and globally… these efforts have stopped attacks and saved lives.”

https://theintercept.com/2019/08/17/domestic-terrorism-war-on-terror/

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2019 in North America

 

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Here Are Five Lies About Iran That We Need to Refute to Stop Another Illegal War

Forget uranium enrichment: Has Iran mastered time travel?

 

Last month, the Trump White House put out a typically Orwellian statement, chock-filled with lies, distortions, and half-truths about Iran and the 2015 nuclear deal. One line in particular stood out from the rest: “There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms.”

https://theintercept.com/2019/08/14/trump-iran-worst-lies/

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2019 in Middle East

 

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If Chinese tanks take Hong Kong, who’ll be surprised? Land grabs are happening everywhere – and we’re all complicit

In the glorious world of journalism, tanks always “roll” across borders. I’ve never in my life actually seen a tank roll, but you get the point. They don’t let anything stand in their way – or nothing is supposed to stand in their way.

Hence the Hong Kong Chinese should back off if the People’s Army come “rolling” across the border; the Syrian Kurds should stand aside if the Turkish army crosses their mutual border; the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir must pay respect to the Indian army’s reinforcements; the Ukrainians or Russians hostile to Putin should not tangle with the Russian army on the Black Sea coast. Nor should the Palestinians protest when Israel’s army arrives to demolish their homes or steal more of their land.

Territorial acquisition is quite the thing these days. Whether it comes through fear of political infection – the Chinese government doesn’t want the contagion of civil chaos in Hong Kong to spread – or ethnic hatred or sectarian hatred, or nationalism, or just plain greed, we are growing dangerously accustomed to the sight of armies and paramilitary forces taking over other people’s property. Not since Saddam tried to gobble up Kuwait have we seen anything on this scale, when Iraq’s army was easily (and bloodily) sent packing.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/hong-kong-protests-china-latest-india-kashmir-modi-israel-syria-isis-land-grabs-a9060631.html

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2019 in Asia

 

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