Environmental Damage Is a War Crime, Scientists Say

Jordan Davidson Jul. 25, 2019 Two dozen prominent scientists from around the world have asked the UN to make environmental damage in conflict zones a war crime. The scientists published their open letter in the journal Nature. The letter, titled “Stop Military Conflicts from Trashing the Environment,” asks the United Nations’ International Law Commission to adopt a Fifth Geneva Convention when it meets …

Now is the time for a World Carbon Bank

The Guardian, July 2019 excerpt It is high time to create a new, focused agency, a World Carbon Bank, that provides a vehicle for advanced economies to coordinate aid and technical transfer, and that is not simultaneously trying to solve every other development problem. Yes, I fully understand that the current US administration is reluctant to fund even existing international …

Citizen question blocked from the census even as political Supreme Court declines to weigh in on partisan gerrymandering

“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts. Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties, with no plausible grant of authority in the Constitution, and no legal standards to limit and direct their decisions.” That was Chief Justice Roberts explaining the 5-4 decision in …

Youngest child separated from family at the border is 4 months old

The youngest child separated from his family at the border was 4 months old. NYT: “The text messages were coming in all day and night with only two data points: Gender and age. With each one that arrived, the on-call caseworker at Bethany Christian Services in Michigan had 15 minutes to find a foster home for another child who was …

UN Report Shows World’s Refugee Population Has Exploded to More Than 70 Million

The UN’s commissioner on refugees called far-right anti-immigrant rhetoric “damaging” while pointing out that some of the least developed countries are most generous to asylum-seekers byJulia Conley, staff writer, Common Dreams, June 2019 The United Nations said Wednesday that there is now a record number of refugees worldwide—more than 70 million. (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty) Aggressive anti-immigration policies and rhetoric …

Looming Water Shortage: New Report Predicts The Impact Of Climate Change On Nepal’s Mountains May Be Much Worse Than We Thought

TERRIFYING ASSESSMENT OF A HIMALAYAN MELTING: New Report Predicts The Impact Of Climate Change On Nepal’s Mountains May Be Much Worse Than We Thought. By Kunda Dixit, Nepalitimes.com February 5, 2019 While the global media’s attention is on the Greenland ice sheet, the Arctic and eastern Antarctica, a landmark report released this week shows that the Himalaya will face catastrophic meltdown during this …

Climate Change Is Already Driving Mass Migration Around the Globe + U.S. Intelligence Officials Warn Climate Change Is a Worldwide Threat

Climate Change Is Already Driving Mass Migration Around the Globe, Jeff Turrentine, onEarth, Jan. 26, 2019 Given the oversize role that migration plays in our current political discourse, you’d think there would be more emphasis on the one factor military and security experts believe will affect future migration patterns more than any other: . The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan agency that analyzes and audits …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on a Green New Deal and Why She Wants to Abolish ICE and Upend the Democratic Party

BY KATE ARONOFF In These Times, June 2018 On June 25, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received the endorsement of New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. (Ocasio 2018) In an interview, the left primary challenger discusses everything from how Democrats have failed to protect working class interests to the need for a Marshall plan for Puerto Rico and why her democratic socialist message is catching …

I Know What Incarceration Does to Families. It Happened to Mine.

By Michiko Kakutani is the author of the forthcoming book “The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump.” July 13, 2018  ImageCreditIllustration by Mike McQuade; Photographs by Dorothea Lange/War Relocation Authority and Joe Raedle/Getty Images They were described as vermin who were infesting America. They were deemed a national security threat to the United States, rounded up and sent …

Failed Economic Policies Have Contributed to Asylum Seekers: Many of the families detained at the U.S.-Mexico border have lost their livelihoods as the result of reforms that benefit elites in the United States and Latin American countries

By Manuel Perez-Rocha, Inequality.org, As a Mexican American and a father of two young children I am horrified to see the cruelty being inflicted on thousands of families that haven’t been as lucky as mine and have been separated at the US-Mexico border. Feeling the heat from all sides, the president has reversed his separation policy and signed an executive order …