In the mountains, trees are racing uphill to escape the heat – and in Canada, invasive insects have already killed massive swaths of forest. Such changes will have significant consequences for communities and ecosystems.
Source: Global warming is reshaping the world′s forests | DW Environment | DW.COM | 04.05.2017
It’s worth emphasizing again that these warrants may or may not be arrest warrants, so they may not imminently result in the kind of action that the public can see. But with this much smoke now emanating from reliable places around the Trump-Russia grand jury story, it would be increasingly difficult to make the argument at this point that there isn’t fire. And it raises the question of why corporate news outlets like CNN aren’t bothering to dig in and report on the grand jury story, even as many of these same news outlets have instead spent the week harping on Hillary Clinton’s emails of all things.
Source: Report: Judge signs off on two warrants in Trump- Russia scandal | 3CHICSPOLITICO
Under United States and international law, everyone who asks for asylum is supposed to be allowed into the country to plead their case. But instead, they said, a Customs and Border Protection agent shooed them away.“There is no asylum here,” Francisca, 32, recalled the agent telling them. “We are not granting asylum.”Customs agents have increasingly turned away asylum seekers without so much as an interview, according to migrants and their lawyers, in a trend first noted several months ago and that appeared to accelerate after President Trump’s inauguration. That has left an untold number of migrants trapped in Mexico, where they have sometimes fallen prey to kidnappers seeking ransom or been driven into the hands of drug cartels and smugglers. Some have tried to enter the United States illegally and dangerously, through the desert or across the Rio Grande, a risky journey.
The nightmare began last month. Jimena, 28, and Shaza, 21, have been together since the end of last year. On April 14, the pair flew from London, where they were both living, to Dubai, having allegedly been “duped” by the father of Shaza, who had told her that her mother was very ill. The Egyptian youngster had shortly beforehand told her family that she was gay. Once they arrived in the Emirate, they were greeted with alleged death threats, while Shaza had been reported to the authorities. “I know that her father loves her,” explained Jimena, “but his mind is so closed that he can’t understand [their relationship].”The girls managed to escape and got as far as Georgia. At the airport in the capital, Tbilisi, they planned to catch a return flight to London, but they were intercepted by Shaza’s father and other members of the family, who wanted to take her back to Dubai. An altercation took place in the airport, in which the police were involved. The authorities then took the two young women to the Turkish border.
Source: Missing Spanish woman María Jimena Rico: Spaniard who went missing in Turkey blames homophobia for her treatment | In English | EL PAÍS
This post originally appeared on Middle East Eye under the title ‘Dennis Kucinich and the western left’s blind spot over Syria
If anti-authoritarian leftists want to take part in the fight against tyranny and extremism, they must be humble enough to accept that context matters, that things do not happen in a vacuum, and that it is not only about the West. Syrians’ right to narrate their own experiences must be given primacy. These are not mere details, and failure to do so inevitably puts us on the de facto side of the oppressors.
Source: Inoreader – No, the Assad regime is not ‘defending his own country’
The form that Asia’s soft-power story will take remains a work in progress: Asia’s intellectuals still need to forge that vision. In some circumstances, networks can usefully replace multilateral agreements. In many situations, a duties-based social understanding can perfectly substitute for a rights-based one. Reverence for learning and scholarship is not a Western monopoly. Gentle pluralism beats arrogant universalism. And that fetishism that for creativity one needs space to rebel, flies in the face of all manner of important disciplined scientific investigation. All these sit easily with and, indeed, are on ample offer in Asia.
- But certain other things need to be excluded right away from Asia’s narrative. When Trump and his circle display xenophobia, racism, anti-Islamic policies, nationalist populism, and an extreme zero-sum mentality, Asia needs to NOT say, “We see no problem with that.”
- When Trump undermines the free press and subverts America’s democratic institutions or America’s judiciary, Asia can NOT say, “We are okay with Trump and his people doing those things; we have the same problems here. “ Asia must NOT say, “Let’s focus on Trump’s business acumen and deal-making instincts” – for that too is what Asia knows best and likes most.
- These ideas have no place in Asia’s soft power narrative; Asia must categorically reject them.
- Otherwise, Asia has no story.
Source: Who’s Afraid of a Changing World Order? | DQ-en
About 1 million immigrants arrive in the U.S. each year. In 2015, the top country of origin for new immigrants coming into the U.S. was India, with 110,000 people, followed by Mexico (109,000), China (90,000) and Canada (35,000).By race and ethnicity, more Asian immigrants than Hispanic immigrants have arrived in the U.S. each year since 2010. Immigration from Latin America slowed following the Great Recession, particularly from Mexico, which has seen net losses in U.S. immigration over the past few years.Asians are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the U.S. by 2055, surpassing Hispanics. In 2065, Pew Research Center estimates indicate that Asians will make up some 38% of all immigrants, Hispanics 31%, whites 20% and blacks 9%.
Source: Key findings about U.S. immigrants | Pew Research Center
Trump’s advisors and cabinet members are likewise scornful of all who would dare stand in the way of the president. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, of all people, recently criticized a judge in Hawaii for blocking Trump’s travel ban for people from majority Muslim countries. “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific – translation: It’s not really Merican! – can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Sessions said. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said simply that William Orrick and his court were “going bananas.” Trump and his team can feel encouraged by the results of a February survey which found that 51 percent of the president’s supporters believe he should be able to override judicial rulings he doesn’t agree with. When both the government and its people are united in their disdain for democratic institutions, it represents a clear danger.
Source: Trump 100 Days: The Erosion of American Democracy – SPIEGEL ONLINE