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Urgent Culture For A Foot-Dragging Congress

By Skip Kaltenheuser. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! The Warmth of Other Suns exhibit Two Washington exhibits, terrifyingly timely for the stark options before us, demand attention from the recently returned 116th Congress. The Warmth of Other Suns, an exploration of the plight of migrants and refugees, at the Phillips Collection, departs Sept. 22nd. The David H. Koch Fossil Hall— Deep Time, at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum is, like its fossils, here for the long haul....

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Brexit: A Repeat of the Turmoil of 1914-1922?

Yves here. This post recaps some critical elements of regularly-ugly British-Irish relationship and raises questions about Brexit. I suspect most US and even some UK readers will find it informative. If nothing else, it provides an alternative to Boris Johnson “We’re near a deal” posturing that EU officials have to rouse themselves to debunk. By Richard Murphy, a chartered accountant and a political economist. He has been described by the Guardian newspaper as an “anti-poverty campaigner and...

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Drama in the Oil Markets After Attacks on Saudi Production. But This Isn’t 2007 Anymore

Yves here. Wolf’s post focuses on the economic impact of the loss of Saudi oil production via drone strikes over the weekend. He thus skips over a point important to the geopolitically-minded: the Saudis have not confirmed US claims that the attacks are Iranian in origin and have asked the US to share its intel. By Wolf Richter, editor of Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street The attacks on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil-processing plant at Abqaiq and its second-largest oil field in...

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Richard Murphy: Brexit Yellowhammer Is Wrong, but That Doesn’t Mean We Should Ignore It

Yves here. Even I am suffering a bit of Brexit fatigue. So many momentous things are happing that it’s easy to become desensitized. But some things, like the Yellowhammer “Reasonable Worst Case” document, turn out to be damp squibs. If you’ve been following Brexit, this document’s take isn’t that surprising, although it does have a couple of remarkable dot points on the first page that discuss bilateral deals with individual EU member states as if that were a realistic option. But as Lambert...

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Who’s Responsible for the Ecocide in the Amazon

Yves here. This post makes what may seem to be a basic point about the hidden hand of ideology and corporate backers, but it is interestingly often lost. Plus the “ecocide” frame is important. By Juan Manuel Crespo, an Ecuadorian sociologist, political scientist and photographer. He is engaged in action-oriented social research at the Institute of Higher National Studies of Ecuador and has worked in the Amazon for many years. Originally published at openDemocracy There’s a cause for alarm as...

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Democratic Presidential Candidates Face 7 Hours of Tough Questions on Climate Change, From Fracking to Fossil Fuels

By Sharon Kelly, an attorney and freelance writer based in Philadelphia. She has reported for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, National Wildlife, Earth Island Journal, and a variety of other publications. Originally published at DeSmogBlog. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer kicked off a seven-hour long town hall on climate change with an unambiguous message of urgency on climate change. This unprecedented town hall is dedicated to the climate crisis,” he said, “an issue many voters say needs...

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Brexit: Ultra Fracas

Needless to say, last week was an exceptional one for UK politics. It looked like car crashing into a wall and flying into pieces. And the audience wonders…will the gas tank explode next? Boris Johnson managed to unify a heretofore hopelessly divided opposition against him, and made his bad situation worse by conducting a jihad against his own party. And day-to-day developments that don’t make the headlines are just as unflattering. For instance, Johnson appears to have no idea what Brexit...

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Take the (Night) Train Redux

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Earlier this year, I posted about the growing movement by European environmentalists to eschew airplanes and take the train (see Take the (Night) Train). When I found myself in High Point, North Carolina recently and needed to get back to New York City, I decided to check out Amtrak’s services. I found two trains ply that route daily: one direct and...

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US and Iran “At Cliff’s Edge”

Jerri-Lynn here. Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani presented the EU with an ultimatum of two months to save the Iran nuclear deal. In this Real News Network interview,the Independent’s Patrick Cockburn  says  the deal is likely to continue to deteriorate. GREG WILPERT: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore. Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, stated on Wednesday that the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, also more commonly known as the...

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Germany to Ban Use of Glyphosate By End 2023

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Germany has announced it will reduce its use of glyphosate and ban it outright from the end of 2023, just after an EU-wide license to use the weedkiller expires in December 2022. As DW reports in Germany set to ban glyphosate from end of 2023: The ban, agreed by the Cabinet on Wednesday, is part of an insect conservation program from Environment...

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