India took one of the hardest public lines at the climate change talks in Paris, and in the lead-up to them. Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, has publicly argued that it would be “morally wrong” to let rich countries off the hook for their historical emissions. The country has also stood by its decision to use massive quantities of highly polluting coal to power growth over coming decades, all while increasing the proportion of renewable energy. … [Read more...] about Australian newspaper cartoon depicting Indians eating solar panels attacked as racist
It is the United States’ great misfortune at such a time to be led by a president who sows division as a matter of political strategy. Bunkered down, now literally, in the White House, the president tweeted last week: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The words echoed those of a notorious Miami police chief during racial unrest in 1967. They were unworthy of a politician holding any office, let alone that of the presidency. From his defence of far-right marchers in Charlottesville to the abuse of black football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, Mr Trump has exacerbated racial division and exploited it to shore up his white voter base. Between now and November, there is a danger the president will attempt to act on the authoritarian undertones of his inauguration speech in 2017, when he talked of stamping out “American carnage” in the country’s inner cities. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on the death of George Floyd: a turning point?
One message that circulated on social media yesterday by angry demonstrators said: "Prepare the gallows because our anger doesn't end in one day." … [Read more...] about Ghouls pose for sexy pics in front of Beirut blast site where 158 died just last week
The US, UK, France, Gulf states and even rivals Israel have offered money and assistance - but Canada has refused to give cash directly to the Lebanese government due to fears of corruption. … [Read more...] about Lebanon’s ENTIRE government resigns over Beirut mega-blast amid corruption scandal
“These are big challenges that directly challenge some pretty entrenched interests and what we’ve seen over the last six months is a real unwillingness from the establishment to budge on these issues.” … [Read more...] about Lebanon ‘hurtling towards implosion’ with ‘real risk’ it could spiral into bloodshed and become new Syria, expert warns