Schwab was asking for concrete measures. Even US President Donald Trump, who has long denied climate change, heeded the call and said the US would join the 1t.org initiative under which 1 trillion new trees are to be planted over the next 10 years globally. You may consider this to be a case of doing things for the sake of doing things as these trees will hardly be able to save the climate as we know it, but the initiative is part and parcel of a larger package of measures. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Davos is a call to action
Calls about legal action
The impeachment case accuses Trump of abusing power by withholding military aid from Ukraine at the same time that the president was seeking an investigation into Biden, and of obstructing Congress by instructing aides to not participate. But Trump's team contended Monday that even if Trump were to have abused his power in withholding the Ukraine military assistance, it would not be impeachable, because it did not violate a specific criminal statute. … [Read more...] about John Roberts reprimands BOTH sides in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial for calling each other traitors and liars after Senate blows past midnight as Democrats lose caustic battle to get witnesses and evidence
"It's a moment for Europe to say what we've done in the past hasn't always worked. Now we should be reaching out to these countries, offering them a new partnership, opening up our markets and welcoming their approach of greater democracy, greater freedom, greater human rights. This is a potentially good moment for our world and we should grab it and seize it and try and shape it." … [Read more...] about Nicolas Sarkozy calls for air strikes on Libya if Gaddafi attacks civilians
The kind of language used by government officials provides further evidence of just how precarious the situation is for those who remain. Their supposed deviousness – spoken of as a collective trait, common to all Rohingya – has provided the basis for the violence of recent years to take on its collective dimension. That shift from individual to group produces the mental state in which genocide becomes possible, and the ICJ’s decision should be read as a warning that once that state has been established, the threat of recurrent violence is high. … [Read more...] about The persecuted Rohingya now have legal protection, but will it amount to anything?
His trial began on January 6, with jury selection taking two weeks, and could last roughly six more. He had arrived at court everyday using his walker complete with tennis balls - a necessity, his team said, following back surgery. On Wednesday he managed to walk into court without the device, aided by members of his team. … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein used his friendship with the Clintons to intimidate his victims, taking phone calls ‘every other day’ from the former president and while he was with his accusers, court hears, as his rape trial finally starts