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Joe Biden inspires no one not even his own wife
News ImageCan we stop pretending that Joe Biden is the inevitable 2020 candidate?Joe Biden is Hillary Clinton 2.0. Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/APMuch like Hillary Clinton in 2016, Joe Bidens Democratic primary campaign has thus far cloaked itself in an aura of inevitability. You might not like Joe Biden. He might say racist or sexist stuff from time to time. His gaffes might be occurring at an alarming rate. He might have uninspiring policy ideas. But hes going to win the primary anyway, so you better get used to him.That was the subtext, at least, and an explanation for how banal Bidens campaign has been so far. If victory is certain, why not hold the ball and milk the clock? Jill Biden, the former vice-presidents wife, made the case bizarrely explicit on MSNBC earlier this week. Your candidate might be better on, I dont know, health care, than Joe is, Biden said, but youve got to look at whos going to win this election, and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, Okay, I personally like so-and-so better, but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.To be sure, Joe Biden is leading among Democrats thus far. The RealClearPolitics average has him ahead of Bernie Sanders by around 12 points, and he has the support of major party funders. But less than a third of Democratic voters are planning to vote for Biden, down from more than 40% the week after his 25 April announcement. An Economist/YouGov poll from this week shows the race narrowing to within the margin of error Biden at 22%, Sanders at 19%, and Elizabeth Warren at 18%.Bidens fundraising picture also looks less rosy than it did back in May. Hes still the preferred choice of big party donors, but grassroots enthusiasm is receding. After raising an impressive $4.6m online on this first day of his campaign in April, things have slowed to a trickle. As Politico reports, Bidens median online daily fundraising by the end of June was just $67,000 a day, considerably below Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders.&> The case for Bidens invincibility is baffling hes been running for the Democratic nomination (and losing) since the 80sSanders is an especially important benchmark for Biden. They seem to be competing over much the same base working class, diverse, not college educated and either would benefit from the others downfall. Despite a narrative earlier this summer of campaign dysfunction and imminent collapse, recent polls have showed that the Vermont senator in a steady position within striking distance of Biden. Sanders has a rabid base of volunteers, superior online fundraising infrastructure, and his existing support may even be undercounted by most polls.Yet the media narrative continues to paint Sanders as a fringe pariah and Biden as the inevitable 2020 candidate. Its reminiscent of the 2016 Republican primaries, in which Donald Trump was considered an unserious candidate whose support was continually underestimated. The serious commentators kept waiting for an establishment wave of moderate Republicans to make first Jeb Bush, then Marco Rubio, and then even Ted Cruz happen.The case for Bidens invincibility is especially baffling hes been running for the Democratic nomination (and losing) since the 1980s. It simply boils down to Obama coalition supporters (particularly black and brown voters) going with the most familiar face to rid of Trump era upheavals.But electability is just one element of what voters are looking for, and Biden is running on nothing else. He has failed to adequately address his past positions in favor of Medicare and Social Security cuts, his engineering of loathed free trade deals, or his opposition to important desegregation measures.While other candidates are galvanizing people around Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and calls to redistribute wealth and power from the 1% to working Americans, Biden is offering nothing. Poke one hole in his electability bubble and his campaign looks ready to implode.This early in the race things are constantly changing many people are still undecided and wont start paying attention until much later on so we would do ourselves a lot of good not to live and die with every poll. However, if there is one lesson from the 2016 general election worth remembering its this: most people might have not liked Donald Trump, but he gave those who did a real reason to turn out on Election Day. He was a candidate with very obvious convictions running against someone who seemed to focus group and triangulate her every position.Joe Biden is Hillary Clinton 2.0. Perhaps Trumps time in office has been enough of a disaster that idea-avoidance will work this time. But if voters want to be inspired, theyll turn elsewhere or just stay at home again. Who knows, Jill Biden might even join them. * Bhaskar Sunkara is the founding editor of Jacobin magazine and a Guardian US columnist. He is the author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 03:00:06 -0400
A floating nuclear plant in Russia features a gym, bar, and pool. An expert calls it 'Chernobyl on ice.'
News ImageEnvironmental activists worry about the perils of placing nuclear reactors at sea, where they could be vulnerable to climate-related disasters.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:49:00 -0400
Newt Gingrich says slavery needs to be put 'in context,' calls 1619 project a 'lie'
News Image"There were several hundred thousand white Americans who died in the Civil War in order to free the slaves," Gingrich argued.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 11:53:09 -0400
Federal appeals court rules Colorado was 'wrong' to force electors to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016
News ImageBradley Moss and John Yoo weigh in on a federal court ruling in Colorado on the Electoral College that could make its way to the Supreme Court.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 23:32:18 -0400
Russian doctor has trace of radiation after explosion
News ImageMore than 100 Russian medical workers who helped treat victims of a recent mysterious explosion at a military testing range have undergone checks and one man has been found with a trace of radiation, officials said Friday. It was followed by a brief rise in radiation levels in nearby Severodvinsk, but the authorities insisted it didn't pose any danger. The Arkhangelsk regional administration said Friday that 110 medical workers have undergone checks that one man was found with a low amount of radioactive cesium-137 in his muscle tissue.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:12:24 -0400
Employee of Britain's Hong Kong mission held in China released - police
News ImageAn employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in China's border city of Shenzhen amid accusations of outside interference in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong was released on Saturday, Chinese police said. Simon Cheng was detained for 15 days for violating public security management regulations, police in Shenzhen's Luohu district said on their Twitter-like Weibo account.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 23:24:20 -0400
Police are trying to arrest their way out of a mass shooting epidemic, and experts warn it could have dire consequences
News ImageThe arrests won't fully or permanently stop a person determined to inflict mass death and the US is nowhere near close to tackling the root causes.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:50:59 -0400
2020 Toyota GR Supra vs. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: Which Is the Better Driver's Machine?
News ImageVastly different yet similarly capable, one of these rear-drive sports coupes begs to be driven harder than the other.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Brexit Held at the Border
News ImageIn the last two days Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed that Ireland temporarily leave the European Union to align with the economic rules of a post-Brexit U.K. German chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested, somewhat flippantly, that the U.K. could figure out a special trading arrangement for itself and Ireland in the next 30 days. And French president Emmanuel Macron has said that theres still room for negotiation between the U.K. and the EU, but hes willing to be the hard boy. Maybe Macron is taking the EU marriage metaphor a little too personally ...What on earth is going on?Its been three years since a majority of the U.K.s electorate voted to leave the European Union. And so far, all that Brexit has generated is a great deal of nearly incomprehensibly vocabulary. First we got Theresa Mays red lines, her attempt to define how it was exactly that Brexit means Brexit, and what the future relationship, if any, the United Kingdom would have with the EU. These red lines, an end to freedom of movement from EU member states into the U.K., and an exit from the EUs customs union ruled out the Norway option but not Canada Plus Plus. Or Canada Plus Plus Plus. Yes, Im serious.According to the withdrawal agreement negotiated between Theresa May and the rest of the EU, that future relationship has to be figured out in the transition period. Thats a two-year window after the U.K. leaves the EU in which it would continue to follow EU rules until they came to a trade agreement. That is, unless there is a no-deal Brexit and the U.K. simply exits the European Union on October 31 and conducts business with the world based on World Trade Organization rules. Got it? Well, sort of.The focus is now on the Irish-border backstop. Basically, the backstop is a promise that there will be no hard border a customs border across the island of Ireland, between the Republic of Ireland and the six counties of Northern Ireland. Irish public officials have argued (with the support of the EU) that a frictionless border is necessary for economic and political reasons. The frictionless border is understood there as part of the the peace settlement in Northern Ireland, following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. So too the all-island economy that it creates. The backstop is a promise by the U.K. to keep Northern Ireland following a number of regulations and customs rules that match it to the Republic of Ireland.This promise became the focus of Tory and Brexiteer anger at Theresa Mays withdrawal agreement. First, because it created what seemed like a negotiating trap for the U.K. during the transition period. Having already agreed to keep Northern Ireland (and the rest of the U.K. with it) aligned with the EUs rules as part of a backstop, the EU would have less incentive to come to another, different trade relationship to supersede that agreement. The price to be paid for testing and pushing the EU might carve up the United Kingdom itself. If Great Britain diverged from the EU at the end of the transition period, Northern Ireland would be partially politically detached from the Union, and perhaps its citizens would have to go through customs to travel within their own country, from Belfast to Birmingham.Recently Johnson has begun calling the backstop undemocratic and hinting that it violates the Good Friday Agreement. He has a point. The backstop would keep Northern Ireland subject to EU rules and regs in which they have no say. It would deprive Northern Irelands elected ministers to Parliament of any voice on matters that would be routine for MPs in any other constituent nation of the United Kingdom. That seems quite a lot like a partial form of Irish unification. But the Good Friday Agreement ensures that Irish unity can be achieved only by a majority vote for it in the six counties and another one in the Republic of Ireland.Proponents of the backstop hold that this measure would merely be the decision of a sovereign Parliament over a part of its territory. It is an agreement between Parliament and the EU and doesnt legally touch Ireland. Thats true. But, the reality is that it would create checks between constituent parts of the U.K. that normally exist between two different countries. It does so in order to prevent those checks on the island of Ireland. And it does so to meet the expectations of the Irish government based in Dublin. To whom would Northern Irish people turn when trade policy affects them? Nobody they directly elect would have a constitutional say.Effectively these economic rules would be imposed on Northern Ireland as if it were a kind of EU colony, and done in the interests of the Republic of Ireland. This may satisfy the historical imagination of Irish nationalists. (Believe me, there is a delicious irony to be savored here.) But it is hard to argue that such a result is consonant with the Good Friday Agreement. Or a wise way to endear Northern Irish unionists to the Irish government.All of this confusion is the result of a kind of gamesmanship. The EU and U.K. each want to use the Irish border as a reason to crack the others negotiating position. The EU would like to see the U.K. bounced into a permanent customs union in which it has no say, effectively maintaining the economic size and power of the EU while reducing the political influence of Eurosceptical Britannia. On the other side, the U.K. would like to see the Irish-border issue work in the opposite way, forcing the EU to strike an especially good and liberal trade deal with the U.K. that comes with fewer strings attached than those on Norway or other states that have non-standard arrangements.The lesson is rather obvious. You cannot predetermine what kind of infrastructure will be at a border and what laws will be enforced at it, in the absence of a durable agreement on trade in goods and materials. The EU and the U.K. have been trying to resolve questions in the wrong order. Both have done so out of a reasonable fear of loss.But the hour is late, and the real work must be done.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:22:09 -0400
Trump fumes over emissions deal between automakers and California
News ImageThe president decried a deal between the most populous U.S. state and four major automakers.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:22:13 -0400
Radical gun reform may finally have a voice in Washington
News ImageAn ambitious agenda by the March for Our Lives activists may be the first time the majority of Americans get real representationA young girl looks on as she attends a vigil for the victims of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesMarch for Our Lives, the national youth gun violence prevention movement founded by survivors of last years school shooting in Parkland, Florida, released a sweeping gun reform agenda this week.The agenda calls for significantly raising the standards for gun ownership in America, and reducing by about 100m the total number of guns in circulation.Its a dramatic, ambitious plan. And it may represent the first time in decades that the majority of Americans will get any real representation in the gun control debate in Washington.March for Our Lives young activists endorsed an Australia-style mandatory government buyback and destruction of assault weapons. They want to decrease the number of guns in circulation by 30% which would mean roughly 100m fewer firearms in American hands. They proposed regulations that would dramatically raise the bar for who is allowed to purchase a gun, putting US law much more in line with European countries. And they want to revisit the 2009 supreme court decision, District of Columbia v Heller, which enshrined a pro-gun interpretation of Americans second amendment right to bear arms.These proposals are substantially more aggressive, and more ambitious, than anything the Democrats in Washington have fought for in years. In fact, for decades, gun control groups and progressive politicians have done a poor job at representing the majority of Americans in Congress when it comes to gun control. A surprising voidDemocrats have fought for minor new restrictions on gun buying and been defeated by the Republican partys gun absolutists but, fundamentally, the Democratic party has remained supportive of gun ownership.Democratic lawmakers efforts to ban assault weapons, for example, have not meant an actual ban on these guns, but only a ban on future sales, meaning that Americans could keep the millions of military-style rifles they already own. President Obamas signature gun control legislation after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a compromise bill that would have closed just a few of the gaping loopholes in the nations background check system a measure so weak its doubtful whether it would have had any effect on gun violence at all.The countrys largest gun control groups, too, have made great efforts to portray themselves as pro-gun safety, not anti-gun. They routinely advertise themselves as supporters of Americans second amendment right to bear arms. And they have focused on commonsense reforms, such as getting what activists see as particularly extreme weapons off the streets, or requiring a criminal background check before every gun sale.This lack of any explicit anti-gun side in the American gun debate is strange.Although many Americans may not realize it, gun owners are a minority in the United States. American civilians overall own an estimated 300m to 400m firearms, more than one gun per person. But this frequently cited statistic obscures how concentrated American gun ownership is.In recent surveys, roughly 70% to 80% of Americans said they do not personally own a gun, and a majority said that nobody in their household owns a gun. Just 3% of American adults own half the countrys guns, according to a definitive 2015 survey. This small group of gun super-owners have an average of 17 guns each.Gun absolutists the activists who oppose any gun control measures, who want Americans to be able to own any kind of gun, and carry them everywhere are a minority within that minority. According to the best available estimates, fewer than 10% of American gun owners overall are members of the National Rifle Association.There appear to be at least as many Americans who are vehemently anti-gun as there are NRA members.Recent Gallup polls have found that 28% of American adults say they would support a law banning handgun ownership, except by the police and other authorized persons. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey found that 9% of American adults believed that almost no one should be legally allowed to own guns about the same proportion as the number of adults who believed that almost everyone should be able to own them.A coalition of 9% of American adults would translate into more than 20 million people. Thats a group four times larger than the NRA, which claims between 5 million and 6 million members.Only a minority of Americans oppose most private gun ownership. But theres strong majority support for much tougher gun control laws than the ones currently on the books.A 2017 Pew survey found 68% supported banning assault-style weapons. Seventy-one percent supported having a federal database to track all gun sales. A 2018 Gallup survey found 68% of respondents supported raising the legal age to buy certain guns. A Quinnipiac poll in May found 77% of respondents were in favor of requiring people to obtain a license before being able to purchase a gun.Its not hard to find Americans who oppose the countrys current gun culture. They show up at gun control rallies, holding signs that say things like Repeal the Second Amendment. They live in neighborhoods burdened by decades of daily gun violence. Theyve lost family members or friends to shootings. They keep asking: why cant we just get rid of the guns?But for years, these Americans views have not been well represented by Americas gun safety groups, and they have had virtually no representation in Congress.This may finally be starting to change. Moving the gun debateIn 2016, a progressive activist launched Guns Down America, a small organization that advocates not simply for gun sense laws, but for a future with fewer guns. Following the Parkland shooting, the young March for Our Lives activists have advocated unapologetically for bold reform, though they, like other American gun control activists, say theyre not anti-gun and their proposals for stricter regulation represent the interests of responsible gun owners.Its not yet clear how much the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates will move towards embracing these majority opinions on gun control policy. But theres already been movement towards the actual middle of the debate.In 2016, Obama argued in a CNN Town Hall that issues like licensing, registration, thats an area where theres just not enough national consensus at this stage to even consider it. This year, the New Jersey senator Cory Booker made gun licensing the center of his 2020 gun control platform.After the mass shooting targeting Latino families in El Paso, the former Texas congressman Beto ORourke said he endorsed not just an assault weapon ban, but a mandatory federal buyback of assault weapons. On Wednesday, he became the first Democratic 2020 candidate to tweet that he supported March for Our Lives new policy agenda.ORourkes campaign did not back away from the most controversial elements of the youth activists plan, including their desire to revisit the supreme courts current interpretation of the second amendment, enshrined in the Heller decision.While Beto agrees with the courts holding that the second amendment allows for regulation, he does not agree with the entirety of the Heller decision, said Aleigha Cavalier, ORourkes national press secretary. One piece of the Heller case Beto believes should be revisited is the courts decision to strike down DCs safe storage requirements.Americas gun debate may soon actually have two sides.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 01:00:08 -0400
After 11 tons of trash taken off Mount Everest, officials ban single-use plastics
News ImageMount Everest has become littered with trash and bodies as more adventurers try their luck at scaling the natural wonder.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:45:30 -0400
Sanders campaign boss concedes he may not win New Hampshire
News ImageThe campaign manager for Bernie Sanders emphasized Thursday that New Hampshire is a critical presidential primary state he expects Sanders to win, but he's leaving room for a scenario in which Sanders falls short. Faiz Shakir said he doesn't "like the language of must-win," though he does believe it is an important early voting state.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 20:44:00 -0400
UK Hong Kong consulate worker Simon Cheng freed after detention in mainland China
News ImageA British Consulate official has returnedto Hong Kong after being detained in mainland China for 15 days, his family said on Saturday. Simon Cheng, 28, who works as a trade and investment officer at the Hong Kong consulates Scottish Development International section, disappeared on August 8 on the way back from a business event in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, which borders the financial hub. His Taiwanese girlfriend was the last to hear from him when he messaged her from the Express Rail link in the evening on his way back to Hong Kong to say: Passing through. Pray for me. After the UK expressed extreme concern about the case this week, China's foreign ministry finally broke its silence on Wednesday, confirming that he had been detained in Shenzhen but not releasing any further details. On Saturday, his family announced that he had returned to the territory. "Simon has returned to Hong Kong; thanks you everyone for your support! Simon and his family wish to have some time to rest and recover, and will not take any interview for the moment," they said in astatement. An activist holds an illustration of Simon Cheng during a gathering outside the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong Credit: AFP In a statement posted on the Twitter-like Weibo, Shenzhen police said he was "punished with administrative detention for 15 days... for violating the law of the People's Republic of China on public safety management." Cheng was released on Saturday as the term had expired, the police said, adding he had "confessed to the facts of his illegal activity", but without saying what he was accused of. China said this week that MrChengis a Hong Kong resident who had been placed in administrative detention forviolating public order regulations. Hong Kong crisis | Comment and analysis During a daily briefing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuangsaid on Friday that MrCheng's case is merely a public security issue and not a "diplomatic matter". On Friday,the Canadian Consulate banned its staff from leaving the city on official business. The Canadian Consulate did not say whether the travel restriction on local staff was related to the detention of MrCheng. "At present, locally engaged staff will not undertake official business travel outside of Hong Kong," the Canadian Consulate said in a statement.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:19:56 -0400
Japan, U.S. reach framework trade pact, no tariff cuts on Japan cars - Nikkei
News ImageThe United States and Japan have reached the broad framework of a trade agreement, with Washington maintaining tariffs on Japanese autos but Tokyo cutting tariffs on U.S. beef and pork, Japan's Nikkei business daily said on Saturday. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi reached the deal on Friday in Washington, and it will be announced at a meeting of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected on Sunday on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, the newspaper said. The report comes shortly after Motegi told reporters in Washington that he and Lighthizer had made "big progress" in their talks.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:26:04 -0400
Overstock CEO resigns over relationship with Russian 'spy'
News ImageThe chief executive of the e-commerce firm Overstock.com stepped down Thursday over his relationship with an alleged Russian intelligence operative jailed for meddling in US politics. Patrick Byrne only recently admitted that he had a close relationship with Maria Butina for three years, during the period when she beguiled top Republican and National Rifle Association officials with talk of strengthening Moscow-Washington relations and her flair with guns.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:56:32 -0400
China Buys American Soybeans after Vowing to Boycott U.S. Farm Products
News ImageChina purchased a comparatively small amount ofU.S. soybeans several days ago after promising to boycott U.S. farm products amid deteriorating trade negotiations with the Trump administration.Beijing reached agreements last week to buy 9,589 metric tons of American soybeans for the current marketing year and66,000 metric tons for the following year, which starts September 1, according to data from theU.S. Department of Agriculture released Thursday.An August 5 statement from China's Ministry of Commerce said Chinese companies would boycott American farm products in response to the Trump administration's heavy tariffs on Chinese products.In May, the White House upped tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent, claiming Beijing had reneged on the previously agreed terms of a trade deal.The U.S. also currently has a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese high-tech products.In response, China has slapped 25 percent tariffs on tens of billions in U.S. goods, including cars, planes, propane, soybeans, beef, and whiskey. The duties caused a steep drop in American farm exports, and the Trump administration has since compensated farmers up to$28 billions for their losses.Despite apparently breaking its boycott, China, which is the world's largest soybean importer, is still not purchasing anywhere near as many American soybeans as it has in the past. Last year, American sales of soybeans to China dropped 74 percent as Beijing gave its business to South America.President Trump has long complained about China's trade practices, accusing the country of contributing heavily to the U.S. trade deficit as well as stealing intellectual property from American companies.Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion. We cannot let this continue! the president wrote in a tweet around the time of China's retaliatory tariffs.The administration had said it planned to impose tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese goods by September 1, but later said it would delay imposing them until December."Despite the U.S. decision to delay tariffs on some Chinese goods . . . if the United States rides roughshod over Chinas opposition and imposes any new tariffs, China will be forced to adopt retaliatory actions,"Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said Thursday.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:05:27 -0400
Trump's threat to dump thousands of ISIS fighters into Europe could end up hurting the US's fiercest ally in Syria
News Image"I'll have no choice but to release them," President Donald Trump said Wednesday. This could end up complicating the fight against the Islamic State.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:16:16 -0400
An innocent man spent months in jail after customs officials thought honey he brought back from Jamaica was liquid meth
News ImageLeon Haughton told The Washington Post he was jailed for 82 days after customs officials in Baltimore alleged that the three jars of honey were meth.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:42:21 -0400
Florida set to execute serial killer who preyed on gay men
News ImageA serial killer who preyed on older gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead on or near the East Coast is scheduled to be executed Thursday evening.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:52:31 -0400
Justice Department: Psychologist removed Jeffrey Epstein from suicide watch
News ImageThe Justice Department said it was limited in what could be disclosed because of three continuing investigations into the death led by the FBI, the department's inspector general and the Bureauof Prisons.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:05:28 -0400
Rep. Steve King wants to make abortion point in 'softer way'
News ImageBacked by supporters at a news conference in Des Moines, the Iowa Republican affirmed his belief that abortion should be outlawed with no exceptions for rape or incest. King faced criticism for his comment Aug. 14 that questioned whether there would be "any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape or incest. The remarks were condemned by numerous groups and individuals, including Republican and Democratic candidates seeking to oust King, Democratic presidential candidates as well as the Iowa Republican Party and Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in House leadership.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:31:07 -0400
Amazon fires: Bolsonaro actively trying to devastate rainforest, leaked documents show
News ImageJair Bolsonaro hopes to sabotage conservation efforts in the Amazon, leaked documents show.A series of powerpoint slides reveal that Brazilian government officials intend to build a bridge, motorway and hydroelectric plant through the rainforest.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 11:26:45 -0400
U.S. new home sales drop sharply, point to more housing weakness
News ImageSales of new U.S. single-family homes sank more than expected in July, a sign that the housing market continued in low gear despite lower mortgage rates and a strong labor market. The Commerce Department said on Friday new home sales dropped 12.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635,000 units last month. Economists had expected a sales pace of 649,000 units.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:32:17 -0400
Homemade bomb kills Israeli teen, wounds two others in West Bank
News ImageA rare homemade bomb attack in the occupied West Bank killed an Israeli teen and seriously wounded her father and brother Friday as they visited a spring near a Jewish settlement, officials said. Israeli security forces deployed throughout the area where the attack took place near the settlement of Dolev, northwest of Ramallah, to search for suspects. Israeli medics had earlier reported that a 17-year-old had been critically wounded in the attack and officials later announced her death, naming her as Rina Shnerb from the central Israeli city of Lod.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:12:48 -0400
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Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:55:00 -0400
Modi Ally Calls for Boycott of China Companies on Kashmir, Trade
News Image(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here.Indians should stop buying from Chinese companies and the government should reconsider trade concessions to its biggest neighbor after China allied with Pakistan on Kashmir, according to an economic policy group linked with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.Companies like technology giant Huawei Technologies Co. should be barred from accessing the Indian market in the future and Chinese companies should be banned from state tenders, Ashwani Mahajan, co-convenor of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, affiliated to the ruling partys ideological parent, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh said in an interview Thursday.Not just in Kashmir, we believe that Chinese companies are a security threat to India especially in telecom, Mahajan said by phone. Not just in consumer goods, theyre a threat in telecom because their companies have massive support from the state, are allowed to vastly underbid Indian companies and win tenders for critical infrastructure.The group met Indian telecom companies on Aug. 17 to discuss strategies to be used to curb Chinese industry. The organization had also written a letter to Prime Narendra Modi seeking action against China, Mahajan said. Calls made to the Prime Ministers Office seeking comment went unanswered.This isnt the first time that the Swadesh Jagran Manch has called for a ban on Chinese goods and companies. The group, along with the Confederation of All India Traders had called for a similar ban in March this year after China blocked the blacklisting of Pakistan-based Maulana Masood Azhar, founder of the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed, at the U.N. Security Council.A ban called by both organizations during the festival of Diwali in 2016 wasnt successful, although traders anticipated the sale of Chinese products would fall by 30%, the Press Trust of India reported. India has a trade deficit of over $53 billion with China.To contact the reporter on this story: Archana Chaudhary in New Delhi at achaudhary2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.net, Abhay SinghFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:00:00 -0400
Dog owner charged with second-degree murder in Detroit 9-year-old's mauling death
News ImagePierre Cleveland, 33, of Detroit will face charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a dangerous animal causing death
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:42:45 -0400
Fast-moving wildfire erupts in California, forcing thousands to evacuate
News ImageMountain fire races across hundreds of acres in just hours as wildfire season looms large over the stateThis photo provided by Cal Fire shows an aerial view of the Mountain Fire on 22 August. Photograph: APA fast-moving wildfire that broke out on Thursday in northern California has forced the evacuation of nearly 4,000 residents, racing across at least 600 acres within just a few hours, officials say. The Mountain fire, which erupted on the outskirts of a national forest in northern California, has threatened 1,110 homes and structures. As of Friday morning the fire was 40% contained , according to Cal Fire.The cause of the fire is under investigation.Photos of the blaze posted on Twitter by the Shasta county sheriffs office showed thick black and gray smoke billowing into the area over a highway near the Shasta-Trinity national forest.Jones Valley and Bella Vista area residents! This situation is very fluid and rapidly changing, if you do not see your road listed but feel you are in danger YOU MAY EVACUATE to Shasta College Gymnasium, the sheriffs department said in a separate tweet.The Mountain fire is threatening thousands of homes and forcing evacuations. Photograph: APThe Shasta College campus was closed along with Highway 299 and about a dozen smaller roads. Residents of small communities in the path of the flames were told to evacuate or be prepared to flee on short notice.California was hit by some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in a century last year and state officials have warned this years fire season could be similarly intense.The Camp fire, which broke out in Butte county in November and overran the town of Paradise, killed 86 people and left thousands of others homeless. State fire investigators determined that the Camp fire was sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric Co transmission lines.The Mountain fire broke out on the same day that Bernie Sanders, the senator and Democratic presidential candidate, unveiled his $16.3tn climate change plan and toured Paradise, which he called a wake-up call for our entire nation.Climate change is a major, major crisis for our country, and the entire world, and one of the manifestations of that crisis is what happened here, Sanders said as he walked through a burned-out mobile home park in Paradise alongside people who lost their homes in last Novembers deadly blaze.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:23:16 -0400
3 Russian teen sisters on trial for killing their father, citing years of horrific abuse, put a spotlight on domestic violence in the country
News ImageKrestina, Angelina, and Maria, Khachaturyan stabbed their father 36 times. Their lawyer says they suffered years of abuse, and acted in self-defense.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:38:30 -0400
Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit
Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suitA federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering invocations does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday's decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the Pennsylvania House's policy of limiting prayers at the start of legislative sessions to guest chaplains who believe in God or a divine or higher power. After the guest chaplain policy was blocked, House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, began assigning the invocation to House members.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:36:40 -0400
Trump news: President explodes in astonishing attack on Federal Reserve and orders US companies to cease trading with China 'immediately'
News ImageDonald Trump has launched an extraordinary attack on the Federal Reserve and its chairman Jerome Powell while seemingly demanding US companies cease trading with China immediately as the rival superpower upped the ante in their ongoing trade war by hiking tariffs on $75bn (61bn) of American goods.After Mr Powell addressed a central bank symposium in Wyoming and declined to say he would cut interest rates in accordance with the presidents wishes, the commander-in-chief exploded on Twitter and asked who is the the bigger enemy of the US, Mr Powell or Chinese premier Xi Jinping.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:41:00 -0400
Russia's Chechnya inaugurates what it says is Europe's largest mosque
News ImageAuthorities in the Russian region of Chechnya on Friday inaugurated what they said was the largest mosque in Europe in a pomp-filled ceremony attended by local and foreign officials. Named after the Prophet Mohammed, the marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the "largest and most beautiful" mosque in Europe. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, said the mosque -- located in Shali, a town of 54,000 just outside the regional capital Grozny -- was "unique in its design, and majestic in its size and beauty".
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:33:45 -0400
Ex-US marine says injured by Russian prison guards
News ImageA former US marine who was arrested in Moscow on espionage charges said Friday he had been injured by guards in the prison where he is being held awaiting trial. "I was injured in the prison... the prison doesn't want to tell you," Paul Whelan told journalists from a cage in a Moscow court, which was to decide on whether to extend his provisional detention. Whelan arrived in the court handcuffed and escorted by two security guards wearing black masks and plain clothes.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:11:38 -0400
A Federal Court Strikes a Powerful Blow for Free Speech and Religious Freedom
News ImageEarlier today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutional order, limited the reach of expansive nondiscrimination laws, and protected a Christian couple from having to choose between their business and their conscience.The facts of the case are simple. The plaintiffs, Carl and Angel Larsen, are videographers who create commercials, short films, and live-event productions. While they work with anyone of any race, sex, sexual orientation, or religion, they will not produce videos that advance viewpoints that violate their Christian beliefs. That includes videos that contradict biblical truth; promote sexual immorality; support the destruction of unborn children; promote racism or racial division; incite violence; degrade women; or promote any conception of marriage other than as a lifelong institution between one man and one woman.The Larsens hoped to begin producing wedding videos, but Minnesota interpreted its human-rights act to require them to produce both opposite-sex- and same-sex-wedding videos, or none at all. Minnesota would also require them to produce videos that depicted same- and opposite-sex weddings in an equally positive light. This raised the possibility that a gay couple who didnt like the subjective quality of a video the Larsens produced for them could seek state sanctions based on alleged sexual-orientation discrimination.With the assistance of my friends and former colleagues at the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Larsens filed suit, claiming that Minnesotas rule would compel them to speak in support of messages they oppose. The trial court ruled in favor of the state, and the Larsens appealed.One of the key constitutional questions of our time is whether the First Amendment will retain its supremacy and potency even as nondiscrimination rules and regulations expand in scope and reach. In this case, the Eight Circuit answered answered with an emphatic Yes, and it did so through a majority opinion that provided a clear roadmap for future courts and future controversies.Judge David Strass majority opinion begins with a simple, obvious, but crucial conclusion. The Larsenss wedding videos are a form of speech that is entitled to First Amendment protection. Though they dont make feature films, their wedding videos would still clearly communicate a message in the same way that films do. As the court explained, their wedding videos would be designed to tell healthy stories of sacrificial love and commitment between a man and a woman and celebrate the divinely ordained marriage covenant.Moreover, the fact that the Larsens were producing videos for profit did not diminish their constitutional protection. Documentaries make money. Feature films make money. Are they not clearly protected speech? To put it plainly, Minnesota was attempting to engage in one of the most intrusive state actions on the First Amendment. It was attempting to compel the Larsens to deliver a message they opposed.Yet that finding did not end the inquiry. State agencies have long argued that the governmental interests supporting public-accommodation laws and other nondiscrimination statutes are so compelling that they can and should override the speech protections of the First Amendment. In constitutional legalese, they claim that nondiscrimination laws are so vital they should be able to survive strict scrutiny.If the court did find that nondiscrimination laws can even compel speech, it would invert the constitutional order. It would relegate the First Amendment to second-class status less potent than a mere state regulation. Indeed, this is the argument that much of the legal Left has been making for years. They view First Amendmentbased arguments against public-accommodation laws or other nondiscrimination statutes as a form of special pleading by religious Americans, a request to be exempt from the fair and just rules that govern the rest of us.But this is exactly backwards. The First Amendment is part of our nations governing document, and it recognizes the unalienable rights possessed by all Americans not just people of faith. State and local regulators are engaged in special pleading. Theyre seeking carve-outs from the supreme law of the land.Judge Stras understands this reality quite clearly. Even antidiscrimination laws, as critically important as they are, he writes must yield to the Constitution. And as compelling as the interest in preventing discriminatory conduct may be, speech is treated differently under the First Amendment.Yes. Exactly. He continues:&> Regulating speech because it is discriminatory or offensive is not a compelling state interest, however hurtful the speech may be. It is a bedrock principle ... that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.There are those who will claim that this decision will clear the way for wholesale discrimination in the name of free speech. It will do no such thing. Instead it will protect a small minority of creative professionals who do not discriminate against any member of any protected class from being conscripted into saying things they do not believe.We can expect that Minnesota will appeal to the Supreme Court, and if the Court accepts review it will be difficult to see SCOTUS reversing the court of appeals. The case that wedding videos represent protected speech is very strong, and once its deemed to be protected speech, the Court would have to contradict key prior precedents to overcome the Larsons' rights of conscience and compel their speech as a condition of doing business.One should always be cautious when projecting case outcomes, but the Eighth Circuit has laid the judicial foundation for a ruling that should, ultimately, reaffirm the primacy of the Constitution in American law.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:32:29 -0400
The Hyde Amendment Denies Women Health Care. Yes, Abortion Is Health Care
News ImageThe Hyde Amendment keeps women of color, young people, the LGBTQ community, immigrants and lower-income people from accessing abortion care, writes Congresswoman Barbara Lee. She says it's time for Congress to repeal it.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:26:57 -0400
Florida will be target of tropical depression expected to form off Southeast coast this weekend
News ImageA tropical disturbance that formed Wednesday near the Bahamas continues to spintoward Florida.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:46:52 -0400
Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey
News ImageAn Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey early Saturday after Greece said it wouldn't risk its relations with America by aiding it. The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the country's south and home to an oil terminal.
Sat, 24 Aug 2019 02:09:19 -0400
Released from death row, then returned forced to prove race discrimination a second time
News ImageCases before N.C. Supreme Court show link between slavery, Jim Crow and modern death penalty is as connected as 'ropes of the lynch-man's noose'
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:01:55 -0400
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Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Here are the reasons for Trump's economic war with China
News ImageOn Friday the US president hereby ordered companies to halt business with China, among other attacks how did we get here? Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Osaka, Japan, on 29 June. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/ReutersEven by Donald Trumps standards his Twitter rant attacking China on Friday was extraordinary. In a series of outbursts Trump hereby ordered US companies to stop doing business with China, accused the country of killing 100,000 Americans a year with imported fentanyl and stealing hundred of billions in intellectual property.The attack marked a new low in Sino-US relations and looks certain to escalate a trade war already worrying investors, manufacturers and economists who are concerned that the dispute between the two economic superpowers could trigger a recession.Not so long ago Trump called Chinas president, Xi Jinping, a good friend. Now he is an enemy. How did we get here? China, China, ChinaOn the campaign trail Trump railed against China accusing it of pulling off one of the greatest thefts in the history of the world and raping the US economy.Trump repeated the word China so often it spawned a viral video of him saying it over and over again. The attacks were a hit with voters and helped get him elected. He has continued lambasting China to cheers at rallies ever since.His main beef? The trade deficit. Trade deficitThe US imported a record $539.5bn in goods from China in 2018 and sold the Chinese $120.3bn in return. The difference between those two numbers $419.2bn is the trade deficit.That deficit has been growing for years as manufacturing has shifted to low-cost China and, according to Trump, it explains the hollowing out of US manufacturing.For Trump, and especially for his adviser Peter Navarro, who once described China as the planets most efficient assassin, trade deficits represent an existential threat to US jobs and national security. China makes up the largest part of the US trade deficit but those fears are also behind his disputes with the EU, Canada and Mexico.His detractors argue these deficit worries are hyperbole and a result of the USs stronger economy, which allows consumers to buy goods at cheaper prices.The truth is probably somewhere in between.While its true that unemployment is at record lows and consumers continue to prop up the economy, manufacturing jobs have been lost (automation is also to blame for this) and with them wage growth (although the hollowing out of unions plays a part here).But it is not just deficits that concerns Trump. ThievesChina has a deserved reputation for intellectual property theft. On Friday, Trump estimated China robs the US of hundreds of billions a year in ideas.In March, a CNBC poll found one in five US corporations had intellectual property stolen from them within the last year by China.According to the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, the theft costs $600bn a year. Beijing bucksLike Tesla, Nio, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) company, is suffering as subsidies for EVs are phased out. Unlike Tesla, Nio has Xi. China is pumping $1.5bn into the company to keep it on the road, the latest in a series of handouts that the Trump administration believes are unfair.Cheap steel and aluminium, subsidized by the Chinese government, are the origins of this trade dispute. According to the White House, last year alone China dumped and unfairly subsidized goods including steel wheels, tool chests and cabinets and rubber bands on to the US market.To be fair the US too is more than willing to bail out its industries (see: the banks or the automakers) at the taxpayers expense. But at this point fair is not up for discussion. Currency manipulatorEarlier this month the US officially accused China of manipulating its currency to gain unfair competitive advantage in international trade.It was the first time since 1994 that such a complaint has been made official and comes as the dollar has strengthened against world currencies. The dispute adds another layer of tension to a complex situation.China disputed the charge accusing the US of deliberately destroying international order with unilateralism and protectionism.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) appears to be on Chinas side, arguing the devaluation of the yuan is largely in line with worsening economic conditions in China. What happens next?The US has now slapped billions of dollars on tariffs on Chinese goods. China retaliated, again, on Friday with more levies on US goods. Chinas economic growth has slowed to levels unseen since 1992; US economic forecasts have also been cut.American farmers were the first to feel the result, as China has canceled orders, and manufacturers are increasingly gloomy. So far US consumers have not felt the pinch but JP Morgan estimates the average US household will end up paying $1,000 a year for goods if the latest set of tariffs go through.The unanswerable question is whether any of this will sway Trump. If his supporters continue to see a trade war with China and the pain it will cause as the necessary price to Make America Great Again, then the answer is probably no.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:10:16 -0400
Encouraged by Johnson's visit, UK officials now hoping rest of EU agrees to work on Brexit solution
News ImageBritain is hoping the rest of the European Union falls in behind France and Germany and agrees to work on solving a deadlock over Brexit, with officials sensing a glimmer of hope after meetings this week, but conscious of the need for a wider consensus in Europe. Britain is on course to leave the EU, its biggest trading partner, on Oct. 31 without any formal deal to soften the unprecedented divorce, unless both sides agree to reopen stalled talks and find a way to resolve their differences. This week, some British newspapers cheered what they called a major breakthrough and sterling rose after both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron offered Prime Minister Boris Johnson what he described as "positive noises" on their willingness to consider an exit deal agreement.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:36:13 -0400
Turkey vows not to quit army postsurrounded in Syria
News ImageForeign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that Turkish troops will not quit a military observation post in northwestern Syria where they are surrounded by government forces. "We are there, not because we can't leave but because we don't want to leave," he told a news conference in Lebanon, denying that Turkish troops had been "cut off" by a government advance into the jihadist-ruled Idlib region. Earlier, Syrian regime forces overran a string of towns and villages in the north of Hama province, including the town of Morek, where the Turkish observation post is located, Syria's state news agency SANA said.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 20:42:58 -0400
Man arrested after using Band-Aids and gauze to repair flat tires
News ImageDeputies arrested a man who was allegedly under the influence of drugs, using Band-Aids and gauze to repair flat tires.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:43:18 -0400
Putin Needs to Bury This Relic of Stalin
News Image(Bloomberg Opinion) -- As Europe marks 80 years of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, which carved up eastern Europe between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, Russia is trying to defend the agreement again. There is no political benefit to doing this. President Vladimir Putin needs to abandon his Stalinist inheritance ofa foreign policy based solely on national interest.If Moscow needed any reminder that many in eastern Europe still hold the treaty against it and still consider it a threat, plenty came on the anniversary. The governments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania the countries directly affected by the pacts secret protocol issued a joint statement saying the document sparked World War II and doomed half of Europe to decades of misery.More than a million people gathered to celebrate the Baltic Chain, the 419-mile (675 kilometer) long line of people who protested Soviet rule on Aug. 23, 1989. The demonstrators didnt pick that day at random they, too, were making the point that the subjugation of their countries by the Soviet Union began with the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact.Russia is fighting back. In Moscow, the original of the treaty is now exhibited alongside documents relating to both the 1938 Munich Agreement, where British and French leaders sanctioned the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland, and Polands subsequent invasion of part of Czechoslovakia.At the opening of the exhibition earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke of Britain and Frances treachery: By cosying up to Hitler, they forced the Soviet Union to sign a deal with the Nazis to ensure its own security, he said. Had the Western Europeans listened to the Soviets and set up a collective security system, the bloodshed of World War II could have been averted. Lavrov was making a clear analogy with Russias efforts to build an alternative security architecture in todays Europe an idea the Kremlin hasnt abandoned despite the rest of Europes lack of interest.For its part, the Russian mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the group the Kremlin sees as the foundation for its alternative security architecture, tweeted on Aug. 20 that lots of other countries had signed pacts with the Nazis before the Soviet Union did.Kremlin officials can say all this until they go hoarse, but that cant erase the undeniable fact that the Soviet Unions security didnt require it to grab the Baltics and parts of Poland and Romania. Poland, which tried to benefit from the Nazis aggression, has admitted it was in the wrong when it invaded part of Czechoslovakia. President Lech Kaczynski apologized for it in 2009.In 1989, the Soviet Union, too, officially condemned the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact but subsequent Russian communications about it, including an entire article signed by Putin himself in the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, have come with the caveat that lots of others were at it, too.These excuses are a major reason other European countries dont trust Russia: To them, Putin and his subordinates are saying that Moscow would do something like this all over again if its interests dictated it, small countries be damned.Concern this might happen was what drove eastern Europeans into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The reality of the annexation of Crimea another opportunistic move dictated ostensibly by Russian security considerations is pushing Ukraine in the same direction.If Putins goal was to inspire trust and start a meaningful conversation about collective European security in an age of increasing global competition, an unconditionally apologetic stance would work much better. Refraining from invading neighboring countries would be an even more meaningful step.I suspect, however, that Putin doesnt really believe in such goals, because, like Stalin, he thinks a deal with the devil, based on common interest rather than trust, is the best.My epiphany about the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact came when I read the long-lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi ideologue and Hitlers one-time minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories. Rosenberg was skeptical about the deal and recoiled in horror when fellow Nazi Richard Darre told him of Joachim von Ribbentrops comment that he had felt as though among old party comrades when meeting the Soviet leadership.Incredulously, Rosenberg recounted that during Ribbentrops visit, Stalin raised his glass not just to Hitler but also to Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi security chief, calling him the guarantor of order in Germany.Himmler has eradicated communism, i.e. those who believed in Stalin, and this one without any need for it raises a toast to the exterminator of his faithful, Rosenberg noted.For Stalin, any kind of ideology took a back seat to expediency. He was a man of interests, not values. In that sense, Putin, an avowed anti-communist who has condemned Stalin on many occasions, is following the dictators realpolitik. His adherence to his current Orthodox Christian brand of social conservatism is as flimsy as Stalins link to leftist idealism was. If Putin can do a deal that will promote what he sees as Russias interests, he will do it with anyone. He will wear any hat required of him while doing so, and raise any toast. He is oblivious to Molotov-Ribbentrops biggest lesson of all: That such agreements dont hold.Thats why eastern Europeans, and especially Ukrainians, are so worried about the possibility of a grand bargain between Putin and a U.S. president, most recently Donald Trump. The consequences for them could be comparable to those of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact.Whats needed from Russia isnt an apology for carving up Europe with Hitler,but a different foreign policy is one in which principles trump interests. Only such a change can bring closer the idealistic vision of a Europe that stretches from Lisbon to Vladivostok, a goal to which both Russian and European leaders still like to refer. And that shift shouldnt come at a moment of weakness, as it did in the waning years of the Soviet Union. Restoring trust should be a conscious process. It will take some time.To contact the author of this story: Leonid Bershidsky at lbershidsky@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Edward Evans at eevans3@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Leonid Bershidsky is Bloomberg Opinion's Europe columnist. He was the founding editor of the Russian business daily Vedomosti and founded the opinion website Slon.ru.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 07:52:10 -0400
More than 6,100 flights delayed across the US over thunderstorms in the Northeast
News ImageThe Northeast is being hit with heavy rain, causing aflurry of flight delays and cancellations
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:24:25 -0400
US homeland security chief tours Panama jungle migrant camp
News ImageThe acting U.S. homeland security secretary visited a camp in the Panamanian jungle Friday housing hundreds of migrants who survived the perilous border crossing from Colombia, usually heading for the United States. Kevin McAleenan arrived by SUV in Penitas shortly before midday and was briefed on the camp's operations and the physical conditions of those who crossed the region known as the Darien Gap.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:43:48 -0400
Man arrested for holding woman as sex slave and keeping her eight-month-old baby captive
News ImageA North Carolina man has been arrested after holding a woman and her 8-month-old baby captive for over a month, authorities said.The Pender County Sheriffs department said in a press release they received an emergency call on 9 August from a woman who said she was being held against her will at a home in Willard, North Carolina.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:37:10 -0400
Fires in the Amazon could be part of a doomsday scenario that sees the rainforest spewing carbon into the atmosphere and speeding up climate change even more
News ImageFears for the Amazon's future have been heightened under Brazil's new far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, who encourages industry in the region.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:04:11 -0400
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