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    A cycle of protests began in Haiti in July 2018, and—despite the pandemic—has carried on since then. The core reason for the protest in 2018 was that in March of that year the government of Venezuela—due to the illegal sanctions imposed by the United States—could no longer ship discounted oil to Haiti through the PetroCaribe scheme. Fuel prices soared by up to 50 percent. On August 14, 2018, filmmaker Gilbert Mirambeau Jr. tweeted a photograph of himself blindfolded and holding a sign that read, “Kot Kòb Petwo Karibe a???” (Where did the PetroCaribe money go?). He reflected the popular sentiment in the country that the money from the scheme had been looted by the Haitian elite, whose grip on the country had been secured by two coups d’état against the democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (once in 1991 and again in 2004). Rising oil prices made life unlivable for the vast majority of the people, whose protests created a crisis of political legitimacy for the Haitian elite. This article was produced by Globetrotter. In recent weeks, the streets of...
    (CNN)Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has warned that climate change will not spare other countries the sort of disaster that left up to one third of his country underwater and millions of its children at risk of water-borne diseases.He told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday to come together and "act now" before it's too late."One thing is very clear, what happened in Pakistan will not stay in Pakistan," Sharif told world leaders."For 40 days and 40 nights, a biblical flood poured down, smashing centuries of weather records, challenging everything we knew about disaster and how to manage it," Sharif said.He went on to give first-hand detail of the scale and magnitude of the catastrophe facing his country, where floods caused by record monsoon rains and melting glaciers have killed more than 1,600 people since June.Read MoreSharif said swaths of the country are "still underwater, submerged in an ocean of human suffering."Flood victims line up up to receive food aid at Dera Allah Yar town of Jaffarabad district in Balochistan province on September 17, 2022."In this ground zero of...
    (CNN)Marco Springmann is from Germany's Ruhr region, a largely working-class area he likens to the American Rust Belt. His father made a living building generators for coal-fired power plants. "It's a very practical, proletarian area that I'm from, and I guess, the diet that I grew up in was very much from the region," the University of Oxford researcher said. "Lots of sausages." Germany happens to be one of the world's top consumers of sausages and produces more than 1.5 metric tons of it each year. But Springmann's tastes started to change when he moved to the US for graduate school... or rather, his thinking stared to change. Springmann was studying to become a physicist when he began learning about the health concerns associated with meat. So, he began removing it from his diet. As he continued studying, he shifted to a completely plant-based diet. He also switched his area of research from physics to atmospheric science and climate change. At the crossroads of his two major interests -- health and climate — Springmann's research was showing how his plant-based...
    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday defended the administration's record on border security and its efforts to prevent illegal drugs entering the country from Mexico. It came as she pressed on warnings that brightly-colored 'rainbow fentanyl' was being brought in to target children and younger users. 'The fact that we are securing the border, the fact that we are securing record levels of funding from [the Department of Homeland Security] so they can stop illicit drugs from entering into the country, the fact that it's not just drug traffickers that we're dealing with, as well we're stopping stopping financiers ... ' said Jean-Pierre. 'This is what's happening under this administration.'  A day earlier the Drug Enforcement Administration warned Americans to be on the look-out for an 'emerging trend of colorful fentanyl.' 'Rainbow fentanyl—fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes—is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults,' said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram.  'The men and women of the DEA are relentlessly working to stop the...
    WHEN is a crisis not a crisis? When it involves migrants illegally crossing the English Channel, apparently. It is now four years since our then Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, declared the boatloads of illegal migrants crossing the channel to be a “major incident”. 60ver 25,000 migrants have crossed the Channel this year 6Remember 'Take Back Control'? It is high time this government did That year — in 2018 — from January to November at least 250 migrants were found crossing the Channel illegally. In the December, the situation was so serious that Javid cut short his holidays to do the usual political trick of looking at the water and getting photographed doing so. Which doesn’t always solve the problem. Well, fast forward to today and 250 people is now not even an average day’s crossing. In 2022 so far, that figure is already a lot higher. How much higher? Twice as high? Ten times? No, the figures for 2022 already are at least 100 times higher than that “major incident” figure from 2018. As The Sun reported last week, the...
    With hundreds of thousands of people displaced, more than four million crops destroyed, and nearly a million homes demolished or severely damaged, Pakistani officials and rights campaigners on Monday called for a major international aid push following flooding throughout the country fueled by the fossil fuel-driven climate emergency and an unprecedented season of monsoon rains. More than 30 million people are in urgent need of help, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said after conducting a rapid needs assessment three days after the Pakistani government declared the flooding, which has killed more than 1,000 people, a national emergency. Both the IRC and government officials have explicitly linked the flooding to the climate crisis, with IRC country director Shabnam Baloch noting, "Despite producing less than 1% of the world's carbon footprint, the country is suffering the consequences of the world's inaction and stays in the top 10 countries facing the consequences." Amid a monsoon season which has so far seen 784% and 500% more rains than average in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, respectively, the IRC is anticipating a sharp rise in food...
    After an earthquake killed over 1,000 people in Afghanistan in June, the U.N. reported that sanctions against Afghanistan were hampering relief efforts. Martin Griffiths, undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs at the United Nations, said humanitarian groups in Afghanistan are struggling to access funds because of sanctions against the country. “Many poor women and children will not be able to buy bread and other necessities of life. The country will continue to depend on humanitarian aid, which is not a solution,” said Shah Mehrabi, a board member of the Afghan central bank and a professor of economics at Montgomery College in Maryland. “Those reserves belong to the central bank, and have to be used for monetary policy.”
    The eruption of war between China and Taiwan would be a global catastrophe on a scale far greater than the Ukraine crisis. Yet again Chinese military jets invaded Taiwanese airspace this week, this time following American politician Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to the sovereign island off the Communist mainland. Beijing staged live-fire exercises close to Taiwan, effectively blocking those regions to traffic. Meanwhile, the secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, warned that the world was ‘just one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation’. Charles Parton OBE is a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, who spent 22 years as a senior diplomat in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan No one is more aware of the dangers of that miscalculation than the Chinese leadership. President Xi Jinping knows that if he takes a gamble and loses, the repercussions could destroy China’s economy or might even bring down the Communist Party that has ruled since 1949. We should not doubt the level of Chinese anger at the actions of Mrs Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives...
    LATVIA has become the latest victim of Vladmir Putin’s war on energy after chocking their gas supply indefinitely.   The country follows in the footsteps of other European nations to have faced the axe as Russia continues to weaponize energy supplies on the West. 4Russia has cut the gas supply of Latvia amid growing fears of a winter energy crisisCredit: Reuters 4Gazprom announced the decision after country refused to pay for supplies in roublesCredit: Reuters This week towns and cities in Germany were plunged into darkness after Russian-state energy giant Gazprom strangled supplies by 20 per cent. Hanover's mayor Belit Onay said the "imminent gas shortage" meant he had to cut energy consumption by 15 per cent. The move, which could soon be implement in regions across the country, has already seen residents taking cold showers as they feel the chill of Putin's meddling. German breweries have also been told to stop the production of beer amid fears Oktoberfest will be cancelled. Read more on Russia‘RUSSIA HAS TO PAY’ Video of ‘Russian soldiers castrating Ukrainian POW' sparks outrageMAD VLAD Putin...
    By Heather Chen | CNN For years it had been one of Sri Lanka’s grandest and most heavily guarded buildings, serving as the official residence and state office of the President. But all that changed on July 9, when protesters stormed in and took control, demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa before turning the palace upside down. “That was the home of the most powerful man in the country,” said Sri Lankan author and analyst Asanga Abeyagoonasekera. “It had never been opened to the public.” It’s now become a novelty attraction — all traces of its exclusivity and prestige gone. Each day for the past five days, thousands have lined-up up for hours just for a glimpse of Rajapaksa’s luxurious lifestyle. The neatly manicured lawns have become picnic spots and protesters swim and party in his private pool. Rajapaksa fled the crisis-hit country on Wednesday, boarding a military plane to Maldives and naming Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as Acting President. He has since moved on to Singapore, arriving on a “private visit” confirmed by the authorities. On Friday, Sri...
    SRI Lankan protesters have been enjoying pillow fights, pool parties and gym workouts after storming the president's palace. Thousands of men, women and children poured into President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's lavish mansion as months of frustration brought on by an unprecedented economic crisis boiled over. 11Protesters were seen jumping into the president's swimming poolCredit: Twitter 11Demonstrators sleep on the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s bedCredit: Reuters 11A man tries gym equipment inside the president’s house gymCredit: Reuters 11People crowd inside the president's bedroomCredit: AFP 11Protesters having refreshments inside the official residence of Sri Lanka’s PresidentCredit: AFP 11Protesters torched the PM's home hours before he agreed to step downCredit: Getty 11Thousands of protesters stormed the President's palaceCredit: Twitter Demonstrators also set fire to the home of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo, prompting both men to dramatically resign. Protesters have been calling for Rajapaksa - part of a powerful clan which has dominated politics for decades - to quit for months. Dramatic footage showed swarms of protesters inside and outside his home, chanting and carrying national flags with hundreds dipping in the...
    SRI Lankan protesters have been enjoying pillow fights and pool parties after storming the president's palace. Thousands of men, women and children poured into President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's lavish mansion as months of frustration brought on by an unprecedented economic crisis boiled over. 10Protesters were seen jumping into the President's swimming poolCredit: Twitter 10Demonstrators sleep on the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s bedCredit: Reuters 10A man tries gym equipment inside the President’s house gymCredit: Reuters 10People crowd inside the official residence of Sri Lanka’s PresidentCredit: AFP 10Protesters torched the PM's home hours before he agreed to step downCredit: Getty 10Thousands of protesters stormed the President's palaceCredit: Twitter Demonstrators also set fire to the home of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo, prompting both men to dramatically resign. Protesters have been calling for Rajapaksa - part of a powerful clan which has dominated politics for decades - to quit for months. Dramatic footage showed swarms of protesters inside and outside his home, chanting and carrying national flags with hundreds dipping in the garden pool for a swim. People were seen having pillow...
    THOUSANDS of protesters in Sri Lanka have stormed the President's palace and were even spotted swimming in the pool amid the country's economic crisis. Demonstrators stormed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's home and nearby office in Colombo as the country is battling its worst crisis in years. 5Protesters were seen jumping into the President's swimming poolCredit: Twitter 5Thousands of protesters stormed the President's palaceCredit: Twitter 5Thousands protested against the country's leader amid economic crisisCredit: Reuters Dramatic footage showed hundreds of protesters inside and outside his home, chanting and carrying national flags with some even dipping in the garden pool for a swim. Others were seen walking around the house and watching TV while outside the building barricades were overturned and a black flag was hoisted on a pole. Security staff tried to stop demonstrators who pushed through fences to run across the lawns and inside the building. At least 34 people including two police officers were wounded in scuffles as protesters tried to enter the residence. READ MORE IN WORLD NEWSDEADLY WATERS Shark attack map shows 6 dead & 33 mauled...
    Cairo and Abu Dhabi (CNN)There are only a few items in Hanna Ayyad's fridge at any given moment these days. The Cairo street fruit vendor has restricted his family's diet as inflation triggered by the Ukraine war has soared in Egypt.   "Now we buy new clothes every other holiday," he tells CNN. "We can do without eating meat, buying it once a month, and we may buy chicken two or three times a month, not like before."  His customers too can only afford a fraction of what they used to buy, shrinking his daily income.   "Some people used to buy 5kg or 10kg of fruit -- now they can buy 1kg or 2kg at most," he says. It takes him days to sell the same amount of produce he used to sell in one day.    Egyptian households of all income levels are seeing their spending power erode fast. The economic crisis raises prospects of unrest in a country where a regime was overthrown just a decade ago in an uprising calling for "bread, freedom and social justice." Read MoreIn recent...
    Kamala Harris said that the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday is causing a 'health care crisis' in the U.S. as she slammed the decision to hand back abortion rights to the states. The vice president had to alter her comments during a trip to Plainfield, Illinois on Friday from focusing on the administration's expansion of maternal healthcare to reacting to the rendered opinion ending privacy rights that protected women's right to get an abortion. 'Here's what that decision means: For nearly 50 years, we have talked about what Roe v. Wade protects. Today, right now, as of this minute, we can only talk about what Roe v Wade protected. Past tense,' Harris said to a crowd gathered at the Plainfield YMCA. 'This is a health care crisis,' she said. 'Understand,' Harris added, 'millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the healthcare and reproductive care that they had this morning. Without access to the same health care or reproductive healthcare that their mothers and grandmothers had for 50 years.' Vice President Kamala...
    Germany has moved one step closer to rationing gas after the country triggered its second tranche of emergency powers over the ongoing crisis. The energy crisis appears to only be going from bad to worse in Germany, with the country announcing that it was triggering the second level of its three-tier gas emergency plan, with the last and final level being available to the state allowing authorities to begin rationing supply. It comes shortly after Moscow dramatically reduced the amount of gas it is supplying to the central European state, which has become heavily addicted to Russian energy exports in part as a result of the country’s obsession with its climate change agenda. According to a report by Die Welt, Germany’s Economics and Climate Action Minister Robert Habeck announced the move to the second level of emergency powers on Thursday, with the country now aiming to fill its gas storage tanks before winter hits. “We are in a gas crisis. Gas is now a scarce commodity. The prices are already high and we have to be prepared for further increases,” the...
    From far-right Gov. Ron DeSantis to the GOP-controlled Florida State Legislature, Republicans in the Sunshine State have been aggressively fighting the culture wars, defending the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, railing against critical race theory and punishing Disney for not being on board with their agenda. Washington Post opinion writer Lisette Alvarez, in a biting column published on May 19, argues that Florida Republicans have been putting so much time and energy into owning the liberals that they neglected a very real problem: Florida’s “property insurance crisis.” That crisis, Alvarez writes, is so “dire” that DeSantis has “ordered state lawmakers back into a special session” that is scheduled to start on Monday, May 23. In Florida, property owners are facing a combination of canceled policies and major rate hikes. Republicans in the Florida State Legislature, Alvarez observes, “squandered weeks of the regular session trying to control what teachers and corporations can say and do instead of addressing a mess that alarms millions of Floridians: a meltdown in the home insurance market.” “Let’s look at what Floridians face: skyrocketing property insurance...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president swore in four new Cabinet ministers Saturday in an effort to ensure stability until a full cabinet is formed in the island nation engulfed in a political and economic crisis. The appointment of four ministers came two days after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reappointed five-time former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, after his predecessor — the president’s brother Mahinda Rajapaksa — resigned Monday following violent attacks by his supporters on peaceful anti-government protesters. His resignation automatically dissolved the Cabinet, leaving an administrative vacuum. In a move bring back stability, president Rajapaksa reappointed Wickremesinghe on Thursday and swore in four cabinet ministers Saturday until a full cabinet is appointed. Rajapaksa swore in ministers of foreign affairs, public administration and home affairs, urban development and power and energy, said a statement Saturday from president’s office. All four ministers belong to the president’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party. The new prime minister belongs to the United National Party. Rajapaksa sought a unity government in early April but the largest opposition political party, the...
    ‘UNHEALTHY’ Meal Deals should be BANNED in a bid to battle the UK’s obesity crisis, a health expert has warned. It comes as Britain is on course to become the fattest nation in Europe by 2033 fuelled by our eating habits. 1A health expert is calling for Meal Deals to be bannedCredit: Andrew Styczynski. The Sun A damning report last week warned levels of flab will rocket by a third in a decade — with nearly four in ten adults obese. The UK currently holds the title as the tubbiest nation in Western Europe, with 27.8 per cent of Brits dangerously overweight. Now in an attempt to ditch Brits’ guzzling habits health expert Dr. Donal O'Shea has said stores like Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's, ASDA and Morrisons should be banned from selling Meal Deals. He claims they only ever contain solely unhealthy food options and "literally should be illegal.” He told The Pat Kenny Show: "The industry has the statistics and they know how to prompt and promote consumption, and 70% of people will say no the first time, but if...
    BEIRUT (AP) — In households across Lebanon, it’s likely that one or more family members are planning to emigrate — if they can get a passport. Demand is high but the bankrupt government has not paid the company contracted to issue or renew the documents. Lebanese spend their days at the banks, waiting to see what meager amounts they will be allowed to withdraw for the month. They install batteries and solar panels at great cost so their family can survive the humid summer months without electricity from the grid. They hunt for medicine and fuel, and worry about securing the next meal for their kids. It’s an economic meltdown and Sunday’s parliament elections are seen as a last chance to reverse course and punish the current crop of politicians who have driven the Mediterranean nation into the ground. Instead, a widespread sense of apathy and pessimism prevails, with most observers agreeing the vote is unlikely to make much difference. “Who should I vote for? Those who stole my money, plundered the country and exploded Beirut? Or...
    Russia has stolen 400,000 tonnes of grain from occupied regions in Ukraine, an official has said, sparking fears of a devastating food crisis in the country. Ukraine's minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Taras Vysotsky, said that 100,000 tonnes had been taken from the Zaporizhia, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The minister noted that the stolen grain was from each regions' supply set aside to be used before the next harvest, meaning there is a rising threat of famine amidst Russia's brutal invasion of the country. Vysotsky's comments came after a video emerged from Ukraine that purportedly showed lorries carrying Ukrainian grain out of the country towards Russia. The footage, filmed from inside a car driving along-side the lorries, showed a convoy of trucks with the pro-Russian war symbol 'Z' painted on the rear.  In addition to stealing grain, Russia has attacked grain silos, farming infrastructure and fertiliser stores, and has stolen millions of pounds worth of farming vehicles. This has prompted accusations against Moscow that it is attempting to starve Ukraine's resistance by orchestrating a famine. Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine's human...
    Delhi (CNN)Temperatures in parts of India and Pakistan have reached record levels, putting the lives of millions at risk as the effects of the climate crisis are felt across the subcontinent. The average maximum temperature for northwest and central India in April was the highest since records began 122 years ago, reaching 35.9 and 37.78 degrees Celsius (96.62 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit) respectively, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).Last month, New Delhi saw seven consecutive days over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), three degrees above the average temperature for the month of April, according to CNN meteorologists. In some states, the heat closed schools, damaged crops and put pressure on energy supplies, as officials warned residents to remain indoors and keep hydrated. The heatwave has also been felt by India's neighbor Pakistan, where the cities of Jacobabad and Sibi in the country's southeastern Sindh province recorded highs of 47 degrees Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit) on Friday, according to data shared with CNN by Pakistan's Meteorological Department (PMD). According to the PMD, this was the highest temperature recorded in any city...
    In Zimbabwe’s major towns and cities, small shops selling solar panels, solar batteries, power inverters, and other solar energy products are mushrooming in almost every available space. Outside these small, dingy establishments, owners and their ragtag protégés aggressively tout their products and accost potential customers—who might not realize they’re being scammed. Amid widespread power outages caused by climate change-fueled droughts, demand for solar products is booming. And as a result, so are fake solar panels that are cheaper than the genuine article. Unscrupulous businesses and con artists are capitalizing on the market to make a profit at the expense of their victims. For more than a decade, Zimbabwe has been ravaged by severe droughts that have blunted power generation at the country's major hydroelectric power station at Kariba Dam. At the height of the 2018 to 2020 drought, water levels at Kariba Dam fell to around 30 percent of their maximum level. Meanwhile, up to 70 percent of the country’s electricity requirements came from hydropower. Now, Zimbabwe is paying the price for relying heavily on one source of electricity: Severe...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sherry Fonseka joined millions in 2019 in electing President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a military strategist whose brutal campaign helped end Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war 10 years earlier. Now he is one of thousands who, for weeks, have protested outside the president’s office, calling on Rajapaksa and his brother, Mahinda, who is prime minister, to resign for leading the country into its worst economic crisis since its independence from Britain in 1948. With the island teetering near bankruptcy, Fonseka, who owns a small garment business in the capital, Colombo, has resorted to spending his own savings to pay the salaries of his 30 employees. But he knows he will soon have to let them go and is clear about who is to blame. “All of us thought we made the correct decision (to elect Rajapaksa), but we’ve realized we were wrong. We should have the backbone to tell people, and the world, that we made a mistake,” he said. In recent weeks, protests have erupted across the country demanding that Rajapaksa quit. The protests highlight...
    Grain production in Ukraine is likely to fall by around 20 per cent this year, prompting inflation and global food security warnings from the UK Ministry of Defence. Britain’s Ministry of Defence has warned that Ukraine’s grain harvest looks set to see around a 20 per cent decrease in yield as a result of the ongoing Russian invasion of the country. With Ukraine being responsible for a significant share of the world’s supply of wheat and other essential crops, this fall is reportedly likely to have devastating effects on the global supply of food, causing price hikes which will put the poorest people and states at serious risk. According to a post on the Defence Ministry’s social media, Britain is expecting this one-fifth fall in grain production to occur as a result of reduced sowing areas in the wake of the uptick in Russian hostilities. Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – 25 April 2022 Find out more about the UK governments response: https://t.co/GTz05lanun ???? #StandWithUkraine ???? pic.twitter.com/cTCajm8Y7p — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) April 25, 2022 This...
    Ireland is beginning to see itself buried under a migrant crisis of biblical proportions, with towns in the country’s west seeing their populations double due to the surge in refugees. Officials from towns and villages across the West of Ireland have called for government assistance after seeing their populations spike thanks to an influx of migrants and refugees, many of which are from Ukraine. Now, as some locations see their population double as a result of the migration surge, some are warning that local infrastructure and people are “treading water”. According to a report by The Times, small towns across the country’s Atlantic coast have been struggling to deal with massive swells in their population, with the likes of schools and post offices — which are responsible for the provision of certain financial assistance — struggling to cope with increased demands. Of particular note is the town of Lisdoonvarna which has seen its population go from 800 to nearly 1,600 within four weeks, and Ballyvaughan, which has gone from only 250 people residing in the seaside town to 510. “There’s been so...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Pope Francis will visit Lebanon in June, the president’s office said Tuesday, in an apparent show of support for the country experiencing an unprecedented economic meltdown. Pope Francis has held special prayers for Lebanon and has repeatedly said he plans to visit the small country since the economic meltdown began in October 2019. It will be the first visit by a Pope to the Mediterranean nation since 2012, when Pope Benedict XVI paid a three-day visit to Lebanon. President Michel Aoun’s office said he received the Vatican’s ambassador to Lebanon who informed him that Pope Francis will visit in June and the exact date and schedule would be decided later. “The Lebanese have been waiting for this visit for a long time to express their gratitude to the Pope for his stance toward Lebanon and its people,” Aoun was quoted as saying. Pope Francis’ visit will also come after a massive blast at Beirut’s port on Aug. 4, 2020 that killed more than 216 people, injured over 6,000 and damaged parts of the capital. The explosion...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Local and state politicians were quick to react to the mass shooting that left at least six people dead in downtown Sacramento early Sunday morning. The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. near 10th and K streets and left at least 10 other people hurt. Numerous blocks remain taped off as Sacramento police investigate. READ MORE: 6 Dead, At Least 10 Hurt In Downtown Sacramento ShootingNo suspect information has been released at this point. In a statement, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was monitoring the situation: We once again mourn the lives lost and for those injured in yet another horrendous act of gun violence. We will continue to work closely with local and state law enforcement as we monitor the situation. pic.twitter.com/uMbm0sK1gc — Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) April 3, 2022 “Sadly, we once again mourn the lives lost and for those injured in yet another horrendous act of gun violence. Jennifer and I send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and to the wider community impacted by this terrible tragedy,” Newsom...
    (CNN)In the parking lot of a refugee reception center just inside Poland, Ukrainian women spoke last week with a bus driver as aid worker Chris Skopec stood nearby. "It looks like I'm going to Germany," one of the war refugees told Skopec as she laughed hysterically. "How ridiculous is that?" We will stay here. We will fightThen, the next moment, the woman was weeping, Skopec recalled. Her husband and two sons were still far inside Ukraine, where humanitarian needs were burgeoning amid Russia's bombardment. Here she was, at the first meager waypoint on her migrant journey. And if she took this ride, she'd be headed into the unknown, unsure where she'd even sleep."And she got on the bus," Skopec, executive vice president of global health for Project HOPE, told CNN. "That's everyone's story." More than 3 million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion began more than three weeks ago, according to the International Organization for Migration, or IOM, and legions more flee to the border every day. Meantime, many more of Ukraine's 45 million residents remain in a country...
    RZESZOW, Poland (AP) — As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its fourth week, aid agencies continue to ramp up their efforts to bring much-needed relief supplies to civilians affected by the fighting, and also to over 3 million refugees who have fled the country since the conflict began. Rzeszow, the largest city in southeastern Poland, roughly 100 kilometres from the Ukrainian border, has become a humanitarian aid hub for the region. By road and by air, aid supplies — including food, blankets, solar lamps, warm clothing, mattresses, jerrycans and plastic sheeting — continue to arrive in a massive warehouse run by the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, next to the airport outside Rzezsow. “What we have been doing is bringing more people into the country, bringing more assistance into the country, working with partners to make sure that we can work effectively, to do what we can to help,” said Matthew Saltmarsh, UNHCR spokesman. Saltmarsh said the agency has received in the past month “over 300 million lots of donations” from the private sector and has managed to deliver...
    Russians in Germany have been the victim of hundreds of attacks since Ukraine was invaded in late February. German police have reported that hundreds of criminal incidents against Russian-heritage individuals have been reported in Germany since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine last month. While even insults on the internet are included in this figure as being of criminal importance, officials within the Federal Republic have also said that incidents of threats and vandalism have also been reported. According to a report by Die Welt, 318 criminally relevant incidents have been reported to the police since February 24, with 86 reported as occurring in Berlin alone. “Some people no longer dare to speak Russian on the street,” Reem Alabali-Radovan, who serves as Germany’s anti-racism commissioner, is reported as saying. “That worries me a lot.” “There were also attacks on Russian food markets, and children are insulted at school,” she continued. “We cannot tolerate that.” Meanwhile, the former head of a Protestant church organisation in Germany called out anti-Russian sentiment in an opinion article published on Saturday. “We are all shocked by the pictures from...
    Fed-up Kiwis have labelled Jacinda Ardern 'out of touch' as they struggle to make ends meet, claiming New Zealand is in crisis.  The prime minister has continued to reject the description despite the cost of living rising by 5.2 per cent for the average household within a year. When asked if the country was experiencing a crisis Ms Ardern told AM Breakfast host Ryan Bridge: 'I wouldn't describe it that way'.   Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has continued to reject claims New Zealand is in crisis despite rising cost of living and inflation But fed up Kiwis have hit back as households are forced to fork out an extra $5,000 in the past 12 months on basics like food, rent and fuel.   Speaking with AM On Tuesday, mum of five Krystine Nation, who is unemployed, claimed her family's expenses have exploded to $7,000 a year. 'To say there isn't a crisis… she needs to get on the ground floor,' Ms Nation said.  Speaking with AM On Tuesday, mum of five Krystine Nation (pictured), who is unemployed, claimed her family's expenses...
    U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said President Joe Biden's State of the Union address 'left a little to be desired' for Democrats because he did not push issues like renewable energy, student loan debt, education or immigration. The New York Democrat said Biden's speech on Tuesday, where he focused on COVID recovery and the conflict in the Ukraine, failed to capitalize on moving away from Russian oil by committing to green energy.  'I think it was a lost opportunity,' Ocasio-Cortez, 32, told MSNBC. 'There is profound bipartisan support to a long-term shift away from fossil fuels.' She added that Biden had glossed over issues of 'crisis in education,' student loan debt and immigration, key issues that she said deserved the Democratic party's focus. U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said President Joe Biden failed to push for Democratic policies, including a shift away from fossil fuels, a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, student loan forgiveness and mental health education during his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday Biden's speech focused on COVID recovery and the conflict in the Ukraine. The president touched on...
    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — More than a decade after a wave of uprisings swept across the Middle East, countless dissidents have encountered grim fates: exiled, imprisoned, disappeared, dead. Until mere months ago, Musallam al-Barrak, the icon of opposition in Kuwait, seemed another Arab Spring casualty. As high hopes of protests curdled into political chaos and the downfall of dictators left Gulf Arab states feeling increasingly vulnerable, Kuwait smothered dissent. Four years ago, al-Barrak fled to Turkey so as not to face prison again. But now, he is home. With Kuwait trying to claw its way out of a dangerous economic hole and decade of political deadlock, it has done what many countries in the region consider unthinkable — launched a widespread public reconciliation campaign that granted amnesty to prominent political dissidents last fall. “It was an unexpected, incredible feeling,” al-Barrak recently told The Associated Press in his first interview with foreign media since his return. “We felt the truth, that this was a sign of the nation’s interest in our cause.” In 2011, the oil-rich Gulf sheikhdoms dodged...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusians cast ballots Sunday in a constitutional referendum that the country’s authoritarian leader called to cement his 27-year old grip on power, even as he offers the country’s territory to his ally Russia to invade Ukraine. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has edged even closer to Russia amid crippling Western sanctions over his crackdown on domestic protests, said he was confident that Belarusians will support a set of constitutional amendments that would allow him to stay in power until 2035. The revised main law also sheds Belarus’ neutral status, opening the way for stronger military cooperation with Russia, which deployed forces to Belarusian territory under the pretext of military drills and then sent them rolling into Ukraine as part of the invasion that began Thursday. Some of those forces quickly closed in on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, located just 75 kilometers (less than 50 miles) south of the border. In a video message Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy rebuked Belarusians for allowing their country to be used as a staging ground for the Russian invasion, adding...
    We have been utter fools. We have treated Russia with amazing stupidity. Now we pay the price for that. We had the chance to make her an ally, friend and partner.  Instead we turned her into an enemy by insulting a great and proud country with greed, unearned superiority, cynicism, contempt and mistrust. I have to endure, often several times a day, listening to people who are normally perfectly sensible and reasonable, raging wildly against Russia and Russians. Once, I was just like them. I had the normal anti-Russian prejudice of so many Western people.  But, by great fortune, I am not like them now. I lived in Russia, I knew Russians as friends. I learned to distinguish between what was Russian and what was Communist. And I saw something most people will never see – a pivotal event in history, when we could have changed the world for the better. We have been utter fools. We have treated Russia with amazing stupidity. Now we pay the price for that. We had the chance to make her an ally, friend...
    THE US embassy in Kiev is set to be evacuated amid concerns that Russia could invade Ukraine within days. The US State Department is expected to announce on Saturday that all American staff at the Kyiv embassy will be required to leave the country, the Associated Press reported. 2The US is set to evacuate its Ukraine embassy, according to the Associated PressCredit: EPA Officials told the news organization that some US diplomats may be relocated to the far west of Ukraine, near the border of NATO ally Poland, so that the US can keep a diplomatic presence in the country. The US previously told families of embassy workers to leave amid a feared Russian invasion. The Pentagon said it would send 3,000 combat troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Poland to join 1,700 assembling there. The move is a demonstration of America's commitment to NATO allies that are worried at the prospect of Russia invading Ukraine, AP reported. President Joe Biden has urged Americans to leave Ukraine, saying US personnel will not be sent in to retrieve them if Russia attacks the...
    President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Friday that will split some $7 billion of the Afghan central bank's assets frozen in New York between humanitarian relief in Afghanistan and compensate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The money will be split eveningly: $3.5 billion for the Afghan relief and the other $3.5 billion would remain in the United States to be used to fund ongoing litigation by U.S. victims of terrorism.   Biden will cite emergency powers as the justification for the order, which is highly unusual. But it will help ease questions about what to do with the country's money that is locked in the U.S. banking system after the Afghan government fell in August.  The U.S. government will work to ensure access to $3.5 billion of those assets for 'the benefit of the Afghan people and for Afghanistan's future,' an administration source told Reuters.  When Afghanistan's government dissolved in August, it left behind about $7 billion on deposit at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York Afghanistan faces a humanitarian crisis since the Taliban took over, with...
    While life during the novel coronavirus pandemic has been easy for no one, it’s been especially challenging for people who are caretakers, whether that includes children, older folks in the home, disabled family members, or so on. Caretaking is chronically undervalued, underpaid, and frankly, is rarely even recognized on a social level as it should be. During COVID-19, many folks have had to make incredibly difficult and ever-shifting decisions about whether or not to send children to day care services in terms of safety. But that’s far from the only factor. What else? As new data from the Economic Policy Institute affirms, day care is very, very expensive. How expensive? In more than 30 states, day care services for a 1-year-old cost more than in-state college tuition. Yes, you read that correctly. Yearly costs, for example, can look like more than $9,000 per year in Texas, more than $13,000 per year in Illinois, and more than $12,000 per year in Wisconsin. Now, think about paying for that on minimum wage, or if you have student or medical debt, or if...
    PARIS (AP) — France is facing its toughest challenge in Africa in years: What to do about thousands of French troops stationed in junta-led Mali, the core of a major international anti-terrorism operation in the increasingly restive Sahel region. Mali’s coup leaders ordered France’s ambassador to leave the West African country this week, the latest episode in a growing diplomatic crisis between Mali and its African neighbors and European partners. A military pullout from Mali, where French forces have been active since 2013, would shake up the region. Here’s a look at the challenging relations between France and Mali. WHAT PROMPTED TENSIONS WITH MALI? Paris insists that Mali’s military rulers have not stuck to their promise to hold new democratic elections by the end of this month as was demanded by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS and other international partners. Col. Assimi Goita, who grabbed power in an August 2020 coup, already had carried out a second coup by dismissing the civilian leaders in Mali’s transitional government and putting himself in charge last year. Tensions further escalated...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has announced $308 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan, offering new aid to the country as it edges toward a humanitarian crisis since the Taliban takeover nearly five months ago. White House spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement Tuesday that the new aid from the U.S. Agency for International Development will flow through independent humanitarian organizations and will be used to provide shelter, health care, winterization assistance, emergency food aid, water, sanitation and hygiene services. The country’s long-troubled economy has been in a tailspin since the Taliban takeover. Nearly 80% of Afghanistan’s previous government’s budget came from the international community. That money, now cut off, financed hospitals, schools, factories and government ministries. Desperation for such basic necessities has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as health care shortages, drought and malnutrition. The USAID called on the Taliban to allow “all aid workers, especially women … to operate independently and securely” as humanitarian groups look to assist those suffering. “The United States continues to urge the Taliban to allow unhindered...
    Progressive U.S. lawmakers and human rights advocates are urging the Biden administration to immediately lift economic sanctions on Afghanistan that are fueling a humanitarian disaster and as famine threatens millions in the war-torn nation. "Aid groups have predicted that if current U.S. economic policy toward Afghanistan continues, there could be more civilian deaths this year than there were in 20 years of war," the Congressional Progressive Caucus tweeted Sunday. "The Biden administration can, and must, act now." The Taliban seized control of the country in August following the U.S. military's withdrawal after two decades of a military occupation that enriched weapons makers but did little to benefit the Afghan people. Following its defeat, the U.S. then imposed new sanctions the Taliban government, while the World Bank and IMF froze crucial assets. While last summer's troop pullout received widespread corporate media coverage, the country crisis is now largely absent from news reports. There's been a "stunning plunge" in coverage, as foreign policy analyst Jim Lobe put it late last month, despite "unprecedented levels of hunger and starvation for which U.S. sanctions...
    Abduaziz Madyarov/AFP/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Protests raged this week across Kazakhstan, killing at least 164 people, according to government figures cited by the Associated Press. The Central Asian country has been embroiled in turmoil since last week over an increase in fuel prices, which sparked initial protests that have now spread and reflect wider concerns over income inequality and corruption.  Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has become one of the region’s larger, wealthier nations, due mostly to its reserves of oil, natural gas, and uranium. But that fortune has not spread evenly. The nation has an average monthly salary of less than $600. Many Kazakhstani citizens have fallen deeply into debt. Protests challenged Kazakhstan’s ruling party, which has maintained an iron grip on the political machinery of the country for more than three decades. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered security forces on Friday to “shoot to kill without warning” as part of an escalating crackdown that has led to the detainment of nearly 6,000...
    Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. In addition to financial and political turmoil, the worst drought in living memory has put nearly 23 million Afghans — over half the population — at risk of severe food insecurity. Last month, as the head of the Baltimore-based global charity Catholic Relief Services (CRS), I traveled to Afghanistan to better understand the needs. I was alarmed by what I saw. On one hand, everyday life has returned to relative normal following the Taliban’s August takeover. In Kabul, families buzz around the airport, welcoming home relatives. Motorbikes and tuk tuks whiz through traffic-clogged streets. Vendors haggle over merchandise. And girls with backpacks walk to school. While there are localized instances of violence, security is mostly stable. However, on the other hand, the relative calm is deceiving. The collapse of the government has created a deteriorating economic crisis. For months, teachers and other government employees haven’t gotten paid. CRS, like other organizations, is struggling to get cash into the country. To make matters worse, prolonged drought has depleted the country’s food supply....
    (Caracas) Due to high inflation, low-paid professors and students have to choose between “eating and studying” and deteriorating infrastructure … Venezuela’s Central University is celebrating its 300th anniversary in crisis. Released December 19, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Stephen Rojas French Media Company “We can not believe we’re so low,” said Mobd Daniel Teren, 43, a historian and professor at UCV University, whose monthly salary was $ 11, enough to buy two kilos of meat. He survives by providing some personal lessons or collaborating on projects or translations abroad. “I continue to work,” says Antonio Silva, a 51-year-old computer professor who earns between $ 8 and $ 10 a month, while his colleagues in South America earn between $ 2,000 and $ 5,000. According to the NGO International University Observatory, one-third of professors do not have enough money to eat three meals a day. Result: Many chairs are vacant due to shortage of teachers. UCV has lost 1,200 of its 9,000 employees in the last four years. The country has...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s information minister is expected to announce his resignation Friday, in a bid to ease an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Local media reported that Minister George Kordahi intends to step down, weeks after televised comments he made that were critical of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen sparked the crisis. In response, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador and banned all Lebanese imports, affecting hundreds of businesses and cutting off hundreds of millions in foreign currency to Lebanon, which is already facing a major economic meltdown. Kordahi had refused to resign over the comments made before he assumed his Cabinet post, prolonging the crisis. Kordahi had said the war in Yemen was futile and called it an aggression by the Saudi-led coalition. Yemen’s war began with the 2014 takeover of Sanaa by the Houthi rebels, who control much of the country’s north. The Saudi-led coalition entered the war the following year, determined to restore the internationally recognized government and oust the rebels. Lebanon is sinking deeper into an economic crisis, the...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president arrived in Qatar Monday for the opening ceremony of an Arab soccer tournament amid – and for talks on an precedented diplomatic crisis between Beirut and oil-rich Gulf nations. President Michel Aoun’s face-to-face meetings with the emir of Qatar and other Qatari officials come as Lebanon is sinks deeper into its economic crisis, the worst in its modern history. The country’s financial meltdown, coupled with multiple other crises, has plunged more than three quarters of the nation’s population of six million, including a million Syrian refugees, into poverty. Aoun is expected to discuss the tense relations between Lebanon and gulf nations led by Saudi Arabia during his meetings in Doha. Aoun has repeatedly said that Lebanon wants excellent relations with Saudi Arabia, which lists Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Aoun is a political ally of the Shiite militant group. Saudi Arabia, a traditional backer of Lebanon, withdrew its ambassador from Beirut and asked the Lebanese envoy to leave last month following televised comments by George Kordahi, Lebanon’s information minister. Kordahi said the war in...
    White House chief of staff Ron Klain has defended Joe Biden and his administration as the presidents approval ratings continues to fall amid rapidly rising inflation and a 'cost of living' crisis. Polling from Monmouth University suggests confidence in the president is in short supply and dwindling with 42 per cent saying they are unsure of the president's ability to rescue the economy in the aftermath of COVID-19.  The figures are 12 per cent lower than when Biden took office in January when his approval rating sat at 54 percent.  White House chief of staff Ron Klain, pictured, has defended several crises afflicting the Biden administration including rising inflation, high unemployment and supply chain issues 'Things are a lot better in this country than they were a year ago with regard to covid, with regard to the economy but we have a lot of work left to do and I think voters are in a "show me, don't tell me" mode,' Klain told Jake Tapper, seen left, on CNN WH Chief of Staff Ron Klain: "Things are a lot better in...