09 Aug

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Syria rebels retreat under heavy Aleppo fire

Free Syria Army commander says rebels withdrew from Saleheddin district to prepare counter-attack against military.
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2012 13:12 GMT

Middle East

UN chief urges sanctions on Mali rebels

Ban Ki-moon seeks financial and travel sanctions against rebels and extremist groups who have taken over northern Mali.
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2012 10:47 GMT


Manila appeals for flood aid for millions

Government calls for help in rushing food, water and clothes to nearly two million people displaced by deadly floods.
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2012 13:21 GMT


West Bank cave community fears eviction

Palestinians living in caves south of Hebron city find no protection in new Israeli court ruling.

America’s drought of political will on climate change

With US politics paralysed by the partisan divide on climate change, public concern about extreme weather cannot bear fruit,            

Indiana, drought, corn

A field of corn drying up in a drought-stricken field near Vincennes, Indiana, July 2012. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

As the US faces record drought and an Old Testament-level pestilential heatwave in the midwest, American environmental denialism may be starting to change. The question is: is it too late?

America has led the world in climate change denial, a phenomenon noted with amazement by Europeans, not to mention thinking people around the world. Year after year, the US has failed to sign global treaties or curb emissions, even as our status as a source of a third of the world’s carbon emissions goes unchanged……………………..

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Think, when was the last time you heard President Obama, supposedly our country’s leader, address the most crucial issue of our time: climate change. When did you ever hear him do so to any extent? Now, somebody tell me, how does he get away with this, why are we not demanding that he lead?

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