23 Jun

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective


Democrats hold chaotic all-night sit-in to fight for gun control vote in House – campaign live

  • House of Representatives officially adjourned at 3.14am

  • Hardcore of Democrats stay on floor to deliver speeches

  • Gun control supporters gather outside US Capitol

Democratic politicians in the US House of Representatives shouted down speaker Paul Ryan when he resumed proceedings following an extended recess on Wednesday. House business has been brought to a standstill due to a sit in protest the Democrats are staging in response to the lack of movement on gun control following the terror attack in Orlando, Florida. Members chanted ‘no bill, no break’ as Ryan called for ‘dignity [and] decorum’


  • The Democrats in the House of Representatives, led by Congressman John Lewis, have spent the past 15 hours leading a sit-in in the House to protest against a lack of policies on gun control.

  • The House officially adjourned at 3.14am, with the next votes scheduled for Tuesday 5 July. A hardcore group of Democrats remained in the chamber, continuing to give feisty speeches. The party will have a whip meeting at 10am.

  • There have been chaotic and at times physical scenes inside the chamber as Democrats held placards and chanted “No bill, no break” and heard from victims of gun violence, including the recent Orlando shooting.

  • With the House officially in recess, the office of the Speaker Paul Ryan has switched off the cameras and microphones covering proceedings. Protesting Democrats have taken to livestreaming their message via the Periscope app and Facebook on their mobile phones. TV networks such as C-Span have been broadcasting events using these social media channels.

  • Ryan was earlier shouted down as he tried to call for decorum…………..


Facebook post shared nearly 37,000 times as child’s mother calls on politicians to take action on gun control

Stacey Wehrman Feeley’s daughter’s

Stacey Wehrman Feeley’s photo of her daughter practising hiding in a bathroom cubicle from a gunman was shared nearly 37,000 times. Photograph: Stacey Wehrman Feeley

A photo posted by a parent to social media has highlighted the stark reality of growing up in America’s climate of gun violence.

Stacey Wehrman Feeley of Traverse City, Michigan, posted a photo of her daughter standing on top of the toilet seat to her Facebook page in mid-June.

In the post accompanying the image, she wrote that when she took the photo, she thought her daughter was being a “mischievous little three-year-old”.

She “broke down” when she found out that the little girl was in fact practising what she’d been taught at preschool: how to hide in a bathroom stall from a gunman.

“At that moment all innocence … I thought my three-year-old possessed was gone,” wrote Feeley………..


In Mexico, Trump is widely known and widely disliked – but he also presents an opportunity for the government to paint itself as a victim, not a villain

Donald Trump Mexico

People pass a piñata of Donald Trump on 2 March 2016, in Tijuana, Mexico. Photograph: Gregory Bull/AP

In Mexico, Donald Trump has been mocked, vilified and – in piñata form – beaten to smithereens. He has inspired scorn, foreboding and a signature taco dish with lots of tongue, a little bit of brains and pig’s snout.

The presumptive Republican nominee’s comments on Mexican migrants, his threats to build a border wall and finance it with remittance payments have roused powerful emotions, not least bewilderment: the real estate mogul’s rise came as polls showed that Mexico’s historic anti-Americanism had started to diminish.

Trump appears to have changed that. “We used to view Americans as somehow distant, somehow weird, somehow unrelated to us, sometimes insensitive to what we think and do,” says Manuel Molano, deputy director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, a thinktank. “But this is really something else.”

But gauging Mexican’s reactions to Trump can prove a tricky proposition: responses often reflect self-interest, local political agendas, or socioeconomic status, with rich Mexicans apparently more concerned than their poor compatriots by Trump’s shot at the US presidency………………


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Trees are dying at an ‘unprecedented’ rate due to drought, warmer weather and a bark beetle epidemic, prompting the US agriculture secretary’s warning

Patches of dead and dying trees in California’s Sierra Nevada forests. Tree mortality has increased by 65% since last October.

Patches of dead and dying trees in California’s Sierra Nevada forests. Tree mortality has increased by 65% since last October. Photograph: Scott Smith/AP

The number of trees in California’s Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warmer temperatures has dramatically increased since last year, raising fears that they will fuel catastrophic wildfires and endanger people’s lives, officials said on Wednesday.

Since 2010, an estimated 66 million trees have died in a six-county region of the central and southern Sierra hardest hit by the epidemic, the US Forest Service said.

Officials flying over the region captured images of dead patches that have turned a rust-colored red. The mortality from Tuolumne to Kern counties has increased by 65% since the last count announced in October, which found 40m dead trees.

California is in the fifth year of a historic drought, which officials say has deprived trees of water, making them more vulnerable to attack from beetles.

Governor Jerry Brown in October declared an emergency, forming a taskforce charged with finding ways to remove the trees that threaten motorists and mountain communities…………..





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