Headlines for November 17, 2021

Pfizer Seeks Approval For COVID Pill, Agrees to Deal To Make it Available in 95 Poorer Countries Record Flooding Kills One Person, Displaces 1,000s in British Columbia Climate Activists Disrupt Operations at World's Largest Coal Port For 11 Straight Days Jury in Rittenhouse Trial Enters Second Day of Deliberations Medical Examiner Says Ahmaud Arbery Shot …
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Historian Alfred McCoy Predicts the U.S. Empire is Collapsing as China’s Power Grows

President Joe Biden’s virtual summit Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping follows the two countries’ announcement just days earlier they will work together to confront the climate emergency after Xi did not attend the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow. Tension has been mounting between the two superpowers, especially over Taiwan and Hong Kong, with some …
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“Hell on Earth”: Millions of Afghans Face Starvation as U.S. & West Freeze Billions in Gov’t Funds

Humanitarian and economic conditions are rapidly deteriorating in Afghanistan, where the U.N. estimates that more than half of the population suffers from acute hunger. The country has fallen into an economic crisis after the U.S. and other Western countries cut off direct financial assistance to the government following the Taliban takeover in August. Taliban leaders …
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Headlines for November 16, 2021

Biden Signs $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill; Build Back Better Act Remains Stalled in Senate Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping Pledge Cooperation in U.S.-China Virtual Summit Three Killed and Dozens Wounded as Suicide Bombers Strike Ugandan Capital City Spanish Coast Guard Rescues More Refugees in Waters Near Canary Islands  Polish Border Guards Fire Tear Gas …
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“Blackness Itself Is the Crime”: Bishop William Barber on Racism in the Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

We speak with Bishop William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign, who was one of the Black pastors who visited the trial of the three white men who hunted down and shot dead Ahmaud Arbery, where last week a defense attorney claimed Black pastors sitting with the Arbery family in the courtroom could be “intimidating” …
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Indigenous Amazonian Leader: We Must End Fossil Fuel Extraction to Protect the “Lungs of the Earth”

Among the unprecedented moments for Indigenous participation in the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow were the protests to protect the Amazon rainforest, the largest remaining rainforest on the planet, that activists argue is on the brink of ecological collapse. “We cannot win the battle against climate unless we protect the world’s remaining rainforests,” Atossa Soltani, …
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Glasgow Pact Slammed for Betraying the Global Poor Who Suffer Most from the Climate Emergency

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Climate Countdown. The U.N. climate summit ended Saturday as close to 200 nations agreed to a watered-down deal to address the climate emergency. COP26 President Alok Sharma praised the deal as historic. ALOK SHARMA: But I’m very pleased …
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Headlines for November 15, 2021

COP26 Final Agreement Waters Down Coal Pledges, Leaves World on Track for Climate Disaster NYT: U.S. Covered Up 2019 Syria Airstrikes That Killed 70 Women and Children Austria Enacts Lockdown for the Unvaccinated as Europe Becomes Pandemic's Epicenter Again COVID Cases Rising in Over Half of U.S. States; OK Nat'l Guard Defies Pentagon's Vaccine Mandate …
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East Timor Massacre Remembered: U.S.-Armed Indonesian Troops Killed 270 Timorese 30 Years Ago Today

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. In East Timor today, the people, the nation remember what happened 30 years ago today. Yes, today is the 30th anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre in occupied East Timor. …
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Walkout: Outraged by New COP26 Pact, Civil Society Holds People’s Plenary & Leaves Climate Summit

As the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow concludes, activists staged a walkout Friday in response to late decisions made by negotiators to severely weaken commitments in the final agreement. While the earlier draft of the unbinding Glasgow Agreement called for “phasing-out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels,” the new draft calls for the phaseout …
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