The politics of climate change

Image description This cartoon is titled “The politics of climate change”. It depicts a pie chart, the vast majority of which is coloured grey and labelled “sound bites”. A much smaller section of the pie chart is coloured blue and labelled “empty promises. An even section smaller is coloured red and labelled “commitments”. The next smallest section is coloured yellow and labelled  “targets”. The final tiny sliver of the pie chart is coloured green and labelled “actions” By Ralph Underhill Source link

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Marc Lamont Hill & Mitchell Plitnick on ICC Probe & the “Palestine Exception” in Progressive Politics

Israel and the United States blasted the International Criminal Court’s decision to open a probe into Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories, as well as crimes committed by Palestinian militant groups. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted that the Biden administration “firmly opposes” an investigation. Mitchell Plitnick and Marc Lamont Hill, co-authors of “Except for Palestine,” say it’s an illustration of the “Palestine exception” that makes even supposedly progressive people unwilling to criticize Israel’s human rights abuses and its ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories. “We are attempting to show that the American left — those who identify as progressive, radical, liberal, what have you — have…

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UK media coverage of Scottish politics when a distraction from Westminster is needed

We need your help ... The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads. Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion. We have been fighting against an…

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We Must Reject Austerity Politics: Economist Darrick Hamilton on Why $900B Stimulus Is Not Enough

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Congress voted Monday night to pass a $900 billion coronavirus relief package, the first new aid since April. The measure is part of a $2.3 trillion package that includes $1.4 trillion to fund the government. The combined legislation is among the largest relief packages in U.S. history. President Trump has until December 28th to sign it. The coronavirus relief part of the bill includes $300-per-week federal unemployment assistance for 11 weeks; a round of $600 stimulus checks for people who earn up to $75,000, with another $600 per child; more money for schools and…

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If you ‘love’ politics, there’s something wrong with you. Let me explain what.

Politics watching has hit the sort of highs you only see when things are going very, very badly. While engagement is a good thing, there is one group that’s suffering – namely the weirdoes and pundits who treat politics like some drab combination of Game of Thrones and the snooker.For them, the constant reminder that parliamentary drama has real life consequences harshes their buzz. It doesn’t harsh it as much as it harshes the lives of those who experience said consequences, but still, it has made their Twitter interactions some 27% more disagreeable.The question is who are these people and what’s wrong with them? DivertissementUndoubtedly you’ve come across…

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Conservatives Strong Favourites to Secure Majority as Brown Calls Election

Number of political bets expected to quadruple todayTHE CONSERVATIVES are odds-on favourites at 8-13 with Betfair punters to win a majority at the upcoming General Election after Gordon Brown asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament today.Betfair LogoA Hung Parliament is now 2-1, whilst Labour look a long-shot for a majority, for which they are currently a 15-1 chance.The race narrowed in the wake of Alistair Darling’s budget to a point where Labour were 3-1 to win the most seats, but if the betting is anything to go by David Cameron’s party has regained the initiative and are now 1-5 to be the biggest party in the Commons.Betfair are…

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