President Trump made a commitment last month to reduce wildfire danger across the West, rolling out an ambitious, if uncertain, executive order that demands more aggressive management of the nation’s forests. The order, which calls for a big boost in logging, grows out of the president’s repeated claims that the deadly fire season in California last year was due to the state’s failure to tame its overgrown woodlands. The week that Trump visited the ruins of the Camp Fire in Butte County, he even threatened to halt disaster funding if the state didn’t “remedy” the situation. As it turns out, the more immediate risk to forest health and fire prevention is probably not California, but the monthlong shutdown of the federal government. Even as it came to an end Friday, the president’s impasse with Congress over funding for his border wall hamstrung the nation’s largest land-management agencies long enough to slow Trump’s forest … [Read more...] about Wildfire prevention: Can California make up ground lost to shutdown?
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November 20, 2019 08:21 Amnesty International says Iranian security forces have killed at least 106 people in nationwide anti-government protests since Friday, four times the death toll of Iran's last mass protests two years ago.In a Tuesday interview with VOA Persian, the London-based rights group's Iran researcher, Raha Bahreini, said Amnesty determined that security forces killed 106 protesters based on eyewitness accounts, social media videos and reports of exiled Iranian human rights activists.An Amnesty press release said it recorded fatalities of protesters in 21 towns and cities, with the highest numbers of deaths occurring in five western cities: Kermanshah, Javanroud, Bandar-e Mahshahr and its suburbs, Mariwan and Behbahan.VOA Persian has independently confirmed the killings of at least seven protesters in shootings by Iranian security forces on Saturday.Iranian state media have said several people were killed, including at least one security force member in the … [Read more...] about Rights Group: 106 Killed in Iran’s Crackdown on Anti-Government Protests
Extinction Rebellion's fortnight of demonstrations across London dragged on today but only a handful of the group's diehards showed up to occupy one of the capital's busiest road junctions. The eco-activists set up a wooden pyramid structure at the junction of Oxford Street and Regent's Street, as police, whose resources have been stretched by two weeks of stunts, moved in with officers using a cherry picker to remove them. The small group of activists who had assembled sent out tweets pleading for reinforcements as their numbers dwindled, coming 24 hours after violent scenes during a protest on the Tube dented their appeal. The demo was just a shadow of the April chaos, when actress Emma Thompson joined hundreds of activists on a pink boat parked in Oxford Circus, which they occupied for days. This latest stunt saw buses, many of which are made to reduce emissions, cancelled or rerouted, causing delays for workers. Extinction Rebellion this afternoon are marching … [Read more...] about Facing Extinction? Desperate Extinction Rebellion beg for more supporters to join their attempts to shut down Oxford Circus as just a dismal handful turn up 24 hours after violent scenes on the Tube dented eco-mob’s appeal
That old sinking feeling is back.There have occasionally been stretches of time that are good for the Trump administration. There have more often been stretches that are bad, though there is a baseline of chaos that has come to feel almost normal. And occasionally, there have been truly hellacious stretches: May 2017, when Trump fired James Comey; August 2017, around the white-supremacist march in Charlottesville; January 2018, around the release of Fire and Fury; December 2018-January 2019, when Defense Secretary James Mattis quit and Trump forced and then blinked on a government shutdown.Now there’s another one of those stretches. Even by the strained standards of the Trump presidency, the past couple of weeks have brought an astonishing raft of bad news for the White House. On Capitol Hill, a parade of impeachment witnesses continues to deliver damaging revelations about his handling of Ukraine. First, testimony from embassy staff in Kyiv has demolished the (latest) Republican … [Read more...] about The Trump Presidency Is in Free Fall