Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan to UN: The world’s conscience seems to be on ‘silent’ mode

“What does it say about our common humanity, when last year alone the world spent close to 1.7 trillion dollars on arms, but fell short by less than 1.7 billion in fulfilling the UN appeal to support Syrian refugees and host communities in countries like Jordan? What does it say when trillions are spent waging wars in our region, but little to take our region to safer shores?”

By JT – Sep 22,2017 – Last updated at Sep 22,2017 AMMAN – Delivering Jordan’s address at the 72nd Session of UN General Assembly on Thursday, HRH Crown Prince Hussein said that although Jordan is proud of its good reputation worldwide, “kind words don’t balance budgets, build schools or bolster employment”. He said that he stood…

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Immigration attorneys warn against using the term ‘climate refugee’

With so much destruction from this season’s hurricanes in the Caribbean, there are going to be a lot of people on the move — looking to start their lives in new places. We’ve already seen mass movements of people from areas plagued by drought, floods or storms. Many casually refer to these people as “climate refugees.”…

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Politicians screw us on health care because our gullibility makes us forget math

We may have dodged another bullet. John McCain’s decision not to vote for the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill will temporarily maintain the status quo. Our healthcare system is severely defective, and it is our fault. We allow politicians to obfuscate the math we all know by using smoke and mirrors to distract us from the reality we…

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The idea that climate scientists are in it for the cash has deep ideological roots

Author and academic Nancy MacLean says cynicism about the motives of public servants, including government-backed climate scientists, can be traced to a group of neoliberals and their ‘toxic’ ideas

Study: People Of Color More Likely To Be Exposed To Pollution

Over the past decade, the U.S. barely made progress in decreasing racial disparities when it comes to exposure to pollution. People of color are much more likely to be exposed to contaminated air than white individuals, according to a new study by the University of Washington released this week. 

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How the Pentagon tried to cure America of its ‘Vietnam syndrome’

In the years after Vietnam, some members of the political and military establishment want to use military force without feeling hamstrung by the possibility of public opposition. But going to war is arguably one of the most important decisions a country can make…

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Protecting Your Herb Garden for the Winter

Preparing your herb garden for the coming winter can actually be done in late summer or early fall. In order to prepare your garden for winter, do not fertilize when you are within about one month of a first hard frost. Most of your annual herbs will begin to die back during late summer and early…

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6 rules for rebuilding infrastructure in an era of ‘unprecedented’ weather events

Before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25, there was little doubt that its impact would be devastating and wide-ranging. To dismiss this as a once-in-a-lifetime event would be a mistake. Here are six rules for investing in infrastructure for the 21st century that recognize the need to rethink how we design and operate our infrastructure.

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How a humanitarian crisis tarnished Nobel winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s legacy, perhaps forever

MUMBAI, India — She was once synonymous with the struggle against oppression. In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, she called for “a world free from the displaced, the homeless and the hopeless.” But Aung San Suu Kyi has missed perhaps her greatest opportunity to make good on those words as the leader of Myanmar’s first civilian…

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Oregon Governor: Feds Refused Additional Aid For Wildfires

This is crazy. When much of an entire state is on fire, the last thing the governor should have to think about is whether the federal government can be trusted to reimburse the firefighting costs. But that’s exactly the position Oregon’s Democratic governor is in.

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