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Why Are Some of Spain’s Biggest Polluters Sponsoring U.N. Climate Summit?
A group of climate activists walked out of a panel at the U.N. climate summit in Madrid on Thursday to protest the presence of Shell, BP and Chevron. Representatives from the oil companies were taking part in an event organized by the International Emissions Trading Association. This comes as the Spanish government is facing criticism for reaching out to Endesa, Spain's biggest corporate greenhouse gas polluter, to sponsor the U.N. climate talks. We speak with Pascoe Sabido, a researcher and campaigner for the Corporate Europe Observatory, who has been organizing toxic tours of Madrid to expose the corporations and financiers driving the climate crisis.
"It's Our Future": Meet the Youth Activists Behind Fridays for Future Movements in Uganda and Chile
In Spain, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in Madrid to take part in today’s strike as well as a major march set for 6 p.m. local time. Greta began the climate strike movement last year when she started skipping school every Friday to stand in front of the Swedish parliament, demanding action to prevent catastrophic climate change. Her protest spread, quickly going global. We speak with two youth climate strikers: Hilda Flavia Nakabuye is the founder of Fridays for Future Uganda and Angela Valenzuela is a coordinator with Fridays for Future in Chile, where this year’s U.N. climate summit had been scheduled but massive protests against neoliberalism forced the Chilean government to cancel the talks.
COP25: Alternative Climate Summit Honors Those "Suffering the Crimes of Transnational Corporations"
We broadcast from Madrid, Spain, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP25, began Monday and will continue through next week, as environmental leaders from around the world gather to negotiate global solutions to the climate crisis. Activists have converged on Madrid for the conference and are hosting an alternative summit of their own: Cumbre Social por el Clima — the Social Summit for the Climate. The alternative summit has been organized by social justice and environmental groups to draw attention to the ongoing political repression in Chile, corporate influence on the climate summit, Spain's own failure to address the climate crisis and the Eurocentrism of the climate conference. This is the third year in a row that the conference is being held in Europe. We speak with Tom Kucharz, one of the organizers of the alternative climate conference. He is a journalist and activist with the group Ecologists in Action.
Headlines for December 6, 2019
Pelosi Calls On Democrats to Proceed With Drafting Articles of Impeachment, Joe Biden Lashes Out at Iowa Town Hall over His Son Hunter’s Work in Ukraine, Pentagon Weighs Sending Up to 14,000 More U.S. Troops to Middle East, Saudi Aramco Raises $25.6 Billion in Historic IPO, 140,000 Died Globally from Measles in 2018, 62 Refugees Died after Boat Capsized off Coast of Mauritania, Shocking Video Shows How Border Patrol Let Teenage Asylum Seeker Die in Custody, French Workers Continue National Strike into Second Day, Uber Says It Received 3,000 Reports of Sexual Assault in U.S. in 2018, The Guardian: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Targeted in Far-Right Online Operation, Ex-Cop Reveals How NYPD Forced Officers to Arrest Black & Latino Men, 700,000 Americans to Lose Access to Food Stamps, UNC Students Protest After School Secretly Gave $2.5M to Neo-Confederate Group, Nigerian Police Rearrest Journalist & Activist Omoyele Sowore
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December 5, 2019 - Harry Litman | James Stewart | Maria Victoria Murillo
Pelosi Announces the Impeachment of Trump Is Going Forward; Inside Trump's War with the FBI; The Danger of Turning to Generals to Solve Political Crises backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
December 4, 2019 - Corey Brettschneider | John Stoehr | Michael Klare
Dueling Legal Scholars and Overheated Republican Rhetoric; "When Does Ordinary Republican Partisanship Turn Into Treason?"; The Pentagon's Reality-Based Approach to Global Warming backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
December 3, 2019 - Casey Michel | Jack Blum | Nina Burliegh
The House Intelligence Report Delivered to the House Judiciary Committee; Court Orders Release of Trump's Dealings with Two Banks; Trump No Longer Knows the Disgraced Prince Andrew backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
November 2, 2019 - Daniel Kelemen | Harold Meyerson | Abbas Milani
Will NATO's 70th Anniversary Be a Celebration or a Conflagration?; Bullock Exits but Will Not Pick up a Senate Seat for the Democrats; The Brutal Crackdown by Iran's Corrupt and Cruel Clerics backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
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Trump Cuts Food Stamps for 700,000
FEATURING FRANK TAMBORELLO – Donald Trump’s administration has just finalized a new rule on states’ discretion in distributing food aid. The rule is likely to result in hundreds of thousands of Americans losing access to food stamps by the middle of next year through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Currently more than 36...
“What’s Wrong With Republicans?”
FEATURING REBECCA GORDON – Watching the many hours of impeachment hearings over the past several weeks has been a challenging experience, particularly when House Republican committee members addressed witnesses. The obfuscations and angry defiance with which they have defended President Donald Trump could lead one to believe they inhabit an entirely different plane of reality. ...
Headlines: December 5, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked Committees working on the impeachment inquiry to proceed with drawing up Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump. In a speech early on Thursday morning Speaker Pelosi made the announcement. She gave no indication of the timeline of the process but it is expected that the House will pass...
Constitutional Scholars Testify in Impeachment Hearings
FEATURING COREY BRETTSCHNEIDER – The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday took up the baton of the impeachment process from the House Intelligence Committee, holding its first public hearing. Four constitutional scholars and professors were called in to be witnesses, three of them by Democrats and one by Republicans. Professor Noah Feldman of Harvard University laid...
Fighting to Save Democracy: Pelosi Announces Impeachment; Ransomware Attacks Imperil 2020: 'BradCast' 12/5/2019
Today's BradCast offers some historic news and some chilling news. And some that may be both. [Audio link to show follows below.] U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that she is directing House Democrats to move forward to draw up Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump. It is only the fourth time in [...]
'Green News Report' - December 5, 2019
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Congratulations! You've just lived through the hottest ten years on record; GOP Senate confirms former lobbyist as Energy Secretary; California bans all new fracking, for now; PLUS: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has a warning for politicians... All that and more in today's Green News Report! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO HELP US [...]
'A President Should Resist Foreign Interference in Our Elections, Not Demand It': 'BradCast' 12/4/19
As we try to tell you damned near everyday here on The BradCast, everything is ultimately about elections. All of it. Today's impeachment hearings, I'm happy to say, drove that point home yet again, particularly regarding concerns from our nation's founders about the corrupting nature of foreign influence on U.S. elections. [Audio link to show [...]
'This is About Abuse of Office, Abuse of Power, Abuse of the Public Trust': 'BradCast' 12/3/2019
On today's BradCast: It was another very bad day in the federal courts for Donald Trump, though another very good one for the Rule of Law (for those who still care about such things), even as a new phase in the President's ongoing impeachment inquiry begins in the U.S. House. [Audio link to full show [...]
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