On the publication of the UN Secretary General's, Ban Ki Moon, report in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit, Oxfam's Humanitarian Representative, Charlotte Stemmer, said:;
"The UN Secretary General's report places emphasis on the need for political solutions to solve some of the world?s worst crises. This couldn?t be truer. The humanitarian system is overwhelmed with the amount of rising needs in a world racked by crises.
Today Maryland?s General Assembly cleared the way for 40,000 Maryland residents to regain their right to vote. After Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed legislation restoring voting rights to more than 40,000 Marylanders with prior felony convictions in 2015, the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate overrode the veto with definitive majorities. The law will now automatically reinstate the right to vote for individuals released after incarceration, allowing persons on probation and parole to vote.
The American Civil Liberties Union is today arguing before a Florida appeals court challenging a law that would prevent a woman seeking an abortion from obtaining the procedure for at least 24 hours after meeting with her doctor. The compulsory waiting period would force women to make an additional, medically unnecessary trip to the clinic.
The first international standards for carbon pollution from airplanes recommended today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) would be too weak to protect the climate. Proposed standards just released in Montreal by the international body?s environmental committee would barely trim carbon emissions from new planes and would not even apply to in-service aircraft.
A British man who was kidnapped and rendered to Ethiopia will this Saturday mark 600 days of illegal detention. Andargachew ?Andy? Tsege, a father of three from London who turns 61 today, has been held by Ethiopian security forces since his disappearance on 23rd June 2014, when he was forcibly taken from an airport in Yemen to Ethiopia. Mr Tsege is a prominent member of the Ethiopian opposition, and is held under a sentence of death imposed in absentia in 2009 in relation to his political activities.
Congratulations to Gov. Jeb Bush for joining the other presidential candidates who?re talking about what voters care about most -- restoring balance to our democracy by overturning Citizens United.
That?s all I am going to say tonight about the New Hampshire Democratic primary. The rest is up to you.
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BLAST FROM THE PAST
At Daily Kos on this date in 2005?The bottom line:
Why should we care about Jeff Gannon?
A potential male prostitute gets White House credentials using a fake name, provides McClellan a welcome ideological lifeline during press conferences, and somehow gets access to classified CIA documents that outs an undercover CIA operative.
White House-credentialed fake news reporter "Jeff Gannon" from fake news agency "Talon News" was cited by the Washington Post as having the only access to an internal CIA memo that named Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a covert CIA agent. Gannon, in a question posed to Wilson in an October 2003 interview, referred to the memo (to which no other news outlet had access, according to the Post). Gannon subsequently has been subpoenaed by the federal grand jury looking into the Plame outing.
John over at AmericaBLOG has gone all-Gannon today, helping to summarize much of the material dug up by our own intrepid bloggers and providing hard proof for many of the allegations in this story.
On today?s Kagro in the Morning show: Primary day in NH, the perfect day forArmando to decry it one more time. WA legislator introduces gun regulation preemption bill & it?s full of fake Founder quotes. More on coin tosses, caucuses & the vagaries of voting systems. Cruz?s crazy college career.
Tonight's biggest winners: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. The biggest loser by far? The mandroid known as Marco Rubio.
But have no fear:
New Hampshire?s first-in-the-nation primary is still underway, but it?s long since been called for Donald Trump on the Republican side and Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side. Still, an interesting battle for the final order of finish is playing out among the GOP.
New Hampshire?s first-in-the-nation primary is here, and we?re liveblogging the results for both parties. Polls close at 7 PM ET.
Both the Dem and GOP sides were called shortly after final polls closed at 8 PM in New Hampshire, for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump respectively. With a quarter of the vote tallied, Sanders leads Clinton 58-40, though the precise margin has bounced around through the night.
For Republicans, Trump has a wide 35-16 lead on John Kasich, with Ted Cruz at 12, Jeb Bush at 11, Marco Rubio at 10, and Chris Christie at 7.
There are two remaining bits of drama that have yet to play out. The first is, who will finish third? For most of the night, it had been Bush, but now Cruz has edged him out. While it?s certainly a dog's breakfast, both men would rather take bronze than not place at all.
The other, more fun battle, is taking place entirely within Marco Rubio's hard drive. If he gets under 10%, he?ll get no delegates at all. Instead, his share will go to Trump. Right now, he?s at exactly 10 on the nose. Root hard for another glitch in the matrix that sends him back below 10.
We?re (mostly) going to call it a night?we?ll have to check back in later to see what order the GOP finishes in, if Marco?s anti-virus software ever finishes its scan. Thanks for joining us!
New Hampshire?s first-in-the-nation primary is here, and we?re liveblogging the results for both parties. Polls close at 7 PM ET.
If you?re just tuning in, New Hampshire has been called for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. With 13% of the vote counted on the Democratic side, Sanders leads 56-42.
For Republicans, 12% has been counted, and it goes like so: Trump 34, Kasich 16, Bush 12, Cruz 11, Rubio 10, Christie 8, Fiorina 4, Carson 2.
Here?s something that makes Rubio's plight even more delicious: On the GOP side, if a candidate fails to get at least 10% of the vote s/he gets no delegates at all. Instead, the delegates that would have gone to the sub-10% crowd all go to the overall winner, in this case, Trump. And right now, Rubio's hovering on the edge with just 9.7%.
Still, he?ll easily be able to understand the outcome in the binary language of computers: 0.
So what?s going to happen for Republicans in South Carolina? (Important note: SC comes next for the GOP on Feb. 20, then NV on Feb. 23. For Democrats, it?s NV first on Feb. 20, then SC a week later on Feb. 27.) Only three polls have been taken in the Palmetto State since the start of the year, and they all show Trump with huge leads, followed by Cruz in second.
But will Cruz lose some mojo thanks to his soggy 4th-place showing in New Hampshire? Kasich?s runner-up finish tonight won?t help him much: He?s in pitiful shape in SC, and it?s not a state well-suited to him. (Thanks to evangelical voters, Newt Gingrich rocked Mitt Romney in 2012.) For the same reason, Jeb?s not apt to do well there, either, and Rubiobot is in the shop for repairs.
So does that point to another big Trump win? Or can Cruz's ground game pull off another upset, as he did in Iowa? It?ll be harder in a primary rather than a caucus, but it will be hella fun to watch.
It?s worth noting, though, that a strong debate performance from Gingrich propelled him to victory in South Carolina after he finished 5th in New Hampshire. But the app for ?strong debate performance? simply won?t install on RubiOS.
Ted Cruz has now taken a teeny lead on Jeb for third place, but for all the sturm und drang, we?re still at just 18% reporting.
Marco Rubio may be fluent in over 6 million forms of communication, but human isn't one of them.
And to be clear: To avoid getting locked out on delegates, you need a hard 10%?you don't get any if you round up to 10%. So Rubio?s 9.9% is a wonderfully poignant place to be.
Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.
Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.
A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".
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Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and 350.org all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.
Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit
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The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.
The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.
Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.
Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia
Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.
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Climate Negotiations are over for another year with little progress in Doha by any one's measure as the scientific statements on climate change and the impacts we are already feeling as evidenced in record Arctic melting, and extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, and Cyclone Evan in the South Pacific are growing much stronger.
Some of the latest scientific research shows:Sea Level rising 60% faster than IPCC projectionsMethane and CO2 in thawing Arctic permafrost a climate tipping pointCollapse of Siberia's Coastline is Releasing Huge Amounts of CO2Greenland Ice sheet suffers unprecedented surface meltIndian Monsoon more likely to fail as global warming acceleratesSouthern Ocean warming impact on Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability and sea level rise
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