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    • Climate Refugees: Climate-Fueled Drought, Sea Level Rise, Storms & Fires Displace Millions Worldwide

      A new report reveals how long-term disasters, including sea level rise and desertification, and short-term disasters, such as storms and fires, are especially threatening to people living in the Global South and island nations. We speak with the co-author of a new study that finds the climate crisis is already leading to a massive increase in the number of refugees being displaced around the world. Hossein Ayazi is a policy analyst with the Global Justice Program at the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. We're also joined at the U.N. Climate Summit in Madrid by Saleemul Huq, climate scientist and the director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh. He is advising the bloc of Least Developed Countries in the climate negotiations.

    • COP25: Developing Countries Charge Ahead with Bold Climate Plans as Rich Countries Drag Their Feet

      As this year's United Nations climate summit wraps up in Madrid, Spain, many activists, scientists, indigenous and grassroots climate leaders say that rich countries most responsible for the climate emergency have spent the talks dialing back ambition and blocking progress. This comes as deadly droughts, flooding, cyclones and wildfires rage around the world. This week, more than 70 developing countries have announced they will accelerate their climate plans, and 72 countries have signed onto goals to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But major emitters Australia, China, India, Brazil and Saudi Arabia have made no such promises, while the U.S. is slated to pull out of the Paris Agreement entirely by next year. For more on the negotiations at COP25, we speak with Saleemul Huq, climate scientist and the director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh. He is advising the bloc of Least Developed Countries in the climate talks.

    • "Dark Day for Everyone Who Believes in Justice": U.K. Tories Defeat Labour in Landslide Election

      The British Conservative Party has won a decisive majority in Thursday's general election, winning seats in Labour Party strongholds and paving the way for Britain's exit from the European Union by January 31. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is projected to have 364 seats in the House of Commons compared to Labour's 203 seats. That would give the Conservatives about a 75-seat majority, the largest since Margaret Thatcher's landslide in the 1987 election. Johnson's message throughout the campaign was focused on "getting Brexit done," reflecting public exhaustion with the issue that has paralyzed British politics ever since the 2016 referendum. His win comes despite his long record of racist and anti-Muslim statements, as well as accusations of sexual harassment. Following the election, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn announced he will resign as party leader, though he will continue to sit as an MP. The Labour membership grew dramatically during Corbyn's tenure, with the party adopting radical policies focused on ending austerity, reinvesting in the National Health Service and promoting social justice. We get response from George Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian and author of "Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis," and Priya Gopal, university lecturer in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge and author of the new book "Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent."

    • Headlines for December 13, 2019

      Conservative Party Wins Landslide Victory in U.K. Elections, House Judiciary Committee to Vote on 2 Articles of Impeachment Today, Algeria: Thousands Protest Thursday's Presidential Election, Aung San Suu Kyi Asks ICJ to Drop Genocide Case Against Burma, India: Police Kill 2 People in Assam Amid Protests over Citizenship Bill, Thousands of Iraqis Gather in Tahrir Sq. to Demand Protest Movement Remain Peaceful, France: Unions Remain on Strike and Vow to Continue During Holiday Season, Thousands Take to Streets in Hong Kong, DHS Memo Reveals How ICE's Inadequate Medical Care Contributed to 4 Deaths, Trump Attacks 16-Year-Old Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

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    • Understanding the Left’s Defeat in Britain

      FEATURING RICHARD WOLFF – Britain’s highly anticipated general election on Thursday resulted in a massive victory for the Tories, who captured well over the majority they needed in Parliament to push through the Brexit deal they want. The Labor Party, which had taken a nuanced approach to Brexit won just over 200 seats out of...

    • Jewish Activists Troubled By Trump Order

      FEATURING SOPHIE HURWITZ – President Donald Trump has just signed an executive order that ensures that civil rights protections against attacks on the basis of race, color or national origin applies to Jews. In an op-ed in the New York Times, the President’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner explained in that the order was signed...

    • Headlines: December 13, 2019

      The House Judiciary Committee on Friday morning voted 23 to 17 to pass 2 articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, sending them to the full House for a vote as early as next week. Two days of contentious debates among the panel’s committee members were ended abruptly on Wednesday night by Committee chair Jerrold...

    • What the Afghanistan Papers Reveal About the Longest War

      FEATURING MATTHEW HOH – For three years the Washington Post fought a legal battle to obtain documents of hundreds of interviews with experts and government officials about the US’s longest war, still being fought in Afghanistan. The interviews were conducted by a little known watchdog group called the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). ...

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    • JUDICIARY APPROVES IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES (and Other Fights for Constitutional Democracy): 'BradCast' 12/13/2019

      On today's BradCast, we continue down the long and often-too-winding road toward democracy and justice. [Audio link to show is posted below.] After some 14 hours of debate on Thursday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee made history on Friday morning by voting along party lines to approve two Articles of Impeachment --- for Abuse of Power [...]

    • 'The President Is the Smoking Gun': 'BradCast' 12/12/2019

      Desi and I are back for today's BradCast --- (thanks for saving us over the past three day, Nicole Sandler!) --- as the House Judiciary Committee's debate over two Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump continues and with the first ballots for the 2020 elections set to be mailed out in just over two [...]

    • 'Green News Report' - December 12, 2019

      IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil giant Exxon Mobil wins climate fraud case in New York; NOAA finds 'sweeping' changes underway in the Arctic; Extreme weather raising the risk of a global food crisis; PLUS: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg named Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2019... All that and more in today's Green [...]

    • USMCA, UK Elections and More Breaking News: 'BradCast' 12/11/2019

      It's NICOLE SANDLER again, your trusty guest host for another edition of the BradCast. With so much happening each day we begin with a look at the latest news, including today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the DOJ Inspector General's report on the Russia probe, another mass shooting, a courageous chief of police, and the latest [...]

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