Tuesday’s news links – Aug. 27, 2019

Puerto Rico Declares National Emergency as Tropical Storm Dorian Inches Towards Hurricane Status CNN

High turnover, understaffing, low pay: US nurses fight to unionize Guardian

Why don’t we try to destroy tropical cyclones by nuking them? NOAA

Environment

Unique climate change has no natural cause Climate News Network

European and US scientists have cleared up a point that has been nagging away at climate science for decades: not only is the planet warming faster than at any time in the last 2,000 years, but this unique climate change really does have neither a historic precedent nor a natural cause.

Sacred groves, sacrifice zones and soy production: globalization, intensification and neo-nature in South America

Jokowi announces East Kalimantan as site of new capital Jakarta Post

Fire fighters walk in the burned region of Robore where wildfires have destroyed hectares of forest in Bolivia, August 19, 2019.

Brazil

Trump’s Trade War Linked To Amazon Rainforest Destruction HuffPost

Evo Morales Calls for UN Assembly to Address Amazon Fires teleSUR

Im/migrants and refugees

Detained Immigrants Claim They Were Forced to Work Without Pay Capital & Main

ICE says immigrant detainees are only obligated to make their beds and avoid clutter. But a for-profit prison company is accused of forcing them to do much more – and for no wages.

Greenland

Tom Cotton defends Trump’s idea to buy Greenland Axios

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says acquiring Greenland “would secure vital strategic interests for the United States,” particularly vs. China.

Trump, Greenland and Manifest Destiny Counterpunch

Lost amid the groans and guffaws over the President’s evident lunacy and megalomania, was the simple fact that the entire idea rested on the racist foundations of the nation. The idea that territories can be bought and sold (Greenland has enjoyed an expanding scope of home rule since 1979) is a remnant of colonialism.

Museum of British Colonialism releases online 3D models of British concentration camps in Kenya

Capital — built on slavery

The Media’s Russian Radiation Story Implodes Upon Scrutiny Scott Ritter


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