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Trump Defies G7, Refuses To Back Climate Deal After "Controversial" Debate

May 27, 2017 - 8:24am
Trump Defies G7, Refuses To Back Climate Deal After "Controversial" Debate

The Group of Seven world leaders, or rather Six excluding Trump, tried to tame the US president... and failed. Which means on Saturday the group will sign off on a significantly "pared-down" statement at the close of their meeting in Sicily - an indication of deep divisions on climate change, trade and various other issues between Trump and the rest of the developed world.

Global Rally Fizzles After "OPEC Shock" In "Slow Risk-Off Session"

May 26, 2017 - 8:52pm
Global Rally Fizzles After "OPEC Shock" In "Slow Risk-Off Session"

S&P futures were fractionally lower from yesterday's record high as European stocks declined and Asian stocks were mixed, pressured by yesterday's 5% plunge in crude after OPEC unexpectedly "failed to surprise" markets, and announced the bare minimum supply cut extension that was expected by oil traders, who in turn puked long positions.

Falling Between the Sun-Scorched Gaps: Drought Highlights Ethiopia's Internally Displaced Persons Dilemma

May 26, 2017 - 2:00pm
Falling Between the Sun-Scorched Gaps: Drought Highlights Ethiopia's Internally Displaced Persons Dilemma

Women and children at an internally displaced person's settlement 60 kilometers south of the town of Gode, reachable only along a dirt track through the desiccated landscape. (Photo: James Jeffrey / IPS)
Displaced pastoralists gather around newly arrived drums of brown water as a water truck speeds off to make further deliveries to settlements that have sprung up along the main road running out of Gode, one of the major urban centers in Ethiopia's Somali region.

Discoverer Of DNA's Double-Helix Banned From U of I For "Failing Test Of Decency"

May 26, 2017 - 8:55am
Discoverer Of DNA's Double-Helix Banned From U of I For "Failing Test Of Decency"

The University of Illinois has capitulated to faculty complaints and rescinded a speaking invitation to Nobel Laureate James Watson, who has ruffled feathers with past comments about race.
Watson is famous for co-discovering the double-helix structure of DNA, but even a preemptive email stating that he would be giving a "narrowly focused scientific talk" failed to assuage faculty concerns.

Enviros Are Ignoring the Elephant In the Room: U.S. Military Is the World’s Largest Polluter

May 24, 2017 - 2:10am
Enviros Are Ignoring the Elephant In the Room: U.S. Military Is the World’s Largest Polluter

The Military Pumps Out Staggering Quantities of Toxic Waste, Water and Air Pollution and Radiation
Environmentalists are ignoring the elephant in the room … the world’s largest polluter.
Newsweek reported in 2014:

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