Via Twitter: Trump again mobs US Democrats

In his confrontation with four Democratic female Democrats, US President Donald Trump made a new strike on Sunday (local time).

“I do not think these four congressmen are able to love our country,” Trump tweeted. “You should apologize to America (and Israel) for the awful (hate-filled) things they said.” The four women destroyed the Democratic Party, but as “weak and insecure people,” they could never destroy America, the Republican tweeted ,

A week ago, Trump had asked several democrats in a tweet to go back to their supposed home countries and solve the problems instead of giving the US good advice. Although Trump had not mentioned any names in the message, he unmistakably referred to the group of four aspiring Democrat MEPs in the House of Representatives.

All four are US citizens. Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent, born in New York; Tlaib is a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, born in Detroit; Pressley is African American, born in Chicago. Although Omar was born in Somalia, he was naturalized as a teenager in the United States.

Contact with an Uyghur? China immediately tells you “how it really works”

Uighurs who get the chance and dare, flights abroad. One of them is Omir Bekali. He too was arrested out of the blue, tortured and taken to a camp. He managed to reach Europe and told us about degrading conditions. “You are forced to make confessions for something that you have not done. If you do not, horrific punishments follow”.

Letter

At the end of March he told his story to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs at the invitation of MP Martijn Van Helvert (CDA). Van Helvert received a letter from the Chinese embassy the day before the meeting. Did he know that Mr. Bekali was a terrorist?

“Without knowing in advance what Mr. Bekali was going to say, I received that letter,” says Van Helvert. “The Chinese government already told me what Mr. Bekali was going to say and that that would be incorrect. The letter starts with “We have noticed that you will soon be receiving the so-called ex-prisoner from the so-called re-education camp” and further on they speak of “terrorists” and that Mr. Bekali is one of them. “

Van Helvert then met Omir Bekali and spoke to people and aid organizations around him. “What I see is that he is a former prisoner of a detention camp in Xinjiang. The Chinese government is not happy with Mr Bekali's activities because he is spreading the story to the rest of the world.”

USB stick

After the letter, Van Helvert received an invitation from the Chinese embassy for an interview. He responded to that and during that meeting he received a USB stick with a video gift. The images show how repentant Uighurs explain that they have been 'saved' by the 'schools'. Stripped of their extremist ideology, they say they are facing a bright future.

“There are some kind of promotional videos on it, how beautiful the province is and how nice everyone lives there in peace,” says Van Helvert. “But it is a disguise of the great human rights sacrifice that is currently taking place in China.”

The East is always overwhelmed by heat, the end of the heat wave in sight

A wave of freshness began to blow in the center of the United States but the Atlantic coast was on heat alert Sunday on the last day of an episode of extreme heat accused of causing at least six deaths.

Meteorological services expect the thermometer to still show up to 38 degrees in several major cities on the east coast, including New York and Washington, with temperatures that are felt to be much higher due to humidity.

According to several media, at least six deaths were attributed to the heat, including three at the end of the week when the temperatures were not yet at their maximum.

A former NFL American football player, Mitch Petrus, died in Arkansas on Thursday while he was working outside the family store, according to the Pulaski County Medical Examiner.

According to the CBS channel, four people died in Maryland alone and one in Arizona.

In this context, the authorities renewed their warnings, urging the population to hydrate, pay attention to the elderly and children, and avoid outdoor activities.

Nearly 100 million people, against 150 Saturday, remained concerned Sunday by these alerts.

In New York, the city has opened 500 centers for residents to cool off. A triathlon, involving approximately 4,000 athletes, a festival in Central Park and horse racing at the Saratoga Racecourse were canceled.

Cyclists ride under fountains in Washington DC on July 19, 2019 (AFP - Alastair Pike)

Cyclists ride under fountains in Washington DC on July 19, 2019 (AFP – Alastair Pike)

After protests by activists, the prison authorities also made sure to pay particular attention to the plight of the detainees at Rikers Island Prison, where most of the cells are not equipped with air conditioning.

Elsewhere, air conditioning was running high, putting pressure on the power grid, so a short cut was recorded in Long Island on Saturday afternoon.

– Severe thunderstorms –

In Washington, where the temperatures felt should approach the 43 degrees Sunday, the mayor has also activated an emergency plan, which provides for a late opening of municipal pools and parks with fountains, where residents have been hurrying for several days.

Humorously, police in Braintree, Mass., Called on Facebook to “postpone any criminal activity to Monday” because of the heat.

In Philadelphia, where residents of a retirement home were evacuated on Saturday, the local media also joked, suggesting that locals could go cool in Miami or Phoenix, two cities usually much hotter.

“The end of this sweltering heat wave will happen gradually in the center of the United States, then in the North-East at the beginning of the week but will be accompanied by violent storms and torrential rain,” warned Kristina Pydynowski. , meteorologist of the AccuWeather site.

When temperatures drop in the United States, they will rise on the other side of the Atlantic, with a new epic event expected Tuesday on a large part of the European continent.

Washington residents seek freshness in a public watershed on July 19, 2019 (AFP - SAUL LOEB)

Washington residents seek freshness in a public watershed on July 19, 2019 (AFP – SAUL LOEB)

The French meteorological services have forecast temperatures approaching 40 degrees in the south-west of the country, already hit by drought.

Last month was the hottest June ever recorded in the world, due in part to an exceptional first heat wave in Europe, according to data from the European Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Temperatures even soared earlier this month into the state of Alaska, straddling the Arctic Circle, with an all-time record of 32 ° C recorded at Anchorage.

Austria's Justice investigates ex-employee of Chancellor Kurz for data destruction

The suspect had a few days after the announcement of the affair to former Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) destroy a disk from the Chancellery, reported the “Kurier” newspaper. The suspect was questioned by the police on Thursday. His apartment was also searched.

Destruction a few days before vote of no confidence against Sebastian Kurz

The ex-employee had on 23 May, a few days before the vote of no confidence against Kurz in the Austrian Parliament, under false name destroy a printer hard drive from an outside company. On this data are stored to the last printed documents. The company informed the police – but only because the short-staff had not paid the bill for the action in the amount of 76 euros.

Politicians from all parties, with the exception of the ÖVP, demanded a full investigation of the incident. “Countless questions” saw SPÖ Federal Managing Director Thomas Drozda raised. Voters have the right to know if Kurz is involved in the case.

Access to sensitive documents?

A spokesperson for the ÖVP, on the other hand, said that the destruction of personal data and non-official documents before a change of government is a normal process. The former employee therefore had no access to sensitive documents.

Government Crisis in Austria: Strache Affair: The Chronicle of the Scandal

Already before there had been speculation in Austria whether Kurz could be involved in the Ibiza affair. Last month, Kurz referred to e-mails that allegedly covered his involvement as counterfeits.

Shortly after the EU election at the end of May had been voted by vote of no confidence. The coalition between the conservative ÖVP von Kurz and the right-wing populist FPÖ was broken after the publication of the so-called Ibiza video. For September, an early parliamentary election is scheduled.

The trigger for the political crisis in Austria was a video showing how the now-retired vice-chancellor and FPÖ leader Strache promises state orders to a supposed Russian oligarchs niece in return for election aid.

“European countries must keep out of this American escalation”

The action follows a British seizure of an Iranian ship at Gibraltar. Marandi confirms that the action against the British oil tanker was a retaliatory action. “That was the underlying reason, but there was also a technical justification for doing so. This is the problem that the British of today will have with Iran. The Iranians will seize legal grounds that you would be good if the relationship was good, can see through the fingers. “

Marandi, born in the US and graduated in Britain, points out that his country is not after a confrontation, but that it is ready to answer aggression. “I don't think the Americans are after conflict because they know the power of the Iranian force very well. The Iranians have been preparing since the illegal occupation of Iraq. They have underground military installations, missile defense systems along the entire Persian Gulf, on the islands, in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman. They also have a strong naval capacity. In addition, Iran has strong allies in the region. “

Marandi advises Europe, and therefore the Netherlands, not to do what Washington requires. He refers in particular to the American president, his security adviser John Bolton and Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo.

“I think European countries should keep out of this American escalation. It's not Iran that is escalating, it's the US that provokes. And I don't think the people of your country would like to support figures like Bolton, Pompeo and Trump scissors. “

7 recent consequences of global warming

Sea level rise, melting of glaciers, intense weather events, deterioration of the population's health: the effects of climate change are already being felt. Apart from any more or less pessimistic attempts to project in the future, Science and Future looked at these effects already visible today, in a summary not exhaustive but drawing nevertheless a broad panorama.

Over the last 50 years, human activities, particularly the use of fossil fuels, have released sufficient amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to retain more heat in the lower layers of the atmosphere. and affect the global climateThe World Health Organization (WHO) is setting the scene, recalling that in the last 130 years, the temperature has risen by about 0.85 ° C worldwide, and that in the past 25 years, the pace has accelerated to reach a warming of over 0.18 ° C per decade.

Nearly two-thirds of the global effects of changes in temperature in the atmosphere and at the ocean surface between 1971 and 2010 have been attributed to anthropogenic (man-made) climate change, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January 2019. Result, in 2019 already we can note that the level of the seas rises, the glaciers melt and the heat waves multiply. On the health side, beyond the direct effects of rising temperatures, nutrition and allergies are affected.

1) Increasingly hot temperatures

It is clear that frequency and intensity“hot episodes”has grown over the last thirty years“, explains Météo France, which has data since 1947. Involved: the cooling capacity of aerosols in the upper atmosphere where they block the solar radiation is weakened with the increasing content of greenhouse gases.

As a result, landslides are multiplying in the Alps, where a lake has even been discovered at 3,000 meters altitude. According to the experts of World Weather Attribution, the probability of a heatwave week such as in France at the beginning of summer 2019 is ten times higher than it was at the beginning of the 20e century, with an average temperature higher than 4 ° C compared to a century ago.Every heat wave that occurs in Europe today is made more likely and more intense by man-made climate change“, add these experts.

But the phenomenon is of course not limited to Europe. In early June 2019, in India, temperatures rose to 50 ° C for several days in a row. The monsoon, a welcome source of refreshment, was a week late. In Canada, a government report concluded that the country is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, with +1.7 ° C since 1948, compared with + 0.8 ° C worldwide. In Australia, the fourth consecutive monthly heat record was recorded in March 2019. And warming is felt to the far north. Don July 14, 2019, mercury reached 21 ° C in Alert, less than 900 km from the North Pole, establishing a “absolute record” of heat for this station.

2) The oceans are warming up and rising

Ocean warming is a very important indicator of climate change, and we have evidence that this warming is going faster than we thoughtin January 2019, the scientist Zeke Hausfather, from the University of California at Berkeley, explained. Because the oceans absorb excess heat from the atmosphere created by greenhouse gas emissions. While their temperature has already increased by 1 ° C, heat waves affect an ocean surface three times greater since the pre-industrial era.

With this sea warming, the plankton go north to find a more favorable temperature, at the risk of unbalancing the fauna feeding on it. DIn the Arctic, seals and whales are already forced to change their eating habits, either by hunting new species pushed north by the heat, or by hunting the usual species further north. For their part, corals stressed by the warming of the water expel the micro-algae with which they live in symbiosis, and whiten. Bleaching makes them vulnerable and can lead to their death. In recent years, 30% of launderings have been classified as “Severe” extending over tens of thousands of kilometers, especially in Asia, Australia and the Near East. According to scientists, the risk for such a phenomenon has increased by 4% per year since 1980.

Direct consequence of warming: rising water. “During the 20th century, the level of seas rose by about 20 cm“, says Météo France, against 5 cm per century over the last two to three millennia. A climb that could reach 2 meters in 2100, with disastrous consequences.

3) The ice melts

Two reasons make the ocean level rise. First, the water expands when the temperature rises. The second factor is melting ice, a large amount of which is found in mountain glaciers, Antarctica and Greenland, and is intensifying.

The consequences are many. In Alaska in 2015, a massive landslide caused by the retreat of the Tyndall glacier generated a tsunami of nearly 200 meters. “The glaciers, retreating, change their environment dramatically”explained Dan Shugar from Washington University Tacoma. In Siberia, buildings are cracking because of the melting of permafrost that support them, a mineral layer cemented by ice and which remains stable only if the water is frozen. Elsewhere in Siberia, in October 2018, uA ship of the French Navy crossed for the first time the Northeast Passage, this mythical sea route along the Arctic coast, without the help of an icebreaker.

SOLUTIONS. “We affirm that we have all the technical and economic means to achieve this goal” not to exceed + 1.5 ° C, In 2018 Valérie Masson-Delmotte, paleoclimatologist and vice-chair of the IPCC working group on the physical study of the climate, was in charge. To learn more, read our article: Stay below 1.5 ° C: painful efforts for huge profits

4) Forests burn

Far from the glaciers, global warming also plays with fire. “By drying up vegetation, climate change is causing (since the 1960s) an increase in the weather hazard of forest fires“, explains Météo France. Climate change, in addition to bringing drier and warmer air, creates more flammable ecosystems by increasing the rate of evaporation and the frequency of droughts“, explained Christopher Williams of Clark University in Massachusetts. With rising mercury and less precipitation, the roots of shrubs and trees will pump water deeper into the soil. As a result, the wetland that could have slowed down a forest fire is no longer there. And forest fires, in addition to being more frequent, are more intense.

In the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere, the fire season was traditionally limited to July-August and now extends from June to October in the Mediterranean basin. In California, experts believe that wildfires can now erupt throughout the year. Southern France and Portugal have experienced several drought episodes in the past 20 years, as they did before only once a century. In 2018, Greece and California were particularly ravaged by fires.

And it's a real vicious circle. Forests are indeed gigantic carbon sinks, of which they store around 45% worldwide. When they burn, some of the carbon is released into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.

5) More floods and droughts, and a tendency for storms and cyclones

“Extreme” weather events bring together heat waves and fires, as well as cyclones, storms, floods, tsunamis and floods. At the global level, these events have more than doubled between 1980 and 2016, according to a 2018 report from Council of Academies of European Sciences (EASAC). In particular, extreme hydrological hazards (floods, floods) have quadrupled, and droughts doubled.

But at the scientific level, storms, tropical cyclones and extratropical cyclones (as characterized by climate specialists) are more complex cases. “With a decline of only 40 years, it is impossible to distinguish the impact of climate change from the natural variability of the phenomenon.“, says Météo France about tropical cyclones.If it is still difficult to separate things, experts expect less cyclones, but with more power for the strongest of them, who will draw energy from the humid atmosphere over warmed oceans.

Storms are not one-dimensionalAnthony Del Genio, a climatologist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told the Earth's Observatory mission in 2013. The humidity of the atmosphere, the differences in temperature between the oceans, but also between the masses of air, are essential parameters for their formation.

6) Health: more allergies, respiratory problems, anxiety

The effects of global warming on health are numerous and can be direct, such as dehydration during the heat wave (70,000 additional deaths were recorded during the heat wave of summer 2003 in Europe), or the psychological effects of events related to climate. For example, exposure to floods and other extreme events increases the risk of depression and anxiety. And just anticipating these disasters can affect mental health. It's this “chronic fear of a condemned environment“that the American Psychiatric Association describes as eco-anxiety.

More indirectly, deleterious effects on health can result from the consequences of climatic events. Thus, the pollution caused by the Californian fire of 2018 forced the closure of schools and the wearing of masks for many inhabitants, in order to protect their airways from particles floating in the air. Wildfires such as this one “can multiply daily air pollution levels by ten“, explains the article of the New England Journal of Medicine from January 2019.

Some diseases are favored by increasing temperatures. Warming has the consequence of increasing the amounts of pollen … and therefore allergies. In France, the number of allergies related to pollen has tripled in 20 years, affecting nearly 20% of adolescents and more than 30% of adults, warned Inserm in 2015. Warming also favors vector diseases, it is ie transmitted by a living agent such as the mosquito, very sensitive to weather conditions. Today, malaria, transmitted by mosquitoes, already kills 400,000 people a year.

On the nutrition side, New England Journal of Medicine note Increasing levels of carbon dioxide have adverse effects on the nutritional quality of major cereal crops, such as rice and wheat, including lowering protein levels, a range of micronutrients and B vitamins“.

7) The animals go out, the plants suffer and adapt

Because of human activity, one million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction. If climate change is not the only cause, it adds to the disastrous consequences of land use (agriculture, deforestation), direct exploitation of resources (fishing, hunting), pollution and invasive species.

The increase in temperatures is also responsible for new and disturbing behaviors in animals. Hungry polar bears, affected by the melting ice, make incursions into Russian cities. In Australia, sharks become right handed, lateralizing their movements to save energy faster spent in warmer water.

The flora suffers just as much, with a evolution of vegetation never seen over such a short period of time: between 2009 and 2019, wild flora has already changed under the effect of climate change, “all over France, in all environments“. “Species that prefer high temperatures settle (in new territories, ed) or increase in abundance“explained Gabrielle Martin of the National Museum of Natural History. The sites where the temperature has increased the most are those where the vegetation has changed the most. In French forests, the finding is similar. Top branches of oaks that dry up, Scots pine trees that die of thirst, beeches that are struggling to withstand high temperatures: for foresters, the signs of global warming are already there.

Good news for the English, however: thanks to global warming, they hope to produce sparkling wines that can compete with champagne.

Sea level rise, melting of glaciers, intense weather events, deterioration of the population's health: the effects of climate change are already being felt. Apart from any more or less pessimistic attempts to project in the future, Science and Future looked at these effects already visible today, in a summary not exhaustive but drawing nevertheless a broad panorama.

Over the last 50 years, human activities, particularly the use of fossil fuels, have released sufficient amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to retain more heat in the lower layers of the atmosphere. and affect the global climateThe World Health Organization (WHO) is setting the scene, recalling that in the last 130 years, the temperature has risen by about 0.85 ° C worldwide, and that in the past 25 years, the pace has accelerated to reach a warming of over 0.18 ° C per decade.

Nearly two-thirds of the global effects of changes in temperature in the atmosphere and at the ocean surface between 1971 and 2010 have been attributed to anthropogenic (man-made) climate change, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January 2019. Result, in 2019 already we can note that the level of the seas rises, the glaciers melt and the heat waves multiply. On the health side, beyond the direct effects of rising temperatures, nutrition and allergies are affected.

1) Increasingly hot temperatures

It is clear that frequency and intensity“hot episodes”has grown over the last thirty years“, explains Météo France, which has data since 1947. Involved: the cooling capacity of aerosols in the upper atmosphere where they block the solar radiation is weakened with the increasing content of greenhouse gases.

Joe Biden likens Trump to a white segregationist

Joe Biden, a former vice president and Democratic nominee for the 2020 election, on Friday compared Donald Trump to the late white segregationist George Wallace, after the US president's comments on colored Democrats. Wallace, known for his supremacist views, was Governor of Alabama for 20 years, from 1967 to 1987. He had run for the Democratic nomination but his efforts to be the official candidate had been shattered by the attack he had been victim in 1972, and to whom he had survived.

Campaigning in California, Joe Biden said Trump was “more of George Wallace than George Washington.” Trump raised an uproar and was accused of racism by some after picking on four elected Democrats in the House of Representatives, all of color.

In a tweet, Trump wrote last weekend that “They'd better get back to the countries they come from and help rebuild them and clean them from the crime they're plagued with.” Her critics are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib are all born in the United States. Omar, a Somali refugee, has been living in the United States for more than 20 years and is a US citizen.

(With Reuters)

Aid organizations want millions more to combat Ebola

World Health Organization WHO and aid organization MSF-Holland want extra money to fight the Ebola epidemic in Congo. Since the summer of 2018, more than 1,600 people have died as a result of the disease.

“Up to now, the WHO mission has put us in the red for fifty million dollars,” says Peter Graaff of the WHO. “For the next six months we will need at least one hundred million dollars. That will allow us to send more people into the field and solve the problem faster, saving human lives.”

International health crisis

This week, the WHO labeled the Ebola outbreak in the Congo as an international health crisis. “The committee that deals with declaring the public health emergency said this time: we are going the extra mile, “says Graaff, who was recently appointed by the WHO as special envoy in Congo, responsible for coordinating the fight against the epidemic.

The immediate cause of the state of emergency was the spread of the disease to Goma, near the border with Rwanda. A priest who helped Ebola patients in a church elsewhere took the disease to the metropolis. He died last week.

“The case in Goma is important,” says Graaff. “The fact that the epidemic has been going on for almost a year without the end really in sight and the fact that the area in which Ebola is located have been the reasons for the state of emergency.”

Kate White, emergency medical coordinator at Doctors without Borders, agrees. She is leaving for Congo next week. “The number of patients has increased dramatically in recent months. We have also seen an infection across the border in Uganda. The epidemic is spreading and is not completely under control.”

Vaccine makes the difference

In the Congo, 600 people from the WHO are currently busy vaccinating and treating Ebola patients, says Graaff. “If there is a possible case, then that person must be isolated and tested, and admitted to a clinic. A team will investigate who the people they have been in contact with. We will continue to check whether those people might become ill.”

White: “We are now vaccinating everyone who has been in contact with patients and the contacts of their contacts. This is how you create a ring around the patient who has to stop the spread of the disease.”

Prohibit plastic straws? Not a priority for Trump

The exchanges between Donald Trump and the journalists in the gardens of the White House sometimes give rise to surprising moments.

Between two questions on Iran and China, the US president was questioned Friday on the ban on plastic straws. And was dubitative.

“I think we have bigger problems than plastic straws,” he said.

Then, after a brief pause, he gave his opinion on the file.

“You have a little straw, but what about plates, packaging and all those things that are much bigger and made with the same material?” He said.

“Everyone is focused on the straws, but there are many other things to look at,” he concluded, grateful, amused, “an interesting question.” “.

His campaign team for 2020 has just put up for sale “Trump straws”, plastic, on which the name of the president is engraved “laser,” she says.

The slogan? “The paper straws of people on the left do not work”.

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The ban on face-covering clothing: what are the consequences?

In two weeks, the partial ban on face-covering clothing will come into effect, popularly also known as the burqa ban. The ban is called 'partial' because it only applies to public transport, education, healthcare and government buildings.

Anyone who breaks the law risks a fine of 150 euros. But how will the new law be enforced? And what are the consequences of the ban for the wearers of nikabs and burkas? Tonight in the broadcast a report and Nynke de Zoeten joins the studio for political interpretation.