‘Arming Ukraine has always been a bad idea. It was a bad idea when it was first proposed by the Brookings Institution in early 2015 and it’s a bad idea now that Defense Secretary James Mattis is reviving it. It was a bad idea under Barack Obama, before Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and it’s a bad idea today, with Donald Trump in the White House …’
‘John Nichols of The Nation talks about his new book, “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America.” The book looks at who is running the government under President Trump, from Betsy DeVos, to Scott Pruitt and Elaine Chao, to Steven Miller.’
‘The French company that says its Houston-area chemical plant is spewing“noxious” smoke — and may explode — successfully pressed federal regulators to delay new regulations designed to improve safety procedures at chemical plants, according to federal records reviewed by International Business Times. The rules, which were set to go into effect this year, were halted by the Trump administration after a furious lobbying campaign by plant owner Arkema and its affiliated trade association, the American Chemistry Council, which represents a chemical industry that has poured tens of millions of dollars into federal elections …’
Surrounded by oil refineries, Port Arthur, TX faces new environmental crisis following Harvey floods
‘Receding floodwaters have revealed widespread chemical contamination stemming from the city’s petrochemical plants.’
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‘Saudi Arabia is welcoming Muslims from around the globe for one of the world’s largest annual gatherings as the ancient Hajj ritual begins. This year’s pilgrimage has wide political significance.’
‘China and Russia are now, not only on the same side of many global issues but they are speaking in a singular voice with a similarly loud volume.
Three areas where this has manifested itself include of Venezuela, Afghanistan and North Korea. In each of these cases, both Russia and China are saying almost identical things at the same time and are doing so forcefully.’
‘Maria Zakharova, the official spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry has given a lengthy answer to a question regarding Russia’s position on Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Venezuela.’
‘In the aftermath of Katrina in 2005, despite then-President George W. Bush bungled response to the hurricane, he allowed Mexican troops to enter the United States. They offered housing, clothing, meals, and money in an extraordinary and unprecedented gesture of friendship.
The aid Mexico sent was no small thing — it was an extraordinary gesture, and it may have saved many lives. Marking the first time that Mexican troops had set foot on U.S. soil since the Mexican-American War in 1846, President Vicente Fox sent an army convoy and a naval vessel laden with food, water and medicine. By the end of their three-week operation in Louisiana and Mississippi, the Mexicans had served 170,000 meals, helped distribute more than 184,000 tons of supplies and conducted more than 500 medical consultations.
“Mexico and the United States are nations which are neighbors and friends which should always have solidarity in moments of difficulty,” Fox told NBC News at the time. While Trump is busy beating his chest on Twitter, he has managed to alienate an ally that may have been able to once again offer lifesaving aid to a state in dire need of it.’
Roger Waters ‘Us + Them’ 2017 tour
‘Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva continues his bus tour across the country. He has criticized recent actions taken by the government of President Michel Temer that affect companies and workers in the country…’