Apr 14 2014

Daily News Flash with Courtney Morris on Jewish Center Shootings, Afghan Election Fraud, IPCC’s New Climate Economy, and the Passing of Fred Ho

Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African American and women’s Studies at Penn State University and a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University, analyzes today’s news headlines:

A shooting outside 2 Jewish centers in Kansas City, Missouri has claimed the lives of 3 people in what appears to be a hate crime. A man named Frazier Glenn Miller is in custody for the shootings outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood. According to CNN, Miller “is the founder and former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party.” The dead include a 14 year old boy and his grandfather, and an unidentified woman. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled Miller a “raging anti-Semite.” Some news reports are claiming Miller screamed “Heil Hitler” while being arrested. Click here for a CNN.com article about the story.

Early returns in last week’s Presidential elections in Afghanistan are trickling in and they show two former ministers from President Karzai’s cabinet emerging as the top two vote winners. The Northern Alliance’s Abdullah Abdullah, and former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani are vying for the Presidency in an election that has already been marred by wide-spread allegations of fraud – even more than in the previous 2009 elections. Formal results are expected to be announced near the end of the month when there may be a run-off if no single candidate wins a clear majority. Click here for a Washington Post article about the story.

And in the final part of the latest IPCC report, rolled out yesterday, climate scientists have concluded that cutting greenhouse gas emissions is not just imperative but achievable. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the final part of their latest report over the weekend. According to the Guardian, the report finds that, “The cheapest and least risky route to dealing with global warming is to abandon all dirty fossil fuels in coming decades.” Scientists cautiously embraced transitioning to natural gas from controversial fracking practices, but only if it replaced coal burning. The report also claimed that dealing with the climate will not significantly impact economic growth. Click here for a Guardian newspaper article about the story.

Composer, saxophonist, writer and radical activist Fred Ho died over the weekend at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. Inspired by the Black Arts movement, Ho composed many musical and politically themed pieces within what he called Afro-Asian traditions. Click here for a New York Times obit about Fred Ho.

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