Jul 28 2015

Newsflash: Obama Addresses African Union, Clinton’s Climate Speech, Planned Parenthood Site Hacked

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Uprising’s guest expert Robert Jensen, author and a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines:

President Obama addressed members of the African Union today, as part of his on-going tour of the continent. He spoke frankly about the issues of corruption and dictatorship, saying that those states that violated human rights, “may have democracy in name, but not in substance.” He called out specific states, including Kenya, Ethiopia and Burundi. Meanwhile, just as Obama gave his speech, in the northern African state of Libya where his administration led a NATO war, a court sentenced Saif Al Islam, Moammar Gaddafi’s son, to death. Eight other people were also handed the death penalty alongside him, for the crime of killing protesters in 2011. The sentence was immediately criticized by Human Rights Watch and others who said the judicial system is too corrupt. Libya has been wracked by violence and instability since NATO overthrew Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. Click here for an NBC news article about the story, and here for a Reuters article about the story.

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues to campaign hard for her party’s nomination. In a speech on Monday in Des Moines, Iowa on the issue of climate change, she called for sweeping reliance on renewable energy sources, aiming for targets even higher than President Obama has promised. According to the New York Times, “Clinton’s strategists see climate change as a winning issue for 2016.” Her campaign released a detailed plan on Sunday. But Mother Jones magazine pointed out that, as in the past, she refused to say whether or not she opposed the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which progressives have long campaigned against. Meanwhile, a new study has identified a so-called “triple threat” from climate change to coastal communities living in the US cities of New York, LA, Houston, San Francisco, San Diego and Boston. A deadly combination of sea-level rise, heavy rainfall and storm surges are much greater than previously thought. Click here for a New York Times article, and here for a Mother Jones article, and here for a Guardian article about the story.

The latest in the on-going series of attacks on Planned Parenthood has found that the abortion provider’s website was hacked into. A spokesperson from the organization told the Washington Post that, “extremists who oppose Planned Parenthood’s mission and services have launched an attack on our information systems, and have called on the world’s most sophisticated hackers to assist them in breaching our systems and threatening the privacy and safety of our staff members.” The FBI and Justice Department have reportedly been notified of the attacks, which come just weeks after a controversial undercover video was released by a right-wing anti-abortion group claiming that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for medical research. Republican lawmakers like Sen. Rand Paul, have fast-tracked an attempt to defund the organization. Click here for a Christian Science Monitor article, and here for a Washington Post article about the story.

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