What we’re reading: Trump speaks out, environmental issues persist

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Linkedin printEPA plans to revoke California’s right to set vehicle emission standardsThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it’s preparing to revoke California’s right to set their own vehicle emission standards. The Trump administration will announce the EPA acted against the law by granting the state permission to get around the Clean Air Act and enforcing stricter emission standards than the federal government.This new change could go into effect as soon as Wednesday.Trump on late Cokie Roberts: “She never treated me nicely”FILE- In this April 19, 2017 file photo, Cokie Roberts speaks during the opening ceremony for Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. ABC announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, that Roberts, a longtime political reporter and analyst at ABC News and NPR, has died. She was 75. AP Photo courtesy of Matt Rourke.President Trump reacted to the death of political journalist Cokie Roberts, who died yesterday from complications of breast cancer, by saying Roberts “never treated me nicely.”Roberts, 75, was a journalist for over 40 years who worked in television and public radio. During her lifetime, Roberts was a prominent broadcaster and worked for ABC as a contributor for “This Week with David Brinkley” and later as ABC’s chief congressional analyst.Speaking to reporters from Air Force One, Trump gave his condolences to Roberts’ family and called Roberts “a real professional,” despite his criticism. Obama meets with teen climate activistTeen climate change activist Greta Thunberg met with former President Barack Obama Monday as part of her visit to Washington to promote environmental issues.Thunberg, of Sweden, will testify about the global climate crisis before a joint hearing of two House committees Wednesday. Instead of taking a plane, Thunberg took a yacht from across the Atlantic because it was emissions–free. She will also speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York next week.Obama called Thunberg one of the “planet’s greatest advocates,” in a tweet after their meeting. Brooke is a strategic communication major, journalism minor, at TCU from Sugar Land, Texas. She is a foodie, loves indoor cycling, and can be found on the sidelines of Amon G. Carter Stadium working every home game with TCU Athletics Marketing and IMG. Trump revokes California’s limitation on auto emissions. (AP Images) World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Facebook Twitter This author does not have any more posts. Twitter Previous articleTCU addresses pedestrian safetyNext articleHoroscope: September 18, 2019 Brooke Appelbaum RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brooke Appelbaum ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Democracies asked to press China to free Swedish publisher

first_img ChinaSwedenAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses PredatorsImprisonedDisappearances Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Chinese government’s continuing persecution of Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish publisher and bookseller who was arrested again last weekend while on his way to Beijing for medical treatment, and urges democratic countries to take strong action to obtain his release. June 10, 2021 Find out more to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more January 25, 2018 Democracies asked to press China to free Swedish publisher One of five Hong Kong booksellers to be abducted and detained by the Chinese authorities in 2015, Gui was the last to be freed. Officially, he was released on 24 October but he remained under close surveillance in the southeastern city of Ningbo.Plainclothesmen arrested him again on 20 January as he was travelling in a train with two Swedish diplomats to receive treatment in Beijing for his serious health problems. Sweden and the European Union have demanded his immediate release without so far getting any official response from the Chinese authorities.RSF calls on democratic governments throughout the world to put strong pressure on China.“This persecution of a foreign citizen in violation of both the Chinese constitution and international law shows that the Chinese government takes the democracies’ passivity for granted,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia desk.“If it doesn’t encounter more resistance, Xi Jinping’s regime will know that it can act with impunity when it kidnaps its opponents anywhere in the world, holds them incommunicado for as long as it wants, parades them on TV like cattle at a fair, claims against all evidence that they are free and even prevents them from seeking medical care.”Mistreatment and denial of medical care – more discreet than a death sentence but the same in practice – are widely practiced by the Chinese state apparatus in order to silence dissidents and opponents.Both Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel peace laureate and winner of the RSF Press Freedom Prize, and the blogger Yang Tongyan died last year from ailments that were left untreated while they were detained. Other prominent detainees such as Liu Xia (Liu Xiaobo’s widow), the RSF award-winning journalist Huang Qi, the journalist Liu Feiyue, the citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti and the blogger Wu Gan risk suffering the same fate.China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Organisation Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom RSF_en News Receive email alerts ChinaSwedenAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses PredatorsImprisonedDisappearances June 7, 2021 Find out more News News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survivallast_img read more

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