A major political analyst, Stanislav Belkovsky, has sparked shockwaves through the international community by claiming that Russian president, Vladimir Putin, doesn’t believe in global warming and thinks the whole idea is a monstrous fraud designed to hold back the economic development of certain key countries, in particular Russia. This is the reason, he says, why global warming is not on the agenda in the Russian media, or indeed, Russian society in general.
Of course Putin has form in this area. He has been quoted in the past making disparaging comments about the effects of global warming and is widely believed to think that the most significant effect of global warming on everyday Russians will be reduced expenditure on fur coats.
The Global Warming Threat
Russia has done its homework to assess the level of threat from global warming, which is why Putin is so sceptical of claims by climate experts that global warming is a problem for mankind.
What they found was interesting. Climate change is a cyclical thing. Over time, it is perfectly normal for the global temperature to go up and down and the role of mankind in this process is negligible. Andrey Illarionov, former economic advisor to Putin, was quoted as saying that the climate is enormously complicated and the evidence presented by experts doesn’t really uphold the view that global warming is something we can’t afford to ignore.
Russian Media Ignores Global Warming
The Russian media continues to ignore global warming; a stance that only serves to inflame other media agencies around the world. However, the Russian media has countered criticism from the likes of Reuters by pointing out that there is little merit in reporting on stories related to global warming when the Russian public is not interested.
Konstantin Simonov, founder of an oil and gas research fund agrees. He says the subject of global warming is not a priority in Russia. He says that ordinary Russians cannot be expected to show an interest in global warming after the West has piled on economic pressure and introduced sanctions on to Russia.
Obama and Global Warming
Meanwhile, Obama is leading the rest of the world in its efforts to combat the so-called effects of global warming. He introduced America’s ‘Clean Power Plan’, which set in train carbon pollution standards for power plants. He is currently in the process of putting forth an initiative to end public financing for coal fired power stations overseas, with other nations, including the UK and Netherlands following suit. Other global warming initiatives include reducing emissions from deforestation, combatting short-lived climate pollutants and expanding the use of clean energy.
Most people don’t expect Putin will change his mind about global warming between now and the United Nations climate summit talks scheduled for December. If anything he is more likely than ever to dig his heels in and refuse to engage. Besides which, he has enough on his plate with Russian involvement in the Syrian conflict escalating on a daily basis.
Whistle-blowers are people whose function is simply the truth. They are risking their years of their lives and they are usually threatened by prison because of their statements or knowledge about particular subjects, and they should be informed that whistleblower law firm exist. There are many known whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden. He explained the plan of the United States and its mass surveillance system. This is a part on global surveillance and it is presenting a big problem for any of the United States administrations. This is why did they threatened him with court and prison for a long years. Of course, this was just a piece of cake for already experienced CIA officer. He tried to flee to other countries to seek asylum and he get it in Russia. He lived on the Moscow Airport before getting Russian citizenship papers.
Snowden sold information to Guardian and one website offer him support. This was the WIkiLeaks and it was founded by Julian Assange, an Australian programmer, journalist and publisher. Julian helped also Chelsea Manning, an US soldier based in Iraq to publish his information about the horrific parts of Iraqi war and among the all things famous footage of the killings of two Iraqi journalists during the bombing of Baghdad by American military in 2007. Chelsea was sentenced for a thirty five years in prison because of the publishing of confidential material. Assange was threatened by the United States court and he ran away from it. He was threatened with some sexual assault by the Swedish government but he replied that those are only political manoeuvres made only to imprison him. He was just like Snowden and sought for political asylum in all of the Embassies in the world. Embassy of Ecuador in London gave him asylum and he has been there since 2012.
There are all sorts of good stories about the whistle-blowers. For instance MordechaiVanunu was former Israeli nuclear expert born in Marocco. He gave some information about the Israeli nuclear program to the British press. According to him Israel has an arsenal of about 400 nuclear warheads and a very advanced nuclear research program. Under threats and almost with no personal life he fled to Italy where he was tricked by two Mossad agents. He was drugged and by force transported to Israel. He was processed behind the doors on a secret court and sentenced to seventeen years of prison. You have to wonder sometimes is it really worth of doing this? Moral and ethical reasons are quite a good explanation for a moral person but seventeen years or in the Chelsea’s case thirty five isn’t a small amount of years to be spent in jail.
Out of these stories of the whistle-blowers usually a scandal comes up. Even with the Watergate conspiracy theory journalists had to work hard in order to achieve their effect. There was a very significant result, the president resigned. Sometimes these statements have some echo in the public world, and sometimes don’t. These guys will always remain true fighters for freedom and liberty.
The first Democratic presidential candidate debate heated up on Tuesday with the five participants not missing an opportunity to take pot-shots at each other. The current front-runner, Hillary Clinton, took much of the flack with pops over her vote to enter the Iraq war, the suggestion of a no-fly zone over Syria, and her change in position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Australia and several other nations, as her weak points.
Clinton Emails Did Not Form the Substance of the Debate
The hot-button issue of her emails sent out using her personal email account whilst secretary of state was largely left alone with Senator Bernie Sanders even going so far as to comment that Americas have had enough of hearing about them. This brought a wry smile from Clinton and a cheer from the Democratic supporters in the crowd.
Some serious facts were covered during the debate as well with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and Senator Bernie Sanders all getting their chance to shine under the hot lights on stage.
Minority Youth Unemployment
Sanders brought up the matter of the middle-class, wanting to move funding from criminal justice into jobs and education for minorities. He quoted African-American unemployed youth running at 51 percent and Hispanic unemployed youth at 36 percent.
Whilst the age range for the above claim was not specified, information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that for individuals 16-19, 31.5 percent were unemployed in the African-American community and 18.6 percent in the Hispanic community. This compares to a 16.3 percent unemployment rate for ages 16-19 across all ethnicities and races.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act which required a five-day waiting period for firearm purchases was voted down by Senator Sanders. Clinton put the Senator in a tough spot over his comments that perhaps the firearm manufacturers should be responsible for recent school massacres rather than lay the blame at the feet of those who actually pulled the trigger.
Senator Sanders actually voted down the bill five times.
Overflowing Jails in the USA
Senator Sanders claimed that the United States has more people incarcerated than any other country on Earth. He suggested instead of building more jails, they should fund further jobs and education for children.
The United States has 2.2 million people in prison presently. According to research from England, China has 1.65 million incarcerated citizens not including those presently in detention centers.
Overall, the majority of statements made by the candidates during the Democratic debate were largely accurate. It is difficult to know for sure because they are not afforded the time in their responses to cite their data sources for the information given.