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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Despite Russian Bot Campaign, #TrumpShutdown Hashtag Burns President

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

As Republicans readied to shut down the government Friday night, Donald Trump and his allies were busy trying to pin the blame on Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer — despite the fact that Republicans hold the majority in the Senate.

Trump’s attempt to deflect blame for the shutdown included, of course, a Twitter hashtag campaign, which was meant to show that the public blames Schumer for the shutdown. His entire family and top aides joined in on the effort, posting tweets with the hashtag #SchumerShutdown in the hopes of amplifying its reach.

There’s A Massive Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding In Asia: The Plight Of The Rohingya

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Relief workers for International agencies sit with me in Dhaka (Bangladesh). They are talking about the difficulties faced by the Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh over the past several months. Over 650,000 people from the Rohingya community came into Bangladesh since August 25 of last year. This is a torrent of desperate people, a community threatened with extinction for the past seven decades. The refugee camps near Cox’s Bazaar are overcrowded and dangerously unhygienic. Already there is an outbreak of diphtheria, with indications of severe health challenges to come. According to the World Health Organisation, half of the refugees are malnourished and anaemic, while a quarter of the children suffer from acute malnutrition.…

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This Is What The Planet Would Be Like Without Trees

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Forests account for nearly 30 percent of the world’s surface. That’s a staggering 3.04 trillion trees, each of which are continually remoistening our atmosphere, filtering the air we breathe and combating climate change by storing carbon and providing shelter for countless species of wildlife. But as the human population steadily increases, the world’s forests continue to shrink, cut for timber and converted to farms for soybean, palm oil and other food resources.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 18 million acres of forest—an area roughly the size of Panama—are lost each year.…

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