Dozens arrested as Indigenous people lead mass Ecuador protests

Demonstrators are unhappy at the economic policies of the country’s conservative president and want fuel price hikes reversed. As dawn broke in the early hours of October 26, Ecuador’s Indigenous communities had already started the most recent “paro nacional”, or national shutdown in English, by bringing main transit arteries to a halt in the countrysideContinue reading “Dozens arrested as Indigenous people lead mass Ecuador protests”

COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report

A huge leak of documents seen by BBC News shows how countries are trying to change a crucial scientific report on how to tackle climate change. The leak reveals Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia are among countries asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels. It also showsContinue reading “COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report”

Clean environment could become U.N. human right. Not so fast, say U.S., Britain

Rights council to decide on proposal this week U.S., UK, Brazil, Russia among critics – sources Lawyers say right could help in climate cases Britain and the United States are among a few countries withholding support for a proposal brought at the United Nations that would recognise access to a safe and healthy environment asContinue reading “Clean environment could become U.N. human right. Not so fast, say U.S., Britain”

World on ‘catastrophic’ path to 2.7C warming, UN chief warns

Countries’ latest pledges to cut emissions would fail to avert disastrous climate change, UN report says. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned that a failure to cut global emissions is setting the world on a “catastrophic” path to 2.7 degrees Celsius heating. A UN report on 191 countries’ emissions promises found that they wouldContinue reading “World on ‘catastrophic’ path to 2.7C warming, UN chief warns”

Nicola Sturgeon promises ‘detailed plan’ for Scottish independence ahead of indyref2 by end of 2023

Mandate for second vote ‘beyond question,’ claims SNP leader The Scottish government will “restart” work on a plan for Scottish independence after it was put on hold by the Covid pandemic, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The first minister and SNP leader said she intended to deliver a second referendum before the end of 2023 and promised Scots a “detailed prospectus” onContinue reading “Nicola Sturgeon promises ‘detailed plan’ for Scottish independence ahead of indyref2 by end of 2023”

Scotland may pursue money-laundering investigation into Trump’s golf courses, judge rules

Scottish lawmakers and campaigners have been pushing for a probe into how Trump funded his Scottish golf resorts. The Scottish government rejected the investigation – known as an Unexplained Wealth Order – in February. But on Wednesday, a judge said a campaign group could appeal that rejection. Scotland could pursue a “McMafia” investigation into formerContinue reading “Scotland may pursue money-laundering investigation into Trump’s golf courses, judge rules”

Queen secretly lobbied Scottish ministers for climate law exemption

Monarch used secretive procedure to become only person in country not bound by a green energy rule The Queen’s lawyers secretly lobbied Scottish ministers to change a draft law to exempt her private land from a major initiative to cut carbon emissions, documents reveal. The exemption means the Queen, one of the largest landowners in Scotland,Continue reading “Queen secretly lobbied Scottish ministers for climate law exemption”

Retailers blame Brexit as food shortages sweep across Scotland’s stores

INTERRUPTIONS to food supply to Scottish shops and restaurants are largely due to Brexit – not the “pingdemic” – say independent food retailers. They report that one major issue is hauliers from the EU have cut the UK from their routes. Some suppliers in European countries are also finding other buyers for their produce, because of theContinue reading “Retailers blame Brexit as food shortages sweep across Scotland’s stores”

Gender, Guilt, and Fate – Macbeth, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 410

This week on Crash Course Literature, John Green is continuing to talk about Shakespeare’s dark, bloody, Scottish play, Macbeth. This time around, we’re looking at the play’s characters operate, how the play deals with gender, and the Macbeth as an early anti-hero. He’s no Walter White, but you can definitely love to hate him. OrContinue reading “Gender, Guilt, and Fate – Macbeth, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 410”

Free Will, Witches, Murder, and Macbeth, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 409

The Sound! The Fury! Today, we’re talking about Shakespeare’s Scottish play, Macbeth. So, was Macbeth really predestined to do all the murdering and bad kinging and other terrible stuff? That’s the big question in Macbeth, and it’s one of the ideas we’re going to talk about today, among many. Also, Yoda joins us for theContinue reading “Free Will, Witches, Murder, and Macbeth, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 409”

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