Jordan’s king said Friday that war was making the threats from climate change even worse in the Gaza Strip, as hostilities resumed between Israel and Hamas after a week-long truce.
King Abdullah II told the UN’s COP28 climate talks in Dubai that “we
cannot talk about climate change in isolation from the humanitarian
tragedies unfolding around us”.
“In Gaza, over 1.7 million Palestinians have been displaced from
their homes. Tens of thousands have been injured or killed in a region
already on the front lines of climate change,” he told a gathering of
“The massive destruction of war makes the environmental threats of water scarcity and food insecurity even more severe.
“In Gaza our people are living with little clean water and the bare
minimum of food supplies, as climate threats magnify the devastation of
The Gaza war has been a major talking point at COP28, where
delegations from around the world will try to hammer out a fresh
agreement to tackle the climate crisis.
The conflict flared after Palestinian Hamas militants killed about
1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped about 240, according to
Israeli authorities, in an unprecedented attack on October 7.
In response, Israel vowed to eliminate Hamas and unleashed an air and
ground military campaign in Gaza that the Hamas government says killed
around 15,000 people, also mostly civilians.
Iran’s delegation walked out of the COP28 talks on Friday in protest
at Israel’s presence, which delegation chief Ali Akbar Mehrabian said
was “contrary to the goals and guidelines of the conference”, according
to the official IRNA news agency.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog is conducting talks on hostage
releases on the sidelines of the conference, while his Palestinian
counterpart Mahmoud Abbas cancelled a planned visit.
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headquartered in Paris, France. Founded in 1835 as Havas, it is the
world’s oldest news agency.
CNN Anchor Claims Dangerous Filthy Slums in America Are ‘Vibrant Expressions of Democracy’
CNN host Fareed Zakaria aired an astonishing rant this past
weekend arguing that major US cities are filthy and dangerous because of
“democracy,” and that makes them more “vibrant.”
Zakaria was attempting to provide a counter argument to Tucker
Carlson’s recent report that Russia’s subways are nicer than America’s.
Modernity.news reports: “American cities are expressions of democracy,” Zakaria asserted, claiming they are “places where people have to negotiate differences and find ways to live together, that makes them messier and dirtier and sometimes chaotic.”
He then argued “perhaps that is what has made these cities so vibrant and innovative, and why they have been at the forefront in making America the country that leads the world in economics, technology, culture and power.”
Is rampant crime, homelessness, and drug use part of said vibrancy?
Fact check. American cities were not shit holes when the country emerged as the envy of the world.
Zakaria continued, “Carlson speaks enviously of cities like Tokyo, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and they are indeed wonderful in their own distinctive ways. But what’s striking about all of them is that they are somewhat tame and subdued. The product of authoritarian governments or conformist culture, or both. American cities are different.”
He appears to be seriously claiming that you cannot have a clean and safe city without some kind of evil dictatorship overseeing it.
Zakaria continued “Carlson put forward a bizarre hodgepodge of assertions he thought the architecture, food and service in Moscow was better than in any American city. Really? Moscow?”
“Outside of a small historic center, it is filled with drab Soviet era concrete buildings. And while the food in Moscow can be quite good…Better than New York or San Francisco? You need to get out more” Zakaria concluded.
Has he been to San Francisco lately?
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