France recalls its envoys to US and Australia by Harry Johnson, eTN, 9/19/2021
France calls its exclusion from the new AUKUS alliance and loss of a major submarine contract a stab in the back. The French President canceled a gala event at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. scheduled for the 240th anniversary of a historic naval battle.
According to Le Drian, the decision to recall the envoys was completely justified by the ‘exceptional gravity’ of the September 15 announcement made by Australia, the USA and the UK.
Chile Will Now Reclaim Water but Will the Country Un-privatize Fresh Water? by Michelle Langrand at Geneva Solutions, 9/5/2021
(Rocio Egio for Geneva Solutions/)
Chile is coming to grips with a challenge that many other countries sooner or later will have to face as global warming continues to shrink the water supply. Who should get to own water?
Once known as a water‐rich country, Chile has been struck for the past decade by the worst drought in its history, with rain levels dropping by 20 to 40 per cent. Meanwhile, agriculture, mining and other economic activities have been soaking up its rivers, glaciers and aquifers, putting it at the top of the list of countries that will be facing high water stress by 2040, according to the World Resources Institute.
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After Twitter deleted his tweet, Nigeria's president ordered a ban on Twitter, depriving millions of access to social media platform by Harry Johnson, 9/19/21
“If the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell you that we're just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now,” Mohammed said, without giving a time frame.
“It's just going to be very, very soon, just take my word for that,” the minister said. The Nigerian government suspended Twitter in early June after the company removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened regional secessionists, which the social media giant said violated its rules. The Nigerian attorney general further said those who defied the ban should be prosecuted.
In response, a local rights group filed a lawsuit at a regional court seeking to lift the government's ban on Twitter, describing the decision to suspend the hugely popular social media platform's operations as an attempt to silence criticism.
20 Years Later, We Will Never Forget September 11, 9/12/21
(Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn/Author Provided)
We are eternally grateful for the service of our everyday heroes and first responders who made the ultimate selfless sacrifice to save others. They will forever live in our hearts, minds, and souls.
We also must continue to support the courageous first responders who are still suffering health issues from the hazards they encountered on that fateful day.
NYS Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn's Statement of Solidarity with the Asian American community
“I pray for the victims and their families and condemn these violent acts of harassment and hatred against Asian Americans in the United States.”
NYS Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn
Costa Rican Vice President Epsy Campbell on Earth Day
“International Mother Earth Day, April 22nd, is a glorious date for the inhabitants of our Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as for the entire planet. ”
Costa Rican Vice President Epsy Campbell