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Joe Biden appoints Kamala Harris as running mate in race for the White House

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Joe Biden has chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the race for the White House, making her the first woman of colour to run for vice president. The appointment of Senator Harris comes at a time of significant racial unrest in the US, with Harris widely seen as the candidate who will help win the hearts and minds of voters of colour, as well as the undecided, and Republican voters who feel they can no longer side with the incumbent, Donald Trump.

Harris is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants and has previously held the positions of San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general. She has been a strong campaigner for African-American families during the Covid-19 pandemic, and was instrumental in creating a bill to end police immunity from civil suits.

She has a good relationship with Biden’s son Beau, through their work as attorney generals, but has not been afraid to take his father to task in the past. Specifically, many remember the debate last year at the first Democratic primary debate, where she criticised Joe Biden for opposing mandatory busing, the practice of transporting pupils to schools outside their local districts in order to reduce racial segregation. She also took him to task over his praise of 2 segregationist senators.

“It was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.”

The two were quick to move on from the debate and make up however, as was evidenced when Harris was interviewed by talk show host Stephen Colbert and spoke about the possibility of being chosen as Biden’s running mate.

“Honestly, let me just tell you something: I will do everything in my power, wherever I am, to help Joe Biden win.”

For his part, Biden was seen with notes he’d made for himself about Harris, which included compliments such as, “talented,” “great help to campaign” and “does not hold grudges.”

Both Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama have praised the selection of Harris as running mate, with Obama appearing to take aim at President Trump with his comments.

“Joe Biden nailed this decision. By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character. Reality shows us that these attributes are not optional in a president.”

For his part, Trump welcomed Senator Harris to the race by calling her “phony Kamala”, while tweeting an ad created by his campaign, that took aim at her more liberal views.

The formal nomination of Harris will take place at the Democratic National Convention, which kicks off next week, after which she will debate Vice President Mike Pence on October 7 in Utah.

Biden’s age (he will be 78 by the time Inauguration Day comes around) is a significant factor in this election. Were he to become president, he would be the oldest person to ever hold office and has already described himself as “a transition candidate”. Many Democrats have shown little enthusiasm for Joe Biden as their presidential candidate; hopes are now being pinned on Harris to fire up the campaign.

Senator Bernie Sanders, Biden’s last rival in the campaign to become the Democratic presidential nominee, is backing his choice of Harris as running mate. Ro Khanna, who helped run Sanders’ campaign, says Harris will win over Sanders’ supporters and that, despite what many see as her more centrist policies, they share many of the same views.

“She’s been very progressive on immigration issues. She wants to expand health care. She’s a strong voice on labour rights. And she represents a multiracial, multicultural future for the country.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Patrick

    August 12, 2020 at 11:40 am

    That decision is the final nail in his Presidential Campaign coffin. Bye Bye Joe. Out to Shady Acres Rest Home.

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    Mike

    August 13, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Kamala didn’t even make it to the primaries. She has no base unlike Bernie Sanders and his supporters are repulsed by her. Her being a woman of “colour” doesn’t unify or rally the base. She is a tool and lacks honesty and integrity.

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    Joe

    August 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Mr Patrick sounds like a deplorable idiotic Trump supporter.

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      Ricky

      August 14, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      Biden wears Depends and Harris wears knee pads, great group you got there Snowflake 55555

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Richest 1% responsible for twice the amount of carbon emissions than the poorest 50%

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The richest people in the world, who make up just 1% of the population, are responsible for a significant amount of carbon emissions. A study shows that the “1 percenters” make up twice as much carbon pollution than the poorest half of the world. Some say the poor are the least responsible for climate change, but have to deal with most of the negative consequences.

In a 25 year study led by Oxfam, researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute found that wealthy countries were responsible for using up nearly a third of the Earth’s carbon budget. The study was conducted from 1990 to 2015, when annual emissions grew by 60%.

Oxfam is a confederation of 20 independent charitable organisations focusing on the alleviation of global poverty, founded in 1942 and led by Oxfam International. It is a major nonprofit group with an extensive collection of operations.

63 million people made up the richest 1% of the world. Since 1990, they have been responsible for 9% of the ‘carbon budget’. The carbon budget is the maximum amount of greenhouse gases that can go into the air before temperature rises to catastrophic levels. 3.1 billion people make up the poorest half of the world’s population. The carbon emissions growth rate of the rich 1% was 3 times more than the poorest half of the world.

There’s not just an economic inequality between the rich and the poor, according to the head of policy, advocacy and research, Tim Gore. He told AFP the research shows the world’s “carbon inequality.”

“It’s not just that extreme economic inequality is divisive in our societies, it’s not just that it slows the rate of poverty reduction …But there is also a third cost which is that it depletes the carbon budget solely for the purpose of the already affluent growing their consumption … And that of course has the worse impacts on the poorest and least responsible.”

Carbon emissions have decreased since the pandemic. But just a few months doesn’t take away the damage that has been done for years. Temperatures are still on track to rise several degrees this century. Although the 2015 Paris climate deal was set to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels, emissions have continued to increase.

“It’s clear that the carbon intensive and highly unequal model of economic growth over the last 20-30 years has not benefited the poorest half of humanity… It’s a false dichotomy to suggest that we have to choose between economic growth and fixing the climate crisis.”

Some say the global economy needs to prioritise “green growth.” If not, the decrease in pollution during the pandemic will have a very small and insignificant overall impact on climate change. Some say carbon emissions affect the poorest nations the most who don’t have enough resources to fight natural disasters possibly brought on by the rising temperatures, like wildfires and droughts.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | AFP

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England’s self-quarantine rule breakers will receive up to a 10,000 pound fine

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England’s self-quarantine rule breakers are receiving up to a 10,000 pound fine, starting September 28, according to British PM Boris Johnson. The fine will be handed down to anyone who tests positive for the virus or has been in contact with someone who has the virus and dodges the rules for self-quarantine.

For the first offence, rule breakers will receive a 1,000 pound fine and from there it will rise up to 10,000 pounds for those who repeatedly break the rules. Employers who threaten to fire staff over choosing to self-isolate instead of going to work will receive the maximum fine amount of 10,000 pounds. For those lower income workers, Johnson says they will receive a 500 pound support payment in addition to other benefits in which they may qualify.

Despite current British Covid-19 quarantine guidelines matching those of the rest of the world, there has reportedly been little enforcement of self-quarantine rules. Now, Britain is seeing a fast influx of Covid cases prompting the government to get the police involved in compliance checks.

Johnson has come under scrutiny after repeatedly being called to issue a lockdown nationwide with reports coming in that he is planning to reject calls from advisors to issue a 2 week lockdown to slow the virus’ spread.

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US accuses Chinese companies of exploitation along the Mekong River

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The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is accusing Chinese companies of “exploitative practices” in the Mekong River region after a new partnership has been launched to combat “transnational crimes”. Pompeo named the China Communications Construction Company as one of the big offenders and says the Chinese Communist Party is responsible for the increase in human, wildlife and drug trafficking in the region.

He says the new partnership will also strengthen water security for partner countries where China has added to a drought in the region as an upstream damming by China has been carried out in “a completely non-transparent and non-consultative way.”

“We encourage countries of the Mekong region to hold the CCP accountable to its pledge to share its water data. That data should be public. It should be released year-round. It should include water and water-related data, as well as land use, and dam construction and operation data.”

“We stand with our ASEAN partners as we insist on the rule of law and respect for sovereignty in the South China Sea, where Beijing has pursued aggressive campaigns of coercion and environmental devastation.”

Pompeo also said such companies associated with the CCP are linked to human and narcotics trafficking but he did not provide evidence to support the accusation.

Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand all share resources of the Mekong delta and Pompeo reiterated that they “deserve good partners”. The US has reportedly pledged a total of US$156.4 million for multiple initiatives under the new US-Mekong Partnership.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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