Published Monday, September 6, 2021 | 21 clock
Updated Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 | 7:57 pm
In NYC after Ida, Biden calls the climate “everyone’s crisis”
NEW YORK (AP) – President Joe Biden said Tuesday that climate change has become a “crisis for everyone” as he toured neighborhoods flooded by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, warning that it is time for America to seriously grapple with the “code red” danger or ever face worse loss of life and property. Biden spoke after walking the streets in New Jersey and then Queens, New York City, meeting people whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged by floods when Ida broke through. The storm dropped record amounts of rain on already saturated ground and was blamed for more than a dozen deaths in the city.
The Taliban form an all-male Afghan government made up of members of the old guard
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Taliban announced on Tuesday an all-male transitional government for Afghanistan, which is peppered with veterans of its hardline rule from the 1990s and the 20-year struggle against the US-led coalition, a step that seems unlikely to win the international support that the new heads of state and government urgently need in order to avoid an economic collapse. Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s most wanted list with a $ 5 million bounty and is believed to be still holding at least one American hostage, has been named the key minister of the interior. He ran the dreaded Haqqani network, which has been blamed for many deadly attacks and kidnappings.
COVID-19 boosters are coming, but who is getting them and when?
Covid-19 booster vaccinations might come for at least some Americans, but already now the Biden government is being forced to lower expectations – which shows how much important science remains to be worked out. The original plan was to offer Pfizer or Moderna boosters starting September 20, pending approval from US regulators. But now administrators admit that Moderna boosters likely won’t be ready by then – the Food and Drug Administration needs more evidence to judge. To add complexity, Moderna wants the booster to be half the original footage. As for the Pfizer booster, it is not an easy decision to decide who really needs another dose right away.
Texas GOP is taking a hard right turn amid changing demographics
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Republicans in America’s largest Conservative state have won years of victories under the slogan “Keep Texas Red,” a promise to quell a coming blue wave that Democrats argued is inevitable given the changing demographics may be. Now that population shift has arrived, and the 2020 census confirms that the state has gotten bigger, more suburban, and much more diverse. A more fitting call for the GOP for today, however, could be: “Make Texas Even Redder”. and tighten the electoral laws – and steer a state that was already far to the right even more.
Strong quake hits near Acapulco, buildings sway in the capital
A strong earthquake occurred on Tuesday evening near the Pacific resort of Acapulco and caused buildings to shake and sway in Mexico City, almost 300 kilometers away. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was located 17 kilometers (about 10 miles) northeast of Acapulco. Acapulco Mayor Adela Román said in a statement to television news agency Milenio that “the situation has not been really serious” and there have been no reports of victims. “There are nervous breakdowns, people worry because there have been aftershocks,” she said, adding that there are “a lot of gas leaks in many places,” as well as some landslides and collapsed walls.
Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans are still fighting prejudice
NEW YORK (AP) – A car drove by, the driver’s window rolled down, and the man nicknamed two little girls in hijabs: “Terrorist!” It was 2001, just a few weeks after the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed, when 10 year old Shahana Hanif and her younger sister walked from their Brooklyn home to the local mosque. Unsure, afraid, the girls ran away. As the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks draws nearer, Hanif can still remember the shock of the moment, her confusion over how anyone could look at you, a child, and spot a threat. “That’s not a nice, friendly word.
At Brazil rallies, Bolsonaro deepens the rift with the Supreme Court
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Tens of thousands of supporters of the embattled right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro followed his call and appeared at rallies on Tuesday when he intensified his attacks on the Brazilian Supreme Court and threatened to plunge the country into a constitutional crisis. Bolsonaro is embroiled in a feud with the Supreme Court, particularly a judge who has arrested several supporters of the President for allegedly funding, organizing or inciting violence or anti-democratic acts, or for disseminating false information. When Bolsonaro called on his supporters to take to the streets in protest on Brazil’s Independence Day, Bolsonaro raised fears among his enemies that the demonstrations might break out in violence similar to that of January.
Newsom’s Nightmare: How a November Day Fueled the Recall
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – On a single day last November, two events helped set the course for the second governor recall in California history: Governor Gavin Newsom dined with 11 friends and lobbyists at one of the country’s most popular expensive restaurants when he begged Californians to stay home, while those who tried to kick him out gained four more months to qualify for the election. Photos of the maskless dinner showed how the Democratic governor is acting against what he has been calling for months to fight the coronavirus: do not gather in groups, keep your distance, wear a mask.
Afghan officer rescued from Kabul begins a new life in the USA
The dramatic rescue in Afghanistan came under cover of darkness. The Taliban drew closer and the Americans ran out of time to save Mohammad Khalid Wardak. The senior Afghan national police officer worked alongside the US military for years, and after the fall of Kabul, he ran away, moved from shelter to shelter, and ran barefoot to avoid capture. The US and its allies only had minutes to get Khalid, as his friends call him, and his wife and their four young sons into a waiting helicopter. As part of Operation Promise Kept, the family was taken to an undisclosed location in Kabul and then to Kuwait, where Khalid was treated for mortar injury.
Photographer, lost his leg, seeks answers from Paralympians
The last time I saw Freddie de los Santos, his mouth was ravaged – his teeth had been blown away in the same explosion that hit his leg. And yet he always smiled. The year was 2009. We were both treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; I too had lost a leg in southern Afghanistan. We spent months together, the soldier and the photographer, and he told me about his exhaustion, trauma and nightmares. A dozen years later, Freddie has a new life. He is a Paralympian, one of several American soldiers who recovered from horrific injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan to attend the Tokyo Games.