The Trump administration’s decision to drastically slash American contributions to the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) has sent shockwaves through the organization and left millions of Palestinian refugees wondering if the basic ingredients for their survival will soon disappear. “This is the worst financial crisis in UNRWA’s history,” Chris Gunness told the Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah.
As Yemen's cholera epidemic spirals out of control and millions face famine, AlterNet reporter Ben Norton says the U.S. is complicit in the humanitarian crisis caused by Saudi-led war.
Climate change is said to be high on the agenda as the leaders of the G20, the nations with the worlds biggest economies, gather in Hamburg, Germany on July 7th and 8th. Leading up to the G20 Summit, German leader Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have not been shy about criticizing President Donald Trump's stance on climate change. President Trump has alarmed many by withdrawing the United States government from the Paris Climate Accord to limit the global temperature increase to well below two degrees Celsius. But a new report called, "Talk is Cheap: How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster" shows that despite the lip service on fighting climate change, G20 governments are providing nearly four times more public finance to fossil fuels than to clean energy. Joining us from Washington, D.C. is the author of the report, Alex Doukas. Alex is a senior campaigner at Oil Change International. His work focuses on ending international subsidies and public finance for fossil fuels, and shifting public resources toward building a clean energy future. Previously, Alex worked with the World Resources Institute where he focused on making international climate finance more effective.
AARON MATÃ‰: It's The Real News. I'm Aaron MatÃ©. Of all the foreign countries involved in the Syrian proxy war, one that does not get much attention is Israel. We've known for years Israel has provided at least some support to anti-Assad Sunni fighters. This includes offering medical treatment to wounded Al-Qaeda fighters. Well, now a new report reveals a whole lot more. According to Syria Deeply, Israel has carried out an extensive operation backing militant groups near the border with northern Israel. This includes the provision of supplies and even direct financial aid. The report is called Israel's Quiet Campaign to Gain a Foothold in Southern Syria. It's by Nour Samaha, a freelance journalist based in Beirut. I spoke to her earlier today. Nour, welcome.
This Monday, the House Intelligence Committee held it's hearing on the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 Presidential Election. In the opening remarks to this much-awaited hearing, the Democratic Congressman from California, Adam Schiff, set the tone; establishing the case for why Russia is America's adversary, and how they're interfering in American democracy, and democracies across the world. He laid out the case for Russian interference in the election.
AlterNet's Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal published a detailed report on Geert Wilder's extreme far-right, anti-Muslim views and close ties to U.S. pro-Israel groups.
The administration of President Donald Trump appears to be reviving a neoconservative dream: war with Iran.
While protestors and police were clashing on the inaugural parade route in Washington, D.C., the newly sworn-in president of the United States was lunching with the establishment in Washington—some of the very people he called out in his inaugural address.
AlterNet's Ben Norton joined The Real News Network to discuss two recent developments that make it easier for the US to arm Syrian rebels with heavier weapons.