Good afternoon! Here are a few of today’s headline news stories brought to us by Newseum. The stories cover everything from wildfires on America’s West Coast, Japan’s newest leader, and parliamentary developments in Canada and the UK:
The New York Times, Published in New York, NY
As wildfires ravage the West Coast, President Trump continues to deny that climate change is the cause and laid the blame on poor forest management. “... the president said that ‘I don’t think science knows’ what is actually happening.” Joe Biden, meanwhile, has accused President Trump of being a “climate arsonist” and pinned the blame for the wildfires on the West Coast, the flooding in the Midwest, and the hurricanes in the Southeast on his denialism.
San Francisco Chronicle, Published in San Francisco, CA
Since the early 1900s, California has used prisoners to fight forest fires. Prisoners volunteer for the program in which they are paid as little as 8 cents an hour and face dangerous working conditions. Inmate firefighters have shrunk over the past year from 1,895 to 1,354 as a result of early releases for low-level offenders to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This has strained California’s ability to contain wildfires at a time when additional manpower is much needed. “We need [more] boots on the ground.” Cal Fire engine captain Ross Miller put bluntly.
Wildfires burning across the Santa Cruz Mountains last month
The Guardian, Published in London, UK
Parliament has recently passed a bill - subject to amendments - that will violate obligations Britain agreed to with the European Union in January. That agreement included a protocol to prevent a hard border forming between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Now, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s internal market bill would allow the British government to override that protocol to ensure the free flow of goods and services throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland. Though intended as a safeguard measure, every living former prime minister has expressed concern that the bill would violate the agreement with the EU and backbenchers within Johnson’s own party are prepared to rebel when the bill enters the amendment process next week.
Toronto Star, Published in Toronto, Canada
Ensuring national access to pharmaceuticals and securing vital supply chains along with additional investment in child care will be the focus of the Liberal Party’s throne speech (Canada’s version of a State of the Union address). In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his party consider the health and safety of the Canadian people to be the most politically salient issue at the moment.
The Japan Times, Published in Tokyo, Japan
In a surprise upset, Yoshihide Suga has won the leadership contest of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Though he trailed in the polls initially, the Chief Cabinet Secretary and loyalist to outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won the presidency of his party in a landslide and will assume the prime ministership tomorrow. Suga has promised the nation policy continuity and stability.
Yoshihide Suga announcing the new imperial era “Reiwa” to reporters last year
Wildfire, courtesy of Wikimedia
Yoshihide Suga, courtesy of Wikimedia
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