The Week in Stories Around the Globe

Trump’s Mexican Border Wall Would Be an Ecological Disaster

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“We can predict the damage a Trump wall will cause based on some portions of the border that serve the same purpose now. A menagerie of barbed wire and 18-foot-tall steel fencing is intermittently scattered across 650 miles of the border from California to Texas, part of a project that came to fruition in 2005, during the George W. Bush years. By 2011, range for some 16 species had fallen by as much as 75 percent. Some extremely rare species like ocelots in Texas (there are only about 50 in the US), were completely cut off from their more diverse Mexican counterparts—leading to a loss of genetic diversity. Bison have been spotted climbing over barbed wire fencing trying to get to food and water.”

#Mexico#Trump#Nature#BorderWall

No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags

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“The characterizations provide insight into Trump’s temperament and approach to the diplomatic requirements of his job as the nation’s chief executive, a role in which he continues to employ both the uncompromising negotiating tactics he honed as a real estate developer and the bombastic style he exhibited as a reality television personality.”

#Trump#Austraila#PrimeMinster#International#Refugees

South Africa watchdog mulls opposing Zuma plan to block influence peddling report

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“South African anti-corruption watchdog is seeking legal advice on whether to oppose President Jacob Zuma’s court action to set aside an influence-peddling report, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said on Thursday.”

#SouthAfrica#Politics#International#Corruption

UC Berkeley cancels ‘alt-right’ speaker Milo Yiannopoulos as thousands protest

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“Violence flares after group of anti-fascist activists shot fireworks at venue where the controversial Breitbart editor was due to give a talk.”

#UCBerkeley #AltRight #HateSpeech#Racism #NeoNazis #Breitbart

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