Native American treaties: What it would mean if the US honored them | Vox


“‘We the people’ has never meant ‘all the people.’”

What long-unfulfilled promises to Indigenous peoples can presidential candidates actually make good on? Where do we go from here?

There is no easy answer as to how to improve the over-400-year relationship between Indigenous peoples and the United States.

In part, because Indian Country is so diverse. There are more than 5.2 million American Indian and Alaska Native people who live in America and 573 federally recognized Indian nations across the country, each with distinctive histories of colonization since European contact.

Then there are state-recognized nations, unrecognized nations, and Indigenous communities living in the diaspora, too.

Source: Native American treaties: What it would mean if the US honored them – Vox

On Iran, Trump Needs UN Help. He May Even Know it. | Defense One


During President Trump’s second trip, in 2018, delegates openly laughed at his boast to the General Assembly: “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”

Now, in 2019, President Trump cannot afford evasion or ridicule. He needs the United Nations on Iran, and he seems to know it.

Arguably, the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi infrastructure was exactly the sort of incident that the United Nations was created to address.

In the words of the UN Charter, the organization seeks “to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace,” and to suppress “acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace.”

This is not the president’s first instinct.

Source: On Iran, Trump Needs UN Help. He May Even Know it. – Defense One

The Most Dangerous Moment of the Trump Presidency | Defense One


For all of the uncertainty of the Trump administration’s nearly three years in power, genuine international crises have been rare. That’s changing right now.

The attack a week ago on Saudi Arabia’s massive Abqaiq oil field took offline half of the country’s oil production—some 5 percent of global output. The drone and missile salvo has the hallmarks of Tehran, and with top administration officials pointing to Iranian culpability, the world is watching to see if and how the United States responds.

It’s the most dangerous moment of Donald Trump’s presidency thus far.

Source: The Most Dangerous Moment of the Trump Presidency – Defense One

Pressure on Pelosi to impeach Trump grows | TheHill


Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is holding firm against impeaching Donald Trump, even as she comes under fresh pressure from frustrated progressives to take a stand on the president’s alleged political pressure campaign on Ukraine.

Reports that Trump in a July call pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden are raising howls from Democrats, who are casting it as Trump’s most egregious act in a long string of controversies.

But the startling new developments have not appeared to change Pelosi’s strategy on impeachment, a path she’s warned could be politically perilous for her party in 2020.

Source: Pressure on Pelosi to impeach Trump grows | TheHill

Air Force unveils 10-year cyber warfare plan | FCW


The Air Force released an overview of its 10-year “Cyber Warfare Flight Plan” Sept. 18, which attempts to fuse all of the best parts of electronic, cyber, and information operations.

That’s how Lt. Gen. Veralinn Jamieson, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Cyber Effects Operations, described it.

“The mathematical equation for information warfare, IW: I have ISR, plus cyber warfare, plus electronic warfare, plus information operations, equals information warfare,” she told reporters at the Air Force Association’s Air Space Cyber conference in National Harbor, Md. Sept. 18 just a few hours after announcing the strategy.

Source: Air Force unveils 10-year cyber warfare plan — FCW

Will Bolton’s ouster mean a comeback for the top White House cyber job? | FCW


When John Bolton was named National Security Adviser last year, one of his first official acts was to eliminate the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator position, arguing it was duplicative and unnecessary. With Bolton out and Robert O’Brien named as his successor, speculation has drifted to whether the position might be restored.

Whether that indeed happens or not, the Department of Homeland Security’s top cyber official told reporters during a Sept. 19 briefing in Maryland that his own agency was seeking to take up that mantle, or at least parts of it.

Source: Will Bolton’s ouster mean a comeback for the top White House cyber job? — FCW

The challenging politics of climate change


As the climate crisis becomes more serious and more obvious, Americans remain resistant to decisive and comprehensive action on climate change.

In “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming,” David Wallace-Wells paints a frightening picture of the coming environmental apocalypse. Whole parts of the globe will become too hot for human habitation and those left behind will die of heat. Diseases will increase and mutate.

Food shortages will become chronic as we fail to move agriculture from one climate to another. Whole countries like Bangladesh and parts of other countries like Miami will be underwater.

Shortages of fresh water will affect humans and agriculture. The oceans will die, the air will get dirtier.

“But,” as Wallace-Wells argues, “what lies between us and extinction is horrifying enough.”

That’s because, as climate change takes its toll on Earth’s physical planet, it will also cause social, economic, and political chaos as refugees flee areas that can no longer sustain them.

Source: The challenging politics of climate change

‘You have stolen my dreams,’ an angry Thunberg tells U.N. climate summit | Reuters


The Swedish campaigner’s brief address electrified the start of a summit aimed at mobilizing government and business to break international paralysis over carbon emissions, which hit record highs last year despite decades of warnings from scientists.

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?” said Thunberg, 16, her voice quavering with emotion.

Source: ‘You have stolen my dreams,’ an angry Thunberg tells U.N. climate summit – Reuters

Aviation emissions to take center stage in Montreal as protests loom | Reuters


A global deal to curb carbon emissions from flying will take center stage when the U.N. aviation agency’s triennial assembly opens on Tuesday in Montreal under the shadow of protests led by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg later in the week.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which holds an assembly every three years, set out a major climate initiative at its last full gathering in 2016, but aviation leaders are under pressure to do more after overall carbon emissions hit record highs last year.

Source: Aviation emissions to take center stage in Montreal as protests loom – Reuters

After Thomas Cook collapse, UK PM asks why bosses got paid millions | Reuters


After the collapse of Thomas Cook left tens of thousands of Britons reliant on the government to bring them home, Prime Minister Boris Johnson questioned whether the travel firm’s bosses should have paid themselves so much ahead of its demise.

Running hotels, resorts and airlines for 19 million people a year, Thomas Cook currently has around 600,000 people abroad and will need the help of governments and insurance firms to bring them back from places as far afield as Cancun, Cuba and Cyprus.

Source: After Thomas Cook collapse, UK PM asks why bosses got paid millions – Reuters