Kemal Ali ran a successful well-digging business for farmers in northern Syria for 30 years. He had everything he needed for the job: a heavy driver to pound pipe into the ground, a battered but reliable truck to carry his machinery, a willing crew of young men to do the grunt work.
The United States was officially unveiled on Wednesday (9 December) as the most influential new member of the ‘High Ambition Coalition’ and immediately threw its weight behind a future 1.5 degree global warming limit in the international climate change agreement negotiations, in Paris.
Oil produced from fields under the control of the Islamic State group is at the heart of a new investigation by al-Araby al-Jadeed. The black gold is extracted, transported and sold, providing the armed group with a vital financial lifeline. But who buys it?
Paris Summit 2015 Interactive: the negotiating alliances at the Paris climate conference PARIS SUMMIT 2015 | November 11. 2015. 15:23 Under the surface of polite language and formal procedures, UN talks are more about realpolitik than they first appear.
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President Obama arrived in Le Bourget early on Monday, the city northeast of Paris that is hosting the international climate talks in which he has invested much of the hopes of his remaining 14 months in office, to help kick off the most far-reaching attempt yet to slow down the life-threatening damage to the planet exacerbated by the actions of humanity.
Six years later there can be no such excuses. As The Telegraph reported yesterday, 155 countries have submitted plans so far for the COP21 climate summit to be held by the United Nations in Paris this December. These already cover 88pc of global CO2 emissions and include the submissions of China and India.
PARIS – French officials said on Thursday that any agreement at the coming climate conference in Paris would have to be legally binding, expressing alarm at comments by the American secretary of state that suggested the opposite.
“In the years prior to civil war breaking out in Syria, that country also experienced its worst drought on record,” she said during a political speech at Stanford University. “Farming families moved en masse into urban centers, increasing political unrest and further priming the country for conflict.”
As much as she might want it, Hillary Clinton won’t get a free pass on free trade. Clinton has presented herself as a skeptic of the biggest trade deal in recent history, saying this summer that “we should prepared to walk away” from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership unless it boosts Americans’ wages and national security.
SEATTLE – A few years ago, Melinda and I visited with a group of rice farmers in Bihar, India, one of the most flood-prone regions of the country. All of them were extremely poor and depended on the rice they grew to feed and support their families.