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Republican Party Divided: No Clear Path Forward


Ronna McDaniel has become the longest-serving leader of the Republican National Committee since the Civil War. But now she faces a modern civil war within the GOP.

Frustrated Republicans from state capitols to Capitol Hill to the luxury Southern California hotel where RNC members gathered this week are at odds over how to reverse six years of election disappointments. And while there are many strong feelings, there is no consensus, even among the fighting factions, on who, what policies, or what political tactics they should adopt.

On one side: a growing number of elected officials eager to move beyond the divisive politics and personality of former President Donald Trump despite the lack of a clear alternative. And on the other: the vocal “Make America Great Again” wing of the GOP, which has no cohesive agenda but is quick to attack the status quo on both sides.

“It will be extremely difficult, if not nearly impossible, for Ronna McDaniel to pick up the pieces,” said Republican fundraiser Caroline Wren, a leading voice in the coalition of far-right activists, conservative media executives and local elected officials across the country who fought and failed to defeat McDaniel. “These people aren’t just going to forget.”

RNC Members Left The Waldorf Astoria

Indeed, as RNC members left the Waldorf Astoria ballroom on Friday, there was broad agreement that McDaniel’s re-election alone would do little to close the gaping chasm that afflicts their party. , even as she celebrated a particularly decisive re-election victory.

Trump was quick to praise McDaniel for her social media platform after privately helping her with her campaign. But conservative activist Charlie Kirk, a Trump loyalist, likened McDaniel’s successful re-election to a “middle finger” for the GOP base who demanded changes within the institution that directs the party’s political activities.

“The country club won today,” Kirk said from the back of the Waldorf Astoria ballroom where RNC members across the country voted to give McDaniel another two-year term. “So people who can’t afford a steak and are struggling to make ends meet have just been told by their reps in an opulent $900 a night hotel that ‘we hate you’ .

Similar sentiment rocked the Republican Party earlier in the month on Capitol Hill as Kevin McCarthy weathered days of embarrassing defeats in his quest to become Speaker of the House before acquiescing to the demands of the anti-establishment MAGA fringe.

McCarthy’s failure to rein in Trump’s hardliners at his conference now threatens to undermine a high-stakes vote on the country’s debt limit that could send shockwaves through the US economy. it is not resolved quickly. So far, House Republicans have made no specific demands.

Some see the Republican divide as a byproduct of the GOP’s embrace of Trumpism for years, a political ideology defined by its relentless focus on a common enemy and its willingness to fight that perceived enemy, whatever the cost. .

McDaniel has repeatedly pointed out the dangers of GOP infighting as she campaigns for an unprecedented fourth term as RNC chairwoman. On Friday, she pleaded for Republican unity while citing a Bible verse once used by former President Abraham Lincoln before the Civil War.

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand,” McDaniel said from the ballroom podium. “Nothing we do is more important than making sure Joe Biden is a one-term president. But to do this, we must be united.

It may get worse before it gets better.

The conclusion of the RNC’s winter meeting marks the unofficial start of the 2024 presidential primary season. Trump has already launched his candidacy and promises to campaign fiercely against any potential Republican contender.

The RNC is scheduling the first Republican presidential primary debates, which will likely take place in Milwaukee, the site of the party’s next national convention, in late July or early August.

Although he’s been slow to get into the campaign trail since announcing a 2024 candidacy last November, Trump is hosting events in New Hampshire and South Carolina this weekend. Sensing the former president’s political weakness, no less than a dozen top Republicans are expected to line up against him in the coming months.

Should he fail to land the next GOP presidential nomination, Trump has already suspended the possibility of a third-party presidential nomination, which would virtually guarantee that the Democrats would win the White House again in 2024.

New Hampshire-based RNC member Juliana Bergeron reflected on the state of her party as she prepared to board a red-eyed flight home to attend Trump’s appearance on Saturday. The New Hampshire GOP is working through its own bitter leadership dispute.

“The party in New Hampshire is divided. The party is divided nationally. I just think there’s a lot of space between the far right and some of us,” Bergeron said.

“I think it’s over,” she said when asked about Trump. “I want to see a new generation there.”

And there are signs Trump’s MAGA movement may be ready to move on as well. Some privately acknowledged that Trump had lost control of his own movement, which worked to defeat McDaniel even as the former president and his lieutenants tried to help him.

While Trump declined to publicly endorse McDaniel, Wren said that wouldn’t have changed the grassroots demand for new GOP leadership, even if he had.

“We’re not just sheep following a single endorsement anywhere,” Wren said. “We want to win elections and we don’t win elections.”

Indeed, Republicans may need a successful national election to come together again. The next national election? November 5, 2024.

“The hard work begins now to bring our party together,” said former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus, a former RNC chairman who backed McDaniel’s re-election. “It’s not going to be easy.”

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California Insecticide Ban, Killing, Syria Repatriation: Morning News

Inez Arakaki and her son Zachary offer prayers after bringing flowers to a makeshift memorial site in front of the Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, on January 23, 2023, where 10 people were shot dead late on January 21, 2023. - California police searched on January 23, 2023 for what compelled a 72-year-old man of Asian descent to shoot dead 10 people as they celebrated Lunar New Year at a dance hall in the Los Angeles suburbs. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

California affected by a new killing 48 hours after that of the Chinese New Year, 15 French women and 32 children from the Syrian jihadist camps repatriated, neonicotinoids finally banned in France: here is a summary of the news this Tuesday morning.

California Bereaved by a New Massacre

The western US state is counting its dead. Just two days after the killings that left 11 dead near Los Angeles in a dance hall on Chinese New Year’s Eve, two new shootings are mourning Californians. Seven Chinese agricultural workers were killed by one of their colleagues. The modus operandi of the suspect, arrested since, questions. Two farms were targeted. The main suspect, 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, made two shootings in a row, moving from place to place. “Zhao was taken into custody without incident and a semi-automatic handgun was located in his vehicle,” San Mateo County Police Chief Christina Corpus said.

15 Women And 32 Children Detained in Repatriated Jihadist Camps

For several years, humanitarian organizations have criticized France for its inaction regarding the women and children imprisoned in camps for jihadists in Syria. 15 women and 32 children were repatriated. This is the third operation of this kind since July 5, 2022. “The minors have been handed over to the services responsible for child support and will be subject to medico-social monitoring. The adults have been handed over to the competent judicial authorities,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Before the repatriations, there was inaction and complicity. In 2019, the UN Committee against Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment was seized by the families of these women and children. The committee recently found that the French state “always remains under an obligation” to protect women and children “against serious human rights violations by taking all necessary and possible measures”. In 2022, France was condemned by the Committee on the Rights of the Child and then by the European Court of Human Rights for its lack of action.

Neonicotinoids Finally Banned

Neonicotinoids are insecticides that directly attack the nervous system of insects. If the insecticide is implicated in the massive decline of bees, France decided in 2021 to authorize it on an exceptional basis for beet seeds. As the government prepared to do the same for 2023, a European court decision ruled these exemptions illegal. The French Minister of Agriculture, Marc Fesneau, then declared that France was giving up neonicotinoids. There will be no “third year of derogation on the coating of beet seeds, it’s over for this element, the decision of the Court of Justice (European) is powerful enough not to destabilize even more the system,” he said.

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Milan’s East-West Tunnel: A Visionary Idea


To tell the truth, it hasn’t been that long, in fact they started talking about it in 2006, but maybe someone forgot. We are talking about a pharaonic project that never really started and that was definitively canceled by the Pisapia junta. It is the idea of crossing Milan diagonally from Linate to Rho passing under the city several meters underground by connecting the two ring roads at opposite ends of the city in a straight line with a car tunnel.

In 2006 the mayor of Milan at the time and extraordinary commissioner for traffic Gabriele Albertini declared the “public interest” for a project put forward by a consortium led by the Torno company, which envisaged the construction of a tunnel of about 4 kilometers connecting the Milan motorways North with the area then called Garibaldi-Città della Moda (today Garibaldi Porta Nuova).

Fortunately, we will say, the project struggled to find funding and remained in the drawers of proponents for years. The only positive thing would have been to replace the viale Monte Ceneri – Serra flyover with an extension of the tunnel, providing for the demolition of the old road infrastructure with relative redevelopment of the affected area.

The Project Regained Strength

A few years later the project regained strength, when the proposal was presented again with the Mayor of Milan Letizia Moratti with the support of the Regional Council, also in view of Expo 2015. In terms of infrastructure linked to the Universal Exposition, the underground tunnel project could have a purpose.

The new proposal even provided for a new section to the east, extending the tunnel to about 13 km, so as to connect the Rho-Pero exhibition center to Linate airport. Thus the work would have served (in the intention of the proponents and provided that they had completed it in time) also for the functions of the Expo site.

The project put forward by a consortium led by Torno involved the construction, using TBMs (the famous “moles” also used for the M5 and M4) of a double-tube tunnel along the Rho-Linate route, for a length of approximately 13 km, and the construction of an artificial tunnel along the axis of viale Monte Ceneri with the demolition of the current flyover, allowing the environmental and urban redevelopment of the area to proceed. A project that seemed to be of interest to many, but which in fact failed to find funding. Also due to the concern that it would have absorbed a large part of the funding for the two planned metros, the M4 and M5.

Penetrating deeply into the subsoil, it would have crossed the city in a hypothetical route that would have seen connections on the surface to Città Studi in viale Romagna at via Botticelli/Juvara, another exit near piazza della Repubblica followed by a (rather complicated) junction with the area of Garibaldi and viale Zara. Other connections were envisaged at Ghisolfa with viale Monte Ceneri, at Musocco with a junction for the A4 and the northern motorways to finally link up with the Fiera di Rho and the state road for Magenta.

A route that would have followed in part the same as the by-pass but which would have encountered many difficulties, especially at the height of the Porta Garibaldi-Isola area, where, between the railway bypass and the underground railways, the area could already be at the limit and even junction tunnels were supposed to run under the newly constructed M5 tunnel.

The project was certainly not free from the most disparate criticisms and strong opposition from citizens’ committees and political exponents. Among all, the criticisms of numerous environmental associations, shared by the way, which also took their cue from the traffic problems that this huge work would have caused for the citizens and residents of Milan, already put to the test by the work on the subways that had already begun.

Thus the tunnel that was supposed to connect Linate to the Rho fair, although included in the PGT, from 2011 becomes a “non-priority” project. In fact, after a heated debate in the city council, it was decided to maintain in the PGT, definitively approved in February 2011, the hypothesis of an underground route from the city airport to the Rho fair that crosses the city diagonally, but the matter is declassified from forecast to proposal.

Finally, in July 2011 again, Giuliano Pisapia took office as mayor of Milan, who, having always been against the construction of this road tunnel, definitively removed it from the infrastructural works to be carried out, putting an end to the idea forever. to cross the city by underground car.

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Exploring Davos And Surrounding Regions: War And Energy Transition


Oxfam took care of the “Mamuthones” gathered in Davos to point out that in the world over eight hundred million people – one in ten – suffer from hunger, that many countries are on the verge of bankruptcy and the poorest ones spend, to repay their debts they contract, four times more than for health care spending. For almost two billion workers, the average increase in wages is less than that of inflation. The World Bank has said we are experiencing the largest increase in global inequality and poverty since the Second World War. In this background, there are those who go so far as to say that the war in Ukraine can be seen, from a climatic point of view, as a sort of blessing: “We will invest much more in renewable energies and energy saving solutions” , says Petteri Taalas, secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization. And the EU will accelerate the elimination of fossils, starting with the Russian ones. As noted by Fatih Birol (head of the International Energy Agency), at the top of everyone’s agenda will be energy security, which depends on renewables.

Massimo Scalia’s Analysis

NOW THAT CE also said the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, “love svortato” as they say in Rome. In fact, speaking at a panel at the World Economic Forum, in front of the “Mamuthones” of Davos, the executive director of the IEA supported the thesis that after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, energy security has become the main factor driving investments for the climate: «The energy crisis we are experiencing has given a great impetus to the development of clean energy. In the past, the primary reason for supporting clean energy was environmental considerations, while now the primary driver is energy security concerns. (AGI, Gav 170951 JAN 23). What daring!

The Italian premier Giorgia Meloni seized the opportunity to say, with her baritone Roman pronunciation, that “energy security” – the mantra of her government, to the point that a ministry has been so renamed – is like Dante, of the Right . Thus defying the ire of some noble fathers, who had already forced Sangiuliano, the Minister of Culture and owner of the minting of this solemn bullshit, to take a step back stammering that “it was only a provocation”, obviously for the good end of the reading, re or ex novo, of the great poet [read here note 1].

No, the prime minister is not as clear-sighted as her minister and she did not say so. She limited herself to kicking Salvini on the shin, in an attempt to wake him up from being stunned by her. “Bridge over the Strait”, they hear the deputy prime minister repeat at periodic intervals and regardless. En passant, Oxfam took care of the “Mamuthones” of Davos to point out, with its report, that in the world over eight hundred million people – one in ten – suffer from hunger, that many countries are on the verge of bankruptcy and the most poor people spend four times as much to repay the debts they contract as they do on health care. That for almost two billion workers the average increase in wages is lower than that of inflation. And that the World Bank has said that we are experiencing the largest increase in inequality and global poverty since the Second World War.

In short, Birol’s announcement is the only positive note in some sense that can come out of the “Mamuthones”, who have time to surprise us, if they want, between now and January 20th.

As always since the post-war period, what happens in the “energy planet” is the driving force of history not only on an economic-industrial level. And this time the engine, pardon the mechanism, was lit by Putin’s wicked war. Established supply-demand models are broken as well as long-standing business relationships. As in the first major world energy crisis, that of 1973, recourse was made, repeatedly and above all on the part of OPEC, to cutting oil production with the consequence, simultaneously with the gas crisis, of increasing the risk of a global recession.

Then, as we argued, not isolated, the energy crisis was a “premeditated” choice through the Arab-Israeli conflict, announced by Kissinger even several weeks earlier: the “Kippur War”. The blocking of oil supplies and the consequent increase in the price at a world level strongly damaged the allied countries, but competitors on the market, of the USA, while it revalued American oil compressed by the high costs of extraction. In the space of little more than a year, the maneuver initiated by Nixon on August 15th 1971 was thus completed with the unilateral breaking of the Bretton Woods pacts (1944) – the declaration of the inconvertibility of the dollar – which had been the sacrament of the economic agreement -monetary of the capitalist West. The net result was the substantial unloading of a significant part of the US deficit, at the basis of the breaking of the pacts, on the backs of dear allies.

Today, frankly, it is very difficult to trace a similar, clear-cut design, also the result of the relative “linearity” of the geopolitics of the time. The usual enthusiasts of the “grand old man” will embark on arguing that Putin actually fell like a pear tree into the trap of the US-NATO maneuvers, “Defender Europe 2021”, which in the spring of 2021 took place close to Russian territory as a response to the Russian military mobilization on the borders of Ukraine [see note 2 here]. Or those, in the summer, of the “Sea breeze”, conducted by Washington and Kiev in the north-eastern area of the Black Sea [read note 3 here]. And, self-celebrating himself as the champion of the “idiot diagram”, Putin unleashed the war against Ukraine, also because he doesn’t mind keeping Europe under control either. Let alone the United States, whatever the Administration. Which, moreover — result of it! — in addition to the hegemonic role, one can play the role of conspicuous supplies of arms to Ukraine, of the generous sending of LNG tankers to the EU and of cornering the other empire, China, which in all this affair cannot do much more. Now, even if these facts may be singularly true, it is difficult to see them as the result of a unitary design. The geo-political picture is much more varied than that of fifty years ago, with the increasingly important affirmation of the two giants, China and India, then somewhat marginal and which today represent more than a third of the world’s population . In the not too distant future, a preponderant economic power.

To explain things, often there is no need for a “grand old man”, a mediocre fool can suffice. And, in any case, Occam’s razor – the right solution to a problem is the simplest one – will come more and more from the evolution of the facts. Let’s focus them on the basic question: what will happen to energy transitions? The EU will accelerate the elimination of fossil fuels, starting with the Russian ones, and, as Birol observed, energy security will be at the top of everyone’s agenda, which depends on energy dominated by renewables. And Petteri Taalas, general secretary of the World Meteorological Organization, will be right, for whom, perhaps with a little too much “realism”, the war in Ukraine can be seen, from a climatic point of view, as a sort of blessing: «We will invest much more in renewable energies and solutions for energy saving». This is already happening and it is likely that the challenge launched by California with its “green” plans to achieve climate neutrality five years earlier, using wind and solar energy, will become the point of reference for everyone.

In these terrible months, with 2022 a candidate to be one of the darkest years as well as one of the hottest years, and albeit in the midst of a global energy crisis, perhaps the first of this size, «there are reasons for optimism, if 2023 will confirm that some of the lessons of the past months have finally been learned and some of the progress made will be consolidated and further increased”.

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Divorce Filing Sparks Buckingham Palace Brawl


At Buckingham Palace there is talk of an imminent divorce after a fight between two royal members. That’s who it is.

A bomb exploded in the English royal family due to the release of the biography of Prince Harry, entitled Spare, which is climbing the best-selling book charts around the world.

In just 24 hours, the work reached the quota of the best-selling books of all time, keeping up with the adventures of Harry Potter when the novels of the saga of the most famous wizard in London were sold from midnight on the day of publication.

Buckingham Palace: here is the couple who are about to divorce
It would seem a coincidence that among the best-selling books of all time, there is the name Harry and London as a place of adventures, but in this case, it is not the fruit of a writer’s imagination but rather the memoirs of one of the most famous princes of the world.

Prince Harry shot zero on his family, after doing it in other situations, but this time he had no mercy for anyone to the point of having something to say even about his mother, Lady Diana.

The woman, who disappeared in 1997, was described by the Duke of Sussex as a woman at times absent while for her stepmother, the Queen consort Camilla, he used the word perfidious to describe her.

The second son of King Charles III, he spared no one and the only person he praised was his ex-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, with whom he maintained an excellent relationship even when both married different people.

And it is precisely to defend his wife Meghan Markle that Harry moved away from the Royal Family, following some episodes that led the couple to decide to move to Montecito in California.

The Rumors From London

According to what was declared by her prince, Kate Middleton, wife of her brother, Prince William, would have repeatedly behaved unkindly towards Meghan to the point of making her cry in despair.

This would have brought a definitive break between him and his brother William, with the latter who after hearing of Harry’s attacks on his wife’s behavior, would have laid hands on him.

But although Harry has repeatedly described his wife as the best thing that ever happened to him, Meghan seems to be about to take an action that she has been planning for some time.

According to some tabloids, the woman would have noticed how the fame she had from the publication of her book and even before her, due to waiting for her, has intensified her husband’s popularity and this would have caused him to lose control over the shares her.

As a result, between the two things seem to have started to go wrong and there are even those who speak of a violent argument that took place in a restaurant in Montecito in front of the eyes of some of their friends.

At the moment there are no confirmations, but the rumors of a divorce between the two are becoming more and more insistent, which should be announced in the coming months, perhaps after the coronation of King Charles III.

If these news were to turn out to be true, Meghan could find herself without children, as it seems that Harry would have signed a clause in which in the event of divorce, the protection of his children will be exclusive on his part as his children, members of the English royal family.

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Tesla Car Accidentally Plunges Into Swimming Pool


A new curious incident involving a Tesla has gone viral in the last few hours, making the rounds of the web. What appears to be a Model 3 crashed into a private swimming pool, and luckily none of its occupants were seriously injured.

Tesla Autonomous Driving System

Let’s immediately sweep away any doubts, the autopilot, the famous Tesla autonomous driving system, has nothing to do with this case, but it was simply a distraction, a classic human error. The accident occurred precisely in Pasadena, a well-known town not too far from Los Angeles, in the state of California, and according to what was specified by the Los Angeles Times, it would have involved two adults and a 4-year-old child.

The episode took place around 9:00 in the morning local time, in the 700 district of West California Boulevard, as stated by Lisa Derderian, spokeswoman for the city of Pasadena. As mentioned above, all three people in the car escaped unharmed, although certainly scared.

An investigation has been opened into the matter but according to what the investigators believe it cannot be excluded that the driver of the Tesla, most likely the father of the child involved, pressed his foot on the accelerator instead of the brake: the result was that the Tesla broke through the wall of a private property, then ending its mad race inside a swimming pool, as can be seen from the image you find above.

The first to come to the rescue were two members of staff from a nearby nursery school, the Pacific Oaks Children’s School, who rescued the three occupants, while calling for help. Derderian said the car “began to dive underwater quite quickly after the crash.”

The one in Pasadena is yet another viral clash starring a Tesla, after the accident against a broken down car a few days ago. After all, Elon Musk’s car company usually steals the show both positively and negatively and in the past few hours it has made a lot of talk about itself after the decision to ban Tesla owners for two weeks who repeatedly ignore the autonomous driving alerts.

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Young Thug: Rap Icon On Trial For Organized Crime


Is rapper Young Thug a member of a gang? Does his record label serve as a front for criminal activity? Are the lyrics of his songs evidence that can be used against him? The trial of this figure of contemporary hip-hop, tried with 13 other people, begins Monday.

Their alleged membership in a branch of the Bloods gang (identified as Young Slime Life, or YSL) landed Atlanta native Young Thug and the other co-accused indicted last spring by a state grand jury. Georgia. Such initials correspond to those of his record label founded in 2016, Young Stoner Life Records.

The 14 protagonists are at the center of a judgment for association of criminals with a view to extortion of funds. In support of this accusation: alleged acts of murder, drug trafficking and violent car theft. Young Thug is on trial for criminal association and participation in the criminal activities of a street gang.

His arrest last May came as a shock to Atlanta’s influential hip-hop scene, of which the 31-year-old rapper, who has collaborated with the biggest names in the genre, is an emblematic figure.

Jeffery Williams, his real name, grew up in the poor neighborhoods of Atlanta. Like 2 Chainz, he had caught the eye of Gucci Mane, who welcomed him to his record label in 2013. His singles Stoner and Danny Glover then brought him fame.

Tattooed to the face, Young Thug is known for his psychedelic and flamboyant style, and his rhymes tinged with voice crackles make him one of the most notorious representatives of the rap current.

The case is also emblematic because prosecutors used lyrics from some of Young Thug’s songs, those of another rapper, Gunna – who pleaded guilty – as evidence, as well as the verses of a posthumous song by Juice WRLD, who died in 2019 of an overdose.

If you decide to admit a crime to a beat [a rap beat], I’m going to use it, said prosecutor Fani Willis.

This isn’t the first time hip-hop verses have landed in a courtroom. The defense, which insists that YSL is nothing more than an artistic brand, called as a witness an expert on the subject, the professor at the University of Richmond Erik Nielson.

Rap, a Political Affair

In his 2019 book Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America (Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America), he indicates that courts frequently use this controversial method: extracting snippets of text artists from their context to support criminal prosecutions and condemn rap stars or budding artists, who are most often part of the African-American community.

With disturbingly increasing frequency, prosecutors are trying to use rap lyrics as confessions, also denounces a petition launched a few months ago by Kevin Liles, the co-founder of the record company 300 Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner, of which YSL Records is a brand.

This is not only a violation of the protection of the freedoms of speech and creation guaranteed by the First Amendment [of the US Constitution]. It hits already marginalized communities and silences their stories of family, struggle, survival and success, the text adds.

Question About Law Limit

The petition, signed tens of thousands of times on the Internet, asks that the law limit, up to a federal scale, the ability of prosecutors to use artistic expression as evidence of an activity or criminal intent.

This is already the case in California, where Governor Gavin Newsom signed a decriminalization of artistic expression law last fall, which does not completely ban the use of song lyrics, but gives them lesser.

Similar laws are being considered in the states of New York and New Jersey, and Congressmen Hank Johnson and Jamaal Bowman introduced legislation last summer to protect free speech for artists under the first amendment.

Rap is inherently political speech: it can be painful, heartbreaking and uncomfortable, but vital for criticizing society, argues Brad Hoylman, a local senator who co-authored the project in New York state. According to him, using song lyrics in court could weaken freedom of expression and lead to a miscarriage of justice.

Of the 28 people originally named in the indictment, 14 are expected to stand trial, which could last six to nine months. Six will be tried separately and eight – including Gunna and Young Thug’s brother, Quantavious Grier – have entered plea agreements.

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NCIS Los Angeles Season 14 on Rai 2: Episode Guide


Appointment with one episode a week on Rai 2.

Fourteenth season for the historical procedural NCIS Los Angeles, born in the wake of the success of NCIS, produced by CBS Studios-Paramount. Season 14 arrives in Italy on Rai 2 in absolute premiere a few months away from the USA where the season began on October 9, 2022. Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J are the historic protagonists of the series present since the first season.

14×01 Game of Drones – Game of Drones (The seed of doubt): the NCIS team in Los Angeles hunts down the perpetrators of a bombing in a large state military facility where drones are assembled for military use. Meanwhile Callen receives some news from Syria where Hetty was last seen. Right there, a burnt corpse was found that appears to have small dimensions.

NCIS LOS Aneles The Plot

The TV series NCIS Los Angeles for over 14 years has been telling the story of the criminal investigation service of the American Navy, in particular for the events concerning the military in California and beyond. The two protagonists, agents G. Callen and Sam Hanna, are born as expert undercover agents of a special division of NCIS. Sam is a former Navy SEAL, while Callen grew up in foster care and has become a seasoned agent under the watchful eye of Hetty Lange. The series is characterized by a strong action vocation, much more present than the parent series NCIS.

THE NCIS Universe

NCIS Los Angeles was born in 2008 inserted as a backdoor pilot in the sixth season of NCIS (the backdoor pilot is an episode of a series that serves as the launch episode of another TV series). NCIS was similarly born out of an offshoot of JAG uniformed lawyers. A triple crossover event with NCIS and NCIS Hawaii was made over the course of Season 14.

NCIS LOS Angeles 14 How Many Becks Are There?
The number of episodes of NCIS Los Angeles 14 has not yet been definitively announced by CBS but it is very likely that it will be 22 like the previous season.

NCIS LOS Angeles14 The Cast

Leading the cast of NCIS Los Angeles are longtime leads Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J as team leader Grisha G. Callen and Sam Hanna. Eric Christian Olsen as Marty Deeks joined the LAPD as a liaison between the two police forces and turned NCIS investigator. Medalion Rahimi is Fatima Namazi, Caleb Castille is Devin Rountree (former FBI agent), Gerald McRaney is Hollace Kilbride retired admiral and friend of Henrietta Lange.

NCIS LOS Angeles14 On Rai Play

The episodes of NCIS Los Angeles 14 are streamed on Rai Play both in live mode on the Rai 2 live page and on demand in the following days (but they remain streamed for a limited period). Alternatively, the first 10 seasons of the TV series are streaming on NOW and on demand on Sky Box Sets, the first 4 are on Paramount + and from January 18 the first 13 seasons are on Disney +.

NCIS LOS Angeles 15 Will It Happen?

NCIS Los Angeles season 14 is currently underway in the United States on CBS and there is still no news on its possible renewal for season 15 even if it seems very likely.

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Extreme Hunger Soaring in Climate Hotspots, Says Oxfam


Extreme hunger is surging in climate hotspots and is a stark reminder of the growing global inequality. The poorest countries are hit the hardest by climate-driven famines, Oxfam reports. The Western world should do more to combat this global injustice. It could forgive debts to countries that are hardest hit and provide life-saving funds to help those countries adapt to changing climate conditions.


Oxfam reports that extreme hunger is on the rise in some countries as a result of climate change, including the Horn of Africa. It warns that this global crisis is accelerating, and calls for more action to mitigate it, including debt cancellation and increased investment in local food production. In a statement, Oxfam said it has visited some of the worst-affected countries, including Somalia, where the country is in the midst of one of the worst humanitarian crises in history.

The report highlights 10 countries that have suffered the highest level of hunger in the past decade. These countries have the highest number of United Nations humanitarian appeals related to food and water crises. These countries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, with more severe weather destroying crops and homes. Almost half of these countries are in Africa. In Somalia, for example, the worst drought in 50 years has left 1 million people displaced and a quarter of the population famished. And in Kenya, 2.5 million people are facing starvation caused by drought.

Impact of climate change on hunger

Impact of climate change on hunger has often been associated with food insecurity. This has been particularly true in low-income countries. However, it should be noted that this relationship is not necessarily causal, as many factors can influence the level of hunger. For example, the sensitivity of hunger to climate-induced changes in yield is not the same in different parts of the world. The sensitivity of hunger to climate-induced changes is also affected by the level of trade.

In developing countries, a majority of the world’s 821 million hungry people live in areas that are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events. These environments are more vulnerable to climate hazards, which can disrupt crops, trade routes, and food assistance programs. Additionally, poor people are less able to adapt to these risks and are more likely to suffer a food crisis during climate-related disasters. As a result, these changes will compound the existing issues of poverty and inequality.

In some regions, climate change has led to the introduction of new pests and crop diseases. It has also reduced the nutrient content of crops. It is also causing more droughts, which is a major contributor to food insecurity and hunger in many regions. Moreover, extreme weather events have increased dramatically since the 1990s. These disasters also affect the productivity of crops and lead to increased food prices. In the most vulnerable countries, the impact on food security and malnutrition is disproportionately negative.

UN appeal for famine relief in climate hotspots

The UN has launched a massive appeal to provide humanitarian aid to the countries in crisis due to extreme weather events. The appeals are aimed at meeting the most urgent needs, but they barely scratch the surface of what is truly needed. Recent reports estimate that the cost of climate-related extreme weather events will amount to $329 billion in 2021.

The latest appeal from the UN refugee agency UNHCR is aimed at providing humanitarian aid to displaced people, as well as host communities. It is aiming to provide US$ 42.6 million for internally displaced people in Ethiopia and 22 million for Somali refugees in eight camps in the Somali region. A further US$ 11.1 million will help people in Kenya’s Kakuma and Dadaab camps. In the meantime, the UN humanitarian response is shifting from emergency relief to famine mitigation and prevention.

Impact of climate change on inequality

Oxfam has recently released a report analyzing how climate change affects inequality. In particular, the organization has found that the rich have emitted far more carbon than the poor. In fact, the rich’s emissions are roughly three times as large as the poor’s. Oxfam’s report says that governments must take steps to combat climate change and tackle inequality. It calls for governments to increase revenue for public services and invest in low-carbon industries. This would help the poor end their cycle of poverty.

Many countries have already suffered the effects of climate change, but the poorest are the most vulnerable. These countries have been hit by extreme weather conditions, including floods and droughts. The impact on women is particularly severe because they rely on agriculture and have few other options. Climate change is threatening their livelihoods and lives.

A Hunger Crisis in East Africa


A hunger crisis in East Africa is a huge issue, and the reasons behind it are multifaceted. Conflict, El Nino, climate change, and conflict zones all play a role. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions available. Some of them involve working to improve the socioeconomic situation of these countries, and others involve helping the poorest people in the region.

El Nino

The current El Nino weather pattern is among the most severe on record, and it has caused an intense drought across much of eastern and southern Africa. It has affected about 60 million people, and South Africa and Ethiopia have each declared it to be the worst drought in more than a century. Experts in food security, resilience, and climate change will discuss the scope of the crisis, the impacts, and what can be done to alleviate the suffering.

Ethiopia’s government has allocated $192 million to deal with the crisis. But much more is needed. The country needs more assistance from international donors and the international community. In the meantime, heavy rains are forecast across the country’s low-lying southern and eastern regions. This includes the Shebelle river basin and the easternmost Somali region, where rains could lead to flooding. The floods could result in the destruction of homes, schools, and infrastructure.

Climate change

Many countries in East Africa are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Over the past decade, Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia have all faced severe droughts, decimating their crops and livestock. The subsequent recovery has been extremely difficult. Add to this the increase in food prices worldwide and you’ve got the recipe for a catastrophic food crisis.

A drought in the region has left people facing extreme hunger and malnourishment. According to the United Nations (UN), around 20 million people in East Africa are at risk of going hungry or suffering from malnutrition. Rising food prices and chronic water shortages have pushed these people to the brink of survival.


Hunger in east Africa has reached unprecedented levels due to a number of factors, including conflict, climate change, and food insecurity. Three years of drought and loss of pastureland for livestock have compounded the problem and led to massive food shortages and economic hardship. Climate change and its consequences have also affected the livelihoods and agriculture in several countries, including Ethiopia. These factors are causing a growing humanitarian crisis and may drive conflict and violence.

The crisis has left many families on the verge of starvation with nowhere else to turn. In addition, violence has displaced people and affected crops and food supplies. The resulting food shortages are forcing many people to flee their homes and turn to humanitarian aid for survival. Malnutrition is also on the rise in many rural areas.

SOS Children’s Villages

Famine is ravaging the region of Mali and the world must act now to save more than one million children. SOS Children’s Villages is helping thousands of children in the worst affected areas of Niger, Mali, and Chad. The crisis has left more than 18 million people hungry. Rising food prices and crop shortages are making the situation worse. There is also an increase in malaria, which is a major threat to thousands of children.

The organization provides basic healthcare for children in over 135 countries around the world. Its Kenya centre also offers cervical cancer screening. It also provides nutritional milk supplements and educates people on how to prevent and treat acute malnutrition.

Diversifying food supply chains

The first step to tackling Africa’s hunger crisis is to diversify food supply chains. As a continent, Africa is a huge importer of food. In 2018, it spent over $47 billion to purchase food on the global market. Ethiopia and Nigeria, for example, increased their food imports by more than 1,000%. The depreciation of several African currencies and the fall in commodity prices are putting pressure on the food security of many countries. As a result, the average Kenyan spends 50% of his or her income on food, and Nigerians spend 56% of their incomes on food.

The region’s food security outlook is also threatened by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which will cut off major grain supplies. Kenya and Eritrea source nearly all of their wheat imports from the Ukraine, and the World Food Program buys more than half of their wheat from this region. The invasion will further squeeze these supply chains, and prices will rise. This will make food transportation in the region increasingly expensive.

The East Africa Hunger Relief Fund is a project of GlobalGiving, which works to provide life-saving aid to communities facing a hunger crisis. This fund provides food and sanitation assistance to people at risk of starvation.

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