Editorial: Biden builds a solid foreign policy team
Global challenges won’t wait for President Donald Trump to accept his clear defeat. So President-elect Joe Biden has been wise not to wait either, especially when it comes to forming his foreign policy team.Biden’s announcement of several key posts sends a signal to adversarial nations and transnational actors who would seek to seize advantage of the current administration’s dysfunction — as well as to U.S. allies alienated by Trump’s treatment — that a seasoned, sensible team will guide the United States in the next administration.Leading the list is Antony Blinken, Biden’s choice for secreta...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
French police dismantle new migrant tent camp in Paris
French police on Monday night cleared a makeshift migrant encampment in central Paris which sprung up after another one was dismantled last week."Today an encampment was installed illegally in Paris's Place de la Republique square. [Police] immediately proceeded with the evacuation of this illegal occupation of public space," police said in a tweet also carrying an expanded statement.In the statement, police said that "certain associations" organized the construction of the makeshift camp, which they said was "not acceptable."French agency AFP reported that police deployed tear gas as they cle...
French police dismantle new migrant tent camp in Paris
French police on Monday night cleared a makeshift migrant encampment in central Paris which sprung up after another one was dismantled last week."Today an encampment was installed illegally in Paris's Place de la Republique square. [Police] immediately proceeded with the evacuation of this illegal occupation of public space," Police said in a tweet carrying an expanded statement.In the statement, police said that "certain associations" organized the construction of the makeshift camp, which they said was "not acceptable."French agency AFP reported that police deployed tear gas as they cleared ...
Testing poop to predict Miami's COVID-19 trends? It's been a messy process so far
MIAMI — In March, when it became clear that the U.S. was facing an unprecedented pandemic, Miami-Dade County began sampling its sewage as a potential tool for measuring the extent of COVID-19 infections. The hope was that testing the county’s poop for the coronavirus could serve as an early warning indicator of a dreaded second wave expected in the fall.Now, with cases rising all over the country and Florida experiencing a steady increase to levels not seen since August, what is the sewage saying?The short answer: Not much, at least not yet. The process got off to a slow, messy start but they’...
Seattle basketball lifer Rick Turner has a new challenge: Take the Jamaican men to the Olympics
SEATTLE — I swear I was going to write this column without mentioning “Cool Runnings” or the Jamaican bobsled team. It seemed too obvious.But then Rick Turner, a Seattle basketball lifer who has taken on the ambitious task of leading Jamaica’s men’s national basketball team to the 2024 Olympics — and sustaining success with a pipeline of youth programs — brought it up, unsolicited.“The Jamaica brand, there’s a coolness to it. It resonates with people,” Turner said. “Even a guy like me can’t ruin the coolness of it. I think it’s natural for people to want to root for Jamaica.”After delving into...
The Seattle Times
A revelatory new recording of Gershwin's landmark Concerto in F
In 1949, pianist Oscar Levant released an LP of the most famous extended work for piano and orchestra ever penned by an American composer: George Gershwin’s Concerto in F (1925).The piece looms large in our popular culture thanks partly to Levant’s hyper-virtuoso performance of excerpts in the beloved Gene Kelly film musical “An American in Paris” (1951).Ever since Levant’s renditions on screen and record, his approach has stood as definitive – the interpretation against which all others are measured.Now there’s another that can stand alongside it.Pianist Kevin Cole, currently the country’s le...
Editorial: For Biden, ending US climate retreat is just a start
President-elect Joe Biden has made plenty of promises related to climate change and the environment. He has vowed to rescind or reverse some of the Trump administration’s moves to weaken regulations, which Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has numbered at 159. The president-elect proposes a $2 trillion “Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice” plan that’s been described as historic, despite being far less ambitious than the Green New Deal authored by progressive Democrats. And Biden plans to deeply embed what could be called climate change consciousness into f...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Paris police clear 65th migrant camp in five years
Paris police destroyed an informal migrant camp outside the Stade de France yesterday, bussing residents to temporary shelters in the region.It is the 65th time Paris police have dismantled a migrant camp in the city in the last five years, only for new ones to spring up.Police said yesterday's operation was motivated by concerns over the spread of coronavirus in the overcrowded camp.Gerald Darmanin, the French interior minister, confirmed the rationale tweeting that the camp's inhabitants were living in "miserable conditions".Police arrived at the camp before dawn and ordered residents to cle...
The Middle East Monitor
French police clear more than 2,000 people from makeshift migrant camp near Paris
French police forcibly evacuated more than 2,000 migrants from a makeshift camp in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis near the Stade de France in the early hours of Tuesday morning.The dismantling of the migrant camp was denounced by human rights associations as part of an "endless and destructive cycle".The forced evacuations will see the migrants moved to various reception centres and sometimes gymnasiums in the Île-de-France (greater Paris) region. From around 4:30am local time, migrants began queueing to board buses along with their belongings.According to the organisation France Ter...
Pompeo visits Paris as France looks to Biden era
Paris (AFP) - France's Emmanuel Macron on Monday hosted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump, for talks while at the same time seeking to build relations with President-elect Joe Biden.Pompeo arrived in Paris Saturday at the start of a seven-nation trip to US allies, although his official schedule was extremely light for a two-night stay in the French capital.His sole engagements on Monday before heading to Istanbul were talks with Macron and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, as well as a wreath-laying to remember victims of terror attacks.The Stat...