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By Eric Rose
“I say that we have come, because we believe that action -- real, concerted, action -- can save the planet, and save our human race,” Prime Minister Davis said, at the Summit, being held in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt. “And I say that we have come, because each nation here, acting in its own, enlightened self-interest, knows, in a most profound way, that we need each other to make this work.”
“I live in the most beautiful country on earth,” he added. “But right now, even as I speak, Bahamians are mobilizing to prepare for the impact of yet another powerful storm, a Tropical Storm Nicole.
“So I come here with a simple request: Let's get real.”
Prime Minister Davis pointed out that what was needed most at that conference was to confront “the radical truth.”
“Big, ambitious goals are important - but not if we use aspirations to obscure reality,” he said. “The goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees is on life support.”
“This is a hard truth for many to admit because even the best-case scenarios will mean almost unimaginable upheaval and tragedy,” he added.
Prime Minister Davis stated that the realities of war, economic headwinds, the hangover from the pandemic, and competition among world powers, cannot be used as justification not to confront these imminent dangers.
“Let's get real: it's only going to get worse,” Prime Minister Davis said. “We are entering a new climate era that will drive extreme geopolitical and economic instability.”
“Statements without binding commitments or enforcement mechanisms have been used again and again as a way to postpone real action,” he added.
“Yes, the world's wealthiest carbon polluters should pay for the very extensive loss and damage caused by their emissions.
“But 'getting real' means understanding that it will be self-interest that drives decision- makers.”
Prime Minister Davis noted that he was not there to ask any of those in attendance to love the people of The Bahamas with the same passion as he does, or even to act on behalf of future generations in their own countries.
“I'm asking: what is it worth to you, to prevent millions of climate refugees, from turning into tens of millions, and then hundreds of millions, putting pressure on borders and security and political systems across the world?” he asked.
He added that he was not telling those in attendance to overhaul the World Bank for that “new climate era” because it was the right thing to do.
“I'm telling you to get smart and act quickly to address the systemic risk of climate change,” Prime Minister Davis said. “Multilateral banks must play a crucial role in scaling up financing options that will provide real solutions.”
“I'm not here to tell the private sector to give up caring about profits,” he added. “I'm here to say that in a world of profound instability, your profits are very much in danger. So, we need to work together to transition the world to clean energy.
“Let's get real about what's coming. Let's get real about what we need to do next.”
Prime Minister Davis pointed out that most Bahamians were descended from people who were forcibly removed from their homes, shackled in the bottom of boats, and shipped across the Atlantic.
“We are the children of the survivors of that man-made tragedy,” he stated. “We inherit their moral imperative.”
“We have a duty to fight for our survival, as they fought so desperately for theirs,” Prime Minister Davis added. “So, even as we have urged the world to act, we have not waited.”
Prime Minister Davis pointed out that Bahamians knew that they “have what it takes” to provide the kind of leadership and innovation that contributed to meaningful solutions.
He noted that The Bahamas’ mangroves, seagrasses and salt marshes were a critical carbon sink.
“While others were talking, we took action, and passed innovative new legislation to deal with Blue Carbon,” Prime Minister Davis pointed out. “We created a regulatory framework for dealing and trading in carbon credits. Other countries are already considering adopting our model.
“And just this past Sunday, we agreed in principle with the IMF, to partner together, among other things, to determine how carbon credits can be used productively, as a new asset class,” he added. “Yes, this is what real, life-changing action looks like. We in The Bahamas are not sitting still.
“We will not flinch from confronting the hard truth.”
Prime Minister Davis stated that The Bahamas would also continue to offer its leadership, and its drive for innovation and ingenuity.”
“Whoever you are, wherever you are, bring your climate solutions to The Bahamas,” he said. “Help us convert our front-line vulnerabilities into cutting-edge solutions for all.
“Because we refuse to lose hope,” he added. “We will not give up.
“We have no other choice.”
Prime Minister Davis noted that the alternative compels Bahamians to present themselves at their borders as refugees.
He added: “The alternative consigns us to a watery grave. The alternative will erase us from history. This is why we fight. We will continue to lift up our heads toward the rising sun. We will continue to march on. We will continue to believe that a safer, better future is possible.
“Because all our lives – all our lives – depend on it.”
Hugo Chávez government implemented policies to democratize food production in Venezuela.
In recent years, an economic crisis heavily exacerbated by US sanctions has driven a liberalization of economic policies. The Venezuelan countryside has been no exception.
The tools that once propped up campesino production have disappeared step by step. The so-called “strategic alliances” have seen companies that supplied seeds and fertilizers (AgroPatria) or tractors (Pedro Camejo) transferred to the private sector. This new scheme benefits large-scale producers above all.
By Maby Martinez Rodriguez
In response to unconfirmed reports that the Biden administration is considering holding Haitian asylum seekers in a third country or expanding capacity at an existing facility at the US detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International said:
“Haitians fleeing their country amidst a humanitarian and human rights crisis should be welcomed and have the right to seek safety in the USA without discrimination. They must not be held in a third country or a US navy base infamous for unlawful and indefinite arbitrary detention and torture.”
“Amnesty International has demonstrated that successive US governments have tried to deter Haitian people from claiming asylum in the United States through the application of policies designed to intercept, detain, and remove them, starting in the 1970s and continuing with Title 42. Their tactics have included unlawful pushbacks at sea, mass detention, torture or other ill-treatment, and expedited removal proceedings with deficiencies in individualized screenings. In the 1990s, for instance, US authorities shamefully detained Haitian asylum seekers living with HIV in camps in Guantánamo Bay. Similarly, between September 2021 and May 2022 alone, the USA expelled more than 25,000 Haitians, many under Title 42. The Biden administration has only reinforced harmful historical tendencies which have stereotyped Haitians as bearers of disease, standing to further stigmatize and discriminate Haitians based on their race and nationality.”
“It is time for the United States to put a stop once and for all to this discriminatory treatment and make sure that Haitian asylum seekers have access to US territory and due process without discrimination to exercise their rights to seek asylum, including individualized assessments of their international protection claims. The ongoing operations at the Guantánamo Bay naval base are already marred with horrendous human rights violations, and Amnesty International has long called for the detention facility to be shuttered for good. The United States must refrain from using this site to commit more abuses.”
But alas…he opted for the empty - eager-to-please lackey approach; proving that his apparent cultural difference offers no political distinction or innovation!