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We both know Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 agosto 2016

barack obamaBut that doesn’t mean he can’t win in November — not when his campaign and the Republican Party are raising millions of dollars every day to help him beat Hillary Clinton, including more than $80 million last month alone. So no matter what the polls and pundits say, we have to act like a team that’s playing from behind — because until the very last person in line casts his or her vote, nothing is certain.That means doing everything we can to give our organizers on the ground all the support and resources they need to do the work it takes to win presidential campaigns. It means making phone calls or standing in front of grocery stores or knocking on doors. It means doing everything we can to make sure folks get registered. It means making sure people know why Hillary’s the best candidate for this job, and making sure they make it to the ballot box on Election Day. (Barack Obama)

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Hillary has chosen Senator Tim Kaine to join her on the Democratic ticket

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 luglio 2016

hillaryNothing can really prepare you for this job. You come to learn that it’s about having a firm grasp of the issues, sound judgment, and the tenacity never to stop fighting to make people’s lives better. The thing about Hillary is, she already understands all that. She does her homework, she masters the issues, and she never gives up. She gets the job done. And more than almost anyone I’ve worked with in Washington, Hillary’s the kind of person who sees a problem and says, “How can I fix this? What can I do to help?”
But this job is also about surrounding yourself with the best possible people. And there’s no more important decision you’ll make as a presidential candidate than choosing a vice president. There are basically two paths you can take. You can pick someone for purely political reasons — or you can pick someone who will be your partner in government. Someone who shares your values. Someone who will make you a better president.That’s why I picked Joe Biden — and it’s a testament to Hillary’s character and integrity that she chose a man like Tim Kaine.Like Hillary, Tim is an optimist. But like Hillary, he is also a progressive fighter. He’s the son of a teacher and an iron worker who’s always got working families on his mind. He spent nearly two decades and specialized in representing people who had been denied fair access to housing just because of what they looked like, or because they had a disability. And when a gunman killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech, Tim knew he had a responsibility as governor to offer more than thoughts and prayers to the community he mourned with — and as a gun owner, he stood up to the gun lobby on their behalf.There aren’t a lot of elected officials in Washington whom people like even more when the cameras are off than when the cameras are on. But Tim is that kind of guy. He’s a man who’s risen to the highest levels of government but still lives in the same neighborhood he did as a city councilmember in Richmond. You just can’t find anyone with a bad thing to say about him, from the staff who’ve worked for him to the Republicans who’ve served alongside him.Simply put: Tim is a good man. He’s a true progressive. And he will make a great vice president. (Barack Obama)

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Over the weekend I visited two of our country’s spectacular national parks

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 giugno 2016

obamaI can tell you that seeing Carlsbad Caverns or Yosemite Valley in person is an experience that you just can’t capture on a screen or in a picture. You’ve got to see it in person and breathe it in yourself.National Parks — spectacular natural treasures that are available to everybody, not just the lucky few — have been called America’s best idea. Under my administration, we’ve protected more than 265 million acres of public lands and waters — more than any administration in history. I’ve been proud to build on the work of the giants of conservation and environmental protection who came before me, like President Lincoln who first protected the Yosemite Valley in 1864, and President Teddy Roosevelt, who spoke so eloquently about why our strength and future as a nation relied on protecting our precious natural resources.But there is more we must do to protect our parks and to protect this planet for generations to come. Make no mistake: The biggest challenge we are going to face in protecting them is climate change.That’s why we’ve worked so hard to jump-start a clean energy revolution and to build a solar industry that’s growing by leaps and bounds. That’s why we’re tackling carbon pollution through the Clean Power Plan here in America and by rallying the whole world to tackle climate change together through the Paris Agreement.OFA is one of the groups working to support effective responses to the threats of climate change. If you’re ready to stand up for decisive action on climate change, you can add your name with them today.Climate change is no longer just a threat; it’s already a reality. Yosemite meadows are drying up. Bird ranges are shifting further north. Alpine mammals are being forced further upslope to escape higher temperatures. We’re also seeing longer, more expensive, and more dangerous wildfire seasons — fires that are raging across the West right now. In the coming years and decades, rising temperatures could mean no more glaciers at Glacier National Park and no more Joshua trees at Joshua Tree National Park. Rising seas could destroy vital ecosystems in the Everglades and at some point might even threaten landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Doing nothing to stop those changes is not the example we want to set for the next generation.We have to take seriously the idea that these treasured places could be marred or lost to history. We can’t deal with it later or think that it’s somebody else’s problem. And we can’t let climate change deniers carelessly suggest that we don’t need to get serious about the carbon pollution being released into our atmosphere or that we should scrap an international climate treaty that we spent years putting together. We can’t afford to go backward. (by Barack Obama)

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Fear of the TTIP, of globalisation or of a middle class downgrade?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 aprile 2016

Heading into barack obama’s visit to Germany and the 13th round of the TTIP negotiations, Elvire Fabry, senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, analyses the issues and challenges on both sides of the Atlantic concerning trade policy.
You are free, of course, to integrate the passages of your choice into your articles, and I remain at your disposal for any additional information on the subject or to organise interviews with Dr. Fabry.
À l’approche de la visite de Barack Obama en Allemagne et du 11éme round des négociations du TTIP, Elvire Fabry, chercheur senior à l’Institut Jacques Delors, analyse les défis et les blocages de part et d’autre de l’Atlantique concernant la politique commerciale.
Vous êtes bien évidemment libres d’intégrer les passages de votre choix dans vos articles et je reste à votre disposition pour tout autre information sur le sujet ou pour organiser des interviews avec Mme Fabry.

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Barack Obama intervista sir David Attenborough alla Casa Bianca

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 giugno 2015

barack obamadavid attenboroughLo speciale andrà in onda su BBC One domenica 28 giugno alle 22:30. In questo straordinario programma televisivo, il presidente Barack Obama intervista sir David Attenborough alla Casa Bianca. Durante un incontro all’insegna della schiettezza, i due discutono del futuro del pianeta, della passione di entrambi per la natura e di cosa possa essere fatto per tutelarla.Registrato a maggio, in occasione dell’ottantanovesimo compleanno del documentarista, lo speciale andrà in onda su BBC One domenica 28 giugno alle 22:30. Negli Stati Uniti, il programma sarà trasmesso da BBC AMERICA, canale che ha permesso al pubblico statunitense di apprezzare i più importanti documentari di storia naturale realizzati dalla BBC, alle 17:30 di questa domenica, e in versione estesa alle 20:00 (ora di New York).Il leader del mondo occidentale desiderava incontrare Attenborough per discutere del cambiamento climatico e dei suoi effetti sull’ambiente e chiedergli un’opinione in merito alle principali minacce per il pianeta. Il presidente è da tempo un grande estimatore del lavoro di Attenborough. È cresciuto guardando i film di sir David che, avendo dedicato 60 anni all’esplorazione del globo, ha vissuto in prima persona le trasformazioni della natura.Gli spettatori potranno assistere allo straordinario dialogo fra i due: il presidente spiega le proprie iniziative per contrastare il cambiamento climatico e affrontare le questioni ambientali, oltre ad accennare alle proprie radici africane per parte di padre e a raccontare come l’infanzia trascorsa fra Hawaii e Indonesia abbia plasmato il suo grande amore per la natura. David Attenborough rievoca aneddoti della propria lunga carriera, racconta il recente tuffo da record dalla Grande barriera corallina che lo ha visto protagonista e propone possibili soluzioni alle questioni più urgenti, come l’aumento della popolazione, il cambiamento climatico e lo sfruttamento delle energie rinnovabili.Alcune affermazioni del presidente Barack Obama durante l’intervista:“Nutro

President Barack Obama participates in an Office of Digital Strategy taping with Sir David Attenborough of the BBC in the Map Room of the White House, May 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the White House Photo Office. This photograph may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama participates in an Office of Digital Strategy taping with Sir David Attenborough of the BBC in the Map Room of the White House, May 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the White House Photo Office. This photograph may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

sincera ammirazione per il suo lavoro da molto tempo… lei è un grande educatore, oltre che un grande naturalista”.Aggiunge il presidente: “Non stiamo agendo con la necessaria tempestività. Una delle cose che ho capito guardando i suoi programmi e seguendola con interesse è che tutti questi ecosistemi sono interconnessi. Se un paese fa la cosa giusta e gli altri no, il problema non si risolve. La risposta deve essere globale”.“Stiamo assistendo a trend generali che si potranno modificare solo se il mondo intero saprà produrre un impegno coordinato e, purtroppo, non ci sono stati i progressi necessari in risposta al cambiamento climatico”.
Alcune affermazioni di David Attenborough durante l’intervista:“Nel giorno del mio ottantanovesimo compleanno mi sono trovato, con mia grande sorpresa, in un luogo dove non ero mai stato prima… la Casa Bianca, in compagnia del presidente degli Stati Uniti. Si è rivelato una persona affabile, ospitale e genuina”.“Ritengo che se troviamo metodi per generare e immagazzinare energia da fonti rinnovabili, elimineremo i problemi legati a petrolio e carbone perché, dal punto di vista economico, sarà desiderabile utilizzare questi nuovi metodi. Riuscirci significherebbe compiere un notevole passo avanti nel risolvere i problemi della Terra”.
“A mio parere dobbiamo capire, ma anche percepire istintivamente, che la natura fa parte della nostra eredità. Abbiamo solo questo pianeta e dobbiamo proteggerlo. È una consapevolezza che in fondo, nel nostro intimo, abbiamo già, e ce ne rendiamo conto nei momenti di più grande felicità e di dolore più intenso”.
Anthony Geffen, CEO of Atlantic Productions e produttore:“È straordinario poter essere testimoni dell’incontro fra due persone così carismatiche, che riflettono su alcuni dei più importanti problemi mondiali. Un documentario intimo, che include immagini dietro le quinte del presidente Obama e di Attenborough alla Casa Bianca e fa da contesto al loro importante dibattito. Sono incluse sequenze inedite e alcuni dei momenti più apprezzati delle migliori opere di Attenborough, fra cui Life on Earth, The Blue Planet e Galapagos 3D”.Commissionato da Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, e Tom McDonald, Head of Natural History and Specialist Factual Formats. Il produttore per Atlantic Productions è Anthony Geffen.BBC Worldwide è distributore globale; lo speciale è già stato venduto a canali di 50 paesi su quattro continenti, ivi inclusi i canali a marchio BBC Earth nei paesi scandinavi, in Polonia, in Turchia, in Ungheria e in Romania.

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La Turchia e Obama

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 marzo 2015

obamanobel1_int“Obama si sveglia con ritardo e si accorge dell’emergenza in Turchia. Sono palesi le responsabilità del Governo americano che è stato completamente assente da quegli scenari e non ha saputo prendere le decisioni opportune al momento opportuno. E’ stato, infatti, lo stesso Obama ad ammettere recentemente di non avere alcuna strategia per la Siria”. A dirlo è Paolo Alli, Capogruppo del Nuovo Centrodestra in Commissione Affari Esteri alla Camera e Vice Presidente dell’Assemblea Parlamentare della Nato.
“In questo senso – continua Alli – il giudizio espresso dal New York Times sulla Turchia in relazione all’impegno ambivalente profuso nel contrasto all’Isis è ingiusto. Pur avendo sempre mantenuto un atteggiamento ondivago rispetto all’Occidente, a Erdogan va riconosciuto di essersi fatto carico di ospitare a proprie spese 2 milioni di rifugiati provenienti dalla Siria e dall’Iraq di cui circa 300mila cristiani iracheni in fuga dalla furia dell’ISIS, con costi superiori ai 5 miliardi di dollari”.
E conclude: “inoltre, è cambiata la strategia nei confronti dei curdi che oggi sono rappresentati in parlamento ed è stato predisposto un futuro trattato per la fine della fase conflittuale che riconoscerà alla comunità curda i necessari margini di autonomi. Pertanto non è chiaro quali siano le altre priorità della Turchia rispetto alla Nato di cui parla il New Yor Times. Se Gli Usa hanno prove più schiaccianti le facciano conoscere alla comunità internazionale”.

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Greenpeace: US pledge to help poor countries a good sign for the fight against global warming

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 novembre 2014

brisbaneBrisbane. Following US President Barack Obama’s announcement today to pledge at least $US2.5bn over the next four years to help poor nations to adapt and take measures against climate change, Martin Kaiser, Head of International Climate Politics at Greenpeace, said:“This is a good starting point to support people affected by catastrophic climate change and it’s a good precedent to set as we head towards the climate summit in Lima in three weeks’ time. Clearly the US government is starting to accept its responsibility to fight global warming after almost two decades of reticence. Together with Germany, France, Sweden and others, Obama is challenging countries like Australia and Canada who have the potential to help those in need and guide the world towards a 100% renewable energy supply by mid-century.” (foto fonte Wikipedia)

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American Chemical Society applauds Senate, urges swift passage of helium bill

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 settembre 2013

WASHINGTON The American Chemical Society (ACS) applauds the Senate action today in passing helium supply legislation by a vote of 97 to 2.
“ACS urges the House and Senate to swiftly conference this legislation so it can be presented to President Barack Obama for his immediate signature,” said ACS President Marinda Li Wu, Ph.D.“MRIs that image cancer tumors use helium,” said Wu. “Heart patients rely on helium for proper catheterization during surgery. It’s vital for national defense. Even scuba divers who conduct rescue operations rely on helium. If the liquid helium supply was to suddenly vanish, our society would be turned upside down.”The Senate’s urgent vote was held to stave off closure of the Amarillo, Texas, helium production facilities, which have been operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Federal Helium Program — set to expire on Oct. 7, 2013. Availability of helium reached a critical point when BLM announced it would begin shutting the Amarillo facility down as early as mid-September, as the world’s second-largest supply in Wyoming shut down earlier in September for maintenance.Legislation is needed to permit the BLM to continue operating the Amarillo helium facility until 2015, when the commodity can be privatized. ACS has supported both the House and Senate bills, respectively: H.R. 527 and S. 783 — taking the position that making sure that helium supplies are available and uninterrupted is the primary concern.The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Petersburg Community of Sant’Egidio: Appeal

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 5 settembre 2013

Syria

Syria (Photo credit: ewixx)

We address an urgent appeal to you so that we may come out of a state of impasse in front of the continuation of this tragic situation. We cannot wait any longer. The more this situation of conflict lasts, the more any hope for peace is consumed.We should soon find the way for a reasonable negotiation. The solutions are not simple. Syria is a mosaic of unique and fragile interpenetration of religious and ethnic minorities. It is located on the threshold of the ancient Middle Eastern fracture, made of old conflicts and open wounds. The war is likely to infect the whole region and especially it may easily overwhelm Lebanon. In addition to the legitimate interests of international security and those of neighboring countries, in Syria we witness the intertwining of delicate aspects of religious struggle and defense of minorities. The result is a complex geopolitical scenario, apparently uncompromising with the settlements designed in recent decades. Faced with a so deadly and geopolitically dense conflict, the temptation to powerlessness or to military shortcuts is strong.
As Community of Sant’Egidio, strong with a long experience of dialogue and commitment in the work for peace, we believe it is necessary to take decisive action to drive all the players on the road to a negotiated solution. Even in front of a disaster of similar proportions it is always possible to do something. We must defend the space of coexistence that – for better or worse – existed in the area. Gimmicks that lead to separate the various entities that make up the country today are not credible.Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, the peaceful and dialogical positions were silenced. In their place, from both sides, the choice for armed confrontation prevailed. But it is now clear that there is no military solution. No winner will emerge from the current conflict, while the different positions will be ever more radicalized. It will be worse for everyone and especially for the Syrians who are suffering in such an unspeakable way.We must build a consensus in the international community: it does have sufficient power and authority to impose an immediate ceasefire. Only a truce may lead the parties to talk to each other, both Syrian and their respective allies. Well aware of the gravity of the situation, due to the extermination of innocent civilians and the use of prohibited weapons, the Community of Sant’Egidio with its experience in many conflicts and paths of peace, feels the need to reiterate that no one is able to win on the ground. To add violence to violence, by anyone, is a trap even for the best of intentions. To say that the solution in Syria is in negotiation does not express weakness, but political audacity. We are furthermore sure that a political settlement, and not a military solution, is the only one that history will not blame upon today’s leaders. Every international actor, in taking an intelligent and generous step towards the negotiation, will show both strength and credibility.We ask the G20 to express itself so that a people that is now hostage may find its future, so that the Syrians may speak to one another. Today, this possibility seems remote. International intervention should reopen the space for dialogue is the only possible solution before being all swept away in an even worse crisis. We appeal to you so that these arguments are firmly put on the agenda at the next G20 meeting in St. Petersburg.

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Former Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor Responds to Obama’s Plan for Detention Center

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 maggio 2013

Washington, DC–In a speech held this afternoon at the National Defense University in Washington, President Obama announced concrete steps to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, including appointing a senior envoy in the State Department tasked with closing the facility, and lifting the ban on detainee transfers to Yemen. Col. Morris Davis, a former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who left his post in 2007 over the interrogation tactics used, provided the below response to the news. His popular Change.org petition calling on President Obama to close the facility has drawn more than 200,000 supporters in a number of weeks: “With the President’s announcement today, it seems years of rhetoric have finally turned into action. Since its beginning, Guantanamo has been costly, inefficient, morally wrong, and a stain on our human rights record. Most people know this is an issue I’ve been personally invested in for years, and I am thrilled to see Obama take a real stand to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.” “I’d like to thank the countless groups and individuals who helped get us to this announcement. I’m especially thankful for the hundreds of thousands of people who signed the Change.org campaign in the last three weeks. When I launched it, I said we’d need help to do this. And boy, did people step up. “Americans know that real patriots don’t abandon their principles or surrender their liberties for temporary security. We’re ready for closure. No more excuses, no more stalling, just get it done as quickly as possible.”Col. Davis flew to Washington to attend the President’s speech this afternoon.Link to Col. Davis’ Petition on Change.org: http://www.Change.org/CloseGitmo

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National Day of Service

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 gennaio 2013

English: Kathleen Sebelius speaking after her ...

English: Kathleen Sebelius speaking after her official nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services. President Barack Obama is standing behind Sebelius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington January 19th, 2013 Americans came together to once again show that by giving back, we make our communities stronger. A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service, the National Day of Service helped kick off the 57th Presidential Inauguration with a nationwide effort to give back. Volunteers worked together with national and local community service organizations at thousands of service projects in all 50 states and D.C.—and they have already pledged more than one million hours to ongoing service in their communities. Continuing a tradition they started during President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, the first family contributed their own time to service yesterday, helping improve a school in northeast D.C. The Vice President and members of the President’s Cabinet, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, also participated in service projects in and around D.C. D.C. area residents as well as visitors in town for the inaugural festivities also participated in a service summit on the National Mall, featuring nearly 100 organizations and opportunities to get involved right away. Chelsea Clinton, the honorary chair of the Day of Service, stopped by to help out, along with Eva Longoria, Beau Biden, Ben Folds, Angela Bassett, Star Jones, and more. As President Obama begins his second term, he’s asking Americans to continue yesterday’s momentum and join him in committing to give back on a continuing basis. Pledge to keep strengthening your community through service.

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AfDB Participates in Launch of The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 maggio 2012

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka joined U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday for the launch of a new initiative that aims to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. The launch of The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition coincides with the Group of Eight (G8) Summit, which is being hosted at Camp David, the U.S. Presidential retreat near Washington. The G8 consists of the world’s largest economies.
The new alliance aims to strengthen food security and nutrition by bolstering agricultural investment, spurring innovation and engaging more partners from the private sector. G8 member nations will support these efforts and ensure accountability. At the launch event, AfDB President Donald Kaberuka spoke about the steps that must be taken to improve food security and stimulate economic growth. During a panel discussion, President Kaberuka said that improving Africa’s infrastructure, transportation, access to water and trade will drive economic growth in the same way that it has in countries like India.
The panel was immediately followed by a keynote speech from U.S. President Barack Obama, who stressed the importance of food and nutrition security not only for developing nations, but also for the good of the global economy.He told the audience that improvements in this area are “Not only a moral imperative, but an economic imperative as well.”President Obama and President Kaberuka will be together again on Saturday. They’ll gather with G8 leaders, several African heads of state and a select group of executives from the private sector for an intimate session at Camp David. Again, the topic will be food and nutrition security and its influence on Africa’s economic prospects.Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of the African Development Bank. For more on the African Development Bank, go to http://www.afdb.org (image002)

 

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Shows the true power of the people

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 aprile 2012

Washington (MarketWatch) By Ronald D. Orol. President Barack Obama plans on Wednesday to sign a law designed to curtail insider trading of securities by lawmakers and executive branch officials. The legislation, known as the STOCK Act, was approved by the Senate last month. It prohibits lawmakers and their families and staff from buying and selling securities based on their possession of nonpublic information. The legislation comes after a recent report on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that highlighted details about alleged insider trading by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers. That report was inspired by “Throw Them All Out,” a book published in November. It also requires lawmakers and a broad group of executive-branch and agency officials to report securities transactions to searchable online databases. Schweizer on the STOCK Act: “The passage of the STOCK Act is just the first battlefield victory in this war for reform. The STOCK Act makes congressional insider-trading illegal. But let’s be clear: it alone doesn’t go nearly far enough to deal with the problems of cronyism and corruption that we face in American politics.The American people learned about Congressional insider trading by watching the 60 Minutes piece and reading Throw Them All Out. They got angry. They called Congressional offices. They got this done. This is a terrific first step, and I am proud of what we were able to do.”
More information, from The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obama-to-sign-insider-trading-ban-bill-wednesday-2012-04-03

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Banca Mondiale, Obama candida il coreano Jim Yong Kim: la presidenza a 1,10

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 marzo 2012

a photo of Dr. Jim Yong Kim

a photo of Dr. Jim Yong Kim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

E’ il medico di origine coreana Jim Yong Kim il candidato degli Stati Uniti a succedere a Robert Zoellick alla presidenza della Banca Mondiale: la candidatura a sorpresa del preside del prestigioso college di Dartmouth è stata annunciata questa mattina da Barack Obama. La decisione ufficiale da parte del board della World Bank sul prossimo presidente avverrà il mese prossimo, ma è bastata l’investitura del presidente Usa per far schizzare Jim Yong Kim in testa alla lavagna dei bookmaker: usciti di scena altri possibili candidati – l’ex segretario del Tesoro Usa Lawrence Summers, l’ambasciatrice all’Onu Susan Rice e il Segretario di Stato Hillary Clinton – la nomina del medico coreano, riporta Agipronews, è quotata a 1,10 dalla sigla irlandese Paddy Power. MSC/Agipro

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Greenpeace’s Warship Targets Baltimore’s Poor

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 febbraio 2012

Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior arrives in Bali f...

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Washington – Not content with just confronting people in the developing world, Greenpeace has taken its campaign of economic destruction to the United States, using the launch of its lavish new warship, The Rainbow Warrior III, to attack the coal industry, which provides inexpensive and reliable energy to millions of Americans families and businesses. Greenpeace’s crusade is even at odds with President Barack Obama who recently remarked that clean coal would “help position the United States as a leader in the global clean energy race.” “Not since British Imperial ships bombarded Fort McHenry in 1814 have the people of Baltimore witnessed a hostile foreign vessel upon their shore. But Greenpeace has succeeded where even the British Empire fell short, docking their latest battleship in Baltimore’s harbor on the second stop of a five stage crusade to protest against energy generated by coal. Unfortunately the targets of Greenpeace’s voyage this time are the most underserved on the East Coast who benefit from inexpensive – and clean – energy,” stated Andrew Langer director of the Consumers Alliance.“Greenpeace’s East Coast crusade against coal is a devious and insidious effort to artificially hike up energy costs for the people who can ill-afford to pay more. Rather than rolling out the red carpet, the Baltimore City Government must demand Greenpeace leave the harbor with immediate effect. In addition, the relevant authorities on the next stops of their voyage (Southport, NC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and St. Petersburg, FL) must show solidarity society’s most vulnerable and forbid this destructive group from docking and profiting from this anti-economic agenda. Greenpeace’s warship ironically plans to approach a nuclear plant in South Carolina, which will propel American clean energy security into the 21st century. The Consumers Alliance will be tracking the warship’s voyage along the way.DarkPeace, a special project of the Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity, exposes the destructive and sinister activities of Greenpeace’s seemingly-benevolent campaigns around the world, working to ensure that Greenpeace’s extremism does not go unnoticed, and better yet, is met with resistance.

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Response to the 2012 State of the Union Address

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 gennaio 2012

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Comments by Bassam Shakhashiri, Ph.D. President, American Chemical Society “Whether you’re listening to President Barack Obama in his State of the Union Address, members of Congress or candidates for office, they do agree on one thing: We must work to create an environment where well-paying jobs and the strong spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation will thrive in America.” “At the American Chemical Society (ACS), we concur that our nation’s economic recovery is directly tied to reinvigorating manufacturing and creating jobs across multiple sectors leading to broad-based prosperity. For example, more than 96 percent of all manufactured goods in the United States are touched by the business of chemistry, and the chemical enterprise employs more than 800,000 people. Furthermore, the chemical industry accounts for more than 10 percent of the total U.S. merchandise exports: $145 billion.” “Yet, despite the essential role chemists play in our nation’s economy, we have been hard-hit by the lack of jobs as well. In the last 20 years, the United States has lost 300,000 chemistry-based jobs.” “That is why ACS has advocated for strong, bi-partisan approaches to stimulate job growth, including: sustained support for scientific and medical research that leads to technological innovations, making our business climate more competitive through optimal tax and patent policies and most importantly, by greatly stimulating entrepreneurship and technology transfer. A Competitive U.S. Business Climate: the Role of Chemistry outlines policy recommendations in the areas of tax and trade, intellectual property, technology transfer/commercialization and small business and entrepreneurship.” “We must not forget that all manufacturing originally comes from someone’s entrepreneurial spirit and investment. Tomorrow’s jobs will come from today’s entrepreneurs.” “In 2011, an ACS task force released a study titled Innovation, Chemistry, and Jobs, which is a blueprint for stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation in the chemical sciences. The basic tenets can be applied to any scientific endeavour. The study found there are two basic areas in U.S. innovation that we must strengthen: early-stage innovation research and opening business channels so that entrepreneurs can take their innovations from the research bench to commercial success.” “Our history shows that such economic ingenuity creates new jobs in emerging, exciting fields. Our business leaders are among the most talented in the world at translating ingenuity into growth and innovation to prosperity. We are also pleased to hear President Obama continue to support science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) to launch the next generation of discoverers and scientific entrepreneurs.”
chemists and business leaders, we stand poised to put these values to work on behalf of all Americans. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to craft public policies that will enable entrepreneurs to translate innovations to high-value products and well-paying jobs.” The American Chemical Society is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 164,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Federal Agency Consolidations Pose Concerns for USGC, Ag Trade

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 gennaio 2012

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President Obama requested approval from Congress Friday to consolidate six federal trade and commerce agencies. This consolidation plan concerns the U.S. Grains Council, said Rebecca Bratter, vice president of international operations, because of the impact it will have on agricultural trade. Click here to hear what she had to say.

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Barack Obama: l’uomo del sistema

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 dicembre 2011

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Siamo oramai vicini ai 4 anni del mandato presidenziale di Barack Obama. Molto ricorderanno gli entusiasmi suscitati entro e fuori gli U.S.A., per l’elezione di quest’uomo così diverso dal clichet che ci eravamo fatti sulla classe politica americana tanto che sull’onda di questo forte spirito innovativo gli fu anche assegnato, dalla vecchia Europa, il premio Nobel per la pace. Ora alle luci fanno posto non poche ombre. Dovremmo, forse, gridare al tradimento, ma non lo facciamo per il semplice motivo che a spiegarci la ragione è la real politik. Obama, per quanto “liberal” è pur sempre l’uomo del sistema, alias capitalismo e dove vi è una cultura dell’apartheid tra chi ha e chi è molto forte e tanto ben radicata che le stesse vittime si sentono portate ad esaltare il ruolo dei carnefici. Non si può spiegare altrimenti la circostanza che vi siano milioni di statunitensi senza una copertura sanitaria decente e che, in chiave politica, non facciano nulla per un cambiamento di rotta. Un popolo che da decenni rincorre il “sogno americano” della ricchezza mentre si impoverisce sempre di più. Ed è un sogno che è stato esportato per ogni dove con gli effetti deleteri che ha imposto alle culture dei popoli e alle loro tradizioni. Se vogliamo limitarci al caso Italia posso dire che gli allievi, per certi versi, hanno superato il maestro. Stiamo distruggendo sistematicamente quanto di buono abbiamo costruito negli anni passati con dure lotte e sacrifici di ogni genere per affermare il diritto al lavoro, all’assistenza e alla previdenza. Questi tre capisaldi sono ora messi in discussione perchè lo stato intende rinunciare a proteggerli. Lo fa perchè la salute è diventato un business e il lavoro è un optional. Di certo questi tre diritti hanno bisogno d’essere revisionati ma a distruggerli ce ne corre. Non diciamo nemmeno che il servizio pubblico è eccellente ma sosteniamo, semplicemente, che se non lo valorizziamo e gli offriamo gli strumenti adeguati per farlo funzionare, non possiamo nemmeno affermare che è obsoleto. Ed è qui semmai che devono essere esaltati i due diritti fondamentali ovvero quelli della vita e del vivere. Dentro di essi dobbiamo costruire ed esaltare lo strumento che motiva la ragione dell’essere società, stato, comunità per garantire ad ogni nascituro la possibilità di vedersi garantita l’assistenza, l’alimentazione, l’istruzione, il lavoro e una serena vecchiaia. Sono aspetti che non possono e non devono essere delegati ad altri per poi tradurli in interessi mercantilistici. (Riccardo Alfonso http://www.fidest.it)

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A historic step forward for clean air

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 dicembre 2011

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Today, President Obama announced a once-in-a-generation step forward for the environment and public health — the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollution from power plants. This new rule has been 20 years in the making, but couldn’t have come a moment sooner. For far too long, out-of-date power plants have polluted our air with toxins like mercury and arsenic: nasty stuff that causes everything from cancer, heart attacks, and neurological damage. There’s a reason it took us so long to get here. The other side, including those running for president right now, has been fighting us tooth and nail to block new environmental protections like this one, while their industry allies have poured millions into rolling back time-tested safeguards already in place. That’s why this is so huge — and just one example of what’s at stake in 2012. Say you stand with President Obama in his fight to make our air safer.It’s pretty hard to understand their opposition, considering these updated standards will literally save thousands of lives. In fact, thanks to the President’s action, when fully implemented, every single year we’ll prevent:
— Up to 11,000 premature deaths,
— 4,700 heart attacks, and
— 130,000 cases of asthma.
These numbers exist because power plants are the largest remaining source of this dangerous toxic air pollution — responsible for half of the mercury and over 75 percent of the acid gas pollution in our country. And children, in particular, have paid the price: More than 300,000 are born every year after being exposed to unsafe levels of mercury while in the womb, increasing their risk of having learning disabilities later on.We know that when Americans are healthier, and more kids can grow up without developmental problems, we’re stronger as a whole. That’s why for every dollar spent to reduce pollution from power plants, we’ll see up to $9 in health benefits, for a total of $90 billion annually — meaning that more people will be able to stay at work and school instead of the hospital, and spend less of their money on medical bills.This rule also paves the way for tens of thousands of new jobs as power plants get up to speed with today’s technology: an estimated 46,000 short-term construction and 8,000 long-term utility jobs in the next few years. And it goes without saying, the standards will also go a long way towards cleaning up our nation’s lakes and streams — great news for fish and other wildlife, and those of us who’d like to enjoy our waterways without the threat of mercury making us sick.Here’s why this is so important to me: I got my start in public service many years ago at the EPA, and saw up close just how hard the other side fights against any significant steps forward like this one to protect our air. But, after 20 years of delays in protecting our kids and our environment from the largest polluters of these toxins, President Obama got it done. But we should also remember that in historic moments like this, those fighting to protect the status quo often end up being heard the loudest. That’s why we need to be even louder in our support for the President and his decision to give our children the healthier future they deserve. http://my.barackobama.com/Clean-Air

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Early this morning, the last of our troops left Iraq

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 dicembre 2011

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As we honor and reflect on the sacrifices that millions of men and women made for this war, I wanted to make sure you heard the news. Bringing this war to a responsible end was a cause that sparked many Americans to get involved in the political process for the first time. Today’s outcome is a reminder that we all have a stake in our country’s future, and a say in the direction we choose. (Barack Obama)

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