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The Spill: HK Protest, Dietary Changes, and Buying Greenland

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Police and Protesters Clash in Hong Kong

The last few weeks have seen mass protests in Hong Kong. Estimates of the numbers have ranged from thousands of demonstrators, to 1.7 million.

Hong Kong is a unique city. As a tiny island off the south-east coast of China, life in Hong Kong is a mix of Asian and European culture. This territory was taken over by the British Empire in 1842, and European influence mixed with the traditional Chinese way of life. In 1997, Britain returned Hong Kong to China. Because the city had gotten used to a Western-style of government and economics, compared to communist society on the Chinese mainland, China and Britain agreed that Hong Kong should be granted a degree of autonomy for the next 50 years. This gave rise to the “one country, two systems” solution, which means that Hong Kong is officially part of China, but it is allowed some independence.  It is currently part of a special administrative region in China, along with neighboring city Macau, which was once a colony of Portugal.

Map of China, with Hong Kong in red.

The protests were sparked by an extradition law introduced by the city’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam. Extradition is when one country hands over an accused criminal to another country, where they will face trial. Hong Kong has its own laws and courts, and people have various rights, including free speech. People in mainland China do not have that right and can be arrested if they criticize the government. The extradition law would make it possible to send Hong Kongese citizens to mainland China if they are accused of a crime by the Chinese government. To continue reading, click here.

Greenland, USA – Is Trump Playing Or Serious?

President Donald Trump was scheduled to visit Denmark, but he announced on August 20 that he would not go. The president canceled the trip due to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s harsh public rejection of Trump’s offer to buy Greenland.

It started out as a rumor in the press: Trump was checking out the possibility of buying the world’s largest island, Greenland, which is currently an autonomous country under the administration of Denmark. When asked by journalists, he confirmed the speculation, saying, “Strategically it’s interesting, and we’d be interested, but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not number one on the burner.”

Many Danes perceived the president’s comments as a joke, including the Danish Prime Minister, who called the proposal “absurd.” Trump responded in kind on Twitter.

“Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time … The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”

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Holy Cow: You’re In For A Change Of Diet

How much meat do you eat? Many Americans eat meat every day, but common foods like beef and pork could soon be replaced by… insects!

While some people around the world eat insects, most people living in the US would find this idea to be, well, disgusting. Though Americans are certainly not used to consuming bugs, some are suggesting that one day we might have to change our diets.

Have you ever thought about how meat gets from the farm to your table? The United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a report suggesting that livestock farming could be contributing to climate change, and that nations need to reconsider how they are using land.

The panel has released the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL), which advises the world’s nations to alter land usage and reduce the consumption of meat. The report states that farming and forestry cause 23% of human carbon emissions, which many scientists think cause climate change. According to the report, changes to land usage and diet must be part of the solution to catastrophic climate change. To continue reading, click here.

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