On the huge consequences of climate change

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“ The production of meat requires enormous resources: with the same energy consumed, you produce 16 calories of cereal for each calorie of beef. Not to mention that farms are among the largest producers of greenhouse gases because of the methane produced in the digestive process from livestock (…) Famines will become a central issue for humanity, which seems to ignore their presence already. There is little talk about it, but it is estimated that around 800 million people are undernourished. Only in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen the current famine could lead to 20 million deaths by the end of this year, according to the most pessimistic forecasts of the United Nations (…) The effects of global warming will become obvious when it will be too late, unless we begin to design a real alternative route to reduce emissions whithin a few decades ”

Translated from Italian.

Il Post, ‘The apocalypse we created ourselves’, Il Post

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On Silicon Valley workplace and gender inequality

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“ The New York Times has published an article that talks – for the first time in a complete and explicit way, naming many people involved – about the many cases of sexual abuse and harassment suffered by some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs engaged in development of their technological startups. The evidence gathered confirms the difficulties that many women face everyday in work environments occupied almost exclusively by men, with investments that are at least directed towards entrepreneurial initiatives of women and the adoption of policies to reduce gender disparities ”

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Il Post, ‘The Silicon Valley has a serious problem with women’, Il Post

On who the Italian Left should take inspiration from

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“ What model of the European left should inspire the Italian left? Should it be the English Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn or the French President Emmanuel Macron? The answer, in fact, is already contained in the question. If it’s the left we’re talking about, the model can hardly be Macron and for a simple reason: Macron is not a leftist ”

Davide De Luca, ‘Why Macron is not a leftist’, Il Post

On how Iran’s intervention in Syria helps the Islamic State

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“ Analyst Michael Horowitz also wrote another interesting thing: that Iran’s launch of missiles demonstrates how the attacks in Tehran have achieved one of ISIS’ goals, namely to strengthen the most radical and interventionist wing of the Iranian regime. The more Iran intervenes in Syria and Iraq, the more it feeds into the sectarian violence between Shiites and Sunni, and the more the Islamic State has the opportunity to find spaces in which to settle and develop ”

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Elena Zacchetti, ‘Two new things have happened in Syria, explained’, Il Post

 

On the causes of Qatar’s isolation

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“ The problem of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and all the others is precisely this: that by pursuing its national goals, Qatar has disturbed their plans. More than indirect support to terrorist groups […] Qatar has been isolated for supporting movements that threaten the stability of Sunni regimes and monarchies, such as Muslim Brotherhood or Shiite minorities, And for keeping in touch with the worst enemy of the Saudi-led front, that is, Iran. These are all things that should be remembered when we ask: does Qatar really support terrorism? ”

Translated from Italian.

Elena Zacchetti, ‘Does Qatar really support terrorism?’, Il Post

On the consequences of the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement

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“ Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement could have serious consequences on maintaining commitments from other states and more generally on the state of the planet, given that global warming is already happening and every year lost to counteract it increases the risk of producing irreversible effects on the climate. The procedure to exit the treaty – which entered into force on 4 November 2016 – takes almost four years to be completed, but the United States could immediately abandon all their cooperation activities, not participate in the new climate meetings of the UN and isolate itself from the rest of the international community on this issue ”

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Il Post, ‘Some American cities want to respect the Paris climate agreement’, Il Post

On Iran peculiar institutional system

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“ So, what is Iran? It is not easy to answer this question. Simplifying one can say that Iran is a mixture of two different institutional systems, democratic and dictatorial. Since the 1979 revolution, when the US allied was expelled in Iran and the government of religious leaders led by Rohullah Khomeini, these two institutional systems clashed, trying to win over each other. So far, the more radical conservatives have prevailed, but there are some more democratic thinkers there. Iran’s two major offices today are not part of the same division: Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, is an ultra-conservative, while Hassan Rouhani, the president of the Republic, is a moderate. Even the new president will be elected on Friday with a vote that can be called democratic, although with many limitations ”

Translated from Italian.

Elena Zacchetti, ‘Is Iran a democracy or a dictatorship?’, Il Post