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3 Stories You Should Read 5/27/2020: Hong Kong, Footballers, Climate Policy

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In the category of:  Chachachachanges

Pompeo Declares Hong Kong No Longer Autonomous From China

It now falls to Trump to decide to end some, all or none of the economic privileges Hong Kong currently enjoys.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had certified on Wednesday to Congress that Hong Kong no longer warranted special treatment under U.S. law in the same way that applied when the territory was still under British law before July 1997.

In a statement, Pompeo said China’s plan to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong was “only the latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms.”

“No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,” he said.

“After careful study of developments over the reporting period, I certified to Congress today that Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as U.S. laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997,” Pompeo said.

“It is now clear that China is modeling Hong Kong after itself,” he added.



In the category of:  Joint platform

Footballers join calls against domestic violence amid lockdowns

Joint campaign launched by FIFA and WHO to raise awareness about violence towards women, children during pandemic.

“We cannot stay silent on this issue that negatively affects so many people. Violence has no place in homes, just as it has no place in sports,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a joint statement.

FIFA urged its member associations “to actively publish details of national or local helplines” and support services that can help victims of abuse and anyone feeling threatened by violence in their area.

“Football has the power to relay important social messages, and through the #SafeHome campaign, we want to ensure that those people experiencing violence have access to the necessary support services they need,” Infantino said.



In the category of:  United front

At last, a climate policy platform that can unite the left

The factions of the Democratic coalition have come into alignment on climate change.

In all, the decade of climate politics from 2008 to 2018 netted frustratingly little progress at the federal level or consensus about the path ahead. No one was happy, and no one agreed on what to do next. Robinson Meyer captured it well in a 2017 piece in the Atlantic: “Democrats Are Shockingly Unprepared to Fight Climate Change.”

But something different has been happening lately, as groups across the left come together to hash out their differences on climate policy. It turns out they agree on quite a bit. In fact, for the first time in memory, there’s a broad alignment forming around a climate policy platform that is both ambitious enough to address the problem and politically potent enough to unite all the left’s various interest groups.



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