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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: Robert Reich: Democrats Cave On The Border – OpEd

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While attention has been focused on the Democratic debate – in which
most contenders are pushing progressive policies – congressional
Democrats have moved in the opposite direction. They caved on an
emergency border supplemental appropriation that can now be used by
Trump to make the border situation worse, not better. 

This is how
it happened, folks. The House had been working on a $4.5 billion
emergency border supplemental appropriation designed to respond to the
inhumane conditions in migrant holding cells. The goal was to use the
funds to improve standards for migrants, and include safeguards to
prevent Trump from using the money to finance deportation raids or his
border wall. 

But then Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans,
along with a number of Senate Dems, came up with their own $4.6 billion
bill containing none of the safeguards to limit the funding to emergency
aid – even earmarking some of it to continue Trump’s draconian
immigration policies, including funding for ICE and funds that could be
used for additional tent camps to warehouse more migrants. Chuck Schumer
did nothing to keep the House safeguards in the Senate bill. 

Worse
yet, when the Senate bill got to the House, Democratic centrists led by
Josh Gottheimer organized enough votes to block the House from putting
the safeguards back into the bill. 

Nancy Pelosi caved – accepting
a bill her House majority had no hand in writing – and the House passed
the Senate version, with 129 Democrats supporting it.

So a week
of disgusting images at the border that repulsed a nation ended with
Trump getting more money to carry out the same abuses, without
accountability. 

Why were Dems in the Senate and Dem centrists in
the House so willing to accommodate Trump on an issue that is exploding
into public consciousness? As David Doyen of the American Prospect asks,
if Democrats don’t have the backs of children sleeping in cages, whose
backs will they have?

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: NASA’s TESS Mission Finds Its Smallest Planet Yet

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NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a
world between the sizes of Mars and Earth orbiting a bright, cool,
nearby star. The planet, called L 98-59b, marks the tiniest discovered
by TESS to date.

Two other worlds orbit the same star. While all three planets’ sizes
are known, further study with other telescopes will be needed to
determine if they have atmospheres and, if so, which gases are present.
The L 98-59 worlds nearly double the number of small exoplanets — that
is, planets beyond our solar system — that have the best potential for
this kind of follow-up.

“The discovery is a great engineering and scientific accomplishment
for TESS,” said Veselin Kostov, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard
Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the SETI Institute in
Mountain View, California. “For atmospheric studies of small planets,
you need short orbits around bright stars, but such planets are
difficult to detect. This system has the potential for fascinating
future studies.”

A paper on the findings, led by Kostov, was published in The Astronomical Journal and is now available online.

L 98-59b is around 80% Earth’s size and about 10% smaller than the
previous record holder discovered by TESS. Its host star, L 98-59, is an
M dwarf about one-third the mass of the Sun and lies about 35
light-years away in the southern constellation Volans. While L 98-59b is
a record for TESS, even smaller planets have been discovered in data
collected by NASA’s Kepler satellite, including Kepler-37b, which is
only 20% larger than the Moon.

The two other worlds in the system, L 98-59c and L 98-59d, are
respectively around 1.4 and 1.6 times Earth’s size. All three were
discovered by TESS using transits, periodic dips in the star’s
brightness caused when each planet passes in front of it.

TESS monitors one 24-by-96-degree region of the sky, called a
sector, for 27 days at a time. When the satellite finishes its first
year of observations in July, the L 98-59 system will have appeared in
seven of the 13 sectors that make up the southern sky. Kostov’s team
hopes this will allow scientists to refine what’s known about the three
confirmed planets and search for additional worlds.

“If you have more than one planet orbiting in a system, they can
gravitationally interact with each other,” said Jonathan Brande, a
co-author and astrophysicist at Goddard and the University of Maryland,
College Park. “TESS will observe L 98-59 in enough sectors that it may
be able to detect planets with orbits around 100 days. But if we get
really lucky, we might see the gravitational effects of undiscovered
planets on the ones we currently know.”

M dwarfs like L 98-59 account for three-quarters of our Milky Way
galaxy’s stellar population. But they are no larger than about half the
Sun’s mass and are much cooler, with surface temperatures less than 70%
of the Sun’s. Other examples include TRAPPIST-1, which hosts a system of
seven Earth-size planets, and Proxima Centauri, our nearest stellar
neighbor, which has one confirmed planet. Because these small, cool
stars are so common, scientists want to learn more about the planetary
systems that form around them.

L 98-59b, the innermost world, orbits every 2.25 days, staying so
close to the star it receives as much as 22 times the amount of energy
Earth receives from the Sun. The middle planet, L 98-59c, orbits every
3.7 days and experiences about 11 times as much radiation as Earth. L
98-59d, the farthest planet identified in the system so far, orbits
every 7.5 days and is blasted with around four times the radiant energy
as Earth.

None of the planets lie within the star’s “habitable zone,” the
range of distances from the star where liquid water could exist on their
surfaces. However, all of them occupy what scientists call the Venus
zone, a range of stellar distances where a planet with an initial
Earth-like atmosphere could experience a runaway greenhouse effect that
transforms it into a Venus-like atmosphere. Based on its size, the third
planet could be either a Venus-like rocky world or one more like
Neptune, with a small, rocky core cocooned beneath a deep atmosphere.

One of TESS’s goals is to build a catalog of small, rocky planets on
short orbits around very bright, nearby stars for atmospheric study by
NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. Four of the TRAPPIST-1
worlds are prime candidates, and Kostov’s team suggests the L 98-59
planets are as well.

The TESS mission feeds our desire to understand where we came from and whether we’re alone in the universe.

“If we viewed the Sun from L 98-59, transits by Earth and Venus
would lead us to think the planets are almost identical, but we know
they’re not,” said Joshua Schlieder, a co-author and an astrophysicist
at Goddard. “We still have many questions about why Earth became
habitable and Venus did not. If we can find and study similar examples
around other stars, like L 98-59, we can potentially unlock some of
those secrets.”

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Stars and Stripes: Hiker missing for a week in California mountains found alive

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A hiker who was missing in the mountains north of Los Angeles for a week was found Saturday and has apparently survived in the wilderness by drinking water from a creek, authorities said.

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A hiker who was missing in the mountains north of Los Angeles for a week was found Saturday and has apparently survived in the wilderness by drinking water from a creek, authorities said.

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1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (116 sites): Voice of America – English: Thousands March in Madrid to Save Anti-Pollution Plan

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Thousands marched through Madrid on Saturday to ask the Spanish capital’s new mayor not to ditch ambitious traffic restrictions in the center only recently set up to improve air quality. 
 
“Madrid Central,” as it is called, was one of the measures that persuaded the European Commission not to take Spain to court last year over its bad air pollution in the capital and Barcelona, as it did with France, Germany and the United Kingdom. 
 
“Fewer cars, better air” and “The new city hall seriously harms your health” were the messages on banners as protesters walked through the city’s center in 40-degree-Celsius heat. 
 
The capital’s new conservative mayor, Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida, made ditching “Madrid Central” a priority during his campaign, saying it had done nothing to ease pollution and only caused a nuisance for locals. 
 
But since he has taken power as part of a coalition with center-right party Ciudadanos, city officials have toned this down, saying the government is merely seeking to reform a system that does not work properly, having mistakingly handed out some fines. 
 
When the system was launched in November, Madrid followed in the steps of other European cities such as London, Stockholm and Milan that have restricted traffic in their centers. 
 

A woman takes part in a protest against Madrid’s new conservative People’s Party municipal government plans to suspend some anti-car emissions policies in the city center, June 29, 2019.

But while in these cases drivers can pay to enter such zones, Madrid went a step further, banning many vehicles from accessing the center altogether and fining them if they did. 
 
These fines will be suspended from July 1 to the end of September as the new city hall team audits the system. 
 
For Beatriz Navarro, 44, a university biochemistry professor who took part in the march, the system is working fine. 
 
“It’s a small seed … among everything that has to be done to slow down climate change,” she said. 
 
In a statement, environmental group Ecologistas en Accion said “the levels of pollution from nitrogen dioxide (NO2) registered during May this year were lower than those of 2018 in all the [measuring] stations in the system.” 
 
“In 14 of the 24 stations [in Madrid], the value registered in May 2019 was the lowest in the last 10 years.” 

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): The National Interest: Why China Can’t Sell Its ‘One Country’ Narrative

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An increasing percentage of Hong Kong’s residents consider themselves to be Hong Kongers, not citizens of the People’s Republic of China, and that rankles Xi Jinping and other leaders.

About two million residents took to the streets to protest subversion of their civil liberties. As a result, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam shelved a reviled extradition bill and apologized profusely for misreading the public’s mood and promised to do better. And she very well may be able to do better—if she manages to keep her job. In the end, Beijing’s rulers backed off and let local citizens have their way.

From afar it looked as though Hong Kong’s democratic forces, who struggled to preserve their rights and a fair legal system, were victorious despite determined opposition from a supine local government backed by China’s Communist Party. But appearances can be deceiving, and it’s unlikely that there were any true victors. Hong Kong’s pro-democratic groups may have won a skirmish in their battle for more substantive self-rule, but the long-term trend is still against them. In the process, the obeisant Hong Kong government was further discredited—leaving Lam’s political future uncertain—while the reputation of Beijing’s “people’s government” was further tarnished when once again it made clear that it doesn’t much care for the people’s opinion when it comes to politics.

For now, there will be a relative pause. With intensifying trade negotiations between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump under way, Beijing wants to damp down overseas criticism of its human-rights record—and letting Hong Kong simmer meets that goal. Likewise, Lam’s administration, having botched the extradition law, has said that it won’t revive the matter before October, if then. Sporadic pro-democracy demonstrations are continuing, but none will match the disruptive mass marches of past weeks.

Some background may be helpful.

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