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Rains like no other: Iraq is tested in era of climate change

Westlake Legal Group rains-like-no-other-iraq-is-tested-in-era-of-climate-change Rains like no other: Iraq is tested in era of climate change PHILIP ISSA fox-news/world/world-regions/middle-east fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world/environment fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 51c54120-9167-58f7-91f1-35bcc89ee8e7
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After years of meager rains and scorching summers, the wettest winter in a generation has revived Iraq’s famous rivers and filled its lakes, bringing welcome relief to a country facing severe water challenges in the era of climate change.

The rains have restored freshwater marshes of southern Iraq — a region some scholars see as the biblical Garden of Eden — and transformed lands once parched for water into fields of grain and cereal.

But the deluge has also tested a country more familiar with droughts than downpours and raised questions about whether Iraq’s 20th century infrastructure can adapt to an unpredictable, 21st century climate.

Swelled by local rains and snowmelt from Turkey and Iran, both the Tigris and Euphrates and their many tributaries burst their banks and flooded plains and cities in Iraq, despite the country’s considerable networks of dams and canals. And despite a trend toward a hotter and drier climate, an unseasonably chilly April and high humidity damaged crops on the farmlands around Baghdad.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi called it imperative to revamp infrastructure and water policies to prepare for more extreme weather events, though the rains this year pose a policy dilemma as unpredictable climate stresses may lead to both droughts and floods.

“This will be a very important lesson for us in the next year, and the coming years,” Abdul-Mahdi told a press conference in April

Outside the town of Buhriz in eastern Diyala province, where Sirwan River flows into Iraq from neighboring Iran, Nouri Kudaier waded through his waterlogged citrus grove to see what he could salvage of this season’s harvest.

“We’re asking for compensation from the government for the damage,” Kudaier said. “It’s our only source of livelihood.”

Iraq has not seen as much precipitation in a single winter since 1988, according to the Ministry of Water Resources, which reported 47 billion cubic meters of water in the country’s reservoirs. That’s three times what was there at the same time last year, when water levels were so dire that the government banned farmers from growing seasonal crops during the summer months.

In Youssifiyah, a farming region just south of Baghdad, canals that were empty last year are flush with water, and wells that were dug 24 meters (79 feet) deep now come up with water at a depth of just 6 meters (20 feet).

Salah al-Saidey said he planted twice as much wheat this year but the heavy rains and cold ruined a portion of his cucumber and tomato crop.

“We have a fungus growing,” said al-Saidey, pointing to the brittle, yellow leaves on the vines. “We weren’t expecting it. We’re trying to fight it, but we can’t keep pace.”

Spring floods used to be common in Iraq. For millennia, farmers relied on the floods to inundate their fields and grow rice, wheat and other grains.

But the floods were unpredictable, and every so often the rivers would burst their banks in Baghdad and elsewhere, with calamitous results.

Modernization projects in the 20th century saw Iraq build dams along the Tigris and its tributaries, and canals to divert water. Upstream, Turkey, Iran and Syria did the same, and the inundations became a distant memory, especially as rising temperatures brought weaker rains and faster evaporation from lakes and reservoirs.

Last year, desperate shortages of clean water led residents to riot in Basra, Iraq’s main oil hub and its largest city in the south. The flow of the Euphrates and Tigris grew so weak that creeping seawater from the Persian Gulf reached the Chibayish freshwater marshes about 180 kilometers (112 miles) upstream, contaminating them with salt.

This year, that won’t be a problem, said the head of Basra’s provincial council — the revived rivers flushed the salt away and filled the marshes with fresh water.

“We have enough water for this year and one after, God willing” said Sabah al-Bazouni.

But securing water for future generations will depend on more than favorable weather, says Iraq’s water resources minister, Jamal al-Adily.

It will require a collaborative effort between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran, he said. Some 70% of Iraq’s water flows from the three upstream countries, though no formal water sharing agreement exists between them.

“Iraqis have a right to water,” al-Adily told The Associated Press. “The rivers were here before the borders.”

With reservoirs flush with water, there may be no better time to start discussions in earnest.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country would soon send a special representative of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Baghdad to discuss water administration.

And as Iraq simultaneously plans to expand its own oil production, it has a vital resource to leverage in water negotiations. Turkey is expected to rebalance its oil supplies after the U.S. announced it was ending the waivers that have allowed Turkey to import oil from Iran despite sanctions imposed by Washington.

Iraq is one of Turkey’s leading suppliers of crude oil, and the two countries already make approximately $10 billion in bilateral trade.

“Water should be a link to open trade between the two countries,” said al-Adily. “Turkey will stand to benefit from cooperating with Iraq.”

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Associated Press writer Nabil al-Jurani in Basra, Iraq, contributed to this report.

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Catholic services in Sri Lanka capital canceled for 2nd week

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Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka’s capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings.

Rev. Edmund Tillakaratne, spokesman for the Colombo diocese, said Thursday that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had canceled all Sunday services in the diocese based on the latest security reports.

Last week, Muslims were told to stay home for Friday prayers and all of Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches were closed. Instead of the usual Sunday Mass, Ranjith delivered a homily before clergy and national leaders at his residence that aired on television.

The April 21 bombings at churches and luxury hotels killed 253 people and officials have warned that suspects linked to the bombings are still at large.

A Cabinet minister said Tuesday that intelligence warnings had indicated government ministers could be targeted by the same group, which pledged its loyalty to the Islamic State group.

Ranjith has criticized the government’s apparent failure to share near-specific intelligence on the Easter plot and some of the suspects involved.

Sri Lankan police late Wednesday released the names and photographs of nine suicide bombers who carried out the Easter attacks. They included extremist preacher Mohamed Zahran, also known as Zahran Hashim, who was described as the attack leader, and another suicide bomber’s wife, who blew herself up, along with her children and three police officers, at a villa belonging to her father-in-law, who is a prominent spice trader.

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Rep. Gabbard on Venezuela: Trump WH ‘saber-rattling,’ US should broker diplomatic solution with Russia

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2020 presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, bashed the Trump administration Wednesday in a Fox News interview, accusing the White House of “saber-rattling” and saying the U.S. should work with Russia to avoid a potential nuclear conflict over Venezuela.

“Any time we are in this situation where you have tensions being ratcheted up and this conflict being pushed closer and closer between nuclear-armed countries like the United States and countries like Russia and China, this is something that poses an existential threat to the American people,” Gabbard said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

“And, when you hear this kind of saber-rattling coming from the Trump administration from people like [National Security Adviser] John Bolton and [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo, pushing this civil war and for the United States to get involved, we are dealing with dangerous consequences.”

FORMER VENEZUELA U.N. DELEGATE: ‘THIS IS A POINT OF NO RETURN’

Violence erupted in Venezuela between protesters and military forces again Wednesday as both the country’s disputed president, Nicolas Maduro, and opposition leader, Juan Guaido, vied for power.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Caracas as part of a rebellion that has represented the most serious challenge to Maduro’s rule.

I have seen firsthand the high cost of war and pushing for this civil war, pushing for the use of military force, will only end up with more suffering and death and disaster for the Venezuelan people.

— Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii

Gabbard argued that interfering in regime change would not have a “positive impact” on the people of Venezuela.

“The United States is not helping the situation by interfering and basically pushing for externally yet another regime change war that history shows us has not turned out to have a positive impact on people in the countries where we wage these wars. That’s why I’m pushing for diplomacy,” Gabbard told Martha MacCallum.

The Hawaii congresswoman also cited America’s history with overthrowing governments and dictators saying that brokering a diplomatic solution with Russia would have a better outcome.

Pompeo on Tuesday told Fox News that Maduro was ready to leave Venezuela as unrest grew — until Russia convinced him to stay.

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“I’m saying that when we look throughout history, every time the United States goes into another country, and topples a dictator or topples a government the outcome has been disastrous for the people in these countries,” Gabbard said.

“That’s why we should use our leadership in the world to try to broker a diplomatic solution working with countries like Russia that have great influence over Venezuela so that there is a peaceful outcome — because I can tell you as a soldier, Martha, I have seen firsthand the high cost of war and pushing for this civil war, pushing for the use of military force, will only end up with more suffering and death and disaster for the Venezuelan people.”

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and Martha MacCallum contributed to this report.

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Juan Williams and Jesse Watters clash over Venezuela and guns on ‘The Five’

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Fox News’ Juan Williams and Jesse Watters clashed over guns Wednesday on “The Five” while responding to an MSNBC reporter accidentally making the case for the Second Amendment in coverage of the political crisis in Venezuela.

“You have to understand, in Venezuela gun ownership is not something that’s open to everybody. So if the military have the guns, they have the power and as long as Nicolás Maduro controls the military, he controls the country,” MSNBC reporter Kerry Sanders said Tuesday.

FORMER VENEZUELA U.N. DELEGATE: ‘THIS IS A POINT OF NO RETURN’

Watters reacted by criticizing the media for not focusing on “reality.”

“The media never looks to reality for examples. They can see everything happening all over the world, but when you say, ‘OK, what about its impact here in the United States?’ they never take that to heart,” Watters said.

The ‘Watters’ World’ host then began listing government abuse and mentioned Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams for advocating gun confiscation, while defending the Second Amendment as an important difference between America and Venezuela.

Williams did not agree.

“Do you think if those people had guns there would be anything but more chaos, more violence and more death?” Williams asked. “Let me ask you, New York City, you think if you have a gun you could stand up to the New York City Police Department, much less the state National Guard or the U.S. military?

“I think if the American people are armed to the teeth,” Watters responded.

“Get them more guns!” Wiliams said in disbelief.

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Co-host Jedediah Bilah jumped in and argued that the Venezuelan people were “powerless” without the ability to defend themselves, a notion Williams disputed and called a “fantasy.”

“This is a fantasy. First of all, it’s an apples and oranges comparison between the U.S. and another country,” Williams said.

“There is no reality to the idea that if some people had handguns, automatic weapons, they could stand up to the military. No. That’s an invitation to more death and chaos. It’s a reach by people trying to make the argument for guns for everyone in the U.S.”

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UK climate panel sets big goals: less meat, drive electric

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An independent committee that advises Britain on climate change says the country should target net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, rapidly adopting policies to change everything from how people heat their homes to what they eat.

The report released Thursday by the Committee on Climate Change says it’s time for ambitious goals to curb emissions that cause climate change because “current policy is not enough.”

The group recommends increased electrification in Britain’s economy, developing hydrogen fuel technology and setting ambitious targets for carbon capture and storage.

It also calls for reduced consumption of meat and dairy products, changes in how farmers operate, and a requirement for only electric vehicles by 2035.

Environmental groups welcomed the findings, but the proposals could be seen as daunting to businesses and the government.

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Birds caught on London traffic cam, named ‘Graeme and Steve’ by officials

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A few birds in London got some serious face time with a traffic camera this week.

Transport for London shared a few snapshots of the avian duo on their Traffic News Twitter account Wednesday.

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Not only did the office name the birds Graeme and Steve, but they also joked that the pair had joined their ranks.

“Our cameras usually give us a bird’s eye view of traffic across London, but we’d like to thank our new colleagues Graeme and Steve for helping out at beak times,” TfL Traffic News tweeted.

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Earlier in the week, the office shared more sightings of birds stationed at their camera, including a video from their “reporter” who they said was situated near the Blackwall Tunnel.

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UN says 1.7 million Somalis will face major food insecurity

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The U.N. estimates 1.7 million people in Somalia will “face crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity until June” after a second consecutive bad rainy season caused livestock losses and failed crops.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday that this represents a 10% increase in food insecurity.

He says that “malnutrition rates are rapidly escalating due to the drought conditions and 954,000 children are anticipated to be acutely malnourished,” including 174,600 children who are severely malnourished.

Dujarric says the U.N. humanitarian team is preparing a plan to address food gaps between May and October. But he says the current plan seeking $1.08 billion for Somalia is only 19% funded, which has led to the scaling back of water, sanitation and hygiene activities.

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Venezuela sees second day of unrest as Guaidó seeks power

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Protesters and military forces clashed for the second day in Venezuela on Wednesday as both the country’s disputed president, Nicolas Maduro, and opposition leader, Juan Guaido, vied for power.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Caracas as part of a rebellion that has so far been the most serious challenge to socialist Maduro’s rule in the once-prosperous nation.

FORMER VENEZUELA U.N. DELEGATE: ‘THIS IS A POINT OF NO RETURN’

“If the regime thought we had reached maximum pressure, they cannot even imagine,” Guaidó told supporters, according to Reuters. “We have to remain in the streets.”

Maduro took to the airwaves on Tuesday night to proclaim that the rebellion had been defeated, but that didn’t stop Guaidó, who in a video tweeted Tuesday night urged the military to join with those seeking change in Venezuela.

So far, only one high-ranking officer and a small group of soldiers have broken publicly from Maduro. The leader of SEBIN, Venezuela’s secret police, reprimanded Maduro in a letter he wrote to the Venezuelan people on Tuesday. Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera said it’s time to “rebuild the country.”

Maduro on Tuesday was “ready” to up and flee the Central American nation amid calls for his ouster, but Russia convinced him to stay, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Fox News’ “Special Report.”

The U.S., along with around 50 other countries, believe that Maduro’s most recent election was fraudulent and have argued that he’s not the legitimate president of Venezuela. In addition to Russia, Cuba has also been in direct opposition to Guaidó, according to Pompeo.

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John Bolton, the Trump administration’s national security adviser, said “there’s a lot at stake here for the people of Venezuela but for the hemisphere as a whole.”

He told Fox News that a big issue is that “people incorrectly refer to what Juan Guaidó is doing as a coup. He’s the legitimate president. He’s trying to take control of the government.”

“The coup here has been by the Cubans and the Russians who have sort of grafted themselves on to Venezuela. I think they’re running it in some sense more than Maduro is,” Bolton said. The administration took the unusual step of recognizing Guaidó as interim president in January.

Before the demonstrations continued on Wednesday, President Trump threatened Cuba for their connection to Venezuela, warning them that he is not afraid to impose a “full and complete embargo” and sanctions on Cuba if its troops do not cease operations in the country. Bolton had previously alleged that Cuban troops were keeping Maduro in power in Caracas.

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The U.S. government said about 20,000 Cuban troops and agents have been working in Venezuela to prop up Maduro’s government, a figure disputed by Cuba.

While the Trump administration stands with Guaido, it was reportedly caught off-guard on Tuesday by his decision to launch the campaign against Maduro. Elliott Abrams, the special representative for Venezuela, said the administration had expected major marches and protests to take place on Wednesday for the May Day holiday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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UN: Clashes in Libya’s capital are hampering aid, evacuation

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The U.N. says armed clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli along with random shelling and explosives placed on roads are hampering the evacuation of civilians and the delivery of aid.

Forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter launched an offensive to take Tripoli in early April and are battling militias loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government based there.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday that since the conflict began, 102 civilian casualties have been verified, including 23 fatalities, and over 45,000 people have fled their homes, according to the U.N. migration agency.

He said the hostilities are also impacting health workers and health facilities.

U.N. officials report that at least four health workers have been killed and 11 ambulances have been damaged or destroyed in the conflict, Dujarric said.

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Thailand’s king appoints his consort as queen days before his formal coronation

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Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, has married his consort, General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, a former flight attendant who had been a commander of his bodyguard unit, just three days before his official coronation Saturday.

The surprise announcement in the Royal Gazette on Wednesday said she is legally married to the king and is now known as Queen Suthida.

Video from Wednesday’s wedding ceremony was later broadcast on the nightly Royal News segment which aired on all Thai television channels, according to Reuters.

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Even though the new queen has been in the public eye for about three years, not much is known about her. She reportedly is 40-years-old and has previously worked as a flight attendant for Thai Airways International.

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In this photo released by Bureau of the Royal Household,Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, left, sits with Queen Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya at Ampornsan Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  (Bureau of the Royal Household via AP)

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In 2014, she joined the palace guard and became the deputy commander of the king’s personal guard three years later. In 2016, The king also reportedly made her a full general in the Royal Thai Army.

According to Reuters, there has been some speculation by foreign media that the two were romantically linked, but the palace had previously never acknowledged a relationship between them.

Vajiralongkorn, also known by the title King Rama X, became king in 2016 after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

He is expected to be officially crowned on Saturday in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies, followed by a procession through Bangkok the next day.

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Vajiralongkorn has had three previous marriages.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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