Nonpartisan Groups Organize to Save the USPS

by Debra Brown

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Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.

 

Nonpartisan Groups Organize to Save the USPS

AARP, the largest nonpartisan group advocating for Americans 50 and over, weighed in on the debate about the importance of voting by mail with the USPS. The group is urging Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to suspend any changes to USPS mail delivery operations.

Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer, told DeJoy in a letter that her group “has become increasingly concerned that recent changes in USPS mail processing operations may be compromising the health and safety of millions of older Americans and may unduly restrict the ability of all Americans to safely participate in the upcoming elections, whether they choose to vote from home or in-person.”

LeaMond’s letter also notes that seniors rely on USPS mail delivery for prescriptions and that the coronavirus pandemic has only increased reliance on timely service for medicines.

House Democrats announced plans to return to Washington to vote on legislation that would direct the Postal Service not to implement any changes to service that it had in place on Jan. 1, 2020.

The postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, announced that he would suspend cost-cutting initiatives at the Postal Service until after November. The announcement came amid growing pressure from lawmakers, state attorneys general and civil rights groups, who have warned that the changes being made could disenfranchise Americans casting ballots by mail to avoid long lines during the pandemic. And it came as several states moved forward with plans to sue the Trump administration over the election-year changes at the Postal Service.

 

Mali’s President Resigns After Being Arrested in Military Coup

The president of Mali resigned hours after he was arrested by military officers who staged a coup following months of protests, further destabilizing a West African country that has been battling a violent insurgency.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta went on state television and said that the national assembly and the government would be dissolved as a consequence of his departure. He and his prime minister, Boubou Cissé, had been arrested along with other government officials.

The rebellion came amid a growing protest movement driven by charges that Mr. Keïta had stolen a parliamentary election in March and installed his own candidates. Demonstrators have also been angered by the government’s failure to address corruption and the violence by Islamist insurgents and other armed groups that have plagued the country for eight years.

The Malian crisis grew partly out of the Libyan one. After the fall of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011, hundreds of heavily armed Malian rebels who had fought for the Libyan leader returned home and attacked northern towns.

 

Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheet Has Passed the Point of No Return

Greenland’s melting ice sheet has passed the point of no return. A new study suggests glaciers on the island have shrunk so much that even if global warming were to stop today, the ice sheet would continue shrinking.

Overall, according to NOAA, ice loss from the Greenland ice sheet increased sevenfold from 34 billion tons a year from 1992 to 2001 to 247 billion tons a year from 2012 to 2016. For the study, scientists analyzed 40 years of satellite data from more than 200 large glaciers draining into the ocean around Greenland.

Greenland’s shrinking glaciers are a problem for the entire Earth. Melting ice from the island is a leading contributor to sea-level rise worldwide: The ice that melts or breaks off from Greenland’s ice sheets ends up in the Atlantic Ocean – and, eventually, all of the world’s oceans.

 

Outrage After 5 Black Teens Murdered Playing Outside in Colombia

Five Black teens were murdered playing outside in Colombia. “The boys were found tortured, burned, with machete and bullet wounds,” said Erlendy Cuero, a social leader from Cali, Colombia’s third-largest city. “Right now, the people who live here are sad but also very scared.”

The brutal killings are a reminder to Colombians that ethnic minorities, Afro-Colombian and indigenous residents, are the most affected by violence.

Violence persists between rebel groups, paramilitaries, and the military despite the peace agreement signed by the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in 2016. The deal promised to end 50 years of armed conflict that killed more than 262,000 and displaced over 7 million. There was some success: Around 8,000 Marxist fighters laid down their weapons in 2017.

Critics say the government is also to blame, and that the implementation of the peace accords has been lacking under the conservative government of Iván Duque, who assumed office in 2018 on a pledge to reform the agreement with harsher punishments for FARC leaders.

 

Covid-19 Updates from Around the World

More than 22 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 around the world, some 14 million people have recovered, and more than 779,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US has now confirmed the most cases, followed by Brazil, India, Russia, and South Africa. The US has also recorded the most deaths.

The spread of the novel coronavirus is being increasingly driven by people aged in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who are unaware they are infected because they have no or mild symptoms, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

Indigenous protesters have resumed a roadblock of a key highway through the Amazon rainforest despite a judge ordering them to dismantle the blockade.

The protesters from the Kayapo Mekranoti ethnic group want help to fight the coronavirus and an end to illegal mining and deforestation.

Indigenous people have been among the groups worst affected by the coronavirus in Brazil with at least 21,000 diagnosed with the disease and 618 deaths.

South Korea has reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases since March, many traced to churches in Seoul.

 

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