The First Presidential Debate of 2020 & Global News

by Debra Brown

2020 Presidential Debate

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


The First Presidential Debate of 2020

Donald Trump refused to condemn White supremacists for inciting violence at anti-police brutality demonstrations across the country, claiming instead during the first 2020 presidential debate that violence was coming from “the left wing.”

The moment came when moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he was ready to condemn White supremacists and say they need to stand down during ongoing demonstrations across the country.

White supremacists will remain the most “persistent and lethal threat” in the United States through 2021, according to the Department of Homeland Security draft documents.


NYT Investigates Long-Awaited Trump Tax Information 

The Times examined and analyzed the data from thousands of individual and business tax returns for 2000 through 2017, along with additional tax information from other years.

Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750. He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years, largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

Within the next four years, more than $300 million in loans, obligations for which he is personally responsible —will come due.

In his first two years in the White House, his revenue from abroad totaled $73 million. Much of that money was from his golf properties in Scotland and Ireland, some came from licensing deals in countries with authoritarian-leaning leaders or thorny geopolitics, for example, $3 million from the Philippines, $2.3 million from India and $1 million from Turkey.


Youth Climate Activists Global Day of Climate Action

School pupils, youth activists, and communities around the world have turned out for a day of climate strikes, intended to underscore the urgency of the climate crisis even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Social distancing and other Covid-19 control measures dampened the protests, but thousands of activists posted on social media and took to the streets to protest against the lack of climate action from world leaders. Strikes were scheduled in at least 3,500 locations around the globe.

One innovation brought on by Covid restrictions was a 24-hour Zoom call, featuring people from across the world speaking about the issues in their region, interspersed with activism-related activities for callers.

Young climate activists around the world staged thousands of protests, strikes, and other actions Friday for a Global Day of Climate Action. In Uganda, activist Vanessa Nakate, who launched the Fridays for Future climate strike in Uganda, led a march in Kampala.

Greta Thunberg gathered with a dozen other demonstrators in front of Parliament in Stockholm as part of the global climate movement Fridays for Future.


Sudan Discusses Arab-Israeli Peace with US Officials

American efforts to persuade more Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel before the November election are focused on Sudan, where negotiations have stalled over the amount of a financial incentive promised to Sudan in exchange for recognizing Israel, officials said.

Sudan and the United States have discussed how Khartoum could advance Arab-Israeli peace, authorities said.

Meeting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a Sudanese delegation and American officials held talks on how peace could stabilize the region and secure a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian question, the ruling sovereign council said.

The talks also tackled lifting Sudan from the US terrorism list, which hinders its ability to access foreign loans to tackle an economic crisis, the council said, without giving details.


California Plans to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars in 15 Years

California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars statewide by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a move aimed at accelerating the state’s efforts to combat global warming amid a deadly and record-breaking wildfire season.

In an executive order, Governor Newsom directed California’s regulators to develop a plan that would require automakers to sell steadily more zero-emissions passenger vehicles in the state, such as battery-powered or hydrogen-powered cars and pickup trucks, until they make up 100 percent of new auto sales in just 15 years.

The plan would also set a goal for all heavy-duty trucks on the road in California to be zero emissions by 2045 where possible. And the order directs the state’s transportation agencies to look for near-term actions to reduce Californian’s reliance on driving by, for example, expanding access to mass transit and biking.


Covid-19 Updates from Around the World

Trump administration officials pressured the C.D.C. this summer to play down the risks of sending children back to school.

Venezuelan doctors say the virus has killed at least 200 health workers across the country.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he would shut down the entire public school system if the city’s test positivity rate exceeded 3 percent over a seven-day rolling average.

Kenya extended its nationwide curfew for two months. In an address to the nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta said bars and nightclubs could reopen but schools will remain closed.


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