The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Canada, Mexico, U.S. agree on clean energy plan:  In a joint pledge Wednesday, the governments of the United States, Canada and Mexico vowed to shift reliance for 50 percent of electrical power onto clean energy sources by 2025.

As of 2015, 37 percent of all North American energy sources are clean.

At present, Canada has surpassed the pledged goal as 59 percent of its energy is supplied by hydroelectrical plants.

Democratic activists demand Hong Kong return to British rule:  Impatient with what is perceived as Beijing’s predatory steps threatening Hong Kong’s unique Special Administrative Region status within the communist-run country, political activists in Hong Kong have organized and are pushing for a return under British governance.

Inspired by Beijing’s crackdown on critics of the government, the arrest of booksellers and what some Hong Kong citizens say are repeated infringements upon the city’s elections, two political parties — the National Party and the Alliance to Resume British Sovereignty over Hong Kong and Independence — have emerged to challenge Chinese rule.

The groups have led protests, spread anti-Beijing material and have set a goal of 10 years to return to British control.

China’s government has responded by stating colonial rules placed by the British Empire would be used to suppress dissent over the growing movement.

EU to UK:  Leave EU quickly to avoid economic turmoil:  Amid turmoil in global markets and a sharp drop in currencies tied to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), EU officials have told London to take all steps necessary for a quick exodus from the economic bloc.

$3 trillion in global market losses were recorded in the wake of the June 23 “Brexit” vote.

Although markets recovered slightly, the EU’s main concern is continued “destabilizing spillovers” between economies and expected slow European growth while Britain prepares to leave the alliance.

Human rights groups demand UN remove Saudis from rights commission: Accused of “gross and systematic” human rights violations leading an anti-Houthi coalition in Yemen, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are demanding the United Nations (UN) remove Saudi Arabia from its Human Rights Commission.

The two rights organizations also cited the kingdom’s brutal oppression of its own people.

In a joint letter to the UN, the two rights groups mentioned 69 Saudi-led airstrikes which have killed over 900 and characterized the bombings as war crimes.

Boris Johnson withdraws from Tory leadership race:  In a stunning development in London, former London Mayor Boris Johnson, considered the strongest contender to replace outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron, has withdrawn his name from a consideration for the Tory leadership post.

A strong proponent of leaving the EU, Johnson withdrew after State Secretary for Justice Michael Gove announced his intent to seek the leadership post.

Gove now joins Home Secretary Theresa May, who announced her intent to seek the Tory leadership role, and Stephen Crabb, Liam Fox and Andrea Leadsom, who have either announced or are building support to challenge for the prime ministership.

Hate crimes skyrocket in Britain following Brexit:  In the six-day period following the “Brexit” vote, British authorities have reported a dramatic upswing in hate crimes reported, particularly against migrants.

The National Police Chiefs Council is reporting the True Vision website, which collects and tracks hate crimes in the UK, witnessed a 500 percent increase in hate crimes to over 330 a week as opposed to a weekly average of 63.

According to the website, reports of verbal abuse, negative social media commentary including xenophobic language, anti-migrant leafleting and some physical assaults


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