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U.S. Critics Ignore Security Interests on Green Climate Fund

The United States has committed $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which aims to fund environmentally sustainable international development projects. However, Congress has been reluctant to budget for the GCF, deeming it a "non-essential" program. In World Politics Review, TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya makes the national security case for the GCF and argues that cutting funding is a mistake:

Regarding climate change appropriations as “non-essential” represents a very narrow view of what constitutes prudent national security decision-making in the 21st century. There is growing recognition within the foreign policy community about the role climate change may now be playing, and will certainly play in the future, as a driver of political instability and potentially armed conflict. For the United States to be effective in pursuing its goals internationally, policymakers in Washington must recognize these facts and deploy the tools necessary to address the challenge.

The full column is available here.

Tags: green climate fund, foreign policy, climate policy, climate change

Ten days that turned America into a better place

In The Guardian, TCF fellow Michael Cohen looks to make sense of an extraordinarily eventful ten-day stretch in American history:

Nations do not usually change course on a dime and one must be careful not to overstate what’s happened. But in the 10 days after a uniquely American tragedy, this diverse, rancorous, often conflicted nation became slightly freer, slightly more generous, slightly more cognizant of its past and slightly more progressive than it was before. To paraphrase vice-president Joe Biden, that’s a big deal.

Read Cohen's full column here.

Tags: supreme court, obamacare, marriage equality, confederate flag, aca

After Charleston: Roof Should Not Be Put to Death

TCF policy associate Clio Chang argues that Dylann Roof, the gunman who opened fire in a Charleston, South Carolina church, should not be given the death penalty, because doing so would continue to allow minorities to be targeted recipients of the punishment. Parity of punishment, Chang suggests, is not and never will be the answer to combating racism.

American racist sentiment informs our economic, social and judicial policies. The people who suffer the most from punitive policies have always been, and will continue to be in the foreseeable future, people of color. Thus, advocating for the death penalty, in any case and under any circumstances, will continue to punish minorities first and foremost.

Read Chang's full article featured in Newsweek.

Tags: white supremacy, terrorism, hate crime, gun violence, dylann roof, death penalty, charleston

When Jail Is The Better Option: The Failure of Halfway Houses

Mass incarceration in America has put nearly 2 million individuals behind bars. The next step toward rehabilitation, however, is not faring much better, with increasing corruption invading many halfway houses. 

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The Racial Justice Case for Not Giving Dylann Roof the Death Penalty

Recent & historical events have suggested that there is a racial double standard when it comes to determining who should receive the death penalty. 

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Gun culture makes mass murder routine

June 19, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

In the Boston Globe, TCF fellow Michael Cohen writes that the United States' gun culture played an important role in this week's mass shooting in Charleston, S.C. 

Indeed, the clear racial element to this crime is reflective of what in the United States is the original sin toward black Americans.
But the instrument that was used is, today, representative of America’s second sin — this nation’s sick gun culture and the fresh tragedies that it bequeaths to us 88 times a day and more than 30,000 times a year.

Read the full column here.

Tags: gun violence, gun reform, gun laws, gun control

 

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