This Week’s Under-reported News Summary – Nov. 23, 2022

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • U.S. intelligence report says UAE meddled in American politics
  • Canadian indigenous communities set aside vast areas for protection
  • New Jersey Casino Reinvestment agency makes housing options worse

• U.S. intelligence officials have compiled a classified report detailing efforts of the United Arab Emirates to manipulate the American political system. The Washington Post reported the report reveals the UAE’s bid, spanning multiple U.S. administrations, to exploit vulnerabilities of the U.S. system of governance, including reliance on campaign contributions, susceptibility to powerful lobbying firms and lax enforcement of disclosure laws intended to guard against interference by foreign governments.

(“U.S. Intelligence Reports a Key Gulf Ally Meddled in U.S. Politics,” Washington Post, Nov. 12, 2022)

• In Canada’s Northwest Territories, Indigenous First Nations have campaigned to protect millions of acres of land to battle climate change and preserve native communities. Climate impacts are broad across the Northwest Territories including the burning of carbon rich peat lands, a steep decline in caribou populations, increased levels of mercury in fish and the spread of pathogens and invasive species.

(“Native Guardians: Canada’s First Nations Move to Protect Their Lands,” Yale Environment 360, Jan. 3, 2022)

New Jersey’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority — a state agency tasked with using casino revenue for public good in Atlantic City — hasn’t always followed its mandate, according to a recent investigation published by The Press of Atlantic City and ProPublica.  The investigation found the agency has recently made questionable decisions to purchase affordable housing, demolish the units and allow for the construction of new hotels and short-term rentals despite community opposition.

(“This New Jersey Agency Protected Tourism Over Housing,”  ProPublica, Oct. 14, 2022)

This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.

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