• Days before the United Nations General Assembly met in New York City, Catholic Bishop Adolfo Zon, who presides over much of the Brazil’s Amazon rainforest left for Rome where Pope Francis will oversee a three-week conclave to discuss the future of the Amazon region. Over the summer, the rainforest was ablaze in the worst fires in nearly a decade.
(“Bolsonaro Targets Catholic Church Over ‘Leftist Agenda’ on the Amazon,” Guardian, Sept. 23, 2019; “Brazil’s Amazon Chief Raoni Calls on Bolsonaro to Step Down,” Reuters, Sept. 25, 2019)
• Despite a 15-year worldwide decline in the number of women who die in pregnancy and childbirth, improvements in maternal health have stalled. According to the Guardian newspaper, the rate of maternal deaths in the United States has increased over 50 percent since 2000.
(“Number of Women Dying in Childbirth Way Off Track to Meet Worldwide Targets,” Guardian, Sept. 19, 2019; “Cost of Global Push to Prevent Women Dying in Childbirth to Increase Sixfold,” Guardian, July. 19, 2019)
• In South Florida, the Trump regime is expecting a big payoff from its hardline policy against the government of Venezuela, and its failed attempt to remove President Nicholas Maduro. In a speech last winter in Miami, Trump, flanked by the Venezuelan and the U.S. flag, blasted Maduro as a puppet of Communist Cuba.
(“So Goes the Nation,” New Yorker, Sept. 23, 2019)
This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.