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Azerbaijan’s climate charm offensive is backfiring – POLITICO

Azerbaijan’s climate charm offensive is backfiring – POLITICO

When Egypt hosted in 2022, activists used the event to highlight the government’s crackdown on political opponents. Last year saw widespread criticism when COP28 host the United Arab Emirates appointed the man tasked with expanding the country’s oil and gas output to lead the talks. Likewise, the incoming president of COP29 is a former Azerbaijani oil and gas industry executive — though he was later tapped to lead the country’s ecology ministry. Still, Baku has been unapologetic about its intention to use the conference to promote its own economic interests. Aliyev used a speech as host of the talks to brand his country’s natural gas reserves “a gift of the gods” and to push for more investments in the fossil fuel industry, in addition to renewable projects — climate critics be damned. Europe has increasingly turned to Azerbaijan in recent years as a replacement for the Russian fossil fuel it shunned after Moscow invaded Ukraine. | Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images “As a head of the country, which is rich with fossil fuels, of course, we will defend …

“Continually losing”: Experts say Trump’s pressure on lawyer to be aggressive is badly backfiring

“Continually losing”: Experts say Trump’s pressure on lawyer to be aggressive is badly backfiring

If Donald Trump believed he was likely to emerge victorious from the first ever criminal case involving a former president, chances are he would not be attacking his judge, his judge’s daughter or the jurors that will decide his fate. But perhaps all the Truth Social rage-posting is just for public consumption, the all-hours missives signaling his disdain for the process and a courtroom that’s too damn cold. Well, probably not: If Trump were confident that he remains above the law, he would not also be privately raging against his own lawyer. As The New York Times reported Tuesday, the former president has been doing so since just about the start of his hush-money trial, suggesting he’s none too confident about the verdict expected in May. Todd Blanche, the lawyer in question, quit his previous firm to represent the 77-year-old Republican. And he has at times seemed to behave just as the former president would like, refusing to back down in the face of case law and a plain reading of Judge Juan Merchan’s gag …

Kristi Noem doubled down on dog-killing to win over MAGA — now her story is backfiring in her face

Kristi Noem doubled down on dog-killing to win over MAGA — now her story is backfiring in her face

Squint hard enough and perhaps one can see how Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., thought it was a winning political move to brag about murdering a puppy. It’s the same trolling strategy used by MAGA Republicans like Donald Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas: Say something extremely evil, stupid, or both. Draw the inevitable liberal outrage or mockery. Play the victim, claiming that it’s more proof the “elites” hate the common sense working folk of MAGA. Then sit back and watch the dollars and followers roll in.  For Noem, however, her tale of shooting her dog Cricket is not working out quite as planned. Sure, she got the predictable outrage and disgust from Democrats. But she also seems to have alienated the very Trump supporters she was trying to impress with her bloodthirsty tale. Fox News let their displeasure be known by doing a round-up story of conservative social media influencers denouncing Noem, often with quite harsh language. “Did she just intentionally end her career?” asked trollish podcaster Tim …

The War on ‘Woke Capital’ Is Backfiring

The War on ‘Woke Capital’ Is Backfiring

One of the stranger political crusades of the past few years has been the Republican war on so-called woke capital, which has led GOP politicians across the country to adopt a kind of anti-corporate, pro-regulatory rhetoric that one normally associates with the left wing of the Democratic Party. And among the GOP’s favorite targets in this war has been ESG investing—investment funds that take “environmental, social, and governance” considerations into account. For Republicans, ESG funds are a Trojan horse, designed to smuggle progressive attitudes toward climate change, and diversity and inclusion, into executive suites and corporate boardrooms, all under the guise of supposedly improving investment returns. And so, in red states, state treasurers have pulled public money out of firms that are associated with ESG, including even some of the world’s biggest investment firms, such as BlackRock and State Street. On top of that, Republican legislatures in at least 20 states have adopted anti-ESG rules of one sort or another. Last year, after the Biden administration revised a Trump-era rule to make clear that pension-fund …

King Charles’s slimmed-down monarchy ‘backfiring’ but he ‘didn’t have much of a choice’ | Royal | News

King Charles’s slimmed-down monarchy ‘backfiring’ but he ‘didn’t have much of a choice’ | Royal | News

A royal commentator has claimed that King Charles’s big idea of a slimmed-down monarchy is currently going through its “worst-case scenario” with both the King and Princess Kate out of action. Pandora Forsyth was interviewed on GB News to discuss Prince Harry dropping his libel claim against the Mail and being forced to pay the newspaper’s legal fees. GB News host Patrick Christys then turned to King Charles’s idea of a slimmed-down monarchy and questioned if it was backfiring with the hospitalisation of two senior members of the royal family. He asked the royal expert: “Was a slimmed-down monarchy the right thing to do? I suppose he didn’t have much of a choice with Harry and Andrew?” Ms Forsyth said: “This is seeing it in action in the worst-case scenario, let’s be honest. You’ve got the King and the Princess of Wales out of action. “Anne was the busiest working royal last year so I’m sure he’ll be relying on her. We’ve also got Edward and Sophie who are very much in the fold. “It …