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New York granted driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants up until the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Then-Governor George Pataki, in the wake of the disaster, instituted new rules that mandated that drivers have a Social Security number to request or maintain their licenses. Comment

The cry for help

The New York Police Department suffered two shocking suicides in as many days last week in Brooklyn and Queens. Assistant Chief Steven Silks, a 38-year member of the NYPD, took his own life on a Forest Hills street on June 5; he was mere days from a mandatory retirement from the force. Comment

Restoring our degraded planet

Environment: NAIROBI, June 7, 2019 (IPS) - On the 1st of March 2019, we saw one of the rare moments in history when the entire world comes together and agrees on a joint way forward. The United Nations General Assembly recognized the urgent need to tackle the compounded crisis of climate change and biodiversity loss, and passed a resolution to proclaim 2021-2030 as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. With the aim to restore at least 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes by 2030 — an area the size of India — the UN Decade is a loud and clear call to action for all of us. And it is a great opportunity for the UN-REDD Programme and its partner countries to build on 10 years worth of relevant experience with safeguards, impactful policies and measures, and attracting private and public investments. Comment

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