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World still addicted to easy money

first_imgWednesday 2 February 2011 8:47 pm whatsapp Share KCS-content World still addicted to easy money More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comcenter_img whatsapp Most of the world is enjoying a strong economic rebound, with corporate profits, trade and output roaring ahead. But it is vital to make a distinction between short-term buoyancy (which many pessimists under-estimate) and the long-term structural problems at the heart of the global economy. The latter are worse than most people realise. Bill Gross, the fund manager who runs America’s Pimco, the influential bond markets investor, puts his finger on a key problem. Credit remains too cheap, promoting excessive leverage and the misallocation of capital on a giant scale. Central bankers have lowered the cost of money for 30 years now. Some of this was legitimate: inflation fell substantially, while the variability of prices declined, reducing uncertainty and cutting nominal interest rates as well as the real cost of money. So far, so good: but Gross is spot on when he argues that what we are seeing today is very different. The present ultra-low yields cannot be justified. They are merely providing fuel for leverage, propping-up asset-based economies, unsustainable wealth creation and above all a misplaced belief in large and perpetual capital gains. As Gross points out, real 10-year US interest rates (with inflation stripped out) have fallen from over five per cent in the early 1980s to under one per cent in recent months. Because of the way government bond yields are used to calculate discount rates and plugged into asset valuation models, this collapse in real yields may be responsible for 3,000–4,000 Dow points (in other words, up to a third of the index’s value) as well as two to three per cent annual appreciation in bonds over those three decades. Of course, a good chunk of this readjustment was good news, the result of better economic policies – but a decent part, at least in recent years, can only be described as absurd overshooting. The problem is that yields have fallen so much that even the most determined followers of bubblenomics within the central banking fraternity can no longer push them down any further – mathematical reality has kicked in. There is now a negative real yield on five-year Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, which is senseless. Average five-year real yields on Aaa sovereigns over the past century suggests that investors ought to be demanding and receiving around 1.5 per cent in real terms instead of the present -0.1 per cent. Investors are paying the government to lend it money, thus subsidising the US national debt. In a way, this is tantamount to a secret default, a haircut by any other name. Followers of the Austrian school of economics have long argued that artificially low interest rates send out flawed signals to investors, causing them to borrow and invest too much in things such as overpriced housing. Recessions occur when people finally realise their mistake and always involves capital destruction and reallocation. There was a good exposition of that view in a BBC Radio Four documentary on Monday (Yo Hayek!, available on the BBC website) presented by Jamie Whyte, of Oliver Wyman, a consulting firm. Manipulating the price of credit – be it by low Bank base rates, excessive quantitative easing (as in the US) or mass purchases of government bonds by Asian central banks – always ends in tears. 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Texas priest’s TED talk goes viral

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Comments (1) Submit an Event Listing Texas priest’s TED talk goes viral Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Deacon Dianne Lowe says: January 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm Wonderful. Thank you so much. Comments are closed.center_img Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Posted Jan 24, 2013 [Episcopal Diocese of Texas] Last Fall, the Rev. Patrick Miller delivered a talk at Houston’s TEDx event. TED is a non-profit dedicated to spreading good ideas, most notably through videos on their website, ted.com. They feature fantastic speakers, often the experts in their field, spreading the good news of their life’s work.TED holds a major conference in California and other smaller conferences around the world called “TEDx” events. The Asia Society of Houston hosted the most recent TEDx Houston event in November 2012, and the Rev. Patrick Miller was asked to share his wisdom gained through his work as a priest and a boxer. See the video here: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs last_img read more

Episcopalians will commemorate Bishop Barbara Harris virtually one year after…

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris at her historic consecration service on Feb. 11, 1989. Photo: David Zadig/Diocese of Massachusetts[Episcopal News Service] One year after the death of the Anglican Communion’s first female bishop, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent the kind of in-person memorial service befitting her stature in The Episcopal Church, but celebrations of the life of the Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris will be held virtually in the coming days around the church.Harris, who served as suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts from 1989 to 2002 and assisting bishop in the Diocese of Washington from 2003 to 2007, died at age 89 on March 13, 2020, just as the COVID-19 outbreak began to prompt lockdowns in the United States. Her remains were interred in Pennsylvania in a small, private ceremony. At the time, the diocese announced that public memorial services would be held at Washington National Cathedral and the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston when travel and indoor gathering restrictions were lifted. Those plans are still pending, according to the Diocese of Massachusetts.The cathedral in Boston will host a compline service, with a reflection from Byron Rushing, vice president of the House of Deputies, from 8 to 9 p.m. EST on March 12. It is accessible by Zoom and free registration is required.The Union of Black Episcopalians, of which Harris was a member, will hold a remembrance from 4 to 5 p.m. EDT on March 14, with readings of Harris’ writings, personal remembrances and a panel discussion with the Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, and other guests. It is accessible by Zoom and free registration is required.The Diocese of Western Massachusetts will hold a morning prayer service in Harris’ memory on March 13 at 10 a.m. EST via Facebook Live and YouTube. Planned by the diocese’s Beloved Community Commission, it will include “soul-stirring music and collects created especially for the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion.”The Diocese of Los Angeles will host a service of lessons and spirituals on March 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. PST. Bishop John Taylor will preside at the service, which will include readings, reflections and music and will be streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube.Retired Bishop Suffragan Barbara Harris leads the Diocese of Massachusetts in singing hymns during its 2014 electing convention. Photo: Matthew Cavanaugh/Diocese of MassachusettsRecalling her as “a courageous pioneer, an outspoken prophet, and an indefatigable champion of God’s justice and witness to God’s grace,” Massachusetts Bishop Diocesan Alan Gates and Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris last month invited Episcopalians to include remembrances of Harris in their prayers and liturgies during March, publishing a collect, sermons, suggested propers and other resources.“It has ever been the delight of the faithful to recollect with gratitude the lives of those in whom Christ’s love has been manifest,” the bishops said in their invitation. “We commemorate their lives for the inspiration and strength which we derive from their witness. We turn to them also as continuing companions in the Spirit, forebears of whose love and prayers we remain assured.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC People New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Tags Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group By Egan MillardPosted Mar 9, 2021 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Episcopalians will commemorate Bishop Barbara Harris virtually one year after her death Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI last_img read more

Burkina Faso courts to allow exhumation of Thomas Sankara remains

first_imgThomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, 1984-1987.Captain Thomas Sankara, martyred Burkinabe revolutionary Pan-Africanist and Marxist leader, was assassinated in a coup on Oct. 15, 1987. Sankara, president of  Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987, was only 37 years old.Elections will be held later this year in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country of 17 million people in West Africa. It remains to be seen how well the parties committed to Sankara’s ideals fare in the process. Sankara’s views on self-reliance and anti-imperialism are essential during this period of escalating French and U.S. military intervention in Africa.Sankara came to power during a critical period in the transition to a new phase of imperialist exploitation and oppression of emerging African states. The role of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other global financial institutions was generating tremendous social restructuring and consequent political debate and struggle.Born in 1949, Sankara grew up during the turbulent 1950s and 1960s when independence struggles swept many African states. He joined the Upper Volta military at a young age and was stationed in Madagascar where he witnessed a popular left-leaning uprising that toppled a neocolonialist regime in 1970.During the 1970s, Sankara rose through the military ranks and was made an administrator of a training program for soldiers in the city of Po. In 1972, he went to France for further military training, and while there, he was exposed to Marxist ideas advocated by active leftist organizations.By the 1980s, unrest had reached a boiling point in Upper Volta when trade unions and students engaged in strikes and mass rebellions. Several military coups took place, and Sankara’s uncompromising positions landed him in prison twice.1983 uprising put Sankara in powerLeft-wing elements in the military, backed by the popular will of the masses, liberated Sankara and made him leader of the National Council of the Revolution on Aug. 4, 1983. Although initiated by junior army officers, the change of power drew broad support from among the working class, youth and peasantry.After coming to power, Sankara led a movement to rename the former French colony labelled Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, “land of the upright people.” The government’s program called for creation of import-substitution industries to curtail reliance on essential and luxury goods from capitalist countries; mobilization of youth and women to fight neocolonialism; and cancellation of the debt owed to Western imperialist financial institutions.A March 5 Guardian article said that Sankara’s government “launched nationalization, land redistribution and grand social programs in one of the world’s poorest countries. During his four-year rule, school attendance leaped from 6 percent to 22 percent, some 2.5 million children were vaccinated and thousands of health centers opened. Housing, road and railway building projects got under way and 10 million trees were planted.”The article continues, “Sankara declared war on corruption and embraced personal austerity, paying himself a salary of $450 a month, slashing the wages of his top officials and forbidding the use of chauffeur-driven Mercedes and first class airline tickets by his ministers and senior civil servants. He refused to have his picture displayed in public buildings, still a rare thing in the Africa of 2015, and was staunchly opposed to foreign aid, declaring: ‘He who feeds you, controls you.’”Sankara’s government prioritized gender equality, working to end female genital mutilation, forced marriages and polygamy. His influence extended far beyond Burkina Faso, and he had close relations with Libya under Col. Moammar Gadhafi and Cuba during President Fidel Castro’s leadership.After a four-year experiment in social revolution, Sankara was overthrown in a military coup led by Blaise Compaoré, his government’s deputy. After Compaoré seized power, the government moved rapidly toward the West, honoring international debts and abolishing Sankara’s anti-imperialist and Pan-Africanist foreign policy.Compaoré emerged as the head of state from a meeting where Sankara was assassinated on Oct. 15, 1987. He remained in power until a mass uprising in October 2014 toppled his pro-Paris and Washington-allied regime. Compaoré fled to neighboring Ivory Coast.Investigate assassination and coup!Burkina Faso’s courts have recently paved the way for the proper identification of Sankara’s remains. Mariam Sankara, the martyred leader’s widow, is demanding a broader inquiry into his assassination. An inquiry would have to examine the roles of French imperialism and the Ivory Coast’s neocolonial regime in the assassination and coup.Sankara was buried without an official ceremony or an explanation of the circumstances surrounding his death. However, Compaoré has stated that he had no information on what happened to Sankara. However, he was in the meeting where the struggle erupted over the government’s future. Moreover, it was Compaoré who emerged as president after Sankara’s murder.Sankara’s policies radically countered the French neocolonial system so prevalent then and now in West Africa. During the 1980s, Ivory Coast was led by President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, a proponent of the postcolonial system of economic and political integration with Paris. Tensions between Abidjan and Ouagadougou were then at an all-time high.A promotional article for the documentary film entitled “Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man” says by 1987, “Clandestinely, elements in the Burkinabe leadership forged relationships with Côte d’Ivoire president Félix Houphouet-Boigny, France’s staunchest ally and an outspoken opponent of Sankara’s increasingly influential attacks on neo-colonialism.”It continues, “On Oct. 15, during a staff meeting, a gang of armed soldiers, either led or ordered by Blaise Compaoré, Sankara’s closest friend and most trusted comrade throughout the revolution, assassinated him. His body was dismembered, buried in a makeshift grave and any mention of him was erased from public view.” (Facebook, Oct. 31, 2014)During the uprising that toppled Compaoré last October, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets, demanding Compaoré’s ouster.  Many demonstrators were youth and workers who wore T-shirts and held banners displaying Sankara’s image. He is not forgotten.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

La lucha de clases y la crisis climática

first_imgLos hechos son irrefutables. Selvas tropicales ardiendo, glaciares derritiéndose. Las inundaciones de “una vez en cien años” están ocurriendo con una regularidad aterradora.Nadie puede discutir seriamente contra el pronóstico de la catástrofe climática.La conversación que importa ahora es: quién es responsable y quién puede solucionarlo. El clima es uno de los temas apremiantes sobre el que todos los líderes sindicales debieron hablar el pasado Día del Trabajo.La crisis climática es en todos los sentidos, un tema de la clase trabajadora. Los patrones climáticos salvajes y los desastres antinaturales resultantes dejan su marca más fuerte en los trabajadores, los pobres y las comunidades de color. Solo los ricos tienen los medios para escapar de las consecuencias.Los trabajadores jóvenes tienen mucho que enfrentar: trabajos sin salida, deudas estudiantiles impagables, abuso policial, de todo, ellos están lidiando con eso.Pero una de las preocupaciones más graves de los jóvenes es la crisis climática y lo que presagia para su propia existencia, y la de todos los seres en la Tierra. se lee en los carteles de protesta, “No hay planeta B”. Esta tierra es el único cuerpo celeste de soporte vital que tenemos.Es la clase capitalista la que calcula el beneficio económico a corto plazo sin tener en cuenta la enorme huella de carbono que están dejando sus acciones pro ganancias.Los barones del carbón y el petróleo quieren vender los productos no renovables que queman carbón que extraen del suelo. Las compañías automotrices quieren hacer vehículos que obtengan las mayores ganancias, no aquellos con las emisiones de carbono más bajas. Los contratistas militares se alinean para subir al tren de mermelada monetaria del mayor contaminador del mundo: el Pentágono.¿Y qué hay de las empresas de servicios públicos? First Energy presionó a la legislatura del estado de Ohio hace solo dos meses por un proyecto de ley que rescató las plantas de energía nuclear y de carbón (incluida la suya), al tiempo que eliminó los incentivos para las fuentes de energía renovables como la energía solar y eólica. First Energy es un importante donante de campaña para los legisladores que aprobaron el proyecto de ley 6 de la Cámara.Todo esto apunta a lo que los marxistas llaman antagonismos de clase irreconciliables. En “Anti-Duhring”, Friedrich Engels se refirió al “antagonismo, agudizándose día a día, entre capitalistas, disminuyendo constantemente en número pero constantemente enriqueciéndose, y trabajadores asalariados sin propiedades, cuyo número aumenta constantemente y cuyas condiciones, tomadas como en su conjunto, se están deteriorando constantemente”.La crisis climática ha exacerbado esta contradicción hacia escenarios peligrosos y previamente inimaginables.Sería ingenuo pensar que podemos detener el cambio climático apelando a la motivación de ganancias. Los capitalistas causaron el calentamiento global y difícilmente se puede confiar en que lo revierta, incluso si uno argumenta que un ambiente limpio es bueno para los negocios.La clase trabajadora, por otro lado, tiene el poder de proteger la vida en el planeta. Es el trabajo el que produce todo. ¡Nada se mueve sin nosotros!Activistas ambientales, en su mayoría jóvenes, han pedido “huelgas climáticas” a fines de septiembre. Las huelgas de estudiantes pueden ser mucho más extendidas que las huelgas de trabajadores esta vez. Pero la huelga es mejor conocida como el arma del trabajo, ejercida en el punto de producción para forzar el cambio.Las huelgas han ganado salarios más altos, pensiones, reconocimiento sindical y similares. Pero también hay huelgas políticas, como el Primero de Mayo de 2006, que forzaron la derrota de un proyecto de ley antiinmigrante en el Congreso.Necesitamos mantener viva la táctica de la huelga climática más allá de la huelga climática global del 20 al 27 de septiembre, no solo en las escuelas, sino también en el trabajo y en los sindicatos. Y la necesidad de luchar contra el racismo ambiental debe ser parte de la discusión.La crisis climática ha hecho que estas palabras de Engels sean más ciertas que nunca: “Las colosales fuerzas productivas creadas dentro del modo de producción capitalista, que este último ya no puede dominar, sólo esperan ser tomadas por una sociedad organizada para el trabajo cooperativo, sobre una base planificada, para garantizar a todos los miembros de la sociedad los medios de existencia y el libre desarrollo de sus capacidades, en una medida cada vez mayor”. (Anti-Duhring)Los trabajadores tienen el mundo para ganar.last_img read more

Turkey still far from European standards of press freedom

first_img Receive email alerts Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders has said that Turkey is still far from meeting European press freedom standards as the European Council prepares to decide on 17 December whether or not to open negotiations on Turkish EU membership. April 28, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Follow the news on Turkey News to go further Help by sharing this information December 16, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkey still far from European standards of press freedom TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders has said that Turkey is still far from meeting European press freedom standards as the European Council prepares to decide on 17 December whether or not to open negotiations on Turkish EU membership.European deputies voted on 15 December for the discussions to start without “needless delay” but on the basis of Ankara complying with certain conditions.In particular they are seeking the repeal of Article 305 of Turkey’s new criminal code, that comes into effect on 1st April 2005 and which they consider runs contrary to freedom of expression.”The legislative progress that has undeniably been made should not conceal the fact that the climate remains as harsh as ever for the most outspoken journalists,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The press is exposed to misuse of authority by the courts, which in practice continue to impose prison sentences and exorbitant fines that push journalists to censor themselves extensively on the most sensitive subjects such as the army and the Kurdish question,” Reporters Without Borders said. The TV and radio stations are still subject to “brazen censorship” by the High Council for Broadcasting (RTUK), while pro-Kurdish journalists continue to be the target of many kinds of pressure, the organisation continued. “Despite progress towards European standards, the gap between the declarations of good intentions and the reality is still considerable, with the result that Turkey still does not fulfil all the necessary conditions for real press freedom,” it added. Genuine progress madeThe legislative amendments undertaken by Turkey with a view to joining the European Union have been positive for journalists. Heavy fines have replaced prison sentences in the new press law, adopted in June. The most repressive sanctions, such as the closure of news organisations or bans on printing and distribution, have been eliminated, while the protection of sources has even been reinforced. Article 159, which has led to many journalists being prosecuted for “affront to the state and state institutions and threats to the indivisible unity of the Turkish Republic,” was amended in 2002 and 2003, with the prison sentence being cut from one year to six months. At the same time, criticism not intentionally aimed at “ridiculing” or “insulting” state institutions is no longer punishable by imprisonment. Journalists still under pressureEven though the new criminal code that becomes law on 1st April 2005 removes the offence of “mocking and insulting government ministers”, there remains a problem with Article 305. This punishes alleged “threats against fundamental national interests”. It specifically targets freedom of expression, particularly on issues involving Cyprus or Armenia. The European parliament voted on 15 December for a resolution calling, among other things, for the immediate repeal of this article, viewed as incompatible with the 1950 Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Contrary to European standards, the new criminal code stipulates that insult is punishable by three months to three years in prison, with the sentence increasing if the offence is committed by means of the press (Article 127). In practice, judges still interpret the concept of “criticism” very subjectively and abusive prosecutions continue. Four journalists with the pro-Kurdish daily Yeniden Özgür Gündem who criticised government policy on the Iraq war were brought before the courts in 2003 while online journalist Erol Öskoray was detained for “mocking” and “insulting” the army. Sabri Ejder Öziç, the manager of Radyo Dünya, a local radio station in the southern city of Adana, was sentenced to a year in prison for offending parliament. Hakan Albayrak, a former editorialist for the daily Milli Gazete, was imprisoned on 20 May and is serving a 15-month prison sentence for “attacking the memory of Ataturk” in violation of the 1951 law governing crimes against Kemal Ataturk. Article 1 of this law punishes any offence against the Republic of Turkey’s founder by one to three years in prison. Article 2 doubles the sentence if it is committed by means of the press. On 15 October, Sebati Karakurt of the daily Hurriyet was held for 12 hours at the headquarters of the anti-terrorist police in Istanbul and some 10 policemen searched his home. It stemmed from a report published a few days earlier that included an interview with Murat Karayilan, the military chief of the former Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), now renamed Kongra-Gel. The report included photos showing female rebels in combat fatigues in a favourable light, relaxed and smiling. Karakurt was released after being interrogated by the police and a prosecutor. Memik Horuz, the managing editor of the far-left newspaper Isçi Köylü, has spent years in prison for the views he expressed in the course of their journalistic work. Pro-Kurdish media targetedWhile the national radio and TV stations are now allowed to use the Kurdish language, the RTÜK continues to impose disproportionate sanctions – ranging from warnings to withdrawal of licence – against pro-Kurdish media or media that are very critical of the government. Özgür Radyo, a local radio station in Istanbul, was sentenced by the RTÜK to a month’s closure for “inciting violence, terror, discrimination on the basis of race, region, language, religion or sect or the broadcasting of programmes that arouse feelings of hatred in society.” The station stopped broadcasting on 18 August. In the event of a further offence, the RTÜK could withdraw its licence altogether. Günes TV, a local television station in the eastern city of Malatya, was also forced to stop broadcasting for a month from 30 March. This was because the RTÜK accused it of “attacking the state’s existence and independence, and the country’s indivisible unity with the people and Ataturk’s principles and reforms” under article 4 of RTÜK law 3984. Using the same article, the RTÜK closed down local TV station ART in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir on 15 August 2003 for broadcasting two love songs in Kurdish. Mass detentions of pro-Kurdish journalists by the anti-terrorist police on the eve of the NATO summit in Istanbul on 28-29 June 2004 were also indicative of the treatment reserved for the pro-Kurdish press. Finally, nine journalists covering the dispersal of protesters against electoral fraud were badly beaten by police in Diyarbakir during the 28 March local elections and three of them had to be hospitalised. Those responsible have still not been punished. 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Seven digital security habits that journalists should adopt

first_imgNews Protecting journalists PredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet RSF’s tips for journalists to protect online communications Cyber-surveillance is a bigger threat than ever. New forms of censorship are emerging, implemented by troll armies paid by authoritarian regimes. They include double switch, in which a journalist’s online account is taken over in order to disseminate fake news, smear the journalist, and censor independently reported news and information. In response to these new threats, RSF recommends additional vigilance. This includes adopting both simple tools and good habits. The following recommendations are not meant to be exhaustive or to offer tools that will completely eliminate the dangers of surveillance or of someone taking over your accounts. Technology evolves quickly and today’s advice may not be relevant tomorrow. 1 – Make mistrust your motto Avoid prying eyesDon’t work with your back to a window.When travelling by train or plane, put a privacy filter over your laptop screen to limit lateral vision.Avoid being separated from your equipment.Get a webcam cover. Don’t download any files or click on any links sent to you from unknown sources. Personalized phishing attacks are very common.Carefully check the email address or online presence of anyone who shares a link with you. If in doubt, verify the sender’s identity with other contacts or by using a search engine.Always research tools and the context in which they are used.2 – Passwords: secure your connectionsUse passwords to protect your online activity.Use a pass phrase rather than a password.When creating a pass phrase, use digits and letters in upper and lowercase to create a sequence that is relatively complex but easy to remember, rather than a more abstract sequence of digits and special characters.Use a different pass phrase for each online service.Use a password manager such as LastPass, which is available as an extension for Firefox, Chrome and Safari. You can use it to store all your pass phrases.When in doubt, check the strength of your pass phrase here.If possible, use “two-step verification” to protect your email account. When it is set up, your email cannot be accessed without entering the different code that is sent each time by SMS to your mobile phone. Without your mobile phone, no one can get into your email account. Whenever you connect to Gmail, remember to click on the “Details” link at the lower right of the page. It opens a window that shows all recent connections to your account and will allow you to identify suspicious activity. Note: criminal organization and hackers in the pay of a government may have the ability to intercept these SMS messages and thereby take over the accounts of targeted journalists.As a journalist, you should segment your digital activities and use several email addresses: a personal one, a professional one, one for online purchases and so on.Remember to disconnect whenever an online operation is finished. 3 – Protect yourself from cyber-attack Online attacks, whether aimed at taking over an account or smearing a journalist’s reputation, have the same objective: to discredit the messenger in order to kill the message.Check social network confidentiality rules and clean up your profiles, keeping in mind that doxxing, the aggressive use of personal details found online – especially on social networks – is increasingly employed in harassment campaigns against journalists. Use an antivirus AND an anti-malware such as Malwarebytes.Activate your firewall.Keep your operating system (Windows, macOS, etc.) up to date.A media outlet should ideally have several administrators whose profiles are not directly linked with the media in order to maintain access to its website even when the profile of one of the administrators is blocked. 4 – Delete your digital tracks Use Namecheckr to check your online presence.Remember to disconnect after checking your email, Facebook account or Twitter account.Erase your browsing history.Never save a password in the browser of a public computer. If you have saved one by mistake, erase the browsing history when you finish working.Delete cookies. The way to delete this kind of data varies from browser to browser. A good way to avoid making any mistakes is to use the private browsing mode in Firefox or Chrome.at an advanced level, you can use Tails 5 – Encrypt your access to online services Use encrypted messaging apps such as Signal (while keeping up-to-date of any reports about vulnerabilities in these apps). FlowCrypt is a Chrome and Mozilla extension that enables end-to-end encryption of email.Privnote and ZeroBin are websites that allow you to send someone a link to an encrypted message that self-destructs after being read. To talk to your sources via the Internet use apps such as Jitsi Meet, a free and fully encrypted Skype equivalent. 6 – Secure your browsing Install a VPN in order to encrypt your Internet connections. Install the Tor Browser, which allows you to browse anonymously. 7 – In a hostile environment, don’t let your phone become your worst enemy Don’t put your contacts’ real names in your phone’s contacts list. Assign them numbers or pseudonyms so that others (the police, armed groups, and so on) cannot get the details of your network of contacts if they ever seize your phone or SIM card.Take spare SIM cards with you whenever you think your SIM card might be confiscated (at demonstrations, border crossings, checkpoints and the like). If you ever have to get rid of a SIM card, try to destroy it physically.Lock your phone with a password if it has this feature. Change the default PIN of your SIM cards and lock them with this code. Consider turning on your phone’s flight mode in situations in which the security forces might target people with mobile phones (at demonstrations, during an uprising, or whenever a crackdown is possible). The authorities could later demand the call or SMS records or phone data of any individual at a given location at a given time in order to carry out mass arrests.Turn off geolocation in your apps unless you need to use it. If you are using your mobile phone to stream video live, turn off the GPS and geolocation functions.If your phone uses the Android operating system, software for encrypting your browsing, chats, texts and voice messages is available from the Guardian Project and Signal. When using your phone to go online, use the HTTPS Everywhere extension. For more information, consult the Safety Guide for Journalists released by RSF, in partnership with UNESCO, but also the surveillance and self-defence “tips, tools and how-tos” provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). If you are the victim of a cyber-attack, contact the Access Now digital security helpline. RSF recommends 7 digital security habits that journalists should adopt. March 5, 2018 – Updated on May 4, 2018 Seven digital security habits that journalists should adoptcenter_img Organisation Protecting journalists PredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Help by sharing this information RSF_en last_img read more

Applying science to pressing conservation needs for penguins

first_imgMore than half of the world’s 18 penguin species are declining. We, the Steering Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission Penguin Specialist Group, determined that the penguin species in most critical need of conservation action are African penguin (Spheniscus demersus), Galápagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus), and Yellow‐eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes). Due to small or rapidly declining populations, these species require immediate scientific collaboration and policy intervention. We also used a pairwise‐ranking approach to prioritize research and conservation needs for all penguins. Among the 12 cross‐taxa research areas we identified, we ranked quantifying population trends, estimating demographic rates, forecasting environmental patterns of change, and improving the knowledge of fisheries interactions as the highest priorities. The highest ranked conservation needs were to enhance marine spatial planning, improve stakeholder engagement, and develop disaster‐management and species‐specific action plans. We concurred that, to improve the translation of science into effective conservation for penguins, the scientific community and funding bodies must recognize the importance of and support long‐term research; research on and conservation of penguins must expand its focus to include the nonbreeding season and juvenile stage; marine reserves must be designed at ecologically appropriate spatial and temporal scales; and communication between scientists and decision makers must be improved with the help of individual scientists and interdisciplinary working groups.last_img read more

Law dons to replace Law Lords in academic cases

first_imgLaw academics at Oxford and Cambridge are to launch a national mediation service to solve clashes between students and staff. The new service will bring forward cases to discuss academic judgments, such as whether students have been unfairly denied the correct class of degree. A paper by The Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (Oxcheps), headed by New College fellow and bursar David Palfreyman, said that the new service would save a university years of senior administrators’ time and heavy legal costs as well as “[providing] a route to a win-win solution in which the institution and the student or member of staff can save face.” Until now, Lord Chancellors, Lord Presidents and bishops have all been called in for serious disputes at UK Universities but have more recently been hesitant in becoming involved in ‘alien’ academic quarrels. Oxcheps has complied a list of university legal cases and is putting together a group of mediators from university administration and professors specialising in education law. The first independent adjudicator is shortly to be announced by Universities UK, the vice-chancellors’ organisation.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

Farmers Market Overcomes Pandemic for Successful Season

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIThe good-natured chants resounded through the Ocean City Farmers Market on Wednesday morning.“Four more weeks! Four more weeks!” the vendors at the popular summertime market called out in unison.Unfortunately, though, the farmers market closed out its rather unusual – but ultimately successful – season on Wednesday after a 14-week run amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fear not, market aficionados, it will return next summer.“All of the farmers did just as well this summer as last year. We had good crowds, too,” said Rose Savastano, special events coordinator for the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, the sponsor of the farmers market.Although farmers markets are a common summer treat for motorists venturing out on the rural roads of South Jersey, this one gives Ocean City’s residents and tourists a chance to buy their fresh fruits and vegetables right here in town, just a few blocks from the beach.“It is certainly better than going to the grocery store,” said Ocean City resident Scott Wood, who shopped at the farmers market every week over the summer.Ocean City resident Scott Wood, left, buys a basket of apples.Wood said the prices are more affordable than those at a grocery store and the produce is fresher. On Wednesday, he bought a basket of red apples for only $3.“I’m going to miss it,” Wood said of the market closing down for the off-season. “I would be here every Wednesday if I could.”Candice Kolins, joined by her 3-year-old-daughter, Siena, bought some tomatoes, apples and mozzarella cheese at the market.“This is for dinner tonight,” Kolins said while Siena eyed up an apple. “I think I’m going to make a mozzarella and tomato salad. I may pick up some scallops, too.”Kolins, who, along with her sister, Kristen Vogelbacher, owns the Cruise Control Gear shop in downtown Ocean City, noted that she is a loyal customer at the market.“We were so excited when they extended the market through September. This has been going great,” she said.Crowds show up for the last day of the farmers market for the 2020 summer season.The market features dozens of food stands and vendors who sell homemade crafts on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle. To accommodate the vendors, Asbury Avenue is closed to motor vehicle traffic at Sixth Street. The street is turned into a miniature tent city featuring local vendors selling everything from handmade artwork to stylish clothes to fine jewelry and much, much more.The market runs every Wednesday during the summer. However, it started a week late this year because of the coronavirus restrictions statewide. To make up for the late start, the Chamber of Commerce extended the market through the entire month of September instead of ending it, as usual, on the first Wednesday after Labor Day.Savastano said the Chamber will likely continue with the extended schedule through all of September for the 2021 summer season.This year, the farmers market was able to capitalize on the crowds that remained in town well past the traditional Labor Day cutoff to the peak summer tourism season, Savastano explained. Many of Ocean City’s second homeowners and their school-age children have stayed at the shore to escape the coronavirus outbreak in the major cities.The farmers market is a high-profile example of the Chamber of Commerce’s “shop local” theme. It serves as a magnet for local shoppers who fan out through the rest of the Asbury Avenue downtown business district after they buy their fruits and vegetables.“They continue shopping down on the Avenue,” Savastano said.A sign serves as a reminder for shoppers to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.In response to the pandemic, the vendors and shoppers were required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Signs were erected throughout the farmers market to remind everyone of the coronavirus restrictions.Pleasant Valley Farm, based in Mays Landing, had a sign at its produce stand that read, “No mask, no service.”“I know that I don’t like wearing a mask. I know nobody does,” Pleasant Valley owner Bill Boerner said while expressing sympathy for his customers who had to wear face coverings during summer’s hot weather.Boerner operates a produce stand every year at the farmers market. Despite the coronavirus restrictions this summer, he did about the same amount of business as in previous years.“I’ve been here since the beginning of the farmers market. That’s been close to 20 years. It was a good year this summer. It was comparable,” Boerner said of his sales.Bill Boerner, owner of Pleasant Valley Farm in Mays Landing, says his business was good this year at the farmers market. Candice Kolins takes a bite out of an apple while shopping at the farmers market with her 3-year-old daughter, Siena.last_img read more