Daily Archives: December 26, 2014

Gabon: Rich From Oil – Equator – BBC


BBCWorldwide

Published on Dec 26, 2014
Gabon’s oil wealth has made some of its residents very rich, but the influx of imports has all but destroyed the sovereign state’s agriculture. Simon takes a trip tot he local supermarket determined to find something made locally.

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IMF policies blamed for aggravating spread of Ebola


RT

Published on Dec 26, 2014
A year since the Ebola epidemic took hold in West Africa, the number of fatalities has reached 7,500, and the toll is still piling up. But according to a new report – International Monetary Fund policies have only made matters worse.

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American Indians Confront “Savage Anxieties”


Moyers & Company

Published on Dec 26, 2014

Earlier this month, as part of the $585 billion defense bill for 2015, Congress passed a measure that would give lands sacred to American Indians in Arizona to a foreign company. This week, Bill speaks with Robert A. Williams Jr., a professor specializing in American Indian law, about how such deals are a part of American Indian’s tragic history of dispossession.

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Vermont Harvard Club Endorses Divestment

In the past two years, the push for Harvard to divest from fossil fuels has manifested itself in many forms—Valentine’s Day cards, a week-long fast, a blockade of Massachusetts Hall, and, most recently, a lawsuit. Now, one alumni club is joining the movement calling on the University to remove its holdings in fossil fuel companies.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Vermont, which includes 276 members, endorsed divestment after 76 percent of its members who responded to a survey backed the measure. The Vermont group is the first alumni club to officially back the divestment movement, according to club president Charles A. Boright ’68.

The club’s position comes after months of discussion and research on the topic, Boright said. In early October, the club spoke with Jonathan Lash ’67, the president of Hampshire College, one of only a handful of colleges to have divested from fossil fuels. Boright also met with several members of Divest Harvard, the University-wide parent activist group, to discuss whether they would be supportive of the Vermont club voting on the measure, he said.

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Members of Divest Harvard, including Brett A. Roche ’15, far right, who was arrested during a protest two days prior, returned to Massachusetts Hall on May 2, 2014 to renew their call for an open meeting with the Harvard Corporation.

Benjamin Franta, a graduate student at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and one of Divest Harvard’s alumni coordinators, said he was immediately supportive of the Vermont group’s plans to debate and vote on the topic. Alumni are very relevant in the movement, he said.

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Corporation Committee Considers Proposals on Environment, Lobbying in 2014 | Divestment

UPDATED: Dec. 24, 2014, at 8:05 p.m.

Two subcommittees of the Harvard Corporation, the University’s highest governing body, assessed the social responsibility of 56 shareholder proposals in 2014, focusing on lobbying and concerns related to the environment, according to the 2014 Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility annual report released last week.

The CCSR and the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility determine how Harvard votes its stakeholder positions on a number of ethical and social issues. The ACSR, which consists of four faculty members, four students, and four alumni, analyzes each potential vote and provides a recommendation to the CCSR, whose four members then determine Harvard’s position.

In 2014, those four members included Corporation Senior Fellow William F. Lee ’72, Corporation fellows Lawrence S. Bacow and Nannerl O. Keohane, and former Senior Fellow Robert D. Reischauer ’63. University Treasurer Paul J. Finnegan ’75 has since replaced Reischauer on the committee.

During the 2014 spring proxy voting season, the committees addressed several new topics, including fast food advertising and its possible connection to childhood obesity, corporate tax policies, and the impact that investing activities of certain companies may have on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. The ACSR and CCSR agreed on 51 proposals, and the CCSR abstained from voting on five.

The CSSR considered the same number of proposals this year as in 2013, when the issues addressed similarly included concerns related to lobbying and the environment.

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How Pope Francis’ upbringing shaped his role as reformer


PBS NewsHour

Published on Dec 25, 2014

From his simple lifestyle to his active engagement in diplomacy, Pope Francis has distinguished himself as the leader of the Catholic Church. Jeffrey Brown talks to Austen Ivereigh, author of a new biography, “The Great Reformer,” about the ways the pope’s upbringing in Argentina informed his papal priorities, and his efforts to clean up the Vatican.

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