Daily Archives: August 19, 2015

Slavery, Conquest and the Rise of the American College | Boston University’s World of Ideas

August 16, 2015
Slavery, Conquest and the Rise of the American College

Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, and is titled “Slavery, Conquest and the Rise of the American College.” Our speaker is Craig Wilder, Professor of History at MIT.

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2015 – my last year as head of Greenpeace | Greenpeace International

Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo – 31 March, 2015 at 15:00

There is an old African proverb that says ‘if you want to travel fast go alone, if you want to travel far go together’. After five and a half years at Greenpeace, I think together we have travelled fast and far. And, we have travelled together. But it is nearly time for me to embark on a new journey.

By the end of this year I will be stepping down as the Greenpeace International Executive Director. The journey is far from over, and I will stay on it with you. I will then take on my most important role with Greenpeace, as a supporter and volunteer.

A volunteer on a journey, like those currently aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. Six courageous volunteers, who stand for us all, are making #TheCrossing. Like the tip of an ‘iceberg’ made up of seven million concerned people, they are following Shell’s giant oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, as it makes its way across the Pacific towards the Alaskan Arctic to undertake dangerous Arctic oil drilling.

Why am I sharing this with you now if I won’t be leaving for nine months? It’s because the Board of Greenpeace International needs to begin the search for its next Executive Director, and such a search is public and requires extensive consultation. In the coming weeks we will be saying more about it. For the present, we have produced a statement that explains this announcement.

As I say in the statement, this is not a sudden decision for me. It’s not that I could not do more here, at Greenpeace International. I’d be happy to continue to work with, or rather for, all of you. But over the last year I have been feeling a strong pull to return home to South Africa. I have been away for 17 years and it feels that the time to return is upon me.

…(read more).

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Kenya considers lifting the ban on GMO foods


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Published on Aug 19, 2015

The first biotech food crop ever to be grown in the open environment in Kenya is set to be planted. This as the government is considering whether to lift a three-year import ban on Genetically Modified Organisms. But the introduction of the crop, insect resistant maize, will depend on whether Kenyans opposed to GMOs will have raised credible evidence on why they should not be grown in the open. Already a consumer lobby group has threatened to go to court if the government does not present sufficient evidence to prove transgenic crops are safe for humans and the environment. So far GMO crops in the country have been grown either in laboratories or greenhouses to avoid possible environmental contamination.

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Ring of Fire On Free Speech TV | Episode 160 – Corporate America Chooses Scott Walker For 2016


The Ring of Fire

Streamed live on Aug 18, 2015

Corporate America has chosen Scott Walker as their candidate for 2016, and we’ll tell you why he represents everything wrong with American politics…

Only one GOP candidate has spoken out about endless war, and his campaign is falling apart. Will a Republican President lead us into another desert war disaster?…

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Hillary Clinton Criticizes Obama Administration over Arctic Drilling

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has criticized President Obama’s move to allow oil drilling in the Arctic. Earlier this week, the administration granted Royal Dutch Shell final approval to resume drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012, despite widespread protests from environmental groups. Taking to Twitter, Clinton wrote, “The Arctic is a unique treasure. Given what we know now, it’s not worth the risk of drilling.”

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Leading Islamic Scholars Release Broad Declaration on Climate Change

The world’s leading Islamic scholars have released a sweeping declaration on climate change. It calls on world leaders meeting in Paris later this year to commit to a 100 percent zero-emissions strategy and to invest in decentralized renewable energy in order to reduce poverty and the catastrophic impacts of climate change. This declaration comes on the heels of the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment earlier this year, which also calls for sweeping action on climate change. Like the encyclical, this declaration, endorsed by more than 60 leading Islamic scholars, links climate change to the economic system, stating: “We recognize the corruption that humans have caused on the Earth due to our relentless pursuit of economic growth and consumption.”

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Published on Mar 26, 2015

Persuade, Change, Influence… that’s the motto of the U.S. Army’s Psychological Operations Regiment.

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