Daily Archives: February 27, 2016

A YEAR IN SPACE | Space Station | PBS


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Published on Feb 27, 2016

A YEAR IN SPACE premieres Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

The International Space Station is the most expensive and complex object humans have ever built.

A YEAR IN SPACE is a co-production with TIME and PBS.

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Boko Haram Is Deadlier Than ISIS. Why Don’t We Care?

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Published on Feb 27, 2016

What Is Boko Haram And Why Are They Kidnapping Nigerian Girls? http://testu.be/1q0GvTr
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In 2015, the Global Terrorism Index named Boko Haram the deadliest terrorist organization over ISIS. So why isn’t more being done to stop Boko Haram?

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Global Terrorism Index 2015: Measuring and Understanding the Impact of Terrorism
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“Terrorist activity increased by 80 per cent in 2014 to its highest recorded level.”

Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists?
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-…
“Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram – which has caused havoc in Africa’s most populous country through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions – is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state.”

Why did the world ignore Boko Haram’s Baga attacks?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015…
“France spent the weekend coming to terms with last week’s terror attacks in Paris that left 17 dead.”

Boko Haram: The Other Islamic State
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20…
“While much of the world has been focused on the rise of the Islamic State, another proto-Islamic state has been waging a campaign of terror while dreaming of a caliphate in Nigeria.”

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Greece overwhelmed with refugees as neighbors tighten borders


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Published on Feb 27, 2016

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the EU risks turning his country into a refugee “warehouse” unless other nations in the bloc share the burden of the migrant crisis. Athens says it will block future EU agreements if the refugee problem isn’t shared.

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Spinning the occupation: Israel and the media – The Listening Post (Full)


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Published on Feb 27, 2016

Israel is facing a global image problem – and once again the state is blaming the media.Over the past month, the Knesset has summoned foreign journalists to defend themselves against accusations of bias, particularly around their coverage of the protracted violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank.For the domestic media, there has also been a tightening of controls since Arielle Ben Avraham was appointed the new chief military censor. Avraham recently issued a directive ordering news organisations, digital outlets, bloggers and even certain Facebook users to run stories about national security past military censors before publishing or posting.All of this is happening while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doubles up as communications minister, showing how the Likud Party sees controlling the media narrative as critical to the wellbeing of its government.Talking us through the story are: Lahav Harkov Levine, a reporter at the Jerusalem Post; Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, the editor-in-chief at +972 Magazine; Uri Blau, a journalist; and Luke Baker, the Reuters bureau chief and head of the Foreign Press Association.

Other media stories on our radar this week: Chinese president Xi Jinping has made the rules of journalism clear for the country’s state owned news outlets; in Turkey, two prominent journalists accused of revealing ‘state secrets’ have been released after being held for three months; and a hot mic catches MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts cosying up to Donald Trump.Mandela’s legacy: The media in post-apartheid South AfricaAlmost 22 years after the end of the Apartheid regime in South Africa, transformation of the country’s media is still a work in progress.In terms of numbers, the media sector has done relatively well compared to other influential sectors in redressing inequalities. However, questions of ownership and the way the country is reported on remain.

The Listening Post’s Nic Muirhead went to South Africa to investigate the transformation issue in the country’s media.Finally, President Xi Jinping’s state media tour was TV gold – but one of the most theatrical moments didn’t take place on camera – it came after the president visited the newsrooms of the Xinhua news agency. A deputy editor at Xinhua, Pu Liye, posted a poem in praise of the president on his WeChat account and Chinese web users had a field day with the poem long after it went viral. It was written in Mandarin, so we had it translated and read out, accompanied by a few pictures of the president on his media tour.

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Uganda conservationists concerned by declining number of chimpanzees


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Published on Feb 27, 2016

Conservationists in Uganda are concerned about the declining number of chimpanzees in the country because of human wildlife conflict. While human encroachment on their natural habitat is exposing the primates to poachers, the rescued chimpanzees are now being habituated in safer sanctuaries. CCTV’s Hillary Ayesiga visited one such sanctuary in Central Uganda

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What Caused Our National Debt? Bernie Sanders on Finance, Deficit Proposal (2011)


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Published on Feb 27, 2016

A cornerstone of Sanders’s campaign is to fight the increasing wealth inequality in the United States. In April 2015, the Associated Press wrote: What we have seen is that while the average person is working longer hours for lower wages, we have seen a huge increase in income and wealth inequality, which is now reaching obscene levels. This is a rigged economy, which works for the rich and the powerful, and is not working for ordinary Americans … You know, this country just does not belong to a handful of billionaires.

In July 2015 Sanders introduced legislation that would incrementally increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2020.

Sanders supports repeal of some of the tax deductions that benefit hedge funds and corporations, and would raise taxes on capital gains and the wealthiest one percent of Americans. He would use some of the added revenues to lower the taxes of the middle and lower classes. Sanders has suggested that he would be open to a 90% top marginal tax rate (a rate that last existed during the years after World War II) for the wealthiest earners, and has proposed a top marginal rate of 65% for the federal estate tax, up from the current 40% rate.

On May 6, 2015, Sanders introduced legislation to break up “too big to fail” financial institutions. With three of the four banks that were bailed out during the 2007–08 Global Financial Crisis now larger than they were then, Sanders believes that “no single financial institution should have holdings so extensive that its failure would send the world economy into crisis. If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.” As a representative from Vermont, Sanders opposed the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act, signed into law in 1999 by then president Bill Clinton, which repealed the provision of the Glass–Steagall Act that prevents any financial institution from acting as both a securities firm and a commercial bank. Sanders supports legislation sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) to re-instate Glass–Steagall.

Sanders is opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which he has called “a continuation of other disastrous trade agreements, like NAFTA, CAFTA, and permanent normal trade relations with China.” He believes that free trade agreements have led to a loss of American jobs and have depressed American wages. Sanders has said that America needs to rebuild its own manufacturing base by using American factories and supporting well-paying jobs for American labor rather than outsourcing to China and other countries.

Saying “America once led the world in building and maintaining a nationwide network of safe and reliable bridges and roads. Today, nearly a quarter of the nation’s 600,000 bridges have been designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete…Almost one-third of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition…,” Sanders has introduced amendments to Senate bills (S.Amendt.323) that promote the creation of millions of middle-class jobs by investing in infrastructure, paid for by closing loopholes in the corporate and international tax system. He also supports legislation that would make it easier for workers to join or form a union. Sanders’ campaign website also has focused on the concerns of both the long-term unemployed and the underemployed, citing that “the real unemployment rate is much higher than the “official” figure typically reported in the newspapers. When you include workers who have given up looking for jobs, or those who are working part-time when they want to work full-time, the real number is much higher than official figures would suggest.”

Sanders has said that there is a very important role for free enterprise and economic growth, especially for small business and entrepreneurs, but that the competitive landscape in the United States has become unfair, favoring large corporations. He has also said that economic growth needs to serve people and that growth for the sake enriching the top 1% does not serve the country’s interests. He has said that he would accept a reduction in economic growth in order to increase fairness and reduce economic inequality.

Sanders supports the establishment of worker-owned cooperatives and introduced legislation in June 2014 that would aid workers who wanted to “form their own businesses or to set up worker-owned cooperatives.” As early as 1976, Sanders was a proponent of workplace democracy, saying, “I believe that, in the long run, major industries in this state and nation should be publicly owned and controlled by the workers themselves.”

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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis | UMass Amherst Libraries

Posted on February 19, 2016. Contact: Madeleine Charney.

The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events which run between February 29 and April 20, 2016. The series is organized by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative community comprised of UMass students, faculty and staff working together to integrate the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate change.

Will Snyder, UMass Extension educator and a member Talking Truth’s planning team, says, “We believe that effective learning and action requires integration of all dimensions of experience. Our aim is to promote the engagement of hearts and minds in understanding and acting on climate issues.”

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Science Goes to the Movies: The Martian – Science Friday

Matt Damon in “The Martian.” Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

In The Martian, Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded, Robinson Crusoe-style, on the surface of Mars. Left for dead by his NASA crewmates and with limited food and water, Mark Watney’s situation looks dire. To stand any chance of survival, this STEM-savvy astronaut knows he’ll have to “science the s*** out of this” (as he puts it in the film’s trailer.) On this edition of “Science Goes to the Movies,” Ira talks with NASA’s “Mohawk Man,” JPL engineer Bobak Ferdowsi, and astronaut Don Pettit about their take on this Hollywood thriller, where space geekery takes center screen.

Listen to Science Friday’s interview with The Martian author, Andy Weir, here.

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Don Pettit

Don Pettit is a NASA astronaut at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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Bobak Ferdowsi

Bobak Ferdowski is Europa Clipper mission engineer and flight engineer/director of the Mars Curiosity Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

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Forecasting the Future of Pandemics…in 1994 – Science Friday : Zika and beyond

Since we first went on-air in 1991, Science Friday has brought you news and expert perspectives on the microbes that threaten us—from emerging diseases like AIDS and SARS, to old foes like tuberculosis and plague. In December of 1994, two public health experts took to SciFri’s airwaves to address some disturbing trends in global public health: rising antibiotic resistance, overlooked and underfunded public health infrastructure, and a frightening resurgence of old diseases we thought we’d beat. The guests were Laurie Garrett, then a health and science writer for Newsday and author of the book The Coming Plague (and now senior fellow for health at the Council on Foreign Relations), and Stephen Ostroff, then the associate director of epidemiological sciences at the CDC (and now former acting commissioner of the FDA).

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Is the US undermining India’s solar power programme? – BBC News

Justin Rowlatt South Asia correspondent

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Roha Dyechem solar plant at Bhadla in the north-western state of Rajasthan

Whatever happened to all the talk of international co-operation to tackle climate change that we heard during the climate conference in Paris just a few months ago?

That is what many environmentalists are asking after the United States delivered a damaging blow to India’s ambitious solar power programme this week.

In response to a US complaint, a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel has ruled that India’s National Solar Mission breaches trade rules.

It judged that India’s policies on buying locally made solar power equipment discriminates against imports.

“The ink is barely dry on the UN Paris Climate Agreement, but clearly trade still trumps real action on climate change,” Sam Cossar-Gilbert of Friends of the Earth International said in a statement.

But is the decision really as damaging as many commentators seem to think?

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