Daily Archives: September 18, 2017

Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past: Alison Smith, David Blayney Brown, Carol Jacob

What lasting legacy did British colonialism have on the cultures once under the Empire’s control? A rich and varied visual culture emerged in places under British governance, from the Americas to India and Australasia. Writers, artists, and museums have long played a role in documenting the cultural impact of British colonialism, and yet, since the vast Imperial exhibitions of the early 20th century, there has been no comprehensive presentation of the objects made across the British Empire. This publication, which accompanies a major Tate Britain exhibition, fills that gap.

In this landmark study, leading scholars focus on how particular objects tell the history of life under British rule. Paintings by artists such as John Singer Sargent and Sidney Nolan are presented alongside Benin bronze heads and Mughal miniatures in a survey that ranges from 16th-century colonialism to the British Empire’s decline in the postwar era.

Noam Chomsky New Update Sep 19, 2017 – After the Electoral Extravaganza


Noam Chomsky
Published on Sep 18, 2017

Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump


Published on Sep 18, 2017

https://democracynow.org
– President Donald Trump on Tuesday is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly. Climate change is expected to be high on the agenda at this year’s gathering. As the world leaders meet, another major storm—Hurricane Maria—is gaining strength in the Caribbean and following a similar path as Hurricane Irma. The current forecast shows Maria could hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm as early as Wednesday. The U.S. Virgin Islands, which were devastated by Irma, also appear to be in line to be hit by Maria. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that the Trump administration is considering staying in the Paris climate agreement, just months after the president vowed to pull out of it. The White House denied the report. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday signaled Trump may back away from the Paris accord, but National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster gave a different message on Fox News Sunday. We speak with best-selling author Naomi Klein, a senior correspondent for The Intercept. Her most recent book, “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need,” has been longlisted for a National Book Award.

Ex-Head of U.S. Operations for Shell to Lead Houston’s Harvey Recovery


Sep 18, 2017

In more climate-related news, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has tapped the former head of U.S. operations for oil giant Shell to lead Houston’s post-Hurricane Harvey recovery effort. Marvin Odum was the chair of Shell for eight years. He retired in 2016. Hurricane Harvey killed at least 82 people, flooded thousands of homes and destroyed billions of dollars of property. It also caused widespread environmental contamination, triggering a half-million-gallon gasoline spill and the release of up to 5 million pounds of pollutants into the air.

Trump Admin Issues Conflicting Information About Paris Climate Deal


Sep 18, 2017

Ahead of the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, the Trump administration is putting out conflicting information about whether the United States will pull out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord. On Saturday, the White House doubled down on Trump’s threats to pull out of the accord. But on Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled President Trump may back away from this pledge. This is Rex Tillerson speaking on with John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “So I think the plan is for Director Cohn to consider other ways in which we can work with partners in the Paris climate accord. We want to be productive. We want to be helpful. The U.S. has—actually has a tremendous track record on reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions.”

John Dickerson: “So there’s a chance that if things get worked out, both on the voluntary side from the U.S., the voluntary restrictions for the U.S., that it could change, but then also, with China, there’s a chance the U.S. could stay in the accord, is that right?”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “I think under the right conditions, the president said he’s open to finding those conditions where we can remain engaged with others on what we all agree is still a challenging issue.”

Exposing the real price of the US fracking industry


Published on May 26, 2015
Journeyman Pictures

Fractured Earth: The Pennsylvania towns polluted and poisoned by Shale Gas extraction Inside The Shale Gas Boom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Kj35… Shell’s Controversial Patagonian Fracking Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR6nL… Subscribe to Journeyman for more: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… For downloads and more information visit: http://www.journeyman.tv/?lid=68652&b… It’s America’s controversial answer to an energy-secure future. But with questions remaining about damage to the environment and people’s health, fracking is causing a major rift across affected communities. “It’s the answer to our local economy, our national economy, our state economy and it is the new foreign policy”, says Doug McClinko, County Commissioner of Towanda, Pennsylvania.

The area is rich in shale gas and to many like Doug, fracking is the key to a more self-reliant and secure future. In an area where rural livelihoods are under intense strain, the personal incentives for opening the door to fracking is clear: “It puts kids into college”. But as global oil prices plummet, ripping profits from under landowners’ feet, and more and more residents report severe water contamination, questions are coming to the fore and dividing communities. For Ray Kemble, a notable anti-fracking activist whose water began running green after the wells popped up, the benefits are nowhere to be seen. “They’ve destroyed my life”, he says. Wild Dog Ltd – Ref 6453 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world’s most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world’s top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you’ll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.

Landrush in Africa – (vpro backlight documentary – 2008)


vpro documentary
Published on Feb 12, 2017

Original title: Our man in Sudan. While huge parts of Africa are still famine-stricken, large areas of fertile agricultural land on the continent are put up for sale. Since the collapse of the financial markets smart investors have gone looking for new opportunities and, given the increasing world population and high prices of raw materials, agricultural land seems a safe bet. With lots of cheap land Africa is a Walhalla. We never see how these investors actually operate. But Backlight was able to watch one of them, Phil Heilberg, former Wall Street banker, in action. Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2008. © VPRO Backlight January 2008 VPRO Documentary: Our globalized world causes societies, economies and cultures to seek a new balance. VPRO Documentary reflects on this with new features every week. We research subjects like politics, world economy, society and science with experts and try to grasp the essence of prominent trends and developments. So subscribe to our channel and we will be delighted to share our adventures with you!