Daily Archives: September 28, 2017

Puerto Rico’s farmers look to rebuild after Hurricane Maria


Schiff: Russia turned Americans against each other on Twitter, Facebook

Standing up for the World: Sustainability and Climate Change Panel

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As Trump Struggles to Pronounce “Namibia,” Meet One of the Country’s Best-Known Journalists

Published on Sep 28, 2017

The African nation of Namibia found itself in the news last week after President Trump mispronounced its name during a speech at the United Nations. Trump’s reference to the nonexistent Nambia left many observers confused as to whether he was referring to the Gambia or Zambia or Namibia. White House officials later clarified to say Trump meant to say Namibia. During that same speech, Trump congratulated African leaders for helping make his friends rich. We find out more from one of Namibia’s best-known journalists, Gwen Lister, who is in Paris to speak today at UNESCO. She is the founding editor of the independent newspaper The Namibian, which reported critically on the apartheid South African regime. During the 1980s, she was jailed twice, and her newspaper’s office was destroyed by arson. The building was later firebombed in the 1990s after Namibia became independent. Gwen Lister has since become a leading advocate for press freedom. She is a founding member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which gained fame for publishing the Panama Papers, which exposed how the world’s rich used tax havens to hide their wealth. Gwen Lister is speaking today here at UNESCO to mark the International Day for the Universal Access to Information.

Sir Drummond Bone – “Where Next?”

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Sir Drummond Bone
Master of Balliol College and Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Oxford

Sir Drummond Bone graduated from Glasgow University and was a Snell Exhibitioner at Balliol from 1968 to 1972. He became Professor of English Literature and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Glasgow, Principal of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College in the University of London, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, and President of Universities UK. He has been Master of Balliol since 2011. In Trinity Term 2016 he was appointed a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.

He is an acknowledged expert on the poetry of Byron and is President of the Scottish Byron Society. He was a long-time member of the Steering Group of the Council for College and University English, a Fellow of the English Association, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, as well as being a member of the CBI Science and Innovation Committee and chair of the Northern Way’s Industry and Innovation Group. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Professor Bone was knighted in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to higher education and the regeneration of the North West. He has been Chairman of the Arts and Humanities Research Council since 2014.

During his time as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, he co-founded Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China with Professor Youmin Xi.

Hobby Lobby Bible Museum Loots Iraq Antiquities

Published on Oct 28, 2015

The Christian Hobby Lobby is allegedly under investigation for trying to import ancient antiquities from Iraq for their 800 million dollar Museum of the Bible, which is currently being built in Washington DC with a scheduled opening in 2017. Christian billionaire Steve Green, who is CEO of the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby corporation as well as the pioneer of the new museum, attempted to import the artifacts in 2011 when they were seized by US customs agents in Memphis upon entry to the US, according to the Daily Beast. We look at the federal investigation on the Lip News with Mark Sovel and Elliot Hill.

ExxonMobil Climate Change Lies Could Land Them in Big Trouble

Published on Oct 28, 2015

ExxonMobil knew about climate change as many as 11 years before it became a public issue and spent millions to promote climate misinformation, according to a recent investigation from InsideClimate News. Bernie Sanders likened the approach to the lies spread by the tobacco industry regarding the health risks of smoking. We look at how ExxonMobil’s climate change lies could land them in big trouble on the Lip News with Wes Clark Jr. and Jo Ankier.

Muhammad Yunus on Achieving a World with Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment & Zero Emissions

Published on Sep 27, 2017
Democracy Now

https://democracynow.org – As a series of destructive hurricanes hit the United States, devastating floods in South Asia have killed more than 1,300 people. “[Bangladesh] is the most densely populated country in the world. … It’s becoming a situation where we will have have hundreds of thousands of climate refugees,” says Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. His new book is titled “A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.”

Profits vs. Puerto Rican Lives: Trump Admin Blocks Aid from Reaching Devastated Island

Published on Sep 27, 2017
Democracy Now

https://democracynow.org – One week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump says he will visit the island next Tuesday, even as most of the 3.5 million U.S. citizens who live there remain in the dark, without access to power, clean water, food and fuel. Facing withering criticism, Trump held a press conference Tuesday and denied he has neglected the disaster. His administration also denied a request from several members of Congress to waive shipping restrictions to help get gasoline and other supplies to Puerto Rico as it recovers, even though the Department of Homeland Security waived the Jones Act twice in the last month following hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which hit the mainland United States. We speak with Democracy Now! co-host Juan González and with former New York State Assemblyman Nelson Denis, who wrote about the Jones Act in The New York Times this week in a piece headlined “The Law Strangling Puerto Rico.” His book is called “War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony.”

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Call for U.N. Security Council to Protect Rohingya from Attacks in Burma

Published on Sep 27, 2017
Democracy Now!

https://democracynow.org – In the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Burma, more than 400,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority have fled the country after hundreds of their villages were burned to the ground. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights has accused the Burmese government of waging a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. In recent days, Bangladeshi authorities have sharply restricted the movements of Rohingya refugees, telling them they can’t leave their makeshift camps, ordering drivers not to transport Rohingya and landlords not to rent to them. We get response from Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. He and over a dozen other Nobel Peace laureates have signed a letter calling on the United Nations Security Council to intervene to protect the Rohingya and end the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine, Burma. Yunus’s new book is “A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.”