Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

Climate Change Workshop: Towards a Green Economy Dan Esty

The Rhodes Trust
Published on May 12, 2017

US govt involved in mass murder ‘almost on a daily basis’ ‒ CODEPINK co-founder

3 October 2017 – The Warden of Rhodes House, Charles Conn, has announced he will step down

The Warden of Rhodes House, Charles Conn, has announced he will step down from his role when his five-year term expires at the end of the academic year in June 2018. He will remain closely involved with the Rhodes Trust as he has agreed with the Chair and Trustees to become an active Senior Adviser to support the Trust’s strategic partnerships and continued global expansion, including with The Atlantic Philanthropies and other future partnerships. During his time as Warden, the Trust has crafted a sound and exciting strategic direction, successfully funded core Scholarships and strengthened its Senior Scholar relationships.

“The Rhodes Trust owes Charles a great debt for the exceptional leadership he has given as Warden and CEO. He has successfully overseen the Campaign for the 21st Century so that our Scholarships are both now fully funded and provided to more countries than ever, sixty-four in total. Charles has also extended the reach of the Trust by developing important international partnerships and encouraging Rhodes House to be a place in which expert collaboration, dialogue and debate is convened. We look forward to having his continued support as a Senior Adviser following demitting his current office next summer.” – Sir John Hood KNZM, Chair of the Rhodes Trust

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E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule – The New York Times


Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. chief, at the White House in June. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Monday that it would take formal steps to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a bitter fight over the future of America’s efforts to tackle global warming.

At an event in eastern Kentucky, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said that his predecessors had departed from regulatory norms in crafting the Clean Power Plan, which was finalized in 2015 and would have pushed states to move away from coal in favor of sources of electricity that produce fewer carbon emissions.

“The war on coal is over,” Mr. Pruitt said. “Tomorrow in Washington, D.C., I will be signing a proposed rule to roll back the Clean Power Plan. No better place to make that announcement than Hazard, Kentucky.”

The repeal proposal, which will be filed in the Federal Register on Tuesday, fulfills a promise President Trump made to eradicate his predecessor’s environmental legacy. Eliminating the Clean Power Plan makes it less likely the United States can fulfill its promise as part of the Paris climate agreement to ratchet down emissions that are warming the planet and contributing to heat waves and sea-level rise. Mr. Trump has vowed to abandon that international accord.

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“Human Flow”: World-Renowned Artist & Activist Ai Weiwei on His Epic New Documentary on Refugees

Democracy Now! Published on Oct 9, 2017
https://democracynow.org – The United Nations says there are now more refugees worldwide than at any time since World War II. The journey and struggle of these 65 million refugees is the subject of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei’s epic new documentary. It’s called “Human Flow.” For the documentary, Ai Weiwei traveled to 23 countries and dozens of refugee camps. We speak to world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

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“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”: Ai Weiwei on His NYC Exhibition Exploring Borders and Nationalism

Democracy Now!   Published on Oct 10, 2017

https://democracynow.org – Ai Weiwei has been named the most powerful artist in the world by ArtReview magazine. He’s also been called the most dangerous man in China. The world-renowned artist has a major new exhibition opening in New York City, in which he’s erecting security fences and cages across the boroughs—including under Washington Square Arch and in Central Park near Trump Tower—to explore the rise of nationalism and the closure of borders worldwide. It’s called “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” For more, we speak with award-winning artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Democracy Now!


World-Renowned Artist Ai Weiwei on His Childhood in a Labor Camp, Art, Activism, Prison & Freedom
Democracy Now!

Democracy Now!  Published on Oct 10, 2017

Published on Oct 9, 2017https://democracynow.org – Ai Weiwei has been called the most powerful artist in the world—and the most dangerous man in China. Born in 1957 in Beijing, he spent his childhood and youth in a hard labor camp in the Gobi Desert in remote northwest China. As a student at Beijing Film Academy, he first became involved in art and activism. He spent his twenties in New York City and then returned to China. In 2008, after a massive earthquake in Sichuan, China, Ai Weiwei launched a citizen investigation to collect the names of the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died, partially as a result of the highly shoddy government construction of the schools. While his citizen investigation catapulted him to international fame, it also enraged Chinese government officials. In 2009, his popular blog was shut down. A few months later, police broke into his hotel room and attacked him, punching him in the face and causing cerebral hemorrhaging. In 2010, Ai Weiwei was placed under house arrest, after the Chinese government demolished his studio. Then, in 2011, he was arrested at the Beijing airport and held for 81 days, without any charges. Chinese authorities seized his passport and refused to return it until 2015. For more on the remarkable life of this world-renowned dissident and artist, we speak with Ai Weiwei.


Contemporary Fine Art From Africa – Welcome To Guns & RainGuns & Rain | Contemporary Fine Art from Southern Africa


Welcome to Guns & Rain. Explore work by emerging and established artists from southern Africa. We’re excited to soon be opening our new permanent space in Parkhurst, Johannesburg (currently under renovation, below). For those across the oceans, we offer prompt and informed advisory to help you find African art that you love, and we deliver it anywhere you like. If you’re in Paris, come visit us at AKAA 10-12 November. Sign up for our newsletter here for regular updates. We’re committed to fair, mindful and ethical trade.



Charalee Graydon – Contemporary Art “Our Changing World” – the work of Tanisha Bhana

Contemporary Art
“Our Changing World” – Tanisha Bhana

Charalee Graydon, Prairie Region, 1982

While attending the 40th Anniversary of Rhode´s Women in September, 2017, I met Julie Taylor, Founder and Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery “Guns and Rainan online art gallery headquartered in South Africa. After discussing my work in the Creative Arts and Climate Change, Julie introduced me to, Tanisha Bhana, one of the artists with whom she is working.

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Making the leap – Julie Taylor, Guns and Rain

Published on Apr 12, 2017

It’s a daring decision to go on your own. In this video we have a glance into the brave journey of Julie Taylor, founder and director of contemporary African art online store Guns & Rain Art. Read the article for tips from Julie on making the leap: http://bit.ly/2o8q8JX

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Julie Taylor on a new online gallery for Southern African artists called Guns and Rain

Published on Jan 16, 2015

South African Julie Taylor, Director of a new contemporary art platform on: the origins of the gallery’s name, Guns and Rain; how ordering from the online platform works; curating online exhibitions with Google Open Gallery; the kinds of artists features on the platform; the impact of online on art buying habits; and why online makes art more accessible. The gallery can be viewed on www.gunsandrain.com/artists and its Google Open Gallery site is here: https://gunsandrain.culturalspot.org/…

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Noam Chomsky (Oct 09, 2017) – Violence and Dignity