Daily Archives: January 31, 2020

Hindu nationalists in India | VPRO Documentary

Jan 31, 2020

vpro documentary

Nicolaas Veul is introduced to young Hindu nationalists in the holy city of Allahabad. Divya, Ritesh and Vikrant fight for a Hindu India, and against external (western) influences.

India radicalizes itself into far right at lightning speed and extremist clubs are having more and more influence and followers who feel that the West has far too much impact on India with its values. People like Vikrant, who want to make India great again. Just like Ritesh and Divya, he is a volunteer at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is, with about 6 million members, the largest Hindu nationalist movement in India. In the RSS headquarters, Vikrant explains to Nicholas why they wear uniforms and why he believes that Western settlers have stolen all kinds of Indian inventions, such as airplanes and plastic surgery. And Ritesh can be short about gay rights: “In India, gay relationships actually do not occur’.

To show Nicholas the light, RSS volunteer Divya takes him to bathe where the Ganges and the Yamuna merge. There the westerner is being cleansed of his sins. According to Divya, a hopeful first step towards a world in which we will all be Hindu and therefore family.

In the series ‘The westeners’, of which this is an episode, one of our program makers follows remarkable young people day and night who take us into their world. A world that is no longer waiting for Western ideals. Partying, hating, loving, praying and working: we experience adventures with people who are different in life than we are; looking for new ideas, amazing insights and totally different truths.

‘The westerners’ step out of their own comfort zone, directly into someone else’s existence elsewhere. With an open mind, sharpness, empathy and humor they attract people who are completely different in life. Each and every one of them act from their own perspective and also have to criticize Western ideals such as democracy, religious freedom, women’s emancipation or animal welfare. This leads to astonishing insights and confrontations with other truths, on which own prejudices can be tested and perhaps also revised.

Looking beyond our own navel, beyond our Western dogmas – to be able to reflect on what it actually means to be ‘Western’. The Westerners combine participatory journalism with telling stories that surprise, move and defy our world view.

May 2017

US Senate votes to block witnesses at Trump impeachment trial, paving way for acquittal

FRANCE 24 English

Jan 31, 2020

The U.S. Senate on Friday voted against calling witnesses and collecting new evidence in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, clearing the way for Trump’s almost certain acquittal come Wednesday.

Lev Parnas Lawyer Details Testimony In Letter To Mitch McConnell, Names Names | MSNBC

Jan 31, 2020


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Lev Parnas’ attorney sent a letter to Mitch McConnell detailing testimony he would provide if called, saying he has both personal knowledge, as well as and physical and documentary evidence “directly relevant” to the impeachment inquiry. Aired on 1/31/2020.

WATCH: Sen. Klobuchar says new evidence keeps coming out about Trump | Trump impeachment trial

PBS NewsHour

Jan 31, 2020

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said the truth about President Donald Trump’s actions will come out sooner rather than later, adding that evidence is coming out “literally on the hour.” Shortly before Friday’s impeachment proceedings, a New York Times report provided more details about a book manuscript by former national security adviser John Bolton, who wrote that Trump instructed him to help apply pressure on Ukraine. Klobuchar said House managers are asking for four witnesses, including Bolton. “That will not be unfair to have four witnesses and have the people who are actually been in the room where in happened.”

After days of arguments posed by the House managers and Trump’s legal team, followed by questions posed by senators, the lawmakers debate and vote on whether they wish to subpoena new witnesses and documents on Friday, Jan. 31. Then the Senate must decide whether to acquit the president or convict him of the charges and remove him from office. The House of Representatives impeached Trump in December on two articles — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

For more on who’s who in the Trump impeachment inquiry, read: — https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics…

Andrew Bacevich, “The Age of Illusions”

Jan 27, 2020

Andrew Bacevich discusses his book, “The Age of Illusions”, at Politics and Prose. With books including The Limits of Power, America’s War for the Greater Middle East, and Twilight of the American Century, Bacevich, professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University, has proven one of our most incisive foreign policy analysts. In his new book he charts the remarkable period since the end of the Cold War, showing that while the West’s victory seemed to validate American-style liberal democratic values, the nation’s engagement in several wars and expanded globalization led not to world peace and prosperity but to inequality, divisiveness, and Trump.


Andrew J. Bacevich is professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University. A graduate of both the U.S. Military Academy and Princeton University, he served in the U.S. Army for twenty-three years. His recent books include The Limits of Power, America’s War for the Greater Middle East, and Twilight of the American Century. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the London Review of Books, and the American Conservative, among other publications.

Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator’s “Astonishing” Statement Cle ars Way for Acquittal

Democracy Now!

Jan 31, 2020

The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was “inappropriate” for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say “there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense.” Democrats need four Republican senators to support calling for witnesses, but it appears they will fall short. Republican Senators Susan Collins and Mitt Romney have said they will vote yes. If Lisa Murkowski of Alaska votes with them, it will result in a 50-50 tie, meaning no witnesses will be called unless Chief Justice John Roberts casts a tiebreaking vote. If the vote to call witnesses fails, the Republican leadership is expected to move quickly to end the trial and vote to acquit the president. Democrats have been demanding that former Trump national security adviser John Bolton testify in the trial. In an upcoming book, Bolton writes that Trump personally told him that $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was held up in order to pressure that country into launching investigations into Trump’s political rivals, including Joe Biden. We speak with Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate magazine, where she is the senior legal correspondent and Supreme Court reporter, as well as host of the legal podcast “Amicus.”

Extreme Weather | The Tipping Point

Dec 31, 2019

Full Movie – COSMIC DISASTER: https://youtu.be/B_zfMyzXqfI [ Short Version https://youtu.be/PjEj8DdFQ1A ]

Going Beyond The Gut: The Future Of Microbiome Therapeutics


Jan 30, 2020

The microbiome market is one of the hottest areas for innovation in the life sciences space. We are seeing an uptick in both research and venture capital dollars going into the microbiome industry—both in humans and plants. As a result, the global microbiome market is expected to grow from $235.8 million in 2018 to $521.23 million by 2022.

Hear presentations by some of Boston’s most innovative companies—Vedanta, Indigo Ag, Seres Therapeutics— and learn about the science behind the microbiome, the utilization of emerging technologies, and various perspectives on the future of the industry.

WGBH Forum Network ~ Free online lectures: Explore a world of ideas

South Africa on high alert after W.H.O. declaration

CGTN Africa

Published on Jan 31, 2020

The novel corona-virus has been designated as 2019-NCOV, and the W.H.O’s recent PHEIC declaration means all countries in the world should follow a specific protocol when managing the movement, detection and control of this virus. CGTN’s Angelo Coppola has more on the response in South Africa.