Daily Archives: September 28, 2020

Tax return bombshell puts Trump on the defensive ahead of first debate

FRANCE 24 English

Published on Sep 28, 2020

Joe Biden’s campaign seized on a fresh line of attack on the eve of the Democratic presidential nominee’s first debate with President Donald Trump, accusing the Republican incumbent of gaming the system to avoid paying his fair share of taxes.

Five key takeaways from the NY Times report on Trump’s tax returns

FRANCE 24 English

Published on Sep 28, 2020

A New York Times report that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax the year he entered the White House — and, thanks to colossal losses, no income tax at all in 11 of the 18 years that the Times reviewed — served to raise doubts about Trump’s self-image as a shrewd and successful businessman.

Upcoming Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 & ACT-Accelerator/COVAX Facility events

United Nations

Published on Sep 28, 2020

Hybrid press briefing by the Deputy Secretary-General on the High-level Meeting with Heads of State and Government on “Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond.” She also briefs on the ACT-Accelerator/COVAX Facility event which will take place on Wednesday.

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New England Book History is the online community of book historians in the North East Corner of the USA. We work on topics ranging chronologically from antiquity to the present and geographically around the world. This page is designed to receive posts and comments about all things related to book history research, and we hope it helps the community to get to know each other better. Please send us posts!

Filling the Gaps: Alyssa Pacy ’06MS, ’07MA Archives the Diversity of the Cambridge Community

Simmons University
Jul 27, 2020

Alyssa Pacy ’06MS, ’07MA is the archivist at the Cambridge Public Library. She graduated from the Simmons Library and Information Science Program with dual degrees in Archives Management and History. She has worked to collect and curate an archive that represents the diversity of the city of Cambridge where anyone in the city can come in and view their own history.

Africa’s looted art | DW Documentary

DW Documentary

Sep 2, 2020

Africa’s colonial overlords brutally stripped it of countless cultural treasures. Now, the fate of these items is being hotly debated in Europe and Africa as well. Some say the pieces should be returned, while others have reservations.

European museums proudly present art and cultural artifacts from all over the world. But until recently, many of them have never considered their own complicity in the brutal ways in which the pieces were acquired. Only slowly are they starting to include the people to whose ancestors these artifacts once belonged in their decisions, although European colonial overlords pillaged and looted them in the first place.

The issue of restitution is taking on a new urgency in Germany, last but not least because of the controversy surrounding Berlin’s Humboldt Forum, which is home to non-European collections. It’s estimated that more than 1.5 million artifacts from all around the world are held in storage at Germany’s ethnological museums. The Linden Museum in Stuttgart alone holds 60 thousand pieces from Africa. How many of them were stolen? And how do museums address the fact that their colonialist collectors had blood on their hands?

This documentary takes an African perspective on some examples, including valuable bronzes from Nigeria, an ornamental prow of a boat from Cameroon, and what is known as the Witbooi Bible from Namibia.

What do the people in the African countries where the pieces originated think about all this? What are the views of researchers, museum directors, artists and curators? What emotions arise when the frequently painful past is stirred up and examined? And how significant is the issue in the context of problems such as poverty, hunger and corruption in former colonies?

Could We Survive An Asteroid Collision? | Final Target | Spark


Aug 22, 2020

This documentary takes a look at the present efforts and problems associated with the location and observation of possible life-threatening comets and asteroids, as well as plans to avoid collisions.

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What if Earth were unique? | DW Documentary

DW Documentary  – Sep 26, 2020

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How likely is it that we will one day discover a planet with an ecosystem like Earth’s? What if the Earth’s diverse and complex life forms are unique? This documentary takes us on a guided tour that reveals the wonders of our planet.

Scientists are increasingly convinced that the presence of life on Earth is the result of a succession of happy coincidences, each one more improbable than the one before it, which when taken together nearly qualify as a miracle. Or, could it be that earthlings are the winners of some cosmic lottery with crazy odds?

While the origins of life remain shrouded in mystery, we have learned a lot about why life on our planet became possible. For decades, astronomers have been combing the universe, discovering more and more galaxies and solar systems. They’ve found new worlds and distant planets, but surprisingly none of these had environments that would result in an ecosystem similar to the one on Earth. A whole series of improbable cosmic and terrestrial events such as meteor strikes and volcanic eruptions must have all come together at just the right times to shape our planet. Guided by the work of astronomers, cosmologists and biologists, this documentary takes viewers on a tour that explores how our planet and the life on it came into existence. It’s a journey that’s led even the most sober of scientists to ask, “What if our world really is unique?”

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Top U.S. & World Headlines — September 28, 2020

Democracy Now!
Sep 28, 2020

Our Director-General’s latest video message

National Trust

Sep 25, 2020

Hear Hilary McGrady’s latest response to some of the media coverage concerning our report into colonialism and historic slavery and its inclusion of Sir Winston Churchill. We protect and care for places so people and nature can thrive. Everyone can get involved, everyone can make a difference. Nature, beauty, history. For everyone, for ever.