Daily Archives: March 18, 2021

Fauci rejects Rand Paul’s stance on mask wearing

Associated Press

Published on Mar 18, 2021

The top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Thursday challenged Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (the need for mask mandates for those who have already been infected with or vaccinated against COVID-19. (March 18)

The sickening greed of Big Pharma exposed

RT America

Published on Mar 18, 2021

Executives of leading pharmaceutical companies were caught openly discussing the opportunity for profits presented by COVID-19. The US government gave $30 billion to these companies simply to develop the vaccines. RT America’s Faran Fronczak joins Scottie Nell Hughes with the details. As society becomes ever more reliant on doctors and modern, professional healthcare there is growing concern that actual care and wellness is taking a backseat to profits for Big Pharma and the for-profit medical establishment. Then surgeon and author Dr. Michael Young to share his insights on the “worrisome cost-cutting” so pervasive in the medical sector. He describes the “frustrating deevolution” of US healthcare and says US society’s whole perspective on the practice of healthcare needs to change.

President Biden’s reputation of a softer stance on illegal immigration may be part of the current surge of families and unaccompanied minors at southern border of the US. More than 13,000 minors are already held near the border. Some critics say that the Biden administration should turn migrants away and that current enabling traffickers and the exploitation of children. Others say that detaining any asylum-seeker is inhumane. RT America’s Natasha Sweatte reports. Then immigration attorney and Democratic strategist Allen Ore and Ed Martin of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles join to debate the issue.

US Policy in Africa: A Partnership for the 21st Century

Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics

Published on Mar 18, 2021

US Policy in Africa: A Partnership for the 21st Century Date: Tuesday, May 05, 1998 – 08:00PM More video info at https://iop.harvard.edu/node/2558

Live Event: In Conversation with Homi Bhabha

TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

Streamed live 112 minutes ago

Democracy, fragility, conspiracy — three themes for our times

Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities. Speaker Biographies:

Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the English and Comparative Literature Departments at Harvard University. He was founding director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University from 2011-2019 and director of the Harvard Humanities Center from 2005-2011. From 2008-2019, he held the inaugural position of Senior Adviser on the Humanities to the President and Provost at Harvard University and from 2005-2008 served as Senior Adviser in the Humanities at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

Bhabha is the author of numerous works exploring postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, contemporary art, and cosmopolitanism. His works include Nation and Narration and The Location of Culture, which was reprinted as a Routledge Classic in 2004. His next book will be published by the University of Chicago Press. Bhabha has written on contemporary art for Artforum and has written a range of essays on William Kentridge, Anish Kapoor, Taryn Simon, and Mathew Barney, amongst others. He is a member of the Academic Committee for the Shanghai Power Station of Art, advisor on the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (CMAP) project at the Museum of Modern Art New York, and Curator in Residence of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Bhabha served on jury for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 and the 2018 Sharjah Biennial. In 2019, he was honored by the Institute of Contemporary Art in London for his influential work in studies of colonialism, postcolonialism, and globalization.

With the support of the Volkswagen and Mellon Foundations, Bhabha is leading a research project on the Global Humanities. In 1997 he was profiled by Newsweek as one of “100 Americans for the Next Century.” He holds honorary degrees from Université Paris 8, University College London, and the Free University Berlin. In 2012 he was awarded the Government of India’s Padma Bhushan Presidential Award in the field of literature and education and received the Humboldt Research Prize in 2015. In 2018 Bhabha received an honorary doctorate at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.

Elizabeth Frazer has been Official Fellow and Tutor in Politics since 1991; prior to that she was Rank Manning Junior Research Fellow at New College Oxford. She studied PPE at Pembroke College 1981-84, and completed her Doctorate, in Sociology, in 1987.

Wale Adebanwi is the Rhodes Professor of Race Relations and the Director of the African Studies Centre, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, and Fellow of St Antony’s College.

He studied at the Universities of Lagos, Ibadan and Cambridge and previously taught at the University of California, Davis, USA, and University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Adebanwi’s research focuses on how standard characterisations of ethno-regional and religious conflict and tension are changing in Nigeria. Generally, his research has focused on a range of topics addressing the question of the social mobilization of interest and power in contemporary Africa as manifested in nationalism and ethnicity, race relations, identity politics, elites and cultural politics, democratic process, newspaper press and spatial politics.

Chair: Stephen Tuck is a Professor of Modern History, tutor in History and fellow of Pembroke College at the University of Oxford. He is also affiliated with the Rothermere American Institute. With French historian François Weil, Tuck is the convenor of the European Network on Writing American History.[2] Additionally, Tuck is the author of three books, and the co-editor of a fourth book with professor Kevin M. Kruse of Princeton University.

For those interested in Professor Bhabha’s reference to ‘disappointed hope’, the phrase originates in a conversation between Theodor Adorno and Ernst Bloch, and Homi is using it in his own work, including in recent work on refugees.


OPINION: China-U.S. meeting in Alaska: A ‘frosting summit’ or a reset?

CGTN America

Published on Mar 18, 2021

While such a meetup is a positive signal after four years of deteriorating relationship for the two sides, observers worry it is tough to make any breakthrough in one meeting.

Lack of clean drinking water is a global moral failure: UNGA president

New China TV

Published on Mar 18, 2021

President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir says on Mar. 18, 2021 that the lack of drinking water is a global moral failure that has devastating consequences for humanity.

‘Bill Gates is continuing the work of Monsanto’, Vandana Shiva tells FRANCE 24

FRANCE 24 English

Oct 23, 2019

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A Guide to US Empire in Africa: Neocolonial Order & AFRICOM

Empire Files
Mar 13, 2021

Abby Martin speaks to Eugene Puryear to discuss the big picture of US imperialism in Africa: From the Berlin Conference to the subversion of liberation movements to neocolonial puppets and the current sprawl of AFRICOM “counterterrorism.” [EXTENDED INTERVIEW +
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Making every voice count for adaptive management

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Mar 18, 2021

Empowering communities to document their restoration journey enables long-term transformational change toward sustainable land and forest management. By adopting a learning-by-doing approach, FAO’s use of the participatory video approach in the Making every voice count for adaptive management initiative will help countries capture the current landscape conditions and monitor the change throughout the project lifetime. It can maximize the impact and sustainability of development initiatives, facilitating knowledge sharing, informed decision-making, and knowledge management.
As we enter the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), communities need to be empowered and trained to be active agents for knowledge documentation and monitoring.