Daily Archives: May 20, 2021

Reinventing Development


Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics

Published on May 20, 2021

Reinventing Development Date: Friday, October 13, 1995 – 08:00PM More video info at https://iop.harvard.edu/node/2740

Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel


Smarthistory

Published on Jun 7, 2013

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is one of Michelangelo’s most famous works. Learn more about the history of this masterpiece. 1508-12, fresco (Vatican, Rome). Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

Burkina Faso Testing Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Curb Malaria


VOA News

Published on May 20, 2021

Cutting-edge research aims to reduce the ability of mosquito populations to spread the disease

Gideon Levy & Noura Erakat on Israel’s Gaza Assault, U.S. Complicity and Ending the Occupation


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Published on May 20, 2021
A Palestinian man in a wheelchair, his pregnant wife and 3-year-old daughter are among the latest victims in Israel’s ongoing bombing campaign in Gaza, which is now in its 11th day. Israeli airstrikes and shelling have killed at least 231 Palestinians, including 65 children, and health officials say 1,700 Palestinians have been wounded. Over 1,300 housing units have been completely demolished or severely damaged. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far rejected calls for a ceasefire, but Hamas officials say a truce could be reached within a day. President Joe Biden’s defense of Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza is a continuance of unconditional U.S. government support of Israel, says Israeli journalist Gideon Levy. “When will be the stage in which the world or the American president will say, ‘Enough is enough. This is not self-protection’?” We also speak with Noura Erakat, Palestinian human rights attorney and legal scholar, who says the shift in rhetoric and support for a free Palestine among some lawmakers and people in the U.S. is significant and “reflects years of movement work on the ground.”

Dividing America for Profit


Facing Future

Published on May 20, 2021

The American political system is broken. Right and left fling the most toxic, often ridiculous, statements about each other, to the delight of extremists. Who benefits from this narrowing of our minds – the political industry! Making millions from every campaign, trafficking in fear and hate, lobbyists, strategizers, poll takers, and advertising agencies serve special interests to the detriment of the country. Bill Shireman, is the co -founder of #EarthX, a Texas- based organization, dedicated to bringing all sides together to overcome polarities, and drive solutions to the climate emergency that threatens our entire planet. We need to take the growth out of #economics. Instead of producing and consuming endlessly, we need to establish a sustainable economy based on the realities of ecology. Science tells us that there are limits to the resources of the Earth, and to its capacity to absorb our polluting industries. Aiming for a critical mass of just 5% of the voting public, 5 million Americans, spread across all 50 states, EarthX hopes to reverse our destructive and divisive paradigms, with the recognition that our dollars and votes can be used to tip the balance in favor of our survival.

YouTube Algorithm Punishes Independent Media Outlets & US Prison Population Increased By Poverty


The Ring of Fire

Published on May 20, 2021

Via America’s Lawyer: Mike Papantonio and Trial Lawyer Magazine editor Farron Cousins discuss how the YouTube platform, once revered as a user-based medium for free speech, has been banning or flagging certain videos using an algorithm that hunts for ‘inflammatory’ keywords. Plus, criminal justice reform activist and former DC police officer Ronald Hampton joins Mike Papantonio to break down a report by the Prison Policy Initiative, which documents staggeringly high rates of recidivism among black and poor populations.

The National Archives Comes Alive: Young Learners Program: Meet Madame C.J. Walker


US National Archives

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The National Archives Comes Alive: Young Learner’s Program—Meet Madam C. J. Walker, entrepreneur and civil rights advocate for African Americans. Madame C. J. Walker is portrayed by Dr. Daisy Century, actor, historian, interpreter and reenactor. Madame C. J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove and was an early advocate who sought equality for African Americans. Madame Walker amassed her fortune through dedication, hard work, and innovation. As America’s first female self-made millionaire, she was a philanthropist who enthusiastically supported Black Colleges and Universities. Question and Answer Session at the end of the program with Ms. A’Lelia Bundles, Madame C.J. Walker’s great great granddaughter. Ms. Bundles will answer questions and share information about her book: All About Madame C. J. Walker.

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Into Silence: Green Silence


Streamed live 66 minutes ago
Enter the green silence of gardens. Stephen Yeo, Suzan Meryem Rosita and Kate McLoughlin will be reading and discussing literature about gardens from seventeenth-century England to twenty-first-century Armenia. We will reflect on the attractions of the quiet rural life, the powers of silent communication between plants and the ways in which gardens can silently enhance well-being. Audience-members will be encouraged to join in the discussion.

Speakers:

Stephen Yeo: Stephen worked as a social historian (mainly of labour movements) at the University of Sussex for many years before becoming Principal of Ruskin College in Oxford from which he retired in 1997. He now writes and reads poetry as well as history and is active as a Quaker and as a gardener in Eynsham where he lives and at the Quaker Meeting House and Centre at 43 St Giles in Oxford.

Prof Kate McLoughlin: Kate McLoughlin is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in English at Harris Manchester College. Her publications include Authoring War: The Literary Representation of War from the Iliad to Iraq (2011) and The Cambridge Companion to War Writing (2009). She recently published a monograph about war veterans in English Literature from Wordsworth to J. K. Rowling.

Suzan Meryem Rosita: Suzan Meryem Rosita Kalayci is a Junior Research Fellow at Pembroke College and the British Academy Fellow at the Faculty of History. Her interest in the notion of silence arises from the work she has done on the Armenian genocide, for which she has received several awards. Her first book on the topic was a completely empty book (2010, 2015) which is on view in several library and art collections around the world. The book is a retake on what the American poet Muriel Rukeyser said in 1949: ‘During the war, we felt the silence in the policy of the governments of English-speaking countries. That policy was to win the war first, and work out the meanings afterward. The result was, of course, that the meanings were lost.’