Daily Archives: August 14, 2021

BBC World Service – The Real Story, Silencing dissidents

A year on from the disputed election in Belarus, the country’s president has denied claims his security services were involved in the death of dissident Vitaly Shishov, who was found hanged in neighbouring Ukraine last week. The death follows EU accusations that Minsk effectively “hijacked” a plane en route to Lithuania earlier this year, forcing it to land in Belarus where a journalist on board who was a critic of the president was arrested. Technology allows many dissidents to continue impacting events whether they live at home or abroad. But reports suggest spyware developed in Israel and sold to multiple governments may have been used to target rights activists, journalists and lawyers. The company behind the software denies any wrongdoing and says it’s intended for use against criminals and terrorists. But with surveillance systems proliferating and activists increasingly voicing fears over their safety, is the role that dissidents play under threat?

Ritula Shah is joined by a panel of expert guests. Producers: Paul Schuster and Zak Brophy.

#YALI4Ag: Youth Innovating for Resilient Agriculture International Youth Day Event


Aug 14, 2021

As YALI begins its second decade, #YALI4Ag will serve as a bridge from YALI 10 to YALI 11, demonstrating the United States’ ongoing commitment to African youth, specifically in the domains of climate change, inclusive agriculture, and food systems. This event also aligns with the United Nations’ theme of the 2021 International Youth Day, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health.”

Agriculture is the backbone of Africa’s economic development goals and is central to achieving food security for its citizens. While progress has been made since independence, many countries have struggled with transforming their agricultural sectors from being predominantly subsistence to commercial; building agricultural sectors that are resilient to environmental and climate changes; creating healthy food systems that meet the needs of their population; and, engaging youth and women in agribusiness to provide employment and enhance livelihoods. Properly supported, the sector can boost the continent’s ability to feed itself, develop continent-wide supply chains, increase Africa’s share of global trade, and boost its development. In order to achieve these goals, African countries must rapidly transform their agricultural sectors, ensuring that African youth play a more central role in the agricultural sector.

GOP Rep PLEADS for better forest management following Dixie fire

The HillAug 14, 2021
In a weekly GOP address, California Congressman Doug LaMalfa pleads for better forest management.

Sen. Rosen PUSHES for vaccine boosters for elderly

The HillAug 14, 2021
In a Senate floor speech, Senator Jacky Rosen pushed for vaccine boosters for endangered groups, asking about whether there is a testing protocol in place.

The Mara experience with Robert Nagila

CGTN AfricaPremiered 42 minutes ago
What does it look like when you are getting ready to cover a story at the Maasai Mara? Today we follow CGTN Africa’s Robert Nagila as he covers the Wildebeest Migration, one of East Africa’s greatest wildlife spectacles. #MaraMigration2021

Will Rachel Maddow ditch network news?

RT AmericaAug 14, 2021
As ratings continue to dwindle for network news, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has signaled that she may take her brand elsewhere and lose the constraints imposed by MSNBC and its sponsors and work independently. Ruben Navarrette of “Navarrette Nation” joins to discuss the news and what it says about how today’s media is transforming.

Watch Full Episode and More on Portable.TV https://www.portable.tv/series/thenew…

Kabul citizens fear for their lives as Taliban closes in

RTAug 14, 2021
Taliban militants have begun encircling Kabul after gaining control over almost half of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals.

Pair of spacecraft fly by Venus – See pics and hear sonified audio

VideoFromSpacAug 14, 2021
The Solar Orbiter and BepiColombo spacecraft flew by Venus within 34 hours of each other on Aug. 9-10, 2021. See imagery they captured of the planet and hear audio sonified from BepiColombo data.

Credit: Space.com | animations: ESA/ATG Media Lab / imagery & audio: ESA/BepiColombo/MTM/ISA/ASI-INAF, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO | produced & edited by [Steve Spaleta](http://www.twitter.com/stevespaleta)