Daily Archives: April 2, 2022

Dr. Cornel West: Philosophy in Our Time of Imperial Decay | The New School

The New School– Mar 29, 2022

Watch American philosopher, political activist, social critic, and educator Dr. Cornel West’s public lecture, “Philosophy in Our Time of Imperial Decay.” Dr. West was The New School’s 2021-2022 Presidential Visiting Scholar and is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. West teaches on the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as courses in Philosophy of Religion, African American Critical Thought, and a wide range of subjects — including but by no means limited to, the classics, philosophy, politics, cultural theory, literature, and music. He is the author of 20 books on race, politics, social justice, and Black history, is a regular guest on broadcast television, and has appeared in over 25 documentaries.

Keynote: Nigeria between the Past and the Future: Culture, Governance and Development, SOAS

SOAS University of London– Aug 1, 2017

The Keynote Lecture of the SOAS Africa Conference 2017: ‘Nigeria between the Past and the Future: Culture, Governance and Development’ was given by HRH Muhammad Sanusi II, CON, The Emir of Kano, Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria at SOAS University of London on 20 July 2017. You can find out more about this event at https://goo.gl/aAT3Sc


Extinction Rebellion UK – Streamed live on Apr 1, 2022

Extinction Rebellion has non-violently blockaded three oil infrastructure sites in south-east England, locking onto objects including an iconic pink boat at Esso’s Hythe oil terminal in Southampton, BP’s terminal near Hamble and Esso’s West London terminal near Heathrow Airport to protest the UK Government’s continuing investment in fossil fuels.

The climate crisis is happening now. We all know it, we all see it: in the words of the UN Secretary-General, ‘delay means death’. Our dependence on fossil fuels is funding violence and war – including in Ukraine. It’s causing increasing fuel poverty for everyday people while a handful of companies rake in shameful profits.

Just months after hosting the COP26 climate summit, the UK Government is choosing to continue down this disastrous path without consulting the British people. We say, enough is enough – NOT IN OUR NAMES. We must halt all new fossil fuel extraction immediately in order to limit global temperature rise to the Paris Agreement’s crucial 1.5℃ (International Energy Agency). And we’re putting our bodies on the line to make it happen.

Civil resistance is beyond justified and we know it works, but we need you. Join us in central London on April 9th. Don’t just look up, step up – and then sit down and claim your place in history.

Nigeria: A community on Lagos Island is being swallowed by the sea while countries wrangle over who should pay for the climate crisis – CNN

Construction, climate change to blame for Nigeria’s erosion crisis 03:12

While countries wrangle over who should pay for the climate crisis, a community on Lagos Island is being swallowed by the sea

By Nimi Princewill, CNN Photographs by Yagazie Emezi for CNN

Updated 4:54 AM ET, Thu November 18, 2021

Lagos Island, Nigeria (CNN)Standing on the sand next to a building hollowed out by the churning sea, Sheriff Elegushi points far out into the Atlantic Ocean to where his ancestral home once stood.

“Over there was where we had our tarred road before,” Elegushi said. “We also had our electricity poles there and a health center … You can see the remaining particles,” he adds, pointing to the debris.

Elegushi — a leader in the Okun Alfa community on Nigeria’s Lagos Island — spoke to CNN some 1,500 meters from where Alpha Beach, a popular tourist destination, used to be. The people here no longer even call this stretch of sand Alpha Beach. They consider it long gone.

The resort’s extinction has left the Okun Alfa community and those around it paralyzed, and is just one of many losses for the people here, whose neighborhoods have been ravaged by frequent tidal surges fueled both by ​the climate crisis and questionable urban planning.

This is no sleepy island, but ​rather Lagos’ buzzing central business district​. It is densely packed with residential homes and high-rise buildings. The residents of Okun Alfa worry that complete submersion of their community is no longer a matter of if, but when. ​

Huge swaths of Okun Alfa’s landscape ​have been consumed by the sea, says the convener of the community’s ocean surge response, Oladotun Hassan. It’s half the size it once was. Properties that were nowhere near the ocean 10 years ago now sit just a few steps away.

“Many years ago, we took long treks to get to the sea,” said Elegushi. “There were no houses close to the shore.”

He added that for decades, Okun Alfa’s residents have been moving their homes further and further back from the shoreline, as floods and sea level rise erode the coast they once looked out over. But there’s a limit to how far back they can move.
“There is no more land for us to move to,” said Elegushi.

On Lagos Island, the coastline is even approaching the palace of Okun Alfa’s traditional ruler, Chief Elegushi Atewolara Yusuf. And this is his new one — his older one has already been washed away by the sea.

“I lost my palace. You can see that we just built this (new palace). The former palace is inside the ocean.”

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Lagos floods: Africa’s most populous city could be unlivable in a few decades, experts warn – CNN

By Nimi Princewill, CNN Updated 8:02 PM ET, Sun August 1, 2021

Residents wade through flooded Ige Road, in Aboru, Lagos, after a heavy downpour on July 6, 2020.

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Cars and houses submerged in water, commuters wading through buses knee-high in floods, and homeowners counting the cost of destroyed properties.

Welcome to Lagos during rainy season.
Residents of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, are used to the yearly floods that engulf the coastal city during the months of March to November. In mid-July, however, the major business district of Lagos Island experienced one of its worst floods in recent years.

“It was very bad, and unusual,” Eselebor Oseluonamhen, 32 told CNN.

“I drove out of my house … I didn’t realize it had rained so much … There was heavy traffic on my route because of the flood. The more we went, the higher the water level. The water kept rising until it covered the bumper of my car … then there was water flowing inside my car,” Oseluonamhen, who runs a media firm on the Lagos mainland, recalled.

Photos and videos posted to social media showed dozens of vehicles inundated with water after torrential rain. The floods paralyze economic activity, at an estimated cost of around $4 billion per year.
Home to more than 24 million people, Lagos, a low-lying city on Nigeria’s Atlantic coast, may become uninhabitable by the end of this century as sea levels rise due to climate change, scientific projections suggest.
The problem is exacerbated by “inadequate and poorly maintained drainage systems and uncontrolled urban growth,” among others, according to a study led by the Institute of Development Studies.

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Chris Hedges on Jailed WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s Wedding: He’s “Crumbling” in London Prison

Apr 1 2022

Imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is “crumbling” physically and psychologically, says journalist Chris Hedges, who last week attended Assange’s wedding to his longtime partner Stella Moris at London’s Belmarsh prison. Assange has been behind bars for nearly three years awaiting a possible extradition to the United States on espionage charges for publishing documents revealing war crimes committed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hedges says Assange exposed the “most important information” of this generation, along with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

“Disappeared”: Chris Hedges Responds to YouTube Deleting His 6-Year Archive of RT America Shows

Apr 1 2022

YouTube has deleted the entire archive of “On Contact,” an Emmy-nominated television show by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges which was hosted on the Russian government-funded news channel RT America. We speak with Hedges, who connects the YouTube censorship of his show to a growing crackdown on dissenting voices in American media. “There’s less and less space for those who are willing to seriously challenge and question entrenched power,” says Hedges, who says “opaque entities” like YouTube shouldn’t have the power to take down outlets like RT America, despite the channel’s source of funding. “Are we better off not hearing what Russia has to say?” asks Hedges.