Daily Archives: April 16, 2022

Ghana’s dancing pallbearers: life after becoming THE meme of Covid-19 – BBC Africa

2020 May 4

In 2017 this troupe of Ghanaian pallbearers went viral following BBC Africa’s coverage of their flamboyant coffin-carrying dances, garnering millions of views.

Three years later and the group has experienced a second round of internet fame, with social media users adopting the troupe as a dark-humoured symbol of death in the time of Covid-19.

BBC Africa’s Sulley Lansah met up with the leader of the troupe to get his reaction to his new-found fame, and to see how he’s coping during the pandemic.

Edited by Faith Ilevbare and Marko Zoric

Ghana’s dancing pallbearers – BBC Africa

2017 Jul 27

Pallbearers are lifting the mood at funerals in Ghana with flamboyant coffin-carrying dances. Families are increasingly paying for their services to send their loved ones off in style.

Is this the ‘second scramble for Africa’? – BBC Africa

Dec 3

Major world powers including the US, China and Russia are jostling for military, political and economic influence in Africa.

The continent’s mineral resources, agricultural land and strategic locations have made it a place where many nations are keen for influence.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has recently released the latest American strategy for Africa – but what does this all mean for the continent and its people?

Anne Soy has been finding out.

Produced and edited by Christian Parkinson.

Fallen And Forgotten – BBC Africa Eye documentary

Jul 25 2021

Since January 2012, Mali has been facing a violent insurgency in the north of the country. But the soldiers on the front line have been growing bitter accusing their commanders of corruption by sending them to fight with little pay and insufficient equipment.

We Make It Or We Die – BBC Africa Eye documentary

Jun 14 2021

Every year tens of thousands of Ethiopians begin the perilous 2,000 kilometre trek from their home country to Saudi Arabia, attempting to cross mountains, deserts, the Red Sea and even a war zone.

Some of these migrants describe how they face robbery, extortion and starvation in temperatures of around 50 degrees.

Many die along the way, while others fall short and end up begging on the streets.

BBC Africa Eye brings you the story of some of those who risk it all.

What Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means for Africa – BBC Africa

Feb 25 2022

As Russia’s assault on Ukraine intensifies, individual African countries are stating their stance on the crisis. Nations like Ghana and South Africa have condemned the attack and called for peace. Africa has significant relationships with the two warring parties, should the situation continue to escalate, what exactly is at stake for the continent?

Russia Warns U.S. About Arms Sales to Ukraine as Weapon Makers Reap “Bonanza” from War

Apr 15 2022

This week the Pentagon met with leading U.S. weapons manufacturers as Russia warned the Biden administration to stop arming Ukraine, claiming it was “adding fuel” to the conflict. This comes as a Russian warship sank in the Black Sea hours after Ukraine claimed to have attacked it with cruise missiles, and as Sweden and Finland say they may join NATO, which would require more weapons spending. We speak with William Hartung, national security and foreign policy expert at the Quincy Institute, author of “Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.”

Understanding the links between animals, humans and our environment | COVID-19 Special

Apr 16 2022

Understanding interconnections is key – for our health, that of our fellow creatures and our environment. That’s our focus this week. How likely is it animals will pass diseases on to humans? And can our diet affect our risk of getting COVID-19?

The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, Moral Landscape: Sam Harris Compilation (2005-2010)

The Film Archives – Apr 16 2022

His books: https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=U…

Samuel Benjamin Harris (born April 9, 1967) is an American philosopher, neuroscientist, author, and podcast host. His work touches on a wide range of topics, including rationality, religion, ethics, free will, neuroscience, meditation, psychedelics, philosophy of mind, politics, terrorism, and artificial intelligence. Harris came to prominence for his criticism of religion, and Islam in particular, and is known as one of the “Four Horsemen” of New Atheism, along with Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett.

Harris’s first book, The End of Faith (2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction and remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for 33 weeks. Harris has since written six additional books: Letter to a Christian Nation in 2006, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values in 2010, the long-form essay Lying in 2011, the short book Free Will in 2012, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion in 2014, and (with British writer Maajid Nawaz) Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue in 2015. Harris’s work has been translated into over 20 languages.

Harris has debated with many prominent figures on the topics of God or religion, including William Lane Craig, Jordan Peterson, Rick Warren, Andrew Sullivan, Reza Aslan, David Wolpe, Deepak Chopra, Ben Shapiro and Jean Houston. Since September 2013, Harris has hosted the Making Sense podcast (originally titled Waking Up), which has a large listenership. In September 2018, Harris released a meditation app, Waking Up with Sam Harris. Harris’s views on free will, race, and Islam have attracted controversy.

In April 2017, Harris stirred controversy by hosting the social scientist Charles Murray on his podcast, discussing topics including the heritability of IQ and race and intelligence.[86] Harris stated the invitation was out of indignation at a violent protest against Murray at Middlebury College the month before and not out of particular interest in the material at hand.[86] The podcast episode garnered significant criticism, most notably from Vox[38][87] and Slate.[88] Harris and Murray were defended by conservative commentators Andrew Sullivan[89] and Kyle Smith,[90] as well as by neuroscientist Richard Haier, who stated that the points Murray claimed were mainstream actually do receive broad scientific support.[91] Harris and Vox editor-at-large Ezra Klein later discussed the affair in a podcast interview,[92] where Klein criticized Harris for rebuking tribalism in the form of identity politics while failing to recognize his own version of tribalism.[93] Hatewatch staff at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) wrote that members of the “skeptics” movement, of which Harris is “one of the most public faces,” help to “channel people into the alt-right.”[94] Bari Weiss wrote in her opinion column that the SPLC had misrepresented Harris’s views.[37]

Harris was profiled by Weiss in The New York Times as part of the “Intellectual Dark Web” (a term coined semi-ironically by Eric Weinstein). She described the group as “a collection of iconoclastic thinkers, academic renegades and media personalities who are having a rolling conversation – on podcasts, YouTube and Twitter, and in sold-out auditoriums – that sound unlike anything else happening, at least publicly, in the culture right now.”[37] In November 2020, Harris stated that he does not identify as a part of that group.[95][96]

In 2018, Robert Wright, a visiting professor of science and religion at Union Theological Seminary, published an article in Wired criticizing Harris, whom he described as “annoying” and “deluded”. Wright wrote that Harris, despite claiming to be a champion of rationality, ignored his own cognitive biases and engaged in faulty and inconsistent arguments in his book The End of Faith. He wrote that “the famous proponent of New Atheism is on a crusade against tribalism but seems oblivious to his own version of it.” Wright wrote that these biases are rooted in natural selection and impact everyone, but that they can be mitigated when acknowledged, whereas Harris offered no such acknowledgement.[93]

The UK Business Insider included Harris’s podcast in their list of “8 podcasts that will change how you think about human behavior” in 2017,[97] and PC Magazine included it in their list of “The Best Podcasts of 2018.”[98] In January 2020, Max Sanderson included Harris’s podcast as a “Producer pick” in a “podcasts of the week” section for The Guardian.

Harris’s first book, The End of Faith (2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction.


Harvard College China Forum: Michael Szonyi

Apr 16 2022

Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, Michael Szonyi, spoke with CGTN’s Xu Tao.

Hear what he thinks about China’s period of opening and reform, and his optimism about what is next for China-U.S. relations. The Harvard College China Forum is taking place this weekend in Boston.