Daily Archives: June 17, 2022

Legislating for food sovereignty: A visionary Local Food Act in Japan, MP Ryuhei Kansas

Jun 17, 2022

Ryuhei Kawada, activist and Minister of Parliament (House of Councillors) in Japan, shares a powerful message for World Localization Day 2022. During the past two years, Kawada has been preparing a truly inspiring piece of legislation – the Local Food Act. If passed, the bill will decrease Japan’s dependence on imported foods, protect native seeds from the stranglehold of corporate agribusiness and support local farmers. In short, it will pave the way for food sovereignty.

World Localization Day 2022 is an annual campaign convened by Local Futures and supported by grassroots organizations, networks and activists on six continents.


A Moral March on Washington

Jun 17, 2022

The Poor People’s Campaign is holding a moral march on Washington and to the polls on June 18, calling on elected officials to make real policies to fully address poverty and low wealth from the bottom up. The event on June 18 is the culmination of months of organizing and rallies in communities around the country. Angela Montalvo, an organizer with the Poor People’s Campaign in Nebraska is a disabled army veteran. She’s one of the more than 32,000 veterans in Nebraska with incomes less than $35,000 a year. Angela says we must fight poverty and not the poor.

President Xi Jinping stresses the need to advance economic globalization

Jun 17, 2022

For more: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-06-18…

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday stressed the need to advance economic globalization when he addressed the plenary session of the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in virtually.

President Xi said it is important that all countries strengthen the “soft connectivity” of development policies and international rules and standards.

The Great Library of Nineveh with Irving Finkel

British Museum Events– Streamed live on Jan 6, 2021

Join Irving Finkel as he raises the curtain on the ancient library of Assyria, pride and joy of Ashurbanipal, king of the world in the 7th century BC.

Glossing over the complexities and intricacies of cuneiform writing, Irving will inspect some of the calligraphic masterpieces in the Museum collection that were once housed in that library.

He’ll survey the range of documents that reveal court life and what people got up to, and consider the significance of the whole, in terms of the libraries of the world, at home or exiled.

Part of a series of events inspired by Edmund de Waal’s ‘library of exile’ at the British Museum, supported by the AKO Foundation.

More details here: https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibit…

Deciphering the world’s oldest rule book | Irving Finkel | Curator’s Corner pilot #CuratorsCorner

The British MuseumNov 23, 2015

Irving Finkel has possibly the coolest job in the world – he’s curator of cuneiform at the British Museum!

Since 1979 he’s been trawling the Museum’s 130,000 clay tablets for clues about life in ancient Mesopotamia. In this film, he tells us about a particular tablet he found that contains the rules of a board game – a board game that he’s been obsessed with since childhood!

We’re getting ready to make our first YouTube series and we need your help!

We’ve made pilot episodes for four series that we want you to watch. Tell us which one you like by giving the video (or videos) a ‘Like’. The video with the most likes by 23 Dec 2015 will have a series made from January 2016.

This series is Curators’ Corner. The other series are: Behind the scenes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QHvd… 5 things you didn’t know about… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehH6Y… Love objects https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYf52…

Curating a Fractured Past: The Role of Museums, Maps, Manuscripts, Prints, Rare Books, Photos, Artifacts, Literature & the Arts in Embracing Our Common Humanity on a Finite Planet



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“Curating a Fractured Past: The Role of Museums, Maps, Manuscripts, Prints, Rare Books, Photos, Artifacts, Literature & the Arts in Embracing Our Common Humanity on a Finite Planet” is a program created on the occasion of Juneteenth 2022 by the “Africa Map Circle” as part of the “Mapping the Slave Trade…” project in tribute to the life-long work of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


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Three Cambridge University Alumni to receive honorary degrees….

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For discussions of why those in the United States have had difficulties coming to terms with their slave history past see: