Monthly Archives: February 2023

Migrant boat sinks off Italy coast killing dozens of people – BBC News

BBC News – Feb 26, 2023




More than 40 people have died, including a baby, and dozens more have survived after a migrant boat sank in rough seas off southern Italy.

The vessel reportedly broke apart while trying to land with more than 100 people aboard near the coastal town of Crotone in the Calabria region.

Many bodies have been recovered from the beach at a nearby seaside resort.

The Adnkronos news agency said the overloaded boat sank after it crashed against rocks during rough weather.

Vigil for Italy shipwreck victims held in Crotone

CGTN – Feb 28, 2923




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Residents of the southern Italian city of Crotone held a vigil on Monday for those who perished after a wooden boat crowded with #migrants smashed into the rocky reefs of the Calabrian coast and broke apart. The death toll from the devastating #shipwreck off the country’s southern coast rose to 64 on Tuesday. #Italy has complained bitterly for years that fellow EU countries have balked at taking in migrants, many of whom are aiming to find family or work in northern Europe. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called for redoubling efforts to deal with the problem.

U.S. Black expats embrace Black History Month abroad

Associated Press – Feb 28, 2023

Black Americans living overseas say Black History Month is a chance to educate people in their host countries on Black history and to connect to cultural roots.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.

Education sector strike in Leeds, with two more strikes coming

CGTN – Feb 28, 2023




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Members of the National Education Union (NEU) were on strike on February 28 in Leeds city center. Two more regional strikes in other areas of England and Wales are planned on March 1 and 2. #uk #leeds #strike #education #neu

Exhibit spotlights portraits and stories of Black Southerners living during Jim Crow era

PBS NewsHour Feb 28, 2023

On this last day of Black History Month, we feature the stories of Black Southerners during Jim Crow, as told in a single frame. NewsHour Digital Anchor Nicole Ellis visited the University of Virginia to see how historical portraits are helping redefine a generation in its own voice, and through its own lens. It’s for our arts and culture series, CANVAS.

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Global Business: Nigeria’s Economy Looms over Presidential Election

– Feb 28, 2023



CGTN’s Sean Callebs discusses the Nigerian election and Nigeria’s struggling economy with Abdullahi Boru Halakhe an Africa Security & Policy Analyst.

Nature-Based Solutions and Indigenous Voices: Lessons from Canada

WoodrowWilsonCenter – Feb 28, 2923

Join us virtually on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00pm EST for a fireside chat on nature-based solutions and Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States, moderated by Canada Institute Director Christopher Sands.

Decarbonization of the economy will require a substantial near-term avoidance and reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to meet net-zero goals set by the Canadian and U.S. Governments. To accomplish this neutralization, momentum is building toward the concept of nature-based solutions (NBS): actions to protect and sustainably manage ecosystems in a way that also addresses social changes and provides human and biodiversity benefits.

As stewards of their lands and territories, Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the United States are often the first to face the impacts of climate change. Indigenous experiences, perspectives and rights can and should be critical components to building effective climate change strategies. Collaborating with Indigenous Peoples in the selection and design of NBS and other climate change adaptation methods is vital in the success and sustainability of these programs.

The 64 Year Climate Change Cover-Up

GBH Forum Network – Feb 28, 2023

Big oil knew about greenhouse gases and their impact on climate change more than half a century ago – but instead of sharing the information, they lied and undermined its veracity. As far back as 1959, renowned physicist Edward Teller warned Robert Dunlap and other oil executives, about the global impact that greenhouse gases would have on temperatures, melting ice caps, rising oceans and largescale environmental destruction. Even while Exxon’s own scientists were warning of the catastrophic effect that climate change would cause around the world, their executives were spending millions of dollars “trying to convince people the emergency wasn’t real”.

Geoff Dembicki is an investigative climate change journalist based in Brooklyn. He is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and VICE and his work has been featured in NPR, the Washington Post and the Nation. His new book The Petroleum Papers: Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change, was named one of the 2022’s top 10 books by the Washington Post and was a finalist for the 2022 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Alyssa Johl, Vice President, Legal for the Center for Climate Integrity will discuss the various litigation battles which are currently underway. Several State Attorney Generals and countries, including the Philippines, have taken law cases against oil companies for the damage inflicted by global warming. What is the level of liability for the oil industry for the destruction to the planet and its animal and human populations?

They will be joined by Dr. Delta Merner, lead scientist for the Science Hub for Climate Litigation at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She provides timely, scientific evidence to support legal cases that hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate-related damages.

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The popular media has pointed out that scientists have been issuing warnings about the dangers of greenhouse gas emissions for over sixty years:

In addition the public was warned by Dr. James Gustave Speth, ever since 1981.

Over several decades, the cumulative insights and inspiration of Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar, James Gustave (Gus) Speth, deserve particular attention in this regard. See particularly:

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George Monbiot on Dutch farmer protests & misinformation spread by Russell Brand | Sentient Media

Sentient Media – Feb 16, 2023

#russellbrand #farmerprotest #georgemonbiot

In this conversation, George Monbiot, @theGuardian columnist, environmental campaigner and author and Sentient Media’s executive director Ana Bradley explore the nitrate crisis in The Netherlands, Dutch farmer protests and far-right conspiracy theories being spread by Russell Brand and other influencers.

Listen to the interview here: https://sentient-media-podcast.simple…

Watch George Monbiot debunk Russell Brand’s far-right farming conspiracy theories: • George Monbiot de…

Chapters: 00:00 Introduction to Russell Brand’s viral video 1:20 Monbiot explains the argument Brand is repeating and why it’s wrong 11:18 Why do people latch onto conspiracy theories? 13:33 Connection between the farming industry and the far right 15:10 Cattle ranching’s involvement in the capitol riot in the U.S. and the attack on Brasilia 19:06 Losing credibility and gaining followers 21:08 What could the Dutch government done to avoid outrage? 23:05 Where should we be putting our energy? 24:34 Closing remarks

Links and references:… • NEW TRUCKERS PROT………… @GridNews… @NBCNews……… @POLITICO……… @guardiannews……… • Dutch farmers ang… • Tackling Dutch ag…

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Collectors Happy Hour: Cataloging Your Collection

Ticknor Society Feb 24, 2023 BOSTON

A discussion between Ticknor members that took place on Friday, February 24th, 2023, about techniques for cataloging your home library (and a host of other topics).