Fascist coup NO! Workers power YES!

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Workers World Party statementWednesday, Jan. 6 — The coup attempt today in Washington, D.C., and the mobilization of a fascist mob numbering in the tens of thousands, must be viewed with the utmost seriousness. While the attack took the form of an assault on the U.S. Capitol building, Congress and the “institution of democracy” — halting for hours the Constitutionally mandated approval of the presidential election — these white-supremacist forces pose the greatest threat to the working class, especially the most oppressed. Their political aim is to crush with an iron fist every expression, even the most modest, of workers rights, social justice and Black Lives Matter.Capitalist politicians in both major parties are falling all over each other to disassociate themselves from the would-be coup makers — and from Trump the instigator. But the failure of the state apparatus especially the police to prevent an outright invasion — however short-lived — of the citadel of U.S. political power shows that those in power are unreliable, inept and in no way up to the task of beating back a fascist threat. Contrast how easily the white supremacists entered the Capitol with the brutal police suppression of Black Lives Matter protests around the country, including in Washington, D.C.We — the workers and oppressed within the U.S. — cannot depend on the state to prevent violent, KKK-like attacks, especially those on workers of color who are and always have been the fascists’ primary targets. When have the Democrats and Republicans ever offered any real protection?The fascist movement within the U.S. — for whom today’s mobilization marked a turning point in the worst way — demands a mass, independent response from the working class. This day poses again the question in the old union standard: “Which side are you on?” The power of working people, both in the streets and at the point of production, must be wielded to push back the continued rise of this fascist movement. We call on all of our side’s organizations: the unions, the youth, the Black Lives Matter movement, im/migrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ people, women’s and gender-nonconforming people’s movements, and all working people — including unemployed, low wage, health care, transit, public sector, blue collar, gig, education, incarcerated and sex workers — to mobilize to crush the white supremacist fascist forces. General Strike Now! SHUT IT DOWN!last_img read more

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Nigerian election campaign “polluted” by disinformation

first_img Organisation Help by sharing this information January 28, 2021 Find out more February 8, 2021 Find out more Anticipating the scale of the problem and the need for solutions, 16 of Nigeria’s leading media outlets teamed up to do fact-checking during the election campaign. Entitled “CrossCheck Nigeria,” their project has reported around 20 cases of false information since the start of the year. The crazy rumours and conspiracy theories circulating during the campaign included a claim that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un planned to colonize Nigeria and a video, viewed more than 500,000 times, reporting that President Muhammadu Buhari had died and been replaced by a Sudanese clone. Buhari, who is running for another term, was forced to issue a public denial News News RSF_en February 15, 2019 Nigerian election campaign “polluted” by disinformation “Nigeria has never before been affected by rumours, fake news and propaganda to this degree ahead of an election,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Even more disturbingly, the political parties and their supporters have abetted this unprecedented pollution of the public debate.” Froger added: “The candidate who wins these elections must ensure that the freedom, independence and protection of journalists are priorities during his presidential term. Combatting the spread of fake news requires a major and genuine commitment to the promotion of quality journalism.” Less sensational but undoubtedly more dangerous fake news and disinformation campaigns were widely circulated by the supporters and even the campaign teams of the two main candidates. Buhari’s special adviser on social media posted a video on Twitter which she said showed the president’s supporters at a rally when in fact it was a huge religious gathering that took place last April. She also posted a photo of a road being built in Rwanda and said it was an example of the President Buhari’s public works. The supporters of the leading opposition candidate, billionaire and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar, also resorted to disinformation as a campaign tool. For example, they published a photo of US President Donald Trump that had been digitally altered to show him holding a photo of Abubakar. Last July, information minister Lai Mohammed described fake news as “time-bomb” waiting to explode in Nigeria and announced the launch of a campaign to combat its spread. News Nigerian journalists are often the targets of harassment and attacks. Last year, RSF registered four arbitrary arrests of journalists and eight act of violence against journalists by members of the security services. Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosurescenter_img “Fake news has reached unprecedented heights,” RSF was told by Idayat Hassan of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), a Nigerian research institute. The main political parties have turned their campaign headquarters into “fake news factories,” she said. Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms Follow the news on Nigeria Receive email alerts to go further Nigeria is ranked 119th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. This realization by the authorities of the dangers of disinformation has unfortunately not been accompanied by better protection for journalists. As RSF reported at the time, the army carried out raids on the Daily Trust newspaper and arrested two of its journalists last month after it reported that the Jihadi terror group Boko Haram had gained control of several northeastern towns and the army was planning an operation to recover them. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is disturbed by the level of disinformation and propaganda seen during the campaign for tomorrow’s general elections in Nigeria, in which 84 million citizens are due to vote, and calls on the nation’s authorities to undertake to defend journalists and quality journalism. June 10, 2021 Find out more CrossCheck Nigeria, le projet de fact-checking auquel collaborent seize médias pour lutter contre la désinformation. NigeriaAfrica Protecting journalists Internet NigeriaAfrica Protecting journalists Internet Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigerialast_img read more

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Lecturer – African American Studies – (ADJ000110)

first_imgThe African American Studies Program at the University of Houstoninvites applicants to apply for part-time lecturer positions. TheAfrican American Studies is a distinct academic discipline thatengages Africa-centered research and teaching through aninterdisciplinary approach to scholarly inquiry. This is anon-tenure track position and lecturer appointments are made on asemester to semester basis.Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment toimproving access to higher education, enhancing the diversity offaculty and students, as well as experience in the global workforcewith professional experience. Preferred applicants will have aPh.D. in African American Studies. Candidates with a Master’sdegree or with substantial years of professional work experiencewill be considered.To apply candidates must submit CV, Cover Letter and unofficialtranscripts.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction Institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :Preferred applicants will have a Ph.D. in African American Studies.Candidates with a Master’s degree or with substantial years ofprofessional work experience will be considered.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

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Lukaku on outside looking in at Solskjaer’s new-look Man Utd

first_imgLukakuManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Romelu Lukaku’s Manchester United future is in the spotlight as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plots to maintain his 100 percent winning record against Brighton on Saturday.Solskjaer is the first manager in the club’s history to begin his career with six straight victories and the feel-good factor is back at Old Trafford after a miserable spell under Jose Mourinho.A former super-sub himself, Solskjaer warned his players when he took over from Mourinho that some would have to take the opportunities given to them from the bench, and Belgium striker Lukaku has been one of the losers from the switch in tactics and positive vibes that have arrived under the Norwegian interim boss.Mourinho stood loyally by the 25-year-old despite a drop in form and productivity during a season that eventually cost the manager his job.Solskjaer’s own decision about the forward positions was made for him when he took over at Old Trafford before Christmas, with Lukaku on leave from the club for personal reasons.That meant the Norwegian was able to play with a more dynamic, versatile and speedy forward line for his debut game at Cardiff, and he has not looked back since that 5-1 victory.Marcus Rashford has been the main beneficiary, starting all five league games under Solskjaer and scoring four goals while operating as the focal point of the United attack.Behind him, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have also made telling contributions, with French international Martial, in particular, appearing to benefit from an end to his fraught relationship with Mourinho.As part of that tactical reshuffle, Solskjaer has also been able to get more out of Martial’s compatriot Paul Pogba by pushing him into a more advanced midfield position.It has left a question mark over Lukaku’s role in this new attacking set-up. – Substitute role –Lukaku has played just 64 league minutes since Solskjaer’s arrival, although the striker has managed to score twice in that time and bag a goal in his only start to date under the Norwegian, the 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading.Lukaku has been making his mark as an impact substitute but that is not the usual role of a player bought for £75 million ($97 million), plus add-ons.Alexis Sanchez will also present Solskjaer with an issue when he is finally fully fit from hamstring troubles that have limited him to just one start in the past two months.Chilean Sanchez is unavailable for Saturday’s visit of Brighton alongside defenders Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo.The 30-year-old was sidelined when Solskjaer took over but played his way back to fitness, playing 27 minutes in the 2-0 win at Newcastle at the start of the month.A recurrence of his hamstring injury, in the win over Reading a few days later, once again sent him to the treatment room, although he could be back for United’s visit his former club Arsenal in the next round of the cup.Despite his recent lack of playing time, Sanchez would appear to be a better fit for Solskjaer’s preferred style of play than Lukaku, with his versatility and mobility meaning he can fill a variety of attacking roles.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Darwin’s Ethics: All and/or None

first_imgSeveral stories recently indicate that evolutionists not only want to control the non-tangible areas of study, such as ethics and morals, they want to prevent anyone else from having a say.Psychology:  License to sin – What would you think of a scientist who tempted people to sin so that he could observe their actions?  Yet that is what a team did to students, as reported by EurekAlert.  They found that “asking people to think about vice increases their likelihood of giving in.”  This should raise red flags about the ethics and limits of science.Theology: Drosophila philosophy – Believe it or not, an article on EurekAlert asks whether fruit flies have free will.  The article, about a study published on PLoS One, ponders what combination of chance and necessity (and only those ingredients) can explain the fly’s behavior.  Free will vs determinism has long been an issue discussed by theologians and philosophers.  Now, biologists are thinking they can give the definitive word.  Presumably, what applies to fruit flies applies to people as well.Genetic engineering: Age of the chimera – The BBC News reported that the British government has bowed to pressure from scientists and overturned prohibitions against human-animal hybrid experimentation.  An ethicist called this “appalling” and said, “This is a highly controversial and terrifying proposal, which has little justification in science and even less in ethics.  Endorsement by the UK government will elicit horror in Europe and right across the wider world.”    Proponents advertised hoped-for cures for genetic diseases, and argued it was “an area where these [chimeras] could be used for scientific benefit.”  According to The Guardian (UK), a geneticist said “I’m delighted that common sense has prevailed,” calling the hybrids just “cells on a dish.”Education: Warning signs – The scientific press is sounding an alarm: a Darwin skeptic who was on the Kansas school board is now running unopposed for a post in Washington on the National Association of State Boards of Education.  Science Daily had only negative things to say about this development.  It “has many evolution advocates concerned,” and Ken Miller (Brown U) responded, “any situation that provides an opportunity for the opponents of science education to advance their agenda is a matter of concern.”    This presupposes the Darwin supporters have no agenda.  It also asserts without proof that candidate Kenneth R. Willard opposes “science education” completely, and that only pro-evolutionists are in favor of science education.  If appointed, Kenneth R. Willard would not even start serving till January 2009.  He said in the Hutchinson News that evolution is not on the agenda of the NASBE, and he does not expect to bring it up.  Nevertheless, activists with Kansas Citizens for Science are urging a write-in campaign to oppose his election on the grounds he is “anti-education.”Education: Litmus Test – Astrobiologist Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of The Privileged Planet, was denied tenure at Iowa State last week, not because he lacked publications (he exceeded the requirement by 350%), or because his scientific work was substandard (it was acclaimed by peers, see Evolution News), but because he is a “Darwin skeptic” who supports intelligent design.  The news about his tenure denial was widely reported: for more information, see Evolution News and its review of report in Nature on the case.History: Darwin letters opened – Want to read the innermost thoughts of Charles Darwin?  His letters have been posted on the web, announced the BBC News. Ideology: Biopolitics – Can evolutionary theory bring an end to the clash of ideologies?  Apparently psychologist John Jost (New York U) thinks so.  He is persuading colleagues that human tendencies to embrace various ideologies can be analyzed with equations.  See story on EurekAlert.Propaganda: Anti-evolutionism as anti-science – An article in Science1 tried to analyze the “childhood origins of adult anti-science behavior.”  Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg considered creationism and resistance to evolutionary theory as examples of anti-scientific attitudes, and portrayed them as childish behaviors that were not properly overcome through education.  Surprisingly, they admitted that common sense contributes to resistance to evolution.    They ended, “This is the current situation in the United States, with regard to the central tenets of neuroscience and evolutionary biology.  These concepts clash with intuitive beliefs about the immaterial nature of the soul and the purposeful design of humans and other animals, and (in the United States) these beliefs are particularly likely to be endorsed and transmitted by trusted religious and political authorities.”  The idea is that scientists and educators need to be aware of these “anti-science” tendencies in their efforts to teach science – a science that is congruent with materialistic neuroscience and evolution.    At Access Research Network, David Tyler wrote a lengthy critique of this article from an intelligent design perspective.Emotions: Darwin book redux – Another paper in Science2 resembled Darwin’s Book The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals and even included the 1872 book as a reference.  In “Embodying Emotion,” Paula Niedenthal gave physicalistic interpretations of emotions in people and in animals.  Though she did not refer to evolutionary theory directly, her paper also lacked any reference to anything like a soul or spirit.  She said, “In particular, I discuss insights that have been stimulated by theories of embodied cognition and show how such theories account for the embodiment effects that you and Darwin might have been able to intuit.”Morals: Biological morality – Jonathan Haidt got a full-page press in Science3 for his ideas on moral evolution (see 05/17/2007).  “More research is needed on the collective and religious parts of the moral domain, such as loyalty, authority, and spiritual purity,” he said, but it is clear in his paper that he meant all these things have an evolutionary basis, and zero epistemic authority.    For instance, he said, “From prokaryotes to eukaryotes, from single-celled organisms to plants and animals, and from individual animals to hives, colonies, and cooperative groups, the simple rules of Darwinian evolution never change, but the complex game of life changes when radically new kinds of players take the field.”  From here he launched into a discussion of the morality exhibited by ants.    Later, he remarked, “because morality may be as much a product of cultural evolution as genetic evolution, it can change substantially in a generation or two.”  That’s a clear statement of moral relativism.  Throughout his paper, evolution was one of the most prominent and common words.These sample articles make clear that evolution is a complete package.  From a big bang to the death of the universe, the evolutionary world view seeks to encompass every concept, even the immaterial ones like love, morality, and world views themselves.  When anyone tries to offer a different perspective that does not embrace evolution’s underlying materialism, the alarms are sounded.  Pro-evolutionists employ “scientific” morality, whatever it is, to label the challenge anti-science, anti-education, and just plain wrong.1Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg, “Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg,” Science, 18 May 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5827, pp. 996-997, DOI: 10.1126/science.1133398.2Paula M. Niedenthal, “Embodying Emotion,” Science, 18 May 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5827, pp. 1002-1005, DOI: 10.1126/science.1136930.3Jonathan Haidt, “The New Synthesis in Moral Psychology,” Science, 18 May 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5827, pp. 998-1002, DOI: 10.1126/science.1137651.And so, pray tell, how would they know it is wrong?  Right and wrong are judgments about truths that are immaterial.  If morals emerge from particles in motion, they are not morals at all: they are temporary, arbitrary trends of collectives of objects.  If you base an argument on something arbitrary, you can prove anything – including the idea that materialism is false.  Christian theists, by contrast, can prove something is right or wrong, because their presuppositions include the notion of eternal truths and laws of logic.    Evolutionism is not a science.  It is a world view.  It is a silly world view that refutes itself, because it cannot generate intangibles like morals and truths by appeals to particles in motion.  Any one of the appeals to “science” that the evolutionist uses to defend its brand of morality, rationality or ideology is a two-edged sword.  Using the same arguments, a skilled debater can turn the tables and tie the Darwinist in intellectual knots.For instance, moral relativism is a capitulation to the idea that anything goes.  But if anything goes, then calling anything immoral in any context is bad if the majority likes it – such as creationism.  Furthermore, attacking moral relativism itself can be good if the majority so desires – which refutes the idea that morals are relative.  Q.E.D.You can’t get moral blood out of a materialist turnip.  The same goes for truths, laws of logic, and consciousness.    Once you understand this, and watch how the radical Darwinists intrude into every area of scholarship, including fundamental issues far beyond biology, you see why the radical Darwinists are a threat: a threat to rationality, to morality, to education, and to civilization itself.  Their own words condemn them.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Why You Didn’t Reach Your Goals Last Year and How to Reach Them Now

first_imgRight around this time each year, people stop to write their goals and to resolve to make changes in their lives. Most of the time the goals aren’t achieved or the resolutions kept. The reason we fail is because, outside of some greater context, goals and resolutions are impotent.Not Enough Focus at 50,000 FeetWe spend too much time in the here and now, and not enough time working on what will give our lives meaning, our vision of ourselves, our values, our mission, and our contribution. If you want to reach your goals and keep your resolutions, you have to spend time here, at 50,000 ft.How is your goal or resolution tied to the person you are striving to become?How does your goal align with your values? Which values?What mission is your goal or resolution going to help you to achieve?In what way does your goal or resolution help you to make the contribution you are here to make?There isn’t any reason to work on all the things on your To Do list unless those things are concretely tied to what gives your life meaning. But once you can answer these questions, you need to get to the concrete.Not Enough Focus at 10,000 ft.A goal or a resolution needs a plan. Without a concrete, written action plan and accountability, your goals or resolutions are simply good intentions. Spending time at 50,000 feet can help compel you with a burning reason “why.” Spending time at 10,000 feet can provide you with the “what,” the “how,” and the “when.”In order to reach your goal, what do you have to do right now?What actions do you have to take, and when do you have to take themWhat resources do you have available to help you achieve your goal and keep your resolution?How are you going to hold yourself accountable?Without a big, compelling reason “why,” your goals and resolutions are impotent. Without an action plan to commit to and personal accountability, your goals and resolutions are nothing more than good intentions.You breathe life into your goals and resolutions by doing the work to tie them to your mission and what gives meaning to your life.last_img read more

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Nirupama Rao may become Indian ambassador to US

first_imgForeign Secretary Nirupama Rao is scheduled to retire on July 3.Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, scheduled to retire next month, is set to become India’s next envoy to the United States, sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday. Sources in the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said Rao, who completes two years in the office on July 31, was all set to take over from the incumbent, Meera Shankar. The government had earlier extended the service of the 1973 batch Indian Foreign Service officer in December, 2010 till July, 2011. Rao’s appointment as the Indian Ambassador to the US attains significance as it happens at a crucial juncture when the ties between the two countries need a fresh impetus.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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a month agoPSG coach Thomas Tuchel linked with Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Thomas Tuchel linked with Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel is being linked with Manchester United.United sees him as an alternative to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should the Red Devils boss fail to improve results, says Le 10 Sport.The Old Trafford-based club gave Solskjaer a three-year contract just six months ago.Barcelona are also interested in hiring PSG boss Tuchel.The Red Devils failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League last campaign in which Solskjaer took over half way through. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Prada withdraws luxury trinkets over blackface controversy

first_imgNEW YORK — Prada is no longer selling a line of accessories and displays following complaints they featured blackface-style imagery.The controversy began last week when a New Yorker complained in a viral Facebook posting after walking past a Prada boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo district and noticing what she described as a “racist and denigrating” caricature in the storefront.The Italian fashion house had recently launched a series of luxury keychains and trinkets, including one showing a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips.Prada Group released a statement saying that it “abhors all forms of racism” and that the imaginary creatures were not intended to “have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface.”The statement said it was withdrawing the characters in question from display and circulation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Vadra’s interim bail extended till Mar 25; asked him to join probe

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday extended Robert Vadra’s interim protection from arrest till March 25 in a money laundering case and asked him to join the probe after the ED alleged that he was not cooperating and sought his custodial interrogation.Special judge Arvind Kumar granted the interim anticipatory bail to Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Vadra, who has been granted protection from arrest several times by the court, had filed an anticipatory bail application in the case linked to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by him. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Enforcement Directorate (ED), represented by Special Public Prosecutors D P Singh and Nitesh Rana, told the court that there was reasonable apprehension that Vadra being a highly influential person would tamper with the evidence and hamper the investigation. “If he is granted a blanket protection of bail, there is all likelihood that he will tamper with the evidence and would influence witnesses,” it said. ED further said that Vadra had in a “mala fide” manner raised certain grounds claiming to be a “victim of a political vendetta” and harassment at the hands of the agency. “The allegations were totally unfounded and devoid of any merits. The investigation, in compliance with the procedure established by law, has been conducted as per the evidence on record disclosing commission of grave economic offences,” it said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe probe agency also said that Vadra cited his firm’s cooperation in another case as a ground for him being granted anticipatory bail. “It (other case) has no bearing on the present case. The present case is based on an independent set of transactions, initiated on the basis of commission of offences under the Black Money Act. The investigation pertains to the undisclosed foreign assets and entities to evade tax,” it said. ED further said that it was unfortunate that he has got involved in a “political mud-slinging” but his conduct during the course of investigation raised even more apprehensions that he was a key link to unearth the modus operandi adopted by all the accused persons and hence the agency be given a free hand to interrogate him. It said that the investigation was at a crucial stage and various incriminating documents have come on record. “There are ample evidences in the form of E mails retrieved from seized electronic devices as well as material information gathered from electronic surveillance showing involvement of Vadra, along with his associates in undisclosed overseas assets which he, during course of investigation has denied blatantly taking advantage of interim protection. “From the investigation conducted so far, it is revealed that he is involved in the commission of the offence of cross border and domestic money laundering. He is the beneficial owner of various properties under the investigation in the case, which have been acquired through the proceeds of crime,” the agency said. On February 16, the court had extended his protection from arrest till today. In his anticipatory bail plea, Vadra alleged that he was being subjected to “unwarranted, unjustified and malicious criminal prosecution which on the face of it is completely politically motivated and is being carried out for reasons other than those prescribed under law”. It said Vadra’s office was raided by the ED on December 7, 2018 and, therefore, he seriously apprehends that his liberty may be curtailed by the investigating agency. “The petitioner (Vadra) is being subjected to a farce criminal prosecution which actually is beset with nothing else except political vendetta and most unfortunately the respondent (ED) being the law enforcement agency is a party to the unethical and illegal exercise.last_img read more

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