Trump, the ruling class and the Paris Accords

first_imgWashington, D.C.Donald Trump has confirmed his right-wing ideological alliance with the ultra-chauvinist Steve Bannon faction in the White House by announcing that he is going to “pull out” of the Paris Accords on combating climate change. His speech announcing the so-called pullout was also a campaign speech for the 2020 presidential election.In fact, Trump did not need to pull out of the agreement. The agreement is nonbinding. It has no teeth. It has no mechanism for enforcement. It has no way of checking on compliance. Everything is voluntary. And Trump is taking measures to undermine U.S. compliance, anyway, by attacking the Clean Power Plan, which limits the leasing of federal lands for coal mining and other polluting activities.To be sure, Trump’s denunciation of the Paris Accords is reactionary. It was a totally political move, calculated to appeal to the most backward, chauvinist elements of his political base and his most right-wing backers in the ruling class.But Trump and Bannon did not do it alone. The decision was backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, natural gas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, head of the Senate Republicans Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, among others.Twenty-two Republican senators from oil, gas and coal states signed a letter to Trump urging him to reject the Paris Accords. These 22 senators have received at least $10 million in gas, oil and coal money since 2012. (Guardian, June 1)Why the ruling class uproar over Trump pullout?However, there was a general uproar against Trump’s move by large sections of the ruling class. This does not mean that big business CEOs have turned into environmentalists. On the contrary. The Paris Accords would allow the bosses to slow down climate change somewhat, while at the same time preserving, if not enhancing, their profits. No, their deepest concern about the pullout is over the potential loss of energy technology markets.As Forbes magazine, a mouthpiece of big business, put it: “[T]he point here is that the evolution to a carbon-constrained world is underway and the technologies to facilitate that are now mainstream. China has fully embraced that evolution, vowing to help lead the charge along with the advanced economies of the world.”Forbes continued, “‘Most of the business community, including international energy companies, urged the administration not to withdraw,’ Ambassador Richard Morningstar said, who is the chair of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. ‘By this action we are ceding leadership on climate and new technologies to China and Europe.’” (June 1)Listen to the point of view of the former deputy director of Greenpeace, Ken Ward, who is going on trial soon on felony charges for shutting down an oil sands pipeline to prevent harm to the climate.“The value of the Paris agreement is in its aspirational goal of limiting temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, not in its implementation mechanisms, which are voluntary, insufficient, and impossible to monitor. But that modest goal will be breached shortly, which makes the agreement a kind of fig leaf, offering political cover to those who would soft-pedal the runaway climate crisis a while longer.“The U.N. Conference of the Parties is certainly not the organization to constrain powerful, retrenched fossil fuel interests and other bad climate actors and rogue climate states. The Paris agreement affords oil, gas and coal companies a globally visible platform through which to peddle influence and appear engaged on climate change while lobbying for business as usual. That won’t save the climate.” (The Hill, May 31)Companies like Exxon, BP and Shell, among others, have protested the pullout by Trump. But these companies have been under attack globally for their devastation of the environment. The accords give them a “fig leaf” while in no way actually constraining them. With no monitoring, no enforcement and no punishment, it is up to the capitalist government in Washington to compel compliance.Many of the giant companies financed the Paris meeting. If all the commitments made in Paris by all the countries were kept, the climate would still be in grave danger at a rise of 2 degrees Celsius in the atmosphere. The oppressed countries wanted the target for temperature rise to be no more than 1.5 degrees, but they lost out.This weak agreement leaves the monopolies a free hand to revise, cheat, conceal and go ahead with business as usual.While Obama was putting some soft pressure on them, Trump has given them a free hand and has assisted by attacking existing regulations.To be sure, the big imperialists are concerned for the future of their system. They have seen first hand what happened during Hurricane Sandy. Flooding literally shut down Wall Street, as well as knocking out power to all of lower Manhattan in New York. It is costing billions of dollars to repair the subways and tunnels in the city.Furthermore, the accelerated occurrence of tornadoes, hurricanes, excessive rainfall, floods, droughts, forest fires and other climate disasters that are televised have an impact on local, state and federal government, as well as insurance companies and destroyed businesses. The cost is running way into the tens and even hundreds of billions of dollars.That is the way Wall Street and big business see it. They could not care less for the broad mass of people who suffer devastating losses, injury and death as a result of climate change. The capitalists are worried about the threat to their financial and physical structure in the future.Pentagon and bankers fear climate changeThe Climate and Security Advisory Group, a voluntary, nonpartisan group of 43 U.S.-based senior military, national security, homeland security and intelligence experts, including the former commanders of the U.S. Pacific and Central commands, issued a briefing book in 2016.National Geographic reported last year: “The briefing book argues that climate change presents a significant and direct risk to U.S. military readiness, operations and strategy, and military leaders say it should transcend politics. It goes beyond protecting military bases from sea-level rise, the military advisers say. They urge Trump to order the Pentagon to game out catastrophic climate scenarios, track trends in climate impacts and collaborate with civilian communities. Stresses from climate change can increase the likelihood of international or civil conflict, state failure, mass migration and instability in strategically significant areas around the world, the defense experts argue.” (Nov. 15)The briefing book leaves out that the Pentagon is one of the world’s biggest polluters.As an example of the military’s problem, its naval base in Norfolk, Va., has been repeatedly flooded in recent years, interfering with military readiness to deploy the means of aggression. The Pentagon has hundreds of port bases that are threatened with similar obstacles from the rising tide of the oceans. Of course, island and coastal Indigenous civilizations, from Fiji to Bangladesh, face disaster.Citibank is a global bank with branches in well over a hundred countries and a heavy stake in protecting U.S. and world imperialism. Citibank costed out the consequences of climate change for the world imperialist system in 2015.“A new report from Citibank found that acting on climate change by investing in low-carbon energy would save the world $1.8 trillion through 2040, as compared to a business-as-usual scenario. In addition, not acting will cost an additional $44 trillion by 2060 from the ‘negative effects’ of climate change.“The report, titled Energy Darwinism, looked at the predicted cost of energy over the coming decades, the costs of developing low carbon energy sources, and the implications of global energy choices.” (ThinkProgress, Aug. 31, 2015)China’s environmental challenge to U.S. big businessIt is reported that GE and other industrial companies urged Trump to stay in the pact. These companies have already geared up their corporate plans to grab market share of renewables like wind and solar. GE makes wind turbines. Numerous companies make solar panels, instruments and devices for the new technology. They have already invested based upon the Paris Accords. They fear that not being at the table would mean they would lose out to China and Europe as new technologies and new markets expand.The bosses in the U.S. also have to worry about their cars and other carbon-emitting commodities meeting international standards or being shut out of overseas markets. In other words, the Paris agreement was all about profits and protection for the corporations and the imperialists.China’s National Energy Administration has laid out a plan to spend more than $360 billion through 2020 on renewable power sources like solar and wind. Thanks in large part to Chinese manufacturing, costs in the wind and solar industries are plummeting, making them increasingly competitive with power generation from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. (Obama put a 76 percent tariff on Chinese solar panels, driving up the costs for U.S. consumers.)The New York Times wrote on Jan. 5: “Even the headline-grabbing numbers on total investment and job creation may understate what is already happening on the ground in China. Greenpeace estimates that China installed an average of more than one wind turbine every hour of every day in 2015, and covered the equivalent of one soccer field every hour with solar panels.” China has also embarked on a reforestation program that will absorb massive amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.So it is easy to see why Jeff Imelt, CEO of GE, and his fellow bosses are angry at Trump for putting them at a disadvantage, not only to China but also Europe, and particularly German imperialism.Means of pollution are means of productionThe workers and the oppressed should take sharp note of the fact that so many ruling figures and institutions have vowed to remain in support of the agreement. New York state, California and Washington are among the 30 states that have a network, United States Climate Alliance. About 180 cities are also forming a similar network. And big corporations are vowing to keep going with the Paris Accords.What this means for the masses is that the ruling class is defying the White House and promoting it own environmental program, independent of the central capitalist state, including the Environmental Protection Agency.In other words, Trump has control of the White House and the Republicans have control of the Congress, but the bourgeoisie have control of the means of production. And it is control over the means of production — the power plants, the oil wells, the natural gas, the coal mines, the factories, the means of transportation, etc. — that gives the bosses control over the CO2 emissions, the water supply, the air quality, the chemicals in the earth and so on.The important point about all this is that if there is ever to be an effective policy to combat climate change — a policy in the interests of all humanity, a policy that does not depend on maintaining the profits of the polluters — then the means of production, the source of the pollution, must be taken out of the hands of the bourgeoisie and put into the hands of the workers and the oppressed. In other words, socialism is the only way out of the oncoming climate disaster.Goldstein is the author of “Low-Wage Capitalism” and “Capitalism at a Dead End”, available at online booksellers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

On the picket line

first_imgSupport Spectrum workers’ strike!Union busting is the name of the zero-sum game that telecommunications giant Charter Communications, known for its Spectrum brand, is playing in New York City against 1,800 workers in International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, who have been on strike since March 28, 2017.During a negotiation meeting with Charter days before Christmas, the union agreed to drop all its demands for raises in pensions, health care coverage and other benefits for new hires as long as current workers continued under the old plans, stated Christopher Erikson, business manager of Local 3, on the Feb. 7 radio show “America’s Work Force.” But the company flatly turned that proposal down. “If the company can beat Local 3 in New York City, that does not bode well for labor anywhere in the U.S.,” warned ­Erickson.Meanwhile, no good news for Charter. A judge refused to bar striking workers from coming within 25 feet of any Spectrum facility. (NY Post, Jan. 9) A judge ruled that Charter must face a lawsuit by the New York state attorney general for “providing customers slower-than-advertised internet speeds.” (Reuters, Feb. 16) And a city government report showed that Charter lied when it flouted the terms of its franchise agreement with the city to “use local labor whenever possible.” (NY Daily News, Feb. 25)Strike support is urgently needed. Sign petitions at spectrumstrike2017.com. For the latest information, visit NYCableTruth.blogspot.com.W.Va. telecommunications workers vs. Frontier’s miscommunicationsThe 1,400 telecommunications workers at Frontier Communications in West Virginia and Ashburn, Va., went on strike March 5 for a new contract with guaranteed job security and good health benefits. Frontier has cut 500 jobs since it acquired Verizon lines in West Virginia in 2014. Customer complaints have steadily increased ever since. (WV News, March 5)Communication Workers District 142, the union representing the workers, states that after 10 months of negotiations and two extensions, the company failed to come to an agreement with the operators, maintenance administrators and technicians. Instead, Frontier hired scabs who don’t know how to handle the complex equipment and has not resumed bargaining. But support has poured in from many national unions as well as the community. With the resounding echo of the victorious teachers’ strike in the air, the workers have an ear toward victory.Teachers & unions add Black Lives Matter to curriculumThe three demands of Black Lives Matter Week of Action, Feb. 5-10, were to hire more Black teachers, mandate study of Black history and ethnic studies, and replace harsh disciplinary policies with a restorative justice approach. This weeklong push to affirm the value of Black lives in schools was born in Philadelphia and Seattle last year and has since spread, thanks to rank-and-file teachers’ unions, to over 25 cities. (Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 7) Some school districts expanded the week to a full month during Black History Month.Teachers organized around local issues. Los Angeles students and teachers mobilized against random searches targeting Black youth with a “Students not Suspects” campaign. The Chicago teachers’ union fought school closings that disproportionately hurt Black neighborhoods and hiring of Black teachers. Baltimore teachers explored the lives of Huey Newton and Kathleen Cleaver with a “Black Panther Party Mixer” and adapted Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou poems tied to principles of the BLM movement. Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian noted the effort “might be unprecedented when you think about the fact that these unionized workers from around the country are coordinating these events together.” (The Real News, Feb. 5)Reagan belongs in ‘labor hall of shame’“What’s a crying shame? Ronald Reagan in the hall of fame!” chanted members and supporters of the American Federation of Government Employees in an impromptu picket March 1 outside the U.S. Department of Labor. They denounced Reagan’s induction into the so-called “Labor Hall of Honor,” citing his firing of 14,000 striking PATCO workers in 1981. According to a United Steelworkers statement, that “gave a green light to corporate chieftains to declare war upon workers and unions. … The union movement suffered because of him.” Protesters also denounced Reagan’s deep cuts to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s enforcement program. (March 2)Farmworkers demand: Keep federal anti-pesticide rulesThe Trump administration announced plans to reverse crucial safety standard protections against pesticide exposure and poisonings. These safety standards were put in place to protect the 2.5 million farm workers — the majority of them immigrants — in the U.S. who experience a reported 10,000 to 20,000 pesticide poisonings per year. To protect these vital workers, sign the petition addressed to senators at tinyurl.com/ya7supjw.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Crop Outlook is Favorable but Mother Nature Rules

first_img SHARE Crop Outlook is Favorable but Mother Nature Rules SHARE The following is a column written by Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension agricultural economist.Mother Nature always gets the last word when it comes to determining crop yields across Indiana. Last year she was unkind as a wet spring caused planting delays and then heat and dryness in mid-summer caused yield losses. Yields for both corn and soybeans were nearly 10 percent below normal.Farmers are anxious for the new growing season in 2012 and the weather is giving them an early start. A warm and relatively dry winter means the planting season has started early increasing prospects for a return to favorable yields.While crop production was down in 2011, prices were at record highs. This meant that revenues for Indiana’s major crops of corn, soybeans, and wheat reached a record high level of about $8.3 billion.A return to more normal crop production in 2012 could also bring lower prices, especially for corn. Increased production at lower prices means that total revenues would not change very much from the $8.3 billion from the 2011 crop.However, what will change this year are higher production costs. Purdue University estimates suggest that costs of producing these crops will increase by 15 to 20 percent in 2012 compared to last year. Higher costs are led by fertilizer, fuel, and cash rents. These elevated costs mean the net returns or profits from Indiana cropland are expected to drop from the record levels achieved in the past two years.While a decline in returns is never welcomed, the decline is coming from record high levels. This means that crop incomes are expected to decline in 2012, but will still be strong relative to average incomes over the past decade.While prospects are favorable this spring, Mother Nature and market prices will ultimately determine the financial success of Indiana’s 2012 crops.Source: Purdue Ag Communications Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Apr 19, 2012 Previous articleIndiana Farmer Defends Next Gen Herbicide Crop SystemsNext articleASA Unveils Comprehensive Production, Use and Export Data in 2012 Soy Stats Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Crop Outlook is Favorable but Mother Nature Ruleslast_img read more

Media moguls: Behind the scenes with social media influencers

first_imgTCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Previous articleHoroscope: January 31, 2021Next articleThe ritz: A look at the glitz and glam in the ‘20s TCU 360 Staff Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week ReddIt TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ TCU 360 Staff Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Facebook Linkedin Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s ReddItcenter_img TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ + posts Linkedin Twitter Twitter Image magazineMedia moguls: Behind the scenes with social media influencersBy TCU 360 Staff – February 1, 2021 602 Pantone: Color of the year 2020 printLoading 50%Written by: Chloe McAuliffePhoto Courtesy: Sophie McGuire, Amir Sayid, Cade Bethea Welcome to the age of influence I am sure we are all familiar with the YouTube and beauty star James Charles, or TikTok’s sister duo Dixie and Charli D’Amelio, or how about lifestyle extraordinaire Lauren Conrad? Whether you know these influencers well or have just heard of them, there is much more undiscovered talent. The world of influencers is glamorized to the nines, but we as “everyday people” do not really see or understand the behind the scenes of what goes into being the next Emma Chamberlain.So what exactly is a media mogul? To put it in short terms, a media mogul is someone with power and influence in the world of journalism, politics, entertainment, news or a social platform. These moguls can influence from anywhere, at any time, using different mediums ranging from television to radio to your iPhone. Our world is absolutely filled with content; good or not, there’s loads of it everywhere. Even though it might seem easy to style an outfit, type a few words and click a button, that is not all the job of being an influencer is, and many fail to realize how much work goes into the day-to-day lives of the top media moguls. But lucky for you, we were able to meet up with a few and dive deeper into their lives as social media stars. Loading Content…Meet Sophie [email protected] Sophie McGuire is an 19-year-old blogger living in Dallas, Texas. She is currently a sophomore at SMU, but is still working hard to grow her blog and other social platforms. If you love positivity, light-hearted content, style and beauty then @muchlovesophie is the influencer for you!Meet Amir [email protected]_sayidAmir is a Youtuber & Instagram influencer from Somalia. He is a current junior and finance major at TCU and somehow is able to balance the influencer lifestyle along with his education. He recently started to grow his following on TikTok and is absolutely killing it!Meet W. Cade [email protected] Bethea is a 23-year-old author and creator of his blog Southern and Thankful. He was born and raised in Arkansas and is a recent graduate from TCU. Cade doesn’t just have a blog but also a TikTok, Instagram and podcast! His content ranges anywhere from style, food, travel and faith to pop culture.What we see on social platforms is a highlight reel of influencer’s lives. We see the final product, the one with the perfect edit, thought out caption and strategically planned outfit at the highly sought-out coffee shop. But what we don’t see are the 500 trashed pictures, the distressed closet cluttered beyond belief and the time and effort put into the pose and location.While many of us think being an influencer is a fairytale life, and there are moments when it can feel like one, every influencer has to go through the dirt to get to the gold. “Blogging is very unstructured, and everyday is a bit different,” said Sophie McGuire, aka MuchLoveSophie. “A typical day could range anywhere from photoshoots, planning content, emails, working on partnerships and research. Not all of it is fun and glamorous even though it looks to be that way.” Part of the act of being an influencer is to simultaneously foster your own brand while promoting other products and companies. So how do brand sponsorships come about, and how do they work? Well, for most influencers, it’s a two-way street.“Usually a brand will reach out via email or direct message me on one of my platforms,” McGuire said. “However, if I truly love an item, I will constantly post it on my stories, feed and blog and the brand will reach out to partner with me. Sometimes I reach out to a brand personally because I think it would be beneficial for the both of us.” McGuire said she will not promote a brand unless she truly supports it because authenticity is important to her. “I have said no to several brands before because I would not want to promote an item or product that I don’t personally believe in or would never use,” said McGuire. “I don’t want my followers to not trust my recommendations or mistrust my content.”Instagram: @muchlovesophie Instagram: @muchlovesophie @[email protected]@[email protected] 1 of 3Instagram: @muchlovesophie Instagram: @muchlovesophie @[email protected]@[email protected] like your own Instagram accounts and social platforms, many influencers start theirs as an outlet for self-expression and creativity. McGuire started her blog, Muchlovesophie.com, to promote positivity and inspire creativity, while Amir Sayid, aka @amir_sayid, began his Instagram business as a hobby.“Because I started my account as a hobby, I have enjoyed every single video and post I’ve made,” Sayid said. “It helps sometimes when a project is taking 10 hours to think back to when I started in 2018 purely because I loved doing it.” “Sometimes, influencing on social media can feel more like a full-time job,” Sayid said. Often, he has put his plans with friends on hold to finish a promotion video for his channel. But, knowing how much time he has dedicated to his business, he knows that there are thousands of people waiting for his “little piece of content” which inspires him to continue, he said.“The hardest part of being an influencer [is] the assumptions people make about you! It’s crazy to think about how everything I say in my videos has an influence on others which can definitely be tricky at times.” – Amir SayidJust like celebrities, micro and macro influencers have a camera on them at all times, and some do not realize what little action can spiral into drama. “As a college student, it can be difficult to balance everything, but the pros do really outweigh the cons in my case,” Sayid said. “Because of this channel, I have built a great networking web and a world of opportunities. Honestly, despite what some people think the motivations behind an influencer’s platform are, I am not doing this business to get famous. I just follow my passion and let it take me anywhere.”Amir’s ChannelSince the online world is a massive enterprise and a web of networks, how does one pick and choose which platform to start growing on? While the web is a great tool for building up a personal brand, it can be all too overwhelming for beginners to jump in. For media moguls, however, they typically start on one platform and build from there.“My brand started on Instagram where I would post pictures of my favorite items, ootd and positive quotes,” McGuire said. “As I continued on there, I realized it could be something much bigger. So that’s where my other platforms have emerged from, but, even now, I am still looking for new ways to expand my network.” Cade Bethea, aka @southernandthankful, said it takes a while to gain a following which can make you think ‘maybe I chose the wrong platform,’ but, in the end, it all works out. As you gain followers, you can expand to different platforms and have new but overlapping audiences on each.With the networking web, massive amounts of influencers and a world filled with content, becoming as an “influencer” can be tough. So, how do they do it? And to what extent is the term overused? “I wouldn’t say the word influencer is oversaturated per se,” said Bethea. “Anyone can be an influencer which is what makes the online world so big and exciting! I do find that sometimes the term ‘influencer’ is used as a negative stigma around my brand. I’m not trying to be the biggest and most famous influencer; I just simply share my life and ideas. If people listen or get inspired then that’s great.” Others have a different take on what it exactly means to be an influencer. “Almost everyone wants to be an influencer,” said Sayid. “For instance, someone with fake followers on Instagram thinks that they are an influencer, and many people fall for this. However, it’s not an easy road, and to make it in the business it takes someone with drive, passion and the right motivations.” Just like the oversharing of the term influencer, there’s always a fine line when it comes to oversharing and being too private. How is this line navigated by media moguls? All three influencers said it was hard to distinguish between oversharing and not sharing enough, especially when it came to more personal matters.“I try to be as open as possible while maintaining my privacy as well,” said McGuire. “If either my family or friends are involved, I try to keep quiet about that because it’s more their life than mine. But if I can share something that will help others, then I do what I can to share the most.” Navigating the line between public and private can be just as tolling as COVID-19 was. “During COVID, lots of people can relate to this, I felt challenged mentally, and I found that my content and creativity is often directly related to my mental health.” Bethea said. “At times I felt pressured to be creative, and there were times when I struggled because I felt like I wasn’t doing enough or being productive enough, especially when I lost my full time job.”Sayid said the circumstances of COVID-19 caused him to feel creatively stuck as well. “COVID affected me in a big way,” said Sayid. “My typical videos are filmed outside, and I am always on some new adventure or challenge. But because of lockdown I wasn’t able to go anywhere. I ended up not uploading a video on my channel for two months because I simply had no material to work with. Because of that, I lost the motivation to make more content and felt stuck creatively. However, in order to combat my creative block, I tried TikTok and, to my surprise, it blew up.”Although both of these creators struggled mentally and creatively, they both learned from their experiences and grew from them.“Even though my creativity differed from day-to-day, the biggest thing I learned during the pandemic, not just as an influencer or creator but in general, is that we can’t always be so hard on ourselves,” Bethea said. The best part about being integrated as an influencer in the online world is that it is always evolving and growing. Whether you are just starting out or have been building your personal brand for a while, just know that with drive, motivation and passion you could become a media mogul. Just know that the day-in-the-life isn’t always a perfectly edited eight minutes!Don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe! xoxo, Chloe McAuliffe is the Creative Director and Design Editor for Image Magazine. She is a junior at Texas Christian University, double majoring in strategic communication and design studies. Chloe is looking to pursue a career in fashion.  Back to cover: TopBuilt with Shorthand Facebook Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Cowgirl: A look at the most glamorous women in rodeolast_img read more

“The Iraq War: The Heaviest Death Toll for the Media” Since World War II, March 2003 – August 2010

first_img February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en Reports Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Open publication – Free publishing – More iraq December 16, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more Newscenter_img to go further Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Related documents Download the reportPDF – 806.36 KB News September 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “The Iraq War: The Heaviest Death Toll for the Media” Since World War II, March 2003 – August 2010 IraqMiddle East – North Africa Riyad Assariyeh, a 35-year-old journalist working for state-run Al Iraqiya TV, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen as he was leaving his home in Baghdad this morning. This clearly targeted murder brings to 15 the number of Al Iraqiya journalists who have been killed since Saddam Hussein’s removal.Reporters Without Borders calls for a proper investigation capable of identifying and arresting both the perpetrators and instigators of this murder and bringing them to justice. It would be deplorable it this killing were to go unpunished, which unfortunately has been the case in 99 per cent of the 230 murders of journalists and media workers since the US-led invasion in 2003.Two weeks after the U.S. Army’s last combat brigade withdrew from Iraq, Reporters Without Borders surveyed the country’s seven years of occupation by the coalition forces and their impact on press freedom. The aim of this report is to pay homage to all of the media professionals who gave their lives in order to keep the public informed, despite the risks they were taking.Although the U.S. intervention in Iraq put an end to Saddam Hussein’s regime and paved the way for a major expansion of the Iraqi media, the human toll of the war, and the years of political and ethnic violence which followed, were nothing short of disastrous – too many people died.The second U.S. war with Iraq was the most lethal for journalists since World War II. Reporters Without Borders tallied 230 cases of journalists and media staff killed in the country since the conflict broke out on 20 March 2003. That is more than those killed during 20 years of the Vietnam War or the civil war in Algeria.In this report intitled “The Iraq War: A Heavy Death Toll for the Media,” Reporters Without Borders focuses on those journalists who were killed during the conflict simply because they wanted to do their jobs. Who were they? Which media outlets did they work for? Under what circumstances were they killed? Were they deliberately attacked? This is the third time that Reporters Without Borders has conducted such a study. The last one was released on 20 March 2006, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq.In this study, Reporters Without Borders also re-examines the issue of journalist abductions during the war: Iraq, with its more than 93 abducted media professionals, was for several years the biggest market for hostages in the world.Suspected of collaborating with insurgent groups, Iraqi journalists were also frequently arrested during the war, either by the newly established Iraki administration, or by the U.S. Army. Some 30 journalists were arrested by the U.S. Army between March 2003 and August 2010, mainly in 2008. By early January 2006, Camp Bucca, the American detention centre in southern Iraq between the cities of Basra and Uum Qasr, had become the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East.To obtain a better grasp of the factors which contributed to this death toll, Reporters Without Borders produced several graphs showing diverse trends with regard to attacks on the media in Iraq since 2003. Organisation Newslast_img read more

Appeal to new police chief after two reporters beaten by police

first_img RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists June 12, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today called on the new head of the Liberia National Police, Beatrice Munah Sieh, to take energetic measures to ensure respect for the work of the press after two reporters were beaten by police officers while covering the eviction of street vendors in Monrovia on 20 April.“When everything suggests Liberia is entering a new era, the streets of Monrovia should not still be a danger zone for the press,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Police brutality against journalists should no longer treated as commonplace and unremarkable, but as misconduct that requires punishment. The police high command should take this incident seriously if, as it claims, it wants to restore the public’s confidence in the police.”On arriving at the scene of a police operation to remove street vendors, Charles B. Yates of the privately-owned daily The Inquirer and Morris Gayboe of the privately-owned daily The Informer were told they did not have authorisation to take photographs. When Gayboe nonetheless took pictures of a youth being arrested, several policeman began hitting him with their batons. Yates tried to intervene, explaining they were both journalists. But a policeman responded: “You too, you want your own like your friend?” And then Yates was also clubbed.The incident came a week after the new police chief undertook to restore public confidence in the police when she took office on 13 April. She said without public trust, the work of the police was “meaningless” and she promised to establish “transparency and accountability” within the force. During a tour of Monrovia’s markets the same day, she called on street vendors to stop blocking the pavement and move to the covered markets. News LiberiaAfrica to go further Follow the news on Liberia November 27, 2020 Find out more LiberiaAfrica Help by sharing this information News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom April 25, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal to new police chief after two reporters beaten by police December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called on the new head of the Liberia National Police to take energetic measures to ensure respect for the work of the press after two reporters were beaten by police officers while covering the eviction of street vendors in Monrovia on 20 April. “The police high command should take this incident seriously if, as it claims, it wants to restore the public’s confidence in the police,” the organisation said. RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reportslast_img read more

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event Set for June 6 at the Rose Bowl

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena Public Works and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works are offering Pasadena residents an opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous waste, on June 6 at the Rose Bowl Stadium.Separate collection stations will be set up for household hazardous waste and for electronic waste (computers, monitors, television sets, et cetera) in the stadium’s Parking Lot K. Members of the public can dispose of up to 15 gallons of household hazardous wastes or 125 pounds of electronic waste products.Acceptable household hazardous waste includes items like brake fluid, paint, paint thinner, acid or lye-based cleansers, household and car batteries, pool chemicals motor oil, antifreeze, expired prescription medication and fluorescent light bulbs. Acceptable electronic waste includes computer monitors, television sets, CPUs, printers and cell phones.Hazardous waste and electronic wastes from businesses, explosives, trash, tires and appliances are not accepted at this event. Controlled substances will not be accepted.These items should be packed in a sturdy box, or, if possible, the original containers. Items should not be mixed in the boxes either. Top of the News Government Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event Set for June 6 at the Rose Bowl Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 1:41 pm Make a comment Community News HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Cross border animal thefts a major issue in Donegal – IFA

first_imgThe Chairperson of the IFA in Donegal says the theft of cattle and sheep remains a major problem in the county.PJ Mc Monagle was speaking after 75 beef cattle were seized yesterday in the Castleblayney area of Monaghan as part of an ongoing cross border operationSearches have taken place in Donegal, Mayo and Monaghan and, to date, 115 cattle and 20 sheep have been seized.PJ Mc Monagle says it is a two way process with animals stolen in the republic being brought into the North and vice versa.Speaking on today’s Shaun Doherty Show, he said there needs to be a renewed community focus on animal thefts………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/pjthefts.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th By News Highland – October 2, 2014 WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programmecenter_img Pinterest Previous articleCommonage farmers fear “commitments” may not now be honouredNext articleReturning Payne is one of ten Ulster changes News Highland Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Cross border animal thefts a major issue in Donegal – IFA Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Aura Leisure Centre evacuated due to flooding incident

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – February 20, 2020 WhatsApp Twitter Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny was evacuated last night due to a flooding incident.Emergency services responded to the scene at around 8.30pm with the facility evacuated around an hour before it was due to close.There are reports of significant structural damage with the internal roof of the reception area particularly affected.The incident comes as the 2020 World Tug of War Championships get underway there today – the event is going ahead as planned from 9.30am this morning.The side of the venue where the championships are taking place has not been affected. Google+ Google+ Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Previous article33rd Dáil to meet as talks continueNext articleIndoor World Tug of War Championships to go ahead News Highland Aura Leisure Centre evacuated due to flooding incident Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Garda warning over traffic mayhem at Donegal beauty spots

first_img Twitter Previous articleGardai & family increasingly concerned for missing Seamus McCarneyNext articleNo immediate plans to upgrade south Inishowen supply News Highland Google+ Facebook Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Gardai in Donegal have issued a warning that parked vehicles which are causing potential danger for other motorists will be towed away. It follows traffic chaos at a number of beauty spots across the county over the last few weeks, with several narrow routes blocked.In particular, the road to Murder Hole beach in North West Donegal experienced gridlock over the Bank Holiday Weekend.Garda Niall Maguire says if cars are parked in such a manner, Gardai will have no other choice but to act accordingly:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/niallmdsfsfsdfsdfurderhole1pm-2.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Garda warning over traffic mayhem at Donegal beauty spots Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 11, 2020 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more