Presiding Bishop prepares for pastoral visits to East Carolina, Central…

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The congregation is worshipping at a local Moose Lodge until repairs are completed. Photo: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will travel this weekend to the Diocese of East Carolina for a pastoral visit focused on hearing the stories of Episcopalians recovering from two hurricanes that hit the Southeast in September and October.Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, on Sept. 14 with 90 mph winds. A month later, Hurricane Michael also passed through North Carolina, though the worst damage from that storm occurred on and near the Florida Panhandle, where Michael made landfall Oct. 10 as a major hurricane with 155 mph winds.After visiting East Carolina, Curry has scheduled a pastoral visit to the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast to meet with Episcopalians in the Florida Panhandle on Jan. 12 and 13.“We’re very grateful that he’s coming to East Carolina to see firsthand and just to be with us,” said the Rev. Paul Canady, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in New Bern, North Carolina, one of the communities hit hard by Florence.Although Canady’s church wasn’t badly damaged in the storm, 31 families in the congregation were displaced, and some still are waiting nearly three months later for completion of repairs that will let them return to their homes.Southwest of Wilmington, the congregation of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport has been worshipping in a meeting hall of the local Moose Lodge while repairs to the congregation’s sanctuary, chapel and administrative buildings are underway. All three buildings were severely battered by Florence and will require new shingle roofs and replacement of flood-damaged walls and floors.Some members of the congregation were hoping to return to worshipping in the St. Philip’s sanctuary by Christmas. The Rev. Jim Hanisian, priest-in-charge, said Easter would be a more likely timeline, but even that is uncertain.For now on Sundays, the congregation travels seven miles from St. Philip’s to its temporary home, where a giant moose head on the wall is waiting to greet them. Once inside, a left turn takes you to the Moose Lodge bar; parishioners instead take a right turn into a bingo hall that the congregation coverts once a week into a makeshift worship space for the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services.“It’s kind of an adventure,” Hanisian said, telling the story of someone accidentally turning on the disco ball in the hall and initially struggling to figure out how to turn it off.“It’s been really interesting,” he said. “We expected that we’d have a pretty big decrease in attendance, and in fact it’s not. It’s been growing.”Florence and Michael were the two most devastating storms in 2018’s particularly active hurricane season, with Florence blamed for the deaths of 50 people. Michael, said to be the third-strongest hurricane to hit mainland United States, killed at least 40 people.The two storms brought intense wind, rain and flooding that left a path of destruction from the Gulf Coast to coastal Virginia. Episcopal dioceses across the region coordinated their emergency response and relief efforts before, during and immediately after the storms with help from Episcopal Relief & Development.The Diocese of East Carolina, which covers the coastal third of North Carolina, received a $20,000 emergency grant from Episcopal Relief & Development, and the money was distributed through microgrants to 13 different ministries in the diocese.“Some used their microgrants to purchase gift cards, which were handed out and enabled families in their communities to buy groceries and fill their cars with gas,” East Carolina Communications Coordinator Lindsey Harts said in an email. “Others used their grant money to rent U-Hauls so they could more easily distribute food, cleaning products, and other necessities to those in need.”Christ Church in New Bern was among the microgrant recipients, using $2,500 to help some residents meet emergency housing needs in the days and weeks after Florence, Canady said. The church used a second microgrant to host a children’s program similar to vacation Bible school for students initially unable to return to classes while their schools were closed.The diocese also has received an outpouring of support from Episcopalians across the country.“As we continue to do the work of relief and recovery in our communities, we are grateful for the generosity of our siblings in Christ across the Episcopal Church who have interceded on our behalf, sent kind letters, and donated monetarily,” Harts said. “We ask for your continued support, as this process of reorienting ourselves, picking up the pieces, and rebuilding our communities will be a part of our story for not just weeks or months, but years.”The diocese maintained an online Hurricane Hub with emergency information during the storm, and it continues to update its relief and recovery page. Bishop Robert Skirving sent a letter to the diocese on Oct. 4 applauding the work of neighbors helping neighbors and urging church members to continue supporting all those affected by Florence.“Alone, each of us could easily become overwhelmed by the challenges we face in so much of eastern North Carolina,” Skirving said. “But in Christ, and together with one another, we have been given by God every good gift that we will need.”The letter also noted that, at that time, 24 parishes in the diocese had filed insurance claims due to damage on church properties.Among the damaged properties was Trinity Center, the diocese’s retreat center on the coastal Outer Banks. Many of the center’s buildings had to be repaired, renovated or rebuilt, and the center began slowly reopening to groups in late October.“We still have a long road ahead of us as we continue to prioritize projects, but our friends and supporters have made that road seem much shorter,” the center said on its website.Other churches were mostly spared by the storm and able to assist their communities in the aftermath. St. James Parish, Wilmington’s oldest church, sustained only a downed tree and was able to open its doors quickly after the storm to house relief workers needing a place to stay.St. James, along with St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, North Carolina, will host Curry’s two main public gatherings during his visit to the diocese. The event at St. Anne’s will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 8, and St. James will welcome Curry at 2 p.m. Dec. 9.“Each of these gatherings will provide an opportunity for those who have been doing the work of relief and recovery to share their stories and to allow Bishop Curry to respond pastorally,” the diocese said in an email to its members.St. Philip’s isn’t on Curry’s itinerary of public events, but the presiding bishop is scheduled to join the congregation Dec. 9 for a tour of its damaged buildings and then a 10 a.m. Eucharist.“It’s a shot in the arm to the congregation,” Hanisian said. “They’re so excited, it’s ridiculous.”Some members of St. Philip’s have dealt with damaged roofs, broken windows and downed trees from Hurricane Florence, but luckily, Hanisian said, no family has been left homeless – only the congregation. So, instead of celebrating Eucharist with Curry in the damaged sanctuary or chapel, they will invite him to join them for one of their Moose Lodge services.“The big question now is whether we’re going to turn on the disco ball when he’s preaching,” Hanisian said, at least half jokingly.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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How American Christian media promoted charity abroad

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Heather D. Curtis is an Associate Professor of Religion at Tufts University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Heather D. Curtis, Tufts UniversityMany religions urge their adherents to be charitable toward those in need.Jesus directed his followers to sell their possessions and give alms to the poor. The Hebrew Bible instructed the Jews to provide generously for neighbors and strangers.But as media technologies have raised awareness of global suffering, some have asked if the injunction to aid neighbors applies to distant strangers on the other side of the world.During the late 19th century, a growing number of Americans insisted that the answer must be “yes.” In my recent book, Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicals and Global Aid, I show how Protestant missionaries, ministers and media moguls persuaded a significant segment of the U.S. population to embrace the ideal of international charity.Global suffering and Christian mediaThe 1890s was a pivotal decade in the extension of American philanthropy abroad.As the United States expanded its global reach, more citizens were traveling overseas. Technological innovations – especially the transatlantic telegraph – made possible the rapid transmission of reports on political conflicts, economic crises and natural disasters occurring around the world.The invention of the Kodak portable camera in 1888 enabled eyewitnesses to document humanitarian catastrophes, and advances in printing processes facilitated the mass reproduction of their photographs.Hoping that sensational stories and graphic pictures of people in pain would raise awareness of global affliction while also increasing circulation, newspaper and magazine editors published heartrending images and tragic tales of distress they received from correspondents in foreign lands.The Christian Herald’s humanitarian campaignsNo periodical did more to draw attention to distant suffering at the turn of the century than the Christian Herald – at the time the most widely-read religious newspaper in the United States.Starting with his purchase of the New-York based weekly journal in 1890, the entrepreneurial philanthropist Louis Klopsch worked to make the Christian Herald the nation’s premier purveyor of news about overseas disasters.Thomas de Witt Talmage and Louis Klopsh. From the Christian Herald, December 4, 1895.Courtesy of the Christian Herald Association, New York.With the help of his editorial partner, the charismatic preacher Thomas De Witt Talmage – pastor of the United States’ largest church – Klopsch solicited first-hand accounts and “exclusive” photographs of calamities from a vast network of missionary contacts stationed across the globe.But Klospch and Talmage went further than merely chronicling catastrophes such as the food shortage in Russia in the early 1890s, the Armenian massacres of 1894 to 1896, or the Messina earthquake that devastated southern Italy in 1908. Insisting that Americans had a moral obligation to relieve suffering around the world, the two spearheaded massive fund-raising campaigns to assist the afflicted.Missionary photographs of the famine in India from the Christian Herald, July 7, 1897.Courtesy of the Christian Herald Association, New York.During the India famine of 1900, for example, the Christian Herald collected over US$1.2 million for food assistance, medicine, and orphan care.All offerings went directly to local volunteers – usually missionaries – who provided services for free. The missionaries knew the language, understood the culture, were familiar with the needs and conditions on the ground, and could therefore disseminate aid quickly and efficiently.At the close of every campaign, the newspaper published audited financial statements accounting for each donation and disbursement.America – a redeemer nationIn appealing for contributions, the Christian Herald urged readers to respond generously to descriptions and depictions of distress.Sufferers on the other side of the world were not strangers, Klopsch and Talamge argued, but part of the same human family. The Bible proclaims that God “hath made of one blood all the nations of men.” Therefore, the editors insisted, charity “must not be limited to our household, nor to our own countrymen…. Neither distance, nor difference of race, nor unworthiness is to be a barrier.”Like the Bible story of the good Samaritan who stopped to help a foreigner, the Christian Herald’s subscribers should extend mercy beyond geographical borders and social boundaries.‘America, the Almoner of the World.’ From the Christian Herald, June 26, 1901, cover. Courtesy of the Christian Herald Association, New York.Courtesy of the Christian Herald Association, New York.By sending relief abroad, Klopsch and Talmage contended, their newspaper would help the United States fulfill its God-given humanitarian mission. “America,” the editors proclaimed, was destined to become “the Almoner of the World” – a redeemer nation that possessed unique power and resources to rescue the needy and oppressed.The Christian Herald’s pleas for international charity proved remarkably persuasive. By the time Klopsch died in 1910, the newspaper’s readers had donated over $3.3 million – approximately $89 million in today’s money – to domestic and foreign aid.No other humanitarian organization in this period came close to matching the Christian Herald’s fundraising record or ability to arouse concern for affliction both within the United States and world wide.Why the Christian Herald’s work remains relevantAlthough largely forgotten today, the Christian Herald’s relief campaigns left a lasting mark on American efforts to alleviate distant suffering.From Klopsch’s time to our own, presumptions about the United States’ divinely-ordained responsibility to rescue the afflicted have inspired numerous humanitarian interventions. Aid agencies have continued to rely on photographs of strangers in distress – from the victims of India’s famine that filled the Christian Herald’s columns in 1900, to the lifeless body of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi that went viral in 2015 – to publicize disasters and prompt donations.While many relief efforts since the late 19th century have saved lives, critics of the aid industry have cautioned that they can also have negative consequences.According to scholars such as Alex de Waal and others, disaster remediation and development schemes have often fueled corruption, exacerbated poverty and bolstered authoritarian regimes.Ethicists warn that graphic images of affliction reinforce inequalities between privileged donors and relief recipients, leaving in place the structural disparities that cause and perpetuate global suffering.But even if the Christian Herald’s methods of mobilizing support for distant strangers have produced mixed results, I argue, the newspaper’s arguments for extending compassion beyond national borders and social barriers remain relevant.At a time when nationalism and racism are hampering efforts to reduce suffering both at home in the United States and around the world, Klopsch’s contention that true charity knows no bounds is worth remembering.center_img Please enter your comment! 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Townhouse Oberwall / Apool Architects

first_img Photographs Year:  CopyHouses•Berlin, Germany Area:  539 m² Area:  539 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2012 Projects “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/347735/townhouse-oberwall-apool-architects Clipboard 2012 CopyAbout this officeApool ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBerlinHousesGermanyPublished on March 21, 2013Cite: “Townhouse Oberwall / Apool Architects” 21 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panel – Terrazzo BlackStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Basiq SeriesIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsWoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows – EvenMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsDoorsECLISSESliding Door Opening System – ECLISSE Push&PullStonesMarini MarmiNatural Stone – Nuvolato di GréMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Townhouse Oberwall / Apool Architects ArchDaily Year:  Architects: Apool Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Courtesy of Apool ArchitectsSave this picture!Courtesy of Apool ArchitectsRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Windowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityText description provided by the architects. The found structure of a semi-finished town house within the context of the urban development of central berlin, the district of >friedrichswerder< based on the guidelines >planwerk innenstadt<, was radical reconsidered and dismantled.the structure of the building, which was at the extended shell stage, was stripped down and revised. the new design intensifies the vertical principle of the townhouse model on a narrow plot to the extreme. the white building shell is made of high-gloss painted aluminium panels, it highlights the significance of the abstraction and the vertical aspect of the project. you don´t need any outdoor advertising to highlight the flagship store - the serene surface making the location recognisable and  replacing classic outdoor advertising. the 6.5-metre, fully glazed sliding door that forms the entrance to the store is as tall as the building is wide. within the tight restrictions of a deep and narrow plot, the house achieves generosity through ceiling height of the duplex issue. the two-story fixed glazing and exterior outward-opening doors on the courtyard side have the same dimensions. the qualities of natural light and space are more important than the optimisation  of surface area and flexibility. the panels can be opened like shutters when the studio apartment on the upper floor is in use. the house will be used as a flagship store for the owners fashion label and their second home, the radical simplicity connects the different aspects of  use and creates a clear unit in a diversified neighbourhood.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessHomeless World Cup Legacy Center / Architecture For HumanitySelected ProjectsAIV-Schinkel-Wettbewerb Competition Winning Proposal / David WeclawowiczUnbuilt Project Share Houses Germany "COPY" ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/347735/townhouse-oberwall-apool-architects Clipboard Townhouse Oberwall / Apool ArchitectsSave this projectSaveTownhouse Oberwall / Apool Architects Save this picture!Courtesy of Apool Architects+ 11 Sharelast_img read more

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Aya Tower / SOA Architectes

first_img Year:  Area:  7254 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: SOA Architectes Area Area of this architecture project Lebanon Aya Tower / SOA ArchitectesSave this projectSaveAya Tower / SOA Architectes Photographs:  Camille GharbiClient:HAR PropertiesConstruction Phase Architect:R&KTechnical Engineer :Kephren Ingénierie, Riad Ghazali IngénierieCity:BeirutCountry:LebanonMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Camille GharbiRecommended ProductsHealthcare ApplicationsBradley Corporation USACase Study: Restrooms at Englewood HospitalWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. Aya is a tower with an original concept, resulting from in-depth research on the Arab dwelling, a hybridization of archetypes of the traditional architecture of the Mashreq and new technologies for dwellings with a context-sensitive and contemporary design.Save this picture!© Camille GharbiThe rough terrain of this district, with its rocky soil, stone staircases and diverse buildings inspired a construction in movement, raising upwards to the sky what happens at a human height. Part of the older building facing the street has been preserved and a small plaza leading toward the tower has been created. Along the staircase, two volumes emerge, following the slope and the heights of the buildings facing them. Thus, the tower only slightly changes the configuration of the street, which is simply widened on the little plaza with new shops.Save this picture!Site planThe apartments are designed as houses, each with its specific features, and each enjoying an open-air terrace. The tower’s structure is comprised of a succession of setbacks, which gives each apartment a fully unobstructed view of the sky. According to the position of the apartments in this tower, their terrace is oriented either facing the sea to the north, the mountains toward the east or facing toward the southern area of the city. The setbacks sculpt the volume according to the varied orientations of the apartments. By eschewing a conventional stacking of terraces, the façades are composed of gaps, which are horizontal for the orientations, and vertical for the setbacks.Save this picture!© Camille GharbiThe principle of setbacks led to the principle of an internal load-bearing wall to absorb seismic shocks. The exterior walls also play a thermal role. Reducing the use of air-conditioners to the maximum, double ventilated walls were chosen for the level of the bays. The structural part is made of ordinary concrete and the double skin of white concrete.Save this picture!SectionFloor plans have been inspired by the different floor plans of traditional houses of the Mashriq to realize a modern metamorphosis that places the room layouts in squares, and namely the principle of gradual entry (see early studies on the plan).Save this picture!© Camille GharbiThis approach, which does not pretend to strictly update the Arab plan, seeks rather shift the lines between the system of the traditional plan, which mainly organized the space for gatherings, and the modern system, which is much more concentrated on organizing space dedicated to the individual.Save this picture!© Camille GharbiThe origin of the plans. Apartments in the Aya Tower follow the model of traditional Arab houses. This type of configuration is found in houses built in Qatar, Morocco as well as Lebanon. The tower retains this plan, inspired by the recurring triptyque: patio, iwan (vaulted room), and majlis (reception rooms). Like a traditional house, the apartments in the Aya Tower integrate this system.Save this picture!© Camille GharbiProject gallerySee allShow lessMulungu House / Venta Arquitetos + Mariana MeneguettiSelected ProjectsTammsaare Park Pavilion / Kadarik Tüür ArhitektidSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Mar Mikhael, Beirut, LebanonLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Apartments CopyAbout this officeSOA ArchitectesOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBeirutOn FacebookLebanonPublished on April 25, 2021Cite: “Aya Tower / SOA Architectes” 25 Apr 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects CopyApartments•Beirut, Lebanon Photographs “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/960614/aya-tower-soa-architectes Clipboard 2021 Save this picture!© Camille Gharbi+ 12Curated by Paula Pintos Share Aya Tower / SOA Architectes ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/960614/aya-tower-soa-architectes Clipboard “COPY”last_img read more

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¡No dejemos que usen París como excusa!

first_imgTraducción por  Ana Atienza, revisada por Mundo Obrero.14 de noviembre — Teniendo en cuenta sólo las catástrofes recientes, Workers World-Mundo Obrero lamenta la trágica pérdida de 30 personas muertas por los ataques aéreos estadounidenses sobre un hospital humanitario en Afganistán; las/os 224 pasajeros y tripulantes fallecidos en un avión ruso que estalló sobre Egipto; las 102 vidas segadas en el atentado contra una manifestación por la paz en Ankara (Turquía); las/os 43 asesinados en Beirut, Líbano; las muchas, muchas familias destrozadas por los ataques de los drones estadounidenses sobre cortejos nupciales por toda Asia Occidental y África, y las/os miles que han muerto tratando de cruzar el Mediterráneo para huir de la guerra y de la pérdida de vidas y hogares. Lamentamos los cientos de vidas afroestadounidenses truncadas a manos de la policía racista en Estados Unidos.Estamos también consternadas/os por el asesinato en París de al menos 120 personas, en su mayoría jóvenes, en la noche del 13 al 14 de noviembre.Esta última masacre ha sido la que ha desencadenado las mayores amenazas, procedentes de Estados Unidos, Francia y la OTAN. El que estas potencias enormemente militarizadas generen aún más guerra y destrucción representa la mayor amenaza que existe para las/os trabajadores y los pueblos de todo el mundo, incluidos los pertenecientes al nuevo movimiento por los derechos civiles desarrollado en Estados Unidos.¿Quién es el responsable último de lo sucedido en París? ¿Qué nueva agresión se está gestando ahora? ¿Cómo podemos neutralizarla?Según los medios de comunicación, el régimen francés culpa al Estado Islámico de los asesinatos, y el EI se ha atribuido la responsabilidad: éste es el discurso que va a predominar. Sin embargo, de principio a fin, son las potencias imperialistas estadounidense, francesa, británica y de otros países de la OTAN, así como sus regímenes clientes de Israel y Arabia Saudita las responsables en último término de generar las insoportables condiciones que han dado lugar a estos atentados.Las actuales guerras de EUA / OTAN en Asia Occidental y el norte de África han destrozado los estados y sociedades estables de la región, causado la muerte de millones de personas y arrancado a decenas de millones de sus casas. Al librar una guerra continua dejando al pueblo en caos y miseria, los imperialistas han despertado deliberadamente antagonismos religiosos y nacionales e impulsado a cientos de miles de personas a solicitar asilo en Europa.Existen tres amenazas obvias después del ataque de París:La primera es que los gobernantes de Francia, de Estados Unidos y de otras potencias de la OTAN utilizarán estos atentados como pretexto para incrementar su ya peligrosa intervención militar en Siria. Esto podría desencadenar una guerra regional que afectaría a Irán y a Rusia.La segunda es que los racistas avivarán la islamofobia y el odio hacia todas/os los extranjeros para respaldar sus campañas violentas contra las/os inmigrantes, en Europa contra las/os procedentes de África y de Asia Occidental, y en Estados Unidos contra las/os latinoamericanos.La tercera, dentro de Estados Unidos, es que la policía,  confrontada por el movimiento Black Lives Matter (Las vidas negras importan) utilizará lo sucedido en París como excusa para su guerra permanente contra las/os negros y las/os latinos. El departamento de “Seguridad Nacional” y los intereses de Wall Street a los que sirven tratarán de ampliar la vigilancia y la represión contra los movimientos de protesta.Quienes deseen combatir estas amenazas deben utilizar sus propios medios y redes sociales para sacar a la luz los crímenes de las clases dirigentes estadounidenses y francesas. Debemos también mostrar nuestra solidaridad con las/os inmigrantes de todos los continentes: estas/os obreros y pueblos oprimidos son nuestras/os compañeros.Tenemos que mostrarnos solidarias/os con los movimientos que intentan ganar derechos y justicia, ya que resisten la presión de los ricos y los poderosos –pregonada desde sus medios de comunicación comprados– para que abandonen la lucha.Son los súper ricos los que han pedido las guerras contra Siria, Libia, Afganistán e Irak. No dejemos que utilicen los horrores que han creado como pretexto para arrastrarnos a conflictos aún más destructivos.¡No a la intervención de Estados Unidos, Francia, la OTAN, Arabia Saudita o Israel en Siria, Irak, Yemen o en el resto de Asia Occidental!¡Defendamos los derechos de las/os inmigrantes en todos los continentes!¡Solidaridad de todas/os los trabajadores y oprimidos contra el imperialismo y la reacción!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Fidel Castro — The Cuban people will overcome

first_imgRemarks by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, during the closing of the 7th Party Congress of the Cuban Communist Party, published in Granma, April 20.It constitutes a superhuman effort to lead any people in times of crisis. Without them, the changes would be impossible. In a meeting such as this, which brings together more than a thousand representatives chosen by the revolutionary people themselves, who delegated their authority to them, for all it represents the greatest honor they have received in their lives, to which is added the privilege of being a revolutionary, which is the product of our own consciousness.Why did I become a socialist, or more plainly, why did I become a communist? That word that expresses the most distorted and maligned concept in history by those who have the privilege of exploiting the poor, dispossessed ever since they were deprived of all the material wealth that work, talent and human energy provide. Since when does man live in this dilemma, throughout time without limit? I know you do not need this explanation but perhaps some listeners do.I speak simply so it is better understood that I am not ignorant, extremist or blind, nor did I acquire my ideology of my own accord studying economics.I did not have a tutor when I was a law and political sciences student, subjects in which they have a great influence. Of course then I was around 20 years old and was fond of sports and mountain climbing. Without a tutor to help me in the study of Marxism-Leninism, I was no more than a theorist and, of course, had total confidence in the Soviet Union. Lenin’s work violated after 70 years of Revolution. What a history lesson! It can be affirmed that it should not take another 70 years before another event like the Russian Revolution occurs, in order that humanity have another example of a magnificent social revolution that marked a huge step in the struggle against colonialism and its inseparable companion, imperialism.Perhaps, however, the greatest danger hanging over the earth today derives from the destructive power of modern weaponry that could undermine the peace of the planet and make human life on earth’s surface impossible.The species would disappear like the dinosaurs disappeared, perhaps there will be time for new forms of intelligent life or maybe the sun’s heat will grow until it melts all the planets of the solar system and its satellites, as a large number of scientists recognize. If the theories of several of them are true, which we laypeople are not unaware of, the practical man must learn more and adapt to reality. If the species survives a much longer space of time, the future generations will know much more than we do, but first they will have to solve a huge problem. How to feed the billions of human beings whose realities are inevitably at odds with the limited drinking water and natural resources they need?Some or perhaps many of you are wondering where are the politics in this speech. Believe me I am sad to say it, but the politics are here in these moderate words. If only numerous human beings would concern ourselves with these realities and not continue as in the times of Adam and Eve eating forbidden apples. Who will feed the thirsty people of Africa with no technology at their disposal, no rain, no reservoirs, no more underground aquifers than those covered by sands? We will see what the governments, which almost all signed the climate commitments, say.We must constantly hammer away at these issues and I do not want to elaborate beyond the essentials.I shall soon turn 90. Such an idea would never have occurred to me and it was never the result of an effort. It was sheer chance. I will soon be like everyone else. We all reach our turn, but the ideas of the Cuban communists will remain as proof that, on this planet, working with fervor and dignity can produce the material and cultural wealth that humans need, and we must fight relentlessly to obtain these. To our brothers in Latin America and the world we must convey that the Cuban people will overcome.This may be one of the last times that I speak in this room. I voted for all the candidates submitted for election by Congress and I appreciate the invitation and the honor of your listening to me. I congratulate you all, and firstly, compañero Raúl Castro for his magnificent effort.We will set forth on the march forward and we will perfect what we should perfect, with the utmost loyalty and united force, just as Martí, Maceo and Gómez, in an unstoppable march.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Koreans seek detente despite U.S. threats

first_imgPeople in Seongju, south Korea, protest the U.S. THAAD missile system, July 29, 2017.Jan. 8 — A turn has taken place in the crisis building over the Korean peninsula as the U.S. threatened war over the creation of a nuclear deterrent by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.In his New Year’s message, DPRK leader Kim Jong Un announced the completion of its nuclear defense and a “reliable war deterrent, which no force and nothing can reverse.”Speaking for the Korean Workers’ Party and the government, Kim said the DPRK was now ready to accept an invitation from south Korea to sit down and discuss participating in the Olympic Games to be held there in February. The south welcomed this and preliminary discussions are scheduled to begin Jan. 9.Last fall Trump threatened south Korea with a trade war, even as the U.S. administration also threatened military action against the north. The economic pressure on the south was clearly meant to keep it firmly in line with Washington’s dictates.Now, joint U.S.-south Korean war “games” originally scheduled for February, which would yet again have simulated a massive attack on the north, have been postponed.Trump, in a Jan. 6 press conference, stepped back from his earlier wild threats to destroy the DPRK with “fire and fury” and his tweets bragging that the U.S. has a “bigger nuclear button” than the DPRK. Instead, he made nice about the discussions planned between north and south Korea. He also didn’t repeat his threats of a trade war with south Korea or his characterization of Seoul’s willingness to engage in talks with the north as “appeasement.”However, the earlier threats from the U.S., which occupies the south with nearly 30,000 troops, still clearly hang over the talks.What is the view of progressive south Koreans about all this?It is very instructive to hear their voice, which is completely ignored by the U.S. big business media. Below we quote from an article on “Kim Jong-un’s New Year Address and the Prospect for Peace” by Hyun Lee, a Korean-American activist. It contains many insights into the attitude of the people of south Korea on the crisis with the U.S.‘Prospects for Peace’Lee writes that “having gained confidence in its ability to defend itself from U.S. aggression, North Korea appears ready to move onto other important matters, like building its economy and improving relations with the South. …“How is North Korea able to withstand so many years of sanctions and resist collapse? The only answer that western mainstream pundits can muster is China: ‘Surely, it’s because China is not doing enough to isolate North Korea.’ But the real answer is in Kim’s speech, which outlines in great detail how to make all aspects of the country’s economy self-reliant: how to, for example, train and support scientists so the country can use its indigenous resources and know-how to build an economy independent from foreign powers.“If 2017 for North Korea was a year of struggle to complete its nuclear force to deter U.S. military threats, 2018, it seems, will be a year of struggle to undermine the power of U.S.-led sanctions — not through compromise and negotiations but, as Kim says in his New Year address, by concentrating ‘all efforts on consolidating the independence and Juche character of the national economy.’ …“Kim’s speech seems to indicate that with new found confidence in its ability to defend against U.S. aggression, North Korea is now ready to prioritize engagement with the new administration in the South. But its offer of detente is not without conditions. South Korea should, said Kim, ‘discontinue all the nuclear war drills they stage with outside forces’ and ‘refrain from any acts of bringing in nuclear armaments and aggressive forces from the United States.’ This echoes the spirit of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration, signed by former leaders Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il in 2000 — which states the question of Korea’s reunification should be resolved ‘independently and through the joint efforts of the Korean people.’ [Read: without the United States.] …“Rather than celebrating recent developments as breakthroughs toward peace, U.S. pundits were quick to pooh-pooh them. If South Korea ‘runs off the leash,’ said Daniel R. Russel, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama administration, to the New York Times, ‘it will exacerbate tensions within the alliance.’ …“Why is the prospect of peace in Korea so threatening to those vested in maintaining the U.S.-ROK alliance? U.S. alliance with South Korea — and Japan — is critical to its strategic interests in Asia, a region that the previous administration had identified as the center of this century’s global economy in its ‘pivot to Asia’ doctrine. In Northeast Asia, the United States has invested billions of dollars to construct a trilateral missile defense system with South Korea and Japan to curtail China’s power in the region. To U.S. military strategists, South Korea, with a ‘real live enemy’ to its north, provides an ideal training ground for its forces, which routinely conduct massive exercises that simulate real war scenarios and involve tens of thousands of troops from the region as well as the continental United States.“South Korea is also among the top purchasers of U.S. weapons, a major source of earning for the United States. In the past decade, the United States sold more than $30 billion worth of weapons to South Korea. For the U.S. military industrial complex, a divided Korea perpetually threatened by war is a bonanza. And the continued division of the peninsula is critical to keep it that way. In short, what the United States seeks, in the name of the ‘U.S.-ROK alliance,’ is to turn the Military Demarcation Line that separates North and South Korea into a permanent border. Even as Moon and Kim take cautious steps to resume North-South contact, we can be sure that the wheels are already turning in Washington to undermine this effort.”For Lee’s full article, see ­zoominkorea.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Taxes Top Priority for Indiana Farm Bureau

first_img One of many standing votes during the IFB policy meetingOver the weekend, the state’s largest farm organization met to set policy for the coming year. Taxes topped the list of priorities for Indiana Farm Bureau. The daylong meeting produced spirited debate on several issues, but one issue that saw a unanimous consensus was property taxes.  IFB President Don Villwock said farmers are united in their opposition to the proposed soil productivity formula, “Some counties would see a 35% increase in their farmland property tax as a result of this new formula; coming in a drought year, that is a real slap in the face for farmers.”  The Department of Local Government Finance set the formula last year based on data that was more than 10 years old. Villwock told HAT more time is needed to develop a new formula that is based on reality, “Even the agronomy department at Purdue said  there was not a validity of the data used to calculate the new formula.”  NRCS has also stated they need more time to study the formula. Farm Bureau lobbied for, and got, a one year delay in the implementation of the new assessment. Now Villwock says legislators must step up and address a long term solution to the issue, “It is time for lawmakers to take a leadership role on this issue.”AFBF Tax Specialist Pat Wolf addresses Indiana policy meetingPolicy delegates also sent a strong message on federal taxes, especially the estate tax which is set to increase sharply at the first of the year. Villwock said, if Congress allows these increase to go into effect, it will be devastating for farm families, “The exemption will drop from $5 million to $1 million and the rate goes from 35% to 50%. I think that is unconscionable.”  AFBF tax specialist Pat Wolf told the group on Saturday that no action on tax reform will take place in Washington until after the election. She said there are some in Congress who want to let the taxes increase so they can lower them again later in the year and take credit for it.The IFB policy resolutions are developed on the county level and then brought before a meeting of delegates and IFB board members from around the state.  These policies will set the organization’s position on state issues. IFB positions on federal issues will be presented to the American Farm Bureau Federation for adoption into their national policy.  Over 270 delegates participated in Saturday’s meeting in Indianapolis.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/08/taxwrap.mp3|titles=Taxes Top Priority for Indiana Farm Bureau]Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/08/taxwrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS SHARE Taxes Top Priority for Indiana Farm Bureau SHARE Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Taxes Top Priority for Indiana Farm Bureau Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Aug 27, 2012 Previous articleTwo Percent of Indiana Corn HarvestedNext articleWorkshops will help Landowners Earn Income, Conserve Land Gary Truittlast_img read more

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News media identified as presidential enemy No. 1

first_imgNews May 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News media identified as presidential enemy No. 1 Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily Organisation Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges Follow the news on Uganda News UgandaAfrica News Reporters Without Borders condemns the threatening letter that President Yoweri Museveni sent to the national media on 17 May, in which he accused some of them, and international media such as Al-Jazeera and the BBC, of encouraging recent “walk-to-work” protests and said they deserved to be treated as “enemies.”The letter was sent one week after President Museveni announced a constitutional amendment that implicitly threatens journalists who cover protests. It is to be submitted to parliament during the session that begins today.Under the proposed amendment, the possibility of release on bail would be automatically banned for the first six months for anyone charged with “murder, treason, rape, defilement, child sacrifice, rioting or economic sabotage.”The charge of “economic sabotage” could be brought against anyone whose actions are deemed to have a negative effect on the country’s economy. Reporters Without Borders fears that it could be brought against journalists who cover protests, since it could be argued that they are scaring off tourists and investors.“We call on the government to withdraw this amendment,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The president clearly has journalists in his sights. From arrests and increased physical attacks on journalists to lynching attempts and a constitutional amendment, President Museveni seems to turning authoritarian and behaving like a predator just days after being sworn in for a fourth term.”The press freedom organization added: “Although it is being submitted to a parliament in which the ruling National Resistance Movement has a big majority, this constitutional amendment must not be adopted because it poses a major threat to fundamental freedoms.”The language that the president used in his 17 May letter seems to have been designed to justify gagging the media and the use of police violence against reporters of the kind seen on 12 May, when 10 journalists were injured.“Those who have been talking of the harmless ‘walks’ can see their mistakes,” the letter said. “The media houses both local and international, such as Al-Jazeera, BBC, NTV, The Daily Monitor etc that cheer on these irresponsible people are enemies of Uganda’s recovery and they will have to be treated as such.”During a news conference on 10 May, Museveni was very critical of the media’s coverage of the “walk-to-work” protests, especially the Daily Monitor’s. “This is something I would really advise you to stop because this country belongs to Ugandans, not newspapers or radio stations,” he said. Two days later, he talked of reporting that was “wrong or in some cases malicious.”It was at the 10 May news conference that the president unveiled the constitutional amendment. He went on to discuss it with members of the ruling party at meetings on 13 and 15 May. UgandaAfrica center_img January 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Newslast_img read more

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Video: A Clean Break with the Past

first_img Make a comment Business News Community News Sermons and Lessons Video: A Clean Break with the Past Delivered by the Rev. Dr. Gary Dennis, La Cañada Presbyterian Church, La Cañada Published on Monday, March 12, 2012 | 9:29 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Subscribe This sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. Gary Dennis, Pastor at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church, La Cañada on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Pastor Gary Dennis is pastor of the church. He grew up in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. His wife, Sara, is a psychologist. He has two grown children and the world’s most beautiful grandchildren. Gary has degrees from Taylor University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Other than spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, Gary enjoys swimming, and photography.La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada, (818) 790-6708 or visit www.lacanadapc.org. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News More Cool Stufflast_img read more

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