Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Rodents Help NASA Take the Next Step to Mars
NASA's future deep space exploration – including to Mars – is an unprecedented venture in spaceflight, requiring us to tackle challenges we've never faced before. For instance, we know the human body changes significantly while in space, and we'll need to find ...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Untouched, Century-Old Fruitcake Found In Antarctica
Conservationists working to preserve artifacts in the first buildings ever constructed in Antarctica have found something extraordinary: a perfectly preserved, 106-year-old fruitcake. No, the cake is not a sign that Santa Claus hails from the South ...
Be aware, the Nazis are among us
It is not being alarmist to see parallels between Germany and what is happening in South Africa Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:01:00 +0200
White woman, reject racism
It’s about time that white women refuse to be beneficiaries of white supremacy Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:01:00 +0200
Manana pulls out of campus gender talk
Following allegations that Manana hit Mandisa Duma at a Johannesburg restaurant, last-minute changes had to be made to the dialogue programme Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Zim's disgraceful first family
They know, as sons of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and first lady Grace, rules don’t apply to them Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer of Charlottesville, Virginia when a car drove into a crowd of people counter-protesting a group of white supremacists who were in Charlottesville to protest the removal of the town statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Fields, age 20, was denied bail on Monday morning. Three others were also arrested.
A candlelit vigil for Charlottesville held Sunday night in Washington D.C. The signs read "shut down white supremacy," "no free speech for fascists," and "stand united against racism & fascism." Image: Ted Eytan of Washington D.C..
By varying reports, after the alt-right protesters were removed from the park, a Dodge Challenger drove toward a group of counter-protesters near Fourth Street. In one version of the story, the Challenger drove directly into the crowd, killing Heyer, injuring at least nineteen, and throwing at least two people through the air. In another account, the Challenger hit a sedan from behind, which in turn hit a minivan, and it was these two vehicles that actually made contact with the counter-protesters. The incident is to be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States attorney for the Western District of Virginia, and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Authorities have not yet disclosed whether Fields was driving.
It was probably the scariest thing I've ever seen in my life [...] it was pandemonium. The car hit reverse and sped and everybody who was up the street in my direction started running.
âRobert Armengol, witness
Podcaster Robert Armengol, who was present, told the press, "It was probably the scariest thing I've ever seen in my life[...] After that it was pandemonium. The car hit reverse and sped and everybody who was up the street in my direction started running."
On Monday morning, fields appeared in court via video from lockup, and Judge Robert Downer denied bail. He is charged with one count of second-degree murder, three of malicious wounding, and one of hit-and-run. The judge appointed a lawyer for Fields.
Fields lived in Kentucky with his mother until a few months ago, when he moved to Ohio for work. An uncle of Fields told the Washington Post a drunk driver killed Fields's father before Fields was born, leaving him money in a trust until he turned eighteen. His high school history teacher Derek Weimer told the press that Fields had been a quiet, intelligent student. Fields tried to join the army but, according to Weimer, was rejected because of an antipsychotic medication prescription, though The Guardian noted military records suggesting Fields served for a few months in 2015. His Facebook page, which has since been deleted, once held Nazi imagery and a picture of Hitler. On the day of the rally, Fields was photographed protesting with the neo-Nazi group Vanguard America and holding their insignia.
Fields' mother, Samantha Bloom, told various news media she had thought her son was at a general Donald Trump rally. She commented he "had an African American friend" and said she was surprised to hear that Fields was involved with white supremacism.
Other fatalities associated with the weekend's unrest include Virginia State Police troopers Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates, whose helicopter crashed while they were investigating the riots.
U.S. President Donald Trump commented, "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," saying that things like this have "been going on for a long long time" and called for "swift restoration of law and order." He subsequently received criticism from members both major U.S. political parties for not calling out the white supremacists specifically. During his presidential campaign, David Duke associated with the KKK endorsed Donald Trump, which Trump did not reject.
Orrin Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, was one of many from both political parties who criticized President Trump for not calling out the white supremacists specifically, saying via Twitter, "We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home." Similar sentiments were published by former presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Several, including Senators Rubio, Cory Gardner, and Ted Cruz referred to the event as domestic terrorism.
My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.
âSenator Orrin Hatch of Utah
A proposal about a year and a half ago to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee sparked considerable controversy. Advocates of the statue portrayed it as history and opponents as a celebration of white supremacy. A few months ago, the Charlottesville City Council voted to remove and sell the statue, but a lawsuit was filed to prevent it. The statue remains in the park while these matters are resolved.
Robert E. Lee was a major figure in the American Civil War, in which eleven of the slaveholding southeastern states including Lee's home state, Virginia, attempted to secede from the rest of the country in the culmination of the decades-long debate about slavery. Lee began his career as a United States military officer. He trained at the West Point Military Academy and served in the Mexican-American War before joining the Confederacy at the beginning of the U.S. Civil War in 1861. Officially, he was General of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Lee repeatedly and publicly opposed the construction of Confederate war memorials: "I think it wiser moreover not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavoured to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered." Instead, he encouraged other Southerners to focus on the future. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, about 700 statues of Lee and other Confederate monuments stand in Southern towns and cities.
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Monday, August 14, 2017
On Friday, several free knowledge, culture and open source oriented organisations â Creative Commons, Mozilla, and the Wikimedia Foundation, amongst others â collectively announced a three-year commitment for a free-culture fellowship to honour Bassel Khartabil's continuing influence on the open web, during the Wikimedia's annual conference Wikimania in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Palestinian-Syrian Khartabil was held in captivity under the Syrian government starting in 2012 and went silent in prison in 2015. Early this month his wife confirmed Khartabil had been executed in 2015.
Khartabil worked as a computer engineer and contributed to Mozilla and Wikipedia. A supporter of free access to knowledge and culture, Khartabil co-founded Syria's first hackerspace, Aiki Lab, and led Creative Commons' Syrian project.
The fellowship to honour Khartabil aims to promote free culture in various forms, including art, music, software, and community. On their official blog, Creative Commons said they would encourage applications from the Levant, Middle East, and North Africa.
Amazon Web Services is to act as a supporting partner and the fellows would receive a stipend of US$50 thousand over the course of ten months. The fellowship is to be awarded on a one-year basis, which could be renewed. Additionally, the organisations are to provide up to US$3000 for the candidates to purchase equipment and software.
Promoting candidates from "closed societies" from the countries with a history of oppression of freedom of expression and access to free knowledge, the fellowship laid three requirements for the eligibility. The applicants must have a history of contribution to the open source/access or free culture communities, and propose in their application an initiative promoting free culture values, and in which the fellowship would be their primary work focus. The fellowship applications are to be accepted from February, and the fellowship is to be awarded in April.
Khartabil was arrested by the Syrian military in March 2012. Following time in a Syrian General Intelligence Directorate facility, nine months after his arrest he was transferred to Adra Prison, and permitted family visits. He was relocated to an undisclosed facility in October 2015, and executed soon after. His wife, Noura Ghazi Safadi, confirmed Khartabil's death on August 1 via a Facebook post.
Americans Who Gained Health Insurance Coverage Under the ACA by State
According to an analysis by the Urban Institute, between 2010 and 2015, more than 19 million non-elderly people gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The top 10 states that ranked the highest based on percent of total population insured through the A.C.A. are Nevada (1), California (2), Oregon (3), Kentucky (4), New Mexico (5), West Virginia (6), Florida (7), Arkansas (8), Colorado (9), and Washington (10). Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:09:00 GMT
ISIS Brutality Becomes a TV Series
During the 30-days of Ramadan, and while Muslims in the Arab world have been fasting since May 26, millions have tuned into Saudi Arabia's MBC to watch the first ever series about ISIS. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:04:00 GMT
How a Democracy Can Implode
In 2014, voter turnout for mid-term elections plunged to the lowest rate in 72 years. The overall national turnout was a disgraceful 36.3 percent. Sun, 28 May 2017 12:32:00 GMT
Current Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Republicans currently have top-to-bottom control in 25 states, holding both the governorship and the entire legislature. If we've learned anything from this last election, it's that political complacency is no longer an option. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:33:00 GMT
U.S. Senate Seats up for Reelection in 2018
The U.S. Senate elections will be held on November 6, 2018. Thirty-three of the 100 Senate seats are up for reelection. The Republicans will be defending just 8 seats, while the Democrats will be fighting for 23, plus another 2 held by independents. The winners of those seats will serve a six-year term from January 3, 2019, until January 3, 2025. The time to start organizing is now. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:26:00 GMT
Khalid al-Asaad Slaughtered by ISIS
Khalid al-Asaad, an 83-year-old caretaker of antiquities in Syria, was beheaded by ISIS, but did not receive the same attention as a slain lion. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:52:00 GMT
Video: Dr. Kizza Besigye sworn in as Uganda’s president on May 11, 2016
Newscast Media KAMPALA—Opposition leader Dr. Warren Kizza Besigye was sworn in today May 11, 2016 as Uganda’s president, with thousands of Forum of Democratic Change (FDC) supporters cheering him. Besigye asserted that any swearing in by his opponent Yoweri Museveni, would be illegitimate because he (Besigye) won the election, and has evidence to support his [...] Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:29:22 +0200
Senior sheriff official resigns after racist e-mails discovered
Newscast Media LOS ANGELES—A senior official at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department resigned Sunday following criticism over e-mails he sent disparaging blacks, Muslims, Latinos and women, the department said in a statement. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said he accepted the resignation of his chief-of-staff Tom Angel after the emergence of emails he forwarded from his [...] Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:29:22 +0200
Venezuela’s Maduro continues to hold the pieces together
Newscast Media CARACAS—It’s a new time in Venezuela. On Sunday, the clocks in the South American country were brought forward to save electricity. The switch to daylight saving time could be a harbinger of political change. Over the past several days, more than 1.5 million Venezuelans have signed a petition for a referendum to recall [...] Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:29:22 +0200
Massive data leak of offshore intrigues has world leaders panicking
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—World leaders have scrambled to react to the leak of a trove of documents linking many of them to secretive offshore companies that enabled vast sums of money to move around the world hidden from law enforcement and regulators. A massive report called The Panama Papers, published simultaneously by multiple news organizations in [...] Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:29:22 +0200
Museveni’s men accused of stealing Mbabazi’s evidence
Newscast Media KAMPALA—Opposition group Go Forward, that filed a lawsuit against Uganda’s dictator Yoweri Museveni, on behalf of Amama Mbabazi, has accused the Uganda Police of breaking and entering the offices of lawyers representing Mbabazi. Crucial evidence and numerous computers are now missing, as the case unfolds to determine whether or not Museveni rigged the [...] Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:29:22 +0200
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