Monthly Archives: October 2017

INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS: NOVEMBER 2, 2017

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

The United Nations (UN) have dedicated November 2 as a special day to condemn all attacks against journalists and media workers: The Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Photographer between demonstrators and police line in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Life-threatening Occupation

Not all countries are open to freedom of speech and being a journalist can be a life-threatening occupation. According to the UN, more than 700 journalists were killed between 2004 and 2014.

Many of these deaths are either unsolved murders or killings in crossfire/combat. Only a small number of these has led to a conviction.

In Memory of Two Killed Journalists

In late 2013, the UN decided to dedicate November 2 to draw attention to crimes against journalists. The date was chosen in memory of two French journalists. Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were brutally murdered in Mali on November 2, 2013. They were seen being beaten before they were driven away in a truck. Some sources say their bodies were found riddled with bullets, while others report their throats may have been cut.

Keeping Journalists Safe

This UN day is one of a number of campaigns urging leaders and governments to prevent violence against news workers. The UN has a number of similar days, like World Press Freedom Day.

What’s Open or Closed?

The day is a global observance and not a public holiday so it’s business as usual.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Sun Nov 2 2014 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists United Nations observance
Mon Nov 2 2015 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists United Nations observance
Wed Nov 2 2016 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists United Nations observance
Thu Nov 2 2017 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists United Nations observance
Fri Nov 2 2018 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists United Nations observance
Sat Nov 2 2019 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists United Nations observance
Mon Nov 2 2020 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists United Nations observance
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. . . . AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: “PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN”

 

Portrait of a Young Woman. Unknown Swiss Artist, previously attributed to Jean Etienne Liotard (Swiss artist, 1702-1789). Colored pastel on paper, 16 x 12-3/4 cm.

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WORLD CITIES DAY: OCTOBER 31, 2017

World Cities Day

The United Nations (UN) has declared October 31 World Cities Day. Its aim is to create awareness of the role of urbanization in global sustainable development and social inclusion.

The skyline of Houston, Texas, United States.
Photo credit:  coydavidson.com

The resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 27, 2013.

The Home of Humanity

“Cities are increasingly the home of humanity. They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights,” stated Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General.

The resolution stresses the importance of cities and human settlements to be inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. However, this is not always the case and, according to the UN, inequalities in cities have grown since 1980. The largest cities are also where you often find the greatest differences between people.

Important Urbanization

Urbanization is defined as the gradual shift of population from rural to urban areas. The process forms cities making them larger as more people come to work and live centrally.

World Cities Day aims to highlight the role of urbanization to provide the potential for new forms of social inclusion. These include greater equality, access to services, and added diversity. This way cities can be designed to create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of shared resources.

World Cities Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Fri Oct 31 2014 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 31 2015 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Mon Oct 31 2016 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Tue Oct 31 2017 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 31 2018 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 31 2019 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 31 2020 World Cities Day United Nations observance

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SKYWATCH: ASTRONOMERS SPOT FIRST-KNOWN INTERSTELLAR ‘COMET’, GET MOONSTRUCK ON INTERNATIONAL OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT, AND MORE

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Astronomers Spot First-Known Interstellar “Comet”

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Telescopes only picked it up a week ago, but it’s likely been traveling through interstellar space for millions of years. Read more…

How Bright is the Moon . . . Exactly?

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An upcoming study will take the old standard of Moon brightness to a new level of precision. Read more…

Get Moonstruck on International Observe the Moon Night

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International Observe the Moon Night gathers people together to observe the Moon and to learn more about it. This year InOMN will be on Saturday, October 28th. Read more…

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 27 – November 4

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Saturn, in southern Ophiuchus, glows low in the southwest at dusk this week. It’s the only bright planet in evening view. Read more…

Crazy Kids! Guide to Young Stars and Their Birth Clouds

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Feeling tired, run down? These fuzzy stars are guaranteed to pique your interest and make you feel young again. Read more…

Tour October’s Sky: Saturn in the Southwest

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October’s astronomy podcast helps you track down Saturn after sunset and offers a peek at what’s in view before dawn. Read more…

The Inconstant Star

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The joys of observing variable stars are predictably wonderful. Read more…

Star Clusters: Four for the Road

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Using binoculars, find these four clusters that will fit comfortably in the same field of view — observe part of the structure of the galaxy made visible. Read more…

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HATEWATCH: OCTOBER 27, 2017

Hatewatch Headlines 10/27/2017

The far right seems to be winning over Gen Z; Who’s who at ‘White Lives Matter’ rallies; Carlson fuels wild conspiracy theories about Vegas; and more.

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Vice: The extreme right is increasingly organized, globalized, and winning over Generation Z.

USA Today: Four extremist groups that will be part of weekend’s White Lives Matter rallies.

Forward: Introducing Fashwave, the techno soundtrack of the alt-right.

Think Progress: The Internet’s favorite neo-Nazi, Andrew Anglin, is hiding to escape lawsuits.

Salon: How racism became our 21st-century Zeitgeist, and how we can turn it down.

Media Matters: Tucker Carlson fuels wild conspiracy theory that victim of Mandalay Bay shooter was actually an accomplice.

The Guardian (UK): ‘I hope to God someone truly shoots you’: Online conspiracy theorists harass Las Vegas massacre survivors.

The New Civil Rights Movement: Trump’s DOJ asks high court to allow it to argue in support of anti-gay baker.

Crosscut (Seattle): Anti-immigrant group spreads names, addresses of alleged undocumented immigrants in suburban Burien.

Oregonian: Two men who dug trenches at Malheur Wildlife Refuge to pay $10,000 each in restitution.

The Hill: Rep. Frederica Wilson not in Washington due to threats arising from her dispute with Trump.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Republicans want to talk about free speech, but what about the rise in hateful speech?

Mother Jones: The Republican campaign in Virginia is all about preserving ‘our’ Confederate monuments.

The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC): No funnel cakes for me as long as the Sons of Confederate Veterans have forum at the fair.

Tennessean: Flyers tied to white-nationalist group found, then removed, at Vanderbilt University.

WRTV-TV (Indianapolis, IN): White supremacist group’s recruitment fliers have people in Columbus on edge.

The Root: Why is Virginia Tech silent about a white-supremacist instructor threatening and harassing an undergrad?

Fresno Bee (CA): Two men are charged with hate crimes after a dispute on the street turns bloody.

Olympian (WA): Man to serve four years for hate-crime stabbing of mixed-race couple in downtown Olympia.

BuzzFeed: Detectives raise lots of questions about California mom’s supposed kidnapping at hands of Latina women.

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NEGRO COMFORTABLE UP IN HERE

Here is an oldie but goodie from the blog of Raw Dawg Buffalo.

Black people have become so complacent and stagnant that many of them do not know which way is which, which side is up, nor care to know. So many Black people have come to accept the normalization of this Whore of Babylon’s continued assault upon us. This hell where white racist supremacy is condoned and the complacent acceptance of it by so many, many non-Black/Model Minority/Upholders of white racist supremacy, who could give a rat’s ass less for the safety and well-being of Black women, Black men, and Black children.

Especially in the case of so many Black men who should be leading the forefront in looking out for the Black community instead of sitting back and waiting on Black women to fight tooth and nail against racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and all the other alt-wrongs this so-called nation can dish out to Black people.

So, how about it, Black person?

Are you all too comfortable up in here?

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negro comfortable up in here

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

One book that left a lasting impression on me as a child was written by Samuel Yette. It was called the choice. In summary he suggested that people of African descent in America had a choice to be proactive or inactive in sustaining their survival in America in light that many in the majority would not lift a finger, if the government proffered such, to enact measure to repress African Americans.

I say this for as some of you all know, I am proud to have been raised in a strong family. My aunt was arrested for sitting in a library to study in the late 1950s. My mother and her siblings marched and were confronted with dogs being unleashed on them as well as the forceful pressure of water from fire hoses sprayed on them. I have learned that the weapon of choice in the war with injustice and hate is the mind as facilitated with words seasoned with serious rumination and historical precedence. So it is not surprising II feel it is my duty to protect and enunciate my beliefs as eloquently as possible in forums with those who preach hate and intolerance. This is why I frequent and post to the Nazi, and racist and skinhead websites/blogs and read them just as much and if not more than blogs run by African Americans.

And you may also be aware that it frustrates me when I share these blogs with others, in particular African American men, and they on the surface appear afraid to post for whatever reason. I had one fellow inform me in query, why post and address such ignorance? My response was that Martin Luther King Jr, and out parents confronted such ignorance in the face of death but it did not stop them for freedom most be aggressively pursued as Frantz Fanon wrote and cannot be given, for if it is it can also be taken back.

As men we must protect and serve our community as a collective. Meaning when we see any form of injustice we must assert our thoughts objectively in the stance for self determination. To do no such thing is unacceptable. Many of these folks, like the skinheads who were just recently exposed to have plotted to kill 88 African American college students, behead non-whites and murder Barack Obama; do so for they know that African American men will not stand to confront them as our ancestors did, men such as David Walker, Martin King Jr and Malcolm X.

They know and smell our aura of weakness and insecurity. And this makes no sense to me, for we will fight our own for calling us out of our name, or will tell a person who is washing our car that they missed a spot, before we would tell a skinhead that we don’t get down like that.

But they do what they do, for they know we Negro comfortable up in here. Yep, we got our Iphones, our 25 pair of air force ones, our big cars, but we don’t have the appreciation of knowledge when we know that there was once a time when folks did learn to read, if found out, their eyes would be removed from their heads and their tongues cut out. That alone should show one the importance of such. Instead we wait for other to tell us instead of have the patience to inform ourselves.

Maybe Frank Tannenbaum was correct when he wrote in Slave and Citizen about the history of America when he asserted “We have denied ourselves the acceptance of the Negro as a man because we have denied him the moral competence to become one, and in that have challenged the religious, political, and scientific bases upon which our civilization rest…and this separation has a historical basis, and in turn it has molded the varied historical outcome.” Yep we still thank we free, and even worse, are Negro comfortable up in here.

and this poem is for we:

Is my mind clear can I see?

I hold my TV and radio dear

Im Negro comfortable up in here

So what I care about the other

About stars and actors over there

Im Negro comfortable up in here

Yea, I don’t read, I listen to what they say

The drop date for lil Wayne’s new cd is near

Im Negro comfortable up in here

Yea im voting for Barack

Don’t know how he differs from McCain real clear

Im Negro comfortable up in here

Stocks and bonds and economics, say what

To busy waiting for VIP in club and BET with cold beer

Im Negro comfortable up in here

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COLORLINES: AS FBI TARGETS ‘BLACK IDENTITY EXTREMISM’, TROOPS SAY WHITE NATIONALISM IS A DANGER TO NATIONAL SECURITY

What Does the FBI’s New ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Label Really Mean to Black Organizing?

“Acting with great principle in this time is not just a matter of moral high ground but also a matter of personal safety,” says Malkia Cyril. “What we need to not do is be paranoid. …What overcomes paranoia is principles.”

Troops Say White Nationalism is Greater Threat to Nation Than ISIS Conflicts

And nearly half of troops of color surveyed said White nationalism is thriving in the nation’s military.

Breaking’ Presents: Ruby Ibarra, an MC Turning Immigration Trauma Into Adventurous Rap

The Filipina-American rapper digs deep into her experiences as a young immigrant on “Circa91,” her debut album. 

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