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Il Signore passò davanti a lui, e gridò:
“Il Signore! Il Signore!
Il Dio misericordioso e pietoso,
lento all’ira,
ricco di bontà e fedeltà,
che conserva la sua bontà fino alla millesima generazione,
che perdona l’iniquità, la trasgressione e il peccato,
ma non terrà il colpevole per innnocente;
che punisce l’iniquità dei padri sopra i figli e sopra i figli dei figli, fino alla terza e alla quarta generazione!”
(Es. 34, 6-7)

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بيان من أسرة باتريك: نهنئ جميع عائلات المفرج عنهم، و نأمل أن يعود باتريك الى أحضاننا في اقرب وقت! تابعنا أنباء الإفراج عن عشرات المسجونين السياسيين في الايام الماضية بمزيج من الفرحة و الاشتياق. نهنئ جميع أُسر المفرج عنهم برجوع أبنائهم إليهم. نتخيل سعادتهم ، ونتمنى أن نحظى بمثل تلك السعادة في أقرب وقت. نرى خطوات إيجابية و مبشرة في حالات مشابهة لحالة ابننا، و تجتاحنا مشاعر الأمل والتفاؤل، نتمنى ان نقرأ خبر إخلاء سبيل باتريك مثلما حدث مع زملائه. كل عام و وأحبابنا بخير و في وسط أحبائهم، فالعيد يصبح عيد فقط عندما يكتمل أفراد الأسرة و يتم لم شملهم بعد فراق. مر علينا الكثير من الأعياد ونحن دون باتريك، آخرهم عيد الرسل الأسبوع الماضي و قريبًا يأتي عيد السيدة العذراء مريم والذي يحمل معنى خاص جدًا لباتريك. ونتمنى أن تلك الأخبار المفرحة ستشمل ابننا في القريب العاجل ويكون بيننا. #الحرية_لباتريك_جورج

Statement from Patrick’s family: we congratulate all the families of the released prisoners, and we hope that Patrick will be back in our arms as soon as possible! We followed the news of the release of dozens of political prisoners in the past few days with a mixture of joy and longing. We congratulate all the families of the released on the return of their sons and daughters to them. We imagine their happiness, and we hope to have such happiness soon. We see positive and promising steps in cases similar to the case of our son, and feelings of hope and optimism sweep over us. We hope to read the news of Patrick’s release, just like it happened with his colleagues. Happy feast to our loved ones and we hope they remain in the midst of their loved ones, Eid becomes Eid only when family members are present and are reunited after separation. We have had many holidays without Patrick, the last of them being the Feast of the Apostles last week and soon the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is coming which has a very special meaning for Patrick. We hope that this happy news will include our son in the near future and he will be among us. #Freepatrick

Dichiarazione della famiglia di Patrick: ci congratuliamo con tutte le famiglie dei prigionieri rilasciati, e speriamo che Patrick torni tra le nostre braccia il più presto possibile! Abbiamo seguito la notizia del rilascio di decine di prigionieri politici nei giorni scorsi con un misto di gioia e nostalgia. Ci congratuliamo con tutte le famiglie dei prigionieri rilasciato per il ritorno dei loro figli e delle loro figlie. Immaginiamo la loro felicità, e speriamo di averla presto anche noi. Vediamo passi positivi e promettenti in casi simili a quello di nostro figlio, e sentimenti di speranza e ottimismo ci invadono. Speriamo di leggere la notizia della liberazione di Patrick, proprio come è successo con i/le suoi/sue colleghi/e. Buoni festeggiamenti a queste persone, che speriamo che rimangano in mezzo ai loro cari, Eid è veramente Eid solo quando i familiari sono presenti e si riuniscono dopo la separazione. Abbiamo passato molte feste senza Patrick, l’ultima delle quali è stata la Festa degli Apostoli la scorsa settimana, e presto arriverà la Festa della Beata Vergine Maria che ha un significato molto speciale per Patrick. Speriamo che questi felici sviluppi includano nostro figlio e che nel futuro prossimo sia tra noi. #PatrickliberoVisualizza traduzione

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Ho avuto un sogno in cui mi si diceva di smettere di studiare e dalla mia tesi scritta sulla città secolare nel 2001 cesso attività teologiche che ho sempre proseguito nel segno del lavoro per l’amore di Dio, la salvaguardia del creato, la giustizia, la pace e la nonviolenza recentemente. Lascio a terzi il testimone come Dio vuole. Non scriverò più nei blog o gruppi. Come invalido devo in primis avere cura di me. Ho dato agli altri ciò di cui ero capace. E lo lascio dopo aver seminato nel terreno di Gesù, mio consolatore. Come mai prima…
Buona vita

09.07.2021 – Still I Rise

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North-west Syria: humanitarian catastrophe  without the renewal of UN resolution
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The UN resolution for humanitarian aid through the Bab Al-Hawa crossing expires on 10 July 2021: if it is not renewed, the lives of 3.4 million people will be in thrall to Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. The appeal of Still I Rise.

A real humanitarian catastrophe: this is the prospect for North-West Syria if the UN Security Council resolution that allows cross-border humanitarian aid through the Bab Al-Hawa crossing is not renewed on 10 July.

The renewal is put at serious risk by Russia, which supports Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. The Country has already made it clear that they wish for this border point to be closed, and for humanitarian aid to North West Syria to come directly from Damascus and the regime-held areas. If this position were to pass, this would be a disaster for 3.4 million civilians, who are already at the end of their strength and under constant attack.

In June alone, the regime – backed by Russia – killed at least 46 people in the region, according to an estimate by White Helmets – Syria Civil Defence. Among the places bombed, a cemetery was hit during a funeral and a house whilst the family was having breakfast.

«When the news broke that the UN security council resolution might not be extended, and aid completely cut, prices skyrocketed. Most people are barely managing to survive, and if humanitarian aid gets cut they will have no other choice but to either die or move again and, as borders stay shut, the only option would be to move to regime held areas – where they risk torture, death or having to fight», says Abdulkafi Alhamdo, Syria Program Manager of Still I Rise. «Assad’s regime knows this, and we are afraid they are going to use food as a weapon: “starvation or submissiveness”, as the informal motto in many parts of Syria goes. Are food and medicine really a privilege that world leaders have to vote on? Is keeping people alive a matter that needs being negotiated over?».

About a thousand trucks a month pass through the Bab Al-Hawa crossing with food, medical and educational supplies, life-saving aid and even what few Covid-19 vaccines North-West Syria has been able to secure for the population.

More than 2.7 million Syrians from other parts of the country are displaced in this area: if they returned to the regime-controlled areas, they would risk their lives. More than 1.7 million live in camps with very limited access to running water or electricity, of which 80% are women and children. Furthermore, most people have great difficulty finding food, and severe acute malnutrition in children increased 55% in the month of April 2021 only.

Life in these camps is getting tougher and tougher, as witnessed every day by the students of Ma’an, the Still I Rise education centre in the city of Ad Dana. Through photographs taken for the “Through Our Eyes” project, they describe an alienating and exhausting reality they have been forced to live with all their lives.

Like Tammam, 15, who accompanies three of his photographs with this thought: “I had a home, and the tent is now my shelter. I had a city but now this camp is my city. Kids like life, but these kids are chained to the life of these little tents. Some people are trying to rebuild. My worst nightmare is that my tent could become my forever home.”

In this already highly dramatic context, the closure of the Bab Al-Hawa crossing would mean condemning civilians to an incalculable catastrophe. «We are incredibly anxious and worried that the resolution might not be renewed and look in horror at the scale of devastation millions of people would have to go through. Syrians have suffered more than enough», says Giulia Cicoli, Advocacy Director of Still I Rise. «We are hoping that, at least for once, politicians and world leaders will put people before their political agenda, and that the Bab Al-Hawa border will stay

09.07.2021 – Pressenza Athens

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Open letter from ΜέΡΑ25 and SYRIZA to Biden on Assange
Immagine: johnpilger.com

(Similar letters to the US President have been sent by members of the British and Australian Parliaments (including members of the conservative governing parties).) In this context, ΜέΡΑ25 formally addressed the Parliamentary Groups of the New Democracy, SYRIZA, Kinal and KKE asking them to sign. New Democracy and KINAL did not respond, while KKE refused to endorse the letter – which, in the end, was signed by MPs from ΜέΡΑ25 and SYRIZA.)

President Joe Biden

White House 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500 USA

2nd July 2021

Dear Mr President,

We are addressing you as Members of Greece’s Parliament to congratulate you for your recent comments in defense of media freedom.

As President Obama’s Vice President, you played an important role in the decision not to prosecute Julian Assange over publications relating to the Afghan and Iraq wars and conditions in Guantanamo Bay. You, like us, must have been disappointed when your predecessor launched a prosecution carrying a 175-year sentence against a globally renowned publisher and free press campaigner for his 2010 award-winning publishing work, which was carried out in the United Kingdom.

Civil liberties groups and top newsrooms alike view the government’s prosecution against this publisher with alarm. The Washington Post’s Executive Editor writes that the indictment is “criminalizing common practices in journalism that have long served the public interest”. The New York Times Editorial Board considers it to be “aimed straight at the heart of the First Amendment”, and for Amnesty International, “the charges against him should never have been brought in the first place” because it is “putting media freedom and freedom of expression on trial”.

Earlier this year Westminster Magistrates Court, in the United Kingdom, refused the US application to extradite Julian Assange to the US. The Guardian Editorial Board noted that your incoming administration “can, and should, let Mr. Assange walk free”. We had hoped that this might be the occasion to draw a line under this prosecution. Unfortunately, the US Department of Justice is still pursuing this case, leaving Julian Assange facing a third year of incarceration in Belmarsh High-Security prison.

Mr. Assange, an Australian member of the press who had been invited to this country by The Guardian in 2010 to work on these publications in concert with the UK’s free press traditions, is the subject of a US criminal case. The effect of your predecessor’s decision to take a criminal case against a member of the press working in our country is to restrict the scope of permissible press activities anywhere around the world, and set a precedent that others will no doubt exploit.

The case against Mr. Assange weakens the right to publish important information that a government finds uncomfortable. Indeed, this value is central to a free and open society. The case against Mr. Assange also undermines public confidence in our legal systems. Our countries are also increasingly confronted with the contradiction of advocating for press freedom abroad while holding Mr. Assange for years in the UK’s most notorious prison at the request of the US government.

We appeal to you to drop this prosecution, an act that would be a clarion call for freedom that would echo around the globe.

Sincerely

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09.07.2021 – US, United States – David Swanson

Biden Defends Ending a War He’s Not Fully Ending
(Image by Sohaib Ghyasi on Unsplash)

It’s been a dream of peace-loving people everywhere for over 20 years now for a U.S. government to end a war and to speak in support of having done so. Sadly, Biden is only partially ending one of the endless wars, none of the others having yet been fully ended either, and his remarks on Thursday were too glorifying of war to be of much use in the cause of abolishing it.

That said, one would not wish for Biden to bow before the belligerent demands of the U.S. media and escalate every possible war until all life on earth is ended on a day of record ratings and advertising revenue. It’s helpful that there is some limit to how far he’ll go.

Biden pretends that the United States attacked Afghanistan legally, justly, righteously, for noble motives. This is harmful false history. It seems helpful at first because it feeds into his “We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build” schtick which becomes a basis for withdrawing troops. However, bombing and shooting people doesn’t actually build anything no matter how long or how heavily you do it, and actual assistance to Afghanistan — reparations in fact — would be a very appropriate third choice beyond the false dichotomy of shoot them or abandon them.

Biden pretends not only that the war was launched for good reason, but that it succeeded, that it “degraded the terrorist threat.” This is an example of going so big with a lie that people will miss it. The claim is ludicrous. The war on terrorism has taken a couple of hundred cave-dwellers and expanded them into thousands spread across continents. This crime is a horrendous failure on its own terms.

It’s nice to hear from Biden that “it’s the right and the responsibility of the Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country.” But he doesn’t mean it, not with a commitment to keeping mercenaries and lawless agencies in Afghanistan, and missiles ready to do further damage from outside its borders. This has long been largely an air war, and you can’t end an air war by removing ground troops. Nor is it especially helpful to wreck a place and then declare it the responsibility of those left alive to run it now.

Not to worry, however, because Biden proceeded to make clear that the U.S. government would continue funding, training, and arming the Afghan military (clearly at a reduced level). He then recounted how he had recently instructed that government as to what it needed to do. Oh, and he plans to get other nations to control an airport in Afghanistan — in support of course of Afghanistan’s rights and responsibilities.

(He added as a side note that the U.S. would “continue to provide civilian and humanitarian assistance, including speaking out for the rights of women and girls.” This effort compares with what’s needed as Biden’s domestic health, wealth, environment, infrastructure, education, retirement, and labor efforts compare with what’s needed.)

All is well, Biden explains, and the reason the U.S. is helping people who collaborated in its evil occupation flee for their lives is simply that they don’t have jobs. Of course there isn’t anybody else anywhere in the world who doesn’t have a job.

If you make it this far into Biden’s firehose of BS, he starts sounding quite sensible:

“But for those who have argued that we should stay just six more months or just one more year, I ask them to consider the lessons of recent history. In 2011, the NATO Allies and partners agreed that we would end our combat mission in 2014.  In 2014, some argued, ‘One more year.’  So we kept fighting, and we kept taking [and primarily causing] casualties.  In 2015, the same.  And on and on. Nearly 20 years of experience has shown us that the current security situation only confirms that ‘just one more year’ of fighting in Afghanistan is not a solution but a recipe for being there indefinitely.”

Can’t argue with that. Nor can one argue with the admissions of failure that follow (albeit in conflict with the earlier claim of success):

“But that ignores the reality and the facts that already presented on the ground in Afghanistan when I took office: The Taliban was at its strongest mil- — is at its strongest militarily since 2001. The number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan had been reduced to a bare minimum.  And the United States, in the last administration, made an agreement that the — with the Taliban to remove all our forces by May 1 of this past — of this year.  That’s what I inherited.  That agreement was the reason the Taliban had ceased major attacks against U.S. forces. If, in April, I had instead announced that the United States was going to back — going back on that agreement made by the last administration — [that] the United States and allied forces would remain in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future — the Taliban would have again begun to target our forces. The status quo was not an option.  Staying would have meant U.S. troops taking casualties; American men and women back in the middle of a civil war.  And we would have run the risk of having to send more troops back into Afghanistan to defend our remaining troops.”

If you can overlook the total indifference to the vast majority of the lives at stake, the obsession with U.S. lives (but avoidance of fact that most U.S. military deaths are suicides, often after withdrawal from a war), and the pretense of innocently stumbling into a civil war, this is basically right. It also gives Trump a good deal of credit for locking Biden into partially getting out of Afghanistan, just as Bush forced Obama to partially get out of Iraq.

Biden then moves on to admitting that the war on terrorism has been the opposite of the success he claimed:

“Today, the terrorist threat has metastasized beyond Afghanistan.  So, we are repositioning our resources and adapting our counterterrorism posture to meet the threats where they are now significantly higher: in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.”

In the same breath he makes clear that the withdrawal from Afghanistan is only partial:

“But make no mistake: Our military and intelligence leaders are confident they have the capabilities to protect the homeland and our interests from any resurgent terrorist challenge emerging or emanating from Afghanistan. We are developing a counterterrorism over-the-horizon capability that will allow us to keep our eyes firmly fixed on any direct threats to the United States in the region, and act quickly and decisively if needed.”

Here we have the pretense that the wars follow the spontaneous generation of terrorism, rather than stimulating it. This is followed quickly by an expression of eagerness for other wars elsewhere despite the absence of any terrorism:

“And we also need to focus on shoring up America’s core strengths to meet the strategic competition with China and other nations that is really going to determine — determine our future.”

Biden closes by repeately thanking the troops for the “service” of wrecking Afghanistan, pretending Native Americans are not people and the wars on them not real and the war on Afghanistan the United States’ longest, and asking God to bless and protect and so on.

What could make such a presidential speech look good? The revolting reporters who ask questions aftrwards, of course! Here are some of their questions:

“Do you trust the Taliban, Mr. President?  Do you trust the Taliban, sir?”

“Your own intelligence community has assessed that the Afghan government will likely collapse.”

“But we have talked to your own top general in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller.  He told ABC News the conditions are so concerning at this point that it could result in a civil war.  So, if Kabul falls to the Taliban, what will the United States do about it?”

“And what do you make — and what do you make, sir, of the Taliban being in Russia today?”

In addition the U.S. media is now, after 20 years, interested in the lives of Afghans killed in the war!

“Mr. President, will the United States be responsible for the loss of Afghan civilian lives that could happen after a military exit?”

Better late than never, I guess.

 

10.07.2021 – Pressenza Athens

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French pharmacy student the first winner of basic income raffle
(Image by UBI4ALL online event)

On June 16, 2021, the first one-year basic income of 800 euros by the UBI4ALL initiative was raffled.

The live online event was attended by 6,100 viewers from almost all European countries, such as Greece, Malta, Finland, the United Kingdom, Cyprus and even Canada. Throughout the event, viewers were commenting about the event, shared their enthusiasm for Unconditional Basic Income and finally congratulated the winner.

The live raffle used an app and the number 19077 was the lucky number. The winner was among the viewers, Lucie, a pharmacy student from France, who appeared at the event and said she was very excited and emotional at the same time. She told us that she has just finished her studies and that a Basic Income of 800 euros for one year will help her choose a career with less stress and less financial insecurity. You will learn more about her and the time she will spend having a Basic Income in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned!

The organizers urge us to re-experience this soon and with the help of all of us to raffle a second basic income before the end of 2021, as the amount for the raffle is collected through crowdfunding.

Watch the event here.

Read more on the UBI4ALL blog.

Related articles:

UBI4ALL: a self-funded pilot project

What would you change in your life if your income was secured?

How can we influence European policies as citizens?

September 25: The collection of signatures for the European Citizens’ Initiative for an unconditional basic income begins.

Whenever I hear white Americans say “my family had nothing to do with slavery so why should I apologize” I think of Willy Brandt. Willy Brandt was Germany’s Chancellor from 1969 to 1974. In 1970, he made an historic visit to Poland. Brandt came to the site of the Warsaw Ghetto—an open-air walled prison where the Nazis forced Jews to live before “liquidating” it in 1943. Brandt came to acknowledge Germany’s culpability in the murder of 3 million Polish Jews—90% of the country’s Jewish population and nearly half of the 6 million Jews killed and burned to ash by the Nazis.Brandt was there to lay a wreath. But as he approached the memorial, he fell to his knees in anguish. It was an act of deep humility and courage. At the time, there were older Germans who hated it. Who saw it as a sign of weakness. Brandt’s gesture could not bring back 6 million murdered Jews or the millions of European civilians also murdered. But it was the beginning of Germany’s true reckoning with the past. It’s important to add that Willy Brandt fled Nazi Germany as a young man and survived the war in hiding as a dissident. He was a marked man by the Nazis often escaping capture and death. So if anyone had an excuse to say “I’m not responsible for what my country did”—it was him. But Brandt understood that he was part of a society that committed mass murder on an unimaginable scale. And he had to act. Brandt knelt in Warsaw a few years before I was born. But as a descendant of victims, I remember learning about what he did—even as a child. It wasn’t going to erase the past…but it was a start toward reconciliation and building a more just societyAs a boy in the early 1980s, I remember my parents had friends in their 40s (close to my age today) who had numbers tattooed on their arms. Holocaust survivors. They were young and vibrant. I remember that. And by that time, their trauma had been recognized by much of the world. It didn’t change their pain and the nightmares of their lived experiences but also they knew that their suffering had been acknowledged. That matters. Germany is an imperfect country. I know. I lived there. But the average German knows and understands the details and legacy of the mass murder and persecution their forbears committed. German schoolchildren visit the remains of death camps. There are monuments to the murdered Jews of Europe across the country. There are national days of mourning. You’d be hard pressed to find a public monument to any Nazi. In fact you won’t because they are not allowed. Now imagine in the US, we have monuments to men who fought a war to preserve the institutionalized terrorization and enslavement of African Americans. Every day, millions of African Americans in cities throughout the US pass those statues. It’s not just a reminder of their oppression. But a reminder of their country’s failure to reckon with the past. In Germany, there are still racist and anti-Semitic people. That exists around the world. No society is immune. But expressing pro-Nazi views or denying the cruelty of their Nazi past is culturally unacceptable—and in some cases, illegal. It means that—as a general rule—German society has been able to develop into a healthier and more just society. Does every German like it? No. There are plenty who bitterly resent the fact that their national institutions memorialize the murdered Jews of Europe. But they are a distinct minority of people whose voices are roundly condemned and quashed. Because Germany knows that hatred—at the end of the day—is self corroding. It is bad for Germany. Most schoolchildren in the United States still do not learn that “plantations” were concentration camps where terror, rape, assault and brutal family separation took place. They do not learn about the generations of families ripped apart at the snap of a finger. Or the immense wealth that was created and passed on (to this day) by people who benefited from the free labor of enslaved humans. And that for more than 100 years after the civil war, African Americans continued to be terrorized by the state apparatus. I believe if more white Americans understood these and so many other horrors of the black experience in America—and truly committed ourselves to a reckoning—with both real and symbolic reparations—our country would become stronger, more just, healthier and prouder.

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‘Nature and Physics Will Not Fall for It’: Greta Thunberg Rips Into Climate Theatrics of World Leader

03.07.2021 – Common Dreams

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‘Nature and Physics Will Not Fall for It’: Greta Thunberg Rips Into Climate Theatrics of World Leaders
(Image by Screenshot)

“Let’s be clear—what you are doing is not about climate action or responding to an emergency. It never was.”

In the wake of the latest failure by the G7 nations to take meaningful steps to combat the climate emergency and record-breaking heatwaves on multiple continents, Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg on Friday accused world leaders of hypocrisy for persecuting climate activists while “pretending” to take the threat seriously.

By Brett Wilkins

“Young people all over this planet are no longer falling for your lies.”
—Greta Thunberg to world leaders

Addressing the Austrian World Summit virtually, the 18-year-old Thunberg noted that “more and more people around the world have woken up to the climate and ecological crisis, putting more and more pressure on you, the people in power.”

“Eventually the public pressure was too much,” said the Fridays for Future founder. “You have the world’s eyes on you, so you started to act. Not acting as in taking climate action, but acting as in role-playing. Playing politics, playing with words, and playing with our future. Pretending to take responsibility; acting as saviors as you try to convince us that things are being taken seriously.”

“Meanwhile the gap between your rhetoric and reality keeps growing wider and wider,” Thunberg continued. “And since the level of awareness is so low you almost get away with it.”

“But let’s be clear,” she stressed, “what you are doing is not about climate action or responding to an emergency. It never was. This is communications tactics dressed as politics.”

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Thunberg accused leaders of high-income nations of “pretending to change and listen to young people,” and in a thinly veiled criticism of U.S. President Joe Biden, by “pretending to take science seriously by saying ‘science is back’ while holding climate summits without even inviting one single climate scientist as speaker.”

She also accused leaders of “pretending to wage war against fossil fuels, while opening up brand-new coal mines, oil fields, and pipelines.”

“You don’t only continue business as usual,” said Thunberg, “in many cases you’re even speeding up and scaling up the process, pretending to have the most ambitious climate policies while granting new oil licenses [and] exploring future oil fields.”

In another swipe at Biden, Thunberg decried “pretending to ‘build back better’ after the pandemic even though astronomical sums of money have already been locked in, and not in green projects.”

“And when your empty words are not enough, when the protests grow too loud, you respond by making the protests illegal.”
—Thunberg

“The G7, as an example, is spending billions more on fossil fuels and fossil fuel infrastructure than on clean energy,” she noted.

“And when your empty words are not enough, when the protests grow too loud, you respond by making the protests illegal,” Thunberg charged. Her remarks came amid a wave of arrests of climate activists, including members of the youth-led Sunrise Movement in Washington, D.C. and Indigenous-led water protectors protesting the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota and elsewhere in recent days and weeks.

“But as your acts continue, more and more of us are seeing through… your role-playing,” Thunberg said. “The gap between your actions and words is becoming more impossible to ignore, while more and more extreme weather events are raging all around us. And as a result, young people all over this planet are no longer falling for your lies.”

“You say we need to move slowly to bring the public along,” Thunberg continued. “However, how do you honestly expect to bring the people along if you don’t treat this crisis like a crisis? The climate crisis is today at best being treated only as a business opportunity to create new green jobs, new green businesses and technologies.”

“Perhaps playing a role helps you sleep at night,” Thunberg speculated. “But while you are busy working the stage, you seem to forget that the climate crisis is not something distant in the future. It is already taking so much from the most affected people in the most affected areas.”

“This might just be a game to you, a game to win votes, popularity, points on the stock market, or your next highly paid position in a company or a lobbying firm,” she said. “You can and will continue to pretend, but nature and physics will not fall for it.”

 The original article can be found on our partner’s website here

08.07.2021 – Kester Kenn Klomegah

bird, Africa No Filter’s story agency, goes live
(Image by bird)

Africa No Filter (ANF), the not-for-profit organisation focused on narrative change, has launched bird, Africa’s first, optimized-for-mobile, story agency designed to shift narratives about and within the continent.

By Kester Kenn Klomegah

Africa No Filter Executive Director, Moky Makura, said the story agency was set up to create compelling multimedia content for African media outlets that’s more reflective of a vibrant, energetic and highly creative continent.

“We identified a clear need for more human interest and feature style stories to counter the barrage of hard news – often negative – stories that is shaping how the world sees Africa and how Africa sees itself. bird’s mission is to create a home for these stories and make them accessible to media outlets. This way we have the potential to reach millions more with content that connects the continent and has the power to change perceptions. It’s an incredibly exciting initiative and a potential game changer for our mission,” said Makura.

bird’s operating model is similar to that of most global news agencies with the difference that it doesn’t charge its media clients for use of its stories. Africa No Filter funds the creation of the content through a network of contributors, which the team at bird edits and fact-checks, before delivering to its digital platform for its clients.

The launch of bird follows a ground-breaking report titled “How African Media Covers Africa” that found a third of all African stories in news outlets on the continent are sourced from foreign news services, many negative and conflict-filled.

During the period under review, AFP and BBC accounted for a quarter of all the stories about other African countries in monitored outlets. African news agencies contributed minimally, according to the report released in March 2021.

The bulk (81 percent) of the stories analyzed were classified as “hard news” e.g. conflicts and crises driven by events and were also largely political in nature, while 13 per cent of the news focused specifically on political violence, civil unrest, armed conflict.

The research surveyed 38 African editors and analysed content from 60 African news outlets in 15 countries between September and October 2020. bird has begun on-boarding African content creators and journalists who will benefit from paid work and training opportunities.

“We’re looking to sign up more media partnerships and bring on more content creators and mobile journalists who are passionate about profiling ordinary people, places and topics that celebrate the continent. We prioritize stories that deliberately shift the prevailing stereotypical narrative about the continent away from poverty, disease, conflict, poor leadership and corruption,” said Tom Kirkwood, head of Nairobi-based Africa InSight Communications, tasked with building the bird systems and platform.

He added, “We are very much in start-up mode at bird, but it’s clear the demand for good and simple stories is there. There couldn’t be a better time – the world is ready for alternative, lighter, more uplifting stories that reflect this dynamic continent and that’s what bird is uniquely bringing to the market.”

Africa No Filter is a donor collaborative funded by the Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Luminate, Open Society Foundations, Comic Relief, the Conrad Hilton Foundation and the British Council.

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