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Monday, July 25, 2016

Business UK keen to strike free trade deal with China

Business

UK keen to strike free trade deal with China


http://www.w3livenews.com/2016/07/25/UK-keen-to-strike-free-trade-deal-with-China/3320138

The cost of short-sighted missionary zeal in Sudan


The cost of short-sighted missionary zeal in Sudan

By Stephen Kinzer   JULY 24, 2016 – boston globe

FIVE YEARS AGO, pushed by an odd coalition of movie stars and conservative Christians, the United States midwifed the birth of a new African nation, South Sudan. Senior American leaders attended the glittering independence celebration. This was supposed to be a liberation or a human rights project or a return to godliness. Only a few analysts saw the folly of such an ill-considered intervention.
“This place could go down in flames tomorrow,” General Scott Gration, the US military envoy, warned as independence approached. “The probability of failure is great.”

Trading Places: Swapping the Roles of Police and Military Is Bad for the Republic

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ivan-eland/trading-places-swapping-t_b_11179058.html

Trading Places: Swapping the Roles of Police and Military Is Bad for the Republic

07/25/2016

Ivan Eland Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty, The Independent Institute
Lately, the tactics of local police departments have been in the news because of mass shootings at Orlando and Fort Myers nightclubs, questionable police killings of civilians in suburban St. Paul and Baton Rouge, and retaliatory slayings of police in Baton Rouge and Dallas. Some commentators have argued convincingly that the militarization of police departments has caused the use of aggressive policing, which has in turn spawned counter-violence, resulting in the death of innocent police officers.
In the recent orgy of violence, one notable incident of police militarization was the jury-rigged bomb used in Dallas to kill a shooter of police. The police used C-4, a powerful military-grade explosive, that was attached to a police robot, normally used defensively to safely dispose of bombs, to offensively attack and kill the shooter. The use of such a questionable tactic was overshadowed by the deaths and funerals of the innocent slain officers.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ivan-eland/trading-places-swapping-t_b_11179058.html

Trump Threatens to Pull U.S. Out of World Trade Organization


Trump Threatens to Pull U.S. Out of World Trade Organization

Theatens move if membership in WTO interferes with plan to penalize companies that move American production offshore


http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/07/24/trump-threatens-to-pull-u-s-out-of-world-trade-organization/

Destiny Lost? Trump and a US Off Its Moorings

Destiny Lost? Trump and a US Off Its Moorings
Does criticizing and downplaying other nations help Americans feel better about themselves?
By , July 24, 2016 | http://www.theglobalist.com/trump-united-states-power-politics-fear-russia-china-trade-foreign-policy/

Takeaways

  • Americans are struggling with a growing gap between their exalted self-image and reality.
  • We Americans lack the means to exercise decisive influence. Our response has been avoidance & evasion
  • Fading prowess is one of the hardest things for humans to cope with, as an individual or a nation.
  • We Americans prize our strength and competence; we dread decline and its intimations of extinction.
  • China’s emergence poses a threat to the foundation myth of American superiority and exceptionalism.
  • The US is collectively, emotionally approaching the psychological condition of dissociation.http://www.theglobalist.com/trump-united-states-power-politics-fear-russia-china-trade-foreign-policy/

Israel/Palestine: Bad Policy, Bad Politics

http://lobelog.com/israelpalestine-bad-policy-bad-politics/#more-35172

Israel/Palestine: Bad Policy, Bad Politics

by James J. Zogby 
To understand why the United States fails so miserably in efforts to achieve an Israeli/Palestinian peace, all you need to do is take a look at the mix of bad policy and bad politics found in the Israel/Palestine sections of platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
The Republican document is particularly extreme, even bizarre. Finding opportunities to mention Israel in five different sections, the GOP platform: refers to Israel as “beacon of democracy and humanity”; claims that “support for Israel is an expression of Americanism”; “recognizes Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state and calls for the American embassy to be moved there; terms the BDS movement “anti-Semitic; “rejects the faulty notion that Israel is an occupier”; and calls for “an immediate halt to all US funding” to entities that admit the Palestinians as a “member state”—singling out the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Because the GOP platform committee specifically rejects any reference to either two states or to recognition of Palestinians as a people, the only time Palestinians are even mentioned in the document is in the context of the funding cut proposed for the UNFCCC.v

Hillary Clinton’s Likely Pentagon Chief Already Advocating for More Bombing and Intervention

http://interc.pt/28TyheD
UPDATE: Flournoy has responded to the Defense One article by denying parts of it and acknowledging other parts.
Michele Flournoy, the former Defense Department official whom Defense One calls “the woman expected to run the Pentagon under Hillary Clinton,” this week advocated for “sending more American troops into combat against ISIS and the Assad regime than the Obama administration has been willing to commit.” In an interview with that outlet, Flournoy “said she would direct U.S. troops to push President Bashar al-Assad’s forces out of southern Syria and would send more American boots to fight the Islamic State in the region.” She had previously “condemned the Obama administration’s ISIS policy as ineffectual,” denouncing it as “under-resourced.”https://theintercept.com/2016/06/22/hillary-clintons-likely-pentagon-chief-already-advocating-for-more-bombing-and-intervention/

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Subject: Day 9: Wisdom of the Saints

Subject: Day 9: Wisdom of the Saints

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Retreat Day 9: Wisdom of the Saints
Sometimes we may question, “Where is God?” “What is God doing?”

Jesus gives us hints on how God acts within our world: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when it is full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches” (Mt. 13:31-32). 

He adds, “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened” (Mt. 13:33).

One thing these parables point out for us is that God’s actions are not always the most obvious. Seeds are buried in the soil and a good part of their growth takes place hidden below the ground’s surface. Yeast is such an amazing organic component. In its own hidden way, it works with other organic substances and even becomes transformed, causing dough to rise. Often the lives of saints indicate for us that almost imperceptible work of God happening within the “soil” or the “dough” of our lives.
God is living within those who sincerely seek him. Divine grace is at work within me to build that everlasting kingdom of God’s reign.”
We can see God building up his kingdom in and through the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, born in New York City to a prominent and devout Episcopal family. Later in life she wrote of those days of her youth when she would spend time at her uncle’s home on the shores of Long Island Sound, taking in the beauty of creation and sensing God’s nearness: “The beauty of nature took hold of her senses, and her soul soared with wonder. She realized and rejoiced that God was her Father and wrote that she “then layed still to enjoy the Heavenly Peace that came over my Soul; and I am sure in the two hours so enjoyed grew ten years in my spiritual life.” (Elizabeth Ann Seton, pg. 5)

After the death of her husband, Elizabeth felt drawn to the Catholic Church. While sitting in the Episcopal church that she attended, it was the presence of the Eucharist that she missed from the days she’d spent in Italy: “I got in a side pew which turned my face towards the Catholic Church in the next street, and found myself twenty times speaking to the Blessed Sacrament there… tears plenty, and sighs as silent and deep as when I first entered your blessed Church of Annunciation in Florence, all turning to the one only desire to see the way most pleasing to my God, which ever that way is.” (Ibid., pg. 38)

After being received into the Catholic Church, Elizabeth Ann Seton went on to establish what would eventually become a network of Catholic schools, and founded a religious order, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, dedicated to education. However, following God’s invitation did not come without a price. Those in her social circle prior to her conversion pretty much shunned her once she became Catholic, leaving Elizabeth and her five young children without the support of family and friends.

The “mustard seed” of God’s grace was already very much at work within the young Elizabeth. God’s plan was germinating into the “large tree” where birds would “nest in its branches” through the works of her Sisters of Charity. When St. Elizabeth was a young socialite in New York City, she could not have foreseen the path that God chose for her. Could we have ever thought that a petite, young girl from a comfortable life in New York City would give us a legacy of Catholic education in the United States?

If it was possible for God to work within Elizabeth Seton, could he not build his “kingdom” within and through me as well? Why not?

I can spend some time before the Lord and invite him to come stay within me. I pray the Our Father, asking God for the grace to live and work within me so that his will be done and that his kingdom will grow in and through me.

“Where is God?” “What is God doing?”

God is living within those who sincerely seek him. Divine grace is at work within me to build that everlasting kingdom of God’s reign.
Before You, Lord, in Prayer
Lord, help me to trust that you are always here with me and always at work within me. 

At times, it’s so hard to understand why you allow some circumstances to happen in my life. Yet I know that it is only my good that you desire. I ask to be open to your grace so that your reign will be established here on earth and forever in eternity. Amen.
Book Suggestions
All of the saints have something to teach us about living our lives according to God’s will. In the Saints By Our Side series, author Anne Merwin brings model of holiness and inspiration alive.

“The Eucharist sustained and fortified Elizabeth after her conversion and increased her ability to cope with the many trials she faces in Emmitsburg. It was her spiritual anchor and sextant both in the calm and in the deep, stormy seas of life. ‘I sit or stand opposite his tabernacle all day, and keep the heart to it as the needle to the pole.’ The physical presence of the Eucharist within her added another dimension to Elizabeth’s personal relationship with Christ.”

Excerpted from the book Elizabeth Ann Seton, by Anne Merwin, published by the Daughters of St. Paul.
Sr. Maria Grace needs your advice (please!)
For four delightful years, I worked in our Pauline Books & Media bookcenter in Alexandria, Virginia. My favorite part of being in the bookcenter was helping people on the floor. I realized that by listening to people and asking them questions, I could find just the right book, resource, or gift item that they needed for themselves or for a family member, student, or friend. The longer I worked in the bookcenter, the more familiar I became with all the great Catholic material that’s available, and the better I was at fulfilling the requests of those who came in. It was very satisfying to see people happy with the books or DVDs or gift items that they obtained from our bookcenter.

The only frustrating thing was—sometimes I could not find anything to fill a particular need. Either there was no book on a certain topic, or the person had read the little that was available and was looking for more. Or perhaps the resources available were addressed to a different audience or age level than what was required.

Now that I’m back working in our publishing house, I think back to the needs that were not satisfied, and I want to see about filling in some of these gaps. Could you please help me by answering just a few questions about your areas of interest? It would really help me alot. 

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First Baby Is Born in New York City With Birth Defects From Zika Virus - WSJ

First Baby Is Born in New York City With Birth Defects From Zika Virus - WSJ

A pancreatic cancer community that crowdsources new treatments


A pancreatic cancer community that crowdsources new treatments



http://medcitynews.com/2016/07/pancreatic-cancer-and-online-patient-community/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=32013326&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--qQS2X8JBbsApVyFonzCughIP5UEIv9xjRj-Xhuwp9Wq_6wEmGn0weQwEUSYqNWtecNRve-L572EzvjMuVLQYs0Y85EA&_hsmi=32013326

Kaine’s VP pick greeted by blowback from progressive groups - The Washington Post

Kaine’s VP pick greeted by blowback from progressive groups - The Washington Post

How An Entire Church Ended Up On An ISIS Kill List

How An Entire Church Ended Up On An ISIS Kill List

76-MINUTES TO ‘SAVE AMERICA’: Trump delivered the GREATEST SPEECH in the HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY tonight. « InvestmentWatch

76-MINUTES TO ‘SAVE AMERICA’: Trump delivered the GREATEST SPEECH in the HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY tonight. « InvestmentWatch

76-MINUTES TO ‘SAVE AMERICA’: Trump delivered the GREATEST SPEECH in the HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY tonight. « InvestmentWatch

76-MINUTES TO ‘SAVE AMERICA’: Trump delivered the GREATEST SPEECH in the HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY tonight. « InvestmentWatch

Impact of Brexit dominates G20 meeting in Chengdu

Impact of Brexit dominates G20 meeting in Chengdu

US focuses on shared growth as China warns it cannot single-handedly rescue the global economy


https://next.ft.com/content/6c4f374c-50b0-11e6-9664-e0bdc13c3bef

More Proof That America’s Drone War Doesn’t Work

http://lobelog.com/more-proof-that-americas-drone-war-doesnt-work/#more-35166

More Proof That America’s Drone War Doesn’t Work

by Paul R. Pillar
A recent study by Emily Manna about drone strikes and terrorism in Pakistan warrants attention as a useful contribution to discussion of the effectiveness of such strikes as a counterterrorism tool.
The issue of just how useful the firings of missiles from unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly called drones, are in killing suspected terrorists on the ground, has multiple dimensions. Larger legal and moral questions arise with this form of remote-control violence being inflicted in disparate places ranging across many international boundaries—especially in the absence of any well-defined and up-to-date congressional authorization for the overseas use of force.
A narrower question of effectiveness concerns how much the killing of individual members, including even leading members, leads to the weakening or demise of any existing terrorist group. The tactic is only one of several approaches toward trying to eliminate a terrorist group, and not necessarily one of the more effective ones. Groups with a well-developed internal structure, which also tend to be the more formidable and sophisticated groups, are adept at filling vacancies. Sometimes the replacement turns out to be more able than the leader who was bumped off. This was true when Israel’s killing of Hezbollah secretary general Abbas Musawi led to the succession of the more capable Hassan Nasrallah. It also was true when the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, cleared the way for the more adept Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to take over and to expand the group into what we now know as ISIS.http://lobelog.com/more-proof-that-americas-drone-war-doesnt-work/#more-35166

Is China Stealing Jobs? It May Be Losing Them, Instead

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/business/international/china-jobs-donald-trump.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

Is China Stealing Jobs? It May Be Losing Them, Instead

By MICHAEL SCHUMAN | JULY 22, 2016
BEIJING — Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump has claimed that China is stealing American manufacturing jobs.
In a speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Mr. Trump — the party’s nominee for the presidency — said that “disastrous trade deals” had hurt manufacturing jobs in the United States. Mr. Trump also argued that American support for China’s embrace of free trade had been a “colossal” mistake.
At one point, Mr. Trump’s argument had merit. With its large pool of workers who earned much lower wages than their American counterparts, China attracted manufacturers seeking to reduce costs, bolster profitability and keep prices low. Between 1999 and 2011, the United States lost at least two million jobs because of a surge in Chinese imports, according to a study published in The Journal of Labor Economics.
In today’s China, however, workers face a more troubled outlook than Mr. Trump suggests. They are losing their jobs because of a slowing domestic economy, rising costs and stiffer foreign competition — including from the United States.
Presidential candidates “are screaming about yesterday’s problems,” said Jim McGregor, chairman of the consulting firm APCO Worldwide’s Greater China operations. “Manufacturing for export is getting harder and harder” in China.
China’s labor market has changed sharply in recent years.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/business/international/china-jobs-donald-trump.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=0

The Potential of Saudi Economic Reforms | Fikra Forum

The Potential of Saudi Economic Reforms | Fikra Forum

Few countries have received as much negative attention in Washington as Saudi Arabia over the last two years. Some of this is due to the politics of the Iranian nuclear deal and the Saudi response. It is also due to an attempt to make sense of the unprecedented breakdown of regional stability in the Middle East. The Kingdom, however, now ultimately serves as a convenient scapegoat.

It is certainly fair for U.S. policy makers to question some of Riyadh’s policies in the region. For example, it is unclear how the Kingdom’s military operations in Yemen or the stoking of sectarian tensions in the Syrian Civil War helps the United States.

On the other hand, the often overlooked fact is that Saudi regional adventurism is fundamentally driven by a sense of insecurity that leads the leadership to think it needs to act unilaterally to project strength. For example, with the Iran deal, the Saudis feel the United States is no longer quite the ally it once was. Long-time allies and bulwarks of regional stability like Egypt’s President Mubarak were overthrown almost overnight. The government now faces an even thornier, populist brand of ISIS-style jihadism than its former challenges with al-Qaeda.http://fikraforum.org/?p=9829&utm_term=The%20Potential%20of%20Saudi%20Economic%20Reforms&utm_campaign=%20America%20and%20its%20Middle%20Eastern%20Allies&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-%20America%20and%20its%20Middle%20Eastern%20Allies-_-The%20Potential%20of%20Saudi%20Economic%20Reforms#.V5On4Y6XQki

Freewheeling Trump has backed down on only one issue. Guess which one

http://mondoweiss.net/2016/07/freewheeling-backed-which/#sthash.r0qqmuoh

Freewheeling Trump has backed down on only one issue. Guess which one

on July 22, 2016 http://mondoweiss.net/2016/07/freewheeling-backed-which/

Iraq: Army to dig 'security trench' around Fallujah

July 23, 2016

Iraq: Army to dig 'security trench' around Fallujah

The Iraqi army is turning to medieval tactics to secure the recently captured city of Fallujah from ISIL infiltration.http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/iraq-army-dig-security-trench-fallujah-160723063045715.html

Friday, July 22, 2016

'Indian Point' sagely examines the nuclear power debate from all sides - LA Times

'Indian Point' sagely examines the nuclear power debate from all sides - LA Times

The Trojan Drone

http://lobelog.com/the-trojan-drone/#more-35145

The Trojan Drone

by Rebecca Gordon
Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a single key figure. It’s a shiny video game for grown ups — a Mortal Kombat or Call of Duty where the animated enemies bleed real blood. Just like the giant wooden horse the Greeks convinced the Trojans to bring inside their gates, however, the drone carries something deadly in its belly: a new and illegal military strategy disguised as an impressive piece of technology.
The technical advances embodied in drone technology distract us from a more fundamental change in military strategy. However it is achieved — whether through conventional air strikes, cruise missiles fired from ships, or by drone — the United States has now embraced extrajudicial executions on foreign soil. Successive administrations have implemented this momentous change with little public discussion. And most of the discussion we’ve had has focused more on the new instrument (drone technology) than on its purpose (assassination). It’s a case of the means justifying the end. The drones work so well that it must be all right to kill people with them. http://lobelog.com/the-trojan-drone/#more-35145

Islamists at War in Turkey

Islamists at War in Turkey

July 22, 2016 by Blog http://grahamefuller.com/islamists-at-war-in-turkey/
Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com)
20 July 2016
Last week witnessed what may be the last act of an unfolding struggle between two major Islamic movements in Turkey. Turkish president and leader of the AKP party Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused exiled Islamic leader Fethullah Gülen of plotting the failed coup against the government. Immediately thereafter Erdogan has unleashed massive Stalin-style purges and arrests across the country  of anyone suspected of any connection with Gülen, or indeed of anyone of any ideology who opposes Erdogan.
First of all, when we talk about Islamic leaders in Turkey, we’re talking about a very different scene than in most of the rest of the Muslim world. In Turkey it’s basically about a struggle among Islamic moderates. Neither Erdogan nor Gülen call for any kind of Islamic State, or Shari’a law, or Caliphate, or jihad against the West. They both operate fairly comfortably within a primarily secular state structure established a century ago by the country’s modernizing secularist founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. We’re not really talking about Islam or theology but power and influence.  (And politics in Turkey has always been a fairly rough game, even within a basically democratic order.) 
But there are important differences between the two groups. Erdogan runs a political party, Gülen operates a civil movement called Hizmet (Service). Erdogan comes out of a more traditional Sunni Turkish Islamist movement; Gülen comes out of an a-political, more Sufi, mystical and social tradition. Gülen is interested in slow, deep social change including secular higher education; Erdogan as a party leader is first and foremost interested in preserving his party’s power that operates in a populist manner trying to raise the general welfare. http://grahamefuller.com/islamists-at-war-in-turkey/

The New Normal in the Middle East | RealClearWorld

The New Normal in the Middle East | RealClearWorld

Does Trump’s America First policy mean Allies Last? - The Washington Post

Does Trump’s America First policy mean Allies Last? - The Washington Post

Donald Trump positions himself as the voice of ‘the forgotten men and women’ - The Washington Post

Donald Trump positions himself as the voice of ‘the forgotten men and women’ - The Washington Post

In his most important speech ever, Trump echoes Richard Nixon - The Washington Post

In his most important speech ever, Trump echoes Richard Nixon - The Washington Post

Donald Trump positions himself as the voice of ‘the forgotten men and women’ - The Washington Post

Donald Trump positions himself as the voice of ‘the forgotten men and women’ - The Washington Post

POGO stories: The one thing I didn't plan for, with LTC Jason Amerine (ret.) - YouTube

POGO stories: The one thing I didn't plan for, with LTC Jason Amerine (ret.) - YouTube

How the System Went After a War Hero: Jason Amerine Goes to Washington

How the System Went After a War Hero: Jason Amerine Goes to Washington

The Apocalypse in U.S. Political Thought

The Apocalypse in U.S. Political Thought

Trump Isn't the First—And He Won't be the Last



https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2016-07-18/apocalypse-us-political-thought?cid=nlc-twofa-20160721&sp_mid=51884906&sp_rid=bWljaGVsZXRrZWFybmV5QGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2&spMailingID=51884906&spUserID=MjEwNDg3NjAxODc2S0&spJobID=963041732&spReportId=OTYzMDQxNzMyS0

Erdogan's Prophecy | Foreign Affairs

Erdogan's Prophecy | Foreign Affairs

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Feminism Slowly Gaining Support at United Nations
Lyndal Rowlands
Achieving gender equality has long been one of the United Nations’ top priorities yet the word feminism has only recently begun to find its way into speeches at UN headquarters. Croatia’s Vesna Pusic, one of 12 candidates for the post of UN Secretary-General, explained why she thought her ... MORE > >

Malawi Leads Africa's Largest Elephant Translocation
Charles Mkoka
One of the world's largest and most significant elephant translocations kicked off earlier this month within Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi. Patricio Ndadzela, Malawi country director of African Parks, a non-profit conservation group based in South Africa that is leading the ... MORE > >

Forests: To Farm or Not to Farm? This Is the Question!
Baher Kamal
The dilemma is critical: on the one hand, there is an absolute need to produce more food for the world’s steadily growing population; on the other, there is pressing urgency to halt -and further revert- the increasing trend to deplete the forests, which are as necessary for human survival as it is ... MORE > >

Germany’s Energy Transition: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Emilio Godoy
Immerath, 90 km away from the German city of Cologne, has become a ghost town. The local church bells no longer ring and no children are seen in the streets riding their bicycles. Its former residents have even carried off their dead from its cemetery. Expansion of Garzweiler, an open-pit ... MORE > >

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: The Sooner, the Better
Phillip Kaeding
The first 1000 days after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals are critical, according to a report published last week, urging UN member states to take action quickly. “It’s a little bit like a pension,” Elizabeth Stuart of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) says, “the ... MORE > >

Fast-track Development Threatens to Leave Indigenous Peoples Behind
Aruna Dutt
Fast-tracked development often means that indigenous people and their territories get run over and their rights are not taken into consideration, Roberto Borrero, from the International Indian Treaty Council and Indigenous Peoples Major Group, said here Friday. The High Level Political Forum ... MORE > >

Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarised Mind
Dr Vandana Shiva
A recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled Gene Drives on the Horizon : Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values”, warns: Dr Vandana Shiva“One possible goal of release of a gene-drive modified organism is to ... MORE > >

Rewriting Africa's Agricultural Narrative
Friday Phiri
Albert Kanga Azaguie no longer considers himself a smallholder farmer. By learning and monitoring the supply and demand value chains of one of the country’s staple crops, plantain (similar to bananas), Kanga ventured into off-season production to sell his produce at relatively higher prices. “I ... MORE > >

Women Empowerment Holds the Key for Global Development
Diego Arguedas Ortiz
Latin America's inclusion of women in its development model, with greater participation within the work force and improved wage conditions, was a decisive factor in the region's successful diminishment of extreme poverty.  This issue also offers a road map to pursue the elimination of further ... MORE > >

Indigenous Villages in Honduras Overcome Hunger at Schools
Thelma Mejía
Barely 11 years old and in the sixth grade of primary school, this student dreams of becoming a farmer in order to produce food so that the children in his community never have to go hungry. Josué Orlando Torres of the indigenous Lenca people lives in a remote corner of the west of Honduras. He ... MORE > >

Is Sustainable Development Hindering Economic Recovery?
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
The global economic and employment situation is alarmingly protracted, with recovery not expected any time soon. In October 2012, then IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard indicated he did not see a global economic recovery before 2016. Jomo Kwame Sundaram. Credit: FAONow, in mid-2016, it ... MORE > >

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bishop Robert Barron on Bob Dylan

Bishop Robert Barron on Bob Dylan


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF0JNwud9K0&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs

Bishop Barron on Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, & Evangelization


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiz9LNizcyk


Bishop Barron on Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0Tckg686L4

What Constitutes A Practicing Catholic?


What Constitutes A Practicing Catholic?


http://ascensionpresents.com/video/what-constitutes-a-practicing-catholic/?mc_cid=e6ea7d6b78&mc_eid=2bb902f84a

As Nuclear Power Plants Close, States Need to Bet Big on Energy Storage

As Nuclear Power Plants Close, States Need to Bet Big on Energy Storage

One of a Kind Nuclear Power Unit to be Connected to Electrical Grid

One of a Kind Nuclear Power Unit to be Connected to Electrical Grid

Blog: Draft Dem platform doesn't even mention nuclear power

Blog: Draft Dem platform doesn't even mention nuclear power

Bring in the Military by John Feffer

http://lobelog.com/bring-in-the-military/#more-35128

Bring in the Military

by John Feffer
News of the military coup in Turkey was dribbling in on Saturday afternoon when I was having lunch with a group of six friends in West Virginia. Suddenly, one person looked up from her salad and said, “If Trump gets elected, I’d support a military coup in this country.” At least one other person at the table seconded her opinion.
I was astonished. Since when had the “military option” become a viable political strategy in the United States? Maybe it was the ghost of John Brown or something in the drinking water out there near Harpers Ferry. Or perhaps the peculiar conjunction of Turkey and Trump had elicited what must surely be an unpopular sentiment in America.
Then I did some research. It turns out that the views around the table matched those of average Americans. According to a September 2015 poll by YouGov, nearly one-third of respondents (29 percent) “could imagine a situation in which they would support the military seizing control of the federal government.” That number went up to 43 percent in a hypothetical situation in which the government was beginning to violate the U.S. constitution.http://lobelog.com/bring-in-the-military/#more-35128