Protests set as NATO prepares 70th anniversary fete

first_imgMembers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will celebrate the 70th anniversary of NATO’s founding on April 4 in Washington, D.C.Anti-war groups are organizing at least three actions as that date approaches to protest U.S. aggression and the NATO military alliance’s criminal role in wars worldwide. NATO now kills people in Asia and Africa, besides in its historical European region, and threatens to intervene in South America through its Colombian “global partner” and possible future member.On Saturday, March 16, there will be a demonstration in Washington that the Answer Coalition has called in solidarity with Venezuela and in opposition to intervention by the U.S. and its lackeys against the Bolivarian Revolution. (tinyurl.com/yycnac3k)On Sunday, March 24, the International Action Center is holding a rally at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The action will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the start of the U.S./NATO criminal 78-day bombing campaign that killed 3,000 people and tore apart Yugoslavia. (iacenter.org)And on Saturday, March 30, the United National Antiwar Coalition is holding a protest demonstration in Washington, timed for the beginning of the NATO celebrations. Given the current crisis in South America, this protest will also focus on solidarity with Bolivarian Venezuela. (unacpeace.org)NATO: an alliance of oppressorsU.S. ruling-class politicians of both big capitalist parties and all the corporate media have always claimed NATO is an alliance of “democratic” powers with the goal of keeping peace. This is a lie worthy of the worst of the Trump administration. NATO’s major members in 1949 were the United States, France, Britain, Italy and Canada; Germany has been a member since 1955. These six historic colonial powers and settler states, plus Japan, make up the G-7 (Group of Seven) countries that currently set economic rules and dominate most of the world.The corporate and financial ruling classes of the major NATO powers, despite the current challenge from People’s China, control the bulk of the world’s wealth, mainly through their banks. The capital they control exploits labor and extracts resources throughout the world. Add to this their control of finance, technology, weapons and mass media.After World War II ended, the class of plunderers and robbers ruling those countries saw that while they had been fighting each other — killing 100 million people — a third of humanity had liberated itself from their grip. In the early post-war years, armed partisans who had resisted Nazi Germany inspired hope of possible worker-led socialist revolutions in Greece, Italy and France.In 1949 Washington, then by far the dominant imperialist power, founded NATO. This military alliance was poised to crush any incipient workers’ revolution in war-ravaged Western Europe — as the British and U.S. military did in Greece — and to confront the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern Europe. Only in 1955 did the Soviet Union establish the Warsaw Pact with its allies in Eastern Europe to defend its area of Europe.NATO’s reactionary history includes planning a military coup in Greece in 1967. NATO supported clandestine terrorist actions in Italy between 1968 and 1982 known as the “strategy of tension.” In 1974-75 in Portugal, after a revolution ousted the fascist regime there, NATO sent warships to intervene to prevent the working class from opening a struggle for socialism.World capitalist copWashington has always dominated NATO and set its policies. The U.S. president always chooses the NATO commander, and the general in charge is always from the Pentagon.In 1990, during negotiations between the U.S. and Soviet leaders to end the Cold War, Washington promised not to move NATO eastward. NATO’s declared purpose up to that time was to “defend member nations from threats by communist countries.” Thus NATO should have dissolved after the Soviet Union’s impending disintegration in 1991 and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact.But since 1991, far from dissolving NATO, Washington has insisted that the military pact expand, while remaining under U.S. command. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic joined NATO at its 50th anniversary meeting in April 1999. This expansion coincided with the U.S.-NATO air war in the Balkans that destroyed the sovereign and multinational country of Yugoslavia.The former Yugoslavia — once a state representing about 20 million Balkan peoples — was broken into six ministates, along with the U.S. military outpost called Kosovo, wrenched from Serbia. All are easy pickings for West European and U.S. imperialism.U.S. policy turned NATO into a type of imperialist police force. No longer confined to Europe, NATO has become a worldwide intervention force at the service of the transnational monopolies that exploit global labor and resources.Other U.S.-led NATO military interventions followed. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in Central Asia starting in 2001, using the pretext of the 9/11 attack and invoking Article 5 of the NATO charter calling for collective defense. The occupation continues for nearly 18 years, with NATO troops intervening starting in 2003.In 2011, with the flimsiest of pretexts, NATO attacked and destroyed Libya. That same year NATO countries also sabotaged and subverted the Damascus government in Syria. NATO even intervened in Iraq following the U.S.-British invasion in 2003, despite the reluctance of France and Germany to join the invasion itself. These interventions killed millions of people and displaced tens of millions.There are now 29 NATO members, including most of the former socialist Eastern European countries, plus nine other countries that have a special relation with NATO of “global partner,” like Colombia. NATO’s role now is to reconquer those areas of the world that had gained some independence from imperialism during the existence of the Soviet Union.Catalinotto, a managing editor of Workers World newspaper, co-edited the book, “Hidden Agenda: U.S./NATO Takeover of Yugoslavia,” International Action Center, 2001.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Live Debuts New Song, Confirms Chicago & NYC Residencies Through 2022 [Video/Full Audio/Photo]

first_img[Video: Sean Roche]Tedeschi Trucks Band – 10/10/18 – Full Show Audio Load remaining images [Audio: Yossi Pollak]For a full list of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s upcoming performances, head to their website here.[H/T Billboard]Tedeschi Trucks Band | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/10/18 | Photo: Kevin Cole Photo: Kevin Colecenter_img On Wednesday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to New York City’s Beacon Theatre, offering up the fourth show in their ongoing six-night residency. The band led by the husband-and-wife duo of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks pulled out all the stops for the midweek crowd. One of the major highlights of the evening included the debut of “Still Your Mind”, a gorgeous and dramatic rock-infused ballad featuring Susan Tedeschi front and center sans guitar and a soaring, shred-heavy guitar solo from Derek Trucks. You can check out a video of the newly debuted “Still Your Mind” and hear the entire show’s audio below.Tedeschi Trucks Band’s ongoing New York City residency has become an annual tradition, and the frequently guest-laden run has become a major landmark in the group’s yearly calendar. Yesterday, Billboard confirmed that fans can expect many more residencies in the group’s future, with the announcement of a dual-city deal with Madison Square Garden Company that will run through at least 2022. For this newly announced residency deal, Tedeschi Trucks Band has signed on to perform six shows each October at New York’s Beacon Theatre and at least three shows each January in Chicago at the Chicago Theatre. With six shows at the Beacon scheduled each year from now until 2022, by the time the this new deal is completed, the group will have performed at the fan-favorite venue almost 60 times (the group celebrated their 30th play at the Beacon Theatre earlier this week).As Trucks told Billboard, echoing Trey Anastasio‘s comments ahead of last year’s historic Phish residency at Madison Square Garden,It’s nice to settle into a venue for a few nights, although we know there’s a portion of the audience that comes out for multiple shows, so we have to dig deep into the catalog. … Musically it’s so much more rewarding to set up for multiple dates at a place where you can get comfortable with the sound of the room and when you’re not playing, relax a little bit and actually experience where ever you are at the moment.Trucks also spoke a little about the choice to bring a residency to Chicago. He joked, “The Chicago natives appreciate a band showing up in January, it shows a certain hardiness,” later adding, “I’ve been in the same rooms for 20 years now. When my son was only 10 days old, he was at the Beacon Theater, and it very much feels like a home away from home with a lot of the crew and the union guys here at the Beacon for the whole run. … It’s always nice to walk back in the door and see the familiar faces and hit that stage where so much magic has been made.”This new dual-city residency begins in 2019, kicking off with a four-night run at the Chicago Theatre on January 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th. Notably, Trucks also added during his interview that the band would be working on new material for the residency to stay fresh; however, this is also unsurprising given that a new album from Tedeschi Trucks Band is due out soon, and the band has been open about road-testing new songs like “Shame” in preparation for the new album’s release.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Still Your Mind” [Debut] Photo: Kevin Colelast_img read more

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The art of saving art

first_imgIn the movies, a rescue mission involves men in body armor rappelling out of a helicopter, carrying machine guns.At Harvard’s Weissman Preservation Center, the rescuers are men and women in white smocks. Their missions involve rescuing paper objects from deterioration. They wield scalpels, soft brushes, wheat starch paste, and vinyl erasers.Weissman conservators just finished an interesting rescue. They assessed, repaired, and reframed six Le Corbusier lithographs and one proof print from a Joan Miró etching. The artworks, most about 50 years old, came from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Sun damage was one issue. For decades, the art had been exposed to daylight streaming through wall-size windows.“The pink was quite pink,” said Debora D. Mayer, looking at Le Corbusier’s “La Femme Rose,” a 1963 work where the pink had faded to beige. “It certainly wasn’t so pale as this.”Mayer, the Helen H. Glaser Senior Paper Conservator, last month showed visitors around the preservation center, where shallow steel sinks and trays of micro-tools and brushes are essential. “La Femme Rose” lay flat on a wide table. Other prints were arrayed nearby, like patients in triage.Le Corbusier, the Swiss-born architect and artist, designed the Carpenter Center, which turns 50 next May. (A series of celebratory events is under way.) It is his only building in North America. The lithographs spent most of those 50 years on display in the ground-floor administrative offices. They were also in storage for a short time. So was the Miró, a proof for a poster advertising a 1978 exhibit on Spanish architect and Le Corbusier friend Josep Lluís Sert, who was dean of the Graduate School of Design from 1953 to 1969.Building manager Dan Lopez told David Rodowick, interim director of the center, where the artworks had landed. Rodowick put them back on display, then got the conservation project started last December.When prints or other conservation objects arrive at the Weissman, research is one of the first steps. “We all did a little study of them,” said Mayer, including a look at artist-appropriate framing styles.Paper conservator Theresa Smith held up a book and opened to a page showing the central color element of “La Femme Rose” as it was originally — “redder than the print we have now,” she said.The flesh tone of the figure in “La Femme Rose” was probably a bright pink, now faded due to exposure to light. Due to light sensitivity of the colors, the Carpenter Center carefully considered display options.To fix another Le Corbusier, “Femme à la Main Levée” (1962), Smith cleaned the surface with soft brushes and vinyl erasers; reduced creases with localized humidification; and repaired a tear at one edge with wheat starch paste. She moistened one area of black ink and tweezed off paper fibers stuck on top.Paper conservator Theresa Smith at work on Le Corbusier’s “Femme à la Main Levée” (1962).The existence of layers of ink on some of the prints was a revelation, said Mayer. Le Corbusier sometimes made as many as 12 color passes through the press for just one print.From Le Corbusier’s “Les dés sont jetés” (1959), paper conservator Christopher Sokolowski removed a prominent brown stain using water, ethanol, and a suction device. “It’s supposed to look as clean and tidy as possible,” he said of the print, with its modernist lines. The point is to work on such art “as locally as possible,” he added. “That’s what we try to do with all of these — tread on them very lightly and very locally. It’s not always easy to do.”Paper conservator Adam Novak had a similar issue with “Komposition Nr. 5 aus ‘Unité’” — a 1963 print with a water stain on the lower left corner. “The frame had rusted,” he said, “and the rust had traveled up.” It had also been damaged by broken glass.The most damaged of the seven items was the Miró proof print. Sokolowski and intern Allison Holcomb dealt with two water stains and a tear. They fixed scratches consistent with contact with broken glass that had displaced both paper fibers and ink. They repaired a deep cut that had left a bright white line in the paper.But the technical challenges were not overwhelming, said Mayer, and “it was a learning experience for all of us.” She mentioned Le Corbusier’s multi-pass printmaking techniques, his color-layering experiments, and the conservators’ research on framing protocols.Helen H. Glaser Senior Paper Conservator Debora D. Mayer: “It was a learning experience for all of us.”Through learning there was joy, as well. “We’re happy to work on anything” from Le Corbusier’s only North American building, said Sokolowski. “It’s an opportunity not many folks get.”The six prints, along with the etching, are back at the Carpenter Center, their natural home at Harvard. “In relationship to the building, they’re quite wonderful,” said Edward Lloyd, the center’s exhibitions manager. “There’s no better way to show them than in this building.”Where the work will be displayed is still a matter of discussion, he said. “Now that we’ve had them conserved, we don’t want to damage them.” They may hang for a few weeks at a time in the administrative offices, in a precisely calculated rotation to protect them from the east-facing windows.Or they may go on display in B-04, a classroom sometimes used for public lectures, in which case they would be next door to the only other Le Corbusier artwork in the building: a large-scale tapestry hanging in the Lecture Room, which is now a theater for Harvard Film Archive screenings.The building represents Le Corbusier’s genius on a monumental scale — and the lithographs his brilliance at smaller things. 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Weekend Pick: National Get Outdoors Day at Cradle of Forestry

first_imgWhen it comes to days designated for some outdoorsy thing, it seems June is the preferred month. Last week we celebrated National Trails Day, a celebration of the over 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S. system. This week, Saturday marks National Get Outdoors Day, a joint effort by the USDA Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition aimed at inspiring and motivating people to get outside and enjoy the natural world. Now in its sixth year, GO Day is a series of nationwide events allowing families to experience traditional and non-traditional outdoor activities, with special emphasis on underserved populations, first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting youth to the great outdoors. Sounds great.With so much public land at our disposal in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the rest of the Southeast, it is no surprise that state and national parks and forests in our region are taking the lead. It is also no surprise that one of the biggest events of the day will be happening at The Birthplace of Forest Conservation in America, The Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah National Forest outside Brevard, N.C. The event will include all sorts of interesting activities for the whole family. Trout Unlimited will be giving fly fishing demonstrations at the trout pond, and there will be canoe and kayak safety seminars. You can do everything from go on a guided nature walk to try your hand at archery to learn how to change a flat tire and other basic maintenance on your mountain bike. Plus, Smokey Bear will be there. Kids love Smokey Bear.This is another great opportunity to introduce young ones to the outdoors and natural world in a fun, lively environment. The diversity of activities will surely hold their attention, and could lead to a lifetime of healthy, active lifestyle choices. For a list of National Get Outdoors Day events in your area, click here.View Larger Maplast_img read more

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Deadly Force, in Black and White

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts—21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.i7 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring—185, more than one per week.ProPublica’s risk analysis on young males killed by police certainly seems to support what has been an article of faith in the African American community for decades: Blacks are being killed at disturbing rates when set against the rest of the American population.Our examination involved detailed accounts of more than 12,000 police homicides stretching from 1980 to 2012 contained in the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report. The data, annually self-reported by hundreds of police departments across the country, confirms some assumptions, runs counter to others, and adds nuance to a wide range of questions about the use of deadly police force.Colin Loftin, University at Albany professor and co-director of the Violence Research Group, said the FBI data is a minimum count of homicides by police, and that it is impossible to precisely measure what puts people at risk of homicide by police without more and better records. Still, what the data shows about the race of victims and officers, and the circumstances of killings, are “certainly relevant,” Loftin said.“No question, there are all kinds of racial disparities across our criminal justice system,” he said. “This is one example.”The FBI’s data has appeared in news accounts over the years, and surfaced again with the August killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. To a great degree, observers and experts lamented the limited nature of the FBI’s reports. Their shortcomings are inarguable.The data, for instance, is terribly incomplete. Vast numbers of the country’s 17,000 police departments don’t file fatal police shooting reports at all, and many have filed reports for some years but not others. Florida departments haven’t filed reports since 1997 and New York City last reported in 2007. Information contained in the individual reports can also be flawed. Still, lots of the reporting police departments are in larger cities, and at least 1000 police departments filed ma report or reports over the 33 years.There is, then, value in what the data can show while accepting, and accounting for, its limitations. Indeed, while the absolute numbers are problematic, a comparison between white and black victims shows important trends. Our analysis included dividing the number of people of each race killed by police by the number of people of that race living in the country at the time, to produce two different rates: the risk of getting killed by police if you are white and if you are black.David Klinger, a University of Missouri-St. Louis professor and expert on police use of deadly force, said racial disparities in the data could result from “measurement error,” meaning that the unreported killings could alter ProPublica’s findings.However, he said the disparity between black and white teenage boys is so wide, “I doubt the measurement error would account for that.”ProPublica spent weeks digging into the many rich categories of information the reports hold: the race of the officers involved; the circumstances cited for the use of deadly force; the age of those killed.Who Gets Killed?The finding that young black men are 21 times as likely as their white peers to be killed by police is drawn from reports filed for the years 2010 to 2012, the three most recent years for which FBI numbers are available.The black boys killed can be disturbingly young. There were 41 teens 14 years or younger reported killed by police from 1980 to 2012 ii. 27 of them were black iii; 8 were white iv; 4 were Hispanic v and 1 was Asian vi.That’s not to say officers weren’t killing white people. Indeed, some 44 percent of all those killed by police across the 33 years were white.White or black, though, those slain by police tended to be roughly the same age. The average age of blacks killed by police was 30. The average age of whites was 35.Who is killing all those black men and boys?Mostly white officers. But in hundreds of instances, black officers, too. Black officers account for a little more than 10 percent of all fatal police shootings. Of those they kill, though, 78 percent were black.White officers, given their great numbers in so many of the country’s police departments, are well represented in all categories of police killings. White officers killed 91 percent of the whites who died at the hands of police. And they were responsible for 68 percent of the people of color killed. Those people of color represented 46 percent of all those killed by white officers.What were the circumstances surrounding all these fatal encounters?There were 151 instances in which police noted that teens they had shot dead had been fleeing or resisting arrest at the time of the encounter. 67 percent of those killed in such circumstances were black. That disparity was even starter in the last couple of years: of the 15 teens shot feeling arrest from 2010 to 2012, 14 were black.Did police always list the circumstances of the killings? No, actually, there were many deadly shooting where the circumstances were listed as “undetermined.” 77 percent of those killed in such instances were black.Certainly, there were instances where police truly feared for their lives.Of course, although the data show that police reported that as the cause of their actions in far greater numbers after the 1985 Supreme Court decision that said police could only justify using deadly force if the suspects posed a threat to the officer or others. From 1980 to 1984, “officer under attack” was listed as the cause for 33 percent of the deadly shootings. Twenty years later, looking at data from 2005 to 2009, “officer under attack” was cited in 62 percent xxxvii of police killings.Does the data include cases where police killed people with something other than a standard service handgun?Yes, and the Los Angeles Police Department stood out in its use of shotguns. Most police killings involve officers firing handguns xl. But from 1980 to 2012, 714 involved the use of a shotgun xli. The Los Angeles Police Department has a special claim on that category. It accounted for 47 cases xlii in which an officer used a shotgun. The next highest total came from the Dallas Police Department: 14 xliii.i ProPublica calculated a statistical figure called a risk ratio by dividing the rate of black homicide victims by the rate of white victims. This ratio, commonly used in epidemiology, gives an estimate for how much more at risk black teenagers were to be killed by police officers.Risk ratios can have varying levels of precision, depending on a variety of mathematical factors. In this case, because such shootings are rare from a statistical perspective, a 95 percent confidence interval indicates that black teenagers are at between 10 and 40 times greater risk of being killed by a police officer. The calculation used 2010-2012 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.ii https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/1307015-victims-14under-byraceanddecade-spssoutput.html#document/p1/a179431iii https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/1307015-victims-14under-byraceanddecade-spssoutput.html#document/p1/a179432iv https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/1307015-victims-14under-byraceanddecade-spssoutput.html#document/p1/a179433v https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/1307015-victims-14under-byraceanddecade-spssoutput.html#document/p1/a179434vi https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/1307015-victims-14under-byraceanddecade-spssoutput.html#document/p1/a179435xxxvii https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/1307298-circumstances-yearcats-spssoutput.html#document/p1/a179463xl Calculated from the “Weapon Used by Offender” variable. Ranked based on frequency of reported shotgun homicides by police agencies.xli https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/1307312-offweapon-bystate-spssoutput.html#document/p3/a179466xlii https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/1307313-offweapon-lapd-spssoutput.html#document/p1/a179467xliii https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/1307316-offweapon-dallas-spssoutput.html#document/p1/a179468ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

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International Women’s Conference Coming to Hofstra

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hundreds of attendees are expected to turn out for The International Women’s Conference for a thought-provoking day of networking, learning and showcasing products at Hofstra University this weekend.The lineup of 11 speakers range in backgrounds from business to entertainment, including recording artist Shivali Bhammer, New York State Assemb. Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) and Victoria Schneps-Yunis, co-publisher of the Long Island Press.The event, hosted by the Neva Alliance, is leveraging and collaboration, according to the organizers. It is part of the Women’s Leadership Conference series that was created to enhance awareness and create a more informed understanding of the opportunities, issues, and approaches of women empowerment with resultant attention and resources directed towards supporting women, the group said.Topics will cover a range of fields, including international business entrepreneurship, management, leadership as well as many other subjects. It will have two panel discussions—one panel on how women can move forward and succeed when they leverage and collaborate, the other panel on success tips for women in technology, science and engineering.In addition, The International Women’s conference will celebrate women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements.The International Women’s Conference is scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Hofstra University on Hempstead Turnpike in Hempstead. Tickets are $35 in advance, or $45 at the door. For more information, visit nevalliance.com or email [email protected]last_img read more

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Are Americans raiding their piggy banks?

first_imgConsumer spending increased 1% from March to April, the biggest increase in more than six years, according to a Reuters report on new Commerce Department data. In very basic economic terms, a jump in consumer spending can be a good thing: It can show that people are confident they’ll make ends meet without having to squirrel away their paychecks, like some people might do if they’re worried about losing their jobs.Before you get too excited about Americans’ recent urge to splurge, there’s another statistic you should know about, and this one’s a little bit of a downer. At the same time consumer spending increased, Americans’ savings decreased, from $809.4 billion in March to $751.1 billion in April. That’s a $58.3 billion drop. That indicates Americans aren’t spending more because they’re earning more; rather, they’re spending more by choosing to save less or even tapping their savings to make purchases. (Personal income increased 0.4%, and disposable income increased 0.5%, while spending increased 1%.)Put another way: The average personal savings rate dropped from 5.9% in March to 5.4% in April. There are a lot of opinions on how much people should save, but probably the most common rule of thumb says to put away 10% of what you earn. If that’s what people are working toward, they lost a little momentum last month. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Motorcyclist, 27, Killed in Huntington Station Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 27-year-old motorcyclist was killed Friday in a two-car crash in his hometown of Huntington Station, Suffolk County police said. The tragic crash occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Walt Whitman Road, police said. The motorcyclist, Brett Rainey, was riding a 2000 Yamaha northbound when he struck a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country minivan traveling southbound. The motorcycle and minivan collided as the 18-year-old driver of the Chrysler attempted to turn left into a parking lot, police said. Rainey was transported to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The driver of the minivan and his three male passengers were not injured in the crash, police said. The driver remained at the scene following the collision, police said. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks, police said. The investigation is continuing.last_img read more

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Halloween Comes Early With 2019 New York Comic Con Cosplay [Photos]

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Hong Kong academics fear for freedom under new security law

first_imgChina’s new security law has sent a chill through Hong Kong’s schools and universities with many teachers fearful the city’s reputation for academic freedom and excellence is now at risk.Just a week after the sweeping legislation was imposed on the territory, staff at some institutions have already been warned by their administrators to be careful how they teach.”Remain neutral in your teaching and be mindful of the language you use,” read one email to staff of HKU SPACE, a college attached to the prestigious University of Hong Kong (HKU). “Any behavior in eliciting further discussion on sensitive issues MUST be avoided,” the email from the program director of the humanities and law faculty said.It ended with a warning of “zero-tolerance against politics or personal political views brought into classrooms”.One recipient told AFP the instruction amounted to self-censorship.”This may be partly out of genuine concern for staff, but it strangles free speech without the government having to lift a finger,” said a lecturer who asked not to be identified. Topics : ‘Campuses infiltrated’ Hong Kong has some of Asia’s best schools and universities and — compared with China’s party-controlled education system — boasts an open campus culture of critical analysis and tackling subjects that are unapproachable on the mainland.But all that could be changing.China’s leaders have made it clear they view Hong Kong’s education system as one of the driving factors behind last year’s huge and often violent pro-democracy protests.They have ordered the city to instill more “patriotic” education and ensure the new security laws are obeyed.Hong Kong’s education chief has since banned students from singing a popular protest anthem, while public and school libraries are pulling books that might breach the new rules.At a speech to an education summit last weekend, city leader Carrie Lam said schools and universities had become “politicized”.”Anti-central government and anti-government forces are trying to infiltrate our campuses,” she said, adding that student resentment was also fuelled by “negative media reports about our country”.Pro-Beijing politicians have even proposed installing cameras in classrooms to keep a tab on teachers.”Academic freedom… can’t override laws and give students an excuse to do whatever they want,” Tommy Cheung, a cabinet member who also sits on the council of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told AFP.Asked about the idea of cameras in classrooms he replied: “If you are not saying anything that you would not be afraid of being heard, then why would you fear being recorded?”China’s definition of national security extends beyond the standard concepts of threats such as terrorism and military attacks, and is often used to crush domestic criticism on the mainland.The Hong Kong version contains many ambiguously worded provisions, including against “inducing hatred” of the government.center_img In a statement, HKU said the email was “private correspondence” and not official policy, but it added that classrooms must be “a politically neutral space where participants focus on academic learning”. Harder to hire As a result, some teachers say they already fear overstepping invisible red lines — even mistakenly.”Should we uphold the critical thinking approach or should we toe the official line for better safety,” said Benson Wong, a lecturer at the Education University of Hong Kong.A history teacher at an international school said he already avoided asking students to write essays about controversial topics, preferring conversations instead.”The vagaries of the national security law are designed to chill and quell discussion because one cannot know when they have stepped over the line,” he told AFP. “A true education in history and social studies is not about remembering a story or being able to regurgitate a national myth.”Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a prominent scholar of Chinese politics, said Hong Kong’s universities were already struggling to attract the best global talent.”People are getting more hesitant to come,” he told AFP, noting that it had become all but impossible in recent years to arrange conferences in Hong Kong on taboo topics such as Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet.Others said they would consider leaving if the situation deteriorates further.”I haven’t yet determined where my line is,” one lecturer at CUHK told AFP, asking to remain anonymous.”I suspect I’ll know it when it’s crossed, and at that moment I hope I’ll have the courage of my convictions.”last_img read more

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