June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further November 3, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chinese blog shut down just days after being nominated for free expression contest News News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the censorship of pro-democracy writer Wang Yi’s blog (http://zhivago.tianyablog.com), which was closed down just days after it was nominated for the “freedom of expression” category in a blog contest (www.thebobs.de) being organised by the German radio station Deutsche Welle.“We call for the immediate reopening of this blog and we point out that the Chinese constitution is supposed to guarantee free expression,” the press freedom organisation said. “In a country where self-censorship reigns, we should salute the courage of the few bloggers like Wang who dare to publicly protest against government bans.”The company that hosts the Tianya website closed the blog down on the orders of the Internet surveillance bureau in Hai Nan province (southwest of Guangzhou). When Internet users now try to access the blog, they see an error message saying it is “no longer accessible.”A teacher at Chengdu university in the southwestern province of Sichuan and member of the international writers’ association PEN, Wang initially created the site to make all his writings available in one place. He gradually turned it into a blog dealing with sensitive subjects. One of his last articles was about a campaign by peasants in Guangdong province to remove a village chief accused of corruption.The authorities had been trying for six months to block access to the blog. “As soon as I find a way to get round their filtering system, the local police use a new technique to censor my blog,” Wang said. He added that he was “very annoyed” with the Tianya company and the Hai Nan authorities for getting his blog shut down. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the censorship of pro-democracy writer Wang Yi’s blog (http://zhivago.tianyablog.com), which was closed down just days after it was nominated for the “freedom of expression” category in a blog contest (www.thebobs.de) being organised by the German radio station Deutsche Welle. March 12, 2021 Find out more
DHS/OIG(EL PASO, TX) — In a report out Friday, the Homeland Security inspector general has found “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at a Customs and Border Protection facility in El Paso, Texas, where hundreds more migrants were being housed than the center was designed to hold. “Border Patrol agents told us some of the detainees had been held in standing-room-only conditions for days or weeks,” the office of inspector general wrote.The El Paso Del Norte Processing center housed as many as 900 migrant detainees earlier this month and, the report also found, the facility only has the capacity for 125. CNN first broke the news.The findings come as border patrol continues to grapple with record levels of migrant families crossing the southern border with hundreds crossing between ports of entry each day. Agents on Thursday apprehended a group of more than 1,000 migrants who crossed illegally in El Paso.While Immigration and Customs Enforcement is responsible for handling long-term detainees, Border Patrol officials interviewed by the inspector general said their requests for detention space get denied in some cases. There are 80,000 people in immigration custody, according to acting Homeland Secretary Kevin McAleenan.The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Democrat Bennie Thompson, responded to the report saying ICE struggles with capacity issues because they detain too many non-criminals and said authorities should have been prepared.“U.S. Customs and Border Protection management has known for months to expect a higher-than-usual number of migrant families coming to our border to seek asylum – yet has done nothing to prioritize adequate, safe, and humane temporary holding facilities for those migrants, Thompson said in a statement.“CBP was struggling to maintain hygienic conditions in the holding cells. With limited access to showers and clean clothing, detainees were wearing soiled clothing for days or weeks,” the report said.The inspector general recommended CBP take “immediate steps” in response to the findings.The agency detailed actions it plans to take to mitigate overcrowding, including releasing family units with orders to appear to complete the immigration process.CBP plans to open another temporary holding facility in the El Paso area later this summer. A higher capacity central processing center is scheduled to be open in the next 18 months, according to CBP.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A -190-nT negative bay in the geomagnetic X component measured at Macquarie Island (-65degreesA) showed that an ionospheric substorm occurred during 09:58 to 11:10 UT on 27 February 2000. Signatures of an auroral westward flow channel (AWFC) were observed nearly simultaneously in the backscatter power, LOS Doppler velocity, and Doppler spectral width measured using the Tasman International Geospace Environment Radar (TIGER), a Southern Hemisphere HF SuperDARN radar. Many of the characteristics of the AWFC were similar to those occurring during a polarisation jet (PJ), or subauroral ion drift (SAID) event, and suggest that it may have been a precursor to a fully developed, intense westward flow channel satisfying all of the criteria defining a PJ/SAID. A beam-swinging analysis showed that the westward drifts (poleward electric field) associated with the flow channel were very structured in time and space, but the smoothed velocities grew to similar to800ms(-1) (47 mVm(-1)) during the 22-min substorm onset interval 09:56 to 10: 18 UT Maximum westward drifts of > 1.3 km s(-1) (> 77 mV m(-1)) occurred during a similar to5-min velocity spike, peaking at 10:40 UT during the expansion phase. The drifts decayed rapidly to similar to300ms(-1) (18 mV m(-1)) during the 6-min recovery phase interval, 11:04 to 11: 10 UT. Overall, the AWFC had a lifetime of 74 min, and was located near -65degreesLambda in the evening sector west of the Harang discontinuity. The large westward drifts were confined to a geographic zonal channel of longitudinal extent > 20degrees (> 1.3 h magnetic local time), and latitudinal width similar to2degreesA. Using a half-width of similar to100km in latitude, the peak electric potential was > 7.7 kV. However, a transient velocity of > 3.1 km s(-1) with potential > 18.4 kV was observed further poleward at the end of the recovery phase. Auroral oval boundaries determined using DMSP measurements suggest the main flow channel overlapped the equatorward boundary of the diffuse auroral oval. During the similar to2-h interval following the flow channel, an similar to3degreesLambda wide band of scatter was observed drifting slowly toward the west, with speeds gradually decaying to similar to50 ms(-1) (3 mV m(-1)). The scatter was observed extending past the Harang discontinuity, and had Doppler signatures characteristic of the main ionospheric trough, implicating the flow channel in the further depletion of F-region plasma. The character of this scatter was in contrast with the character of the scatter drifting toward the east at higher latitude.
Colin Blakemore has withdrawn his threat to resign from the Medical Research Council over his exclusion from the New Year Honours list. Papers leaked to The Sunday Times revealed that he had been passed over for recognition because of his vocal support for animal testing.The Magdalen College professor told the BBC that he felt the omission sent out “a terrible message” in implying that animal testing was wrong and that scientists conducting such experiments could “damage their reputation in the eyes of the government.”Blakemore’s absence from the Honours list pleased animal activists, who for many years have campaigned against his work. “We are delighted if Colin Blakemore being denied this honour is the start of the government listening to public views,” the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection said.Archive: oth week HT 2004
Starbucks UK has teamed up with discounts website LivingSocial for a new promotional offer.It comes as rival coffee shop chain Costa Coffee announced last week it would be running a one-day ‘buy one get one free’ offer – the company’s second promotional deal it has provided to UK customers.Starbucks’ offer, which ran between 29 and 30 November, enabled customers to claim a £10 Starbucks Card eGift for £5, which must be redeemed within a three-month period and used in UK stores until 31 May 2013.The company said it would be offering 100,000 vouchers in total to UK customers during the two-day period.Ian Cranna, vice-president of marketing and category at Starbucks UK, said: “At Starbucks we are always looking for fresh and relevant ways to give our customers value at a time when they need and want it. We wanted to create a unique offer for our customers in the lead-up to Christmas as a big ‘thank you’ and we’re really pleased to have found a partner in Living Social to help us do this.”He added that Starbucks’ US arm partnered with LivingSocial earlier this year, offering a similar deal selling a record 1.5 million vouchers.
Starbucks is to close its La Boulange bakery outlets, however will continue to serve the brand in US stores.The coffee giant acquired the bakery in 2012 in a $100m (£63m) deal, and has rolled out 23 La Boulange bakery cafes in the US and Canada- however these will shut by the end of September.This comes as it deemed the cafes ‘not suitable for the company’s long term growth.’Despite this, it said the brand would still play a ‘significant’ role in Starbucks in-store food offer, although the possibility of it moving into the UK sounded unlikely, as the company explained it had completed the roll out of La Boulange branded products in stores.In 2013 the Starbucks UK managing director at the time, Kris Engskov, said it would be investing in its food offer across the UK. He has since been replaced by Mark Fox. In a statement, it said: “Starbucks has successfully delivered an up-leveled food experience with the roll-out of La Boulange products in its US and Canada stores, which have been well received by customers.“The company looks forward to serving delicious La Boulange food at its Starbucks retail locations in San Francisco and across the US and Canada.”Along with the 23 La Boulange cafes, the company will shut two manufacturing sites which serve these locations.Starbucks continued: “Food is a key element of Starbucks growth strategy to create new occasions to visit stores, and the company has seen tremendous response to these efforts since the acquisition of La Boulange.“In the most recent quarter, (Q2 FY15) food delivered growth of 16% year-on-year.“Sales of Starbucks new breakfast sandwiches have contributed a noteworthy 35% year-on-year growth in the breakfast platform.”
If you live in LA and have a ton of old clothes from the 80’s lying around, you are seriously in luck.Tomorrow night, Thursday July 7th a trio of beloved Saturday Night Live alums will gather at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse for a “Stop Making Sense”-inspired parody. Performing as the band Test Pattern, the hilarious trio will poke fun at the classic Talking Heads concert film with a fake performance, which will be filmed as the subject of a future episode of Documentary Now!, Hader and Armisen’s new show on IFC.The event has free entry for the first 200 people on line, and guaranteed prime placement if you come decked out in 80’s gear. See below for the event poster and Armisen’s Instagram post that announced the show.
Quickly rising to the tops of Americana playlists everywhere, The Wood Brothers continue their hold on the live music scene with the announcement of a brand new album! Titled Live At The Barn, the new album showcases The Wood Brothers’ full live performance inside Levon Helm’s famed recording space, The Barn. The new Live At The Barn album is due out on January 13th.Taken from a performance on August 9th, 2016, the musical magic of The Barn only enhanced the band’s abilities. Says Oliver Wood, “We’re huge fans of Levon’s and count him as a big influence. Since we actually got to know him, his influence was more than musical—it was personal. He was one of those unique and powerful personalities, and I’ll always remember how gracious he was. We also got to know Levon’s daughter Amy quite well and have had great tours and collaborations with her. She’s a beautiful soul just like her dad, and we have fond memories of playing with both of them in that barn.”He adds, “It’s so intimate and casual that it feels less like a concert and more like a living room jam. The spirit in there is strong, from the history and the intent that Levon had when he built the place to all the great music and musicians that have played there.”Check out the first track from Live At The Barn below, a fitting cover of The Band’s “Ophelia” which premiered on Rolling Stone earlier today.You can find out more about Live At The Barn on the band’s website, and see both the tracklisting and full Wood Brothers tour schedule below.Live At The Barn Tracklisting1. Mary Anna2. I Got Loaded3. Tried & Tempted4. Trouble In Mind5. Who The Devil6. Wastin’ My Mind7. Postcards From Hell8. Honey Jar9. OpheliaThe Wood Brothers’ Tour ScheduleFeb. 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Union TransferFeb. 3 – Albany, NY – Massry Center for the ArtsFeb. 4 – Portland, ME – State TheatreFeb. 6 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground BallroomFeb. 8 – Somerville, MA – Somerville TheatreFeb. 9 – Somerville, MA – Somerville TheatreFeb. 10 – New York, NY – Webster HallFeb. 11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubFeb. 12 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance CenterFeb. 13 – Durham, NC – Carolina TheatreFeb. 14 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood TheatreMar. 2 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North ParkMar. 3 – West Hollywood, CA – TroubadourMar. 5 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio TheatreMar. 7 – San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreMar. 8 – Chico, CA – Sierra Nevada Brewing CompanyMar. 9 – Eugene, OR – McDonald TheaterMar. 10 – Portland, OR – Crystal BallroomMar. 11 – Seattle, WA – The Moore TheatreMar. 12 – Vancouver, BC – The ImperialApr. 7 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music HallApr. 8 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festival
JFK speaks from his Harvard past JFK’s Winthrop House suite gets a historic facelift One of the revelations about John F. Kennedy in Fredrik Logevall’s new biography, “JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917‒1956,” is that the man was an excellent letter-writer and diarist. The Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and professor of history makes effective use of the collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, part of which has become available only recently.“He always had a knack for the English language, even if he was an indifferent student in prep school and in his first years at Harvard,” Logevall says. “His teachers, frustrated by his lack of application overall, were always impressed by his way with words. It is an interesting contrast with his older brother, Joe Jr., the family’s supposed golden child, whose writings had a more dutiful, less imaginative quality.”The first of a two-volume set, “JFK” aims to give the clearest picture yet available of the 35th president set against the historical, political, and cultural context of a pivotal age. The book begins with great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy’s arrival in Boston during the Irish potato famine and runs through Jack’s childhood, studies at Harvard, and military duty, and finally his rise in politics in 1956, when he almost became the Democrats’ vice presidential pick. Logevall spoke with the Gazette recently about the man and the book.Q&AFredrik LogevallGAZETTE: There have certainly been many books written about JFK. What were you able to find that hadn’t been found before?LOGEVALL: You’re quite right. There are a lot of excellent books out there on various aspects of his life and career, and especially the presidency — one thinks, for example, about the many studies of the Cuban missile crisis, Civil Rights, the Bay of Pigs disaster, the marriage with Jackie, and the assassination in Dallas. But we don’t have many true biographies, even one that is a full-scale examination of the entire life and that looks closely at his early life, in particular his teens and 20s, which I believe were key years for him (as they are for most of us). Mine is a “life and times” biography that places Kennedy in his own context, that of a rising American power in world affairs. I guess the conceit of the book is that I can tell two stories together: the story of John F. Kennedy’s rise and the story of America’s rise. I believe we can better understand the first half of the so-called American Century through the lens of Kennedy’s life.,GAZETTE: What did you find that people have missed about JFK in the past?LOGEVALL: One thing that people have underplayed is the degree to which he was a serious student of democracy and world affairs at an earlier point than we imagine. We tend to think of him as a callow playboy, not serious about public policy or his career until quite late, until he runs for Congress in 1946, and maybe not even then. But you can look at the papers he wrote as an undergraduate at Harvard, some of which are available, and you can look at his senior thesis which became a best-selling book [“Why England Slept”] and see a young man already thinking deeply and in sustained fashion about important issues. A second finding is that the young Jack Kennedy was in important respects his own master. Though his father was a towering force in his life and those of his eight siblings, Jack proved willing and able, to a degree I did not expect, to chart his own course. The Harvard years are interesting in this regard: In 1939‒40, as World War II began and debate raged in the U.S. about how to respond, Jack showed himself willing in a way his older brother, Joe Jr., never was to separate himself from his father. Long before Pearl Harbor, Jack had become an interventionist while his father adhered throughout to a staunch isolationist position. Later, during his political campaigns, Jack always kept the key decision-making role for himself, notwithstanding the common misconception that his father called the shots.John F. Kennedy recording for public speaking class at Harvard, 1937 GAZETTE: Another family relationship we learn more about is with his brother Bobby, and how this became increasingly important.LOGEVALL: Yes, the age difference between the two brothers was such — 8½ years — that in the early years, when Jack was at prep school and then at Harvard, they weren’t particularly close. But what we see especially in 1951, when they traveled together along with their sister Patricia on an extended tour of the Middle East and Asia, is that they developed a strong bond. Bobby admired his brother to no end, and Jack could now see Bobby’s intelligence and loyalty and good cheer. Then in 1952 Bobby, all of 26 at the time, came aboard to take charge of Jack’s floundering Senate campaign against Henry Cabot Lodge and helped to turn the thing around. Jack could now see just how important Bobby could be to his career, could see the powerful combination of doggedness, shrewdness, and ruthlessness that his brother possessed.,GAZETTE: He was quite a complex character. He did have his playboy side, but some of his war actions can be called heroic.LOGEVALL: Yeah, I think that is right. There is a seriousness of purpose which you see in his letters home from the South Pacific, and more dramatically in the actions he took to help save his crew after his boat, the PT-109, was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Was there heroism there? I believe so, even if he deserves no accolades for allowing his boat to be rammed. The efforts he made in the succeeding days to try to save his crew were really quite extraordinary. We might note here as well that he came back from the war, as many of the servicemen did, with a seriousness of purpose evinced to some degree before but deepened as a result of seeing combat. He was convinced that the U.S. would need to play a leading role in world affairs, even as he also had a skepticism about the use of the military’s power that he would carry with him for the rest of his days.GAZETTE: His coming out against Joseph McCarthy seems to be a bit of a political turning point.LOGEVALL: Well, he never fully came out in stark opposition, which was a problem. The relationship with McCarthy was complicated, partly because of family ties. He never felt the kind of personal connection to McCarthy that Joe Sr. felt and that Bobby felt. And there were a lot of aspects of McCarthy’s political persona that he found off-putting — the disdain for senatorial good manners, the disregard for facts, for reasoning from evidence. That said, liberals at the time had good reason to be frustrated by JFK’s reluctance to really condemn McCarthy. Even in 1954, when McCarthy’s influence was in decline and the Senate held a censure vote, JFK, recovering in the hospital following a serious surgery, did not instruct his aide Ted Sorensen to register his position on the vote. He could have done so, but he didn’t, and that caused a lot of grief for him with liberals later on. He preferred to sidestep the issue, aware that there were an awful lot of Irish Catholic voters in Massachusetts who still backed McCarthy. He didn’t want to get on their bad side.,GAZETTE: The book deals a lot with the influence of World War II on his character development. Do you think he took a lot from other aspects of American life at the time, including popular culture?LOGEVALL: To a degree, certainly. When he returned from the war and was figuring out what he wanted to do, he had a fascinating stint as a journalist. He showed good reporting instincts and could have made it a career. In this period he also liked to pal around in Hollywood, where his father had been a movie mogul in the 1920s and still had connections. Jack dated actresses like Gene Tierney and liked to be on the set, liked to go to movies. Popular music I think interested him less, and until Jackie came along he evinced little interest in art. He did like poetry, and he memorized a lot of it starting already in prep school at Choate. But the Hollywood connection is interesting to me, and probably plays some role in his later skill at using images and film to advance his political career. He was among the first politicians to see that images matter, that the right use of film can make a powerful difference. Television was a huge emerging thing as his career builds, and he had that savvy understanding of the medium and how he could use it to his advantage, kind of like FDR used radio so effectively.GAZETTE: Many of the reviews I’ve read have focused on his womanizing, which we already knew about. Do you think that’s ultimately that important a part of his character?LOGEVALL: Yes, the womanizing is an important part of who he is. His father led by example, carrying on with innumerable women in the 1920s and 1930s, and the older kids knew very well what was going on. Joe Sr. made clear he expected his sons to follow his ways. But I can’t have it both ways: If I’m going to argue that JFK was able to resist his father’s pressure and be his own man when it came to politics and career choices, I have to maintain that he could have broken with him on this issue too. Here he was his father’s son, with a tendency to see women as objects to be conquered. But there are paradoxes here, among them the fact that his administration took important progressive steps, establishing, for example, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, with Eleanor Roosevelt as chair. In 1962, at the urging of the commission, Kennedy ordered federal agencies to cease sex discrimination in hiring.,GAZETTE: In the second volume you’ll have to unravel the mystery around the assassination. Do you have a sense of how you will approach that?LOGEVALL: There is certainly a fascination, and it shows few signs of fading. It is a vexing issue to any biographer of JFK, and it has spawned a whole cottage industry of its own. I haven’t yet written Volume 2 so I haven’t fully decided how I will proceed on this. But certainly I will talk about Lee Harvey Oswald’s background, about what led him to take this action, and will give the reader a full sense of how it all culminated in this terrible moment. And I think I will owe the reader my assessment of what I believe happened. So I will provide it. I don’t think I will get heavily into the deliberations of the Warren Commission or the various conspiracy theories that have sprouted up over the years. That’s another book, not to mention a potential morass.GAZETTE: What do you think happened?LOGEVALL: My reading of the evidence we have indicates pretty clearly to me that Oswald was the lone gunman. Claims to the contrary all come up short. Oswald’s associations and meetings in the weeks leading up to the assassination are worthy of investigation, however, and have been examined in recent studies. I will delve into that material and be interested to see what I find.Interview was lightly edited for clarity and length. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Thoughts on JFK at 100 Related A room fit for a president Session recalls the president and his policies, and his understanding of global ties Centennial exhibit includes earliest known recording of future president’s voice