Sunbird Tourism Limited ( 2009 Annual Report

first_imgSunbird Tourism Limited ( listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about Sunbird Tourism Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sunbird Tourism Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sunbird Tourism Limited (  2009 annual report.Company ProfileSunbird Tourism Limited is the largest hospitality chain in Malawi with seven hotels and resorts located in premier destinations, providing upmarket accommodation for business and leisure travellers. Sunbird Hotels also have meeting and conference facilities, catering for corporate and private functions. Sunbird Tourism Limited has four city hotels in three regions in Malawi, two lakeside resorts on Lake Malawi and a safari resort which is home to the Big 5. Hotels and resorts in its portfolio include Sunbird Capital Hotel, Sunbird Mount Soche, Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, Sunbird Mzuzu, Sunbird Livingstonia Beach, Sunbird Ku Chawe on the Zomba Plateau, Sunbird Lilongwe and Sunbird Thawale in the Majete Game Reserve. Restaurants and bars managed by Sunbird Tourism Limited include Vincent’s Restaurant and Bar, Picasso’s Brasserie and Grill and Pablo’s Lounge Bar. Sunbird Tourism Limited also operates a catering service division operating in three segments: airline, institutional and event catering. Sunbird Tourism Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Don’t sell your shares! Moving into cash during a stock market crash will destroy your wealth

first_imgDon’t sell your shares! Moving into cash during a stock market crash will destroy your wealth Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Harvey Jones | Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Harvey Jones Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Image source: Getty Images Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address During a stock market crash, it can be tempting to sell your shares and hide in cash until the storm passes. That may feel like a sound move today, but in the longer run, it could cost you dear.Personally, I’m leaving all my investments to face the full force of the stock market crash, inside my Stocks and Shares ISA, because I’m convinced that lasting the course will make me wealthier in the longer run.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With the FTSE 100 falling by almost a third, it hurts to be an investor right now. More than one in five have responded by either selling their investments, or saying they plan to do so, according to new research from Opinium. I think many will regret their decision.Sell your shares and regret itSelling up after a crash is daft, unless you desperately need the money in an emergency (in which case it shouldn’t have been in the stock market in the first place). If you sell your shares, you will crystallise what up to that point is only a paper loss.By making a dash for cash you are locking yourself out of the recovery, when it finally comes, as history shows it always does. In fact, the FTSE 100 is already up by around 12% since dipping below 5,000 last week, so anybody who sold in a panic then already has cause to kick themselves.Warren Buffett says hold tightYou may then face a difficult decision of when to buy back into the market, one that you are almost certainly going to get wrong, because timing the market in this way is impossible, even for the best investors. Investment greats like Warren Buffett know this, and have made their fortunes by curbing the instinct to race in and out of cash.Serious investors prefer to buy and hold for the longer term, instead. “Our favourite holding period is forever,” Buffett said, and that’s what you should be aiming for, rather than dashing into cash during a stock market crash.Here are two more reasons why bailing out of the stock market crash is likely to backfire. First, you will rack up trading charges, which eat into your wealth. Second, you will miss out on all the dividend income you would have received if you had stayed invested.Survive the stock market crashFinally, you then have to put up with the dismal returns you get on cash, which look set to fall even lower after the Bank of England cut base rates to 0.1%.The Opinium research shows that 43% are sticking with their current investments in the hope of riding out the uncertainty in the long term. That’s encouraging, but still leaves too many who are choosing to sell their shares instead.Resist the temptation to join them. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

Advent resources from the Episcopal Church

first_imgAdvent resources from the Episcopal Church Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Office of Public Affairs Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Belleville, IL November 18, 2014 at 11:47 am The words for each day will be posted to our blogs and you can find the words for each day here: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments are closed. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing Comments (2) Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Tags Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing November 14, 2014 at 5:23 pm Will these daily Advent meditations be made available for those of us who do not use any of the social media? If so where can these be found? I like the concept of many & diverse persons meditating on the same theme/word at the same time. It would be helpful if he daily “word” & meditation could be accesed either early on the day of its use or the evening before. Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Posted Nov 13, 2014 Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET center_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Resources for observing the Advent season through spiritual avenues are now available from The Episcopal Church here.Advent is the liturgical season that occurs four weeks prior to Christmas, beginning on Sunday, November 30.  Advent is a time of reflection and preparation.The resources are ideal for personal, congregational and community planning and scheduling of Advent observances.Devotions from leadersThe leaders of The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared devotions for each of the four weeks of Advent.Downloadable devotions are available here.Advent 1 (November 30) Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaAdvent 2 (December 7) The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal ChurchAdvent 3 (December 14) Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in CanadaAdvent 4 (December 21) The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate, Anglican Church of CanadaFollowing the Starwww.d365.orgDaily online devotions take on a seasonal theme beginning with first Sunday in Advent on November 30. Following the Star is written for teenage youth and the adults who work with them. Subscribe to the website to receive a daily reminder or download the mobile app; d365 Daily Devotions by Passport, Inc. This service is a collaborative initiative of the Youth Ministries offices of The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.Advent Lectionary ReflectionThe Episcopal Church Formation Missioners invite all to embark on a photo meditation throughout the Season of Advent. Each day will feature a word taken from the Sunday Lectionary readings that will be posted on social media sites for reflection. The goal is to meditate on that word throughout the day and, if you find a photo that captures that word for you, post it to your social media sites with the hashtag #episcopaladvent as well as a hashtag for the word for the day (for example: #joy). Posts will begin posting on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30 and will conclude on Christmas Day. For a preview of all the daily meditations, go here.Follow on social mediaFind Episcopal Church Formation on Twitter at:@[email protected]@EpiscoYAsOn Facebook Instagram at:@[email protected]@episcoyas Curate Diocese of Nebraska Advent, Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Revd Sarah V. 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Canada: Church outlines steps to implement UN indigenous rights declaration

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Archbishop Fred Hiltz hugs Canon Ginny Doctor, indigenous ministries coordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada, following the Mohawk Chapel service. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald watches over Hiltz’s shoulder. Photo: André Forget“Let your ‘yes’ be yes,” said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, quoting James 5:12 as silence descended over the congregation gathered at the Mohawk Chapel.“This strikes me as good counsel for the church of our day, as it seeks to act on decisions made at General Synod 2010 repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery and endorsing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” said Hiltz. “Here we have a call to let our ‘yes’ in that historic moment be a resounding and continuing ‘yes.’ ”The light filtering in through stained glass windows depicting events from the history of the Six Nations and their relationship to Christianity fell on a diverse group — including former Indian residential school students, bishops and clergy. All had gathered to hear what Hiltz would say in response to the 48th of the 94 Calls to Action released following the close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in June 2015, requiring, among other things, that religious denominations and faith groups in Canada issue a statement no later than March 31, 2016 “as to how they will implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).”In a ceremony that began with drumming, smudging and a prayer of welcome in Mohawk by Mike Montour, a teacher from the nearby Six Nations on the Grand River territory, Hiltz read a statement outlining some of the steps the Canadian church will take to show its commitment to the declaration’s 46 articles—from anti-racism training, to education about the harmful legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, to renewed support for “lasting self-determination for the Indigenous church.” (The 46 articles cover rights to land, language, culture and religious practice, among other matters.)Hiltz also suggested that the UNDRIP be incorporated into the liturgical life of the church through inclusion in the General Synod Handbook, integration into preparation materials for baptism and confirmation, and an annual reading of the document in every parish across the country on the Sunday nearest National Aboriginal Day (June 21).In order to ensure that the church continues to “comply with the principles, norms and standards of the U.N. Declaration,” Hiltz announced that, in consultation with National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald and General Secretary Archdeacon Michael Thompson, he would commission a Council of Elders and Youth to monitor the church’s commitment to the declaration.But in order for such changes to gain traction in the church, Hiltz acknowledged that they would need to be adopted by the bishops.“By virtue of their office, they are a unique position to help us,” he said, noting that bishops can speak not only to their own dioceses but also to the secular authorities within their communities. “I will be inviting the bishops to share initiatives in this regard at our meeting this fall.”The need for a more general buy-in from across the church was a point stressed by Donna Bomberry, former Indigenous ministries co-ordinator for General Synod, secretary general of the Anglican Indigenous Network and Cayuga nation member, in her formal response to Hiltz’s statement.“It is critical that the bishops get on board with this,” she said. “I agree that, as you say, the bishops are in a unique position to provide that leadership and guidance to encourage their dioceses, territories and municipalities to endorse the declaration.”In an interview following the service, Bishop Robert Bennett of the Diocese or Huron, whose jurisdiction includes the Mohawk Chapel and a number of First Nations territories, said he agreed with the need for co-operation from bishops and noted that his own diocese has an Indigenous council that is helping it move to a “new relationship.” He conceded, however, that many regular parishioners have not been adequately prepared for these conversations.Bennett stressed the importance of “consciousness-raising” at the grassroots level to educate parishioners.He also noted that some of the specific suggestions Hiltz outlined — in particular, the idea of having the UNDRIP read during a Sunday morning service — struck him as being somewhat impractical, but he said he supported the “principle,” and would work to find more “reasonable” ways to incorporate it into parish life.Bishop Michael Bird of the neighbouring Diocese of Niagara, who was also present at the service, said that while his diocese has “neglected” urban ministry to First Nations and Indigenous people, when the question of how they should respond to the TRC’s recommendations came up at the diocesan synod, he was “overwhelmed” by the number of people who wanted to get involved.“We are ready and willing to comply fully with what the primate is asking us to do,” he said. “I sense that there will be a great deal of interest and follow-through in the diocese.”But how will this statement be received in Indigenous churches and communities? The Rev. Norm Casey, a Mi’kmaq priest serving the Anglican churches on the Six Nations on the Grand River territory, said it will partially be a matter of how it is communicated.“Everything that happens in our community is in relationship,” he explained. “They view the church through me. So it depends on how I am going to continue to share this information with my people in our community — how they hear that, how they digest it, what they are going to do with it, happens mostly from what I’m going to do.”Casey said the primate’s message “really enforces everything that [Indigenous Anglicans] have been talking about for the last 15 years.”Bishop Mark MacDonald said that while he thinks that Indigenous people are “far from where we need to be,” he has a lot of hope for the future.“We’re at, I think, a tipping point, in terms of people’s perception and consciousness and this spiritual revolution that needs to happen in order to make Canada what it is destined to be in God’s eyes,” he said. “We’re on our way.”In addition to Bennett, Bird and MacDonald, the service was attended by Archbishop (ret.) Terry Finlay, co-convenor of the Primate’s Commission on the Doctrine of Discovery, Diocesan Indigenous Bishop of Missinipi Adam Halkett, Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh Bishop Lydia Mamakwa and former Bishop of Montreal Barry Clarke. Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Anglican Communion, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Events Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Canada: Church outlines steps to implement UN indigenous rights declaration The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Indigenous Ministries Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Martinsville, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis center_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 By André ForgetPosted Mar 23, 2016 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ last_img read more

Two family houses in Redes / Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos

first_imgCopyHouses•Redes, Spain “COPY” Area:  500 m² Area:  500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Spain Houses Year:  Year:  Architects: {:text=>”Lucas Díaz Sierra, Gustavo Díaz García”, :url=>””}; Architects: Lucas Díaz Sierra, Gustavo Díaz García Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officeDíaz y Díaz ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRedesHousesSpainPublished on October 12, 2012Cite: “Two family houses in Redes / Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos” 12 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream photographs:  Santos-DiézPhotographs:  Santos-DiézText description provided by the architects. Redes is a small fishing village of the early twentieth century, situated on the northern edge of the estuary of Ares located in the Galician Rias Altas. This town was awarded by the College of Architects in the International Day of Architecture 2009 for preserving the original design in the planning. The town is also known as the “Galician Venice” because of the proximity of the buildings to the sea.Save this picture!© Santos-DiézRecommended ProductsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LucePorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildOn the street called Rua Nova, included in a town extension of the forties, are located two houses, numbers 42 and 44 which currently include the functions of a habitat and architectural firm.Save this picture!© Santos-DiézThe project involves the rehabilitation and extension of two existing houses which didn´t preserve the traditional urban configuration of Redes, due to rehabilitation suffered in the 80’s. To recover the traditional architecture of the fishing village by a contemporary method, the project was based on a reinterpretation, using materials such as Iroko wood, laminated wood beams, tiles or white mortar.Save this picture!© Santos-DiézThe houses are arranged symmetrically on the original stone-built wall. These are divided into three levels, the first level accessed from the seafront facade at the Rua Nova into the main hall, two rooms and a bathroom. On the first floor, a dining room and kitchen linked to a back garden and with a gallery overlooking the estuary. On the second floor two bedrooms and two bathrooms.Save this picture!© Santos-DiézThe stairs are located in the midle of the house and are designed as a sculpture, changing from the ground floor to the second. On the ground floor they are made of solid oak with a large closet on the inside, and on the first floor they are metal, very light and painted white allowing transparency.Save this picture!© Santos-DiézTaking the steps across the Rua Nova, you come across a low wall of granite called Porto Radeiro, partly the property of the houses. Pulling a rope you can reach a Dorna, a Galician traditional vessel, which is the main transport system through the estuarys.Save this picture!© Santos-DiézFurnishing includes the fireplace designed by Miguel Mila for DAE, the bathroom suites which are a selection of David Chipperfield for Roca, Menorquine orange canvas chairs and lounge sofas designed by Diaz y Diaz Architects, arranged in several modules to create a central table or a large bed, and a living space around the chimney.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessWaterfront Kopaszi Dam / T2.a ArchitectsSelected ProjectsSense / Kazutoshi ImanagaArticles Share 2011 Two family houses in Redes / Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos Projects Two family houses in Redes / Díaz y Díaz ArquitectosSave this projectSaveTwo family houses in Redes / Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos Save this picture!© Santos-Diéz+ 13 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs 2011last_img read more

Harriet Tubman and her role in the struggle against slavery

first_imgBrenda Stokely, Feb. 23.WW photo: Brenda RyanExcerpts taken from a talk given by Brenda Stokely, Million Worker March Movement leader and a representative of the International Working Women’s Day Coalition, at a Workers World Party Feb. 23 Black History Month forum in New York City. Stokely’s remarks focused on freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, whose centennial death date is March 10.  I really appreciate the opportunity to join everyone today because the issues we are raising up are so very, very important in terms of giving ourselves more direction, a sense of where we need to go. All of us sitting in this room consider ourselves to really be revolutionaries, not for patchwork, no-step reforms that don’t go anywhere and that pacify.  I’m not talking about reforms that take the foot off people’s necks so they can breathe. I am talking about those that try to misdirect people and try to take people away from a revolutionary path.We need to take another look at Sister Harriet [Tubman] and other sisters who were involved in the struggle both in the African-American movement and the Indigenous movement, in the Latin American movement, in the Vietnamese movement, Cuba, Venezuela, the African continent and every liberation movement there. There has not been a movement in the world where women have not been leaders.There is not a movement in the world where women were not able to stand up and use any means necessary to fight for their liberation and take off the shackles that the oppressor has placed there, and also men who didn’t have the courage to take the kind of stand they needed to take. Even simple stands like voting, much less picking up a weapon; much less not taking a bribe from the oppressor; much less not being a fink and a spy for the oppressor; much less not betraying liberation efforts to the oppressor. Besides those kinds of traitors, they also stood up against anybody whose knees got real weak.And Harriet Tubman was one of those. If you thought you were going to start out with her on this road to freedom and you got a certain way away from the plantation and all of a sudden your knees got weak and your back got bent over and you thought you were going to stop and go back and tell the master, you were only leaving one way. You were only going with her or you were not going anywhere.What I like about some of the stuff I am beginning to read about her in this one book, “Jail Break out of History,” puts her in the proper context.This book puts Harriet in a place where you understand the fact that we were and we are engaged in warfare. She was not just a nurse and a spy and a [Underground Railroad] conductor, but she was a guerilla warrior who went behind enemy lines repeatedly to get other people to safe haven and to free them.She freed herself, and if you go back and read, she started as a seven year old, running away from a master who decided she was going to set the tone for how [Harriet] was going to function in this woman’s house by beating her on the very first day that she came — all across her face and her body and her back. And she ran away after that. She slept with pigs and fought with the baby pigs to try to survive. Eventually, she realized as a small child she had no place else to go, so she went back.Another time she stood up as a teenager and blocked the exit of the overseer to keep him from pursuing a man who was running away, who was a slave, so he could not be beaten. She suffered a severe wound in her head that caused her to have a series of physical defects causing her to almost go into a coma afterwards.But imagine all of that happening to her and she still was determined that she was not going to just be free herself, but she had a responsibility to free other people.What are the lessons; how to apply them todayNone of us here consider our primary focus in life to be an academic in an ivory tower, where we read and study, but we make no application to everyday life; where we read and study and we really don’t get the essence of the real lessons, and we also don’t know how to help other people learn. It is critical, it is incumbent upon us to make sure that we help, support and shape young revolutionaries to move forward and carry on the struggle against this monster.To me, one of the greatest lessons from Harriet is that while she was very brave and very courageous, she never did anything by herself. She was courageous enough to stand up and play her role and do what she could do, but she was smart enough to know that no revolution could take place just by her being brave. So when they talk about her being a spy — the woman who wrote this book [Butch Lee] makes a joke about it — how can someone be a spy by themselves? There had to be a network of people. She talks about the communal nature of women, even under slavery, even under oppression. That was part of their survival: to have a communal way of both supporting each other when they were in immense pain, when their children were being taken away, when they just saw a child killed, when their men are being taken away, when they have been beaten, [that] provides that kind of support so they could continue doing what they had to do.This book documents that Harriet was involved in freeing over 756 slaves from the major plantations on Combahee River in Beaufort, S.C., and it was a clear military act. She did this in conjunction with the Union army, but it was all organized. They had a way to send a signal out to let people know that they should come to that river and that they were going to be freed.Why is it that the way Harriet has been characterized, the way Rosa Parks has been characterized, the way Ella Baker’s strategic mind has been belittled and put under a rock, as well as Fannie Lou Hamer, as well as so many other people who are everyday people — that is what they came out of.It is everyday people coming out of oppression fighting together that makes a revolution. It is not one individual. It certainly ain’t going to be one white man; it ain’t going to be one Black man; and it ain’t gonna be one Asian man or one Indigenous man. If he or she gets up and thinks they are going to get up and do it by themselves, they are going to be in for a rude awakening.Because you have to have respect for who you are going up against — we are going up against a military operation. We must have something to counter that — that can only be countered by the peoples’ power, organized, conscious and strategic. Not just doing things by the seat of our pants, not just doing things without a plan. None of what Harriet did was without a plan. Never, whatever Harriet did was without a systematic connection between people and organizations that would be able to help people from one step to the next.She couldn’t have freed the people in the South just by going down there with one gun. She couldn’t have gotten them to safety just because she was a very powerful woman. She couldn’t have done that. And if we look at each person, we can see that it takes a movement.So, the question to us in 2013, 100 years after this sister made her transition, what is it that we are going to do? What lessons do we learn that we are going to truly implement and not just talk about? Who are we going to tactically and strategically work with and support to organize this movement? How do we determine that we are moving from one place to another to actually carry out the building of this movement? If we don’t begin to look at things that way we will continue to stroke ourselves into a coma. And that does not build a movement. So we cannot be satisfied with what we did in the past. We cannot be satisfied with what we understand now. We cannot be satisfied with what we write and what we distribute and what we say at rallies.Even if it is five people, if everything we do results in more conscious activists, more committed people understanding what the challenge is and committing themselves to take that challenge up and fight. If you look at what [Harriet] did.She started out, yes, through oppression that “I have been hurt real bad when the man takes advantage of me,” but it doesn’t automatically lead you to be a revolutionary. You can work on a job and know you are being screwed, but that doesn’t lead you to being an activist revolutionary trade unionist or union organizer in the workplace. Some people say, “I don’t like it here, let me go find another job,” instead of saying, “I don’t like it here, and I am going to start talking to other people about not liking it here, and we are going to talk about what we can do, and if we don’t know all of what we can do, we are going to find out.”To me, that is one of the lessons of Harriet because you know there were no organizing or planning meetings on the plantation. So she had to seek that out. So when you find someone who is seeking out the answers to get rid of their oppression, that is an advanced worker, that is a budding revolutionary, because that person is constantly thinking and analyzing, trying to problem solve and figure out how to get out of something.Teaching a history of struggleThat is our role — to provide information. This is how other people got out of it. This is what people are doing today. This is what people are doing across the country. This is what people did historically. Does this information inform you of what your options are and what you can do?Our goal in talking to people is not just selling a paper and getting into a program. Our goal is to let people know that they have a right and the capacity to be a revolutionary. That they have the responsibility to change from the numbing oppression that exists to something that is healthy, that people can flourish, that their children can flourish.The other thing is that we need to unpackage how the media, how the school books, how the magazines, how the TV and the films, always distort and try to submerge any kind of revolutionary history. If there is some kind of fightback, there is one brave man who comes swooping in, and he takes over, and he frees everybody, and he’s wonderful, and he is superman.Nothing is said about how the Palestinian people are organized to fight back. Nothing is said about how the South Africans fought to overthrow the yoke [of apartheid], nothing is said about the Latinos and Latinas and the Indigenous peoples that fought in this country and fought back. Nothing is said — we had to go to Cuba to go to their revolutionary museum to see the fight and to see particularly the role of women in that fight.Why is it that we don’t know that here? Because the ruling class is very clear. Once any people who are oppressed find out about their history of resistance, they are going to embrace it. They are going to be empowered by it, and they are going to use and be informed about it.What is our other role? To make sure that all means of what we do — writing, speaking, films — that we are instilling in the people and transmitting the information about the history of struggle.So Harriet Tubman is about that history. We just talked about the heart of revolutionaries.Harriet Tubman, in addition to all of what she did and all of what she went through, how many people she helped to empower themselves and free themselves, she also, toward the end of her days, organized for elderly, for senior people and for poor people, people who did not have any money at that time.So if you look at Cuba, you don’t just fight to get rid of the ruling class, you don’t just fight to keep the United States off your neck. You fight to build a society where you can train other peoples’ children to be doctors, where you can have doctors that will go to other places to help save people’s lives, where you have healthy food, where everybody has a computer and books, where people have someplace to live and flourish and there is culture and music.When we talk to people, we don’t want to frighten them by saying it is all about having the weapons like the ruling class has every day, all the time, everywhere, anyplace — that is why Trayvon got killed, because this is and always has been a militarized society.  They [the ruling class] say, “Where does all the violence come from?” It came from the moment you took your foot and put it on this land and stole the land from the Indigenous. That is where it came from, so don’t try to cover that up and act like everybody else is violent except for you.So we have to make people understand that our goal is about peace, our goal is about flourishing healthy lives, our goal is about flourishing healthy nations that people live in, our goal is about all of us being made to respect and love … our goal is not to kill and take other peoples’ lands, our goal is not to smash other peoples’ cultures. That is not our goal.So when we talk to people about being active, you have to be prepared to do whatever is necessary to save a nation of people who are oppressed. That might mean up to and including being a military operative like our sister Harriet Tubman.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Eyewitness Puerto Rico: Lacking electricity, people support each other

first_imgMundo Obrero editor Berta Joubert-Ceci provides solar charger to Utuado resident in Puerto Rico.Nov. 12 — Access to electricity has been fundamental to modern life since the beginning of the 20th century, yet 75 percent of the people of Puerto Rico have had to live without electric power for over six weeks, after two hurricanes in succession.First, Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 7, knocking out electricity for 1 million residents. Then, on Sept. 20, Maria dealt a body blow to the island, ending electric power for all its residents.As part of a Nov. 1- 7 Solidarity Brigade to Puerto Rico, four members of the Philadelphia branch of Workers World Party experienced what it means to be without electricity when they landed in San Juan, a modern seaside city with tall buildings, expressways and a beautiful, historic section. The majority of people and businesses there have no lights, except from candles, flashlights or noisy and expensive generators.When it grew dark, the sound of generators in the neighborhood where we stayed made it hard to sleep, but it was hot and we had to keep the windows open anyway. Of course, no power meant no air conditioning.Refrigerators and freezers couldn’t function, affecting what people could eat and drink. Without working traffic lights, drivers contend with perilous intersections. Restaurants and other businesses must close at dark, if they open at all, adding to Puerto Rico’s already high unemployment rate.Without power for television or cell phones, communication is difficult. Many health and sanitation systems cannot function unless they have expensive generators. More than six weeks after the storms hit, many schools remain closed.People power plus solar powerBefore our brigade left for Puerto Rico, we collected over 300 pounds of supplies. Besides medicines, batteries, flashlights and food items, our bags were stuffed with 18 solar kits costing $69 each, donated by members of the Calvary Center for Culture and Community and other supporters. The solar-powered kits include two lights, plus a USB port capable of charging cell phones.Many Puerto Rican community, union, youth, religious and other groups are volunteering their time and resources to deliver supplies and other assistance to neighborhoods and villages hit hard by the disaster.We wanted the solar panels to go to people with the greatest need. Assuming that electricity will be restored in San Juan before isolated communities, we drove 65 miles to Utuado, located in the central mountainous region known as La Cordillera Central. The name of this Spanish colonial town, built in 1739, comes from the native Taíno word “otoao,” which means “between mountains.”There, we hooked up with a religious group of about 30 energetic puertorriqueños/as who had accumulated a truckload of groceries and cases of water to distribute to area residents. With vehicles full of supplies and people, three of the Philadelphia brigadistas walked up the steep mountain roads alongside other participants.After catching up to the vehicles at the top, we spent several hours slowly walking down the mountain, stopping at homes along the way to see what supplies were needed and if people required any medical aid from two nurses in our group.Families with no electricity or generator were offered a solar kit. The first family we encountered included an older woman who had just moved in with her son. She pointed out her home, 100 feet downhill, which was wrecked during Hurricane Maria. She had spent two nights there before being finally rescued.As we handed out solar kits to families, we noticed some homes had blue tarp roofs replacing permanent roofs destroyed by wind and rain. We gave a family with a leaky tarp a new one donated by people in Philadelphia.The hurricanes were called a natural disaster, but the failure of the U.S. government to restore electricity to Puerto Rico is a human-made calamity. Many people, however, are organizing their own bottom-up relief efforts without any government involvement. That movement of person-to-person aid holds a promise of future political solidarity beyond sharing food, water and solar panels.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

In California, criminal PG&E’s latest outages are an outrage

first_imgFrom midnight Oct. 9 to 2 p.m. Oct. 12, more than a million people in Northern and Central California were without electric power. This was not from a fire, explosion or natural disaster, but a planned action by the corporate heads of Pacific Gas & Electric — an action that many people believe was driven by corporate greed rather than people’s safety. PG&E has been on the hot seat for its mismanagement, financial shortcuts and inability to avoid large disasters in its system from the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, which killed 8 people and injured 58 and was caused by failure to inspect and maintain safe pipelines, to the 2018 Camp Fire tragedy in Paradise which killed at least 88 people, destroyed homes, businesses and most structures in the town and left thousands homeless. ( faces massive lawsuits and $30 billion in liabilities from its role in the Camp Fire tragedy and filed for bankruptcy in January. Let’s also not forget the 2017 series of fires in and around Santa Rosa, which destroyed over 5,600 structures and killed at least 22 people. In 2015, in Amador County, the Butte Fire destroyed 365 homes and killed two people — a Sacramento judge found PG&E at fault and fined the company $8 million. Additionally, California Fire and Rescue asked for $90 million, and Calaveras County said they would ask for hundreds of millions in compensation. Fast forward to this year. Newly elected Gov. Gavin Newsom went on record favoring a financial bailout of the bankrupt company (which might be up to $5.5 billion). Newsom apparently received a hefty donation to his election campaign from PG&E. ( This year, the private utility proposed big bonuses for their board and corporate heads. California residents were left extremely angry and wondering if they will ever be compensated for their losses. PG&E’s board is similar to the current federal Environmental Protection Agency — filled with fossil fuel executives, capitalists and corporate lobbyists. By no means does it resemble a company that will act in the interests of the millions of people who depend upon its services. Environmental activists and organizations have been demanding for years that PG&E carry out the inspections needed to prevent pipeline explosions and equipment malfunctions that have sparked fires. PG&E has refused to trim the trees near power lines. Many groups, including the Democratic Socialists of America, have pointed out that if PG&E “had invested in infrastructure upgrades to make the power system resistant to high winds,” they could have avoided the wildfires. (Majority, Oct. 10,) ‘Time for public takeover of PG&E’Despite strong critical reaction to the outage, PG&E maintains it was necessary to shut down power during peak heat and wind conditions to avoid wildfires. Several mayors and other elected officials have questioned the necessity and the size of the PG&E power shutdown; the mayor of Nevada City organized a “light parade” to protest the shut-off. State Sen. Jerry Hill from San Mateo called the shutdowns “excessive” and said, “PG&E clearly hasn’t made its system safe. These shutdowns are supposed to be surgical. But shutting down power to 800,000 people in 31 counties is by no means surgical.” (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 9)Many people feel that PG&E is punishing the people of California for their lawsuits and anger, and covering itself for future lawsuits resulting from this massive outage. People are concerned that, rather than fix the problem, PG&E will fall back on regular massive power outages that not only disrupt people’s lives but also endanger many people, including elderly and disabled people who depend upon electrical power for their daily survival.When 40,000 people took to the streets of San Francisco during the Sept. 20 climate strike, one of the planned stops was in front of the PG&E headquarters.  In front of this large and well-fortified building, activists performed a skit documenting this utility company’s crimes against the people of California, exposing its corporate greed and indicting PG&E for its actions. Close to 50 people held a vigil  Oct. 11 outside PG&E’s office in Oakland. Most people agreed that PG&E should be held responsible for the wildfires and the danger of future wildfires caused by its refusal to spend the money to make its system safer. Momentum is growing for a “public takeover” of PG&E. A Jan. 17 op-ed in Truthout by Johanna Bozuwa made a strong case for the state of California taking over PG&E and “creating a more democratic energy system.” Nearly 40 years ago, at the height of the oil industries’ imposed gasoline shortages and price hikes, Workers World Party launched a national campaign to demand “oil belongs to the people” and called for a worker takeover of the oil industry. It is time to raise a similar demand within the progressive and climate crisis movements for real workers’ and community control of the energy industry. This can only be fully accomplished if we join together to overturn this murderous, for-profit system and build a socialist system that will first and foremost focus on people’s needs.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

A Heritage of Corn and Hogs

first_img SHARE U.S. farmers just finished harvesting one of the largest corn crops in history. While Indiana yields were not record breakers, the production was significant and a tribute to our Hoosier corn heritage in this bicentennial year. Corn is Indiana’s largest cash crop worth over $4 billion annually. A lot of that corn ends up inside Indiana hogs, which is the largest livestock segment in the state. This, too, is part of the Hoosier agricultural heritage.By the early 1800s, the frontier had moved west, and the basis of the Indiana agricultural economy was being laid by farmers who were settling here. Unlike Ohio, where settlers were coming in from the east, Indiana’s early farm population came up from the south. According to Purdue historian Doug Hurt, those farmers brought with them a tradition of growing corn and raising hogs.By the 1820s, Indiana had a thriving hog and corn industry. Indiana’s river system proved to be a big reason for this. While in another hundred years Chicago would become the hog butcher of the world, in 1830 the market for pork was New Orleans.  Packing plants doted the shores of the Wabash and Ohio rivers. Hog would be processed, preserved, and put in barrels that were taken downriver to New Orleans.Today, Indiana’s river system remains a vital link to market for Indiana agriculture. However, corn has replaced pork as the primary product moving down river to New Orleans. However, the jobs and economic activity generated by this activity remain as important to Indiana’s growth and development as they did in the 1830’s. The sale of Indiana farm products equals $11.2 billion and Indiana ranks 10 in the nation in agricultural sales — not bad for a state with a relatively small land mass, 83% of which is dedicated for farm or forest land.Of the 6.6 million people who call themselves Hoosiers, only a small percentage are involved in agriculture. Fewer still can trace their family tree back to an Indiana farm. So, as our state celebrates 200 years, it is important to highlight our agricultural heritage as well as the important role it plays in our state today.By Gary Truitt A Heritage of Corn and Hogs SHARE By Gary Truitt – Nov 27, 2016 Facebook Twitter Home Commentary A Heritage of Corn and Hogs Facebook Twitter Previous articleMidwest Pork Conference Scheduled for December 6Next articleRabobank Expects Three-year Price Slide for Commodities to End Gary Truittlast_img read more

Two freed Indonesian journalists safe in Jordan

first_img Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 28, 2020 Find out more February 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two freed Indonesian journalists safe in Jordan Jakarta had on 19 February sent a delegation to the Jordan’s capital Amman to secure the release of the two journalists, made up of crisis management experts and including one of Metro TV’s owners, Surya Paloh. Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, appeared on al-Jazeera television to appeal for their release.”The Indonesian journalists kidnapped in Iraq were sent by their editorial office and were in no way seeking to interfere with the country’s internal affairs. As the world’s largest Muslim country we are concerned about what happens in Iraq and these journalists were bringing us news of this country,” the president said.________________________________________________________________________________18.02.2005Reporters Without Borders calls for protests as armed group says it has kidnapped two Indonesian journalists News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders called today for a campaign to free twoIndonesian journalists kidnapped by an unknown group called the MujahedeenArmy that has asked the Indonesian government to explain why they were inIraq. The group said they could not guarantee the safety of the two -Meutya Hafid and Budiyanto, of the station Metro TV – ifthis was not forthcoming. “This is absurd,” the worldwide press freedom organization said. “It’sobvious they are in Iraq simply to do their job as journalists. Thekidnappers must free them at once. After the seizure of reporters fromEurope, those from Asia are now being caught up in the wave of kidnappings. The international community must exert maximum pressure to stop thisterrible blackmail.”__________________________________________________________________________________18.02.2005Still no word on Indonesian journalists, Metro TV urges cautionThe management of the Metro TV, Indonesia’s only 24-hour TV news station, continue to be very cautious about the reasons for the disappearance of their two journalists in Iraq, Meutya Hafid and Budiyanto, from whom there has been no word since 15 February.”It is still not clear what has happened,” Metro TV editor-in-chief Don Bosco told Reporters Without Borders. “I don’t see how it could be a political abduction as Iraq and Indonesia are two great Muslim countries. It must be a criminal act or a case of mistaken identity.”Bosco said Hafid, aged about 25, is a “very professional and courageous” journalist and presenter. Before going to Iraq, she spent two weeks in Aceh reporting on the aftermath of the 26 December tsunami. Her cameraman, known simply as Budiyanto, is aged about 35 and has a great deal of experience in Iraq, having covered the war since 2003.The two of them spent two weeks in Irak covering the January legislative elections then withdrew to Amman. Metro TV asked them to return to Irak to cover the festivities in the Shiite city of Kerbala, south of Baghdad. Their last contact with Metro TV in Djakarta was a phone call on 15 February when they were travelling along a highway inside Iraq.One of Metro TV’s owners, Surya Paloh, is to fly to Amman tomorrow with a six-member team to try to retrace their steps and track down people who could help find them. Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en News Organisation center_img RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” to go further Armed Islamic group, Jaish al-Mujahedeen or Army of Warriors, confirmed the release of two Indonesian journalists Meutya Hafid (seen left) and Budiyanto (on the right), of Metro TV. The two were on their way to Jordan. The news station’s editor called it a “marvellous surprise”. ——————————————————-18.02.2005 – Concern about two Indonesian journalists said to have been “intercepted”Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the disappearance in Iraq of two Indonesian TV journalists, reporter Meutya Hafid and her cameraman, identified only as Budiyanto. There has been no word of them since midday on 15 February. The two work for Metro TV, Indonesia’s only 24-hour television news station. The press freedom organization said it was extremely worried that the number of journalists going missing in Iraq is on the increase again. “We do not yet know if the two Indonesian journalists have been kidnapped, but we are following the situation closely and we are trying to ensure that all journalists in Iraq can work freely,” the organization said.Reporters Without Borders said Iraq continues to be the world’s most dangerous country for journalists, with at least 32 killed and 15 kidnapped since the start of the war in March 2003. “We call on the foreign media that are continuing to cover Iraq to take extreme care,” the organization added.The reports about the disappearance of the two Indonesian journalists are conflicting. Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said: “We have received information (…) from the owner of a car rented by the two Metro TV journalists indicating that their vehicle, which was heading toward Ramadi, was intercepted by an armed group on 15 February. The car, driver and two journalists have been taken an unknown location. However, I will not use the word abduction yet.”Another witness reportedly said the two journalists were stopped as they were on their way to Baghdad by armed men wearing the uniforms of the Iraqi army. So far no group as claimed responsibility for any abduction.Hafid and Budiyanto have been in Iraq since 31 January. They rented a car in Amman and were heading towards Baghdad when it was “intercepted.” The report of their disappearance comes 44 days after that of French journalist Florence Aubenas and her interpreter Hussein Hanoun Al-Saadi (missing since 5 January) and two weeks after Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was kidnapped (on 4 February). Meutya Hafid and Budiyanto arrived safely in Jordan on 22 February 2005, after being held up overnight at the Iraq-Jordanian border that was closed because of a religious festival. They are scheduled to return to Indonesia following medical checkups.The two journalists said their captors had treated them well. “We were kidnapped by three masked men near a service station one hour from Baghdad, somewhere between Ramadi and Falluja. We were well treated. We were given breakfast, lunch and dinner every day without fail. Our captors were very attentive to our needs,” said journalist and presenter on Metro TV, Meutya Hafid.———————————————————Iraq- 21.02.2005Committee of Muslim Scholars announces release of two Indonesian journalistsReporters Without Borders welcomed the announced release of Indonesian journalists Meutya Hafid and cameraman Budiyanto, abducted one week ago in Ramadi, east of Baghdad.The Committee of Ulemas, Iraq’s main Sunni organisation, broke the news of their release on 21 February 2005. Indonesia’s foreign ministry confirmed the report a few hours later. The two, who were seized on 15 February, were said to be on their way to Jordan.Their kidnappers, the Jaish al-Mujahedeen, or Army of Warriors said the group had “freed the two Indonesian journalists after checking their identity and offered its apology for the operation to the Indonesian people”.News editor of Metro TV for which the two work, Don Bosco, told the worldwide press freedom organisation, “It’s a marvellous surprise. Their freedom was won thanks to Metro TV’s appeals broadcast by al-Jazeera and those by different Iraqi Muslim scholars”. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa News News December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more