“Leicester was an important phase for me,” he explained to the newspaper. “It’s there I constructed part of my career as a player but above all, where I constructed my life as a man…certain evenings were long. Very long. I sometimes felt alone. But it forged my character. I was obliged to go towards others, to force myself to make the efforts to understand.”Staying power: Iain Balshaw had a successful time at BiarritzFans see their heroes only on match day when it’s hard to imagine that a player, amid an afternoon of raucous applause, might ever be lonely. But professional players spend a lot of the week away from the training ground and their teammates. As Dupuy discovered it can be hard to fill those long hours if you’re by yourself in a foreign country and an incomprehensible language.Unquestionably the players who make an effort to integrate are the most likely to succeed in France. As the former Scotland wing Tony Stanger admitted in 2001, shortly after his return from an ill-fated season in Grenoble: “Communication can be a problem, especially if you don’t speak French.”Part of that comes down to personality. The more outgoing the player the more likely he’ll want to engage with the locals. Trevor Brennan, Jamie Noon and Iain Balshaw are three examples of players who got on so well with the French they settled in the country after retirement.But application is also important. A good number of players who failed in France did so because they were either too lazy or too proud to learn French. Learning any language requires humility and one must be prepared for the odd pratfall. So what if the locals give the odd giggle? Hand in hand with the amusement is respect.Close ties: Jonny Wilkinson retains ties with Toulon even after retirementOf course, the British player who’s been the biggest success in France was no extrovert. But Jonny Wilkinson was intelligent, open-minded and fully committed to the club he was joining. “You want to go somewhere and have the opportunity to make a difference,” he once said of his decision to join Toulon. “You have to make a decision when you go there how much you will embrace the culture and the language. So Jonathan Davies is the latest player to fall short in France. The 27-year-old centre announced last week that he’ll be rejoining the Scarlets next summer, declining to take up his option of a third year at Clermont. It’s not surprise. Davies has made just 16 starts for the Auvergne club in 15 months, his opportunities restricted by a serious knee injury and competition for places in a squad containing Wesley Fofana, Benson Stanley and Aurelien Rougerie.Davies joins a long list of British and Irish players who discovered that the Top 14 wasn’t to their taste. One of the first was former Wales fly-half Arwel Thomas, who famously complained of his short-lived spell at Pau in 2003, that “shops don’t open maybe at 9am, so you have to plan your breakfasts a bit better”.Homesick: Jonny Sexton was open in saying he was homesickSince then a starting XV of stars have fled France for various reasons, from Riki Flutey to Olly Barkley to Gethin Jenkins to Jim Hamilton. Not forgetting, of course, the triumvirate of Dan Lydiate, Jonathan Sexton and Jamie Roberts, none of whom flourished at Racing 92.But why is it that so many talented players are unable to reproduce in France the rugby that prompted a Top 14 club to come calling?The style of rugby is a factor but in most cases it’s what happens off the pitch that’s decisive. The first point to make is while these men are elite athletes they are still human beings, subject to the same emotions as the rest of us. Some people are self-sufficient and adaptable, others need to be surrounded by the familiar, be it a face or a place. Some are stimulated by a new environment, others shrink from it.Jonathan Sexton never made any secret of the fact he was homesick in Paris. Frequent returns to Dublin on international duty didn’t help the fly-half settle; if anything it exacerbated his feeling of isolation, reminding him of what he was missing. The same went for Wales flanker Dan Lydiate.Growing pains: Julian Depuy said he found it a struggle at LeicesterIt’s a different psychology for the dozens of Aussies, South Africans and Pacific Islanders in France. They are thousands of miles from their homes with none of the tempting opportunities to nip back to see family and friends on a free weekend . Additionally, when they arrive in France, it’s not just for the rugby but also for the life experience. After all, they’re not only in a different country but a different continent, one they may never return to after the playing days are over. So they are determined to get the most they can from France, sportingly and culturally.Sexton had his wife with him in Paris but many players – like Davies at Clermont – arrive in France alone. That’s a daunting challenge for anyone, as Julien Dupuy explained last week in an interview with Midi Olympique. The Stade Francais scrum-half joined Leicester in 2008 as a raw 24-year-old and though he was a success on the field, off it he struggled in his alien surroundings. Short stay: Jonathan Davies has headed back to Wales and not chosen to extend his Clermont contract With Jonathan Davies the latest big-name star to confirm he is coming home, RW ponders why so many struggle to settle in France You can choose to have the whole experience and get the very best out of it or you decide to go there and hang in. Some people have gone there and not enjoyed it because they haven’t understood what was needed on the field.”Wilkinson made those comments in 2011, in response to the news that another superstar was on his way to Toulon. It was Gavin Henson, and he lasted barely four months. To quote Arwel Thomas: “It takes a certain type of person to go out there to France and be successful.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
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Photographs: Raimon Solà CasacubertaText description provided by the architects. The house is situated in the heart of an old town district in Barcelona. The urban grid of the area is characterized by small, narrow and long plots.This house is probably situated in one of the narrowest spaces around the neighborhood, as it measures only 3,7m wide. The plot is very long and connects two streets. Save this picture!© Raimon Solà CasacubertaThe dimensions of the plot (3.7 m wide x 25m long), its location (between neighbouring walls) and its orientation (N-S) dictated the development of this housing. Our proposed architecture attempts to take these shortcomings and try to turn them into positives. Because of the limited front and the depth of the house, the treatment of light became the most important aspect of the project. Save this picture!© Raimon Solà CasacubertaIn addition, because of the pre-existing features, we decided to explore developing the house vertically, putting in different floors to meet the different needs of our project. At ground floor, a garage and a cinema. Then, in the mezzanine, there are two rooms connected by a living-study which opens to a patio garden. Save this picture!© Raimon Solà CasacubertaThe first floor. Here you are greeted with a courtyard. On one side of the courtyard you will find the dining-room and on the other, a kitchen that’s connected with a gallery which can be converted as a terrace during the summer. On the second floor are the bedrooms, and finally we’ll find a pool terrace on the roof. Save this picture!© Raimon Solà CasacubertaThe distribution of the different rooms are built with large open spaces and communicate amongst themselves in an almost transparent way. By including the double spaces generated by the courtyard, the house becomes very flexible and reconfigurable, with the capacity to be changed at any moment We wanted to create a dwelling space that was able to take advantage of the outdoors while avoiding the stress of the city. The house had the need to open fully to the outside, while ensuring the maximum inner privacy. Save this picture!© Raimon Solà CasacubertaThe two facades have large openings, but are resolved differently. In the south facade, the openings are resolved through adjustable horizontal slats to allow on one hand control over the entrance of sunlight, and on the other, the degree of privacy. The north-facing facade is solved with a wall of glass blocks of large dimensions that lets in light while maintaining an aura of privacy. The house opens to the outside in facades with only the intention of collecting light, hiding the rest of the residence inside to try to escape the direct contact with urban space and noise.
As a result, the courtyard becomes the protagonist of the house. The link with the outside world becomes more direct and more immediate. Save this picture!© Raimon Solà CasacubertaThe patio allows us the contact with the outside world, far from the noise and pollution of living in an urban environment. The patio also allows us to see the sky from any point of the house, whether it be in the garden or even the pool terrace. If we understand the facade as an element that links us inside to the outside, the courtyard becomes the project’s main facade. The ideas of the house are very well explained in section and are also reflected in the treatment of materials, which play a very important role.
Materials such as wood, stone, warm paint colors, wallpaper and low ceilings convert the rooms to become comfortable warm living spaces. As we approach the patio, the house is stripped to the basic materials. Here you can view the structure where we have worked with lighter materials such as glass, steel, iron, white paint,… to achieve maximum clarity, lightness and brightness. Save this picture!© Raimon Solà CasacubertaThe study of materials is by no means an afterthought, and in fact has been taken into consideration from the very first sketch of the house. We understand that during the design process it is essential to understand how different materials and parts interact together to form the whole and complete subject.Project gallerySee allShow lessArchitecture Symposium at CUNYArticlesFalkonergården / JAJA ArchitectsArticles Share Projects Year: “COPY” Houses Save this picture!© Raimon Solà Casacuberta+ 26 Share CopyAbout this officeFerrolan LABOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBarcelonaResidentialHousesSpainPublished on April 10, 2011Cite: “Family House in Barcelona / Ferrolan LAB” 10 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
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London newspaper The Evening Standard has raised £206,617.86 from its Christmas auction in aid of youth charity Greenhouse. This beats last year’s total of £180,000.The highest bid was for a triangular tennis tournament with Michael Sherwood, join CEO of Goldman Sachs,, and Chris Blackhurst, the Evening Standard’s business editor. This fetched £14,600.A chance to shop with Kate Moss and Topshop owner Sir Philip Green in New York went for £14,200, and a trip to see fashion designer Donatella Versace backstage at one of her shows in Milan raised £8,600.There were 220 lots on offer. Although some did attract high bids – the top 10 lots raised £63,175 – the average bid was £940.www.standard.co.uk/auction AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity christmas corporate Events Evening Standard auction raises over £200,000 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 32 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 December 2008 | News
Richmond, Va.Thousands of Black Lives Matter activists and low-wage and migrant workers — representing 64 million U.S. workers taking home less than $15 an hour — met here in Richmond Aug. 12-13 for the first national convention of Fight for $15.Thousands more joined them at the close of the convention to march on this city’s Confederate monuments in a protest against racism and poverty wages.The events were organized in Richmond because it was the capital of the Confederacy. The Fight for $15 Facebook event page explained the choice of the former heart of the enslaving Southern states, saying Richmond draws “links between the way workers are treated today and the racist history of the United States, and connects the Fight for $15 with the growing Black Lives Matter and immigrant justice movements, while exposing the connections between the slave economy and low-wage economy today.”Ashley Cathey, a Sonic fast food worker from Memphis, Tenn., explained that unpaid labor from enslaved Africans, estimated at amounting to $2 to $4 trillion, built the U.S. This pattern continues today with the private prison industry’s exploitation of unpaid and barely paid labor of prisoners up to $2 billion yearly.More than half of Black workers and nearly 60 percent of Latinx workers are paid less than $15 an hour because of such factors as discrimination in hiring, underfunded schools and an unjust “justice” system. Many people of color hold jobs that are the legacy of slavery, like home care and domestic work, positions that have historically been deliberately denied such basic labor protections as overtime pay or the minimum wage.Lauralyn Clark, home care worker and SEIU Virginia 512 member, told the convention: “We always did the grunt work for low wages. White babies drank from our breasts, but we couldn’t drink from their fountains. White families relied on us to care for their elderly parents, but we couldn’t ride the bus with them. We cleaned their schools, but our children couldn’t attend. We cooked their food, but we couldn’t sit at their table. Well, enough is enough.”Recognizing that the majority of people forced to work for low wages come from the same Black and Brown population being killed by police, about a hundred convention delegates marched through the hall holding up placards of Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Rekia Boyd and other victims of police terror. Delegates shouted “Black Lives Matter” and Assata Shakur’s widely chanted quote was recited three times by the crowd: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”New Orleans fast food worker Miranda Yonta said, “For me, the fight for $15 is not just a fight for higher wages. It’s also about making Black lives matter.”From bus monitors to blueberry pickersThree thousand strong and from coast to coast, the participants at the Friday evening and Saturday morning convention were at least 80 percent Black and Brown. Women may have been the majority, reflecting the gender and racial reality of workers who performs the tough jobs that are paid less than a living wage.Workers from 16 different industries spoke in succession, each one adding to the realization that the Fight for $15 movement includes health care and home care workers, bus monitors and retail store clerks, child care and airport workers, T-Mobile and farm workers, nail shop and fast food workers, auto parts workers and janitors, university adjuncts and migrant blueberry pickers, and more.Just four years ago, a few dozen fast food workers in New York City went out in the first strike for $15 an hour and union rights. Today the movement those strikers set in motion has won raises for 20 million people, with 10 million workers on a path to $15 an hour in New York and California, as well as in Seattle, Washington, D.C., and other cities across the country.Fight for $15 has helped change the conversation on economic and racial justice, not only for the 64 million workers being underpaid for their labor, but for all workers. While migrant and Black and Brown workers make up the vast majority of those in the lowest-paid industries, millions of white workers would also benefit from an increase in wages and benefits, just as white sharecroppers and other workers profited from Reconstruction after the end of the Civil War.Before the Saturday meeting started, hundreds of workers and their family members took buses and vans to a protest where they joined local residents and McDonald’s workers in a spirited rally against poverty wages.The convention ended with approval of a five-point resolution calling for: 1) for a National Day of Action on Sept. 12 at state capitol buildings throughout the U.S.; 2) for presidential and other political candidates to make pay raises a priority for their campaigns; 3) for direct actions and demonstrations at presidential debate locations; 4) for legislation to raise minimum wage standards in cities and states that were once part of the Confederacy; and 5) for the right to join unions without fear of retaliation.March targets monuments to slaveryDespite 96 degree weather, 10,000 people marched through Richmond after the convention ended. They gathered in Monroe Park and proceeded up Monument Avenue — an infamous street lined with racist monuments memorializing Confederate generals and other white supremacist leaders. The march passed the Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart statue and ended at the monument glorifying slavery-defender, Confederate General-in-Chief Robert E. Lee.In September 2015, Monument Avenue was the main route for international championship bike races. These were picketed by the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality and other groups. Protesters both condemned the monuments to racism and slavery featured prominently in the publicity, and also elevated a long struggle to stop real estate development of Shockhoe Bottom. This is a slave burial ground near downtown Richmond. The African-American community is demanding that they be able to decide how to preserve the land.North Carolina NAACP and Moral Monday leader the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II addressed the Fight for $15 crowd at the close of the march. Rev. Barber said, “It took us 400 years to get from 0 to $7.25. We can’t wait another 400 years. Labor without a living wage is nothing but a pseudo form of slavery.”Organizing the South against wage slaveryThe South as a region is home to some of the most reactionary anti-worker legislation in the U.S., rooted in its history of slavery and racism. The region is a bastion of so-called right-to-work (for less) and other racist anti-union laws. For instance, in Virginia and North Carolina it is illegal for public workers to collectively bargain.The South has the lowest level of unionization in the U.S. The restructuring of the capitalist economy taking place on a global scale is more and more finding that the U.S. South is a vital region for extraction of superprofits from workers, particularly Black and Latinx workers.In many ways, the South is a laboratory for reactionary legislation that is then brought to other parts of the U.S., such as right-to-work laws and attacks on collective bargaining in Wisconsin, Michigan and elsewhere. It is no coincidence that Charlotte, N.C., is now the second-largest banking center in the U.S., behind New York City.There will be a referendum this November in Virginia on whether or not to put “right to work for less” into the state constitution. More information on the Vote NO Campaign is at ow.ly/Yzwr303edBG.The Southern Workers Assembly is a network of unions and workers’ organizations in the South committed to building rank-and-file, democratic, social movement unionism. The SWA helped to mobilize Southern unions to participate in the Richmond march.The SWA contingent included workers from United Electrical Workers Local 150, who have been waging their own Fight for $15 and a Union at the Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant in North Carolina. Signs of the SWA marchers had images of Black people who have been killed by police with the words: “Black Lives Matter to Labor.”The Workers World Party campaign for Monica Moorehead for president and Lamont Lilly for vice president also participated in the march, distributing a statement of solidarity with “Fight for $15 and a union.” Also distributed was an announcement about the Southern Socialism Conference, Hard Times Are Fighting Times on Sept. 24 in Durham, N.C.For more information about the conference, which took up some of the most pressing struggles of the day, go to hardtimesconference.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this First National Convention of Fight for 15 marches in Richmond, Va., August 13. Black and immigrant lives matter to national convention of Fight for 15 low-wage workers, Richmond, Va.
“[T]here were two or three years there where the movement went a little too far toward … [Kwame Ture], but in the end, John Lewis prevailed.” Those words were spoken at Rep. John Lewis’s funeral on July 30 by President Bill Clinton, one of the architects of the 1994 crime bill and the former leader of the most violent imperialist country on earth. Makasi Motema speaking on Nov. 16, 2019, in NYC. WW PHOTO: Brenda RyanHis comments were a pointed attempt by a white servant of capital to dampen the revolutionary fervor of a new movement for racial and economic justice. He said this because, as in 1966, we again stand at an inflection point in history. We are yet again faced with a similar choice between Ture and Lewis. And yet again, the capitalists who seek to police the Black struggle are terrified that the masses will embrace the justified rage that has ebbed and flowed for centuries and transform that rebellious tide into a revolutionary flood. The ruling class is afraid, but what can they do? Police brutality is a favored option. The police are the frontline guards of the capitalist ruling class, and as we have seen since a countrywide uprising was sparked by the lynching of George Floyd, they are always the first to step forward and use force against the most oppressed segments of the working class. But the police don’t actually stop an uprising with force; they stop it with fear. In any mass demonstration, the police are always wildly outnumbered. Even with their protective gear and crowd-suppressing weaponry, any suitably motivated grouping of rebels could easily overwhelm the police so long as they had the confidence to do so. That’s why the police use fear to rob the masses of their confidence. The police make brief, but spectacular displays of violence to shock and dishearten the masses. When the people hesitate, the police rush forward. When the people scatter, the police have won. But demonstrators in Minneapolis, Portland, Ore., Brooklyn, N.Y., and numerous other cities have gone off-script. The sacking of the Minneapolis 3rd Precinct was startling evidence that the masses were losing their fear and the police were losing ground. But the capitalist ruling class has developed other tactics for maintaining oppression. Overseas, through the predatory wars of exploitation in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, the imperialists have developed a theory for dealing with rebellions (which they refer to as “insurgencies”). Their counterinsurgency tactics rely on developing an attitude among the oppressed population of passive tolerance of imperial occupation.To put down a rebellion The imperialist tactics sharpened abroad have made their way home to control the oppressed peoples within the borders of the U.S. The chief goal of counterinsurgency doctrine is to manipulate public opinion and to channel the rage of the masses into outlets which do not threaten the established systems of exploitation. This requires an army of on-the-ground organizers, nongovernmental organizations and religious leaders — all ideally members of the oppressed communities themselves — who can show up at any demonstration or organizing meeting to redirect and misdirect the activities of those who are new to the struggle. This manipulation extends also to a total saturation of the media. Prior to the George Floyd-inspired uprising, the capitalist press treated the Black Lives Matter movement as an inconvenient sideshow, suppressing their demands whenever possible. But when the movement bared its teeth, the press immediately fell in line, full-throatedly declaring that “Black Lives Matter” and that all people of conscience should support nonviolent protesters. That caveat, of course, is key. In the capitalist press, the words “nonviolent” and “protester” are always seen together. The use of this formulation is yet another tool of the ruling class to sow division, to seemingly show support for the movement — and thereby give hope to those who might believe negotiation with the state is still possible — while condemning those who defend themselves from the violence of the police.Why Kamala Harris? Amidst an uncontrollable mass movement that explicitly condemns law enforcement, it might seem to be a political blunder for a presidential candidate to select a former prosecutor and state attorney general as their vice presidential nominee, especially one with a record as ruthlessly carceral as Harris’s. But Joe Biden is a leading servant of the capitalist ruling class and his first goal is not winning the election, but doing his masters’ bidding. To defeat a movement such as ours will require a heavy-handed response from law enforcement — not just the police, but local and federal law enforcement. For that, Harris’s experience makes her perfectly suited for the role of vice president.It would be an error to view the Harris nomination as meaningless because of the usually ceremonial role played by the U.S. Vice President. Joe Biden is an incompetent fool with a record of blatant plagiarism, outrageously inappropriate off-the-cuff comments and two embarrassingly disastrous presidential runs. He exists where he is now due to white privilege, an unflinching willingness to serve the interests of the war industry and credit card companies, an easy smile, and the absolute desperation of the ruling class to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign. Compounding Biden’s intellectual inadequacy with his repeated signals that he will be a one-term president — along with the need for a competent leader to suppress the masses — the selection of his VP is of the utmost importance. Make no mistake: Should Biden win in November, Kamala Harris will be, after Dick Cheney, the most powerful vice president in the last hundred years.Kamala Harris is a key player in the ruling class’s strategy to maintain the capitalist order during a monumental Black uprising. Imagine for a moment if she were white. Imagine if she were a man. What would the reaction of the masses be to the selection of a 55-year-old white male prosecutor for the second highest office in the country? There would be no doubt that such a candidate was put in place as a direct check on the newfound power of the masses. In such a situation, it would be clear that the selection of a prosecutor was a signal that the ruling class sought to bring down the hammer of the U.S. legal system in order to smash the rebellion.That is why Kamala Harris is so perfectly cast. And we should be clear that a capitalist election is nothing more than a casting call for potential administrators of the capitalist machine. To have an experienced, intelligent and ruthless prosecutor like Kamala Harris, who is also Black, South Asian, a woman and the daughter of migrant parents, is a huge boon to the capitalists.Harris’s representation of oppressed groups acts as a scalpel, surgically carving divisions within the working class. The capitalists have no shame in playing on the hopes of oppressed people who, seeing someone like them reach the heights of power, might dare to hope that their oppression would soon be alleviated. The cynical ruling class knows this. They know that having a woman of color as the administrator of capitalist exploitation will cause confusion and hesitation among the masses, that it might convince some to wait or negotiate or give the benefit of the doubt to a system that does not deserve it. This was true with President Barack Obama.But regardless of who operates the exploitative U.S. capitalist system, it is primarily a racist, patriarchal system of exploitation. A system that destroys the lives of people of color for profit. A system that underpays women and gender–oppressed people and denies them bodily autonomy to increase stock prices. A system that has, and always will, work for the benefit of wealthy white men. This is the true face of the machine. Kamala Harris is merely the brutal machinery of state repression clad in blackface.The law as warfareNapoleon Bonaparte advised rulers to hide their iron hand in a velvet glove. When Trump came into office, he brought with him the vile neo-Confederate Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Sessions tirelessly dismantled the meager and wholly inadequate protections established by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Sessions’s only goal was to remake the Department of Justice into an iron hand with which to swat the movement for Black Liberation. Anyone who believes Harris will attempt to undermine Sessions’s work will be sorely disappointed. She will instead act as a velvet glove, covering the repressive innovations of the Trump administration with a soft veil of legitimacy.Harris will no doubt make a show of publicly putting the most egregiously violent police departments under toothless consent decrees — as the Obama administration did before her. But she will also quietly use her years of experience in tossing human beings into cages to further develop the means by which both state and local prosecutors can harass, contain and destroy Black radicals. We’ve already seen absurd, draconian prosecutions leveled at demonstrators. We can only expect this to continue under the stewardship of a veteran prosecutor. Counterinsurgency means division As Bill Clinton revealed, the ruling class is afraid. They are looking to Kamala Harris as their last hope. They believe that the masses can be fooled into curbing their resistance because a member of an oppressed class and group has been allowed to wield the tools of oppression. This strategy failed under President Obama, and it will fail again if Vice President Harris is elected. The Black Lives Matter movement was born under the Obama administration. It was born because the oppressed masses understood that the race of the president had no material impact on the violent exploitation they faced everyday in their communities. The oppressed masses also understand, more and more each day, that their power comes from their numbers, and any attempt to divide them must be dismissed out of hand. Kamala Harris can’t stop the rebellion, no more than you can stop the tide from coming in.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
China’s Cyber Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ————————————– Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more June 11, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Better late than never, Yahoo! criticises repression of Internet users in China News News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders hailed Yahoo! Inc’s belated recognition of the dramatic consequences of its cooperation with the Chinese police after the US corporation today sent some news organisations in Hong Kong a short statement criticising the Chinese government’s repressive policies.”Those in charge of Yahoo! must now, as a matter of urgency, intercede with the Chinese authorities to obtain the release of Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning, and other people who have been imprisoned because of what it did,” the press freedom organisation said.The California-based company said in its statement, “Yahoo! is dismayed that citizens in China have been imprisoned for expressing their political views on the Internet.” It reiterated its position that it was obliged to comply with China’s laws, but it added that it condemned “punishment of any activity internationally recognised as free expression.”The statement was issued after journalist Shi Tao’s family announced that it was filing a complaint against Yahoo! in the United States for providing the Chinese police with information that helped to convict and imprison him. His mother said she would fight to the end to prove her son’s innocence.On 29 May, the family’s lawsuit was added to the one already filed before a Californian court by the family of dissident Wang Xiaoning, who has been held since 2003 and who, like Shi, was convicted on the basis of information supplied by Yahoo!.US companies would be banned from cooperating with repressive regimes under a proposed Global Online Freedom Act which representative Christopher Smith resubmitted to the US congress in January. News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on China News
Rick Friedman/Rick Friedman Photography/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and registered sex offender with a circle of rich and powerful friends, has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Monday following his sudden arrest over the weekend.Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York allege that from about 2002 to 2005, Epstein, now 66, “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations,” using cash payments to recruit a “vast network of underage victims,” some of whom were as young as 14 years old.At a press conference on Monday morning, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said “combating sex trafficking and exploitation of children is a priority” both for his office and for the Department of Justice.“My office will not rest until perpetrators of these types of crimes are brought to justice,” Berman said. “Victims’ voices, including the many voices of Epstein’s alleged victims, must be heard.”For Courtney Wild, who said she was abused by Epstein when she was a young girl, the indictment was long overdue. Wild has been fighting for years, through a lawsuit against the Department of Justice filed in 2008 in which she is identified as Jane Doe #1, to make public the details of the plea deal with government prosecutors that many critics say allowed Epstein to evade justice.“Just to hear that they’re standing up for the victims,” Wild told ABC News, “is just so overwhelmingly past due.”Epstein appeared in court on Monday afternoon, wearing navy blue prison garb, and pleaded not guilty as Wild and Michelle Licata, another of Epstein’s alleged victims, were seated in the courtroom watching the proceedings.“I started crying because it put me back into that place where I didn’t want to be,” Licata told ABC News outside the courtroom following the hearing. “But it was actually great to see him in that seat being asked questions.”Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller characterized the government’s evidence as “strong,” adding that several additional alleged victims have come forward since Epstein’s arrest at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on Saturday evening.If convicted, Epstein could face up to 45 years imprisonment, which prosecutors say would likely amount to a life sentence.Monday’s indictment highlights alleged incidents involving three minor girls — identified only as Minor Victim-1, Minor Victim-2 and Minor Victim-3 — in which Epstein paid them hundreds of dollars to provide “massages” that ultimately escalated into sexual encounters, and then later “encouraged or enticed” them to recruit other girls to do the same, thus maintaining “a steady supply of new victims.”Epstein also “worked and conspired with others,” the indictment said, “including employees and associates who facilitated his conduct by, among other things, contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with Epstein.”And on Monday morning, U.S. Attorney Berman told reporters at a press conference that authorities seized “nude photographs of what appear to be underage girls” while executing a search warrant at Epstein’s New York residence.A 2008 plea dealEpstein is a former Wall Street insider turned private wealth manager who rose to prominence in the early 2000s as a result of his high-profile social connections with various rich and famous people, including former President Bill Clinton and then-real estate mogul Donald Trump. He has since amassed a fortune of unknown size and origin, seemingly affording him a lavish lifestyle with few equals even among his powerful peers.Clinton, through his press secretary, released a statement saying the former president “knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has recently [been] charged in New York.”More than a decade ago, Epstein served just 13 months of an 18 month sentence in county jail after reaching a much-criticized plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami, then led by Alexander Acosta, who is now President Donald Trump’s labor secretary. The deal, which is currently under review by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, not only allowed Epstein to plead guilty to two state charges and avoid federal charges for an allegedly broad pattern of similar conduct, but also provided him and any alleged co-conspirators with immunity from further federal prosecution in the Southern District of Florida.In the indictment, however, prosecutors argued that the alleged trafficking of minor girls occurred outside that jurisdiction, with Epstein allegedly abusing “numerous minor victims” at his Manhattan mansion and Epstein’s associates placing calls from New York to Florida to set up appointments for Epstein at his Palm Beach mansion.At Monday’s hearing, Epstein’s defense attorney Reid Weingarten argued that this new indictment violated the spirit of Epstein’s previous agreement with the government, which he described as “the center of the universe for everything.”“It is our belief that this is basically a re-do,” Weingarten told the judge. “This is basically the feds today, not happy with what happened in the decision that led to the NPA, redoing the same conduct that was investigated 10 years ago and calling it, instead of prostitution, calling it sex trafficking. We think that is the heart of everything, and that will be the centerpiece of our defense.”The government countered that “the investigation was begun and conducted entirely separate from any other district” and made clear that, for that reason among others, prosecutors “don’t think the NPA applies to us.”An “extreme” flight riskProsecutors argued that Epstein should be detained pending trial, and the judge set a detention hearing for July 15. Until then, Epstein will continue to be held at Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan, which also currently houses former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.In a bail memorandum submitted to the court ahead of the hearing, prosecutors argued that Epstein not only poses an “extreme” flight risk — especially since he owns several private residences, including one on a private island, and two private jets — but that he also represents a danger to both the case and the community.“The defendant is extraordinarily wealthy and has access to vast financial resources to fund any attempt to flee,” the memo states. “Indeed, his potential avenues of flight from justice are practically limitless.”Prosecutors also cited “credible allegations that the defendant engaged in witness tampering, harassment or other obstructive behaviors” in connection with the previous federal investigation of his alleged conduct in Florida and noted some of the “vast trove of lewd photographs of young-looking women or girls” they discovered in their search of his Manhattan mansion were found in a locked safe, on compact discs with handwritten labels such as “Misc nudes 1” and “Girl pics nude.”“The defendant, a registered sex offender, is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant,” the memo states. “Rather, he is a continuing danger to the community and an individual who faces devastating evidence supporting deeply serious charges.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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