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Panel discusses Uyghur humanitarian crisis, steps for activism

Panel discusses Uyghur humanitarian crisis, steps for activism

first_imgThe Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies hosted an engaging panel Monday with experts from institutes around the world entitled “Xinjiang and the Uyghurs: Religion, Oppression and Geopolitics.” The discussion focused on the genocide and forced labor of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang and around China, and what the world needs to do to take on the human rights violations.The event started off with Mahan Mirza, the executive director of the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion and Liu Institute faculty fellow, who was the moderator for the event. Each of the panelists spoke for about ten minutes about Uyghur minorities and the current crisis. The first panelist to speak was Rachel Harris, a professor of ethnomusicology at SOAS University of London. Harris began by talking about her nearly 20 years of travel to the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region. She explained how the area has always been under tight control, and she’s been afraid of the police and bureaucracy. Over the past couple of years, however, Harris has felt the situation becoming even more extreme. She talked about the genocides and forced labor the Uyghur people have gone through. “We need to keep raising awareness and putting pressure on international organizations to respond to this issue,” Harris said. “And we’ve seen enough alarming reports on the drastic birth control policies, and the uprooting of communities that this is a deliberate policy of erasing Uyghur culture and identity. … These are human rights abuses on a massive scale.”Harris then went on to focus on the idea of culture and cultural heritage, specifically within the context of the cultural genocide and massive destruction of the Uyghurs’ heritage by the Chinese government. Speaking specifically of the Autumn festival, a large event and religious tradition that would happen every year in which the Uyghurs pray to the saints, Harris said this festival was bulldozed and closed down by the Chinese government and labeled as a “terrorist gathering.” “It’s interesting to reflect on why exactly they would do that,” Harris said. “Why they would go to the trouble of bringing these bulldozers deep into the desert to knock over this brick building? And really, the only answer I can think of, is that they want to cut off from the culture and erase all traces of their history from the landscape.” James Millward, the second panelist, is a professor of intersocietal history at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Millward spoke about the prison camps, re-education camps, sterilization and forced labor by the Chinese government placed on the Uyghur Muslims. He also discussed the interplay between the Chinese Communist Party and the United States government.The third panelist, Perin Gürel, associate professor of American studies at the University of Notre Dame, discussed international responses to the Uyghur crisis, focusing on the Islamic world and Turkey in particular. She said Turkey has been the only Islamic country to eventually speak out, which speaks a great deal to the implications of human rights and politics, and the constructed nature of state identities.  “All in all, I think it behooves us to examine which states are being called to condemn the actions of which states, and why, and by whom instead of assuming a normative Muslim unity, it is helpful to see the mobilizations, and limits of this concept,” Gürel said.The panel then moved to a question period, where the panelists were asked what college students can do to help the Uyghurs. Gürel spoke about the concept of fake news and polarized political bubbles.“I think maybe one step is being aware of the warping of reality” Gürel said. “Everywhere, including in the United States and including places we might think reality thrives like places of higher education.”Harris said that because of how often disheartening news comes out of the region, it is tempting to be pessimistic.  “Still, I think that’s not a reason to stop speaking out right and stop educating,“ Harris said. “There are always ways to put on pressure and all pressure has to be good.”The panel concluded with Millward discussing the effect college students can have as consumers on producer choices, from avoiding shopping at stores and buying brands that use Uyghur labor to not watching the new live action film “Mulan” on Disney Plus, as the film thanked organizations within the Chinese government that are oppressing the Uyghurs.Tags: panel, The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Uyghur genocidelast_img read more

9 Wonderfully Weird Things We Learned About Fish Scribe & Star Larry David

9 Wonderfully Weird Things We Learned About Fish Scribe & Star Larry David

first_img Related Shows 8. His next play idea already failed Fish is still in previews, but he’s already got his second play ready to go. What is this gem in waiting? An evening of all the failed SNL sketches he ever wrote. David was an SNL writer for the ’84-’85 season (except for one little blip where he quit in a huff, then came back on Monday like nothing had happened. Sound familiar, Costanza fans?) but only one of his sketches ever made it on air. Better late than never, eh? 2. He’s not crazy about the theater Not only does David not care for acting on stage, he doesn’t even like being an audience member. “You go there, it’s a lot of hustle and bustle,” he told David Letterman. “It’s like going to the airport for me. I don’t care for it, and I’m nervous for the actors that they’re going to forget their lines. It’s scary.” And he’s none too happy about being on the other side of the footlights, either: “Not a day goes by that I don’t regret it.” 7. He hoped for a plague David’s characters (including his TV alter-ego George Costanza) are great at weaseling out of things they don’t want to do, but with Fish in the Dark he’s finally found something he can’t escape. “Even with all my deceptive skills I cannot squirm out of this. I got out of the army by pretending to be a psychopath, but this, this I can’t get out of. I thought the Ebola virus might do it. I thought, ‘Hey there’s a plague—fantastic.’ They’ll shut down the city; there’ll be no Broadway. I’m done. It was great news.” Not sure “great” is the word we’d use here, Larry, but we see what you’re saying. 5. He has hangups about costume changes David may be getting used to this whole “life in the theater” thing, but there’s one thing he’s not ready to budge on: dressing room rules. “Yeah, I don’t like getting undressed in places,” he said. So he asked director Anna D. Shapiro why he can’t just wear his first costume in his hotel room—and he’s got her convinced. “At first, I thought it was the silliest question,” Shapiro says. “But then I thought, Why couldn’t we give him a rack of clothes at his hotel?” David: 1. Theater conventions: 0. 3. He is, however, a stage veteran This is David’s Broadway debut, but he’s not a total naïf when it comes to the stage—he starred in a production of Charley’s Aunt when he was in the eighth grade, thankyouverymuch. The film version starred Jack Benny, and he played the Jack Benny role. “I don’t remember it being terrible,” he told Howard Stern. “I think my parents liked it.” From David, that’s practically ecstatic praise. 6. He’s only doing it for the hotel sex One thing David has made abundantly clear is that he had no intention of starring in this play when he wrote it, but now that he’s stuck he’s found a silver lining—he’s living in a hotel during his New York tenure. “In the hotel if you have a sexual encounter, and of course I expect to, it’s over, they’re gone,” he told Letterman. “There’s no messy goodbyes or emotional scenes, it’s all done. And it’s hotel sex too, which…come on. Hotel sex is different.”  View Commentscenter_img Larry David, everyone’s favorite professional curmudgeon, has plenty of experience with the small screen. As the co-creator and head writer of Seinfeld (and the voice of George Steinbrenner), he helped redefine the television comedy—and he did it again playing “himself” on HBO’s hilarious and insanely popular Curb Your Enthusiasm. Now he’s taking on a whole different kind of challenge: His first play Fish in the Dark, in which he is also an unlikely star, opens at the Cort Theatre on March 2. He’s been hitting the media circuit to talk about the play, which centers on 15 characters as they deal with a death in the family, and he’s shared some pretty interesting tidbits along the way. No surprise here—he’s not your typical Broadway star. 1. He thinks he can’t act In an unusual move for someone whose name is on a Broadway marquee, David is the first to admit that he’s no actor. He’s only taken one acting class—ever—and even then he knew it wasn’t for him. “You know how I realized I’m not an actor?” David told Vanity Fair. “Because if I’m on the stage my instinct is to talk to the audience, not the other actors.” Needless to say, he had a lot to learn. “When we started, he didn’t know stage left, stage right, upstage, downstage,” said co-star Rosie Perez. Good thing he’s got vets like Perez and onstage wife Rita Wilson looking out for him. 9. Above all, he’s a really, really nice guy Larry David’s TV personas make him seem unbearably prickly; even Anna Shapiro was worried about getting into the rehearsal room with him. “I thought he would be neurotic in a not-amusing way,” she said. “I thought I would encounter the darkness behind his humor. And I just haven’t had that. I find him to be incredibly warm, very friendly, really nice, and in the relationship really respectful, really generous. I can’t say enough about him as a person.” Awww! Welcome to Broadway, Larry David. Fish in the Dark 4. A tragedy inspired Fish in the Dark David is famous for mining comedy from his everyday life, and this play is no exception. He got the idea for Fish in the Dark from his friend and lawyer Lloyd Braun (who also inspired the well-coiffed, over-achieving character on Seinfeld of the same name). After Braun’s father passed away two years ago, David went to visit him. As Braun told Vulture, “We’re sitting shiva, and Larry’s over the first day at my house, and I was telling him a whole bunch of stories of what had gone on for the last few days, because some were crazy and hilarious, like a relative flying in from wherever ’cause they want to be in show business. It’s an outlet for me. We start talking about how it’s incredible material. Larry says, ‘It’s a Broadway play.'” Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015last_img read more

Australia has launched a tender for a tourism PR campaign

Australia has launched a tender for a tourism PR campaign

first_imgAustralia plans to update its global PR support through a series of tenders that include tasks in the local market in China, North America and Japan, reports Travel and Tour World. For the nation, which expects a record number of international tourists in 2019, the tourism sector is crucial as it is responsible for A $ 55 billion in direct economic benefits and is also a key source of employment. The decision to update PR support was made after the Australian Tourism Organization (Tourism Australia) recently transferred its creative and digital duties to M&C Saatchi and Digitas. The current “There’s Nothing Like Australia” campaign also includes a Super Bowl commercial created by Droga5. However, the competition hints at the challenges that tourists may face in Australia, so agencies are being asked to show how to present Australia to their target audience as an ideal holiday destination. Australian competitions include PR support for global and regional marketing and communication campaigns, along with global PR projects and campaigns over the next two to three years. In 2019, Australia expects 10 million visitors, after a growth of over 5 percent in 2018. Although the rate is slightly lower than in 2017, the tourism sector in the country has flourished and the number of visitors has increased by 44 percent in the last five years. Australian Tourism Organization Public Relations Manager Kim Moore explained that the key goal of the partnership is “develop and encourage PR-led creative activities, aligned with the Australian Tourism Organization’s overarching vision, to make Australia the most memorable and desirable destination in the world.” Great campaign by the Australian Tourism Organization A number of tenders are also underway for three key markets, including a market that is a major source of foreign tourists, China, along with North America and Japan, which are also in the top 5 foreign tourist markets.last_img read more

Les nouveaux riches

Les nouveaux riches

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Haslemere reveals takeover bid details

Haslemere reveals takeover bid details

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Black or latte? Central Java governor mulls opening coffee shop in Paris

Black or latte? Central Java governor mulls opening coffee shop in Paris

first_imgIndonesian Ambassador to France Armanatha Christiawan Nasir has offered Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo an opportunity to open a coffee shop in Paris as he said Parisians’ interest in coffee products from Central Java was high.“Coffee products from Central Java always attract French people, therefore I offer the Central Java governor the chance to open a coffee shop in Paris so [we] can tap into the potential,” he said during a visit to Governor Ganjar’s official residence in Semarang on Sunday evening, as quoted by Antara.Besides coffee products, he went on to say, the French are also familiar with the province’s popular tourist attraction the Borobudur temple. A sizable number of French came to Indonesia only to visit Borobudur, he added.“Borobudur has become one of the most popular destinations in France. Now French people are not only familiar with Bali but also Borobudur, and many of them go to the temple,” he said.The visits by French tourists to Central Java have great potential because every August is a month-long holiday in France, he said.During the month, the French usually travel to many places.  “At the moment, one of the most popular destinations is Borobudur temple. The Central Java administration has to make the best of the potential because French people usually stay a long time during their trips — between 10 and 20 days,” said Armanatha.The ambassador said his French friends, who had visited Borobudur, were in awe at the area’s various tourist attractions. Not only the great temple and interesting cuisine but also unique handicrafts by locals amazed French tourists.“Some of the French tourists even make their annual trip to Borobudur just to enjoy dishes in small stalls near the temple. They say the food is delicious and they crave it. There are also tourists who are amazed by the arts and culture,” he said.In response, Governor Ganjar took seriously the offer to open a coffee shop in Paris. He immediately asked his staff to measure the possibilities.“There are many Central Java products that are in high demand in France, but when [Armanatha] mentioned the popularity of Central Java coffee, I became interested in opening a shop there. We have to put this into action,” he said. (gis)Topics :last_img read more

MUI calls on Muslims to cancel events involving crowds to slow spread of COVID-19

MUI calls on Muslims to cancel events involving crowds to slow spread of COVID-19

first_imgThe MUI previously issued a fatwa that prohibited Muslims in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably” from performing Friday prayers “until the situation returns to normal”.It also encouraged people to minimize physical contact, bring their own prayer mats, wash their hands diligently and prohibited Muslims who had tested positive for COVID-19 from attending Friday prayer at mosques.As of Wednesday afternoon, Indonesia has reported 227 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 19 deaths and 11 recoveries. The virus has spread throughout the country, including major regions like Jakarta, Yogyakarta, West Java, Central Java, Banten, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan. Topics : The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has called on Muslims to cancel or suspend events involving crowds such as conferences, discussions and seminars amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The appeal is also a call for the organizer of a Muslim gathering titled Asian World Ijtema to suspend the event, which is set to be held in Gowa, South Sulawesi, on March 19-22.”We should not underestimate the coronavirus. If we cannot break the chain of transmission, many people will fall ill,” MUI secretary-general Anwar Abbas said in a written statement on Thursday.center_img Anwar added that close contact between participants such as handshakes, kisses and hugs could happen in such activities.The Gowa administration has decided to postpone the event. Participants who have already arrived in the region will be put on isolation temporarily, according to Gowa Regent Adnan Purichta Ichsan Yasin Limpo.After a religious gathering held in Malaysia from Feb. 27 to March 1, three Indonesian citizens tested positive for COVID-19.The 2020 Johor Qudamak was held at the Sri Petaling Jamek Mosque and in attendance were 700 participants from Indonesia, 200 from the Philippines and 95 from Singapore.last_img read more

World champion Lewis Hamilton self-isolating as precaution

World champion Lewis Hamilton self-isolating as precaution

first_imgThe start of the Formula One season has been wiped away by the pandemic with races in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Netherlands and Spain shelved and the iconic Riviera showpiece in Monaco cancelled.A season which should have started in Melbourne on March 14 will now not start until Azerbaijan on June 7 at the earliest.Formula One’s British-based teams are also hoping to contribute away from the track.They are working on a plan to manufacture medical equipment needed to fight the coronavirus which up to Friday night had claimed 177 victims in the United Kingdom with the numbers infected set to top 4,000.The British government and health authorities need more ventilators in intensive care units to deal with respiratory problems caused by the illness.Formula One teams have engineering capabilities that could speed up the production of the units.Topics : Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he is self-isolating but will not get tested for coronavirus as others need attention more than him.The 35-year-old Briton said he decided to self-isolate because he had been at the same function in London that actor Idris Elba and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau attended earlier this month.Elba and Gregoire-Trudeau subsequently both tested positive for COVID-19. “I want to let you know that I am doing well,” Hamilton said in a statement. “There has been speculation about my health, after I was at an event where two people later tested positive for coronavirus.”I have zero symptoms and it has now been 17 days since I saw Sophie and Idris. I have been in touch with Idris and happy to hear he is OK.”I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but the truth is, there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do, especially when I wasn’t showing any symptoms at all.”Hamilton has been in isolation since last Friday. last_img read more

Jamie Carragher rates Arsenal signing David Luiz and slams Shkodran Mustafi

Jamie Carragher rates Arsenal signing David Luiz and slams Shkodran Mustafi

first_imgJamie Carragher ‘totally understands’ Arsenal’s move for David Luiz (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher admits he’s ‘not a massive fan’ of David Luiz but says he can ‘totally understand’ why Arsenal signed the defender from Chelsea following Laurent Koscielny’s departure this summer.Luiz completed a controversial £8million switch across London on deadline day and the 32-year-old put pen to paper on a two-year contract which sees him through to 2021 at the Emirates.The Brazilian was brought in to replace Koscielny who went on strike at Arsenal in order to force a move to Bordeaux.Former Liverpool star Carragher has been an outspoken critic of Luiz down the years, but thinks the centre-back is an improvement on Shkodran Mustafi, a player he feels is ‘nowhere near good enough’ for the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’m not a massive fan of David Luiz. People probably know that over the last few years,’ Carragher told The Last Word with Stan Collymore.‘I think at times he’s better than what people talk about. Let’s not forget he played in the middle of a back three that went on to win the title under Antonio Conte. He was very disciplined there and I think it helped him there, being in a back three.‘But I can totally understand it from an Arsenal perspective. They’ve lost Koscielny who is the experienced man and I’m so disappointed in Koscielny because you looked at him and thought, “He’s a good lad, him.”. Jamie Carragher rates Arsenal signing David Luiz and slams Shkodran Mustafi Advertisement Carragher admits he’s ‘not the biggest fan’ of Luiz (Picture: Getty)He continued: ‘So I think they’ve done quite well. Yes, it’s top heavy but they will be exciting to watch.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I never really had Emery down as that type of manager. He reminds me of Rafa [Benitez]… very studious and always very focused so you would expect his teams to be a bit more organised, not conceding goals left, right and centre.‘But it looks like that’s what we’re gonna get and they will go for the top four.’Will Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Jamie Carragher rates Manchester United’s title chances after victory over Chelsea Carragher says Mustafi is ‘nowhere near good enough’ for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘He [Koscielny] was a good player, probably coming to the end but don’t leave like that… you’ve put a good solid stint in there at a top club.‘I just think they’ve lost the experienced one and brought another experienced one in, it’s not cost them much difference in money.‘Mustafi is nowhere near good enough for that club but there’s other young players there.’ Newcastle 0 – 1 Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:18FullscreenNewcastle 0 – 1 Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/newcastle-0-1-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-1983974/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Carragher believes Arsenal’s club-record deal for Nicolas Pepe indicates that Unai Emery wants his team scoring far more goals this season, particularly away from home.‘I read something that I found interesting because a lot of people were asking why they have spent £70m on Pepe when they need a centre-back,’ Carragher added.‘The feeling at Arsenal was that they’ve got a great home record under Emery and their away record is awful.‘You’re thinking they actually need to score more goals away from home and they’re probably thinking, “You know what, there’s not a lot sometimes we can do defensively” and to be fair I don’t know how many great defenders are out there because they’ve got a young kid, French lad (William Saliba) who they think is going to be the real deal and the Luiz thing has just happened.‘There is a dearth of great centre-backs out there so it’s not easy but I think they feel they don’t score enough goals away from home so that’s something that can add to them away from home.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 13 Aug 2019 12:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link368Shares Commentlast_img read more

New Strike Wave to Further Cripple Spanish Ports

New Strike Wave to Further Cripple Spanish Ports

first_imgSpanish ports are facing another round of strikes as stevedores announced plans to strike next week as well.Namely, the strikes are to be held from June 14th, 0800 hrs till June 16th 0800 hrs. In addition, dockworkers said that they would stop work at odd hours on June 19th, 21st, 23rd, resulting in only 50% of workable time.Spanish dockworker unions launched a nation-wide strike on Monday impacting operations across the country’s 39 cargo ports. According to the representatives of the Coordinadora Estatal de Trabajadores del Mar (Coordinadora), a Spanish dockworkers union, almost 100 percent of workers supported the strike, which is over 6,000 stevedores.Fears have been raised on what the strikes’ effect would be on the country’s port sector as shipping companies endeavor to reroute their cargoes to rival ports.Alternative destinations used by firms included Portugal, Morocco and Malta, Reuters reported.“Even more, the situation in most of Spanish ports will be affected by a poor daily production and causing medium/big delays in vessels’ operations,” Spain-based GAC sub-agent told World Maritime News in a statement.However, the strike is not affecting tankers and liquid bulk cargo, basic essential goods and perishable goods, the statement further reads.Port of Algeciras, the country’s biggest transshipment hub, is likely to suffer the biggest blow as companies like Maersk Line omit their calls to avoid delays in delivery.The strikes have resulted from the conflict between Spanish stevedores associations and the government that passed a decree on liberalization of port services, putting dockworkers’ jobs in the hands of the companies that could replace them with cheaper labor.During the recent talks between the union and Anesco, port employers’ association, the latter could not guarantee the security of all dockworker jobs, which prompted the workers to go ahead with their strike plans for this week.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more