Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.For more information about Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL.bw) 2007 annual report.Company ProfileBotswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) was established in 1980 as a body corporate by an Act of Parliament to provide, develop, operate and manage Botswana’s national and international telecommunications services. An amendment of the Telecommunications Act in 1996 repealed the monopoly of BTC and other service providers could operate in the telecommunications arena in Botswana. Through a privatisation process mandated through the Privatisation Policy of 2000, shares were sold in the state telecommunications corporation; leaving the government of Botswana with a 51 percent stake in BTCL. The telecommunications corporation offers fixed and mobile voice telephony, including pre- and postpaid services; as well as broadband, online phonebook, Wi-Fi connectivity, frame relay wide-area networking, toll-free and contact centre services, and residential, business and leased line services. BTC also provides an integrated digital networks service, private automatic branch exchange systems, aperture terminal services, and international private-leased circuits.
PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) 2017 annual report.Company ProfilePrime Time Property Holdings is a variable rate loan stock company with interests in property investment, property development and property management. The company has invested in a diversified portfolio of office, retail and industrial properties in the major towns and cities of Botswana, and recently acquired two properties in Zambia on a sale and leaseback basis with G4S Zambia. Prime Time Property Holdings Limited acquires properties owned by vendors through acquisition agreements which it then offers to investors through the sale of Linked Units. Its property portfolio in Botswana is made up of 16 fund properties located in Gaborone, Ramotswa, Francistown, Ghanzi, Lobatse and Serowe. Commercial properties in its Botswana portfolio include Prime Plaza, Letshego Place and the South African High Commission.
Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Posted Jan 8, 2015 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY A la suite de l’attentat terroriste, aujourd’hui, aux bureaux du journal satirique, Charlie Hebdo, l’archevêque de Canterbury déclare:“Ceci est un acte d’une brutalité et barbarie extrême. Cette violence est diabolique, attaquant des innocents et déniant lâchement le droit fondamental de liberté d’expression.“Le peuple français, un pays où j’ai habité, que je connais et que j’aime, émergera courageusement au-delà du défi de cette affreux attentat et continuera à réagir avec la force et la témérité, ressortant de leur illustre passé.“Nos prières et pensées sont particulièrement tournées vers ceux qui ont été tués et blessés, ainsi que leurs familles. Je prie également pour ceux qui sont à la poursuite des terroristes.” Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Archbishop of Canterbury Submit a Press Release Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags L’archevêque de Canterbury condamne l’attentat à l’arme au journal Charlie Hebdo comme barbare 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC
Houses Projects Singapore Photographs Save this picture!© Derek Swalwell+ 22 Share Photographs: Derek SwalwellText description provided by the architects. 55 Blair Road produces a spatial experience that excites the senses by promoting light open plan living which is unusual to this type of terrace house. This residence brings a balance between nature and contemporary living in a renovation of an Art Deco style terrace. Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellConcept To create a light open plan living space, whilst promoting Inside/outside space. The contrasting relationship between the metallic elements and subtle tones within the house create an exciting spatial relationship throughout. Save this picture!55 Blair road project is a renovation and restoration to a traditional art deco style shop house. Originally the house was renovated 10 years ago. The new owner however believed it was too dark and desired more light in the living spaces. Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellAdhering to the conservation constraints of maintaining the existing envelope, a solution was reached. The residence was design around a young professional who had a clear vision of how the house should appear. The final scheme met that vision. Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe entire second floor in the main section of the house had been allocated for a master bedroom/study space with an en suite bathroom. The restored traditional façade of the property envelops the new living space accommodating all the desired spaces of the client. Save this picture!Bringing light into this long plot was an important consideration. A large air well divides the two sections of the house allowing for maximum light to penetrate the living spaces. Aluminum wall cladding wraps around the void. The aluminum bands reflect light into the living spaces. The void acts not only as a large light well but also encourages natural ventilation within the house. The intricate linear bands are a modern contrast that reflects the traditional ornate façade. This metallic architectural language used throughout the scheme emphasizes a unity within the spaces. The subtle tones and metallic elements complement each other to create a common theme throughout the house. Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellContinuity of space was a key concept to promote the relationship of outside/inside space. The First floor employs flexible glazed walls that lead directly to the pool. The main section of the house is separated by the out door pool and frangipani garden. When both sides of the glazed partitions are open the first floor becomes one large space. The scheme proves to be an approach that promotes diversity of space. The ground floor is not only a lounge and dinning area it is an ideal place to relax and sit poolside. The intention to create a diverse space on the first floor adds huge value and appeal to a property this size. The TV and music appliances are hidden in recesses in the wall that are concealed when not in use buy larges pieces of art, this reiterates the concept of continuity of spaces. The lighting can be controlled by an integrated computer that can be used to set lighting moods within the house. The rear section (service area) of the house accommodates the kitchen space , a powder room, the maids’ room and a roof terrace. A steel spiral staircase links these spaces. The internal courtyard divides the two sections of the house however the same choice of materials is carried though the whole scheme to ensure unity. Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe kitchen has been finished in a seamless aluminum cladding. This creates a refined kitchen space. A balance between the aluminum and the frangipani garden in the internal courtyard has developed a stimulating spatial experience. The contrasting relationship between the organic element and the long linear metal elements provide a suitable connecting space. Several stepping-stones link the lounge and kitchen space across the pool divide. Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe Century Frangipani is a native tree that has been associated with Buddhist and Hindu cultures. The old twisted trunk adds to the character of the house. It is contained within modern elements. This reflects the concept of the house in the way the old facade contains the modern. Save this picture!The house is laid out on an axis that almost acts as a line of symmetry. The layout of spaces certainly is arranged to this line. The master bedroom features an en suite bathroom space that is a contrasting architectural language to that of the façade. It is a glazed box that cantilevers over the pool area. This modern intervention emphasizes the playful nature of the scheme. Internally there is a total contrast to the ornate façade. The unsubtle architectural styles contrast each other in a way that contributes to the overall scheme. The traditional flooring was used within the modern addition. The walnut planks runs through the second and third floors in response to the heritage of the property. The sculpted stone bathtub sits at the edge of the cantilevered box overlooking the pool and garden below. The other bathroom fixtures are constructed in a similar stone. However the bathtub is the key architectural feature that completes the bathroom. Another appealing feature of the master bedroom is that there is a large void that allows a view down to the first floor. The plan of the Master bedroom space is true to the axial layout of the house. Integrated symmetrical bookshelves line the walls that lead to the study area. To overcome the constraint of maintaining the height of the second floor a new mezzanine space was created to accommodate an additional guest bedroom in the attic space. A jack roof was necessary to allow sufficient light into the attic. Light is able to penetrate through the house The main spiral staircase depicts a rhythmic ribbon that ascends to attic space. This key architectural feature acts as a central pin through the main section of the residence. Naturally lit by a roof cylindrical skylight that creates a vertical strik that can reach the bottom part of the stairs. This organic approach reflects the natural aspects of the house with a modern interpretation. On the second and third floors the stairwell is encased in a stainless steel mesh. This detaches the circulation space and spatially breaks up the bedroom areas The overall scheme successfully establishes a relationship between inside and outside space. The approach of situating a swimming pool in the centre of the house produces a space that is diverse and suitable to a range of activities. The benefits of the flexible space leading to the air well gives the occupant the option of creating a different type of space within the house. The aluminum clad air well draws light into the residence ensuring a well-let open plan living space meeting the client’s desires.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse on the Water / Le 2 WorkshopArticlesTic-Tac House / Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz ArquitetosArticles Share CopyAbout this officeONG&ONG Pte LtdOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasRefurbishmentHouses3D ModelingSingaporePublished on August 23, 2009Cite: “55 Blair Road / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd” 23 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
MAY DAY PROTEST OF POLICE KILLINGSOn Friday, May 1 — International Workers’ Day — the cranes for loading cargo at the San Francisco and Oakland ports will be still. The April meetings of both the Executive Board and membership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 unanimously endorsed a call for “Union Action to Stop Police Killings of Black and Brown People.” A unanimously approved amendment called for the monthly union membership meeting to be held on the May 1 day shift and conclude with a march and a rally at Oakland City Hall, to demonstrate that the rampant killings by police are an urgent labor issue.The killing of young Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police on Aug. 9 and the cellphone-videoed killing of Eric Garner by New York police on Staten Island galvanized a rainbow movement, led by Black and Brown youth.Creative and determined protests have interrupted business as usual in streets, highways, shopping malls, restaurants, everywhere. Protesters have faced tear gas and militarized SWAT units while chanting, “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” Union banners and “Fight for $15 and a union” militants hit the streets in St. Louis, but organized labor action has been missing until now, even though the police killings continue.Walter Scott murder and laborThe New York Times printed pictures on its April 8 front page from video footage capturing the moment when 50-year-old Walter Scott was shot in the back and killed — murdered — by a white cop in South Carolina. But the article didn’t mention the Scott’s family relationship with the International Longshore Association Local 1422 in Charleston, or that the local’s union hall became a center for organizing the protests that followed.Ken Riley, an ILA vice president and Local 1422 president, explained in a condolence statement issued by the ILA: “Walter Scott’s brother, Rodney Scott, joined our workforce two years ago. One of Local 1422’s dispatchers, Marion Green, and James Gibbs, a foreman, are all close relatives. The Scott family and the Riley family worshipped together for many years … and remain close.“Local 1422 recognizes that we have a social responsibility to our community and we take that responsibility very seriously. That is why Leonard Riley Jr. took the lead and arranged the organizational meeting for the protest at the North Charleston City Hall. He and other members also participated in the rally. Local 1422 will continue to stand up and speak out against injustice in any form, whether it is racial profiling, racial discrimination or, as in this case, racial homicide.” (ilaunion.org/news_walter_scott, April 9)The South Carolina AFL-CIO thanked ILWU Local 10 for their demonstration of solidarity: “You supply courage to the members of the SC AFL-CIO as we continue to address the unwarranted killing of Walter Scott. We will share your message of solidarity and reach out to workers around the country to join with us on May 1st in actions to protest the continuing unjustified killings.”ILWU forged in fighting racism, police killingsLocal 10 actions — including rescheduled union meetings — are deep in the union’s tradition of fighting racism and injustice. The resolution included some examples.Every year the ILWU shuts down all West Coast ports to remember “Bloody Thursday”: July 5, 1934. That day, the San Francisco port bosses had unleashed a torrent of vigilantes, mounted police and tear gas to beat back maritime strikers and reopen the ports. Cops shot two San Francisco workers, Nick Bordoise and Howard Sperry, in the back, killing them near the union hall. Tens of thousands marched in their funeral, sparking the 1934 General Strike.That massive labor solidarity won union control of the hiring hall and the coast contract uniting all 29 ports. It ended the racist “shape-up system” on the docks that had pitted worker against worker based on race, national origin, kickbacks or other favors — all to the bosses’ benefit.Strike leader Harry Bridges said: “The owners have only one objective, the destruction of labor unions. … If we can’t control the hiring hall, then the right of longshore [workers] to organize is just a farce. … The unions will be destroyed by discrimination and blacklisting.”Local 10’s recent resolution notes that “the ILWU has a proud history of standing up against racial injustice, like the 1984 anti-apartheid action and the 2010 shutdown for justice for Oscar Grant.” Oscar Grant was killed by a transit cop at the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s Fruitvale station on Jan. 1, 2009. It was one of the first killings captured on camera phone.Local 10’s Oct. 23, 2010, port shutdown — of the type planned for the May 1 rally at Oakland City Hall — demanded: Stop police brutality! Jail killer cops! Defend jobs and public education! Stop the wars and repression!In 1984, South African cargo sat in the harbor for 10 days. The courts sided with apartheid, ordering the ILWU to unload the ship, but community pickets blocked the entrance to Pier 80, refusing to allow business as usual with the racist apartheid South African regime.When racists attacked the homes of Black families in Contra Costa County, Calif., including the home of ILWU Local 10 member Roosevelt Presley, the Bay Area Longshore Memorial Association hired a private guard to protect the Presley family. The newly formed ILWU Bay Area Civil Rights Committee included Local 10 members Lawrence Thibeaux and the late Leo Robinson. They united other labor and religious groups in Richmond, Calif., to rally against Klan violence that also marked the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in 1981. (ILWU Dispatcher, Jan. 1981)Just prior to that, Leo Robinson had invited two sisters from Oroville, Calif., to come to the Local 10 meeting to tell the membership about harassment they were suffering from the Ku Klux Klan and others. Robinson wrote: “The rank and file wanted to give support. I wrote a resolution to have our next membership meeting in Oroville, a ‘stop work meeting’ with Pacific Maritime Association’s approval. On the morning of the meeting, we loaded buses and cars to Oroville and marched through the main thoroughfare of the town to deliver a message to the police chief — stop the harassment, cross burnings, graffiti, etc. [against] the single mothers.”The ILWU’s 1971 Convention “voiced strong support for the defense of Angela Davis and pledged a renewed battle against racism.” The ILWU’s policy statement outlined the role of labor: “Because unions must be spokes[people] for all the people who work for a living, and because we must be in advance of all social and economic programs for progress, we have no choice but to take the lead in eliminating the scourge of racism from our land.” (ILWU Dispatcher, April 1971)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Larry HolmesAn important issue under discussion inside Workers World Party, which resulted in members of the WWP Detroit branch resigning on July 14, is over the issue of identity politics. The former Detroit members held the position that the issue of identity politics is harming the working class. The majority in the Party disagree with their position. The internal party document below, prepared for a recent leadership meeting, and now being made public, was written by WWP First Secretary Larry Holmes on May 14, 2018, to contextualize some of these differences, particularly the section entitled “We must push aside all barriers to organizing our class.” In the view of Workers World Party, the term identity politics, used both affirmatively and derisively by differing forces in the broad working-class movement and on the left, essentially poses this question: Is acknowledging and supporting the legitimate struggles of oppressed sections of our class and all of society against racism, sexism and LGBTQ oppression, antithetical to or integral to the class struggle against capitalism? We believe it to be integral. More will be said later in this document.The party must begin to orient itself to the next stage of the class struggle. Obviously, we cannot predict the course of future events. But that fact alone is no reason for the party not to prepare politically and organizationally for a new level of global class struggle, however quickly or slowly or unevenly this might develop. The new level of struggle is predicated on the extreme character of the global capitalist crisis, what our class must prepare for, and what the party must do if we truly want to inhabit the vacuum that is waiting for a real revolutionary workers party to step up.The working class, including the organized, and especially the far larger unorganized, section of it has reached a kind of precipice.Either something changes or the setbacks that we have witnessed over three or more decades will accelerate.The Janus case before the Supreme Court, a threat to the labor movement that I assume comrades are familiar with, is only symptomatic of the crisis that our class must confront and transcend.Not so long ago, there was a school of thought among bourgeois academics that predicted that the working class was withering away. Just the opposite is true. The working class is growing as more of society is pushed into it by the vicissitudes of capitalist change and decay. The composition and parameters of our class are constantly changing and expanding.Yet, the conventional thinking of most of the trade union leadership remains the same. That thinking maintains that if a group of workers regardless of where they work is unable to win union recognition or negotiate a contract or engage in collective bargaining and pay union dues, then these workers cannot gain entrance to the labor movement. This thinking excludes the overwhelming majority of workers from the labor movement. Both in thinking and in practice this norm must change.The term that many, ourselves included, call this thinking is “business unionism.” Business unionism has long since exhausted its ability to defend the working class.Business unionism defines a narrow, limited and conservative approach to organizing workers that is fundamentally based on a nonstruggle, class-collaborationist orientation. One of the big problems with this kind of unionism is that it tends to prioritize defending the gains of unionized workers over the need to organize more workers. Both needs should have equal priority. Until that is the case, it will be easier for the ruling class to pit sections of the working class against each other.The problem of business unionism is not new. Militant and progressive trade unionists have been combating it for a very long time.However, a tipping point has been reached. The struggle against conservative conceptions of unionism must be intensified, ideologically, politically and through concrete action — not only on the part of the rank and file of the labor movement, but on the part of revolutionary and radical forces both in and outside of the organized labor movement. And most importantly, this fight must be joined by more and more workers no matter what their circumstances are.The party, and all who are truly interested in the struggle of the working class, must analyze this problem and plan action on the basis of a fresh perspective.The fact that our party is small in comparison to the scope of this crisis is no excuse to sit on the sidelines.In a way, the rebellion of education workers that is still spreading across the country (a struggle that is being joined on college campuses by janitors, cafeteria workers and graduate students) is probably the biggest sign that workers know that they must embrace a militant, rank-and-file, community-involved orientation as against the trade union bureaucracy.Let’s open this discussion at our meeting at the end of MayI am strongly recommending to the party that one of the major points on the agenda for the upcoming leadership meeting should be the beginning of a thorough review of the party’s approach to the working class, including a critical assessment of questions such as:What is our view of the trade union movement?What must be done to maximize the organization of the working class?Who or what is the working class?What is a real and contemporary Marxist view of the working class?What will it take to truly strengthen solidarity and internationalism in our class?What practical steps can the party take?These are just a few of the questions that need to be taken up. Even if we were able to devote the entire meeting to these questions, which we can’t do, it would still only be the beginning of the discussion.A brief background to problems facing the working class Karl Marx did not call for reforming capitalism; he called for overthrowing it. Marx explained why capitalism could not be reformed. Marx also explained that the capitalist system was inherently unstable and subject to greater and even greater catastrophic crisis. He warned that any improvement in the conditions for workers won in the class struggle with capital was subject to being reversed so long as the capitalist class held power.What’s more, in documents he prepared for the convening of the First International almost 150 years ago, Marx explained that the labor movement, as it evolved to higher and higher stages, needed to abandon all narrow or limited conceptions so that its initial aim, the improvement of the conditions for workers, changed/evolved to become the overthrow of the capitalist system.The influence of these central principles of revolutionary Marxism in the broad working-class movement has diminished over a protracted period. This is especially true for the working class in the centers of world imperialism, like the U.S. It is less true for the national liberation movements, the workers and oppressed in what is sometimes referred to as the Global South, which includes most of the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.How did this come to be? The short answer is that historical developments over the past three-quarters of a century gave capitalism and imperialism a new lease on life. Consequently, much of the working-class movement bought into the illusion that capitalism was more or less permanent, as well as more or less stable. It is this illusion, with the help of the capitalist ruling class, that gave rise to the bourgeois, social-democratic political parties, i.e., the Democrats in the U.S.Capitalism has now entered another epoch, the epoch of advanced permanent crisis and decay. Capitalism can no longer afford the price of social democracy. Moreover, the capitalist class no longer needs social democracy as an anti-communist bulwark against the former Soviet Union and the other former socialist countries.The collapse of social democracy: a major dilemma for the working classThe collapse of social democracy has left the working class temporarily disarmed. The next period of the political development of the working class is how, through action, organizing, struggle, experience, political development and solidarity, it rearms itself.The magnitude of the crisis remains, for a time, far beyond the political level of the working class and its organizations. That will and must change. Simply wishing that the workers were somehow able to catch up overnight to what the crisis demands of them won’t make it so.Nonetheless, communists must understand that however long it might take, at a certain point significant sections of the working class will understand the necessity that the struggle must be for more than gaining or defending concessions, that it must be for complete emancipation.As some comrades have pointed out over the years, we have at our disposal transitional demands and other strategies to challenge the rule of capital and generate confidence and consciousness among the workers that will help them cross the bridge from the struggle for reform to the struggle for power.The party has a tremendous amount of experience in the working-class struggle in virtually every industry and in every region of the country. The comrades in the labor fraction have been doing a great job, especially with the limited time and resources they have. Going forward, the party must begin to transform itself in preparation for this challenge.We must push aside all barriers to organizing our classThe inability or unwillingness of the business unionism model to embrace and lift up immigrant workers and the abandonment of the campaign to organize fast food workers, which many considered never serious to begin with, are examples of the crisis in the labor movement. In spite of this, hundreds of thousands of workers are either being organized or self-organized — a tremendous sign that workers are waking up and taking matters into their own hands.There have been more workers’ strikes this year than at any time since the late 1970s.I wholeheartedly agree with Marx and Sam Marcy that the political movements of the oppressed, be it Black Lives Matter or migrant workers or women or LGBTQ people, are not separate from the class struggle, but rather part of it and integral to it. The same is true for the unemployed, street vendors, cultural workers, people with disabilities, sex workers, prisoners and retirees.As important as the economic-based struggles of our class are, the political struggles against war or in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle or the people of Puerto Rico and against the capitalist system itself are no less important than the economic ones. Ultimately, the political struggles are far more important.The youth, who are drawn to the fight against white supremacy, racism and fascism, in my view, are very much part of the class struggle. In the first decade of our party’s existence, most of the cadre we recruited came off the campuses. In most instances, the first experience of comrades back then was in the anti-war and anti-racist movements. Fifty years ago, the chances of someone with a college degree, a master’s degree or a doctorate degree having a fairly comfortable life were pretty good.Today, young people with college degrees are trapped in the precarious “gig” economy, constantly moving from job to job, apartment to apartment, and saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt.The point being: The young radicals that the party is recruiting today are more likely to be in the working class than was the case a half century ago. There are some comrades who believe that identity politics is anti-working class. I disagree.Those in the movement who have minimized or disparaged identity politics have not helped our class gain a deeper understanding of what is required to forge greater solidarity with the most oppressed. We need to struggle over whatever differences there may exist in our own ranks so that we can more effectively struggle for this view in the wider movement.There are aspects of the gender nonconforming, nonbinary struggle that have revolutionary implications. Backward ideas tend to thrive where people’s knowledge of the world they live in is limited by the level of the productive forces.The material basis for the new confidence that women and LGBTQ people have in asserting their rights is in part because of the incredible development of the productive forces due to technology. This is true, even though the productive forces remain under the ownership of the capitalist ruling class. Like every struggle, the gender nonconforming struggle has a potential to be co-opted by the ruling class and, at the other extreme, a potential to be revolutionary. The significance of the revolutionary potential is a full-scale rebellion against patriarchy, which is a key pillar of class society.The time has come for our class to take another look at the struggles of prisoners and sex workers and all other sectors of our class who have been told that they are not part of the working class. Class solidarity is about multiplication, not subtraction and division.The communications technology that is derived from the incredible growth of the productive forces makes real working-class internationalism, which not so long ago was mostly symbolic, now practical and available.Third worldism, a continuing discussion related to our classThe discussion of third worldism might seem separate from a discussion of the problems facing our class. It is not. A few months ago, I promised some comrades that I would enlist their ideas in helping the party deepen its understanding of third worldism. I apologize for not being able to do so yet, but I intend to follow through on this as soon as possible.The term Third World, which was very popular in the progressive and revolutionary movements, as well as in the national liberation struggles during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, was used to describe underdeveloped countries, colonies or neocolonies. It was also used to describe a block of countries that wanted to be independent from both the big imperialist countries as well as the socialist countries.Today the term third worldism is used by several overlapping yet distinct ideologies. The ideology that most of the comrades of my generation associate the term with is essentially the nationalism of the oppressed in the struggle for liberation and self-determination. The term is also used by a section of the Maoist left. The grouping that uses this term to describe themselves that I am the least familiar with are those who consider white workers to be settler colonialists and therefore reactionary and undeserving of any support.The reason this came up in the party was that during the education workers’ strike in West Virginia back in March, a few former comrades in West Virginia unfortunately did not support the strike, at least initially, and even disparaged it on social media, basing their position on the white-settler variant of the term. Some of us had hoped to hold on to and educate these comrades, but they chose to leave the party.Mond from Detroit and Mahtowin from Boston wrote interesting pieces on this question, which I believe have drawn attention both inside and outside of the party.Of course, we understand and support the movements of oppressed peoples, especially Indigenous peoples, who justifiably consider themselves the survivors of white settler colonialism.The charges against imperialism, colonialism and before it slavery, the genocidal displacement of Indigenous peoples, along with the occupation and theft of the entire southwest from Mexico, are undeniable historical facts. It is also true that imperialism has used some of the wealth (a mere fraction of it) that it has stolen from the land and labor of oppressed peoples to, in a sense, buy off sections of the working class.Has this been an obstacle to the political development of the working class as an independent anti-capitalist social force? Yes, it’s been a problem. Has this affected the whole of the working class in the imperialist countries? No. It’s mostly affected the higher-paid workers. Has it stopped the day-to-day class struggle? No, as any comrade and millions upon millions of workers can attest to. Has it made the working class or sections of it irreversibly reactionary? No.As a matter of fact, central to the political crisis of capitalism is the fact that the systemic crises of the capitalist system are depriving it of the extra crumbs it has relied on to pacify sections of the working class.The economic crisis is leveling the degree of inequality in the working class. However, inequality obviously exists, and that will continue to be the case for some time to come. This inequality will be used to divide workers, especially if it is ignored instead of being addressed by progressive and revolutionary workers.This discussion is relevant to an understanding of the attraction of the many variants of anarchism, particularly those that are the most anti-working class, which is the category that I place the ideas that influenced a few of our former comrades in West Virginia.As long as the working-class movement, including the organized labor movement, is more or less tied to business unionism, the Democratic Party and class collaboration — which endangers every unionized worker and puts the rest of the working class in even greater peril — some radicals will write off the working class as well as Marxism and gravitate to dead-end, pseudo-radical ideologies. I believe that this has exacerbated the general tension in the working-class movement on a world scale.The fact that some radicals are influenced by anti-working class ideas is only symptomatic of much larger problems, which are the weaknesses of the working class and its organizations.This is all the more reason for us to rise to the occasion.Solidarity must come first!The ideas, norms and the institutions that have been put in place by the ruling class to maintain its power are fraying and crumbling. Whatever else Trump’s rise signifies, the decay of the capitalist system is high on the list. Clearly, many young people are turning against capitalism and are attracted to socialism. On top of growing economic deprivation and insecurity, there is a sense that everything that the masses have come to expect or rely on is no longer certain. Underneath all of this, the next cataclysmic capitalist crisis is in the making.The most astute among the capitalist economists expect the onset of a big economic crisis. They do not know exactly when it will hit. They differ on which event or series of events will trigger the crisis. It could be a war against Iran or an escalation of U.S. imperialism’s trade war with China or Canada and Europe or the political crisis regarding Trump in the ruling class that could morph into something destabilizing. It could be the breakdown of long-lasting imperialist alliances. It might just be an increase in interest rates or the bursting of some of the many bubbles in the grotesquely inflated financial markets. It could be a combination of all the above.Whatever the trigger is, the crisis is virtually searching for an excuse to explode. In fact, the capitalist economists mostly agree on two points: the scope of the crisis will be frightening, and there is very little that central banks and governments can do to prevent it.All of this will propel our class forward. But before that, it may cause tremendous fear. Understanding this is to understand the importance of solidarity. Solidarity in our class and in our own ranks is likely to be more important than understanding all that is happening around us, at least for a while.Class division or class solidarity?The most active dialectical contradiction facing the working class is that capitalism throws workers into violent competition with each other for their very survival. This contradiction does not diminish as the crises deepen; it is intensified. This is part of the process that’s responsible for Trump. Perhaps the clearest mission of Trumpism is to smash our class into a thousand pieces.Capitalism in its end stage presents a revolutionary opportunity to the working class to emancipate itself. But before that, it widens divisions in our class. As life for our class becomes more difficult and oppressive, insecure, alienating and ultimately unbearable, the seduction of division becomes more and more powerful.This process will begin to rapidly reverse when the rising struggle of the workers becomes a counterforce with more gravity than division. The struggle between class solidarity and class division in a period of unprecedented capitalist crisis is not only applicable to the working class in the general sense. It is a contradictory force, whether visible or not, in every union, every progressive movement or organization — and in our own party.Our Party’s culture and internal tensionsI’m not going to comment at any significant length here on the tensions in our party associated with the opening days of the Interim Central Committee (ICC). In my view, to say more would be premature.It is my hope that the ICC will resume and that it will get over its rocky beginnings. In hindsight, everyone involved, regardless of differences, should have agreed that the very first priority of the ICC should be to win the confidence of the entire party and demonstrate that it will strengthen solidarity in the party instead of testing it. Going forward, I hope comrades will take heed.I know that there are comrades who view the culture of the party as being too liberal or too petty bourgeois or not communist or Leninist enough.There is much about our party that can be improved. Some areas of our work, our organization and our practices are in desperate need of improvement. But our essential culture is not one of them. We need make no apologies for making solidarity central to our party’s culture.Solidarity should be first in all things big and small. Even when comrades are angry and frustrated, we must treat each other with respect. I consider this to be a principle. Absent this principle, we will be weaker. Comrades have made a commitment to devote their lives to the party and to our class. Comrades must fight to get respect on their jobs and in all their interactions with people and institutions outside of the party. They should not have to fight for respect inside the party.The best of our culture is an extrapolation of what has distinguished the party’s world view, its history and priorities. Our culture reflects the political essence of our very existence. It is a culture that has tried to assimilate into its thinking and its initiatives that almost every major historical mistake and innumerable smaller day-to-day mistakes made by the working-class movement have been associated with a failing or retreat on the question of forging solidarity between the workers and the oppressed.In truth, our culture is about the lengths we are prepared to go to support the most oppressed sections of our class. More importantly, our culture is a major reason why our party has been able to survive for almost 60 years through periods where other communist and socialist organizations, which once held the loyalty of many brave and devoted cadre, sadly no longer exist.I urge comrades to take this proposal seriously: to open a major review of our understanding and approach to our class, including to each other, and to prepare for it.Comradely,Larry Holmes FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized women’s right to choose abortion, was Jan. 22. While religious anti-abortion forces have been trying to overturn it ever since, the threat has never been greater — especially with woman-hater, racist, anti-LGBTQ2+ Trump in control of the state. Women Strike for Equality Day, Aug. 26, 1970, New York City. Women of Youth Against War and Fascism, including Sue Davis, were in the march.Trump took a bold step on Jan. 24 by being the first acting president to address the so-called “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. The reactionary, white supremacist march has been organized by the Catholic Church-backed, misnamed “Right to Life” for the last 46 years and since 2017 reinforced by white evangelicals.“Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” Trump stated. Too true. Contrast that with his administration’s plan to reduce funding for food stamps, which means free school meals for nearly a million poor children are in jeopardy and up to 5.3 million people, including thousands of children, could be cut from the program. (cbsnews.com, Dec. 10) Other government services which assist low-income children are at risk.In his attack, Trump made the preposterously false claim that Democrats support infanticide and bragged that he will withhold federal money from California if it does not drop a requirement within 30 days that private insurers cover abortions. Both the Guardian and the New York Times called Trump’s appearance an election appeal — which ironically coincided with the final formal argument in the Senate for his removal from office. The Guardian, calling it “a sign of desperation,” stated: “Trump is well aware, of course, that evangelicals don’t seem to give a damn about moral deficiencies — just as long as he cracks down on women’s reproductive rights they’ll continue to support him. So that’s exactly what he’s doing.” The Times reported that 80 percent of white evangelical voters helped crown King Trump in 2016. Refuting Trump, Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a counterstatement: “[W]e’ll be standing with the nearly 80 percent of Americans who support abortion access. We’ll never stop fighting for all the people in this country who need access to sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion.”Protest outside misogynist Supreme Court, May 21 2019.Right-wing attacksMeanwhile, there are at least four ways the blatantly patriarchal Trump administration is using state power to attack women and other gender-oppressed people. On March 4, the legal case, June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, comes before the Supreme Court. The case is identical to one plank of a Texas law the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in 2016, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The disputed Louisiana law, Act 620, would prevent doctors from providing abortion care in the state unless they have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The goal of the law is to limit the number of abortion clinics (as happened in Texas) and restrict access to surgical abortions. The Center for Reproductive Rights is arguing against the Louisiana law — backed by dozens of medical, legal and other organizations promoting rights for women, LGBTQ2+, various nationalities and people with disabilities. It seems the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals flouted the Supreme Court when it upheld the Louisiana restriction. Should the court overturn its own decision — thanks to Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — the case could be used by anti-abortion state legislators to limit access to surgical abortion across the country. Anti-abortion state legislators introduced a record number of near-total abortion bans, so-called “reversal laws” and other restrictive legislation in 2019. Undoubtedly emboldened by Trump’s braggadocio, they are continuing to introduce bans this year even in states like New Hampshire where there is a strong pro-choice majority. Another legislative anti-woman ploy is passage of “abortion reversal” laws based on the pseudoscience that medication-induced abortions can be reversed and the myth that people who have abortions often regret their decision. New research, published the week of Jan. 13 by the journal Social Science & Medicine on emotional responses post-abortion, shows that 99 percent of women don’t regret their abortions after five years. The Guttmacher Institute, which conducts in-depth research on reproductive needs, corroborated that no evidence shows abortion is responsible for mental health problems. (rewirenews.com, Jan. 15) But what cannot be quantified are the effects of Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services, stacked with anti-abortion, misogynist bigots who issue and promote anti-reproductive health care rulings like “conscience clauses” and the “domestic gag rule.” The latter was designed to reduce access to reproductive health care, particularly abortion, by exercising state power over some of the most in-need, vulnerable people in this country: the 4 million low-income women and gender-oppressed people enrolled in Title X. By significantly adulterating Title X of the Public Heath Services Act, passed in 1970 during the Nixon era, the revamped regulations do not allow Title X providers, as of Aug. 19, to conduct abortions alongside other services or offer patients referrals for abortions. All Title X recipients are poor people of color, youth, rural residents, im/migrants, people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence. (For background, see WW article, “While rate of abortion declines/Title X gag rule will only increase need for abortion.,” Oct. 4)The primary target of these changes was Planned Parenthood, the largest private provider of comprehensive reproductive health services, serving about 40 percent of more than 1.5 million women and gender-oppressed people who need contraception, testing for cancers, treatment for sexually transmitted infections and abortions. Planned Parenthood stood up to the Trump-Pence assault by opting out of Title X on Aug. 19. The most important question is: How is the gag rule affecting Title X patients? The Guttmacher Institute cannot provide such data. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to get DHHS authorization to survey all 4 million Title X patients and clinics that opted in.How many clinics have been forced out of Title X, denying convenient, timely, affordable access to abortion and other medical services? How many patients are unable to find licensed health centers that address their needs, excluding abortion? How many patients can’t afford to travel for reproductive care? How many need an abortion but can’t afford to travel? (That can cost hundreds of dollars on top of surgical fees.) Reproductive justice now!While anti-abortion politicians and activists cite blatant misinformation and outright lies that also stigmatize and slut-shame to promote their views, Guttmacher supplies facts to refute them: (1) Safe, legal abortion is common and at its lowest rate since Roe in 1973. (2) State restrictions are not driving the recent decline in abortion. The decrease is due to long-lasting, more effective contraception. Many pro-choice groups, promoting medical, legal and civil rights for women and gender-oppressed people, issued statements on Jan. 22 recognizing Roe:Destiny Lopez, co-director of All* Above All denounced the Dec. 20 DHHS ruling mandating separate billing for abortion care. That ruling and Roe “remind us abortion rights in theory are not enough. We must also fight [for] equitable access to … safe, healthy and autonomous decisions about our lives, bodies and futures [which are part of] the fight for dignity and equity.” She added: “[R]esearch has shown that someone who wants an abortion but is denied … leads to a significant increase in household poverty. Health insurance that respects our decisions and upholds our health must cover abortion.”The struggle for reproductive rights in the early 1970s.Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health: “[W]e’re writing a new playbook for abortion access by focusing on passing proactive laws to protect and expand access to abortion at the state level. … In 2019 alone, more states passed proactive protections for abortion rights and expanded access than in any previous year.”Voto Latino spokeswoman Sandra Sánchez wrote in defense of abortion rights for people of color, low-income folks and the LGBTQ2+ community: “[W]e’re . . . fighting to ensure that all Latinxs have access to abortion. … Research shows 73 % of Latinx voters want to see SCOTUS uphold the right to abortion, and 87 % say they would support a loved one who received one — because that’s what our community does, we support each other. … No politician should be able to take that away.”Yamani Hernandez, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds: “[H]elp end abortion stigma by sharing loving and bold messages about abortion. It’s up to us to break cycles of shaming and oppression. When we envelop people having abortions in the fierce love and power that’s built in community care, we bring the world one step closer to ending the harmful stigma that isolates us from each other — and our collective power.” Kimberly Inez McGuire, executive director of youth-focused and -led Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, was quoted in Truthout: “McGuire expressed a frustration heard and repeated over and over by activists, advocates and social-justice minded legislators and academics. In real life, the ‘promise of Roe’ never reached those who needed it most: the poor, youth, people of color, LGBTQIA people and rural populations.”Followup article will discuss increase in medication abortions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Sep 14, 2016 SHARE Hoosier Ag Today Recognized as Most Listened to Farm Radio Network in Indiana Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Hoosier Ag Today Recognized as Most Listened to Farm Radio Network in… Hoosier Ag Today has been recognized as the most-listened-to farm radio network in Indiana by Ag Media research (AMR). In AMR’s survey of 1023 class 1A farmers in 82 Indiana counties, Hoosier Ag Today received a 40.9 Cume rating. This measurement of audience listenership was almost twice as large as any other network or station. This also represents a significant increase from the HAT audience last measured in 2014. “It is especially gratifying that we reached this major milestone as we celebrate our 10th year of operation,” said HAT President and Founder Gary Truitt.In the past 12 months, Hoosier Ag Today has added several stations to its statewide network. These include WOWO-AM, Ft Wayne; WKVI-AM/FM, Knox; WYMR-FM, Culver; WBKQ-FM, Alexandria; and WDWQ-FM, WDKE-FM, WBOW-FM, and WIBQ-AM in Terre Haute. The addition of these stations helped fuel the HAT audience growth. In addition, several of the long-time HAT affiliates, including WRAY-AM/FM, Princeton; WKKG-FM, Columbus; and WCDQ-FM Crawfordsville, saw increases in their farmer listening audience. Several of these stations have increased the number of farm programs they air each day to better serve their local farm audience.“This shows how important our local, timely, and relevant content is to Indiana farmers during these difficult economic times,” said Truitt. The AMR data confirmed that 86% of the farmers surveyed said they listened to radio daily for agricultural information. This is consistent with the past 3 AMR reports in Indiana that have shown an 86.6% daily radio listenership by farmers. Indiana daily farmer radio listening is higher than the national average of 71%, as estimated by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. “In addition to thanking Hoosier farm listeners, we would like to recognize the radio stations on the HAT network,” said Andy Eubank Vice President of Operations. “Their commitment to airing our farm news, weather and market programs allows the network to reach farmers with this timely information. “ Most of HAT’s 65 affiliated radio stations have been part of the Network for the past 10 years.For the first time, the AMR study also measured farmer radio listening on the weekends. The study indicated that 40.3% of those surveyed were listening for agricultural information on the weekend. “Farming is not a Monday through Friday occupation,” said Truitt. “Especially with corn and soybean prices at current low levels, many producers are seeking off-the-farm employment during the week and are farming full-time on the weekends. To meet this demand for more weekend information, Hoosier Ag Today will be launching a long-form program for airing by stations over the weekend.” Title sponsorship opportunities are currently available for this program.About Hoosier Ag TodayHoosier Ag Today was founded in 2006 for the specific purpose of serving the informational needs of the Hoosier agricultural community. HAT currently has 65 radio stations broadcasting its programs. In addition, HAT operates a multi-media web site, smartphone app, and publishes a daily e-mail newsletter. Hoosier Ag Today is represented nationally by J.L. Farmakis, Inc.Access the HAT on-line media kit at www.hatradio.com Previous articleBayer and Monsanto Announce Merger DealNext articleClosing Comments Gary Truitt
RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mozambique Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Anibal Dos Santos Junior, also known as Anibalzinho, the fugitive killer of investigative journalist Carlos Cardoso, has been recaptured in South Africa. Mozambican police travelled today to Pretoria to bring Dos Santos back to finish serving a 30-year sentence for Cardoso’s November 2000 murder.Dos Santos has escaped three times since he was first arrested for Cardoso’s murder. His most recent escape was from a high-security prison in Maputo on 7 December 2008. He was rearrested on 21 August in Johannesburg.“We are pleased that the Mozambican police have finally been able to recapture this killer in a joint operation with Interpol,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is essential that he should now serve his entire sentence so that justice can be done. We call on the authorities to guard him with more care from now on as this was far from being his first escape.”After being arrested by South African police at his new home in Johannesburg at around 7 p.m. on 21 August, Dos Santos was taken to a high security prison in Pretoria. He remained there until the Mozambican police arrived on 25 August in Pretoria to escort him back to the high security prison in Maputo.Dos Santos spent more than nine months on the run. With the help of one or possibly more guards, he escaped from his cell on the morning of 7 December 2008 and got away with two other detainees. Mozambican police spokesman Pedro Cossa said Dos Santos had been living under the alias of Mauricio Alexandre Mula in South Africa.After his first escape in September 2002, Dos Santos was recaptured in Pretoria five months later. After escaping again on 10 May 2004, he was arrested by Interpol on his arrival at Toronto airport. He was convicted on 20 January 2006 of heading the hit squad that killed Cardoso, the editor of the newspaper Metical.Cardoso was gunned down on 22 November 2000 on Avenue Martires de Machava in Maputo. He had just left his office in his car, with his driver, when two men blocked their way and opened fire. Cardoso was hit in the head and died instantly. His driver was seriously injured. Prior to his death, Cardoso had been probing the country’s biggest financial scandal since independence – the embezzlement of 14 million euros from the privatisation of Mozambique’s Banco Commercial. He had named three very influential businessmen in his reports: the Satar brothers and Vicente Ramaya. News Organisation Reports MozambiqueAfrica April 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information MozambiqueAfrica News News November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Mozambique: Case of missing Mozambican journalist referred to UN to go further July 3, 2020 Find out more Joint letter to Mozambique’s president about journalist’s disappearance August 27, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor’s convicted murderer is behind bars again
News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more October 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger and Blogspot “provisionally” accessible again RSF_en Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor 29.10 – Blogger and Blogspot “provisionally” accessible againAccess to Google’s two blog services, Blogger and Blogspot, was restored yesterday evening in Turkey. The court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir that had blocked them said they were being unblocked “provisionally” to enable Digitürk, the TV station that filed the original complaint about allegedly pirated video footage, to submit all the required evidence.“The court’s decision shows that the judicial authorities sometimes block access to websites without any proof that they committed a crime,” Reporters Without Borders said. “And if there has been piracy, only the offending videos should in all fairness be withdrawn, and the sites should remain accessible.”Blogger and Blogspot were blocked on 24th october. Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more List of websites currently blocked in Turkey- http://www.youtube.com- http://www.gundemonline.com- http://www.geocities.com- http://www.kliptube.com- http://ateizm.org- http://richarddawkins.net News News April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit ————28.10 – Call for Law 5651 to be amended after latest case of online censorshipReporters Without Borders condemns the censorship of Google’s blog services, Blogger and Blogspot, by a magistrate’s court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir as a result of a complaint by the Turkish TV station Digitürk. The station claims that video footage over which it has exclusive rights has been posted on blogs hosted by these services.“The blogs on these services were suddenly closed without any warning to users and without any court summonses being issued,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is not just about copyright and piracy. This is yet another example of how, in Turkey, entire websites are closed just because of problematic content on a single page or blog. We call for Blogger and Blogspot to be reopened. Their closure has handicapped thousands of Internet users in Turkey.”Access to some 10 websites, including very popular ones such as YouTube, Dailymotion and Google Groups, have been blocked in the course of this year in Turkey as a result of court decisions. In most cases, access was blocked under Law 5651 on the Prevention of Crime Committed in the Information Technology Domain, which was adopted by parliament in May 2007 and took effect the following November.This law empowers a public prosecutor to ban access to a website within 24 hours if the content is considered “liable to incite suicide, pedophilia, drug usage, obscenity or prostitution” of if it “contradicts the law of (Turkish republic founder) Atatürk.”Article 8 of the law provides for the blocking of content contrary to Law 5816, which has been in effect since 1951 and which punishes “crimes against Atatürk.” “This article says that “when there is sufficient evidence supporting the abusive appearance of content (…) access must be blocked.” As well as “crimes against Atatürk,” Law 5651 punishes “inciting suicide” (article 84), “sexual abuse of children” (article 103), “prostitution” (article 227) and “inciting drug usage” (article 190).Reporters Without Borders warned of the danger this law represents for online free expression when it was approved by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer on 22 May 2007.Commenting on the latest developments, Reporters Without Borders said: “All this arbitrary blocking of websites has demonstrated that this law is the main source for the deterioration in online free expression. Furthermore, ISPs are forced to do the blocking of access to sites that break this law. This makes them accomplices to censorship.”The press freedom organisation added: “We call for Law 5651 to be amended as quickly as possible. Rather than block an entire website, only the content regarded as ‘sensitive’ should be the challenged before the courts.”Turkey was ranked 102nd out of 173 countries in the 2008 press freedom index which Reporters Without Borders released last week.