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The Russian Thing

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politicalprof:
On a political cartoon site, one otherwise liberal cartoonist made the mistake of expressing doubt about the Russian connection to Donald Trump, to which a poster (handle “Radish”) provided the following response:

‘I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any U.S. ties to Russia…

except for the Flynn thing…

and the Manafort thing…

and the Tillerson thing
and the Sessions thing
and the Kushner thing
and the Carter Page thing
and the Roger Stone thing
and the Felix Sater thing
and the Boris Ephsteyn thing
and the Rosneft thing
and the Gazprom thing
and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing
and the Azerbajain thing
and the “I love Putin” thing
and the Donald Trump, Jr. thing
and the Sergey Kislyak thing
and the Russian Affiliated Interests thing
and the Russian Business Interests thing
and the Emoluments Clause thing
and the Alex Schnaider thing
and the hack of the DNC thing
and the Guccifer 2.0 thing
and the Mike Pence “I don’t know anything” thing
and the Russians mysteriously dying thing
and Trump’s public request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing
and the Trump house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing
and the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during Trump rally campaign thing
and the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing
and the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing
and the Cyprus bank thing
and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing
and the Republican Party’s rejection of an amendment to require Trump to show his taxes thing
and the election hacking thing
and the GOP platform change to the Ukraine thing
and the Steele Dossier thing
and the Leninist Bannon thing
and the Sally Yates can’t testify thing
and the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing
and Trump’s reassurance that the Russian connection is all “fake news” thing
and Spicer’s Russian Dressing “nothing’s wrong” thing
so there’s probably nothing there
since the swamp has been drained, these people would never lie
probably why Nunes cancels the investigation meetings
all of this must be normal
just a bunch of separate dots with no connection.

International Anti-Corruption Day

December 9th is “International Anti-Corruption Day”.

The UN website provides resources, messages, social media materials and other information related to promoting awareness of this all too prevalent issue.

If you can, please  help raise awareness about corruption, its impact, and how people can engage in minimizing its presence.

(link)  International Anti-Corruption Day

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Funded Research Opportunity

Humanitarian Innovation Fund – call for funded research proposals

by Humanitarian Innovation Fund

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund is looking to fund up to two research projects that address the gap in evidence that links sanitation and gender based violence (GBV) with lighting in emergency humanitarian camps.

Funding of up to £200,000 is available for the strongest proposal(s) for a study comprising of desk based and field research.

For more information see:  http://odihpn.org/resource/humanitarian-innovation-fund-call-for-funded-research-proposals-lighting-for-safer-sanitation/ 

A call for papers

ZIONISM AND ANTISEMITISM – INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: 24 May – 26 May 2017

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

 

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

This timely conference will examine the interaction between Zionism and antisemitism as it has developed from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. We are interested in exploring this interaction as it developed among Zionists and antisemites, and among Jews and non-Jews more broadly. We welcome proposals that consider this theme as it has developed in theory, in practice, and in the manifold domains of cultural representation.

Call for Papers: we seek contributions from across the range of disciplines including history, political science, literary and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology and theology. The conference is open to scholars at any stage of their career, from PhD students to established scholars. Proposals from independent scholars are also welcome.

Speakers will be provided with accommodation in London as well as support towards their travel costs.

 

Deadline for paper proposals: Monday 14 November 2016.

A paper proposal of 200-300 words, together with a brief CV or biography, (of no more than one page) should be sent to Elaine Hudson pearsinstitute@bbk.ac.uk by 14 November 2016.

 

Full information on the conference is  available on the Pears Institute website.

 

 Please circulate to others who may be interested.

Best wishes

Jan

Dr Jan Davison

Head of Communications and Institute Manager

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

Birkbeck, University of London

26 Russell Square

London WC1B 5DQ

020 7631 6613

j.davison@bbk.ac.uk

www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk

 

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It is time for the International Community to involve itself in American politics

This video gives 176 fact-based reasons why Donald Trump is not suitable for the Presidency of the United States.

Olberman presents 17 minutes of Trump’s transgressions and leaves little doubt as to why Trump should be discounted from consideration.

Accordingly, I share this video as a way to ask the International Community  to both speak up and out against the potential horror of a mentally unfit Commander in Chief in charge of the strongest military the world has ever seen, a highly penetrative intelligence service spanning the globe, and direct leverage over highly militarized police forces.

The potential for latent threat to morph into existential threat is all too real; the polls are tightening and Trump’s qualified opponent may not prevail.

Politely leaving Americans to make their own decisions might be respectful, and indeed the political norm, but in this instance it is also dangerous to world stability.

Additionally,  I would assert that  Americans require feedback from outside their own border.  I believe this as American news agencies are, by and large held in the hands of right wing interests. Neutral, fact-based reporting is rare.  Discussions are rare. And arguments are all too common.

If anyone deems it politically inconvenient to meddle in America’s affairs I can only ask you this – how much opportunity for effective diplomacy and honoured partnership will you have if Trump prevails? If you say any, I am willing to bet you didn’t watch the video.

Peace for now,

Maren

Why Trump Shouldn’t be President  (<<<CLICK HERE)

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Atlas Corporation Seeks Emerging Civil Society Leaders

The following opportunity is open to candidates of all countries:

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 6- to 18-month professional fellowship in the United States.
All Fellows will be placed at a leading social change organization in the United States.

Individuals in the nonprofit/NGO sectors with 2 to 10 years of experience, a college degree, and English proficiency are encouraged to apply.

Atlas Corps has supported more than 450 emerging leaders from over 75 different countries and seeks candidates to apply as soon as possible for their next class of Fellows.   The priority deadline to be considered for a Fellowship beginning in January 2017 is July 15, but applications are accepted year-round.

To apply and to find out more information, please visit http://bit.ly/AtlasCorps23

America’s Unacknowledged Insurgency: Addressing Street Gangs as Threats to National Security

The link below  directs readers to a recent article from the  Small Wars Journal. 

While the subject matter falls outside the discipline of post-conflict studies, it nevertheless provides an opportunity for widening understanding on conflict prevention as it intersects with organised crime,  street gang insurgency, transnational threats, proxy actors, and the infiltration and undermining of law enforcement, military, and criminal justice systems. The article also provides a window for examining the dynamics of globalisation and the New Wars paradigm as they potentially threaten  ‘first world’ realities.

America’s Unacknowledged Insurgency: Addressing Street Gangs as Threats to National Security