This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings | Remi Kanazi

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Palestinian poet Remi Kanazi offers us a raw insight into what it must feel like to “argue” for the Palestinian cause in settings where excessive(ly politicized) political correctness silences basic human rights.

This divestment bill
hurts my feelings

That Caterpillar bulldozer
ended life in the body of
an American citizen. drove
her bones into the ground while
a company cashed in on the sale

The claws of D-9 bulldozers unearth
the livelihood of occupied Palestinians
uprooting their crops and cemeteries
to make way for illegal settlements

But we need a positive
campus climate

While HP’s stock rises on division
producing technology to segregate
Palestinians. Biometric ids at checkpoints
equipment. enhancing the naval blockade
of an open air prison

Palestinians on campus listen to words
like climate, positive, hurt feelings
knowing their tuition invests in companies
reigning terror on loved ones
that suffering, like their voices
is non-existent to student…

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Nestle Recalls Hot Pockets

Nestle is voluntarily recalling two of its Hot Pockets products as part of a larger meat recall.

The food maker said Tuesday that it is recalling an unspecified number of “Philly Steak” and its “Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese” Hot Pockets in certain sizes.

Nestle says the products may have been affected by a meat recall by Rancho Feeding Corp. that was announced last week.

Rancho is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products after regulators said that it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full inspection. The USDA says the products were unfit for human consumption.

No illnesses have been reported.

Nestle says a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at a California production facility that makes Hot Pockets.

via Nestle Recalls Hot Pockets.

China’s rich beat a path to foreign shores | Asia | DW.DE | 19.02.2014

Stage set for neo-Maoist retro-lution?

Reminds me of flight of monied classes from Russia after 1905 revolution failure and from China in 1948-49 era…

It is possible to make a great deal of money under “Chinese-style socialism” – either legally, or illegally. Last year the Boston Consulting Group, a management consultancy, estimated that there were more than one million Chinese dollar millionaires. This means that, in the ranking of countries with the most millionaires, China is in third place.

Now, a poll of 400 of the Chinese millionaires has revealed that 65 percent want to leave the country where they made their money, or are at least trying to get a residence permit to live elsewhere. Often, they send their families on ahead. According to the poll by the Shanghai company Hurun, 30 percent already have a permit to live abroad.

So what is it that’s driving the millionaires to flee? In an interview with DW, Kristin Kupfer from the Mercator Institute of China Studies in Berlin cited three main motives. “Legal uncertainty is one reason,” she said. “Then they are looking for a better educational environment for their children, and a third reason is the very bad environmental situation in China.”

Competition for capital refugees

Countries around the world are paving the way for these Chinese wealth refugees, offering special programs that issue residence permits in exchange for investment. Australia, the US and the EU are effectively competing to welcome moneyed Chinese.

via China’s rich beat a path to foreign shores | Asia | DW.DE | 19.02.2014.

Women join the Kurdish fight in Syria | World | DW.DE | 19.02.2014

Women will decide the future

The Kurdish party PYD has also introduced a women’s quota of 40 percent, and the party’s executive is half women. Co-chairwoman to Asya Abdullah is fully dedicated to her political work and equality. She is convinced that “women have become the benchmark.” And she continues, “In some sectors, women have become so dominant that now men are demanding a quota.” Not every man is happy about that, she says, laughing. Even the male member of the regional parliament who’s sitting beside has to laugh at that, but he doesn’t contradict.

The Kurdish women’s great role model is the rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan, imprisoned in a Turkish jail since 1999. The leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who spent 20 years of his life in exile in Syria, repeatedly demanded the liberation of women. Many Kurdish families still display his photo in their living room, and Öcalan’s nickname Apo is sprayed on numerous buildings. In their fight for autonomy, the Kurds may turn out to be the winners of the Syrian conflict – as long as they aren’t pulverized amid the conflicting interests of Syria’s neighbors.

via Women join the Kurdish fight in Syria | World | DW.DE | 19.02.2014.

5 Things Adults Can Learn from Children. | Rebelle Society

Instead of facilitating my obvious desire to learn and be challenged, my teachers tried to control me and stuff me into a box. As a result, by the end of my time in organized education, I couldn’t stand school and I looked at authority figures as cowards instead of role models.

Educators spend a lot of time being stifled by limited resources in their classrooms. They also don’t feel like they get the respect they deserve from their students. And the entire education system reeks of missed opportunities.

We have to understand, kids are smarter than us. We can’t teach them the same way we used to. They are now the ones teaching us. And if we can get over our pride and pay attention to what’s in front of us, we can give them just the right push to help shape the future of powerful young leaders.

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”


~ Margaret Mead

Here are 5 things I learned from my students that have made me a better person and a much better educator.

via 5 Things Adults Can Learn from Children. | Rebelle Society.

This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood – Wired Science

Theranos requires only a pinprick and a drop of blood. With that they can perform hundreds of tests, from standard cholesterol checks to sophisticated genetic analyses. The results are faster, more accurate, and far cheaper than conventional methods. The implications are mind-blowing. With inexpensive and easy access to the information running through their veins, people will have an unprecedented window on their own health. And a new generation of diagnostic tests could allow them to head off serious afflictions from cancer to diabetes to heart disease. None of this would work if Theranos hadn’t figured out how to make testing transparent and inexpensive. The company plans to charge less than 50 percent of the standard Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates. And unlike the rest of the testing industry, Theranos lists its prices on its website: blood typing, $2.05; cholesterol, $2.99; iron, $4.45. If all tests in the US were performed at those kinds of prices, the company says, it could save Medicare $98 billion and Medicaid $104 billion over the next decade.

via This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood – Wired Science.

Feminism’s blind spot – Le Monde diplomatique – English edition

Such thinking seems also to apply at the global level. Contrast the response to the conviction and jailing of the Russian pop group ‘Pussy Riot’ (all white European women) where there was a chorus of opposition from feminists, with the virtual silence with respect to the likes of Saudi women bravely campaigning for the right to drive, and risking life and limb in doing so; of Indian women protesting against rape; of the Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed, a judge on a talent show programme in Afghanistan, who has been subjected to death threats for refusing to wear the veil and for her song Banoo-e Ahtash Nesheen in which she sings ‘I am a dishonour to culture and tradition, I am a black mark on faith and religion’; of the Sudanese Amira Osman Hamed, who has been sentenced to receive up to 40 lashes for ‘indecent or immoral dress’ because she refuses to cover her hair; and of a city on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island which is about to force female students to pass a virginity test before they can go to high school.

Back in 1999, Germaine Greer, then a leading light of the feminist movement, controversially argued that attempts to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) amounted to ‘an attack on cultural identity’, adding: ‘One man’s beautification is another man’s mutilation.’ Such excessive cultural relativist thinking is now rightly thought to be beyond the pale by mainstream society and FGM has been outlawed, but it was not because of campaigning by white feminists.

I believe that western feminists need to do more. They ought to take heed of the sober advice of Deeyah Khan: ‘We need to claim girls like Banaz as our own. We need to move beyond cultural sensitivity and let people ask questions. The moment people feel they can ask the silly or awkward question that they haven’t dared to ask, the layers start to come off.’ It is high time these layers of cultural sensitivity come off and feminists stop viewing girls and women from ethno-religious minority communities, like their sisters around the globe, as being part of ‘the other’ and claim them as their own. By so doing, they can make a significant contribution to improving the lives of countless girls and women in their own countries and throughout the world.

via Feminism’s blind spot – Le Monde diplomatique – English edition.


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