This Day in History
Worldwide, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with many countries also a part of this with locally designated commemorations; as a forty-five year old professional fighter and leader, a gay upper class man, and an astute administrator one thousand nine hundred and nineteen years ago, Trajan rose to become the emperor who would preside over Rome’s most extensive imperial expansion; in Arabia five centuries, six decades, and four years thereafter, in 661, the ‘Prophet’s’ family’s hold on Islam, via the Rashidun Caliphate’s largest-empire-in-history-to-that-point, ended with the death of Mohammed’s brother; the overseers of Florence seven hundred fifteen years before the here and now exiled Dante Alighieri, who had been serving as one of a half dozen priors in charge of managing the city; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
If the purpose of linguistic legerdemain combines engagement, empowerment, and participation—for what else does ‘communication’ serve in human affairs than such popular potentiation as these sorts of outcomes?—then the model of the lecture, of the directive, of the mandatory order, at best fails to conform to that manner of discourse that might actually optimize people’s benefit on any given day, which is to say that community conversation and diligent dialog among citizens ought to be the standard to which we aspire if we hope to gain the insights and ideas that we need at what certainly looks like a critical conjunction in the history of the species.
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Nearly Naked Links
From Thursday’s Files
Student Loan Fraud Litigation – http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/01/24/stud-j24.html
CIA’s Phoenix – http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-phoenix-program/5506322
The 2017 Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference will be held from June 3 to June 9 in the Green Mountains of Ripton, Vermont. The conference, designed for both emerging and established translators, includes translation workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures, craft classes, meetings with editors and agents, and readings by faculty and guests.
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 20 pages of prose with a $5 entry fee by January 24. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
The Digital Organizer will lead Etsy’s online organizing strategy to forward our advocacy campaigns and implement the tactics necessary to cultivate an engaged community of activists within the Etsy community.
A Counter Punch post which contains powerful words from a tireless social activist and community organizer and media maven: “The reality is that when we give these wealthy capitalists our money and invariably they keep it at the expense of everyone invariably coupled with excessive greed and mismanagement. Witness the latest corporate abuse and/or huge government give-aways in Iraq and New Orleans, including, of course, the infamous Halliburton in both instances and the billions of dollars that are not missing. Where was the plan for “real” efficiency by contracting with locals who are more likely to have a vested interest in the community and keeping the wealth in the community? The great populist Jim Hightower’s response to all this has been “we need an economy that percolates up rather than trickles down.” Indeed!”
An IJ Net look at some tools and tips that scrappy writers can use when covering child education issues: “Their stories examined child development during the earliest years of life, particularly a child’s first 1,000 days, in their respective countries. Each of their storise demonstrates how impactful proper child care — or lack thereof — can be to the rest of a child’s life. And each story seeks to effect change by informing the public.”
A Mint Press News article that looks at “and said Moscow would rethink relations with Ankara. Russia’s defense minister Sergey Shoygu said Wednesday that the country would send defense missile systems to its airbase near Latakia, Syria, just south of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Neither country wants to go to war, but the crash further strains relations between Moscow and Ankara in Syria, where Russian forces have bombed Turkish-backed rebel groups fighting against the Assad government.”
An Information Clearing House post that looks at possible consequences of a Trump presidency: “I have argued that Trump’s foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger’s strategy to deal with the formidable Eurasia integration trio – Russia, China and Iran — is a remixed Divide and Rule; seduce Russia away from its strategic partnership with China, while keep harassing the weakest link, Iran.
In fact that’s how it’s already playing out – as in the outbursts of selected members of Trump’s cabinet during their US Senate hearings.”