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 on: Jan 27, 2020, 08:20 AM 
Started by Linda - Last post by Rad
Hi All,

Native American Warrior Women of the 19th Century: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT6FRczGFDk

God Bless, Rad

 on: Jan 27, 2020, 08:17 AM 
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In EA we learn that one must understand the whole chart, instead of this or that symbol, to answer such questions.

God Bless, Rad

 on: Jan 27, 2020, 07:15 AM 
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In EA we learn that one must understand the whole chart, instead of this or that symbol, to answer such questions.

God Bless, Rad

 on: Jan 27, 2020, 06:30 AM 
Started by Linda - Last post by Rad
HI All,

Here is the chart of Malala Yousafzai ,also known mononymously as Malala, is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement, and according to former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, she has become "the most prominent citizen" of the country.

Yousafzai was born to a Pashtun family in Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Her family came to run a chain of schools in the region. Considering Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Benazir Bhutto as her role models, she was particularly inspired by her father's thoughts and humanitarian work. In early 2009, when she was 11–12, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC Urdu detailing her life during the Taliban occupation of Swat. The following summer, journalist Adam B. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region. She rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by activist Desmond Tutu.

On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in the Swat District, after taking an exam, Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism; the gunman fled the scene. Yousafzai was hit in the head with a bullet and remained unconscious and in critical condition at the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, but her condition later improved enough for her to be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK. The attempt on her life sparked an international outpouring of support for Yousafzai. Deutsche Welle reported in January 2013 that Yousafzai may have become "the most famous teenager in the world". Weeks after the attempted murder, a group of fifty leading Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her.The Taliban was internationally denounced by governments, human rights organizations and feminist groups. Taliban officials responded to condemnation by further denouncing Yousafzai, indicating plans for a possible second assassination attempt, which was justified as a religious obligation. Their statements resulted in further international condemnation.

Following her recovery, Yousafzai became a prominent activist for the right to education. Based in Birmingham, she co-founded the Malala Fund, a non-profit organisation with Shiza Shahid, and in 2013 co-authored I Am Malala, an international best seller. In 2012, she was the recipient of Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize and the 2013 Sakharov Prize. In 2014, she was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi of India. Aged 17 at the time, she was the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. In 2015, Yousafzai was a subject of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary He Named Me Malala. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Time magazine featured her as one of the most influential people globally. In 2017, she was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship and became the youngest person to address the House of Commons of Canada. Yousafzai attended Edgbaston High School from 2013 to 2017, and is currently studying for a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

Her natal Lilith is at 29 Virgo which is conjunct her Lunar N.Node, Lilith N.Node 8 Sagittarius, and the S.Node at 29 Gemini.

Here is a link for her: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai

Feel free to post comments or ask questions.

God Bless,  Rad

 on: Jan 27, 2020, 04:43 AM 
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Trump linked Ukraine aid to Biden inquiry, Bolton book draft says – report

Manuscript written by former national security adviser details material Bolton could be expected to reveal if he were called in the impeachment trial

Joanna Walters in New York
Mon 27 Jan 2020 01.38 GMT

The draft of a book by former US national security adviser John Bolton reportedly describes how Donald Trump told him about his determination to delay US military aid to Ukraine until its government agreed to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The explosive manuscript details the kind of material that Bolton could be expected to reveal publicly were he to be called as a witness in Trump’s impeachment trial now going on in the US Senate.

The account undermines Trump’s claims that the delay in aid to Ukraine last summer and the president’s efforts to persuade Ukraine to investigate US Democrats were unconnected, the New York Times said as part of its article on Sunday night revealing the Bolton manuscript.

The manuscript reportedly contains new details about the actions of senior cabinet officials including secretary of state Mike Pompeo, attorney general William Barr and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Bolton has been circulating the draft passages from his planned book to associates and has sent the manuscript to the White House for what would be a mandatory review process for someone who was in Bolton’s position in the government before exiting the post last year, the NYT reported.

The White House could censor the manuscript before Bolton’s planned book is published. The Room Where It Happened is slated for publication on 17 March.

As the president’s defence team prepares to make its main presentations to the Senate on Monday and Tuesday, in the second week of Trump’s impeachment trial, the details in the new report strongly bolster Democrats’ case that there should be new witnesses called at the trial – Bolton first among them.

Trump ousted Bolton in September last year after a widening gulf opened up between them on policy, with the then national security adviser particularly aggrieved at the president’s apparent Russian sympathies.

In a series of late-night tweets, Trump denied the claims attributed to Bolton.

“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens,” the president wrote. “In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book. With that being said, the ... transcripts of my calls with [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr] Zelensky are all the proof that is needed, in addition to the fact that President Zelensky & the Foreign Minister of Ukraine said there was no pressure and no problems.”

Senate minority leader and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, who is keen to force a vote on witnesses and pressure moderate Republicans into supporting the Democrats in this effort, took to Twitter on Sunday evening, saying: “John Bolton has the evidence.”

    Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer)

    John Bolton has the evidence.

    It’s up to four Senate Republicans to ensure that John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, and the others with direct knowledge of President Trump’s actions testify in the Senate trial.https://t.co/JbazBaYdRU
    January 26, 2020

Leading House Democrats acting as prosecutors in the impeachment trial said the new information reported from Bolton goes to the heart of the case against Trump.

    Lauren Gambino (@laurenegambino)

    Impeachment managers responding to NYT report: “There can be no doubt now that Mr. Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense and therefore must be called as a witness at the impeachment trial of President Trump.”
    January 27, 2020

House Democrat and impeachment manager, aka prosecutor, Zoe Lofgren earlier on Sunday said the case against Trump is “overwhelming”, that he abused the power of his office and then obstructed Congress in its investigation, and that Senators should be prepared to deliver impartial justice.

Trump is accused of undermining US national security by soliciting the help of a foreign government in his domestic 2020 reelection campaign.

During the House’s initial investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, the White House blocked senior aides from agreeing to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

Bolton later said he would be prepared to testify if subpoenaed to appear in the Senate and tension has been building ever since over whether witnesses will be called in the trial and perhaps offer a damning inside account of Trump’s allegedly corrupt dealings with Ukraine.

This includes the president conducting policy in the country allegedly to serve his own ends by deploying his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to pursue a parallel agenda to the State Department’s foreign officials, which included destroying the career of highly-regarded US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was fired.


Bolton’s firsthand evidence puts senators in the difficult position of believing ‘bizarro’ Trump team argument: Legal experts

Raw Story
By Sarah K. Burris

Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe agreed that the recent revelations from John Bolton, puts Republicans in a difficult position. Bolton’s manuscript confirmed that President Donald Trump’s bribery scheme puts senators in the difficult position of being faced with firsthand witnesses they’ve tried to block.

Republicans were given multiple opportunities to agree that they would like to hear witnesses and new evidence as part of the impeachment trial in the Senate, but each time, they voted against it. But with the news Bolton released Sunday night, it forces senators to acknowledge they deny even firsthand evidence of Trump’s guilt.

“It’s hugely devastating for the president,” said Katyal. “So, Article I of the impeachment against President Trump is an abuse of power, and the allegation is that he tried to cheat in the 2020 election and pressure the Ukrainian government to get dirt on Joe Biden. And the Bolton revelations today, if true, and of course we haven’t seen the book, but if true, corroborates all of that story and say that Trump did pressure the Ukrainians and held the aid in order to get dirt on Biden.”

He said that in the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress could also be proved by Bolton’s book. He gave firsthand accounts of conversations he had with people like Mick Mulvaney, Bill Barr, and Mike Pompeo, all of whom knew about this scheme and helped cover it up.

“It looks like people in the White House knew these were Bolton’s views. Yet, they went on television as recently as yesterday, denying that there was anyone with any firsthand knowledge that corroborated this Ukrainian pressure account,” Katyal continued. “And coming on top of the Lev Parnas revelations, this wasn’t even the latest one in the last three days. Altogether, I think it is the trajectory of this is incredibly bad for the president. His story has fallen apart.”

Professor Tribe agreed that it has become clear that the president’s case collapsed, but predicted that there was likely even more to come.

“And when Adam Schiff made the point that ‘America deserves a fair trial, she’s worth it,’ now we know exactly what that means,” he continued. “A fair trial requires that all of this new evidence be vetted at the Senate itself, not simply in books that will come out after the trial is over.”

He explained that these facts also put more pressure “on the bizarro argument” he anticipates the president’s lawyers will make Monday.

“Even if everything that is charged in these articles of impeachment is true, that is even if it is true that the president solicited help from a foreign power, pressured that power, withheld $400 million of federally-appropriated money, to leverage that power in order to give him dirt on his opponents, even if all of that is true, it isn’t impeachable,” Tribe reiterated the president’s case. “You have to listen hard to that crazy argument, but it may take the form that it says, ‘abuse of power isn’t impeachable because it’s such a vague, open-ended phrase.’ But what you have to do is look under the book cover and see what abuse of power is really being charged here.”

He argued that what is being charged isn’t merely an abuse of power or of obstruction but a series of concrete actions.

“And if these lawyers tell us that even if the president did all of that, it’s just fine, he can’t be impeached for it, then that sends a terrible signal to every future president,” Tribe said. “It says every future president can use the power of his office.”


John Bolton went to Bill Barr with concerns about Giuliani’s ‘shadow foreign policy’ in Ukraine: report

Raw Story
By Sarah K. Burris

Attorney General Bill Barr was cited recently by Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas as being part of the “team” of people workign to create a conspiracy to help get President Donald Trump reelected.

“Attorney General Barr was basically on the team,” said Parnas in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “Mr. Barr had to know about everything.”

Parnas’ lawyer, Joseph Bondy, has demanded that Barr recuse himself from overseeing the Parnas trial and investigation.

In his recently submitted manuscript, former national security adviser John Bolton revealed that he went to Barr with concerns about Giuliani after the notorious July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Mr. Bolton also said that after the president’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine, he raised with Attorney General William P. Barr his concerns about Mr. Giuliani, who was pursuing a shadow Ukraine policy encouraged by the president, and told Mr. Barr that the president had mentioned him on the call,” the New York Times reported.

According to Barr’s spokesperson, however, Barr didn’t learn about the call from Bolton and didn’t find out about it until mid-August.


Mike Pompeo called Trump’s Ukraine claims nonsense — and thought Rudy Giuliani was corrupt: Bolton

Raw Story
By Sarah K. Burris

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doesn’t believe President Donald Trump’s claims about Ukraine, but he certainly wouldn’t say that publicly.

The New York Times obtained information from former national security adviser John Bolton’s upcoming book, which cited Pompeo “privately” acknowledging “that there was no basis” for the conspiracy theories about the Biden family that Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani is still peddling.

Pompeo also expressed that be thought Giuliani “may have been acting on behalf of other clients,” and was “corrupt.”

The Times reported in Nov. 2019, that at the same time Giuliani was trying to drum up conspiracy theories about the Bidens, he was trying to score lucrative contracts with a Ukrainian oil and gas company.

Trump claimed that Giuliani had been acting on his own to find the so-called “dirt” he sought on the Biden family. However, Giuliani’s associate, Lev Parnas, has outed the president and his team for working closely with Giuliani on the plot to create a conspiracy about the Biden family.

Republicans have refused to vote to support witnesses like John Bolton as part of the impeachment trial.


Republican senator admits he didn’t know about Bolton’s confirmation of Trump’s bribery — but still doesn’t care

Raw Story
By Sarah K. Burris

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) still doesn’t necessarily believe that President Donald Trump should be convicted, even though former national security adviser John Bolton revealed a first-hand account in his unpublished manuscript.

“Well, didn’t know that until a little bit ago,” Braun told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt. “I think that’s a discussion we’ll have have to contend with and it’ll be here in a couple of days. When it comes to additional information, I think for many of us — and I need to cite this because where I’m from, as much as president infuriates maybe half the country, it would be the opposite. And it is a tricky combination like I told Chuck Todd this morning, between using your conscience and having to decide what the people in your state are wanting.”

He went on to say that the senators are more interested in looking at the whistleblower report and how it first surfaced than the days of facts that the House managers outlined. When Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) gave his final speech, he explained that if the senators returned to the whistleblower report, they would see that it all has been confirmed by the investigation.
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“People are still riled up that they were after him from the get-go,” Braun said. It’s an ironic excuse, given Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proclaimed his greatest goal was to make former President Barack Obama a one-term president.

Braun also said senators care more about the fact that there is about to be an election where people can decide whether they want to remove Trump through an election. It’s this election that the Democrats have explained is being hacked by Trump again with a propaganda campaign about Ukraine being responsible for the 2016 election hack and a case of corruption involving potential opponent Joe Biden.

“Do you not have a higher responsibility?” Hunt asked, describing the Senate as the piece of government that is supposed to be the saucer that holds the cup of the masses.

He brushed it off, saying that more senators are concerned about the way Trump was painted by Democrats.

“The part that lost many Republicans is when you’re saying things like tyrant, monarch, boisterous, carnival barker,” Braun said. “Schiff’s comments about bringing up — and none of us heard that in terms of if you buck the president, you’d have your head on a pike. That’s the kind of stuff that most people look at, and, sadly, that kind of controls the dynamic.”

It’s unclear why Braun is continuing to deny the CBS News report that quoted a Trump confidant, or why he’s trying to twist Schiff’s words to say that Trump was saying that to senators. In fact, the report was a Trump ally who said if senators crossed Trump, their heads would be on a pike. Senators denied it was true, and began to flip out about the comments, using it as an excuse for why they refused to believe the entire case presented to them.

Braun has already agreed that Trump is guilty, he just won’t vote to convict.


Democratic senator says she gets more ‘disheartened’ every day hearing GOP deny evidence and witnesses

Raw Story
By Sarah K. Burris

Day after day, Republicans senators find new excuses to dismiss the evidence they hear that in any courtroom would convict an ordinary American citizen. It was enough to make normally happy Sen. Debbie Stabenow (R-MI) feel “disheartened” by the whole process.

“As somebody from Michigan, we believe in commonsense, and you can’t look at all this and say, ‘is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?'” said Stabenow. “And you can’t look at this and say, ‘Is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?’ All of this coming out over and over again. I’ll never forget Adam Schiff on the floor saying to all of us, ‘Nobody’s saying, well, gosh, Donald Trump would never do that.’ The truth is it’s all about will he get away with it? It’s all about, are they going to be successful in hiding it and so on?”

She explained that the new revelations out in John Bolton’s book say it all, and she would like for him to be testifying before the U.S. Senate.
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“And if the president has nothing to hide, then he should not be objecting to his national security advisor coming forward and saying what he knows,” the Michigan senator said. “And in fact, this is the trial. It doesn’t matter what happened in the House in terms of process. They can argue process, point fingers. This is it is the trial, the moment for him. And he has a very favorable Senate leader and a majority of Republicans, certainly a Supreme Court Chief Justice appointed by a Republican president. He couldn’t have any more favorable circumstances to give his side of the story to prove his innocence. But that’s not what they’re doing because they can’t dispute the facts.”

When asked if she thinks Republican would vote to allow new evidence and witnesses, she acted like she doubted it would happen.

“I’m very concerned,” she confessed. “I get more and more disheartened every day about this, and when we listen on the White House managers basically not contest, ‘Yes, he made the call. Yes, he held back the funds, and he broke the law. Yes, he was coercing a new Ukrainian leader for his own political gain.’ I feel like they’re using the Mick Mulvaney defense, which is, ‘Yes, the president made the call. Yes, he withheld the funds. The president can do anything he wants, so get over it.’ That’s basically, in the end, what they’re saying and I am concerned. I’m the eternal optimist, but I am concerned folks may be more interested in being done with it, rather than facing the facts. Folks are going to have to decide do they want to hear the truth or hide the truth?”

 on: Jan 27, 2020, 04:32 AM 
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Australian government secretly releasing sensitive medical records to police

Lawyers and health privacy advocates condemn laxness of privacy provisions in guidelines

Felicity Nelson
27 Jan 2020 23.00 GMT

The Australian government is releasing highly sensitive medical records to police through a secret regime that experts say contains fundamentally flawed privacy protections.

The Department of Human Services fields large volumes of requests for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data from state and federal policing agencies each year.

The records can paint a detailed picture of a person’s medical history, including, for example, any history of mental health issues, HIV, abortion or sexually transmitted diseases.

But, unlike the controversial My Health Record, no warrant or court order is needed for the department to release the information to police.

The department instead uses a set of internal guidelines to decide how and when it will acquiesce to a police request. It has never made the guidelines public and has actively fought to keep them secret.

The Medical Republic, a specialist medical news publication, recently won a year-long freedom of information battle with the department to secure the release of the guidelines and has shared the document with experts and Guardian Australia.

Lawyers and health privacy advocates were almost universally critical of the laxness of the privacy provisions in the guidelines, which have not been updated since 2003.

“If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, with this process the government has created a four-lane highway,” said Peter Clarke, a barrister at Isaacs Chambers in Melbourne. “The process is the antithesis of proper privacy protections.”

Dr Bernard Robertson-Dunn, the chairman of the health committee at the Australian Privacy Foundation, pointed out that the department’s guidelines had not been updated in 16 years. “So much for taking privacy seriously,” he said.

The department confirmed it has granted 2,677 requests from police for PBS and MBS data in the 12 months from September 2017. It said the information was released for a range of reasons, including for “the identification of deceased persons”.

The internal document released by the department – titled “Guidelines for the release of information where necessary in the public interest” – was heavily redacted. The key paragraphs that were not redacted said releasing private health information was not a decision to be taken lightly.

According to the guidelines, department officials would have to consider whether the disclosure of private health data was necessary and not merely convenient or helpful. They would also have to check whether the information was available through other channels.

Department officials were required to consider whether releasing the private health information was in the public interest as distinct from any private interests of the person seeking the information.

In the guidelines, the “public interest” is broadly defined as anything relating to national security, major crime, the administration of criminal law, or public safety.

The guidelines gave some concrete examples of serious situations where disclosing private health data to police would be in the public interest, such as to assist with investigations into murder, abduction, sexual assault, child molestation, serious drug offences and major fraud.

However, the document also stated that “these examples are not to be read as in any way limiting the circumstances in which the release of information may be regarded as necessary in the public interest”.

Jonathan Crowe, a professor of law at Bond University, said the “broad and vague nature of the guidelines for releasing confidential medical data to police is highly concerning”.

“The definition of ‘public interest’ is particularly open-ended and leaves significant and unchecked discretion to department officials,” he said.

Hank Jongen, a departmental spokesman, said the government took its privacy responsibilities “very seriously” and complied with all the relevant legislation.

He said information on MBS and PBS claims “may be significantly less detailed than the type of information found on a person’s MyHealthRecord” because it did not contain clinical notes made by health services providers.

MBS and PBS data are generally used as administrative records to keep track of government rebates to doctors and patients.

The department is required to report to the privacy watchdog, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, when it releases linked MBS and PBS data. But the Medical Republic has previously obtained a copy of several of these annual reports and the department recorded only five disclosures of linked MBS and PBS data to the police in 2016-17.

Privacy experts have called for the department’s privacy provisions to be brought in line with the My Health Record legislation.

The law was changed in 2018 so that police could no longer access My Health Record data without a court order.

“I would have thought the law relating to access to MBS and PBS data should be updated to reflect the decision by the parliament on the My Health Record,” said Malcolm Crompton, a former privacy commissioner of Australia and founder and lead privacy adviser at Information Integrity Solutions.

Dr Chris Moy, chair of the ethics and medicolegal committee at the Australian Medical Association, said the department’s data privacy laws should probably be put to the “pub test” to see if they still met community standards.

 on: Jan 27, 2020, 04:29 AM 
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Mogadishu left reeling as climate and conflict spark rural exodus

Forced from their homes by floods and fighting, 800,000 people have crammed into informal settlements in the Somali capital. Now efforts are afoot to bolster local resources

Moulid Hujale
Mon 27 Jan 2020 07.00 GMT

The number of Somalians being pushed out of the countryside and into the capital Mogadishu has reached an unprecedented high, putting pressure on the city’s already poor infrastructure and threatening its faltering recovery from three decades of conflict.

More than 800,000 internally displaced people dwell in informal settlements across Mogadishu, according to the office of the mayor. They are crammed into makeshift shelters with little or no sanitation and limited access to the most basic services. There are “critical” levels of malnutrition, according to an assessment by Somalia’s food security and nutrition analysis unit.

Scattered over 700 sites across the capital, families mainly consisting of women and children share common latrines and survive on one meal a day.

Last week, Goobjoog News, a local radio station in Mogadishu, reported that about a dozen children had died of starvation in one encampment in Kahda district. Among them, said the station, were young twins whose mother had been killed in last month’s truck bomb explosion.

Every morning, women from the these camps head into the city centre, looking for casual jobs such as clothes washing. With no family or clan connections to the local host community, they face abuse and sexual exploitation.

Mogadishu, second on Demographia’s 2015 ranking of the fastest growing cities in the world, has limited capacity to integrate such a large number of displaced people into its urban development system.
A soldier provides security as people forced from their homes gather at a camp in the Garasbaley area on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia.

“The most significant challenge posed by conflict and natural disaster induced displacement is its impact on rapid and unplanned urbanisation and the rural exodus,” said Dr Hodan Ali, head of Benadir regional administration’s durable solutions unit.

“Mogadishu is emerging from 30 years of conflict. The infrastructure, basic services and local government capacity are extremely limited and, as such, its ability to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and impoverished members of the city is small.”

Capitalising on the gap left by a weak government and the lack of a formal camp management system, an illicit business has sprung up, with “gatekeepers” soliciting land for new arrivals, linking them up with aid agencies, and in return taking a cut of what little aid they may receive.

Humanitarian organisations with limited access to the camps due to security restrictions are left with little choice but to collaborate with the unofficial gatekeepers, in effect paying – and empowering – illicit middlemen.

More people arrive in Mogadishu daily, driven to the city by multiple climate shocks and violence between al-Shabaab, Amisom and the Somali national forces. Last year alone, more than 100,000 people arrived in the capital, many of them returnees from refugee camps in Kenya and Yemen.

Nationally, over 2.6 million Somalis are displaced within the country, with Mogadishu hosting the largest concentration of people forced from their homes. Many in the city have not had a permanent home since the civil war broke out in 1991.

However, with funding from donors including the UK government and EU, the local authority has been trying to strengthen its urban resilience capacity to absorb and integrate the city’s mass displacement camps. The Mogadishu municipality established a dedicated durable solutions unit in the mayor’s office and last year developed a policy for internally displaced people.

Somalia’s overall humanitarian situation remains critical, with more than 5 million people in need of assistance according to figures jointly released by the UN and federal government of Somalia. The recent flooding in many parts of the country, which affected over half a million people, has compounded the already dire humanitarian crisis.

Last Monday, the durable solutions unit launched a five-year strategy to address the growing number of displaced people in the region.

“The strategy over the next five years focuses on strengthening local government to respond to the basic and protection needs of its citizens in good time, with adequate resources and be accountable to the people,” said Ali.

However, the greatest immediate uncertainty for people displaced to Mogadishu remains forceful evictions, since most are staying on private land. Last year alone, more than 100,000 people were pushed off temporary settlements.

“We hope to ensure that even in the first year of the strategy, we see a minimum of 30,000 people who are now displaced move out of the displacement towards development,” said Ali, speaking at the launch event.

“The biggest challenge we have in Mogadishu is that the majority of the investment goes into aid and handouts. I don’t think that is an effective way of utilising hundreds of millions of dollars and having to see the conditions we have in the camps.

“So it is really important to pull all these resources to have one common output. We hope to have more engagements and discussions with our international partners to ensure that we are all working for the same goal.”

 on: Jan 27, 2020, 04:26 AM 
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Salvini suffers setback in leftwing stronghold during Italy regional elections

League’s Matteo Salvini has failed to wrest crucial Emilia-Romagna from centre-left, projections suggest

Angela Giuffrida in Rome
Mon 27 Jan 2020 09.12 GMT

Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s far-right League party, has failed to overturn decades of leftwing rule in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna in an election that brought relief to the embattled centre-left.

With 98% of the ballots counted, the incumbent Democratic party (PD) governor Stefano Bonaccini had won 51.4% of the vote compared to 43.7% for Lucia Borgonzoni, the candidate backed by the League and its allies, interior ministry data showed.

Salvini had campaigned relentlessly in the region since the start of the year, seeking a shock victory that he hoped would bring down the national government, which includes the PD and is riven by internal strife.

“The ruling majority comes out [of the regional elections] stronger,” said the PD leader, Nicola Zingaretti, adding that Salvini had failed in his attempt to “shove the government out”.

A coalition led by the League did secure a resounding victory in a separate election in the southern region of Calabria, with the group’s candidate forecast to take more than 50% of the vote.

The Five Star Movement (M5S) – the party ruling nationally alongside the PD and which until two years ago was the biggest in Italy – has suffered a brutal defeat in both regions, scoring 3.5% in Emilia-Romagna and 7.5% in Calabria.

The League’s defeat in Emilia-Romagna, which has been governed by the left in various guises since the end of the second world war, is a massive setback for Salvini, the former deputy prime minister who turned the elections into a referendum on the fragile national coalition between the PD and M5S as he plots a return to power.

Salvini had threatened to send an eviction notice to the government if his coalition, which includes Brothers of Italy and Forza Italia, prevailed on Sunday. A more subdued Salvini told reporters in the early hours of Monday that he was proud of his group’s performance in Emilia-Romagna, adding that “for the first time in 70 years, there was a match”.

The PD and M5S formed an alliance after the League was ejected from government in September 2019 following Salvini’s failed attempt to force snap elections. But M5S has been beset by turmoil with more than 20 of its MPs either absconding or being kicked out since then, and Luigi Di Maio resigning as leader last week. Support for PD and M5S has waned since the two came together, with the PD polling at 18% and M5S at 16%. The League has maintained a steady lead in national polls at about 33%, while support for Brothers of Italy has risen to 10.9% in recent months.

“The coalition will go ahead but the path remains a very difficult one,” said Wolfango Piccoli, the co-president of the London-based research company Teneo Holdings. “I don’t expect any particular improvement in terms of the effectiveness of the government, especially when more and more responsibility will be on the shoulders of the PD after the M5S’s defeats.”

Voter turnout in Emilia-Romagna was almost double that of 2014, when Bonaccini won his first mandate, and may have been boosted by the Sardines, a movement against the far right that emerged in Bologna in November and has since spread across Italy. Salvini campaigned vigorously across the region since the League and its allies scored their last major victory in Umbria, a former leftwing stronghold, in late October 2019.

“I suspect that the Sardines, more than anything else, took votes away from M5S,” said Piccoli. “But in some ways, Salvini is equally responsible for the success and failure of this campaign – maybe by being present everywhere and every day he pushed a lot of people who were otherwise on the fence to vote against him.”

 on: Jan 27, 2020, 04:23 AM 
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Astronomers hear repeating radio burst from nearby galaxy

Mike Wehner

Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs for short, are something of an anomaly for astronomers. We’ve been able to detect these powerful blasts of radio energy from distant locations in space, but nobody really knows for sure what causes them. FRBs are often one-hit wonders, appearing in an instant and then never are heard from again.

One FRB in particular, labeled FRB 121102, is famous for repeatedly showing up, and researchers have been studying it for some time. Now, a new repeating FRB has appeared on scientists’ radars, and it’s coming from a source that’s not all that far away from our own galaxy.

The new repeating FRB is known as 180916.J0158+65. It’s been traced to a galaxy that sits roughly half a billion light-years from Earth. That certainly sounds like a huge distance, but it’s actually only a fraction of the distance that other FRBs have been traced to, which makes it potentially exciting from a research perspective.

Its discovery is the subject of a new paper published in Nature.

“The FRB is among the closest yet seen, and we even speculated that it could be a more conventional object in the outskirts of our own galaxy,” Mohit Bhardwaj, co-author of the work, said in a statement. “However, the observation proved that it’s in a relatively nearby galaxy, making it still a puzzling FRB but close enough to now study using many other telescopes.”

Actually determining what is responsible for FRBs in the first place is a tall order. There are a number of theories on the table, including energy being flung into space as black holes tear apart large objects. Yes, even the idea that “aliens” are trying to hail intelligent civilizations from across the cosmos has been proposed, but for now, we’ll have to wait, listen for more, and dream of what is actually behind the incredible blasts of energy.

 on: Jan 27, 2020, 04:20 AM 
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How Indigenous land burning is protecting rare mammals on Australia's Tiwi Islands – video


Scientists from Charles Darwin University and the Tiwi Land Rangers are researching how to help protect the rare brush-tailed rabbit rat and other small mammals using land burning. Burning in cooler months is not only preventing bushfires, but maintaining sanctuaries for the small mammals from predators like feral cats

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-REuwFZESbY&feature=emb_logo

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