Creative Room 4 Talk Sat, 18 Sep 2021 10:00:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Creative Room 4 Talk 32 32 NIGCOMSAT to acquire two communications satellites by 2025 Sat, 18 Sep 2021 08:58:09 +0000

The communications satellite will provide downstream services such as distance education, direct-to-home broadcast services, broadband services, telemedicine, among others.

Abimbola Alale, Managing Director of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), announced that the agency will acquire more satellites by 2025, with NigComSat-2 slated for launch in 2023, while NigComSat-3 in 2025.

She said the launch will not only inspire confidence in the agency’s customers and channel partners, but it will also put NIGCOMSAT at the forefront of communications satellite operators with a fleet of orbiting satellites.

Alale added that NIGCOMSAT, in its attempt to achieve its ambition as a leading provider of satellite communications solutions in Nigeria and Africa, obtained approval in early 2020 to form two subsidiaries (SUBCO) the Satellite Infrastructure Company SIC , to provide upstream satellite services such as Transponder Rental and In-Orbit Services (IOT), Operator Spectrum Management (CSM) and Satellite Broadcasting and Broadband Company (SBBC). It will provide downstream satellite services such as broadband Internet services, direct-to-home broadcast services, among others.

She continued, “The SUBCOs have been formed to conduct business activities on behalf of NIGCOMSAT with strategic partners and expand its business operations and into the information and communications technology space. NIGCOMSAT realizes the need to strategically position its subsidiaries for potential opportunities and risks, to put in place operational structures to facilitate its business aspirations. As part of the VSAT / TVRO capacity development program, NIGCOMSAT has trained 600 young people in the six geopolitical zones of the country, adding that they have been equipped with tools to participate in the growth of the digital economy by realizing in time wanted the roles of NIGCOMSAT specified in the National Broadband Plan 2020-2025.

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Tlali: Monumental controversies in Mexico | United States Sat, 18 Sep 2021 07:34:00 +0000
Monument to Christopher Columbus made by the artist Charles Cordier in 1877.

A new sculpture named “Tlali”, representing the head of an indigenous woman, is expected to replace a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. For decades, Christopher Columbus has occupied a pedestal on the capital’s main avenue, and his impeachment is just the most recent episode in a controversy that has sparked heated debate in Mexico and many other countries. . The question that arises: what and who should commemorate the public spaces of our cities? Who deserves to be dedicated in the eternal form of a statue and who should be removed once their reputation fades over time? What do the sculptures that adorn our avenues, our roundabouts and our parks say about our identity? And do the statues serve any purpose besides being a landing point for pigeon droppings and a point of reference for taxi drivers?

These busts and monuments are not as trivial as they seem – they appear in all recorded civilizations. The gods, heroes, kings and conquerors are popular, but also rebellious and rebellious, or characters considered admirable for their genius or their kindness. All of them have been celebrated in wood, stone or metal over the years. Other statues highlight abstractions or symbols that remind societies of their origins, aspirations or achievements. We could think of beauty, freedom, patriotism, motherhood, purity and hard work – all of them have been cast in bronze. The paradox arises when the needs of the moment and the aspiration for permanence collide.

Statues don’t just pop out of the ground and therefore can never be neutral, like a tree or a hill. A place is chosen and the statue is paid for, in an attempt to represent the dominant ideas of a certain era. But ordinary citizens do not have the time, money or – generally speaking – the desire to erect them on their own, so they tend to become a symbol of the opinions and interests of governments and nation states, who simply claim to interpret the will of the citizens. .

If we did an opinion poll, wouldn’t we run the risk of ending up with a giant Baby Yoda, instead of a patriotic figure?

Mexico is full of busts honoring patriotic heroes and erected by successive governments. Thanks to the brand of nationalism trumpeted by the Institutional Revolutionary Party [which led Mexico from 1929 to 2000], every town and village in the country has one or more statues of Benito Juárez, Miguel Hidalgo, José María Morelos and Lázaro Cárdenas. You could say that they are more or less established characters in the popular imagination and that no one expects them to be demolished. But there are dozens of them with a much narrower claim to consensus. General García Barragán, for example, who was Secretary of Defense at the time of the Tlatelolco massacre in 1968 and whose likelihood is usually stained with blood-red paint.

Those who argue that Mexicans do not feel represented by Columbus today, and who view him as a dubious or nefarious figure as a forerunner in the conquest and colonization of the Americas, are probably right. But what would citizens want to put in his place? The colossal head of Tlali, a supposedly Olmec woman who bears a Nahuatl name? If we did an opinion poll, wouldn’t we run the risk of ending up with a giant Baby Yoda, instead of a patriotic figure?

It is impossible not to think about the history of the Caballito (the little horse), the equestrian statue of King Charles IV of Spain, sculpted by the great Manuel Tolsá. It spent over a century on Paseo de la Reforma until it was decided in the 1970s that there was no reason to honor the foreign king from the colonizers. But we Mexicans, geniuses that we are, have found a solution worthy of our historical confusion: the Caballito has been preserved “out of respect for art”, but in another, less conspicuous place. It was replaced by a reinterpretation of the monument, a new metal Caballito, full of curves but at the same time angular, and without a mounted king. I don’t know anyone who likes this second Caballito, but at least taxi drivers can still use it as a point of reference …

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In escalation of submarine deal, France recalls emissaries from US and Australia Sat, 18 Sep 2021 06:36:00 +0000

PARIS / CANBERRA / WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (Reuters) – France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia on Friday after recalling its ambassadors from the two countries over a trilateral security agreement that sunk a French-designed submarine contract with Canberra.

The rare decision taken by French President Emmanuel Macron was taken because of the “exceptional gravity” of the case, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement.

Australia on Thursday announced it would cancel a $ 40 billion deal signed in 2016 for the French naval group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with the technology. United States and Britain after entering into a trilateral security partnership. France called it a stab in the back.

A diplomatic source in France said it was the first time that Paris had recalled its own ambassadors in this way.

Australia said on Saturday morning it regretted the recall and appreciated the relationship with France and would continue to engage with Paris on other issues.

“Australia understands France’s deep disappointment at our decision, which was taken in accordance with our clear and communicated national security interests,” a spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said France was a “vital ally” and that the United States would commit to resolving the differences in the coming days.

The French Foreign Ministry’s statement made no mention of Britain, but the diplomatic source said France considered Britain to have joined the deal opportunistically.

“We don’t need to consult our (British) ambassador to find out what to think or draw conclusions,” the source added.

Le Drian said the deal was unacceptable.

“The cancellation (of the project) (…) and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States intended to launch studies on a possible future cooperation on nuclear submarines, constitute unacceptable behavior between allies and partners, “he said in a statement. declaration.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a joint press conference at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, September 10, 2021. Jens Schlueter / Pool via REUTERS

He added that the consequences “directly affect our vision of our alliances, our partnerships and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe”.


The row marks the lowest point in Australia-France relations since 1995, when Canberra protested France’s decision to resume nuclear testing in the South Pacific and recalled its ambassador for consultations.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed French criticism that he had not been warned of the new deal on Friday and said he raised the possibility during talks with the French president that Australia could cancel the deal. agreement with Naval Group.

Morrison insisted he told Macron in June that Australia had revised his thinking.

“I was very clear, we had a long dinner over there in Paris, on our very important concerns about the capabilities of conventional submarines to cope with the new strategic environment we are facing,” he said. he declared on radio 5aa.

“I made it very clear that this is an issue that Australia should decide in our national interest.”

The tension in multilateral relations comes as the United States and its allies seek additional support in Asia and the Pacific, given concerns about the growing influence of a more assertive China.

France is set to take over the presidency of the European Union, which released its Indo-Pacific strategy on Thursday, pledging to seek a trade deal with Taiwan and deploy more ships to maintain sea routes open.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tried Thursday to calm the French outcry, calling France a key partner in the region.

Pierre Morcos, visiting researcher at the Washington Center for Strategic and International Studies, described France’s decision as “historic”.

“Reassuring words such as those heard yesterday by Secretary Blinken are not enough for Paris – especially after the French authorities learned that this agreement had been in preparation for months,” he said.

Reporting by Colin Packham, John Irish and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Robert Birsel, David Gregorio and Sonya Hepinstall

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NATION / WORLD BRIEFS September 18, 2021 | Local News Sat, 18 Sep 2021 00:15:00 +0000

FDA Advisory Board Rejects Widespread Booster Injections From Pfizer

WASHINGTON – An influential federal advisory group overwhelmingly rejected a plan on Friday to offer Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans, dealing a blow to the Biden administration’s efforts to strengthen protection people in the midst of the highly contagious delta variant.

The vote of the external expert panel convened by the Food and Drug Administration was 16 to 12, with members expressing frustration that Pfizer provided little data on the safety of additional doses. Many have also expressed doubts about the value of mass boosters, rather than those targeted at specific groups.

In an extraordinary move, FDA officials and the panel indicated they were likely to hold a second vote on Friday afternoon on recommending booster shots for older Americans and other high-risk groups. .

This would help save some of the campaign from the Biden administration, but would still be a big step backwards from the radical plan proposed by the White House a month ago to offer booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to almost all Americans eight months after their second dose.

France recalls its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for a sub-agreement

PARIS – France said on Friday evening it was immediately recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia after Australia abandoned a large purchase of French conventional submarines in favor of nuclear submarines built with American technology .

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a written statement that the French decision, at the request of President Emmanuel Macron, “is justified by the exceptional gravity of the announcements” made by Australia and the United States.

Weather slows wildfires near California giant redwoods

THREE RIVERS, Calif .– Cooler weather on Friday helped teams try to keep California wildfires away from a grove of gigantic ancient redwoods, including the world’s tallest tree, nestled in a national park.

Unlike the raging wildfires that burned large swathes of the drought-stricken western United States this summer, the fires in Sequoia National Park were not explosive. The flames were about a mile from the famous Giant Forest, a grove of some 2,000 massive redwoods on a high plateau in the Sierra Nevada.

“Growth has been slow,” said Katy Hooper, fire information officer.

Lower temperatures and a blanket of smoke covering the area smothered the flames.

Firefighters placed fire-resistant aluminum wrap around the base of the General Sherman tree, the world’s largest by volume at 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic meters), along with other trees and buildings.

He said Wednesday’s announcement of Australia’s submarine deal with the United States was “unacceptable behavior between allies and partners.”

Earlier Friday, a senior French diplomat spoke of a “crisis” in relations with the United States

The diplomat, who spoke anonymously in accordance with usual government practice, said that for Paris “this is a strategic issue concerning the very nature of relations between Europe and the United States in the subject of the Indo-Pacific strategy ”.

Pentagon backs off, calls deadly Kabul strike a mistake

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon withdrew from its defense of a drone strike that killed several civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review found only civilians were killed in the attack, not a extremist of the Islamic State as it was initially believed.

“The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine General Frank McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, told a Pentagon press conference.

McKenzie apologized for the mistake and said the United States was considering paying reparations to the families of the victims. He said the decision to hit a white Toyota Corolla sedan, after following it for hours, was made in a “sincere belief” – based on a standard of “reasonable certainty” – that it posed an imminent threat. for the American forces securing the Kabul airport. The car reportedly carried explosives in its trunk, he said.

For days after the August 29 strike, Pentagon officials claimed it was carried out correctly, despite the deaths of 10 civilians, including seven children. News organizations then cast doubts on this version of events, noting that the driver of the targeted vehicle was a long-time employee of a US aid organization and citing the lack of evidence to support the Pentagon’s claim that the vehicle contained explosives.

The airstrike was the latest in a US war that ended as it began in 2001 – with the Taliban ruling in Kabul.

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Blaine, Bidets and Tim McGraw: The nine most interesting responses to a recent MinnPost poll Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:46:04 +0000

In most political polls, voters are asked to answer questions with only a few potential answers: Do they approve of the work done by an incumbent governor, for example? Yes, no, without notice.

But a recent survey conducted by Change Research for MinnPost included something else: open ended questions. Respondents were asked what they considered to be the most important problem facing the state; the most important problem facing their town and village; and how COVID-19 impacted their decision to attend the Minnesota State Fair or not.

As might be expected, many of the responses were serious expressions of concern on well-known topics. Most voters, for example, said the biggest problem Minnesota or their city faced was COVID-19. Climate change was a big deal for Democrats, while opposition to Gov. Tim Walz and concerns about taxes were big for Republicans.

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But other responses have addressed, uh, lesser known issues.

So here is the totally objective recap of MinnPost of the most unusual, unexpected and – as a good Minnesotan might say – interesting responses to open-ended survey questions:

A force more powerful than COVID-19: Tim McGraw

Responding to our question about attending the Minnesota State Fair this year, a young woman from Ramsey County said she plans to ignore it because of COVID-19 – until she can remember it. ‘she had concert tickets for country singer Tim McGraw. “The only reason I’m going to the fair this year and I won’t be there until right before the concert starts, and then I’m leaving right after,” she wrote.

Circular logic

Maybe it’s old news if you are a reader of The Winona Post, but it turns out that there are people who are very unhappy with the latest road feature of country bluffing: roundabouts. Effectivelyno suburban residents of Winona County identified the placement of roundabouts as the biggest problem in their community: “Dumb roundabouts they are putting up,” one woman said. “Stop MnDot’s plan to put 4 silly roundabouts on State Highway 43,” one man said.

Who’s in Blaine?

There seemed to be a fairly large disagreement over the merits of a certain northern suburb. Asked about the main problem in her community, one woman wrote simply: “BLAINE”. As if to respond to that insult, another person wrote in response to the same question: “Blaine is actually pretty awesome.”

A mystery of Itasca County

In Itasca County, one person said their main local problem was to solve a certain mystery: “Whose dog pooped in front of town hall”, although it is possible that this is less of a question. than a statement.

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The really important stuff

Two different men from Ramsey County had the sport high on their list of concerns: “Can Saint Thomas succeed in Division I?” One wrote. (Spoiler: Maybe.) “Can the Gophers make it to the Rose Bowl?” Asked the other. (Hahaha.)

He looks funny

While many respondents limited their concerns to practicalities – buckthorn, “nosy neighbors” and Bloomington being “shitty,” one person – a young man from suburban Dakota County – strayed into the philosophy (we hopefully) by identifying its main statewide problem: “people who exist”.

Feels bigger than a local issue

On the less practical side of things, one interviewee – a young Democrat from the outskirts of Olmsted County – said her main local problem was the “lack of bidets in Porta jars.”

How can that be?

A middle-aged Republican woman living in rural Polk County worried about the quality of the air in her town – and the noise of the trains. But, perhaps more importantly, she also lamented the lack of essential services in her community: “It would be nice to be able to buy a can of soda in town, but we don’t even have a pop machine on one. population of 100 ”.

Please Lord let it be a typo

Finally, in what we hope not one prediction, one person wrote: “COVID29”.

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MRC appoints Kristin Robinson Senior Vice President of Communications, Emily Spence CCO – The Hollywood Reporter Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:01:41 +0000

The MRC announced Friday that Kristin Robinson has been appointed Senior Vice President, Communications, with Emily Spence as Director of Communications.

Reporting to Spence, Robinson will oversee external communications across the company’s growing portfolio of television, film, non-fiction, and live and alternative. She will also work closely with Spence through internal and corporate communications, including awards, branding, and corporate partnerships and investments.

“I am proud to have Kristin as a partner – she is a very talented and well-respected communications manager who will undoubtedly leave a mark on our team and our business as we continue to elevate the history of MRC to the world. ‘internally and across the industry,’ Spence said in a statement.

Robinson joins MRC from Shondaland, where she was Vice President of Marketing and Brand Communications, serving as Chief Communications Strategist for Shonda Rhimes and leading all communications and marketing for the brand, including communications. corporate, consumer products, immersive experiences, partnerships and She also led the promotion of the company’s broadcast and streaming content, including the hits Bridgerton, Grey’s Anatomy and the next one Invent Anna, in addition to overseeing the brand’s continued expansion into digital content with the launch of Shondaland Audio.

Prior to Shondaland, Robinson was Director of Communications at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. There, she ran campaigns on network dramas, specials, and documentaries while managing advertising for Oprah’s Book Club and Winfrey’s podcast expansion. She began her career at The Kellogg Company, with other roles at Lionsgate Entertainment, Fox Cable Networks and the Nashville-based public relations firm, Dye, Van Mol and Lawrence (DVL).

Spence will continue to report to MRC CEOs and Founders, Modi Wiczyk and Asif Satchu. “Emily is an integral part of our management team; his expertise and knowledge in communication has had a huge impact on our success and our culture, ”said Wiczyk and Satchu in their own statement. “It has been gratifying to see her building an expert and cross-functional team to support the evolution of our business, and we look forward to continuing her journey here. “

Spence joined MRC in May 2019 as Executive Vice President, Communications to establish the company’s external and internal communications practice. His team designed and implemented communication strategies for the award winning properties of the MRC At daggers drawn, Le Grand, Ozark and Spark Brothers, as well as annual live performances from the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards.

Prior to joining MRC in 2019, Spence ran a communications firm with clients such as Amazon Studios, BuzzFeed, Meredith Corporation, Warner Bros. Television and NBCUniversal. Spence has also held communications positions for NBCUniversal, A&E Networks and Viacom.

MRC recently announced its streaming expansion for its live & alternative division with the Academy of Country Music Awards on Amazon Prime Video and is in pre-production at the American Music Awards, with showrunner Jesse Collins, to be broadcast live on ABC. November 21. .

MRC is co-owner of Hollywood journalist through a joint venture with Penske Media called P-MRC.

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Emirates news agency – UAE Ambassador and Argentine Foreign Minister discuss cooperation Fri, 17 Sep 2021 15:39:05 +0000

BUENOS AIRES, September 16, 2021 (WAM) – Saeed Abdullah Saif Al Qamzi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Argentina, discussed with Felipe Solá, Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, a number of issues of common interest and ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

The meeting, held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital, Buenos Aires, discussed ways to further develop cooperation between the two countries, especially in the sectors of economy and investment. .

During the meeting, Felipe Solá highlighted the role of the Abu Dhabi Development Fund in the development of a number of infrastructure projects in various provinces of Argentina.

The two sides also discussed the latest regional and international developments and exchanged views on topics of common interest. In this context, Ambassador Al Qamzi said that the UAE’s vision is based on cooperation, tolerance and prosperity.

The meeting also discussed Argentina’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai and planned high-level visits by senior Argentinian officials to the United Arab Emirates, including a visit by President Alberto Fernández.

The two sides also discussed various ways to develop bilateral relations and improve the level of cooperation between the two countries.

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[Webinar] What is insider risk and why do companies ignore it? – October 7, 11:30 am – 12:10 pm GMT | Epiq Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:34:00 +0000

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Finding a new vocabulary for the old foreign policy Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:26:14 +0000

U.S. foreign policy has long focused more on the evocative vocabulary used to describe it than on the geopolitical reality it is meant to address. The vocabulary that politicians and the media use to define foreign policy is part of a web of artificially generated illusions that serve not so much to fabricate consent as to foster a sense of belonging to a world of technology and technology. finance that is no longer linked to human reality.

Every American government seeks to create the impression that the nation’s foreign policy reflects a reasoned mission. In the past, this has served to motivate the population to reflexively applaud actions – war, invasion, sanctions – that are often directly detrimental to the well-being of Americans themselves.

For 20 years in Afghanistan, ignorance was bliss


The shock of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan needs a new vocabulary to understand it. Four New York Times reporters came together as a creative team to make a major contribution to provide the kind of vocabulary that should reassure Americans baffled by the mixed signals the Biden administration sent after the debacle in Afghanistan.

The journalists summarize the whole subject in one sentence: “The Biden Doctrine sees China as America’s existential competitor, Russia as a disruptor, Iran and North Korea as nuclear proliferators, cyberthreats on the go. evolution and terrorism as spreading far beyond Afghanistan. “

Today’s Daily Devil’s Dictionary Definition:

Existential competitor:

A fantasy peculiar to the minds of paranoid people, who believe that their own survival depends on eliminating or neutralizing one or more specific rivals

Contextual note

The first question an impartial observer of contemporary history might ask is: why are journalists so obsessed with assigning a “doctrine” to every president? Is it a form of nostalgia for that heroic period in United States history in which James Monroe imposed an idea that posed a threat to the rest of the civilized world, claiming Latin America as the rear- Washington court?

The idea of ​​a presidential doctrine emerges as the answer to the question of whether the current president will deploy the incomparable and ever-expanding military might of the country? George W. Bush’s doctrine, although supposedly focused on terrorism, boiled down to the simplistic (and dangerous) idea that if we think a nation is failing to promote American interests, we reserve the right to call it terrorism and attack it preemptively. In the face of terror, terrorize the whole world with your threats.

The Times team sees China not only as the new focus of the Biden Doctrine, but as an “existential” threat. What can this really mean apart from the delusions of a paranoid? When, at the end of the 1950s, Russian Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev pronounced the phrasing, “We’re going to bury capitalism,” the US media let the quote change to “we’re going to bury you,” which the public understandably interpreted as an existential threat.

The same medium, pushed by the CIA, was already busy rolling out everything in its toolbox, including Hollywood films, to make sure Americans felt constantly threatened by the prospect of nuclear war. The end result was to establish the idea that the American adversary of the Cold War was eager to bomb every American. After four years of supporting Russiagate’s wildest fantasies simply to discredit President Donald Trump, The New York Times is at least consistent with itself in making this fresh appeal to Cold War tropes to enlighten its readers on the Biden doctrine.

Interestingly, with Trump’s departure, the Times has now demoted Russia to “disruptor” status, although it’s unclear what Putin might seek to disrupt outside of social media and corporate software. The article points to Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s warning about China and Russia that they were “arguing in public and in private that the United States is in decline – so best to side with their authoritarian visions for the world than with our democracy. Is this a disruption or just a historical commentary?

After disruption, the authors identify the characteristics of other adversaries requiring a response according to the Biden Doctrine. They cite nuclear proliferation, cyberthreats and terrorism, suggesting that the field is wide open to oppose, through diplomacy or force, any nation on earth that plays any of these games. One obvious exception is Israel, which, like the United States, uses proliferation, cyberthreats and state terrorism for what General Milley might call “just.”

The Times has once again fulfilled one of its fundamental missions: to use its authority to shape the thinking of its readers on foreign policy. The methodology is to offer the kind of vague generalization about another regime that sums up its adversarial relationship with the United States and is easy to remember.

The whole process, continued over time, is designed to provoke standardized emotions that serve to justify the combined interests of the White House, the Pentagon, and the industrial and financial complex that the Times editorial board so consistently supports despite the exceptions.

“Existential” isn’t the only term the Times fails to define. In any article on foreign policy, readers will find two complementary terms that remain the foundation of all foreign policy discussions: national interest and national security. “The president’s withdrawal from Afghanistan,” the authors explain, “clearly shows that he considered risking more American lives there no longer in America’s national interest.” Why should something that has been “interesting” for 20 years suddenly no longer be of interest?

The article quotes the former Under-Secretary of Defense, Michèle Flournoy, who insists on distinguishing “between [Biden’s] appetite for nation building, which is essentially zero, against its appetite for the use of force if necessary to defend the national security of the United States, which I think remains quite strong. The Times clearly agrees with Flournoy and expects its readers to adhere to the modern principle that concern for national security automatically justifies the “use of force”.

Flournoy notes that “the president indicated that he was comfortable with the idea of ​​supporting American diplomacy with a muscular military posture”. All this aims to demonstrate that the withdrawal from Afghanistan does not mean the abandonment of a foreign policy designed for the needs of the military-industrial complex.

Historical Note

At a time of historic change, the public needs guidance. The New York Times team is not alone in seeking to forge the vocabulary that will help Americans navigate the headlines of U.S. actions abroad. In much less evocative terms, Democratic activist and sometimes Congressional candidate Dave Anderson describe the Biden doctrine as “a third way which … carves out an ambitious new center for itself in foreign affairs”. He says it is the will “to assert our own democratic ideals and to work with other established or emerging democracies, but we do not want to control the world or engage in nation building. “.

The Bangkok Post frames it in similar terms: “The Biden Doctrine is now focused on strengthening home base and like-minded friends in the Western world.” Daniel Johnson, writing for The Article, makes a important point: “The defense of the West or the free world plays no role in this doctrine, except to the extent that these concepts serve the geographically and temporally limited interests of the United States. The key word is not democracy, competition, disturbance or terrorism, but rather “interests”.

The intellectual notion of national interest appeared with the emergence of European nation-states from the 15the century and only appeared in the era of commercialism, when the idea of ​​”interest” revealed its strong connection with the bank and underwent a major transformation. In feudal times, political relations were defined in terms of power, territory, the well-being of the people and, of course, personal honor.

With the rise of the nation-state during a period of religious conflict and colonial conquest, the national interest became confused with both ideology (the cause justifying the conflict) and economic hegemony (rather than simple traditional war booty).

Since at least the 17the century, the indefinable notion of national interest has become the basis of the foreign policy of nations. The language of nationalism remains a magma of undefined terms, programmed emotions, and carefully crafted disinformation that not only the New York Times, but all media outlets use to reinforce the illusion of their authority.

*[In the age of Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain, another American wit, the journalist Ambrose Bierce, produced a series of satirical definitions of commonly used terms, throwing light on their hidden meanings in real discourse. Bierce eventually collected and published them as a book, The Devil’s Dictionary, in 1911. We have shamelessly appropriated his title in the interest of continuing his wholesome pedagogical effort to enlighten generations of readers of the news. Read more of The Daily Devil’s Dictionary on Fair Observer.]

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With communication, Malouff opens up new worlds | First Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:10:00 +0000

Danielle Malouff has always had the gift of helping people communicate. She noticed her child donation and tried to help her uncle and sister who had speech difficulties.

“My uncle had Down’s syndrome and I would ask my grandmother and my mother, ‘Why is he talking like that? said Malouff, now a bilingual speech-language pathologist with The Resource Exchange. “One day he was brushing his teeth and I looked into his mouth to see what was wrong – I was naturally curious.

“I also had a sister who was seven years younger than me. She couldn’t say her R’s and we’d say she looked like she was from Boston. Now I know it’s normal, but back then I was like, ‘Do that,’ errr ‘and show her how to do it in the mirror.’ ”

She turned that curiosity into a degree, earning a bachelor’s degree in speech, language, and hearing science from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1999.

Malouff spent two years doing individual work with disabled children and worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Denver. She returned to school in 2001, obtaining an MA in Communication Disorders and Science from Wichita State University in Kansas in 2003.

In her first job after graduation, she worked as a bilingual speech-language pathologist with Adams County School District 14 in Commerce City, helping children with education issues and helping bilingual students understand their homework in English.

After starting a family in 2006, Malouff moved to Pueblo. She worked as a speech therapist for Pueblo School District 60, where her workload included early intervention work with preschoolers and elementary school students. But she wanted to focus on speaking and developing even younger children. So after five years in District 60, she moved to Colorado Springs to work at The Resource Exchange, with children up to 3 years old.

“I knew I could do the most with these young children, that’s why I went with [The Resource Exchange] – for this early intervention piece, ”said Malouff.

TRE serves nearly 9,000 infants, children, adolescents and adults with disabilities, delays, mental health needs or long-term care. For Malouff’s early intervention work, she focuses on people with speech and / or developmental delays, language disorders or communication difficulties.

Her workload includes 16 families and she spends an hour a week with each. Five of the 16 families speak languages ​​other than English, including Spanish, which Malouff speaks, and Telugu, an Indian dialect.

Malouff spoke with the Business journal on work during the pandemic, cross the language barrier and decompress from work.

How did you know you had the love and patience to work with those in need of this help?

I’ve always loved helping my younger siblings and cousins, but I also know it’s so frustrating not being able to communicate. It is such a deep human need. I was like, “I’m good at languages ​​and I’m good at getting these pieces of what it takes to communicate” and I was learning to use those natural abilities.

When did you realize this was something you wanted to do?

I didn’t know what it was, but looking back, I was still doing speech therapy. I think I naturally tried to step in and say people’s sentences for them even if they didn’t want me to. As I studied, I noticed that speech therapy was what I had always done, so I probably should do it professionally. Everything came together for me. I thought to myself, “Can I be a student of Spanish or psychology?” It was then that I had a hard time figuring out what to do. … As I was finding out about speech therapy, all of these things started to click. I was helping my uncle with Down’s syndrome and I remember being interested at the age of 7 about why my little sister babbled. All the pieces lined up as I learned more about it. Wanting to help people and working at the hospital rather than at school seemed like a good solution to me.

Has COVID thrown a wrench into things? I guess before the pandemic most of the work was face to face?

It was before COVID, but since then we have moved on to full telehealth. It was a big change for us. The good thing is we do coaching methods, so even before COVID I tried to teach families how to do these things – and that made it really tangible. Now I’m not here anymore so they have to work with their kids with me in the background saying, “Hey, try that” or “What do you think if you did that? Or how to involve them in a different way. I have a lot of experience in speech therapy, but I also have my own children and I know how difficult it is to keep a house – and it allows me to work well with families.

How do you prepare courses or trainings to help people?

Now I work for The Resource Exchange and it is a community center for people with disabilities. I’m specifically in early intervention – that’s why I say I work with babies. But what it really means is that I teach their parents, grandparents and siblings. I recently came from a house where this 2 year old is retarded and can’t speak enough for his age and is unable to communicate, the whole family is super involved. The 4 year old sister is there talking to him. I have to plan to work even with the siblings and help them understand when he tells Sister “Bop” that he is trying to tell her “Stop”. She laughs, but he’s frustrated because he’s trying to communicate with her [to tell her] to stop taking his arms. Sometimes it’s about making a connection and building relationships. But there is research on how to help with sibling dynamics and how to create an array of family culture so that other kids don’t overly frustrate the baby we’re trying to teach. When I leave after the hour, it’s up to them to do the rest of the week. I also work with families where the child might have autism, genuinely holding their hand throughout the process of exploring a diagnosis and assessment with doctors and resources once you get it. a diagnosis. Part of that is community work and knowing which clinics speak Spanish and which would be more conducive to this family who are really worried about the diagnosis.

Working with families who speak other languages ​​must be a challenge.

Part of my specialty is that I love working with different cultures. I speak Spanish so I receive all Spanish-speaking families so that I can work with them in their language. I have had families who do not speak the same language as me and I have worked with interpreters. And during the pandemic, when we couldn’t get to a house, we used a translation company, GlobeLink Foreign Language Center. The person was calling from somewhere in India and there were two phones and a computer and [we were] trying to get the phones to get along. Technical difficulties certainly arise. For me it’s fun, but I love languages, so it’s a challenge to learn new words in an obscure language that I’m only exposed to for an hour a week. I would write a few words because it is important to have an ear when talking about a babbling child. When a child says “Bop” in English, I can understand that he meant “Stop”. But if this is a language in which I have no idea what it might sound like, I would depend on the parents to be good listeners – even if they are not trained – or that the interpreter finds out which word it sounds in their language. It’s hard when you don’t speak the same language, but having a good interpreter and building a good relationship with parents helps you bridge that gap.

It must get complicated when younger siblings are involved.

I feel very comfortable as a “mom” with all the children. I worked in schools and studied a lot. I just go directly with the little one and explain to them. I hope I can continue to build a relationship with them so that they can see me as a friend and know that they can listen to me and trust me. I don’t just talk down or scold them. I have to give the younger ones a different way to help, so I have to say something like, “Oh, it’s kind of funny he said ‘Bop’. But I bet you can figure out what word it is, because you’re so smart and can teach him how to pronounce the word. I have to be creative and it’s always about building a relationship where they trust me as someone who does something for their own good, and not just to defeat them.

Does it become difficult to see families who have a child in difficulty?

It is, and some families make your heart a little harder. I have this family where the baby has cochlear implants because she was born deaf and had surgery when she was one year old. We teach him to hear and to listen. Her mother’s goal is that she can talk, not just [use sign language]. We definitely go through emotions with any disabled child. Parents have to go through a grieving process where they have to give up: “This is what I thought my child was going to do, communicate or learn” – and they have to let go of this dream. I sat there and tried not to cry as we went through the emotions. You have to hold the space for the family and hold their hand. It might be a harder path, but it’s still a good path, and they still have a wonderful baby that you connect with.

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