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US should not adopt “information warfare” approach

first_img Receive email alerts May 15, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US should not adopt “information warfare” approach WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists On 30 April, a committee reported the US International Communications Reform Act to the House of Representatives for further consideration. This bill aims to restructure the US federal government-funded international media and, in particular, to overhaul the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the State Department’s overseas broadcasting.If the Senate approves the version passed by the House and if President Obama signs it into law, Voice of America would henceforth be required to support US foreign policy.The bill’s authors accuse Voice of America of abandoning its duty to support US policy over the years, becoming “too” independent and even making “anti-American” statements.”Historically, VOA served US diplomacy by countering Nazi and then Chinese and Soviet propaganda. In 1976, President Gerald Ford enshrined the principle of “accurate, objective, and comprehensive” broadcasting in VOA’s charter. VOA was now promoted as an independent news source in regions where censorship prevailed.These principles are retained in the new bill, but VOA’s reports must also be “consistent with and promote the broad foreign policies of the United States.” There is clearly a danger that this new concept of “promoting” US foreign policy could affect VOA’s content.The International Communications Reform Act reverses the priorities of the 1994 law currently in effect. Programming focused on the United States and its foreign policy would be more important that providing independent news and information to the population of countries where it is otherwise inaccessible.“We urge the US authorities not to transform media such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Radio Free Asia into diplomatic communication tools,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “It is legitimate that these media should offer a US vision of freedom. But encouraging or forcing them to support diplomatic positions and to reflect national interests means adopting the attitudes of information warfare and this would be extremely regrettable.”As well as defining the VOA’s principles, the very first article of the International Communications Reform Act says that the US international broadcasting “exists to advance the United States’ interests and values.”It is crucial that journalists working for the network of media depending on US funding should not be obliged to reflect US interests while “presenting accurate, objective, and comprehensive news and information (…) to societies that lack a free media.”Like VOA in Iran, the local language services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty constitute one of the very few sources of independent news and information in countries such as Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. These media could not continue to provide the same valuable service if they took their orders from the US government. RSF_en News United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News Newscenter_img United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on United States News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Strengthening storm could bring 40-foot waves, damage to Hawaii

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) —  A strong storm in the central Pacific will intensify Saturday well north of the Hawaiian islands.The storm is initially forecast to drift northwestward, before shifting late Saturday into Sunday.The forecast is showing the Pacific storm coming near the Hawaii Island chain Saturday night, and especially early Sunday.Ultimately, the impact of this storm will depend on how close the low pressure gets to the islands.However, waves up to 40 feet are expected to approach the Hawaii Islands on Sunday. These waves could cause “unprecedented coastal flooding to north and west facing shores late Saturday and Sunday,” according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.There could be an extreme impact to the coastline, with potentially significant damage to coastal property and infrastructure, according to the National Weather Service.Additionally, the storm will likely cause wind gusts to reach 50 mph how times on the Islands which could cause downed trees and power lines.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

South Bend struggles to shelter homeless during pandemic

first_imgDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Bend homeless have struggled to find safety and shelter with little aid from the city.Since the start of COVID, South Bend residents without housing have been kicked out of multiple encampment sites, leading to public protest and criticism from many residents.One local advocate, Araquel Bloss, was crushed by the police’s arrival at the camp, and said it went against the County Health Department’s advice to leave the camp undisturbed, along with its recommendation to provide proper PPE and resources.“All we wanted was help, and they did not come to help,” Bloom said. “They came to arrest and intimidate.”Public outcry and media coverage of the encampment’s dismantlement sparked meetings of the town’s council, headed by Mayor James Mueller, who struggled to create a safe, inclusive and affordable plan to house those in need.Over the summer, group members met virtually to discuss next steps for the South Bend homeless, city sanitation and more long term preparations. Nearly four months later, and there has still been no effective plan created by the city.Although Mueller said he plans to double the current budget for the homeless in 2021, Bloss said this is not enough, because the city has received millions in aid due to the CARES Act.“The indignity of not providing water, sanitation, restrooms or even PPE is disgraceful,” Bloss said. “Other cities have taken the CARES Act funding and used it to create systemic change. The city knows they need housing but continues building condos.”Without the city’s aid, it has fallen on the shoulders of the South Bend community and local organizations, volunteers like Bloss, and more recently, a mystery donor.In late August, an anonymous donation was made through Our Lady of the Road, an outreach of The Catholic Worker house, to aid in their mission to provide housing, mental health and addiction services for those in need.This anonymous individual’s donation has since helped kickstart a “shelter first initiative” that has housed over 64 individuals in just 3 weeks — with the hope to aid many more.Margaret Pfeil, director and volunteer at Our Lady of the Road, said the donation was providential and acknowledged the hard work of her volunteers spreading the words about the organization.“The work being done is the fruit of many intentional efforts and relationships, created through dialogue and the grassroots movement,” Pfeil said.While the mystery donation has helped momentarily, Pfiel and Bloss realize the donation will not last forever. The community continues to urge the Mayor and Council to create an effective, long lasting plan, such as subsidized housing initiatives, or long term, low barrier shelters.“There should be no divide in coming together for the greater good,” Bloss said. “Invest in the people and you will get your investment back ten fold.”Saint Mary’s junior MaryKate Dempsey, a student volunteer at the Center for the Homeless is unsatisfied with the way the city has handled the issue.“I am extremely frustrated with the city’s response,” Dempsey said. “These are South Bend residents. These are people.”During her time at the center, she spoke about feeling alarmed by the lack of resources available even before the pandemic.“I can’t imagine what they are going through right now.”Saint Mary’s students gathered this past weekend to create hygiene kits for the homeless, organized by the Office for Civic and Social Engagement. The director of the office, Rebekah Go, said the homeless situation in South Bend is a complex problem that needs a speedy solution.“It is not black and white, that’s just not life,” Go said. “Immediate needs need to be met.”Tags: COVID-19, homeless community, mayor james muller, Office for Civic and Social Engagement, Our Lady of the Road, South Bend Center for the Homelesslast_img read more

Regional balance key to St Modwen growth

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CYF review of Isaiah Neil’s death finds social workers took ‘shortcut’ to meet KPI deadline

first_imgNZ Herald 21 October 2017INVESTIGATION: CYF review shows social workers took shortcut to meet timeframe, then let case “languish” for months.Social workers took “shortcuts” to meet deadlines when warned about a dysfunctional family of a baby who later died inside a hot car, according to a review of the death.Staff at the Child Youth & Family office in Whakatane were routinely opening “assessment” records when safety concerns were raised about children, even if the assessment was not completed.This was to meet internal performance timeframes, but often meant there was no urgency for social workers to finish the safety assessment.“Unfortunately these shortcuts become ‘normal practice’ very quickly and there was resistance by some to return to best practice,” the review author wrote.Staff at the Whakatane site were told in September 2015 to stop opening assessment records early and clear the backlog of cases.But this was too late for Isaiah Neil.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11934398last_img read more