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Haiti – Politic : The PM in Thomonde

Haiti – Politic : The PM in Thomonde
14/10/2020 10:15:44

Haiti - Politic : The PM in Thomonde

On Monday, the Haitian Prime Minister Mr. Joseph Jouthe and the Minister of the Environment Mr. Abner Septembre visited the commune of Thomonde (Dept. of the Center). During this tour, these authorities as well as other technical executives of the delegation visited the school of the sisters of Thomonde, the police station of the commune where the PM gave a vehicle to the person in charge and the river of Thomonde which threatens the city. It was also an opportunity for the members of the delegation to receive the complaints of the leaders of the commune, during a community meeting at the presbytery of Thomonde.

This community meeting allowed the members of the population to present the major priority challenges of the commune which require urgent responses from the Government. The market, the public square, the problem of birth registration, employment for young people, the reforestation of the slopes of the sources, the sanitation of the city and the access to water to irrigate the land are among others the problems identified by the population.

At the end of the day, technicians from the Ministry of the Environment visited sites for the possible installation (after study) in the commune of two solar-powered water pumping systems. With a pumping capacity of 1300 gallons of water per minute and watering 150 hectares of land, these solar pumps, which will be installed in the commune of Thomonde, will help improve the living conditions of the general population.

It should be noted that the delegation from the Ministry of the Environment will spend three days in the Center department, in order to continue with the exploration visit.

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Where Does the Idea of a Disinformation “Infodemic” Originate?

Paul Nash, “We are Making a New World” (1918) oil, 27.99 in by 35.98 in, at the Imperial War Museum, London (image courtesy and via Wikimedia Commons)

In public policy, metaphors are medicine with side effects, and these days a whole lot of prescriptions are being written for our disinformation problem. We seem to agree that disinformation is a critical problem for democracy, but what, exactly, is it? We’re confronted by an urgent socio-political predicament of global scale that is also fundamentally philosophical. Caught in this double bind, we look for ways out via metaphor. Disinformation therefore becomes a disease, a pollutant, a wildfire, a weapon. These metaphors have proven immensely useful for civil society, politicians, researchers, and the public as we try to make headway, but each of them has its own history and carries ideological freight that we ignore at our peril.

A metaphor is never just a figure of speech. For many philosophers and linguists, metaphors are fundamental to how we make sense of reality: They encode and abet power even as they crack the door open to new ways of seeing. As the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze summarizes it at one point,

The real and the imaginary — that is, the real beings who come to occupy places and the ideologies which express the image that they make of it — are narrowly determined by the play of these structural adventures and the contradictions resulting from it.

Our disinformation metaphors help us see new possibilities (how might we “clean up” disinformation, or treat “information disorder”?), but obscure others (if disinformation is a pollutant, why is it such a useful political tool? If disinformation is an attack, why does it seem so sociological?). Metaphors shape our discourses, ideologies and histories.

Let’s look at “disinformation is a disease.”  In 1992, during a previous wave of disinformation anxiety, a decade-long KGB disinformation operation named “Project Infektion” came to light. It had sought to convince the world that HIV was engineered by the United States as a biological weapon. One of the sneaky things about Project Infektion rhetorically is the way it conflates the ideas of communicable disease and disinformation. Does “Infektion” refer to the disinformation or its subject? The metaphor cropped up again early this year, in the World Health Organization’s 13th “Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report.”  It asserted that “the 2019-nCoV outbreak and response has been accompanied by a massive ‘infodemic’ — an overabundance of information (some accurate and some not) that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.”  This strangely humoral warning proved highly effective as a public health message: It was relevant, timely, and understandable.  As a result, the “infodemic” now has approximately 1.5 million results on Google, its own Wikipedia page, and coverage in the highly respected medical journal The Lancet.

A Petri dish, via the Communications Office of the Alessandria and Biomedical Library Documentation Center (photo by Antonio e Biagio and Cesare
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Haiti – Politic : Constitutional reform and elections, the Senate advocates dialogue

Haiti – Politic : Constitutional reform and elections, the Senate advocates dialogue
08/10/2020 10:51:27

Haiti - Politic : Constitutional reform and elections, the Senate advocates dialogue

In a note, the Senators of the Republic advocate dialogue and consultation to facilitate constitutional reform and the organization of elections.

Note from the Haitian Senate :

“The Senate is very attentive and very sensitive to the opinions expressed by the various sectors of national life on the presidential decree of September 18, 2020 appointing the members of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP)

Subjects so delicate as constitutional revision or general elections deserve to be treated with wisdom and serenity and above all with a strong dose of patriotism and a very high sense of national interest.

The halt or the delay arranged by the abstention of the Court of Cassation from receiving the oath of the advisers offers to all the actors animated by a sincere and resolute patriotism the opportunity of a deep reflection and an honest approach to the search for a constructive agreement on this great file of collective importance.

The Senate of the Republic invites all actors, protagonists and antagonists, to objectively assess the data of this perilous situation and to urgently take the path of dialogue and consultation for a lasting solution to the recurring crises which maintain the country in chaos, political instability and the pangs of poverty.

Aside any plans for reform or constitutional revision, local authorities need to regain popular legitimacy to fully enjoy their autonomy in the exercise of their mandate, and Parliament to regain its full strength to fulfill its fundamental mission of legislation and control and to restore the balance of power.

The Senate remains convinced that dialogue and consultation constitute the nourishing sap of democracy and the rule of law and remain the only way likely to bring the country back to respect for the rules of the democratic game and promote political stability, social peace and economic growth.”

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Do you catch yourself referring to people with politic beliefs opposite to yours as morons/ idiots or the like?

I was out last weekend with my SO and some of his close friends who don’t necessarily know my politic persuasions. It’s always been assumed that no one in their group would hang out with anyone who felt differently than they did on the US President, ride or die situation.

Very quickly the co go went to these “idiots” and I just went along with it since I hear that from some people on all sides and wasn’t surprised. My SO was like… well let’s calm down they aren’t idiots. I stopped him, what’s the point let’s move on to common ground.

I’ve never thought the people voting opposite of me were idiots. I do want to listen and hear why they feel as they do and vote as they vote, 7 to 8 times out of 10 I get a reason that makes some kind of sense or a lot of sense from their POV.

on the rare occasion it’s extremely misguided but I still don’t like to think that person is dumb, they feel passionately after all.

I used to bother mentioning that I was that idiot or what have you to put a human face to it for people in closed circles, politely then agree to disagree and move on.

But there is literally no point of someone is that dug in anymore. I’ll tell them who I voted for and what not but I won’t engage them in debate.

Main thought is- if you view “the other side” or worse, “opposition” as enemies or dumbies than nothing gets done in government or society.

I speak up que. It matters but do t waste my time when I feel it doesn’t. Maybe that makes me as bad as the rest but 4-5 years has taught me well.

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“The Past Few Years Have Been A Slow Decay Of A Free India And Its Body Politic”

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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

Read more about his campaign.

Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

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The Challenge: Total Madness – Season 35 – TV Series

Season 35

About The Challenge: Total Madness

It’s every competitor for themselves as 21 Challenge veterans and seven rookies face one another in an insane battle for $1 million that will push every participant to their limit.


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10th annual Chickin’, Peelin’ and Politickin’ looks different during COVID-19 pandemic

10th annual Chickin’, Peelin’ and Politickin’ looks different during COVID-19 pandemic

Hundreds of people gathered at Shiloh Square in Springdale to eat chicken and talk with local politicians ahead of the November election.

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Chickin’, Peelin’ and Politickin’

Usually, Chickin’, Peelin’ and Politickin’ is held under the gazebo at Shiloh Square, but this year, tents were set up across Walter Turnbow Park to help with social distancing.

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Guests were required to wear masks unless they were eating or drinking and social distancing signs were set up across the venue as a reminder to stay safe.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin all spoke at the event put on by the Springdale Chamber of Commerce.

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The Supreme Male Head Unmasked

Fascism is unique among political systems in that it treats society as a diseased body that needs to be purified. Certainly, the political left thinks that society is in need of reform, often to the point of advocating revolution, but the distinguishing feature of fascism, especially of the Nazi variety, is its organic imagery—the idea that the body politic is not just flawed but diseased. Where the left proposes political and economic solutions to social problems, Nazis propose a cure of the diseased body politic. Unlike a disease of the physical body, which can be treated with biomedical procedures, fascism’s remedy is the removal of foreign bodies and the collective spilling of blood. Sociologist Klaus Theleweit has explored this body imagery in narratives produced by members of the Freikorps (paramilitaries who inspired the Nazis), while a key premise of Nazi ideology was the organic metaphor of Blud und Boden (Blood and Soil), both of which needed to be purified before Germany could become great again.

In Nazi ideology, blood shed in warfare by a male brotherhood is a life-giving substance that confirms the virility of the perpetrators and restores the vitality of the body politic. In the same way, certain populations of people are construed as carriers of inferior Blud, whereas the blood of warriors runs in the veins of the master race. Those people categorized as inferior become Untermenschen (subhumans) who need to be removed from the national Boden in order to ensure a healthy body politic. Although ethnocentrism and genocide are as old as history, the Nazi’s organic metaphor of the diseased body politic imparts to xenophobia a unique biomedical agenda. In Naziism, the ancient symbolic processes of purity and pollution become scientized, such that Blud is equated with the genes of genetics, while ritual purification becomes the responsibility of biomedical professionals employing ostensibly scientific techniques. Fascists seek to purify the body politic through eugenics by eliminating “inferior” genes from the population.

Nazi ideology appeals more to the heart than to the mind, but many educated people in the United States have been inculcated with a scientific materialism that dismisses symbolic thinking as a relic of the past. For this reason, they cannot take seriously any ideological movement judged by scientific standards to be irrational—which means they cannot recognize fascism when they see it. Many of the Republican policies that appear irrational and unscientific to liberal critics are perfectly logical when viewed through the lens of Nazi ideology. For example, Trump has been roundly criticized for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing it to spread among the population due to his unwillingness to enforce masking, quarantines, and social distancing. However, in Naziism, a healthy society requires the elimination of people judged to be weak, so public health measures in a pandemic should be kept to a minimum. In fascism, weak people are equated with those Trump calls losers, while rich people are not only strong but the bearers of superior genes. From Trump’s point of view,

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For Long-Haulers, Covid-19 Takes a Toll on Mind as Well as Body

Forty hours after treating her first coronavirus patient, on March 30, Angela Aston came home to her family with a cough. “Gosh, your throat is scratchy,” her husband told her. Right away she knew she had likely been infected with Covid-19. As a nurse practitioner, Ms. Aston, 50, was confident she knew how to handle her symptoms, and disappeared to her bedroom to quarantine and rest.

By day 50 of her illness, that confidence had disappeared. In late May, she was still experiencing daily fevers and fatigue. She went to bed each evening worried that her breathing would deteriorate overnight. Particularly frustrating was the difficulty she felt explaining to her colleagues, friends and family that after eight weeks she was still sick.

“I felt this stigma like, ‘I’ve got this thing nobody wants to be around,’” Ms. Aston said. “It makes you depressed, anxious that it’s never going to go away. People would say to my husband, ‘She’s not better yet?’ They start to think you’re making it up.”

Ms. Aston found psychological comfort in an online support group, founded by the wellness organization Body Politic, where more than 7,000 people share their experiences as Covid-19 “long-haulers,” whose sicknesses have persisted for months.

Along with sharing their physical symptoms, many in the support group have opened up about how their mental health has suffered because of the disease. Dozens wrote that their months of illness have contributed to anxiety and depression, exacerbated by the difficulties of accessing medical services and disruptions to their work, social and exercise routines.

Early on in the pandemic, a pervasive myth among patients and some health authorities was the idea that Covid-19 was a short-term illness. Only in recent months has more attention been given to long-haulers. In online support groups like Body Politic and Survivor Corps, long-haulers have produced informal surveys and reports to study their course of illness.

Natalie Lambert, a health researcher at Indiana University School of Medicine, recently surveyed more than 1,500 long-haul patients through the Survivor Corps Facebook page and found a number of common psychological symptoms. She found that anxiety was the eighth most common long-haul symptom, cited by more than 700 respondents. Difficulty concentrating was also high on the list, and more than 400 reported feeling “sadness.”

Dr. Teodor Postolache, a psychiatrist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, estimates that between one-third and one-half of Covid-19 patients experienced some form of mental health problem including anxiety, depression, fatigue or abnormal sleeping.

Those without Covid-19 infections are also seeing their mental health suffer amid the pandemic. A study published in June by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that symptoms of anxiety and depression nationwide increased significantly during April through June of 2020 compared with the same period last year. This study found that adverse mental health symptoms were disproportionately reported in young adults, Black and Hispanic adults and essential workers. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nonprofit organization, has seen a 65 percent

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Haiti – Politic : Message of Peace and Union to all sectors of national life

Haiti – Politic : Message of Peace and Union to all sectors of national life
22/09/2020 11:36:40

Haiti - Politic : Message of Peace and Union to all sectors of national life

Monday September 21, as part of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, dedicated to harmony between peoples and communities, Colombe Émile Jessy Menos the Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of Human Rights and the Fight against Extreme Poverty sends out a message of peace and union to all sectors of national life.

“Shaping Peace together the theme of this day, emphasizes the role that each of us is called to play in building a Haitian society based on harmony and respect for rights and freedoms. Let’s learn to live fraternally without exclusivity.

Whatever our divergencies, whatever our differences, we must live and work together to establish this climate of Peace so desired by our ancestors. Peace, the engine of economic and social development of any society.

Minister Menos, encourages all Haitians to shape this Peace for a new culture of Human Rights.”

In a note from the United Nations in Haiti, the same day, “[…] The Haitian context has been marked for several months by an upsurge in acts of violence that manifest themselves in different forms and affect various communities. The United Nations in Haiti wants to take this opportunity to invite all components of Haitian society to adopt the principles of the culture of peace, non-violence and respect for human rights. It encourages actors, especially young people, women and men to work together to build a society that evolves in peace, thus offering an environment favorable to sustainable development.”

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