Syrian journalist threatened by Assad supporters in Kuala Lumpur

first_imgAlebrahim obtained an initial visa in 2016 that allowed him to take up residence in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, in order to resume studying journalism and to keep writing, especially about the battle of East Ghouta, which continued to rage until 2018. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Receive email alerts News SyriaMalaysiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists News Help by sharing this information July 1, 2020 – Updated on July 7, 2020 Syrian journalist threatened by Assad supporters in Kuala Lumpur Sam Alebrahim used to be an independent journalist based in Deraa, in southern Syria. When he fled to Malaysia in 2016 after being injured in a Russian bombardment while out reporting, he never imagined he would one day have to fear for his safety again, to the point of no longer daring to leave his home. Alebrahim was attacked in the street and was forced to change his place of residence three times. Then he received a photo of his street door on WhatsApp accompanied by the words: “just so you know we are very, very close to you, traitor.” Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Alebrahim’s fears are not limited to physical threats. He needs a valid passport in order to renew his residence permit, but both his Malaysian visa and his passport expired nearly a year ago and the Syrian embassy refuses to give him a new passport because of his journalistic activities. So now he fears not only deadly physical violence but also the possibility of being arrested and deported. RSF_en News June 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned for the safety of a Syrian journalist living in self-imposed exile in Malaysia who is being threatened by Syrian activists loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and who, at the same time, is facing possible expulsion because he cannot renew his expired residence permit. “We are very concerned for the safety of Sam Alebrahim and about the fact that his situation has been aggravated by the impossibility of renewing his residence permit,” said RSF’s Middle East desk. News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more However, Kuala Lumpur has a sizeable Syrian community, where Alebrahim’s reporting has not gone unnoticed and, in particular, has annoyed the local branch of the pro-government National Union of Syrian Students, whose members behave like “shabiha,” the armed volunteers in Syria who threaten and persecute those opposed to Assad. “It’s a double penalty to flee far from his country only to be threatened again. His case shows that the intimidatory techniques to which he was subjected in Syria reach far beyond its borders. The processing of his asylum application needs to be accelerated as a matter of urgency and, at the same time, the Malaysian authorities must do everything necessary to protect him.” June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Syria is ranked 174th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. SyriaMalaysiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists last_img read more

Major expansion of Limerick Smarter Travel campus

first_imgTwitter Previous articleAnother week, another honour for Limerick’s top sporting heroNext articleRugby – Munster’s season hangs in the balance John Keogh Back Row: Sharon Daly, National Transport Authority; Patricia Kennedy, VTOS coordinator; Trish Gleeson, YouthReach coordinator; Phil Roche, centre manager, Kilmallock Road Campus; Siobhán O’Dwyer, Limerick Smarter Travel. Front Row: Paul Patton, head of Further Education and Training Division, LCETB; and Miriam O’Donoghue, project manager, Limerick Smarter Travel THE Further Education and Training Centre on the Kilmallock Road has become the 23rd Irish business campus to sign up to the National Transport Authority’s Smarter Travel Campus Programme.Run locally by Limerick Smarter Travel in association with the National Transport Authority, the programme assists further education and third level institutions to promote walking, cycling, public transport and carsharing.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ten of Limerick’s largest workplaces and campuses are participating in the programme including the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick College of Further Education and Mary Immaculate College.“Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is delighted that the Limerick Smarter Travel Programme is now extended to two of its Further Education and Training Campuses. LCETB looks forward to working with Limerick Smarter Travel and the National Transport Authority in achieving the various goals and objectives of the programme,” said Paul Patton, further education training officer, LCETB.Resources available under the Authority’s Smarter Travel Campus Programme include site-specific advice and information from experienced travel planners; a free group on; and mapping resources.The benefits of engagement in the programme include reduced costs associated with travel and parking; enhanced green profile; and more active travel by both students and staff. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Linkedin Printcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories NewsMajor expansion of Limerick Smarter Travel campusBy John Keogh – December 9, 2015 2404 Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSLCETBlimerickLimerick Further Education and Training CentreLimerick Smarter TravelNational Transport Authority last_img read more

Portraits of vanished Indian life

first_imgIn 1879, three years after Gen. George Armstrong Custer died in battle at the Little Bighorn, Harvard purchased two albums of photographs that included rare images of an American Indian world that was even then vanishing rapidly.Assembled by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1877, these two volumes were intended to partially document the Indians of North America since the 1850s. Among the 1,005 images are photos of costumes, crafts, and dwellings — but especially of warriors, wives, maidens, children, and chiefs.In an email, Castle McLaughlin, associate curator of North American ethnography at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, called the photos of the chiefs “very rare and in most cases virtually unique images of some of the most important Plains leaders of their day.”“These albums constitute important primary-source materials,” Robert Burton, Harvard Library cataloger for photographs, said in an email. From his post at the Weissman Preservation Center, he rewrote the albums’ original descriptions from 1879, which were scant and incomplete.Burton said the albums’ images support the idea of “the white man’s Indian,” a concept explored in historian Robert F. Berkhofer Jr.’s 1979 book of the same title. Under that explanation, white racism is evident in the doubleness of Indian portrayals going back to the days of Columbus. Depicted are only noble savages or bloodthirsty heathens. The first seem worthy of submission; the second require submission.Photographs have been mounted in albums since the 1840s, said Burton, and Harvard collections include many such holdings of “scientific, expeditionary, or ethnographic photographs.” Since many other collections have been lost or little studied, Burton said that makes the Harvard albums important to historians.Captive Bannocks, Camp Brown, Wyoming Territory, October 1878. Disaffected, they had escaped from a reservation in Idaho and were captured by Shoshones cooperating with federal soldiers. Their names are emblematic of cultural transition: Frank (from top left to bottom right), Dick, Na-Pe-Oho, Wigwam, Joe, Wasta-Wana (Indian Tom), Markomah, and John. Sequence 234, Vol. 2.“Faithful sun pictures”The albums came from one part of the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, a report of four Lewis and Clark-like expeditions undertaken from 1860 to 1878. The limited-edition volumes were compiled on orders from survey leader Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden, a physician turned geologist whose energetic ways earned him the Indian name Man Who Picks Up Stones Running.In a prefatory note to the albums, Hayden called the images “faithful sun pictures” of 25 tribes over 25 years, and he mourned their loss and alteration to the reservation system. “The value of such a graphic record of the past increases year by year,” he presciently wrote.About a fifth of the album photographs were drawn from images already possessed by the federal government, including daguerreotypes that had to be rephotographed for display. Most came from the collection of English philanthropist William Blackmore. A fraction came from Hayden’s survey photographers, including William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), who assembled the album.The two albums not only preserve rare images for historians, they revive the names of Hayden and Jackson. The latter’s Western landscapes later inspired photographer Ansel Adams. They also directly influenced Congress to found Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the first such area in the world and the first U.S. acknowledgement that the wild was worth preserving.The albums’ images are captioned with short essays on tribes, Indian personalities, and ethnographic detail. The albums document many Indian ways and personalities.Jackson’s portraits of Indians near Omaha, Neb., just after the Civil War — taken to satisfy American appetites for images of the real West — got him hired onto the federal survey team. He called the Omaha photos missionary work, which required days of travel on a buggy stacked with water, chemicals, and a portable darkroom. He paid his Indian subjects with cash, tobacco, knives, and old clothing.In his 1940 autobiography, “Time Exposure,” Jackson remarked that the America of that period was “a hurly-burly era of thievery and abuse,” but that the surveys had a sober purity of purpose because of the straight-edge Hayden, whose only passion was to “inform America about Americans.”“Group of Poncas.” Sequence 195, Vol. 1. Undated.Transcribe the fateful arc Examined page by page, the albums transcribe the fateful arc of American Indians as the United States pushed westward. The earliest photographs show stoic warriors in leather and beads. Then come warriors in group pictures, among translators and officials during treaty visits to Washington, D.C., followed by studio portraits of dark-skinned men cinched into Western clothing. Those are followed by pictures that prefigure America’s attempts at monocultural modernity: Indian children on schoolhouse steps.For most of the last 140 years, the two outsized volumes — as big as serving platters and as heavy as iron — were cataloged as books. Hidden between covers and not outlined in the card catalog, the rare images apparently languished on Harvard shelves, first at the Peabody and then at the Tozzer Library, where they now reside, highly appreciated.The albums were pulled from obscurity about a decade ago, when the University began a comprehensive survey of its photographic library holdings. (About 10 million images have since been uncovered, identified, recataloged, and in sometimes digitized.)When Burton recataloged the two albums, said Janet Steins, the associate librarian for collections at Tozzer, he added what is now a commonplace hint for researchers online: “[graphic],” which indicates that a library holding includes images. (It was Steins who discovered the albums and who arranged for them to be repaired and digitized.)A Pawnee woman identified only as “Squaw of Tu-Tuc-A-Picish-Te-Ruk.” Detail from Sequence 203, Vol. 1. Undated.Surviving the shelvesThe albums weathered their Harvard years well, but they required some work at the Weissman before being digitized. Two years ago, book conservator Katherine Beaty replaced the leather covering on the spines, using special tools to impress the titles. Then photograph conservator Elena Bulat, with help from intern Tatiana Cole, cleaned each heavy-paper page and albumin image with soft brushes and cosmetic sponges.Online, paging through the albums is like desktop time travel. The images are crisp and documentary, but they also sometimes shimmer with irony. One Indian chief, with bow drawn, poses behind a papier mache rock. Another, seated in a studio chair and looking skeptical, shakes the hand of a white man.The text opens a window onto Indian tribes and bands that have fallen into obscurity. Meet the Rabbit Lake Chippewas, the Otoes, the Poncas, the Wacos, and the Bannocks.The Indians’ names harken back to a distant past that was both more literal and more magical than today. There are pictures of Big Foot, Pretty Rock, Ear of Corn, Skin of the Heart, He Kills First, Jumping Thunder, He Goat, Graceful Walker, and On a Fine Horse.One of the names expresses what the albums’ dogged archivists can only wish: Seen By All.last_img read more

Ihrig: Complaints have become a ‘compliance event’

first_imgThe advent of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has turned the consumer complaint process into a compliance event.It’s no longer enough to take consumer complaint calls and strive for good service, says Jared Ihrig, CUNA’s chief compliance officer.“The CFPB wants to see how you’re managing those calls and how you’re tracking them,” he says. “They want spreadsheets and pie charts that show when the calls came in and how long it took to resolve the issue, and if the error was extrapolated across the membership and remediated with all the members who had the same issue.“They want to know if you changed your policies, procedures, and product offerings so the same complaint does not happen again.”CFPB is closely scrutinizing regulators to ensure they’re documenting these issues. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more