May 13, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas News Reports RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia News ColombiaAmericas Receive email alerts A report published today details the threats, restrictions and pressures on the press in the eastern department of Arauca. The latter was recently declared “rehabilitation and consolidation zone” by president Uribe administration. Entitled “Arauca: news in danger,” the report describes both the attacks against the press by armed groups outside the law as well as “the army’s constant monitoring of the content of the news carried by the local media.” It also makes recommendations to the authorities, armed groups, news media and civil society organisations designed to promote and protect a right that is violated almost daily in Arauca – the right to inform and be informed without any kind of censorship or intimidation.The report was compiled by a fact-finding mission that went to Arauca on 28-29 November to assess freedom expression. The mission consisted of representatives of Reporters Without Borders, the latin-american organization Press and Society Institute (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, IPYS), the colombian organizations Press Freedom Foundation (Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa, FLIP) and Antonio Nariño Project (Proyecto Antonio Nariño) and the rapid response unit of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA).The mission was prompted by the recent murder of Efraín Varela, the region’s most influential journalist, and by reports from journalists in Arauca that they have been threatened. The fact that three of the department’s municipalities have been declared a rehabilitation zone was an additional reason.Local journalists said Varela’s murder “radically changed the way journalism is practised in the department.” The mission found that since his death, the population of Arauca has been receiving much less news. “When ask to rate the degree of freedom of expression they enjoy in their work on a scale from one (no freedom) to ten (total freedom), journalists in Arauca responded with an average rating of four,” concludes the report.Read the full report. The report is also available on the following websites:- (FLIP)- (IPYS)- (Proyecto Antonio Nariño)- (IAPA) October 21, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation A report published today details the threats, restrictions and pressures on the press in the north-eastern department of Arauca. Entitled “Arauca: News in danger,” the report describes both the attacks against the press by armed groups outside the law as well as “the army’s constant monitoring of the content of the news carried by the local media.” RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Follow the news on Colombia Help by sharing this information December 20, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arauca: News in danger
Muslim PAC USA has been in existence for about a month. It’s goal, according to the PAC’s president Aamir Sultan, is two-pronged. Like any political action committee, the group will donate to campaigns of politicians dedicated to its cause. In this case, those include candidates who are willing to publicly support Muslim Americans and promote tolerance.Its long-term goals are more ambitious. The PAC hopes to see more Muslim Americans run for office, so the voice of a much-maligned minority community can be heard.The PAC will ask those seeking elected office “how they support the Muslim community and what have they done in the past and…are they willing to come out in public and talk about Islamophobia and anti-Islam sentiment,” Sultan told the Press.Sultan, who has his own IT firm and is on Suffolk County’s Asian American Advisory Board, said it’s important elected officials confront Islamophobia.“Just like any other minority, all of them have gone through this rhetoric and the phobias and bigotry and all that—now it’s our turn as Muslims,” he said. “So we just have to get proactive.”“It’s just now the numbers are increasing and we are becoming more visible in society,” he added. “We just have to follow suit what previous minorities did—the Jews, the Irish, the Italians, they all faced these things.”Sultan, who lives in Dix Hills, got to know Ramos after he started doing multicultural work with the assemblyman, he said.“Then this whole Trump thing started,” he added, referring to GOP hopeful Donald Trump, who has called for a ban on all Muslims from entering the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”Trump’s remarks came after 14 people were killed and nearly two-dozen were injured in the San Bernardino shooting in early December, and a month after shootings and explosions left 130 dead in Paris.Muslim Americans around the world have condemned those and other atrocities, saying such bloodshed is anathema to their religion. But their denunciations, they say, often receive little media attention.During his first visit to a US mosque since entering the White House, President Obama on Wednesday noted that most Americans’ view of Muslims is shaped by media—in news and entertainment, lamenting how most Muslims in TV or film are more likely than not to be depicted through the lens of national security.The uptick in anti-Islamic rhetoric has also come with an increase of attacks on Muslim communities. Men and women have been threatened or attacked in recent months, mosques have been vandalized, and Korans have been defiled and their pages riddled with bullets. Muslim Americans have told the Press that Islamophobia is worse now than it was directly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Their anecdotes appear to be supported by statistics. In 2014, hate crimes fell in every category, except those against Muslims—which spiked nearly 14 percent.“Given the barbaric Islamic State attacks in Paris last week and elsewhere recently, that latter trend seems destined to accelerate,” the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote last November.Although most anti-Muslim remarks have come from Republicans, Sultan said Muslim PAC USA would donate to any candidate who supports its cause.Still, he admitted, Democrats, not Republicans, have been the most outspoken defenders of the community in recent months.Sultan, who came to Long Island in 1990, thinks Muslims should seize the opportunity and become more engaged in their communities and in politics.“It’s become real vital,” he said. “Now we have to be in active mode as opposed to passive mode.”For now, the group will focus on local elections, whether its local town councils, Nassau and Suffolk legislatures or state offices.PACs can only donate up to $5,000 to a candidate’s election committee, unlike post-Citizens United Super PACs which can spend unlimited sums of money on behalf of a candidate but are prohibited from working directly with their campaign.In the coming weeks Muslim PAC USA will vet potential candidates and see where they stand on the issues. Sultan is hopeful.“I think that mold has been broken, of politicians not being able to speak up for Muslims,” he said. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For years, Muslim Americans have spoken in hopeful terms about stepping out of the shadows, interacting more with neighbors, extending a helping hand and, perhaps more daunting, getting involved in the political process. While the wheels of progress have laboriously been churning, it seems anti-Islam rhetoric has accelerated their pursuit of inclusivity.On Saturday, several elected officials will join members of the Muslim American community for Long Island-based Muslim Political Action Committee USA’s inaugural fundraiser. The honoree that evening will be New York State Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), who has recently spoken up emphatically about protecting the rights of Muslim Americans in the face of attacks—from pundits and politicians, and from those have shouted bigoted remarks or vandalized mosques.
Intecsea has confirmed securing a contract by ConocoPhillips Australia to provide subsea Front End Engineering Design (FEED) services for subsea scopes of their Barossa development.Barossa is an offshore gas and light condensate field located offshore North Australia, approximately 300km north-northwest of Darwin.Intecsea will provide the FEED engineering for infield rigid flowline system, the gas export pipeline between Barossa and the existing Bayu Undan pipeline, associated dynamic risers and umbilicals, flowline and pipeline end termination structures and subsea tie-in spools.The contract will mainly be executed from Intecsea’s Perth office, with support being provided from other offices including Houston, London, and Delft.The Barossa development concept includes a floating production storage and offloading facility (FPSO), six subsea production wells to be drilled in the initial phase, subsea production system, supporting in-field subsea infrastructure and a gas pipeline to Darwin, all located in Australian Commonwealth waters.A final investment decision is targeted towards the end of 2019 for the field located 300 kilometers north of Darwin.The Barossa joint venturers are ConocoPhillips Australia Barossa Pty Ltd (operator, 37.5%), SK E&S Australia Pty Ltd (37.5%) and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd (25.0%).
The university honored more than 12,000 graduates Friday, as USC celebrated its 128th commencement, keying the ceremony with an address from Microsoft Corporation CEO Steve Ballmer, who stressed the importance of “great ideas” and passion.Applause · Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stressed the importance of great ideas to the thousands gathered on USC campus on Friday for the university’s 128th commencement. – Kelvin Kuo | Summer Trojan “I think you start learning about passion and tenacity at USC before you even came here,” Ballmer said. “I think you knew it before you every finished your first tour of the USC campus. The motto of this place symbolizes passion and tenacity: ‘Fight on!’”He also told graduates he was very optimistic about their future and the impact they can make.“The opportunities that we’re seeing are really quite amazing,” Ballmer said. “I don’t think there’s any better time to come out of school and have a chance to make a difference across a broad variety of fields.”Students said they enjoyed Ballmer’s animated speaking style, which elicited loud cheers from the audience several times.“When a speaker says ‘Fight on,’ people will just say it back,” said Daniel Wiechert, who majored in psychology. “But with his energy, people got really pumped up and meant it.”Ballmer, whose son attends USC, said the atmosphere of the university was “infectious” and that he “drank the USC ‘Kool-Aid.’”“He was very funny and represented the school well,” said Nadine Ozedmir, who received a doctorate in pharmacology.President C. L. Max Nikias had a slightly different message in his remarks, saying 2011 is a time of global change and uncertainty. He said graduates should embrace uncertainty as it is “the beginning of adventure,” and that they would always have the support of the Trojan Family.“Always remember you do not go forward alone — you go forward as a lifetime member of the Trojan Family,” Nikias said. “This is the greatest and most dedicated community of its kind — to be a Trojan is to be a Trojan for life.”During the ceremony, Nikias recognized valedictorian Sarrah Shahawy, who majored in biological sciences and French, and salutatorians Samantha Anacona, who majored in biological sciences and oboe performance, and Grant Western, who majored in mechanical engineering.USC awarded honorary degrees to Ballmer; U.S. Army Materiel Command Commanding General Ann E. Dunwoody; USC Trustee and alumnus Ming Hsieh; Indian writer, actor and director Girish Karnad; former justice of the South African Constitutional Court Albie Sachs; and Noble Prize-winning virologist Harald zur Hausen.Students said they enjoyed the commencement ceremony and Ballmer’s speech.“He was really energetic,” said Mason Amato, who majored in economics. “It was a greatceremony.”