Daniel P. Finney Des Moines Register Published 4:20 PM EDT Sep 26, 2018 One of the greatest acts of kindness ever put forth by the people of Iowa began when a convoy of U.S. governors — including Iowa's Bob Ray — pulled into a muddy, expanse in Sa Kaew, Thailand, on the edge of the Cambodian border on Oct. 28, 1979. There, Ray and the others saw a field where the only crops were misery, suffering and death. Thousands of Cambodian refugees fleeing the murderous Pol Pot and his genocidal Khmer Rouge regime collapsed in the mud as the rainy season began. “People just dropped where they stood because they had no energy left,” said Ken Quinn, World Food Prize president, a retired U.S. ambassador to Cambodia and then an aide to Ray. That horror and atrocity ultimately inspired a rare cooperation of three institutions that highly value their independence — state government, religious leadership and the news media — to bring about Iowa SHARES, a … [Read more...] about When Iowa press, government and religion came together to make world better
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria welcomed Tuesday the Turkey-Russia deal declaring a demilitarized zone around Idlib province but vowed to keep up its campaign against "terrorism," either through military action or reconciliation deals with the opposition. The Turkey-Russia deal reached a day earlier was welcomed by the Syrian opposition and rebels, saying it improved their standing after consecutive defeats elsewhere in the country to government forces following military offensives and tight sieges leading to surrender deals. "It will revive the revolutionary spirit," said Alaa Moadamani, a fighter who moved from the Damascus suburb of Daraya in 2016 and has settled in Idlib after an evacuation deal. Idlib is the last rebel-held corner of Syria, although foreign troops and local proxies remain in areas adjacent to Idlib and the country's east. Countries around the world have welcomed the deal because it prevented a feared Syrian government military offensive against the overcrowded … [Read more...] about Syria’s government and opposition welcome Idlib deal
opinion Lorenzo Alexander Opinion contributor Published 5:00 AM EDT Sep 16, 2018 As an NFL player, my platform may be larger and my voice may be louder, but your vote is just as powerful as mine. Much has been said about athletes advocating for issues outside of their sports. We’ve spoken out about social justice, health care and education. We back that up with action, meeting with lawmakers, engaging our local law enforcement, and creating opportunities to bring our communities together. Yet we’re faced often with criticism about mixing politics with sports and getting involved with matters not within our so-called expertise. The fact is: Athletes are role models, whether they play for a professional team, in college or in high school. Many of us see that as an opportunity to give back to our community and serve as a voice for the voiceless. At the same time, we need to empower people to use the voice they already have. Every eligible American has a right … [Read more...] about NFL player: Voting is your right and politics is your business
IMPACT 09/07/2018 05:45 am ET Smear campaigns, laws and even physical violence are used to stifle people trying to protect their land and way of life. By Jeremy Hance Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is a terrorist — at least, according to the government of the Philippines. But Tauli-Corpuz, a member of the Kankanaey people indigenous to the northern Philippines, is also the special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to the United Nations. Her story echoes hundreds of others of indigenous rights activists who are currently criminalized for their activism. In a new report for the U.N. Human Rights Council, Tauli-Corpuz outlines how corporations and governments employ smear campaigns, legislation and even physical violence to stifle indigenous activists trying to protect their land and way of life. “I’ve been alerted to hundreds of criminalization cases from nearly every corner of the world,” Tauli-Corpuz said. “The rapid expansion of … [Read more...] about Indigenous People Fight For Their Rights. Governments And Businesses Call Them Terrorists.
Later this month, Sept. 20 from 6-7 p.m., Fort Moultrie Visitor Center will host a discussion regarding a historical account of the recollections of Sullivan's Island township government and civic life.The lecture will be given by World War II veteran Bryan Rowell, it will cover island civic life from 1955-75 in a video presentation of interviews recorded as part of the Battery Gadsden Oral History Project and partnered by the National Park Service.Rowell will discuss topics such as: What was the government of Sullivan's Island like before we had a Town Council and Mayor? When did the island need to prepare for a nuclear missile attack? Why did the IOP Connector almost not get built? Where did islanders go to enjoy an evening of roller skating and when were horses banned from the island?Rowell came to Sullivan's Island after WWII and engaged in the political and civic life of the time. He served as a Township Commissioner from 1963 to 1975 and recounts preparing the island for … [Read more...] about Bryan Rowell: An Oral History Recollections of Sullivan’s Island Township Government and Civic Life