Italian journalist arbitrarily deported from Mexico

first_img MexicoAmericas News MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders condemns the Mexican government’s summary and illegal deportation of Italian journalist Giovanni Proiettis on 15 April. Proiettis, who writes for the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto, had lived in Mexico since 1993 and was based in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, in the southeastern state of Chiapas, where he taught at the Autonomous University of Chiapas.“We call on the Mexican authorities to review this journalist’s deportation as it contravened all the legal procedures in force,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He was not told in advance he would have to leave the country or why. His right to request Italian consular assistance or to consult a lawyer and his right to warn his family were not respected. International human rights instruments ratified by Mexico and Mexico’s own immigration law (RLGP 209-211) were all violated.”Proiettis was detained and then summarily deported under escort all the way to Italy when he went to the office of the National Migration Institute (INM) in San Cristobal de las Casas on 15 April to renew his residence permit. His illegal expulsion was carried out just two months ahead of a visit to Mexico by the special rapporteur on migrant rights of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.Reporters Without Borders interviewed Proiettis about his expulsion:How did you learn that you had to leave Mexico? 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 5, 2021 Find out more Reports Follow the news on Mexico April 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Italian journalist arbitrarily deported from Mexico May 13, 2021 Find out more I was renewing my annual residence and work permit, as I do every year. I had begun the procedure a week before and I had been given an appointment for 10:30 a.m. on Friday, 15 April. When I arrived at the immigration office, I was asked to sit in a small room. Five immigration officers came and escorted me to the airport. I was put on a direct flight to Madrid, and from there to Rome, escorted by two immigration officers all the way. At Madrid airport, I was put in a Spanish police area under the surveillance of Mexican officials, who have no authority there.Did the Mexican authorities tell you about this decision? Did they respect your right to ask for consular assistance or a lawyer?I was given no paper, nothing at all, still less an explanation of the reason for my deportation. I learned about that through the media on my arrival in Italy. They did not let me communicate with my embassy in Mexico or with my partner, although I have lived there for 18 years. I was not even able to pass by my home to at least collect some of my personal effects.The National Migration Institute told Reporters Without Borders that you did not have the right papers to reside legally in the country, either as a university teacher or as a newspaper correspondent. What do you say to this?It’s a lie. They even say I requested a year’s sabbatical from my work without telling them, but this is not true. I only asked for a five-month sabbatical and I continued to be linked to the university.Do you think this had anything to do with your journalistic activities?Clearly. Something I said must have upset them. I was lucky enough to be the first person to interview Comandante Marcos on 1 January 1994 and thereafter, during the 1990s, I followed the Zapatista movement’s evolution. In recent years, I have been writing about the war against drug trafficking, in which 40,000 people have been killed since the start of the Calderón administration. Another thing, a few days after the climate change summit in Cancún, where another journalist insulted Calderón and where I was identified and photographed, three policemen arrested me without explanation and then accused me of a crime I had not committed. I was scared and thought they would kill me. But thanks to a solidarity campaign, an official told me it was a mistake and they apologized.How would you describe the current climate for freedom of expression in Mexico?Very deteriorated. Mexico is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. There is a lot of intimidation, especially in the north. Above all there is a lot of self-censorship, because it is very dangerous to write about drug trafficking or to criticize the government. More than censorship, what dominates is self-censorship. There is no freedom of expression in Mexico. Organisation News RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Pasadena Humane Society President and CEO Steve McNall To Retire

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Community News People Pasadena Humane Society President and CEO Steve McNall To Retire From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, October 29, 2015 | 11:45 am First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Steve McNall, Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA President and Chief Executive Officer, is retiring by the middle of 2016 after leading the independent nonprofit through a recent period of growth.The Society announced McNall’s impending retirement Wednesday, and said it will be conducting a nationwide search for his replacement.“We thank Steve for his tremendous contributions to the Pasadena Humane Society, and wish him the very best during his upcoming retirement,” said Ricky Whitman, PHS and SPCA Vice President of Community Relations.McNall has been with the Society for 30 years. Several new features were added to the Society’s services during his watch, including the Animal Care Campus, the Neely Cat Center and the Critter House.The Society’s board of directors has hired Morris and Berger to do a nationwide search for a replacement, working with a search committee composed of board members and leaders in the Pasadena area community.Whitman said the ideal candidate must have an acute awareness of animal welfare, sheltering issues and has strong fundraising skills. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Herbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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Gardai seek help tracing missing Limerick man

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Tim Dennehy, who is missing in Limerick since last MondayTim Dennehy, who is missing in Limerick since last MondayLIMERICK Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Tim Dennehy (41), who is missing from Limerick City since this Monday.Tim was last seen in the Dooradoyle area of Limerick City on Monday night May 23 at approximately 11pm.Tim is described as being 5’8″ in height, of slim build, with short brown hair and a long beard.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When last seen Tim was wearing a navy coloured Cork GAA hoodie with red sleeves, light brown trousers and brown shoes.Gardaí are concerned for Tim’s welfare and anyone with information is asked to contact them at Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061 214340, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin NewsBreaking newsGardai seek help tracing missing Limerick manBy Staff Reporter – May 24, 2016 990 Print Previous articleSocials – UL Presidents Dinner 2016Next articleGarda Band and Brendan Grace join forces for McCabe Memorial Concert Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSDooradoylelimerickmissingTim Dennehy center_img WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Emaillast_img read more

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JEOL: Lanzamiento del nuevo cromatógrafo de gas —espectómetro de masas de tiempo de vuelo…

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Financial Stress Factors Facing Real Estate

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The spread of COVID-19 has caused disruptions in the financial and economic markets. However, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University looked at how the stresses facing the market could impact the housing industry. Don Layton, the former CEO of Freddie Mac and the author of the piece, said many REITs specialize in mortgage-related assets, ranging from liquidized agency-mortgage backed securities or commercial MBS and other real-estate debt models. “They are hedge funds in most respects, relying on high leverage (secured by their assets) to produce good returns, but leaving them with tremendous liquidity exposure because they need to keep rolling their debt as they invest in long-term assets while financing them with short-term liabilities,” he said. Layton added that the financial stresses in the current market stem from an “extreme global flight-to-safety” and liquidity, which is resulting in high demand for cash. “Although agency MBS is government-supported, there is a high spread between the yield on MBS and the equivalent maturity Treasuries,” Layton said. “The agency MBS market has long been regarded as second in size and liquidity only to the market for Treasuries themselves, and so agency MBS investors are rattled.”Both the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced plans to provide additional liquidity into the economy and support for households to combat the impact of COVID-19. The Fed added that it would use its “full range of tools” to support households, businesses, and the economy during these uncertain times. It will also purchase Treasury securities and agency mortgage-backed securities “in the amounts needed to support smooth marketing functioning” and transmission of monetary policy.Last week the Fed announced it would purchase at least $500 billion in Treasury securities and at least $200 billion of mortgage-backed securities.  The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) added that it has authorized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to enter into additional dollar-roll transactions—provide mortgage-back securities investors with short-term financing. Also, a concern for Layton could be the losses suffered by the GSEs. He said, combined, that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have about $5 trillion in credit guarantees, mostly in single-family mortgages and securities investments. While losing large amounts during the Great Recession, Layton said the GSEs have eliminated the major sources of those losses. “Ideally, their credit reserves should rise—they are, after all, supposed to take appropriate credit risk—but not anything like in the last crisis,” Layton said.  Tagged with: Coronavirus GSEs Coronavirus GSEs 2020-03-27 Mike Albanese The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Financial Stress Factors Facing Real Estate in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville.  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago March 27, 2020 2,328 Views Financial Stress Factors Facing Real Estate Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Previous: CFPB Issues Support for Financial Institutions Next: How the CARES Act Impacts Mortgage Servicers Related Articles About Author: Mike Albanese Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

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Won’t Pass Any Order Which Will Lead To Economy Going Haywire, Says Supreme Court On Pleas For Loan Moratorium Extension

first_imgTop StoriesWon’t Pass Any Order Which Will Lead To Economy Going Haywire, Says Supreme Court On Pleas For Loan Moratorium Extension Sanya Talwar8 Dec 2020 7:32 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court continued the hearing in the pleas pertaining to extension of loan moratorium along with petitions by specific sectors.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta made submissions on behalf of the Centre bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy & MR Shah, the crux of which were that the the sector specific issues that emanate in the instant petitions could not be…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court continued the hearing in the pleas pertaining to extension of loan moratorium along with petitions by specific sectors.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta made submissions on behalf of the Centre bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy & MR Shah, the crux of which were that the the sector specific issues that emanate in the instant petitions could not be granted relief under Article 32.”Not a case for your lordships to go further under Writ jurisdiction. Centre handheld all sectors. Their argument of NDMA not doing anything were nothing but arguments made in desperation. If sector specific issues persist, they are free to go to RBI, but to seek relief under Article 32 and pray that the relief(s) already granted be tweaked is not maintainable”- Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to Supreme CourtThe law officer stated that the Central Government realised and accepted that there was a problem and that there had to be a solution but that had to be sector specific. “The solutions need to be met out institutionally and within frameworks provided,” he addedThe Centre told Supreme Court that to roll out interest waivers would mean that a huge waiver will be attracted which in turn would affect the economy. “If the banks were to bear this burden, it would necessarily wipe out a substantial and a major part of their net worth, rendering most of the banks unviable and raising a very serious question mark over their very survival”, said SG while stating that a blanket waiver of interest would mean foregoing an estimated 6 lac crore.Justice Bhushan told him at this juncture that he courts were conscious of this and that it would not pass any orders which would shake the economy.”Of course court will not pass an order which will lead to the economy going haywire. We are conscious of the fact”- Supreme CourtOn the aspect of Centre’s non chalance regarding economic stresses faced by various sectors which was argued by petitioners, Solicitor General said that waiver of interest was never the solution in any economy but providing thrusts for boost of various sectors was the right way to proceed.”Centre not done anything – I am answering to this argument now. Many sectors affected by Covid and RBI took decisions, Said, we can restructure but not waive everything. RBI took a wise decision of “eligibility criteria” vis-a-vis Non-NPA accounts….. all conceivable sectors affected by Covid19 have been taken into consideration,” he arguedThe law officer then told court that banks were fully empowered to customise relief to not so big and big borrowers (loans of up to 1500 crores and over 1500 crores respectively).”Big Contours and parameters to be fixed by RBI, minute ones to be fixed by the Kamath Committee and they are to be implemented by the banks,” SG argued.On the issue of the implications of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Solicitor General informed Court that the effect of this disaster (Covid19) was of such nature that it could not be dealt with by one ministry. “All the written decisions are taken with approval and the initiation of decisions under the Act are taken by the Prime Minister  who is the Chairman of the NDMA… all ministries are required to function under sections 35 & 37 of the Act,” he argued.Senior Advocate VV Giri appeared for the Reserve Bank of India, arguing that the prudence framework was available in terms of the RBI Circulars.He argued today that the discretion to frame a resolution plan should be with the bank and not the borrower.The bench is expected to continue the hearing tomorrow.Complete updates from the hearing available here.Next Storylast_img read more

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Searches carried out in Derry as part of Lyra McKee murder investigation

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest Searches carried out in Derry as part of Lyra McKee murder investigation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ As part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Lyra McKee a number of searches were carried out today in the Chamberlain Street area of Derry.Detectives from PSNI Major Investigation Team seized a number of items for further investigation during the searches this morning.Police say while no arrests were made, enquiries are continuing. By News Highland – May 7, 2019 center_img Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Homepage BannerNews Previous articleSean Cafferkey, Chairperson of Darkness in Light Letterkenny 2019, in studio with John BreslinNext articleDonegal Half Marathon launched in Letterkenny News Highland Pinterest Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford last_img read more

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Lamar Steed inducted into Hall of Fame

first_img Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson But, before Steed found himself out of work, he was offered a job with Kelly Sales & Tire Works in Brundidge.“I guess I had found the place that I needed to be,” Steed said. “I liked the work and I did the best job that I knew how to do.”Steed was promoted to manager of the Brundidge store in 1964. He readily accepted the responsibilities of store manager and entertained the thoughts of one day having a tire store of his own.The Kelly brothers were focused on managing the tire store in Troy so, in 1977, Lamar and Shirley Steed bought Kelly’s in Brundidge and renamed the business Steed Tire Service. Eddie Hardwick, ATDA Past President of Alabama Tire Dealers Association (ATDA) presents the 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee award to Lamar Steed. It was awarded on June 16 (Saturday) during Alabama Tire Dealers Association annual conference and 50 Year Anniversary Celebration (Orange Beach, Alabama).Lamar Steed, owner of Steed Tire Service in Brundidge, has been inducted into the Alabama Tire Dealers Association Hall of Fame.Steed was honored at the association’s annual convention June 16 at Orange Beach.The Alabama Tire Dealers Association Hall of Fame honors individuals who have played a significant role in the growth and development of the tire industry and the Alabama Tire Dealers Association (ATDA). Print Article This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Steed became a member of the Alabama Tire Dealers Association when he took ownership of the tire store. However, he had been involved with the Association in the mid-1960s in a supporting role as a recruiter. He focused on Pike County businesses, including service stations and tire and automotive businesses.He believed that, to be successful in business, he needed to draw from the knowledge and experiences of other like businesses.At the Brundidge Main Street “tire store,” Steed is known as the “Tire Doctor.” He employs 10 people and provides tire and automotive services from a 10-bay shop.“The tire business has been good to our family,” Steed said. “Our three children, Beverly Helton, Maria Strother and Mark Steed, worked in the store while they were attending high school and college and two of our grandchildren did, too. We enjoyed working together as a family.”Steed’s children nominated him for the award because, as his daughter, Beverly Helton, said, “no one has been harder working or more dedicated to the tire business.”“Because my children nominated me for the award, it’s even more special,” Steed said. “For them to think that I’ve done a good job means an awful lot to me. I’ve been fortunate to do something that I love and to have my family as a part of what I do. I have good, dependable employees and wonderful customers. They are the reason that Steed Tire Service has been able to stay in business for 35 years. I thank them all.”Steed has been actively involved in his hometown community and has been recognized for his contributions. He is a long time member of the Brundidge Rotary Club and a club past president. He has been honored with Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award. He is a recipient of the Pike County Farm-City Beef Award and was the Brundidge Business Association’s 2004 Man of the Year.Steed is a past president of the Brundidge Business Association, a past director of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Brundidge Industrial Board and the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association. He has been a member of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and United Way fund-raising teams.Steed is a member of Richland Baptist Church where he is a deacon. He and his wife, Shirley, make their home in the Richland Community where they own and operate L&S Farms. You Might Like Victims of Neglect Troy woman jailed for animal cruelty A Troy woman is in jail on six counts of cruelty to animals after police… read more Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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It was just a real great honor and I appreciate that the association thought that I was worthy of this recognition.”Steed graduated from Pike County High School in 1954 and Lamar Belcher hired him at the City Market.“Harold Nicholson was making deliveries for the City Market but he was called to the Korean War,” Steed said. “Mr. Belcher told me that the job would be only for two years because it was Harold’s when he came back home, only if he wanted it.” Lamar Steed inducted into Hall of Fame By Secrets Revealed Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Published 11:00 pm Thursday, June 21, 2012 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Skip Latest Storieslast_img read more

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Apartment sales halve as cladding scandal forces lenders to withdraw mortgages

first_imgSales of apartments in the UK halved during September, latest figures from the Land Registry reveal, as confidence in the flats market tanks as many lenders reject mortgage applications to buy apartments within blocks.The data was published in a national newspaper yesterday, which reveals that during September sales of apartments reduce by 46% or from 11,500 during the same month in 2019 to 5,600, one of the most dramatic drops in demand for property seen since the 2008/9 financial crisis.“These are shocking numbers,” TV presenter Phil Spencer (pictured) told The Sunday Times. “It’s like taking half the first rung of the housing ladder away, which takes half of the second rung away, which takes part of the third rung away, and so on.”Part of the reason for this drop is likely to be the weak sales pipeline following the re-opening of the housing market in May; for example, house sales were also down in September. But only by 26%.The rest of the apartment sales plummet has been blamed squarely on the cladding scandal.Despite government action to help apartments owners within some of apartment blocks identified as most at-risk and fitted with most dangerous kind of ACM cladding, many thousands of apartment owners have become stuck in their properties – unable to remortgage and stymied by lenders who won’t lend to potential buyers.ACM cladding“The banning of unsafe ACM cladding and concerns about the fire risk of other types of cladding has made it difficult to assess the value of properties in high-rise blocks,” says Michael Jupp of lender trade association UK Finance.“Without knowing what type of cladding and fittings have been used, how they were put up, whether remedial work is needed, and who will be paying for it, lenders and valuers have found it hard to understand what the value of a particular property is, meaning homeowners have been having difficulty remortgaging or selling their home.”ACM Michael Jupp cladding acm cladding Phil Spencer January 18, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Apartment sales halve as cladding scandal forces lenders to withdraw mortgages previous nextRegulation & LawApartment sales halve as cladding scandal forces lenders to withdraw mortgagesLatest monthly data from Land Registry shows flat sales nearly halved during September compared to last year.Nigel Lewis18th January 202102,109 Viewslast_img read more

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Oxford academics condemn “polemical and simplistic” research

first_imgThe society decried what they described as attempts to “rig these workshops by wholly excluding critical scholars”. They nonetheless clarified that they had no interest in attending “Biggar’s bigoted workshops”, as he had “already proved himself incapable” while defending Cecil Rhodes in a debate at the Oxford Union.In response to the open letter, a University spokesperson said: “It eloquently illustrates an alternative perspective on empire taken by other University academics in related but different fields.“Argument and differing approaches to topics are to be expected in an environment with many different disciplines and where the robustness and good health of academic freedom is fundamentally important.”The furore follows the debate surrounding an article written by Biggar in The Times, entitled ‘Don’t feel guilty about our colonial history’, in which he claimed we should “moderate our post-imperial guilt”.The article provoked a statement of opposition from student group Common Ground, which drew attention to Biggar’s joint leadership of the ‘Ethics and Empire’ project. The other academic in charge, John Darwin, withdrew from the project on Sunday for personal reasons.The McDonald Centre – the University organisation which runs the programme – describes the project as “a series of workshops to measure apologias and critiques of empire against historical data from antiquity to modernity across the globe”.As reported last week, a University spokesperson defended Biggar’s suitability for the role, stating that Oxford supports “academic freedom of speech”, and that the history of empire is a “complex topic” that must be considered “from a variety of perspectives”.They said: “This is a valid, evidence-led academic project and Professor Biggar, who is an internationally-recognised authority on the ethics of empire, is an entirely suitable person to lead it.” Professor Biggar said that participation in the project is by invitation only “so as to enable focused reflection and sustained discussion on important matters by a necessarily small and select group of relevant experts”.He added that the “current illiberal climate” means that “such discussion is only possible in private, because the ideological enemies of free speech and thought would disrupt it, were it to be held in public”. Academics and students across Oxford have united in condemnation of a controversial research project, accusing it of seeking to justify British colonialism.Almost 60 Oxford academics have now signed an open letter that attacks Nigel Biggar’s ‘Ethics and Empire’ as “too polemical and simplistic”, while the Oxford Centre for Global History has sought to distance itself from his research. But the University has again defended Biggar, emphasising the “fundamental importance” of academic freedom in its recent statement.The open letter – written by Oxford scholars specialising in the history of empire and colonialism – claims the project “asks the wrong questions, using the wrong terms, and for the wrong purposes”.They insisted “neither we nor Oxford’s students in modern history will be engaging with the ‘Ethics and Empire’ programme, since it consists of closed, invitation-only seminars”.Professor Biggar – Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Christ Church – attacked the letter as “collective online bullying”, saying none of the academics had “the courage or sense of collegial responsibility” to raise their concerns in person”.He added any of the academics would be at liberty to refuse an invitation to the exclusive workshops, but they “would not close the discussion down. They do not have the right to control how I, or anyone else, thinks about these things”.The Oxford Centre for Global History said they were “not involved in Professor Biggar’s workshop or project”. Instead, they stressed that their programmes engaged critically with the “complex legacies of colonialism”, moving beyond “the problematic notion of a balance sheet of empires’ advantages and disadvantages”.The Oxford University Africa Society also waded in, saying: “The Africa Society categorically rejects these latest attempt at colonial apologism, yearning and re-justification through the pursuit of dishonest scholarship by Biggar and associates.”last_img read more

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