Intertwined: Love & Sustainability Part 1

If someone asked me what my favorite word it I would have to say love.  It is love that really does move mountains and helps us to overcome enormous challenges; it is also that which holds the greatest potential for joy and sorrow.  Through love, we can embrace humanity and strive to make it better for our progeny.  This thought process is what leads me to the second topic of this essay which is sustainability.  No amount of love in the world can preserve and enrich the Earth, allowing it to provide for upcoming generations if we do not also embrace sustainable practices.  The rise of green energy, combined with teaching the youth of today how to cultivate the earth without damaging it, to preserve it in place of polluting and destroying it, is what can turn this world around from a pollution filled planet with struggling or dying ecosystems.  How many species must be hunted into extinction, or their habitats destroyed pushing them into extinction, before we listen to what the Earth is so loudly and clearly telling us?  We are not being proper stewards of this beautiful, unique and precious planet? In fact, mankind now stands as it’s greatest enemy.  Thankfully, the tides of thought are changing and entire community’s and nations are awakening to the dire need for sustainable practices.

Qatar, one of the fastest growing nations in the middle east, is impressive with it’s innovation and commitment to green practices, education, policies and commitment.  A siple Google search for “Qatar Sustainability” brings up lengthy results.  For example, “Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) is a non-profit, membership-driven organization providing leadership and encouraging collaboration in conducting environmentally sustainable practices for green building design and development in Qatar. QGBC also aims to support the overall health and sustainability of the environment, the people, and economic security in Qatar for generations to come. The council, a member of Qatar Foundation, was formally established in 2009 by a decree signed by H.H. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and is helping Qatar on its journey to establish a post-hydrocarbon, knowledge economy and progressive society.”

As a former college professor, one the the projects I am most thrilled about is Education City which will be a car free zone and home of a state of the art green transport system capable of transporting up to 3,000 students and faculty per hour.  The modern sleek design reminds me of the prototypes of such things I used to be enthralled with at Epcot Center as a child when they would have shows of “Future Transportation”.  However, I digress…. Education City makes me wish I was a young woman again looking for a college to attend. There is something for everyone at Education City, regardless of their area of study as many colleges and schools and research facilities have made it home.

Six American universities, one British university and one French university have branch campuses at Education City. They are:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar School of the Arts (VCUQ). Founded in 1998, VCUQ has offered students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (4 years) in fashion design, graphic design, interior design or painting and printmaking as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Design Studies (2 years).
  • Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q). The Medical College was established by Cornell University in 2001 and offers a two-year pre-medical program followed by the four-year medical program leading to a Doctor of Medicine degree.
  • Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ). TAMUQ was established in 2003 and offers undergraduate degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering. As of 2011, it also offers a master’s degree in chemical engineering.
  • Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q). CMU-Q has since 2004 offered undergraduate degrees in business, computer science programs, and as of 2007 an undergraduate degree in information systems. From Fall 2011, it has recently established a joint program with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar offering Biological Sciences and Computational Biology.
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar). SFS-Qatar has, since 2005, offered a four-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree in foreign service.
  • Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) began degree programs in journalism and communication in Fall 2008.
  • HEC Paris began offering graduate executive education programs for mid-career and senior executives in 2011.
  • UCL Qatar UCL Qatar arrived in 2011 and offers postgraduate degree programmes in the areas of archaeology, conservation, cultural heritage and museum studies.

It also has one Qatari university:

  • Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS). Founded in 2007, QFIS initially offered a two-year General Diploma in Islamic Studies. It subsequently established Diploma or Masters degree programs in several fields, including contemporary fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), public policy in Islam, and Islamic finance.


More on this later….

By Jennifer Riaz

U.S. Backed Mercs Now Fighting Alongside ISIS


Socio-Economics History Blog

  • Published on Feb 16, 2016
    A Dec. 10 report from Iran’s PressTV, citing Yemeni news sources, claimed that “15 Blackwater foreign fighters” were killed in clashes with Houthi forces, who currently control the Yemeni government. PressTV reported that “80 Saudi-led troops, including 42 Blackwater mercenaries,” were killed in a ballistic missile attack on Dec. 13. And a Jan. 31 reportclaimed that a “Blackwater commander,” Nicholas Petros, “was killed along with a group of mercenaries fighting for the Saudi regime in its war on Yemen.”… Click on image for article.


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Covertly, Isreal Prepares to Fight Online Activists for #BoycottIsreal Movements

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel is using its world-leading expertise in cyber security to take on the growing threat of the global pro-Palestinian movement to boycott Israel.

The Israeli government recently allotted nearly $26 million in this year’s budget to combat what it sees as worldwide efforts to “delegitimize” the Jewish state’s right to exist. Some of the funds are earmarked for Israeli tech companies, many of them headed by former military intelligence officers, for digital initiatives aimed at gathering intelligence on activist groups and countering their efforts.

“I want to create a community of fighters,” said Sima Vaknin-Gil, the director general of Israel’s Ministry for Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, to Israeli tech developers at a forum last month dedicated to the topic.

Initiatives are largely being kept covert. Participants at the invite-only forum, held on the sidelines of a cyber technology conference, repeatedly stood up to remind people that journalists were in the room.

Among the government officials involved in the efforts are some of Israel’s top secret-keepers, including Sima Shine, a former top official in the Mossad spy agency, and Vaknin-Gil, who recently retired as the chief military censor responsible for gag orders on state secrets.

Israel has established itself as a world leader in cyber technology innovation, fueled by graduates of prestigious and secretive military and security intelligence units. These units are widely thought to be behind some of the world’s most advanced cyber-attacks, including the Stuxnet virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear energy equipment last decade.

Each year, these units churn out a talent pool of Israelis who translate their skills to the corporate world. Now Israel is looking to harness their technological prowess for the fight to protect Israel’s international image.

Vaknin-Gil said her ministry is encouraging initiatives to expose the funding and curb the activities of anti-Israel activists, as well as campaigns to “flood the Internet” with content that puts a positive face on Israel. She said some of these actions will not be publicly identified with the government, but that the ministry will not fund unethical or illegal digital initiatives.

Established about 10 years ago, the pro-Palestinian “BDS” campaign is a coalition of organizations that advocate boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, BDS organizers say they are using nonviolent means to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence.

The movement has grown into a global network of thousands of volunteers, from campus activists to church groups to liberal Jews disillusioned by Israeli policies. They lobby corporations, artists and academic institutions to sever ties with Israel.

The movement has made inroads. U.S. and British academic unions have endorsed boycotts, student governments at universities have made divestment proposals, and some famous musicians have refused to perform in Israel. The BDS movement also claims responsibility for pressuring some large companies to stop or modify operations in Israel. In its latest push, it has urged top Hollywood actors to reject a government-paid trip to Israel being offered to leading Oscar nominees.

Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, said “quite a few web pages” that BDS websites linked to have mysteriously disappeared from the Internet.

“We assume Israel’s cyber sabotage is ongoing, but we are quite pleased that its detrimental impact on the global BDS movement has been dismal so far,” he said.

Israel says the movement is rooted in anti-Semitism and seeks not to change Israeli policies, but ultimately to put an end to the Jewish state.

Many online activists driving anti-Israeli campaigns on social media are tech-savvy, second- and third-generation Muslims in Europe and the U.S. who have grievances against the West and also lead online campaigns against European and U.S. governments, said Elad Ratson, who tracks the issue for Israel’s Foreign Ministry and spoke at last month’s cybersecurity forum.

He said they often create code that allows activists to blast thousands of messages from social media accounts — creating the illusion that many protesters are sharing the same anti-Israel or anti-West message online.

Israeli officials lobby Facebook to remove pages it says incite violence against Israelis, and there has been talk of advancing legislation to restrict Facebook in Israel. A Facebook representative met with Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan in Israel last week about the matter.

Ratson said social media giants are beginning to close inciting users’ accounts. Twitter said in a statement this month that since mid-2015, it has closed more than 125,000 accounts that were “threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS,” the Islamic State group. But he said Islamist activists are simply moving to “Darknet” sites not visible on the open internet.

Some Israeli tech companies are starting to build sly algorithms to restrict these online activists’ circle of influence on the “Darknet,” so activists think their message is reaching others when in fact it is being contained, Ratson said.

Other Israeli companies work on forensic intelligence gathering, such as detecting digital or semantic signatures buried in activists’ coding so they are able to track and restrict their online activity.

Firewall Israel, a non-profit initiative sponsored by the Reut Institute, an Israeli think tank, is building an online platform to help pro-Israel activists around the world communicate about anti-Israel activism in their communities. At a recent event the initiative held at Campus Tel Aviv, a Google-sponsored event space for entrepreneurs, an Israeli web expert taught young activists how to mine the internet for BDS activities.

“Delegitimizers are engaged in a Disneyland of hate,” Igal Ram of Firewall Israel told seminar participants. “We want to act against the people who run the Disneyland … and the useful idiots who help.”

Inspiration, an Israeli intelligence analysis company founded by Ronen Cohen and Haim Pinto, former military intelligence officers, launched a technological initiative some months ago to collect intelligence on BDS organizations in Europe, particularly Scandinavian countries, the U.S., and South America, Cohen said. He said the initiative aims to dismantle the infrastructure of groups he said were responsible for incitement and anti-Semitism against Israel. He declined to give specifics.

“It’s no different than an operation, which you sometimes read about in the newspaper, in Syria or Lebanon,” Cohen said. “It’s the kind of thing that, if you want to do it in the future … you can’t work in the open.”


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Week 2. Advocates and Activists – Stakeholders in Making Change Happen

Media activism/advocacy — or, in other words, Media Reform — has been addressed as a social movement of its own right, and has begun to be studied as such, only fairly recently.  Hence, scholars from various disciplines — from legal studies to cultural anthropology — study it. So can you — choose your specific angle. […]

How to Be an Advocate Without Being a Jerk

I know. I promised to follow the last post with a post exploring different types of socially-conscious business models (i.e., cooperatives and direct-trade supply chains). However, owing to life being extra busy right now and to my realization that writing something (semi-intelligent) on alternative business models first requires some pretty dense research, that post is […]

Occupy London&Occupy Wall Street

Occupy London & Occupy Wall Street

#OccupyLondon #OccupyWallStreet

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TIME: 06.00 AM

Bank of England: Address: Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8AH

New York Stock Exchange: Address: 11 Wall St, New York, NY 10005, United States

Event Info:

#FreeGolanHeights Facebook Group Link:

Hold Banks Liable for Terrorism

Banks say they are the pillar of the modern society – ruling the streams of money across the globe and keeping a tight grip on the world’s economy. What is going on in offices of top level management is kept in a most valuable secret. Even governments are afraid to get in confrontation with these enormous financial giants. However, the reality is that these banks have knowingly been financing and supporting many various terrorist networks around the world and its time for the people to stop them now.


Western Banks, Terrorism and Isis: The Nihilism of Dark Finance Fuelling Global Insecurity

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The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part III: The Illuminati Roundtable

Left Hook by Dean Henderson

South America 2008 (273)(Part three of a five-part series excerpted from Chapter 19: The Eight Families: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

According to former British intelligence agent John Coleman’s book, The Committee of 300, the Rothschilds exert political control through the secretive Business Roundtable, which they created in 1909 with the help of Lord Alfred Milner and South African industrialist Cecil Rhodes. The Rhodes Scholarship is granted by Cambridge University, out of which oil industry propagandist Cambridge Energy Research Associates operates.

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The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part II: Freemasons, BUS & The Rothschilds

Left Hook by Dean Henderson

1989 Phillipines (23)(Excerpted from Chapter 19: The Eight Families: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf… Part two of a five-part series)

In 1789 Alexander Hamilton became the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.  Hamilton was one of many Founding Fathers who were Freemasons. He had close relations with the Rothschild family which owns the Bank of England and leads the European Freemason movement.  George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Ethan Allen, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Brown and Roger Sherman were all Masons.

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