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America at War: Infographic Reveals How the U.S. Military Is Operating in 40% of the World’s Nations

Earlier this month, NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin ended a 30-year career as a journalist, announcing in a “scathing letter,” Democracy Now! reports, that “he would be leaving the network. Arkin accuses “the media of warmongering while ignoring the, quote, ‘creeping fascism of homeland security.’” He does not equivocate in a follow-up interview with Amy Goodman. “The generals and the national security leadership" are also now, he says, “the commentators and the analysts who populate the...
Tags: Google, Maps, Politics, Nbc, College, Africa, America, Cnn, Fox, Current Affairs, Middle East, Army, Smithsonian, Cornell, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones

The schoolgirls who warned of Rwanda's genocide

Katori Hall’s play Our Lady of Kibeho is the story of three friends who insisted that they were visited by the Virgin Mary and told of the horror that lay aheadThe 16-year-old schoolgirl Alphonsine Mumureke said she was in the cafeteria of the Catholic boarding school Kibeho College, Rwanda, when she heard a voice “soft as air and sweeter than music”. She saw a beautiful woman – neither white nor black – floating above the floor in a flowing seamless dress, with a veil that covered her hair. She...
Tags: Education, Africa, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Catholicism, Stage, Schools, Catholic, Rwanda, Virgin Mary, Katori Hall, Kibeho, Alphonsine Mumureke, Kibeho College Rwanda

Why You Should Pre-Order Digital Minimalism

A copy of my new book, hot off the presses, on the custom-built minimalist library table I use to find focus in an otherwise noisy world. My new book, Digital Minimalism, which comes out on February 5th, is available for pre-order. If you live in the US, you can pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or a local bookstore (as well as many other retailers). If you live in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India or Africa, you can pre-order the UK edition at Amazon UK. (The book is also ...
Tags: UK, College, Africa, Uncategorized, US, New York Times, Amazon UK, Amazon Barnes Noble, Europe Australia New Zealand India, Digital Minimalist Book Club

This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks

Computer Science (CS) education is critical to preparing students for the new global economy, but unfortunately many young people lack the opportunity to develop these technical skills. As part of our commitment to help one million Europeans find jobs or grow their businesses by 2020 and to train 10 million Africans by 2022, we want to change that. That's why this October, we supported Europe Code Weekfor the fifth consecutive year, and Africa Code Week for the third consecutive year, funding 76...
Tags: Google, Europe, Education, Nigeria, Africa, Ireland, European Commission, Slovenia, Romania, Computer Science, Gambia, Sap, ICT, Computer Science CS, Kitale, Tuzla Bosnia

Byju’s targets global expansion for its digital education service after raising $540M

India-based educational startup Byju’s was widely reported to have raised a massive $400 million round and now the company is making things official. The ten-year-old company revealed today it has pulled in a total of $540 million from investors to go after international opportunities. The round is led by Naspers, the investment firm famous for backing Tencent that also includes educational firms Udemy, Codecademy and Brainly among its portfolio. The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CP...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Education, China, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Tencent, General Atlantic, Latin America, Naspers, Lightspeed Ventures, World Wide Web

Stream 48 Classic & Contemporary German Films Free Online: From Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the German Expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. As soon as Robert Weine’s 1920 film came out, it was described as essential. Or as one reviewer wrote, “so-called cultured people who fail to see it are neglecting their education.” There are dozens more German films to which that sentence might apply. Films from the country’s explosive Weimar moment—which also produced Metropolis, Nosferatu, M, Faust, etc.—to those of the New...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hollywood, Film, College, Germany, Africa, US, Hitler, Weimar, Goethe Institut, Werner Herzog, Facebook Twitter, Marlene Dietrich, Herzog, Fritz Lang

David Byrne Creates a Playlist of Eclectic Music for the Holidays: Stream It Free Online

Whose music do you put on when the holiday season comes around? Perhaps musicians like Lonnie Holley, Gurrumul, Erkin Koray, and Juan Luis Guerra? Maybe you've just thrilled with recognition at one or more of those names, or maybe you've never heard of any of them — but in either case, you should get ready for a highly unconventional holiday experience featuring their songs and those of many others, all of them curated by David Byrne. Each month the peripatetic, oft-collaborating musicia...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Africa, Christopher Lee, Turkey, James Brown, Paul Mccartney, Alan Turing, St Vincent, Seoul, Istanbul, Caribbean, David Byrne, Melbourne Australia, Facebook Twitter

Stanley Glasser obituary

My friend and former colleague, the composer and academic Stanley Glasser, who has died aged 92, was head of music at Goldsmiths College, London, for more than 20 years, and forged one of the most forward-thinking university music departments. Its electronic music studio, which he helped to establish, bears his name. He believed that contemporary music, composition and ethnomusicology all had vital contributions to make to modern university teaching and research.As a composer, Stanley was prolif...
Tags: Music, Education, Africa, UK News, World news, South Africa, Higher Education, Electronic Music, Stanley, University of London, Goldsmiths, Goldsmiths College London, Stanley Glasser

Riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna's new t-shirt line pays for girls to attend school in Togo

OG riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre has launched a new t-shirt line with all the money going to Peace Sisters, a non-profit that helps pay school tuition for underprivileged young girls in the West African nation of Togo. The shirts feature the likes of Kim Gordon, Jill Soloway, Chuck D (all seen below), Patton Oswalt, W. Kamau Bell, and Carrie Brownstein. The money from each $40 t-shirt sends a girl to school for a year. Buy 'em at Tees 4 Togo. From Rolling Stone: Hann...
Tags: Post, News, Education, California, Africa, Women, Feminism, Togo, Carrie Brownstein, Pasadena, Le Tigre, Hanna, Tina, T-shirts, Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl

Statue wars: what should we do with troublesome monuments?

The global protest movement to tear down urban memorials that reinforce racism is rewriting the very story of our cities. Should any monument be safe?Cape Town was the first. In March 2015, a student named Chumani Maxwele brought a bucket filled with shit to the University of Cape Town, where there stood a statue of Cecil Rhodes, the British diamond magnate, colonial politician and avowed white supremacist. “There is no collective history here – where are our heroes and ancestors?” Maxwele annou...
Tags: Education, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, US politics, Race issues, Heritage, Higher Education, Slavery, Colonialism

'I'm a living manifestation of possibility': South Africa's emissary on disability – podcast

Eddie Ndopu defied expectations as the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford. Now he wants to be the first wheelchair user in spaceEddie Ndopu was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was two. His mother was told he wouldn’t live past five. But he defied the doctors and now aged 27 insists no child with a disability should be left behind. He became the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford University. He describes himself as young, black, disabled an...
Tags: Education, Africa, Society, World news, Disability, South Africa, Oxford, Global development, Namibia, Global Education, Eddie Ndopu, Oxford University He

'I'm a living manifestation of possibility': South Africa's emissary on disability

Eddie Ndopu defied expectations as the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford. Now he wants to be the first wheelchair user in spaceEddie Ndopu was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was two. His mother was told he wouldn’t live past five. But he defied the doctors and now aged 27 insists no child with a disability should be left behind. He became the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford University. He describes himself as young, black, disabled an...
Tags: Education, Africa, Society, World news, Disability, South Africa, Oxford, Global development, Namibia, Global Education, Eddie Ndopu, Oxford University He

Outcry as boy, 13, dies after beating from teacher in Tanzania

Death of Sperius Eradius has led to demands for review of corporal punishment in schools, where violence is widespreadCampaigners have urged the Tanzanian government to review corporal punishment in schools after a 13-year-old boy died following a beating by his teacher. Sperius Eradius, from the northern Kagera province, died on 27 August, a few days after the punishment. Sperius had been accused of stealing from another teacher. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Education, Africa, World news, Global development, Tanzania, Global Education, Sperius Eradius, Kagera province

Paul Rankin obituary

Paul Rankin, my dad, who has died aged 72, was a research physicist and an adventurer. He worked for the electronics company Philips for 36 years, and filed more than 40 patents in that time. He was an innovator, with projects in the favelas in Brazil, the wastes of Mali, the temples of Thailand and the peaks of Peru.He visited more than 70 countries in his lifetime. After retirement he became involved in research into pangolins in Namibia, helping to track and understand these creatures, someti...
Tags: Science, Education, Africa, Environment, World news, Physics, Thailand, Wildlife, Higher Education, Brazil, Mali, Peru, Philips, Electronics and electrical engineering, Namibia, Paul Rankin

Class acts from across the globe – in pictures

As schools in the UK prepare for the start of another academic year, we celebrate the work of Unicef in providing the opportunity for children in some of the world’s poorest countries access to education Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, UK, Education, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Unicef

British universities criticised over pursuit of Egyptian links

Academics accuse colleges of overlooking human rights abuses and student’s murderLeading British universities have been accused of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in Egypt in pursuit of opening campuses under the country’s authoritarian regime.More than 200 prominent academics and others in the UK university sector have signed a letter to the Guardian opposing the collaboration against the backdrop of unanswered questions about the abduction and murder of the Cambridge PhD student Giu...
Tags: Business, UK, Education, Africa, Research, UK News, Egypt, Higher Education, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, University teaching, Research funding, Giulio Regeni

UUK’s cynical Egypt links put profit before human rights | Letters

More than 200 academics voice concerns about government attempts to forge partnerships between British and Egyptian universities, despite Cairo’s crackdown on dissentUniversities UK (UUK) and the British government are promoting partnerships between UK and Egyptian higher education institutions (HEIs). A series of memoranda of understanding signed over the past few years have laid the groundwork for UK HEIs to establish international branch campuses and other programmes.Yet the government offici...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Education, Law, Africa, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Higher Education, Cambridge, University Funding, Cairo, Giulio, Giulio Regeni, UUK

'Dance has done so much for me': the leader of Kenya's slum ballet school – podcast

Mike Wamaya discusses how performing ballet helps children transcend the chaos and violence of life in KiberaMike Wamaya’s life was turned upside down when his father died and he had to drop out of school to earn money for the family. A chance audition for a visiting performing arts company led to an international career as a performer, but Wamaya wanted to use his skills to help children growing up in the most challenging circumstances in Nairobi. Today, children who complete the programme in K...
Tags: Education, Africa, World news, Dance, Culture, Stage, Global development, Kenya, Nairobi, Kibera, Global Education, Mike Wamaya, KiberaMike Wamaya, Wamaya

About Blackness, Africanness and When It’s Enough

What is Blackness? Is it based on where you’re from? Is it based on your skin tone? Is it based on your heritage? Is it a lived experience? What is BLACKNESS? As someone whose Blackness was questioned loudly because of a question asked about a Black American musician, I must ask. It brought to the surface whether I was qualified to speak on Black American culture, and it also had some folks wondering if my Blackness was enough. Chisos! In the words of R&B songstress Deborah Cox, “How did you get...
Tags: College, Jay Z, New York City, Nigeria, Africa, Race, US, Chicago, Culture, United States, United Nations, Humor, Catholic, Martin Luther King, Caribbean, Black

The Best Instagram Captions to Use When You Study Abroad

Pictures say a thousand words, but captions can only say so many. Fall semester is just around the corner, which means that summer in unfortunately over and it’s time to return to campus. However, for a lucky few, they get to spend the next semester studying abroad at a university in a different country (or countries). Being in a foreign place comes the opportunity to travel, and I highly suggest you do.No matter where you go, one thing is a given: you'll want to take pictures! Once you've sele...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Instagram, College, Africa, Rome, Czech Republic, Italy, Pictures, Tim Cahill, Study Abroad, Lily James, Henry David Thoreau, ROME Italy, Moher Ireland, Susan Sontag

Native Lands: An Interactive Map Reveals the Indigenous Lands on Which Modern Nations Were Built

“Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in the all the glories of exploration. At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all look that) I would put my finger on it and say, ‘When I grow up I will go there.’”                      —Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness In his post-WWII historical survey, The Story of Map...
Tags: Apple, Google, Maps, Australia, College, White House, Africa, History, Harvard, Cree, Catholic Church, South America, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Pennsylvania Avenue, PISCATAWAY

Your Google for Education Guide for Back to School

This back to school season, inspire creativity, and run at maximum efficiency with the latest features and tools from Google for Education. We’re rolling out new features in Classroom and G Suite for Education, AR and VR on Chromebooks, Google Earth and Science Journal updates, and new trainings from the Teacher Center and Applied Digital Skills. New tools in Classroom and G Suite Google Classroom is getting its biggest refresh yet. We’ve added a Classwork page to help teachers and students ...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Facebook, Education, Africa, Nasa, Google Docs, Chromebooks, Indian Ocean, Classroom, Monterey Bay, LMS, Google for Education, LTI, Daydream, G Suite

Pregnant teens and expectant fathers barred from school in Burundi

Campaigners warn that ban violates human rights and say it is unclear how schools will identify boys for exclusion Campaigners have condemned a ban that will prevent pregnant teenage girls and young expectant fathers from attending formal schooling in Burundi, warning the country is violating its human rights obligations. Burundi’s minister of education, Dr Janvière Ndirahisha, announced last week that pregnant teens and young mums, as well as the boys who made them pregnant, no longer had the r...
Tags: Gender, Education, Africa, Society, World news, Global development, Reproductive Rights, Burundi, Global Education, Reproductive rights (developing countries, Janvière Ndirahisha

Behold an Incredibly Detailed, Handmade Map Of Medieval Trade Routes

Sometimes I wonder if there are any true Renaissance folks left, people who have a passion for knowledge and don’t let the experts get in the way. But then along comes Martin Jan Månsson, a graduate student in Spatial Planning at the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. Neither a cartographer nor a historian, Månsson has lovingly produced this very detailed map of trading routes during the Middle Ages. (You can download the map in high resolution here.) (I assume he should have been workin...
Tags: Google, Asia, Indonesia, College, China, Wikipedia, Africa, History, David, Greenland, Vikings, Mongols, Facebook Twitter, Arkhangelsk, KCRW, Cape of Good Hope

Dancing in Movies: A Montage of Dance Moments from Almost 300 Feature Films

Someone went through a great deal of effort to stitch together a montage of dance scenes from some 300 feature films. Below find a list of films in order of their appearance, and with the appropriate timestamp. 00:00:06 - Tropic Thunder (2008) 00:09:17 - 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 00:10:10 - Frank (2014) 00:11:02 - Deadpool (2016) 00:12:02 - Girlhood (2015) 00:13:10 - West Side Story (1961) 00:16:18 - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) 00:18:00 - Big (1988) 00:18:14 - Risky Business (1983) ...
Tags: Google, New York, Film, College, Africa, Robin Hood, America, World, Chicago, Dance, Brooklyn, Paris, John Malkovich, Harry Potter, Madagascar, Ferris Bueller

Support proves key for teachers and children alike in Kenya’s largest slum

Efforts to improve the training and resources available to childminders in Nairobi’s Kibera settlement are bearing fruit – to the benefit of all concernedThree-year-old Joy and her sister Lavine, four, are surrounded by kitchen pots, soft toys and an old wellington boot. It’s mid-morning at Kidogo’s nursery and preschool, and the sisters are playing in the dramatic centre, a place set aside for children to invent their own games. Each corner of the room is dedicated to a different activity: musi...
Tags: Education, Africa, World news, Global development, Kenya, Joy, Early Years Education, Nairobi, LaVine, Kibera, Global Education, Kidogo

Poor countries subsidise the NHS by training doctors – compensate them | Letters

The UK is home to over 4,700 doctors who trained in Nigeria, providing a substantial subsidy from the African country to the UK, says this multi-signatory letter from experts, and Parry Mitchell suggests ways to tempt back medics who have moved abroadThe scrapping of the immigration cap is a rare victory for freedom of movement (Immigration cap on doctors to be lifted, 15 June), but the global health inequalities underlying the issue need to be part of the debate. The shortage of health workers ...
Tags: Health, Asia, Politics, UK, England, Education, Medicine, Nigeria, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Migration, NHS

Weezer Covers Toto’s “Africa” & Makes a Young Fan’s Dream Come True: The Latest, Greatest Cover of the 1983 Song

Last month, rock band Weezer performed a remarkable bit of fan service: taking a request from a fan’s Twitter and granting it. A user called, appropriately, "Weezer Cover Africa by Toto," has been badgering the band since December of 2017 to do just that. The person behind the account is 15-year-old Mary from Ohio, who is both a serious fan of Weezer and of “Africa,” which she first heard on an episode of “Stranger Things.” Though the band decided to help Mary out, they had a little bit ...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, College, Africa, David Bowie, Grantland, Ohio, Catholic, Caribbean, David Byrne, Weezer, Mary, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Toto

“Back in Black,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Welcome to the Jungle,” and Other Classic Rock Songs Played on Traditional Japanese Instruments

Name any classic rock band — or maybe any band, period — and you can rest assured that their biggest, most obsessive fan lives in Japan. Though it possesses a native musical culture of its own, with a rich history and a distinctive set of aesthetic sensibilities, that country has also cultivated great enthusiasm for the music of other lands. Just as 21st-century Japan continues to produce masters of such traditional instruments as the stringed koto, the bamboo shakuhachi flute, and the t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Japan, College, China, Africa, Jimi Hendrix, Chile, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Jackson, Seoul, Dick Dale, Ac, Facebook Twitter, Stevie Ray Vaughan

UK government trying to block release of files exposing Gaddafi links

Lawyers to call for FoI request to be rejected days after apology for Abdel Hakim Belhaj renditionGovernment lawyers are attempting to prevent documents that detail the relationship between the British government and Muammar Gaddafi from being made public under the Freedom of Information Act, just days after apologising for the UK’s role in the kidnap and torture of one of the Libyan dictator’s opponents.They are appealing against an Information Tribunal’s ruling that the documents should be han...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Education, Law, Africa, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, UK security and counter-terrorism, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, MI6, Torture

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