Row over US$200,000: Police Threaten To Desert ‘Ebola Fight’

first_imgMore than 1000 officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP), who are assigned from different units to augment the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. say they are dissatisfied with what they described as ‘unfair’ distribution of the US$200,000, allocated to them by the government for the exercise. As such, tension is reportedly brewing among the LNP officers to the extent that some personnl on active duty have threatened to go slow or abandon their respective assignments. Of the more than 1000 officers on duty, 250 are assigned with the police support unit (PSU), 250 with the patrol division; 150 with the emergency response unit (ERU); 75 leeward; 50 Police Support Division (PSD); 50 traffic officers, 25 intelligence officers (plain clothes). while the rest are top brass (administration). As per the division of this money, the officers said, they were supposed to receive US$50 each day while on duty for at least one month.   The officers, who spoke to this paper on condition of anonymity, said they are being denied their fair share of the US$200,000 allocated to the police hierarchy for the fight against the Ebola. According to some of the officers, particularly those assigned with the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), their superiors – including the deputies for administration and operations (commissioned officers) – only on one occasion divided US$50 among them for the ‘operations.’“Since we received the first amount of the US$50 from the office of police operations (102), we are yet to get anything further to empower us effectively do the work. Therefore, we have resolved to go slow, because our lives are being put at risk as well,” the irritated officers threatened.The disgruntled officers have also disclosed that since Monday of this week, they have complained of lack of fuel for their assigned vehicles to patrol the city, but to no avail. To this allegation, police spokesman, Sam Collins, promised to call the Observer reporter back and address the matter. But up to press time last night, he did not return the call. Attempts by this paper the whole of yesterday to get comment from the LNP deputy for operations, Abraham Kromah, did not materialize as his phone line returned a busy signal throughout the day. Similarly, the deputy for administration, William K. Mulbah, could not be reached throughout the whole of yesterday up to press time. In a related development, the director of police, C. Clarence Massaquoi, has commended the United States Embassy near Monrovia for sourcing urgently needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for the police.At a recent news conference, Director Massaquoi said the materials which the U.S. Embassy has already negotiated for are due in the country ‘very soon.’ He then thanked some local business entities for providing assistance to the LNP to support its role in the fight to bring the spread of the Ebola virus under control.Items those business entities donated to the LNP include 250 gallons of fuel, one gallon of chlorine, 12 spray cans, 100 bags of rice (25kg each) and 75 cartons of frozen foods.Meanwhile, Col. Massaquoi has appealed to Liberians and friends of Liberia to heed to the call of the National Task Force and join in the fight to kick Ebola out of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EU, Others Speak on Issues Affecting Liberia’s Forestry Sector

first_imgStock-pile of cut woods to be processed for shipping The Joint Implementation Committee of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) that is expected to host its sixth sitting today, will bring together government officials and partners, particularly the European Union (EU) to look at critical issues affecting the country’s forestry sector, to include its proper governance.The VPA is a legally-binding bilateral trade agreement that aims to improve forest governance and promote trade in legal timber from Liberia to the EU. Additionally, it gives timber producing countries market access, not only to the EU, but to other markets that are looking for legal timber.It aims to guarantee that any wood exported from Liberia to the EU comes from legal sources and helps the country to stop illegal logging by improving forest governance and regulation.The instrument also promotes legal trade of forest products between Liberia and the EU as well as promotes sustainable forest development, while developing economic opportunities for the present and future generations.Today’s meeting, which marks the sixth sitting of the Joint Implementation Committee is intended to oversee the implementation of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement between Liberia and the EU.Furthermore, it will also foster dialogue and the exchange of information on matters covered by the Agreement, including the implementation, which Liberia is committed to executing fully as part of efforts to strengthen law enforcement within the forestry sector.As part of the two-day event, the technical and preparatory discussions will be co-chaired by Alberto Menighini of the EU Delegation, and C. Mike Doryen, Forestry Development Authority (FDA), while EU Ambassador Hélène Cavé and Harrison S. Karnwea, FDA Board of Directors are expected to co-chair the formal session and sign the aide memoire.Several partners, including the European Forest Institute, United States Agency for International Development, United Kingdom, Department for International Development, and the World Bank will attend the meeting.Participating stakeholders from the Liberian side will include nine ministries and agencies, civil society organizations, the Liberia Timber Association and the National Union of Community Forestry Development Committee.It can be recalled that the agreement came into force in December, 2013. Proper management and governance of the country’s forestry sector has been a major challenge for past governments over the years as it is expected that with the new international partnership and mechanism put in place since 2013, the direct beneficiaries (the people) will soon feel the tangible impact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt sets stage to end sugar in Guyana

first_img… APNU/AFC making good on its 2014 threat – Dr RamsammyThe coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration is currently setting the stage to end the centuries old sugar industry in Guyana, with confirmation coming by way of its recent salvos against the Skeldon Sugar Factory, in favour of its disposal.This is the supposition of former Minister of Government with responsibility for the sugar industry, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, who is among the most recent to join the groundswell of warnings against the “nefarious plans” on the part of the Government and its Administration for the industry.The cautionary alarm by Dr Ramsammy comes days after the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) warned of a possible ‘sweetheart deal’ involving the Skeldon Sugar Factory and private interests.Dr Ramsammy on Thursday, called out Chairman of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), Professor Clive Thomas, who had recently suggested that the US$200 million factory is in fact falling apart and is derelict, while at the same time suggesting that it could be privatised.According to the former Agriculture Minister, it was the same Professor Thomas who had ‘effusively praised’ the Skeldon Sugar Factory after an outstanding 2015 performance.Dr Ramsammy has since questioned what the Administration has done over the past year to cause such rapid deterioration at the sugar factory, and reminded Professor Thomas that, “the President himself, his Ministers of Finance and Agriculture and others have been aggressively pushing a doomsday scenario for sugar.”Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoFormer Health Minister, Dr Leslie RamsammyStinking betrayalRamsammy has since expressed the adamant position that the GuySuCo Chairman’s salvo against the factory is no accident; “it is another element in a deliberate strategy to end sugar, starting with privatisation of some assets.”According to Ramsammy, the assault by Professor Thomas “adds to the stage setting to end sugar… Meanwhile (Moses) Nagamootoo and (Khemraj) Ramjattan (of the AFC) are silent in their stinking betrayal of the sugar workers.”Dr Ramsammy recalled that the Skeldon Sugar Factory did in fact have its best year in 2015, since being commissioned almost a decade ago.The former Agriculture Minister said the APNU/AFC Administration has been actively taking credit for the excellent 2015 production performance but has consistently failed to acknowledge that the improved production started in 2013, when production was 25,380 tonnes and continued in 2014 when production was 35,890 tonnes.“Overall, factory efficiency increased throughout 2014 and 2015 reaching an all-time high of almost 76 per cent in 2015… Co-generation led to an increased generation of power to the national grid.”GuySuCo Chairman, Professor Clive ThomasGuySuCo CEOErrol HanomanBooker TateDr Ramsammy is adamant the improving production at the Skeldon Sugar Factory “resulted from a determined effort by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and GuySuCo to correct design flaws.”Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanHe, like former President Bharrat Jagdeo, continues to lay blame for the problems plaguing the factory over the years squarely at the feet of UK based Booker Tate, which was responsible for the supervision of its construction and subsequent management.According to Dr Ramsammy, while many including APNU/AFC held the Chinese responsible, the Chinese had constructed a factory to design.He reminded that the PPP/C Administration had argued that the design was flawed and, in fact, sued Booker Tate which was responsible for the design of the factory under its management contract.“That legal action has not been pursued by APNU/AFC which appointed Errol Hanoman as the CEO of GuySuCo who previously represented Booker Tate as its representative on the GuySuCo Board, an obvious conflict of interest,” according to Dr Ramsammy.Responding to the recent criticism levelled against the factory by the industry’s Chairman, Dr Ramsammy posits that having taken credit for the outstanding 2015 performance at the factory, disregarding the remedial actions taken by the PPP Government through 2014 and the first crop of 2015, Professor Thomas is now trying to find an excuse for the anticipated dismal 2016 performance in the industry as a whole, its worse since 1990.According to the former Agriculture Minister, the Skeldon Sugar Factory has now become the convenient excuse for poor management of the industry and to set the platform for ending sugar in Guyana.“There is no uncertainty APNU/AFC is carrying out its 2014 threat to close sugar,” according to Dr Ramsammy.He used the occasion to recall too that after more than 18 months in Government, the promised 20 per cent annual pay increase has morphed into zero pay increase and the earned incentive payments (API) have been disavowed for the first time since 1976.Wales and La Bonne Intention estates are due to be completely closed by the end of 2016, according to Dr Ramsammy, who further charges “more closures and even privatisation are being promised.”He maintains in his public missive against the latest developments that Professor Thomas’s cry that the Skeldon Factory is falling apart is merely preparing the ground to end sugar in Guyana or to hand over the factory to one of APNU/AFC’s donor in a sweetheart deal, like the public health medical warehouse.The sugar workers have been betrayed, according to the former Agriculture Minister, who has since surmised that Guyana will suffer in the end and that the problem is not the factory but rather “it is that APNU/AFC wants to end surgar sooner than later.”last_img read more

Chelsea starlet set for Everton loan, confirms Martinez

first_img Chelsea and Ghana winger Christian Atsu Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed the club have reached an “agreement in principle” to sign Chelsea winger Christian Atsu in a season-long loan deal.The Toffees were linked with a move for the 22-year-old Ghana international at the beginning of the month, though Chelsea have not commented on the possibility of a deal.Atsu’s switch is still subject to a work permit and the completion of other necessary paperwork.But, if completed, the move would mean a second successive year on loan for the attacking starlet, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Porto for £3.5million last summer, but then headed out to Vitesse Arnhem where he scored five goals in 28 appearances.Martinez told the Liverpool Echo: “Everything has been agreed with Christian – it’s just a matter of finalising little details more with his work permit and personal situation.“That will probably take a couple of days to get sorted but we have an agreement in principle to make the move as a loan deal until the end of the season.”Everton have already done business with the Londoners this summer, signing striker Romelu Lukaku for a club record £28million following the Belgian’s successful loan at Goodison Park last season. 1last_img read more

JARLA’S VIEW ON THE WATER CHARGES!

first_imgJARLA’S VIEW ON THE WATER CHARGES! was last modified: October 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJarla’s Viewlast_img

‘New GAA proposal will only alienate club players even more’ – Martin McHugh

first_imgFormer Donegal player Martin McHugh has slammed the new GAA proposal for the restructuring of the All-Ireland Senior Championship – saying it will only alienate players even further! McHugh also said that the decision is all about making more money and revenue for the organisation. McHugh says the provincial championships must be scrapped, and that the imbalance between the amount of games teams in Ulster pay compared to other provinces isn’t resolved in the new restructuring modeMcHugh told The Irish Daily Star, “I believe it was done for the money.“It’s put us in a position where we have a better package to sell to TV companies.“Club football is not given time. They should do away with the provincial championships and that would solve everything. Instead, they are trying to find a way around it. There’s eight more games going into it, there won’t be time for the clubs. It’s making it 10 times worse.” The Kilcar manager added: “We end up having a better package, but where does club football stand? If we don’t have club footballers then we won’t have inter-county footballers.”‘New GAA proposal will only alienate club players even more’ – Martin McHugh was last modified: August 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AngerClub PlayersGAAMartin McHughnewsproposalSlammedSportlast_img read more

FREE GOLF COURSES FOR KIDS LAUNCHED

first_imgYoung people are been given the chance to learn how to play Golf for free over Easter.The Junior Golf Camp, which is being run by Core Pro Fitness Institute, will give boys and girls from 8-18 the chance to experience the many fun, social and health benefits of playing golf.Speaking about the camp, which will be held at Core Pro Fitness Institute next Tuesday the 26th of April, Tommy Gallagher, Director of Golf Fitness at Core PFI said: “As all our One and Three day camps sold out, we decided to offer young people who do not play the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. “Golf is a game that can be enjoyed by all age groups and studies have shown that players who start at a young age are more likely to play the game into adulthood.”The participants will learn the fundamentals of the swing, including stance, alignment, and grip.They will have the use of all the facilities at Core Pro Fitness Institute including the Golf Analysis Suite, which houses the TrackMan Indoor Driving Range.Talking about his decision to develop the course for younger players, Tommy explained “technical ability, physical fitness and mental agility have become the mainstay of any serious golfer in the modern era, and there is a general recognition in all sports that these disciplines need to be worked on from an early age.” He added: “This camp, which is run by our own Titleist Performance Institute and PGA Professionals, aims to develop these skills and who knows, it may act as a stepping stone for the next Brian McElhinney or Rory McIlroy.”Booking is essential as places are limited.It runs on Tuesday 26th April and is open to 8-18 year olds. Call (074) 9168788 to reserve your place and for further information or email info@coreprofitness.com.endsFREE GOLF COURSES FOR KIDS LAUNCHED was last modified: April 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfree kids golf campsletterkennylast_img read more

Cretaceous Starling Flew Over Feathered Dinosaurs

first_imgA beautifully-preserved fossil from China shows a full-fledged bird doing just fine 60 million years before T. rex walked.A USC press release spills the beans about a fossil that could undermine the consensus view of dinosaur-to-bird evolution.  Titled “When Dinosaurs Flew,” it says:A team of paleontologists affiliated with USC Dornsife and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has determined that birds were capable of modern flight patterns much earlier than previously suspected — at least 60 million years before T. rex stalked the land.The new findings have added a layer of understanding to the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, as researchers explore how early birds took flight.A study published online by PeerJ on Jan. 2 detailed the examination of a startlingly complete and pristine specimen of an ancient, dinosaur-era bird: Hongshanornis longicresta, which flapped throughout what is now China roughly 125 million years ago during the early Cretaceous Period.This particular specimen, discovered a few years ago in rocks from northeastern China, is the latest example of the unexpected diversity of primitive birds that have been unearthed from that part of the world.The paleontologists still believe in bird evolution, thinking “well-preserved specimens like this one give us a wealth of information about the early evolution of birds.”  But they’re going to have a hard time explaining this fossil – not only for the early date, but its similarity to living birds.Roughly 90 percent of the skeleton is complete, with wings and tail so finely preserved that the outlines of feathers and what may be dark color bands on the tail can still be seen. That high level of preservation — particularly around the wings and tail — has allowed the team to perform an aerodynamic analysis of the bird, revealing how it likely flew….The flying style is far closer to that found in modern birds than what was supposed of ancient flyers — which have been thought to rely more on gliding due to a lack of enough muscle mass in flying appendages to achieve flapping bursts.“This isn’t a mode of flight we expected from Cretaceous birds,” [Michael] Habib said, adding that its small size and overall shape are comparable to that of modern birds. “It was pretty much a Cretaceous starling with a larger tail like a mockingbird.”Transported to the modern world, it wouldn’t look like anything special to the casual observer, until a closer examination revealed claws at the end of the bird’s wings and tiny teeth in its beak.The new fossil is dated to the same evolutionary age as Protarcheopteryx (12/03/12), which is commonly portrayed as a theropod dinosaur running on the ground with feathered arms too useless for powered flight.  That shows that it could not have been an evolutionary ancestor of Hongshanornis, which was already flying overhead, indistinguishable from modern birds to a casual observer.  That supports Alan Feduccia’s idea it was a secondarily flightless bird (4/27/12), not an ancestor to birds.Speaking of starlings, evolution defender Jerry Coyne fell into a trap recently, posting a clip of starling murmurations from the acclaimed intelligent-design documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds.  His faux pas was gleefully pointed out by Evolution News & Views.  Coyne hastily backpedaled, telling the ID proponents to “Stuff it.”The story of dinobird evolution continues to unravel.  If a modern-looking bird resembling a starling or mockingbird was flying overhead its presumed primitive ancestors, the ancestors were contemporaries, not ancestors. Who knows they may have been doing murmurations over the head of their presumed ancestors.What’s funny is to watch the evolutionists continue to believe their myth in spite of this evidence.  They say euphemistically, this adds “a layer of understanding to the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, as researchers explore how early birds took flight.”  They say fossils like this “give us a wealth of information about the early evolution of birds.”  They say this fossil allows them “to explore new questions about long-extinct species.”  Yeah, right.  Stuff it.  The only value evolutionists offer is a lesson in spin doctoring.Even if the evolutionists had a sequence that looked like a lineage, there’s enough irreducible complexity in a bird to discount its emergence by unguided natural processes.  Watch Flight for good reasons why, and listen to the mockingbird. (It’s mocking Charlie).When charms of spring awaken, awaken, awaken,When charms of spring are awaken and the mockingbird is singing on the bough,I feel like one so forsaken, so forsaken, so forsakenI feel like one so forsaken, since my Darwin is no longer with me now.Listen to the mockingbird, listen to the mockingbirdThe mockingbird is singing o’er his graveListen to the mockingbird, mocking Charlie Darwin’s word,Still singing where his weeping fellows rave.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Is a Job at a Startup Right For You?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#How To#start Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img audrey watters In a post this morning, prominent VC Albert Wenger offers some career advice in response, he says, to questions he is repeatedly asked about how to enter into the startup world.Wenger observes that while many people think they want to be entrepreneurs, few actually are cut out to do so. In order to gauge whether or not entrepreneurship is right for you, Wenger advises you “look at the things you have already done. If you have never taken the initiative to create something from scratch (and even if that something is just a new club at school) you are probably not well suited to being an entrepreneur.”Joining a Startup as an EmployeeBut even if starting a business isn’t your thing, working at a startup might still have some appeal. But as Wenger notes, this takes a lot of initiative as jobs as startups are often not advertised (although startup job boards such as Startups Hiring and Greenhorn Connect are popping up to help connect new businesses with prospective employees). And while being a generalist might help in the early stages of a startup where everyone wears multiple hats, you do need to distinguish yourself by possessing specific and necessary skills.Wenger also cautions against joining startups as a non-co-founder if that startup doesn’t have clear traction or investor backing. “The risk-reward ratio is worst for non-founders in pre-traction/pre-funding situations,” he writes. In other words, it’s important to do your homework before applying for a job at a startup. In addition to assessing whether or not a startup has traction and funding, you may want to look at the founders and at startup culture. Is it really a team you want to work for? While company culture and company leadership may be important at any job, arguably working for a startup tends to expose you to that at a much more personal level.The Right Personality for the JobJust as a successful entrepreneur requires a certain personality, great drive and a fierce work ethic, arguably a startup employee should share those characteristics too, characteristics “such as being able to get things done without a bureaucracy.” Indeed, if you are simply looking for a “job,” as one of the commenters on Wenger’s post observes, you might be best just applying for one at an established company. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

What Mark Zuckerberg Told TIME About Wikileaks

first_imgTime magazine’s editors have named Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg their Person of the Year, despite WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange crushing the popular vote. Zuckerberg received the 10th highest number of votes from readers. We wrote early this week about the possibility that Time’s editors might choose someone other than the person their readers chose.So what does Zuckerberg have to say about the man who peeled back the curtain from the internal discussions among diplomats for history’s most formidable empire? Not much. Time’s press release included a rambling pseudo-statement from Zuckerberg on WikiLeaks. Read it below and ask yourself: shouldn’t he have put a little more thought into such an important matter than this? Wasn’t there anyone available to edit these statements for coherence?Zuckerberg on WikiLeaks, to be read in Zuckerberg’s distinctive, measured voice and serious tone:“Well, at a very high level some of the themes could be connected. I mean we mostly make so you can understand what’s going on with the people around you because we think that that helps you connect with them more broadly. I mean the wikileaks story is fascinating, but I also just don’t think we’re anywhere near the end of it. And I personally feel like, from the coverage that I’ve read, that I don’t understand enough to fully comment on it, so I won’t. But I do think it’s a fascinating kind of turn of events, and watching how the different institutions react to it is also fascinating….We definitely don’t wake up in the morning and think about toppling institutions. But one of the things that I think happens from people being able to share their opinions with their friends or more broadly. You know I really do think there is this concept where the best stuff spreads.”Seriously? That’s the best that one historic figure could say about another historic figure, as the former accepted a prestigious award widely expected to go to the latter? Sorry, Mark, but I think you should have done better than that when this question was raised. Congratulations, by the way, for the recognition; Facebook has truly changed the world and definitely for the better.The content of the Wikileaks statement, though, is essentially this: he doesn’t want to comment on WikiLeaks, but its supporters should know that Facebook vaguely upholds some of the same most general principles (“at a very high level”) and WikiLeaks detractors should know that Facebook is very different and much safer. (“We definitely don’t wake up in the morning and think about toppling institutions.”)A grammatically poor, high-level hedging of bets: that’s what we get from Zuckerberg? And why would Time or the Facebook PR team not take this part of an interview more seriously? Perhaps because they don’t really take any of this, much less WikiLeaks, seriously.Zuckerberg is famous for pushing privacy and transparency. WikiLeaks is shaking the world up with that paradigm taken to an international level. Some people love it. Some people hate it. Zuckerberg should have had a better statement prepared about it.Perhaps the statement itself isn’t even unreasonable, but the fact that it’s as unclear as it is feels like a show of disrespect to an organization that deserves thoughtful engagement and comment.Just One Example of Facebook’s Role in International RelationsFor what it’s worth, Facebook can hardly be said to be disinterested in the kinds of international relations that WikiLeaks speaks to, either. Zuckerberg almost always starts telling the story of Facebook with a reference to its use in organizing big protests in Colombia, against the violent left wing insurgents in the world’s longest civil war. The U.S. government has long backed the right wing government and brutal paramilitary army in that conflict, in full knowledge of the deep drug corruption of all sides of the conflict, but especially among U.S. allies.The way that conflict works is this: former or moonlighting members of the Colombian military gather as paramilitary forces and enter rural towns sympathetic to the Marxist FARC army. They round people up into school yards and other public places then cut peoples’ heads off with chainsaws to break the public spirit. Then U.S.-backed private military contractors (like the ones WikiLeaks exposed engaging in human sex trafficking in Afghanistan, despite State department efforts to cover it up, documented in leaked cables) fly over those now subdued and defenseless areas and spray all the crops with defoliants, ostensibly to kill the plants used to make cocaine and fund the rebel army. Then the official Colombian military comes in and secures the area. Then U.S. based companies can enter more safely to extract the huge reserves of oils and minerals under Colombian soil. Thus a right wing government stays in power to help hold back the regional momentum towards leftist, Marxist and rural peasant-backed governments in places like Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecquador.What’s the connection between these matters? It’s that the same world of politics Facebook is proud to influence is also a world that needs careful scrutiny and research. Like it or not, that’s the kind of work that WikiLeaks is aiming to do.That’s a simplified but essentially accurate telling of how it’s gone down in Colombia for decades. It’s a nasty conflict and the left-wing rebels have made a whole lot of enemies with their violence as well. When the urban public says it’s had enough of rural rebels attacking them, they organize big protests on Facebook. And then Facebook tells the story about how it is a brand new instrument of political organizing for peace.Colombia is one of the world’s largest recipients of U.S. military aid. That story has been made much more clear by the work of researchers unearthing sensitive government documents – that’s an important kind of work worthy of respect. Pic from ConflictPics.What’s the connection between these matters? It’s that the same world of politics Facebook is proud to influence is also a world that needs careful scrutiny and research. Like it or not, that’s the kind of work that WikiLeaks is aiming to do.What ought Zuckerberg have said? I wouldn’t presume to know – but I think it would have been appropriate for the leader of what would be the third largest country in the world if it were a country (500 million plus people) to have come up with something good and meaningful to say.It’s unlikely that Zuckerberg has nefarious intentions in all of this. But neither is he taking it very seriously. The least he could do is speak thoughtfully about those who do, like WikiLeaks, as he accepts an award that many people expected that organization’s leader would win. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#international#NYT#web marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more