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    The history of the human race is a continual struggle from darkness towards light. It is, therefore, to no purpose to discuss the use of knowledge; man wants to know, and when he ceases to do so, he is no longer man.

    Fridtjof Nansen

    How can stateless people cross borders?

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    After the end of the First World War, millions of people in Europe became stateless refugees. A newly devised passport created by the League of Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees was their salvation.

    In the aftermath of the First World War, more than two million people fled the Russian Revolution and the Armenian massacres. To prevent them from returning to their home countries, their respective governments revoked their citizenships. These permanent exiles had no choice but to start anew elsewhere and spread out around the world. To deal with this fraught situation, Norwegian diplomat Fridtjof Nansen, the League of Nations’ first High Commissioner for Refugees, worked hard to create a passport for these "stateless" persons. The so-called "Nansen Passport" was introduced on 5 July 1922. It was a symbolic document that made history as the first international legal instrument for the protection of refugees. This identity card and travel document allowed them to enter all the member states of the League of Nations at a time when many European states were closing their borders because of fascism, anti-Semitism and war and paying increasing attention to the legal status of both residents and foreigners. Famous artists such as Anna Pavlova, Vladimir Nabokov, Marc Chagall, Igor Stravinsky and Robert Capa, as well as more than a million other stateless persons, mostly refugees from Russia and the Ottoman Empire, received these precious passports. States have not used collective deprivation of citizenship as a weapon since 1945, but the UN General Assembly did not officially ban it until 2012.
    Published on Apr 21, 2019

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    I met a handful of refugees from the Russian Aristocracy as a child. My overall impression of them where that they were very gentle spirits, gentle people that appreciated being given food and shelter for some time, however short, as they were on the move...on the move. I feel fortunate having had this experience.
    Whatever is true. Whatever is noble. Whatever is right. Whatever is lovely. Whatever is admirable. Anything of excellence and worthy of praise. Dwell on these things. Jesus Christ (I agree)

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    The continuous election cycles only distract from ongoing problems ...
    and the politicians know it oh so well ...
    Always promising ...



    Better Days


    ♪ Trust me, I can help you
    Feel free, we can save you
    Join us in the good life
    And better days, better days

    Campaign for a new life
    Champagne and the bright lights
    Make way for the right way
    And better days, better days ♪


    Supertramp


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    Black women in South Africa after the apartheid | DW Documentary



    Twenty-five years after the end of apartheid, black women in South Africa are looking for their chance in society. Jabulile Ndaba was one of many who had no education and little chance of ever changing that.

    The documentary "The Growing Thing" portraits Jabulile Ndaba who was hardy 11 years old when she left school. The South African is now a tall, strong woman with a strong sense of humor that rarely fails her - even though she has to look after a family of ten. Her life seemed to be a dead end. Her husband was drinking away his pay and her son had dropped out of school - Jabulile found out he had started using Nyaope, a highly addictive street drug. Also known as Whooga, it’s a mixture of rat poison, prescription drugs and heroin that destroys the lives of unemployed youths in the townships. Jabulile decided to do whatever it took to help him stop. Her chance came with Kopanang, a women's project founded by Sheila Flynn, a Dominican sister from Ireland. The project aims to enable women to earn money from sewing and embroidering. But for Jabulile it was also an opportunity to learn management and office skills. Yet when Sister Sheila announces that she’s moving to Australia, Jabulile and her colleagues are expected to take over the running of the project themselves. Are they up to the challenge?

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    Published on Apr 26, 2019
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    While i do not necessarily agree that the global warming phenomena is entirely human caused ...
    I do sense and believe our solar system is (and has been) warming up due to normal galactic
    circular conditional reasons - But with no doubts this human climate migration will continue.

    giovonni




    Fleeing climate change - the real environmental disaster | DW Documentary


    How many millions of people will be forced to leave their homes by 2050? This documentary looks at the so-called hotspots of climate change in the Sahel zone, Indonesia and the Russian Tundra.

    Lake Chad in the Sahel zone has already shrunk by 90 percent since the 1960s due to the increasing heat. About 40 million people will be forced to migrate to places where there is enough rainfall. Migration has always existed as a strategy to adapt to a changing environment. But the number of those forced to migrate solely because of climate change has increased dramatically since the 1990s. It is a double injustice: after becoming rich at the expense of the rest of the world, the industrialized countries are now polluting the atmosphere with their emissions and bringing a second misfortune to the inhabitants of the poorer regions. One of them is Mohammed Ibrahim: as Lake Chad got hotter and drier, he decided to go where the temperatures were less extreme and there was still a little water, trekking with his wife, children and 70 camels from Niger to Chad and then further south. The journey lasted several years and many members of his herd died of thirst. Now he and his family are living in a refugee camp: they only have seven camels left. Mohammed is one of many who have left their homelands in the Sahel - not because of conflict and crises, but because of the high temperatures. He's a real climate refugee.



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    Published on May 1, 2019
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    really interesting and appropriate, Giovonni
    "We are one thought away from changing the world!"

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    FAMOUS GRAVE TOUR - Viewers Special #4 (Bram Stoker, Amy Winehouse, etc.)


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    Published on May 3, 2019
    Welcome to Hollywood Graveyard. Today, I turn the camera over to you, the Hollywood Graveyard Community, as we travel the world to visit famous and historical graves in your neck of the woods. Together we’ll cross the country, and the oceans, to pay our respects to legends around the globe, like Bram Stoker, Amy Winehouse, Alec Guinness, and many more.

    Full list of stars visited today: Arthur Shields, Michael Collins, Thomas Andrews, Wallace Hartley, Frederick Fleet, Benny Hill, Alec Guinness, Florence Nightingale, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll, Eleanor Rigby, Stuart Sutcliffe, George Formby, Anne Bronte, Little John, John Ray, Ebenezer Scrooge, Diana Dors, Alan Lake, George Orwell, Dusty Springfield, Robin Gibb, Andy Gibb, Agatha Christie, John Mills, Roald Dahl, William Penn, Brian Jones, Karl Marx, Douglas Adams, Corin Redgrave, George Eliot, Malcolm McLaren, Patrick Caulfield, Ralph Richardson, Edith Evans, Ellen Terry, Thomas Arne, Michael Redgrave, Alan Jay Lerner, Anna Neagle, Margaret Rutherford, Boris Karloff, Gracie Fields, Hattie Jacques, Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Peter O'Toole, Richard Beckinsale, VIvien Leigh, Marc Bolan, Keith Moon, David Gest, Larry Adler, Hughie Green, Robert Harbin, Ivor Novello, Peter Sellers, Anna Pavlova, Ella Shields, Bram Stoker, Karl Mannheim, Sigmund Freud, Amy Winehouse.
    47:22 minutes


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    Who still needs the EU ?

    "Passionate supporters, angry critics and a neutral majority ...
    The EU elicits a range of reactions" ...


    Europe ahead of elections | DW Documentary


    What’s behind the preconceptions and skepticism? Our reporters go looking for answers in in Germany, Poland, Italy and Brussels.Is it really the case that hardworking countries pay for the less industrious ones? Reporter Jo Schück asks Ingo Egloff from the Hamburg Port if Germany really is the EU’s paymaster. In Poland, journalist Aleksandra Rybinska explains why many people see the EU as a bossy super-state, while judges and activists in Warsaw explain why the country’s judicial reform is alienating it from the EU.

    In Italy, reporter Katty Salié meets Yvan Sagnet, a political activist born in Cameroon who accuses the EU of failing to address urgent issues - chief among them, the distribution of refugees across member states. As a result, new arrivals in Italy, often without papers, have to stay in overcrowded camps in appalling conditions, and work as day laborers in the agricultural sector.

    The Center For Research on Right-Wing Extremism in Jena has observed how euro-skeptics are undermining European ideas from within, with far-right parties gaining traction in the European Parliament. In Brussels, the two reporters discover what the infamous bureaucratic behemoth looks like from the inside. They catch up with Damian Boeselager, co-founder of the first pan-European party, and gauge the mood in the heart of the bloc ahead of the European elections.

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    Published on May 14, 2019
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    Hiking with Kevin and Al Franken


    Humorist, comic and former Minnesota Senator, Al Franken hikes with Kevin Nealon at Los Angeles' Will Rogers State Park. Al chats about his foray into stand up with Tom Davis, how they got on Saturday Night Live, a run in with a Canadian hiker, the original SNL cast coming together, the Chris Farley Chippendale sketch, remembering Chris Farley, Tom Davis' life-farewell party, writing for SNL's Weekend Update, being disappointed he never got the anchorman position, being a senator, his first days in Washington DC, dark comedy, ,explaining a 3am rewrite, his favorite part of the country, being a grandfather, the SNL parody commercials he wrote, negative political voice overs plus more...


    Kevin Nealon
    Published on May 16, 2019
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    America Is In Full Employment, So Why Aren't We Celebrating?

    Listen/Read - Here

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    Will share this here ...

    The rainforest hermit who stepped out of the wild | Australian Story


    Beetles, worms and lizards — Gregory Smith ate just about anything to stay alive in the forest.

    From a homeless hermit to a university lecturer, he's proven you can overcome anything in
    your search for a safe place. He shares his story with Australian Story.

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    FAMOUS GRAVE TOUR - Viewers Special #5 (Elvis, Aretha Franklin, etc.)



    Full list of stars visited today: Aretha Franklin, Rosa Parks, Henry Ford, John DeLorean, R. E. Olds, Cole Porter, Johnny Appleseed, Hoagy Carmichael, Frances Farmer, James Baskett, Sandy Allen, James Pierce, Joan Burroughs Pierce, Shannon Hoon, Emmett Kelly, Bobby Helms, Henry B Adams, Charles Jenkins, Robert Prosky, Upton Sinclair, Adrienne Ames, Gladys McClure, Rod Roddy, Pimp C, The Big Bopper, Sandra West, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Russell Stover, Jeanne Eagles, Kate Spade, Walter Cronkite, Chuck Berry, Mickey Carroll, Tennessee Williams, William S. Burroughs, Bruno Sammartino, Honus Wagner, Lillian Russell, Stephen Foster, Billy Mays, Andy Warhol, Mr. Rogers, Jim Thorpe, Bonzo, Tammi Terrell, Bessie Smith, Muhammad Ali, Victor Mature, Sidney Blackmer, Suzanne Kaaren, Reggie White, Randolph Scott, Tony Curtis, Redd Foxx, Robin Leach, Wild Bill Elliott, Sonny Liston, Hank Williams, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Lynn Anderson, Liz Anderson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Chet Atkins, Donna Summer, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Maybelle Carter, Minnie Pearl, Red Rector, Elvis Presley.

    Hollywood Graveyard
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    Analysis: What does Theresa May's resignation mean for the UK? | DW News


    British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will be resigning as leader of her Conservative party on June 7th. In her speech outside Downing Street, May said she had tried her best to honor the Brexit result. She has been under growing pressure to step down over her failure to get MPs to support her Brexit deal. There'll now be a Conservative leadership contest with some of her colleagues already saying they will be trying to get her job.

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    Quote Originally posted by giovonni View Post
    In the news ...

    Analysis: What does Theresa May's resignation mean for the UK? | DW News


    British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will be resigning as leader of her Conservative party on June 7th. In her speech outside Downing Street, May said she had tried her best to honor the Brexit result. She has been under growing pressure to step down over her failure to get MPs to support her Brexit deal. There'll now be a Conservative leadership contest with some of her colleagues already saying they will be trying to get her job.

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    Published on May 24, 2019
    Regardless of her political orientation and whether one is in favor or against the whole Brexit affair, one has to admire and respect the courage that Theresa May put into these difficult negotiations. She tried her best to uphold the outcome of a poll in which the vast majority of the British people voted in favor of Brexit, but as it goes in politics, she was met with lots of opposition and hurdles, both from the EU and from within the British political establishment, including her own party.

    By resigning, Mrs. May is assuming the political responsibility for her failure to negotiate a satisfactory Brexit deal, but I personally don't think she should be taking the fall, because she put a lot of time and energy into this difficult phase, and the matter was contentious from the get-go. I don't think she ever really had a chance.
    = DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR =

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    Great point, Aragorn...there's a ready made word for that...scapegoat...They are amazingly handy.
    "We are one thought away from changing the world!"

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