I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 14th February, 2021 A passive income is an earning stream that doesn’t have to be worked for. There are many ways to create a passive income. From buy-to-let property to book royalties, passive income streams aren’t the exclusive right of the wealthy. I believe one of the best assets to buy for a passive income is UK shares.Indeed, unlike other assets, investing in shares is relatively straightforward. What’s more, it doesn’t require a massive amount of initial capital, like buy-to-let investing. This strategy might not be suitable for everyone. After all, profits are never guaranteed in the stock market.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Nonetheless, with an investment of just a few thousand pounds it’s possible to generate an income stream from the market. Although it may not be a revolutionary amount of money, it will still qualify as a passive income. That’s why I’ve a portfolio of UK shares designed with a single goal in mind. Generating a passive income. Passive income portfolio There are two strategies investors can use to generate a passive income from stocks and shares. Either buying stocks directly, or acquiring funds. Both approaches have their benefits and drawbacks. For example, buying funds can be a straightforward way to build a passive income portfolio quickly. However, many fund managers lag the market in the long term. What’s more, there’s always going to be a chance that a manager ends up causing investors losses. This is rare. But the Neil Woodford saga showed it could happen.Investment trusts are similar to equity investment funds. But, as they’re managed as companies, they’re also allowed to hold back a percentage of revenue every year to cover dividends in times of uncertainty. This proved to be incredibly useful last year.As UK shares across the markets slashed their dividends, many investment trusts maintained their dividend commitments by dipping into dividend reserves. This quality will not eliminate the risk of a dividend cut altogether, but it could minimise it. Two of my favourite dividend trusts, which I currently own, are Murray Income and Scottish Investment. UK shares for income The other investment strategy is to buy shares directly. This process can be a bit more challenging. Selecting individual dividend stocks isn’t easy. Last year, many companies that had been considered dividend champions for decades were forced to cut their payouts. That was a potent reminder to investors that nothing is ever guaranteed when investing.Still, I’m comfortable with this potential risk. One of the companies I own in my passive income portfolio is British American Tobacco. This company has one of the highest dividend yields on the market. It currently stands at 8%. This reflects the fact the company operates in the tobacco sector, which is seeing declining revenues. As such, the distribution is by no means guaranteed in the long term. The bottom line A portfolio of £5,000, comprised of the three investments outlined above, could yield 5.3%. That could give me a potential annual passive income of £263. It’s not much, but it is a start. Over time, thanks to the power of compounding, this figure should continue to grow as I reinvest my dividends. Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in the Murray Income Trust, Scottish Investment Trust and British American Tobacco. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address How I’d invest £5k in UK shares to earn a passive income Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Some stocks even offer yields of 6% or more. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Here are three such enterprises, which I’d buy as income investments. FTSE 100 income The first two stocks on my list are tobacco groups Imperial Brands (LSE: IMB) and British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS). Ethical considerations aside, these two firms have proven themselves to be outstanding income stocks over the past decade. Despite falling cigarette sales worldwide, the two enterprises have remained highly profitable, generating more than enough cash to cover their dividend payouts. Indeed, according to Imperial’s results for the six months to the end of March 2021, the company earned an operating profit of £1.6bn in the period, up 77% year-on-year. This supported a 1% dividend increase.As well as returning £1bn to investors with dividends, the company was also able to reduce debt meaningfully after the sale of its premium cigar business. Meanwhile, for the year ended 31 December 2020, British American earned an operating profit of nearly £10bn, up 11% year-on-year. Off the back of this growth, management could hike the firm’s full-year dividend by 2.5%. After these dividend increases, shares in Imperial offer a yield of 8.6% while British American yields 7.8%. That said, these FTSE 100 income stocks do face some unique challenges. Tobacco consumption around the world is declining. This could hurt their cash flows in the long run. Falling cash flows could put their profit margins under pressure, and as a result, management may have to slash the payouts.Another challenge is debt. Both companies have a lot. A sudden increase in interest rates could increase the cost of this debt and reduce profits. Despite these risks and challenges, I would buy both FTSE 100 dividend stocks for my portfolio today. Expansion plans Another top FTSE 100 dividend stock I’d buy is Phoenix Group (LSE: PHNX). With a yield of 6.7% at the time of writing, this company has one of the highest yields in the blue-chip index. Usually, this could be interpreted as being a warning sign. Imperial and British American have high yields due to their tobacco exposure. However, with Phoenix, I believe the stock’s yield is higher than average because it’s difficult to understand. The company buys books of life insurance and pension policies. It then manages these policies to produce cash either by keeping costs low or paying a low price in the first place. The cash generated is then used to fund the dividend and support more acquisitions. Due to the complexity of the business model, this company might not be suitable for all investors. In addition, Phoenix’s balance sheet is difficult to understand, and it could be exposed to significant losses in a sudden market sell-off or if there is a rapid increase in interest rates. Still, even after taking these risks and challenges into account, I would buy the FTSE 100 company and its market-beating yield for my portfolio of income stocks. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Episcopal News Service] Here comes Lent. Again. My usual Lenten discipline is reading either Thomas Keating’s Journey to the Center or Martin L. Smith’s A Season for the Spirit. Both have offered me something new each Lent.Last year I thought I’d try something new, and focused on the book Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter. It includes wisdom from mystics from the past like Dorothy Day, C.S. Lewis, and Meister Eckhart as well as from those still among us, like Barbara Crafton, Kathleen Norris and Barbara Brown Taylor.I got derailed on the eleventh day of Lent by a passage from theologian Søren Kierkegaard, who asks the reader; are you a follower of Jesus or an admirer?Jesus “never asks for admirers, worshipers, or adherents,” wrote Kierkegaard. “No, he calls disciples. It is not adherents of a teaching but followers of a life Christ is looking for . . . .[Jesus’] whole life on earth, from beginning to end, was destined solely to have followers and to make admirers impossible.”If that Lent was to be authentic, then I had to grapple with the question. Maybe my heart and mind had been prepared to encounter this challenge because of the words invoked by my bishop, Eugene Sutton, before every sermon he preaches, “Lord tell us what we need to hear to become disciples of your Son Jesus Christ.”The first time I really heard that, I thought to myself, hey, I’m a disciple. I gave up a pretty good career to go to seminary. I’m a disciple! And then, the internal debate began. Was I really a disciple?Enter Kierkegaard’s words a few months later.“A follower is or strives to be what he admires. An admirer, however, keeps himself personally detached,” wrote Kierkegaard. “He fails to see that what is admired involves a claim upon him, and thus he fails to be or strive to be what he admires.”I certainly have done the worship and adherent thing. The Seminary of the Southwest — any seminary, actually — does a pretty good job explaining the teachings of Jesus and how to lead worship.“Admirers are only too willing to serve Christ as long as proper caution is exercised, lest one personally come in contact with danger,” says Kierkegaard. “They refuse to accept that Christ’s life is a demand. In actual fact, they are offended by him.”So Lent 2011 inspired an ongoing conversation for me. I’m still working on this. I’m still trying to discern whether I’m a disciple or just an admirer. Maybe I will always be one who lives a life of striving to become what I admire. I think I can live with that.But I’m still going deeper, which is what Lent is all about. We’ll see what awaits me this Lent.— The Rev. Canon Dan Webster is canon for evangelism and ministry development in the Diocese of Maryland. He lives in Baltimore. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs By Dan WebsterPosted Feb 21, 2012 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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[Palmer Trinity School press release] Palmer Trinity School is pleased to announce the appointment of Juan Gomez as the new Director of Development.“Juan brings energy, enthusiasm, and most importantly experience, which will complement our vision, as well as advance our development programs and School objectives,” stated Head of School, Patrick Roberts.As Director of Development, Juan will provide strategic insight, direction, and fundraising guidance to advance the mission of the School and build an even stronger culture of philanthropy at Palmer Trinity. Juan has more than 23 years of educational leadership and administrative experience in the private school sector.Most recently, he served as Development Director at Columbus High School, and spent several years in various roles including educator and administrator. While at Columbus, Juan played an integral part in the capital campaigns for the Mas Technology Building and The All Sports Fitness Complex and Bernhardt Student Wellness Center, as well as increasing alumni participation.Juan earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, and a master’s in engineering from the University of Florida. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET People Featured Events Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Palmer Trinity School names Juan Gomez development director Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Tags The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Posted Aug 24, 2015 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSCourtshipGratitudeInspirationMarriageMemoriesMike GillandThe Shepherd Radio Network Previous articleFlorida Department of Health encourages residents to not wait – get flu shot nowNext articleThe Curse of the Boy-Eating Tire Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mike and Cindy – 44 years later! InspirationBy Mike GillandCindy and I recently celebrated our 44th anniversary, and in keeping with my celebration of that special event, I would like to say a few words about my dear wife, and the blessing she is to me!I met Cindy in 1975 – she was in a band from Henderson, KY, that opened for my band at a concert in Tell City, Indiana. After that concert was over, I managed to get her phone number, and though I didn’t call her for almost two months (she had given up on me), she agreed to grant me a date.When Cindy answered my knock on the door, I was completely dumbstruck at the sight of her beautiful face. Truly, I was smitten. So much so that I couldn’t stop staring at her! She invited me in to meet her parents, and I stepped inside. Once in the front room of her home, I was STILL staring at her, even as she said, “This is my Dad and my Mom…” Suddenly, I snapped to at least some sense of realization that I hadn’t stop staring, and as Cindy’s Dad said “Hello,” I did the only thing that seemed to make sense at that moment – I addressed the framed picture of her parents that was hanging on the wall, just behind where Cindy was standing. Then, a BETTER realization came upon me, that I was a complete idiot, talking to a picture on the wall! Immediately, I turned to them and properly greeted them. Fortunately, I think they thought I was just a bit of a jokester, and they greeted me with much laughter and big smiles on their faces. I’ve thought back many times on that moment, and for me, it was a moment just like in Jim Carrey’s “Grinch” movie, when he said, “I almost lost my cool.”After that night, it didn’t take long for Cindy to become my best friend. Whenever I would pick her up for a date, it was as if the world were in Technicolor, and all of the birds in the world were singing a joyous song. Fourteen months later, we were married, and like all couples experience, we’ve had our ups and downs. But life has been good. I think often of Psalm 16, where David declared that the boundary lines of his life had fallen “in pleasant places.”A music artist named Jonny Diaz once dropped by a station that I worked for, and in the studio, he performed his big hit “More Beautiful You.” I loved that song, but he also had another song that was amazing, one he had written for his wife. It was called “Thank God I Got Her.” One of the catch lines in the song is “I don’t get her, but thank God I got her!” Just as Jonny’s song talks about some of the areas in which she differs from him, Cindy and I could completely relate. She too has a “bunch of pillows on the bed that no one can use, and towels in our bathroom that are not for the drying of my hands”, just as in Jonny’s song. Truthfully, we are different from each other in many ways. But those differences are just what I need in my life, and they are only a fraction of the many reasons why I love her so much.Proverbs 18:22 says that “He who finds a wife finds a good thing.” That is exactly what I found in Cindy. I thank God for her… and I thank God I got her. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Mike Gilland is Operations Manager for The Shepherd Radio Network, a group of radio stations in Florida that features the “Christian Teach/Talk” format. Mike hosts a daily talk radio show in the 2 PM hour called “Afternoons with Mike”, talking to local pastors and newsmakers. In Orlando, The Shepherd is heard on WIWA, AM 1270. In addition to his broadcast experience, Mike spent 36 years in full-time ministry as a pastor and worship leader. As a guitarist, Mike performs at concerts, restaurants, private parties, etc. He is married to Cindy, the father of four grown children and grandfather to seven grandchildren. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
The microsite was located at worldrefugeeday.us, a domain name specially registered by NPadvisors. Built from a design specified by USA for UNHCR, it was created using NPadvisors’ content management system.According to Christ, in the first few weeks of the site’s existence, it generated hundreds of ‘Refuge-Ecards’, which featured artwork from the nonprofit’s student poster contest, together with hundreds of new “Thank You” messages to aid workers. In addition the site raised “thousands of dollars in donations”. NPadvisors are also tracking the gifts that are made on the nonprofits’ main site that resulted from a link from the microsite.To generate awareness of the campaign, NPadvisors launched a keyword pay-per-click text campaign. Christ adds that “these terms are occupying the coveted top position in Google and the click through rates have averaged 3.7%!” Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics 29 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 20 June 2005 | News NPadvisors reports successful microsite campaign for World Refugee Day AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis US online fundraising agency NPadvisors.com reports that the microsite it build for USA for UNHCR to promote World Refugee Day has proved successful in terms of actions generated and income.Writing in his e-fund news, NPadvisors’ Rick Christ offers a brief case study of the microsite that his agency built for USA for UNHCR. He shares it as “an example of a site you could build for a special event or campaign.”The microsite’s campaign combined “tracking, use of special landing pages, and maximizing a calendar event to draw attention to your organisation’s issues”. Advertisement
Families of victims of killer cops. San Jose, Calif.San Jose, Calif. — There was a packed house at the African American Community Service Agency, the gathering place of families with one common cause, on Feb. 20. Families with “Uniting Voices Against State-Sponsored Violence” came together to share their grief and anger at the loss of their loved ones at the hands of the police. Together with their families, friends and supporters, they heard each other testify about their lost loved ones.Families who testified included those of Antonio Guzman, killed two years ago by San Jose State University Police; Derrick Gaines, killed at 15 by the South San Francisco Police; Yamira Serrano Garcia, killed at 18 by a San Mateo County Sheriff; Richard “Harpo” Jacqez, killed by San Jose Police; Phillip Watkins, killed by San Jose Police; Rudy Cardenas, killed by San Jose Police; Frank Alvarado Jr. killed by Salinas Police; and Alex Nieto, killed by San Francisco Police.There was also a panel, which addressed some of the questions and issues related to the circumstances that allow police forces across the country to kill Black and Brown people with such callous impunity. Panel members included Cat Brooks from the Anti Police-Terror Project; Tiny (Lisa Gray-Garcia) of Poor Magazine; Charles Fowler, a high school teacher in East Side San Jose and supporter of a youth collective called San Jose Regeneration Against Destruction or R.A.D.; Alexandria Peal Armstrong, a high school senior and member of R.A.D.; and Gail Noble of Silicon Valley DE-BUG’s Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project.The event was organized by Laurie Valdez of Justice for Josiah, R.A.D., Silicon Valley DE-BUG and Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson’s Love Not Blood Campaign. The closing included a beautiful release into the night of lanterns for each lost family member.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel puts an end to the decades-long deceit that Washington has cultivated of being a so-called “honest broker” between the Palestinians and the Israelis.This decision tramples on the sovereignty of the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination as an occupied people under the boot of the Zionist apartheid regime in Tel Aviv.Trump has openly and squarely put Washington on the side of the butchers of Gaza. Instead of endlessly stalling the Palestinians with U.S.-brokered negotiations, Trump has unabashedly sided with the oppressors in Tel Aviv.‘A bullet of mercy’ The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist organization with a long record of struggle against Tel Aviv and its U.S. sponsors, had this to say:“The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine described the declaration of U.S. President Donald Trump as a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their rights that makes the U.S. position clear as a hostile entity toward our people and a partner of the Zionist state in its crimes against the Palestinian people and land, and it must be addressed on this basis.“Further, the Front considered that Trump also launched a ‘bullet of mercy’ on the so-called two-state solution, the settlement project and the delusions of the peace process. It called upon the Palestinian leadership to learn the necessary lessons from the devastating experience of reliance on negotiations and U.S. domination.” (pflp.ps, Dec. 6)The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine had a similar reaction: “The American aggressive step … saves the capital of the State of Palestine from the Israeli-American robbery by returning to the Palestinian national program and abandoning the illusion of a political solution sponsored by the United States.” (dflp-palestine.net, Dec. 7)Trump rips mask off U.S. phony ‘peace process’The decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and its aftermath also illustrates the agony of the U.S. ruling class and its delicate dance with Donald Trump.On the one hand, the bosses and bankers are in love with Trump’s tax giveaways to the corporations and the rich. They thrive on his deregulation of business rules and environmental degradation. They wholeheartedly support his appointment of right-wing judges and heads of agencies who want to destroy what limited protections these agencies were charged with enforcing.On the other hand, the mainstream capitalist class, and especially their braintrust in the universities, think tanks, media and the political establishment, are virtually apoplectic over his reckless, mindless destruction of their cunning and deceitful diplomatic and political methods carefully built up over many years.Almost the entire U.S. establishment, as well as the European Union and NATO, are in an uproar. The British and French imperialists, the Russians and others actually called for a United Nations Security Council meeting to condemn Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.The imperialists are upset because for decades they have been dangling the prospect of East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital as a carrot to continue the “peace process.” The status of East Jerusalem was supposed to be settled in a “final status” agreement some time in the future.The Trump move on Jerusalem has sparked imperialist moaning about the danger to the so-called two-state solution and fueled speculation about a one-state solution whereby the Palestinians would be absorbed into the racist Israeli state. For the imperialists to speculate on restructuring Palestinian statehood is a gross violation of self-determination. This is a matter strictly for the Palestinians to decide through their popular organizations.False ‘opposition’ to TrumpOf course the “opposition” to the Trump proposal by the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, etc., is not in the least serious. While they cannot publicly collaborate with Trump on this matter, they will deal with the State Department and the Pentagon freely under the table and continue to collect military and CIA aid.The anger and disapproval of the imperialists have nothing to do with sympathy for the cause of the Palestinian people. First, it comes from their fear of rebellion in Palestine and the Middle East. But equally important, it comes from what they fear will be the end of Washington’s role as a so-called “honest broker” in the region.It is this role that has allowed diplomatic deception for over four decades. This “honest broker” reputation, carefully cultivated, has given cover to U.S. clients and puppets in the region, from Cairo to Riyadh, to Amman and Beirut, as well as to the other imperialist jackals, to participate in continued support for Tel Aviv’s oppression of the Palestinians. This has been done under cover of the so-called “peace process.” Now, Trump has ripped the mask off the phony impartiality of Washington, and all the imperialists and their stooges are horrified.To show the total lack of strategic thinking by Trump — which is what bothers the ruling-class establishment — he is in the midst of trying to cement an anti-Iran coalition, centered around Saudi Arabia, Cairo and the Gulf States. But his recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is going to make it more difficult for Trump’s allies to openly embrace him in this maneuver.Oppression under U.S.-sponsored ‘peace process’Under cover of this so-called “peace process,” the Pentagon has given $3 billion a year in lethal military supplies to the Israeli Defense Forces. Washington has supplied well over $100 billion in jet fighters, killer helicopters, missiles, missile defense batteries, tanks, armored personnel carriers, bulldozers, tear gas, stun grenades, anti-personnel weapons, etc., to use against the masses. Under the U.S.-supported occupation, the Palestinians have had to fight mainly with stones and slingshots against the occupiers.During the decades of the U.S.-sponsored “peace process,” Tel Aviv has continued to expand settlements in the West Bank. There are now 200,000 settlers in East Jerusalem, compared to 350,000 Palestinians. Thousands of Palestinian homes throughout the West Bank have been destroyed over the decades. Olive groves have been ripped out. Checkpoints have been established where Palestinians have to wait hours to go to work or visit relatives while being scrutinized by racist Israeli soldiers.Some settlements are virtual cities, often on hilltops. They are built on expropriated Palestinian land where Palestinians are not allowed, allegedly for security reasons. Israeli-only superhighways have been established across the West Bank, while Palestinians must travel poorly maintained roads. The settlements are scattered across the West Bank and East Jerusalem. They are located in such a way as to make travel by Palestinians from place to place extremely difficult.This is an example of what the “peace process” has brought to Palestine: “When the Israelis and Palestinians first began peace talks after a 1993 interim agreement, the West Bank settlers numbered a little over 100,000. Today they total around 400,000 and live in about 130 separate settlements.” (National Public Radio, Dec. 29, 2016)Trump, billionaires and evangelicalsTrump took this unilateral imperialist measure in response to the call of some of his Zionist billionaire backers, such as Sheldon Adelson, a fellow casino mogul who was a major donor to his campaign.Trump also timed the recognition of Jerusalem to coincide with the Roy Moore senatorial campaign in Alabama. Moore is backed by Christian Zionists in evangelical churches, which have a large constituency in Alabama.The recognition of Jerusalem has also served to draw attention away from the numerous charges of sexual harassment of teenagers lodged against Moore. And it also helped Trump fire up his reactionary base among the bosses, the petty bourgeoisie and sections of the workers.By embracing Roy Moore, Trump and his former chief aide Steve Bannon have aligned with an open fascist in the mold of former Gov. George Wallace of Alabama. Moore has praised the era of slavery “when families were together.” He says that the U.S. is the center of evil because it recognizes same-sex marriage. He is a theocrat who was twice removed as a judge in Alabama — once for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments he had installed in the lobby of the state judicial building in Montgomery and once for refusing to recognize same-sex marriage.Trump has gone so far to the right that even reactionaries are worried about his discrediting the capitalist system, especially among the younger generation. The Mueller investigation, carried out under the diversionary premise about Trump-Russian connections, is closing in on him. The ruling class has begun a whispering campaign about his mental health and fitness for office. The New York Times ran a major piece looking into Trump’s daily behavior, including his egoism, self-centeredness, disregard of reality, reliance on television, etc.Their reaction to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem must be put in the context of the inner struggle within the ruling class over their own chief executive.Palestine and right to self-determinationThe Jerusalem question has unleashed a torrent of speculation about the dimming prospect for a “two-state solution.” When the bosses call for a two-state solution, they are calling for something that will preserve both the security of their Israeli clients and the subjection of the Palestinian people.In addition, the Zionists under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a whole series of his predecessors have never given any serious consideration to a sovereign Palestinian state. The constitution of Netanyahu’s party, the Likud party, calls for a single state under Zionist rule, including all of the West Bank.Be that as it may, the Leninist position on the right of self-determination calls for the Palestinian people to determine how they want to structure their own sovereign state in their homeland, including the right to return to lands stolen from them, beginning in 1948 through 1967 and up to today.The structure of the Palestinian state must be decided by the Palestinians themselves, not by false leaders manipulated by imperialism, but by the popular masses through their genuine grass-roots organizations and leaders.Because of the ironclad support for Tel Aviv by the Pentagon and U.S. imperialism in general, plus the retreat of the bourgeois Arab leaders, the relationship of forces at the moment is not favorable to the Palestinian struggle. Under these conditions, if the Palestinians themselves — not false leaders — feel the need to compromise, revolutionaries must recognize their right to make tactical concessions as they see fit.But under no circumstances can there be any compromise by revolutionary supporters of the Palestinians on their right to self-determination, including the absolute right of return and the right to set up a genuinely sovereign state as they see fit.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
This month HBO premiered the documentary “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.” The December premiere followed an October release of “The Sentence,” which chronicled the story of Cindy Shank, a Mexican-American woman unjustly incarcerated on criminal conspiracy charges. Both these films show that issues relating to women of color, mass incarceration, police brutality and other forms of state violence have now been placed at a critical intersection in the center of public discourse. Amidst the current outcry against the police abuse of Jazmine Headley in New York City and in the renewed defense of incarcerated Cyntoia Brown in Tennessee, both African-American women, the release of “Say Her Name” is especially timely. The documentary places Bland’s life, family and activism at the center of the story. The film also raises crucial questions about the police detention of Bland, her jailing and her death, while steering clear of much of the speculation many people encountered on the internet. “Say Her Name” reveals Sandra Bland to have been a dynamic individual. A member of a Black sorority, Bland had protested against police violence in college. Back home, Bland quit a corporate job once she became aware the company profited from mass incarceration. She created her own internet show, “Sandy Speaks,” where she tackled issues of police abuse and horizontal violence in the Black community. Underscoring self-reliance and self-determination among Black youth, Bland stated in a video: “You can do it. We can be successful. It is up to us.”Politically aware and a leader, Bland worked with children and was returning to her alma mater to help administer a summer program in July 2015. The death of Sandra BlandThat month, the death of Sandra Bland first made national headlines when a grassroots campaign arose by her family, friends and sorority sisters demanding an investigation into the cause of her death. Bland had recently relocated from Chicago to Waller County in East Texas, home of the historically Black university Prairie View A&M, her alma mater.On the afternoon of July 10, 2015, Bland was pulled over on U.S. Route 290 by Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia for failure to signal a lane change. The truth is that motorists of color are often under surveillance and profiled in that area, especially those with out-of-state license plates. Latoya Smith, a Sigma Gamma Rho sorority sister of Bland, explained in the documentary that the Prairie View community, a majority Black town, is overpoliced. At any time, students, staff and faculty are subject to five police agencies: campus police, state police, county sheriff deputies, county constables and local police. Dashcam footage later confirmed the trivial and the coerced nature of the police stop of Bland’s car that afternoon. Encinia tailgated Bland until she was forced to change lanes to let him pass. When she did so without signaling, Encinia proceeded to pull her over.Then violence at this unnecessary vehicle stop escalated. As the documentary shows, Officer Encinia likely assaulted Bland before forcefully removing her from the car, throwing her to the ground and restraining her. After she was charged with assaulting an officer, Bland was booked in the county jail and held on $5,000 bond. Then, three days after the stop, Bland was found dead, hanging in her cell. While many, including her family members, have said that Bland would not have killed herself, the documentarians and others make one point clear: The cause of Bland’s death was the unjust stop, the lies reported by Encinia and the mismanagement by county jail officials. Whether the most flagrant police actions that have been proposed happened, the racist profiling of Sandra Bland was undoubtedly the cause of her death. The progressive network of women and men who loved Sandra Bland while she was alive became her standard bearers once she was dead. Beginning with her sorority sisters, the hashtag #whathappenedtosandrabland spread rapidly through social media, especially in Black college circles and Black fraternities and sororities.The documentary elucidates the way this grassroots movement shifted the gender dialogue in the Movement for Black Lives. After the hashtag was created in early 2015, Sandra Bland became the highest profiled death in the #sayhername struggle. But the visibility of Sandra Bland’s death is not intended to diminish the memory or loss of cisgender Black males who’ve died at the hands of police or vigilantes. Instead, the story of Sandra Bland brings a fuller picture of state violence against Black people and people of color by disrupting the myth that Black women have escaped state violence. The legacy of Sandra Bland’s resistanceThe Bland case is of immediate importance in San Diego. On the afternoon of Nov. 27, El Cajon resident Aleah Jenkins was taken into custody by cops following a traffic stop in the nearby, upscale community of La Jolla. Aleah was a passenger.During the stop, this 24-year-old mother of three complained of stomach pains. The arresting officers jokingly dismissed Jenkins’ pleas for help despite her vomiting. They continued to take her to jail — in what might have been as much as an hour-long drive. Once the officers reached the station, Jenkins was found unresponsive. Only then was she transported to the hospital — with brain damage. On Dec. 6, Jenkins died.Police have certainly speculated that Jenkins consumed a controlled substance. Yet the injustices highlighted in Sandra Bland’s story remind activists everywhere that none of that matters. The only thing that matters to activists is that if that car had not been stopped in what certainly seems to be a case of racist profiling, and if the police had not ignored Aleah Jenkins’ pleas for help — the cries of a young African-American woman — she would be alive right now. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News Senate speaker Sibghatullah Mojaddedi (who heads the National Commission for Peace), information and culture minister Makhdom Raheen, Council of Ulemas spokesman Fazel Ahamad Manawi and Afghanistan’s journalists’ associations are all calling for the release of the foreign and Afghan journalists held hostage. At least three foreign reporters (two of the French, one of them Japanese) and their Afghan assistants are currently held by insurgents. For more information about press freedom in Afghanistan, read the report: “Press freedom in free-fall in run-up to presidential election.” Council of Ulemas spokesman Manawi said: “The Council of Ulemas, as a moral authority, supports an appeal to all parties in the conflict to respect the safety of journalists and, above all, to release all hostages.” He added: “A negotiated solution must be accompanied by practical measures to combat poverty, unemployment and corruption, the underlying causes of these problems.” RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Describing the current situation as “alarming,” information and culture minister Raheen assured the Reporters Without Borders representatives that the authorities were doing everything possible to obtain the release of the hostages. During the Reporters Without Borders meeting with these representatives, Barry Salam said: “This desperate situation must be brought to an end. As journalists and as the victims of this violence we have a duty to rally the population.” Dashty, who is also the National Union Journalists spokesman, added: “But we must explain to the government and its opponents that the lives of Afghan journalists is just as precious as those of the foreigners, otherwise public opinion will not accept us.” As Afghanistan embarks on what could be a long peace process, senior Afghan representatives have called for the release of journalists held hostage and for more respect for the freedom and safety of media personnel. A Reporters Without Borders delegation led by the organisation’s president, Dominique Gerbaud, visited Kabul from 15 to 20 May, meeting government officials and journalists, and the French officials who are seeking the release of the France 3 TV crew that has been held in the province of Kapisa since last December. Inasmuch as Afghan society was broadly represented at the Jirga, the kidnappers should heed the appeals for negotiation. Reporters Without Borders hopes that the release of hostages and prisoners will help pave the way for “a fair and lasting peace that includes respect for freedom of expression.” Follow the news on Afghanistan “Journalists are not soldiers or mercenaries,” Reporters Without Borders added. “They are media workers who have both the right to be protected and the duty to report the news as objectively as possible.” Help by sharing this information to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more At least 15 journalists were kidnapped by criminal groups or insurgents last year in Afghanistan. A total of 19 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan since 11 September 2001. Eleven of them were foreign. Five of them, including radio journalist Zakia Zaki, murdered 3 years ago, on 6 June 2007, were women. The various Afghan journalists’ unions and associations, including the National Union Journalists of Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association, the press freedom organisation NAI and independent media representatives such as Barry Salam of the Good Morning Afghanistan radio network, Mohammad Zia Bumia of the Bakhtar News agency, Danish Karokhel of Pajhwok Afghan News, Fahim Dashty of Kabul Weekly, Najiba Ayubi of the Killid Group and Rahimullah Samander of Wakht News jointly voiced their desire to end the deterioration in the press freedom situation, which they described as “desperate,” and to take action to put a stop to the murders of journalists and the accompanying impunity. Peace is impossible without freedom and safety for media RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Freedom of expression held hostage Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says June 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Afghan leaders call for release of journalists held hostage Organisation “Our ministry is totally committed to helping these journalists but, as you know, hostage-taking affects everyone and our ambassador in Pakistan has been kidnapped for more than a year,” he said. “But, as for the journalists who are hostages, I can tell you both personally and on behalf of the government that we are doing all we can to get them freed.” “There is now an urgent need to create the conditions for the release of the journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The peace Jirga’s creation of a commission to examine the release of prisoners is an encouraging development. We appeal to the kidnappers to heed the calls for a rapid, negotiated outcome to these hostage situations, which have gone on too long.” Receive email alerts News When the Reporters Without Borders delegation was received by senate speaker Mojaddedi, a former president, he condemned the taking of hostages. “Such actions are contrary to Islam and humanity,” he said. “I am in favour of the unconditional release of the hostages and I ask all those in positions of responsibility to do everything they can to obtain it. I am in favour of prisoner exchanges. During the jihad period, we often carried out such exchanges.” May 3, 2021 Find out more News In agreement with Afghan journalists’ organisations, Reporters Without Borders appeals to the Afghan media, civil society, government and religious institutions to take action to put an end to the violence that is making it more and more difficult for both Afghan and foreign journalists to operate. March 11, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hopes that the participants in the peace process that was launched by last week’s peace Jirga (traditional assembly of the Afghan people’s representatives) in Kabul will undertake to obtain the release of all the hostages. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Several of the Afghan representatives referred to the Koran when condemning hostage-taking. “This is a form of extortion that involves stealing a person’s soul,” one said. “No human being, regardless of their race, colour, gender, language or religion, should be deprived of their freedom in this manner.” Three Afghans have been killed since 2007 after being abducted together with the foreign journalists they were assisting. They are Adjmal Nashqbandi, Sayed Agha and Sultan Munadi. Afghan journalists pay a high price for working for the international media. Two of them were executed by their abductors after being accused of being spies. Munadi, who worked for the New York Times, was killed in a military operation meant to free him and a New York Times correspondent.