AMERICAN ACADEMY of ARTS & SCIENCES announces new 2019 Academy Members

AMERICAN ACADEMY of ARTS & SCIENCES announces new 2019 Academy Members

Cambridge, MA | April 17, 2019 – The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of its new members for 2019. The new class of more than 200 members recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals in academia, the arts, business, government, and public affairs.

“One of the reasons to honor extraordinary achievement is because the pursuit of excellence is so often accompanied by disappointment and self-doubt,” said David W. Oxtoby, President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “We are pleased to recognize the excellence of our new members, celebrate their compelling accomplishments, and invite them to join the Academy and contribute to its work.”

The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and others who believed the new republic should honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good. The Academy’s dual mission remains essentially the same 239 years later with honorees from increasingly diverse fields and with the work focused on the arts, democracy, education, global affairs, and science. Continue reading AMERICAN ACADEMY of ARTS & SCIENCES announces new 2019 Academy Members

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#Kwibuka25: African Development Bank marks the 25th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

#Kwibuka25: African Development Bank marks the 25th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

“Our strength lies in unity,” said Pacifique Kayihura, President of the Rwandan Diaspora in Côte d’Ivoire at commemoration hosted by the Bank. He also urged participants not to be indifferent to the suffering of others.

#Kwibuka25: African Development Bank marks the 25th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
#Kwibuka25: African Development Bank marks the 25th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

AIWA! NO!||With poems, videos and a riveting testimony from a former Prosecutor General of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), in collaboration with the Rwandan Embassy and the Rwandan community in Côte d’Ivoire, observed the 25th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda under the theme “Remember-Unite-Renew”.

The event, held Thursday, April 11, was attended by the Ambassador of Rwanda in Côte d’Ivoire, Stanislas Kamanzi, and the Rwandan community; a delegation of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire led by Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, Minister of Animal and Fishery Resources; members of the diplomatic corps and Bank employees. The ceremony also included the lighting of candles to commemorate the occasion.

Ousman Jammeh shared that, through his work with the ICTR, he had the opportunity to see first-hand the courage and resilience of genocide survivors in their difficult testimonies. He also drew attention to the crucial role that the media played in enticing hate and division and called for Africans to closely learn from this tragedy.

The commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda is an opportunity to remember and honour the one million lives lost within three months in 1994. In Rwanda and across the world, the commemoration is a moment of reflection on the past and a time to recommit to the pledge of “Never Again”.

Oley Dibba-Wadda, the Bank’s Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development, speaking on behalf of President Akinwumi A. Adesina, stated that the 1994 genocide remains “a deep scar on humanity’s conscience.” She expressed her solidarity with the people of Rwanda during this period of commemoration and saluted the bravery and sacrifice of helpers who risked their lives to save others.

Dibba-Wadda also commended the resilience and determination of the Rwandan people, especially Rwandan youth, whose dynamism and sense of purpose are already shaping country’s future for the better. She concluded by reaffirming the African Development Bank’s commitment to continue its strong partnership with Rwanda on its journey of transformation.

In his remarks, Minister Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, representing the Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, stated that the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda reminds Africa and the world of the dramatic consequences of policies based on hatred, communitarianism and any other form of divisionism. He underlined the importance of educating African youth to equip them with the tools to systematically reject genocide ideology and protect unity.

Addressing the participants, Pacifique Kayihura, President of the Rwandan Diaspora in Côte d’Ivoire, highlighted that the progress made in Rwandan over the last 25 years in the areas of unity, justice, reconciliation and development, demonstrate that no country is doomed to failure and that our strength lies in unity. He further urged the participants not to be indifferent to impunity and the suffering of others.

In closing, Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi thanked the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and the African Development Bank for the solidarity shown during this period of commemoration. He reiterated that over the past 25 years while we mourn the loss of our loved ones “we do not let despair bring us down. Rwanda has instead embarked on a challenge of rebirth…for an inclusive, equitable, dignified and prosperous society.” Continue reading “#Kwibuka25: African Development Bank marks the 25th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda”

Sudan President al-Bashir out in a ‘silent’ coup de tat reminiscent of Zimbabwe’s Mugabe’s ouster

Sudan President al-Bashir out in a ‘silent’ coup de tat reminiscent of Zimbabwe’s Mugabe’s ouster

Speaking on state TV, defence minister Awad Ibn Ouf said the army would oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections.

He also said a three-month state of emergency was being put in place.

Protesters, however, have vowed to stay on the streets despite an overnight curfew being imposed by the military.

Demonstrations against Mr Bashir, who has governed Sudan since 1989, have been taking place for several months.

The protesters are now demanding a civilian council to lead the transition rather than a military one, correspondents say. Continue reading Sudan President al-Bashir out in a ‘silent’ coup de tat reminiscent of Zimbabwe’s Mugabe’s ouster

Salif Keita: ‘Democracy is not a good thing for Africa’

Salif Keita: ‘Democracy is not a good thing for Africa’

He is in Paris to promote his 14th album Un Autre Blanc (Another White), the title a reference to his struggles as a singer-songwriter with albinism. Keita says it is definitely his last. “I will do some concerts and perhaps some tours. Nothing major and not another album.” He shakes his head. “Too much work. I am going to rest.”

Going “back to the country” means returning to the village of Djoliba, 23 miles south of the Malian capital Bamako, which takes its name from the local Mandingue language for the river Niger on whose banks it sits. Keita grew up here, during the last years of French colonial rule – Mali became independent in 1960 – as one of 10 children in a family directly descended from the warrior king Sundiata Keita, the 13th-century founder of the Mali empire. They were aristocratic, but dirt poor.

The musician has said his father was shocked but not entirely surprised when he was born with albinism, a condition caused by the absence of melanin pigmentation in the skin. There had been others with the condition on his mother’s side of the family. “It is a problem in places where cousins marry, a problem of culture,” he explains.

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Africa’s best musician, West Africa’s legendary ‘golden voice’ artist: Salif Keita

Africa’s best musician, West Africa’s legendary ‘golden voice’ artist: Salif Keita

Mali – Salif Keita – Mandjou in HD – Africa Live Roll Back Malaria – Copyright Claim: ‘Believe’ ~ Crimson Tazvinzwa//AIWA! NO!

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO! NEWS||May it is just me. It it is the case, possibly, if not then I am a nutter.

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