Pakistan/ Say ‘No’ to Bahria Town!

first_imgBahria Town, one of the largest private real estate development companies in Asia, is known for its overly opulent master-planned communities constructed for Pakistan’s ruling class — and for its intimidation tactics that target Indigneous and Aboriginal peoples. Residents whose homes are scheduled to be demolished protest outside of Karachi Press Club.Like all corporations, greed and resource exploitation fuel Bahria Town’s robbing of Indigenous folks’ ancestral land, and its structural violence against Pakistan’s most oppressed groups. Indeed, Bahria Town’s acts of horror are extensive.To accomplish its 45,000-acre luxury housing development endeavor in Karachi, Bahria Town has used state-endorsed violence to remove Indigenous farmers from their homes. On March 19, 2016, police invaded the small village of Juma Morio Goth, and demolished many homes to clear the way for a Bahria Town road. An interviewee in Dawn magazine stated: “The job was quickly completed and the rubble hauled away while hapless villagers looked on in a daze, knowing full well there will be no justice for them.” (April 18, 2016)  Bahria Town has not just destroyed homes, it has also desecrated graves. The Guardian reports that after the company’s devastation in 2019, “The graveyard in Usman Allah Raki Goth remains partially destroyed.” (July 8, 2019)While a few graves are somewhat visible among the destruction, it’s clear that Bahria Town’s fountains and sculptures now occupy sacred space where graves used to be. This development company’s involvement in structural violence takes even more insidious forms. Many villagers live in District Malir, an area where Bahria Town has constructed a massive housing project that depends on underground water aquifers for survival. Mohammad Saleem, president of the Voice of Indigenous Community Empowerment, stated that wells drilled by Bahria Town are rapidly draining the underground water supply. (Dawn, April 18, 2016) Cutting off a community’s access to water is fundamental to systematically eliminating their existences on their land.Most recently, on Oct. 2, Karachi Bachao Tehreek reported that personnel from Bahria Town and police violently entered Haji Ali Mohammad Goth, a village in Karachi, and attempted to forcefully remove Indigenous farmers from their homes. Those who serve the ruling class brought bulldozers and excavators to coerce and intimidate Indigenous folks into surrendering their land to Bahria Town.  (KBT Instagram, Oct. 2)KBT noted that “the villagers’ land ownership and use rights” are legally recognized and afforded protection under the law. Bahria Town’s unfettered continued attacks on Aboriginal people demonstrates the state’s obvious disregard for Indigenous rights and mirrors the mindset of other oppressive forces. Indigenous people under attack worldwideThe attacks by Bahria Town mirror worldwide attacks by capitalist forces on Indigenous peoples and their rights. This year the U.S. government resumed federal executions after a 17-year hiatus, and legally lynched Lezmond Mitchell,  the only Indigenous person on federal death row. (Workers World, Aug. 26). Mitchell was a Navajo Nation member, and was sentenced to death for a crime committed on tribal land. The Navajo Nation’s sovereignty is supposedly federally recognized, with its leaders the ones to determine whether to apply the death penalty to offenses under the Federal Death Penalty Act. But before Mitchell was killed, the federal government denied the Navajo Nation’s request to halt his execution. Moreover, the state’s actions reflect that its systematic harm, which targets oppressed communities, including Indigenous peoples, is limitless. Prior to Mitchell’s execution, the Navajo Nation expressed its solidarity with Mitchell and openly condemned the federal government’s actions against a member of their community. Those dedicated to the struggle are aware of forces acting against them, as they simultaneously focus on their acts of resistance and solidarity. “As long as the land is there, you are there. You cannot have existence without land.” Chacha Faiz Muhammad Gabol.The late Chacha Faiz Muhammad Gabol, an Indigenous activist, refused to sell his land to Bahria Town and explained, “I told Malik Riaz [the founder of Bahria Town] that the ground is our mother. Would anyone sell their mother? Darthi, land, is our mother. This soil is precious to me.” (“Say No to Bahria Town —  The Land Build with Perfect Corruption,”, July 27)Abira Ashfaq, a people’s lawyer in Pakistan, provided insight on the strategies Bahria Town is using to further disenfranchise Indigenous communities, at Chacha Faiz Muhammad Gabol’s Remembrance Day event on Feb. 25. Ashfaq stressed that the tactics parallel those used by British imperialists to create divisions among the masses. ( solidarity with Indigenous peoples means solidarity with all who continue to disrupt and expose efforts by the ruling class to seize, desecrate and demolish Indigenous peoples and land. Liberation is inherently tied to those who are committed to working against state-sanctioned violence, who are fighting the same fight against neo-colonial and imperialist forces. Say “NO” to Bahria Town! 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Pasadena Humane Society Receives Record-Setting $5 Million Donation

first_img Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Jaromír StrížkaThe Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has received a record-breaking $5 million donation. The gift will help the shelter continue to provide compassion and care to the nearly 12,000 animals taken in each year.The generous gift was left by the estate of Jaromír Strížka, a longtime Southern California resident, who passed away this March at the age of 95.Strížka amassed his fortune through the Studio City-based European Crafts, Inc., a wholesale musical instrument and supply store that he founded in 1953 and ran until 2014.This is the single largest donation in the Pasadena Humane Society’s 113-year history. In commemoration, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will name its animal shelter after Strížka.“We are so proud to name our Animal Shelter wing for Jaromír Strížka. Because of his generosity to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, animals locally will benefit directly from his giving,” said Carol Kirby, Chairman of the PHS Board of Directors.Strížka was born in 1919 in what is now the Czech Republic. An accomplished athlete and successful businessman in his home country, Strížka fled Czechoslovakia as the Communist Party rose to power following the Second World War. He immigrated to the United States in 1953, and began his life anew in Hollywood, California. Strížka was a resident of the Hollywood Hills at the time of his death.Strížka had a lifelong respect for all animals. He regularly donated to World Wildlife Fund, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and other animal welfare organizations.Friends remember Strížka’s special affinity for cats. “He always seemed to have cat calendars hanging in his office or as his personal appointment book,” says Michael Overing, Strížka’s personal attorney.The large gift will be used towards animal care, shelter services and programs, such as pet adoption, humane education, animal control and public spay/neuter services.“Jaromír Strížka’s generosity will ensure the success of PHS programs and services for years to come,” said Steve McNall, President and CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society. “His compassion and commitment to all animals will live on at the Pasadena Humane Society.”The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an open door, community-funded center, which provides all animals a place where they receive a safe haven, care and respect. The agency provides essential animal welfare and control services for the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. For more information, visit Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newscenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  TOP STORY Pasadena Humane Society Receives Record-Setting $5 Million Donation Millions of dollars gifted by late animal lover From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 19, 2015 | 1:00 pm More Cool Stuff HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

A miniature daylight level and activity data recorder for tracking animals over long periods

first_imgThe device has a sensor that periodically measures and records the ambient light level. Following retrieval of the device, the light level records are converted into latitudes and longitudes, which allows the geographic position of the animal to be estimated twice daily.The instrument is also configured to detect and record the history of time spent in water against time spent flying or on land. For seabirds, this can provide time-budget data related to activity and feeding behaviour. Small size, a low profile and robust packaging are crucial for effective deployments on flying birds and diving animals. Long battery life is often essential (e.g. after fledging, juvenile wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans usually remain at sea for at least five to seven years). Low unit and operation costs are also very desirable, together with simplicity of operation. Dimensions of the instrument are 22◊19◊12 mm. Weight is 9 g in air and 4 g in water. The device is pressure tested to 800 m depth of water,and can log data for up to eight years. The total cost of components is less than $70. The principles, design specification and circuit description of the device are presented here, together with a representative migration track, obtained during field tests on grey-headed albatrosses Thalassarche chrysostoma, to illustrate performance.last_img read more

YAF rebuffs USG guest speakers amendment

first_imgMembers of Young Americans for Freedom and other student groups voiced concerns over a proposed bylaw amendment that would allow the Undergraduate Student Government to pull funding from guest speaker events specifically on the basis of campus safety. YAF is the organization responsible for hosting conservative commentator Ben Shapiro on campus in October. “The moment you cross from a legislative duty into one of moral authority — to me that’s a form of corruption,” said Josh Masters, a senior majoring in animation and digital arts. “I don’t want to see that happen at this school.” Masters, who spoke in opposition to the amendment, is not a YAF member. Despite students’ objections during the meeting, the bylaw amendment was not discussed by senators since it was not budgeted for the meeting’s agenda. Makinde said Lane, who officially proposed the bylaw amendment, and YAF chairman Maxwell Brandon may meet later to discuss conflicts over the proposed legislation. A petition may be approved if it is proven that the speaker has encouraged violence from audiences or supported and received endorsements from hate groups. For the guest speaker to lose funding from USG, the petition must also receive at least a two-thirds vote from senators. Students from Young Americans for Freedom and other student groups on campus voiced their concerns for a new USG amendment that would allow USG to pull funding for guest speakers. (Krystal Gallegos/Daily Trojan) The conservative commentator’s appearance sparked controversy throughout campus. Cultural groups including the Black, Latinx and Asian Pacific American student assemblies objected to USG funding of the event. Students protested on Trousdale Parkway throughout the day of the visit while the line for the event stretched from Bovard Auditorium to Jefferson Boulevard. The bylaw amendment proposes that guests who pose a threat to student safety may be subject to approval through a senate vote. Students will be given 10 business days to file a petition against funding for guest speakers through USG. “The common goal is to keep the dialogue but you want to feel OK having these controversial speakers on campus,” senate aide Adenike Makinde said. “We’re not here to put something up and have no one say anything about it.” A previous version of this article contained an error. The article stated Josh Masters was a sophomore. Masters is a senior. The Daily Trojan regrets the error. “We want to make sure students are put into situations where they’re allowed to have those conversations but [are] not afraid of their safety,” Makinde said. Makinde, a freshman majoring in real estate development, suggested the idea of the amendment to Sen. Meagan Lane after Shapiro’s visit to USC. According to current bylaws, all guest speakers brought on campus qualify for USG funding.last_img read more