Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media

I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

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Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)


Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”


This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.


Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.


Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:


Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.


America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.


NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations


and alternative monitoring websites.


Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:


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Victoria Tuzlukova, Keynote Speaker: “How many of you were born in the 21st Century?” (Part2) 

The following is largely a paraphrase of the last part of the Keynote Address  provided at the IMPROVING TEACHING QUALITY 1  SYMPOSIUM held at ROTANA RESORT, SALALAH, Oman on 10 April 2017. (The English Language Center at Salalah College of Technology, under the guidance of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashikhi, Head of the ELC and the Chairman of the Steering Committee, organized a workshop at Salalah Rotana Resort, entitled “Improving Teaching Quality 1”.  Victoria Tuzlukova was the keynote speaker.)  Paraphrasing is an important skill in our times, i.e. as we are often called on to process great amounts of material and report on it to others. 

by Kevin Stoda 

           Victoria Tuzlukova, Head of Professional Development and Research Unit at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman continued as follows:

     Along with our desires (1) to promote healthy lifestyles in Oman, (2) to promote good social interactions across classes and peoples, and (3) to promote creative solutions and models for change in problem solving, Oman wants safe and courteous drivers, good and fair football players, supportive families and peers, etc.  In addition, educators, for example,  are even asked to promote the development of individuals who can be good and reliable friends.  

Multicultural lands, like Oman, need individuals who can deal with peoples from different cultures, different tribes, different classes, and different ways of thinking. As well, Oman society wants peoples who are good with technologies, especially the new media and technologies which have been empowering new businesses so much in recent years–i.e. technology, like laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and down-loadable softwares or applications.  Finally, Oman and its Arab neighbors need peoples who can think–that is  people who can think, analyze and solve problems while keeping the big picture on things. 

Alas, from the teachers’ perspectives here in Oman, the following problems with students are already quite noticeable.  

These student behaviors include:

(1) bad study habits,

(2) bad usage of time, too late to class, or even in getting caught up in wasting too much in/on social media,

(3) often too lazy to complete tasks thoroughly,

(4) avoiding problems rather than facing them,

(5) not accepting even positive criticism, 

(6) lacking in confidence or having low self-esteem,

(7) manifesting a variety of fears or anxieties in present and future,

(8) failure to pursue or acquire positive leadership skills, and

(9) lacking self-initiative.



Tuzlukova indicated that schools, educational institutions and trainers can provide meaningful contexts for learning.  

They can also promote and provide interdisciplinary learning contexts.  Practice-based education and experiential education must become the norm in the country.   Moreover, active- and fully-participatory learning communities must become a mainstay of educational experience (and in both work place & in school training for all). 

Concerning Oman particularly, Tuzlukova stressed, we have one of the most ancient civilizations in the world.  On the other hand, Oman is also one of the more multicultural communities in the world today.   Therefore, education must embrace both  the promotion of the past and the promotion of our present and future within the educational experiences of our multicultural community of students.  

Reflectivity and community-based approaches also must both become a great part of the way of classroom and training experiences for the 21st Century.   That is,  both learning from communities and within communities must be promoted. 

In turn, concerning 21st Century English language education in Oman, technology-integrated classrooms must become ubiquitous while technology-based options must become more relevant–even in the most remote corners of the land. (In Oman, English is now an official language alongside Arabic in the society. )

Meanwhile, the appropriate matching of materials and motivational elements targeted for all different types of students must become part-and-parcel  of the tasks and experiences in any educational environment   Personalized and individualized educational  situations or opportunities to learn must become more and more common.

In Oman, we also need to match our approaches with both the local and global needs enveloping us and our living spaces.  That is, we must consider for adaptation everything-and-anything that arises in the market.   (We must, therefore, practice  skills or skills developments in a great variety or environments.)  In addition, we must develop activities that emulate the technologies and learning practices required or promoted by them in society and in the workplace. 

In sum, students deserve to be equipped with knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits required to succeed in the ever-changing world we face in this century.   Failure to do so can only have negative consequences for our society. 


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Victoria Tuzlukova, Keynote Speaker: “How many of you were born in the 21st Century?”

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by Kevin Stoda

              The following is largely a paraphrase of the Keynote address  at the IMPROVING TEACHING QUALITY 1 : SYMPOSIUM at ROTANA RESORT, SALALAH, Oman on 10 April 2017. (The English Language Center at Salalah College of Technology, under the guidance of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashikhi, Head of the ELC and the Chairman of the Steering Committee, organized a workshop at Salalah Rotana Resort, entitled “Improving Teaching Quality 1”.  Victoria Tuzlukova was the keynote speaker.)  Paraphrasing is an important skill in our times, i.e. as we are often called on to process great amounts of material and report on it to others.

Dr. Victoria Tuzlokova is the Head of Professional Development and Research Unit at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat.  Tuzlokova focused in her Keynote Address on helping students  reach the skills and achievements required for them in the 21st Century.  The audience hall at the Rotana in Salalah was filled with lifelong educators from nearly ten different institutions in the Dhofar region of Oman.

Tuzlokova began her address by asking the audience at the Rotana how many participants on this date had been born in the 21st Century.  No one in the room raised his or her hand.

Next, Tuzlokova reminded her audience to recall what it was like when there were no computers, no cell phones, and little modern technology in the classroom, i.e. back in the 20th Century. First of all, she continued, twentieth century knowledge was targeted at acquiring the “what” or “whats” of this world.

In contrast,  Tuzlokova noted that 21st Century knowledge is not only about the ” whats” but equally focused on the “whys” and “hows” of our work-world and universe.  The abilities required nowadays in the workplace and life by the main stakeholders include:

(1) Locate, assess, and represent new information as quickly–and as well– as possible.

(2) Smoothly–and fairly quickly– communicate to our collaborators [team members] and others what has been discovered or acquired [or which information still needs to be acquired and how this is to be undertaken].

(3) Become adaptable, creative, & innovative in a system while constantly keeping our eyes on the big picture.

(4) Think and learn for oneself, but doing this more often by using external help.

Knowledge and skills of these types require us working with important related technologies, which are accelerating our information and creating new-but-ubiquitous learning and workspaces at an ever-increasing pace.

Such skills and attainments in knowledge management provide the high wage and high skill workor jobs of our present and future.   Because of this, there is already a huge gap between wages at one end of the wage spectrum and the rest of our workers at  the other end of the spectrum.

Most of all, 21st Century Knowledge is seldom produced by one  person,  but it is usually created by groups or networks of groups.   This is why the abilities to communicate and to interact with other groups [and in different media or mediums] is so important.  We all need to be able to share or give-and-take with others.

As well, we need to focus on both the theoretical and practical evidences before us.  For this new way of focusing, a new mindset is required.  Here is our context and the student profile to it here in Oman.  Currently,

(A)  there is a lack of continuity  between schools and colleges or training centers at all levels.

(B) there is a lack engagement and curiosity at most levels and across disciplines as well.

(C) there is often a lack of positive attitudes towards learning.

(D) there are too few peer reviews and to little self-evaluations going on.

(E) broader perspectives on/in learning are often missing,  i.e. lifelong learning, experiential learning, learning by doing in general, and growth in learning autonomy.

(F) there is an obvious need to employ more and more modern technologies in the classroom, while

(G) class sizes must be reconsidered due to these changes in learning, doing , and creating of learning communities.



Actually, the entire Arab world sees the need already.

The issues in all Arab lands are as essential to our well-being as are the job market and economic & social developments we are involved in .

Many issues today  involve the needs for ever-more transferable skills to problems with workplace motivation.  Other issues  involve promoting leadership skills while creating academic achievements for all. Other issues include the demands of new technical skills and social media developments.  Further, mentoring skills and  teamwork skills remain as essential as does the promotion of integrity and honesty in our society.

These are the students and workers who can manage 21st Century skills are needed in our societies.  We also need those who are learning to be healthy, to be friendly, to be patient, to be social, and to be creative.  We need those who can empower others to do the same through whatever external means remain possible, even as our global and local economies transform with each generation.

We are growing a common vision of what we want.

We want a country that will be a safe–and one that will have safe drivers, too–on our roads in life and its byways.  This safety can  be on the football field or in a swimming pool.  These sense of joys and fulfillments, too,  could be at work, in family or in home.

Our society wants spaces in work and life where we can  encourage and train others–and ourselves–about good health, good family relationships, and great relationships with peers and in whatever progress life and society bring us now and in the future.

Alongside all of this, we want  an increase in positive lifelong learning attitudes for all ages in  society, i.e. towards work, learning,  and in the just-and-fair handling of technologies and resources that need to be overseen and mastered as the 21st Century work-world  or progress is intended to benefit us all.





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I would be willing to pay for a plastic bag in Oman–or even carry my own bag to go shopping

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS IN OMAN:     Would you pay for a plastic bag in Oman?
April 26, 2017
By Staff reporters

As some bags don’t disintegrate, they have crippling effect on the environment and marine life


Muscat: Residents should pay a fee for every plastic bag they use, a senior environment ministry official has said.

Badriya Al Shahi, General Inspector of Waste Management at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, believes that paying for plastic is exactly what the country needs.

“It’s very important to have this in Oman. It affects the environment and marine life. There are some bags which disintegrate and don’t impact the environment as much as the non-disintegrating ones, but the source of the problem still remains,” Al Shahi said.

She was speaking as Shura Council members debated whether to recommend the introduction of a fee system where residents would pay a fee for plastic bags but be reimbursed if they return them.

Al Shahi said Oman has an issue with littering and plastic ending up polluting beaches and coastal waters, affecting marine life.

“How do these bags get into marine life in the first place? Perhaps if we made individuals pay for using plastic, then there might be a reduction in the amount of waste, but the issue of littering will still remain.

“We should be limiting, reusing or recycling these bags. We are already seeing the impact of plastic waste on our environment,” she added.

In a meeting of the Economic and Financial Committee of the Shura Council, the committee discussed imposing fees on the purchase of plastic cans and bags.

“This proposal aimed to reduce plastic consumption and recycling due to environmental and health damage caused by the increasing consumption of plastic,” the council advised, in an official statement.

Environment Society of Oman’s (ESO) Research and Consultation Manager, Maia Sarrouf Willson, said other countries which have implemented fees on plastic have recorded a reduction in plastic bags used.

“So why wouldn’t it be a success in Oman? The value of the price of a bag should be minimal, as to not add on another expense of shopping, but enough to make you think.

“Plastics are the main pollutant of the world. It is a synthetic material and can never be biodegradable. Eventually, the breakdown of plastic turns it into micro plastic which is then harmful to the whales that feed on micro-organisms as well as other smaller marine life. It is not solving the problem,” Willson added

“Plastic bags often end up in three ways: suffocation, entanglement, and accidental ingestion.

“It also causes the destruction of habitats. Oman is rich in corals and reefs. These bags create visual pollution. I have had many tourists come to me and say how they noticed all the trash on the beaches,” she said.

One supermarket chain manager said that around 75,000 plastic bags are consumed every day at his branch. “On average we get around 15,000 visitors who take home around five bags each every day,” he said.

“Though our bags are bio-degradable, it would be better if they are charged as that will reduce the consumption,” he said.

Another store manager said that they are always training their packing staff at the counters to limit the use of plastic bags.

“Because most customers prefer their shopping to be packed for them, we are continuously training the staff to make sure they minimise the use of bags,” another said.

Residents however, have mixed opinions. “I think people should carry their own bags,” said Ruma, an Indian expat living in Oman.

Another said that supermarket chains should start giving jute bags free if the bill is more than OMR10. “In that way they can limit the use,” Sushil Kumar said, adding that he doesn’t mind paying a little for the plastic bags.

Plastic waste in oceans is causing $13 billion of damage every year, according to a United Nations Environment Programme report. Worldwide plastic production is projected to reach 33 billion tons by 2050, and plastic makes up 80% of the litter in oceans and on shorelines.

In February 2017, the UN Environment Programme launched a global campaign, UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic, to eliminate major sources of marine litter, among them “eliminating the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022.”

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The “Saudi-led coalition” has dropped leaflets on the Yemeni port of Hodeida warning residents of an impending offensive. An assault on Hodeida, the Washington Post warns, could be the trigger for famine in Yemen.

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The “Saudi-led coalition” has dropped leaflets on the Yemeni port of Hodeida warning residents of an impending offensive. [1] An assault on Hodeida, the Washington Post warns, could be the trigger for famine in Yemen. [2] But General Mattis continues to push for approval of direct U.S. participation in the threatened assault [3], with Pentagon officials claiming that political compromise will be more likely after “one more round of bombing.”[4]

Urge House Members to force a vote before Mattis attacks Hodeida by signing our petition at MoveOn.

“Right now the Saudi-led coalition is obstructing vital supplies arriving at Yemen’s main port of Hodeida,” Save the Children says. “On three occasions this year the coalition has held up our shipments of life-saving medical aid – including antibiotics, surgical equipment, medicine to treat diseases like malaria and cholera, and supplies to keep malnourished children alive.” Save the Children says aid must be able to reach children quickly, or international pledges of aid to prevent famine will mean nothing. [5]

55 Members of the House have affirmed that Mattis’ proposed attack on Hodeida would be illegal without prior Congressional authorization. California Rep. Ted Lieu said, “President Trump does not have the authority to send U.S. forces to battle the Houthis in Yemen, period.” [6] Members of the House can force a vote to prevent Mattis from attacking Hodeida without Congressional authorization by invoking the War Powers Resolution.

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3. https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnhudson/pentagon-clashes-with-civilian-aid-workers-over-planned
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5. https://www.savethechildren.net/article/yemen-save-children-statement-un-pledging-conference
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photography – more than just a hobby

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Hey ihr Lieben!

ich wollte euch heute ein bisschen was über meine Fotografiegeschichte erzählen. Ich bin kein Profi und möchte und kann euch deshalb keine professionellen Tipps zu bestimmten Einstellungen oder sonstigem geben aber ich möchte hier gerne trotzdem alles teilen, was mir so viel Spaß macht!

Mit meiner allerersten Kamera musste ich die Bilder noch zum entwickeln lassen bringen um dann festzustellen, dass die Hälfte davon verschwommen oder verwackelt ist. 😀 Jedes einzelne Bild war super gut überlegt und die übrige Bilderanzahl ist mit jedem Schuss geschrumpft. Ich glaube, viele können sich das heutzutage garnicht mehr vorstellen. Wenn man daran denkt ist die Zeit wahnsinnig lange her, aber eigentlich ist es nicht die Zeit sondern die Technik, die sich so schnell entwickelt hat. Hat man sich die Motive früher besser überlegt und vielleicht mehr im Moment gelebt und nicht so viele Bilder gemacht wie jetzt, weil “ich kann’s ja…

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For those who missed this last month….


11 Quotes That Show Leonardo DiCaprio Is a Champion of Planet Earth

By Joe McCarthy| March 10, 2017

In his films, Leonardo DiCaprio has grappled with some gnarly foes — bears, new york gangs, schizophrenia, icy waters, federal regulators, heroin addiction, and much more.

But none of these antagonists come close to tenacity of his real life foe — climate change and those perpetuating it.

For the past two decades, DiCaprio has been riveted to environmental causes, advocating for and funding dozens of initiatives around the world. Since 2010, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (founded in 1988) has supported projects for more than 65 high impact environmental organizations such as expanding rhino sanctuaries, restoring Brazil’s wetlands, improving Ecuador’s Pacific lowland forests, protecting indigenous cultures and territories, and much more.

Take Action: Call on the US Government to Fulfill Paris Climate Agreement

With his global profile, he’s able to shine a light on issues that are often overlooked and get people to care about government efforts to combat climate change.

His recent documentary “Before the Flood” documents his journey to being a global ambassador for the environment.

Here are 11 quotes that prove DiCaprio’s commitment to the planet:

“As we progress into the 21st century, anyone who considers themselves realists will have to make the environment a top priority. The truth is our planet’s alarm is now going off, and it’s time to finally wake up and take action. Thank you.”

— In a statement as Earth Day Chairman in 2000


“The time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet is now. You can make history or be vilified by it.”

— to the United Nations in 2014

Read More: ‘Before the Flood’: 9 Things We Learned From Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate Change Film

“This is not about just telling people to change their light bulbs or to buy a hybrid car. This disaster has grown beyond the choices that individuals make. This is now about our industries, and governments around the world taking decisive, large-scale action.”

— to the United Nations in 2014


“We only get one planet. Humankind must become accountable on a massive scale for the wanton destruction of our collective home. Protecting our future on this planet depends on the conscious evolution of our species.”

“This is the most urgent of times, and the most urgent of messages.”

— to the United Nations in 2014

“We are running out of time and it now incumbent upon all of us, all of you, activists, young and old, to please get involved. Because the environment and the fight for the world’s poor are inherently linked. The planet can no longer wait, the underprivileged can no longer be ignored. This is truly our moment for action. Please take action.”

— to the audience at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival

“If you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in facts or in science or empirical truths, and therefore, in my humble opinion, should not be allowed to hold public office.”

— to former president Barack Obama at the 2016 South by South Lawn

Read More: Leonardo DiCaprio: Climate Change Deniers Should Not Hold Public Office

“I want to share this award with all the first nation’s people represented in this film and all the indigenous communities around the world. It is time that we recognize your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people that are out there to exploit them. It is time we heard your voice and protected this planet for future generations.”

— in his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the 2016 Golden Globes

“Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

— in his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the 2016 Oscars

Birds in AmazonImage: Conservation International

“No more talk, no more excuses, no more 10-year studies. This is the body that can do what is needed, all of you sitting in this very hall. The world is now watching. You will either be lauded by future generations or vilified by them.”

— to the United Nations in 2016

Read More: Leo’s Impassioned Climate Plea to UN

“You are the last, best hope of Earth. We ask you to protect it. Or we, and all living things we cherish, are history.”

— to the United Nations in 2016


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HOW should we respond to the modern RESURGENCE of EUGENICS?


Medical advances in manipulating human DNA, though they present many benefits, could also be used to advance eugenic goals. This combination of a dubious political agenda and the tools to implement it could take us in uncharted directions.

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and 1997’s Gattaca, which NASA called the most plausible sci-fi film ever made, chart the consequences and bioethics of gene manipulation.

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Baseball is America’s “national pastime,” but Little League didn’t take off until after the Second World War. Why was that?

The assumption that young women’s verbal patterns indicate insecurity can’t necessarily be validated. In fact, they are frequently at the forefront of their languages.

Early twentieth-century Americans balanced conflicting expectations when it came to domestic laborers.

The creator of Jeeves certainly comes across as the quintessential Englishman, but he spent much of his life in the U.S., and his time in America had an effect.

From The Public Domain Review: two musicologists explore the wonderful history of made-up musical contraptions.



JSTOR Daily editors select stories that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. This week’s picks cover policing, marijuana, and rewiring the brain.

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“Trump Is Right,America Isn’t ‘So Innocent.’ Here’s How We Can Right That Wrong in Syria”

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

“Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, and the Dangers Ahead”

By Phyllis Bennis, CommonDreams.org, posted April 6, 2017

The author directs the New Internationalism Project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

“Trump Is Right,America Isn’t ‘So Innocent.’ Here’s How We Can Right That Wrong in Syria”

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times, posted April 6

The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.


“Should America Have Entered World War I?”

By Michael Kazin, New York Times, posted April 6, 2017

The author teaches history at Georgetown University.


“The Fiction of U.S.Isolationism”

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted April 7


“Three Times When We Blundered into War”

By David R. Contosta, History News Network, posted April 2

On the Philippines, Vietnam, and Iraq, with implications for policy toward North Korea. The author teaches history at Chestnut Hill College.


“100 Years after the US Got Involved in World War 1 It’s Time to Acknowledge Why”

By Robert E. Hannigan, History News Network, posted April 2

The author teaches history at Suffolk University and is author of the just-published book The Great War and American Foreign Policy 1914-24 (University of Pennsylvania Press).


“The Bloodstained Rise of Global Populism: A Political Movement’s Violent Pursuit of ‘Enemies’”

By Alfred W. McCoy, TomDispatch.com, posted April 2, 2017

The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


“Ready for War with Iran?”

By William J. Astore, Bracing Views blog, posted March 31

The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools.

“Trump Said He’d Stop Dragging Us into War. That’s Yet Another Fat Lie”

By Medea Benjamin, The Guardian, posted March 30

The author is a cofounder of both Global Exchange and CODEPINK.

Thanks to Carolyn Eisenberg, Fran Shor, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

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IMPROVING TEACHING QUALITY 1 Symposium held in Dhofar (Oman) this April

"تطوير جودة التعليم1" في روتانا صلالة

أقامت الكلية التقنية بصلالة ممثلة بمركز اللغة الإنجليزية ورشة العمل الاولى تحت مسمى”تطوير جودة التعليم الأول” وذلك في منتجع روتانا بصلالة. وقد كان اختيار اسم الندوة بناء على الحاجة الملحة للمؤسسات التعليمية بشكل عام والكلية التقنية بصلالة بشكل خاص لتحديد مكامن الضعف في العملية التعليمية وايجاد الحلول المناسبة لتطويرها وتقوية الأساليب المستخدمة في التعليم ناهيك عن اعطاء المقترحات للتغلب على كل ما يعيق الكثير من الجوانب التعليمية وتحفيز الطلبة ومنح بيئة دراسية مناسبة فاعلة لرفع المستوى التعليمي بشكل ملحوظ. حيث وجه رئيس مركز اللغة الإنجليزية ورئيس اللجنة المنظمة أ. سعيد المشيخي فريق العمل للمضي قدما والسعي في اظهار هذا الحدث بالصورة المرجوة.

شارك في الورشة العديد من الجهات والمؤسسات التعليمية ممثلة بجامعة السلطان قابوس و جامعة ظفار والكلية التطبيقية بصلالة و معهد الصيادين بصلالة ومعهد التمريض بصلالة بمعية الكلية التقنية بصلالة. وقدم المتحدثون من كل جهة أوراق عمل ركزت على العديد من النقاط المهمة المتعلقة بجودة التعليم وكل ما له علاقة برفع مستوى التحفيز لدى الطلبة في مراحلهم الدراسية.

قدم الحفل كلا من أ. إدوارد ستالارد وأ. سالم المعشني، محاضران في مركز اللغة الإنجليزية وبدءت الورشة بتلاوة عطرة من الذكر الحكيم تلاوة أ. شعيب البلوشي، محاضر في مركز اللغة الإنجليزية بعدها تحدث رئيس مركز اللغة الإنجليزية أ. سعيد المشيخي عن مدى إهتمام المركز في رفع مستوى التعليم لدى الطلبة وخاصة اللغة الإنجليزية والتي تعتمد عليها كافه المناهج فيما بعد. وأضاف المشيخي بأن هذه الورشة الأولى ماهي إلا بداية لعدد من الورش والتي سيكون محورها تطوير جودة التعليم لدى الطالب الجامعي.

ألقت الخطاب الرئيسي د. فيكتوريا تزولكوفا رئيسة وحدة التطوير الوظيفي والبحوث في جامعة السلطان قابوس، وقدمت ورقة عمل عن “مهارات التدريب المطلوبة في القرن 21 في مؤسسات التعليم العالي في عمان” حيث تناول خطابها الرئيسي ضمان أن التعليم العالي في عمان مناسب لتزويد الطلاب بالمهارات اللازمة والفعالة والتي تعتبر من المتطللبات الأساسية لنجاح اي عمل إحترافي في القرن الواحد والعشرين بالأضافة إلى مناقشتها كيفيه تفعيل اللغة الأنجليزية وتسهيل إستخدامها داخل الصف بشكل فعال.

وقدم أ. فيصل بن خليفه رئيس البرنامج التأسيسي في جامعه ظفار ورقه عمل بعنوان “الذكاء العاطفي في الفصول الدراسي” ناقش فيها ما أظهرته الدراسات عن أهمية الذكاء العاطفي وكيف أن التعلم العاطفي يمكن أن يحسن الأداء الأكاديمي للطلبة. وتشير البحوث إلى أن المهارات العاطفية ترتبط ارتباطا كبيرا بالنجاح، وبالتالي فإن الحاجة إلى تطبيق وتفعيل هذه الاستراتيجية داخل الصف من شأنها أن تساعد على تعزيز النجاح في الفصول الدراسية.

كما قدم أ. مروان اليافعي , محاضر في الكلية التطبيقية بصلالة ورقة عمل بعنوان ” طرق التحفيز لطلاب المستوى التأسيسي في الكليات العمانيه” حيث سلط الضوء على دراسة ذاتية ناقشت العديد من الطرق التحفيزية وتأثيرها على الطالب عند إكتسابه لغه أخرى.

قدم أيضا أ. جمال الدين الأكرمي محاضر في قسم اللغة الأنجليزية بكلية التقنية بصلالة ورقة عمل بعنوان ” الإستفادة من أنشطة ماقبل القراءة المقدمة في الحلقة الثانية للتعليم الأساسي في عمان لتسهيل فهم الطلبة” تحدث فيها عن استفادة معلمين الحلقة الثانية للتعليم الأساسي من أنشطة ماقبل القراءة المتاحة في الكتب الدراسية وكتب المعلمين لتسهيل فهم الطلبة.

وقدم أ.موكشناند جندرابو معلم لغة إنجليزية في معهد التمريض بصلالة ورقة عمل بعنوان ” دمج تكنولوجيا القرن الحادي والعشرين في الفصول الدراسية” ناقش فيها أهمية التكنولوجيا في عصرنا الحالي وبالرغم من أنه لا غنى عنها للعيش والحفاظ على نمط حياة معاصر ولكن فإنه لابد الاستفادة من هذه التكنولوجيا العملاقة ودمجها في الفصول الدراسية لتدريس اللغة الإنجليزية لتنوير وإثراء وتعزيز عملية التعليم والتعلم و اكتساب المعرفة للطلبة.

تبعها ورقه عمل أخيرة قدمتها أ. داليندا الزغيدي مدربة لغة إنجليزية في معهد تدريب الصيادين بصلالة بعنوان ” زيادة وعي المتعلمين بأهمية التفكير النقدي” سلطت الضوء فيها على إیجاد الطرق التي یمکن من خلالھا تعزیز وتیسیر التفکیر النقدي لدى المتدربین. كما ركزت بشكل رئيسي على أهمية التفكير النقدي وكيف أنه يساعد على تطوير نظام التفكير والإبتعاد عن طرق التعلم التقليدية.

وفي ختام الورشة تناوب على النقاش الختامي المفتوح الدكتور خالد المشيخي نائب عميد كلية الأداب والعلوم التطبيقية في جامعه ظفار والدكتور ريس التميمي محاضر لغة إنجليزية بالكلية التقنية بصلالة وتناول المحاوران العديد من المواضيع المتعلقه بطرق التدريس و العوامل التحفيزية لمتعلمين اللغة الإنجليزية وماهي الصعوبات التي قد يوجهها المتعلم وكيفية مواكبة التطورات المحيطة وتفعيلها لتسيير عجلة التعليم للأفضل. حيث تمت مناقشة وتبادل الآراء والأفكار التي تهم العملية التعليمية وتطويرها بما يتناسب مع متطلعات الكليات والمؤسسات التعليمية في السلطنة.

وفي نهاية الحفل قدم أ. سعيد المشيخي الشكر والإمتنان إلى جميع الأعضاء المشاركين في تجهيز وتنظيم جميع الترتيبات المتعلقة بالورشة و تنفيذها على نحو فعال.

from: http://www.sct.edu.om/web/index.php/news-events/news/elc-news/item/572-1


The English Language Center at Salalah College of Technology, under the guidance of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashikhi, Head of the ELC and the Chairman of the Steering Committee, organized a workshop at Salalah Rotana Resort entitled “Improving Teaching Quality1”. It is the first workshop organized by the ELC and it aims to continuously advance the teaching and learning process by addressing staff professional needs which are aligned with staff self – appraisals. The primary goals are to provide them with opportunities to share ideas, reflect on their day-to-day teaching practices and exchange knowledge and experiences in the field in a stimulating professional environment.

Many researchers, lecturers and educational experts who are concerned about creative, innovation learning practices were participated in this workshop from different educational institutions, such as Sultan Qaboos University, Dhofar University, Salalah College of Applied Sciences, Salalah Fisherman Training Institute and Salalah Nursing Institute.

Mr. Edward Stallard and Mr. Salim Al-Mashani, Lecturers at SCT, presented the workshop and it was launched with verses recited from the Holy Quran by Mr. Shoaib Al-Balushi, Lecturer at the ELC, followed with a speech from Mr. Said Al-Mashikhi, Head of the ELC. Mr. Al Mashikhi said “the center offers a comprehensive training program prior to admission to the college and it enhances their English language, since it is the language of the instruction”. Later, he announced that this will be the start of a chain of workshops that target in assisting the students and improving the educational and to avoid the recent obstacles in learning the English Language.

The keynote was addressed by Dr. Victoria Tuzlokova, Head of Professional Development and Research Unit at Sultan Qaboos University. Her keynote speech addressed the need to ensure that higher education in Oman is suitably adapted to equip students with effective skills, which are considered as key requirements for a successful professional career in the 21st century, and to draw attention to the importance of these skills.

Mr. Faisal bin Khalifa, The head of the Founding Program at Dhofar University presented a paper titled “Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom: Strategizing Classroom Delivery”. He discussed the studies which have shown that “emotional intelligence (EI)” could improve students’ emotional learning and academic performance. Research indicates that emotional skills are inextricably associated with success, hence the need to strategize EI in class. The presenter highlighted the strategies that help in building momentum and bolster success in the classroom.

Another paper presented by Mr. Marwan Al-Yafai, Lecturer at Salalah College of Applied Sciences titled” Types Of Motivation Among College Omani Students At English Foundation Level: Which One Has The Upper Hand?” the paper emphasized a personal research which address the different motivational factors, or variables, that students have for learning a foreign language.

Mr. Mokshanand Gandrapu presented a paper titled “Integration Of 21st Century Technology into The Classroom”. According to him “In these technologically advanced times, it is quite difficult to imagine a world that does not have the Internet, cellphones, smartboards, i-Pads, or any other iconic inventions and devices that have become indispensable to living and maintaining a contemporary lifestyle. Even though technology is the crux of our lives, it doesn’t seem to be yet possible to tap into this giant area of potential and integrate it into the English classroom to enlighten, enrich and enhance the teaching and learning process and experience.

After that Mr. Jamaluddin Al Akremi,a lecturer in the English Language center at Salalah College of Technology also presented a paper entitled “Taking Advantage Of The Pre-Reading Activities Provided In L2 Cycle 2 Basic Education Textbooks In Oman To Facilitate Learners’ Comprehension” in which he talked about how ESL teachers of C2 Basic Education took advantage of the pre-reading activities available in C2 BE textbooks and teachers’ books to facilitate their learners’ comprehension.

A final paper work presented by Ms. Dalinda Zghidi, English Instructor at the Fishermen Training Institute titled “Raising Learners’ Awareness of the Importance of Critical Thinking”. The paper highlighted the importance of critical thinking and how it helps to develop a system of thinking that goes beyond the traditional rote learning and encourages higher-order thinking.

At the end of the workshop, a panel discussion was held by Dr. Khalid Almushiki, Assistant Dean of College and Applied science at Dhofar University and Dr. Rais Attamimi, post foundation coordinator in the ELC at Salalah College of technology. They discussed important topics regarding the best teaching practice and L2 motivational factors: common characteristics and implications. Lastly, many points of views were shared through the panel discussions that reflect the concern of the researchers and the lecturers to improve the educational process in the center, college and the region around.

At the end of the ceremony, Mr. Saeed Al Mashikhi extended a word of thanks to the Committees members for organizing the schedule, arrangements pertaining to the workshop and ensuring its effective implementation.

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