Afghan cleric who defied Covid-19 lockdown threatens woman journalist

first_img Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Organisation News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceOnline freedoms Covid19WomenInternetFreedom of expressionViolence Help by sharing this information The post marked the start of a violent cyber-harassment campaign against Saghari, who has been the target of hate speech, insults and death threats by Ansari’s supporters on social media ever since. News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceOnline freedoms Covid19WomenInternetFreedom of expressionViolence The Centre for the Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ), which is also calling for protection for Saghari, points that more that 20% of women journalists have lost their jobs since the start of the lockdown. Within hours, Ansari responded with a Facebook post attacking Saghari: “Who holds the leash on Vida Saghari, this woman who poses as a civil society activist in Kabul? Sorry, I’m going to be insulting about her. She is impolite and unveiled, ugly words issue from her mouth and witnesses say she prostitutes herself  (…) She has written several times about me and Muslims in the past few days, saying we must not pray together because our gatherings will spread the coronavirus. Vida Saghari is more dangerous than the virus.” Ansari often expresses reactionary and misogynistic views. In January, he created a “committee for the regulation of good and the prohibition of evil” with the aim of enforcing the Sharia in Herat. The committee took a particular interest in women, calling for them to wear the veil and not work outside the home. He banned women from attending a press conference on 16 January on the grounds that “Islam does not allow women to be present at work alongside men.” Receive email alerts News News May 11, 2020 Afghan cleric who defied Covid-19 lockdown threatens woman journalistcenter_img RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Follow the news on Afghanistan “In response to the behaviour of the fundamentalists and the threats to press freedom, which the constitution guarantees, the silence of the Afghan authorities is unacceptable,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Afghanistan/Iran desk. “Whether or not you appreciate Vida Saghari’s criticism, the harassment and attacks to which she has been subjected are completely intolerable and everything must be done to guarantee her protection.” May 3, 2021 Find out more to go further March 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en  Afghanistan is ranked 122nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Saghari became the target of Mullah Mujib Alrahman Ansari’s anger after she, like many other social media users, posted critical comments on Facebook alongside a photo of the gathering of around 100 Muslims that he organized in Herat on the first day or Ramadan, 1 May, ignoring a ban on religious gatherings by claiming that “the coronavirus is for infidels, not for Muslims.” The outcry about the gathering is all the greater because Herat is the epicentre of the Covid-19 epidemic in Afghanistan. It was to the epidemic’s many victims that Saghari alluded when she wrote, “Ask the gravediggers to dig a tomb for Mullah Mujib Alrahman Ansari, this ignorant plague lord who wants people to die.” She added that “people have a normal brain” and the leaders who guide them must be “responsible.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Afghan authorities to protect Vida Saghari, a journalist and women’s rights activist who is being threatened by a fundamentalist cleric in the western city of Herat because she criticized him for holding a religious gathering in violation of the coronavirus lockdown. June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders calls for aid to be linked to an end to violence against journalists

first_img Follow the news on Bangladesh to go further RSF_en News Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Receive email alerts BangladeshAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) urged donor countries meeting in Dhaka from 8-10 May in the framework of the Bangladesh Development Forum to link aid to an end to violence against journalists.The Bangladesh government is asking the international community for a substantial increase in aid but has given no assurances about better governance and greater respect for press freedom. The European Union has already said it will use the meeting to insist on respect for human rights. Reporters Without Borders welcomed this stance but hoped it would not go unheeded.Faced with the bad faith of Khaleda Zia’s government that refuses to recognise there have been human rights violations particularly in relation to press freedom, Reporters Without Borders is calling on donor countries to link aid to development of a specific action plan to bring an end to the violence.Reporters Without Borders considers that this violence against journalists, particularly in the provinces, prevents the press from freely covering key subjects, especially collusion between politicians and organised crime, corruption and human rights violations. It can also obstruct the chances of international aid being used effectively. Recent World Bank studies have shown that press freedom is a determining condition for sustainable socio-economic development.World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn, said recently, “Studies show that the higher the level of press freedom in a country the greater the control over corruption. Press freedom also has a positive influence on revenues, infant mortality and adult literacy.”Bangladesh currently combines two serious ills: It is the most violent country for journalists and one of the most corrupt. To benefit press freedom the government must end the impunity enjoyed by militants of the parties in power, particularly those from the BNP, who physically attack journalists.With at least 210 journalists assaulted or receiving death threats, 15 newspapers or press clubs attacked and 15 journalists arrested by the authorities in 2003, Bangladesh is by far the most violent towards the press. There was no letup in abuses in 2004. On 27 April, journalist Sumi Khan of the weekly Shaptahik-2000 escaped an abduction attempt in Chittagong. She is known for her investigations into political life in this south-eastern city. On 4 April, the ministry of information wrote to the country’s’ journalists telling them to stop speculating on the origin of weapons found a few days earlier in the country’s south-east. Newscenter_img News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage February 26, 2021 Find out more News May 19, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Organisation May 7, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls for aid to be linked to an end to violence against journalistslast_img read more

WDC appointment process to be changed after Dail challenge from Mac Lochlainn

first_img NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Homepage BannerNews Previous articleDurkan believes respite services may continue at “The Cottages”Next articleAudio update – Less than 15% of the Donegal workforce were in agency assisted jobs in 2013 News Highland By News Highland – January 23, 2015 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitter The Department of the Environment says appointments to the Western Development Commission will, in future, be handled by the Public Appointments Service.It follows criticism in the Dail this week from Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn, who said that several members of the current board were members of Fine Gael and Labour, some of them former county councillors who were appointed after they lost their seats.He’s welcoming indications that the appointments system is to be changed, saying present practices can leave appointments open to question………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+center_img Pinterest WDC appointment process to be changed after Dail challenge from Mac Lochlainn WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Facebook Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath last_img read more

SOUP’S ON: Signature dishes to fill ’empty bowls’ Friday

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Shades of Lester’s Flat!Those who remember Lester Sanders’ place out on Highway 29 will certainly remember Lester’s chili. It was so famous that he kept the recipe under lock and key with a bulldog standing guard.As with most guarded recipes, Sanders had a secret ingredient that he kept a close secret but his daughter has “kind of figured it out.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Soup’s on! Kim May, Pike County Salvation Army director, right, and Tamara Stephens, board member, invite everyone to join them for lunch at the 9th annual Empty Bowls Luncheon from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday at Bush Memorial Baptist Church. Tickets are $20 and include the soups ’n such luncheon, a handmade pottery bowl, entertainment by Lenny Trawick and an opportunity to bid on pottery handcrafted by professional potters. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Pike County Salvation Army. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The soup bar will feature a variety of homemade soups, including turnip, collard, beef vegetable, taco, chicken noodle, loaded baked potato, tomato bisque and creamy broccoli.For those who want something a bit more filling, the bar will offer Dennis Griffin’s famous gumbo; Ron Case’s to die for tortellini and the Pike County Salvation Army’s heritage recipe camp stew.And, May said to diners should make sure to leave room for dessert.Olene Sanders’ special pound cake and Carter Sanders’ bread pudding are back by popular demand but those desserts will have stiff competition from a variety of cakes, brownies, cookies and cupcakes that will grace the table. You Might Like SOUP’S ON: Signature dishes to fill ’empty bowls’ Friday Kim May will hook the window screens and bolt the doors when she makes Lester’s famous chili for the 2018 Empty Bowls Luncheon tomorrow (Friday) at Bush Memorial Baptist Church.But, the chili that put Lester’s Flat on the map will not be the only famous soup and such in the Pike County Salvation Army’s cook pot at the 2018 Empty Bowls Luncheon.“The soup and such bar will be the biggest we’ve had and the best soups, stews, chilies, gumbos you ever put in a bowl,” said May, who is the director of the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center. “Some of the best cooks in the county are making their signature ‘soups ’n such’ and you won’t be able to stop with one or two. The variety is too tempting for that.”center_img Published 4:00 am Thursday, April 19, 2018 Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Brundidge honors telecommunicators In conjunction with National Telecommunicator’s Week Mayor Isabell Boyd proclaimed the week of April 8-14, 2018, Telecommunicator’s Week in Brundidge…. read more Latest Stories Email the author “We talk a lot about the luncheon and all the good food that we’ll have but we encourage everyone to remember that there are people around the world, and right here a home, that go to be hungry at night,” May said. “The Empty Bowls are reminders of world hunger.” Each ticket holder may choose a handmade ‘empty bowl” to take home. The clay bowls were made by individuals, students and potters that participated in the Clay Conference.”There will also be bid bowls made by professionals potters from the local area.“The 2018 Empty Bowls Luncheon will be a community-wide event,” May said. ““We invite everyone to join us for a delicious lunch, entertainment by singer/songwriter Lenny Trawick and in support of those in our community who are in need.”All proceeds from the Empty Bowl Luncheon support the Pike County Salvation Army’s food pantry and those who in need of temporary assistance.The Empty Bowls Luncheon will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday in the fellowship hall at Bush Memorial Baptist Church on George Wallace Drive in Troy. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Fugro awarded ONGC 3-year contract for integrated survey services fourth time in a row

first_imgThe Fugro Mapper, Fugro’s dedicated geophysical survey vessel, is mobilised to perform the surveys in water depths of up to 100 m Fugro awarded ONGC 3-year contract for integrated survey services fourth time in a row. (Credit: Fugro.) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) in India has awarded Fugro a 3-year contract to provide integrated survey services for the fourth consecutive time.Work is now under way on the latest contract, which covers infield developments on the east and west coasts of India. The survey services include pipeline route engineering and rig site surveys using multibeam bathymetric, shallow seismic profiling, magnetometry and 2D UHR, along with rig positioning, current profile measurements and wellhead searches.Fugro’s dedicated geophysical survey vessel, the Fugro Mapper, is mobilised to perform the surveys in water depths of up to 100 m. Geo-data results from the engineering surveys will provide ONGC with the seabed and sub-seabed insights they need to develop key offshore infrastructure.Remmelt de Jong, Fugro’s Director for Marine Site Characterisation in the Middle East and India, said: “Being awarded this multi-year contract for the fourth consecutive time demonstrates the value Fugro has brought to Indian offshore development and our clients. We are especially proud of the strong relationship we have forged with ONGC and we intend to maintain the exemplary health and safety record we achieved in the three previous contracts, with no major downtime or zero lost time incidents over the last 9 years.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Law (Business) Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgSpecial Requirements Posting NumberF00114P Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed ( College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Posting Details Quicklink The Institution Beginning and/or Ending Dates General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Open ContinuouslyYes Posting Date Work YearN/A Application Instructions Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note AboutThe Los Rios Community College District ( LRCCD ) is the secondlargest, two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 4,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office in dozens of different departmentsthat provide welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environments forLos Rios students, employees and community partners. Each and everydistrict and college department strives for the highest quality inall programs, services, and activities, and is focused on improvingeducational outcomes for the students we serve.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associatedegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Assignment Responsibilities Total Hrs per Week/Day Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Resume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Letter of Recommendation 2Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocument Physical Demands Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form - – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agreecenter_img Department Location Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College Districtadjunct faculty posting are requested to complete fully andsubmit:1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application(required)2. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work * (graduateadvising documents and grade reports will not be accepted asunofficial transcripts). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.(required)3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (recommended)4. Two letters of recommendation (recommended)5. Letter of Interest (recommended)*Note: Applications submitted without transcripts will bedisqualified. Also individuals who have completed college oruniversity course work at an institution in a country other thanthe United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreigntranscripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreigntranscript evaluation is required any time foreign course work isused to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even ifthe foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or universityin the United States.Foreign transcript evaluations ONLY accepted from AICE (Associationof International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (TheNational Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies orevaluators.Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Job Posting TitleLaw (Business) Adjunct Assistant Professor Work Schedule How and where to apply Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Minimum Qualifications SalaryPlease see LRCCD Salary Schedules Conditions Position Summary Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. Applicationservices are available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday, at the Los Rios Community College District HumanResources Office located at 1919 Spanos Court, Sacramento, CA95825-3981. If you need assistance with any phase of theapplication process, please call (916) 568-3112 or come in duringour business hours. After hours inquiries to be emailed [email protected] Closing Date 1. Have a JD or LL.B.; OR, hold a California Community CollegeInstructor’s Credential in the discipline area; OR, theequivalent.*2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*Note: Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision mustattach details and explain how their academic preparation is theequivalent of the degrees listed above. Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo All Positions: Offers of employment are contingent upon thesuccessful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom fromtuberculosis, and proof of identity and eligibility to work in theUnited States prior to the first day of work. The District mayselect additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacanciesor needs occur during this recruitment/selection process. Wheneducation is a requirement for the position, official academictranscripts from the accredited college/university must besubmitted within 60 days of hire. LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).last_img read more


first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that the city should add an additional tax on downtown businesses to encourage development?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

O.C. Chamber Hosts Business Summit

first_imgThe Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold the second session of its four-part Business Summit.This session will focus on state issues affecting small businesses and will be held on Thursday, March 12 at noon at the Flanders Hotel, located at 719 East 11th Street in Ocean City.The guest speaker is Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA).The topics will include many of the challenges facing New Jersey businesses, including tax and regulatory burdens, and workforce issues.As one of the leading lobbyists for small business, Siekerka will address changes that the NJBIA is seeking to help small businesses cope with the new $15 minimum wage law requirements, as well as the paid leave law that is also now in effect.She will also provide an overview of Bill S-718 and what can be done to help legislation that would provide tax credits to employers who hire workers under 18 years old.The bill is one of several measures NJBIA is advocating for to help mitigate the negative effects of the minimum wage increase.Others include an “economic off-ramp” to suspend minimum wage increases in a severe recession or after a natural disaster, providing tax credits to businesses with 10 or fewer employees and a requirement to study the impact of the minimum wage increase on the economy.Siekerka will also discuss New Jersey’s economy as it relates to the current FY2021 budget season.The lunch is $20. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 609-399-1412 or email [email protected] Featured speaker Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, will discuss changes to the minimum wage and other issues at the business summit. last_img read more

A Tribe Called Quest Secretly Recorded A New Album That Will Soon Be Released

first_imgWhen Phife Dawg passed away earlier this year, fans assumed that would signal the end of A Tribe Called Quest. Fortunately, we’ll have one last chance to listen to the full band play together, as L.A. Reid – CEO of Epic Records – divulged in an interview that a new ATCQ album is on the way, and it features all of the members.According to Reid, the album was recorded prior to Phife’s death, and includes every member of the collective, including Jarobi White. “Man, it’s really something special,” said Reid. “It’s one of the things that I’m most excited about of everything we’re working on.” The full interview can be heard on the Rap Radar podcast, with the discussion about the album coming roughly around the 14:45 mark. In the discussion, Reid says that the album is “coming soon,” only getting us even more excited about this new Quest release. The last new album from the group came in 1998, when they released The Love Movement.We’ll be sure to keep you posted as to any news regarding a new A Tribe Called Quest album.[H/t Pitchfork]last_img read more

Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross Among Presidential Medal Of Freedom Recipients

first_imgThe Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest decoration a civilian can receive from the Federal government. The award honors people who have made “especially merits contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The recognition often goes to members of the art and entertainment community: musicians like Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, and Stevie Wonder rank among pass recipients of the honor.Today, President Barack Obama honored 21 new recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House, including a selection of actors (Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford), a pair of NBA legends (Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) NBC executive/Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Bill and Melinda Gates. In addition Obama added two more musicians to the award’s list of honorees: Motown giant Diana Ross and the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen.While Obama had words of adoration for all of the medal recipients, he spoke at the greatest length–and with notable reverence–about Springsteen, a personal friend and longtime supporter. You can read Obama’s full speech about Bruce, and watch full video of the reception below:“He was sprung from a cage out on Highway 9, a quiet kid from Jersey just trying to make sense of temples of dreams and the mystery that dotted his home town, pool halls, bars, girls, cars, alters, and assembly lines. For decades, Bruce Springsteen has brought us all along on a journey consumed with the bargains between ambition and injustice, pleasure and pain, the simple glories and scattered heartbreak of everyday life in America. To create one of his biggest hit, he once said, ‘I wanted to craft a record that sounded like the last record on Earth, the last one you ever needed to hear, one glorious noise, then the apocalypse. Every restless kid in America was given a story, ‘Born to Run’.He didn’t stop there. Once he told us about himself, he told us about everyone else: the steelworker in ‘Youngstown’; the Vietnam vet in ‘Born in the USA’; the sick and marginalized on ‘Streets of Philadelphia’; the firefighter carrying the weight of a reeling but resilient nation on ‘The Rising’; the young solider reckoning with the ‘Devils and Dust’ in Iraq; the communities knocked down by recklessness and greed on ‘Wrecking Ball’; all of us with our faults and failings, every color, class, and creed, bound together by one defiant restless train rolling toward ‘The Land of Hope and Dreams’. These are all anthems of our America, the reality of who we are and the reverie of who we want to be.The hallmark of a rock and roll band, Bruce Springsteen once said, is that the narrative you tell together is bigger than the one you could tell on your own. For decades, alongside The Big Man, Little Steven, a Jersey girl named Patti, and all the men and women of the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen has been carrying the rest of us on his journey, asking us all what is the work for us to do in our short time here.I am the President, he is The Boss. Pushing 70, he’s still laying down four-hour live sets … fire-breathing rock and roll. I thought twice about giving him a medal named for freedom, because we hope he remains, in his word, a prisoner of rock and roll, for years to come.”Finally, before the crowd dispersed, many of the honorees took their turn at completing the “Mannequin Challenge”–maybe the most star-studded attempt yet! Congratulations to Bruce, Diana, and the rest of this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.last_img read more