A tale of two tweets

There is an ongoing furore over a series of tweets which expose the double standards employed in the general reaction to them and the resultant fall out. As usual, US President Donald Trump and the polarising effect he has on social networks, is at the heart of one of the controversies.

Trump has more than 44 million followers on Twitter and, as the supposed leader of the free world, his views and opinions are followed avidly by them as well as other world leaders, governments, political observers and the media. So, when he shared a series of anti-Muslim tweets from the far-right extremists of Britain First, it was bound to attract universal condemnation for spreading the group’s “deplorable” ideology to a global audience.

While the outrage was largely predictable it also earned him praise from other far-right groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, and members of Britain First itself. With all this praise being heaped upon him, it is highly unlikely that Trump will apologise or delete the tweets in question, and he certainly will not step down as US President; sadly, if anything, his popularity in some unsavoury quarters will increase.

His decision to share the vile ideology of the Britain First extremists will help to normalise hate, racism and Islamophobia in the world today; there will, no doubt, be more verbal and physical attacks on innocent people solely because of the colour of their skin or their religion as a direct result.

Read: Peace One Day… but probably without Trump

The first tweet was a video, originally shared by Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen, which appeared to show “Muslim migrants beating up a Dutch boy on crutches”. A second was captioned “Muslim destroys statue of Virgin Mary”, while a third read “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death”. None of the images were verifiable and at least one is now said to be fake news.

The normally reserved Muslim Council of Britain has already issued a strongly-worded statement condemning Trump: “This is the clearest endorsement yet from the US President of the far-right and their vile anti-Muslim propaganda. We cannot give such bigotry a free pass. We hope our Prime Minister and Home Secretary will distance the UK from Mr Trump and his comments, and will reiterate the government’s abhorrence to all forms of extremism.”

It appears, though, that Donald Trump isn’t the only person to cause a storm by retweeting messages. University of California Berkeley Professor and Chairman of American Muslims for Palestine, Dr Hatem Bazian, is also under attack for retweeting an offensive meme earlier this year. However, unlike Trump, Bazian has issued an apology on his social media accounts “for unintentionally sharing” a distasteful image; he deleted the post immediately when its offensive nature was brought to his attention.

Further unlike Trump, Bazian has a strong record of combatting racism in all its forms, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia and was said to be genuinely horrified when he realised the full content of what he had retweeted on his phone. However, while it appears that Trump can tweet and retweet hate messages freely — and deliberately — without repercussions, the treatment being meted out to the Berkeley professor is quite different.

Read: Is Trump making the Middle East great again?

Despite his swift apology, acknowledgment of his mistake and deletion of the offending tweets, he is being targeted by zealous pro-Israel groups calling for his immediate dismissal from the university. The tweet at the centre of the storm contained a cartoon showing a Jewish man with his arms raised, juxtaposed with a caption which implied that every Jew is responsible for the breaches of international law and other crimes committed by the State of Israel, or done in its name. Another image included in the retweet was of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with the caption, “I just converted all of North Korea to Judaism.”

Bazian’s apology issued a few days ago is lengthy, but unambiguous and worth reading in full: “A retweet was brought to my attention today and I went over my account from the past and do sincerely apologize for re-sending it, the image is offensive and does not represent my views or the anti-racist work that I do including fighting anti-Semitism in partnership with progressive Jewish groups that express solidarity with Palestine’s rights to self-determination and have a strong track record on countering Islamophobia.

“At the time, I saw the image of the North Korean Kim Jong Un and tweeted it without giving it much thought as I was teaching a course in Spain and France. I did not realize or read the full text in detail until it started re-appearing on my twitter feed again from a number of pro-Israel groups that target Palestinians. As a matter of policy, I don’t respond, as I focus on my work and ignore the attacks.

“As a Palestinian, my issue is with Zionism, a settler colonial movement and Israel’s policies directed at Palestinians under occupation and those that live as second or maybe fourth class citizens in the state and not with Judaism or Jews, as diverse communities.

Read: Netanyahu is the Israeli Trump

“The image in the tweet and the framing relative to Judaism and conversion was wrong and offensive and not something that reflects my position, be it in the past or the present. I take responsibility for my words and statements and stand by my own work relative to Palestine, BDS and opposition to Zionism and settler colonialism and those who take issue on the content of my scholarship and work are welcome to disagree and offer a defence of their point of view in the open market of ideas.

“In the future, I will make sure to include that retweets don’t represent an agreement or support for the ideas that are shared and only my own postings reflect my positions on issues.”

American Muslims for Palestine say the moves to oust the professor are a “politically-motivated campaign” and nothing more than a “deliberate and well-funded effort to silence Palestinian and Muslim voices, and serves as no more than a distraction from the principled cause to which he has dedicated his life: speaking out against the brutality of Israel’s occupation, the denial of rights, and Zionist settler colonialism”.

AMP is urging people to contact the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office in support of Dr Bazian and urge the university not to buckle to pro-Israel pressure. The organisation describes him as a critical Palestinian-Muslim voice and leading researcher on the subject of Islamophobia who, they feel, is being targeted for nothing more than “an honest mistake.” Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), a Christian group, is also urging common sense to prevail in favour of the well-known peace advocate and respected academic.

“The University of California’s Regent’s principals against tolerance were violated in the posting of the tweets,” UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told the media. “While we do not believe that all criticism of Israel’s governmental policies is inherently anti-Semitic, the social media posts in question clearly crossed the line, and we are pleased they have been deleted.”

Meanwhile, back in Britain, Labour’s former minister Chuka Umunna MP is calling for an unrepentant Trump’s invitation to visit the UK to be cancelled. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pressed the British government to respond to the US President’s retweets. “I hope our government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump,” said Corbyn. “They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.”

At the time of writing, Prime Minister Theresa May had not responded personally to the Trump Twitter frenzy. However, Downing Street said that it was “wrong” of Trump to retweet Fransen’s posts because, “Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions… It is wrong for the president to have done this.” There was no mention of his invitation to visit Britain being cancelled; not yet, anyway.

LONDON, UK: British Prime Minister Theresa May departs Downing street for Prime Ministers Questions (PMQ's) ahead of this afternoon's Autumn Statement by the Chancellor in London, United Kingdom on 23 November 2016. [Kate Green/Anadolu Agency]

British Prime Minister Theresa May departs from Downing street in London, United Kingdom [Kate Green/Anadolu Agency]

Nevertheless, Donald Trump can call for “a Muslim ban” in the US, and continue to tweet messages of hate and sow division in the world. Elsewhere in America today there is an academic fighting for his career and reputation as a hate campaign targets him, if the truth is told, for being a Palestinian and a fighter of injustice. Admittedly, Professor Hatem Bazian made a serious mistake but, unlike Trump, he apologised without delay and removed the offensive material from his Twitter account.

If President Donald Trump is really going to “make America great again” then he will have to stop causing division in society and damaging his country’s image every time he picks up his mobile phone. He might also give some thought to the reputation for justice and equality around which the United States Constitution was written. Deserved or not, that is a reputation which generally stands the test of public opinion and the law. Witch hunts should be a thing of the past, and the campaign against an honest man who has made a genuine mistake should be stopped. Trump can use his Twitter account to do some good for a change, and offer Dr Bazian his support. That is a far more American thing to do than retweet far-right racist propaganda.

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A tale of two tweets

There is an ongoing furore over a series of tweets which expose the double standards employed in the general reaction to them and the resultant fall out. As usual, US President Donald Trump and the polarising effect he has on social networks, is at the heart of one of the controversies.

Trump has more than 44 million followers on Twitter and, as the supposed leader of the free world, his views and opinions are followed avidly by them as well as other world leaders, governments, political observers and the media. So, when he shared a series of anti-Muslim tweets from the far-right extremists of Britain First, it was bound to attract universal condemnation for spreading the group’s “deplorable” ideology to a global audience.

While the outrage was largely predictable it also earned him praise from other far-right groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, and members of Britain First itself. With all this praise being heaped upon him, it is highly unlikely that Trump will apologise or delete the tweets in question, and he certainly will not step down as US President; sadly, if anything, his popularity in some unsavoury quarters will increase.

His decision to share the vile ideology of the Britain First extremists will help to normalise hate, racism and Islamophobia in the world today; there will, no doubt, be more verbal and physical attacks on innocent people solely because of the colour of their skin or their religion as a direct result.

Read: Peace One Day… but probably without Trump

The first tweet was a video, originally shared by Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen, which appeared to show “Muslim migrants beating up a Dutch boy on crutches”. A second was captioned “Muslim destroys statue of Virgin Mary”, while a third read “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death”. None of the images were verifiable and at least one is now said to be fake news.

The normally reserved Muslim Council of Britain has already issued a strongly-worded statement condemning Trump: “This is the clearest endorsement yet from the US President of the far-right and their vile anti-Muslim propaganda. We cannot give such bigotry a free pass. We hope our Prime Minister and Home Secretary will distance the UK from Mr Trump and his comments, and will reiterate the government’s abhorrence to all forms of extremism.”

It appears, though, that Donald Trump isn’t the only person to cause a storm by retweeting messages. University of California Berkeley Professor and Chairman of American Muslims for Palestine, Dr Hatem Bazian, is also under attack for retweeting an offensive meme earlier this year. However, unlike Trump, Bazian has issued an apology on his social media accounts “for unintentionally sharing” a distasteful image; he deleted the post immediately when its offensive nature was brought to his attention.

Further unlike Trump, Bazian has a strong record of combatting racism in all its forms, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia and was said to be genuinely horrified when he realised the full content of what he had retweeted on his phone. However, while it appears that Trump can tweet and retweet hate messages freely — and deliberately — without repercussions, the treatment being meted out to the Berkeley professor is quite different.

Read: Is Trump making the Middle East great again?

Despite his swift apology, acknowledgment of his mistake and deletion of the offending tweets, he is being targeted by zealous pro-Israel groups calling for his immediate dismissal from the university. The tweet at the centre of the storm contained a cartoon showing a Jewish man with his arms raised, juxtaposed with a caption which implied that every Jew is responsible for the breaches of international law and other crimes committed by the State of Israel, or done in its name. Another image included in the retweet was of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with the caption, “I just converted all of North Korea to Judaism.”

Bazian’s apology issued a few days ago is lengthy, but unambiguous and worth reading in full: “A retweet was brought to my attention today and I went over my account from the past and do sincerely apologize for re-sending it, the image is offensive and does not represent my views or the anti-racist work that I do including fighting anti-Semitism in partnership with progressive Jewish groups that express solidarity with Palestine’s rights to self-determination and have a strong track record on countering Islamophobia.

“At the time, I saw the image of the North Korean Kim Jong Un and tweeted it without giving it much thought as I was teaching a course in Spain and France. I did not realize or read the full text in detail until it started re-appearing on my twitter feed again from a number of pro-Israel groups that target Palestinians. As a matter of policy, I don’t respond, as I focus on my work and ignore the attacks.

“As a Palestinian, my issue is with Zionism, a settler colonial movement and Israel’s policies directed at Palestinians under occupation and those that live as second or maybe fourth class citizens in the state and not with Judaism or Jews, as diverse communities.

Read: Netanyahu is the Israeli Trump

“The image in the tweet and the framing relative to Judaism and conversion was wrong and offensive and not something that reflects my position, be it in the past or the present. I take responsibility for my words and statements and stand by my own work relative to Palestine, BDS and opposition to Zionism and settler colonialism and those who take issue on the content of my scholarship and work are welcome to disagree and offer a defence of their point of view in the open market of ideas.

“In the future, I will make sure to include that retweets don’t represent an agreement or support for the ideas that are shared and only my own postings reflect my positions on issues.”

American Muslims for Palestine say the moves to oust the professor are a “politically-motivated campaign” and nothing more than a “deliberate and well-funded effort to silence Palestinian and Muslim voices, and serves as no more than a distraction from the principled cause to which he has dedicated his life: speaking out against the brutality of Israel’s occupation, the denial of rights, and Zionist settler colonialism”.

AMP is urging people to contact the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office in support of Dr Bazian and urge the university not to buckle to pro-Israel pressure. The organisation describes him as a critical Palestinian-Muslim voice and leading researcher on the subject of Islamophobia who, they feel, is being targeted for nothing more than “an honest mistake.” Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), a Christian group, is also urging common sense to prevail in favour of the well-known peace advocate and respected academic.

“The University of California’s Regent’s principals against tolerance were violated in the posting of the tweets,” UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told the media. “While we do not believe that all criticism of Israel’s governmental policies is inherently anti-Semitic, the social media posts in question clearly crossed the line, and we are pleased they have been deleted.”

Meanwhile, back in Britain, Labour’s former minister Chuka Umunna MP is calling for an unrepentant Trump’s invitation to visit the UK to be cancelled. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pressed the British government to respond to the US President’s retweets. “I hope our government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump,” said Corbyn. “They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.”

At the time of writing, Prime Minister Theresa May had not responded personally to the Trump Twitter frenzy. However, Downing Street said that it was “wrong” of Trump to retweet Fransen’s posts because, “Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions… It is wrong for the president to have done this.” There was no mention of his invitation to visit Britain being cancelled; not yet, anyway.

LONDON, UK: British Prime Minister Theresa May departs Downing street for Prime Ministers Questions (PMQ's) ahead of this afternoon's Autumn Statement by the Chancellor in London, United Kingdom on 23 November 2016. [Kate Green/Anadolu Agency]

British Prime Minister Theresa May departs from Downing street in London, United Kingdom [Kate Green/Anadolu Agency]

Nevertheless, Donald Trump can call for “a Muslim ban” in the US, and continue to tweet messages of hate and sow division in the world. Elsewhere in America today there is an academic fighting for his career and reputation as a hate campaign targets him, if the truth is told, for being a Palestinian and a fighter of injustice. Admittedly, Professor Hatem Bazian made a serious mistake but, unlike Trump, he apologised without delay and removed the offensive material from his Twitter account.

If President Donald Trump is really going to “make America great again” then he will have to stop causing division in society and damaging his country’s image every time he picks up his mobile phone. He might also give some thought to the reputation for justice and equality around which the United States Constitution was written. Deserved or not, that is a reputation which generally stands the test of public opinion and the law. Witch hunts should be a thing of the past, and the campaign against an honest man who has made a genuine mistake should be stopped. Trump can use his Twitter account to do some good for a change, and offer Dr Bazian his support. That is a far more American thing to do than retweet far-right racist propaganda.

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A tale of two tweets

There is an ongoing furore over a series of tweets which expose the double standards employed in the general reaction to them and the resultant fall out. As usual, US President Donald Trump and the polarising effect he has on social networks, is at the heart of one of the controversies.

Trump has more than 44 million followers on Twitter and, as the supposed leader of the free world, his views and opinions are followed avidly by them as well as other world leaders, governments, political observers and the media. So, when he shared a series of anti-Muslim tweets from the far-right extremists of Britain First, it was bound to attract universal condemnation for spreading the group’s “deplorable” ideology to a global audience.

While the outrage was largely predictable it also earned him praise from other far-right groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, and members of Britain First itself. With all this praise being heaped upon him, it is highly unlikely that Trump will apologise or delete the tweets in question, and he certainly will not step down as US President; sadly, if anything, his popularity in some unsavoury quarters will increase.

His decision to share the vile ideology of the Britain First extremists will help to normalise hate, racism and Islamophobia in the world today; there will, no doubt, be more verbal and physical attacks on innocent people solely because of the colour of their skin or their religion as a direct result.

Read: Peace One Day… but probably without Trump

The first tweet was a video, originally shared by Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen, which appeared to show “Muslim migrants beating up a Dutch boy on crutches”. A second was captioned “Muslim destroys statue of Virgin Mary”, while a third read “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death”. None of the images were verifiable and at least one is now said to be fake news.

The normally reserved Muslim Council of Britain has already issued a strongly-worded statement condemning Trump: “This is the clearest endorsement yet from the US President of the far-right and their vile anti-Muslim propaganda. We cannot give such bigotry a free pass. We hope our Prime Minister and Home Secretary will distance the UK from Mr Trump and his comments, and will reiterate the government’s abhorrence to all forms of extremism.”

It appears, though, that Donald Trump isn’t the only person to cause a storm by retweeting messages. University of California Berkeley Professor and Chairman of American Muslims for Palestine, Dr Hatem Bazian, is also under attack for retweeting an offensive meme earlier this year. However, unlike Trump, Bazian has issued an apology on his social media accounts “for unintentionally sharing” a distasteful image; he deleted the post immediately when its offensive nature was brought to his attention.

Further unlike Trump, Bazian has a strong record of combatting racism in all its forms, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia and was said to be genuinely horrified when he realised the full content of what he had retweeted on his phone. However, while it appears that Trump can tweet and retweet hate messages freely — and deliberately — without repercussions, the treatment being meted out to the Berkeley professor is quite different.

Read: Is Trump making the Middle East great again?

Despite his swift apology, acknowledgment of his mistake and deletion of the offending tweets, he is being targeted by zealous pro-Israel groups calling for his immediate dismissal from the university. The tweet at the centre of the storm contained a cartoon showing a Jewish man with his arms raised, juxtaposed with a caption which implied that every Jew is responsible for the breaches of international law and other crimes committed by the State of Israel, or done in its name. Another image included in the retweet was of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with the caption, “I just converted all of North Korea to Judaism.”

Bazian’s apology issued a few days ago is lengthy, but unambiguous and worth reading in full: “A retweet was brought to my attention today and I went over my account from the past and do sincerely apologize for re-sending it, the image is offensive and does not represent my views or the anti-racist work that I do including fighting anti-Semitism in partnership with progressive Jewish groups that express solidarity with Palestine’s rights to self-determination and have a strong track record on countering Islamophobia.

“At the time, I saw the image of the North Korean Kim Jong Un and tweeted it without giving it much thought as I was teaching a course in Spain and France. I did not realize or read the full text in detail until it started re-appearing on my twitter feed again from a number of pro-Israel groups that target Palestinians. As a matter of policy, I don’t respond, as I focus on my work and ignore the attacks.

“As a Palestinian, my issue is with Zionism, a settler colonial movement and Israel’s policies directed at Palestinians under occupation and those that live as second or maybe fourth class citizens in the state and not with Judaism or Jews, as diverse communities.

Read: Netanyahu is the Israeli Trump

“The image in the tweet and the framing relative to Judaism and conversion was wrong and offensive and not something that reflects my position, be it in the past or the present. I take responsibility for my words and statements and stand by my own work relative to Palestine, BDS and opposition to Zionism and settler colonialism and those who take issue on the content of my scholarship and work are welcome to disagree and offer a defence of their point of view in the open market of ideas.

“In the future, I will make sure to include that retweets don’t represent an agreement or support for the ideas that are shared and only my own postings reflect my positions on issues.”

American Muslims for Palestine say the moves to oust the professor are a “politically-motivated campaign” and nothing more than a “deliberate and well-funded effort to silence Palestinian and Muslim voices, and serves as no more than a distraction from the principled cause to which he has dedicated his life: speaking out against the brutality of Israel’s occupation, the denial of rights, and Zionist settler colonialism”.

AMP is urging people to contact the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office in support of Dr Bazian and urge the university not to buckle to pro-Israel pressure. The organisation describes him as a critical Palestinian-Muslim voice and leading researcher on the subject of Islamophobia who, they feel, is being targeted for nothing more than “an honest mistake.” Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), a Christian group, is also urging common sense to prevail in favour of the well-known peace advocate and respected academic.

“The University of California’s Regent’s principals against tolerance were violated in the posting of the tweets,” UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told the media. “While we do not believe that all criticism of Israel’s governmental policies is inherently anti-Semitic, the social media posts in question clearly crossed the line, and we are pleased they have been deleted.”

Meanwhile, back in Britain, Labour’s former minister Chuka Umunna MP is calling for an unrepentant Trump’s invitation to visit the UK to be cancelled. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pressed the British government to respond to the US President’s retweets. “I hope our government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump,” said Corbyn. “They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.”

At the time of writing, Prime Minister Theresa May had not responded personally to the Trump Twitter frenzy. However, Downing Street said that it was “wrong” of Trump to retweet Fransen’s posts because, “Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions… It is wrong for the president to have done this.” There was no mention of his invitation to visit Britain being cancelled; not yet, anyway.

LONDON, UK: British Prime Minister Theresa May departs Downing street for Prime Ministers Questions (PMQ's) ahead of this afternoon's Autumn Statement by the Chancellor in London, United Kingdom on 23 November 2016. [Kate Green/Anadolu Agency]

British Prime Minister Theresa May departs from Downing street in London, United Kingdom [Kate Green/Anadolu Agency]

Nevertheless, Donald Trump can call for “a Muslim ban” in the US, and continue to tweet messages of hate and sow division in the world. Elsewhere in America today there is an academic fighting for his career and reputation as a hate campaign targets him, if the truth is told, for being a Palestinian and a fighter of injustice. Admittedly, Professor Hatem Bazian made a serious mistake but, unlike Trump, he apologised without delay and removed the offensive material from his Twitter account.

If President Donald Trump is really going to “make America great again” then he will have to stop causing division in society and damaging his country’s image every time he picks up his mobile phone. He might also give some thought to the reputation for justice and equality around which the United States Constitution was written. Deserved or not, that is a reputation which generally stands the test of public opinion and the law. Witch hunts should be a thing of the past, and the campaign against an honest man who has made a genuine mistake should be stopped. Trump can use his Twitter account to do some good for a change, and offer Dr Bazian his support. That is a far more American thing to do than retweet far-right racist propaganda.

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Residents refuse to leave homes despite Bali volcano eruption

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Thu, 2017-11-30 11:30
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KARANGASEM, Indonesia: Tens of thousands of villagers on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are refusing to evacuate a 10-kilometer danger zone around an erupting volcano, putting their fate in the hands of the gods or simply staying put to protect homes and livestock.
The glowing, 3,000-meter Mount Agung, considered sacred by many on the Hindu-majority island, started spewing huge columns of ash at the weekend and there have been constant tremors and volcanic mud flows since.
Search and rescue teams making daily forays into the zone say some are refusing to leave their cattle unattended, while others have spiritual reasons.
“The government has been clear about evacuation orders, but some people are slow to act or want to stay,” said Gede Ardana, head of Bali’s search and rescue agency.
“We cannot force them — but we will be held responsible, so we need to convince them.”
For cattle farmer Ketut Suwarte, there was no question of staying put.
“There was thick ash falling around us and we could smell sulfur. We were scared and we decided to leave immediately,” said Suwarte, 47, now staying in an evacuation camp just outside the danger zone.
Suwarte’s father recalls the last time Mount Agung exploded, in 1963, killing about 1,000 people as pyroclastic flows — made up of hot gas and volcanic matter — raced down the mountain.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the disaster mitigation agency, said about 43,000 people had heeded advice to take shelter, but with an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 in the danger area, many had not.
Ika Wardani, 33, sleeps with her family at an evacuation center at night but during the day returns to her cattle farm about 10 kilometers north of the volcano.
“During the day at least we can see the volcano. But we’re uncomfortable sleeping here at night because an earthquake or loud explosion would cause panic,” she said. “We would have to drive our motorbikes at night and the roads are narrow so it’s safer to spend the nights at the evacuation center.”
She says there are people only five km from the crater who have refused to evacuate.
“They are stubborn,” she said. “Some of them survived 1963 so they believe it’s all right now.”
The government has set up radio stations and chat groups on social media to warn people of the risks.
“Many people have made the decision to stay inside the exclusion zone, and that is clearly very dangerous,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster management agency.
Others, including tourists, are taking unnecessary risks by trying to take selfies as close as possible, officials say. Last month, a Frenchman shared a video of himself at the crater’s edge on social media.
In September, when authorities first raised the warning alert to the highest level, an exclusion zone of up to 12 kilometers was imposed, prompting nearly 150,000 to leave, but when no major eruption occurred, many returned and the warning status was lowered.
When authorities again raised the warning level this week, many were reluctant to move again.
“If (Mount Agung) follows the most frequent trend, it is likely to continue increasing in explosivity – but at what rate and how large, nobody knows,” said Dr. Carmen Solana, a volcanologist at the University of Portsmouth.
President Joko Widodo on Wednesday urged people to leave the exclusion zone before it’s too late.
“There must not be any victims,” he said.

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Residents refuse to leave homes despite Bali volcano eruption

Author: 
REUTERS
Thu, 2017-11-30 11:30
ID: 
1512031598143441100

KARANGASEM, Indonesia: Tens of thousands of villagers on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are refusing to evacuate a 10-kilometer danger zone around an erupting volcano, putting their fate in the hands of the gods or simply staying put to protect homes and livestock.
The glowing, 3,000-meter Mount Agung, considered sacred by many on the Hindu-majority island, started spewing huge columns of ash at the weekend and there have been constant tremors and volcanic mud flows since.
Search and rescue teams making daily forays into the zone say some are refusing to leave their cattle unattended, while others have spiritual reasons.
“The government has been clear about evacuation orders, but some people are slow to act or want to stay,” said Gede Ardana, head of Bali’s search and rescue agency.
“We cannot force them — but we will be held responsible, so we need to convince them.”
For cattle farmer Ketut Suwarte, there was no question of staying put.
“There was thick ash falling around us and we could smell sulfur. We were scared and we decided to leave immediately,” said Suwarte, 47, now staying in an evacuation camp just outside the danger zone.
Suwarte’s father recalls the last time Mount Agung exploded, in 1963, killing about 1,000 people as pyroclastic flows — made up of hot gas and volcanic matter — raced down the mountain.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the disaster mitigation agency, said about 43,000 people had heeded advice to take shelter, but with an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 in the danger area, many had not.
Ika Wardani, 33, sleeps with her family at an evacuation center at night but during the day returns to her cattle farm about 10 kilometers north of the volcano.
“During the day at least we can see the volcano. But we’re uncomfortable sleeping here at night because an earthquake or loud explosion would cause panic,” she said. “We would have to drive our motorbikes at night and the roads are narrow so it’s safer to spend the nights at the evacuation center.”
She says there are people only five km from the crater who have refused to evacuate.
“They are stubborn,” she said. “Some of them survived 1963 so they believe it’s all right now.”
The government has set up radio stations and chat groups on social media to warn people of the risks.
“Many people have made the decision to stay inside the exclusion zone, and that is clearly very dangerous,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster management agency.
Others, including tourists, are taking unnecessary risks by trying to take selfies as close as possible, officials say. Last month, a Frenchman shared a video of himself at the crater’s edge on social media.
In September, when authorities first raised the warning alert to the highest level, an exclusion zone of up to 12 kilometers was imposed, prompting nearly 150,000 to leave, but when no major eruption occurred, many returned and the warning status was lowered.
When authorities again raised the warning level this week, many were reluctant to move again.
“If (Mount Agung) follows the most frequent trend, it is likely to continue increasing in explosivity – but at what rate and how large, nobody knows,” said Dr. Carmen Solana, a volcanologist at the University of Portsmouth.
President Joko Widodo on Wednesday urged people to leave the exclusion zone before it’s too late.
“There must not be any victims,” he said.

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Residents refuse to leave homes despite Bali volcano eruption

Author: 
REUTERS
Thu, 2017-11-30 11:30
ID: 
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KARANGASEM, Indonesia: Tens of thousands of villagers on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are refusing to evacuate a 10-kilometer danger zone around an erupting volcano, putting their fate in the hands of the gods or simply staying put to protect homes and livestock.
The glowing, 3,000-meter Mount Agung, considered sacred by many on the Hindu-majority island, started spewing huge columns of ash at the weekend and there have been constant tremors and volcanic mud flows since.
Search and rescue teams making daily forays into the zone say some are refusing to leave their cattle unattended, while others have spiritual reasons.
“The government has been clear about evacuation orders, but some people are slow to act or want to stay,” said Gede Ardana, head of Bali’s search and rescue agency.
“We cannot force them — but we will be held responsible, so we need to convince them.”
For cattle farmer Ketut Suwarte, there was no question of staying put.
“There was thick ash falling around us and we could smell sulfur. We were scared and we decided to leave immediately,” said Suwarte, 47, now staying in an evacuation camp just outside the danger zone.
Suwarte’s father recalls the last time Mount Agung exploded, in 1963, killing about 1,000 people as pyroclastic flows — made up of hot gas and volcanic matter — raced down the mountain.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the disaster mitigation agency, said about 43,000 people had heeded advice to take shelter, but with an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 in the danger area, many had not.
Ika Wardani, 33, sleeps with her family at an evacuation center at night but during the day returns to her cattle farm about 10 kilometers north of the volcano.
“During the day at least we can see the volcano. But we’re uncomfortable sleeping here at night because an earthquake or loud explosion would cause panic,” she said. “We would have to drive our motorbikes at night and the roads are narrow so it’s safer to spend the nights at the evacuation center.”
She says there are people only five km from the crater who have refused to evacuate.
“They are stubborn,” she said. “Some of them survived 1963 so they believe it’s all right now.”
The government has set up radio stations and chat groups on social media to warn people of the risks.
“Many people have made the decision to stay inside the exclusion zone, and that is clearly very dangerous,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster management agency.
Others, including tourists, are taking unnecessary risks by trying to take selfies as close as possible, officials say. Last month, a Frenchman shared a video of himself at the crater’s edge on social media.
In September, when authorities first raised the warning alert to the highest level, an exclusion zone of up to 12 kilometers was imposed, prompting nearly 150,000 to leave, but when no major eruption occurred, many returned and the warning status was lowered.
When authorities again raised the warning level this week, many were reluctant to move again.
“If (Mount Agung) follows the most frequent trend, it is likely to continue increasing in explosivity – but at what rate and how large, nobody knows,” said Dr. Carmen Solana, a volcanologist at the University of Portsmouth.
President Joko Widodo on Wednesday urged people to leave the exclusion zone before it’s too late.
“There must not be any victims,” he said.

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Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold

 

Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold

Posted with permission and written by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin

 

 

Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold - Rory Hall

 

As we reported both here and here, gold is the answer going forward. How we the people will access physical gold or if we will be able to access physical gold is really the only remaining question. How high gold is going is the other important question. I hope it doesn’t get into the lofty heights that have been suggested in recent years - highs like $7,000, $9,000 and even $10,000 an ounce, as it would be much harder for people to use in everyday transactions. Unless, of course, it was on the blockchain or some other yet-to-be-developed type of fintech.

 

It is also no secret that Russia is looking for the exit door where the Federal Reserve Note (FRN), world reserve currency, US dollar is concerned. Russia has made it very clear they are making all the moves to stop using the FRN/US dollar as their primary currency to settle international trade. Gold will probably handle Russia’s trade settlement just fine.

 

Gold Is Russian Answer To U.S. Dollar Dominance – CPM Group



Russia’s increased purchases of gold is not a red flag, but a clear message of diversification away from the U.S. dollar and its “monetary hegemony,” according to Jeff Christian, the CPM Group managing director.

In October, Russia added another 21 metric tons of gold, which tripled the amount over the last decade and brought the overall total to 1,800 tons.

Russia has added, approximately 18 tons per month, every month, for the past 3 years. At their current pace Russia will move ahead of China into sixth largest gold hoard by late Q1 2018.

 

But, it’s “business as usual for Russia,” Christian told Kitco News at the Silver & Gold Summit in San Francisco. “[Russia is] finally able to execute on a long-term desire to rebuild their [gold] inventories and to diversify away from the dollar.”

Russia has witnessed most of its gold reserves sold off after the breakup of the Soviet Union, which it has been attempting to regain since about 1997, Christian pointed out.

“In 1997 to 2005 [Russia] didn’t have the foreign exchange and capital inflows needed to convert money to gold. But, as the oil, palladium, and nickel prices started rising in 2005, all of a sudden, Russia’s economy had a massive inflow of U.S. dollars.”

But, the Russian government quickly realized that it had a problem relying on the U.S. currency, said Christian.

“Russia had a massive inflow of U.S. dollars at a time when the U.S. government was increasingly hostile toward the Russian government,” he noted, adding that Russia decided to diversify away from the American currency.

Christian added that Russia is not alone in sending this kind of message of diversification, highlighting that China as well as many other countries are on the same page.

“China in Q1 2009 bought a lot of gold that was supposed to go to China Investment Corp, the sovereign wealth fund. And instead, the government decided to add it to monetary reserves to send a message to the U.S. Treasury that China can in fact diversify monetary reserves,” he said.

Change is in the air, according to Christian: “There is a great dissatisfaction with the monetary hegemony that the U.S. has exercised since WWII and [the world] will move towards some sort of post-Bretton Wood floating exchange rate program at some point in the future.”

You know there is a serious alliance between Russia and China when even Jeffrey Christian can’t discuss one without mentioning the other. These two countries are working hand-in-glove to displace the FRN from its world reserve currency status and move into a system that includes gold at the foundation. Neither country wishes to upset the warmongers in Washington DC as these two countries understand they are dealing with an unstable group who haven’t honored one treaty they have ever signed – not one treaty in all the history of Washington DC has ever been honored. Russia and China are just going about their business of conducting business and when all the major competent pieces are in place it will be too late for the US/Uk to retaliate.

 

 

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Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold

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Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold

 

Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold

Posted with permission and written by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin

 

 

Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold - Rory Hall

 

As we reported both here and here, gold is the answer going forward. How we the people will access physical gold or if we will be able to access physical gold is really the only remaining question. How high gold is going is the other important question. I hope it doesn’t get into the lofty heights that have been suggested in recent years - highs like $7,000, $9,000 and even $10,000 an ounce, as it would be much harder for people to use in everyday transactions. Unless, of course, it was on the blockchain or some other yet-to-be-developed type of fintech.

 

It is also no secret that Russia is looking for the exit door where the Federal Reserve Note (FRN), world reserve currency, US dollar is concerned. Russia has made it very clear they are making all the moves to stop using the FRN/US dollar as their primary currency to settle international trade. Gold will probably handle Russia’s trade settlement just fine.

 

Gold Is Russian Answer To U.S. Dollar Dominance – CPM Group



Russia’s increased purchases of gold is not a red flag, but a clear message of diversification away from the U.S. dollar and its “monetary hegemony,” according to Jeff Christian, the CPM Group managing director.

In October, Russia added another 21 metric tons of gold, which tripled the amount over the last decade and brought the overall total to 1,800 tons.

Russia has added, approximately 18 tons per month, every month, for the past 3 years. At their current pace Russia will move ahead of China into sixth largest gold hoard by late Q1 2018.

 

But, it’s “business as usual for Russia,” Christian told Kitco News at the Silver & Gold Summit in San Francisco. “[Russia is] finally able to execute on a long-term desire to rebuild their [gold] inventories and to diversify away from the dollar.”

Russia has witnessed most of its gold reserves sold off after the breakup of the Soviet Union, which it has been attempting to regain since about 1997, Christian pointed out.

“In 1997 to 2005 [Russia] didn’t have the foreign exchange and capital inflows needed to convert money to gold. But, as the oil, palladium, and nickel prices started rising in 2005, all of a sudden, Russia’s economy had a massive inflow of U.S. dollars.”

But, the Russian government quickly realized that it had a problem relying on the U.S. currency, said Christian.

“Russia had a massive inflow of U.S. dollars at a time when the U.S. government was increasingly hostile toward the Russian government,” he noted, adding that Russia decided to diversify away from the American currency.

Christian added that Russia is not alone in sending this kind of message of diversification, highlighting that China as well as many other countries are on the same page.

“China in Q1 2009 bought a lot of gold that was supposed to go to China Investment Corp, the sovereign wealth fund. And instead, the government decided to add it to monetary reserves to send a message to the U.S. Treasury that China can in fact diversify monetary reserves,” he said.

Change is in the air, according to Christian: “There is a great dissatisfaction with the monetary hegemony that the U.S. has exercised since WWII and [the world] will move towards some sort of post-Bretton Wood floating exchange rate program at some point in the future.”

You know there is a serious alliance between Russia and China when even Jeffrey Christian can’t discuss one without mentioning the other. These two countries are working hand-in-glove to displace the FRN from its world reserve currency status and move into a system that includes gold at the foundation. Neither country wishes to upset the warmongers in Washington DC as these two countries understand they are dealing with an unstable group who haven’t honored one treaty they have ever signed – not one treaty in all the history of Washington DC has ever been honored. Russia and China are just going about their business of conducting business and when all the major competent pieces are in place it will be too late for the US/Uk to retaliate.

 

 

Questions or comments about this article? Leave your thoughts HERE.

 

 

 

 

Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold

Posted with permission and written by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin

 

 

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Dave Kranzler -  Bitcoin’s Inconvenient Truths: The Silence Is Deafening

Craig Hemke - Banks Again Defending Silver's 200-Day Moving Average

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Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold

 

Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold

Posted with permission and written by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin

 

 

Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold - Rory Hall

 

As we reported both here and here, gold is the answer going forward. How we the people will access physical gold or if we will be able to access physical gold is really the only remaining question. How high gold is going is the other important question. I hope it doesn’t get into the lofty heights that have been suggested in recent years - highs like $7,000, $9,000 and even $10,000 an ounce, as it would be much harder for people to use in everyday transactions. Unless, of course, it was on the blockchain or some other yet-to-be-developed type of fintech.

 

It is also no secret that Russia is looking for the exit door where the Federal Reserve Note (FRN), world reserve currency, US dollar is concerned. Russia has made it very clear they are making all the moves to stop using the FRN/US dollar as their primary currency to settle international trade. Gold will probably handle Russia’s trade settlement just fine.

 

Gold Is Russian Answer To U.S. Dollar Dominance – CPM Group



Russia’s increased purchases of gold is not a red flag, but a clear message of diversification away from the U.S. dollar and its “monetary hegemony,” according to Jeff Christian, the CPM Group managing director.

In October, Russia added another 21 metric tons of gold, which tripled the amount over the last decade and brought the overall total to 1,800 tons.

Russia has added, approximately 18 tons per month, every month, for the past 3 years. At their current pace Russia will move ahead of China into sixth largest gold hoard by late Q1 2018.

 

But, it’s “business as usual for Russia,” Christian told Kitco News at the Silver & Gold Summit in San Francisco. “[Russia is] finally able to execute on a long-term desire to rebuild their [gold] inventories and to diversify away from the dollar.”

Russia has witnessed most of its gold reserves sold off after the breakup of the Soviet Union, which it has been attempting to regain since about 1997, Christian pointed out.

“In 1997 to 2005 [Russia] didn’t have the foreign exchange and capital inflows needed to convert money to gold. But, as the oil, palladium, and nickel prices started rising in 2005, all of a sudden, Russia’s economy had a massive inflow of U.S. dollars.”

But, the Russian government quickly realized that it had a problem relying on the U.S. currency, said Christian.

“Russia had a massive inflow of U.S. dollars at a time when the U.S. government was increasingly hostile toward the Russian government,” he noted, adding that Russia decided to diversify away from the American currency.

Christian added that Russia is not alone in sending this kind of message of diversification, highlighting that China as well as many other countries are on the same page.

“China in Q1 2009 bought a lot of gold that was supposed to go to China Investment Corp, the sovereign wealth fund. And instead, the government decided to add it to monetary reserves to send a message to the U.S. Treasury that China can in fact diversify monetary reserves,” he said.

Change is in the air, according to Christian: “There is a great dissatisfaction with the monetary hegemony that the U.S. has exercised since WWII and [the world] will move towards some sort of post-Bretton Wood floating exchange rate program at some point in the future.”

You know there is a serious alliance between Russia and China when even Jeffrey Christian can’t discuss one without mentioning the other. These two countries are working hand-in-glove to displace the FRN from its world reserve currency status and move into a system that includes gold at the foundation. Neither country wishes to upset the warmongers in Washington DC as these two countries understand they are dealing with an unstable group who haven’t honored one treaty they have ever signed – not one treaty in all the history of Washington DC has ever been honored. Russia and China are just going about their business of conducting business and when all the major competent pieces are in place it will be too late for the US/Uk to retaliate.

 

 

Questions or comments about this article? Leave your thoughts HERE.

 

 

 

 

Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold

Posted with permission and written by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin

 

 

Check out these other articles by our contributors:


Dave Kranzler -  Bitcoin’s Inconvenient Truths: The Silence Is Deafening

Craig Hemke - Banks Again Defending Silver's 200-Day Moving Average

Ask The Expert: Jim Willie

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Hungary’s Ruling Party Hands Out Book Targeting George Soros

Authored by Jacob Bojesson via The Daily Caller,

Hungary’s ruling party is stepping up its campaign against billionaire investor George Soros by distributing a book that accuses the financier of pursuing a plan to flood Europe with migrants.

The book, titled “George Soros,” is written by Andreas von Rétyi - a German author known for pushing conspiracy theories about UFOs and what caused the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the U.S.

 

Fidesz, a conservative party led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, plans to distribute 5,000 copies to local politicians across the country.

 

“The book is a detailed and accurate piece,” Fidesz spokesman János Halász told broadcaster RTL Klub, according to newspaper Die Welt.

The Orban administration launched an anti-Soros campaign in the spring to halt the Hungarian-born investor’s operations in the country.

The streets of Budapest were filled with posters and billboards of the Hungarian-born billionaire with the caption “Don’t let Soros get the last laugh!”

Hungarian government poster portraying financier George Soros and saying "Don't let George Soros have the last laugh" is seen at an underground stop in Budapest.

The campaign claims that Soros wants a 1 million refugee influx to Europe per year.

“The Hungarian standpoint is that illegal migration is clearly a matter of national security,” Orban’s spokesman, Zoltan Kovacs, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a recent interview.

 

“We shall mobilize the political and legal power of the Hungarian state against anyone who undermines the security of Hungary – regardless of their origins, religious affiliation or wealth.”

Soros struck back at Orban by describing his “mafia state” as “one which maintains a facade of democracy.”

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