#LoC; #KlugeCenter; #HistoryOfAfricanAmericanPoliticalThought
Washington/Canadian-Media: A Conversation with political theorists Melvin Rogers and Jack Turne on the Future of Democracy titled “A History of African American Political Thought,” was released on February 22, 2021 by the Library of Congress' (LoC) Kluge Center.
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Rogers and Turner were interviewed by the Outreach and Partnerships Program Specialist Janna Deitz on their recent book, African American Political Thought: A Collected History describing the providing an unprecedented philosophical history of thinkers from the African American community and the African diaspora.
An intellectual friendship between the two scholars, Turner and Rogers based on a shared interest in political philosophy started when they met as undergraduates in a class on philosophy, race, and racism. Robert Gooding-Williams, who taught that class, is a contributor to African American Political Thought.
With an aim to provide a clear picture of the history of African American political theory in their book with a focus on the individual lives of the African American thinkers” surveyed in the book.
At the same time, Rogers said, “all of these figures are grappling with and are confronting racial disregard and they’re confronting white supremacy, and that binds them together historically across time,” LoC blog posted.
#Canada, #UnitedStates, #CanadaUSBorder
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: It is almost one year since the Canada-U.S. border has been shut down and is expected to be extended on March 21 for another month as it has every month since the pandemic hit.
Canada-US border closed. Image credit: Official website of Canada's immigration
It was revealed by the conversations of officials in both countries that in spite of vaccinations ramp up, neither government has defined what it will take to reopen the border.
The officials are still concerned that with too few people been vaccinated, case levels are still concerning; and virus variants posing unknown perils in recent days.
But there's a push for greater long-term clarity including two dozen members of the U.S. Congress from border states including Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins demanding a phased-reopening of the border.
Canadian officials on the other hand, are calling such reopening talk premature.
#China; #UnprovenCovid19VaccineShots; #NondisclosureAgreement; #WHO
China, Sep 27 (Canadian-Media): Thousands of high-risk Chinese population including staff of state-owned companies, government officials, vaccine company staff, and teachers are being injected on an emergency basis with unproven Covid-19 vaccine shots, still under trail, and are also made to sign a “nondisclosure agreement”, implying they can’t talk about it to the news media, media reports said.
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While questions were being raised by the global health experts if their consent had been taken into consideration before taking this action, China said that their experimental coronavirus vaccine programme, which started in July was supported by World Health Organization (WHO).
Zheng Zhongwei, a Chinese National Health Commission official had told Reuters that China had informed WHO in June, Hindustan Times News reports said.
Use of medical products can be approved by countries within their own jurisdiction in the current emergency situation, said WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan, but only as a “temporary solution,”Hindustan Times News reports said.
With currently 11 vaccines in clinical trials and four in Phrase 3 trials, two of the later being developed by state-backed China National Biotec Group and one by Sinovac Biotech.
Another experimental vaccine was developed by CanSino Biologics, which was approved to be used in the Chinese military in June.