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IPR Fellow Chen Guangcheng has a new article in the Washington Post. "Warning: Chinese authoritarianism is hazardous to your health."
IPR Fellow Jim Quirk (CUA '91, '03) meets with Open World Leadership Program delegates at the Library of Congress
IPR Fellow and General Manager of Podcasting Matthew Foley discusses blockchain technology and what has been called the "Fourth Industrial Revolution".
Chen Guangcheng writes:
The Chinese Communist Party has once again proved that authoritarianism is dangerous — not just for human rights but also for public health. Confronted with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, the CCP has instinctively reverted to its familiar tool kit: It immediately staged a large-scale lockdown of people and information at the expense of the public good. More
Read more about the movement towards an open world in Dr. Quirk's blogpost here.
IPR Fellow and General Manager of Podcasting Matt Foley hosts the IPR podcast "My Digital Self." Find it here, and on the following podcasting platforms:
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A New Documentary by Studia Meona
Directed by D.Mills,
Consulting by G.C. Chen
For more information, contact the
A Blessed Recipe for Sound Ecology
by Rev. Eugene Hemrick
As I sat in gridlock, at least 100 cars and busses were behind and in front of me with their engines idling. It had taken me approximately an hour to drive from the U.S. Capitol to the White House, a distance of one mile. I wondered how many barrels of gasoline are wasted daily in similar circumstances.
Years ago, addressing the nation, President Bush said we need to depend less on oil. He should have been more imaginative and said that we need to be more visionary in conserving energy.
. . .If we are to win the battle of energy efficiency, another major principle must come into play. The more we and our children stretch our imaginative capacities now, the more secure the future of our energy resources will be.
Calling for increased visioning and imagination in the above rings ever truer today for developing a healthy ecosystem. Promoting creativity and pursuing new knowledge contain one of our best recipes for reducing pollution, conserving energy and valuing the earth’s resources. The more we seek new insights, and the deeper questions we raise, the greater the probability of ecological progress. U.S. physicist Robert Hutching once said, “God pity a one-dream man.” New demands of our ecological age are urging us to dream dreams like never before that expand our imagination and creativity. But is this enough to succeed, or is yet another means needed to truly thrive? The answer is yes to the latter, and the other means of which we speak is sacred realization: a profound consciousness of the Creator responsible for our ecosystem! Allow me to cite two ecological success stories to learn what is implied in and required by this assertion.
His Eminence Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel
of Ethiopia Visits Catholic University's Weiner Collection of Ethiopic Manuscripts.
The collection of more than 600 handmade leather manuscripts is one of the most important collections of Ethiopian religious texts in the United States.
Jeremy Brown, (left) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures shows one of the manuscripts to Cardinal Souraphiel and Fitsum Arega,(right) Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S.
A handmade page of one book, intricately illuminated, is typical of the collection that is stored within CUA’s Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR), a research auxiliary of the Semitics department.
Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel travelled from Addis Ababa to Washington, D.C. to meet with the largest diaspora community of Ethiopians in the U.S. The Cardinal heads the Peace and Reconciliation Committee in his country, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year for its efforts to resolve long-standing conflicts with neighboring Eritrea, and for “important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future.” The Cardinal also visited The Catholic University of America to meet with President Garvey, students in Dr. Cusimano Love's Politics class, and the Curator and staff of the Semitics/ICOR Collections.
Interview: Sen Nieh of the China Working Group
Tuidang: "Quitting the Party" Gaining Momentum
Sen Nieh, chair and professor, mechanical engineering was interviewed by The Epoch Times about a petition that seeks White House support to break ties with the Chinese communist party.
Dr. Dennis Nilsen and Dr. Srdja Trifković, Foreign Affairs Editor at the Chronicles magazine, professor of international relations at the University of Banja Luka, and renowned expert on the politics and history of the Balkans.
Interfaith Group Raises Awareness of Ongoing Genocide and Persecution of Rohingya and Kachin peoples in Myanmar.
IPR Fellow Marshall Breger, an expert in International Law (2nd from the right) meets with an interfaith task force working on the humanitarian crisis in the Rohingya and Kachin populations in Myanmar. From the left, Joe Murray of First Principles Strategies; U Shwe Maung, fmr. member of the Myanmar Parliament; Imam Malik Majahid, Chair of the Burma Task Force, USA; Sut Nau Ndayu, U.S. President of the Kachin National Organization; and Rabbi Michael Safra. On Thursday, Dec. 13, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 394 to 1, (with 38 not voting) to declare the violence against the Rohingya a genocide, and condemned the arrest of two Reuter's journalists who reported on mass graves in the country.
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