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Three Graduates Receive Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel Graduate Scholarships | News | Notre Dame News

University of Notre Dame alumni Irla Atanda and Amber Bryan have been named Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellows. Alumnus DeJorie Monroe has been named a Charles B. Rangel Scholar. He is the University’s first Rangel Graduate Fellow and the second and third Pickering Graduate Fellows.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered annually by Howard University, the Pickering and Rangel Graduate Scholarship Programs each award 45 scholarships that cover tuition, room, board, books, and fees for obtaining a two-year master’s degree.

The programs also offer two internships. The first, an internship at the headquarters of the US Department of State in Washington, DC The second, an internship abroad in a US embassy or consulate. The program provides additional support for summer travel, housing, and other related expenses.

Both programs encourage applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those in financial need.

Irla Atanda

In applying for the scholarships, the alumni worked with Elise Rudt, Senior National Fellowship Program Manager with the Flatley Center for Undergraduate University Engagement (CUSE), which promotes the intellectual development of Notre Dame undergraduates through scholarly engagement, research, creative endeavours, and scholarship seeking.

“Irla, DeJorie and Amber epitomize excellence and international service. Their trajectories should be examples for all Notre Dame students. I often say that scholarships beget scholarships, and Irla, having won the Gilman and Boren scholarships, DeJorie, having won the Orr and Fulbright scholarships, and Amber, having worked as an AmeriCorps fellow, perfectly demonstrate the possibilities of such scholarships to build a clear career path,” Rudt said. “I want to thank rivers of holly (associate director of Kellogg Institute for International Studies) and Dr. George Lopez (Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies) for their assistance with practice interviews.

Atanda graduated from Notre Dame in 2020 with a BA in American Studies and a minor in International Development Studies. She studied abroad at the University of Cape Town as a Gilman Scholar and at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

While at Notre Dame, she was a recipient of the David L. Boren Scholarship, Charles B. Rangel Alternate, and QuestBridge Scholar.

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Amber Brian

She currently works at Refugees International as Special Assistant to the President.

Bryan graduated from Notre Dame in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She studied abroad at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.

While at Notre Dame, she was a Scholar AnBryce and served as Vice President and Community Services Coordinator for the Black Student Association.

She currently works at Terminix as a senior internal auditor.

Monroe graduated from Notre Dame in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and minors in Latin American studies, Middle Eastern studies and theology. She also studied abroad at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

While at Notre Dame, Monroe was a Hesburgh-Yusko Fellow and a Dean’s Scholar in the College of Arts and Letters, and was awarded a position as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Argentina.

She received her Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University.

Monroe is currently a dual-language immersion teacher at an elementary school in Columbia, South Carolina, and marketing operations coordinator at Urbanforce/Generator Power Systems Inc.

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Upon completion of the fellowship programs, Atanda, Bryan, and Monroe will serve as Foreign Service Officers in the Department of State.

The Pickering Fellowship for Foreign Affairs is named after Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering. Pickering has served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. He also served as United States Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York.

The Rangel Fellowship in International Affairs is named after Charles B. Rangel. Rangel served in the United States Congress, representing New York City for 23 terms and 46 years. He retired in December 2016. Rangel made history in 2006 as the first African American to lead the Committee of Ways and Means, which oversees international trade, health care, economic policy and development. other major political issues.

Current students and alumni interested in applying for the Pickering, Rangel, or Payne Fellowships (a similar award for working with USAID) can contact Rudt at [email protected].

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New CEO of Lawndale Christian Health Center tackles health inequities in the neighborhood where he grew up

NORTH LAWNDALE – The Lawndale Christian Health Center has appointed Pastor James Brooks as CEO of the community clinic.

Brooks was previously the chief administrator of the community health center ministry. Brooks was born and raised in Lawndale and is also senior pastor at Harmony Community Church, where his father previously served as senior pastor.

Her experiences growing up in North Lawndale and coping with challenges on the West Side “give me great perspective” on the health needs of the community, Brooks said.

“This experience has informed how I will lead going forward,” Brooks said.

Since the health center grew out of the Lawndale Christian Community Church in 1984, it has always been driven by a mission to uplift the West Side. Church members initially sought to establish the health center with the goal of improving long-standing health inequalities faced by people living on the West Side by making high-quality care affordable and accessible. to residents.

“It had very humble beginnings,” Brooks said. “We are integrated into the community. This means that our residents have access to us. Our mission is to share the love of Jesus by promoting wellness in Lawndale and our neighboring communities.

What began as a small clinic and basketball court for residents to exercise has grown into one of North Lawndale’s major flagship institutions. Lawndale Christian Health Center is a safety-net hospital that accepts sliding scale payments, and 40% of patients are uninsured. 75,000 people in the area rely on Lawndale Christian Health Center for primary care, Brooks said.

The nonprofit organization operates a state-of-the-art fitness center that residents can join for just $15, as well as multiple event spaces, a seniors’ center, pharmacy, eye clinic, and several satellite clinics in the West Side. The Lawndale Christian Health Center also runs a neighborhood’s only cafe, the Green Tomato Café, “where the community can gather and have a great meal,” Brook said.

Despite major advances in improving access to health care, people in the region still face huge health disparities. According to a 2015 report from Virginia Commonwealth University, residents of parts of the West Side have an average life expectancy 16 years lower than that of inner-city residents. This gap isn’t just due to shortcomings in clinical care, the study showed: it’s also due to social conditions, including disinvestment, segregation and a lack of grocery stores.

One of Brooks’ management priorities is to build community partnerships to improve the social conditions that lead to chronic health problems. Lawndale Christian Health Center is already engaged in such initiatives, such as its medication-assisted treatment programs to support recovery from opioid addiction and its partnerships with more than 20 shelters to serve homeless people, it said. he declares.

“We want to be a better collaborator and partner with organizations that are on the ground, trying to make a difference in the social determinants of health. When we look at violence, when we look at homelessness, transportation, we want to partner with those who have that role and come in as a health care provider,” Brooks said.

Brooks also intends to follow the mantra of Lawndale Christian Community Church founder, coach Wayne Gordon, who often said, “We are better together. The health center has worked with local churches on a campaign called One Lawndale which aims to unite the black community of North Lawndale with the Latino community of Little Village as part of the common social challenges facing each neighborhood.

“Our main campus borders both communities. As an anchor institution, we have a great opportunity to bring people together and break down the walls that divide us,” said Brooks.

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Fried Academy Partners with Summer 2022 Study Abroad Opportunity | College of Arts and Sciences

During the 2022 summer session, the UN and Yahad-In Unum will, for the first time, offer a joint summer course offered by the Department of History that will teach students about the historical, cultural and social circumstances of the Holocaust by gunfire in Central and Eastern Europe through classroom and field investigation.

The Holocaust by gunfire marks the period between 1941 and 1944 when entire Jewish communities were massacred in mass shootings perpetrated by specialized Nazi units, the Einsatzgruppen, and buried in mass graves across Eastern Europe. . Until very recently, little effort was made to locate these mass graves and fully understand their extent.

Holocaust by Bullets (HIST 4910/8916) will begin with four-week online courses and end with a 10-day trip to Poland. This course is open to all UNO students at junior level or above and is limited to 15 students. Travel support is available from Fried Academy. Please see the flyer or course syllabus page for more information.

About Yahad – In Unum:

Yahad – In Unum (“Together in One”) is a Paris-based organization founded in 2004 by Father Patrick Desbois and dedicated to investigating and documenting these crimes throughout Central and Eastern Europe. To date, the organization has been able to identify more than 3,100 killing sites and interview nearly 3,400 eyewitnesses to mass shootings of Jews as well as Roma and other minorities in countries such as Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and other countries of the former Soviet Union as well as Poland and Romania.

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“A life full of adventures”: the Métis community mourns the loss of Saskatchewan. Louis Roy, WWII Veteran

One of the oldest Métis veterans of the Second World War died Tuesday at the age of 101 in a long-term care home in northern Saskatchewan.

Louis Roy leaves in his family the memory of a kind man who paved the way for his 10 children and his many grandchildren.

“He was just a very respected man. He lived a fulfilling life full of adventures and experienced so much wisdom,” his granddaughter Glenda Burnouf said.

Roy was born on August 2, 1920 in Île-à-la-Croix. His first language was Cree. His father died when he was 12, so the family moved to Beauval in 1932. Roy attended boarding school at Île-à-la-Croix.

He enlisted in the Canadian army in February 1942 at the age of 21, according to a biography prepared by his daughter Julie Roy.

He underwent basic and advanced training where he learned to drive and other skills such as map reading, weaponry and communication.

“It really formed the basis of his life and professional skills to come,” Burnouf said.

He served in the infantry in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and England until his discharge in October 1945.

Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Veterans Affairs Minister Mervin Tex Bouvier is from the same area as Roy and says he was a role model in the community.

“Everyone knew Louis Roy because it’s like a family from Green Lake to La Loche,” Bouvier said. “He was highly respected by his peers and his people.”

Bouvier says the area does not have a Legion branch presence and MN-S plans to assist in the proper recognition of Roy and other Métis veterans who have contributed to the fabric of the community.

“I really want to look at cemeteries and recognize who they were and where they served,” Bouvier said.

Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand also acknowledged Roy’s death.

“Louis was one of many brave Métis citizens drafted to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces against the evils of the world, while facing discrimination at home,” Chartrand said.

Roy was the first Métis veteran to receive a $20,000 recognition payment from Ottawa in 2019 for the way he was treated after returning from fighting.

Burnouf said that after the war Roy earned his living as a trapper, hunter and fisherman. He married, founded a home near Beauval and raised 10 children.

At 43, he began a career as a carpenter. He worked for the Department of Northern Services and the school division until his retirement at age 65.

In 2005, at the age of 85, Roy downsized and built himself a one-bedroom house on the banks of the Beaver River. He lived there alone until he was 100 years old.

She says it’s nice to see her grandfather recognized for his contributions.

“He took it upon himself to provide for his family and learn a career and now the recognition is coming, which I’m very grateful for,” Burnouf said.

She says she can see some of her noble traits and values ​​in her children and grandchildren.

“It’s good to see that he lives in all of us.”

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United Kingdom – Program announced to strengthen trade ties with India

Ahead of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, UK, a program of events designed to boost trade and investment between India, the West Midlands and the UK has been announced. The virtual program, due to take place during the Queen’s Baton Relay Birmingham 2022 in India (January 12-15), will bring together political leaders, Indian investors, business leaders from the West Midlands, the UK and India, as well as international cultural icons, all to mark the Commonwealth Games as a unique opportunity to advance shared economic ambitions.

As part of the program, a virtual showcase will take place, where key names from India’s business, tourism and cultural landscape will hear from UK government stakeholders including Alex Ellis, UK High Commissioner to the Republic of India and Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands. Discussions will build on the enhanced UK-India business partnership, opening up new opportunities for UK companies exporting to India and Indian companies investing in the UK.

The UK Department for International Trade (DIT), in partnership with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), will host a high-level online roundtable bringing together UK and Indian business leaders. The event provides a forum to convene a cross-market dialogue on the main business opportunity in the future mobility sector – an important objective of the West Midlands local industrial strategy and represents an opportunity to increase trade and investment in the two-way in the existing West Midlands -Corridor of India.

The Queen’s Baton travels through 72 Commonwealth Nations and Territories for 294 days, connecting communities, businesses and cultures around the world. During the four-day visit, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which is also the Commonwealth Games Association for India, will host events featuring inspiring people fighting for change in their community .

The activity marking the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay in India is only one part of a series of engagements between the West Midlands and India through 2023 and beyond. Indian businesses and investors will be invited to the West Midlands during the Games, followed by a mayor-led delegation to India in the fall of 2022 to promote bilateral trade and investment opportunities. The main areas of strategic focus will include the technology and creative, professional services, future mobility and data-driven healthcare sectors.

The West Midlands and India already enjoy strong trade links, with 57% of India’s investment in the UK in 2020 made in the West Midlands. The region is home to 76 registered Indian FDI worth over £ 3.5 billion in future mobility, creative technologies and modern business services, employing more than 13,000 people. The region’s strong commercial offering has already attracted some of India’s biggest companies including Tata Motors, State Bank of India, Infosys, OLA, Enzen Global, Suprajit Group, Elder Pharmaceuticals and more recently, BSA and Microland.

Dave Owen, Executive Director – Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are extremely proud to be both a member of the Tata family and a renowned global organization in its own right, with our roots proudly in the West Midlands. . The region is the hub of our international technology, engineering, R&D and manufacturing footprint, thanks to its enviable pool of specialist talent, excellent connectivity and transportation links, and high-performing industrial ecosystem. “

“The broader economic and social benefits of maintaining a strong relationship with India are compelling. Trade and investment create growth, jobs and regional prosperity, while strong ties with Indian businesses provide the UK with easier access to some of the world’s major players in technology, communications and software – which in turn benefit from the deep industrial expertise and capacity for innovation, for which the West Midlands are well known. “

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said: “The West Midlands are the UK’s main location for attracting FDI outside London, with a number of India’s biggest names in the automotive, manufacturing and financial services who choose to locate their UK operations here. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games present a real opportunity for the UK and India to build on these strong economic ties, as well as celebrate the region’s vast Indian heritage, with a ‘living bridge’ up close. over 200,000 ethnic Indians who live and work in the West. Midlands. I look forward to speaking to the Indian business community during the Virtual Events program, celebrating the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay in India and showcasing all the West Midlands has to support businesses and investors looking to expand their international footprint. “

Alan Gemmell, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for South Asia, said: “I am delighted that during the week that the Secretary of State for International Trade is in Delhi to launch the comprehensive negotiations of the Agreement Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the West Midlands continue to deepen its relations with India. Trade between the UK and India in 2020 reached £ 18bn, with the West Midlands exporting goods and services worth £ 318m. Through our FTA and our support to businesses across the UK, we aim to double trade with India by 2030. 2022 will be a pivotal year for UK-India relations. This summer’s Commonwealth Games will provide a great backdrop and provide exciting opportunities to celebrate the West Midlands-India relationship. “

The online events were hosted as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (BATP) business and tourism program, designed to attract visitors, trade, events and investment to Birmingham, the West Midlands and UK from Commonwealth Nations and Territories including India.

With an economy worth £ 105 billion, the West Midlands is made up of three thriving cities – Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, with Birmingham home to more international businesses than any other major English city outside of London. In 2019, the West Midlands generated an export value of £ 32 billion – the largest region in value outside of London and the South East.

Harjinder Kang, Transversal Director, Intellectual Property, Indian Procurement and Negotiations, Ministry of International Trade, said: “As the Relay of the Queen’s baton arrives in India, the Ministry of International Trade is delighted to represent ambition and leadership. rich innovation within the West Midlands to the Indian business community, in our fastest growing and most successful industries. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Business and Tourism program are a historic opportunity and aim to create £ 7million in additional export deals and secure up to £ 900million in new investment in the overseas in the West Midlands and the UK, with our international partners by 2027.. “

Indian investors in the West Midlands – case studies:

Tata Motors – India’s largest automotive company and owner of JLR

Tata Motors, India’s largest automaker, acquired British company Jaguar Land Rover in 2008. Headquartered in Coventry, UK, Jaguar Land Rover has firmly established the West Midlands as the engine of its operations, through a network of ‘production units and research facilities.

Jaguar Land Rover recently announced its new global strategy, Reinvent, a reimagining rich in sustainability of modern luxury, unique customer experiences and a positive societal impact. This marks the start of the company’s journey to become a net zero carbon company by 2039. Jaguar will be reinvented as a fully electric luxury brand from 2025 and Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants during the course of the year. for the next five years, as it continues to be the world leader in luxury SUVs. All Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates will be available in pure electric form by the end of the decade.

TVS Motors – acquired iconic British motorcycle brand Norton

In January 2021, Indian automaker TVS Motors announced a multi-million dollar investment to move the UK headquarters of the Norton Motorcycles subsidiary to a new state-of-the-art facility in Solihull, West Midlands. The investment follows the prior acquisition of the iconic British motorcycle brand by TVS Motors in April 2020. The premises will be Norton’s most advanced and modern factory in its 122-year history and the hub of the brand’s operations. Providing a permanent base for all staff, the new headquarters will house the design, engineering, purchasing, sales, marketing and support teams, as well as the skilled production team that will take over the manufacturing of motorcycles. The company’s decision was inspired by the region’s internationally renowned automotive expertise hub, which is responsible for a third of all UK production.

Infosys BPM – a global business process management subsidiary of Infosys Ltd.

Infosys offers its clients integrated end-to-end outsourcing and transformational benefits through reduced costs, improved productivity and process reengineering.

Based in India, Infosys BPM operates worldwide and has recently set up a UK based delivery center in the heart of the West Midlands. The Rubery-based office employs around 150 UK staff and 45 Pune-based staff and has been instrumental in establishing a base footprint for Infosys BPM in the UK.

Focused on innovation and transformation, the Birmingham Delivery Center is committed to developing and meaningfully contributing to shared service networks across the UK by forging close links with several shared service forums and organizations.

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Unity Week 2022 offers free social cultural educational events for all

Ball State University’s Multicultural Center has announced the schedule of events for Unity Week 2022, which begins Jan. 17, the official holiday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Unity Week is a popular on-campus celebration dedicated to uniting the Ball State community through enlightening social, cultural, and educational events. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, community members and members of the media.

“Unity Week aims to educate and inform the BSU community as well as challenge perspectives on issues of diversity, inclusion and solidarity in a changing social climate,” said Bobby Steele, Director of the Multicultural Center. “We want to offer students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to learn, reflect and engage in open dialogue about their experiences.”

One of the highlights of Unity Week 2022 will be featured speaker Brandon Pope, award-winning TV host, media critic and columnist. Mr. Pope, a 2014 Ball State graduate, is president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. He served as a board member of My Brother’s Keeper, which is dedicated to filling the opportunity gap for youth of color in the Greater Chicago Area. He will be The event featuring Mr. Pope is co-sponsored by the University’s Multicultural Centre, College of Communication, Information and Media; and the Office of Student Life.

Another highlight of the upcoming Unit Week is the experience-based “Boxes and Walls” event at 6 p.m. on January 20 in the Student Center Ballroom. This event offers the opportunity for individuals to experience a snapshot of the kind of oppression faced by people with historically marginalized identities. Participants will take self-guided tours through the spaces to view and learn about gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, disabilities, religions, and more. At the end of the visit, participants can engage with others to report on their experiences at the event. “Boxes and Walls” will be hosted by the Life Habitation and Residence of the University.

The full Unity Week 2022 event schedule is as follows:

monday january 17

  • MLK Celebration, Emens Auditorium, 9:30 a.m.
  • MLK Unit March, Emens Auditorium, 11:30 a.m.

tuesday january 18

  • MLK President Brandon Pope, Pruis Hall, 7 p.m. (This in-person event will also be streamed live.)

Wednesday January 19

  • Student Voluntary Service (SVS) Volunteer Recruitment Fair, Cardinal Hall Student Center, 9 a.m.
  • Queer monologues, Salle Pruis, 8 p.m.

Thursday January 20

  • Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors: A Historical Overview of the Multicultural Center, Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room, 2 p.m.
  • Boxes and Walls, Student Center Ballroom, 6 p.m.

Friday January 21

  • Latinxpalooza, Student Center, Cardinal Hall, 6 p.m.
  • Friday Night Film Works & Reel Inclusion Film Series – Black Boys, available for virtual viewing via Kanopy.

saturday 22 january

  • Charitable Leadership Conference, Student Center Ballroom, 9 a.m.

Full event details can be found online at the Multicultural Center’s Unity Week 2022 website. In accordance with campus COVID-19 restrictions, masks will be required indoors for all event attendees, guests and members of the media, regardless of their vaccination status.

Unity Week, coordinated annually by the Multicultural Center with the cooperation of campus partners and student organizations, dates back to 1978. Learn more about the history of this event, as well as the history of the Center multicultural, thanks to the new online digital exhibition, The Ball State University Multicultural Center: Ambassadors of Inclusion and Diversity on Campus.

Visitors can explore written accounts, historic photographs, news articles, videos, and other materials that showcase the people, resources, programs, events, decisions, ideas, and initiatives that shaped the enduring success of the Multicultural Centre.

“This knowledge helps shape our understanding of the challenges, progress and ongoing efforts needed for diversity and inclusion,” Mr. Steele said. “The story is relevant to the future of the Multicultural Center as it strives to be a place where students can continue to feel supported and included in a welcoming environment that promotes academic achievement, personal growth and learning. membership.”

Unity Week 2022 is co-sponsored by the Ball State University Asian Student Union; Association of Black Students; College of Communication, Information and Media; Collective Coalition of Concerned Clergy, a community organization in Muncie; plus Ball State housing and residence living; Latinx Student Union; Office of the President; Office of Student Life; Spectrum; Student Center Programs; and university libraries.

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Ukraine dust off Cold War bunkers in case of Russian invasion, many believe it won’t happen

Under an administrative building in Kiev, a concrete stairwell leads to a thick metal door – the entrance to a Cold War-era air raid shelter. It is just one of hundreds of shelters that city officials are inspecting in case the simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine turns into a full-scale Russian invasion.

“Our goal is to have shelters for 100% of our population,” said Nikolai Budnik, director of the city’s shelter system, as he showed CBC on Monday a bunker built in 1986.

Due to the recent escalation of tensions between Ukraine and Russia, he said, authorities are inspecting shelters and restocking supplies stored inside, such as gas masks.

Diplomatic talks on several fronts to ease ongoing tensions

While Russian officials have denied that they are planning an offensive, US and Ukrainian intelligence sources estimate that around 100,000 Russian troops are amassed near the Ukraine-Russia border.

A series of high-level diplomatic talks are underway in an attempt to ease escalating tensions and avoid the risk of war.

US and Russian negotiators met in Geneva on Monday, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is due to meet Russian officials in Brussels on Wednesday. Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, meanwhile, discussed the extension of Canada’s military training mission and the prospect of new sanctions against Moscow during an appeal with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday.

Supplies are lined up in an air raid shelter in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. The shelters are being assessed to ensure they have enough space and supplies for the nearly three million people who live in the city. (Jean-François Bisson / CBC)

The particular shelter that CBC visited this week is outfitted with old bunk beds and water tanks and is meant to house essential workers to keep the city running and utilities running in the event of an attack.

Russia has issued a series of demands and repeatedly warned of the dangers of crossing its so-called red lines, gestures by the West towards Ukraine that would trigger a response from Russia. He warned, for example, that Ukraine should never be allowed to join NATO, although the United States has already called the request a non-starting.

Officials on both sides have expressed doubts that diplomatic talks will lead to a breakthrough, but that doesn’t mean all Ukrainians believe a bigger war is imminent or even likely.

Inside one of the Cold War era bomb shelters in Kiev being prepared for possible use again. (Jean-François Bisson / CBC)

“Not the Ukraine of six or seven years ago”

In Kiev’s historic Podil district, crowds strolled through a holiday market on Monday. Some sipped mulled wine, and others took a ride on a Ferris wheel.

“I wouldn’t say we care a lot,” said Oksana Dalko, 23.

“Ukraine now is not the Ukraine of six or seven years ago… we have a strong army now.”

Oksana Dalko, 23, says that while Ukraine traditionally looks like Russia, Ukrainians wish to be more like Western democracies. (Corinne Seminov / CBC)

Ukraine has grown its military in recent years with the help of allies, including the United States and Canada. In 2021 alone, the United States provided $ 400 million in military assistance to Ukraine, and Canadian troops helped train the country’s soldiers on Operation UNIFIER.

A war between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has continued since 2014, killing around 14,000 people. But, about 750 kilometers into the country’s capital, Dalko says there are few signs of an imminent threat.

The Donbass region in eastern Ukraine is currently divided into government-controlled territory, in yellow, and that held by Russian-backed separatists, in orange. The opposing parties have been fighting since 2014. (SRC)

An invasion poses an economic risk

Volodymyr Korniienko, 27, was among the crowd at the holiday market.

He doesn’t think Ukraine will be allowed to join NATO for years to come, but that it will eventually happen and says Russia should just accept it.

He says he is also not worried about the apparent political stalemate.

“I’m pretty sure that no kind of military escalation will happen on the Russian side,” he said.

“Even if Russia invades Ukraine, it won’t make economic sense.”

Volodymyr Korniienko, 27, believes Ukraine will eventually join NATO, but says the ongoing fighting in the Donbass region means it is unlikely to happen anytime soon. (Briar Stewart / CBC)

He is referring to the new punitive sanctions that the United States and NATO have threatened to impose if Russia launches an attack. Officials have hinted that the sweeping measures could include financial sanctions that could target Russian assets abroad, which would deal a heavy blow to the country and in particular to the ultra-rich elite who have investments and accounts. banking abroad.

“They depend on it a lot,” said Illia Ponomarenko, 29, a defense reporter for the Kyiv Independent, an English-language news site.

“Our enemy is nasty but not stupid. They still need their billions in the West. They take advantage of the villas in the south of France.”

Journalist Illia Ponomarenko said Russia’s growing rhetoric was part of a plan to intimidate Ukraine and put pressure on the West. (Jean-François Bisson / CBC)

He worked for the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s main English-language newspaper, until the owner abruptly sacked all of the newspaper’s staff in November. He and some of his colleagues banded together to start the Kyiv Independent.

Ponomarenko, from the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, says he has seen three wars and two revolutions in his life. Thus, he feels less anxious about the situation today than it did last spring, when Russia also amassed troops near the Ukrainian border.

“It was a real apocalyptic atmosphere here in Kiev. I have to admit I was scared. I was really scared.”

A psychological campaign

Now, he says, he’s less emotional. If Russia had wanted to take over all of Ukraine, it would have tried in 2014 when it annexed the Ukrainian peninsula from Crimea, he said.

He suspects that the war rhetoric this time is more of a psychological campaign by Russia to maintain its influence.

Ponomarenko says the more Westward Ukraine leans and develops its democracy and civil liberties, the more likely Russian residents are to take notice.

“They will start to wonder … ‘if the Ukrainians can do it, why can’t we do it too?'”

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The most powerful passports in the world for 2022 | To travel

However, these new freedoms are mainly enjoyed by Europe, North America, and wealthier Asian countries – passport holders from countries like Angola, Cameroon and Laos can only enter around 50. between them.

Christian H. Kaelin, president of Henley & Partners and creator of the passport index concept, says opening migration channels will be crucial for post-pandemic recovery. “Passports and visas are among the most important instruments impacting social inequalities in the world, as they determine the opportunities for global mobility,” he said. “The borders within which we are born and the documents we are entitled to hold are no less arbitrary than our skin color. Richer states must encourage positive internal migration in order to help redistribute and rebalance human and material resources around the world. . “

A photo illustration shows a Singaporean passport in Singapore on March 29, 2020 as authorities imposed strict measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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The best passports to hold in 2022 are:

1. Japan, Singapore (192 destinations)

2. Germany, South Korea (190)

3. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (189)

4. Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden (188)

5. Ireland, Portugal (187)

6. Belgium, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (186)

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Haymarket sues Itasca over village rejection of drug rehab center

The Haymarket Center on Tuesday filed a federal discrimination complaint against the village of Itasca, claiming elected officials violated civil rights laws by denying the association’s request to open a center for the treatment and recovery of blood drug addiction in the county town of DuPage.

The lawsuit opens a new legal front in a two-and-a-half-year controversy over the project. After more than 35 public hearings, Itasca administrators unanimously rejected Haymarket’s proposal in November to turn a closed Holiday Inn into a 240-bed rehabilitation center.

The complaint describes the board’s decision as “intentionally discriminatory, arbitrary, capricious, baseless and unreasonable”. The lawsuit also names Mayor Jeffrey Pruyn, the Itasca Planning Commission, Itasca Fire Protection District, Itasca Elementary School District 10 and Superintendent Craig Benes as defendants.

The complaint alleges that officials violated the Fair Housing Act and other laws that give people with substance use disorders the same rights as people with disabilities.

Federal prosecutors have also launched a separate investigation to determine whether the village is in violation of anti-discrimination laws.

Village officials did not immediately return requests for comment.

From the start, Haymarket faced an uphill battle in his second attempt to deliver treatment services within DuPage to help fight the scourge of opioid addiction. In 2020, 112 people died from opioid overdoses at DuPage, a dismal record and a 17% increase from the 96 reported in 2019.

Almost four years ago, Haymarket, a Chicago-based supplier, was turned down an offer to start a 16-bed satellite program at Wheaton.

But Haymarket met strong resistance in Itasca.

Resident opposition group argued the facility would put a strain on police and fire emergency services, despite assurances from Haymarket that it would contract with a private ambulance supplier to manage, at a minimum, the basic resuscitation calls generated by the establishment. Haymarket has also committed to contract with an additional private ambulance company if required.

“The biggest barrier we face in tackling substance use disorders is stigma – it prevents those in need from getting treatment and hinders the availability of more life-saving treatment.” Haymarket President and CEO Dan Lustig said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. “Expanding immediate access to care for people with substance use disorders, regardless of their ability to pay, has been the mission of the Haymarket Center for over 46 years. We are committed to creating a full new treatment center in an area that faces a significant shortage of treatment beds and programs as the need for these services continues to increase.

Access Living, a disability rights organization, represents Haymarket in court. The group raised the issue of ADA compliance in a June 2020 letter to village prosecutors. Two attorneys for Access Living said Haymarket should have been allowed to apply for a special use permit to operate as a healthcare facility.

Instead, Itasca officials saw the project as a request for planned development, arguing that the proposed use of the property represented mixed residential and medical use.

“The intentional and orchestrated discriminatory conduct in key government entities in Itasca is designed to interfere with the rights of the Haymarket Center, the people with disabilities it serves and their families,” said Senior Counsel for Access Living, Mary Rosenberg, in a statement. “The concerted actions to delay and deny the functioning of the Haymarket Center healthcare facility have had and will continue to have devastating consequences for those in need of treatment for substance use disorders.”

The mayor of Itasca made his first detailed comments on Haymarket’s plans by reading a statement prepared before the board of directors voted against the project.

“At first it was clear that the potential financial burden from Haymarket would be heavy on Itasca,” said Pruyn.

There was also talk of soliciting state subsidies to ease the potential financial burden on the village. But the mayor said Itasca could not count on “unknown dollars”.

“It was clear to elected officials, county officials and local officials,” said Pruyn, “that one of the smaller communities was going to have to absorb 100% of the costs, risks, and burden of maintaining d ‘a facility that would accept residents beyond Itasca. “

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GOP State Senator reflects on his comments on Nazi history in schools | Education in the United States

An Indiana state senator backed down on his remarks that teachers must be impartial when discussing Nazism in classrooms after triggering a widespread backlash.

At a state Senate committee hearing last week on Senate Bill 167, a bill that would ban “concepts that divide,” Republican Senator Scott Baldwin, who co- wrote the bill, said that teachers should be free from prejudice when teaching lessons about fascism and Nazism.

“Marxism, Nazism, Fascism… I have no problem with the education system providing instruction on the existence of these“ isms, ”Baldwin said, adding,“ I think we’ve gone too far when we take a stand… We must be impartial. He went on to say that teachers should “only provide the facts” and that he is “not sure whether it is fair that we determine how this child should think and this is where I try to provide the facts. safeguards ”.

Baldwin has since retracted his remarks. In an email to the Indianapolis Star last Thursday, he said his intention with the bill was to ensure teachers are impartial when discussing and teaching “legitimate political groups.”

“When I drafted this bill, my intention with respect to ‘political affiliation’ was to cover political parties within the American legal political system,” Baldwin said. “In my comments to the committee, I thought more about the big picture and tried to say that we shouldn’t be telling children what to think about politics. “

He went on to denounce the aforementioned ideologies, stating: “Nazism, Marxism and Fascism are a stain on our world history and must be seen as such, and I have failed to adequately express it in my words. comments during the meeting. I believe that children should learn more about these horrific events in history so that we no longer experience them in humanity. “

SB 167 was tabled in recent weeks in response to the heated debates that have emerged in Indiana and the rest of the country over the past year regarding how schools should teach children about racism, history and other topics.

The bill prohibits preschools up to grade 12 from teaching students that “any gender, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation” is inherently superior, inferior, racist, sexist, oppressive . Teachers would also be prohibited from making individuals feel “unease, guilt, anguish, responsibility or any other form of psychological distress” when it comes to meritocracy and the idea that it has been. created by one group to oppress another.

The bill also prohibits teachers and educational programs from teaching that Indiana and the United States were founded as a racist or sexist state or nation.

The Midwestern Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League has critical Baldwin’s apology, saying it “does not change the profound wrongs of using” fairness “or” neutrality “as tools to clean up history.”

“This is part of the continuing efforts by some to try to rewrite history and characterize extremism, racism and genocide as somehow legitimate. It is dangerous and despicable. This should be categorically, universally and strongly rejected, ”the organization added.

The incident comes less than three months after a North Texas school official said classrooms with Holocaust books must offer “opposing” views.

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