Villanova assistant professor advocates for critical race theory because it has Marxist roots, relates it to religion
Villanova assistant professor advocates for critical race theory because it has Marxist roots, relates it to religion

While many have been trying to hide any correlations and links between critical race theory and Marxism, one assistant professor openly admits that CRT is based on the teachings of socialist revolutionary Karl Marx.

Glenn Bracey, an assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Villanova, is a strong proponent of critical race theory because it has Marxist roots. Bracey made the admission during a remote discussion about critical race theory on Zoom. The seminar was posted on Villanova’s official YouTube channel, which turned off comments on the video titled: “What is Critical Race Theory?”

Bracey appeared to promote critical race theory at the private Catholic institution by comparing the controversial ideology to religion.

“Given the power frankly of the church to move politics, given its funding, given how so many people come to the academy first with the church as a large backdrop in their lives, it’s important that we as critical race theorists be able to speak to them on their terms,” Bracey said, according to the Post Millennial. “So I would say that we as critical race theorists should continue to be aggressive in promoting critical race theory, that we should us say how it relates to spirituality and religion in particular.”

Bracey then admits that the anti-racist ideology of CRT is rooted in Marxism.

“So the core question for critical race theory is one of releasing people, especially people of color, especially black people, from the oppressive systems that deny us access to our species being, including racism. It’s Marxism,” the assistant professor stated.

“Marxism is fundamentally a spiritual concern, and it’s the same spiritual concern that Evangelical Christians have, and that they believe that all people are made in the image of God, and they are endowed by their creator with special abilities, creativity, individuality that needs to be manifested in the world,” he said.

“So the church and critical race theory actually have the same purpose with respect to the Marxist origins, even though Evangelicals don’t seem to recognize that,” he added.

“Evangelical Christians are very upset about critical race theory because it is self-consciously grounded in Marxism,” Bracey proclaimed. “Now, when Evangelical Christians hear critical race theory is grounded in Marxism, what they hear is, religion is opiate of the masses, that religion is a distraction from justice, that religion is nothing more than fictions that are—that make people deviate from reality.”

“Racism is the everyday operation of our American system,” Bracey declared. “Racism is permanent. Not because of objective reasoning … but because whites are fixated on blackness and anti-blackness, and they orient different other racial groups in the middle of white and black in order to protect their own superiority.”

“In other words, racism is something that white people could decide to give up,” he continued. “They could change the social [relationships], they could change the way that they, their anti-blackness, but they won’t.”

On Bracey’s profile page on the Villanova website, he lists his “areas of expertise” as race and politics, sociology, Black Lives Matter, critical race theory, race and law, social movements, and Colin Kaepernick.

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The new pioneer announces the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union
The new pioneer announces the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union
Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to own a new flagship ship built for £ 200m, marking the UK’s exit from the European Union.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson – SDA – Keystone


The basics are in brief

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to build a new national pioneer.
  • The ship is said to cost 255 million francs.
  • Great Britain will have a flagship for the first time since 1997.

The Prime Minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson (56), wants to send a signal for the UK to leave the European Union. The prime minister wants to build a new national flagship for 200 million pounds (the equivalent of more than 255 million francs).

According to reports, Great Britain will receive a pilot for the first time since 1997. The royal yacht Britannia has been decommissioned and has remained anchored as a museum in Scotland ever since.

However, the new ship is set to play a completely different role. As Johnson emphasized, it should “embody England as a large and independent maritime trading nation.” It should also hold high-level trade talks and political summit meetings.

Construction of the ship is scheduled to begin at Downing Street next year and will take about five years. The ship will then operate for about 30 years. Governors are pushing to name the ship after Prince Philip, the recently deceased husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Sayed Sayedy describes Training, coaching and mediation as an independent approach for individual problem solving
Sayed Sayedy describes Training, coaching and mediation as an independent approach for individual problem solving

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What is training? What is coaching? What is mediation?

MüNCHEN, BAYERN, DEUTSCHLAND, May 31, 2021 / — What is training?
The term training is probably the term most frequently encountered in a sporting context. There it means „training” or „trying out“ with the aim of improving oneself. Here it has a very similar meaning. It is a question of training and the transfer of knowledge. In contrast to coaching, in training tips and clarifications are permitted; they are valuable and target-oriented. „The aim is for me to pass on to you knowledge and competences that I have acquired as a trainer“, makes the point Mr. Sayed Sayedy.What is coaching?
Coaching does not involve giving you advice and explaining to you how you can best shape your life, because you yourself can best decide what is right for you. But everybody can find themselves in situations they are not happy with. And it can often be very hard to find a way out by oneself. „My task as a coach is therefore to support you actively in such situations and in your search for the right solutions“, thus, Mr. Sayed Sayedy emphasized in his role as a Life Coach. To this purpose he works with systematics and methods individually tailored to your needs. It is most emphatically not his task as a coach to give my clients advice or even guidance; rather he is happy to support them so that they can feel contented in themselves, to trust in their own strength and to experience more connectivity and appreciation.“ Mr. Sayed Sayedy wants them to feel fulfilled and happy in the present, so that they can look gratefully back to the past and confidently forward into the future. That is his goal in coaching.

What is mediation?
With the help of mediation a conflict can be dealt with very specifically. „In contrast to coaching, where I can search for solution options with only one person involved in the conflict, in mediation it is important that all the parties to the conflict take part in the process”, this is the perspective of Mr. Sayed Sayedy as a mediator. As a mediator he plays a neutral role here. This means that he do not decide which party is in the right, but accompany them on the path to solutions to which all parties can say „yes“.

Bio of Sayed Sayedy: Born in Parwan, Afghanistan, in 1992, he studied sociology and social work in Parwan. While at school and university he worked as a helper and activist for the empowerment of young persons and worked as a trainer at the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband) until 2013. From 2001 to 2014 he worked as a translator and intercultural facilitator for the international NATO security force ISAF, where he also trained as an IT specialist.

Together with his mother he campaigned for human rights and especially for women‘s rights. This is why he had to leave his homeland and came to Munich at the start of 2015. During this time, too, he was active as a cultural facilitator to minimize difficulties and misunderstandings.

He is currently studying „Training and Development” at the University of Salzburg and is working as a freelance trainer and communications coach in the intercultural field. He is working full-time for the project „HEROES – Against Suppresion in the Name of Honour“ in Munich and in a voluntary capacity as a migration and integration counselor. He assists refugees in asylum matters or with integration on the job market. He is also active for „KINO ASYL“, „UNSER.FILM“, and supports educational and civilian peace projects in Afghanistan and Cambodia.


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BRICS foreign ministers to hold virtual meeting on Tuesday

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Boosting cooperation in effectively dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is expected to figure prominently at a virtual meeting of the foreign ministers of India, China and three other member countries of the BRICS grouping on Tuesday.

The foreign ministers are also likely to discuss the need for reforming the multilateral system and ways to enhance cooperation in countering terrorism, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday.

India is hosting the meeting as the chair of BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa).

The MEA said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will chair the meeting and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor are expected to participate.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto Franco is also likely to attend the virtual meeting.

‘The ministers are expected to exchange views on the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the need for strengthening and reforming the multilateral system with a view to enhancing its capacity to effectively address the diverse challenges of our time and to adapt them to contemporary realities,’ the MEA said in a statement.

It said global and regional matters of concern, sustainable development and countering terrorism are the other issues that are likely to figure during the deliberations.

The foreign ministers are also likely to delve into ways to enhance the intra-BRICS cooperation, especially people-to-people cooperation.

The BRICS is known as an influential bloc that represents over 360 crore people and its member countries have a combined GDP of USD 16.6 trillion.

India is the BRICS chair for 2021. This is the third time that the country is holding the BRICS chairship after 2012 and 2016.

India’s chairship of the grouping has coincided with its 15th anniversary, making it an opportune moment to review its work.

The theme and approach for India’s BRICS chairship is ‘BRICS@15: Intra BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus’.

The BRICS brings together five of the world’s largest developing countries, representing 41 per cent of the global population, 24 per cent of the global GDP and 16 per cent of the global trade.

The foreign ministers of the bloc first met in 2006 and the first BRICS summit was held in 2009.

The New Development Bank (NDB), the flagship outcome of BRICS, continues to fund projects in infrastructure and sustainable development.

It is learnt that 76 projects worth over USD 28 billion have so far been approved by the NDB in BRICS countries.

source – PTI

EU Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius, breaks down the EU’s fight against pollution
EU Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius, breaks down the EU’s fight against pollution

The EU and the rest of the world are being forced to move much faster in the fight against climate change and pollution. To get some in-depth insight into how the European Union is going to do this, Euronews’ Shona Murray sat down with the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Ocean and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius.

To watch the full interview with Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, click on the media player above.

You have some very ambitious targets when it comes to ending soil pollution, sea pollution, air pollution. How exactly are you going to implement any of these?

Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Ocean and Fisheries:

“First of all, probably the most effective way to address pollution is, of course, to make it that it doesn’t happen because then the situation gets very complicated. And this is where we are. We have premature deaths caused by pollution. We have diseases linked to pollution. We have ecosystem destruction linked with pollution. And it happens not somewhere else. It happens here in the EU. So we have to act quickly. I’m happy that the commission just recently adopted Zero Pollution Action Plan. By zero pollution we mean, first of all, bringing down pollution levels so that they do not harm our citizens’ health, that they do no harm to ecosystems. The goal is, of course, ambitious. It will take time. We plan to do it by 2050. But of course, there is lots of work to be done already by 2030. And for example, when we speak about marine pollution, microplastics, our plan is to decrease the pollution from microplastics by 30 percent, looking into different types of measures. I think this pandemic is a good wake-up call to everyone and really a moment to think that we can do business differently”.

You mentioned that the pandemic is an important opportunity because we know that there has been a reduction in carbon emissions because of industrial output and less cars on the road etc. How do we know that when this is over and we have vaccinated everyone that this is not just going to go straight back to normal?

Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Ocean and Fisheries:

“You’re absolutely right. If we do nothing, the numbers will jump back up and maybe even increase because we see that the tendency is actually increasing. So here is, as I said, you know, our horizontal zero pollution action plan, which touches upon different areas.

I would say three major areas which we are addressing are, of course, energy, transport and we’re looking at, of course, on our proposed chemicals. So these are the sectors that we are especially focusing on and for example, when we speak about transport, I think there is a variety of tools.

First of all, of course, working very closely with municipalities and their governments and, of course, their investments into the transportation system, making it more attractive to citizens, investing into micro-mobility solutions. The Commission, of course, is ready to help. But most importantly, of course, the unique opportunity comes with the public funding and especially speaking about our RRF – Recovery and Resilience Facility – where each member state will receive a solid amount of cash to be invested basically into recovery and resilience building”.

Before we move on to the recovery fund, because that’s really important, just give us an example of chemicals. Give us some examples of how industry will have to change or alter to ensure that there’s less pollution. Will there be more legislation around harmful chemicals, pesticides, and will there be legislation around how cars are manufactured and so on?

Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Ocean and Fisheries:

“So, first of all, if we speak about chemicals concretely, we’re speaking, of course, about avoiding harmful chemicals, replacing them. Unless it’s proved that in some products, they cannot be replaced. Even so, then we, of course, encourage investment into research and development to try to find a replacement.

But our goal, of course, is to replace or completely exclude harmful chemicals from our market, from the products. We still have, I would say, very unequal legislation where in some products it’s very clearly banned already for a while, and in others they are not. Those products are easily accessible to children, to women, to elderly people. So there are, of course, groups that are more vulnerable, which we, of course, need to protect as a priority. So there will be a major, of course, look at our chemical legislation. But I think we’re keeping a very close contact with the stakeholders. They also understand that change is inevitable, but also it brings a first movers advantage and an opportunity, first of all, to be the most advanced with research and development”.

There was a concern around Brexit and also the fact that the EU and the UK are competing for trade deals now. There was a concern that there will be a race to the bottom when it comes to standards, that the UK would reduce its standards in order to get more business in. Will the EU be a leader when it comes to ensuring that standards are actually maintained despite the fact that it may mean less trade?

Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Ocean and Fisheries:

“I would say that there is clear evidence that we maintain our leadership and even strengthen it. We just discussed chemicals. There is plenty of other sectors which we are looking at as well. Soon after, after the summer break, September, we’re going to introduce one of the major initiatives of ours on deforestation, for example, where we want to look fully at the supply chains, that there wouldn’t be any products associated with deforestation. So I think this is a major breakthrough, again, raising the bar high of our standards”.

You mentioned the recovery fund, obviously a huge amount of money, unprecedented. We know that the green deal obviously goes hand-in-hand with how this money is spent. But how can we ensure that member states actually use the money to fundamentally change their position when it comes to sustainable farming or sustainable production and industry, and they’re not just essentially greenwashing? Something that the EU gets accused of quite frequently from environmental NGOs.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Ocean and Fisheries:

“Of course, first of all, environmental NGOs and more broadly NGOs are closely watching the recovery and resilience plans, which member states are still submitting to. But the Commission also, of course, works very closely with member states. Our goal is, of course, to make sure that, first of all, our 37 percent goal for climate objective is upheld.

We have six very concrete measures, which we, of course, will be looking at in the plan. Secondly, member states also agreed on the ‘do no significant harm principle’, which is going to be applied and looked at in all of the projects which are proposed under the plans, making sure that, of course, we’re not taking a step forward and then two steps back, ensuring that those plans are coherent with our goals, with our digital and green transition”.

Election of Chief Mufti for 650,000 EU citizens
Election of Chief Mufti for 650,000 EU citizens

Bulgaria is the EU member state with the largest Muslim population. According to the 2011 census, the total number of self-identified Muslims in the country is 651,341, or about 13.5% of those who profess religion, while the Turkish minority alone is 612,541; they are of Turkish, Bulgarian and Gypsy ethnic origin. Most Bulgarian Muslims are Sunnis, as Sunnism is a form of Islam officially supported by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled the country for five centuries. Shiite sects, such as the Kazalbashi and Bektashi, are also represented. Muslims in Bulgaria have over 1,300 mosques.

Mustafa Alish Hadji was re-elected Chief Mufti of the Muslims in Bulgaria at their highest forum – the National Muslim Conference, convened by the Chief Mufti’s Office in the Republic of Bulgaria.

The forum, which took place today at the National Palace of Culture, was attended by nearly 1,200 delegates and over 100 guests, including MRF Chairman Mustafa Karadayi and Turkish Ambassador to Bulgaria Eileen Sekizkyok, BTA reported.

Earlier today at the forum, Mustafa Hadji reviewed the work done by the Chief Mufti over the past years, highlighted the successes and outlined the upcoming challenges in the organization of religious affairs.

As the main task in the work of the Chief Mufti for the next five years, Mustafa Hadji noted the provision of better salaries to employees of the Muslim faith and in particular the imams. According to him, for this purpose it is necessary for all employees to work together and to commit to explain the activities of the religion, as well as the need to support this activity by all Muslims.

In second place, Mustafa Hadji put the increase in religious and pedagogical training. He also identified the expansion of the functions of the Waqfi department as an important task, which he said will contribute to the better exploitation of the waqfs of the Muslim faith. Also, according to Mustafa Hadji, attention should be paid to the possibilities for acquiring new waqf properties.

According to Mustafa Hadji, the urgent task of the “Education” department in the Chief Mufti’s Office is to improve the educational process in theological schools. Social activity is also an important factor in society, which is why in the future attempts will be made to export this activity outside the country, where the first steps have already been taken, said the re-elected Chief Mufti Mustafa Hadji.

According to information from the Administration of the Head of State of Bulgaria, President Rumen Radev met with the Chief Mufti of the Muslim faith in Bulgaria Dr. Mustafa Hadji even before the holy month, at the end of which they celebrate the great holiday of Ramadan Bayram. the topic of maintaining Muslim temples in the country and the accreditation of the Higher Islamic Institute was discussed. President Radev and Chief Mufti Hadji agreed that joint efforts should be made to prevent radicalization among young people by affirming the traditional values ​​of religion. Religions play an important role in fostering a sustainable value system in society.

Source: Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA)