Earlier this morning Bloomberg reported the bombshell story that a major Chinese computer manufacturer had secretly installed a hidden “spy chip” on motherboards of computers installed into the data centers of several major US companies, including a popular consumer products company, a major cloud vendor and the US Department of Defense, allowing the Chinese government to secretly spy on them. All involved vocally deny the story, but the vulnerabilities it points out in the global supply chain that undergirds our modern digital world and the unnerving fact that so much of our lives are now mediated by devices manufactured in a single country with such a strong cyberespionage investment raises critical questions about where we go from here.
Bloomberg’s story offers a cautionary tale about how dependent our modern digital world is on just a handful of countries. While the software that runs the world’s biggest websites and data centers has strong connections to the US, much of the hardware that runs all of that software traces its roots back to China. This means that a single country has the ability to potentially compromise everything from our web-connected toasters to our cellphones to the core servers and routers that power the web itself.
Most importantly, China, like many of its peers, closely couples military exploitation of intelligence with economic exploitation, leveraging the insights it gains through its intelligence operations to further its economic ambitions. This creates an expanded target field that goes beyond traditional military collection targets towards the private sector.
In Bloomberg’s telling, the Chinese government was able to force a major computer manufacturer with a strong international customer base to install a secret “spy chip” onto its motherboards that could be used to siphon off sensitive data from deep within the highly secured and hardened data centers of major US commercial and military facilities.
With the companies involved strongly deny the charges, the basic premise is strongly plausible and reminds us just how dependent we are on China for nearly all our hardware needs. In the modern digital world, all roads lead through China.
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Hi! Nihao! Hola! Assalaamu alaykum! Bonjour! Buongiorno! Guten Tag! Jambo! Losako! In August 2018, Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma seized two opportunities to promote Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. (PAD) and launch Cosmoportism, his philosophy of international education and competency at two global fora. The first opportunity was via a paper presentation at the XXIV World Congress of Philosophy (WCP) on the theme, “Learning to be Human,” Beijing, China, 13-20 August 2018. This was his fourth participation in “one of the largest philosophical events in the world” that takes place every five years.
China has been playing a major global leadership role, especially in the global trade area. This role is apparent, among other things, in the September 2018 China-Africa Summit. Academic communities – including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) – must be aware of China’s increasing global leadership role and act accordingly. Like any other ‘UniverCity,’ MSIs must optimize their commitment to international education and competency. To be effective, this commitment must also entail a meaningful presence and in the world affairs via partnerships with Chinese and other institutions of learning around the globe.
As the original Director of the Center for Global Studies at Morgan State University (MSU, 2000-2009), Dr. Gbotokuma traveled to Hubei University in Wuhan in July 2008. The purpose of that trip was to reassure that Chinese University that Morgan was committed to the success of the 1999 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between our two institutions. Fortunately, two years later or in 2010 and thereafter, MSU has been able and willing to take concrete actions through academic partnerships with Chinese and many other institutions of learning worldwide. These partnerships are what “Cosmoportism and UniverCity Today,” Dr. Gbotokuma’s Beijing 2018 paper, is also about. Hopefully, MSIs will not be left behind in the internationalization agenda. Like any other UniverCity, they must do their very best, keep catching up, and educate equally globally literate and internationally competent global citizens for today’s globalized, flattening, warming, and unequal world, one that is characterized by the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (Schwab, 2017).
The second opportunity to share Cosmoportism at a global forum was the 2018 Association of World Citizens International (AWC) Forum. This event was organized in conjunction with the 67th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference on the theme, “WE THE PEOPLES: Together Finding Global Solutions for Global Problems,” New York, August 22 – 24, 2018. The two global gatherings were the most appropriate fora to plant the seeds of ‘Cosmoportism,’ in a concerted effort to solicit global partnerships and promote, through Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc.’s events (Global Literacy Lectures, Seminars, Festivals, etc.) and some other ways, a world-ready education and cosmocitizenship for all world citizens and college students within and beyond the Ivory Towers of academic circles. Dr. Gbotokuma is available for speaking engagements on Cosmoportism.
Cosmoportism in a nutshell – is a neologism that Dr. Gbotokuma has coined based on the Greek word kosmos, meaning ‘universe’ or world, and from the second part of the word ‘passport’. Cosmoportism is Dr. Gbotokuma’s philosophy of international education and competency. It is about the internationalization of the curriculum in today’s world, one that has become a spider’s web-like world or global village. That philosophy is based on his belief that world-ready education and international competency are the 21st-Century’s passport and global positioning system (GPS), so to speak, to comfortably navigate the global village during the fourth industrial revolution. They are also crucial to global competitiveness and partnerships. Cosmoportism is also based on Dr. Gbotokuma’s understanding of university as a universal city or UniverCity. To be an institution of higher learning and universal city, a new millennium and authentic UniverCity must be a forum for a ‘world-ready’ education. The internationalization of the curriculum must be consistent with the commitment to the international education as a rehearsal for cosmocitizenship and international competency. World language skills are important aspects of that competency.
“Learning to Be Human,” “Finding Global Solutions for Global Problems,” public diplomacy, the success of the Paris Climate Accord and the UN Sustainable Development Goals require, among other things, enhanced global communication ability. Consequently, multilingualism is critically important because, as the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein stated, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” According to Ethnologue, for example, proficiency in Chinese (Mandarin), English, and Spanish means the ability to communicate with approx. 2.7 billion people worldwide living in 172 countries. Proficiency in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese means the ability to communicate with approx. 1.8 billion people living in 197 countries. Therefore, nobody should be allowed to graduate from any UniverCity today without becoming globally literate, internationally competent, and fluent in at least one foreign language.
Thanks! Merci! Gracias! Grazie! Obrigado! Danke! Xie xie! Arigato! Gamsa hamnida! Asanti! Botondi!
About Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. (PAD)
PAD is a non-profit educational and cultural organization. It was founded and incorporated in Baltimore, Maryland by Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma. Its mission is to promote positive diversity, interculturalism, international competency, and cosmocitizenship through multilingualism.
About PAD Founder & President Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma is a polyglot and a Congolese-American who refers to himself as a ‘cosmocitizen.’ After twelve years of education and work in Europe, he is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and the founding President of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. (PAD). He is the former Director of the Center for Global Studies at Morgan State University. His “extraordinary commitment to global learning and international understanding” made him the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Sandye Jean McIntyre, II International Award 2008. He is also a recipient of A.I.M. AWARDS 2017: Afrimpact Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People (www.afrimpactmagazine.com/a-
His most recent publications A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingala, English, French, and Italian (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016 www.cambridgescholars.com/a-
For more details about Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma, his publications, or his organization, visit his official web site at www.zekehinc.com
By Tolson Banner
(BlackNews.com) — Pomp and circumstance. Pageantry and pontification. A wedding day of bliss. The British crown and the daughter of African dust. A matrimony reverberating the cradle of civilization.
The Britain holdings were once so vast this phrase was coined: “The sun never sets on the British Empire”.
And so too was the vastness of its colonial empire that this phrase is apropos: “The England Empire eclipsed the sun from shining on Mother Africa”.
Set against this historical backdrop, we witness a love story juxtaposed against amour and neocolonialism; against exploitation and the affairs of the heart; against the raping of Africa’s mineral wealth and its people and the breaking of royal tradition.
The bride to be was Meagan Markle, a bi-racial, African-American of humble beginnings. It appears Markle bedazzled her husband to be with her stunning charms and striking beauty.
Born of an African-American mother and a father of American-European descent, Markle stormed onto the British Monarch scene with grace and panache; giving rise and inspiration to the downtrodden – ushering in “A change gonna come” moment? We shall see.
The groom, born with the proverbial silver spoon, Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex, on the other hand was of British royalty.
Prince Harry, as he is more commonly known, is the younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who in 1997 died in a car crash in Paris. He stands sixth in line to the British throne.
Prince Harry’s boyish ways wooed the crowd – breaking many young girl hearts in waiting.
With the white nationalistic fervor still smoldering from Brexit, Prince Harry came across as altruistic and egalitarian.
On the surface, we saw the festive occasion glamorized by the paparazzi and celebrities. But a slight adjustment to our apertures reveal the cunningness of the British benevolent indifference to their colonial past and present.
According to news reports, it was estimated the royal wedding cost a whopping $45 million (U.S. money) with the royal family only paying $2 million of that cost. The $43 million balance was paid by the British taxpayers, raising eyebrows about austerity.
The black entertainment at the royal wedding was ubiquitous on TV. The royal family reached into their triangular enslavement trade bag and pulled out soul-stirring performances from the black choir who gave us “Stand By Me” to the black Bishop who delivered a Martin Luther King-like sermon on LOVE.
Even the black young cellist performing “Ave Maria” gave us a rendition that made our hearts stand still.
But the black inclusion in the royal gala doesn’t dismiss the racial/economic strife and historical colonial rape of the African Diaspora exercised by Britain.
Historians have documented with the introduction of sugar in Barbados (1640) by the Dutch, enslaved labor was needed more than ever. Britain seized upon this opportunity and transported 3.1 million Africans to British colonies in the Caribbean, North and South America and to other countries.
The cheap labor wasn’t just assigned to colonial times. A recent article in Esquire magazine, stated during the years after WWII, the British government opened its doors to Africans from Trinidad and Jamaica to augment their work force.
They became known as the Windrush Generation, in honor of the ship that brought them to the UK. Today these black Brits are treated as illegal aliens, unemployed and homeless.
The pillage and plunder of Africa’s minerals and resources still continue to this day.
In a report titled, “The New Colonialism” published by War On Want (2016), over 100 companies, mostly British, control Africa’s key mineral resources such as gold, platinum, diamonds, copper, oil, gas, and coal.
Collectively, they control over $1 trillion worth of Africa’s resources.
There’s a note of mockery here. Africa (Alkebulan – the ORIGINAL name) was discovered as the cradle of civilization by two Brits, born in Kenya: Drs. Louis and Mary Leaky.
The two Brits demonstrated that humans evolved in Africa which later became the basis for the riches the British royal family put on display doing the royal wedding. All done with a smile of benevolent indifference.
There are many who hold promise for the interracial newlyweds. The soulful balladeer Terry Collier poses this question in one of his classic R&B songs, “What Color is Love?”
We shall see if the royal-love bliss is the COLOR OF MONEY.
Tolson Banner is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where he majored in Broadcast Journalism, graduating magna cum laude. He became the first African-American Public Information Officer with NASA. He later attended Howard University’s Graduate School of Business, graduating with an MBA in Marketing/Finance. After graduating from Howard U, he worked at BET as a Marketing Manager and wrote the final report for Washington, DC’s cable TV franchise award. He is currently a national consultant, writer and columnist. He can be reached at [email protected].
Article courtesy of CNBC via “The Rundown”
President Donald Trump has embarked on an unorthodox follow-up to cutting the taxes American families pay: raising the prices of goods they buy.
Higher prices will result directly from tariffs the White House plans to impose on steel and aluminum imports from allies such as Canada, Mexico and the European Union as well as other countries. The White House acknowledges that effect, while arguing the price increases will be tiny.
But combined with additional tariffs against other imports from China and retaliatory steps by our trading partners, the measures Trump announced promise to make an impact. And mainstream economists across the political spectrum agree it will be negative.
“Unambiguously bad,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a Republican economist who advised President George W. Bush. “The only question is how big.”
“Anything that’s manufactured – prices will rise,” added Mark Zandi, an independent economist at Moody’s Analytics.
The public is invited to join residents and City of Milwaukee employees at the third annual Milwaukee César E. Chávez Day celebration at City Hall on Thursday, March 29, which proudly marks the birthday of the renowned civil rights activist.
The event will begin at 12 p.m. in the first floor rotunda at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., and city resource tables will be available from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. At 12 p.m. (noon) Alderman José G. Pérez will host a news conference and a celebratory cake cutting.
“Milwaukee’s César E. Chávez Day illustrates how our city is a growing metropolis that celebrates people of all cultures,” Alderman Pérez said. “My office is thrilled to partner with the community for the afternoon and evening events, the Community Celebration and the Resource Fair.”
Community Celebration, (La Placita, in front of El Rey Supermarket) 916 S. César E. Chávez Dr.
Thursday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m.
The event will highlight the history, talent and character in the community, along with brief remarks from local business and community leaders.
Resource Fair (La Luz Del Mundo Church) 1316 S. César E. Chávez Dr.
Thursday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The event will provide information on employment, economic opportunities, drivers license recovery and much more.
In 2014, Alderman Pérez co-sponsored successful Common Council legislation designating March 31 annually as “César E. Chávez Day” in observance of the birthday of César E. Chávez and establishes that day as an optional holiday for city employees. Upon authorization from a department head, an employee may take César E. Chávez Day as a paid holiday in lieu of any other paid holiday that same calendar year.
All events are free and open to the public.
Join the conversation: explore #ChavezDayMKE on social media.
On March 6, Netflix award-winning director Jonny Von Wallström is premiering his new documentary series The Confused African exclusively on YouTube. It is a story about identity, music and corruption in Uganda. Featuring Ugandan artist and TV personality Ken Daniels and well-known rapper Navio who uses music to speak about the countries issues.
In 2017, Ugandan was ranked among the top 25 countries with escalating corruption by the Transparency International Uganda (TIU) report. Ken and Navio are two creative artists who care deeply about what’s happening in the country. In the series, they explore culture, talks politics, and are using music to help make a change.
Ken Daniels is a nomad who has lived his whole life in western countries such as The United States and Sweden. He is a well-known Ugandan Hip Hop/ R&B musician and music critic who has for a long time sung under the music act ‘Swahili Nation’.
It started out in 1992 when he joined Swahili Nation that was formed in the 90’s by Kenyan brothers called Muturi. A couple of years ago, he decided to move back to Uganda because he felt responsible and wanted to ba a part of the change that was happening in the country.
What it is like to leave your mother country?
“It is tough to come to a new country, whether it is Sweden, Uganda or The United States. You have to learn the language and adapt to the society. For me, it was tough to move to The U.S and Sweden, but it was also tough to move back to Uganda after all those years away,” he says.
He has not been living in the country for a long time, and now he share his story of what it is like to come back.
“I think that my political view and world view have changed since I left Uganda. There is a diﬀerence between The United States and Uganda in many ways. Good and bad.”
“What I have realised is that Uganda is not what it used to be. Today, Uganda is in a very good place, the Infrastructure and the whole society is improving. In 5 years, I think it will be a big diﬀerence if you compare to now. I also feel like many more people are willing to fight for the right to speak up and change things. It was in a diﬀerent way before. Back in the days, people did not do that.”
Navio is using his music to make a change
As a side story to Ken, we also get to follow Daniel Lubwana Kigozi, known as Navio. He is a well-known Ugandan rapper who started his career when being a part of the award-winning group Klear Kut. Today, he is best known for his hits “Ngalo”, “One & Only” and “Bugumo”.
Navio are using music for his freedom of speech. He has written songs about corruption, and in the documentary he talks about his point of view on the economically situation and the fact that Uganda is suﬀering very badly. We get to follow him in Uganda, but also in a studio in Sweden where to records a new single. The whole documentary series will be available for free on YouTube, starting March 6, on www.youtube.com/creativenorthtv