Libertarians and the police of the future

Racism is a reality that cannot be eradicated with regulations or violent protests either, but by reforming the education and training of both police and civilians. A libertarian society must teach individuals to prompt themselves with the following question: It is my action, even if legal, violating the right of others? Is it ethical? The latter is called personal responsibility. Defunding police is a huge mistake, as the police hold a vital role in a libertarian society such as protecting private property and all individuals from getting hurt in the brutality of the sometimes-wrong competitive ways.

A 45-year-old Georgetown University law professor, mother, wife, and former Pentagon policy adviser, Rosa Brooks, while being a recruit, discovered that many police officers are trained not as a police force but as a paramilitary organization.

Brooks’ experience prompted her to launch Georgetown Law’s Police for Tomorrow Fellowship, which is offered through the university’s Innovative Policing Program, where new officers can discuss with their superior’s tough questions about racial discrimination and alternatives to arrest, poverty and addiction.

This Program is dedicated to identifying new approaches to long-standing questions, especially the role of the police in a diverse and libertarian society. The main idea is to teach communities and police departments to work together to address the toxic legacy of racial discrimination that continues to distort law and policy in the United States

The Innovative Policing Program offers the Police for Tomorrow Fellowship Program for new D.C. police officers and police department personnel; Police Academy lectures and workshops, and a project-based practicum for Georgetown Law students. This Program is creating the community, the police, and the lawyers of the future.

We need to encourage our governors to learn from the Georgetown program and start similar programs all over. We are all good people but sometimes poorly trained.

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Cuban independent movies: present and immediate future

The Cuban film “Juan de los muertos,” Goya award for the best Spanish-language foreign film in 2013. Photo: fragment of the film’s poster.
The Cuban film “Juan de los muertos,” Goya award for the best Spanish-language foreign film in 2013. Photo: fragment of the film’s poster.

In the 21st century, Cuban independent cinema has experienced a notable growth, backed by its presence in important international events, as well as by the aesthetic quality of its works. It has investigated different ways of making cinema and has addressed issues related to Cuban reality, inside and outside the island.

The possibility, or rather the need to make films independently―the term is understood as a film made outside the country’s highest cinematographic entity, the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC)―has given young filmmakers greater creative freedom, both in the technical-artistic aspect and in the topics addressed.

These filmmakers, mostly graduates of the Faculty of Audiovisual Media of the University of the Arts or the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños, have spent several years looking for alternative ways to carry out their projects, not always well seen at ICAIC, the governing body of national cinema for the past 60 years.

The boom of the digital age has allowed new opportunities for new filmmakers, who take advantage of technology to make film products of high artistic quality, despite the lack of production, financing and resources in general.

In this regard, producer Claudia Calviño comments to OnCuba: “I don’t share the idea that independent cinema is poor. I do understand that there may be a certain agility and austerity in the formulas and the ways in which independent cinema is made. Sometimes these are not production and financing criteria, also artistic. Sometimes independent films have another expectation.”

While those characteristics were part of the independent film movement at one time, the patterns have changed over time. Currently, we can find independent films made with the same technical requirements of large production houses, a peculiarity that applies to the Cuban environment as well, thanks to the work of independent production entities such as Island Films, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida, El Ingenio, among others, now with legal recognition by the Cuban State as a result of the measures adopted last year.

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Israel approves funding to build ‘Trump Heights’ settlement in Golan Heights

Israel approves funding to build ‘Trump Heights’ settlement in Golan Heights
By Jackie SaloJune 14, 2020 | 3:48pm
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech before the newly-unveiled sign for the new settlement of “Trump Heights” in 2019.
A sign for the new settlement of “Trump Heights” in 2019.AFP/Getty Images
Israel’s government approved funding on Sunday to establish a new town in the contested Golan Heights that will be named “Trump Heights” after President Trump.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the Trump administration for recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights at the start of the cabinet meeting, before members voted in favor of a budget for building the settlement, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Netanyahu previously announced the plans for Ramat Trump — Hebrew for “Trump Heights” — last year and unveiled a sign with gold lettering on the planned site.

Established more than 30 years ago, the original neighborhood, previously known as Bruchim, was home to less than a dozen people.

The plans for the new town, which will house 300 families, have been budgeted at 8 million shekels ($2.3 million), the report said.

Netanyahu on Sunday also praised Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for authorizing sanctions against anyone involved in an International Criminal Court investigation of Americans or US allies.

He claimed the international court “made up absurd accusations against Israel, including the outrageous claim that the presence of Jews in the heart of our homeland is a war crime.”

“I thank President Trump and the American government again for standing on the side of truth and justice,” the prime minister said, according to the report.

The green light for funding came on Trump’s 74th birthday.

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Myths and benefits of teleworking

Havana, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The Covid-19 pandemic unintentionally caused a teleworking boom for millions of people around the world.

An Internet connection and the acquisition of mobile devices are enough to carry out work outside the office.

Several studies endorse it and list its advantages for workers and companies, although they agree there is a common drawback: for these people there is no longer a correlation between their workday and their free time, which causes increased stress and the possibility of mental health risks.

This aspect, in the opinion of psychologists, is rectified if we manage to ‘mold’ our spaces and times.

Increased productivity, decreased entity costs by requiring less infrastructure in space, energy and real estate, reduced absenteeism, as well as recruiting and retaining employees due to flexible hours and making the organization attractive to its applicants, are some of the benefits for companies.

But remote work also brings advantages to employees: time in their favor, less expenses in transport, food, clothing and a family-work balance.

Some publications on the subject also list as benefits the ease of people to choose their work environment and increase trust between boss and worker.

However, several investigations reveal there are some myths to overcome in this novel modality: managers would not know if their subordinates are working from home, an aspect that is corrected when looking for alternatives for better monitoring, since this condition requires a management by results.

Another concern is whether a better place will be available. Recent studies conclude that teleworkers are more likely to be promoted, among other reasons, because they can be trusted to perform well since they work independently.

Teleworking also generates positive impacts for the community in general. One of these is the case of the environment, which would be favored by
reducing traffic, reducing the use of fuels and the emission of polluting gases.

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