CabotageKAB-ə-tazhPart of speech: nounOrigin: French, mid-19th century
1The right to operate sea, air, or other transport services within a particular territory.
Examples of Cabotage in a sentence “The cabotage laws within China are fairly strict.” “The government passed new cabotage directives after the change in leadership. “

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Susan B. Anthony Dollar Day? The Susan B. Anthony dollar, the first coin to be issued to honor a woman, was minted from 1979 to 1981 until the series was halted due to poor public reception, and again in 1999. Trivia fans: The original design depicted a representation of Liberty, but organizations and individuals in Congress called for the coin to depict a woman. Several proposals were submitted, and social reformer Susan B. Anthony was selected as the design subject. Great choice!

Folk typography

 Folk typography [ ]

Why is type getting so bad?

Well, actually, the people who are noticing it, the ones who care about kerning or keming or serifs or the rest… we’re not the reason that it’s getting bad.

It’s all the people who don’t notice it.

For thousands of years, type was something you did with your hands. If you were a writer, you were also the person who was putting the words onto the paper.

It was only in the last few centuries that setting type was a craft, reserved for people with a printing press, or a set of Letraset rub-down letters or even a top-of-the-line Mac with the right software.

And so, into this specialty, principles developed. There was actually a difference between professional and amateur typesetting. There was style and craft and insight that was worth paying for. There were magazines and conferences about what looked good and right and professional and cutting edge.

Of course, social media changed that. Memes and the rest, built on a flimsy foundation of Comic Sans and Arial and Impact. Whatever’s handy. And then what was handy became popular, and what was popular became the new standard.

And this is always the way. When the public gets tools, they use them, without regard for the rules that might have come before.

But there’s still a desire for craft, and people, particularly over 30, are eager to judge a book, not by its cover but by its type. Even if they don’t know why.

There will be a new set of standards for type, just as the quality of every folk innovation has improved over time.

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Friday 2nd July 2021
Here’s your weekly rundown of the global security landscape, highlighting key incidents that have taken place from each region in the last seven days; 
Intelligence Insight Weekly - What's Happening in Asia?
MIDDLE EAST & ASIASyria-Iraq BorderOn the 27th June US aircraft carried out a number of airstrikes targeting Iran-backed militia personnel in positions straddling the Syria-Iraq border in the al-Qaim/Deir Ezzor area. US forces claimed that the strikes targeted a facility involved in the manufacturing of drones. Casualties were reported among Popular Mobilisation Force (PMF) personnel manning the positions during the strikes and in response the PMF vowed to retaliate. The next day, Iran-backed militia fighters fired 34 rockets at US positions close to the al-Omar oil field in Syria’s Deir Ezzor Province.. In Iraq, Iran-backed PMF militia have been involved in a number of attacks targeting US assets such as targeting convoys with IEDs and targeting airbases/the International Zone in Baghdad with rocket fire. In response, the US has carried out multiple airstrikes targeting PMF militias and militia sites. US airstrikes have typically been restrained to targeting Iran-backed forces in Iraq, but the recent strikes in Syria suggest a potential geographical broadening of the ongoing confrontation between the two sides. 
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EUROPEThe Black SeaOver 30 different nations including the USA and UK have commenced Exercise Sea Breeze 2021 in the Black Sea. This exercise appears to have caused concern to the Russian government. Aside from hostile diplomatic rhetoric, there’ve been at least two incidents where the Russian government has claimed that foreign naval vessels have entered Russian territorial waters – the first being the much publicised incident surrounding the Royal Navy’s HMS Defender along with the US Navy’s USS Ross. On both occasions, open source Automatic Identification System (AIS) data was used by the Russian government to claim these vessels had entered Russian waters off the coast of Crimea which was later found to be inaccurate. In the second case, it was claimed that the USS Ross was near Crimea but open source reporting later revealed that it was in fact in port at Odesa, Ukraine at the time. These revelations indicate that AIS data was manipulated/falsified. The apparent manipulation of AIS data could have wider implications than causing political/diplomatic disputes. The locations of these alleged territorial breaches are near/within heavy commercial maritime activity. Looking ahead, it’s possible that commercial vessels could find themselves being interdicted by Russian vessels and aircraft in the future near the Crimea Peninsula, with falsified AIS data being used to justify such moves.
Intelligence Insight Weekly - What's Happening in Africa?
AFRICABeni, Democratic Republic of the CongoThe ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) carried out two IED bombings and one suicide bombing in the eastern Congolese city of Beni. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed an IED detonation in a church and a suicide bombing that was carried out in the Mabakanga area of Beni. This is the first time the ADF have carried out a suicide bombing in the DRC and the first time the group have carried out three bombings in a city within the space of 48 hours. The group also carried out an attack in the Rwangoma suburb of the city, killing at least 10 civilians. Although the bombings didn’t result in a large number of casualties, they are indicative of the groups ambition and a clear sign of the group’s evolving tactics, hitting symbolic targets such as churches to stoke religious tensions and areas with high foot traffic to inflict maximum civilian casualties. The attacks have resulted in anger against the government over continued insecurity in Beni and Irumu territories and they also take place just under a month after a state of siege was declared in North Kivu and Ituri provinces to curb the activities of armed groups. The Congolese army (FARDC) warned in May that ADF fighters have infiltrated secure areas of Beni territory and a group of UN experts recently warned of the increasing use of IEDs in the northeast of the DRC.
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NORTH AMERICABritish Columbia, CanadaA large wildfire destroyed the village of Lytton during the evening of the 30th June, shortly after it recorded Canada’s highest ever temperature of 49.6C/121.3F. Police were reported going door-to-door of local residents as Mayor Jan Polderman issued an evacuation order with the village destroyed in approximately 15 minutes. The incident comes amid unprecedented temperatures across the northwest of Canada and the United States. The province of British Columbia has recorded at least 486 deaths over the previous five days compared with an average of 165 with Chief Coroner, Lisa Lapointe, blaming the extreme heat. The soaring temperatures have been linked with climate change. British Columbia is already the scene of widespread environmental protests by Extinction Rebellion and various First Nations opposed to logging and construction of oil and gas infrastructure. The extensive wildfires and temperatures witnessed across the province may lead to increased demonstrations from these groups. The provincial Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, has confirmed a state of emergency may be declared as the situation develops across summer.
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SOUTH AMERICAPanama City, PanamaOn the 1st July, a protest by more than 30 unions of workers, students, farmers and environmentalists took place across Panama. The protest was organised by the National Front for the Defence of Economic and Social Rights (Frenadesco), to protest the current Government’s policies on the two-year anniversary of President Laurentino Cortizo’s term in office. Protesters held signs and shouted slogans against the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, against corruption, against the possible privatisation of social security, and against environmental issues such as a new open pit mine project which has been protested against for several months. Police in Panama City had set up barricades in the area of the National Assembly, and tensions rose when protesters tried to remove them. Police used tear gas and rubber-bullets to disperse those who took part in the protest. Additional clashes were also reported near the University of Panama between students and police. Further protests are likely in the near future due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, which has worsened the unemployment and poverty rates.
📽🎙🖥️ THE INSIGHT: An Intelligence Fusion Video Series  A video series that takes a closer look at key incidents and events, providing you with wider analysis on security trends, evolving patterns and unexplored geopolitical themes from every corner of the globe.
War in Afghanistan: What does it mean for the future of the TAPI Gas Pipeline? In the latest episode of The Insight video series, Max Taylor, Senior Regional Analyst for Asia and the Middle East at Intelligence Fusion, takes a look at the future of the TAPI Pipeline project in light of the ongoing insecurity in Afghanistan.
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10 Quotes From Helen Keller’s Inspiring Life | Inspiring Quotes

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.

Keller was born in 1880 in Alabama. When she was two years old, she became deaf and blind due to a fever. Her early childhood was reportedly filled with tantrums and disruptive behaviors. But when Keller was seven years old, her parents hired Anne Sullivan, a recent graduate from the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts, to work with their daughter. Sullivan’s arrival and her persistent and creative instruction were a turning point in Keller’s life.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.

After initial struggles, a breakthrough occurred when Sullivan repeatedly ran water over one of Keller’s palms while finger spelling the word “water” into the other. After many tries, Keller was able to connect the tactile experience of flowing water with the letter signals.

After comprehending the sign for water, she was able to learn 30 more signs that same day. Working with Sullivan stoked her ambitions to pursue an education and learn to speak. Keller was eventually able to communicate through finger spelling, typing, Braille, touch-lip reading, and speech.

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.

The friendship that developed between Keller and her mentor, Sullivan, spanned decades, and the pair lived together during different periods of their lives. Like Keller, Sullivan was a member of the disability community — she had vision impairments that increased as she aged.

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

During her teenage years and young adulthood, Keller painstakingly learned to speak in a way that could be understood by people who could hear. She went to multiple schools for people who were deaf and a preparatory school for women before setting her sights on a new goal: attending college.

Meanwhile, Keller’s advancements became publicly known and drew the attention of influential people including Mark Twain, Alexander Graham Bell, and Henry H. Rogers, an oil magnate who offered to pay Keller’s tuition for Radcliffe College. In 1899, when she passed her entrance exams, only 36% of college students were women.

Sullivan accompanied Keller at Radcliffe, interpreting in classes, until Keller graduated cum laude in 1904 at age 24. She was the first individual who was blind and deaf to earn a higher education degree in the U.S. Her autobiography, The Story of My Life, was published a year later in 1905 and was widely read.

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

After graduation, Keller set out to share what she had learned and to advocate for people with disabilities. From universities to the halls of Congress, she lectured and testified on her experiences in support of blind and deaf communities. She is considered an early pioneer of the disability rights movement, which began to pick up steam in the early 1900s.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Keller participated in numerous social movements of her era, including women’s suffrage. In 1915, she cofounded Helen Keller International to address blindness and malnutrition around the world. She also helped found the ACLU and was an active member in the American Federation for the Blind, the Socialist Party, and other organizations. Despite being raised in the post-Reconstruction era South, she supported the recently founded NAACP advocating for civil rights for Black people.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Keller was an intrepid world traveler and activist. In 1946, she became the counselor of international relations for the American Foundation for Overseas Blind. During the next 11 years, she spread her message across five continents and 35 countries. For her efforts, Keller was awarded several honorary degrees and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her autobiography inspired the 1957 television drama The Miracle Worker, as well as a Broadway play and film of the same title.

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted island, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.

Despite facing many challenges, Keller lived a life full of meaning and happiness before her death in 1968 at age 87. Sullivan died in 1936 at the age of 70, after becoming nearly blind. She spent much of her life by Keller’s side. Beginning with a single hand sign, the impact of these two women’s accomplishments rippled throughout the global disability rights community, and beyond. Through the words Keller worked so hard to impart, their story endures today as a beacon of hope and possibility.


Did you know…

… that today is the beginning of National Anti-Boredom Month? Summer’s here, the kids are outta school and they’re probably screaming, “Free at last!” But for adults and children alike, boredom can strike at any time. Be creative, start a new hobby — and stay busy!


Neither success nor failure is the end, so keep going.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. (Winston Churchill)
You don’t figure out how to live by thinking about it, but by living life.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live. (Jean-Paul Sartre)

3rd July

International Day of Cooperatives – 3 July

Cooperative day

This day is celebrated to increase awareness of cooperatives in society and the work they do.

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