France will replace the U.S. financing of climate research
French President Emmanuel Macron awarded eighteen climate scientists from the USA and elswhere with millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Grants with a symbolic title ”Make Our Planet Great Again” are Macron’s initiative to counter Trump on climate change front. Most of the applicants and winners were the U.S.-based researchers. Camille Parmesan from the University of Texas at Austin, who was the winner, stated: ”Macron’s appeal gave me such a psychological boost, to have that kind of support, to have the head of state saying I value what you do.”
Stony Brook University professor detained after writing an essay
Patrice Nganang, Stony Brook University professor was detained in Cameroon for a week after he was charged with insluting Cameroon’s president Paul Biya with his writings. The essay he wrote suggested that the crisis in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions might only be solved with the change in leadership. Princeton University released a letter where they “condemn in the strongest possible terms the illegal detention of our colleague and friend, the esteemed Cameroonian-American scholar and writer Professor Patrice Nganang,” There were more than 600 signatures from activists and academics worldwide, who have shown their support for the professor, and more than 100 signatures of professors and students from Stony Brook University.
State and police attacks on universities in Brazil
Recently, professor Luiz Carlos Cancellier de Olivo commited a suicide after he was arrested and barred from his university campus. Later, the police have been accused for providing selective information to the media in order to damage his reputation. The police then accused the government of “systematic budget dismantling” which puts in jeopardy basic university services and research programmes. Bishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, the Primate of the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil (IEAB) said that there is “a dangerous process of intimidation” by “the illegitimate government.” IEAB also stated: “We are concerned about the systematic adoption of practices that damage the democratic state of law that lead to coercion and breaches the principle of autonomy for universities. If applied indiscriminately, it sets a precedent for other institutions to be the target of persecution by state investigative apparatus.”