Drop All Charges Against Moroccan Journalist Ali Anouzla – Let Him Go Free, Once and For All

first_imgNews Organisation to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more January 21, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Drop All Charges Against Moroccan Journalist Ali Anouzla – Let Him Go Free, Once and For All Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Human rights and freedom of expression groups are calling on the Moroccan authorities to drop all charges against Ali Anouzla and to end their judicial pursuit of him and his news publication Over two years on from his initial arrest, detention and subsequent release, independent journalist and editor-in-chief of the Arabic edition of news website Lakome2 (and its blocked predecessor Lakome) Ali Anouzla has begun another year facing the same accusations that the Moroccan authorities have relentlessly pursued against him since September 2013.The original terrorism-related charges against Anouzla reportedly still stand – as does the very real risk of him spending anywhere between 10 and 30 years in jail.We, the undersigned organisations, are dismayed by the potentialof once again seeing Ali Anouzla before a court of law defending himself against the same baseless and unsubstantiated claims that the Moroccan authorities tried to charge him with over two years ago. We repeat loud and clear that these charges remain unfounded under international law, and amount to a violation of his freedom of expression and his right to inform the public.Anouzla was arrested on 17 September 2013 for publishing an article on the original Lakome website that contained a link to an El País article about a video posted by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). On 24 September 2013, he was indicted by the investigating judge at the Rabat Court of Appeals for allegedly providing “material assistance” to a terrorist group, “defending terrorism” and “inciting the execution of terrorist acts” (on the basis of the anti-terrorist law 03-03 of 28 May 2003).He spent five weeks in “preventative detention” before being released on bail on 25 October 2013.On 17 October 2013, while still in jail, both the Arabic and French-language versions of Lakome were blocked. After Anouzla’s conditional release, repeated requests to the National Agency for Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT) and the prosecutor’s office to unblock the news sites were met with no reply. To this day, the sites remain inaccessible from inside Morocco.Throughout 2014 and 2015, Anouzla faced the prospect of appearing before various investigating judges accused of the same terrorism-related charges that continue to dog him, only to repeatedly have his hearings postponed. As a result his case, and the threat of losing his liberty, have been deliberately prolonged.As one of the most respected Arab journalists in the region, Ali Anouzla is known for his commitment to promoting independent newspapers as well as his steadfast dedication to press freedom, including a bold editorial stance that does not hesitate to cross red lines and criticise the authorities, including King Mohammed VI.His publications are renowned for their unequivocally pro-democracy editorial line that translates into a critical yet fair treatment of the real power holders in Morocco. This has allowed Lakome, and now Lakome2, to attract a relatively large audience as well as high profile, quality contributors.Many human rights observers inside Morocco, as well as internationally, believe Anouzla’s on-going harassment by the judicial authorities is retaliation for Lakome’s revelation of the ‘Daniel scandal’, in which the Moroccan King was found to have pardoned, as a gesture of friendship between him and his Spanish counterpart, King Juan Carlos, a Spanish serial child rapist sentenced to 30 years in prison – of which he spent only a year and a half behind bars.The scandal led to a wave of demonstrations against the Moroccan monarch in early August 2013, and spurred unprecedented solidarity among local, regional and international human rights groups.After the launch of Lakome2 in August 2015, Anouzla was summoned once again to appear before an investigative judge on 26 November to answer questions related to the same politically motivated case from 2013.We urge the Moroccan authorities to once and for all dismiss the charges against Ali Anouzla and to allow him the freedom to practice independent journalism unhindered. This relentless pursuit of a respected journalist on clearly unfounded charges should be an embarrassment to Morocco; instead, the authorities appear determined to punish him for his willingness to question authority – the very basis of what it is to be a journalist. Ali Anouzla is no terrorist, and the Moroccan authorities should be ashamed by these persistent attempts to denigrate both him and the profession of journalism in such a way. Let Ali Anouzla go free; let critical, independent journalism in Morocco thrive.Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Vigilance for Democracy and the Civic StateMaharat Foundation-LebanonThe Arabic Network for Human Rights Information “ANHRI”The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social RightsThe Tunis Center for Press FreedomThe Committee for the Respect of Human Rights and Liberties in TunisiaJournaliste en dangerPEN InternationalInternational Press Institute (IPI)World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)Cartoonists rights network internationalTunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD)Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) April 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Former SU basketball C Amber Witherspoon switches to SU volleyball; Van Dyke’s career ends with medical disqualification

first_imgThe 6-foot-4 former center averaged five minutes per game during her one season with the Orange and tallied 12 blocks, 10 points and four assists. Witherspoon was a three-star basketball recruit coming out of high school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Amber is no longer a member of the women’s basketball program,” SU women’s basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman said in a statement. “She will continue to be a student-athlete at Syracuse University, joining the volleyball team. We wish her the best.”Also, 6-foot-6 junior center Michelle Van Dyke is medically disqualified and won’t continue her career, per SU Athletics.Van Dyke originally planned to play volleyball at Syracuse but decided to switch to basketball before her freshman season. Since she was still on a volleyball scholarship she had to sit out her freshman season, she told The Daily Orange in an interview last year.As a sophomore, Van Dyke played in just three games before missing a large part of the season due to injury. She played a total of three minutes and recorded one rebound. Comments Sophomore Amber Witherspoon, who played center for the Syracuse women’s basketball team in the 2014-15 season, will be playing volleyball for the Orange in the fall, SU Athletics rep Anthony Prisco confirmed.“I talked with Amber briefly and she indicated that she just wanted to change sports,” Witherspoon’s high school basketball coach, Larry Washington said. “Amber played volleyball all four years in high school but I never knew she had a passion to play the sport. I guess as long as she is happy and doing well in school that’s all that matters. I wish her well.”No information is currently listed as to what position Witherspoon will be playing for the volleyball team. She is the 15th player on the 2015 roster. Published on August 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm Contact Kevin: [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan enters the franchise’s record book

first_imgLOS ANGELES — DeAndre Jordan walked onto the Staples Center court, won the opening tip and entered the Clippers’ record book Wednesday. He tied Randy Smith for the most games played in team history with 715, returning to the lineup after a five-game absence because of a sprained left ankle.If he suffers no setbacks after sitting out for the first time in his 10-season career because of an injury, Jordan will break the record Friday when the Clippers play against the Grizzlies in Memphis. Smith played with the Clippers for nine seasons over two stints, in Buffalo and San Diego.Jordan was a surprise addition to the injury-depleted lineup, after the team listed him as doubtful to play Wednesday against the Boston Celtics. He was injured during the Clippers’ Jan. 11 victory over the Kings in Sacramento.Clippers coach Doc Rivers said there would be a restriction on how many minutes Jordan would play against the Celtics, but wouldn’t say how limited the 6-foot-11 center would be except to say, “It’s a decent amount, so he’ll be fine.” Gallinari participated in the morning shootaround.“Like I’ve said all year, this group is used to playing without guys,” Rivers said of the Clippers, who also were without guards Jawun Evans (lower abdominal injury) and Austin Rivers (right ankle impingement). “It’s not like they flinch. They just keep playing.”There is no timetable for Evans or Rivers to return to the Clippers’ lineup.WILLIAMS SNUBBEDDoc Rivers wasn’t surprised Lou Williams wasn’t named by his fellow Western Conference coaches as a reserve Tuesday for the Feb. 18 All-Star Game at Staples Center. Rivers did say he believed Williams deserved to be one of the seven backups named to the team, though.“I really thought numbers-wise it was a no-brainer,” he said. “He should have been on it.”Williams went into Wednesday averaging a team-leading 23.3 points, plus 5.1 assists in 45 games, including 14 starts. He was on pace to become only the second player in NBA history to average a career high in scoring in his 13th season or later, after Chauncey Billups (19.5 points in his 13th season).Williams appears to be a mortal lock for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.“He’s an All-Star in the way he played,” Doc Rivers said before renewing his call for All-Star rosters to be expanded to 15 players. “Clearly, he’s one of the better defensive players in the league,” Rivers said of Jordan. “He affects our offense more than people think, as well, because of his rolling, his ability to get behind the defense. You miss D.J. when he’s not on the floor, there’s no doubt.“We won a couple of games without him, but it’s hard.”The Clippers were 3-2 without Jordan and were 23-23 overall going into Wednesday.LINEUP SHUFFLEJordan’s return bumped Willie Reed to the bench after he filled in as the starting center for five games. It also increased the Clippers’ number of healthy opening-night starters to three, with guard Patrick Beverley and forward Danilo Gallinari still sidelined by injuries.Beverley is out for the rest of the season after undergoing right knee surgery Nov. 22. Gallinari is expected back sooner rather than later after a left gluteus maximus injury has limited him to only 11 games this season. He said he’s “feeling better” but unsure when he’ll play again.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

BH Basketball Players Defeated Sweden

first_imgThe best basketball players of representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the hall “Arena” in Zenica, won a Swedish national team with the result of 89:74.The game was played as part of the qualification for the European Championship2015. In addition the match had a humanitarian character, because the revenue from the tickets will be donated to help the people of BiH whose household were devastated by floods.In the third quarters, the national team of BiH played better and had a result of 10 points difference (72:62).The most efficient in BiH team was Mirza Teletović with 18 points, Elmedin Kikanović added 15, and Jusuf Nurkić 14.In the team of Sweden, Alexander Lidnqvist and Martin Pahlmblad were the most efficient with 16 points. (Source: Fena)last_img read more

Little Silver Bridge Repairs Continue

first_imgWork continues on repairs to this bridge on Seven Bridges Road. According to Little Silver Mayor Robert C. Neff Jr., workers have been toiling weekends and hope to have the bridge ready to reopen around Apr. 15. The county will have all of Seven Bridges Road repaved – two days for milling, two days for paving – while schools are closed for the summer. “Thank you for your continued patience and safe driving while the repairs are finished,” Neff wrote on the borough’s website. “Hang in there!”last_img read more

Non-League round-up

first_imgAnother big weekend looms for our local sides with all five engaged in matches against teams with as much to play for as they do.Nas Bashir’s Hayes & Yeading United have had a disappointing week, picking up only one point from matches against relegation rivals AFC Telford United and Lincoln City – results which have left them in the bottom four.Although only one point behind 20th placed Newport County, the Welsh side have three games in hand following their run to the FA Trophy final.Things are unlikely to get much better for the west London side on Saturday as they face a long trip to promotion chasing Southport who have only lost one of their last 10 league games, a run which began with a 2-0 win at United”s temporary Kingfield home back in January.Possibly the match of the weekend sees Hampton & Richmond Borough host rivals Sutton United in a crucial Blue Square Bet South game.Unlike Hayes, the Beavers have had a great few days winning back-to-back away matches against Weston-Super-Mare and Dover Athletic to give their chances of avoiding the drop a huge boost.Harrow boss Anderson will want his team to bounce back.Only goal difference is keeping them in the relegation zone and they still have games in hand on those immediately above them.Sutton, meanwhile, are at the other end of the table going for their second consecutive promotion after being crowned Ryman League champions last season.Their form has dipped a bit in recent weeks, meaning that going up automatically now looks beyond them but a play-off place seems certain. With this in mind, expect a decent game and a big crowd.Another side chasing promotion is Ryman League Hendon.Last Saturday they dropped a couple of points at home to struggling Carshalton Athletic which provided further evidence that their play-off campaign might be running out of steam.However, they bounced back on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over Cray Wanderers, who they leapfrogged to get back into fifth place.Whether they hold on to it will depend greatly on how they do at Lewes on Saturday. The Rooks are snapping at the Greens’ heels and will go level on points with them if they win.When they met at Vale Farm earlier in the season they fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw and with pretty similar form coming into this one, we could see more of the same.Wealdstone are perhaps starting to show signs of a successful season catching up with them.After their run to the FA Trophy semi-finals and Middlesex Senior Cup final, the fixtures are coming thick and fast. Since Saturday they have played twice in the league and failed to win either, a sequence which has not occurred since January.They also received news that goalkeeper Jonathan North (pictured above) suffered a double-leg break in the defeat at Canvey Island on Tuesday to further hit their promotion hopes.They are currently eight points off a play-off place but with three games in hand on Hendon, it remains a mathematical possibility.A win at fourth placed Bury Town on Saturday will raise spirits no end but the hosts are unbeaten at home in the league since September and come into this match having just won the Ryman League Cup, so it appears a tough ask.Dave Anderson’s Harrow Borough went into last weekend’s fixture against Aveley knowing a win would effectively relegate their opponents while going a long way to keeping themselves in the Ryman Premier.The Essex club lost their previous match 6-0 at home to Billericay but somehow managed to raise themselves and win 3-2.With fellow strugglers Leatherhead picking up a surprise win at Cray on Sunday, it was a bad weekend all round for Boro who now sit only three points above the relegation places.On Saturday they host Canvey Island – another team who are involved in the battle for fifth place.Boro narrowly lost 1-0 to them on Non-League Day back in September and their form (two wins from five) is patchy. With Leatherhead playing Aveley on the same day, there will be little margin for error.All Premier and Football League season-ticket holders get in for half price at all our local teams’ home league games. Check their websites for details.last_img read more

Manufacturing FUNdamentals in Shelby County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Sally A. McClaskey, Program Manager, Education & Marketing, Ohio 4-H Youth DevelopmentScience is one of three National 4-H Council mission mandates. The hands-on learning that is at the heart of 4-H helps youth better understand how to apply science to what they do every day.In Shelby County, the Tech Wizards 4-H Club members are learning that lesson by discovering the science and technology in the manufacturing that takes place every day in their county.Since January, youth in the Hardin-Houston School District have been learning about manufacturing through the new 4-H Manufacturing FUNdamentals program during twice-monthly club meetings.The in-school initiative is the idea of Cassie Dietrich, 4-H educator in Shelby County. “The goal is for students to think about product development technology and how it impacts them every day,” said Dietrich. “All the activities are STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) and tied to applied technology in local anufacturing fields.”Dietrich wants her 4-H’ers to look at the products they use every day and understand how they are made. “And it’s just as important for them to know who the people are who made them.”As the Tech Wizards explored hydraulics, electrical circuits, pneumatics robotics and plastic molding, they learned from area experts. With Shelby County being number one per capita in Ohio for manufacturing jobs, engineers and production associates from Emerson Climate Technologies and Stolle Machinery served as great role-models in the classroom.Connecting elementary youth to potential employers has been extremely valuable for both parties. “When kids can put faces to products, they start to have a new appreciation for not just the product, but also the career opportunity available in developing that product. They no longer just see a pop can. They see Drew from Stolle Machinery who builds presses that makes pop can tabs.”The success of the program led to an invitation from the Ohio School Boards Association to participate in their annual conference last month. The Tech Wizards travelled to the Columbus and focused their presentation on plastic technologies and hydraulics. They shared with booth visitors how science and technology come together to perform injection and blow molding processes that develop plastic pop bottles. They also demonstrated how hydraulics can be used to crush a variety of materials, including cans, cardboard tubes and plastic balls.The program began in January with fifth grade students. Teachers selected students who they knew would benefit from the “learn by doing” philosophy of 4-H. When those students moved to sixth grade this fall, they continued the program, along with a new group of fifth graders.The club has a great start on discovering their future career thanks to this 4-H program. “The club is learning that these skills apply directly to careers in technology right here in the area. Whether they go to college, trade school, or straight into the workforce, these kids have the world of opportunity at their reach in Shelby County” said Dietrich.Financial support for the program is provided by the Ohio 4-H Foundation, Emerson Climate Technologies, Stolle Machinery and CBT Company. Other support provided by Advanced Composites and Plastipak. Ohio 4-H is a program of Ohio State University Extension, part of OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Resources.last_img read more

Twitter Banned From White House (UPDATED)

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs mentioned casually to CNN today that Twitter is blocked on official White House computers. Gibbs clearly doesn’t appreciate the value that can be derived from the innovative social network; he jokes about it as if it is a tool for personal exhibitionism. Many readers here will no doubt recognize that there’s a whole lot more that can be done with the service than that. This is from the same administration that won’t let its employees at the State Department use Firefox (State Dept. for IT admin reasons), so perhaps nothing is surprising. The Twitter admission by Gibbs was excerpted in a video embedded below, originally reported by Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times.Update: On Monday morning, Rachel Sklar at Mediaite reported that some White House staff do in fact have access to Twitter from White House computers and there is work underway to extend that access to a larger group of employees. That sounds like good news to us.Malcolm points out the irony in the White House having several official Twitter accounts, but blocking the service from its employees’ computers. Perhaps that’s why President Obama hasn’t been able to update very often since being elected.Some cynics will say this is great news, that taxpayer money isn’t being wasted on using Twitter on White House time. Note, though, that Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently took to Facebook to have conversations with the public about energy policy, for example.When it comes to rapid, public conversations and easy relationship building, Twitter is better than Facebook. There is a long list of very innovative “Government 2.0” advocates moving conversation along quite quickly on Twitter. Beyond conversation, the network of people on Twitter offer rapid research assistance, some of the fastest news delivery on the planet and other clear sources of value for knowledge workers. If the White House doesn’t want its employees to have access to resources like that while at work, it’s honestly a loss for all of us.Update: This isn’t surprising, but long-time tech innovator Mitch Kapor said last night, on Twitter, that despite the ban “staffers tell me they use own iPhones or other own devices to read Tweetstreams.” There’s clearly a demand from some staff for access to this valuable service, even if some people like Gibbs don’t get it. You can find ReadWriteWeb (via editor Richard MacManus) on Twitter, as well as the rest of the RWW Team: Marshall Kirkpatrick, Bernard Lunn, Alex Iskold, Sarah Perez, Frederic Lardinois, Jolie O’Dell, Dana Oshiro, Steven Walling.center_img Tags:#news#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

City of Dawson Creek signs historic fiveyear hosting agreement with Hockey Canada

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek and Spectra Venue Management, which runs the Encana Events Centre, will be entering into a five-year hosting agreement with Hockey Canada. The partnership, the first of its kind for Hockey Canada, will create a long-term certainty in a location for Hockey Canada and their events. The City says that the agreement will be a great benefit for both the City and the Peace as a whole, bringing positive economic and social impacts to the region. “Hockey Canada has identified Dawson Creek as a great partner community to pilot the concept of a long-term hosting agreement whereby the community and Hockey Canada mutually benefit through long term financial legacy but equally important the social, infrastructure and community hockey legacy” said Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s Vice President of Events and Properties.The partnership is a new model and approach for Hockey Canada towards hosting events. This historic partnership will identify diversity in events with approximately one event being hosted at the Encana Events Centre every 18-24 months. McIntosh said that those events may include the World Parahockey Tournament, the World Junior A Challenge, pre-competition opportunities, training camps, and another as-yet undetermined event.Hockey Canada said that the City of Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre have both proven themselves on a number of occasions that the community can host local, national, and international events that can create a positive economic impact to the region. “This is the first agreement of its kind in Canada with an arena and Hockey Canada and we are excited for this partnership,” said Ryan MacIvor, General Manager of the Encana Events Centre. “Hockey Canada will be a primary tenant now until 2024.”At today’s announcement of the partnership, Hockey Canada also announced that Dawson Creek will be hosting the Canadian Women’s National Camp at the Encana Events Centre taking place September 10th-16th. During the week-long camp, both the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks and the Fort St. John Huskies will be playing exhibition games against Canada’s national Women’s team.last_img read more

Roundtable Chip Kelly Is A Madman And Must Be Stopped Or Hes

DeMarco Murray, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on Nov. 27 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington / Getty Images Walt: If you think back to that playoff run two years back, how many of those players — besides Riley Cooper, the platonic ideal of a Philadelphian — are still with Philly? Not a lot! And with Mark Sanchez to fall back on, Kelly is definitely opening his team up to some risk here, right?Neil: Sanchez backers might point out that he had by far the best year of his career in Kelly’s system last season. But that’s also kind of the point: Sanchez broke new ground by barely being above average and then parlayed it into $5.5 million guaranteed over two years — a pretty rich deal by backup standards. And now that they have Bradford, the Eagles have managed to collect the league’s two least-efficient starting QBs over the past five seasons by yards gained per pass attempt.Ben, what’s the Skeptical Football take on these guys?Ben: Foles, I love. He plays the position with the kind of aggressive win-maximizing abandon that I endorse, takes risks and throws deep when he needs to, and it has paid off with a fair amount of team success. However, it’s still unclear to me whether he actually has the skills to be a great quarterback in this league or has been running on scrappiness and good fortune alone. Take his much-maligned deep ball: Foles completed only 34 percent of his deep passes (more than 15 yards downfield) in 2014 but completed enough big plays that he gained an average of 0.23 expected points per attempt on them overall. (In fact, this was the main source of his value added for the season, as he just about broke even on short attempts.) Shrewd gambler though he may be, that combination isn’t sustainable.While Bradford has been extremely inefficient (like Neil says), it should also be noted that his career so far falls in the extremely common category of heralded quarterbacks put into a terrible situation who were serviceable but failed to turn it around single-handedly. When it comes to evaluating the first few years of a QB’s career, that’s just about the least informative scenario. If you have faith in Bradford’s skills for whatever reasons (including old-fashioned ones like scouting), your belief at least hasn’t yet been disproved. In a whole new situation like this, his trajectory is unpredictable. It won’t surprise me if he’s an all-star in a few years or if he’s out of the league entirely.If there’s a method to Kelly’s madness here, I think it’s that, given the totality of circumstances, Bradford regressing to his own personal mean would probably mean better production, while Foles regressing would probably mean worse production.As an empirical matter, this trade has me excited. How often do you get such a great opportunity to cross-compare like this? It’s two chances to see how the texture of a quarterback’s performance changes when he switches environments AND two chances to see how a team’s production changes when it’s led by different quarterbacks. No matter what happens, it’ll be an empirical coup. We should learn a lot about a lot more than just these QBs.Neil: Of course, all this assumes that Kelly is telling the truth when he says he won’t trade up in the draft to snag his former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota as the team’s long-term future at the position. And if there’s anything we’ve learned from the first few months of Kelly’s tenure as grocery-shopper (in addition to cook), it’s to expect the unexpected.Walt: The only thing less trustworthy than an Eagles fan is an Eagles coach. Quarterback Sam Bradford, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, watches a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Nov. 9 in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images Tuesday marked the beginning of a new year on the NFL calendar, and the Philadelphia Eagles apparently decided to celebrate the occasion with a flurry of major transactions. In response, we summoned a special FiveThirtyEight NFL roundtable, wherein Ben Morris, Neil Paine and Walt Hickey discuss the big moves, continue to debate Chip Kelly’s mad genius and ponder what all this roster reshuffling amounts to.Neil Paine: Walt, when last we convened to discuss NFL transactions, you hailed Rex Ryan for grabbing LeSean McCoy but also gave some credit to Chip Kelly for smartly freeing up cap space. Now we have the news that Kelly — in the wake of being spurned by Frank Gore — has essentially executed an old-school challenge trade at the game’s most important position, dealing Nick Foles to St. Louis for Sam Bradford. Have you embraced Kelly’s madness?Walt Hickey: As I understand it — which is barely — Kelly is either making a dramatic short in the Philadelphia jersey market, destroying the value of essentially any fan’s merchandise purchased two or more years ago, or winning the Kobayashi Maru while the rest of the league is playing Snakes and Ladders. Both situations are troubling. As a Giants fan, my only thought is: What’s his play?Ben Morris: I like to imagine that Chip Kelly and Les Snead were just chillin’ and Kelly was like, “Dude, crazy hypothetical that just popped into my head: What would happen if we just right out and switched quarterbacks? I mean, neither of us is in love with who we have, and people always say that kind of thing: ‘What would happen if you put Brady on the Broncos and Manning on the Patriots?’ Honestly, I have no idea what would happen, but could you imagine?” And then after a lengthy chortle, a tiny uncomfortable silence took over before they nearly simultaneously grinned and went, “[expletive] it.”Neil: The swap is a bit puzzling, I admit. Foles was inconsistent when healthy last season, and his staggeringly efficient 2013 campaign was driven in part by a freakishly low interception rate. But for all of Foles’s up-and-down play, he still has a far better statistical track record than Bradford, who — let’s also point out — missed all of last season with a knee injury. In fairness, Bradford was saddled with a terrible supporting cast in St. Louis, and he still carries the prestige of a former No. 1 overall draft pick. So if you squint, Kelly kind of turned a former third-round QB into the highest of first-rounders. But both of these guys have been out of college so long that it’s a real stretch to make that argument. Neil: Let’s shift gears to Thursday’s news that Kelly’s Eagles inked former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to a five-year, $42 million contract (with $21 million guaranteed). Ben, you wrote about Murray several times last season — what are your thoughts on Philly picking him up?Ben: The main thing to like about the Eagles signing DeMarco Murray is that they didn’t absolutely break the bank to do it. While $42 million over five years with $21 million guaranteed is a fair amount for a running back, it’s comparable to what LeSean McCoy got from Buffalo. While it likely isn’t a huge value move, the important part is that it isn’t Adrian Peterson money.The two main Murray knocks are 1) that he played behind a supposedly stellar offensive line in Dallas and 2) that he has had some fumbling problems that have negated much of his would-be Win Percentage Added over the past few seasons. These are both legitimate concerns, and — assuming it’s true that the Cowboys were only willing to offer Murray $5 million per year — it would seem his former employers took them seriously.Yet, again, the deal seems to have a fairly high upside. Both of the Murray knocks are in the “reasonable doubt” category — they’re not outright proof that Murray isn’t the real deal. And if he is, the Eagles may be getting the “ideal running back” at a reasonable price.Neil: Like you said, though, Murray’s contract ended up being only slightly cheaper than the deal given to McCoy after Kelly abruptly traded him to the Bills a little over a week ago. In addition, Murray will be 27 years old next season — the same age as McCoy (at a position where peak production comes at age 26, I might add) — and the two players have practically identical per-carry and per-game stats over the past four seasons.Walt, what keeps this from being a lateral move for the Eagles? And if so, doesn’t that just reinforce the notion that Kelly the GM is flying by the seat of his pants this offseason with no discernible plan? (Which seems especially likely in the case of Murray’s signing, since Kelly inked Ryan Mathews, another RB, earlier in the week.)Walt: This is totally a lateral move for the Eagles! But it’s a rather brilliant one. The de facto result of the past several weeks is that Kelly traded McCoy for Kiko Alonso, Murray and extra cap space. Which, honestly, seems nice. If you’re obsessed with ages and their relationship to productivity in interchangeable running backs, Neil, that’s not a terrible move, provided it was planned.Naturally, I hope this week is terrible for Philadelphia and its citizens. But these moves are exciting and matter. Looking at the 2013 roster, there’s very little continuity at skill positions — Brent Celek, Riley Cooper, Jeff Maehl and Chris Polk. That’s a lot of turnover! But I think Eagles fans just have to go for the ride here.Neil: As our colleague (and Philly sports aficionado) Jody Avirgan tweeted, being an Eagles fan is suddenly a bit like working a low-level job on the Manhattan Project: You have no idea what the master plan is — or if one even exists — but you have to trust that the smart guys at the top know what they’re doing.I do wonder how long this fan base’s patience will last if these machinations don’t quickly lead to wins. But maybe that’s how you build a winner in the NFL, by taking these kinds of chances.Ben: You can kind of see Kelly’s meta-strategy coming together: He’s going to either build a contender or crash and burn. As a gambler, I like it: He’s setting up a parlay, no doubt — but one that seems like it could pay off big if it hits. read more