VueReal Inc. Announces the Appointment of Kevin Soukup, a Semiconductor Industry Veteran, as a Member of the Board of Directors

WATERLOO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / March 20, 2023 / 2023 continues to see growth opportunities as VueReal builds off the momentum gained from 2022. VueReal remains focused on its vision of enabling new, innovative, and enriching products through sustainable micro-pixel fabrication.

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The significant growth opportunity in automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, health and medical demands detailed planning to stay focused on its vision. In addition, different fabrication scaleup opportunities for VueReal in North America require deep and tough strategic discussion and planning. To ensure that VueReal can scale up successfully and strategically, the company is excited to welcome Kevin Soukup to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Reza Chaji, CEO of VueReal, said, “We’re excited to announce that Kevin Soukup has joined VueReal’s Board of Directors. Kevin brings a wealth of semiconductor knowledge and experience and will play a key role in helping VueReal scale its business.” Kevin started his career in the semiconductor industry with Samsung in 2000, where he spent 11 years in a variety of engineering and operations leadership roles. Kevin joined GlobalFoundries in 2011, where he supported the ramp-up of its semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility in Malta, NY. He currently serves as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for long-range planning, integrated strategy and corporate development.

With the added expertise to our Board and organization, VueReal has set its sights on establishing itself as a critical supplier of micro-pixel fabrication for strategic markets in North America and Europe.

“I’m excited to join VueReal’s board of directors at such a pivotal time for the company,” said Kevin Soukup. “Their talented team has developed innovative technologies which enable mass production of high-quality custom displays that will significantly accelerate the uLED adoption curve. I look forward to working with the VueReal team to help steward this next stage of growth.”

About VueReal

VueReal, a semiconductor and cleantech company, has developed a revolutionary semiconductor fabrication process called the microSolid Printing platform, enabling the efficient, practical, and scalable production of microLED/microSensor applications. This platform extends the use of microLED/microSensors to automotive, aerospace, smartwatch, smartphone, TV, IT, medical, and more. VueReal has established strong partnerships with leading industry players to commercialize its solutions.

VueReal also offers customized display manufacturing services for niche and mainstream markets, leveraging its state-of-the-art facilities and multidisciplinary research team. VueReal has used its platform to develop and commercialize microLED displays for different applications in North America.

Contact Information

Reza Chaji
CEO
info@vuereal.com

SOURCE: VueReal Inc.

Netanyahu waters down judicial reform

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has softened his proposed reform to the judicial system following protests by hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the past two months. Netanyahu held a phone call with US President Joe Biden the day before the amendments were announced, with the American leader reportedly calling for compromise.

Netanyahu’s coalition government issued a statement on Monday that contained several changes to the original version of the legislation put forward on January 4. Among other things, the latest iteration envisages fewer government representatives in the Judicial Selection Committee – the body that appoints judges to Israeli courts – than was originally proposed.

The Israeli PM urged parliamentary opponents of the reform to abandon their plans to boycott ratification votes, and asked them to end their calls for further protests.

“We are extending a hand to anyone who genuinely cares about national unity and the desire to reach an agreed accord,” the coalition government statement read.

Netanyahu insists that he is seeking to ensure balance among government branches through his plan to change the way judges are selected, although critics have claimed the proposals risk limiting the independence of courts.

On Sunday, the White House said that President Biden had spoken by phone with Netanyahu, emphasizing that “democratic values… must remain a hallmark of the US-Israel relationship.” The US leader also stressed the importance of “genuine checks and balances” in a democratic society.

“The president offered support for efforts underway to forge a compromise on proposed judicial reforms consistent with those core principles,” the White House statement added.

According to several media outlets, citing an anonymous US official, Biden had expressed “concern” over the planned overhaul of Israel’s judicial system.

Appearing on a radio talk show on Friday, Netanyahu’s son, Yair Netanyahu, compared the left-wing protesters to the paramilitary wings of the Nazis in Germany and fascists in Italy during the 1930s.

He accused the demonstrators of creating chaos in the streets, having previously branded them “domestic terrorists.”

Israeli President Isaac Herzog warned in a video address last Wednesday that the nation risks sliding into civil war over the contentious judicial reform plan. Herzog suggested a set of alternative measures, which Netanyahu was quick to reject.

Source: Russia Today

Israeli minister says there’s ‘no such thing’ as Palestinians

There’s no such thing as Palestinian history or culture, and no such thing as a Palestinian people, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has claimed. The minister, who is tasked with the administration of the occupied West Bank, made the inflammatory remarks on Sunday during a visit to France.

Smotrich was speaking at a memorial event commemorating Jacques Kupfer, a prominent Zionist and activist with the right-wing Likud Party, who died back in 2021. The minister delivered his speech while standing at a lectern draped with a flag depicting a variation of the so-called ‘Greater Israel’ map that appears to include the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and Jordan, footage of the event, which was widely shared online, shows.

“Is there a Palestinian history or culture? There is none. There is no such thing as a Palestinian people,” the politician stated, scoring applause from the audience.

Smotrich, a settler in the occupied West Bank himself, also claimed to be a real Palestinian, while describing his late grandfather as a “13th generation Jerusalemite” and a “true Palestinian.”

The controversial remarks drew the ire of Palestinian officials, who condemned them as “racist” and “extremist.” Palestine's Foreign Ministry condemned Smotrich’s denial of the existence of the Palestinians, stating that such statements “foster an environment that fuels Jewish extremism and terrorism against our people.”

This is the second major controversy that Smotrich, well-known for his hardline Zionist stance and repeated anti-Palestinian remarks, has ignited this month. Early in the month, the minister called for “wiping out” the Palestinian town of Huwara, which saw riots by Israeli settlers following the shooting of two settlers by a Palestinian gunman. The rioting claimed the life of at least one Palestinian resident of Huwara.

The remarks received widespread condemnation, prompting the minister to backtrack and claim he “did not mean that the town of Huwara should be wiped out,” but that Israel should “act in a targeted manner against terrorists and supporters of terrorism.”

Source: Russia Today

Trkiye says it expects Sweden to prevent terrorist fundraising, recruitment, propaganda

Trkiye expects Sweden to prevent fundraising, recruitment, and propaganda by terrorist groups on its soil, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday.

"We welcome positive steps taken by Sweden but it still falls short," Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with senior EU and Swedish officials following an international donors' conference to support the victims of last month's earthquakes in Trkiye and Syria.

Responding to a question on Sweden's NATO bid, Cavusoglu said Trkiye had no issues with Finland's accession but that both NATO and the Nordic countries wanted to treat Sweden and Finland equally.

"We have demonstrated our goodwill, now the parliament has the power to ratify their membership," Cavusoglu told reporters alongside EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi and Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell.

He also reiterated that Trkiye supports NATO's open door policy.

Abandoning decades of military non-alignment, Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO last May.

However, Trkiye, a longstanding NATO member, asked the two Nordic states to take concrete action against terror groups like the PKK and FETO.

In June, Finland and Sweden signed a memorandum with Trkiye to address Ankara's security concerns, and senior diplomats and officials from the three countries have held various meetings since then to discuss the implementation of the trilateral agreement.

Meanwhile, Sweden passed an anti-terror law last November, hoping that Ankara would approve Stockholm's bid to join the NATO alliance. The new law, which will go into force on June 1, will allow Swedish authorities to prosecute individuals who support terrorist organizations.

Trkiye on Friday said it would approve the process of Finland's NATO membership protocol in its parliament.

Donors' conference

On the donor's conference, Cavusoglu said Trkiye had been at the forefront of helping countries in need and was grateful to see the same kind of solidarity after the earthquakes.

For his part, EU Commissioner Varhelyi said the fundraiser would provide "significant help" to Turkish partners and allies as they concentrate their efforts on reconstruction.

He said that more than half of the $7.5 billion in funding that the event gathered was raised by European institutions and EU member states.

"This is also a very strong political commitment and very strong emotional commitment. Also, both with the country and with its people that you can always count on Europe and not only in trouble," Varhelyi added.

Sweden's Minister Johan Forssell also noted that the Swedish EU Council presidency had reacted immediately when the earthquakes hit Trkiye on Feb. 6, to help alleviate the plight of victims.

"Today we have seen the result of our common initiative," he added.

- Syria

On Trkiye's recent "engagement" with the Syrian regime, Cavusoglu said these efforts aimed to stabilize the war-torn country and did not amount to "normalization."

"The aim of these efforts is to end the chaos, instability, and internal conflicts in Syria, which has lasted for more than 11 years, permanently," said the Turkish foreign minister.

Noting that there had been many platforms and initiatives launched on Syria since the war began in 2011, Cavusoglu said the only surviving mechanism was the Astana format.

"The refugees can't return (to Syria). The terrorist organization PKK/YPG is strengthening its position every day to divide the country due unfortunately to the support given them by some of our allies, especially the US," he added.

Emphasizing that people living in the country continued to suffer under difficult circumstances, Cavusoglu said a many of the refugees currently in Trkiye wanted to return on their own accord, but that conditions were not suitable.

Elections in Syria must be carried out within the framework of UN Security Council resolution 2254, he said, adding: "Only with a political solution can the unity of the country be established."

Reiterating Trkiye's support for Syria's territorial integrity, Cavusoglu said the international community needed to make the distinction between reconstruction and aid to local residents and those who will return.

"We know that there can be no reconstruction without lasting peace. Not only us, but Arab countries are also now engaged and negotiating so migrants can return to Syria.

"In this way, the international community should at least engage with the regime, especially UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), through international organizations," he said.

More than 50,000 people were killed in powerful earthquakes that struck southern Trkiye on Feb. 6.

The magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes, centered in Kahramanmaras province, affected more than 13 million people across 11 provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, Elazig and Sanliurfa.

Several countries in the region, including Syria and Lebanon, also felt the strong tremors that struck Trkiye in fewer than 10 hours.

Source: Anadolu Agency

20 years after US invasion, Iraqis still in quest for change

Twenty years after the US invasion of Iraq, the country is trying to get back on its feet.

On March 20, 2003, an international coalition led by the US launched a military operation to overthrow Saddam Hussein's regime, and despite toppling the regime on April 9 of that year, the American military presence continued for two decades.

In 2004, Paul Bremer, the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority (post-invasion US-led interim government), instituted a quota system.

The system is ostensibly designed to ensure fair representation, with the position of president reserved for a Kurd, prime minister reserved for a Shia Muslim, and Parliament Speaker reserved for a Sunni Muslim.

However, multiple Iraqi citizens told Anadolu that the Americans did not introduce democracy, but instead established a hybrid political system.

Change for worse

Many citizens who spoke to Anadolu said that in general life has not sufficiently improved whether on the economic level, or other aspects such as services, unity of the society, or state sovereignty.

"After the fall of Saddam, the Iraqis hoped that changing his authoritarian regime would lead to a new state, based on democracy and fair distribution of wealth," an Iraqi academic told Anadolu on condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal.

He went on to say "we had high hopes on the US administration's implementation of its promises to establish a democratic system as an alternative to the 35-year era of the individual system (Saddam's rule 1979-2003)."

However, the reality after two decades is that the political process is marked by 'corruption, sectarian quotas, and resource-sharing among influential powers,' the academic said.

'Most Iraqis live with deteriorating services, uncontrolled weapons, and organized crime gangs,' the academic said.

Usually, consensus takes place between the winning blocs in the parliamentary elections, to distribute ministries and high positions among themselves, according to what is called 'quotas', which has led to unqualified people in high positions who work for the benefit of their parties at the expense of public interests.

Poverty affects 25% of Iraq's total population of more than 42 million people, according to the statistics of the Iraqi Ministry of Planning in early 2023.

Elusive change

Journalist Wissam Al-Mulla told Anadolu: "The most significant repercussions of the American invasion of Iraq are the state of shock experienced by the Iraqi streets, because of the situation in the country."

"The Iraqis have not gained much except for a limited margin of freedom of expression, which is slowly becoming narrower due to the suppression of opinions, the arrest of bloggers, and the punishment of activists, journalists, and media professionals," he said.

The journalist went on to say: "Although we have gained some freedom, it came at the cost of social security, and the country witnessed several instances of security chaos and internal conflicts in different periods."

"After 20 years, we aspire to overthrow the ruling political class and bring about change that leads to a genuinely democratic system similar to those in the civilized countries worldwide," he added.

Professor of Psychological Education Hassan Al-Hamdani said: "Iraq before the American invasion had prestige in its Arab and regional surroundings despite the blockade and diplomatic rupture with the regime, and the Iraqis were living under the law somewhat."

The American invasion gave "a margin of democracy, and it had negative repercussions and some positives, including breaking the barrier of fear of power,' Al-Hamdani added.

Iraqi citizen Ali Khalaf said: "Our life as Iraqis has witnessed a slight improvement with regard to roads and bridges, as well as in the field of hiring graduates of colleges and institutes, and providing job opportunities for the unemployed."

However, Khalaf noted that poverty affects more than a third of Iraq's population of more than 40 million people.

The basic rights partially achieved in Iraq, such as freedom of opinion and expression, are among the fundamental rights stipulated by the United Nations and international covenants, as outlined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In October 2019, major popular protests known as the "October Revolution" took place in the capital, Baghdad, and other provinces in central and southern Iraq. Every year, demonstrators continue to demand their rights.

The protesters called for an end to corruption, improvement of living conditions and public services, job opportunities, an end to the quota system between Shia, Sunnis, and Kurds, and a halt to the dependence of political forces on external powers, particularly Iran and the US.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Yemeni government, Houthi rebels reach prisoner swap deal

The Yemeni government on Monday announced a prisoner swap deal with Houthi rebels.

'An agreement has been reached to free 887 prisoners from both sides,' Undersecretary for Human Rights Majid Fada'el told Anadolu.

He said four journalists and a number of security and military officials will be released under the deal. He explained that a brother of former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and former Defense Minister Mahmoud Sobeih will also be freed.

The UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) welcomed the prisoner swap deal between Yemen's warring rivals.

A joint statement by the UN and ICRC said the two rivals agreed to convene in May "to discuss more releases."

"I join hundreds of Yemeni families in looking forward to the swift and smooth implementation of the releases," UN Special Envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg said.

ICRC head in Yemen, Daphnee Maret, said the deal would help build confidence between the Yemeni parties.

"The ICRC stands ready to continue to play the role of neutral intermediary and to facilitate purely humanitarian visits in places of detention, contribute to the re-establishment of family links, and support the release, transfer and repatriation of conflict-related detainees so that thousands more can return to their families,' Maret added.

There was no comment yet from the Houthi group.

Talks for a prisoner swap between the two rivals began last week in Switzerland under the UN auspices.

Last year, the two warring rivals signed a UN-brokered deal to free 2,000 prisoners, but their release was disrupted amid accusations of each party to the other of violating the agreement.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital, Sanaa.

Source: Anadolu Agency

EU foreign policy chief hails Trkiye, UN for Black Sea grain deal extension

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday lauded Trkiye and the UN for securing an extension to the Black Sea grain deal.

The agreement 'has been prolonged and congratulations to the UN and Trkiye for this diplomatic effort,' Borrell told reporters before a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

'Let's hope that this will be implemented efficiently and without delays,' he added.

Trkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed a deal in Istanbul last July to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian ports that were blocked after the war began in February.

The agreement was extended for a second time on Saturday for 120 days, just before it was due to expire on the same day.

If there are any issues in the implementation, 'the consequences will be counted in the losses of human lives,' Borrell warned, referring to the growing risk of a global food shortage.

He also hailed the extension as 'good news' for Ukraine and its agricultural exports.

According to the UN, 25 million metric tons of grain and foodstuffs have been moved to 45 countries under the deal, helping bring down global food prices and stabilizing markets.

Source: Anadolu Agency