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Inspirational quotes of the day

 

“Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.” (Muslims & Bukhari)

“The perfect Muslim is not a perfect Muslim, who eats till he is full and leaves his neighbors hungry.”  (Ibn Abbas: Baihaqi)

“Women are the twin halves of men.” (Tirmidhi)

“A father gives his child nothing better than a good education.” (Tirmidhi)

“Whoever complains of the bad character of another, has revealed the badness of his own character.” – Imam Al Ghazali (Rahimahullah)

“The believer does not defame, abuse, disparage, nor vilify.” (al-Tirmidhi, sahih)

 

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Obama Foreign Policy in Caricature

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Caricature

 

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Inspirational quotes of the day

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“If anyone slew an innocent person it would be as if he slew the whole mankind and if anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole mankind”
[Al-Qur’an 5:32]

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “That which is lawful is clear, and that which is unlawful is also quite clear. Between these two is that which is ambiguous, which most people do not know. One who avoids the doubtful safeguards his faith and his honor.”
 Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 588.

The strong person is not the good wrestler. Rather,the strong person is the one who controls himself when he is angry.
(Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 73, #135)”  

 
“In a nation where the disbelievers sought Heaven from the idols, the Messenger of Allah [Prophet Muhammad] taught them that Heaven can be found through a simple smile.” 
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri 
“A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity.” (Muslim)
“There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah.” (Bukhari)

 

“What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” (Bukhari)

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Don’t miss Chris Hedges speech about Gaza Crises

Dedicated to the children in Gaza

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Quotes and Wise Sayings From Quran : Islam A Message of Peace!

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 The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said :

1- All mankind is descended from Adam and Eve, an Arab is not better than a non-Arab and a non-Arab is not better than an Arab; a white person is not better than a black person, nor is a black person better than a white person except by piety and good actions. Learn that every Muslim is the brother of every other Muslim and that Muslims form one brotherhood.

2-  “Believers are in relation to one another as parts of one structure. One part strengthens the other.”

Bukhari Hadith 8.88

3- “You will not enter paradise until you have faith. And you will not complete your faith until you love one another.”

4-“The greatest of wealth is the richness of the soul.”

5- “Whosoever of you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart; and that is the weakest of faith.”

Related by Muslim.

1 – “Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed and anger”

~ Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (RA)

2- Don’t show pleasure in somebody’s downfall, for you have no knowledge of what the future holds in store for you. Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (AS)

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Free Writting

 

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Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta sides with bullied teacher

Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta sides with bullied teacherCBC – Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta sides with bullied teacher

An Alberta school board didn’t do enough to protect one of its teachers from being cyber-bullied by one of her students, according to the province’s human rights commission.

For almost two years, Vienna Malko-Monterossa was harassed by a female Grade 8 student at the ConseilScolaireCentre-Nord. The girl made prank phone calls and sent nasty emails and Facebook messages.

The girl was expelled and sent to another school – but the harassment didn’t stop.

The teen then falsely accused Malko-Monterrosa of sexual assault. She also sent the teacher a letter calling her “an illegal immigrant” and “an insult to the human race.”

In 2009,  Malko-Monterrosa filed a human rights complaint against the Francophone school board for failing to protect her from harassment.

Malko-Monterrosa was cleared of the sexual assault allegation following a police investigation. All parties – including the girl herself – agreed that the online harassment occurred.

Malko-Monterrosa says the harassment made it hard to go to work and left her terrified of opening her email each day. However, the teacher says the school board did not take strong enough action against the student.

The Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta has found the board was liable.

“I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest just to know that … they were held liable for their actions,” Malko-Monterossa said Wednesday.

She is also happy the decision has been made public.

“People can read about my story and understand teachers can also be targets of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and sexual harassment … and there’s somewhere people can go in order to get help.”

The tribunal has awarded Malko-Monterossa $7,500 in general damages for her suffering and $175 for her costs.

 

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Political Cartoon : War on Gaza

 

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Caricature

 

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UK Jewish MP: Israel acting like Nazis in Gaza

  • Sir Gerald Kaufmann (UK Jewish MP)
 
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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Human Rights

 

Inspirational quote

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I’m not an activist; I don’t look for controversy. I’m not a political person, but I’m a person with compassion. I care passionately about equal rights. I care about human rights. I care about animal rights.

Ellen DeGeneres

 

Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.
Pope Francis


Although we have, in theory, abolished human slavery, recognized women’s rights, and stopped child labor, we continue to enslave other species who, if we simply pay attention, show quite clearly that they experience parental love, pain, and the desire for freedom, just as we do.           Ingrid Newkirk

 People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.      Indira Gandhi

 
“The best way to teach morality, is to make it a habit with children.”        Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C).
 
We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.      Will Rogers

 
 
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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Quotes

 

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UNICEF: Israel killed 500 children in Gaza .

Newborn Palestinian baby recievinfg treatment UNICEF stressed that children in Gaza are experiencing difficult living conditions. They make up around half of Gaza’s population, 1.8million. UNICEF said that the Israeli occupation has destroyed the houses of more than 50,000 children.

UNICEF has said that the Israeli occupation killed around 500 Palestinian children during the war on the Gaza Strip and wounded around 3,000 others.

Chief of UNICEF’s Gaza Field Office Pernille Ironside said that 469 children were killed. The number is expected to rise.

She described the effects and damage of the Israeli war on the Palestinian children as “bad,” noting that nine children were killed in the last 48 hours.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced a higher number. They said that 560 children were killed and 11,000 wounded.

Meanwhile, three children were killed on Thursday in Al-Nafaq Street in the north-east of the Gaza Strip. Several international organisations said that targeting children during the war mounts to war crimes and perpetrators must be held account for them.

UNICEF stressed that children in Gaza are experiencing difficult living conditions. They make up around half of Gaza’s population, 1.8million. UNICEF said that the Israeli occupation has destroyed the houses of more than 50,000 children.

 

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Caricature

 

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Yemen 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report

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Yemen is a country of origin and, to a lesser extent, a transit and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Some Yemeni children, mostly boys, migrate to the Yemeni cities of Aden and Sanaa, or travel across the northern border to Saudi Arabia and, to a lesser extent, to Oman where they are subjected to forced labor in domestic service, small shops, or as beggars. Some of these children are forced into prostitution by traffickers, border patrols, other security officials, and their employers once they arrive in Saudi Arabia; some children are forced to smuggle drugs to Saudi Arabia. Some families supportive of ethnic Houthi rebels, including those residing in Sanaa and other locations outside Houthi control, send their children to Saada to be trained by the Houthis in the use of arms to serve in Houthi militias. A Saudi study conducted in 2011 reported that most beggars in Saudi Arabia are Yemenis between the ages of 16 and 25. The Yemeni government and international NGOs estimate that there are approximately 935,000 child laborers under the age of 15 in Yemen, some of whom are subjected to conditions of forced labor. In addition, some sources report that the practice of chattel slavery still exists in Yemen; while no official statistics exist detailing this practice, unconfirmed sources report that there could be 300 to 500 men, women, and children sold or inherited as slaves in Yemen, including in the Al-Zohrah district of Al-Hudaydah Governorate, west of Sanaa, and the Kuaidinah and Khairan Al-Muharraq districts of the Hajjah Governorate, north of the capital.

Yemen is also a source country for girls subjected to sex trafficking within the country and in Saudi Arabia. Girls as young as 15 years old are exploited for commercial sex in hotels and clubs in the governorates of Sanaa, Aden, and Taiz. The majority of child sex tourists in Yemen are from Saudi Arabia, with a smaller number possibly originating from other Gulf nations. Yemeni girls who marry Saudi tourists often do not realize the temporary and exploitative nature of these agreements; some are subjected to sex trafficking or abandoned on the streets of Saudi Arabia. Yemen is a transit and destination country for women and children from the Horn of Africa. An international organization estimated that 107,000 migrants and refugees from the Horn of Africa—primarily Ethiopia and, to a lesser extent, Somalia and Eritrea—reached Yemen in 2012, which was double that reported in 2010. According to UNHCR, 74 percent of the migrants reportedly crossed the Red Sea via Obock, Djibouti. Ethiopian and Somali women and children travel voluntarily to Yemen with the hope of working in other Gulf countries, but some are subjected to sex trafficking or domestic servitude in Yemen. Others migrate based on fraudulent offers of employment as domestic servants in Yemen, but upon arrival are subjected to sex trafficking or forced labor. Some female Somali refugees are forced into prostitution in Aden and Lahj governorates, and Yemeni and Saudi gangs traffic African children to Saudi Arabia. Smugglers capitalize on the instability in the Horn of Africa to subject Africans to forced labor and prostitution in Yemen. Some refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa that voluntarily transit Yemen en route to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are abandoned in Yemen and abused by traffickers; some were reportedly forced to embark boats headed to Yemen.

Source:  http://www.state.gov

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspirational quotes of the day

1- “If you want to focus more on Allah in your prayers, focus more on Him outside your prayers.”

2- “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

3- “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” Via Islamic Thoughts

4- “My sin burdened me heavily. But when I measured it against Your Grace, O Lord, Your forgiveness came out greater.” – Imam Shafii

5- “None of you truly believes (in Allah and His religion) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

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Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Tilbury Docks: Man dies after 35 found in container

 

Tilbury Docks in Essex - library picture The discovery was made when the ship was being unloaded

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A man has died after 35 people – including children – were found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks.

The survivors – believed to be from the Indian subcontinent – are said to be recovering “fairly quickly in most cases” at nearby hospitals.

They were discovered after a freighter arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium at about 06:00 BST and was being unloaded.

Essex Police has launched a homicide investigation and officers are being assisted by their Belgian counterparts.

Supt Trevor Roe said staff at the docks were alerted to the container by “screaming and banging” from inside.

We know that criminal gangs are involved in what amounts to a brutal trade in human lives”

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He said about 50 other containers on the freighter, called the Norstream, had been searched and no other people were discovered inside.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Roe told journalists the survivors were being held under immigration powers and would be taken to an immigration reception centre near Tilbury.

Belgian police say they believe the lorry which delivered the container in Zeebrugge has been identified through CCTV footage. They do not, however, have information yet about where it originated from.

He said they would eventually be interviewed through interpreters.

Mr Roe said the police investigation would look into “the gangs or whoever may be involved in this conspiracy to bring these people in this way over to this country”.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said the incident was “a reminder of the often devastating human consequences of illegal migration”.

He said: “We know that criminal gangs are involved in what amounts to a brutal trade in human lives. We also know that illegal migration is a Europe-wide issue.

“That is why we work closely and collaboratively with law enforcement and port authorities, in neighbouring countries, to target criminal networks and ensure that the organised gangs behind trafficking and people smuggling can’t operate with impunity.”

 

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in News

 

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Closing door on Canadian citizenship

Since the Harper Conservatives have come to power one of the areas which have attracted much of their legislative attention is the Citizenship and Immigration file. In an interview, which has attracted almost no national media attention at time of writing, published in the conservative National Post on December 27, 2013 the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, discussed dramatic changes to Canada’s Citizenship laws which were being considered by the Conservative Government.

In what has been described as the “first comprehensive reforms to the Citizenship Act in more than a generation” the controversial bill is expected to be introduced in the House of Commons sometime in 2014.

Some of the changes being proposed include extending the qualifying period for residence to obtain Canadian Citizenship from the current three years in a four period to a longer timeframe. Minister Alexander suggested that it was “time to consider increasing the threshold.” “I think the balance of considerations is in favour of a longer requirement,” he said. “There’s only one way of truly understanding what it means to be Canadian, what it means to participate in Canadian life, and that is by living here.”

The Canadian government has already been cracking down on “alleged fraud” in reported physical presence in Canada for renewals of Permanent Residence Cards and for the granting of Canadian Citizenship. However, Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) is reportedly investigating over 11,000 suspected cases of fraud. Despite investing huge amounts of time and money to date only “twelve (12) people have had their citizenship revoked for fraud, despite more than 3000 investigations.”

Another expected change is the elimination of the automatic grant of Canadian Citizenship for those born in Canada. Reportedly Canada and the United States are the only developed countries in the World that grant citizenship to individuals born on their territory.

For a number of years Conservatives, and other commentators, have been complaining about “birth tourism” or tourists who come to Canada with the purpose of giving birth in Canada so that the child will acquire Canadian Citizenship.

Former immigration minister Jason Kenney was adamantly opposed to this current practice. “Granting citizenship based on place of birth is “outdated” and the rules need to change to prevent the proliferation of passport babies.” The new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration echoes this concern. Alexander said, “It’s something we need to look at. There is clearly abuse…..People who come here as birth tourists solely for the purpose of acquiring citizenship for newborns and without any intention of immigrating and living here permanently — we need to find a way of addressing that.”

In the United States these American born children are known as “anchor babies.” Critics in America are calling for the elimination of this policy of granting United States Citizenship to all individuals born into the country. They propose limiting the granting of citizenship to babies at least one of whose parents has permanent residence or citizenship status in the United States.

On April 17, 2009 a law amending the Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect. The law helped correct a problem in the citizenship status of many individuals who fell through the cracks in the law on obtaining Canadian Citizenship prior to the first Canadian Citizenship Law which was adopted in 1947. Prior to that date there was no law on the granting of Canadian Citizenship. The 1947 law also required those eligible for Canadian Citizenship to apply before they reached the age of 28. The 1947 Citizenship law, however, also discriminated against women and children born out of wedlock. The April 2009 law addressed some of these issues. Other problems still remained like the so called “lost Canadians” born outside of Canada and before the 1947 law was enacted.

The other major change to Canada’s Citizenship law in the 2009 law was removing the right of Canadians who were born outside of Canada the right to pass on their citizenship to their children if they were born outside of Canada and did not qualify for the limited exemptions to the law. These exemptions primarily applied to children of Canadian military or government personnel serving overseas.

This change has created many problems for children of those Canadians born outside of Canada who could not pass their citizenship to their children. The result is that some of these children end up “stateless” and with no citizenship at all. This is especially the case where the country does not grant citizenship based on birth in the country or only recognized the passing of status though the father. The Canadian parents must then sponsor their children to Canada which creates significant difficulties and delays. If the children are stateless they normally do not have a passport and cannot travel to Canada or to any other country without a travel document.

This new proposal to remove the acquisition of citizenship by birth, however, may also create a problem for such individuals who may become “stateless.” Canada ratified the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness on July 17, 1978. The following is taken from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) web site:

The 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness is the primary international legal instrument adopted to date to deal with the means of avoiding statelessness. The Convention provides for acquisition of nationality for those who would otherwise be stateless and who have an appropriate link with the State through factors of birth or descent. The issues of retention of nationality once acquired and transfer of territory are also addressed. The Convention does not address nationality issues within the jurisdiction of a State only, but also offers solutions to nationality problems which might arise between States. To this end, the principles outlined in the Convention have served as an effective framework within which to resolve conflicts concerning nationality.

Source: http://canadiandimension.com

 

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspirational quotes

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“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Not all Muslims become involved in acts of violence. Yet all might be held culpable. THis is because that section of Muslim–in fact, the majority–who are not personally involved, neither disown those members of their community who are engaged in violence, nor even condemn them. In such a case, according to the Islamic Shariah itself, if the involved Muslims are directly responsible, the uninvolved Muslims are also indirectly responsible. (p. 91)” 
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, The True Jihad: The Concept of Peace, Tolerance and Non Violence in Islam    

The strong person is not the good wrestler. Rather,the strong person is the one who controls himself when he is angry.
(Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 73, #135)”

“Anyone who has learned the Quran and holds it lovingly in his heart will ‘value his nights when people are asleep, his days when people are given to excess, his grief when people are joyful, his weeping when people
laugh, his silence when people chatter and his humility when people are arrogant’. In other words every moment of life will be precious to him, and he should therefore be ‘gentle’, never harsh nor quarrelsome, ‘nor one who makes a clamour in the market nor one who is quick to anger’.”
Ibn Mas’ud

“Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except those who give mercy to other creatures.” 
Anonymous, The Quran

 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Quotes

 

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BBC – Truth behind the Palestinian and Israeli conflict

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Gaza 2014 /Jon Snow annihilates’ Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Poilitics

 

Israel accused of war crimes (UK Parliament)

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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An unacceptable level of brutality

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The Israeli military was guilty of “an unacceptable level of brutality”. The children of Palestine are often the ones who find themselves victims of Israel’s policies

According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, 1317 Palestinians have been killed and more than 7340 injured since Israel’s Protective Edge offensive in the Gaza Strip began on July 8. 

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Innocent victims: Palestinian boys play in a barrel outside their home in Beit Lahia, in the northern of Gaza Strip, on Tuesday.

 

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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An Honest Israeli Jew Tells The Real Truth about Israel

Give yourself some of your time and watch this video. Be patient if u are interesting to know the Real Truth of Israel.

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
Mark Twain

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Human Rights

 

Israel Gaza Conflict: The Innocent Children Paying The Terrible Price Of War (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

These are the children bearing the terrible price of war as the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza enters its second day.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Human rights violations in occupied Palestinian territory cannot be distorted – UN expert

Special Rapporteur Richard Falk. UN Photo/Jess Hoffman

A United Nations independent expert today drew attention to the human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory and stressed that attempts to distort the facts cannot mask the reality that Israel’s actions are endangering Palestinians’ lives every day.

“Neither Israel nor its proxies can justify the facts on the ground in occupied Palestine,” Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, said, “so they distract, distort and defame to allow the violations to go on.”

In a news release, Mr. Falk underlined that “irresponsible and dishonest smear campaigns to discredit those who document these realities do not change the facts on the ground 46 after Israel launched the war that began its occupation of Palestine.”

According to Mr. Falk, Israel is actively confiscating Palestinian water and land, having seized an additional 60,000 square meters of land near Nablus just this week.

“Israel continues to annex Palestinian territory; Israel persists in demolishing Palestinians’ homes and populating Palestine with Israeli citizens; Israel maintains a policy of collectively punishing 1.75 million Palestinians through its imposition of a blockade on the Gaza Strip; and Israel prosecutes its occupation with impunity, refusing to accept the world’s calls to respect international law,” he said.

Israel has detained approximately 750,000 Palestinians since the occupation began 46 years ago, equalling nearly 20 per cent of the entire Palestinian population, Mr. Falk said.

“At the end of May Israel had 4,979 Palestinians, including 236 children, in its prisons. Another fact is that Israel constantly holds around 200 Palestinians in so-called administrative detention, which is a euphemism Israel uses for detention without charges.”

Turning to the situation in Gaza, Mr. Falk recalled that, in mid-June, Palestinians in Gaza will enter the seventh year of living under Israel’s blockade.

“Israel’s blockade is suffocating Palestinians in Gaza, with an incredible 70 per cent of the population dependent on international aid for survival and 90 per cent of the water unfit for human consumption,” he said. “These violations deprive Palestinians of hope and make a mockery of revived peace negotiations.”

Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.

Source: United Nations News

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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American and Israeli War Crimes

By Margaret Kimberley

ICH” – “BAR” – – How should one describe the U.S.-Israeli relationship? “Co-conspirators”? “Co-dependents”? “Fr enemies”? “The corporate media in the United States and other western nations ignore, minimize or tell outright lies about the ongoing massacre” of Palestinians, but surely the Israeli media would do the same for the U.S. How about “Co-enablers in War Crimes”?

Israelis in Sderot sit on a hilltop and watch bombs fall on homes, schools and hospitals that have now killed at least 185 people.”

Of all the partners in international crime in existence right now, the United States and Israel are the worst. Along with their less powerful cohorts like Saudi Arabia they have instigated occupations and carnage on a mass scale. Yet while one hand washes the other, it isn’t always clear who controls whom. Israel uses the political and economic muscle of its supporters to keep American politicians in line, but it also doesn’t have to work very hard to find a receptive ear in Washington.

After killing American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011, the Obama administration refused to disclose the legal rationale for the assassination. Fortunately, Freedom of Information Act lawsuits brought by the New York Timesand the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that Israel’s war crimes were used as pretexts for American wrong doing.

A Department of Justice memorandum written by David Barron, now an Obama-appointed federal judge, legitimizes extra judicial killings on the grounds that Israel does the same thing. A 2006 Israeli Supreme Court decision ruled that targeted assassination of hundreds of Palestinians were legal and did not violate international law.

Actions by foreign governments are rarely used to justify American policy decisions. On any other subject Obama claims that the United States is exceptional and must be not just a leader in the world, but THE leader in the world. Apparently, claims of exceptionality end when it comes to explaining away state sponsored terror.

A 2006 Israeli Supreme Court decision ruled that targeted assassination of hundreds of Palestinians were legal and did not violate international law.”

Israel becomes the convenient excuse for American criminality but it also acts like this country’s worst enemy. Israel has been caught spying on the United States numerous times. It killed 34 sailors when it attacked the USS Liberty in 1967, murdered United States citizens Rachel Corrie and Furkan Dolgan and uses the threat of electoral defeat to keep American politicians in line. None of these outrages ever damage Israel’s ability to get its way in Washington. Even local and state legislators around the country are loath to stray from the Zionist party line.

Yet Israel is also the tool for American imperialism. Its purported need for security is used as an excuse to destroy the Iranian economy with sanctions, or anything else which also serves U.S. imperial interests. The two countries are true “frenemies,” dependent upon one another while also engaging in high level dysfunction.

Right now Israel is getting its way in Gaza as it kills men, women and children with impunity. The story is the same. Israelis in Sderot sit on a hilltop and watch bombs fall on homes, schools and hospitals that have now killed at least 185 people. Only one Israeli was killed by the Hamas rockets which Americans are told are a threat to Israel’s existence.

The corporate media in the United States and other western nations ignore, minimize or tell outright lies about the ongoing massacre. In the most egregious example, ABC news used video showing destruction in Gaza and claimed the footage came from Israel.

The Palestinians only have the right to be killed.”

While it is true that the photos and videos of maimed and dead children are hardly top secret in the age of the internet, one must be extremely committed to finding information on the scale of the slaughter and of Israel’s policy of targeted assassinations of entire families. Certainly the networks and the major newspapers could make this same information available but they dare not oppose the political order.

Barack Obama and his other partners in world gangsterism such as the prime ministers of Canada, the United Kingdom and other NATO countries blurt out the same lying rhetoric. Like robots they report the same mantra that only Israel, the country with almost no casualties, has a right to defend itself. The Palestinians only have the right to be killed.

Americans are like the wronged lover who is the last to know. Thanks in large measure to media and government propaganda they have no idea who is the aggressor and who is the injured party. Millions of people all over the world are outraged and hate not just our president and congress, but all of us as individuals. The Israeli and American governments have put a bull’s eye on all of our backs and citizens of this country are largely ignorant of the risk to us all.

War crimes prosecutions are never meant for the powerful countries and their friends. If that were so, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu and Tony Blair and King Abdullah and George W. Bush and Paul Kagame would all be in the dock. They are definitely criminals but they are the top ranked criminals or their henchmen. They never pay the price but people in Gaza still do.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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Inspirational quote of the day

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“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” 
Mahatma Gandhi

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Israel: Serious Violations in West Bank Operations

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(Jerusalem) – Israel’s military operations in the West Bank following the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers have amounted to collective punishment. The military operations included unlawful use of force, arbitrary arrests, and illegal home demolitions. During raids on Palestinian towns, refugee camps, and villages, Israeli forces have shot and killed at least five Palestinians and arrested and detained at least 150 more without charge.

The military says the operations are in response to the kidnappings and killings and intended to weaken Hamas, but the scale of arbitrary arrests and detentions, unlawful use of force, property destruction including home demolitions, and raids on homes and media offices raise the collective punishment concerns. Human Rights Watch investigated two of the deadly shooting cases and found that while some youths were throwing stones, there was no evidence that the victim or anyone in the line of fire posed an imminent threat to the lives of Israeli soldiers or others.

“Israel’s search for those responsible for the appalling kidnappings and killings of its citizens cannot justify unlawfully killing civilians, destroying property, and detaining hundreds of Palestinians without basic due process,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The teens’ killers should be brought to justice but mass punishment without trial merely creates more injustice.”

In addition, Israeli security forces should take all feasible measures to prevent reprisal attacks, Human Rights Watch said. News reports said that during demonstrations in Jerusalem on July 1, 2014, participants shouted “Death to Arabs” and attacked a number of Palestinian residents. Israeli settlers, in two separate incidents, reportedly ran over a 28-year-old Palestinian man near Hebron and a 9-year-old girl near Bethlehem in the West Bank on June 30, shortly after Israeli forces discovered the three Israeli teenagers’ bodies. News reports said on July 2, unknown attackers abducted Mohammed Abu Khudair, 17, a Palestinian boy from the Shufat neighborhood in East Jerusalem, and that a boy’s body, apparently Abu Khudair’s, was found in a Jerusalem forest later that day. Israeli authorities say they are investigating the incidents.

News reports stated that Israeli forces discovered the bodies of the teenagers north of Hebron, in the West Bank. Human Rights Watch condemned the June 12 abductions and killings of the Israeli teenagers near West Bank settlements. It is not clear which, if any, of the several Palestinian armed groups that separately claimed responsibility for the abductions is responsible for them or the killings. On June 26, Israeli authorities published the names of two Palestinian suspects they said were at large and affiliated with Hamas, though some reports indicated that the killers’ connection with Hamas may be tenuous. Hamas has denied responsibility.

On June 30, Israeli forces removed residents from and detonated explosives in the family homes of the two suspects, in Hebron, badly damaging the homes, and destroyed furniture and other property, based on news reports and photographs. Neither of the suspects has been charged or tried.

The Israeli military also used explosives to destroy the family home of Ziad `Awad, a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli security officer, Baruch Mizrachi, in the West Bank in 2013, on the morning of July 2, 2014. `Awad’s wife, four children, and two other relatives had lived there, a witness told Human Rights Watch. On June 30, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected an appeal by HaMoked, an Israeli rights group, against the demolition, ruling that punitive home demolitions were a lawful form of “deterrence” under the Defense (Emergency) Regulations of 1945, which Israel incorporated into its law. Punitive home demolitions harm people because a family member is accused of a crime. They are collective punishment, which the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits in all circumstances.

Israeli forces have arrested about 700 Palestinians since June 12, 2014, and are currently detaining at least 450, some during the large-scale military incursions and others who are known supporters or leaders of the Hamas Reform and Change Party, which won Palestinian elections in 2006, according to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner’s rights group. The Israeli military justice system has confirmed the “administrative detention” of at least 150 of those arrested, Addameer reported, while the rest are expected to either be charged or subjected to administrative detention orders in the coming days. Under administrative detention orders, the Israeli military detains Palestinians for indefinitely renewable periods of up to six months, without charge or trial, and denies them the right to see or challenge any evidence against them.

Israel is holding a total of approximately 350 Palestinian “administrative detainees,” the largest number since 2009. It should charge them with a recognized criminal offense or release them, Human Rights Watch said.

“Throwing hundreds of people in jail and then keeping 150 of them detained without the most basic due process rights is blatantly unlawful,” Whitson said. “If someone is accused of kidnapping and killing the teenagers, the Israeli authorities should charge and try them, but flout the rule of law to detain others.”

In one of the shootings Human Rights Watch investigated, the Israeli forces fatally shot Ahmed Samada, 20, in the chest, in Jalazon refugee camp at about 2:15 a.m. on June 17, 2014. Camp residents told Human Rights Watch that Israeli forces entered the camp and fired rubber-coated bullets and live ammunition at youth who were protesting and threw stones when Israeli forces approached.

 
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Thousands Flee Gaza Town After Israeli Attack Warning

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A relative of Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City July 13, 2014. Mohammed Salem/Reuters

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Thousands fled their homes in a Gaza town on Sunday after Israel warned them to leave ahead of threatened attacks on rocket-launching sites, on the sixth day of an offensive that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 160 people.

“Those who fail to comply with the instructions will endanger their lives and the lives of their families. Beware,” read a leaflet dropped by the Israeli military in the town of Beit Lahiya, near the border with Israel.

Militants in the Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip kept up rockets salvoes deep into the Jewish state and the worst bout of Israel-Palestinian bloodshed in two years showed no signs of abating despite mounting international pressure to cease fire.

A Palestinian woman and a girl, aged 3, were killed in Israeli air strikes early on Sunday, Gaza’s Health Ministry said. Hours earlier, the ministry said 18 people were killed when the house of Gaza’s police chief was bombed from the air in the single deadliest attack of Israel’s offensive.

Despite intensified Israeli military action – which included a commando raid overnight in what was Israel’s first reported ground action in Gaza during the current fighting – militants continued to launch rocket after rocket across the border.

A long-range salvo on Sunday morning triggered air raid sirens at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion international airport, which has not been hit in the hostilities and where flights have been operating normally, and some city suburbs.

On Saturday night, Hamas – the Islamist movement that rules Gaza – made good on a threat to send rockets streaking toward Tel Aviv at 9 p.m. (2.00 p.m. EDT) and other areas in heavily populated central Israel.

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis sought shelter as Palestinians in the streets of Gaza City cheered the launchings, the biggest strike yet on the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.

Those rockets and the ones unleashed on Sunday were intercepted by the Israeli-built, and partly U.S.-funded, Iron Dome missile defense system that has proved effective against Hamas’s most powerful weaponry.

No one has been killed by the more than 800 rockets the Israeli military said has been fired since the offensive began, and during Saturday night’s barrage, customers in Tel Aviv beachfront cafes shouted their approval as they watched the projectiles being shot out of the sky.

The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 160 Palestinians, including about 135 civilians – among them some 30 children, have been killed six days of warfare, and more than 1,000 have been wounded.

Israeli leaflets dropped on Beit Lahiya, where 70,000 Palestinians live, said civilians in three of its 10 neighborhoods were “requested to evacuate their residences” and move south, deeper into the Gaza Strip, by 12 p.m.

The Gaza Interior Ministry, in a statement on Hamas radio, dismissed the Israeli warnings as “psychological warfare” and instructed those who left their homes to return and others to stay put.

The warnings cited roads that residents could use safely and said Israeli forces intended to attack “every area from where rockets are being launched”. The military did not say in the leaflet whether the strike would include ground troops.

It was the first time Israel had warned Palestinians to vacate dwellings in such a wide area. Previous warnings, by telephone or so-called “knock-on-the-door” missiles without explosive warheads, had been directed at individual homes slated for attack.

At least 4,000 people fled Beit Lahiya and crowded into eight U.N.-run schools in Gaza City on Sunday, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said.

Some arrived on donkey carts filled with children, luggage and mattresses, while others came by car or taxi. One man, still in his pajamas, said some residents had received phone calls warning them to clear out.

“What could we do? We had to run in order to save the lives of our children,” said Salem Abu Halima, 25, a father of two.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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Yet Another Lawsuit over Genetic Tests

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Myriad Genetics, the company originally behind tests for the cancer-associated BRCA mutations, is suing another competitor for patent infringement.

By Tracy Vence (The Scientist)

Utah-based molecular diagnostics firm Myriad Genetics, perhaps best known for its now-invalidated BRCA1 and BRCA2 patents, is among a group of plaintiffs suing Pathway Genomics in San Diego for alleged patent infringement. Last July, Myriad sued both Ambry Genetics and Gene by Gene, claiming similar infringement. This March, however, a US District Court judge denied the company’s request to block its competitors from marketing BRCA tests.

Myriad announced the most recent lawsuit last week (June 13), a year to the day since the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated its gene patents, and 10 days after Pathway Genomics announced its “BRCATrue” test and plans to make it available to uninsured women. Also suing Pathway are co-patent holders: the University of Utah, the University of Pennsylvania, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Endorecherche, Inc., of Québec.

“Given [Myriad Genetics’] pattern of filing lawsuits against other companies broadening access to this life-saving technology in clear disregard of the Supreme Court’s decision last year, this lawsuit is not unexpected,” Pathway Genomics CEO Jim Plante said in a statement. “We do not infringe on any valid patent claims and are prepared to vigorously defend ourselves.”

But Myriad spokesperson Ron Rogers noted that his firm’s allegations pertain to synthetic DNA and methods of use patents, not those that were struck down by the high court. This latest litigation is “completely unrelated to the Supreme Court case,” Rogers told The Scientist.

He added that Myriad’s Financial Assistance Program, too, provides uninsured women with free BRCAnalysis testing. “This test is very widely accessible and very affordable,” Rogers said.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2014 in Health

 

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What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a form of treatment of diseases through elements of nature. Nature is made of five elements – Jal ( water), Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Akash ( sky) and Prithvi ( Earth). These elements also constitute our body. We get sick when there is imbalance in these elements and body just reacts to this imbalance by trying to get rid of impurities in form of cough, vomiting, fever etc. Therefore, it is beneficial to cure diseases not through drugs or surgery, but with help of these five elements of nature. Naturopathy says that our bodily functions are guided by nature’s vital forces, therefore a holistic approach must be followed for curing ailments. Body has natural tendency to heal and naturopathy only facilitates the process of healing through energy of nature. According to Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, there are six principles of Naturopathy:
  1. Belief in nature’s healing powers and in body’s inherent tendency to heal itself
  2. Looking beyond symptoms to identify and treat underlying causes
  3. Adoption of least invasive and most natural ways to cure 
  4. Teaching patients natural ways to maintain a good health
  5. Viewing body as an integration of physical and spiritual aspects
  6. Focussing on prevention, maintaining overall wellbeing
Methods
Methods followed in treatment through Naturopathy vary with the kind of school, preferences and skills of naturopath. Below are few popular techniques which have benefited millions of people across the globe.
  1. Mud therapy: Mud therapy is done with mud pack and mud bath. It is useful in curing skin conditions such as boils, pimples and patches, and is also effective in improving digestion. Mud absorbs toxins from the body, relaxes the body and reduces swelling.
  2. Water Therapy: Water is one of the most important elements of human body. Water therapy utilizes water in cold and hot state for application on the body. Water is also utilized in bathing/body packs, drinking water therapy and enema  
  3. Acupressure: Human body has approximately 1000 acupressure points of which 90-100 are very useful in curing common ailments. Acupressure therapy could cure many conditions and help in maintaining a good health. It is useful in improving digestive system,heart, eyes and strengthening joints
  4. Massage Therapy: This therapy is useful in improving blood circulation, toning muscles and relieving fatigue. It also helps in opening up clogged pores of the skin which is essential for letting harmful toxins go from the body with sweat.
  5. Air Therapy: Oxygen from green plants of nature is very beneficial for human body. Therefore walk in fresh air is essential for overall wellbeing. This must be combined with the right way of breathing.
  6. Color Therapy: There exists a balance of colors in human body. When we fall sick this balance is disturbed. Color therapy is helpful in reestablishing the balance of colors in human body and curing the disorder.
Besides, Yoga, Juice therapy,Diet, Fasting, Mudra therapy and Pyramid therapy are also very popular. Naturopathy is a way of life which is close to environment and methods that are followed in naturopathy brings one close to the elements of nature. It strives to balance different elements of human body on a physical and spiritual level to attain good health. Benefits of naturopathy could only be understood by adopting it under supervision of a trained practitioner. 
Source: naturopathycure.com
 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Health

 

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The Netherlands Has Decided Traditional Black Face Is Racist

The Netherlands Has Decided Traditional Black Face Is Racist

By Kayla Ruble

The traditional Dutch friend and parade companion of Saint Nicholas, known as Black Pete, was hit with a blow on Thursday after an Amsterdam court ruled the black face character was, in fact, racist.

In the ruling, the court determined that Black Pete — or Zwarte Piet in Dutch — is “a negative stereotype of black people,” according to the Associated Press.

Debate over the holiday character has been ongoing for years as the character dressed in jester-like clothing plays a prominent role in annual winter parades in the Netherlands. The supporters in the country say the fantasy character is not meant to offend.

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Most of the Dutch population is reportedly onboard with the figure, who is based around a story from 1845 titled “Saint Nicholas and the Servant.” Santa Claus arrives from Spain with a black servant named Peter in tow. Because of the book’s popularity, the servant — who, of course, is now known as Black Pete — was given a spot in the annual festivities.

During the winter parade that takes place every year on December 5, Santa arrives on a white horse to pass out cookies while accompanied by a horde of Black Petes.

Groups of Black Petes can be seen riding on steamboats, walking the streets, and, of course, posing for photos. Thousands of children attend the event.

A group of Black Petes on a boat during the parade. Image via wikipedia.

A report out last week found that despite accusations of discrimination in the work place in the European country, Dutch officials get irritated when people call the character racist. The Netherlands is 80 percent white.

The court decision comes after the 2013 festival received a significant amount of flack, and even protests.

A proposal has been made to slather Pete’s face with a color other than black face, but the discussion on alternatives is just getting underway with plenty of time until this year’s event.

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Posted by on July 5, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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The story of U.S. immigrants in their own words.

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Statistics do not tell the story of immigration. People do. Since its inception, this nation has been continually infused with the energy of newcomers. Yet their assimilation has seldom been smooth. The challenges we face today are not new. Only the stories are.

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I came to America from United Kingdom London in 2005 for a holiday. I was 18 years old at the time I got a 3 months visa waiver, I had no plans staying over my visa but faith had its own plans. I meet guy and we married in 2007. We continued living together till we went to a lawyer and advised me to go back to England as that’s the only way for my hubby to apply a petition for me. Meanwhile we took his advice I came back to UK so when he tried to process for me the petition we found out that I have ban for 10 years as I overstayed my visa more than 1 year.
Londoner
Oregon

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My story starts in Haiti 1978. My mom was only 15 and pregnant. My dad 22. My dad left me and my mom and came to America for a better life. When I was about 7months old my mom decided to let my aunt take me to America under a different name. When I came to America I was passed around with no status or papers. My father later became a U.S. Citizen and never applied for me. I am now 35 years old and I don’t know any other country but here! And I don’t have enough money to fix my situation either I feel lost.
Chenille
Boston

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 My parents and I arrived to the U.S with a visitor’s visa. My grandfather was facing some serious times and my mother was 19 years old and not seeing her dad for 18 years decided to visit him. My dad was 22 and I was 1 year old! My mother tells me their intention was never to stay, but they did. It has been 19 years and I was excited when they passed the act where students could get a legal temporary stay ,DACA (deferred action for children arrivals). After all this time of feeling in the shadows and not really living “free” I went to see lawyers who could help me apply, but I couldn’t because I visited my grandmother in Mexico for 7 months. Since I couldn’t apply for the DACA my parents got me into an arranged marriage. At first i agreed but once I thought about it I changed my mind but it didn’t matter. They took me into the office and I got married. I was manipulated in several was into doing so. What hurts the most is that not even seeing me crying did they not go through with it. But I didn’t apply for my papers through my husband. I got the courage to stand my ground and not care about the consequences and even though people tell me ” you’re already married just do it” I say no. It is not right! I’m filling for divorce! And if there is no solution to my situation. I’m going back to Mexico. Starting fresh and trusting god! I’m 20 years old now, I’m waiting until my 26 birthday to make my final choice. Some people forget that the constitution of the United States starts with “We the people …” not “We the American Citizens”
Liz
California

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http://myimmigrationstory.com/

 

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Human Rights

 

Motivational Quote on Strength and Earned Glory

 

Motivational Quote on Strength and Earned Glory

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Outcry over Egypt op-ed calling for slaughter of street children

An academic’s column calling for the mass killing of street children in Egypt as he draws parallels with Brazil causes public outrcy

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Arwa AB Ibrahim

University professor Nasser Abdallah’s op-ed calling for the mass slaughter of street children in Egypt was removed from the website of the privately-owned newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm on Friday following public outcry.

The article, titled ‘The Brazilian solution’ suggested that the ‘solution’ to the problem of street children in Egypt is to follow what Nasser described as the Brazilian example referring to the killing of homeless children by Brazilian security forces in the 1990s.

“In the 1990s, street children in Brazil’s major towns turned from a source of annoyance to a source of terror, increasingly committing crimes including rape, prostitution and murder, while the economic situation of Brazil was similar to Egypt’s present condition,” wrote the academic as he drew parallels between economic challenges in Egypt and Brazil in the 1990s. 

“The Brazilian solution managed to clear the main Brazilian roads of street children and push those who remained [alive] to go back to the slums. But this success was not due to the harsh Brazilian solution, but first and foremost to the Brazilian political leadership’s will for reform,” said the academic in his article as he suggested street children could be cleared like stray dogs and explained that the alternative of rehabilitation would be costly.

“This is the lesson that should be understood from everyone wishing to learn from the Brazilian experience,” he added.

The article seemingly referred to the infamous Candelária massacre in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of 23 July 1993 which created local and international uproar. The incident involved the kiilling of eight homeless children outside the Candelária cathedral by a group of men including police.

Two of the men were found guilty and received severe sentences for their crime.

Thousands of Egyptians criticised the article on social media calling on the newspaper to pull the op-ed and apologise, while several columnists criticised the writer. 

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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Illegal Immigration Is Expected To Rise in Canada By 2015

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter

Over 190,000 immigrants arrived in Canada last year. Many of them are on a four-year-work-permit that is set to expire by April 2015.

“Their work permits will expire on April 1st 2015 because of a rule enacted on April 1st, 2011, that created a four year limit on cumulative time a foreign national can spend in Canada as a temporary foreign worker,” reported CICS.

The number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has sharply increased from around 100,000 in 2002, to over 300,000 this year, and the new rule was an attempt to reduce over-dependence of Canadian employers on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to meet their permanent labor needs, according to the CICS

Following the new rule, many applicants including a number of people in China protested against the rule saying it was a heavy blow for them as many of them have invested a lot, and hoped for long time to get into Canada, but their visa application got cancelled because of the new rule.

“The new policy is a heavy blow for us. So many years of waiting, so much time invested, so many years of hoping. If they told us earlier, we’d have made other plans,” the Globe and Mail quoted Sun, a Chinese applicant as saying.

Sun along with other applicants even wrote to the Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney saying that they were surprised by the sudden new rule.

“We applied to immigrate to Canada because we believed that Canada is governed by the rule of law and treats everyone equally. Sadly, your conduct reveals an alternative, sinister side of Canada, one mirroring the same attitude toward the people [we]in autocracies are used to suffering,” said the applicants in the letter signed and addressed to the Immigration minister of Canada. 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Seven reasons to love living in Canada

By Kevin Press, BrighterLife.ca

A study published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that “Canada performs exceptionally well in measures of well-being,” according to an online report. On a range of measures — housing, income, health and safety — Canada scored among the world’s best-performing countries. The study scored 36 nations, including 34 OECD members, Russia and Brazil. No overall ranking is reported. The findings will surprise some, given our 7.2% national unemployment rate, 14.5% youth unemployment rate and economic growth projections that remain soft in the short term.

Here are seven highlights from the OECD report:

  • Income: The average household earns US$28,194 each year after taxes. That’s more than US$5,000 above the OECD average. There is disparity at both ends of the earnings spectrum though, not surprisingly. The top 20% takes home US$55,718, while the bottom 20% earns US$10,526. We ranked seventh on household wealth and ninth on income.
  • Community: Canadians spend two minutes a day volunteering; that’s about half the OECD average. On the other hand, 64% said they’d helped a stranger in the last month. (The OECD average is 48%.) And 94% know someone they could count on if needed. We ranked seventh on support network.
  • Housing: Nine in 10 Canadians are satisfied with their housing. The average home in this country provides 2.6 rooms per occupant, more than any other country. And 99.8% of Canadians live in a home with a private washroom that has an indoor, flushing toilet. (The OECD average is 97.8%.) We ranked 24th on the ratio of housing costs to income, eighth on basic facilities and first on number of rooms per person.
  • Environment: We’re better than average on both air pollution and water quality measures. We ranked 14th on pollution and 12th on water quality.
  • Health: Our life expectancy at birth is 81, a full year above the OECD average. And 88% of Canadians say they are in good health. Health spending in this country makes up 11.4% of gross domestic product. (The OECD average is 9.5% of gross domestic product.) We ranked third in health and 17th in life expectancy.
  • Safety: Just 1.3% of Canadians said they were assaulted over the one-year period leading up to the survey. That’s well below the OECD average of 4%. Our homicide rate is less impressive. It’s 1.6%, only marginally below the average rate of 2.2%. We ranked first on assault rate and 23rd on homicide rate.
  • Work-life balance: Canadians work an average 1,702 hours per year. That’s 74 hours below the OECD average. When asked if they work more than 50 hours a week, 4% said yes. (The OECD average is 9%.) We ranked ninth on working long hours.

The full index is made up of 11 categories. Canada ranked 27th on job security, fourth on student skills, fourth on government transparency and eighth on life satisfaction.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in News

 

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Canadian Culture & Integration Society

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Posted by on November 14, 2013 in Poilitics

 

Air Canada ruling called small step in battle for passenger rights

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A ruling that orders Air Canada to better compensate passengers bumped off flights has been lauded by consumer advocates, but also called one small step in the battle to protect air passengers’ rights in Canada.

“These changes are relatively minor in the overall problem of passenger rights. We actually don’t have many, or any,” said Consumers’ Association of Canada president Bruce Cran. “We certainly don’t have as many or as good of protection as the United States gives their people and certainly nothing like Europe at the moment.”

The Canadian Transportation Agency ruled on Tuesday that Air Canada’s compensation for passengers who are bumped off flights due to overbooking is unreasonably small. Canada’s largest airline offers $100 cash or a $200 voucher for future travel within North America.

The agency recommended starting compensation at $200, then increasing the amount depending on the length of delay, similar to the U.S. model. Air Canada has 30 days to respond to the decision.

In the U.S., passengers involuntarily bumped from a flight are compensated twice the amount of the one-way fare, up to $650, when their arrival at their destination is delayed by an hour or two. That increases to four times the price of the fare, up to $1,300, for more than a two-hour delay domestically and four hours internationally.

Compensation in Europe is calculated based on the length of the passenger’s journey and the delay in reaching the final destination, ranging from €125 to €600 or about $170 to $800. That’s on top of the ticket refund or alternative flight the airline must give the passenger.

In Canada, airlines are regulated by their own rules, called tariffs, that they set out. The transportation agency regulates whether those terms and conditions are reasonable and just.

Over the past five years, there have been at least two attempts to introduce a Canadian passenger bill of rights to legislate how airline passengers are treated.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in News

 

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Tears of Gaza

Disturbing, powerful and emotionally devastating, Tears of Gaza is less a conventional documentary than a record–presented with minimal gloss – of the 2008 to 2009 bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military. Photographed by several Palestinian cameramen both during and after the offensive, this powerful film by director Vibeke Løkkeberg focuses on the impact of the attacks on the civilian population. Tears of Gaza makes no overriding speeches or analyses.

The situation leading up to the incursion is never mentioned.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Human Rights

 

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