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Black Sheriff: Race Relations are Worse under Obama – He Built That!

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke recently blasted the Obama administration’s divide races and conquer strategy as being “destructive for America.”
When asked if these people were right in their assessment of the growing racial divide under the Obama administration, the sheriff said, “Of course, they’re right.
“He built that, and he being the President of the United States,” Clarke said in a jesting tone. “Remember that statement, ‘You didn’t build that?’ Well, he built this racial divide. It was a wound that had been healing for a number of years, a number of decades I should say. And he reopened it with his divisive politics.”
“President Obama has benefited from the divide and conquer strategy and has secured two successive electoral victories for the White House, but it’s been very destructive for America,” Clarke added.
Clarke then posed the question, “Who would have thought that after the election of the first black president in the history of the united states we would need a period of reconstruction to try to put this country back together?”
When asked what specifically he believes Obama has done or not done regarding race relations, Clarke said that Obama had “fanned those flames” and specifically said that it went all the way back to the Henry Louis Gates situation.
However, the sheriff pointed out that Barack Obama had a “Gettysburg Address” moment slip right through his fingers.
“Instead of taking a more neutral tone and trying to get people to stay calm about this matter, he fanned those flames. This was a chance for Barack Obama to have a Gettysburg address moment where he could have asked the country to come back together and heal, and instead all we get out of him is being present.”
Clarke then stated that it wasn’t just Barack Obama, but “all” of those he surrounds himself with, including Attorney General Eric Holder.
Though Kelly added that Obama provided caveats to his statements about police that they have the right to return home safely and all, Sheriff Clarke wasn’t to be swayed from pointing out the obvious.
Referring to Obama, Clarke said, “He said the other day that he blamed bad training and he also said ‘this fear of people who don’t look like them,’ and he was referring to the police. I thought that was disgusting. So, while he may throw a few things in there…. A few bones, if you will, you know to try to smooth things out, people know what he’s doing.”
“He does this stuff with a wink and a nod,” Clarke added.
Clarke said that Eric Holder claims Americans are cowards to have the discussion about race, but he says that he isn’t a coward and stands ready to engage in that discussion.
“We have to ask when white society is going to be through paying for the sins of slavery,” the sheriff asked. “We’re now punishing people for sins they didn’t commit. At some point… and I’ve done this myself… I’ve forgiven and I’ve moved on. I’ve stamped that bill marked for the wrongs of slavery paid in full. This country is now open for opportunities for all people. Instances of discrimination, racism had to go underground. Ok, it’s been uprooted, the president of the United States said a couple of days ago that they were deep rooted, and that’s simply not true.”
 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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6 symptoms of prostate cancer all men should know

 

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is a common form of cancer that occurs in men above 60 years of age. Globally, it is the 2nd most common form of cancer diagnosed in men, and accounts for about 240,000 deaths yearly. In India, the prevalence is low compared to western countries but with changing lifestyle, more and more men are at an increased risk of suffering from prostate cancer.

One of the most challenging aspects about this disease is that it progresses very slowly and may take years until the actual signs start developing, which, in some cases might be after the disease has progressed to a great extent. Unfortunately, those who develop signs of the disease fail to recognise them as a problem, and avoid telling their family or doctor due to embarrassment. This leads to further delay in diagnosis and treatment, giving an opportunity for the cancerous cells to spread to different organs in the body.

Delayed start of urine stream: A slow start of urine stream that requires straining or additional force to expel urine out of the bladder is called hesitancy. This usually happens once the prostate gland begins to grow in size.

Dribbling or leakage of urine: Sometimes, the cancer growth may be aggressive causing an enlarged gland that presses against the urethra slightly. So every time you urinate, some amount of residual urine may be left behind in the bladder, which keeps dribbling.

Inability to empty the bladder: If the urethra gets partially blocked due to the cancerous growth, all the urine may not be expelled. As the cancer progresses, inability to empty the bladder may also develop.

Blood in the urine or semen: The prostate gland is mainly responsible for production of fluid that serves as a swimming medium for sperms during ejaculation. When the cells in the gland become cancerous and proliferate, blood vessels may get damaged leading to bleeding. As a result, blood may be seen in urine and semen.

Frequent urination: With some amount of residual urine in the bladder, you may feel a persistent urge to urinate. Other factors like irritation of the urethra due to alterations in kidney function may also increase the urge to urinate.

Pain in the pelvic region: Pain is a primary symptom in cancer patients, and in prostate cancer about 62% of patient experience excruciating pain. It worsens in case the cancerous cells spread and colonise in the vascular areas of the skeleton. Most of the times, men may experience pain during an orgasm, when the actual function of prostate gland comes into the picture. In some cases, persistent pain in the front and back pelvic region may occur.

If you have any of these signs and symptoms, you should visit a urologist immediately and get yourself diagnosed.

Source : thehealthsite.com

References:

  • Christopher Lukas. Prostate Cancer: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed;
  • Meredith Wallace, Lorrie Powel (E). Prostate Cancer: Nursing Assessment, Management, and Care; Springer Publishing Company,
  • A.D.A.M. medical encyclopedia [Internet] Prostate Cancer. Atlanta (GA): A.D.A.M. Inc.; Oct 2, 2013. [cited 2013 Oct 10]. c1997-2014

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Health

 

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Inspirational quotes by : Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

 

 

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“In God, there is no sorrow or suffering or affliction. If you want to be free of all affliction and suffering, hold fast to God, and turn wholly to Him, and to no one else. Indeed, all your suffering comes from this: that you do not turn towards God.”  

“Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see.”  

“Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual.”  

“Never have I dealt with anything more difficult than my own soul, which sometimes helps me and sometimes opposes me.”  

“Whoever says that all music is prohibited, let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.”  

“A fourth group of people climbs from ignorance and pretends to possess the rational faculty. They suppose that the highest felicity is the expansion of honor and fame, the spread of reputation, a multiplicity of followers, and the influence of the command that is obeyed. Hence, you see that their only concern is eye service and cultivation of the things upon which observers cast their glance. One of them may go hungry in his house and suffer harm so that he can spend his wealth on clothes with which to adorn himself so that no one will look at him with the eye of contempt when he goes out. The types of these people are beyond count. All of them are veiled from Allah by the sheer darkness that is their own dark souls.”  

“Useful knowledge is that which makes you grow in the fear of Allah, increases you in awareness of your defects, deepens your knowledge of the worship of your Lord Most High, decreases your desire for this world and increases your desire for the life to come, and opens your eyes to the defects of your actions so that you guard against them.”

O Friend, the cloth from which your burial shroud will be cut may have already reached the market & yet you remain unaware!

And the heart is also a home. It is the home of the Angels, where they descend, where they reside. Despicable characteristics, such as anger, desires, belittlement, envy, arrogance, self-amazement, etc. are all barking dogs. So, how can the Angels enter such a place while it is crawling with dogs?  -

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Quotes

 

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The Missing 43: Mexico’s Disappeared Students

 

What happened to the 43 students who went missing in Southern Mexico in September of this year? The Vice News produced documentary examines the mass disappearance of the young men who were all training to teach the youth of their country, as well as the tragedy and controversy surrounding their disappearance. As sure as the news coverage, people’s movements, and conspiracy theories have caused many questions to continue to be asked about the case throughout Mexico and abroad, you’ll have many questions of your own once you reach the end of this documentary.

The Missing 43 is shot in a news footage style and without any attempt at sensationalism; the documentary captures raw and shocking imagery, or at least imagery that would have shocked audiences across America before we were, as a whole, less desensitized than we are in modern times. Still, staggering figures like the 90% of uninvestigated crimes that occur in Mexico stare you in the face in the form of real people living the story you’ll be immediately captivated by.

Seeing real names and faces attached to news stories that feel more like stories than news in the scope of the media is perhaps more startling than even the most macabre of findings throughout the documentary. The Missing 43 never fails to make the presence of its subjects felt. The people wo loved them, the people who conspiracy theories tell us had the worst intentions for them, and the spaces they once occupied all serve as effective symbolism.

Outright displays of what the documentary’s narrator and host, refers to as “narco-political violence” unfolds almost immediately, and expectedly. However, if you’re thinking you know what this is all about think again. Mexico’s secrets go far beyond the 43 missing students and seem to spill out with the slightest bit of effort put into a search; even when that search is for something else altogether.

As the credits roll up the screen audiences are given the chance to look into the faces of each missing student, and in a way the students are given the chance to look back.

Watch the full documentary now

 Source : Top Documentary Films

 

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspirational Quotes, to brighten your day

 

mmmmmmmmmmmmm1 “I challenge anyone to understand Islam, its spirit, and not to love it. It is a beautiful religion of brotherhood and devotion.”   Yann Martel,

Islam teaches tolerance, not hatred; universal brotherhood, not enmity; peace, and not violence.  Pervez Musharraf

“Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see.”   
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali 
 
If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

 
Smiling in your brother’s face is an act of charity. So is enjoining good and forbidding evil, giving directions to the lost traveller, aiding the blind and removing obstacles from the path.  Prophet Mohammed Sallah allah alleh wasalam
 
Even today we raise our hand against our brother… We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death.  Pope Francis
 
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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Quotes

 

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This Road is for Jews Only

 

Yes, There is Apartheid in Israel

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by SHULAMIT ALONI

Jewish self-righteousness is taken for granted among ourselves to such an extent that we fail to see what’s right in front of our eyes. It’s simply inconceivable that the ultimate victims, the Jews, can carry out evil deeds. Nevertheless, the state of Israel practises its own, quite violent, form of Apartheid with the native Palestinian population.

The US Jewish Establishment’s onslaught on former President Jimmy Carter is based on him daring to tell the truth which is known to all: through its army, the government of Israel practises a brutal form of Apartheid in the territory it occupies. Its army has turned every Palestinian village and town into a fenced-in, or blocked-in, detention camp. All this is done in order to keep an eye on the population’s movements and to make its life difficult. Israel even imposes a total curfew whenever the settlers, who have illegally usurped the Palestinians’ land, celebrate their holidays or conduct their parades.

If that were not enough, the generals commanding the region frequently issue further orders, regulations, instructions and rules (let us not forget: they are the lords of the land). By now they have requisitioned further lands for the purpose of constructing “Jewish only” roads. Wonderful roads, wide roads, well-paved roads, brightly lit at night–all that on stolen land. When a Palestinian drives on such a road, his vehicle is confiscated and he is sent on his way.

On one occasion I witnessed such an encounter between a driver and a soldier who was taking down the details before confiscating the vehicle and sending its owner away. “Why?” I asked the soldier. “It’s an order–this is a Jews-only road”, he replied. I inquired as to where was the sign indicating this fact and instructing [other] drivers not to use it. His answer was nothing short of amazing. “It is his responsibility to know it, and besides, what do you want us to do, put up a sign here and let some anti-Semitic reporter or journalist take a photo so he that can show the world that Apartheid exists here?”

Indeed Apartheid does exist here. And our army is not “the most moral army in the world” as we are told by its commanders. Sufficient to mention that every town and every village has turned into a detention centre and that every entry and every exit has been closed, cutting it off from arterial traffic. If it were not enough that Palestinians are not allowed to travel on the roads paved ‘for Jews only’, on their land, the current GOC found it necessary to land an additional blow on the natives in their own land with an “ingenious proposal”.

Humanitarian activists cannot transport Palestinians either.

Major-General Naveh, renowned for his superior patriotism, has issued a new order. Coming into affect on 19 January, it prohibits the conveyance of Palestinians without a permit. The order determines that Israelis are not allowed to transport Palestinians in an Israeli vehicle (one registered in Israel regardless of what kind of number plate it carries) unless they have received explicit permission to do so. The permit relates to both the driver and the Palestinian passenger. Of course none of this applies to those whose labour serves the settlers. They and their employers will naturally receive the required permits so they can continue to serve the lords of the land, the settlers.

Did man of peace President Carter truly err in concluding that Israel is creating Apartheid? Did he exaggerate? Don’t the US Jewish community leaders recognise the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination of 7 March 1966, to which Israel is a signatory? Are the US Jews who launched the loud and abusive campaign against Carter for supposedly maligning Israel’s character and its democratic and humanist nature unfamiliar with the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid of 30 November 1973? Apartheid is defined therein as an international crime that among other things includes using different legal instruments to rule over different racial groups, thus depriving people of their human rights. Isn’t freedom of travel one of these rights?

In the past, the US Jewish community leaders were quite familiar with the meaning of those conventions. For some reason, however, they are convinced that Israel is allowed to contravene them. It’s OK to kill civilians, women and children, old people and parents with their children, deliberately or otherwise without accepting any responsibility. It’s permissible to rob people of their lands, destroy their crops, and cage them up like animals in the zoo. From now on, Israelis and International humanitarian organisations’ volunteers are prohibited from assisting a woman in labour by taking her to the hospital. [Israeli human rights group] Yesh Din volunteers cannot take a robbed and beaten-up Palestinian to the police station to lodge a complaint. (Police stations are located at the heart of the settlements.) Is there anyone who believes that this is not Apartheid?

Jimmy Carter does not need me to defend his reputation that has been sullied by Israelophile community officials. The trouble is that their love of Israel distorts their judgment and blinds them from seeing what’s in front of them. Israel is an occupying power that for 40 years has been oppressing an indigenous people, which is entitled to a sovereign and independent existence while living in peace with us. We should remember that we too used very violent terror against foreign rule because we wanted our own state. And the list of victims of terror is quite long and extensive.

We do limit ourselves to denying the [Palestinian] people human rights. We not only rob of them of their freedom, land and water. We apply collective punishment to millions of people and even, in revenge-driven frenzy, destroy the electricity supply for one and half million civilians. Let them “sit in the darkness” and “starve”.

Employees cannot be paid their wages because Israel is holding 500 million shekels that belong to the Palestinians. And after all that we remain “pure as the driven snow”. There are no moral blemishes on our actions. There is no racial separation. There is no Apartheid. It’s an invention of the enemies of Israel. Hooray for our brothers and sisters in the US! Your devotion is very much appreciated. You have truly removed a nasty stain from us. Now there can be an extra spring in our step as we confidently abuse the Palestinian population, using the “most moral army in the world”.

SHULAMIT ALONI

is the former Education Minister of Israel. She has been awarded both the Israel Prize and the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

 

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspiring Islamic Quotes

 

 

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 “Allah loves moderation and hates extravagance and excess.”

“Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to people.”

Worship is founded upon the Legal Law and following it, not upon ones base desires and innovation.

They are the losers, those who make the religion hard and tough. They imperil themselves who enforce tough practices of Islam. They destroy themselves, those who are extremes.

“Do not be an arrogant scholar, for scholarship cannot subsist with arrogance.”
 

Make things easy and convenient and don’t make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.

“Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein, and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burdens“

Wealth is not due to plenty of money, but wealth is the wealth of the self.

“The thought of the spiritual world sheds light on the soul, but the thought of the terrestrial world casts darkness thereon.”

Wisdom is a long-cherished wish to the believer. He takes it from wherever he listens to it; and he does not mind from where it came out.

“Wrongdoing will be multiple darkness on the Day of Resurrection.”

“Forgiveness is the crown of greatness.”

“On every dishonest man, there are two watchmen, his possessions, and his way of living.”

“Avoidance of sin is lighter than the pain of remorse.”

“The days of life pass away like clouds, so do good while you are alive.”

“The disease of the heart is worse than the disease of the body.”

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Quotes

 

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What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?

Islam, a religion of mercy, does not permit terrorism.  In the Quran, God has said:

 God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes.  God loves just dealers.  (Quran, 60:8)

The Prophet Muhammad  used to prohibit soldiers from killing women and children, and he would advise them: {…Do not betray, do not be excessive, do not kill a newborn child.}  And he also said: {Whoever has killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise, though its fragrance is found for a span of forty years.}

Also, the Prophet Muhammad  has forbidden punishment with fire.

He once listed murder as the second of the major sins, and he even warned that on the Day of Judgment, {The first cases to be adjudicated between people on the Day of Judgment will be those of bloodshed.}

Muslims are even encouraged to be kind to animals and are forbidden to hurt them.  Once the Prophet Muhammad  said: {A woman was punished because she imprisoned a cat until it died.  On account of this, she was doomed to Hell. While she imprisoned it, she did not give the cat food or drink, nor did she free it to eat the insects of the earth.}

He also said that a man gave a very thirsty dog a drink, so God forgave his sins for this action.  The Prophet  was asked, “Messenger of God, are we rewarded for kindness towards animals?”  He said: {There is a reward for kindness to every living animal or human.}

Additionally, while taking the life of an animal for food, Muslims are commanded to do so in a manner that causes the least amount of fright and suffering possible.  The Prophet Muhammad  said: {When you slaughter an animal, do so in the best way.  One should sharpen his knife to reduce the suffering of the animal.}

In light of these and other Islamic texts, the act of inciting terror in the hearts of defenseless civilians, the wholesale destruction of buildings and properties, the bombing and maiming of innocent men, women, and children are all forbidden and detestable acts according to Islam and the Muslims.  Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the vast majority have nothing to do with the violent events some have associated with Muslims.  If an individual Muslim were to commit an act of terrorism, this person would be guilty of violating the laws of Islam.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2014 in Human Rights

 

U.S War Propaganda Serves Special Interest

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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House Votes to Nullify Obama’s Illegal Amnesty Dictate

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The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to nullify Obama’s unconstitutional use of executive orders to change immigration law, which, if enacted would make a reported five million illegal foreign invaders legal and eligible for benefits paid by American taxpayers. 
 Both Republicans, and even a handful of Democrats, have agreed that Obama is going far beyond his legal authority to declare amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. Only Congress has the power to change existing laws and is specifically appointed to make immigration laws in the United States Constitution. 

Democrats have unsuccessfully attempted to make the case that many prior presidents, including Republicans have used executive orders in regards to immigration. However, those executive orders were legally driven in existing law passed by Congress, not to circumvent the law, as Obama is doing in dictatorial fashion.

Even the left-wing Obama cheerleaders at the Washington Post, in an editorial on Wednesday, called out Obama’s power grab “unprecedented.” 

Some, with justification, have called the move by the House largely symbolic, since Obama would obviously veto their bill, arguing that much stronger methods should be used to stop the Obama dictatorship, including defunding the implementation of his illegal amnesty, as well as blocking future presidential appointments. 

Source: tpnn.com
 
 
 

 

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Caricature

 

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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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Charity scam warning in Kanata South

 

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ByJessica Cunha

Police are warning residents of a charity scam in Kanata.

People have been going door-to-door claiming they are raising funds for a charity, said Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, who first brought the matter to the police.Charity scam warning in Kanata South

Residents are reminded of the following safety tips when it comes to door-to-door solicitors:

* Do not give cash to charities; ask for a donation card and send your cheque in the mail later when you confirm their status.

* Do not give out any credit card information, unless you have called the business in question and are confident they are reputable. 

* Do not be pressured to sign any contracts at the door; take the time, at your convenience, to read all the terms and conditions. If you are in doubt, simply say no.

* Remain alert; report any suspicious activity to the police (call 911 if it’s a crime in progress) or Strotmann at  613-236-1222, ext. 2005.

 

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2014 in News

 

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We must fight against war zone rape

 

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Bosnian Muslim women mourn among the 613 coffins laid out in preparation for a mass burial ceremony at the Srebrenica Memorial Cemetery in Potocari. Andrej Isakovic / AFP

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Imagine witnessing a member of your family taken from your home by armed men and raped, or sold into sexual slavery, or imprisoned and tortured sexually. Imagine that happening to tens of thousands of other women, men and children in your country, for years on end. And imagine how you would feel if the rapists were allowed to walk free for the rest of their lives.

This is the reality for millions of survivors of war zone sexual violence and the reason for our campaign.

We came together because of our closeness to one particular country, Bosnia. There, up to 50,000 women and an unknown number of men were raped during four years of conflict. Bosnia is in the heart of the world’s most stable region. But 20 years have passed without justice for the vast majority of those victims.

Rape has been used as a weapon of war repeatedly, on every continent and in every major conflict. It has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with power and the desire to conquer and humiliate.

In some countries survivors of rape are regarded as prostitutes, and are rejected and considered unfit for marriage. Without social acceptance, many are consumed by shame and mental suffering and scarred by physical injuries. The victims are often very young children, whose bodies, minds and future can be irrevocably damaged. Such is the corrosive power of the stigma that it often attaches itself to the next generation – to children born of rape, or the families of survivors.

Around the world memorials are built to people who have given their lives in conflict.

Imagine how vast an edifice would be needed to record the suffering of all the survivors of rape in conflicts in the last few decades. New names would have to be chiselled onto it every day, because these crimes are happening today in Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and other countries.

We’ve joined forces because we share several convictions. First, we are convinced that sexual violence is not inevitable, but a deliberate tactic of war that can be prevented.

Second, we believe the fundamental issue is justice. Each time these crimes happen and the world does nothing, a precedent is set that sexual violence can be used with impunity.

Third, this is a moral responsibility. No country can say they believe in human rights and choose to turn a blind eye to sexual violence in conflict. But it is also a vital foreign policy issue. Ending it is a national security imperative.

Fourth, while men and boys are also victims, sexual violence in conflict is holding back the rights of women everywhere. Each day we read of the suffering of women at the hands of abusive husbands or draconian legal systems. If we can shatter impunity for sexual violence in conflict, then we can accelerate a change in attitudes towards women in many other settings.

Fifth, we both refuse to accept that sexual violence in conflict is a problem that is simply too vast and complex to be tackled. Much the same thing was said about the slave trade, or about banning the illegal arms trade. When public opinion is roused and governments stir themselves, change can be rapid.

There is evidence that this is now happening. More than three-quarters of all the world’s nations have endorsed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict we put forward last year. And this week, we will host representatives of over 100 governments, the heads of eight UN agencies and nearly 1,000 experts in London.

Source: http://www.thenational.ae

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspirational quotes of the day

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“I would rather die on my feet than live on my
knees.” -Charles Houston

“All human beings, whatever their cultural or
historical background, suffer when they are intimidated, imprisoned or tortured
. . . We must, therefore, insist on a global consensus, not only on the need to
respect human rights worldwide, but also on the definition of these rights . . .
for it is the inherent nature of all human beings to yearn for freedom, equality
and dignity, and they have an equal right to achieve that.”
-The Dalai Lama

“Nations will rise and fall, but equality remains
the ideal.  The universal aim is to achieve respect for the entire human race,
not just for the dominant few.”
-Carlos P. Romulo

“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds,
to live together, in the same world at peace.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.” -Emily Dickinson

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Police converts to Islam after helping ‘honour’ violence victim

 

 

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A mum-of-two has told how she was inspired to convert to Islam – after helping a victim of honour-based violence as part of her job in the police.

Police Community Support Officer Jayne Kemp, 28, decided to find out about the faith while helping a Muslim woman suffering domestic abuse. 
After speaking to other Muslims on Twitter, she was inspired to give up her Catholic faith to fully convert last year and now lives a completely Islamic lifestyle.
She now goes out on her  PCSO patrols in?Eccles, Salford, wearing the traditional hijab headscarf and makes time up at the end of her shift to attend Friday prayers.
Jayne, single mum to a son, nine, and daughter, seven, formerly converted in a Shahada ceremony last April and now plans to change her name to Aminah.
While her children spent Christmas Day at their dad’s so they could still celebrate, she went round to her mum’s – but had to cook her own dinner so it would be halal.
Jayne, who joined GMP in August 2009 and lives in south Manchester,  said: “It started when I had a woman approach me at work who was experiencing honour-based violence.
“Where I work in Eccles there’s a big mosque and big Muslim population, so I thought I should find out more about it.
“I’d thought Islam was all about women being forced to slave away in the kitchen – but found out it was about being generous with your time, patient and respectful of others.
“As I looked into it I saw similarities with Catholicism and also values like looking after your neighbours and valuing the elderly that older people say younger people don’t have any more.
“I wasn’t looking for any religion at the time but for every question I got answered about Islam I just had five more – I think I fell in love with it.”
Jayne made the decision to tell colleagues she had converted when she wanted to start wearing a hijab to work – and says they have all been supportive.
She is now working with the Greater Manchester Muslim Police Association to design a regulation police hijab and tunic – as one has never been needed before in the force.
Jayne said: “I was worried about what my colleagues would think but they have been so understanding.
“People in Eccles have been great too – most don’t even mention it.
“If my children had struggled with me covering my hair I wouldn’t have done it.
“They have both asked a lot about it but I would never push Islam on them and they will be brought up Catholic.
“I just hope by speaking out I can show it is OK for a Muslim woman to work in the police force and also change negative stereotypes about Islam.”
Jayne, who grew up in Wythenshawe, said: “My family in general are supportive. As long as I’m happy, they’re happy.
“I was very open about my reading and studying Islam. My sister said the other day I’m the happiest she’s ever seen me.”
Jayne was helped to find out about Islam by Muhammad Manzoor, who runs Muslim Twitter account Local Masjid from his Whalley Range home.
He said: “I was humbled Jayne was asking me these questions as it made me find out more about Islam too.
“She has found this religion for herself and hopefully it shows Muslims can mix in society without compromising their faith.”

Source: Manchester evening news

 

 

 
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New threat to revoke citizenship

 

 

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait ordered its Interior Ministry to review citizenship of people who threaten national security and vowed an “iron fist” policy, in a crackdown following violent protests.

In a string of decisions, taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Kuwaiti Prime Minister Shaikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, the ministry was ordered to start screening citizenship of people “who undermine the country’s security and stability”.

It also warned of penalties for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which involve themselves in politics.

The Cabinet assigned Social Affairs and Labour Ministry to address any violations by NGOs and take necessary action. The ministry must also ensure NGOs refrain from instigating chaos and unrest.

Audio-visual media agencies have also been asked to play their part in raising public awareness about shunning violence.

Source: gulf daily news

 

 
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ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi is a Jewish Mossad Agent

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What are the requirements for becoming a Canadian citizen?

 

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What are the requirements to apply for Canadian citizenship?

You must meet different requirements to apply for citizenship depending on your situation. Are you:

There are not special requirements for spouses of Canadian citizens to apply for citizenship. Spouses of Canadians must meet the same requirements as other adults. You do not automatically become a citizen when you marry a Canadian.

Source : http://www.cic.gc.ca/english

 

 
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5 Ways to Immigrate to Canada

There are 5 basic ways to immigrate to Canada. Andy Semotiuk outlines them here. This video is not meant as advice for your particular situation. You should always consult legal counsel before making any decisions.

Read more at :  http://www.immigration.ca/en/

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves

Eric Hoffer

“Man is born to seek power, yet his actual condition makes him a slave to the power of others.” 

Hans Morgenthau

Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the opressor.”

Ginetta Sagan

“Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.”  

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“Propaganda replaces moral philosophy.”

Hans Morgenthau

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
Henry David Thoreau

Values aren’t buses… They’re not supposed to get you anywhere. They’re supposed to define who you are.”
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Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force – that thoughts rule the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 
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‘Is she a victim or a suspect?’ The tale of the Dutch ‘Princess’ who fell in love with her jihadi ‘Robin Hood’

 

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Born in Holland, with dual Turkish nationality, Omar Yilmaz had served with the Dutch army. But about four years ago he failed to be selected for the special forces. And, with the civil war in Syria gathering pace, he grew increasingly disillusioned with the West and moved there – driven, perhaps, by his Turkish family connections.

Harriet Alexander, The Telegraph

She was a blonde, blue eyed Catholic girl whose family was a pillar of the community in the Dutch city of Maastricht. He was a smiling, bicycle-riding Dutch former soldier – a man considered such an asset to his country that he was encouraged to try out for its elite special forces.

And yet the marriage of Sterlina Petalo and Omar Yilmaz was, for their families, anything but a cause for celebration.

Yilmaz, 26, was one of the most high-profile Europeans to become a jihadist, travelling to Syria to live in the self-declared Islamic State and fight on behalf of the extremists. He gloried in the teenage fantasy of war – posting a series of Instagram photographs of himself pouting at the camera on a motorcycle, amid bombed-out buildings in his combat fatigues, AK47 slung nonchalantly over his shoulder. Ms. Petalo was a recent convert to Islam, who fell in love with Yilmaz after seeing him on television, picturing him as a Robin Hood figure.

Last week their story took a remarkable twist when it was revealed that 19-year-old Ms. Petalo had returned to her home town – after her mother travelled to the Turkish-Syrian border to bring her home from the jihadist-held city of Raqqa.

She rang me and said, ‘Take me home.’ But she could not leave Raqqa without help

“Sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” said her mother, Monique Verbert. “She rang me and said, ’Take me home.’ But she could not leave Raqqa without help.”

The pair arrived back in Holland on Wednesday, said Annemarie Kemp, from the public prosecutor’s office. Clad in a niqqab, with only her eyes showing, the teenager – who has changed her name to Aicha – was photographed being driven through the town on her way to custody.

“Upon her arrival, Aicha was detained at once on suspicion of crimes threatening state security,” said Ms. Kemp

Last night, Ms. Petalo was being held in a police cell after the prosecutor, Roger Bos, ruled on Friday that she should be detained for questioning for three more days.

Ms. Verbert, 49, an administrator for BP, argued that her daughter’s flight to Syria was little more than teenage infatuation. A court will decide whether to press charges.

But the mother’s mission to bring her teenage daughter home has captivated the Dutch public and shed light on how young Europeans are being lured to join what they see as a righteous fight for Islam.

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The story began early this year when Ms. Petalo saw Yilmaz on television.

Born in Holland, with dual Turkish nationality, he had served with the Dutch army – photographs on social media show a photogenic, chisel-jawed recruit standing tall in his beret. But about four years ago he failed to be selected for the special forces. And, with the civil war in Syria gathering pace, he grew increasingly disillusioned with the West and moved there – driven, perhaps, by his Turkish family connections. His uncle owns a shop in Turkey – which was later raided by the authorities.

“It’s extremely easy to get here,” Yilmaz, who like many Dutch speaks flawless English, told Sky News in a Skype interview from Syria earlier this year. “People go on holiday, they end up in Syria.”

Speaking from Idlib province in northern Syria, he described how part of his job was using his military expertise to train recruits from Britain, some of whom were teenagers as young as 16.

“We see this jihad in Syria as something holy. I’m helping in my own way,” he said.

Last month he told CBS News: “I would fight anybody. Even if it was my own father that was bombing these people, I would fight him and kill him myself. So I felt the need as a person, as a human, and, of course, as a Muslim. Because it was the Muslims that were getting crushed in Syria, that I had to stand up and do stuff.”

His words struck a chord with the teenager at home in Maastricht – the quiet, affluent Dutch city where the euro was born, and where cyclists zip through the cobbled streets.

Ms. Petalo had previously sought solace in the Bible, but then turned to the Koran.

“Suddenly she was standing in front of me in a niqqab – that was a shock,” her mother told the Dutch television program EenVandaag. “I thought, ’Girl, what are you doing?’ That went too far for me.”

Ms. Verbert had separated from her husband, Joseph “Jappie” Petalo, a tile factory worker well known for organizing local carnival celebrations, about five years previously. The couple had two daughters – Sterlina, named after her paternal aunt, who ran a nail bar in the town, and Esmerelda, 26.

As Ms. Petalo’s commitment grew, so too did her attachment to Yilmaz, by then enjoying semi-celebrity thanks to his good looks and numerous postings online.

“She was showing me photos of him, saying, ’Isn’t it good what he’s doing?’” her mother recalled. “She saw him as a sort of Robin Hood.”

Friends of the teenager grew concerned, and reported her to the authorities – which reacted by taking away her passport. But that could not stop her.

About 130 Dutch jihadists have gone to fight in Syria, with 30 already having returned and 14 others killed in the fighting, according to the latest statistics from the Dutch intelligence services.

And in February, Miss Petalo fled – using her ID card to cross Europe by train, rather than flying.

When she arrived in Raqqa, the heartland of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, she telephoned her mother. Then she broke off contact.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Zionist Author Admits ISIS is Israeli Secret Intelligence Service

 
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Obama immigration overhaul to refocus enforcement on ‘felons, not families’

 

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Spurning furious Republicans, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare from deportation nearly five million people in the U.S. illegally and to refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.”

The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and set off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers.

In a televised address to the nation, Obama defended the legality of his actions and challenged Republican lawmakers to focus their energy not on blocking his actions, but on approving long-stalled legislation to take its place.

The administration is also setting new enforcement priorities that could make it easier for many more people in the U.S. illegally to stay in the country.

“There are actions I have the legal authority to take as president — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me — that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” Obama said.

Obama said deportations of criminals are up 80 per cent and that the government will keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to the U.S.

“Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day.

The president said that tracking down, rounding up and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic. Obama offered temporary residence for those who have been in the U.S. for more than five years, or have children who are American citizens or legal residents.

“If you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes — you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.”

Obama insisted that his actions did not amount to amnesty.

 “Amnesty is the immigration system we have today — millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time,” he said 

Fate of millions still unresolved

However, the plan would leave the fate of millions more unresolved. With more than 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally, Obama’s actions would not offer specific protections to more than half.

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President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly five million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. (Jim Bourg/Associated Press)

But the vehement reactions of Republicans, who will have control of Congress come January, made clear that Obama was courting a serious partisan confrontation.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who has refused to have his Republican members vote on broad immigration legislation passed by the Senate last year, said Obama’s decision to go it alone”cemented his legacy of lawlessness and squandered what little credibility he had left.”

Actions could be reversed by new president

None of those affected by Obama’s actions would have a direct path to citizenship, and his actions could be reversed by a new president after he leaves office. Moreover, officials said the eligible immigrants would not be entitled to federal benefits — including health-care tax credits — under Obama’s plan.

Some immigrant advocates worried that even though Obama’s actions would make millions eligible for work permits, not all would participate out of fear that Republicans or a new president would reverse the executive orders.

“If the reaction to this is that the Republicans are going to do everything they can to tear this apart, to make it unworkable, the big interesting question will be, will our folks sign up knowing that there is this cloud hanging over it,” said Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza.

 

 

 
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When You Don’t Exist

 

Regardless of their status in a country, both regular and irregular migrants have human rights, including the right to freedom from slavery and servitude, freedom from arbitrary detention, freedom from exploitation and forced labour, the right to freedom of assembly, the right to education for their children, equal access to courts and rights at work.

Amnesty’s research shows that both irregular and regular migrants face serious human rights violations.

Watch Video: When you don’t exist: Amnesty International’s campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders.

 

 
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Marriage fraud: Stories from victims

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While many Canadians marry people from other countries, sometimes marriage is a scam to jump the immigration line. Learn about the consequences of marriage fraud and hear the stories of victims in this 7-minute video.

 
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No jail time for man involved in massive marriage fraud scheme

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MONTREAL — A judge has refused to jail a Montreal-based businessman who set up nearly two dozen fake marriages to help foreigners obtain Canadian citizenship.Instead, Amadou Niang was fined and given a suspended sentence for his part in a fraud ring that produced 315 bogus nuptials. Niang was facing a five-year prison term and a possible fine of up to $100,000.

Niang, 57, claimed that he was helping North African immigrants in Canada to speed up their resident status.

Niang was accused of arranging 20 fake marriages between 2007 and 2009, and of falsely presenting himself as an immigration consultant, which is an illegal act.

Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer said Niang’s actions harmed the integrity of the Canadian immigration system. Boyer fined Niang $42,000 and sentenced him to two years less a day, to be served in the community. The judge also permitted Niang to continue to travel to his native Senegal, where he has business.

About 40 people were arrested as part of the fraud ring in a police operation labelled “Conjugal.” Sentences ranged from conditional sentences to unconditional discharges.

Also sentenced was Maimouna Barry, a 28-year-old accused of being in a false marriage and of being a witness to two additional false marriages. Barry was given a six-month suspended sentence. The judge said that her case also did not merit jail time.

 

 
 
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The two faces of a human rights activist

Arena / By Evelyn Groenink

Dutch-resident Nigerian ‘Comrade’ Sunny Ofehe, portrayed last June 2014 in the ZAM Chronicle, stands accused of fraud and human traffic. The Dutch daily newspaper Trouw of 30 October, reporting on the current court case against Ofehe in the Netherlands, calls him a suspect ‘with two faces’.

In development aid and some NGO circles in the Netherlands, Ofehe is known as a human rights activist who has dedicated his life to fighting for the people of the polluted Niger Delta and against oil company Shell, which he holds mainly responsible for the ills in that region. (The ZAM Chronicle has presented a much more complex and nuanced report on the Niger Delta by Nigerian investigative journalist Nnamdi Onyeuma.)

In the ZAM Chronicle interview by Christina Mansson, ‘Comrade’ Sunny was also asked about the mysterious kidnapping of himself and a number of Dutch nationals by Niger Delta militants during a visit to the region in the previous month. He then responded that the kidnapping, for which 45, 000 Euros were forked out in ransom, might have been prompted by ‘someone in our own midst’. But his fans stayed true. “We are not deterred, nor shaking (sic) by rumours. The path Comrade Sunny Ofehe has chosen is driven by motivation, commitment, and genuine burning desire for change”, said a friend on his ‘I was present at Comrade Sunny Ofehe’s Court Session’ Facebook group of 112 members.

The Dutch prosecution authority now says it has evidence that, over the years Ofehe has received more than 350,000 Euros in ‘unexplained amounts’ via several bank accounts and money transfers. It also accuses him of forgery. This accusation concerns pay slips and an employment contract which he submitted for the establishment of his Foundation ‘Hope for Niger Delta Campaign’. The prosecution says these papers were fraudulent because Ofehe was not formally employed and received welfare unemployment pay outs at the time.

The human traffic accusation concerns an Amsterdam airport pick-up and hosting address allegedly provided by Ofehe for a Nigerian woman on her way to sex industry work in Italy.

 

 
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Ottawa police arrest man who lauds terrorists

 

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An Ottawa man who was shot at and Tasered after being stopped in his car as part of a national security investigation had threatened a local imam, said terrorist groups were heroes, and called Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau a martyr, the presidents of two local mosques say.

Ottawa police pulled over 39-year-old Luqman Abdunnur in Ottawa’s south end on Oct. 25 as part of an RCMP’s anti-terrorism unit’s investigation.

At the time, Abdunnur was being watched by the Ontario Provincial Police’s surveillance unit, which were assisting the investigation.

The “soft” traffic stop took a turn when Ottawa police allege Abdunnur became combative, uttered a Muslim prayer, refused to show police his hands, tried to flee and punched a police officer. Ottawa police twice deployed a Taser, hitting the man once to eventually subdue him. A member of the OPP’s surveillance team fired his gun at, but did not hit, the fleeing man.

Abdulhakim Moalimishak, president of the As-Salaam mosque, says his Sunni congregation reported Abdunnur to local police after a series of disruptions at the mosque. Abdunnur was not a member of the congregation but had been to the mosque a few times in recent months.

“Those couple of times he engaged in some provocations, but really the main incident is when he threatened our imam and decided to espouse these extremist views and he did it right in the middle of Friday sermon where no one talks,” Moalimishak said.

Abdunnur had previously gone up to the front of the mosque and called the congregation and administration evil, he says.

While the imam was giving a sermon, Abdunnur would sometimes create a small disturbance. Mosque leaders thought the incidents were minor and dealt with them internally – until one Friday sermon weeks ago, when Moalimishak says Abdunnur threatened the imam during service and said al-Qaida and al-Shabaab, a Somalian rebel group, were “heroes.” Abdunnur told the congregation he wouldn’t let the imam continue to denounce the actions of these groups, Moalimishak said.

Abdunnur had to be physically restrained. “He wanted to make public his anger and these desires to undermine our institution,” Moalimishak said.

Officials at the mosque called Ottawa police immediately.

It’s not known when the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team began investigating Abdunnur, but the Ottawa traffic stop occurred just three days after 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial before himself being killed in a shootout on Parliament Hill on Oct. 22.

 

 
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Franck Gervais, Remembrance Day ‘sergeant,’ now receiving threats

Man who represented himself as a decorated soldier now under investigation by Ottawa police

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The wife of a man who claimed to be a decorated soldier during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa says she and her husband feel trapped and have been receiving death threats since CBC News wrote about him on Wednesday.

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Franck Gervais’s wife told CBC Thursday that they’ve been receiving threats and feel trapped after the story came to light Wednesday. (CBC)

Speaking in French on the doorstep of her home in west Quebec Thursday, the woman told CBC News repeatedly that she couldn’t comment on Franck Gervais’s uniform or why he was wearing it at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Asked if a reporter could speak to Gervais directly, his wife said he wasn’t speaking to CBC at the moment.

Ottawa police announced Thursday that they’ve launched an official investigation into Gervais, following “multiple complaints” from the public.

The Department of National Defence on Wednesday confirmed that Gervais, who represented himself as a decorated soldier on Tuesday, is not a member of the Canadian Forces.

‘I’m shocked,’ says Gervais’s boss

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Martin Savard, the general manager of Potvin Construction, said Gervais started working there 12 years ago and told employees he used to be in the military. (CBC)

Gervais has worked at Potvin Construction for 12 years, most recently building wooden staircases, said the company’s general manager, Martin Savard, on Thursday. He said Gervais had told fellow employees he used to be in the military.

“He basically told us that he used to be a member of the military,” Savard said.

Savard said he was shocked when he arrived at work Thursday morning and discovered through colleagues that Gervais was in the news.

“I’m shocked, definitely shocked,” Savard said. “It’s not something you expect, either from your own employee or from anybody. I mean, you have to pay respect with people who went to war and earned those medals. So definitely, Potvin Construction does not agree with that type of behaviour.

“We’re not sure what our obligations are, so we’re going to look into it and take the proper action.”

Veterans complained

A number of veterans and current soldiers complained after seeing Gervais being interviewed on CBC’s special live broadcast of the Remembrance Day ceremony.

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The Department of National Defence says it can find no indication that Franck Gervais, who spoke with CBC on Remembrance Day wearing a uniform and medals, is a member of the military. (CBC)

Section 419 of the Criminal Code of Canada makes it illegal to falsely impersonate a member of the Canadian Forces by wearing a uniform and displaying badges, medals, ribbons, chevrons and other decorations they did not earn in service performed in war.

“Such activities are a disservice to the proud men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, who earn the right to wear their uniforms through their hard work and the sacrifices they make for our country,” a spokesperson for the Defence Department said in a statement Wednesday.

No charges have been laid against Gervais.

Gervais was interviewed while wearing an army dress uniform with sergeant’s chevrons and the cap badge of the Royal Canadian Regiment. He was sporting the maroon beret reserved for soldiers who are active-duty paratroopers, as well as an active paratrooper’s jump wings on his chest.

One piece of insignia Gervais wore that immediately caught the eye of many soldiers was his Patrol Pathfinder badge. That is only worn by paratroopers who pass a gruelling course intended to recreate the experience of being dropped behind enemy lines — a course with a failure rate of up to 90 per cent.

But what has most irked soldiers and veterans were his five medals, particularly the Medal of Bravery, one of the highest decorations in the Canadian Forces, which has been awarded to a select few soldiers in recent years for bravery in hazardous circumstances.

 
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Ottawa Reacts to Discrimination on Remembrance Day

“Peace cannot be kept by force :it can only achieve by understanding”

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Poppy hijab sparks controversy in U.K.

 

The colourful head scarf was created by the Islamic Society of Britain and the think-tank British Future as a way to honour fallen Muslim soldiers.

The poppy hijab immediately sold out online.

By: Isabel Teotonio Living reporter, 

The little red flower donned by many on their lapel to commemorate Remembrance Day is generating controversy in the United Kingdom, where the so-called poppy hijab for Muslim women was recently launched.

The colourful head scarf was created by the Islamic Society of Britain and the think-tank British Future as another way to honour fallen soldiers.

“Thousands of British Muslims already wear a poppy . . . This is just another way for them to show they remember those who gave their lives for their country,” said society president Sughra Ahmed in a media statement.

“It’s also a way for ordinary Muslim citizens to take some attention away from extremists who seem to grab the headlines. This symbol of quiet remembrance is the face of everyday British Islam — not the angry minority who spout hatred and offend everyone.”

The hijab was launched Oct. 31 to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the first Muslim soldier — an Indian machine-gunner named Sepoy Khudadad Khan born in what is now Pakistan — awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery.

He was among 1.2 million Indian soldiers, and 400,000 Muslims, who fought for Britain in the First World War — a contribution that few in the U.K. are aware of, according to a study by British Future.

Designed by Tabinda-Kauser Ishaq, 24, a Muslim fashion student in London, the hijab was a pilot project, explained Steve Ballinger, spokesperson for British Future. The think-tank sold the head scarf online for £22, which is about $40. (All proceeds went to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.)

Response — both reaction and sales — was swift. The initial run, of 120 scarves, sold out in 36 hours.

“We received a handful of requests from Canada, but most of the interest has been here in the U.K.,” Ballinger told the Star, adding the goal is for the Royal British Legion to sell the hijab next year as one of its poppy products.

But the initiative has also garnered online criticism from some British Muslims, who feel like they’re being called on to prove their loyalty to the U.K.

In a widely circulated article posted on the website Media Diversified, writer and activist Sofia Ahmed notes “a symbol of my religion is being appropriated as a marketing tool for (the) empire.”

“My hijab is a visual sign of my religiosity and devotion to Allah and not a walking talking billboard on which to showcase my patriotism and undying loyalty to Britain,” writes Ahmed of Manchester. “No other religious group is pressured to prove their allegiance in the same way.”

In Canada, associate professor Jasmin Zine, who teaches sociology and Muslim studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, said she wouldn’t have been surprised if a similar initiative was launched here.

“Particularly since the Ottawa shootings, there is a sense of being forced to perform your loyalty to the nation,” she said, referring to the fatal shooting last month of a soldier at the National War Memorial by a radicalized gunman who then stormed Parliament Hill.

“Muslims are constantly being pushed to prove their loyalty and allegiance and to distance themselves from terrorism.”

The decision to don the so-called poppy hijab is “a personal and political” choice, says Zine.

Amira Elghawaby, human rights co-ordinator at the National Council of Canadian Muslims, says “clothing can be neutral or political and it’s up to the individual to express themselves as they want.”

Similarly, she notes, there was a Fleur-de-lis hijab created in 2013, during the Quebec government’s controversial proposal of the values charter, which would have banned public employees from wearing religious symbols, including the hijab. At the time, some Canadian Muslim women ordered a hijab with the Fleur-de-lis to symbolize how practising their faith was compatible with Quebec society.

Alia Hogben, executive director of the Canadian Council for Muslim Women, has mixed feelings about the poppy hijab, and wonders if it would be perceived by some as disrespecting the poppy.

Hogben questions why the initiative is just focusing on Muslim women.

“Is it all right for non-Muslim women to wear it as a scarf?”

Hogben doubts she would ever wear a poppy scarf — she doesn’t wear a hijab.

“I’ll wear the poppy on my lapel, or on my clothes” she says, adding “like everybody else does.”

Source: thestar.com

 

 
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Marriage fraud: Canadian immigration officials tread thin line

 

Sarem Raza Soomro is shown at home in Georgetown. Soomro's spousal sponsorship application to bring his Pakistani wife to Canada was rejected last year because of their education and age gaps.

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Sarem Raza Soomro is shown at home in Georgetown. Soomro’s spousal sponsorship application to bring his Pakistani wife to Canada was rejected last year because of their education and age gaps.

By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter

The immigration officer pondered the woman’s older age, better education and large family — and denied 21-year-old Sarem Soomro’s application to sponsor his wife to Canada.

To the shock of Soomro and his parents, his arranged marriage to 25-year-old Ghulam Fatima Soomro in Pakistan was deemed a fake.

“We have worked very hard to give Sarem a normal life,” said his upset mother, Armaghan Soomro, a support worker for the Red Cross and a CPR instructor for St. John Ambulance.

“We just want him to have a family and a complete life.”

As the Canadian government cracks down on marriage fraud, concern is being raised on both sides that officials are being too harsh, and in other cases too lenient, in deciding what is a genuine relationship.

“The law is there, but there is no will to enforce it,” said Sam Benet, founder of Canadians Against Immigration Fraud.

Benet’s group successfully lobbied Ottawa to strengthen the law on spousal sponsorships, but he says border service officials have done little to pursue the 85 formal complaints filed by his members.

Immigration officials say investigating marriages of convenience is now a priority, but Benet argues not enough is being done to catch the bad apples looking for a back door into Canada.

Soomro, a Canadian citizen who lives in Georgetown with his parents and sister, submitted wedding photos, receipts, their wedding certificate, a DVD, and the couple’s communication on Facebook. His wife was interviewed in Pakistan. He was not.

Soomro’s family, who moved here from Pakistan in 2001, said it is not unusual for Pakistani men to have older, educated wives. He is a high-school graduate and she has a university degree in economics.

However, the officer also wrote: “(The wife) is the second of six children; the elder sibling is married, but the younger ones would be dependent children of her parents. This provides a potential benefit for the family, were a child to become a permanent resident of Canada.”

Soomro, who is deaf and works full-time as a baker at Tim Horton’s, is appealing the decision. His family does not believe his deafness factored into the rejection.

In some cases, where a spouse is already in Canada, the investigation may also include a surprise visit to the couple’s home.

Citizen and Immigration refused to reveal the specific criteria used to decide if a marriage is real or fake, but a federal ‘operational manual’ for processing family class members, obtained by the Star, outlines in detail the questions an officer must consider. Among them:

Do the spouses have good knowledge of each others’ personal circumstances, background and family situation?

Is there a history of multiple marriages and divorces?

Have previous relationships clearly ended?

Do the applicants speak a common language?

Where was the wedding and who attended?

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has brought the issue of marriage fraud to the fore after media reports of foreign brides and grooms leaving their Canadian sponsors upon arrival, and revelations of a “rent-a-guest” scheme in India that set up bogus wedding ceremonies for immigration purposes.

The new law,  now requires sponsored spouses to remain in a relationship for two years before they can obtain permanent status, and bans the sponsored spouse from sponsoring a new spouse for five years.

Source: the star.news

 

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Marriage fraud

 

 
Some people think marriage to a Canadian citizen will be their ticket to Canada.
It is a crime for a foreign national to marry a Canadian citizen or permanent resident only to gain entry to Canada. CIC is working to prevent these false marriages.
In many cases, sponsors and foreign applicants set up a “marriage of convenience.” This is a marriage or common-law relationship whose sole purpose is to let the sponsored spouse or partner immigrate to Canada.
CIC officers are trained to recognize real immigration applications. They know how to detect false marriages. They have many ways to spot marriage fraud, including:
  • document checks,
  • visits to people’s homes and
  • interviews with both sponsors and applicants.
Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are in a marriage of convenience for immigration reasons may be charged with a crime.

New regulations

Were you sponsored to come to Canada as a spouse or partner on or after October 25, 2012? If so, you must now live with your sponsor in a genuine relationship for two years from the day you get permanent residence status in Canada. This is a new rule.
As a spouse or partner being sponsored, this applies to you if:
  • you have been in a relationship with your sponsor for two years or less,
  • you have no children in common and
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) got your application on or after October 25, 2012.
Learn more about the new measure for spouses and partners.

Don’t become a victim of marriage fraud

Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident? Have you met someone from another country on the Internet or while travelling? If so, think carefully before marrying them and sponsoring them to come to Canada.
Sponsors must give financial support to their spouse for three years, even if the marriage or relationship fails. If your spouse uses social assistance, you will have to repay the money. Also, you cannot sponsor anyone else until you repay the debt.
Sponsorship is a legal contract with the Government of Canada. You must meet its terms.
Sponsors: Do not be tempted by offers of money or other rewards to marry a person just so he or she can immigrate to Canada. If you do this, you may face serious criminal charges. You will also still have to meet the terms of the sponsorship.
Do not feel you must help somebody by being part of a marriage of convenience, no matter what the reason. It is not worth the risks.
Visa applicants: Do not get involved in a false marriage. CIC will refuse your visa and may ban you from travel to Canada for two years. This will stay on your CIC record forever.
CIC knows that even genuine marriages can fail. But, if you enter into a marriage of convenience and come to Canada as an immigrant, Canada may:
  • take legal action against you and
  • deport you from Canada.
Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english

 

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspirational quotes

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“I will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace.” Frederico Garcia

“I believe in liberty for all men: the space to stretch their arms and their souls; the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine, and ride on the railroads, un cursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of beauty and love.” – W. E. B. Du Bois

If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it?” Edward L. Bernays

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. – Unknown

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.- Alexander Graham Bell

 
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Ambulance Drone could deliver life-saving equipment “within one minute”

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Health

 

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Costco’s Kirkland Signature Chicken Recalled Due To Possible Listeria: CFIA

 

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OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is advising people not to consume Kirkland Signature brand grilled chicken breast strips due to possible listeria contamination.

The product, which is being recalled by Freshouse Foods Ltd., was sold at Costco stores in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, but may also have been sold in other provinces.

The recalled product was sold in 500-gram packages with a UPC code of 0-96619-70787-4 and best before dates of April 13 to April 26.

CFIA says there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the chicken but anyone who has the product at home should throw it out or return it to the store where it was purchased.

The recall was triggered by CFIA test results and the agency says it is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.

Experts say food contaminated with listeria may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2014 in Health

 

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Soldiers Train To Shoot Zombies During Ebola Emergency

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Health

 

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Inspirational quotes of the day

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“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”  Noam Chomsky

“You see, when a nation threatens another nation the people of the latter forget their factionalism, their local antagonisms, their political differences, their suspicions of each other, their religious hostilities, and band together as one unit. Leaders know that, and that is why so many of them whip up wars during periods of national crisis, or when the people become discontented and angry.

This is the explanation of all wars, all racial and religious hatreds, all massacres, and all attempts at genocide.”–    Taylor Caldwell,

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding”.  - Albert Einstein

 The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”  - Albert Camus

 

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Nathan Cirillo-inspired racism ‘experiment’ ends with punch to face

 

In the wake of Nathan Cirillo’s shooting death in Ottawa, a Mississauga-based filmmaker staged a “social experiment” in downtown Hamilton to see how people would react to overt racism against Muslim people.

People reacted, all right: the experiment ended with a punch in the face.

“This is based on the events that happened in Ottawa,” said Omar Albach, a York University student at the start of a YouTube video called Canadians React to Ottawa Shooting Racism. “We’re going to see if people feel safe to be around Muslims or people who look like Muslims.”

In the video, a man named Zakaria Ghanem is dressed in a traditional Muslim gown called a Dishdasha or Thobe, while another man, Devin Giamou, berates him in public and says he wouldn’t feel safe getting onto a bus with him.

Then the reactions pour in from other people waiting for the same bus who don’t know the whole thing is staged.

“You can’t stereotype and judge people by their clothes,” one man says. “Or their nationalities or anything else, you know what I mean?”

One woman says what happened to Cirillo in Ottawa was “awful and tragic,” but doesn’t think “that’s any reason to persecute someone just because of what they’re wearing.”

One man objects to Giamou’s staged racism so much that he punches him square in the face in the video, near the entrance to Hamilton shopping mall Jackson Square.

‘This is a social experiment’

 

“We never expected that,” Albach told CBC Hamilton. “I was standing there filming and just went, ‘Did he just get punched?’”

Albach says he immediately ran over to help, and explained that they were conducting a social experiment — and that no one here was harbouring any racist feelings. “They did apologize and said ‘we just wanted to stick up for the guy.’”

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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Political quotes

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We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini’s Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men. But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends. Robert Byrd
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To the American people I say, awaken to what is happening. It is the duty of each citizen to be vigilant, to protect liberty, to speak out, left and right and disagree lest be trampled underfoot by misguided zealotry and extreme partisanship. Robert Byrd
 
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