OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada will not be intimidated by the “despicable” attacks that have taken the lives of two soldiers this week.
In a nationally televised address from an unknown location, Harper said the government will “take all necessary steps” to tighten security measures in the wake of these “terrorist” attacks.
He said Canada will join with its allies to fight terrorism around the world. There will be “no safe haven” for terrorists, Harper said.
Harper spoke about 10 hours after Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo was shot and killed at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
The shooter then went to nearby Parliament Hill, where he was killed in a furious exchange of gunfire with security officials. News reports identified the dead shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982. However, Ottawa police declined to confirm the name of the assailant.
The attack came two days after a Canadian soldier was killed in Quebec in a hit-and-run car assault by an assailant who recently embraced jihadist thinking.
Terrorism is a tactic used by a small set of extremists to fight against an overwhelmingly powerful opponent while surrounded by a large population that mostly just wants peace and quiet.
Terrorism can be defeated. To do this, first we need to understand how terrorists are kept away in the best case, then how terrorists can fight against this mechanism, and finally what works and what doesn’t work to foil those aims.
The Thin Blue Line
Although terrorists are not merely criminals, it is helpful to think about what keeps criminals under control in our society. Ask any police officer: it is not the police and the courts who keep criminals at bay. It is the society as a whole. It is the ordinary people who call the police when they hear a problem starting. It is the ordinary people who trust the police and cooperate with them to bring criminals to justice. The “thin blue line” only works when it is backed up by the vast majority of ordinary people.
This, by the way, is why police brutality is so damaging to law and order in our society. If ordinary people lose trust in the police, they won’t call and they won’t cooperate. If they fear that calling the police to quiet down a loud party could result in their neighbors’ kids being shot dead, they won’t call. And they also won’t cooperate in more serious cases. Without community backup, the “thin blue line” starts to feel very thin indeed. And criminals become bolder.
Likewise with terrorists. Terrorists are defeated when the large majority of the community feel that they can trust the local authorities to maintain law and order and work for the common good. Then ordinary people will turn the terrorists in to the authorities when, or even before, they strike.
The Unabomber was an insane but highly intelligent man living alone in the woods, writing a manifesto and killing and maiming people with mail bombs. After his manifesto was published, he was turned in to the FBI by his brother, who recognized the writing and made the correct but agonizing decision to be loyal to society over blood. We can only wish that a relative or neighbor of Timothy McVeigh had been in a position to make a similar decision before he struck in Oklahoma City.
In even the best, most civilized, law-abiding society one can imagine, there will be small numbers of extremists tempted by terrorist tactics. Ideally, the vast majority of people will see them as marginal nut-cases, and will report them to trusted authorities if they show signs of turning extreme ideas into dangerous action. Terrorist acts can never be totally eliminated, but a cohesive community that trusts its authorities can defeat a continuing terrorist movement.
One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom-fighter.
But what if the society is not civilized? What if the authorities are hated and feared rather than trusted? Then the true terrorist can always find support and hiding places among sympathizers who are not willing to become terrorists themselves, but are not willing to support the authorities either.
The terrorists’ best strategy is to drive a wedge between the people and the authorities. Then the “thin blue line” becomes thinner and weaker. The ordinary people, or at least some of them, protect and support those they see as fighting for freedom, religious faith, patriotism, or some other deep value, against overwhelming odds.
The biggest danger to the terrorist is the trust the people have in the authorities. As that trust is weakened or destroyed, the terrorists gain strength and freedom of action. Their prime goal must be to eliminate the trust between the people and the authorities.
How can they act most effectively to eliminate that trust? Here is where the meaning of terrorist violence is often misunderstood. The classic terrorist act is to blow up some innocent victims. But the actual destruction is not the goal, in a military sense. There is a symbolic goal of showing that the more-powerful enemy can be touched and deeply harmed, but even that is not the real goal.
The real goal is to provoke massive retaliation. The tiny group of terrorists who actually committed the act may escape entirely, may take casualties, or may even be entirely destroyed, but the larger terrorist movement feeds on the retaliation. The important thing (from the terrorists’ perspective) is for the massive retaliation to harm many people in the general population, even among their own supporters.
The point is to incite the authorities to act in a way that erodes the people’s trust in them. The people lose trust, the terrorists are seen as freedom-fighters, and they gain support, cover, strength, and freedom of action.
From the terrorists’ perspective, the more horrible the original strike the better, since it will provoke a more drastic retaliation. And the more horrible the retaliation the better, since it will destroy the people’s trust in the authorities and strengthen the terrorists. From the terrorists’ perspective, the actual damage to their own people is a benefit, not a cost, of terrorist action.
A former US National Security Agency officer says the 9/11 investigative author Philip Marshall and his children were killed in a “black ops hit” by the CIA, dismissing the suicide hypothesis.
Wayne Madsen said in a show organized by Kevin Barrett, a founder of The Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance, that he had reached the conclusion after a weeklong investigation.
Marshall was afraid of being silenced for his revelations about 9/11, Madsen said, noting that a side door the investigator never used was wide open when his dead body was found.
Along with Marshall, 14-year-old Micalia and her 17-year-old brother Alex were also found dead.
Madsen suggested that Marshall, who had observed many covert operations, had decided to shed light on mysterious issues in the last years of his life.
Marshall believed the former US President George Bush had pulled off the 9/11 attack to foment a government coup. In his fourth book, he was supposed to disclose blockbuster information.
According to Madsen, the crime scene was cleaned up by professionals, and there was also “an SUV, license plate undetermined, with an array of communication antennas bristling from the roof” outside the building.
In a recent interview with Press TV, Barrett said, “Of course, here in the US, where national security community we’re talking about could be both Israel and the US because essentially the US community has been taken over by the Israeli community since 9/11.”
“It seems that Philip Marshall had gotten his hands on some kind of explosive information as he [Madsen] put it. And, he was planning to publish this in his next book,” he added.
This new rush to war is not an intervention designed to meet humanitarian goals and objectives, writes Dr Adam Hughes Henry, but simply another bloody bombing campaign to protect strategic Western interests.
THERE IS A PUBLIC PRESENTATION that a war against the Islamic State (IS) is justified outright on clear humanitarian grounds. That is, universally accepted standards of human rights have been transgressed and these unique perpetrators need to be brought to account.
There is evidence that IS actions on the battlefield contravene international human rights law. There are numerous allegations of ethnic cleansing, atrocities and threats of possible genocidal intent against their enemies.
Yet the actions of IS, in terms of our contemporary world, are very far from unique and as grotesque as their crimes are, cannot possibly be considered the worst of the worst. There are examples of barbaric behaviour which continue to be exhibited by U.S.-UK allies all over the world.
There does not seem to be any clamour to arrest and try any of the IS leadership in a court of law. There is, however, a clamour to bomb them.
Bombing from the sky is not a very useful humanitarian response — it is clearly a one dimensional military tactic contingent on targets. If there is a clear danger of ethnic cleansing and potential genocide in Iraq or elsewhere then the United Nations Security council is duty bound to act.
Current actions do not appear to have any such UN sanctioned legitimacy. Furthermore, there are no foreign troops on the ground to specifically defend these threatened ethnic populations, set up safe zones or sanctuaries and there is also absolutely no talk from nations like Australia of taking in any of the threatened groups as refugees as a matter of priority.
As in Kosovo in 1999, the way to save civilians from the stated threat of ethnic cleansing is apparently to bomb the place.
In the case of Kosovo in 1999 the NATO bombing killed scores of civilians, attacked civilian infrastructure once they quickly ran out of legitimate military targets and NATO effectively provided aircover for the Kosovar Liberation Army (KLA) to engage in their own campaign of ethnic cleansing on the ground.
The response of the Serbs to the bombing was a rapid escalation of reprisals against the KLA and Kosovar civilians. That is, the bombing did not decrease atrocities, they actually helped to create and indeed initiate a new cycle of Serbian atrocities in reprisal to a relentless U.S. led NATO bombing.
Given the behaviour of IS so far in Syria and Iraq, even before the U.S. led bombing, it is very difficult to imagine that the current air campaign will have much of a deterrent effect, perhaps exactly the opposite. The campaign of anti-Western beheadings and other civilian atrocities in Syria and Iraq all ready for mass media distribution through the internet is hardly encouraging.
It might then get worse ‒ much worse ‒ particularly for the civilians in the cross hairs and one does not have to imagine the potential saga if a pilot on a bombing run against Islamic State is forced to eject over IS controlled territory.
Italian police have arrested a nurse suspected of killing at least 38 of her patients because they, or their relatives, were irritating her. The officials also found a selfie, with the nurse giving a thumbs-up in front of a recently deceased patient.
Daniela Poggiali, 42, a hospital nurse was arrested in her native town of Lugo in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, a province of Ravenna, reported Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily newspaper.
The police suspect her of the murder of an elderly patient, Rosa Calderoni, 78, who was taken to hospital with a routine illness. Tests showed that Calderoni died of an injection of potassium chloride, a medical substance, which can trigger cardiac arrest.
Potassium leaves no traces in the patient’s bloodstream after a few days and it makes it more difficult to investigate the case, the prosecutors told Corriere della Sera.
The investigation revealed that the nurse was not only culpable of Calderoni’s death but also the deaths of at least 38 patients. All of them were reportedly murdered in 2014. At least 200 witnesses gave testimonies against ‘the worst nurse.’
Police officers also found a scandalous selfie of the nurse smiling and giving a thumbs-up in front of a recently deceased patient, Chief Prosecutor Alessandro Mancini told a press conference.
“I can assure you in that in all my professional years of seeing shocking photos, there were few such as these,” added Manchini, adding that the nurse was “unperturbed” during her arrest.
“When we went to arrest her, she was silent, impassive,” he said.
One of the nurse’s colleague spoke of her as a “cold person but always eager to work.”
Other medical personnel at the hospital added that they suspected her of giving the patients doses of laxatives, drugs that facilitate or increase bowel movements, at the end of her shift. They said Poggiali did this to annoy and embarrass them.
“We wondered whether these deaths could be so frequent without anyone doing anything,” a co-worker told Corriere della Sera.
Israel has repeatedly declared its intention to continue working with UNICEF to devote efforts to solve the issue of the mistreatment of Palestinian children.
The treatment of Palestinian children under detention as it is practiced today contradicts Israel’s intention and contributes to the continuation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
By the end of January this year, it was reported that a total of 183 Palestinian children were prosecuted and detained in the Israeli court system, a rise of 18.8 per cent over the month. The figure includes twenty children between 14 and 15-years-old.
It was also reported that 75 per cent of Palestinian children imprisoned in the Israeli detention in the occupied West Bank were physically assaulted during interrogations and detentions.
In one such case in January, Israeli forces detained Salah S. from Qalqiya. Salah was detained while he was playing with his friends near a road restricted for Israeli forces and settler use. He was held overnight and was transferred to different locations within twelve hours, while being subjected to intense torture and brutal treatment.
In 2013 Salah, who was 15 at that time, was also imprisoned for ten months at Megiddo detention facility in Israel.
Haitham Sabbah reported that in early January this year, sixteen Palestinians from Hebron were also detained by Israeli forces, amongst them were nine children, some as young as 13, on allegation of stone throwing.
A study conducted by Defence for Children International (DCI) in the occupied Palestine territories showed that Palestinian children in Israeli prisons are being subjected to torture, sleep deprivation and blindfolded.
In contrast to their Israeli counterparts, Palestinian kids do not have a right to be accompanied by their parents during questioning. According to DCI, in 96 per cent of cases children were interrogated alone and seldom informed of their rights, especially their rights against self-incrimination.
Every year, there are about 500-700 Palestinian children, many as young as 12, are held captive in Israeli prisons. The most frequent charge is stone throwing.
Presently, 41.5 per cent of Palestinian child detainees are imprisoned inside Israel in infringement of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Source : middleeastmonitor.com
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
Ben Affleck became embroiled in a furious debate about Islam on an American television show, accusing the host of being racist and the guests of being ignorant
Appearing on HBO talk show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night, Affleck reacted furiously to claims by Maher that Islam manifested as “the only religion that acts like the mafia” and which would kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book”.
Author and philosopher Sam Harris also attracted the Argo director’s ire after suggesting: “We have been sold this meme of Islamophobia, where criticism of the religion gets conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people. It’s intellectually ridiculous.”
Affleck looked shocked, muttering “Jesus Christ!” under his breath and sitting back in his chair. He then responded, telling Harris: “That’s an ugly thing to say.”
Affleck, who was promoting his new film, the David Fincher thriller Gone Girl, responded: “Hold on — are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam? It’s gross and racist. It’s like saying, ‘Oh, you shifty Jew!’ Your argument is, ‘You know, black people, they shoot each other.’”
He added: “How about more than a billion people who aren’t fanatical, who don’t punch women, who just want to go to school, have some sandwiches, pray five times a day, and don’t do any of the things you’re saying of all Muslims. It’s stereotyping.”
He went on to say: “What is your solution? To condemn Islam? To do what? We’ve killed more Muslims than they’ve killed us by an awful lot.”
When Michael Steele, a political analyst, attempted to support Affleck, arguing that many moderate Muslim voices were not given the same amount of coverage as extremist ones, he was shouted down by Maher.
The new Swedish PM said the conflict can only be solved with a two-state solution with mutual recognition [Reuters]
|Sweden may become the first member of the European Union to recognise the state of Palestine, after the Nordic country’s new centre-left government has said it will do so.“The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law,” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday, during his inaugural address in parliament.
“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognise the
The UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most of its 28 members, have yet to give official recognition.
Other EU members such as Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have recognised Palestine before joining the bloc. If the centre-left government fulfils its plans, Sweden would be the first country to recognise Palestine while enjoying EU membership
For the Palestinians, Sweden’s move will be a major boost. It may draw similar steps from other countries at a time when peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis, on which the future of the Palestinian state hinges, are looking bleak.
In response to Sweden’s announcement, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters it would be “premature” to recognise a Palestinian state.
“We certainly support Palestinian statehood, but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognitions by both parties.”
Meanwhile, senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat applauded the decision, describing it as “courageous and remarkable.”
If you want to remove evil from the minds of others, then first give up evil intentions yourself.
Imam Ali ibn Abi Thalib
Long Silence leads to dignity. Justice increases connections and communications. Generosity raises esteem. Humility brings blessings. Tolerating hardships leads to supremacy. Good behavior defeats the enemy. Forbearance towards a fool increases supporters against him.
Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib
Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib
Imam Ali ibn Abi Thalib
Imam Ali ibn Abi Thalib
By John Pilger
With Prime Minister Tony Abbott plunging Australia back into another war in the Middle East, John Pilger argues that the attack on Gaza poses a wider threat to us all, fuelled by a complicit media.
SAID THE VISIONARY Edward Said:
“THERE IS a taboo on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”
For many people, the truth is out now.
At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments and the collusion of others – such as Canada and Australian – in this epic crime.
The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gaza is a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day.
When Nelson Mandela called the struggle of Palestine “the greatest moral issue of our time”, he spoke on behalf of true civilisation, not that which empires invent.
In Latin America, the governments of Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia, El Salvador, Peru and Ecuador have made their stand on Gaza. Each of these countries has known its own dark silence when immunity for mass murder was sponsored by the same godfather in Washington that answered the cries of children in Gaza with more ammunition to kill them.
“A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn’t the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn’t flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.”
“The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore,those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves..”
“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)
“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”
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)”
“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)
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)
CBC – 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.
Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.
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.
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.
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]
The discovery was made when the ship was being unloaded
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”
End Quote James Brokenshire Immigration minister
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.”
Edward C. Corrigan
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.
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
“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’.”