10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman

100 + Instances of verbal street harassment took place within 10 hours, involving people of all backgrounds. This does not include the countless winks, whistles, etc.

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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Free Writting



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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Cold Lake residents help remove graffiti from mosque


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Watch above: A mosque in Cold Lake was vandalized this morning – the words ‘go home’ spray painted on the outside. But, the community came together to clean it and offer support. Laurel Gregory was there.

EDMONTON — The RCMP in Cold Lake is investigating after a mosque in the north-eastern Alberta city was vandalized; spray painted with “go home.”

The vandalism included that phrase, which was spray painted above the front door of the place of worship for Muslims.

The mosque’s windows were also smashed.

Mosque board director Mahmoud El-Kadri says there haven’t been any previous acts of vandalism during the four years the mosque has been at its location.

El-Kadri doesn’t know if the vandalism somehow relates to the recent attacks on Canadian soldiers in Quebec and Ottawa.

Mayor Craig Copeland calls the act “extremely disappointing.”

“Just what’s spray painted on the mosque, I mean, ‘go home’… The Muslim community here is at home here in Cold Lake,” said Copeland.

“It by no means represents Cold Lake. Some individuals took it upon themselves to do this.”

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As soon as he heard about the vandalism, Copeland drove up to the mosque to speak to the members.

“They’re just disappointed,” he explained.

The mayor described the mosque as part of the fabric of life in Cold Lake.

“All of Cold Lake is rallying around the mosque and the Muslim community,” he said.

“So many people from Cold Lake were coming up to them and apologizing and saying this by no means represents Cold Lake… There were actually several people in tears.”

Soon after the news broke, residents showed up at the mosque to help clean and repair it.

Nikki Williams, a Cold Lake resident, came out to help.

“I just came to help these guys get it off the building and bring them supplies, a ladder, graffiti remover,” she said. “Just trying to get it off.”

“I think it’s a terrible thing,” Williams added.

“I think it shows just how ignorant people are about the whole situation.”

“The people who go to this mosque, I’ve been born and raised with since I was a little kid. This is their home.”

“We don’t condone this at all. We’re a very tight community – the Muslims along with every other religion in this town – Cold Lake is their home.”


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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in News


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Justin Trudeau urges Canadians to remember themselves in the wake of Ottawa shooting

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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in News



How To Defeat Terrorism

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.

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Poilitics


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Iraq – It Sucks to be You

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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Caricature


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‘CIA killed 9/11 author in black ops hit’


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.



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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Poilitics



The ‘humanitarian’ war furphy


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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.






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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Poilitics


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The reality of Palestinian children in Israeli jails .


Muhammad Zulfikar 

Presently, 41.5 per cent of Palestinian child detainees are imprisoned inside Israel in infringement of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention

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.

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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Human Rights


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Political Cartoon: Iraq Prime Minister Maliki


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Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Caricature


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Motivational quotes of the day

We cannot destroy the war machine until we destroy the

“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.”  

Mahatma Gandhi

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

“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.”  

William Faulkner



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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in Quotes


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Sweden vows to recognise state of Palestine

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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
state of Palestine.”

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

Major boost

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.” 

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Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Poilitics


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Inspirational quotes by Imam Ali ibn Abi Thalib




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

If poverty were a man, I would have slain him.

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib

Do not be too hard, lest you be broken; do not be too soft, lest you be squeezed.

Do for this life as if you live forever, do for the afterlife as if you die tomorrow.

A man can be valued through his sayings.
Imam Ali ibn Abi Thalib

The most complete gift of God is life based on knowledge.
Imam Ali ibn Abi Thalib

A fool’s mind is at the mercy of his tongue and a wise man’s tongue is under the control of his mind.
  Imam Ali ibn Abi Thalib

“Punish your enemies with kindness and do them a good deed in return for the harm that they have done to you.
 Imam Ali ibn Abi Thalib



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Posted by on October 4, 2014 in Uncategorized



The last Taboo :Gaza and the threat of world war

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.


“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.


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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Poilitics


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Cartoon: Peaceful talks between Ukraine and Russia


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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Human Rights


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Inspirational quotes of the day


“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.”

Dresden James.

“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..”

-Dresden James


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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Quotes


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Inspirational quotes of the day


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

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

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

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

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

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


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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Quotes


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Obama Foreign Policy in Caricature


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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Caricature



Inspirational quotes of the day


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

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

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

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


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

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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in Quotes


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Don’t miss Chris Hedges speech about Gaza Crises

Dedicated to the children in Gaza

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Human Rights


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


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

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

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

Bukhari Hadith 8.88

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

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

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

Related by Muslim.

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

~ Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (RA)

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

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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Free Writting


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Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta sides with bullied teacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She is also happy the decision has been made public.

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

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


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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Human Rights


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Political Cartoon : War on Gaza


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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Caricature


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UK Jewish MP: Israel acting like Nazis in Gaza

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


Inspirational quote


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

Ellen DeGeneres


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

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

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

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

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Quotes


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UNICEF: Israel killed 500 children in Gaza .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Human Rights


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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Caricature


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Yemen 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report


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.




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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Human Rights


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Inspirational quotes of the day

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

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

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

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

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


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