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Yemen 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report

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

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

Source:  http://www.state.gov

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspirational quotes of the day

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

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

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

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

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

Happiness

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Tilbury Docks: Man dies after 35 found in container

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He said they would eventually be interviewed through interpreters.

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

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

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

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

 

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in News

 

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Closing door on Canadian citizenship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: http://canadiandimension.com

 

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspirational quotes

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Quotes

 

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BBC – Truth behind the Palestinian and Israeli conflict

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Gaza 2014 /Jon Snow annihilates’ Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Poilitics

 

Israel accused of war crimes (UK Parliament)

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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An unacceptable level of brutality

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

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

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

 

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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An Honest Israeli Jew Tells The Real Truth about Israel

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

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

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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

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

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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

Special Rapporteur Richard Falk. UN Photo/Jess Hoffman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: United Nations News

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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American and Israeli War Crimes

By Margaret Kimberley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Palestinians only have the right to be killed.”

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

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

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

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

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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Inspirational quote of the day

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

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Israel: Serious Violations in West Bank Operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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Thousands Flee Gaza Town After Israeli Attack Warning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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Yet Another Lawsuit over Genetic Tests

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

By Tracy Vence (The Scientist)

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

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

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

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

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

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2014 in Health

 

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What is Naturopathy?

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

 

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The Netherlands Has Decided Traditional Black Face Is Racist

The Netherlands Has Decided Traditional Black Face Is Racist

By Kayla Ruble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by on July 5, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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

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

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

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

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

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http://myimmigrationstory.com/

 

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Human Rights

 

Motivational Quote on Strength and Earned Glory

 

Motivational Quote on Strength and Earned Glory

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Quotes

 

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

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

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Arwa AB Ibrahim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it (2)

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

The silent food bombing of humanity

What the United States Air Force did to Dresden in World War II via high-elevation bombing runs, the global chemical and food conglomerates are now doing to the world populations via the drive-thru window. But there are no bombs dropping out of the sky and there are no firestorms lighting up the cityscape at night. Instead, the silent, ignorant masses are simply marched to their deaths, one meal at a time, almost like a cargo train full of “useless eaters” clicking and clacking its way to Auschwitz.

On the way to their own deaths, of course, they pay the mandatory tolls to the pharmaceutical giants, hospitals, cancer clinics, doctors and health insurance mandates. Much like victims of Nazi genocide had their gold fillings pulled out of their mouths before they were gassed to death, today’s mainstream consumers are emptied of their bank accounts, assets and insurance policies before finally being discarded by the system.

There are tremendous profits to be made, you see, from first poisoning the masses and then “treating” them for the side effects of that poisoning. This racket is so massive and so deeply embedded into our greed-driven culture that very few people even recognize it’s happening to them. But make no mistake: You are not valued by the system for your humanity, your spirit, your innovation or your imagination. You are only valued for your tax base at first, and then ultimately your “disease management profits” which enrich global corporations while you are poked, prodded, dosed, irradiated and drugged to death while the hospital racks up page after page of medical procedure billings codes which will be covered by Medicare… or Obamacare.

Here’s the way out: grow your own food

Sound too grim to be true? Let’s look at some solutions on the positive side. The way out of all this is to grow your own food or at least buy as much as you can from local farmers and CSAs. Any food acquired through mainstream corporate sources is likely to be intentionally engineered, laced and packaged with incredibly toxic poisons ranging from heavy metals to hormone disrupting packaging containers. But food grown by honest farmers provides genuine nourishment, not death.

In fact, the future of human civilization almost certainly belongs exclusively to those who either grow their own food or make arrangements for others to grow it for them. The factory-made food consumed by the masses is quite truly a poison delivery system that has no purpose other than mass disease, death and profit.

If you wish to avoid being a victim of this system, you must avoid its products. Stop buying packaged processed foods. Utterly avoid all processed meats containing sodium nitrite, including bacon, hot dogs, sausage, ham, deli meats, pepperoni pizza and even beef jerky.

Stop drinking all diet soda, obviously. Aspartame is toxic to biology. All artificial sweeteners have harmful side effects if consumed in sufficient quantity.

Be skeptical of “natural” products which are heavily processed and refined in some way. Ask about countries of origin. Check heavy metals lab results to stay informed.

Except for rare exceptions, stop buying superfoods and supplements made in China, the world’s most polluted food producer. The U.S. natural products industry has practically been taken over by China over the last decade, and much of what you think is safe and organic is actually heavily polluted, either accidentally or deliberately, in mainland China.

Look around you at the evidence right in front of your eyes

Or maybe you think I’m the crazy one in mentioning any of this. If that’s the case, I encourage you to look around you and see the results of what happens to people when they eat yoga mat chemicals, aspartame-laced diet sodas, synthetic food preservatives and cheap vitamins contaminated with heavy metals. Unless you are living in a complete state of denial, you can’t help but notice that humanity has become a race of near-mutants who barely have a shred of health and sanity remaining.

A modern young man growing up today in America and living on processed foods is little more than a shadow of the strong, vibrant young men who worked the farms just three generations ago. Today’s generation of youth is pathetic, weak, academically inept and heavily pampered with their video game consoles, Ritalin drugs and air-conditioned schools with a watered-down curriculum. They’ve been dumbed down, stripped of nutrients and medicated to the point where literal zombies now walk among us.

In fact, the people all around you are over-medicated, over-fed and at the same time wildly malnourished. Their brains and bodies are heavily contaminated with destructive chemicals, heavy metals and synthetic materials. They have lost nearly all high cognitive functions and now survive on lower brain stem function which explains the radical rise in sex crimes, behavioral addictions, substance abuse and violent crime across society today. In a very real sense, the daily consumption of processed food has become a ritual of slow suicide mindlessly repeated everywhere that factory foods have invaded once-sane societies.

While Republicans blame Democrats, and Democrats blame Republicans, the truth is that they are all being systematically poisoned and thereby driven to precisely the kind of insanity we see played out across newspaper headlines and news broadcasts. We are far past the age of reason in the modern western world, and we will not survive this stealth war that releases weapons of dietary mass destruction with each tempting bite of seductive food that’s engineered for death instead of life.

This is far beyond any single issue of labeling GMOs, or buying organic or testing foods for heavy metals. This is about how human civilization is being brought to its knees by the most insidious stealth weapon ever experienced in our collective history: PROCESSED FOOD laced with toxic substances.

Heed these words or you too shall die a victim of this insidious, deliberate war against life, health and sanity.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Health

 

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Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it (1)

Gas-Mask-Chemical-Weapon  by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor of NaturalNews.com
(NaturalNews) After having now analyzed over 1,000 foods, superfoods, vitamins, junk foods and popular beverages for heavy metals and other substances at the Natural News Forensic Food Labs, I have arrived at a conclusion so alarming and urgent that it can only be stated bluntly.

Based on what I am seeing via atomic spectroscopy analysis of all the dietary substances people are consuming on a daily basis, I must now announce that the battle for humanity is nearly lost. The food supply appears to be intentionally designed to end human life rather than nourish it.

Life-destroying toxins intentionally engineered into the food supply

My lab has uncovered scientific proof that substances are intentionally formulated into dietary products to drive consumers mentally insane while causing widespread infertility, organ damage and a loss of any ability to engage in rational, conscious thinking. These toxic substances are being found across the entire food supply including in conventional foods, organic foods, “natural” products and dietary supplements.

This goes far beyond the mere contamination of foods with heavy metals — a subject which is grave all by itself. Rather, this is about the intentional formulation of toxic substances into products consumed by the masses on a regular basis.

The result is what you see unfolding around you right now: mass insanity, incredible escalations of criminality among political operatives, clinical insanity among an increasing number of mainstream media writers and reporters, widespread infertility in young couples, skyrocketing rates of kidney failure and dialysis patients, plus a near total loss of rational thinking among the voting masses.

The effects of this are devastating to human civilization: the collapse of a capable workforce, the rise of the masses dependent on government for survival, the collapse of free democracies due to the cognitive retardation of the voting masses, an exploding prison population and the rise of for-profit corporate prison systems, and even the near complete collapse of any ability of the news-consuming public to parse and comprehend even the most basic information such as national debt figures.

The long-term effects of this widespread food poisoning phenomenon will be the utter downfall of modern human civilization for numerous reasons ranging from economic non-sustainability to environmental destruction and the global rise of political violence as we are seeing right now in Kiev.

As more and more lab results have been documented here at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, it has become increasingly apparent to me that humanity cannot survive the mass engineered poisoning of the food supply.

You are, of course, being expertly distracted from all this with Powerball jackpots, tabloid celebrity news, staged political drama and of course the all-time favorite distraction of every crumbling empire: violent sports.

What we’re finding in foods, vitamins and supplements

What I’ve published so far just barely scratches the surface of what we are finding. Here’s an overview of some of the incredibly shocking findings we have now documented:

• The now-infamous “yoga mat chemical” used by Subway in their breads is also widely used across the fast-food industry. McDonald’s, Chik-Fil-A, Wendy’s, Arby’s and many other restaurants also use the chemical azodicarbonamide which is linked to cancer. Importantly, this is not a contaminant. This is an ingredient which is intentionally added to the recipes in order for the chemical to be consumed by the masses.

• There is no logical reason why chemicals like azodicarbonamide need to be added to recipes of fast food breads and buns. The chemical serves no necessary functional or nutritive purpose. It seems to exists solely for the purpose of delivering the chemical to hundreds of millions of consumers by blending it into popular fast foods. The sandwiches in which this chemical is found are merely delivery mechanisms for toxic substances that harm human biology.

• Many mainstream, popular vitamin brands are intentionally spiked with such high levels of copper that if taken on a daily basis, they will cause mental insanity and psychosis. Some of these vitamin brands are routinely advertised on television to the mainstream masses, encouraging them to consume the vitamins, many of which are manufactured by companies owned in full or part by pharmaceutical interests.

• A popular dietary herb designed to improve brain performance actually contains very high levels of lead in most products we tested (which were sourced from China). Lead is a toxic heavy metal that damages brain function. In this way, people who are suffering from early dementia or Alzheimer’s are actually accelerated toward brain destruction via certain herbal supplements which appear designed to deliver toxic heavy metals to the brain. It was truly shocking to me to discover that “brain herbs” contain so much lead that they contribute to brain damage.

• At the same time, we found that the very same “brain herb,” when grown in the USA, contains virtually no heavy metals. This is proof that the herb does not “naturally” absorb heavy metals as if by magic. Interestingly, the highest levels of brain-damaging metals are consistently found in herbs imported from China. I’m openly asking this question: Is there a covert heavy metals war being waged against America by China? After all, poisoning the population with heavy metals is a very effective way to collapse a nation by destroying the sanity and health of its people. (More on this topic later…)

• Popular children’s vitamins sold in nearly every grocery store and pharmacy across America are especially formulated to be incredibly toxic to developing neurology. The number of synthetic, toxic chemicals added to nearly every popular brand of children’s vitamins is truly staggering, and many of them seem to be selected for their ability to target and disrupt neurological function. From a purely scientific point of view, these “vitamins” would honestly have to be called “poison pills,” yet parents are encouraged to feed them to their children every single day as part of a modern-day health ritual that actually causes long-term harm.

• At our atomic spectroscopy lab, we have confirmed trace levels of aluminum in regular atmospheric air, confirming the fact that all agricultural soils are being inundated with aluminum which is literally falling out of the sky. This is not merely aluminum in our laboratory air, as many labs contain aluminum floors or furniture, causing an unusually high aluminum concentration in laboratory air. Rather, parts per billion concentrations of aluminum have been measured in regular atmospheric air sampled far from any building or laboratory. The result of this phenomenon is that aluminum levels are rising in nearly all soil-grown crops from which everyday food is derived. While aluminum is far less harmful than lead, cadmium or mercury, the repeated accumulation of aluminum is believed to be tied to degenerative brain disorders across the population.

• As Natural News readers already know, GM corn is engineered to grow a deadly toxin inside each and every grain of corn. This deadly toxin is then consumed by all the people who unknowingly eat genetically engineered crops via breakfast cereals, corn tortillas, corn snack chips, etc. This mass poisoning of the population is clearly intentional, as it is deliberately engineered into the crops which are grown for the sole purpose of human and animal consumption. This mass poisoning is not accidental, in other words, and in fact the technology is promoted under the justification that it will “feed the world.” Indeed it will feed the world… poison.

Food has become a weapon against humanity

As you can see from these examples, food has become a weapon against humanity. It is the new vector for a stealth world war against humankind — a war which is being quietly waged right this very moment with weapons you would probably find in your own pantry.

World War I was fought primarily in the trenches, with soldiers slinging chunks of lead at each other and using crude chemical weapons like mustard gas.

World War II was fought with a genocidal intention, using more advanced kinetic weapons and chemical weapons engineered by pharmaceutical companies.

Our of World War II and the Nazi era came IG Farben, the chemical-pharma conglomerate which was later split into three companies, one of which is now known as Bayer, the same company that makes children’s aspirin and various chemicals used throughout the food supply. (Check your history. This is factual and true.)

World War III appears to already be underway, and it is being waged as a stealth war via the food supply. The chemicals are very similar to those used in World War I and World War II except that instead of being deployed on the battle field, today’s chemical weapons are deployed via the food supply and often even listen right on ingredients labels.

Toxic ingredients like sodium nitrite and aspartame are formulated to work at sub-acute levels so they don’t cause people to drop dead right away. Instead, they cause the chronic, long-term degenerative collapse of body and mind, leaving behind a wake of global cancer, kidney failure and extreme mental disorders including psychosis. This damage to body and mind, in turn, destroys economies, education systems, scientific advancement, free democracies and even cultural integrity.

 

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2014 in Health

 

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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Death in the desert: Tribesmen exploit battle to reach Israel

By Fred Pleitgen and Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, CNN

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Every year, thousands of refugees, mostly from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan, attempt the dangerous journey from their war-torn countries to Israel in search of economic prosperity and stability.

Very few make it, and the results of the failed migration can be seen in the morgue of the central hospital in the Egyptian port town of El Arish.

On any given day, the morgue will be packed with the bodies of African refugees who died trying to make it to Israel.

Hamdy Al-Azazy spends a lot of time here as head of the New Generation Foundation for Human Rights, which tries to help African refugees in Egypt.

Every week, Al-Azazy combs the desert, searching for corpses, ensuring that they get a dignified burial.

He has spent the past seven years helping the refugees. Many are enslaved and tortured and the women raped by the Bedouin tribes of the Sinai if they are unable to come up with large sums of money the Bedouin try to extort from them and their families, to smuggle the refugees across the border into Israel. As a result, many remain imprisoned in camps on the Sinai Peninsula.

“They are chained and kept in camps in the open with no bathrooms and little water and food and treated worse than animals,” Al-Azazy said.

“Some of them are taken to Libya, but 80% of them are smuggled to Israel. Those who escape are shot by the Bedouins, and others who make it to the border are sometimes shot by the Egyptian authorities and transferred to hospitals before spending a year in different prisons in Sinai and deported back home.”

Al-Azazy says this is a common scheme. The refugees will pay Bedouin tribes in the border area between Sudan and Egypt around $2,000 to be smuggled out. The smugglers then sell the refugees to the Sinai Bedouin, who blackmail the refugees and their families back home.

Ibrahim Yehia of Eritrea says he fell prey to the Bedouin.

“When we arrived to Sinai, the Bedouins tied me up with metal chains in the desert. They tortured us. Many of us died,” he said, displaying his wounds, including scars that he says came from electroshock torture.

“They wanted me to pay $12,000 and forced us to call our families to transfer the money. My family sold all their lands and even their donkey to collect the money. They transferred $6,000 to the Bedouins.”

After his family paid, Yehia says, the Bedouin finally let him go.

“I spent three months tied up in the camp close to the Israeli border. After I paid, the Bedouins drove me to the border crossing and set me free. I was then shot by plainclothes men close to the wired fence at the Israeli-Egyptian border. The military took me to the hospital.”

Some of the refugees are forced into slave labor, often working marijuana fields that flourish all over Northern Sinai, Hamdy Al-Azazy says. Refugees who made it across the border into Israel have told harrowing accounts of rape, torture and slave labor.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Quotes of the day by Jawaharlal Nehru

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You don’t change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.

 
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.


Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
 
 
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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Inspirational quotes of the day

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“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” 
Walt Whitman 


“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” 
 Kurt VonnegutMother Night 

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” 
 Lou Holtz 

 

 
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Child labor in Egypt on the rise

Children between the ages of 15 and 17 make up 46% of the total child labor market in Egypt, where the percentage of girls reaches 21%
Children between the ages of 15 and 17 make up 46% of the total child labor market in Egypt, where the percentage of girls reaches 21%

According to Major General Abu Bakr Al-Gendy, head of the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, the volume of child labor in Egypt is as high as 1,594,000. Labor includes work at levels classified between light and dangerous. There are 17 million children in Egypt between the ages of 5 and 17.

Children between the ages of 15 and 17 make up 46% of the total child labor market, with 4.87% of them giving their earnings to their parents.

Al-Gendy noted the percentage of girls in the child labor force reached 21%.

7.42% of child labor is concentrated in Upper Egypt’s countryside, while 8.4% is in Lower Egypt’s countryside. The concentration of working children, ages 12 to 14, increased by 8.3%, with 12 year olds as the smallest concentration at 23%.

120,000 children between the ages of 5-17 age group did not go to school, of which 5.5% were male and 5.49% were female.

487,000 children, 79% of which were male, left school to work. The survey indicates that the agriculture sector accounted for the largest share of child labor, at 62%.

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Motivation of the day

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“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison

 

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” - Mark Twain

 

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Children paint by Vladimir Volegov

Children paint by Vladimir Volegov

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Observations by Albert Einstein

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“We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.”
“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”

“Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.” “Three great forces rule the world: STUPIDITY, FEAR and GREED.”

“Great spirits have always been met with violent opposition from mediocre minds

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Quotes

 

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Can China Stop Organ Trafficking?

Posted by Jiayang Fan

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Guo Bin, a six-year-old boy from Shanxi province, in northern China, thought the sky had gone permanently dark when he woke up, one day this summer, bloody-faced and crying near his parents’ home. “We originally thought he had fallen down and smashed his face,” Guo’s father, a farmer, told a local television station. “We didn’t notice that his eyes were gone when we first discovered him.” But then he saw that there were only pits where his son’s eyeballs should have been. The boy told his mother that the last words spoken to him by the still-unidentified woman who kidnapped and drugged him were “Don’t cry, and I won’t gouge your eyes out.”

Immediately after news of the savage assault broke, an apprehensive public leapt to the conclusion that the perpetrators were driven by an obvious motive: they robbed a child of his sight to turn a quick profit in China’s thriving black market for organs. The story quickly became national news and sparked an uproar on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, where, months later, citizens have not stopped clamoring for redress. Everywhere in the world, the number of patients in need of kidneys, hearts, livers, or corneas outstrips the number of donors, but in China the situation is particularly acute. Even though China performs more transplants annually than any country except the United States, less than one per cent of the population in need of life-saving transplants receives them (as compared to about twenty per cent in the United States). According to China’s Ministry of Health, some 1.5 million people continue to wait for transplants.

Traditional Chinese customs calling for bodies to be buried or cremated intact (so that a person may be reincarnated whole) discourage individuals from donating their organs. For the past three decades, the government has tried to make up the difference by harvesting organs from executed prisoners. Until 2007, nine-tenths of the country’s organ supply came from its tens of thousands of death-row inmates, whose executions have sometimes been expedited for the purpose of harvesting organs. For many years, Chinese authorities refused to acknowledge this practice, though a 2006 investigation conducted by two Canadians—David Kilgour, a member of parliament, and David Matas, a human-rights lawyer—concluded that the selling of prisoners’ organs without their consent was a “billion-dollar business in China.” According to the report, vital organs were regularly harvested from executed prisoners and distributed by shadowy intermediaries.

The report, along with criticism from human-rights activists, foreign-transplant specialists, and Chinese doctors (one of whom testified before a U.S. Congressional committee that he had taken skin from a prisoner who was still alive), compromised the image that China likes to project of itself, as a superpower thoroughly in line with established global norms. Bowing to international pressure over the past five years, the Chinese have recently introduced measures to reduce the number of executions and to curb organ tourism, a practice that brings foreigners facing long waits for voluntary donations in their own countries to China, where they can pay to immediately obtain the needed organ. Although no official records are kept for such transactions, the tourists and donors have remarkably consistent profiles: the tourist, usually the citizen of a developed country, pays a substantial sum; the donor is a financially desperate Chinese citizen, or, in some cases, a permanently incarcerated one.

The existence of a flourishing underground organ trade in a country ruled by authoritarian decree rather than written law should not exactly come as a shock. Because the rules and decisions are made by the powerful and for the powerful, the average citizen has little incentive to respect the law. When it comes to health care, where the government has done little to provide a safety net for its citizens, they have all the more reason to take matters into their own hands.

In August, only a few days before Guo Bin’s eyes were stolen, the Chinese Ministry of Health announced plans to phase out the practice of harvesting of organs from executed prisoners and begin a country-wide program of voluntary donation. Huang Jiefu, an Australia-trained transplant surgeon who was then the deputy health minister, said, “I am confident that before long all accredited hospitals will forfeit the use of prisoner organs.” A hundred and sixty-five hospitals are set to implement voluntary organ systems in the coming months. (In November, Huang, who now heads the country’s organ-transplant office, vowed that all transplant hospitals would cease using prisoners’ organs by the middle of this year.) But the program was outlined only in the broadest of strokes, and the path to implementation is unclear. Evidently, a major impetus for Beijing’s decision was international pressure for transparency and greater respect for human rights. But it remains to be seen whether such a system has any chance of combatting the entrenched corruption in managing organ transplantation, or whether it could be regulated so as to prevent the proliferation of a black market.

In a 2012 poll conducted by the Canton Public Opinion Research Center, seventy-nine per cent of respondents said they believed that “organ donation after death is noble,” but eighty-one per cent feared that “organ donation inevitably leads to the organ trade.” Almost three-quarters of the respondents said that the government should promote .

Nicholas Bequelin, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch in Hong Kong, told me that “the complete lack of transparency led to the emergence of a lucrative gray market, through which wealthy or politically connected individuals could source the organ needed for a transplant from scheduled executions.” According to Bequelin, the booming organ business has, in turn, led to a situation “in which unscrupulous criminals have started sourcing organs themselves, either by buying organs from sellers or even, in some cases, kidnapping and harvesting organs from their victims.”

In this light, the health ministry’s plan to shift from prisoners’ organs to voluntary donations may reflect a political aspiration rather than an achievable goal. “They say they hope to stop executing prisoners in two years, but that is just a hope,” said Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at N.Y.U. who has closely followed the organ trade in China. “I worry that they are not seriously committed to instituting cadaver donation,” which would diminish the need to harvest organs from prisoners.

Caplan is hardly the only skeptic. Even though Huang has stipulated that doctors and hospitals caught using organs from outside the network of a hundred and sixty-five licensed hopitals will lose their certification, it’s unclear how these laws will be enforced or whether the agencies in charge have any incentive to do so. Moreover, unlike in the United States, where individuals can freely log onto a computerized national database to look for information regarding specific donations and transplants, China’s equivalent database is not open to the public, which is likely to arouse suspicion about the prospect of administrative tampering. Information about matching methodology, donors, and recipients is not disclosed, either. Earlier this week, China’s state-run media reported that the system still “falls short of expectations.”

“The Ministry of Health is not the most powerful actor in this system,” Bequelin said. Unlike many developed countries, the Chinese central government provides little funding to hospitals, which restricts its ability to censure them for misconduct. Like almost every other institution in China, the medical system is heavily dependent upon guanxi, or relationships based on backdoor politics and bribery. High-ranking officials are regularly given special treatment, while common people are often barred from better-equipped medical facilities. In recent years, those with guanxi and a need for organs have also been known to treat prisons like personal slaughterhouses, searching for inmates who match their blood and tissue type.

In 2011, when the liberal Chinese newspaper Southern Weekend featured the story of a twenty-five-year-old migrant worker who had been forced to sell his kidney at a registered hospital by staff members working with traffickers, the public was outraged, but not necessarily surprised. A year later, in August of 2012, four traffickers, an anesthesiologist, a surgeon, a medical assistant, and two nurses were tried for helping a seventeen-year-old in Hunan sell his kidney in order to purchase an iPad and an iPhone. The teen-eager, who continues to suffer from renal failure caused by the surgery, received thirty-five hundred dollars for his kidney; the intermediaries turned around and sold it for nearly six times that amount.

Locating both a buyer and a seller for an organ can be as simple as visiting a high-volume Chinese-language chat room. In mid-August, around the same time the Ministry of Health made its announcement, a casual browser of Baidu Knows, the Chinese version of Wiki Answers, found the following exchange:

A: Kidney, where to sell one? Thank you.

B: What’s your asking price?

A: A hundred and fifty thousand yuan? Where should I go?

B: I’ll be taking a ten-thousand-dollar commission. If you can guarantee me a long-term supply, I may be able to lower my fee.

A: What’s a long-term supply?

B: Don’t you think we have some rules in this industry? If you are the police…

A: I don’t have any supply. I am selling my own kidney and am badly in need of cash. I am nineteen years old.

For ordinary citizens, these stories only reinforce the pervasive suspicion that China’s legal and medical systems are inherently prejudiced—and that the vast divide between the powerful and the weak cannot be bridged by the action of the government, that chronic bungler. According to Bequelin, when it comes to organ-donation preference, “it is quite inconceivable that Party and government members would not be favored over ordinary citizens, because that’s the reality of life in China. Why should I pledge to give my organs if it is to end up in the body of an corrupt official?”

More than five months after Guo Bin was attacked, the culprit has not been identified. Some have alleged that the crime was committed by his mentally unstable aunt, who mysteriously leapt to her death down a village well one day later. (Family members, however, insist that she was at work elsewhere when the attack took place.) Other reports have suggested a family dispute, which Guo’s father flatly denies. Oddly, the detail that has resonated most widely has no apparent connection to the facts of the case: the boy’s eyeballs were found nearby, their precious corneas still attached. The story’s ongoing prominence in the media is, in fact, a testimony to the widespread infamy of the trade and the concurrent fear of organ traffickers. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health’s well-intentioned plans for a voluntary organ-donation system will, more likely than not, function much like the prosthetic eyes that a hospital in southern China has kindly donated to Guo Bin. Although they may move and look like normal eyes, they only satisfy appearances.

Jiayang Fan is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Inspirational quotes

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“The causes that lie behind much sickness and human suffering are short-sightedness and greed. Health for all can be achieved only through the organized demand by people for greater equality in terms of land, water, services, and basic rights. More power to the people!”- Dr. David Werner

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison

 

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” - Mark Twain

 

 

 
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Illegal Immigration Is Expected To Rise in Canada By 2015

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Human Rights

 

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Seven reasons to love living in Canada

By Kevin Press, BrighterLife.ca

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

Here are seven highlights from the OECD report:

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

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

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in News

 

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Canadian Culture & Integration Society

Canadian Culture & Integration Society.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2013 in Poilitics

 

Philosophy quotes of the day

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“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
- Henry David Thoreau

“Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hated it.” -Alan Watts

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it” - W. M. Lewis

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Quotes

 

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Air Canada ruling called small step in battle for passenger rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in News

 

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Tears of Gaza

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

The situation leading up to the incursion is never mentioned.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Human Rights

 

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Do Jews control the media?

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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