220 Syrian refugees heading to Gatineau by end of February

100 Syrian refugees to settle in Gatineau in first wave

By Amanda Pfeffer, CBC News

A day after the federal government offered details on its Syrian refugee plan, the Quebec government revealed its own $29 million plan to take in thousands of refugees.

Quebec will welcome more than 7,300 Syrians before the end of February. That includes more than 200 in the Gatineau area. 

One hundred will arrive in the region before New Year’s Day, while another 120 will come in a second wave before February 29, 2016.  

Most will be government-assisted refugees (GARs); only 50 will be privately-sponsored refugees (PSRs). 

Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pednaud-Jobin said settlement agencies in his city had been prepared for as many as 800 and he was hoping to get around that many, saying he sees refugees as a net benefit for his community. 

Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pednaud-Jobin

Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pednaud-Jobin said his city had hoped for more government-assisted refugees, saying they are a net benefit for the region. (CBC)

“Some people look at the risk, we look at the advantage of welcoming those people.”  

Local settlement agency Accueil Parrainage Outaouais had told the CBC it could take on 105 refugees before Christmas, so the number is well within its capacity. 

“Gatineau has a reality, we have a retention rate of 98 per cent of the immigrants that come into Gatineau because the economy is good, because our community is very welcoming, so I think it gives us a little more of a responsibility to welcome them.”

All refugees will receive permanent residency visas and will be able to work when they arrive, however the federal government is asking GARs to take advantage of free language courses and job training during the first year when they will be receiving government assistance cheques.  

The Quebec government has a special arrangement with the federal government to handle its own refugee distribution, which is why it has released its numbers while other regions of the country are still waiting to hear from the federal government.

In Ottawa, Mayor Jim Watson said he can only speculate on the total number of refugees coming there.

“Based on a per capita basis, we’re expecting anywhere from 800 to 2,000 individuals we can accomodate.”

The first planes are expected to arrive in Montreal and Toronto beginning Dec. 1.

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Posted by on November 26, 2015 in News


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“Blind Trust” experiment catches on internationally after Paris attacks

A social experiment conducted by Muslim Canadian university students has caught on internationally, following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. Last January, Mustafa Mawla, who moved to Canada from Saudi .

“It was very daunting in the beginning,” Mawla told the Toronto Star. “You’re kind of wondering if you’re going to get hugs or not, and if someone is going to attack you or not.”  

The video, titled Blind Trust Project, has since been viewed over 2 million times.

He says some of the feedback he’s received calls him out for doing such an experiment in Canada, a country known for being welcoming.

“But then people have been recreating it in New York, Michigan, Germany and Norway, and they received the same kind of response,” he says.

Another video that’s recently gone viral shows a similar clip in Paris, near a vigil for the victims of the terrorist attacks. In the clip, a Muslim man stands blindfolded, as a crowd surrounds him and people give him hugs and whisper words of encouragement.

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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in News


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Inspirational quotes of the day



The death of a single human being is too heavy a price for the vindication of any principle, however sacred.”  – Daniel Berrigan


“These are the men who, without virtue, labour, or hazard, are growing rich, as their country is impoverished; they rejoice, when obstinacy or ambition adds another year to slaughter and devastation; and laugh, from their desks, at bravery and science, while they are adding figure to figure, and cipher to cipher, hoping for a new contract from a new armament, and computing the profits of a siege or tempest.” – Samuel Johnson


“As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.” – Clarence Darrow


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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Quotes


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Court told to freeze citizenship revocations in terror cases

Glen McGregor, Ottawa Citizen


The federal government is walking away from a legal battle over attempts to strip Canadian citizenship from dual-nationals convicted of terrorism offences.

Lawyers for the government recently asked the Federal Court to suspend proceedings in two cases brought by Canadians convicted of terrorism-related offences who had been told by the previous Conservative government they would lose their citizenship.

As a respondent in the cases, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship cannot abandon the litigation but, instead, asked for and was granted adjournments while it re-examines a policy that featured prominently in last month’s federal election.

“The Department will work with Minister (John) McCallum on the urgent review of the policy and legislation related to the new citizenship revocation provisions,” media relations adviser Nancy Caron said in an email.

She repeated the line used by then-Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a campaign leadership debate, when he argued that Stephen Harper, prime minister at the time, had breached a fundamental principle of citizenship with Bill C-24, which allows the government to rescind the Canadian citizenship of dual nationals convicted of certain serious offences.

“The prime minister has been clear that ‘a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,’ and he doesn’t support the revocation provisions that have a different impact on dual citizens than other Canadians,” said Caron.

In September, former Ottawa radiology technician Misbahuddin Ahmed took the government to court over a July 2015 decision to strip him citizenship.

Ahmed, 31, is currently serving a 12-year sentence in a medium-security federal prison for his role in the planned terrorist attacks foiled by the Project Samosa investigation. If he lost his citizenship, he would have been deported to Pakistan upon his release.

In a Charter challenge, he claimed the attempt to rescind his Canadian citizenship violated his right to safety of the person because he would be deported to a place where he would likely be at risk of mistreatment. He also argued the law offended the principles of justice because the sanction was introduced only after he was convicted.

Now, these issues will not likely be tested in court, as the government is expected to rescind the provisions in C-24 — even as France moves to expand its powers to revoke citizenship from dual nationals.

The Canadian government has also asked for a suspension in a similar case brought by Saad Gaya, a 27-year-old convicted in the “Toronto 18” bomb plot. He is serving an 18-year prison sentence.

Gaya was born in Montreal and had never visited Pakistan, but could be deported there after serving his sentence because, the government had argued, his parents had passed their dual nationality on to him.

Before C-24, Canadian citizenship could be revoked only in cases of fraudulent applications — when a subject had obtained citizenship based on false pretences. The Tories expanded the conditions to include those convicted of terrorism, treason or participation in military action against Canada.

The Liberals’ decision to back away from that law comes as French President François Hollande vows to strip the citizenship of any dual citizens involved in terrorism, in response to the attacks that left 129 dead in Paris over the weekend.

Hollande said he wants a constitutional amendment that would allow revocation of French citizenship of convicted terrorists who were born in France, as in the Gaya case.

Canada’s change of course on the citizenship cases comes as Trudeau’s government moves to drop other legal fights waged by Harper’s government.

On Monday, McCallum and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the government had also discontinued an appeal of a court decision that upheld the right of Muslim women to wear face-covering niqabs during citizenship ceremonies.


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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Human Rights


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Outrage at Paris attacks masks our racism


Jonathan Cook, award-winning British author and journalist


An article in the Australian publication New Matilda gets to the real point about last night’s attacks in Paris – one that no one wants to talk about. What westerners feel right now is a powerful and very selective outrage that identifies with the suffering of people “like us”. We mourn the deaths in Paris while not even noticing those killed in Lebanon a day earlier and almost certainly by the same fanatics that launched the attacks in France.

Lots of westerners like to dismiss such observations as “whataboutery”. It is natural, they say, to care more about people we know or who are similar to us. That knee-jerk reaction may be comforting, but it is precisely the problem.

After all, what drives our selective outrage if not selective compassion? But our selective compassion is what got us into this mess in the first place. As Europeans we have always viewed ourselves as fully human, but seen those in the Middle East and much of the rest of the world as slightly less than human, and not quite as deserving of our sympathy. It is such feelings that allowed Europe to colonise, abuse and exploit brown people.

The historic racism that we Europeans are all too ready now to acknowledge, and that we understand fed western colonialism, is not a thing of the past. It still thrives deep in our souls. Where once we felt the white man’s burden, we now feel his outrage. Both depend on the same arrogance, and the same ascription of lesser human qualities to those we see as different from us.

We are still trying to civilise brown people. We still think we have the right to change them, bend them to our will, improve them by force. We still want to lecture them, condemn them, threaten them, overturn their elections, arm their oppressive leaders, plunder their resources.

And after we have destroyed their societies, we expect to be able to shut our borders to them as they make desperate journeys to find some peace, some safety away from the war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and elsewhere we either created directly or supported with our money and arms.

Our racism has not changed. It is alive and creating new justifications for our selective compassion every day.

What has changed is that technological advances have made weapons of death and destruction ever easier and cheaper to acquire. Those we once oppressed with impunity and far from our homes, out of sight, can now find us and give us a taste of our own medicine.

If we want to stop the attacks, and avoid turning our own societies into the oppressive dictatorships we have supported across much of the rest of the globe, then we need to stop interfering, pillaging, manipulating and abusing. And we have to start by refusing to allow ourselves to identify more with the victims in Paris than those in Beirut. If we were really as civilised as we believe, we would understand that both are equally deserving of our compassion.


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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Poilitics


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Stand united against terrorism


“Terrorism isn’t a crime against people or property. It’s a crime against our minds, using the death of innocents and destruction of property to make us fearful. Terrorists use the media to magnify their actions and further spread fear. And when we react out of fear, when we change our policy to make our country less open, the terrorists succeed — even if their attacks fail.

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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Human Rights



ISIS fabricated by U.S., former CIA contractor says


Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley believes ISIS is a “completely fabricated enemy.”

In a short radio interview with Press TV last year, the whistle blower pointed out that stopping the Islamic State’s funding would be the most efficient and logical way of defeating them. The former CIA contractor said that the agency is frustrated for being asked to train the terrorist group and at the same time to combat it.

Kelley said during the telephone interview that “for people to think this enemy is something to be attacked is a farce” and added that the group is something the CIA “created and controls,” True Activist reported. He explained that ISIS was “designed to create massive amounts of fear and cause a response here at home [the U.S.]” so that “more spending and bloodshed and warfare” is authorized. Although he acknowledged the terror group is real and thousands of extremist Islamists have joined ISIS, he also believes the cold-blooded executions are staged and their purpose is to create panic so that the population begs the government to protect the country. Kelley added that Ebola is “just another terror weapon patented by the U.S. government” and, although he did not want to name the person behind the disease that threatened the health of the entire world, he did offer a clue. “It’s a family name that has long been associated with ‘conspiracy theories’,” Kelley said.

According to the former CIA contractor, the agency “is being forced with their current task of continuing to arm and train the rebels and at the same being asked to combat the group ISIL, which is getting harder and harder for them to mask that it’s essentially the same group.” Kelley added that the CIA is “very openly still supporting the very same group that they are trying to combat.”

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Poilitics


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The Middle Eastern Wars Really Are All About Oil

Oil: The Reason Behind the Wars in the Middle East

The Iraq war was really about oil, according to Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer and others.

Dick Cheney made Iraqi’s oil fields a national security priority before 9/11.

The Sunday Herald reported:

Five months before September 11, the US advocated using force against Iraq … to secure control of its oil.

Congressman Ed Markey said in March

Well, we’re in Libya because of oil.

John Bolton spoke last week about:

The critical oil and natural gas producing region that we fought so many wars to try and protectour economy from the adverse impact of losing that supply or having it available only at very high prices.

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Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Poilitics


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Twins have kept the world in suspense for weeks

She put her arm around her dying sister_ No one expected what would happen next_

These twins have kept the world in suspense for weeks: Kyrie and Brielle Jackson. What happened with them verges on a miracle.

The tiny twins came onto this world a whole 12 weeks too early. Weighing barely 2 pounds (1 kg), they were clearly underdeveloped and their life prospects were dismal and bleak.

The 2 little, weak sisters were separated into different incubators. Brielle’s condition stabilized itself slowly and she gradually began to put on weight. The doctor’s prognosis for Kyrie was less optimistic, however, and the doctors believed the little one would not survive.

After a few weeks, something completely unexpected happened: the stronger Brielle suffered a life-threatening screaming fit, lasting until she could barely breathe anymore and her body began to turn blue. The responsible nurses tried to do everything in their power to help her, but nothing helped. No one knew why the little one cried so heart-wrenchingly.
In her desperation, the nurse Gayle Kasparian had a daring idea: she put the incessantly crying Brielle simply next to her fragile sister. This was against hospital policies, but Gayle risked it along with risking her job. And then something unbelievable happened: the still crimson colored and convulsing Brielle calmed down immediately and instinctively laid her arm around her still-struggling-with-death sister.
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And then a miracle happened: after some time, the little Kyrie’s condition began to stabilize. She gained weight daily and even caught up to her bigger sister. In the meantime, Kyrie and Brielle Jackson have grown into young women of 20 years old and are about to graduate from college. Naturally they spend tons of time together still. And do things that normal twins do… Sometimes human warmth the most effective medicine. It’s amazing when 2 people are so deeply bonded like twin sisters. Share this wonderful story of Kyrie and Brielle! Source: CNN & Hefty via Idealist Revolution.
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Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Health



Missing, murdered indigenous women an election issue for all Canadians, advocates say


Artist Dave Fadden donated a print of his painting Scream of the Silenced to the Akwesasne First Nation to raise money in support of the upcoming Walking With Our Sisters travelling art exhibit. The painting is a mosaic of tiny intricate designs, representing the more than 1,000 missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. (Nicole Ireland/CBC)

By Nicole Ireland, CBC News

The need for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is not just an aboriginal issue and should be on all Canadians’ minds when they cast their ballots on Monday, the Native Women’s Association of Canada says.

“So long as there is any group of people in Canada who are not safe, we really cannot all consider ourselves safe,” said the association’s president Dawn Harvard in an interview with CBC News. “We need to make sure we are protecting and doing right by the most vulnerable members of our population.”

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Dawn Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, says missing and murdered indigenous women should be a ‘mainstream’ election issue. (Nicole Ireland/CBC )

Calls for an inquiry have intensified since the release of several reports over the last year, including a 2014 RCMP report that found aboriginal women are “over-represented among Canada’s murdered and missing women.”

The report found nearly 1,200 documented cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls between 1980 and 2012, a number the RCMP said “exceeds previous public estimates.” A 2015 United Nations report found that young First Nations, Métis and Inuit women were five times more likely to die under violent circumstances than their non-aboriginal counterparts.

“This is a fundamental human rights issue,” said Harvard. “How can you look at Canada as a positive human rights defender around the world if we are violating the human rights of our people right here?”

The Liberal Party, the NDP and the Green Party have pledged to call a national inquiry if elected. The Conservative Party has maintained its pre-election campaign position that an inquiry isn’t necessary, saying there have already been many reports on the issue and that it is taking action instead, citing stronger law enforcement and family-violence prevention initiatives as examples.

But in 2014, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples called on the Canadian government to “undertake a comprehensive, nationwide inquiry … organized in consultation with Indigenous Peoples.”

During the election campaign, the Native Women’s Association of Canada has spoken to young people, unions, church groups and “anybody who would listen” about the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, Harvard said, and has received “overwhelming support” for an inquiry.

“So many people are shocked when they realize that this thing is happening right in our own backyards,” she said. “Once people know what’s happening, they want to do the right thing. They’re appalled and they want to put an end to this.

“It’s not that people are unfeeling. It’s just that up until this point, [the issue] has been so effectively hidden, so effectively swept under the rug that the average Canadian … [is] pointed to look at oppression of women in other countries so that they’re not looking at what’s going on right here in Canada.”

‘Politicians need to care’

Tanya Lalonde from Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement in Alberta also believes that non-native Canadians care about missing and murdered aboriginal women, once they become aware of the issue. 

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Posted by on October 17, 2015 in Human Rights


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Israelis Urged to Carry Guns to Murder Palestinians

By Stephen Lendman
Global Research,

Israel may always be seen as a ruthless pariah state after over 15 years of Sharon, Olmert, Netanyahu rule, each responsible for mass-murdering Palestinians unaccountably.

Their resistance against injustice is heroic – challenging nearly 7 decades of vicious persecution, victimized by endless Nakba, Israeli state terror against their right to exist.

Netanyahu ordered the entire West Bank and East Jerusalem militarized, Abbas-deployed Palestinian security forces complicit with his ongoing reign of terror.

His pathetic Wednesday night address the latest example of his longstanding duplicity – saying one thing, doing something entirely different, showing again he’s a stooge for Israeli ruthlessness, a shameless illegitimate leader with no credibility whatever.

Most Palestinians despise him for good reason – a deplorable Judas, serving solely as Israel’s enforcer against his own people, complicit with their ruthless persecution, including ongoing Netanyahu-ordered state terror.

Fascist Israeli officials want Jews arming themselves with guns. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon lied saying “(w)e are in the midst of a wave of terrorism in which civilians have become the front, and there is supreme importance for the public to be ready and aware.”

When an incident takes place, the terrorists are shot dead, and our people aren’t. That’s what’s important.

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan said “(c)ivilians who shoot terrorists are heroes.” Education Minister Naftali Bennett calls courageous Palestinian resistance “cowardly Arab terrorism.” He urged Jews with guns to “eliminate the enemy.”

Zionist Union MK/former foreign minister Tzipi Livni called radicalized settlers brutalizing Palestinians unaccountably and security forces murdering them “the real heroes of the last few days…”

MK Yinon Magal twittered “it is important to make an effort so that terrorists who carry out attacks are not left alive…Whoever is trying to kill us should be taken out.”

Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog sounds like Netanyahu on steroids, calling him a “weak leader,” urging escalated state terror, wanting the entire West Bank placed on lockdown, saying “(w)e are facing a surge of dangerous terrorism, and we…know how to overcome it” – code language for encouraging mass murder and extreme brutality, targeting an entire population.

Netanyahu, Herzog and most Knesset members advocate no-holds-barred ruthlessness against defenseless Palestinians, blaming them for Israeli high crimes – the last refuge for fascist thugs running Israel.

Palestinians are being murdered in cold blood, extrajudicially executed. An eyewitness saw nonthreatening Ahmad Abu-Shaaban lethally shot 10 times by Israeli police after radicalized settlers called him “a terrorist,” shouting “shoot him.”

He was falsely accused of a stabbing attempt. He did absolutely nothing, murdered by Israeli racism, numerous other Palestinians victimized the same way, most accused of crimes they didn’t commit.

Eyewitness testimonies and video evidence reveal Israeli criminality – out-of-control viciousness. Riyyad Dar Youssef suffered a fatal heart attack after soldiers brutally assaulted him. He threatened no one.

Since October 1, Israel murdered 33 Palestinians, including 8 children and a pregnant woman. On October 14, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) headlined “Videos and Photos Showing Israeli Violations Against Palestinian Civilians,” saying:

Social media publishes videos and photos about the atrocities and crimes committed by Israeli forces, police officers and settlers against the Palestinian civilians. These incidents have increased lately following the ongoing escalation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) along with shooting incidents and employment of excessive lethal force in confronting protests.

In some cases, Israeli forces claim that shootings or other practices were carried out in response to the Palestinians’ attempts to stab Israelis. However, the videos and photos showing the employment of excessive force reflect shooting-to-kill policy in violation of the international standards.

Adding insult to ongoing state terror, Israel’s security cabinet approved a measure to withhold bodies of assassinated Palestinians.

They won’t be returned to family members, instead buried in undisclosed locations. Numbers of extrajudicially executed Palestinians increase daily. Ongoing Nakba continues.

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Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Human Rights


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UN Report Shows Israelis Responsible for Most Violence Against Children in Israel-Palestine Conflict


The report purports to give an overview of all the ways in which children were adversely affected – to put it mildly – in various conflict zones around the world in 2013.

From the report we learn that:

  • In 2013, eight Palestinian children were killed by Israelis, and no Israeli children were killed by Palestinians – p.17/50

  • In 2013, 1265 Palestinian children were injured by Israelis, and eight Israeli children were injured by Palestinians – p.17/50

  • 1004 Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli security forces, with 107 of them (including five children under the age of 12) reporting ‘cruel and degrading ill-treatment by the Israel Defense Forces and the Israeli police, including painful restraint, blindfolding, strip-searching, verbal and physical abuse, solitary confinement and threats of violence’ – p.18/50

  • There were 58 education related incidents affecting over 11’000 Palestinian children, with 41 of them involving ‘Israeli security forces operations near or inside schools, forced entry without forewarning, the firing of tear gas canisters and sound bombs into school yards and, in some cases, structural damage to schools. In 15 of the incidents, Israeli security forces fired tear gas canisters into schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), some during class hours, without forewarning – p.19/50

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Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Human Rights


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Emotional Realism by Steve Hanks

Steve Hanks ‘Nature’s Beauty’ watercolor 2000

Steve Hanks is recognized as one of the most talented watercolor artists working today. The detail, color and realism of Steve Hanks’ paintings are unheard of in this difficult medium. A softly worn patterned quilt, the play of light on the thin veil of surf on sand, or the delicate expression of a child—-Steve Hanks captures these patterns of life better than anyone.

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Hanks calls his style ‘emotional realism’. He often leaves the faces of his figures obscured or turned away, not only to leave the face to the imagination of the viewer but also to allow the entire figure to express the emotion. Backlighting is also a signature element of his style. “Sunlight has become one of my favorite subjects. I’m fascinated by how it filters through things, how it floods a whole room with color. Often my paintings are really more about sunlight than anything else.”

Steve Hanks received the National Watercolor Society Merit Award and the National Academy of Western Art Gold Medal, in addition to consistently appearing in the list of top ten American artists compiled by U.S. Art Magazine. Art for the Parks has honored his work with many awards since 1989.


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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Art


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Thoughts to improve your soul



“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

“Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.”

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart…”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

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Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Quotes


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Quotes of the day


Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we’re tired of hearing promises that we know they’ll never keep.  Ray Davies



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Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Quotes


Syria’s refugee crisis in numbers


Refugees in the region

More than 4 million refugees from Syria (95%) are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt:

  • Lebanon hosts approximately 1.2 million refugees from Syria which amounts to around one in five people in the country
  • Jordan hosts about 650,000 refugees from Syria, which amounts to about 10% of the population
  • Turkey hosts 1.9 million refugees from Syria, more than any other country worldwide
  • Iraq where 3 million people have been internally displaced in the last 18 months hosts 249,463 refugees from Syria
  • Egypt hosts 132,375 refugees from Syria

The UN humanitarian appeal for Syrian refugees is just 40% funded.

Funding shortages mean that the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon receive just $13.50 per month or less than half a dollar a day for food assistance.

More than 80% of Syrian refugees in Jordan living below the local poverty line.

Conflict in Syria

Around 220,000 people have been killed and 12.8 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria

More than 50% of Syria’s population is currently displaced

International Resettlement

In total, 104,410 resettlement places have been offered globally since the start of the Syria crisis, which equates to a mere 2.6% of the total population of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.

400,000 people in the five main host countries – or 10% – are in need of resettlement according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

Amnesty International is calling for at least 10% of Syria’s most vulnerable refugees to be resettled from the main host countries by the end of 2016

Key facts:

  • Gulf countries including Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.
  • Other high income countries including Russia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea have also offered zero resettlement places.
  • Germany has pledged 35,000 places for Syrian refugees through its humanitarian admission programme and individual sponsorship; about 75 % of the EU total.
  • Germany and Sweden together have received 47% Syrian asylum applications in the EU between April 2011 and July 2015
  • Excluding Germany and Sweden, the remaining 26 EU countries have pledged around 8,700 resettlement places, or around 0.2% of Syrian refugees in the main host countries.

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Posted by on September 13, 2015 in Human Rights


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EU: Stop the drownings


This image of a tiny baby lying lifeless on the shore is, like so many, too heartbreaking to watch. What’s really appalling is that instead of being shocked to take urgent action, our leaders are stuck in a fighting match on whose problem this is. But for the first time ever, there’s a glimmer of hope for a solution.

After massive public calls to welcome refugees, German Chancellor Merkel and the President of the EU Commission are leading efforts to deliver a new, strong European Union plan that would give refuge to people fleeing war and hunger. France is on board, but shamefully the UK, Hungary, and other Eastern European countries have been blocking this emergency action. Whether EU politicians lead the world to a humane 21st century refugee plan, or turn their backs, depends on how much they feel the public demands it. That’s where we come in.

Source: Avaaz

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Posted by on September 6, 2015 in Human Rights


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Between hope and despair: Refugees cross into Macedonia

Macedonian police try to block the migrants entering Macedonia from Greece, on the border line between the two countries, near the southern Macedonia's town of Gevgelija, on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. About 39,000 people, mostly Syrian migrants, have been registered as passing through Macedonia in the past month, twice as many as the month before. They previously encountered little resistance at the border, but the recent influx has overwhelmed Macedonian authorities who this week declared a state of emergency and stopped many from crossing. (AP Photo/Vlatko Perkovski)

Macedonian police try to block the migrants entering Macedonia from Greece, on the border line between the two countries, near the southern Macedonia’s town of Gevgelija, on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. About 39,000 people, mostly Syrian migrants, have been registered as passing through Macedonia in the past month, twice as many as the month before. They previously encountered little resistance at the border, but the recent influx has overwhelmed Macedonian authorities who this week declared a state of emergency and stopped many from crossing. (AP Photo/Vlatko Perkovski)



A migrant holds a child under the rain close to the border crossing between Greece and Macedonia, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, August 22, 2015. Thousands of migrants stormed across Macedonia's border on Saturday, overwhelming security forces who threw stun grenades and lashed out with batons in an increasingly futile bid to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe. Some had spent days in the open with little or no access to food or water after Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and sealed its borders to migrants, many of them refugees from war in Syria and other conflicts in the Middle East. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis - RTX1P853

A migrant holds a child under the rain close to the border crossing between Greece and Macedonia, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, August 22, 2015. Thousands of migrants stormed across Macedonia’s border on Saturday, overwhelming security forces who threw stun grenades and lashed out with batons in an increasingly futile bid to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe. Some had spent days in the open with little or no access to food or water after Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and sealed its borders to migrants, many of them refugees from war in Syria and other conflicts in the Middle East. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis – RTX1P853

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Posted by on September 6, 2015 in Human Rights


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In a refugee camp, education is the only hope

By Kusali Kubwalo

For Syrian children living as refugees in Jordan, drop-in centres are helping to provide education and psychosocial support for those who have missed out on learning, including many like Ahmed, who has had to choose work over school.  

ZA’ATARI,  – Sporting a bright yellow jersey and a wide grin, Ahmed* greets us at the football field outside the drop-in centre in Za’atari camp. He has just scored a goal and his team is ecstatic.

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Ahmed, 13, fled his Syrian homeland with his family two years ago, but had to choose work over returning to school.

Ahmed, 13, has been out of formal school for three years. Back home in Da’ra, Syria, he dropped out of school because it was too dangerous to leave the house. When he arrived with his family in Za’atari refugee camp two years ago, Ahmed realized he would not be able to rejoin school as he had hoped.

“My brother and I got jobs selling cigarettes, because we needed to support our family. I had no choice,” Ahmed says.

Their father stayed behind in Syria, and the two brothers had to shoulder the responsibility of supporting their elderly mother and two sisters. They worked about 12 hours a day.

Lately, Ahmed has cut down to working a six-hour evening shift and spends some of his free time at a UNICEF-supported drop-in centre in the camp. He wants to invest his time in learning a trade. He is not sure yet what trade to pursue, but he knows he must learn something useful and practical to earn money.  

In partnership with Save the Children International, UNICEF supports three such drop-in centres in Za’atari camp, where children can get literacy and numeracy skills, learn a trade or just play and have fun. Around 80 children, many of them working children, visit the centres every day, at all sorts of times.

“I feel happy here,” Ahmed says. “At this place, I can have fun, and every day I learn so much. The math I learn here also helps me with my work.”

Hope in education

The priority for UNICEF is to ensure that vulnerable Syrian girls and boys like Ahmed, who are living in camps and in host communities in Jordan, do not miss out on learning.  The psychosocial support provided in the centres aims to help children to heal mentally and gain the necessary education and skills to build a better life for themselves and their families.

Abu Hussein, 45, lives with his wife and three children on the outskirts of Amman. “It’s hard to live here, as I have no job and I’m borrowing money from everywhere,” he says.

“But we are thankful that our children are alive. Now our only hope is for them to go back to school. Only education can save them, give skills and hope, to have a better life when they grow up, and help rebuild Syria.”

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Ahmed works out a math problem during a numeracy class at the drop-in centre he attends in Za’atari refugee camp.

UNICEF and the Jordanian Ministry of Education, with support from the European Commission, operates five schools in the refugee camps, as well as 98 public schools operating in double shifts in host communities across the country. Still, there are more than 90,000 vulnerable children in Jordan not receiving any form of education.

Reaching the most vulnerable

For many Syrian families struggling to get food on the table, sending children to school is becoming less and less a priority. Having run out of savings, and legally prohibited from employment, Syrian refugee families are taking desperate measures to survive – children are dropping out or not enrolling in schools, and child labour and child marriages are increasing.

A survey this year by UNICEF and Save the Children found that 13 per cent of Syrian refugee children in Za’atari camp between age 7 and 17 are engaged in some form of labour. Similarly, a 2014 UNICEF study on early marriages reports that one third of registered marriages among Syrians in Jordan involve children.

“Our focus right now is getting the 90,000 children into school or other forms of learning as quickly as possible, using innovative solutions like the ‘Makani’ approach,” says UNICEF Jordan Representative Robert Jenkins. “Only through learning can children reach their full potential and play a positive and active role for the peace and prosperity in their country and the region.”

Initiated by UNICEF through civil society partners, the ‘Makani’ approach uses more than 200 existing community centres and outreach networks across the country to provide the most vulnerable children with opportunities for self-development, including alternative education services, psychosocial support and life skills training. The ‘Makani’ approach is funded by Canada, the European Union, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands and UK Aid.


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Posted by on September 6, 2015 in Human Rights


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Careful with TYLENOL! It kills You

New Warning Admits Popular Painkiller Causes Liver  Death

FDA  – The US Food and Drug Administration finally warns against acetaminophen , which is the main ingredient of this very much used popular pain killer in the USA called Tylenol.

It is toxic! Even healthy people with no preexisting conditions got liver damage after using it in proper dosage. It is so toxic that kills liver cells even if you take one Tylenol.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that after using it for two weeks in proper maximum dosage, people ended having serious liver damage.


Getting sick instead of getting better

The irony is that 90 percent of Americans are totally ignorant of the fact that their popular painkiller is in fact their killer in recommended doses! Acetaminophen in Tylenol and other painkillers causes permanent damage to the liver.  Taking more than recommended absolutely causes death, liver transplantation and liver failure.

Acetaminophen is the most frequent killer lately in many of the emergency cases of liver failure in the US.

80 000 people are brought to ER in many hospitals annually. 500 end up dead. Their livers are so intoxicated, it is impossible to heal.

Recently a study, led by Dr. Kenneth Simpson of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, found that there are higher chances  to die from a “staggered overdose” (taking just a little bit too much for some days or weeks) of Tylenol than from a single large overdose.

It is so frustrating to only think of all those pills that we have taken or given to our children to the present day. It may even be harder to understand how is it possible for such a drug to take part in our everyday lives. To think of all those lost lives that could be easily saved if only they knew what were they using… It is a painkiller that everyone seeks to have when feeling pain!

It is falsely presented  as the ” safest” painkiller!

There are 85 personal injury lawsuits in Federal Court filed against the company. McNeil is beginning to see the bitter reality of the widely spread lie of the supposed  “safe” pain killer.

“The warning will make it explicitly clear that the over-the-counter drug contains acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that’s the nation’s leading cause of sudden liver failure,” writes Matthew Perrone for the AP. “The new cap is designed to grab the attention of people who don’t read warnings that already appear in the fine print on the product’s label, according to company executives.”


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Posted by on August 15, 2015 in Health


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A New Day In Old Sana’a (Yemeni film)

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UNICEF Says Children Main Victims of War

News / Middle East


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports children are the main victims of war, with many suffering mental stress that will last a lifetime.

Children worldwide are subjected to multiple forms of abuse on a daily basis, but the U.N. Children’s Fund says these forms of physical and psychological violence pale in comparison to what children are forced to endure in situations of conflict.

UNICEF Child Protection Programs chief Susan Bissell says far too many children around the world are caught in situations of conflict, where they are killed, maimed and subjected to untold horrors.

“We are saying at present, though I suspect this is an underestimation, that about one billion children live in countries and territories affected by conflict. It sort of feels like the world is falling apart for children,” said Bissell.

Since the war in Syria broke out in March 2011, the United Nations estimates more than 100,000 people have been killed. At least 10,000 were children, with many more maimed.

It reports 6.5 million people are displaced within Syria, about three million of them children. In addition, half of the three million refugees in neighboring countries are children.

Bissell says children have fallen victim to continuous, widespread and systematic violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

She says all warring factions are committing crimes with impunity and subjecting children to appalling abuse.

“We know that numerous armed groups are recruiting and using children for logistical support, handling ammunition, manning checkpoints and as combatants. Recruitment of children or pressure to join groups is also occurring among refugee populations in neighboring countries – a disturbing trend. The U.N. has also documented the detention and torture of children for association with a party to conflict, targeted sexual violence against children, both boys and girls, and deliberate attacks against schools and hospitals,” she said.

She says children are vulnerable to trafficking and to sexual and other forms of exploitation. She says forced and early marriages, as well as child labor are on the rise.

Susan Bissell says children who witness the killings and destruction around them, children who are separated from their families, and children who are abused sexually and otherwise, very often suffer from psychological and emotional distress.

She says UNICEF tries to ease their pain by providing counseling and tries to protect them by creating so-called child-friendly spaces where children can play and study without fear of having their rights violated.

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Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Human Rights


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Inspiring quotes of the day


  We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare

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.

Jawaharlal Nehru

Nothing fruitful ever comes when plants are forced to flower in the wrong season.

Bette Bao Lord

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

Swami Sivananda

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in Quotes


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A Palestinian toddler was killed in settler price-tag attack


A Palestinian toddler was killed in the central West Bank village of Duma in an overnight settler arson attack that targeted two homes. Eighteen-month old Ali Saad Dawabsha died in the gasoline fire-bombings, and his mother and brother were seriously injured. The wounded were transferred by helicopter to a Israeli hospital in Jerusalem for treatment. A funeral was held in Duma this morning for Dawabsha.

A neighbor, Ibrahim Dawabsha, told Reuters he saw two masked assailants fleeing the scene. “We found the parents outside with burns, they said there was another son in the house. We brought him out and then they said there was another boy inside, but we couldn’t reach the bedroom because of the fire. He was left inside until rescue forces came,” he said.

Outside of Dawabsha’s home, the arsonists spray painted a star of David and “revenge” in Hebrew, signifying the killing was a “price tag” attack, in which Israeli settlers seek retaliation for government demolitions of settlements by committing acts of violence against Palestinians. Earlier this week Israel demolished structures in the West Bank settlement of Beit El outside of Ramallah, clashing with hundreds of right-wing protesters during the leveling.

Last night’s slaying has caused uproar from top officials in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.

“We hold the Israeli government fully responsible for the brutal assassination of the toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement this morning. “Over a year ago President Abbas requested international protection for Palestinians, a call that has been ignored so far. Today we can see the consequences,” he continued.

Erekat also noted “Since 2004, over 11,000 settler attacks have taken place against Palestinian homes, cars, churches, mosques, trees and others with full impunity.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the killing in a series of tweets this morning stating, “This is an act of terrorism in every respect. The State of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of the perpetrators.”

Seeking to calm tensions, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin will visit the wounded this afternoon, and he released a statement to the Arab public this morning.

“I feel a sense of shame, and moreover a sense of pain. Pain over the murder of a small baby. Pain that from my people, there are those who have chosen the path of terrorism, and have lost their humanity. Their path is not my path,” the president said.

Rivlin also called on all parties to “join together” and “allow police to do their work.” Yet the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem is skeptical that the authorities will bring charges against the attackers. In a statement released today B’Tselem said over the past three years Israeli settlers have burned nine Palestinian homes in the West Bank. Of those nine crimes, no charges were brought against the culprits, which they say conditions a culture of impunity for settler arsonists and killers.

“Official condemnations of this attack are empty rhetoric as long as politicians continue their policy of avoiding enforcement of the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians, and do not deal with the public climate and the incitement which serve is backdrop to these acts,” B’Tselem said.

Slightly more than a year ago three Israelis abducted and 16-year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir from outside his Jerusalem home and then burned him alive. The killing initiated a wave of attacks, contributing to a volatile atmosphere across Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem marked by clashes that were described often as the “Jerusalem Intifada” in media reports. The three Israelis who confessed to the crime are now on trial for murder.


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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Human Rights


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EXCLUSIVE: Leena talks about her life under ISIS

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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Human Rights



How did rape become a weapon of war

By Laura Smith-Spark
BBC News

Displaced Sudanese woman at Mornay camp, western Darfur
The UN has accused the Janjaweed militia in Sudan of using mass rape

Women’s bodies have become part of the terrain of conflict, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
Rape and sexual abuse are not just a by-product of war but are used as a deliberate military strategy, it says.

The opportunistic rape and pillage of previous centuries has been replaced in modern conflict by rape used as an orchestrated combat tool.

And while Amnesty cites ongoing conflicts in Colombia, Iraq, Sudan, Chechnya, Nepal and Afghanistan, the use of rape as a weapon of war goes back much further.

Spoils of war?

From the systematic rape of women in Bosnia, to an estimated 200,000 women raped during the battle for Bangladeshi independence in 1971, to Japanese rapes during the 1937 occupation of Nanking – the past century offers too many examples.

So what motivates armed forces, whether state-backed troops or irregular militia, to attack civilian women and children?

Gita Sahgal, of Amnesty International, told the BBC News website it was a mistake to think such assaults were primarily about the age-old “spoils of war”, or sexual gratification.

Rape is often used in ethnic conflicts as a way for attackers to perpetuate their social control and redraw ethnic boundaries, she said.

“Women are seen as the reproducers and carers of the community,” she said.

Women were raped so they could give birth to a Serbian baby

Medecins Sans Frontieres report

“Therefore if one group wants to control another they often do it by impregnating women of the other community because they see it as a way of destroying the opposing community.”

A report by Medecins Sans Frontieres says it first came across rape as a weapon in the 1990s.

“In Bosnia systematic rape was used as part of the strategy of ethnic cleansing,” it said.

“Women were raped so they could give birth to a Serbian baby.”

The same tactic was used in a “very strategic attack” by state-backed Pakistani troops during the fight for Bangladesh’s independence in 1971, Ms Sahgal said.

South Korean former “comfort women” hold a weekly anti-Japan rally in Seoul
Ex-“comfort women” in Korea hold a weekly rally demanding reparations

“They were saying ‘we will make you breed Punjabi children’,” she said, with the aim of weakening the integrity of the opposing ethnic group.

Amnesty this year accused the pro-government Janjaweed militias in Sudan’s Darfur region of using mass rape in order to punish, humiliate and control non-Arab groups.

Such attacks cause women and children to flee their homes, lead to fragmentation of communities and bring the risk of infection with HIV/Aids.

Sexual violence is also used to destabilise communities and sow terror, Amnesty says in its Lives Blown Apart report.

In Colombia, rival groups rape, mutilate and kill women and girls in order to impose “punitive codes of conduct on entire towns and villages”, so strengthening their control.

Act with impunity

The strategic use of rape in war is not a new phenomenon but only recently has it begun to be documented, chiefly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and Sudan, said Ms Sahgal.

And even after conflicts are resolved, few countries seem willing to tackle what is often seen as a crime against individual women rather than a strategy of war.

In many nations the collapse of the rule of law leaves them unable to deal with allegations of rape, while in others women feel too exposed to stigma to accuse their attackers.

International courts have tackled some cases in Bosnia, where Muslim women were forced into sexual slavery in the town of Foca in the 1990s, and in Rwanda, but the vast majority of perpetrators act with impunity.

Women’s lives and their bodies have been the unacknowledged casualties of war for too long

Amnesty’s Lives Blown Apart report

Representatives of the 200,000 “comfort women” forcibly drafted into military sexual slavery by Japan from 1928 until the end of World War II are still fighting for restitution.

Far from colluding, women from Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and East Timor were “severely coerced” into prostitution, says Ms Sahgal.

And whether a woman is raped at gunpoint or trafficked into sexual slavery by an occupying force, the sexual abuse will shape not just her own but her community’s future for years to come.

“Survivors face emotional torment, psychological damage, physical injuries, disease, social ostracism and many other consequences that can devastate their lives,” says Amnesty.

“Women’s lives and their bodies have been the unacknowledged casualties of war for too long.”

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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Human Rights


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Political betrayal caricature


Some politicians have no respect or loyalty for those who helped them gain political power.

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Posted by on July 4, 2015 in Caricature



Inspirational thoughts



Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light. 

Keep your flame lit, and you will never feel darkness.

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.

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.

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.

When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

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Middle East War In Caricature


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Posted by on June 6, 2015 in Caricature


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Brave New World Quotes By The Politicians





“The propaganda system allows the U.S. Leadership to commit crimes without limit and with no suggestion of misbehaviour or criminality; in fact, major war criminals like Henry Kissinger appear regularly on TV to comment on the crimes of the derivative butchers.”  – Edward S. Herman, political

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”  

Friedrich Nietzsche  

“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”  Bertrand Russell,

“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human” – Aldous Huxley

“Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either. ”   Gore Vidal

“True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.”  Louis Nizer

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”  Seneca

“When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.”  Ron Paul

“Dear Government… I’m going to have a serious talk with you if I ever find anyone to talk to.”  

“I don’t like dirt, because nothing is dirtier. Except politics.

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Posted by on June 4, 2015 in Quotes


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Islamic quotes


I represent these Islamic teaching quotes to those who know nothing about Islam and to those who are ignorant and viewing Islam as evil especially because of how it is portrayed in the media. People thinking that Muslims are terrorists and all. Islam says that the killing of innocents is equivalent to the killing all of humanity.

Here are some Inspiring quotes by Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him:

There are many doors to goodness. (Saying) ‘glory to God,’ ‘praise be to God,’ ‘there is no deity but God,’ enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf (until you understand them), leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the weak with the strength of one’s arms – all of these are (forms of) charity prescribed for you.”
Prophet Muhammad (s) in Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98.

 “Anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should talk what is good or keep quiet (i.e. abstain from all kinds of evil and dirty talk).
Narrated by Abu Hurayrah, Sahih Al Bukhari, Vol: 8 Hadith 47.

 “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”
  Bukhari and Muslim.

 “He will not enter Paradise whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct.
 Sahih Muslim, Hadith 15.

 “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.
 Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Manners.

“Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well and that if they do wrong you will do wrong. But (instead) accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong if they do evil.”
Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1325.




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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Quotes


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Iraq: 2.2 million children driven from their homes

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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in News



Inspirational quotes of the day


I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.
Malcolm X

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

Edward R. Murrow

 “This is, in theory, still a free country, but our politically correct, censorious times are such that many of us tremble to give vent to perfectly acceptable views for fear of condemnation. Freedom of speech is thereby imperiled, big questions go undebated, and great lies become accepted, unequivocally as great truths.”

Simon Heffer

“Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths: without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty:  That what we believe is not necessarily true; that what we like is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open.” 

Clive Bell

“People who think they’re free in this world just haven’t come to the end of their leash yet.”

Michael Parenti

The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny.”   Michael Parenti 

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.
Malcolm X


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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Quotes


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9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out


Join 23-year architect Richard Gage, AIA, in this feature length documentary with cutting-edge 9/11 evidence from more than 50 top experts in their fields – high-rise architects, structural engineers, physicists, chemical engineers, firefighters, metallurgists, explosives experts, controlled demolition technicians, and more.

Each is highly qualified in his/her respective fields. Several have Ph.D’s – including National Medal of Science awardee Lynn Margulis.

She, along with the other experts, exposes the fraud of NIST and discusses how the scientific method should have been applied and acknowledges the overwhelming evidence of high temperature incendiaries in all dust samples of the WTC.

High-rise architects and structural engineers layout the evidence in the features of the destruction of these three high-rises that point inevitably to explosive controlled demolition.

Watch the full documentary now

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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Poilitics


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Inspirational quotes of the day


mmmmmmmmmmmmm1“Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude.  In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side.”  Goethe 

“People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster”  – James Baldwin

“Every civilization rests on a set of promises. . . . If the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes.”  Herbert Sebastian Agar

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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Quotes


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Sectarian power grab tears Yemen apart

An aerial view of Aden city centre in southern Yemen on 22 November, 2010

The Romans had a name for Yemen.

They called it Arabia Felix – Happy Arabia – because of its lush, rain-fed mountain scenery.

Today that epithet sounds tragically inappropriate.

Already the poorest country in the Middle East, wracked by soaring unemployment, dwindling oil and water reserves and home to the most dangerous branch of al-Qaeda, now Yemen is being torn apart by war of many sides.

The Saudi-led air strikes began last month, raining down precision-guided missiles on a rebel group called the Houthis who swept down from their mountain stronghold in the far north six months ago, taking town after town, and pushing out the UN-recognised President Hadi.

 That alarmed the Saudis and the other Gulf Arab states, especially as they suspect the hand of Iran as being behind the Houthis’ spectacular blitzkrieg.

How else, Saudis keep saying to me, could an impoverished group of tribesmen get the training, the weapons and the money to take over half the country?

There’s a sectarian angle here too. The Houthi rebels are Zaidi Shias, representing about a third of the population. The Saudi rulers are suspicious of Shias, many of whom look to Iran for spiritual leadership.

Saudi Arabia is a predominately Sunni Muslim country and the Saudis are starting to think they’re getting encircled by proxies of Iran wherever they look: in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and now Yemen.

Enough, they said, drawing a line in the sand. At a secret summit in a Saudi palace last month they threw together a 10-nation coalition in a belated and possibly doomed Gulf Arab attempt to turn back the Houthi takeover of Yemen and restore their ally to power.

Change of presidents

But in fact the Houthis largely owe their military success to someone much closer to home. They’ve formed an alliance of convenience, a sort of pact with the devil, with the very man who tried to bomb them out of existence five years ago.

Ali Abdullah Saleh ruled first North Yemen, then a unified Yemen, for 35 years, until he was forced out of power by the Arab Spring protests.

He refused to believe that Yemen was better off without him. So he set about wrecking the peaceful political transition of power that Yemen’s friends had worked so hard to engineer.

Whole units of the Republican Guard remained loyal to him, bombs went off and towns were fought over.

President Hadi who replaced him, an elderly, genial southerner, has been no match for Saleh’s machinations. He must be rueing the day he agreed to let his predecessor stay on in Yemen.

I interviewed Saleh once, in his fortified palace in the capital, Sanaa. It did not go well.

Speaking in Arabic without a translator, I asked him what he wanted his legacy to be.

The unification of North and South Yemen, of course, he replied, this was his crowning achievement. I thought I would soften him up by asking what benefits this had brought, but the way I said it in Arabic came out as ‘well what was the point of that?’

What? he barked, glaring at me furiously, summoning his official translator, and looking pointedly at his watch.

Effective fighters

As president, Saleh fought six short wars against the Houthis until it ended in an uneasy truce. Now he’s cynically using them to destroy those who he sees as usurping his power.




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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in News


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The fight for yemen

Documentary film deserved to be watched please read it on its link by English language.

The Fight for Yemen | FRONTLINE | PBS

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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Few escape Islamic State’s war on women



Toronto Star

Olivia Ward – Foreign Affairs Reporter

They lay in wait for their prey. They carefully planned their attack. They struck without mercy. And when they were done, thousands of victims had disappeared.

The savagery of the Islamic State militants, who sliced through Syria and Iraq with high-tech weapons and old-fashioned swords, is no longer a surprise in the daily news. What is shocking is the extent of their brutality toward women.

It has revealed another face of the jihadists: not just ideologically driven killers, but systematic sexual predators.

“The attack on women in Sinjar (in Iraqi Kurdistan) was meant to destroy the dignity of the Yazidi community,” says Matthew Barber, a graduate student at University of Chicago and expert on the Yazidis. “But it was more than that. Their prime motivation was sexual.”

Yazidis, a religious minority of up to 600,000 in Iraq, have been persecuted for centuries as heretics. Islamic State militants attacked them in early August, killing hundreds or more and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes.

According to witnesses, survivors and a recent UN report, captured women and girls were systematically separated from the men and told to convert to Islam or face execution or sexual violence.

“Women and children who refused to convert were being allotted to (Islamic State) fighters or were being trafficked . . . in markets in Mosul and to Raqqa in Syria,” the report said. “Married women who converted were told that their previous marriages were not recognized in Islamic law and that they, as well as unmarried women who converted, would be given to (jihadists) as wives.”

Those selected to be sold off like cattle are reportedly priced at between $25 and $1,000. But some have been executed and others have committed suicide. The UN report said that captured teenage boys as well as girls were also routinely sexually assaulted by jihadists.

As the estimated number of enslaved Yazidi women and girls has escalated to 7,000, efforts to rescue them have also stepped up, with groups inside and outside of Iraq struggling to find ways to pluck them from the clutches of their tormentors.

“We sleep only about two hours a night,” says Murad Ismael of the U.S.-based Sinjar Crisis Management Team. “We have taken time away from our jobs. We have been able to help some get free, but thousands are in (Islamic State’s) hands. Their lives are heartbreaking.”

In Iraqi Kurdistan, Yazidis and their supporters are working on rescue strategies for the women and girls, whose futures appear grim as the Islamic State continues its advances.

Some rescuers were desperate enough to hire a gang of gunmen to break into an Islamic State compound and carry the kidnapped girls to safety. They had been used by the jihadis as domestic servants and told they would live as their wives.

Barber said that one, who was only 15, “was tortured for resisting the demands of her captor for sex. Another suffered such severe psychological trauma due to the kidnapping, subsequent rape and being shipped across Iraq that she is now very ill.”

Amina Hasan, a former Iraqi parliamentarian and Yazidi rights advocate, has met some of the few who have returned.

A displaced Iraqi Yazidi woman wipes her eyes at the Bajid Kandala camp near the Tigris River, in Kurdistan's western Dohuk province, where they took refuge after fleeing advances by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq on Aug.13, 2014.© Ahmad al-Rubaye A displaced Iraqi Yazidi woman wipes her eyes at the Bajid

Kandala camp near the Tigris River, in Kurdistan’s western Dohuk province, where they took refuge after fleeing advances by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq on…

“If they manage to get out they have been through terrible experiences,” she said in a phone interview from Kurdistan. “Most say they were assaulted by one man then passed on to another and another. Some tried to commit suicide.”

The Islamic State militants are proud to admit that their vicious treatment of the Yazidis is not mere casual brutality.

It is deliberately targeted against the small Yazidi religious sect, who have been mistakenly condemned as “devil worshipers.” They number up to 1 million worldwide, the majority in Kurdish-speaking northern Iraq.

Earlier this month the Islamic State’s English website, Dabiq, boasted of reviving what they called historically sanctioned practices toward non-Muslim women: “enslavement of families of the (infidels) and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of Shariah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Quran and the narrations of the Prophet.”

But Barber, who was in Kurdistan this summer during the assault on the Yazidis, and extensively researched the Islamic State kidnappings, believes the jihadists are not just ideologically driven killers but calculating sexual predators.

“They wanted to obtain sex slaves,” he said. “They didn’t just attack the area and find women there that they decided to seize. They planned it carefully. They had trucks ready to carry them off. They met fleeing cars and separated men from women and hauled them off. It’s an enslavement project that takes women as sexual objects.”

The militants justify their actions through an extreme and archaic version of Islam, one that is rejected by Islamic scholars who say it was abolished by universal consensus. The UN and human rights advocates say the jihadis’ abuse of women may amount to war crimes.

A young Yazidi mother who eluded her captors told Hasan that her husband and father were dragged away from her and shot after the family was seized. The killer, still splattered with their blood, drove her to the militant centre of Mosul and gave her to an elderly man of 80.

“She was able to escape because he was sleeping one night when she woke up to hear her little son crying,” said Hasan. “She took the child outside and kept on going until she reached a house where people helped her. Now she is safe with her family, but they have nothing.”

At least 100 women have escaped or been rescued since the attacks on the Yazidis began, Hasan said. But even after their return they are living in deplorable conditions in Kurdish towns overflowing with refugees. She hopes that Canada and other countries will reach out to the kidnapped women and their shattered families.

“Today it’s raining, and the temperature is getting colder because we’re in the mountains,” she said. “Many of their tents fell down. Even if they have dry food and bedding everything gets wet. They are in bad shape but they don’t have medical or psychological attention.”

Worse still are the lives of those in captivity.

“They are being held in schools, community halls, prisons and houses,” Hasan said. “Some have been taken to Syria for the leaders and emirs. Some of the women were sold and all of the girls who were taken disappear.”



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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Human Rights


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Head to Head – Meddling in other people’s business?

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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Human Rights



The Syrian Refugees Sold As Sex Slaves

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Breaking the cycle of slavery


Breaking the cycle of slavery: 3 generations of Kamalari women

Young girls never dream of becoming slaves, but for those growing up in the poverty of southwest Nepal there is usually little other possibility. Lila was just 14 when she was forced to follow in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, becoming a young Kamalari slave. Sold as a house servant for another family, she left home to support her family’s struggling farming business, helping them sustain a sufficient income of their own. This was Lila’s reality, but it was never her dream.

55% of Nepal’s people live on less than $1.25 per day, resulting in many poverty-stricken families seeking other— in this case illegal, and tragic — means of income to survive. Due to the cycle of poverty, these financially-stressed families often feel they have little other choice than to sell-off their young girls; as such, participation in the slave-trade – which denies young girls the joys of childhood and the protection of a safe, supportive household — becomes a rooted family tradition. Room and board are provided for Kamalari girls within their workplace, leaving less financial strain on the girls’ families. And though pay is minimal, all the earnings of Kamalari women are given directly to their fathers.

A childhood of labour alone

A woman, draped in a blue pashmina, sits on her bed with a white curtain in the background

Once a Kamalari, Lila’s mother, Aangani, now has education and training she can use to support her family and community.

Unfortunately, Lila’s experience with the Kamalari trade is not unique to her or her family. As of 2013, Plan estimated that 10,000 to 12,000 Nepalese girls – some as young as five years of age – were sold into the system by their desperate families. At a young age, these girls are left deserted and vulnerable as they work away from home; their rights and safety threatened by stressful labour conditions.

“As a Kamalari I had to work hard all day,” explains Lila. Despite all her hard work, she earned a mere 500 Nepalese rupees each year — the current equivalent of less than $10 Canadian. But Lila lost out on so much more. “I had no time for school or to read,” she recalls, but fortunately, things have changed.

A new, hopeful chapter

Thanks to Plan’s support, Lila was able to leave the Kamalari system after 3 years. She was able to return to school in order to complete her education and empower herself through knowledge and training.

“I feel good,” she says, addressing her new outlook on life and the importance of maintaining a healthy and safe lifestyle. “If I have children later, I’m going to do it differently.”

An elderly woman wearing glasses and an orange and blue shirt laughs, while gazing into distanceWith a new life for her and her family, Lila’s grandmother, Fulrami, has much to smile about.

Lila’s transition out of the cycle of slavery marks a new chapter in both her and her family’s life. Her mother, Aangani, has also gained valuable skills and opportunities through Plan: she, along with a group of other locals, received training for increasing farming production and starting businesses through the assistance of small loans.

As the first of her family to escape the Kamalari system, Lila vows to permanently end the tradition and prevent the suffering of future generations.

“My grandmother was a Kamalari, my mother was a Kamalari, I was a Kamalari, but I will not let my children work in this way!”




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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Human Rights


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Trading places: capturing the reality of cross border conflict

Ordinary people lived extraordinary lives during The Troubles. Conor McGale is helping to record their stories and the significance of borders in the Northern Irish conflict

Our exciting EU PEACE III funded storytelling project, Border Lives, has produced six short films capturing people’s lives and experiences along the border region of Northern Ireland, from the Troubles to the present day.

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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Human Rights


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We all for Yemen my home land

Yemeni song what is not acceptable nor reasonable
That the beloved Yemen
Becomes devastated remains
To be burn on fire by its own sons
And get from them harm and fading
what is not acceptable nor reasonable
That the beloved Yemen
Becomes devastated remains
To be burn on fire by its own sons
And get from them harm and fading
The kneelers for every mangy wild strong monkey
Obedience submissive and lethargy
The kneelers for every mangy wild strong monkey
Obedience submissive and lethargy
fighting for a deceptive marriage
Seeing the hoped prize in it   
fighting for a deceptive marriage
Seeing the hoped prize in it   
A home for sale on the side walk
With a handful of Izraafeel ‘s money or of Azrael ‘s money
A home for sale on the side walk
With a handful of Azrael ‘s money or of Azrael ‘s money
My regrets on how martyrs fell
So the hesitant can wear the corona
My regrets on how martyrs fell
So the hesitant can wear the corona
Where are the Yemenis who left the brightness
of their actions in the face of time
 Where are the Yemenis who left the brightness

of their actions in the face of time
Non is left of them left swords
And horses on the bottom
Non is left of them left swords
And horses on the bottom
Left nothing but reckless , hateful
Or unable , insane persons there
I curse them and I feel that I’m cursing my being in principle and assists
Vilifying myself as I vilify them
And I see myself the worthless 
And the murdered
Vilifying myself as I vilify them
And I see myself the worthless 
And the murdered
They don’t hear the call of sane voice 
Or take the path to harmony
They don’t hear the call of sane voice 
Or take the path to harmony
Curse by their grandchildren in their backbones
And generations repudiated them from generation to generation
Curse by their grandchildren in their backbones
And generations repudiated them from generation to generation
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The truth about Israel’s secret nuclear arsenal


Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s. And western governments, including Britain and the US, turn a blind eye. But how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won’t come clean?


Israel’s nuclear reactor at Dimona. Photograph: Getty Images


Deep beneath desert sands, an embattled Middle Eastern state has built a covert nuclear bomb, using technology and materials provided by friendly powers or stolen by a clandestine network of agents. It is the stuff of pulp thrillers and the sort of narrative often used to characterise the worst fears about the Iranian nuclear programme. In reality, though, neither US nor British intelligence believe Tehran has decided to build a bomb, and Iran’s atomic projects are under constant international monitoring.

The exotic tale of the bomb hidden in the desert is a true story, though. It’s just one that applies to another country. In an extraordinary feat of subterfuge, Israel managed to assemble an entire underground nuclear arsenal – now estimated at 80 warheads, on a par with India and Pakistan – and even tested a bomb nearly half a century ago, with a minimum of international outcry or even much public awareness of what it was doing.

Despite the fact that the Israel’s nuclear programme has been an open secret since a disgruntled technician, Mordechai Vanunu, blew the whistle on it in 1986, the official Israeli position is still never to confirm or deny its existence.

When the former speaker of the Knesset, Avraham Burg, broke the taboo last month, declaring Israeli possession of both nuclear and chemical weapons and describing the official non-disclosure policy as “outdated and childish” a rightwing group formally called for a police investigation for treason.

Meanwhile, western governments have played along with the policy of “opacity” by avoiding all mention of the issue. In 2009, when a veteran Washington reporter, Helen Thomas, asked Barack Obama in the first month of his presidency if he knew of any country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons, he dodged the trapdoor by saying only that he did not wish to “speculate”.

UK governments have generally followed suit. Asked in the House of Lords in November about Israeli nuclear weapons, Baroness Warsi answered tangentially. “Israel has not declared a nuclear weapons programme. We have regular discussions with the government of Israel on a range of nuclear-related issues,” the minister said. “The government of Israel is in no doubt as to our views. We encourage Israel to become a state party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT].”

But through the cracks in this stone wall, more and more details continue to emerge of how Israel built its nuclear weapons from smuggled parts and pilfered technology.

The tale serves as a historical counterpoint to today’s drawn-out struggle over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The parallels are not exact – Israel, unlike Iran, never signed up to the 1968 NPT so could not violate it. But it almost certainly broke a treaty banning nuclear tests, as well as countless national and international laws restricting the traffic in nuclear materials and technology.

The list of nations that secretly sold Israel the material and expertise to make nuclear warheads, or who turned a blind eye to its theft, include today’s staunchest campaigners against proliferation: the US, France, Germany, Britain and even Norway.

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Inside 9/11 – Who controlled the planes?

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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Poilitics



Ontario to see proposed new sex education curriculum ‘within weeks’


PC Monte McNaughton says consultation process was a ‘farce’

The Canadian Press

Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum will be online “within weeks” for parents to see now that the consultation period has finished, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday.

School council chairs at all 4,000 schools across the province have been consulted and the new curriculum will be implemented in September 2015, she said.

“The health and physical education curriculum is out of date — in fact it’s dangerously out of date,” Wynne said.

The premier’s comments came in question period Wednesday after Progressive Conservative Monte McNaughton slammed the government, saying more parents, beyond the representatives from each school, should have been consulted.

“It’s not Kathleen Wynne’s job to tell a parent out there what’s age appropriate for their child,” he said after question period.

McNaughton said he has been “inundated” with calls, emails and petitions from parents who felt they were left out of the consultation process, but he did not point to any specific criticisms of what is already in the public sphere about the new curriculum

“The complete process has been a farce,” he said.

Wynne said she doesn’t know if McNaughton’s “fearmongering” has more to do with his party leadership bid or “with a very small group of people who want to stir up fear about the reality that kids need information.”

Curriculum will be taught in September

The curriculum is complete, now in the process of being translated into French, and what is posted online is what will be taught beginning in September, said Education Minister Liz Sandals.

The Liberal government previously attempted updating the curriculum in 2010 — the current one dates back to 1998 — but it backed off after backlash from religious leaders.

The reintroduced sex-ed curriculum is not expected to show a marked departure from what was proposed in 2010. It will teach kids about homosexuality and same-sex marriages in Grade 3, encourage discussions about puberty, including masturbation, in Grade 6, and talk about preventing sexually transmitted diseases in Grade 7, which could include information on oral and anal sex.

Wynne has said students should start learning facial cues as early as Grade 1 to give them the ability to understand the concept of consent.

Sandals said Wednesday that the government heard a “strong consensus” from the parent council chairs that they want their kids to get reliable, accurate and timely information.

“We also had a lot of confirmation that parents want the curriculum updated so their kids are getting accurate information about safe internet use, that their kids are learning about the dangers of sexting and inappropriate communication on smartphones,” Sandals said.

“What we heard from parents is they understood that they can’t necessarily control what their kids are seeing and they want their kids to get good, accurate information to counteract that.”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said since changes to the curriculum were proposed five years ago, it’s about time the new version was made public.


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Liberman slams Swedish prime minister for vowing to recognize ‘Palestine’


The new Swedish PM said the conflict can only be solved with a two-state solution with mutual recognition [Reuters]
Sweden may become the first member of the European Union to recognise the state of Palestine, after the Nordic country’s new centre-left government has said it will do so.

“The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law,” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday, during his inaugural address in parliament.

“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognise the
state of Palestine.”

The UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most of its 28 members, have yet to give official recognition.

Other EU members such as Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have recognised Palestine before joining the bloc. If the centre-left government fulfils its plans, Sweden would be the first country to recognise Palestine while enjoying EU membership

Major boost

For the Palestinians, Sweden’s move will be a major boost. It may draw similar steps from other countries at a time when peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis, on which the future of the Palestinian state hinges, are looking bleak.

In response to Sweden’s announcement, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters it would be “premature” to recognise a Palestinian state.

“We certainly support Palestinian statehood, but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognitions by both parties.”

Meanwhile, senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat applauded the decision, describing it as “courageous and remarkable.” 

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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


Dr. Rania Masri’s Speech at “Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action”

Dr. Rania Masri’s Speech at “Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action”

Coalition for Peace with Justice

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Posted by on October 4, 2014 in Poilitics



Political quote



There are many men of principle in both parties , but there is no party of principle.
Alexis de Tocqueville

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

Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing.
Bernard Baruch
If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.

Noam Chomsky
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
Dante Alighieri
We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.

Douglas MacArthur

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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in Quotes


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Suspect arrested after masked man vows on video to kill Muslims in Quebec

Making threats can carry a sentence of 5 years in prison under Criminal Code of Canada

CBC News

The masked man in the video vowed to kill one Arab per week in Quebec. Montreal police have arrested a suspect who is now in custody.

Montreal police have arrested a man in connection with a video posted on YouTube that shows a man threatening to kill Muslim people in Quebec.

In the video, a man in a “Joker”-type mask threatens the death of one Arab per week in the province.

Const. André Leclerc said a suspect is in custody and being interviewed by investigators.

The man was arrested on Monselet Street in the borough of Montreal North on Tuesday night.

It is not yet clear what charges may be laid in the case.

The suspect will make an appearance at the Montreal courthouse Wednesday afternoon.

Interim Quebec Security Minister Pierre Moreau warned that the kind of threats made in the video carry serious legal repercussions.

“This attitude has to be condemned,” he said. “Under the Criminal Code, such threats can carry a sentence of five years in prison.”

Moreau also said investigating such incidents puts additional pressure on police resources.

“We’re diverting our security forces, who have more important things to focus on,” he said. 

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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in News


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A Message for Mankind: Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech

I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge as made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.” The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder! Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

  • Music  “Unite” by Bliss n Eso (Google PlayiTunes)

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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Human Rights


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