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CIWF wants to shut down Beirut’s Slaughterhouse

hummus for thought


Compassion in World Farming UK has launched a petition aimed directly at the Lebanese Agriculture Minister asking him to shut down the notorious Karantina Slaughterhouse. And who can blame them? Last year, my class and I visited the Karantina Slaughterhouse and what we found was disturbing to say the least: tortured animals being beaten to death or hanged and left to die in agony; men following the animals and screaming until the latter fall from sheer fear; feces, blood, urine, rotten flesh and cats eating the rotten flesh surrounding living animals. And for those of you who are Muslims, the resulting meat is far from being anything close to Halal.

CIWF released a video as well as a short eye-witness account. Needless to say, the video is not easy to watch. After seeing and reading everything for yourself, please visit the Petition page to help the campaign.

The account…

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Cameron tries to calm immigration debate as Blunkett raises riot fears | UK news | The Guardian

Racist is as racist does!

He arrived in the country eager to talk about Britain\’s close trading ties with India that Downing Street sees as crucial to its theme of \”winning the global race\”.But Cameron was met with questions about Britain\’s \”unfriendly\” immigration rules, behind a sharp drop in the number of Indian students in the UK from 61,000 in 2009 to 16,000 last year.

via Cameron tries to calm immigration debate as Blunkett raises riot fears | UK news | The Guardian.

Covina Christmas Parade marches in the holiday season Saturday

Covina residents will invade the streets Saturday armed with lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to celebrate the holidays in what has become the city’s biggest tradition.

The annual Covina Christmas Parade, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Citrus Avenue and Badillo Street, will bring local high school marching bands, city heroes and Santa Claus to the neighborhood for the 63rd time this Saturday. This year’s march is themed “Let Freedom Ring.”

The evening is a big deal for many people, according to Covina resident Ron Jeffrey, who has attended the parade for more than a decade.

via Covina Christmas Parade marches in the holiday season Saturday.

The Gun Report: December 5, 2013 –

Katrina Yuzefpolsky was 8 years old when nine of her family members were shot and killed by a mentally unstable relative at a Christmas party in Covina, Calif., in 2008. Dressed as Santa Claus, Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, who had been married to Katrina’s aunt, had a seamstress build extra room into his costume to accomodate his firearms. A bullet tore through Katrina’s cheek, but she, her parents and her sister fled the scene and survived.

Now 13, she has just begun discussing the origin of her scar in school, where she was named most likely to become president. If that prediction ever comes true, she said, “I would tell everyone that they’d have to get rid of their guns.”

via The Gun Report: December 5, 2013 –

Fast Food CEOs Rake in Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay – IPS

During the past two years, the CEOs of the top six publicly held fast food chains pocketed more than $183 million in fully deductible \”performance pay,\” lowering their companies’ IRS bills by an estimated $64 million.

YUM! Brands enjoyed the biggest taxpayer subsidy for its CEO pay largesse. This firm, which owns Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut, paid CEO David Novak $94 million in fully deductible “performance pay” over the years 2011 and 2012. That works out to a $33 million taxpayer subsidy to YUM! – just for one executive’s pay.


McDonald’s received the second-largest government handout. As CEO in 2011 and the first half of 2012, James Skinner pocketed $31 million in exercised stock options and other fully deductible “performance pay.” Incoming CEO Donald Thompson took in $10 million in performance pay in his first six months on the job. Skinner and Thompson’s combined performance pay translates into a $14 million taxpayer subsidy for McDonald’s.

via Fast Food CEOs Rake in Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay – IPS.

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Why Can’t Tears Stop Your Violence

Why can’t our tears stop your violence?

You are always fighting

They say love is enough

To change the world

But still you follow terrorism

Killing your brothers

Injuring students

I say Enough!

Do you have heart?

Then look: Your mother wants to hug you

Your wife waits for you

Must your power come

By killing

Your brothers?

Look at the orphans’ tears

Please change

Listen to these tears

And stop!

So that we might smile

In peace for ever

By Nelab

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Why Can’t Tears Stop Your Violence.

Jewish groups enter Al-Aqsa under armed guard | Maan News Agency

Rightist Israeli Jewish groups entered the Al-Aqsa compound early Thursday escorted by police, surrounding Palestinian worshipers in the southern mosque and setting off fireworks, witnesses told Ma\’an.

Witnesses said that a group of extremists led by Yehuda Glick, an American-born Israeli Jewish Rabbi who chairs the Temple Mount Heritage Fund, entered the mosque compound through the Moroccan Gate.

The Jewish groups, described by witnesses as \”settlers,\” then continued to tour the Al-Aqsa compound.

Additionally, Israeli police imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers, checking their identity cards at the gates.

A Palestinian journalist told Ma\’an that Israeli police confiscated his identity card and press card when he attempted to enter the Al-Aqsa compound early Thursday.

via Jewish groups enter Al-Aqsa under armed guard | Maan News Agency.

Gaza Returns to Donkey Days – Inter Press Service

GAZA CITY , Dec 5 2013 (IPS) – The garbage trucks of Gaza city are at a standstill due to an ongoing fuel shortage affecting all aspects of daily life, including garbage collection, sewage and waste disposal and other vital services. But the local donkeys are here to help.

Abu Hesham on his donkey cart won’t be able to clear all the streets of garbage. In Gaza’s Barcelona neighbourhood, trash bins are overflowing – a common sight since fuel for motor vehicles became scarce – and as the 33-year-old donkey cart owner approaches the garbage dump, there is no space left and no option but to throw the trash out on the side of the road.

“What else can I do?” he tells IPS as he carries sacks of waste at 7:00 AM through Gaza’s misty weather.

The smell of rotting garbage is getting worse and worse. The people in Gaza attempt to burn the garbage to reduce the quantity and minimise the risk of infection, so the air is filled with black smoke too. Right now, breathing fresh air is not an option for most people in Gaza, whether children or adults.

via Gaza Returns to Donkey Days – Inter Press Service.