Category Archives: human rights

Mimi Writes…….: Announcing BlogBlast For Peace 2013 ~ How To Get Your Peace Globe and Blog4Peace

Announcing BlogBlast For Peace 2013 ~ How To Get Your Peace Globe and Blog4Peace

Welcome to the 10th launch of BlogBlast For Peace aka Blog4peace and The Peace Globe Movement! On November 4, 2013 bloggers from all over the world will blog for peace. It’s a launch! I believe that if words are powerful…this matters.

via Mimi Writes…….: Announcing BlogBlast For Peace 2013 ~ How To Get Your Peace Globe and Blog4Peace.

Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO | Labor Notes

In a surprise move, the 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced its disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO yesterday. The news comes just a week before the federation is set to hold its national convention in Los Angeles, the nation’s biggest port and an ILWU stronghold.

The ILWU, known for its militant traditions and progressive politics, has been drawn into turf wars with other unions in recent years—particularly in the grain export terminals of the Pacific Northwest, where longshore workers have been locked in a high-stakes battle over master contract standards since 2011.

via Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO | Labor Notes.

UK: Assad will repeat gas attacks if not punished – World – NZ Herald News

(Error in photograph, in that it left out the other mouth that he was speaking from with another version of “truth” at same time)

Britain’s leader has said it is legal and just to launch a military strike against Syria even without authorisation from the United Nations Security Council, arguing that Syria could repeat its alleged use of poison gas if the international community fails to act.

But Prime Minister David Cameron also seemed to slow Britain’s movement toward war, telling legislators in the House of Commons that there is still a sliver of uncertainty over who was behind an alleged chemical attack outside Damascus. He added that Britain would not act if it faced major opposition at the UN’s top security body.

“I think it would be unthinkable to proceed if there is overwhelming opposition in the Security Council,” he said, without going into detail.

via UK: Assad will repeat gas attacks if not punished – World – NZ Herald News.

Alpha faces suit over mining at cemetery « Coal Tattoo

We’ve spent years begging the companies to not destroy this place that is so important to our family history. Our most recent visit made us realize that we have no other recourse but to sue the company for the damages to the cemetery and access road Our visit was astounding, very emotionally impacting. The 100 foot cemetery boundary for Jarrell Cemetery has been seriously violated.” By law, mining is not to be done within 100 feet of the cemetery’s boundaries.  “In my opinion 100 feet isn’t far enough to ensure damage is prevented.

via Alpha faces suit over mining at cemetery « Coal Tattoo.

Only after measles outbreak does Texas megachurch support vaccines – latimes.com

A man travels to Indonesia and contracts the measles. He then visits a church in Texas, sickening 21 people — at least so far. Who should feel responsible? The unvaccinated man who contracted the disease or the ministers at the church who’ve questioned the practice of vaccination and instead advocate for faith-healing?

NBC News health correspondent JoNel Aleccia reports: “Sixteen people — nine children and seven adults — ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years had come down with the highly contagious virus in Tarrant County, Texas, as of Monday. […] All of the cases are linked to the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, where a visitor who’d traveled to Indonesia became infected with measles — and then returned to the U.S., spreading it to the largely unvaccinated church community, said Russell Jones, the Texas state epidemiologist.”

Measles, of course, is a preventable disease — to those who are immunized. For those who aren’t vaccinated, getting the disease is almost unavoidable after exposure. “Measles, transmitted through coughing and sneezing, can cause ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhea, brain injuries and death,” explains Rong-Gong Lin II of the Los Angeles Times. “Cases can quickly spread in schools and communities, especially in areas with a high concentration of children who haven’t been vaccinated.”

via Only after measles outbreak does Texas megachurch support vaccines – latimes.com.

Syrian Crisis: Stories Not Learned from Iraq | Egyptian Streets شوارع مصر

Today, in 2013, the international community is no different. More than 100,000 Syrians have been killed in violence that has rocked the country ever since protests erupted aimed at overthrowing Bashar Al-Assad.The USA’s Secretary of State John Kerry stated “Let me be clear. The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity.”100,000 Syrians had been killed, before John Kerry decided to watch “videos on social media” of the atrocities that occurred after an alleged sarin gas attack on Ghouta earlier this week. Chemical weapons attract the attention of the USA, the UK, Turkey and others; but indiscriminately shooting or blowing up 100,000 Syrians does not warrant the same condemnations or the same threats of intervention.Complicating matters, reports have indicated that both the rebels and the Assad regime have used chemical weapons, showing that Syria is more complex than the white-and-black approach certain countries are taking.In the coming days or weeks, it is likely that bombs will be dropped on Damascus aimed at stopping the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. It is also likely that the reasons for finally intervening in Syria will be scrutinized and written in history as another failure of the international community to act.

via Syrian Crisis: Stories Not Learned from Iraq | Egyptian Streets شوارع مصر.

30 Years Ago: Remembering The Anti-Tamil Pogrom And Riots In Sri Lanka · Global Voices

To remember Black July, the anti-Tamil pogrom and riots in Sri Lanka during July 1983, citizen journalism website Groundviews launched a special online publication titled “30 Years Ago“. It consists of an array of contents, from mixed media triptych to info-graphics, audio podcasts to video, photography to compelling write-ups.

via 30 Years Ago: Remembering The Anti-Tamil Pogrom And Riots In Sri Lanka · Global Voices.

Rubio Breaks laws of not shilling for Tea Party funds in the State of Mind he is in!

Rubio, a potential presidential candidate and an author of the sweeping immigration bill that passed the Senate in June but stalled in the House, noted that the Obama administration took action a year ago to give legal status to many immigrants brought here illegally as children. He said without congressional action, the president might well be tempted to do the same for everyone else here illegally, too.

via News from The Associated Press.

Course many of the Cubans here got here without permission and then Congress made it OK to stay. It’s OK for Cubans to be prejudiced against Mexican, Nicaraguans, Guatemalans? Like I said, everything is against the law in his State on Mind

Brown Shirts and Jack Boots for Profiling Police! Government adviser’s warning over spot checks for illegal immigrants | UK news | The Observer

The dispute over the Home Office’s controversial spot-check searches for illegal immigrants has escalated, as one of the government’s own migration advisers warned that Britain should not adopt the draconian tactics of countries such as Singapore in dealing with the issue.

Last week Home Office officials, accompanied by police officers wearing stab vests, conducted a series of checks, mainly at railway stations, as they sought to find immigrants illegally living in the country. It followed the rollout of a number of vans displaying signs encouraging illegal immigrants to “go home” in a pilot that has been widely criticised as heavy-handed.

via Government adviser’s warning over spot checks for illegal immigrants | UK news | The Observer.