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“WE NEED TO REJECT ANY POLITICS THAT TARGETS PEOPLE BECAUSE OF RACE OR RELIGION. THIS ISN’T A MATTER OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. IT’S A MATTER OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT MAKES US STRONG. THE WORLD RESPECTS US NOT JUST FOR OUR ARSENAL; IT RESPECTS US FOR OUR DIVERSITY AND OUR OPENNESS AND THE WAY WE RESPECT EVERY FAITH.”

~ BARACK OBAMA

In my last post in this series, “Let Us Change the World!”I reflected upon the role of education in bringing about positive change in the world through a quote by Nelson Mandela. His words were spoken in the context of a speech he made to students in Boston in 1990 to encourage them to remain in school and help transform the world into a better place.

Source: What the World Needs Now… Respect

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There are a few forces in the World today who appear to wish to bring on World War 3, Kim Jong-un, Trump, Israel and the Fundamental Right and all should be countered for WW3 will, if it comes, will be apocalyptic for the majority of the Worlds population and to what end.

The World, today, may not be good place, but it is all our lives at stake and none should be lost due to the actions of the Warmongers, never today, tomorrow or anytime within the future.

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And this is exactly what Christian Zionist millennialists like Tim Lahaie want.

Yesterday, Trump announced that he was going to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is what the Israelis have been demanding for years, but previous administrations have not given into them, because they were very much aware that this would set off a powder keg of rage and hostility across the Middle East. Jerusalem was taken from the Palestinians, and still contains a sizable Arab population. The Israeli nationalist right would love it to be the capital of their nation, but it is also claimed by the Palestinians.

There have been mass protests and riots against Trump’s decision all over the Middle East. RT yesterday put up this footage of Israeli squaddies or the police trying to put down protesters or rioters in Bethlehem yesterday.

And politicians from across the political spectrum have condemned…

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LONDON — Disparaging reactions to Prince Harry’s relationship with actress Meghan Markle have highlighted the racism and class snobbery that persist in British society.

The American will become the first person who identifies as biracial to join the upper echelons of the U.K.’s royal family when she marries Harry in May.

But some black women said coverage of the Los Angeles native’s roots by some media outlets is indicative of the underlying racism that they experience daily.

Meghan Markle has described herself as a “strong, confident mixed-race woman.” George Pimentel / Getty Images Portrait file

“I feel like racism in the U.K. is pretty insidious,” said Paula Akpan, a co-founder of Black Girl Festival which celebrates black British women. She added racism tended to be “not as openly acknowledged” as in the U.S.

Following the royal engagement, the Daily Mail publicized one of its stories with a tweet reading “from slaves to royalty, Meghan Markle’s upwardly mobile family.” Last year, the newspaper suggested that Markle was “(almost) straight outta Compton.”

Journalist Rachel Johnson, the sister of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, last year wrote in the Mail on Sunday newspaper that Markle could help bring “rich and exotic DNA” to the royal family. She also described Markle’s mother as “a dreadlocked African-American lady from the wrong side of the tracks.”

The Spectator magazine this week questioned the “Suits” star’s suitability for Prince Harry because she is divorced and attended a Catholic school.

“Obviously, 70 years ago, Meghan Markle would have been the kind of woman the prince would have had for a mistress, not a wife,” a comment piece read.

Harry last year took the highly unusual step of asking the media to stop the “wave of abuse and harassment” against Markle.

The prince cited a “smear” on the front page of a national newspaper, “racial undertones” of newspaper opinion pieces, and “outright sexism and racism of social media trolls.”

Akpan said she felt much of the objection to Markle was to do with her mixed background.

“We all know what you’re trying to say, spit it out, say it,” she said, citing “the quiet and unique brand of racism that takes place” in the U.K.

British comedian Gina Yahere, who is based in the U.S., said there is always an undercurrent of racism in society on both sides of the Atlantic.

Gina Yashere Michael Schwartz / WireImage file

“It’s more outward in America, not so much in England. In England they like to use sort of dog-whistling terms like exotic,” she told Britain’s Channel 4 News.

“She’s not exotic,” Yahere added, referring to Markle. “She’s not from a tribe in the Amazon. She’s American.”

Markle, whose mom is African American and dad is white, has described herself as a “strong, confident mixed-race woman.”

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, deputy editor of gal-dem, an online magazine written by women of color, said she felt some U.K. press coverage betrayed how the British elite feel about people who look different to them.

“Britain is not in the grand scheme of things a multicultural country, especially compared to the States,” she said. “We’re very much a minority here and there is a lot of prejudice against black people.”

The number of black Britons living in the U.K. is relatively small. Three percent of the population in England and Wales identified as Black British, Black African or Caribbean, according to official data from the 2011 census. Only 2 percent of respondents identified as being of mixed ethnicity.

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“I think a lot of people think we’re in a post-racial society but it certainly doesn’t feel that way for the black and brown people living here,” Brinkhurst-Cuff said. “Racism is still alive and cooking here.”

Akpan agreed. “Britain is still racist, it’s still very racist,” she said.

However, British commentator Afua Hirsch suggested that when Harry marries Markle it would “change Britain’s relationship with race” forever.

“Don’t underestimate the symbolism of a royal marriage,” she wrote in The Guardian this week. “From now on, it will be impossible to argue that being black is somehow incompatible with being British.”

But while Akpan said she recognized the enormity of having a woman of color as a member of the royal family, she didn’t think it would have much bearing on black people living in the U.K.

“When we start unravelling everyday racism then we can talk about race relations moving forward,” she said. “People are ignoring that there is still so much work to be done.”

Reni Eddo-Lodge, the author of “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race,” said the royal wedding shouldn’t be seen as a huge step forward.

“Markle is not Britain’s Obama moment,” she posted on Twitter. “Being chosen by a prince is not democracy.”

Akpan said she felt Markle’s “proximity to whiteness” made her more “palatable” to the royal family.
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“As a dark-skinned woman … I’m still very much aware that if it was a woman who looked like me, would she have even been considered?” she asked.

Akpan and Brinkhurst-Cuff both don’t hold out much hope that Markle could significantly impact Britain’s race issues.

“You’re always setting up yourself for a bit of fall when you put expectations on one person of color, or woman of color, and expect them to be the redemption you’ve be waiting for,” Akpan said.

Source : Meghan Markle engagement to Prince Harry exposes ‘quiet’ racism : NBC News


By Ashley Parker and John Wagner

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

[Breaking: British prime minister’s office says Trump was wrong to retweet videos of “hateful” anti-Muslim group.]

President Trump on Wednesday shared three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos on Twitter posted by a far-right British activist.

The videos — whose authenticity could not be independently verified — were first shared by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, which bills itself as a political party but has been widely condemned as an extremist group that targets mosques and Muslims.

Britain First has previously posted a number of misleading videos, and the three Trump shared were provocatively titled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!,” “Muslim destroys a statue of Virgin Mary!” and “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”

Fransen, 31, who lives in a London suburb, was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment in November 2016 after abusing a woman wearing a hijab.

Fransen was arrested again earlier this month after comments she made during a speech in Belfast.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to why the president retweeted Fransen’s provocative and unverified videos. It was not immediately clear how the videos came to Trump’s attention, but conservative columnist Ann Coulter, whom Trump follows on Twitter, retweeted one of them on Tuesday.

The video of the rooftop mob dates to July 2013 and was purportedly filmed in Alexandria, Egypt, shortly after the military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist and the country’s first democratically elected president. The coup set off weeks of protests and violent clashes between Morsi’s supporters on one side, and Egyptian security forces and military supporters on the other, culminating in an Egyptian security force raid on a pro-Morsi protest camp that killed as many as a thousand people.

The president has a history of retweeting other controversial supporters, including white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and during his campaign proposed a ban on all Muslims from entering the country.

Following Trump’s retweets, Fransen took to Twitter to tout the U.S. president’s promotion of her videos.

“Donald Trump himself has retweeted these videos and has around 44 million followers!” she wrote. “God Bless You Trump! God Bless America!”

Trump’s tweets were strongly condemned by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

“By his unconscionable and irresponsible actions this morning, President Trump is clearly telling members of his base that they should hate Islam and Muslims,” said Nihad Awad, the group’s national executive director. “These are actions one would expect to see on virulent anti-Muslim hate sites, not on the Twitter feed of the president of the United States. Trump’s posts amount to incitement to violence against American Muslims. His actions should be condemned by all American political and religious leaders, regardless of their party or faith.”

Piers Morgan, a British journalist and television host who was also a winner on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” was also quick to rebuke the president.

“Good morning, Mr President @realDonaldTrump — what the hell are you doing retweeting a bunch of unverified videos by Britain First, a bunch of disgustingly racist far-right extremists? Please STOP this madness & undo your retweets,” he wrote.

Britain First was founded in 2011 and has sought to have its members elected to Parliament but has failed to win seats.

Nick Ryan, of the anti-extremist group Hope Not Hate, told the Independent newspaper it was “pretty incredulous that the leader of the free world would stoop to sharing content from one of the most notorious far-right groups in the U.K.”

In June 2016, the Labour Party member of Parliament Jo Cox was killed by an assailant alleged to have shouted “Britain first!” Leaders of the Britain First group said there were no ties between the attacker and their organization. The assailant, however, had links to neo-Nazi groups.

On Wednesday, Cox’s widower, Brendan Cox, tweeted: “Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.”

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A right-wing group in Britain marches in a Muslim neighborhood and gets the fight it wants

William Booth in London and Abigail Hauslohner in Washington contributed to this report.

Ashley Parker is a White House reporter for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2017, after 11 years at The New York Times, where she covered the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns and Congress, among other things.

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John Wagner is a national political reporter covering the White House.

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Source : Trump retweets inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos : The Washington Post


UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Human Rights Watch accused Myanmar security forces on Thursday of committing widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing during the past three months against Rohingya Muslims in the country’s Rakhine state.

 Myanmar’s army released a report on Monday denying all allegations of rape and killings by security forces, days after replacing the general in charge of the operation that drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.

The United Nations has denounced the violence as a classic example of ethnic cleansing. The Myanmar government has denied allegations of ethnic cleansing.

“Rape has been a prominent and devastating feature of the Burmese military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” said Skye Wheeler, women’s rights emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report.

“The Burmese military’s barbaric acts of violence have left countless women and girls brutally harmed and traumatized,” she said in a statement.

Human Rights Watch called on the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar and targeted sanctions against military leaders responsible for human rights violations, including sexual violence.

The 15-member council last week urged the Myanmar government to “ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine state.” It asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report back in 30 days on the situation.

Myanmar has said the military clearance operation was necessary for national security after Rohingya militants attacked 30 security posts and an army base in Rakhine state on Aug. 25.

 Myanmar is refusing entry to a U.N. panel that was tasked with investigating allegations of abuses after a smaller military counteroffensive launched in October 2016.

Hala Sadak, a 15-year-old from Hathi Para village in Maungdaw Township, told Human Rights Watch that soldiers had stripped her naked and then about 10 men raped her.

She told Human Rights Watch: “When my brother and sister came to get me, I was lying there on the ground, they thought I was dead.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Frances Kerry

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

 

 

Source : Human Rights Watch accuses Myanmar military of widespread rape : Reuters


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Michael Gove and Liz Truss, two former Lord Chancellors,  the former lord chief justice, Lord Thomas, six High Court judges and  heads of the tribunal services are facing lthe prospect of legal action for victimisation and racial discrimination by three fellow black and Asian  judges and a black former tribunal member following a ground breaking ruling by the Supreme Court. An article appears in this week’s Tribune magazine.

The virtually unreported Supreme Court judgement last week, which involved interpreting an EU equality treatment directive, is seen by campaigners as removing immunity claimed by the Ministry of Justice, the Metropolitan Police, magistrates and tribunal bodies, barristers, solicitors, doctors and dentists disciplinary bodies, from the Equality Act when handling misconduct inquiries.

It will also apply to disciplinary hearings involving sexual and gender discrimination and disabled people.

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The public have no comprehension on how far these internal and external security services will go to so that their perceived ends can be obtained. This is the ‘tip of the Iceberg’.

The terrorism within the Establishment.

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More on the contents of the 3,000 files relating to JFK, which have recently been declassified. This is another short video from the Latin America news broadcaster, TeleSur. They reveal that the files show that the CIA was considering carrying out a series of false flag attacks in Miami and other cities in Florida, and even Washington. One of the possible tactics was to sink a Cuban refugee boat, which the Agency stated could be real or simulated, and encourage a series of murder attempts on Cuban refugees in America. This was to fool the American people into believing that there was a Communist terrorist campaign operating in America itself, backed by the Cubans, which would serve as a pretext for invading the country.

The files also reveal the various attempts the Americans made to assassinate Castro. But they also show that Cuba was not behind J.F.K’s assassination. The video…

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All the evidence points to Brontё’s most famous outcast being a product of the British slave trade.

Source: Was Emily Brontё’s Heathcliff black?


Thank you for this posting and am I surprised at the Judges deliberation on the ruling related to the sentence.

My response is yes and no.

Yes, because it would appear that there has been no justice for Lorien Norman’s eight-month-old daughter Evie. I also believe the Judge is wrong in that Evie’s injuries were ‘likely to resolve’. This may be so for any visible signs or markings, but what about the invisible injuries of which many may not have been currently manifested, as is the case with any psychology injuries which may or may not manifest for some years to come.

While No, as this may be a one off occurrence and Lorien Norman may, in fact, really learn from this, that this behaviour is not and never will be acceptable and she will never have any re-occurrence to Evie or anyone else. If she was given a custodial sentence then Evie could have lost the continued bonding with her mother Loren Norman forever and this in itself could have lasting psychological effects.

A case that can be right or wrong or may be both no matter which actions the Judge had taken.

The religious effect may have a bearing as this itself could have some bearing on how Loren Norman progresses in her life. But many people especially today are not religious or have different religions all with their own interpretations of how religion conducts itself within their lives for there are also many religions and people should have the freedom to chose their own religion or conversely to have no effective religion.

For those who do take on board a specific religion there is then the degree in which they take on their chosen religion, as on reflecting on all religions there will be different aspects taken on board in each religion by each individual person.

In effect we should all be understanding of each others beliefs and respect each persons individual choice, as a religion should be there for the person and not the person for the religion.

We should have the freedom of choice and the freedom to apply this choice in anyway we wish and to what degree we do so.

There is a proviso in that this choice of religion and the degree should not have any adverse effect on any other individual within the same religion or in any other religions.

I am not saying do not preach unto others, but do respect all other religions and all individuals.

We have all seen where fanaticism can lead in the formation of ISIS (Daesh), but this is not restrictive to Islam as it can occur in any religion as there are extreme fanatics in Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism to name just three more.

There is a great need for more tolerance within the World as the World should be large enough to accommodate all beliefs.


So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it (Genesis 1:27-28). As image bearers of God humans have an obligation to serve him. Whether you were raised in a good home or a bad one, it is important to understand you bear the image of God. His stamp is on his creature. Human: Made by God!

When you understand that you were made by God, you understand why He is concerned with us obeying His will. He owns us. He created us for His enjoyment. Not only that, but God gave us His eternal breath. It is the reason we do not cease to exist, even after death. It is the reason He died for us. We are…

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If the vice president understood his own personal statement, he would have stayed at Sunday’s game

Source: Why Mike Pence should take a knee, not walk out – Salon.com

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