I have a sense of déjà vu. Here we are again. Civilians in Libya are in danger as armed men advance close to a major urban centre. Will the United Nations act, will a resolution be passed? Well, they did the last time, passing the vague and precipitate Resolution 1973, intended, so the line went, to ‘protect’ civilians. Ah, but protecting civilians in Benghazi and the east was one thing; protecting civilians in Tripoli and the west quite another; for there the Minotaur sits in his labyrinth.
Things are moving rapidly in Libya, with rebel forces now fighting for control of the port... Read More
Obscenity: Hard to Describe, but you Know it when you See it.
Corruption at its finest. The Business of Child Abuse
By Joshua Allen
Take a look at this image. It is page 7 from the 2009 tax returns from a modest sized foster agency called Futuro Infantil Hispano located in West Covina California. You will notice the salary of one person earning as much or more than the head of the entire Child Protective System. The salary of another, apparently goes to a man who is mostly retired but still earns close to $200,000 per year. Monies meant for the care of abused and neglected... Read More
There is no special reason why you should heed my plea, but I am an American citizen, a veteran, a Democrat and a supporter. The essence of my appeal is much broader than you or I. This concerns our country, our children, and everyone or everything we hold dear. The debacle of the debt ceiling debate and deal call into question the effectiveness of governance in the United States. As was demonstrated then, you face implacable foes that place nothing higher than your defeat. They have shown the citizenry and the world that their two-track strategy is divide and rule and rule or ruin.
Since... Read More
In 2004, a UNICEF document mentioned an account of 17 children who were sexually exploited by three foreign nationals in Manila, Philippines. The document revealed that in addition to sexually abusing the innocent children, the accused foreign nationals also took a video footage of these children undressing in sexually suggestive poses. In yet another incident in 2009, the Bangkok Post published a chilling news feature mentioning the sale of child porn DVD’s & VCD’s on the streets of one of Bangkok’s busiest roads. These VCD’s that were sold out in the public like cupcakes and candies depicted... Read More
Today Friday, July 22, 2011 the capital of Norway, Oslo lived terrible moments when a bomb blasted in the center of the city by killing seven people. The police reported that a gunman opened fire at a youth camp on an island.
In addition, the Norwegian police said they believed the bombing and the shooting were connected. This meant that the police could not immediately confirm if several people have been killed at the youth camp. It seems that several army soldiers had taken up position around the center of the city as to hinder the spread of the violence.
Due to this situation,... Read More
I never believed that the so-called Arab spring would ever turn to summer, not when the people of Egypt said, when polled, that they wanted democracy and they wanted Sharia law. The two are as apart as night and day. One can either have human law or divine law. One cannot have both.
With an eye on events in Syria, Yemen and Libya, the world has turned away from Tunisia, the place where the Jasmine Revolution began. If I tell you that more and more people are beginning to regret the passing of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the former president, then you might begin to understand the present... Read More
This day of July9, 2011 will remain written in a solid stone for South Sudanese. This is the day South Sudan proclaimed its independence from Sudan. By becoming the 54th African state, it marked this special day by a series of glorious celebrations. The very first president of South Sudan Mr Salva Kiir was sworn in front of several African and foreign political leaders, more than thirty, including neighbors of South Sudan such as the President of Sudan and the UN General Secretary, Mr Ban Ki-moon .
The celebrations were taking place in a region that is considered as being in tones of... Read More
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I believe that someday all military operations will be reduced and we will be able to make agreements using international negotiations. War never changes things to better, never!