Category Archives: Human Rights

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

UK, Guardian” “Snow And Ice Alert”

I will skip this story.

France, Connexion: “Should We Say, Je Suis Ahmed?”

Heck, add whatever you want after, Je Suis!

Norway, Norway Post: “Norwegians Don’t Shop On Sundays”

Nor, do they go to church on Sundays.

Canada, Toronto Star: “News You May Have Missed”

Republicans were silent one night this week. Guess why?

Russia, Moscow Times: “Diesel Ban”

I guess that means no diesel cocktails tonight.

Alberto Nisman Is Dead

Alberto Nisman is dead. There is no doubt his name is unknown in the United States of America. But, this brave Argentinian prosecutor was working to uncover a plot by his government to make secret arrangements with there government of Iran in order to prevent the real story emerging how Iranian send terrorists into Argentine in 1994 to blow up a Jewish center and cause the death of 85 people. The government of President Fernandez undoubtedly offered Iran protection against prosecution of their terrorists in return for trade agreements. Nisman was ready to present his case to the Congress of Argentine when two nights ago his body was found with a gun on the floor. Outside were guards who supposedly protected him against those seeking to murder a brave man whose only thought was the truth, regardless of who suffered from revealing that information.,

President Fernandez admits that it was not a suicide. However, she insists that her government had nothing to do with the murder. She claims there is a plot to smear her name. The only “plot” is the one of the government of Argentine to trade the lives of Argentine Jews for money. Hopefully, the Argentine Congress will allow the Nisman report to be published!

Horror Of Guantanamo Lives On

As you may recall we are a democratic nation which adheres to principles of justice and humanity. You may recall that incoming President Barack Obama promised to end the brutality that had been created by the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld trio who established a prison in Guantanamo in our part of Cuba. Of course, the rest of Cuba is controlled by communists who hate the rule of law and social justice. I assume since Americans were on Cuban soil what else could they do but behave like Communists running another gulag. Mohamedou Ould Slahi has spent the past twelve years in that inferno we call a “prison.” Yes, in the 1990s he did work for jihad in Afghanistan when that land was controlled by the Soviet Union. Of course, so was the CIA which funded Muslim jihad against the enemy of America. He was captured and since that day has never been charged with any crime. He has never seen a piece of evidence that links him with al-Qaeda. He has endured torture and brutality at the hands of those in the employ of President Obama, you know, the dude who was taught constitutional law!

US District Court Judge Jamews Robertson ordered the release of Mr. Slahi but Attorney General Eric Holder simply requested to appeal that verdict which means more years of delay. Mr. Slahi has just released his diary of brutality and abuse. When did it become part of the American story to torture and abuse people? What has happened to our nation and its standards of Law?

Bibi Behaves Like Bibi

There is no doubt that future historians will regard the foreign policy of President Barack Obama in the Middle East as a story of failed opportunities to move toward peace in the region. From day one of his administration he has bowed before Israel’s lobby, AIPAC, whose members are theoretically loyal Americans, but in reality serve the purposes of those Israelis refusing to seek peace with Palestinians. Let me make perfectly clear that the interests of Israel lie on pursuing the path of peace with Palestinians. Let me also make perfectly clear that Palestinian leaders have turned down one after another proposals for peace from those Israel leaders who DID seek such an end for their nation.

With the rise of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the road to peace has become increasingly difficult. The nonstop seizure of land by Jewish settlers makes any effort to gain peace very problematic. To make matters worse, Bibi Netanyahu has blatantly interfered in the affairs of America by supporting the Republican Party. So, there is no surprise that House Speaker John Boehner issued an invitation for the prime minister of Israel to address Congress. This has shocked the White House. Bernadette Meehan of the NSC issued a statement. “We do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to new elections so as to avoid the appearance of influencing elections in a foreign nation.” Actually, the Prime Minister of Israel had no intention of seeing the President of the United States. This is an unheard of insult to the leader of America. Ordinarily, a head of state seeks permission from another head of state prior to talking with local political leaders.

Score one for AIPAC which will undoubtedly raise millions for Republicans in the next AMERICAN election!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I record what others do not.

Some speak with truth if mouth filled with food.

Our lives are dominated by self inflicted goals.

Some walk by me in coffee shop and gaze at me who is writing.

Never reject an act of kindness from another.

Today we live, tomorrow we die–eventually.

Some read with deep concentration.

Fear is the norm in 2015.

No more joyful sight than children checking out books in library.

I am a bigot, I expect an Asian girl to be smart.

YES, Islamophobia DOES EXIST!

Turkish President Recep Erdogan made clear to those attending the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that Muslims DO confront a world in which being a member of the Muslim religion ensures that leaders of western nations will blame them for all problems in the world. “We want our friends in the West to see that Islamophobia has become a serious problem.” No honest person can disagree with this comment. People in the Christian West insist that Muslims are violent. This belief is from members of the Christian religion whose German people murdered over TWENTY FIVE MILLION PEOPLE DURING WORLD WAR II! And, Christians claim that Muslims are violent! Oh, I forgot that Muslims killed three thousand on 9/11. And, some Muslims have beheaded a dozen people. FACTS prove that Christians are the most violent people in the world. I can just hear someone arguing those Christians existed sixty years ago. Add up all those murdered by Muslims and they do not equal the 30,000 Americans killed by guns last year.

Erdogan went on to warn fellow Muslims they must rethink their behaviors. “When the Muslim world remains silent and every sect stands behind their own sympathizers, others are stepping in, terrorists and modern Lawrences.” He was referring to Lawrence of Arabia. I ordinarily blast the behavior of budding dictator, Recep Erdogan, but this is a refreshing honest comment on his part.

Enough with blaming ALL Muslims for the actions of SOME Muslims!

Putin Land Is Always Right

I doubt if members of the Republican Party of the USA recognize how their behavior towards President Obama is similar to the behavior of our Great and Wise Leader, Vladimir Putin. Putin and his lackeys are upset at the American leader because he is supporting the right of people in Ukraine to have their own form of government. Putin is also very angry that anyone, and when he says, anyone, that means anyone, would dare to challenge his actions about anything. His Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, made clear that the real terrorist regime in the world is –AMERICA! According to Lavrov: “The Americans have chosen a path toward confrontation, and do not evaluate their own steps critically. Yesterday’s address by President Obama stated that the central principle of the United States philosophy is based on one thing: that we we are right and everybody has to recognize that.”

Ironically, there is some truth in what Lavrov said. For over a decade American leaders insist they are right and all Muslim are wrong. However, Mr. Lavrov would make a stronger point if he also said that everything he charges America with doing is similar to everything that his boss, Vladimir Putin is doing. Vladimir Putin is just as right as American leaders who claim to always be on the side of God as they blunder into one land after another. How about Putin and Obama taking a lunch together to discuss how they agree?

What Obama Never Understood

Barack Obama has spent the past six years struggling to get the American people to support his ideas. From day one of his administration the President has never displayed a sense of American history since he has never provided evidence that he studied the actions of prior presidents who confronted severe economic problems. Newt Gingrich recently stated that President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the best political leader of the twentieth century. Does anyone ever recall any statement by Barack Obama about how FDR handled the economic crisis we know as the Depression? Since Obama never learned anything from Roosevelt it is clear that his actions have resulted in giving Republicans control of large sectors of our political scene. So, what could he have done to avoid this calamity?

First, Obama could have grasped that a recession impacts all sectors of society. The person who lacks a job, the person whose wages are down, business leaders, small town people, young men and women. In other words, it is just as important as addressing banking and Wall Street issues as it is to meet the needs of those in pain and increasing poverty. FDR waited two years before pushing through Social Security while Barack Obama made health care the MOST important issue. Obama now talks about free community college programs but there was not a single program for young people in 2009! He now talks about infrastructure programs but this was not a focus in 2009.

FDR’s program addressed farmers, unemployed people, young people, reform of banking and Wall Street, women and children. He included the elderly in various relief programs but did not make his entire program based on their needs. During a Depression, leaders must address the IMMEDIATE needs of a wide spectrum of people, not just health care. For example, Obama lost the support of young people who had been enthusiastic about his candidacy. He never did anything about Student Debt! During the past election, students just ignored him. Why support someone who bailed out the banks but never bailed them out when they confronted student debt? He never bailed out people who watched their homes decline in wealth. But, he did bail out General Motors.

Barack Obama lacked any program that would meet the needs of ALL Americans. He focused upon Wall Street, he focused upon Banks, but nothing was offered to those who lacked wealth. THAT is the reason why Republicans won in Congressional elections in 2010 and 2014!

Nothing New On Middle Eastern Front

It is common in any discussion about the Middle East for experts to offer some form of “explanation” as to why this or that group committed a horrible crime. Muslims blame other Muslims or blame Israelis. Jews in Israel blame Muslims -just remember that about 17% of people in Israel are Muslims. The death of innocent people can never be “explained away.” There is absolutely no right of anyone, regardless of their anger to murder the innocent nor torture the innocent. People in Tel Aviv got on a bus and headed for work. Just another boring day on a bus headed for the daily grind. A Palestinian boarded the bus, headed for the driver and then took out a kitchen knife and began to stab people. At least nine are injured, and the man was finally wounded by police. There is no doubt this crime will be cited by some Israelis as justification to build more walls or, perhaps, to segregate riders on busses or not allow Palestinians on any bus that contains Jews.

Both Jews and Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian Authority live in the past which they insist most continue in the present and into the future. As of this point in time neither side has any form of leadership which offers solutions to the problems between the rival groups. Sorry, about that last sentence. Both sides DO have proposals, continue the present! If the hole is getting deeper, the solution is to make it ever deeper and, hopefully, one day wind up in China.

State Of The Union Not Universally Greeted

President Barack Obama gave a speech before members of the United States Congress and he apparently failed to gain support for his ideas from members of the body. Most Republicans are very upset because the dude from Africa did not get on his knees and promise to obey the dictates of Republican leaders. Most were furious because at no time during his speech did the President admit his party had lost the past election and they had won it. After all, if your party wins an election the other party should at least admit defeat and promise to do what you desire. After all, after Obama won the 2008 election, members of the Republican party met to plan how they would obstruct anything this man desired. There were no words about, “we lost the election so now we have to cooperate with the party that won it.” The fury of Republican complaints about the speech are simply ludicrous given the history of refusal on the part of that party to cooperate about anything during the past six years!

Oh, Senator Marco Rubio went into another of his angry outbursts about extending diplomatic relations with Cuba. After all, if a policy that has been in place for seventy years and has failed to change the government of Cuba it is certainly no time to make changes. All Marco wants is another seventy years of failure. OK the speech is finished, there was absolutely not way that anything stated by the President would have resulted in compliments from his opponents. Of course, if he had gone to his knees and promised to do what they said, most probably Republicans would have blasted him for not being humble enough.

The speech is over and it is time to begin the gridlock of doing nothing.

By the way, fewer than 40% of Americans actually voted in the past election. So, there is NO evidence “the American people support the Republican party.”