Archive | July 3, 2015

Ramadhan amongst the Rubble of Gaza*

Ramadhan amongst the Rubble of Gaza*

By Mohammed Omer

Ahmed used to donate to charity before the war, but now he and his family survive on charity

The time for Maghreb prayers is approaching – in a few minutes all of Gaza’s Muslim families will be gathering to sit around the dining table, to break their sunrise to sunset fast. It’s a time of good will, forgiveness and reflection.

For 20 years Saleh Abu Aser, 36, had been proud to honour the same annual traditions in observing the holy month of Ramadhan. But this year is different. Instead of the family gathering around their comfortable living room, they now find themselves sitting on a small blanket that covers the hard, exposed ground. The family must now sit in what remains of their home, destroyed by Israel’s military assault last summer.

Abu Aser’s family eating their break of fast meal – Iftar – amongst the rubble of their destroyed home (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

Abu Aser’s family eating their break of fast meal – Iftar – amongst the rubble of their destroyed home (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

“This was our 300 square metre home, for 35 members of our family, and all we have left is 30 metres of ruins and rubble,” said Abu Aser, as his wife joins him with a with bowl of fresh arugula.

Simple dishes of tahini salad, rice mixed with fresh bread and fruit juice are prepared by Saleh’s heavily pregnant wife, Dareen Abu Aser, 36, as she stands inside what is now literally an open-air kitchen.

“I used to have a well-equipped kitchen, but now I must cook in this corner, near a wall which could collapse at any moment.”

The traditional fanoos – Ramadhan lantern – is the extent of the decorations some children in Gaza can expect this year (MEE/Mohammed Asad)


If that wall were to collapse, the family would have nowhere to run to, and Dareen knows that taking shelter in UN-run schools and shelters has never been a safe option with Israel targeting such civilian facilities.

They took refuge in UN classrooms for months following the 51-day war in 2014.

That war killed 2,250 Palestinians, including approximately 551 children. Palestinians in Gaza are reminded of it now, after the release of the most recent UN report, stating that both Israel and Palestinians may have committed war crimes.

Yet the harsh reality on the ground does not appear to change the discussion of the leaders of the international community, and the reconstruction of Gaza, for nearly 2 million residents, seems more like a far-fetched dream, despite promises of help.

Despite all odds, the loving care of this mother for her children – Riad, eight, Tasneem, seven, Intisar, five, Maisa, three, and Ibrahim, two years-old – remains strong and steadfast, as she still manages to put simple food on the table and gather her children around her. The family gives thanks and prays for freedom to celebrate their faith and culture in peace, in their homeland.

Ramadhan is a month of blessings and joy – we are trying to keep it so, despite the dreadful conditions and unbearable stress,” said Saleh Abu Aser.

A young girl sweeps dust and rubble at her family’s destroyed home in preparation for eating the break of fast meal – Iftaar (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

Abu Aser recalls last Ramadhan with pain and agony – the month when he lost so many loved ones, when neighbours were ripped to shreds by Israeli tank shells, and his neighbourhood – Shejayeh – was turned to rubble. But what remains now, despite the nightmares, is hope for a better future.

“We are among very few families living here now. We feel isolated, but we have no other option. The international community has failed us again, with Gaza’s reconstruction,” he told Middle East Eye.

“Food, daddy, food food!” demanded his son, Riad, with a smile.

After the iftar meal, Dareen Abu Aser clears the dishes and folds away the small cloth on which the family sits. She pauses for a moment and smiles as she bends forwards with a heavy stomach. Another baby expected any day.

“We have no other option but to create as normal a Ramadhan as we can for our children, within the circumstances Israel has provided. This year, it means sitting on the remains of our destroyed home.”

Yesterday, the brother of Abu Aser became a father. Saleh Abu Aser hears this news from a stranger. Now that his family is scattered all over Gaza City, it is impossible to pay visits to everyone.

“In the past all of us, 35 people, would sit around one table to have our iftar meal together. But the war managed to split us up, for now.”

He says he has only more determination to stay alive in the place he has always loved. They may not have their dining room, but their family’s resolve to stay is worth more.

“Learn to love your land, learn to love your sisters and never give up on what you stand for,” Saleh recites to his son Riad, in a moment of reflection before he prepares for tarweeh (evening prayers).

Outside his ruined home, the mosques of Shejayeh bear witness to Israel’s destruction. While in previous years, these places of worship would be overflowing, this year they are in ruins and cannot be the gathering place of the faithful.

Euromid Observers for Human Rights, a rights group based in Gaza and Geneva, counted 171 mosques destroyed, of which 62 were hit mostly by Israeli air force raids during the 51-day war.

The destroyed mosque of Ali Ben Abe Taleb (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

Prefabricated rooms

Khuza’a, in the south of the Gaza Strip, is the village which lived under siege during the war, experiencing several violations against human rights, including shooting from short range.

It is another day of fasting here. Just as the call for maghreb prayers begin, Ahmed Emish, 35 years old, and father to four children, stands outside on the street to enjoy some fresh air.

“We can’t get this real fresh air in our alternative, prefabricated houses, built by donor groups,” he said.

“We miss our old home and chicken farm,” said Emish, who sustained and supported his family and others, by working the poultry farm. He used to donate to charity before the war, but now he and his family survive on charity.

Mobile prefabricated homes brought much misery to homeless families in Khuza’a, and now even more so in the summer heat.

“Living in such prefabricated structures is not good, even for animals,” he explained.

There are 160 prefabricated homes in Khuza’a, where one average-size family of six such as Emish’s lives in one room, where they are expected to prepare food, eat, sleep, bathe and use the toilet.

“The floor and roof are rusty and sewage water leaks into the room,” he said, describing a moment which is supposed to be lovely when the family gathers for the dawn meal or suhur.

“Water flooded into our home at 2:30 am when my wife was about to wake up and prepare the suhur meal. Sewage water covered the floor. Just imagine trying to prepare food in that,” he said.

The promises they have received from relief NGOs have not translated to facts on the ground – as families are still unfed, and children face hazardous health conditions.

The stench of the raw sewage would knock any human over, but he tries to tackle the flow, brushing it out of this tiny place. These prefabricated rooms are made for short-term refugee emergency use, after war, but now they seem to be a long-term reality if no other reconstruction is allowed. He was promised by Israel during the war that if he left his house his family would be safe. But upon their return, the house was in total ruins.

The traditional fanoos – Ramadhan lantern – is the extent of the decorations some children in Gaza can expect this year (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

This year, “there is not much taste for Ramadhan,” said a child passing by. The children have no money for the usual fireworks or party favours.

Ramadhan, through the eyes of Emish, is remembered as neighbourhood mass destruction, the destruction of his farm and slaughter of his chickens under Israeli tanks and bullets – yet, when MEE asked him to recall a joyous moment from a previous Ramadhan, he smiled and said:

“I remember the beautiful days, in our big garden where we would sit and have our family meal in peace, served from a large, modern, American-style kitchen.”


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China Continues to Repress Ramadhan*

Working and Staying Sane in Ramadhan*

Ramadhan in Kenya*

The Multinational Ramadhan Assault*

Freedom in Ramadhan*

Troika Plotting ‘Regime Change’ in Greece*

Troika Plotting ‘Regime Change’ in Greece*

By Jon Queally

According to the Guardian, which is providing live updates of the negotiations and rallies in Greece, the country’s top administrative court has rejected an appeal by two Greek citizens against Sunday’s referendum on the country’s bailout package.

“The referendum will be held,” said the presiding judge in Greece’s Council of State court Nikolaos Sakellariou.


As a Greek court on Friday is scheduled to rule on whether or not Sunday’s much-anticipated referendum meets legal standards, critics are saying that what’s truly at stake is not whether or not Greece accepts the bailout deal before it, but whether or not the very workings of democracy are being undermined in an increasingly fractious European Union.

Led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Syriza party in control of the government has made it clear it wants Greece to vote ‘No’ as an affirmation of the nation’s collective objection to more austerity.

On Thursday, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis made the strength of his convictions known by saying he would “prefer to cut off his arm” than sign an agreement without debt relief. Meanwhile, the institutions representing the interests of foreign creditors—the European Commission, the IMF, and the European Central Bank—have indicated a ‘Yes’ victory would likely force Tsipras and Varoufakis to resign and the current government to dissolve.

Some of the latest polling out on Friday shows that the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps are virtually tied going into Sunday’s vote. Both factions also plan to hold large rallies in Athens on Friday night, but the stakes of the vote—whichever way it falls and presuming it takes place as planned—are now seen to reach far beyond the immediate outcome.

Considering developments in Greece since the financial crisis began in 2008, alongside the behaviour of the so-called Troika since the Syriza party came into power earlier this year, analysts suggest that powerful financial interests and elite political forces in Greece are executing a slow-yet-coordinated effort to push a democratically-elected government from power and smash populist opposition to corporate rule and austerity policies that have spread across the continent in recent years.

As Daniel Marans and Ryan Grim report for the Huffington Post on Friday:

Underlying the question of whether European leaders and the Greek state will be able to come to terms amid the financial crisis is one even more fundamental: Is there room in Europe for democracy?

In January, Greek voters elected a government on a platform of anti-austerity, one that argued further cuts would not just be cruel to a people already experiencing 25% unemployment, but economically backward as well. European leaders have spent the five months since then doing everything they can to drive that Greek government from power.

If the troika of economic policy-setters succeeds in ousting the Greek government, it will send a clear message to other European Union countries: You are free to hold elections, but the government you elect can only do what we say.

By forcing Greece to accept their terms or leave the euro, leaders of wealthy euro zone nations want to prevent European democracies from stopping their austerity agenda, analysts say. In this interpretation, European leaders are intent on creating a political crisis that will drive Greece’s left-wing government from power, thus making it known from Spain to Ireland that resistance is futile.

Offering much the same argument, Guardian columnist Seamus Milne wrote this week:

It’s now clear that Germany and Europe’s powers that be don’t just want the Greek government to bend the knee. They want regime change.”

And what’s at the heart of this critique is not only how regressive and disastrous the austerity policies have been—which increasing amounts of evidence show—but how the popular will of an entire nation is now being thwarted by financiers in Brussels, Berlin, and beyond.

As Milne explained:

The aim is apparently to humiliate Tsipras and his government in preparation for its early replacement with a more pliable administration. We know from the IMF documents prepared for last week’s “final proposals” and reported in the Guardian that the creditors were fully aware they meant unsustainable levels of debt and self-defeating austerity for Greece until at least 2030, even on the most fancifully optimistic scenario.

That’s because, just as the earlier bailouts went to the banks not the country, and troika-imposed austerity has brought penury and a debt explosion, these demands are really about power, not money. If they are successful in forcing Tsipras out of office, a slightly less destructive package could then be offered to a more house-trained Greek leader who replaced him.

Speaking to the HuffPo, Daniela Gabor, an international finance expert at the University of the West of England’s Bristol Business School, said the Troika’s use of its financial muscle to provoke political outcomes has never been more apparent than in the past week, when the ECB cut off a key liquidity program for the Greek banking system which forced the Syriza government to implement capital controls and close the banks on Monday.

Explaining her belief that the cut-off was designed to scare Greek citizens into voting ‘Yes’ on Sunday, Gabor said:

“It is a strategy of forcing the government to have the referendum with capital controls… [and] that is a clear component of this strategy of trying any way to interfere with the political process and create as much panic and fear in the Greek population to vote ‘Yes’.”

If the Troika succeeds in this kind of effort, according to Milne, the repercussions will be deeply felt not only within Greece, but everywhere that democracy is supplanted by elite interests:

The real risk across Europe is that if Syriza caves in or collapses, that failure will be used to turn back the rising tide of support for anti-austerity movements such as Podemos in Spain, or Sinn Féin in Ireland, leaving the field to populists of the right.

Either way, any Greek euro deal that fails to write off un-repayable debt or end the austerity squeeze will only postpone the crisis. If the Syriza government survives, it will have to change direction. Its fate, and its chaotic confrontation with the euro zone’s overlords, is going to shape all of Europe’s future.

With that in mind, Theodoros Karyotis, a sociologist and political activist, writes in a highly-cited article in Roar Magazine on Thursday, that the demands of social movements in Greece and across Europe must go beyond Sunday’s vote with an eye toward both a deeper form of democratic governance and a truly transformative and alternate approach to the neoliberal economic policies that are the cause and the fuel for the current situation in Greece. He writes:

Fear-mongering and propaganda have polarized Greek society and have made it impossible to predict the outcome of the referendum held on Sunday. The fact that the avalanche of criticism by international analysts over the European officials’ handling of the crisis falls on deaf ears proves that the real agenda of the powers-that-be is simply to isolate, demoralize and punish the Greek people, thereby ending any prospect of resistance to neoliberal domination on the continent. The Greek people are facing the major challenge of once again overcoming fear, the psychological basis of neoliberal governance, and of finding the integrity to vote NO in the referendum on July 5.

Surely, our task does not end with a NO vote; the formulation of a plan of action that is antagonistic to the neoliberal integration project is still pending, a plan based on the initiative of organized society and on solidarity between the peoples of Europe. Nevertheless, as opposed to the prolongation of austerity, dispossession, suffering and disintegration of the social fabric that will be attested by a YES vote, taking responsibility and embarking on the opportunities that a NO will set in motion is the only option that can strengthen the popular movement, that can open up spaces of intervention of the social forces for the defence of our common goods and the fortification of our collective endeavours.

And finally, with so much still up in the air, it was Tsipras who took to his Twitter account on Friday with this simple message for Greeks ahead of the vote:

“Greek citizens, the time has come for responsibility and democracy. Let’s silence fear-mongering and baseless talk of disaster.”

He then added: “Let us calmly go to the polls and make our choice by weighing the arguments—not the slogans.”

Fair enough.


Related Topics:

Greece’s New Left Government Better be Prepared for a Battle with the Oligarchy*

European Central Bank Forcing Greece into Perpetual Debt*

How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece*

6th Graders Implanted with IUD’s Without Their Parents Knowledge*

6th Graders Implanted with IUD’s Without Their Parents Knowledge*

By Steven Ertelt, Rebecca Downs

Earlier this month, reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.

The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle can’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after conception. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for herself, especially if using a new method.

The high school, Chief Sealth International, a public school, began offering the devices in 2010, made possible by a Medicaid program known as Take Charge and a non-profit, Neighborcare. Students can receive the device or other method free of cost and without their parent’s insurance. And while it’s lauded that the contraception is confidential, how can it be beneficial for a parent-child relationship when the parents don’t even know the devices or medication their daughter is using?

As it turns out, Chief Sealth isn’t the only school in Seattle doing this. As CNS News reports, more schools are fitting young girls — as young as 6th grade — with the devices and doing so without their parents knowing.

Middle and high school students can’t get a Coca-Cola or a candy bar at 13 Seattle public schools, but they can get a taxpayer-funded intrauterine device (IUD) implanted without their parents’ consent.

School-based health clinics in at least 13 Seattle-area public high schools and middle schools offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), including IUDs and hormonal implants, to students in sixth-grade and above at no cost, according to Washington State officials.

LARCs are associated with serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs, specifically, can also act as abortifacients by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg.

The state and federally funded contraceptive services are made possible by Take Charge, a Washington State Medicaid program which provides free birth control to adults who are uninsured, lack contraceptive coverage, have an income at or below 260 percent of the Federal Poverty Level — or, in this case, to teens who don’t want their parents to know they’re on birth control.

In an email exchange with the Washington State Health Care Authority and, a Take Charge spokesperson acknowledged that underage students are eligible for a “full array of covered family planning services” at school-based clinics if their parents meet the program’s requirements.

Take Charge added that “a student who does not want their parents to know they are seeking reproductive health services is allowed to apply for Take Charge using their own income, and if they are insured under their parents’ plan, the insurance would not be billed.”

When asked if a sixth grader could get an IUD implanted without parental consent, Take Charge told

“We encourage all Take Charge providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in their clinics. A young person does not need parental consent to obtain a LARC or any other contraceptive method…If the young person is not choosing abstinence, she would be able to select a LARC and have it inserted without parental consent.”

Parents, if you have children in these schools, you need to investigate and complain immediately. And all parents ought to take a look at the health policies of their young daughters’ schools to find out if a similar program is in place where you live.


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Parents Attacked for Protesting against the Sexualization of their Children*

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****Up Nature: Sex change for Nine-year-olds*

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‘Science’ Catches up with the Heart’s Intelligence*

‘Science’ Catches up with the Heart’s Intelligence*

By Steven Bancarz

We all know the difference between good vibes and bad vibes, but what is really happening at a scientific level when we talk about “vibes”?

Occupy Your Heart by Ian MacKenzieOr what about when we know someone is a bad person and can feel it in our gut, only to later find out that they are abusive and manipulative?

While there is an energetic and spiritual side to this question, there is also a hard scientific explanation of what is occurring when we tap into the vibes of other people.   With the development of new scientific instruments, intuition is now something being studied using the scientific method.

The heart generates a powerful and measurable electromagnetic field.  Magnetocardiography is the science of measure the field that is produced by the electrical activity within the heart.  It’s mainstream scientific knowledge that the resonant frequencies of the field of your heart interacts with the fields of others around you.  This effect is super strong within the first several feet in particular, but has been reported to be measured even at a distance of hundreds of meters.

Most of us know that the heart holds an energy system of its own and is one of the 7 main chakras within our energy field, and that our heart centres can interact with the heart centers of others.  But it turns that it’s more than just an energy centre for emotions, spiritual health, or even nervous system activity.  The heart almost acts as a second mind with its own sense of awareness.

The Institute of Heartmath is an organization that focuses on the science of the heart and its relationship to the brain, nervous system, and the energy of the planet.  Their studies have shown time and time again that the heart is a “little brain” and has an intuitive intelligence of it’s own independent of the mind.

“We observed that the heart was acting as though it had a mind of its own and was profoundly influencing the way we perceive and respond to the world. In essence, it appeared that the heart was affecting intelligence and awareness.”

The studies proving the heart’s intuitive intelligence

In this study, 26 participants were shown a series of 45 pictures.  30 of the pictures were neutral, and 15 of them were emotionally arousing.  The participants were hooked up to an electrocardiogram to measure cardiac accelerations and decelerations, and an electroencephalogram to measure heart-beat evoked “potentials” on the surface on the skin.  What the found was incredible.

A significantly greater heart rate deceleration occurred prior to future emotional stimuli compared to calm stimuli, and there was a significant difference in the refraction period within cardiac cycles for the emotional versus the calm.  Both the heart and the brain were responding to the emotionally arousing photos prior to them even being seen by the person in linear time, but the heart was receiving the intuitive information prior to the brain.

They also found that there was a large difference in intuitive intelligence between males and females, and the females pick up on intuitive information more often and at a quicker rate than men did.  So the spiritual concept of females being more in touch with their intuitive and emotions is not just New Age philosophy. It’s now scientifically proven that intuition is real, the heart plays a more important role in intuitive information than the brain, and that females are more heart-centred.

As they concluded in the original study found here:

Once the pre-stimulus information is received in the psychophysiologic systems, it appears to be processed in the same way as conventional sensory input. This study presents compelling evidence that the body’s perceptual apparatus is continuously scanning the future.

Here is an amazing video by the Institute of Heartmath explaining the heart’s intelligence and it’s role in happiness, human interaction, and global coherence:

Why this is so amazing

When you are in a room with someone and are picking up on their “vibes”, the electromagnetic field of your heart is resonating with theirs.  Physiologically, you are literally interacting with the energy field of that person in a way that is scientifically measurable using a superconducting quantum interference device.  At the same time, your heart is also picking up on things intuitively before stimulus has even presented itself as an event in space-time.

You can feel even more confident in trusting your intuition knowing that it’s literally the intelligence of your heart continuously scanning the future for you.  When you feel something wrong inside your heart centre or when you get a bad feeling about someone around you, it’s not just a feeling. It’s your heart’s intelligence trying to protect you and warn you of potential threats and dangers around you.

Trust the feelings and experiences you have inside your heart centre, and allow yourself to fully feel and connect with whatever it is that arises within it.  Just like you listen to the thoughts that arise within the mind in your heart, it’s as equally important to listen to the intuitive feelings that arise within the mind of the heart.

Stay centred!


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Dance of the Heart

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An Appreciative Heart is Good Medicine

Ramadhan Journey Across the Desert of the Sinai*

Ramadhan Journey Across the Desert of the Sinai*

Al Jazeera World  presents ‘Son of the desert’, an inspirational story following Italian marathon runner and desert explorer Max Calderan and his ability to survive alone in the desert without food or medical help for unusually long periods of time. His dream is to cross some of the world’s most dangerous and unexplored deserts on foot.

In 2013, Calderan realised that dream and decided to make it a spiritual journey by crossing the desert of the Sinai Peninsula. He started on the first day of Ramadan and followed in the footsteps of Moses who led the Jewish people out of Egypt towards the Promised Land according to religious text.

Calderan left Suez for the Gulf of Aqaba where he converted to Islam. He then fasted from sunrise to sunset, stopping five times a day to observe the times of Islamic prayer. Temperatures reached 45 degrees as he started his run from Oyun Musa to Nuweba, accomplishing 240km in around 72 hours.

The lesson of his spiritual journey was ‘Al Saber’, patience, or the ‘fruit of the spirit’ in adversity. Calderan came to believe that we all have an inner strength and that with strong belief we can go beyond our normal limits. He decided that if he can cross the desert in extreme summer conditions while fasting, then anyone can achieve their own goals no matter how remote they may be.

Filmmakers: Cristina Bocchialini and Ayman El Gazwy



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Faith vs. Ego!

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Ramadhan Reflections: Should I Be Interacting With People Who Aren’t Muslim?‏

Layla-tul Qadr

Ramadhan Reflections: How Do I Find The Balance To Do What I Should

Quest to Kill Human Rights Act in U.K.*

Quest to Kill Human Rights Act in U.K.*

By Charlotte Dingle

The U.K.’s Conservative government has put forward many drastic proposals since its election in May, but one particularly stands out against the rest. The Tories, resentful of the sway held over Britain’s legal system by the European Union, want to scrap the Europe-wide Human Rights Act, replacing it with a “British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.”

The Human Rights Act protects the right to life, liberty, security, a fair trial, respect for private life and freedom of expression. It also bans torture, slavery and discrimination. The HRA, which covers individuals, corporations and the government, was originally created by human rights lawyers after World War II. It became part of British law in 2000, meaning that British citizens can take a case to a European court if they cannot settle it domestically.

Critics of the HRA say it has contributed to illogical rulings. They cite the ongoing case for prisoners to have the vote, and the decision to delay deporting and levelling terrorist charges against fundamentalist Muslim cleric Abu Qatada because of a possibility that he’d been tortured for evidence. Prime Minister David Cameron supported the proposal to scrap the act with the chilling words:

“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’.”

Cameron claims his party’s new “Bill of Rights” will be based on “core values” and will specifically recognize British culture. Beyond this, he has offered little information on how it will differ from the HRA.

By contrast, the many U.K. citizens who support the HRA insist that without it, citizens’ sovereignty will not be protected. The HRA is the only international human rights agreement that allows individuals such a degree of power and protections. At a time when the rights of the most vulnerable are being attacked, and benefits along with legal aid and other crucial assistance are being eroded, free speech and protest have come under intense fire.

For this reason, they say, removing the legal “stabilizers” provided by the E.U. could be catastrophic. The U.K. government has already gotten away with far too many violations under the HRA, they contend – and guided solely by legislation the government itself has drafted, the unthinkable may happen.

The Human Rights Act has affected justice in several high profile cases. Two sisters found that French courts could not bring adequate punishment to their abusers after they were forced into labour, so they turned to the Human Rights Act. A 14-year-old rape victim in Poland did the same after she was questioned by police when she applied for a legal abortion, as did a Roma woman who was sterilized without her consent.

In the U.K., “Operation Demetrius” imprisoned hundreds of people, most of whom were innocent but were believed to be IRA members. The European Convention on Human Rights saved these people from planned torture methods such as beating and sleep deprivation.

Worryingly to man, Britain has a track record of losing cases in the European courts – a fact that doesn’t bode well for the new internal human rights laws should they become implemented.

Cameron has announced that he will first try to renegotiate the terms of the U.K.’s membership of the European Convention on Human Rights. If Strasbourg rejects these proposals, Britain will withdraw from the ECHR and reject the HRA.

“Now our plans, set out in our manifesto, don’t involve us leaving the European Convention on Human Rights,” Cameron told parliament.

“But let’s be absolutely clear. If we can’t achieve what we need – and I’m very clear about that when we’ve got these foreign criminals committing offense after offense and we can’t send them home because of their right to a family life – that needs to change. And I rule out absolutely nothing in getting that done.”

But isolating Britain’s legal system will not simply affect Britain. It will also mean that U.K. citizens won’t have a say in laws across the rest of Europe, nor present a united front when challenging laws in other parts of the world. The Human Rights Act protects those who have sought asylum or who have come to make a better life in the U.K., rather than showing bias to natives. It also prevents the extradition of immigrants to countries where they might find their human rights under attack.

Campaigners are pushing for a referendum on the proposal to scrap the HRA so that the whole British public can decide the issue, rather than just the 36% who voted Tory. However, Cameron’s rhetoric suggests there is not much hope of this idea coming to fruition. He even used last month’s 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta to promote the Bill of Rights and repeal the HRA, saying:

“The good name of ‘human rights’ has sometimes become distorted and devalued. It falls to us in this generation to restore the reputation of those rights and their critical underpinning of our legal system.”

Shami Chakrabarti, director of a leading human rights charity, Liberty, summed up the audacity of Cameron’s statement with the words:

The Prime Minister could give a master-class in bare-faced cheek, using Magna Carta day to denigrate our Human Rights Act. But we will take no lessons in rights and freedoms from a leader ‎who wants to dilute them to the detriment of everyone in the U.K. and [the] wider watching world.”


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To the U.S. Elections and All Upcoming Elections!

If Terrorism is Such a Grave Threat, Why Does the FBI Keep Manufacturing Plots?

And One Ring to Bind Them All*

American Civil War: When Russia Blocked British-led Intervention against the Union

Presidential ‘Hopeful’, H. Clinton Gold Digging on 100,000 Haitian Deaths*

Ukrainian Oligarch Donated $10 Million to the Clinton’s*

The Clintons and their Bankster Friends, 1992-2016*

Clinton Emails Reveals Egyptian Special Forces Role in the Destruction of Libya*

Former Head of FBI Speaks on Rothschild, Illuminati, Satanism, Paedophile Rings = NWO

The Bush Syndicate: Kansas Children for Sale*

Scientology: The Largest-ever Infiltration of the US Government

Power and Paedophilia Rife in the US Government*

Coup #2 2015: Obama Incites Bloodshed in Venezuela*

Obama Visit to Jamaica, an Attempt to Break-up the Regional Alliance*

Obama Delivers the U.S. on TPP Platter*

Obama’s Manipulating the Brain Project

Deleting Religious Thinking: A Governmental Agenda*

American College of Paediatricians Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage was a ‘A Tragic Day for America’s Children’*

‘US Employs Trojan Horse Strategy With Cuba’*