Archive | August 23, 2016

Parents Trying to Save Kids from Daesh in Syria Lose Them in Gaziantep Attack*

Parents Trying to Save Kids from Daesh in Syria Lose Them in Gaziantep Attack*

On August 20, a suicide bomber targeting a Kurdish wedding in Gaziantep blew himself up, killing over fifty people and injuring over a hundred more. Among the dead were two Syrian children – nine year old Fatma Abdullah and eight year old Usama Cuma. Their parents had fled Syria to escape Daesh, but ended up losing them to terror in Turkey.

The death toll from a suicide bomb blast in Gaziantep, southern Turkey on Saturday night has reached 54, with 66 people listed as wounded, among them 14 who are critically wounded. The Turkish government says the Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorist group is likely to be responsible for the attack.

Among the victims were two children of Syrian refugees who came to Turkey in search of peace and safety, after their homes in Syria were conquered terrorists.

36-year-old Ahmet Abdullah, the bereaved father of Fatma, told Sputnik Turkey that he came to Gaziantep from Aleppo three years ago.

“”We moved to Gaziantep to save our children and to try and lead a normal life. I work in a shoe factory. That evening, when the explosion occurred, we immediately rushed to the scene to see what had happened, because our home is very close by, in the same quarter. At that moment we did not yet know that our daughter had been killed.”

“It was very late when our neighbours told us the tragic news. It turned out that when the bomb exploded, Fatma was playing in the street next to the house where the wedding was taking place. After hearing this, I lost consciousness and was taken to hospital. Our neighbours helped us with the funeral for our daughter.

“Words cannot begin to describe the state we’re in,” Ahmet said.

“I am tormented by a single thought: how can I live without my Fatma? Our family has been crushed by this event. My two other children are afraid to go outside; they are constantly crying, remembering their sister.”

37-year-old Syrian refugee Hasan Cuma, who lost his son Usama, has a similar story to tell.

“I have three children. When the war in Syria began, we moved first to Aleppo, and then to a village on the Turkish-Syrian border. Eventually, Islamist militants made it unsafe to be there, and we fled to Gaziantep. I have been working here for four years in a textile factory.”

Hasan Cuma (left), another Syrian refugee, speaking to Sputnik reporter. His son Usama was killed in Saturday’s attack; his other son, Hussein, is in intensive care.

Hasan noted that on that fateful evening, his two boys

“had gone to a grocery store near the home where the wedding celebration took place. I gave them some money and told them to come back as soon as possible. A few minutes later, there was a powerful explosion. We immediately ran to the scene, and saw a lot of ambulances, a lot of people who had been wounded and killed.”

“I rushed to look for my children – one was hit by the shockwave and thrown to the curb, the second was lying right in the epicentre of the blast. We took them to the hospital by car. My younger son was wounded; his older brother wasn’t breathing. We spent the whole night in the hospital, waiting for the doctors to come out of the operating to tell us about our children. In the morning, we were told that our eldest, Usama, had died. His younger brother, Hussein, is now in intensive care, and was severely wounded. My wife is crying constantly; there is no relief to our grief.”

Hasan’s boys Usama (left) and Hussein


Muhbet Akdogan, the mother of the groom at the wedding, who was wounded and is now being treated at Gaziantep Central Hospital, offered new details on the terrorist attack:

“That evening, the guests were dancing and having a good time. I was looking for my older sister – I had to ask her something. At that moment I saw a person in a suicide belt; it was not a child [as reported earlier by authorities] but an adult. When he realized that I had noticed him, he rushed straight into the crowd of guests. A few seconds later there was an explosion. Around me were dead and wounded. I too was hurt, and was taken to hospital. Many of our family members were killed.”


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Russia Constructs first Foreign Camp in Syria for Internally Displaced*

Syrian Children Fight Back Against Carpet Bombing*

Syrian Orphans Ahmed and Alin Trapped in Turkey*

Syria Grand Mufti: Rebels Offered Peace In Return for Concessions to Israel*

Turkish Deputy PM Admits That Ankara’s Policy on Syria Caused ‘Many Sufferings’*

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Indigenous Americans Banned from Protesting on their Own Land*

Indigenous Americans Banned from Protesting on their Own Land*

By Danny F. Quest

A North Dakota federal court has prohibited indigenous tribes from protesting the Bakken pipeline on their own reservations.

Dakota Access, a developer of the pipeline, filed the report citing “Worker and law enforcement safety was at risk”.

This reaction originates from the non-violent protest by the Sanding Rock, Rose Bud and lower Brule Sioux.Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said, “as we have said from the beginning, demonstrations regarding Dakota Access must be peaceful.”

Even though there had been no report of violent confrontation with police or otherwise, removing the protest encampments and demonstrators may proceed.

The Bakken pipeline is the less popular version of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Bakken pipeline is 1,134-mile long underground oil pipeline project for crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in Northwest North Dakota, through South Dakota, Iowa and end in Patoka, Illinois.

The Bakken project runs through Native American sacred sites, water sources, such as the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. When money is to be made like $3.8-billion and 570,000 barrels of sweet crude oil every day to feed America’s oil habit, we don’t let scared sites or ecosystems get in the way.

Take for example when trespassing settlers found gold in Pahá Sápa or the black hills in 1874.

The black hills where Dakota land by treaty with the United States, once gold was found in Pahá Sápa, the U.S. rescinded the treaty. After the U.S. broke the treaty the gave the Dakota 6 smaller land parcels.

To the Dakota, Pahá Sápa was sacred and no 6 parcels could replace it. When it comes to profit there is nothing sacred enough.
We also have to take into account the environmental destruction the Bakken pipeline will spread across over 1,100 miles?The process used by Dakota Access is Hydraulic fracturing from North Dakota’s oil-rich Bakken Formation.Hydraulic fracturing or “Fracking” has many environmental hazards that outweigh the economic benefits.

Increased seismic activity is felt along dormant or long quiet fault lines. One of the big issues with fracking has the potential to contaminate ground and surface water. Here is a video with some lighting their water on fire with fracking going on nearby.

Let’s also remember Native American tribes were not given the right to free speech, press, and assembly until the Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA) in 1968.

Even now those right are selective and arbitrarily removed at the whim of the state whenever it best profits their interests.


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Navajo Nation Is Suing the EPA over Colorado’s Mining Catastrophe*

Fracking Companies Free to Use 70 Million Gallons Of Clean Water in the Midst of U.S. Record Drought*

Ahh Fracking – that’s Why Florida is being Poisoned through the Air and drinking Water*

Survivalist Saves Home with Aqua Dam after Everyone Called Him Crazy*


Texan Robert Wagner’s story is a lot like Noah’s. Everyone believed he was crazy, up until the rain started falling. After driving from Texas to Louisiana and spending $8300, Wagner managed to conserve his house from an awful flood.

He acquired a 30 ″ Aqua Dam, which can be filled with water to develop a flood barrier. The flood waters reached a depth of 27 ″ around his home, however the barrier never broke and his home was saved. According to Wagner, “I was the insane person. Everybody was kinda, y’ understand, goin’ by laughing at me. However today they’re truly amazed with this.


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The West’s Engineered Buddhist-Muslim Conflict in Thailand*

The West’s Engineered Buddhist-Muslim Conflict in Thailand*

(George Soros chairs & funds the Crisis Group)


Matthew Wheeler of the International Crisis Group (sometimes referred to as ICG or simply, the Crisis Group), recently wrote an editorial in the New York Times titled, “Can Thailand Really Hide a Rebellion?” The editorial took a coercive tone, with its final paragraph appearing almost as a threat, stating:

It would be short-sighted and self-defeating of the generals running Thailand to insist on dismissing these latest attacks as a partisan vendetta unconnected to the conflict in the south. They should recognize the insurgency as a political problem requiring a political solution. That means restoring the rights of freedom of expression and assembly to Thai citizens, engaging in genuine dialogue with militants, and finding ways to devolve power to the region.

Wheeler’s editorial intentionally misleads readers with various distortions and critical omissions, mischaracterising Thailand’s ongoing political crisis almost as if to fan the flames of conflict, not douse them as is the alleged mission of the Crisis Group.

Wheeler’s recommendations to allow violent opposition groups back into the streets for another cycle of deadly clashes (which have nothing to do with the southern insurgency) while “devolving power” to armed insurgents in the deep south appear to be a recipe for encouraging a much larger crisis, not resolving Thailand’s existing problems.

Wheeler never provides evidence linking the bombings to the insurgency or provides any explanation as to why the insurgency, after decades of confining its activities to Thailand’s southern most provinces, would escalate its violence so dramatically. Wheeler also intentionally sidesteps any mention of evidence or facts that indeed indicate a “partisan vendetta.”

Instead, his narrative matches almost verbatim that promoted by the primary suspects behind the bombings, ousted former-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his political supporters.

Wheeler’s distortions include an intentional omission of the scale of violence Shinawatra and his followers have carried out in the past, as well as the political significance of the provinces targeted in the recent bombings in connection to Shinawatra’s conflict with the current ruling government, not the insurgency’s,

The provinces targeted represented political strongholds of anti-Shinawatra political leaders and activists, all of whom have no connection at all to the ongoing conflict in Thailand’s deep south.

Crisis Group is Covering up an Engineered Buddhist-Muslim Conflict

More alarming are Wheeler’s attempts to cite growing tensions in Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai between Buddhists and Muslims as evidence, he claims, of the real dimensions of Thailand’s conflict. Wheeler is attempting to claim Thailand is experiencing a potential nationwide religious divide, separate from Shinawatra’s struggle to seize back power.

However, he cites a 2015 protest with a decidedly bigoted tone targeting a Halal industrial estate that was slated to be built in the northern city. The protest was led by monks affiliated with Thaksin Shinawatra’s political movement, including monks whose temples Shinawatra’s family visits regularly, including Sri Boonruang Temple whose walls are adorned with images of Thaksin Shinawatra himself.

These temples and those who frequent them represent a divergent and politicised version of Buddhism, Buddhist in name only.

They are actively involved in directly supporting Thaksin Shinawatra and working along political peripheries to divide and destabilise Thai institutions and socio-political balance impeding Shinawatra’s return to power.

The anti-Muslim protests appear almost identical to anti-gay protests staged by overt supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, a group called Rak Chiang Mai 51. Out in Perth, a gay news service based in Australia, would report in its 2009 article, “Chiang Mai Pride Shut Down by Protests as Police Watch On,” that:

Organisers were forced to call off Chiang Mai’s planned second annual Gay Pride Parade on February 21 after harassment from the Rak Chiang Mai 51 political group.

Dressed in their trademark red shirts, members of Rak Chiang Mai 51 locked parade participants into the compound where they were gathering, throwing fruit and rocks and yelling abuse through megaphones.

In an interview with Rak Chiang Mai 51 leader Kanyapak Maneejak (also known as DJ Aom), when asked about the incident during a “City Life Chiang Mai” interview, she claimed:

“Our third aim is to protect Lanna culture and we simply did not like the Gay Pride Parade. In the past there were no gays or ladyboys, but today they live together openly, they wear revealing clothes in the streets. We had to go out in force to protect our culture against this. The people who were spitting were not red shirts; they were infiltrators who wanted us to look bad. It was not just us who wanted to stop this parade, villagers and the entire province of Chiang Mai called up our station to ask us to intervene. We were afraid that this would become an annual event, and we all know that Chiang Mai is a place for human trafficking.”

The bizarre defence of the groups violence and intolerance predicated on defending “Lanna culture” echo verbatim the rhetoric now being directed at Muslims by groups also centred in Chiang Mai.

Both Chiang Mai’s Muslim and gay communities have noted this sudden and unprecedented intolerance and violence has taken them by surprise, as it has many Thais across the country and those familiar with Thailand’s renowned culture of tolerance and inclusion.

The most extreme among politically motivated Buddhist sects have even taken to the streets in protests similar to those carried out by politicised sects in neighbouring Myanmar. In Myanmar, such protests are staged both in support of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy and as part of a violent campaign against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.

So similar are these two political movements that the Western media has found itself once again playing a role intentionally deepening socio-political, ethnic and religious divides.

Reuters in a 2015 article titled, “Spurred by Myanmar radicals, Thai Buddhists push for state religion status,” would claim:

A campaign to enshrine Buddhism as Thailand’s state religion has been galvanized by a radical Buddhist movement in neighbouring Myanmar that is accused of stoking religious tension, the leader of the Thai bid said.

Experts say the campaign could appeal to Thailand’s military junta, which is struggling for popularity 18 months after staging a coup, and tap into growing anti-Muslim sentiment in a country that prides itself on religious tolerance.

Reuters‘ report is a distortion, however. It claims that the military-led interim government might find the idea of dividing Thailand along religious lines appealing, but it is the government itself that is attempting to promote an inclusive society and prevent socio-political, ethnic and religious divisions.

(Current Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-Cha in centre. Note the motto of Thailand’s armed forces on the wall behind him, which reads “For Country, Religions, Monarchy, and People.” Religions is plural indicating a conscience effort to create an inclusive society for all.)


It is particularly interesting to note how not only Reuters, but also foreign-funded organisations posing as nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) in Thailand are attempting to blame the government and Thailand’s institutions for growing bigotry and calls for violence toward Muslims despite the fact that the worst offenders are centred around Shinawatra’s political strongholds in northern and north-eastern Thailand, precisely where overt supporters of Shinawatra have already put their bigotry and violence on full display.

The government for its part, has both condemned such bigotry, and has taken tangible action to combat it. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would publish in its news feed a report titled, “Thailand’s Muslim-Friendly Destination Strategy Goes Well Beyond Just Tourism” (PDF), which aptly quantifies the current government’s position on the subject, stating (our emphasis):

“When one of Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist-majority countries launches a tourism outreach to attract Muslim visitors, it clearly has a much wider significance than just a travel industry development. Although the primary goal of the tourism authorities is to boost visitor arrivals, expenditure and average length of stay, the Thai government is also mindful of the broader goal to build inclusive societies, prevent religious and ethnic conflict, and contribute to the third and, arguably, the most important pillar of ASEAN integration, the Socio-Cultural Blueprint.”

And similar comments, sentiments and initiatives can be found throughout the interim government’s activities since taking power in 2014. The Reuters report, like the Crisis Group’s NYT editorial penned by Matthew Wheeler, is merely an attempt to create and compound conflict, not inform people of its true characteristics, nor defuse it.

Anti-Islamic Violence in the North, Anti-Buddhist Violence in the South, Meeting in the Middle

A Thai-based Buddhist scholar when interviewed, helped make sense of the networks of politicised Buddhism attempting to divide Thailand religiously; stating:

“The anti-Halal and anti-Muslim movements involve a faction of people connected to the [pro-Shinawatra] Reds… there is an anti-Islamic sentiment within their Buddhist-faction. One person who I know is involved with the anti-Islam group is a professor, Banjob Bannaruji — he is the face for them. He is very popular with Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.”

Banjob Bannaruji would also be mentioned in the above cited Reuters article as leading the campaign to push Buddhism as Thailand’s “state religion.” It should be noted that both in 2007 and again in 2014 his attempts to push this agenda have been rejected by charter drafters, the military and now two interim governments.

(Violence carried out by extremist sects in Myanmar, a phenomenon political players focused on Thailand are attempting to replicate.)

While extremist sects in northern Thailand, considered strongholds of Shinawatra’s political influence, are taking on a violent stance toward Islam, there is evidence that Shinawatra has also deployed agitators to Thailand’s deep south to stir up instability there.

A classified 2009 U.S. diplomatic cable titled, “Southern Violence: Midday Bomb Attack in Narathiwat August 25 Meant to Send a Signal,” released by Wikileaks, reveals that the U.S. Embassy maintained contacts with militants in the deep south, claiming (our emphasis):

“Insurgents did confirm to a close embassy contact late August 25 that they had carried out the attack, intended as a signal for Buddhists to leave the deep south. With local elections scheduled for September 6 and a string of election-related acts of violence occurring in recent weeks, however, not all deep south violence is automatically insurgency related.”

The cable would reveal that Sunai Phasuk, of foreign-funded Human Rights Watch, is their “contact” who regularly speaks with militants.

The U.S. Embassy then admits that Shinawatra’s political forces are also likely operating in the south, using the conflict as cover:

“The posting of the anti-Queen banners on her birthday, a national holiday, was both unusual and significant, but the fact that the banners were professionally printed on vinyl, written in perfect central Thai rather than the local Malay dialect, and touched on issues which don’t resonate in the south suggests those behind it were not local but national actors. Most in the know blame the red-shirts seeking to take advantage of inaction in the mosque attack case to undermine the Queen in particular and the monarchy in general.”

The US Embassy cable would also admit (our emphasis):

“Yala Vice-Governor Gritsada appeared surprised when we mentioned these banners to him on August 19, but he confirmed that the banners were written in perfect central Thai and mentioned issues that do not resonate down south, like the blue diamond. Gritsada said Pranai Suwannarat, the director of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) had agreed these banners were the likely work of the UDD, not the insurgents. Sunai told us that the widespread presence of the banners indicates the strong organization and funding available to the UDD in Pattani province.”

The UDD refers to Thaksin Shinawatra’s street front, the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, also known as “red shirts” and include groups such as Rak Chiang Mai 51 mentioned above.

In essence, Shinawatra, his political supporters and his foreign proponents have created their own artificial conflict with which to consume Thailand’s institutions and sociopolitical balance, nationwide starting in the north and south, and meeting in the middle.

In the north, Shinawatra’s networks have mobilised politicised extremist sects to promote hatred and violence toward Muslims. And in the south, Shinawatra has operatives stirring up political instability, and likely even violence to target Buddhists while simultaneously implicating Muslims.

This is the reality of Thailand’s current conflict, a reality Matthew Wheeler of the International Crisis Group intentionally attempts to distort in an effort to protect this reality from the scrutiny and attention required to prevent it from spiralling further out of control. In essence, The Crisis Group is attempting to spur on and exploit, not prevent a crisis. But why?

What is the Crisis Group and Why is it Trying to Destabilise Thailand?

The Crisis Group claims on its website to be, “an independent organisation working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world.”

If that were the case, one would expect to see the organisation backed by names synonymous with preventing wars and building a more peaceful world. Instead, the Crisis Group’s own website reveals financial support from organisations and corporations openly engaged in precisely the opposite.”

Its various councils include such members as oil giants British Petroleum, Chevron and Shell and lobbying firm Edelman U.K.

Edelman’s involvement in the Crisis Group is particularly significant since Thaksin Shinawatra employed Edelman as a lobbyist for several years. During Edelman’s lobbying for Shinawatra, Kenneth Adelman served concurrently as both Thaksin Shinawatra’s representative and as a director at the International Crisis Group.

The Crisis Group’s “government and foundation” supporters including USAID and controversial billionaire and convicted financial criminal George Soros’ Open Society.  Again, a glaring conflict of interest exists here, with Open Society also funding a raft of organisations posing as NGOs and both foreign and local media working to undermine Thailand’s stability and bring Shinawatra and his supporters back into power.

The implications and actions of the Crisis Group then and now expose the organisation as self-serving merely behind the pretence of “preventing wars and building a more peaceful world.” Then and now, the Crisis Group’s various publications, reports and editorials like Wheeler’s appearing in the NYT have attempted to pressure the Thai government into taking actions that would compound and complicate its ongoing political crisis, not solve it.

In 2010 (PDF), the Crisis Group would urge the Thai government to capitulate to violent street demonstrations staged by Shinawatra which included the deployment of hundreds of heavily armed militants. Nearly 100 were killed in the violence and sections of both the capital Bangkok, and provincial halls across Shinawatra’s north and northeast strongholds were burned to the ground. The Crisis Group’s “recommendations” echoed precisely the demands of Shinawatra himself. Considering that both individual directors of the Crisis Group as well as corporate sponsors were quite literally lobbying for Shinawatra, this should come as no surprise.

What is surprising is that the Crisis Group is portrayed throughout the media as anything other than a lobbying front for special interests, helping to create and exploit crises, not end them.


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Burkini ban in France Sparks Worldwide Sales, even among non-Muslims*

Burkini ban in France Sparks Worldwide Sales, even among non-Muslims*

© Ahiida Burqini Swimwear and Hijood Sportswear / Facebook


News that several French cities have recently banned the now infamous “burkini” has sparked sales worldwide, even among non-Muslim women, including cancer survivors and those wanting to protect their skin, the designer of the controversial swimsuit said.

“It’s just been so hectic… I can tell you that online on Sunday, we received 60 orders [for burkinis] – all of them non-Muslim,” Aheda Zanetti, a Lebanese-born Australian fashion designer for Muslim women who claims to have developed the burkini, told AFP, adding that she usually receives 10 to 12 orders on Sundays.

The 48-year-old designer says she has received a lot of letters from women of diverse backgrounds since the “burkini issue” came under the spotlight. Some were cancer survivors and others just wanted to protect their skin from the sun.

“A lot of the correspondence… was that they are survivors of skin cancer and they’ve always been looking for something like this, saying, ‘Thank god we’ve found someone like this producing such a swimsuit,’” she said.

However, there have also been critical e-mails, Zanetti said. One asked the designer why she wanted to cover up women, claiming that the French “prefer our women to be naked.”

Zanetti reportedly launched a series of swimsuits and sportswear especially for Muslim women under the trademark Ahiida back in 2004, and has sold more than 700,000 garments since 2008.

Earlier on Saturday, Zanetti told the Sydney Morning Herald that 45% of her clients are non-Muslim women.

The designer has slammed the decision of French mayors to ban the swimwear.

“It’s nonsense and it’s silly,” she says of the new rules.

“They have not thought hard enough; they are using a piece of fabric as a political item. Little do they know a lot of non-Muslims are wearing it.”

The burkini issue has recently become the topic of the day. One after another, more than a dozen French cities have banned it, including Cannes, Nice, and several towns near Calais.

Cannes has even begun fining women for wearing burkinis on the beach. At least 10 women have been approached by police for wearing the bathing suits, of whom six left the beach and four were fined €38, a Cannes spokeswoman said.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has supported the burkini-banning mayors, saying the swimwear is “not compatible with the values” of the country.

French-Algerian businessman Rachid Nekkaz, who has vowed to pay the fines of women cited for wearing burkinis, told RT that France “is trying step by step to dramatically limit the civil liberties of its citizens, particularly Muslims.”

“With these new [burkini] bans, I see what actually bothers French politicians – the very presence of Muslims in the country,” he said.

Nekkaz believes that the current justifications for banning burkinis “are very weak.”

“They told us that it is necessary to see people’ faces in public areas. Burkinis are not hiding people’s faces and still they [politicians] banned them,” he observed.

Though he is personally opposed to burkinis, he says that he is against limiting the freedom of people who “don’t pose a threat and don’t affect the liberties of others.”

In the meantime, the Nice tribunal rejected an appeal filed by two human rights groups on Monday, ruling that the ban in French Riviera town Villeneuve-Loubet was “necessary, appropriate and proportionate.”

The burkini was “liable to offend the religious convictions or [religious] non-convictions of other users of the beach,” and “be felt as a defiance or a provocation exacerbating tensions felt by” the town, the tribunal concluded in its statement.


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Today’s Parents Are Scared Of Everything*

Today’s Parents Are Scared Of Everything*

By Marco Torres

Parents today have the highest conditioning of fear in the history of humankind. They are scared of everything and it reflects in their children. They jump at the opportunity to drug them, vaccinate them and intoxicate them with all types of pharmaceuticals for diseases they are told are a threat by scientific doctrines based on fear themselves. The loving care, informed by tradition and human experience, has now become a management plan in crises intervention. They fear for the child’s friendships, socialization, education, opportunities, nutrition, health, treatment, but most of all their for their life. The life of the child must not follow any unknown path that the parent perceives as a threat. In short, we have a micromanaged a generation of robots whose fear programming then materializes in their reality.

Parents of young children are often overwhelmed by advice. The degree of generational differences in health, medicine, food, safety, and general well-being of children is colosssal today in comparison to just 40 years ago.

As a parent, we are all deeply invested in caring for our children with a loving determination to help them succeed in life. There is no wrong way to love, however we must also recognize that micromanagement “takes away the child’s experience and [impedes] his learning how to handle himself in the world. Part of the job of the parent is not to do everything for the child, but to help him do things more and more independently,” says clinical psychologist and author Marc Nemiroff, PhD.

“Micromanagement goes against natural development.”

Child developmental psychologist and writer, Alison Gopnik stresses that parents should stop stultifying their kids with endless schedules and heavy expectations, quit the helicoptering and let them get on with it. Fair enough. The idea that some parents now look over their millennial offspring’s university assignments or talk through the minutiae of their kidult’s work issues often appears to be centred on our ego.

As long as safety isn’t an issue, parents should wait a few minutes before stepping in, says Benjamin Siegel, MD, a professor of paediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine.

“You have to intervene if kids are getting hurt,” he stated, “but oftentimes they work it out themselves.

” If you do have to step in, try to be an arbitrator rather than coming up with a solution for the children.

Parents should be like gardeners, tending young shoots and providing fertile ground. Instead, many resemble carpenters, chiselling away at them to create an image of success that has little to do with their kids’ wishes, talents or needs. Their effort to keep kids clean often backfires.

Parenting shouldn’t be directed toward the goal of sculpting a child into a particular kind of adult. This model causes Western parents’ untold anxiety, while the kids wilt under an “oppressive cloud”. Worse, Gopnik argues, it’s a “poor fit to the scientific reality”. We used to learn from tribes, or large extended families and communities. Now we have small, geographically scattered families, often with parents who work long hours. Some transfer skills they learned over years in a goal-oriented job to raising their children in the hope this will give them the resources to withstand unpredictable futures.

“Gardening,” says Gopnik, can create robust and resilient children with the resourcefulness to adapt to an unpredictable world. She draws on current research to build a view that balances the tensions inherent in growing up with intergenerational conflicts.

If you think you may be micromanaging your child, you should break the habit “like any bad habit — start little.” Begin backing off in areas of little consequence — for example, allowing your child to decide whether or not to make the bed each morning. “If you’re not micromanaging about little things, your kid will take you more seriously about the things that really matter,” she says.

Take play, something that is fundamental to learning. By filling their time with packed schedules of enriching activities, parents may rob their kids of a vital developmental window. And while 5-year-olds play-fighting may not look as valuable as ballet classes or Kumon math, rough-housing is something many animals do. Rat experiments suggest it is vital for honing social competence .

If you chain children to desks, and demand focused attention in a life so different from our evolutionary past, you can expect trouble. As she writes, there’s “a close connection between the rise of schools and the development of attention deficit disorder”. In the US, 1 in 5 boys have an ADD label by 17.

It’s all fascinating, but I’m left with many questions. Gardening children sounds intuitively better than chiselling, but are there risks? ADD aside, it isn’t clear. Gardens can face north, too. When must you intervene? And can gardening turn into chiselling?

Then there’s culture. What works in one place may not elsewhere. Some carpenter-like behaviours – say, the expectation of filial obedience – can work in other cultures if underwritten by love. Gopnik doesn’t mention it, but a long-term study in nine countries shows this approach works in Kenya, but not Sweden, and among European Americans in the U.S.

The free-spirited childhood seems no longer possible if we do not change our parenting methods. Overparenting in the face of rapid societal change has ensured that, in a sense, childhood does not end.

We must realize that with every passing decade comes a cycle of change. We can never go back to who we were and our focus should be on making our future better for ourselves and our children. We can continue on this cycle of fear and raise a generation of timid and paranoid children, or we can empower them to become all that they can be, accepting consequences and responsibility of becoming mature, benevolent, conscious and loving beings. When love is in the equation, fear usually takes a back seat. At that point, anything is possible.


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