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Change Agenda Follows False Terror event in Westminster, London*

Change Agenda Follows False Terror event in Westminster, London*

The Ministry of Defence’s former cyber security chief has accused the Government of trying to “use” the devastating Westminster attack to grab unnecessary and intrusive surveillance powers.

Major General Jonathan Shaw said ministers were attempting to “use the moment” to push for security services having more control, despite there being only a weak case for it.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has turned up the heat on internet firms, saying it is “completely unacceptable” that authorities cannot look at encrypted social media messages of attacker Khalid Masood, but her words come as debate continues over allowing spy agencies further intrusive powers – only last year Parliament granted them sweeping new capabilities.

Government must be able to spy on Whatsapp users, Home Secretary says

After Ms Rudd demanded access to encrypted messages on sites like WhatsApp, Major General Shaw said unlocking the data would also allow other parties – like criminals and foreign spies – to access it, and said legislating for such a move would not necessarily make it easier to stop future terror attacks.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “I think there’s a lot of politics at play here.

“There’s a debate in Parliament about the whole Snooper’s Charter and the rights of the state and I think what they are trying to do is use this moment to nudge the debate more in their line.”

Major General Shaw argued that if the Government does push through laws to decode messages on sites like Whatsapp, terrorists would quickly use other secure methods of communicating.

Amber Rudd says WhatsApp’s encryption of messaging may come to an end after Westminster terror attack

He added: “The problem will mutate and move on. We are aiming at a very fluid environment here. We are in real trouble if we apply blunt weapons to this, absolutist solutions.”

Ms Rudd said on Sunday that there must be “no place for terrorists to hide”, following reports that the Westminster attacker Masood was on chat platform WhatsApp before his deadly assault on the streets surrounding Parliament.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show, she said: “We need to make sure organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.

“In this situation we need to make sure our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp.”

She hinted that the Government could be prepared to create new laws on the matter, and speaking to Sky News later said: “I’m calling time on terrorists using social media as their platform…I’m giving them more than a ticking off.”

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told ITV’s Peston on Sunday he did not necessarily back Ms Rudd’s proposal for greater access for security services.

He said: “There is a question of always balancing the right to know, the need to know with the right to privacy.

“I think it probably is [broadly right at the moment]. I’ve been concerned about giving too much unaccountable power to anybody in our society.”

The Investigatory Powers Act gained Royal Assent last year, granting new surveillance powers to agencies including rules that force internet providers to keep complete records of every website that all of their customers visit.

Those are available to a wide range of agencies, which includes the Department for Work and Pensions as well as the Food Standards Agency.

Surveillance agencies can also force companies to help hack into phones and to collect more information than ever before on anyone in Britain.

UK COLUMN

Turnstiles being readied to bar paedestrians from entering Westminster streets.  Charities being ‘strengthened’ to assume bigger role.

NATO troops boosted opium output in Afghanistan, whereas Taliban had almost stopped the trade.  The British made a mess of Helmand which opened up the narco-trafficking.

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U.S. Bans Most Electronic Devices on Flights from 8 Muslim Countries*

U.S. Bans Most Electronic Devices on Flights from 8 Muslim Countries*

They are not the same nations targeted in the failed “Muslim Ban.”

By Kenrya Rankin

Less than a week after two federal courts blocked the Trump Administration’s second attempt at restricting entry to the United States for the nationals of six predominately Muslim countries, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a mandate that regulates the travel of people from another set of mostly Muslim countries.

As of today (March 21), people flying into the U.S. on direct flights from 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates must check electronic devices larger than a phone—including tablets, laptops, e-readers, cameras, gaming devices and portable DVD players—before boarding. Travelers will still be allowed to carry smartphones and essential medical devices on board. The eight countries are different from the ones targeted in the “Muslim Ban.”

Per CNN, the impacted airlines are Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines. U.S. officials said that no U.S. carriers are included in the indefinite ban because they do not fly directly to the States from the impacted airports. The carriers have 96 hours to comply, or they risk losing permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly into the country. The rule will be “reviewed” on October 14.

CNN reports that officials say there is no specific terrorist plot that they are trying to thwart, but that: “the move is partly based on intelligence that they believe indicates Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is close to being able to hide explosives with little or no metal content in electronic devices in order to target commercial aircraft.”

Reuters reports that on a press conference call, DHS spokesperson Gillian Christensen said the agency “did not target specific nations. We relied upon evaluated intelligence to determine which airports were affected.”

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U.K. joins U.S. electronics ban on flights from several Middle East, African countries

U.K joined the U.S large electronics ban on some flights from Middle East and African countries. The U,K has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops on passenger flights from six Middle East and North African countries.

According to a statement issued by the U.K government:

Phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm not allowed in the cabin on flights to the U.K. from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia.

KTG understands that the U.K. ban will affect also the British Airways.

The U.K. restrictions, which also apply to tablets, DVD players, portable game consoles and phones over certain size, come after a similar U.S. Department of Homeland Security ban.

Passengers will not be able to fly from these countries with phones, laptops, tablets larger than 16cm in length, 9.3cm width & 1.5cm depth.

— Jack Moore (@JFXM) March 21, 2017

Flights on nine airlines from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries are subject to the U.S. move.

U.S. officials said bombs could be hidden in a series of devices.

The ban affects large electronic devices including laptops, tablets and DVD players. They would not be permitted in aircraft cabins but would be allowed in checked baggage.

Phones are exempt from the U.S. restrictions.

Passengers on some 50 flights a day from some of the busiest hubs in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa would be required to follow the new U.S. rules.

The airlines affected by the ban are:

Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

They have been given 96 hours, beginning at 07:00 GMT on Tuesday, to ban devices bigger than a mobile phone or smartphone from cabins, US officials said, adding that the ban had no end date.

According to BBC, the U.K. announcement and would affect direct flights from several Middle East cities. The BBC home affairs correspondent said that  the move was “obviously part of co-ordinated action with the U.S.”.

The Department of Homeland Security said extremists were seeking “innovative methods” to bring down jets.

The attempted downing of an airliner in Somalia last year was linked to a laptop device, and it appears the security precautions are an attempt to stop similar incidents.

Turkey seeks reversal of laptop ban

The Turkish government has said the U.S. ban is wrong and should be reversed.

Turkey said Tuesday it would ask the United States to reverse a ban on electronic devices larger than mobile phones in the cabin of flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

“We particularly emphasise how this will not benefit the passenger and that reverse steps or a softening should be adopted,” Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan told reporters, saying the decision was not right for Turkey or the US.

Airlines hit by the ban include flag-carrier Turkish Airlines, which has the highest foreign sales of any Turkish company. The airline’s profits have already been hit by a slew of terror attacks in Turkey in 2016.

Arslan said Turkish officials were speaking to their relevant American counterparts regarding the ban, which applies to direct flights to the US.

The minister said he hoped there would be a “positive” outcome from the talks, which began Monday.

“Annually, 80 million flights take off from Istanbul and in my opinion, people should not confuse it” with less high-profile destinations, Arslan added.

“In that sense, we already take all kinds of security measures.”

Arslan said that passengers head to the U.S. for many reasons including developing bilateral trade, adding that the ruling could negatively affect travellers’ comfort.

It comes back to the old world and the planes was carrying them again! #electronicsban #flighttravel pic.twitter.com/oIvAM9G0bi

— George Robert (@mertennikell) March 21, 2017

Of course, many now wonder why the ban affects few selected countries and airlines and it is not global.

Experts say the new electronics ban seem illogical and at odds with basic computer science.

The ban affects flight to US and UK not the other way around.

As if a terrorist would not think to fly X airline from a high risk country to an A city, buy a laptop there and catch a flight to the high security countries.

The economic impact on the travel business will be immense. Sounds rather like an airlines war, imho.

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The CIA, Kwame Nkrumah, and the Destruction of Ghana*

The CIA, Kwame Nkrumah, and the Destruction of Ghana*

VT’s Gordon Duff and Samuel Bunyan visit the tomb of Kwame Nkrumah in 2016

Kwame Nkrumah (21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972) was the first President of the first free nation in Africa, and a founding father of the Pan-Africanist movement.

His dream was to turn Ghana into a modern industrial utopia – a society shaped by the power of science that would serve as a model for the rest of the African continent. At the heart of his plan was the Volta Dam, a hydroelectric power plant that would provide Ghana with all the cheap power that it would need to initiate an industrial revolution.

In 1935 Kwame Nkruma left Ghana for the United States as a student, receiving a BA from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania in 1939.  During that time, he was elected president of the African Students Organization of America and Canada. He was also exposed to the philosophy and teachings of Marcus Garvey, and the Communist teachings of a U.S. based Trotskyist intellectual cohort. Nkrumah later credited these ideas with teaching him ‘how an underground movement worked’.

In 1947, Nkrumah returned to Ghana. Using the political mechanisms he saw there, he returned to Ghana and within two years created the country’s first political party. Within two years after that, he was swept into power as the first Black Prime Minister in Africa under the British colonial system.

With the threat of uprisings abroad and financial crisis at home, Britain reluctantly set Ghana free on March 6, 1957. Nkrumah easily won election as the country’s first President, and chose a flag with the Black star–inspired by Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line – at its centre to represent the new nation.

Nkrumah also launched a series of popular social projects on behalf of his people (who loved him), including The Organization of African Unity (OAU). The OAU was established on 25 May 1963. One year later, Malcolm X established the Organization for African American Unity (OAAU) modeled after Kwame’s idea.

The Volta Dam

Volta Dam, Ghana

If Ghana was to become a modern industrial nation, it needed both industry and the power to fuel that industry and provide the continent with its first industrial revolution. The Volta dam was originally the brain child of Britain, but the colonial power was shrinking from the world stage and in doing so, began to withdraw its financial and project support from its former colonies. During his campaign, Nkrumah’s platform was founded on the idea of modernization, but without funding for the Volta river project, there was no way that dream could become a reality.

Nkrumah set back out for America to sell the project to then President Eisenhower who took an immediate interest. Ghana at the time was literate, wealthy (as a result of its already profitable cocoa exports, and made a great business prospect for America. And the benefits to America as a young world superpower were two-fold:

– First, the manufacturing process for a new metal called aluminum had been discovered, and aluminum ore was abundant in Ghana.
– Second, the world’s energy prices were raising, and having access to a cheap source of electricity with which to process aluminum would have greatly increased the profit margins and reduced processing costs for the manufacture of the metal.

President Eisenhower contacted California based Kaiser Aluminum, the world’s largest aluminum manufacturer, to exploit the opportunity and fund the project. The assumption that America would mine Ghana’s bauxite and use the Volta dam’s electricity meant two new large income streams and industries that would assure Nkrumah’s dream of an industrial revolution. However, Kaiser Aluminum had different plans. They would only use Ghana’s cheap electricity – importing aluminum ore from other places in the world, and then exporting the aluminum back to America. The thought was that if the operation became too profitable, Nkrumah could nationalize the dam project and cut America out completely.

Nkrumah was crushed. The aluminum industry would have done for Ghana what the steel industry had done for the United States. Nkrumah ultimately had to agree to America’s terms if he wanted the dam to be built, but as an additional stipulation, he had to raise $30 million on his own. He sought help from the World Bank, an operation initially set up to fund the recovery effort in post WWII Europe, but which later became a source of funding for the rest of the world. Nkrumah’s young new country was now indebted to the World Bank, and the dam became a leash by which the United States could control Nkrumah and exploit the country.

The exploitation of Ghana went into full swing; it became a haven for American and European industrialists who were interested in taking advantage of the country’s desire to modernize. White corporations would repeatedly dupe officials into purchasing whatever could be sold, no matter how inappropriate (a Belgian company sold the country snow plows¬. Yea, snow plows. In Africa).

The Volta Dam was completed on January 22, 1966. One month later, Nkrumah was overthrown by a CIA backed coup.

CIA Involvement [image: Nkrumah independence rally 194×300 The CIA, Kwame Nkrumah, and the Destruction of Ghana]

On March 11, 1965, almost a year before the coup, William P. Mahoney, the U.S. ambassador to Ghana, participated in a candid discussion in Washington, D.C., with CIA Director John A. McCone and the deputy chief of the CIA’s Africa division, whose name has been withheld. Significantly, the Africa division was part of the CIA’s directorate of plans (AKA Department of Dirty Tricks) through which the government pursued its covert policies.

According to the record of their meeting (Document 251), topic one was the “Coup d’état Plot, Ghana.” While Mahoney was satisfied that popular opinion was running strongly against Nkrumah and the economy of the country was in a precarious state, he was not convinced that the coup d’état, now being planned by Acting Police Commissioner Harlley and Generals Otu and Ankrah, would necessarily take place. However, he predicted that one way or another Nkrumah would be out within a year. Revealing the depth of embassy knowledge of the plot, Mahoney referred to a recent report which mentioned that the top coup conspirators were scheduled to meet on 10 March at which time they would determine the timing of the coup.

After the coup, Komer wrote a congratulatory assessment to President Eisenhower on March 12, 1966 (Document 260).

“The coup in Ghana is another example of a fortuitous windfall. Nkrumah was doing more to undermine our interests than any other black African. In reaction to his strongly pro-Communist leanings, the new military regime is almost pathetically pro-Western.”

John Stockwell, a CIA officer in Africa at the time made the following statement:

*“Howard Bane, who was the CIA station chief in Accra, engineered the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah. Inside the CIA it was quite clear. Howard Bane got a double promotion, and was awarded the Intelligence Star for the overthrow of Kwame. The magic of it was that Howard Bane had enough imagination and drive to run this operation without ever documenting what he was doing and there wasn’t one shred of paper that was generated that would name the CIA hierarchy as being responsible.“

But in this age of information and Wikileaks, we now know the CIA ties to the destruction of Kwame Nkrumah ran deep: See: Documents Expose U.S. Role in Nkrumah Overthrow John Stockwell elaborated on the coup in his memoir, In Search of Enemies:

A CIA Story:

“The Accra station was encouraged by CIA headquarters to maintain contact with dissidents of the Ghanaian army for the purpose of gathering intelligence on their activities. It was given a generous budget, and maintained intimate contact with the plotters as a coup was hatched. So close was the station’s involvement that it was able to coordinate the recovery of some classified Soviet military equipment by the United States as the coup took place.”

According to Stockwell, Banes’ sense of initiative knew no bounds. The station even proposed to headquarters through back channels that a squad be on hand at the moment of the coup to storm the [Communist] Chinese embassy, kill everyone inside, steal their secret records, and blow up the building to cover the facts.

The Destruction of Ghana

After the coup, the once wealthy nation of Ghana was milked dry. Kwame fled in exile to Conakry, Guinea – never to return to his home country. After 19 years of prosperity under Nkrumah, Ghana slid back into the dark ages.

After the coup, the Kaiser Dam project flourished, continuing to make payments to the World Bank and continuing to yield dividends to its parent corporation. The people of Ghana saw almost none of the benefit. Instead, the people got one military coup after another (7 total). In the 1950s, the world celebrated Nkrumah and Ghana. After the coup, the American propaganda machine painted the country and its leader as corrupt, savage, and unstable. Kwame was called “the Communist Messiah” and Africa was said to be “unable to handle the pressures of modern industrialization. Kwame Nkruma’s organization was hijacked by the United Nations, and is now a tool used to expand the program of African exploitation.

But even in exile, Nkrumah continued to write and inspire Pan-Africanists. In Challenge of the Congo he wrote that the political economic situation in the world is one in which a tiny minority of the people grower “richer and richer, while the rest grow poorer and poorer” and elaborated by saying that the situation required world socialism as it was the only remedy, for “as long as capitalism and imperialism go unchecked there will always be exploitation, and an ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots, and all the evils of imperialism and neo-colonialism which breed and sustain wars.”

Death and Remembrance

Kwame Nkrumah died of skin cancer in April 1972. He was 62 years old. He was survived by Gokeh, Samia Yarba (who received the 2006 European Parliament Award for Journalism), and Sekou Ritz Nkrumah.

Nkrumah was buried in a tomb in the village of his birth, Nkroful, Ghana. While the tomb remains in Nkroful, his remains were transferred to a large national memorial tomb and park in Accra.

Over his lifetime, Nkrumah was awarded honorary doctorates by Lincoln University, Moscow State University; Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt; Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland; Humboldt University in theformer East Berlin; and many other universities.

In 2000, he was voted Africa’s man of the millennium. So who was Kwame Nkrumah? He was Africa’s Malcolm X. He was a true and benevolent leader and martyr. He was a visionary upon whom the hopes and dreams of a continent and a Black world rested. And he was a victim of the United States of America, capitalism, and the same program devoted to the destruction of the Black race that is still in existence today.

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‘No to racism’: Around 30K in London March against Discrimination*

‘No to racism’: Around 30K in London March against Discrimination*

 

Around 30,000 people took to the streets of London on Saturday to protest the rise of racism, Brexit, the government’s proposed immigration policies, and U.S. President Donald Trump, ahead of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The procession started in front of the BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place, and then continued on towards Parliament Square, where a demonstration was held.

 

 

Protesters carried placards reading “Stand up to racism,” “Migrants and refugees are welcome here,” “No to racism,” “Stand up to Trump,” and others.

The presidency of Donald Trump and Brexit were among the focal points of the event, as protesters expressed support for migrants and refugees, condemning allegedly “racist” policies of the U.S. president and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

 

 

“We’ve had the election of Donald Trump, with his Muslim ban and the wall with Mexico. We’ve had the E.U. referendum, where we’ve seen the highest increase in reported hate crime in the country, showing that the scapegoating of migrants gave confidence to racists,” Zakariya Cochrane, assistant convener for Stand Up to Racism, said as cited by the Independent.

Some protesters compared Trump to Hitler, as placards showing the president sporting the distinctive mustache could be seen at the event. Donald Trump has been repeatedly accused of being “racist” or “right-wing” – allegations he firmly rejects.

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg, while delivering a speech at Parliament Square, called Trump a “bad dude,” eligible for a stay in the infamous facility.

 

“The rise of the far right and the Nazis and fascists has seen a new wave with the election of Donald Trump, who said when he came to power, ‘I’m going to load up Guantanamo with some bad dudes,’” Begg said.

“So my response is: ‘When are you going, dude?’”

While protesters were seemingly quite unanimous in their attitude towards Trump, their views on the correlation between Brexit and racism differed. Far-left Spartacist League activists actually praised Brexit for escaping the “racist fortress of Europe,” while demanding full citizenship and rights for migrants.

The majority of protesters, however, condemned both Brexit and the proposed strict immigration policies.

Around 15 far-right activists crossed the path of the march at Piccadilly Circus with ‘England First’ placards, but police pushed them back, with no further incidents reported.

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NHS Staffing Crisis Worsens as E.U. Nurses Quit their Jobs*

Protesters march with banners and placards against private companies involved in NHS and social care services provision in central London on March 4, 2017. (AFP photo)

 

Britain’s departure from the European Union is projected to deliver a severe blow to the National Health Service (NHS), the country’s healthcare system, which already suffers from serious staff shortage.

Critics have warned that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is making the NHS staffing crisis worse by refusing to guarantee the rights of European citizens.

Britain’s withdrawal from the E.U. will force European healthcare workers to either stay away or leave the country. The country’s main association of nurses says it’s currently facing 24,000 nursing vacancies.

Almost 2,700 E.U. nurses quit their jobs in 2016, compared to 1,600 in 2014, an increase of 68%. In total, about 6,400 E.U. nationals quit the NHS in 2016, up from 5,135 in 2014.

There are an estimated 57,000 E.U. nationals working for the NHS, including 10,000 doctors and 20,000 nurses.

“The Government risks turning off the supply of qualified nurses from around the world at the very moment the health service is in a staffing crisis like never before,” said Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing.

“As she pulls the trigger to begin negotiations, Theresa May must tell E.U. nurses and other occupations that they are needed and welcome in the NHS. It would not survive without their contribution,” she said.

“Sadly, it is no surprise that E.U. staff are leaving – they have been offered no security or reassurance that they will be able to keep their jobs. Few are able to live with such uncertainty.”

The NHS is already under pressure because of a long-term failure to hire enough people. The British Red Cross warned in January that the NHS is facing a “humanitarian crisis” as hospitals and ambulance services struggle to keep up with rising demand.

The warning came following the deaths of two patients after long waits on trolleys in hospital corridors in Worcester.

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U.K. University Granted First License to Make three-parent Embryos*

U.K. University Granted First License to Make three-parent Embryos*

By Claire Chretien

The United Kingdom’s Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority has granted Newcastle University permission to begin creating human embryos who have three parents

The chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority, Sally Cheshire, confirmed Thursday that “the HFEA has approved the first application by Newcastle Fertility at Life for the use of mitochondrial donation to treat patients.”

The U.K. first approved three-parent embryos in 2015. This will be the first time scientists will carry out the procedure, which involves killing human embryos to manufacture another.

The purpose of creating embryos this way is to attempt to modify them to not have certain genetic diseases. But bioethicists say this technique involves a multitude of ethical and moral problems.

The embryos will have DNA from two mothers and one father, Dr. David A. Prentice, vice president and director of research at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, told LifeSiteNews. A small part of the mother’s DNA will be replaced with DNA from another woman. This is done in the hopes of preventing the main mother (for lack of a better phrase) from transferring genetic diseases to the child.

“The type of technique they’re using actually involves destroying two embryos to then re-combine [their] parts for a third constructed embryo with genetics from two women and one man,” said Prentice. “This technique starts with death of young human embryos.”

“Making 3-parent embryos involves the use of cloning technologies,” the National Catholic Bioethics Center‘s Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D, told LifeSiteNews via email.

“Cloning involves swapping out the nucleus of a woman’s egg with a replacement nucleus to create an embryo,” explained Pacholczyk. The way three-parent embryos are made is “by swapping out additional cellular parts known as mitochondria through the recombination of eggs from two different women.”

Even worse, some “approaches to making three-parent embryos rely on destroying one embryo (instead of an egg) and cannibalizing its parts so as to build another embryo by nuclear transfer. This latter approach, therefore, requires an ’embryocide’ or embryo-killing step as part of the process,” he explained.

“Pro-nuclei are formed when the egg and sperm first meet,” said Prentice.

“And so in this technique, they’re taking two brand new embryos, pulling the nucleus then out of one, thereby killing that first embryo.”

Then, “they pull the nucleus out of the second one, killing it, and they recombine the nucleus from one with the cellular mass from the second – to get a third recombined embryo,” said Prentice. This means “you had to kill two embryos in the process [of] a nuclear transfer cloning type of technology.”

The created embryos will spend the first three to five days of their lives in a lab dish before being transferred to the womb.

‘Manufacturing new human beings’ as ‘experiments’

Prentice and Pacholczyk say that creating three-parent embryos will be problematic for children’s rights and older people who have the genetic diseases scientists are attempting to weed out.

“They are literally using human beings – creating human beings – as experiments,” said Prentice. “It’s not experimenting on human beings where you might be doing something to them. They are the experiment. They’re the creation. And because [scientists] don’t know what might happen eventually down the road, these little ones that are gonna be created will have to be followed the rest of their lives. And their children will have to be monitored as well.”

“Any approach that weakens or casts into question the integral connection between parents and their offspring will raise grave ethical concerns,” said Pacholczyk. “By creating three-parent embryos, we improperly subject children to the harmful psychological stressors that arise when they face uncertainties about their own origins and beginnings.”

Pacholczyk noted, “Far too often, in the world of infertility treatments, the needs of children are bypassed in the pursuit of satisfying parental desires.” He said it would be unfair to a child that he or she would need to do “research” to figure out his or her origins.

Children would be “trying to determine who contributed which sub-cellular building blocks as they were ‘put together’ with components from 3 parents by fertility specialists or lab technicians,” said Pacholczyk.

“By taking this approach, we substitute production for procreation, even though our children are absolutely entitled to the dignity of being ‘loved into being’ in the marital embrace, not custom-ordered from, or ‘mass-produced’ by, fertility clinics and research laboratories,” said Pacholczyk.

Prentice shared Pacholczyk’s concerns about “family structure and family identity” in these children who will have three biological parents.

Some people will say the amount of DNA from one of the created child’s mothers “is very small” and therefore inconsequential, Prentice predicted. “But we know” that this part of the DNA “has some effect on life and health or else they wouldn’t be trying to replace it and supplement it,” he said.

Prentice also said the mindset behind the creation of three-parent embryos is eugenic.

“This is not aimed at treating or curing anyone with these [genetic] diseases,” he said. Rather, it’s the creation of “essentially replacement people – manufacturing new human beings that they hope won’t have that disease and ignoring essentially all the people who do have the problem.”

“They are manufacturing new human beings that they hope will not carry on this particular set of genetic diseases,” said Prentice.

“But even the experimental evidence in animals and in the laboratory indicate this still may not work.”

Creating three-parent embryos means “ignoring ethical venues to treat people who have these [genetic] diseases,” said Prentice.

“They’re essentially telling the people that have these diseases that they are of no value, that they should be replaced by these manufactured human beings. It’s a sad commentary on where this particular medical science has gone.”

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An interest-free alternative to traditional student loans which aims to enable Muslim students to fund their university education without compromising their faith has been launched in London.

QardHasan is a higher education lending platform that adheres to the principles of Islamic finance. Using the power of community capital, students are able to crowd-fund their student loans for university at zero interest. As well as facilitating access to higher education, QardHasan connects students looking for internships, part or full-time work with opportunities before, during and after university.

With tuition fees and living costs on the rise and the average British student graduating with a debt of £44,000, one of the biggest questions British students face is how to afford the costs of university education.

For over 130,000 Muslim students in the U.K., taking out traditional student loans comes into conflict with their religious beliefs that prohibit all forms of interest. Research conducted by the U.K. Government shows that many Muslim students have been deterred from accessing higher education as a direct result of requiring an interest-bearing loan.

At QardHasan, Muslim students can launch a 40-day crowd-funding campaign to borrow up to
£30,000 by appealing to family, friends, alumni and charitable trusts to invest in their education.

“We’re telling Muslim students: ‘You don’t have to choose between your faith and your aspirations”, said Tom Woolf, Founder & CEO of QardHasan.

You can come from any background and aim for any career. All you need to do is showcase your potential and hustle like crazy.”

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