Haiti, Now and Next Haiti, Now and Next By Régine Michelle Jean-Charles Humanitarian crises usually have calamitous gender-specific results that disproportionately affect women and girls. Natural disasters are certainly no exception. In the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, hundreds of thousands of people were left dead, injured, homeless and jobless. The circumstances under which many Haitians in Port-au-Prince, Leogane, Jacmel, Petit Goave and surrounding areas have been living since the earthquake present unique challenges to women and girls that must be addressed in relief efforts, recovery programs, and the re-construction of the state. Over 200,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake, including four significant fanm poto mitan, pillars of the Haitian women’s movement. Studies have demonstrated that disaster significantly exacerbates existing inequalities, which is why women and girls are particularly vulnerable right now.
A new layeha for the Mujahideen Layeha (book of rules) for the Mujahideen From the highest leader of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan. Every Mujahid must abide by the following rules: 1) A Taliban commander is permitted to extend an invitation to all Afghans who support infidels so that they may convert to the true Islam. 2) We guarantee to any man who turns his back on infidels, personal security and the security of his possessions. 3) Mujahideen who protect new Taliban recruits must inform their commander. 4) A convert to the Taliban, who does not behave loyally and becomes a traitor, forfeits our protection. 5) A Mujahid who kills a new Taliban recruit forfeits our protection and will be punished according to Islamic law. 6) If a Taliban fighter wants to move to another district, he is permitted to do so, but he must first acquire the permission of his group leader. 7) A Mujahid who takes a foreign infidel as prisoner with the consent of a group leader may not exchange him for other prisoners or money.
The Trouble With Normal Is It Always Gets Worse Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Hire a man to get timely, factual data from our Government... So I had a conversation with Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page today. Lil' ol' me. I picked up the phone, called 613-992-8026, spoke to his secretary, explained who I was and left my number. Huh. I'd intended to only ask a few questions, keep it simple, try not to take up too much of his time. 30 minutes later I hung up feeling, to say the least, incredibly positive about this man - his clear love of his work and the system that he maintains (which, incidentally, helps to keep our Government accountable to us). The questions I asked were: How best can Canadians support you in your work to keep our Government accountable? What other departments should Canadians be supporting as they work to protect us? Do you have any advice for those Canadians who feel disenfranchised from the current Government? With that said: $5.4 billion is being cut in our budget but from where? What's the plan?
Bandeirantes The bandeirantes (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɐ̃dejˈɾɐ̃t(ʃ)is], "followers of the banner") were 17th century Portuguese Brazilian slavers, fortune hunters and adventurers from the São Paulo region[Note 1], the Captaincy of São Vicente (later called the Captaincy of São Paulo). They were the leaders of expeditions called bandeiras (Portuguese, "flags") that penetrated the interior of Brazil far south and west of the Tordesillas Line of 1494 that divided the Spanish (west) domain from the Portuguese (east) domain in South America. São Paulo was the home base for the most famous bandeirantes[Note 2]. Most bandeirantes were descendants of first and second generation Portuguese that settled in São Paulo but among them were also Galegos, Castilians, and in some cases Italians (Neapolitans, Calabrese) and Basques. Bandeiras The course of the bandeira route was a difficult and perilous one. Slave raids In the beginning, the main focus of the bandeirantes was to enslave natives.
Black Agenda Report Haiti: Human Rights Organization Alarmed at Rise of Insecurity Friday, March 16, 2012 3:35 PM RNDDH Director Pierre Esperance PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) is deeply concerned by the rise of insecurity and organized violence in Haiti, particularly in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, at a time when the Haitian authorities talk about establishing a rule of law in the country. For several months, RNDDH notes that the Haitian population is completely abandoned. It does not go a day without blasting, around the country, of automatic weapons fire. For the only period January 1 to March 14, 2012, at least one hundred forty-seven (147) people were killed, one hundred thirty (130) shot. Murders On 13 January 2012, a Haitian military from demobilized Armed Forces of Haiti (FAD'H), named Roc PRESENT, is riddled with bullets at the corner of Streets Miracles and Dr. January 19, 2012, Emmanuel ESPOIR, an engineer by training, was murdered in the Street Pavee. Fire
OWFI: "Darkest scenario for women of Iraq" | World War From the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), Dec. 7: Darkest Scenario for Women of Iraq: Public executions of women by Islamist militias in Baghdad Shia Militias: A new wave of public executions against women is undertaken by Al Mahdi army. Dragging, flogging, hanging and shootings fall within the routine procedure of these executions which are taking place in growing numbers. In a Shia part of Baghdad, a sector which includes Nuwab Al Thubat and Al Amin, 3 girls were killed in one week –second week of November. Al Mahdi Shia militia guards - many of whom work as policemen – volunteer to punish “adulterer” women by torture and public execution. Sunni Militias: kill both women and men who practice some suspected behavior. Truck loads of Sunni families taken by Iraqi military to unknown destiny. 150 unclaimed women’s corpses in Baghdad morgue. Poets attacked and killed by Sunni militia in Baghdad suburb, Al Madaen. Al Mousawat Media Center Dec. 7, 2006
Some helpful suggestions for would-be Liberal leaders Martha Hall Findlay made a brave move when she defied Liberal party custom and urged that special protected status be removed from the milk and egg industries. It was a brave precedent and a good start if, as seems to be the assumption, Ms Hall Findlay decides to run for the leadership. (It was common wisdom that Bob Rae would run as well, which tells you all you need to know about common wisdom.) Here are a few more ideas the Liberals might consider if they’re serious about being brave, daring and innovative as they restructure their party. • Tie the party to accountability. • In similar vein, develop a plan to change the proceedings in the House of Commons to comply with the various reform plans that have been put forward. • Televise the entire proceedings, not via the dull single camera now used, but with enhanced sound and multiple cameras, which would allow live commentary and simultaneous online response. • Expand and enhance the power of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
West Africa Squadron HMS Black Joke and prizes (clockwise from top left) Providentia, Vengador, Presidenta, Marianna, El Almirante, and El Hassey In 1819 the Royal Navy created a naval station in West Africa at a captured slaving port that the British renamed Freetown. This would become the capital of the first British colony in West Africa, Sierra Leone. Most of the slaves the squadron freed would choose to settle in Sierra Leone as they would not have to fear being re-enslaved, a danger in any other part of Africa. From 1821, the squadron also used Ascension Island as a supply depot, before this moved to Cape Town in 1832. Until 1835 the Royal Navy was only allowed to take slavers that actually had slaves aboard. The Royal Navy considered the West Africa Station one of the worst postings due to the high levels of tropical disease. As the 19th century wore on, the Royal Navy also began interdicting slavery in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian Ocean. Notes See also References
Kim Kardashian: We Came to Haiti to Celebrate... Who knew a woman who runs around on TV with a gun and another who runs around in heels would have so much in common? We were brought together through a bizzare turn of events, and we discovered our mutual goal of empowering women using our own unique voices. We decided to journey together with Kris, Farouk Shami, Patricia Arquette, Suzanne Lerner, and a few of their friends to experience the Haiti that Maria has come to know and love through her organization, We Advance. We Advance was started after the earthquake in January 2010, as a direct response to the increase in gender-based violence and poor health care for women in the poorest areas of the country. We Advance works with and represents the voices of over 40 micro-organizations working in the most desperate situations and communities in Haiti. This is who we celebrated: Danielle St. Barbara Guillaume: Barbara is a women's leader, poet, singer, and co-founder of We Advance. Please join the journey: weadvance.org.
frontline: saudi time bomb?: interviews: mai yamani For people who don't understand, the Shi'a and the Sunni are, at times, blood enemies. Specifically because, prior to the unification, in the great mosque of Mecca and in Medina, all the Islamic schools of thought were represented. They had all the Sunni schools of thought; they had the Shi'a; they had each one their own imam and somehow in different corners. ... It was after the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932 that a process of national homogeneity was attempted. That was gradual. ... ... Actually, yes. ... So the dominant religion, the state religion in Saudi Arabia is this pure, stricter form of Islam? Yes. How does that help us understand that 15 of the 19 people who died as hijackers on Sept. 11 come from Saudi Arabia? This I'm finding very curious, and I think deserves investigation. Meaning they're from the Mecca and Medina area? Or from the tribes of the Hejaz. Which is in the south? Which is in the south, bordering on Yemen. That was a homogenization of thought.
NDP, Liberals urge government to make PBO officer of Parliament — now A House of Commons committee reviewing how federal politicians examine spending estimates is recommending the government conduct a review of one aspect of the review system: the Parliamentary Budget Officer. The committee is recommending the government consider a study about whether to make the spending watchdog an officer of Parliament, rather than an office inside the Library of Parliament. Becoming an officer of Parliament would give the PBO more independence from the government, and report directly to Parliament. However, the opposition parties weren’t happy with the idea of considering to conduct a study. The NDP and Liberals, in dissenting opinions attached to the report wanted the government to move faster and make the PBO an officer of Parliament, similar to the auditor general, privacy commissioner or information commissioner. The Liberals made a similar argument in their attachment to the report. Here’s what the majority report said: And the wording of the actual recommendation: