Archive for September, 2013

Huge Burdens Children Carry: Sudan´s Child Soldier

Sudan’s child soldier

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Deng, a 15-year-old from Southern Sudan, recounts being forced into slavery and subsequently joining the army to seek redress for the injustice against him

23 Little Lives – India’s Poisoned Children

Children, again Children, as victims

Social Action 2014

India is struggling to solve the mystery of the poisoned school lunches that killed 23 children in July. Tragic accident or sinister act? We explore the mysterious case.

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In July 120 million Indian children ate their free, government-provided lunch. Fifty five of them were left writhing in agony, some dying within hours. So what happened? It’s a mystery that’s consuming modern India.

On one terrible day in July, going to school in Gandaman cost 23 children, all younger than 10-years-old, their lives. They died after eating their school lunch, a meal provided under a nationwide government program. “I feel I shouldn’t have sent them to school that day. They would still be alive”, Chanda…

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“The Real Hunger Games” : Waiting lists for food aid have been growing for years – now almost 15 percent of elderly don´t have enough to eat


The Real Hunger Games

Waiting lists for food aid have been growing for years—now almost 15 percent of the nation’s elderly don’t have enough to eat.

Trudy Lieberman   is a contributing edtor to the Columbia Journalism Review (cjr.org), where she blogs.
September 25, 2013             |

Volunteers fill bags with food at a foodbank in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)   Eva Perdue, her legs wrapped in a black- and-white-checked blanket, a bright red kerchief tied in her hair, sits on a couch in her small house near downtown Atlanta that Habitat for Humanity built. She once worked as a housekeeper at a Georgia state mental facility but quit nine years ago to care for a sick husband. Now 64 and widowed, Perdue herself is sick. “Curses of the liver and high blood pressure,” she…

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The No Sovereign Borders Movement


Updated November 2, 2013

The strange subculture of the No Sovereign Borders Movement (Sovereigns), whose adherents hold complex anti-government beliefs, has grown out of the disenfranchised youth of the Dream Movement– undocumented youth who were brought to this country as children. These Dreamers are victims of our broken immigration system, living as typical American children, attending elementary and middle school, and then discovering during high school the oft held family secret rendering them unable to drive, work, or attend college (due to their undocumented status). Many fall prey to depression, frustration and anger.



After having fought for the Dream Act for close to 10 years, in 2010 a radical group of Dreamers split from what they now refer to as the “non-profit industrial complex” and adopted the “out and proud” strategies of the LGBTQ community to out themselves…

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BringThemHome: Ingrid, 13 , Fighting to Return with her Sister to Arizona

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On July 22nd, nine Dreamers crossed the border through the port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. All nine were held for 17-days before being released. Now, onto wave 2. This time over 30 Dreamers will present themselves, asking for permission to be allowed to come home.

Ingrid and Jessica were both raised here in the United States, yet were forced to go back go Mexico after Sheriff Arpaio began terrorizing the community and separating families in Arizona. Ingrid and Jessica faced dangerous situations and threats in Mexico and are now ready to come home.

Support Ingrid, #BringThemHome: No more danger and threats for the 16&13 yr-old Gallego sisters!

BringThemHome: Jessica, 16 , Fighting to Come Home to Arizona

On July 22nd, nine Dreamers crossed the border through the port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. All nine were held for 17-days before being released. Now, onto wave 2. This time over…

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Asylum seekers drown on way to Australia

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About 20 people, mostly children under 15 years old, died when an asylum seeker vessel sank off the southern coast of Java on its way to Australia.

Adjunct Commissioner Warsono from the Agrabinta Police has confirmed that 25 people were rescued before the search was called off at nightfall.

He could not say how many more may still be missing, but some reports suggest it might be up to 80 people.

Commissioner Warsono said the small wooden fishing vessel was full of people from Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and an African country.

“The children who died are both boys and girls. I think they died because they could not swim,” Commissioner Warsono said.

“The boat was a complete wreck. The crew escaped and we don’t really know how many passengers there were, … it’s still difficult to talk to them because they’re still in trauma”.

Different reports suggest between 73…

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The Drugging of our Children – 0 to 5 Year olds

English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, sh...

English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, showing personifications of dementia, megalomania, acute mania, melancholia, idiocy, hallucination, erotic mania and paralysis in the gardens of the Hospice de la Salpêtrière. Reprinted in Madness: A Brief History (ISBN 978-0192802668), from which this version is taken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Published:  27.09.2013

http://www.cchrint.org  More than 1 million children are being drugged between the ages of 0 and five, in the United States alone. Parents are quite simply not being given accurate information about psychiatric labels (mental disorders) or the drugs being prescribed to ‘treat’ their children.  For more information visit this page – Parents Know Your Rights https://www.cchrint.org/issues/childm… which includes all documented risks of the psychiatric drugs prescribed to children, as well as non-harmful medical alternatives.


Watch—The drugging of our children—0 to 5 year olds. The statistics in this video have never been released. Until now. Please watch it and share it.

Something The Entire World Should See – Most Of Us Are Simply Unaware

School official tells students Trayvon Martin case proved it is ‘legal to hunt’ children

Dozens of Nuns, Orphans Trapped in Syria´s Maalula, Church Says


Dozens of nuns, orphans trapped in Syria’s Maalula, church says

Nearly 40 nuns and orphans are trapped inside a convent in the Syrian Christian town of Maalula, where regime troops are battling rebel forces, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate said Tuesday.

The famed town, where residents still speak Aramaic, the language Jesus Christ is thought to have spoken, has been the scene of clashes since earlier this month.

“The Mar Takla convent is living through painful days because it is in the middle of the zone where fire is being exchanged, which makes getting supplies difficult and dangerous,” the Damascus-based Patriarchate said in a statement.

“The generator has gone out because of the fighting, halting the supply of water to the convent and threatening the lives of those inside,” the statement added.

It issued an “urgent appeal” to humanitarian groups to “ensure the necessary supplies to residents of…

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Crisis in Syria

Crisis in Syria

Providing Livesaving Support for Syrian Refugees

Seven-year-old Raghed, a Syrian refugee, stands among rubbish at an informal refugee settlement in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Photo by Sam Tarling for CRSSeven-year-old Raghed, a Syrian refugee, stands on a trash pile at an informal refugee settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. See how CRS and the local Church are responding to the needs of Syrian refugees. Photo by Sam Tarling for CRS


Former FBI agent to plead guilty in AP leak case, child porn charges


Former FBI agent to plead guilty in AP leak case, child porn charges

The Guardian titled: “I was stop-and-frisked by the NYPD more than 100 times” Video


‘I was stop-and-frisked by the NYPD more than 100 times’ – video

In 2011, the number of stops of young black men exceeded New York City’s entire population of young black men. Daniel A Medina followed the story of one, Keeshan, whose teenage years were scarred by the controversial police tactic a court has ruled a violation of minorities’ rights …

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Only a little thank You!


Today I want to say to all Readers of my Blogs: THANK YOU!

Thank You for all comments, so important, heartwarming, with important critique,


And this is what I wish to all of us: FREEDOM – in thoughts, in hearts, …without any chains, bars, only SWEET FREEDOM.

Annamaria, Blogger

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Morbidly obese two-year-old world´s youngest to have bariatric surgery

Morbidly obese two-year-old world‘s youngest to have bariatric surgery


  • by: Sue Dunlevy National Health Correspondent
  • From:         News Limited Network
  • September 19, 2013 4:26PM


Youngest ever to undergo bariatric surgery … The morbidly obese two-year-old boy from Saudi Arabia who had bariatric surgery. Picture: Australian Doctor Web Grab Source: Supplied

A MORBIDLY obese two-year-old has become the youngest person in the world to undergo bariatric surgery.

The parents of the toddler from Saudi Arabia who weighed 33kg and had a Body Mass Index of 41 sought help because he suffered sleep apnoea that caused him to stop breathing while asleep.

Two attempts to control his weight by dieting failed said the medics who carried out the bariatric surgery Mohammed Al Mohaidlya, Ahmed Sulimana and Horia Malawib in an article in the

International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.

Now with Video: Parent Arrested at Public Meeting for Asking Unscripted Questions About Common Core


Parent Arrested from Common Core Meeting in Baltimore County


Parent Arrested at Public Meeting for Asking Unscripted Questions About Common Core (WATCH)

Parent faces 10.5 years in prison for asking an unscripted question at town hall meeting.
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Last week the Baltimore County School district held a public meeting to go over the “Common Core” curriculum now being taught in Maryland schools.
This was reportedly the first of any public forum concerning what is now being taught to Maryland children.
The parents‘ questions had to be submitted prior to the event and no new questions would be discussed. This angered some residents who felt the need to ask tougher questions than those selected by superintendents.
One parent, Robert Small, very respectfully tried to voice his concerns and was shut out from participating when a policeman forcefully removed him from the auditorium.
“I want to know how many parents here are aware that the…

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French senators vote to ban child beauty contests

French senators vote to ban child beauty contests

A “mini miss contest” in France. Screengrab: YouTube/Bella Tresor

French senators vote to ban child beauty contests

Published: 18 Sep 2013 14:00 GMT+02:00 | Print version Updated: 18 Sep 2013 14:00 GMT+02:00

Beauty pageants have a proud tradition in France but there are limits to what French lawmakers will accept. On Tuesday senators banned children’s beauty contests to prevent the “hyper-sexualisation” of kids, promising tough sanctions for those who break the law
Judging children under the age of 16 on their physical appearance in so-called “beauty contests” will become a criminal offence in France, the French Senate ruled on Tuesday night.

The new law forms part of the new “equality bill” presented to the French Senate on Monday by France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, which also included legislation to tackle unequal pay, domestic violence and to encourage fathers to take parental leave.

Beauty pageants have a proud tradition in France but they are not to everyone’s liking, especially these involving young teenage girls, known as “mini miss” competitions.

In the Senate on Tuesday centrist Senator Chantal Jouanno, author of a report “Against Hyper-Sexualisation: A New Fight For Equality” proposed an ammendment to the bill, banning the underage contests, which was backed by 196 senators, with 146 voting against it.

The sexual equality law will return to the lower house National Assembly for a second reading in November where deputees will have the final say on the so-called “Mini Miss” contests.

The Senate agreed to adopy tough sanctions to anyone flouting the law.

Under the new law, organizers of pageants under the age of 16 may now face up to two years in prison if they fail to comply with the ban and a fine of up to €30,000 ($40,000).

“Let’s not let our daughters think from such a young age that they will be judged according to their appearance. Let’s not let commercial interest impact on social interest,” Jouanno told the Senate.

But not all Senators were in favour of the law, including Virginie Klès from the Socialist party who thought the punishments were too harsh.

However, Jouanno’s proposed amendment for better regulation of child models was rejected.

The organiser of France’s annual “Mini-Miss” pageant, Michel Le Parmentier, has protested the amendment, saying that regulations, rather than a ban, would have been a better solution.

Le Parmentier has reportedly threatened to take the pageant into Belgium.

CLICK HERE to read Le Parmentier’s defence of beauty contests: “They can help girls in later life”.

Law prompted by Vogue cover picture

The measure was prompted by controversy over a Vogue magazine photographic shoot featuring provocative images of a 10-year-old French girl in December 2010.

The girl, Thylane Loubry Blondeau, and two others were photographed with heavy make up and wearing tight dresses, high heels and expensive jewellery.

Vogue defended the pictures, saying it merely portrayed a common fantasy among young girls — to dress like their mother.

Blondeau’s mother, actress turned designer Veronika Loubry, sparked more outrage by writing in a blog that her “daughter isn’t naked: let’s not blow this thing out of proportion.”

The Vogue photographs created controversy not only in France but also overseas, where they were widely deemed to be inappropriate.

Those who agree with Jouanno’s fears over “hyper-sexualisation” of young girls may not have been surprised by the recent story of three teen call girls in Cannes, who when arrested told police they had got into prostitution simply for “sex, money and fun”.

Tragedy and scandal

Beauty contests in France have been hit by tragedy and controversy in recent months.

Beauty queen Allison Benitez and her mother Marie-Josée disappeared from the south west city of Perpignan just days before she was due to participate in a rehearsal for the Miss Roussillon competition.

Earlier this month, investigators confirmed that they were now treating their disappearance as a murder inquiry (see photo above) after evidence emerged linking Allison’s father to the investigation. Francisco Benitez, who initially claimed the pair had left the family home permanently, was found hanged on August 5th.

In August, the Miss Rousillon contest was then hit by scandal when the newly-crowned beauty queen (below) was “dethroned” after posing for provocative semi-naked photographs – a violation of the rules, according to Miss France chiefs.

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Joseph Weekley Retrial Date Set For Detroit Cop Accused in Death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones

Joseph Weekley Retrial Date Set For Detroit Cop Accused In Death Of Aiyana Stanley-Jones

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Posted: 09/19/2013  3:16 pm EDT  |  Updated: 09/19/2013  7:11 pm ED

A retrial has been set for Joseph Weekley, the Detroit police officer who shot and killed a 7-year-old girl during a 2010 police raid.

Weekley’s previous trial ended without a verdict in June, with jurors explaining they were deadlocked after three days of deliberating. He has been accused of a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of careless discharge a firearm causing death. Wayne County Circuit Judge Cynthia Gray Hallaway set Weekley’s second trial for Dec. 4 during a hearing Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reported….

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What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones? A Sleeping Seven-Year-old Girld died…

What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?

A nighttime raid. A reality TV crew. A sleeping seven-year-old. What one tragedy can teach us about the unraveling of America’s middle class.


Aiyana Stanley-JonesAiyana Stanley-Jones, pictured in family photograph.

Update: On October 4, 2011, Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley was indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge. A photographer with The First 48 has also been charged. Read more here.

IT WAS JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT on the morning of May 16 and the neighbors say the streetlights were out on Lillibridge Street. It is like that all over Detroit, where whole blocks regularly go dark with no warning or any apparent pattern. Inside the lower unit of a duplex halfway down the gloomy street, Charles Jones, 25, was pacing, unable to sleep.

MORE: See a slideshow of photos Danny Wilcox Frazier shot while he and Charlie LeDuff investigated Aiyana Jones’ shooting. Plus: photos of abandoned houses from one block of Detroit’s East Side.

His seven-year-old daughter, Aiyana Mo’nay Stanley-Jones (PDF), slept on the couch as her grandmother watched television. Outside, Television was watching them. A half-dozen masked officers of the Special Response Team—Detroit’s version of SWAT—were at the door, guns drawn. In tow was an A&E crew filming an episode of The First 48, its true-crime program. The conceit of the show is that homicide detectives have 48 hours to crack a murder case before the trail goes cold. Thirty-four hours earlier, Je’Rean Blake Nobles, 17, had been shot outside a liquor store on nearby Mack Avenue; an informant had ID’d a man named Chauncey Owens as the shooter and provided this address.

Read article here:  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2010/11/aiyana-stanley-jones-detroit

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“How did a child starve to death in 21st-century England?

English: Picture of a teddy bear with head tur...

English: Picture of a teddy bear with head turned slightly to the left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘How did a child starve to death in 21st-century England?

Four-year-old’s mummified body was resting next to teddy bear in his mother’s house when discovered by police in Bradford


Hamzah Khan

The decomposed body of four-year-old Hamzah Khan was discovered by police at his mother’s home. Photograph: SWNS.com/Andrew McCaren/rossparry.co.uk

A mummified, stunted corpse of a four-year old boy lay undiscovered for nearly two years in his mother’s house before he was found by police resting next to his teddy bear, a court was told on Wednesday.

Hamzah Khan’s tiny body, starved by years of neglect, was clothed in a sleep suit designed for a baby aged six to nine months when police made the discovery at his home in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

His mother, 43-year-old Amanda Hutton, who on Wednesday at Bradford crown court denied manslaughter, was discovered surrounded by empty bottles, pizza boxes and faeces when police raided the property. Upstairs, under a pile of debris which covered his travel cot, lay the body of her son, the court was told.

Paul Greaney QC, opening the case for the prosecution, accused Hamzah’s mother of neglecting the infant. “In short, he starved to death. How had a child starved to death in 21st century England? Amanda Hutton failed to provide her child with the nourishment that he needed to survive, and in so failing, she killed him.”

When police entered Hutton’s property in September 2011, after complaints about the smell coming from the house, “what they discovered disturbed even hardened officers,” said Greaney. “Within a cot in the bedroom of Amanda Hutton, a police officer named Richard Dove made a dreadful discovery. Within that cot, beneath other items, he found the mummified corpse of a child.”

The mother, the court heard, was addicted to both alcohol and cannabis. That day Hutton was found surrounded by flies and rubbish piled so high the carpet in her living room was no longer visible. Pictures of the squalor shown to the jury revealed that only her bedroom – where the decomposing body of her son had lain for years – was relatively uncluttered.

In police interviews, Hutton said Hamzah became very unwell on 14 December 2009. She told police she had gone to a pharmacist the next day, but had received a phone call asking her to come home.

“She explained that when she returned Hamzah was near to death. She sought to revive him but to no effect,” said Greaney. “She described placing Hamzah into his cot, making plain that she had treated his body with dignity; and it is right that we should observe that when Hamzah’s body was found, it was found with a teddy.”

But Greaney added that instead of dialling 999 Hutton then abandoned the child. “She made no call for assistance, for a doctor or an ambulance. What did she do? Within hours, she was ordering a pizza,” he said.

Arguing that Hutton is guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence on two grounds, Greaney said she had either failed to feed her child adequately or seek medical help to prevent his death.

The prosecution added that while it expected Hutton’s defence lawyers to argue that Hamzah’s malnutrition could have arisen through “some naturally occurring condition”, the jury would have to consider whether her young child had become “a secondary and less important consideration than [Hutton’s] addictions”.

In the 21 months after Hamzah’s death, the jury heard that Hutton continued to claim child benefit for her son. The jury would have to decide whether this demonstrated “anything about her attitude towards Hamzah”, said Greaney.

There was evidence, he said, that Hutton had suffered domestic violence at the hands of the child’s father, her former partner Aftab Khan, who did not live at the property. Hutton, who told police she had started to drink a bottle of vodka a day after her son’s death, previously worked as a care assistant and had undergone some first-aid training, he added.

Greaney said the discovery of the child was thanks in large part to the diligence of police community support officer, Jodie Worsley, who had spoken to Hutton and visited the house several times.

The recently recruited officer visited the house a number of times after complaints from neighbours, demonstrating a “conscientious and tenacious approach [that] would have done a seasoned detective credit”, said the prosecutor.

Dead flies covered the windowsill, and when Worsley looked through the letterbox of the house “she could see nothing, but the smell from within made her gasp for breath”, he said.

When Hutton opened her door, officers “were not persuaded by Amanda Hutton’s claim that all was well”. He said: “On the contrary, they were concerned by Amanda Hutton’s appearance because flies were hovering all around her and by the terrible smell emanating from the house.”

Greaney told the court that as Hutton was being taken to the police station a police officer said to Hutton: “You know what’s been found, don’t you Amanda?” The jury heard that she replied: “He died two years ago on the 15th December.”

The case continues.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/18/child-starved-death-england-khantrauerkerze R.I.P. Little Hamzah Khan