Archive for September, 2014

Child-buying masquerading as adoption in the state, panel told – Tulsa World: Capitol Report

Child-buying masquerading as adoption in the state, panel told – Tulsa World: Capitol Report.


The children of Donetsk

Keep a close eye on | by Mark Bartalmai

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Three girls sitting in front of my camera. Shy you might think. But this shyness is something else – they are traumatized. From a war that does not exist actually, if you would believe the western and German media. A war in Europe that no one sees. Because it does not take place in the media. Because it is hidden and hushed up. And though it exists here in Donetsk in southeastern Ukraine, where I live since over 2 months. In the middle of a metropolis that is heavily bombarded daily by the Ukrainian army.

The war is here among us, it is in the midst between us, between me and these three girls – Paulina, Nastya and Katya. It is in their eyes, their voices, burned into their souls. And they recognize me, because I also now live in this war like them.

Paulina, Nastja and Katja, bombed out children of Donetsk

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As a birth attendant advocating for family planning, Remy is on the frontline of Tondo’s battle with overcrowding.
Faced with daily hardships, making a living is the only way most Tondo residents can ensure they will survive.
Poor neighbourhoods are often the only place Mexicans with little education and little money can build better lives.
Some residents of Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia, skip meals to ensure their children get an education.
Hundreds of homeless live in squalid slum in affluehttp://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/the-slum/nt “capital of Silicon Valley”.
Fishing community in Makoko, which is built on water, takes comfort in way of life but faces risk of disease.

The UN predicts that by 2050, one in three people…

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What’s Causing a Polio-Like Cluster in Colorado?

What’s Causing a Polio-Like Cluster in Colorado?

A cluster of paralysis and limb weakness among nine children in Colorado has researchers at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention baffled. The CDC is evaluating whether the symptoms could be associated with the recent outbreak of enterovirus D68 across the nation.

The children in question developed respiratory problems, but later developed limb weakness. Doctors say some of the children later developed paralysis in some of their limbs.

CNN is reporting that four of the children have tested positive for enterovirus D68 so far, but doctors are not sure that the virus, which has spread across the U.S., is the cause of the paralysis and muscle weakness. The children have tested negative for West Nile virus and polio. All are being treated at Children’s Hospital in Aurora. Most are reportedly from the Denver metropolitan area.

In February, another polio-like syndrome was revealed in California.  Five cases of sudden onset paralysis were described by Stanford University researchers at an American Academy of Neurology conference in Philadelphia.

“Although poliovirus has been eradicated from most of the globe, other viruses can also injure the spine, leading to a polio-like syndrome,” said Stanford neurologist Keith Van Haren.

“In the past decade, newly identified strains of enterovirus have been linked to polio-like outbreaks among children in Asia and Australia,” Van Haren continued in a statement.

The California children in the Stanford University report tested negative for polio, and all had been vaccinated. Two of the five children tested positive for D68.

Thousands of children across the nation have been sent to the hospital with a severe respiratory virus and 277 of those cases are confirmed to be enterovirus D68. The presence of the virus has been confirmed in 40 states. Researchers also say that they don’t yet know why this particular enterovirus outbreak is so severe compared with past years.

Enteroviruses are a diverse group of viruses that affect millions of people worldwide each year and have a high mutation rate. The most common ones resemble symptoms of an intense cold, such as coughing and difficulty breathing, which may be worse in those who suffer from asthma. Doctors say the virus can be accompanied by a rash, fever and wheezing. Often described as a summer cold, some enteroviruses typically peak just in time for the beginning of the school year.

This particular enterovirus is a distant cousin of the polio virus. The chief symptom of the virus, as it progresses, is difficulty breathing. Children with asthma have the greatest risk for hospitalization. The virus was first identified in the 1960s but has not been very common until now with only a few reported cases identified since that time, mostly in clusters in the U.S. and overseas. There is no vaccine for the D68 virus and no specific treatment; doctors have been effectively treating it with supportive care, including the administration of oxygen. None of the reported cases have proven fatal to date.

Doctors are giving standard advice when asked how to mitigate the chances of infection. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and avoiding direct physical contact with other people are the best ways to avoid infection.

Suicide at school: ‘Our hearts are broken,’ boy’s mother says

trauerkerzeORLANDO, FLA. — Shaniqua Hawkins’ voice trembled as she spoke publicly for the first time about the death of her son, Lamar Hawkins III.

At times, she even rocked back and forth, taking long pauses in between sentences — an attempt to fight back tears.

Surrounded by her husband, Lamar Hawkins Sr., extended family and Orlando attorney Matt Morgan, she said at an emotional news conference Monday that bullies pushed her son over the edge.

“The hopelessness was overwhelming,” Hawkins said about her son, whose nickname was Shaq. “Our hearts are broken, and our lives are forever changed. Shaq is gone.”

The student at Greenwood Lakes Middle School in Lake Mary, Fla., killed himself in the school’s bathroom on Wednesday.

His mother said they were aware of Lamar’s issues with bullies. But the boy, 14, never led his parents to believe he would take his own life, she said. …

read more: http://archive.freep.com/article/20140916/NEWS07/309160034/bullied-committing-suicide-at-school?odyssey=obinsite

Michael Eric Dyson To White People: Police Won’t ‘Kill Your Child’


Michael Eric Dyson To White People: Police Won’t ‘Kill Your Child’

by / September 2, 2014 Latest Posts, Video http://blacklikemoi.com/2014/09/michael-eric-dyson-spells-white-people-police-wont-kill-child/

Michael Eric Dyson is an American public intellectual who speaks out on issues that impact black people and their community.  He is a professor, commentator and the author of more than a dozen books on race, politics, and the African-American experience.  Dyson draws on his experience and journey from being a former Detroit gang member, factory worker and unwed father to become an ordained minister and earn his master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton University.

The publishing of the books Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X and Between God and Gangsta Rap helped launch Dyson into the spotlight and established him as a heavy hitter in African American thought.  He is taught at some of the country’s most prestigious universities including Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia.

He has hosted his own self-titled, syndicated radio show where he addresses social, cultural and political issues from a contemporary vantage point.

The events that have unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri over the last few weeks over the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson has prompted many people to speak out about the fact that cops kill a black person every 28 hours.  Dyson recently addressed the issue and called on President Barack Obama to use his position and stature to explain to white people what the black experience with cops is like.

In an appearance on CBS, Dyson specifically called on Obama to tell the truth about why black people are hurt, angry and upset about the violence perpetrated on them by police.  Dyson specifically requests that Obama address, “Especially white people, whose white privilege obscures them from what it means that their children can walk home and be safe, they’re not fearful of the fact that somebody will kill their child…”

Archbishop’s secret child porn archive discovered

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Archbishop WesolowskiFrom the Corriere della Sera in Italy:

Child Porn Found [on] Former Nuncio’s Computer

Józef Wesołowski knew how to use technology to make illicit internet connections. Grave violation of duties

by Fiorenza Sarzanini

ROME – Monsignor Józef Wesołowski kept a secret archive on a computer at the Santo Domingo nunciature. The 66-year-old Polish former archbishop, arrested three days ago for paedophilia by Vatican gendarmes at the order of Pope Francis, had more than 100,000 files containing pornographic photos and videos. Some were downloaded from internet and others the victims themselves were forced to take. The prelate stored part of this chamber of horrors on his own laptop. Images show youngsters aged between 13 and 17 being humiliated for the camera, filmed naked and forced to have sexual relations with each other or with adults. Inquiries to discover others involved continue as investigators seek anyone who may have aided…

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11-month old killed by foster mother was taken way from parents because of pot use

11-month old killed by foster mother was taken way from parents because of pot use.

Conservative British minister resigns after paper claims he sent explicit selfie to undercover reporter

Conservative British minister resigns after paper claims he sent explicit selfie to undercover reporter.

“Militarizing the Ebola Crisis” A Heart-Breaking Report



Militarizing the Ebola Crisis


Is the deployment of 3,000 troops to Liberia part of a broader U.S.-led militarization in West Africa or is it our best equipped institution to handle this outbreak?

Six months into West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heading calls for substantial intervention in the region.

On September 16, President Obama announced a multimillion-dollar U.S. response to the spreading contagion. The crisis, which began in March 2014, has killed over 2,600 people, an alarming figure that experts say will rise quickly if the disease is not contained. Obama’s announcement comes on the heels of growing international impatience with what critics have called the U.S. government’s “infuriatingly” slow response to the outbreak.

Assistance efforts have already stoked controversy, with a noticeable privilege of care being afforded to foreign healthcare workers over Africans. …

READ O-ARTICLE: http://www.nationofchange.org/2014/09/27/militarizing-ebola-crisis/

Max Lamm: 13-Year-Old Blind Wrestler / Dieser Ringer gewinnt seine Kämpfe blind

blind_126. September 2014 08:29; Akt: 26.09.2014 09:20 Print photocredit: Max Lamm: 13-Year-Old Blind Wrestler    Bleacher ReportBestätigt https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9-OpMMVoNP5o10_Iyq7Ndw

Dieser Ringer gewinnt seine Kämpfe blind

Der 13-jährige Max Lamm ist Ringer und blind. Doch er ist so gut, dass das seine Gegner teilweise gar nicht merken.

Der Bleacher-Report-Beitrag zu Max Lamm. (Quelle: Youtube)

http://youtu.be/srinqyyr6AE  VIDEO IN ENGLISH

«Beim Ringen kann ich die weissen Lichter oben in der Halle sehen. Ich denke an die Körper der Gegner, welchen Teil ich attackieren kann», sagt Max Lamm. Der 13-Jährige ist Ringer – und blind. «Ich höre die Gegner schnaufen und die Trainer, die ihnen Tipps geben. Ich mag es, zu gewinnen, und ich mag das Gefühl, zu dominieren.» Und das tut Max oft. Er ist in seiner Kategorie bis 43 Kilogramm ein ernstzunehmender Ringer.

Bei Max wurden bereits als Baby Tumore in beiden Augen festgestellt. Die Ärzte meinten damals, diese Art von Krebs sei fast zu 100 Prozent tödlich bis zum fünften Altersjahr. «Er wurde mit Chemotherapie behandelt, als er elf, zwölf Monate alt war. Sie mussten ihm das Serum direkt in beide Auge spritzen», erinnert sich sein Vater. «Doch der Schmerz hat ihn hart gemacht.» Seit 2003 ist Max krebsfrei.

Blindenhund muss bei den Kämpfen draussen bleiben

«Er hat seine Blindheit akzeptiert. Was ihm an Technik fehlt, macht er mit Kraft wett», sagt Max’ Vater. Der 13-Jährige aus Mars, Pennsylvania, sieht zwar Lichter und Dunkelheit, aber keine Umrisse. Er hat einen Blindenhund namens Seal – was auf Deutsch Seehund bedeutet. «Seal darf bei meinen Kämpfen nicht dabei sein, da er sehr beschützend ist. Er will nicht, dass ich mich verletze», so Max.

Der Junge begann mit Ringen in der zweiten Klasse und ist in seiner Gewichtsklasse einer der Besten. «Gegner haben ihn schon unterschätzt. Das haben sie bereut, denn er unterschätzt sie nicht», sagt Max’ Trainer Joe Montalbano. «Ich will, dass sie 100 Prozent geben», sagt der Ringer selber. Er will keine Hilfe, er will nur ganz normal behandelt werden. Einige Gegner merkten nicht einmal, dass Max blind sei, da er so stark sei, sagen sie selber.

Max will ans College gehen

«Ja, manchmal werde ich wütend, dass ich mein Augenlicht verloren habe. Natürlich will ich wieder sehen. Aber ich sitze sicher nicht rum und beklage mich, wenn ich so viele Dinge tun kann», zeigt sich Max kämpferisch. Er will später ans College gehen und dort als Ringer ein Stipendium bekommen. Man kann Max nur wünschen, dass ihm das gelingt.:::



http://youtu.be/srinqyyr6AE  VIDEO IN ENGLISH

Veröffentlicht am 24.09.2014

Max Lamm is a 13-year-old wrestler from Mars, Pennsylvania with an incredible story. He lost his sight as a result of cancerous tumors that developed in both eyes when he was an infant. Despite being unable to see, Max finished last season with a 10-1 record, dominated his weight class in a regional summer tournament and managed to win his school’s Geography Bee.

Max credits his guide dog, Seal, for helping him lead an independent and active life. Seal and Max were paired up by MIRA in 2012 and, Max says, they’re “best friends.”

Max is a newcomer to wrestling, but his coaches and teammates at One More Period Wrestling (http://www.ompwrestling.com/) think he’s an outstanding talent who could make it all the way to compete in college.

The Lamm family Optometrist, Dr. Chris Carver, was the first to realize Max had retinoblastoma – a rare form of eye cancer that is almost always fatal if left unchecked. Dr. Carver says an early indication of retinoblastoma can be the appearance of white pupils in photos – a result of the camera flash shining into the eyes and reflecting back through the tumors.

The one lesson Max repeated throughout our interviews is that he’s not a “blind wrestler,” he’s just a regular kid.

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Taliban behead 15 civilians including women, children in Ghazni


– Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency – http://www.khaama.com

Taliban behead 15 civilians including women, children in Ghazni:
Provincial governor spokesman, Shafiq Nang said the victims were family members of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces. In the meantime, provincial security chief, Asadullah Insafi said Taliban militants have torched over 60 houses following the attack in Ajristan district.

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260 School Children Killed in Chicago in 3 Years — Where Are the Tears for Them? | Alternet


260 School Children Killed in Chicago in 3 Years — Where Are the Tears for Them? | Alternet.


260 School Children Killed in Chicago in 3 Years — Where Are the Tears for Them?

Like President Obama and many others across the country, I too wiped away tears as I watched the horrifying news coverage of the tragic shootings in Newton, Conn. I immediately called my children who were still in school. I sat watching the television trying to fathom how I would respond if I got a call that a shooting had occurred at my children’s school. This brought on more tears. But for the parents of 20 children and six other families in Newton, it wasn’t an exercise; it was an excruciating reality. 

I then watched and listened to our President, and like…

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Teen Accused Of Raping 5-Year-Old Cousin Before Strangling Her



A Dallas teen accused of raping and murdering his 5-year-old cousin says that both the girl and himself were actually victims of a third person who held them at gunpoint.

Angel Sanches-Zenteno, 17, is charged with aggravated sexual assault and cap…

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Officers abusing the charge of “Resisting Arrest” in Florida

Officers abusing the charge of “Resisting Arrest” in Florida.

Dashcam Palm Bay Police Officer Threatens To Shoot Teen Resiting Arrest: http://youtu.be/Bmc9Z5H348A via @YouTube

Children: the Hidden Victims of Incarceration

Children: the Hidden Victims of Incarceration.

The growing concerns about the skyrocketing increase of America’s prison and jail populations have obscured an even more worrying reality: the effect on the children and communities left behind.

“We don’t pay enough attention to this consequence (of high US incarceration rates),” says Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and chair of a landmark National Research Council (NRC) study examining America’s incarceration policies.

“Most people in prison (leave behind) a family member, a child—and those children are struggling in many ways, with childhood development, performance in school, (and their) family structure destabilized,” Travis added.

“The psychological consequences may not play out for a generation.”

Travis, speaking on this month’s episode of Criminal Justice Matters, elaborated on some of the issues raised by the widely quoted NRC study, released last spring. The study called for a national reexamination of the nation’s hardline approach towards punishment—which over the past four decades has triggered a fourfold rise in prison and jail populations since the 1970s.

CHILDREN IN WAR! NOT ONLY IN SHADOW! Children in Syria are being taken from their families to be trained as Islamic State fighters and used as informants, according to a civilian who fled the city of Raqqa.

Families Living In Fear In IS-Controlled Raqqa http://news.sky.com/story/1341044/families-living-in-fear-in-is-controlled-raqqa

By Jason Farrell, Sky Correspondent

Children in Syria are being taken from their families to be trained as Islamic State fighters and used as informants, according to a civilian who fled the city of Raqqa.

Former student Abu Abrahim Raqqawi gave Sky News a chilling account of life inside the IS-controlled city where he claimed children are being indoctrinated to become jihadists.

Abu, whose name has been changed, is able to talk because he was smuggled out of Raqqa two weeks ago but remains in regular contact with more than a dozen other underground activists in the city. …

Children in SyriaAbu Abrahim says there is no education for children in Raqqa

Abu Abrahim said: “I think if the West wants to do something to kick ISIS out from Syria, they must bomb the Assad regime. If the Assad regime gets bombed and down, then easily the ISIS regime will get out of Syria because the FSA and all the fighters will just fight ISIS and not both ISIS and Assad.” …

Abu Abrahim said: “I think if the West wants to do something to kick ISIS out from Syria, they must bomb the Assad regime. If the Assad regime gets bombed and down, then easily the ISIS regime will get out of Syria because the FSA and all the fighters will just fight ISIS and not both ISIS and Assad.”

IS fighters proclaim Raqqa is a paradise, but Abu says normal civilians are struggling for survival – that life in a terrorist-controlled city is one of fear, and lives are being risked to tell the real story of the city.

:: Do you have a question about life in Raqqa for people who are there now? Tweet @SkyNews with the hashtag #SkyAskRaqqa and we will put a selection of them to friends of Abu who still live in the City.


READ ORIGINAL-REPORT & WATCH VIDEO HERE: http://news.sky.com/story/1341044/families-living-in-fear-in-is-controlled-raqqa

The Niqab is no Reason to Deny a Girl an Education


The niqab is no reason to deny a girl an education

A school in Camden has barred a pupil for wearing a veil. This is not how a liberal education should work

‘The veil is a metaphor not just for the struggle between religious faith and feminism but for deep contemporary fears of division and distance.’ Photograph: Don McPhee for the Guardian

Gotcha, as the Sun is surely thinking. Once again, Ed Miliband has been done up like a kipper by the tabloid of choice for the struggling low-earners he seeks to represent. And this time it’s not for going along with one of its patriotic publicity stunts – as when he posed with its World Cup front page – but for refusing. Asked on a crazily busy day to be photographed wearing a Help for Heroes…

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Japanese children’s cartoon Crayon Shin-chan branded pornography

Japanese children’s cartoon Crayon Shin-chan branded pornography

Indonesian broadcasting commission tells television network to cut ‘indecent’ parts of the programme or show it at a later time

Crayon Shin-chanCrayon Shin-chan has a penchant for mooning. Photograph: Shin-Ei Animation

With his penchant for mooning and blurting out risqué spoonerisms, Crayon Shin-chan has delighted Japanese children, and infuriated their parents, for more than two decades.

But now the precocious five-year-old has met his match in the form of Indonesian regulators, who have declared his antics as “borderline pornography” and warned broadcasters to censor images of his bare buttocks, scantily clad women and other indecorous Scenes. …

READ ORIGINAL-ARTICLE: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/24/japanese-children-cartoon-crayon-shin-chan-pornography-indonesia


Kidnapped Nigerian Student becomes first in Months to escape Boko Haram

Kidnapped Nigerian student becomes first in months to escape Boko Haram

20-year-old in ‘state of extreme trauma’ is receiving medical treatment after being found wandering through village

Nigeria demonstrationProtesters call for the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls in Abuja, Nigeria. Photograph: Olamikan Gbemiga/AP

One of the school students snatched by Boko Haram when they raided a Nigerian dormitory has been found wandering through a small north-eastern village, the first confirmed escape since the atrocity that shocked the world in April this year. ..:

read original-article here:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/25/kidnapped-nigerian-schoolgirl-escape-boko-haram?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

It’s Hard To Imagine These Kids Behind Bars. Then Again, Maybe It’s Not.


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Former convent in Ireland

Elizabeth Coppin and Mary Merrit share their stories in Our World: Ireland’s Hidden Bodies, Hidden Secrets on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September at 21:30 BST on BBC World News, and today on Newsnight on BBC2.

Demanding justice for women and children abused by Irish nuns

PHOTOCREDIT: _77767716_laundry-frances-624Magdalene Laundry, Ireland. Courtesy of Frances Finnegan, author of Do Penance or Perish: A study of Magdalen Asylums in Ireland

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An inquiry last year into Ireland’s Magdalene laundries, where for decades thousands of women were forced to work by nuns, found no evidence that workers were abused. But those who experienced life inside laundry walls angrily reject this, and are insisting that the nuns be held accountable.

“Oh my God! You know what? This brings back so much memories,” 65-year-old Elizabeth Coppin says as she pushes open the door to the Convent Church next to the Magdalene laundry where she was sent to work for the nuns when she was 14. …

PLEASE READ MORE OF THIS REPORT: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29307705#

Neuroscientist Carl Hart: Everything You Think You Know About Drugs and Addiction Is Wrong


AlterNet and Salon / ByApril M. Short 

Neuroscientist Carl Hart: Everything You Think You Know About Drugs and Addiction Is Wrong

“The overwhelming majority of drug users don’t have a drug problem.”

Carl Hart grew up in Miami in what he calls the ‘hood, a poor community with high rates of crime and prevalent drug use. He kept a gun in his car, engaged in petty crime and sold drugs. Today Hart is a neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. He’s also an expert on drug addiction. In a TEDMED Talk earlier this month, Hart explained how he went from dealing drugs in the ‘hood to studying addiction at one of the world’s top universities. His talk summarizes some of the major themes from his book,  High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and…

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“Wenn Kinder zuschlagen” MADE A MISTAKE, excuse me for this!

«Parent battering» Wenn Kinder zuschlagen Robin Schwarzenbach 22.9.2014, 05:30 Uhr …NZZ

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«Parent battering» Wenn Kinder zuschlagen Robin Schwarzenbach 22.9.2014, 05:30 Uhr …
Take my photograph off this sight right now!!! Why are you using it with this article? You do not have permission, and this image has nothing to do with this article…