The BBC is reporting another shocking murder of a victim in a rape case in India. We have followed the dire conditions for girls and women who are often traded away in marriages or subjected to child bride arrangements that are little more than religiously sanctioned rape. The latest case involves a 16-year-old girl who was raped at a wedding and her attackers were then fined $750 and, according to the BBC, ordered to do 100 sit-ups. While most of us are outraged by such light punishment, the attackers were outraged in their own right and beat the parents and then burned the victim alive.
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Off to the Scottish Highlands. Back in a fortnight.
Officials at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum have described how they were subjected to a wave of “hate, fake news and manipulations” as a result of the controversy surrounding a contentious Holocaust speech law passed by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party earlier this year.
The campaign of disinformation and abuse at the hands of Polish nationalists has raised concerns about pressure being exerted on official guides at the site in southern Poland, after the home of one foreign guide was attacked and supporters of a convicted antisemite filmed themselves repeatedly hectoring their guide during a visit to the camp last month.
Continue reading: Poland’s Holocaust law triggers tide of abuse against Auschwitz museum
by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times
At the dark heart of corporate consumer culture lie the social programs that mass-produce conformity, obedience, acquiescence and consent for the matrix.
The cult of celebrity is the royal monarch of these schemes, the ace in the hole for mass mind control and the disempowerment of the individual. This is the anointed paradigm of idol worship and idol sacrifice, a vampire’s feast on our individual and collective dreams. Who do you love? Who do you hate? Who do want to be like?
Combine this paradigm with the technology of social media, and the individual is flung into oblivion, never fully understanding the importance and value of their own life, instead always comparing themselves to phony ideals and well-designed, well-funded marketing campaigns.
‘The camera has created a culture of celebrity; the computer is creating a culture of connectivity. As the two technologies converge – broadband…
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Terminally-ill patients have made an appeal to the Department for Communities for a change to the rules which govern how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is awarded. On Monday a delegation of individuals with end of life conditions, led by SDLP deputy leader Nichola Mallon, met with representatives from the Department at Stormont.
PIP is gradually being phased in to replace the Disability Living Allowance in Northern Ireland. As it stands, individuals are only applicable for to be assessed under special rules – where the claim takes around two weeks to be processed, and doesn’t require a face-to-face assessment – if they have a diagnosis of less than six months to live.
Individuals who fall outside this criteria, even if they have an end-of-life diagnosis, find themselves facing what can be a taxing reassessment process to move from…
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“Heartbreaking,” the home secretary calls the Windrush cases. To a mother whose son died in fear of unjust deportation, or a man denied urgent cancer treatment, “heartbreaking” is the right word. But Theresa May’s “sorry for any anxiety that has been caused” better reflects this government’s heart.
Amber Rudd, in her car-crash replies to Yvette Cooper’s forensic questioning on Wednesday, was forced to admit that she had a target for removals: this year it is 12,000 people. Today’s official line from Matt Hancock, the all-purpose Today programme minister, is: “It has never been Home Office policy to take decisions arbitrarily to meet the target.” But from inside the Home Office comes evidence that…
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By Robert A. Vella
In the U.S. over the last eight years or so, critics of Republican voter id plans asked the following question:
Why do you want new voter id requirements?
The question was typically answered by Republicans with vague claims about “massive voter fraud” favoring Democrats. Those claims elicited numerous electoral studies which showed voter fraud to be statistically irrelevant (See: Myth of Voter Fraud). Furthermore, Republican politicians have been caught on several occasions admitting their true motives for pursuing new voter id laws and other policies designed to suppress voter turnout in a targeted, discriminatory manner (See: Some Republicans Acknowledge Leveraging Voter ID Laws for Political Gain).
Now, the same tactics are being pursued in the U.K. where the Tories (i.e. conservatives) are facing a mounting backlash over the Brexit fallout as well as the painful consequences of their aggressive austerity policies.
From: Voter ID…
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