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Posts Tagged ‘government’

Mrs May’s financial penalty against the sick and disabled, despite her grand speech

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed George Freeman, as Chief Policy Advisor to Mrs May, has created a whirlwind storm in the UK following his crass remarks in regard to wanting to differentiate between physically and mentally disabled (staying at home and taking pills for anxiety), denying the latter access to apply for PIPs Personal […]

Sri Lanka & UNHRC Session – March 2017

Dinuka Liyanawatte   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Will Justice for Tamils be Delayed for Denial?

To the Government of Zimbabwe: I fear for my life

By Mbizo Chirasha I am a Zimbabwean, Zimbabwe is the country in which I was born. It is my country. I don’t have another home except Zimbabwe. I need to live freely in my country of birth. Why do I not get the freedom I need? I wait and watch people gambling and playing games […]

Housing: The Homeless, the Renter and the Owner

Matthew Lloyd/AFP   By Hazel Speed The UK Government yesterday put forward a White Paper relating to Housing Issues.

Syria:13,000 secretly hanged in Saydnaya military prison

Cesare Davolio   By Amnesty International A chilling new report from human rights NGO Amnesty International has exposed the “cold-blooded killing of thousands of defenceless prisoners” in a Syrian government jail where an estimated 13,000 people have been hanged in the past five years, and where mass hangings of up to 50 people at a […]

Opposite sides of a dirty coin

Matt Cardy/AFP   By Hazel Speed Having survived the schemes Mrs Thatcher put in place to make life hard for the unemployed during her reign, I had hoped that things might have improved by 2017.

With love, asking after Lai Mohammed

By Prince Charles Dickson   Liars and cheats occasionally win a war but seldom win a battle.

UN system owes Sri Lankan Tamils remedial justice

AFP photo   By Kumarathasan Rasingam   “In the end, it comes down to values, as was said so many times today. We want the world our children inherit to be defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.”  –  António Guterres – New UN Secretary […]

Mrs May: By what efficacy can her new ideals be realised?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed There is a great old saying ‘fine words butter no parsnips‘. It means that talk is all well and good, but without action and evidence thereof, then everything is reduced to words, no matter how altruistically meant.

The Proposed Constitution in Sri Lanka…

AFP photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Will it accommodate the just demands of the Tamils or abandon them to choose their own destiny?

Indian National Congress must end the dynasty rule

By Siddhartha Rastogi   …..To protect the country and not the party alone

Cash that will never come back in hand – India’s demonetisation story

Ajit Solanki/AP   By Siddhartha Rastogi   Cash withdrawal curbs to continue…

Peace or War – Revisiting the Nigerian conundrum

By Madamidola Oladele Developments in the Nigerian State from the beginning of the 21st century to date have called for serious pondering on my part. So much water has passed under the Nigerian bridge; many events and catastrophes; many takes and mistakes; minor improvements and major setbacks.

Bangladesh receives $360 million World Bank financing to improve waterway connectivity

Erik Nora   By Sheuli Akter To help the poor population living in remote areas, Bangladesh has launched a project to construct 14 landing stations in shoals, where often waterways are the only mode of transportation.

Why are we making sex education mandatory for 5 yr olds?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed I heard a comedian on the radio recently who is always very funny. On this occasion she said that she had grown up around so many liberal talking adults that at the age of five she knew so much about sexual language – therefore when she went to primary […]

Will UNHRC live up to its commitments to Sri Lanka?

AP photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai Sri Lanka became a member of the United Nations in 1955, bound with obligations to observe the provisions of the United Nations and other United Nations Conventions, and as a member of the Human Rights Council.

Brexit – The Poison Chalice Before The Supreme Court

PA photo   By Hazel Speed What a total waste of time and money! Monday was the first day of the Hearing before all eleven Judges of the Supreme Court in London in respect of the requirement, or otherwise, of the Mother of all Parliaments to “sign off” on the issues associated with Brexit prior […]

Corruption in society under the name of religion

Rehan Khan/EPA   By Shahper Hassan Ours is a terribly sick society that under the cover of religion has taken altogether another path while distorting the meaning of religion. From top government officials down to the peon most of the people are corrupt and the establishment tops the corruption hierarchy.

Faceless Ones

AFP photo   By Alan Share   Methinks the Bar Council doth protest too much!

Hexit – Heathrow Expansion Runway 2B or not 2B – that is the question

Frank Augstein/AP   By Hazel Speed When reading a poignant comment within a recent article I was most touched to see one by someone whose home may receive a Compulsory Purchase Order, no doubt, if Hexit goes ahead “I would lose my house community and friends.”

The National dialogue in Sudan has died a clinical death

Eraphim Hamid/AFP   By Mohamed Elgadi It is unfortunate for Sudan, to a scandalous degree that the national dialogue is no longer, this from a terrorist Khartoum government led by President Omar al-Bashir.

DRC govt decrees 30-day curfew in south central region

AP photo   By Byobe Malenga The provincial government of the Kasai Orientale Province (south-central DRCongo) has decreed a curfew across the whole province. The decision was taken after an incursion made by troops loyal to the late Kamwina Nsapu in the Kabeya Kamwanga territory. The population has been advised to stay at home between […]

Sheer hypocrisy!

Damir Sagolj/Reuters   By Hazel Speed So the Government has backed down and will not be requiring UK businesses who hire immigrants that undercut British workers to be named and shamed.

Will Corporations Pay Damages for Climate Change?

AP photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah   Fossil Fuels are Killers. Over 63 % of the world’s emissions have happened because of 5 major corporations, Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell.   The result is the Climate Change we feel today. This change is not based on fallacy and rhetoric but is the major cause […]

Office of Missing Persons, Sri Lanka: Upholding or Denying Justice?

Lakruwan Wanniarachchilakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP   By Thambu Kanagasabai Sri Lanka ranks second in the list of countries after Iraq to record the largest number of disappearances with unofficial estimated numbers of about 90,000 since the 1980s. From these disappearances, enforced or involuntary disappearances are reported to be around 65,000.

Intercollegiate athletics, a uniquely American malignancy

John Beale/AP   By Don Krieger

Govt inaction on inequality means women work four years longer than men

Jenny Vaughan/Mercy Corps   By Alpha Jallow According to new figures released today by international NGO ActionAid, women are working an average of four years longer than men during their life, largely because of their greater role in housework and caring for children, the sick and elderly. Around the world governments are failing to take action to deal with […]

This is why Nigerians suffer…

Pius Utomi Ekpei   By Prince Charles Dickson The greatest lesson in life is to know that sometimes even fools are right—Winston Churchill. So, that the country is in recession is not the news, has never been the news, despite all the debates, arguments, mutual consent and accusations…who is at fault and who is not […]

Will there be a General Strike in the UK?

Andy Rain/EPA   By Hazel Speed With the inevitable announcement that Jeremy Corbyn has achieved an even further enhanced mandate to enable security (for now at least) as to his Leadership of the Labour Party, this could well precipitate a General Strike in the future. A catalyst of sorts because of the background factors.

Britannia Rules the Waves – Or do we?

By Hazel Speed Not long since we have watched The Last Night of The Proms with all our UK Patriotic Anthems still ringing in our ears (though always in our hearts), we hear yet of a further warning by top military brass that there are gaps in our capability to meet any serious military attacks […]