New York Daily Sun - The Trusted New York Daily Broadsheet » Campaigns http://www.newyorkdailysun.com New York’s Daily Newspaper Reporting News, Sport, Politics, Finance, Fashion, Features and Scandal. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:39:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 Political Correctness Slammed Over Female Genital Mutilation http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/political-correctness-slammed-over-female-genital-mutilation/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/political-correctness-slammed-over-female-genital-mutilation/#comments Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:47:51 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=3381 The British Government has been slammed in a report issued by Parliament’s International Development Committee, criticising its perceived inability to tackle the issue of female genital mutilation.

Written by Chris White

The report claimed that one of the major factors in the government’s inability to tackle female genital mutilation or ‘FGM’ in the UK, was that British police and social workers were “too afraid” to do anything effective to stop it for fear of being labelled as “racist”.

The report was especially concerned by the fact that whereas the British Government has allocated £35 million to end the practice abroad as part of its G8 pledge to substantially fund international projects aimed at ending violence against women, practically nothing had been done by government to curb the practice in the United Kingdom, with no one being prosecuted for a single genital mutilation case for more than 4 years.

The Committee’s report went on to describe how the British Government had been “weakened” by Political Correctness, citing an approximate number of 20,000 girls aged between 4 and 13 who were in danger of FGM which the report concluded as being “unforgivable” on the part of the government.

The report concluded: “The UK’s credibility in calling to end the practice overseas is undermined by the failure to tackle the problem at home. Robust action should be taken to counter political correctness and address culturally sensitive practices such as female genital mutilation within the UK.”

MPs on all sides of The House have responded by suggesting that the UK should adopt what the government called a “cross-agency” approach to the crisis of female circumcision in the UK, whereby police would “liaison” with various “community” organization and “proactively track girls at risk of female genital mutilation and step in to prevent parents having the procedure performed on their daughters”.

However, the Committee described it as “appalling” that no girls had thus far been placed on the child protection register despite 148 referrals of female genital mutilation over the past 4 years.

The Committee’s Chairman Sir Malcolm Bruce added that for the government to “meet its goal to eradicate this brutal practice within a generation, the UK Government must also act on this issue in the UK”.

In response to the report a Home Office spokesman said: “There is no justification for female genital mutilation. It is child abuse and it is illegal. We are absolutely clear that political or cultural sensitivities must not get in the way of preventing and uncovering this terrible form of criminal activity. The law in this country applies to absolutely everyone.”

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Peter Tatchell’s New Crusade http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/peter-tatchells-new-crusade/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/peter-tatchells-new-crusade/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:31:42 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=3279 Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has helped launch a campaign to reform the arbitrary and wide-sweeping 1986 Public Order Act, claiming that Section 5 effectively outlaws free speech and the communication of ideas or disgust on mere emotional grounds, by making the use of “threatening or insulting words or behaviour” illegal.

Written by Chris White

The campaign which is intended to change the language of the much maligned Public Order Act has united a large body of lobbying groups usually at loggerheads with each other, such as the National Secular Society and the Christian Institute, around the issue of free speech.

Unlike in the United States the United Kingdom has no constitutionally protected freedom of expression and therefore the British Parliament is under UK law free to regulate, limit, censor or prohibit any form of expression imaginable.

This has led to a number of absurd situations, such as the arrest and fining of someone for calling a British police horse “gay” and for calling scientology a cult.

Speaking of the campaign and its issues to journalists Peter Tatchell said:

“I have been a victim of Section 5. In 1994, I organised a small peaceful protest against the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, some of whose members had endorsed the killing of Jews, homosexuals, apostates and women who have sex outside of marriage.

I displayed placards that factually documented the persecution of gay people by Islamist fanatics.

I was arrested and charged under Section 5 with behaviour that was deemed insulting and likely to cause distress. I fought the charges and eventually won, but not before spending many hours in police cells and standing trial.

This experience convinced me that Section 5 is open to abuse by over-zealous police and prosecutors.

“The Section 5 ban on insults is a menace to liberty. It has been abused to variously arrest or threaten with arrest people protesting non-violently against abortion and for gay equality and animal welfare. Other victims include Christian street preachers, critics of Scientology and even students making jokes.

In 2008, a teenager was given a court summons for holding a placard that denounced Scientology as a dangerous cult. Three years earlier, an Oxford student was arrested for jokingly suggesting that a police horse was gay.

Under Section 5, is it an offence for a person to use ‘insulting words or behaviour” in a way that is “likely” to cause “harassment, alarm or distress.’

There is no requirement to prove that anyone has been harassed, alarmed or distressed. The mere likelihood is sufficient to secure a conviction. Moreover, an offence is committed regardless of the person’s intention.

If we accept that insults resulting in likely alarm or distress should be a crime, we risk limiting free and open debate and criminalising dissenting opinions and alternative lifestyles that some people may find offensive and upsetting. The right to mock, ridicule and satirise ideas, opinions and institutions is put in jeopardy. Section 5 can, in theory, be used to criminalise almost any words, actions or images, if even just one person is likely to be alarmed or distressed by them.

There is no right to be not distressed or offended. Some of the most important ideas in history – such as those of Galileo Galilei and Charles Darwin – caused great offence and distress in their time.”

According to a recent ComRes poll 62% of all House of Commons MPs were shown to believe that it should not be the function of government to outlaw insults.

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BBC’s Grave Error: Asghar Bukhari http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/bbcs-grave-error-asghar-bukhari/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/bbcs-grave-error-asghar-bukhari/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 12:35:14 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=2717 Only hours after two Nigerian Islamists ambushed and hacked a serving British soldier to death in the streets of Woolwich as he was walking back to the Royal Artillery Barracks yesterday, the BBC made a catastrophic error by inviting on its World News channel one of Britain’s worst Islamist terrorist sympathisers – Asghar Bukhari of the vile MPAC(UK), in the guise of a so-called “expert on extremism”.

Written By Aisha Patel

Let’s remind ourselves of who Bukhari really is:

In 2006, Bukhari had sent David Irving a £60 cheque and a letter headed with a quote from John Locke, “All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to stand idle”. This was reported in UK paper The Observer as David Irving had made statements in the past supporting Holocaust Denial. Bukhari said that he felt that Irving was, “being smeared for nothing more than being anti-Zionist” and that the “pro-Israeli lobby often accuse people of anti-Semitism. He said he felt that Holocaust denial was wrong, and that he did not know that Irving was a Holocaust denier when he donated money to him.

Bukhari then scrabbled around for support but failed miserably to find any.

Now a pariah, Bukhari published an audiocast where he stated: “David Irving claimed he was not anti-Semitic and was in fact being attacked by the powerful pro-Israeli lobby; in short, being smeared … I believed him, it’s as simple as that … I would not have supported anyone who is anti-Semitic.”

No-one listened. Bukhari had shown his true colours.

Then, during the Gaza War, Bukhari was busted again when he wrote in a Facebook thread:

“Muslims who fight against the occupation of their lands are ‘Mujahadeen’ and are blessed by Allah. And any Muslim who fights and dies against Israel and dies is a martyr and will be granted paradise … There is no greater oppressor on this earth than the Zionists, who murder little children for sport.”

The British Centre for Social Cohesion passed his comments onto the UK police.

As a result, MPACUK responded by criticising the Centre for Social Cohesion for “wasting police time by reporting Asghar Bukhari for supposedly contravening the new law banning ‘glorification of terrorism’. MPACUK – who actually care about stopping terrorism – expect our taxes to be spent trying to prevent anyone from blowing us up on tube trains (not dealing with politically-motivated malicious reports against media spokespeople from Muslim groups!)”

“It’s a depressing cycle of violence and it’s not going to end anytime soon”, was Bukhari’s pathetic justification for the Islamist hacking of a British soldier to death yesterday.

Confirming that most Muslim youths see themselves as being more loyal to Asian traditions and structures of authority than those which are British or European, Bukhari went on: “Muslim organizations [referred to by the interviewer as mainstream Muslim organizations] have failed to teach young people [young Muslim people] that there is another route for the grievance, the anger, the frustration that they feel about this government’s policies in the Muslim World.”

Then, announcing that more terrorist attacks would follow, Bukhari declared: “Young people are going to take to what they see on the television, they’re going to take to these barbaric attacks!” – Describing their grievances as “justifiable” and calling on the British Government to “admit this direct link” between “this radicalization that’s happening” and “their foreign policy.”

The attack comes as multiple plots by Islamists to assassinate soldiers in the streets of Britain have already been foiled in recent years and on the same day as the attack, immigrant riots continued to rock Sweden for a third day, erupting in a car burning epidemic in centres such as Malmö and Stockholm.

Asghar Bukhari is not representative of Muslims. He is a representative of political Islam which has no place in British politics in the hothead, extremist form personified by Bukhari.

The BBC should be ashamed. When an Islamist extremist atrocity has just occurred on Britain’s streets, Brits at home and abroad do not expect to turn on their televisions and watch a scraggy imp, who is an anti-Semitic Islamist extremist himself, justifying the atrocity.

Whoever was responsible at the BBC for inviting this warped, little devil into their studios should be sacked.

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Croatia, Albania, Macedonia & EU Accession: The View From Brussels http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/croatia-albania-macedonia-and-eu-accession-the-view-from-brussels/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/croatia-albania-macedonia-and-eu-accession-the-view-from-brussels/#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 09:25:06 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=2457 Croatia on the Verge of EU Accession

From our window in the iconic, art deco, recently renovated, and surprisingly affordable Hotel Regent Esplanade in Zagreb, Croatia’s increasingly chic capital city, my wife, Lidija and I watch the swelling police presence centred on the august establishment’s regal entrance. Serb footballers are slated to arrive and confront their Croat counterparts in a historic match: Benign echoes of the rabid and gory war that tore these neighbours apart two decades earlier.

By Sam Vaknin Author of  ”Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited”

Croatia’s imminent accession to the European Union (EU) is supposed to erase these bitter memories and restore a sense of safety and stability to this beautiful country. Membership would confer no other immediate benefits as the ailing supranational club is preoccupied with one economic crisis after another.

Yet, to its visitor, Croatia presents a duality that is hard to reconcile. Figures like Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac, Zagreb’s pro-Ustashe Archbishop during the country’s Nazi-leaning period and Franjo Tudman, its controversial first President after it seceded from Yugoslavia are extolled and celebrated. Veterans of paramilitary police units which committed atrocities in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are venerated and installed in offices in centre town. In contrast, the city is an epitome of the best qualities of both old-fashioned Europe and its new, more youthful incarnation. Croat youngsters are largely apolitical and tech-savvy. Amidst a culinary big bang, a cultural-historical cornucopia, and a varied and cosmopolitan shopping experience, Zagreb is joining Dalmatia, Croatia’s breathtaking beachfront, as a tourist destination.

Luxury hotels like the immaculate and ornamental Esplanade are re-orienting themselves to cater to families, honeymooners and even the occasional backpacker with differential pricing, special packages and offers and a warm and impeccably welcoming atmosphere. Corporate business still constitutes the bread and butter, though, as more than 90% of Croatia’s 11.5 million annual tourists (with c. 60 million nights) migrate to the sunny and sea-ridden islands to the east.

Albania, NATO member and EU aspirant

The imposing Italian-Fascist architecture of Tirana fails to mask the merry and at times, ominous chaos that is Albania. Street hawkers huddle conspiratorially as they peddle smartphones and watches of dubious provenance while policemen idle, visibly bored with the hair-trigger traffic and the stinging drizzle.

The city pulses vitally night and day: A sempiternal carnival of lights and sounds and smells in the throes of a construction frenzy gone amok. Still, poverty is evident and all-pervasive and the rule of Law is largely an empty slogan. Shady economic and political interests may have receded to the background, but they still control the levers of power. The roads, where they exist, are in a mind-boggling state of disrepair and it is not uncommon to come across posses of masked men in mysterious black uniforms manning checkpoints and roadblocks. The situation is rumoured to be different in the south where massive investments in tourism infrastructure are creating a new Riviera, replete with modern hotels and hospitality services.

Amidst this vortex, a new breed of intellectuals asserts itself: An unbridled explosion of music and prose and poetry. Speech is surprisingly free and daring. EU membership is perceived by this vanguard as a guarantee of a better future, not only economically, but politically as well: The local breed of unruly and often criminalized politicos can be tamed only by an external, unrelenting, impartial force, such as the European Commission.

Albanian hopes of importing from the outside values which Albanians seem to lack inherently, such as work ethic and respect for the Law, are bound to be frustrated. The very clannish, exclusionary and patriarchal structure of this society needs to be dismantled before Albania joins the family of modern nations. It is a tall order, but not an impossible one.

Macedonia: Solipsism and Megalomania

It is common today to read state-sanctioned interviews in the tame and manhandled local media with crackpot “scholars” and “analysts” of domestic and foreign issue.

These explain why Macedonia should not join the sick men of Europe, how the European social model is bound to fail and why Macedonia’s alleged historical and cultural heritage is unsurpassed and unique. This is part of a growing trend of navel-gazing, cognitive dissonance and compensatory megalomania that finds its ultimate expression in a wasteful and grandiose clutter of construction projects strewn across the congested and less-than-clean capital city of Skopje.

With NATO and EU accession blocked by a belligerent Greece, the future looks bleak. Apartment prices are declining, unemployment is stuck at an unsustainably high level, poverty is stark and widespread, foreign direct investment dried up and the brain drain is rampant. Internecine political bickering brought the country to a virtual standstill. The government employs one quarter of the workforce and its budget amounts to more than half of the country’s GDP, one fifth of which consists of remittances from abroad and other unilateral transfers.

The Albanians of Macedonia want out, no longer content to let the ethnic Macedonians steer the ship of state. Violent clashes are a weekly occurrence. The international community is busy elsewhere and pays only lip service to Macedonia’s integration in the EU. Things are bound to get a lot worse before they get somewhat better.

The European Union wishes for an ever closer union between Macedonia and its neighbour Kosovo. Such integration would alleviate the latter’s inglorious isolation and provide a natural outlet for Macedonian products and the pent-up entrepreneurship of Albanians in western Macedonia. It would also counter Serbia’s disruptive influence. – But this is a perilous strategy as it is often misinterpreted by the natives as a tacit nod and wink at their not-so-latent irredentism.

Author Bio

Sam Vaknin ( http://samvak.tripod.com ) is the author of Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain – How the West Lost the East, as well as many other books and ebooks about topics in psychology, relationships, philosophy, economics and international affairs.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Politician and served as a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, eBookWeb and Bellaonline, and as a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent. He was the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.

Visit Sam’s Web site at http://www.narcissistic-abuse.com

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Sexual Violence in Burma http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/sexual-violence-in-burma/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/sexual-violence-in-burma/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 11:02:07 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=2303 Burma Campaign UK is deeply concerned that G8 Foreign Ministers meeting today appear to be prioritising trade opportunities with Burma, rather than ending rape and sexual violence committed by Burmese government forces.

The Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) is top of the agenda for G8 Foreign Ministers. However, Burma is not one of the countries included in PSVI. Instead, discussion on Burma will focus on proposals by the Government of Burma for responsible investment.

Reports of rape and sexual violence by government forces have increased since Thein Sein became President in 2011. Women’s organisations and human rights organisations have documented increased use of rape by government forces in Shan State, Kachin State and Rakhine State.  The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma has highlighted on-going sexual violence in his recent reports, and the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution on Burma, passed last month, also called for an end to ‘rape and other forms of sexual violence.’

Despite this, G8 Foreign Ministers seem likely to be silent about sexual violence in Burma, while focussing instead on a non-binding responsible investment initiative, which at the moment seems more like a public relations exercise for companies worried about the risk to their reputation from investing in Burma.

“It is incredible that at a G8 Foreign Ministers’ meeting where ending sexual violence is the priority, ministers will sit with Burma government officials to discuss trade, not sexual violence,” said Zoya Phan, Campaigns Manager at Burma Campaign UK. “Sadly this is another example of how trade with Burma, not human rights, is becoming the priority for the international community.”

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Allied Newspaper Campaigns http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/allied-newspaper-campaign/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/allied-newspaper-campaign/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:16:52 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=1202 In 2013 Allied Newspapers will be beginning a series of campaigns. We believe that through the raising of awareness and the application of media pressure upon decision makers, we can change the world for the better. Both small and large changes are needed to improve the world. Whether it is something as widespread and significant as the battle against tolerance or something as small and local like the improvement of local recycling in a small hamlet in France, we believe that all positive changes are important and we do our utmost to bring about such change.

No single organization can wrong the rights of the world on its own, but as a global network of newspapers, we feel that we must uphold our responsibility to do what we can. Our diversity of papers allows a great platform with which to instigate change and raise awareness of the important campaigns around the world. We already have some campaigns that we will be looking to spread and enact after New Year celebrations. These will include the following:

  • Human rights cases such as the protection of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado and the campaign for a fair trial of Hakamada Iwao in Japan – the world’s longest standing impending death penalty victim;
  • The campaign for fairer student fees in the UK;
  • The campaign for justice in Burma;
  • The campaign to ban Hizb ut Tahrir;
  • The maintaining of the Union in the UK;
  • The bringing back of dog licenses;
  • Kicking homophobia out of football.

However, at Allied Newspapers we also pride ourselves on giving our readers and writers a platform to voice their views as well. This includes giving people the right to use our papers as a platform for campaigns as well, as long as they are not offensive or extremist. So please get in touch with us via email at editor@newyorkdailysun.com if you have a campaign you would like to suggest or run on our papers.

 

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