Human Rights

Orwell revisited: The Party wants Hongkongers to learn to love Big Brother | Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong is supposed to be an autonomous area free from political influence by China. But with people disappearing without officially leaving the area and then ending up in China to confess their crimes on public media, this autonomy is being questioned.

When George Orwell wrote 1984, 1984 was in the future and what he predicted could have happened. If he chose the date 2016, would the book have sold like it did? Perhaps the brainwashing of captured American troops by North Korea back in the 1950s had something to do with this chosen date.

Many of us have read the book and seen the film. Room 111 where that which you feared the most would help you to love Big Brother. Not allow you to fake the love, but feel it to the depths of you being.

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/30/orwell-revisited-the-party-wants-hongkongers-to-learn-to-love-big-brother/

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Transgender/Intersex Rights in Transition | Human Rights Watch

This concise report tells of the suffering of transgender and intersex persons worldwide. It also describes changes slowly evolving on international and national levels to alleviate the difference, stigma, shame, and violence against those of us who don’t fit into the gender binary.

https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2016/rights-in-transition

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BBC News: Images from ‘lost’ Jerry Lewis Holocaust film see light of day

The comment is made in this article that we NEED comedy at times in order to go on living. There have been times in all our lives when an event that will profoundly and unavoidably change our lives is approaching. Speaking about it with our friends in a comical manner seems to release our pent-up fear, anxiety, and wonder about what life will be like after this event occurs. Onlookers may not understand this response because they are not undergoing the emotional forces that are in play just waiting for this event to happen.

Writing about this hypothetically asks each one of us to be honest with our selves and recall events that are so personal that you cannot share them with others. You may have spoken about or described them to others, but truly SHARING them is another matter.

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Images from ‘lost’ Jerry Lewis Holocaust film see light of day_87477977_87477976.jpgIn the early 1970s Hollywood actor Jerry Lewis started working on a Holocaust film so bizarre he ended up hiding all the footage and to this day it has never been seen.
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‘It’s all just poison now’: Flint reels as families struggle through water crisis | US news | The Guardian

Factoring in the cost of replacing and updating worn out and toxic infrastructure is not popular when it comes to raising taxes. And politicians promise to cut taxes if they get elected. This crisis in Flint is a public catastrophe that brings back memories of Love Canal many years ago.

In 2009 the Endocrine Society published a report on the presence of Endocrine Disruptive Chemicals in the environment. A bill was introduced into the US Congress by a Democrat to address this issue. Since it was Mr. Obama’s first term as President, it died.

Now there are projections that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. And as with early projections on global warming, 2050 could turn out to be 2020 or earlier.

The children who have consumed or are still consuming this poisoned water will grew up and have children. The poisoning of our biosphere doesn’t end with us; it will infect our children’s, children’s, children.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/24/flint-michigan-water-crisis-lead-poisoning-families-children?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Version+CB+header&utm_term=152955&subid=17772030&CMP=ema_565b

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BBC News: From Syria With Love: Refugee children draw their life in war

Art is a way for children to tell us adults about the traumas they have experienced. There is a link embedded in this post that will lead you through a quick history, with photos, why Syria is the way it is now.

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From Syria With Love: Refugee children draw their life in war_87786172_capture.jpgDrawings have been collected by a Syrian student living in Exeter, who is exhibiting them under the tile From Syria With Love.
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L’art brut des migrants en France -Bien Sûr

When I returned to university in the 1990s, I started doing abstract art. My genres included markers on paper bags, rags, spray paint on glass plates, metal engravings, wood routings, and soldered metal assemblages. I usually gave names to the pieces taken from my studies in Phenomenology and Existentialism. I sold some pieces during the 16 years I was into this. Perhaps doing this art helped me find myself and come out in 2003.

For France this art should be looked upon and conserved as national art treasure. Like Picasso’s Guernica, this art speaks of the pain and misery of violence, war, and oppression. There must be psychic healing doing this art. After all, it is the speaking of internal trauma through outward expression.

Video: Paris street artists tell migrant stories in graffiti http://f24.my/239JFcB

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BBC News: German man faces trial over Nazi mass murder at Auschwitz

I was born in 1943, another “war baby” that helped keep my father out of the military. Those who assisted in the Holocaust, as well as the Holocaust survivors, have mostly died. Yet justice has to be served for those who are still alive.

Can this happen again? IT IS, RIGHT NOW, happening again in the Middle East and still in Guantanamo. Motivators are not hard to find when it comes to inflicting torture and death onto other human beings. When a Syrian torturer was asked why he treated people like he did the answer was simple. He was also a prisoner and he would be tortured if he didn’t torture. In the military you follow orders, like them or not. And for the real fanatics like the Nazis and the jihadists, you become true believers in the Cause. Killing your own mother in front of hundreds of other true believers sends a powerful, motivating message. The people who set these programs up are not stupid. And in the end everyone tries to cover their asses as best they can when the house of cards collapses.

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German man faces trial over Nazi mass murder at AuschwitzA 95-year-old former SS man will go on trial in Germany next month, accused over the mass murder of Auschwitz inmates.
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