Conservatives block oversight for spies
Who is watching the watchers? Here in Canada, revelations about potential violations by our own spy agencies haven’t come from government oversight, they’ve come from Edward Snowden—and the Conservative government doesn’t see that as a problem.
Recently former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents suggesting that the Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC) initiated industrial espionage against Brazil’s ministry of mines and energy, and helped allies monitor leaders at a G20 summit hosted by Canada.
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Scandelous case of corruption
The recent exposure of financial corruption and audit collusion with the Canadian Senate comes as no surprise to members of the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR). SCAR has been strongly urging media and politicians, for years, to investigate and to speak out about the financial corruption and government/auditor collusion with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We have been assisting with the disgraceful human rights case of Canadian scientist Dr. Chander Grover for several years.
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New York Times explains
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Mulcair does not deserve to be Prime Minister
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair claims that a paltry majority of 50%+1 of expressed votes in a referendum would be enough to justify breaking up Canada; that Quebec separation could occur based on a one-vote difference between the Yes and No sides. While the NDP requires a two-thirds majority to make changes in their own constitution, Mr. Mulcair considers that a single vote is sufficient to break up Canada!
Mr. Mulcair contradicts the Supreme Court ... Read More
Conservatives’ economic fumbling
The federal government’s recent Economic Update proves once again that the Conservatives are out-of-touch with the challenges facing middle class Canadians.
It didn’t include anything for middle class families who are struggling under record levels of household debt. The average Canadian household now owes $1.66 for every dollar of disposable income.
It didn’t include anything to help young Canadians, or the parents who are financially supporting them. Today there are still 225,400 fewer jobs for young Canadians ... Read More
This problem of Extremist Muslims captivating and marrying and grooming sikh girls has been a international problem.
This has happened in Australia, Malaysia and United Kingdom as of my knowledge.
This has been happening for the last 20 years as I have heard of several cases and heard from extremely distraught and heart-broken parents.
The question that we need to ask ourselves as a community is -How can we stop this from happening in the future.
The answers that ... Read More
In “Policing Village Moral Codes as Women Stream to India’s Cities” (news article, Oct. 20), you confirm that Hindus — not just Muslims — also perpetrate honor killings. However, the honor-killing motives among village Hindus are not confined to a taboo against marrying someone from one’s own village (seen as a form of “incest”), but are mainly caste-related. Falling in love or marrying someone from an “inferior” caste is still viewed as a capital crime.
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Happy Gurpurab of Guru Ram Das Ji!
Is this not a miraculous that Bhai Jetha an ordinary poor young boy who used to sell boiled black chick-peas eventually became the 4th Sikh Guru who not only left behind spiritual wealth but also financial/economic wealth as well? How can we explain this fete? Is this not as a result of Gurmat(i)?
On the literary side, Guru Ram Das Ji's composition 'Lavaan' alone is par excellence - a story of his own Spiritual experience enumerated ... Read More
Conservatives letting our veterans down
Imagine you are a Canadian soldier who has been disabled in the line of duty—what kind of support do you think you’d get as you transition to civilian life under this supposedly military-friendly Conservative Government?
Odds are you are in for a lot of headaches.
Under the Conservatives’ New Veterans Charter, you will get a lump sum payment instead of a disability pension. Many—including Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman—say that this sum is inadequate for the pain and suffering ... Read More
Speaking as a US Army Veteran, I think it is great that Canada is taking steps to tell those who would rather think that The Holocaust never took place, just how wrong they were and are. We must never again turn our backs on such murder. And yet I know that we have done just that in African Nations in our children's time.
It is allowed even as I write these words, right here in ... Read More
Making fun of Ms America
The ignorant racists are making fun of a group that's "the highest-income and best-educated people in the United States and the third largest among Asian Americans who have surpassed Latinos as the fastest-growing racial group," according to a 2012 survey reported by IANS.
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Keep purchase slips for ever
Sorry about the strange subject line but I wanted to grab your attention for a second.
If you've never had a hassle returning an item to a store because of a lost slip or if you've never lost money because you didn't have your proof of purchase then you can close this email now, thanks!
OK, so if you reading this you're like the rest of us - ready to wage war against the lost slip or ... Read More
Racist threats in the nation of freedom
As for Miss America and her racist threats, it is a shame that we still have racist here in The Nation of Freedom.
I'll bet that if you were to gather in all of those idiots that sent in their email messages and ask them who they voted for, you would discover that everyone of them voted for Obama.
If it gets people to pay attention and make changes in themselves I have no problems with ... Read More
Asia Bibi case
There is one critical point missed in the introduction -- and indeed in all the reporting I've seen for the past years on the Asia Bibi case -- which is that almost all the Christians of Punjab are converts who were "untouchables". I strongly suspect that the objection to her drinking and using the glass was based not on her being "Christian,"
but because she is of a "polluting" caste.
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An interesting entry, by a Lister of SAJA. .
I was feeling a little shy to post this, but today I learned my story made it into the top 10 finalists for the 24-hour radio race for independent producers at KCRW.
Could I please ask you to share this with the group? I figured that since I've got a network, I'd like to use it. I don't know if I can win the prize, but hey, there's a popular vote as well and I'm sure ... Read More
Afghan reactionary lawmakers
Afghan reactionary lawmakers are trying to pass a law to ensure that family members can never testify as witnesses. This is a green light for more women and girls to be abused at home, but some courageous politicians are fighting back and say our outcry could make the difference! Sign now to stand with Afghan women and tell everyone!
Sold into marriage at 12, Sahar Gul lived in a house of horrors. Her in-laws chained ... Read More
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Love across borders
I am reaching out to introduce Love Across Borders – an India-Pakistan peace initiative by Indireads. I am writing to ask for your support to help get the free anthology into many hands, to help start changing mind-sets.
Background detail: Love Across Borders (http://loveacrossborders.org/) is a collection of short stories about connections, relationships and even love between ordinary people across the India-Pakistan border. The anthology is being published as a free ebook on August 14th/15th, ... Read More
Proud American writes
Hell, My Family came to this Nation from England and we are Proud to say that we also are also from India.
We are also from Germany, Ireland, Holland and This Nation as well. I like to tell people that as we got off of the Ships that brought us to This Great Nation, we lay up on a knoll,looking down on those very ships as we came ashore. You see, we are also want is ... Read More
I read Dr. W. Gifford-Jones' column “Dog’s sniffer adept at cancer detection” It was in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix .
Here is something you may find interesting.
Before Erin was diagnosed by the doctors our Shih Tzu dog would sit about 4 feet from her and stair at her incessantly every time she came over. I remember my Erin saying “Dad stop that dog from staring at me I am getting a complex”. It wasn’t that long ... Read More
Malala needs help
On 15 June fourteen girls were murdered in Pakistan simply because they wanted an education. Many people know my story but there are stories every day of children fighting for an education.
The basic right to education is under attack around the world. We need change now and I need your help to achieve it.
You can help me and girls and boys across the world. We are asking the United Nations General Assembly to fund ... Read More
Can Islam be modernized?
On a Pakistani forum, I wrote this in response to a Pakistani. Thought that some of you may find it interesting:
From time to time there has been animated discussion here about people changing from one religion to another and, more specifically, Hindus converting to Islam. Here are my considered views on this subject.
Although an agnostic, I am a firm believer in the freedom of faith and this freedom is meaningless if ... Read More
Tourists be careful
After all the well-publicized reports about rapes in India in recent months, this woman took a lift from a stranger, a truck driver, at 1 am? What a risk to take! And when the US mission and posts have issued travel advisories to women about traveling alone!
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Marijuana and diabetes
While I respect the wish-list deliverable of a 'diabetes cure' and observe growing concerns over a global diabetes time bomb, I can't help but feel the actual reality of diabetic understanding (not diabetes) continues to evade us.
With diabetes raising its head as a compelling issue in all news media, and your current coverage (Could Marijuana Lower Diabetes Risk?) highlighting many of the socio-economic impacts; I thought it may be worthwhile contacting you in regards ... Read More
Gifts are often understood as tangible gifts that can be touched, seen or at most felt. But how about a gift that brings an unforgettable moment, an ever memorable smile; a sentimental and emotional touch in the heart of someone you care for?
Yes this is what Just Dial Music greeting services is all about. JustDialMusic is India’s pioneer and professional Live Music Greeting service established in Delhi for the last half decade.
What makes this service ... Read More
Contribute to Justice for All
Now we are in the right track.I am pretty sure that it will be the best contribution we are generating for our children. I really appreciate your hard work and dedication to bring our team up to this level. Together we can make the difference. Now we have a foundation and we can do many things for helping our fellow human beings.Now we have transparency in every thing we do. Now we, the people, have ... Read More
We did it
We did it -- Europe just banned bee-killing pesticides!! Mega-corporations like Bayer threw everything they had at this, but people-power, science and good governance came out on top!!
Bee "die in" at Bayer's headquarters, Cologne
Vanessa Amaral-Rogers from the specialist conservation organisation Buglife, says:
“It was a close vote, but thanks to a massive mobilisation by Avaaz members, beekeepers, and others, we won! I have no doubt that the floods of phonecalls and emails ... Read More
One mega-company is gradually taking over our food supply -- putting the planet’s food future in serious danger. But we can turn the tide on Monsanto and other companies that push through policies that prioritise their profits over the public good. Pledge $4 now to help stop this dangerous domination of our politics and our food:
One mega-company is gradually taking over our global food supply, poisoning our politics and putting the planet’s food future ... Read More
Monsanto at it again!
It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Co. are at it again. These profit-hungry biotech companies have found a way to exclusively ‘own’ something that freely belongs to us all -- our food! But if we can pressure key European countries to slam the patent door shut on their destructive plans, we can stop this attack on our food. Help build the biggest food defense call ever by clicking here:
It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Co. are ... Read More
A Maldives court just sentenced a 15-year-old rape survivor to 100 whip lashings. By threatening Maldives politicians' precious tourist income we can save this child and stop these outrageous public floggings. Let's quickly build a one million strong call, then place ads in travel magazines and websites:
It's hard to believe, but a 15-year-old rape survivor has been sentenced to be whipped 100 times in public! Let's put an end to this lunacy by ... Read More
Framing of Joseph Dias and Targeting The CSF
This is to draw your attention to the fact that a malicious smear campaign is being carried on to defame Joseph Dias by vested political and communal interests. As you are aware, Joseph Dias and the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) has been championing the cause of minority and human rights throughout the country. It is a matter of record therefore that over 100 very eminent persons, including parliament, Legislators, Padmashrees, Social Activists, Civil Society, Christian ... Read More
My name is Laila and I'm a journalist. I recently wrote a story about a young woman brutally gang-raped by government soldiers in Somalia, hoping that her bravery in telling such a painful story would bring attention to the awful rape problem there. Instead, the government used my article to jail a rape victim and another journalist covering the story for ‘insulting the state’!
After an international outcry, an appeals court just overturned the woman's ... Read More
Pakistan and Islam
It is a common Pakistani liberal view and is only partially correct. It ignores the elephant in the room - Islam. They are all fighting because they all believe that "their Islam" is the true Islam. And equate the problems of minorities in Pakistan with those of minorities elsewhere - the plight of Christians in Pakistan may be comparable to the plight of Christians in Egypt or Iraq or even of Christians and Hindus ... Read More
War on women
Violent and abusive men often use their power to obstruct reforms that would protect women. Incredibly, 260 Indian politicians charged with violence against women are fighting off a proposal to make them step down. Only a global, coordinated effort to make candidates like these pay at the polls can banish them from office. Avaaz will collect donations only if we raise enough to win -- pledge to chip in $4 now:
It’s the same story ... Read More
IMPEACHMENT OF SRI LANKAN CHIEF JUSTICE
I am writing to express the Law Council of Australia's concern regarding reports of threats and intimidation against the legal profession and judiciary in Sri Lanka, and to request that the Australian Government encourage the Sri Lankan Government to respect the important roles that an independent legal profession and the rule of law play in democratic societies. The Law Council is particularly concerned about recent reports that the Sri Lankan President, President Rajapakse, has dismissed ... Read More
Thank you for your email in regards to your proposal for increasing Ontario’s share of immigration. Unfortunately, I am unable to meet with you at this time due to scheduling constraints.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Ontario’s immigration levels. As you know, immigration is critical to our economic growth and future success. Newcomers are also an important part of our communities, and when newcomers succeed, Ontario succeeds. ... Read More
Is democracy historically Indian?
It has been my view that some ex-pat Indians become nostalgic about the country they left, and see some of the things to be far better than they are. For example, democracy has been characterized as historically Indian. Chanakya (or Kautalya) has been brought in to support this view.
I read something about Chanakya at college in my political science course. He existed around 300 BC, and has been regarded as a great statesman -- he ... Read More
Shockingly high rapes in Sweden
Recent articles suggest that the rape incidents are bad as it is in India, it's just as bad or worse elsewhere. Both place heavy emphasis on percentages and reportable numbers.
A reality check on those numbers please, and on articles where the premise rests on how it might be worse outside India because of reported numbers. It reminds me of when older female relatives in India would cluck and sniff about how "We in India ... Read More
Rape, a universal problem
Yes, rape is a universal problem. However, the last time I checked for the U.S., overwhelming majority cases of rape involve close relatives or by someone the victim knows. Rapes by strangers is not at all common. Serial rapists are in the same category as serial killers -- certainly not an every day phenomenon. So before we generalize statistics ought to be examined. Reliable crime statistics are a big problem vis-a-vis India. If, however, ... Read More
Respect for women in India
In the ancient and live Hindu tradition, the gods are revered, with accompanying godesses. In my part of Bengal where I originate, there is Saraswati or the goddess of learning and Kali the goddess who represents the suppression of all evil, with the appropriate and vast pujas in each instance. India sould be a model where there is full respect for the woman in all the contributions one makes to life and society. Rape should ... Read More
Rape is a global problem
Indeed the problem is global, you will be shocked to know the rape and murder figures in just New York alone for last year. May be this will prompt all of us to Google frequently.
There was a report a few weeks ago - Sweden leads the world, where almost every other woman is being raped, and the United States is among top ten nations.
Googling regularly, will hopefully mitigate our prejudices against one group ... Read More
India and Singapore
I visited Singapore in 1995 and was stunned to see how what was a backward, third world colony in 1960 had been transformed into a first world nation-state during one political lifetime, under the leadersdhip of Lee Kwan Yew. However, there is one caution that I would like to make to Nand's point about the superior performance of a "benign, authoratarian fegime" under Asian, 3rd world conditions.
Note that starting from Japan, all the societies ... Read More
Gang rape in Delhi
It is during tragic times like that of the gang rape and the unforeseen death of Amanat in India and all the way to Singapore that like in the case of the U.S. Newtown shocking
incident in the school with the departure of the innocent children and educators that there was an interfaith ceremony with the President of the United States. It would be appropriate if in India His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace ... Read More
The arguments Piers Morgan makes in favor of tighter gun controls, on their own, deserve debate. However, it is surprising that Morgan would use a personal tone in this essay, by threatening to leave the U.S.
Where would Morgan go next? Could he go back to the U.K. and resume a career in journalism, after running away from his homeland's tabloid world under considerable cloud? Isn't Morgan ethically challenged himself, ... Read More
Was India better governed by the British and therefore the fight for freedom was unnecessary. It further suggests that having won the freedom India would have been better off under a "benign authoritarian" regime such as that in Suharto's Indonesia. However, it makes no reference to that regime dispossessing, displacing and killing millions of Indonesians to extract oil via the various multinational corporations for private benefit. The question to ask is how benign is ... Read More
Democracy and dictatorship
I think that Indians are unduly proud of their democracy. To me, the quality of governance is more important than the form of government and, on this score, India gets an almost failing mark. India has a tremendous system on paper and is perhaps a most unjust society in practice. I would much prefer a harsh authoritarian rule that delivers for the aam admi than a democracy which cannot do so. We seem ... Read More
Indian deocracy and Pak dictatorships
Democracy is participatory governance by all in contrast to one or more dictators lording over all. Democracy needs equitable participation by all in contrast to one or more dictators enforcing their will on all. Democracy requires responsible action by one and all in contrast to all expecting one or more dictators to do it on their behalf. This does not mean democracy is without fault. But, the fault lies with its inherent participants waiting for ... Read More
Is New Delhi the most dangerous city for women?
This survey, which asks about feeling safe walking home alone at night, is perhaps more matched to the Delhi situation, and shows a different picture from those -- not just the one reported by Reuters
-- that consider the danger of being female, and include measures of skewed sex ratios (and "missing" women), differential health care, etc. You will find that India (at 69% of women who feel safe) is just below those countries (at 70% ... Read More
Piers Morgan is nuts
It Piers to me that Piers is nuts if he thinks that we, The American Gun Owners will just simply believe that he knows what he is talking about. or Turn Over Our Firearms. It just won't happen.
John Keatts. American Conservative.
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Fox news and Ravi Shankar
Did Fox, National Review and the rightist talk radio give the same sort of coverage to his passing?
It would be interesting to think about a parallel collection links from Indian media. Indian media, while giving adequate coverage, has generally not gone into raptures over Pt Ravi Shankar's life. Is the liberal media's general coverage of Pt Ravi Shankar's life and passing , some form of nostalgia for the 60's?
Among Indians who grew ... Read More
Driniking to become a sin for Kerala Catholics?
If drinking alchohol for Kerala Catholics is to be declared a sin by the Church leadership, it best take wine that is usually used in church service, out of the church or find a replacement. Furthermore, the more one bans alchohol the more likely this will be challenged with further consumption of alchohol and even lead to potential black market practices. The Church leaders should focus on educating towards proper consumption of alchohol and ... Read More
BKS Iyengar and Ravi Shankar
What about Yogacharya BKS Iyengar who is credited for having popularized yoga in the West and of course, for giving it a new dimension with his focus on precision and alignment and invention of props to make yoga accessible to all.
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You know the infuriating article in the paper about that same bailed out bank caught ripping everyone off again? Or the story a friend mentioned last night about a wrongfully convicted man who still isn’t free? Well now each of us has the power to do something about it -- by launching a campaign on Avaaz’s new community petitions site to rally our friends to tackle that injustice and win.
Shanker is an Avaaz member ... Read More
Secret deal to kill planet
A secret deal could allow China’s energy companies to take over an enormous toxic oil reserve with devastating consequences for the planet. A lawsuit is our big chance to stop it. Click to chip in and Avaaz will only process your donation if we raise enough money to make this important case happen :
Right now, the tar sands, a toxic oil reserve almost the size of Saudi Arabia's but over 3 times as dangerous ... Read More
Canada's RCMP and minorities
We just heard that following a report on the status of women in the RCMP that Commissioner Bob Paulson pulblicly released, the Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews immediately reacted and he expected a plan of action to be fast delivered. He imposed a tight deadline on the Commissioner for a propsed line of action. The Minister felt that it was not enough to release the report, with no clear action plan. This reminds me ... Read More
Indo-American in US politics
First, NYT published a column advising Indians to stay out of politics. Then, an article announcing the victory of Tulsi Gabbard, the Hindu candidate, claimed that ALL five Indian American candidates running for elective office lost. (see: http://www.firstpost.com/world/tulsi-gabbard-shows-bobby-jindal-its-cool-to-be-hindu-521372.html )
Now comes the news that Ami Bera has won the race in California.
What does all this prove? Nothing, in my opinion. It's still early days and the number of ... Read More
HAPPY Deepavali !
This is to wish members of the Hindu faith community a 'Happy Divali'.
My friend, Bish, Chennai, (editor, The Hindu, an excellent secular newspaper in India, with an online edition, among many other great newspapers), wrote in his Divali wishes that it is about the triumph of 'good' over 'evil', and not just about firecrackers and food, and lights.
I have been involved in organizations of interfaith understanding, since a graduate student, for more than ... Read More
Vitamin C and Dr.Jones
I feel compelled to tell you my experience with Vitamin C and Lysine. last November 2011 I was in the hospital because of chest pains, on examination it was determined that I had one blocked artery and a stent was installed. In January 2012, I was re-admitted to hospital once again suffering from chest pains and it was determined that the stent was blocked; a balloon was inserted and the blockage was squished out ... Read More