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Fatima and Mansour al-Tamani are a beloved couple who spent years defending their marriage. Their only crime is to be from different tribes.
They want to stay together and live a descent and Islamic marriage.
Because her family do not agree that they be together for the only reason that they are from different tribes the Judicial system in Saudi Arabia is asking and forcing this couple to divorce without take in consideration the lives of 2 beautiful kids that need to be raise with both parents to become better citizens in our society.
Dear Ekta and BT,
We R heartbroken to know U R planning 2 separate our favorite jodi Milind-Prachi(MICHI) we started watching Kayamath when Shabbir was introduced 2nd time on 4th July.
Even U R also aware trp n viewership have increased due to MICHI.
We really want MICHI 2 be the main theme of KYM concept.
So please don't separate them permanently N make them go back 2 ex lovers. We R matured enough to understand what's the value of marriage N relationship.
We R aware separation is required to run a daily soap but pls. don't separate MP permanently.
Show something creativity rather than repeating the same concept. We still think Prachi didn't explore the lifestyle N childhood of Milind. She yet need 2 understand Milind's chawl life.You can also introduce Milind's other secret relations or his mom.
Our request is pls show something unique abt MP relationship rather than same old drama.
KYM is a wonderful serial so pls don't spoil this by repeating KZK, kasturi or KTH style.
Do separate MICHI if the story require but not permanently. And also we strongly oppose Milind-Ayesha N Neev-Prachi reunion.
We only want to see our Milind-Prachi on-screen.
Mr. Sardar Akhtar Mengal is former chief minister of Balochistan province and he is head of Balochistan Nationalist Party. Akhtar Mengal has been detained and kept in an isolated cell in a prison in Karachi since November 2006, and denied justice.
Mr. Mengal's Illegal detention and unnecessary delays in his case have exposed the inequality and courts' inability to act without being influenced by the executive in Pakistan.
Mr. Mengal has not been arrested on charges of corruption, nor misuse of power. He is not an industrialist, not a bank defaulter and isn't involved in any land scam, like many pro-establishment politicians of Pakistan.
Article 25 of the Pakistan's Constitution says: "All citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law…" According to Article 5 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: "States parties undertake to prohibit and to eliminate racial discrimination in all its forms and to guarantee the right of everyone, without distinction as to race, colour, or national or ethnic origin, to equality before the law, notably in the enjoyment of the following rights: (a) The right to equal treatment before the tribunals and all other organs administering justice…"
However, in the last five years the Baloch people have not been treated according to national and international laws. Neither constitutional guarantees nor any court of law has protected their fundamental rights.
Akhtar Mengal is not being tried in an open court and on the wishes of the executive he is produced in the court in a humiliating manner.
Mr Mengal and 500 other Balochistan National Party activists were arrested in November 2006 before President Musharraf's visit to Balochistan to prevent the BNP from holding a peaceful long march against the military operation, illegal arrests and forced disappearances.
We appeal through this petition that rulers in Pakistan must abide by the domestic and international covenants, respect the rights of national minorities and stop intimidating and dishonouring the Baloch and their political representatives. There should be open and fair trial, which is also in the interest of the government.
The Baloch should not be discriminated, they are part of the federation and have equal rights according to the Constitution.
Musharaf in order to subvert the threat of a judgment against him, sacked judges and imposed martial law.
All the people--students, lawyers, human rights and political activists--were arrested.
Musharaf has attacked Judiciary, which was exercising independence first time in the history of Pakistan. In order to cling to Power, Musharaf has jeopardized civil rights and future of Pakistan.
19 November 2007
A Saudi teenage girl has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in prison after she was the victim of gang rape.
A 19-year-old girl from Qatif, who was reportedly gang raped 14 times a year-and-a-half ago, has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail. She was charged for being in the car of an unrelated man, shortly after which they both were reportedly abducted by a group of seven men and were gang raped.
All of the perpetrators were sentenced to between two and nine years in prison with lashes. The girl and the man she was meeting were initially sentenced to 90 lashes each by the Qatif General Court, however, the sentence of the girl was increased after she appealed against her sentence but lost the hearing in the Higher Court of Justice. According to a quote by an official in Arab News, the judges increased her sentence because she had used the influence of the media to put pressure on the judiciary. The sentence of the rapists was also doubled.
The victim’s lawyer, Abdel Rahman Al-Lahem, stated, “My client is the victim of this abhorrent crime. I believe her sentence contravenes the Islamic Sharia law and violates the pertinent international conventions.” Mr Al-Lahem also faced disciplinary action after he spoke to the media about the original sentence. His license to practice law was recently revoked by the Qatif General Court. According to Arab News, his license was suspended because the court alleges that he raised his voice at the judge, which the lawyer denies. He was not allowed to be present in the second hearing of the case, when the victim was handed down the harsher sentence.
The victim’s legal guardian, her husband, is scheduled to receive a copy of the verdict on Saturday, 24 November 2007 from the Qatif General Court, after which the defendant will have 30 days to file an appeal with the Court of Cassation. She has decided to appeal against the verdict but faces an increase in the sentence if her appeal is rejected.
US Soldiers are being killed in Iraq and Innocent people are being killed.
Bush has caused a huge problem and he is gonna fix it. Kids are missing there fathers and are dieing because of this war. Some of the soldiers returned back but we would like all of them to come back. Lives are being lost, children are being killed, country coming to an end, STOP THIS NOW.
PEACE AND LOVE. Bring peace to the Middle East and US. Peace FTW, PLEASE SIGN!
97. وثيقة الخليج
هذه الوثيقة اطلقت في دول مجلس التعاون لرقعها من شعوب المنطقة الى القادة
اثناء اجتماعهم القادم في الدوحة
بداية الشهر القادم. الرجاء ممن يرغب التوقيع عليها من المنظمات والافراد ان
يرسله الجمعية البحرينية لحقوق الانسان على فاكس رقم 17826836
او البريد الالكتروني email@example.com
او الاتصال بالجمعية على رقم 17824825.
الرجاء التعميم من اجل الحصول على اكبر عدد من التواقيع للتعبير عن وجهة نظر شعوب مجلس التعاون
The 3 neutrino combination explodes galaxies but now the highly unstable combination has been brought under controlled conditions making Israel the most powerful nation in the world.
It's peaceful uses are curing incurable diseases and reversing global warming. For details the author may be contacted.
Pictorial, Historical record of Jews being sent to gas chambers.
Droit pour les femmes écrivaines de s'exprimer librement et de témoigner de leurs convictions personnelles.
(R. M) Qab, 19, is too close to being killed by her brother, as he has publicly pledged to do in the name of “honor.” (R. M) is one of the two women whose stories we ran previously.
There’s been some developments in these cases over the past week. One of the young women finally married the man she loved and wanted to be with, and she was released from custody to go with him to an undisclosed location.
But the second woman is still detained, and now that her family has dropped the (fraudulent) theft charges they had brought against her, she is due to be released by law.
The problem is that even though her brother has publicly announced he will kill her to “reclaim the family’s honor,” the court plans to release her directly to her family. In other words, release her directly to the slaughter!
The acting judge, is in a difficult dilemma. On the one hand there’s the family with all its laden traditions alongside people in the local community pressuring him to release (R. M) to the family for them to carry out the slaughter that the brother is promising (the father does not condone it.) And on the other hand his own morality and sense of ethics as a judge disallow him to put in danger the life of a citizen. He knows very well that any guarantees her family give for her safety will be nothing beyond ink on paper. He knows well that she will be slaughtered. He has been indecisive on the matter.
We, the people and the friends of Pakistan, denounce and strongly protest against the curtailment of fundamental rights, the curbs on electronic and print media, attacks on independence of Judiciary, suspension of Constitution of 1973, arrests of judges, lawyers, human right activist and teachers and Martial Law which has been imposed by General Musharraf as the Cheif of Army Staff.
Pakistan was formed as a democratic state where the rule of law will reign supreme. The people of Pakistan have given great sacrifices to gain these rights of living with freedom. These right of free speech, ability to chose the government and access to fair judiciary cannot be taken away from the people at the disguise of any threat.
WHILE THE MEDIA IS BANNED AND PUBLIC GATHERINGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN PAKISTAN, WE ARE PLANNING A MASSIVE GLOBAL "e-Protest" TO RAISE OUR VOICE.
WE ARE TARGETING AT LEAST 1000,000 SIGNATURES ACROSS THE GLOBE. WE WILL SEND THIS PETITION TO EMBASSIES, UNITED NATIONS, HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS, POLITICIANS, GOVERNMENTS, PRESS AND MEDIA.
SEND THIS LINK USING Facebook, Orkut, Friendster, Beebo, MySpace, Digg AND emails TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW (http://www.gopetition.com/online/15064.html)
YOUR VOICE WILL BE HEARD GLOBALLY.
We want the Veronicas to come to Dubai or Abu dhabi! It can be an instore signing or a concert!
We are ignored, but there are fans everywhere.
Give us a chance.
103. Stop the war in Iraq
Please stop the war in Iraq.
I hope you're reading this bush... just stop the war it aint helpin no one.
Pakistan Government, through the President,recently issued an Ordinance, the national Reconciliation Ordinance whereby cases pending in courts against various politicians are proposed to be withdrawn and concernedbpoliticians granted amnesty.
The matter has aroused disgust amongst many Pakistanis and several petitions, seeking annulment of the said Ordinance, have been filed in the Paistan Supreme Court. The Court has accepted these petitions and will soon commence hearing thereon.
The purpose of this petition is to collect signatures of all those who wish to vote against the said Ordinance.
STOP US CONGRESS VOTE TO PARTITION IRAQ AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK. Take action NOW!
On September 26th 2007 an overwhelming majority of US Senates voted to pass Senator Biden’s amendment to PARTITION IRAQ along SECTARIAN and ETHNIC lines into three different federalist regions. The vote passed with overwhelming support of 75 to 23.
Next the US Congress will be making a final vote in a Conference Committee to pass Biden’s amendment in the next 7 days. We urge the U.S. Congress and all other U.S. policymakers to DROP the Biden resolution before concluding the conference agreement on the FY08 Defense Authorization Bill.
We are a group of Iraqis, some are Iraqi-Americans, living in the Greater Washington DC Area committed to peace, equality, and unity of Iraq are alarmed by the recent Biden resolution in the Senate to 'soft partition' of Iraq. We have decided to issue the attached letter to US Congress expressing our disagreement this colonial action to impose a partition of Iraq without allowing the Iraqi people to decide for themselves.
If you are an Iraqi, or of Iraqi descent or heritage, or a world citizen (EVERYONE is welcome to sign) and wish to support the statement please urgently indicate your sponsorship and support the call of the Iraqi voices.
***NEW IMPORTANT FETURE***SPREAD THE WORD***
IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATE PLEASE GO TO THE LINK ABOVE IN THE WEB SITE BOX TO SEND AN AUTOMATIC LETTER TO US CONGRESS, AND THEN RETURN TO THIS SITE TO SIGN THIS WORLD WIDE PETITION. YOUR LETTER TO CONGRESS IS EXTEMELY IMPORTANT TO INFLUENCE THEIR VOTE.
[Note: under signature you have the option of not displaying your name if you wish].
As a community, we are well aware of the fact that we need all the physicians in this county! Roseburg is a medically underserved county and when one of our physicians is gone for an extended period of time, all citizens suffer!
Dr. Hashem had to leave urgently for his homeland of Syria to help with his ailing father. He has now been gone for three months, held up with the bureaucracy of Homeland Security. While Homeland Security is a vital and necessary entity, the Department of State has disregarded the fact that he has lived in the United States for over 10 years and has served the people of Douglas County for over 4 years. He has already fulfilled the government's requirement to serve a medically underserved area, which was 3 years.
Even after fulfilling this requirement he continued to stay and serve the citizens of Douglas County. This same government is detaining his return! Adding to this problem, his 2 remaining colleagues, Razvan Gosman, M.D. and Luana Nedita, M.D. cannot meet the demands of treating their patients, Dr. Hashems patients and the demands of hospital call coverage.
Due to this, all new patient consults are having to be referred outside of Roseburg! There is not hospital coverage 1 out of every 3 weeks. This means patients requiring critical care are having to be sent over 80 miles away!
Let me ask you, if you or one of your loved ones required critical care, would you want to be sent miles away? It could be a matter of life or death!
No evidence exists to justify this continued incarceration. FREE HIM.
The condition of the keeping of animals especially pet animals ie. cats and dogs in unhealthy and cruel conditions is way beyond belief.
A visit to the Sharjah animal market will guarantee you to be in shock after seeing for e.g. 2 large dogs in cages less than 2x4 no space for movement no water no food. Cats in bird cages even small dogs in bird cages!!!
Birds jam packed together in cramped conditions, some dead on the floor. This is only a fraction of the horrors there....
The videomat machine on Palmach Street, located on the outside wall of the Mr. Zol Supermarket there, prominently displays pornographic pictures promoting the pornographic movies it rents out.
In a democratic, pluralistic society, we may have to begrudgingly tolerate the rights of those interested in renting such movies, but we do not have to be subjected to the public display of such material.
It is particularly objectionable that such material is in the easy and almost unavoidable site line of passing children who deserve protection from viewing such degrading and inappropriate pictures.
Mr. Zol should immediately force the removal of these movies from the videomat adjoining its store, or at the very least, insist that the pornographic pictures be covered so someone uninterested in viewing such material -- and in the case of our children, those deserving protection from viewing such material -- can pass by without being subjected to them against their will.
In the last few years we have noticed a disturbing tendency among media outlets, both western and Arab, to divide Iraq into groups based on the religious affiliations or other sectarian lines.
For example, when Saddam Hussein was taken into court, almost all media outlets referred to the victims as "148 Shi'a," rather than "148 Iraqis", as if the Iraqi government was prosecuting for one side and not the other.
As another example, when the Iraqi national soccer team won the Asian cup in 2007, the media focused on the religious affiliations of the players, as if these religious differences are what matter most in the context of the sport and the victory of the team. All of the players are Iraqis, and they are defending Iraq on the football field where sectarian definitions are irrelevant.
As Iraqis from all over the world, we would like to express to the media that this incessant focus on sectarian divisions when it comes to Iraq reporting is anathema to many Iraqis who really look at Iraq as one nation - not a divided land - and we think that in order to heal Iraq’s wounds, we must stop dividing Iraqis into sects and groups when it is not relevant to the story, and should make every attempt to report on the people and their tragedy as one nation.
As Iraqis, we maintain that most of the violence in Iraq is committed by people who do not care about Iraqis - whether Sunni or Shi'a; they care only about destroying Iraq and exploiting the country economically and/or structurally in order to achieve their goal of dividing the Iraqi people among themselves.
Update March 2013: shared by GoPetition on Facebook. Petition originally published in May 2007.
Update 6 November 2010: Massive killing is taking place all over Egypt, the GOVS take Minia Governorate as a successful example, the Governor of Menia killed all the dogs in Menia.
For all concerned about the current massacre of dogs in Egypt
Very clearly the GOVS (General Organization of Veterinary Services) will not stop this massacre all over Egypt unless the Animal Welfare Societies set an immediate meeting with the Chairperson of General Organization of Veterinary Services (GOVS)to discuss feasable solutions.
The GOVS proposes, 4 units to be allotted to the AW societies who wish to conduct TNR projects or relocate dogs in some areas where the GOVS received most complaints from some citizens. The GOVS states, they have little resources in terms of operations equipments, but they have those facilities, man power, and vets. Unless the AW societies make this step the massacre will continue. I make call to all AW societies, to be one hand in facing this massacre, I call AW societies to forget all the differences between them and unite for stopping the current and future massacre.
Please find the contact info of All or most OF THE AW SOCIETIES IN EGYPT, and also the contacts of GOVS:
AW societies in Egypt
Egyptian Society of Animal Friends ESAF
Chairperson: Mr Ahmed El Sherbiny
Telephones: +2 02 33817681
SOCEITY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS IN EGYPT (SPARE)
President: Mrs. Amina Abaza
16 Taha Hussein Street
Tel: + 20 (12) 316 2912/218 8823
Fax: + 20 (2) 2737 0849
EGYPTIAN SOCIETY FOR MERCY FOR ANIMALS
Miss Bahra Fahmy
Miss Mona Khalil
Sakkara Country Club road, villa al bab al ali
Tel: (002) 0122188823 – 0105522930
TOUCH OF LIFE
Mrs Anouchka Mellin
9 El Hadid Wa Al Solb street, Midan Lebnan, Mohandessin
Tel/ (002) 0101963712
Animal Welfare Association for Research and Education (AWARE)
Ahmed Diab & Amr Hamdy
Shahira El Khadem
Villa 4 , Road 277, New Maadi
Tel: (002) (02) 2516 40 10
Villa 11, Block 4, Ground Floor, El Togarayeen City, Al Mokattam,
Tel: (002) (02) 25076946
ANIMAL CARE IN EGYPT (ACE EGYPT)
Animal Care in Egypt (ACE)
El H'abil Road
Contact: +2 959 280727
EGYPTIAN FEDERATION FOR AW SOCIETIES
Dr. Shehab AbdelHamid
Contacts: +2 :0103888201
Egyptian Federation for Animal Welfare
Farouk El Dessouky
Office: +2 33355884
Professor Dr. Mohamed Mustafa El Garhy
Dr. Hassan Shafik: (002) (02) 337481764
PLEASE AW SOCIETIES IN EGYPT UNITE, SET THIS MEETING TO STOP THE CURRENT MASSACRE, PLEASE ACT NOW, WE WILL SUPPORT THE NGO'S WHO TAKE POSIVITE STEP TO STOP THIS MASSACRE.
..................end of post Nov. 6, 2010
The Government in Egypt still insists on using strychnine poison to address stray dogs problems in Egypt.
Regardless of warnings of danger of using this poison on man and animals Gen. Vet Services insists. Whilst the Utility police force insist on shooting dogs regardless of the plea from Animal welfare groups and organizations in Egypt. The legislation, one was submitted by Animal Friends, but refused due to points which were found redundant, another legislation was proposed by OIE conference held in Cairo last month, God only knows if there is any hope in coming up with a legislation or applying the standards submitted by OIE.
Update September 2010
Mass shooting and poisoning is taking place in a big scale now, it seems that the excuse now is: a rabies infected dog has bitten a person, so, the Governors of various Governorates order mass shooting or mass poisoning.. without investigation.... this is done, healthy unhealthy animals, this is done, dangers of strychnine poison on environment, this is done... Pressure must be kept on. Each Sunday the petition updated would be emailed to the Governors, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministers involved. We will not give up.
Update April 20, 2009
First and second phase of Participatory Planning Project were successful, some differences is surfacing within Egyptian Federation members regarding the issue of the possibility of conducting euthanasia on healthy animals. Matters are halted as EFAW, Egyptian Federation members are split to two parties now because of euthanasia issue.
As for the legislation, no way to push the legislation which was conducted by AW societies, it is obvious and clear, the Ministry of Agriculture has to form committee to work on legislation, this committee would include animal welfare societies and not visa versa as was done before.
Massive shooting of dogs continues as police claims they receive complaints from citizens in the neighbourhood where stray dogs group.
Update Dec., 2008
WSPA had signed agreement with Egytian Federation to conduct Participatory Planning Project for the problem of stray dogs in Cairo. The workshops were conducted by the National Research Center of Egypt, attended by all stake holders, Govs., Vets, Animal Welfare Societies (not all), Representation from Ministry of Interior, Representation Ministry of Agriculture, families concerned, Central Zoos Representative, .. etc
Update Nov. 8, 2008
reports received of shooting stray dogs 8pm in Giza Square. AWAR group inquired from Utility police unit of Giza, yes they did as they received complaints from an individual stating that the dogs are attacking people, when confronting the police officer, he said they killed rabie infected dogs, who told you the dogs you killed had rabies, answer: they look so?!!
Update Nov. 7, 2008
Qena Governorate, Northern Aswan, Ahram newspaper reports that 2 wolves attacked two citizens in daylight? The wolves were slaughtered. I suspect the Governor of Qena in defense would order mass killing of dogs, the guards of the city. I suspect the eco system of Aswan, South of Qena was disturbed after the mass killing of 2300 dogs, thus wildlife, had to travel or exit the city of Aswan, it is known that wolves can travel 30 to 50 miles per day.
Update Nov. 5, 2008
Ahram Newspaper published:
Animal Welfare Organizations in Egypt, counts 9 in Egypt, condemned the killing of 2300 stray dogs in Aswan and Dina Zulfikar, coordinator of Animal Welfare Organizations in Egypt fears that ecological imbalance may occur as a result of extermination of stray dogs which are considered the first defense for cities against harmful animals which habitats in the mountains surrounding Aswan. With the illumination of those dogs these can enter the city and attack man and animal.
Dr. Wael Abd El Monem, environmental ecologist Cairo University supports this point of view and asks for adopting a study and description of this mammal, environmental description about the so called mammal named "Salawa", studying what made this mammal appear, why is it attacking people, adding that extermination of stray dogs would result in a generation of wild dogs which may defensively act against extermination.
original link in arabic:
Update Nov. 4, 2008
Two weeks ago the newspapers highlighted the incident of 2 persons
attacked by a mammal (dog species) in Aswan.
The Governor of Aswan formed a committee of:
Gen Vet Services Department
National Council for Women
headed by Dr. Omar Mohamadein
the mammal description: rare legs long, two canines showing off
clearly. Three of these mammals were shot, even though the Governor
ordered the 4 main units of Aswan to carry on shooting and poisoning
stray dogs. Already 1300 dogs were killed and the massacre is
continuing in Aswan. What is feared is that more Governors may
follow these same methods to avoid this mammal.
It is well known that stray dogs are the main defense of cities
especially if surrounded by desert, dogs prevents wild species from
entering cities, e.g. In Sirilanka when dog massacre was made
leopards entered the city and attacked people.
1200 dogs were killed
budget: 15000 Egyptian Pounds to buy poison of strychnine
25000 Egyptian pounds for shooting
Necessary contacts were made to alert the public, the Ahram
newspaper correspondence in Aswan will high light the issue
Contacts with Dr. Hoda Mustafa NATINAL COOUNCIL FOR WOMEN was made
to alert about the crises of echo system
contacts with conservation unit, Ministry of Environment were made.
Contacts with ecologists Faculty of Science Cairo University was made to provide complete documents to the authorities, Govs, newspaper and all media concerned parties
High alert as promised would be published by the Ahram newspaper.
Update July 29, 2008
Legislation has been submitted to Ministry of Agriculture but was refused claiming there was a redundancy. Another trial to submit legislation through Vetrinary College is currently underway.
AWAR group has scheduled regular awareness campaigns at Giza Zoo (50 to 90 thousand Egyptians visit the zoo during weekends). Regular awareness events are organized by AWAR in coalition of all AW organizations and groups are participating. Awareness to stop cruelty is our only mean now to stop the abuse.
Up date 18 Nov. 2007 - Thanks to WSPA Dr. Nick De Souza -- Animal welfare awareness research in Egypt
Animal Welfare Awareness Research in Egypt was created on 14 September. The group was formed from various animal organizations in Egypt after a meeting with WSPA in Cairo the same day upon the advice of Dr. Nick De Souza to keep track and discuss the next achievable goal . The purpose of forming this group is to circulate and discuss the possible achievable goals in relation to animal rights protection in Egypt.
Up date 14 Nov - GREAT GREAT NEWS TO ALL:
the AWAR yahoo group delivered a question to the Formal Opinion at the AZHAR "dar al
eftaa", and as per submitted request by hand registered 1723
His Eminence the Mufti
KILLING PEACEFUL STRAY DOGS IS HARAM
ANY ACT BY OFFICIALS OR WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS OR ANYTHING OF THE
SORT IS HARAM AS LONG AS THE DOGS ARE PEACEFUL
THIS APPLIES TO ALL STRAY AND OWNED DOGS
listen yourself, call 107 Dar El Eftaa
refer to question #821881
listen to the answer
Up date 22 Sept - Dr. Nick De Souza set a meeting in Cairo on the 14 th Sept with the animal welfare organizations in Egypt. Addressing the government in Egypt is not an easy goal to achieve in the near future however WSPA was ready to fund achievable targets.
We agreed on creating Animal Welfare Awareness Research in Egypt Group to discuss our next goal for another set meeting in Cairo on the 14th Nov.
Animal welfare awareness research in Egypt
Up date 13 June - Attempts to address the committees concerned in the parliament failed, as each claimed it was not the authorized (agriculture, health and environment, interior).
We addressed the MP of Qasr El Nil area, who promised to submit our demands to the Egyptian Parliament upon his return from a trip on the 19th. In parallel we are trying to contact the MP Essam Mokhtar of Heliopolis and Nasr City who has already raised a speed up manifesto to Ahmed Nazif the Cabinet Minister at the people's assembly Egyptian Parliament on 2 June 2007 condemning the cruel acts of shooting and poisoning street dogs. pls see: http://ikhwansharq.com/news.php?ID_a=1102
Up date 23 May - WSPA remains committed
Re; Cairo Dog Control
Thank you for writing to us.
WSPA have been involved in trying to address the dog shooting and poisoning issue in Cairo for about ten years, much of that time in collaboration with your organisation SPARE.
Unfortunately success has been very limited, primarily due the complex and extensive nature of the problem. Initially WSPA coordinated a campaign encouraging an international audience, particularly past or potential tourists to Egypt, to petition the government to stop shooting and poisoning dogs, explaining that they found it despicable and would not come to Egypt if it did not cease. This worked to an extent as the risk of loosing tourist revenue prompted the government to open discussions with Animal Welfare groups one of which was WSPA.
The government then invited WSPA to show them how to tackle the problem in a humane way. Conferences & workshops were held to sensitise the authorities about the issues of dog control and to highlight to them the futility & inhumanity of mass extermination.
A pilot programme was then started in the Abissiya vet clinic in collaboration with the GOVS to prove to the authorities that the suggested alternatives worked. The pilot failed for a number of reasons, the most important being the lack of commitment and motivation on the part of GOVS. This however was not the sole reason. The fact remains that in order to achieve genuine dog control; a number of different interventions need to be carried out simultaneously.
In addition to mass sterilisation these should include; finding out where exactly the stray dogs are actually coming from and then trying to address the cause, solid waste management, education, improved legislation and better enforcement to ensure that it is maintained. This did not happen!
As you can see the investment needed to successfully control the Cairo dog issue is huge and unless the responsible authorities make a genuine effort to address it, it is impossible for any charitable organisation to tackle the issue unilaterally. It is therefore very important to try and get the government to buy-in to the concept and not just pay it lip service.
I won’t even try to explain to you as an Egyptian the size of this task but suffice to say that it will be a long hard road, one on which you have bravely take the first steps.
WSPA remains committed to reducing cruelty in every part of the world and considering our long history of involvement in Cairo we would undoubtedly step forward once more but this time we would only engage with the government if we believed the commitment from the authority was genuine.
I hope my sagacity does not deflate your noble efforts but rather clarifies where you need to focus and in particular gives you an idea of the key components of a holistic dog control programme as this is needed to make a long term impact on the issue.
With best regards
Dr. Nick de Souza
Regional Director – África
World Society for the Protection of Animals
PO Box 105476 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Up date 22 May - According to SPARE (sparealife.org) report by Mona Khalil: Poisoning dogs reported in Mohandessin area in Cairo May 21st. I was optimistic, but seems that the Egyptian President's statement published on the 18th May "the President called for applying humane international measures in dealing with stray animals instead of shooting and poisoning" was misunderstood!
On behalf of all animal lovers in the world I would like to show my gratitude and appreciation for all those who signed the petition and made our voices heard, without each and every one of you nothing could have happened. Together we are strong.
Friday 18 May - First step towards victory, thanks to all - we will continue our petition, this time to address the Egyptian Parliament.
Egyptian news paper The almasry-alyoum Egyptian newspaper published: Official sources in the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that the Egyptian President asked the Egyptian Minister of Agriculture to prepare a report about stray dogs in Egypt, and to open an investigation into reports published by various press and animal welfare organizations appalling the practice of shooting and poisoning.
The sources added that the President called for applying humane international measures in dealing with stray animals instead of shooting and poisoning which detracts from Egypt's status as a land of culture and center of tourism.
It is expected that the Egyptian Minister of Agriculture would issue strict instructions to the veterinary medicine department in govern orates in coordination with public utility police force to apply humane methods (vaccination) instead of shooting and poisoning.
In context the Animal welfare organizations in Egypt is considering a call for an urgent meeting tomorrow, Saturday to discuss the sequences of the use of inhumane methods which has been prohibited internationally, besides escalating the applaud and issuing a brief, pleading calling the Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak to issue an order to stop the shooting and poisoning of stray animals.
Bridget Bar dot had sent a fax to Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak to interfere in the mass slaughtering of Egyptian dogs and called the Egyptian government to use humane methods instead of shooting and poisoning.
Wednesday 16 May
Petition daily update is emailed on daily basis to the ministries concerned in Egypt. Amina Abaza -the chairman of Society for animal protection in Egypt sparealife.org - delivered by hand with receipt our requests to the Ministers of Egypt on the 15th of May. No response up till now. A half page ad will be published Saturday 19th May at one of the most read newspapers in Egypt "Akhbar Al Yawm"..
Mr. Ahmed El Sherbiny Chairman of Animal Friends in Egypt has sent faxes to the ministries of Egypt calling them to take action and to stop the brutal cruelty of dog slaughtering.
SPARE received no reports of shooting today.
Tuesday 15th May
Shooting continues in Mohandessin district of Cairo
Sunday 13th May, Slaughtering continues Andrea went down to feed the dogs as usual, as the past 10 months since she had been in Cairo, she found 2 of them dead beside each other, the other two were not in sight, on my way to her home after she called me in hysteria not believing this happened , I spotted the two, I went down and got one of them , I had the power and the determination to get her and I just carried her from the street unfortunately the other big one ran away, we tried to spot him again an hour later he showed up, it seems he was trying to look for his friends , he found them dead, he smelled them and stood there, I tried to catch it on camera but it was not good it was already dark and I hardly could get the other photos that I will send later, Andrea tried to call him but he just left immediately on the opposite way, and god knows where he will be or what will happen ,we will try to locate him but I do not know what will happen, while standing to take pictures another couple of foreigner passed by us and said this is the third time this week they see such a scene , dogs shot on the corners of streets.
Andrea is devastated, I do not know till when I will be able to hold on, they killed the kindest two of them, the one I caught is also very kind but rather new than the other ones. they were killed in the morning according to porters in the area, they were already blowing and smelly when I got there to take pictures For those of you who do not know who is Andrea, she is the famous American/ gernan woman who adopted our big boy lord, and wrote Lord tales when she adopted him, she is also dog trainer and has been helping us for a while now, she also did our spare leaflet and was working on another for the massacre that happened at Haram area two days ago when this was happening to her dogs , it is even astonishing as it is known that no shooting is allowed in residential areas where foreigners specially Americans are living.
The madness is going on and will not stop ,sine once again we called the municipality and comaplained trying to know whose orders was it this time and the reply came that we should not bother calling ,they will continue to shoot and consider it their mission. witnessed by: Mona Khalil
On Friday 11th May, This female pregnant bitch was shot today at 1,15 in the afternoon in " Sahl Hamza " street , in Pyramids road , 15 minutes aftter being shot she was still alive and was shaking , the witnesses tried to help but it was too late. Only one bullet to kill each dog , this mother was shot in her belly ,we have the pictures ..look at the pictures. This is how we reduce dog's population in Egypt.
An alternate solution has been handed to the Egyptian Government, without baring any costs.. yet the offer was denied.
We the animal lovers together with SOCIETY FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTECTION IN EGYPT registered as a charitable organization with the Egyptian Ministry of Social Affairs Registration No. 1615 (2001) believe that Killing street dogs and cats is inhumane and does not go well with our cultural ethos of love and compassion for animals.
In the past year the gas has risen from $1.98 to now going on $3.00 per 9/10 of a gallon. The prices of gas is increasing but the wages are remaining the same.
Gas prices are accerlating so fast that it is becoming a choice between buying gas to maintain a job or using that money for something that may be more important. Most families or even individuals that do not have jobs high up in industries are struggling to pay for what they need to continue to make work. Riding a bus, bike, or even walking is just not an option for some people. I may self can not carry three children on a bus to get somewhere on my own.
My cousin happens to work 1-2 hours from her job and can not walk, or ride a bike to get there. Buses only run until 5-6pm in most states. This keeps people from getting home safely. Taking a Taxi is just as expensive as buying gas for one's own car.
Many people own cars that use a lot of gas, but they still can not afford to buy a car that saves on one. So once again the prices of gas have just become a nuisance.
(English version below)
We call upon the Iraqi people, all its sons and daughters who care about the unity of Iraq, its future and brotherhood among all its citizens, and who desire, after decades of degenerate life under despotism and dictatorship, a strong, united and independent state, to demand the removal of the several flaws in the constitution for the benefit of the Iraqi people and their rights and unity, and that such changes are to be implemented in complete transparency through presenting the suggested amendments for the participation of the people via the public media and the civil society organizations.
End the Israeli destruction of the holy sites and human history in Jerusalem.
Recent Israeli excavations and destruction near and under the holy sites in the Old City Jerusalem threaten to change history. These excavations, if allowed to continue, threaten to seriously distort the historical significance of the Old City of Jerusalem. The integrity of monuments and historic sites that identify the heritage of humanity, especially sites of spiritual and cultural diversity, must be protected by responsible members of the world community.
On February 6, the Israeli antiquities authority started demolition of historic sites near the western wall of the holy sites compound. A hill, a wooden bridge, and two rooms at the foot of the hill will be eradicated in order to build a permanent bridge/walkway for Jewish settlers to access the Jewish Wailing Wall/ Muslim Buraq wall on the road leading to Magharba gate. These monuments represent different periods of human history.
Jerusalem, the mountainous walled city with a rich religious history, is sacred to followers of the three great religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; more than one half of the world's population.
For Jews, Jerusalem is the holy site of the Wailing Wall ; for Christians, the site of Christ's burial and resurrection; for Muslims, the site of the Prophet Muhammad's night journey to heaven, as well as the first direction they prayed towards before Makkah, and one of the three holiest sites.
Israel has been conducting what it terms 'excavation work' , an archaeological digging/tunnel , near and under the holy sites compound. since 1969.The current digging imposes a direct threat to the sustainability of Al-Aqsa mosque, as well as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; where it is believed Christ was buried and rose from the dead. Other adjacent historic structures are also threatened.
In February 2004, excavation work led to the collapse of a part of the path leading to Al Magharba Gate, one of the holy compound’s main entrances. However, Israeli media claims that the excavation had no effect on this incident and cites a snowstorm as the reason for the collapse. In February 2007, they characterizes the recent excavation/demolition as repair, maintenance, or restoration activities.
Jerusalem’s rich history belongs to all humankind. Old City of Jerusalem was declared by UNESCO as a threatened world heritage site.
The recent Israeli excavations and demolition of historic monuments of Jerusalem are a clear violation of the international laws as listed below:
UNESCO Decision 30 COM 7A.34 (2006), 31 C/Resolution 31, as well as to the provisions of the four Geneva Conventions (1949), The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954) the related Protocol and to the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972), the inscription of the Old City of Jerusalem on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger and the recommendations, resolutions and decisions of UNESCO on the protection of the cultural heritage.
Jerusalem world heritage sites are a significant part of world history. As we speak, the world is witnessing the destruction of a history that belongs to all humanity. If we do not raise our voices in opposition to this illegal excavation, this historical treasure could be destroyed and wiped off the face of the earth forever.
We urge all concerned people of the world to stand firm to protect our human history and to stop all forms of demolition and excavations of the historical Jerusalem.
We urge the international community to appeal to governmental and non-governmental archeological, anthropological, historic, and human rights organizations, institutions, and legal entities to safeguard the cultural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem
Please be advised that this petition is not intended to undermind or discredit our Jewish friends who are working diligently on indispensable peace and justice projects. This petition calls on all people of conscience and truth including the Abrahamic communities (Jews, Christians & Muslims) to restore and maintain the right of humanity to protect its history in Jerusalem.
We urge you to sign this petition to SAVE the holy sites and human history in Jerusalem from Israeli illegal excavation & destruction.
115. Save the EGG
The Beirut City Center, by Joseph Phillipe Karam, a prominent modernist Lebanese architect of the 60s, is an egg shaped theater / cinema in downtown Beirut.
Its design is a symbol of modern design foresight and a testament to Lebanese talent and architecture.
Now, with the Beirut downtown area renovation and reconstruction, this milestone of Lebanese design is on death-row, making space for the new 600 million dollar Beirut Gate project.
Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi (TBMM) Türk Askerinin Lübnan'a gönderilmesini kabul etti.
“Lebanon must join Rome Statue and accept the jurisdiction of the International criminal court on its territory. It will deter the Zionist army from occupying Lebanon and committing war crimes, since then the ICC will have jurisdiction also on Israeli crimes against Lebanon, and the Zionist war criminals may be brought to international justice in Hague. In addition, Israel will be demanded to compensate Lebanon.
In addition, it is the best way to cope with Hezbollah. Maybe the government of Lebanon has no power to disarm Hezbollah, but it has power to deter it from committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
from Tel Aviv University, Israel
If we can't drill for American oil in ANWR then maybe we can alter from whom we purchase our gas. Companies that purchase middle east oil are supporting terrorism, but companies that do not purchase middle east oil support freedom.
This is an eye opener if you ever thought you were pumping American Gas from an American Gas Station. Something to ponder the next time you need to fill your gas tank. Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family, and my friends.
Major companies importing Middle Eastern oil (from 9/1/00- 8/31/01):
Shell 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco 144,332,000 "
Exxon/Mobil 130,082,000 "
Marathon 117,740,000 "
Amoco 62,231,000 "
If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION!
Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:
Citgo 0 barrels
Sunoco 0 "
Conoco 0 "
Sinclair 0 "
BP/Phillips 0 "
All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and can
be easily documented. Refineries located in the U.S. are required to state
where they get their oil and how much they are importing. They report on a
monthly basis. Keep this in mind.. Share it with friends.. STOP PAYING FOR TERRORISM