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The economy of Bari region has decreased 47%.
The population in Bari region has decreased 34.7%.
The unemployment in Bari region has increased 41.4%.
Two states formed in it.
Militia (Al-shabab) emerged in it.
We see all this changes happening in our home region. Yet there is no actions address it.
Is it all about fear?
Or we never cared about it but claimed it?
The war in Afghanistan costs thousands of lives and trillions of dollars in defense of a corrupt and unpopular regime, one that is entirely dependent on Western troops and aid.
The war has inflamed Muslim opinion and failed to make Europe or the United States safer. Morality is undermined by recent NATO claims of no “confirmed” civilian casualties.
Three former U.S. Presidents have denied children their basic human rights, and Obama will too unless we demand action. The CRC, The Convention on The Rights of the Child, is an international treaty that has been ratiﬁed by every country on Earth except the U.S. and Somalia. The CRC can change childrenʼs lives by ﬁnally giving our children their basic human rights.
These two children are paying for this:
Cristian Fernandez is a 12-year-old boy who faces life in prison. http://www.change.org/petitions/reverse-decision-to-try-12-yo-cristian-fernandez-as-an-adult
This 6 year old Texan boy was hospitalized after a school paddling. http://weatherforddemocrat.com/local/x980632247/School-parent-OK-with-paddling
Thousands of children in America suffer in similar ways! But Obama has the power to stop this by ratifying the CRC!
What does the CRC guarantee American children?
•The right to play.
•The right to be safe.
•The right to practice the religion of their choice.
•The right to an education without physical punishment.
•The right to be tried as a child, and not sentenced to life in prison without parole.
In 1995, President Clinton signed the CRC, but he didnʼt send it to the Senate. It is time for our President to take real action. Obama says heʼs committed to improving the lives of our children. He says he values their well-being. He says itʼs an embarrassment that the U.S hasn't ratiﬁed the CRC.
Enough talk, Mr. President. It’s time for action!
Over 200 non-proﬁts support the CRC, yet a small group of people are afraid of children having rights. They think parents should have 'fundamental rightsʼ over their children, to include the fundamental right to be criminally negligent parents.
. Here are a few of the crimes that will start to disappear:
. Child beatings occur in schools in 19 states more than 200,000 times a year.
. Approximately 6 million cases of child abuse go unreported annually.
. At least 200,000 children are sexually trafﬁcked across the U.S. annually.
. The U.S. is the only country on earth to imprison children for life without parole.
. America is the worst offender of child abuse in the Industrialized World.
It is time to end the hypocrisy, and give children their rights. It is time for our President to do the right thing.
Please also sign the petition on change.org: http://www.change.org/petitions/president-obama-end-mistreatment-of-american-children-ratify-the-crc
For more information about...
Imprisoning children for life:
Take a Stand for the End of child abuse: rainbirdfoundation.org/takeastand
I am deeply concerned by this famine. When 20 or 30 people die it makes a big headline, but in this recent famine, over 29,000 innocent children have died in Somalia so far and another two million children still need urgent assistance.
I believe that this tragedy is not receiving enough attention and the situation is being forgotten by people. We can't stop tsunami or earthquakes but we can prevent famine, as it is part of a human tragedy. We knew already three months before it started that this famine was coming. Now we are still required to work to prevent their death even months after the headlines have gone.
These children are like our children. The fact that they were born in another continent, doesn't mean that we shouldn't do anything about them. Adults have some choice in their life but children don't have any choice in this situation. They are the silent victims of hunger and need to be supported and have access to the basic human rights of food, health, and shelter until they get to stage that they can make their own decisions in life. It is sad that we have enough food for everyone on the planet; just the problem is that food is not shared appropriately.
A recent United Nations report suggests that the United States and NATO allies are outsourcing torture and human rights violations in Afghanistan. The report concludes that there is a continuing pattern and practice of “systematic” torture in spite of repeated efforts at reform. (UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, October 2011)
Current US policy violates the Leahy Amendment to the Foreign Appropriations Act and Defense Appropriations Act (Sec. 563, P.L. 106-429 and Sec. 8092, P.L. 106-259, 2001).
The September 22 testimony of Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, may well “pave the way… to new unilateral military actions inside Pakistan,” including more drone strikes and, “even cross border raids into Pakistan to root out insurgents from their havens.” (New York Times, September 22-23, 2011)
After Mullen’s testimony, the Heritage Foundation immediately called for aggressive military and diplomatic escalation. (Christian Science Monitor, September 26, 2011) House Republicans are pushing an open-ended authorization for war against any insurgents anywhere in the world “associated” with the Taliban or Al Qaeda.
Enough is enough. Escalation in Pakistan is not in the national security interest of the United States. Already our drone attacks have provoked two terrorist near misses against American civilians, one at the Detroit airport on Christmas Day 2009 and another at Times Square on May 1, 2010. It is not in the economic interest of the United States; we cannot afford another trillion-dollar war. It is not in the moral interest of the United States; the drone attacks kill innocent people and inflame millions of Pakistanis against America.
The military pursuit of terrorist sanctuaries, first in Iraq and then in Afghanistan, has left behind thousands dead and wounded and only pushed the sanctuaries to new locations. Each escalation begets another. Besides Pakistan, our government is pursuing undeclared air wars against terrorist cells with drone attacks in Somalia and Yemen. (Washington Post, September 20, 2011)
It makes no sense to escalate attacks against the Pakistan sanctuaries of the Afghan Taliban while the US ends its combat role, gradually withdraws from Afghanistan, and supports a power-sharing arrangement with all parties. It is irrational to bomb the Taliban’s sanctuaries while inviting them to the peace table. A genuine diplomatic settlement requires a phased ending of the drone attacks as US troops phase out their role in Afghanistan.
Sending in ground troops backed by air power is as foolish as President Nixon’s 1970 invasion of Cambodia allegedly to wipe out Vietcong sanctuaries.
People children women and men are starving to death in Somalia while we enjoy wasting food in developed countries they are human being they have the right to live with dignity and pride they first of all the right to live. we suck their resources and in exchange we give them nothing but poverty and humiliation. Stop that!!!
If only those rich Arabs who are wasting their money in financing some club without even gaining anything help your brothers first save those people from dying!
May 21, 2010 Ethiopian troops engaged in slaying innocent civilians, unlawful arrests, and massive looting of privately owned properties in Buuhodle, a peaceful northern Somali city.
Until this day, Ethiopian troops are surrounding the city and the local women, children, and elderly civilians are not allowed back in.
This massacre has caused displacement of civilians with no food, water, shelter, and other basic needs.
The international community, the TFG and Somali regional administration are not doing anything to help them. They remain very silent about this incident.
Majority of asylum seekers arriving in Malta are in demand for Humanitarian protection, “an immigration status which can be given to anyone who, whilst not recognised as a refugee, would in his or her own country, be at serious risk of facing the death penalty, unlawful killing or torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.
Frequent reasons for those asylum seeker to escape from their country to Europe is the hunger and extreme poverty. MSF observed that in Lyster Barracks, Hal Far (Maltese detention center), food is “distributed three times a day but does not include sufficient vegetables and fruit required for a healthy diet. In addition there is no special food available for children and babies. Special diets for medical Reasons (e.g. for patients with diabetes) are not always correctly provided”.
The detention centres should provide an access to the basic right to food and health as stipulated in the EC Directive laying down minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers, Maltese Prison Regulations and UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners which mention that “The medical officer shall regularly inspect and advise the director upon: The quantity, quality, preparation and service of food, the hygiene and cleanliness of the institution and the prisoners the sanitation, heating, lighting and ventilation of the institution”.
We are asking today to the Maltese Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to take actions and appoint a board of health professionals to monitor the food distribution and to evaluate the living conditions in the detention centres and ensure that there is no negative impact on the residents’ health.
The Children Of Ethiopia are in trouble. Ethiopia, one of the poorest country in the world is failing its orphans and poor children.
The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism website encapsulates the whole adoption problem in Ethiopia in detail and backed by facts and numbers.
Well-informed sources have told the Schuster Institute that recent trends in Ethiopia’s international adoptions strongly suggest an increase in corruption. In the past, these have been signs that a country’s adoption system is shifting from “white” to “gray”—that is, from a well-regulated humanitarian effort dedicated to the children’s welfare, to a business that is taking children from living families in order to gain profits from Western adoption fees.
These signs include:
Rapidly expanding numbers of children being adopted internationally. For Ethiopia, the numbers of children sent in adoption climbed from a total of 262 in 2002 to more than 2520 in 2007—a tenfold expansion in five years.1 Similar increases have been seen in adoptions to other Western nations. This expansion outpaces regulators’ ability to oversee the system.
More than a dozen Western countries and several thousand prospective families waiting for Ethiopian children. Such high “demand,” combined with the possibility of earning a year’s income in adoption fees per child, can tempt unscrupulous locals to procure children for adoption at all costs.
Rapidly increasing numbers of adoption agencies working in the country, including: agencies that don’t have longstanding ties to the country or its child welfare efforts, and agencies not licensed by the Ethiopian government (as required) that are partnering or “umbrella’ing” with other agencies to serve clients.
Change in demographic profile of the children being adopted from the older children orphaned by their parents’ AIDS, TB, malaria, or other illnesses (the profile of the orphaned children already in the Ethiopian child welfare system); and
to healthy young female infants (who often turn out to have been solicited for the birth families specifically for the adoption trade).
In 2007, according to the DHS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics Table 12, of the 1200 orphan visas from Ethiopia issued by the US, one-third—396—were for infants under one year of age, who are statistically less likely to be orphaned. Another one-third, or 430, were between the ages of one and four years.
Fraud on the children’s documents about such facts as their real ages and whether they were abandoned or relinquished by families.
In other countries, all these have been signals that children were being bought, defrauded, coerced, or kidnapped away from their birth families.
FLY AWAY CHILDREN
A powerful documentary exposing the dark side of adoption presented by Mr Adrew Gehogen , a reporter for Foreign Correspondent a ABC Australia TV Network popular program.
According to the documentary:
Some adopting parents suspect or discover the new child they’ve taken in is not an orphan as they’d been assured. The child may also have a litany of health problems that has been covered up by corrupt officials.
Also many ‘relinquishing’ Ethiopian parents or carers may have been duped into giving up their children through a heartless process called ‘harvesting’ and can’t hope to re-establish contact with them. A group of grieving mothers who have given up their children for international adoption gather at an orphanage to tell their stories. All claim they were told by adoption agencies they would receive regular information about the whereabouts and well being of their children, but have heard nothing.
This petition is for the attention of:
US State Department
Hope For Children
Human Capital Foundation
Christian International Adoption Agency
Mr.Riyale and his Party Udup ruled the country for seven years, they destroyed the national pride, reached the highest position in corruption. Broke all the articles of the Somaliland Constitution, destroyed the peace in the country, robbed all the wealth of the country, including the marine life, sold for their pocket all the national buildings including the schools, and playgrounds for sports and children. By I.D.Elmi.
"We Somalilanders of the diaspora, call on citizens at home and abroad and all friends of Somaliland to ask Rayaale to step down respectfully."
Despite a motion of impeachment approved in the House of Representatives ( Elected), President Rayaale of Somaliland is clinging to power, and wants to offset with counter-motion from the Upper House (unelected) and whose term the President extended by full four years in 2007.
President Rayaale failed the most important duty in a democracy, holding election on time. That election was due on April 2008. It was twice delayed by Guurti( unelected Upper Chamber), the last one to 29 September2008, thus extending the President's term to 29 October 2009 ( An extension of 18 months).
The failed President asks the same Guurti to extend his term, third time. This political seesaw, took Somaliland back to dark episode of dictatorship, an era they hardly afford to remember. There has been a series of peaceful demonstrations, which the authority used force to disperse, killing three and wounding dozens, with a detention of over sixty. READ VOICE OF AMERICA: 3 Killed in Somaliland Protests.
The international communities expressed concern over the deterioration of democracy in Somaliland. Read the following report article:
We believe President Rayaale is either incapable to hold elections, or worst is sticking to power illegaally. Somaliland, unrecognized nation that was on the verge of recognition due to its stability and remarkable democratic institutions is turning into a cobweb of despotic leadership.
President Rayaale is openly bidding Guurti votes with the hardly earned nations meagre resources. Land and public properties are sold without tender, fishing licence are offered secretly, and independent media is constantly under threat. The government owned media, radio and TV are solely used by the ruling Party propaganda. Even the news of the Parliament is not allowed to be aired. There is no judiciary Independence, and the police are under the thump of the executive body.
For more information read Human Rights Watch exclusive report, click the following links:
Somaliland: Fragile Democracy Under Threat
To save Somaliland from certainty of instability and violence that accompany with selfish leadership that holds to power at all cost, material and moral, we call for your help to join us in this petition.
Hijacking of German MV "Hansa Stavanger" by pirates off the Somalian coast on 4th of April, 2009 without any effort of Leonhardt & Blumberg to help the crew members who are being kept hostage.
An Open Letter to Governments, International Organizations, and the Maritime Industry
The attack on the M/V Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates has focused world attention both on the heroism of Captain Richard Phillips and his crew and on the vital contributions that the world’s merchant mariners make to global development and prosperity. The 1.2 million merchant mariners operating 100,000 merchant vessels deliver more than 90% of world trade to their markets and destinations.
Pirates threaten merchant mariners’ lives and liberties in Somalia and other parts of the world. In 2008 alone, at least 293 pirate attacks occurred world wide; 49 vessels were hijacked, 46 other vessels were fired upon, 889 seafarers were taken hostage, 32 seafarers suffered injuries, 11 seafarers were killed and 21 seafarers are missing and presumed dead. Since 2003 more than 1660 merchant mariners have been kidnapped or taken hostage, taking a severe toll on mariners and their families.
Piracy is an international crime against all humanity. Every nation may bring pirates to justice and all nations should cooperate in suppressing piracy. The community of nations and the maritime industry has risen to the challenge of attempting to eradicate the scourge of piracy. The International Maritime Organization has created guidelines and recommendations for governments and shipowners on preventing and suppressing piracy. The United Nations has adopted four Security Council Resolutions addressing piracy off Somalia. Naval forces from the European Union, NATO, United States, and several other countries now patrol piracy zones with coordinated efforts to protect threatened shipping lanes. The Maritime industry operates a piracy reporting center that provides real time alerts and guidance to merchant shipping on piracy.
While much needed work has been devoted to preventing and suppressing acts of piracy and bringing pirates to justice, piracy’s mariner victims deserve more attention. Little understanding of the long-term consequences of pirate attacks on seafarers and their families exists. Furthermore, few resources are devoted to caring for piracy victims. While some piracy victims receive counseling and aftercare, the effectiveness of the care is unknown, and no guidelines exist for shipowners on providing for seafarers victimized by piracy.
Ethiopia is one of the horn of africa countries that has encountered great political animosity with somalia since immorial. infact there is great enemity of history between somalia and ethiopia.
In that respect the presence of ethiopian troops in somalia will not cure the problem of somalia but inrease the political turmoil in the country.
Ethiopian army had invaded Somalia claiming that it is supporting the transitional government of Somalia but reality they made genocide, they attack where the civilians live and make heavy bombardments which causes the death of many innocent people, they kill innocent people especially women children and the old people including blind ones, insane and handcuff but the question is why the United Nations is watching this disaster ???
If you disagree with the petition supporting the removal of Rayale, feel free to support Rayale.
Mr. Rayale's achievements:
1- He is a neutral man when it comes to other tribal affairs.
2-If Rayale leaves office, there maybe renewed civil war in Somaliland?
3-Mr. Rayale maintains the peace in the region.
18. Help Somalia
The Right Honourable Paul Martin
Prime Minister of Canada
Dear Prime Minister,
After fourteen years of the absence of all forms of law and order in Somalia, there is a renewed optimism. Somalia and its people now have a government. Yet, without the help of the international community Somalia will remain a failed state.
Canada has demonstrated its commitment to being a world leader in peace keeping, and the fight against poverty, hunger, and disease in the developing world and Africa in particular.
The Somali population in Canada exceeds 100,000 and represents the largest community of African descent within our nation. The Somali-Canadian community believes that Canada should change its "wait and see" policy towards Somalia, and act immediately in supporting the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG).
I urge you to show bold international leadership by leading the way in supporting the Somali government's efforts to create peace and stability through the rule of law and the establishment of good governance. I believe the Government of Canada should take the following steps in order to facilitate the peace and reconciliation process already begun in Somalia:
Immediate and full diplomatic recognition for the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia;
Appoint a Special Envoy to Somalia;
Support Somalia in its efforts to rebuild by offering the services of experts in federalism and good governance;
Support Somalia in its efforts to reconstruction and institutional development by creating Somalia Reconstruction Trust Fund;
Help in safeguarding the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Somalia;
Help in the creation of a national police force in Somalia using the expertise of the RCMP.
We feel the time has come, under Your Excellency's leadership, to use your good offices and influence in the House of Commons to help the Canadian government understand what is at stake in the Horn of Africa. I appeal to you, to support discussions and actions that will lead to the healing, restoration and reconciliation of Somalia.
Thank you for your favorable consideration,
19. Free Somalia
December 30, 2004
This petition is designed to show our support for the crisis in Somalia and to help free the people enslaved by war lords.
The Government of South Africa, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma recently commissioned a Report to whether to recognize the northern region of Somalia (Somaliland) as sovereign state.In the Report, law advisers from the South African Department of Foreign Affairs support somalilands argument for independence. As the Report writes “It is undeniable that Somaliland does indeed qualify for statehood, and it is incumbent upon the international community to recognise it.”
The South African government lawyers agree that “any efforts to deny or delay would not only put the international community at the risk of ignoring the most stable region in the Horn [of Africa], it would impose untold hardship upon the people of Somaliland due to the denial of foreign assistance that recognition entails.”
The South African government law advisers pondering about the practicability of bestowing sovereignty to Somaliland wrote: “The interest of world peace and stability require that, where possible, the division or fragmentation of existing states should be managed peacefully and by negotiation. But where this is not possible, as is the case with Somalia, international law accepts that the interests of justice may prevail over the principle of territorial integrity,”
If the Minister heeds this advice it will lead to the creation of five (5) Somali Bantustan-like countries; Somaliland and Punt land to name just but two. The advice given to the South African government is contrary to the UN, Africa Union, Arab league, Non Allied Movement, of which South Africa is a member, categorically say “that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia is sacrosanct.”
Hence closing the floodgate of Bantustans in Somalia and its ripple effect in other African countries. If the Minister accept such advice, the move will undoubtedly undermine the South African propelled African Renaissances and the NEPAD initiative that many Africans see as the only hope for Africa and Africans.
We urgently urge the Minister and the ANC Government not to heed this advice which will reintroduce tribal based fragmentation, ala apartheid, of the region through the backdoor.
We the undersigned Somalis and other Africans plead with the Minister and the ANC Government to reject the Bantustanization of Somalia and the Horn of Africa.