10-04-13

Thatcher's death: Party in London

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London neighbourhood throws party on Thatcher's death

9 Apr 2013

London: Hundreds of people took to the main square in Brixton, an area of south London which suffered serious rioting in the 1980s, to celebrate the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
   
Holding notices saying "Rejoice -- Thatcher is dead", around 200 people gathered in the neighbourhood, a hotspot of alternative culture, and toasted her passing by drinking and dancing to hip-hop and reggae songs blaring from sound systems.
   
"I'm very, very pleased. She did so much damage to this country," said one man brandishing an original newspaper billboard from 1990 announcing Thatcher's resignation. Others scrawled "Good Riddance" on the pavement.
   
"We've got the bunting out at home," said Clare Truscott, a woman in her 50s wearing a sparkly beret and holding a homemade sign reading "Ding dong, the witch is dead".
   
"I'm from the north, where there were no jobs, where the industry was rapidly disappearing, and her policies ensured it went more quickly."
   
Brixton was the scene of fierce riots in 1981, two years after Thatcher became prime minister. Carole Roper, a full-time career in her 50s from north London, said: "We're here to celebrate her death."
   
Sipping from a can of beer, she insisted: "I don't think it's vindictive -- it's not so much about the death of Thatcher but what she has done, the policies she introduced to this country.
   
"Compare the coverage to that when Chavez died -- she's being eulogized. It's been wall to wall coverage on the BBC but she did nothing to help the poor people of this country."
   
Meanwhile, in the Scottish city of Glasgow more than 300 people gathered to hold their own impromptu "party". Anti-capitalist campaigners shouted, "Maggie, Maggie, Maggie" while the crowd replied "dead, dead, dead". The crowd also broke into a chorus of "So long, the witch is dead" while drinking champagne.

Thatcher, the controversial "Iron Lady" who dominated a generation of British politics and won international acclaim for helping to end the Cold War, died following a stroke on Monday. She was 87.

http://post.jagran.com/london-neighbourhood-throws-party-on-thatchers-death-1365502295

Photo: Police take action as violence flares with miners at Daw Mill colliery in Warwickshire, UK, in this 1984 file photo. It was a defining moment in British industrial relations, and its defeat significantly weakened the British trades union movement. It was also seen as a major political and ideological victory for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party. The miners’ strike ended 28 years ago and there has been no softening of the anger toward Thatcher, according to John Kane, a miner for 37 years and now a guide at the Scottish Mining Museum, south of Edinburgh.

08-04-13

Margaret Thatcher: Iron Lady who remade Britain

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The UK is a democratic country; its citizens enjoy freedom and equality. It is both one of the richest countries in the world and one of the most expensive countries to live in. You may think that a country such as this would be practically free of poverty. However, almost one-quarter of the population lives in poverty – this accounts for nearly 13 million people, including a third of all children. At the same time some of the richest people in the world live in the UK. Does this make Britain an equal society?

What is poverty?

The United Nations defines poverty as a 'lack of capabilities to live a long, healthy and creative life, to be knowledgeable, and to enjoy a decent standard of living, dignity, self-respect, and the respect of others'.

If someone's household income in the UK is below 60% of average household income, then they are considered to be living in poverty.

Effects of poverty in the UK

Children living in poverty are less likely to do well in their education than children who are from wealthier households.

They are also more likely to suffer from health problems, lower life expectancy and low employment prospects. 18% of children go without two or more essential items such as warm clothes and three meals a day. Just under ten million people can't afford safe, warm housing and have to live in cold, damp conditions.

Children, women and the elderly are the worst hit by poverty. Those living in poverty often have to face humiliation and a feeling of helplessness as they are judged and seen as second-class citizens, with many people expressing the view that those in poverty are to blame for their difficulties.

Photo: Children living in poor conditions in Stetchford, Birmingham, UK

http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/lifestuff/content/w...

24-09-12

Human Rights First ! Russian aid arrives in Syria

Russian.Aid.Syria.jpgFirst Batch of Russian Aid Arrives with 38 Tons of Food Supplies

Sep 20, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- A Russian aircraft on Thursday arrived in Damascus International Airport carrying on board 38 tons of food supplies in aid to the families affected due to the crisis in Syria.

Deputy Director of Emergencies Department at the Russian Ministry of Extraordinary Situations, Alexander Bogdanov, said the Russian government decided to send humanitarian aid to Syria out of the friendly relations between both countries.

He noted that another aircraft scheduled to arrive tomorrow with a second batch of humanitarian aid will also be carrying 38 other tons of food supplies, indicating to the arrival of a third batch at a date to be determined later.

Bogdanov said that the cargo of today's aircraft included sugar, meat, milk and canned fish.

"This aid is an evidence of Russia's principled stances towards Syria and the strong and solid relations between the Syrian and Russian governments and peoples," said Assistant Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Hassan Hijazi.

He highlighted that the distribution of the food materials will be carried out through cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, in addition to the civil and non-government organizations.

For his part, Bassel Salah-Eddin, from the Public Relations Department at the SARC, stressed on coordination with the Ministry and civil organizations to ensure delivering the aid supplies to the affected people at the shelter centers and housing gatherings in the various provinces.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/09/20/442621.htm

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Who's responsible for terrorist attacks and the suffering of the Syrian people ?

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

12-09-12

Human rights first: the right to self-determination

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The right of nations to self-determination (from GermanSelbstbestimmungsrecht der Völker), or in short form, self-determinationis the principle in international law that nations have the right to freely choose their sovereignty and international political status with no external compulsion or interference. 

Photo: American drone, bombing.

11-09-12

Human rights first: Who's arming terrorists for bomb attacks in Syria ?

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- Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

- Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

 

- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

- An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

- The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.