Respect Award, thanks unbolt and Paul!


Respect Award

Thanks to unbolt and Paul of the blog wwwpalfitness, Dear Kitty. Some blog has been nominated for the Respect Award.

Thank you for this kind gesture!

The “Respect” Award is a personal award, made by Robert Goldstein, for fellow bloggers who consistently reach out to other bloggers, offer support, are kind, struggle to understand differences in people, and who treat themselves and other people with kindness and respect.

You don’t have to do anything for this award.

You can choose to copy the Award Picture and give the award to the people who have earned your respect; or you can do nothing.

This is a way of saying thank you. You have earned my respect.

My nominees for the Respect Award are:

1. Quiéretetú

2. fotodigitalenten

3. Արսեն Նազոյան

4. GENDER & SEXUALITY IN WORLD CIVILIZATIONS

5. Big Blue Dot Y’all

6. Johannewordpress’s Blog

7. kindness over cruelty

8. PROGRESSIVE / LIBERAL VIEWS

9. JGoodWithSports

10. It Is What It Is

Free WikLeaks’ Assange and compensate him, United Nations says


Pro-Assange demonstrators in London

This photo shows pro-Julian Assange demonstrators in London, England. They have Guy Fawkes masks on. Their ‘I’m Julian!’ signs allude to the ‘I am Spartacus!‘ line from the film Spartacus.

From The Verge:

UN: Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained and deserves compensation

WikiLeaks founder has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012

By Amar Toor on February 5, 2016 03:31 am

A United Nations panel has determined that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been living since 2012. In a report published today, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) said that Sweden and the UK should compensate Assange for the detention, though the ruling is not legally binding. British authorities have said they will arrest Assange if he leaves the embassy.

Swedish authorities have sought to question Assange, 44, on an accusation of rape, but the Australian national has denied the claim and fears extradition to the US, where he could face charges related to the troves of diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks began publishing in 2010.

In a statement released Friday, the UNWGAD said that Sweden and the UK should work to guarantee Assange’s “safety and physical integrity, to facilitate the exercise of his right to freedom of movement in an expedient manner, and to ensure the full enjoyment of his rights guaranteed by the international norms on detention.” Assange’s legal team filed a complaint with the panel in 2014, saying that being confined to the embassy had taken a “significant toll” on his health.

In a statement published to the WikiLeaks Twitter account this week, Assange said he should be allowed to leave the embassy if the panel ruled in his favor. …

“To go against a decision would be to go against a unit of the United Nations, and their own interpretation of human rights,” Per Samuelsson, a lawyer for Assange, told The New York Times yesterday.

MILLIONS of pounds spent by police monitoring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for three years could have been better used for front-line police duties, Baroness Jones said yesterday: here.

UK and Swedish governments continue their persecution of Julian Assange: here.

US government jet lay in wait for Snowden in Copenhagen. Danish government reveals agreement to cooperate over extradition in the event whistleblower arrived in Scandinavia: here.

Brotherhood of the World Award, thanks Unbolt and noblethemes!


Brotherhood of the World Award

Thanks to unbolt, and to noblethemes, this blog now has been nominated for the Brotherhood of the World Award.

Thank you so much!

The rules of this award are:

Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for the award.

List the rules and display the Brotherhood of the World Award logo to your post and/or blog.

Answer the questions sent to you.

Nominate (around ten) bloggers.

Create your set of questions for your nominees.

The questions at noblethemes, with my replies, are:

1. If you had the power to make one change to our world, what would you change?

Stop all wars.

2. What do you consider the most meaningful social change to come out of the 1960’s?

At least some improvements for women and LGBTQ people.

3. If you could time travel, which era do you want to go and why?

To the White House in the USA in March 2003. To stop George W Bush from starting the Iraq war.

4. Who is or are your role model(s)?

I don’t really have a role model. There are several people I appreciate: Melina Mercouri, Rosa Luxemburg, Charlie Chaplin, James Connolly, Nelson Mandela

5. What did you want to do when you grew up and what are you doing now?

I once thought of becoming an explorer. At the moment, I am blogging :)

6. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time, and what will you be doing?

I don’t know where yet, but I will probably still blog.

7. Why do you use social media?

To contact and learn from people all over the world.

8. How has social media changed your life?

Blogging: much. Twitter: also somewhat. Facebook: not; as I am not on Facebook.

My questions for my nominees are:

1. Which blog post do you consider your best one so far?

2. What was the best comment ever on your blog?

3. Did you make blog posts receiving much more attention than you expected? Which one, for example?

4. Did you make blog posts receiving much less attention than you expected? Which one, for example?

My nominees for the Brotherhood (or Sisterhood) of the World Award are:

1. Pacific Northwest Life in Photographs

2. Animalista Untamed

3. My Strange Family

4. Chol Palai

5. Teacher as Transformer

6. Author Erika Kind

7. We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

8. Fictional machines

9. VERDE DESPERTAR

10. Shut that negative noise off!

‘Wikileaks’ Assange detained arbritarily’, United Nations says


This video says about itself:

Collateral MurderWikileaks – Iraq

3 April 2010

Wikileaks has obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. It shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. They are apparently assumed to be insurgents.

After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well. The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths ocurred. Wikileaks released this video with transcripts and a package of supporting documents on April 5th 2010 on http://collateralmurder.com.

From the BBC today:

Julian Assange is being arbitrarily held, UN panel to say

A UN panel has ruled in favour of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after he complained he was “arbitrarily detained”, the BBC understands.

Mr Assange claimed asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex assault claims, which he denies.

The Met Police says Mr Assange would be arrested if he does leave the embassy.

He earlier said his passport should be returned and his arrest warrant dropped if the UN panel ruled in his favour.

In 2014, Mr Assange complained to the UN that he was being “arbitrarily detained” as he could not leave the embassy without being arrested.

The application claimed Mr Assange had been “deprived of his liberty in an arbitrary manner for an unacceptable length of time”.

The UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is due to announce the findings of its investigation on Friday. …

While the BBC understands the panel will find in Mr Assange’s favour, Wikileaks tweeted it was waiting for “official confirmation”. …

In his complaint to the panel – made in 2014 – Julian Assange argued that living in 30 square metres of the Ecuadorean Embassy with no sunlight or fresh air had taken a “significant toll” on his physical and mental health.

Previous rulings by the panel have gone against countries with some of the world’s worst human rights records, such as Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and Egypt.

So a decision against Sweden and Britain in favour of Mr Assange is bound to be controversial. …

The journalist John Pilger, who is a friend of Mr Assange, said “the ball is now at the feet of the British government”, whose international legal “obligations” were represented by the UN panel.

“They did something in terms of supporting the tribunal in all the other celebrated cases, and Assange now joins them because the UN jurists have clearly found this is a case of arbitrary detention,” he said. …

His Wikileaks organisation posted secret American government documents on the internet, and Mr Assange says he believes Washington will seek his transfer to the US if he is sent to Sweden.

In the statement, published earlier by Wikileaks on Twitter, Mr Assange said: “Should the UN announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal.

“However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me.”

Last October, Scotland Yard said it would no longer station officers outside the Ecuador embassy following an operation which it said had cost £12.6m. But it said “a number of overt and covert tactics to arrest him” would still be deployed.

German stupid NPD nazis’ anti-refugee poster own goal


NPD anti-refugee poster

This is an anti-refugee poster by German neonazi party NPD.

RT.com writes about it:

Germans out first! Social media on fire after radical party screws up deportation poster

Published time: 4 Feb, 2016 11:39
Edited time: 4 Feb, 2016 11:43

Germany’s NPD party, known for its hardline stance on migrants, posted an unfortunately-designed poster online, which could be perceived as a call to “systematically deport” Germans.

It was mocked by social media users, many urging the party to follow their own advice.

The poster, depicting a flying plane with an appeal to “systematically deport” scribbled above it and “our nation first” underneath, was initially posted on the Facebook page of the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD)’s branch in the German state Rhineland-Palatinate and since has gone viral.

The post was ridiculed by FB users, who called on NPD members to take their own motto’s advice and go away as far as possible. One user wrote: “Deport? It’s high time! NPD members to Siberia…” Another suggested sending them to even further locations: “To North Korea, there NPD supporters will be happy” or as another put it simply, expressing a prevailing sentiment: “bye, bye, Nazi, have a good trip.”

Twitter also reacted with a storm of giggles directed at the unfortunate poster’s creators.

“Systematically deport. Our nation first” – Oh, no, NPD. Only the Nazis. It’ll be enough.

The NPD responded to the barbs by firing back at the mockers: “Continue with your multicultural games and let yourselves be raped,” presumably referring to a recent string of sexually motivated attacks in Germany.

The original publication was removed on Wednesday and replaced with an edited version, in which the slogan “our nation first” is separated from “systematically deport” by a web link, directing to the party website.

In an interview with the German news site Jetzt.de, Markus Walter, chairman of the party’s Rhineland-Palatinate branch, confessed that the members “had seven poster designs” and “the majority decided to go with this one.”

Dedicated Blogger Award, thank you Xena!


Dedicated Blogger Award

My dear blogging friend Xena of the blog We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Dedicated Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

The creator of this blog wrote:

Blogging, some say, is losing ground on the Internet. Many people are now using Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram to convey their thoughts, leaving the more ‘old-fashioned’ blog behind.

But there are those who understand that, sometimes, a long form is best. Who know that it takes time, and craft, and WORDS as well as images to convey a thought, and to start a conversation.

This Award is dedicated to those bloggers who consistently provide wisdom, inspiration, kindness, gentleness and truth to the world through their blogs.

This is a my “thank you” to you. Please, pass it on!

There are no rules, but I suggest that the award be posted on the blog. If the theme does not have borders for posting the award, then consider a page (not post) for awards and putting it on the menu of your blog.

Here are my nominees for this award:

1. Eye-Dancers

2. Idealisticrebel

3. It Is What It Is

4. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

5. nightwithdeer

6. What’s Wild in Cornwall

7. Animalcouriers

8. Travel with Mukul

9.

10. Making Waves Outreach ⚘ Flyers For Animal Rights