When he got home from Iraq, Hart Viges began sorting through his boyhood toys, looking for some he could pass on to his new baby nephew. He found a stash of G.I. Joes – his old favorites – and the memories came flooding back.
“I thought about giving them to him,” he said. But the pressures of a year in a war zone had strengthened Viges’ Christian faith, and he told the Army that “if I loved my enemy I couldn’t see killing them, for any reason.” He left as a conscientious objector. As for the G.I. Joes, “I threw them away instead.” Viges had grown up playing dress-up with his father’s, grandfather’s and uncles’ old military uniforms. “What we tell small kids has such a huge effect,” he told Truthout. “I didn’t want to be the one telling him to dream about the military.”
As the mother of a 6-year-old, I know what he means. My partner and I, as longtime antiwar activists, work hard to talk to our daughter about war, violence and peace in age-appropriate ways.
That’s why we were shocked this November when, shortly after Veterans Day, our daughter came home from kindergarten with a worksheet that asked the children to decide which branch of the military they would like to join. The class had been working on charts in math class, taking polls and graphing the results, which usually fell more along the lines of what flavors of pie they preferred.
The full horror of the human tragedy unfolding on the shores of Europe was brought home on Wednesday as images of the lifeless body of a young boy – one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach the Greek island of Kos – encapsulated the extraordinary risks refugees are taking to reach the west.
The picture, taken on Wednesday morning, depicted the dark-haired toddler, wearing a bright-red T-shirt and shorts, washed up on a beach, lying face down in the surf not far from Turkey’s fashionable resort town of Bodrum.
A second image portrays a grim-faced policeman carrying the tiny body away. Within hours it had gone viral becoming the top trending picture on Twitter under the hashtag #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik (humanity washed ashore).
Turkish media identified the boy as three-year-old Aylan Kurdi and reported that his five-year-old brother had also met a similar death. Both had reportedly hailed from the northern Syrian town of Kobani, the site of fierce fighting between Islamic state insurgents and Kurdish forces earlier this year.
Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children, said: “This tragic image of a little boy who’s lost his life fleeing Syria is shocking and is a reminder of the dangers children and families are taking in search of a better life. This child’s plight should concentrate minds and force the EU to come together and agree to a plan to tackle the refugee crisis.”
- 4 charts that show how this refugee crisis compares to previous crises
- The people offering homes to Europe’s refugees
- Britain should not take more Middle East refugees, says David Cameron
- David Miliband: failure to take in refugees an abandonment of UK’s humanitarian traditions
- Refugee Crisis: An Interview with Dr. Chiara Montaldo of Doctors Without Borders from Sicily, Italy
- Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch on Refugee Crisis
- Europe-bound refugees continue to cross border into Hungary
- Refugee Crisis: Interview with Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration
- Mediterranean Refugee Crisis Escalating: Interview with Vijay Prashad
- Dr. Montaldo: ‘We see more and more unaccompanied children on migrant boats’
- Europe or Die (VICE News Series)
- Libya’s Descent Into Immigration Chaos (Documentary)
George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four top teachers’ list of books that “every student should read before leaving secondary school”
George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is at the top of teachers’ list of books “every student should read before leaving secondary school”.
The 100 novels have been chosen by 500 teachers for the National Association for the Teaching of English and the TES magazine.
Second place goes to Harper Lee’s class To Kill A Mocking Bird, while Orwell again takes third spot with Animal Farm.
The Harry Potter series of books by JK Rowling was ranked in sixth place.
Orwell’s son Richard Blair, patron of the Orwell Society, said his father’s novels were “as fresh today as when they were written all those years ago”.
‘Israeli forces are choking, beating, and abusing Palestinian children as young as 11, arresting and coercing them into confessions without granting them access to lawyers or even informing their parents of their whereabouts, a new investigation from Human Rights Watch reveals.
The findings are contained in a report—Israel: Security Forces Abuse Palestinian Children—based on interviews with six children between the ages of 11 and 15, and corroborated by witness testimony and video evidence. All of the children were accused of throwing rocks between March and December 2014—a common charge that can lead to decades in prison.
“Israel has been on notice for years that its security forces are abusing Palestinian children’s rights in occupied territory, but the problems continue,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director for HRW. “These are not difficult abuses to end if the Israeli government were serious about doing so.”‘
‘An alarming 22 percent of U.S. children live in poverty, which can have long-lasting negative consequences on brain development, emotional health and academic achievement. A new study, published July 20 in JAMA Pediatrics, provides even more compelling evidence that growing up in poverty has detrimental effects on the brain.
In an accompanying editorial, child psychiatrist Joan L. Luby, MD, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, writes that “early childhood interventions to support a nurturing environment for these children must now become our top public health priority for the good of all.”
In her own research in young children living in poverty, Luby and her colleagues have identified changes in the brain’s architecture that can lead to lifelong problems with depression, learning difficulties and limitations in the ability to cope with stress.’
Will the UN Tackle Impunity for Peacekeepers Who Sexually Abuse Women and Children? Interview with Paula Donovan
Interview from 2nd July with Paula Donovan, co-director of AIDS-Free World. She is part of the Code Blue campaign, which seeks to end the sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations military and non-military peacekeeping personnel. (Democracy Now)
- Facing ‘peacekeeper babies,’ UN now offers DNA testing
- UN peacekeepers accused of sexually abusing street children in Central African Republic
- Sexual exploitation by UN peacekeepers remains ‘significantly under-reported’
- UN Peacekeepers in Haiti Force Girls to Trade Sex for Food, Medicine: Interview with Brian Concannon and Paula Donovane
- UN peacekeepers sexually abuse hundreds of women and minors in Haiti in exchange for food and medicine
- Peacekeepers gone wild: How much more abuse will the UN ignore in Congo? (2012)
- U.N. Peacekeepers and Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: An End to Impunity (2008 Report)
- Six-year-olds sexually abused by UN peacekeepers (2008)
- Peacekeepers ‘abusing children’ (2008)
- UN Child Sex Slave Scandals Continue (2007)
- Child sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers – Wikipedia
British Education Secretary says homophobia may be a sign of extremism, is she going to investigate herself?
‘[…] When British Education Secretary Nicky Morgan was asked to give an example of the kind of behaviour from a pupil which would trigger an anti-extremism intervention, she struggled. And then, out of nowhere, she found an example: homophobia.
This was an interesting example, because Morgan herself voted against gay marriage twice. Is opposition to gay marriage always homophobic? No, not really, although you could make the case. But this isn’t about what’s really the case. It’s about what’s perceived to be the case.
School children are often fond of accusing each other of being ‘gay’. Is this going to be enough to call in the anti-extremism unit? Will Catholic or Jewish faith schools face daily visits from the inspectors? Will a socially conservative teacher find themselves under investigation?
Probably not. But we know the truth: when a Muslim kid calls his friend ‘gay’ it will be treated differently to when a white kid does it. The vague language and imprecise measures of the counter-extremism strategy will allow people’s prejudice free rein.’
- Nicky Morgan says homophobia may be sign of extremism
- Schools told to ‘spot the signs’ that pupils might grow up to be terrorists
- Schools monitoring pupils’ web use with ‘anti-radicalisation software’
- Nicky Morgan explains why she voted against allowing gay marriage
- Nicky Morgan (politician) – Wikipedia
‘Child poverty is on course for the biggest rise in a generation, reversing years of progress that began in the late 1990s, leading charities and independent experts claim.
The stark prognosis comes before the release of government figures which experts believe will show a clear increase for the first time since the start of the decade.
It also comes as the chancellor George Osborne and work and pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith announced they had agreed a plan to slash a further £12bn a year from benefits spending. In a joint letter they pledged to attack the “damaging culture of welfare dependency”, and said it would take “a decade” or more to return the welfare budget to what they called “sanity”.
The introduction of the bedroom tax and cuts in benefits between 2013 and last year are blamed for fuelling the rise in the number of families whose income is below 60% of the UK average – the definition of relative poverty.’
- UK Chancellor to proceed with £12bn welfare cuts despite anti-austerity protests
- Jeremy Corbyn: Austerity a ‘cover’ for increasing inequality
- Children trapped in poverty by UK government’s ‘dysfunctional system’
- Hitlist of welfare cuts facing Britain’s next chancellor
- Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research
‘In 1968, Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted hundreds of millions would starve to death over the next decade, many of them Americans, and the world would generally decline into chaos in his book The Population Bomb.
A retrospective on Ehrlich’s forecast is the subject of a new “Retro Report” in The New York Times. A 12-minute video feature produced by Sarah Weiser with support from the Pulitzer Center is accompanied by a column from Clyde Haberman.
“I do not think my language was too apocalyptic in The Population Bomb,” Ehrlich says in an interview, “my language would be even more apocalyptic today.” His basic premise remains true, he says: “We have a finite planet with finite resources and in such a system you can’t have infinite population growth.”
“I was trying to bring people to get something done,” he says, and he still sees humanity’s dominance over the natural world as a danger to our own life-support system.
But things have changed since The Population Bomb was published almost 50 years ago. Population growth has not continued unabated and in most parts of the world has slowed to at or below replacement level.
One aspect of the story that is somewhat glossed over but helps explain these changes is about rights.’
- The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion
- Political Population Poppycock, and the Ethics of Misinformation
- Paul Ehrlich’s Population Bomb Argument Was Right
- The Infamous 1968 ‘Population Bomb’ Doomsayer Still Stands by His Claim
- The Bleak Science Bankrolled by the Pentagon
- NASA-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?
- Paul Ehrlich: ‘Nobody Has The Right to Have 12 Children – Or Even 3’
- Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown
- Ehrlich: We Must Change Behavior to Save Global Culture
- Astonishing falls in the fertility rate are bringing with them big benefits
- Overpopulation – RationalWiki
- The Population Bomb – Wikipedia
- Paul R. Ehrlich – Wikipedia
‘When is a child old enough to have their mobile phone examined for signs that they’re a potential terrorist? At what point does a teacher need to start listening out for phrases like “jihadi bride” and “war on Islam” in the playground?
These are the weird and difficult questions being asked in British schools today. The days when kids drawing dicks everywhere was the biggest worry are behind us. Today’s teachers are expected to be intelligence officers trained in the subtle business of susceptibility to religious and political fundamentalism.
Firms are selling “anti-radicalisation” software to education boards, with one company now piloting its system on school computers in 16 different locations across the UK. The software monitors pupils’ online antics for extremist-related language, flagging up keywords like “Kuffs” (a casual, insulting term for non-Muslims) or “YODO” (an acronym for “you only die once” which shows up in ISIS martyrdom material).
Under the Counter-terrorism and Security Act 2015, which comes into force next month, schools have a new duty to “have due regard to the need to prevent pupils being drawn into terrorism”.’
- Schools monitoring pupils’ web use with ‘anti-radicalisation software’
- School heads raise alarm over new duty to protect students from extremism
- Fury after primary pupils are asked to complete radicalisation-seeking surveys
- New counter-terrorism duties: what schools need to know
- Schools at risk of terrorist or racist attack given funds to employ security guards
- Anti-terror plan to spy on toddlers ‘is heavy-handed’
‘The Israeli group Breaking the Silence issued a report this morning containing testimony from Israeli soldiers about the savagery and criminality committed by the Israeli military during the attack on Gaza last summer. The Independent has a good article describing the report’s findings: “The Israeli military deliberately pounded civilian areas in the Gaza Strip with incessant fire of inaccurate ordinance” and “was at best indifferent about casualties among the Palestinian population.” At best.
This should surprise nobody who paid any attention to the brutal Israeli destruction of Gaza or, for that matter, countless Israeli attacks before that. The U.N. has said that 7 out of 10 people killed by the Israelis were civilians, “including 1,462 civilians, among them 495 children and 253 women”;video of Israelis killing four Gazan boys as they played on a beach sickened anyone decent.
Nonetheless, reading the accounts from these Israeli soldiers is revolting and important in equal parts. It shines considerable light on the reality of what Israeli loyalists have long hailed as “the most moral army in the world,” one unfairly held to a difference standard that ignores their great “restraint.”’
- ‘Fire at every person you see’: Israeli soldiers reveal they were ordered to shoot to kill in Gaza – even if the targets may have been civilians
- The U.N. says 7 in 10 Palestinians killed in Gaza were civilians. Israel disagrees.
- Gaza-Israel conflict: Four boys killed on beach by rocket fire
- When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more
‘Gemma Parkin from Save the Children talks to Afshin about the ‘appalling’ decision of the EU to stop search and rescue missions for migrants trying to make it to European shores – leaving men, women and children to drown.’ (Going Underground)
- Why Libya is springboard for migrant exodus
- Libya’s chaos allows migrant numbers to surge
- EU frets naval mission off Libya could draw more migrants to sea
- EU to launch military operations against migrant-smugglers in Libya
- Refugees don’t need our tears. They need us to stop making them refugees
- Migrant crisis: where are the refugees risking their lives fleeing from?
- I was a Lampedusa refugee. Here’s my story of fleeing Libya – and surviving
- Lack of EU contact with Tripoli a barrier to tackling migrant deaths
- Hundreds Feared Dead After Boat Carrying Migrants Capsizes
- Pope Francis calls on global community to help Italy in wake of migrant deaths
- EU under pressure over migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean
- Record number of migrants expected to drown in Mediterranean this year
- Nigel Farage opposes EU action to tackle migrant deaths in Mediterranean
- Nigel Farage: David Cameron ‘directly caused’ Libyan migrant crisis
- Britain’s criminally stupid attitudes to race and immigration are beyond parody
- Katie Hopkins: Save your anger for the politicians who decided to let migrants drown
- Katie Hopkins calling migrants vermin recalls the darkest events of history
Of the 2,220 Palestinians killed during Israel’s 51-day bombing campaign, at least 1,492 were civilians, including at least 547 children.
A total of 535 of those children were killed as a direct result of Israeli attacks. Moreover, 68 percent of children Israel killed in Gaza were under the age of twelve, according to the report.
An additional 3,374 children were injured, including over 1,000 who have been left with lifelong disabilities, many of which require medical care that is inaccessible in Gaza due to a crushing Israeli siege that has yet to be lifted. Another 373,000 children are suffering from deep trauma and require desperately needed psychosocial support that is severely lacking in the Gaza Strip.
As a matter of policy, Israel deliberately and indiscriminately targeted the very spaces where children are supposed to feel most secure. Such acts violate international law and amount to war crimes, according to the report.’
- Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged on Gaza’s Children
- International aid agencies call for sanctions on Israel over Gaza “stalemate”
- Sixty percent of global drone exports come from Israel
- High civilian death toll in Gaza house strikes
- Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields
- Probe of Gaza op’s ‘Black Friday’: Soldiers faced ‘unreasonable’ situation
- Israeli officer admits ordering lethal strike on own soldier during Gaza massacre
Financier and CEO Peter Schiff said, “People don’t go hungry in a capitalist economy.” The 16 million kids on food stamps know what it’s like to go hungry. Perhaps, some in Congress would say, those children should be working. “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” insisted Georgia Representative Jack Kingston, even for schoolkids, who should be required to “sweep the floor of the cafeteria” (as they actually do at a charter school in Texas).
The callousness of US political and business leaders is disturbing, shocking. Hunger is just one of the problems of our children. Teacher Sonya Romero-Smith told about the two little homeless girls she adopted: “Getting rid of bedbugs, that took us a while. Night terrors, that took a little while. Hoarding food..”‘
- Five Things You Need to Know About Measuring Poverty in America
- US May Soon Stand Alone Opposing Children’s Treaty
- One in Five Children Receive Food Stamps, Census Bureau Reports
- Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty
- Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation’s Public Schools
- UNICEF: Child well-being in rich countries
- Head Start hit with worst cuts in its history
- Obama tells other world leaders: ‘I believe America is exceptional’
- Rep. Jack Kingston Proposes That Poor Students Sweep Floors In Exchange For Lunch
‘An 800-page independent report commissioned by the US-friendly Colombian government and the radical left rebel group FARC found that US military soldiers and contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007 and, in all cases, the rapists were never punished–either in Colombia or stateside–due to American military personnel being immune from prosecution under diplomatic immunity agreements between the two countries.
The report was part of a broader historical analysis meant to establish the “causes and violence aggravators” of the 50-year-long conflict between the government and rebels that’s presently being negotiated to an end.
[…] Thus far, however, these explosive claims seem to have received zero coverage in the general US press, despite having been reported on Venezuela’s Telesur (3/23/15), the British tabloid Daily Mail (3/24/15) and Russian RT (3/25/15).’
- At least 54 Colombian girls sexually abused by immune US military: Report
- US Military Sexually Abused at Least 54 Colombian Children
- US soldiers and contractors raped 54 Colombian girls and will never face charges
- US troops, contractors sexually abused Colombian girls with impunity – report
- U.S. soldier’s immunity clouds 2007 Colombian rape case (2009)
- It’s Déjà Vu for DynCorp All Over Again (2010)
- Dyncorp and Halliburton Sex Slave Scandal Won’t Go Away (2006)
- Sex-slave whistle-blowers vindicated (2002)
- UN Child Sex Slave Scandals Continue (2007)
- Peacekeepers’ Sex Scandals Linger, On Screen and Off (2011)
- Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse
‘[…] This WiFi-connected Barbie may soon be a hit among children used to tinkering with iPads, but children’s privacy advocates are crying foul. Hello Barbie may be more accurately called “eavesdropping” Barbie, says one advocacy group. Another popular description? Creepy.
Hello Barbie works by recording a child’s voice with an embedded microphone that is triggered by pressing a button on the doll. As the doll “listens,” audio recordings travel over the Web to a server where the snippets of speech are recognized and processed. That information is used to help form Hello Barbie’s responses.
“If I had a young child, I would be very concerned that my child’s intimate conversations with her doll were being recorded and analyzed,” Angela Campbell, faculty adviser at Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology, said in a statement.’
‘Are you, your family or your community at risk of turning to violent extremism? That’s the premise behind a rating system devised by the National Counterterrorism Center, according to a document marked For Official Use Only and obtained by The Intercept.
The document–and the rating system–is part of a wider strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, which calls for local community and religious leaders to work together with law enforcement and other government agencies. The White House has made this approach a centerpiece of its response to terrorist attacks around the world and in the wake of the Paris attacks, announced plans to host an international summit on Countering Violent Extremism on February 18th.’
- Countering Violent Extremism: A Guide for Practitioners and Analysts
- Homeland Security: Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community
- Spies Among Us: How Community Outreach Programs to Muslims Blur Lines between Outreach and Intelligence
- Chart: Are you a jihadist? The French government made this checklist
- Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
- France’s anti-jihadi efforts net an 8-year-old schoolboy
- Terrorist or … Teenager?
- Should Anti-Vaxxers Be Punished?
- Anti-Vaccine Doctor Under Investigation
- Rand Paul Annoyed At Vaccine Controversy
- Do Religious Exemptions Do More Harm Than Good?
- California Looks To Tighten Exemptions For Measles Vaccinations
- Doctors, Schools Urge Parents To Vaccinate
- Health Officials Urge Measles Vaccinations
- Funding the Costs of Disease Outbreaks Caused by Non Vaccination
‘[…] Since 2001, the coalition has dropped about 20,000 tonnes of ammunition over Afghanistan. Experts say about 10% of munitions do not detonate: some malfunction, others land on sandy ground. Foreign soldiers have also used valleys, fields and dry riverbeds as firing ranges and left them peppered with undetonated ammunition.
Statistics from the UN-backed Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (Macca) show there were 369 casualties in the past year, including 89 deaths. The rate rose significantly in October and November when 93 people were injured, 84 of them children. Twenty died.’
- Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis (Documentary)
- Afghanistan: None Dare Call It a Defeat
- U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan hit two-year high
- SIGAR: Pentagon’s economic development in Afghanistan ‘accomplished nothing’
- After Vowing to End Combat Mission in Afghanistan, Obama Secretly Extends America’s Longest War
- New Afghanistan pact means America’s longest war will last until at least 2024
- Surprise: U.S. Drug War In Afghanistan Not Going Well
‘Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice.
He said huge advances in the past two years meant “designer babies” were no longer HG Wells territory.
Other leading scientists and bioethicists argue it is time for a serious public debate on the issue.’
- Designer baby – Wikipedia
- Rules for babies ‘from three people’
- ‘Designer’ Babies Are Only for the Rich
- We’re Already Designing Babies
- Children to Order: The Ethics of ‘Designer Babies’
- Designer babies? It looks like racism and eugenics to me
- Science’s Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2013: Human Cloning At Last
‘China has by far the greatest gender imbalance of any nation in the world, with conservative estimates from 2014 putting the ratio at 115.8 males to every 100 females.
The peak body responsible for family planning in the country, the National Health and Family Planning Commission, this week made its strongest statement yet on the crisis.’
‘For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.
The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches. The lunch program is a rough proxy for poverty, but the explosion in the number of needy children in the nation’s public classrooms is a recent phenomenon that has been gaining attention among educators, public officials and researchers.’
- Prince Andrew plans no legal action against woman claiming sex abuse
- Prince Andrew could face a Scotland Yard investigation over sex abuse claims
- The girls silenced by Andrew’s friend the sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein
- Prince Andrew may have been secretly filmed with underage girl he is alleged to have abused
- Sarah Ferguson praises Prince Andrew as ‘the best man in the world’ amid sex allegations
- Alan Dershowitz Denies Sexual Assault Allegations
- A Second Look At The Allegations Against Alan Dershowitz
- Prince Andrew ‘underage sex slave’ claims she was paid £10K after he bedded her
- Prince Andrew allegations: ‘Underage sex slave’ Virginia Roberts met the Queen, claims her dad
- New Claims Prince Andrew Asked U.S. Prosecutors To Go Easy On Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein Over Human Trafficking Claims
- The first full account of the masseuse at the center of the explosive Prince Andrew ‘sex slave’ drama
- Duke denies claim in court papers that teen was picked to sleep with him by Robert Maxwell’s daughter
- Did legal deal protect the duke? Paedophile billionaire’s plea bargain halted police investigation
- Woman who claims Prince Andrew abused her while she was billionaire’s ‘underage sex slave’ says she is being ‘unjustly victimised’
- Jeffrey Epstein: the billionaire paedophile with links to Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Robert Maxwell – and Prince Andrew
- Lord Mandelson, Prince Andrew, Shaun Woodward, and convicted paedophile pimp Jeffrey Epstein
- Prince Andrew shared a room at Epstein’s Caribbean hideaway with a busty blonde who claimed she was a brain surgeon
- Prince Andrew’s billionaire paedophile friend given permission to land private jet at RAF base for visit Sandringham
- Ghislaine Maxwell is ‘just like her Daddy’
- Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Slave
‘Nursery school staff and registered childminders must report toddlers at risk of becoming terrorists, under counter-terrorism measures proposed by the Government.
The directive is contained in a 39-page consultation document issued by the Home Office in a bid to bolster its Prevent anti-terrorism plan.
Critics said the idea was “unworkable” and “heavy-handed”, and accused the Government of treating teachers and carers as “spies”.
The document accompanies the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, currently before parliament. It identifies nurseries and early years childcare providers, along with schools and universities, as having a duty “to prevent people being drawn into terrorism”.’
- Nursery staff to be forced to report toddlers at risk of becoming terrorists
- According to the Government, my toddler could be a terrorist…
- U.K. Could Require Teachers to Report Would-Be Terrorists
- Challenging The Counter-Terrorism And Security Bill
- Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill
- My NHS Counter-terrorism Training Session
‘The children of women who are exposed to higher levels of chemicals called phthalates during pregnancy may have lower IQ scores than those whose mothers are exposed to lower levels of those chemicals, according to a new study. Phthalates are common in products such as plastics and the fragrances used in shampoos, air fresheners and dryer sheets.
In the study, researchers followed 328 women in New York City who were either African-American or Dominican-American, as well as their children, who were born between 1998 and 2006. The researchers measured the levels of four types of phthalates in the women’s urine, and looked at the children’s IQ scores at age 7.
They found that the children of mothers with the highest urine levels of two chemicals — called di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP) — had IQ scores that were about 6 to 8 points lower than those of the children whose mothers had the lowest levels of those chemicals in their urine.’
‘Afghanistan has the world’s highest number of children killed or wounded by landmines and other explosive remnants of war, followed by Colombia, according to a leading anti-landmine group.
In its annual Landmine Monitor report, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC) said the number of recorded casualties of mines and other explosive remnants of war has decreased to the lowest level since 1999, but child victims have risen.’
‘The security services are facing questions over the cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring as it emerged that files relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s were destroyed.
Two newspaper executives have told the Observer that their publications were issued with D-notices – warnings not to publish intelligence that might damage national security – when they sought to report on allegations of a powerful group of men engaging in child sex abuse in 1984. One executive said he had been accosted in his office by 15 uniformed and two non-uniformed police over a dossier on Westminster paedophiles passed to him by the former Labour cabinet minister Barbara Castle.
The other said that his newspaper had received a D-notice when a reporter sought to write about a police investigation into Elm Guest House, in southwest London, where a group of high-profile paedophiles was said to have operated and may have killed a child. Now it has emerged that these claims are impossible to verify or discount because the D-notice archives for that period “are not complete”.
Officials running the D-notice system, which works closely with MI5 and MI6 and the Ministry of Defence, said that files “going back beyond 20 years are not complete because files are reviewed and correspondence of a routine nature with no historical significance destroyed”.’
- Westminster child abuse claims: what do we know?
- Westminster child abuse and murder claims ‘only tip of the iceberg’ in scandal, Theresa May warns
- Retired Scotland Yard detectives back up claims that paedophile MPs murdered boys at sex orgies
- Father claims police covered up son’s murder by Westminster paedophile ring
- Theresa May: Wanless report finds Home Office cover-up ‘not proven’
- Child abuse files lost at Home Office spark fears of cover-up
- Twenty people tell police they were abused by Cyril Smith
- Senior Lib Dem ‘ordered destruction of document on Cyril Smith abuse claims’
- Smile For The Camera: The Double Life of Cyril Smith (Book)
- Lobbying by paedophile campaign revealed
- Cover-up bid in vice scandal (NotW 1982)
- Elm Guest House child abuse scandal
- Westminster paedophile dossier
‘Millions of YouTube viewers have been captivated by the ‘Syrian hero boy‘ who manages to rescue a little girl while under gunfire. Now a group of Norwegian filmmakers have told BBC Trending they are behind it. They say it was filmed on location in Malta this summer with the intention of being presented as real.
Lars Klevberg, a 34-year-old film director based in Oslo, wrote a script after watching news coverage of the conflict in Syria. He says he deliberately presented the film as reality in order to generate a discussion about children in conflict zones.
“If I could make a film and pretend it was real, people would share it and react with hope,” he said. “We shot it in Malta in May this year on a set that was used for other famous movies like Troy and Gladiator,” Klevberg said. “The little boy and girl are professional actors from Malta. The voices in the background are Syrian refugees living in Malta.”‘
David Cameron attacked by sexual abuse victims after calling claims of Home Office cover-up a ‘conspiracy theory’
‘Campaigners for survivors of child sexual abuse have savaged David Cameron after he called claims of a Home Office paedophile cover-up a ‘conspiracy theory’.
Referring to the findings of a review into allegations of a VIP paedophile ring, the Prime Minister said on the campaign trail in Rochester that ‘conspiracy theorists’ would have to ‘look elsewhere’.
Last night the author of that review flatly called Mr Cameron’s comments ‘wrong’, while the National Association for People Abused in Childhood said his intervention was ‘appalling’.
It seemed to directly contradict an extraordinary admission by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, that there ‘might have been a cover-up’ of an Establishment paedophile ring by her department in the 1980s.’
- Westminster sex abuse inquiry widens amid child homicide claims
- MP Danczuk dismisses the Wanless/Whittam report as a whitewash
- Government gave money to Paedophile Information Exchange group
- Files concerning Westminster paedophile ring were destroyed in last few years
- ‘MI6 chief and shamed diplomat raped me’ claims alleged victim
- Home Office under fire over missing child abuse files review
- Theme park bans single adults over paedophile fears