This evening’s Soyuz / International Space Station hatch opening gave some gorgeous views of our beautiful planet from space. The event was carried live in NASA TV.
All shots grabbed from NASA TV’s live coverage .
Those clever Russians have come up with a commercial that gets the HIV/AIDS prevention message across in a very effective and not gruesome way.
The International Lesbian,Gay , Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ( ILGA) has once again been turned down for membership in the UN’s Economic and Social Council. Inner City Press is reporting the vote on the application was proposed by Belgium but Sudan immediately countered that the application should not be considered.
When the dust had cleared it was voted 9-7 with one abstention ( Kyrgyzstan ) that the application should not be considered. Countries voting not to consider the ILGA’s application ( i.e. ‘yes’) were: Russia, Senegal, Sudan, Venezuela, Burundi, China, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Morocco .
Countries voted against the application being ignored ( i.e. ‘no’) were: Peru, Turkey, USA, Belgium, Bulgaria, India and Israel.
The approved resolution put forward initially on December 17, 2010 was as follows:
A) on the basis that ILGA represents over 700 LGBTI member organisations throughout the world equally committed to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and to promote the universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the elimination of all forms of discrimination and also including the realisation of the specific provisions of the following international human rights instruments:
· The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
· The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
· The International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination;
· The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women;
· The Convention on the Rights of the Child
· The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
· United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
B) concerned that ILGA’s applications for ECOSOC status have been unjustly denied 4 times,
C) disturbed by the discriminatory treatment from the UN NGO Committee demanding once again (November 2010) ILGA to subject our membership to additional, unreasonable and unjust requirements outside of the protocol concerning ECOSOC applications,
1) condemns the repeated attempts to link ILGA and LGBTI organisations with paedophilia
2) insists that the United Nations recognizes ILGA’s right to obtain ECOSOC status in order to engage with the United Nations system like any other legitimate organisation.
Original located on ILGA’s site here.
At least you know which countries to add to your no-visit list.
It is hardly a secret that , like many people, I haven’t the slightest interest in sports and fail to see what the fuss is all about. That being said, the politicking behind the granting of World Cup hosting rights is remarkable. I don’t normally make a habit of reading the Daily Mail but an article by Des Kelly caught my eye. After Brazil, the next two events will be in Russia and Qatar. Really. Neither nation has a stellar track record when it comes to embracing human rights and being inclusive. Here is Mr. Kelly’s take:
Following the events of this week, FIFA would like to make the following announcement to the world’s football family: The game welcomes everyone — except blacks, gays and Israelis.
It’s the obvious conclusion from the debacle in Zurich.
Russia has a dismal record on football racism. Their first 2018 bid presentation video was memorable only for the fact there was a complete absence of any black face among the cast of thousands, on and off the pitch.
A few visitors in African garb were dropped into a closing film, but it was tokenistic and an obvious afterthought.
As for Qatar, they ‘do not recognise’ the Jewish state of Israel. But they say they will permit the Israeli team to take part if required, which is awfully nice of them.
No word as yet on whether Israeli supporters will be ‘recognised’, although I suspect they might be as they try in vain to pass through Customs.
Qatar’s Sharia Law also deems homosexuality an illegal act, punishable by five to 10 years in prison, so any footballer planning to come out may prefer to wait until after 2022.
In fact, if you happen to be black, Jewish or homosexual, or a combination of all three, I’d suggest you make the most of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
FIFA doesn’t want you after that.”
Read more here.