Archive for February 25th, 2011

February 25, 2011

President Obama issues executive order blocking Libyan assets

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order blocking Libyan assets in the US and introducing new sanctions against the remnants of the regime. It seems that now US citizens have been evacuated the gloves are finally off.

Read the full text from the White House.

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February 25, 2011

Moving and powerful pictures of the recovery efforts in New Zealand.

The Atlantic in Focus has posted some incredibly powerful shots of the rescue and recovery efforts in New Zealand.

Check them out here.

February 25, 2011

CNN: A cry in the night from Tripoli

Anderson Cooper’s  heartbreaking interview with an anonymous woman in Tripoli as she fears for her nation and her own life. Her appeal for the rest of the world to intervene and stop the carnage brought me to tears.

Apologies for the commercial at the beginning.

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February 25, 2011

Russia Today: ‘Gaddafi funds frozen, new dictators will be as corrupt as the old ones’

RT’s Rory Suchet discusses the situation in the Middle East with Anthony Wile – the founder and chief editor of the political website thedailybell.com.

 

February 25, 2011

Rajiv Gopie weighs in too: Equal rights for all of us.

The Trinidad Express is relentlessly publishing articles drawing attention to the need for the T&T government to address matters of LGBT equality. Rajiv Gopie has published excellent articles on the subject before and today’s is no exception. Having two columnists tackle the issue in the  paper on the same day positions the Trinidad Express at the vanguard of this new thrust.

“In actuality there is no such thing as “gay rights” and that needs to be made very clear. Those on the losing side of history but who are full of hate will seek to instil fear and assert that GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) people are asking for special rights but this is wholly untrue.

GLBT people are simply seeking equal rights and their human rights. The GLBT community is asking for the basic right to life, the right to live safe and without the fear of death or violence looming over them. There are places all over the world from Iran to Uganda to Jamaica where people are killed and are the subject of extreme violence simply for being gay. In South Africa lesbians are subject to community sanctioned “corrective rape” to “turn” them heterosexual. No religion, no belief, no dogma supports or can justify terrorism of the innocent. GLBT people in T&T are seeking the same rights afforded to everyone — to live a safe, productive life without the fear of violence.

Read the rest here.

February 25, 2011

Biting satire from Kevin Baldeosingh in the Trinidad Express

Trinidad & Tobago’s preeminent satirist takes on the current call for equal rights legislation and  those who resist it. With his usual wit he draws an analogy between the current call and calls for equal rights from other groups in past. Like Jonathan Swift and his A Modest Proposal that urged the Irish to eat their children to solve the hunger problem , Kevin proves that satire can be the best way to get a point across.

“The law should not be changed to give equal rights to negroes, I mean homos. For one thing, pretending that they are equal to other human beings would encourage crime in the society. After all, negroes, I mean homos, were illegal persons in most parts of the civilised world up to the 19th century. When they were made legal, crime immediately started to rise, because it was no longer legal to kill the enslaved, I mean the depraved, and trying to legalise homos in Trinidad and Tobago would therefore worsen the crime rate. It is a well established theological and scientific fact that negroes, I mean homos, are prone to idleness, promiscuity, and violence. If we want to reduce crime, the police need to improve their detection rate, especially for sodomy.”

Read the rest of this soon to be classic piece  A Harangue on Homos here.