Post(s) tagged with "Pakistan"
There are exactly three countries on Earth that do not provide guarantees for paid maternity leave. Papua New Guinea and Swaziland are two of them. Care to guess the third?
“Women are forced to put their careers and financial future at risk simply because they want to have children. During their pregnancy, they face being fired unfairly or not being able to properly care for themselves. They should not have to worry about making ends meet without paid maternity leave on top of that.”
America’s attitude toward women and mothers really pisses me off.
qui è prevista la maternità ma o non assumono donne, per evitare di pagare i sostituti durante il periodo, o la licenziano appena rimane incinta, tanto avevi un cococo,partime,partitaiva,stage,collaborazione,boh e no non è proprio come negli Usa ma ci arriveremo.
Isao Hashimoto, 1945-98
This ingenious and deeply disturbing film shows every nuclear explosion between 1945 and 1998 as a blip and a sound on a world map. The result is a piece that reaches levels of both frenzied cacophony and disquieting silence. Please watch.
Doomsday Clock Moves One Minute Closer To Midnight
“The failure by the US, China, Iran, India, Pakistan, Egypt and Israel to act on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and by North Korea on a treaty to cut off production of nuclear weapons material “continues to leave the world at risk from continued development of nuclear weapons”, he said.
The potential for nuclear weapons use in regional conflicts in the Middle East, Northeast Asia and particularly in South Asia was also alarming, BAS said.
Global climate change was also an issue that needed to be addressed, according to Allison Macfarlane, a BAS Science and Security Board member.”
Shhhh .. Don’t Mention the Murder Drones
From an article by the always excellent Glenn Greenwald ..
“In 3 years, the Obama administration has built a vast drone/killing operation. No president has ever relied so extensively on the secret killing of individuals to advance the nation’s security goals.” [..]
“The President can kill whomever he wants anywhere in the world (including U.S. citizens) without a shred of check or oversight, and has massively escalated these killings since taking office (at the time of Obama’s inauguration, the U.S. used drone attacks in only one country (Pakistan); under Obama, these attacks have occurred in at least six Muslim countries). Because it’s a Democrat (rather than big, bad George W. Bush) doing this, virtually no members of that Party utter a peep of objection (a few are willing to express only the most tepid, abstract “concerns” about the possibility of future abuse).
And even though these systematic, covert killings are widely known and discussed in newspapers all over the world — particularly in the places where they continue to extinguish the lives of innocent people by the dozens, including children — Obama designates even the existence of the program a secret, which means our democratic representatives and all of official Washington are barred by the force of law from commenting on it or even acknowledging that a CIA drone program exists (a prohibition enforced by an administration that has prosecuted leaks it dislikes more harshly than any other prior administration). […]
Americans love to think that they are so very informed as a result of the robust, free press they enjoy, while those primitive, benighted Muslims are tragically manipulated and propagandized by their governments. Yet here we have an extraordinarily consequential “vast drone/killing operation,” and while those in the Muslim world are well aware of what it is and what it does and debate all of that openly and vigorously, Americans are largely kept in the dark about it.”.
(picture is of a civilian casualty of US drone attacks)
Shakira was one year old when Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Barack Obama ordered the 2009 drone strike in Pakistan’s Taliban-infested Swat valley that nearly killed her. With two other burned little girls, she was put in a trash bin to die. A volunteer doctor with House of Charity discovered the three babies and attempted to save them. Two of the little girls died from their injuries, but Shakira, who is now four, lived to be disfigured.
CNN reports that Shakira arrived in Houston last week with her caretaker for a series of surgeries that “will make it easier for Shakira to grow older.” (“She will never look fully normal,” CNN adds.)
Just to put this in context: In August 2010, TIME magazine featured a mutilated Afghanistan woman on its cover to illustrate the misogynist horrors visited on Afghan women by the religious zealots in the Taliban. The story made the explicit case that U.S. troops were necessary for protecting women from the Taliban. How things have changed since then! “Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical,” Vice President Joe Biden recently told Newsweek.
Perhaps TIME should plaster Shakira on its cover—alongside sixteen-year-old Muhammad Tariq, the Pakistani anti-war protester who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in late October—for a story about Pakistani children and the horrors of murder-drones. Or does that not fit the liberation narrative?
Each star is a U.S Base. Then we wonder why the countries surrounding Iran are oppressive? The Only countries which are struggling against U.S imperialism in this region are Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iran. This is why all these countries are known as terrorist states by the U.S, because they wish to protect their sovereignty.
Pakistani people protest against drone attacks:
Hundreds of civilians have been killed since the drone attacks begun. On 14 July 2009, Daniel L. Byman of the Brookings Institution stated that although accurate data on the results of drone strikes is difficult to obtain, it seemed that ten civilians had died in the drone attacks for every militant killed. He suggested that drone strikes may kill “10 or so civilians” for every militant killed, which would represent a civilian to combatant casualty ratio of 10:1.
Karachi is burning yet again with the Muharram madness starting as expected. With reports of firing and widespread rioting, rangers are unable to contain the situation. 2 have died already with many others injured. The blood bath has started. Yes folks, this is how Pakistan welcomes the new Islamic year.
N/B: Picture is not from today.