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snood
 
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Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 06:59 pm
@oralloy,
oralloy wrote:

European serfs will never understand why free people object to the violation of their civil liberties.

Your “free people” and “serfs” classifications are goofy. But no, you’re very easy to understand. You cling to firearms and concoct a fantasy world that requires you to constantly defend your clinginess. Lead on, MacDoof.
coldjoint
 
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Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 07:02 pm
@snood,
Quote:
You cling to firearms and concoct a fantasy world that requires you to constantly defend your clinginess.

Not very original. And the guy that said that is a traitor.
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izzythepush
 
  2  
Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 07:06 pm
@snood,
I prefer to live in a world where the police aren't routinely armed. I find it comforting knowing that if a policeman is knocking on my door there's a 99% chance he won't be carrying a gun.
coldjoint
 
  -2  
Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 07:36 pm
@izzythepush,
Quote:
I prefer to live in a world where the police aren't routinely armed.

Living in a world where girls are routinely raped is preferable works for you too.
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neptuneblue
 
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Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 08:13 pm
At the U.N., America Turns Back the Clock on Women’s Rights
Internal documents show how the U.S. works to stymie progress on women’s health, cultural issues, and climate change.

BY COLUM LYNCH, ROBBIE GRAMER | MARCH 14, 2019, 3:40 PM

The Trump administration is lining up with less liberal nations such as Saudi Arabia and Malaysia at a major United Nations conference on women this month to roll back international consensus on climate change and migration, while seeking to prevent the expansion of rights for girls, women, and LGBT people.

The U.S. strategy—detailed in a confidential 96-page draft text under negotiations by delegates to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) obtained by Foreign Policy—underscores the degree to which President Donald Trump’s administration is moving further away from traditional democratic allies on social and cultural matters. Instead, Washington is increasingly aligning itself with Persian Gulf countries such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq; Malaysia; and some conservative African nations on a range of issues including questions surrounding protections for LGBT individuals and women’s health issues.

“The U.S. continually wants to call out bad actors and human rights violators but then pals up with them at the U.N.,” said Tarah Demant, the director of the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Program at Amnesty International. “There’s an irony there.”

A U.S. official declined to respond to questions about its negotiating position but insisted that the Trump administration “is against discrimination of any kind” and is “unwavering in its support for women’s empowerment.”

“As the world’s largest bilateral donor to global health programs,” the official added, “the United States remains committed to helping women and children thrive, particularly in countries where the need is greatest.”

The U.N. women’s conference, focused on empowering women and girls through social protection programs and promoting access to public services, runs from March 11 to March 22. Negotiations on the final outcome document are expected to resume on Thursday.

The U.S. delegation, which includes anti-abortion conservatives in line with the Trump administration’s broad policy stances, is seeking to weaken international support for the Beijing Declaration, a landmark 1995 agreement that stands as an internationally recognized progressive blueprint for women’s rights. The declaration has been endorsed by successive Democratic and Republican administrations. Former President George W. Bush’s administration held a decidedly dimmer view of the document and fought aggressively to counter any suggestion that the nonbinding declaration conferred legal rights, including the right to abortion.

Supporters say the administration is taking a decidedly anti-abortion stance on these issues while still promoting economic empowerment of women worldwide. Critics say the administration is spurning traditional allies in the West to side with countries known for human rights abuses to undercut women’s and gender rights.

“Their efforts to undermine global commitments to gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights should lay to rest any notion that the Trump Administration cares about women or their human rights,” said Shannon Kowalski, the director of advocacy and policy for the International Women’s Health Coalition. “Instead they are trying to use the Commission to strip women and girls of their ability to exercise control over their lives.”

The U.S. delegation to CSW this year includes Valerie Huber, a former educator who promoted abstinence-only sex education who is now a Trump appointee and senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Bethany Kozma, a former campaigner for limits on school bathroom access for transgender students, who serves as a senior advisor for women’s empowerment at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Pam Pryor, who acted as a key liaison between Trump’s presidential campaign and evangelical Christians.

The U.S. delegation has proposed that government negotiators strike language from a final outcome document that “reaffirms” support the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. In its place, the United States proposed the gathering simply “takes note of” the landmark agreement—a rhetorical shift that to diplomats signals the United States wants to roll back its support. Washington has also suggested that any reference to the 1995 Beijing conference mention an accompanying report that includes numerous protests or reservations registered by other member states. The U.S. push, according to observers, aims to undermine the perception that there is decades-long international agreement behind the Beijing declaration, though it was reached by consensus.
neptuneblue
 
  3  
Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 08:43 pm
@neptuneblue,
Con't

For civil society advocates and smaller U.N. member countries, these changes to U.N. documents are more than just words on paper. “A lot of other countries look to these agreements as a framework. They are using these agreements and outcomes to advance national laws and policies,” said one source familiar with internal CSW negotiations, who declined to speak on record.

The U.S. delegation is also seeking to chip away efforts by other states to elevate international issues anathema to the Trump administration, including language on climate change and collective bargaining as well as sexual and reproductive health, in the final outcome documents.

For instance, the United States proposed that references to “sexual reproductive health and rights” be removed from a section addressing human rights. Social conservative advocates who follow these international negotiations have long viewed such language as implicitly condoning abortion.

The State Department also drew criticism from rights groups for cutting analysis on women’s reproductive and health rights from its annual global human rights report, which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released on Wednesday.

That sweeping report, which details human rights records of all countries globally, does not include country-by-country information on maternal mortality rates and women’s access to reproductive health care—in a break from past reports under the Obama administration. It does include information on forced or coerced abortion and involuntary sterilization.

Michael Kozak, a senior official in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, told reporters on Wednesday that the reason the U.S. representatives did not include any reference to reproductive rights is that advocates have said that the phrase indicates a right to abortion. He said that neither Democratic nor Republican administrations have ever supported a right to abortion at the U.N.

“The upshot here is the United States did not seek and did not obtain international consensus that there is a human right to abortion,” he told reporters this week at a State Department briefing. “The position has always been it’s up to each sovereign state to make a policy decision on whether to allow or prohibit abortion or have restrictions.”

In one section of the U.N. draft document promoting gender equality, the United States recommend adding an amendment making clear that it was referring only to women and girls. In another, the United States joined forces with Bahrain, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia to remove language underscoring the need for stronger “gender-responsive” human rights protections and investments in social services.

“CSW has been a place over the past two years where we’ve seen the U.S. be on the wrong side of rights,” Amanda Klasing, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch, told FP in a phone interview.

The Trump administration has taken up the fight by evangelical Christians and other social conservatives pushing back against shifting views in the United States, where public acceptance of a more flexible understanding of gender is growing.

Emilie Kao, the director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation, defended the administration’s approach to the issues at CSW as in line with American social conservative policies. One issue she said she will raise in her advocacy work on the sidelines of CSW this week is bathroom policies that increasingly accommodate transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, which conservative activists say pose a risk to women. “Men can gain access to a single-sex facilities where women have an expectation of privacy and safety,” she said. These facilities, she said, can be exploited by sexual predators. But recent academic studies have found there is no link between bathroom safety and trans-inclusive bathrooms in the wake of a national debate on this issue.

The U.S. negotiating strategy went far beyond the matters of gender and sex, addressing the environment, migration, collective bargaining, and rights to women’s health, job security, and social security. The U.S. delegation repeatedly asked that references to the word “climate” be replaced by the words “extreme weather.”

The U.S. delegation also advocated eliminating a provision indicating that discrimination constrains the ability of migrant women to gain access to public services and protection in their destination country.

The Trump administration has been criticized by some lawmakers and former diplomats for not doing enough to champion women’s issues worldwide.

Administration officials dismiss these criticisms, citing the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump’s new Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. The effort aims to help boost economic security for 50 million women worldwide by 2025 with initial funding of $50 million through USAID.

The State Department’s ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues post has sat empty for over two years, though that soon may change. On March 8, International Women’s Day, Trump announced his intent to nominate Kelley Eckels Currie, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Economic and Social Council, to the post.

A group of 31 Democratic House members, led by California Rep. Barbara Lee, sent a letter to Pompeo on March 8 urging him to “address the full spectrum” of women and girl’s human rights at the U.N. women’s conference. “We have been extremely concerned by this Administration’s efforts to use United Nations negotiations spaces over the past years to undermine existing commitments,” they wrote.

A Democratic congressional aide said on Thursday they have not yet heard back from the State Department.
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BillW
 
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Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 10:41 pm
New Zealand gunman called immigrants invaders. The gunman immigrated from Australia 2 years ago. Yeap, just like trumpians, no logic difference.
FreedomEyeLove
 
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Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 11:23 pm
@BillW,
Quote:
New Zealand gunman called immigrants invaders. The gunman immigrated from Australia 2 years ago. Yeap, just like trumpians, no logic difference


Adolf Hitler was known to drink water. President Trump has been photographed drinking water. The two must be one and the same.
BillW
 
  1  
Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 11:49 pm
@FreedomEyeLove,
What do all three have in common that matters - New Zealand gunman, Hitler and TheRump all all three racists! So what if they drink water - duh!
FreedomEyeLove
 
  -2  
Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2019 11:53 pm
@BillW,
You have made a false equivalency, like many others have today.

I think I made a very good example of how your logic is flawed, but you can chose to believe whatever you want. Anyone with a basic understanding of logic can see your reasoning to be fallacious.
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Builder
 
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Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 12:23 am
@BillW,
Quote:
The gunman immigrated from Australia 2 years ago.


His face is not being shown in any press arrest photographs. Not sure why.

And there's no visa requirements between Australia and New Zealand.

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hightor
 
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Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 02:41 am
@izzythepush,
Quote:
I prefer to live in a world where the police aren't routinely armed.

Interestingly the gun craze in the USA has definitely put police on edge — increasingly they tend to assume that everyone is armed, which has led to more unarmed people being shot mistakenly.
Builder
 
  -2  
Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 03:01 am
@hightor,
Quote:
Interestingly the gun craze in the USA has definitely put police on edge


What gun "craze" are you referring to?

There's no statistics pointing to an increasing uptake of personal firearms in stateside.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 03:28 am
@oralloy,
oralloy wrote:

It is completely true. Look at Chapter 3 in the links in my previous post.

Means strictly nothing close to what you think it means. Assuming you speak of your second link, it's just some "how to guide" to help governments who have the good sense of wanting to regulate gun ownership. The UN produces zillions of these guides for anything from how to conduct successful elections, to how to make food preserve.

It's not that they want to force everybody to do food preserves or die... Paranoid you are.
hightor
 
  3  
Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 04:33 am
@Builder,
Quote:
What gun "craze" are you referring to?


The USAmerican fascination with firearms has led to an estimated 360+ million guns in a country of 320+ million people.

Quote:
Police officers in the US shoot and kill hundreds of people each year, according to the FBI’s very limited data — far more than other developed countries like the UK, Japan, and Germany, where police officers might go an entire year without killing more than a dozen people or even anyone at all.

(...)

One explanation: Americans are much more likely to own guns than their peers around the world. This means that conflicts — not just between police and civilians but between civilians — are more likely to escalate into deadly, violent encounters. The research bears this out: More guns lead to more gun violence. And for police in particular, one study in the American Journal of Public Health found that every 10 percent increase in firearm ownership correlated with 10 additional officers killed at the state level over a 15-year period.

vox
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izzythepush
 
  1  
Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 05:48 am
@hightor,
Exactly, it turns into an arms race where the message is shoot first or get shot.
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blatham
 
  2  
Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 06:14 am
I see New Zealand is about to ban semi-automatic weapons. It will be interesting to watch that process. Do we have any members from NZ?
blatham
 
  2  
Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 07:30 am
I understand that President Trump is going to make a formal request to New Zealand for the release of the NZ shooter into American custody so that he can be utilized at America's southern border.
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izzythepush
 
  0  
Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 07:41 am
Quote:
The death in Italy of a Moroccan model who was a regular guest at former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's sex parties is being treated as a possible murder, magistrates say.

Imane Fadil, 33, died in a Milan hospital on 1 March, a month after being admitted with stomach pains.

At the time she told friends and her lawyer that she had been poisoned.

She testified at the 2012 trial of Mr Berlusconi, who was accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

Mr Berlusconi was initially convicted but then acquitted on appeal. He was later convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to carry out community service.

Milan chief prosecutor Francesco Greco told Reuters news agency there were "several anomalies" in Ms Fadil's medical records.

"The doctors have not identified with any certainty any pathology which can explain the death," he said.

Ms Fadil was writing a book about her experiences and magistrates investigating her death have obtained a copy of the manuscript, Italian newspapers report.

Mr Berlusconi's reputation was tarnished by allegations about the parties at his private villa.

In October 2010, it emerged that Mr Berlusconi had called a police station asking for the release of a 17-year-old girl, Karima "Ruby" El Mahroug.

She was being held for theft and was also said to have attended his so-called "bunga-bunga" parties.

In June 2013 he was found guilty of paying her for sex, and of abuse of power. The case was eventually overturned in 2014.

Mr Berlusconi has always maintained he is "no saint" but firmly rejects claims he has ever paid for sex with a woman, saying: "I never understood where the satisfaction is when you're missing the pleasure of conquest."


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47595320
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blatham
 
  0  
Reply Sat 16 Mar, 2019 07:56 am
Only the best people
Quote:
Salvador Hernandez
‏Verified account
@SalHernandez
Oathkeepers founder defended mass shooter’s views on immigrants on Infowars today. Fact he massacred 49 people?
“That doesn’t erase the fact that this is a problem,” Stewart Rhodes said. “We can’t back away from that. We also can’t back away from the responsibility to be armed"

Yeah. Unless we white people are armed against non-white invaders, we are behaving irresponsibly.
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