Canada joins Roma bashing; Oil sands are dirty… period; Let’s tow away Toews’ Bill C-30; Hindus-Muslims join hands in gay bashing: OMNI-TV file March 2012
Kenney and Immigration: slamming the door shut on Roma gypsies… shame on Canada
I’ve never thought much of Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and his curry in a hurry ethnic vote grab – but his overhaul of our refugee laws to block Roma gypsies places him even lower – under new rules, he could unilaterally decide over a plate of tandoori chicken that countries such as Hungary or the Czech Republic are safe countries from where no refugees will be accepted – most of the Roma refugees have fled to Canada from Hungary which has no Canadian visa requirement – in Hungary, as in other parts of East Europe, the Roma are second class citizens, openly discriminated against, beaten by right wing thugs, randomly stopped by police, their children harassed in schools, as documented by well known papers such as The Guardian – even in Italian cities such as Milan they live in a gated colony – to leave it they must produce their identity card, explain where they are going and for how long – the Roma’s I am talking about migrated from India more than a thousand years ago, were discriminated against from day one and then faced a genocide mounted by Hitler where hundreds of thousands of them were slaughtered? – instead of taking his cues from human rights groups, Kenney glibly says that all they want to come here for is a welfare cheque – even a light-weight like Madonna risked booing at a concert in Romania for pleading about the Roma – what on earth is happening to the kinder and gentler Canada? – are we becoming like this blogger with a Hungarian name who wrote: Allowing gypsies to come to Canada is very unwise. Gypsy culture is criminal activity — think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.
Oil Sands produce dirty oil… period
If believe that the media often bends the facts to suit its headline, then the recent spate of stories about a study supposedly putting a halo around the dirty oil produced in Alberta’s tar sands doesn’t help – the report was released within days of a European Union meeting to decide whether or not to brand the Alberta oil as a greenhouse gas time bomb – here are some of headlines about the study by Neil Swart and Andrew Weaver of the University of Victoria in B.C., both respected scientists – Canada’s oil sands: Not so dirty after all, read one; Oilsands not the climate change villain, read another; – very cleverly, Ottawa spun out of context highlights lapped up by the media, such as burning all the coal in the world would have a bigger impact than tar sands oil – a grade nine students would tell you that but would not conclude that Alberta oil is fine – and neither did the scientists although you wouldn’t have guessed that from media reporting – as the environmental group Greenpeace pointed out, of course burning all the coal would cause 15 degrees of global warming versus burning all the tar sands oil which will cause only .36 degrees – but that .36, it pointed out, is almost half of the impact of all previous emissions in human history – and did you read this last paragraph from the study anywhere: If policymakers wish to limit global warming they will clearly need to put in place measures that ensure a rapid transition of global energy systems to non-greenhouse-gas-emitting sources – meaning move away from oil – no wonder the EU delayed its verdict on the tar sands – Think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.
Internet Spying and unfettered police power in Canada
I was delighted at the huge brouhaha over Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ bill C-30 – which was deviously called the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, although it also covers organized crime, terrorism and other Criminal Code offences – it gives police and our security service unfettered rights to demand from Internet Service Providers your personal details and internet surfing history if you are suspected, and without a warrant – a law that experts say will costs hundreds of millions of dollars and destroy the privacy rights that you and I fought for and gained – What kind of rights? – one example, just 35 years when I covered police news – RCMP officers carried a writ of assistance, which meant they could enter any home at any time without the need to first justify this privacy invasion before a justice of the peace and obtain a warrant – well guess what, local police officers who also did not want to bother with a warrant, would simply take along a Mountie and use his writ of assistance to break into homes of people they suspected of wrong doing but were too lazy to investigate – Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s government put an end to those writs – Now Vic Toews wants to bring back the writs over the Internet and told an NDP MP who raised a hue and cry in Parliament in a typically George Bush fashion that either they were with the law enforcers or with child pornographers – I don’t think he realized how much Canadians value their freedoms – within days the government agreed to put the bill before a Parliamentary committee and entertain amendments – think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.
India and Gays: Hindus, Muslims, Christians unite in gay bashing
Well there is at least one thing on which orthodox Muslims and Hindus in India won’t bludgeon each other to death – the question of homosexuality – as we saw in an appeal being heard by the Supreme Court of India – the appeal is against a New Delhi High Court judgement that decriminalized gay sex – those appealing are orthodox Muslims, Christians and Hindus – among them an astrologer and a Yoga Guru, Ramdev – who said the holiest Hindu scriptures do not even stoop to mention homosexuality – but the prize went to the government, whose additional solicitor general PP Malhotra argued quote Gay sex is highly immoral and against the social order and there is high chance of spreading of diseases through such acts – he added that India’s constitution is different and quote our moral and social values are also different from other countries – the statement went viral over the Internet – within hours the Home Ministry announced that the statement was an earlier stand taken by the ministry that was supposed to have been trashed but was handed to the government lawyer to read out by mistake – whether this was a true error or a ministry wide Freudian Slip is anyone’s guess – it does bear out my earlier commentary when the Delhi Court gave its decision that you can pass the loftiest laws in India – whether they get enforced at ground level is a different ball game – especially as you get away from urban centres and live in the boonies which make up the bulk of the world’s largest democracy with a largely illiterate population – think about it, I’m Zuhair Kashmeri.