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Archive for March 25th, 2008

A step for the better, or just a bone to the World?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 25, 2008


BBC News Website Reports about TibetPeople in China are able to access English language stories on the BBC News website in full, after years of strict control by Beijing.

The Communist authorities often block news sites such as the BBC in a policy dubbed the “great firewall of China”.

But BBC staff working in China now say they are able to access news stories that would have been blocked before.

However, the firewall remains in place for Chinese language services on the website and for any links in Chinese.

‘Without hindrance’

Beijing has never admitted to blocking access to BBC news stories – and there has been no official confirmation that the website has been unblocked.

But Chinese users trying to access pages on the site have almost always been redirected to an error message telling them: “The connection was reset.”

I can read the BBC website on a normal internet cafe computer
Gudrun Gallhoff
Website reader, Shandong province

It now appears that this is no longer the case, and access to the site is much easier.

Steve Herrmann, editor of the BBC News website, says this is a welcome development.

“We want BBC News to be as accessible in China as anywhere else in the world,” he said.

“We will endeavour to continue working with the Chinese authorities to improve our access in other areas.”

Technology experts say such a development would not be possible without the approval of internet service providers – which are under strict supervision by Beijing.

This is an interesting development. A welcome one, one that the world, and the Chinese have been waiting for. However, the Chinese Government is, like most Totalitarian Regimes, a fickle creature, that cannot be trusted to be consistent. The question that pops up in my mind is: Is this a way to placate the critics of Chinese Human Rights Violations in f.i Tibet? Or is it a result of IOC interventions? A preparation for the media onslaught that WILL come in August as the Summer Olympics get under way? Or is it simply a matter of conveniencing the growing number of tourists who have no other way of getting English speaking News while on vacation? After all, China does need it’s trade partners in the West In that case, are the tourists aware that only a tiny fraction of Chinese can read and understand English? Will BBC News take its responsibility and inform those tourists and trade partners that China is till holding it’s own People in Bondage?

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Zionist=Jew – Radical Far Left Speak originates in Soviet Vocabulary

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 25, 2008


In 1968 the Government of Poland – a marionette for the Soviet Regime, decided to crack-down heavily on any criticism of the Regime. An unproportionally large number of Jewish Intellectuals were arrested, accused of, among other things being a “Zionist fifth column”, despite the fact that most of them didn’t identify as being Jewish or had any ties to Israel or Judaism. The word “Zionist” was used as an euphemism for “Jews”, and the remaining Poles of Jewish decent were ‘asked’ to leave, fully in accordance with Soviet anti-zionist politics. (Summarized from Dagens Nyheter March 22 – original: Peter Wolodarski)

The official position of the Soviet Union and its satellite states and agencies was that Zionism was a tool used by the Jews and Americans for “racist imperialism.” The meaning of the term Zionism was misrepresented to conform to a policy of the ruling Communist Party of the Soviet Union: “the main posits of modern Zionism are militant chauvinism, racism, anti-Communism and anti-Sovietism,… overt and covert fight against freedom movements and the USSR.”[6]

Howard Sachar described the allegations of global Jewish conspiracy resurrected during the Soviet “anti-Zionist” campaign in the wake of the Six-Day War:

“In late July 1967, Moscow launched an unprecedented propaganda campaign against Zionism as a “world threat.” Defeat was attributed not to tiny Israel alone, but to an “all-powerful international force.” … In its flagrant vulgarity, the new propaganda assault soon achieved Nazi-era characteristics. The Soviet public was saturated with racist canards. Extracts from Trofim Kichko’s notorious 1963 volume, Judaism Without Embellishment, were extensively republished in the Soviet media. Yuri Ivanov’s Beware: Zionism, a book essentially replicated The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, was given nationwide coverage.”[7]

A similar picture was drawn by Paul Johnson: the mass media “all over the Soviet Union portrayed the Zionists (i.e. Jews) and Israeli leaders as engaged in a world-wide conspiracy along the lines of the old Protocols of Zion. It was, Sovietskaya Latvia wrote 5 August 1967, an ‘international Cosa Nostra with a common centre, common programme and common funds'”.[8] The Israeli government was also referred to as a “terrorist regime” which “has raised terror to the level of state politics”. Even regarding Entebbe hostage crisis Soviet media reported: “Israel committed an act of aggression against Uganda, assaulting the Entebbe airport.”[9]

So… when the Radical Far Left use “Zionists” they use it the same way the Totalitarian and Fascist Regime(s) of the former East European Block. The Radical Far Left don’t differentiate between the Jewish People and the political movement called Zionism.

Don’t be fooled, when they say “Zionist”, they mean “Jew”.

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Holy Homophobic Crap!

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 25, 2008


Gay Rights

SUMMARY: Massachusetts‘ Jason Hair-Wynn, going to Ghana to fight AIDS, needed a new passport with his married name; the feds tell him to change his name back.

The U.S. State Department will not issue a new passport to an international AIDS educator under his married name, which is a hyphenate combining his and his partner’s surnames, Massachusetts newspaper The Sun Chronicle reported.

Jason Hair-Wynn married his partner in 2005 in his home state of Massachusetts, the only state that has legalized same-sex marriage. Hair-Wynn received a letter from the State Department saying the federal Defense of Marriage Act prohibits it from recognizing his new name. Under DOMA, only heterosexual marriages are recognized by the federal government.

Hair-Wynn intended to go to Ghana this summer for AIDS education and volunteer work but needed to update his passport to reflect his married name. While he has successfully changed his name with the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Social Security Administration, he hit a roadblock with the federal agency.

“When I got the letter, I said, ‘I can’t even process this. This is legal discrimination. It is weird to get discrimination in writing,'” he said to The Sun Chronicle. He intends to change his name back and reapply for a passport. (The Advocate)


If you’d like to know more, you can find stories related to Feds deny passport to married gay man.
This is ridiculous, totally on par with the trouble British trans people had prior to 2003 when they eventually won the right to marry and have their gender changed in their birth certificates. This so outrageous that it’s silly. What does it really matter to the Feds what name the man wants in his passport, as long as one of them is the same as before. This is nothing pure sadistic discrimination on the part of the Federal Authority. He is legally married in the State of Massachusetts, his driving license has been changed to reflect his status as married. In what way is it any of the US State Department’s business? Really…?
I am pretty sure that if a heterosexual man wanted to adopt his common-law wife’s name as part of his surname to reflect his dedication to her without a marriage certificate, that wouldn’t be a problem for the Homophobes in State Department.
Holy Homophobic Crap!

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