| Thursday 16th March 2006 20:44MST | → 0 Comments |
Terry and Daryl are out playing bridge.
The UN General Assembly has voted by 170 to 4 (with 3 abstentions) to set up the Human Rights Council, despite the best efforts of the USA. Unfortunately, the media concentrates on the USA voting against, ignoring the fact that there are other countries in the world apart from the US as well as 96% of the participating countries voting in favour which is more important in my philosophy. Read the actual resolution (which is surprisingly short). It should be up and running by June.
I watched the webcasts (second part is here) which I found fascinating, as well as somewhat amusing with Cuba twice ranting against US ‘imperialism’. However, what they had to say about Guantanamo and the apparent legitimisation of torture was little more than confirmation of known facts.
Some books I’ve been reading: Daily Life in Ancient Rome by Jerome Carcopino and Shakespeare: The Basics.
| Wednesday 8th March 2006 21:18MST | → 1 Comments |
This needs more exposure (though one may hope in vain, given what the media thinks is important): Reform bill could ’sweep away parliamentary debate’:
Under the proposals, which were in Labour’s 2005 general election manifesto, ministers will be able to introduce orders to amend, repeal or replace all primary and secondary legislation. Mr Clarke acknowledged that the orders could be challenged, but said this was “a very limited procedure”.
Don’t think they wouldn’t use it to trash what they think is in their best interests - “they” being the current authoritarian party in power. Can anyone say Section 44?
| Monday 6th March 2006 21:51MST | → 0 Comments |
We went to visit my mother and sister on Saturday. Terry wanted to before he left (in just under a month from now - that’s going to take some getting used to).
It intrigues me from this BBC Have Your Say on the Amnesty report into Iraq prisoner abuse that most of the critical contributors have never read any Amnesty reports. Hence their cry: “Why don’t they report on real human rights abusers like Cuba or North Korea?”. I was astounded by one person who said he thought their reports on abuse were “boring” in that:
… yet another dictator has killed/tortured/whatever a whole bunch of people, and in spite of our earnest efforts to treat everyone the same, be non-judgemental, etc, etc, you just think “big deal, tell me something I don’t know”.
People being tortured is so pass