By Dialogo June 19, 2012 The Colombian senate’s approval June 14 of looser terms in peace talks sends a strong message to leftist guerillas who have been battling the government for half a century, experts said. The constitutional reform proposed by President Juan Manuel Santos, which must still pass the House of Representatives and Constitutional Court, allows for the possibility of amnesty for demobilized guerillas. It also sets out provisions to provide restitution to victims of the decades-long conflict and opens the door for former guerillas to gain political office so long as they did not perpetuate crimes against humanity. “It is essentially a message to the guerillas — they’re saying here is a way to make peace,” Fernando Giraldo, a political science professor at the Javeriana University. Colombian law currently imposes hefty prison terms on guerilla leaders accused of terrorism and bars them for life from political office. Amnesty is only offered for non-violent political crimes. “It’s a law for peace,” said Ariel Avila of Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris, a think-tank promoting peaceful resolutions to the Colombian conflict. “It opens a door to dialogue and offers a legal grounding to support it.” The approval does not signal that talks are imminent, cautioned Giraldo. “Society needs a pathway to escape this interminable armed conflict, but peace is not around the corner,” he told AFP. In public speeches this week Santos urged the military to attack guerillas with force and insisted that if a dialogue is opened “it will be on our conditions and under our controls.” Colombia has been riled in a bloody internal conflict that has killed, injured and displaced hundreds of thousands of people over the past 50 years.
The German Nazi Party was, more precisely, the National Socialist Party. It’s obvious that in the United States in 2016, the nationwide socialist party is the Democratic Party. One of its contestants for the presidential nomination was an avowed socialist and the other advocated very much the same policies.The Italian fascists and the Nazis both rose to power by intimidating any opposition by orchestrating mobs, which shouted down and attacked those whom they feared. They both demonized the perceived wealthy and promised to redistribute their assets to their adherents.Like the Nazi and fascist parties, the Democrats argue they’re for taxing the few and helping the many, If one looks at statistics, the correlation of high rates of poverty, water and air pollution, failing infrastructure and uncontrolled gun violence with long periods of Democratic governance is evident.The assertion that they’re helping these people may be judged by the words of one who was for the poor. Jesus said (Matthew 7-20) “By their fruits ye shall know them.”Art HenningsonScotia There has been a concerted effort by leftist groups to suppress speech in the United States. They shout down, intimidate and physically attack those with whom they disagree. “Resist,” said Hillary. They label speakers with whom they disagree as “racist,” “KKK,” “Nazis” or “fascists.” Views with which they differ are called “hate speech.”Curiously, it’s the Democratic Party that advocates discrimination based on one’s appearance, heritage, language or perceived race. Black- and brown-skinned people are also favored over pink and yellow skin in hiring, college admissions and even in decisions by correction officials.From a historical perspective, slavery was supported almost unanimously by Democrats in both the North and the South prior to 1861. The “Jim Crow” laws and segregation were created in the South by governments controlled by Democrats. In practice, the KKK was the military arm of the Southern Democratic Party. These Democrats, like Black Lives Matter and the Antifas, call people fascist, but they act like fascists themselves. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…
It has been almost two years since Bugra Arkin’s father Aierken was abruptly snatched from his home in China’s troubled Xinjiang region by national security agents.Aierken Yibulayin’s publishing firm — one of the biggest in the region — translated thousands of books into Uighur before he was detained in October 2018. Arkin has not heard from him since.”My father had a strong impact on the Uighur publishing industry, and that made him a target of the Chinese government,” said Arkin, who lives in California. “This is very unacceptable and our lives were literally destroyed.”He is not the only one.At least 435 Uighur intellectuals have been imprisoned or forcibly disappeared since April 2017, according to the Uyghur Human Rights Project.The rounding up of Uighur linguists, scholars and publishers is seen by overseas advocacy groups as part of a campaign by the Chinese Communist Party to erase the ethnic group’s identity and culture and assimilate it into the dominant, Mandarin-speaking Han population. ‘Don’t know where he is’ Alim last heard from an acquaintance that his father’s trial, which began in January, had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but fears he will soon be sentenced and jailed.His mother, who lives in Xinjiang, “wouldn’t dare talk” about Hasani’s arrest.”I certainly felt very bad and didn’t know how to express it. For a long time I couldn’t concentrate on my work either,” Alim said.All 11 linguists in his father’s work unit have also been detained, including 64-year-old Hemdulla Abdurahman, who was snatched in January 2019, according to his son Yashar Hemdulla.”In March 2019, I was told my father had been taken to a ‘hospital’ … but the family acquaintance on the call mimed handcuffs on her wrists,” said Hemdulla, who lives in Norway. “I do not know where he is now.”Hemdulla knows several intellectuals whose relatives say they were first detained in camps, then given long-term jail sentences, and he is concerned his father might suffer the same fate.”At the time, I found it extremely hard. I am an only son, my mother is all alone and my father is not young — how much more can he take?” said Hemdulla.While authorities said in December that all people from vocational centers have “graduated”, researchers say they have been gradually moved to other forms of detention.Many have been prosecuted and given prison sentences of up to 20 years, said Gene Bunin, a researcher on Uighur issues and creator of the Xinjiang Victims Database.”This has partially been a trend in the last one or two years, with the camps being emptied,” Bunin said, estimating that at least 300,000 people remain incarcerated.Fears have also been raised over jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti, who was awarded a top human rights prize by the European Parliament — but has not been seen in years. Renowned Uighur linguist Alim Hasani was taken by authorities in August 2018 during a Beijing work trip, according to his son Ershat Alim.Alim believes that his father, a retired division head of the Xinjiang Ethnic Language Work Committee, was detained for his research, which aimed to standardize Uighur-Han translations.Hasani, who compiled several dictionaries, was a Communist Party member whose projects had previously been approved by the state and won awards.”When I first heard that my father was arrested, I never once thought that this could happen to him. He must have been very surprised as well,” said Alim, who lives in France.More than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities have been held in re-education camps in Xinjiang following a spate of ethnic violence, according to rights groups.Chinese authorities describe the facilities as vocational education centers where Uighurs learn Mandarin and job skills to steer them away from extremism.In a statement, China’s foreign ministry said: “The so-called notion of ‘imprisoning Uighur intellectuals to extinguish Uighur culture’ is complete rumor-mongering and slander.” ‘Sad and angry’ Uighur literary critic and writer Yalqun Rozi was among the first wave of intellectuals to be detained in October 2016 after hardline Xinjiang Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo took office.His relatives later discovered that Rozi had been sentenced to 15 years in prison in January 2018 for “inciting subversion of state power” — a vague charge commonly used for political prisoners. Authorities suggested that Rozi’s detention was related to his role in compiling Uighur literature textbooks that had been in use for more than a decade, said his son Kamalturk Yalqun. All his father’s textbook collaborators were also detained around this time.Since 2012, bilingual Mandarin-Uighur education has gradually been applied in schools in Xinjiang, with the aim of reaching 2.6 million students. Prior to that, classes were mostly taught in Uighur and other minority languages.”By abolishing these textbooks and eliminating Uighur language education altogether, the next generation of Uighur youth will have no way to find their link with Uighur culture,” said Yalqun.”It is a way for China to eliminate the entire Uighur identity and assimilate them to become… people that speak Chinese, think Chinese and don’t know their own history or culture. That makes me sad and angry at the same time.” Topics :
Lucas Torreira has been heavily linked with a summer transfer to AC Milan (Picture: Getty)AC Milan are set to drop their interest in Lucas Torreira and switch their focus to Sampdoria’s Dennis Praet.Torreira enjoyed an impressive debut campaign following his move to Arsenal last summer, but fueled speculation surrounding his future by conceding he had struggled to acclimatise to life in England.The Uruguay international’s admission has prompted Milan to test the waters and tempt Arsenal, who need to sell players in order to boost their measly £40million transfer budget, to part company with the 23-year-old.New Milan manager Marco Giampaolo worked with Torreira during their time together at Sampdoria and had hoped to make the player the centre piece of a new-look midfield engine room.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Serie A club, who on Friday were forced to withdraw from next season’s Europa League due to FFP breaches, are reported to have put together an audacious £4.5m two-season loan deal, with an additional fee of around £25m to make his move permanent at the end of that period.Arsenal have dismissed that proposal out of hand and given their determination to resist any offers for Torreira, Milan will now look elsewhere, according to Sky Italia.Praet was reported to have been the subject of join £41m bid from Arsenal, who also want his Sampdoria teammate Joachim Andersen, earlier in the summer window.MORE: How Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen can solve two of Unai Emery’s biggest issues at ArsenalSampdoria value the creative midfielder at around £25m and the player’s agent had hoped that his client’s future would be resolved imminently when he spoke earlier this month.‘Everybody knows what Giampaolo thinks of Dennis. For now, I can’t say anything else,’ said Martin Riha.‘AC Milan is an important brand, it’s a big name. But there are also other clubs that want to sign him, especially abroad, they’ve already shown their interest.’On whether Arsenal specifically had lodge a formal interest in Praet, he said: ‘I can’t add anything else now, I think you can understand.‘Dennis is a complete footballer and he is ready to join a big club. ‘There are many clubs interested, we’ll know everything in a few weeks.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Jun 2019 2:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link AC Milan drop Lucas Torreira pusruit to focus on Arsenal transfer target Dennis Praet Comment Advertisement
Paolo Di Canio dedicated a stunning derby victory at Newcastle to his late mother after Sunderland enhanced their prospects of Barclays Premier League survival. The 44-year-old Italian celebrated on his knees as the Black Cats romped to a 3-0 win at St James’ Park, their first in enemy territory in 13 years and just their second anywhere in 17 attempts. A priceless triumph ended a run of nine league games without a victory and lifted the club three points clear of the relegation zone with five matches left to play. Asked if that was how he had dreamt the first derby encounter of his reign would be, Di Canio said: “Can I tell you something? Sometimes, some special things have to remain inside yourself. It’s not good to share with others because it’s very deep inside yourself. But I believe in this thing. Before the kick-off, I saw the face of my mama smiling.” The Italian went on: “Exactly yesterday (Saturday), it was one year since she passed away. Exactly one year ago, there was the same situation. I was in the dug-out the day after she passed away and we won the game – I was at Swindon – and today, it has happened again. “For this, I have to thank not only my mama, otherwise my dad – he is next to her, but today, he is going to be upset. But dad, mama was special today, so my dedication goes to her today, to my mam.” Sunderland took the lead with 27 minutes gone when the hugely impressive Stephane Sessegnon dispatched a low, skidding drive past Tim Krul. With 16 minutes remaining Adam Johnson fired past substitute goalkeeper Rob Elliot from distance, and David Vaughan added the icing to the cake with a superb 82nd-minute strike. Di Canio added: “The big rivalry we have got in this area is very famous around the world, so to get the three points away from home against Newcastle was fantastic. But now we have to drop back and put both feet on the floor. For the result in the area, it is a massive step, but in terms of the table, it’s a small step. “We are on 34 [points] now, we are not safe, but it’s obvious that it was a fantastic result for everybody.” Opposite number Alan Pardew was understandably subdued after a game which saw his side fail to claim a fifth successive home league victory in spectacular style. He said: “We will have to wear it, probably next year as well. That’s what happens when you lose one of these games. We are under no illusions as to the responsibility we have to our fans, and we have let them down 100 per cent.” Press Association
A reminder to Floridians to think of the turtles!Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton posted a photo on Facebook Tuesday showing a tiny turtle that had eaten 104 pieces of plastic and tragically passed away.In the picture, the small chunks of plastic are lined up next to the turtle.Gumbo Limbo said this time of year is known as “washback” season, meaning turtles that have ventured out to sea are starting to wash back up along our coast.The nature center said 100 percent of washback turtles that have plastic in their intestinal tracts don’t survive, like the turtle in the Facebook post.“This is a sad reminder that we all need to do our part to keep our oceans plastic free,” Gumbo Limbo wrote.
Published on November 18, 2016 at 7:06 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse Athletics hired this week two members to its senior leadership team. Chris Fuller will join the staff as deputy athletics director of external operations and Kristen Jones Kolod will join as deputy athletics director and chief financial officer.Fuller will help manage marketing athletics tickets sales, communications and the Orange Club, SU’s primary fundraising arm. Jones Kolod will oversee SU Athletics’ financials, acting as the athletic department’s liaison with the university’s budget office.Fuller worked at Tennessee for 12 years, holding positions in sales, marketing and external operations. Since 2009, he has served as senior associate athletics director for external operations. Jones Kolod has served as SU’s executive director of budget and administrative operations in the Division of Enrollment and Student Experience, which formed this summer as a combination of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.Fuller and Jones Kolod join Director of Athletics John Wildhack’s staff. Wildhack was hired in July after Mark Coyle stepped down from the director of athletics position. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+