Saturday, 12 July 2008

Identity fraud

Looks like someone has hijacked Minx's blog! It can now be found here.

This is a horrible world we live in. Reading the newspaper yesterday brought me to tears. In one, slim daily section this is the selection of stories covered:

-- Guantamano Bay - How prisoners who are appearing pro se are not being allowed paper (to write motions on). Yay for due process.
-- Wiretap laws in the US
-- Darfur - NGOs and other charities being kicked out of the country because they are accused of 'talking to' the ICC and the UN. Human rights extinct like the dodo.
-- Zimbabwe
-- Iraq - see picture above. Man crying over his father's body after a bombing on Thurday. 4 others were wounded.
-- Number of US soldiers killed in Irag to date- 4110.
-- Fraud by a Housing official in New York, who was selling housing vouchers for profit (the vouchers are intended to go to poor people who can't afford housing in NY, so they only pay a proportion of their salary for rent and the govt picks up the rest. So she was screwing over the government, the poor people paying her, and the really poor being denied the vouchers).
-- Iran, nuclear weapons and falsification of pictures.
-- Story on how Israel won't let 3 Fulbright Scholars out of the Gaza strip to take up their scholarships in the US. They have passed US security checks - several times, (and it's bloody hard to get a Fulbright) but Israel has deemed them a 'Security threat'. Right.
Everyone in Gaza is still not allowed out, and nothing is allowed in. And I thought ghettos were out of fashion these days...

Yes, it's a lovely world. And now everyone's identity is being stolen and all. Great.
No wonder people read Heat and the like. Much easier to think about who has a boob job than consider that today is the anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

1 comment:

Law Minx said...

The world is going to hell in a handcart, I'm afraid; even Amnesty has recently had cause to reflect upon the state of human rights beneath the Universal Convention, to find it seriously wanting.
You'd think that, in this age of Globalisation, when distances between nations have shrunk almost to vanishing point, we would all have better understanding of one another, of our problems as a planet and as a peoples, but not a bit of it; if anything fear suspicion and mutual resentment seems to colour almost everything we do - unless of course you happen to be a size zero with 48dd boobs and skin the colour of a sligjhtly stale orange.......