I believe that the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
I believe all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of kinship, love and tolerance.
I don't believe in distinction of any kind, such as
- race, colour, ethnicity, nationality
- sex, gender identity
- sexual orientation
- language, culture
- religion, spirituality
- political opinion
- any opinion
- origin (social, national or any other kind)
- age
- weight, size
- looks, beauty or lack of it
- disability or illness, visible or invisible, of mind or body
- property, wealth
- birth
- other status or identity

Sunday, April 27, 2008

About some countries' attitude towards human rights

Muammar Gaddafi has said about human rights that that is bull the rich, Western countries can afford.

OIC and AL back Sudan and think China is a "record guy" for not letting such bagatelles and stupidities like human rights stop them from trading with Sudan.

OIC has also forced through a change on IDHR - now it's a violation of human rights to criticize Islam, Sharia laws and Mohammed.

Venezuelan Minister on social affairs says that it's more important to provide food and literacy to people than human rights like freedom of expression...

"Human rights in France or in Europe means the marriage of homosexuals and, on the other hand, polygamy is not a human right"
-- Muammar Gaddafi

What does Quran say about polygamy?

"And if you fear that you cannot act equitably towards orphans, then marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four; but if you fear that you will not do justice (between them), then (marry) only one or what your right hands possess; this is more proper, that you may not deviate from the right course."
(Quran 4:3)

It really doesn't say it's ok... because you can not "do justice between them". Not that I have anything against polygamy. If someone wants to marry several women/men, go ahead. It's your life and harms no-one, so it's not my business. Marrying children do harm the children.

Also, why do people automatically think "polygamy" means a MAN marrying several WOMEN?
If you accept polygamy, you have to accept a WOMAN marrying several MEN. And a MAN marrying several MEN... and a WOMAN marrying several WOMEN - and a WOMAN or a MAN marrying several MEN AND WOMEN >:->

Universal Declaration of Human Rights is based on the idea that all humans born are of equal value and should not be treated differently from each other.

Within a proper understanding of UDHR this would not be possible nor accepted by the society:

"He never sent her (his 12-years-old daughter) to school because he said that it would drive them from their tradition, they would start asking questions, and not want to marry until they are 19 or 20."

Education IS a human right

"All rights are important, but it is a lot more important to feed oneself than to be part of a political party, to have an honorable job than to live in a democratic system, to know how to read and write than to have freedom of expression."
Mari Pili Hernandez, the Venezuelan Vice-Minister of Foreign Relations for North America

No human right is more important than another. They all are building blocks for a sustainable society, and where ONE human right is violated, the society does not have a sound and solid foundation.

Friday, April 25, 2008

More about Palestine

I have been told that I am taking a too frivolous attitude towards Palestine and Palestinians. Having the "let them eat cake" attitude of queen Marie-Thérèse.

I know I don't live in war, but that is the reality and every-day of Palestinians. How ever horrible it is, it is a "normal" day to a Palestinian. It has been for a very long time. The human body and mind adjust to any kind of circumstances.

Nevertheless, I don't expect of Palestinians more than I expect of myself.

If I wanted an education, I would not let busses being late or there being no fuel stop me from getting that education. Especially if someone I don't like and I know wishes me ill is the cause for the busses being late and there being no fuel. I would walk just to spite this someone. I would get the best education ever just to spite this someone.
Just look at Mikhail Lomonosov.

Of course the Palestinian students SHOULDN'T NEED TO. We don't live in 18th century Russia. But THIS is the situation right now, THESE are the circumstances. If you are spoiled by modern comfort, if you expect modern comfort and technological benefits like working infrastructure, showers and cars, and you live on a war zone in a country where water is a scarcity, I'd say you are living in a fantasy world.

Of course you have the RIGHT to live in a country with all the comforts and benefits, you have the RIGHT to live in peace, you have the RIGHT to water, food and a decent life with your family, but life is not fair. None of us gets what we are entitled to, what we have the RIGHT to get. All of us have to make the best of the circumstances and resources we HAVE.

One of the circumstances the Palestinians live in every day is the presence of Israel.
Of course Israel is violating human rights and international laws, but what does acknowledging that fact change? Nothing.
Of course Israel is responsible of a lot of the difficulties the Palestinians have to deal with, but what does acknowledging that fact change? Nothing.
Of course Israel should change her wicked ways, repent and repair what she has broken, but what are the chances of that happening? Rather small, don't you agree? So if we are waiting for Israel, NOTHING will change.

Now, people will tell me that the violent resistance is the only way to change things. BULLSHIT!

Now, let's see a couple of images:

"This iconic image of a Palestinian boy resisting bravely before an invading Israeli Tank"

Did he stop the tank? No. Did he change anything? No.

Then we have this one... Makes one wonder... are the photographers staging these pictures? Are they photo manipulation?

Then, what do you think about 13-years-olds throwing stones at tanks and BEING IN A PLACE to be able to throw stones at tanks? Heroic? Brave? No way. STUPID! No wonder so many Palestinian kids have died during after 2000... the Palestinian adults don't care enough about these kids' lives to keep them out of the harms way. I mean, really! How could the soldiers know whether the kid is throwing stones or hand grenades?
Besides, do you remember the story of David and Goliath? What did David use to kill Goliath? A stone...
Do you remember the clashes between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza? Guess what some grown men were injured by, some seriously? Yeah... thrown stones...

You THINK the Israelis shoot at anything that moves, and Palestinian kids that don't even move, and YOU LET YOUR KIDS OUT THERE TO BE SHOT BY ISRAELIS?

I saw a documentary about a Palestinian family - they were sitting down to eat, and then there was shooting outside. The kids disappeared and ran to where people were shooting quick as ferrets... Don't they have any respect towards their parents? Don't their parents have any authority so that they can say "no" and see the kids obey? Or don't they WANT to say "no" to the kids, because the terrorist organizations will give you blood money for every child killed by Israelis, and having a "martyr" as a kid gives you special status and treatment? Or do they breed so much they don't care if one or two of them are killed by Israelis? I want to believe the Palestinians love their children too, but images like this make me wonder...

Now see this image:

In Basra the Iraqis stopped this British tank with Molotov Cocktails. You make MC's rather easily: you take a glass bottle, fill it with fuel (I can hear them... "oh, but the Palestinians don't HAVE fuel! How could they be making MCs!" LOL You can use any flammable liquid, like strong alcohol as well, and that you can make of anything, rotten fruits or vegetable, old grain or what ever), put in a piece of rag soaked in the fuel, put a cork in, light the rag and throw the bottle. If you don't have glass bottles, you can take a ceramics bottle as well. Anything that shatters on impact goes.

MCs are quite achievable for the Palestinians. This way they would also not harm civilians >:-> But I suppose the civilians are a better target... yeshiva boys don't shoot back >:->

Then the absolutely best, bravest, most heroic and effective way of stopping tanks:

This guy stopped a tank with no stones or Molotov Cocktails.

Did I say a tank? I meant a couple of tanks...

Or actually quite a many tanks... >:->

(I said once in a discussion with Pro-Palestinians (or Anti-Israelis - whom are we kidding here? They don't give a damn about Palestinians...) that if the Palestinians were doing what this Chinese guys was doing, I'd have a lot more respect towards them... He answered "but the Palestinians can't do that - they don't have tanks". I still don't know if he thought he was being funny or if he was just incredibly duff.)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

About Gaza

There's a fuel problem in Gaza. No gasoline...

Students complain because they can't get to school in time.

UN can't get in food aid.

Sure... awful. But...

When I was young I had about 8 km to school and later the distance grew to the double. Yes, we had buses, but I often took the bicycle to school. From the age 9-10 to age 20.
There's an ocean of stories about children and youth who walk, run, cycle or ride to school, universities, and so on.
My brother rode to job a couple of times. Yes, in the modern time, in Finland, with good roads and plenty of fuel.

Gaza strip is is about 41 kilometers (25 mi) long, and between 6 and 12 kilometers (4–7.5 mi) wide. You WALK from border to border in a COUPLE OF HOURS.

Are you saying Gazans don't have the stamina of a 10-years-old Finnish girl?

It's not lack of resources that stop the Gazans, it's lack of resourcefulness...

Also... where are all the horses, donkeys, mules and camels? For thousands of years the transport has been done without any fuel, so if there's a will, there's a way... Sure, it would be EASIER to do this with gas and cars, but it's not IMPOSSIBLE without.

Besides... I think it's better for future to act as if global warming was a real threat, whether it is or not. Oil is not a renewable source of energy. One day there will be no oil, no fuel at all. Gazans could use this opportunity to both work for a sustainable, energy-wise future AND to tell Israel that their efforts to oppress Gazans is not going to work.

But sure... it's easier to play victim and martyr and blame Israel than take responsibility and power over your own life in your own hands.

It's easier to stay at home and play soccer with your buddies than wake up a couple of hours earlier and walk to the University and get the education so that you could work for a better future for yourself and your people. After all, the world will pity you - and your people - and give you everything you are going to need, so why not stay at home and play soccer?

Misandry and Chauvinist Sows

I find it fascinating that there are people around who are chauvinist; arrogant, elitist, insulting to everyone who is not part of their group - and who gladly spread all kind of crap about those who aren't part of the group, but who get EXTREMELY offended if the table is turned...

I have heard that some feminists who have no scruples in using "chauvinist pig" get EXTREMELY offended when someone uses the expression "chauvinist sow".

The view that women are better than men just because they are of different gender might be based on the centuries old idea of that men are better than women, but it's still just as chauvinist and sexist idea.

"What would the world be like without men? Full of fat, happy women."
"If they can put one man on the moon, why can’t they put them all there?"
"A woman without a man, is like a fish without a bicycle"

So what separates you from the guys who invented "men only"? Nothing.

Think about this: a picture of a fat, hairy woman, sleeping in a bed. A group of men start making fun of her, saying things like "think about waking up with THAT in your bed!" "disgusting!" "Think about having THOSE legs around you while making love!"

Pretty upsetting, huh? This is nevertheless the style a picture of a hairy man sleeping was commented in a women's group in a debate forum, and when a couple of men got offended and sad by it, they were driven out of the group with insults and mockery... to this day those women don't understand that it is just as insulting towards a man as it is towards a woman.

"If you feel attacked by feminism it's probably a counter-attack"

Not anymore, sisters...

Or take the "Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them!" A lot of women thought it was hilarious... I bet they didn't have any sons... >:->

"the T-shirts are perceived as harmless fun by children"

"I want to make boys feel bad because it's fun."
-- 10 year old girl

Harmless fun? If violence against boys is "harmless fun", why the heck create such an outcry about violence against girls/women? Isn't violence always violence and never fun?

Not to these chauvinist sows...

"sexism against women is a far more widespread and substantial problem in United States' society"

Yeah... might be... and because racism is far more widespread and substantial problem in US' society, we shouldn't bother about the sexism at all.

I'm sorry to see that these women can't understand that there is no equality without equality of BOTH sexes.

"Men of quality respect women’s equality."

And women of quality respect men's equality.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Water is a human right

Our tap water is clean and good. I flush liters of good, clean and clear drinking water down the drain with my pee and poo every day, I wash myself, my dishes, my clothes in the same, clean and good drinking water, and I seldom give it any thoughts... I filled a bottle of some soda from a well known company with this water, and I came to think about India, water and Coca Cola Company.

Original photo of an Indian boy playing in water with all sorts of crap
And when I say "crap", believe me...

Water is not explicitly mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) but it can easily be understood as implicitly mentioned:
Article 25: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being"
Clean water is elementary part of healthy life.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Water: Evaluating Water as a Human Right and the Duties and Obligations it Creates

Solar disinfection of drinking water
2003 - International Year of Freshwater
We cannot tolerate children dying for a glass of water
Newater and Sg Selangor Water

May I offer you a glass of water?
Mumbai Dew... Mmmm... Tastes like...

Other points of interest:

"Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights" is full of interesting articles on human rights. Well worth reading.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I left Care2

There has been some talk about how intimidating a person I am, so I'm giving them some time to see, that if they don't dare to speak when I'm around, what happens when I'm not around... I'm sure nothing much is going to chance, but - let's see :-)

I'm not going to be silent though. Care2 is not the only forum or media around the internet, you know ;-)

One of my biggest adversaries have started an own blog. I think he calls it "The Truth" or something other pompous like that. My blog is called "Ketutar says so", because this is what I am saying LOL I don't claim to know The Truth or be able to tell others what The Truth is, I just know what I know and what I think about things.

Now, everyone is talking about China and Olympics and some still focus on nothing but Israel-Palestine, but there's so much more happening in the world that needs to be pointed out and addressed:

For example: in Turkey the GLBT community is being harassed.
Istanbul gay group raided by police
This issue at HRW
Turkey's transsexuals face increasing violence

Compare to how bright the future looked only 5 years ago...
Turkey, a Muslim nation with a tolerance of homosexuals
Demet Demir today...

Fascinating... I find it especially interesting that the transsexuals can only work in prostitution... The people are being seen as threat to the moral, and forced by the social pressure to "be" that... I find that hypocritical. It's like a girl raped by police being arrested for immoral behavior.

Other interesting things:

CNN: Be The Change

Anti-Slavery Award

Sex slave defender wins children's rights prize - Somaly Mam