"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Saturday 9 March 2013

(Old news) - 'A junior minister had to be given police protection after being confronted by angry protesters over Coalition plans to privatise publicly-owned forests. ' 


 Mark Harper, the Conservative MP for The Forest of Dean, was attacked by protesters as he exited a public meeting where he had been defending the Government's plans for a forestry sell-off.

He was pelted with eggs by protesters who also attacked the police van to try to prevent him leaving.

Via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Harper -

Harper defended the proposals, describing them as an "exciting opportunity for community ownership." However, they were widely criticised by many residents within his constituency and by politicians with connections to the Forest of Dean, most notably Baroness Jan Royall, Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. She described Harper as 'fundamentally wrong' and his views on the subject as 'utter nonsense'.
Following a public meeting after which Harper had to be rescued by police and a sustained national campaign which included the newly formed local Forest of Dean pressure group Hands off our Forest, the government announced it had abandoned its plans and would remove the forestry clauses from the Public Bodies Bill.

Unfortunately I can't really see Mark Harper as anything other than the hapless Frank Spencer of British politics, albeit without Spencer's good heart.


Number of Syrian refugees reaches 1 million.

Did Israeli doctors force contraception on Ethiopian immigrants?

Canada welcomes record number of immigrants, visitors and students from China in 2012 (in contrast to UK).

Prince Edward Island: Immigrant worker need 'urgent'.


Canada growing its economy, society through immigration.
Tokyo anti-nuclear protest, two years post-Fukushima.


Participants have taken to occupying Tokyo’s public spaces, such as parks, on national holidays, and have specially assembled outside the parliament building in the city every Friday evening in an attempt to get their voices heard, reportedly drawing in a very diverse cross section of society, including both commuter 'salarymen' and housewives.

More : http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/201339122824335496.html

Only two of Japan's 50 working nuclear reactors have been put back online since the disaster. This is partly because of waves of protests like Saturday's that mark the biggest public demonstrations in Japan since the 1960s movement against the Vietnam War.
(UK) Labour plans crackdown on employers exploiting migrants.


Labour is to pledge this week that it will make it illegal for employers to cram migrants into mobile homes to cut accommodation costs and undercut domestic workers.

The party will also promise to oversee much tougher enforcement of the national minimum wage – including prosecutions and the doubling of fines – and to extend action against gangmasters employing illegal migrants to the social care, hospitality and construction industries.

Inside Afghanistan's 'appalling' refugee camps.

Indians working abroad continue to send more money home than their counterparts from other countries.

School helps Malian refugee children in the Niger return to normalcy.

Migrant workers in China happier, but sense of isolation remains.

In a move some are calling a modern-day scarlet letter and others say is the best way to manage changing federal immigration policy, North Carolina this month will begin giving some young immigrants driver’s licenses marked with a bold pink stripe and the words “no lawful status” printed in red.

(USA) Immigration activists go virtual with social media leading the 'march'.

UNHCR and WFP join forces to assist Central African Republic refugees in Congo.

Peace:Release imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia.

'Ethnic' pageant winner enrages Russian nationalists.

Haitian artist's 'Soliloquy of Chaos'.

South Koreans dub N. Korea's armistice threat a daring aid ploy.

Rising from Sahara sands, the uneven peaks hold clues to a much wetter environment in the ancient past.

New Stonehenge theory: built over a graveyard?


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