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Friday, January 30, 2009

Stop keeping Nigerians alive: Gay group to EU; as Socialist Spain forces child indoctrination program

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. LifeSiteNews 21 / Jan / 2009; 29 / Jan / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

LifeSiteNews.com is reporting two interesting stories, firstly; following usual code: groups saying they represent "gay" "rights", have asked for EU (European Union) funding to be outright stopped: to Nigeria, which just rejected "Gay" "Marriage": considered evil by Islamics, and Catholics: and therefore democratically rejected in Nigeria. EU funding has been used in the fight against aids: based on religious views: Michael Cashman, Labour MEP and President of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual Intergroup, is the source of these "suggestions". The European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, should receive a request from the "man", asking them to "re-evaluate" funding to Nigeria.

The EU recently past a resolution, attempting to force all member states to recognize "Gay Marriage": and action, considered the Matter of Mortal sin, and intrinsically evil, by the Catholic church. Barak Hussein Obama, Europe's friend in the White house on Abortion: recently lifted a ban on funding foreign abortions with US taxpayer money.

The Federal Government in America, was recently charged with a lawsuite: after helping fund Catholic Church efforts to rescue victims of human trafficking, because the church body, refused to fund abortions with the money given them. An attempt by the American so-called "Democrat" party: to bail out failing abortion clinics, recently failed.

Spain's socialist, and radically anti-religious government, spawned of an Al Qaeda strike, meanwhile: has remove the rights of parents: to remove their children from indoctrination classes: aimed at changing the views of their society on "Homosexuality". Spain's radical rejection of religion, has caused recent discomfort in Catholic circles: as a secularist government attempts to remove church symbols from public areas: and to force through ideological laws, and measures: on Spain's citizens.


According to LifeSiteNews.com:

"Spain's socialist political establishment, however, was jubilant.

"I celebrate that with this the debate is finished," said Spain's Justice Minister Fernandez Bernejo, who added that "this situation has been created by the bad decisions of some autonomous communities who haven't fulfilled their obligation to educate children well.""

The decision was upheld by their supreme court: another judge: who objected to government policy on homosexuality: was recently removed from the judiciary: purely on his belief that a certain lesbian couple: would not give a child they wished to adopt: a natural upbringing, and normal life. Those involved: such as: Benigno Blanco, President of the Spanish Family Forum, object that the decision by a judiciary, with a history: is unconstitutional, as with the Socialist decision to implement the policy.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Venezuela; Latin America: Catholic Embassy tear bombed, government supporters suspected

(Social Justice South Africa; Catholic Watchdog South Africa; c.f. Zenit News 22 / 01 / 2009 ; Archive : 25 / 10 / 2008; 13 / 11 / 2008; Zenit News 10 / 07 / 2007 ; 19 / 11 / 2007; CWNews 13 / 05 / 2006 ; Catholic Culture 21 / 11 / 2008; all sources quoted, are catholic, and independent; The First Two are South African; the Rest are American (USA) Based)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Vice President of the EU (European) Parliament: Mario Mauro , who is also the representative on religious persecution in the: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, has condemned an attack on a Catholic Nuncio: which is the technical name for a Vatican Embassy, to a political power. The Nuncio, was in Venezuela, and government supporters, are: due to a past record, possibly: those responsible.

Venezuela is ruled by the socialist: Hugo Chávez, who has had clashes with the church. During Last year's November 23rd elections, Hugo Chávez's socialist supporters, were accused of intimidating Catholics. Hugo Chávez, wants a completely socialist state, and has made controversial comments on the world stage. Tensions, between Hugo Chávez, who originally tried to create a coup, but later was elected, and the Bishops, in Venezuela; are high: due to his anti-life policies, education issues, possible interference with church structures, and accusations of an alleged plot against Hugo Chávez, made against the Bishops in the country. All of this and actual violence has created a tough circumstance.

The Attack is not the first, and previous experience means that the socialist government's supporters, and factions close to the president, called radical, and considered to have religious intolerance; by EU Parliament Vice President: Mario Mauro; who is also the representative on religious persecution, to the: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Mario Mauro condemned the attacks, saying that any future incidences would only make things worse for Venezuela, where he claims that fundamental rights (He uses the word "Liberties"): are consistently being scraped into non-existence and stolen from citizens.

He noted his solidarity with the Catholic community in the country, where this is not the first attack on the church. Previously, also: government supporters have attacked this embassy, somewhat creating suspicions, that they have something to do with the recent tear bombings!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

: Caritas update

Introduction by Marc Aupiais
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Caritas Internationalis - Newsletter
Issue No. 5
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Caritas in 2009
Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis talks about priorities and challenges in 2009.
Caritas President Cardinal Rodriguez speaks out on Gaza crisis
Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga urged world leaders to halt the destruction in Gaza. A huge rebuilding effort is now needed.
Zimbabwe appeal: Love and hope in a time of tragedy
Nearly half the population is close to starvation. A cholera epidemic is threatening those weakened by hunger. The state is collapsing with the economy, electricity, schools, hospitals, water supply all failing.
Terrorised Congo families receive Caritas aid
Caritas brought to the world's attention Christmas massacres in Congo and is now providing 10.000 families with help.
Migration: weighing up the options
Many of the world’s migrants risk alienation, rejection and poverty far from home to create a better life for themselves and for their families. They do this because there’s no better alternative.
The crisis in Darfur gets worse
Violence is increasing in Sudan’s Darfur region almost six years after the crisis began leaving people more desperate than ever.
World Social Forum
Catch up on who is doing what at the World Social Forum on Caritas blog.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama Inauguration to cost about 10 times Bush's, in a time of economic crisis

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; c.f. InForumBlog (Catholic; Independent; American) 19 / 01 / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

When Bush did his cool +-40 million or so US Dollar inauguration, the press thought it could better be spent: not so with the cool +-500 000 000 (Five Hundred Million) Barak Hussein Obama inauguration. Despite a time of economic Crisis, two wars, and so much more: Obama, who voted to kill Abortion survivors, via infanticide,and hardly spoke up on the tragedy in the Gaza Strip, except to bolster his own image, Obama, wants to go in in "Style", insisting on using Lincoln's bible, and other extravagances. As could have been predicted, by his cool political response when the Financial Crisis came out, Obama: is proving to be anything but prudent with American money.

Bush recently set aside January 18th, as a day for the sanctity of human life, including the lives of the unborn. Bush, while being against abortion, and cloning, and liked, apparently by the Dalli Llama, given special treatment by pope Benedict XVI, also went against the Vatican on the Iraq war (Second gulf War), resulting in a massacre of Christians, by militants, and also: has been implicated in removing privacy, and in possible human rights abuses.

Bush's own inauguration, was considered a bit extravagant. The question as to why Obama throws such a party, when his people will starve all the more, and why the homeless in the area have been force to move; is hardly being asked very much, if at all: in much of the mainstream media.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Israel keeps her word: unilateral ceasefire, which Hamas has vowed to ignore

(Social Justice South Africa; Scripturelink Voters Guide; c.f. (thanks to a dear friend) CBSNEWS (Secular; Independent; American) 17 / Jan / 2009; c.f. BBC World News (Reliable; Secular; British; Government) 18 / Jan 2009; Archive 15 / Jan / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Israel said it was all about missiles, and considering the more cautious governance, of the ruling political forces, this seemed believable, and appears to be the case. Israel, has declared it would, and seems to have: unilaterally withdrawn offenses on the Gaza Strip, it plans to retain troops for ten more days, however, it will not launch fresh offenses, even as it has vowed that troops will defend themselves if and when Hamas believes it can attack. Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), which the BBC suspects, could be funded by Iran, along with fellow terrorists: Hezbolla in their suspected funders: has itself, as Hamas, vowed to continue fighting, even as Israel has stopped offenses, resulting in a quite night, after about three weeks of fighting.

Israeli troops, remain, so that they and Egypt, can arrange security, to prevent Hamas from smuggling in weapons, to restart offenses. After the Unilateral Ceasefire, Hamas, which still has the destruction of Israel, which they do not recognize as a state: as their goal: still wanted bloodshed. At least one missile was launched against Israel after the truce went into effect, according to CBS, quoting a source called "Bergers".

1200 Palestinians have died in this conflict, as well as at least ten Israelis. What a child and woman is in this conflict is hard to determine. Being under the age of 18 makes one a child: but in Islamist conflicts, women have been suicide bombers, and perhaps could be militants, and children have become militants.

Facilities, and resources of many humanitarian, or relief groups, have been casualty to air-strikes in this conflict, and the UN is worried about the state of hospitals. Israel was accused of disproportionate force in protecting her borders, but countered that their civilians were being hit.

A probable reason for Israeli speed, and proportions; is that the Bush administration is set to leave soon: even with a proportionate response, it is much less likely, that Israel would get away with defending their borders under the Democrat Obama, who in this issue, said, via advisors: he would not cause two authorities, but who has spoken up on almost everything else. It seemed an odd statement to make. Barak Hussein Obama: voted to euthanise abortion survivors, and wants to get rid of parental consent for abortion. He has not, during the fighting: commented on the deathly situation in the Gaza Strip.

This entire conflict, could probably, have been done, and likely would have been done in a smaller, more civilized manner: if Israel knew it could rely on international support, as it protected its borders. Humanitarian casualties, and the entire situation, would probably have been low key in such a situation, whereby those currently in power in Israel, had previously been extremely soft, even to the point of endangering their political future: on the Gaza Strip situation. They only launched offenses: after a period of daily attacks on civilians.

This is not to justify the offensive; it is however to state what appears to be fact: Israel thought this proportion of force was utterly necessary. Considering stances of those in power in Israel, previous stances before this conflict: should they have believed there was an easier, less collateral spewed manner to protect Israel, they likely would have taken it. Before the counterstrike was launched, Israel, had already given up hope of international solutions. Also, efforts by the international community, as we, and any astute analyst would have predicted, and as we did predict: were not the ones to end this conflict: as we predicted, it was ended purely at the whims of Israel, as would be obvious.

As long as the world shows such blatant bias in judging conflicts, rather than realizing the root cause of these, and realizing who started what: civilian casualties will remain high in situations such as this one. If no-one else will look after Israel, Israel will: the problem is, the manner in which they now can: in that a smaller attack would have had as much backlash, and no attack, would mean allowing terrorism against their innocent civilians.

Blame for collateral damage: must be placed equally on Israel, and on Hamas: and on every biased voice which misrepresented this conflict. Refusal to reason by Hamas, and outright provocation, cannot be ignored. The Hague should be consulted on this issue. From all appearances, it appears as though the Israeli hand seemed almost forced: forced by fear of reprisals when Bush left, and by political pressure, by their own women and children, and rabbits, and dogs, and boys and men: and even an infant: by those facing daily terror attacks: in a war between hateful extremists, and civilians: in which a military chose to intervene.

Before the world says "Never Again", and then forgets they have: one must look at the core of the issue: the reason this tragedy has occurred: lies squarely on the arms of the international community: on the international hatred and bias: so evident (Archive 15 / Jan / 2009) in France recently: which had, when this situation was minor: completely ignored the plight of Israel: so that Israel did, as they always had: and put on a display, which cost, in this case, in a way: 1200 or more or less lives.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Social Justice South Africa: CAR; North Africa: Central African Republic sends troops to Congo Border

(Social Justice South Africaa; c.f. c.f. News 24 (Secular; South African; Independent) 15 / 01 / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

"Central African Republic", is sending troops to their border, as a "buffer", against LRA ("Lord's Resistance Army") rebels, believed to be operating out of the DRC (Congo). The LRA, has been accused of recent atrocities in Southern Sudan, and in other countries. Defence Minister Jean Francis Bozize, of the "Central African republic" (CAR), claimed that troops would be sent to the border. They will be in High Mbomou Province, which borders on Sudan, which has accused the LRA of attacks, High Mbomou Province also, importantly borders on the DRC, where the rebels are believed, by some important sources: to base themselves.

The LRA, have been implicated in human rights abuses, and a recent massacre in a Catholic church. The LRA, are lead by a Mr. Joseph Kony, who is wanted in the International Criminal Court (ICC), that is: in the Hague: for war crimes. Accusations against the LRA, include those by Catholic Ethos Umbrella Humanitarian Group: Caritas internationalis.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Social Justice South Africa: SA Blood Bank "Running Dry"- IOL

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Donate blood, Save A Life (Non-affiliated with any movement; independent; promotes donation of blood) 14 / Jan / 2009; IOL (Secular; Independent; South African) 14 / Jan / 2008)

Article by Marc Aupiais

IOL, is reporting a blood shortage according to their article based on alleged communication from the the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), who claim that the festive season, has left them with only a day's supply of blood. "Safe" (Donate blood, Save A Life : has links guiding you through eligibility to donate), and regular Blood donars, are advised, to donate as soon as possible.

("Donate blood, Save A Life (Non-affiliated with any movement; independent; promotes donation of blood) 14 / Jan / 2009;) Has links on their site, including a facebook group to help those donating blood.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Kenya, drought a "National Emergency"- Kenyan government

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Reuters' Alertnet (Article by Reuters:Secular; Independent; Based in great Britain; Global)09 / Jan / 2009; CRS (Catholic; Independent: answer to USCCB though; Relief Organization; American Based)13 / 01 / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Kenyan Government, has declared a "National Emergency", after a drought "has" allegedly rendered +-10 000 000 (Ten Million) Kenyan Citizens "Food Insecure"; according to a Reuters article; via AlertNet: which quotes the Kenyan government. This situational report, by Reuters: is largely based on a release, by the office of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's office, even as Reuters, but not the Kenyan government: notes the role of violence in the situation. Kenya, has seen human rights violation related accusations, and electoral violence in recent times, and accusations: of death squads, and the resulting reduction in tourism, a recent drought has hit it hard.

Kenya, will now, among other measures: begin to import: 5 000 000 (Five Million) additional bags of maize due to a shortfall: largely blamed on 2007 election violence, which resulted in +-1 300 (One Thousand, and Three Hundred) deaths, and +-300 000 (Three Hundred Thousand) people being driven from their homes, due to violence.

Both the Kenyan government, and working independent of them, Catholic Relief Services, are attempting to minimize the damage done by an alleged Drought and Famine, which is affecting many citizens in Kenya. The role of election violence, and allegations of Government death squads, and political persecution in this, possibly, could have increased vulnerability to the situation. Most of the efforts, seem to focus on basics, such as food, water, and farming products. CRS, is helping supply food, according to their dispatch (CRS (Catholic; Independent: answer to USCCB though; Relief Organization; American Based)13 / 01 / 2009).

For those who want to help:

CRS, forwards one to a donation page: from the article they wrote on their efforts:
https://secure2.convio.net/crs/site/Donation2?1080.donation=form1&df_id=1080

It seems to be their general donations page, but I may be mistaken on this, but possibly, one can write in the "Special Request" section, where they want the money to go: I am unsure of this.

A good thing about, our source on this: US based CRS: is that CRS, has a good ratio: of direct funding towards communities, versus the cost of their work.

Kenya: more general Overview:

Kenya, was once one of Africa's so-called: shining stars, however, electoral violence, and purported human rights abuses, along with drought, and famine: have harshly affected, what once was a nation, seen, perhaps falsely as a hope for many.

In previous articles, we have covered, the political situation in Kenya, having stabilized somewhat at this stage. Recent events, however: show a government, made up largely of people, seemingly more interested in their own political success, than in the success of their country. The global economic downturn, will likely also affect such nations: but with such a makeshift government, the chances are, that problems in Kenya, won't be ultimately solved overnight. Efforts, at helping populations make it through such trying times: however, can make differences in lives, just as efforts in Zimbabwe, and the DRC (Congo), have paid off somewhat.

Corruption, and accountability in Africa

What Kenya, and much of Africa: truly need at this point, is accountability for actions, politically, and in business. That a situation, such as the one: over, or perhaps caused by alleged vote rigging, and alleged political human rights abuses: has occurred: has made Kenya less able to deal with life threatening situations.

Ha Noi, Vietname: Update: Catholic Parishioners sue press, after period elapses

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. AFP (Secular; French; Antagonistic at times; Liberal) 12 / Jan / 2009 ; Ha Noi, Vietnam; Asia: Vietnamese Communist administration: continues anti-Catholic Blitz 06 / Jan / 2009 ; Social Justice South Africa 06 / Jan / 2009; c.f. Catholic Culture (Catholic; Independent; American; This is a news alert of theirs) 05/01/2009; AsiaNews (Catholic; Independent; Asian) 05/01/2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

While this is from a separate news source, 2 women, amongst: the Catholics, who were allegedly wrongly reported in the news, as accepting guilt for charges leveled against them, by the Vietnamese government, and who have been given prison sentences, ranging from a year, to longer, are suing the Government Controlled, Communist Vietnamese, Press: for what they are claiming was distortion of the issue.

The relatively large Catholic population in Vietnam, periodically faces, what some fear is a government push to destroy the Catholic religion, parishes, and Catholic buildings are appropriated, often to be turned into parks, or luxury hotels: making it seem that the demolishing of these, is pointless.

The Parishioners, were allegedly involved in a prayer vigil, outside a parish site.

Details are accessible in our earlier article:

(Ha Noi, Vietnam; Asia: Vietnamese Communist administration: continues anti-Catholic Blitz 06 / Jan / 2009)

Zimbabwe; SADC; Africa: Caritas internationalis asks for US $ 7 million, to help feed Zimbabwe

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Zenit News (Catholic; American based: Global; independent) 09 / 01 / 2009;Caritas Internationalis (Catholic; Global; Independent; Humanitarian Group) 09/ Jan / 2009 (Press Release))

Article by Marc Aupiais

Caritas internationalis, the Umbrella Organization of over 160 Catholic ethos Charities, worldwide: is calling for US$ 7 million, to be made in donations: for their aid effort in Zimbabwe, where they plan to aid 250 000 (Two Hundred, and Fifty, Thousand), of the 5 000 000 (Five Million), Zimbabweans, estimated to be in danger of dying of malnutrition, and starvation, this is half of the Zimbabwean population.

The Cholera Epidemic, has only had a negative situation on the situation (Social Justice South Africa; South Africa: "Jik For Zim": Local Catholic Project, we were alerted to by the Information Officer of the SACBC 13 / Jan / 2009), with +- 1 700 (One thousand Six Seven hundred) Deaths, and +-36 000 (Thirty Six Thousand) cases reported, on our last checking up on such. A press release, sent out a few days ago, and posted today by us, showed much lower figures, but this is likely due to the rate of increase in infection, or perhaps other factors, as to accuracy.

According to Caritas Internationalis (Catholic; Global; Independent; Humanitarian Group) 09/ Jan / 2009

"A Cholera outbreak over the last five months has killed over 1,700 people with 36,000 cases reported. 

Caritas will provide monthly food rations to 164,000 people, 88,800 school children with a midday meal at school, and farming training to 4,600 homes. Caritas will give 16,000 homes access to clean water and provide 5,000 people with basic health care.

Caritas Internationalis Secretary-General Lesley-Anne Knight said, “People will die in Zimbabwe unless they receive urgent humanitarian assistance. At least five million people need food aid but many more are going hungry. The high mortality from Cholera indicates an extreme international emergency."

(Caritas Internationalis (Catholic; Global; Independent; Humanitarian Group) 09/ Jan / 2009 Press Release)

between 7, and 9 out of every ten families battle to survive, many take part in sex work, or sell possessions,
as Caritas Internationalis elaborates:

"A Caritas nationwide survey in October-November 2008 showed that between 70 and 90 percent of families are barely managing to feed themselves. The worst affected areas are Masvingo, Bulawayo and Hwange, followed by Gokwe, Mutare and Gweru, then Harare and Chinhoyi. 

Only 5 to 10 percent are receiving food aid. Most are picking wild foods, selling their animals or household items, or carrying out sex work to survive.

Deaths from hunger have been reported and Caritas expects the situation to worsen as the hungry season peaks from January to March. Caritas has reported 200 cases of children fainting at school due to lack of food.

The Caritas appeal with target the most vulnerable people in Zimbabwe such as women- and child-headed households, children, the sick and the elderly. "


(Caritas Internationalis (Catholic; Global; Independent; Humanitarian Group) 09/ Jan / 2009 Press Release)

Donations in this effort, can be made via national organizations of the group, according to Caritas; or possibly via:

http://www.caritas.org/services/donate_now.html

Which Zenit has pointed to, as a way to donate in general.

South Africa, has been accused of not acting against Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe: despite, the MDC (Movement For Democratic Change), his opposition, having legally won the election, according to South African based, Secular News Station: ENEWSCHANNEL. For more or less eight years now, South Africa has allegedly protected Mugabe from the international community, and has continued doing business with Zimbabwe.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Social Justice South Africa; South Africa: "Jik For Zim": Local Catholic Project, we were alerted to by the Information Officer of the SACBC

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. CNS (Catholic; American; Independent; we don't endorse them) 05/01/2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The article linked to, isn't the full article, but it is the only online version, on their website: by the news source publishing. The reason we linked to it, was that we were alerted to the project by the Information Officer, of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference, but like what seems to be many of their dispatches, it wasn't in their words, meaning our publishing agreement doesn't apply. They simply alerted us to the situation, without giving an perspective, or article separate from it.

Based on the email we received, and extrapolation:

At least +-16 000 people in neighboring Zimbabwe have been diagnosed with the curable disease: cholora. Our other dispatches have covered, that many need to cross the South African border for treatment. Healthcare in Zimbabwe, is currently, according to secular news: in a state basically: of collapse.

"Catholic Welfare and Development": a South African based, Catholic Charity: which is Cape Town (Western Province, South Africa) based: has set up a project: "Jik for Zim", which has so far: raised $US 16 000, to supply Zimbabwean NGO (Non-Governmental Organization): "Catholic Development Commission", among other NGOs, with Jik, which for our international viewers, is a form of clothing bleach, often used in South Africa: which is also used as a water purification ingredient, by rural people.

The partners in this in Zimbabwe, plan to distribute the bleach, along with information on how to use it: to over 1 000 villages, or communities.

Cholora, is spread via contaminated food and water supplies.

A teaspoon of Jik, according to the article, will purify about 25 litres of water, in +-12 hours. Likely over 1 600 people have died of Cholora in Zimbabwe's recent epidemic so far, which has spread to 10 Zimbabwean provinces, and over the South African border. The agency says, that once they "meet" the Jik (Water purification; information) needs of the local populations: they will use left-over money to supply Zimbabweans with food. Over +-5 million of these face starvation.

According to Health 24 (associated with News 24, South African; Secular, which we often quote; we quote an old article of theirs on Cholora)

Symptoms of Cholora can include, sometimes at different stages:

"Severe, watery diarrho", "Nausea and vomiting", "Muscle cramps", "Dehydration","Hypovolemic shock" (not enough blood supply: untreated: leads to death)
(Health 24 (South African; independent; Secular) 13/07/2007)

As to the South African Charity: for this specific: "Jik for Zim" (Zimbabwe) project:

Their account details are:
Account name: CWD Zim Crisis Relief; Account number: 07 115 5090; Standard Bank; Thibault Square Branch, Cape Town; Branch code 020909; Swift ID SBZA ZA JJ.

c.f.
(Zimbabwe; SADC; Africa: Caritas internationalis asks for US $ 7 million, to help feed Zimbabwe 13 / Jan / 2009)

Gaza Strip: palestine: Caritas Jerusalem medical point hit in Gaza strip; children cry, people in freezing weather: and other horrors on the ground

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Caritas Internationalis (Catholic; international) __/__/__ 12 / Jan / 2009; ; Caritas Aotearoa (Catholic; New Zealand based): speaking via AlertNet (Secular) 12 / Jan / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Caritas Internationalis, reports, that a local medical point: treating the people of Gaza: set up by Caritas Jerusalem, has been hit, by what they are calling an Israeli F-16 Fighter Jet. It was one of six points in the area. According to reports, given by the humanitarian umbrella organization: people are in dire situations: having lost everything: many stay in schools. There are stories, of three to a blanket, in "freezing" cold, and of the trauma experienced by children. A quote given from a source on the ground, as Caritas Jerusalem continues to work: feeding 3 000, having given many medical supplies to hospitals; and taking care of minor needs: they say: that Israel has given them the three hour daily window: when they should have given them a door.

A representative of the Humanitarian Organization: Caritas Internationalis: says:

"Thankfully, since all of the families from the homes had already fled the violence and were staying in various schools in the district, nobody was hurt in the bombing.

Indeed, the day after the bombing took place another medical clinic was destroyed by another Israeli bomb. On Saturday, a clinic run by the Middle Eastern Council of Churches in Al-Shuja’ia, east of Gaza City was completely destroyed by another fighter jet.

Not only now have Caritas Jerusalem lost one of their six local medical points in Gaza, but the people of Maghazi are temporarily without medical support and over $10,000 worth of medical equipment was destroyed. Caritas Jerusalem staff are now struggling to stretch their operations to Maghazi from the existing point at Al Mosaddar.

The bombing at the clinic comes at a time when medical supplies are severely depleted throughout Gaza. Since the medical points had decided to focus on minor injuries, thereby freeing up the hospitals for more serious cases, Caritas Jerusalem had already shared much of its stock of equipment to four hospitals. These include such essentials as adrenaline, syringes and alcohol. As the Caritas outlets come under severe pressure, the strain on the already-overloaded hospitals will only worsen.

Fr Manuel Musallam, the Parish Priest of Gaza, said in a telephone conversation from Beit Hanoun this morning, “There are dead bodies lying on the streets. The clinics are carrying out operations on the floor and women have no place to give birth.”"


(Caritas Internationalis' blog 12 / Jan / 2009)

Conflict in the Gaza Strip reemerged, after Terrorist grouping: Hamas: launched too many missiles into Israel, having shot first, after a 6 month ceasefire: causing public opinion in Israel to favor a counterstrike of the current proportion, or of lesser proportion: so as to stop rocket strikes against Israeli civilians. Israel's government, which was seen as too "soft" on the Gaza Strip issue, by many in Israel, was spurred on by public anxiety: with rocket-fire being aimed at their civilians: so as to launch an assault on the Gaza Strip: not controlled by the Palestinian government: but by Hamas. Israel has been accused of "disproportionate" force: in their response to the attack: by Caritas Internationalis, who also condemn rocket strikes into Israeli: by Hamas (An acronym in Arabic for: Islamic Resistance Movement).

"Project Caritas", the South African wing of Caritas Internationalis, along with other groups,such as the South African Council of Churches, the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (whose fund raising organization "Project Caritas" is), and even with partnership in the effort by COSATU (which is a controversial trade union, and has been implicated somewhat, as possibly not unbiased in this: by certain views expressed: against Israel, and in other matters, which cause many not to agree with them, in calls by their leader of being prepared to "Kill" for a Mr. Zuma; and by previous insults of the Ten Commandments, by Union Members, attempting to justify adultery), and the government: have collaboratively arranged for a humanitarian flight to get urgent, medically focused aid into the Gaza Strip. To donate to this c.f. : Joint SACC/SACBC Statement on SA Humanitarian Relief to Gaza 12 / Jan / 2009.

Statements,in a press release, we received by email, inform of what this mainly is focussed on:

"Key items to be dispatched as part of the relief operations include medical equipment, medical supplies, medicines, bottled water, food, baby milk, high energy and protein supplements, mattresses and blankets. These items would be purchased in South Africa from financial contributions made to the various groups involved in the appeal.

It has been agreed that Project Caritas, the official fund raising campaign of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) for humanitarian disaster relief would co-ordinate the Emergency Appeal on behalf of the South African Council of Churches."


(: Joint SACC/SACBC Statement on SA Humanitarian Relief to Gaza 12 / Jan / 2009)

Caritas Aotearoa (New Zealand branch): recently pledged $ 50 000 (probably their version of dollars, but it does not add NZ in front, so possibly, even likely, it is perhaps: actual dollars) to the situation, and Caritas Internationalis has asked for NZ $3.5 million to deal with the situation.

Caritas Jerusalem is doing work on the ground.

Here is a report from Caritas Aotearoa, on their efforts, and Caritas work on the ground (unrecognized characters were in the original, it was probably saved as the wrong format, on Alertnet):

"Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Director Mike Smith said its sister agency, Caritas Jerusalem, has a long established involvement in Gaza. Caritas Jerusalem will undertake the following:
� provide primary health care services and post-operative out-patient care to Gaza residents through its Caritas Medical Centre, mobile clinic and 6 medical points � assist 4 of the Gaza hospitals in dealing with the crisis, through the provision of medicines and supplies, including 2 ICU ambulances � provide supplementary food parcels to 4,000 families � provide hygiene kits to 2,000 families � provide financial support in the form of cash to 2,000 families and � provide blankets to 1,000 families.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand calls for an immediate ceasefire, asking both the Israeli military to cease its attacks on Gaza and Hamas to end its rocket attacks. Caritas Director Michael Smith said "An immediate permanent ceasefire is needed to enable the sick and wounded to be adequately treated. Innocent people are suffering and humanitarian assistance is desperately needed.""


(Caritas Aotearoa (Catholic; New Zealand based): speaking via AlertNet (Secular) 12 / Jan / 2009)

Caritas Internationalis is the umbrella organization of over 160 humanitarian organizations worldwide. It is a mainly Catholic relief organization, but employs, and helps persons of other backgrounds also.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Gaza Strip/Israel: Middle East; Eurasia: United nations Operating again

(Social Justice South Africa)

Article by Marc Aupiais

With GPS co-ordinate sharing, and a guarantee from Israel: the United Nations (UN), has decided to re-enter into humanitarian operations in the Gaza Strip. Israel says it will withdraw, when their citizens are safe from terrorism: manifested in rocket-fire into Israel. Both sides, have: as was to be expected: rejected a UN Security Council: call for immediate ceasefire: Israel called this impractical; and with an American Abstention: there really is no reason, practically speaking, except a withdrawal by Hamas: or negotiations which they see as beneficial: for real hope of these efforts to cause Israel to withdraw: as American support, and the pleas of support of their terrorized population: of the operation: means more to Israel; that the United Nations combined.

Caritas Internationalis lauds the 3 hour breaks in bombings, by Israel; however, they want Israel to stop using a "disproportionate" amount of force, but rather, from their statement: it seems: for Israel: to protect their borders proportionately, and they desire rocket-fire from Hamas (actually an acronym in Arabic of "Islamic Resistance Movement") to stop. They have called the UN Human Rights Council: in Geneva; to investigate both sides under International Humanitarian Law.

They also desire a permanent ceasefire on both sides.

A flight to Israel, with humanitarian medical supplies for those in Gaza: arranged by Catholic, society, and government in South Africa: should arrive around January 20th. To contribute to this: there are details here:

http://southafricancatholic.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-to-help-those-in-gaza-press-release.html

Caritas Internationalis; among others call for investigation, and permanent ceasefire

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Caritas internationalis (Catholic; independent; humanitarian organization) 09 / 01 / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Caritas Internationalis, an Umbrella organization of Catholic relief organizations: has called for an investigation of actions of both sides in the conflict in the Gaza Strip: asking that all violations of International Law on both sides: be investigated: and that Israel stop using a "disproportionate" amount of force to protect themselves, and Hamas stop rocket fire into the Gaza Strip. It has called both sides to respect International Law.

In Catholic doctrine, there is a proportionate amount of force, which one can use to protect themselves. Caritas Internationalis makes this request, for an investigation: to the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Switzerland. They have said that the three hour lapses in bombings, by Israel, are a start, but that a permanent ceasefire is needed in the area.

Sri Lanka; Asia: Catholic Bishop calls Army to protect civilians: while fighting tigers: after collateral damage inflicted

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f UCAN NEWS (Asian; Independent; Catholic) 08 / Jan / 2009 )

Article by Marc Aupiais

As the Sri lankan army advances against the Tamil Tiger (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)) separatists, in Sri Lanka: the Catholic Bishop in the area: has called on the Sri Lankan army to avoid civilian casualties. Several have already been casualty to aerial bombing, which the bishop has called the Army to hault when dealing with highly populated areas; or more directly: he has said to save civilians from mortar, and aerial bombardment: possibly allowing for strategic strikes: although he does not mention these.

The Bishop of Jaffna, has said that he believes the army has hit civilian targets with aerial bombings, and is calling for them to save civilians from Mortar, and aerial bombardment.

The Sri Lankan army will now need to pursue the rebels in a highly populated area, if they desire immediate victory. Much like the situation in the Gaza Strip, this one demands caution on the part of a largely: morally/doctrinally speaking, somewhat: justified army: so as not to take unjustified actions, or do possibly immoral damage to innocent bystanders.

The Bishop's: Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam's appeal to: President Mahinda Rajapaksa; of Sri lanka: does not seem to be a request that they do not pursue the Tigers, but that they be cautious about how they go about routing them out: so as to minimize civilian: non-combatant: losses.

Manila; Philippines: government wants mineral investment; and to cut off rebels from gold mines

(Social Justice South Africa; C.f. Reuters (Secular; Independent; British) 08 / 01 / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Philippine army plans in 2009: to take a small mining region from rebel hands. The region funds Maoist (Communist)rebel recruitment across the country. Rebels have raided local industry, for goods, and have attacked infrastructure, including a mobile phone center: in order to get funding for their civil war initiatives. The army blames an Islamic Insurgency last year: in the south, high fuel prices, and a humanitarian crisis, for failing to destroy 40 rebel bases they had promised to destroy last year. They plan to destroy all Maoist bases by 2010.

The Philippines is planing to attract hundreds of millions in mining investment this year, making this operation of a perceived special interest to their government.

A recent law past: allowing 100 percent ownership of mines. Those apposing some mining investments: include Catholic representation. The Philippines is demographically: considered largely Catholic.

South Sudan; North Africa: Ugandan "Lord's Resistance Army": accused of attacking Sudanese villagers

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Reuters (Secular; British; Independent) 08 / Jan / 2009 ; BBC World News (Secular; British; Government) 01 / Jan / 2009 )

Article by Marc Aupiais

Western Equatoria, a region in southern Sudan, has accused the Ugandan LRA (Lord's Resistance Army): of killing 38 Sudanese villagers (accusations are by the governor of the area: Jemma Nunu Kumba). The LRA has recently been pushed back from positions in the Congo. Caritas Internationalis: a humanitarian grouping: claims that about 400 people were killed in LRA raids over the Christmas period, including many in a Catholic Church.

Accusations of dismemberment, the bashing of a baby against a tree, and throwing a man in a fire, are just some of these surfacing from South Sudanese authorities. Ugandan, Congolese (DRC), and southern Sudanese troops were involved in recent offensives against the LRA. After a brief silent period in December, ending with offenses against the Ugandan Rebels: who have displaced about 2 million Ugandan civilians, and whose leaders are wanted in the Hague (International Criminal Court) for war crimes: The LRA, has since been accused of a spate of brutal, even primitive massacres of civilians.

Many of their outposts in the DRC, have been irradiated in bombings, but their leadership(including:their elusive commander: Joseph Kony), which is wanted for trial in the International Criminal Court(ICC): have yet to be caught.

Recently, the BBC, reported of fears that the LRA, were heading towards CAR, after the recent offenses against them in a national park (Garamba).

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Vatican City;Europe / Israel: Pope and Cardinal on "Concentration Camp" Statement of official

(Social Justice South Africa ; c.f. Reuters (British; Secular; Independent) 08 / Jan / 2009 ; BBC World News (British; Government; Secular) 08 / Jan / 2008 )

Article by Marc Aupiais

In a small proof: that one must be very careful in choice of words: statements; comparing the Gaza Strip, to a "Concentration Camp": because of the fact civilians are unable to move out: due to conflict, and politics: have caused massive insult.

Cardinal Renato Martino: of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; has caused Jewish people to say: the comparison: is not fitting; that a concentration camp is worse. The Cardinal later stated; that he also condemned Hamas; and related his statement to the walls: but those who had been in a concentration camp: were not impressed. Pope Benedict; in his state of the world address: again emphasized a need to condemn violence. The Majority of those in the Catholic church are neutral on the matter, with a few officials, and organizations breaking ranks. Israel called the statements by the Cardinal Renato Martino: president of the Ponitical Council for Justice and Peace: Hamas propaganda.

Iran has been accused of possibly funding the wars of Hamas and Hezbolla, by the BBC, in an article on rocket attacks from Lebanon into Israel. France and Egypt, have both been working at a peace deal: in which they had a near miss previously: with Israel accepting conditionally a peace deal, which they did not adhere to, when Hamas (initials for "Islamic Resistance Movement" in the Arabic dialect): rejected these: wanting open borders.

This latest battleground situation: started with seemingly unprovoked rocket-fire by Hamas militants, into Israel: after a 6-month truce. A number of people, including an infant, and a number of buildings, including one for child-care: on the Israeli side: have been hit. Hamas, has in turn: since been hit in outposts throughout the densely populated: Gaza strip: wherein certain sources believe there is a massive humanitarian situation: caused partly by Collateral Damage: on Israel's part, which they claim is because militants purposely fire from civilian areas.

UN (United Nations) officials on the ground: deny accusations by Israel, and by a Canadian newspaper: that there were militants in the area around a UN school. The UN, recently suspended aid in to the Gaza Strip: since an incident where Israeli troops were accused by the UN of shooting at some of their aid workers. We are unsure, what allegedly provoked the alleged attack.

Meanwhile: amongst calls by the ANC's "King maker" allies: COSATU; and by protesters who marched on Parliament yesterday: to call for sanctions against Israel: a Jewish association: has lamented the anti-Jewish sentiment, they believe they are experiencing: in South Africa: and have reminded the seemingly pro-Hamas: ANC controlled: South African government: who it is who started the attack in the first place. Racism, Bigotry, and hate speech, are not uncommon in South Africa; despite constitutional clauses against these. It is more than just possible: that those with a hatred for Jewish culture, beliefs, and people: have been misusing this situation: for their own unconstitutional means.

Often, support for one side of the other, springs from hatred of a culture, or religion, often based on, what many would consider: misleadingly superstitious religious beliefs. I personally, have even seen some who hope there will never be peace in the Middle East: believing that it will warrant the end of the world. These same people often believe the Catholic church to be evil... and many other things: but it is simply more proof, of how biased many viewing the conflict are.

The point is, that because of the location of this battle, and the players in it: and propaganda due to it: there is a harsh situation, whereby those who harbor hatred of one or other group: chose to air it, and those attempting to stop it: need to be careful of how they phrase the situation.

The alleged connection with Iran, is actually quite credible, according to the BBC: who say that Iran makes very little effort in denying accusations from Israel: especially , as credible as the connection between DRC rebels, and the Rwandan authorities: also noted by BBC. Who noted Rwandan troops operating in the conflict area, and these troops: have also been noted as apparently shooting down a UN helicopter in the African nation. Iran itself, desire the destruction of Israel. According to the BBC: they do not want a deal: which prevents smuggling of Iranian weaponry into Palestine.

A possible reason for the way in which Hamas is responding to this situation: could well be tied with the Iranian government. Iran, has no benefit from peace in th Gaza Strip.

Israeli-Vatican tensions have been heightened since the Cardinal Renato Martino: of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, used what can only be a metaphor to concentration camps.

Pope Benedict XVI, has not taken sides: but laments the violence, and civilian casualties. He still has done so: after the statements were made: according to Reuters; making it seem that these were the personal; views of the person who said them: and not the view of the Vatican: who are more concerned with collateral damage, and sustainability of peace: than with who is guilty of what offense: at least: at the moment; such, it appears from the outside: is the case.

Gaza Strip, palestine: Update: UN withdraws from Gaza Strip aid: Obama still silent, but speaks on US economy: a look at Iran

(Social Justice South Africa)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The BBC (Secular; British; Government): is reporting that the United Nations (UN), is halting aid into the Gaza Strip, due to an incident, of Israeli troops: allegedly shooting at UN workers.

Condemnations have began to triple in from throughout the world: for Israel; including from Caritas Wales. As they find themselves: in an increasingly difficult political situation, and losing th propaganda war even more badly than before: and in more countries. Israel: also now faces the threat of Hezbolla. Those, who have always desired a genocide against the Jewish people, are looking more and more to have a natural publicity advantage. Somehow: in this region, for the longest time: world media: has always viewed Israel and their surroundings; as though with a different standard.

With this move by the UN in the area, the humanitarian situation can only get worse: but the region, has become a tinderbox: for conflict. The world continues to, and will: it seems: continue to tolerate hate speech, and calls for genocide against a valid people, who have seen this realized, and could in the near future, see this happen again.

Meanwhile: Barak Obama, who has insisted: that he does not want to divide authority in America: between two "Presidents": through advisors: has spoken on the economic crisis in America: hinting that he has politically chosen to ignore the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip; and like the Euthanasia incident: he seems to bear politics, extremely well: but not focus on those on the ground.

At least 40 targets: according to E News (South African; Secular) have been hit in air-strikes today. Protesters, in South Africa marched on Parliament today: calling for a blockade of Israeli goods. Again: largely missing: is notation: that Hamas: is not only the original protagonist , but just as guilty, and insanely callas, as Israel is on this issue.

While a French-Egyptian peace deal continues to be brokered for the area. Any real future peace: needs justice: those on both sides committing, or ordering human rights abuses need to be brought to book. Biased perspectives: offered by many of this situation: need to be ridden away from the scene.


The following is a BBC definition of Hamas: or
"Islamic Resistance Movement":

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1654510.stm

We would like to emphasize: that many media sources on this: are relying on external facts. The BBC; is probably still the best source on this issue. They are also the fastest, in our perspective: at present at getting accurate, or semi-accurate news out of the region.

An article of theirs: also links funding of Hezbolla, and Hamas: to Iran: who they say: do not make any real effort at denying this. They said this: when analyzing the recent possibly "Hezbolla" missile strikes on Israel, in an article.

We still believe there is more to this situation than meets the eye. The strategy of Hamas: is either suicide: or insanity, or else: the moving of a larger body, in a bigger war-plan. The seeming co-ordination apparent: in Lebanon, and Palestine, and the cautiousness of Iran at this stage: seems odd.

We (Social Justice South Africa) still maintain; that both sides need to be pushed towards peace: and any condemnation: must be aimed at both sides, and that a proper investigation, and accountable punishment: of human rights abusers on both sides: must occur: to move forward. Also: the possibility of Iranian funding of this needs to be looked into: if Israel must be condemned, and perhaps others: then accusations of Iranian arms and funding being used: need to be looked into: and Iran should not be allowed to get away with anything like this: if accurate.

DRC: Congo: Great Lakes Region: Africa: Two more Ebola Deaths: cases since november: 13 deaths, 42 infections?

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f ; South African catholic 06/01/2009 IOL (Secular; South African; Independent) 07/01/2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The BBC (Secular; British; Government): is reporting that the United Nations (UN), is halting aid into the Gaza Strip, due to an incident, of Israeli troops: allegedly shooting at UN workers.

Condemnations have began to triple in from throughout the world: for Israel; including from Caritas Wales. As they find themselves: in an increasingly difficult political situation, and losing th propaganda war even more badly than before: and in more countries. Israel: also now faces the threat of Hezbolla. Those, who have always desired a genocide against the Jewish people, are looking more and more to have a natural publicity advantage. Somehow: in this region, for the longest time: world media: has always viewed Israel and their surroundings; as though with a different standard.

With this move by the UN in the area, the humanitarian situation can only get worse: but the region, has become a tinderbox: for conflict. The world continues to, and will: it seems: continue to tolerate hate speech, and calls for genocide against a valid people, who have seen this realized, and could in the near future, see this happen again.

Meanwhile: Barak Obama, who has insisted: that he does not want to divide authority in America: between two "Presidents": through advisors: has spoken on the economic crisis in America: hinting that he has politically chosen to ignore the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip; and like the Euthanasia incident: he seems to bear politics, extremely well: but not focus on those on the ground, nor can one absolve him from his vote on allowing infanticide for failed abortions. He bears politics well, but this does not seem good for human rights. In fact, his promises to extend the textbook American Genocide of article 2 section d definition: abortion: and his other historically extreme stances against human rights issues are worrying. His desire to further fund Abortion firm Planned Parenthood, and his choices of appointments: are scary. He seems more focused on Abortion, and promoting such: than on economics: this is only proven in background checks done on his candidates.

At least 40 targets: according to E News (South African; Secular) have been hit in air-strikes today. Protesters, in South Africa marched on Parliament today: calling for a blockade of Israeli goods. Again: largely missing: is notation: that Hamas: is not only the original protagonist , but just as guilty, and insanely callas, as Israel is on this issue.

While a French-Egyptian peace deal continues to be brokered for the area. Any real future peace: needs justice: those on both sides committing, or ordering human rights abuses need to be brought to book. Biased perspectives: offered by many of this situation: need to be ridden away from the scene.


The following is a BBC definition of Hamas: or
"Islamic Resistance Movement":

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1654510.stm

We would like to emphasize: that many media sources on this: are relying on external facts. The BBC; is probably still the best source on this issue. They are also the fastest, in our perspective: at present at getting accurate, or semi-accurate news out of the region.

An article of theirs: also links funding of Hezbolla, and Hamas: to Iran: who they say: do not make any real effort at denying this. They said this: when analyzing the recent Hezbolla missile strikes on Israel, in an article.

We still believe there is more to this situation than meets the eye. The strategy of Hamas: is either suicide: or insanity, or else: the moving of a larger body, in a bigger war-plan. The seeming co-ordination apparent: in Lebanon, and Palestine, and the cautiousness of Iran at this stage: seems odd.

We (Social Justice South Africa) still maintain; that both sides need to be pushed towards peace: and any condemnation: must be aimed at both sides, and that a proper investigation, and accountable punishment: of human rights abusers on both sides: must occur: to move forward. Also: the possibility of Iranian funding of this needs to be looked into: if Israel must be condemned, and perhaps others: then accusations of Iranian arms and funding being used: need to be looked into: and Iran should not be allowed to get away with anything like this: if accurate.

Ireland: Sex abuse investigation continues, bishop defiant, despite comments by prelates

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Catholic Culture (Catholic; American; Independent) 07 / Jan / 2009; South African Catholic (affiliated)06/01/2009 )

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Irish government is expected to expand a probe into sexual abuse by clergy, and the alleged mishanding of this: by certain clergy in Ireland: icluding one bishop: Bishop John Magee of the Diocese of Cloyne, who has been slated in the press: as not obeying church, or state suggestions: and whose actions have been questioned by two prelates:

Cardinal Sean Brady of the Archdiocese of Armagh, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of the Archdiocese of Dublin.

The Latter prelate: has said that it is up to Bishop: John Magee; whether or not to resign, but a news survey found many thought he had lost the moral high ground needed for the job.

Government plans to further the investigation, have met a mixed reaction. Those supporting the embattled Bishop of Cloyne: have accused an investigating body: commissioned by the church to look into the issue: of falsely slandering the bishop.

The Catholic church in Ireland, apparently: is making great leaps towards accountability, having recently: published documents on sexual abuse cases.

Cases in the Catholic church, are some of the lowest in the world, the reason why these have warranted so much public attention, is that these were often mishandled on a local level. Those objecting, were quieted.

Since Pope Benedict XVI has entered office: his public apology: has been mirrored throughout the world: including by a recent penance walk: by an Irish Priest, who wanted to walk for the reparation of his fellows: for their sin against God and church. Real progress: is now being made: towards quenching this, and other scandals: which have rocked the western world.

Benedict XVI: has always been famed for a diplomatic ability: recently epitomized in Liturgical changes: including the exclusion of the word ____ (The name of God: given to Abraham: and kept via verbal tradition) from public worship, for the Jews, and a return to a more direct translation of the Mass: to acomodate the SSPX: a group whose leaders, and founder are excommunicated.

Benedict XVI: is praised both for diplomacy, as well as for his symbolic, and practical combating of the sexual abuse scandal. The Irish Bishops, do not appear to be standing by the Bishop: John Magee, who has raised public anger.

They also: have not attempted a forced resignation: rather: they are leaving the situation in the hands of the Police, and of the Bishop, and Vatican.

The government recently asked: that all priests sign that they will obey child protection regulations. The Church itself agrees with this: and investigations, and findings: are by those commissioned by them.

A seeming move to transparency and openness: in Ireland: is a great improvement on this issue. In many parts of the world: priests, and bishops have joined a renewal: of teaching sound Catholic doctrine and ethics.

Great Lakes Region, Africa: Ugandan Rebels: LRA: want peacefire

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. IOL (South African; Secular; Independent) 06 / 01 / 2009; AlertNet (article by Reuters: British; Secular; Independent) 07 / 01 / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Sorry for the lag in articles, we have been doing important local work, but are resuming service properly, we have of course: kept news, but have not published stories on all of it here.

On Tuesday: the "Lord's Resistance Army" (LRA): accused of mass murder by the Catholic Umbrella (Social Justice/ Humanitarian/ Charity) grouping: Caritas Internationalis, among others, but still denying many claims: has desperately called for a peace treaty: after the armies of three nations joined in offensive to drive the group accused of massive human rights abuses: from the (DRC) Congo.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the (DRC) country, it was reported by Reuters: yesterday, that a mediator: of talks which occur in Kenya: has asked for a temporary ceasefire, between the Congolese government: and these other rebels. This second conflict is the one which made most major news stations, after tens of thousands fled their homes. The first made newspapers: with the attack of a Catholic church, and slaughter of those inside of it.

Gaza Strip Situation, Middle East: Lebanon Factor: Hezbolla may have entered the fray: at least 3 missiles, maybe five: launched against Northern Isra

(Social Justice South Africa; Scripturelink Voters guide; C.f. BBC World News (Secular; British; Government) 08 / Jan / 2009; CWNews (Catholic; American; Independent) 07 / Jan / 2009; CWNews (Catholic; American; Independent) 07/01/2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

BBC World News is reporting that the Israeli and Lebanese authorities confirm the launching of three missiles from southern Lebanon, into Northern Israel: creating a situation: where Israel is now being attacked from both sides: complicating the war: as Egypt, and France, are still attempting a ceasefire between Hamas, and Israel. While three are confirmed, some reports, are said to put it at five, according to the BBC.

The attacks (BBC World News (Secular; British; Government) 08 / Jan / 2009) wounded two Israelis, and shell-shocked others. They follow a rise in anti-Israeli rhetoric, by Hezbolla, and 60 Israeli air-strikes on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as well as renewed Israeli interest in a ceasefire.

The Previous war between Israel, and Hezbolla: happened on the back of a conflict between Israel, and Hamas: according to BBC World News. Hezbolla, recently became a major threat to Lebanon again, threatening civil war, over objections to spy networks they had amassed.

Hezbolla, like Hamas: is an obstacle to democracy: in the country in which they are based. Both have as a final goal: the annihilation of Israel, and the destruction of her people. Both: have gained what they have: via brute force, and propaganda. Neither group: is a state: both are known terrorist groupings: whose methods almost always involve the actions of terror tactics, and brute force, or calls for violence, and or propaganda: or political maneuvering, or the like.

Meanwhile the president of Indonesia (according to CWNews (Catholic; American; Independent) 07 / Jan / 2009), has called the Israel-Hamas conflict: not religious, but political: a move by a largely (about 88%) Muslim nation, which is a statement, and move of aid, or rather: benefit, and advantage: to Israel: who have been made to face protests by Muslims, which have dotted, or cross-hashed across many nations within the the Global Scene: Canadian versions of such protests, were met by pro-Israeli Protests, meaning that those protesting, represented the two different sides independently: however: protests in the Islamic world have largely been anti-Israeli. This move by Indonesia, which is another move by an Islamic nation: saying that the conflict is political: also is of aid to any peace process, as Israel, whatever their methods, are attempting to protect their sovereignty, something which is endangered by protests and condemnation: which: if aimed only at Israel: further complicate the entire situation.

A new, tougher stance; by Israel's previously more moderate government: may have been shown recently: whether or not the Lebanon missiles were launched by Hamas, or Hamas sympathizers, or by Hezbolla, seems unclear. Further attacks, by terrorists, on the sovereignty of Israel: could result in an even worse situation, within the region as a whole. The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip is said to be severe: either caused by efforts, at propaganda: for the world: by Hamas, or by bombings, lack of water, and supplies, and the situation around deaths, and bombings: or by both.

Israel, recently accepted a peace agreement, which Hamas rejected: because Hamas desired open borders. However, since this attack, Hamas has become increasingly open to negotiations: something not apparent in a long time. Condemnations of Israel, out of highly partisan, and politically motivated: pro-Hamas nations, and notably out of South Africa: have done nothing to improve the situation much, rather: diplomacy: is credited with every advance gained for the people of Palestine: with Israel claiming: they will listen to their friends: a hinting that nations which distort the situation as purely their fault: will not be heard.

A reported: high level "Vatican" delegation to the Area, according to Catholic World News: is a myth: the only visit currently, by high level church representation, was already scheduled: and is thought not to be anything in addition. In fact, they say: this is an annual trip (CWNews (Catholic; American; Independent) 07/01/2009), and nothing more.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Political solutions: both sides becoming more open as conflict continues: expect statement from SA Bishops on humanitarian situation

(Scripturelink Voters Guide; Social Justice South Africa; c.f. CBS News (American; Secular; independent) 07 / 01 / 2009 )

Article by Marc Aupiais

A peace agreement: accepted by Israel, the Palestinian State ("Authority"), Egypt, and France, and proposed by Egypt and France: to halt the catastrophe in the Gaza Strip: has been rejected by Hamas: who are still waiting for borders to open, and sanctions to be dropped.

Hamas, and Israel: are at this point: both open to viewing non-combative solutions, according to CBS: however: any solution must stop Rocket fire on Israel, and Israel apparently wants assurance Hamas will not rearm. Hamas: wants open borders: so that they can communicate with the world, and trade with it.

South African Church to probably lament humanitarian situation; but not condemn either group

Expect a statement from the South African Catholic Bishops Conference, likely in accordance with other groupings: on the dire humanitarian situation on the ground. Despite talking with sources within the church, we remain, and will continue to remain independent. However, we may start publishing articles: covering some statements released by the local bishops, in as independent manner as we always do so: saying when things are us or others. We will however, either vet this, or do as with our emails from VIS, and Fides. We cannot reveal any source as to our statement about the local bishops likely releasing a statement. If our source is accurate, then you will see a statement. This is not due to a request, but due to certain parts of good practice.

Gaza Update; and viewpoint: a perspective; and some statistics

(Social Justice South Africa; Scripturelink voters Guide)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Israel claims that Hamas is a terrorist group. This is easily verifiable: any group, which is not a Nation, which takes a territory from a legitimate government, chases away observers, and both fires rockets on civilians, killing indiscriminately, and willfully: noncombatants: well: it sounds like a terrorist grouping.

It is claimed that there are large civilian casualties. As verified on the ground, by a Canadian Newspaper; this seems true, as with what they claim: that there are militants in the areas. The UN, however, claims that the attack on the UN school: is unjustified: and denies claims of militants in the area. The UN; being UN representation. Certain representatives of the UN, have periodically done things which are classified as Genocide by the Nations represented in it, again, it has a voice, but International journalists, and an investigation needs to be conducted, before clear facts are established.

Israel is stopping bombing of Gaza for three hours a day: to allow humanitarian aid in. It is thought by some to be due to pressure.

Israel's claims of minimization of Civilian casualties? Well: again; Gaza is densely populated, and Israel claims that Hamas is attempting to get cover from shooting from civilian areas, basically using Palestinians as Human Shields: and at Israeli civilians.

Hamas seems to have the goal of wiping Israel off the map; and does not recognize Israel as a state. A bit of Insider Information, from the anti-apartheid campaign: when someone is arrested: you make as much noise as possible: as it is how to get them out. The same goes for any political source. Exactly what is occuring: is still doubtful: as often: both sides will get as much support as possible from any side viable. In South Africa we have seen organizations supporting "human Rights"; as within the UN itself: being utterly partisan, and seemingly ignoring abuses of such. The UN recently awarded two high level pro-abortion campaigners: awards for their "contribution" to humanity. The UN, is not infallible, and is as partisan as its local structures.

Israel: has of course pointed to other wars, of Western Nations: including that in Afghanistan; and in Iraq: and the what sounded like the Falklands: in attempting to justify attacks.

They still claim: that the moment Israel is safe from rocket-fire: is the moment they withdraw. Their battle is increasingly gaining bad press in some nations: due to a lapse in publicity campaigns: and their propaganda war. When America invaded Iraq: their propaganda war was highly successful: papers across the world: aired their propaganda about "Weapons of Mass Destruction" in Iraq. Israel could have made wiser decisions: the 72 hour truce suggested: to allow in humanitarian aid: an allowance of the BBC or the like of EuroNews: into Gaza: may have done much: maintaining only air-strikes: could also have been more politically wise.

Some politicians: in Israel: desire the annihilation of Hamas from the scene, but the largely "moderate" government in power: still: is only claiming to be attempting to stop rocket fire.

The fact remains: Hamas; is not a government, not democratically elected, not a state, and not sovereign. They have seized the Gaza Strip: by force: from a legitimate government. They have smuggled in weapons, and are attacking civilians daily. An Israeli infant has been reported as a casualty of a terrorist strike. Hamas has chased away international observers, which were meant to watch smuggling: and consistently there is propaganda spewed throughout the Gaza Strip.

Israel itself, either out of distrust, or as they claim: for their safety; or to cover up what is happening: is not allowing in International Journalists.

Israel, has decided to invade a highly populated area: choosing war: rather than sanctions; and limited tactical bombings, or Police work; with Egypt, which could have aided the situation.

This could be partly due to the unfair partisan way in which many nations have treated Israel: this attack: could well be giving them the same press: as sanctions would have had: in many nations.


If Hamas is a terrorist group which they are, and if they are holding the people of Gaza, as media material, or "Human Shields", then this situation, is much the same: as though terrorists had taken a school: how do governments deal with this: via negotiations; via snipers, via tactical force: which is sure: not to hit civilians, if possible, or via arrests, and court appearances, of possible.

I know of; indirectly (I would be ashamed if they were my friends): many people, including South African politicians: who went to Iraq to be human shields, during the Second Gulf War. It is still the duty, of a civilized authority, not to hit human shields: if viable; at least: I don't think they are combatants: even if they are extremely foolish; after all: companies can't saw environmentalists chained to trees apart.

None the less: an immediate ceasefire by Israel: may be impractical, if not politically impossible to achieve.

Diplomacy and a desire to impress, has seen Israel allow humanitarian aid in, has created suggestions of three hour breaks daily, and has resulted in America largely ignoring the current war. This same desire to impress: is being followed by authorities: which were seen as too weak in their positions on Hamas; and have now regained some "credibility", with their constituencies: something which cannot be ruled out: as a cause of their invasion: their counterstrike.

Until an international non-partisan, independent force is allowed to investigate this situation: it is impossible to know where, when or if each side is breaking international law. Yes, direct terrorist attacks do break the law: Hamas: is a terrorist group: but Israel, is like the owner of the house which is attacked: they too, can be justly arrested if they abuse burglars.

An international tribunal needs to do something about Hamas, they must be Isolated, funding must be cut off, they must be disbanded and arrested. They are the cause of this situation: but if Israel, has mistreated the little child Hamas has brought with: to rob their house: then something must be done. There is no question that what Hamas is doing is both illegal, and terrorism, and unjustifiable evil. Only groups, like South Africa's Communist Affiliated: ANC controlled: government can ignore this. The question is: how legitimate are Israeli claims, that they are acting either as best as possible in extenuating circumstances: or obeying international law.

The real question is not whether Hamas is justified: they are not. The question, is whether or not Israel is obeying international law: and how Israel can act in the right way to sort this situation out. Hamas cannot be expected to do so: they are terrorists, and criminals: if we understand international law. The question: is not whether or not Israel has the right to defend themselves: there is always muttering about them: even when they do something good: the question: is as to their choice of methods in doing so.

A way to withdraw from this war: pride intact: must be given to Israel: or at least, a manner in which some victory (I am not speaking of military, but in general)may be won, by the group. Either, a win-win situation must be gained, or a win-lose: where the loser thinks they have also achieved what they can. Israel: is only doing so, in evidence of how sick the Israeli people are of living in war, in terror.

In the same way: as police brutality is something which is lamented: Israel; could be abusing its position, and going beyond the rights which the International Community gives them, but while any rational person should express worry over statistics; until the fog of war clears, it is unclear what we are dealing with at all.

It was just as unclear in the Russia-Georgia conflict recently; where it is now though by many: that both nations had broken international law.

As it is, the high casualties experienced: must be investigated: and leaving the situation, as is: can no longer be tolerated: the International Community: must force through, even quietly: a way for permanent peace.

Gaza Strip, palestine, Middle East: Israel: to hault bombings for three hours every day

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. BBC World News (Secular; British; Government))

Israel is to start giving breaks from some fighting (we have yet to confirm whether or not it is simply from air-strikes, but this seems the most likely option), from today: 3 hours a day: to allow civilians to recover. This according to BBC World News.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Spain a battle-ground? Spanish Catholic Church facing the socialist secularist government: born of an Al Qaeda Attack

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. New York Times (Secular; American; At times highly antagonistic) 05 Jan 2008)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Al Qaeda train bombings created a new era in Spanish politics, and social life. A radical socialist government: has emerged: which legalized gay marriage, is radically for abortion and euthanasia: both defined as Genocide in article 2 of the United Nations declaration. Socialist, and Secularist: note, not secular: but secularist: the Spanish government: has enforced what affectively is a ban on religious ideas, symbols, and mentality: in the public realm. Crucifixes were removed from schools: via a lawsuit; a Nativity scene was removed from the State Attorneys' offices; and many a case has emerged.

Including the targeting of a judge: who saw a lesbian couple as unfit parents: in accordance with Psychological studies.

The New York Times: calls Spain: the battleground for Europe: where religion and Secularism: are fighting what they see as a final battle. Only about 30% of Spanish people attend mass regularly: as compared with Johannesburg's, about 1%, and less than 10% of Catholics: this is actually large. Unlike many other countries: Spain, like America: was bitten by a vampirous Al Qaeda: and in turn: became something else entirely.

While we don't endorse the New York Times: their articles are often very well written. We have provided a link. Please be weary, not all their articles are acceptable to our service.

There are still large Catholic Nations in Europe, other than Spain: but the Spanish secularism; is the most rabid, and dangerous in Europe: whereby: a victory for religious freedom in Spain: against the radical socialist, secularist Spanish socialist left party: could be duplicated elsewhere in Europe.

Durban, Kwazulu-Natal: South Africa: Xenaphobia resurfaces: one dead, two injured

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. News 24 (Secular; South African: Article by DPA) 06/01/2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Durban's Mercury: is reporting: that one man jumped from a building, dying, and two were seriously injured, by a mob, who took it upon themselves to attack the foreigners.

Kwazulu-Natal: an ANC stronghold: has repeatedly been the scene of violence between ANC supporters, and IFP supporters, with house burnings, and violence. It is a real fear, that this will resurface with elections. A picture of the armed mob: assaulting the building, appeared in the Mercury. Refugee camps: to house foreigners: after dozens of deaths: have since, largely been closed: with residents: deported, or forced to "integrate".

Images: of a foreigner: burning, having been set alight: are still fresh in the global consciousness. Violence: over political beliefs is common in South Africa; and these beliefs: are often very influenced by tribal views.

Orissa, India: Top Indian court tells Orissa Officials: Protect Christian community, or Step down: Christians in the Areas have suffered a genocide

(Social Justice South Africa; Catholic Watchdog South Africa; c.f. Catholic World News (Catholic; Independent) 06/01/2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

India's top court has lamented: that it took +-50 000 people to flee their homes: before any protection to Christians: was given. Christians: who were raped, beaten up, murdered, and had possessions, and property: either stolen or burnt, have suffered "Ethnic Cleansing", Blitz, or Genocide: since Hinduist sectarians: have attacked them: blaming an assassination, of a radical leader: conducted by Maoist Rebels, on Christians: instead of on those claiming responsibility: and using this to springboard a genocide.

The Court: has demanded: that minority rights be protected: claiming that the government must either start to protect Christians, who still are endangered by roaming mobs of Hindu Nationalists, thought still to be operating, or these authorities should resign. It also lamented the fact: that no protection was afforded Christians: before the 50 000 or so fled their homes.

Nuns were arrested for crimes, such as kidnapping, of orphans in their care: which it was later proven (after arrests) that they did not do: and authorities have been accused of covering up negligence. Authority forces: have also been accused of standing by, doing nothing: as mobs attacked, beat up, stole from, and abused: minority Christians. Forced conversions: proved by violence to be done against fellow Christians: have occurred.

South Africa's the "Times" and "Sunday Times", has published several "letters" attacking Christians in India: in their articles section online. The paper: has regularly presented a certain view of Christianity.

India, recently fell foul of a terrorist attack, which authorities in India: are blaming on a Pakistani militant group.

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