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Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.rw) 2014 Abridged Report

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first_imgUchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.rw)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileUchumi Supermarket Limited is a leading retail group based in Kenya offering customers a wide selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, bread and pastries as well as a range of local merchandise which includes appliances and home decor. The group has 20 stores located in major towns and cities in Kenya; including Nairobi, Karatina, Meru, Eldoret, Kericho, Juja, Mombasa and Kisumu. Uchumi Supermarket Limited also has stores in Uganda and Tanzania, and recently extended its footprint to include Rwanda. The company owns and manages Kasarani Mall Limited, a property management subsidiary. Uchumi Supermarket Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Pakistan’s Christians faithful and resilient in face of persecution

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first_img April 17, 2015 at 7:52 pm Jesus preached “love they neighbor”, and Fr. Patrick is the manifestation of that teaching wherever he goes. Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Very Rev. Patrick Augustine, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin, lays the foundation stone for a new Christian church near Muzzaffarabad during a recent solidarity visit to Pakistan.[Episcopal News Service] Pakistan is one of the world’s most troubling epicenters for terrorism where minorities are targeted by religious extremists for having different beliefs or affiliations. Yet the persecuted Christian community – 1.5 percent of 180 million people – remains steadfast in faith despite the daily persecution they face.Last month, two bomb blasts in a Christian neighborhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 17 people and wounded more than 70 as worshipers attended Sunday Mass at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church, a Church of Pakistan church and a member of the Anglican Communion.“Messages of love and support have flooded in, and churches and agencies around the Anglican Communion are working together to ensure an effective and coordinated practical response as well as continued prayer,” according to a news release from the Anglican Alliance, which connects and strengthens the development, relief and advocacy activities of churches, agencies and networks of the Anglican Communion.On a recent conference call with representatives of Anglican Communion churches and agencies, Bishop Irfan Jamil of the Diocese of Lahore talked about the priorities for his church and community after the bombings.Jamil and his team have been visiting the bereaved and those injured by the bomb blasts, the release said. Episcopal Relief & Development has sent a solidarity grant to enable the church to respond to those in need following the attacks.The Church of Pakistan (United) and the Roman Catholic Church held a joint funeral service for the victims. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby joined the service by phone and his prayers were translated and shared with the mourners.“Bishop Jamil inspired those on the [conference] call with his emphasis on the role of church leaders in building peace, harmony and mutual understanding and with his message to the Anglican Communion to continue to stand alongside the Church in Pakistan in these times of trauma,” the release said.The most devastating attack in Pakistan happened in September 2013 when two suicide bombers targeted All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar at the end of a Sunday worship service, killing 127 people and injuring 170. Many of the victims were women and children.Bishop Samuel Azariah of the Diocese of Raiwind, moderator of the Church of Pakistan, spoke with Episcopal News Service shortly after that tragic day, saying that even after years of intense persecution from religious extremists, the Christian population in Pakistan is growing in numbers. “Nothing will dampen our spirits. Bombing, murder, burning, shooting will not dampen our spirits and our commitment to Jesus Christ,” he said.Bishop of Peshawar Humphrey Peters said in an Easter message last week that the terrorist attacks “have left a permanent scar on the memory and soul of the Christian community of Pakistan … On the one hand, all these threats, incidents of violence and targeted persecution dishearten the Christian community of Pakistan. But on the other, it has strengthened the faith and … their commitment of faithfulness with Lord Jesus Christ.”It was this resilience and deep faith that the Very Rev. Patrick Augustine experienced when he visited Pakistan earlier this year as an expression of solidarity with the Christian community there.Members of the congregation at All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar.The Pakistan-born rector of Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin, preached during Sunday worship on Jan. 25 at the now-heavily guarded All Saints, built in the ancient bazaar of the old city Peshawar in 1865. He found a church that is thriving and full of faithful Christians. “I was touched by the power and commitment of their faith,” he told ENS.“The terrorists believe they have a cause to impose Islam by violent force, beheadings and detonating explosives to kill those whose belief systems differ,” he added. “Suffering is everywhere and it has overwhelmed our humanity.”Christians in Pakistan are “pounded by Islamists in brutal suicide bombings, daily harassment and imprisonments,” Augustine said.Following Sunday morning worship at All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar, the Very Rev. Patrick Augustine prays with a family that lost several relatives in the bomb blasts of September 2013.There is the prominent case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five who was arrested in June 2009 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad – which she denies – and sentenced to death by hanging. She is still in a Pakistani jail despite almost 1 million people worldwide appealing for her release. Some blasphemy charge cases receive high profile in the media, but thousands more go unreported.Pakistani blasphemy law identifies it as a crime to defile the Holy Quran, with a possible sentence of life imprisonment. But offenses against the Prophet Muhammad may be punishable by death.“This draconian law is a sword hanging over every Christian’s head. Once accused, the individual is at risk from zealous Islamists who believe that they earn merit with Allah by killing a blasphemer,” Augustine said. “Thousands of innocent people have been imprisoned and killed on false charges of blasphemy.”Augustine lamented the inaction of the Pakistan government, which, he says, “has allowed extreme Islamic groups to propagate hate … violence, intolerance and spread extreme ideas into ordinary mosques and community centers.”But Augustine – who in 2012 was awarded the Cross of St. Augustine by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in recognition of his contributions internationally to evangelism, ecumenism, and peace and reconciliation between faiths – said that “people want peace. We live in a world fashioned by God so that we all need one another as members of the human family. There are people of goodwill among both Christians and Muslims. I beg all people of goodwill to speak out and not fall prey as silent spectators.”The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council at its March meeting passed a resolution condemning the use of religion for the purpose of advancing political agendas “directed at terrorizing, victimizing, and oppressing individuals and communities and impairing their ability to enjoy basic human rights because of their religious beliefs and social, ethnic, class, caste, gender, and national affiliations.”The resolution also calls on the world’s governments “to confront the reality of religious persecution, protect religious minorities and civilians within the framework of international and humanitarian law, address political exclusion and economic desperation that are being manipulated by the forces of extremists, scale up humanitarian and development assistance to host countries and trusted NGOs, and accept for resettlement a fair share of the most vulnerable people where return to their countries of origin is impossible.”The Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds, Middle East partnership officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, said: “We sometimes hear the term ‘Christian presence’ in the Middle East and it sounds passive and lacking in vitality when the truth of the matter for those who live there is quite different. The Christian presence throughout the region is about Christians whose family and religious roots reach back to the time of Christ. These are not sojourners in a strange and foreign land, but people whose lives are an integral part of the landscape, the history, the culture and the traditions which have and continue to shape each generation.”The presence of the Christian churches throughout the region “provides the language of love of God and all neighbors which is in danger of being silenced,” Edmunds added. “We in the West must continue to give these atrocities visibility both in terms of solidarity with our brother and sister Christians, but to encourage political leaders to seek lasting and durable solutions for peace for the benefit of all. To lose the Christian voice in the region would be catastrophic for the future.”Augustine’s friends, family and parishioners expressed concern about him visiting Pakistan at such a volatile time. But on his journey, Augustine said that he found countless signs of hope and unexpected surprises.The Very Rev. Patrick Augustine with youth leaders of the Diocese of Peshawar, some of whom were injured and lost family members in the bomb blasts at All Saints Anglican Church.One early Sunday morning in February, Augustine and 20 Christians from Islamabad drove for four hours to be with a Christian family near Muzzaffarabad. The family has been living there since 1933, but they are the only Christians in an otherwise exclusively Islamic area. Augustine described it as a deep privilege and a historical day as he relayed how he was asked to celebrate Holy Communion and preach, then lay the foundation of a church that will seat 50 people.On his first day of arrival in Islamabad, he visited a tailor’s shop with a friend. One of the Muslim brothers who run the shop asked Augustine to pray for him. When Augustine told him that he prays in the name of Jesus the brother said that he had no objection to that.As he was about to leave, the other two brothers approached Augustine and asked him to pray with them also. “I looked at them and saw in their eyes hunger for God for healing and blessing,” he said. “I laid my hands on them and asked God to bless them, their shop and bless Pakistan to be a land with peace. This was an amazing opportunity to experience in a land where Christians are discriminated and persecuted on daily basis.”Two days later, Peters, the bishop of Peshawar, received a phone call about an attack by a Muslim mob on a Christian-run school in the city of Bannu. The school has 1,800 students and 99 percent are Muslim. Peters and four clergy decided to leave immediately and Augustine was invited to accompany them. “It is a highly security-sensitive area and not many Americans would be able to make this dangerous journey. It was a privilege to go … and stand in solidarity with a suffering church,” Augustine said.The Very Rev. Patrick Augustine prays with the displaced Christian community in Bannu.Inside the compound, there were 200 Christian families internally displaced from the Waziristan area, a stronghold of Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces and the region where American drones have targeted terrorists.“One million are internally displaced,” Augustine said. “Christian families were living in refugee camps … and not given food and shelter. It has been an Anglican area since 1860s. The bishop invited Christians to pitch tents inside the church compound where the school and hospital are situated. They are able to provide education and medical help to Muslims and Christians in this city.“I spent one whole day visiting these displaced people, listening to their stories, holding hands and praying with them. … I did not get a sense that these people were ready to give up their faith, but that they were very strong, deeply rooted and committed to following Jesus in the way of the cross.”— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter of the Episcopal News Service. 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Prayers for him and our Pakistani brothers and sisters and the good people at Christ Church, La Crosse.Fr. Paul from St. George’s, St Louis Park, MN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC David Butler says: Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Pakistan’s Christians faithful and resilient in face of persecution Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Fr. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska By Matthew DaviesPosted Apr 14, 2015 Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Asia This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group last_img read more

Corisco Houses / RVdM Arquitectos

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first_img Year:  Year:  2012 Portugal Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 47 Share Corisco Houses / RVdM ArquitectosSave this projectSaveCorisco Houses / RVdM Arquitectos Architects: RVdM Arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” 2012 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/774972/corisco-houses-rvdm-arquitectos Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/774972/corisco-houses-rvdm-arquitectos Clipboardcenter_img Projects Corisco Houses / RVdM Arquitectos photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SGPhotographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SGSpecialities:JR Engenheiros, LdaArea:275 m2 to 295 m2Project:2004Architect In Charge:Ricardo Vieira de MeloDesign Team:Rui Rei, Ricardo Senos, Catarina Simões, Damião Santos, Jorge BritoCity:Santa JoanaCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGRecommended ProductsLightsLonghiLamp – AkileleEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaText description provided by the architects. It consists on 25 residential lots that are developed in three different types, divided into four volumes. Although situated on the outskirts of the city of Aveiro, the project aims to create an urban place giving it the collective values.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe private area is bounded to the interior promoting family and slow pattern of life in contact with nature and the landscapedSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe typologies take advantage of sun exposure, turning social spaces to the courtyards by the south while offering great terraces for the bedrooms. Living rooms are organized to become informal multipurpose spaces with wide contact to the exterior private gardens.Save this picture!Floor Plan / Lots 1-4Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGSave this picture!Floor Plan / Lots 1-4The building materials for the exterior were chosen to minimize the maintenance required and ensuring good durability and aging. The brown brick was chosen to balance natural light. The facades are composed with lacquered glass panels and plywood to give a light image contrasting with the brick. The opposition between private and public, weight and lightness are one of the main characteristics of the project.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject gallerySee allShow lessVogue Architects Selected to Design Engineers Union Building in KurdistanArchitecture NewsArchiculture Interviews: Peter LippmanVideos Share Photographs CopyHouses•Santa Joana, Portugal Houses “COPY” ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeRVdM ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSanta JoanaPortugalPublished on October 11, 2015Cite: “Corisco Houses / RVdM Arquitectos” 11 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeBathroomsGeberitBathroom Series – ONESkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassAluminium CompositesAmerican MetalcraftAluminum Panels – Decorative Fencing for BridgesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsWater Facade PanelDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Concealed Sliding Door | MareaWall / Ceiling LightsiGuzziniExterior Light – WalkyWoodPlycoWood Boards – Birch LaserplyMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Police killing ignites struggle against racism

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first_imgMichael BrownSlain 18-year-old Ferguson, Mo., resident Michael Brown was laid to rest on Aug. 25. The funeral was a local and national event with thousands in attendance.Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 while he walked through the streets of his neighborhood. His brutal death from six gunshot wounds fired at close range sparked immediate mass demonstrations in Ferguson that have continued for over two weeks.The protests and rebellion in Ferguson highlight the growing intolerance for police repression among African-American working-class youth. In response to the unrest in this suburb outside St. Louis, tens of thousands more have gathered in solidarity in cities across the U.S.Police and government responses to the demonstrations in Ferguson are designed to violently suppress dissent. Military equipment and law-enforcement deployment tactics used in this majority African-American town of 21,000 resembled those utilized in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Palestine and other regions of the world where U.S. imperialism is seeking directly or indirectly to oppress and exploit the people.Ferguson police are main source of violenceOn Aug. 19, police set off tear gas and pepper spray, while firing bean bags and rubber bullets into a crowd of several hundred peaceful demonstrators. Journalists were told to leave the area, and dozens of people were arrested.Police reports fed to the media about the destruction of private property were designed to provide a rationale for the heavily militarized police response to the demonstrations.According to an Aug. 19 Press TV report, “Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said early Tuesday that 31 protesters have been arrested, with some coming from as far away as New York and California. He noted that at least two people have been wounded by gunfire. Johnson called on protesters to refrain from staging rallies during the nighttime, which, he said, provides cover for criminal elements.”Despite these claims or suggestions that the demonstrations in Ferguson were being instigated by so-called “outside agitators,” arrest records revealed that most people who were detained were from the area. Those who were suspected of being from other cities were deliberately targeted by police for arrests and beatings.Several journalists were also gassed and arrested during the course of the first two weeks of demonstrations and rebellion. A no-fly zone was declared over Ferguson in efforts by the authorities to prevent aerial news reports about unrest in neighborhoods and business districts.Johnson of the State Highway Patrol was ostensibly designated in charge of the law enforcement deployments in Ferguson. He was said to have come from the town, and would utilize a less aggressive form of policing the community.After several days of continuing demands that Officer Wilson be indicted and arrested for  killing Brown, however, it became obvious that Johnson was not really in control. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered in the National Guard and attempted to minimize potential political damage that would hamper his much talked-about aspirations to run for vice president of the U.S.In his efforts to justify the daily brutality by the cops, Johnson told CNN on Aug. 19 that “officers came under heavy gunfire during the night,” but said they did not fire a single shot. They “acted with restraint and calm,” he said. Johnson blamed a group of “lawbreakers” and “criminals” for the violence.Yet there was no condemnation from Johnson of the criminality of white police officers shooting down African-American youth. The official line coming out of Ferguson was geared toward covering up the crimes committed against Brown and others seeking justice by manufacturing a so-called “criminal” element that posed a more immediate danger.African Americans need program of actionAlthough the officials in Ferguson have stated repeatedly that Officer Wilson’s record was clean, it surfaced on Aug. 23 that he had been a member of a nearby police force that was disbanded due to reports of racism and corruption. Wilson was employed in the Jennings, Mo., police department when all 45 officers were fired.An African-American member of the Jennings City Council, Rodney Epps, told reporters that the “straw that broke the camel’s back” came when another officer, not Wilson, chased a woman outside the city limits and shot at her vehicle, where there was a child in the back seat. (Washington Post, Aug. 23)Racist support for police brutality and terrorism against African Americans is being further revealed by a campaign that is holding demonstrations and raising funds for Wilson. Polls reflect that many whites in the U.S. still do not understand the implications of racist state violence directed against people of color communities.Responding to the growing criticism against racist police violence and the militarization of law enforcement, the administration of President Barack Obama sent Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson on Aug. 20 to discuss the Justice Department’s investigation of Brown’s killing. An Obama administration official told journalists that the president “has directed a review of federal programs and funding that enable state and local law enforcement to purchase military equipment.” (AFP-Reuters, Aug. 24)This review will purportedly examine “whether these programs are appropriate, whether training with the equipment is sufficient, and whether there is enough federal oversight of the gear’s use. The investigation will be headed by White House staff including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Security Council [and] the Office of Management and Budget.”Despite that investigation, the police killing of African Americans and other oppressed people is continuing in the U.S. and even in the state of Missouri. In nearby St. Louis, an African-American man, Kajieme Powell, was gunned down on Aug. 19, less than two weeks after Brown’s death.The circumstances surrounding Powell’s death were captured by a cellphone video camera and reported by Press TV: “The video shows the officers pulled up to the sidewalk, where the video shows Powell walking up and down, with his right hand in the pocket of his sweatshirt. Officers pull up in a squad car, exit and draw their weapons, and can be heard shouting indistinguishable instructions to Powell.”The Aug. 19 report goes on to point out: “The victim can be heard shouting ‘Shoot me! Shoot me!’ He retreats and then walks toward officers again, who fire on him. He was killed four miles from Ferguson, Mo., the scene of ongoing protests over the death of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot to death by police on Aug. 9.”The fact that these developments are occurring with the national and global spotlight focused on this region of Missouri proves that the struggle against racist state violence must be led by the African-American people and their allies. These forms of repression derive from the necessity of the ruling class to maintain social and political control over oppressed nations whose youth and other age groups have no future under the system of capitalism.Only the mass organization and mobilization of the African-American people, in conjunction with other oppressed nations and their class allies, will provide any hope for the end to racist state-sanctioned violence. The capitalist system has historically relied on racism, utilizing mechanisms of coercion and control along with the division of the working class along racial lines, to maintain the exploitative system. Consequently, the struggle to end racism takes on a class dimension in undermining the material basis for national oppression and for the construction of a socialist society.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Solidarity with Kashmir!

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first_imgParts of this statement were presented at a March 1 rally in Durham, N.C.Workers World Party is here today with you all to build a movement to counter racism, Islamophobia, inequality and other forms of oppression at home and to connect to liberation movements globally from Palestine to Kashmir. Workers World Party has always recognized the right of the people of Kashmir to self-determination. WWP considers Kashmir to be an oppressed nation under the rule of India — which is itself oppressed by world imperialism. “No to Fascism in India; No to Racism at Home” rally in Durham’s CCB Plaza on March 1.Kashmir’s population is about 14 million people. Two-thirds of its population are Muslims, making it India’s largest Muslim-majority state. Two-thirds of the valley is in India, about one-third in Pakistan, and a very small piece is in China. Kashmir has been a region of deep dispute between India and Pakistan since 1947, when both countries gained independence from British colonial domination. India and Pakistan have fought four wars over the status of Kashmir. Following the revocation of Kashmiri sovereignty in August 2019, Prime Minister Modi and the right-wing Indian Hindu nationalist party BJP have escalated attacks against the Kashmiri people and Muslims and other oppressed people throughout India.  In what bears striking similarity, to us in the U.S., to the actions of Trump and U.S. white nationalists, Modi uses religious differences as well as colonial divisions like race, gender, sexual orientation and class to incite violence. Both regimes use their borders — either India-Pakistan or Mexico-U.S. — as battlegrounds in the Islamophobic conception of “war and terror.” They continue the practice of British colonial rule: “Divide and conquer” tactics have left a legacy of national, and especially religious, animosity among all the peoples of the Indian subcontinent and within the settler-colonialist U.S.  At this time, Modi and his BJP party have a close alliance with U.S. imperialism. This makes it all the more clear that we need a movement at home in solidarity with liberation movements globally.British colonialism, U.S. imperialism, Islamophobia and Hindu nationalists all sought to divide people by religious groups, castes, languages spoken and nationalities, so that the workers under oppressive rule would not unite to threaten empire. And the cost to workers is immense: The British partition of India alone led to the displacement of between 14 million and 16 million people and the killing of more than 200,000 to 2 million people in mass riots; and it left a territorial dispute in Kashmir that has led to persistent atrocities to this day.On Aug. 5 2019, BJP, under Modi’s leadership, revoked Article 370, which had given Kashmiris the right to own land. Modi’s action was meant to encourage millions of Hindus to move into the majority-Muslim territory of Kashmir. We cannot ignore the parallels between these actions and settler colonialism against majority Muslim territory in Palestine and against Indigenous peoples in what is now called the U.S.This blatant bigotry, on display during the U.S. president’s visit to India, unites Modi and Trump.Kashmir is a heavily militarized zone, with some 600,000 Indian soldiers and paramilitary cops stationed in the territory. They act as an army of occupation against Kashmir. More than 10,000 men have been arrested, and more than 10,000 women have faced sexual violence from the occupying force. India has cut off all communication, including internet, phones and social media. Schools and markets are closed, and millions of people are left isolated and besieged. Police have opened fire on protest demonstrations in the capital, Srinagar, and other towns and cities. The population is under complete curfew, unable even to go outside. In the face of these challenges, Kashmiris have not backed down and have been fighting back, as they have done for the last 72 years. The situation in all of India is becoming increasingly violent every day. The state is targeting Muslims and other minorities and torturing them in concentration camps. Hindu nationalists vigilantes are attacking Muslims at their homes, businesses and places of worship. Modi and the BJP won’t stop until India becomes an ethnonationalist state — or until a united working-class movement stops them.  And the movement against them is powerful and growing!Just under two months ago, approximately 200 million workers participated in the two-day All-India General Strike Jan. 8-9. One in six people in the world live in India, and at a bare minimum more than one in nine people in India took part in the strike — or about one striker for every 50 people in the entire world!  Although generally ignored by the Western capitalist news media, this was a world-shaking event and the largest general strike in world labor history.Everywhere that national chauvinism, colonialism, imperialism or anything else attacks and attempts to divide the working class, workers come together powerfully to resist. We know that the best way to fight division, to fight hate, to fight Islamophobia is through solidarity. Through solidarity we can build a movement to counter racism, Islamophobia, inequality and other forms of oppression at home and to connect to liberation movements globally.From Kashmir to Palestine, occupation is a crime!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Man in his 20s sustains serious facial injuries in gang attack in Derry

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first_img Previous articleAtheist Ireland highly concerned over appointment of Catholic Chaplain at L.Y.I.T.Next articleFurther searches carried out following report of device thrown at police patrol in Derry News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Man in his 20s sustains serious facial injuries in gang attack in Derry Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – September 1, 2015 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Police at Strand Road in Derry are appealing for information about an assault incident where man in his 20s sustained serious facial injuries in the Shantallow area.Constable Forbes, the investigating officer, said: “The victim sustained a laceration above his right eye requiring seven stitches.He was making his way past St Patrick’s Primary School, Collon Lane, when he passed a group of seven or eight youths.The incident is said to have occurred between 11pm and midnight on Sunday last.He was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground before being kicked and punched by several people.Information can be given on the police non-emergency number, 101, or by calling the Crimestoppers Charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.center_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

The Supreme Court Should Go Back To Doing What It Is Designed To Do By Our Constitution

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first_imgColumnsThe Supreme Court Should Go Back To Doing What It Is Designed To Do By Our Constitution Dinesh Dwivedi, Senior Advocate17 Feb 2021 1:43 AMShare This – xIn a village brawl a village elder ends the brawl by advising withdrawal from the ego fight and to let the by-gones be by-gones. Supreme Court tried to be that wise old elder unsuccessfully and drew a huge flack. Basically it is constitutionally unsuitable for such a role. However whether or not it was appropriate for it to do so, it halted the implementation of the Farm laws indefinitely….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a village brawl a village elder ends the brawl by advising withdrawal from the ego fight and to let the by-gones be by-gones. Supreme Court tried to be that wise old elder unsuccessfully and drew a huge flack. Basically it is constitutionally unsuitable for such a role. However whether or not it was appropriate for it to do so, it halted the implementation of the Farm laws indefinitely. It constituted a 4 member Committee of experts in the field, to hear the grievances of the farmers and report to it. There were no timeline constraints to it, an age old administrative formula in dilatory tactics. May be it felt that this may calm tempers and the nerves in relation to the fast-approaching Republic Day parade on the 26th January. However it muddied the waters by nominating 4 members to the Committee, who had already prejudged the issue and had expressed pro- reform opinions publically. This alarmed everyone, particularly when the affected party was not agreeable to the constitution of any such committee. They expressly declined to accept and appear before the Committee. The names announced raised their hackles and added fuel to the fire. Howsoever one may try to play it down, the uproar was deafening and did bring the Court to disrepute. Ironically these Orders were passed in the petitions after noticing that the challenge in the petitions before it was confined to the disruptions caused by the farmer’s protests and not the Farm laws. Then why this Constitutional overreach? Couple of things are noteworthy in respect of these Orders. – Court was aware that there was an agitation going on in regard to the Three Farm Laws. – Court had declined to interfere with the farmers protests treating protest as their rights. – Court expressed a clear desire to bring about an effective solution to the stalemate between the farmers and the Centre and to thaw the hardened positions. – It also decided to invite suggestions from all the necessary parties before the Supreme Court, and to recommend names for the Committee. – The Court was also aware that the issue of validity would be decided in future in due Course. The question noted was limited. This was the position on 17.12.2020. However things took a curious turn on the next date 12.01.2021. By this time it was evident that the farmers Unions were not interested in participating in any kind of deliberation either before the Supreme Court or the Committee to be appointed by it. There had been considerable criticisms of the assumption of the village elders role by the Supreme Court and that too in the petitions of the non-farmers, that did not involve challenge to the Farm Laws. It appears that this criticisms led the Court to link the petitions questioning the validity of the Farm laws on the date. On 12.01.2021 the group of lawyers appointed to represent the farmers deliberately did not appear expressing no confidence. No suggestions therefore had come from the farmer’s side on any issue noted earlier or about the names of the members to the Committee to be formed by the Supreme Court. It would at this point be important to notice some of the salient factors about the hearing on 12.01.2021 a. The Court noticed that despite several rounds of negotiations the dispute did not achieve any kind of solution, though the farmers protest was peaceful. b. The lawyers engaged by the farmers Unions deliberately did not appear on that date. It had come to be known a day earlier, that the Union lawyers would not be appearing on 12.01.2021. c. The Government, even though it was offering to suspend the Farm Laws, vehemently opposed stay of the laws by Supreme Court. Despite the Centre’s opposition the Court proceeded to stay the Farm Laws, in the interregnum, till a positive solution emerges between the negotiating parties d. Simultaneously despite clear opposition to the constitution of the suggested Committee the Court proceeded to nominate four members to the Committee to listen to the grievances of the farmers against Farm Laws and to make recommendations after hearing the Farmers bodies as well as others. It is still unclear as to where did the names come from and who suggested. The Court also mandated all the farmers Unions to appear and put forth their grievances before the Committee. As soon as the names of the Members were declared there was a huge uproar with regard to the apparent bias of the said nominees. The Farmers Unions were openly hostile and declared that they would not be participating. The long-drawn negotiations between the parties has already struck a stalemate. Yet the Court in its wisdom attempted a solution through negotiations,which in the circumstance was doomed to fail. This should have been enough to sound the Court to stay away from the dispute. The Committee had no credibility or meaning on the face of the Farmers Unions expressing their opposition to both the Committee and its Members. Despite clear expression of no confidence by the Unions, Court insisted on the Committee proceeding to hear the grievances of the farmers and to report/ recommend to the Court. The question would be, recommend what? The grievances of the farmers protesting would not go way by the report of the nominated Committee nor would it be possible for the Court to step- out of its jurisdiction and grant relief to the farmers in respect of their grievances against the enacted laws. These are State policy matters especially within the jurisdictions of the Executive and the Legislatures. Any grievance against the law cannot be looked into for grant of relief, unless it breaches any provision of the Constitution or the Fundamental rights. The legality of the Statute has, more after than not no nexus with the economics underlying a protest like the Farmers protest. For instance, the farmers are vociferously demanding that a statutory status be given to the MSP. How would the Supreme Court issue any kind of relief in this regard, since constitutionally it cannot issue such a mandamus? Besides there is basically an issue of deep lack of trust. Would the government come forward to give an undertaking before the Court that they would never withdraw M.S.P. Evidently not, because if it had any such desire it would have conceded to the demand of the farmers relating to grant of legal status for MSP. Besides, what is the worth of such an undertaking given by the Government to the Court, if cannot be found in a Legislation ? Therefore,this demand of MSP was hardly solvable by Supreme Court. Could the Supreme Court bridge the trust deficit in this regard ? Not at all. Let us also assess whether Supreme Court could have any role in resolving the other issue of the “repeal of the three laws”. Constitutionally, in view of the basic feature of Separation of Powers, Supreme Court cannot issue any kind of direction to the Executive or the Legislature, to repeal an enacted law. The Courts jurisdiction on the face of an enacted law is very limited. It can either declare the law invalid, being beyond the Legislative jurisdiction as per Article 245 and 246 read with the three lists in the Seventh Schedule, or, it may hold it invalid due to breach of any of the Fundamental Rights like Article 14 and 19. In either case law falls and dies. Apart from these, no other grievances raised by the farmers can be addressed by the Supreme Court. Supreme Court cannot go into the economics of the operation of the disputed laws. That apart, the message coming from the stalemate was loud and clear that the Centre was resolute in not withdrawing the laws, so were the farmers in their demand for repeal of the laws. There was no space left for anyone to attempt any kind of negotiated solution. There is another underlying misconception about jurisdiction here. The farmers are protesting because they feel that the three Farm laws will adversely affect them economically. They would also not achieve any of their proclaimed objectives of improving the returns to the Farmers for their farm produce. The freedoms they propound for the Farmers are illusory. Infact they grant far greater freedom to the corporates and the traders to not only create markets but to rule them. This is their perception on the ground. Now how would the Supreme Court resolve this perceptional chasm? The laws may be constitutionally justifiable, yet the farmers believe that the laws would be a disaster for them. Can they not protest validly? The protest to be valid does not hinge on the issue of Constitutional validity of the laws. People can always protest against a valid law that they believe would impinge them adversely and get it changed. This is their important Constitutional right against their own Government. After all this is what democracy is about. Coming back to the earlier question, why should Supreme Court Intervene in the given situation if it is not possible for it to grant effective relief. My guess would be as good as that of anyone else, but nevertheless I would hazard a guess. a. It could be that it wants to prompt a negotiated settlement to avoid any aggravated situation. A laudable objectives but seems impossible due to the hardened stalemate b. To mediate in the dispute for its resolution in the light of the recommendations of the ill fated Committee nominated by it. A bare look at these would suggest that the Court wants to assume an advisory role of a “village elder”. Is the Court an appropriate forum? Evidently not, as neither of the adamant parties have solicited its advice or assistance. If the Centre had wanted its advice then it could have easily asked for if under Article 143, even on issues of facts. Farmers are obviously not willing and have completely declined participation. This unsolicited assumption of role by the Supreme Court is not only doomed to failure but is a constitutional heresy. Giving of advice when none are seeking it, betrays lack of understanding of the role assigned to it under the Sun(Constitution). A close parallel to this, is the case of “Vasanth Kumar\” in the year 1985 and it would be illuminating to recall what the greatest of the Constitutional experts, Shri Seervai had to say. This was a case where challenge was to reservation of seats up to 66%- 68% in the educational Institution, under article 15(4). During the arguments, Government of Karnataka proposed to appoint a Commission to look into the whole issue of reservation comprehensively. The Court chose to pronounce opinions as guidelines for the yet to be appointed Commission. In this context the great Shri Seervai expressed his words of amazement vis-a- vis this assumed role. He says, from a quote “where the Court takes upon itself to exercise a jurisdiction which it does not possess, its decision amounts to nothing”. Our Constitution has conferred a most extensive jurisdiction on the Supreme Court to allow or dismiss the petition but not to kill it without doing either. No reference has been made under Article 143 then what was the need for expression of opinion. Moreover, none of the parties are solicitingany suggestions much less promptings. Shri Seervai further remarks “Not by their roots, but by their fruits they shall judge them”. “If decisions rooted in well intentioned innovations, or rooted in the nagging doubts of jurists, sociologists and administrators, or, rooted in the philosophies of Karl Marx, Tawney and Rawl result, in a refusal to decide the fundamental rights of thousands of citizens under Article 15(1) and (4), and Article 16(1), (2) and (4), for years on end, it is time to ask whether there is not something wrong with the soil which yields such bitter judicial fruits. And this raises the question of the true nature of the judicial function. In fact, they violated Article 145(5), and they also violated the Constitution by exercising an advisory jurisdiction they did not possess. For, it required no great ability, knowledge or judgment to see that apart from article 143, the Sup. Ct. had no advisory jurisdiction. How did it happen that an able Chief Justice and 3 able judges instead of upholding the Constitution, themselves unwittingly violated it”? If we carefully analyse Shri Seervai’scritique carefully there is no escape from the conclusion that the Orders referred above are not only mis-hits but they represent hit- wicket by our Supreme Court. It should go back to doing what it is defined to do by our Constitution.Views are personal.(Author is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India)Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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