Munich hunger strikers rushed to hospital; strike continues!
June 29, 2013
A hunger strike in central Munich by a group of refugees has entered its fourth day – but numbers have dwindled because several campaigners have been taken to intensive care, suffering from the effects of the extreme protest.
The activists want changes to Germany’s refugee policy, which they say keeps them isolated and unable to work for months while they wait for their applications to be processed.
Ashkan Karasami, a spokesman for the strikers explained: “The German government has to take a decision that in the 21st century in the middle of Europe in Munich, the most expensive city of Germany, they have to take the decision on whether the lives of people are more important than some papers.”
A child accused of witchcraft
Meet sixteen-year-old Josiane*. She lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has been living a true nightmare after being called a witch.
As you can imagine…accusations of sorcery puts children at tremendous risk of discrimination or retribution. Although it is against Congolese law to accuse a child of sorcery, children like Josiane face such claims. UNICEF is working to protect children accused of witchcraft and to change cultural behaviour that puts these children at risk.
As a result…today…with support from a centre for vulnerable children…Josiane has been able to catch up on missed lessons at school and has dreams for the future.
Please…if possible…share her tremendous story.
* Name has been changed.
Reports that the United Kingdom’s intelligence agency has intercepted and collected vast amounts of Internet and phone data raise serious concerns that the government has breached the privacy rights of millions of people in the UK and elsewhere.
The government should explain to the public the scope and magnitude of the alleged surveillance by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) as well as the authority and limitations under which it is conducted, Human Rights Watch said. The government should also create a more robust and transparent oversight authority that reports to Parliament. This agency should be mandated to disclose as much information to the public as possible, consistent with the requirements of national security and public order.
“If these allegations are true, the British government has been snooping on millions of people inside and outside the country,” said Benjamin Ward, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division at Human Rights Watch. “We need clear answers from the government about the scale of its surveillance and an informed debate about how to strengthen privacy protections and oversight over this type of incursion into people’s lives.”
Information revealed by the Guardian on June 21, 2013 suggests that since 2011, GCHQ has been intercepting fibre-optic cables carrying Internet data in and out of the UK in an operation called “Tempora.” According to these reports, GCHQ has access to enormous amounts of the data traveling from North America to and through the UK to other countries and is sharing that data with the United States National Security Agency (NSA). This data is said to include recordings of phone calls, email content, and data on the use of websites and social media.
The Guardian reported that the UK intelligence agency has tapped more than 200 cables linking the UK to the global Internet. Intercepted content is stored for up to three days, and metadata, which for the Internet includes information identifying users, their locations, and their searches, for up to 30 days. According to the reports, hundreds of analysts for GCHQ and the NSA then filter through the data, searching for information of interest to them.
A mask factory in Brazil — Guy Fawkes masks on the line
(Photos by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)
Guy Fawkes masks, used by many demonstrators in protests around the world and in the recent wave of demonstrations in Brazil, are pictured at a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo near Rio de Janeiro on June 28, 2013. The masks are manufactured for sale to stores specializing in costumes.