Friday, 12 June 2009

America Gets Obama, We Get Nick Griffin

Nick Griffin, Leader of The BNP

This year has been monumental as the world watched America, a land with a rich history of slavery and prejudice aimed at those who were of colour usher in President Barack Obama the 1st African American to reach the highest office in the land. The world stood still as it witnessed the tectonic plates of change clash against the tide of the past. The English media alongside many in Europe were in awe of the improbable outcome and were quick to chastise America for its past and equally praise her for its future direction.

Not one to be outdone the English media went into a huge debate about whether the same could happen here. Many said off course, if you have the talent then you have an equal opportunity against any British counterpart. Others argued it was nothing to do with race, merely the current beauricratic structure of the government which prevents raw talent rising through the ranks quickly enough. Others again thought that even though they may think its impossible, Obama has proven that nothing is out out of reach. I was one of the latter, until this week that is.

In the year that America ushers in their first Black President, we usher in the UKs 1st BNP MEP, the equivilent of the Klu Klux Klan, to represent us in Europe! However you look at it the meaning, symbolism and mood of many in the UK is clear. America has taken ten steps forward for man kind showing that prejudice will not get in the way if you have the talent, whilst the UK sadly are showing that we have a long way to go.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Some Positive TV

Have you ever noticed how the majority of news we hear on TV is negative? Well i stumbled across this online TV station and just had to share it! is a TV station all about focusing on positive news stories and showing all the positive things people do instead of just reinforcing the negative. And they have a really simple way of submitting stories too. Check it out.

I think that this is a welcome change.

My 5 Second Rant - I Didn't Give You My Number For A Reason

This one here got me a little more than mad. I'm talking about the new website and phone directory 118 800 that will connect the UK to millions of mobiles. Firstly, how can some business be making money out of my mobile number without my permission? And more importantly what about our privacy? If your anything like me who has a Blackberry with both Blackberry messenger, Yahoo messenger, Msn messenger, Facebook, email (all on my mobile) as well as the mobile number itself I find it hard to believe that in todays climate if someone really needs to get hold of you they will find much trouble.

Which means that if they really can't then maybe it is for a reason? Somethings are better left alone and me for one will definitely be making sure my details are of that database!

Monday, 8 June 2009

How Did Gordon Brown Become More Unpopular Than Bush?

Gordon Brown with his pal George Bush

So, what have these two fellas got in common? Well judging from the results of the European Elections quite a lot! They say that those who ride together, die together and Gordon Brown is definitely on the life support machine! Before Bush lost the last election he was hugely unpopular in the USA and abroad. In fact, he was so unpopular he couldn't wait to leave. Obama's Inauguration was hailed as the most peaceful Presidential handovers in recent times with Bush and Obama waving goodbye to one another enthusiastically, both content with their new found positions. However, despite Bush's turmoil he could still argue to being popular in many states in the US. He can still say that he won one election (the second one is debatable).

The labour party under Gordon Browns leadership finished third behind UKIP nationwide, polling a humiliating 15 per cent of the vote. It came fifth in dozens of areas including the South East of England, behind not only UKIP, the Tories and Liberal Democrats, but also the Greens. To add salt to the wound Gordon Brown has lost so many Ministers in such a short space of time he has started to make Bush's record look good. Gordon Brown has lost six senior Ministers in the past week and many are plotting to get him removed.

This is ironic considering that Gordon Brown not too long ago was the main instigator of the group that put pressure for Tony Blair to leave. And that's really the point. Some may argue that Gordon Brown is in this position because he is clearing up Tony Blair's mess. And some others may argue that those ministers who have resigned and the ones that are putting pressure for him to stand down are disloyal. This may be so, but honestly how can anyone feel sorry for him when not long ago he was one of the plotters himself. There's an old adage 'be careful how you treat people on your way up because you'll meat them on the way back down'. I think someone forgot to tell him this!

Bush for all his faults still managed to keep his party together. Gordon Brown on the other hand has brought about Labour's worst collapse in living memory and become so unpopular he has managed to outshine Bush.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Does Samantha Orobator deserve this?

Samantha Orobator

A pregnant British woman was sentenced to life in prison for heroin trafficking by a court in Laos today. A panel of judges found Samantha Orobator, 20, guilty of trafficking 680g (1.5lb) of heroin last August, when she was caught trying to board a plane to Thailand.

On the surface this looks like a logical outcome for a crime in a country that is known for its harsh sentences. Anyone, like myself, who has ever watched an episode of Banged Up Abroad (also on Youtube) will testify to the harsh consequences handed out for drug smuggling, especially in Asian countries. And Britons all over the world are locked up in unimaginable conditions as a consequence. So taking this in to context, on the surface Samantha Orobator's case is nothing special.

However, when a closer look is taken into account all sense of 'normality' goes out of the window. The facts are that she was arrested in August but was unable to speak to any legal representation for her defense for 9 months. She was even denied access to speak to any family, including her mother. For nine months she was locked up in the female section of the prison with know contact from anyone whilst protesting her innocents. At the time of writing Samantha is now 5 months pregnant. Wait. Yes, 5 months pregnant. But hold on she has been locked up for 9 months how could this have happened?

The circumstances under which Samantha became pregnant, four months after being jailed, are unclear. It appears she conceived in December despite being in an all-female prison. The story going out is that she used a syringe to impregnate herself with sperm from a male inmate in order to avoid the death penalty. But this alone raises too many questions.

"This case is not about babies, it is about heroin" chief government spokesman Kenthong Nuanthasing said with a tone of rising annoyance. She signed a statement to say she was not raped. She did not have intercourse with any man in prison. There is no male close to her during her time in prison. All the prisoners are women and all the guards are female.”

Asked who could have fathered the baby, he raised his eyes to the ceiling and said with an impatient laugh: “Maybe it is a baby from the sky like (the Virgin) Mary.”

So why was she made to sign a statement denying she was raped without explaining the truth of her pregnancy?

“We don’t want the outside world to blame us (for her pregnancy),” Nuanthasing said. “That is why we asked her to write a letter to certify that she was not raped and the baby inside her is not a Lao baby.”

Nuanthasing made it clear that in order to return home to Britain, Orobator will be expected to confirm at her trial the statement she signed in prison.

“She will tell the court — otherwise she will stay here,” he said. “Her court case will be dissolved.” So basically he's saying if she doesn't sign she won't be freed whether it is true or not.

Such a delay could mean Orobator’s trial being delayed until after she gives birth and Nuanthasing stressed that the threat of a death sentence could still be invoked as she is only exempt from the death penalty while she is pregnant under Lao law.

“Nobody can guarantee she will not face the firing squad,” he said.

The government insists Orobator is being held in an all-female prison. In fact, Phonthong Prison on the outskirts of Vientiane holds male and female prisoners in separate blocks and has both male and female guards living in shabby quarters in the grounds outside.

As soon as I read about the case of Samantha Orobator, I knew it must have been a prison guard who got her pregnant, a French former inmate who spent five months in the same prison over a business dispute said.

Female prisoners are fair game for the guards there. They weren't exactly raped but they were coerced into sex with promises. The guards would tell them they could get them off the death penalty or get them or shorter sentence, or make life inside more comfortable for them, the former inmate said. There is no humanity and no compassion in that place.

I have been shocked by peoples responses to this case. Comments I have read on blogs and the mainstream media seem to believe that she managed to sleep with an inmate, maybe had consensual sex whilst in prison with a prison guard for a favour, or used a syringe and impregnated herself with an inmates sperm to avoid the death penalty. In any case an overwhelming majority of the views i read point to Samantha being complicit.
Has anyone looked at the conditions of the jail she's being held? She has know contact with her family, doesn't know when her trial is, doesn't know whether she will live or die, Is in a foreign country and can not speak the language... and the first thing on her mind is to seek a lover within 16 weeks of incarceration? Yeah right!

Whatever you think of Samantha the fact is this case has been flawed from day one and raises many questions. By know means do i condone drug smuggling and if she did it then she is subject to the laws under that jurisdiction. However, she like others around the world who are in vulnerable situations should be entitled to have there human rights upheld and at the very least have access to fair representation from the beginning. The treatment she has received from the Laos authorities is unacceptable. The treatment she is receiving by the British public is unacceptable. Guilty or not, does Samantha Orobator really deserve this?

Air France 447 Reminds Us That Life Is A Gift

Relatives await news

It is so sad and I really can't stop thinking about those who lost their lives on Air France 447 from Brazil to Paris. I remember a movie I watched a while back about a guy who survived a plane crash and ended up on an abandoned island only to be found 4 years later. I keep thinking that someone must have survived. Surely? We live in an age where the haves and the have nots couldn't be any bigger. Where millions go hungry whilst others enjoy unimaginable wealth. But when something like this happens we are reminded about the things that matter most. We are reminded that know matter what we own in a flash of a second it could all be gone. We are reminded that nothing really matters apart from our loved ones and our lives. And we are reminded that life is a gift, something we should not take for granted.

I can not imagine the pain that the families are going through and send both my condolences and prayers. And I do so hope that we find out exactly what happened in order to prevent further tragedy's in the future.
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