Tuesday, October 25, 2011

#Africa : South African Man 1974

#Africa #Obama Targets Africas Resources...

Barack Obama is leading the US at the head of a pack of western nations intent on the new scramble to exploit Africa’s resources. Their chief aim? To squeeze a China hungry for raw materials.
On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced that he was sending United States special forces to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will "engage" only for "self-defence", says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.

The press describes Obama's decision as "highly unusual" and "surprising", even "weird". It is none of these things. It is the logic of US foreign policy since 1945. Take Vietnam. The priority was to halt the alleged influence of China, an imperial rival, and "protect" Indonesia, which President Richard Nixon called "the region's richest hoard of natural resources . . . the greatest prize". Vietnam got in the way; the slaughter of more than three million Vietnamese and the devastation and poisoning of their land were the price of America achieving its goal...read more

http://www.newstatesman.com/international-politics/2011/10/pilger-china-obama-africa

Monday, October 17, 2011

#LouisedeWaal : #Confession - The suspect in the murder of Louise de Waal has confessed to being the so-called 'Sunday Rapist'.

 The man accused of killing Roodepoort schoolgirl Louise de Waal has confessed to being the "Sunday Rapist", police said on Monday.
"Johannes Jacobus Steyn confessed before a magistrate in Krugersdorp on Friday," Lt-Col Tshisikhawe Ndou told reporters outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.
"He confessed to being the so-called Sunday Rapist, but not to being De Waal's murderer", he said.
Steyn had allegedly raped a number of young girls in Gauteng and the North West, mostly on Sundays, since 2008.
"As you all know, the modus operandi was the same in all these rapes. He wore a wig, sunglasses and a cap. He confessed to that."
Steyn covered his face with a jacket as he entered the courtroom on Monday.
He quickly sat down and buried his head between his legs. He continued covering his head as the charges were read to him.
Steyn faces 13 charges of rape, 10 of kidnapping, one of murder and six of sexual assault.
The case was postponed to 13 December for further investigation.
The court ruled that photographs of Steyn may not be displayed in a manner that could show his identity, as an identity parade might be needed at a later stage.
Steyn allegedly abducted De Waal in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, nearly a week ago. She would have turned 17 at the weekend.
A burnt body, believed to be hers, was found on a farm in Magaliesburg later the same day.
Steyn handed himself over at the Margate police station in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday morning.
Two cases of kidnapping he allegedly committed in Rustenburg and Potchefstroom in the North West province, would also be heard at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.
This was after the State applied for all cases against him to be centralised.
Outside the court, a lone poster strung around a refuse bin read: "Hang the bliksem."

#LouisedeWaals : Mom Saw Images Of Suspect On Daughters Phone !

#LouiseDeWaal :Details about the alleged killer of # LouiseDeWaal emerge

 

A photograph of Louise de Waal posted on the Facebook tribute page: "Louise de Waal - Wall of Remembrance and Support".

#LouiseDeWaal :Schoolgirl killer" Johannes Jacobus Steyn facing 30 charges.

The man accused of killing Roodepoort schoolgirl Louise de Waal appeared briefly in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Johannes Jacobus Steyn covered his face with a jacket as he entered the courtroom. He quickly sat down and buried his head between his legs.

Steyn faces 13 charges of rape, 10 of kidnapping, one of murder and six of sexual assault.
The case was postponed to 13 December for further investigation.

The court ruled that photographs of him may not be displayed in a manner that could reveal his identity, as an identity parade might be needed at a later stage.

Steyn allegedly kidnapped 17-year-old De Waal in Roodepoort, north west of Johannesburg, nearly a week ago.

A burnt body, believed to be hers, was found on a farm in Magaliesburg later that day.

He handed himself over at the Margate police station in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday morning.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

#Africa : Save Lives in Drought-Stricken East Africa




With famine in southern Somalia and more than 9.6 million people in desperate need of food assistance in the region, countless lives hang in the balance. Just 50 US cents per day is enough to feed a hungry child or mother on the edge of survival.

We urgently need more resources to expand our emergency relief operation.

Make a lifesaving donation today by filling out the form to your right or donating through PayPal Checkout (below). Please note that monthly gifts may be directed to where most needed if funding needs shift in the future.

https://www.wfp.org/donate/hoa_banners?icn=rubicon-appeal&ici=horn-of-africa

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wouter Basson : South Africa's 'Dr. Death' could be struck off the medical roll:

JOHANNESBURG — In South Africa, they call him "Dr. Death."

Wouter Basson, the head of the apartheid government's secret germ and chemical warfare program, Project Coast, escaped conviction for drug possession, conspiracy and murder when a judge acquitted him in 2002.

He was accused of trying to create poisons that were lethal only to blacks.

But more than 20 years after he ran Project Coast, his bid for a quiet life as a cardiologist in Cape Town is under threat. Basson is facing an inquiry by the Health Professions Council of South Africa for unethical conduct. If found guilty, Basson could be struck off the medical roll.
He is charged with manufacturing illegal drugs in the 1980s and 1990s, some of which were allegedly used against apartheid activists abducted by apartheid security forces.

Much of what Basson did was top secret. He argued in his 2002 trial that he was only following orders during his years employed by the apartheid military from 1981 to 1993....read more

 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

#SouthAfrica:War Criminal Launches Frenzied Knife Attack On Journalist

#SouthAfrica : Shaun Patrick Breach: War Criminal and Hitman for the Young Americans gang of Cape Town, South africa

@NewsAllianceUK

Simon Tomlin August 18, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

#Somali famine : People in crisis as worst drought in 60 years hits the most vulnerable

#Somali famine:generous Brits give 24 Million to victims of worst drought in 60 years.

#Africa #Bombardier; #Cameron dropped Bombardier chief from his trip to Africa..

#Somali famine :Somali president issues urgent appeal for aid as famine hits nation

#Somali famime: their agony and our historic part by Jon Snow

#Africa: Johann Hari a British jornalism now faces allegations from Charity in Africa

Sunday, July 17, 2011

#Uganda: Harrowing story..the rape of men !

male-rape-victim-uganda
Dying of shame: a Congolese rape victim, currently resident in Uganda. This man’s wife has left him, as she was unable to accept what happened. He attempted suicide at the end of last year. Photograph: Will Storr for the Observer...read more

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jul/17/the-rape-of-men?CMP=twt_gu

Friday, June 10, 2011

Anton Hammerl memorial service


A memorial service will be held for Anton Hammerl at His People church, 20 Seventh Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg on 2 July 2011.

The service will start at 11am and will be followed by a wake. Further details about the wake will follow – please keep checking the Free Photographer Anton Hammerl facebook page for updates.

For directions to His People visit

Please RSVP if you wish to attend the Johannesburg memorial.

The London memorial will take place at “The Journalists’ Church” St Brides, Fleet Street, EC4Y 8AU, in early September. Further details to follow.

Contact: Bronwyn Friedlander, bfriedlander@hotmail.com

 
http://www.hispeoplejoburg.org/contact-us/map

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bill Cobb: Ex-pat murdered in South Africa.

A British pensioner has been murdered in a suspected robbery in South Africa, police said today.Police said retired ex-pat Bill Cobb's body was found slumped in the hallway with his hands cuffed together and his head wrapped in a blanket.
Spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said it appeared the elderly former chemist had been suffocated as his attackers raided his home.
Murder hunt: Bill Cobb's body was found slumped in the hallway with his hands cuffed together and his head wrapped in a blanket
Murder hunt: Bill Cobb's body was found slumped in the hallway with his hands cuffed together and his head wrapped in a blanket

He said: 'The old man was found in the passageway.
'His hands had been cuffed together behind his back and he had a blanket wrapped tightly around his head.'There were no wounds on his head or body so at this stage we believe he suffocated to death.'A post-mortem will be conducted to establish the exact cause of death.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394878/British-World-War-II-veteran-dead-South-African-home-hands-cuffed-head-wrapped-blanket.html#ixzz1OX5ZF01A




Thursday, June 2, 2011

Albertina Sisulu ' A Mother of the Nation'

Albertina Sisulu, was known to many as " A mother of the nation" she was a South African anti-apartheid activist. Married to fellow activist Walter Sisulu, Albertina joined the ANC Women's League in the 1940s and became a member of the executive of the Federation of South African Women in 1954. On August 9, 1956, Albertina joined Helen Joseph and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn in a march of 20,000 women to the Union Buildings of Pretoria in protest against the apartheid government's requirement that women carry passbooks as part of the pass laws. Albertina who has died today, aged 92.

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Albertina Sisulu has died: R.I.P.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

KENYA: UK doctor abused small boys...




A world renowned heart specialist is facing misconduct proceedings in London over allegations he sexually abused young boys under his care in Kenya.
In a case that has been robustly taken up by the UK media, Prof Philipp Bonhoeffer, was suspended from practising two years ago by the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) — the doctors disciplinary body — prohibiting him to practise as a doctor in that country.
Last Friday, his lawyers moved to the High Court in London, arguing the council was being unfair in allowing hearsay evidence against their client to a panel hearing.
Questions are being raised over the council’s decision to admit the evidence of a Kenyan witness while refusing to take him to London to testify.
The council claims that doing so would expose the man, now married and said to be in his late 20s, to reprisals both from the Kenyan law and people loyal to the specialist.

Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya.
In 2000, Prof Bonhoeffer performed the world’s first operation to repair a patient’s heart without the need for risky open-heart surgery.
Working through Chain of Hope, a UK charity organisaton, where he was chairman of its medical operations, they for many years organised missions to Kenya to attend to children with heart problems.

By the time of his suspension in 2009 he was working at the London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.
According to a BBC report, the doctor’s lawyer, Mr Keiran Coonan, told the court the allegations had risen from Prof Bonheffer’s work as a doctor in Kenya, where he funded the education of several young people, and paid for their accommodation and living expenses.
The funding, says the report, had ceased around the time the allegations were made.
The reports indicate that a complaint had been raised by the Kenyan, only identified as Witness A, in 2008 to the Metropolitan Police in London who travelled to Kenya to interview him and his associates.
Witness A, the court was told, was willing to travel to London to give evidence, with the General Medical Council having agreed to meet his expenses as well as those for his wife and child.

He is the only complainant and is not supported by others who received similar financial support from the doctor.

However, the Metropolitan Police is said to have advised against this, claiming the family could risk general reprisals because homosexuality was illegal and Kenyan society was hostile to gay people.
The medical council is quoted to have claimed that Prof Bonhoeffer, who is 49 and single, had contacted the victim last year in an attempt to convince him not to give evidence, including “offering him incentives to retract his complaint”.
Based on these, the council decided to allow the presentation of transcripts from the Nairobi interviews, a development the doctor’s lawyers are contesting in court.
On Friday, the court deferred its ruling to a later date.
A financial statement by Chain of Hope says it has been organising missions to Mater Hospital in Nairobi since 2005 to help treat children suffering from complex congenital and rheumatic heart diseases.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Voodoo and human sacrifice: The haunting story of how Adam, the Torso in the Thames boy, was finally identified

By Ronke Phillips
Last updated at 12:38 AM on 9th April 2011
The horror of Adam’s last hours is almost beyond imagination. In his short life, he’d got used to being far away from his West African home and perhaps even accustomed to being passed — like a chattel — from one adult to another.


From the moment he was handed over to a man he didn’t know and brought to London, this poor little boy — five, maybe six years old — would have known only cruelty and terror. In those final hours, he must have been so frightened, so terribly alone.

What I want to believe is that he was so drugged he was unconscious and oblivious of the terrifying events that were about to unfold. But, deep down, I fear that wasn’t so.
Sacrifice: Ikpomwosa, known by police as Adam
Sacrifice: When the body of five-year-old Ikpomwosa - known by police as Adam - was found, it was without legs, arms and head and had been entirely drained of blood

Post mortem results, too grim to bear much repetition, reveal that he was still alive when his throat was cut; the West African poison that was found in his intestine is a paralysing agent, not an anaesthetic. There’s a very real chance that Adam would have seen what was coming.

 
Unable to move and unable to scream, Adam’s last sight on earth would have been of a man approaching him — and then the flash of a razor-sharp knife.

 
Britain’s first ritual killing had just claimed its victim, an innocent little boy.

Adam’s body was found in the River Thames in London, close to the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, on September 21, 2001. The case, however, soon became known as ‘the torso in the Thames’ because when it was found, the body was without its legs, arms and head and had been entirely drained of its blood.
All that was left was the small trunk of a little black boy, its lower half clad in a pair of bright orange shorts. When it was first spotted in the river by a member of the public, he initially assumed he was looking at a barrel.

'A traditional paralysing poison was found in his gut'

I’m a correspondent on ITV’s London Tonight programme and within days of the body being discovered I was dispatched to the first police press conference about the case.

 
It was one of those occasions you never quite forget, with the normal bustle and noise of a busy press conference making way for a stunned silence, with even the most hardened reporters visibly shaken by the horror of what the police were describing.
Some, I know, simply didn’t believe them.

The boy’s head, arms and legs had been removed with skilful precision, we were told, while his lower intestine contained a highly unusual mix of plant extracts, traces of the toxic calabar bean and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, clay particles containing flecks of pure gold.

 
The police knew that sheer shock value would keep the story in the headlines for a few days but they also knew that a body without a face, without a name, meant there was a real danger of this being perceived as a murder without a victim. So they gave the boy a name.

‘His name is Adam,’ a visibly affected Commander Andy Baker told us, ‘and until we can identify him and his family, we will act as his family.’
The scene near The Globe Theatre in London where the torso of Ikpomwosa was recovered
The scene near The Globe Theatre in London where the torso of Ikpomwosa was recovered from the Thames

Ten years on, with the case still unsolved, they are still acting as his family. But, as of last week, there is one key difference — I have been able to tell them Adam’s real name.

Right from the start I’d always felt a close emotional connection to the case, but within weeks came a development that suddenly made that connection personal.

A sophisticated analysis of Adam’s bones for trace minerals that are absorbed from food and water revealed levels of strontium, copper and lead two-and-a-half times higher than would normally be expected in a child living in England.

 
From the analysis, forensic geologists gradually narrowed down Adam’s likely origin — it matched people who came from West Africa, probably Nigeria. 
London Tonight correspondent Ronke Phillips talking to Joyce Osiagede (right). Osiagede has claimed that the boy in this picture is Adam. She said his real name is Ikpomwosa
London Tonight correspondent Ronke Phillips talking to Joyce Osiagede (right). Osiagede has claimed that the boy in this picture is Adam. She said his real name is Ikpomwosa

Well, my parents came from Lagos, the Nigerian capital, and I’ve been visiting the country all my life.

And if the victim was from Nigeria so, almost certainly, were his killers.

Indeed, forensic work carried out by plant experts at Kew Gardens identified the unusual plant extracts found in Adam’s intestine as coming from plants that grow only in the area around Benin City, capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria.

The police team — led by Detective Constable Will O’Reilly and Commander Baker — soon knew three key things about Adam: his exact origin in Nigeria, that the orange shorts he was wearing were sold only in Germany and Austria, and that he had been killed in some sort of ritualistic way by someone convinced they would acquire power from such a barbaric act.

'The boy was passed around like a chattel'
Dr Richard Hoskins, a leading expert on African religion then based at Bath University, came in on the case. He said that the calabar bean was commonly used by African witch doctors for voodoo.
It was exceptionally rare to see the bean used in Britain, but its presence in Adam’s gut — along with that of the other ingredients found there — convinced him this was something utterly horrific: a human sacrifice.

‘Adam’s body would have been drained of blood, as an offering to whatever god his murderer believed in,’ said Dr Hoskins. ‘The gold flecks in his intestine were used to make the sacrifice more appealing to that god.’

‘The sacrifice of animals happens throughout sub-Saharan Africa and is used to empower people, often as a form of protection from the wrath of gods. Human sacrifice is believed to be the most “empowering” form of sacrifice — and offering up a child is the most extreme form of all. Thankfully, in Africa, it is very rare.’

But why was Adam’s body so grotesquely mutilated? Dr Hoskins, who has been instrumental in helping police with the case, said the precision of the cuts — the knife used was meticulously sharpened between each incision — shows that the dismemberment of the body was all part of the ritual.
Dismembered: Detectives used pioneering scientific techniques to trace radioactive isotopes in the boy's bones to his native Nigeria
Dismembered: Detectives used pioneering scientific techniques to trace radioactive isotopes in the boy's bones to his native Nigeria
In some forms of African witchcraft — particularly those associated with South Africa — dismembered body parts are used in medicine. In some cases, internal organs can be used in potions, and fingers, eyeballs or genitalia are used as charms. Heads and other body parts can be buried in front of homes to keep bad spirits at bay.

But in Adam’s case, the internal organs were intact and Dr Hoskins believes the limbs and head — along with the torso — were all disposed of in the Thames in some form of ritual and that they were never discovered.

After all, the police said that had the tide gone in and out just twice more, Adam’s torso would have been washed out to sea and no one would ever have known about it.

For the Met to be confronted with a ritual murder of this sort was unprecedented. But then, in a twist of fate, immigration police at Glasgow airport arrested a confused Nigerian woman, newly arrived from Germany.

 
She was claiming asylum, had two young daughters in tow and was making bizarre claims about ‘extreme religious ceremonies’ that her estranged and violent husband was involved in. The Met team quickly headed north.

In the Glasgow flat the woman and her daughters had been put up in, the team made a vital breakthrough, finding a pair of orange shorts, identical to the ones Adam had been wearing.
Sinister: Extracts of carabar bean would have left the child paralysed but conscious when his throat was cut
Sinister: Extracts of calabar bean would have left the child paralysed but conscious when his throat was cut
There was more circumstantial evidence tying this woman, called Joyce Osagiede, to Adam.

 
In Germany, a young boy had been seen in her care, only to vanish shortly before Adam’s body was found floating in the Thames, while both her estranged husband and another man she associated with had been convicted of offences relating to people trafficking.
But Joyce denied ever having any contact with Adam and insisted she had only ever bought one pair of orange shorts. DNA tests showed she wasn’t related to Adam in any way.

 
So when it became clear that she had definitely been in Hamburg at the time of the boy’s death, police had no choice but to release her.
Joyce was deported back to Nigeria and, for the next six years, the trail went cold, with the police apparently no closer to identifying Adam or his killers.

But I was convinced Joyce knew who Adam was, and what his real name was. So I kept in touch, both with the investigation team in Britain and my contacts in the Nigerian police force.

 
Suffering from depression and other health problems, Joyce knew I wanted to speak to her but resolutely turned down all my requests.
Then, in 2008, seven years after Adam’s body had been found in the Thames, I got a call from the Nigerian police: Joyce’s brother, Victor, a former journalist and now a church pastor, said his sister was at last willing to talk.

 
Indeed, she’d already been talking to officers from Lagos CID, confirming that she’d had custody of a little boy in Germany and that she had dressed him in orange shorts belonging to one of her daughters. 

'They used him for a ritual in the River Thames'
I flew to Lagos with British detectives, only to discover she’d had a nervous breakdown and Nigerian police advised against interviews. I returned home bitterly disappointed without even seeing her. Almost a year would go by without any further contact.

Then, a few weeks ago, came another phone call. Joyce had recovered and was willing to talk to me. Once again, I flew out, first to Lagos and then on to the small airport in Benin City. There we were to meet her brother, Victor, but there was no sign of him and I couldn’t get him to answer his mobile phone. Had something gone wrong again? I let out a sigh of relief as his battered green Ford finally drew up outside. We were back on the case.

We drove for an hour before coming to a halt outside a simple, single-storey, breeze-block dwelling.

 
This is where Joyce lives, her rent and upkeep paid for by her brother. We went inside and there for the first time I met the woman who I am convinced holds the key to Adam’s tragic story.
My parents taught me Yoruba, while Joyce is a native Edo speaker, so we spoke in English. She was confused and unsure of herself at first, both nervous and slightly aggressive, which I put down to the medication she was on.

 
But, gradually, she got into her stride and it became clear that the best approach was to let her speak and not to interrupt with too many questions.

 
Finally, she told me that when she lived in Germany, she had looked after a boy as a favour to a friend, a woman who was not the boy’s mother, but who was about to be deported. Joyce then handed the boy over to a man she calls Bawa, who was taking him to London. The poor child had been passed from person to person like pass the parcel. No one seemed to know where he came from originally.
Clue: The only clothing on his body was this pair of orange shorts, exclusively sold in Woolworths in Germany and Austria
Clue: The only clothing on his body was this pair of orange shorts, exclusively sold in Woolworths in Germany and Austria
I then handed Joyce one of a set of photographs that had recently come into my possession, photographs of her with her two daughters. But in three of them there was also a young boy with them. Was this Adam, I wanted to know?

She nodded and then told me what I had travelled 3,000 miles and waited almost ten years to hear.

 
Joyce told me his native name: ‘Ikpomwosa.’ At last, Adam had a face and a name. Joyce said she handed Ikpomwosa to the man she called Bawa before coming to Britain herself to seek asylum — or ‘refuge’ as she put it.

 
She claimed she then phoned Bawa to ask about the boy and was told he was dead. I asked her if she knew who had killed him. ‘I’m a mother, I have children,’ she replied. ‘I can’t kill someone’s child.’

She hesitated, but then — insisting she didn’t know the group of people involved — admitted: ‘They used him for a ritual in the water.’

 
The confirmation came as a relief, but also as a shock. Human sacrifice in London? It’s unthinkable.

But while the Met said it is unprecedented, stories of abuse and child trafficking among African communities in the capital are not unknown. In 2005, three people originally from Angola were found guilty at the Old Bailey of torturing an eight-year-old girl they thought was a witch. The cruelty started when a boy told his mother that the girl had been practising witchcraft.

 
The girl was starved, cut with a knife and hit with a belt and shoes to ‘beat the Devil out of her’. She had chilli peppers rubbed in her eyes and, at one stage, was put into a laundry bag to be thrown into the river. She was saved from drowning only when one of the perpetrators warned that they would be sent to prison if caught and they decided against it.

 
This child, an orphan, was the victim of trafficking, like Adam — she was brought into the UK from Angola by her aunt, who had passed her off as her daughter.

 
After the case, representatives from the Government got together with the police, social services, African community leaders and church representatives to discuss ways of protecting young African children, who endure horrendous treatment at the hands of bogus practitioners performing what they claim are exorcisms and other rituals.

Dr Hoskins said the most likely explanation for Adam’s death is that the murderer was a trafficker of children and drugs who had sacrificed poor Adam in order to give him power to evade the authorities.

 
Whatever the truth, at last we are one step closer to understanding the appalling fate of this little boy.

Yes, Joyce is volatile, has mental health issues and the British police still have to corroborate everything she said, but I still listened transfixed, as the missing pieces of a ten-year-old puzzle finally began to fall into place.

I hope this breakthrough will help to spark new progress in this tragic case. Ten years after his poor, mutilated little body was fished out of the Thames, the boy known as Adam may now have a face and a name, Ikpomwosa.

 
But we have yet to find his killers.

Ronke Phillips is a correspondent for ITV’s London Tonight.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1375024/Voodoo-human-sacrifice-The-haunting-story-Adam-Torso-Thames-boy-finally-identified.html#ixzz1J0YpuX00

Friday, April 8, 2011

Torture and killing in Kenya – Britain's double standards

The UK sees no contradiction in forcing Libyans to apologise for Lockerbie while denying Kenya's Mau Mau victims recompense
Kenyans protest at the high court
Kenyans protest at the high court over the British refusal to apologise for the Mau Mau killings. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images
This week, a British human rights lawyer backed by the Foreign Office managed to strong-arm an apology out of Libya's revolutionary leadership for the actions of the man it is struggling to overthrow.

The apology and promise of compensation over Muammar Gaddafi's supply of explosives used in IRA bombs and his role in blowing up the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie was made by the rebels in the name of the Libyan people as a whole – a move that astonished and offended many Libyans, who see no reason to take responsibility for the crimes of their oppressor.

But the Foreign Office shared the view of the British lawyer, Jason McCue, that saying sorry for something they had no hand in would somehow be good for the Libyan people as a whole by establishing a newfound commitment to human rights. The promise of money helps, of course.

The truth is that the revolutionary leadership, which has rather more pressing issues to hand such as keeping Gaddafi's troops from overrunning Benghazi, felt it had to play along to bolster crucial support from the UK and the west. McCue even praised David Cameron for making the case a priority at the Foreign Office.

This demonstration of power politics is made all the more distasteful by the contrasting attitude of the British government at the high court toward victims of the most depraved torture, gruesome killings and mass hangings by Britain during Kenya's struggle for independence.

Hiding behind legal contortions, the government is refusing to apologise or pay compensation for appalling abuses done in the name of and with the knowledge of the British state, with the intent of preserving a system of racist privilege for white settlers in the east African colony.
The Kenya Human Rights Commission says about 160,000 black people were held in dire conditions in camps run by the British colonial authorities and tens of thousands were tortured to get them to renounce their oath to the Mau Mau rebellion against British rule in the 1950s.

The Foreign Office doesn't deny there was torture and killings in the camps. How could it? Many of the abuses are documented in files discovered in its own archives. They including a telegram from the British governor of Kenya, Sir Evelyn Baring, documenting torture allegations against colonial district officers including "the burning alive of detainees".
Instead the Foreign Office is deploying an array of legal barriers to argue that it is not required to pay compensation. Among the arguments is that Britain's responsibility for its colonial crimes ceased to exist when Kenya became independent in 1963 – a legal convenience that apparently does not apply in Libya where Britain has willed it that responsibility for Gaddafi's crimes has been transferred to the people as a whole and their representatives in the struggle for freedom.

The Foreign Office also argues that these crimes are historic. But they are not history to those who live with the consequences, including the four claimants at the high court such as Ndiku Mutua and Paulo Nzili, who say they were castrated in a British camp. Or to Jane Muthoni Mara who I spoke to in Nairobi several years ago and who described to me how as a 15-year-old she was arrested as a Mau Mau spy and, among other things, tortured under the supervision of a British army officer by being raped with a bottle filled with hot water.
Other prisoners told of being beaten, starved, anally raped and flogged. The official documents found at the Foreign Office acknowledge that prisoners were used as forced labour. Some detainees were tortured so badly they died.

More than 1,000 Kenyan men met their death at the end of a hangman's noose, many after confessions they said were tortured from them.

All of this led a Kenyan colonial judge, Arthur Cram, who was appointed to examine the role of British officials in torture and killings, to draw comparisons with infamous Nazi camps.
"They [British colonial officials] not only knew of the shocking floggings that went on in this Kenya Nordhausen, or Mathausen, but must be taken to be the men who were said to have carried them out. From the brutalising of flogging it is only a step to taking life without qualm," he said in his judgment.

Germany is still apologising and paying compensation for the crimes of the Nazi state in Nordhausen and Mathausen. It has not tried to say that responsibility dissolved with the collapse of the Third Reich.

The survivors of the British camps in Kenya are asking for what the victims of the IRA and Lockerbie have now been promised from the new Libya – an apology and compensation to live out the rest of their lives with respect and dignity.

But the Foreign Office believes apologies are for Libyans.

KENYA: Phillip Bonhoeffer it is alleged, also tried to bribe the child he sexually abused with gifts to keep him silent....

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/abuse-claims-against-surgeon-could-not-be-prosecuted-in-uk-2265011.html

KENYA: Phillip Bonhoeffer child SEX abuser gets off scott free in England....not ONLY that the MET have lost some of the paperwork for the case !!!!!!!

Abuse claims against surgeon could not be prosecuted in UK


By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor
Friday, 8 April 2011
Police investigating allegations that a heart specialist who worked at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital had sexually abused children in Kenya found they would have been unable to bring a prosecution because the alleged offences occurred before May 2004, a spokesman for Scotland Yard said yesterday.

Professor Philipp Bonhoeffer, an internationally renowned paediatric cardiologist, is facing misconduct charges before the General Medical Council over claims that he abused children in a “foreign country”. He was suspended from practising, pending the outcome of the GMC’s investigations, and stopped working for Great Ormond Street in April 2009.


Police said yesterday that the alleged abuse had taken place in Kenya where Professor Bonhoeffer travelled frequently carrying out humanitarian work with the charity Chain of Hope.

The charity, set up hy heart transplant pioneer Sir Magdi Yacoub, brings children with heart problems from the developing world to Britain for surgery and takes surgeons to developing countries to operate.

Detectives from Scotland Yard’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit flew to Kenya after being alerted to the claims in September 2008 and interviewed the victims but the investigation was dropped eight months later and no arrest made “as the offences were not prosecutable in the UK for legal reasons”. A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “The Sexual Offences Act 2003 provides that in certain circumstances United Kingdom nationals or residents can be prosecuted for sexual offences against children committed abroad. The 2003 Act does though only apply to offences that were committed after midnight on 1st May 2004. These [alleged offences] must have preceded that date.”

Detectives had shared information about the alleged offences with relevant agencies “as necessary to discharge our duty to safeguard children” and intelligence databases had been updated, the spokesman said.

Great Ormond Street Hospital set up a helpline yesterday for worried parents. Professor Bonhoeffer joined the hospital in 2001 and later became head of cardiology. There are no allegations of misconduct in the UK and Great Ormond Street said it had “absolutely no reason to believe anyone in the hospital had been put at risk”.

Chain of Hope declined to comment on the case yesterday.

The GMC case against Professor Bonhoeffer was halted last October after his lawyers appealed for a judicial review over the Fitness to Practise panel’s decision to admit hearsay evidence, which is to be heard in the High Court in London today.

The panel said it had decided not to call the key witness - Witness A - because “homosexuality is illegal in the country where he lives” and his safety and that of his family would be at risk.

Despite being willing to give evidence in this country, advice from senior Scotland Yard officers including Sir Paul Stephenson, the Met Commissioner and Commander Alan Gibson, the head of child abuse investigations was that Witness A should not be called. Instead the panel planned to rely on voice recordings, transcripts, text messages and interviews conducted by detectives.

Professor Bonhoeffer is also alleged to have contacted Witness A, in an attempt to convince him not to give evidence, including “offering him incentives to retract his complaint”.

Dr Priya Singh, Medical Director of the Medical Protection Society (MPS) said: “The issue for the Court is whether the GMC should be allowed to rely on hearsay evidence to support serious allegations and not to call the crucial witness to give evidence in person or by videolink, when the witness is said to be available and willing to give evidence.

MPS is challenging this in the High Court as it is an important point of principle for all doctors.”

The cardiologist pioneered the development of new treatments for heart conditions which are in use in scores of countries around the world. He performed the world’s first heart valve replacement via a catheter inserted in the groin, avoiding the need for open heart surgery in France in 2000.

In an interveiw with the Daily Telegraph in 2005, he said that as a result of his many trips to Kenya to operate he had acquired a large “family” of children there. Their parents had told him that as he had given them life they were in effect his sons and daughters.

http://watchingyouwatchingyme-steelmagnolia.blogspot.com/2011/04/httpwww_7628.html

Friday, March 25, 2011

Nearly 700,000 of us have take action to stop 'corrective rape'

 Nearly 700,000 of us have take action to stop 'corrective rape' and activists in South Africa have forced the government into talks. Let's urgently reach a million and ramp up the pressure for concrete action — click below to sign and forward this email to everyone:


Thembi (name changed) was pulled from a taxi near her home, beaten and raped by a man who crowed that he was ‘curing’ her of her lesbianism.

Thembi is not alone -- this vicious crime is recurrent in South Africa, where lesbians live in terror of attack. But no one has ever been convicted of 'corrective rape'. Amazingly, from a tiny Cape Town safehouse a few brave activists are risking their lives to ensure that this heinous practice is stopped and their massive campaign has forced the government into talks.

If we shine a light on this horror from all corners of the world -- and enough of us join in we can escalate the pressure, and help make sure these talks lead to concrete and urgent action. Let’s call on President Zuma and the Minister of Justice to publicly condemn ‘corrective rape’, criminalise hate crimes, and ensure immediate enforcement, public education and protection for survivors. Sign the petition now and share it with everyone -- when we reach one million signers we’ll deliver it to the South African government with unmissable and hard hitting actions:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_corrective_rape_6/?vl

South Africa, often called the Rainbow Nation, is revered globally for its post-apartheid efforts to protect against discrimination. It was the first country to constitutionally protect citizens from discrimination based on sexuality. But local organisations record multiple 'corrective rapes' every week, and impunity reigns.

'Corrective rape' is based on the outrageous and utterly false notion that a lesbian woman can be raped to 'make her straight', but this heinous act is not even classified as a hate crime in South Africa. The victims are often black, poor, lesbian women, and profoundly marginalised. But even the 2008 gang rape and murder of Eudy Simelane, the national hero and former star of the South Africa women's national football team, did not turn the tide. Despite this high profile case, Minister Radebe insists that motive is irrelevant in crimes like 'corrective rape.'

South Africa is the rape capital of the world. A South African girl born today is more likely to be raped than she is to learn to read. Astoundingly, one quarter of South African girls are raped before turning 16. This has many roots: masculine entitlement (62 per cent of boys over 11 believe that forcing someone to have sex is not an act of violence), poverty, crammed settlements, unemployed and disenfranchised men, community acceptance -- and, for the few cases that are courageously reported to authorities, a dismal police response and lax sentencing.

This is a human catastrophe. But courageous South Africans and partners at Change.org have opened a window of hope to get action on targeted sexual violence and hate crimes. They have got the government's attention, now if the whole world weighs in, together we could get justice for the victims and concrete and urgent action to end 'corrective rape':
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_corrective_rape_6/?vl

This is ultimately a battle with poverty, patriarchy, and homophobia. Ending the tide of rape will require bold leadership and concerted action to spearhead transformative change in South Africa and across the continent. President Zuma is a a Zulu traditionalist, who has himself stood trial for rape. But he condemned the arrest of a gay couple in Malawi last year, and, after massive national and international civic pressure, South Africa finally approved a UN resolution opposing extra-judicial killing in relation to sexual orientation.

If enough of us join this global call for action, we could push Zuma to speak out, drive much-needed government action, and help a national conversation that could fundamentally shift public attitudes toward rape and homophobia in South Africa. Sign on now and spread the word:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_corrective_rape_6/?vl

A case like Thembi's makes it easy to lose hope. But when citizens come together with one voice, we can succeed in shifting fundamentally unjust, but deeply ingrained practices and norms. Last year, in Uganda, we succeeded in building such a massive wave of public pressure that the government was forced to shelve legislation that would have sentenced gay Ugandans to death. And it was global pressure in support of bold national activists that pushed South African leaders to address the AIDS crisis that was engulfing their country. Let’s join together now and speak out for a world where each and every human being can live without fear of abuse.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Ricken, Maria Paz, David and the rest of the Avaaz team

SOURCES:

South Africans decry rape of Lesbians (AP)
http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/cae69a7523db45408eeb2b3a98c0c9c5/Article_2011-03-15-AF-South-Africa-Lesbians-Raped/id-a57dac2d808a4297828a284269a027b0

'Corrective Rape': Fighting a South African Scourge (Time)http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2057744,00.html

Change.org blog post on local campaignhttp://news.change.org/stories/victory-ministry-of-justice-agrees-to-corrective-rape-activists-demands?avaaz

Protest against ‘corrective rape’ (The Sowetan)http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2011/01/06/protest-against-corrective-rape

"South Africa's shame: the rise of child rape" (The Independent)http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/south-africas-shame-the-rise-of-child-rape-1974578.html

"Exploring homophobic victimisation in Gauteng, South Africa: issues, impacts, and responses" (Centre for Applied Psychology, University of South Africa)http://www.avaaz.org/out_ucap_gauteng_study

"We have a major problem in South Africa" (The Guardian)http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/nov/18/south-africa-murder-rape

"South Africa: Rape Facts" (Channel 4)http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/articles/south-africa-rape-facts

"Understanding men’s health and use of violence: interface of rape and HIV in South Africa" (Medical Research Council)http://gender.care2share.wikispaces.net/file/view/MRC+SA+men+and+rape+ex+summary+june2009.pdf

"Preventing Rape and Violence in South Africa" (Medical Research Council)http://www.mrc.ac.za/gender/prev_rapedd041209.pdf

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Recy Taylor experienced the worst of living under Jim Crow law.

Nearly 70 years ago, in the small town of Abbeville, Alabama, a young woman named Recy Taylor experienced the worst of living under Jim Crow law. In 1944, Recy was gang raped by a group of men –– her neighbors. 
 
Rosa Parks and the NAACP fought on Recy's behalf to send her attackers to prison. But because Recy was black and the assailants were white, her rapists never even faced trial, let alone jail time, even though they confessed to raping her.
Yesterday, after emails from over 6,000 Change.org members, Abbeville Mayor Ryan Blalock and Alabama State Rep. Dexter Grimsley made personal apologies to Recy and her family for the failure to prosecute her attackers. Now it's time for the city of Abbeville and state of Alabama to follow suit.
Recy is now 91 years old, and all she wants is for her story to be recognized. For the state that denied her justice to admit that it did wrong. "The sheriff never even said he was sorry it happened. I think more people should know about it … but ain't nobody saying nothing," Recy said.
Recy's brother, Robert Corbitt, has spent the last decade of his retirement searching for the facts of the case and seeking justice for Recy. He started a petition on Change.org requesting an apology to his sister from the city of Abbeville and the state of Alabama. 
Rep. Grimsley –– an Abbeville native himself –– has vowed to introduce a resolution in the House calling for Alabama to apologize to Recy and all the black women like her whose stories were hushed and names were slandered. 
Tell the Alabama state legislature to support Rep. Grimsley's apology resolution -- it's time for us to stand up for Recy and for Alabama to apologize for letting her down.
Thanks for taking action,
- Shelby and the Change.org team

Friday, March 18, 2011

Baby rapes shock South Africa...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/1703595.stm

'Corrective rape makes you an African woman'

This article is from 2003 , it shows how long this crime has been going on and ignored , there are women being raped this very minute and no one hears their cries...



By Yolanda Mufweba

Lesbians are being raped, assaulted and victimised "every day" in the townships, in an attempt to force a change in their sexual orientation. Since January this year, 33 black lesbians have come forward with their stories of rape, assault, sexual assault and verbal abuse to organisations fighting hate crimes in Johannesburg townships.

Zanele Muholi, a reporter for the lesbian and gay publication Behind the Mask, has documented 12 rapes, four attempted rapes, six verbal abuse cases, three assaults with a deadly weapon, and two abductions.

"Since we started on this project (The Rose has Thorns) we've realised that this kind of thing happens every day, everywhere. As we are speaking, there are two people waiting for me to take their details," she said.

The age group of the victims ranges from 16 to 35 years, and two of the rape survivors are teenagers. Muholi added that 24 of the 33 women who were subjected to hate crimes were "butch" women who had been victimised in townships including Sharpeville, Tembisa, White City, Kagiso, Pimville, Alexandra and Kwa Thema among others.

"Eight of the perpetrators were friends and neighbours, two - family, seven - familiar to the survivors, two - ex-boyfriends, seven - strangers, and five - attacked by gang members," she said.

Kekeletso Khena fled from Soweto after being raped three times before she turned 19.
It's a practice called "corrective rape", where men try to "turn you into a real African woman".

"I was raped because I was a butch child. I was 13 years old the first time it happened. My mother walked into the room soon afterwards and said to me 'this is what happens to girls like you'.

"It didn't occur to me then what she meant, but looking back now, that's not the kind of thing you expect from a mother," she said.

Khena had boyfriends but she never became sexually intimate with them.

"I was raped by my ex-boyfriend because I refused him sex. The last time I was raped, I was 18 years old, it was a family friend who said to me that I had to be taught how to be a black woman. My family reacted differently this time. There was a lot more sensitivity and support because they knew the perpetrator," she said.

Khena left Soweto and hardly goes back to the township.

"I hate going back to Soweto, people stare at you as if you are an abomination. The minute I walk into the township, this alarm bell goes off in my head. I feel even worse when I look at my mother and you can see in her eyes she's thinking 'this is my child'. I left the township because I refuse to feel threatened on a daily basis," she said.

Years later, she and her mother have come to terms with her daughter's behaviour.

"Most black families know, but they don't talk about it," she said.

Denne (as she likes to be called) from Alexandra, is 30 years old and has had to defend herself physically since her days at school.

"I have been in many fights. It's very rough here in Alex. Everyone has a problem - calling me faggot. But you earn respect if you discipline them. If you're a lesbian in Alex, you don't go out after dark, you must be able to fight or else you get raped or beaten up," she said.
She has also left home, but still stays in Alexandra with her daughter.

"I was just tired of fighting with my parents, my family. They don't understand, so I left," she said.

Yusoof Abdullah, veteran co-founder of the Pride March, agreed that at township level many gay women were still facing heavy prejudice from communities.

"We rarely hear of people being beaten up on campus anymore. But in townships, gay women are not accepted. The mentality is still that all they need is a penis to set them straight," he said.

Just last month, a lesbian was stabbed outside her home in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The stabbing pierced her lung and she had to have five stitches.

Media reports also stated that she had been stabbed 11 times in a previous attack. She has subsequently died and will be buried this weekend.

The Forum for the Empowerment of Women and Behind the Mask have, since 2001, tackled hate crimes happening in townships around Johannesburg through workshops and empowerment programmes.

The Rose has Thorns campaign is trying to raise awareness of hate crimes directed at lesbians.

Khena, who has joined the campaign as manager, said the most common form of hate crimes was "corrective rape".

"It's the most disturbing. It boils down to the fact that you as a woman have a role to be a wife, mother and subordinate to your husband. If you are lesbian you are not fulfiling those roles," she said.

"There are many issues that lesbians have to deal with besides being marginalised as women.

 There is intolerance at all levels - the media, health officials, education, the police, family.

 That is why there is such a high rate of suicide and drug abuse," she said.

Pamphlets issued by the organisation advise lesbians on the best ways to prevent themselves from being seriously injured during these attacks.

"We hand these out at workshops and we run self-defence classes every week. We also have training workshops in computer courses for those out of work," she said.

"The organisation has hosted workshops for communities to discuss issues faced by lesbians and how the community can assist in fighting prejudice.

"We need to get rid of the belief that it is unnatural and that it is a white thing, or un-African," she said.

The head of the police Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, Superintendent Andre Neethling, said the victims needed to trust police with information.

"We get reports on rape cases but the motive behind the attacks is not given. If it's a case of gay-bashing we would be able to successfully link cases and do profiles for arrests. We need to work together to put an end to this," he said.
http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/corrective-rape-makes-you-an-african-woman-1.116543