Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Anti Gay Bill Uganda

The African nation of Uganda proposed an Anti – Homosexuality Bill on the 13th of October 2009 that would, if enacted later this year, punish homosexuality by introducing the death penalty for people who have previous convictions, are HIV - Positive, or engage in same sex acts with people under 18 years of age. The bill also includes a clause that if a Ugandan engages in same-sex sexual relations outside of Uganda, that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda. It also includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organisations, or non - governmental organisations that support LGBT rights. The bill is to be discussed in Uganda's parliament in Spring 2010.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”- Article Three, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On January 3rd 2010, The New York Times published the article: Americans’ Role seen in Uganda Anti – gay push. Upon reading it I was instantly horrified, but yet, unsurprised. Uganda, after all, like everywhere is bound to have a tremendous amount of people with very conservative attitudes and opinions. What did surprise me about the article is the spark that started this forest fire of a situation:
Last year a group of American Evangelical Christians had spoken to Ugandans about the “threat” of Homosexuality.

From the 5th to the 8th of March 2009, a workshop took place in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, which featured three prominent American evangelical Christians

The theme of the conference, according to The New York Times, was the " gay agenda": "how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how 'the gay movement is an evil institution' whose goal is 'to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity' ".
A special motion to introduce anti – homosexual legislation was passed a month after the two-day event.

In Uganda it is already illegal to be a homosexual but the bill proposes increasing the jail term, from up to fourteen years, to life imprisonment. The bill also proposes that if a person who has been in prison for seven years but repeats the “crime” they will be tried on “aggravated homosexuality” for which the sentence is death by hanging.
Other offences that reach “aggravated homosexuality” status are, “if the person against whom the offence is committed is under the age of 18 years”, “the offender is living with HIV”, “the offender is a person in authority over the person against whom the offence is committed” and other such “offences”.

I personally, do not look on this as a gay rights matter, I do not look on any situation as a gay rights matter, for in my opinion it is not gay rights. It is a human issue and an issue of what we all are entitled to.
Everyone is born with a sexual preference. It is as much a part of who we are as the colour of our eyes. There is no doubt in my mind that every person has the right to choose to marry and every person has the right to adopt or foster a child: as long as they can financially and lovingly support the child.

If this bill is to become law in Uganda I fear this tenuous decision could affect the rest of Africa, nay the rest of the world.

Most recently gay marriage laws were passed in Mexico City, but as tends to be the case in most battles regarding basic human rights and religious moral issues, its one step forward and two steps back. Also as is the case in most African countries the separation of church and state is a concept we may not see for many, many years.

But in such an egregious act of persecution, we all must stand strong, we must not back down, for each small victory is another brick in the wall of justice we are building. We must make the Ugandan authorities and people see that when the rights of one are violated the rights of all are compromised.

Iran- Getting Stoned

“In Iran it is legal to stone a person to death it is illegal to use the wrong sized stone”. A quote from the recent Amnesty International report, on the legalised execution by stoning in Iran. This judiciary “V-sign” to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights resonates with corruption of the state and religion putting common sense, basic human rights and a fair legal system in a stranglehold.

Whilst female activists had a successful and morally necessary role to play in the suffragette movement, women of the west have moved on to trivial matters that undermine the true battle for equality that the women’s rights movement was originally founded on. Trivial matters such as demanding to be referred to as actors, instead of actresses and other “monstrously important” matters. While their sisters in arms in the Middle East have considerably more pressing matters to deal with.
In a society where women cannot drive or sit in the front of a car and religious police enforce laws such as covering ones face at all times, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for women’s rights.
We must remember also that the complicated relationship between women and religion is not solely confined to the state of Iran. In Saudi Arabia recently, a gruesome story has emerged of a fire starting in a girl’s boarding school in the middle of the night. The two hundred young women fled the burning building in their pyjamas, but were met by the long fist of the law that is the religious police and were instructed to return to the inferno and retrieve their headscarves. Twelve young women burned to death and many more were seriously injured trying to adhere to moral practise.
The idiocy of a need for a religious police force may only appear to me, but surely religion is based upon the principle that you make moral decisions on your own behalf and in the “afterlife” you are commended or punished for your decisions in life, surely a religious police makes about as much sense as a karma police or an anarchist running for government.
At this point in my elitist “schpeil” you may be asking yourself what is the crime for stoning? And I am sure you will assume it to be a crime of horrific proportions, but nay, alas the crime for stoning this torturous punishment is not even illegal in most countries. The crime, is adultery.
In recent years the UN General Assembly has twice voted, with increasing support, for a general suspension of the use of the death penalty.

Women, of course, yet again draw societies short straw. A man may marry up to four wives, whereas a woman may only have one husband. The law also states that the person being stoned to death must be buried in a pit before the first stone is cast, but if during the stoning process the victim is to escape, they are freed and will not be killed. Male prisoners are buried up to their waste, and females are buried up to just before the neck.

Sentencing for adultery in Iran is a rather biased affair, do excuse the pun.
In Iran the decision on whether or not a person is to be stoned to death is completely up to the judge. In the western world to become judge you must join a documental “battle royale” and climb a steep treacherous ladder of law to reach the status of a judge. In Iran to become a judge you must have a secondary level education and then you must write to the heads of law in the state, these men will decide if you are eligible. As the state in Iran is founded upon religion, the people who are rich enough to have a secondary level education and have traditional religious backgrounds tend to get the jobs.

So from the outside the situation looks bleak, (well I suppose from the inside the situation looks bleak as well) but if you my dear reader feel it’s about time to stop this madness, don’t sit back, get involved, the world is a quiet place, if you raise your voice there will be a lot of people who will hear you.
In a world where young women do not have a life of equality and justice to look forward to, in a world where choosing the way you live, ends your life, in a world where one man thinks because he has studied law he can sentence another to death, then this is a world where we can make a change.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

America- International Crappy Friend

If you ever had a friend who was going through a rough patch and decided to drink the pain away, and watched as he slurred his words, fell over, and vomited an entire chicken curry into a toilet bowl, would you pour him another drink? I'm going to assume you said you wouldn't pour another drink, and if you would your a crappy friend.

Israel is Americas obnoxious drunk friend, falling around and fucking things up, and America is Israels crappy friend, always enabling, pouring another double shot of Vodka and shouting "CHUG CHUG CHUG" in Israel's ear; each year handing out billions of dollars worth of military aid, and making those troublesome little violations of international law just disappear

Its crazy watching from the outside as Israels biggest ally in the region topples and falls despite the incredible wall of American tax money that has held it up for years. Across the middle east people have stated an almost unanimous "FUCK THIS SHIT!", no more American military investments, no more tyrannous leaders enslaving our thoughts and suppressing our freedom, no more sitting down quietly and watching as our country is ravaged by a puppet government.

Its amazing to think that the spark to the middle east's forest fire of rebellion was simply one word, "no." Defiance has lead to revolution in Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Iran and Libya. I like to think that remaining defiant and questioning everything is a practice that should remain active throughout your life, and i always say that when you are trying to make change, whether that be fighting for civil rights or fighting for your right to sponge baths, its the little victories that count.

This little victories concept was defined for me in a radio interview i heard just before the Iraq war. Basically a bunch of young Scottish children had a sit down protest in the Scottish Parliament buildings reception. Of course, a bunch of children holding a protest was a journalists wet dream so there were tonnes of media outlets attending. after a few hours this smarmy, pedantic prick of a BBC radio journalist asked one of the children, "What do you think a bunch of children in Scotland could possibly do to prevent a war in Iraq?" and this Scottish child responded to this fool with more sense then any politician or press officer possibly could and said "Well, if six is old enough to be bombed to death in Iraq, well then 8 years old is enough to try stop it in Scotland."

Little victories my friends, little victories. America, next time Israel tries to drive home drunk, be a good friend, take their fucking keys...

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Fox Evicted from Penthouse

A loada rich dudes in london are currently building "The Shard", a skyscraper in London and found a fox living on the 72nd floor!!

The fox had been up there for about 2 or 3 weeks living on scraps of food left over by builders. Apparently this little ninja fox would have to climb the 945 feet tower by using 71 sets of stairs and a ladder to get to his layer.

A pest control group gave the fox a health check and then released him near London bridge. The tower is basically a hub for over acheiving, silver spoon bearing rich kids and will have offices, a hotel, viewing galleries, bars, restaurants and luxury apartments.

Personally, I think if this fox was smart enough to climb a ladder they should give him a fucking room in the building, considering they probably built this tower on top of his house. The majority of people who will avail of this building wont know what a ladder is, or fear their armani suits might get stuck in them, this fox doesnt even have thumbs and he could master it...

London is home to many an urban fox, but apparently many London dwellers have taking to culling foxes. Apparently people are getting pissed at these furry fellows because they rip open bins and make noise in the night....Thing is...they were kind of there before you, even the name "urban fox" makes no sense. They are only urban foxes because you happened to build a fucking city around them!

In August 2006 the BBC did a piece on a south london couple who had spent £1000 in attempts to remove foxes from their property...words cannot descripe my hatred...

Basically whats happened here is like me coming into your house and saying "ehm sorry, this is my house now, can you leave" and then me sleeping in your house all the time and being pissed because you wouldnt leave, and then me spendin a bitch load of money to have you removed....

Sense, where hast then hidden!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Voldemort Cat!

Sooooo, this crazy looking bastard of a Cat named charlie is unable to find a home, because he looks to much like voldemort! Personally, im more of a dog person, and im not a particularly big fan of bespectacled wizards....BUT JESUS CHRIST I WANT A CAT THAT LOOKS LIKE VOLDEMORT!

This 14 year old domestic short haired pussy (LOL) was taken in by the blue cross, but had to have his ear and nose removed because he had skin cancer.

Why does nobody want this thing? He has so many loveable assets, first of all, he doesnt get on with other animals, a lot of people think thats a bad thing, personally i see that as a benefit, at least he wont be bringing girls home late at night and leaving condoms all over the place. He doesnt get on with children, another thing that people seem to have a problem with, but i dont want some sticky little fuckers running around my house breaking all my shit. And of course saving the best for last, HE LOOKS LIKE FUCKING VOLDEMORT!  

Supply and demand...You sicken me.

Yes, I have arrived. Although my immeasureable hatred for bloggers such as that "Perez hilton" cunt has kept me away from blogging, my ever flowing love for monetary gain has over come my  previous qualms.

Its not neccessarily that i hate blogs or bloggers, in fact The Huffington Post is bitchin' Hot, its more a sense of distaste at this incredible need we have for publicity!

Everyone nowadays is craving limelight, from demi-celebrities whipping their minge out when popularity drops or some fool dousing himself in gasoline because his wife found a better man, we all crave attention.

And the nation of the world (well the western world) always blame things on the media, "oh the media these days are just feeding these drunken sluts the attention they crave". But its not the medias fault, if the everyone was interested in politics, the TV would only show politics, if people were only interested in calculators, magazines would only show calculators, but because we are interested in the vaginas of drunken teen whore, the media only shows us the vaginas of drunken teen whores.
At the end of the day, the worlds media are purely interested in money, they dont care about truth or justice if we dont care about truth or justice, its all supply and demand.

BUt anyway, everyone is constantly trying to have their opinions shown. From the ranting lunatic on your street corner to the highst paid politician (although the differences are slight) people just want to be heard. Like opinion polls! Constantly we are force fed these bullshit questions to whic NOBODY has an answer!

"What are the chances of a terrorist attack on london in the next year"
"Very Likely"
"Very Unlikely"

In all these polls there should be another option that reads....
"I dont have a fucking clue because you just pulled me off the street, im fat, poor, lonely and have no military, political or tactical background, im not involved in Al Queda, the IRA or the Taliban, i cannot possibly give you a knowledgeable or informed answer without a monstrous amount of research, which due to my current state of employment may take some."

So, basically thats why i havent started a blog before now...