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CEDAW Harms Families

first_imgConcerned Women for America 7 May 2010The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a United Nations (U.N.) treaty that compels countries to change their laws and culture to abolish distinctions between men and women. If the U.S. ratifies CEDAW, it would impact every aspect of life and place Americans under the supervision of a U.N. committee of “gender experts.”Under the guise of “eliminating discrimination against women,” CEDAW would limit Americans’ freedom to make personal, professional and political decisions – such as family duties, parental rights, religious exercise, education, employment, and political representation. Government agents and an unaccountable U.N. Committee would be free to impose a radical vision of restructuring society according to “gender experts.”America’s Founding Fathers trusted that the U.S. would not adopt a treaty that violates our Constitution. CEDAW is a direct threat to the hard-fought American right of self-determination. It would radically alter the U.S. by handing over the right of “we the people” to decide our laws and culture – even family decisions – to a U.N. committee of foreign representatives.How CEDAW impacts families:CEDAW undermines the traditional family. The treaty states, “A change in the traditional role of men as well as the role of women in society and in the family is needed to achieve full equality between men and women.” Article 5a requires countries to: “Modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women .” CEDAW is a global Equal Rights Amendment, a tool for radical feminists to impose their views upon all of society. It forbids recognizing the wonderful differences between men and women, even in the most personal relationships – family, marriage, and religious. CEDAW defines discrimination as “any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of sex,” in “any field.” This would invite an avalanche of frivolous lawsuits in the United States. CEDAW undercuts the role of parents in child rearing. Articles 5 and 16 affirm that in family matters “the interests of the children shall be paramount.” Who decides what is in a child’s “best interest”? What penalty would result from violating a child’s “best interest”? This superficial, feel-good statement places children in the hands of “experts” who follow the latest fads or believe governments can raise children better than parents. CEDAW would globalize abortion policy. Articles 12 and 14, section 2b, seek “to ensure, on a basis of equality of men and women, access to health care services, including those related to family planning” – rhetoric which can lead to open access to abortion. CEDAW seeks to indoctrinate children. The treaty requires that textbooks and teaching methods comply with CEDAW. Single-sex schools are prohibited because their “perspective” on gender is not acceptable. Taxpayers are forced to pay the cost of “gender neutralizing” textbooks and school programs to eliminate mentions of women as mothers. CEDAW encourages decriminalizing prostitution. Article 11, section 1(c), upholds “the right to free choice of profession and employment.” The Committee has included prostitution in that “free choice” – to the detriment of needy women around the world. Twenty-three international “experts” would govern U.S. policy. CEDAW Part V (Articles 17-22) creates a Committee of 23 “gender experts” to oversee the implementation of CEDAW. This places the welfare and well-being of American women and families at the mercy of foreign opinions. This committee includes representatives from China (which forcibly aborts women) and Cuba (which murders women who attempt to escape the island). Other representatives that have been on the committee, and could be again, are North Korea and Saudi Arabia.Examples of CEDAW Committee’s rulings:It “recommends the decriminalization of prostitution in China.” It criticized Belarus for “such symbols as a Mothers’ Day.” It criticized Mexico for a “lack of accessto easy and swift abortion.” It urged Finland to promote equal sharing of domestic and family tasks between women and men. It derided Slovenia because “less than 30 percent of children under three years of age were in formal day care.” It “expressed concern that women’s motherhood role was taking precedence over their professional and individual development” in Uzbekistan. It told Romania and Austria to integrate gender studies in schools. It criticized Croatia for not requiring hospitals and doctors to commit abortions. It criticized Ireland for “the influence of the Church in attitudes and stereotypes but also in official state policy.” It told Mexico it “would welcome a more equitable redistribution of wealth.”http://www.cwfa.org/cedaw-harms-families/last_img read more

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Alarm at ADHD drug use

first_imgWaikato Times 21 May 2012Prescriptions for drugs to treat hyperactivity have soared in a decade with more than 100,000 Kiwi kids now on medication. That’s a jump from around 60,000 being prescribed such drugs in 2001….The huge rise in numbers has one expert convinced the drug is being over prescribed and kids misdiagnosed because of it. It’s widely agreed that up to 5 per cent of school children are affected by ADHD, but the number of children prescribed the drug last year puts that number at around 12 per cent. That’s a concern to psychologist and behavioural expert Frances Steinberg, who believes shoddy, lazy diagnostic processes are resulting in children labelled with ADHD when they are suffering other problems such as foetal alcohol syndrome, sleep deprivation or anxiety. Dr Steinberg said diagnosing ADHD was a complex process, that required a lot of time to get right. “But it’s a lot easier to write a script and see what happens.” While the drugs might show some positive effect in the short term on those without ADHD, they wouldn’t long-term, leaving the child misdiagnosed and untreated for their real problems. “In the long run we’ll have an entire generation whose needs are not being met.” But developmental paediatrician Andrew Marshall disagreed, saying the increase was down to a better understanding of the condition and the drugs to treat it. While in an “ideal world” a paediatrician would have 10 hours to diagnose a child, that wasn’t realistic “… but you can get it right – most of the time – very efficiently and being efficient and safe is what doctors are good at”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/6955902/Alarm-at-ADHD-drug-uselast_img read more

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John Hart gets it

first_imgWhy are you such an advocate for discipline?I am a great believer that discipline and standards underpin success in society across sport, business, families, and our schools. Children need boundaries. It’s become too easy to let kids do what they want to do rather than what they should do. If I have a concern it is that we have become too politically correct in New Zealand. We’ve got the best country in the world and I don’t think we understand how lucky we are and how good New Zealand is.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11132486last_img read more

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Sex education in Poland faces legal challenge

first_imgCurrently a draft law under discussion in the Polish parliament aims to make the “promotion of paedophile behaviour” punishable with two years in prison. Fundacja Pro, the organisers of the petition, want a clause added to the law which would make “the same penalty apply to anybody who promotes sexual behaviour in minors aged under 15 or facilitates their involvement in such behaviour”. Although Mariusz Dzierzawski, the head of Fundacja Pro, claims the proposal will not lead to the end of sex education in Polish schools, its opponents state that the wording is so broad that anybody talking about such matters as sexual development and contraception could face prosecution. The Telegraph 11 September 2014Anybody teaching sex education in Poland could face up to two years behind bars under draft legislation proposed by anti-paedophile campaigners.Backed by a petition boasting some 250,000 signatures, supporters of the proposal argue that sex education in school can promote sexual behaviour in minors and undermine their morality.center_img “It is hard to believe that in the 21st century they want to punish teachers, educators and carers who want to inform children about their development and the nature of sexual relationships, and put them in the same boat as paedophiles,” said Monika Sajkowska, president of Nobody’s Children, an organisation fighting child abuse.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/poland/11087423/Sex-education-in-Poland-faces-legal-challenge.htmllast_img read more

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Players leave court mid-game to confront bully of cheerleader with Down syndrome

first_imgFox News 13 March 2015A group of middle school basketball players walked off the court in the middle of a game when they heard bullying coming from the stands directed at cheerleader, Desiree Andrews, who has Down syndrome.“We walked off the court and went to the bullies and told them to stop because that’s not right to be mean to another person,” said Miles Rodriguez, one of the players, told Fox & Friends Friday.The athletic director at Lincoln Middle School in Wisconsin told the show he was proud of the boys for what they did, as well as Desiree and the other cheerleaders.“It truly does take a village to do great things,” AD Tim Nieman said.Brandon Morris, who was the boys seventh-grade coach at Lincoln told the Kenosha News, “One of the kids stepped up and said, ‘Don’t mess with her,’.Eighth-graders Miles, Chase Vasquez and Scooter Terrien stormed off the court to confront the bully, who was giving Andrews a hard time.“We were mad; we didn’t like that,” Rodriguez told the paper. “We asked our sports director to talk to the people and tell them not to make fun of her.”In a video on TMJ4 news in Wisconsin, Andrews called the gesture “sweet, kind, awesome, amazing.”“It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong because we’re all the same. We’re all created the same,” Terrien told TMJ4.http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/03/13/players-leave-court-mid-game-to-confront-bully-cheerleader-with-down-syndrome/last_img read more

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Marijuana use may lower sperm count, block ovulation

first_imgStar Advertiser 12 August 2019Family First Comment: For couples struggling with conception, smoking weed isn’t a joke; it sends their chances of having a baby up in smoke. In an article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers say they want doctors and patients trying to conceive to be aware that smoking marijuana might make it more difficult. How? • erectile dysfunction in men and infertility in women.• decreased sperm count.• delayed or no ovulation• prenatal exposure to marijuana and problems for the childFor couples struggling with conception, smoking weed isn’t a joke; it sends their chances of having a baby up in smoke.In an article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers say they want doctors and patients trying to conceive to be aware that smoking marijuana might make it more difficult. How?>> THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, acts on receptors in the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and reproductive organs, making it more difficult to conceive.In women the hypothalamus produces gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which leads to a cascade of other hormones needed for ovulation and to prepare the uterus for a fertilized egg. Pituitary problems can contribute to erectile dysfunction in men and infertility in women.>> Another problem: decreased sperm count. A Danish study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that smoking marijuana more than once a week reduced sperm count by 29% in guys 18 to 28 years old.>> Marijuana could delay or prevent ovulation if smoked more than three times in the past three months.>> One more caution: Authors of a study called “It’s Not Your Mother’s Marijuana,” published in Clinics in Perinatology, point out that if you’re pregnant and smoke today’s superpowered weed, prenatal exposure to marijuana can result in problems with your child’s executive functioning skills, attention, behavior and school achievement later on.https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/08/12/features/marijuana-use-may-lower-sperm-count-block-ovulation/last_img read more

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Mary Cannon: Cannabis is harmful for young adults and teens

first_imgNZ Herald 3 August 2020Family First Comment: Superb article pushing back on the narrative that ‘cannabis is less harmful than alcohol’…“Cannabis, on the other hand, is strongly associated with psychotic symptoms and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. In fact, cannabis use is now the most powerful single environmental risk factor for psychotic disorder… Recent studies from Europe have examined the risks associated with high-potency cannabis (defined as greater than 10 per cent THC) and have found that daily users of high potency cannabis have a nine-fold increased risk of developing schizophrenia or another clinical psychotic disorder… This “psychotogenic” effect is not confined to adolescent-onset cannabis use and appears more linked to frequency of use. In addition, it is not confined to people with a history of psychotic disorder in their family (although they are at high risk and should avoid cannabis). It has been estimated that between one third to half of all the cases of psychotic illness in places like London or Amsterdam could be due to cannabis… I would argue that cannabis use is actually more damaging to the brain – especially the brains of young adults and teenagers, and their life prospects. The failure of governments worldwide to control alcohol harms shows that once an addictive substance is legalised and freely available public health takes a second place to profit.”#VoteNopeToDopeA common argument in favour of legalising cannabis is that alcohol is legal and is more harmful to people and society than cannabis, and therefore cannabis should be legal too.This is a somewhat spurious argument along the lines of “Would you rather be eaten by a lion or a bear” or “Would you rather be run over by a truck or a bus”. Nevertheless, it provides a good opportunity to examine the differential harms posed by both substances.A recent article by a Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (NZ Herald, July 28) stated, “both cannabis and alcohol are known to cause psychotic conditions, but in both instances, these are rare events.”This statement is true in one regard. Psychotic disorder related solely to alcohol is indeed a rare event. It is generally in the form of an uncommon condition called Alcoholic Hallucinosis, which occurs in older individuals who have been using alcohol heavily for many years. I have seen only one or two cases in my clinical career.Individuals who are withdrawing from alcohol can suffer with hallucinations and acute paranoia as part of the withdrawal reaction but this is not a psychotic disorder. Cannabis, on the other hand, is strongly associated with psychotic symptoms and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.In fact, cannabis use is now the most powerful single environmental risk factor for psychotic disorder.Many well-designed studies have examined this association, and the majority have shown that cannabis is significantly related to psychotic disorder with the remainder showing a strong trend in that direction.In the early 2000s, I was involved in a research team investigating the link between cannabis use in adolescence and the risk of psychotic disorder in adulthood. This research was carried out on a group of approximately 1000 young people from Dunedin, who had been followed up since the 1970s (and are still being followed up to this day).We found that young people who started using cannabis before age 15 had had a four times increased risk of being diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizophreniform disorder by age 26. To put this in perspective, 10 per cent of the young people who had been using cannabis by age 15 developed a psychotic disorder in young adulthood compared with 3 per cent of the remainder of the group – a one in 10 chance is certainly not a rare occurrence.The association between cannabis and psychosis appears to be getting even stronger in line with the increase in strength of cannabis (the THC content is now regularly over 20 per cent, whereas it was only about 1-2 per cent in the 1960s and 70s.)Recent studies from Europe have examined the risks associated with high-potency cannabis (defined as greater than 10 per cent THC) and have found that daily users of high potency cannabis have a nine-fold increased risk of developing schizophrenia or another clinical psychotic disorder.This “psychotogenic” effect is not confined to adolescent-onset cannabis use and appears more linked to frequency of use.In addition, it is not confined to people with a history of psychotic disorder in their family (although they are at high risk and should avoid cannabis). It has been estimated that between one third to half of all the cases of psychotic illness in places like London or Amsterdam could be due to cannabis.In my clinical experience, I have observed an increase in presentations of young men with psychosis related to cannabis over the past few years. The type of psychosis associated with cannabis is one with high levels of agitation, aggression and paranoia and can present a risk to family and others.In a groundbreaking study in the UK, 16 healthy volunteers were given one dose of intravenous THC.Remarkably, 70 per cent developed psychotic symptoms within 20 minutes and this demonstrates the powerful impact of the THC component of cannabis on psychosis.Aside from its effect on psychosis, several large international studies have shown that cannabis use in youth has a more detrimental effect on cognition and later functioning in adulthood than alcohol use in youth.A study from Christchurch showed that young cannabis users had greater rates of school dropout, unemployment and dependence on social welfare payments than their peers did even after taking account of alcohol use.The Dunedin study showed that young cannabis users had lower incomes later in adulthood than their alcohol using peers. Heavy, early onset cannabis use has been associated with up to 8-point drop in IQ that appears to be irreversible.No one would deny that alcohol is associated with a host of social problems and serious physical health problems.However, I would argue that cannabis use is actually more damaging to the brain – especially the brains of young adults and teenagers, and their life prospects.The failure of governments worldwide to control alcohol harms shows that once an addictive substance is legalised and freely available public health takes a second place to profit.Once society normalises the widespread use of a drug it is almost impossible to undo that and put the genie back in the bottle.• Mary Cannon is Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health, with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12352685last_img read more

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500 days since boko haram kidnapped 219 Chibok girls

first_imgRelated Boko Haram releases new video showing kidnapped Chibok girls Boko Haram video purportedly shows Chibok girls Today marks 500 days since the Chibok girls were kidnapped. Relatives of the missing schoolgirls are expected to hold a youth march and candle-lit vigil in the Nigerian capital Abuja.Muslim and Christian prayer services and a tree planting ceremony will also take place.Nigeria’s recently elected President Muhammadu Buhari has made it his mission to not only crush the Boko Haram insurgency, but also to get the girls back.In April last year, Boko haram invaded Chibok secondary school in Nigeria’s Borno state and made way with nearly 276 school girls that sparked international criticism over how Nigeria’s government was handling the situation. CCTV’s Clementine Logan takes a look back at how those events unfolded and how their story brought international attention to the threat posed by Boko Haram. Boko Haram has set new terms for the release of Chibok girlslast_img read more

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ICC trial of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda to start

first_imgBosco Ntaganda at the ICCFormer Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed “The Terminator”, goes on trial before the International Criminal Court Wednesday, accused of war crimes including the rape of child soldiers by his own rebel army.The once-feared rebel commander with a flair for pencil moustaches, cowboy hats and fine dining, faces 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity. He has pleaded not guilty.Presiding Judge Robert Fremr will open proceedings against Rwandan-born Ntaganda at 0730 GMT at the court’s Hague-based headquarters.ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will speak first, followed by Ntaganda’s lawyers and those representing some 2,149 victims in the case.Prosecutors say Ntaganda played a central role in ethnic attacks on civilians in the mineral-rich but restive northeastern Congolese province of Ituri in 2002-3, in a conflict rights groups believe has left some 60,000 dead since 1999.At a hearing a year ago to confirm charges against Ntaganda, chief prosecutor Bensouda accused the former warlord of allowing his fighters to rape child and woman soldiers in his own rebel army, or keep them as sex slaves.One female child soldier received 150 lashes and was raped as punishment, with her wounds taking a month to heal, Bensouda said.“This case is highly significant because for the first time in international criminal law, the ICC has charged a commander with acts of rape and sexual slavery committed against children within his own militia group and under his command,” Brigid Inder of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice said in a statement.Feared warlord Ntaganda, 41, was once one of the most-wanted fugitives in Africa’s Great Lakes region until he unexpectedly walked into the US embassy in the Rwandan capital Kigali in March 2013 and asked to be sent to The Hague.He was the founder of the M23 rebel group that was defeated by the Congolese government in late 2013 after an 18-month insurgency in the vast Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 26, 2020

Lufthansa and Egypt Air in ‘near miss’ at JFK runway

first_img 38 Views   no discussions Tweet LifestyleTravel Lufthansa and Egypt Air in ‘near miss’ at JFK runway by: – June 23, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share New York’s JFK airport is one of the busiest international airports in the USA Lufthansa jet was forced to abort a take-off from New York’s JFK airport after an Egyptian plane on the ground strayed too close to the runway.“Cancel take-off plans,” the American air traffic control official shouted over the radio.A US air traffic official said an EgyptAir jet was told to remain 250ft (76m) from the runway the Lufthansa plane was using, but moved too close.The Lufthansa jet braked quickly after being ordered to stop by air traffic.Radio chatter indicates the pilot slammed on the plane’s brakes after being ordered to come to a stop.US aviation authorities are now investigating how the near-miss came about.The Munich-bound Lufthansa plane, an Airbus A340, was carrying 286 passengers, while the Egypt air jet was a Boeing 777, the New York Post reported.Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told the Associated Press the Lufthansa plane stopped “a considerable distance” from EgyptAir flight 986.After the Lufthansa plane halted, the pilot said he had “hot brakes” and needed to take a minute. The tower controller then said a maintenance crew would inspect them.Then, a man identified as a pilot for a Virgin America plane said on the radio: “That was quite a show. We thought it was going be a short career.”BBC Newslast_img read more