Jessie J sued for copyright infringement over Domino

a case of pot calling the kettle black

loomis stole a 1970s song to create a song which they are accusing Jessie J of copying

Jessie J has been sued by the singer of a California band who is claiming that the pop star’s smash hit Domino is simply a ripoff of one of his songs. Will Loomis of the band Loomis and the Lust has called the 24-year-old singer a Domino thief and has claimed that her 2011 hit incorporates huge chunks of his 2008 song Bright Red Chords, reported.

Loomis’ music has been featured on MTV’s Iggy and the Spike TV show Blue Mountain State.

Loomis has claimed that he never gave her permission to jack his song … and is now suing for damages.


a similar case happened before a band sued Britney Spears for copying one of their songs with permission. Further digging shows they actually copied a 1950s song/music to create that song. only in the American music industry can unoriginal hacks steal music claiming it as their own, and accuse another singer to copying their unoriginal song.

Joe Williams at Politico: Suspended for Being a Black Man

more reasons to quit getting news from the racist white media




Joe Williams, a reporter for, has been suspended for making comments about presidential candidate Mitt Romney that the company deems to be racially-offensive. During an appearance on the show hosted by Martin Bashir, Williams said this:

It’s very interesting that he does so many appearances on Fox & Friends. And it’s unscripted. It’s the only time they let Mitt off the leash, so to speak. But it also points out a larger problem he’s got to solve if he wants to be successful come this fall: Romney is very, very comfortable, it seems, with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in some town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on Fox & Friends, they’re like him. They’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.

Do you hear that? Those are the crickets chirping in the background as I sit and wait for you to give me the punch line that led to Williams being suspended. I can’t find a single offensive word in Williams’ remarks, and the comments are every bit as professional as Williams himself. I’ve interacted with Joe during numerous interviews, and on every single occasion, he was efficient, thorough and thoughtful in his questioning. The idea that he has somehow been labeled to be a rogue is beyond laughable.

But you see, there’s a pattern and unfortunately Joe has been affected by it. For the most part, being born a Black man who speaks conscientiously or accurately about issues of race effectively defines you to be a rogue. There isn’t much of a disconnect between the Black man who is stopped and frisked on the street, and the Black male professor/journalist/doctor/lawyer who has his capabilities questioned, even when he does nothing wrong.

Cornel West was a rogue at Harvard for seeking to reengage the black community.  I was a trouble maker in elementary school when I answered questions without raising my hand.  Barack Obama was defined as a radical leftist by the Republican Party for saying that the wealthy should pay slightly higher taxes.  It’s easy for black men to be marginalized very quickly in most mainstream environments, primarily because people are waiting for you to say something that they can define to be volatile or dangerous.

In media, the pattern is quite the same: Just a couple of years ago, Marc Lamont Hill was ambushed by the Right Wing and fired from Fox News for no good reason. After that, Roland Martin was suspended from CNN for making remarks that I personally didn’t agree with, but were acceptable to many millions of African Americans. The consistent and unfortunate reality for many African Americans who work with mainstream (read: White-owned) media organizations is that you must either be a good little boy who goes along with the program or you have to “take your black ass back to the ghetto.”  Most of these organizations have little interest in true and meaningful diversity of ideas, they only want to have a black face or two at the table so they can pretend that they are making racial progress.

Black men on Fox News like Juan Williams are rewarded for speaking negatively about African Americans, but when Juan tried to speak up in favor of the Black community during the Republican primaries, he was slapped back into his seat and booed down by the crowd. When it comes to liberal organizations, you are allowed to become fired up and radical about the “standardized liberal package,” including issues such as gay marriage, reproductive rights, and the torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. But the minute you get “too Black” and speak truth to power on matters that affect African Americans (i.e. racial inequality or mass incarceration), they put you back in the mailroom where you “belong.”

The saddest thing about what happened to Joe Williams is that he is the consummate professional (much more so than myself), dedicated to his job and darn good at it. It’s even more unfortunate that he was hit with a massive penalty for making remarks that were not only uneventful, but are also in alignment with millions of other Americans. You want to know why I don’t work for networks like Politico, CNN or MSNBC? It’s because Black men are never truly free if their platforms are supported by the descendants of their historical oppressors.

Independent, Black-owned media should be defended and protected as a matter of intellectual, social and cultural security. Strong journalists like Joe Williams, in such environments, would be allowed to flourish without fear of intimidation for exercising fair and free speech. We can never have true power if we are always living under an umbrella that is owned by someone else.  Malcolm X told us this a long time ago.

Joe Williams wasn’t suspended by Politico for being abusive, unprofessional, sloppy or disrespectful. Instead, he was suspended for expressing opinions that come from a point of view that his supervisors will likely never take the time to appreciate. Joe Williams was punished for voicing a view that challenged many Americans (including his bosses) to look at themselves in the mirror and see America for what it really is.

Joe Williams was suspended for being a Black man.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.



Kosovo: Europe’s mafia state

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After Kosovo unilaterally proclaimed its independence, there were many discussions concerning the legality and political consequences of this act. But one more important aspect of the in Kosovo problem are the extensive links of the Kosovo leadership with organised crime. To talk about this problem, our guest today is the former Head of the Russian Interpol bureau, Vladimir Ovchinsky.

Kosovo Stolen – NATO Agression


The truth about Kosovo and Metohija.

This documentary was made by Czech Republic TV
and banned in all mainstream globalist media in western countries.

It will reveal to you the horrifying story of Kosovo that nobody ever wanted to tell you and debunking all hoaxes,lies and propaganda NATO used for trigger events…

In 1999 NATO bombed Serbia for 78 days and destroyed everything on its way bridges,hospitals,schools,telecommunication buildings,military bases…killing more than 2.500 and wound more than 5.000 civilians.

One of the reasons why NATO bombed Serbia is to build the biggest military base in Albania,so they can move on and destroy other countries in the future.

Albanians demolished all Orthodox Monasteries,Churches and Monuments in Kosovo.
They burned all Serbian houses and cemeteries to the ground and committed ethnic cleansing.
Number of killed Serbian civilians is still unknown.Mass graves are discovered every day.

Today Albania is the biggest nest of Organized crime,Human and Drug trafficking all over the world.
So who is the real terrorist here ???

Kosovo is Serbia …….and it always will be.

‘Attack The Block’s Joe Cornish Lands ‘Snow Crash’ At Paramount

the  producers and the studio that whitewashed “The Last Airbender” got the rights to make a live adaptation of the novel “Snow Crash”


“a 1992 novel about a futuristic Los Angeles featuring several characters of color? The main character is hacker and pizza delivery guy Hiro Protagonist, who is of mixed Asian and African American descent. Other characters include a street smart skateboarder named Yours Truly (Y.T.), Hiro’s ex-girlfriend Juanita Marquez, and the antagonist Raven, who is of Aleut descent. Themes of racism and sexism intersect the text and the characters’ experiences.

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Cornish, who has been offered a ton of projects since his alien invasion breakthrough film Attack The Block, has been set to write and direct the Neal Stephenson novel Snow Crash. The book has just been reacquired by Paramount Pictures, with Kathleen Kennedy and Kennedy/Marshall producing.

It’s the second go around on the project for Paramount, which first developed the book back when it was published in 1992. It is a big bestseller and a seminal cyber-punk book that probably was ahead of its time. The book is set in the near future, when the U.S. exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and private enterprise and the mafia control everything. The plot involves a computer virus that is manifested as a drug called Snow Crash that is transmitted visually from computer screens to unsuspecting users, frying their brains. Hiro Protagonist – that’s the character’s name – a computer hacker/samurai swordsman/pizza delivery driver who investigates and tries to stop the takeover of postmodern civilization. It sounds wild, but it is steeped in its own mythology and has become a cult favorite among the cyberpunk set. Paramount dropped the project years ago and it went to Disney with Kennedy/Marshall and languished. Kennedy introduced Cornish to the book, he committed and it is now back at Paramount and is a priority. Cornish is repped by CAA and Independent Talent and the book was repped by CAA for the lit agency  Darhansoff & Verrill.

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Advocacy groups concerned about new Asian American study

the return of the model minority stereotype?


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Several Asian American advocacy groups reacted cautiously Tuesday to a major new study on U.S. Asians, saying it contains important findings but expressing concern that it could be used to perpetuate stereotypes of Asian Americans as high-achieving and with few challenges.

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, a coalition of 30 Asian American national groups, called the study, released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, an “important conversation starter.” But it said the report could lead to conclusions that reflect inaccurate stereotypes of Asians.

“It is … critical to understand that the community is not monolithic,” the council said in a statement.

The Pew report found that Asian Americans — from countries in the Far East, Southeast Asia and India — are the nation’s fastest growing racial group, with that growth fueled mainly by immigration.

Asian Americans now number 18.2 million, or just under 6% of the U.S. population. They have outpaced Latinos as the largest stream of immigrants arriving in the U.S since 2009. Taken as a whole, U.S. Asians also have become the country’s best-educated and highest-income racial or ethnic group, the analysis found, with more than two-thirds of recent Asian immigrants either college graduates or college students.

Pew estimates that undocumented Asian American immigrants account for 10% to 11% of the nation’s illegal immigrant population. Latinos, in comparison, account for about three-quarters of the nation’s illegal immigrants.

The expansive report examines U.S. Asians’ views on many issues, including politics and parenting, education and career, marriage and identity. It is based on census and economic data as well as a nationally representative survey of 3,500 Asian Americans.

It identified a number of ways in which the Asian American community is distinctive as a whole, especially when compared with all U.S. adults.

Asian Americans outpace Americans as a whole when it comes to education, household income and family wealth. But the analysis also found differences among Asian American subgroups on educational attainment and on poverty and employment, sometimes belying their stereotype as a “model minority.”

For example, while Asian American adults overall are slightly less likely than all U.S. adults to be poor, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese are more likely than U.S. adults overall to be living in poverty. The share of Asian Americans who hold at least a bachelor’s degree surpasses that for all U.S. adults, 49% to 28%. But Vietnamese Americans are below the national average, with 26% of those 25 and older having obtained at least a bachelor’s degree, the survey found.

Nonetheless, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans said the study –- and media coverage of it — focused too much on “one-dimensional narratives of exceptionalism,” and not enough on the challenges facing subgroups such as Cambodians and Bangladeshis, who have relatively low rates of educational attainment.

The council’s statement also said millions of Asian Americans are uninsured and said the poverty rate among U.S. Asians has risen sharply in recent years.

Another advocacy group, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, said that Pew’s findings, which it called meaningful, should not be used “to further the myth of the model minority.”

“American Pacific Islander women experience myriad health disparities, discrimination, long-term unemployment and more, but reports like this make it hard for those in need to have their voices heard,” the group’s executive director, Miriam Yeung, said in a statement.




Chronicle and The Help (Hollywood Racism)

from you tuber Mrfuckhollywood



three high school kids get telekinetic powers from some object in the ground that looks like the top of the statue of liberty mixed with a honeycomb. They use their magic powers for a while and then of course the black guy dies.

The main character Andrew, has an abusive father but he gets saved from being killed by one of the teens, but of course the black guy, who is the only one with a bright future, dies.

Andrew ends up getting killed by his cousin Matt at the end (Spoiler Alert)












Yugoslavia – The Avoidable War


If anyone doubts that it is time for a clear and critical look at Western intervention in the Balkans, consider this: The forces that the US supported in Bosnia and Kosovo were and are closely allied with Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network.
Bin Laden, himself, was a regular visitor in the office of Bosnia’s President Alija Izetbegovic in early 1993, when the US government was touting his commitment to moderation and multi-ethnic cooperation.
Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War makes a compelling case that Western backing of separatist forces led directly to the outbreak of war. “The intelligence agencies were unanimous in stating that if you recognize Bosnia, it will blow up,” George Kenney of the State Department reveals.
Why then did the US proceed to do so sparking four years of savage warfare? How did we end up on the same side as Osama-Bin Laden in Bosnia and Kosovo? Newscasters and columnists continue to refer to Kosovo as a victory for the US, but this documentary shows that the region is infinitely more divided and dangerous than it was when NATO bombing of Serbia commenced in March of 1999.
The region is more unstable and US troops are likely to be stuck in harm’s way much longer than originally anticipated.


black single moms requesting father’s day cards from Hallmark! WTF?!

i don’t see Latino, White, Asian and middle eastern moms requesting father day cards for them . Hallmark an obviously white own company sees no problem in profiting from black dysfunction. this only targets the black American community. no other race of women are asking for father’s day cards for moms. this is sick and an embarrassment. what woman with common sense would liked to be called and treated like men?

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Happy Father’s Day, Mom? Cards for black single moms raise questions

Ask anyone who has been raised by a single mother, and they will tell you that their moms played many roles in their lives, including teacher, cook, accountant, housekeeper, driver, CEO and psychologist, and often times, they even served as a father figure for their household. While it’s important to celebrate these mothers and all that they do every day of the year, Hallmark found it necessary to commemorate their contributions to their families with a series of Father’s Day greeting cards created to specifically for single mothers.

While Hallmark offered more than 700 card styles for Father’s Day, the majority of the nontraditional greeting cards for single moms were part of the company’s Mahogany brand, which is their line specifically designed for African-American consumers. The Mahogany Father’s Day collection included 66 culturally-relevant designs and sentiments that honor dad and other special men and women in a person’s life, and two of these celebrate black single mothers.

With 2 out 3 African-American children living in homes where a father is not present, compared to 1 out of 3 nationally, is Hallmark simply making a good business decision or should people of color be offended by their choice? And what effect are these greeting card offerings and the celebration of single motherhood on a day dedicated to honoring dads having on the value of fatherhood across all communities?

Hallmark spokesperson Kristi Ernsting, says that Hallmark started selling these types of cards at the request of customers to celebrate parents who play many different roles in their children’s upbringing. She adds that their goal was to celebrate mothers of all ethnicities.

“Hallmark has long offered ‘Happy Father’s Day, Mom’ and ‘Happy Mother’s Day, Dad’ cards in our lines,” she says. “It’s a common request for people who have lost a parent and want a way to express to their living parent that he/she has been both mother and father to them. We also released one card that was specifically addressed to all mothers in our general Hallmark line. It is our goal to create cards for the wide range of people’s relationships so that everyone who seeks to connect in a positive way with others can find a card that will meet their needs.”

Tonya Bryant, who is a single mother and grew up in a home where her parents were split up for some time, says that she would be honored to receive a card from her children, and that it’s a good way to pay tribute to single moms for all they do.

“When I was growing up, my parents separated and I lived with my mother,” she said. “I remember each year, I would buy Father’s Day cards for both my mom and my dad even back then. Now I think it’s more appropriate to give these cards to single moms because the dynamic of the family has changed over the years, and it’s not the same as what we’re used to. A single mom’s job is challenging, but the rewards are priceless, and being able to fill the role of both mother and father is something that I do with great pride. And to have my children thank me for doing this on Father’s Day would be such an incredible recognition.”

Hallmark began offering cards relevant for African-Americans in the 1960s and introduced the Mahogany line in 1987. Mahogany became a year-round brand offering both everyday and seasonal cards in 1991. Thus far, the product line has proven successful, and 10 percent of proceeds from these sales benefit the Susan B. Komen for the Cure.

While Bryant believes in the value of Father’s Day cards for single moms, she doesn’t agree with Hallmark’s decision to market them almost exclusively to the African-American community.

“I don’t think that it’s appropriate for Hallmark to sell all of these cards under their Mahogany line because they are, in essence, saying that only black people live in single parent homes, which is the furthest thing from the truth,” she said. “They are cheapening the great idea of celebrating single moms on Father’s Day by offering these products to mostly African-Americans. In this day and age, there are people from all walks of life that don’t have fathers in the homes, and I think that they should reconsider their marketing strategies and just offer them to people of all colors.”Although Father’s Day was initially created to celebrate a single father who raised his six children after their mother died, award-winning author, journalist and educator Wil LaVeist believes that there is a larger issue at stake when it comes to selling these products to single mothers.

On his article featured on, he writes “contrary to a new cultural campaign by Hallmark and others, Father’s Day is not a holiday for black single moms.” He goes on to add that while he respects single moms, he believes that “a woman can never be a father and a man can never be a mother and that both parenting roles are equally unique and invaluable.”

“Being a dedicated black father of three grown children who looks forward to this one day that celebrates what I willingly do every day, I find this offensive and even dangerous, particularly for the black community,” he wrote. “By marketing ‘some love’ to single moms on Father’s Day, the role of dads is devalued, especially in a community that badly needs fathers to step up and be real parents. It’s also capitalizing on a self-inflicted wound. Society should be lifting men who are honoring their role.”

In his article, LaVeist mentions the National Fatherhood Initiative, an organization that is committed to educating and engaging fathers of all racial groups. According to NFI, 24 million children are currently growing up in a home without their biological father and the organization has helped ensure that two million more children are living with their fathers. LaVeist interviewed NFI President Roland Warren on his radio show, and Warren agreed with the journalist’s assertion that these greeting cards do nothing to celebrate fathers who play active roles in their children’s lives.

And while many find the release of these nontraditional greeting cards a tad offensive, the demand for these products may speak for itself. Dana Vazquez, a customer service associate at a Hallmark store in mid-town Manhattan, says that these products practically flew off the shelves.

“We were sent two styles of the Father’s Day cards for mothers, and we sold out almost immediately,” she said. “In fact, they were all gone nearly two weeks before the holiday occurred, which is pretty good considering most people wait until last minute to buy gifts for their dad.”

A 2010 Father’s Day card for moms reads, “for My Mother on Father’s Day. You hear a lot of talk these days about children growing up without a father— without this and without that. You hardly ever hear about the mothers who, in spite of everything, raise their children to be strong, to believe in God, to work hard, to make their lives worthwhile…that’s the story I’d like to tell because that’s how you raised me. In spite of it all, it’s our story…I made it because of you. Have a wonderful day.”

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who was raised by a single mother, was recently awarded the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award. As he stood up at the podium to thank the league for the recognition, he got teary-eyed as he shared his appreciation to the most important person in his life, his mom, Brenda.

“Last but not least, I want to thank my mom, Brenda Rose,” he said. “My heart, the reason why I play the way I play. Just everything. Just knowing the days I don’t feel like going into practice or I’m having a hard time, I think about her when she had to wake me up, go to work and just making sure I was all right, making sure the family was all right. Those were hard days. My days shouldn’t be hard because I love doing what I’m doing and that’s playing basketball. So you keep me going every day. I love you and I appreciate you being in my life.”

Brenda, who raised four boys as a single mother, beamed with pride as her son received the prestigious award. And while not all children can give their single moms such grand and public expressions of gratitude, it might just be necessary for greeting card companies to evolve with the nation’s changing household dynamic and create more products that thank moms of all colors year-round for the contributions they make to their children’s lives.

Brilliant Asian Americans face ‘bamboo ceiling’


NEW YORK — Asian American families churn out doctors, engineers and graduate students, but their high-achieving image hides a “bamboo ceiling” that marginalizes the fastest growing US minority, experts say.

Jonathan Saw, Asia Society’s senior advisor for Asian Pacific American Research, said Monday that a new survey demonstrates an odd mixture of success and disenchantment, with 83 percent of Asian Americans feeling loyal to their company but only 49 percent feeling they belong.

“Asian Americans don’t really see themselves as belonging to corporate America, even though they are very successful,” he told AFP.

The reason is that while Asian Americans tend to start strongly, graduating from prestigious schools and quickly winning good jobs, they later hit the so-called “bamboo ceiling.”

“You don’t see a lot of Asian Americans in senior leadership positions,” Saw said.

The problem, according to Saw and others at an Asia Society conference in New York, is deeply ingrained bias within wider US society against treating Asians like other Americans.

“There’s this notion of Asian Americans as the perpetual ‘other,'” Saw said.

“Asian Americans are always seen as great doers, which is great, but it only gets you to middle management. At that critical juncture between middle manager and senior management, where relationships matter more than what you do, those perceptions matter.”

Plenty of racial and ethnic groups in the United States — most obviously African Americans — have suffered because of prejudice.

But what makes Asian Americans’ problem unique is that they are trapped in the cliche of having to be clever — clever to the point of being nerdy, out of touch, and unable to represent mainstream American life.

That’s why the outbreak earlier this year of “Linsanity” — the media hysteria over Asian American basketball player Jeremy Lin leading the Knicks to a string of victories — was a landmark moment, said Saul Gitlin, with Kang & Lee Advertising.

Here was yet another Asian American who started on the expected track of studying at Harvard University but, in a rare twist, emerged as a charismatic sports hero rather than an anonymous doctor or programmer.

“It’s a turning point of what happens when you go against the stereotype,” Gitlin said, identifying Lin as a beacon for young Asians who have “suffered at the hands of this stereotype of being the smart guy, the geek, the tech guy.”

However, actor Sendhil Ramamurthy, who was also once on track to become a doctor, told the conference that typecasting in TV and studio films is as strong as ever.

“Asians play certain characters,” he said. “They play the doctor, or they play the smart guy. That’s very much still the case. I don’t know what it takes to change that, otherwise I’d be doing it.”

Experts say change may eventually come, as it often does in the United States, through market forces — namely the fact that the 17.3 million-strong Asian American population is shooting up and growing rich.

“Asian Americans are the fastest-growing multicultural segment in the US,” Thomas Tseng, co-founder of New American Dimensions, said.

Although the Hispanic market is three times bigger and “tends to get most of the attention,” the Asian sector is wealthier and higher tech.

Eighty percent of Asian Americans have broadband at home, compared to 60 percent of the general population.

Eighty-seven percent go online every day, compared to 73 percent of the general population, and laptop ownership is 74 percent versus 52 percent, Pew survey figures show.

“You’d think marketers would be falling over themselves to talk to this population, but that’s not yet the case,” Gitlin said.

“This is a beautiful marketplace, really attractive, but it doesn’t really always get invited. I always describe this market as the Cinderella.”



The Lost Gospels


Documentary presented by Anglican priest Pete Owen Jones which explores the huge number of ancient Christian texts that didn’t make it into the New Testament. Shocking and challenging, these were works in which Jesus didn’t die, took revenge on his enemies and kissed Mary Magdalene on the mouth – a Jesus unrecognisable from that found in the traditional books of the New Testament.

Pete travels through Egypt and the former Roman Empire looking at the emerging evidence of a Christian world that’s very different to the one we know, and discovers that aside from the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, there were over seventy gospels, acts, letters and apocalypses, all circulating in the early Church.

Through these lost Gospels, Pete reconstructs the intense intellectual and political struggles for orthodoxy that was fought in the early centuries of Christianity, a battle involving different Christian sects, each convinced that their gospels were true and sacred.

The worldwide success of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code sparked new interest, as well as wild and misguided speculation about the origins of the Christian faith. Owen Jones sets out the context in which heretical texts like the Gospel of Mary emerged. He also strikes a cautionary note – if these lost gospels had been allowed to flourish, Christianity may well have faced an uncertain future, or perhaps not survived at all.

Australian Aboriginals call money-management policy racist

Australian government treating the native aboriginal people as children who cannot use their own money properly




RAMINGINING, AUSTRALIA—Living in Australia’s Northern Territory, a vast stretch of sun-baked desert, swamps and tropical forests, a tough-as-nails truck is the only way to get around.

But with each 10-hour drive in his mud-splashed Toyota Land Cruiser to visit relatives, Albert Djiwada wonders whether the trip will be his last.

While the retired public-housing manager receives a monthly pension of $786, the Australian government demands Djiwada spend at least half of his stipend on food or clothing in a government-approved store. It leaves little leeway for discretionary purchases, such as parts for his decrepit truck, which wheezes and rattles each time he starts it up.

Djiwada faces the spending restrictions because he’s an Aboriginal and, therefore, his pension is subject to income management — a central tenet of the controversial legislation known as the “intervention policy,” brought in purportedly to improve the lives of indigenous Australians.

The legislation was introduced in the summer of 2007, weeks after a government-commissioned report concluded sexual abuse was widespread in Aboriginal communities. The “Little Children are Sacred” report claimed alcohol was largely responsible for the abuse, and the government pledged to find ways to limit the ability of indigenous Australians to drink so much.

Under income management, all Aboriginals in the Northern Territory must spend half their pensions or welfare cheques on necessities in a government-approved store.

“The government won’t let me save money for auto parts or for a washing machine even,” says Djiwada. “They don’t tell white people on pensions or welfare how to spend their money. Why are they telling me what to do with mine?”

The policy also bans pornography and alcohol in Aboriginal communities and gives the government control of Aboriginal lands. It was applied in the Northern Territory because it’s one of the few jurisdictions where the federal government could pass the law without the approval of a state-level government.

While the policy was introduced by the right-of-centre Liberal Party, its successor, the more liberal Labour Party, is planning to extend the policy another 10 years. Its plan is expected to pass with bipartisan support later this month. Australia’s senate reconvenes June 18 and Aboriginal activists say the policy’s extension is among the government’s highest priorities.

Supporters say the policy is necessary because Aboriginal communities are rife with drug addition, domestic violence, sexual abuse, illiteracy and child malnutrition. Aboriginal men, they say, typically fritter away their incomes on gambling and cigarettes.

Aboriginal community leaders counter that the intervention policy has wrestled control of villages away from locals, stoked negative stereotypes, and fostered a condescending paternalism the government promised to abandon decades ago.

Marion Scrymgour, the first indigenous woman elected to the Northern Territory state parliament, called the policy “a vicious new McCarthyism.”

“The policy has been a disaster,” says Sarah Maddison, a research fellow in the Indigenous and Dialogue Research Unit at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. “It’s just another chapter we as a country are going to look back on with shame and embarrassment. The legislation is paternalistic and racist and destined to fail.”

Like Canada, Australia has lurched from one Aboriginal crisis to another.

When British settlers arrived in Australia in 1788, Aboriginals — researchers believe there were at least 750,000 at that time and had hunted the country’s red plains for some 40,000 years — were ousted from their lands and hunted, poisoned and shot. Within a century, they were nearly extinct. In the 1920s, the population of indigenous Australians had plunged to roughly 60,000.

In Queensland, in northeast Australia, during the 19th century, Aboriginals were routinely jailed for offences including disorderly conduct and refusing to work.

Between 1910 and the early 1970s, as many as 100,000 Aboriginal children who had white fathers or grandfathers were taken from their families and forcibly assimilated. Cecil Cook, who held the position “chief protector” of Aboriginals in the Northern Territory during the 1930s, said assimilation would “breed out the colour.”

The government’s human rights and equal opportunity commission later said the policy was genocidal and in 1967, the Australian government finally gave citizenship to Aboriginals.

Citizenship, however, did little to improve their fortunes.

Today, Australia’s 500,000 indigenous people make up about 2 per cent of the population. Life expectancy for Aboriginals is about 17 years lower than for non-indigenous Australians. In some parts of the country, Aboriginal men are 25 times more likely to be incarcerated as whites.

Ramingining is an isolated brew of mistrust, like many other Aboriginal communities in Australia’s coastal Arnhem Land.

During the wet season, which can last half the year, the village of 1,000 is only accessible by plane. As many as 15 or 20 extended family members live in each house, one-storey structures with tin roofs, barred windows and fenced yards.

There are few jobs. The general store employs a few dozen, as does a local arts centre that sells woven baskets, paintings on tree bark, and didgeridoos, an Aboriginal musical instrument made of eucalyptus wood.

When young people aren’t playing Australian football on an open field next to the general store, they’re shuffling along the community’s dirt roads, listening to music on ghetto blasters and cellphones.

“We like everything from our own traditional music to Eminem,” said Marcus Gaykamangu, 25.

Flea-bitten dogs prowl outside the fenced yards, nosing through the frequent piles of trash. Most locals are understandably suspicious of outsiders and many don’t want their photos taken.

“These people have had their spirits broken,” explains Deborah Harding, a Darwin-based Aboriginal rights activist. “There’s a real sense of shame.”

On a recent weekend, leaders of nearby communities gathered in Ramingining to talk about how they might coax the government to abandon its efforts to extend the intervention policy.

As a group of 30 sat in the dappled shade outside the arts centre, Djiniyini Gondarra, a prominent Aboriginal rights leader, spoke over a cellphone that was hooked up to a loudspeaker.

“We don’t want to always bend down and kiss (white) people’s shoes,” Gondarra said. “We need to take a lesson from Malcolm X in the United States. With these government rules it’s like indigenous people are slaves working for the masters in the field. If a kid misses one day of school a week we’re going to lose all our welfare. This law is about punishing us.”

The intervention is officially called the Northern Territory Emergency Response and was announced in August 2007, weeks after the June 15 release of the “Little Children are Sacred” report.

Reaction to the report was swift. The Australian, the country’s biggest-circulation newspaper, wrote in an editorial that alcohol was largely to blame, suggesting it “lowers inhibitions, and . . . combines with low self-esteem, boredom, cultural anomie and lack of education to produce the toxic levels of sexual abuse now seen in the bush.”

Australia’s former indigenous affairs minister Mel Brough went further, claiming that there were “pedophile rings” operating in the Northern Territory, allegations that were later disproved by Australia’s crime commission.

Based partly on Brough’s incendiary statement, the army was sent to round up children for mandatory medical checkups. Then-prime minister John Howard pledged to bring Aboriginal communities into “the mainstream of Australian society.”

“Imagine what it was like for people in Aboriginal communities with the military rolling in, people in fatigues grabbing kids,” said Les Malezer, co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples in Sydney. “It was totally intimidating.”

“This is a wealthy country, but scratch the surface and it’s the most racist developed country in the world,” Malezer said.

Aboriginal activists say the policy contradicts the government’s apology in 1998 for taking children from their homes.

“This policy is part of a long-term effort at assimilation,” said Jeff McMullen, a former correspondent with the Australian Broadcasting Corp. who specializes in Aboriginal issues. “The policy coincides with the belief that Aboriginal people should abandon their culture, subdivide communal lands and move towards private home ownership. These ideas are not supported by most Aboriginal people.”

The government claims it needed oversight to build schools, health clinics and police stations.

In Ramingining, the community no longer awards contracts for building and repair work. Those are handled by a state shire council hundreds of kilometres away. The money the local council managed to save up — locals say they had saved several thousand dollars — has been clawed back by the government, which has seized control of council bank accounts.

Even so, when a contract came up to build a men’s shelter, Peter Gambung felt he had a shot at winning a job. The 64-year-old arc welder was trained in college in Brisbane and once built an eight-metre-long barge.

“I’ve been welding my whole life,” he said. “I was perfect for the job.”

But Gambung never heard back. Instead, workers from Darwin — all of them white — arrived.

“They’ve kicked locals out of employment and brought in white people. It’s profiteering and the system supports it,” said David Suttle, a researcher with the Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition. “To have such blatantly racist and disempowering legislation should be seen through in an instant.”

It’s Ramingining custom that when a death occurs in an Aboriginal family, the body is laid out in front of their home for a funeral ceremony that can last two weeks, longer if out-of-towners are delayed in attending.

“The government has told us it’s not healthy, that we have to change,” said Ross Wanybarrnga, 29. “But why would they do that? We’ve been doing it like this for thousands of years and no one has become sick that I know of.”

Homes built with government money are designed with toilets in the middle of the structure, said Harding.

“The government doesn’t understand that women in this culture have to slip away to go to the bathroom,” she said. “It’s not something that they even let their brothers know they are doing.”

Ramingining’s school, for students ages 5 to 17, has computers and overhead projectors and a well-stocked library. But most days, fewer than half of its 300 enrolled students turn up, said teacher Sarah Cattermole.

The government recently stopped funding for the school to teach in two languages, English and a local dialect.

While English is now the school’s only language, it’s typically the third or fourth language spoken by children here.

“My stepdaughter is 10 and she only goes sometimes,” shrugged Wanybarrnga. “Why should we go if they don’t teach us in our own language?”

A few feet away, Gambung clucked his tongue and wagged his finger at Wanybarrnga.

“Not everyone thinks that way,” Gambung said. “I insist all of my grandchildren go to school. They have to have choices.”

Cattermole said it’s routine for teenaged boys to disappear from class for a month at a time.

“They go to hunt,” she said. “There isn’t any way to stop them.”

There are also small details of everyday life that can go overlooked by an outsider, such as the signs that read, “No Pornography” as you drive into an Aboriginal community. The signs were put up after Brough’s unsubstantiated claims of pedophile rings.

“It’s humiliating for people who live there, having to drive past signs like that,” said Bob Gosford, a lawyer with the Northern Land Council in Darwin. “It makes you think everyone in the community is some kind of sex addict.”

But income management is the most contentious part of the intervention policy.

In larger communities such as Alice Springs, in the middle of Australia, the policy has divided residents.

Aboriginal welfare recipients typically receive a card to process their purchases at government-approved stores. But because it takes longer to process than a typical transaction, stores have started introducing separate customer lines.

“It’s created a black line, white line situation, a type of apartheid,” Maddison said.

Politicians would understand how misguided the policy is if they spent time in remote communities such as Ramingining, Suttle said.

“In a place like Arnhem Lands, these people can go out and shoot a buffalo or magpie geese or a longneck turtle,” he said. “You can’t go fishing without catching something. There’s amazing food here, heaps of fruits and vegetables, 32 types of yams alone.

“And now, an Aboriginal doesn’t have the right to put aside money to save for diesel, which is now $2.50 a litre, or car parts, or bullets for hunting,” Suttle said. “It’s a real handicap, like tying their legs together, when people from the outside are telling them to manage their money. And remember, none of these policies would apply to white Australians on welfare who might live in the next community over.”

Some Australians insist the intervention is making a positive difference.

Jenny Macklin, Australia’s federal minister for families, housing, community services and indigenous affairs, has claimed most stores in the outback that are licensed to sell to Aboriginal welfare recipients have reported strong sales of fresh vegetables and fruit.

A clerk in the Ramingining general store said frozen peas and carrots are more popular than any fresh offerings, and added Coca-Cola and potato chips are typically the first items to sell out.

Macklin wasn’t available for comment, a spokesman said.

As a group of elders sat in Ramingining, eating a breakfast of canned spaghetti and scrambled eggs, Australian Senator Nigel Scullion, a member of the Liberal Party, stood to the side and defended the intervention.

“Look, you can’t have it both ways,” Scullion said. “You want to talk about preserving the old ways and rejecting modern society, but you want to drive around doing your hunting in Land Rovers?”

One of the criticisms of the intervention has been that a blanket prohibition of alcohol wasn’t necessary because some communities such as Ramingining already banned booze.

“That’s bulls—,” Scullion said. “I’ve been here when the whole place is pissed. The fact is there are big problems in Aboriginal communities. Look at the teen pregnancy rate. Look at how many 10-year-olds are contracting STDs. Don’t tell me they’re getting them off toilet seats. Men are trading them cigarettes for sex.”

Suttle said Scullion’s claims seem far-fetched.

“I’ve been working in Aboriginal communities for six years now and I’ve only ever seen one person who was drunk,” he said. “You’re more likely to find drunks when you walk down the street in Darwin. It’s true that there are problems, but you can’t say pin them all on one race. That’s just not fair or true.”

The Aboriginal Medical Association said in a 2009 report that the pregnancy rate of Aboriginal teens was four times higher than non-indigenous teens. That followed a 1996 study that found 22 per cent of Aboriginal births were to teen mothers, compared to 5 per cent for the total population.

Meantime, nearly 1,000 per 100,000 indigenous Australians were infected with chlamydia in 2009, compared to 287 per 100,000 in the non-indigenous population. The rate of gonorrhea infection was similarly higher among indigenous Australians.

Scullion said few locals are willing to report or condemn the crime of sex with minors.

“In an isolated place like this, community is everything, and if you stand out, you’ll be ostracized and that’s it,” he said. “They might even kill you.”

Scullion similarly defends the decision to force indigenous students to learn in English, even though most children in Ramingining grow up learning local languages Djambarrpuyngu, Gupapuyngu, and Ganalbingu before they study English.

“English is the language of Australia,” he said. “There has to be an interface. We have to facilitate people being able to communicate.”

The elders are ready to hear from Scullion, and he walks to a nearby microphone. He’s hoping to win votes, not alienate locals, so he begins by apologizing for the lack of consultation before the intervention’s introduction.

“We should have come here first before the intervention and asked what you wanted and for that I’m sorry,” Scullion said. “But that’s in the past.”

Diane Austin-Broos, an author and professor emeritus at the University of Sydney, said many women in Aboriginal communities privately support income management.

“I know some women who have to padlock their fridges to make sure their kids get the food they need,” Austin-Broos said. “They don’t leave because there’s nowhere for them to go. And with the income management, at least they can say to the men in their lives, ‘It’s not my fault that I can’t give you the money this month, it’s the fault of those guys out there.’

“That saves them from the extreme stress of saying no to a husband who wants the money for gambling or alcohol or cigarettes.”




Sex-Selection Abortion Bill Targets Asian American Women

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Sex-Selection Abortion Bill Targets Asian American Women

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Last week, the House of Representatives voted on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), a bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) to fight “a war on unborn little girls.” Franks claimed that 200 million abortions around the world can be tied to the practice of “sex-selection abortions,” particularly in Asia and among Asian immigrants.

In this Washington Post opinion piece, Franks didn’t dispute that the bill targets the Asian community. He justifies it by saying: “The real target in the Asian community here is the Asian women who are being coerced into aborting little girls.”

Strange. As an Asian American woman myself, I was not aware that there was this massive threat in the Asian American community towards unborn baby girls. While it’s true that the abortion rate is higher among Asian American women, there is no evidence that this is due to preferential sex selection.

In fact, there’s no evidence that this is true in China, either. Research shows abortions are highest among young and single women, and point to inadequate knowledge about contraception as a major factor in the 13 million abortions performed in China every year. Even Fox News attributed China’s rising abortion rates to new lax attitudes towards premarital sex, combined with lagging sex education and persistent social stigma towards single women with children.

But if you go by the language of the PRENDA Bill, we might as well be living in Foreign Stereotype World. Consider this:

The targeted victims of sex-selection abortions performed in the United States and worldwide are overwhelmingly female. The selective abortion of females is female infanticide, the intentional killing of unborn females, due to the preference for male offspring or “son preference”. Son preference is reinforced by the low value associated, by some segments of the world community, with female offspring. Those segments tend to regard female offspring as financial burdens to a family over their lifetime due to their perceived inability to earn or provide financially for the family unit as can a male. In addition, due to social and legal convention, female offspring are less likely to carry on the family name.

No facts are cited to back this claim up. But that doesn’t seem to be an issue. In fact, according to Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), “Today the three most dangerous words in China and India are ‘It’s a girl.’ We can’t let that happen here.”

How dare those Chinese and Indian folk immigrate to our haven of democracy and spread their backward, sexist ways!

But oddly, I wouldn’t have come to that conclusion on my own.  Are those three nasty words really more dangerous than “We’ve got nukes,” “They work perfectly,” and “We’re using them”?

The bill failed in the House 246 to 168, but don’t expect Franks to be spilling tears over the lost lives of unborn baby girls. This Washington Post article quoted Franks as expecting the measure to fail, but that, “I think we’re doing the right thing strategically” by forcing Democrats to vote against it. Conservatives admitted their plan all along was to use the vote “to paint Democrats as disingenuous in their support for women’s rights by arguing that they voted against a bill intended to protect unborn baby girls.”

“There are other strategies that can go with this. It’s not a naive strategy,” Franks said. The GOP and conservative groups are expected to use vote results to attack vulnerable Democratic opponents.

Wait, now I’m confused. So the point of writing and introducing this bill was to…discredit Democrats? This was all just an election year ploy? Call me naïve, but it really upsets me that these politicians are spending so much time on bills that aren’t supposed to pass instead of working on solutions to real problems. Why are they wasting time on these games to paint the other party in a bad light, when the economy is in the toilet, unemployment is persistent, and Congress hasn’t passed a comprehensive budget in about 123947653 years? Surely there are better things they can do with their time than come up with political maneuvers to alienate Asian American and female voters.

So thank you, Reps. Franks and Smith for pointing out a non-existent problem and creating a solution that doesn’t even protect your alleged victims. You’ve really opened my eyes to the real threat against women: ignorant election year race-baiting in the name of saving poor helpless Asian women from our insidious son-preferential self-hatred. You’re not working to ban sex-selection abortions at all; you’re only thinking of yourselves and how you can gain political edge. Since none of PRENDA’s supporters seem to care that unborn babies are no “safer” today than before this bill was paraded around, I venture to say that it is the legislators who come off as disingenuous in their support for women’s rights.

Perhaps the most dangerous three words in the US today are “Pointless partisan politics.”