Eugen Matei, din nou despre Barnevernet.
De acord? „Aş vrea să văd un protest în faţa Guvernului pentru starea deplorabilă în care se află copiii din România, unde 50% din copii (mai ales cei din mediul rural) sunt la risc de sărăcie şi marginalizare socială”
Un articol al Mirelei Oprea scris din perspectiva copiilor victime ale violentei in familie. Ma tem ca va enerva pe multi. Asta e. Iata si concluzia:
‘…mi-aş dori să văd proteste similare şi pentru copiii români care sunt bătuţi zilnic, trimişi la cerşit, forţaţi să se prostitueze sau să muncească, etc. Aş vrea să văd un protest în faţa Guvernului pentru starea deplorabilă în care se află copiii din România, unde 50% din copii (mai ales cei din mediul rural) sunt la risc de sărăcie şi marginalizare socială. Asta, ca să ne fie tuturor foarte clar, înseamnă că nu merg la şcoală, că se culcă flămânzi, că nu au haine de iarnă, că sunt exploataţi de către cei care ar trebui să îi îngrijească şi aşa mai departe. ‘
A really prophetic message.
Note: As you can see below, my Norwegian friend has followed closely the conversation here on this case and is offering a further (and final) perspective on this matter.
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We certainly entered a wasps nest (or maybe a rats nest) engaging in this discussion. I have read all the postings you have sent me, and I have followed up the different links and watched the taped interviews with interest.
Before I make my comments, I want to make it perfectly clear that yes, errors are made, and every error is one too many, and that I am all for continued improvement of the organization and the routines of the Child Welfare Service. (I prefer to use the official name even if some call it the Child Protection service.)
BUT if you want to change a system you cannot do it based on anecdotal evidence. If you look it up, you will find a lot of definitions and descriptions of “anecdotal evidence”, but here is one from Wikipedia:
“Anecdotal evidence is evidence from anecdotes. Where only one or a few anecdotes are presented, there is a larger chance that they may be unreliable due to cherry-picked or otherwise non-representative samples of typical cases. Anecdotal evidence is considered dubious support of a generalized claim; it is, however, within the scope of scientific method for claims regarding particular instances, for example the use of case studies in medicine.”
If we look at what has been presented in this case, it is anecdotal evidence. Even if we assume that the stories presented are true examples of wrongdoings on the part of the Child Welfare Service, what do we have? Less than 10 examples spanning 5 years! Continue reading “The Case of Bodnariu Family – A Further Norwegian Perspective”
Under the impression of the recent conference in Paris, on climate change, the Rt. Rev. Steven Croft, Anglican Bishop of Sheffield, wrote inspired new words, in Advent mood, for the well known hymn The King of Love My Shepherd Is, which you can listen above.
Here are the words of the new Carol:
Creator of our common home
And maker of such wonder
You crafted fire and sky and stone
Dividing seas asunder.
In love you set the earth in space~
In joy ordained its pathway
Filled earth and sea and sky with grace
That we might praise you always.
We turned away your gift of life
Polluted all you gave us
The land was spoiled, we favoured strife
Lives turned away from goodness.
In Bethlehem you gave your Son
Creator in creation
To win us back and call us home
Revealing your salvation.
The Word of God took human form
Eternity in person
Reason and love came to transform
God’s gift for our conversion.
Creator of our common home
Redeemer of such mercy
Sustainer of all life on earth
To you always be glory.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, colleagues and partners of Kairos for Global Justice,
It is at such hard times as the ones we are living in Palestine/Israel that we need to have the assurance that we are not alone. Many of you have expressed genuine support through prayers, Facebook messages, letters and sharing of footages of actual or alleged stabbings and the inhuman reaction of the “moral army” of Israel and settlers. On behalf of Kairos Palestine and myself, I would like to thank you for all the advocacy efforts that many of you have been engaged in through marches and demonstrations or BDS activities, in order to alleviate our pain and suffering.
Kairos for Global Justice brought together all those engaged into achieving justice for Palestine/Israel and in your own regions, but all our joint efforts have still not yielded the impact needed. Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah has renewed his call for one effective way to confront the increasing violence: organized SILENT large marches all over the world with the participation of prominent leaders, peace activists, and people of all faiths as a joint effort to regain and preserve humanity. This is a real challenge in Palestine/Israel where all non-violent actions are rewarded with live bullets in violation of all international laws. Continue reading “Kairos Palestine Message on Current Violence”
American Jews sympathetic to Israel dominate key positions in all areas of our government where decisions are made regarding the Middle East. This being the case, is there any hope of ever changing U.S. policy? American Presidents as well as most members of Congress support Israel — and they know why. U.S. Jews sympathetic to Israel donate lavishly to their campaign coffers.
The answer to achieving an even-handed Middle East policy might lie elsewhere — among those who support Israel but don’t really know why. This group is the vast majority of Americans. They are well-meaning, fair-minded Christians who feel bonded to Israel — and Zionism — often from atavistic feelings, in some cases dating from childhood.
I am one of those. I grew up listening to stories of a mystical, allegorical, spiritual Israel. This was before a modern political entity with the same name appeared on our maps. I attended Sunday School and watched an instructor draw down window- type shades to show maps of the Holy Land. I imbibed stories of a Good and Chosen people who fought against their Bad “unChosen” enemies.
In my early 20s, I began traveling the world, earning my living as a writer. I came to the subject of the Middle East rather late in my career. I was sadly lacking in knowledge regarding the area. About all I knew was what I had learned in Sunday School.
And typical of many U.S. Christians, I somehow considered a modern state created in 1948 as a homeland for Jews persecuted under the Nazis as a replica of the spiritual, mystical Israel I heard about as a child. When in 1979 I initially went to Jerusalem, I planned to write about the three great monotheistic religions and leave out politics. “Not write about politics?” scoffed one Palestinian, smoking a waterpipe in the Old Walled City. “We eat politics, morning, noon and night!”
As I would learn, the politics is about land, and the co-claimants to that land: the indigenous Palestinians who have lived there for 2,000 years and the Jews who started arriving in large numbers after the Second World War. By living among Israeli Jews as well as Palestinian Christians and Muslims, I saw, heard, smelled, experienced the police state tactics Israelis use against Palestinians.
My research led to a book entitled Journey to Jerusalem. My journey not only was enlightening to me as regards Israel, but also I came to a deeper, and sadder, understanding of my own country. I say sadder understanding because I began to see that, in Middle East politics, we the people are not making the decisions, but rather that supporters of Israel are doing so. And typical of most Americans, I tended to think the U.S. media was “free” to print news impartially. Continue reading “Grace Halsell – What Christians Don’t Know About Israel”
Source: The Illusion of Calmness – HLT
Sami Awad, from the Holy Land Trust, on the current surge of violence in Israel/Palestine:
‘Real calmness in the Holy Land can only manifest itself if a real peace emerges between the communities of the land, not the politicians. It is a peace that is founded on the principles of mutual trust and respect and a desire to truly bring a sense of justice, equality and equity to all those who live in the Holy Land. It is a peace that addresses the existential fears of the past on both sides and does not allow that fear to be manipulated by the political establishments.
The structures of oppression, control and fear must be dismantled and if not dismantled by choice of the leaders, then dismantled by the force of the people through nonviolent engagement, working in unity and/or separately. A leadership must emerge that is motivated by a vision of peace and justice, not of maintaining calmness, making false promises, and creating space for prosperity of the few.’
n this 50 sec clip, Dr Chris Tilling, Senior New Testament Lecturer at St Mellitus College, and Tearfund supporter, offers Christians a Biblical-lens for the current refugee crisis.
By profession, I am a lawyer, a jurist. But as a volunteer, I’ve spent much of my time in social work in Vietnam during the war and in human rights action at the time being in the United States.
In the mid-1960’s as the war escalated, a lot of people from the insecure countryside flocked into the outskirts of the capital city of Saigon. They lived in slum areas in miserable conditions without basic facilities such as clean water, toilet, electricity or medical care etc…, let alone school for their children.
That is why a group of young urban folks like us got together to start an action program called “The Saigon District 8 Development Project” in 1965 to help these war victims help themselves in the most underpriviledged area of Saigon. The youngest volunteers were then about 20 years old and the eldest about 30.
To begin with, we submitted a request to the government asking to be allowed to set up a community development program for the benefit of the local people in the slums – most of whom are war victims coming from the adjoining countryside. Thereupon, the Prime Minister agreed to our proposal and even provided us with a little fund for the operation of the program. And right away, by mid-August 1965, we came to district 8 and wholeheartedly launched ourselves into the long term social action aiming at serving the people in the community. Details of the running of this cooperation between us the volunteers and the administration can be summarised as follows:
I – The key success to the experience : “The Three With Approach”
As volunteers, the only thing we had in common that is the high morale of deeply motivated and dedicated young people. But to put it frankly, we were all naïve and inexperienced facing the enormously hard problems of poverty, insalubrity and even illiteracy in the area. With sheer perseverance, we had to practice the “Three With Approach” (Tam Cùng) – that’s to Live With, to Eat With and to Work With the local population – thus sharing with them all hardships in their daily life.
As time went by, we were gradually seen and accepted with sympathy by the local residents as “good guys’, “well educated folks”. And that favorable attitude opened up to the sincere and close cooperation between the community and our group of volunteers all coming from outside of the locality.
My name is Elizabeth Daoud. I, like over a million Palestinians, am both Palestinian and Christian. I actually come from the Assyrian Orthodox Church, the first and original church of Christians in the Middle East. My parents were born in Palestine and have a long blood line from Jerusalem and Bayte Sahour. Many members of my family were first hand victims of the “nakbah” and had to flee their homeland after being expelled from their homes by Zionist militias, leaving them without the right to return to their land, even to this day. Today in Palestine, Christianity is experiencing what some believe is a crisis. The plight of Palestinian Christians, similar to what Palestinian Muslims are going through, is daily injustice at the hands of oppressive, doctoral and inhumane police forces of the Israeli government. This is occurring in both the West Bank and Gaza, where my Palestinian people live under a brutal and illegal military occupation, and also inside Israel itself, where Palestinians, Muslim and Christian, live as second-class citizens.
Palestinian Christians, like their Muslim brothers and sisters, have lived under Israeli policies of occupation and injustice while many living in the West deny this fact. Many Palestinian Christians feel betrayed by Christians living in North America and Europe who support the state of Israel and the oppression of the Palestinian people. We see them as hypocritical, standing by a state that has left us Palestinians, indiscriminately Christian and Muslim, without a state for over half a century.
Today, Palestinian Christians live under harsh, extreme oppression and apartheid policies. While Christian and Muslim Palestinians living in the West Bank under the heavy hand of martial law are not permitted to vote, undocumented Jewish settlers are subject to civil law and are allowed to vote in Israeli elections. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who fought to end Apartheid in South Africa, has even embraced the movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until they respect my people’s equal rights, an end to the occupation and the return to the homeland which Israel expelled them from, saying, “I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by members of the Israeli security forces … Their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the security forces of the apartheid government.” Palestinian land continues to be confiscated and Palestinians continue to be humiliated by the Israelis for their religious beliefs. They were almost unable to celebrate Christmas in 2014 due to riots and street fights caused by the Israeli Police. They experience unemployment, poverty and illegal occupation. Moreover, they are routinely prohibited from visiting one of the most holy sites of Christianity: the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem, the church that commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection from the dead.
As a Palestinian Christian, it is truly upsetting and disappointing to see Christians United for Israel justify the oppression of Palestinian Christians under the banner of Christian values. Palestinian Christians don’t have the smallest right to visit even the holiest of sites that started Christianity because of Israeli policies. How can Christians United for Israel be in support of this when indigenous Christians are being prevented from exercising Christianity in the very place that Jesus walked. I end this by calling upon CUFI to please stop justifying oppression, persecution and repression of my people in the name of the message of the Bible and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Elizabeth Daoud is a Rutgers Business School senior double majoring in finance and management information systems.
Here is what we find out in a recent article published by The New York Times:
The question of what should be done about prostitution is as old as the profession itself, but the issue is now front and center again, as a leading human rights group proposes decriminalization, while some countries push toward harsher penalties for those who pay for sex.
In France, England and Ireland, lawmakers are considering new measures — and in the cases of Northern Ireland and Canada, are enforcing new laws — that impose penalties on clients, using a model adopted in Sweden in 1999.
But the effort to crack down on a largely male clientele while sheltering a mostly female work force is taking place just as the human rights group Amnesty International is advocating a new course: decriminalizing all prostitution, both for buyers and sellers. Continue reading “Amnesty International Turning into A Lobby for Pimps and Prostitution”
Hundreds of thousands of Armenians were massacred under the Ottoman Empire. But the most horrifying event was to come in 1915.
1913: Coup brings the ultranationalist Young Turks to power in Constantinople (Istanbul). Three ruling figures were Grand Vizier Mehmed Talat Pasha, Minister of War Ismail Enver Pasha and Minister of the Navy Ahmed Djemal Pasha: principal architects of the genocide.
October 1914: After signing a secret treaty with Germany, Turkey launches attack on Russian ports and enters war on German side. Armenians considered “internal enemies.”
February 1915: Talat Pasha tells the German ambassador it is time to conclude the “Armenian question.” The ruling Ottoman Central Committee discusses plans to “eliminate the Armenian people in its entirety.”
April 24, 1915: Talat Pasha orders arrest of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals in Constantinople, and about 2,000 others follow. They are deported and many of them killed.
April 1915 to May 1918: Ethnic cleansing of Armenians launched on vast scale with murders, looting, burning of villages, rapes, deportations. Western observers estimate more than one million are dead at the campaign’s end.
October 1918: Turkey signs armistice with the Allies, Ottoman Empire is subsequently dismantled.
1923: Turkey becomes republic under Kemal Ataturk.
You have to see these incredible photos.
Pray for Lebanon, and for Syrian and Palestinian refugees.
On 24 April the democratic world commemorates 100 hundred years from the Armenian genocide, when about 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the troops of the Young Turks government. Turkey denies, even today, its responsibility in this horrible criminal state act.
Shamefully, because of pathetic political and economic calculations, Romania has not yet recognised this historically established fact.
You may find HERE a website dedicated this this commemoration and to the facts related to this tragic moment in Armenian history.
Pe 24 aprilie se implinesc 100 de ani de la teribilul genocid caruia i-au cazut victime circa 1,5 milioane de armeni.
Din pacate, Romania, din pricina unor calcule politice meschine, legate de interesele turcesti in Romania, si de interesele romanesti in raport cu Turcia, nu a recunoscut acest act criminal sub presedintii anteriori.
Cred ca a sosit vremea unui act de dreptate istorica, oricit de mult am pierde economic ca urmare a acestuia.
Daca victimele acestei crime oribile ar fi fost romani, nu ne-am fi asteptat ca armenii, si altii, sa fie solidari cu noi?
Sper ca intelepciunea si simtul dreptatii vor prevela, macar de data aceasta, asupra pragmatismului politic si economic ce domina cel mai adesea destinul poapoarelor mici si le face sa nu conteze in istorie.
Cu sincera pretuire,
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Am transmis astazi presedintelui Iohannis, pe contul sau de Facebook, mesajul de mai sus. Sper ca voi primi un raspuns. Sau, si mai bine, voi vedea un act public de dreptate. Sa dea Dumnezeu!
I have just found today on Facebook the link to this article and I want to also share with you these amazing Bonhoeffer quotes selected by Dargan Thompson. I have underlined in bold my favourite ones, with a special attention to those relevant for Christian apologetics, spirituality, and social justice.
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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
On Judging Others
“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”
― The Cost of Discipleship
“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”
―Letters and Papers from Prison
‘When any means of mission is justifiable so long as it works, we have left the gospel behind and embraced pragmatism. Essentially, we have followed Esau’s example and sold our Christian calling for a bowl of stew. To be Christian means more than saluting anything that flies the flag of the “Great Commission.” To be Christian requires saying “no” to many forms of ministry and mission because they are inconsistent, often violently, with the gospel.’
Shannon Sedgwick Davis is a contemporary hero. Her fight to edn the the nightmare of the Lord’s Army led by Joseph Kony in Uganda made The Elders group to invite her to join them. An amazing honour for this 39 years old lady with a passion for justice.
Bethlehem Bible College invites you to the fourth “Christ at the Checkpoint” Conference, which will take place in Bethlehem from March 7-10, 2016. The conference hopes to follow the success of the first three conferences (2010, 2012, and 2014). The theme of this conference will be “Christ at the Checkpoint 4: The Gospel in the Face of Religious Extremism”.
The motivation for organizing the “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference is that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict with its many complexities still exists. In fact, since our last conference in March 2014, the conflict and the reality of the occupation have worsened. The religious aspect of the conflict, which has not been the primary issue in the past, has become more pronounced. We have seen a marked increase in religious extremism particularly within the Jewish and Muslim communities in our region, and, to a lesser degree, in the Christian community in the West. More than ever, as the Evangelical Christian community in Palestine, we feel an urgent and relevant need to address these issues. Continue reading “Christ at the Checkpoint 4 – The Gospel in the Face of Religious Extremism”
De curind a fost dat publicitatii un foarte interesant studiu cu privire la tinerii din Romania, finantat de Fundatia Friedrich Ebert – Romania. Iata citeva detalii despre acest studiu:
Studiul iniţiat şi finanţat de Fundaţia Friedrich Ebert – Romania (FES) a avut două componente: o componentă cantitativă – un sondaj realizat pe un eşantion probabilist, stratificat, multi-stadial, de 1.302 de respondenţi, reprezentativ la nivel naţional pentru populaţia rezidentă a ţării cu vîrste cuprinse între 15 şi 29 de ani; marja teoretică de eroare +/-2,7% la un nivel de încredere de 95%. Interviurile din cadrul acestui sondaj au fost de tipul faţă-în-faţă şi au fost realizate în perioada 19-31 iulie 2014, la domiciliul respondenţilor. Componenta calitativă a constat în realizarea unui număr de 10 interviuri de grup (focus-grupuri) cu tineri din Bucureşti, Moldova, Muntenia şi Transilvania; în regiunile menţionate, focus-grupurile s-au desfăşurat în septembrie 2014, atît în mediul urban cît şi în mediul rural. Discuţiile de grup au vizat explorarea în profunzime a unora dintre rezultatele sondajului. Ţin să precizez că sondaje similare au fost finanţate de FES în ţări precum Croaţia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herţegovina. În toate aceste tări şi în România, s-a utilizat acelaşi chestionar, iar metodologia de eşantionare a fost similară – un fapt ce ne va permite, într-o altă fază, compararea datelor.
Intr-un text publicat de ziarul Adevarul, Vasile Ernu discuta cu sociologul Catalin Augustin Stoica despre rezultatele acestui studiu. Iata citeva date despre interlocutorul lui Ernu, asa cum apar la inceputul acestui articol.
Cătălin Augustin Stoica şi-a obţinut titlul de doctor în Sociologie la Universitatea Stanford, în 2005. Din 2007, este director general al CURS. Este, de asemenea, conferenţiar universitar la SNSPA, Departamentul de Sociologie. Spre deosebire de alţi confraţi sociologi, refuză (pe cît posibil) apariţiile la televizor şi interviurile. A făcut însă o excepţie de această dată.
Redau mai jos citeva dintre evaluarile domnului Stoica, insotite de scurtele mele comentarii (marcate cu DM – ). Continue reading “Vasile Ernu in dialog cu Catalin Augustin Stoica pe margimea unui studiu despre tinerii din Romania”
Intr-un articol publicat de jurnalul National din Moldova, prietenul meu Vasile Ernu prezinta ceea ce ar trebui sa fie, in opinia lui, un program electoral minimal pentru a instaura justitia sociala in Romania. In acest context, Vasile, care spre deosebire de mine este un om de stinga, isi prezinta programul – NU, el nu candideaza la presedintie; cel putin nu de data asta 🙂 – in contrast cu acela al candidatei Monica Macovei, program care este extrem de liberal – in sensul european al acestui cuvint, caci la americani, ca de obicei, este exact invers.
Iata ‘programul lui Ernu’, cu care sunt de acord cel putin in proportie de 90%. Adaug, [intercalate] in text si marcate cu DM, comentariile mele, din perspectiva angajarii mele sociale si crestine:
Voi simplifica şi sintetiza pentru a fi mai limpede. Monica Macovei (citeşte: MM & Băsescu & Ponta & Co) şi majoritatea candidaţilor susţin una, iar eu (şi din fericire nu sunt singurul), în cazul dat, alta. Continue reading “Vasile Ernu – Program electoral minimal”
An Open Doors documentary.
I once heard a politician who calls himself a Christian say, in effect, “While Jesus encouraged personal acts of compassion for the poor, it doesn’t follow that he wants us to use other people’s money [i.e., tax revenues] to put an economic safety net under the poor. That’s compassion on the cheap.”
I disagree with that politician on so many counts I can’t enumerate them right now. Instead, I’ll put a slight spin on a line from Anne Lamott:
“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God agrees with your tax policy.”
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.
The past weeks have witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel’s disproportionately brutal response to the firing of missiles from Palestine.
If you add together all the people who gathered over the past weekend to demand justice in Israel and Palestine – in Cape Town, Washington, D.C., New York, New Delhi, London, Dublin and Sydney, and all the other cities – this was arguably the largest active outcry by citizens around a single cause ever in the history of the world.
A quarter of a century ago, I participated in some well-attended demonstrations against apartheid. I never imagined we’d see demonstrations of that size again, but last Saturday’s turnout in Cape Town was as big if not bigger. Participants included young and old, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, blacks, whites, reds and greens … as one would expect from a vibrant, tolerant, multicultural nation.
I asked the crowd to chant with me: “We are opposed to the injustice of the illegal occupation of Palestine. We are opposed to the indiscriminate killing in Gaza. We are opposed to the indignity meted out to Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks. We are opposed to violence perpetrated by all parties. But we are not opposed to Jews.” Continue reading “Desmond Tutu – My Plea to the People of Israel: Liberate Yourselves by Liberating Palestine”