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UN chief shares ‘profound concern’ over immigration and intolerance in Europe

Examiner
October 19, 2010
By Cleophas Tsokodayi

UN News Service: 19 October 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned Europe against a new ‘politics of polarization,’ discrimination and intolerance over immigration, with Muslim immigrants as primary targets, as he delivered major addresses before two of the continent’s leading bodies.

‘Almost seven years ago, my predecessor Kofi Annan stood before you,’ he told the 27-nation European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. ‘In his address, he made an impassioned call for Europe to seize the opportunities presented by immigration and to resist those who demonized these newcomers as ‘the other.’ I wish I could report, today, that the situation in Europe has improved over the intervening years. But as a friend of Europe, I share profound concern.’

In a speech two hours earlier to the 47-nation Council of Europe, whose 800 million citizens number some 300 million more than those represented in the European Union’s parliament, he highlighted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclamation of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.

‘That is our base line,’ he declared at the session marking the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. ‘That is our standard. There are no exceptions. In a complicated and connected world, this mission is essentially simple and simply essential.’

In his address to the parliamentarians, Mr. Ban said Europe has served ‘as an extraordinary engine of integration, weaving together nations and cultures into a whole that is far, far greater than the sum of its parts. But for Europe, ‘winning the peace’ was the narrative of the last century.

‘The 21st century European challenge is tolerance within. Inclusion, building diverse communities, is as complex a task as the one Europe faced after the Second World War. None of this is easy,’ he added.
Migrants, he noted, suffer disproportionately, whether they are from within Europe or beyond, and he pointed to ‘a new politics of polarization’ as a dangerous emerging trend.

‘Some play on people’s fears. They seek to invoke liberal values for illiberal causes. They accuse immigrants of violating European values. Yet too often, it is the accusers who subvert these values – and thus the very idea of what it means to be a citizen of the European Union,’ he said.

‘Europe’s darkest chapters have been written in language such as this. Today, the primary targets are immigrants of the Muslim faith. Europe cannot afford stereotyping that closes minds and breeds hatred. And the world cannot afford a Europe that does this.’

In his address to the Council, Mr. Ban cited evidence of backsliding on civil and political rights and a growing anxiety in many developed countries over migration and economic hard times that are used to justify policies of discrimination and exclusion.

Full Article Here – http://www.examiner.com/united-nations-in-washington-dc/un-chief-shares-profound-concern-over-immigration-and-intolerance-europe?utm_campaign=Save+Human+Rights+-+Google+News&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_source=SNSanalytics

Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants

Associated Press
October 19, 2010
By ANNE FLAHERTY and JULIE WATSON

SAN DIEGO – The military is accepting openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation’s history, even as it tries in the courts to slow the movement to abolish its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

At least three service members discharged for being gay began the process to re-enlist after the Pentagon’s Tuesday announcement, and several others told The Associated Press they plan to try to rejoin this week .

A federal judge in California who overturned the 17-year policy last week rejected the government’s latest effort on Tuesday to halt her order telling the military to stop enforcing the law. Before her ruling, government lawyers told Phillips they would appeal if she rejected their request.

With the recruiting announcement, the barriers built by an institution long resistant and sometimes hostile to gays had come down.

The movement to overturn the 1993 Clinton-era law gained speed when President Barack Obama campaigned on its repeal. The effort stalled in Congress this fall, and found new life last month when U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips declared it unconstitutional.

Gay people have been fighting for equality in the military since the 1960s,” said Aaron Belkin, executive director of the Palm Center, a think tank on gays and the military at the University of California Santa Barbara. “It took a lot to get to this day.”

The Defense Department has said it would comply with Phillips’ order and had frozen any discharge cases. Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said recruiters had been given top-level guidance to accept applicants who say they are gay.

AP interviews found some recruiters following the order and others saying they had not heard of the announcement.

Recruiters also have been told to inform potential recruits that the moratorium on enforcement of the policy could be reversed at any time, if the ruling is appealed or the court grants a stay, she said.

Gay rights groups were continuing to tell service members to avoid revealing that they are gay, fearing they could find themselves in trouble should the law be reinstated.

“What people aren’t really getting is that the discretion and caution that gay troops are showing now is exactly the same standard of conduct that they will adhere to when the ban is lifted permanently,” Belkin said. “Yes, a few will try to become celebrities.”

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gays_in_military

CIA sues former employee for publishing book

Associated Press
October 19, 2010
By ADAM GOLDMAN

WASHINGTON – The CIA has sued a former officer who published a book highly critical of the agency without completing the CIA’s lengthy review process.

The lawsuit accuses the officer of breaking his secrecy agreement with the U.S. The former CIA staffer worked under deep cover before publishing the book in July 2008 under the pseudonym “Ishmael Jones.”

The CIA says his book, “The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture,” was submitted to the agency’s publications review board under a secrecy agreement that covers books written by former CIA officials. Jones ultimately published the book without the CIA’s official blessing.

The lawsuit, filed in July in federal court in Alexandria, Va., seeks an injunction against further violations of Jones’ secrecy obligations and recovery of proceeds from unauthorized publication.

CIA officers are duty-bound to observe the terms of their secrecy agreement with the Agency,” Director Leon E. Panetta said Tuesday in a statement. “This lawsuit clearly reinforces that message.”

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101019/ap_on_en_ot/us_cia_lawsuit

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Scientists lower Gulf health grade

Associated Press
October 19, 2010
By SETH BORENSTEIN and CAIN BURDEAU

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. – Six months after the rig explosion that led to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, damage to the Gulf of Mexico can be measured more in increments than extinctions, say scientists polled by The Associated Press.

In an informal survey, 35 researchers who study the Gulf lowered their rating of its ecological health by several points, compared to their assessment before the BP well gushed millions of gallons of oil. But the drop in grade wasn’t dramatic. On a scale of 0 to 100, the overall average grade for the oiled Gulf was 65 — down from 71 before the spill.

This reflects scientists’ views that the spilled 172 million gallons of oil further eroded what was already a beleaguered body of water — tainted for years by farm runoff from the Mississippi River, overfishing, and oil from smaller spills and natural seepage.
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EDITOR’S NOTE — It will take time to see the full effects of the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. In the second of an Associated Press occasional series, scientists grade the ecological health of the Gulf of Mexico.
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The spill wasn’t the near-death blow initially feared. Nor is it the glancing strike that some relieved experts and officials said it was in midsummer.

“It is like a concussion,” said Larry McKinney, who heads the Gulf of Mexico research center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “We got hit hard and we certainly are seeing some symptoms of it.”

Will the symptoms stick around or just become yesterday’s headaches? That’s the question that couldn’t be answered at a conference earlier this month of 150 scientists at a hotel on a Florida beach untainted by the spill. The St. Pete Beach gathering was organized by the White House science office to coordinate future research.

“There’s the sense that it’s not as bad as we had originally feared; it’s not that worst case scenario,” said Steve Lohrenz, a biological oceanographer at the University of Southern Mississippi. “There’s still a lot of wariness of what that long-term impact is going to be.”

Steve Murawski, the chief fisheries scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, compared scientists research to a TV crime drama: “It’s the end of the story that counts, not all the steps along the way.”

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101019/ap_on_sc/us_gulf_survival