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the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


women and children first

1. Ghana: shocking American's pedophile sex-tape scandal condemned

A disturbing story about a sex tape showing a 65- year-old retired male teacher from Minnesota in the United States of America having sex with at least 8 children, between the ages of 6 and 11, from Ghana, has hit the west African country’s newspaper headlines. The coverage approach with sexually explicit photographs by the the Daily Guide, first to publish the story, has been harshly criticised by civil society as well as the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) as “highly unethical, grossly indecent... pornographic” and “racist”.

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2. respect laws of Ghana - ministry cautions tourists

The Ministry of Tourism has appealed to tourists visiting the country to respect the laws of the land and not to engage in activities that offend the law.

With reference to the World Tourism Day celebration in Ghana, the ministry warned those intent on engaging in sex tourism that they would be dealt with according to the law.

Mr Alphonse Kumaza, an Assistant Tourism Officer of the ministry, told the Daily Graphic that sex tourism was on the rise all over the world but Ghana would not countenance such abominable practices in the name of boosting tourism.

He said paedophiles who would want to take advantage of the celebration to pose as tourists and enter the country to engage in their illicit acts would also be dealt with by the appropriate agencies which are determined to ensure that the country’s laws regarding paedophile are strongly enforced and culprits punished.

An alleged American paedophile, Patrick Ken Larbash, was arrested at Adjomanikope near Sege in the Dangme East District of the Greater Accra Region early this month.

The 65-year-old retired teacher from Minnesota, is said to have video-taped some Ghanaian children, some as young as six, performing oral sex on him.

Larbash is alleged to have given them toffees and food and allowed them to watch movies in his house in exchange for the despicable acts.

Larbash appeared before a Tema Circuit Court last Tuesday. Mr Kumaza said although tourism was the fourth largest foreign exchange earner for Ghana and the ministry had initiated moves to make it the highest foreign exchange earner for Ghana, it would not allow the law to be broken by visitors.

source: graphic ghana

3. pedophile plays dead in hospital

Patrick Ken Larbash, the suspected American pedophile, caused a stir at the Out Patient Department (OPD) of the Police Hospital in Accra when he lay down on the floor in the presence of shocked patients, pretending to be dead.

Narrating the incident to DAILY GUIDE , a source said Larbash was sent to the hospital when he complained of some pains on his body, since his arrest for lewd acts on children....However, the police escort took a closer look at Larbash and observed loudly that since the suspect was dead, he should be sent to the hospital morgue. The comment quickly 'resurrected' the 'dead' Larbash who suddenly jumped from the floor where he was lying and walked straight to the officer and verbally attacked him for saying he was dead. The alleged pedophile was said to have used foul words on the police officer who kept his cool, an action that threw the large crowd into prolonged laughter.

read more @ modern ghana

4. child abductions new threat in Iraq's Kirkuk

KIRKUK, Iraq - Criminal gangs in Iraq's northern oil hub of Kirkuk have been exploiting the atmosphere of chaos in Iraq caused by US-led invasion to launch a wave of abductions targeting the scions of wealthy families.

"Since September, the kidnapping of children has increased," said the city's deputy police chief General Turhan Yussef. "We know of at least 10 cases.

"Two were freed by our forces, one child was released after payment of a ransom, three others were after direct negotiations between the parents and the abductors and four, including two girls, are still being held," he said.

Those still in captivity are a 12-year-old Sunni Arab, a 13- and a 14-year-old Turkmen and a 16-year-old Kurd. Ethnicity is not an issue for the criminals.

Last Thursday, the police announced the liberation of two 14-year-old Turkmen boys, kidnapped by gangsters as they were being chauffeured to school in the centre of Kirkuk.

Ahmed Mohammed Nur al-Din is the son of a famous Kirkuk ophthalmologist, and Judat Sonay, from a wealthy family. Ahmed's family refused to pay a ransom, but Judat's parents shelled out 50,000 dollars (33,300 euros) to get him back.

The wealthy now live in fear of sending their children off to class.

read more @ middle east online

5. systemic failings contributed to boy's death in cell, jury finds

An inquest jury has returned a damning narrative verdict over the systemic failings in a young offenders institution that contributed to the death of a troubled 15-year-old boy.

Liam McManus had been recalled to custody for breaching the terms of his licence under a supervision order and had 23 days left to serve when he was found hanging in his cell at Lancaster Farm young offenders institution almost two years ago.

The seven-week inquest in Lancaster heard evidence that Liam, from St Helens, Merseyside, had suffered significant loss and trauma in his short life. He was taken into care at a young age, had a history of self-harm and vulnerability and was well known to social services and the young offenders service.

Jurors heard evidence of failings by many agencies involved in his care. Prison staff did not recognise Liam's risk level and needs, with officers accepting his response to questions without challenge and not referring to documentation that provided critical information about him. Wing officers did not have immediate access to the information as it was kept in a room separate to the wings.

..."Yet again an inquest jury have found systemic failings resulting in a child's death and yet despite the deaths of 30 children since 1990 lessons are not learned. The ongoing systematic failings exposed by these child deaths in custody should be looked at as part of a public inquiry into the treatment of children in conflict with the law."

read more @ guardian

6. US congress to the "rescue" : 21 senators urge Obama to press Japan on child abductions


U.S. Sen Jim Webb urged President Barack Obama on Monday to address the issue of international parental child abductions when he meets with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Japan later this week.

...Sen Webb (D-Va), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, urged the White House to pressure the Japanese government to resolve the outstanding cases of U.S. citizens who have had their children unlawfully taken to Japan by their spouses.

‘‘Many parents have not seen or heard from their children in years,’’ the letter, whose signatories include former U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry, said. ‘‘We cannot sit back and wait while these children grow up without one parent.’‘

oh yeah. definitely the biggest tragedy around. read more @ japan today

7. Special Investigation: The MYTH of Britian's foreign sex slaves

For years ministers have insisted that thousands of women are being smuggled into Britain and forced into prostitution. But when police staged a multi-million pound operation to smash the gangs, how many traffickers did they find? Not one.

The overblown language was more red-top tabloid than heavyweight Government announcement. Issued by the Home Office, the press release bragged about the success of the largest-ever police crackdown on human trafficking - 'one of the worst crimes threatening our society'.

Breathlessly it went on to detail how women were being brought to this country and then 'sold as commodities for the purposes of sexual exploitation'.

But now, it continued, thanks to nationwide police operation Pentameter 2, a staggering 528 criminals involved in this 'abhorrent crime' had been arrested.

...Academics and experts say that for years they have been warning the Government that the number of trafficked women working in the sex industry is far fewer than was being claimed.

But despite these warnings, they say that Labour ministers and other feminist- dominated organisations have repeatedly relied upon these distorted figures to further their own vested interests and political agendas.

As a result, it seems likely that millions of pounds of public funding has been spent trying to fix a problem that is far less widespread than portrayed.

Of course, many women experience unimaginable horrors when working in the sex industry - and it is despicable that in this day and age they are reduced to selling themselves.

But this makes it even more vitally important that the Government has accurate statistics and facts to hand so they can tackle the many problems presented by the murky world of the sex worker.


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