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A change of culture in parliament needed – Ghahraman

Race Relations Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and experience many of New Zealand’s more than 200 ethnic communities. Green Party Human Rights spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman is pushing for change in the culture in parliament and MPs using it as a platform to launch racial attacks on immigrants.

Source –  Golriz Ghahraman arrived here a scared 9-year-old after fleeing the conflict of her home Iran in search of freedom and Friday, the 15th of March, was a stark reminder of those times and New Zealand’s darkest day.  However, some in Māoridom see it differently. Ghahraman is calling for a change in the culture of parliament and wants MPs to stop the hysteria and fanning the flames of division against immigrants. The theme for Race Relations Day 2019 is ‘Te Rā Whanaungatanga’ our people, our cultures, our languages. The spokesperson for the Greens on human rights Ghahraman says, “It did remind me as well that there were among the victims were people like me who actually fled persecution and in some cases really serious war.”I wanted us to all accept that it’s coming from across the whole house and for us to stop now and just don’t play that kinda Donald Trump politics of hate and division.

“My people feel it out on the street. Every time you blame migrants or refugees or Muslims for click-bait, our kids are going to school and consuming that hate.”Professor Tom Roa had this to say about past terror acts that have happened to Māori, “The Māori world remembers the theft and killings at Parihaka, and at Rangiaowhia, and onward to the land wars against colonial soldiers at Te Rata, and at Waerenga-a-Hika, and elsewhere around the country.”The events in Christchurch are distressing.

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3 ceasefire violations along LoC in one day, says India

India said Pakistan violated the 2003 ceasefire agreement thrice on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri districts, for the seventh consecutive day, as tension between the neighbouring countries escalated to the worst in years.
Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said the latest firing came at 2:15pm in Rajouri’s Nowshera sector.
Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along LoC in Nowshera Sector. The Indian Army is retaliating effectively, Lt Col Anand said.Earlier in the day, Pakistan fired along the LoC in the Krishna Ghati sector at 6am, drawing strong retaliation from the Indian Army. The firing continued till 7am, Lt Col Anand had said.
The firing started again at 1pm in Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch, he had said.The firings by Pakistan came a day after the air forces of both the neighbours claimed to have downed each other’s fighter jets.Pakistan also captured Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.Also read: First aerial dogfight in 48 years escalates India-Pakistan tensionsPakistan has been violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement and had at least five Indian soldiers were injured on Tuesday as its troops fired across the LoC at several areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
The tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed rammed his explosive-laden car and blew up a bus killing 40 CRPF troopers on February 14.India has accused Pakistan of using its air force to target Indian military installations on Wednesday morning in response to pre-dawn counter-terror strikes of Tuesday against Jaish-e-Mohammad camps in Pakistan.
India and Pakistan summoned each other’s envoys on Wednesday over the tension.Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah, who was summoned to the South Block in New Delhi, told Indian officials about capturing of an Indian pilot by Pakistani authorities.In Islamabad, Pakistan’s foreign office also summoned India’s acting high commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned what it called unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control resulting in the killing of four of its civilians.Villagers along the 744-km long Line of Control and 198-km International Border in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu region and in Baramulla district in Kashmir Valley say they have been living in fear following the firings.
Authorities have ordered all government and private schools within a range five km from International Border in Samba, Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch to remain closed on Thursday.They said the situation is tense but no one has migrated so far from Jammu, Samba and Rajouri districts but some families from Chajala Pathri, a village close to the LoC in Poonch, have shifted to safer areas.However, district commissioners of Rajouri and Poonch said there has been no migration as yet.A report by news agency PTI has said that 2018 witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations 2,936 by Pakistani troops in the last 15 years along the India-Pakistan border.
Pakistan continues to violate the ceasefire understanding of 2003 despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the agreement during flag meetings between the border guarding forces of the two countries.World powers have urged restraint as tensions escalated this week after the February 14 suicide car bombing in Pulwama.
US president Donald Trump said on Thursday he hoped the conflict between India and Pakistan will be coming to an end.Also read: We have reasonably decent’ news from India and Pak, says TrumpPakistan’s ambassador to the United States, however, voiced regret that America has not condemned India’s air incursion, saying the stance emboldened New Delhi.Asad Majeed Khan said the US should have pinned blame on India. It is construed and understood as an endorsement of the Indian position and that is what emboldened them even more, Khan told reporters when asked about the US statement.

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You can tell a lot about a society and the culture by the people whom it venerates as heroes. Not so

You can tell a lot about a society and the culture by the people whom it venerates as heroes. Not so long ago in the United States military valor and not so long ago in the United States military valor and other feats of physical and patriotic derring do were the ne plus ultra of what determined who became venerated.
Thats why the crime of stolen valor is there in the first place, by men (and sometimes women) who arent veterans who want to bask in the glory and respect afforded actual heroes. Were American warriors not heroes, there would be no valor to steal.But now were witnessing something altogether different. You could call it stolen victimhood.The pathetic and outrageous case of Jussie Smollett is the latest example of this baleful trend.Not long ago, Mr.Smollett was a modestly successful television actor in a modestly successful television show called Empire. Outside of the shows hardcore fan base, he was hardly a household name.
Mr. Smollett shot to fame (you might call it stolen fame) in late January not because of anything he accomplished but because of something that was done to him.Or so he said.The tale bears telling one more time for what it says about the credulity of those we are now electing to high office.
He said he was set upon by two men in the middle of a frigid night in Chicago while innocently walking home from a sandwich shop. Two hooligans, said to have been of the white persuasion, recognized him, beat him up, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck, and shouted this is MAGA country! and slurs against his homosexual inclination, though how they could tell he was a gay caballero was not explained.
The assailants, though hooligans, nevertheless showed a certain bravery (if not foolish judgment) by wandering around a rough neighborhood in the middle of the night in Republican regalia with a noose in hand, looking for stray gays.Chicago, including the upscale neighborhoods, gave Donald Trump less than 20 percent of their vote in 2016, making it hardly a neighborhood to be campaigning for Donald Trump.
Mr. Smolletts tale was riven with more holes than a wheel of Swiss cheese, but the ever credulous Kamala Harris and other prominent Democrats could not wait to join the action.The senator from California, auditioning for president of the United States, called the fictitious attack a modern day lynching. She erased her message when it became clear that she had been taken in by a tall tale, demonstrating, we suppose, that even a speaker of the House can suffer shame.
Mr. Smollett was strangely unco-operative with the Chicago police.Still clutching the sandwich that survived the attack, he refused to hand over the cellphone he had used during his beating, and took refuge in stolen victimhood. It became a thing of like, Oh, Its not necessarily that you dont believe that this is the truth, he said several days later, You dont even want to see the truth.
If I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more. A lot more.And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country. Indeed.
Empire became Law and Order. It emerged that Mr.Smollett actually paid two Nigerian men he knew from the set of his television program to stage the attack. He had sent himself the threatening letter in advance of the attack.
He has been charged with a felony for filing a false police report. He is said to have done it because he wasnt being paid what he thought he was worth.
Perhaps he thought he was staging a scene from his TV show on behalf of underpaid Americans everywhere.Hate hoaxes have occurred lately elsewhere, from waiters forging racist notes to leave on restaurant tables to the infamous rape hoax at the University of Virginia.Playing the victim only works in an ailing society that holds up victimhood as the gold standard of fraudulent behavior.Click here for reprint permission.The Washington Times Comment PolicyThe Washington Times welcomes your comments on, our third-party provider.

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Hair apparent: Hanoi barber offers free Trump, Kim cuts ahead of summit

HANOI (AFP) – Shorn on the sides, thick on top for the Kim Jong Un look; bright and blonde for the Donald Trump-loving customers: a creative Hanoi barber is offering free cuts ahead of the leaders’ meeting in the Vietnamese capital next week.
Barber Le Tuan Duong has been overrun with customers since word got out about his free dos, a gesture he’s offering out of sheer excitement for the February 27-28 meeting in Hanoi.But one style has come out on top.Over the past three days, I have made 200 Kim style haircuts, but only five for Trump, he told AFP in his cramped Tuan Duong beauty academy in Hanoi.He would normally charge a whopping $43 for the Trump dye-job, a steep fee in a city where most haircuts cost a few dollars.No matter that Trump’s infamous coif has come under fire, some Hanoians are delighted with the do.I want the Vietnamese to know more about Trump, through my hairstyle. For me, Trump is an excellent man and that’s why I want this hairstyle, a freshly dyed Vuong Bao Nam said.The barber is not the only artist in Hanoi paying tribute to the leaders.Painter Tran Lam Binh has been busy churning out technicolour peace portraits of the men, including one emblazoned with red hearts and the word L-O-V-E.
His colour palette may not be true to life, but Trump’s blonde locks and Kim’s full cheeks in the 10 or so paintings he has created so far are unmistakable.I really want the two leaders, or just one of them, to come and see my works here.I dream of giving one of the portraits to them, Binh told AFP from a Hanoi cafe where he has been working on the series.The self-proclaimed Trump obsessive started painting the American president after the election, and has about 50 portraits of him in his studio — some that he displayed in the US capital outside the White House in 2016.When I paint him, I feel like I understand his inner feelings through his eyes, his face, the 36-year-old artist said, standing next to several easels displaying his technicolor works.He has even sculpted a nearly two-metre (six-foot) statue of the brash US leader, and while Binh’s admiration for the reclusive Kim who has overseen North Korea’s nuclear ambitions has been slower to emerge, he has grown fond of him.I like his humour and his exhibitionist nature, he said.The meeting between Trump and Kim is aimed at building on their summit in Singapore in June, the first ever face-to-face between sitting leaders from the US and North Korea, which have never formally ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

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New Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette says arts companies that ignore diversity are ‘out of touch’

In a directive from Mitch Fielded to the Australia Council late last year, the arts minister asked, as one of seven identified priorities, for the Council to …
By Kristy O’Brien Legendary Australian actor Jack Thompson juggles shooting his new film, High Ground, in the Top End and end-stage kidney failure.
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