Live Encounters Magazine – Human Trafficking

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Live Encounters Magazine September 2013

Veerandra Mishra, Assistant Inspector General of Police Madhya Pradesh, India, on Human Trafficking
Ivo Coelho, Philosopher and Priest, Do We Have to be Religious to be Moral?
Emma Larking, Regional resettlement – solving the ‘refugee problem’ at any price?
Natalie Wood, Commemorated Thus Beautifully
Terry McDonagh, Ripple Effect
Christopher Tolkien, Foreword to The Fall of Arthur
Mark Ulyseas, Book review – The Fall of Arthur
Anat Hoffman, Gender Segregation in Israel
Christoph Sperfeldt, The Long Way from Rome to Jakarta
Candess M Campbell, Healing Trauma

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Yeah baby forget the war lets have sex

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A car driven by a participant of a media preview travels past prostitute stands at a sex drive-in, west of Zurich

News Report

(Reuters) – Greeted by a press pack rather than prostitutes, the first customer to roll up to Switzerland’s sex drive-in on opening night took one lap of the facility before making a hasty exit.

The second car, a family vehicle driven by a man in sunglasses under cloudy evening skies, broke down and needed jump starting in front of a host of photographers, sniggering into their cameras.

Zurich authorities had said they expected a modest start to the country’s first so-called “sex boxes”, a row of drive-in wooden garages on a looping track where clients in cars can visit prostitutes, shielded from prying eyes and security cameras.

END OF REPORT

I think the Swiss have the answer to love and no war. While the world watches anxiously at the Middle East and in particular Syria, the Swiss are busy ensuring that their citizens and members of the oldest profession have safe sex. Probably these are the sanest people around!

Ecuadorians Outraged with President’s Decision to Allow Drilling in Yasuní

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Ecuadorians Outraged with President's Decision to Allow Drilling in Yasuní

Dear Mark,

In response to President Rafael Correa’s decision to terminate the historic Yasuní-ITT
initiative, an innovative plan to preserve the world’s most biodiverse rainforest in
the Yasuní National Park, hundreds of Ecuadorians have taken to the streets to protest
and are preparing a national referendum to reverse this decision.

The ground-breaking initiative launched in 2007 would keep some 920 million barrels
of oil underneath the park permanently in the ground in exchange for financial contributions
from the international community. The plan would also keep an estimated 410 million
tons of CO2 – the major greenhouse gas driving climate change – from reaching the
atmosphere.

But Correa, citing the proposal’s lack of contributions, signed a decree to liquidate
the UNDP trust fund, and declared drilling in the national interest, a designation that
sets in motion final approval from Congress to pursue drilling.

However, recent polls show that 90% of Ecuadorians support the Yasuní-ITT initiative,
and at protests across the country they have begun to gather signatures for a national
referendum that could reverse the president’s decision to allow drilling in this part
of the park.

The park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and contains what are thought to be the greatest
number of tree and insect species anywhere on the planet. In just 2.5 acres of the park,
there are as many tree species as in all of the U.S. and Canada combined. The area is
also home to the Waorani indigenous people, and two nomadic Waorani clans –
the Tagaeri and Taromenane – who live in voluntary isolation. Attempts to drill the
ITT fields would put their lives and livelihoods at risk.

Stay tuned for more information and ways to get involved! In the meantime, check out:

Viva Yasuní!

Kevin Koenig
Kevin Koenig
Ecuador Program Coordinator

FBI – News on Underage Prostitution

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105 Juveniles Recovered in Nationwide Operation Targeting Underage Prostitution

Washington, D.C.July 29, 2013
  • FBI National Press Office(202) 324-3691

During the past 72 hours, the FBI; its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) conducted Operation Cross Country VII, a three-day enforcement action to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States. The operation included enforcement actions in 76 cities across 47 FBI divisions nationwide and led to the recovery of 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.

“Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere, and the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable.”

Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and NCMEC, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.

“Operation Cross Country demonstrates just how many of America’s children are being sold for sex every day, many on the Internet,” said John Ryan, CEO of NCMEC. “We’re honored and proud to partner with the FBI, which has taken the lead in tackling this escalating problem.”

To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 2,700 children from the streets. The investigations and subsequent 1,350 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 10 life terms and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

Task force operations usually begin as local enforcement actions that target truck stops, casinos, street “tracks,” and websites that advertise dating or escort services, based on intelligence gathered by officers working in their respective jurisdictions. Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states. FBI agents further develop this evidence in partnership with U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section so that prosecutors can help bring federal charges in those cities where child prostitution occurs.

The Innocence Lost National Initiative brings state and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers from across the country to NCMEC for training.

The FBI thanks the its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners representing more than 230 separate agencies who participated in Operation Cross Country VII and their ongoing enforcement efforts.

The following list denotes FBI divisions, not necessarily actual cities, where juveniles were recovered and pimps were arrested.

FBI Division Juveniles Recovered Pimps Arrested
Atlanta 2 8
Baltimore 0 3
Birmingham 3 2
Boston 3 0
Charlotte 1 3
Chicago 2 1
Cincinnati 0 2
Cleveland 1 1
Columbia 1 1
Dallas 1 1
Denver 9 6
Detroit 10 18
El Paso 0 2
Houston 3 0
Jackson 1 10
Jacksonville 0 1
Kansas City 1 1
Knoxville 0 7
Las Vegas 2 1
Los Angeles 2 3
Louisville 0 3
Memphis 3 2
Miami 0 4
Milwaukee 10 0
Minneapolis 1 4
Newark 0 5
New Haven 5 1
New Orleans 6 6
New York City 0 0
Oklahoma City 3 13
Omaha 0 1
Philadelphia 2 0
Phoenix 2 0
Pittsburgh 0 2
Portland 3 4
Sacramento 2 2
St. Louis 2 0
Salt Lake City 0 0
San Antonio 1 4
San Diego 5 6
San Francisco 12 17
Seattle 3 3
Springfield 0 2
Tampa 3 0
Washington, D.C. 0 0
Total 105 150


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Democracy Now – Pakistani Report on Drone Strikes

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A leaked Pakistani government report has bolstered claims that civilian casualties from U.S. drone strikes are far higher than the Obama administration has been willing to admit. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has released figures from the Pakistani government’s own research into casualties from drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas. The Pakistani report investigates 75 CIAdrone strikes and five operations by NATO between 2006 and 2009. It finds that the attacks left at least 746 people dead, including at least 147 civilians, 94 of them children — a conservative count given the omission of key data. The high number of civilian casualties directly contradicts statements made by senior Obama administration officials and top lawmakers. We go London to speak with Chris Woods, a reporter with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s drones investigation team, which won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism last month.

First Leaked Pakistani Report on U.S. Drone War Undermines Claims of Low Civilian Toll

Watch more Democracy Now! reports on the U.S. drone program at
http://www.democracynow.org/topics/dr….

Democracy Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,100+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday.

Live Encounters Magazine July 2013

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Live Encounters Magazine July 2013

Live Encounters Magazine July 2013 proudly presents

Ingrid Storholmen
celebrated Norwegian author of Voices From Chernobyl

Sally McKenna
well known Irish Sculptor, Painter and Sketch Artist

Dr. Christine Deftereos
author of Ashis Nandy – The Cultural Politics of Selfhood.

Graeme Hamilton
musician, vocalist, producer (UB40, Al Green, Au Pairs, Andy Hamilton etc.)

Carol Buckley
pioneering elephant welfare expert.

Sabbah Haji
a woman of substance, director of Haji Public School Kashmir, India.

Chris Hedges
(courtesy of truthdig.com) Column

Terry Mcdonagh
leading Irish poet, playwright

Natalie Wood
Journalist and Flash Fiction Writer

Candess M Campbell
author – 12 Weeks to Self-Healing…

The magazine is free…so kindly share it…Thank You.

US Government appears more dangerous than Islamist terrorists

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What has just been revealed by NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, confirms all the conspiracies theories doing the rounds: that the US Government is now monitoring its citizens and using invasive/pervasive technology to track, anticipate and curtail actions of its own citizens. Furthermore, it appears to have ‘influenced’ friendly nations to join the club, which includes UK.

After viewing the video of Snowden’s ’interview’ one gets the feeling that there has been and continues to be surveillance of citizens that crosses all boundaries of law and international borders.

Could it be that these actions have been precipitated by the urgency to create a ‘secure State’ even though this ‘State’ will resemble a sinister Big Brother government?

Could it be that the threat of terrorism is probably partly financed by the State to create the urgency to ‘provide’ blanket protection of its citizens in the garb of mass surveillance?

What is disturbing is that such actions were in their infancy during President Bush’s tenure. It appears the present incumbent, President Barack Obama, has succumbed to the machinations of the ‘fetid system’ run by corporations and individuals who have ‘invested’ in the Presidency.

The late Mr. Osama Bin Laden and his surviving cohorts must be laughing at these revelations. What they could not do the US Government is doing to its citizens…creating a fear psychosis that threatens the basis of freedom in all its avatars.

What a shame ….the land of the brave…the land of the free…is now hostage to its own elected representatives.

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