India: Centre to push development schemes for individuals in J&K, Ladakh

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE HINDUSTAN TIMES OF INDIA)

 

Centre to push development schemes for individuals in J&K, Ladakh

Earlier this week, cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a meeting on social schemes for the two new UTs. Move aims to highlight government’s intent on development for the regions’ residents.

INDIA Updated: Mar 01, 2020 16:26 IST

Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A Kashmiri coppersmith working inside a workshop in the downtown of Srinagar.
A Kashmiri coppersmith working inside a workshop in the downtown of Srinagar.(ANI)

The Union government will sharply focus on government schemes aimed at individuals, such as scholarships or houses, in the Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, in an effort to push its development narrative in the region.

Earlier this week, cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a meeting on social schemes for the two new UTs. According to two officials who attended the meeting, it was decided that the schemes must see 100% coverage with no potential beneficiary being excluded for lack of funds. The meeting, attended by secretaries of home affairs, minority affairs, tribal affairs, rural development and officials from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh focused on the two main issues involved — challenging conditions on the ground and the financial implications of covering everyone. For instance, the two officials said, one of the participants pointed out how the limited availability of 3G network in the valley makes the enrollment process difficult.

The emphasis on schemes that touch individual beneficiaries comes from the belief that this will have a perceptible impact on the ground, and highlight the government’s intent on the development front to residents. Indeed, this has been one reason consistently put across by the government to support its decision of August 5, 2019 to scrap constitutional provisions that had given the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir special status and its citizens special privileges — the ability to ensure people in the region benefit from welfare schemes as much as those in the rest of the country have.

“Proper implementation of individual schemes can directly improve people’s lives,” one of the two officials said on condition of anonymity.

Individual beneficiaries have been a key element of the National Democratic Alliance government’s social schemes and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party made special efforts to carve out a vote-bank out of the 220 million who benefited from various schemes in the run-up to the 2019 national polls, reaching out to them through dedicated campaigns and interactions.

According to data provided by the National Scholarship Portal, Jammu and Kashmir has received 517,000 new proposals for pre-metric scholarship in the academic year 2019-20 but money has been disbursed in just 8,294 cases.

Similarly, as on February 26, against a total target of building 62,932 houses for the rural poor in the region, only 36,780 have been sanctioned and just 122 have been completed, according to the data available with the rural development ministry.

In the meeting, it was decided that the schemes such as scholarships, gas connections under the Ujjwala programme, and housing for the poor must start with a 100% offtake with complete enrolment and funding. “This is an important step. The government has targeted 100% saturation in social programmes earlier too. But this time, 100% offtake is also envisaged, making it a special case for J&K and Ladakh UTs,” said the second official, who too didn’t wish to be named.

One of the other challenges discussed at the meeting was data on potential beneficiaries. The data provided by Union territories officials didn’t match with that of the Union home ministry and the latter has been asked to devise an online mechanism for data reconciliation.

Former rural development secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra underlines that J&K has very low poverty indices and so the welfare programmes must focus on skill development and employment . “Livelihood programms would do very well in J&K. I remember in his first Pragati meeting with secretaries, the PM had reviewed J&K livelihood programme and sought its continuation. While some schemes such as housing or scholarships must target individual beneficiaries, entry point for livelihood schemes has to be in groups.”

(A Savage Comment) With Taliban U.S. Government Being As Ignorant As England’s Chamberlain

With Taliban U.S. Government Being As Ignorant As England’s Chamberlain

 

Back in about 1939 the Prime Minister of England was a man named Chamberlain. He had just come back from a meeting with Hitler in Germany and as he got off his plane in England he was waving a piece of paper saying that he in writing had Hitlers signed agreement that there would be no war between them. Wasn’t it the very next day that Germany invaded Poland which caused England to have to help defend Poland via treaties between them. So much for Hitlers signed word.

 

I just read some headlines this morning about the U.S. Secretary of Defense just getting back to Washington from having had a week long meetings with the Leaders of the Taliban. Our Secretary says that we have reached an agreement with the Taliban about them attacking less and we can then draw down the numbers of troops there. Just like Vietnam we got into Afghanistan with no serious with-drawl program on the table.

 

Just as President Nixon lied to us all on T.V. saying that we had exited Vietnam with honor while he knew that there were still American POW and MIA’s in Country, our current President is doing the same thing here, or at least he is trying to. I am not a fan of Mr. Trump, but honestly he inherited this un-winnable mess in and around Afghanistan, there is no good way out. Reality check is that this reality should have been known to many within our own Governments (and basically everyone else) so, why did we still proceed down the path that we have? O, there was one other thing about Mr. Nixon on ending that war with Vietnam, we also gave them $4.6 Billion for ending the war with us and giving us back some of the pow’s to show the world on TV, Our POW’s coming home. Another article headline was that just a few hours after we signed this agreement one of our jets evidently popped a bomb on a vehicle killing a family of 8, including one infant.

 

We can say we are getting out with dignity, but, is there such a thing in this instance? We had to be knowledgeable enough to know that once you go in, how the hell do you get out? You should always know that answer before you give the order to attack! Reality is that once we do get every one of Our Service Members off their ground, the people that will be mauled in that Country will forever stain a lot of ground. With Honor? Will we ever really know the truth about the Taliban returning all of our captured or killed? Well, thats my thoughts on it anyway, you’re always welcome to tell me your opinion. Hope you’all have a good and a safe weekend.

Protesters in South Lebanon Stand Up to Attack, Threats

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SAUDI NEWS AGENCY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)

 

Protesters in South Lebanon Stand Up to Attack, Threats

Tuesday, 10 December, 2019 – 10:45
Demonstrators wave Lebanese flags during a protest in Tripoli, Lebanon, November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File Photo
Beirut- Hanan Hamdan
Five years ago, the former Moukhtar [local head, selected for simple administrative tasks] of the town of Qulaila in South Lebanon, Mahmoud Saleh, could not find anyone to pay for his treatment when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. This forced him to incur the cost of removing one of his kidneys, which amounted to 18,000 US dollars at the time, although he could not afford it.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Saleh said: “We took to public squares because of the difficult economic situation. Our politicians are responsible for this situation, and we are still here because they refuse to meet a single one of our demands. Those in power have clung to it for many years without even considering giving us our basic rights. We do not even have healthcare or pensions; instead, they have drowned us with debt.”

Protesters in Tyre, a city in south Lebanon, have been a vital part of the protest movement since it first erupted in October. They were met with repression, and the most prominent of which was when they were assaulted by partisans and had their tents destroyed at the Al-Alam Square. However, the scene hasn’t changed in the past few days, save the erection of new tents to the square, and the addition of a large tent meant to protect protesters from the rain, allowing them to continue to hold their debates and lectures. The square is also equipped with plastic chairs, mobile mattresses, and stoves to make tea and coffee.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Hassan Darwish, one of the young people who maintain a constant presence in the square, says: “The uprising in Tyre has not changed, and people’s determination has not been shaken. The people of Tyre will not leave the squares just like that, and we will persist until our demands are met”.

He points to the fact that internal debates are still being held at the square daily and that civil society initiatives are also ongoing. He also says that a new tent will soon be installed near the square “to support anyone in need by providing them with clothes and food. The basic idea behind it is that it will be accessible to every household and person. We have launched this symbolic initiative because of the difficult living conditions some of us in Tyre arrived at, with the minimum wage standing around 600,000 Lebanese pounds (400$ at the official rate but effectively much less). This isn’t enough for people to secure their basic needs”.

Lebanon´s Journalists Suffer Abuse, Threats in Covering Unrest

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF SAUDI ARABIA’S ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)

 

Lebanon´s Journalists Suffer Abuse, Threats in Covering Unrest

Saturday, 7 December, 2019 – 12:30
In this Friday Oct. 18, 2019 photo, Lebanese reporter Joyce Akiki, left, runs from tear gas during an anti-government protest, in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Beirut- Asharq Al-Awsat
Lebanese journalists are facing threats and wide-ranging harassment in their work – including verbal insults and physical attacks, even death threats – while reporting on nearly 50 days of anti-government protests, despite Lebanon´s reputation as a haven for free speech in a troubled region.

Nationwide demonstrations erupted on Oct. 17 over a plunging economy. They quickly grew into calls for sweeping aside Lebanon´s entire ruling elite. Local media outlets – some of which represent the sectarian interests protesters are looking to overthrow – are now largely seen as pro- or anti-protests, with some journalists feeling pressured to leave their workplaces over disagreements about media coverage.

The deteriorating situation for journalists in Lebanon comes despite its decades-old reputation for being an island of free press. Amid Lebanon´s divided politics, media staff have usually had wide range to freely express their opinions.

The acts of harassment began early in the protests. MTV television reporter Nawal Berry was attacked in central Beirut in the first days of the demonstrations by supporters of the militant group Hezbollah and its allies. They smashed the camera, robbed the microphone she was holding, spat on her and kicked her in the leg.

“How is it possible that a journalist today goes to report and gets subjected to beating and humiliation? Where are we? Lebanon is the country of freedoms and democracy,” Berry told The Associated Press.

Outlets like MTV are widely seen as backing protesters´ demands that Lebanon´s sectarian political system be completely overturned to end decades of corruption and mismanagement.

Rival TV stations and newspapers portray the unrest – which led to the Cabinet´s resignation over a month ago – as playing into the hands of alleged plots to undermine Hezbollah and its allies. Many of those outlets are run by Hezbollah, President Michel Aoun´s Free Patriotic Movement, and the Amal Movement of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. These media regularly blast protesters for closing roads and using other civil disobedience tactics, describing them as “bandits.”

For Berry, the media environment worsened as the unrest continued. On the night of Nov. 24, while she was covering clashes between protesters and Hezbollah and Amal supporters on a central road in Beirut, supporters of the Shiite groups chased her into a building. She hid there until police came and escorted her out.

“I was doing my job and will continue to do so. I have passed through worse periods and was able to overcome them,” said Berry, who added she is taking a short break from working because of what she passed through recently.

Hezbollah supporters also targeted Dima Sadek, who resigned last month as an anchorwoman at LBC TV. She blamed Hezbollah supporters for robbing her smartphone while she was filming protests, and said the harassment was followed by insulting and threatening phone calls to her mother, who suffered a stroke as a result of the stress.

“I have taken a decision (to be part of the protests) and I am following it. I have been waiting for this moment all my life and I have always been against the political, sectarian, and corrupt system in Lebanon,” said Sadek, a harsh critic of Hezbollah, adding that she has been subjected to cyber-bullying for the past four years.

“I know very well that this will have repercussions on my personal and professional life. I will go to the end no matter what the price is,” Sadek said shortly after taking part in a demonstration in central Beirut.

Protesters have also targeted journalists reporting with what are seen as pro-government outlets. OTV station workers briefly removed their logos from equipment while covering on the demonstrations to avoid verbal and physical abuse. The station is run by supporters of Aoun´s FPM.

“The protest movement has turned our lives upside down,” said OTV journalist Rima Hamdan, who during one of her reports slapped a man on his hand after he pointed his middle finger at her. She said the station´s logo “is our identity even though sometimes we had to remove it for our own safety.”

Television reporters with Hezbollah´s Al-Manar and Amal´s NBN channels were also attacked in a town near Beirut, when they were covering the closure of the highway linking the capital city with southern Lebanon by protesters. In a video, an NBN correspondent is seen being attacked, while troops and policemen stand nearby without intervening.

“This happens a lot in Lebanon because some media organizations are politicized. No one sees media organizations as they are but sees them as representing the political group that owns them,” said Ayman Mhanna, director of the Beirut-based media watchdog group SKeyes.

“The biggest problem regarding these violations is that there is no punishment,” Mhanna said. Authorities usually fail to act even when they identify those behind attacks on journalists, he added.

Coverage of the protests also led to several journalists resigning from one of Lebanon´s most prominent newspapers, Al-Akhbar, which is seen as close to Hezbollah, and the pan-Arab TV station Al-Mayadeen, which aligns closely with the policies of Iran, Syria, and Venezuela.

Joy Slim, who quit as culture writer at Al-Akhbar after more than five years, said she did so after being “disappointed” with the daily´s coverage of the demonstrations. She released a video widely circulated on social media that ridiculed those who accuse the protesters of being American agents.

Sami Kleib, a prominent Lebanese journalist with a wide following around the Middle East, resigned from Al-Mayadeen last month. He said the reason behind his move was that he was “closer to the people than the authorities.”

“The Lebanese media is similar to politics in Lebanon where there is division between two axes: One that supports the idea of conspiracy theory, and another that fully backs the protest movement with its advantages and disadvantages,” Kleib said.

My Thoughts On The Abortion Issue Both Good, Bad And Sideways

My Thoughts On The Abortion Issue Both Good, Bad And Sideways

 

Abortion, a very divisive issue here in the U.S. and I would guess it to be so all over the globe. As a Christian I did spend sometime looking through the encyclopedic Index of my King James Bible trying to make sure of the things I write concerning God’s Word on this issue. The ultimate opinion on this subject matter is God’s, not so much mine or yours. But for good conversation on this difficult matter this isn’t going to be a strictly “the Bible says” type of letter to you this evening. By the way, the word abortion is not found anywhere within the King James version of the Bible. I can not say with certainty that the word abortion isn’t found in any of the other translations of Scripture as there are some versions that I have not read cover to cover as I have with the King James.

 

I guess I am going to tackle this subject in three formats, 1.) my personal thoughts on the matter as if there was no Biblical or Spiritual thought, knowledge or concern on the matter. 2.) The way our Nations Supreme Court has looked at it. 3.) What God has said about it, His view. I am neither a lawyer nor a judge nor do I wish to be so, lets see where this train of thought, study and prayer takes us on this subject matter.

1.) My personal thoughts. If I did not know what God’s Word says, nor had I ever heard of others opinions argued on the radio and TV, I believe the following would most likely be my thoughts on this matter. I believe there is nothing that can be considered joyous about an abortion. It would be something that a person would not want to have to do even in a case of rape or incest if there is anything even slightly decent about the person at all. I believe that by the end of the first trimester (3 months) should be long enough for a person to make up their own mind about doing it, or not. I believe that there is no excuse for Partial Birth abortions. If a pregnancy has gone far enough that the baby has any reasonable chance of being born alive instead of being aborted then aborting the child should be considered as first degree murder unless the mothers life is in serious trouble if she continues the pregnancy. My ‘no’ to abortion would have to also cover aborting any child that through our medical knowledge tells us will be in anyway ‘deformed’. If a child has active brainwaves and a heart beat, then it is a living Soul from God. To put an end to it life from that point on should have to be considered as first degree murder, at least that is my personal opinion on this matter. Maybe it is just my lack of knowledge but I do have a question. The news media often talks about how thousands of couples are on the waiting list to be able to adopt a child, especially a newborn baby. Why is it that the ‘Right To Life’ supporters can’t somehow work with the politicians to make the rules easier for people to adopt? This would/should end the need for the ‘black market’ baby industry. To me this seems like it should be a ‘hand in glove’ resolution, a perfect working relationship.

 

2.) The law of our Country concerning abortion, what the U.S. Supreme Court has stated as the law. In 1973 the Supreme Court ruled in the “Roe verses Wade” decision that said abortion was to be legal in our Nation. Plus they have ruled many times since then on many different type of challenges in favor of “the woman’s right” to choose whether to give birth or to abort a child. I believe that Americas two most important documents are the Scriptures and the Constitution, in that order. It is plain and it is obvious to anyone who studies into this matter that the Constitution was written by men who considered themselves to be Christians. So they wrote it from a Christian view point. But they also wanted there to be a separation of Church and State. On the one side of the coin so that the State could not dictate to the Churches how they could worship as with England’s ‘Church of England’. On the other side of the coin they did not want a State Church being allowed to be giving orders to the Government on how they were allowed to govern. Nor were they in favor of one ‘Faith’ being in a position where all the people had to belong to one Faith.

 

3.) I am going to put down on paper a few Scriptures that I hope will help you think about what the Holy Spirit has to say on this matter. Jeremiah 1:5, God speaking to Jeremiah. “Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a Prophet unto the nations.”

Luke 1: 15, this is from God in reference to John the Baptist, the last half of the verse. “and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mothers womb.”

Mark 10: 14 and 15, This is Jesus speaking to His Apostles. “Let the little children come unto Me and do not forbid them; for as such is the Kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God (the Holy Spirit) as a little child does, he shall not enter therein.”

Matthew 18: 6—Jesus speaking to His Disciples. “But whosoever shall offend (hurt) one of these little ones which believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” 18: 7 “Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence comes!”

I will finish this section with one last verse. 1 John 3: 15—The Apostle John speaking. “Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

Justice is higher than simply following the rules of man because the rules are often unjust, but if we put the rules of God first in our heart, they will save our Soul. Man kind can only kill our body, they can only condemn our Soul if we give it to them to destroy. So, consider, which Judge should we fear the most? For the Holy Spirit is the teacher and the counselor to the true followers of Christ.

Well, thats it, I hope you enjoyed the read, I hope that it was able to evoke some thoughts within your heart and Soul. I hope that you and your loved ones are able to have a great evening, God bless.

 

 

Kuwait’s Government Resigns

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SAUDI NEWS AGENCY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)

 

Kuwait’s Government Resigns

Thursday, 14 November, 2019 – 11:30
Kuwait government spokesman Tareq al-Mazrem. KUNA
Asharq Al-Awsat
Kuwait’s prime minister has submitted his cabinet’s resignation to the Emir, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah “submitted the resignation of the cabinet to the emir… in order to allow for a cabinet reshuffle,” government spokesman Tareq al-Mazrem said in a statement.

Minister of Finance Nayef al-Hajraf and Minister of Public Works Jenan Bushehri resigned this month.

The resignation came after Kuwaiti lawmakers on Tuesday submitted a motion for a no-confidence vote against Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Jarrah Al-Sabah.

Brazil: Government again makes fun of the people’s poverty

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF BRAZIL’S NEWS AGENCY 247)

 

Government again makes fun of people: people may be unemployed, but have something to eat

Minister Osmar Terra repeated Bolsonaro’s speech and defended that “people may be unemployed but have something to eat”, omitting data on the return of poverty that plagues the country after the 2016 coup, intensified by the current government.

(Photo: PR | Reuters)

247 – Citizenship Minister Osmar Terra repeated on Thursday (22) Bolsonaro’s speech that “people may be unemployed but have something to eat “. 

“The poverty reduction speech, which is insistent in the left speech, has no factual evidence, nor the speech that hunger has returned in the Bolsonaro government. People may be unemployed, in a difficult situation, but have something to eat,” said the minister, in a statement to the Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. 

However, some facts were omitted in Terra’s speech. In the period in which former President Lula was at the head of the country – eight years ending December 2010 – there was a 50.64% drop in poverty in the country. 

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in 2013 Brazil managed to reduce extreme poverty – ranked by the number of people living on less than $ 1 a day – by 75% between 2001 and 2012. . 

The current scenario is devastating. In just one year, Brazil had almost 2 million more people living in poverty. Extreme poverty has also grown at a similar level. This is what the Synthesis of Social Indicators (SIS) shows, released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

Can We Respect The Office Of Our President: Even If We Don’t Respect The President?

Can We Respect The Office Of Our President: Even If We Don’t Respect The President?

 

The first President I remember was the day President John Kennedy got murdered. Since then I have known of all of these Presidents, while they were Our President, some of whom I have little personal respect for. Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, B-1, Clinton,  B-2, Obama, Trump. So, that means that I have known 10 Reins of power in my time. Some of the Men who have held this position were Democrats and some were Republicans, some of each were good, some were very not good. Even if we like, or dislike a certain man can we still respect the Office Of The Presidency of Our Country while they were holding it? I have known 10 Presidents, 4 of them Democrats, 6 Republicans. Personally I would give passing grades to 3 of these 10 men at doing at least an okay job of being Our President, of Our Country. The Passing grades would go to 2 Democrats and 1 Republican. Yes I may be a bit harsh on this issue, but shouldn’t we all be, at least on this issue?

 

Now that I got that pet peeve out of the way there are 2 others that I would like to talk with you about. One of these I remember seeing somewhere recently here online. Disrespectful things, at least to me, in my opinion.

Does the Nations Media ever refer to Our President as President, in at least as far back as George Bush Senior? Nowadays we pretty much only hear Obama or Trump did or didn’t do this or that, almost never it seems do I see or hear, President Obama or President Trump, do you?

 

The other pet peeve is how political type posters start off their slogans on how they want you to remember them, when is the last time you ever seen or heard them simply start their slogan or request with the simple word Please? The word Please is meant to simply refer to as a Request. Why is it wrong to say ‘Please vote for me’ instead of simply ‘vote for me’? Why is showing kindness for each other now out of style? Why not say ‘Please Support Our Troops’? is to do so being weak in your eyes? Would you not rather be asked to do something over being ordered to do the same thing?

 

Well, I guess that’s it for my pet peeve quipes of the day, I hope it gave you a moment or two of mental relaxation. I do hope that you are each able to have a good and a safe weekend.

Brain Games: 12 Proverbs And Philosophy From My Old Mind: To Yours

Brain Games: 12 Proverbs And Philosophy From My Old Mind: To Yours

 

1) Here in the 21st century how many Christians still observe the day given as Christ’s Birthday, as His Birthday? Yet, it seems that so few choose to walk in His principles. So, is it easier to keep this Holiday, or His Birthday than it is to keep His Commandments? Or, in this modern age are His words of no matter because we judge ourselves by our own righteousness?

 

2) America, if we the people give up the Liberty of the Second Amendment believing that the Government will protect us in our times of peril then we will most certainly lose our freedom, our God-given rights, our Country, and our lives.

 

3) Where you have liberty and all of the basic human rights given to you by God Himself, then you have a Country worth fighting for. If you do not have these things then you do not have a Country, all you have is labor and death to leave to your children and their children.

 

4) We should all work each day as though we will grow old. Yet each night we should bow our knees and pray that we do not die on the morrow.

 

5) Does anyone really own the title to a piece of land? Remember, the Lord gives and if He wishes, the Lord has every right to take away. All things belong to the Lord for they were His before us and they will be His after even the thought of us is gone. Yet no free people can tolerate a Government that puts themselves upon God’s Throne. Governments do not give freedom to the people. It is the people who allow the Government to exist, not the other way around!

 

6) A free people’s rights come from the laws of God, not from inside the D.C. Beltway!

 

7) What will be the American History of 2018 that is left to the future generations, if indeed there be any? Is this generation truly nothing but Donkey dung or Elephant manure? For what good or what freedom can come from the mouth’s of two Domesticated Beasts who’s master is a Dragon?

 

8) If the people are allowed to have no freedom of choice by their Government then the people’s only free choice is to remove that Government!

 

9) We have all heard the old saying about their being too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. Yet if the labor of multitudes of Indians go only to behoove a small number of Chiefs, these few Chiefs will grow to consider the many who made them what they are as nothing but parasites not even worthy of their crumbs!

 

10) As death draws us near to our bed what is it that we hope for or believe? Did we leave God’s Light in the eyes of our children or the love of freedom upon their hearts? Or, will the memory of us be forgotten once the dirt is shoveled upon our face?

 

11) If “We The People” are so ignorant as to send Lawyers to be in “Our Congress” how can we expect anything except double talk as they fill their pockets at the people’s expense?

 

12) If a person in your country seeks a position of power and they request you have confidence in them, consider their request if you wish. Yet make sure of two things. Make sure that their feet are bound with chains to your country’s Constitution, and their heart to the Constitution of ‘The’ Creator. For if either one is not bound as such, the people will know only misery, poverty, and an early death!

 

(I hope that you liked at least some or even one of these and if not, I hope that they at least made you either smile, or think. Good night, and God bless.)

Jordan Constitution Concerning Tribal Justice System

(This article is courtesy of the Jordan Times of Amman)

Cabinet amends law to limit scope of ‘tribal justice system’

Cabinet amends law to limit scope of ‘tribal justice system’

By JT – Sep 01,2016 – Last updated at Sep 01,2016

AMMAN — The Cabinet on Thursday approved a draft law amending the 2016 Crime Prevention Law, which targeted provisions governing controversial tribal customs like Jalwa (forced relocation), Diyeh (blood money) and administrative governors’ authorities related to these affairs.

The law will be sent to the next Lower House, which will convene after the September 20 elections, for endorsement as stipulated in the Constitution, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

“Jalwa”, a term first coined by tribes, entails the forced relocation of a clan if one of its members murders someone or commits other serious crimes like rape, in a bid to avoid friction between the two tribes, both of the victim’s and the murderer’s, if they were living in the same area.

Interior Minister Salameh Hammad has recently held several meetings with tribal and religious leaders, along with jurists, from across the Kingdom.

The figures reached an understanding that regulates tribal customs and norms and limits tribal cases that fall under the Crime Prevention Law to homicide, honor and cases when members of the tribes involved in the dispute do not honour pledges made on their behalf by mediators.

Under the amending law, jalwa should be limited to the murderer, his father and sons, and for a period not exceeding one year, with the possibility of renewing it if deemed necessary by the concerned administrative governor. The proposed version of the law also stipulates that jalwa should be made from one district to another within the same governorate.

The law also tasks the chief Islamic justice with deciding the value of diyeh in murder cases that end with reconciliation, and levies on those parties in tribal disputes who dishonor pledges made by mediators to pay mediators, or guarantors of the deals made, a fine of no less than JD50,000 in compensation for the damage caused to their reputation.

The administrative governor, according to the amendments, has the power to oversee all the tribal procedures included in this law, Petra added.

The amendments aim at regulating tribal customs and norms related to conflicts and cases of jalwa, atwah (a tribal agreement that functions as a temporary conciliation between conflicting parties until the civic law decides on the case) and diyeh, according to Petra.

The law is meant to avoid exaggerated practices that may cause social problems as a result of relocating families away from their places of residence, which normally results in damage to innocent families’ members, who might lose their jobs, education opportunities or businesses.