Dubai: Relaxation and Jail…………

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Scottish electrician named Jamie Harron, visiting Dubai as a tourist, was sentenced to three months in jail for touching a man in a bar.

The British head of a professional soccer team, David Haigh, was ordered jailed for seven months for a tweet that he says could not have been from him — since he was already in jail without a phone.

An Australian aid worker living in Dubai, Scott Richards, was locked up for trying to raise money to buy blankets for freezing Afghan children, because he was not part of a recognized charity.

Dubai, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, portrays itself as welcoming to foreigners. Its boosters claim it is the fourth most-visited tourism destination in the world, and it has at least 12 times as many foreign residents as citizens.

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Reason for taking Marijuana a man Confess

An Italian court has acquitted a man of cannabis possession because he is a Rastafarian and was using the drug to meditate.

The 30-year-old was arrested in May last year after police found eight grams of cannabis in his pocket and a further 50 grams at his home.

A prosecutor called for him to be sentenced to up to four months in prison, but his lawyer successfully argued he should be acquitted because cannabis is regarded as sacred in the Rastafari religion.

Rastafari is a young religion that developed in the 1930s in Jamaica. Rastafarians believe Haile Selassie, a former Ethiopian Emperor, is the reincarnation of God or a destined emissary. They say he will return to Africa members of the blackcommunity who were transported away from the continent during the slave trade and colonisation.

  1. do you support his view?
  2. what is your advice to people taking it?

New Steps On Sexual Harrasement

John Bercow has written to the party leaders to demand to see their policies for handling sexual harassment allegations, in a move that will force the Conservatives to make their process public.

The Speaker sent a letter to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders on Thursday asking them to formally publish their policies so that they can be displayed on parliament’s website.

It follows more than a week of allegations about sexual misconduct in Westminster, which has led to the resignation of Michael Fallon as defence secretary, investigations into two senior ministers, Damian Green and Mark Garnier, and the suspension of the whip from Labour backbencher Jared O’Mara.

May has called for the establishment of a support team in parliament to handle allegations of sexual harassment or abuse by MPs and the right of referral to an independent body that can examine unresolved complaints.

However, Bercow made clear that he expected the parties themselves to have robust processes for dealing with sexual misconduct complaints internally after a meeting of the House of Commons commission.

“As a result of that meeting, I am now asking you formally to publish the policies and processes your party currently operates, and to forward a copy to the commission’s staff. They can then be published on the parliamentary website,” he said.

Bercow said the commission would look at widening the “respect policy” protecting House of Commons staff and consult with the parliamentary commissioner for standards, Kathryn Hudson, to see if her office might play an enhanced role in cases of sexual misconduct.

His request for publication of the policies will force the Conservatives to make their processes public. The party did not respond to repeated requests for details of their sexual harassment policies on Thursday.

It appears to have published an online policy covering complaints by volunteers and established a voluntary code of conduct for MPs and their employees in 2014, which said they should comply with an organisation called the Conservative pastoral care team in the event of a grievance procedure.

The Evening Standard reported that the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers blocked an attempt by David Cameron bring in a mandatory code of conduct for MPs and their employees in 2016. But a source on the committee said the plan was rejected because it would have handed even more power over discipline to the party whips.

In her letter to Bercow this week, May said the Conservatives were “determined to protect those staff who work for MPs” but she believed a House of Commons mediation service plus a contractually binding grievance procedure was the best way of doing so.

Replying in the house, Bercow said he would look at the options but suggested the party should have its own processes for dealing with sexual misconduct complaints.

“The prime minister’s letter to me, written as leader of the Conservative party, very candidly admits the difficulties the Conservative party has had in introducing the sort of mandatory grievance scheme that some other parties have introduced in recent years,” he said. “It does not require my intervention for the party to adopt an effective grievance scheme.

“I hope that all parties will rapidly and thoroughly review the arrangements they have in place to ensure that those arrangements are credible, enforceable, accessible, transparent, and comprise an independent element. The latter notion, that any complaints system and grievance procedure must satisfy constituents as well as colleagues, strikes me as important.”

Labour recently published its sexual harassment policy, giving contact details for its head of complaints and the process for hearings through a special sexual harassment panel of the national executive committee.


However, some Labour women are pushing for more support to be available to complainants. Jess Phillips, the chair of the women’s parliamentary Labour party, said she and others were calling for an independent specialist sexual violence abuse adviser to be available so victims could come forward without fear.

The Liberal Democrats have published guidelines for making a complaint which covers sexual misconduct as well as many other misdemeanours.

The House of Commons itself set up a hotline in 2014 for people to report complaints of bullying, harassment or other abuse but it can only give advice and does not take any action against alleged perpetrators or offer redress.

Bercow was forced to deny claims on Thursday by Rachael Maskell, a Labour MP, that he once dismissed her concerns about bullying behaviour by MPs in prime minister’s questions as “women’s issues”.

Bercow had told the MP last year that he had written to the leaders of the three main political parties to appeal for better behaviour in the Commons but added: “You might also wish to raise your concerns with Dr Sarah Childs, who is currently undertaking a secondment from the University of Bristol looking at how parliament can become a more gender sensitive institution.”

Writing to Maskell on Thursday, he said: “You told the leader that you had raised this with me and that I had dismissed this ‘terming it to be a women’s issue’. This is totally and utterly wrong.

“I would never use, and have never used, that form of words. Indeed, for the whole of my speakership, I have been tireless in working to get more women elected to parliament and also for more women to be promoted to senior positions in the House Service

UN comment on IS execution of more civilians

 At least 741 civilians died in “execution-style killings” by Islamic State militants during the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN says.

The jihadists are also alleged to have carried out mass abductions, used human shields, intentionally shelled homes, and targeted people trying to flee.

“Those responsible must answer for their heinous crimes,” said UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein.

He also called for alleged violations by Iraqi forces to be investigated.

The UN says another 461 civilians died a result of Iraqi military and US-led coalition air strikes during the most intensive phase of the battle, which lasted from November 2016 to July 2017.

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  1. Would you support such action from IS?
  2. Who is guilty?
  3. What is your Advice?

True or False South Africans Will cut their ties with Israel

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party urged the government on Thursday to cut all its ties with Israel.

The party made the call on the 100th year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration in which Britain signalled its support for “a homeland for the Jewish people” in Palestine.

“We are saying to South Africa, remove our embassy in Israel and then remove this one [Israeli Embassy] from South African soil,” EFF leader Julius Malema told hundreds of his supporters during a protest outside the Israeli Embassy.

Malema, leader of South Africa’s second-largest opposition party, also urged supporters to boycott Israeli goods.

“If we boycott everything Israel, then they will see the need to go in genuine negotiations with Palestinian authorities so that they resolve to come with one-state solution,” he told supporters dressed in the party’s red t-shirts and berets.

He said he was aware there are international resolutions supporting the two-state solution, but insisted his party supports a one-state solution where Palestinians and the Jewish communities can live under one democratic nation.

Malema said the two opposing groups in the Middle East should borrow an example from South Africa where blacks and white Africans live peacefully despite decades of the oppressive apartheid system.

“We are saying to the Palestinians and to the Israelis if South Africans can do it, you too can do it,” he said.

Some of the protesters waving Palestinian flags were heard chanting “Down with apartheid” and “Forward with the spirit of Yasser Arafat forward”.

Malema said his party is not an organization of only South Africans but a global movement which represents all oppressed masses of people across the world.

He reminded South Africans that the suffering and pain of Palestinians is the same as what they went through during apartheid.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white, as long as you’re fighting colonialism, imperialism and you know that USA is an enemy of the people, then you’re a friend of EFF,” he said, amidst cheers from the crowd.

He said the US backs Israel which was why the Middle Eastern country refuses to genuinely negotiate peace with Palestine.

“We need to say to the Embassy of Israel, we are not friends with people who derive pleasure out of the pain of other people,” he said.

  1. Will south Africans take such step?
  2. Will the continue without Israel?
  3. What is your opinion?

London: Another Secret about Grenfell Tower Fire

A 52-year-old con man with 28 convictions pleaded guilty to fraud on Thursday for having tried to collect 12,500 pounds, or about $16,000, in financial assistance by falsely claiming that his family had died in the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Anh Nhu Nguyen, a Vietnamese man who lives in southeastern London, posed as a survivor for at least two weeks after the fire on June 14 that killed at least 80 people. He said that his wife and son had perished in the blaze and that he had lost all of his “worldly possessions.”

After registering at a relief center for disaster victims in June, Mr. Nguyen was given free accommodation worth more than $3,000 at a nearby Holiday Inn as well as food, electrical goods and money from various charity funds.

After the fire, he gave extensive interviews to several news media outlets claiming that he had become separated from his wife and 12-year-old son as they tried to escape from the tower’s 15th floor through a smoke-filled stairwell. He said that when he tried to go back and find them, he had been stopped by firefighters.

He later posed with Prince Charles during a visit to a memorial wall near the tower.

Mr. Nguyen’s story started to unravel when he tried to make further claims at a different relief center, providing a series of apartment numbers that were registered under different names.

He also tried to claim extra money to fly relatives from Hong Kong to London for what he said was his son’s funeral.

Mr. Nguyen was arrested on June 28, two days after Prince Charles’s visit, on suspicion of fraud. On Thursday he appeared at London’s Southwark Crown Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of making a false statement to obtain a passport. He will be sentenced on Dec 15.

“This is a case of fraud, but one which has a contemptible element to it, succeeding in receiving money out of the misery and tragedy of people who, unlike this defendant, genuinely suffered because of this terrible fire,” Judge Philip Bartle said during the hearing.

The police have investigated at least eight cases of fraud relating to people who have claimed money from various Grenfell fire relief funds. A woman was charged with six counts of fraud in September, and several instances of theft were reported from lower-level flats in the building.

Kudos to Nytimes

Reasons to Spain actions toward Catalonia

Relations between Spain and Catalonia are set to be tested further today as the Spanish government prepares to take away Catalan regional powers.

The Spanish Senate in Madrid is to approve Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s plan to use Article 155 of the country’s constitution to remove or limit Catalonia’s self-rule.

But some expect the move will motivate Catalan lawmakers to unilaterally declare its independence from Spain, in what is seen by separatists as mandated by the independence referendum on 1 October.

In the weeks since the referendum, which was labelled as illegal by Spain, tensions between the two sides have grown.

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  1. Can it be the right step toward neighbor?
  2. What can be the reason for this?
  3. What is your own view and advice to that nation.

Reasons :Court actions to Australian law makers

SYDNEY, Australia — After months of uncertainty, Australia’s High Court ruled Friday that five members of Parliament who have dual citizenship were ineligible to run for their seats, a ruling that threatens the government’s one-seat majority in the House of Representatives.

The decision means that the seat belonging to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce of the National Party, a coalition partner, will go to a by-election, which will be around Dec. 2.

The ruling came months after what appeared to be a minor scandal forced several politicians to resign, eventually growing to threaten the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The issue has raised questions about the vetting of candidates and how Australia’s Constitution is interpreted.

Under Section 44 of the Constitution, citizens of other countries are not eligible to run for the federal Parliament. Constitutional experts say the wording originally referred to people outside the Commonwealth, which included not only Australia but Canada, New Zealand and a host of other British dominions and territories.

The issue erupted in July when Scott Ludlam, a longtime Greens party senator from Western Australia, abruptly resigned after discovering he had retained New Zealand citizenship after becoming a naturalized Australian. While his supporters lamented the loss of a leader who had made a name with his stirring speeches and stern antinuclear stance, opponents accused the party of lazy vetting.

Friday’s ruling found that only Mr. Canavan and Mr. Xenophon were eligible to have run. And while Ms. Nash is also a member of the governing coalition, her seat will be filled by a member of the same ticket, so only the potential loss of Mr. Joyce’s seat could imperil the government.

As the cases wound through the courts, the local news media named the group “the Citizenship Seven.”

Their situations varied. Some were born overseas and incorrectly believed they had renounced their citizenship rights. One senator, Mr. Xenophon, said he discovered that he held a rare type of British citizenship through his father, who left Cyprus before it gained independence from Britain. Another said she was unaware she had been granted British citizenship by descent through her estranged Scottish father.

Mr. Joyce said he had not known he could be a citizen of New Zealand through his father until the local news media made inquiries to its Department of Internal Affairs.

Scrutiny now will be on Mr. Joyce, who formally renounced his dual citizenship after the scandal began and is free to campaign to retain his seat. He may face a challenge from Tony Windsor, an independent politician who questioned Mr. Joyce’s eligibility for Parliament in the High Court case.

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  1. What could be the reason for this action ?
  2. Can we say the court action was wrong?
  3. What will be the crisis that this action may cause in Australia.
  4. your advice and view to the Australians?

Reasons to Australian Barnabay Joyce loses

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been removed from parliament for being a New Zealander.

Joyce was one of several lawmakers ruled ineligible Friday by the High Court in Canberra, but the only one from the lower house.
His removal sparks a by-election and puts Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s one-seat parliamentary majority at risk.
The Australian constitution bars citizens of foreign countries from serving in parliament.
“It’s a pretty simple story, we’re off to a by-election (and) I put myself forward to the people of New England as a candidate,” Joyce told reporters in his constituency, a rural part of eastern Australia, north of Sydney.
“I had no reason to believe I was a citizen of any other country but Australia.
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1. Can the removal be as a result of political influence?
2. What is your own view and advice

Support of 5 U.S presidents to Hurricane crisis

The appeal was first launched after Hurricane Harvey that made landfall in Texas, but it has now been expanded to include Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, The Guardian reported. The event featured several country and gospel music stars, and a performance by Lady Gaga.
Donald Trump, whose response to the disaster at Puerto Rico has been criticised in recent seeks, did not attend but sent a message expressing “deep gratitude”.
The show comes after a week in which both Obama and Bush criticised Trump’s administration of the country.
Last week, during a speech in Virginia, Obama said the present policies reflected a tendency to “demonise people who have different ideas”. Without mentioning Trump, he said, “You’ll notice I haven’t been commenting a lot on politics lately. But here’s one thing I know: if you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you’re not going to be able to govern them.”
Bush gave a speech in New York saying he was concerned about how “bigotry seems emboldened” in a climate of cruel rhetoric and nativism, BBC reported. George W Bush and his father George HW Bush are members of the Republican party,