This is terrible. Nobody in this day and age should be a slave of any kind, let alone in a supposedly free country like India.
Editor’s note: Davinder Kumar is an award-winning development journalist and a Chevening Human Rights Scholar. He works for children’s rights organization Plan International. On October 11, International Day of the Girl, Plan International launches its global campaign “Because I am a Girl,” dedicated to improving girls’ education. The girls’ names have been changed to protect their identities.
By Davinder Kumar, Special to CNN
Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh, India — As evening falls, the girls get restless. Huddled in a group, some go very quiet, while others become agitated. The large hall of residence fills with an atmosphere of fear and anxiety.
One of the girls breaks down as she recounts her experience at the Hyderabad brothel she was rescued from just a few days ago: For two weeks she says she was kept sedated and offered to clients in a comatose state before she was allowed a meal.
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By Global Public Square staff
The most intriguing story this week might play out not in Washington, but thousands of miles away, in Beijing. Why? Well, consider this. We didn’t know who the next occupant of the White House would be (now we do), but we have a pretty good estimate of his policies. On the other hand in China, we almost certainly know the identity of the next top leader, Xi Jinping. What we have no clue about is where he wants to take China.
Starting Thursday, Beijing will pick a new generation of rulers — hundreds of new faces. Until a few weeks ago, even the date of this transition was a secret. But come November 8, a new set of leaders will take on a huge backlog of problems. How these issues are dealt with will set the tone not just for China’s 1.3 billion people…
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No matter how indebted the U.S. government becomes to Social Security, Medicare, foreign aid, pensioners, China, and the Federal Reserve itself, the Federal Reserve chairman, and most American politicians, keep insisting that that debt is somehow irrelevant because “we can always print more money”.
What is conveniently not mentioned is the just-kinda-somewhat-a-little-bit-important fact that printing more money (that is to say, increasing the money supply) decreases the real value and purchasing power of all money. Essentially, indiscriminately and arbitrarily pumping new dollar bills into a deadened economy will lead to rapid unchecked and irreversible inflation. The rapider the speed and the greater the amount of printing new money, the closer the economy edges to a hyperinflation, in which the national currency becomes so worthless that it must be spent immediately so that its entire value isn’t lost by the start of the next business day. In essence, your government bonds, pensions, retirement funds, and Medicare will be the literal number amount promised, but the actual value of that dollar number will not have increased with the hyperinflation. The government pulls the wool over its citizens’ eyes, and We The People are all even poorer in the end.
We’ve seen this scenario play out in recent years in former economic powerhouses like Argentina, Zimbabwe, and Albania, and the results are not pretty. Those countries were all able to get the hyperinflation under control eventually only due to other nations’ economic aid. In a similar situation, there is no nation on Earth wealthy enough to bail the U.S. out of a $16,000,000,000,000.00 (and rising) hole.
This should scare the crap out of every American, and, basically, everyone on the planet. If the U.S. sinks fast, the global economy is likely doomed as well. May God help us all.
(CNN) – Democrats voted to update their party’s platform Wednesday evening at their convention to include a reference to Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, as well as the insertion of the word “God,” neither of which was included in their platform this year but was in previous platforms.
President Barack Obama himself intervened regarding the Jerusalem language, a senior Democratic source told CNN, adding, that he thought the original draft was “a strong statement and he didn’t want there to be any confusion about his unshakeable commitment to the security of state israel. The issue of the day is Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah.”
Love Israel or hate Israel, whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or neither, whether you’re American or not, let’s put politics and religion aside for a second and just look at this unbiasedly.
What this is is a political party belonging to one sovereign nation amending their own party platform, not for the benefit of said nation’s citizens, but for the benefit of a totally different nation on the other side of the world.
Shouldn’t the American politicians, the American leader, and the American political parties be putting their devotion to America and its people first? They should especially not give their own people a backseat in a favor of a nation as controversial and militaristic as Israel. The issue for our president should NOT be Israel, Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah. The issue should be American prosperity, the American economy, employment, and all the other monumental problems our own nation is currently facing.