Thursday, November 1, 2007

Only Human demeans Humanity.....

Child Soldiers in Burma (Myanmar) - HRW reportFacing a military staffing crisis, the Burmese government is forcibly recruiting many children, some as young as age 10, into its armed forces, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Oct. 31. Burmese military recruiters target children in order to meet unrelenting demands for new recruits due to continued army expansion, high desertion rates and a lack of willing volunteers. Non-state armed groups, including ethnic-based insurgent groups, also recruit and use child soldiers, though in far smaller numbers. "The brutality of Burma's military government goes beyond its violent crackdown on peaceful protestors," said Jo Becker, children's rights advocate for Human Rights Watch. "Military recruiters are literally buying and selling children to fill the ranks of the Burmese armed forces." Based on an investigation in Burma, Thailand and China, the 135-page report, "Sold to Be Soldiers: The Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers in Burma, " found that military recruiters and civilian brokers receive cash payments and other incentives for each new recruit, even if the recruit clearly violates minimum age or health standards. To learn more, please go to:

Biased Judgements:Even Developed Countries follow the example..

Mark Waugh gets away with Speeding:
Apparently it’s a case of not what you do wrong, but whom you are when it comes to getting off speeding tickets.
Cricket legend Mark Waugh is likely to keep his license despite being pulled over by an unmarked car this May for being 43km/h over the limit. His mates Mark Taylor and Alan Jones defence seeming to mean more to the Gosford judge than the facts at hand.
He received a slap-on-the-wrist sentence of six two-hour sessions of the traffic offenders program but will neither be fined, nor lose demerit points with the incident being cited as an “err in judgement”.
Had this been you or me (or a motor sport identity), we’d have had our car confiscated, license cancelled, and been severely fined. The judge also has the power to make us see some time behind bars.
I feel this sends the wrong message to both cricket adoring kids and the general public, and that a dangerous precedent has been set in allowing those of privilege to be above the law.
What do you think? Would the judge be so lenient on you?