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Rise in Kidnapping and Selling Kidneys of Poor Christian Workers in Pakistan

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2011 at 4:37 am

Rise in Kidnapping and Selling Kidneys of Poor Christian Workers in Pakistan
Shocking stories of how brick kiln owners are abusing their workers

By Ashfaq Fateh
02/24/2011 Pakistan (ANS) — The ASSIST News Service has uncovered a series of heinous crimes against poor Christians in Pakistan.

In the last ten days, two cases have been brought to our notice which illustrate the dire situation of poor brick kiln workers in the Pakistani Christian community.

They are trapped into vicious circle of debt/loan and this leads to a never-ending exploitation of these poverty-stricken workers. The law enforcement agencies and local administration’s traditional negligence further make the life of these workers miserable. The only hope of these poor workers is urgent action by the higher and supreme judiciary. These are the two stories:

Meherban Masih (known as Ladoo Masih), 39-years-old, is a resident of village # 287 J.B Palasour, District, Toba Tek Singh. He was married to Shamila Bibi (27) on August 9, 1998. Meherban was working in his village at brick making factories in Toba Tek Singh and God blessed Meherban and his wife with one daughter, Nyla, who is seven years old. Both the husband and wife are illiterate.

Meherban told ANS that three years ago, the owner of a brick making factory contacted him and his elder brother, Nazar Masih, with the offer of work at their factory. They said that they would be paid according to law and also that their families would be taken care of.

Meherban and Nazar finally agreed to take the jobs after the number of requests had been made by the owner and went with their families to Qila Didar Singh, Gujranwala.

Meherban told ANS that in the beginning, things went well, but after two months, we were informed by the factory Munshi (Clerk) that they owed money and therefore, they would have to pay it from their wages.

“My brother Nazar and I were surprised to hear this as we had not got any money neither from the clerk or the owner,” said Meherban. “When I enquired, he showed us a register which showed signs of thumb marks. The clerk tried to prove that these were those of my brother and myself.”

Meherban went on to say, “My brother and I then realized that the clerk and the owner had exploited us for being illiterate. We decided to protest against this to the owner and when we spoke him about this injustice, he called his armed men and ordered them to teach us lesson.

“The men badly tortured my brother and me with steel rods and chained us up for two weeks. My brother’s wife and mine went to see the clerk and owner to find out what had happened to us and they then threatened our families saying they would be killed if they spoke to anyone about this.

Nazar Masih, the elder brother, told ANS, “We begged the owner to release us as our children and wives were without food and were looking for us. The owner forced us to accept that we had to pay him Rs. 250000/- ($2,976 USD) and if we didn’t pay up, our family would not be allowed to speak to anybody without his permission. He also said that none of our family member would be allowed to travel to see any relatives on Christmas, weddings or deaths.”

Bilqees Bibi, the wife of Nazar Masih told the owner that he never paid full wages for the work. She also alleged that she saw the owner and clerk sexually abuse Shamila (wife of Meherban) at gun point. She said that they raped her twice or thrice a week.

“Whenever she resisted, they threatened her that our whole family would be killed,” she said. “One day, when she was again raped by the owner, I could not stop myself and confronted him and he threatened me that if I spoke about it to anybody, he would rape my three young daughters too.

“I could not sleep the whole night after the serious threats to my young daughters. I decided not to share what the owner does with Shamila but stressed to Meherban and my husband that we had to escape as our daughters were not safe living here. We decided that whenever we got the chance, we would run away from this slavery.

“The time was passing, and one day the owner came to us in anger demanding that we give him the money. We told him that we had been struggling hard to pay him and he became furious and demanded the money there and then. We told him of our condition and whatever is earned he had been deducting most of the wages.”

She said the owner then said he had a “simple solution” and that was that Bilqees could sell one of her kidneys and there pay him the money.

“I, at once refused, because I had not been keeping well and had six children to look after,” she went on to say. “But the owner did not listen and overpowered me. The armed men put me in a car. My eyes were tied with a black cloth and I was taken to a hospital. I was made unconscious for several hours.

“When I awoke, I saw that my right side was stitched and my clothes were full of blood. I came to know that my right kidney has been removed and sold by the kiln owner. When I heard this I started crying. The armed men came in the operation theater and called me names and asked me to stop otherwise, I would be killed.

“I was brought home and my family was told that my kidney has been sold for Rs. 250000/-. Again, we were told not to share about it with anybody otherwise there would be ‘dire consequences.’”

Meherban told ANS, “Two months back, our families were able to escape from this slavery and reached our native village of Palasour in Toba Tek Singh. We have been living happily and working in another brick making factory in Toba Tek Singh.

“A couple of weeks back, my wife and daughter went to give help to my brother Falksher’s wife who was expecting a child in a nearby village. It was then that the owner’s armed who had caused us so much trouble, kidnapped Shamila (my wife) and Nyla, 7, my daughter from the brick making factory of where we had been working. This occurred as they were waiting for the bus to come back to Palasour, Toba Tek Singh.

“Since my wife and daughter have been kidnapped, the clerk has been calling me from his cell phone saying that my wife and daughter are in their ‘custody’ and if I want to get my wife and daughter released, I had to pay them Rs. 250000/-. If not, he said that my wife and daughter will be sold. He also threatened that if I informed the law enforcement agencies then they would both be killed.”

He told ANS, “I am not in a position to fight a case and get the help of police as they too demand money for everything. My only hope is that the Chief Justice of Pakistan would intervene and give me justice. I have sent him my application to take sue motto action to get my wife and daughter released from the custody of the owner and also to take legal action against him.”

Tariq Mehmood, General Secretary Labor Party TTS and District Coordinator, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan is helping the victim families. He has managed to send application to Chief Justice and other twenty one government authorities and civil society organizations to take notice of the situation.

Tariq Mehood has been working to protect the rights of poor brick kiln workers. He has been facing server threats from the kiln owners to support the workers.

ANS spoke to Johnson Gill, a Christian rights activist about the poor workers plight, and he said, “First all I condemn the owner, the local administration, and the labor department who have remained silent against this violation of labor rights.”

Rasheed Jalal, the District President of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) expressed his grave concerns over the kidnapping of Shamila and her daughter. He said, “I am afraid, that the mother and daughter can be forced to become Muslim.”

Rafia Salomi, a woman’s rights activist and Deputy Director of the Society for Human Development, has appealed to international human rights organizations to “raise their voices against the state of women and children”

Atif Jameel Pagaan, Executive Director, Harmony Foundation, said, “It is tyranny. The Chief Justice of Pakistan is appealed to take immediate notice of the situation and get the wife and daughter of Meherban released from this custody and also take action against the never ending tyranny of taking this woman’s kidney and demanding money from the victim’s family.

“The case of kidnapping and selling the kidney should immediately be registered against this man and his accomplices. The crime against Meherban and his family has been committed because he is poor and also because he belongs to the Christian faith.”

In the second story is about Inayat Masih, who is from District Kasur, and is one of twenty five family members who were made slaves of a local brick making factory in District Sahiwal. The owner made fake papers against them and put pressure on Mr. Masih that he had to pay him money and he then forced the two sons of Inayat Masih to sell their kidneys. The boys refused and were kidnapped and their kidneys were sold at Rupees 800000/- ($9,523 USD)

The owner is still demanding more money to be paid and because they refused, family members were badly tortured. During this torment, the daughter-in-law of Inayat, who was pregnant at the time, was injured and suffered a miscarriage.

These are just two illustrations of a sickening situation that is going on in Pakistan and I now call on the authorities to take action to stop it and arrest the culprits.

http://www.persecution.org/2011/02/26/rise-in-kidnapping-and-selling-kidneys-of-poor-christian-workers-in-pakistan/

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Nelly 2011 Ford Explorer Video

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2011 at 6:16 am

Official HD Version: Nelly 2011 Ford Explorer Video

Do U know about JULY 2011?

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2011 at 6:09 am

Do U know about JULY 2011?
This year July has 5 Fridays 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This apparently happens once every 823 years.

Your future depend….

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

Sarah Palin’s Trademark Blues

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

Sarah Palin’s Trademark Blues
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

It’s not often that I write about a topic related to the field in which I work, which is trademark law. So, I couldn’t help but be amused when I read this story on Crooks and Liars regarding Half-Term Sarah’s difficulties in registering her name SARAH PALIN as a service mark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (hereinafter “USPTO”).

Palin’s application was filed with the USPTO on November 5, 2010 and was assigned serial number 85170226. If you’re curious enough, you can look up the application yourself on the USPTO’S TESS database. Just click on the link and type in SARAH PALIN in the search term field and click on Submit Query. Then click on the first hit, SARAH PALIN (the search will turn up a second application for the mark SARAH PALIN’S GOING ROGUE ROUGE which was filed by another person, but more on that later). You can then view all of the documents available to the public for the application by clicking on the blue button labeled TDR.

The application was examined rather quickly, in less than a month, probably because the filing attorney filed using the TEAS Plus form. The Office Action (which is what a USPTO Examining Attorney issues to a trademark applicant informing the applicant of the Examining Attorney’s objections to the application) sets forth two objections to the application.

The first objection is just a mere technicality, but it indicates that the attorney who filed the application does not know a heck of a lot about trademarks. You see, when a trademark application is filed that contains the name of a living individual, you need to provide the signed consent of that person if that person is not the one who is signing the application. This objection can be easily overcome by having Sarah Palin sign a simple form that states that she consents to the application. In fact, the TDR record indicates that the law firm representing Palin has already been in communication with the Examining Attorney regarding the requirements for overcoming this objection.

The second objection is more serious. But first some background information. Most domestic trademark applicants will commonly file the application based on one of two filing bases. A Section 1(a) application is an application wherein the applicant is using the mark in commerce in the United States a the time of the filing of the application. The applicant has to submit a specimen evidencing use of the mark and provide the date when the mark was first used. The second common filing basis is the Section 1(b) application, in which the mark is not in use at the time of the filing of the application, but the applicant intends to make use of the mark at a later date. An application filed under 1(b) cannot pass on to registration until a Statement of Use is filed with the specimen and first use date.

Furthermore, when an applicant submits a trademark application with the USPTO, the applicant is declaring, under penalty of perjury, that he or she believes that all of the information provided in the application is, to the best of the applicant’s knowledge, true. Palin’s application alleges that she used her name in connection with the services “Information about political elections; Providing a website featuring information about political issues” in Class 35 at least as early as January 1, 1996. However the specimens provided in support of her use claim is a page from the Fox News website from January 11, 2010 announcing that Palin was joining Fox as a political contributor (which of course as we all know is the real reason why she resigned her position as governor of Alaska. She gets paid much more money to spout bullshit about things she doesn’t really know compared to governing one of the least populated states in the country) and postings from her Facbook page.

The problem for Palin’s application is that being mentioned by Fox News on its web site is not evidence that she herself is providing information about elections and having a Facebook page does not constitute providing a website featuring information about political issues. Again, this strongly supports my belief that the attorney retained by Palin to file her application is not familiar with trademark law. Even more egregious is the first use date, January 1, 1996. While just about anyone who had a computer in 1996 had online access, it was not common for most people to have their own websites. For example, the well-known wingnut personality Michelle Malkin did not register her domain name until February 9, 1999, according to a Whois search of michellemalkin.com. I seriously doubt that Sarah Palin, who was unknown outside of Alaska at the time, had a website where she provided information about political issues as a private citizen. In early 1996, Palin was serving on the Wasilla City Council. I suppose it is possible the Wasilla City Council had its own website in 1996, though any information or remarks provided by Palin on the site would have been in her capacity as an elected official.

While Sarah Palin today has a website, sarah-palin.com, a Whois search indicates that this domain was created on August 29, 2008. There is also a domain name sarahpalin.com that was created on April 26, 2004, though the webpage is blank. A Whois search of foxnews.com indicates that the Fox News domain was created on June 21, 1995. I’m hazarding a guess that Palin’s attorney (or Palin herself) believed that since Fox News was around since 1996, Palin could somehow piggyback on that. Or alternatively, as I wrote in the paragraph above, maybe she thought that anything she provided on a local government website back when she served on the Wasilla City Council counted as use of SARAH PALIN. Either way, an attorney knowledgeable about trademark law would have done a better job in providing a valid specimen and first use date.

It should not be too hard for Palin to submit a valid specimen, though I wonder if the Examining Attorney will also take her to task for the January 1, 1996 first use date, which I am quite certain is erroneous and possibly dishonest. The deadline for Palin to respond to all of the objections raised by the Examining Attorney is May 29, 2011, so she has a little over three months left to straighten this out. I wonder, by the way, if this story gets picked up by the conservative blogosphere if any of Palin’s wingnut fans will call or send the Examining Attorney angry messages to stop picking on poor Sarah by bothering her with such pesky rules.

And to get back to what I alluded to earlier, an Alaskan individual named James Weeks has filed an application to register SARAH PALIN’S GOING ROGUE ROUGE for adhesive labels and printed novelty wine labels. Just like Sarah Palin herself, Weeks has to provide Palin’s consent to register Sarah Palin’s name as a trademark. However, I doubt that Weeks is going to get his former governor to consent to his application.

One other thing. Bristol Palin also has an application pending to register her name, filed by the same attorney who is handling her mother’s application. Just like with her mom’s application, Bristol’s application has been rejected because Bristol did not sign the application, so she also has to submit her written consent. Also, like her mom, Bristol is facing an objection to the specimen submitted in support of her 1(a) application, which as the Examining Attorney has pointed out, is just a white sheet with her name typed on it.

I suggest that the next time the Palins want to file more trademark applications that they hire an experienced IP attorney.

http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com/2011/02/sarah-palins-trademark-blues.html

Grammy Performers 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Puzzling

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2011 at 4:25 am

Grammy Performers 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Puzzling
Feb 11 2011, 11:00 AM

When Bob Dylan and Dr. Dre were announced as last-minute performers for Sunday’s Grammys, music fans were reminded of a fact that’s increasingly true of the annual ceremony: it’s become more a concert than a classic awards show. Last year’s ceremony handed out trophies for only nine of the 109 categories on air. Nevertheless, the broadcast still surged to almost three and a half hours in length, making the musical performances the clear focus of the evening. Pink’s astounding, Cirque du Soleil-inspired performance of “Glitter in the Air” last year vaulted the previously unreleased track to the Top Ten of the iTunes singles chart and spawned a lengthy radio life—proving that a showcase at the Grammys can be a lucrative booking.

With this year’s musical lineup almost finalized, what’s good, bad, and puzzling about the acts set to perform?

The Good:

Rekindling one of music’s greatest partnerships, Dr. Dre will perform with 10-time nominee Eminem, marking the hip-hop legend’s first live television performance in over a decade. A return to the spotlight spells good news for the release of Dre’s long-rumored, long-delayed album Detox, which is set to come out in spring.

Also set for a rare performance is Bob Dylan, who will play alongside rising folk-rock bands Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers—two acts whose music Dylan paved the way for, and will now help shine an even brighter spotlight on. Dylan isn’t the only music legend bridging the Grammy generational gap this year: Barbra Streisand will sing one of her ’70s signature ballads during the show, and Mick Jagger will make his first-ever Grammy performance in a tribute to Solomon Burke (alongside Raphael Saadiq, no less).

The Bad:

The addition of those three Grammy legends is a bright spot in a line-up heavy with of-the-moment pop artists. Yes, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and B.o.B. are all nominees, but they are precisely the artists that make music critics gripe about whether the Grammys are even relevant in the first place. Beyond actually having to endure the musical stylings of Teen Beat trifecta Bieber, Usher, and Jaden Smith, the real disappointment is that their sets come at the expense of Jay-Z, Sade, Ray LaMontagne, The Black Keys, and a slew of other nominated artists who won’t be performing.

While there’s a valid argument to be made that those MTV artists are vital parts of the current musical landscape and will draw bigger ratings for the telecast, the case becomes less strong at the announcement that jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding will be performing alongside members of the Grammy Jazz Ensembles and Grammy Camp. Kudos to the Grammys for featuring a surprising, more diverse slate of acts than in years past—Arcade Fire and Cee Lo Green included. But while acknowledging those artists shows the organization’s desire to be on the cutting edge, the jazz medley shows that it’s still hasn’t quite left its boring past behind.

The Puzzling:

It’s certainly brave of Christina Aguilera, following her Super Bowl fiasco, to perform alongside Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, and Florence Welch during a tribute to Aretha Franklin. It’s one of the other names in that list that does not belong. Why would the Grammys lump British chanteuse Welch into a diva sing-off? The Best New Artist nominee (as part of Florence + the Machine) has already proven she can stage an ebullient and exciting stage show of her own with the ridiculously catchy “Dog Days Are Over.”

And while The Atlantic Culture channel’s love for Gwyneth Paltrow has been well-documented—and we could not be more excited for her duet with Cee Lo—the fact that the performance of “Fuck You” will also feature Jim Henson Puppets is a little…concerning. What, exactly, will these puppets be doing? The profane track doesn’t lend itself easily to a Sesame Street-style sing-a-long. Will they be going the Avenue Q route? Given the PG nature of the Grammy proceedings, that would most definitely be puzzling.

Most confusing, however, is that the Grammys have not booked its most famous 2011 nominee to perform: the cast of Glee. Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and the rest of the most buzzed-about young actors in Hollywood received two nods for songs from their Fox show. Sure, Glee airs on a competing network, but that didn’t stop NBC from inviting the cast to perform at this summer’s Emmy Awards. CBS even had actors from the series sing at the Tonys, though they weren’t even nominees there. If the Grammys wanted to produce a show that got people talking, they could do no better than get Glee’s stars to belt out “Don’t Stop Believing” on Sunday night.

The Grammy awards air on CBS Sunday at 8 pm EST.

http://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2011/02/grammy-performers-2011-the-good-the-bad-and-the-puzzling/71100

9 years old boy commits suicide after failing dance show audition

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2011 at 8:35 am

9 years old boy commits suicide after failing dance show audition
New Delhi : India
Feb 13, 2011
By Sanjay Prajapati

The police said Sandip Mondol, a student of class 5, was hanged from the ceiling of his house in the Casbah area.
With nine year old boy in southern West Bengal, 24-Parganas had committed suicide, frustrated by their inability to qualify, a dance show on television.
Sandip Mondol, a class of five students from the city was, from the roof of his house in the Casbah area Debkumar Mondal hanged his father on Friday evening, police said Saturday.
The police said Sandip Mondol, a student of class 5, was hanged from the ceiling of his house in the Casbah area.
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http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/8182991-9-years-old-boy-commits-suicide-after-failing-dance-show-audition

No Police Available

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

No Police Available

Walker George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi was going up to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window.

George opened the back door to go turn off the light but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things. He phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house,” and he said “no.”

Then they said that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along when available.

George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.

“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I just shot them.” Then he hung up.

Within five minutes six police cars, a SWAT Team, a helicopter, two fire trucks, a paramedic and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips’ residence and caught the burglars red handed.

One of the Policemen said to George: “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”

George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

What are copycat products?

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2011 at 8:28 am

What are copycat products?

Dansk (Danish)
n. – abekat, efterligner

Nederlands (Dutch)
na-aper

Français (French)
n. – copieur (péj)

Deutsch (German)
n. – Nachahmer, Nachäffer

Ελληνική (Greek)
n. – (καθομ.) (ανόητος) μιμητής, πιθηκίζων

Italiano (Italian)
copione, pappagallo, scimmia

Português (Portuguese)
n. – imitador (m)

Русский (Russian)
плагиатор

Español (Spanish)
n. – imitador, copión, mono

Svenska (Swedish)
n. – härmapa

中文(简体)(Chinese (Simplified))
无主见的家伙, 复印机

中文(繁體)(Chinese (Traditional))
n. – 無主見的傢伙, 影印機

한국어 (Korean)
n. – 모방하는 사람, 흉내쟁이

日本語 (Japanese)
n. – 人まねをする子供, 盲目的模倣者
v. – むやみにまねをする

العربيه (Arabic)
‏(الاسم) مقلد أعمى, تلميذ ينقل من غيره‏

עברית (Hebrew)
n. – ‮חקיין, מתוך חיקוי של‬

Demi Lovato Gets New Wrist Tattoo

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2011 at 8:03 am


Struggling with a harsh period of her life, Demi Lovato has got a new wrist tattoo to remind her of her power to survive and come to terms with this situation she found herself in. Find out more on how Demi Lovato explains her brand new body art design.

Celebrities often mark their skin with refined body art designs. Disney start make no exception, after the news related to the brand new tattoo of Miley Cyrus we also have the chance to sport the fab accessory of another famous Disney diva and teen idol. Demi Lovato has got a new wrist tattoo as several media sources claimed.
The young star has a letter tattoo saying: “Think Again” on her writs. After a difficult period in her life the teen starlet managed to stand up and ask for help both when it comes of her emotional issues as well as rumored eating disorder.

The tattoo is probably one of the most revealing signs of taking the first step towards healing. Therefore she decided to wear it on her writs a pretty visible spot, that could help Demi remind herself of the will to live and go on with her life.

As several sources revealed in the past cutting herself was no strange thing to Demi Lovato. Think again, could be a warning for her to think twice before doing such a damage both to her body as well as soul. However it seems that the young star still didn’t offer an official explanation for having this brand new jewelry and until then all these are presuppositions. Speculations circulate about the real meaning behind the tattoo, however our guess might not be that far from the truth considering her tormented life at this moment.

Demi Lovato indeed keeps the fans and media on their toes with the series of events that happened lately. However only the future will decided whether there’s a ray of hope for her complete healing and the restoring of her world-wide popularity and sparkling singing and acting career.

Meanwhile, paparazzi are on her track to provide us with the latest news related to either changes in her appearance or private life issues.

http://www.bodycare.becomegorgeous.com/tattoos_and_piercings/demi_lovato_gets_new_wrist_tattoo-3781.html