1. A protest against the gang rape of two teenage girls, in Allahabad, India


    A protest against the gang rape of two teenage girls, in Allahabad, India
    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) women workers raise slogans and burn an effigy of Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, during a protest against the gang rape of two teenage girls, in Allahabad, India, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Police arrested a third suspect and hunted for two others Saturday in the gang rape and slaying of two teenage cousins found hanging from a tree in Katra village, in Uttar Pradesh, a case that has prompted national outrage. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)


  2. Love as he Loves…


    We impatiently await God’s paradise, 
    but we have in our hands the power 
    to be in paradise right here and now. 
    Being happy with God means this: 
    to love as he loves, to help as he helps, 
    to give as he gives, to serve as he serves. 
    ~Mother Teresa

  3. Every day is a new song…


    Don’t allow people to get close to you too quickly,
    because most are going to break your heart
    or upset you at some point.

    Source: Motivation one day at a time

  4. India arrests 3rd suspect in gang rape of 2 teens



    Associated Press, May 31, 2014

    LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Police arrested a third suspect Saturday in the gang rape and slaying of two teenage cousins found hanging from a tree in northern India, as a top state official said he was recommending a federal investigation into a case that has triggered national outrage.

    The three suspects detained in the attack in Uttar Pradesh state are cousins in their 20s from an extended family, and they face murder and rape charges, crimes punishable by the death penalty, said police officer N. Malik. Two other suspects from the same village are also being sought, he said.

    Facing growing criticism for a series of rapes, authorities in Uttar Pradesh, which has a long-standing reputation for lawlessness, also arrested two police officers and fired two others Friday for failing to investigate when the father of one of the teenagers reported the girls missing earlier in the week.

    India has a long history of tolerance for sexual violence. But the gang rape and killing of the 14- and 15-year-old girls — which was followed by TV footage showing their corpses swaying as they hung from a mango tree — caused outrage across the nation. The father who reported the girls missing, Sohan Lal, has demanded a federal investigation.

    “I don’t expect justice from the state government as state police officers shielded the suspects,” said Lal, a poor farm laborer who refused to accept a payment for 500,000 rupees ($8,500) offered by the state government as financial help. He told reporters Saturday that he would accept no financial assistance until the Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s FBI, takes over the case.

    Such government payments are common in India when poor families face high-profile calamities, and Lal’s unusual refusal — particularly for a man living in desperate poverty — was likely to focus attention on his demands for a federal investigation.

    With pressure mounting on the state government to act swiftly, Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh’s top elected official, said he was recommending to the federal government a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Under Indian law, a state can only make a recommendation, and it is then up to the federal government to ask the CBI to investigate.

    Rahul Gandhi, a leader of the opposition Congress party, visited the families of the two girls on Saturday and endorsed the demand for a federal investigation.

    “The state has a jungle rule,” said Rita Bahugana, another Congress party leader.

    Dozens of members of the All India Democratic Women’s Association marched Saturday through the streets of New Delhi, India’s capital, demanding the immediate arrest of the two fugitive suspects and justice for the victims. “Enough is enough. Women will not tolerate such atrocities any longer,” the protesters chanted, asking state authorities to take crimes against women seriously.

    Uttar Pradesh officials initially appeared caught off guard by the reaction to the attack on the two girls. On Friday, the state’s top official mocked journalists for asking about it.

    “You’re not facing any danger, are you?” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said in Lucknow, the state capital. “Then why are you worried? What’s it to you?”

    Caption: The veiled mother of one of the two teenage girls, who were raped and hanged from a tree, weeps outside her house at Budaun district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh May 31, 2014. India’s new Home Minister Rajnath Singh weighed in on Friday in a grisly case in which two teenage girls were raped and hanged from a tree this week in Uttar Pradesh, as public anger and political controversy over the attack gain momentum. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA)

    Ashish Gupta, a state inspector-general of police, pointed out to journalists that 10 rapes are reported every day in Uttar Pradesh, which has 200 million people and is India’s most populous state. Gupta said 60 percent of such crimes happen when women go into the fields because their homes have no toilets.

    The girls in the latest incident were attacked in the tiny village of Katra, about 300 kilometers (180 miles) from Lucknow. They disappeared Tuesday night after going into fields near their home to relieve themselves.

    Lal went to police to report them missing, but he said they refused to help. That infuriated his neighbors, who, once the bodies were discovered, refused to allow them to be taken down from the tree until the first arrests were made.

    The girls were Dalits, from the community once known as “untouchables” in India’s ancient caste system. The fired policemen and the men accused in the attack are Yadavs, a low-caste community that dominates that part of Uttar Pradesh. The chief minister is also a Yadav.

    Also in Uttar Pradesh state, police on Thursday arrested three men for brutally attacking the mother of a rape victim after she refused to withdraw her complaint.

    The attack, in the town of Etawah, followed the May 11 rape of the woman’s teenage daughter. The arrests were made after the mother filed a complaint with authorities.

    Official statistics say about 25,000 rapes are committed every year in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people. Activists, though, say that number is just a tiny percentage of the actual number, since victims are often pressed by family or police to stay quiet about sexual assaults.

    Indian officials, who for decades had done little about sexual violence, have faced growing public anger since the December 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, an attack that sparked national outrage.

    The nationwide outcry led the federal government to rush legislation doubling prison terms for rapists to 20 years and criminalizing voyeurism, stalking and the trafficking of women. The law also makes it a crime for officers to refuse to open cases when complaints are made.

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  5. Security matrix prevents another Tiananmen


    Associated Press, May 31, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — When visiting friends in China’s capital, environmental activist Wu Lihong must slip away from his rural home before sunrise, before the police officers watching his home awaken. He rides a bus to an adjacent province and jumps aboard a train just minutes before departure to avoid being spotted.

    In a neighboring province, veteran dissident Yin Weihong finds himself hauled into a police station merely for keeping in touch with old friends from the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement. While he’s technically a free man, the treatment makes it virtually impossible to keep a job or have a normal home life.

    A quarter century after the movement’s suppression, China’s communist authorities oversee a raft of measures for muzzling dissent and preventing protests. They range from the sophisticated — extensive monitoring of online debate and control over media — to the relatively simple — routine harassment of government critics and maintenance of a massive domestic security force.

    Caption: Female and male security guards march in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing Saturday, May 31, 2014. A quarter century after the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement’s suppression, China’s communist authorities oversee a raft of measures for muzzling dissent and preventing protests. They range from the sophisticated – extensive monitoring of online debate and control over media – to the relatively simple – routine harassment of government critics and maintenance of a massive domestic security force. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

    The system has proven hugely successful: No major opposition movement has gotten even a hint of traction in the 25 years since Tiananmen. President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping seems intent on ensuring things stay that way.

    “It’s extremely bad right now, much worse than in past years,” said Yin, who spent several months in prison for his role as a student leader during the 1989 protests. “There’s less and less space for civil society or, if you’re like me, even to just live your life freely.”

    Each year’s anniversary brings a crackdown on dissent, but this year has been especially harsh, say dissidents and human rights groups. Lawyers and others taking part in even minor private commemorations have been detained. Outspoken relatives of those killed in the crackdown have been forced out of Beijing.

    Journalists, including those in the foreign media, have been issued stern orders not to report on unspecified sensitive topics around the June 4 anniversary, with warnings of dire consequences.

    “We are seeing a crackdown very large in scope,” said William Nee, Amnesty International’s Hong Kong-based China researcher. “What we have seen thus far under the Xi Jinping government hasn’t been very good.”

    Caught unaware and unprepared by the Tiananmen protests, China now anticipates, detects and chokes off political and social activism before it can challenge authorities. Despite a huge rise in prosperity and vast social changes, political activism and organization outside the control of the ruling Communist Party is strictly verboten.

    “The authorities are very careful to nip any potential dissent in the bud at the local level, the focus being on ensuring they can’t link up and become a nationwide movement,” said Human Rights Watch Asia researcher Maya Wang.

    Yin said China’s rights conditions have deteriorated since party stalwart Xi Jinping’s appointment as general secretary in late 2012. While going after corrupt officials, Xi has demanded strict ideological orthodoxy and pushed a campaign to denigrate liberal values such as Western-style constitutional democracy and the independence of the media.

    Government critics and public intellectuals face ever-more-intrusive harassment, Yin said. Liu Xia, the wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, is under house arrest and constant supervision. An unknown number of others can leave home or work only with permission.

    Some veteran activists say the room for independent organization is tighter than it was in 1989. A limited number of nominally non-governmental organizations are permitted, but they operate only at the pleasure of the authorities and must confine themselves to non-political issues such as environmentalism, child welfare and workers rights.

    “It’s OK to hold lectures and conferences, at least in principle, but you can’t really conduct research and seriously delve into the topics,” said Wu, an environmental activist from the eastern city of Wuxi who has endured more than a decade of harassment, including a three-year prison sentence on fraud charges he says were trumped up.

    Some degree of labor activism has been permitted, especially in the southern industrial heartland of Guangdong province, but the only legal unions remain under tight government control and strikes are extremely rare.

    Independent workers’ rights activists are under constant scrutiny. Anita Chan, a China labor expert at Australia National University, said police are more frequently calling the activists in to “drink tea” — a form of low-level intimidation.

    And while religious activity is permitted under the auspices of party-controlled bodies, crackdowns have escalated against independent groups such as Protestant “house churches.” In Zhejiang province alone, 64 churches were demolished, had their crosses removed or were threatened, according to Bob Fu, a former dissident and underground church pastor now based in Texas.

    Meanwhile, the state has developed increasingly sophisticated mechanisms of surveillance and censorship, taking advantage of technological improvements and a huge boost in domestic security spending. An army of young, computer-savvy censors checks social media and websites and removes content on sensitive topics.

    Users of social media such as the hugely popular microblogging and instant messaging applications Weibo and QQ must be registered and identified.

    Many foreign websites are blocked, including news outlets and Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Those who care to make the effort can find technological workarounds, such as virtual private networks, but most Chinese appear content with the Internet that the government allows.

    The government has come down hard on some outspoken online opinion leaders, detaining many for so-called rumor mongering, including a well-known liberal commentator, Chinese-American investor Charles Xue.

    Wang, of Human Rights Watch, said the government is trying to compel people to censor themselves.

    “It’s so that when people go about their business, they already consider the potential risks and make sure they don’t even get close to the red lines,” Wang said.

    Another standard control method is to restrict travel. Many critics of the government, including Wu and Yin, have been denied passports — both as a punitive measure and a means to keep them from addressing foreign audiences about China’s problems.

    And while Wu can some ingenuity to visit his friends in Beijing, he said, “As soon as they find I’m gone, they send officers to bring me back. You try to adapt, but it takes a real toll on your family and on you psychologically.”

    Shortly after The Associated Press interviewed him, Wu was taken from a friend’s home and interrogated for 24 hours straight.

    Despite these efforts, China sees what many of what it calls “mass incidents” threatening social stability. One Chinese sociologist, Sun Liping, has estimated there are about 180,000 per year, ranging from organized marches to spontaneous protests and even violence sparked by anger over working conditions, corruption, environmental degradation and ethnic unrest.

    A premium is placed on quickly containing and dissolving such incidents, unlike in 1989, when protests were allowed to build up over more than a month.

    The government also has focused heavily on avoiding military force such as the tanks and troops that tore their way through citizen barricades to the heart of the protests in Tiananmen Square, leaving hundreds, possibly thousands dead.

    Instead, the government has vastly expanded its domestic security apparatus. Much of the effort has gone into improved training and equipment for the 1.5 million-member paramilitary People’s Armed Police, the Chinese interior security force. Grassroots-level officials and public security department heads have undergone training in responding to unrest.

    Meanwhile, the party has tackled many of the major contributing causes of the 1989 protests, devoting funds and attention to fighting corruption, boosting employment and housing and even holding down pork prices. That has eliminated many sources of discontent, though many Chinese remain deeply cynical about corruption among the newly rich and political elites.

    “They realize that economic growth is not enough, so the whole strategy is to avoid cases of large-scale unrest through an entire social security package,” said Joseph Cheng.


    AP reporter Kelvin Chan contributed to this report from Hong Kong.

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  6. U S Warns China to Stop 'Destabilizing' Region as Tensions Worsen


    U S Warns China to Stop 'Destabilizing' Region as Tensions Worsen
    SINGAPORE (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned an international security conference Saturday that the U.S. "will not look the other way" when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards.

    China's territorial claims in the South China Sea are destabilizing the region, and its failure to resolve disputes with other nations threatens East Asia's long-term progress, Hagel said.

    For the second year in a row, Hagel used the podium at the Shangri-La conference to call out China for cyberspying against the U.S. While this has been a persistent complaint by the U.S., his remark came less than two weeks after the U.S. charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets. Video and full story

    Caption: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Vietnam's Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh, right, before the start of their meeting, Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Singapore. Hagel traveled to Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

  7. Make room for rest


    It’s imporatant. Whenever you plan to rest – really rest. That means that you will have to make a conscious effort to push all work-related thoughts and worries away. It’s also important that you rest your mind as well as your body. 5 minutes of stillness is better than 30 minutes in front of the TV!

    Source: The Freedom Experiment

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