Tag Archives: Institutional forces

2010-10-06: X Factor: Gamu Nhengu ordered to leave Britain over alleged claims irregularities

The 18-year-old, from Zimbabwe, had been tipped to win the competition outright but did not qualify as one of the final 12 contestants.
Reports earlier this week claimed Gamu’s failure was related to issues with her visa, and on Tuesday night the Home Office confirmed her family had been sent an official letter telling them to leave Britain as a was the result of an investigation into £16,000 in benefits wrongly claimed by her mother, Nokutula, The Sun reported. Continue reading

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2010-10-06: Vatican continues to attack Nobel over IVF award

The Vatican kept up its attack on the Nobel committee yesterday for giving the medicine prize to in-vitro fertilisation pioneer Robert Edwards, saying he had led to a culture where embryos are seen as commodities.
As a reminder, the Vatican is against any form of assisted procreation, and just about tolerates adoption. Continue reading

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2010-10-05: RTE1, Do the right thing: Journey To Belarus

The volunteers travel to Belarus for a weekend caring for orphaned children in the Vesnova Children’s Institution.
Under the watchful eye of Chernobyl Children International director Adi Roche the volunteers are thrown in the deep end: caring for kids with serious illnesses & severe physical disabilities. Continue reading

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2010-09-20: Bulgaria institutions for mentally disabled children under par

Bulgarian Helsinki Committee announces the results of the inspections carried out in the country’s institutions for mentally disabled children.
Hundreds of child deaths, avoidable but never investigated, a large proportion of which caused by malnutrition. The current state of the social institutions for children reveals malnutrition, violence, physical and chemical restraint. Continue reading

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2010-09-14: Sarkozy receives slap on wrist from EU commission over his targetting of Romas, and duplicity

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding rebuked the French government over a leaked memo which ‘openly contradicted’ assurances given by two ministers to the Commission that specific ethnic groups had not been targeted in France. (Mostly for political gain with the extreme-right electorate) Continue reading

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2010-08-27: South-Africa – Fighting talk as Vavi threatens general strike

COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s speech brought central Johannesburg to a standstill as thousands of public servants filled the streets in solidarity against government’s wage offer. Continue reading

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2010-08-06: Sarkozy under fire over sharp anti-Roma rhetoric

Controversial vow to crack down on Gypsy criminals has brought the subject of Roma rights back into sharp focus across Europe, and has tensed relationships with Bulgaria and Romania. Continue reading

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2009-12: Invictus

Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Continue reading

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2009-08: District 9, or is it District 6…

The story, adapted from Alive in Joburg, a 2005 short film directed by Blomkamp, pivots on the themes of xenophobia and social segregation. The title and premise of District 9 were inspired by events that took place in District Six, Cape Town during the apartheid era. Continue reading

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