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Reeyot Alemu. (Getty; IWMF) Apr 18, 2013 3:26 pm – by Nina Strochlic The winner of UNESCO’s press freedom prize has been jailed for speaking out against her government—but even behind bars, her name has not been forgotten. She’s spent the last 669 days languishing behind the bars of a notoriously brutal prison, but Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu has not been forgotten. On Tuesday, the 32-year-old female dissident was honored with the 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. In announcing the prize, the jury hailed her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression.” But no amount of international awards and public outcry have succeeded in gaining her freedom—and her medical condition is reportedly deteriorating. After recently undergoing surgery for a breast tumor, she was immediately sent back to the Kality Prison with no downtime for recovery, according to reports. Last year, the International Women’s Media Foundation bestowed […]

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by Shirley Langer I’ve always admired Gisele Martin—for years. She’s pretty, she’s hip, she can sing; she can dance—there has always been something special about her. Now, at age 26, she still exudes that specialness. She and life partner, Doug Wright, are entering their third business season of Tlaook Cultural Adventures, touring people around Clayoquot Sound in traditional Nuu-cha-nulth canoes crafted by her father and uncles. A new canoe for seven persons, the third in the fleet, is in the garage, soon to be formally named and launched with a blessing ceremony. The canoe they started with, The Hummingbird, carrying eleven, is a replica of one used to lead the one-time Nu-cha-nulth whaling fleet. Canoe number two, named Tsawalk—Everything Is One—holds five. Shaking her head in wonder, she tells me, “I never really attended high school, having dropped out half way through grade nine, yet here I am, a businesswoman, […]

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Comments Off on BILL OF RIGHTS 1689

An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject and Settling the Succession of the Crown Whereas the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons assembled at Westminster, lawfully, fully and freely representing all the estates of the people of this realm, did upon the thirteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred eighty-eight [old style date] present unto their Majesties, then called and known by the names and style of William and Mary, prince and princess of Orange, being present in their proper persons, a certain declaration in writing made by the said Lords and Commons in the words following, viz.: • Whereas the late King James the Second, by the assistance of divers evil counsellors, judges and ministers employed by him, did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant religion and the laws and liberties of this kingdom; • By assuming and […]

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In the Coronation ceremony of 2 June 1953, one of the highlights was when The Queen made her Coronation Oath (taken from the Order of Service for the Coronation). The Queen having returned to her Chair, (her Majesty having already on Tuesday, the 4th day of November, 1952, in the presence of the two Houses of Parliament, made and signed the Declaration prescribed by Act of Parliament), the Archbishop standing before her shall administer the Coronation Oath, first asking the Queen, Madam, is your Majesty willing to take the Oath? And the Queen answering, I am willing. The Archbishop shall minister these questions; and The Queen, having a book in her hands, shall answer each question severally as follows: Archbishop. Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan, […]

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Comments Off on UK Police Officers oath which is referred to as the “Attestation”

All UK Police Officers swear this “Attestation” “I, .. .. of .. .. do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people; and that I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved and prevent all offenses against people and property; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law.”