Two Births: A Gilded Arrival and a Poisoned Legacy | Global Research.
“On the same day, a universe away, in Falluja, Iraq – poisoned by weapons armed with uranium, chemically and radiologically toxic, and white phosphorous, a chemical weapon, and other so far unidentified “exotic weapons” – baby Humam was born. In a city relentlessly bombarded in 1991 and again in two further criminal, inhuman US decimations in 2004.
Humam was born with Retrognathia, a congenital heart disease , Omphalocele and Polydactly of upper and lower limbs. Omphalocele is an abnormality that develops as the the foetus is forming. Some of the abdominal organs protrude through an opening in the abdominal muscles in the area of the umbilical cord. Polydactly is the manifestation of extra digits on the hands or feet, in Humam’s case, both.
Humam translates as: “Brave, noble, generous.”
By Joanne Bauer
Does human rights language matter? This question comes up with alarming regularity in discussions of business and human rights. Yes, we now have the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which set out standards for corporate conduct with respect to human rights and delineate government duties to ensure corporate accountability for violations.
But, the argument goes, in many situations human rights are considered sensitive, and invoking them can shut down the conversation and impede progress on finding collaborative solutions to ensuring business respects rights. Besides, everyone knows we are talking about the same thing.
But, if that is so, then why the sensitivity in the first place?
via Does Human Rights Language Matter?.
I believe that those resisting war taxes deserve our gratitude, and that many more should join them. They are a welcoming movement that encourages and supports those participating in war tax resistance at any level, participating sporadically, or engaging in long-term resistance for decades. They do not set up war tax resistance as a tactic in competition with rallying, educating, lobbying, marching, counter-recruitment, or other approaches to advancing economic conversion. Rather, they participate in all of these other approaches as well. But they urge those who protest war to consider the possibility of ceasing to pay for it.
via Some Don’t Pay Their War Taxes by David Swanson | Dandelion Salad.