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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 220

Posts Tagged ‘reaction’

Drugs: quicker reaction against new substances

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 giugno 2017

droghe“Legal highs”, new substances which can have a similar effect to heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs, will be declared illegal and removed from the market more quickly.Under new rules backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday and already agreed with the Council, the deadlines for determining the risks posed by new psychoactive substances (NPS) will be substantially reduced, shortening the whole procedure almost by half.The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA, the EU drugs agency), already in charge of monitoring all new substances reported by member states, will also have to lead the exchange of information, draw a first report on any suspicious substance and prepare risk assessments when needed.Following an initial report by the EMCDDA, the European Commission will have two weeks to request an assessment of the potential risks posed by the new substance, which should be submitted within six weeks after the request. The Commission will then be able to adopt a decision banning the substance, without being obliged to consult the Council beforehand. Member states will have to apply the ban no later than six months after the Commission’s decision. Legislators expect, however, that most countries will be able to apply the ban much faster than that.
Europol will have a more significant role in the early-warning system and risk assessment procedure, to help determine the involvement of criminal organisations in the manufacture and distribution of new psychoactive substances.”Following the deal with Council, we will have an efficient mechanism at EU level to assess a new psychoactive substance and, if the assessment proves that it is dangerous, there will be a mechanism in place to remove it from the market. We need a fast and efficient system to deal with new substances that appear every year, often sold via the internet, posing a danger to our health, and particularly for young people”, said Michal Boni (EPP, PL), Parliament´s rapporteur for the changes to the EMCDDA Regulation.“New psychoactive substances are a major threat to the health and safety of European citizens. Each year, many young people die, particularly men, after having used ´legal highs´. The proliferation of online selling of drugs, and the ease with which NPS can be developed in a laboratory, is making it difficult for the authorities to tackle the spread”, noted Teresa Jiménez-Becerril (EPP, ES), responsible for the update to the Directive laying down minimum provisions on the constituent elements of criminal acts and penalties in the field of illicit drug trafficking, as regards the definition of drug.

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Reaction to meeting with a Baha’i exposes the truth

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 maggio 2016

bani dugalNEW YORK — A storm of furious denunciation, in reaction to a simple meeting between two friends in a private home, has dramatically exposed the duplicity of the Iranian authorities who have repeatedly claimed that their treatment of Baha’is is not motivated by religious prejudice.The encounter which has generated the controversy was the visit of Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former president of Iran, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, to the home of Fariba Kamalabadi, one of the seven former Baha’i leaders who have been in prison since 2008.Tens of senior clerics and political figures were quick to denounce Ms. Hashemi, with a Grand Ayatollah even calling for her prosecution because of her meeting with a Baha’i. Another high-ranking figures described “friendly relations” with the Baha’is as “treason against Islam and the Revolution.” “Consorting with Baha’is and friendship with them is against the teachings of Islam,” said one Ayatollah while another described the Baha’is as “deviants” who must be “isolated” and asserted that meeting with a Baha’i is itself “an absolute religious deviation”. The head of the judiciary as well as its first deputy have confirmed the possibility of Ms. Hashemi’s prosecution which has been specifically demanded by many clerics as a lesson to the rest of society.
Speaking in New York, Bani Dugal, principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations said: “What is surprising is the candour, the scale, and the high-profile of the regime’s reaction. From a Grand Ayatollah, designated as a ‘ source of emulation ‘, to senior religious and political figures as well as the executive organs of the government, consistent statements have now shown, beyond the shadow of doubt, that it is religious prejudice which motivates their treatment of the Baha’is. And in doing so, this collective reaction has laid bare the mendacity of the Iranian government’s representatives in international human rights forums and has flatly contradicted their claims. ” Ms. Dugal added: “Let this be a moment of absolute clarity for the whole world”.”Just imagine what it is like to be a Baha’i in Iran when even those who visit you in your home are publicly condemned in this way and are threatened with prosecution.”The meeting between the two women came about during a five day period when Mrs. Kamalabadi was allowed to leave prison before being required to return for the completion of her ten-year sentence.Ms. Hashemi, who is also a former member of the Iranian parliament, spent six months in the same prison as Mrs. Kamalabadi in 2012 after being convicted of “spreading propaganda against the ruling system.” The women who had not seen one another since Ms. Hashemi’s release were renewing their friendship forged in prison.”Despite the furor of criticism that has greeted this humanitarian gesture, a simple interaction of two citizens, there have also been countless fearless individuals — human rights activists, journalists, academics, and ordinary citizens — who have defended the right of Baha’is to normal human relations in their own country,” said Ms. Dugal. “But we hope more such voices will be raised so that the efforts aimed at the systematic isolation and ‘ othering ‘ of the Baha’i community in Iran does not succeed.”Ms. Dugal added: “The extraordinary threats and condemnation expressed by many clerics and authorities stand in contrast with the courageous statements and actions in recent years by several senior clerical figures and religious thinkers in Iran and beyond who have spoken out in favour of coexistence, tolerance, and equality for every citizen. We hope that the voice of conscience will lead the rest of the clerics to end their silence and to show that true religion cannot condone cold-hearted hatred, estrangement and apartheid.” (photo: bani dugal)

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This Be The Worse

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 novembre 2014

unescoIn his latest thought-provoking blog, Robin Chater – Secretary-General of the Federation of International Employers – argues that the manipulation of patriotic feelings is leading to the demise of the UK economy. There is a pamphlet published by UNESCO on my bookshelf dating from 1953. It contains probably the best explanation I have ever come across about why people discriminate. “The Roots of Prejudice” by Professor Arnold Rose explains that the incitement to prejudice is essentially a rational reaction to a world where demand for opportunities outstrips supply. If you are a white male and you can persuade your employer to consider females and non-white job applicants as inherently inferior then your own chances of securing a desired job are immediately increased.In the current wave of apparent hatred for foreigners spreading across Europe it can be so easily seen how those with limited life chances will always be the best hunting ground for nationalist causes. The reason huge sections of society support limitations on immigration is seldom due to pure xenophobia – but because they are being led to believe by right wing political parties that foreigners primarily threaten the jobs, houses and welfare benefits of native blue and lower white collar workers. Such parties take what is essentially a good human quality – patriotism – and pervert it by providing a new way to express the feeling of love for one’s country – the rejection of those who “threaten” it from outside.Of course, few large employers welcome tight immigration restrictions. But this is not necessarily because corporate entities are egalitarian or really believe in the principle of “equal opportunities” as a moral cause. The dislike of quotas and other curbs on foreign workers is largely a wish to maximize the supply of available talent. In fact, from my own experience it often pays to move against the tide of popular prejudice – as so many of the most suitable applications that cross my desk are from the very groups that have traditionally experienced the greatest discrimination.What I fear most is that the awakening of “gut patriotism” is giving rise to a broader rejection of all things foreign – including membership of international organizations. In an increasingly interconnected world, problems in other countries will not go away because a country isolates itself – the problems will simply spread more easily because they are not being resolved through global initiatives. Moreover, leaving free market associations like the European Union will make the departing state less attractive for trade and investment – thus impoverishing those who reside there.My greatest dismay is reserved for the UK. There can be few doubts that at the general (national) election next May the first nails will be put into the coffin of Britain’s EU membership and the campaign of misinformation about immigration will finally triumph. The poet Philip Larkin once advised in his poem ‘This Be The Verse’…
“Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself.
But I would end the poem rather unpoetically with ….. “And take with you all your hard-earned wealth”.

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