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The Children of Syria: Stolen childhoods

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By Dr. Kallol Guha

 

This is the image of a Syrian boy.
source: uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com

source: uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com

In the three years of his life, he has seen it all and is about to die from a bombing injury. He has nowhere to go, no one to turn to, nothing to live for;  since all that a child of three ought to have in Syria has been  bombed out by highly developed, high-tech, high quality bombs, works of high precision and made in ‘highly developed’ countries.

The dying child in this picture is crying in pain and telling the doctors, “I will complain to god about you all. I will tell him everything you have done to us”.


The following Zee News video throws more light on the issue:

Then there is another image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead on the Turkish Shore.

source: todayszaman.com
source: todayszaman.com

The pair of cute little shoes on the baby feet seem soaked in the love and affection of his mother, who also drowned on way to the Turkish shore. His parents were escaping from the horrors of war in Syria to apparent safety in West Europe.

I –the benefactor of a Highly Developed country like USA– want to ask the child: What will you tell God? That you and Aylan wanted to play with toys, go to school, listen to fairy tales from your parents, grow up as responsible members of your community? That the hi-tech death served by the Highly Developed country did not let you live beyond three years of your life because the Highly Developed countries of the US and the EU want to set up a Democracy in your homeland.

Aylan, will you tell God that you and your parents were escaping the horrors of war from Syria, created by the Highly Developed countries – to what you were told to be a safer place in Europe? Child, will you tell God that the Free Press of the US and the EU are preaching that bombs are falling on your head to set up Democracy, Freedom, and Human Rights in your homeland? Aylan, will you not tell God that the Free Press is preaching that your parents’ perilous journey was not to escape bombs and death but to share the ‘cozy life of Europe’?

Aylan, I wish you could see yourself; see the tiny clothes and shoes on your little body, lying on the Turkish shore and glowing in your mother’s love and affection, and think you are so fortunate to be away from  that shore and closer to God. Child, you are only three years old. Will you be able to tell god all that you have seen in these three years? Will you tell Him that there are places called the EU and the US that thrive on making Weapons of Mass Destruction and using them to murder and grab resources that God created for all. Will you not tell God that killers and murderers are masked in Democracy, Freedom, and Human Rights?  Tell also that God should create not flocks of sheep who are busy electing their own butcher, but more human beings who can think clearly and see through lies and deception.

Child and Aylan, I hope this time god will send you to another world where you meet human beings who can think and feel; unlike the one where you lived only for three years, where the slaughter of one person is called murder and the slaughter of millions is called FOREIGN POLICY.

The following Zee News video throws more light on the issue:

 

The writer is the President and CEO of Saint James School of Medicine headquartered in Illinois, USA.

 

 

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EU Expresses Concern Over Facebook Losing Data

Under GDPR, companies can be fined up to four percent of annual global turnover if they fail to abide by the rules.

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This photo shows the logo for Facebook on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. VOA

The EU’s top data privacy enforcer expressed worry Tuesday that Facebook had lost control of data security after a vast privacy breach that she said affected five million Europeans.

“It is a question for the management, if they have things under control,” EU Justice and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Vera Jourova told AFP in Luxembourg.

“The magnitude of the company … makes it very difficult to manage, but they have to do that because they are harvesting the data and they are making incredible money on using our privacy as the commodity,” she added.

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This Feb. 19, 2014, photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

Jourova spoke just days after Facebook admitted that up to 50 million user accounts around the world had been breached by hackers, in yet another scandal for the beleaguered social platform.

“I will know more … in hours or days but according to our knowledge, five million Europeans have been affected out of those 50, which is an incredible number,” she said.

Jourova said Facebook’s quick revelation of the case demonstrated that new European rules on data protection implemented earlier this year are working.

New EU rules – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – have been billed as the biggest shake-up of privacy regulations since the birth of the web and give European regulators vast new enforcement powers.

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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

The case for GDPR was boosted by another recent scandal over the harvesting of Facebook users’ data by Cambridge Analytica, a US-British political research firm, for the 2016 US presidential election.

Jourova said the worst cases involve a company finding a major breach then failing to warn authorities or their users, which she said doesn’t appear to be the case in the latest Facebook drama.

Also Read: The European Union Warns Facebook Over Consumer’s Data Usage

Under GDPR, companies can be fined up to four percent of annual global turnover if they fail to abide by the rules, including notification of the data breach within 72 hours.

Facebook met this requirement, Jourova pointed out, which “is one of the factors which might result in lower sanctions, but this is only theoretical”. (VOA)