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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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India Second to US in Demanding Facebook User Data, Requests Up by 37%

Globally, in the first half of 2019, government requests for user data increased by 16 per cent from 110,634 to 128,617

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India, US, Facebook
The US government sent Facebook total 50,741 requests about users' data in the same period. Pixabay

The Indian government was second to the US in requesting Facebook for access to users’ data in the first six months of this year — an increase of nearly 37 per cent from the second half (July-December period) last year.India

The Indian government sent Facebook 22,684 queries about users in the above mentioned period and the social networking giant provided data in 54 per cent of the request, according to Facebook’s Transparency Report.

The US government sent Facebook total 50,741 requests about users’ data in the same period.

Globally, in the first half of 2019, government requests for user data increased by 16 per cent from 110,634 to 128,617.

India, US, Facebook
The Indian government sent Facebook 22,684 queries about users in the above mentioned period and the social networking giant provided data in 54 per cent of the request, according to Facebook’s Transparency Report. Pixabay

“Of the total volume, the US continues to submit the largest number of requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France,” said Chris Sonderby, VP & Deputy General Counsel, said in a statement on Thursday.

In the US, Facebook received 50,741 requests, representing an increase of 23 per cent more requests than last half, which is consistent with trends over time.

“We always scrutinise every government request we receive for account data to make sure it is legally valid. This is true no matter which government makes the request.

“If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary. We do not provide governments with a back doors’ to people’s information,” said Sonderby.

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During the reporting period, the volume of content restrictions based on local law decreased globally by 50 per cent from 35,972 to 17,807.

“This decrease follows an unusual spike last half in which we restricted 16,600 items in India based on a Delhi High Court order. Of the total volume, 58 per cent of restrictions originated from Pakistan and Mexico,” said Facebook.

The company also identified 67 disruptions of Facebook services in 15 countries, compared to 53 disruptions in nine countries in the second half of 2018.

“During this reporting period, we took down 3,234,393 pieces of content based on 568,836 copyright reports, 255,222 pieces of content based on 96,501 trademark reports and 821,727 pieces of content based on 101,582 counterfeit reports,” informed Facebook. (IANS)