It is rather worrying to see how in Germany the Nazis are slowly coming back into power realm of local and regional governments, including the governments of the federal states. After the “Republicans” entered the Landtag in Baden-Würtenberg with 11%, the Deutsche Volksunion (German People's Union) with 8% the Landtag in Thüringen, the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), the successor organization of the NSDAP, with 6% into the Landtag of Saxony, now the NPD became a party of the Landtag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with 7%. (5% being the threshold with which parties can enter the parliaments).
While some may say that this is only a very small percentage and therefore only a small percentage of seats those parties will have in the respective parliaments we must remember that this now means that the Nazis are represented, yet again, in four of the German federal states (and this, by all accounts, might just be a beginning – unfortunately) and thereby have some influence on German policies. It also has to be remembered that the National-Socialist Workers' Party of Germany, the NSDAP, the Party of Adolf Hitler, also had only a small number of seats and nevertheless managed to take over the country in the end. This is a worrying trend indeed and one that we, the Romani-Gypsy People must watch with great caution. For many years, in fact for decades, I have been predicting that nothing ever had changed in Germany and that the Nazis and Fascists had only become silent as it was not acceptable policy but that they were still pulling strings behind the scenes and I am sure that they have and still do. Then came the fall of the Wall and when the attitudes of the East Germans came to the surface against foreigners and also and especially against Sinti and Roma it became self evident that even under the Communist rule fascism had never been eradicated from the German soul and mind. Now I hear from places such as Erfurt that Sinti who are looking for housing are refused by many social housing providers openly on account of being Sinti and even the local municipality appears to be telling them that while they have a duty to provide housing for them they do not really want to have Sinti (and Roma) as tenants.
Racist attacks by skinheads against German Gypsies and Gypsies from France visiting, firebombing of encampments and flats, are being nigh on ignored by the police and racist statements by high ranking police officers are being ignored by the law. Gypsy businessmen booking into hotels being initially told that rooms are available and their bookings are taken over the phone when they arrive are being told “sorry, we are full. There was a double booking” or some are even told “sorry, we have nothing for you because you are on the computer as being a Gypsy” and no redress can be found, it would appear. This is Germany not of the 1930's and 1940's but Germany of the 21st century. Nothing has ever changed as to the education policy as far as Gypsies are concerned. The majority of Gypsy children are, after having their induction to school, are sent after a short while during which they are being “assessed” to so-called “Hilfsschule” (at least that's how such a school was called years ago) or as they also used to be called “schools for the educational subnormal”. Some are sent there already after a couple of days in “ordinary” school. This has been more or less official policy ever since the Third Reich. Those that have made it in the world like, for instance, CID Chief Inspector Günther Weiss from Kehl/Rhein, are the exception to the rule. We can only assume that things will get worse rather than better with Nazis back in the parliaments of those federal states.
Police action in recent months against Gypsy encampments in Germany also must be taken into consideration here, such as the case of the Gypsy Mission “Life & Light” in Düsseldorf, Northrhine-Westphalia, where so-called Order Police was deployed to remove them, then we really have to worry about the state of Germany and also, with it, of what may happen to the Gypsy People throughout Europe, considering that Germany is, supposedly, one of the leading lights (and if that is the case then it is rather dark) of the EU.
I think that it can only be said from what we are seeing that nothing has ever changed in Germany, whether in the West, which was claimed to be a bastion of democracy, nor in the East, in the Socialist Worker and Farmer State, the then German Democratic Republic. It would appear that there is something rather faulty with the German psyche and soul and racism and fascism have only been plastered over to the outside world for a while. Now the true face of Germany is showing itself once again, at least as far as the Gypsy are concerned.
© M V Smith, September 18, 2006
Why we, the Gypsy, should be concerned
More and more, especially in the UK, we can see that George Orwell’s nightmare that he described in his novel “1984” is fast becoming reality, especially in the UK, though just about two decades later than he predicted and envisaged. We, the Gypsy People, must be especially aware of this. Many of our cities and larger towns are full of cameras to near saturation point and some rural towns too are beginning to have cameras all over the place. Britain is soon becoming the country with the highest number of surveillance cameras per capita and the British people the most watched and monitored people on the planet. This country once was – so it is claimed – the pinnacle of liberty with the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights (not that either of them were ever really meant for the common people and the villains) but it is fast becoming a police and surveillance state par excellence.
The latest offering now are cameras with loudspeakers thru which the controller somewhere will yell at anyone dropping litter or such.
Big Brother is now not only watching you – now he is barking orders at you too. Britain's first 'talking' CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating bad behavior and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.
The system allows control room operators who spot any anti-social acts – from dropping litter to late-night brawls – to send out a verbal warning: 'We are watching you'.
Middlesbrough has fitted loudspeakers on seven of its 158 cameras in an experiment already being hailed as a success. Jack Bonner, who manages the system, said: 'It is one hell of a deterrent. It's one thing to know that there are CCTV cameras about, but it's quite another when they loudly point out what you have just done wrong.
The Mail on Sunday reports to have watched as a cyclist riding through a pedestrian area was ordered to stop.
'Would the young man on the bike please get off and walk as he is riding in a pedestrian area,' came the command.
The surprised youth stopped, and looked about. A look of horror spread across his face as he realised the voice was referring to him.
He dismounted and wheeled his bike through the crowded streets, as instructed.
Law-abiding shopper Karen Margery, 40, was shocked to hear the speakers spring into action as she walked past them.
Afterwards she said: 'It's quite scary to realise that your every move could be monitored - it really is like Big Brother.
Well, whatever next? Give your child a telling off in public and they will yell at you and the CPS will arrive on scene within second? It would not surprise me one iota.
This is something that we, the Romani-Gypsy, also must beware of for it also would not surprise me should suddenly CCTV cameras, the small covert ones that are now already mounted on traffic lights and many lampposts, arrive around the official Gypsy Caravan Sites; more than likely with the excuse to make it more secure and protect the residents. Well, maybe someone could do something about the squadron of pigs that keep hovering above my house.
© M V Smith, September 19, 2006
The headstone of a grave of a Romani-Gypsy was smashed and the grave disturbed by what appears to be a racial attack in Cambridgeshire, England in the last couple of days. It would appear that in the UK Romani graves are now being targeted in the same way as used to be and still are those of Jews.
The proof for a racially-motivated attack on the grave of the late James Willett, who died two-and-a-half years ago aged 29 following a battle with cancer, as none of the other graves either side of his were touched. Could this be a sign of things to come? Hopefully not but it sure could be.
What we must monitor now is how the authorities deal with this matter now and whether it will actually be listed as a possible racially-motivated attack.
© M V Smith, September 19, 2006
What do the Nile River, Copacabana Beach and Sydney Harbor have in common? All three are targeted for clean up this weekend, along with hundreds of other sites worldwide, when 35 million volunteers from 122 countries will take part in this year’s Clean Up the World Weekend—celebrated globally September 15-17—which is part of the ongoing Clean Up the World campaign.
The campaign, held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has grown steadily since it first began in 1993. Activities range from cleaning up small villages to overhauling entire countries. Many communities also implement recycling and educational programs, or initiate water and energy conservation projects.
Since the start of the campaign, Clean Up the World members worldwide have collected an estimated 3,574,991 tons of trash—enough to fill 5,710 Olympic-size swimming pools. Plastic, glass, metal and cigarette butts are among the most commonly found items every year.
“From the world’s iconic sites to the sites of significance to remote local communities, Clean Up the World campaign brings people together in a meaningful activity that changes their lives and environment for the better,” said campaign Chairman and Founder Ian Kiernan, Recipient of the Order of Australia, in a press release.
How It All Began
The Clean Up the World campaign started in 1989 when Kiernan, an Australian solo-yachtsman and builder was appalled by the amount of garbage he came across while sailing. He organized a clean up of the Sydney Harbor, during which some 40,000 volunteers removed rusted car bodies, plastic, glass bottles and cigarette butts from the water.
The campaign went global in 1993, with Sydney becoming the headquarters for the Clean Up the World campaign. Today, the organization brings together hundreds of members from around the world, ranging from local community groups to national campaigns, that carry out environmental projects throughout the year. The Clean Up the World Weekend, held in September each year, has the highest participation of all of the organization’s activities.
“Clean Up the World mobilizes people around a powerful idea—taking the challenge of environment and sustainable development to our front doors, our backyards, and everywhere else around the globe,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in a press release. “It comes with another idea that UNEP strongly believes in: that what we consider waste and rubbish today could become a resource for tomorrow.”
A Global Effort
Clean Up the World is truly a global campaign. Of 624 Clean Up the World members in 2006, 207 come from Africa; 171 from Asia-Pacific; 82 from Europe; 138 from Latin America and the Caribbean; 11 from North America; and 16 from West Asia.
The countries with the highest participation in the Clean Up the World campaign this year are India, Nigeria, Argentina and Kenya. The countries participating in the Clean Up the World campaign for the first time in 2006 are Afghanistan, Albania, Guyana and Latvia.
The following are just a sample of Clean Up the World activities that are taking place this weekend:
· Volunteers from fourteen countries across the Mediterranean Sea will engage in a wide range of activities, from underwater clean ups to environmental parades, in a joint effort to promote greener living in the region.
· In Egypt, the Arab Office for Youth and the Environment is focusing on the Clean Up the Nile initiative with 17 cities participating. The campaign seeks to highlight the importance of the Nile River for agriculture and development in a region prone to desertification.
· School children, divers, snorkellers and community volunteers will be cleaning up the world-famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This clean up event is coordinated by Brazil’s popular TV show “Programa Na Praia” (“On the Beach”), which raises environmental awareness across the country.
· On the island of Newfoundland, off Canada’s Atlantic coast, Ocean Net volunteers will celebrate the 1000th marine clean up conducted since the group’s establishment in 1997 with underwater and beach clean ups at Topsail Beach.
· In the Chinese City of Shaoxing, situated in the Yangtze River delta, about 100 cycling enthusiasts will collect roadside rubbish during a bike ride on Clean Up the World weekend, targeting plastic bags and drink containers in particular.
· In Australia, where the Clean Up the World campaign started, volunteers will remove rubbish from the Sydney Harbor and Lane Cove National Park. Dozens more Australian volunteers will work with overseas communities as far as Ghana, the Philippines and the Kingdom of Tonga to help improve local environment and livelihoods, promoting this Australia-based campaign across the world.
“Many communities across the globe have faced uncertainty over the past year,” Kiernan said. “Clean Up the World is an opportunity to break down geographical and political barriers by working together to look after our shared environment. I encourage more groups to join us in creating greener cities and communities across the world.”
>Another reason to homeschool<
M V Smith, September 12, 2006
Now we have it. The state is going entirely mad. But this is something that I have predicted some time back when I told people that the truth is that the state regards your children, all children, as its property, and let me stress again the word PROPERTY, to do with as the state sees fit, with the parents just being permitted to care for the child/children. (More about that in a future article)
It now turns out that parents cannot prevent schools from taking their children's fingerprints, according to the Department for Education and Skills and the Information Commissioner.
But parents who have campaigned against school fingerprinting might still be able to bring individual complaints against schools under the Data Protection Act (DPA).
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) has now admitted to the media that schools can fingerprint children without parents' permission. Worrying? I sure should think so.
According to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) "the Data Protection Act is about the pupil's rights, not the parents' rights over the children's information."
You might think that a child's fingerprint is one of the most personal pieces of information that can be stored in a database. But the type of information is irrelevant to the Act. Even a child's age is of little importance to the DPA, said Smith.
More important than consent even, the guidance will consider how a fingerprinting system has been applied: whether it is reasonable and proportionate. If a school wants to use children's fingerprints to control their use of its library books, anti-biometric parents might not have much room for protest within the law.
What do you do, David Smith, deputy Information Commissioner, asks, if a child refuses to have its fingerprint taken but a parent insists that it should?
The Data Protection Act is clear on this. The parent only has limited opportunity to control the consent of their child.
"Where the child isn't capable of giving consent then under the data protection act it should go to the parents," said Smith.
Schools might not even have to inform parents as long as the fingerprinting system doesn't offend the DPA and children have the capacity to decide for themselves, he said.
But who gets to say whether a particular child is capable of consenting to their biometrics being taken - whether a child understands the implications of what they are being asked to do, or whether the decision should be deferred to the parent?
"That's for the school to decide," said Smith.
All decisions, it would appear, are for the schools to make and that includes whether or not to inform the parents of the children and to ask for the consent of said parents. Have you woken up as yet dear reader, as to how the state thinks of you, the parent, in regards to your rights over your child?
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UK, September 11, 2006
The Sun newspaper – well, some people think it is one others would dispute that – reported that a council in the UK was blasted for buying an illegal Gypsy site for £292,000 – spending £1.5 million on an upgrade, which the paper called “luxury upgrade” and then inviting the evicted “travelers” back (Shame the paper cannot work out whether it is Gypsies or Travellers). The Gypsies, so the Sun, now enjoy brick chalets, shower blocks and toilets at the cam in Bristol, and obviously the Sun is, yet again, trying to egg on its readership of mainly uneducated lower class white people in the UK, against Gypsies and Travellers by claiming that so much money is being spent on the Gypsy and Traveller community. Far more money is being wasted on pointless evictions actions again Gypsies and Travellers who have bought their own pieces of lands to make provision for themselves only to be turned down. This really, however, does show this stupidity once again. The Gypsies/Travellers who originally had the site in Bristol were evicted from an illegal camp and the council bought the land. I assume from the Gypsies/Travellers and then, amazingly, suddenly, it was possible to turn it into a Gypsy site (now they can charge rent and control who lives there and how), an official one. It is strange that permission could not be grated to the families who had the land before to stay there and live but the council themselves were able to give themselves planning consent for just a such a thing, a Gypsy site. This really is English law, yet again, at its best. It is that that the people should get concerned about and the wasted monies on evictions where it might not be necessary, especially in light of this where suddenly it was possible to have a Gypsy settlement there.
The questions that should be asked is – one - how come the Gypsies had to be evicted – and one can only assume at a high cost and – two – who then gained from the contract of refurbishing the once illegal camp and turning it into an official Gypsy caravan site in the Bristol area. It is hardly the “Gypsies” that can be blamed for this. It would have been cheaper, I am sure, had the people be permitted to stay on their land, on the “illegal” camp, and been given legal status and then they could have – and I am sure they would have – made their own improvements. Obviously, some friend of a councilor or a friend of a friend of a councilor was the beneficiary of the contract. What else could it be? Don’t blame the Gyppos for the failings and especially the sleeze and corruption of the governments, local and central.
© M V Smith, 2006
Details of the government’s plan to improve – oh what a laugh – the “life chances” of problem families are to be revealed.
In a speech, British Prime Minister Tony Blair will set out a scheme to intervene before children were even born to stop them turning into troublemakers later.
He is expected to give more details of the idea, which critics say sounds too much like “eugenics”.
Mr. Blair’s speech comes during a two-day regional tour which follows his summer visit to Balmoral.
His spokesman said: “If you look at the figures of what happens to children in care and their offending rate, that is quite shocking.
“What the prime minister will be setting out is a way in which we work with those who are socially excluded to try to improve their life chances. That’s the key.
“That’s why this isn’t just about trying to deal with the problem where relatively few numbers of individuals or families are causing disproportionate problems for society.
“It’s also about helping those individuals and families to improve their life chances.”
Last week Mr. Blair told BBC News there needed to be earlier intervention, “even pre-birth”, with children if “dysfunctional families” and teenage mums who were not in stable relationships.
"Foetal Asbo Fears"
There should be sanctions against parents who refused help, he said.
But he did not explain in details haw the plan would work.
The plans were branded “foetal Asbos” in the media and also came under fire from former Labor Cabinet minister Tony Benn.
“This one about identifying troublesome children in the foetus – this is eugenics, the sort of thing Hitler talked about,” he told BBC’s Five Live.
Children’s charity NCH said Mr. Blair must honor his promise to introduce lasting solutions to help the most excluded people.
The charity’s chief executive, Clare Tickell, said: “Early intervention will help families break the cycle of exclusion but it must be cone in a way that does not stigmatize.
“The government must realize that families need support to change, not to be punished because they are struggling.”
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which is hosting Mr. Blair’s speech, called for a balanced approach.
It’s director, Lord Best, said: “The underlying cause of many of society’s problems can be traced back to child poverty and, although government is making progress, there is still a long way to go to meet the prime minister’s pledge to end it by 2020.”
It would appear that the United Kingdom is being used – yet again – as a stalking horse for a new wave of “you are not fit to raise your children and have any more kids because you are of a particular ethnic group or strata of society”. We have seen this before and not so long ago Eugenics was still being used in the 1970’s against Jenisch in Switzerland and Romani in Sweden and is still being used to this very day in a number of EU countries.
I know that no one openly says that as yet but I think anyone bar the blindest person must be able to see the writing on the wall. We, the Gypsy People, have seen this before and even before the Third Reich and the racial hygiene laws and madness of the Nazis. Eugenics did not stop with the Nazis either and continued in Switzerland against Jenisch and Sinti & Roma also by a charity, the Pro Juventute organization who snatched, with government connivance and police assistance Gypsy children from the families and had them placed in mental institutions, children’s homes of the most horrible kind, and as slaves to farms. Sweden too has a bad record in this field and both of those countries would have been seen as a pillar of democracy and freedom. Freedom yes, unless you happen to be Gypsy. Then you were seen as inferior and unsuited to raise your own children and unsuited to have more children. Other countries who are now members of the European Union forcibly and coercively sterilized Romani women because they saw them as unsuited to have children and also they saw and still see, as the practice seems to continue in those countries nearly unabated, Gypsies having children as a problem for their society, as they see Gypsies as the source of most if not indeed all ills in their countries. Therefore they aim to exterminate the Romani People, though not by killing them in camps and such as Hitler’s Black Legions did but simply by sterilizing the women.
I am aware that the British “model” is aimed at all “problem” families and so-called “dysfunctional” families but I could bet that some of the first targets with be families of Gypsies and Travellers.
Welcome to 1984, the Orwellian nightmare, only Orwell’s timing was just a slight bit out and it took the powers that be a little longer to condition the people of Britain and of Europe to accept such ideas – again.
We, especially the Romani, must be ever vigilant and watch for the signs. Not that we have not known this before, as I already said.
© M V Smith, September 8, 2006
 There was much more poverty, including child poverty, in the olden days and still kids were not causing the trouble they cause today. Why not? Because kids has respect for elder people and had learned to behave… So to blame it on “child poverty” is a load of baloney. The problem is the do-gooders who have interfered with the proper raising of children and the disciplining of them.
While this may appear to be rather a strong statement in regards the United Nations and its High Commission for Refugees I do not know how else one could describe what the UNHCR, and thereby the UN, is doing to the Roma, Egyptians and Ashkali, the Gypsies, of Kosovo.
Keeping them nigh on prisoners in the IDP camps, many of which are contaminated with lead to such a degree that anywhere else it would lead to immediate evacuation of an area, which is killing children and adults can only be regarded as genocide and nothing less. This would never be allowed to happen to any other ethnic group. The world would be up in arms and everyone would scream “blue murder”, and rightly so, but when it concerns Gypsies then the world remains as quiet as a mouse. The sin of omission is as bad as the sin of commission.
Doctors have told the UNHCR that the people must be evacuated from those contaminated areas but the UN completely ignores this and people see their children die from lead poisoning every day. Some have to literally flee from the camps. The UNHCR only consents that they would repatriate the Gypsies to their old living quarters, places where their homes were burned and bombed by ethnic Albanians and where, should they return, the Albanians would, once again, hunt them down and drive them out. But, as would be my guess, that is what the UN is there for in Kosovo, namely to enable the ethnic Albanians to ethnically cleanse Kosovo from Serbas and Gypsies and then make it possible for Kosovo, as a “country” with only ethnic Albanian Muslims to join Albania to create the dream of those Albanian bigots driving out all others groups, namely that of a “Greater Albania”. It is well known by now and admitted by even high-ranking officers of the “protection forces” that the claimed ethnic cleansing of Albanians by the Serbs in Kocovo never happened and in fact the shoe was on the other foot. That is to say that the cleansing was being perpetrated by the Albanians against Serbs and Gypsies and the Serbs only tried to defend themselves. And the UNHCR, knowing full well the danger the Kosovar Gypsies will face if returned to their old quarters is intend either to keep them in the IDP camps with the lead poisoning of such epidemic proportions that it will kill, or damage everyone living there for life, or return them to their old living areas that are being claimed by ethnic Albanians, despite the fact that other options, as far as has been told, are available. This can therefore only be perceived as a deliberate act of genocide against the Gypsy People of Kosovo.
While all this is going on and no one can claim that this is not known with report after report having come out of Kosovo about the situations in those IDP camps for the Gypsies the world remains silent. Why? One can only assume because the major world body, namely the UN, is perpetrating those atrocities.
© M V Smith, September 8, 2006
We have known for a long time that this was official government policy before their accession to the EU, and still to this day, of both, it would appear, the Czech Republic and also of Slovakia. What we did not seem to be aware of it the fact that the same policies seem to have been operating in Hungary for years and years, according to UN findings. We can now only wonder where else this is official policy, though hidden and denied?
Maybe it is high time that the Romani women all over the place spoke out as to what has been done to them in maternity hospitals and such. I know that such stuff is generally taboo in our Culture and, maybe for that reason, little is known about it, because the women have not been prepared to speak out. We and they must be silent no more than make known how, where and when such atrocities have happened as that is genocide by the back door and must be stopped. But, as usual, the world stays silent. Why is that? Because the People concerned are only Gypsies; dirty Gyppos in their eyes. Had that been happening to Jewish women, Muslim women in Kosovo, Native American women, etc. there would be an outcry and the world would be calling it openly genocide, but as it is only Cigany, Gypsies, it does not seem to matter.
© MVSmith, September 1, 2006