Calderdale 4 Working Post – Skircoat Lodge and Operation Screen

cathy fox blog on child abuse

This was a post in progress but I am publishing now, so that it may be used by others, as i have not worked on it for a couple of years.

As such there may be parts incomplete or that need correction. Pleaee point out any in comments

Operation Screen

1997 Oct to 2002 Jan  Operation Screen was a joint Police and Social Services Operation, based at Halifax Police Station. Chief Superintendent Musgrove led the enquiry until his retirement in September 1998 when Detective Chief Superintendent Mclean took over. There were 10 Police officers in total involved in the operation.[25]

The Operation examined sexual abuse and serious physical abuse allegations perpetrated by carers and others in authority who worked at Calderdale Residential Children’s Homes or had children in their care. Skircoat Lodge Observation and Assessment Centre was the main focus, however some investigations were conducted into Mixenden Childrens Home…

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Ban trade with Israel’s illegal settlements | Amnesty International UK

BAN TRADE WITH ISRAEL’S ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS20,673 taken. Help us reach 25,000For 50 years,

Palestinians have been forced from their homes, detained and killed – all to make way for more illegal Israeli settlements.Products from those settlements often make their way into UK markets, and our government is doing little to stop it. Urge the UK government to ban Israeli settlement goods now.ADD MY VOICE13K50 years too manyOver the past half century, Israel has forced tens of thousands of Palestinians off their land to build settlements that exclusively house Israeli settlers.This is illegal under international law.For 50 years too many, entire Palestinian communities have been displaced by these settlements. Their homes and livelihoods are destroyed, their movement restricted, their access to their own land, water and natural resources barred. They are also subject to violent attack by the Israeli army and settlers. The trade in goods produced in the settlements is highly profitable. Allowing it to continue enables the settlements to expand, condones human rights violations, and undermines international law.Call on the UK government to help end the human rights violations suffered by Palestinians living under Israel’s occupation by banning trade with the illegal settlements.

Source: Ban trade with Israel’s illegal settlements | Amnesty International UK


11 Incredible Books by Writers from ‘Shithole’ Countries

11 Incredible Books by Writers from ‘Shithole’ CountriesLet’s celebrate just a few of the amazing authors the president says he wouldn’t want in the U.S.According to The Washington Post, our stable genius president complained in a meeting that the U.S. is admitting too many people from “shithole countries.” At issue were visas granted to immigrants from African nations and countries designated as “temporary protected status,” including Haiti and El Salvador. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly complained (he now says he didn’t, but come on: he absolutely did). We should, he said, instead admit more immigrants from Norway—a nation nobody would voluntarily leave for the U.S. since its health care, quality of life, and GDP per capita leave ours in the dust. Who’s the shithole country now?This is obviously racist bullshit for a number of reasons. But it’s a good reminder to celebrate the work of writers from Africa, and from Haiti, El Salvador, and other protected-status countries. As writers, readers, and human beings, we would all be intellectually impoverished by the lack of these voices. Here are some of our favorite novels, memoirs, and poetry by authors from the countries Trump disdains, many of whom celebrate their complicated homelands in their work.The Art of Death by Edwidge DanticatEdwidge Danticat is an award-winning Haitian-American author, Macarthur Fellow, two-time National Book Award nominee, winner of the National Book Critic Circle award, and national treasure. The author of numerous novels, short stories, young adult novels, essays, memoirs, and even a picture book, there is seemingly nothing this woman cannot write. Her most recent work, The Art of Death, is both a personal memoir of her mother’s death and a philosophical investigation of representations of death in literature.Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo MbueNo matter what the racist president might tell you, nobody understands—or embodies—the American dream better than immigrants. Cameroonian-born Mbue’s compelling debut novel follows the travails of a couple transplanted from Cameroon to New York City during the Great Recession.Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieNigerian writer Adichie has made waves both as a novelist and an essayist writing about feminism. Her bestselling Americanah grapples with the way that immigration can shake identity; her Nigerian characters, transplanted into the U.S. and the U.K., find that their new context changes how they’re seen and how they think about themselves.“Blackass” (Excerpt)by A. Igoni BarrettA story of Twitter and racial Carrying Knowledge Up a Palm Tree by Taban lo LiyongSouth Sudan is a brand-new country, but South Sudan-born poet and writer Liyong has been challenging literary barriers for decades. The first African writer to graduate from the Iowa Writers Workshop, Liyong has long been a gadfly of African academia, criticizing the ongoing colonialism of the English department. His poetry collection Carrying Knowledge Up a Palm Tree engages with some of his ideas about African intellectual history.Homegoing by Yaa GyasiGyasi’s explosive 2016 debut quickly became a New York Times bestseller and landed on numerous best-of-the-year lists. The novel tells the story of the descents of Effia and Esi, half-sisters who are born into very different lives in 18th Century Ghana. Esi is sold into slavery while Effia is married to a British slaver. By tracing their families over generations, Gyasi makes the global history of slavery resonate on a deeply personal level.We Need New Names by NoViolet BulawayoBulawayo’s acclaimed debut is a coming-of-age story that follows 10-year-old Darling from Zimbabwe to adult life in the midwestern United States. The novel was nominated for both the Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. In 2012, Bulawayo was named one of the 5 under 35 by the National Book Foundation.Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan ShirePoems don’t usually go viral, but Somali poet Warsan Shire managed it with “Home,” her ferocious and heartbreaking explanation of the refugee experience. If you didn’t encounter “Home,” though, perhaps you know her from the snippets of poetry in Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album—those are adapted from Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth. Shire’s poetry is accessible and blade-sharp, easy to read and hard to forget.Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo OkparantaOkparanta’s debut novel seems to have won or been shortlisted for every possible award for which it was eligible. We meet Ijeoma when she is 11 and before Nigerian independence. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced girl, and they fall in love. Discovered, Ijeoma is forced to hide this part of herself. Inspired by Nigerian folk tales, Under the Udala Trees is at once the story of a divided and emerging nation, and a coming-of-age narrative of a woman trying to become her full, true self as she seeks a

Source: 11 Incredible Books by Writers from ‘Shithole’ Countries

Norwegians tell Trump: We don’t want to come to your shithole country | The Independent

Norwegians tell Trump: We don’t want to come to your shithole country.Scandinavians express solidarity with Haiti and African nations. Trump responds to ‘shithole’ controversy by attacking Democrats. Norwegians have expressed solidarity with Haiti and several other African nations by saying they do not want to go to the US, describing it using the alleged words of Donald Trump as a “shithole”. The US President has provoked fresh controversy after allegedly asking a group of senators why the US had to allow in immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa and the Caribbean rather than from places like Norway. He was immediately denounced as a “racist” who praised white immigrants over ethnic minorities with the UN calling the comments “shocking and shameful”.But Norwegians and their Scandinavian cousins on Twitter decided to mock Mr Trump and America itself instead by asking why they would want to go to a country without free healthcare and rampant gun crime.Trump faces backlash from world leaders over ‘shithole’ comments 61 ‘shithole’ destinations Donald Trump has insulted’Mr President, are you a racist?’: Trump bombarded over remarks One user, Christian Christensen, a Stockholm-based American professor, wrote: “Of course people from Norway would love to move to a country where people are far more likely to be shot, live in poverty, get no healthcare because they’re poor, get no paid parental leave or subsidized daycare and see fewer women in political power”.Another, Christian Gerhard, said: “Being from Norway and the country Trump wants immigrants from. Would not even consider to emigrate to shithole USA as long as Donald Trump is president there.”  Mean while, Kathinka Froystad addressed the President directly, saying: “Dear Mr President, I am glad you enjoyed meeting my prime minister, but I am quite happy where I am and would not even dream of settling down in the US during your shithole, racist and misogynist regime.”Others pointed out that when Norwegians were emigrating to the US 100 years ago, it was to escape the war and poverty that many modern immigrants and refugees face. While others said Mr Trump did not perhaps know what he was letting himself in for by welcoming more Norwegians as the country’s egalitarian politics clashes with his “winner takes all” brand of nationalism.Mr Trump has denied the allegations saying he used “tough” language in the meeting but did not used those words to describe Haiti or any African country.

Source: Norwegians tell Trump: We don’t want to come to your shithole country | The Independent

maybe those who support trump and his regime should emigrate to the u s a .then all the shithole wankers would be together in a shithole country with their shithole cunt of a  president.

Roger Waters Criticizes Senate Bill Criminalizing BDS & Radiohead’s Recent Concert in Tel Aviv | Democracy Now!

Roger Waters Criticizes Senate Bill Criminalizing BDS & Radiohead’s Recent Concert in Tel AvivSTORYSEPTEMBER 14, 2017Watch Full Show 00:00 59:04ListenMedia Options2,826SharesThis is viewer supported news. Please do your part today.DONATETOPICSSenateCongressMusicIsraelIsrael & PalestinePalestineHuman RightsArt & PoliticsGUESTS

Roger Waters legendary musician who co-founded Pink Floyd, one of the most popular rock bands of all time.Sut Jhallyprofessor of communication at the University of Massachusetts and founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation, which produced the film The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.LINKSRoger Waters: Congress Shouldn’t Silence Human Rights AdvocatesLast week, Roger Waters wrote a piece in The New York Times titled “Congress Shouldn’t Silence Human Rights Advocates.” In the op-ed, Waters criticized a bill being considered in the Senate to silence supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel. The bill seeks to criminalize individuals who participate in the BDS effort. We speak to Waters and Sut Jhally of the Media Education Foundation. We also discuss criticism of the BDS movement and ask Waters about his public spat with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, whose band has rejected calls to join BDS.TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!,, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we continue our conversation with British musician Roger Waters, founding member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd. Nermeen Shaikh and I spoke to him and Sut Jhally of the Media Education Foundation about their documentary, The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States, and Waters’ support for the BDS movement, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Last week, Roger Waters wrote a piece in The New York Times headlined “Congress Shouldn’t Silence Human Rights Advocates.” In the op-ed, he criticized a bill being considered in the Senate to silence supporters of BDS. The bill’s author, Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, was recently questioned by The Intercept’s Ryan Grim.SEN. BEN CARDIN: We are very sensitive to maintain freedom of speech and expression. Nothing in our bill goes—hurts that.RYAN GRIM: The ACLU says that kind of the way that it’s written would lend itself towards felony penalties for people if they participated in these kind of —SEN. BEN CARDIN: I didn’t think we had criminal—if we had criminal sanctions in it, we’d go to Judiciary. I don’t think we have—I don’t think—RYAN GRIM: OK.SEN. BEN CARDIN: I just don’t think that’s in our bill. You know, you’re catching me without—RYAN GRIM: Sure, sure.SEN. BEN CARDIN: I think I know the bill fairly well. I don’t believe we have criminalized. I think our issue is U.S. participation in international organizations—RYAN GRIM: Right.SEN. BEN CARDIN: —speaking out against the U.N. actions. I think that’s the bill.AMY GOODMAN: So, Senator Ben Cardin, the co-sponsor of the bill. Roger Waters, you’re laughing.ROGER WATERS: Well, yeah. I mean, that is funny. You know, that deserves to be on a comedy show.AMY GOODMAN: Because, of course, there are sanctions and fines related to this.ROGER WATERS: The guy hasn’t even read the bill he’s sponsoring.AMY GOODMAN: But, interestingly, even some of the co-sponsors are changing their views. New York Senator Gillibrand responded to a question from her constituents at a Flushing town hall meeting by saying she wouldn’t support the bill in its current form and that she wouldn’t support it unless the bill’s authors add language specifying the punishments only extend to corporations and not to individuals. That’s according to Crain’s.ROGER WATERS: I know Kirsten Gillibrand a bit. I’ve met her a couple of times. And I was absolutely flabbergasted when I saw her name as a co-sponsor. She was a co-sponsor of this bill. So, but it—so, that points to something. And that is that when a piece of paper comes across your desk, and you’re a politician, and you go, “Oh, AIPAC. It’s from AIPAC. It’s been drafted by AIPAC,” you just sign it and hand it back. You don’t even read it. They don’t even read it. They just go, “Oh, that’s it. That’s a done deal. Whatever AIPAC wants, AIPAC gets. And that’s all there is”—which is bizarre, and wrong, obviously.And I’m really glad that Kirsten Gillibrand has taken her name off it. She’s still against BDS, but almost certainly, she—almost certainly, she doesn’t know. She hasn’t traveled enough, though she did say—to her credit, she did say that she had a meeting with Netanyahu when on a visit to Israel. And she asked him a question of what was his plan for what should happen in the future. And he went, “Next.” You know?SUT JHALLY: Well, because his plan is to never leave.ROGER WATERS: Yeah.SUT JHALLY: His plan is to take over the entire thing.ROGER WATERS: But they can’t

Source: Roger Waters Criticizes Senate Bill Criminalizing BDS & Radiohead’s Recent Concert in Tel Aviv | Democracy Now!

Europe Has Completely Turned the Tables on Brexit – Bloomberg

Europe Has Completely Turned the Tables on BrexitBritain is paying for threatening to walk away from the EU without a deal.By Leonid Bershidsky220January 10, 2018, 8:00 AM GMT+1Calling Britain’s bluff. Photographer: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

The U.K.’s obvious turnabout on the desirability of a no-deal exit from the European Union shows how completely the tables have turned in the Brexit negotiations. With less than a year to seal a trade deal, the EU is nudging the U.K. toward an understanding that the only benign outcome is agreeing to a long transition period. That could allow a different U.K. team to emerge with a humbler approach.QuickTakeBrexitDavid Davis, the U.K. Brexit minister, has written Prime Minister Theresa May a letter complaining that the EU is preparing for the eventuality of trade talks ending without a deal. The EU’s Brexit guidance for companies — such as the European Medicines Agency recommendations for pharmaceutical firms — makes no mention of any transition period before the U.K. becomes a “third country,” an outsider. Instead, they say companies may need to relocate outposts and change procedures in preparation for the U.K.’s withdrawal.Davis’s letter shows that he considered suing the EU over these recommendations but received legal advice not to do it. Instead, he wants to push the European Commission to withdraw the recommendations and encourage U.K.-based companies to lobby against them. But there’s no reason for the EU to pull back. As European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said on Tuesday, the EU is “surprised that the United Kingdom is surprised that we are preparing for a scenario announced by the U.K. government itself.”Obviously, the U.K. wants to convince businesses that such a withdrawal was unlikely — otherwise companies will start moving out soon. But the E.U. doesn’t stand to gain anything by effectively promising firms that something will be worked out. That would be unsafe, especially after Davis said in December that a preliminary agreement between May and EU leaders, which opened the way to trade negotiations, was not legally binding. The trust-destroying statement made it necessary for EU agencies to give companies fair warning. They simply must begin renegotiating their own contracts rather than depend on an uncertain wholesale deal on the government level.The British aerospace industry is already getting a taste of the no-deal scenario. Davis’s complaint in the letter about “a growing number of instances where the U.K. is treated differently by EU institutions before we leave the EU” is likely to be a reference to the apparent exclusion of U.K. firms from bidding for contracts for the European satellite navigation system, Galileo. The EU can hardly be expected to welcome U.K. bidders, though, until some sort of agreement is reached on the U.K.’s further participation in the EU space program. Yet neither that nor the harsh guidance for companies is a sign that the EU really expects a no-deal exit. It’s more like a demonstration of how the EU flipped Britain’s no-deal threat into a nightmare. The size of Britain’s negotiating failure is enormous — the EU hasn’t shifted its position at all. After Nigel Farage, one of the top Brexit ideologists, met with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier this week, he came away with the impression was that Barnier still didn’t understand why Brexit was happening. “All the rules and all the laws have to be the same for everybody,” Farage insisted. That’s an easy position to hold, but the U.K.’s options are still the same as a year ago: a Norway-style deal that includes maintaining the free movement of workers with the EU or a Canada-style free trade deal that doesn’t cover financial services, the U.K.’s top export. Neither works politically for the U.K.May has already overruled Davis in order to negotiate the preliminary agreement, essentially accepting every EU demand. With Davis still in the driver’s seat in the forthcoming discussion of trade, she may have to do it again. Given how comfortable the EU feels in its position, it’s likely that preparations are being made for a favorite European game — kicking the can down the road, and that May is a silent accomplice in this.That’s a reasonable approach. It allows the U.K. government to put more historical distance between the Brexit referendum and the event itself. Continuing negotiation failures and a mild form of economic fallout could quietly erode pro-Brexit sentiment and prepare the U.K. to reverse course or settle for a Norway-style arrangement plus a customs union. There’s a reason why dead-end talks and procrastination have carried the EU so far: They tend to cool the hottest of heads.

Source: Europe Has Completely Turned the Tables on Brexit – Bloomberg

Why I Am Angry by Uri Avnery

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

Uri Avnery, an Israeli peace activist, journalist and writer, began his life in Hitler’s Germany, arrived in Palestine with his family in 1933, joined the Irgun underground in 1938 to fight the British but quit after three years in protest of the Irgun’s anti-Arab attitudes and its terrorist methods. His biography is very interesting, check it out here.  I haven’t read any of his books, but pledge to correct that deficiency this year.

Uri Avnery Uri Avnery credit – Veterans Today

Avnery wrote the following message on January 6, 2018.  I share it here in full because the history of the two branches of Jews (the Mizrahim and Ashkenazim) is currently playing out in Israel’s politics, with deep implications for the future of the region and the Palestinians. This internal division may be more consequential than the Israeli-Arab divide that dominates the news.

Why are we (humans in general) so…

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