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Freedom Vigil to honour Aung San Suu Kyi and human rights defenders

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Current Events | Leave a comment

Letter to Truth Monthly: Ann Coulter, NOT Ann Coutler

Ref: http://www.torontostm.com/truthmonthly/86/03.html

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my congratulations and gratitude towards a newspaper well done in an interesting and informative manner. Being a Buddhist of Hong Kong descend who goes to Sunday service every Sunday, fellowship every other Saturday or so, and bible study every month, I really enjoyed reading your Vol. 86 published in April 2010.

One thing I would like to point out though is the typographical errors contained on page 3 of the volume in question. Here are the errors I noticed when I read the paper:  Ann Coulter was published as Ann Coutler throughout the entire article. With its root from an erroneous translation, 谷娜 was used instead of something like 谷特, as in 波特 for Potter.

Another thing I should point out is the slight bias of the author of this article from 銀禧社.

Ann Coulter is an American right-wing author, social and political commentator, as well as a syndicated columnist. I love her liberal way of thinking in the seas of political correctness influenced by Islamic activists and extremists. However, in all fairness, 銀禧社 should have reported on her famous quotes, such as: “Muslims should be on a no fly list & to ride a magic carpet”. Although I find her statements entertaining and justified, at least to a certain extent, avoiding her most famous quotes in the subject article unequivocally contributes to a biased report of what happened in Ottawa. This, I think, is stretching the truth a bit.

I trust the Truth Monthly will publish a correction note in the next issue and that 銀禧社 will be notified of this serious error.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Current Events | Leave a comment

強烈譴責中共重判劉曉波 Chinese dissident gets 11 years for subversion

在舉世歡度聖誕之時,中共當局作出了令世人震驚的判決,以顛覆國家政權罪判處《零八憲章》的起草人之一劉曉波11年監禁。對中共倒行逆施、以言治罪的流氓行徑,溫哥華支援民主運動聯合會表示強烈的憤怒和抗議,並譴責中共的偽善和霸道。

中國近年崛起國際舞台,然而卻絲毫沒有大國風範。現在偷偷摸摸判處劉曉波重刑,再次證明了中共逆世界潮流的逆根性:普通百姓的權益和普世價值觀,在他們的眼中一錢不值,相反卻淪為他們達到其自私自利目的的工具。

中共對劉曉波的審判是一場政治審判。劉曉波多年來,秉持良心和正義,為弱勢群體仗義執言,為中國的人權民主事業嘔心瀝血,深受海內外各界人士的敬重。中共對劉曉波的影響力越來越懼怕,於是對他羅織罪名,判以重刑。從抓捕到關押、審判,都完完全全是一場政治迫害。

劉曉波在中共的眼皮底下,多年來撰寫發表了大量的文章,之前少有地受到中共的阻撓。但是,當劉曉波等人起草了《零八憲章》之後,卻算總帳,把之前的文章也當作所謂的「犯罪證據」。

中共對劉曉波的審判再次立下了危險的先例。從八九天安門運動以來,中共全力發展經濟,對中國的異議分子主要採取流放和利誘的較溫和手段,極少用判重刑的方法來處罰知名異議人士。然而判處劉曉波11年徒刑,說明中共已經放棄溫和手段,而是更專橫粗暴的鎮壓。

中共對劉曉波審判也證明中共與融入世界大家庭的格格不入。劉曉波的膽識受到了全世界的稱讚,劉曉波案也吸引了全世界的目光,甚至劉曉波審判時,許多國家的代表不邀而至要求旁聽。然而,就在各國歡迎中共進入世界大家庭、擁抱普世價值觀之時,中共不僅把要求聽審的各國代表拒之千里之外,更對劉曉波判以重刑。

中共偷偷摸摸地、違法地關押了劉曉波超過一年,可見他們羅織劉曉波罪名之不易;然而,「閉門」審判一天就完畢,可見審訊之匆匆,也就可想見審訊之「草」。而審判甚至不許家人旁聽,也就可知中共之虛偽與膽怯了。

法庭內劉曉波的無罪辯護被法官當作了耳邊風,而法庭外異議分子的聲援改變不了法庭的意向,法庭前的黃絲帶帶不回劉曉波的自由。夫復何言!

最後,溫哥華支援民主運動聯合會強烈要求中共開放黨禁報禁,停止封殺《零八憲章》,實現真正的言論自由;立即撤消對劉曉波的審判,釋放劉曉波!並釋放所有異議人士!

溫哥華支援民主運動聯合會

12月24日

Source: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/china/article/742751–chinese-dissident-gets-11-years-for-subversion?bn=1

BEIJING–A Chinese court sentenced a prominent dissident to 11 years on Friday – the longest term ever handed down for subversion charges, according to rights groups that say it signals the government will take an increasingly hard line against activists in the year ahead.

The sentencing of Liu Xiaobo, after he called for sweeping political reforms and an end to Communist Party dominance, also drew diplomatic criticism, with the United States saying it went against international norms.

Liu was the co-author of an unusually direct appeal for political liberalization in China called Charter 08. He was detained just before it was released last December. More than 300 people, including some of China’s top intellectuals, signed it.

The verdict was issued at the No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing after a two-hour trial Wednesday in which prosecutors accused Liu of “serious” crimes.

The vaguely worded charge of inciting to subvert state power is routinely used to jail dissidents. Liu could have been sentenced for up to 15 years in prison under the charge.

A San Francisco-based human rights group, the Dui Hua Foundation, said it was the longest sentence that it knew of since the crime of inciting subversion was established in 1997.

The state-run Xinhua news agency only reported the news in English – a sign the government does not want its people to know about Liu’s case. Instead, the top Xinhua headline in Chinese declared 2009 a year of “citizens’ rights.”

The United States and European Union have repeatedly urged Beijing to free Liu.

“We are deeply concerned by the sentence of 11 years in prison announced today,” Gregory May, first secretary with the U.S. Embassy, told reporters outside the courthouse. May was one of a dozen diplomats stopped by authorities from attending the trial and sentencing.

“Persecution of individuals for the peaceful expression of political views is inconsistent with internationally recognized norms of human rights,” May said.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters this week that statements from embassies calling for Liu’s release were “a gross interference of China’s internal affairs.”

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Friday, calling the sentence a setback for Chinese activists.

“Cases such as that of Liu Xiaobo risk not just halting, but seriously reversing that momentum” toward increasing democratic freedoms in China, she said.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the ruling showed the government would be taking a hard line against human rights activists in the year ahead.

“This verdict is also an explicit warning from the government to China’s intellectuals, civil society activists and human rights defenders that the state will severely punish those who the government perceives as a threat to its monopoly on power,” said the group’s Asia researcher, Phelim Kine.

Another rights group, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, said the ruling shows the government is bent on thwarting any reform and is using the courts to silence its critics.

“Giving such a long sentence to one of China’s most prominent dissident intellectuals is a clear sign that the Chinese government is further hardening its stance against political dissent,” said Renee Xia, the group’s international director.

The defendant’s wife, Liu Xia, told The Associated Press that her husband planned to appeal. “Our lawyers are going to talk to the authorities next week about the appeal,” Liu Xia said. She said her husband looked calm and asked about family and friends during a brief meeting after the sentencing.

Liu is the only person to have been arrested for organizing the Charter 08 appeal, but others who signed it have reported being harassed.

Abolishing the law on inciting to subvert state power is among the reforms advocated in Charter 08. “We should end the practice of viewing words as crimes,” the petition says.

Liu, a former Beijing Normal University professor, spent 20 months in jail for joining the 1989 student-led protests in Tiananmen Square, which ended when the government called in the military – killing hundreds, perhaps thousands.

Charter 08 demands a new constitution guaranteeing human rights, the open election of public officials, and freedom of religion and expression. Some 10,000 people have signed it in the past year, though a news blackout and Internet censorship have left most Chinese unaware that it exists.

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Current Events | , | Leave a comment

六四二十週年: 送給天安門毋親

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, Mood Lifters | Leave a comment

支持 《零八憲章》, 支持釋放劉曉波

支持《零八憲章》 立即釋放劉曉波 停止迫害憲章聯署人士http://www.chrlcg-hk.org/?p=350

「國際人權日」前夕,國內三百多位學者、作家、律師、維權人士、基層人士等等,聯署了《零八憲章》,提出對中國在民主、人權、法治、憲政發展上的渴求及建議。這份憲章道出了不少中國人民,以及世界上分享著民主、自由、人權這些普世價值的人士的心聲。我們支持這份憲章,與憲章的聯署者分享對中國的同一期盼。

我們強烈抗議中國政府對《零八憲章》聯署者進行拘捕、抄家及騷擾迫害的一系列行動。這些迫害行動包括:以「煽動顛覆國家政權」莫須有的罪名,刑事拘留北京作家劉曉波、一度拘禁北京憲政學者張祖樺和進行抄家、包圍余杰的家、帶走北京學者江棋生、海南學者秦耕被海口市公安局傳喚、上海維權律師鄭恩寵被上海公安傳喚約6小時、杭州學者溫克堅被公安詢問、北京異見人士劉荻被當局警告要立即收手,否則對她不利等等。

《零八憲章》以和平、理性的態度,提出對國家的改革的建議,完全是出於對社會及人民的關懷之情。中國作為聯合國安理會的一員,不去正視人民提出的訴求,不落實對公民基本權利的保障,不藉著改革開放三十年之機,啟動憲政改革,反而在「國際人權日」前夕,對《零八憲章》聯署者進行無理迫害,甚至以言入罪,無理拘留劉曉波,此等行為嚴重侵犯了國際人權公約及中國《憲法》,亦讓世界看到中國政府在標榜人權、和諧、法治背後的虛偽。

我們在此促請中國政府:
1. 保障劉曉波的人身安全,立即無條件釋放劉曉波;
2. 停止繼續騷擾、傳喚、迫害《零八憲章》的聯署者,立即歸還對張祖樺等人所沒收的財物,並作出道歉;
3. 落實國際人權公約及中國《憲法》所賦予的公民基本權利,尊重言論、思想、新聞資訊自由,讓國內民眾可以自由及公開地討論、交流對《零八憲章》的意見;
4. 對《零八憲章》所提出的建議,作出公開的回應。

中國維權律師關注組
香港天主教正義和平委員會
香港市民支援愛國民主運動聯合會

2008年12月14日

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Current Events | Leave a comment

Texas district will let teachers carry guns

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HARROLD, Texas (AP) — A tiny Texas school district will allow teachers and staff members to carry concealed firearms to protect against school shootings, provided the gun-toting employees follow certain requirements.

The small community of Harrold in north Texas is a 30-minute drive from the Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office, leaving students and teachers without protection, said David Thweatt, superintendent of the Harrold Independent School District. The lone campus of the 110-student district sits near a heavily traveled highway, which could make it a target, he argued.

“When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying ‘sic ’em’ to a dog,” Thweatt said in a story published Friday on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Web site.

Barbara Williams, a spokeswoman for the Texas Association of School Boards, said her organization did not know of another district with such a policy. Ken Trump, a Cleveland, Ohio-based school security expert who advises districts nationwide, said Harrold is the first district with such a policy.

Trustees approved the policy change last year, and it takes effect when classes begin this month. For employees to carry a pistol, they must have a Texas license to carry a concealed handgun, must be authorized to carry by the district, must receive training in crisis management and hostile situations and must use ammunition designed to minimize the risk of ricocheting bullets.

Officials researched the policy and considered other options for about a year before approving the policy change, Thweatt said. The district also has other measures in place to prevent a school shooting, he said.

“The naysayers think [a shooting] won’t happen here. If something were to happen here, I’d much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them,” Thweatt said.

Texas law outlaws firearms at schools unless specific institutions allow them.

It isn’t clear how many of the 50 or so teachers and staff members will be armed this fall, because Thweatt did not disclose that information, to keep it from students or potential attackers.

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Current Events | Leave a comment

CNN.com “The Daily Top 10” Email – DON’T OPEN THE EMAIL

If you received an email saying “CNN.COM The Daily Top 10” , DELETE THE EMAIL RIGHT AWAY WITHOUT CLICKING ANYTHING IN IT.

Your computer might very likely be infected with spyware and/or viruses if you click on any of the links in the email. For details of this threat, see:

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/101495#see_comments

August 7, 2008 Posted by | Current Events | Leave a comment

I Don’t Know…

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May 22, 2008 Posted by | Current Events | 2 Comments

Lost and Found: Stray cat found at Markville Mall, Markham

 

 

 If anyone recognizes this stray cat I found at Markville Mall near Walmart, please let me know!

 

May 14, 2008 Posted by | Current Events | | 4 Comments

Edison 改邪歸正?

Dear Bros and Sis in Christ,I have a very urgent and special prayer request. For nearly 2 months now I have not announced publicly, even to my prayer team to protect the confidentiality of the fragile situation I am about to tell you. In February the Holy Spirit led me supernaturally to a special young man named “Edison Chen.” He is a famous pop star in Hong Kong and China who recently this year was involved in a internet sex scandal that received worldwide attention. My heart broke for this young man when I heard the news. I prayed for him to find the love of God and the forgiveness that is offered through Jesus Christ. I also prayed that God would use this situation for greater good, somehow to redeem and bless the youth and families of Asia. Through a series of divine circumstances in February God brought me to Edison, I shared the Gospel and God’s personal prophetic word to him and Edison gave his life to Christ. His heart was genuine, his repentance was true, and I was so happy to see a new brother find God’s forgiveness, mercy and grace. God truly loves Edison. The days after, many others in his family and circle of friends came to know Christ. It was a supernatural experience, that only God could orchestrate.

Yesterday night, I found out that one of the largest secular magazines in Hong Kong/Asia had caught wind of Edison’s conversion and wrote a front page story on our friendship. I was very much in shock to hear about this because I had not spoken about this publicly for nearly 2 months. I was more surprised when my contact in Hong Kong told me the article was 100% positive, shared about my own conversion experience, my personal ministry and how Edison is starting a new life and new path in Christ. Honestly, when I heard this news knowing that millions all over Asia would read this uplifting article and possibly find Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, I wept.

I wept with joy for Edison and all the millions in Asia who have been negatively effected by the sin & immorality that was spread. I knew God was restoring Edison, a prodigal son who had returned to his heavenly Father. I wept, because God spoke to me when I met Edison that He would bring greater good from this scandal than evil. That what Satan meant for evil, God would turn for good. I am thankful to God because I know millions who read this magazine will see that God has forgiven Edison Chen and all the victims, showing them His love and mercy. Therefore, those who read this article after realizing that God has forgiven Edison, will also realize that Jesus can forgive their sins and give them hope for a new life in Christ. Please pray that God uses this testimony to bless the masses with the power of the Gospel. Good News is spreading in Asia, Jesus died on the cross and resurrected on the third day so our sins could be forgiven and anyone who believes in Him will not die, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Now I ask you for prayer. Edison Chen, the Victims and myself need your prayers more than ever before.

Please pray for Edison Chen and others…

1. Pray for protection from media pressure: There is a lot of pressure with an public article like this to perform as a Christian. Please pray that people realize Edison and others who have become Christian are still a work in progress. As I am a work in progress myself. No one is perfect, we are all human and we all need love and forgiveness. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but to trust in His mercy and grace. Pray that God would protect this story and situation against gossip, accusation or deception, but only the truth of Jesus Christ would continually be uplifted in the media.

2. Please pray millions of Christians around the world would pray for Edison, his family, the victims to be strengthened in faith, comforted and restored to be a testimony to society in a positive way. Pray that the many victims of this situation would also find faith and forgiveness in Christ.

3. Pray that many who read this article and story would be saved. Pray that those who read this testimony of Edison’s repentance and faith in Christ, my own personal testimony will realize that God loves them also, that they can be forgiven of their sins and have a new life in Jesus Christ. Pray as they realize God has forgiven Edison, He will also forgive them.

4. Pray that my family and I would be a great testimony for Christ. Please pray that God would protect and help me and my family in America and Hong Kong to be good witnesses for Christ. I am returning to Hong Kong in May for ministry and I need God’s wisdom in how to talk about this story to others so that they see Christ and not me or anyone else. May He keep me, Edison and all others humble, so that we decrease but Christ would increase.

5. Ask God to turn what was meant for evil into good. Pray that through this scandal, that greater good would come out of this than evil. Pray that millions will be inspired, touched and put their faith in Jesus Christ across the world. This scandal was probably one of the biggest news stories in Asia in the last decade, many were adversely affected, but God now can turn the tide and bring hope and healing to all the world and turn tragedy into triumph!

Lastly, I just really want you all to keep this low key and simply “pray” if you read this. Pray for Edison, he is like a brother to me. I love him and he has a good heart. Many people will try to ridicule or doubt what has happened, but it doesn’t matter because I know him and he is not only truly repentant, but he is doing his best to become a better man, change his ways, and live for God. He is a good person. We all make mistakes. I urge the public who reads this, judge not or you will be judged as the Bible says. Forgive Edison, the victims and ask God to forgive your own sins, because none of us are perfect and we all need Jesus forgiveness. Edison is a good man, God loves him, knows his heart is truly sorry and will restore him to be a great role model in society. I know it, I have faith not only for him but for all who are affected by this. Pray for Edison’s spiritual restoration. Because t’s not easy, Edison, his family, his friends and myself are all God’s work in progress and we need prayers, patience, mercy and grace from everyone to not point the finger, gossip or anything else, but to simply pray asking God to make us more like Christ each day and to be a testimony for Him in this generation. May God receive all the glory in this.

Below is the magazine article. God is faithful. Please pray right now for God’s will to be done. Thank you!

Under the mercy,

JMA

For anyone who read this blog post and you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, but you want to know Him. You want to repent and be forgiven of your sins then read what the Good News of Jesus is all about

here

May 12, 2008 Posted by | Current Events | 2 Comments