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On Burma/Myanmar:Does Special Rapporteur on human rights Tomás Ojea Quintana think anyone is listening? PART 1

On Burma/Myanmar:Does Special Rapporteur on human rights Tomás Ojea Quintana think anyone is listening? PART 1

My family and I (link) loved living in Burma but left because of political reasons. Some of us live in England, some in the US, some in Australia. I live in Canada. That was the disruptive part of our lives. (Insert picture is of my mother)
We knew our history of how the British took our forefathers, Anglo Indians, to  Burma, and as an Anglo Burman I grew up with Burmese citizenship. We communicated in English and Burmses as did most everyone at that time in Rangoon.
We lived in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious community enjoying all religious holidays. There is also a book on the Jews of Burma.
This is not about Racism, or skin colour. We were of mixed race, there are also pure ethnics, and of every colour. Ask my family. My mother has light skin, I am darker. My younger brother is pure Burmese.
Women are treated as equals and I learned math and boxing like my brothers. Egalitarianism came with me to Canada and feminism was learned in Burma. I speak as a Christian raised in Rangoon.
The oppression over the past 50 years has been terrible and has taken its toll. Yet, the people survived. My mother visited Burma in the late 1990s and came back to Canada refreshed after visiting family. Some are still there and do not intend to leave.
Politics and ethnic violence does not  explain the fabric of this country and most of the people that live there. The UN paints a very negative picture of the Buddhist religion, as does the Western press and Eurocentric NGOs who make their wages from disruption and become experts of that space.

Living in Canada, I am aware of our history in Canada and the discrimination that occurs because of race, class, gender, sexuality and abilities. The Trayvon Martin case in the US and brought out discussions of 30,000 Americans killed by guns in the USA. The UN does not even mention these deaths which occurs because of political non action. So why target Burma?

Merle Jacobs

From Rangoon to London then to Canada, now home. Professor in Toronto. Research areas - health and equity, the nursing profession, Anglo Burmese culture Published in the areas of Nursing, health, racism

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Cat food with products from China – our Molly got kidney disease

Cat food with products from China – our Molly got kidney disease

Molly lived till she was past 19 years. She hated men till I came along. In fact she even started to sleep with me.
She had Kidney disease. We started to feed her only foods made in North America with no grain or by-products.
I think she lived longer because of this change but we could not reverse her disease.
I was looking into cat foods before the crack down. The ones made by large companies were using China.
Products from China gave our pet’s problems. I think her kidney disease was caused by products companies produced in China. Poor quality assurance programs, and audits – large profits.
The lack of care by major companies of human and our pets products is a disgrace – all in the name of share holders.
This abuse causes our ill health as well as our pet’s health. Just look at the milk products bought in the 2000s by UK and Australia who have great milk to make chocolates. And we thought we were getting food from these countries. Shame
We no longer buy food made in China other than their teas from reputable companies.

We miss you sweet Molly.

Our other pet, Daisy – the Queen of the home, now has food only from Blue Buffalo. She is healthy. The love our pets give us makes me want to be a activist for them.

Francisco De La Maza

Born in Cuba - American mother and Cuban father -. Now lives in Canada Children: Katie De La Maza and Tony De La Maza. Pass away June 2018 in Toronto.

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The Racoons are out front – can I stand my ground

The Racoons are out front – can I stand my ground

The TV is on and everyone is concerned. Why? This talk of justice.
No one cares about how I feel about the racoons. I don’t like that they climb on my roof. I have rights.
They have larger eyes than me. Mum has taught me that we are all part of this community, me part of them?
No way. I am different. I am an indoor cat, white and black. Some call me black and white but why?
That is racism. White racism – I mean I am allowed to use the word white to start with, does not have to be black and white.. Mum said I could not get a gun in Canada so that this idea is just an American idea of bullying.
Humans have real problems and I should not be making fun about the stupid laws they make.

I have no problems with the racoons as I never get to see them. I am locked inside. Poor Racoons have no home, no food and no one to pamper them. So when I stand my ground I am saying I am thankful that someone is there for me and takes care of me. Not that stupid law that kills other people. The justice system is all wrong in the USA and they should not try and teach the world to be more like them.

Canada is multicultural that means it includes me as well. I am staying in Canada and will not move to the USA

Daisy Jacobs-De La Maza

Loved by many, bi-racial, and happily retired. I enjoy long naps, and the occasional snack.

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