Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Good Friday Agreement debate. Letter from NI Commissioner.

  Letter in the Times  26 April;

                Dear Sir
                                       I disagree with Carolyn Fairbairn and Frances O`Grady(letter Apr 24) that the Good Friday Agreement is the political linchpin they suggest.   Northern Ireland now has lower productivity, greater economic inactivity and significant levels of inwork poverty not seen elsewhere in Ireland or Great Britain.  If these structural issues were addressed it would provide work and opportunity for the entire community,and would ensure there is not a return to violence.  Were the CBI and TUC to lend their support to inclusive growth in Northern Ireland that would be much more effective in guarding against a return to the past.
                                       MARK HUDDLESTON
                                         Northern Ireland commissioner for employment and skills   2015-2017.

Monday, 11 June 2018

G7---will it be the G6?

              Official White House photograph.by Shelah Craighead

President Trump arriving at the G7 Summit in Canada 8 June 2018.  Clearly President Trump will not be pushed around by anybody.    Is the special relationship with the UK under threat?

Acknowledgements   Gary Varvel 11 June 2018

Sunday, 10 June 2018

US rebukes World Health Organisation for its abortion activism

by Susan Yoshihara PhD  25 May 2018    CFam Washington USA

GENEVA, May 25 (C-Fam) The United States put the World Health Organization (WHO) on notice this week that it should stop its abortion activism. In two pointed statements, the U.S. delegation said that the bureaucracy at WHO must respect international consensus reached on sexual and reproductive health, and that abortion is not a human right.
Led by Kevin Moley, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, the U.S. announced an about-face on its stance toward a little-known but highly influential research arm of WHO’s reproductive health department, called the Program on Human Reproduction. The U.S. delegation expressed “deep concern” about the program’s activities and said the U.S. is “re-evaluating” its support. In 2004, the Program on Human Reproduction published a Global Reproductive Health Strategy calling for legal abortion.
The U.S. also complained that the Program for Human Reproduction gives “elevated status” to one non-governmental organization, understood as a reference to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, “to operate on an equal footing with governments and international organizations seemingly to the exclusion of other viewpoints.”
The U.S. also rebuked the WHO for its understanding that sexual and reproductive health includes abortion, a position that is at odds with the international consensus. Late on Thursday night, Dr. Alma Golden, representing the U.S. Agency for International Development, among the top funders of development in the world, told the assembly, “We have stated clearly, and on many occasions, consistent with the International Conference on Population [and Development] Program of Action, that we do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance. The term sexual and reproductive health does not include the promotion of abortion nor do we recognize an international right to abortion.”