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Andaman Inseln / Im Zoo der Menschen – Outrage over Indian islands ‚human zoo‘ video

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Das man auch in Thailand, vor nicht langer Zeit, gefangene Ur-Einwohner wie in einem Zoo in Käfigen ausstellte, ist nur ein Beispiel in der Region
Outrage over Indian islands ‚human zoo‘ video

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Rights campaigners and politicians Wednesday condemned a video showing women from a protected and primitive tribe dancing for tourists reportedly in exchange for food on India’s Andaman Islands.

British newspaper The Observer released the undated video showing Jarawa tribal women — some of them naked — being lured to dance and sing after a bribe was allegedly paid to a policeman to produce them.

Under Indian laws designed to protect ancient tribal groups susceptible to outside influence and disease, photographing or coming into contact with the Jarawa and some of the Andaman aborigines is banned.

The tribe, thought to have been among the first people to migrate successfully from Africa to Asia, lives a nomadic existence in the lush, tropical forests of the Andamans in the Indian Ocean.

India’s Tribal Affairs Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo on Wednesday said an investigation had been ordered.

„An inquiry has been ordered and it is being headed by the chief secretary and director-general of police of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands,“ Deo told the Press Trust of India news agency.

„It’s deplorable. You cannot treat human beings like beasts for the sake of money. Whatever kind of tourism is that, I totally disapprove of that and it is being banned also,“ the minister added.

Survival International, which lobbies on behalf of tribal groups worldwide, said the video showed tourists apparently enjoying „human zoos.“

„Quite clearly, some people’s attitudes towards tribal peoples haven’t moved on a jot. The Jarawa are not circus ponies bound to dance at anyone’s bidding,“ said Stephen Corry, the group’s director, in a press release.

But state anthropologist A. Justin, who works on the Andaman islands, questioned whether the scenes were recent.

„Before the 2004 tsunami, people might have forced them to dance and there may have been some much smaller violations since then,“ Justin said by telephone from the capital Port Blair.

„Since the tsunami, a policy of maximum autonomy with minimum intervention has been put in place. Things are being taken care of these days. There is a lot of (security) coverage there now.“

Justin said the video appeared to be several years old, while police in Port Blair also suggested it was taken some time ago.

„The video appears to be six to seven years old when Jarawas remained unclothed but now they wear dresses in public,“ Director-General of Police Samsher Deol said.

„Nonetheless we have launched a probe because we want to know who is the videographer who has committed an offence and we also want to know who bribed and who has been bribed,“ Deol said.

The Observer report said its journalist had recently seen tourists throw bananas and biscuits to tribespeople on the roadside, and had been told by local traders how much to bribe the police to spend a day out with the Jarawa.

In June last year, Survival International accused eight Indian travel companies of running „human safari tours“ so tourists could see and photograph the Jarawa.

The London-based group called for tourists to boycott the road used to enter the reserve of the Jarawa tribe, who number just 403 and are in danger of dying out.

The Andaman and Nicobar tropical island chain is home to four other rare tribes — Onge, the Great Andamanese, the Sentinelese and the Shompens — each numbering fewer than 350 members.

Another tribe called Bo died out in January 2010.

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Irak: Wenn die NATO Demokratie bringt – Video: Iraqi Police accused of brutality

Januar 11, 2012 1 Kommentar

HRW Human Right Watch, ist auch nur eine CIA – Georg Soros NGO! Das gehört zum Desaster Spiel krimineller westlicher Politik Zirkel.

January 10, 2012

Human Rights Watch says democracy in Iraq is at stake as a police state emerges. CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh reports.


Jomana Karadsheh: Last month, Oday al-Zaidy and a small group of people gathered in a Baghdad square to celebrate the US media withdrawal planning to burn the US flag. But more than 200 security forces swarmed around them, banned us from filming and stopped the protests because they said the group had not obtained a permit. But they still managed to burn the flag. Oday and others were beaten up and detained for a day. Security officials say, they assaulted policemen, something the group denies. „Democracy in Iraq is an illusion,“ Oday says. „An American illusion and an American lie. Whoever wants to see that for themselves, should come and see what’s been happening in Iraq since February 25th.“ That’s when thousands of Iraqis — partly influenced by the Arab Spring — took to the streets of cities across the country protesting against corruption and a lack of basic services. [Gun shots are heard and security forces move in.] But from the start, they were met by a fierce crackdown. The government denies an orchestrated effort to put down protests, saying there were just minor violations committed by to put down protests by individual security officers. Activists groups disagree. Human Rights Watch says the violations have been systematic and ongoing documenting dozens of cases where protesters were beaten up, detained and, in some cases, even tortured.

Human Rights Watch’s Samer Muscati: People are afraid to go to demonstrations, are afraid of being rounded up, of being assaulted, of being beat up, of being followed to their own homes.

Jomana Karadsheh: And this is what has happened almost a year since the protests began here in Baghdad’s own Tahrir or Liberation Square the scene is very different from last February. Activists say the crowd here has significantly dwindled over recent months and most of those present on this Friday say they are supporters of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. This crowd behind me has been chanting against two of the prime minister’s two main political rivals — Ayad Allawi and Saleh al-Mutlaq. Banners like these around the square praise „the wisdom and courage“ of Mr. Maliki.

Human Rights Watch’s Samer Muscati: I think really we are at a critical juncture and we are at a crossroads and Iraq right now, from what we see, is a budding police state. And hopefully that will change but all indications now are that things are actually going to deteriorate even more.

Baghdad Operations Command Spokesperson Qassim Atta: Our country is still suffering from terrorism and security forces are highly sensitive and ready for the worst possibilities and it is their right to protect public security. There should be no generalization. These human rights organizations can visit Tahrir Square every week to see the protests.

Jomana Karadsheh: But those who dare venture out have a different story. As we try to speak to this protester, we’re interrupted by government supporters. Protesters say they’re intelligence agents. For now, there are still some who refuse to back down despite the intimidation campaign.

Iraqi Male: The Republic of Iraq! Every time he’s dead! Kill! Dead! Kill! Why?

Jomana Karadsheh: As this man cries out against the government, Maliki’s supporters move right in, drowing out the calls for change. Jomana Karadsheh, CNN, Baghdad.

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Das System des Credit Karten Betruges an Firmen – Credit Card Firms: They Don’t Just Steal From Cardholders

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Credit Card Firms: They Don’t Just Steal From Cardholders

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Great story out this morning by Bloomberg reporter Thom Weidlich, detailing yet another devious and dirty scheme in the consumer credit industry.

The story outlines the misfortunes of a successful Park City, Utah restaurant called Cisero’s that is best known for serving the movie stars and film glitterati attending the nearby Sundance film festival. The restaurant is engaged in a legal battle with its bank, but the larger struggle is between the restaurant and major credit cards like Visa and MasterCard.

It’s a complex tale, but the gist of it is that the credit-card companies invoked arcane provisions of operating contracts with the merchant, and unilaterally „fined“ the restaurant for enormous sums of money without proving any of the charges. Some of that money was actually debited from the merchants‘ account before they managed to close it.

When a restaurant opens for business, it signs service contracts with middleman firms that allow them to accept charges from Visa and MasterCards. These middleman firms process the charges on behalf of the issuing cards, and also debit the accounts of merchants for things like debit fees.

The problem is that when merchants like these restaurant owners in Utah sign their service contracts, they also have to agree to a series of draconian security rules, under which they are automatically liable to the card companies if the card companies suspect fraud or lax security procedures.

In the case of the Utah restaurant, Visa and Mastercard both claimed that the restaurant allowed charges from fraudulently used cards, and also violated security rules by keeping the data for too many customer accounts on their company computer.

From Weidlich’s piece:

Unknown to [the owners of Cisero’s], data on 8,107 customers’ accounts had been stored in their computer system, they said. That was fewer than the 10,000 threshold for a fine to be imposed under Visa’s rules that certain customer data shouldn’t be stored on a merchant’s computer, they said.

Visa later said 32,581 accounts were on Cisero’s computer, without explaining how it got that number…

The credit companies never proved any of these allegations, never gave the restaurant an opportunity to answer the charges, and simply moved, through their middleman firms, straight to debiting the restaurant’s account.

The two credit card companies each ultimately claimed preposterous levels of fraud:

Visa decided the “actual fraud” was $1.26 million and calculated Cisero’s total liability for noncompliance at $1.33 million, according to court papers. The restaurant’s “total pre-cap liability” was put at $511,513, the couple said in court papers, and ultimately Visa said Cisero’s owed $55,000…

MasterCard said it could assess $100,000 against the restaurant but was imposing only $15,000, they said. The card company later added $13,850 in loss claims by issuing banks based on fraudulent cards supposedly made with data stolen from Cisero’s system…

As Cisero’s lawyers pointed out, the way the numbers kept shifting, as though Visa and MasterCard were simply making them up as they went along, suggested strongly that the whole business was less about merchant fraud and a lot more about just randomly taking money from small business owners who can’t fight back:

“These various shifting numbers based on unexplained calculations” show that the “process is little more than a scheme to extract steep financial penalties from small merchants,” Cisero’s said in court papers….

In 2003, in a suit brought by Cannon’s firm, New York-based Constantine Cannon LLP, Visa and MasterCard agreed to pay $3 billion to settle claims they overcharged on debit-card swipe fees.

Merchants last year successfully lobbied for federal legislation limiting the debit fees. Trade groups and merchants including the National Restaurant Association have filed an antitrust suit against the networks in federal court in Brooklyn, New York that is still pending.

Nobody minds banks and creditors being greedy. But we can’t live with big firms simply taking money out of bank accounts for no reason, and daring people to sue to get the money back. That’s theft by bureaucratic force, not mere greed.

comment: Here in Las Vegas some restaurants and business are giving a 5 to 10 percent discount if you do not use credit cards just for this reason. You can use a bank debit taking money right from your account or pay cash. I think places should do this and people should stop using credit cards because of the high interest rates.

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Starkoch Felix Schmid und seine Geschäfte im Luxus Hotel: „Burj al Arab“ in Dubai

Januar 11, 2012 1 Kommentar

Der hier aufgeführte Einkaufs Betrug, gehört Weltweit zum System Betrug und Korruptions, in den besseren Hotels und Restaurants, wenn der Chef Koch, nicht ein Auge darauf hat. Vor allem muss ein Star Koch merken, wenn er tiefgekühlten Fisch erhält usw., denn genau dort fängt ein Star Koch an. Und wenn er es längere Zeit nicht merkt, dann ist er dumm, oder daran beteiligt, oder will seinen gut dotierten Job nicht verlieren, weil der Einkäufer zur Familie des Eigentümers, oder General Manager gehört.

Skandal im Luxushotel: Tiefkühlkost im „Burj al Arab“
11.01.2012, 11:03 Uhr

Urlaub in Dubai zum Schnäppchenpreis. (Foto: Imago)

Selbst ernannte sieben Sterne, bis zu 21.000 Euro für eine Übernachtung – und dann kommt das Essen aus der Tiefkühltruhe? Zwei Angestellte des prestigeträchtigen Luxushotels „Burj al Arab“ in Dubai stehen vor Gericht, weil sie Schmiergelder angenommen haben sollen, um Essen zu überteuerten Preisen einzukaufen. Außerdem gaben die Beklagten tiefgekühlten Fisch den Gästen gegenüber als frischen aus. Das berichtet die „Arabian Business Times“ in ihrer Online-Ausgabe.

Gefrorener Fisch verstößt gegen Hausregeln

Vor Gericht stehen ein Chefkoch sowie ein Fleischer des Hotels. Der Chefkoch gab an, er habe monatliche Zahlungen mit einer Gesamtsumme von umgerechnet rund 180.000 Euro erhalten. Dafür habe er beim Einkauf von Gemüse, Fleisch und Fisch nur vier verschiedene Zulieferer berücksichtigt. Rivalisierende Firmen soll er aus der Datenbank des Hotels gelöscht haben. Der beklagte Fleischer soll 8000 Euro dafür erhalten haben, dass er gefrorenen Fisch als frischen ausgab. Nach Angaben der Jumeirah Gruppe, die das Hotel betreibt, ist es Angestellten streng untersagt, tiefgefrorene statt frischer Ware zu verwenden. Die Bestechungsvorwürfe kamen nach einer Kassenprüfung des Hotels auf. Es schien den Prüfern verdächtig, dass das Essen trotz überteuerter Preise nur von vier Zulieferern bezogen wurde.

Angeklagte erheben Vorwürfe gegen Starkoch

Laut der österreichischen „Heute“ soll es seitens der Angeklagten auch Vorwürfe gegen den Wiener Starkoch Felix Schmid gegeben haben. Einer der Angeklagten behauptet, Schmid habe ihn angestiftet. Gegenüber der Zeitung weist Schmid die Vorwürfe zurück. „Ich werde mir doch nicht ins eigene Fleisch schneiden und meinen guten Namen kaputt machen. Qualität ist für mich das allerwichtigste. Ich habe sogar Bio-Milch aus Österreich importiert“, sagt Schmid, der elf Jahre im Burj al Arab arbei