Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Responding to The Australian's Janet Albrechsten re FREEDOM OF SPEECH as a Human Right!

I often agree with Janet's sentiments re freedoms and human rights, democracy, etc. In today's Australian newspaper she again argues for and agrees with Tony Abbott's proposal to do away with the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill.
I there for wrote to Janet as follows.

Re "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite." Watch the Senate after this election!

History and the human experience unfortunately makes one wary of trusting to allow all human beings unfettered freedoms and rights of expression whether political or personal.
The animal instincts come to the fore and freedoms are taken advantage of by inhuman characters.
One only has to look at the "Arab Spring" which has deteriorated into the "winter of discontent".
Democratically elected Hitler persuaded a whole nation to turn into, or close their eyes to the worst of human bestiality in the most sophisticated and advanced nation of the day.

Wherever one looks in the world today,- human freedoms are trampled underfoot by powerful, selfish and self-serving groups.Few freedoms for individuals, particularly women and children who are abused and trafficked all over the planet! No wonder we have tens of millions of victims seeking refuge and safe havens somewhere on this earth for themselves and their families

Without checks and balances in the area of democratic freedoms,- unfortunately no citizens can rely on anyone other than responsible governments, to stop some humans not to incite others to do inhuman acts!

Trust in people, especially in those 2 vying for power at present is very much in short supply. Who will be the losers from the Liberal Party's agenda? No one knows.
The major parties will find a very uncomfortable truth when the senate votes will come in. That is where the hope lies for most people who will seek  those checks and balances to come from the Greens et al. to stop unfettered access to power from R and L.
I think Abbott has shot himself in the foot!

Time will tell.

Monday, May 13, 2013


The Sunday Age of 12/5/2013 had a lot to say about the alternative medicine industry, referring to the fact that the products sold over the counter are not “tested” in the way the pharmaceutical industry tests prescription medicines which are used by the medical profession.

My reply was as follows:

Tested or untested unfortunate​ly there are no guarantees in medicine.

Sent to Sunday.Age on 12th May 2013.
There is a big difference in discussing "wellness" and "illness". .
If people vote with their feet and money, perhaps that industry is not as ineffective as some medical professionals would like us believe.
Not all human beings are of the same age, for a start, nor do we all adhere to the same diets advocated for us to maintain life-long good health.
There is also a big difference in discussing pharmaceuticals which are meant to "cure", versus naturally occurring compounds which are concentrated into medicinal-style products, meant to be simply an adjunct for those who may want to try them to improve their general wellbeing.
As a trained clinical biochemist (and part pharmacist) , it was not until I entered into a 'health-foods" business years ago, did I understand, let alone accept the 'alternative' area of medicine.
There are many of the younger generation medical graduates who do use adjunct remedies as well as the 'tested' pharmaceuticals when there are chronic, mild conditions or perhaps even food-allergies to be treated. After all, previous generations did survive on such remedies, while many in the third world still do so even today.
On the other hand, all pharmaceuticals, while they are tested, do have side effects for some or are ineffective for a percentage of users.
In any case,- whether it is as a prophylactic or a placebo effect, it is better for an intelligent individual to give the natural remedies a try, than to go straight on to drugs "to kill a fly with a hammer".
Common sense should always prevail.
Signed)M. M. M.Sc.(Biochemist, retired).

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Following upon the above, I shall enumerate some areas which I have found useful to employ in our family’s day-to-day lives, as various symptoms appeared,- before rushing off to the GPs for a prescription medicine. Many of these types of remedies I keep at home in case we need them,- or we take them on a regular basis to prevent health-problems in the future. I do not go to alternative-medicine practitioners as I probably am better qualified than they are. The pharmaceutical chemists on the whole are generally quite good at recommending the type of remedy which may assist in a simple condition.
N.B.All the products I mention below, I have recommended to various people over the years with excellent results, therefore I have no hesitation in listing them as recommendations.This is what is termed ‘anecdotal evidence’ that they can work! Here are my ten listed suggestions which work for us in our home.

1. For winter prevention or reduction of colds and flu-like symptoms: a) We believe in the flu vaccine as early as possible whenever it comes on the market. b) When we travel abroad, because the plane itself sometimes can cause us to get a severe cold, I buy for us an immune-boosting combination from a reputable company such as Blackmore. This combines vitamins A, C and E, with Zinc and Echinacia (a herb which has aspirin-type qualities). We try to keep taking it for a while on our return and then also whenever we feel that a cold is coming on!

2. General vitamin intake. If we reduce our fat intake, as we generally all tend to do nowadays to prevent heart disease and arteriosclerosis, as well as to avoid obesity, then we should realize that we may reduce our intake of fat-soluble vitamins which we should be absorbing through our digestive tract for healthy maintenance of our body’s functions.

These vitamins which are of vital importance for us are :

A- which we need for the  maintenance of good vision (found in e.g.carrots, but not good in excess); for preserving a healthy skin; and for maintaining our immune system.

D- which we should get from the sun to maintain healthy bones. But these days, we tend      to shun sun & UV exposure due to fear of skin-cancers and melanoma. There is a      government-sponsored health alert out to improve our vitamin D levels, or risk            osteoporosis later in life. This vitamin is essential for the absorption of Calcium       from the diet.

E-  this is an anti-oxidant vitamin. Its importance is not as clearly determined as the other        two, but many believe it to be important to prevent cell-breakdown due to various            external factors, such as pollution, smoking and cancer-forming agents. It is also          used in creams and ointments to assist in healing of the skin.

How do we replace these vitamins in our diets if we think we require them?I recommend the old-fashioned cod-liver oil, but in capsule form. They knew what they were doing to us kids in Europe when they kept giving us that horrible spoonful of oil every day!

3. FISH-OILS. If we would prefer to change our diet to concentrate on eating mainly fish and vegetables most of the week, then we probably would not need to take extra capsules of the Omega-3 fatty acids containing capsules in our senior years. But the reality is that most of us don’t, or don’t want to adhere to such a diet, so taking these proven (to prevent arteriosclerosis in later-life), can be helpful substitutes in a capsule form. It can do no harm after all.  The amount one takes depends on whether one has a problem which it is supposed to alleviate, such as rheumatism or mild arthritis. If it is simply to prevent later problems, then the minimal dose recommended on the bottle is sufficient.

4. GLUCOSAMINE & CHONDROITIN. These are components of all our cartilages and tendons and amazingly by taking these compounds by mouth, they seem to be able to be concentrated onto these tissues and repair them or line the bones anew. As we age, we do tend to “dry out” in all tissues which need to be kept soft and lubricated to be effective. We  definitely need to keep our joint-connections supple and pliable for us to be able to move painlessly,- and these supplements tend to help. One needs to be patient though,- keep taking them and eventually they do seem to be very helpful when people start having knee problems or other joint aches and pains.

5. Co-Enzyme Q10.  This seems to be a newer addition to the complementary medicine field. An over-the-counter product, it appears to be something which is important for our muscles to work properly, but which can be depleted either through overuse of the muscles, e.g. by athletes, or through a side effect of anti-cholesterol STATINS-type medications.

If one suddenly starts suffering painful legs, back or similar for no special reason while taking such anti-cholesterol  drugs, then consider taking Co-Q10 tablets of various strengths. It is also recommended as an additional supplement for our heart muscles to work better! (These muscles are in constant use while we are alive, so perhaps the CoQ10 needs a bit of replenishment in our later years!).

6. Zinc- is a mineral element, not a vitamin. It seems to be useful to add in tablet form or as part of a mixture  of vitamins and minerals for a variety of reasons, particularly for older males and in infections due to viruses such as colds, cold-sores and shingles. It is also recommended for hair and nails improvement!

 I recommend it particularly for shingles as soon as it is diagnosed! It has worked wonders on some people who listened!

7. Stomach/digestive complaints, e.g. acidity, reflux, indigestion, flatulence and similar.

There are many antacids on the market which everybody uses, but there was a scare about aluminium which is a mineral used in many of these, that is not supposed to be good for our memory cells !!! True or not, best to avoid it,- just in case! I use Rennies for that reason, but there are also various other old remedies which can be useful. Activated charcoal capsules are good absorbers of various gases and other nasties in our gut! Slippery elm bark powder in capsules or as a powder mixed in drinks, lines the walls of our intestines and can assist in healing inflammations of the gut. One can drink Aloe Vera juice on an empty stomach morning and night, which can act as a healing agent e.g. for the oesophagus (available in 2 litre containers in the supermarket where health-foods are stocked.) Aloe Vera is a healing plant which comes also as a gel to put on skin wounds, used by the natives of Sth. America.

8. Our EYES,-watery or inflamed. Both are dues to ‘dry eyes’ syndrome! In particular, in aeroplanes, keep them well moisturised with ‘artificial tears’. I have just been advised by my ophthalmologist to use a wet and warm tissue to rub my eyelids gently and so open and clean possibly blocked tear-ducts to stop my eyes watering constantly. It helps me enormously!

9. The food you eat and the liquids you drink can affect many parts of our body, including our mental states. I had to deal with many customers in our Health-food shop who had terrible allergies to various foods, but it took years and many specialists to diagnose their problems.  I therefore suggest to everybody,-if you suddenly develop a health problem which is new, do not panic. First think re what you have eaten or drank lately, or usually.

 I have had lots of scares over the years, until I worked out why each problem had arisen. For an example of what could have been a serious symptom to cause me to panic: one day, some years ago, blood appeared in my stools,- (when it shouldn’t have as I was already post-menopausal). I stopped to think about it and remembered that I had bought and eaten while driving, almost half a delicious fresh bread loaf full of linseeds. Now if you know that linseed oil is also used as a paint thinner, eating a lot of linseeds is hardly good for your blood vessels! Had I had something seriously wrong with me, I would have expected the bleeding to continue,- so I decided to wait a day or two to see if it happens again. Thankfully it did not and I now do not recommend anyone to eat too many such seeds.( It may be that only I have this sensitivity, as I can bleed quite easily, even if I start taking small amounts of aspirin, - recommended to avoid blood clots in the heart or in the brain causing strokes.)

10. Some people suffer from regular urinary tract infections. I used to, as do many women more than men. But I soon discovered that I can bring on my infections at will! I had to test myself before I was convinced. For me, drinking acidic juices on an empty stomach as one does for breakfast in the mornings, was my trigger.

 Once I realized that, I no longer have had this problem for years. I have since managed to convince a few others suffering from similar conditions and lo and behold they are also fine. Theoretically, we should be able to metabolize everything so that the urine is at the right level of acidity no matter what we drink or eat. (Bugs like an acidic urine!)

Not all our systems work according to what is considered “normal”, i.e. average. Some of us function differently in various areas and we should be alert to this BEFORE WE PANIC.

Re complementary medicine practitioners.

There are doctors who do believe in using a certain amount of natural supplements. They are part of an association and can be found in the phone books. But trying out various alternative practitioners who claim to be able to use various types of treatments, is just stupid or only for the most desperate! First one needs a proper diagnosis of the condition from which you suffer,- whether it is pain or some other symptom. Then one has to determine if there is a cure or a treatment to help.

 Only when nothing else helps, perhaps I would try someone versed in Chinese medicine as a last resort.

There is no doubt that some exercise is needed to keep us hale and hearty, but this does not mean that one should go to extremes even with that. I have done myself permanent damage by trying too hard with a certain unsuitable type of exercise. I have known people who lived to 90 and even to a 100 who avoided any extra exertions!
M.M. 13/5/2013.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Reading this week’s Australian Jewish News (3/5/’13) from the front cover to the letters pages, it is frighteningly clear that protecting our democratic way of life that many countries enjoy or try to emulate involves a tremendous effort just to protect, let alone to instigate from afresh in other parts of the world. There are so many competing issues for the protection of human rights, that one wonders who needs to be locked up from whom first and foremost today in the world’s   democracies. 

On the one hand we have a young Australian child being inculcated with murderous hatreds towards other Australians, (FRONT COVER)while on the other we have the new Eureka Museum devoted to preserving democracy as though democracy is already dead and buried! In the letters pages we have ‘pro’ and ‘con’ the depiction of a  free and successful Israel versus keeping out Palestinians behind barriers in films such as “The other son” and “The Promise “ on TV.
Israel is not the only democracy protecting itself from inimical outsiders wanting to inundate and destroy its way of life. India had to do it on its borders with Bangladesh; the USA on its borders with Mexico and so on. Pakistan’s democratic attempts at general elections are being undermined by the Taliban who openly claim that “democracy is incompatible with Islam”.

 In protecting our Australian maritime borders from massive unregulated movements of people to our shores, sadly has to lead to deterrent measures as well.

It is inevitable that what is right for us will be wrong for others. The backlash in Europe due to massive influx of refugees from Asia and Africa has resulted in racist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigration neo-Nazi xenophobic winners at the ballot boxes in several countries, including the UK and Hungary. We should not forget that Hitler and his Nazi Party won a democratic election. While as Stan Marks notes in his letter that there is nothing funny in portraying the Nazis in comedies today, perhaps ridicule and satire is the way for future generations not to repeat that folly!
The American ‘gun lobby’ thinks that guns are for protecting the individual from hateful governments (presumably like Nazism or Communism), while the need to protect the population from individuals who may be mentally unbalanced or just terrorists, seems to be beyond their comprehension. Not even a background check for would-be purchasers of dangerous firearms seems to be allowed. Parents and families are under threat from mentally ill children; wives from violent husbands; children from paedophiles and each other while guns are freely available in the home.

Let us start valuing individual human rights and  teaching respect, tolerance, safety and just good personal relations right here in our own homes and in our schools. The brochure that the National Council of Women of Victoria Inc. has produced, could go a long way to teach children, newcomers to our shores and all citizens, that women while having the major family responsibilities, must  also earn their families’ respect as well their love. This is something that the majority thankfully do earn and deserve it.

Then why is domestic violence against women so prevalent in today’s society? Why are children under threat from paedophiles, even in their schools? Why do parents from other cultures persist in sending their children to their countries of origin to have female circumcisions performed or child marriages arranged? Is it due to ignorance of our laws and modern-day norms of behaviour in  our modern-day democracy? Religious dogma about gender and sexuality can lead to repressive self-hatred and deviant behaviour such as rape and incest. I would not be surprised if we learn that behind every suicide or terrorist bomber, or a Taliban, lies a repressed and frustrated homosexual who takes out his/her self-loathing on others,-either en-masse or on their women whom they use just for procreation!

Only a widely distributed educational pamphlet such as the NCWV “Woman” can assist to alert the public to such arrant and horrific behaviours being totally unacceptable in our democratic way of life.

Miriam's Topical Topics.: Steven Hawkins and BDS terrorism, UK..



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES IN 2013 AROUND THE WORLD: General Anthony Zinni lecture.

Challenges of leadership:
General Anthony Zinni lecturing on board cruise liner, Crystal Serenity.



Anthony Charles Zinni (born September 17, 1943) is a retired four-star General in the United States Marine Corps and a former Commander in Chief of United States Central Command (CENTCOM). In 2002, he was selected to be a special envoy for the United States to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. (Wikipedia)

General Zinni lectured aboard the cruise liner Crystal Serenity in March 2013 while we were cruising along the coast of Brazil and up the Amazon River to Manaus and back to the Atlantic, on to French Guyana’s Devil’s Island (of Dreyfus fame), the Caribbean island of Barbados, finishing in Miami, USA. During the over 3 week’s cruise there were plenty of lazy days at sea when the many celebrity lecturers on board kept us busy and interested. Zinni’s lectures were particularly well attended and I took notes on the topics which were of particular interest to me, namely on the ME (see my other blog. “Tempting topical topics”, http://anivlam.blogspot.com.au) and on leadership, as per below.

General Zinni:

The necessary 3 Cs for a leader are: COMPETENCE, CONFIDENCE, CONDUCT.

But who are those being led today? They are a different group of people nowadays.

Firstly they are more diverse. They are openly divided  according to gender, race, culture and they need to understand and be understood.

Secondly, they are vertically diverse, i.e. generational changes. Once they were the “silent generation” before the ‘baby boomers”. Today’s generations are shaped by different world events. Today they are shaped by social media, high-tech and IT.i.e.they are not silent anymore!

Thirdly, their motivations are different. Once upon a time, financial security and monetary rewards were most important and sought in employment. These days the young want recognition more than the money! They are risk takers, unlike their parents before them.

SUCCESSFUL LEADERS have to understand how to lead a much more diverse organization. They need to know whom they lead and have sufficient self-awareness to see if they live up to others’ expectations. One also needs to define one’s own leadership philosophy and then see if one lives up to it as well. They need to have their own sense of ethics and morality and live by that code, whether it be religious, cultural or just common sense and fairness. To be a good leader one must have these qualities as a foundation for successful leadership.

Successful leaders today also need to be creative thinkers; they have to be strategists and think outside the box; they need to be systems-oriented to see where everything fits in, by breaking it down into its parts first; they need to be futurologists as well. Mark of a successful leader everywhere is not to be left behind with his/her organization.

Leaders have to be the face of the organization in good times and at times of crises. Must front up and be trained to accept changes, good and bad.

Successful organizations today are not hierarchical: they must be able to accept advice from the bottom up, as well as from top down. They must be able to constantly investigate strengths and weaknesses. The staff demand constant mentoring and counselling, not just to be ordered around. Feedback must be demanded and accepted graciously by the leadership.

Top leadership traits are: 1: Strategic thinking and vision for the future. 2: Operational effectiveness, i.e. day-to-day efficiency. 3: Efficiency in management. 4. Need a certain ‘charisma’,- i.e. pleasant demeanour in order for others to want to follow.    

In business, competition is tough. Globalization makes competition tougher than ever before.Must think globally even if acting locally. Must think quickly, adapt faster to tehnological changes, must be team leaders.    


In my opinion, leadership in the voluntary sector is slightly different, though not that much. While in a business, money-making and profits have to be at the top of the agenda of its management team, the NGOs (non-government organization) have the same imperative but without the same drive. They want to be "do-gooders", not business-people. But how can one provide services without funds? If they are funded by  government bodies, they must be accountable for those funds.

Hence the voluntary leaders must be as competent as any business leader.

Their traits however must be in this order: 1. charismatic and of 'stature'. 2. They must surround themselves with like-minded experts in the various areas of management. 3. Need to have all the leadership traits as those of any business leader, in order to be respected and to be 'allowed' to supervise the management team.4. The 'buck' stops with the leader and they must be able to accept it!

Large NGOs need to be able to compete with other NGOs,-in order to be recognised as useful, to attract members, funds, etc. just like any business or corporation. Therefore the leadership load is as demanding as that for which others get paid. Doing it all for nothing more than recognition as a reward,- and sometimes that is not given through jealousy, or perceived incompetence,- takes a lot of motivation on the part of the leaders!

POLITICAL LEADERSHIP is another ball-game altogether! These leaders need all the above traits, but combined with a great deal of self-control and 'thick-skins' to survive the personal competitiveness, criticisms from the media, media scrutiny of personal lives, all of which combined make up what it means to be involved in politics.

Zinni has refused many offers to enter politics!



They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English.

I can't even talk the way these people talk:

Why you ain't,
Where you is,
What he drive,
Where he stay,
Where he work,
Who you be...

And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.

And then I heard the father talk.

Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.

In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.

People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we've got these knuckleheads walking around.

The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.

These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids.

$500 sneakers for what?

And they won't spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.

I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.

Where were you when he was 2?

Where were you when he was 12?

Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn't know that he had a pistol?

And where is the father? Or who is his father?

People putting their clothes on backward:
Isn't that a sign of something gone wrong?

People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn't that a sign of something?

Isn't it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?

What part of Africa did this come from??

We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don't know a thing about Africa .......

I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid.

I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don't have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands . The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa ... So stop, already! ! !

With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap ..........And all of them are in jail.

Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person's problem.

We have got to take the neighborhood back.

People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different 'husbands' -- or men or whatever you call them now.

We have millionaire football players who cannot read.

We have million-dollar basketball players who can't write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job.

Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.

We have to start holding each other to a higher standard..

We cannot blame the white people any longer.'
Dr.. William Henry 'Bill' Cosby, Jr., Ed..D.

... It's all about behaviour of not only the young!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013





There are thousands of books, brochures and millions of words written about women, but their miseries continue unabated in many parts of the world including close to home in our country and in all States of Australia.
Why is this so? Because all females are especially vulnerable, - whether as children or as adults, whether disabled or not and obviously education has not succeeded in fostering respect for womanhood and eradicating the scourge of violence against women and children. Human trafficking continues unabated, domestic violence is still a problem and generally rape and street violence continues to shock us all.
The National Council of Women of Victoria, the umbrella NGO of Victorian women’s organizations since 1902, is recognizing that in 2013 there is a local and worldwide need to attack this problem from the ‘ground up’, i.e. at the grass-roots level.
NCWV realized that nowhere is there a simple expose defining to all the meaning of
                                                RESPECT FOR WOMEN.
Nowhere is there a simple manifesto defining in simple terms the legal guidelines for
NCWV challenges the community from the Government down to all sectors to join with us in eradicating violence and the scourge of misogynist attitudes towards females.
The attached brochure produced by NCWV in January 2013 could be the starting point in awareness raising for all: in the home, in schools, in the workplace; for new arrivals to this country and in the indigenous communities; in religious institutions, in police stations, the army, the navy and the air force. In short, it should be disseminated to all sectors of society.
Our simple pamphlet is but the first step. NCWV does not have the resources for translations into community languages or for mass distribution.  Therefore we depend on everyone else’s help to do so. Posters could be printed in newspapers and framed on walls in public places. With support, educational seminars and workshops at all levels can be instituted on each of the aspects listed in it and more.                                                                        
PLEASE SUPPORT THE DISTRIBUTION AND DISSEMINATION OF OUR BROCHURE on the web or in print. The attached pdf can be reproduced as long as the National Council of Women of Victoria is always credited with its production.

Women have rights and responsibilities.

All women are deserving of respect.

For further information please contact:                ncwvic@bigpond.com
Jennie Rawther-Russell                                                 Malvina Malinek OAM
President,                                                                                Hon. Sec. NCWV
 Melbourne, Victoria.                                                              Melbourne, Victoria
03 9596 2264                                                                          03 9824 0208
jennierawther@bigpond.com                                                                  mehga@bigpond.com






 Girls and women have
the right to be safe at home and on the streets;
 the right to choose...;
 the right to say NO to sexual advances FROM ANYONE;
the right to equal pay for equal work;
the right to education;
the right to civil marriage and divorce;
the right  to equality in areas of finance, home ownership;
the right to health care;
the right to sexual and reproductive health;
the right to follow their religion or not;
Violent punishment of anyone, including children
IT IS A CRIME to have sex with girls under the age of consent, i.e. 16years;
IT IS A CRIME to force anyone to consent to a marriage on the basis of cultural customs;
DISCRIMINATION on the basis of gender or race or marital status IS A CRIME.
 "Not just the right to vote, but the right to equal work and equal pay, the right to proper services, the right to physical safety.Perhaps the right of greatest ultimate importance, the right to education. “
(Julia Gillard, PM Australia, Washington, 2011)

This brochure was produced in 2013 by
Regd. No.: AIA: A4465

ABN: 18227073059              Postal Address: PO Box 18186 Collins Street East MELBOURNE Victoria 8003
                                          Tel/Fax: (03) 9421160     Email: ncwvic@bigpond.com
.HELP: In emergency call 000 for police, ambulance, fire.
Multicultural Centre against Family Violence, Melb., 8413 6800
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Melb.,        94180999


 The brochure was launched at Parliament House, Melbourne on the 25th of June 2013 by Victorian Minister for Women's Affairs, Heidi Victoria. Speakers were Dr. Manjula O'Connor, psychiatrisy working on domestic violence in the Indian community, Malvina Malinek OAM for NCWV, chaired by Gracia Baylor AM, former Victorian MP and President Jennie Rawther-Russell.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

ISRAEL:its Jewish past, present and future.


Then……….Americans to the rescue: IDF Airforce '48.

Password to view is iaf




            The following incident occurred on 12 January 2013 in front of Sha'ar Shechem (aka the Damascus Gate) of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The video speaks for itself and may be difficult to watch. It received scant media coverage.

 I received this from a friend in Mexico, where it was apparently picked up from "youtube."
The future………………………………..!Yair Lapid, MK.
Please take time to watch this video.
This is a vitally important video to understanding the internal dialogue in Israel between the secular and religious strands of society.
This brilliant speech by YAIR LAPID illustrates clearly why his party has become such a strong political component of the new Israel following our recent elections.