UNESCO funding cut over Palestine vote may harm US economy

A bill introduced to US Congress seeks to cut funding to UNRWA if the Palestinian Authority continues to pursue statehood at the UN.

WASHINGTON (IPS) – The administration of US President Barack Obama announced Monday that it would immediately cut US funding for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, just hours after UNESCO’s governing board voted overwhelmingly to grant Palestine full membership.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, who noted that Washington had been scheduled to pay $60 million in dues to UNESCO next week, said the cut was required under legislation that bans US contributions to the UN or any of its specialized agencies that grants Palestine membership as a state.

“Today’s vote by the member states of UNESCO to admit Palestine as a member is regrettable, premature and undermines our shared goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East,” she said, insisting that Washington still supports Palestinian statehood but only if it is “realized through direct negotiations” with Israel.

Those negotiations have been held up for more than a year as a result of Israel’s refusal to freeze its settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, as demanded by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Nuland also stressed Washington’s strong support for the Paris-based agency, noting that it “serves a wide range of our national interests on education, science, culture and communications issues” and that the US “will maintain its membership in and commitment to UNESCO.”

But Washington could lose its vote in the agency if it fails to pay dues for two years, she noted. She also expressed concern that Monday’s vote could herald a “cascade” of similar votes in other UN specialized agencies that would require Washington to cut funding to them.

Despite heavy lobbying by US diplomats, 107 nations voted in favor of Palestinian membership, while only 14 countries opposed it. Fifty-two countries abstained, while 21 states were absent. Admission as a new member requires a two-thirds majority vote by UNESCO’s General Conference.

Voting against Palestinian membership with the US and Israel were Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Panama and a handful of South Pacific island-nations.

The European Union, which has proved unable to unite around a common Middle East policy, was deeply split. In addition to those EU members voting against, Britain, Denmark, Portugal, and half a dozen Central European countries abstained, whereas Belgium, France, Spain, Finland, Austria, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland voted for the resolution.

Both China and Russia, two of the five permanent Security Council members, also voted in favor, as did the rest of the so-called “BRICS” — Brazil, India and South Africa — all the members of the Arab League, and several other emerging powers, notably Indonesia, Turkey and Nigeria.

Perks of UN membership

The vote follows last month’s formal application by Abbas, acting as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which represents Palestine diplomatically, to the UN Security Council for statehood status. The US has threatened to veto the application, which is currently under study by UN technical experts, if and when it comes to a vote.

The US currently funds about 22 percent of UNESCO’s budget, or about $80 million per year. Withdrawing any portion of that amount could seriously affect the agency’s many operations.

Moreover, membership in UNESCO normally translates into automatic membership in several other UN agencies, including the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as a result of reciprocity agreements between them.

Indeed, senior State Department officials and the US Patent and Trademark Office met with representatives of several leading US companies and business associations Monday to discuss the possible implications for their relations with WIPO, whose work forms much of the legal basis for protecting intellectual property rights around the world.

“In the last year alone, dozens of major American companies brought cases before WIPO — the American Automobile Association, Apple, The North Face, Costco and Facebook, to name just a few,” noted former senator Timothy Wirth, president of the UN Foundation in Washington.

“If Palestine joins WIPO, the United States will have to pull out, limiting its ability to steer policies in ways that advance American economic interests and create jobs here at home.”

Given the margin of Monday’s vote, moreover, it looks almost certain that the Palestinians will be admitted to other specialized agencies, including some, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that are important for US national security, according to Wirth and other analysts.

The IAEA, among other things, carries out inspections of nuclear facilities in Iran, North Korea and other signatories of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Widespread possible repercussions

“Should the United States stop paying membership dues to the IAEA — which it could be forced to do under current legislation if Palestine is admitted as a member — the United States would give up our vote on the executive board,” Wirth wrote in a column published Monday by The Huffington Post (“Let US lead”). “It would literally lose a seat at the table during the next nuclear crisis.”

“As long as these laws remain on the books, Congress is setting the stage for America’s waning influence over international affairs,” wrote Wirth, who called for businesses and non-governmental organizations to “take a stand and urge Congress to give the President the flexible authority needed [to] protect our national security and economic interests.”

But as Washington enters a presidential election year, the chances of the current congress, particularly its Republican House of Representatives, amending the legislation are “low to non-existent,” according to Lara Friedman, director of policy and government relations at Americans for Peace Now (APN), a Zionist peace group.

“Given what appears to be an overwhelming view in Congress that the Palestinian effort to gain legitimacy at the UN is tantamount to a new form of terrorism against Israel, it seems like that if [the current law] didn’t already exist, the 112th Congress would invent it.”

Indeed, the House Foreign Affairs Chair, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has introduced her own legislation that would not only ban US funding to any UN agency that grants statehood status to Palestine, but also eliminate all funding for the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, if Abbas continues seeking statehood status.

“Today’s reckless action by UNESCO is anti-Israel and anti-peace,” she said Monday, referring to the Palestinian bid as a “dangerous scheme to bypass negotiations with Israel.”

But APN said Monday’s vote should be “a wake-up call to Israel, the Obama administration, and the US Congress.”

“The status quo — in which Israel continues to pursue policies that are anathema to the two-state solution and in which the Obama administration is unable or unwilling to exercise convincing leadership to restore credibility to its peace policy — will lead only to further isolation and marginalization of both Israel and the United States in the international community,” the group warned.

(electronicintifada.net / 01.11.2011)

Maire Leadbeater reflects on West Papua’s ‘Arab Spring’

Indonesian forcesIndonesian security forces staking out the Third Papuan People’s Congress in Jayapura earlier this month. Photo: West Papua Media

By Maire Leadbeater

It was not in the headlines, but our neighbourhood has had its own ‘Arab Spring’. The Melanesian people of Indonesian-controlled West Papua, have shown the same determination to pursue non-violent struggle as their counterparts in Egypt and Syria.

A 5000-strong Third Papuan People’s Congress took place over three days in a Jayapura field ringed with menacing armoured riot control vehicles and heavily armed police and soldiers. It was led by Forkorus Yaboisembut, chair of the Papuan Customary Council, who is highlighted on the Indonesian military’s leaked watch list of dangerous “separatists”.

As the Congress came to an end on October 19, Forkorus read a Declaration of Independence first penned in 1961, prior to the Indonesian take-over of the territory.

He then announced that he had been elected to be the “President” of the “Democratic Republic of West Papua”.

As the gathering began to disperse, the military began firing from their assault weapons and launched themselves on the crowd, arresting and beating some 300 people. Forkorus was forcibly arrested along with his “Prime Minister” Edison Waromi and they and three others now face charges of treason.

Dozens were injured, many with gunshot wounds, and up to six people were killed. The first death to be confirmed was that of a law student Daniel Kadepa who was shot in the head as he tried to flee.

Many terrified delegates tried to seek refuge in the nearby Catholic Seminary. Fr Neles Tebay, a prominent advocate for peaceful dialogue, has supplied a detailed account of the violent disruption and brutality displayed as the soldiers invaded the sacrosanct mission complex.

Terrified students
Terrified students were tear-gassed and threatened at gunpoint while one Franciscan brother was taken into custody despite the serious injuries he sustained in the attack.

A menacing security force presence is also ongoing in the remote Timika region, location of Freeport McMoRan mine, where an American multinational makes vast profits from the largest recoverable reserves of gold and copper in the world. About 8000 workers have been on strike since September seeking to lift their wages from the current hourly rate of around NZ $1.80 to $3.60 to parity with the wages paid to Freeport’s workers in other parts of the world.

Petrus Ayamiseba, one of the striking workers, was shot dead by the Indonesian police on October 10, provoking Papuan outrage and an unprecedented level of international union solidarity for the Freeport workers. Since then at least three others have been killed in the area by unknown assailants.

Rather than conciliation, the mine management has resorted to hiring contract workers as scabs.

Freeport McMoRan has had a dream run for more than 40 years. The first contract negotiated with President Suharto gave the mining company virtually free rein as well as generous tax concessions. This was in 1967 when Indonesia did not even have formal control over the territory.

In 1969, Indonesia pulled off a self-determination fraud by conducting a so called “Act of Free Choice” ( known as the “Act of No Choice” to the indigenous Papuans). Just over a thousand Papuan men took part out of a population at the time of nearly one million.

The Freeport mine has always been synonymous with violence and grave human rights abuses, as well as environmental destruction and the abuse of customary land rights. Amungme and Kamoro tribal people have had little recourse but to watch as the mine took over their lands and “decapitated” their sacred mountain.

Gunned down
In the last few years, especially since some Western mine employees were gunned down on the mine access road, the company has come under international scrutiny. However, the Jakarta government is in no hurry to interrupt the flow of taxes, dividends and royalties from Freeport, its biggest taxpayer.

There is an ongoing controversy around the way in which Freeport pays out millions of dollars so that Indonesian military and police forces can provide its security. Direct payments to individual police officers were supposed to have stopped, but the National Police Chief Timur Pradopo revealed in October that these payments of “lunch money” continue.

The security forces have a direct stake in a level of ongoing insecurity, a factor many believe underlies much of the violence in the area.

Following recent events, Indonesia has sent in yet more police and tried to justify the scandalous actions of its security forces as necessary to deal with “separatism”.

Why has New Zealand made no public statement condemning this latest crackdown? Our Government Superannuation fund and other Crown Financial Institutes invest in Freeport McMoRan.

Both government and the Superannuation Fund Board have so far resisted all calls to follow the ethical example of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund which divested from Freeport in 2006.

The New Zealand Minister of Defence recently talked about increasing our defence ties with Indonesia by extending the training we currently offer to Indonesian officers and hosting some “higher level” visits of Indonesian personnel. We also have an NZAID training programme for the mainly migrant West Papua police.

We promote “community policing”, a non-confrontational model that is about as far from current Papuan police practice as it is possible to imagine.

The buzz word is “engagement” – if we talk nicely, the military and police will learn not to open fire on unarmed civilians and Freeport will improve its human rights and environmental standards. Instead we should go with the tide of history, and start listening to West Papuan leaders who want us to support their call for peaceful dialogue

Maire Leadbeater is spokesperson for the Indonesia Human Rights Committee. This article was first published on the New Zealand Herald Online.

(westpapuamedia.info / 01.11.2011)

Overnight airstrike brings Gaza deaths to 12

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two militants were killed overnight Sunday as Israeli forces targeted the Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll in the coastal enclave to 12 since Saturday.

Palestinian medical sources identified the victims as Yousif Rawhi Mahmoud Abu Abdu and Ali Abdullah al-Aqad, both from Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

They were transferred to the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

The Al-Ansar brigades, a military wing of the Al-Ahrar movement, said in a statement that the victims were fighters in the group. They vowed to retaliate for the deaths.

The Israeli army released a statement just after midnight Sunday confirming a direct hit on the Gaza Strip. It said the strikes targeted a militant group that had fired projectiles at Israel.

There have been no new reports of violence since the overnight airstrike, with an Egyptian-brokered truce seemingly holding.

A spokesman of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing said on Monday the Al-Quds Brigades would abide by the truce as long as Israel did, warning of an immediate and harsh response if Israel escalated hostilities.

An Al-Ansar brigades spokesman said the group “respects the national consensus, but will respond” to Sunday’s deadly airstrikes.

A truce secured through Egyptian mediation early on Sunday failed to end cross border violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, as projectiles were fired from Gaza and Israel launched an airstrike in the afternoon, killing a DFLP fighter.

Late Sunday, Israel’s Channel 10 cited an Egyptian official saying a new truce would come into effect from 10 p.m.

In the worst day of fighting since August, Israeli airstrikes on Saturday killed nine Al-Quds Brigades fighters in Gaza, and militants fired a volley of rockets and mortars into southern Israel, killing one Israeli in Ashkelon.

The flareup marks the bloodiest weekend since Israel bombarded the coastal enclave in August, after blaming a militant group for an attack in Israel which killed eight people. The exchange of fire killed 27 Palestinians and an Israeli.

(www.maannews.net / 01.11.2011)

the nasty game to hijack Egypt’s Revolution

the nasty game to hijack Egypt’s Revolution
Today the 1.November2011, nearly 9 Month since Mubarak resignation, and the situation is worse in all
this is my opinion why
-.the Demonstrators have trusted the Military Council for a certain period. Although they only protect Mubarak´s regime and the USA interests
-.to accept the Constitution even if reformed, means there was No revolution
Wake up True Egyptian before its too late, look to Spain, USA, and England they are inspired by the Egyptian revolution.
the only goal of the revolution was to get off Mubarak, so do it to the end, and get free.
Get United and go back on the streets to protest, every one there is no excuse for not joining, not even a religious.
who dont join Protests or enter the policy under the Military Council, and the old Constitution is a traitor

لعبة سيئة لاختطاف الثورة في مصر
ما يقرب من 9 شهر منذ استقالة مبارك ، والوضع يزداد سوءا في
هذا هو السبب في رأيي
الثقة العمياء في المجلس العسكري  حتي لو لفترة معينة. على الرغم من أنها تحمي فقط نظام مبارك ومصالح الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية
قبول الدستور حتي بعد العديل، يعني لم يكن هناك ثورة
استيقظ يا مصري قبل فوات الاوان، ونتطلع إلى اسبانيا والولايات المتحدة وانكلترا هي مستوحاة من قبل الثورة المصرية.
الهدف الوحيد للثورة الذي تم تحقيقه هو عزل مبارك، اكملوا الثورة حتى النهاية، للحصول علي مطالبها.
اتحدوا و ارجعوا في الشوارع للاحتجاج،  ليس هناك عذر لعدم الانضمام، ولا حتى ديني.
ن لا ينضم للاحتجاجات أو يتدخل بالسياسة في ظل المجلس العسكري، فهو خائن للثورة

(gazaconvoy.wordpress.com / 01.11.2011)

Palestine today 01.11.2011

Launch of dozens of flares over the Beit Hanoun. House bombed which caused it to burn, No injuries – safa #PRAY4Gaza #Gaza #HRW #Palestine

ok, this is the 4th explosion(not too loud ones) in 20 minutes in #BeitHanoun , north #Gaza#israel #Palestine

#UNESCO funding cut over #Palestine vote may harm US economy, not to mention isolate US and Israel diplomatically

Electrocution death of a child in Rafah Mohammed Jihad al-Akhras (10 years) was killed Tuesday evening after…

#Canada cuts funding for #UNESCO

Thousands of UN schools staff strike for third time in Gaza Strip – The National

?RT @STRATFOR: Palestinian official says Israeli military op in #Gaza would expand to West Bank to punish PNA for seeking full UN membership

:\  RT: @RichardDufek: #Israel has reportedly ordered its military to prepare for a ground operation in #Gaza.

IOA services demolition notices to five families in Silwan –

‘IDF has green light to stop Gaza rockets’ incl ground operation: (YNet) http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4142646,00.html #Palestine

Netanyahu’s office said construction of 2,000 housing units planned in East Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, and Ma’aleh Adumim should be expedited.

GAZA TWEEPS !! Any1 confirm ? safa reporting heavy fire from the east of #Rafah and Sufa gate east of #KhanYounis

RT @danmike1: #URGENT *heavy fire from the east of Rafah and Sufa gate east of Khan Younis via safa !! #Pray4gaza #Gaza #Palestine @AJSTREAM

GOP candidate’s email says Islam is ‘not a religion’

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In an email, Scott Barrish wrote, “Islam is NOT a religion, but rather a theocracy.”
TAMPA — Scott Barrish, a Republican candidate for Hillsborough clerk of circuit court, has stirred up a fuss with an email to an Islamic group saying Islam is not a religion but an anti-American, totalitarian ideology “littered with human rights violations.”Barrish signed his email as a member of the Hillsborough County Republican Party executive committee, prompting a rebuke from county party Chairman Debbie Cox-Roush.

“He was absolutely in error using his title as a member of our committee – he does not speak on behalf of the Republican Party or Republicans across Hillsborough, and I have told him that,” Cox-Roush said today, after a conversation with Barrish.

Cox-Roush said she expects no further party action on the matter.

Barrish sent his email to Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.

He was responding to a Tampa Tribune opinion piece by Shibly that criticized the Hernando County Republican Party for hosting U.S. Rep. Allen West and Senate candidate Adam Hasner, who have voiced anti-Islamic opinions.

In an email to Shibly headed, “Dear Hizballah Apologist,” a reference to a Middle Eastern terrorist group, Barrish wrote, “I have done my research and can see right through your feeble attempts at promoting Islam as a religion of peace and under persecution by non-believers.”

“Your tactics are exposed. Islam is NOT a religion, but rather a theocracy. … It seeks complete domination; to say otherwise is a complete and utter lie. It is totalitarian and littered with human rights violations. … This is us vs. you.”

The email was signed, “Scott D. Barrish, BSW, Executive Committee Member, Hillsborough County Republican Party,” and included a note saying government email communications are subject to Florida’s open government laws.

“BSW” stands for bachelor of social work. Barrish said the open government disclaimer is because he sits on two local government advisory boards.

The party’s county executive committee is an entry-level post for party activists, including positions for two or more representatives from each voting precinct.

Its members don’t speak for the party unless they’re authorized by the full committee or other party governing board, said Cox-Roush, who has resigned as county chairman but holds the post until Nov. 15.

In an interview, Barrish said he responded to Shibly’s criticism of the Hernando party group on his own initiative because others who share his views “aren’t as courageous and comfortable in talking about a very sensitive discourse” as he is.

“Am I opposed to Islam? Absolutely!” He wrote in an email.

Barrish equated Islam to communism, and said the U.S. should take the same approach to Islam it did during the Cold War. He said because it is not a religion, it doesn’t deserve the protection of constitutional freedom of religion, but didn’t advocate banning it because, “You can try to ban something, it will never go away.”

“Are there good Muslims out there? Yes but they’re considered second-class in Islam,” he said.

Barrish, a private security guard from Valrico, filed last month to run for clerk of circuit court. He ran for the school board in 2010, but withdrew because of illness, he said.

CAIR is a national organization which says its mission is to promote understanding of Islam in America and protect civil liberties of American Muslims.

Government investigators have accused the group in the past of ties to Hamas, but CAIR says it opposes terrorism.

(www2.tbo.com / 01.11.2011)

Israel to expedite settlement construction in response to Palestinian UNESCO membership

Netanyahu and top ministers decide to impose sanctions on Palestinian Authority after it was accepted to UN cultural body; 2,000 housing units to be built in major West Bank settlements, transfer of tax money to PA halted.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his forum of eight senior ministers decided Tuesday to initiate a new wave of settlement construction in the West Bank, as part of a wider set of sanctions Israel is planning to impose on the Palestinian Authority after it was accepted to UNESCO as a member on Monday.

Netanyahu’s office instructed Tuesday that the construction of 2,000 housing units planned in East Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, and Ma’aleh Adumim should be expedited.

A Palestinian working at a construction site in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, near Jerusalem, March, 13, 2011.


“All of the mentioned areas are ones that would remain in Israeli control under any future peace agreement,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

The eight ministers also decided to suspend the transfer of tax money which Israel has collected for the Palestinian Authority in October. The money, which amounts to more than NIS 300 million, was supposed to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority before the Eid al-Adha holiday, when the money is used to pay the salaries of policemen and clerks of the Palestinian Authority.

During Tuesday’s discussion, an argument erupted between Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Defense Minister Ehud Barak about whether to permanently halt the transfer of tax money to the PA. Barak maintained that halting the tax money transfer will jeopardize the future of the security coordination with the Palestinians in the West Bank, while Steinitz supported the move.

Moreover, the eight ministers also decided not to allow UNESCO missions into Israel, and to examine the possibility of revoking the VIP status of senior Palestinian officials which allows them to pass through checkpoints.

On Monday, UNESCO accepted the Palestinian Authority as a full member of the organization.

In response, the U.S. decided to cut off funding to the UN cultural body. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday that since the vote triggered a long-standing congressional restriction on funding to UN bodies that recognize Palestine as a state before an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is reached.

Following the vote on Palestinian membership, Israel also warned it will now reconsider its cooperation with UNESCO.

UNESCO is the first UN agency that the Palestinians sought to join as a full member since Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas applied for full membership of the United Nations on Sept. 23.

The motion to admit the Palestinians was passed at a UNESCO meeting in Paris, with 107 votes in favor, 14 against and 52 abstentions.

The United States, Canada and Germany voted against Palestinian membership. Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France voted in favor. Britain abstained.

(www.haaretz.com / 01.11.2011)

Dissident met toestemming

De kogel door de kerk is zo’n een geweldsvolle uitdrukking en in feite in er vandaag nog niets beslist, want Mauro weet nog steeds niet waar hij aan toe is.

In de wandelgangen van een CDA Congres kan je stoer doen en je als dissident voor de camera weg laten zetten, maar als puntje bij paaltje komt (lees: G. Wilders bij het CDA) worden de christelijke rijen weer gesloten, voor het grote belang. De vraag mag u hierbij stellen: wat is dit belang?

De laatste uren is in menig huiskamer gevraagd: “Hoe humaan is een christelijke partij”?  en velen onder u zijn weer afgeknapt op de uitslag van het debat vandaag .

Op het CDA-congres van zaterdag 29 oktober jl. werd bijna unaniem (natuurlijk toen het bestuur groen licht gaf) besloten dat er een humaan asielbeleid moet komen. Het probleem (m.n. voor Mauro) zit hem in de laatste twee woorden, nl.moet komen. Op de lagere school  heeft iedereen kunnen leren, dat ‘moet komen’ spreekt over iets wat in de toekomst ligt en dus NU nog niet bestaat. M.a.w. dit geldt niet voor Mauro; en het gesol, handel met  de mens Mauro, gaat gewoon door.

De fractie van het CDA komt op dinsdag 1 november wederom unaniem en zeer opgelucht melden (lijkt wel communistisch of dictatoriaal) dat Mauro in aanmerking kon komen voor een studievisum.  Echt een humaan doekje voor het bloeden, het lijden gewoon een jaar rekken. Bah, wat een misselijkmakende oplossing.  Echter, de motie voor het studievisum vanuit de oppositie is nog niet ingediend. Daarnaast heeft Mauro geen trek in een studievisum en trouwens na de studie, moet hij toch terug naar Angola. Na eenpositief resultaat voor zijn studie, moet hij terug, bij een negatief resultaat moet hij ook weg.

Wat hebben de uitspraken van de dissidenten nu toch in feite uitgehaald? Niets, helemaal niets, behalve dat de rijen van het humane, christelijke CDA weer gesloten zijn.

Is het CDA wel zo christelijk, weten de fractieleden en leden van deze partij waar de C voorstaat? Misschien hebben ze de Bijbel gezien en gelezen, maar hebben ze ook gehoord van de zeven werken van barmhartigheid (Uit het Evangelie van Mattheus 25):  de hongerigen te eten geven,  de dorstigen te drinken geven, vreemdelingen onderdak bieden, de naakten kleden,  de zieken bezoeken,  gevangenen bezoeken en de doden begraven? In Mattheus 25:35 staat de tekst te lezen:

“35 Want Ik ben hongerig geweest, en gij hebt Mij te eten gegeven; Ik ben dorstig geweest, en gij hebt Mij te drinken gegeven; Ik was een vreemdeling, en gij hebt Mij geherbergd.

36 Ik was naakt, en gij hebt Mij gekleed; Ik ben krank geweest, en gij hebt Mij bezocht; Ik was in de gevangenis, en gij zijt tot Mij gekomen.”

In het kader van de asielaanvragers en specifiek Mauro is de tekst over de vreemdeling van belang; dit is gebeurd maar na 10 jaar is het gevoel voor ‘deze vreemdeling’ (die vernederlandst is) toch anders geworden. Dissident of niet, het CDA kwaakt wat in het rond, maar ze mag alleen maar kwaken als moederkloek G. Wilders maar het laatste kwaak eh … woord heeft.  Men mag zich dissident noemen binnen het CDA,maar na twee keren voor de camera gesproken te hebben dat een dissident een andere mening heeft, moet hij weer terug in het humane, christelijke CDA-doosje. Betekent humaan beleid tegenwoordig dat men moet kiezen tussen mensen die het nodig hebben en de PVV?

@ KhamakarPress

Kamer wijst verblijfsvergunning Mauro af – ‘Niet naar Angola voor aanvraag studievisum’

Mauro voor de NOS-camera.

De Tweede Kamer heeft definitief tegen een verblijfsvergunning voor Mauro gestemd. Dat gebeurde tijdens een hoofdelijke stemming over de vorige week aangehouden moties over de uitzetting van de 18-jarige asielzoeker Mauro Manuel.

De CDA-fractie, inclusief Ferrier en Koppejan, stemde tegen beide door de oppositie ingediende moties. Ook SGP stemde tegen de moties. “Wij hebben de overtuiging dat het niet goed is dat Kamer op de stoel van de rechter en minister gaat zitten,” aldus Van der Staaij in een stemverklaring.

In één motie werd minister Gerd Leers (Immigratie en Asiel) opgeroepen om zijn discretionaire bevoegdheid te gebruiken. De andere motie riep op voor een algemenere regeling voor Mauro en soortgelijke gevallen. Beide moties werden met 78 tegen 72 stemmen verworpen.

‘Mauro mag aanvraag studievisum in Nederland doen’

De optie die voor Mauro overblijft is de aanvraag van een studievisum. Een motie die stelt dat Mauro een studievisum in Nederland mag aanvragen, en daarvoor niet eerst terug moet naar Angola, werd door D66 en GroenLinks niet in stemming gebracht.

Volgens onze politiek redacteur Derk Stokmans heeft de CDA-fractie naar alle waarschijnlijkheid vanmiddag wel met minister Leers afgesproken dat Mauro die aanvraag in Nederland mag doen. Stokmans:

“Vorige week zei Leers ook dat het Mauro vrij stond om, zoals iedereen, een studievisum aan te vragen. Het verschil met vorige week is dat Leers nu waarschijnlijk zal toestaan dat Mauro de aanvraag in Nederland mag doen en hier mag afwachten. Het CDA zal dat hebben geregeld met Leers. Er is voor Mauro dus wel wat veranderd. Officieel is dat nog niet. Mauro zal nu eerst een visumaanvraag moeten doen, pas dan gaat alles in werking.”

Een definitieve oplossing is het niet. Stokmans:

“Het studievisum is geldig zolang de studie duurt. In het geval van Mauro nog één jaar in de huidige studie. Er is dus vooral tijd gewonnen.”

Wilders: niet voor herhaling vatbaar

Volgens PVV-leider Geert Wilders is de manier waarop het CDA is omgegaan met de kwestie ‘niet voor herhaling vatbaar’. Dat zei Wilders na afloop van een overleg met CDA-fractieleider Sybrand van Haersma Buma en fractievoorzitter Stef Blok van de VVD.

Ook Blok was niet tevreden met de opstelling van het CDA. “Het is een andere oplossing dan wij zouden kiezen”, zei hij. Om eraan toe te voegen dat met het CDA ‘gelukkig’ nog goed kan worden samengewerkt.

(www.nrc.nl / 01.11.2011)