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UN Human Rights Council Bans Testimony Critical of Itself

Posted by iusbvision on March 31, 2007

Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, gave the speech below to the UN Human Rights Council on March 23. The result was having his comments stricken from the record and an announcement that future criticism will also be stricken. Since traditional Americans hate the idea of censorship of political viewpoint I am publishing the text of Mr Neuer’s speech below and the response of the President of the Human Rights Council. It is a stark reminder that there are a great many around us that believe that the idea of freedom of political speech holds no value. The video of the exchange can be scene here: http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1313923&ct=3698367 .

Mr. President,

Six decades ago, in the aftermath of the Nazi horrors, Eleanor Roosevelt, Réné Cassin and other eminent figures gathered here, on the banks of Lake Geneva, to reaffirm the principle of human dignity.  They created the Commission on Human Rights.  Today, we ask:  What has become of their noble dream?

In this session we see the answer.  Faced with compelling reports from around the world of torture, persecution, and violence against women, what has the Council pronounced, and what has it decided? Nothing!  Its response has been silence.  Its response has been indifference.  Its response has been criminal.

One might say, in Harry Truman’s words, that this has become a Do-Nothing, Good-for-Nothing Council. But that would be inaccurate.  This Council has, after all, done something. It has enacted one resolution after another condemning one single state:  Israel.  In eight pronouncements, and there will be three more this session, Hamas and Hezbollah have been granted impunity.  The entire rest of the world, millions upon millions of victims in 191 countries continue to go ignored.

So yes, this Council is doing something.  And the Middle East dictators who orchestrate this campaign will tell you it is a very good thing. That they seek to protect human rights, Palestinian rights. So too, the racist murderers and rapists of Darfur women tell us they care about the rights of Palestinian women; the occupiers of Tibet care about the occupied; and the butchers of Muslims in Chechnya care about Muslims.

But do these self-proclaimed defenders truly care about Palestinian rights?

Let us consider the past few months. More than 130 Palestinians were killed by Palestinian forces.  This is three times the combined total that were the pretext for calling special sessions in July and November.  Yet the champions of Palestinian rights—Ahmadinejad, Assad, Khaddafi, John Dugard—they say nothing.  Little 3-year-old boy Salam Balousha and his two brothers were murdered in their car by Prime Minister Haniyeh’s troops.  Why has this Council chosen silence?

Because Israel could not be blamed.  Because, in truth, the dictators who run this Council couldn’t care less about Palestinians, or about any human rights; they seek to demonize Israeli democracy, to delegitimize the Jewish state, to scapegoat the Jewish people.  They also seek something else:  to distort and pervert the very language and idea of human rights.

You ask:  What has become of the founders’ dream?  With terrible lies and moral inversion, it is being turned into a nightmare.

Thank you, Mr. President.

Response by U.N. Human Rights Council President Luis Alfonso De Alba:

For the first time in this session I will not express thanks for that statement.  I shall point out to the distinguished representative of the organization that just spoke, the distinguished representative of United Nations Watch, if you’d kindly listen to me.  I am sorry that I’m not in a position to thank you for your statement.  I should mention that I will not tolerate any similar statements in the Council.  The way in which members of this Council were referred to, and indeed the way in which the council itself was referred to, all of this is inadmissible. In the memory of the persons that you referred to, founders of the Human Rights Commission, and for the good of human rights, I would urge you in any future statements to observe some minimum proper conduct and language. Otherwise, any statement you make in similar tones to those used today will be taken out of the records.

Chuck Norton

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Parental and Societal Responsibilities for Teenagers

Posted by iusbvision on March 31, 2007

Recently in Elkhart two 15 year olds, a 16 year old and an 18 year old were arrested for being apparently responsible for two local bank robberies.  According to WNDU four boys between the ages of 15 to 17 were also suspected of the March 15th armed bank robbery as well. This instance of teenage crime and others like it bring up the important question of both parental and societal responsibilities for teenagers.

It is understandable there will be instances where teenagers will get themselves in trouble with minor pranks and offenses. However, a bank robbery reveals a group of teenager’s ability to both plan and execute a mature felony.   This is quite different from throwing toilet paper on the neighbor’s trees. It is clear both society and parenting have failed these kids.

It is common for the first blame to go to the parents, of which we have no idea if this is actually the case. It is safe to assume monitoring of these kids was not done regularly, as they had the ability to execute such a task.   What it is not safe to assume is the reasoning for poor monitoring. There has been a drastic increase over the past decade in single parents which can drastically hinder one’s ability to watch their children as much as they would like too. This can result in a lack of accountability and discipline.

Society can not be expected to be “the parent” when it comes to dealing with teenagers. They can respond to poor decision making by sending them to a juvenile center and trying to teach them right from wrong. Ultimately, however, without a re-enforcement of these principles at the home most teens will not embrace the foundation that so many of them need today. As a person who left his teen years behind only three years ago, I now realize the importance of an ethical foundation for the everyday business and academic decisions. Without someone who held me accountable for my actions and taught me to understand the differences between the good and bad decisions, life would have been much more difficult.

Teenagers will always make poor decisions because it is part of the learning experience. This is why it is important for an adult to be hovering over their shoulder to point out when these poor decisions have been made. This may seem like pestering, and most teenagers will get annoyed. In fact, doing this will keep one from being the “cool parent”.  However, what is more important? That your kid thinks you are “cool” or that your kid is raised to understand that you do not approve of their poor decisions? Approving of irresponsible behaviors only gives teens a false impression of reality. This impression is that society and people will accept their poor decisions without confronting them on it, but this is simply not the case.

I may not be a parent, but I was just recently a teenager.  My parents didn’t approve of poor decisions I had made when I was younger, and it wasn’t until I got older that I truly understood why. Don’t be afraid to teach them about reality, it may make you unpopular, but if they learn the truth, it will eventually make you respected.

Craig Chamberlin

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The Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn

Posted by iusbvision on March 31, 2007

Sex-packed porn films featuring freshly-dyed blondes whose evocative eyes say “I want you” is quite possibly one of the greatest deceptions of all time. Trust me, I know. I did it all the time and I did it for the lust of power and the love of money. I never liked sex. I never wanted sex and in fact I was more apt to spend time with Jack Daniels than some of the studs I was paid to “fake it” with. That’s right none of us freshly-dyed blondes like doing porn. In fact, we hate it. We hate being touched by strangers who care nothing about us. We hate being degraded with their foul smells and sweaty bodies. Some women hate it so much you can hear them vomiting in the bathroom between scenes. Others can be found outside smoking an endless chain of Marlboro lights.

But the porn industry wants YOU to think we porn actresses love sex. They want you to think we enjoy being degraded by all kinds of repulsive acts. The truth, porn actresses have showed up on the set not knowing about certain requirements and were told by porn producers to do it or leave without being paid. Work or never work again. Yes, we made the choice. Some of us needed the money. But we were manipulated and coerced and even threatened. Some of us caught HIV from that coercion. I personally caught Herpes, a non-curable sexually transmitted disease. Another porn actress went home after a long night of numbing her pain and put a pistol to her head and pulled the trigger. Now she’s dead.

It’s safe to say most women who turn to porn acting as a money-making enterprise, probably didn’t grow up in healthy childhoods either. Indeed, many actresses admit they’ve experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse and neglect by parents. Some were raped by relatives and molested by neighbors. When we were little girls we wanted to play with dollies and be mommies, not have big scary men get on top of us. So we were taught at a young age that sex made us valuable. The same horrible violations we experienced then, we relive through as we perform our tricks for you in front of the camera. And we hate every minute of it. We’re traumatized little girls living on anti-depressants, drugs and alcohol acting out our pain in front of YOU who continue to abuse us.

As we continue to traumatize ourselves by making more adult films, we use more and more drugs and alcohol. We live in constant fear of catching AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. Every time there’s an HIV scare we race to the nearest clinic for an emergency checkup. Pornographers insist giving viewers the fantasy sex they demand all the while sacrificing the very ones who make it happen. In other words, no condoms allowed. Herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and other diseases are the normal anxieties we walk around with daily. We get tested monthly but we know testing isn’t prevention. Besides worrying about catching diseases from porn sex, there are other harmful activities we engage in that are also very dangerous. Some of us have had physical tearing and damage to internal body parts.

When porn actresses call it a day and head home we attempt to have normal healthy relationships but some of our boyfriends get jealous and physically abuse us. So instead we marry our porn directors while others of us prefer lesbian relationships. It’s a real memory making moment when our daughter accidentally walks out and sees mommy kissing another girl. My daughter will vouch for that one.

On our days off we walk around like zombies with a beer in one hand and a
shot of whiskey in the other. We aren’t up to cleaning so we live in filth most of the time or we hire a sweet foreign lady to come in and clean up our mess. Porn Actresses aren’t the best cooks either. Ordering food in is normal for us and most of the time we throw up after we eat because we’re bulimic.

For porn actresses who have children, we are the world’s WORST mothers. We
yell and scream and hit our kids for no reason. Most of the time we are intoxicated or high and our four year olds are the ones picking us up off the floor. When clients come over for sex, we lock our children in their rooms and tell them to be quiet. I use to give my  daughter a beeper and tell her to wait at the park until I was finished.

The truth is there IS NO fantasy in porn. It’s all a lie. A closer look into the scenes of a porn star’s life will show you a movie porn doesn’t want you to see. The real truth is we porn actresses want to end the shame and trauma of our lives but we can’t do it alone. We need you men to fight for our freedom and give us back our honor. We need you to hold us in your strong arms while we sob tears over our deep wounds and begin to heal. We want you throw out our movies and help piece together the shattered fragments of our lives. We need you to pray for us the next fifteen years so God will hear and repair our ruined lives.

So don’t believe the lie anymore. Porn is nothing more than fake sex and lies on videotape. Trust me, I know.

Shelley Lubben
Former Porn Actress

Article printed with permission

See more of her story at www.shelleylubben.com

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From the Vice – President’s Pen

Posted by iusbvision on March 31, 2007

Most students are aware that the SGA is the voice of the student body to the administration; however, a unique authority that we also maintain is the appropriation of the Student Activity Fee (SAF) budget.  The SAF funds the operation of the SAC, athletics (both basketball teams, Intramurals, and Club Sports), student life (Titan Productions, Student Government Association, & Office of Student Life) publications (Preface, New Views on Gender, Undergraduate Research Journal, & Analecta), health services (the Health and Wellness Center & Counseling Center), the Child Development Center, and the Arts Department (for student ticket costs).  The Budget Committee presented their recommendation to the SGA at the March 23, 2007 meeting.  After discussion, the SGA passed the budget 10-2 (“no” votes due to absences).  From this point, the budget will be passed on to Vice Chancellor Caul and Chancellor Reck for approval.  Several changes have been made this year to the budget and the student body should be aware of the reasoning behind them.

–  The SGA maintained the same level of appropriation as last year’s budget of $670,000.  We worked hard to develop a fair budget that would not be detrimental to any organization receiving funding, yet would reflect the level at which we felt the recipients could operate.  The two largest portions of the budget went to the Student Activity Center and Athletics (Men’s and Women’s basketball teams), respectively receiving $165,500 and $181,000.  These were slight cuts of 0.66% and 0.02%; however, the SGA felt that there were areas from which money could be saved in expenditures.  Club Sports received the same funding as last year at $8,200.  Intramurals were increased 4.17% to $10,000 to help with the rising costs of officials.

– With the potential to run somewhat self-sufficiently, the SGA decided to appropriate $25,000 to the Preface (a 7.74% cut).  All three student journals (URJ, NVG, and Analecta) were appropriated $4,500 each, for a total of $13,500.  This was over a 48% increase from last year’s $9117.  Last year, the URJ was not published, but this year, the goal is to print all three journals.

– The Child Development Center had to decrease their size last year by one room after a decrease in their budget appropriation.  They were also unable to maintain a director and have been operating with an interim director this year. The SGA felt that their funding must be increased to allow for operation within reasonable expectations.  We appropriated them $50,000, an increase of $5,000 from last year.

– Titan Productions received $61,300, a decrease of 2.4% from last year’s $62,806.  Much of the Titan Production budget is fluid and has room for a small amount of fluctuation.  The SGA’s own budget underwent several changes.  First, we again took a cut and are operating at $56,000, a 2.61% decrease.  Within the appropriation itself, stipends were cut by $10,900.  The new stipends are reflective of the amount of time SGA members are required to serve office hours (based on Constitutional guidelines).  These changes also allow more money to go to student clubs.  The Office of Student Life was increased slightly to $66,500.

– Counseling Center received $3,000 to pay for informational brochures, an online screening program, and a summer secretary (last year, the Counseling Center received no funding due to non-submission of a funding request).

– The last budget change that the SGA approved is one that we spent many hours debating.  For the last several years, the SGA has appropriated money to the Arts Department to offset the cost of student ticket prices so students could receive events tickets free of charge.  The logic behind this was to help students who had events attendance obligations to fulfill.  Last year, the SGA appropriated $36,482 for this purpose.  However, at the beginning of this year, a vote by the Arts faculty abolished the Events Attendance program and gave the professors back the right to set their own individual events requirements for their classes.  In light of this and with no reformatted Attendance plan formally organized for next year, the SGA was uncomfortable appropriating funding again.  We felt that the money would be much better used to fill the current student healthcare gap that exists.  Therefore, we appropriated $30,000 to the Health and Wellness Center to help with the cost of staffing the Center full-time.  This funding will enable more students to receive healthcare at low-cost rates.

Overall, the budgetary process was very arduous, yet in the end, we feel that we have succeeded in fairly appropriating the Student Activity Funds.  Special thanks should go to Treasurer Ben Peak for his countless hours in organizing the budget process and to the Budget committee members as well for their time invested in this.  If the student has any questions regarding the budget, please feel free to contact any member of the SGA at www.iusb.edu/~stuassoc or in SAC 202.

Joanna Reusser

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Club Showcase: History Club

Posted by iusbvision on March 31, 2007

Have a passion for History, but tired of watching reruns of Modern Marvels on the History Channel? Don’t just flip the channel, just turn off the television and join the History Club in DW3250 on Thursday afternoons.

The History Club strives to make history fun.  Such tactics can be bringing in a guest speaker or showing films with historical significance and applying them to today’s world.  Club members’ main goal is to educate their fellow students.

The History Club also supports other clubs on campus during various events like Winter Aide.  The club also enjoys leisure activities like taking field trips.  Trips in the past include a tour of the Oliver mansion and other historic landmarks.

Many club members are encouraged to get involved in internships and research projects.  Some students working on these are getting ready to present their work at an upcoming conference.  The club offers these individuals full support (and maybe therapy) in achieving their goals.

Another item that makes this club unique is the lack of one club president. Sounds chaotic, but the club has four co-chairs, a secretary, and a treasurer to evenly distribute club issues and minimize stress.

Club meetings are held every Thursday at 4pm in the History Lounge up in DW3250.  Everyone and anyone are welcome to join in.

For more information, just pull up a chair this Thursday at 4pm or email

Anny Gouin at agouin@iusb.edu

Erikki KochKetola at ekochket@iusb.edu

Kristi Dunn at kjdunn@iusb.edu

Stacy Rummel

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Hammes Information Commons Coming

Posted by iusbvision on March 31, 2007

“Students will really be excited about the new reference room,” said IUSB Schurz Library Director Michele Russo. This summer, the library will experience the biggest change in the last twenty years as the reference room will be reconstructed as the Hammes Information Commons.  Russo adds, “More places for group projects, more specialists, and more computers will be available. I promise that the library will become the students’ favorite, comfortable place.”      

In the last twenty years with the advancement of technology, many people no longer use certain books, such as indexes, because these books have been replaced by CDs and online resources.  Instead of keeping dusty collections, the Schurz Library will donate these books to local colleges and libraries and create a better place for students. According to Russo, “their designers will make this an inviting, exciting place to be and where all students can receive and share information.”

Even if some people are unfamiliar with the online resources, reference librarians will always be available to help. In the Hammes Information Commons, not only will the librarians be available, but also IT consultants and media specialists. They will assist all users with basic computer skills, including PowerPoint, Excel and other kinds of software like movie, photo, and music editing. Moreover, there will be enough space and computers for individuals and groups use. The Adaptive Technology Room also will be remodeled as a larger and more convenient study room for students with disabilities.  

The library is changing to become a more friendly space for students. “A coffee bar will be the next project,” said Russo.  Many students will stop by the library, and hopefully it will become the center of social community on campus; however, she added, “We are still knocking on the door, asking for more donations.”

In the new Hammes Information Commons, office furniture costs more than domestic furniture because it has to be durable.  Almost five hundred students use the library every day; therefore, the furniture must be strong, antibacterial, and stain proof. Even though the library has received generous donations and reasonable discounts from companies, the new construction needs a lot of money. Russo said, “Even one dollar would be a great help and more donations will allow extra plans, such as the café in the library.”     

The Hammes Information Commons, which will be opened at the end of August, will provide a new creative place for the students. During the reconstruction, the library will remain open and promises to keep quieter spaces on upper floors.

Naoko Fujimoto

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