Poecilonym – a synonym: a word that means almost the same thing as another; a word with a very similar meaning to another.
How very true:
What people see: community engagement, profit, fun, happy children.
What people don’t see: people & conflict management, persistence, lots of hard work, new friendships and skills, failure and disappointment, sacrificing family time, planning, paperwork & emails, many hours of dedication.
Hat tip: The Fundraising Whisperer
A recruitment video for the New Zealand Police is getting lots of attention.
Let’s hope it achieves its aim of attracting more recruits.
Green MP Golriz Ghahraman worked as a lawyer for the Rwanda tribunals.
That sounds admirable and worthy work doesn’t it?
Would it sound as admirable and worthy if it was clear she was not working for the prosecution to indict those accused of genocide but for the defence to clear them?
Good defence is an integral part of fair justice and that requires defence lawyers. There’s nothing wrong with being one of those.
But it is wrong to hide the fact and give a very strong impression that she was working for the prosecution, as she did elsewhere, not the defence.
Over at Kiwiblog David Farrar writes:
Now I had no idea before reading this article that her work in Rwanda was defending the war criminals, not prosecuting them. I doubt anyone else knew either. Let’s look at what her Green Party CV says:
Her studies at Oxford, and work as a lawyer for the United Nations and in New Zealand, have focused on enforcing human rights and holding governments to account. Golriz has lived and worked in Africa, The Hague and Cambodia putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power, and restoring communities after war and human rights atrocities, particularly empowering women engaged in peace and justice initiatives.
Now 99% of people who read that would think she was working at prosecuting the abusers, not defending them.
Look at this Guardian article from a few weeks ago:
It was in this South Pacific melting pot, says Ghahraman, that she acquired the confidence to study human rights law at Oxford University, and, later, to stand up in court representing the UN in tribunals prosecuting some of the world’s worst war criminals, including perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide.
Now again 99% of people reading this would assume she was prosecuting in Rwanda. But she was actually defending the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide.
Former Labour staffer Phil Quin has actually worked in Rwanda with the survivors of the genocide there. He is highly unimpressed:
Quin has lots of texts including this one:
.@golrizghahraman to be clear, the human rights that preoccupied you were those of some of the worst mass murderers in history. What about the rights of thousands of women with children born of rape; countless orphans; friends that lost entire families; 800,000 dead.
Everyone deserves a defense, but please don’t preen as a human rights advocates when you dedicated a year to keeping these killers from justice. And defense underfunded?? Don’t make me laugh. ICTR spent 500m defending these guys.
The wrong-doing isn’t that Ghahraman defended people accused of genocide.
It’s the selective use of information to give the impression that she worked for the prosecution.
It’s not what she did but the impression she and her party gave of what she did that’s created the controversy.
At the very best this was a lie by omission from the Green Party and MP.
Imagine the uproar from the left if a National or Act MP did work like this, let alone gave an altogether different impression of the work.
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words with out a heart. – John Bunyan who was born on this day in 1628.
1443 – Skanderbeg and his forces liberated Kruja in Middle Albania.
1520 – After navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.
1582 – William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway paid a £40 bond for their marriage licence.
1628 John Bunyan, English cleric and author. was born (d. 1688).
1632 Jean-Baptiste Lully, French composer, was born (d. 1687).
1660 – At Gresham College, 12 men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray decided to found what became the Royal Society.
1757 – William Blake, British poet, was born (d. 1827).
1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell was signed.
1811 – Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, was premiered at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.
1814 – The Times in London was for the first time printed by automatic, steam-powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich KoenigandAndreas Friedrich Bauer, signalling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience.
1820 Friedrich Engels, German philosopher, was born (d. 1895).
1821 – Panama Independence Day: Panama separated from Spain and joined Gran Colombia.
1829 Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer, was born (d. 1894).
1843 – Ka Lā Hui: Hawaiian Independence Day – The Kingdom of Hawaiiwas officially recognised by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.
1862 – American Civil War: In the Battle of Cane Hill, Union troops under General John Blunt defeated General John Marmaduke’s Confederates.
1893 – Women voted in a national election for the first time in the New Zealand general election.
1895 – The first American automobile race took place over the 54 miles from Chicago’s Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea won in approximately 10 hours.
1904 Nancy Mitford, British essayist, was born (d. 1973).
1907 – In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayeropened his first movie theatre.
1910 – Eleftherios Venizelos, leader of the Liberal Party, won the Greek election again.
1912 – Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire.
1914 – World War I: Following a war-induced closure in July, the New York Stock Exchange re-opened for bond trading.
1918 – Bucovina voted for the union with the Kingdom of Romania.
1933 Hope Lange, American actress, was born (d. 2003).
1942 Manolo Blahnik, Spanish shoe designer, was born.
1942 – In Boston a fire in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub killed 491 people.
1960 – Mauritania became independent of France.
1961 Martin Clunes, British actor, was born.
1962 Matt Cameron, American drummer (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam), was born.
1964 – NASA launched the Mariner 4 probe toward Mars.
1972 – Last executions in Paris, of the Clairvaux Mutineers, Roger Bontems and Claude Buffet, guillotined at La Sante Prison.
1975 – East Timor declared its independence from Portugal.
1979 – Flight TE901, an Air New Zealand sightseeing flight over Antarctica,crashed into the lower slopes of Mt Erebus, near Scott Base, killing all 257 passengers and crew on board.
1987 – South African Airways flight 295 crashed into the Indian Ocean, killing all 159 people on-board.
1991 – South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia.
2008 An Air NZ Airbus A320 crashed off the coast of France.
2014 – Gunmen set off three bombs at the central mosque in the northern city of Kano killing at least 120 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia