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Thursday, December 11, 2014

I used to think women were for some other purpose and now I am an idiot who is abnormal

Five British women to be given womb transplants: 'Miracle' UK babies could be born in just three years after breakthrough in Sweden 


  • Five women born without wombs could give birth to own babies by 2017
  • Comes after Swedish boy became first to be born from transplanted womb 
  • Around 60 British couples are now hoping their dreams will come true 
  • At least two couple have already frozen IVF embryos in preparation 
  • Swedish baby boy was delivered by caesarean section last month 
  • Mother was born without uterus but had ovaries which produced eggs 
  • She received a uterus from a 61-year-old family friend and had healthy baby


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2780933/Five-British-women-given-womb-transplants-Miracle-UK-babies-born-just-three-years-breakthrough-Sweden.html#ixzz3LZsHcg8z
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I don't know if you guys want to do this sort of nonsense really.

I-5 briefly shut down as Seattle protest over Ferguson decision turns violent; more marches planned

SEATTLE — A Seattle protest march over the Ferguson decision turned violent Monday night, with marchers throwing rocks, bottles, cans of food, and large fireworks at police officers trying to prevent them from walking on Interstate 5.
Seattle Police reported that 5 people were arrested during the demonstrations. No injuries were reported.
About 200 young people had joined the protest against the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. Among the protesters was the recording artist Macklemore.
And after the I-5 incident, many of the protesters moved to 12th and Pike, where they blocked the street.
The protest march was peaceful for most of the night. But when protesters tried to walk on an on-ramp to I-5 at Madison and 7th in downtown Seattle, police moved in to stop them. Police said protesters lit flares, threw bottles and cans of food, and large fireworks at officers.
Police responded by firing pepper-spray at the protesters and hurling flash bangs at them.
Some, however, made it down an on-ramp toI-5 and essentially shut down the northbound lanes of the interstate for about a half hour. Police moved in and removed the protesters, but many of them started to move toward Seattle’s East Precinct.
Police are investigating several incidents of property damage after vandals reportedly spray painted buildings at 6th Avenue and Pike Street
and 9th Avenue and Madison Street. Vandals also reportedly shattered a bank’s window at Madison and Boylston Avenue.

Isis just exists to make money off of killing people and for no other reason before it.

ISIS Makes Up To $3 Million a Day Selling Oil, Say Analysts


For two weeks, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad have been battling for control of the Shaar gas field, one of Syria's largest, near the landmark city of Palmyra. On July 19, it was reported that the Sunni militant group had killed 270 regime fighters, taking control of the field in what was reportedly one of the conflict's deadliest 48-hour periods to date.
As ISIS steams further into Syria, analysts say a significant portion of its financial resources come from the crude oil it sells on the black market; accordingly, oil fields have become prime targets in the fight. So do gas fields like Shaar, where disruption of lines lead to electricity shortages and power cuts in regime-controlled areas as far as Damascus.
We asked Robin Mills, a Dubai-based energy analyst and author of "The Myth of the Oil Crisis," and Theodore Karasik, research director at Dubai-based think tank INEGMA, to weigh in on why oil fields have become so important to ISIS and how turning them into battlefields could disrupt energy production – as well as the jihadi group's cash flow.
Syria Deeply: What has been happening over the past two weeks?
Robin Mills: The latest fighting is around Shaar, which is a gas field near Palmyra, further west. Reports are that the government has recaptured it, but ISIS says it has withdrawn or destroyed the field. It was a gas field, and there was nothing that ISIS could do with the gas itself unless it continues to sell to the government – [throughout the conflict], they have reportedly had deals with the Assad government, to sell them oil and gas.
Theodore Karasik: It should have been obvious to the Syrian government that energy fields were going to become a source of contention because of their value. These fields were probably under guard, but not in a robust nature that could take overwhelming force from groups like ISIS. They are trying to establish a state, and these types of revenues are important for the state's formation because it makes up a significant chunk of their revenue. They can take over eastern Syria without oil revenue, but seizing these types of fields [like Shaar] are part of an ongoing plan to develop their own economic system.
Syria Deeply: How much does ISIS make from oil?
Karasik: Officials from the Iraqi oil industry have said that ISIS reaps $1 million per day in Iraq in oil profits and that if they get the Syrian fields in [areas where they're advancing], the total would be $100 million per month for both Iraq and Syria combined. They sell it for $30 a barrel because it's a black market. It's not pegged to international standards for oil prices, which are over $100 a barrel. The oil is bought through Turkey from Syria, and it's sold to black market traders who function throughout the Levant.
Mills: The $1 million a day figure is coming out of the Iraqi fields of which they have control. Iraq and Syria together could reach up to $3 million a day, so they're still getting more oil out of Syria [than Iraq]. Production is at 10 percent of pre-war levels – they're old, mature fields that need a lot of special technological work, and they're not getting it, so production is falling very sharply. We've seen from reports that ISIS controls most of the oil fields in eastern Syria and Deir Ezzor, right up to the northeast, where some are under Kurdish control.

White men do defend their young

Pack of teens beats man to death near Ferguson, but protests sparse


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Police say Zemir Begic, 32, was beaten with hammers by a group of teens at an intersection in St. Louis early Sunday morning. (GoFundMe)
Zemir Begic was a teenager when he and his family fled Bosnia in the aftermath of a bloody civil war. In America, he found work, friends and love before a pack of thugs beat him to death with hammers on a city street in St. Louis as his terrified fiancee watched early Sunday.
Begic, his wife of six months and a friend were surrounded by a group a teenagers who began banging on it with hammers, according to authorities and witnesses. When Begic stepped out of his car to confront them, the teens pounced on him, pummeling him with the hammers and leaving him fatally injured. He died hours later at St. Louis University Hospital.
“The last thing he did before he actually died was pull me out of the way and put himself in front of me, basically giving up his life for me,” Begic's fiancee, Arijana Mujkanovic, told KSDK
The attack occurred in southwest St. Louis, just 20 miles from Ferguson, where a police shooting of a black man and a grand jury's subsequent decision not to indict the officer sparked violent riots. Police have said the murder of Begic, 32, does not appear to be racially motivated, and have arrested three teens and were looking for one or possibly two more. The married immigrant was driving his car when the teens approached at a traffic light and began striking it with hammers, prompting him to get out and confront them, according to police.
The attack has left St. Louis's 70,000-member Bosnian community reeling and calling for more police protection.
“We come from Bosnia because we were getting killed and our homes and families were getting destroyed,” Denisa Begic, his 23-year-old sister, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Never in my life did I think he would get murdered.”
On Monday evening, Robert Mitchell, 17, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death, KMOV-TV reported. Mitchell turned himself in late Sunday after 15- and 16-year-old suspects were taken into custody. Despite the proximity to the racially-charged Ferguson incident, which has generated national headlines, police insist there is no parallel.
"Investigators don't believe the incident is in any way related to Ferguson," St. Louis Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson told FoxNews.com. "The incident is not being investigated as a hate crime."
Several hours after Begic died at an area hospital, members of the city's close-knit Bosnian community held protests that seemed patterned after those sparked in Ferguson by the death of Michael Brown and the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
“We’re going to have a little bit of fun blocking our own traffic,” Adnan Esmerovic, 27, told the Washington Post. “In Ferguson, they want to make a protest about nothing and yet that attracted attention across the nation. We’re just trying to keep more police down here because of these little thugs.”
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson addressed protesters Sunday and pledged to crack down on crime in the area, but denied that Begic was killed because of his ethnicity.
“There is no indication that the gentleman last night was targeted because he was Bosnian,” Dotson said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “There’s no indication that they knew each other.”
Police said Begic was hit in the head, face, mouth and body early Sunday morning around 1:15 a.m. at an intersection in southwest St. Louis and left to die on the street. Suad Nuranjkovic, 49, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he and Begic were heading home from a bar on Gravois Avenue when the teens began banging on the car.
Nuranjkovic said he got out of the passenger seat of the car and hid in a nearby parking lot during the attack.
“I was afraid that if one of them had a gun, they were going to shoot me, so I didn’t know what to do,” he told the newspaper.
Unlike the incident in Ferguson, the killing prompted members of St. Louis’ Bosnian community to call for a greater police presence.
“We’re just angry because we’re trying to protect our community,” said Mirza Nukic, 29, who was among 50 people who briefly blocked the intersection where Begic was killed.
Seldin Dzananovic, 24, said the teens with the hammers confronted him farther north on Gravois Ave about an hour before the attack on Begic, but he was able to fight them off, only suffering cuts to the hands and neck.
Begic and his family arrived in the United States from Bosnia in 1996, first moving to Utica, N.Y., before living in Iowa and Phoenix. He moved to St. Louis months ago to marry a woman whose family lives there.
Those who knew Begic said singing was his passion and that he “loved America.”
Denisa Begic said Zemir’s funeral would be in Iowa. A crowd-funding site has been set up to help finance the funeral. As of midday Monday, nearly $10,000 has been raised. On the page, his grieving sister wrote of her love for her brother.
"I will forever have a big piece of my heart destroyed," Denisa Begic wrote. "My big brother is gone, never coming back to us. [I] wish this was a terrible dream. He was a great brother, son, husband and helped anyone. I want my brother back. He always protected me."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Saudi Arabia holds female American citizens in white slavery: an act of war

Saudi Arabia holds female American citizens in white slavery: an act of war

This information is mostly from the highly-respected Wall Street Journal.
Wall Street Journal, 13 June 2002, page A18, "Daughters of America."
"As William McGurn reported Tuesday in an article on this page, Pat Roush's two daughters, Alia and Aisha, were kidnapped from America in 1986. On Monday she learned that her Saudi ex-husband has married off Aisha in what she believes is retribution for her participation in these hearings.""Unfortunately, the State Department has not yet recognized that when an American child is kidnapped, or when an American woman charged with no crime is held against her will, it's not just an affront to the individual. It's an affront to America."
"Saudi law forbids women of any age from leaving their country without permission. Another way of stating those same facts would be to say that two adult U.S. citizens are trapped in a country where women are treated as the property of men..."


Now, "marrying off" Aisha to a "husband" whom she doesn't want, and forcing her to submit to him sexually, is rape. If she were to kill him for trying to force his penis into her, which she'd be justified in doing in any civilized nation, she'd probably be executed for "murder."This is not a Clintonese "That depends on what you mean by 'marriage,'" it is rape: a violent felony that, in the United States, falls just short of a capital crime and justifies the use of deadly physical force to terminate it. And Ms. Roush's Saudi ex-husband is no better than a pimp, panderer, and white slaver. There was a time when civilized nations knew what to do with this kind of trash. Charles Gordon of Khartoum, for example, executed slave traders as a matter of routine.
This incident certainly justifies the United States' use of armed force against Saudi Arabia unless its government returns Alia and Aisha to the United States at once. We don't need "allies" who kidnap American girls and sell them into white slavery. Congress last declared war on someone in 1941; maybe we're overdue for another one. We need someone like Theodore Rooselvelt (Bush comes close but doesn't quite make it) to stand up and say the equivalent of, "Perdicares alive or Raisuli dead!"

"All the President's Women" (Wall Street Journal, 26 June 2002)
"Amjad Radwan is 19 years old and, unlike her older brother, cannot leave Saudi Arabia because she is a woman and must have the permission of her Saudi father, who refuses to give it. In highly charged testimony delivered via videotape, Amjad's mom, Monica Stowers, told the House she remains in Saudi Arabia because she fears for her daughter's life; Miss Stowers further reported that both her son and daughter were raped by members of her former husband's family. The Roush sisters are also adults.""...This [U.S. State Department's response] is a long way from "Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead"--Teddy Roosevelt's tart reaction when a Berber bandit chieftain took an American hostage in Tangier."


The House of Sod's Saud's version of the Koran sanctions kidnapping, forcible rape, sodomy, and incest, (as well as domestic violence against women) as shown by the above Wall Street Journal opinion pieces.
Even most animals don't have sexual intercourse with their immediate family members. As an example, sperm whale pods (family groups) expel their males when they reach puberty, probably to compel them to seek mates among other pods. Whales certainly know their own mothers and probably have instinctive barriers against trying to mate with them. The buck Saudi Islamofascist, however, has no self-control whatsoever and, as shown by the above excerpt, will have sexual intercourse with its own mother, daughter, sister, or niece.
Another way of looking at Saudi Arabia: a nation of Bill Clintons in which women are considered property and objects, with no rights whatsoever.
 When Saudis are around your female relatives, keep a weapon handy
Tuesday, 23 January, 2001, 08:16 GMT Nigerian flogging condemned
Most Nigerian Muslims welcome Sharia law
Canada has condemned the 100 lashes given last Friday to a teenage girl in northern Nigeria who was found guilty of having pre-marital sex.The Canadian foreign ministry said it was particularly unhappy that 17-year-old girl had received her flogging before the outcome of an appeal against her conviction. ...
The girl, Bariya Ibrahim Magazu, was sentenced under Islamic law after three men forced her into having sex last September.
Saudi Arabia: land of child rapists. Civilized humanity should put a "Megan's Law" violent sexual predator warning sign on the entire country.
"...the State department admits that the Saudis have never returned a kidnapped child to the U.S. To the contrary, the Saudi response has always been to obfuscate and propose "solutions" (e.g. a special commission) that are aimed at delaying everything until the issue fades or the children are old enough to be married off and impregnated.In Saudi Arabia, marriage can come as young as 12 years old for girls." William McGurn, "Saudi PR Turns from Spin to Stonewalling," Wall Street Journal, 16 December 2002, A12.
Since the girls have no real choice in the matter, they are being forced into sexual relationships against their will. Remember that sex by an adult with a child constitutes statutory rape even if the child consents. "Sexual relationships against their will" is flat-out rape, a top level felony (just below capital murder) in most states. The picture at the right shows how to deal with child rapists.
Saudi "marriage" to a 12 year-old girlMore facts about Saudi Arabia
George Will, "Iraqi, Saudi regimes pose distinct challenges," Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, 18 August 2002: "The House of Saud almost certainly is a dead regime walking. Saudi Arabia's male unemployment rate is 30 percent." 30 to 40 percent of Saudi "education" is devoted to the study of scripture, and the marriage rate is dropping. Many Saudi men cannot afford the traditional dowry (i.e. are unable to purchase women from their fathers), and women are beginning to refuse the men who are chosen for them by their families.
"...when three Saudi men-- Ali al-Dumaini, Matruk al-Falih and Abdullah al-Hamid-- sought to circulate a petition merely calling for a constitutional monarchy, they are given prison sentences of six to nine years." --"Selling America," Wall Street Journal, 11/11/05, page A16
Saudis and "Star Trek"-- soon to become reality?
The King of Saudi Arabia was talking to President Bush, and he said, "Can I ask you something personal?"
"Sure, go ahead," Bush said.
The King whispered confidentially, "One of my many sons watches your television show Star Trek. He sees women, Blacks, Russians, and Scots, but no Saudis. Why are there no Saudis in Star Trek?"
Bush whispered back, "Because it's set in the future."Alternate explanation:
  • Saudis can't be in Starfleet because Starfleet won't require its female personnel to wear body-covering burquas and veils (or, alternatively, harem dresses).
  • Saudis can't be Vulcans because Vulcans are logical and rational.
  • Saudis can't be Romulans because Romulans (modeled on Imperial Romans) are required to be courageous.
  • Saudis can't be Klingons because Klingons despise anyone who is without honor.
The George Will column (see below) points out that Saudi Arabia's population growth rate is three percent, which is among the most rapid in the world.
  • Native American (sadly): "Once we were many, now we are few."
  • Saudi (bragging): "Once we were few, now we are many. We will spread Wahabi Islam across the earth by the sword and by sheer numbers!"
  • Texan (drawling): "Well, pardner, that's 'cause we ain't played Cowboys and Saudis yet."
This s***ty little country's holding of three female Americans in white slavery suggests that it is indeed time to play Cowboys and Saudis.
Islamic supremacists rape Australian women, including teenagers

Racist rapes: Finally the truth comes out

By Miranda Devine  July 14 2002  The Sun-Herald
So now we know the facts, straight from the Supreme Court, that a group of Lebanese Muslim gang rapists from south-western Sydney hunted their victims on the basis of their ethnicity and subjected them to hours of degrading, dehumanising torture. The young women, and girls as young as 14, were "sluts" and "Aussie pigs", the rapists said.
Pakistanis Abduct and Rape British Citizens
By Owais Tohid | Special to The Christian Science Monitor 
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – When Neelum Aziz visited Kashmir for the first time last year, the young British girl couldn't wait to explore her family's home village. But her parents had something else in mind.
Two weeks after arriving in Kotli - in the Pakistan-administered part of the disputed territory - Ms. Aziz was told she had to marry her cousin.
"[My father and uncle] took away my [British] passport, money, and other belongings and locked me up," she says. "I screamed and shouted and kept on crying. My tears dried up, but my family elders did not listen to me and married me to a cousin of mine without my consent," she says.
Aziz's story is only the most recent example of hundreds of young girls who become victims of their families' desire to preserve an age-old tradition. According to human rights activists, 250 girls like Aziz - daughters of British citizens from Pakistan - were forced into marriages with relatives in 2002 alone.
There was a time when England knew how to deal with this sort of thing. As a matter of fact, Nepal is in that part of the world and I think the British Army still employs Gurkhas. There is nothing wrong with these Pakistani Islamofascists that a kukri (Gurkha knife) wouldn't fix.
King John Sobieski III
King John Sobieski
I want YOUto defend Western Civilization

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

We are losing a valuable resource called other people

At Least 11 Women Die After Sterilization in India
by Katy DaigleAssociated Press
November 11th, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 11 Indian women are dead and 20 others seriously ill Wednesday after undergoing free sterilization operations, highlighting the risks women face in reproductive health in a country struggling with high population growth and widespread poverty.
A total of 83 women, all villagers under the age of 32, had the operations Saturday as part of the free sterilization campaign and were sent home that evening. But dozens later became ill and were rushed in ambulances to private hospitals in Bilaspur, a city in central Chhattisgarh state.
By Wednesday morning, at least 11 women had died, District Magistrate Siddharth Komal Pardeshi told Press Trust of India.
The apparent cause of death was either blood poisoning or hemorrhagic shock, which occurs when a person has lost too much blood, state deputy health director Amar Singh said, though the preliminary results from autopsies were expected to be released Wednesday.
About 20 others were in critical care, and the central government was rushing a team of doctors to Bilaspur to help with their treatment.
"Their condition is very serious. Blood pressure is low," said Dr. Ramesh Murty at CIMS hospital, one of the facilities where the sick women were taken. "We are now concentrating on treating them, not on what caused this."
India's government — long concerned about pervasive poverty among its rapidly growing 1.3 billion population— performs millions of free sterilizations to both women and men who want to avoid the risk and cost of having a baby. The vast majority of patients, however, are poor women — paid a one-time incentive fee to undergo the surgery of about $10-$20, or the equivalent of about a week's pay for a poor person in India. About 180 million people in the country still live on less than $1.25 a day.
India has one of the world's highest rates of sterilization among women, with about 37 percent undergoing such operations compared with 29 percent in China, according to 2006 statistics reported by the United Nations. During 2011-12, the government said 4.6 million Indian women were sterilized.
Activists blame the incentive payments, as well as sterilization quotas set by the government, for leading health authorities to pressure patients into surgery rather than advising them on other forms of contraception.
"These women have become victims because of the target-based approach to population control," said Brinda Karat of the All India Democratic Women's Association, who has demanded that the state's health minister resign.
India has one of the world's worst records on maternal health care, with 200 women dying during pregnancy or childbirth for every 100,000 patients, compared with China's 37 deaths for every 100,000 women who give birth. Its infant mortality rate — 63 of every 1,000 newborns die — also makes it one of the worst places on Earth to be born. By comparison, China records about 15 infant deaths for every 1,000 births.
The women who underwent surgery on Saturday were each paid about $10, and all 83 surgeries were performed within six hours, the state's chief medical officer, Dr. S.K. Mandal, told the Associated Press by telephone.
"That is not usual," he said, but declined to comment further until the autopsies had determined exactly what went wrong.
The state suspended four government doctors, including the surgeon who oversaw the operations and the district's chief medical officer.
"It appears the incident occurred due to negligence" by doctors, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said, before urging patience for the autopsy results. He also said the victims' families would each receive a compensation payment of about $6,600.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Myanmar, where he was on an official visit, that he had spoken with Singh and urged a thorough investigation.
Meanwhile, the state's surgeons held an emergency meeting Tuesday night to discuss whether to continue with the state's sterilization schedule, with a target of 180,000 for the year ending in March set by the central government, Mandal said. They also were discussing surgery practices and guidelines, he said.
The World Health Organization advises that a patient be monitored for 48 hours after undergoing laparoscopic, or "keyhole," sterilization surgeries like those conducted in Bilaspur. The procedure is one of the most commonly performed, minimally invasive surgeries, and is usually done under local anasthetic.
A spokeswoman for the federal Health Ministry declined to confirm whether the central government was setting sterilization quotas. India's central government had said it stopped setting targets for sterilizing women in the 1990s.
India was one of the first countries to introduce family planning as a government program in the 1960s, when the country's population was less than half what it is today at about 450 million. But outrage erupted in the 1970s after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed a policy of forcibly sterilizing men who had already fathered two children. Opponents at the time said the program also targeted unmarried and poor men, with doctors given bonuses for operating on low-income patients. Since then, vasectomies have been relatively unpopular in India, with only about 1 percent of men opting for the procedure.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Buying Ethical Chocolate that is Slavery Free

Chocolate and Child Slavery: Say No to Human Trafficking this Holiday Season


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The prevalence of human trafficking, child slavery, and abusive labor practices in the cacao industry is surprisingly under-reported. With the average U.S. citizen eatingover 11 pounds of chocolate (that's about 120 chocolate bars), per year, it is incredible to consider how few of us are aware of the atrocities involved in 70 percent or more of the world's cacao production.
As a devoted chocolate lover, I was shocked and horrified to discover that many of my favorite seasonal treats -- treats that bring so much joy to children here in the U.S. -- are produced using abusive child labor. Major, trusted chocolate brands are often guilty of including cacao harvested by children and slaves in their supply chains.
Now, I choose to boycott any chocolate supplier who refuses to certify their products as free of coercive labor practices, child labor, and human trafficking.
According to an investigative report by the BBC, hundreds of thousands of children are being purchased from their parents or outright stolen and then shipped to Ivory Coast, where they are enslaved on cocoa farms. Destitute parents in these poverty-stricken lands sell their children to traffickers believing that they will find honest work in Ivory Coast and send some of their earnings home. The terrible reality is that these children, 11-to-16-years-old but sometimes younger, are forced to do hard manual labor 80 to 100 hours a week. They are paid nothing, receive no education, are under fed, and are often viciously beaten if they try to escape. Most will never see their families again.

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This image is published with permission courtesy of photographer Henrik Ipsen and the film The Dark Side of Chocolate.
Over a decade ago, two Congressmen, U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, attempted to remedy this issue. They introduced legislation mandating a labeling system for chocolate. After the deep pockets of the chocolate corporations protested, a compromise was reached that required chocolate companies to voluntarily certify they had stopped the practice of child labor. Originally, the certification process would include labeling chocolate products "Child Labor Free," but the labeling component was removed as part of the compromise. Many believe the legislation lost its teeth at that point.
Instead of the "Child Labor Free" label, the protocol now calls for public reporting by African governments, establishment of an audit system, and poverty remediation by 2005. The deadline had to be extended to 2008 (read Fortune magazine's report on the state of the protocol in 2008) and again to 2010. Today, human rights organizations report that some of the provisions have still not been met, and it is the biggest corporations who refuse to comply.
In 2012 there were some rumblings that this might be changing, but the change is likely to remain grindingly slow. Child slavery keeps costs down, which allows major corporations to keep their chocolate cheap. Not only does it cost more to pay laborers a fair wage, but the cost of monitoring the extensive supply chains of global corporations would be significant.
The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.
But don't despair yet, chocolate lovers, ethically sourced chocolate is gaining prevalence and becoming easier to find (not to mention afford) every day. The key is in consumer awareness. Consumer dollars send a very clear message to manufacturers about what the public will and will not tolerate.
The most effective way to find ethically sourced chocolate is to look for a short supply chain. "Bean to bar" producers who own the entire production chain all the way back to the beans and "Direct Trade" producers whose chocolate comes from single, identifiable origins are ideal. Many companies today who proudly list extensive information on the cacao farms they work with on their labels. Equal Exchange and Askinosie Chocolate are two examples of such companies.
There are also several certifications on chocolate labels to indicate a slavery-free supply chain. These include Fair Trade, Equal Exchange, Fairtrade, and Rainforest Alliance (which has an added environmental component -- perfect since the chocolate industry is also guilty of devastating rainforests for plantations and production). Keep in mind that certification has its own bureaucratic pros and cons. Certification must be paid for by the company seeking it which can be a hurdle for small producers. A company can be ethical without certification, and a company with certification may still have other questionable practices.
The blog post, "Is There Child Slavery in Your Chocolate?", includes a long list of chocolate companies who are proudly Child Labor Free.
Ethically sourced brands can be more expensive than chocolate harvested by slaves, but the extra few cents is worth it every single time. Ethically sourced chocolate is so easy to find these days, I can't remember the last time I had a problem finding it. Still, if I can't find slave-free chocolate, I don't buy chocolate. For holidays we often order in bulk, which can be a big money saver.
Other steps you can take to help with this cause:
*Fill out Hershey's corporate responsibility online survey. Urge them to establish an ethical and slavery-free supply chain. Tell them you won't have your money contributing to human trafficking.
*For as little as $6, get a DVD copy of the film The Dark Side of Chocolate, along with information about Fair Trade, from the dedicated people at Green America. Watch it, show it to your friends, and spread the word.
* EDUCATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS. Tweet about this article, pin it, and post it to your Facebook page. Spread the word until this dirty little secret is completely out in the open.
Check out these sources for more information: