The psychobabbling food-loving seamstress.

…and sometimes there is a ray of hope…

Posted in Uncategorized by Ambs on May 31, 2010

I am very distinctly proud to be able to say that I know at least one of the names on the list at the bottom of the Open Letter in the Guardian in regards to Judge Garzon’s suspension from the Spanish Courts.

An Open Letter: International law and Judge Garzon

There are moments when I cheer, as I just did then.

There are also other times when I giggle wickedly, as I did when reading the reply from Judge Bruno Simma to this post on Opinio Juris!

I had to balance it out… Frustrated and thoroughly proud and happy to see people standing up for the correct things in this world.

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I’m sick and tired of this illiogical world…

Posted in Uncategorized by Ambs on May 31, 2010

I’ve been trying to concentrate on my assignment, but with recent developments coming from Gaza (…and the Korean peninsula, if we really want to go there)… I’m utterly disgusted…

Attacking Humanitarian Aid ships?  In international waters at that…

I’m trawling through IHL treaties and conventions, trying to find something, anything that could explain how very wrong and against the law this whole attack is.
Rule 31 and 32 of International Humaintarian Law – Customary Law seems a good start in this instance;

Humanitarian Relief Personnel and Objects

Rule 31. Humanitarian relief personnel must be respected and protected. [IAC/NIAC]

Rule 32. Objects used for humanitarian relief operations must be respected and protected. [IAC/NIAC]

I think the one thing that is the most utterly disturbing of all is the belligerent, constant, and utterly horrifying conditions the Israeli government is putting the Palestinians in Gaza through.  The hardest is the fact that Isreal are proving to be the victims turned to aggressors, and it’s completely horrifying to watch.

I’m hoping for an end, but it seems but years away, and this will only prove to escalate tensions in an already fragile society.

More parts of IHL : Customary Law

Starvation and Access to Humanitarian Relief

Rule 53. The use of starvation of the civilian population as a method of warfare is prohibited. [IAC/NIAC]

Rule 54. Attacking, destroying, removing or rendering useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population is prohibited. [IAC/NIAC]

Rule 55. The parties to the conflict must allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need, which is impartial in character and conducted without any adverse distinction, subject to their right of control. [IAC/NIAC]

Rule 56. The parties to the conflict must ensure the freedom of movement of authorised humanitarian relief personnel essential to the exercise of their functions. Only in case of imperative military necessity may their movements be temporarily restricted. [IAC/NIAC]

So much to take in, so very frustrated, I’m hoping something real is done by the UN about this, as opposed to tip-toeing around the situation as they usually do.

Investigate now, not in 5 months time thanks…

Something not so blah blah blah…

Posted in Uncategorized by Ambs on May 23, 2010

So… I’m back, kinda, once I get the win 7 disc to fix my computer, I’ll be back back… But for now, I’m kinda here but not…

So…I’ve had the evil head cold for the last week, and now I’m resolving to get better, live better, not drink as much and excercise!!
Less lazy, more not lazy…

A bit of a Bridget Jones moment, but hey, what can you do?

I have about 6 draft posts on here that I haven’t finished, some about Latvian/Estonian customs, one about the Baltics under Russian Rule… I’ll post them once they are done, the traditions ones I had originally wanted to have done before Christmas and Easter respectively, but alas it did not happen…
I will still post them though. Especially considering that I’m finally starting to feel like a human being. What a nice thing.

I was meant to to sew this week, but the lurgy bought that all to a grinding halt!

I said no more blah blah blah… Right? Here I am blah blah blahing… Read the next post…

Damn this head cold to hell…

Posted in Uncategorized by Ambs on May 7, 2010

I’m over this.  O-V-E-R.
Okay hissy fit done.

So, in my infinite delerium, I have had some interesting dreams.  I always have really vivid and scary dreams when I’m sick, but, I had the most incredible dream.  I think it was dictated by the fact that I am craving adventure, and really want to make my way O/S finally.
Anywho, my dream consisted of firstly saying bye to family at the airport (yes there was crying, Mum made me cry, I already know that’s going to happen.  She cried when I left for Syd to drive upto Brisvegas!), then excitedly going through the gates and getting on the plane.  I fell asleep on the plane and awoke in New York.
I had a similar dream a few years ago, except my flight went down in water twice, we got on another plane both times, and I remember making it to JFK, but never made it over the bridge.
Maybe it finally is time?
I would rather 2011, over 2012 (as it will be crazy town in europe), and it just feels like the right time.  I’ll have a large amount of my debts paid off this year, then my final big debt should begone by 2012(sooner even), which will be a big load off my shoulders.

I did want to do a big Euro-America trans-world trip.  But maybe for now, it’s better to think smaller.  London, Latvia, Estonia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy.  I can go and stalk my favourite people in London then!  Woo *dreams of Mayall, Edminson, Lette, Lydon, Jones, Barat, those two insanely cute Wilkinson boys etc…* *drooool*