Alastair Borthwick Life

External factors according to studies influences the life and behavior of a person. Alastair Borthwick, a Scottish born and a world-renowned writer who lived a simple life but made historical achievements which will never fade. He was born in 1913, in Rutherglen but was raised In Troon and at the age of 11 Borthwick and his family moved to Glasgow, a place where he attended high school.

From an early age, Borthwick perceived a strong desire for journalism, and at the age of 16, he dropped out of school. He secured a job at the Evening Times his main duty being to copy down correspondents who called through the phone. After a while, he qualified to work for Glasgow Herald. His primary responsibility was to write and edit pages related to mothers and children, composing letters to editors and also responded to readers’ queries.

While in Glasgow, Borthwick was flexible in several areas including interacting with the locals. Due to the high rate of unemployment in time, the locals found interesting to go hiking in mountains and hills within as a way of spending leisure and relieving stress during the weekends. Although hiking was valued as an activity for the elites, the action was rapidly springing up, and the locals introduced Alastair Borthwick to this activity. It was during these time of highland activity Borthwick begun his incredible literary career. He wrote a well-recognized adventure book ‟Always a Little Further” which was published in 1939 with the help of T.S Eliot who was a poet and a writer.

When the second world war broke out Borthwick portrayed his patriotism to her country when he became a soldier in the 51st Highland Division`s 5th Seaforth Highlanders. Borthwick was a loyal and obedient soldier a way which made him at one point to achieve captain rank mainly working as the intelligence officer. Borthwick made a remarkable achievement when he led his whole battalion of 600 men at night and sneaked behind Germans front line undetected.

After the war ended, Borthwick and his wife moved to the coast of Jura where they lived for seven years before the family left to Islay and stayed for a short time and left for Glasgow where he lived for the rest of his life.

Larkin and Lacey’s Frontera Fund in Migrant and Human Rights

In many international human rights documents that have been established in treaties, no person is illegal. Despite this, there still is discrimination and abuse of individuals by their immigration status.

We have seen this in the recent time’s plans by the US government to eliminate ‘illegal’ immigrants in the country, yet some policies are in the same federal government that sanctions the violation of human rights especially the vulnerable ones like the immigrants and orphans.

ACLU has seen how the Federal immigration policies have affected many people. The Customs and Border Protection have executed some of their mandates harshly and exceeding their powers too. It has resulted in racial profiling, border killings, and denial of fundamental rights. Victims are put in detention for months without even being taken to their countries of origin.

There are problems despite the ACLU advocating for their rights of the immigrants. In the detention centers, there are inhumane conditions in there just similar to the one in Australia. They have solitary confinement cells and sexual assault cases. In the border facilities, the centers subject children and adults to abuse, mistreatment, and harassment. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund and Village Voice Media | Wikepida

Another active agency that is helping the immigrants is Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund that is owned and managed by Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They are philanthropic and have given money that they got after suing the Sherriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio.

The settlement of the case will fund groups that fight for migrant rights in Arizona. Sheriff Arpaio arrested journalists at night when they were at homes. Jim and Lacey were jailed for revealing that the jury was looking into reporter’s notes that covered the sheriff.

Subpoenas of the jury wanted the identity of people who read the story on New Times Stories website. The sheriff unfairly treated the journalists and their bosses, Jim and Lacey are keen on defending the First Amendment.

They are now successful after presenting their case in the Court of Appeal and were awarded the money for the sheriff’s ill treatment of their employees. The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund has vowed to give support to the groups that defend civil, migrant and human rights.

It will be even better if they meet with the government so as to find a solution to the predicaments faced by migrants and citizens in the nation.

Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

 

Larkin and Lacey Launch Front Page Confidential

Former owners of the Phoenix New Times and several other newspapers across the United States, Michael Larkin and Jim Lacey, have announced the launch of a news website call Front Page Confidential. The site will focus on reporting news and commentary that deals with free speech and the preservation of the First Amendment. Larking and Lacey will work with editor Tom Finkel on the website.

 

Larkin and Lacey made headlines in 2007 when they were arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. The arrest was later deemed to be unlawful and the pair would shout from the mountaintops that it was because of their reporting. The Phoenix New Times had been reporting on corruption in the Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered his department to unlawfully arrest the pair. They brought a lawsuit against the Maricopa Sheriff’s Department and won a $3.75 million settlement. They then used that money to create the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The fund has a goal of providing assistance to civic advocacy groups in the migrant community in Arizona.

 

Front Page Confidential and the Frontera Fund are just two of the ways the pair have fought for the preservation of free speech.