Political disasters, protests, arrests and geographically challenged tv stations

We’ve entered 2011 in full force: natural disasters, political disasters, protests in Tunisia, Egypt, “prompt” reforms in some Arabic countries, having the whole Egypt taken offline, arrests of journalists, trials/hearings that seem more like a show to entertain the bored, Sudan’s independence, bombing in Moscow, subpoena of  a MP’s tweets, 2 billion pounds a year business with slaves in Spain, Berlusconi’s “teen” issues….and my God,  it’s just the 8th of February.

I am not sure how i feel about everything that’s happening but i will tell you that for the past weeks i experience anxiety attacks.

Political disasters and the protests of the people

Miss Hillary Clinton for instance, was playing safe in regard to the Egyptian uprising to overthrow the Mubarak government, then she talks about a “orderly transition in Egypt and, with all the eyes on her, she appoints an envoy to Egypt lead by none other than Frank Wisner, a man employed by a Mubarak’s law firm.
How twisted is that?
I am angry for seeing the United States gov. reacting so disappointing on the situation in Egypt, because for a nation who preaches freedom they didn’t do a whole of a lot good while watching the police in Cairo beating peaceful protesters, while watching their vans driving over the protesters, while watching a diplomatic car driving through dozens of Egyptians and wounding them….while watching Mubarak making a pledge in the middle of the night to punish those who’ve hurt the protesters and yet having his thugs attack the next day, killing people, wounding hundreds of them, and have his people arrest journalists and protesters….and that was unfolding live on Aljazeera and the whole damn world was watching. Yeah, orderly transition!

Miss Clinton, let me asking you this: How did you find the power to make such a strong statement against Julian Assange for releasing DIGITAL diplomatic documents and yet you don’t find strong enough words to condemn the situation in Egypt?
I need to understand. A whole world out there needs to understand that.

The Egyptian people are looking for freedom and democracy, granted in many countries in the world. How can you not see this as a call for help? How can you not see the protests in Egypt as a noble cause? How can you speak about “orderly transition when you see that these people are willing to starve, be beaten and die for the freedom you so often preach?
Don’t worry, i understand the political complications of any move against Mubarak, but do remember that the friendship United States has with Egypt, is in fact a friendship with Mubarak.
If the people stop supporting him, you’ve got yourself one friend instead of 80 million, and with the soft statement you’ve made and by not reacting, you’ve just lost the support of a few million and that puts you on the opposite side of good.
A leader without followers isn’t worth much.

Egypt goes offline but Aljazeera and Twitter keeps it online

One event that said a lot more about Mubarak’s actions more than anything else, was having the whole Egypt go dark and cutting the communication to the outside world.
No need to tell you that this is beyond insanity to shut someone up. No president, nor any other figure should ever have that power in their hands. Ever!
Taking the whole country offline didn’t do much good though for the gov. in charge in Egypt because some very brave journalists chose to stay and Aljazeera streamed live, even though their license has been revoked.
I see this as a total defeat of their actions to shut the people down in every possible way.
Aljazeera ,Twitter and the good will of the people around the world tweeting on behalf of the Egyptians have defeated them. The will of the Egyptian people to be free from a 30 old regime was stronger than Mubarak’s regime to silence them.
Today, Feb. the 8th, the Liberty Square is full of Egyptians: http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

Mind you, until 25th of Jan. i didn’t watch Aljazeera thinking that they were…cheesy. How wrong i was!
The bravery those journalists showed us so far is refreshing. It’s what i call true journalism.

Julian Assange’s hearing on his extradition to Sweden – when law mixes with media trials

Today, is the second day of Julian’s hearing regarding his extradition for a questioning on sexual assault in Sweden.
I say questioning because when the European Arrest Warrant was released on his name he wasn’t charged with any offense but was merely wanted for questioning.

Now, the law works like that: you charge on evidence, release a warrant then go arrest.
What happened here was: release the European warrant without approval of the council, get him on trial and then charge him. Hee?

I see an abuse of the law here and because if i have to explain this here you won’t be done reading soon, i will point you a lawyer’s page where you can read why this is an abuse and by whom: Peter Kemp at WlCentral.org

We’ll see how the justice system works quite soon.

U.S. TV stations goofs on geography

Right! I had to say something about this because as amusing as it may seem to some, to others is far more than a goof. It’s serious.
When two national TV stations in the U.S. make big geographical mistakes in less than two weeks, such as Fox News misplacing Egypt on the map and then CNN misplacing Queensland in Tasmania and that while they were airing the new, now this is when i call them geographically challenged news networks.
Click on the images to enlarge them.

Now i wonder if the invasion of Iraq was a geographical challenge situation as well, considering that Iran –and not Iraq– is the one with weapons of mass-destruction.

These are just a few observation about the events that took place in January and now in February and I believe there is more to come.
Some won’t like it…but hey, the planet won’t stop spinning just to please them.

I’ll come back later with a post on Berlusconi and the slavery case in Spain.

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