Jordanians To Bahraini Officials : Enough With Injustice And Oppression

We don’t need the entire world population to create a better one, such international citizens who care for each others. and unified over any type of categorizing people would be enough. Picture for Eman Jaradat, a Jordanian activist.

Both of the regime in Bahrain and the revolts found themselves in awkward moment trying to justify to the rest of the world why are they doing what they do. Of course  revolts want the rest of the world to support them, so they have  to convince others with their reasons, and they have to develop some sort of argument in order to encourage others to agree with them. But why would the regime do that? Friend of mine, a Syrian activist  believes that in the current century no regime can abuse the authority on harmless citizens without opposition or at least questioning from the international community and the people of the world. Today with the fast communications, extended knowledge, and cross-cultural relationships we care for each other, we work for each other, and many of us call themselves international citizens, and those citizens are absolutely beyond any form of categorizing, and united under greater title named the globe.

Revolts in Bahrain promoted their peaceful actions, they even in many points, in my opinion, gave up the right of self

Officials of Manama, capital of Arabic culture for the year 2012, targeted artists, journalists, and many others participated in protests in early 2011 demanded more freedom, yet they are spinning the world promoting their regime as the leading liberal and democratic regime in the region.

defense, just to prove to the rest of the world that they are not riots, not terrorists, they are not damaging their country, they don’t promote violence or hate, but they seek for more freedom, more liberty, and their own simple rights. Did it work or not? Did they stick with peaceful acts or had to use violence whether its called riot or resistance? those are questions need to be looked at, however when you try to put those questions in prospective, don’t forget to note what Alaa abdulfatah, the Egyptian activist said to Julian Assange on his TV show; that they in their revolution needed to use violence to achieve their goals, that they used Molotov cocktails to defend themselves from pro Mubbarak police, and the their revolution is not only limited to the smart guys on social media.

On the other hand the regime in Bahrain defended itself by saying that the people protesting are Shiites supported by Iran and Southern Lebanon and they have their own religious based agenda which is against the Sunni majority in the middle east. Although its very obvious to anyone try to look at the demands of the revolts, to their rich history of pro democracy fight. that those accusations are not real, its however worked in society prepared to accept the slavery, to blindly obey their so called “Shaiks’ Its certainly didn’t work at the western side of the planet, and apparently didn’t worked in Jordan either, one of many other nations support the people of Bahrain.

Activists @ RubaAlbream , @Andareee , @jumana666 , @kharooof and @eman made sure to let us know that the regime’s media strategy didn’t work on them. Those Jordain activists protested during a lecture for Bahrain’s minister of culture affairs in Amman. “Government kills its own people doesn’t deserve to be the capital of Arabic culture” they chanted over and over again. Although what appears to be security escorted every one raised outside the building, they succeed to stop the minister from talking for about five times. ” We chanted for Abdulhadi Alkhawaja (…) we are the people of Jordan refuse the injustice” Aya tweeted.

Maybe not all of the Jordains are tolerated with the differences of people’s religions and beliefs as those activists, in fact, many comments in websites on what did they do were totally shameful, but it needed only those five persons to bring respect to Jordan and Jordanians, to open a gate of love, tolerance and communication between two nations, we don’t need the entire world population to create a better world, we only need those who cares.

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Happy #Earthday

Public Park - Photographed by Alex Green 2012

Lets think about Earth from different approach today. We know about most of the environmental concerns, from the damage caused by using plastic bags to the mass issue of global warming .. but aren’t we missing something?

Personally, I know more than one very beautiful public park not far from me. my parents has a very beautiful garden in their front yard. but I’ve been always busy to spent some time in there, despite of the fact that I usually spend three hours minimum in one of the cafes everyday! So why didn’t I just do whatever I do in the coffee shop in a much beautiful place, more natural and healthier?

I thought about it today, and I came up with this, maybe because that its free, and available with no effort to make. Don’t we tend to forget about the value of what we have until comes the time that we lose it? Now I know, if I could I would spend more time in my parent’s garden or in the public parks around me. I’m know very grateful that such places are providing unforgettable memories and a time full of joy for entire families for no return.

I guess if we appreciate the green zones around us more, if we promote those places I could I assume that we will have similar impact to raising awareness about environmental issues.

Haapy Earth Day
Enjoy it in Public Parks.

In Behalf of God ..

Playing God, is one of the most irritating behaviors and commonly found in the middle east. Although Islam is a religion believes in the existence of only god in control with the ultimate power, yet many people speak in his name to justify what are they saying. People interested in self believe that saying “please” at the end of a sentence increase the chance of getting what has been asked for, also they said that giving a reason regardless of its nature help receiver to justify the request. Likewise adding god in whatever you do in the middle east make it acceptable and justified.

Your thoughts are the architect of your destiny
David O. Mckay

One very obvious example of that, when a person does something wrong, he would probably say that what happened is god’s wish. In a worse situation, if someone cased you a trouble, or but you in position that you are losing because of his own decision, he would say its maybe the god’s wanted this to be happened and he has no control on god, moreover he would require you to accept that and stop arguing about it.  And people tend to go with this because they believe in destiny and many of them fail to put a line between destiny and wrong judgments and attitudes.

Hence, people tend in developing their speeches in this region to prove that its come along with god welling. which Ironically would falsely indicate that most of people are just as smart and as good as god ! Ha?

This behavior might be found also in political- sociological level, when leaders of society try to be the men in charge. they would use god to prove that they are whom deserve the political and social authority. they, well, lets say some of them might manipulate the people by translating god’s saying with his own way and to his favor. Therefore Islamic and radical parties usually win in any political competition in this region and thats why democracy is not the best solution for middle east. ( Lebanon Iraq and currently Egypt and maybe Tunis are great examples.

At this point, its worth to mention that many corrupted  politician take their fake legitimacy from similar strategy, but speaking in behalf of someone else,  the people. They would claim that they are speaking on behalf of people, and they demanding people’s demands not their own. Those, on their side are playing angels! whom would do anything for the people for no return. Who would do that these days?

And Its not difficult, you only have to replace “I” with “people” while you talk and you would have the attention and credibility you need. Alwefaq, a major opposition party in Bahrain, recreated the revolution by promoting its on revolutionary  slogan “People demand to reform the regime” instead of “people demand to replace the regime” which were used in the most countries participated in Arab spring. Lately their representative, former PM Dr.Jassim Hussain met auto sports journalists in Bahrain international circuit and climbed that the people are happy and welcoming the F1 race and despite of the fact that people are protesting, tweeting, forming lobbies and interest groups all over the world everyday against the F1. Jassim’s claims went on media in the name of people.

“I can tell you that most people in Bahrain are happy and pleased that F1 is back in Bahrain, given its effects on the economy and the social aspects of it,” said Husain, who resigned in protest during last year’s anti-government demonstrations.

Speaking on the name of God or the people is a total shame, its only means that the speaker has no courage to speak for himself.

#Alkhawaja one case .. one hashtag ! #Bahrain

Alkhawaja was the Middle East and North Africa Protection Coordinator with Front Line Defenders before he leave his post in February 2011 to devout himself entirely for the sake of revolution in Bahrain

 

Abdulhadi Alkhawaja is a Bahraini human rights defender hero. On Feb 12, 2012 he started open-ended hunger strike until freedom or death refusing his unjustified sentenced for life imprisonment and the violation for human rights in prison

The last known location for Alkhawaja is the military hospital, he has been transferred as the side effects of hunger has dramatically escalated damaging his health, after being on his for two months. Alkhawaja’s case attracted international attention starting from global NGOs, Denmark and the UN not only because he is a pioneer rights activist in the GCC are but also because he hold a Danish passport. However the daily visits from the Danish ambassador in Bahrain to Alkhawaja called of for the past two days. Therefore, his lawyer is afraid that he’s passed away as no body have seen or talked to him in two days.

The government in Bahrain refused a formal danish request to transfer Alkhwaja to Denmark to get the medical treatment he need. However the Danish P.M said that according to trusted sources Alkhawaja is still alive yesterday. Also many reports said that Alkhawaja is subjected to forced feeding which considered as a type of torture.

The demand of changing the regime was adopted by Alkhwaja earlier before the revolution in February 2011 when he called to replace the the slogan “Death to Alkhlifas” with “step down the ruling gang”. And he was very clear in that when was giving his speeches in Lulu square last year. which may be the cause of subjecting him to extensive torture to the extent that, according to his daughter, when they arrested him, he has been taken from home unconscious due to the beating he received from the arresting officers.

The prison didn’t meant to Alkhwaja the end of his battle. he is fighting with the only weapon he got, and he’s so far succeeding in performing pressure on the government and its not a surprising to be himself the reason to call off Bahrain F1 grand prix which is scheduled later this month.

On twitter many tweeps are putting a lot of effort on tweeting about Alkhawaja, when he entered the danger stage

last released picture for Alkhawaja , in this stage he lost quarter of his weight

and his health started to collapse they tried to trend the hashtag #DontForgetAlkhawaja and they failed which is every predictable for several reasons first because the population of Bahrain is not big enough and second the world is not fully supporting Bahrainis like they Egyptians or the Syrians for example which means there are no much of tweets from the rest of the world to help trending the hashtag. There is one blame on the Bahrainis though. As they, maybe, don’t consider Twitter as a tool to send a message to the world but a new fashion of chatting and spamming the world wide web. Its very possible to count at least five hastags related to Alkhwaja case .. but why?  #SaveAlkhwaja , #DontForgetAlkhawaja , #FreeAlkhwaja have the same meaning and add nothing to the case, its only confuse the tweeps and lower the chances of trending a hashtag or even having a top tweet ! in a personal opinion the hastag #Alkhwaja is good enough, and its short ,so it gives a chance to write longer tweets. I honestly don’t know why people don’t focus on tweeting with this hashtag instead of creating a new one every few days only for the sake of change!

This is a honest advice from a person who don’t know better, to focus on one hastag and tweet about Alkhwaja as much as possible, so people know that Bahrain has a hero who is welling to give his life just to put Bahrain back on the surface and make the international community busy.

On #9March #Bahrain still on the news !

Shaik Issa Qassim, considered as the most influential shiite leader asked every capable to participate in what he called "March of People" on March 9

the official theme and poster of the march organized by six opposition political communities "parities" which had the full support of many public figures

The very peaceful island in Bahrain is almost unknown. Maybe because a peaceful and tiny island that has nothing to do with the political or armed fights around the globe matters a lot to be on the vey valuable time of live on air news time.

BUT! Make no mistake, this doesn’t mean that it has very strategical geographical location, well developed and has it significance on in the gulf area. Yes maybe its not rich as Kuwait or Qatar. well known as Dubai or big as Saudi. but the foundations, infrastructure, and the culture qualified it to be the pointer hub of regions economic and business operations. A very far time ago before Qatar and Dubai raise up.

People of Bahrain took a pointer step again, when they were the first and the only people of the gulf citizens tried to change the structure of their regime, just like what the Tunisians, Egyptians, and people of Libya already established. Its about time that the shape of the third world changes, and if the Bahrainis succeeded, the history, indeed, will record that to them. Therefore Bahrain now is on the map of the political and armed fights, it actually, officially, has the both of them since last February .. but is it on the news now ?

Well, the Saudis invested very well to mute Bahrain. to keep it away from the world’s sight.

Old man pushing his wife on the wheelchair at the march. many considered the Qassim's invite for "any capable" in his speech after Friday prayers as a religious duty which initiated a noticeable debate

because, they consider it their backyard and don’t want anybody to mess with it, so again no matter how Bahrainis depressedly  tried to be on the news they will fail, as it is already dominated by the Saudis. Regardless of the shiites sponsored channels which in this case, to be honest achieve nothing. It could be described as a man talking to himself, which make absolutely no sense.

However, yet from time to time Bahrainis come achievements that is hard for news corporations to miss, specially those who had a reputation and respect themselves to some extent, where they, for example, shyly report the hundreds of thousands were marching on March 9, 2012. As the march was a must cover event. Its indeed, one of the points were the locals on this island impress the world with their strength and determination.

Of course, on Internal and very specific level there are many to say and argue about. The religious dynamo of it, the intention of the “officially registered” political party, the fact that its not on a main highway but in a main road inside “almost only” residential areas, and its in fact establish nothing more of what has been established already.  However, from a wider prospective, what you can see is a mass population agreed that the current regime in its current from is highly corrupted. Moreover, and which is more important that the people after one year of suffering still up to their fight toward goals .. and the mentioned march was the prove.

iExploler and the annoying icon in my #iPhone

I used explorer to delete the ugly "iArabizer". The shareware application allows you to browse and modify files on iPhone

 

When I got my first iPhone, hyper stores where importing devices from places that actually has apple stores or authorized resellers. We were not enable at the time when iPhone 3G released to buy it from our tele-communication companies neither to use Arabic keyboard. It was not Arabic friendly back then! However I got mine as I was waiting for it just as the people slept in tents in front of the stores the night it has been released to buyers.

The ugly icon on first column, second raw in my iPhone home screen.

I looked into application called iArabizer it said that it add Arabic keyboard and it has the option to change the interface into Arabic, people who used this option faced several bugs caused by the application. Me on the other hand I only used the keyboard, and my device was working smoothly.

Then, a website called iPhone Islam claimed that the application is actually stolen from them. And the developer is providing it for free and asking for donation while they worked day and night to make it and sell it.

In a few time all this fuss ended right away, when apple provided the official support for arabic. I tried to delete the program and I just simply, normally did it. But guess what! The icon annoyingly return to it place in the next spring bored restart.

Update next to update the icon remained. Even after fresh install the annoying icon just kept annoying me more and more. And the ugly useless icon welcomed itself to move into my new iPhone 4

Yesterday i updated my iPhone 4 to iOS 5.0.1 and just had the feeling that i must kill this icon. I googled about it and i found were its located in the system’s file. I only then needed to an application to browse and edit the system’s file. I already know some of old complicated ones but i figured that there is might be a new product in the market. And there i found the shareware iExplorer.

When i opened the application a nice message came from the CEO of the company. Asking to share the application webpage on the social media as they lost their traffic when they changed the application name and url due to legal issues he said.

I found the application friendly and the message is nice and worth to share and thats why i wrote this blog post.

And yes, one more thing, Im glad to say that the annoying icon is no longer exists.

You may want to do this

 

1. Go to the google homepage and sign into your account.

2. Click the dropdown menu next to your name in the upper-right hand corner of your screen.

3. Click accounts settings

4. Find the “Services section”

5. Under “Services” there is a sub-section that reads “View, enable, disable web history.” Click the link next to it that reads: “Go to Web History.”

6. Click on “Remove all Web History”

You most probably a google user, and you saw the new highlight announce that they are changing their privacy polices. Many people are not bother to read this punch of complicated polices and notice what exactly changed, maybe some don’t understand what those changes and those polices really mean. Sometime we needed to be simplified and to be told by proper English, don’t we?
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It appears that what Google is doing right now, is to have one privacy protocol for all of its products like Gmail, G+, Gmap, Youtube, etc. Before each one of those products has its own privacy protocol, now they are all going to share your information in term of location, sex, content of emails you read, search keyword you use, type of videos you watch, etc. all those information will be collected as a history profile for your google identity online.
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Google claims that this policy will provide better experience in using google products, and it will help google to understand, for example, if you enter the word “Jaguar” wether you mean the jaguar the animal or the jaguar well known English car. It will also will help Google to provide you proper suggestion, ads that will suite your interests.
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 Although google promised not to use clients information outside the company, this change of policy made a big fuss. One of the major issues about this polices is that you can’t control it. You, as a google user, must bee affected. However Digital Journal said that doing the the mentioned instructions will save you from storing your web data .. worth of try ?
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When you click on “Remove all Web History,” a message appears that says ” Web History is Paused.” What this means is that while Google will continue gathering and storing information about your web history it will make all data anonymous, that is, Google will not associate your Web History information with your online accounts and will therefore be unable to send you customized search results.
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Witness Bahrain .. A Step On The Right Track.

I just finished reading the the two parts of the blog entry Day and night in a Bahraini Jail (1/2) by  Radhika Sainath on Witnessbahrain.org The American human right activist mentioned the details of a miserable  24 hours she was living under the regime’s custody in Bahrain. The articles shows how the police force is not respecting the basic rights of a human being, baring in mind that Radhika “almost” survived beating and torture, only, and just only she’s holding an American passport. However that didn’t cleared her from being handcuffed for seven hours, during her entire flight from Bahrain to London, and being talked to rudely.

Witness Bahrain published this anonymous taken picture for Radhika Sainath handcuffed in a Bahrain owned Gulf Air aircraft

The article also briefly describe the details related to on ground work, and the difficulties a human right activist might face. Radhika mentioned how they divided the work of photographing, videotaping, and tweeting, among the group and each accompanied a local activist and found their ways, behind the radar of the police, to Standard Chartered bank branch in Manama, Downtown where was the secret gathering point for the demonstration.

After the effort put together to establish Witness Bahrain initiative, the regime targeted foreign human right activists and deported several of them as WitnessBahrain.org reported on their press releases. Apparently forbidding journalists from entering the country has not succeed in blocking the information flow, it seems that the activists whom came from various academics backgrounds and carriers identity managed somehow in covering the shortage of reporting.

I personally was in touch with several arab activists, they seemed to have no clue about whats going on in Bahrain, and that the revolution ended within its first two weeks, which obviously is not true. the blackout applied on Bahrain via media influenced by the Saudi money kind of working very well. plus convincing Arabs with the legitimacy of the revolution in Bahrain will need extra work as its Shia majority is actually a minority in the Arab world and already stereotyped. Understanding the fact of the Arabs sectarian nature, the double standards in approaching both Syrian and Bahraini revolutions serves as a clear evidence, will indeed bring up the idea the promoting the revolution in Bahrain need to be by a third party that is not involve in the historical, classical clash between the shiites and sunnis. And in a manner devoted for those who are actually care, not only for random audience, which maybe sectarian enough to not see clearly.

Youtube clip shows Bahrain’s Police arresting several American activists.  

Therefore, the initiative Witness Bahrain is a good deal. actually thats way it has been targeted lately, to the extent that the regime deport US citizens. if its not the first a history, I would you say the regime will not do such an action unless its a serious matter, because he tries to keep democratic face to foreigners, specially activists, as much as possible. I truly wish that the mission of this initiative has a larger goal than witnessing the first anniversary of the revolution, and hunting down activists doesn’t affect its work.

Angry Arabia in Jail .. AGAIN !!

Zainab al-Khawaja

I blogged about Zainab arrest last December, and it appeared, as expected, that they can’t keep her behind bars for long time. And as soon as they released her, she participated creatively and bravely more and more in Bahrain’s reevaluation.

The revaluation in Bahrain lacks pioneer youth to take the lead in political decision making, and influencing the public opinion. Unfortunately the activism in Bahrain remains classical and in the hand of those who have been in charge of politics since the 80’s and 90’s in a very traditional structure, however Zainab is one of the few youth leaders whom influenced the revolution in their own way.

Zainab joined Nabeel Rajab and his family in their walk to Lulu Square in Manama on February 13th. A video you youtube.com showed Zainab waving her hand with the V sign in-front off police officer whom were protected in between barbed wire fence and military vehicles, and she was shouting, most probably, with famous phrase  “Down Down Hamad”. another video showed her siting on the ground, surrounded with police officers waiting for police vehicles to take her, she was shouting “Down Down Hamad” while she was on the ground.

 

a spectator should admire the courage that Zainab has, a Bahraini should always be grateful to her, she is definitely a figure of the bright Bahrain revolution.

Bahrain Witness Under Arrest!

 

Huwaida Arraf, member of Bahrain Witness, a group arrived to Bahrain to witness the events of Bahrain’s revolution first anniversary  was arrested in Manama today!

(Manama) – US Citizens Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath were arrested by Bahraini security forces in Manama on Saturday during a peaceful protest in near the Standard Chartered Bank downtown. Protesters had marched into the city center to reestablish a presence of nonviolent, peaceful protest leading up to the 1-year anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising in Bahrain.

Huwaida and Radhika were in Bahrain as part of an international solidarity effort aimed at providing an international civilian presence to report and monitor the situation on the ground. Leading up to February 14, Bahraini authorities had prevented journalists, human rights observers and other internationals from entering the country, leading many to fear a brutal crackdown. The two women are part of the Witness Bahrain initiative (www.witnessbahrain.org), which arrived in Bahrain in response to a call by Bahraini democracy activists for international observers.

Just yesterday, top US human rights envoy, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, called on the Bahraini authorities to respect the rights of Bahrainis to peaceful protest and to refrain from using excessive force. Huwaida was dragged away by numerous security forces after sitting on the ground, and it is widely reported that detainees have suffered physical abuse while on the way to and at police stations.

Both women were part of a peaceful protest marching near the Pearl Roundabout – site of last year’s peaceful round-the-clock protest in Bahrain, modeled after Egypt’s Tahrir Square – when they were attacked. Both are human rights lawyers, and both have experience as human rights activists in Palestine. Additionally, both were part of the National Lawyer’s Guild delegation to Gaza following Operation Cast Lead to investigate possible war crimes and illegal use of American weaponry on a civilian population.

source : http://witnessbahrain.org/

Bahrainmirror.com reported(Ar) that Huwaida was beaten and arrested aggressively this afternoon, when she were participating in the 6th run of “Sumood” a peaceful protect in Manama downtown, organized by Nabeel Rajab president of Bahrain center of human rights.  On the government side, Bahrain news agency said that two activists have been deported from the country for joining illegal activities.