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.

 

12, 13, 14 and 15 of Feb [ So God Help Them ]


Coalition Showed it's capabilities through organized "show off" demonstration in preparation of retrieving Lulu Square back. - picture shows in the demonstration in Hamala Southern Manama

 

The first anivrsuiry of  the revultion in Bahrain is next Tuesday. Since last February 14th the protesting and demonstrations didn’t stop for a single day, on the other hand violence, arrests, torture, and sectarian actions didn’t stop from regime’s side for a single day either.  It has been bellow the radar though. Few reports has been published lately, although, the government is doing very good on it’s part of forbidding international reporters from entering the country in this very specific period of time.

Feb14th Youth coalition (official Facebook page) already announced it’s event “The Biggest Return” which will declare the zero moment for all rebels to attempt to take Lulu Square back, anytime between 12th to 15th of February. and they have shown how serious they are with big demonstrations in villages with masked men and women wearing shrouds and waving the flag of the coalition. The pictures and videos for those events showed noticeable structure and organizing introducing a brand new style in filed work rather the classic pop-up filed work. The coalition proved their ability to shift from online platforms basically bahrainonline.org and Facebook to filed work, and as they succeed they earned decent credibility.

Wearing a mask, in the demonstration organized by the coalition in Al-Dair, Muharraq Island Northern Manama yesterday

Nabeel Rajab, president of Bahrain Center for Human Rights, tweeted that he will participate in the big return. In later tweet he asked the people who will might escape if the police heavily attacked the marching people to avoid the fronts lines, giving space to those who might probably fight back and go further. Nabeel as a human right defender was on the ground all the time last year, moving from house to house, visiting injured people, families of politically detained prisoners, and participating in the most revolutionary events, major population of Bahrainis now appreciate and respect Nabeel, and his participation in the Big Return will automatically generate the participation of his fans.

Expected and ordinary news has been leaked about the tactics of stopping this event, that goes something like this; police will surround the residential areas, no ins no outs and no gatherings allowed inside. On the square side it’s the military task to prevent citizens from reaching the square if the police failed in keeping them inside their homes using the normal tear gas, rubber bullets, etc, etc,

So Bahrainis are very insisting in reaching Lulu Square again, the regime is totally against that. No international media on board. Its pretty much a massacre to me, a massacre that the Bahrainis willingly going for it, for having either freedom or dignity.

When I Discovered The Turkish Bath

Turkish Hammam "bath" composed by Jean Jacques

So you don’t know when are you going to live a totally experience. As simple as it is, it might be a very joyful thing to test and it help you appreciate a new culture and explore a new aspect of life. It wasn’t on my agenda and I was not looking forward to try a turkish bath, for the simple reason that I didn’t know anything about it. However its the chance and the fact being in the right place with the right people what led me to it.

The Ottoman style hall, helps in relaxing with it proper materials and lightings and the servants available

Basically in a turkish “hammam” you sit in a steam room and a sauna for half an hour to prepare your body for scrubbing with a special tool made of horse’s skins. The scrubbing removes the dead flesh which located underneath the skin, and support the  circulatory, the scrubber told me. and then simply you soap your body with a homemade product  and enjoy a bath in old fashion Ottoman style. Most of the bath is in a public hall made of marble and has kind of small tubs were you can mix the cold and hot water to suite your desired temperature, and you wash your body using old metal utensils. And it doesn’t stop and this end, yet there are more after the bath. When you finish, you put on couple of towels over all your body, relax in the bath lounge and enjoy a turkish tea and hookah.

When I tried it for the first time at one of Sheraton’s hotels in Turkey, it was a maximum pleasure for me, I enjoyed it more than enjoying a pool, or a steamed shower, for me its was like traveling to the past in a time machine, to be inside a book for a while, and to a live a fairy tail about the Ottoman Empire. and God it was relaxing in a way that you feel sometimes that you are the emperor himself. I would say its give you the sense about how those people were living, and if there is a 100 things to do before you die list the turkish bath is on the list. So if you are looking to an excellent turkish bath, you most probably will find one in Turkey, a country that was part of the Ottoman empire.

Bahrain is Lulu

"Farooq Junction" after vanishing Lulu landscape in a military operation supported by Saudi troops. The junction remain closed since last March when the operation took place.

 

I was inspired to write this post after reading the following tweet, that was mentioned in the article Bahrain: Celebration and Criticism Greet “Manama, Capital of Arab Culture 2012″ on globalvoices.com

@Hu4mansoor: ليس طريقا للؤلؤ ذاك الذي لا يمر على دوار اللؤلؤة. #bahrain #14feb
It is not a Path of Pearls if it doesn’t lead to the Pearl Roundabout.
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Its rather ironic that Bahrain started its opening ceremony for celebrating its “unfair” granted title of Capital of Arab Culture 2012 with a musical performance called “The Path of Pearls”. Yes Bahrain is known and well always known with Pearls, just because it is the host of finest pearls ever and many if not the most of locals were working in pearls hunting before discovering the oil on the island. But, however, authorities tried and obviously failed in deleting this fact from the country’s history just after the civilized citizens protested in the well known “Lulu” square in the middle of the capital Manama.
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With a very radical mind, the authorities not only changed it’s name to “Al-Farooq” junction, the very sectarian name that they thought will increase the tension among the divided to Shiites and Sunnis locals, but also destroyed a beautiful landscape of the pearl in the middle of the square and installed ugly traffic lights that remained closed with maximum security since last March.
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Bahrain’s government also withdraw the ” 500 Fils” coins and stopped it from being used just because it had the picture of Lulu symbol  on one of its sides. But they anyway didn’t had the courage to change the name of one of oldest and famous malls in the heart of Manama called “Lulu Mall”. They, then, lacked the intelligence to achieve one of the most meaningless polices they adopted to handle the sequences of  the revelation.

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Its seriously funny, that they chose the same theme they were fighting over a year now to their opening ceremony. And its defiantly worthy to notice that almost in the same time the formal opposition in Bahrain announced their open sit-in in one of the villages while many people are getting prepared to head back to Lulu square on the next February 14th. Although its very obvious how aggressively the regime attack the daily marches in Bahrain, we are eager to see how the cultured regime will handle the two major upcoming events.