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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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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#FF for #Lulu #Feb14 in #Bahrain

Collation of Feb14 youths logo painted on a wall in Bahrain

One of the most painful facts is that the locals of Bahrain are suffering alone. Its frustrating that Arabs divided to pro and against revolutions in both countries Bahrain and Syria. I can go on and on about this subject but its at the end of the day useless, because people whom are still tied up with sectarian differences  are not up to live with other human beings peacefully.

Its, unfortunately, more than this in the case of Bahrain. There are almost universal agreement to kill or at least to mute the revolution. Sadly they succeed! many activists around the MENA region wondered “why did the Bahrainis gave up so early?”  and some blamed them “why you don’t go on the news more often?” . Its easy to conclude then if there are people who don’t believe that Bahrainis have the right to live peacefully in a democratic regime, there are also many don’t know that Bahrainis after almost a year from their first revolutionary act in Feb 14, 2011 still fight toward freedom and democracy.

Film maker May Ying Welsh inspired  by the fact that the Lulu revolution is almost the only revolution of Arab-spring that is ignored by the entire world titled her Al-Jazeera produced documentary “Shouting In The Dark” a documentary that hits 200,000 viewer on its fourth day on Youtube.

As this introduction suggest there is no way to follow news about the revolution in Bahrain from the news on TVs or newspapers but, of course, the western ones from time to time, as its completely, shamefully, ignored by the Arabic media. To follow the revolution in Bahrain you need to follow citizen journalists or classic journalists through websites and new media I’m afraid to say.

Therefore I will try to build a references list for those  whom are interested

 

– Feel free to quote or repost this list. And if you are an activist online consider this a personal appeal to spread the word about whats going on in Bahrain. 

– If you feel that there are more resources should be mentioned in this list, please mention them in a comment below. 

Mapping My Social Media Accounts

Forget about the key bored, take a paper and pen for a while and draw your "online" map

I just done mapping my accounts on the internet, discovered I have too many of them by the way. Really glad that I just did that, I feel really organized and have some space for more productivity now.

I was doing this task as a part of “threat assessment” in order to enhance my security online. However I discovered Its useful to spot and evaluate the content I post online. more importantly it gave me the impression about the time I spend on social media and weather if its needed or not.

during this task I found that some of my activity has minor priority but I always do it because it is fun and easy to do. Also I came to conclusions that I should use certain language for certain account. I also after this task take a decision  to stop a blog that I think is really achieved its goals and dedicate the time i spend on it to start writing my first book. Last but not least I hope that reorganizing my priorities online will help me focus on new types of new and social media such as Youtube and podcasts

I personally encourage the people who spend long time online to do this mapping, of course everyone can do ti on his own way, and this is the way I did mine

  1. I listed all the accounts I have online
  2. under each account I stated what I currently use the account for
  3. in front of that, I stated what goals I wanted to achieve with each account
  4. accordingly I rated the priority of each account.
  5. Finally I listed any new behaviors should be adopted while using each account, in order to accomplish to goals ( cancel the account, change the language, the subject matters, give it more time, etc .. ) \

If you did similar task, you are more than welcome to share you recipe ..

 

On Digital Security

Aswat intiative is am awsome place for activist to get more about digital security and acitvism

Aswat intiative is am awsome place for activist to get more about digital security and acitvism

Digital Security is indeed an important term that online activists are highly recommended to be aware of. Many people are active on the internet, recently people use internet for more than personal browsing. They use it to influence and promote change for certain agenda they believe in. it could be freedom and democracy and it could be something else. it depends on the user himself. Such a development in using the internet specially after the popularity achieved by social media portals made the internet not as safe as before, Therefore “online activists” should pay  as much attention to their security online as much they do offline.

There are many NGOs provide trainings and publications on digital security, sometimes it might be boring specially for those who are not interested in computer stuff but its always good to know how to establish “encrypted” secure connection, how to break censorship, how to send “encrypted” attachment protected with password and alike matters.

I was in related training few days ago and learned that my last blog was been killed by something called “denial of service attack”  it was a great opportunity to learn about this attack and to know how its working. At least now I know how those people who were targeting my blog succeed in their attack and I can be more carful in the future.

Basically, from any cyber activist prospective, who doesn’t care much about technology-related matters “I do by the way” achieving secure environment can be accomplished by downloading some tools like antivirus, firewall, tor, keypass, etc. and use them properly, but of course the much you read about it, the much you attend trainings the better.

#FreeRazan

Its very obvious that each and every single regime in the Arabic countries is corrupted, and it citizens, specially the youth, are living life with less standerds that other people in developed world are living. There is an old quote says “quite, Arabs are a asleep”, well they finally woke up, Arab spiring came to revolute against those regimes and to obtain the freedom which is the simplest right for individuals. The spiring started from the West in Tunisia and reached many countries including Bahrain, the little Island located in the rich spot of oil in the region Arabic/Persian Gulf, and Syria which is ruled by a regime is more closer to Russia, China, Iran than Arabs, USA, and europe as most of the middle eastern regimes.

Razan, Alaa, and Ali

Such a wake, such a wave,  indeed, needs human resources, strong fighters welling to sacrifice for the favor of their nations. those whom we call “activists”. Recently a cyber activist has been arrested on the Syrian borders while she was travelling to Jordan. Her case is already well known and people been very supportive online, and that is the minimum that could be done.

The Syrian Razan met a The Bahraini Ali Abdul Imam and the egyptian Alaa Abdul Fatah, in one if not more than one blogging event, they were working for more freedom, more rights, and for a better region. I assume that no one looked to other religion, sect or questioned if there are any hidden agenda beyond working in such field. Maybe, thats way the three of them were sent to jail.

This post is not to about  the facts of Razan‘s, Alaa‘s, and Ali‘s activism and their arrests, there are already enough articles online, its however to support Razan in the frist place, and to encourage people to take those three activists as good examples. Unfortunately the revolutions now are divided on sectarian basis, no body cares about Bahrain but Iran, Iraq and South Lebanon because they are Shiites, and everybody else cares about Syria revolution because its fully supported by KSA and Qatar! I’m not sure if people stil remember Ali Abdul Imam, and know he’s hiding and don’t see his family! or know about the teachers, lawyers, medical doctors, journalists, students etc that have been arrested and tortured in Bahrain since February till now.

I wish that we have Razan back soon, as well as Ali and Alaa because of they are the true heros whom respect individual’s right regardless of their believes. and god bless the Syrians who are working hard and giving their blood in order to achieve better conditions for their country.