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forienpolicy In the run-up to the country's parliamentary elections this Saturday, cyber-activists in Bahrain are using Google Earth to highlight the excesses of the ruling al-Khalifa family
If I am required to pay for your barbaric war, I choose not to live in your world.but how the hell he's making any change now ? and he even left a suicide note! hell ya!
Foreignpolicy The French have long been resistant to the idea of American cultural imperalism. Now, they are resisting American technological imperialism as well. Not only has France worked on a homegrown search engine to counter Google's ubiquity, the government is also casting off the cloak of Microsoft. The French parliament is following the example of its gendarmes and its Ministry of Culture and Communication by ditching Microsoft Windows for its computers' operating systems in favor of open source platform Linux. My tech geek friends have informed me that this is a smart move, and not just because they hate Microsoft. It will save France cash (money that would otherwise go to Microsoft's coffers for Windows licensing fees), and Linux is a more stable platform than Windows (which is prone to crashing, as we all know from personal experience). Security is also better, making it perfect for a government concerned about protecting privacy.
A grassroots Muslim PR campaign, with thousands of people as walking billboards, wearing shirts with messages that make people laugh and frown. But most importantly they make people think. They destroy the messages we receive on a daily basis from mainstream media outlets and even our own religious leaders.
Dr. H. Lauer
As a visitor throughout Afghanistan and Iran in the 1970s I put on a chadoor and burkha voluntarily to be around mosques. As a woman (from the USA) I found it a refreshing and liberating experience to be able to move around in public without being eyed as a sex object, which is the way I was brought up in a liberal westernized society where the size of my bottom and the shape of my chest determines my social worth. Guys, get a grip on why you resent so much women covering up in public. It is one way for us to overcome your social domination. Too bad. But it's true.
I am a Canadian woman living in Amsterdam. In principle i am against the burqa as an oppression of woman, and a barrier to integration, however, I am a firm believer in democracy. The Netherlands should put this to a referendum and let the people decide.
I've seen a burqa once or twiceso why they are annoyed anyway? if the very minority wear it then it shouldn't be a problem unless there is no laws to protect minorities rights and if its that big then it should be acceptable as they are representing large scope of the population.
You have been talking about burkas for 45 minutes. Virtually all participants have been men. Do you expect anyone to take this seriously?
Burkas are being presented as oppressive to women. Here in Amsterdam there are thousands of women walking around half naked. Does it ever occur to anyone that naked women are even more oppressed?
Makes me ashamed to be a Dutchman. What happened to centuries of tolerance? Perhaps we need another 1941 strike in support of a different minority!
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Noblemission and start abusing those girls.
China DailyJordan pulled off the biggest upset so far in the ongoing AFC Youth Championship after shocking last edition's runners-up China 2-1 in the quarterfinals at the Salt Lake Stadium on Monday.
The victory also ensured the West Asians a place in next year's FIFA U-20 World Cup. In the semifinals, they will meet DPR Korea, who defeated Iraq 2-0 in another quarterfinal at Bangalore, on November 9.
BBC - Saddam Hussein has urged Iraqis to seek reconciliation, two days after being sentenced to death by hanging for crimes against humanity.
Somebody recently noted that, what with all the bombing and killing and tyrannical madness going on in the world, how can we waste all this time talking about free software? Surely there's more important stuff to worry about?
Well, theyâ€™re absolutely right that there are bigger problems in the world. When I get a chance to do something more direct about it, I plan to. So far, it looks like voting is about it, though.
On the other hand, you canâ€™t trivialize peacetime matters. Peace is more important than stopping war. Itâ€™s the thing we need to protect when we deal with the evils in the world.
Regrettably, peace usually works the soft and slow way, while war is swift and always seems like the simpler solution. Hence our constant error in trying to make wars to stop wars. It is always a mistake to try to stop the processes of peace just because war seems more urgent. Because peace is what actually stops wars.
Free software does, in my opinion, make significant strides forward in creating long-term peace for humanity. A web, constructed of free software now connects us all, enemies and friends alikeâ€”and people who used to be enemies are becoming friends. Or perhaps only their children are.
This is the real thing that those â€œevil internet chat roomsâ€ are doing to our children: they are connecting them. Theyâ€™re allowing people who wouldnâ€™t talk to each other before the chance to do so in relative safety, unencumbered by distance. Theyâ€™re allowing them to come to terms with each other on a personal, down-to-Earth level like nothing else can. It makes a difference when you know that the â€œforeignerâ€ with the odd skin color and the funny-looking clothes has a name and a pet hamster named â€œRodrigoâ€.
The thing breeding in those internet chat rooms is surely the power-mongerers of the worldâ€™s worst nightmare: itâ€™s a new generation of people who are beginning to think of their race as â€œHumanâ€ and their nation as â€œEarthâ€. Iâ€™m not saying weâ€™re there yet, but there is something happening. Something that happens through shared experiences and exchanged knowledge. Something personal that treaties and laws and propaganda ministers canâ€™t get to. People are talking to each other.
Thereâ€™s a forum on the internet that I have visited where Hindi and Muslim Kashmiris hurl insults at each other, pretty much incessantly. But they are talking to each other. I regularly converse with people from all over the English-speaking world, and also with a few people from Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Sweden, India, Italy, and Brazil (a Brazillian made some important contributions to a project Iâ€™m still working on, while my main collaborator is Swedishâ€”so some of these relationships have been significant, productive experiences), not to mention Guam and Iceland.
Itâ€™s also largely on the internet that the knowledge of treachery and deceit in governments has been disseminated, because itâ€™s a nearly unsuppressable press with few chokepoints that would-be tyrants can throttle. And when they do try, as they are trying, it is largely through free software that work-arounds are made.
Free software is also hard at work, leveling the economic playing field for developing economies trying to modernize, without finding themselves under the thrall of developed nationsâ€™ software corporations. Itâ€™s free software thatâ€™s showing that sophisticated technology neednâ€™t be equated with powerful, centralized control, and that sharing doesn't have to forced by a command economy in order to work.
GNU/Linux is making affordable embedded devices (whether they are the OLPC laptops or just mobile phones) that can be deployed to more people in more remote locations, in order to empower those people with the ability to speak back and to solve their own problems in their own way on their own terms, using their own resources, instead of falling deeper and deeper into World Bank debt or some other form of debt-slavery imposed by developed-world power holders.
Happy, well-fed, well-educated, hopeful people do not become suicide bombers and neither do they elect fear-mongerers. So if you really want to stop the violence and bring back sanity, then the best way to do it is to do whatever it takes to make people in even the most far-away lands happy, well-fed, well-educated, and hopeful. Itâ€™s not just humanitarian and altruistic, itâ€™s also enlightened self-interest. And you could make worse choices than free software as a means of furthering that goal.
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2006/11/02/utube-com-sues-youtube-com/ DownloadSquad - Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment is getting mighty angry these days with all the hype over Google acquiring YouTube. Why, you ask? Well, Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment's web site is at Utube.com, and it seems that they get hit with over 2 million people each month now, mistyping YouTube's URL. So what else comes with the increase from 1500 users a month to 2 million? Crashed servers, and calls from the police about child porn on their web site! Wow! This must be coming as a shock to the Ohio equipment company. Anyway, the lawsuit is asking YouTube to stop using the YouTube.com domain name, or pay Universals re-branding. As if Google is going to give that domain up. I could see Google just buying Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment to get the Utube.com domain, and all of the traffic they're missing out on! Then they could develop some extra strong, high speed data pipe roll things for networks to search Google or something.
Michael: We are geeks at heart. That is one of the big things I love about her! We can spend the whole weekend in bed with our laptops going and the TV on. We send IM's to each other when we are just a room away. I sometimes find out stuff from her blog before she even tells me! We spend so much time online that if our friends hear we are having a completely broadcast wedding they wouldn't flinch, but our family might be a different story LOL!
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cost one billion a week. Another cool thing about Americans is that they abuse the use of kids in their campaigns unlike us, in this video they have nice kid wearing a t-shirt have
I'll still be paying for Bush's war when I'm 64" on it which might be true.