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2012-12-12 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Human Rights Day
Chen Guangcheng: "Citizens of the world, let your voice be heard in support of justice...The nations of the world should shift their focus from trade to human rights"



Chen Guangcheng, the blind dissident who escaped arrest and now lives in the ... read more

2012-08-20 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
'On days when a lot of people are killed, the government will just shut down the Internet' ; AccessNow accuses MTN of collaborating with Syrian government https://www.accessnow.org/mtn
"Our contacts on the ground in Syria have told us that phone and internet service is constantly being throttled, and sometimes it's completely cut off -- just as military tanks roll into a neighborhood. "

https://www.accessnow.org/mtn

Bloomberg ... read more

2012-08-20 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
'On days when a lot of people are killed, the government will just shut down the Internet' ; AccessNow accuses MTN of collaborating with Syrian government : mtn's ethics board http://www.mtn.com/Sustainability/Sustai
Apparently MTN has recently set up a "Board Social and Ethics Committee" that is supposed to address human rights issues.  I sent them an email asking what their policy was about Syria, if they had discussed it.  If anyone gets an answer out of them please ... read more

2012-07-13 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Tucson Council on Foriegn Relations http://www.tcfr.org/
Discussion group capped at 150 members, with lunch and dinner presentations about international issues.

2012-05-09 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
The bird has left the cage. What do we do?
This cryptic text (in Chinese, of course) is how He Peirong knew that Chen GuangCheng had escaped and needed help.  Rather than an organized group of dissidents, it seems more that it is just people who realize that each other can be trusted or care, ... read more

2012-05-09 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Facebook page and Petition to free He Peirong : PearlHer released unharmed
He Peirong is back home, see

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20120505000044

or follow her (mostly in Chinese) at:

http://twitter.com/#pearlher

Since previously she had been beaten or abused (tied ... read more

2012-05-04 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Facebook page and Petition to free He Peirong http://facebook.com/FreePearlHer
I haven't found an organization actively supporting the Chinese dissidents.  Most of those I've seen who write about He Peirong are primarily right-to-life activists who are opposed to forced abortion.  He Peirong isn't primarily an abortion activist ... read more

2012-05-02 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
(update: He Peirong is free) Chen Guangcheng's Rescuer Needs to be Rescued: He Peirong
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- He Peirong is a petite woman with a spine of steel. I know her because she spearheaded the movement to free Chen Guangcheng inside China, while I have played a similar role in the U.S. and Europe. ... read more

2012-05-02 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Chen Guangchen walks out of US Embassy - due to threats? http://www.chinaaid.org/2012/05/chinaaid
ChinaAid Response to Chen Guangcheng “Walking Out of US Embassy"

(Beijing — May 2, 2012) /ChinaAid association/ ChinaAid has viewed relevant information released by Chinese government  regarding Chen Guangcheng's reportedly "walking out of US Embassy ... read more

2011-08-31 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Change in Egypt - reporting on the ground from Spot.us http://spot.us/pitches/986-the-cloud-in-
From crowdmapping torture to problems of poverty and chaos, to the feasibility of drafting a constitution online, Spot.us journalist Tanja Aitamurto reports from the ground in Egypt.  

See http://spot.us/pitches/986-the-cloud-in-egypt-help-or-hype ... read more

2011-07-21 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Global Voices http://globalvoicesonline.org
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:36:12 +0000With Armenia ranking 123 out of 178 countries in a 2010 Transparency International report measuring corruption, Life in the Caucasus, a blog maintained by a Peace Corps volunteer in the country, notes that bribery take place ... read more

2011-07-21 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
World News http://nytimes.com
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:04:31 GMTJanet Nova, the News Corporation’s interim group general counsel, was the first to react to a protester wielding a pie at Rupert Murdoch. ... read more

2011-07-14 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Syrian Human Rights Info http://www.shril-sy.info/enshril/modules
The battle for democracy in Syria is in part a war of information, a struggle to communicate the story to the world.  Attacks continue on activists, protesters, journalists and bloggers.  

On July 1st, blogger  Anas Al-Marawi was arrested, whereabouts ... read more

2011-05-02 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Obama gets Osama
Mission accomplished: Osama bin Laden has been tracked down and killed in a raid by Navy SEALS using information gained by the CIA.  See
Osama bin Laden buried at sea after being killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan
or the wikipedia account Death of Osama ... read more

2011-03-14 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
No-flight zone for Qaddafi
This NYT article makes sense to me:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/opinion/14slaughter.html?_r=1

Showing restraint and letting the Arabs run their own revolutions is fine - but this guy is bombing his own people and the protestors are begging ... read more

2011-03-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Egyptian Innovation - Interview http://beenaproject.com
Egypt isn't done yet, by a long shot.

An take-the-world-by-surprise mostly peaceful revolution, followed by?  If Ramy Nagy with the Beena Project has anything to say about it, the follow up will not only surprise you but could involve you.

Ramy ... read more

2011-02-27 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
BeenaProject http://beenaproject.com
"by us" - innovative projects building community in Egypt.  Cool stuff by local people trying to build something.  Link to them.

2011-02-23 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
"hope is my breakfast, lunch and supper." http://twitter.com/#!/AliTweel
Read live twitter posts from inside Libya (when it is not blocked)

2011-02-23 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
'They have run out of thread to stitch up wounds'
Abdul (no last name) is trying to get a medical convoy into Libya to get supplies to treat protesters. Read full story

The situation in Libya is more serious than it was in Egypt.  ""They are not using water cannons against them, they are not using ... read more

2011-02-11 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
El Baradei's page translated to English http://translate.google.com/translate?js
Egyptian opposition leader Dr El Baradei may be the next key player in the Middle East.  His statement Together we will change lays out a roadmap for the next steps towards democracy.

2011-02-11 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
We are all Khalid Said - a Facebook page for the Egyptian uprising http://www.facebook.com/elshaheeed.co.uk
2/11/2011 Mubarek Resigns!
read usa today article

2/11/2011Protests continued yesterday after demonstrators expressed frustration with Mubarek's speech

2/8/2011 Wael Ghoneim, a blogger and google exec who is called one of the instigators of the ... read more

2010-12-08 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
best wikileaks response http://www.buzzmachine.com/2010/12/04/wi
'Best laugh was reading that when Hilary rang the world leaders to personally apologise one of them said, “You should hear what we say about YOU!” '

2011-02-23 "hope is my breakfast, lunch and supper."
http://twitter.com/#!/AliTweel
Read live twitter posts from inside Libya (when it is not blocked)
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2012-08-20 'On days when a lot of people are killed, the government will just shut down the Internet' ; AccessNow accuses MTN of collaborating with Syrian government
https://www.accessnow.org/mtn
"Our contacts on the ground in Syria have told us that phone and internet service is constantly being throttled, and sometimes it's completely cut off -- just as military tanks roll into a neighborhood. "

https://www.accessnow.org/mtn

Bloomberg reported back in February that MTN disrupted protestors text messages, according to internal sources.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-15/syria-blocks-texts-with-dublin-made-gear.html

MTN, based out of South Africa, is apparently worried about the negative publicity, as their PR department contacted AccessNow to ask how to improve their image.   AccessNow responded to them to change their actions on the ground.  If the allegations are true, MTN is cutting off a key lifeline - communication - ...read more...
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2011-02-23 'They have run out of thread to stitch up wounds'
Abdul (no last name) is trying to get a medical convoy into Libya to get supplies to treat protesters. Read full story

The situation in Libya is more serious than it was in Egypt.  ""They are not using water cannons against them, they are not using tear gas. They are using live ammunition," he said.

On the other hand, cities are falling rapidly to the rebels.

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2012-05-02 (update: He Peirong is free) Chen Guangcheng's Rescuer Needs to be Rescued: He Peirong
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- He Peirong is a petite woman with a spine of steel. I know her because she spearheaded the movement to free Chen Guangcheng inside China, while I have played a similar role in the U.S. and Europe. That's where the similarity ends. I have advocated for Chen in complete safety. Peirong, however, has been beaten and detained repeatedly for this extremely dangerous undertaking. Now, she is detained again, for rescuing Chen.

How did Chen escape? The Chinese Communist Party clamped down on him as hard as it could. His house was surrounded by 66 guards working in three shifts -- 22 guards every eight hours. His village was sealed off by yet more guards. His phone, computer and television were confiscated. He was completely shut off from th ...read more...
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2011-02-27 BeenaProject
http://beenaproject.com
"by us" - innovative projects building community in Egypt.  Cool stuff by local people trying to build something.  Link to them.
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2011-08-31 Change in Egypt - reporting on the ground from Spot.us
http://spot.us/pitches/986-the-cloud-in-egypt-help-or-hype/updates
From crowdmapping torture to problems of poverty and chaos, to the feasibility of drafting a constitution online, Spot.us journalist Tanja Aitamurto reports from the ground in Egypt.  

See http://spot.us/pitches/986-the-cloud-in-egypt-help-or-hype/updates

Spot.us is a new mechanism of community funded journalism.  Anyone can pitch a story idea and it is up to the community to fund it."
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2012-05-02 Chen Guangchen walks out of US Embassy - due to threats?
http://www.chinaaid.org/2012/05/chinaaid-response-about-chen-guangcheng.html
ChinaAid Response to Chen Guangcheng “Walking Out of US Embassy"

(Beijing — May 2, 2012) /ChinaAid association/ ChinaAid has viewed relevant information released by Chinese government  regarding Chen Guangcheng's reportedly "walking out of US Embassy's diplomatic protection on May 2 with his own volition."

ChinaAid President Bob Fu also has received phone calls from Assistant Secretary Mike Posner who is traveling with Secretary Clinton in Beijing for S&ED. Mr Posner indicates he has been accompanying and traveling with the Chen's family today in Beijing including a hospital visit. Mr Posner reiterates the US commitment for the Chen's family's safety and freedom and to reassure that the agreement reached by both government can be followed through so that "Chen's work, function and l ...read more...
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2011-03-07 Egyptian Innovation - Interview
http://beenaproject.com
Egypt isn't done yet, by a long shot.

An take-the-world-by-surprise mostly peaceful revolution, followed by?  If Ramy Nagy with the Beena Project has anything to say about it, the follow up will not only surprise you but could involve you.

Ramy Nagy, founder of http://beenaproject.com, gave us this interview:

bTucson : I'm very impressed with the scope of the Beena project, especially given that it has just started along with the revolution in
Egypt. Is this something you were thinking of for some time, or how did it come about?

Nagy: I have been interested in starting "Beena" for a few months, but I thought of it as a printed magazine first. After the revolution it was clear that Egyptians use the Internet in such an engaged and active way that it would m ...read more...
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2011-02-11 El Baradei's page translated to English
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=ar&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.taghyeer.net%2F
Egyptian opposition leader Dr El Baradei may be the next key player in the Middle East.  His statement Together we will change lays out a roadmap for the next steps towards democracy.
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2012-05-04 Facebook page and Petition to free He Peirong
http://facebook.com/FreePearlHer
I haven't found an organization actively supporting the Chinese dissidents.  Most of those I've seen who write about He Peirong are primarily right-to-life activists who are opposed to forced abortion.  He Peirong isn't primarily an abortion activist, though, as far as I can see she writes about freedom and creative ways for people in China to express themselves without getting in trouble.  I love her article about the bumper stickers supporting Chen GuangCheng that looked just enough like Colonel Sanders that police would believe they were about free Kentucky Fried Chicken instead.  http://pearlher.org

Pearl is a free spirit who is right now in some sort of ugly cage - please sign the petition and like the facebook page here: http://facebook.com/FreePearlHer""
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2011-07-21 Global Voices
http://globalvoicesonline.org
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:36:12 +0000With Armenia ranking 123 out of 178 countries in a 2010 Transparency International report measuring corruption, Life in the Caucasus, a blog maintained by a Peace Corps volunteer in the country, notes that bribery take place at all levels of society and in every sphere of life. Written by Liana...

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:37:23 +0000“Please help me comprehend what’s wrong with our indigenous women that Guatemala’s Tourism Board hires light-skin ladinas and white women to represent our women? I need help understanding what’s wrong with the other 45% of the population? Don’t mestizos, ladinos, blacks and whites fit the ‘Guatemalan profile'?” asks Rudy GirĂłn...

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:37:14 +0000...read more...

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2012-12-12 Human Rights Day
Chen Guangcheng: "Citizens of the world, let your voice be heard in support of justice...The nations of the world should shift their focus from trade to human rights"



Chen Guangcheng, the blind dissident who escaped arrest and now lives in the United States, makes a strong plea for people to speak out, and also directly chides Xi Jinping for not improving justice and openness in Chinese society. Chen Guangcheng's nephew has been imprisoned for resisting a beating and other family members have been targeted as well.  Chen speaks about dissidents who disappeared, who supposedly 'committed suicide' and those who are still in danger.""
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2011-03-14 No-flight zone for Qaddafi
This NYT article makes sense to me:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/opinion/14slaughter.html?_r=1

Showing restraint and letting the Arabs run their own revolutions is fine - but this guy is bombing his own people and the protestors are begging for someone to stop him.  Do we really want to sit back and let Qaddafi kill the only people brave enough rise up in Libya for decades?
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2011-05-02 Obama gets Osama
Mission accomplished: Osama bin Laden has been tracked down and killed in a raid by Navy SEALS using information gained by the CIA.  See
Osama bin Laden buried at sea after being killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan
or the wikipedia account Death of Osama bin Laden

insider's account of the decision

"In addition, Obama's apparent decisiveness on the matter stands in opposition to many of the images that have been painted of the president's leader ...read more...
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2011-07-14 Syrian Human Rights Info
http://www.shril-sy.info/enshril/modules/news/index.php?storytopic=3
The battle for democracy in Syria is in part a war of information, a struggle to communicate the story to the world.  Attacks continue on activists, protesters, journalists and bloggers.  

On July 1st, blogger  Anas Al-Marawi was arrested, whereabouts still unknown.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights has demanded his release and continues to press for freedom of the press in other Arab countries as well.  See http://www.anhri.net/en/ for more information."
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2012-05-09 The bird has left the cage. What do we do?
This cryptic text (in Chinese, of course) is how He Peirong knew that Chen GuangCheng had escaped and needed help.  Rather than an organized group of dissidents, it seems more that it is just people who realize that each other can be trusted or care, who may not even talk to each other but have heard of each other's actions and make individual decisions to act or contact each other when it is needed.

After this text, Pearl wrote back "I understand.  I am in Bejing" and drove the 6 hours to find Chen GuangCheng - she did not know exactly where he would be but had to search for him for two hours.  She had not met him before but had tried several times to visit him.

See http://pearlher.org/?cat=1, the translation may not work - sometimes it seems to translate into Italian instead of Eng ...read more...
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2012-07-13 Tucson Council on Foriegn Relations
http://www.tcfr.org/
Discussion group capped at 150 members, with lunch and dinner presentations about international issues.
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2011-02-11 We are all Khalid Said - a Facebook page for the Egyptian uprising
http://www.facebook.com/elshaheeed.co.uk
2/11/2011

Mubarek Resigns!


read usa today article

2/11/2011Protests continued yesterday after demonstrators expressed frustration with Mubarek's speech

2/8/2011 Wael Ghoneim, a blogger and google exec who is called one of the instigators of the current protests, has been released after being held and interrogated - mostly blindfold - for 12 days.

Ghoneim was the anonymous editor and writer "El Shaheeed"

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2011-07-21 World News
http://nytimes.com
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:04:31 GMTJanet Nova, the News Corporation’s interim group general counsel, was the first to react to a protester wielding a pie at Rupert Murdoch.




Thu, 21 Jul 2011 11:40:54 GMTDisorganization extends to matters as basic as making sure ample ammunition is provided to fighters.



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2010-12-08 best wikileaks response
http://www.buzzmachine.com/2010/12/04/wikileaks-power-shifts-from-secrecy-to-transparency/
'Best laugh was reading that when Hilary rang the world leaders to personally apologise one of them said, “You should hear what we say about YOU!” '
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