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Israel <3 Iran – A Facebook revolution for peace

Posted by ápr 21 2012

Just a few days after Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and US President, Barack Obama stated: Iran will have to face the consequences of not cooperating with the United Nations about their atom energy researches, something blew up the internet… and it wasn’t a bomb. Thanks to a new Facebook movement now the whole world can see how true it is when the “citizens of the Middle East” say: the conflict is not between people… it’s between governments. My piece for The Wild magazine…

Israel Loves Iran social media group was formed by a handful of brave girls and guys who were smart enough to see the bigger picture: if Facebook could start a revolution in Egypt, why couldn’t it stop the III. World War even before it could start? Almost 50. 000 freedom fighter joined the start up in just a few weeks to show their support, and while many of us can upload our photos covered with love hearts and inspiring sentences, the people of Iran has to hide their faces and names while joining the group. Supporting peace is not something Iran’s political leaders would watch arms folded…

“To the Iranian people, to all the fathers, mothers, children, brothers and sisters! For there to be a war between us, first we must be afraid of each other, we must hate. I’m not afraid of you, I don’t hate you. I don t even know you. No Iranian ever did me no harm. I never even met an Iranian…Just one in Paris in a museum. Nice dude. I see sometime here, on the TV, an Iranian. He is talking about war. I’m sure he does not represent all the people of Iran. If you see someone on your TV talking about bombing you …be sure he does not represent all of us. I’m not an official representative of my country. I know the streets of my town, I talk with my neighbors, my family, my students, my friends and in the name of all these people …we love you. We mean you no harm. On the contrary, we want to meet, have some coffee and talk about sports. To all those who feel the same, share this message and help it reach the Iranian people.” goes the message what over 40. 000 Facebook users shared on their walls in the past two weeks. Visiting the site anyone can learn about the history of friendship between Iran and Israel: King Cyrus, one of the most powerful Persian leaders of all time, was a strong friend to the Jewish people. Following the Babylonian exile of Jews from their homeland, King Cyrus authorized the unprecedented right of Jews to return Jerusalem. “The Iranian and Jewish peoples have over 2,000 years of friendship. Is there any reason this should change? Us Iranians and Israelis are Middle Eastern peoples. We have seen first-hand how social media has transformed this region. Let’s not underestimate the power we hold in our hands! If each of us shares this page with five friends, we can change the relationship between our two nations from the ground up.” Are you up for the challenge?

Peace begins with us and it flourishes when we extend tolerance, unconditionally, to our neighbors. Yehuda Berg, spiritual leader and kabbalah teacher says: “Solutions for peace are never political, philosophical, or militaristic. And violence is merely fighting darkness with more darkness. Solutions must be founded upon spiritual Light and the human soul. Conflict and war among nations begin with friction between individual people. A nation at war is simply the effect of spiritual darkness born of animosity and intolerance among individuals who comprise the nation. As long as brothers or friends can find reason to clash with one another, nations will devise reasons for bloody battle. We’ve been duped into believing that our actions toward others have no impact upon the world at large. Wrong. Not only do interactions between two people contribute to the state of the world, each interaction totally and completely transforms the world. When enough people make the effort to find good in one another, nations will suddenly and miraculously discover ways to achieve a lasting harmony.”

Please join the group. Let’s show that small people have big words to say.

Blackout for Hungary

Posted by jan 05 2011

A new media law in Hungary creates a powerful censorship authority without oversight and excessive powers under control of the governing party, which endangers the freedom of speech, the Internet and journalism as a whole. Citizens are called to black-out the Internet from the 5th January – when Hungary is taking over the EU presidency on the 6th January 2011.

RIP?… The Bridge of Liberty, Budapest.

The new Hungarian media law entered into force on January the 1st 2011. This law enables the ruling party to gain control of the Internet through the creation of a powerful censorship authority. While destroying journalistic source protection the text also fails to distinguish between different types of media, mixing online platforms and traditional broadcasters and making them obey the same standards. The Hungarian ruling party deliberately avoided public consultation on the new media law. It is plain to see their will to control and censor the Internet while bypassing democracy and suppressing dissent, opposition and transparency. Concerned citizens’ opinion is confirmed by the joint analysis of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, the Eötvös Károly Institute and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, who observe that…

“…the Bill will enact a compulsory registration system for all content providers. The maximum amount of fines for national television broadcaster is set to 200 million HUF, and to 25 million HUF for national printed and online newspapers (including blogs with advertisements). The media authority will have the power to suspend or even shut down Internet websites that does not meet the requirements. The Bill will establish legal responsibility beyond the press for intermediary providers. This shift would be in sharp contrast with EU regulation. According to the original plans, decisions of the authority may be subject to judicial review, but submitting a motion to the court would not have any suspending effect as far as the execution of sentences is concerned.”

Hungary will take over the EU presidency on the 6th of January, while various Member States are attempting to impose Internet censorship, amongst widespread local and international protest about the new media legislation. As the “Child Protection” EU directive will attempt to sneakily impose censorship of the Net, it is now very likely that the Hungarian Presidency will participate in the global EU effort of censoring the Internet.

“All citizens, in Hungary and beyond, should react to this blatant attack against the Internet! When the Hungarian government opens the box of Net censorship, after the French and the Italian ones, it’s all of EU should be afraid. We must warn EU citizens and reject any scheme of Internet censorship altogether!” conludes Vince Kovács, spokesperson of blackout4hungary.