Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Offering myself up for arrest again

The "arrest me" campaign is taking off. Great to see how these things spread and diffuse into the real world.

Three days of anti-war protests in Washington have ended the way protest organisers planned, with the arrest outside the White House of Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war movement's symbolic leader...

The "arrest me" protest had been planned and discussed with Washington area police and emails were sent to media organisations, outlining what would happen and when. more


Plus:

Ursula Rucker wants to be put on the CIA and FBI watch list. Paris Pompor asks the Amnesty festival singer why.


Plus plus: a nearly overlooked mention but cheers anyway to dailykos for helping to get the "arrest me" message out there.

Would just like to point out that the idea is a kind of independent initiative and does not represent all bloggers let alone all Iraqi bloggers, only those who wish to be arrested in solidarity with others who already have been are campaigning for arrest. Hopefully, this will catch on. Because when I get arrested, I hope to have company. Would also like at this point to point out the plight of bloggers facing the threat of arrest in Iran and China. Update: and Singapore.

Unrelated link duty: see Riverbend.

5 Comments

#10/08/2005 12:02:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Rob

You do understand that if the kids over at DailyKos had their way with international affairs, good Iraqis--such as the ones who maintain this blog and the other 167+ Iraqi blogs--would still be under the heel of Saddam.

 
#10/11/2005 07:13:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Sharon Jumper

I was the author of the diary in question on Daily Kos. Little does "Rob" know, but my son is a soldier who served in Iraq and is now in Afghanistan. "Rob" is probably one of the chickenhawk Americans who talks trash, but has never served his country or anyone else's.
I would like to invite all of you to come discuss things over at Daily Kos, as well as at an international online conference sponsored by the UN and several other international NGO's - Go to http://discuss.politalk.org and register. We are anxious to have more input from Iraqis about things that we can do to make the world a better and safer place.
Sharon Jumper

 
#10/11/2005 08:45:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

We would love to have you at DailyKos

 
#10/11/2005 08:45:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous MadCasey

I agree. As an active participant in the American political, I can tell from his post that "Rob" is coming from a stance regarding Iraq where he believes "I'm glad someone did something about this issue that I cared so little about 3 years ago."

He also seems to believe that just because some people in America didn't trust the Bush administration's reasons for attacking Iraq, we have a love for dictatorships and the perversion of human rights.

Meanwhile, the administration and politicians whom he supports are actively defending their decisions to torture people, and attempting to continue doing so:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/10/06/senate.detainees/index.html

Apparently, the only "heels" that people like Rob seem to think are oppressive are those which stay within a nation's borders... everyone else seems to be fair game.

 
#10/11/2005 08:38:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Alpha

Im one of the "kids" over at dailykos and i'm glad saddam is gone. i discussed this with my iraqi american friend 10 years ago about ridding the world of saddam and he was sure it would never happen since saddam was so heavily armed. getting rid of bad dictators is a liberal trait.

there are many in america, however, who want Iraq now to stand on its own ASAP and have our troops exit the middle east

 

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