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Tuesday, December 20, 2005 

The Importance of Voice

I have been relatively blessed in being born in America, I have grown up in a world where I can state my own opinion without fear of reprisal...in fact, until I left the country and saw how others lived, I didn't even know that others could be persecuted for their thoughts and beliefs.

I now know better.

In my dealings with the issue of Kurdistan and the Kurdish blogger friends that I have been so fortuate to make, I have realized the extreme importance of the individual voice and ensuring that voice is protected.

I believe that there are many many other Kurdish voices just waiting to break out and say what they have been so desperately wanting to say to the world. I also believe that many of those voices remain silent because they are afraid that they will not be protected if they speak out. Rest assured, you are part of a larger community, a larger family, who wants to ensure your welfare. There are many guides out there that can help you learn how to blog anonymously and safely. The best guide out there by far is the Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents from Reporters without Borders. There are many Anonymous Blogging Guide sites out there to use as a resourse, as well as the Committee to Protect Bloggers. These guides are also translated into multiple languages to aid you as well.

So remember my friends, you have a family here just waiting to take you into our arms. Let yourself be heard.

There are a lot of way to make campaign in favor of a persecuted blogger. Unfortunately, the time for being arrested and tortured to death is often very short, only few hours in custody...

The best way for a blogger to keep safe is not to be caught... or denounced.

the best way for a blogger to stay anonymouse is to avoid forums and chat lines and not respond to emails from people he/she dont know.

Very true. Another thing people need to realize is that everyone we meet on the internet is not by any means safe. I don't want to make people paranoid, but in the internet, everything that you say about yourself, can be used by anyone else. We are incredibly vulnerable on the web, and we need to be smart about our actions.

hi can someone post this on this blog ?


"Iraq The Model" and Sunni Propaganda.

Iraq The Model blog is now spreading propaganda that Kurds and Shittes have agreed to divide Kirkuk and Baghdad between themsleves.

ITM claims that Kirkuk has been given to Kurds and Baghdad to Shittes.

ITM does not aknowledge the fact that Kirkuk was raped and ethnically cleansed by the Iraqi government and the policy of Arabization is still continuing.

ITM does not aknowledge that Kurds won 65% of the election votes in Kirkuk.

This propaganda campaign by those who have lost the elections will not find any ears in Iraq, but they might be able to lie to people in United States or Australia.

nerakar.

References:

www.iraqthemodel.com

Another reason to keep IRAQI blogs OUT of Kurdistani blogs..

According to Hewal.org Kurds will take Kirkuk and Sunnis add Haweeja to Tikrit in case of a civil war.

http://www.hewal.org/pages/he/161-1.pdf

..it are just rumours..

Too bad those Iraqi blogs are well read..

Hmmm,
Well this election has promulgated the most discord
we've seen in a long time in the Iraqi/Kurdish Blogosphere.

My question to Nerakar is what makes you think there wasn't a deal cut among the Kurds and Shia
to keep out the Sunni and other vote?

This is the Middle East after all and those things tend to happen.
And certainly the Shia Clergy and the Iranians seem to be intertwined in election hijinks.

But, one could argue however that the demographics were slightly eskew before the election and there were less Sunni and other ethnicities present, so despite the obvious fraud, the vote tended to reflect the actual population total.

There's also the issue of the mass resettlement
of Kurds back into the Kirkuk area leading up to the election,
the legality of which was challenged by Non-Kurds.

This election has left the Sunni and Turkmen feeling like they got screwed, and of course smaller groups like the Assyrians and Christians are voting with their feet, especially the Christians in Southern Iraq.

Sadly these preliminary election results have resulted in a more sectarian rather than secular Iraq, which isn't good for anyone.

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