He lied, thousands died!
Hold George Bush responsible.
I am William "Papa" Meloney and I endorse this message.
We have discussed this issue many times before, and we have successfully launched the Just Bahraini campaign, I believe that in the current circumstances, it is time to notch it up higher, and as bloggers, stand united together against sectarianism and discrimination in all their forms.
Therefore, I propose the following code to be adopted and signed by all Electronic Publishers, be they bloggers, webmasters, forum moderators, etc.
The code was the result of discussions with friend and journalist Ahmed Al-Aradi of Al-Waqt who wrote an excellent series of articles about the situation in Bahrain entitled “The Manufacture of Hatred”. The code he wrote was based on the previously published Bloggers’ Code of Ethics. He has retooled that to create this new code specifically targeted to alleviate sectarianism and the propagation of hate in the electronic sphere.
I suggest we review the following text and come to an agreement on the final code which I propose that we all sign physically and electronically on the International Blog Day which coincides with the 31st of August.
[Note: I am including the entire English text because this should not just be for
The Websites Code of Ethics (sites without sectarianism)
We the undersigned, owners of the websites, forums, and blogs, being managers, supervisors, controllers, participators and stakeholders,
declare, each according to his/her position and sincere national role, our being bound to this code entitled (sites without sectarianism), announcing to the public what follows:
- The freedom of expression is guaranteed by the Constitution. It is an asset that cannot be eliminated, being an integral part of the fundamental freedoms laid down by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the National Action Charter and the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain, provided that this freedom is a responsible freedom in the maintenance of the social fabric and provided that it does not infringe upon the others’ freedoms and religious or doctrinal belongings.
- We seek freely and fairly raise the level of dialogue and discussion within the democratic frame, apart from any sectarian, racist or family suggestions.
- We refuse any suggestion or writings including a sectarian concept or an incitement to hatred, an abuse of the freedom of religion, doctrine or belief.
- our duty is to protect religions in the light of the religious values, morals, customs, traditions and inherent Bahraini heritage, based on forgiveness, solidarity and cooperation, without giving precedence to the interests of any religious, doctrinal, sectarian or family category over another or attacking any of them, no matter how different they are from our religious and doctrinal components or faith.
- we seek through our management, control, supervision and participation in the sites, forums and blogs, the service of the country with all its categories, currents and trends under the pluralist freedom, based on the understanding, negotiation, and exchange of points of view without any sectarian, doctrinal, or family allusions.
- We expressly and strongly refuse any fanatic suggestion whether at the religious, doctrinal or sectarian level of any religion or sect and we declare our refusing position of all what enhances the separation between the one society members, due to the damages it may cause to the national unity.
- We insist on our full compliance with all what is suggested on our sites and in our forums and blogs subject to the national line unity, and we will take a strict position in confronting personalities or sects that want to destroy such sites, forums or blogs, instead of criticizing positions and decisions.
Posted by William Meloney at 11:06 AM
On Wednesday, Iranian members of parliament voted to discuss a draft bill that seeks to “toughen punishment for disturbing mental security in society.” The text of the bill would add, “establishing websites and weblogs promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy,” to the list of crimes punishable by death.
Posted by William Meloney at 10:45 AM
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Jamaica is building up a good head of froth over the prospect of a project by the Bible Society of the West Indies to translate The Bible into Patois and publish it. Already, I feel conflicted. Should I write every sentence in standard English and then the equivalent in Patois? Is "Patois" a proper noun needing to be capitalized or can I write it with a small p? That's another issue, but it could also lead to a lot of froth. Now, it may not be my choice as the best use of money, but do I fear for my country's linguistic balance as a result of this?
Posted by William Meloney at 7:44 AM
Older laptops like this IBM R51 can only do 1024x768 which is now "low-res" compared to today's standards. My request is that Google Calendar make better use of this space (highlighted red rectangle) ... maybe move it to the left column.
Posted by William Meloney at 5:28 AM
Anil Dash has offered one of the best "spins" of the era ...
Bill Gates has pulled off one of the greatest hacks in technology and business history, by turning Microsoft's success into a force for social responsibility. Imagine imposing a tax on every corporation in the developed world, collecting $100 per white-collar worker per year, and then directing one third of the proceeds to curing AIDS and malaria. That, effectively, is what Bill Gates has done.
Posted by William Meloney at 3:52 AM
Posted by William Meloney at 9:33 PM
Real words of wisdom...
First, do no harm. Or as little as possible.
Second, do not suffer fools or Bad People. They will rob you of your life.
Third, make choices with an eye to minimize future regret. In other words, imagine you were on your deathbed looking back - live your life to make that old bastard as peaceful as possible about dying.
Fourth, learn and wander. We may or may not be hairless monkeys, but there is wisdom out there. It may be an evil world, but there is beauty. Find it.
Posted by William Meloney at 9:38 AM
There is a phrase that epitomizes the social struggles of our time. Struggles
against oppression by poorer, weaker people. The burden of the economically repressed 'have nots' being taken advantage of by the 'Haves'. The disparity of the Political Machine and the representation of the will of the people. On a larger scale the Oppressors and the oppressed.
There is a long standing fear. A fear so ingrained that we let only the most innocent among us, our children, state the obvious, "the emperor is naked." For a myriad of 'sophisticated' reasons we are unwilling or unable to ...
Posted by William Meloney at 8:44 AM