Posts tagged ‘they’
Close your eyes. Then point a finger at a globe. Open them again. What do you see?
Most likely the place you are pointing at is a dictatorship.
There are 193 sovereign United Nations member states in the world. Yet the majority of these states demonstrate limited political and civil freedoms.
Most of them are led by oligarchs or as I call them, oli-Ogres who were not chosen in transparent elections. Many of them have repressive state security apparatus and countless political prisoners. (more…)
or Comb For a Beard
It is a miserable sight to those who read about this beautiful ancient country of Azerbaijan to be subjected to an appalling and uninvited sight in the cyber postings of the youth over Facebook and Twitter that rave about the arrested youth, fraudulent elections or biased national media.
Instead of focusing on important subjects, these so called cyber activists are forced to employ all there time to rant about ridiculous themes like freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of the press or freedom to practice one’s religion.
Let’s face it, who really needs these alleged fundamental rights? Will they provide food for the hungry or shelter for the poor? (more…)
It has been few days now that a group called “March 11- great nation day” was created on Facebook.
A group of over 20,000 active Facebook users were informed of its purpose. The creator of the group, Elnur Majidli who currently lives in France and is also the founder of European Azerbaijanis for Democracy organization says the aim of this group is to break mass hopelessness:
“The date March 11 was picked purely by coincidence. But it also coincides with Mubarak’s resignation marking exactly one month. On February 11th, Jabbar Savalan was arrested on charges of drug possession (that were planted on him) shortly after his call to people to come together at Freedom Square. On February 11th, while Jabbar was in prison, in Egypt, a dictator fell”. (more…)
What Price Freedom?
It is what we cannot buy, but what we earn,
But tell me please, from it, what do we learn?
Freedom is not free, it only means ‘to be free’,
If freedom is not free, then can anyone tell me what’s the fee? (more…)
The secret police of Azerbaijan
This morning at 5 am at the airport in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Norwegian journalist Erling Borgen and his cameraman, Dag Inge Dahl, wassurrounded by aggressive security personell.
They stole important documents from the Norwegian filmmaker.
They also stole and confiscated Mr. Borgens hard disk with six days of filming. (more…)
Understanding Media and Democracy
Guy Berger, 30 November 2001
Many African broadcasters enjoyed a brief moment in the sun in the first multi-party elections of the late 20th century, but new governments – despite promises of allowing true democratic public service broadcasting – soon took control – repeating the pattern of their predecessors. As a result, broadcast journalists found themselves under severe political pressures to become government mouthpieces once again. (more…)