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Lebanese Anonymous bust electronic sites of public institutions

Karim Abu Mer3i, a correspondent to the Lebanese daily Al Nahar reported:

“Monday night, social platforms disseminated the news that Anonymous named “Raise your Voice” penetrated several government and public institution electronic sites, like the ministers of interior, energy, transportation, foreign affairs, the high council for privatization, the President spokesman office, interior security agency…” 

Raise your Voice” displayed this manifesto:

“Break this silence that is invading our spirit before we occupy the streets and the Internet…We are a hungry people feeding bloated public officials. We are simply an association of citizens that can no longer suffer silence and watch all these atrocities, ignorance, and indignities heaped upon us…

It is not possible to shut us down and brainwash us by your media and propaganda…We will not stop until the Lebanese people get on the move and persistently demand his rights and snatch them…

We will not desist until the standard of living is raised at the level it should be…

No way we will backtrack until the government desist from creating smokescreen problems, like the faked electricity shortages, potable water deficiency, cost of living, increased prices of basic foodstuff…

We are the group of “Raise your Voice”. Expect from us to break this silence, anyway feasible, in the streets, on the social platforms…”

This Lebanese Anonymous is resuming its activities and penetration and getting plenty of support…The people needed a shot of adrenalin to revive their lost optimism in feasible reform changes, secular rule of laws, no discrimination on genders rights, abolishing the sectarian political structure, pushing forward into instituting a central civil government that consider all citizens as equal in their basic human rights…

YouTube announced OpLebanon#, an organization within the global Anonymous organization.

Two days ago, the government set free two activists after mass rallies, gathered days and nights, in front of the successive prisons they were transferred to. The activists had painted graffiti denouncing the political position of the government not intervening (neutral) on the grave problems the Syrian people are facing…The demonstrators shouted: “The graffiti men are inside prisons while the spies and agents are free to roam…”, the “military is flexing its strong-arm on the free citizens…”, and “Shame, shame on the military…”

Khodr Salameh and Ali Fakhry were set free on Wednesday night after the judge received a call from the prime minister not to exacerbate the highly flammable situation. Salameh signs his posts “Hungry” (jou3an), and when the demonstrators sang “Ya Khodr, ya jou3an (hungry)“, the jailor wondered how the demonstrators knew that Khodr was not receiving any food…

A sample of graffiti you see on the walls: “Walls of fear”, “I want to express my ire (Badi fesh khel2i)”, “The city walls belong to the people”, “This is no longer a point of view…”, “Freedom of expression is drowning in Lebanon”  

Note: Lebanese activists have announced May 1st the “Day for defending freedom of expression, opinion, and against government censorship on creative work”. The gathering is to start in front of Beirut Theater in Hamra Street and people are to paint graffiti, dance, sing…and voice their pent-up frustration

America’s Declining Empire, Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring…and Noam Chomsky
On April 24, AlterNet promoted Noam Chomsky’s new book “Occupy”…Chomsky wrote: “America’s declining power is self-inflicted”.
“Last year, the Occupy Movement rose up spontaneously in cities and towns across the country, and radically shifted the discourse and rattled the economic elite with its defiant populism. Noam Chomsky wrote in his book  Occupy:  “the Occupy Movement was the first major public response to thirty years of class war.”

Chomsky looks at the central issues, questions and demands that are driving ordinary people to protest. How did we get to this point? How are the wealthiest 1% influencing the lives of the other 99 percent? How can we separate money from politics? What would a genuinely democratic election look like?

Chomsky appeared on this week’s AlterNet Radio Hour. Below is a transcript that’s been lightly edited for clarity. (You can listen to the whole show here.)

Joshua Holland: I want to just ask you first about a few trends shaping our political discourse. I’ve read many of your books, and the one that I probably found influential was Manufacturing Consent. You co-authored this manuscript in the late 1980s and since then we’ve seen some big changes. The mainstream media has become far more consolidated, and at the same time we’ve seen a proliferation of other forms of media.

We have the alternative media outlets, like online outlets like AlterNet and various social media. Looking at these trends, I wonder if you think that the range of what’s considered to be acceptable discourse has widened or narrowed further?

Noam Chomsky: Actually, I had a second edition to that about 10 years ago with a new, long introduction. At that time, we didn’t really think much had changed, but if we were to do one now we would certainly want to bring in what you’ve just mentioned.

Remember we were talking about the mainstream media. With regard to them I think pretty much the same analysis holds, although my own feeling is that, since the 1960s, there has been some broadening and opening through the mainstream — the effect of the activism of the ’60s, which changed perceptions, attitudes, and civilized the country in many ways. Topics that are freely talked about today were invisible, and, if visible, were unmentionable 50 years ago.

Furthermore, a lot of the journalists themselves are people whose formation was in the ’60s activism and its aftermath. These are changes that have been going on for a long time. With regards to the alternative media, they certainly provide a wide range of options that weren’t there before, and that includes access to foreign media. On the other hand, the Internet is kind of like walking into the Library of Congress in a sense.

Everything in the Library of Congress is there, but you have to know what you’re looking for. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might as well not have the library. Like you can’t decide you want to become a biologist.

It’s not enough to walk into Harvard’s biology library. You have to have a framework of understanding, a conception of what’s important and what isn’t important; what makes sense and what doesn’t make sense. Not a rigid one that never gets modified, but at least some kind of framework.

Unfortunately that’s pretty rare. In the absence of activist movements that draw in a very substantial part of the population for interaction. Interchange, the kinds of things that went on in the Occupy community for example, in the absence of that most people are kind of at sea when they face the internet.

Yes, they can find things of value and significance, but you have to know to look for them and you must have a framework of analysis and perception that allows you to weed that out from a lot of the junk that surrounds it.

Note: AlterNet is offering readers an opportunity to purchase Noam Chomsky’s new book, Occupy, available here.





April 2012

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