global freedom

Concept: The global revolution has long since passed. There’s no more fighting, no more struggling, no more unnecessary deaths. I live peacefully on a cottage in France. We all have our own gardens, and fully installed renewable energy. The effects of global warming are finally being reduced. Wild animals roam free and occasionally visit. All information is accessible and the world population gradually becomes more literate, educated, and compassionate. I’m smoking weed and nobody can stop me. I cuddle with my dogs and cats and bunnies. Life is full of love and nothing is preventing me from enjoying it to the fullest. I’m no longer depressed or anxious. My family is safe. Now I can finally say the future generations will live in a better world. I no longer feel bad for bringing new life into our world. Everything is just as it should be.

“online” is a double-edged sword. i highly value the globalized freedom of expression that the internet provides, but some people take it too far.

let me give an example:

on one hand, someone out there created and posted an insanely well composed anti-abortion comic starring zootopia characters. that’s bad.

on the other hand, someone edited that comic to be about arbys instead of abortion. that’s good. 

so you see, we’re at an impasse.


Raising my voice for #FreedomforGirls. 

#IDG2017 @TheGlobalGoals

Listen if there is one character that is the embodiment of ‘fighting for what’s right ’ then it’s Fareeha ‘I will protet the innocent’ Amari who dedicated her entire life to this cause.

‘It’s 3.23 in the morning and I’m awake, because my great-great-grandchildren won’t let me sleep.
My great-great-grandchildren ask me in dreams
“What did you do while the Planet was plundered?
What did you do when the Earth was unravelling?
Surely you did *something* when the Seasons started failing?
As the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
Did you fill the streets with protest when Democracy was stolen?
What did you *do* once you knew?”
—  ‘What Did You Do Once You Knew’ by Drew Dellinger

The worst part about this Net Neutrality issue is that it affects the entire world, but as always, it’s a US issue, so basically I can’t pick up the phone and call a politician or sign a petition.  I can only reblog and hold my breath and hope that enough citizens get the memo to do something.  And this is not the first time, nor will it be the last time that I will have to stand by and watch global freedoms come under attack.

The American Library Association strongly opposes any actions that limit free access to information, undermine privacy or discriminate on any basis. This includes the temporary suspension of visas and entrance to the US based on anyone’s nationality or religion as well as the increased scrutiny of any individual’s communication such as mobile phone and/or social media activity.

“Our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school and special libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion and diversity.  

“ALA believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination is central to our mission. We will continue to speak out and support efforts to abolish intolerance and cultural invisibility, stand up for all the members of the communities we serve, and promote understanding and inclusion through our work.

“We will continue to speak out and support our members as they work tirelessly for access to library and information resources on behalf of all of their community members, while advocating for privacy, intellectual freedom, critical global research, information literacy, ongoing access to scientific research, and fair and equitable treatment for everyone.

“There is coming a day, when freedom will just be a essence of the mind, an inner dwelling that was once physically attainable. They will tell you where you can live, and what you can wear and drive, what and how much you can eat and drink, and how to purchase those. They will strip you of your religion, race, gender, national origin, age, color, creed, views and power, and have control of the population. They will set in a new world order, and put you in the back of the line, marked and branded. Everything before will be erased, and the new will be manipulated. And what you believe most, can only be kept secret, for all must fall in line of their govern. Anything outside will be abolished. Even death, will be sought, but restrained. They will execute complete and total control over everything, and be sole owners of your soul. The light, that once guided will go dim, and liberty will be like an unwilled bird, suppressed in the cage of your ribs; wings cut off.”  
  ~ Anthony Liccione 

Society grows great when old people* plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Greek proverb

Photo: Steven Godfrey

(* The original quote uses the word ‘men’ rather than people. Planting trees is a responsibility of all of us; not just some of us. 🌳)


“No-one voted to be poorer? Well, I did! I not only voted to be poorer, I also voted for the pound, the economy, industry and jobs to take a hit…..but don’t worry, the only people losing their jobs will be people on the European bandwagon. There’s no way anyone else will lose their job as a result of my vote. Which I’m so proud of I’m writing this letter, by the way. You’ll all thank me when the Global Freedom Benefits come flooding in.”

One of five African American soldiers who defected to Philippine Army during the Philippine American War in 1899. 

In November 1899, when he was in his early 20s, U.S. Army Corporal David Fagen defected from the 24th Infantry Regiment and went over the revolutionary insurrectionist forces led by Emilio Aguinaldo. Working with the insurrectionist army, Fagen quickly distinguished himself as a guerrilla fighter against his former comrades and fought so effectively that he was referred to as “General Fagen” by his Filipino companions. Indeed, as his exploits became so widely known he was actually referred to as “General Fagen” in the New York Times. Officially, he was quickly promoted by the guerrillas from first lieutenant to captain. From August 1900 to January 1901 he was in involved in at least eight clashes with U.S. forces.

As pressure was brought to bear on the insurrectionist forces and the major rebel leaders dead or captured, Fagen’s position became more and more tenuous. Indeed, the U.S. Army became obsessed with his capture and put a substantial bounty on his head.

Fagen’s end is not clear. One account has him assassinated and decapitated. Another has him living long and peacefully in the mountains of the Philippines, within a supportive and embracing Diminutive Africoid community. The latter account is very pleasing to me.

_Runoko Rashidi
Global press freedom plunges to worst level this century
The report found that 259 journalists were jailed last year and 79 were killed.
By Graham Ruddick

The report’s authors measured freedom of expression in 172 countries between 2006 and 2016 through a metric they have described as the Expression Agenda. This is based on 32 social and political indicators such as media bias and corruption, internet censorship, access to justice, harassment of journalists, and equality for social classes and genders.

Hughes said journalists were threatened by intimidation, prosecution and even murder in some parts of the world; there were 426 attacks against journalists and media outlets in Mexico in 2016 alone. He believes the UK was responsible for one of the most draconian surveillance legislation in the form of the Investigatory Powers Act, which “offers a template for authoritarian regimes and seriously undermining the rights of its citizens to privacy and freedom of expression”.

The freedom of the media globally is further threatened by the rise of the internet because online content is being controlled by a handful of internet companies whose processes “lack transparency”, commercial pressure on news providers has led to redundancies and cuts in investment, and the “vast majority of countries”, including China, restrict access to a range of websites.

[…] Another group, the Committee to Protect Journalists, warned there has “never been a more dangerous time to be a journalist”. It said Donald Trump’s attacks on the “fake news” media in the US was sending a message to authoritarian leaders that it is acceptable to crack down on the press […].