HUMAN first, then a proud IRANIAN

This blog represents the way I see some of the most significant events impacting the world and its citizens. This blog also represents how I react to the events as a member of humanity with a voice, a determined voice that insists to be heard. The voice of an Iranian who loves his country but his priority is humanity; humanity without border. I will say what I want to say, when I want to say it, and how I want to say it, but I will never lie. I will also listen; I promise.

September 09, 2003

Dean Grilled For Seeking "Evenhanded" U.S. Mideast Role

Former Vermont governor and Democrat Presidential hopeful Howard Dean was grilled by rivals for the White House nomination over statements that Washington should do away with its bias towards Israel and advocate an "evenhanded" policy in the Middle East. One of the rivals, of course, a Jewish Senator; Joseph I. Lieberman. This is a clear indication of Israeli influence on the US politics.

Dean was attacked for saying the United States should not "take sides" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.) accused him of advocating a "major break" from the United States' long-standing policy of explicitly siding with Israel in the Middle East. Perhaps Lieberman is right. This will be a "major break" from US's unfair and biased policies in Israeli-Palestinian confllict.

"For more than 50 years, the United States has backed Israel as its closest ally in the region, providing the Jewish state with billions of dollars in military and humanitarian aid. Dean does not advocate breaking the U.S.-Israeli alliance, but believes the only way to bring peace to the Middle East is for the president to broker a deal without playing favorites": Said a top Dean advisor.

It is unbelievable how a simple fair statement (at least in wording) can be used as a platform to attack a US presidential candidate.

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Ramsy Clark on George Bush's crimes

the Decision to Impeach George Bush is American peoples' business, but what he has done to the world and humanity is everybody's business.

Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General has drafted articles of impeachment setting forth high crimes and misdemeanors by President Bush and other civil officers of his administration. Click
here .

Also read Ramsey Clark's Responds to Bush's recent Television Address here . It begins with "President Bush told the American public and the world to expect more of the same from his administration. More crimes against peace and humanity, more deaths and destruction, more debts and poverty"

He also says: "...What he calls "one of the swiftest and most humane military campaigns in history" has taken more than 30,000 Iraqi lives, destroyed "tens of billions" in facilities essential to life, electricity, water supply, sewage disposal..."

Second anniversary of September 11 attack on the lives of 3000 people is approaching. It sure will be a sad day to remember what happened two years ago, but while we have our grief for those victims, do we bother to think of Iraqi victims as well? what about 30,000 Iraqis who have parrished because of the criminal war of aggression against the people of Iraq? Are those lives less valuable than the lives of the September 11 victims? ... and how many more have to die until Bush and Co. celebrate the "victory"?

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September 08, 2003

Is it OK for others but not Arafat?

Although Toronto Star is one of the best papers availbale in Canada, it too, sometimes acts strange and idiotically.

The front page of Today's star has an article titled Arafat chooses own man for PM . Isn't it a norm that a president usually chooses his VP or PM? If yes, why is it so strange that Arafat has done the same thing? Or, is Arafat supposed to choose his PM so to meet Sharon's approval?

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Now, it's Venezuella's turn; US meddling in Venezualla

What does the US want from the people of the world? Did Cheney smell oil again?

US is now potting its nose in Venezuella; world No. 5 oil exporter. With the ups and downs of venezuella's politics, US envoy met with Venezuella's electoral officials. He did not meet with the official representatives; the democratically elected officials of Venezuella. He bypassed them and met with Electoral Council just before the possible referandom that might determine the future of Venezuella.

"This is a sovereign nation, ambassador, and you must respect this country and your government must respect this country,.... what prerogative does Ambassador Shapiro have to visit them, and what's worse, to visit them before the national authorities, before representatives of the National Assembly?", said Venezuellan president Hugo Chavez during his regular Sunday television program. Read more here .

What is the US empire after? Toppling of another democratically elected government that it doesn't like? or, was Venezuella also linked to September 11 attack? or, Is the US simply going to repeat its habit of ruining other nations' sovereignties?

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September 07, 2003

Forest fires in BC - Update

For the forth straight week, vast forest ereas of British Comulmbia is still buring. Although, The fire fighters have done an excellent job trying to defeat this huge fire, the mother nature has not been very kind and as soon as there was some noticeable success againt the fire, dry wind started to blow and made the situation even worse. Based on the latest news, currently, about 250 sq km of the forests are burning, and a change in wind direction can easily threaten hundreds of homes.

For the sake of those people whose homes are endangered, for the sake of the environment which is loosing some of its most beautiful belongings, for the sake of great country of Canada; my second home, tomorrow, I am going to ask my employer to let me go for a week (paid or not-paid) to help Canadian fire fighters in their battle. I will offer my help and my readiness to go, if I can be a help rather than a burden that is. I leave it to the authorities to decide whether they would require my service.

See this and this .

Update: After my phone calls were directed from one department to another, I was finally able to speak to the logestics officials in Kamloops, BC to offer my volunteer help. I was politely rejected and was told only those with extensive training in fighting forst fires are considedrd for help. I was also told that many Ontario fire fighters are currenly in BC helping. However, I was told that I would be notified if my help is required.

Well, I hope the situation gets better so there is no need for extra help.

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Bush talks again, Oh no, reads again, of course from the prepared speech notes

Today, Semi-President Bush read what was supposed to be "addressing American people":
We will do whatever is necessary, we will spend what is necessary, to achieve this essential victory in the war on terror, to promote freedom, and to make our nation more secure," Bush said.

-Essential victory? I won't discuss it since there are different interpretations.
-Promoting freedom? I won't discuss it since there are different interpretations.
-Making Americans more secure? Stop George. Anybody with working brain can easily laugh at this big lie that is becoming a tradition with this administration. Not only American public are not more secure today, American soldiers with top of the line guns are not secure either. If Americans were somehow disliked in the middle east before this semi-president was given the title of the president, Americans are disliked in all over the world today. Europe is a good example.

This however, does not make me happy because I am sure American public is an ordinary public with its own challenges and difficulties, insecure employments and many problem that are shared by many people in the world. I am sure many Americans don't know what this administration is doing to the world under their name that is resulting in creation of such dislike and distrust towards Americans. It is time; American public drew a line between its position and the aggressive position of their government. It is time; they showed the world that billionaires who are running their government (either directly or indirectly) are not true representatives of the American people. It is time American people told the world people; we are with you and we will stop this governing gang from its aggressions against the world security.

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U.S. Troops Want Rumsfeld to Send Them Home

If they had the chance, U.S. soldiers at a base in Iraq would have had one question for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld -- When are we going home?
Reuters reports.

Who can blame them? They just don't want to die for Rumsfeld's ambitions.

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September 06, 2003

He's got some pausable points

Michael Meacher, who served as a minister for six years until three months ago, today goes further than any other mainstream British politician in blaming the Iraq war on a US desire for domination of the Gulf and the world.

Yes, he even questions what was really behind September 11 events. He has some points that are worth thinking about. Considering Project for New American Century and his article titled This war on terrorism is bogus , looks like Meacher has some points, at least enough to make people think about it.

Also, Toronto Star columnist Michele Landsberg has some questions of her own in her aticle Barbs aside, 9/11 questions aren't going away .

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Saddam Hussein link to 9/11 lingers in many (American) minds

Waaaay behind (or ahead) of rest of the world.
I don't know, looks like there is something wrong with either American mind or non-American mind. 69% (thank god, not all) of the Americans still believe Saddam was linked to September 11 attack. Congratulations CNN, FOX and.. for excellent job you have done in deceiving (or informing) American public. How is this possible?

Then again, when I remember my post titled : "Well ...." I might know why.

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September 05, 2003

I want to spit on Rumsfeld's face

It is interesting. Couple of hours ago, I started to express my anger from Rumsfeld's visit to Iraq by writing my feeling about him. I started writing that I wished Rumsfeld was near me, so I could spit on his face for being such a lier and such a criminal. I wrote a few lines, then I thought; may be it wasn't very appropriate to write such a thing, although it was my hunest feeling about the man.

After I visited Burning Baghdad: The Iraqi girl's blog and tried to put myself in her position to try to feel how it feelt to have a dirty occupying leader walking freely on my soil, I decided:" that's it, I will write it". It might not change anything, but at least this is how I am sympatyzing with Iraqi people who are beeing insulted one more time by Rumsfeld's trip to their land.

A bit of what she writes:
...."To make matters worse, Rumsfeld is in Iraq. It’s awful to see him strutting all over the place. I hate the hard, smug look that seems plastered on his face… some people just have cruel features. The reaction to seeing him on tv differs from the reaction to seeing Bremer or one of the puppets. The latter are greeted with jeers and scorn. Seeing Rumsfeld is something else- there’s resentment and disgust. It feels like he’s here to add insult to injury… you know, just in case anyone forgets we’re an occupied country.

And now he’s going to go back to America and give a speech about how he doesn’t know what anyone is talking about when they say ‘chaos’ (*he* was safe in the middle of all his bodyguards)… how electricity and water are functioning (after all, his air-conditioner was working *fine*)… how the people are gloriously happy and traffic is frequently at a stand-still because the Iraqis are dancing in the streets… how the ‘armed forces’ are cheerful and *grateful* to be on this heroic, historical mission… how kids wave at him, troops cheer him, dogs wag their tails in welcome and doves hover above his head…"....

So here it is: Spit on your dirty and ugly-natured face Mr. Rumsfeld

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Burning Baghdad

I came across this blog that is maintained by an Iraqi girl.

It might provide another prospective of the situation in Iraq.

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September 04, 2003

Help the environment, and reduce your utility bill

Low-cost ways to be more efficient
I thought this easily implemented tips might help reduce the cost of utility bills down while it would help the environment as well.

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US/British-pushed UN sanctions against the people of Iraq (and not Saddam); a crime against the humanity

Before and After the Sanctions
History may have never recorded a harsher and more inhuman regime of sanctions than those imposed on Iraq in the name of the UN. It obliterated people's lives and crippled their economy.

Courtesy of Aljazeera, Special Report .

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September 03, 2003

The blind prophet

Before the war, President Bush told us Iraq was a throbbing hub of terror. It wasn't, of course.
But it is now .

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Interesting times: War criminals hire war criminals to hunt down war criminals

U.S. Recruiting Hussein's Spies .
This reminds me of the comments mentioning "plastic Shreders" used by Saddam security agents against his opponents.

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34 million Americans including 17% of American children live in poverty

According to a US Census Bureau survey, 17% of American children live in poverty.
The survey does not cover people in dormitories, prisons or other group quarters.

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American soldiers unwilling

This letter published in Today's Toronto Star is from an American who lives in Canada. Is he "Canadianized" as a result of living in Canada and being exposed to less lies or Americans are increasingly realizing how heavy a price they are paying for their leaders lack of mental health.

This also, confirms that many American who joined the army are from low income families who could not otherwise afford going to the college. Again, obviously the children of the US leaders don't have to worry about "insignificant" issues such as financial problems; Fanancial problems? what problems?

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Smart move (out of frustration) from not-very-smart administration

Although insincere, but US officials have decided to step towards the direction in suggesting increased UN role in Iraq affairs.

"President Bush agreed today to begin negotiations in the United Nations Security Council to authorize a multinational force for Iraq but insisted that the troops be placed under American command, according to senior administration officials."

This is one step towards the right direction, however, if UN is to assume this responsibility, its forces should not be placed under American command. The United States is not doing this, as a recognition and respect to the international community lead by the UN, it is doing this as a result of its frustration with outcoming of the mistakes it has made regarding occupation of Iraq. Unfortunately, US administration have demonstrated again, that they don't learn from the history. Lessons learned from a nightmare called Vietnam, should have prevented the current US administration to act so un-intelligently to occupy Iraq. however, this is a reality now, and I am glad that this latest move can be the beginning of process to leave things in Iraqi hands. This is however, very difficult (but possible) to achieve, after the mess created by the US/UK invasion of Iraq.

More can also be read here under "Why Bush now wants the UN".

Also, This is not so irrelevant.

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Pictures from Tehran (and other Iranian cities)

Tehran 24 has many pictures from Tehran and other Iranian cities. Although to view many picture you have to subscribe, many other pictures do not require subscription.

When linked to this site, you can simply click on one of 5 pictures at the bottom to see related pics or, click on "Latest Photes" on upper right, then when in there, pick the pictures you want enlarged or go to "Next". Although many cities are absent, you can also pick form the list of << Other Cities >>.

When I feel home-sick, this is one way for a virtual travel home. Enjoy

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September 02, 2003

Another example why US is not for libaration of surpressed nations

The Ocalan verdict: US realpolitik in league with the Turkish hangman
This is the story of Abdullah Ocalan; the leader of Turkey's surpressed Kurdish population who are not even allowed to name kurdish names on their children, to learn how to read and write their own language. Kurds in Turkey are not even called kurds, Turkey calls them "mountain Turks". And yes, the US and Israel hepled Turkey abduct Ocalan. Nothing is bigger a lie than the US claiming to be the libarator of the surpressed. All against freedom, all against democracy, and yet shamelessly calling itself "the liberator".

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Riding on the wave of crime and stupidity

Iraq: Halliburton Reaping Huge Profits

Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President Cheney, has won contracts worth more than $1.7 billion under Operation Iraqi Freedom and stands to make hundreds of millions more dollars under a no-bid contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to newly available documents.

Good for you Mr. Cheney, I would do the same if I was in your position, and if I was capable of being a criminal like you that is. Each drop of Iraqi (and American) blood has a $ sign for you.

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The real "Labour Day"

May 1st, International Workers' Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, and is recognized in every country except the United States and Canada. This despite the fact that the holiday began in the 1880s in the United States, with the fight for an eight-hour work day.

By covering up the history of May Day, the state, business, mainstream unions and the media have covered up an entire legacy of dissent in the US. It is not surprising that the state, business leaders, mainstream union officials, and the media would want to hide the true history of May Day, portraying it as a holiday celebrated only in Moscow's Red Square. In its attempt to erase the history and significance of May Day...

Read more here .

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September 01, 2003

Returning home: a pleasant but dying dream

An old Toronto man tells of his life in Palestine and his impossible dream of returning to Jerusalem It's too late for Sami Hada
Loss of a native land .

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August 31, 2003

Charged for being responsible and caring human

'Human shields' face heavy penalties. This is what the Americans get when they practice their democratic right to practically oppose war by shielding the civilians from bombs.

Democratic rights? Yes, you have them but only if you are approved.

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Build a disease; they'll buy the pill

Science at the service of the rich:
"Science is used to support what the marketers want," said Alan Cassels, a researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
"Marketing is triumphing over sound medical science," said Canadian Women's Health Network spokesperson Kathleen O'Grady.

Exposing people to un-necessary risk? Who cares. Show me the money:
"The problem, of course, is that the company doesn't want to market to people with extreme conditions. They want more of the market," Cassels said.

Deceiving people; as usual:
"They really make it sound like everyone is at risk."

And the result:
"The drug is now one of Pfizer's top sellers."

Hey, this is the lovely and humane capitalism.

Read more here .

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August 30, 2003

When the good guys do nothing

Borrowed form Left is Right .
Whole story in a few pictures and notes .

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August 29, 2003

Real people with real pain. Warning: Graphic pictures

I wish I could have someting pleasant to share with you. But I don't have any to offer, at least not yet.

These pictures are graphic and hard to watch, but imagine if we have difficulty just watching them, how those victims felt when they were going through it. See what has happened to them, then evaluate your level of humanity. How would you feel if one of your loved ones were amongst them?

There are twenty pages with tens of pictures on each, and these are perhaps just parts of the human tragedy which happened in front of the cameras. Who knows how many happened hiden and will never be revealed.

Also note, in the list of sources for those pictures, you don't find CNN or Fox.

There are many many other photo links presented here as well. Also, see Weapons of Mass Destruction (democratic ones).

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Blood on their hands

Nigerian woman facing death for adultery is another example of the dark aspects of organized religion
A worth reading Toronto Star letter.

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August 28, 2003

Canadian Medicare and Social Welfare: Tommy Douglas and the NDP

Tommy Douglas was the most influential Canadian politician never to be elected Prime Minister. He pursued his radical ideas relentlessly until they became so mainstream rival politicians claimed them as their own. Called a communist and threatened by in-party fighting, Douglas battled hard to bring the New Democratic Party to legitimacy in its first ten years. He was often criticized for his singular idealism but through it all Douglas was undeterred, convinced that he was helping to create a better, more humane society (and yes he did help creating a better, more humane society - Faramin).

Courtesy of CBC on Tommy Douglas .

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visitor

I had a visitor today form the following domain:
"uscourts.gov ? (United States Government)"

Am I becoming important?

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Brainwashing the children

This evening in the news, there were talks about Hutton inquiry and Tony Blair's testimony. Tony Blair and George Bush were mentioned many times. My 6 year old asked me whether Tony Blair and George Bush are bad people. Although I believe they are not only bad people but also criminals, my answer was: "I don't know, you will grow up and will see people like them, then you decide if they are good or bad."

Yes, this is the way I "brainwashed" my kid today. How would you do?

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Well.....

Well, that's it. Just ....well .

And, making decesions for the world?

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August 27, 2003

Where is the proud western culture going toward?

About 300 bodies of elderly people who died during the latest heat wave in France are waiting to be picked up and burried by their families. but, no one is claiming them and soon, French government will be burrying them in homeless peoples' cemetaries.

Are our children going to do the same to us as well? Is this the proud western culture that makes fun of other cultures? Is this the western values some keep braging about? If this is civilization, I'de rather to be a barberian.

This is sickening.

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August 25, 2003

Former UN Chief: Bomb was Payback for Collusion with US

Looks like there are still high ranking people with Conscious.

"In Iraq, the UN imposed sustained sanctions that probably killed up to one million people. Children were dying of malnutrition and water-borne diseases. The US and UK bombed the infrastructure in 1991, destroying power, water and sewage systems against the Geneva Convention. It was a great crime against Iraq."

"Thirteen years of sanctions made it impossible for Iraq to repair the damage. That is why we have such tremendous resentment and anger against the UN in Iraq. There is a sense that the UN humiliated the Iraqi people and society. I would use the term genocide to define the use of sanctions against Iraq. Several million Iraqis are suffering cancers because of the use of depleted uranium shells. That's an atrocity. Can you imagine the bitterness from all of this?"

Read more here .

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1953 Coup; A German Historian's Analysis (in Farsi) - Update: Estephen Kinzer and Ervand Abrahamian on the Coup (in English)

A short review of the British Role in the US-backed Coup d'etat against the government of Dr. Mosaddegh.
In Farsi .

An American Coup And The Roots of Middle East Terror
In English .

To those Americans who think their government is promoting democracy in Iraq today: Please take a few minutes to read/listen/watch this. It's just an indication of how skillful the US government have been in fabrication and deceiving people. Then, you will find out why we cannot trust your governments. This is not just conspiracy theory, this was a real crime against the will of the Iranian nation. Have the courage to criticize your government if you can see its dirty hand in this dirty US/British business. You will not loose your pride by doing so, you will gain/maintain your proud by putting the blame on the shoulders of who deserves it.

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Moral Question

Hooman at WhoMan.net (August 24) has an intersting topic for discussion. It is titled as Moral Question .

Check it out.

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August 24, 2003

Stupidity or personal benefit?

One must be either stupid or benefit from this injustice:
This is how an Israeli air strike was reported by CBC (yes Canadiuan CBC):
An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip have killed four Palestinians, including two who were members of the military wing of Hamas.

And a few days ago, when a suicide bomber blew himself up and killed many Israelis, it was reported as: " A suicide bomber killed 21 Including 5 Israeli children.

When Israelis kill, the emphesis is on specifying the number of Hamas people who were killed, and When Suicide bombers kill, the emphesis is on the number of civilians, particularly children, who are killed.

Also, this is very typical: "That airstrike came in response to a Hamas suicide bombing that killed 21 people on a Jerusalem bus two days before.

But when Suicide bombers kill, They ignore saying this: "During this six-week period of "relative quiet," however, some 17 Palestinians were killed and at least 59 injured by Israeli occupation
soldiers and settlers...". and it does not call it "in response to" or "in retaliation".

Sometimes you can see the ugly effect of CNN and Fox on CBC as well. It is sad though, because this is Canadian and not American and naturally, you would expect better than that from it.

The media is only creating hatred by what it does. This, in long run would just help craetion of more terrorism. As I said, One must be either stupid or benefit from this and accept it..

Why this is typical? well, it was posted 2 days ago (see "North American media ignores Israeli crimes", posted on August 22).

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The motive behind Jewish terror

If this isn't fundamentalism, what the hell is it then?

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Fair and Balanced? Is it possible, or it's just a lie?

Sometime ago, I read an interesting report/article at The 3rd World View on August 18. Apparently, Fox News has sued a comedian for using the phrase "Fair and Balanced" in his upcoming book. Fox has claimed that this phrase is its licensed trademark.

Yes, Fox is claming that it is fair and it is balanced. I don't want to get into the detail as how laughable this is, but it just made me think whether even with the best intention, this is possible at all.

In reporting the events and news, if ethics and professionalism are present, it might be possible to be somehow fair in presenting the true reflection of the events without commenting on them, but how is it possible to be balancedwhile maintaining fairness? A news network such as Fox, has some set policies (at least in short term) and performs around that policy. For example, right or wrong, it decides to support the war, so the reflection of war events on Fox would be based on supporting the war. Then, the question is how could that be balanced? This can even be extended to the CNN. For example, about 25% of the US public were not supporting the US plans to invade Iraq, but only less than 4 percent of the US public opinion was reflected in the interviews at these networks. Now, how could this be called balanced?

Let me admit that even in my insignificant writings, I do not wish and plan to be balanced. I might try, to some extend, present other point of views as well, but even that, I am not sure if I should. In a world, where majority of broadcasting tools are in the hands of some select group with an already set ideas and policies, in a world, where other points of views belonging to those "not as powerful" do not get much chance to be heard, is it fair if I even try to be balanced and give both points of views the same opportunity? May be not. I believe it is true fairness, not to let my limited resources be swallowed by those who already have dominated all the media. Presenting their side of stories, is not only not fair, but it can be a complete unfairness to the underdog. I am, by no means, suggesting that I do not welcome opposite opinions to mine make their voice heard in this blog, after all, my resume is not shiny enough to make me a suitable employee of Fox or CNN.

I don't believe and expect Fox, and CNN for that matter, be balanced at all; first because of their ugly nature, second, because being balanced (in polices) and fair is just a lie; a big lie to which only Fox and CNN type networks are capable of. People have different interests, values, and behaviors, so how is it possible to please every body and still claim to be fair?

I would like to make it clear here, I am not trying to be balanced, and this makes my goal for fairness so much easier. And, I know one thing for sure: I don't care if my comments might anger some people, however I will never lie in what I report and I will never (to my knowledge) report only half of the truth.

Please tell me what do you think?

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August 22, 2003

North American media ignores Israeli crimes

North American media ignores Israeli crimes but is always quick in blaming Plestinians.
Another example:
FAIR-L
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Media analysis, critiques and activism

MEDIA ADVISORY:
Journalists Find "Calm" When Only Palestinians Die

August 22, 2003

The deadly bus bombing in Jerusalem on August 19 was foreshadowed by a
pair of suicide attacks a week earlier which killed two Israeli civilians.
While U.S. media tended to portray these attacks as a return to violence
after a relatively peaceful period, there were numerous killings in the
weeks leading up to the suicide bombings that underscore the lack of
evenhanded attention given to loss of life in the Israeli/Palestinian
conflict.

When the two Palestinian suicide bombers each killed an Israeli civilian
along with themselves on August 12, U.S. news outlets immediately depicted
the attacks as an apparent resurgence in Mideast violence. "Summer truce
shattered in Israel," announced CBS (8/12/03), while NBC (8/12/03)
reported that "the attacks broke more than a month of relative silence."
The Los Angeles Times (8/13/03) wrote that the bombings "broke a six-week
stretch during which the people of this war-weary land had enjoyed
relative quiet."

During this six-week period of "relative quiet," however, some 17
Palestinians were killed and at least 59 injured by Israeli occupation
soldiers and settlers, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society.

The dead included Mahmoud Kabaha, a four-year-old boy, who was sitting in
the back seat of a jeep with his family at a checkpoint when an Israeli
soldier shot him dead-- in a spray of bullets that the army simply called
an "accidental burst of gunfire" (Associated Press, 7/25/03). Virtually
none of the major U.S. news reports on the August 12 bombings alluded to
the Palestinian death toll in this period, leaving out a key piece of the
story: For Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, the violence had never
ceased; while the Israeli attacks had decreased, there had never been
anything like an Israeli cease-fire.

An Associated Press report on August 19 (filed prior to that day's
bombing) did acknowledge that since June 29, "more than 20 people have
been killed on the Israeli and Palestinian sides." What it didn't note was
that of those "more than 20," at least 21 were Palestinian, according to
the Red Crescent.

After a month and a half in which Palestinians were being killed several
times a week and receiving relatively little mention, the Washington Post
and New York Times both put the bombings on their August 13 front pages,
each declaring the violence a break from weeks of "relative calm," and
each including a front-page photo of the victims' relatives in mourning.
USA Today also put grieving relatives on the front page, along with the
headline, "Two Suicide Attacks End a Six-Week Lull in Conflict." One can
empathize with the losses of those survivors while recognizing that the
families of the Palestinians who died during the "lull" were virtually
invisible.

On CNN, the August 12 bombings were a major story, with eight separate
segments mentioning the attacks in a three-hour period. Anchor Wolf
Blitzer declared a "grim return to the battle days in Israel and the
Palestinian territories." His colleague Aaron Brown echoed that theme,
noting that "after a period of relative calm there has been a major surge
in violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories." Correspondent
Jerrold Kessel reported that the bombings "cast doubt on the viability of
this peace process known as the road map for peace."

These bombings had killed four people, including the bombers. Just four
days earlier, on August 8, two Palestinians and one Israeli were killed in
an Israeli raid on a suspected militant, while two more Palestinians were
killed at an ensuing rally-- one shot, and the other killed by Israeli
tear gas (Chicago Tribune, 8/9/03). But those five deaths-- mainly
Palestinian-- were not deemed a "major surge in violence" or a "grim
return to the battle days" on CNN. Instead, anchor Carol Costello
(8/8/03) suggested that the Israeli raid "may be another smudge, a bump if
you will, on that road map to peace."

The media's tendency to downplay-- or completely ignore-- Palestinian
suffering and death is nothing new. In late 2001 and the beginning of
2002, for example, a loose cease-fire declared by Yasir Arafat led to a
period of very few Israeli deaths, but sustained Palestinian deaths-- and
the American media repeatedly referred to it as a time of "relative calm"
(FAIR Action Alert, 1/10/02, 2/5/02).

In order to convey the Mideast crisis in all its complexity, journalists
need to take seriously the violence suffered by all communities.
References to "relative calm" while Palestinians are being routinely
killed only serve to trivialize human life and obscure the cycle of
violence that afflicts the region.

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Iraqis didn't want saddam, neither do they want the US

Cartoon .
Courtesy of Toronto Star .

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Many of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, might be innocent

When there is a talk about the US hostagees in Tehran during the invasion of the US embassy in Tehran, many count the number of days those hostages spent in captivity and many speak of compansation for them.

In a few month the datainees in Guantanamo Bay will "celebrate" their second year in captivity. It is rightly prosumed that many of the detainees might be innocent and should be freed. After about two years, the US is now talking about bringing them to trial, what kind of trial (fairt or not) it would be, is not being discussed here, but it is at least called trial.

I wonder if those who were really concerned about the rights of about 50 US hostages being denied for over 400 days, were so kind to be upset about that, why their "kindness" does not apply to about 600 detainees who have spent about 600 days (and counting) in captivity! Is it because they believe the Americans are more important than the non-Americans? It is a shem to think so, but it is more shameful to hide it if they believe so.

NY Times writes it this way: "The detainees held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on suspicion of involvement in terrorism have been in custody so long it may seem that they have been found guilty of something."

And .."The military tribunal rules also contain restrictions on lawyers that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for them to mount effective defenses." ...and .."The Bush administration has already denied each of the Guantánamo detainees one basic right guaranteed in the civilian justice system: a speedy trial. Now it appears determined to deny many more."
Read more here .

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An interesting but not scientific poll (Temporary Post)

Untill 2:00 Am on August 22, 84% of the on line readers of The Globe And Mail (fairly right wing conservative Canadian paper), believed that "George W. Bush has led the U.S. into a quagmire in Iraq".
View the poll here .

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One huge common attitude; they all deceived their public

Looks like it wasn't only Washington and London who deceived their public in order to gather support to invade Iraq, Canberra did the same, obviously. Really, does the world want to learn democracy from these un-democrats?
Read here .

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August 21, 2003

Formerly willing countries, now reluctant to send troops to Iraq

Japanese Troops for Iraq Unlikely:
Japanese politicians say it's now unlikely Japan's Ground Self Defense Forces will go to Iraq following the explosion at the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad.

Spain Under Pressure to Withdraw Forces After First Casualty in Iraq
Spain already has 744 soldiers there, but the death of one of their own number has shocked the population and opposition parties demanded a parliamentary debate in the belief that Spanish forces should be brought home.

Poland to withdraw troops from ' high-risk area' near capital
Poland scaled back its military commitment in Iraq yesterday in response to Tuesday's devastating attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

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How Israel helped Idi Amin to take power

I didn't know, did you? But I'm not surprised at all; Israel helping a potential dictator to become an actual dictator. What a democracy-loving country Israel is.
Or, is this just another conspiracy theory?

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August 20, 2003

We once had democracy; it was crushed by the "civilized countries"

In the fiftieth anniversary of the US-backed military coup of August 19, 1953 which resulted in toppling of DEMOCRATICALLY ELLECTED government of Dr. Mosaddegh, It will not be very off to conclude that this anti-democratic and anti freedom action (of Britain and the US who claim to be the world centres of freedom, democracy and civilization) somehow was the point of departure for terrorism and fundamentalism in Iran and Middle East. Considering the influence of Iran in Middle East, the region could be very different today if it wasn't for the aggression of the US and the British. Who knows may be this was also one more reason for the US and Britain to plan and execute that Coup.

The following is from Guardian regarding this shamful act of barbarism and aggression against the will of Iranian nation.

Britain and the US crushed Iran's first democratic government. They didn't learn from that mistake.
Ignoring international law. Britain and the US opted for the high-risk strategy of regime change in order to pre-empt a volatile enemy in the Middle East. It was not Iraq, however, that was in the firing line but Iran, and the aftershocks are still being felt.

Fifty years ago this week, the CIA and the British SIS orchestrated a coup d'etat that toppled the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mossadegh. The prime minister and his nationalist supporters in parliament roused Britain's ire when they nationalised the oil industry in 1951, which had previously been exclusively controlled by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Mossadegh argued that Iran should begin profiting from its vast oil reserves.

...The crushing of Iran's first democratic government ushered in more than two
decades of dictatorship under the Shah, who relied heavily on US aid and
arms. The anti-American backlash that toppled the Shah in 1979 shook the
whole region and helped spread Islamic militancy, with Iran's new hardline
theocracy declaring undying hostility to the US.

I strongly suggest you read more here .

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August 19, 2003

May be and may be not

What he said, might not have been very pleasant to some:

``It is traumatic. It must be one of the most humiliating periods in their history. Who would like to see their country occupied? I would not like to see foreign tanks in Copacabana,'' Sergio Vieira de Mello told the Brazilian newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo in an interview published Monday.

Throughout his tenure in Baghdad, he took pains to remind everybody that the United Nations would be in the country long after U.S. forces leave and insisted that the world body - not the U.S.-led coalition - should control the spending of Iraqi oil revenues.

``We're truly in a unique situation here,'' he said of the occupation. ``By the usual U.N. standards, this is at best a bizarre situation.''

55 year old United Nations' envoy to Iraq was killed in bombing of his UN office in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Call it conspiracy theory or whatever you like, but who knows what really happened. 47 years after its occurance, CIA accpeted the responsibility for the Coup d'etat against Iran's Dr. Mosaddegh in 1953.

For more read here .

Or here again the reason why he possibly wasn't liked very much by the US officials.

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August 18, 2003

I passed my self-checking test

Today, while I was waiting for a friend in a coffee shop , I noticed one car which looked more like a wreckage of a car (with a baby sit in it) stopped and the driver came out of it into the coffee shop. The small circular hat he was wearing was an indication that he was Jewish. The guy looked weak and depressed and was a complete display of poverty. This little scene and a few more minutes to wait for the friend un-intentionally gave me the opportunity to review the way I see Jews. Although, I have always made sure that my serious disapproval of the Israeli criminal policies had nothing to do with Jews, Once more I tried to make sure about that. I thought to myself:" Is this guy my enemy? Is he the enemy of Palestinian children? Is he the enemy of humanity?" The answer to that was:" This guy probably has difficulty providing for his family every day. He probably is just like other hard working people who are exploited by the big businesses. He is probably.... .

Thinking about all these made my conscious clear one more time that I am not against Jews, as I can see a Jewish in my side regardless of what his/her beliefs are. But I am still definitely against the criminal policies of Israel.

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Citizens' Indictment Of Bush, Cheney, Et Al.

I am not an American, but some Americans who value human life might be interested in this.

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Democratic Torture!

I leave it to your judgment.

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Rumsfeld Led Bush to War, Ex Diplomat

This is the partial reality of US politics.
Bush; strong leader? In what? Horse Riding?

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You are not helping

You decide to take a look around, see what are being said in other blogs, what comments are left in there especially on the subjects that would interest you. Well, to me, it is sometimes enough to rush to read the posts and comments if they are about Iran. Now, that many (and not all) Americans have become the ZORROs of the day and act like "Liberators", you might wonder what they have to say. Oh, yes, they are talking about Iran and liberalizing Iran; they know how brutal Iran regime is, they know everything, so they decide to become superman and free Iranians from their misery!

Having said that, when the subject is about other human issues such as Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suddenly the same people become "underdog bashers", "victim kickers"; Bad Palestinians, Good Israelis, Palestinian lands, what land? Looks like they know nothing about history, looks like their brain only functions on only selective issues and not others. And the funniest thing is that they think other people are brainwashed and other people should learn about civilization from them.

Some think they have the right to decide what is good and what is bad for others. However, what is usually missing is the talent and the courage for self-criticizing. Yes, self-criticizing requires talent to identify the problem as well as courage to break out of the shells of stupidity to truly realize what is right and what is wrong. Yes, they both are required.

Regarding Iran, their arrogance is so much that, they manage to push many Iranians who dislike and possibly hate the government of Iran to the position that is easy to interpret as defending that government. This has happened to me many times; their displayed arrogance has been so heavy that sometimes my resistance to that arrogance has somehow pushed me to the point that made me wonder if I was supporting the criminal regime of Tehran. Once there was (and still is) talks of attacking Iran. Well, this might be one of those examples. As I have written many times, this is such a sensitive issue to me that I don't think twice standing up to the Americans who dare to use their "COWBOYISM" to threaten the country that is my business and only mine (as an Iranian).

Some other times, the way they see themselves so superior to others, is disgustingly sickening. In one of the comments, I was asked to point evidences to convince the writer that the UN would be more effective than the US in bringing freedom and democracy to Iraqis. Do I really need to convince anybody on this? I don't think so, my answer is very simple: "who the hell are you to decide for the world, who the hell are you to bring freedom (as you see it) to Iraqi people, who the hell are you to .. and finally, you yourself need to be freed from what is governing you which is nothing but the big business." Of sourse, this is not very easy to understand by an incapable brain.

It is scary to see a high percentage of the public in the country with so much "muscle power" do not recognize that UN should have the authority on international Issues and not the US. Yes, something as simple as this is so difficult for many Americans (and not all) to understand. And yet, they consider themselves the smartest people on earth. I don't know if I should consider this a joke or a human brain tragedy but perhaps this is why the oiliest people on earth become number one and number two people in the US.

Whatever it is, it hasn't helped many Iranians in their struggle for freedom for their country by their hands and their terms only. This type of American support for us to achieve freedom is only helping the regime in Tehran and not the Iranian people. This kind of support is only delaying our freedom. The lesser of this type of support the sooner we will be free. It was once said nicely: "If you have nothing helpful to say, if you just shot up, you will infact be helping".

(I reserve my respect to those Americans with independent thoughts and values)

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August 14, 2003

If Real Compensation for Pan Am passengers, why not for Iran Air Passengers?

In the news is that Libya has agreed to pay $2.7 billion dollars as compansation to the families of victims of the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie Scotland. Based on this, each family of the vicims will receive $10 million.

This just makes me wonder what the families of 298 victims of the Iranian flight which was shot down (14 years ago on July 3 and perhaps to increase the joy of celebrations for July the 4th - US independence day) , by the barberic US navy, received as compensation.

If Libya had anything to do with this, of course it should be condemned and held accountable for that. By the same token, US should be also held accountable for parishing 298 Iranian civilian lives; each one no less valuable than those of American victims of the Pan Am flight. Unfortunately, great number of Americans do not appreciate the fact the the value of non-American life is not less than the American life.

Yes, the images of those children whose shattered bodies were being collected from the waters of the Persian Gulf, will not fade in my mind, never.

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August 13, 2003

The Jewish group wants movie related to Jesus be modified

Apparently, a Mell Gibson movie called "the Passion", that is almost ready to be released is attracting critisism from Jewish groups. The film portrays the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus Christ. Before being realesed to the public, this movie was privately screened by a leading Jewish group ( The Anti-Defamation League, ADL) which further critisized the movie by claiming that this movie "would fuel bigotry and anti-semitism in its current form" and want Gibson to modify the movie before it is released for public view. According to the director of the said group, this movie somehow shows Jews reponsible for the decesion to crucify Jesus Christ.

Let's hope their influence does not result in denied peoples' right to see, and judge for themselves about this movie in its original form.

More can be read about this movie here.

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August 12, 2003

Congratulations Canada for the first step towards protecting the environment

Today, Canadian government pledged $1 Billion to act on its commitment towards Kyoto protocol. Canada officially adopted Kyoto accord on December 16, 2002. The overwhelming public support for this protocol, defused all the actions of lobby groups who were lobbying on behalf of big businesses and industries which did not want to be part of this and considered their mandatory participation in this, as profit cutting factor. Pro-business parties in Canada such as "Canadian Alliance" and "Progressive Conservative Party", strongly opposed this law, while it was backed by "The New Democratic Party - NDP" and "Block Quebequa". This was also supported by majority of the Liberal MPs in Canadian parliament to some of whom public pressure played a major roll to support this protocol.

Today's announcement from the government of Canada can be considered as a small step torwards meeting canadas commitment in reducing "Green House Gas Emmitions". In this announcement, there are incentives for almost everyone should they take more active roll in helping reduce G.H.G.E. .

When it comes to Green House gases, next to the US, Canada is still one of the biggest offenders( see here ). However, Canadians today should take pride in taking this first step towards less polluted environment and living up to their responsibilities.

It is interesting that during Clinton administration in the United States (the most polluting country on earth), this country had agreed with this treaty, but the new administration of Mr. Bush showed its anti-environmental policies by killing this agreement as one of the first major implemented policies.

Perhaps it has been correctly said by Mr. Al Gore in his recent speech:

"...That's what happened, for example, when Vice President Cheney invited all of those oil and gas industry executives to meet in secret sessions with him and his staff to put their wish lists into the administration's legislative package in early 2001....
....That group wanted to get rid of the Kyoto Treaty on Global Warming, of course, and the Administration pulled out of it first thing."

Let's hope Canada's leading roll in this issue, becomes a model for other countries most contributing to the global warming.

More on this can be read here .

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Why at the middle of peace and quiet?

Looks like some people do not wish to see any peace and quiet in the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Every time, the situation gets a bit quieter, and suicide attacks stop accuring on Israelis, the Sharon government goes on action to break that quiet. Assasinations in Palestinian areas and this time, the car bombig in Beirut (Lebonon) are the examples of that. These actions only serve the continuation of the violence in this conflict. Perhaps some hardline Israelis who are not less gulity than hardline Palestinians want to see the conflict continue.

Regarding the recent escalation of the vilence between Israel and Lebonees Hezbollah, this was trigered by the car bombing that occured in Beirut a while ago, where a member of Hezbollah was assasinated. This promted the retaliation form Hezbollah and then again retaliation form Israel and... and the cycle continues and who suffers here? of course, ordinary civilians on both sides.

Well, Syria has been warned about supporting Hezbollah. May be all this is to create opportunities to renew threats to Syria, as the Us has warned Syria about this.

Remember, in order to do something as significant as attacking a country, some excuses and justifications have to be made up. You never know, may be these are parts of such plan.

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August 10, 2003

Iraqi Group Vows Anti-U.S. Attacks, Denies Saddam Links

This can open a whole new chapter in resistance to US/British occupation of Iraq.

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1953 Coup d'etat - Toronto Upcoming Conference

On August 23rd & 24th the Iranian Assoc. at UofT is hosting a conference on the above topic.

Among the notable speakers at this event are:
Mark Gasiorowoski, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Abbas Milani, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Ahmad Ashraf, Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University, New York City
Farhang Rajaee, Department of Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa
There may be more speakers of note, but so far these are the ones that are confirmed. There will also be other speakers in panels and discussion groups.

Courtesy of Maykadeh .

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'Bring us home': GIs flood US with war-weary emails

Susan Schuman is angry. Her GI son is serving in the Iraqi town of Samarra, at the heart of the 'Sunni triangle', where American troops are killed with grim regularity.
Breaking the traditional silence of military families during time of war, Schuman knows what she wants - and who she blames for the danger to her son, Justin. 'I want them to bring our troops home. I am appalled at Bush's policies. He has got us into a terrible mess,' she said.

Schuman may just be the tip of an iceberg. She lives in Shelburne Falls, a small town in Massachusetts, and says all her neighbours support her view. 'I don't know anyone around here who disagrees with me,' she said.

Read the rest here.

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Site Statistics; Invasion of privacy?

It is good to know the number of visitors to our blogs, isn’t it? It might even be good to know from where the visitors are visiting. But do we need to know what operating system they have, what IP address they have, what kind of browsers they use, what time zone they are in and what was their local time when they visited our blog? Or, do we really need to track their domain, and their organization from which they made the visit?

All the information collected here, can provide a very good statistics on many computer–related commodities and as a result they can be valuable information for the manufacturers of these commodities. Basically, in most optimistic way of looking at this issue, by each visit to other sites we are potentially participating in invalounteered surveys, whether this information is used or not is not the issue. The issue is that the information can potentially be used.

Beside, the accuracy of the information on all the specifications of the visitor’s PC system, makes me wonder if a lot more information cannot be extracted about the content stored in that PC. Thes information can range from simple routins (what time ususally we do what), to all our interests (Where do we usually visit and what are our favourites), and even what files we have in our system.

As I said, this is a very optimistic situation. How if you want to look at this a bit deeper. Given the fact that in many cases, the high tech technology available to us as consumers is not the highest technology that exists and there are some institutions and organizations which are always one step ahead of us in some particular technologies, I think it would be reasonable to think that a lot more quantity and a lot more accurate information about our lives can be extracted from each simple visit we make here and there.

I am not a computer expert, but I think if you have already visited a site/blog and if you have left a comment before, it might not be very difficult to figure out that the new comment is yours even if you use a different name. Also, it is not difficult to figure out where you are (all this is of course if you use the same computer each time you visit).

The question is whether we would like to give out so many information about ourselves. And whether this is not some kind of invasion of our privacy. I might be wrong. What do you think?

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