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by direct | November 18, 2008 at 9:25 AM
we want to be free
Freedom not just for some but for everyone. I want to work with you to achieve your goals and mine. I have no time for gossip or chit chat so let's get to basics.
Freedom is a basic human right and something that I hope one day everyone has a chance to enjoy. I think you'll find that here on PulseWire, the conversation and the subjects revolve around the basics - issues that concern women most. While other online communities are all about gossip and chit chat, here you can get to the basics with women around the world. I look forward to hearing about what your goals are!
I have just produced a TV documentary examining how the new generation in Eastern Europe sees rights and freedoms two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I'm about to launch an Internet broadcast project and would like to expand this initiative to other regions of the world. What about the region where you live? How do people there see rights and freedoms
Thank you for the note. I want to work with you for freedom for all. Tell me more about your goals.
Your documentary sounds fascinating. I would be interested to see it and to hear more about your Internet broadcast project! I visited the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall and the museum there at Checkpoint Charlie. This was an incredibly emotional moment for me as I considered the implications of something so recent in the "western" world. I am often reminded of the Berlin Wall when I consider what President Bush and others in the United States are doing in building a wall along the Mexico/U.S. border. Is this not the same kind of thing? Have we not learned from history's mistakes?
I live in the United States and here, freedom is something that has in the last seven years been used as a tool for propaganda. The word is loosely thrown around and has lost much of its meaning. Since September 11, 2001, the word freedom has been used to rally the American citizens into a war with Afghanistan and then Iraq. Then the word patriotism was thrown into the mix and suddenly, for the first time in my life as a United States citizen living in America, I felt that I was enjoying less freedom. Suddenly I was being verbally assaulted and threatened in public places for speaking out against the war and for questioning my own country's role in foreign policy.
I hope that with the help of our new president, we can begin to redefine freedom in the U.S. and respect it for what it truly is - the right to act, to speak and to think freely without obstruction. If the United States cannot be a model of freedom to the rest of the world, than how can it expect or force other nations to adapt greater freedoms for its people?
Thank you for bringing up the subject of freedom.
I totally agree with you. I grew up in the U.S. with the idea that freedom was a fundamental right on which that country was built upon. As I entered my teen years I quickly became desilusioned when I witness abuse and discrimination towards black Americans. Then the war in Vietnam taught me that for the powers that be in the U.S. freedom is a commodity that can be exploited according to the needs of the economy.
Restrictions on freedom did not begin with Mr. Bush. In a quest to "stop Communist expansion" all administrations, both Democrat and Republican, have pursued an aggressive foreign policy which denies freedom to millions of people around the world. One example. The support given to repressive and brutal military dictatorships in Latin America. The economic blockade of Cuba is another example.
Now in a so-called war against terrorism we see American troops in Iraq supposedly there to bring freedom and democracy to the Iraquis, but in fact denied them the right to govern themselves as they see fit. It seems the U.S. government is always ready to start a war to expand its vision of freedom. Let's see if President Obama will really be willing and able to work for freedom around the world.
When I get my Internet broadcast platform going I'll let you know so you can be part of it.
You're right, the restrictions on freedom did not begin with the Bush administration, but were certainly accelerated by him.
I too hope that President Elect Obama can bring a new sense of freedom to not only U.S. citizens, but those who our country deprive basic human rights from.
I was recently browsing the Human Rights Watch website and stumbled across an article written by their staff as a recommendation to Mr. Obama for "Fighting Terrorism Fairly and Effectively". Take a look:
I will stay tuned to hear more about hooking up to your Internet broadcast platform.
Thanks for the link to Human Rights Watch. Let's hope President Obama rfuses to use the human rights label to pursue wars of conquest. Mr. Bush prefers the "we bring democracy" label. I will keep you posted on the progress of our Internet broadcast project.
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