Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chatter Box (2)! [freedom, equality, human identity]

"This is a text which me and my dear friend from the States recorded.we call it "CHATTER BOX".we decided to share our thoughts and needs here.I hope all the bloggers and people join us, so we can extend our point of views and make better days of humanity , freedom,joy , peace , love and happiness"
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1) How has the interaction of the internet changed how you and others communicate about daily happenings?

I don’t understand the part about the changes of internet, but I think you will get your answer after what I’m about to say. Most websites are built to serve a purpose of social connection, friend finders, or to get in touch with people form different side of the world. Facebook for example is one of these social network places which deliver news and information along with Twitter, YouTube, Blog, Flicker, and etc.

I don’t think internet can force the identity and activities of its users. Instead it’s the user’s activities and personalities which gives the internet an identity. Internet has lots of capabilities which can be used and defined per user’s daily needs. In addition to all the capabilities presented to us by internet, informing and finding ways from the long walls of limitation and censorship in Iran, nowadays internet has played and undeniable role.

The experience of the recent protests in Iran and the violation of human rights in other countries have proven that internet is dependent on human’s identity. Right when there is a case of violation of human identity, internet reflects the objections of people to the crime and violation.



We use every possible tools and friends, mobile phones to capture pictures and film an event, or by using internet to send news across the board to keep informing people on a daily basis and get their feedbacks. We try to avoid using journalism’s language and instead use ordinary people language to speak with them. Therefore, our work might be professional, but the language we use is far a way from the limitation and censorship of journalism connected to the government. And this is why our recipients are different.

2) If you could sum up your life motto in a few sentences, what would it be?

Few years ago, March 8th on women day; we started this slogan in Iran’s universities which I think has been the main focus of our fight against the existing situation; freedom, equality, human identity was our slogan on women’s day, which was the foundation of political analysis in Iran.

Freedom is an undeniable right of all human beings, unconditional sexual equality, social and rights is one of my slogan in definition of human rights which at the end human’s identity is my starting point and it gives me meaning to my fight and purpose for my political beliefs. Human identity in its depth denies any religious beliefs and nationalism and announces that human are made from human and any definition of human’s identity through religious beliefs are done by governments due to their fear of nations unity. Therefore, I think this is the one slogan which can express my beliefs.

3) I have read that you are a very important source for so many people when looking for news about Iran, does that affect how you present events and people?

At the beginning there were doubts that our reports and news are not reliable since we would present all the news taken by our own activists, but after a while this activity had a vast aspect.

We tired to report the news by including pictures and films taken from the events away from world’s media and government state TVs eyes. We got lots of attention from world’s media and human rights organizations right after the video of Neda Agha Soltan dying on the street was broadcasted on internet by us for the fist time.

After that we begin to get more attention and a mass support from all around the world. Currently the majority of people depend on our news and information and this becomes obvious to us when we see their reactions. If we make a smallest mistake such as a wrong date or title, they will contact us and questions us about it. This shows how much they pay attention to our work and how we play an important role in delivering news.

4) Lastly, I am wondering what inspired you to be so active in political events and what encourages you to share all of your experiences with others?

The hope for a better world and better living situations for human beings gives us energy and the power to continue. Our attitude is a reflection of the existing situation, and certainly in society where people are being putdown, hanged and stoned in masses such activities and activists grow and nourished.

The more aggression to human rights grows; the reaction of people around the world gets vast and deeper. With our activities we try to deliver the news to the people and we encourage them to be the voice to ask for their human rights. With providing more information, the society would step up to the plate on its own.

Therefore, the growth of communication and ways to inform people is one of our key goals. History has proven that these basic human rights such as gathering rights, protest and formation which we have lost lots of lives to it in Iran, was not born in one night in the western and European countries. It was a result of innumerable revelations and fights in the past decades which has been violated and threatened by governments. Therefore, we are fighting to gain our rights not as an Iranian, but as human and if such violation happens anywhere in the world it will faced with the same reaction.

9 comments:

velayatepiripi said...

Very very beautiful, strong, universal slogan! We used something similar in a anti-racism rally in Rome, last year... (on my blog you can find few pictures on the demostration for the international day of action of July 25th, taken in Barcelona, University Square)

rainywalker said...

Freedom has kept me going for 62 years and spreading the word about Iran's Freedom Fighters makes us all a part of the cause.

Anonymous said...

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN2637053120070627

Number of U.S. prisoners has biggest rise in 6 years
Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:51pm

"It said the nation's prison and jail populations increased by more than 62,000 inmates, or 2.8 percent, to about 2,245,000 inmates in the 12-month period that ended on June 30, 2006. It was the biggest jump in numbers and percentage change in six years.....

According to the International Centre for Prison Studies at King's College in London, the United States has long had the world's largest prison population, followed by China at 1.5 million and Russia at 885,670."

Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/28/AR2009072802835_pf.html

U.S. forces did not exactly destroy the 4,000-year-old city, home of one of the world's original seven wonders, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon...
But they did turn it into Camp Alpha, a military base, shortly after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Their 18-month stay there caused "major damage" and represented a "grave encroachment on this internationally known archeological site," a report released this month in Paris by the United Nations' cultural agency, UNESCO, says

FREEDOM IN IRAN said...

Hi Saeed

About 150 police officers were deployed in the large cemetery Beheshti-e Zahra, south of Tehran, where they are buried Neda Soltan-Agha and other young people killed in the events of June 20. In the cemetery are expected opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karrubi which circumvented the ban on authorities Iran to commemorate the victims of post-election crackdown, they want to gather on their graves, In cemetery and waiting the Neda's mother, the first victim of the protests, the couple became the face of repression.

Anonymous said...

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked the Judiciary chief to conduct a through investigation into the death of Neda Aqa-Soltan, an Iranian woman who was shot dead in Tehran’s post-vote protests.
In a letter to Iran’s Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi on Monday, Ahmadinejad called for a serious probe into the “suspicious” death of Neda and recognizing elements behind her killing.
“Neda Aqa-Soltan was shot dead in one of Tehran’s streets on June 20 by unknown elements in a completely suspicious way,” said the president.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/ahmadinejad-orders-probe-into-nedas-suspicious-death.html

Anonymous said...

Hi Saeed

You have mentioned: we decided to share our thoughts and needs here.I hope all the bloggers and people join us, so we can extend our point of views and make better days of humanity , freedom,joy , peace , love and happiness"

I would like to know to what level of involvement do you need / want us ppl to have and what differentiates this site from shooresh? i.e is it another site of just bringing the news but from your point of view rather than hardline/hardcore WW news or is it to cover socio-psycho politix as subjects?

I hope you don't think I am being a smart ass but merely would like to know how/when/where I can help out as an individual and/or any idea or comment is to be given for further talks, research or more of a wall of bouncing ideas!

Thanx a mil (btw, I do like your CB idea so far anyway:)

VM

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