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Letter from Yulia Tymoshenko to the world

Yulia Tymoshenko urges supporters to end hunger strikes

pr_b3460.jpgI would like to thank all the democratic leaders, heads of the European Union and the European People’s Party, Ukrainian diaspora, human rights activists and civil society institutionsl around the world, and foreign diplomats in Ukraine for strongly and unanimously standing in defense of Ukraine from Yanukovych’s authoritarian regime, in defense of priceless freedom, human rights and true values.
Our country is in danger and the situation is getting worse every day. Ukraine has been captured by several clans, who are seizing its financial and material resources, building dictatorship. Ukraine must be rescued urgently using the most effective and radical measures, before it’s too late!

There may simply be no more fair elections in Ukraine. The Ukrainian people can’t take on this strong, cynical and cruel enemy on its own. I ask the entire democratic world in this historical moment for Ukraine to join efforts with civil society, the opposition and the people of Ukraine to defend a free, democratic and European Ukraine – before it’s too late, because we’re one step away from the point of no return.

I would also like to thank all the people, all my supporters, that have gone on a hunger strike as a sign of solidarity with me. But I urge them to not risk their health, to not take on this difficult challenge, because I personally know how difficult every day and every hour is when you’re not eating, how much spiritual and physical strength it takes from you. I ask you to end your hunger strike! I know even without such difficult self sacrifice that you are dedicated to our idea and our struggle, and that there is no force that can break you. But don’t ruin your health.

I thank everyone who is praying for Ukraine, for our people, for my fate and health. I am grateful to everyone who is supporting me in this difficult moment, who stands in protest outside the prison, courts, Pechersk court, SIZO, who is with me and Ukraine with their soul. I love you and believe that we will ultimately be able to change everything, that our efforts aren’t in vain in this difficult time. Faith and hard work will change everything for the better.

Yulia Tymoshenko
Kachanivska prison, Kharkiv
May 7, 2012

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Ministry of Thugs Egypt

A photo on Face Book group The Eyes of Freedom can provoke extreme reactions by certain people. People on this picture are injured. Most of them have a taped eye. The result of the attacks by security forces in Cairo. Men, women and children. For the military council no exception is made.  A proof, the protests in Egypt are far from over. Even though I am well aware of  pro Mubarak or Tantawi people among the protestors, it still comes as a surprise. Especially when these people become active on Face Book and seek the confrontation with contacts outside of Egypt.

Shahira Amin, a wonderful person who became famous by resigning at Nile TV, the English news channel from the Egyptian State television, at the beginning of the protests against Hosni Mubarak. She walked away and joined the protestors on Tahrir Square. A very brave decision as her life could be in severe danger. Shahira is now very active in Egypt and internationally. A free lancer for BBC World and CNN. Beside that she does several talk shows and knows how to bring up the essentials of each interview.

Shahira shared the photo of the Face Book group The Eyes of Freedom on her profile. As I do always, I read the post and try to comment. Surprisingly a man from Egypt, reacted quite irritated on the this posting but started as well to attack my comments. My comment was; “Victims of he Ministry of Thugs.” Pointing out to the rulers of Egypt, responsible for the many killed and injured protestors what we see everyday. This is one of the comments he made:

“ya3ni 7adretek u r posting this so that people like frank yi2oolo comments about our ministries??? i find that sick.. they do it the other way araound 3al 3ilm ya ostaza shahira.. i m against inno any outsider would call any egyptian a thug.. thats ashame.”

Beside the phonetic Arabic words it is obvious, this writer is against every interference from a non Egypt person. Shahira reacts quite calm on him and tries to make him clear that not her message is sick but what happened to these young people in the streets is sick. This comment makes him more irritated as he cannot understand an Egyptian person agrees with a non Egyptian. This was his next comment: “hey franky!! watch ur words when u speak about an egyptian puppsy..

Obviously more irritated he adds this one minute later: “including our police and military forces.” I made him very clear that he is not impressing me with his words and my reaction was:” @Ahmad: I am not going to watch out for your words.” After several reactions both sides, this is what he wrote before I made him clear not willing to continue to argue with him:

“@ frank , I dont need to know about u to judge whether you re allowed to speak about any egyptian of any age and filling any job. its a red line buddy. u dont cross the red lines. i dont care what you think of israel, nor what u think of our x president, nor what you think of our coming one!! 🙂 frankly frank 🙂 just stick ur nose where it belongs. thats not just u franky, its to any outsider 🙂

This man is not hiding his point of view and with him there are thousands. People who create unrest and division among the young people who risk their lives every day to free themselves from suppression. By either thugs or military oppressors. This strategy by Mubarak, sending members of the security forces to the Squares to pretend being activists as well, copied by the new military rulers.  These people are ordered to create unrest, act as criminals giving the protestors a bad name.

The young people of Egypt and all their supporters from many other countries are one. Thanks to them, people like Ahmad get no chance to spread their nationalistic point of view to a wide audience. This is why the young people in the streets will overcome and eventually overthrow the military rulers. Just as they did with Mubarak and thugs.

 

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Internet Restrictions

SOPA and PIPA would put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won’t have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn’t being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won’t show up in major search engines. SOPA and PIPA would build a framework for future restrictions and suppression.

 

In a world in which politicians regulate the Internet based on the influence of big money, Wikipedia — and sites like it — cannot survive.

Congress says it’s trying to protect the rights of copyright owners, but the “cure” that SOPA and PIPA represent is worse than the disease. SOPA and PIPA are not the answer: they would fatally damage the free and open Internet.

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