Wednesday, May 3, 2006

A picture's worth a thousand words

The picture was taken during the Darfur rally in Washington D.C

And that is what I love about the United States. It means protection for those living in tyranny, freedom & equality for all, human rights and brotherhood to me and billions of people on this planet.

All who live in Tyranny and hopelessness can know: The US will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressor - President George W. Bush in January 2nd, 2005 Inaugural Address

6 comments:

شراره said...

ما به شما سر میزنیم اگه شما به ما سر نمی زنید

Alberta Girl said...

Sharareh - please translate what you said - we are in Canada and do not understand Arabic. It is difficult to take your comments to heart when one doesn't understand what you said.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

"All who live in Tyranny and hopelessness can know: The US will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressor".

April 12, 2006 - Condoleeza Rice's welcoming remarks to Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea, and a man who has been on "Parade" magazines "10 Worst Dictators" list four years running:

"So thank you very much for your presence here. You are a good friend and we welcome you."

-Obiang took power by overthrowing his uncle more than 25 years ago. According to a United Nations inspector, torture “is the normal means of investigation” in Equatorial Guinea. There is no freedom of speech, and there are no bookstores or newsstands. The one private radio station is owned by Obiang’s son. Since major oil reserves were discovered in Equatorial Guinea in 1995, Obiang has deposited more than $700 million into special accounts in U.S. banks. Meanwhile, most of his people live on less than $1 a day.

-The 1982 constitution of Equatorial Guinea gives Obiang extensive powers, including naming and dismissing members of the cabinet, making laws by decree, dissolving the Chamber of Representatives, negotiating and ratifying treaties and calling legislative elections. Obiang retains his role as commander in chief of the armed forces and minister of defense, and he maintains close supervision of the military activity. The Prime Minister is appointed by the President and operates under powers designated by the President. The Prime Minister coordinates government activities in areas other than foreign affairs, national defense and security.

-On December 15, 2002, Equatorial Guinea's four main opposition parties withdrew from the country's presidential election. Obiang won an election widely considered fraudulent by members of the western press.

-Forestry, farming, and fishing are also major components of GDP. Subsistence farming predominates. The deterioration of the rural economy under successive brutal regimes has diminished any potential for agriculture-led growth.

-Despite a per capita GDP of more than US$30,000 (CIA Factbook) which is as of 2004 the sixth highest in the world, Equatorial Guinea ranks 121st out of 177 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index.

-Most domestic and international observers consider his regime to be one of the most corrupt, ethnocentric, oppressive and anti-democratic states in the world. Equatorial Guinea is now essentially a single-party state, dominated by Obiang's Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE).

-All but two members of the 100-seat national parliament belong to the PDGE or are aligned with it. The opposition is severely hampered by the lack of a free press as a vehicle for their views.

-Around 90% of all opposition politicians live in exile, 550 anti-Obiang activists have been jailed unfairly, and several killed since 1979. Obiang was re-elected in 1996 and 2002, but the conduct of both elections was not acceptable to international observers.

-In July 2003, state-operated radio declared that the president is a God who is "in permanent contact with the Almighty" and can "kill anyone without being called to account", he personally made similar comments in 1993. Coincidentally, Macias Nguema had also been proclaimed God.

-Obiang has encouraged his cult of personality by ensuring that public speeches end in well-wishing for himself for well-wishing for the republic. Many important buildings have a presidential lodge, many towns and cities have streets commemorating Obiang's coup against his own uncle as well as there being a penchant among the population to wear clothes with his face printed on them.

-In March 2004, Obiang announced that there was a complex plot to overthrow him that allegedly involved the intelligence services of the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain.

Ah, so this administration is against tyranny everywhere. Except, apparently, if you happen to live in Equatorial Guinea. Then your oppressor is considered to be a "good friend" of the US.

Winston said...

Alberta Girl, it is Persian not Arabic!

Anonymous said...

anonymous said "yes - but"....

And it's true.

I don't know about Equatorial Guinea, but like some guy said - 'we know he's a bastard, but he's our bastard'.

Many leftist 'thinkers' criticize Western policies, especially American foreign policy, but the fact is that the West would have fallen on its sword long ago if we held every country up to our highest ideals. It's very unfortunate.

The Cold War is the perfect example - the West had to make nice with some horrible regimes because the dictators in charge knew they could blackmail the West by threatening to support the Soviets. That sucks.

Iran gave the United States a big black eye by holding the embassy staff hostage - Saddam attacks Iran - of course the US supported that, who wouldn't - especially since it kept the Iranian regime from stirring up more trouble, like they're doing now.

Joseph Salomonsen said...

alberta girl...not only it isnt arabic, its not even even in the same langiage family...its a indoeuropean language same as english and german. (arabic is semitic) AND not all that is on the net is not canadian mind you. and perhaps SHE isnt as good as you are in your language :p