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First they came…..

Germany 1946 by Martin Niemöller:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me*

Martin was a German anti-Nazi Lutheran pastor, he dared speak up when the Nazi rose to power and started getting rid of their target groups one after the other.

This post is not to discuss Nazis or Jews or any of the sort, it is to about the notion of speaking up for what you think is right or wrong and having the courage to voice your convictions even if you know that your voice is a drop in the sea and that it won’t make a big difference but deep down you think that maybe -just maybe your voice will make a difference to someone if at least it would make a difference to you. I wonder why politicians and public figures rarely speak up their thoughts and convictions, is it that they don’t have any? Is it that their own ethics and convictions match what is going on around them (I highly doubt it)? Or is it that they have too much to lose if they speak up, hence the personal conviction weighs more towards self-indulgence of material goods?

Will there be anyone left to speak out for you?

* original text in German:

Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten, habe ich geschwiegen;

ich war ja kein Kommunist.

Als sie die Sozialdemokraten einsperrten, habe ich geschwiegen;

ich war ja kein Sozialdemokrat.

Als sie die Gewerkschafter holten, habe ich nicht protestiert;

ich war ja kein Gewerkschafter.

Als sie die Juden holten, habe ich geschwiegen;

ich war ja kein Jude.

Als sie mich holten, gab es keinen mehr,

der protestieren konnte.


internet censorship – worldwide

I saw this video on another blog (LOL DZ) and thought it was worth circulating


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here we go again

i am well I was up until a few minutes ago watching a very important match in the CAF semi finals, I am amazed by the performance of the main referee and some of the players…..this is more like a theatrical play rather than a football match.

I decided to stop watching as it’s appalling, an insult to the sport (I am not a football fanatic, but I know what a theatre performance looks like). From minute 1 there have been repetitive (sometimes multiple and sequenced) falling/acting/dancing around each other, what’s to make it better the main referee seems to be freshly graduated of Hollywood and wanting to be the card cloud and guess what it’s raining…..so far 3 red cards and several yellow ones oh and what more most are for the same team (he even threw out the goal keeper with a red card), this referee is good very good we are reaching a new low.

Regardless to who I want to win and who is making mistakes, when you are a referee in such a tense match shouldn’t you actually be a referee ? i.e. be fare, impose order on the field and calm the tensions? Bizarre huh!!!! to me that’s what a referee should do but hey African football doesn’t seas to surprise me this year.

Enough with the ranting, I’ll go watch cartoons at least they’r funny


Amazigh couscous

I just read a post on a blog that infuriated me I wrote this big smart ass comment and put all my anger into it then to stupidly delete it noooooooo, I couldn’t be bothered re-writing the comment and to maybe have it not approved by the moderator…I decided to post something myself.

The post in question was talking about the current situation in Morocco where the Amazigh people are requesting that their language be put with Arabic as the country’s official language (for you who do not know, Amazighs or Berbers are North Africa’s original inhabitants with a distinct history culture and language).

This man was tying to explain that Amazighs should stop fighting for their right and instead concentrate their efforts on making the country (i.e. Morocco) a better place for themselves and Moroccan Arabs. He was saying that Amazigh identity is just another political tool used to separate ethnicities in the same country (the same Amazigh question is shared by other north African countries), this ignorant fool was saying that the language of Islam is Arabic and as the Amazighs have accepted Islam and its language they should stop claiming their own identity and accept that they are Muslims like the non Amazigh’s of the country so therefore by default they should also conform and accept the identity of Arab and forget their backwards language and heritage.

This ignorant didn’t bother thinking for 2 seconds about the other non Arab Muslims, Muslims in China/Russia/Argentina or even the not so far Iran or Pakistan they prey and read the Koran in Arabic but they still have their non Arab identity…..or is this man suggesting these nations forget their culture and embrace conformity making Muslims a big fat mass of one same…..he is forgetting that strength is in diversity that a country with more than one culture is a richer country……..I hope one day he wakes up

The politically fuelled monologue he was trying to have with his self absorbed ignorance is in my opinion completely off track. Is it maybe not exactly this political supremacy motive that is making a big deal and a fuss about Amazigh being an official language, I don’t see a problem in having both Arabic and Amazigh as official languages as a matter of fact a lot of countries have more than one official language (Chad, Cameroon, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Djibouti, Somalia, Bolivia,….etc I’m skipping the rest but you get the point). Why make this request of addition a big deal why make a fuss out of it and fuel common street ignorants to rant about this addition as being a bad thing.

Is it combine to better control the masses?!?! no matter what the motives it doesn’t change the fact that posts like this infuriate me the sheer ignorance in the text is appalling and the laziness of thought is disgusting

Original post is here (apologies for the on Arabic readers)

http://www.blafrancia.com/comment/reply/692#comment-form