From #Gaza with Love #Ferguson

As police in the USA intensify anti-protest action in Ferguson tweeters start sending advice and sympathy from Gaza, especially on how to withstand armed forces’ terror tactics…

  • WesleyLowery
    But the residents have not been “rioting.” It just isn’t true. Protesting: yes. Outraged: yes. Clashing with police: yes. Rioting: No
     
There are Americans who think a black teenager reached for a cop’s gun, from 35 feet away, but demand further proof for global warming.
 
When @KristinFisher approached our protest, she immediately went to the white woman for details. Ignoring the Black faces who organized.
 
This is the WaPo piece @WesleyLowery filed not long before he was arrested in Ferguson.  http://wapo.st/1nQtysv 
 
 
People in #Gaza are tweeting information on how to handle tear gas to the citizens of #Ferguson. Mind blown. #MikeBrown
 
Crowd in #ferguson now chanting “End the occupation from Gaza to St Louis!!!”
 
An American army is attacking unarmed Americans. Who is willing to invade America to protect Americans? Isn’t that our logic when we invade?
 
Wow! People from Gaza are tweeting to the people in #Ferguson on how to protect themselves from tear gas. Think about that! #Maddow
 
 
Whole world is watching #Ferguson & every dictator who sets his police like attack dogs on protesters shrugs & says “See, the US does it.”
 
That sound cannon that the police is using in Ferguson was used in Iraq and Somalia and causes permanent hearing loss
 
So weird to see reporters covering the Midwest tweet tips on now to handle tear gas, police violence, etc. What is happening out there?
 
 
Stun grenades and tear gas in #Ferguson now. Police rioting in the streets against calm protesters.
 
 
Tip learned in Bil’in, Palestine on tear gas: use onion peels to breathe easier. #Ferguson
 
Do not expect Obama to travel to #Ferguson, unless it is to show solidarity with the police.
 
“@manofsteele: Wow...A man picks up burning tear gas can and throws it back at police. #ferguson  http://t.co/qiLwujczqr” @YourAnonNews
Wow…A man picks up burning tear gas can and throws it back at police  pic.twitter.com/qiLwujczqrwujYourAnonNews @YourAnonNews<Not just a man…a dread! Jah RASTAfari!!!!
 
Look at these black men be heroes RT @jonswaine: Police "This is your final warning." Protesters at front not nudging http://t.co/Kp2O4qEGWZ
Look at these black men be heroes RT @jonswaine: Police “This is your final warning.” Protesters at front nopic.twitter.com/Kp2O4qEGWZKp2O4qEGWZ
It’s like a law of nature. Marginalized people protest the senseless killing of one of their own. Face a brutal, militarized police machine.
 
WHERE IS ANDERSON COOPER?????
 
Oh Twitter. People in #Gaza following #Ferguson events tweeting like ‘Hope you’re OK, don’t stop resisting’

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You know it’s a bad situation when the people of #Gaza are empathizing with you and seeing parallels #Ferguson
 
 
Got folks in #Gaza tweeting tips to help people during the #Ferguson protest...wild. http://t.co/HNH0nlAouk #mikebrown
Got folks in #Gaza tweeting tips to help people during the #Ferguson protest…wild. pic.twitter.com/HNH0nlAouk #mikebrown
The oppressed stands with the oppressed. #Palestine stands with #Ferguson. http://t.co/hxK94VqfsO
The oppressed stands with the oppressed. #Palestine stands with #Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/hxK94VqfsO
#MikeBrown shooting; 'War zone' in #Ferguson. Photos and story: http://t.co/ZUSuL3tLjr http://t.co/XhekatA2F6
#MikeBrown shooting; ‘War zone in #Ferguson. Photos and story ibt.uk/A00685n  http://pic.twitter.com/XhekatA2F6
MORE BREAKING PHOTOS: After Aljazeera crew was directly hit with tear gas, their cameras were disassembled: #Ferguson http://t.co/j1Xxk93CVU
MORE BREAKING PHOTOS: After Aljazeera crew was directly hit with tear gas, their cameras were disassembled: #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/j1Xxk93CVU
I respect law enforcement. I have issues with the political classes who use them. #Ferguson #Gaza
 
When the words “NEW CEASE FIRE TAKES HOLD” appear on the screen, one wonders if the report’s on #Iraq #Ukraine #Gaza or #Ferguson.

The World Cup and its Others…

The World Cup as tweeted live taking note of the play of race, colour, nation, ethnicity, religion…and locaton.

Presenting a Storified tweetshot of reactions from those of us in the Global South as our representatives at the World Cup in Brazil surged ahead on the day that the Black Stars (Ghana) and the Super Eagles (NIG) made their presence felt–race, religion, colour, ethnicity, nationality–all came in for comment. For example, the following tweet from Jean Lowrie-Chin in Jamaica: @chinhubert saw a tweet during #GHAvsUSA: “Not sure who to back – Ancestors from Ghana but remittances from USA” ☺ #Brasil2014. Check it out…

So Germany is the only European team that has a white guy who scores
Ok, who am I supporting here? #HONvsECU (@tejucole, any advice?)
@kamilashamsie Um, definitely the small poor country with brown people.
Helpful. “@tejucole: @kamilashamsie Um, definitely the small poor country with brown people.”
karachiahab
@kamilashamsie @tejucole But they are both small poor countries with brown people. No? Very helpful indeed 🙂 #HONvsECU
Costly error by #ECU leads to Costly goal for #HON. Nice.
There can no longer be any doubt: the U.S. is one of the top nine American teams in this tournament.
So basically postcolonial nations have spent every minute since independnce dedicating themselves to proving every colonial stereotype right
It is delightful that the national honor of so very Catholic France continues to be in the hands of its predominantly Muslim football team
MESSI TIME!!! C’MON THE ARGIES, A STRIKE ON I-RAN!! @CIA
germany/netherlands ain’t winning no world cup in south america…so save unnuh breath…
I am Ghanaian. I am Ghanaian. I am Ghanaian.
GOAL! Has someone accounted for the Obeah Man?? http://t.co/1WxgwV622Q
GOAL! Has someone accounted for the Obeah Man?? pic.twitter.com/1WxgwV622Q
Oh my God, this is happening. Come on you Black Stars!
Black Stars broke my heart in 2010, not going to celebrate until the end. *watching with one eye*
You have nowhere to hurry, Ghana.
where is ogun in particular today? where is ogun?
C’mon Global South!!! you can do it! #GhanavsGermany
There are no atheists in the 85th minute.
It is immense that #GHA believes that they can and actually do go toe to toe with Europe’s deadliest team
What a thoroughly entertaining game.
This German niggas bleeding ALL over the field. Soccer so violent. #WorldCup2014
Great fight Ghana a so we do it! #AfricanStandUp
Can we play extra time on this one? A perfect half of football and fantastic entertainment from both sides.
these commentators “Germany did not bring their A game”. enough!
OK Ghana I was just kidding. I love you. But I can’t promise about Samuel Kuffour. Not when he says “pahnahty”.
GER vs. GHA was pretty much an episode of Game of Thrones. Valar Morghulis.
One of the best games of #WorldCup2014 so far on the longest day of the yr. Great display esp by #Ghana.
Watched Ger vs Gha in a bar in Fort Greene. Jokes for days. “That was an awesome head kick.”
My mum just saw her tenant that is owing her money on super sport in Brazil
It’s funny (completely unfunny) how much space Hajrovic is getting on the right flank. Acres. He could start a farm out there.
If you get an email from a Nigerian friend claiming he’s lost all his cash in Rio, don’t delete it as spam. It might just be true
#NIG clearly looking for a specific target area in #BIH defence. http://t.co/ko5SVGGY78
#NIG clearly looking for a specific target area in #BIH defence. pic.twitter.com/ko5SVGGY78
So, so harsh for Bosnia
Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike fires in a shot on goal during the match between #NGR and #BIH. - AP #glnrWorldCup http://t.co/m87zaTnAzv
Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike fires in a shot on goal during the match between #NGR and #BIH. – AP #glnrWorldCup pic.twitter.com/m87zaTnAzv
Yow Nigeria nuh concede no goals yet!!!
Naija! Naija! Naija! Naija! Naija!
Wake up call. It will not be strange if Goodluck Jonathan wins in a free and fair election 2015. Twitter is not = Nigeria.

Leaves of Absence: Not to tweet for a day…for a month…forever?

People taking leaves of absence from Twitter…

 

Just a few things i picked up from Twitter today:

Terry McMillan announced this morning that she’d be taking a one-month break from Twitter to write her next novel. In a series of tweets she explained her predicament before making her exit:

Terry McMillan ‏ @MsTerryMcMillan
After much deliberation, I have decided to take a one month leave from Twitter in my quest to complete a rough draft of my novel.

Terry McMillan ‏ @MsTerryMcMillan
Please know how much I look forward to hanging out with you all on an almost daily basis, but I’ve lost my focus and want to get it back.

Terry McMillan ‏ @MsTerryMcMillan
I’ve never written a novel under the influence of Twitter (!) and it is difficult to do with so much going on in the world that disturbs me.

Terry McMillan ‏ @MsTerryMcMillan
However, in order to concentrate, sometimes you have to eliminate distractions. It’s lonely, but ultimately, gratifying.

Terry McMillan ‏ @MsTerryMcMillan
I am accustomed to writing without thinking. Twitter allows me to think in 140 characters. Sometimes, I don’t want to think. I want to feel.

Terry McMillan ‏ @MsTerryMcMillan
So, off I go. I call it surrendering. Where you give your all to what you’re doing. Or don’t do it at all. I chose to do the damn thang.

Terry McMillan ‏ @MsTerryMcMillan
I hope all of you pray that I write with conviction & I will pray that you feel as much joy, strength, love & courage as possible.

Terry McMillan ‏ @MsTerryMcMillan
And we rock on.

Terry McMillan ‏ @MsTerryMcMillan
Grateful.

Meanwhile Columbia journalism professor and social media guru Sree Sreenivasan went on an all day Twitter and Facebook fast to raise scholarship funds. The following tweets are self-explanatory and following that I excerpt something from the Columbia School of Journalism page giving the fuller context:

Sree Sreenivasan ‏ @sree
#SilenceSree starts midmorning. How many of you give determines how long I stay off FB & Twitter: http://bit.ly/silencesree #cuj12
Sree Sreenivasan ‏ @sree
It’s #SilenceSree Day! Enough of you gave $5 to keep me off Twitter till 9 pm ET. Prolong my misery by donating today: http://bit.ly/sreesilence

Silence Sree Fundraiser

Can @Sree go a day without Twitter and Facebook? Maybe for charity! Donate to silence Sree!

Silence Sree

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Columbia’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is raising donations for a scholarship fund that will be awarded to one or several students enrolled in the incoming class. We hope this new tradition will continue long after the Class of 2012 graduates.

Boring.

The real cause?  Getting Sree to stop Tweeting (and Facebooking, Posterousing, Pininteresting, and FourSquaring) for a day. Here’s how last year’s class raised money and kept Sree silent.

The goal is 200 people. The percentage of 200 that donates will correspond to the amount of time Sree will be silenced. (Maximum one day. Communication is kind of his job!) If 200 people give, then Sree is off for a day. If only 20 people reach in their pockets, then he isn’t staying off that long, about 2.5 hours.

1 dollar in person contributes to silencing Sree. There is a 5 dollar minimum if you donate online.

Finally, completely unrelated, but how many of you realized that today was the anniversary of Claude McKay’s death? I wouldn’t have known were it not for the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh whose twitter feed i follow:

Scottish Poetry Lib ‏ @ByLeavesWeLive
Claude McKay, the Jamaican-born poet, died in Chicago on this day in 1948…

Scottish Poetry Lib ‏ @ByLeavesWeLive
“There is joy in the woods just now/The leaves are whispers of song/& the birds make mirth on the bough/& music the whole day long” C McKay

Scottish Poetry Lib ‏ @ByLeavesWeLive
“For one brief golden moment rare like wine,/The gracious city swept across the line/Oblivious of the color of my skin.” Claude McKay

Scottish Poetry Lib ‏ @ByLeavesWeLive
”I must not see upon your face/Love’s softly glowing spark;/For there’s the barrier of race,/You’re fair and I am dark.” Claude McKay

Twitter wit: #bookswithalettermissing

A selection of tweets that appeared under the hashtag #bookswithalettermissing and how it spilled over onto Facebook…

A baby Dik-dik--a tiny East African antelope (via @biscuitzombie)

On August 3, 2011, someone on Twitter started a hashtag that unleashed a veritable firestorm of creativity from people around the world trying to think of whacky new entries for book titles with a letter missing. All these tweets were consolidated under the hashtag #bookswithalettermissing. I present a selection for your pleasure…

stantonmichael Michael Stanton

The Da Vinci Cod: A tale of a great man’s fondness of seafood. #bookswithalettermissing

anniepaul

RT @Dr3wonlin3#bookswithalettermissing Lack Beauty: a story of self esteem and horses

synopticalchart Synoptical Charts

The Holy Bile #bookswithalettermissing

anniepaul

RT @DanielPink: The Virtue of Elfishness – wherein Ayn Rand makes a stirring case for the moral integrity of elves. #bookswithalettermissing

pgnimmo paul nimmo

now this one IS funny! RT @mektastic: The Velveteen Rabbi #BooksWithALetterMissing

emccullough Elizabeth McCullough

Jurassic Ark — How dinosaurs survived the Great Flood. #bookswithalettermissing

bartandlife

#bookswithalettermissing Brave New Word by Aldous Huxley. Huxley’s satirical novel on the future of the dictionary

biscuitzombie

The Oy of Sex. A Jewish guide to lovemaking. #bookswithalettermissing

anniepaul

Life of I (my unexpurgated autobiography) #bookswithalettermissing

anniepaul

A Moveable East (Oriental Theory of Relativity) #bookswithalettermissing

CParkhurst1 Carolyn Parkhurst

Naive Son: Richard Wright’s protagonist remains blissfully unaware of the racism present in 1930s America. #bookswithalettermissing

KAKoehler Kim Koehler

Watership Dow The hare-raising story of the stock market.#bookswithalettermissing

Brilliant! RT @bartandlife Franz Fanon’s – White Ski Black Mask

The Enigma of a Rival #Bookswithalettermissing<Paul Theroux’s lost book…

But it was after I posted the preceding title on Facebook that the Trinis took over the competition, betraying Bolt-like capacities. There was no keeping up with them so I retired from the fray and left them to dream up the following list of priceless titles:

Judy Raymond Came up with a couple: the book that sums up Salman Rushdie’s entire oeuvre: Same

Jonathan Ali On the Naipaul theme: A Hose for Mr Biswas (gardening)

Judy Raymond The gothic novel about Heathcliff’s rowing ambitions: Wuthering Eights

Judy Raymond A novel about typographers: And then We Came to the En

Judy Raymond  A culinary memoir by Margaret Atwood: The Year of the Food·

Jonathan Ali A French woman’s struggle with infertility: Madame Ovary

Annie Paul Jonathan saw that one too!

Judy Raymond Nick Hornby’s novel about a deadly new plague…Fever Itch

Judy Raymond Michael Holding’s memoir, War and Pace

Judy Raymond Lottery winner mysteriously disappears in Gone with the Win

Georgia Popplewell Argh – just as I was about to retire for the night. There’s also Nabokov’s Madison Avenue screed – Ad. ·

Georgia Popplewell And Faulkner’s scathing indictment of the mink industry – The Sound and the Fur.

Judy Raymond That classic of little creatures on the riverbank, Harry Otter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Jonathan Ali What about Joyce’s novel about a teenage writer who has a baby? Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ma

Georgia Popplewell If you let me remove two letters, I’d recommend Graham Greene’s paean to Chinese fast food – The Pow and the Glory. (But I know that’s cheating).

Judy Raymond New World archaeological text: Ur Man in Havana

Jonathan Ali Bet you never read Greene’s novel about his mother’s trip to Cuba—Our Ma in Havana

Judy Raymond Or the one about the female Hannibal Lecter-style mass murderer, The Ma in the Iron Mask

Georgia Popplewell Orwell’s exposé on cut-rate safaris: Animal Far.

Judy Raymond Salad recipes from Wessex: The Mayo of Casterbridge

Judy Raymond To go with that Dickensian Jewish dish, Liver Twist

Jonathan Ali The tome about trying to escape a frenzied bird: Far from the Madding Crow ·

Georgia Popplewell New-age primer on maco-ciousness: Eat, Pry, Love.

Georgia Popplewell Susan Sarandon’s post-breakup tell-all: A Wrinkle in Tim.

Judy Raymond A memoir of a literary family, Reams from My Father

Georgia Popplewell Ralph Ellison on his mommy issues: Invisible Ma ·

Jonathan Ali searching exploration of the rise of consumerism in India: The God of Mall Things

Georgia Popplewell Guess now you’re going to mention Rohinton Mistry’s shark novel: A Fin Balance.

Georgia Popplewell Or maybe Amitav Ghosh’s harem exposé: The Lass Palace.

Georgia Popplewell Or that survey of intellectual property in the UK: The English Patent.

Judy Raymond Biography of a milliner, The World Is Hat It Is

Jonathan Ali Memoir of a biologist: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genus

Georgia Popplewell About a not very nice nobleman: The C*nt of Monte Cristo.

Georgia Popplewell ‎(Pardon my French)

Jonathan Ali About environmentally conscious French soldiers: The Tree Musketeers

Judy Raymond Hemingway’s tale of farming in Kenya: The Sows of Kilimanjaro

Georgia Popplewell Mole, Ratty, Toad and Co. score big in Play-Whe: The Win in the Willows.

Jonathan Ali Huck settles down and opens a hotel: Huckleberry Inn

Georgia Popplewell A Haitian band hits the big time: The Golden Compas

Georgia Popplewell A bunch of chickens become foreign correspondents in Africa: Coop

Jonathan Ali A whaler named Richard is set upon by Greenpeace activists: Mob Dick ·

Judy Raymond Eating disorders on the rise among men: Jake’s Thin ·

Georgia Popplewell Again, lemme lop off two letters and I’ll give you the one about an epidemic of fever and chills in N. Africa: The Ague ·

Judy Raymond Naipaul’s dodgy autobiographical fragment, Half a Lie ·

Georgia Popplewell One woman’s fight to gain control over her partition of the family computer’s hard drive: A ROM of One’s Own ·

Judy Raymond And her struggle to rear an orphaned marsupial: A Roo of One’s Own ·

Georgia Popplewell A tropical lizard tells all: The Heart of the Matte · · 1 personLoading…

Judy Raymond Umberto Eco’s guide to caviar, The Name of the Roe ·

Georgia Popplewell Primer on local customs: Native So

Georgia Popplewell A rabbit who makes you an offer you can’t refuse: Watership Don. · · 1 personLoading…

Georgia Popplewell Inhabitants of Blue Mountain Peak score big in the local lottery: A High Win in Jamaica ·

Georgia Popplewell Celebrity parent who lavishes more attention on her fans than her offspring: The Autograph Ma ·

Jonathan Ali Man who can never tell the truth: Lord of the Lies

Jonathan Ali Tale of black community in Florida fixated by traffic lights: Their Eyes were Watching Go

Jonathan Ali Prince Andrew spends a year at Charles and Camilla’s: In the Castle of My Kin

Georgia Popplewell That hunk looked great in red: A Stud in Scarlet

Georgia Popplewell Woman’s cross-dressing sibling was really her mother after all: Brother Ma

Georgia Popplewell Somehow, the West Indies cricket team triumphs: The Win of Astonishment

 

The Sweetest Coup…Egypt. 11.2.11

A selection of tweets i favourited in the 24 hours leading up 11.2.11 Egypt’s day of reckoning….

Data visualization of Egypt's Tweets:

So the Egyptians got their Friday of Departure after all–congratulations to them! This is a heady moment for all of us, Egyptian or not–

What a rollercoaster of a few days! 11.2.11 has proved to be unforgettable for all Egyptians except one: ex-President Hosni Mobarak who probably wants to erase all memories of Jan 25 and its ineluctable aftermath.

I found Pioneer editor Kanchan Gupta’s analysis of the tumultuous events in the Middle East to be comprehensive and useful (though i don’t share his fear of a Muslim alliance):

…As Egypt burst into celebrations, a bitter realisation began to sink in: If the US could abandon Mubarak, it could also say goodbye to others without allowing friendships of the past to weigh too heavily on its conscience.

Ironically, it is this perceived callous indifference of the US towards a beleaguered Mubarak in his last days in office that has left many flummoxed in Arabia. Egypt under the Mubarak dispensation, backed by the Army, was the best bet for peace in the region, especially in regard to Israel. It was also the best defence against the rise of radical Islamism whose practitioners see themselves as the alternative to incumbent Arab regimes. With Mubarak gone, the Muslim Brotherhood is preparing to make a dramatic appearance either through collaboration or alone in Egyptian politics; through Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamists have seized power in Gaza; in Lebanon, the Hizbullah, which has toppled the Hariri Government and put into place a regime controlled by Islamists, increasingly and frighteningly calls the shots; in Tunisia, dormant Islamism has come alive after the long-exiled leader of the till recently outlawed Islamist party Ennahdha, Rachid Ghanouchi, made a triumphant return home; in Jordan, the Friday street protests are being led by Islamists sustained by the Ikhwan’s ideology; in Yemen, Islamists are waiting for the palace to fall under their assault; in Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, a deep undercurrent of radical Islamism is waiting to burst forth.

A gleeful Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has described the Egyptian uprising as the unleashing of an “Islamic wave”. His protégé and Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described the Egyptian uprising and the collapse of the Mubarak regime exactly 32 years to the day of the fall of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi on February 11, 1979, as the “emergence of a new Middle East that will doom Israel and break free of American interference”.

A clickable map of Tahrir Square, courtesy the BBC

On the subject of social media’s role in the recent ‘revolutions’ I found Global Voices Online co-founder Ethan Zuckerman’s comments thought-provoking:

– While there’s been extensive debate about whether social media helped organize or promote the protests in Egypt, I think the interesting story to watch will be whether social media can help Egypt in the transition to democracy. Power now rests with a council of military leaders, and there have been suggestions that this group could be complemented by a council of civilian “wise men”, giving a seat at the table to figures like Mohamed El-Baradei.

If this process were to work, it would need to include voices of the youth, the people who led this revolt. One likely spokesman for Egyptian youth is Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who created the We Are All Khaled Said page on Facebook, widely credited as helping rally the original protests on January 25th. After his emotional televised interview on Dream TV, hundreds of thousands have joined a Facebook page authorizing Ghonim to speak on behalf of the protesters. Speaking to CNN today, asked what’s next in revolutions in the Arab world, Ghonim said, “Ask Facebook.”

In lieu of having anything compelling to say myself I’ve decided to put up tweets I ‘favourited’ it in the last 24 hours or so (Twitter’s ‘favourite’ feature is a phenomenal tool which i use with abandon). Some of them reference Egyptian events and some don’t, but for what they’re worth here they are…with the most recent ones from this morning leading…

Sonali Ranade
In Egypt, the military is a ruling caste http://bit.ly/dSM4Ed
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Sultan Al Qassemi
Hats off to Egyptians, Al Jazeera is showing images of doctors, university students & civilians from all walks of life cleaning the streets.
»
Sidin Vadukut
sidin Sidin Vadukut
During my ‘Punjabi’ wedding I was made a Kashyap. Is this upper caste? Can I get reservation of some kind? Movie tickets?
»
Kellie Magnus
Eleven speakers. Eleven men. Apparently, in the future there are no women in the Caribbean.
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Kellie Magnus
The average age of the panelists looks like 65. On a conf about the future of CARICOM. Sigh
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Al Jazeera English
AJEnglish Al Jazeera English
#AlJazeera looks back at the 18-day-old revolution that remade Egypt and the wider Middle East: http://aje.me/eZjHzV #mubarak #jan25 #tahrir
»
Sree Sreenivasan
sree Sree Sreenivasan
Great recap video: 18 days in Cairo in 3 mins by WashPo (via @rajunarisetti): http://bit.ly/e3oOOG #egypt #jan25
»
Damien King
damienwking Damien King
The whole point of a National Water Commission is to have water when it doesn’t rain. Nobody needs water management during the rainy season.
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Sagarika Ghose
Mubarak quits and Twitter creates history. ‘A moment comes..when an age ends..when the soul of a nation..finds utterance..”
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WikiLeaks
Assassination of Julian Assange (supporter video) http://youtube.com/watch?v=3Fab1IsCZzY
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Evgeny Morozov
evgenymorozov Evgeny Morozov
Good first academic study on “slacktivism” http://goo.gl/VNJPn
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keri m.
MzArebel keri m.
OMG *faints* RT @mamachell: My daddy is on twitter *bawls running *
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Wayne Jones Jnr
A look at Jamaica’s influence on British Music: A look at Jamaica’s influence on British Music http://bit.ly/hcyGua (via @dancehallusa)
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Gady Epstein
gadyepstein Gady Epstein
Just asked on Quora: When a dictator opens a Swiss bank account, can he buy “deposed-regime” insurance?
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Iniva
Talk on the role of #archives in documenting #art history now available online: http://bit.ly/hzLqtG #library
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Open Magazine
Openthemag Open Magazine
Yoga not as old or Hindu as you think: http://is.gd/z7s8aG
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Jonathan Shainin
jonathanshainin Jonathan Shainin
Paging Hartosh Singh Bal! One British toff’s shallow impressions of the Jaipur Litfest, on the Paris Review blog: http://bit.ly/gSGBYd
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Priya Singh
rimeswithcya Priya Singh
Off to my daughter’s school concert in a while…hope I don’t have to deal with any Tiger Mothers.
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Terry McMillan
MsTerryMcMillan Terry McMillan
Power is a drug. Mubarek has been strung out for 30 years.
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Gabriel Esler
TheDevilSaint Gabriel Esler
RT @ConvoNation The Revolution WILL be televised, Tweeted YouTubed Facebooked DIGG’d texted, emailed and aired #Egypt #Revolution #Mubarak
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Nicholas Laughlin
nplaughlin Nicholas Laughlin
“An anthropologist’s diary of the Egyptian revolution”: http://bit.ly/gTDm4j

Patty Bandits in Paradise…#ironymuch

Robbery at Juici Patties in Kingston, Jamaica, hostage situation defused, how it was discussed on Twitter

Juici sent patties to Haiti after the earthquake

What an irony that the very day after Playboy magazine asked me to expand on my statement “In Jamaica farce, intrigue and tragedy remain inextricably intertwined” (Don’t worry–re Playboy–ALL will be revealed in due course) another farcical scenario played itself out in downtown Kingston when armed men took over the Juici Patty outlet on West Street.

@pd_rickards was tickled. lol who would rob a patty shop? <Pattybandits he tweeted. When I was a kid they used to call me Patty Bandit..and seet deh now it come to pass. 8:48 PM Sep 4th. they would bring box of patty home and bam..3 gone..ppl seh..’Is peter dean dweet uno..him is the patty bandit. 9:03 PM Sep 4th.

Meanwhile @JustSherman joined in the commentary: Hostage situation at A Patty Shop, Sounds like something written by @PD_Rickards but sadly true, Lord deliver us.

Details are still sketchy; it was only last night that what rapidly became known as “the hostage situation” developed like a hurriedly-formed hurricane which huffed and puffed but ultimately kept from blowing the house down. I was up in Stony Hill listening to Kate Bush sing Wuthering Heights over and over when i saw the first tweet about hostages being released in downtown Kingston.

I blinked. Had i fallen asleep and woken up in a Bollywood film? Or was this a nightmare in which life was trying to invade the reality show we’ve become? In response to my query as to whether this might be a b-grade Bollywood flick @ drewonline said: that would involve a dance routine on king street ma’am so no it’s not a Bollywood movie it’s a Jamaican farce–:-(

Turn on the TV, turn on the TV, everyone yelled when i announced that my Twitter feed was indicating that people were being held hostage at Juici Patty on West Street. Of course once again real life was quick to intrude. We were in Kingston, Jamaica, not some place with real television stations that report what’s occurring AS it’s occurring around us. Both major local stations were replaying American TV series and there was no live coverage of the potentially deadly drama. As @ArnoldKer said in disbelief: #nowwatching Gossip Girl on TVJ while hostages are being held downtown. How awesome is this!

The inevitable reference to the erstwhile reign of Dudus was made: Likkle bwoy cyan manage bigman work. Now dem know how Presi work did hard and Dem waan do Don work and cyan manage it. They should have tried to co-op the System into regular governance and then use an diffuse it. The latter makes eminent sense for as the same tweeter pointed out: Tivoli was the only “ghetto” with Moneygram, Claro, Digicel, Lime and numerous small and large businesses that were profitable and safe.

Hopefully the international media won’t get hold of this, someone said. I thought events in Barbados where six people were killed in the process of a robbery in Bridgetown were likely to distract attention away from Kingston, where nobody has been killed after all. The farce continued to unfurl; after a tense standoff police orchestrated an invasion of the building only to find the armed men long gone by the time they broke in. Said @DLee876: Welcome to #Jamaica, where police surround a building and yet ALL the criminals inside escape. hahahahah #sadbutfunny.

So the gunmen freed themselves under the guise of being hostages? asked @cucumberjuice.

That was when @drewonline memorably declared: Sometimes i believe we are all hostages inna patty shop (that has a beach, a soundtrack and people who run really fast) #ironymuch

Interestingly it was only a few days ago that there was a situation at another patty shop, Sugar & Spice, in Liguanea. I don’t think it even made the local news because i never did hear the details of it tho’ my twitter feed showed photos of police cars blocking one of the Liguanea plazas and there were rumours of bullets being fired. It is said that a woman who had gone to the bank next door before deciding on a patty for lunch was robbed of J$800,000. But honestly who knows for sure? In the information age crucial information is frequently withheld in Jamaica; its like wading through a perpetual smog.

The hashtag in front of words means that the tweet in question will be filed under those terms in the global twitter feed. For example #nowwatching is usually appended to tweets announcing what movie, TV show or video the person is watching at the time. #sadbutfunny had one quite poignant tweet: hard enough being the slow kid but needing a reminder for drivers not to run you over is just #sadbutfunny http://twitpic.com/2lf035. Another example, this one from Sept 1 @rpugh Discovery Channel gunman James Jay Lee called 4 TV shows promoting war be removed. Holding hostages at gunpoint. #ironymuch

Alas it’s true, we’re all hostages in a patty shop. There’s no escaping it. Jamaica 2010. #ironymuch

‘A Voice for the Voiceless’: @Arundhati_Roy vs Arundhati Roy

A look at campaigns of different sorts from political, to personal, to religious to hate…also a focused look at @Arundhati_Roy’s late, great Twitter account which has been suspended for reasons unknown.

I like the way the author of this virtual poster has co-opted former US President Bush into such a neatly executed visual sabotage rescue mission. The USA’s political shenanigans. Will Obama survive the concerted effort to derail him? Waiting and watching…

Meanwhile the following terse message arrived by email this morning:

i am Mrs. Bintu Mahmud. Please contact my lawyer Ramli Sariman (barr_ramli_sariman09@gala.net) for a very important thing ALLAH wants you to do for Him. May ALLAH be with you always.

Surely no practising Muslim would be foolish enough to circulate such a message in today’s climate. Is it part of some anti-Islam campaign? All i know is that Yahoo has been really good about catching all such Spam messages with its filters, i wonder how this one escaped?

And by snail mail i received a tiny envelope, the kind the postman leaves for you before Christmas, postmarked Trinidad and Tobago. Inside: two business card-sized cards. You are not who we thought you were, says one, and We are not who you had in mind proclaims the other in 14-point serif type. On the back of each card is a green star in the upper left corner and –Les Argotieres, in the bottom right corner. My address is written in ink on the envelope in chiselled letters by a calligraphic hand. Is this a new company? an advertising campaign of some sort? What? Who? One awaits full revelations at the earliest.

Finally @Arundhati_Roy whom many believed to be the author of The God of Small Things has had her Twitter account suspended. I had written about the purported Roy account in its early days. More recently Roy’s Twitter avatar has been proclaimed a fake, something i find hard to believe, the tweets were so typical of Roy’s taut, tart x-ray observations on life in the late capitalist lane. What we do know is that before the account was suspended @Arundhati_Roy came under attack for views the activist had expressed on Pakistan and India’s Maoists among other things. Below are her/his last few tweets and some tweets from Roy’s critics. For convenience I have prefixed @Arundhati_Roy’s tweets with the label ARoy:

ARoy: As long as your heart beats, make sure it’s with good intentions… RT @vjlive: @Arundhati_Roy Should a good heart need contours to beat…
Wed 18 Aug. 12.46

ARoy: “Businesses resist ‘conflict minerals’ law.” First the Congo, then where? Who will mine the bauxite? http://bit.ly/dA9bAB
Wed 18 Aug. 2.31

ARoy: Glad you have that philosophy. Suiting you well? RT @krishnakacker: Unfortunately, the way to hell is also paved with good intentions!
19 Aug 14.14

ARoy: When I feel like I don’t belong, draw the strength from the words when you said, Hey, It’s about you, baby. Look deeper inside you, baby…
19 Aug 14.17

@KanchanGupta @Arundhati_Roy Pakistan wants you. Pakistan needs you. Won’t you rise to the occasion and buy a one-way ticket to the promised land?
19 Aug 14.19

ARoy: @KanchanGupta tickets i find are never one way. I have places to go. This WORLD is my home…Go be antagonistic to someone who cares for it.
19 Aug 14.20

@KanchanGupta @Arundhati_Roy I wouldn’t dare antagonise you, what with your bum-chums with big-big guns.
19 Aug 14.23

@Arundhati_Roy By the way, Maomata recently told me you are a “claash owan frawd” and a “tormooj” — green outside, red inside.
19 Aug 14.28

@Dilir123 @Arundhati_Roy earlier asked you a question. Just saw myself how an indian j0urno hates you! you were very calm. i’m not paki nor indi just
19 Aug 15.21

@Arundhati_Roy just a bangladeshi want to knw what did you do/write that these ppl r so mad about?
19 Aug 15.26

ARoy: @Dilir123 I think that one whom you’re speaking of is just jealous that I have a few more followers than him. Just ignore him… #noisemaker
19 Aug 15.51

ARoy: maybe in US RT @aurosan: Up to 10% of Pakistanis might die due to cholera in water http://bit.ly/9bhAZH Why isn’t anyone talking about this?
19 Aug 14.35

ARoy: Bad dreams in the night, they told me I was going to lose the fight. Leave behind my wuthering heights…
20 Aug 8.39

ARoy: http://bit.ly/bV0F1j
20 Aug 10.04

ARoy: I family on their lot in Pakistan, yes. RT @Libraryben: Pakistan? RT @Arundhati_Roy: http://bit.ly/bV0F1j
20 Aug 13.04

ARoy: If caring for ppl not part of a political agenda makes me one, so be it RT @mahasamant: @Arundhati_Roy PAKISTAN GIVES YOU POPULARITY#TRAITOR
20 Aug 13.04

@Shonatwits @Arundhati_Roy When you can serve people at your door step what will you serve in Pakistan? Stop this hypocrisy u r just losing ur respect!
20 Aug 13.19

ARoy: @Shonatwits Statements have been stated. Press releases have been released…Criticize policy makers, not a voice for the voiceless…
20 Aug 13.22

ARoy: Lost inside adorable illusion, and I cannot hide. I’m the one you’re using, please don’t push me aside…
20 Aug 13.26

@Arundhati_Roy Ms. Roy, you ROCK.
20 Aug 13.57

ARoy: @aseemvadehra what “rocks” is reading the critics disassemble that one…
20 Aug 14.02

ARoy:  I am in love with what we are, and not what we “should” be. And I am. I am starstruck with every part of this whole story…
23 Aug 03.07

I echo the question asked by one of the tweeple quoted above: Arundhati Roy what did you do/write that these ppl r so mad about? Because their questions were addressed to the author and activist regardless of who was tweeting in her name…