Jan. 30th, 2011

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Sudan: History of a Broken Land

Al Jazeera maps the turbulent history of a country on the verge of a momentous decision.

As the people of southern Sudan prepare to vote in a referendum that may see them secede from the North, filmmaker Jamie Doran looks at the history of a troubled country.

It was the giant of Africa: a nation which once represented the greatest hope for peaceful coexistence between Arab and African, Muslim and Christian. That hope is all but gone. The promise of Sudan was just an illusion.

It is already a fractured country and, in the longer term, this is unlikely to be an isolated matter of north and south breaking apart following the referendum on southern secession. Separatist movements in regions such as Darfur and the Nuba Mountains are watching with more than curiosity. And it is not just Sudan: in other African and Arab countries independence factions are eyeing developments with a view to making their move either through the ballot box or the gun.

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The following entry is problematic. Rather than waste your time reading the whole thing, the author and moderators recommend that you jump forward to the subsequent mod post explaining why this post is problematic and soliciting suggestions for how to avoid repeating the same mistake in the future.

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via [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political 1. Exhaustive List of Twitter accounts to follow by [livejournal.com profile] akuma_river

2. Hashtags being added to twitter for possible uprisings in other countries in the style of the Jan 25 tag

3.Twitpic of protester with a simple, straightforward sign.

4. "The Women of Egypt" | compiled by Leil-Zahra Mortada | Facebook

5. Rumors that Mubarak had wanted to leave last night but US wanted him to stay to effect a peaceful transition.

Analysis from Juan Cole Egypt's Class Conflict

Egypt shuts down Al Jazeera bureau:Network's licences cancelled and accreditation of staff in Cairo withdrawn by order of information minister.

The Egyptian authorities are revoking the Al Jazeera Network's licence to broadcast from the country, and will be shutting down its bureau office in Cairo, state television has said.

"The information minister [Anas al-Fikki] ordered ... suspension of operations of Al Jazeera, cancelling of its licences and withdrawing accreditation to all its staff as of today," a statement on the official Mena news agency said on Sunday.

In a statement, Al Jazeera said it strongly denounces and condemns the closure of its bureau in Cairo by the Egyptian government. The network received notification from the Egyptian authorities on Sunday morning.


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Hello members, subscribers, lurkers and anyone else who reads,mods, posts on or checks this blog. This is an apology post in reaction to the very problematic blog post that I posted downstairs.

So I read a post by [personal profile] silveradept about the space program and I did not read it clearly enough, and so asked him to crosspost to [community profile] politics. TRIGGER WARNINGS for colonialist mindset and VERY problematic concept of exploited people are expendable and should be killed for the progress of all. If you are in a fragile mental state I would suggest that you don't read this one. And I have asked him to put at least some of it under a cut when he returns. A clearly marked excerpt of the article and a bit of my discussion is under the cut:

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I really have no idea how on earth I managed to miss those especial paragraphs at all, and I would seriously like to apologize for that carelessness and the subsequent blindsiding hurt that it caused readers. I should have paid closer attention to the article both when I read it first and when I approved it for publication, and letting it through was a big mistake.

When I first got custody of this community from the previous owner, I wanted it to be a somewhat like the vibrant comm [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political. That comm has several people a day posting various mainstream media articles which are then discussed by the members. The articles are from a wide part of the political spectrum, from actual socialist newspapers to right wing newspapers, though the comm is mostly liberalish and so the critique tends to flow in that direction. And yet, I forgot one thing. [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political has user post up that explains what the comm is about and lays down some rules of engagement. I did have a post from last year of some very simple rules but, but I have not gotten around to working with my co-mod and the community to either add that to the profile and perhaps add more specific stuff to define the comm's direction. Hell, I didn't even remember that it was there!

While the community was on a "post a news article basis" , that lack of guidelines didn't really come up. However, last November I asked the comm what would encourage more people to post and interact more with us. And among the answers were: allowing people to post their political blogposts. I and my co-mod have therefore been working on getting people with interesting posts to link or crosspost their stuff here. [personal profile] silveradept is on my friendslist and he usually posts very interesting linkspams and thoughtful politically-minded blogposts. Which is why I asked him to join [community profile] politics and from time to time request that he post links and blogs that I think will fit in with the community norms. The problem is that the community norms are not explicitly written statements that everyone in the comm can be pointed to, has looked at and agreed with and so use as a basis when they participate in the comm. It is an norm that is implicit in and can be teased out based on what most posts on the comm are about and where they are sourced from, and for those comm members who know me and [personal profile] la_vie_noire, what they expect of us based on our political stances elsewhere. The fault in this case is entirely mine for missing the problematic aspects of [personal profile] silveradept's post and in not writing down what approach the community takes towards political discussion, so both he and I could have a ready reference as to what we are doing here.

Now re: the post itself. I have PMed silveradept about it and asked for a cut, at the very least (which he has done). I am waiting on his reply and both [personal profile] la_vie_noire and I will be in dialogue with him and between ourselves on how we can resolve this. I'd like to apologize again to you all for this mistake.

And I'd also like to take this opportunity to open the floor so that we can codify what type of a political community that we are and how we will enforce our policies so as to make this comm a good experience for everyone. You are welcome to make suggestions, toss rocks at me for my carelessness and otherwise express your opinion on where we go from here.

EDIT: We have spoken to [personal profile] silveradept and we agreed that the post should be cut and warned for and my apology post, this one, be linked to on top of the entry. Thoughts?


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