Thursday, January 12, 2006

Dictator Voyeur

Care to guess whose?

I hope no one is interested in secretly watching the private parts of Meles or Musevini or Al Bashir or Mubarek. If you are, you are in wrong wrong blog. Try Walta.

In any case, most of us get so lost in our problems we forget to notice what else is happening around us. They say IT has made the world a small place but what good is ‘knowing’ if we don’t do something about it. Ignorance sure was bliss. When it comes to being there for those in need, our world is still a stark planet. I honestly don’t know how to go about helping folks in other countries besides deeping in to my pocket but that’s a whole post on it’s own.

Well, we all remember Rwanda. Dafrur has been a major hotspot since around end of 2004 but it seems that things are far from improving. If humanity wants to keep the human”kind” status then it’s now or never. Otherwise a few years down the line we will be weeping to ‘Hotel dafrur’ or another similar Hollywood dramatization of a disaster we chose to ignore at the time.

The most disgusting part of this is, in most of the situations, the removal of one or a handful of people can solve the problems. I may have made that statement sound too simple but the truth from my current experience, the menaces are smoothly sailing through their sea of dirty deeds.

These couple of websites I found lets us peep in to the dirty doings of dictators, wretched foreign policies and our ignorance to others.

This is a web site I have been dreaming about until I came across it. A website dedicated to dictators. HA!. Some of the dictators in the list are dead and the rest might as well be dead. We are not doing bad either, ethiopia has two delegates. but c’ome on…Hailesselasie and no Megistu? the later had his office built over the Hailesilasies grave after he had him strangled to death. Now that’s creepy. Mengistu currently lives happily in the mountains of Zimbabwe.

This one is a sort of ‘watch blog’ for countries with internal crisis. To access type ‘_____watch.blogspot.com’ just fill in the blank with a country name. So far, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Congo, and Niger have been under watch. This ain’t a complete list but it gives an idea of our world as we don’t know her.

With web sites like these, it will be hard for downpressors like Al Bashir and Meles to find a welcoming neighbor (not even a flaming voyeur). When it’s time for them to go on exile, we will be singing along with Peter Tosh.

…..You can run but you can't hide
telling you all along that day….

1 Comments:

Blogger Kaunda said...

You wrote: "what good is ‘knowing’ if we don’t do something about it."

There are other ways of helping than just digging deeply into our pockets and your blog is a good example.

It's only in knowing that we can create solutions to problems. I certainly agree with you that many problems can be traced directly to dictators and criminals. Political action is important.

For individuals it seems that what's really important is connections toother individuals; so we know the real needs and challenges. That's what's so powerful about new IT: they make people to people connections easier.

In some ways blogs provide a way for self-organizing. It's a good thing for those of us with ready access to computers and the Internet to pay attention to this. It also seems a good thing to assist people in developing countries in documenting their experience on the Web.

It's true that whatever ordinary individuals can do is small, but small isn't nothing. A multitude of little actions can add up big.

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