Friday, June 03, 2011

USA: Dancing Is A Subversive Activity & Obama Can't Quit Iraq

Update: Dancing in public in America is a subversive activity
Not safe to dance in public areas in USA.
China's subversive underground Hip-Hop movement
President Obama & Pentagon can't quit Iraq
America patronizing Iraqis
US undermining the integrity of internet social media with propaganda stealth campaign

so here's Men Without Hats' Safety Dance encouraging and inciting people to dance in public.

Update on the legality of dancing in public places ie at the Jefferson Memorial
Is there now a world wide prohibition against dancing in public.
In some countries there is a prohibion about same gender dancing that is against two men or two women dancing together In some countries a woman is not permitted to dance by herself where only men are permitted to dance and all other permutations on this one can come up with.

So is dancing not permitted at any public space.

What Americans can learn from the Chinese
China's Underground Subversive Hip Hop Dance Movement

Arts: The Underground Chinese Hip-hop Movement

Come Dance with Me -- Jefferson Would Want You to
This Saturday, we’ll be dancing in reverence to Thomas Jefferson’s spirit of resistance in DC. by Medea Benjamin via June 2, 2011

If you are in the DC area, come join CodePink and other activists Saturday, June 4th at noon at the Jefferson Memorial. You don’t have to risk arrest. You can dance on the steps (legal), you can observe (legal) or, you can bring your dancing shoes and your smoothest moves. If you can’t come, you can sign this petition to the DC Park Police urging them to Let the Dancers Dance.

Dancing can be dangerous. In Ceausescu’s Romania I was arrested for dancing without a partner. In newly independent Guinea Bissau, my dancing partner was thrown in jail for boogying before the President and his wife had the first dance. In Cuba I was awoken at 4am to bail out a friend who had been locked up for “lesbian dancing.” And in Afghanistan I narrowly escaped arrest for dancing on a “men-only” dance floor. On each occasion I was shocked by the misuse of government power and disrespect for personal freedom.

...Of all the issues I have been part of in recent years—protesting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Wall Street banksters, the BP oil spill, attacks on immigrants, draconian drug laws—few have struck a chord like this. People around the nation, both progressive and conservative, are appalled that the police would so violently arrest people for dancing—silently—in a memorial built to a man who was this nation’s most passionate defender of the rights of the individual against the state. It was, after all, Jefferson who asked, ”What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?” It was also Jefferson who warned that “a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

The interior walls of the Jefferson Memorial are engraved with passages from Jefferson’s writings and on the southwest wall are excerpts from the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

What could be more emblematic of the pursuit of happiness than dance? Surely Jefferson, an avid fiddler and jig lover, would agree.

Meanwhile US government and Pentagon using stealth campaign to infiltrate social media networks to push their pro-war agenda and the rationalizing of the erosion of human rights & civil rights in America.

US Steps Up Cyber Propaganda War By Al Jazeera via Information Clearing House, june 2, 2011

The US military is developing software that would allow military personnel to use fake profiles in online chat rooms.

The idea is to use social media to spread positive messages about the United States. While the Pentagon says it is a bid to counter violent extremist and enemy ideologies, critics call it propaganda.

Once again Obama has betrayed all those who believed he was sincere in his speeches during the election campaign in 2008. Instead he has shown there is little difference between his policies and those of the preceding Regime of Bush and Cheney. Over and over again he has proven himself a champion of the status quo of more war and bending over backwards to appease the super-wealthy and the elites in America. If he were sincere he would be championing Internet freedom and its integrity. Instead he too fears the freedom of speech and of giving voice to a variety of points of view. Obama has also gone after the Whistleblowers such as Bradley Manning and anyone connected with the government leaking information even when it is information that the American public has a right to know in order to make informed decisions about various issues. GORD.

And the rationalizations for being in Iraq keep coming

From Fire Dog Lake

" Congressional PR Campaign to Stay in Iraq Begins " By: David Dayen Thursday June 2, 2011

The bipartisan PR campaign to extend our military presence in Iraq has begun at the legislative level. Military officials already were making loaded statements about how Iraq would have to inform them soon if they wanted the troops to stay. This never materialized, so I guess you could see this as Plan B.

“Most Americans believe we’re done in Iraq,” said Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Middle East and South Asia subcommittee. “That is at odds with the reality in Iraq.

“The American people thought they had already bought this and paid for this,” Ackerman said. “That appears to not be the case.”

So, too, did members of Congress.

That means the White House soon will have to start “selling a lot of members,” Ackerman said, predicting that the “collision” of reality and lawmakers’ desires “will not be pretty.”

The State Department is slated to assume responsibility for helping Iraqi leaders build up that nation’s military, economic and governing entities on Jan. 1.

“Although the administration’s plan to transition the mission is well-intentioned, I am concerned that it is neither well-timed nor well-reasoned,” said Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the subcommittee’s chairman.

Let’s be clear. This is actually not the Administration’s intention. They’re dying to stay in Iraq. They just want the Iraqis to ask for their presence, because only then will it comply with international law, and more importantly because it will give the Administration political cover. Though Sophie Quinton at National Security writes that “it seems likely” that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will ask for this extension, since it would be career suicide, I would be wary of such a statement.

The Administration, through deputy assistant Defense Secretary Colin Kahl, has pathetically resorted to saying that Iraqi security forces can secure the country internally, but wouldn’t be able to fight an external foe after December. Other than the US, who exactly is planning to invade Iraq? Iran already has their man in charge in Baghdad.

Even if the extension never gets called for, the US plans to have a large State Department presence in their enormous embassy. So the idea that we’re “leaving” Iraq is probably not the right way to look at it. But a total withdrawal of military forces would be an important step, considering that we haven’t actually left a country in many decades without being chased out. It would signal that we actually have the slightest belief in self-determination in the Arab world

US backed government in Iraq arresting peaceful protesters , dissidents & journalists.
Iraqi security forces instituting Democratic changes American style -no protesting & no dancing chanting or singing or whistling in public areas.

" Iraq Arrests Seen as Effort to Squelch More Protests " By JACK HEALY and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
Published: June 2, 2011

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces arrested more than a dozen activists here over the past week in a sweep that rights groups called a pre-emptive strike to prevent a flickering reform movement from springing back to life.

Elsewhere in Iraq, in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province west of Baghdad, a series of explosions on Thursday aimed at security forces killed 15 people and wounded 20, local officials said.

The detentions in Baghdad came just days before the government faces a self-imposed deadline to demonstrate improvements in services and government reforms. Some analysts have said that if this date passes without significant reforms, there could be new rounds of reinvigorated demonstrations.

By Thursday, security forces had released most of those detained, according to an Iraqi human rights activist, who said that four remained in jail.

The Baghdad Operations Command, the capital security force controlled by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, denied it had arrested anyone for demonstrating. In a statement on its Web site, the force said the four men still being detained had been arrested for carrying fake identification cards, an allegation their family members dismissed as ludicrous.

The youth protest movement, in which demonstrators thronged the streets of major cities last winter, demanding better government services and an end to corruption, had quieted to a near whisper lately, its momentum sapped by harsh security measures, dozens of arrests and a gradual ebb in public interest.
As part of the government’s two-pronged response, promising reforms while cracking down on dissent, Mr. Maliki cut his salary in early March and gave his cabinet 100 days to make progress in tackling the crumbling infrastructure and sputtering economy.

Many Iraqis and analysts expect fresh torrents of public unrest as that deadline passes early next week and another scorching summer settles over Baghdad, with relentless 120-degree days magnifying outrage over a power grid that delivers just a few hours of electricity a day.

“They are afraid,” said Hanna Edwar, a prominent human rights activist and government critic. “So they try to limit the number of activists. It is a failed measure.”

The demonstrators still gather at Tahrir Square in Baghdad every Friday, but their numbers have tapered off to a few hundred, or sometimes no more than a few dozen.
and so it goes,

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