Gifts from Arabia – facts and biases

1280_Chess_World My recent post following yet another massacre of unarmed civilians belonging to a minority in Pakistan has drawn fire from a few folks in Middle Earth. 
Folks, our facts are informed by articles, based on research we rely on others to conduct because we do not have the time, resources or expertise to do so our selves, i.e. news papers and journals.
Though all news, views and editorials are biased the ones cited by me are likely to be less so than others (my main source is the Guardian not a Murdoch publication!), should you not agree with it then feel free to google and arrive at your own conclusion; my recommendation though is that you add the following publications to your list of must reads sources of news and views (links below are contextual to this post):
Let’s look at the facts, in a world of proxies the most well funded and dangerous ones emanate from Pakistan, brainwashed fodder from marginalised and uneducated communities that is used to oppress and slaughter minorities at home (destabilising the Pakistani state and making it possible for the patrons to nurture more of the same) and abroad to extend foreign policy matters that patron state(s) can not be seen to be involved in directly, essentially nurturing others to do their dirty work. Those of you who accuse me of bias, I ask you to follow a thread…ask a simple question; who is the single largest contributor/funder of schools (Madrassas) of hate and training camps for monsters in Pakistan? Don’t take my word for it, google it and draw your own conclusions.
 
No state is free of sin in the region or beyond, that is the nature of state craft; in context to this and the previous post; be it Saudi or Iran, whilst this exchange on g+ may read as a Brit and a Saudi having it off it is far from that.
 
The despots, tyrants, mullahs,  democratically elected self serving puppets and armed forces lead by generals of fortune have for too long kept the 99% divided, have pitched communities against communities, race against race so that they can maintain the status quo and continue their plunder, continue to take what rightfully belongs to the many and divvy it up amongst themselves and their cronies.
 
They play their games at the expense of the commoners – the 99%, the play is simple in Middle Earth, from Levant to Khorasan divide, rule and plunder; its about access to markets; routes for oil and gas pipelines; empire building. The choice however is ours, let them continue, side with them, be a silent witness or stand up and demand things change. It is in fact a moral duty to help the blinkered see how they are being used and abused, what it means to be a community and how theirs is being dismembered beyond recognition and driven into an abyss of sectarianism and hatred from which there will be no roads out for generations to come.
 
My rants will cause no harm and your defence of highly questionable policies of your government no benefit, what is needed is an awakening, one that can not be bought off by one of bonuses nor quashed by force. 
My own government is not free of blame either for those despots and tyrants are an extension of our self serving energy security policies too, the difference is, in my country (Great Britain) I can call a spade a spade without fear of consequences nor do I need to be seen to be defending the indefensible, whilst in Middle Earth the many can not critique without dire consequences. What comes of protestors in the Middle Earth from the Levant to Khorasan is well documented.
 
Make no mistake neither Iran nor Saudia will benefit from the fire that they are equally responsible for having started across the region nor will Turkey or others for fanning the flames, despite their delusions of grandeur they themselves are mere pawns in a greater game that has been at play in that region for 200+ years.
 
I have no solutions or silver bullets to share but I will keep calling a spade a spade be it a Saudi, Iranian or the self serving misguided adventures of my own government, and where it leads to oppression, persecution and genocide my voice will be louder still.

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Getting our Drupal ON…

Getting our Drupal ON for DrupalCamp Pakistan – going to Lahore!

Drupal Camp Its been four odd months since the first DrupalCamp in Pakistan was held in Islamabad and it was Epic. When I took upon my self and convinced team @Ikonami with the responsibility of bringing the Pakistani and other other Drupal communities out on the fringes into the fold of the Global community in earnest, we set ourselves a task… 3 camps per year visiting each major city in Pakistan and to adopt a similar strategy for any geography we go out to evangelise in!

Pakistan is our first port of call, Ikonami has an offshore Drupal Development Centre based in Islamabad so logistically it made sense to be the spot for the first trench!

It is time for the second Drupal Camp Pakistan and its being held in Lahore, we have a  kick ass venue – the University of Central Punjab, we have 7 international speakers confirmed, an awesome trainer running 3 marathon sessions to introduce new blood and talent into the Drupal fold and several local Drupal Jedis taking time out to share their knowledge and experiences, we have three sponsors so far, two confirmed, one of whom is now becoming a regular sponsor we hope @AberdeenCloud and this time round we even got @Acquia‘s attention, And the tickets are flying off fast on EventBrite.com.

We still need to volunteers to come forward to help us on the day, a few more local sponsors, a few session slots are still open and available should anyone want to step in and share their journey and experiences and then we will be all set to rock Lahore!

…and once done with Lahore Drupal Camp Pakistan is going to the city of lights! Karachi in the Summer of 2013 and for that we are already connecting with Karachiites.

@DrupalAssoc  @timdeeson @UCPofficial @JacobSingh @Acquia  @Kubair @Dries @stevepurkiss @stefanvanhooft @DelishCreative @ronald_istos

#DCPakistan #DrupalCommunity #DrupalCamp

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Against Genocide

We can play ostrich or we can blog, tweet, re-tweet, like, post, re-post, share, protest, sit-in or occupy.. whatever it takes to get our governments to recognise and react, to pressurise, persuade, coerce or simply take out tyrants that commit, condone, turn a blind eye to crimes against humanity in any crack, crevice or corner of the third rock. That is what it should mean to be a global community… collectively we don’t take shit being thrown at others like us… at home, in the next town or any other time zone.  Be it the Chagossians fighting for their right to return to their homeland in the courts of Britain, the Bahrainis protesting for representation in government, Syrians taking up arms against a tyrant, the shias of Pakistan clinging on to peaceful protests in the face of genocide being carried out against them. 

In Pakistan the educated shias are being systematically killed day in day out, the shia masses are being bombed, dragged off buses and shot, the only thing remaining is gassing them or putting them in giant ovens – the Pakistani government is undeniably inept at best or implicitly involved at worst, but the civil society in Pakistan is not far behind. Life is cheap, a minority’s life is cheaper still.

Those who know me know my views on organised religion will find it curious as to why have I started beating this drum.. it is simple… I protested against the Serbs in 1990s not for the Bosnian muslims or the Christian croats but for the people being butchered and our governments reluctance to jump into it (eventually the governments across Europe had to relent), I started Peace Through Prosperity for I do not see hard-war as the solution to increasing radicalisation on the third rock and likewise it is not the shia that I was born as but the human that I try to be that will not be a silent witness to what is happening with minorities in Pakistan, systematic culling to drive them out of the lands they were born in, live in and belong to. It was no different for the Jews in Nazi Germany, had I been around then I would have protested for them too till my government woke up, manned up, grew a pair and did something about it.

Regardless of our beliefs, religious badges that we were born with or wear of our own choosing If we stay silent we will witness bloodshed the likes of which have not been seen since the second world war. Three days after 100+ shias are killed in Quetta, a dozen odd gunned down in various parts of Pakistan, the government of Pakistan saw it fit to allow Malik Ishaq, a  preacher of hate to take to a stage and address a gathering of thousands in Karachi stoking flames of sectarian divide and hatred against the shia minority. 

Today it is shias, killing whom is fair game – road to heaven they say! tomorrow it will be Barelvis, Ahmedis, Ismailis, Hindus, Christians, Zorastrians… you and yours.

The most I can do is protest  and write to my MP Michael Fallon, engage other MPs I know or know of, and ask my family, friends and acquaintances to blog, tweet, re-tweet, like, post, re-post, share, protest, sit-in or occupy.. do whatever you can but do not play ostrich for this demon is not going away and none of us are invisible to its evil designs.

#againstshiagenocide #shia #shiagenocide #genocide #HRW #Amnesty

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Putting on a most awesome DrupalCamp! Speaker experiences… The Sponsor Files!

The first sponsor for DrupalCamp PK was engaged and secured in Finland at DrupalCamp Helsinki! other than finding a sponsor I met an awesome dood (Lebowksi ref for the uninitiated) from Aberdeen Cloud and it all started in Munich with me meeting Sampo the visionary!

and without further ado I give you Aaron Porter from Aberdeen Cloud…

Drupal Camp speaker feedback interview series – Aaron Porter from ikonami Technologies on Vimeo.

and thank you for your sponsorship guys!  much appreciated.

AberdeenCloud is the first Drupal Cloud platform to be known in one of the N-11 economies of the world!

@AberdeenCloud @DrupalCampPK @Kubair 

 

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Putting on a most awesome DrupalCamp! Speaker experiences… Tasty Backend!

Hope y’all had an awesome Christmas and are gearing up for a farewell to 2012… back to our speaker feedback series…

Jeni Tehan is an awesome backend developer who took time out to talk to the Drupalers at the camp about building a tasty backend or… how spending a small amount of time to polish your admin areas can keep you, and your clients, sane.

The sandbox for building a tasty backend can be found on

http://drupal.org/sandbox/jeni_dc/1555218

…and comes with caveats that you can enquire about and discuss with Jeni directly on https://twitter.com/#!/DelishCreative

Jeni Tehan’s feedback on presenting at the First Drupal Camp in Pakistan…

Drupal Camp speaker feedback – Jeni Tehan from ikonami Technologies on Vimeo.

and Jeni’s slides can be downloaded here: building a tasty-backend

@DelishCreative @DrupalCampPK @Kubair

stay tuned for Aaron Porter from Aberdeen Cloud…

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