The Power of the Pen

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 4, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored journalists from around the world on World Press Freedom Day and congratulated UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Laureate Ahmad Zeidabadi. At the May 3rd prize ceremony held in Washington, DC, Under Secretary Maria Otero highlighted State Department policies and programs on new media and internet freedom and praised Zeidabadi, "Through his courageous work, Ahmad represents the scores of civil society actors who are using connection technologies to speak out for democracy, human rights and accountability."

Among the most poignant moments of the three-day public-private sponsored World Press Freedom Day global conference packed with international media professionals and expert analysts , was the reading of a statement by Laureate Ahmad Zeidabadi, currently imprisoned in Iran:

"I would like to make it clear that in the performance of my profession, I had no means but my pen and my speech and that in using those means, I never went beyond the narrow and limited confines of the Iranian government's laws and regulations. But, in violation of their own laws and regulations, they have imposed pain and suffering beyond my endurance -- pain and suffering resembling those of a person who is crucified for weeks or buried alive."

You can find Zeidabadi's full statement here, and read World Press Freedom Day statements by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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pkt
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California, USA
May 6, 2011

PKT in California writes:

Surah Al Qalam The Pen)

Nun. By the pen and by the record which men write...

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IsGrmRI4zg&feature=related"

palgye
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South Korea
May 5, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

How many times in the approach to off, but each is rejected. Thought it was pointless to leave the post.

However,

My impression of Japanese people heard a few of my habits, and perhaps the interest in Japan, i think Japanese people still need help, I think. Japanese Prime Minister, retaining and stable regime is thought to be replaced. When the election started, I think the opposition would win. If you pledge allegiance to anyone guys are 50 years of the end of a long history of corruption is just enough to fit personally think. Japan in Asia accounted for more than you think to think too big. If you have one more chance to offer.

I am not a living person, not a monster bugs that exist on the Internet. If you proceed in this manner is not going to think.

PS: Brazil's former president, his inauguration in the early prediction that he had failed to think everyone's going. In crisis situations, almost by myself to believe his success story, and 1% is thought to have been offered any help. I personally ... However, when the G20 summit in Seoul, why try to fool me, I wonder if the MB side. Who helped him and see how forgetful people have received help, is thought to be buried. Baseball players also ...

DonaldM
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Virginia, USA
May 5, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

Whats truly inspiring is when words on paper mean something and signed. The power of the pen works long as both parties can agree to the message. Diplomats can use tact to bring upon end of violence or wars. The sword is merely an instrument carved out by man to fight or defend.

John P.
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Greece
May 11, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

I will take the opportunity from this great theme to ask something relevant.

Why can’t we web-listen to American AM&FM; radio stations outside the U.S.?

In my forties today, “raised” with the fantastic station of the U.S. military base in Glifada/ATH/GR (back then) I was lucky enough to enjoy a state of the art “radio education” on how radio stations, news and music should be.
Anyone knows that American radio stations were/are and will be the most pioneer voice media platform. But, today, radio needs web and web-radio needs AM&FM; content. At least yet.

For many years I used to spend hours listening to stations from all over the country, actually a virtual travel to the New World that made be very happy. Some months ago, Eric wrote something special: “we can do it from here to there”. And that’s exactly what these live web-broadcasts did. I could "fly" from NY to South California, from Warren, MI to Austin, TX. I could feel America LIVE!

Unfortunately, a couple of years ago, a new story begun. When I was trying to “listen live” plenty of my favorite radio stations, a warning card was appearing saying that the program cannot be broadcasted outside the U.S. and we can only hear the program if we are a U.S. military staff abroad.

Well guys, I don’t understand the concept. Maybe I am wrong.

We can listen (outside the U.S.) to Russian, Iranian, Syrian, N. Korean, Central African, South American, Venezuelan, Cuban, or whatever AM&FM; radio stations, but we cannot listen to what we love…

I’d really appreciate if someone can offer an answer.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 11, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Try this John, "on demand" at top of page should give you on-air real-time radio, let me know if it works in Greece.

"http://www.94rock.com/pages/tjtrout.html"

EJ

John P.
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Greece
May 13, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico
Thank you very much for the suggestion. You are always so kind!
LOUD & CLEAR!

Actually, now, I'm hearing LITE 95,1
Thanks NM!!!

John P.
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Greece
May 13, 2011

@ Eric in New Mexico

A clarification: when I pressed "listen live" I still get this:

"Licensed Content Access Request
Your IP Address: xxxxxxxxxxDue to licensing restrictions, we are not able to allow access to the content you are requesting from outside the United States. We are sorry we can no longer provide access outside the United States. If you currently reside in the United States, please select one of the options below to process your request. Please allow up to 60 hours to process your request.Choose from the following: I am US Military I live outside the United States I am inside the United States"

But, I tried "listen NOW" (Chuckle)
Now I am 104,7...

Just for the record.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 13, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ John,

Being that this little experiment worked...

I think you could probably select any US city, google "radio stations" and get a wide selection of live US radio broadcasting on-line from anywhere on Earth.

So when the Dept of State promotes internet freedom, all they really have to do is inform folks that radio free America is nation-wide, a google search away, and that it's virtually impossible for dictatorships to block every single site's server, they'd have to block search engines as well at the local level.

Or shut down their nation's internet altogether, as some have done for a time at great economic expense given the amount of on-line trading and commerce being done.

That "denial of service" tactic surely hasn't saved any regime from falling yet, and never will.

We make a good team dude! Here's proof that two minds can come up with a simple, effective workaround to political stupidity.

Mabe it will lead to the cure...(chuckle).

Enjoy the tunes...

EJ

fairytale
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United States
July 8, 2011

F.T. in U.S.A. writes:

i admire Zeidabadi whose spirit really inspires me .i love her words"they have imposed pain and suffering beyond my endurance -- pain and suffering resembling those of a person who is crucified for weeks or buried alive."

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