The lazy man’s empire

The trade empires were the lazy man’s empire. They acknowledged no responsibility for the people under them. All the benefits of empire were delivered directly into the ruler’s hands with none of the former trouble or effort. All the old Machiavellian difficulties of how to hold an empire were resolved as there was no need to hold it. The powerful could lay claim to a property and profit from it instantly. Noblesse oblige, never a popular idea among dictators, was replaced by the idea that the formerly childlike citizens had personal responsibility and responsibility meant accepting corporate slavery. There was no need to justify corporate rule as the trade economy ruled for it. Even the  rulers were abstracted away behind corporate names. Their was no need to justify their privilege as wealth was its own justification. Rebellions were subverted by convincing the people to compete with each other for trade dominance instead.

Dissociation gave the promise of free will and autonomy to those who had lost it. For those who remembered, it gave the promise of autonomous nations which could hold power without imperial occupation. For those who had long forgotten their tribal autonomy, it gave the promise of freedom from the child-like subservience of imperial citizens. For those persecuted by their own society, it gave freedom from social approval. People and nations no longer needed the approval or agreement of their government or neighbours for anything. They didn’t even need to know their neighbours. They just needed to sell them something and they would have all the dissociated approval they needed to survive, maybe even to build an empire of their own.

The trade economy promised that slavery could be abolished as work could be freely accepted or refused and those who worked hardest or best would receive the greatest reward. By making autonomy and social acceptance available only with currency and currency available to the lower classes only through jobs, the merchant class was able to equate slavery with freedom. Instead of managing a lower class of slaves who demanded freedom, they gave the lower class their freedom and convinced them to demand slavery. People who would never argue that slaves were better off under slavery as they had food and housing would spend the next centuries arguing exactly that for wage slavery.

The dismantling of society left lifegivers and caregivers isolated, overworked, despised and exhausted. They were told that dissociation was there to help them. You don’t have to look after dependents, they are better off in institutions, the authorities said. Dependency became a product for corporations to profit from and caregivers were given the freedom to be enslaved by corporations.

Stratification of society encouraged everyone to concern themselves only with the needs of their own ingroup, isolating those in greatest need from any social assistance from those with the power to assist. Any type of bigotry and sectarianism to prevent empathy with others was encouraged and promoted and ingroup loyalty was expected and rewarded. Entrenched group narcissism ensured that any dissatisfaction with the paradigm could easily be diverted into hostility towards a competing outgroup. The trade economy acquired the status of a religion with greater virtue assigned to those who succeeded the most and vilification for those who failed. The trade economy was presented as the only possible economy and any reality which negated that was erased from view like caregiving or declared illegal like potlatches.

The very poor are not free to reject work and in some cases it is impossible to distinguish the conditions from slavery. Instead of empires ripping out people’s hearts to sacrifice to gods, we have people voluntarily selling their organs and blood to the powerful in order to survive, or being attacked by others who wish to sell their organs. Peter Thiel can buy the blood of the young legally[cite]. West African politicians can buy amulets made from the young with impunity[cite]. Those who thrived in the trade economy did not turn out to have any greater merit, only greater proximity to power and less social obligations. Freedom to act without concern for social obligations created a system designed for the promotion of sociopaths.

Dissociation was a corporate strategy to prevent solidarity among societies and to exploit dependency as a means for states and corporations to control others. The dissociated structure established has allowed everyone else to exploit it in the same way. Any gang or terrorist state is now equally capable of controlling dissociated populations by controlling the hospitals, media, food distribution and all other institutions of centralized and dissociated societies. Stateless gangs around the world have noticed the ease with which dissociated people can have their dependency exploited and be manipulated by the gangs who control the structures of society and currency. Gang members are attracted to the family aspect of belonging. The ingroup loyalty and the outgroup violence are the same that all were encouraged to cultivate in support of the state endorsed trade economy. The anti-societies of today, typical of lawless towns during gold rushes or other migrations where large groups of people assembled with no established societal rules, have become the norm across entire states and regions.

The dissociated approval brought by currency was also dissociated authority and dictatorship every bit as cruel but less accountable than the former empires. The dissociation which looked so much like freedom was just sociopathy, the individualism was isolation and impotence. The equality under a trade empire was no equality at all, as any egalitarian system imposed on unequal populations must result in tyranny by those the system was designed for. For many years those who refused to let go of the trade economy dream have insisted the tyrants were there by personal merit, not design, and punished those who failed to excel by insisting they were defective and attempting to reform them. Those who failed to excel also refused to give up on the dream and just demanded it be modified to let them in, giving rise to an endless succession of reformers demanding their rights to succeed in a sociopathic system of oppression.

Economists have replaced philosophers, banks have replaced churches, searching for profit has replaced searching for knowledge. People have been reduced to human composters who live, consume and die. The artisans have not won, or the athletes, the philosophers, the caregivers, the artists or even the warriors. The parasites have won.

The trade economy is a ponzi scheme however, and the longer it is in place the more its true nature becomes apparent. The centripetal force which draws everyone to the scheme pushes those already on the top ever higher while those on the bottom fall farther and farther out of reach. As those on the top are standing on nothing more than an illusion, the trade economy must collapse like all ponzi schemes.

Excerpted from Autonomy, Diversity, Society. Citations will be transferred when I get a minute.

2011-08-13 Protests around the world

Syria:

  • The Local Co-ordination Committees say 7-8 people have been killed across Syria so far today: 4 in Homs, 1 in Hama, 1 in Daraya and 1 or 2 in Latakia. Shooting continues.
  • This video reportedly shows Bashar al Assad’s picture taken down and destroyed at Syrian Airlines international sites.
  • Friday’s death toll is being reported as 23.
  • This video shows a funeral in Douma, where five people, including a young woman, were reported killed by government forces on Friday. The crowd is being estimated at “tens of thousands” by Al Jazeera.
  • Thousands are still being arrested.
  • Tanks entered Lataika and heavy artillery was being reported there.
  • Turkey isn’t ruling out international intervention in Syria if the Bashar al-Assad regime doesn’t stop using violence against its own people, a Turkish official told the Hürriyet Daily News on Friday.

 

Israel: 25,000 assemble in Haifa, 20,000 people fill Rager Boulevard in Be’er Sheva, in Afula, some 15,000 people gather, more than 1,500 people march down the city’s main street in Eilat. Haaretz reports. It was the first time in nearly a month that Tel Aviv did not hold a march. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in other cities throughout Israel, with 8,000 demonstrating in Modi’in, 7,000 in Netanya, 5,000 in Petah Tikva, 3,500 in Hod Hasharon, 2,500 in Ramat Hasharon, 2,000 in Rosh Pina, 1,500 in Rishon Letzion, 1,500 in Eilat, 1,500 in Dimona and 1,500 in Nahariya.

Yemen: Hundreds of thousands protested in Sana, and at least 17 other cities and towns,the largest turnout since President Ali Abdullah Saleh left a hospital in Saudi Arabia, where he was recovering from wounds suffered in a June attack on his palace compound, and signaled he intends to return home soon.

South Korea: Continuing the labour protests related to the mass layoffs at Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, the 4th Hope Riders, a festival in which people around the country ride down to the Youngdo shipyard to show solidarity and support to the crane protester Kim Jinsuk, launches in Seoul on the 27th August. The protest of Kim Jinsukenters its 219th day.

United States: Anonymous has a message for the people of San Francisco. “The Bay Area Rapid Transit has made the conscious decision of ordering various cell phone companies to terminate services for the downtown area inhibiting those in the area from using cell phones – even in the case of an emergency.” They are organizing a peaceful protest at Civic Center station on Monday, August 15th at 5pm. They are calling for non-violence and requesting that people bring and use cameras. They are requesting that people outside of San Francisco, show solidarity by using black fax, email bombs, and phone calls to the BART Board of Directors. Tomorrow, Sunday – August 14, 2011 at High Noon Pacific Time we, Anonymous – will remove from the internet the web site of BART located at www.bart.gov for exactly six hours. That’s twice as long as they shut off the cell phones for. BART decided to cut off your communications and now we will flood theirs. Follow #OpBart on Twitter.

US Day of Rage is posting video guidelines for non-violent civil disobedience in the leadup to their September 17 protests.

Chile: In response to the ongoing student led protests for free and equal education in Chile, Government spokesman Andres Chadwick says Chile “is not going to be governed from the street.” Students have been marching for over two months and are asking for a referendum.

China: Thousands of people in Qianxi County, Guizhou province smashed ten vehicles and torched another five, said Xinhua, China’s state news agency. According to Reuters, “China saw almost 90,000 such “mass incidents” of riots, protests, mass petitions and other acts of unrest in 2009, according to a 2011 study by two scholars from Nankai University in north China. Some estimates go even higher.” “In fact, China has riots more serious than England’s every week,” said one Weibo comment.

Egypt: Brief clashes between protesters and security broke out in an otherwise peaceful demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square where a few hundred people gathered on Friday to protest the continuing military rule.

2011-04-07 Love the Future: Ai Weiwei detention

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Photo by Ai Weiwei

Renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained on April 3 at Beijing Capital Airport by customs police while trying to travel to Hong Kong following three police visits to his studio last week. Now there arereports from police authorities late Wednesday that they are investigating Ai Weiwei “for suspected economic crimes in accordance with the law.” Following the arrest, police searched his studio and his wife’s home and arrested his wife, his friend and former journalist Wen Tao, and eight of his employees, freeing his wife and the employees within 24 hours. They also confiscated more than 30 computers and hard drives as well as other documents.

The Communist Party’s Global Times has spoken out against the reaction to Ai’s detention in western countries (the first actual acknowledgement of his detention from Chinese media). In addition, they offer this explanation for his detention: Ai Weiwei is an activist. As a maverick of Chinese society, he likes “surprising speech” and “surprising behavior.” He also likes to do something ambiguous in law. On April 1, he went to Taiwan via Hong Kong. But it was reported his departure procedures were incomplete.

Ai Weiwei likes to do something “others dare not do.” He has been close to the red line of Chinese law. Objectively speaking, Chinese society does not have much experience in dealing with such persons. However, as long as Ai Weiwei continuously marches forward, he will inevitably touch the red line one day.

In such a populous country as China, it is normal to have several people like Ai Weiwei. But it is also normal to control their behaviors by law. In China, it is impossible to have no persons like Ai Weiwei or no “red line” for them in law.

Since Ai’s detention, Chinese internet censorship of his name has turned into a contest between his supporters and the censors, resulting in even the phrase “Love the future” (爱未来) which looks and sounds similar to Ai Weiwei (艾未未) being used by his supporters and removed by the censors on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo.

Ai, who designed the astounding “Bird’s Nest” stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has been an outspoken activist for human rights and reform as well as an internationally recognized artist. Frequently his work has combined the two, as in a series of works where he represented the children killed in the Sichaun earthquake. In one work he collected the names of 5219 children killed in the earthquake, deaths many feel could have been prevented by more stringent building codes, and had different voices read each name in succession, resulting in a three and a half minute audio of names. In others, he has taken the style of bookbag used by the children to form giant snake patterns, for which he was arrested and beaten in 2009. He was placed under house arrest last November and his brand new studio was demolished shortly after.

China Digital Times has a great interview with Ai from December 17, 2009 where he says:

  • Today the government’s wisdom is to play dead; citizen’s wisdom is to kick [the government’s] ass, regardless if it’s playing dead or really dead.
  • I never had any hope for China. I am only resisting the hopelessness China is imposing on me.
  • wtdd: How big is the possibility of organizing an opposition party, for example through Twitter?
    Ai Weiwei: The order should be, organizing people on Twitter first, then organizing a party.
  • zyl1989:Are you ready for prison? Or put it this way, the government has not yet put you into a prison cell. Is it because they do not think you are threatening enough?
    Ai Weiwei: I don’t think so. It is because the prison cell is not big enough.
  • If I give up the country I am in, then I have lost my reason to choose any other country. If I denied my current road, there is no other road in front of me.

Weiwei is one of the latest and most high profile of dozens of writers, artists, lawyers, and political activists who have been detained or confined to their homes in the recent Chinese crackdown on dissidents. Rumours of a Jasmine Revolution in China have sent the government and police into a panic earlier this year, which has not abated.

A must see statement from Ai Weiwei on TED:

 

2011-02-24 Street maintenance and a cup of tea with police in #China #CNJasmine2011 #cn227 #OpChina

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Current time and date in Beijing: 

Sunday, February 27

Since Friday, a message has gone out on Twitter that Boxun.com says was forged. The founders of the Jasmine Revolution in China, decided to cancel the action. Watching so many people be arrested and missing, we are deeply ashamed. It was a difficult decision: Please do not go to the afternoon to take to the streets, and the meetings at 2 pm every Sunday is also canceled. A “climate of fear” was also created in the two days prior to scheduled protests, with many midnight raids and arrests of activists. Many activists were invited to “come in for a cup of tea”, the euphemism for an interrogation. The Chinese government is censoring not just the word “Jasmine”, as the name of the revolution, but many other plant names as well, such as “azalea”, “rhododendron” etc. There were two days of heavy snow in Beijing leading up to protests.

The protests in China today were marked largely by the beating of anyone attempting to film them. Either the Chinese government is afraid of the powerful images they have seen from other countries, or they just could not find a better way to deal with the “strolling” protest. The BBC says, “unable to distinguish the protesters, who’d been called to “stroll” peacefully and silently past McDonald’s restaurant at 1400, from genuine shoppers they focussed on picking out foreign reporters and cameramen.”

The BBC describes the paranoia of the government reaction: Dozens of police vans were parked on the roadside, uniformed men with dogs patrolled up and down, street cleaning vans drove up and down spraying water to keep people away, and a sudden rash of suspiciously unnecessary street repairs meant big hoardings had been put up. … All around us it was obvious that at least half the people on the street were plainclothes state security officers.

The BBC reporters were beaten, detained and prevented from filming, as were journalists fromBloombergCNN and many more.

The CNN reporter writes What makes China’s treatment of the international press so bewildering is that there had been no protests for us to cover here. Not that the government should be treating foreign journalists this way under any circumstances, but the authorities have been lashing out with such severity in an attempt to intimidate us even though we have nothing to report. All we would have done this weekend was shown that the streets of Beijing were perfectly peaceful and gone home. My own experience and those of my colleagues show how incredibly terrified and paranoid the Chinese authorities are of any anti-government movement forming in China.

From online reports:

When passing through Tiananmen Square, there are far fewer visitors, and many guard, patrol, and military police. Getting off at the Chang’an Avenue, Wangfujing Street cannot be entered, police and police cars are everywhere. North along Wangfujing Street, near McDonald’s, it is like the street is a police officer, it is so covered with heavily armed police. Chang’an Avenue from the southern tip of Wangfujing Street is almost all uniformed police standing and walking. In the surrounding area there are a large number of police cars and police on standby in the ambush. McDonald’s is the center of the whole situation as to form a pocket. The McDonald’s is located at the center front of the street, the ring fenced up with about 100 square meters, with signs saying “construction maintenance”.

McDonald’s restaurant is still thriving, very busy, with the obvious difference is that there are many not eating and much security. The second floor had more than a dozen transparent windows onto the street which are now pasted with colored paper. (On February 20 afternoon there were a lot of onlookers watching and taking pictures here.) In the entire second floor of the restaurant there is a an oppressive atmosphere. Sitting on the second floor of the restaurant are a lot of Westerners, but not customers, it is clear that there are many plain-clothes officers.

At 2 o’clock, at the narrow entrance of McDonald’s, the disorder on the streets of the “visitors” increased significantly. Police are also tense. McDonald’s closed the door to the east, which reads: “This door is bad, please take the side door”. Wangfujing Street in the mouth of the southernmost tip of the Chang’an Street, the police cordoned off altogether, to prevent pedestrian access, they will only be allowed out. At McDonald’s steps in front, the police are not allowing pedestrians to stay, not even the passing line. About 2:20 or so, the police station on both sides of the wall and adults are not allowed in, only allowed out. The “wall” inside of the police and plain clothes kept shouting: “Go look, go look, do not stop.” A water truck sprayed ten meters long in front of McDonald’s, back and forth. Next were a large number of cleaners with a broom, swinging. The crowd was spitting white foam of the spray.

Chengdu, Tianfu Square has flower beds cordoned off the edge, the open space under the subway is also cordoned off leaving only the channel for access, where you cannot stop. The entry to the junction of the larger square is covered with police.

At around 2:30 PM, it seems that the “core” location at Daibu Zhu had many onlookers gathered around, like Wangfujing Bookstore, and other places. The police and plain clothes police dispersed the crowd: “Do not stop, leave it.” Near the front door Chang’an Avenue, a young man with a flower in his hands was caught by police after some scuffling. The presence of foreign nationals was under great pressure, the police in the alley entrance demanded examination papers. If police saw the Westerners drive by, they were advised away. Public photography is almost impossible, too risky, only use camera phone.

In Beijing, 1,227 guard police, ridiculous, stupid, brutal living dead scared to death, in Beijing’s most bustling downtown, perhaps the world’s most dangerous place, if you have a flower in your hand you will be immediately arrested, this may have been a good Sunday, but only to dispatch thousands of police in Beijing on such a small place to control and mobilize the urban construction, urban management, sanitation and even foreign companies, so vast an action.

A good collection of Twitter statements. Since the first tweet calling for “Jasmine Revolution” protests went viral on the Chinese Internet, the Chinese state machine has gone into overdrive to prevent this imagined uprising. Among other visible measures such as arresting activists, censoring the Chinese Internet, and sending police to every designated “protest” site, Chinese Twitter users have noticed that suddenly a new group of Chinese Twitter accounts opened and became active during the last week. Some of these accounts have forged the names of activists and even included avatar photos of dissidents and activists. Most of the messages sent from these accounts, which have been tracked and compiled by other Chinese Twitter users, include pro-government comments typically sent by the so-called 50 Cent Party.

Videos of protests are below, but the first is a summary.

A Youtube video of the censored Chinese cartoon about the Year of the Rabbit

As China gears up for the Year of the Rabbit, the nation’s Communist authorities have censored a bunny cartoon with political overtones.
The Chinese New Year – which falls this year on February 3 – is the country’s biggest holiday. Families come together for several days of feasting and gift-giving. But, this year, a New Year-themed cartoon posted on a popular Chinese website seems to have rankled officials. Censors have deleted the video, in an apparent reaction to its biting political satire.

The three-minute animation begins with rabbit babies being poisoned, a blatant reference to a recent toxic milk scandal that left six children dead. The rabbits are then forced to attend a political meeting with a group of vicious-looking tigers who promise a “harmonious forest”. That is a thinly-veiled gibe at the Communist party’s favourite, much-mocked slogan, “Harmonious Society”. The tigers then proceed to set the bunnies on fire, bulldoze their homes, and run down rabbit pedestrians. In the midst of the carnage, the tigers instruct them to remain obedient and “not speak out of turn”.

Many in China will see obvious parallels with current events. A fire in a Shanghai block of flats last year left more than 50 dead and caused an outcry over substandard buildings, while forced evictions to make way for new property developments have sparked dissent. Most recently, a hit-and-run accident involving the son of a local police chief – who then tried to evade arrest – focused attention on nepotism and corruption.
The cartoon’s creator “kirjabing” has reportedly said he sees no connections with Chinese society. But the censors obviously disagree.
They may have been most disturbed by the animation’s final scenes, in which the rabbits themselves turn savage and attack the tigers.
The message for many is clear: pushed too hard, the Chinese people may one day rise up and overthrow their Communist leaders.

Thursday, February 24

The boxunblog.com site has asked again for what it called “strolling protests” against the ruling Communist Party at 2pm on Sunday. The protests are now described as a game to be played every Sunday at 2:00, with the following players: the people who started the game; the police; the on-lookers, in a central fixed position, being careful not to provoke police reaction, be aggressive or make unnecessary sacrifices early in the game; the passers-by, who have the potential to be reserve power and add force – they may not know of the protests or may be more cautious, but they are expected to swell the numbers of on-lookers eventually; and the overlookers, which are onlookers and passers-by at a greater distance. The object of the game at this point is to change the balance of power between the police and the protesters, and to do nothing to provoke a police reaction until crowd numbers are high enough to withstand the police.

“We invite every participant to stroll, watch, or even just pretend to pass by. As long as you are present, the authoritarian government will be shaking with fear,” it said, with much truth if the police presence last Sunday is any indication.

China had predictably blocked internet searches for Egypt and other protesting countries. According to the Telegraph, three Chinese internet users have been charged with subversion for re-posting information regarding the Jasmine revolution, “a Hong Kong-based civil rights groups has reported”. The head of China’s intelligence and security services said on a February 21 that Beijing should make “social management”, controlling the public to prevent protests or other incidents, a top priority.

According to many, the Chinese government was overreacting to a joke but others are reading more into the movement. STRATFOR noticed the gatherings occurred in cities other than the 13 listed in the anonymous call for protests published Feb. 19 by North Carolina-based Boxun.com. In particular, Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, saw gatherings that may have involved hundreds of people, and residents of other cities, including Urumqi, Xining, Fuzhou and Anshan, went to appointed places of gathering at the same time demonstrations were being held in Beijing and Shanghai, two cities included in the Boxun list. (Boxun was founded by Chinese expatriate Watson Meng and is banned in China.) While no protests were reported in Urumqi, Xining, Fuzhou or Anshan, that people tried to assemble in those cities suggests they had been informed of the planned events through channels other than Boxun. Some have even posted messages on Boxun’s message board saying they had shown up but that there were too few people at the gatherings to stage a real demonstration. It appears some groups of people, including elderly Chinese concerned about land seizures — who are less likely to circumvent Chinese censors and gain access to banned foreign websites — appeared at the designated sites, raising questions about how they could have been informed. There are also questions about the events themselves. They were more like public gatherings than actual protests. There were no banners, posters or flags, just people milling about, talking among themselves and to passers-by. The messages circulating in China calling for people to come out directed them to the appointed places and instructed them primarily to exchange opinions with others. It remains unclear who sent the messages and organized the gatherings — Boxun claims it only forwarded the Feb. 19 call for protests — and whether people were also told not to engage in aggressive protest behavior.

Sunday, February 20

    • 2:50 PM A paranoia in Beijing today, police are guarding all the roads, a large number of “red armbands marked” street patrols.
    • Many people were controlled at home, not allowed to go out.
    • Thousands of people in Wangfujing, but how many tourists, how many lurkers, how many plain-clothes police officers, it is difficult to distinguish.
    • China Mobile, China Unicom has blocked the word “Jasmine”.
    • “Many rights defenders have disappeared (into police custody) in recent days, others are under house arrest and their mobile phones are blocked.The police detachment outside my door has increased. They follow us if we go out,” rights attorney Ni Yulan told AFP.
    • Prominent rights lawyers Jin Bianling, Teng Biao, Xu Zhiyong and Jiang Tianyong have been detained by police, according to their friends and family.
    • Chinese President Hu Jintao called on Saturday for “further strengthening and improving management of the Internet, improving the standard of management of virtual society, and establishing mechanisms to guide online public opinion.”
    • From @LiberationtechAs reported by netizens, authorities of Guangdong & Jiangsu ordered teachers & students in colleges not to leave campus. Over 100 journalists, big crowd & police. I’m betting some protesters there, but too scared to chant. Young man hoping to see, perhaps participate in protest turned to me & said “It didn’t work”. Whether it works or not, important thing is ppl to break sense of invincibility of Chinese regime, break fear factor. In northern city Harbin, police cars blocked central square. Mass protesters are moving toward Sofia Church area. Physical confrontation happened when police surrounded a men with a jasmine. (via watchmen725) Two plainclothes took him from front of McDonalds and shoved him around the corner. When u type jasmine, it says “according to relevant laws, regulations & policies, some search results not displayed.” Did talk to Chinese who came for the #cn220 protest. Summary: It didn’t work. And government don’t care about the people. No crowd gathered in Hangzhou Department Store bc there were more than 20 uniformed officers, said they were conducting emergency drill. Guy w white flowers forced away by police said: “I found em in trash & thought it was pity to throw them” conflicting info RT @great__firewall: Jasmine Revolution not blocked on Google in China. “I go home & get lucky on road see 12 cars near bus station, abt 20 ppl picked up in Guangzhou & put in van”At this pt all reports are consistent #CN220 seems not to have worked. Would appreciate if #China activists could share learnings w/us.
    • The Revolution That Wasn’t”

Photo from Beijing protest location.
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    • 7:30 AM Protest sites covered with police.
    • Beijing about 3:15 pm: Beijing Wangfujing: site flow back to normal, most foreign journalists had left, police were still patrolling the McDonald’s door, four crossroads more than a dozen police cars are still parked
    • noon plainclothes men (suspected of State Security), said he people today took to the streets to prevent social disorder … realize the consequences of you, this is a very serious political problem, talk about bad online about politics, to what purpose. Cherish your work, not talk about politics.
    • Liang Xiaojun: workers surrounded by the police, the Wangfujing stop full of police cars, there are emergency vehicles.
    • Tianfu Square is full of police, ten meters of a post, a lot of new frame camera, teams of armed police to walk around. No one thirty when we started sitting in a chair, and to prohibit photography peddlers, and police greatly increased.
    • Harbin, the former movie theater, many police officers, police cars, not close to square, people walking to hang District Sofia Cathedral Square movement.
    • Wangfujing site: more than 100 uniformed police officers.
    • Beijing about 2:35 pm: more and more people, more and more police officers, journalists are also many, just that they were attempting to arrest people we rescued, now cleared.
    • Blue Blood mantis: is the public plaza in Shenzhen, and now many people here, but see at least three police cars and 20 police officers and the Police Association over the distribution of each corner.
    • Wangfujing) field is crowded with people, the police are pulling a hand-held young jasmine, live more than 300 police.
    • From @LiberationtechIt seems that #CN220 students are coming out & police are telling them it’s a false rumor, go home. A common notice in campus: Recently some outlaws are holding illegal gatherings. Be alert! Do not spread rumors! Do not participate!

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Photo from Beijing protest location.

  • 5:00 AM Protests called for Beijing, Shanghai, Tienjin, Nanjing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Changsha, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Changchun, Harbin and Wuhan at 2pm on Sunday (Feb. 20).
  • Tung Li-wen, a professor of public security at Taiwan’s Central Police University, said an uprising triggered by an incident is possible. For example, when the offices of China Network Television caught fire in February 2009, as many as 100,000 people gathered around the building. “If some people called for democracy or political reform within a mass of people, turmoil or even revolution could occur.”
  • Temporary website for China’s Jasmine Revolution, a great resource. Already reporting rumours of house arrests, people missing and confiscated material. This is a tempoorary site set up after the first site was attacked.
  • “Hong Kong people should also join the call. Gathering Place: Victoria Park.”
  • Su Yutong, an activist who now lives in Germany, listed on Twitter at least 14 people who had been taken away so far and called that count incomplete.
  • China blocks searches for the word “jasmine” on the largest Twitter-like microblog.

Photo from Beijing protest location.

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Despite the Great Firewall, China is not oblivious to what is happening in the Arab world and elsewhere, and the revolution is coming, though with far more stealth required. China has far more sophisticated methods of dealing with both censorship and dissent than the Arab nations, and are capable of even more brutal disregard of human life. Unlike Gaddafi, who reportedly threatened to kill all the Benghazi citizens and replace them with central Africans, China has always had millions of people to spare. They are also far more oblivious to outside pressure or disapproval. But the same millions that allow them to disregard small protests would make a mass revolution impossible to combat.

Update: And here may be the facebook page. Awaiting a proper translation, but according to Google:

In response to the earlier jasmine revolution, China’s civil society has been scheduled tomorrow in all the major cities will be held at Ren, expressing the aspirations of the Chinese Communists. Although the Social Democratic connections in Hong Kong, but also for the response.

Mainland assembly call reads as follows (Source ︰ Boxun Network) ︰

Whether you are a stone baby’s parents, relocatees, social tenants, Rehabilitation in ex-servicemen, private teachers, bank buyouts, laid-off workers, or petitioners; whether you are or on the “money goes will be the case,” concluded dissatisfied do not like someone says “Dad Gang” does not like to be asked, “a rational treatment of social justice”, or actor does not like to see temperature performance; whether you are a signatory to the Charter Lingba, Falun Gong practitioners, or the Communist Party members of democratic parties; or you’re just a spectators; at this moment, you and I are Chinese, you and I are a dream for the future of the Chinese people, we must be responsible for their own future for our children’s future responsible.

We just need to come to a designated place, far from the crowd, silently follow, the flow, you bravely shouted the slogan, perhaps, from this moment of history began to change.

Come together, are brothers and sisters, please help each other. In the event of adverse treatment of persons involved in meetings with the maximum tolerated treatment, others also please support. The end of the meeting, do not leave rubbish, the Chinese, are of high quality, the pursuit of democracy and freedom is conditional.

If this failed to hold meetings convened by the city, every Sunday afternoon in the two continue to live before, persevering!

Unified slogan:

We want to eat
We want to work
We want housing

We should be fair
We Yaogong justice

Protection of private property rights
Maintenance of judicial independence

Start political reform
End one-party rule
Press restrictions
Xinwenziyou

Long live freedom
Long live democracy

Time:

At 2:00 p.m. on February 20th 2011

Location:

McDonald’s in front of Beijing Wangfujing
Shanghai People’s Square in front of Peace Cinema
Under the Drum Tower in Tianjin
Nanjing Drum Tower Square Silk Street department store entrance
North Avenue entrance of Carrefour in Xi’an
Under Chairman Mao, like Chengdu Tianfu Square
Dah Sing Changsha Wuyi Square Building a new entrance
Hangzhou Wulin Square, Hangzhou Department Store entrance
Entrance of the Guangzhou People’s Park Starbucks
Entrance of Nanjing North Street Shenyang, Kentucky
Democratic Avenue West Culture Square in Changchun Happigo supermarket entrance
Harbin Harbin cinema entrance
Jiefang Road, Wuhan World Trade Plaza, McDonald’s door

Not listed in a place of meeting in this city, your own focus to the city center square.

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2011-01-03 US Dep’t of State Internet Freedom Programs

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) are looking for organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that support what the document terms ‘internet freedom’. Specifically, they have US$30 million for

projects that will foster freedom of expression and the free flow of information on the Internet and other connection technologies in East Asia, including China and Burma; the Near East, including Iran; Southeast Asia; the South Caucasus; Eurasia, including Russia; Central Asia; Latin America, including Cuba and Venezuela; and Africa. Programming may support activities in Farsi, Chinese, Russian, Burmese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, and other languages spoken in acutely hostile Internet environments.

 

The State Department’s previous attempts at promoting ‘internet freedom’ met with a lack of success, according to Foreign Policy because “By aligning themselves with Internet companies and organizations, Clinton’s digital diplomats have convinced their enemies abroad that Internet freedom is another Trojan horse for American imperialism.” The statement from the link above: “DRL and NEA support programs … in countries and regions of the world that are geo-strategically important to the United States.” may have helped convince their enemies. They will have the opportunity to disprove that idea when all of the following technology is turned in all other directions, as history shows it will be. Always assuming any of the new projects work better than, for instance, Haystack.

Counter-censorship Technology: … to get around firewalls and filters in acutely hostile Internet environments.

Building the Technology Capacity of Digital Activists and Civil Society in Hostile Internet Environments in the Near East: Training on and access to communication platforms to share electronic information securely; training for activists, bloggers, citizen journalists, and civil society organizations to allow them to safely and anonymously participate in online forums; and promotion of peer-to-peer data sharing between mobile devices.

Virtual Open Internet Centers: … identify and archive censored content and creatively reintroduce content and counter-censorship tools into those online environments. … Competitive proposals will include centers focused on two or more of the following languages: Farsi, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish, and Burmese, in addition to languages of other countries with hostile Internet environments.

Emergency funding: Establishment of an emergency fund for netizens under threat because of their web-based activism. …

Internet Public Policy: Support for projects focused on media law reform in countries where changing legal and regulatory frameworks for the Internet have the potential to create acutely hostile Internet environments. …

From Foreign Policy:

“The Internet is far too valuable to become an agent of Washington’s digital diplomats. The idea that the U.S. government can advance the cause of Internet freedom by loudly affirming its commitment to it — especially when it hypocritically attempts to shut down projects like WikiLeaks — is delusional. The best way to promote the goals behind the Internet Freedom Agenda may be not to have an agenda at all.