The Right to a Facebook Status

Facebook status updates and tweets start revolutions and result in arrests. The updates below from my Facebook friends draw a picture of the ongoing and growing protests in the Middle East and North Africa.

From Iran:

Greens are organizing another protest in Iran: February 20th! power to the people of Iran!

From Egypt:

will demonstrate alone in Tahrir. I want my birthday every year! #Feb29

From Bahrain:

The world has turned upside down. Just got a text message from a friend in Gaza asking me if I’m safe.

About Iraq:

My Kurdish friends need to speak up: Kurds protest in Sulaimaniyah [Iraq], ten killed, nine wounded

And:

Follow Libya too…

Updating one’s Facebook status with political information is a human right. Practice yours by sharing Amnesty International’s action to support human rights throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

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12 thoughts on “The Right to a Facebook Status

  1. The WOMEN of these countries need the right to a FACE ..to be recognized as humans .. perhaps special provision of ways for them to acquire FACEBOOK status would help their invisibility to become visible.

  2. Hello and Salaam (peace) to all,

    For sure women do need to have a voice, no matter what country they live in or religion that they adhere to.

    Regarding the covering of the face for the Muslim women, it should be noted that while there are some Muslim women who are forced by family members or society to wear the face veil ( niqaab), there are also just as many if not more women who are being forced out of it when they choose to wear it of their own accord.

    Many SINGLE Muslim women in the United States are taking the niqaab because that is their choice, as did the women in France, as did the women in Egypt who were protesting and beaten in front of their universities because they refused to take it off.

    Just to make my position clear, the face veil, or niqaab, should be a free choice no matter what country they live in.

    Those who force women to have to remove their niqaab, are fundamentally no different than those who force them to wear it.

    Either way, it takes away their choice.

  3. Part of the problem that women in the middle east face is a 6,000-year-old Patriarchial system in which the male "Head" of the household holds absolute power over everything, including his wives and children. Until this system is eradicated, and its practicioners exterminated from the Earth, women in every part of the world, and the middle east in particular, will suffer in every way imaginable. So long as men are allowed to treat women as chattle, this will NOT change.

  4. The WOMEN of these countries need the right to a FACE ..to be recognized as humans .. perhaps special provision of ways for them to acquire FACEBOOK status would help their invisibility to become visible.

  5. Hello and Salaam (peace) to all,

    For sure women do need to have a voice, no matter what country they live in or religion that they adhere to.

    Regarding the covering of the face for the Muslim women, it should be noted that while there are some Muslim women who are forced by family members or society to wear the face veil ( niqaab), there are also just as many if not more women who are being forced out of it when they choose to wear it of their own accord.

    Many SINGLE Muslim women in the United States are taking the niqaab because that is their choice, as did the women in France, as did the women in Egypt who were protesting and beaten in front of their universities because they refused to take it off.

    Just to make my position clear, the face veil, or niqaab, should be a free choice no matter what country they live in.

    Those who force women to have to remove their niqaab, are fundamentally no different than those who force them to wear it.

    Either way, it takes away their choice.

  6. Part of the problem that women in the middle east face is a 6,000-year-old Patriarchial system in which the male “Head” of the household holds absolute power over everything, including his wives and children. Until this system is eradicated, and its practicioners exterminated from the Earth, women in every part of the world, and the middle east in particular, will suffer in every way imaginable. So long as men are allowed to treat women as chattle, this will NOT change.

  7. Yes SASS, I agree with you on the point that there is a Patriarchial system that tries to keep women 'in their place'. However, as I have lived both in the Middle East and the United States, I can assuredly tell you what I have witnessed with my own eyes.

    No doubt, the Middle Eastern culture is a bit more conservative than the United States, I am speaking of Egypt particularly,( I as a Muslim woman would never step foot into Iran, Afghanistan, or Pakistan, as they follow their own whims and not what the religion teaches them).

    The United States as I can see, is surely more liberal than the Middle East. I have no issue with this.

    However, the ME women feel bad for American women because they view us as being exploited all the time in advertising, fashion, diet pills, to the point that young women and girls are dying from anorexia and diseases of the like because they are trying to accomplish that 'ideal' body image which of course, is designed by men.

    Also, the ME women are seeing the likes of Paris Hilton, Rihanna, Brittney Spears, so they are spoon fed the images of women who have no dignity or self respect, and they stereotype all American women as basically sex slaves without brains.

    I find also that while the majority of American people are very good people with kind hearts, not at all like the loudest voices, the likes of Glenn Beck, FOX news, Pat Robertson, Terry Jones, which is very unfortunate.

    I understand that the main concern for American people no doubt is for the safety, dignity, respect, and value held for women all over the world. But before we begin pointing all our fingers at how wrong the Patriarchial system is in the ME, while the majority of the women over there wouldnt trade it for the world as they feel spoiled ( they don't even have to cook, clean, or work, they just go shop shop shop ), anyways, we should be more concerned for our own Patriarchial system here in the United States.

    Our own women are suffering from abuse, drugs, abandonment, poverty, illiteracy, uneducated, prostitution …

    let us take care of home, as we can see on the news, that the revolution now going on in the middle east, it wont be long and you will see more of what I am telling you, rather than the spoon fed propaganda of how hard those ME women have life.

  8. Yes SASS, I agree with you on the point that there is a Patriarchial system that tries to keep women ‘in their place’. However, as I have lived both in the Middle East and the United States, I can assuredly tell you what I have witnessed with my own eyes.

    No doubt, the Middle Eastern culture is a bit more conservative than the United States, I am speaking of Egypt particularly,( I as a Muslim woman would never step foot into Iran, Afghanistan, or Pakistan, as they follow their own whims and not what the religion teaches them).

    The United States as I can see, is surely more liberal than the Middle East. I have no issue with this.

    However, the ME women feel bad for American women because they view us as being exploited all the time in advertising, fashion, diet pills, to the point that young women and girls are dying from anorexia and diseases of the like because they are trying to accomplish that ‘ideal’ body image which of course, is designed by men.

    Also, the ME women are seeing the likes of Paris Hilton, Rihanna, Brittney Spears, so they are spoon fed the images of women who have no dignity or self respect, and they stereotype all American women as basically sex slaves without brains.

    I find also that while the majority of American people are very good people with kind hearts, not at all like the loudest voices, the likes of Glenn Beck, FOX news, Pat Robertson, Terry Jones, which is very unfortunate.

    I understand that the main concern for American people no doubt is for the safety, dignity, respect, and value held for women all over the world. But before we begin pointing all our fingers at how wrong the Patriarchial system is in the ME, while the majority of the women over there wouldnt trade it for the world as they feel spoiled ( they don’t even have to cook, clean, or work, they just go shop shop shop ), anyways, we should be more concerned for our own Patriarchial system here in the United States.

    Our own women are suffering from abuse, drugs, abandonment, poverty, illiteracy, uneducated, prostitution …

    let us take care of home, as we can see on the news, that the revolution now going on in the middle east, it wont be long and you will see more of what I am telling you, rather than the spoon fed propaganda of how hard those ME women have life.

  9. I hope my point is understood, I in no way condone any oppression or violence against women in any shape, fashion, or form. I just hate to see both sides of the ocean being spoon fed propaganda which is completely untrue.

  10. I hope my point is understood, I in no way condone any oppression or violence against women in any shape, fashion, or form. I just hate to see both sides of the ocean being spoon fed propaganda which is completely untrue.

  11. My comment is that we need to know much more about ourselves and others before we presume to decide what is best for others. None of us is so perfect that we can govern others before we control our own urges to domination, not to mention greed, hatred and delusion.Christians at least should remember that "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" is about criticism of others as much as it is about actual stoning.

    That being said, laws which are not patently unjust should be respected. Covering the face is illegal in many countries because it may be a method to hide a crime. But kids can still wear masks on Halloween, and if a woman truly feels she doesn't wish to show her face in public, i'm inclined to say as long as she is willing to disclose her identity to a female police officer, if necessary, fine. After all it makes more jobs for women, albeit perhaps on a low level of pay.

  12. My comment is that we need to know much more about ourselves and others before we presume to decide what is best for others. None of us is so perfect that we can govern others before we control our own urges to domination, not to mention greed, hatred and delusion.Christians at least should remember that “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” is about criticism of others as much as it is about actual stoning.

    That being said, laws which are not patently unjust should be respected. Covering the face is illegal in many countries because it may be a method to hide a crime. But kids can still wear masks on Halloween, and if a woman truly feels she doesn’t wish to show her face in public, i’m inclined to say as long as she is willing to disclose her identity to a female police officer, if necessary, fine. After all it makes more jobs for women, albeit perhaps on a low level of pay.

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