Monday, January 19, 2009
Power to the Free Voice
I spend time this morning reading the cyber-activism pages of Global Voices Online. I am looking for connection with the global community of citizen journalist activists writing and protesting and organizing and speaking out for all our good via the Web. The first story I see is out of Western Europe, written by Asteris Masouras: “Greece: Outcry over arms shipment to Israel.” The story reports that with the war raging in Gaza, news reports earlier this month about the routing of an extraordinary large shipment of arms from the United States to Israel through the private Greek Port of Astakos caused an uproar among Greek bloggers. They used Twitter to investigate the matter and put pressure on the government to halt the transfer. Apparently the government has indeed halted the transfer. I love this story. I love how the bloggers are in full ownership of their powerful voices, and the power of the citizen journalist network. As I write I think about the women and children of Gaza, the candle burning is for them. All actions for peace are for them.