Bahrain dictatorship entraps Zello Due app users

This video is about the Bahrain government’s media censorship of tortured protesters.

By Bill Marczak:

Bahrain Watch Issues Urgent Advice for Activists to Stop Using @Zello Due to Security Flaw

September 7, 2014

Bahrain Watch understands that the Zello Walkie Talkie mobile app is widely used by youth activists in Bahrain. The app allows users to create groups (called channels), and then exchange audio messages from the group.

We are greatly concerned by reports that 15 individuals who were members of three different Zello channels were arrested on 3 September 2014, and have disappeared according to their lawyers. We understand that the arrests were conducted by police who lured the activists to a fake meeting, which some suspect may have occurred through traditional methods of infiltration or by posting voice messages to the channel through a compromised member. After the arrests, police posted messages to the channels warning that they were coming to get the activists “one by one.”

Bahrain Police Intercept Zello ‘Walkie-Talkie’ App to Arrest 15 Activists: here.

The UN called on Friday for Bahrain to release a prominent human rights activist and expressed concern about “ongoing violations” of freedom of expression in the Gulf kingdom.. “Ongoing violations of the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, and the targeting of human rights activists in Bahrain remain of serious concern,” Ravina Shamdasani, the spokeswoman for the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement. Maryam al-Khawaja, the daughter of a jailed opposition figure, was arrested on August 30 as she flew into the country to visit her father: here.

When Maryam al-Khawaja tried to visit her sick father Abdulhadi in a Bahraini prison for seemingly trumped up terrorism charges, the officials claimed she wasn’t even a citizen of the country. Her father is serving a life sentence for peacefully protesting during Bahrain’s Arab Spring: here.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its deep concern at the adoption by the Bahraini authorities of the revocation of citizenship as a means to put pressure on activists and pro-democracy campaigners. The tactic is used to deprive them of their right to freedom of expression and to form peaceful gatherings to claim self-determination: here.

Take Bahrain, for example. The country’s authorities just imprisoned Maryam al-Khawaja, the Vice President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. Just a few days before her arrest on August 30, she made strong statements quoted by CNN concerning the discourse in Bahrain: here.

Another Bahraini jailed for a Twitter message

This video says about itself:

Sentenced for social media: Bahrain activist jailed over tweet

10 July 2012

Bahraini anti-government campaigner Nabeel Rajab, a prominent activist who has been using social media to highlight human rights abuses in the kingdom, was jailed on Monday after being sentenced to three months imprisonment for a tweet.

The following is the tweet purported to have landed Rajab in jail. He addresses ruling prime minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman, uncle of the country’s reigning king, following his visit to the town of Muharraq (Al Mahraq). Rajab intimates that the crowds greeting Prince Khalifa were paid to receive him. His tweet asks the unelected prime minister, who has held the position since 1971, to “leave the residents of Al Mahraq, its Sheikhs and its elderly. Everyone knows that you are not popular here, and if there wasn’t a need for money, they wouldn’t have gone out to receive you. When will you step down?”

From Gulf News:

Bahraini activist in custody over tweet

Slaiss alleged that military personnel were ordered to vote in elections

15:09 September 1, 2014

Dubai: The spokesperson for a group of young activists was on Sunday remanded in custody for seven days over a tweet he posted.

Yacoub Slaiss, who was the public voice of Al Fateh Youth Coalition (FYC), a group that often supported the government, is to be investigated over claiming on Twitter about three months ago that “military personnel received orders” to vote in parliamentary elections and calling for criminalising the alleged orders to cast ballots, Bahraini media reported.

Under Bahrain’s election laws, men and women in uniform are allowed to cast ballots.

The Bahraini opposition opposes the right of military personnel to vote, claiming that the votes go in favour of pro-government candidates.

Civil Rights Defenders calls on the Bahraini authorities to immediately release leading human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, who was arrested on August 30 at Bahrain International Airport. Security Officials at the airport informed Maryam Al-Khawaja that her Bahraini nationality had been revoked and that she was no longer welcome in the country: here. See also here.

On 1 September, Marietje Schaake submitted written questions to High Representative Catherine Ashton concerning the case of the arrest of Maryam al-Khawaja in Bahrain. Please find a plain text version and the official document below: here.

Maryam al-Khawaja, prominent pro-democracy activist, arrested as she attempted to visit her father: here.

On 30 August, the prominent Bahraini human rights defender Maryam al-Khawaja, was detained upon her arrival in Manama, the country’s capital. She risked arrest for the chance to see her ailing father, dissident Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence, and has been on hunger strike since 26 August: here.

On 30 August 2014, human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja was detained upon arrival at Bahrain International Airport. She was travelling to visit Mr Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja in detention, who has been on hunger strike since 24 August 2014.  See here.

Photojournalist Ahmed Humaidan – Prisoner of Conscience at Bahrain: here.

One Lovely Blog Award, thank you betternotbroken!

One Lovely Blog Award

My dear blogging friend betternotbroken was so kind to nominate my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Thanks so much!

The rules of the One Lovely Blog Award are:

Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you,
Describe seven things about yourself,
Nominate 15 other bloggers [presumably, linking to them, and telling them about it at their blogs].


My list of seven things about me:

1. This morning, the sun shines outside after rain yesterday.

2. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits to my blog today so far?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 54
Hunch-backed dolphins off Bahrain 6
August 2014, most visits ever to my blog 5
Bird book exhibition in The Hague, the Netherlands 5
Young Sandwich terns with rings seen again 4
500,000 visits milestone on this blog, thanks! 3
Marzipan seals 3
British government accused of helping monarchist torturers in Nepal 3
English birds news update 3
Bahrain arrest of human rights activist, oppression of workers 3

3. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits to my blog this week?

2014-08-25 to Today

4. Where did visits to my blog come from mostly today so far?

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Jamaica FlagJamaica 26
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 23
Sweden FlagSweden 16
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 5
Australia FlagAustralia 5
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 4
India FlagIndia 4
France FlagFrance 3
Japan FlagJapan 3
Italy FlagItaly 2
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 2
Germany FlagGermany 2

5. Where did visits to my blog come from mostly this month?

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 18,896
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 2,182
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 795
Jamaica FlagJamaica 662
Sweden FlagSweden 600
Germany FlagGermany 391
Canada FlagCanada 374
Australia FlagAustralia 373
France FlagFrance 275
India FlagIndia 214
Romania FlagRomania 178
Philippines FlagPhilippines 154
Belgium FlagBelgium 136
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 125
Italy FlagItaly 100
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 97
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 96
Greece FlagGreece 95
Bahrain FlagBahrain 90
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 90
Norway FlagNorway 86
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 75
Japan FlagJapan 75
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 72
Ireland FlagIreland 70
Turkey FlagTurkey 69
Poland FlagPoland 57
Thailand FlagThailand 57
Singapore FlagSingapore 56
Spain FlagSpain 56
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 56
Israel FlagIsrael 52
Pakistan FlagPakistan 51
Egypt FlagEgypt 51
Brazil FlagBrazil 50

6. Which Internet search terms brought most visits to my blog this month?

Search Views
whipping women 12
protests in ukraine against military conscription 10
most hated animal in the world 9
elm guest house kitty 9
poisonous caterpillars 7
i am mike brown 6
michael brown rap song 6
lurgan shooting of eugene mc guigan 5
who is isis and what have they been recently doing that caused the u.s. to renew a bombing campaign in iraq? 4
isis made in usa 4
bijju animal 4
famous dutch painters 4

7. Which Internet search terms brought most visits to my blog, ever since the blog moved to WordPress in December 2011?

Search Views
iguana 433
watergate scandal 386
prostitution in bahrain 366
poisonous caterpillars 275
egyptian sarcophagus 264
atsinganosaurus velauciensis 257
napalm girl 249
iraq war 208
long tailed tit 197
cercopithecus lomamiensis 189

My fifteen nominees are:

1. The Mind of Micheline

2. Juliana Mare

3. The Liberated Way

4. Nimmu’s

5. ~HeartTricks~

6. European Seabirds Blog

7. dou dou birds

8. Dianne Gray author

9. IRES: Behavioral ecology of red-backed fairy-wrens

10. Insidethelifeofmoi

11. Un café con dos de azúcar

12. P0vestiare

13. sandrafirstruleoffilmclubharris

14. Lazy Island Sundays

15. rockyourworld

August 2014, most visits ever to my blog

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August 2014 was the month with most visits to my blog, ever since it moved to WordPress in December 2011: 29,316.

This is a bit unexpected, August being a summer month; and many blogs, including mine, usually get less visits in summer than in other seasons.

Before this August, the busiest month was, according to my WordPress counter, November 2012, with 28,225 visits.

There are differences between the November 2012 visits and the August 2014 visits.

The three blog posts, or pages, which attracted most visits in November 2012 were:

Title Views
British Thatcher aide accused of child abuse 5,507
Home page / Archives 3,360
Thatcher’s Downing Street child abuse scandal 964

So, two blog posts about that sexual abuse scandal, then much in the news in Britain, plus the home page, together accounted for 9,831 visits, over a third of total visits.

A more complete list of visits in November 2012 is here.

While in August 2014, visits were much more evenly spread over more pages.

The blog posts and pages, attracting most visits in August 2014:

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2014-09-01 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 3,340
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 223
Dutch nazi travelled to Ukraine 134
About 133
Saudi woman gets 150 whip lashes for driving 131
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 110
Most hated animals top 50 109
Britain’s national bird, new vote 95
Dutch nazis praise foreign mercenaries in Kiev’s army 79
New rail species discovery in California 76

Richard Feynman’s physics lectures on the Internet

This video from the USA is called Richard Feynman – The.Character of Physical Law – Part 1 The Law of Gravitation (full version) — An Example of Physical Law.

Lecture 2: The Relation of Mathematics and Physics.

Lecture 3: The Great Conservation Principles.

Lecture 4: Symmetry in Physical Law.

Lecture 5: The Distinction of Past and Future.

Lecture 6: Probability and Uncertainty — The Quantum Mechanical View of Nature.

Lecture 7: Seeking New Laws.

By Robbie Gonzalez today:

You Can Now Access All Of Richard Feynman’s Physics Lectures For Free

The lectures of Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman were legendary. Footage of these lectures does exist, but they are most famously preserved in The Feynman Lectures. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now you can access it online, in its entirety, for free.

The complete online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics has been made available in HTML 5 through a collaboration between Caltech (where Feyman first delivered these talks, in the early 1960s) and The Feynman Lectures Website. The online edition is “high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman’s legendary lectures,” and, thanks to the implementation of scalable vector graphics, “has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation.”

Volume I deals mainly with mechanics, radiation and heat; Volume II with electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III with quantum mechanics.

Go. Have fun.

500,000 visits milestone on this blog, thanks!

This video is called Creating a free WordPress blog – tutorial for beginners.

My counter has just marked that ever since my blog moved to WordPress in December 2011, there have been over 500,000 visits. Thanks, all visitors!

Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits, ever since December 2011?

Top Posts for all days ending 2014-08-30 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 75,019
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 6,184
British Thatcher aide accused of child abuse 5,897
About 4,340
After 35 years, wounds of Vietnamese napalm girl Kim Phuc still hurt 2,530
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 2,529
Zambian lioness Lady Liuwa update 2,199
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 2,099
Günter Grass poem on Greece and austerity, English translation 1,966
Boy raped by priest, then castrated 1,786
USA: ancient Egyptian sarcophagus as corporate boss’ plaything 1,548
Most hated animals top 50 1,534
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 1,233
Lesser Antillean iguana in danger 1,203
Bronzino painting restored after prude censorship 1,181
Britain: Tony Blair’s own Watergate scandal 1,111
Thatcher’s Downing Street child abuse scandal 1,099
Awards 1,081
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 1,030
Stop whipping of raped Maldives girl 1,021
Dutch war crimes in Indonesia, photos 1,012
Will US soldier escape punishment for rape of Dutch girl? 1,004
Frequently asked questions 1,001