Jun 232013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

This clip is from the 1957 British comedy film ‘A King In New York’, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin in his last leading role, which presents a satirical view of certain aspects of United States politics and society. The film was produced in Europe after Chaplin’s exile from the US in 1952. It did not open in the United States until 1967.

The young boy’s name is Michael Chaplin, son of Charlie Chaplin.

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Jun 232013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

From StopCartel Newsdesk:

It is the first time the two major factions of the new regime are trying to live together in the most shameless manner, openly before the eyes of the People. Democracy and PASOK, have for the first time, shown their true face and the political essence of the so-called “post-dictatorship”

The faces of Greek traitors: Venizelos and Samaras

Venizelos and Samaras

The tragicomic political developments in the government camp , which sparked the case of ERT , continues unabated after the formal, but not substantial withdrawal of Tourism Services .

The New Democracy and PASOK , seeking now not only a new framework for cooperation , but also a reshuffle of the government scheme that will enable them to impart an artificial fake note “progressivism” and “renewal” in the hope that such things will extend even and for a few months , they remain in power .

It is therefore expected,  the two “mnimoniakes” factions that first time in the years of the new regime will live together without another government partner , engage in an ‘orgy’ contacts, fermentation and classification , in an attempt to appease as soon as possible , concerns of lenders and the European Union on political developments .

Amidst such, bleak landscape , the tripartite government turns into bipartisan , even pretending he is determined to exhaust the four years . A contingency in which one no longer believes , as the country has entered irreversibly on track elections .Elections, which will require a great social majority in order to put an end to austerity and the destruction of the place for aprogressive way out of the current crisis with socialist horizon.

The revision of the terms of the loan agreement that enhance the recession appears to be the main objective of the program agreement SW-PASOK, which process the partisan staffs.

In fact it is the first time that the two major factions of the new regime are trying to live together without other partners.

The new programming agreement have undertaken to formulate the Chrisanthos Lazaridis from ND and Paris Koukoulopoulos by PASOK.

The text will refer and institutional issues to be resolved, such as corruption, the fight against political money, the “breaking” of large regions, but the “hard” issues of anti-racism law and the immigration issue.

The pursuit of partisan staffs is later than T riti have completed their discussions and the final version is to the offices of Antonis Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos.

SYRIZA: Scaling of extreme austerity mnimoniakis 

“The New Democracy and PASOK looking for a new framework agreement and a new government scheme that will escalate toextreme mnimoniaki policy of austerity and authoritarianism , “said SYRIZA.

“With increasing their social isolation and their political obsolescence , as they become more plainly the impasses mnimoniakis policy, both seem more determined to dismantle every social right and every public good ‘, highlighted the announcement of Koumoundouros.

Moreover, the position that “the current government is much weaker” expressed MP SYRIZA Dimitris Stratoulis , speaking to T / T Mega.

Still appreciate that the new government scheme ‘ will apply the same mnimoniaki policy and applies it worse “and that” in September will be forced de facto to discuss new measures and new memorandum. ”

At the same time, Mr. Stratoulis not exclude the possibility to file SYRIZA censure.

As he said, “we will see in the coming days is a weapon we have in mind. When used should be effective. ”

KKE: signaled an escalation of aggression against the people

“Changes in the government scheme and the new programming agreement SW – PASOK, with the connivance of Tourism Services , mark the escalation of aggression against the people and workers, through the new unpopular measures in the offing, “observes the KKE .

In a statement stating that ” the people have a wealth of experience to find that it can not be pinned their hopes on the control of his own harsh reality, in various disguises government or any other government that bows to capitalistic “one-way” and the EU. ”

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Jun 232013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

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Submitted by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan, from Istanbul:

Turkish protesters, having discovered the power of their words, have been gathering in parks across the country to talk about their problems, possible solutions and methods to achieve them, and how they will react to injustice and unfairness. They have reached a unanimous agreement that all will be handled non-violently, through peaceful means. The park forums have been generating millions of ideas, all topics that were considered to be taboos of society now come out to moon-light every evening, and bringing them to people’s agenda gives hope for the future of Turkish resistance.

People no longer lock themselves indoors, no longer lone-time across TV, they do not take their family to a chain-café in a mall. The society in general has discovered the freshness and beauty of parks once again and millions head to parks with their food, drinks, and snacks every evening after work; they share a cup of tea and their words. The agenda is set by the people and for the people. They mostly tend to focus on political and social problems in the forum, yet the time will come for optimistic topics and acceleration of the production of culture.

Being part of history in the making, the people realize such a movement has never come into being before in this geography, and they are pure strangers to this kind of assembly en masse. This comes with many consequences though. For some it is a forum of peace and acceptance; others who come into contact with people they had hated for long decades have a hard time trying to overcome their prejudices. I would like to believe that this will all lead to the establishment of a social-political culture that is much more accepting and inclusive than any others before.

While the police attacks are calmer now in general, with a few cities left where police attack protesters and parks (especially in Ankara), in other places there are occasional instances where hate takes the stage and becomes obvious for a short moment. The more important perspective to look at is to consider such unwelcoming messages as an opportunity to prove why separating this huge solidarity is wrong. It is a chance for the sane people to come forward and answer the suspicions of those people who were conditioned to hate one another for decades and were subject to the mainstream media’s biased coverage all along.

When matters of justice are being brought into the agenda on a daily basis, there is great unrest at the news of four military officials being released without punishment although they had raped a 13-year-old girl, while on the other hand a child could be given 92 years’ imprisonment for supporting the protests in Mersin. As an update on the news of the last week: Across the country there were 884 people detained, 24 of them arrested, 860 released, 16 in legal-medicine centers, 42 children detained, six people still missing in detention. Although some media sources have started reflecting the news from a slightly more objective point of view, since 70% of the media bosses are related to someone in the government it is hard to expect them to have unbiased coverage. Thus there are many TV shows and newspaper articles still propagandizing against the protesters and trying to instigate violence against them. The propaganda also fosters violence from pro-government supporters as they have now started forming local communities, wearing monotype clothing and attacking park forums with knives and clubs.

This social reconciliation cannot allow itself the luxury of failing; it is not an easy task for anyone, yet it has to preserve the spirit of siblinghood in society. After all it is the one chance people have to initiate a general cultural reform to catch up with the post-modern world. However, were this civil movement somehow to fail, then we will have to be referring to George Orwell’s closing remarks rather than to Glen Miller’s “The Chestnut Tree” and cite from the novel 1984 rather than a love poem:

“Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me” – 1984

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Jun 222013
 

Posted by SnakeArbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart

Erdogan Speechifying

Erdogan Speechifying

Submitted by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan, from Istanbul:

PM Erdogan was in Kayseri for one of his “Respect the National Will” rallies. He continued to defy the Gezi Park protesters and made several accusations against those who have been protesting the destruction of green spaces and police brutality. He began his speech with an accusation against artists and intellectuals, belittling their views and referring to them as “elites who can not stand the equality of their vote with those of uneducated peasants” and continued to define democracy as the rule of at least a 50.01% majority.

He continued to claim that Anatolia and Thrace today have united against the “tyranny of rioters” and that his supporters are the real protesters, rising up against the “oppression” of the Gezi Movement. Previously when an opposition meeting was held at the Kazlicesme, Erdogan had said “a hundred thousand people would not fit there”, yet during his Kayseri speech he said “1.5 million people were chanting for AKP and they were heard from Beijing to New York from east to west.”

His speech then continued with accusations that the mainstream media were biased as they reported the protests and that the international media were guilty of misrepresenting the news from Turkey and portraying it as a crisis zone.  “But I expect an answer from the people here, such an answer that it will be heard from Damascus, from Jerusalem, Baghdad, Beirut,” Erdogan said.

About the comments referring to Erdogan not listening to the youth in his country, he said “Are these people not young? I invited them and listened more than I ever listen to my cabinet. If they are young what are my supporters? If anyone has any opposition, the reaction-place is the ballot box, you have to wait till then and respect the ballot.”

Erdogan also continued to claim that the protesters violently attacked and destroyed property and the total damage caused by protesters was over 200 trillion Liras, when in fact that amount does not reflect reality and most of the damage was caused by police interventions.

Later on he continued his speech by referring to leftists – and especially the main opposition party, CHP –, saying that the leftists were responsible for all the troubles caused in Turkey and employing the old “Red scare” tactics once again after decades. Erdogan also said “of course I called my Minister of Interior and said to clean up Taksim square in 24 hours; should I have let those terrorist flags hang around and let them occupy the park? People were unable to visit the park. Occupation of parks is unconstitutional, they belong to everyone and must be open, we already showed enough patience for 17 days.” And yet currently, after the park was “cleaned” by police forces, civilians are not allowed to use the park and there are thousands of policemen guarding the park against civilians at all times.

About using the state budget for party purposes, Erdogan continued to defend his policies of distributing state aid before elections in his party’s name stating “those who defy the will of the people should also distribute pasta and rice to get the support of the people.” While state aid remains a very hot topic in national politics, it is also a new debate in the light of the AKP rallies of the last few weeks being state-sponsored, as there are now payment receipts from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality with over 95,000€ used for last week’s Kazlicesme rally.

While the government had failed to prevent the deadliest terror attack in Turkey’s history about two months ago, the PM continued to blame opposition parties and NGOs for failing to show reaction to the attacks. Yet they had severely criticized the government’s failure to prevent chaos taking place in Reyhanli, as well as the media ban on news of the bombings that was issued later on.

As his closing remarks he stated that they would continue to show signs of patience – tacitly threatening, however, that some day the opposition will pay for all the things that have happened. For the first time in weeks, he did not refer to the unpopular fake evidence and the fabricated stories about alcohol parties and orgies in mosques. Yet the exaggeration of numbers was still present during the rally.

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Jun 212013
 

Posted by SnakeArbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart

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Submitted by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan, from Istanbul:

Nightly report from Turkey 21-06-13

After a few days of non-reporting, here is a short summary and an update on the events going on in Turkey around the Gezi Movement.

After last week’s “final raid” by the police on Gezi Park, the park occupation by civilians has ended and the police occupation of the park has begun. This incident has been reported in almost all the mainstream print and visual media as “liberation of the park” with additional comments stating “now the park is the people’s, and everyone can enjoy it freely!” Except for the “liberation” of the park, there has been one other piece of “good news”: the terror instrument of German pianist Davide Martello – a piano – has been released from police confiscation – ironically reminding everyone of Nazi attacks against Polish violinists during WW2.

As legal promises have been given to protect the park by court decision, protesters no longer insist on the park and have been continuing their protest at a much higher level of intellectualism. While the officials have proven to be ineffective in solving people’s problems, one important word was spoken by Istanbul Governor Mutlu when he invited everyone to come talk to him in person at another park than Gezi, in Besiktas. Starting with this park-meeting, people have almost simultaneously decided to make this movement into a forum of civilians on streets, meeting in parks with open microphone, talking about all problems, aspirations, desires, demands and dreams they have.

For days these park forums have served as a truly democratic entity and enlightened many people on the democratic demands of the society. It has been a great opportunity for individuals to speak up for themselves without expecting “someone” else to take care of matters of freedom. However, the mentality that has targeted the “standing people,” and before that the peaceful protests, has come to the surface again, disturbing a completely peaceful park forum in the Yenikoy district of Istanbul.

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While hundreds of forum speakers had been in the park discussing the local problems and possible solutions for even larger problems of the community, according to the park community the district’s elected chief called some people to action and shortly there were about 20 men armed with knives attacking people and shouting the slogans PM Erdogan had used earlier during his speech in Mersin. This mob attack was not prevented by the police, nor was there police intervention even afterwards. The forum speakers had to investigate the situation themselves, and listed tweets from the attackers, although the same attackers later on deleted their Twitter accounts.

So far three people have been stabbed and have been hospitalized, and there are also two others who were slightly wounded. It is a pity that the local Governor and other responsible authorities of the state have so far done nothing about this attack against democratic processes. Knives, clubs and the PM’s slogans have really been the major obstacle to exercising democracy in recent days.

Not only was there a mob attack against forum speakers, but also there was yet another crackdown in the city of Mersin, where PM Erdogan was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Mediterranean Games, which turned into a major Turkic-fest. As non-AKP members could not find any tickets to this international event, the ceremony turned into a government show. As AKP youth organizations from neighboring cities joined in as viewers of the events, it was no wonder people in the streets could not find any tickets.

Many people had thought this kind of precaution would be taken by the government in order to avoid a repeat of the Galatasaray Stadium Crisis (thousands had chanted against Erdogan and whistled during the opening ceremony of the new GS stadium). This time, thousands had gathered in the city’s forum and started a peaceful protest, which police said would disperse. As people started a sit-in, the police intervention began and continued in a violent manner, again with water cannons, gas, and batons.

As police forces have also been complaining about the intensity of the situation, another surprise came to them; annual assignments and vacations have been cancelled for security forces. Due to the extremely hard conditions security forces are being forced to work under, there have been several policemen declaring nervous breakdowns and reporting depressive behavior and suggesting that they have been considering committing suicide.

While doctors, lawyers, journalists and standing people are being detained and violent government-linked mobs are spared any legal intervention, while individual policemen are being blamed for every act of violence rather than their superiors who give the orders and threaten them with firing, democratic civil resistance still continues and tries to spread the word. It might be the most important thing to do when facing angry government supporters who wish to silence all else and never let anyone talk in public unless the talk is in favor of the government. Civil society continues to use words, peace and their alternative plans for the development of society and their country.

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Jun 212013
 

Posted by SnakeArbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart

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Submitted by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan, from Istanbul:

I have been in Brussels over the last few days to speak at a conference co-organized by the EPP and the Greens/EFA groups at the European Parliament, titled “Tools of Freedom”. During the few days I spent in Brussels, I had the chance to meet several MEPs and Eurocrats. Among them were also Alojz Peterle from the “Friends of Turkey” group; Hannes Swoboda, the leader of Party of the European Socialists; Jerzy Buzek, former president of the European Parliament; Pawel Zalewski, the European Peoples’ Party MEP from Poland; and lastly the one and only Pirate Party MEP from the Greens group, Amelia Andersdotter.

All the meetings were held at the European Parliament and all of them focused specifically on the Gezi Park protests, with a lot of concern over the level of freedom of speech, freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey, including possible social-media censorship laws. Throughout the meetings the main focus was on the excessive violence against civilians by riot police and the government’s supporters. The main conclusions that can be drawn from the remarks and comments of the officials and the non-official people I talked to can be summarized in a few lines:

The first overall message to be understood was that the protests were seen as a positive outcome of a process of transition and democratization that has been going on in Turkey for a long time now. The protests and the ability to make use of liberties and freedoms and the general outcry against any limits on those rights and liberties are generally perceived as a positive aspect of the protests, which remained peaceful and civil until police intervention disturbed the scene. In general, it is indeed promising to see civil society in general demanding that the Europeanization process continue and calling for deep reforms of the state system, as opposed to the top-down reform policies one could see in Turkish politics until recently.

While the excessive use of force against peaceful protests was highly criticized and condemned, the media was spared a big share of criticism of its massive failure to report anything for days and the near absence of unbiased focus in the weeks that followed. As was noted, the lack of press freedom in Turkey has been a major obstacle in the path to the democratization process, and the presence of the social media and the people’s involvement with the social media has been a big impetus towards overcoming the problem. However, it was also mentioned in the discussions that filtering, restricting, or limiting access to social-media platforms on the Internet in general would only cause an even bigger reaction from society and lead to the spreading of invented stories or even misinformation.

One other intensively discussed subject was the current of protests and their direction in social waves. There were a few people worried about the intentions of some protesters, which I share from time to time as well, having seen occasional hateful remarks. But it needed to be clarified that the use of hate speech and verbal violence – just like physical violence – is not a behavior that is tolerated among Gezi Movement crowds across the country. It is a worrisome situation, however, to still see this, yet as repeated by the respectable people that I met, it is important that individuals with a more humanistic understanding of the situation and society make the voice of peace and freedom heard more than hate speech at any given time; this is not a time to be silent about democratic demands.

I can say that I sensed great encouragement from every single person I talked to, and this encouragement went hand in hand with many worries concerning the well-being of civilians in Turkey. Yet – at the risk of repetition – it is important to note that the struggle against a non-democratic state entity is not as risky as fighting against an anti-democratic ruler, as happened with the Arab Springs movements.

In Brussels, I not only met people who were curious to get insight into the Gezi events; other people who are critical of Turkey at all times and want to cease any relations with the country at every opportunity. As a researcher on far-Right ideologies and political movements, I needed to see their reaction to these events in person. I listened to a few people who are critical of Turkey in the EU negotiations and who say that Turkish society in general does not wish to see a democratic government and is not part of Europe. This sounded very ignorant of the news of the last few weeks, since the protesters’ demands have always shown admiration for the European spirit and democratic solidarity.

There are many changes cooking in this summer heat; hopefully a big portion of it is democracy and guarantees of further freedoms and liberties for the whole of society. No matter how pessimistically some may have approached the news – and that may be a better position, or at least a more realistic one –, the public forums, peaceful protests, and the intensive use of intellectual means to get around restrictions give hope for a future of real change. Now the problem is spreading the word; as the noted individuals present all said, those who defy this movement have made up their minds based on the government’s propaganda material on the mainstream media, and it is best to remain civil, intellectual, and peaceful and continue spreading the message of democratic values one by one until everyone learns that it is only through respect and tolerance towards all that we can exist together.

Apart from the meetings with parliament members, I also had the chance to meet several bloggers who participated in the conference. It was very enlightening to hear what is still happening in Tunisia from the “Tunisian Girl,” Lina ben Mhenni, and to learn that it is still the beginning of the democratization process for Tunisia and that there is still great unrest in society in general due to the authoritarian tendencies of the elected government. As one may understand from the unfortunate resemblances of the situation, democratic elections may not always result in a democratic outcome, and there is a long way to go to sustain a better state condition. Hopefully that will happen very quickly, though.

While the meetings and talks generally focused on basic guarantees of human rights and civil liberties, there were also remarks made by Katarzyna Szymielewicz (president of Panoptykon Foundation) and Jarosław Lipszyc (president of Modern Poland Foundation) about ACTA and concerning the protection of personal information and regulating the Internet in order to secure the future of freedom of expression and civil liberties in the digital society.

All in all, it has been thanks to bloggers that there are such great social movements today in all three countries, for different reasons, and there is one simple message: People will not tolerate being stripped of their rights! Once more it is important to repeat:

Big brother should beware of little siblings; they are mobile, they are unorganized and they are interconnected!

VIDEO: Internet and Social Media as Tools of Freedom: http://www.greenmediabox.eu/archive/2013/06/18/internet-and-social-media-as-tools-of-freedom/

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Turkey: The “Cleaning” of Taksim Square @ http://99getsmart.com/turkey-the-cleaning-of-taksim-square/

Turkey: Artists Accused of “Civilian Coup” @ http://99getsmart.com/turkey-artists-accused-of-civilian-coup/

Turkey: Erdogan’s Fictitious ‘Reality’ Persists in Speech to Paid ‘Supporters’ @http://99getsmart.com/turkey-erdogans-fictitious-reality-persists-in-speech-to-paid-supporters/

Green Spaces Keep Shrinking, Boycotts Expand and Police Complain about Working Conditions @ http://99getsmart.com/turkey-green-spaces-keep-shrinking-boycotts-expand-and-police-complain-about-working-conditions/

EU-Turkey Conference Minimizes Overt Police Brutality, Erdogan’s Ongoing Hypocricy & the Failure of Turkish Main Stream Media  @ http://99getsmart.com/turkey-eu-turkey-conference-minimizes-overt-police-brutality-erdogans-ongoing-hypocricy-the-failure-of-turkish-main-stream-media/

Nightly report from Turkey 07-06-13 @ http://99getsmart.com/nightly-report-from-turkey-07-06-13/

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Jun 202013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

The unprecedented decision by the government to shut down ERT – the Greek Public Broadcaster has been a heavy blow for all. Both me and my colleagues, journalists and technicians, we ran immediately at the ERT Broadcasting Center. Since the beginning, every day we are recording what we see. We just edited quickly nine minutes to not erase from our memory what happened the first day. This is our way to react. We will continue as much as we can.

This is a rough cut sequence, part of the feature-length documentary that we are filming since the beginning of the crisis, for the last three years. It is called “AGORÁ – From Democracy to the Market” and it is an international co-production of major TV networks. AGORÁ will be released in April 2014.

Best Regards
Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Documentary Filmmaker
Author & Director of Exandas Documentary Series

Main Credits:

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Producers: Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Anastasia Skoubri
Picture: Yiannis Avgeropoulos, Anna Prokou
Music: Yiannis Paxevanis
Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri
Editing: Anna prokou, Vasilis Magos
Researchers: Georgia Anagnou, Achilleas Kouremenos, Andreas Vagias
A Small Planet production © 2013-2014 smallplanet.gr

VIDEO @ https://vimeo.com/68637086

Jun 192013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

On Tuesday 11 June 2013, the Greek government announced its decision to shut down the country’s public broadcaster ERT and proceeded with taking all ERT television and radio channels off the air.

This came as a public consultation is under way to determine the terms under which a network provider will be selected to complete the country’s transition to digital television.

Radiobubble interviewed on Friday 14 June 2013 ERT senior technician Nikos Michalitsis, whose analysis of the call for expressions of interest for digital network providers bears ominous signs for the future of press freedom in Greece. We are posting the interview above.

You can listen to the full #rbnews international show here:http://international.radiobubble.gr/2…

Radiobubble is an independent citizen media community based in Athens. You can find out more about our work and support us here:http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rad

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=C5QnoXv4Fq

Jun 182013
 

Videography by Elias Theodoropoulos, 99GetSmart

ΕΡΤ διαδήλωση,συναυλία,μουσική,πολιτισμός

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM6UYbPiALM&feature=em-uploademail

Jun 182013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

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Live streaming from Brussels: http://greenmediabox.eu/live/internet-and-social-media-as-tools-of-freedom

Starts TODAY 16:00

On 18th June in the European Parliament, MEPs Paweł Zalewski and Amelia Andersdotter will host a joint conference on “Internet and Social Media as Tools for Freedom”. The event aims at presenting the role of the internet and social media in building civil society and fighting with oppression.

The conference will focus on the recent events in Turkey, the revolution in Tunisia that was part of the Arab Spring, and mass protests against ACTA in Poland. All of these events have one thing in common – their participants, unhappy with their governments actions decided to act and used the internet to organize themselves.

Idea of using technical tools in spreading ideas is not new. Internet is just the latest, more complex and efficient way of transmitting information and providing access to conversation and thus creating shared awareness. What most important is the internet and social media ability to serve as a space for discussion because this is how civil society and political opinions are formed. This helps to strengthen public sphere, gives more opportunities to engage in public speech and enables to undertake collective actions. Also the coordination role of social media cannot be overestimated.

Using Twitter and Facebook the protesters can organize in a very easy way that does not require any formal organizations, helps to save time, and does not involve big funds.
The basic truth is that communicative freedom is good for political freedom. And the internet provides means to support civil society and the public sphere which will cause change in a long run.

Application for the conference:

https://docs.google.com/a/student.uw.edu.pl/forms/d/1K4wYnatwgra3h1IDepaPkHkFLhGcU8UY0AXALjk3URI/viewform?pli=1

Agenda:

18 June 2013 16:00-18:00 European Parliament, Room ASP A5G3

16:00-16:15 Opening remarks by MEP Paweł Zalewski

16:15-17:30 Panel discussion
Lina Ben Mhenni (blogger Tunisian Girl)
Gürkan Özturan (blogger from Turkey)
Amelia Andersdotter MEP
Katarzyna Szymielewicz (President od Panoptykon Foundation)
Jarosław Lipszyc (President of Nowoczesna Polska Foundation)
Paweł Zalewski MEP

17:30-17:50 Q&A session

17:50-18:00 Conclusion – Paweł Zalewski MEP

18:00-18:30 opening of the exhibition „From samizdat to Internet”

18:30 reception

More information about speakers:

Paweł Zalewski
http://www.pawelzalewski.eu/en/about-me.html

Amelia Andersdottter
http://ameliaandersdotter.eu/about-amelia?language=en

Lina Ben Mhenni
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lina_Ben_Mhenni

Gürkan Özturan

Katarzyna Szymielewicz
http://panoptykon.org/ludzie

Jarosław Lipszyc
http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jarosław_Lipszyc