Archive | February 2012

Bye Bye First Amendment!

Bye Bye First Amendment!

 

If anyone had anything to say against crimes committed by one’s government in one’s name, and did not take the time to raise their voices, now is the time to realize that one is seriously being silenced. It does take some time in the so-called ‘developed’ world, the world that has caused an economic collapse, to realize that the democracy one thought one had has been in fact an illusion with all things in the material world being relative as opposed to actual, and in fact a few hundred thousand people still have a long way to go towards that which may be helped by H.R. 347 on Monday 27 February 2012.

H.R. 347 known as the H.R. 347: Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011,  is the law that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives 388-3. A humongous majority vote without informing or consulting American citizens H.R. 347 means that one can be convicted for trespassing on the gorunds of the White House.

Well that does not stop me from protesting elsewhere one might say.

The catch is that H.R. 347 makes it a crime to protest anywhere in the U.S. by giving the government the right to bring charges against anyone who protests, and anywhere protests occurs where the president is visiting. If the arrest is considered illegal one might not be able to defend one’s self by providing evidence, becuase one is not allowed to videotape the police in action.

Putting Syria aside,  the 7th (last) version of the bill passed by the Senate states:

‘‘§ 1752. Restricted building or grounds

‘‘(a) Whoever—

‘‘(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so;

‘‘(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions,engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions;

‘‘(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted

building or grounds; or

‘‘(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds; or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided

in subsection (b).

‘‘(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is—

‘‘(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more

than 10 years, or both, if—

‘‘(A) the person, during and in relation to the offense,

uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm;

or

‘‘(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3); and

‘‘(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more

than one year, or both, in any other case.

‘‘(c) In this section—

H. R. 347—2

‘‘(1) the term ‘restricted buildings or grounds’ means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area—

‘‘(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds;

‘‘(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or

‘‘(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and

‘‘(2) the term ‘other person protected by the Secret Service’means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title or by Presidential memorandum, when such person has not declined such protection.’’.

When the Occupy Wall Street Movement started out, it was a peaceful protest, and still is, but when provocateurs mingle in the midst, and the police kettle  a march to lead the participants off course to areas where they can be arrested does one say “It’s alright you are only doing your job!”

Recently, ready for violence hundreds of  British police dressed in riot gear along with 100 bailiffs set out to break up a peaceful camp of the Occupy Movement, U.K., as they removed the tents which the peaceful protestors  camped under at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London on Tuseday 28 February 2012.

The violent attacks on American protestors has been worse, but it is the protestors who are arrested, and charged.

That liberty to protest was set out in the U.S. Bill of Rights under the 1st Amendment in 1789 by the Senate and the House of Representatives.  The 1st Amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

But it is not only the 1st Amendement that is no longer valid. The momentum was put into motion by the Patriotic Act, which made it acceptable for the FBI to carry out raids on American citizens without a warrant. The 4th Amendment reads:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

5th Amendment

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

In no uncertain terms, the American public can vote, but cannot question those they voted for. They are being denied the right to be heard, and for their vote to be respected, and they can keep paying their taxes which is used against their will to compromise the sovereignty of other countries while forcing thousands of American citizens into unemployment, homelessness and starvation. The American public is being denied the right to say how their taxes should be spent.

 

Sources:

112 Congress of the United States of America

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr347enr/pdf/BILLS-112hr347enr.pdf

‘ Charters of Freedom: The Bill of Rights.” http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

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Twitter Joins Silencing the 99%

U.S: Blocking the Right to Protest

Wisconsin Police Join the Mass Protest

Selling the Constitution

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Shift of the Ages: Siberia’s Earthquake

Shift of the Ages: Siberia’s Earthquake

By Hwaa Irfan

Increasing natural disasters has become a part of everyday news, but it does draws one’s attention when certain types of disasters occur in regions that one would not expect. One would expect an earthquake to happen in the Southern Hemisphere, but not in the North until Siberia.

The 6.8 earthquake on the richter scale that hit southwest Siberia on February 25/26 2012 is a wake up call that we should  not take anything for granted, no matter where we are in the world. 6.8 is not the type of earthquake to be ignored!

The cold extremes of Siberia which one might only be familiar with from anti-Russian ( i.e. communist) films does not factor into many people’s minds when it comes to earthquakes, if earthquakes factor in at all, but this is not the first earthquake to occur in Siberia. Viktor Seleznyov, director of the Geophysical Institute at the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Ria Novosti that this signals a new series of earthquakes for Siberia from what could be ascertained from the evidence.

Out of 28 earthquakes that have been registered by USGS for 25/26  February, 2 minor quakes took place in Alaska on 25 Feb, 9 occured in southwestern Siberia the next day, and 6 in Alaska.

Those informed about the shifting position of our Earth in the cosmos have recorded the fact that our Earth’s magnetic poles have been shifting northwards at a rate of 40 – 55km annually each day after when in the last century that rate was 10km annually as our Earth’s magnetic field weakens.  To many, the increasing seismic activity in Siberia is further indication of that Shift which has doubled every 50 years since 1860, and picked up speed in the 1990’s. Much information has been collated from the U.S. National Geophysical Data Center (NOAA) which has data on the magnetic north pole since 1590 from ships logs to modern day techniques. Over the past 150 years, the magnetic polar shift has maintained the same direction. In the last 10 years, speed has picked up even further as the shift covered half the distance it has covered in 50 years.

Calculations from recent observations indicate that the North Pole is migrating from Canadian territorial waters where it has been for the last 400 years to Russia!

Geomagnetic excursion vs. geomagnetic reversal is the current scientific debate with the excursion having the upperhand probably becuase it is short lived, less dramatic, and would only mean that the magnetic poles change in position would be relative. However, given that no one in living memory has even actually left any records to go by. What has been ascertained is recorded in the living rocks of our Earth’s geological structure which has been determined geomagnetic reversals have occured 400 times in the last 330 million years!

Given the above,  a sceptic will have to admit that time will tell as power hungry governments go into panick with Doomsday Seed Vaults, bomb shelters (U.S. and Russia), without even a “Boo” to the people they are supposed to serve!

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Heavenly Signs: A Cosmic Triangle

Heavenly Signs: A Cosmic Triangle

By Hwaa Irfan

While the heavens are taking time out from visible eclipses that draw the attention of many from around the world, a divine triumverant has been taking place , and quite visible as sunset dawns.

Precipitated by an Earth-Mars directed eruption of solar energy (radiation) or coronal mass ejection on February 24th 2012, appearing like the brightest stars in the sunset sky of the 25th February is Venus, Jupiter and a crescent Moon as the Islamic month Rabi-ul Thani begins with the scent of spring.

As the moon switches partners between Venus and Jupiter  what comes to mind are the emotional waters that cloud the egos of global governance trying to stir things up via terrestial Iran as Venus and Jupiter come into alignment.

Moon-Venus-Jupiter N. Carolina, 23-02-2012 by Astrophotographer John Green

 

With a quick visit from the messenger Mercury and Mars. The diagonal line is Jupiter, Venus and Mercury, with the crescent moon above and to the right of Venus, and later above and right to Jupiter.

February 25th 2012

February 26th 2012

The expected arrival of the solar outburst is February 26th 2012, according to Goddard Space Weather Lab Spaceweather reports.  Focusing on a few of the many elements at play, the manifestation is, as we all know that we are in a flux of change. Whether we are ready or not for some serious change, and serious change we need, it is in process, and the more ready we are the easier it will be. It is like the difference that can be made by our preception of a wave as a tidal wave or a tsunami!

As the Moon is in the constellation of Aries, and with that Taurus while in opposition to Saturn, we might be experiencing mixed emotions like the lunacy of preparing for war, when the world is in need of reciprocity not animosity. Becuase of this conflict, it is best to conserve and not use energy behind anything new as we might be thrown off our center of gravity. However, there is always hope in the wings, as Moon falls into alignment with Jupiter, which allows for positive growth in the midst of a struggle between attachment vs. detachment, the lower self vs.  the higher self, self interest vs. the collective.

In terms of global governance, the lower struggle continues with the World Bank playing monopoly over our Earth’s natural resources via geopolitics.  As we look on, we can see aspects of our selves, and learn to define what is unsustainable in our respective lives at all levels, as the Establishment reacts out of fear to silence that which it does not want to hear – that goes for any dominant force in our lives that we have subjected our lives to, including our egos!

What we see, is only limited by how we see, and how we tailor our lives accordingly either in suspended animation, or in touch with our own life force and that of the Earth that sustains life as we known it!

Sources:

http://spaceweather.com

Malik, T. “4 Planets & Moon Dominate Weekend Night Sky” http://www.space.com/14681-jupiter-moon-venus-planets-skywatching-tips.html

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Wind Farm – Cons, part 2

Liek everything else The Establishment gets excited about without exploring the 360 degrees of ‘aternative’ sources of energy they tend to jump in head first!

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Wind Turbines Generate Electricity and Controversy: a series on whats  in the wind.

Opponents objections and concerns regarding wind turbines can be listed in eight distinct categories: Visual, Noise, Intermittent Power, Bird/Bat deaths, Altering Vegetation, Fire, Ice and Pollutants. In this second article, Wind Farm – Cons, Part 2 the  discussion is Bird/Bat Deaths.

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Boys in Search of Manhood

Boys in Search of Manhood

 

By Hwaa Irfan

Most of a child’s life is cuaght up in a cultural model of what constitutes ‘education’ in a schooling system that contributes little to the most important attribute than any person can have througout their life – self knowledge and within that self respect. Instead, most children go through a long drawn out process that demands that a child becomes someone they are not. That vacuum is then replaced with what is called ‘education’, a misnoma as education means to bring to fruition the very potential fo what lies within. And instead one’s sense of self worth is replaced with uncertainty, low self esteem/fraudulant ego, and a level of competitiveness that strips away the ability to live in harmony. It is rarely, if ever explored that the thousands and thousands of children who truant from school do so in an unconscious recognition that the schooling factory system of education is not the place for them. This is echoed in Christina H. Sommers The War Againsy Boys focusing on the realities of  U.S. ‘modern’ educaton:

Boys also dominate dropout lists, failure lists, and learning-disability lists. Students in these groups rarely take college-admissions tests…”

As much as the so-called ‘developed world’ likes to look down on so-called ‘developing’ or ‘underdeveloped’ countries, there are still some remaining benefits to being a child growing up in those environments, which to a great extent no longer exists in the so-called ‘developed world’ and communities where a vaccuum exists to the extent that the idea of ‘manhood’ has been reduced to the sexual organs – in other words the God-given gift of ‘choice’ has been removed leaving the animalistic nature to take control.

Nature vs nurture can be seen in countries where there still exists rural communities, and note the difference in maturity between a city boy and a country boy – a country boy is more likely to reach manhood sooner, and it can even be said that a growing number of city boys never reach manhood. Here, what we mean by manhood is not a series of dehumanizing experiences that makes one tougher, more aggressive, more monsyllabic, and less respectful of the female sex, but a process of being able to take one’s place in the world without stepping on someone else in the process – a process that enables a man to have control over his life, and with that, the responsibility that goes with it.

The choice to do so is exampled by 16 year old Mojalefa Molikoe, a boy from Lesotho, Africa. Mojalefa is not unusual in that regard for a growing number of Lesotho boys, who take up the gauntlet of the “Laws of Nature” over what school seems to offer. Not following the path of the education system, as presented by modernity, globalization, and thus the West, Mojalefa hose instead to escape the path of uncertainty that delays his right to adulthood until 18 – graduation, a path that would leave his adutlhood to a matter of chance amidst a river of stereotypes that never quite seem to fit. Instead Mojalefa chose the rites of adulthood as bequeathed by tradition that guides one to become a productive individual, a productive member of society, and responsible for one’s own life.

Once Mojalefa went through the initial rites, Mojalefa considers himself to be a man enough to take the decision to drop out of school. Mojalefa told IRIN News:

“Things were not going so well for me at school; I was bored.”

Free primary school education was introduced to Lesotho in 2000, which witnessed an 80% of boys, and 84% of girls attending school. Since then, the number of boys who instead enrol in the traditional Sotho initiation schools with 4 months spent in a boys paradise, the mountains in preparation for the rite of circumcision. To return to school is a bit difficult if culturally speaking one is deemed a man. Of course this is looked down upon by those in society which deem the modern education that the current crumbling global economic  system is based upon for far too many are still blinded by the current global system and see it as the only way to progress and development.

The issue of masculinity has become a feature of Australian, British and U.S. studies, an issue that seems to evade them. This is no less apparent in a study of 14 Australians who were asked when did they become men. Aged 20-26 and 35-45 years they were all middle class heterosexuals with 4 divorced men, two were single, and one was separated. The question was not an easy one for them despite choosing where the interivew could took place.

Haha, hmff. I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m one yet! I don’t know. That’s an interesting question ’cos you hear ’grow up be a man’ and all that. I don’t really know when that comes. I don’t really know. People go ’do you consider yourself a man?’ I don’t really think about it, its sort of question where you go ’I don’t know’. Just never really thought about it a lot though! I wasn’t really looking for anyone to show me when I was younger, like. I didn’t really think about it, just sort of grew up. – Toby aged 22.

Haha, (chuckle). I probably haven’t yet! I don’t know how to define a man going from a kid to a man, maybe puberty, when hair grows in funny places – that’s the physical. In one way I’d say 15-16 when my views started changing, with a more grown up approach to things. And in another way I still haven’t yet. Like the people who are telling me to grow up and be sensible. If that’s what growing up is like I don’t want to. – Terry aged 26.

Haha. Oh I don’t know, ha. Don’t know if I am? Umm, being a man wasn’t something you really thought about, it just was, know what I mean. – Wes aged 24.

I don’t know! In some ways I’m still not I suppose ’cos I still like being a boy and mucking around. – Darren aged 26.

I still think of myself as a late teenager, even though legally I’ve been an adult for four years … I’m still living the lifestyle that kids coming out of high school do, and that makes me feel like I’m still stuck with that age group. – Dominic aged 22

I don’t think I can actually put a chronological time on it. I think it’s an evolution from a point, and I’m still evolving as a man. I don’t think I’ll ever stop evolving as a man! … Maybe that’s when a man is ready to call himself a man, when he can move … I’m just thinking this. When he can finally move from the physical … as the most important criteria for  a partner! – Ashley aged 38.

The Truth Always has a Way of Resurfacing…

Despite the endless attempts at manipulating, coercing, and redefining manhood there seems to be no getting away from the determining manhood as a status that evolves around having families as demonstrated in the Australian study as follows:

  • That’s a hard question. That’s a hard question. In all honesty I’d have to say, on the birth of my daughter. Why? Unlike a lot of new born babies who spend their first minutes on this planet with their mother, haa, she spent her first three hours with her daddy. –      Patrick aged 42.
  • (Long Pause) I don’t know how to answer that. Probably in the early part of my marriage, when I had more control over      home matters. I don’t know … probably when your first child is born …  Knowing that you’re a father, you are now a dad, that hits home. – Glen aged  42.
  • That’s a difficult question. I don’t know. I wonder if it was when I had my first f..k, ha, but I don’t think so! I ’spose it would be sometime after the birth of my first son, I began to accept that I am a man, in some degree … it’s not  something that happened at a particular time. It been more a process. –  Noel aged 45.
  • Going in Army, I thought I was a man at 18 … I say I really became a man when I saw my daughter getting born. – Jon aged 39.

Acquiring a Male Identity

Does one feel like a ‘man’ when he has reached 16-18, drink alcohol, have sex, get a driver’s license, graduate, get a job, take up a violent activity, play sports, have kids, or even get married! This is essentially what constitutes the guide to manhood. From boys to men is a process that today is thwarted with labels and no substance:

“More and more I have become concerned with what boys think they should be, with what they believe it means to be a man. Our beliefs about maleness, the mythology that surrounds being male, has led many boys to ruin. The image of male as strong is mixed with the image of male as violent. Male as virile gets confused with male as promiscuous. Male as adventurous equals male as reckless. Male as intelligent often gets mixed with male as arrogant, racist, and sexist.” – Geoffrey Canada

There are still embers of traditions that understand more about the human nature. Amongst the indigenous of Australia, there are still those who remember that manhood is more than a station in life that one ‘arrives’ at if one boarded the right train. Approaching the rough sea of puberty, some calm is established through a series of initiation rites, which begins where the upper class British boarding schools got it wrong. Indigenous Australian pubescent male leaves the family home where his identity is as a child to spend time amongst his peers. The male bonding sought after increasingly in developed nations is facilitated by uncles who provide discipline, guidance, and the process of initiation. The Indigenous Australian pubescent male is taught the rights and obligations of adult males, and the scared law in which is imbedded the Law of Nature. Manhood is not an automatic process because the Indigenous Australian pubescent male is tested for worthiness, courage. Then he is also tested for obedience, discipline, self reliance and the ability to cooperate. If the pubescent boy succeeds, it is only then that he under goes a ceremony that is held in his honor. As a novice, the boy-man is tested yet still by attending meetings where the men gather, learning to be respectful and to sit in silence. He is subject to further tests, and gradually he is entrusted with more of the sacred law as he grows into his manhood.

From pre-school onwards in ‘developed societies’ a boy is emotionally shocked into separating from the nurturance of the family, and continuousl measured in terms of some artificial barometer of success or failure. It is not unusual that in struggling to cross the bridge over to manhood that the Western/Westernized male fails increasingly in a world that is constructed by men who never really made it across that bridge. Addictive behavior is far more common than not, midst bouts of anger, depression, and lack of motivation.  Writes one male:

“These symptoms are not acknowledged even to ourselves because we, men, have been taught to numb ourselves to any feelings that will keep us from our objectives We are taught to be warriors until we die, gloriously, anonymously, or somewhere in between. We are taught that the mission is more important than life itself, our life.”

“The truth is that we have been betrayed by the very men who have trained us. Our bosses and generals, our political and spiritual leaders have unknowingly betrayed us. The modern way of achieving manhood in our society is not working for us.”

This anger is apparent in an environemnt that seemingly provides no alternative with often dire consequences as framed in Knights Without Armor by Aaron Kiplis: four time more likely to commit suicide Kiplis found that men’s suicide rates increase with age as men suffer more burnout and have less capacity for joy and spontaneity…thus suicide is the ultimate symbol of men burying their pain. It is either this, or a world led by men who are under the delusion that they have made it as exampled in the case of the over-sexed former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Khan. These men do not want to see the men who have not chosen the abusive path of power as a semblance of manhood.

As the male movement grows to address the problem, one wonders how much can be achieved through a process of sitting down and metting with other men when the minds involved have been stripped of all experience of anyhting ‘other’ than what has betrrayed them. Most traditional rites of passge for boys to men are centered in physical activities for ‘being’ is not just a construct of the mind, but engages  the physical, the emotional, and the psychological to give brith to the reality that “I AM.” The body akes control of the life force and turns it into sexual addiction becuase the rest of the person has shutdown from expressing the life force as a more constructive and creative process.

The state is never wrong. It is perceived that the U.S. ‘boy crisis’: low levels of literacy, high levels of truancy, demand for special education, increasing mental health problems, suicide, and criminal activity is that there is somethign wrong with the boys, not that the problem is the education system itself. Instead is it not more correct to say that the Amercian education system or more correctly, the modern schooling system fails boys simply becuase it is a dominant feature of a child’s life that is remiss of the very factors that helps a boy to be more comfortable with himself thus free enough to learn. Boys need physical and practical activities to aid their cognition, and this need becomes trapped when faced with the only outlet offered, sports. This is after all the main obessison that boys-to-men have around sports, which in turn is full of stereotypes.

The desired male-male contact becomes caught up with the need for love, and when one reads what many gay men have to say about how they became gay, it is a combination of both that gets wrongly labeled in order to make sense of the separation from self. It s not understood that from time, older men do in deed guide younger men as obsevred in the initiation rites of traditional practices.

“One of the greatest impacts a father has on his children, especially a male child, is the imparting of identity. This identity impartation takes place throughout the life experiences of the male child. The impartations are noted at key passage points. The most notable impartations being the passage from boyhood into manhood. This is one of many passages and is known as the puberty Rites of Passage, which is a maturation process for our boys. The end result is to produce men who are members, guardians, leaders and pioneers of our communities”. – Geoffrey Canada

Mercenaries might have set out as modern day knights, but have ended up without even themselves as historians have neglected the untold stories of the knights of old. Knights of old were born into families, received and gave love, and set out to fufill their purpose with moral guidelines and without the self deceit so prevalent today; and they fought for causes greater than themselves not less.

In everyday life, both genders have ways of enacting their archetypes without realizing it, simply because those true archetypes arise from the Laws of Nature that is encoded in our very existence. By ignoring/rejecting those true archetypes, an ongoing inner struggle will continue to daunt the person until they embrace who they really are for it is from that the human spirit rises above the human animal to reach one’s potential.

Sources:

“Aspects of Traditional Aboriginal Australia.” http://www.aija.org.au/online/ICABenchbook/BenchbookChapter2.pdf

Crawford, D. “Becoming a Man – The Views and Experiences of Some Second Generation Australian Males.” Electronic Journal of Sociology (2003) ISSN: 1198 3655

“ Lesotho: Boys Quit School To Become Men”  http://www.africafiles.org/article.asp?ID=25960&ThisURL=./gender.asp&URLName=Gender

“Towards Manhood.” http://www.christoscenter.com/archives/manhood/toward_ch1.html

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Bringing Internet Under UN-US Control*

Bringing Internet Under UN-US Control*

 

A diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year’s end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish “international control over the Internet” through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), is a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.

If successful, these new regulatory proposals would upend the Internet’s flourishing regime, which has been in place since 1988. That year, delegates from 114 countries gathered in Australia to agree to a treaty that set the stage for dramatic liberalization of international telecommunications. This insulated the Internet from economic and technical regulation and quickly became the greatest deregulatory success story of all time.

Russia, China and their allies within the 193 member states of the ITU want to renegotiate the 1988 treaty to expand its reach into previously unregulated areas. Reading even a partial list of proposals that could be codified into international law next December at a conference in Dubai is chilling:

• Subject cyber security and data privacy to international control

• Allow foreign phone companies to charge fees for “international” Internet traffic, perhaps even on a “per-click” basis for certain Web destinations, with the goal of generating revenue for state-owned phone companies and government treasuries

• Impose unprecedented economic regulations such as mandates for rates, terms and conditions for currently unregulated traffic-swapping agreements known as “peering.”

• Establish for the first time ITU dominion over important functions of multi-stakeholder Internet governance entities such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit entity that coordinates the .com and .org Web addresses of the world

• Subsume under intergovernmental control many functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society and other multi-stakeholder groups that establish the engineering and technical standards that allow the Internet to work

• Regulate international mobile roaming rates and practices.

While precious time ticks away, the U.S. has not named a leader for the treaty negotiation. We must awake from our slumber and engage before it is too late. Not only do these developments have the potential to affect the daily lives of all Americans, they also threaten freedom and prosperity across the globe.

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