Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Why I Use Youtube?

A member of Unblock Youtube In Sudan Now on Facebook started a topic about how we benefit from Youtube in Sudan.
I was like ..

youtube for me resembles independence arts at its best .. everyone who's sick
and tired of the commercialized music and the fake plastic artists on tv or on
the radio can watch/listen his/her favorite artists on Youtube, underground
musicians use youtube as a base to spread their music which they can't spread
through majoir record companies because it lacks the commercial aspect, take rap
music as an example, fakes like 50 cent and lil wayne found their way to fame
because they're on tv 24/7 makin commercials to cell phones, shoes and stuff
like that, but they have no artistic material of any kind, underground artists
can't compete on TV, but thanks to websites like youtube and myspace and many
other, they have a chance to make their voices heared.and not just the music, I
watched a "net-movie" for the first time on youtube, it was "Zeitgeist, The
Movie" a documantry with amazing content that would never be shown on TV, but
it's on youtube for whoever wants to see it.and I know alot of bloggers, and
v-bloggers (video bloggers) who use Youtube as a way to communicate and to speak
their minds, I know people who make news just like CNN or aljazeera, in other
words, Youtube is the equivalent to Gutenberg's machine, information can be made
by people who were yesterday only recieve it. suddenly everyone gets to speak
and not just listen like the old days, and I blv that's great.remember youtube's
motto: "broadcast yourself", it's a dagger in the heart of corporate media.

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Not to mention how you can watch the eclipse, a giant wave, sky movement, sunset at Everest, full moon at the desert, depth of the Atlantic, etc. anytime anyday. that's how I benefit from Youtube, but still, my favorite part is how Youtube serves Artists to spread their art, and even helps fans to share their the artists in making the art :D . for example, cheak this video for Jedi Mind Tricks, "Before The Great Collapse", a fan and his friends made this video and broadcasted it worldwide.

In the end, I leave you with Genocide, an underground bosnian MC (rap artist) who was a refugee during the genocide on his homeland (Go to: . Track is named "Genocide Alerts" and talks about Sudan.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"They will show you how hitting be"

So the reasons behind blocking Youtube in Sudan are still unknown, local newspapers reported that NTC officials didn't comment, one official said they will pass a written statement to newspapers, which i'm still waiting for.
I can imagine how that statement will look like, they will babble about immoral videos, and the sexual content as if blocking it will stop people from watching it, or they will express their anger at the "disrespecting" graphic videos of the president Omer Al-Bashir, as if he's not already a joke and a disgrace. but what they will not say is the truth about their improsinment to the children captured after JEM attacks. who were later given amnesty by President Omer Beshir and I know he didn't do that out of sympathy.
We can still open Youtube in Sudan, using Canada's servers for example.
The video shows prisoners of JEM May 10th attacks, children prisoners, forced to crawl while being beaten by government Army soldiers. You can hear the children scream in pain, and you will see many soldiers with whips in their hands. They say a picture worth a thousand words, well, a video worth alot more I say.
If you can't understand arabic or sudanese dielect, I'll try to translatre some of the dialogue. One of the soldiers voice tellin another "let him hit them, let him take out their souls too", then the same voice is asking one of the prisoners "RPG?", he says againg "Klash? klash you son of a dog". other voices in the background "hit him", "hit him good", the children cries will make you sick.
At the second minute of the video, the soldiers are asking one of the prisoners some questions in a sarcastic way. "You were forced to come here?" the prisoner answers "Yes we were forced", the prisoner then says some more stuff but I can't hear him, they ask him "why did you go to Angamina (the capital of Chad which gave support to Dr. Khalil's forces)" he answers "I'm from Sudan" and says something about "hitting/shooting", a soldier tells him "They will show you how hitting be". and with the same sarcastic behaviour a soldier asks a prisoner if he "wants water" and tells him to "wait, it'll come". and the video ends with soldiers shouting and telling the prisoners to stay down, a soldiers steps on a prisoner's head in a very insulting way, and I'm sure if he was ever released he will carry arms again to kill "arabs".