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Today I continued sending email to media in Europe about our cause … Then, later in the afternoon, I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Aubervilliers near Paris between approximately 17:00 and 19:00 … There are many North African in this suburb … Several persons kept passing by several times …  I explained the cause to a few pedestrians who were curious to know what it was about ...

Afterwards, I was thinking about the former attempts to erase local identities in North Africa during the period of occupation … We might be facing a new wave of such attempts these days ! We have to be patient and solid to resist this new outrageous and unacceptable aggression … Some people just can’t live with diversity and are scared from different people ! I hope that some day we all accepted each other in the Mediterranean with our differences and without being obstacles to each other’s development and without trying to assimilate each other or to change each other’s identities and finally realized that our diversity is our wealth … If we let each other live our lives in peace we would be able to build a better and more prosperous region where people work together, learn to know and appreciate each other with all our differences !

Tomorrow, our cause continues ...

June 17th, 2010—Live and let live !

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List of Countries that changed their first foreign language to English :

- Indonesia

- Cambodia

- Vietnam

- Cuba

- Romania

- Rwanda

- Many Eastern European countries

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Many countries, including ALL developed countries adopted English as 1st foreign language to serve their interests

 

 

Telephone calls captured (dummy recipients)

Forged and fake rumours are spread around us

The distribution of our flyers is disrupted

Intimidations and threats made

 

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Appels téléphoniques Détournés

Des rumeurs fausses et calamiteuses sont répandues autour de nous

La distributions de nos flyers est perturbée

Intimidations et menaces faites

 

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Today I continued sending email to media in Europe for moral support … Then, later in the afternoon, I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Gare Saint Lazare in Paris between about 16:45 and 18:45 … There were many people as every week end …

Today I wanted to talk about religious beliefs and how the same religious laws are still valid today … That comes from the belief that holy books or revelations constitute the absolute truth ! But when you think about it, that would give the holy books divine attributes. But in monotheism, only God is perfect or absolute … Then the belief that the holy books are the absolute truth or the perfect words of God is Heresy because, again, no other being or thing besides God can be perfect nor absolute, because that thing or being would become a deity besides God ! And when you think at all the biases that prophets had like their emotions, their subconscious, their culture, their environment … there are serious reasons to doubt that divine inspiration could have come to us unbiased or unaltered ! Isn’t then time to study the holy books from a more insightful perspective which takes into consideration all the biases we have talked about and which puts the principles of faith and religion (like justice, goodness, truthfulness) before any religious command … Meaning that, for example, if a course of action proves to be more just or more good than a religious command, then, maybe that course of action should become the new religious command because it is more righteous and it would please God better and it would save people’s souls more than the old commands … Isn’t it time to do this ?

Tomorrow, our cause continues ...

June 18th, 2010—About Faith !

Today I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Porte de Clignancourt in Paris between about 15:00 and 18:00 … There were a little less people than usual, I guess that it’s the world cup effect … I had a very interesting conversation with a lady about foreign investments … The lady told me that people were exploited in the developing world by multinational companies looking for cheap labour but I told her that, coming from a developing country, that foreign investments constitute an outstanding opportunity too for poor countries … People are not forced to take these jobs, they take them because it is better than unemployment and poverty and often better than local jobs … On the other hand it is true that there are abuses like employing children and teenagers or making people work over hours but it is the same for local jobs too … Expectantly, these issues will be solved over time with more development and with more rights for workers in the developing world (which is related to more political rights as well) … Like everywhere, in the developing world, countries need to find the right balance between attracting investments and protecting their workers … Besides the political, legal and human aspects of the matter, we need not forget that like every market, the labour market is subject to the laws of supply and demand. Therefore, the availability of jobs in big numbers would increase the demand for workers and therefore enhance the working conditions (including salaries and privileges) like the soaring demand for computer programmers in the bubble of the year 2000 that made salaries very high ! In all cases, foreign investments still constitute an essential support for growth and a necessary and vital tool for knowledge and skill dissemination in the developing world !

Next week, our cause continues ...

June 19th, 2010—About Foreign investments !

Today I continued sending emails to media in Euope … Then I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Bobigny near Paris between about 16:45 and 18:30 … It is a neighbourhood with an important community from Africa and North Africa … Today is “music day” so there were music bands performing outdoors … It was nice … Some persons passed by several times while I was there … One man mumbled “drop it” when passing beside me ...

Then I went in a restaurant where there was many newspapers from Tunisia … It is striking the number and importance of articles that our newspapers make about events or things relative to France when compared to the coverage of events or things relative to other countries … Could it be that it is the result of intentional policies or of some forces acting in the dark in order to keep Tunisian people under French influence ? If it is the case, it is totally unacceptable, it is manipulation and a breach to our sovereignty !

We have five new support messages from our audience ! We answered everybody ! We are waiting for your replies !

Tomorrow, our cause continues ...

June 21th, 2010—About Tunisian newspapers

Today I continued sending emails to media in Euope … Then I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Miromesnil in Paris between about 16:45 and 19:30 …

Today I wanted to talk about the teaching of history in Tunisia … It seems that the education system is manipulated by some foreign forces in order to change the Tunisian people perception of their history and to try to erase their identity ! It is another outrageous crime against our people ! Didn’t we suffer enough already from these continued aggressions ? When will we be left alone ? All education personnel who are resisting such attempts to destroy our country’s history and to mutilate it are Heroes and should have our complete support and help as well as our highest respect and admiration. As for the programs and school books, they should be fully reviewed and all foreign influence should be removed from them ! Until this is done it is the responsibility of all Tunisian people and of the entire government to keep watching for all abuses and to keep demanding for action on this crucial and essential matter. Shame and disgrace on all those who are behind these vile attempts to assimilate our country again and again by the vilest and sneakiest ways, they are committing crimes against humanity, crimes against the science of History and crimes against our people. Until these attempts do not stop we must not rest !

Tomorrow, our cause continues ...

June 22th, 2010—About teaching History

Today I continued sending emails to media in Euope … Then I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Couronnes in Paris between about 17:00 and 18:45 … I explained the cause to several curious pedestrians … Two pedestrians asked me why I stayed in France … Which is a weird question because they do not know nothing about my private life … Anyway, I am Tunisian, and the reason why I am in France is because in France there are institutions (like the police among others) that make this militancy possible and that protect me from some “forces” acting in the dark … In Tunisia, the authorities could not protect me even if they wanted to ...

Today I want to talk again about the attempts against our identity … Some “forces” are working on destructuring our society by trying to divide our people by telling some that they are not Arabs, that they are Berbers … playing on their feelings in order to use them for their purposes (like they did to the Kabyles in Algeria) and to separate North Africa from the other Arabic countries … The truth is that the Arabic people is not made of one ethnicity … The Arabic people, even from its beginnings, is a pan-ethnicity which is made by the fusion of people as different as the Arameans, Akkadians, Canaaites, Assyirans, Phenicians, Persians, Nabateans, Ancient Egyptians, Numids, Moors, many Turkish people (during the Ottoman empire) and more … All those people mixed and overlapped to create the Arabic people as we know it today which is defined by a common culture and a common language … Besides the fact that in most cases, family names are common or relative to one ancestor, one city or one profession, the female part of our lineage is not known at all although it has a huge influence on the culture of a family and on the lineage ... We all are the fruits of this huge melting pot where, through cross marriages and large population movements (from all directions) we became one people.

Today some forces are trying to play us against each other with the unique goal of keeping their influence on our countries ! We should not let them manipulate us !

Tomorrow, our cause continues ...

June 23th, 2010—About our identity ...

Today I did some optimization on the website, then I continued sending emails to media in Europe … In the Afternoon I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Clamart University near Paris between about 17:00 and 19:00 … I explained the cause to some curious pedestrians … Near the subway station, some people passed by several times while I was there ...

Today I want to talk about racism in general and why we should fight it ! The first thing to know about racist ideologies is that they are false ! The genes don’t make people smarter nor good nor bad nor harsh nor lean nor mannered … (If this still requires proof, you just have to see the people from different origins that are adopted by families in different countries … The adoptive children will grow up to be from the country and the place they grew up in … For example a Korean or Angolan child brought up by Brazilian parents in Brazil will grow up to be Brazilian … He will have nothing in common with Koreans or Angolans). The biggest part of a human being is his personality and his ideologies, beliefs and opinions, which are determined by his personal history and his environment which includes his friends, family and his culture. When you see the huge differences between families from the same place and the differences between everyone’s histories, you will get a grasp of how unique every person is. You may try to think about the persons you personally know, knew and grew up with to give you an idea. If you then consider how every person has different attitudes, understanding and approaches to his own beliefs (besides his own personal believes) and different attitudes to his own culture (Take for example the relationship to cultural behaviour (Being friendly with your neighbours for example) … Some consider it a duty, some do it with pleasure and enjoy it, some do it but they hate doing it and some don’t do it at all or avoid it ...) and if you consider the differences in opinions, dreams and aspirations of every person you will have an even better idea of the uniqueness of every person. Racism is based on assumptions, on broad ideas and generalizations. Sometimes a small minority of a people (which can be insignificant in numbers) behaving in a certain way gives a bad name to a whole people or group. Racism tends to summarize human beings into a series of assumptions (given ideas) related to his origins or to the colour of his skin that are simply false ! The simplest way to realize this is to remember the people you grew up with, in the same city/town, in the same street than you ! Were you all the same ? Can you think about a trait, a behaviour or an attitude that is shared by everybody in your street in the same way ? Racism tries to summarize and dehumanize people by making statements that make everybody in your street identical and behaving in the same way.

Ultimately, being from somewhere only means probably knowing the customs, language and culture of that place … and probably loving some of those things and hating some others … which things you love and which you hate is specific to every person ...

Racism is used by 

· people who have a lack of self-confidence or self-esteem as a solution to their insecurities about their own value and their own worth (to feel good about themselves) or

· people who want to release charges of negative feelings (hatred, anger) accumulated in other situations where they found themselves in weak positions and could not defend themselves (with the boss, the wife/husband, the police …) … they do so on minorities who are discriminated against, who cannot defend themselves …

That is why racism is wrong ! It is the propagation of hatred and fear in society (which are the main poison to any society or to any human being) ! Racists are cowards who cannot face their own problems and solve them ! They therefore hassle and harm people who cannot defend themselves (minorities discriminated against)

It would be great if in Africa we stopped discriminating against each other, valued and respected our diversity which is our treasure and that can be a great help for our development. We could then be able to come together to do good and positive things for our countries and our societies !

Tomorrow, our cause continues ...

June 24th, 2010—About racism ...

Today I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Gare de l’Est in Paris between about 16:45 and 19:10 … I explained the cause to a person from Senegal … He told me he was pessimistic about development in Africa because of the corruption that exists there … But I told him that we have to fight for our rights and that we can succeed little by little … But we must never stop the fight for our rights (like our struggle for our cause) !!! Afterwards, I met a Tunisian friend of mine from prep school who was taking the train for London where she works … She proposed to help me find a job there … I told her it was unfortunately impossible … that I had to stand for the cause … and that the cause was more important than my career (I am a consultant) or even my life … She asked me why it was impossible … I told her that it was complicated … Actually, a few years ago (in October 2004) I was the victim of an affair of state (involving state, political and industrial parties), since then I am held in a virtual jail, under very tight surveillance, to avoid the affair from springing to the public sphere … I was even prevented from filing a complaint under the threat of murder … (Lately, it seems they infiltrated the local police station to cover up the investigation in case I filed a complaint against the state for the harassment that led to the loss of my job) ... I tried to go to other countries (Germany and England) but apparently, the same “parties” made the thing impossible … Over the years several other things happened … then, when talking with a group of Tunisian citizens, we thought about several reforms for Tunisia … These reforms included speaking English as first foreign language, diversifying our foreign relations and modernising our culture … In 2008, I followed the efforts of the Tunisian government and people to implement the reforms … but, the persons who were speaking English were threatened and terrorized, the authorities were prevented from doing the reforms which ended to be very limited and insignificant (they were reduced to tell the people to study English at home, because they couldn’t make the reforms in their own schools !!!), the efforts of diversification and of promotion of Tunisian culture in Tunisia were brought to an end by the vilest and most criminal means, by the use of blackmailing and threatening including isolating very high officials in their own “big house” ... Whole parts of the executive are under direct control of a foreign force ... We are living under occupation ! The people were lied to about the whole thing and manipulated … Sometimes outrageously, even told that it was “improper” to stand for their own rights !!! The whole country was brought to its knees … Those are the reasons why, in the end of 2009, I decided to stop thinking about myself and to start militating for this cause to help Tunisia, as well as all the other African countries in the same situation to develop themselves and to connect with more people and to become more independent … The stakes related to this cause are high for our countries … 160 countries around the world speak English as 1st foreign language, which is the language of science, business, technology, media, international communication (among those countries are ALL the developed countries and ALL developed francophone countries) … we are among the few left who speak other languages … The majority of countries and people in the world  do not know anything about us because we do not speak English ! ... This is injustice and enslavement ! The English language is the key of our jail ! It is also the promise of more prosperity and development and more international relations ! And I will continue to stand for the cause until the end ! (a small group of 2 or 3 people would have been perfect but I have to do it by myself)

Tomorrow, our cause continues ...

June 25th, 2010—The story of our initiative ...

Today I changed the main title of our website and our manifesto in order to make our cause clearer to some persons who come across our website because many believed we were giving English courses, some that we were promoting English while our cause is meant to help African countries develop themselves and communicate with others !!! The English language (which accounts for 1.5 billion speakers in the world and rising and which is the 1st foreign language of 160 countries) doesn’t need a few more millions poor people in Africa to speak it !!!

Like every week, today I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Porte de Clignancourt in Paris between about 15:15 and 18:00 … I had a very interesting conversation with a student at university from African origins about the importance of English in higher education today … Indeed in several developed countries there are entire master degree curriculums entirely in English … We talked about how knowing English is essential in today’s higher education … Scientific research and scientific publication are in English as well as communications between researchers and international conferences … For a student at university, not knowing English is a serious handicap ! Our friend told me that his lack of knowledge of English gave serious difficulties …

We received several more support messages and we answered them ALL !!! And I put the post about racism in the discussions page !

Next week, our cause continues ...

June 26th, 2010—About English in higher education ...

Today, I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Parmentier in Paris between about 16:45 and 19:00 …  I explained the cause to a nice lady who wanted to know about it … Afterwards, I met a Tunisian friend of mine with whom we discussed the cause … He was telling me that there were no need to defend it, that it will somehow happen by it self !!! I heard this often … which is weird … How will English become the first foreign language in those African countries by itself !!! It is simply ridiculous !!! Maybe the people who are interested in maintaining a status quo are propagating this kind of statement in order to make the African people forget about the whole cause and to make them continue speaking other languages !!! Of course we have to militate and sign petitions and stand for our cause because if we do Nothing, NOTHING will happen and we will remain in the same situation !!! Among the other things he told me is that I gave somehow too much importance to the cause !!! But you have to see all the stakes involved !!!! How could it not be important ???? For us it means development (attracting investments, accessing science and technology, doing business with all other countries, making our countries known as destinations for tourism and business through media and communication), it means connecting with other people (today we are bound to watch and to connect with France alone) and it means independence too as we build more diversified international relations !!!!! Then we talked about all the countries that changed their first foreign language to English, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Eastern European countries (Poland, Slovakia … etc), Cuba … I told him about all the advantages that that brought to their economies … Egypt attracted 6Bn$ of foreign investments in 2006 alone !!! Other economies like Macedonia, like India and other are using their English skills to attract businesses and investments … He told me that that meant being “tied” to America instead of being “tied” to France, but I told him that “being tied” to anybody was not a fatality !!! There are many small European countries that are not “tied” to anybody !!! Why shouldn't we have the same right to sovereignty and independence ??!!???!! Besides, speaking English doesn’t mean being tied to anybody, because it is the International language !!!! all the developed countries, all the European countries speak English including France, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Romania … Tens of sovereign and independent countries have made that choice without any political consequences other than more independence !!! Indonesia, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria … Romania, Brazil, Cuba, Rwanda, Libya ... And these are only a few !!!

Today I wanted to talk about something that is happening in Tunisia … It is motivated by a few things that I heard recently, including from a member of my family ... It seems that “some” foreign forces used the world cup in South Africa to manipulate the Tunisian people … They first tried to make them support the French team and care about it … Then they used the fact that the English speaking countries (UK and US) were in the same pool than Algeria to make the people hate those countries by using all kinds of assertions … And they also propagated statements to glorify the French colonization and to make it seem decent … In daily life, it is possible they also spread statements to magnify the French education system (because they want the brilliant local minds to go to study there and to keep the African people in admiration) … And this is just the things I heard about, God knows what else did they do! How is it possible for foreign forces to come to our land and manipulate our people and make their propaganda ??!! Why don’t we protect our people like all other countries ??? These assertions are propagated by people to each other … (many people have a tendency to repeat the things they hear exactly in the same way … like rumours) !!! We should also tell our people to be cautious about the things they hear and not to believe what they are told !!! Like the people in Europe, who are aware about these kinds of deceptions !!!

We received one more support messages and I put the post about the story of our initiative in the discussions page !

Tomorrow, our cause continues ...

June 28th, 2010—Manipulations and other things ...

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