FREE EGYPT! – Support the Cause!

On January 25th, 2011, the people of Egypt took to the streets to protest against a government that they felt was false. They demanded that their “president”, elected in fraudulent elections for 30 years, leave office immediately so that they could have truly free elections and a government that they felt really reflected their concepts and values.

While many of us can’t fight in the streets with them, I wanted to do something to show my solidarity with them and give myself and everyone else a chance to show their support as well.

I created this because, for me, the events in Egypt is the embodiment of what freedom truly means. It is simply inspiring to see the events in Egypt, and I am proud of the people of that country for protesting peacefully. They have taken to the streets, to their cellphones, and social networks to cry out, speak out, and cry out against the tyrants in their land!

They want democracy, TRUE democracy! They want the same rights and freedoms we take for granted daily, and for that I greatly support them!

Check out the piece on DeviantArt and please spread the love. 🙂

Julian Assange – Truth at Any Cost?

Check it out on DeviantArt.

Well, there’s quite a bit about this one…

This is Julian Assange. As you may or may not know, he is the man behind Wikileaks. What is Wikileaks, you ask? Well, that depends mainly on who you ask.

Some people say its a massive plan to take down the American Government. Others say he’s a hero for pointing out what the US Government is doing.

In actuality, Wikileaks has been around since 2006, and no one has been credited as the actual founder. In fact, Julian Assange is on the advisory board for the group, and has served as the face of the organization. Its also worth pointing out that Assange is actually an Australian Journalist, so he can not accurately be called a traitor or someone committing treason in the US.

Within in the past 2 weeks, the site has exploded after exposing the US Diplomatic Cables. The single best thing to come out of it, the one thing that, more than anything, I’m glad to see come out of this was the fact that the US Government has, in fact, LIED about the threat North Korea posses.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

When I created this piece, I didn’t have a fully-formed opinion about Julian Assange or Wikileaks. More than anything, I just had questions. Is he a hero or a villain? Is what he and Wikileaks doing truly the right thing? Does it cause more harm than good?

In the end, I still don’t know. What I do know is that this reminds me more than anything of Emmanuel Goldstein, the Enemy of the State in George Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty-Four. The vilification, the charges against him… it doesn’t seem real.

This piece isn’t in support of him, nor is it really against him, either. Instead its just me trying to get my feelings out about this.

The one thing that makes me scared about this, about all of this, is the threat this may pose to free speech and dissent in America. During the Bush era, everyone was afraid of our freedoms being oppressed and of the government crushing dissent. Now, someone has released something showing the problems with the way the US does things… and they are trying to shut him up.

That, more than anything else, scares me.

=–=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-=

The photo of Julian Assange comes from Flickr User espenmoe (Espen Moe), who I greatly appreciate for allowing everyone in the world to use: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20402566@N03/4466613035

The Wikileaks logo comes via Wikileaks themselves and is used under a Creative Commons license of free use with attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wikileaks_logo.svg

Also, as for use of this image: NO COMMERCIAL USE AT ALL WITHOUT PERMISSION. That’s about it. Otherwise, enjoy!