(Picture from BBC News)
(Pictures from BBC News)
BBC News reports:
"Two men, who officials describe as neo-Nazis, have appeared in a US court accused of plotting to kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Paul Schlesselman and Daniel Cowart planned a murder spree targeting dozens of black people and culminating in Mr Obama's murder, officials said."
It was also reported (See below "Attachment") by Avaaz that fear tactics are being used in the guise of race, religion and terrorism as tools to intimidate and influence the American voters.
All these sound too familiar in Malaysia.
Below is the message from Avaaz which is of interest to everyone. I like to share it with all you good people. The message is also very relevant to Malaysia. I can't "copy and paste" the full message because this blog does not take "tags" (whatever they are). You can register with Avaaz HERE.
Avaaz.org is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means "voice" in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in Ottawa, London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Sydney and Geneva.
[ Dear friends,
Right now, desperate conservatives are employing the dirtiest of tactics in the US election -- distributing millions of videos, online ads and fliers deceptively linking Obama with terrorism, deliberately inciting hatred against Muslims and foreigners, and creating a sense of global fear and suspicion amongst Americans voters.
We won't remain silent in the face of these negative and misleading global messages. That's why Avaaz members from across the world have made a positive advertisement calling for change, which we aim to have viewed by millions of Americans before they go to the polls in just one week.
American talk shows are looking for what is hot online, and together we can reach the global numbers required to attract the national attention to counter their dirty tricks head on.
US Avaaz members have asked for this help. The ad doesn't tell people who to vote for, but its overriding message of tolerance, diplomacy, human rights and equality is unmistakable. If the ad hits the media airwaves, it will reach the nation's undecided voters just as they are starting to tune in -- and are determining which issues will underpin their vote.
A week is an eternity in politics. We've witnessed before what happens when there's the ugly combination of race, politics and the threat of terrorism: at the last moment, citizens shift their vote in droves as they're made to be fearful about their own security.
Watch this latest ad and then put your name to endorse its compelling and respectful message:
In recent weeks, we surveyed Avaaz members about the messages important to convey to US voters -- this is an opportunity to have those voices broadcast directly to key constituencies in the US.
So much depends on this election -- our climate, the war in Iraq, the Iran crisis, our global commitment to human rights. Help counter the voices of extremism, with this positive and powerful message of hope.
Brett, Ricken, Graziela, Iain, Paula, Alice, Paul, Pascal, Milena, Veronique -- the entire Avaaz team ]
Have A Nice Day!