Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Super Foods!

Top Ten Obesity Causing Foods


My plan was to do an easy run of no more than 90 minutes. When I was leaving my home I saw this group of cyclists going up this steep road. I was curious about this road. Every Sunday I have seen people riding their bicycles up this road. So I decided to give it a try. It started with nice grade that gradually got steeper.  After a few minutes of climb I ended up in a familiar area. I ran on this area many times before. I went down this seep hill and then I had to climb about 400 steeps to end up by the highway. Then it was all downhill to the tourist area. The access across the creek was closed. So I saw myself running right among the tourists until I tried to enter the park. Some Chinese woman told me to stop because I had to pay a fee of $ 5. to get in. Well, my answer was 'no', thank you. I turned around and kept running to the opposite side. I was running on the highway trying to find an entrance back in the trails. After ten minutes I found the trail entrance across the highway. It was a narrow and muddy trail, dark, like running on a forest. I was not sure where this trail would take me. But I stayed in this trail for awhile. It was a long hilly trail but I felt comfortable running up. After about 15 minutes I started to see the skies and I was almost on the top of this large open area. Things started to look familiar. I passed by two cyclists going downhill. At end of this hill there is gate and I almost twisted my ankle when I stepped on this grass area that was flooded. I crossed the highway and ran a few meters up to another gate where there is a Eucalyptus forest. I went through the gate and started another long climb on this wide fire road. I passed the highest point and then I started a descend that goes through this Eucalyptus forest. After five minutes I was back to the open area and starting another short climb, the last one. Then it was all downhill to the parking lot. I ran by Oakwood Valley trail, jumped on the bike path and headed back home. Total run time: 1 hour and 47 minutes.

Yesterday it was an easy short day. I ran the usual bike path route adding a few minutes on the paved road. I stopped to do some pull ups and a few fast pick ups. My legs felt good. My piriformis muscle is starting to act again. I need to watch it. Injuries, if not treated, will only get worse. Total run time: 40 minutes.

Arab Refugees

I knew this was going to happen. Jews hate Europe and they are  doing a great job destroying it. Europe is going to become a big slum where all the third world people, victims of the American and Israel wars of aggression and control, will end up.  You did not have any of this happening a few months ago.  By creating these wars they are naturally forcing their multicultural ideals into Europe. They should send all the refugees to the White House lawns. Let them camp there for a  long period of time. Maybe send some of these people to Israel.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Yesterday my run was easy and short. I ran the usual bike path route, out and back and added a few minutes to the Oakwood Valley trail. I was feeling heavy and a little tight. Yesterday I went for a short bike ride. My quads and thighs get tight when I try to incorporate cycling into my daily runs. Tight muscles, weak muscles! Maybe it is true. Not sure. Running will overdevelop your thighs. Cycling will do the opposite. If one muscle is stronger than the other, you get some muscle imbalance.  Strength training might be the answer for the problem. Total run time: 41 minutes.


Friday, February 25, 2011

New America Foundation Funding

Source: New America Foundation

Our Funding
Support for the New America Foundation in 2009

The New America Foundation thanks the following organizations and individuals who supported our work in 2009. We are so grateful for their commitment to investing in new thinkers and new ideas to address the challenges facing both the United States and the world.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz

Blue Shield of California Foundation
Foundation to Promote Open Society
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Open Society Institute
Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Wendy and Eric Schmidt
Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc.
The Ford Foundation
The New York Community Trust
The Rockefeller Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Christopher Reynolds Foundation, Inc.
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
ExxonMobil Corporation
Foundation for Child Development
William Gerrity
Google, Inc.
Lumina Foundation for Education
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Ploughshares Fund
Public Welfare Foundation
SeaChange Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Stuart Foundation
Surdna Foundation
The H.A.N.D. Foundation
The Hauser Foundation
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Richard Vague
W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation

Florence W. Haase
Levi Strauss Foundation
Pisces Foundation
Proteus Fund
Save the Children
The Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Trust
The F. B. Heron Foundation

Liaquat & Meena Ahamed
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Arnhold Foundation
Neal Baer
Colombe Foundation
Bal G. Das
Scott Delman
Fourth Freedom Forum
Free Press
George Wasserman Family Foundation
H&R Block
Zachary Karabell
Justine Kilpatrick
Jeffrey Leonard
David & Ruth Levine
Peter Marber
Aria Mehrabi
Microsoft Corporation
F. Noel Perry
Public Knowledge
Alan Stoga

Cynda Collins Arsenault
Center on Law and Security
The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
Hoover Institution
Alan E. Kligerman
Craig Newmark
MARS Incorporated
Panta Rhea Foundation
Richard Lounsbery Foundation, Inc.
Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust
John D. Thornton
Time Warner Cable
Washington University in St. Louis
Daniel Yergin

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
CIGNA Foundation
Dancing Tides Foundation
Duluth Superior Community Foundation
Gradison Foundation
Ted Halstead
Intel Corporation
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Robert J. Katz
Liberty Hill Foundation
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Jay Pelosky
Ann Phillips
Public Health Institute
Samuel Rubin Foundation
Martin Schwartz
The Commonwealth Fund
The Ettinger Foundation
The Obernauer Foundation, Inc.
Alan & Irene Wurtzel

Prophets of War

Mind Control and the New World Order

Thursday, February 24, 2011


This afternoon, under heavy rain, I ran my daily run. I did not expect such wet day. I ran the usual bike path route, out and back, adding a few minutes on the paved road. Even that it is dark  I can always see a couple people out there running or cycling. My intention was to run for a little longer but the rain was really heavy and to avoid any future injuries I decided to keep it short. Total run time: over 40 minutes.
Yesterday I ran the Oakwood Valley trail loop. I did the loop four times. My legs felt surprisingly good. It is a good short cross country course. I saw the left overs of a deer, or I should say the bones of a deer. It did not take long to find the possible predator. A coyote walked right in front of me. Coyotes are very shy animals but they are good hunters. This one looked very healthy. Total run time: over 40 minutes.

The Secret Life of Chaos


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tunisian Revolt: Another Soros/NED Jack-Up!

"Spontaneous” demonstrations of thousands of youths pouring out into the streets with such force as to compel the flight of a long-time president… To which country are we alluding: Georgia, Serbia, Myanmar,[1] Ukraine, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Iran, Hungary…? This time it is Tunisia. All of these “revolts” followed the same pattern. Already the Tunisian revolt is being called a “color revolution” by media and political pundits, and it has also been provided with a name; the “Jasmine Revolution,”[2] like the abortive “Green” and “Saffron” Revolutions, and the successful Velvet, Rose, Orange, and Tulip Revolutions, etc.

These “color revolutions” all have a common pattern because they are all planned by the same strategists; namely the Open Society network of money speculator George Soros, who serves as a kind of modern-day Jacob Schiff in funding revolutions;[3] and the National Endowment for Democracy, the latter a post-Trotskyite founded, Congressionally-funded kind of “Comintern” promoting the “world democratic revolution” in the service of plutocracy and under the façade of liberty.
Here is a typical scenario of “color revolutions.” Check it off against the features of the “Jasmine Revolution,” and of the funding by the National Endowment for Democracy to “Tunisian activists,” as described further on:

[Soros' Open Society Institute]… sent a 31-year-old Tbilisi activist named Giga Bokeria to Serbia to meet with members of the Otpor (Resistance) movement and learn how they used street demonstrations to topple dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Then, in the summer, Mr. Soros’s foundation paid for a return trip to Georgia by Otpor activists, who ran three-day courses teaching more than 1,000 students how to stage a peaceful revolution.[4]

Commenting on the “Velvet Revolution” that had just passed over Georgia, MacKinnon described the operations that went into play, following the same patterns as they had in other Soros targeted states[5]:
The Liberty Institute that Mr. Bokeria helped found was instrumental in organizing the street protests that eventually forced Mr. Shevardnadze to sign his resignation papers. Mr. Bokeria says it was in Belgrade that he learned the value of seizing and holding the moral high ground, and how to make use of public pressure — tactics that proved so persuasive on the streets of Tbilisi after this month’s tainted parliamentary election.
In Tbilisi, the Otpor link is seen as just one of several instances in which Mr. Soros gave the anti-Shevardnadze movement a considerable nudge: He also funded a popular opposition television station that was crucial in mobilizing support for this week’s “velvet revolution,” and he reportedly gave financial support to a youth group that led the street protests.[6]

NED and Soros work in tandem, targeting the same regimes and using the same methods. NED President Carl Gershman, in writing of the hundreds of Non-Governmental Organizations working for “regime change” throughout the world, pays particular tribute to the Ford Foundation and “the foundations established by the philanthropist George Soros.”[7]
Following the Money Trail
As the common adage goes, if you want to know who’s running things, follow the money trail. Looking at the recipients for NED grants we find the following, for 2009 (the latest available):

Al-Jahedh Forum for Free Thought (AJFFT) $131,000
To strengthen the capacity and build a democratic culture among Tunisian youth activists. AJFFT will hold discussion forums on contemporary issues related to Islam and democracy, debates between Arab scholars on societal problem, academic lectures on Islam, economic policy and international relations, and book review sessions. AJFFT will conduct leadership training workshops, support local youth cultural projects…’[8]

The purpose of this is clear enough; to create a cadre of youth activists, including ‘leadership training workshops.” Again, it is exactly the same course as the strategy used by NED and Soros in other states afflicted with “color revolutions”. Exactly the same.

Association for the Promotion of Education (APES) $27,000
To strengthen the capacity of Tunisian high school teachers to promote democratic and civic values in their classrooms. APES will conduct a training-of-trainers workshop for 10 university professors and school inspectors, and hold three two-day capacity building seminars for 120 high school teachers on pedagogical approaches rooted in democratic and civic values. Through this project, APES seeks to incorporate the values of tolerance, relativism and pluralism in Tunisia’s secondary educational system.[9]

The program seems to be for the purposes of spreading a doctrinal base for revolution; the “democratic and civic values” must be presumed to be of the post-New Left variety fostered by NED and Soros, based on values that generally run counter to the traditions of the societies where Sorsos and NED operate.

Mohamed Ali Center for Research, Studies and Training (CEMAREF) $33,500
To train a core group of Tunisian youth activists on leadership and organizational skills to encourage their involvement in public life. CEMAREF will conduct a four-day intensive training of trainers program for a core group of 10 young Tunisian civic activists on leadership and organizational skills; train 50 male and female activists aged 20 to 40 on leadership and empowered decision-making; and work with the trained activists through 50 on-site visits to their respective organizations.[10]

The terminology here is not even hidden with euphemisms: To train a core group of Tunisian youth activists…” Might one not be justified in suspecting that the intention is to create a revolutionary youth cadre for the purposes of “regime change”, following exactly the same blueprint that has orchestrated “color revolutions” in the former Soviet bloc and elsewhere?
Given the keen interest NED has shown in Tunisia, it would seem naïve to think that the “Jasmine Revolution” is simply a “spontaneous manifestation of popular anger” and that it has not been planned well in advance, awaiting the right moment for a catalyst.

You can  read the entire article in the Foreign Policy Journal Website. Just click on the link below.

Iran: The Next Domino?

“Revolutions are often seen as spontaneous. It looks like people just went into the street. But it’s the result of months or years of preparation. It is very boring until you reach a certain point, where you can organize mass demonstrations or strikes. If it is carefully planned, by the time they start, everything is over in a matter of weeks.” — Ivan Marovic, ex-instructor, Center for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies, Serbia.[1]

With the staging of a second[2] attempt at a “green revolution” in Iran in the wake of the overthrow of the regimes in Tunisia[3] and Egypt[4] by groups primarily sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy, International Republican Institute, Open Society Institute, Freedom House, USAID and a myriad of their fronts; the question might arise as to whether the turmoil inflicted on Egypt and Tunisia was intended as a prelude to the major target: Iran.

Iraq, Iran and Syria were targeted years ago as priorities for “regime change.” The now well-known letter addressed to President George W. Bush by the Project for a New American Century should be recounted. PNAC outlined a plan of action that was put into affect, starting with the elimination of Saddam Hussein. Iran and Syria were next marked for elimination under the pretext of the “war on terrorism”:

We believe the administration should demand that Iran and Syria immediately cease all military, financial, and political support for Hezbollah and its operations. Should Iran and Syria refuse to comply, the administration should consider appropriate measures of retaliation against these known state sponsors of terrorism.[5]

Among the numerous political and foreign policy luminaries who were signatories to the PNAC letter was Frank Gaffney who, as stated below, is on the Advisory Board of The Foundation for Democracy in Iran.
America’s post-Cold War doctrine for world hegemony was outlined in a comprehensive PNAC document, Rebuilding America’s Defenses.[6] The post-Cold Warriors outlined their plan for a new “Cold War” or “clash of civilizations” that involves not only Islam but all regimes, cultures, religions, traditions and ideologies that do not fit into “a new American century.” The aim was stated unequivocally:

Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievement of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?[7]

You can read the entire article by clicking on the following link:
 Source: Iran: the next domino?

Take It Off


Source: Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier

Mobile Tech Activists Wary of State Department Cash

Source: WIred

If technology advisers to online activists have their way, the mobile phones in the pockets of the democracy protesters reshaping the Middle East will have circumvention and anonymity tools built in to them, and they’ll be able to go blank if pro-regime goons confiscate them. The State Department wants to fund the development of precisely such activist tools. Only the activists aren’t exactly jumping to take the government’s cash.

In a speech last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she’d make available $25 million for a “venture capital approach” to underwriting new tools to keep the Internet open in repressive nations. She singled out mobile technologies as increasingly important. But some observers and developers, while lauding the move, aren’t so sure the rigid bureaucracy of the State Department can accommodate the approach.
Nathan Freitas of the Guardian Project, which designs Android-based tools for mobile anonymity, says he’s not going to apply for any of State’s money. “Accounting complexity of process means we’d have to spend 25 percent of it” on an accountant, he says, while praising the idea in theory.

Same goes for Katrin Verclas of, which advises activists and non-governmental organizations on how to minimize security risks on their mobile devices. Verclas likes where State is coming from, as she thinks it’ll expand the pool of government funding recipients beyond the typical Beltway aid groups who “know how to navigate the system.” But she’s not seeking the aid herself until she has a “really great project” ready to pitch.

Which might be surprising, because both of them have lots of ideas for how activists need to protect themselves when using their mobile devices. The basic problem is that mobiles are “highly traceable, trackable and centralized,” as Verclas puts it, with carriers possessing a lot of information on their users and without many circumvention tools developed for mobile phones. One of Freitas’ efforts is Orbot, a proxy tool for Android phones that uses Tor to block mobile carriers from accessing their data usage.

And the phones are potential security risks even when they’re switched off. Verclas sees a big need for a remotely activated “kill switch” that can cleanse a phone of its stored contacts or its recent Twitter or SMS activity when an activist gets arrested, so as not to alert authorities to the names of other dissidents. Activists tell her they’d like to have some kind of phone wiping occur “with a simple command while an arrest is taking place, or for an ally to do that remotely via SMS or something.”

Freitas worries about the proliferation of camera phones — a somewhat counterintuitive concern, given the power of viral videos to inspire a protest movement or galvanize outside support. But impromptu video can reveal sensitive information like people’s faces. He sees a need to “tap on these faces and blur them out” before an innocent upload accidentally gives away someone’s identity and puts them in the crosshairs of a regime.

These are the kinds of ideas that the State Department says it wants to fund. But it’s just not clear how nimble the department can really be in dishing out money responsibly — a good-government encumbrance, remember — or even what it really means by a “venture capital approach,” says Sheldon Himmelfarb, a technology expert at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

When venture capital firms find a promising technology, they’re “able to turn lots of focus, attention, people, brainpower and resources to taking that to market, and the State Department doesn’t work that way,” Himmelfarb says. “It’s really interesting to hear them talk about a venture capital-style approach, but try to unpack that. Apparently, they’re going to give money to lots of organizations in the hope of bringing about breakthrough technologies, but how are they going to bring them to market?”

Indeed, just last week, Sen. Richard Lugar identified at least $8 million in money the department hadn’t spent that Congress provided to help Chinese Internet users evade restrictions.

That’s not to say State’s approach doesn’t have its virtues. “Venture capital firms own half your company, while [here] the U.S. government owns nothing,” Freitas says, “so there is that benefit if you figure out how to make it work.”

And Himmelfarb notes that the $25 million pot of cash is a “significant amount of money for this effort.” According to his research, the Tor Project’s 2009 budget was $1.25 million, so it’s not as if these tools are particularly expensive to develop. Rather, he says, “we have to make sure the approach is one we’re in position to take advantage of.” After the success of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, there’s not going to be any shortage of demand for tools that can keep activists off the radar of the tyrants they’re trying to overthrow.
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Source: Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rockin' Bones


Another day, another run. This afternoon after a long working day, I did my daily run from home to the bike path, out and back and back home. My legs are tired from the Sunday's run. But I'm recovering well. It was a beautiful sunny day. We are expecting some rain for the next couple days. My training seems to be going well. I hope to keep my mileage as it is now, not being too ambitious. Total run time: 53 minutes.
Yesterday, I ran the usual bike path route, out and back plus a few minutes to the Oakwood Valley trail. It was an easy short run. My legs were a little sore from Sunday's effort. But I usually feel very light and fast after a hard effort. It takes a couple days for you to feel the sore and tired legs. It is called DOMS(Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) , also called muscle fever. The soreness is felt most strongly 24 to 72 hours after the exercise. After the hard effort, the muscle adapts rapidly to prevent muscle damage, and thereby soreness, if the exercise is repeated. Total run time: 45 minutes.


Source: Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier

Monday, February 21, 2011


Book: Laguna
Author: Jack Walters

About the CIA using Mafia hit man
"That is an invention is probably a figment of the imagination of Judith Exner, one of the ex-mistresses of the late President John F. Kennedy. She was trying to inflate her own value and line up a multimillion dollar publishing contract by the claiming that she acted as a go between in negotiations to get Chicago gangster Sam Giancone to kill Fidel Castro. In reality, the CIA sent their personnel three times to assassinate Fidel Castro. Each attempt failed. Fidel was warned in advance of each pending attack by the late US Senator Robert Kennedy, who felt that Castro was the lesser evil, since at his death either Che Guevera or Raul Castro would take his place. He considered both of these men far more dangerous."
 About doing the dirty work for the CIA

 "Don't be too sure of that! We always worked very closely with the CIA until Jonathan Pollard spy case in 1985. One of your office of Naval Intelligence employees of Jewish ancestry was caught red-handed feeding highly-classified data to our Air Force and intelligence services. This cooled relations. The public was told that all the information went solely to Israel. But in reality, a lot of the data ended up going to the KGB to get Jewish dissidents out of Russia. It hurt your country a lot more than the officials will admit. Before Pollard scandal, the CIA used us when they wanted someone in the world terminated with extreme prejudice, as you Americans love to say. You Congress stopped the CIA from doing assassinations. They get around this prohibition by hiring us even now."
About doing business in Nicaragua
"Before the Communist-backed Sandinistas took over there, we used to destroy all the weapons and drugs we seized. Then after the Sandinistas took over in Nicaragua, the CIA approached us and offered to buy all the seized weapons and drugs from us. Of course, we went for the deal because we needed the money. The CIA sent all the weapons directly to the Contra freedom fighters in Northern and Eastern Nicaragua. I'm not sure what happened to the hashih. But I'm sure that the CIA sold it and used the money to finance activities that weren't approved by your Congress or even known to then President Ronald Reagan, supposedly."
About who authorized the drug dealing to buy the arms and supplies for the Contras
"As far as I know, it came right from the top of your government. All I know is that man right below him(Ronald Reagan), know,...old George Bush; yes,...Bush knew all about it. He and old Manuel Noriega were thicker than thieves. They had worked together from the time that he was head of the CIA back in the 1970s. Bush was involved in all the heroin smuggling out of Southeast Asia. When they had to finance another war of clandestine actions, moving the cocaine to the American street gangs was business as usual."

Roll Over Lay Down

Sunday, February 20, 2011


This morning I got up to a nice sunny day. I was planning to do a ten miles tempo run in my local track. But the track was being used. Second option it was to do a tempo run on the bike path but it was very crowded. So I decided to go for the trails. I started my run by my local track, jumped on the bike path for a quick exited in direction to the trails. I passed Oakwood Valley trail and then to the Ten parking lot. It was so crowded as usual. I started my little tempo run by the Ten parking a lot. It starts with a nice climb of 1.5 miles. This morning I ran it in 11 minutes and 45 seconds. I was trying to follow the ribbon left on trail to mark the yesterday's race. There was a 5miles, 13.1miles, 30K and 50K race the day before. The effort up the first hill was even and I felt surprisingly strong. I have run this part of the course many times before. So the hills keep coming, up and down I go. I hit the lowest spot by the beach in about one hour. This is where I made a wrong turn. I should go right but I went left. I reduced my mileage by about a couple miles based on the original course. I wish I had gone right because I had to climb this long steep hill of about 2 miles to get back in direction where I started my run. It must be the highest point in this course of 2,420ft elevation gain. So to compensate the wrong turn I added the section from the starting point by the Ten parking lot to the local track. I ended up running more than a half marathon. Total run time: 1 hour and 35minutes and 45 seconds for the tempo, and 1 hour and 53 minutes for the total run.

I need to do a little update of my short easy runs for the last couple days. Yesterday, I ran from home to the bike path. Easy run to loose up my legs. I added a few minutes on the bike path and headed back home. Total run time: 36 minutes.

On Friday, I ran the same route from home to the bike path and back, but it was  under heavy and wind. It was just to satisfy  the need to get out there and, at least, put a few minutes on my legs. Total run time: 33 minutes.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Timing Meals Before Events

Time: 8 AM event.
Meals: The night before, eat a high-carbohydrate dinner and drink extra water. The morning of the event, about 6:00 or 6:30, have a light 200 to 400-calorie meal (depending on your tolerance), such as yogurt and a banana,, or one or two sports bars, tea or coffee if you like, and extra water. Eat familiar foods. If you want a bigger meal, you might want to get up to eat by 5:00 or 6:00.

Time: 10 AM event.
Meals: The night before, eat a high-carbohydrate dinner and drink extra water. The morning of the event, eat a familiar breakfast by 7:00, to allow three hours for the food to digest. This meal  prevent the fatigue that results from low blood sugar. If your body cannot handle any breakfast, eat a late snack before going to bed the night before. This will help boost liver glycogen stores and prevent low blood sugar the next morning.
Time: 2 PM event.
Meal: An afternoon game allows time for you to have either a big, high-carbohydrate breakfast and a light lunch, or a substantial brunch by 10:00, allowing four hours for digestion time. As always, eat a high-carbohydrate dinner the night before, and drink extra fluids the day before and up to noontime.
Time: 8.PM event.
Meals: A hefty, high-carbohydrate breakfast and lunch will be thoroughly digested by evening. Plan for dinner, as tolerated, by 5:00 or have a lighter meal between 6:00 and 7:00. Drink extra fluids all day.
Time: All day event.
Meals: Two days before, cut back on your exercise; the day before take a rest day to allow your muscles the chance to replace depleted glycogen stores. Eat carbohydrate-rich meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Drink extra fluids. The day of the event, eat breakfast depending on your tolerance – whatever you normally have before exercising.
Throughout the day, plan to snack at least every one and a half to two hours on wholesome carbohydrates to maintain a normal blood sugar. At lunchtime, eat a comfortable meal. Drink fluids before you get thirsty; you should need to urinate at least three times throughout the day.
Source: Sports Nutrition Guidebook by Nancy Clark

Friday, February 18, 2011

Still The Same


Rain and more rain. We had rain all day. I was expecting a little break so I could go out there and do my run. But it did not happen. So this afternoon under heavy rain  I decided to go for a short run. The usual bike path route, out and back. It is hard to imagine anybody going for a run on  Friday afternoon under a heavy rain.  I saw one person and a couple cyclists. That was it. It was so dark that I could not even spot the geese in middle of the marsh.
Last two days I am having some resurgence of plantar fasciitis. I was trying to figure out why. Usually you can trace back to what triggered the problem. That is why it is important to keep track of your daily run. So you can go back to your log and find out when  things started going wrong.

I went back to my daily log and I could not find any explanation why I was having plantar fasciitis again and so painful. Well, this afternoon when I got home. I took my shoes off and then my socks. I look at my legs at I could see this line created by my new pair of socks right up my ankle. It was caused by my socks being too tight. I believe what happened it was that my socks were too tight and restricted the flow of blood to my feet. The plantar area under your foot is already a very difficult area to heal because of the limited flow of blood. So after I changed my socks, I did not feel any discomfort during my afternoon run. I'm going back to my old socks. There is always something new to learn.

Sprains Fractures and Dislocations

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bugs Bunny


I ran the bike path route out and back adding a few minutes on the golf course. Actually I ran around the golf course four times. We had rain  almost all day. Lots mud on  the trails. My legs felt good, light and ready to race. Usually I see lots people running, jogging and walking their dogs on the bike path. But this afternoon it was almost empty. Not a bad thing because I didn't need to watch for bikes, dogs and joggers.  Total run time: 61 minutes.

So many different species of birds can be seen at this time of year. Birds like: egrets, mallards, geese, seagulls. Mallards are one of the funniest looking birds. They look like an American football. Very funny shape. They are everywhere this time of year. You can see them  where there is a little pocket of water along the road.


Inside Job

"We should be looking at a democratic evolution," It should not look like an American project. The Egyptians are a proud people. They threw out the British and they threw out the Russians."  Henry Kissinger's advice to the Obama administration about the  Egypt's situation.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


 Back to my daily runs. This blog should be about my boring runs. Monday I ran from home to the bike path going left to its end, turned around and headed back  home. My legs were feeling a little heavy. But I expected to feel a little tired after Sunday's run. I ran later in the evening trying to avoid the rain, but no such luck. Midway into my run the rain started. Total run time: 32 minutes and 45 seconds.

Tuesday was my day off. We had a big wind storm of 30 mph yesterday.  So today I ran a little early in the day. I ran the bike path out and back and added a few more minutes running to the Oakwood Valley trail. For my surprise during my run we had a haze storm. It did not last for more the five minutes. Total run time: 43 minutes.

My Way

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Source: GNDEM

In more than 90 countries on five continents since 1986, millions of citizens have joined nonpartisan election monitoring efforts to safeguard electoral integrity, help create governmental and political accountability, contribute to mitigating potentials for politically motivated violence and promote the right of citizens to participate in public affairs. The widespread development of nonpartisan election monitoring around the world is tangible evidence of citizen desire for responsive, transparent, democratic governance....
I'm so glad that we have such organizations like NED and GNDEM to make sure that Democracy will spread all over the world. Think about all the benefits that these organizations will provide to these poor people. They will  make sure that fair elections will happen and that these countries will prosper. So all these poor people from the third world will not need to leave their native countries inside of a container or boat and end up in the shores of the USA or Europe. Not to mention all these refugees escaping the situation that they created in these countries. Thanks to all the Jews in NED and GNDEM that made this possible. They dream will become reality.  Enough sarcasm for the day.

U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets

Source: Wired

America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.

In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day.

Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and conversations taking place on blogs, online forums, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon. (It doesn’t touch closed social networks, like Facebook, at the moment.) Customers get customized, real-time feeds of what’s being said on these sites, based on a series of keywords.

“That’s kind of the basic step — get in and monitor,” says company senior vice president Blake Cahill.
Then Visible “scores” each post, labeling it as positive or negative, mixed or neutral. It examines how influential a conversation or an author is. (“Trying to determine who really matters,” as Cahill puts it.) Finally, Visible gives users a chance to tag posts, forward them to colleagues and allow them to response through a web interface.

In-Q-Tel says it wants Visible to keep track of foreign social media, and give spooks “early-warning detection on how issues are playing internationally,” spokesperson Donald Tighe tells Danger Room.
Of course, such a tool can also be pointed inward, at domestic bloggers or tweeters. Visible already keeps tabs on web 2.0 sites for Dell, AT&T and Verizon. For Microsoft, the company is monitoring the buzz on its Windows 7 rollout. For Spam-maker Hormel, Visible is tracking animal-right activists’ online campaigns against the company.

“Anything that is out in the open is fair game for collection,” says Steven Aftergood, who tracks intelligence issues at the Federation of American Scientists. But “even if information is openly gathered by intelligence agencies it would still be problematic if it were used for unauthorized domestic investigations or operations. Intelligence agencies or employees might be tempted to use the tools at their disposal to compile information on political figures, critics, journalists or others, and to exploit such information for political advantage. That is not permissible even if all of the information in question is technically ‘open source.’”

Visible chief executive officer Dan Vetras says the CIA is now an “end customer,” thanks to the In-Q-Tel investment. And more government clients are now on the horizon. “We just got awarded another one in the last few days,” Vetras adds.

Tighe disputes this — sort of. “This contract, this deal, this investment has nothing to do with any agency of government and this company,” he says. But Tighe quickly notes that In-Q-Tel does have “an interested end customer” in the intelligence community for Visibile. And if all goes well, the company’s software will be used in pilot programs at that agency. “In pilots, we use real data. And during the adoption phase, we use it real missions.”

Neither party would disclose the size of In-Q-Tel’s investment in Visible, a 90-person company with expected revenues of about $20 million in 2010. But a source familiar with the deal says the In-Q-Tel cash will be used to boost Visible’s foreign languages capabilities, which already include Arabic, French, Spanish and nine other languages.

Visible has been trying for nearly a year to break into the government field. In late 2008, the company teamed up with the Washington, DC, consulting firm Concepts & Strategies, which has handled media monitoring and translation services for U.S. Strategic Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, among others. On its website, Concepts & Strategies is recruiting “social media engagement specialists” with Defense Department experience and a high proficiency in Arabic, Farsi, French, Urdu or Russian. The company is also looking for an “information system security engineer” who already has a “Top Secret SCI [Sensitive Compartmentalized Information] with NSA Full Scope Polygraph” security clearance.

The intelligence community has been interested in social media for years. In-Q-Tel has sunk money into companies like Attensity, which recently announced its own web 2.0-monitoring service. The agencies have their own, password-protected blogs and wikis — even a MySpace for spooks. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence maintains an Open Source Center, which combs publicly available information, including web 2.0 sites. Doug Naquin, the Center’s Director, told an audience of intelligence professionals in October 2007 that “we’re looking now at YouTube, which carries some unique and honest-to-goodness intelligence…. We have groups looking at what they call ‘citizens media’: people taking pictures with their cell phones and posting them on the internet. Then there’s social media, phenomena like MySpace and blogs.”

But, “the CIA specifically needs the help of innovative tech firms to keep up with the pace of innovation in social media. Experienced IC [intelligence community] analysts may not be the best at detecting the incessant shift in popularity of social-networking sites. They need help in following young international internet user-herds as they move their allegiance from one site to another,” Lewis Shepherd, the former senior technology officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, says in an e-mail. “Facebook says that more than 70 percent of its users are outside the U.S., in more than 180 countries. There are more than 200 non-U.S., non-English-language microblogging Twitter-clone sites today. If the intelligence community ignored that tsunami of real-time information, we’d call them incompetent.”

Some interesting links:

Monday, February 14, 2011

"Democracy" In The Arab World

The entire report can be found at: Democracy in The Arab World

IDEA's Project on Democracy in the Arab World

Since its foundation in 1995,1 International IDEA (the International Institute for Democracy
and Electoral Assistance) has been working towards assisting democracy world wide.
Although no ‘wave of democracy‘ has swept over the Arab region, many important
developments in the direction of political reform and modernization are taking place
and may well gather further momentum for securing peace, prosperity and democracy in the
near future.


IDEA’s work in the Arab world started in 1998 through a number of exploratory missions,
culminating in a regional conference in Stockholm in 1999. A follow-up in the form of a
project became possible in late 2002 with funding from the Government of Germany.

The objective of the project has been to contribute comparative analysis of and information
on good practice in democratization in order to enrich debate about democratic reform in 
Egypt, Jordan and Yemen. It has aimed to identify the main challenges and opportunities
for reform that may also be valid for other Arab countries engaged in democratic transition
or for the international community that is interested in supporting the process of reform
in the Arab world. The project has focused on the factors that will contribute to support
a reform-oriented agenda, using as entry points the issues of electoral system reform, the
political participation of women and the development of political parties.

The critical challenges facing democratization in the Arab world reflect themes that are
central to IDEA’s work in general—the conduct of free and fair elections, the political
inclusion of women, and the functioning of political parties. A regional perspective is crucial
to understanding the trends in democracy in the Arab world. IDEA’s efforts aim to provide
a forum for dialogue within and between Arab countries, seeking to identify and establish
good democratic practice in the region.

Strategies and Needs of Local Reform-minded Groups

 IDEA’s partners and local reform-minded groups in Egypt, Jordan and Yemen recommend
a strategy consisting of:
• creating national alliances among all reform groups in each field. These alliances can
organize campaigns and present concrete proposals for amendments to the law with
detailed reform agendas reflecting priorities and time concerns;
using the available media and educational programmes to promote reform projects and
proposals, and to mobilize movements and groups that can increase the democratic
pressure on governments and other stakeholders to introduce the desired reforms;
• starting a national dialogue in each country to negotiate roles and responsibilities in
implementing reforms, and create partnership between the different sectors of the
society to support these reforms; and
• establishing capacity and alliances to support regional and national networks, and
forums where groups from different countries can learn from each other’s experiences
and possibly amplify the impact of their work. Regional collaboration is very important
because it will help deepen reform efforts and influence democratic performance at the
national level.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Phil Agee and NED


Sunday is long run day. It was an almost long run. My quads are very sore so I decided to take easy and just go for a 90 minutes run. I left home around 10:09AM heading to the bike path. After 600 meters there is a nice climb of 1/2 mile. Then a steep downhill that takes me right behind the local high school. From there I run across the street and I m on the bike path. I run right and exit right after 800 meters on direction to the Oakwood Valley Trail. I ran the Oakwood Valley trail loop once and head up to the Ten Beach parking a lot. Sunday is a busy day. This Sunday was not different. So many cars, so many people. I just had to turn around by the parking a lot and head back down to the Oakwood Valley trail. I ran one more time the Oakwood Valley trail loop and then head to the bike path. I made right on the bike path, ran to its end and turned around. I ran back to the entrance point and back on the road to my place. But this time I run on the flat road, staying away from the hill behind the high school. Total run time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

NED in Tunisia and Yemen

Is there a surprise that the youth was behind the Tunisian Revolution?

NED in Tunisia

Al-Jahedh Forum for Free Thought (AJFFT)
To strengthen the capacity and build a democratic culture among Tunisian youth activists. AJFFT will hold discussion forums on contemporary issues related to Islam and democracy, debates between Arab scholars on societal problem, academic lectures on Islam, economic policy and international relations, and book review sessions. AJFFT will conduct leadership training workshops, support local youth cultural projects, expand its library, and produce and publish two annual research books. AJFFT will conclude the program by convening its National Congress.

Association for the Promotion of Education (APES)
To strengthen the capacity of Tunisian high school teachers to promote democratic and civic values in their classrooms. APES will conduct a training-of-trainers workshop for 10 university professors and school inspectors, and hold three two-day capacity building seminars for 120 high school teachers on pedagogical approaches rooted in democratic and civic values. Through this project, APES seeks to incorporate the values of tolerance, relativism and pluralism in Tunisia’s secondary educational system.

Mohamed Ali Center for Research, Studies and Training (CEMAREF)
To train a core group of Tunisian youth activists on leadership and organizational skills to encourage their involvement in public life. CEMAREF will conduct a four-day intensive training of trainers program for a core group of 10 young Tunisian civic activists on leadership and organizational skills; train 50 male and female activists aged 20 to 40 on leadership and empowered decision-making; and work with the trained activists through 50 on-site visits to their respective organizations.

NED in Yemen

Yemen sunk deeper into insecurity and instability, with increased Al-Qaeda violence in the east, Houthis’ rebellion in the north, and a separatist movement in the south. These challenges gave the government an excuse to turn its back on reforms, limit freedom of expression and quash dissent. In response, the Endowment expanded its support to groups defending freedom of expression and human rights. NED supported the news website, one of the few independent media outlets in the country, as well as Women Journalists Without Chains, which campaigned relentlessly for press freedom, human rights and political reform in Yemen.

To facilitate the free flow of independent news information to Yemenis on issues related to social, political, and economic growth of the country and to build the capacity of journalists to effectively monitor and report on human rights issues. Altagheer will continue to improve its Arabic daily news website. Altagheer will conduct capacity building workshops and a seminar for print and online journalists. Altagheer will also conduct a workshop for internet café owners.

Aswan Center for Research and Study
To identify the political needs and concerns of women, and to push political parties to adopt women’s issues in their party platforms. The center will conduct focus groups to gather women’s opinions, and how their needs could be fulfilled. It will also conduct a survey of women. Aswan will publish a study and a book on the findings, including recommendations. It will hold a conference and advocate political parties to give women’s issues a central place in their party agendas.

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
To facilitate access to information and analysis about economic reform. CIPE and MWF will produce thirty 20-30 minute radio programs on economic reform in Yemen and sponsor economic reform pages in two independent newspapers. These programs will cover issues such as economic reform, transparency, and corruption, and empower Yemenis to participate in the democratic and economic reform process and to hold the government accountable for it.

Civic Democratic Initiatives Support Foundation (CDF)
To strengthen women’s political participation in 50 rural Yemeni districts, the Civic Democratic Initiative Support Foundation will conduct one national level training-of-trainers workshop, seven provincial level workshops and 50 district level workshops on leadership skills, communication, advocacy and decision-making. In preparation for the 2011 local elections, CDF will also conduct a campaign training program for women in the project’s targeted districts.

Civil Development Foundation
To encourage Yemeni youth to participate in the political process. Civil Development Foundation will conduct a yearlong program to empower 50 youth leaders to run an initiative to encourage youth participation in political parties. After intensive training, the youth will conduct an awareness campaign, hold seminars for other youth, and volunteer in youth organizations around the country.

Madar Legal Foundation
$24,000To build the capacity of a cadre of women lawyer activists to defend and promote women’s rights, Madar will conduct a series of six workshops in four provinces that cover the fundamentals of court procedure, communication skills, international law application, legal writing and litigation. Madar will also continue their pro-bono legal assistance program for women.

National Forum for Human Rights (NFHR)
$30,000To build the capacities of civil society organizations, local council members and educators to conduct human rights awareness campaigns. The NFHR will strengthen human rights education in provinces outside Yemen’s capital. NFHR will conduct a training-of-trainers workshop for ten of last year’s graduates who will then conduct five, three-day training workshops in the five targeted provinces. The project will culminate in a month-long human rights awareness campaign to be conducted by graduates of the provincial trainings.

National Organization for Developing Society
To provide local imams and women religious teachers in five governorates with transferable skills in democracy, human rights and communications skills. NODS will conduct advanced training for 20 previously trained imams and murshidaat on democracy and human rights, and interpretive methodologies for their application within an Islamic framework, who will then train 150 of their counterparts in five additional southern Yemeni governorates.

Tamkeen Foundation
$25,000To raise youth awareness of democratic principles and improve youth access to democratic ideas. Tamkeen will conduct a yearlong educational program to promote youth awareness of democratic principles in Lahij and Mahweet. In each province, Tamkeen will run a competition on human rights principles for 16 schools, and exhibit three short films that illustrate the practical application of human rights principles in the Yemeni political framework.

Women Journalists Without Chains
To raise awareness regarding participation in elections, processes of parliament and local government and the role of political parties, to train media students, and to develop their commitment to using media to promote good governance. Women Journalists without Chains will engage media students in producing programs on governance issues. The project will educate the public and develop the media students’ technical skills and commitment to using the media to strengthen democracy.

Yemen Foundation for Social Studies (YFSS)
To build the capacities of organizations in rural areas to conduct women’s empowerment activities and to raise awareness about the lack of women’s activities. YFSS will conduct a survey of community organizations to determine obstacles facing women participation. YFSS will compile the survey results and distribute copies to local civil society and media organizations. YFSS will then conduct a training program for leaders of local NGOs to address their needs and expand their program to include women empowerment.

Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights (YOHR)
To monitor, document and report publically on human rights conditions in Yemen and to enhance cooperation between Yemeni media outlets and civil society in promoting and protecting human rights. YOHR will conduct a year-long monitoring program and compile and publish its fifth annual human rights report; hold a media strategy session to promote human rights; and provide legal aid to victims of human rights violations.

Youth Leadership Development Foundation
To empower youth throughout Yemen to conduct human rights advocacy. Youth Leadership Development Foundation will conduct an intensive three week human rights training program for youth from all of Yemen’s governorates. After the program, the youth will develop and implement human rights activities in their own governorates, and will form a national Youth for Human Rights forum.

Al-Amal Association
To promote civic and human rights awareness amongst Akhdam communities, and to raise awareness of the marginalized status of the Akhdam. Al-Amal Association for Development of Marginalized Groups will conduct a multi-component project to improve the status of Yemen’s Akhdam communities. Led by a group of Akhdam activists, the project includes legal awareness and assistance, advocacy, networking and coalition building to empower this population.

The grant listings posted here are from the 2009 Annual Report, published in June 2010.

Source: NED

Saturday, February 12, 2011

NED(CIA/Mossad) Tentacles in Egypt

No wonder you could see all these people protesting on the streets of Cairo. Look at all these organizations sponsored by NED(National Endowment for Democracy) in Egypt.

Source: NED
American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To support freedom of association in Egypt through partnerships with four Labor Support Organizations (LSOs) to increase their capacity to advocate for and defend worker rights, strengthen respect for the rule of law, and build bridges between Egyptian workers and other labor movements. The Solidarity Center will support trainings for lawyers, an interactive website for journalists, a campaign for a new labor law, a strategic campaigning workshop, and roundtables with labor leaders from four countries.

Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies (AITAS)
To strengthen youth understanding of the Egyptian parliament and enhance regional activists’ use of new technologies as accountability tools. AITAS will conduct a series of workshops for 300 university students to raise their awareness of parliament’s functions and engage them in monitoring parliamentary committees. AITAS will also host 8 month-long internships for youth activists from the Middle East and North Africa to share its experiences using web-based technologies in monitoring efforts.

Arab Foundation for Supporting Civil Society (AFSCS)
To promote the independence of civil society institutions and raise public awareness of their importance and the challenges they face through cooperation and support from the media. AFSCS will conduct four training workshops for a total of 100 journalists and representatives of civil society institutions on monitoring violations against civil society organizations, and extend its outreach on these efforts through a web site and newsletter focused on civil society issues.

Arab Society for Human Rights (ASHR)
To promote legal awareness among journalists about freedom of expression under Egyptian laws and encourage greater and better informed media coverage of human rights issues. ASHR will conduct a series of six three-day training workshops in Alexandria on media law and the rights of media professionals for 80 journalists from the governorates of Giza, Port Said, Sohag, Ismailiya, Al-Sharkiya, Kafr Al Shaykh, and Marsa Matrouh.

Association for Women’s Total Advancement and Development (AWTAD)
To strengthen a business association that links civic engagement to the private sector and targets young professionals. AWTAD will conduct two leadership development courses for Cairo-based young professionals to expand its membership base and offer ongoing professional development workshops to strengthen member involvement. For each course, AWTAD will lead an eight-week, one-on-one mentoring program for 25 mentees and established private sector professionals.

Association of the Egyptian Female Lawyers (AEFL)
To strengthen women’s leadership and participation in the decision-making process within bar associations in the governorates of Giza, Beni Suef, Minya, and Qena. AEFL will train a cadre of women lawyers within local bar associations who will subsequently train an additional 100 female lawyers in each target governorate. Trainees will form a network to provide continued support to women lawyers seeking leadership positions within the bar association.

Bridge Center for Dialogue and Development (BTRD)
To promote youth expression and engagement in community issues through new media. BTRD will train youth between the ages of 16 and 26 in the use of new and traditional media tools to report on issues facing their communities. BRTD will also create a website for human rights videos and new media campaigns in Egypt. The website will host trainees’ completed projects and provide a blog-like forum for them to engage in an ongoing dialogue on their projects.

Budgetary and Human Rights Observatory (BAHRO)
To promote accountability and transparency, increase public awareness of the national budget, and engage civil society organizations in public budget monitoring and advocacy efforts. BAHRO will analyze and provide a mid-term evaluation of the projected national budget and fund allocations for Egypt’s five-year development plan (2008 -2012) versus actual expenditures and implementation of development initiatives.

Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA)
To promote and engage youth in democratic dialogue and strengthen their oversight of political reform implementation. CEWLA will train 25 youth leaders on Egypt’s political reform plan and techniques for interacting with government officials. The youth will then conduct five half-day dialogue sessions with officials to monitor the implementation of proposed reforms in public political participation with a focus on youth and women’s participation.

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
To engage civil society organizations to participate in the democratic process by strengthening their capacity to advocate for free market legislative reform, and to build consensus on needed changes to the Egyptian legal environment to remove impediments to competition in a free market. CIPE will work with the Federation of Economic Development Associations (FEDA) to organize policy reform roundtables, draft policy position papers and an economic analysis report, and conduct policy and advocacy planning sessions for SME business associations.

El-hak Center for Democracy and Human Rights
To raise young local journalists’ awareness of their rights in order to enable them to report more effectively on local community issues. El-hak will conduct eight workshops on journalists’ rights for a total of 200 young local journalists in the Gharbeya, Beni Suef, Qena, and Port Said governorates; establish a network of local journalists; and develop a newsletter and website for the exchange of best practices and professional advice.

Egyptian Center for the Right of Education.
To strengthen an independent teachers network and enable its members to advocate for the welfare of teachers and lobby for reforms. ECER will conduct a training-of-trainers (TOT) workshop for 15 network members. Approximately five of the TOT participants will be selected to conduct two workshops on advocacy campaigns and collective bargaining. Each workshop will be attended by 30 member teachers.

Egyptian Democracy Institute (EDI)
To promote accountability and transparency in parliament through public participation, and to build legislative capacity. EDI will produce quarterly monitoring reports and hold seminars to discuss the overall performance of Parliament and offer recommendations on legislation proposed in the People’s Assembly. EDI will monitor, collect, and document evidence of corruption in Cairo and Alexandria, as well as shortcomings in the delivery of public services in the governorates of the greater Cairo region and Alexandria to share with MPs representing those communities.

Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth (EULY)$33,300
To expand the use of new media among youth activists for the promotion of democratic ideas and values. EULY will train 60 youth activists to use filmmaking for the dissemination of democratic ideas and values. The Union will lead a total of four two-month long training workshops in Cairo to build the political knowledge and technical filmmaking skills of participating youth involved in NGOs. Each participating NGO will then produce and distribute a short film about its organization’s mission or about an issue for which they are advocating.

Fares Organization for Social Care (FOSC)
To promote democratic ideas and values among university students in Mansoura and build the capacity of a local NGO in Mansoura working to promote civic and political participation. FOSC will conduct a field study to assess Mansoura University students’ perceptions and knowledge of democratic ideas and values, train youth in the topics where their understanding is limited, and engage students in a theatrical production on political participation that will be presented in various youth centers across the city and surrounding districts.

Hukuk Elnas
To promote the concept of street law in Egypt and the Middle East North Africa Region and to strengthen Egyptians’ awareness of their legal rights. Hukuk Elnas will create a web portal to raise Egyptians’ knowledge and awareness of their fundamental rights using simplified, colloquial language. The organization’s lawyers will provide pro-bono legal advice through a 24-hour telephone hotline and instant messaging. Hukuk Elnas will develop a training curriculum to share with other Egyptian and regional NGOs interested in promoting the concept of street law.

Human Development Association (HDA)
To establish a cadre of young local journalists and lawyers in the Daqahliyah province who are able to monitor citizen rights in the media and courts, and to promote citizen engagement and public pressure on local authorities. HDA will train a cadre of 25 young local media professionals and 75 legal activists to monitor and support citizen rights, and encourage citizens to pursue their rights through a hotline for citizen complaints and monthly discussion forums.

Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies (ICDS)
To disseminate information on civil society and democratization in the Arab world and promote democratic ideas and values. ICDS will publish a monthly newsletter and annual report on civil society and democratization in the Arab world, and will hold weekly discussion seminars on topics related to civil society and democratization. In addition, the center will contract an external evaluation consultant to review and assess ICDS’s programs and institutional needs and provide recommendations for strengthening the center.

International Center for Justice and Legal Support and Advocating (formerly known as Justice Association in Gharbeya)
To strengthen women’s leadership within political parties in the West Delta region and to build the capacity of a civil society organization in the Gharbeya governorate. The Center will establish a political party women’s networking and professional development group to promote collaboration among women party members across ideological lines. The women’s forum will be supported by a series of professional development training workshops to enhance party women’s skills in legislative analysis and development, media outreach, and membership development.

Justice and Citizenship Center for Human Rights (JCCHR)
To promote transparency and accountability of local government councils in the Minya governorate and to engage citizens in the decision-making process at the local level. JCCHR will observe and report on local council sessions, develop and administer surveys to local government officials and citizens, disseminate information to the public on local government activities, and organize discussions among local government officials, community leaders and media professionals.

Lawyers Union for Democratic and Legal Studies (LUDLS)
To support freedom of association by strengthening young activists’ ability to express and organize themselves peacefully within the bounds of the law. LUDLS will train 250 youth activists on peaceful assembly and dispute resolution as well as produce a resource report on the these topics.

Mogtamaana for Development and Human Rights Association
To promote transparency and accountability of local government councils and engage citizens in the decision-making process. Mogtamaana will pilot a local council monitoring program in the Giza governorate by observing and reporting on local council meetings, developing and administering surveys to local government officials and citizens, disseminating information to the public on local government activities, and organizing discussions between officials and citizens.

National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms (NADRF)$81,000
To build the capacity of grassroots community organizations in developing and managing programs promoting women’s political participation and strengthen the ability of women candidates for the 2010 parliamentary elections. NADRF will train provincial women candidates in the 2010 parliamentary elections and their campaign assistants in managing election campaigns. NADRF will train 30 women trainers (TOT) on leadership and management, who will then lead awareness seminars. NADRF will also conduct a comprehensive evaluation of its three-year program on women’s rights awareness.

One World Foundation for Development and Civil Society Care
To raise awareness among local journalists in Beni Suef, Qena, and Ismailiya about government decentralization and specifically the role of journalists in the process. One World will conduct four workshops for a total of 95 local journalists in Qena, Beni Suef, and Ismailiya on the role of the media in supporting decentralization and promoting transparency in local government, and establish a cadre of media professionals supporting the decentralization process.

Our Hands for Comprehensive Development
To engage Minya youth in civic activism and encourage youth-led initiatives and volunteerism. Our Hands will hold two public meetings for local youth to discuss challenges and to identify youth leaders who would benefit from additional training courses. Participants will produce a short film on youth political participation, and develop and implement action plans for resolving problems facing youth in the governorate. Our Hands will also provide Minya youth an opportunity to learn from the experience of and network with Cairo-based activists and NGOs.

Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
To explore the feasibility of establishing a Cairo-based policy center to support Egyptian civic organizations’ and activists’ ability to advocate for policy reforms. POMED will engage in an one-year exploratory phase to identify key coalition members, local staff, the center’s legal status in Egypt, and develop one-year and three-year strategic plans.

Regional Center for Research and Consultations (RCRC)
To identify the strengths and weaknesses in the performance of elected women parliamentarians and to strengthen the performance of female MPs. RCRC will analyze and assess the performance of past and current female parliamentarians and produce a training manual based on its findings to serve as a tool for female MPs, their staff, and NGOs that provide support to them. RCRC will launch an event to disseminate its findings and recommendations as well as test the training curriculum in a training workshop for 15 parliamentary staff and researchers.

Rural Development Association (RDA)
To build the capacity of local councils in the Minofiya governorate and strengthen members’ effectiveness in responding to community needs, engage citizens in the decision-making process at the local level, and promote transparency and accountability of local government councils. RDA will develop a cadre of trainers from among local council members and lead a series of community forums where citizens will address community issues directly with local officials. RDA will also create a website to report on local initiatives discussed at the community forums.

Rural Studies Center (RSC)
To raise awareness of transparency and accountability issues as well as mechanisms available for combating corruption at the local level. RSC will develop a resource guide on the role of legal mechanisms available to local councils, lead six three-day seminars on accountability and transparency for 30 local council members and 30 rural community leaders, and maintain a website in support of its anti-corruption campaign.

Rural Women Development Association (RWDA)
To engage citizens in the decision-making process and public administration at the local level and to strengthen rural women’s engagement in local affairs. RWDA will empower its rural community to play a role in local administration; and bring together constituents and local officials to discuss and identify solutions for community problems, guide advocacy efforts to exert pressure on local officials, and strengthen local women’s leadership skills and civic knowledge through awareness seminars and a women’s parliament club.

SAWA Association for the Development of Society, Woman, Child and Environment
To strengthen the rule of law on civic and human rights-related cases in Giza. SAWA will develop a cadre of lawyers to pursue the enforcement of existing national and international laws concerning civic and human rights. SAWA will train young lawyers in Giza and place them as volunteers within local NGOs to provide legal assistance to the organizations and their beneficiaries.

Sons of Land Center for Human Rights (SLCHR)
To support the workers’ movement and promote the rights of temporary workers in al-Sharkiya, Daqahliyah, and Dumyat governorates. SLCHR will build workers’ capacity to demand their rights through two workshops and four seminars, while advocating for their rights through a media campaign and direct legal assistance. SLCHR will focus on workers who are hired on temporary contracts.

Youth Forum
To expand and maintain a network of youth activists on Egyptian university campuses and to encourage the participation of university students in student union elections and civic activities on campus. Youth Forum will conduct a civic and political awareness training program for 150 university students in the Gharbeya, Suez, Minya, and Assiut governorates. The Forum will lead a total of six, repetitive two-day training workshops to build the political knowledge and leadership skills of university students in these target governorates.