The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively, with the consent of the United Kingdom, as required by the Quebec Agreement. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only uses of nuclear weapons in armed conflict.

Innocent people died because United States wanted to try atomic bombs. Unites States is still proud of its act and never apologized for killing thousands of innocent people. The two bombed cities were destroyed and people who survived were heavily injured and became homeless.

United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Isreal, and North Korea are current countries that store near 14000 atomic bomb warheads. If an atomic war happens, these countries can easily destroy the earth and every single person in it.

Atomic bombs are a global threat to humanity and will in no way guarantee peace. No country should have the tools of mass murder and destruction for any reason.

It’s been quite some time that I’m active in promoting software libre and free culture. In all these years that I’ve been active, I saw many people that use software libre because they were excited about it. They were trying something new (for them) and they have been interested in finding every aspect of it.

However, when I talk about software freedom to somebody and that person decides to immediately delete its Google (and other proprietary) accounts, services, and software, I ask for patience and tell that person to not hurry. I tell those who make emotional and hurried decisions not to act in a hurry and to move forward step by step with patience.

I believe, freedom of thought is much more important than using software libre.

A free-thinking person makes decisions not out of temporary and false feelings but out of study and awareness. That person weighs the consequences of each action and chooses tools not on the basis of emotion, but on the basis of its long-term impact on itself and society.

A free-thinking person cares about software libre because that person is deeply aware of its rights and responsibilities.

Instant decisions often lead to short-term use and boredom of software libre, while informing people and giving freedom of thought to people leads to the right choice and development of software and culture freedom movement.

Just using software libre is not important and even sometimes wrong; It is important to think about software and culture freedom.

Mostafa Salehi, one of the detainees of the protests in December 2017 in Iran, was executed in Dastgerd prison in Isfahan. Mr. Salehi was transferred to solitary confinement before serving his death sentence.

He was accused of killing a member of the Revolutionary Guards and was tried for the same charge and then sentenced to death.

As technology and software usage grows in world, the need for software libre is being felt more than ever. We see new services everyday and software libre contributors and developers try to make a service/software like the proprietary one to make sure nobody is forced to use any proprietary software.

Some foundations such as FSF and EFF are trying their best to spread knowledge about people’s digital rights. However, getting people to avoid proprietary software and only using software libre is not an easy job to do.

We need more than possibility of using software libre to get people respecting their freedom and rights over their computing. There should be benefits for people in using software libre. For example, whenever I ask people to leave Google services and use software libre tools such as Nextcloud, I tell them how more efficient and useful Nextcloud is comparing to proprietary services such as Google.

Another example is telling them how tech giants are violating his privacy and they control their way of life and their current way of thinking by controlling the flow of information they get. I tell them how using software libre benefits them and gives them back their control over their digital and non-digital life by giving them back their rights.

Another thing which can attract people is that I treat them with respect. I tell them they have rights over what’s theirs and and I answer their questions with patience. Unlike most proprietary software that treats people as “customers” or “money machines”, I try to treat people with kindness and patience. This way, they understand that software libre is more humane. GNU Kind Communications Guidelines can be a good document regarding this.

Another thing that I always have in mind is to teach people how freedom of software can lead us to a free society. I teach them how their rights is being violated everyday and how governments are benefiting tech giants instead of people. For example, I tell people how governments spend millions of people’s taxes in buying license of Microsoft Windows when they can use GNU+Linux for free.

Many of times, I try to teach people about about their privacy and security. I teach them how software libre is generally more secure than proprietary software because we can study and/or change it while proprietary software forces us to obey its every rule and do what it says. I teach them how using software libre can free them from being a digital slave.

Finally, I teach companies and projects/individuals about how they can make money from their project by publishing it under a free (as in freedom) license and receive help from a large community to make their software better and more efficient, so they can attract more people into buying it. I teach them how they can benefit from the software libre communities worldwide and how they can be mutually beneficial.

I teach people how software libre generally costs less than proprietary software and how software libre projects are more economical for them.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets outside Benjamin Netanyahu’s house over the weekend in what appeared to be the largest protest to date calling for the embattled Israeli prime minister to resign.

They have protested against his career of corruption and for reopening Israel to the coronavirus. As some of his supporters occasionally launch violence the protesters, he accused the opposition of inciting violence, which is his standard way: lying.

A few minutes ago, at least two explosions took place in Beirut, the Lebanese capital. The cause of the explosions and the damage and casualties have not yet been reported.

Update: local news say that the blasts appeared to be the result of a fire or an accident at a fireworks depot. New footage shows many people are injured but there’s still no news about casualties.

Update 2: In the first official response, the Lebanese director of public security told Al Jazeera: “What happened (in Beirut) was not an explosion of fireworks, but an explosion at an ammunition depot that had been seized in recent years.”

Meanwhile, local media quoted Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan as saying that a ship carrying large quantities of explosives (fireworks) had exploded in the port of Beirut.

Update 3: Local sources claim that near 50 people which at least seven of them are medical staff are dead and more than 3000 people are injured. Please follow The Guardian for more news.

Footage of the second explosion in Beirut, happened few minutes ago.

I’ve talked about how software libre has nothing against selling software/services. I truly believe we should buy stuff from companies that sell software libre (or anything that benefits all) to support them. But some of companies/foundations are not for profit.

Some foundations are nonprofits working to promote knowledge and information for benefit of all people. Some like FSF, a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom, depend on people’s donations.

Our donations are not used for the financial benefit of certain individuals, but to build a better world. Wikimedia (parent of Wikipedia) is another example. Wikipedia is considered as the largest online encyclopedia online and it completely depends on donations. According to Wikimedia, 98% of readers of Wikipedia don’t give.

Imagine internet without Wikipedia; it’s scary. Wikipedia has a history of balckout. For example, about 1800 (English Wikipedia) editors voted in favor of a 24-hour global blackout of the site on January 18, disabling normal reading and editing functions. This was to protest against SOPA and PIPA. A lot of people, including a large number of students worldwide were troubled.

Now imagine that Wikipedia is completely shut down and never returns to its previous state. If we don’t donate to such foundations, this would happen. Free Software Foundation, Wikimedia, GNU Project, VideoLAN, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Riseup, and a lot of other great and amazing foundations/projects are doing for benefit of all and we should keep them alive.

It is important to donate and participate in them to build a better world.

Black Lives Matter protesters troop through ‘America’s most racist town’: Demonstrators march to entrance of KKK national director Thomas Robb’s private Arkansas compound as armed local residents watch them file past.

Black Lives Matter protesters traveled to Zinc, Arkansas, on Sunday to demonstrate about social justice. The protesters picked Zinc because it is where Ku Klux Klan national director Thomas Robb has a compound. The protesters were met with armed local residents who were there to keep an eye on them.

Protesters shared pictures of armed men who used their cars to block off the road leading to Robb’s home. Protesters also shared pictures of people who they identified as members of the League of the South, which the Southern Poverty Law Group says is a neo-Confederate organization.

The protesters were seen having discussions with local residents during their peaceful demonstration. Protesters said that nobody had ever gone to Zinc to have demonstrate and they made ‘history’ while doing it.