Re: Call for hosts for GUADEC 2009

I fully agree. We think that the actions of the gnome foundation has a
profound impact on the world, that the choice of venue is important.
That holding the conference in morocco lends the moroccian *regime*
credibility it does not deserve.

2008/4/22, Behdad Esfahbod <behdad behdad org>:
> On Tue, 2008-04-22 at 19:03 +0000, BJörn Lindqvist wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 6:03 PM, Behdad Esfahbod <behdad behdad org>
> wrote:
> > >  About GUADEC out of Europe, that's fine as long as the place is Ok for
> > >  travel.  Bangalore has the same problem that US has.  Too far...  That
> > >  said, I love to see GUADEC '11 in Morocco for example...
> >
> > I wouldn't. GNOME is all about creating more freedom, Morocco is all
> > about taking away those freedoms. It would seem weird if the
> > conference was hosted in a country so diametrically opposed to what
> > GNOME stands for. That and the burning summer heat. :)
> GNOME is People.  Do you have any evidence that the Moroccan *people*
> are opposed to the values GNOME stands for?  We think we in GNOME have a
> great thing to offer, and any person on this planet deserves being part
> of this the same as any other one.  "Those people have an oppressing
> regime, ignore them" is not a really compelling idea to me.
> --
> behdad
> "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little
>  Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
>         -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759

mvh Björn

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