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SOPA - Big Business and Big Government in Your Computer
By Bedre Konja :: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 :: 42484 Views :: Article Rating :: Science & Technology

Many Chaldeans are well aware of how “Big Government” and “Big Businesses” use laws to pick their winners and losers rather than provide real justice.  “Saying laws are only intended for justice is a joke.  Most laws are meant to control the masses to submit to the will of Big Businesses,” says Kevin Shonea of Chula Vista, California. 

Shonea is the president of Web Logics and Analysis, an online company that evaluates the impact of online technology on a company’s bottom line.  “Politicians and big business lobbyists plan new laws and hatch talking points and scenarios to get the public to swallow new laws under the guise of justice or creating jobs.” 

{In this article Chaldean entrepreneur Kevin Shonea and legal Scholars Anne Bishu and Marvin Ammori tackle Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R. 3261}

“These are not conspiracies or theories.  Wikileaks proved that.  Big Government and Big Businesses conspire.  They choose winners and losers and only provide enough real justice to keep violence from sparking.  They call it lobbying.  It really is bribery and theft.   It can’t be any plainer than the nose on your face.  Anyone who uses the conspiracy card to deflect the validity of the argument, is simply too weak, naïve, or afraid to face the reality that Big Government and Big Businesses work together to grow and pluck the public of its wealth,” adds Shonea. 

“The Occupy Movement and the TEA Party are really the same movements.  One was fighting to weaken Big Government and the other was fighting to weak Big Companies.  Both were fighting being controlled.   The public is awakening and part of the reason is the Internet.  However, the freedom of the Internet is about to end.”

It’s not a stretch to imagine that the reason big media companies want SOPA to pass goes beyond just hampering piracy. Rather, it would give them massive amounts of control over the internet, as they can deem which sites are harmful to their brand and effectively censor them should they link to anything remotely resembling their copyrighted material.

Media companies fast losing ground to controlling broadcast channels then hatched an idea to show how the Internet could be used to thwart U.S. laws and challenge national security.  Companies like CBS, MSNBC, AOl, and Time Warner are implicated in targeting and teaching young kids how to pirate and share pirated content in order to build a large enough risk for politicians to pay attention. 

Media insiders have shared how Media giants like CBS and Viacom pushed peer-to-peer software.  “The peer-to-peer technology was needed in order to give credit to the calls of copyright infringements and act as the precursor for more draconian and Internet control laws,” says Shonea. 

The recent government struggles caused by wikileaks, twitter, youtube, and a host of other similar websites has government in general worried.  Protestors are better able to organize, capture video, and more effectively communicate government injustice.  U.S. politicians fear it is only a matter of time before the ire of the American people turn towards politicians.   Political scientist are saying that SOPA gives politicians who wish to hide cover as they push a law that allows them to turn off sites at a flick of a switch, using the pretext of copyright protection.
Copyright laws have always been contentious.  Many legal scholars believe copyright laws have lost their utilitarian purpose and are now an epitome of protecting Big Businesses.  The U.S. Constitution which allows the granting of copyright and patents for a limited time to serve a practical function, namely "to promote the progress of science and useful arts".

Anne Bishu, a UCLA law school graduate and an intellectual property rights expert says, “I have the opinion that courts should not be addressing the issue of maximizing profits for big businesses.  They should first ask if the big business is reasonably profitable with their copyright.  If not they have a claim.  If so, then they do not. ”

Bishu adds that the purpose of copyright law is "to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.  The United States recognizes no absolute, natural right in an author to prevent others from copying or otherwise exploiting their work.

“The copyright laws give authors limited property rights in their works, but for the ultimate purpose of benefiting the public by encouraging the creation and dissemination of more works. The author's interest is secondary to that of the public.  We want authors and inventors to be profitable as an incentive to encourage new ideas and development.  Once that is satisfied, the public’s benefit should be the priority.  Big Businesses and misguided politicians are harming the public.” 

Marvin Ammori, A Harvard law school graduate, Legal Fellow with the New America Foundation Open Technology Initiative, an Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society, and former law professor at Nebraska is helping to educate others about SOPA.

Ammori, like many other leading legal technology scholars feel SOPA infringes on First Amendment rights, is Internet censorship, will cripple the Internet, and will threaten whistle-blowing and other free speech.  In short, harm the public, in order for politically connected companies to rake in obscene profits because they were able to get politicians to artificially put the interest of their business ahead of the people.
Ammori observes that until fairly recently, the courts and Congress also recognized the threat copyright poses to free speech, and thus provided exceptions like fair use and safe harbors to shelter ISPs and others from liability for defamatory or copyright-infringing conduct by users or third parties.  But, Ammori argues, “Congress has become inconsistent in its sensitivity to free speech threats,” with new proposals such as SOPA, which threaten to chill or stifle speech on the Internet.   Ammori urges Congress to take First Amendment concerns into account in crafting new copyright legislation

Shonea shares that more and more people are waking up to how Big Business and Big Government conspire and corrupt.  "For Big Businesses we can stop giving them our business.  For politicians we need a term limit for all of them."

St. Thomas, MI USA

St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
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Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  

Rev. Frank Kalabat

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.


Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.