ArabCrunch Under Threats: Hillary Clinton and the State Department To Compete with ArabCrunch!
Update 2: this is a long post: Our sources who are close to the U.S State Department and the US Department of Defense have informed us that if you do not find ways to collaborate with the State Department ” they will destroy you.”
Update 3: We are not looking for “cheap” publicity with this post. The event with Craig and Steven is older than the post publishing date. there are better ways to get public attention rather than involve such controversial issues that involves our name “VS. in some ways” the only super power in the world which would put the writer of this post safety at “risks”. This post is not a waste of time. The public needs to know what is going behind the scenes. The public needs to know that what is unjust, unfair, what is blackmail, hypocrite and “criminal in general, not pointing to anything in specific about the word criminal”
We hate politics at ArabCrunch and we try our best to avoid it, but this time it came to us.
Steven R. Koltai State Department announced recently during US Delegation on Entrepreneurship event held in Amman, Jordan at the end of last June that U.S Department of State will launch a competing project to ArabCrunch.NET on its website, the competing project will have mentoring match making targeting Muslims and Arab entrepreneurs. And it comes under the U.S Federal government and Obama‘s plan to “support” entrepreneurship in the Arab & Muslim world. As a pillar in a new policy to fight “terrorism” by engaging with people in the region.
During the event which was organized by a new event group in Amman Called Amman Tech Tuesday, I raised my hand asking the delegates who some of them are real entrepreneurship like Tom Kelle from TechStar and Shervin Pishevar SGN and an investor in gowala to join ArabCrunch.NET, that led some people (without mentioning names) to call my question as “advertising for ArabCrunch”, while others told us that the “whole event is a propaganda for the US. government.”
Then I moved on to ask Steven from the State dep. that we do not feel comfortable at ArabCrunch to have the U.S State Department competing with us, since the US federal government has over 1 trillion USD in yearly budget, 1 million soldiers, Nukes, around 1 million CIA, FBI and other intelligent personal inside USA alone let alone the company that operates under other cover “and let alone in other countries around the world.”
I told him we can deal with the private sector competition, but not with (the only) super power like the US government. This move is 100% against the capitalist principles and the free market ideology that the United States government has been professing around the world for decades. I also told him that this sound like Communism.
He replied back by saying there is room for everyone and the amount of resources the US gov. is putting in this is low! Yes it is low to take down a small startup like ArabCrunch. And I do not believe that people at the US Stat Department believe there is something called room for everyone!
After the event Greg Behrman from the US State Department and a Member of its the Policy Planning Staff, has proposed that I meet him along with Steven in order to discuss and “collaborate” off course I said NO, as the term “collaboration” meaning becoming spy in the technical term.
I recently sent the following message to Creg from the state dep. and yet he did not reply:
Apology for not replying earlier, I understand your government is about to launch a competing project to http://arabcrunch.net with a mentoring website at the U.S. state dep. site among other projects aimed on entrepreneurs in the name of helping!
This means the US federal government is competing with a private startup from the Arab/Muslim world: ArabCrunch. which is 100% against the principles of free market and the freedom innovation that US federal gov. professed around the world for decades , Governments should not enter in competition with the private sector, specially if they are indigence.
As I said in the US delegation event in Amman, Jordan last month, ArabCrunch can not compete with the US federal government, which has over 1 trillion USD in yearly budget an army of over millions soldiers CIA/FBI agents nukes and what not with advanced weapons.
Your friend from the U.S Stat department answered by saying there is room and not all U.S federal budget is put into this project. Room? Yes for sure it does not need billions to destroy ArabCrunch and oust it. It needs very little effort, actually there no way to even compare between AC, me and US. Federal gov. Me and ArabCrunch are no match to your resources at any level, we do not even make 6 figures, we are still in the startup mood.
At ArabCrunch we got NO political agenda, we are not an NGO, Mark Zagroubring said once you can not change the world by being an NGO, because you will be begging for money all the time. We are a startup aiming to help other startups and geeks speacialy Arabs and Muslims . and until now ArabCrunch is the only one from the private sector in the world doing what we do, with focus on Arabs and Muslims.
My advice is that the U.S federal government or any of its agencies should not compete with ArabCrunch network and not fund (directly or indirectly) those who start competing projects to ArabCrunch group.
This makes me honestly scarred and not just worried about ArabCrunch but also about my own personal safety. US gov. is a super power, we on the other hand are Nada. Also I am not sure how would the US government feel about a small non American entity that is competing with it, in some of its projects and that is growing day after day. As i have no intention in leaving or closing ArabCrunch at any case.
I can deal with competition coming from with private sector, but at the level of governments ( specially if they are Super powers or backed by) I get really worried.
The US government has started a competing Arabic news TV to Aljazeera with its 100% owned ” Alhurra Arabic TV”, and before its army has bombed Aljazeera offices in Baghdad and Afghanistan killing Aljazeera Jordanian correspondent in Baghadad. A memo that was leaked during Gorge Bush terms said that he had planned to bomb Alajzeera Head Quarter in Qatar.
Yesterday, a US republican Congressman has asked for the execution of alleged Whistleblower Bradley Manning. Wikileaks also recently published a leaked document that dates to 2009 about US army plans to destroy wikileaks image to the public by attacking its heart ( trust.)
Our sources who are close to the U.S State Department and the US Department of Defense have informed us that if you do not find ways to collaborate with the State Department ” they will destroy you.”
We are not a political organization and we do not have any political agendas, but it seems George Bush motto of “with us or against us” is still valid and applies to not just to politics but also on tech and entrepreneurship!
We’ve been and still under attack from different directions, we will not consider the US Federal government or any other government as enemy even if they consider us as so “directly or indirectly.”
It would be interesting to see how far the “engagement plan” will go to!
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