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In this Battle of Ideas satellite rumble, while some have celebrated the apparent radicalisation of previously apathetic youth, speakers express profound concern over its 'empty politics', contempt for the masses, leaderless-ness and narcissism. The rise of the far right in Europe is a further worry, but it can, we learn, be used to justify anti-democratic trends. These edited highlights are certainly compelling. Are there no promising political movements to inspire us? Your thoughts please.In this Battle of Ideas satellite rumble, while some have celebrated the apparent... more
Egyptian anti-government activists clashed with security forces in a third day of street battles in the capital as protesters demanded that the country's military rulers hand power immediately to a civilian administration. Egypt. 18th December 2011Egyptian anti-government activists clashed with security forces in a third day of... more
Occupy Cabinet clashes continue in Cairo
Clashes continue between military and protesters for a second day at the Occupy Cabinet demonstration. Cairo, Egypt, 17th December 2011Occupy Cabinet clashes continue in Cairo Clashes continue between military and... more
Police armed with shotguns restricted movement in and out of the village of Wukan in southern China, the scene of protests this week following the death in police custody of a local butcher.
A dozen uniformed officers and three vehicles manned a checkpoint yesterday about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from the village, checking identification cards and preventing some people from entering. The restrictions remain after Communist Party officials began a probe of local officials and halted a real-estate development that sparked protests.
Wukan, about 150 kilometers east of Hong Kong in Guangdong Province, rose up in protest after the Dec. 11 death of a villager while in police custody. The local government said Xue Jinbo, 42, died of a heart failure. He was “suspected” of leading more than 400 villagers to “vent their anger” over a land dispute, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
“Several thousand” people held a memorial for Xue at a temple in the village center yesterday, the Wall Street Journal said, citing unidentified local residents. Xue’s remains are still held by local officials, the newspaper said.
Wu Zili, the acting mayor of Shanwei, which has jurisdiction over Wukan, said the government is “determined to crackdown” on “criminal ringleaders” who incited the protests and destroyed property, the China News Service reported. At the same time, he said the land development will be halted and local authorities questioned about the incident.
The standoff is the latest in a series of demonstrations that have sparked concern among Communist Party leaders seeking to maintain stability in the world’s most populous country, where three decades of growth averaging 10.1 percent a year has also led to increasing income disparities.Police armed with shotguns restricted movement in and out of the village of Wukan in... more
"Social inequality in the UK is rampant.
There is a big difference between the higher
and the lower income earners and the gap
keeps widening. Looting is a manifestation
of greed, criminality but also a way of taking
it on the community. They feel that they should
own part of this. They have broken through the
fear of taking from their community – because
this is not their community – because there is no community.""Social inequality in the UK is rampant. There is a big difference between the... more
3rd Night Rioting (Live Amature Video) Manchester Beat Down
Riots that started in London spread to several
English cities last night with widespread looting
and arson leading to scores of arrests.
As a massive police presence in the capital
appeared to quell unrest there, youths in major
cities including Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool,
Bristol, Leicester, and Wolverhampton took to the
streets robbing main-street stores and attacking officers.
A senior Manchester police official, Assistant Chief
Constable Garry Shewan, said 110 people were arrested
overnight in the city and in neighboring Salford and
that officers were already sifting through CCTV
amera images today to identify looters.3rd Night Rioting (Live Amature Video) Manchester Beat Down Riots that started... more
2nd Night Of London Rioting (Amature Video) 2012 Olympic City Tottenham
Thousands of people have marched in Moroccan cities to demand that King Mohammed VI give up some of his powers.
In the capital, Rabat, police allowed protesters to approach parliament, chanting slogans like "The people reject a constitution made for slaves!"
A separate protest is under way in the country's biggest city, Casablanca, and another was planned in Marrakesh.
Protests have spread across the region since popular movements in Tunisia and Egypt forced out leaders.
Sunday's rallies in Morocco are organised by groups including one calling itself the February 20 Movement for Change.
More than 23,000 people have expressed their backing for its Facebook site.
The protesters have not called for the removal of King Mohammed, but for a new constitution curbing his powers.
"This is a peaceful protest to push for constitutional reform, restore dignity and end graft," said Mustapha Muchtati of the Baraka (Enough) group, one of the organisers behind the protest.
Moroccan Finance Minister Salaheddine Mezouar had urged people not to march, warning that any "slip may, in the space of few weeks, cost us what we have achieved over the last 10 years".
Analysts say that - unlike other countries that has seen protests - Morocco has a successful economy, an elected parliament and a reformist monarchy, making it less vulnerable to a major uprising than other countries.
"Most of what these people and organisations are calling for has been on the political scene for quite some time - political change, freedom, reform, change in the constitution," political analyst Abdelhay Moudden told the BBC.
Former BBC Morocco correspondent Richard Hamilton says regular protests are allowed, the economy is growing and the government has promised to double food subsidies.
But beneath the surface real problems are lurking, he adds - with a huge young population, many of them poor or unemployed; a gap between rich and poor described by one commentator as "obscene"; and parliamentary elections said by critics to be a fig leaf for an undemocratic system.
King Mohammed is a member of the Alaouite dynasty that has been ruling Morocco for some 350 years, claiming a direct line of descent from the Prophet Muhammad.
It is regarded as almost sacrilegious to question his role as king, our correspondent says.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12518116#Thousands of people have marched in Moroccan cities to demand that King Mohammed VI... more
The Struggle for Self-Determination in the Arab World
The Arabs are seeing their second wave of revolt against colonialism. The first wave of revolt started between the First World War and at the end of the Second World War. It involved the Great Arab Revolt, with British and French support, against Ottoman Turkey during the First World War and then Arab revolt against Britain, France, and Italy during and after the Second World War. 
During the formal period of colonialism, the authority of the colonial powers (Britain, France, and Italy) were politically visible. Today, the Arab World is under the "invisible authority" of the neo-colonial powers. These include the U.S., Britain, and France.
The modern-day neo-colonial powers maintain control over Arab countries through the supervision of their economies and the control of their political leaders, who serve neo-colonial interests as vassals. Thus, 2011 is not only the start of the second wave of Arab revolt against foreign rule via imposed dictators and corrupt regimes, but it is also part of a broader struggle against neo-colonialism.
Starting with Tunisia, revolts and protests have broken out across the Arab World. Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territories, Mauritania, Sudan, and Egypt have all been electrified with activism. Added to this is the political tension in Lebanon, continued instability in Iraq under American-led foreign military occupation, building tensions in Bahrain, and the balkanization of Sudan.
At first glance the Arab World seems to be in turmoil, but there is much more than meets the eye.......
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The Aurelia Fierros' Report │ Column
A golden rule of journalism prevents any serious correspondent from becoming part of the story. Unless, of course, extraordinary circumstances take place and the maker of the report ends up turning into the subject of it, inevitably. Such has been the case in Egypt’s coverage. (Follow the link above to be taken directly to the site.)The Aurelia Fierros' Report │ Column A golden rule of journalism prevents... more
Like a virus, revolt has spread rapidly over the last few weeks from Tunisia to Egypt, with additional riots and protests in nearby Jordan and Yemen, and rumblings that Syria may be next.
As alarming as the spread of uprisings might be, the recent chain of events echo numerous periods of discontent that stretch back more than 200 years.
From the impact of the Berlin Wall's demise in 1989 to a series of revolutions that swept Europe in 1848, unrest has triggered more unrest, time and again -- especially since mass communication allowed word to spread quickly from one place to another.
"Revolutions can sometimes be contagious," said John McManus, a military historian at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. "The take-home lesson from history is that you always have no idea how it's going to turn out, and that's kind of the scary part. You have no idea where the forces are going to go once they're unleashed."
Perhaps the earliest historical example was the American Revolution against Great Britain. Its success in 1776, in the view of most historians, inspired France to seek and win its own independence by 1789.
A more extensive spread of strife began in France in 1848, when disenfranchised members of the lower middle-class revolted against King Louis Philippe's corrupt and elitist rule. As Louis Philippe fled the country, rebellion spread to Germany, where people already held similar grievances and the idea of rebellion had been long fermenting. From there, revolt surged through Austria, Poland, Russia, Italy and beyond.
"There's no question that one thing leads to another," McManus said. "People see it going on in France. They see that yeah, it can be done, and maybe the time is right. Revolution literally spread like wildfire that year."
Other examples include the secession of South Carolina in 1860 from what the state saw as a tyrannical American government. Alabama, Mississippi and other southern states followed—a domino effect that led directly to the Civil War. And the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was part of a wave of uprisings against Communism in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria.
While the current situation in the Middle East involves its own unique cultural and political details, it shares many common themes with the past, said Ziad Fahmy, a historian of modern Egypt at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Like other contagious revolutions, he said, this one began years earlier, with a stewing sense of dissatisfaction toward an oppressive regime, along with growing urban centers and other deeply rooted cultural changes. Such unhappiness often sets the stage for a trigger event, which begins the toppling of metaphorical dominoes.
In this case, the trigger was a Tunisian protester who set himself on fire in mid-December. Subsequent protests led quickly to the flight of Tunisia's present and similar revolts in neighboring nations.
For a single revolt to become contagious, Fahmy added, communication is key. In 1848, it was the recently invented telegraph along with printed newspapers that clued people in to what was happening across national lines.
Today, it's Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. And when electronic means failed, Egyptian protesters made do the old-fashioned way, with printed instructions about what to do.
At its heart, rebellious contagion feeds off of the sense of inspiration people feel when they see people in similar situations striking back -- and succeeding.
"People see that as a template that they can follow, and they see that it can happen," Fahmy said. "It begins to chip away at that barrier of fear."
What history can't do is help experts predict where revolutions will begin, how far they will spread or how it will all end. Outcomes are often surprising and not always positive. Looking to the past, Fahmy said, is also unlikely to prevent new revolts from cropping up in the future and spreading like the flu.
"No one ever learns from history," he said. "There are always going to be new grievances and new media. This is human nature. When people are oppressed, they will revolt."
http://news.discovery.com/history/egypt-revolution-contagious-110203.htmlLike a virus, revolt has spread rapidly over the last few weeks from Tunisia to Egypt,... more
The unrest which began in Tunisia and spread to Egypt has also produced some demonstrations in Jordan, on a much smaller scale. Jordan’s King Abdullah decided to head off larger protests by dissolving his government today, and appointing a new Prime Minister.
Somewhat disturbingly, this is exactly what a January 18 report from Voice of America says Jordan’s Islamic Action Front asked the King to do. The Islamic Action Front is the Jordanian political arm of – you guessed it! - the Muslim Brotherhood. They’ve been holding rallies in front of the Jordanian parliament ever since the Tunisian uprising entered its terminal stage.
Hopefully the new Jordanian government will not be crafted to please the Islamists, but instead follow King Abdullah’s instructions to “take practical steps, quick and concrete, to launch a process of genuine political reform, comprehensive development, and take genuine steps towards strengthening democracy,” as long as democracy doesn’t strengthen to the point where it no longer functions at the pleasure of a king.
The old Prime Minister, Samir Rifai, was “blamed for a rise in fuel and food prices, and slowed political reforms,” according to the Associated Press. The new Prime Minister looks to be Marouf al-Bakhit, the current Jordanian Director of National Security. Al-Bakhit has held the job before, back in 2005, and has also served as ambassador to Israel. He retired from the Jordanian armed forces 1999 after a 35-year military career, concluding with the rank of major general. He was educated in both California and England.
The largest protests to date are getting under way in Egypt today. We’ll soon know if King Abdullah’s moves are enough to preserve the Jordanian monarchy.
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41524The unrest which began in Tunisia and spread to Egypt has also produced some... more
Zbigniew Brzezinski’s much feared “global political awakening” is in full swing. Revolts in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and other countries represent a truly monumental worldwide rallying cry for freedom that threatens to immeasurably damage the agenda for one world government, but only if the successful revolutionaries can prevent themselves from being co-opted by a paranoid and desperate global elite.
During a Council on Foreign Relations speech in Montreal last year, co-founder with David Rockefeller of the Trilateral Commission and regular Bilderberg attendee Zbigniew Brzezinski warned of a “global political awakening,” mainly comprising of younger people in developing states, that threatened to topple the existing international order.
Reading the full extent of Brzezinski’s words in light of the global revolts that we now see spreading like wildfire across the planet provides an astounding insight into how crucially important the outcome of this phase of modern history will be to the future geopolitical course of the world, and in turn the survival and growth of human freedom in general.
"For the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive… The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination… The worldwide yearning for human dignity is the central challenge inherent in the phenomenon of global political awakening… That awakening is socially massive and politically radicalizing… The nearly universal access to radio, television and increasingly the Internet is creating a community of shared perceptions and envy that can be galvanized and channeled by demagogic political or religious passions. These energies transcend sovereign borders and pose a challenge both to existing states as well as to the existing global hierarchy, on top of which America still perches…
The youth of the Third World are particularly restless and resentful. The demographic revolution they embody is thus a political time-bomb, as well… Their potential revolutionary spearhead is likely to emerge from among the scores of millions of students concentrated in the often intellectually dubious “tertiary level” educational institutions of developing countries. Depending on the definition of the tertiary educational level, there are currently worldwide between 80 and 130 million “college” students. Typically originating from the socially insecure lower middle class and inflamed by a sense of social outrage, these millions of students are revolutionaries-in-waiting, already semi-mobilized in large congregations, connected by the Internet and pre-positioned for a replay on a larger scale of what transpired years earlier in Mexico City or in Tiananmen Square. Their physical energy and emotional frustration is just waiting to be triggered by a cause, or a faith, or a hatred…
[The] major world powers, new and old, also face a novel reality: while the lethality of their military might is greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at a historic low. To put it bluntly: in earlier times, it was easier to control one million people than to physically kill one million people; today, it is infinitely easier to kill one million people than to control one million people."
Paul Joseph Watson
January 28, 2011
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The Army, through training exercises dubbed "Unified Quest 2011," is actively pursuing strategies to deal with a variety of scenarios including large scale economic breakdown, domestic order amid civil unrest and ways to deal with fragmented global power.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DInGq0mIWro&feature=player_embeddedThe Army, through training exercises dubbed "Unified Quest 2011," is... more
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaica declared a state of emergency in two parishes of its capital Kingston on Sunday after shooting and firebomb attacks on police stations by suspected supporters of an alleged drug lord who faces extradition to the United States.
"A state of public emergency, limited to the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, has been declared and will come into effect at 6:00 p.m. ( More..2300 GMT) today," the government's Jamaica Information Service (JIS) said.
The limited emergency in the popular Caribbean tourist destination covered districts of the capital where gunmen on Sunday fired on two police stations and set fire to another. At least one policemen was injured.
The attackers were suspected supporters of Christopher "Dudus" Coke whom the government has called on to surrender to face a U.S. extradition request on cocaine trafficking and gun-running charges.
Streets into the poor Tivoli Gardens area of West Kingston, where Coke is believed to be hiding, were barricaded on Sunday in defiance of a police call for Coke to hand himself over, witnesses said.
The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel alert warning its citizens of the possibility of violence in Jamaica's Kingston Metropolitan area.
Tensions in Jamaica rose over the last week after Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced he was starting proceedings to extradite Coke. U.S. prosecutors describe Coke as the leader of the infamous "Shower Posse" that murdered hundreds of people during the cocaine wars of the 1980s.
Relations between Jamaica and the United States grew strained when Jamaica initially spurned a 2009 extradition request for Coke, who is a supporter of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party and wields influence in the volatile inner city constituency that Golding represents.
JAMAICA FOLLOWING IMF LOAN PROGRAM
The violence comes as the government is moving ahead with an International Monetary Fund loan program.
The IMF in February finalized a $1.27 billion loan for Jamaica, its first loan from the fund in 15 years, to help the Caribbean nation address deep-rooted weaknesses in its economy and make it less vulnerable to economic shocks, such as last year's financial crisis.
The United States requested Coke's extradition in August 2009 but Jamaica initially refused, alleging that U.S. evidence against him had been gathered through illegal wiretaps.
In its annual narcotics control strategy report in March, the U.S. State Department said Coke's ties to Jamaica's ruling party "highlights the potential depth of corruption in the government."
Golding acknowledged in parliament earlier this month that he had been aware that his party hired a U.S. law firm to lobby the Obama administration against pursuing Coke's extradition.
He had initially denied knowledge of the hiring but later said he had sanctioned it in his capacity as leader of the ruling party and not as prime minister.
The admission prompted demands for the resignation of Golding, who is midway through a five-year term.
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=14b_1274735197KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaica declared a state of emergency in two parishes of its... more
The United States used "online warfare" to stir up unrest in Iran after last year's elections, the Chinese Communist party newspaper claimed today, hitting back at Hillary Clinton's speech last week about internet freedom.
An editorial in the People's Daily accused the US of launching a "hacker brigade" and said it had used social media such as Twitter to spread rumours and create trouble.
"Behind what America calls free speech is naked political scheming. How did the unrest after the Iranian election come about?" said the editorial, signed by Wang Xiaoyang. "It was because online warfare launched by America, via YouTube video and Twitter microblogging, spread rumours, created splits, stirred up and sowed discord between the followers of conservative reformist factions."
Washington said at the time of the unrest that it had asked Twitter, which was embraced by Iranian anti-government protesters, to remain open. Several social media sites, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, have been blocked in China in the last year.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/24/china-us-iran-online-warfareThe United States used "online warfare" to stir up unrest in Iran after last... more
Voight asks, "Is President Obama creating a civil war?"
Actor Jon Voight is on his way to Cincinnati, and Atlanta, in order to participate in Fox News host Sean Hannity's latest "Freedom Concerts." But first, he paused long enough to share some extra nuttiness with the Washington Times.
"There's a real question at stake now. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?" Voight said in an interview with the paper.
We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can't see this is probably hoping it isn't true ...
Do not let the Obama administration fool you with all their cunning Alinsky methods. And if you don't know what that method is, I implore you to get the book "Rules for Radicals," by Saul Alinsky. Mr. Obama is very well trained in these methods.
The real truth is that the Obama administration is professional at bullying, as we have witnessed with ACORN at work during the presidential campaign. It seems to me they are sending down their bullies to create fist fights among average American citizens who don't want a government-run health care plan forced upon them. So I ask again: Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?Voight asks, "Is President Obama creating a civil war?" Actor Jon Voight... more
Washington, 5 August (WashingtonTV)—Britain on Wednesday defended its decision to send its ambassador to Tehran to the inauguration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying “hard-headed diplomacy” was required in its dealings with Iran.
http://televisionwashington.com/floater_article1.aspx?lang=en&t=2&id=12801Washington, 5 August (WashingtonTV)—Britain on Wednesday defended its decision... more