September 28, 2011
Arab Nations, Chicago, Citizens United v. FEC, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, collective bargaining rights, Corporate Greed, corporations, crime, Denver, Economics, Egypt, Greek Riots, Investing, Jasmine Revolution, Judical, Libya, Los Angles, maldistribution, Michael Moore, New York, news, Occupy Wall Street, Pepper Spray, Police Brutality, Protests, Reform, Second American Revolution, Tunisia, Wall Street, Wisconsin, Yemen
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Arrested For Campaigning For Basic Human Rights
It should be noted that the Arab Spring flared in America on September 24, 2011 and has since burned brightly, lighting downtown New York City while singeing Chicago, Denver, and Los Angles. This global revolution has taken the form Occupy Wall Street here in America. They campaign for ethical reforms for majority of the population, which are needed to combat the unconstitutional and immoral actions of the richest 1% of the population. In the words of Michael Moore, “Something has Started.” This is the beginning of the Second American Revolution.
What are the Occupy Wall Street Protestors Moving to Accomplish?
They want to enact economic and judicial reforms on a national scale.
They are campaigning against a broad range of failings that have hurt the American public. Several important issues are combating corporate greed, unshackling union’s collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, and overturning Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a Supreme Court Decision that gave corporations the right to invest unlimited funds in political campaigns. Many demonstrators believe the financial sector, embodied by the Wall Street Stock exchange, to be at the heart of these problems. This is why ground zero for Occupy Wall Street is in New York City; they really just want their voices to be heard in the increasingly polarized and glaringly corporate political battleground.
Will They Be Successful?
Their protest is the American manifestation of the Arab Spring, which has uniformly been unstoppable. The trend with this sociopolitical titan has been that nations either meet the demands of the populace or inevitably fall to rebellion. These protests will be historically noted as the beginning of either one or the other in America.
The Arab Spring has already been felt around the world, from the revolting Arab nations successfully completing revolutions, British looting of London, and Greek riots spreading anarchy. Everywhere people are revolting against the same issues, only the names and places are different. It is likely historians will it call the Jasmine Revolution, after its original name with the fiery startup in Tunisia.
These initial protests may not be successful, perhaps doing little more than slowing a few investors commute. What is significant is that Americans are mobilizing not against any specific issue, but instead against the decaying economic order. They are protesting the schism between the astounding wealthy and the numerous poor. This is similar to other “Jasmine Revolutions.”
How Does Occupy Wall Street Resemble the Arab Spring?
Occupy Wall Street, which can be identified as a public organization for economic reform, bears striking similarities to the origins of most Arab Spring revolutions.
The Tunisians, the first pioneer of the Arab Spring, say their revolution was sparked by “unbalanced economic growth” as well. Egyptians revolted due to, “rising food prices, high unemployment, and the corruption that pervades economic life in the region.” Yemen is on the verge of a regime change, because of a widely corrupt government and major “economic grievances.” With the exception of the corruption, all of these concerns are prevalent in every region of the United States. The maldistribuiton of wealth and resources in America parallels those of the revolting Arab States; it was only a matter of time before distraught and jobless citizens took action.
Why Has There Been Police Brutality?
I would like to make note that while there have been a few occasions, including one incident involving dangerous use of pepper spray and others where police aggressively arrested unruly protesters, on the whole Occupy Wall Street has not suffered from unexpected amounts of police brutality. This is a large-scale, well covered protest; incidents of this nature happen during such demonstrations. It could be much worse and much more violent. These cases of controversial police aggression are regrettable results from the patriotic activism of the protesters going beyond conventional terms of engagement. These protesters knew the risks when they decided to stand up for what they believed in. The policemen are simply doing their jobs; I would not judge them too critically lest they desert our popular cause entirely. Everybody knows they did wrong, all we can hope is that incidents do not persist.
September 7, 2011
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2 Dead Following Disastrous Prison Break
Eight gunmen have sprung notorious Mai Mai Terrorist Commander Gédéon Kyungu Mutanga from death row in a Congolese prison. At least one thousand inmates exploited the security breach, spilling out into the nearby Lubumbashi, the second largest city in the country.
National authorities are being mobilized to contain the criminals, police are converging on the prison with close support by military forces. Fast responses from authorities and local residences have recaptured 152 of the escaped convicts before the search had even begun. United Nations spokesperson Madnodje Mounabai, from the mission in Congo to defeat roving bands of militants, has expressed great concern for this explosive development and urges national support for the country-wide manhunt. Prospects are uncertain if the commander of the “triangle of death” will be brought to justice.
How was the Raid Conducted?
A miscellaneous minivan slipped by the security of a high security Congolese prison. Eight armed gunman sprang from the vehicle once it breached the walled perimeter, making a beeline for Gédéon. One guard and one visitor were killed before guards were able to retreat to safer position outside of the occupied jail. Upon rescuing their leader, saving him from an imminent death sentence, the gunman encouraged all the other prisoners to make a break for freedom. It is estimated that roughly 1000 escaped before the guards, reinforced by military and police, where able to secure the prison.
Why is Gédéon Dangerous?
During the Second Congo War, which officially ended in 2003, sporadic fighting destabilized Congo and central Africa as various countries vied for power and resources. Mai Mai terrorists fought against the established government. Since the war was resolved these militants have remain armed and dangerous throughout western Congo. Child soldiers, militants, and government forces have fought for power throughout the region since the official end of the war. Mass rapes and firefights are commonplace.
Gédéon is a notorious terrorist; his name is associated with the Congolese “Triangle of Death” where Mai Mai militants wrought anarchy during the war and continued unrest since. When he was captured it was a blow to their terrorism. It was a landmark act of justice in Africa when he was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death. If he was able to retake leadership of the militant organization again it may perpetuate more painful years of civil war. This threat could cause the deaths and rapes of countless more innocents.
September 6, 2011
Deep Thought, Spotlight
Arab Spring, Arms Deal, China, European Union, foreign, Foreign Policy, Gaddafi, Gaddafi Gamble, Libya, NATO, USA
Libyan Rebels Discover the Chinese Have Been Arming Gaddafi
Beijing has hastily covered up of a $200 million arm deal with Gaddafi and his militant regime. The deal took place to prop up the illegitimate regime. Libyan rebels have been capturing modern weapons with Chinese origins, it is speculated that they were secretly shipped to pro-Gaddafi force through Algeria. Papers found in the rubbish of pro-Gaddafi leaders confirmed the deal. International ire has been raised; Beijing’s Gaddafi gamble has cast a shadow over their credibility and doubtlessly killed hundreds of rebels.
What Comprised of The Weapon Deal?
Everything to outfit a brand new army.
The papers revealing the weapons deal stated that rocket launchers, anti-tank, anti-aircraft missiles would be shipped in addition to assorted small arms. Many good Libyans died to these advanced weapons. Perhaps more will. Gaddafi forces have retreated into Niger, it is speculated they will wage a terrorist war against Libya to attempt to regain control. China did not score a strategic success, only pools of more bloodshed.
How is China Reacting To the Exposure?
China has now officially admitted that there were arms talks.
To make up for their failing the Chinese are stepping up regulation of private Chinese weapons manufactures. This feint probably will not halt international outrage. China has already overstepped its bounds in foreign affairs on many occasions. Some examples including supporting the tyrannical North Korea or annexing Tibet. This flair for violence has so far been tolerated; however it is poisoning the world against Beijing. Libya’s Transitional Council is investigating this incident as anger flares throughout their supporters. Libya will not be a fan of the Chinese.
Why Would China Fight the Rebels?
Beijing is posturing for a Second Cold War.
Arming America’s enemies is reminiscent of previous Chinese interventions, such as Vietnam; they perpetuated a twenty war with tens of thousands of American casualties by arming the Vietcong and NVA covertly. The goal was to win influence for China through killing its enemies, the Americans, through indirect means. Their objectives are met and China is not publicly threatened.
The Western powers have aligned with the rebels. China seeks a world empire to match that of the Westerners. Damaging new additions to Western Coalition will weaken NATO, the European UN, and the United States. Libya has oil, China views it as a valuable player should war evolve. Weakening this hapless state, while they are violent civil war, reinforces their position.
Calculated moves such as this have already set the Second Cold War in motion, only historians will mourn our loss of peace.