Above the Law (Of One Child Policy)

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Cute Enough to Risk a Second?

At the heart of every blockbuster rests a simple question: how far would you go to save a loved one?

In China, the distances are further from here to a galaxy far, far away and the trials exceed Rocky’s worst nightmares.

Having a second child in China is not just heavily frowned upon, it is against the law.  The government is ruthless and despicable in its dark crusade against the unborn: in some regions of China infanticide is commonplace, two-child mothers are forcibly sterilized, and corpses of the unborn are tossed in ditches on the side of the road.  It is little surprise that around 500 women commit suicide every day in China

There are three major routes for the daring few to have a second child.

1) Face the Fines

Wealthy families can pay the stiffs fines to have seconds.  The costs per child range with from providence to providence and with the ferocity of the population administrators.  Many of the fines range between 200,000 yuan and 300,000 yuan, $20,000 and $30,000 American dollars, per year in a country where the household income is just over $10,000 American dollars.  The costs rise quickly with additional child.  Only the elite have two children, having three is almost unheard of , and more than that seems to be sacrilege.  This path is only open to the wealthy. The 99% must look elsewhere.

2) Bribe the Bureaucrats

For the majority of the 160,000 “out of plan” children are born into China this is the best option since  corruption is a core pillar in Chinese culture.  For a bride, officials are more than happy to legitimize the paperwork for illegal children.  Loopholes in the law are stretched to the breaking point.  The second child can be declared a member of a childless family or that of a rural family which was alloted two children.  More daring families risk simply declaring the second child a twin of the legal first-born one.  As families get poorer they go to further extremes to meet the loophole conditions; it has driven some to marry relatives to hide seconds while others hide children when inspectors arrive.  This path is dangerous, however it is the only option presented to most parents.

3) Births Abroad

Middle income parents choose to have babies abroad.  Some are born in capitalist cities like Hong Kong, where the restrictions are not in place.  Others go to great distances; some fly all the way to Japan or even the United States to birth children.  Illegal clinics host the expecting mothers, paying lucrative rates, until their children are ready.  These children are then birthed  like normal babies in conventional hospitals.  The problems arise with getting the mother and baby back to the family.  Since the babies were born on foreign soil they are technically foreigners.  This makes life difficult because parents still pay hiked rates for education and health of the children.  This is generally the cheapest legal option.

Conclusion

Out of love and passion every year tens of thousands of children are born “out of plan” every year.  This is a bold statement about the indomitable nature of mankind as the desire for having multiple children survived terrifying propaganda encompassing half a century.

This situation brings to mind a quote from chaos theorist Malcolm, of Jurassic Park, “Life will find a way.”  Another, lesser known, Jurassic Park quote comes to mind as well: ” OH-MY-GO-THE-DINOSAURS-ARE-EATING-ME-SHOT-IT-SHOT-IT-SH——*crunch, crunch*.”  With its one-child policy the Chinese government is fighting the very forces of evolution.  A hundred thousand years of primal struggle cannot be snuffed out by a few misguided politicians and a little red book.

When the Jurassic side of China’s one-child-policy emerges the country will be torn asunder.  Love of family is stronger than the logic of population parameters.  These massing illegals parents and activists indicate a revolution will happen sooner rather than later.  Change is coming to China: life will find a way.

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The Revolutionary (Cell) Service: Katrin Verclas Invents Phone Application To Protect Leaders of the Arab Spring

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Do encrypted and safe phones mean the Arab Spring uprisings are In the Clear?

The American Government is funding cell phones designed to guard grassroots rebellions; don’t worry; these measures are not counter intuitive.  This technology was designed to empower the rightful leaders in oppressed countries to coordinate victorious revolutions.  Grants from the State Department have now launched this cell phone application called In the Clear.

This initiative gives the people’s leaders quick disposable communication that could be electronically wiped at the flick of a switch.  This function protects everything that would be endangered if the phone fell into enemy hands;  list of critical contacts, locations of weapon caches, and planned actions. In addition rudimentary encryption provides a powerful shield against cyber warfare and government snoops.

Previously, caught rebels were forced to swallow their SIM cards to protect their friends, now they can save freedom without the toxic indigestion.  These phones are already in use in Arab Spring battlegrounds.

Why Are Cell Phones Critical to Revolutions?

The keystone to the fall of Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya has been one innovation: instant communication.  Cell phones and social media networks have allowed public rebellions to ignite, flourish, and defeat oppression.

Uncensored slaying videos circulating over YouTube, massive coordinated protests through Facebook, and revolutionaries are mobilizing protesters, and militias, through cell phones.  Without being able to quickly react and take advantage of opportunities not only would have these righteous revolutions lagged, they might have even been crushed.  The Libyan rebels have been using cell phones since the beginning of their rebellion to battle Gaddafi.  In the coming revolutions in Syria and Yemen the handheld technology will continue to play a crucial role in mitigating bloodshed in the transfers of power.

Who Innovated These Phones?

The mastermind behind In The Clear is Katrin Verclas.  She runs an inventive activist group called MotiveActive, whose primary goals surround easier access to instant communication and knowledge proliferation.  The technology behind In the Clear was funded by grants from the State Department in association with a rapidly expanding Internet Freedom and accessibility.

Internet access is a basic human right, according to the United Nations; these cell phones are a crucial step in defending this right in unstable nations. Verclas’s phone application will play a major role in empowering the people where they need it most.

Perhaps they will be used domestically in the future, hopefully not in violent forums.

1667 Protesters Arrested: Malaysian Capital Seized By 20,000 Free Election Protesters of Bersih 2.0, City Became War zone when the “Yellow Shirts” were Met With Violent Riot Cops

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Protestors Rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Protest Lack of Election Reforms.

There is blood in the gutters and death in the streets of the capital city Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Protesters demanded free elections and the right of assembly and they were met with the threat of a whipping police baton and cease and desist order; their Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections had been outlawed and their rallied declared an unlawful gathering.  Twenty thousand progressives, many wearing iconic yellow shirts, rallied nonetheless, marching on the central stadium for their rally.  Water cannons, tear gas grenades, thousands of bright red riot cops, and a determined government drove back the righteous revolutionaries and imprisoned a tenth of their number.  A grand revolution, declared, Bersih 2.0, of Oceania has begun, however it will be met with a stiff authoritarian resistance, code-named “Operation Erase Bersih.”

What Exactly are the Protesters Challenging?

Prime Minister Najib Razak is the current head of the United Malays National Organization, a political conglomerate that has ruled the country since its independence from Great Britain.  While his government has attempted economic progress political opponents have condemned his party’s widespread use of fraud, corruption, and racial discrimination to retain its failing authority.  Marginalized races form the base of the coalition, consisting of over 62 separate non government organizations across all ideological spheres.  They all want one thing; fair elections and reforms allowing new political parties into the ruling government of Malaysia.  They were denied, so they choose July 9, 2011, the 54th anniversary of Malaysian Independence for their social revolution, Bersih 2.0.

What Has Happened to the Demonstrators?

The authority’s militaristic action has largely broken up the rallies; now the crest of this current protest has receded they have begun releasing 1600 of the jailed civilians.  Reports from protesters of Bersih2.0 say that at least one man has died because of breathing problems related to the protests.  The police lack the capacity to quickly take on so many new inmates and it is speculated that executives want to mitigate the rioter’s fury.  A short stint in holding cools tempers, a long time behind bars sparks hatred and rage.

What About the Remaining Leaders of the Demonstration?

They are going to remain locked down for the foreseeable future.  Preceding the protest opposition political leaders have been targeted and silenced using aggressive police arrests.  Over one hundred were jailed for everything from distributing T-shirts to holding public rallies.  Human and democratic rights were trampled; many leaders of Bersih 2.0 were deliberately threatened, intimidated and brutally treated. An additional hundred were jailed throughout the city during the protest.  These important public leaders are in stasis; their fate has yet to be decided.  Some who were released were re-arrested.

How is the Government Reaction to The Rally?

Major fissures have emerged between the different political spheres throughout the government cast vastly different opinions on Bersih 2.0.  Many of the extreme conservative elements have denounced the protesters, accusing them of “tarnishing” the country’s image and sowing anarchy.  The police chief of the Kuala Lumpur has objected, sympathizing with to the demonstrators because of the harsh police conduct.  These opinions will be crucial in determining the future maturation of these righteous free election demonstrators.

Bersih 2.0 will, and must, succeed for the continuation of Malaysia; otherwise it is probable civil war will engulf the nation.  That is unthinkable for our interdependent economy and international relations; the global recession of 2011 will only get worse at snowball into more anarchy around the world.

Georgia: Outbreak of Latest Jasmine Revolution

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Protesters stoke new flames of rebellion in Tbillisi, Georgia

Tbillisi, capital of the impoverished nation Georgia, was the first battleground for the latest outbreak of the Jasmine Revolution.  Several thousand revolutionaries converged on the city over the last three days, publicly battling law enforcement in a series of street battles.  Tear gas and rubber bullets dispersed revolutionaries after prolonged protests that paralyzed the cities major roads.  During the engagements both protesters and policemen were injured badly enough to be hospitalized.  A police cruiser was surrounded and damaged beyond repair by an angry mob; the unfortunate police officer was able to escape.  Locals call it the Second Rose Revolution, naming it after a successful revolution in November, 2003.

What is Next For the Revolutionaries?

A “Day of Rage” has been scheduled for May 25 by exiled opposition leader Irakli Okruashvili.  For the last four years he has been living in exile in France; he promises to return to his native country, which has a standing arrest warrant on him, on Wednesday to personally help the revolution take seed and flourish.  President Mikhael Saakashvili has survived and retained his authority in several similar uprisings over the past decade.

How Does This Impact the Region?

Neighbors Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are dreading the outbreak of rebellion on their doorstep while local superpower Russia is prodding the nation, looking for an opportunity to maneuver its own politicians into power.  Revolutions in Georgia have partially destabilized the region; influxes of arms and widespread casualties trigger weak regional security and mutual distrust.  Citizens of the smaller nations are also greatly concerned about the potential for Russian intervention, something that is nearly unthinkable.  In 2008, Russia annexed Georgia for several weeks after Georgia shot down a Russian jet.  Nobody likes tyrants, but they would favor them over the totalitarianism of the Russians that they subjected to until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Why Is There A Revolution Now?

Enraged civilians have endured nearly over three decades of troubled government run by illegitimate presidents and under the fear of the Russians.  The crucible of high employment, low standards of living and, above all, slashed pensions combined with existing widespread corruption have synthesized a new revolutionary force in the country.  These revolutionaries call for socioeconomic equality, free elections, and righteous justice for administrators who have betrayed their country.  Widespread support and secretive organizing on backwater social networking sites have created a powerful force that has the potential to succeed where past uprisings have failed.

Are There Scientific Terms to Describe this Revolutionary Behavior?

Criminologists describe the situation emerging in Georgia as rebellious deviant behavior derived from strain theory.  This psychological theory predicts that when a populace replaces the current objectives of the society with modern ones that pertain to the specific needs of the populace rather than the arbitrary orders by the imposed authority. President Mikhael Saakashvili has an unpopular government that is fraught with corruption and does not meet basic humanitarian requirements.  The people have forgotten his objectives and have substituted their own as they plan to establish a government with free and fair elections.  This deviant behavior is a natural result of the mistreatment of the Georgians.  The only surprising realization of this uprising is that this revolution has not happened already and that revolutions like it have not cropped up in nations with equally misguided governments, such as China or the United States of America.  These large nation need to follow the examples set by the upstart Georgians, Tunisians, and Croatians.

Good Luck Georgians!

Pipeline Bombed: Egyptian Extremists Cut Off Oil to Israel and Jordan

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Fire ripped across the deserts of Egypt today as extremists detonated bombs on the Egyptian-Israeli pipeline, cutting off the flow of oil.  Emergency services dispatched to the area have reported that the fire will take days to extinguish.  While the flow of oil was quickly halted the fire continues fester.  Nobody was killed in the explosion.  Civilians have been evacuated and advised to not return to the area until the fire is completely under control.

Israel confirmed that the flow of oil has stopped and is looking into alternative means of supporting themselves while the pipeline is repaired.  Jordan, who relies on eighty percent of their energy from the Egyptian-Israeli pipeline have been forced to import Radicals in the Egyptian government and populace seek to permanently cut off supply to Israel, due to historic hostilities.  This would be catastrophic for the countries relations; the fragile Middle East rests on the ominous edge of another tortuous conflict.

This is the third attempted bombing of the pipeline.  The first explosion halted the oil delivery for a full thirty-eight days.  The second explosives, set over a month later, failed to explode and were safely removed by Egyptian bomb squads.  Today, the third set detonated, causing skyrocketing flames and a rain of debris.

Many Egyptians are outraged that Egypt is sending valuable oil to its traditional enemy Israel; not only does more than half of the population want to stop the oil transfer many want to terminate the peace treaty between the nations.  This anger, amidst an uneasy peace that has gripped Egypt, has resulted in radicals targeting the pipeline.

Previously the Energy Minister of Egypt was arrested and interrogated for the low rates the pipeline has delivered oil to Israel. Many believed, whether they were biased by their cultural tendencies, that the oil was under priced far below market price and selling the oil to Israel was against the interests of Egypt.

Both Israel, who receives forty percent of their energy from the pipeline, and Jordan, who receives eighty percent of their oil from the pipeline, are forced to get alternative sources of fuel.  Israel is pushing forward with opening up its own oil fields, called the Tamar Gas Fields, to supplement its own energy needs.   Jordan has announced that they will import the more costly diesel.

Some are speculating that the region is set for war regardless of how this crisis is resolved, the radicals in Egypt and Jordan have gained enough power to win governmental support for attack Israel.  This pipeline sabotage might be the opening move in a long and costly war.  If this is the case, oil will be the least of concerns to what will doubtlessly evolve into the most devastating war of the twenty first century and the Jasmine Revolution.

Croatia Protesters Cause Panic in Zagreb: Dozens Injured, Tear Gas Used To Quell Uprising

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15,000 furious, anti-government protesters descended upon Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia.  Riot police were quickly dispatched, setting up a heavily armed perimeter around the government headquarters.  Aggressive protesters stormed the cordon and were viciously beaten back with batons and tear gas.  The casualties were counted as the crowd dispersed; there were more than twenty five serious injuries and at least sixty arrests. The President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, has called for protests to remain nonviolent; his pleas has been ineffective.  Larger protests are being planned for tomorrow.

What are the Demonstrators Protesting?

There are two major issues that the protesters are attempting to resolve:

1) Notable Croatian heroes from the Serb-Croat War of Independence are in the process of being extradited.  These protesters carry banners proclaiming, “Croat defenders are heroes” and “Stop the prosecution of Croat defenders.”  This group represents the majority of the protesters; many are veterans who fought in the Serb-Croat War of Independence who feel fellowship with their imprisoned comrades.

2) Anit-government demonstrators who are advocating for an elimination of alleged corruption in the government and execution of new economic policies.  These dissenters are furious with the Croatian economic decay and outdated technology of the small Mediterranean country.  These protests are dominated by young radicals with violent impulses.

What other Protests Have Taken Place?

This latest protest has been by far the largest, climaxing the rising anger sweeping across Croatia.  Two days ago, on February there a massive, violent protests rocked Zagreb.  Civilians armed with torches, stones, and other makeshift weapons fought with police, but were beaten back.  There were 58 known arrests.  The ruling political party, the Croatian Democratic Party, speculated that these protests were funded and organized by opposition leaders.

Meanwhile there is a continuous protest in the city of Osijek.  These  protesters want to combat unemployment and improve their standard of living.  Innovative leaders used Facebook and other social media sites they were able to organize peacefully  The protest is scheduled to continue until conditions improve in Croatia.

How is the Government Reacting?

The Croatian Democratic Party has restrained from using aggressive methods; currently their reactionary style has only used riot police who only defend themselves if attacked. Ivo Josipovic has called for the demonstrators to disperse, pleading that their protests will weaken Croatian attempts to enter the European Union.  Military forces have been placed on standby, but it is unlikely that they will be used in the near future.

Bolivian President Evo Morales Flees Capital, Oruro; Food Price Protesters (Armed with Dynamite) Riot Unchecked

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The President of Bolivia Evo Morales is on the run; outraged miners armed with dynamite are advancing through the capital city of Oruro, Bolivia, demanding a reduction of food and fuel prices.  Military forces have been called out to attempt to subdue protest.  Radicals call Evo Morales to be impeached, or even lynched

What Happened in Oruro?

The Oruro Uprising has become the flashpoint for this dire plight of the Bolivian people.  Evo Morales was supposed to be participating a celebratory parade to honor the crucial role the current Bolivian capital Oruro played  pre-colonial revolt that helped free the country.  Upon arrival out of work miners rallied and rioted, determined to lynch the Morales, blaming him for the deteriorating economic conditions plaguing the nation.  Dynamite from the mines was used to loudly punctuate their displeasure as they towards stormed Morales with cries of revolution.  Baulking under pressure, Morales quickly fled the capital.

What Are They Protesting?

Rising prices plague the Bolivian economy, fuel prices have risen 70% recently while food prices have skyrocketed as well across.  Both of these issues have arisen from the government nationalization of the energy industry in the nation.  Many of the stronger unions have gone on strike, the economy in the country has been brought to a standstill.  The people are outraged, and starving.

How Has the Revolution Developed?

Major protests have spread across the city of Cochabamba, another major city in the country, where merchants are outraged by the continued food crises in Bolivia..  The largest airport in the country has been shut down by protesters, whose demands are lower food and fuel prices.  Revolution rips across Bolivia, the people are rising up and taking their rights.  The government is in chaos and is likely to fall.  Hopefully one more sensitive of the people’s needs will arise in the aftermath.

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