War in Sudan: The Korea of Africa (How a Demilitarized Zone Will Spawn War across Africa and the Second Cold War)

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War between the Sudans threatens to engulf Africa as border conflicts over valuable regions spark firefights and troop occupations.  Abyei, a region with lush farmland and oil deposits, became the hotspot as fighting ignited over the last couple of days.  Northern tanks and infantry occupied the region, driving out any Southern troops and sympathizers.  Negotiations over this disputed region took place in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.  The resolution agreed upon was to declare the territory a demilitarized region for the moment and to have it policed by Ethiopian troops until a national vote can be taken to decide the fate of the region.  It has yet to see if these negations will be observed or abandoned.  This unstable situation could easily explode into an international conflict, as China defends its oil reserves in Northern Sudan as the humanitarians and Africans rally around Republic of Republic of South Sudan and its struggling call for freedom.

How Has This Incident Affected the Region?

Tensions in one of the most dangerous regions of the world have only been risen higher and sparked more battles.  In recent days the conflict between the nations has manifested in aircraft raids on Republic of Republic of South Sudan and widespread famine.   The surrounding Africans nations are concerned that this war could spill over into their territory or create a new militant state rather than a new democratic one.  This could result in the country becoming a haven for criminals and terrorists, something that no region of the world wants.  Military units are being deployed to all surrounding borders as the Ethiopians head an effort to negotiate a truce in the region.  The outlook is dim, it is almost certain a full-scale war is on the horizon.

How Could This Blossom Into A Battleground of the Second Cold War?

Chinese conglomerates import large amounts of oil and gold from Northern Sudan.  Republic of Republic of South Sudan, oppressed by its northern largely autocratic government, will look to other superpowers to fund its development.  Geologists, once they are allowed into the region, expect to find large pockets of oil and rare minerals in the Republic of South Sudan.  America, Russia, India, and the European Union will all be interested in reinforcing their decaying reserves of oil.  While the North is largely Islamic the South still largely has traditional African cultures, which may result in African nations supporting the weaker southern nation rather than the alien northern one.  Tense relations between the nations, based on a history or genocide, could easily spark off a conflict.  The ensuing global incident would resemble the Korean War where over thirty thousand Americans were killed.  Neither side would back down when oil, the life blood of the economy, is on the line; this was seen in the Persian Gulf War.

Why Was the Republic of South Sudan Founded in Such a Toxic Position?

Earlier this year, on January 21, 2011, a landslide vote severed Sudan into Northern and Southern countries based on cultural and religious differences.  This landmark achievement, planned to officially separate the new nations on July 7, 2011.  Widespread border conflicts have marred the stability of the region, refugees and insurgents throughout the region have complicated the issue to the point of violence.  Republic of Republic of South Sudan lacks the infrastructure and coordinated military forces to police this and the Northern Sudanese could not care less about their castaway state.   A situation like this was inevitable.

How Does This Relate To the Sociology of the Region?

Sudan was an autocratic state ruled by President Omar al-Bashir, an Islamic extremist, who took control of the state after a coup more than twenty years ago.  Since then he has committed genocide in Darfur, skimmed hundreds of millions from taxpayers, and charged with five accounts of crimes against humanity.   His totalitarianism state has been pushing towards Islamic law for the whole country.  Religious and cultural differences with the Southern half of the country led to their expulsion in the January 21, 2011 election.  His rational-legal authority has killed millions and oppressed the rest of the country; the increasingly evident region that he set free Republic of South Sudan was to cut off the center of resistance against him.  In the future, he may move in with more armed troops to silence that voice of freedom for forever.

Cyberwar America: Lockheed Martin Corporation (Military Contractor) Has Top Secret Data Stolen

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Above: Battlefields of the upcoming Cyberwar

Hackers have infiltrated Lockheed Martin Corporation and many other critical American military contractors have.  Renegade programmers broke through the extensive security protecting top secret military weapons data, most likely planning to sell the next generation information to the highest bidder on the black market. Nobody has come forward to claim responsibility for this attack but many speculate that superpowers China or Russia are behind the technically advanced and sophisticated  assault that underscores the fact that the world has progress to the next level of warfare, cyberwar.

Why is this Attack Significant?

Anarchists, terrorists, and dangerous governments be able to create their own cutting edge weapons with the stolen blueprints.  America currently is roughly ten years ahead, technologically, of most superpowers, such as Russia or China, in the world and twenty to thirty years ahead of rouge anti american nations, such has North Korea or Iran.  Whoever, or whomever, ends up with the critical data will instantly close that gap to a matter of months, or the amount of time it takes to physically build next generation weapons.

They will also be able to discover specific weaknesses in American armaments that could be used to decimate the American armed forces in future wars.  In the past breaches of security of the magnitude have endangered the American public and the free world for decades afterwards.  One textbook example is how leaks in the Manhattan project gave the USSR the information it needed to build nuclear weapons of it own.  This security fault snowballed into the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War.

What Damage Has Been Done to Lockheed Martin Corporation and the other Military Contractors?

Reports state that the damage to the computers themselves was “minimal“, some speculate this is because the criminal want to be able to access new sensitive at a future date.  By not crippling the secrutiy netowrks today they give themselves the opportunity to steal more information later with sleeper code they might have installed into the mainframe, which would send data daily from behind the Lockheed Martin firewalls.  Attacks like this will only increase in number and magnitude, with more painful results as well.

What Does with Mean For the Evolution of Warfare?

On March 8, 2011 Anonymous, a hacker group responsible for both malicious and devastating attacks across the web, announced a “cyberwar” against America.  This was the only warning many ever got of the oncoming conflict.

America struck first, against Iran, during this new age of cyber warfare.  In early 2011 the nuclear reactors in Iran, which were thought to be used to weaponize uranium, were crippled by an American synthesized virus called Stuxnet that broke the centrifuges in the reactors.

Since then major corporations, with data sensitive to the American military, such as Sony, Google, and EMC have had their networks infiltrated by hackers, whom have dealt trillion dollars of damage and have torpedoed key elements of the international economy.

Today, the largest military corporation in the world had top secret data, that could be anything from budget reports to blueprints for weapons of mass destruction.

A perpetual, undeclared war has begun by faceless specters on the internet, such as the infamous group Anonymous,  against the pillars of stability of the governments of the world.  The public was not warned, nor will they until they are individually attacked when they get caught in the crossfire between these two behemoths.  Already more than seventy million Playstation 3 users have had their personal information and credit cards stolen in an unprovoked attack.  Attacks like this will only get worse as the Cyberwar evolves.

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!

Putrid Chaos: Californian Coast Contaminated (is Global Warming at Fault?)

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Many Californians spend Christmas day on the beach, surfing, building sand castles, and frolicking in the warm Pacific waters.  This tradition takes a rain check as torrents of water nearly drown the Southern California and have forced miles of beached to be closed; overflowed sewer systems have dumped massive amounts of sewage into the oceans.  This sewage contains everything flushed away, everything from hair chemicals to fecal matter.

Now authorities have announced the sewage has made a return trip, collecting on the beaches all along the coast.  Health experts verified the beaches were fully covered the sewage and to so much as visit the beach would be hazardous to anyone’s health.  Swimming and sunbathing in human filth tends to do that.

Governor Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for six counties worst affected by the fecal fallout of these sewage menace and cautioned all Californians to stay away from the beaches.

How did Rainfall Force Beaches to Close?

According to BBC the Los Angles Metro Area and all of San Diego Country has received half of its annual rainfall in less than a week.  The city was nearly brought to a standstill, as traffic was detoured around swollen rivers and overflowing sewer system.  Out of the sewer grates debris, trash, and sewage swashed across the streets and into all major water systems in the area.  This rubbish and semi toxic chemicals were washed down stream, out into the murky Pacific.  Now that same sewage is being washed back up on the Californian shores.

One of the hardest hit regions was Orange County.  Their beaches are strewn with excess pieces of debris and the shores reek of unspeakable smells.  Laguna Beach has been closed, inciting outrage in the surfing community.  They are not angry at  the country closing the beach, they are furious that the beach had to be closed.  It could be as long as a week till the beach is clean.

Why Has There Been So Much Rainfall?

Weather experts have remarked that this unusual rain system is the primary culprit in contaminating the beaches.  Usually rainfall is dealt with in small drizzles or storms, not six day long cloud bursts that nearly drown the southern half of California.  Some are saying that it is just and amorality, unlikely to be repeated.  Others point to global warming the chief ringleader in this natural disaster.

In the past California has never dealt with rainfall of this magnitude.  Neither has Africa been forced to deal with rapidly advancing Sahara desert; farmers are finding it harder and harder each year to maintain crops as water becomes scarce.  Islands throughout the Pacific have never dealt with the inevitable rise of the ocean and the elimination of their countries.

All around the world water issues are arising, in some places there are too much precipitation and in others there is an absence of precipitation.  There is no reason that California, or anywhere in the United States, to be exempted from this trend.  As long as the four largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China, United States, Russia, and the European Union, this disastrous trend will continue as they release more than 75% of all greenhouse gases.

The best defense for Californian beaches, and the world’s countries, is to take a stand against global warming.  Before we are all washed away.

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