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Revolution is spreading: Protests sweep Spain, Greece, and elsewhere

Eurozone fears bring instability to global markets - May 25th, 2011 “…there are also mounting protests in the Continent against public sector spending cuts and rising unemployment. At the same time, fears that Greece, Italy and Spain will be unable to re-pay their sovereign debts without an expensive bail-out sent markets in Europe and North America tumbling earlier this week.” Source

Thousands in Greece austerity protest - May 25th, 2011 - ATHENS - Thousands of protesters gathered in Athens and other major Greek cities Wednesday to condemn the government’s austerity policies after an online campaign inspired by recent turnouts in Spain.

More than 10,000 people, according to media estimates, assembled in the capital’s central Syntagma Square, shouting and shaking their fists at the lawmakers inside the nearby parliament building.

Another 5,000 gathered in the northern city of Thessaloniki and similar protests were planned in the cities of Patras, Ioannina, Iraklio and others.


Spain went through similar protests last week leading up to their election:

Protests to continue in Spain - May 25, 2011 - Since mid-May, Spain has been witnessing demonstrations against the government’s austerity measures.

The massive protests came after the government of Prime Minister Zapatero introduced a slew of drastic austerity measures, including the cutting of civil servant wages, as part of its plans to curb the budget deficit from 11 percent a year earlier to within three percent of the GDP, a limit set by the European Union by 2013. Source

Meanwhile, protests are returning to Egypt:

Egypt’s PM tries to head-off “Second Revolution” - May 25, 2011 - Facebook groups, which helped oust President Hosni Mubarak in February, have been complaining about what they see as slow political and economic reforms and delays by the military council and the interim government in bringing to justice former officials charged with abuse of power and graft.

They have called for a massive demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the hub of protests that toppled Mubarak, on Friday in what they dubbed the “second revolution”. Source

And yet the Slut-walk Protesters, which have also gone global, would rather invest their time in protesting a stereotype. Ladies, I know it’s a problem that is deeper than some, but really, people are putting it all on the line for a shitload of heavy, heavy issues and you organize against what some dumb cop said in Canada? #firstworldproblems

Check out this map of protest camps and pick a revolution. Then organize a Slutwalk to feed the hungry in India.

Priorities people.



Why Libya and NOT DARFUR? Bahrain? Sierra Leone? Nigeria?

I try to stay away from politics on this blog and just watch events and patterns, but I have to say this. 

When the genocide in Darfur began in 2004, the UN and the US turned a blind eye to rape, genocide, and Sudanese planes bombing rebel villages. They actively stayed out of it. The Bush administration had a long record of avoiding the issue and ignoring it in any significant way as it was happening.

Now, perhaps it is the current administrations position to take issues such as this more seriously than the previous administration did, but we have Republicans such as John McCain advocating for military intervention in Libya. Others have advocated restraint.

Still yet, of all the civil wars with human rights atrocities at the center, why have we seen increasing rhetoric and pressure to intervene with military action?

Right now troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have entered Bahrain, at the invitation of the Bahrain government and enacted of martial law to control protesters there. The army is openly shooting protesters there.

Why would be care about Libya when the same thing is happening in numerous other places all over the globe? Why do we move so quickly in this instance and not the others? 

Consider this:

Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa but most analysts agree that the country is still underexplored. 

There is a long list of pros and cons for intervention, and this cheat sheet for the main arguments bears reading, but I cannot see how it would be anything but detrimental for the US to over extend itself and enter yet another country in the Middle East.

Despite the sadness and suffering of the people there, this is their war. My heart breaks for those people. It really does. However, the fact remains, there are many others in which we have taken no action. Why set foot in another Muslim quagmire when it’s obvious we are at an impasse in Iraq and Afghanistan? 

Say no to the no-fly zone. Say no to more American soldiers in Middle Eastern countries. It’s not about protecting civilians from Qadafi. The US government doesn’t give a shit about civilians. We care about controlling the oil supply. 

Just. Say. No.