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We have entered a new era of conflict, warns new book
In his new book, Irregular War (IB Tauris) , he reflects on Isis, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, and the Taliban - all separate manifestations, he says, of a new non-state dynamic driving international conflict through asymmetric and hybrid warfare. But their significance is more fundamental. They are part of what Rogers calls “an historical shift towards revolts from the margins”. And such revolts are made more likely by “the widening global socio-economic divide and the onset of climate disruption”. [...] The causes of conflict are many and deep – economic, political, societal, environmental, demographic. [...] “the increasing marginalisation of the majority of the world’s people caused by the workings of the neo-liberal system of international economic activity” which concentrates most of the fruits of economic growth in the hands of a transglobal elite of some 1.5bn people.
book  ISIS  ISIL  al-Qaeda  al-Qaida  Boko  Haram  Al  Shabab  Taliban  Middle  East  Iraq  War  climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  extreme  poverty  free  trade  weather  extreme  drought  crop  shortage  water  security  food  security  crop  failure  youth  unemployment  unemployment  Arab  Spring  Jasmine  Revolution  jasminrevolution  military-intelligence  military–industrial  complex  Gini  coefficient  inequality  poverty  1%  10%  20%  globalisation  globalization  winner  take  all  Super  Rich  plutocracy  neoliberal  neoliberalism  neoclassical  economics  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  Chicago  School  liberalism  Foreign  Aid  global  economy 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Is public support for refugees in the UK dropping? - BBC News
A new poll indicates that support in Britain for taking in more refugees may be sliding. [...] bc people can't personalise the facts and figures. talk is only about numbers. not individual stories! the voices of refugees are not heard proportionately to what is written about "the crisis." ... rather than a task to do because the west has meddled in the middle east since WW1 in its own interest. the west supported the fall of lybian leader gaddafi, the west supported a regime change in egypt. the west looked away in Syria.
jasminrevolution  Arab-Spring  refugee  crisis  Middle  East  geopolitics  politics  Syrien  Syria  Egypt  Lybia  Libya  Muammar  Gaddafi  public  sentiment  Germany  UK  austerity  Fiscal  Pact  social  safety  net  welfare  state  Schuldenbremse 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
"After Me, The Jihad," Gaddafi Tried To Warn The West, But Nobody Listened | Zero Hedge
Before the French Revolution and its Reign of Terror, Louis XV predicted, “After me, the Deluge.” Before being overthrown, Libya’s secular dictator tried to warn the West of a new Reign of Terror, essentially foretelling, “After me, the Jihad.” This was disclosed with the recent release of phone conversations from early 2011 between Muammar Gaddafi and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Muammar  Gaddafi  jihadist  Middle  East  Libya  Lybia  ISIS  refugee  crisis  Egypt  jasminrevolution  Arab-Spring  history 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
The future of the Egyptian revolution | Books | The Guardian
Egypt may today look like a tragic example of why mass protest is doomed, but the turmoil of the five years since Tahrir Square has unleashed a will for change and a resistance to power among ordinary citizens that could yet transform the country, and maybe the world
Egypt  jasminrevolution  Arab-Spring 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Getting away with it while the world’s cop is off duty | Ian Bremmer
The U.S. is willing to do less on the world stage than it has since the onset of World War Two. In the long term, this reset of foreign policy and military initiatives may yield the country a peace dividend. In the short term, there are three international issues where the situation on the ground is deteriorating rapidly and where, in the past, a U.S. president might have intervened. Let’s look at them:

[...]

... foreign policy implications of the 2012 election are virtually nil. Americans are consumed by domestic issues like the economy and unemployment.
election2012  foreign  policy  Arab-Spring  jasminrevolution  Israel  egypt  Syria  Iran  middle-east  geopolitics  foreignaffairs  USA  barackobama  hillaryclinton  presidency 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Wikileaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower: Episode 1
Arab Spring in 2010/11 started in Tunisia Dec 2010. 2 Weeks before Wiki Cable leak.
Cable leaks also had lots of intricate details of the relations between Egypt (Mubarak Regime) & the US. Displaying deteriorating affairs. But the Cables show also an out of touch US diplomats in Cairo. US, Barack Obama/Clinton did put themselves on the wrong side of history.
Due 2 the Cable Gate, people saw the US doing just lip service for the dictators. US Diplomats & Intelligence Service seeing one thing, knowing one thing ... and just doing the other.
Showing that the US failed on many levels on their own foreign agenda - freedom and democracy.
Al-Masri case; CIA acknowledged mistake, but pressured Germany not 2go 4 an international arrest warrant 4 CIA people involved in al-Masri abduction. Showing when key US interests are at stake, justice counts for little. The dark side of US; obstructing foreign justice, courts and criminial proceedings through politics. VERY Idealistically.
CIA  al-Masri  jasminrevolution  egypt  tunisia  foreignaffairs  diplomacy  cablegate  Arab-Spring  wikileaks 
march 2012 by asterisk2a
Massenproteste in Israel: Hunderttausende demonstrieren fr soziale Gerechtigkeit - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Politik
Es sind die größten Sozialproteste, die Israel je erlebt hat: Mehr als 250.000 Menschen sind am Samstag in Tel Aviv und anderen Städten auf die Straße gegangen. Sie fordern mehr soziale Gerechtigkeit. Regierungschef Netanjahu kündigte schnelle Reformen an.
israel  jasminrevolution  Arab-Spring  2011  youth  generationy  generation 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Konflikt in Syrien: Westen frchtet Regime-Kollaps in Nahost - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Politik
Syriens Präsident Assad geht mit aller Härte gegen sein eigenes Volk vor, 1800 Menschen sind nach Schätzungen der Opposition bereits umgekommen. Der Westen kritisiert die Gewalt, eine militärische Intervention aber scheint ausgeschlossen - zu groß ist die Furcht vor einem Flächenbrand.
Syria  Arab-Spring  jasminrevolution  2011 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Dubai Denies Neighbors Fuel as City Struggles to Pay Off Debt: Arab Credit - Bloomberg
questionable ability to service and repay debt.
Dubai has $16 billion of publicly held debt maturing later this year, International Monetary Fund data show. 
Dubai borrowed at least $129 billion to turn itself into a tourism, trade and financial services hub, according to Credit Suisse Group AG. It had to seek help from neighboring Abu Dhabi after the global credit crunch dragged property prices down by more than half from their peak in 2008 and forced some state- owned companies to seek changes to payments.

Fixing PricesThe U.A.E. federal government fixes retail prices for gasoline and diesel at prices that are below retailers’ costs. It has left prices unchanged this year even as crude rises to 2 1/2 year highs. Last year, the government allowed two increases in pump prices.

“There have been no price increases in the Gulf since the Mideast protests began, as governments want no cause for similar opposition at home.”
dubai  AbuDhabi  sovereign  debt  crisis  2011  contagion  creditcrunch  creditcrisis  liquidity  Arab-Spring  jasminrevolution 
june 2011 by asterisk2a
G-8-Gipfel: IWF warnt vor gigantischer Finanzlcke in Arabien - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
"Die Region muss sich auf einen grundlegenden Wandel ihres Wirtschaftsmodells vorbereiten", teilte der Fonds mit - und forderte die G-8-Staaten und reiche arabische Länder auf, einzuspringen.
"In naher Zukunft muss das Vertrauen in die öleinführenden Länder wieder hergestellt werden", so der IWF. Die Staaten litten unter anderem an den weltweit steigenden Rohstoffpreisen. Länder wie Ägypten, Jordanien, Marokko, Tunesien, Syrien und der Libanon würden wegen der höheren Lebensmittel- und Energiepreise mit einem höheren Inflationsdruck zu kämpfen haben. Weil an den Finanzmärkten Unsicherheiten über die politische und wirtschaftliche Entwicklung herrsche, müsse die internationale Gemeinschaft in den kommenden 18 Monaten den Großteil der Hilfen stemmen.

Zur Unterstützung beider Länder werde die Bundesregierung noch in diesem Jahr 30 Millionen Euro einsetzen. In den nächsten Jahren sollen 100 Millionen Euro zusätzlich bereitgestellt werden.
G8  2011  Arab-Spring  middle-east  jasminrevolution  IMF  tunisia  egypt 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
Rede zum Arabischen Frühling Viel Pathos, wenig Pläne
Klare Unterstützung für Reformer im Nahen Osten - aber eine allzu vage Agenda für eine neue US-Außenpolitik: Die arabische Welt wird US-Präsident Barack Obamas Grundsatzrede zur Kenntnis nehmen, Jubel dürfte sie kaum auslösen. Nicht zuletzt wegen der deutlichen Unterstützung für Israel.

Dieser Auftritt war von vornherein ein Risiko. Niemand zwischen Casablanca und Bagdad hatte darauf gewartet, dass Barack Obama eine Grundsatzrede zum Arabischen Frühling hält. Der US-Präsident hat sich trotzdem dafür entschieden - und erläuterte am Donnerstag seine Einschätzungen zu den Umwälzungen in der Region. Obama erklärte, warum diese ein "neues Kapitel" in der Geschichte der amerikanischen Diplomatie nötig machen.
presidency  barackobama  pakistan  foreignaffairs  arab  israel  politics  middle-east  jasminrevolution  2011  Bahrain  lybia  double-standard  hypocrisy 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
Energy prices: Tax away vulnerability | The Economist
Analysts at Morgan Stanley say sharp increases in oil prices pose the biggest threat to growth because consumers suffer a sudden hit to purchasing power. They note a 85 percent to 90 percent increase in the price of oil over a year was followed by U.S. recessions in 1975, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2008.
taxation  greatrecession  oilprice  oil  jasminrevolution  2011  2008  tax  USA 
february 2011 by asterisk2a
YouTube - Lies that launched a war
If only the people went on the street. back in 1998/99.
tunisia  egypt  jasminrevolution  Iraq  history 
february 2011 by asterisk2a

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