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A Revolution Too Late?

I never got a chance to publish this but I think its just as relevent today as it was on January 27th.  enjoy!

 

The protest videos eerily resemble the protests in Tunisia which toppled their 23 year dictatorship headed by the exiled Zine Al-Abedine Ben Ali. Since the start of this revolutionary wave by Tunisia, one thing has stuck in the back of my mind. Could this be true? First Tunisia, then Algeria, then Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, what exactly is going on? Why after 23 years with Ben Ali, 30 years with Mubarak, why after 42 years of rule by Muammar Gaddafi are the people just starting to begin to rise up?

The reason this all started is not because of unemployment or high prices. Yes, the Arab countries have a very, very high unemployment rate with Libya nearly 30% and the rest of the Arab countries in the 10% range. Yes, people can’t afford to buy food or have decent home. If this was the case, these countries would have revolted long ago. Why wait 30 years? How could anyone possibly live under those conditions for 42 years, half a lifetime, and not lift a finger or raise a voice?

This all started because someone lit himself on fire. Then, someone else lit himself on fire. After that, 7 people lit themselves on fire. At first I thought, “the poor man couldn’t handle it any longer, he had nothing left.” but when everyone started copying…….that’s what got me worried. These are Arab countries with Islam being practiced by the majority. It is a horrible sin to commit suicide in Islam, as it is the same for Christianity. It was better for these people to fight and die for their people, their country, and their freedom that to light themselves on fire.

Was it better that they kill themselves than kill other people? Yes. Was it better that they kill themselves and leave their brothers and sisters to fight for their freedom and their rights as human beings? Absolutely not! Ladies and gentlemen, I am worried. I always thought and knew with confidence that the Arab people would never run a successful revolution. The day the Tunisians revolted, I thought I was wrong. Now, I’m starting to think I was right.

Tunisia and Egypt are American backed countries and yet America has silently stood buy. If they are American backed countries that means America has some sort of involvement. What kind of involvement, military, espionage, economic, political? Who knows, but we can assume that America has some sort of presence. The basics of a revolution are as follows:
1.Ruler treats people bad, unemployment, no food/water, no housing, etc.
2. people demand change
3. change does not come so people protest
4. Ruler tries to quill protest by shooting people and asserting his power
5. people get even more angry and kick ruler out
6. new ruler takes charge

Now, the people can either bring in this new ruler or the army can stage a coup. We know obviously that all of the dictators in the Middle eastern/ Arab countries are puppets. In other words, people control them, tell them what to do, they tell them when to leave and they tell them when to come. What would happen if the old ruler did all of the above on purpose. When the people revolted he left and the “new” leader was ready to take charge after the smoke cleared but all along this “new” leader was put in by the same people who put the old leader in his place.
What I’m trying to say is that this could be the “Arab Union.” We have the European Union, African Union, and the Arab League. Remember how the United nations started? It was first the League of Nations after WWII and then formed into what is now today the United Nations. The Arab League could very easily follow that path. Which would then only leave is with the Asian Union, North American Union, South American Union and a clever solution for Russia and central Asia.

Honestly speaking I don’t how this will turn out but it seems that this could be a step towards an Arab Union or some sort of fake khilafa. This of course can’t happen overnight, this is but a small step in a direction of which I have no idea but can only speculate the possibilities using the process of elimination.
Do your own research, monitor this situation yourselves and let me know what you find.

Friday of Anger and Fear: The Egyptian Revolution!

teargas released in downtown Cairo

teargas released in downtown Cairo

Word on the street in Egypt is that HUGE protests are planned for Friday after Friday prayers. No one really know how many people could be out on the streets but since Tuesday there has been easily 15 to 20,000 people. So, expect Friday to very easily top that by at least double. At this point it seems that any act of violence towards the people on the part of the police, army, and Hosni’s regime could spell disaster for the rulers of Egypt. 

To get an in-depth update of everything that goes on, I recommend visiting the Guardians website at www.guardian.co.uk

They are probably the only unbiased view in this whole situation.

Til’ Friday!

hosni Mubarak torn picture

Egyptians tear a picture of leader Hosni Mubarak

 

Eyptian Police fire rubber bullets

Breaking News: Riots All Over Egypt!

                          The last time I posted it was to tell everyone about “Revolution Day” or Tuesday January 25th 2011. The Egyptians had planned this protest for a while and many people wondered whether or not it will succeed, including me. It has now gone into the third day of protests with some protests turning into riots. There are many conflicting reports, some people say the phones are down, blackberries aren’t working, the police left, the police is still there, the army is here, no they’re not, a police station is on fire, so on and so forth to a point where your head starts spinning.

A good point to note is that Hosni Mubarak will have his cronies around the internet and they are probably the ones saying that everything is fine. Okay, now back to the action as riots and protests are on going as we speak.

Rueters reports on the clashes:

Around 600 protesters clashed with police in demonstrations across the Egyptian eastern city of Ismailia on today, witnesses said. They said the police dispersed the crowds using tear gas. Demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, in power since 1981, have raged since Tuesday in several Egyptian cities, with the biggest clashes in Cairo and Suez.

 A brave act by an Egyptian Man – Tiananmen Square??

The AP reports:

Bahrain’s king is calling for an Arab summit to discuss efforts to calm the region amid widening protests inspired by the toppling of Tunisia’s iron-rule regime.The state-run Bahrain News Agency says King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa urged the emergency Arab meeting in a telephone call with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Another report from Rueters shows us a little more insight into whats has happened:

Egyptian police fired rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators in the eastern city of Suez, on a third day of protests calling for an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s rule, a witness said. Demonstrators early on Thursday morning torched a police post, after setting fire to another police post and a government building a day earlier. All three protesters killed in demonstrations in Egypt so far died in Suez. A policeman was killed in Cairo.

 

After three days of protests the AP reports:

President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling party says it is ready to open a dialogue with the youths who have staged three days of anti-government protests. Safwat El-Sherif, the secretary general of the National Democratic Party, also called Thursday for restraint by the security forces and protesters during a rally planned for after Friday prayers. However, el-Sharif, a longtime confidant of President Hosni Mubarak, did not offer any concessions to the protesters demanding Mubarak’s ouster nor suggest that steps would be taken to address their complaints about unemployment and poverty. “The minority does not force its will on the majority,” he said.

Egyptians are already making plans for the post-Mubarak time (if it comes). From Rueters:

Mohamed ElBaradei, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and former head of the UN nuclear watchdog, is expected back in Cairo today and has said he will join tomorrow’s demonstrations, and told Reuters it was time for Mubarak to go. He suggested he might run for president if democratic and constitutional change was implemented.

 

From the Guardian website in the comments section some one named “gaurdiansux” made a very good point regardless of the name:)

That’s true but Egyptians are much larger in number too, in smaller towns it’s obvious there is more solidarity, even protesters from nearby Ismailia have travelled to Suez to help in, Ismailla having its own unrest..what is strange is Port Said, it’s practically an island and if it rebels they can easily drive out the police but what can be very worrying to the world, if things escalate in Suez and Port Said revolts, the Suez canal will be closed. In Cairo and Alexandria, people still suffer from political apathy..they are huge metropolis and perhaps one shouldn’t judge yet but all those massive protests in Alexandria and Cairo are not even 0.5% of their populations. Those 2 cities if they really do erupt, the regime will be gone in a few hours..that’s why I said yesterday, we can never know what will happen or if they can really bring him down.. the number of protests tomorrow can be a Barometer of what’s to come

 

I totally agree and as I said in the earlier post about “Revolution Day” once the riots start you better hope and pray you win because if you don’t you’re going to be in a whole other world of hurt afterwards.

I will be monitoring the situation! Could this be the Arab Union??

Next Up! Egyptian Revolution?

Will Egypt follow in the footsteps of Tunisia?

           After 3 days of mourning for the protest victims in Tunisia many people wonder the fate of the Arab world as a whole. Protests are planned in Egypt to take place on Tuesday January 25th, they’re calling it “Revolution Day.” This could be something big for Egypt, but it could also be something horrible. It just depends on how powerful this “protest” on Tuesday is going to be. You shouldn’t expect to start a protest in a country like Egypt and not get any resistance, you WILL get resistance and lots of it. I think the biggest problem here is that if the protests don’t succeed the Egyptians will be in a worse off situation than if they never even started the protests in the first place. Mubaraks regime will just be tougher on people and try as much as humanly possible to squash any uprising in the future.

To some everything up in just a few words, the Egyptians need everything to go their way come Tuesday and it must truly be a “Revolution Day!”

 

The Guardian reports,

Tuesday’s demonstrations will take the form of a nationwide set of anti-Mubarak protests, dubbed “revolution day” by opposition activists who hope that Tunisia’s uprising will embolden the vast number of individuals like Shamad and persuade them that the time is right to make their voices heard.

“In every neighbourhood in the country there is a pressure point which the government is afraid of and which will be brought to the surface on Tuesday,” said Ahmed al-Gheity, 23, a doctor and one of the regional organisers of “revolution day”. On the event’s Facebook page, tens of thousands of supporters have posted comments suggesting Ben Ali’s departure could be the precursor for Mubarak’s downfall. “If Tunisia can do it, why can’t we?” read one. “We will either start living or start dying on 25 January.”

 



Riots Spreading to Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen!

Copying off of Mohamed Bouazizi, 7 people have either tried to or successfully set themselves on fire. After a month of street protests and nearly a month of violent riots, Zine Al-Abedine Ben Ali, Dictator of Tunisia, is now in exile and his RCD party in shambles.

See post: https://opinionrepublic.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/tunisia-protest-riots-change/

Now, riots have spread to neighboring countries. The events in Tunisia have sparked riots in Algeria, against the president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, since early January which continue to this day.

January 7th 2011 (riots in Algeria)

Their are reports of protests in Egypt as well, with atleast one person lighting himeself on fire.

Videos of unrest in Libya

USA .vs China – The Olympic Games will be a dog fight!!

The Olympic games will be a dog fight, a dog fight to the bitter end. Many will enter, few will triumph and so little will rise above the rest. Many will come to have their dreams both fulfilled and smashed to pieces. This is the only time where politics are not to be heard and the world comes together to compete. We set our differences aside and push our bodies to the limit, but to prove what?

To prove that one country is better than the other? One country is stronger, more focused than the other? It seems that every Olympics becomes a battle ground for bitter rivals. Politics to get involves, instead of embracing each other and congratulating the better competitor for holding the precious medal we turn our heads and train for the next competition. It becomes a race to see who wins more medals.

I don’t really care anyway because I like it. It makes for good enjoyment to see USA and China duke it out like we did with Russia back in the day. I think we still have a cold eye for Russia. I will be posting up-to-date, how many medals the USA and China won so stay in touch!

And now that I am the most famous person in the world I would like to congratulate China and the USA for winning medals this Olympics. I also want to congratulate South Korea, Netherlands, and anyone else who won a medal for winning a medal.

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