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Egypt: Reverse Arab Spring

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In a turn of events that no one could have predicted (hint: sarcasm) it looks like it took just about two years for the new regime to fail as well and Mohamed Mursi will most likely soon go the same way as his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

According to Reuters:

CAIRO (Reuters) – President Mohamed Mursi clung to office on Tuesday after rebuffing an army ultimatum to force a resolution to Egypt’s political crisis, and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood sought to mass its supporters to defend him.

But the Islamist leader looked increasingly isolated, with ministers resigning, the liberal opposition refusing to talk to him and the armed forces, backed by millions of protesters in the street, giving him until Wednesday to agree to share power.

In a defiant 2 a.m. statement, Mursi’s office said the president had not been consulted before the armed forces chief-of-staff set a 48-hour deadline for a power-sharing deal and would pursue his own plan for national reconciliation.

Newspapers across the political spectrum saw the military ultimatum as a turning point. “Last 48 hours of Muslim Brotherhood rule,” the opposition daily El Watan declared. “Egypt awaits the army,” said the state-owned El Akhbar.

Overall the whole “Arab Spring” of 2011 seems to be one giant clusterfuck with no end in sight. At least no peaceful, orderly end establishing democratic legitimized forms of government for Egypt, Libya, Syria or any other of the affected countries in the region. Quite to the contrary, the uprisings and demonstrations are spreading to neighboring countries like Turkey and Europe’s bottomless money-pit called Greece.

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July 2nd, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Posted in Middle East,Uprisings

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Meanwhile in Spain…

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Meanwhile in Spain, people don’t seem to get that Europe is once again saved… Oh those silly Spaniards.

As Spain announces more austerity, the country has erupted in violence. This report, which dives into the heart of the violent protests, reveals a shockingly deep divide between government and people.

“The government is trying to scare the people,” one protester says, following the government’s dubbing of a protest outside the congress as a possible coup d’etat. It ramped up the already tense mood among a people that blame the right wing government for Spain’s economic problems. As protesters refuse to leave and sit down in non-violent protest, the police break off into small groups and chase them down. “The police started to charge indiscriminately toward anyone. We are returning to fascist repression.” Rubber bullets and bricks fly back and forth in street exchanges of a shocking intensity. “We are not animals! We are people!”, one woman pleads with the police. But the police don’t wait long before storming down the streets, shooting rubber bullets at close range into fleeing crowds. The streets may be clear for now, but as the crisis in Spain deepens with no end in sight, popular resistance towards the government and it’s austerity project is only intensifying.

Jihan Hafiz

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October 1st, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Ivan Krastev on government distrust

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Political theorist Ivan Krastev believes that we are witnessing a “crisis of democracy.”

There appears to be little dissent in Europe or the United States about whether democracy is the best form of government, Krastev says in a foreboding talk given at TEDGlobal 2012. “Democracy is the only game in town,” says Krastev. “The problem is that many people have started to believe that it is not a game worth playing.”

Over the past 30 years, he says, trust in the efficacy of democracy has begun to erode. People feel less and less like their vote matters—that while they may be able to change who is in power, they are not able to affect what actions their government takes. The consequences? A decline in electoral turnout coupled with a growing sense of distrust of those in power.

To hear Krastev’s fascinating and counterintuitive thoughts on how this crisis came to be, listen to his talk. After the jump, an assortment of surveys about government mistrust, so you can judge the situation for yourself.

In his talk, Krastev shares some startling recent findings—that only 18% of Italian and just 15% of Greek citizens believe that their vote matters. Krastev pulled these numbers from the European Commission’s “Future of Europe” public opinion survey, published in April 2012. (Download the full results from the European Commission website.) In Denmark and Sweden, faith in government remains high, with 96% and 89% of survey respondents believing that their vote is meaningful. But by contrast, Romanian and Lithuanian citizens  reported feeling largely powerless in their electoral system. Looking at the 27 countries of the European Union as a whole, only 52% of survey respondents said that they believe their vote matters inside their country. And just 33% believe that their vote matters in the context of the European Union at large.

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August 13th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

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Chile: Student pretesters clash with police

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Euronews reports:

Keeping up their fight for more education funding, thousands of students have taken to the streets of Chile’s capital, Santiago.

But their protests, launched more than six months ago, have often ended in violence and the latest demonstrations were no different.

Security forces used water cannon and tear gas as clashes broke out with a number of youths who hurled rocks and other objects at police. Dozens of arrests were reported.

Students are demanding a major overhaul of the education system, with a decision on the budget due in parliament by the end of the month.

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November 25th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

New York, New York

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Clearing out Zuccotti Park with Frank Sinatra

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November 18th, 2011 at 12:00 am

‘Occupy Rome’ rally turns violent

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Current situation in Rome: Cars burning, houses set on fire, tear gas and water cannons blowing away protesters…

Looks fun, doesn’t it? Soon coming to a city near you.

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October 15th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

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Berlusconi wins vote, loses youth

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Milano – Alla vigilia della manifestazione di domani 15 ottobre, i Collettivi studenteschi di Milano e provincia tornano in piazza. Un corteo partito alle dieci da largo Cairoli ha attraversato il centro del capoluogo lombardo cantando slogan contro banche e governo. Prese d’assalto le vetrine di molte filiali del credito, come Intesa Sanpaolo e Unicredit. Durante la mattinata è stata tentata anche l’incursione nella sede milanese della agenzia di rating Goldma Sachs, dopo gli episodi che nelle scorse settimane avevano coinvolto Moody’s e Standard&Poors. Il corteo ha poi raggiunto piazza Cadorna dove verso mezzogiorno, all’angolo con via Paleocapa gli studenti hanno lanciato ortaggi e frutta marcia contro la polizia, impegnata a bloccare l’accesso al palazzo che ospita gli uffici della Fininvest. “La nostra fiducia non l’avrai mai, ladro mafioso”, hanno gridato gli studenti all’indirizzo del premier Berlusconi.

Which translates to something like this:
(via Google Translate- if you speek Italian, please feel free to provide a better one in the comments)

Milan – On the eve of tomorrow’s event on October 15, Collectives student of Milan and the province back to the streets. A procession started at ten from Largo Cairoli passed through the center of Milan chanting slogans against the government and banks. Stormed the windows of many branches of credit, such as Intesa Sanpaolo and Unicredit. During the morning was also attempted in the raid Milan offices of rating agency Goldma Sachs, after the events in recent weeks had involved Moody’s and Standard & Poors. The procession then walked Piazza Cadorna where about noon, corner of Via Paleocapa students threw rotten fruit and vegetables against the police, agreed to block access to the building housing the offices of Fininvest. “We trust you will never have, thief mafia”, the students shouted at the Prime Minister Berlusconi.

 

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October 14th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Posted in Europe,Uprisings

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SØKKØMB: Ikea style Guillotine

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Unpack, put up, chop off – DIY instant justice with Sokkomb, the Ikea-style Guillotine (* some assembly may be required).

Sokkomb is a new low-cost product designed specifically for all those citizens who are so interested in Do-It-Yourself Justice. Are you full of energy? Have you lots of things to do and too little time to do them? Are you increasingly annoyed by all those criminals, immigrants and petty people who should just be got rid of? Your dynamic, active rhythm demands quick, summary justice and you are the person to do it, but too often you just don’t have the time and your family is increasingly in danger. Then you are the person we thought of when we designed “Sokkomb”, an easily-assembled guillotine for the whole family, the practical solution, quick and clean, perfect for all your security needs. By assembling Sokkomb in the comfort of your own living room, you can relax safe in the knowledge that the punishment will fit the crime. So you can finally be your own boss in your own house. Sokkomb is made from the best solid pine and comes equipped with a sturdy blade in stainless steel. It is light and versatile and is guaranteed effective for up to 100 executions a day.”

(Thanks to rebel:Art and Gizmondo)

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October 11th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Occupy Wall Street Spreads Beyond NYC

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The Atlantic has a nice photo series of the Occupy Wall Street protests spreading across the United States.

It’s now been three weeks since the “Occupy Wall Street” protests began in New York City’s Financial District, and the movement has grown, spreading to other cities in the U.S. Protesters have organized marches, rallies, and “occupations” from Boston to Boise, Los Angeles to New Orleans, Seattle to Tampa. Using social media, handmade signs, and their voices, they are voicing anger at financial and social inequality and protesting the influence of corporate money in politics. Seattle police recently arrested 25 protesters camping out in Westlake Park, following on the heels of 700 arrests on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge last week. Collected here are a some of the scenes from these protests across the U.S. over the past week, as the movement moves forward with no signs of slowing.

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October 8th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Saudi police open fire on civilians

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According to The Independent “Pro-democracy protests which swept the Arab world earlier in the year have erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia over the past three days, with police opening fire with live rounds and many people injured, opposition activists say.”

Saudi Arabia last night confirmed there had been fighting in the region and that 11 security personnel and three civilians had been injured in al-Qatif, a large Shia city on the coast of Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The opposition say that 24 men and three women were wounded on Monday night and taken to al-Qatif hospital.

The Independent has been given exclusive details of how the protests developed by local activists. They say unrest began on Sunday in al-Awamiyah, a Shia town of about 25,000 people, when Saudi security forces arrested a 60-year-old man to force his son – an activist – to give himself up.

Mr Rayah added that “there have been protests for democracy and civil rights since February, but in the past the police fired into the air. This is the first time they have fired live rounds directly into a crowd.” He could not confirm if anybody had been killed.

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October 5th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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