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We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say

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« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2013, 07:36:43 am »

Clashes between rival supporters ahead of legislative elections in Guinea injure 24, government spokesman says - @AP

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« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2013, 07:58:38 am »

Sudanese police fire teargas to break up thousands of protesters who were calling President Omar Hassan al-Bashir a killer, witnesses say - @Reuters

Update: Sudanese security forces reportedly open fire on demonstrators, killing at least 4 - @AJELive
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/09/fuel-price-rise-protests-continue-sudan-2013927145617236973.html

Clashes in eastern Lebanon kill 3, including 2 Hezbollah militants in firefight with members of Sunni clan - @AlArabiya_Eng
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/28/Clashes-in-Lebanon-kill-Hezbollah-militants-.html

Hard-line protesters in Tehran throw eggs, shoe at Iran's President Rouhani after historic phone call - @nytimes
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/world/middleeast/clashes-as-iranian-president-returns-to-tehran.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0
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« Reply #32 on: September 28, 2013, 08:03:02 am »

Sudan drops off Internet on third day of riots
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Protesters burn tires and close the highway to northern cities amid a wave of unrest over the lifting of fuel subsidies by the Sudanese ...
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Sudan dropped almost completely off the Internet on Wednesday as riots over the lifting of fuel subsidies entered their third day and protesters battled security forces in the capital.

Renesys Corp., a company that maps the pathways of the Internet, said it could not confirm whether the blackout was government-orchestrated. But the cut recalls a similarly dramatic outage in Egypt, Sudan's neighbor, when authorities shut off Internet access during that country's 2011 uprising.

"It's either a government-directed thing or some very catastrophic technological failure that just happens to coincide with violent riots happening in the city," said senior analyst Doug Madory. He said it was almost a "total blackout."

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it was alarmed by the reports of what seemed like an official attempt to stifle coverage, and called on the government to restore the country's connection.

A police statement said three people have died in three days of rioting over the lifting of fuel subsidies — two in the town of Wad Medani south of Khartoum, and one in the Omdurman district of the capital.

In northern Khartoum, Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters who demonstrated and torched a police station.

Wednesday's protests took place in several areas of Kadro district, 15 miles (25 kilometers) from the capital's city center, where protesters blocked roads using lengths of pipe and burning tires. They also attacked a police station.

The riots that began in the state of Gezira, south of Khartoum, have turned into a call for the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for more than two decades. The rioting started after Sudan's government decided to lift subsidies, immediately doubling prices of gasoline and fuel.

The semi-official Sudan Media Center on Wednesday quoted Gezira governor Al-Zubair Bashir Taha as saying that aside from police stations, riots there targeted power and gas stations, banks, shops and private property. Police are tracking down the "saboteurs," he said.

The SMC also quoted the deputy head of the Sudanese parliament, Samiya Ahmed Mohammed, as saying she hopes the "opposition understands the measures with objectivity."

Sudan lost most of its main oil-producing territory when South Sudan broke off as an independent state in 2011.

An initial attempt by the government to cut subsidies sparked similar protests but they were quelled by a heavy crackdown on protesters, activists and journalists.

Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on allegations linked to the conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur where an estimated 300,000 people have died since 2003 due to fighting between government-backed tribes and rebels.

Al-Bashir received an invitation to attend the U.N. General Assembly and applied for a visa to enter the U.S. The State Department said Washington received a visa request but that before going to U.N. headquarters, al-Bashir should present himself to the ICC.

Sudan condemned Washington's response, and Sudan's Foreign Ministry said the U.S. is "not qualified ... to offer sermons and advice" on international law and human rights. Sudan's statement also criticized U.S. support for Israel, and called on Washington to swiftly grant al-Bashir a visa.

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« Reply #33 on: October 01, 2013, 06:07:47 am »

Buddhist rioters kill Muslim woman, burn more than 70 homes in western Myanmar, police say - @AP

Buddhists have become pretty violent here of late.
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« Reply #34 on: October 01, 2013, 08:16:15 am »

And silly me thought that Buddhists were a peaceful lot, committed to not harming any living things! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #35 on: October 08, 2013, 08:26:44 pm »

India Unrest Puts 21 Million in Dark as Outages Threaten Google
10/8/13
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-08/southern-india-protests-leave-21-million-people-without-power.html

Protests against a plan to split a southern Indian state entered a fourth day, leaving about 21 million people without electricity as outages threatened to affect technology companies like Google Inc. (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) Corp.

Striking workers shuttered power plants and impeded distribution, extending blackouts that started Oct. 6 in six districts of Andhra Pradesh. The protesters oppose Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s move last week to divide the state before national elections due by May.

“It’s as if the world has come to a standstill,” Buchi Babu Tanuku, who works with a local daily newspaper in the state, said by phone from West Godavari district. “Everyone’s staying indoors as there’s nothing much to do.”

The standoff risks disrupting the power supply to an area about the size of Spain that holds 20 percent of the country’s 1.2 billion people. The division will help Singh’s Congress party win some seats in the newly created state of Telangana as it pushes to extend its nine-year rule, according to N. Bhaskara Rao, chairman of the New Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies.

“The situation is becoming worse as there is no leader there having some credibility to tackle the problem,” Rao said. “This mess will not subside before the election. Protests will continue in one way or other.”

Mobs this week have thrown stones at police, set tires on fire and damaged buses in Seemandhra, which will remain part of Andhra Pradesh. The protesters want the state to keep Hyderabad, India’s sixth-largest city that will fall in Telangana.

Microsoft, Facebook

The city, home to offices of Microsoft, Google and Facebook Inc. (FB), will function as the common capital for both states for a period of 10 years, according to the decision by Singh’s cabinet. Control of Hyderabad is a key reason behind the protests, state Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy told CNN-IBN television news channel on Oct. 6. A. Satya Rao, press secretary to Reddy, didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone.

Hyderabad has seen a three-hour daily power cut as about 60,000 utility workers have stayed home to protest the new state, according to a top official in the local government’s electricity department who requested anonymity as he isn’t an authorized spokesman. That has removed 3,600 megawatts of generation capacity, or 20 percent of the state’s total, he said.

Grid Risk

Failure to contain the demonstrations may prompt further distribution cuts to sustain a power grid that connects all of southern India. Talks with the labor unions of state power plants are on to prevent a repeat of last year’s collapse of the northern power grid that left an area inhabited by almost half of the population without electricity.

“The situation is being monitored at the highest level,” said V. Sekhar, executive director at Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd., which runs the southern grid. “Every care is being taken to ensure there’s no threat to the grid.”

In the worst case, authorities would have the option of isolating Andhra Pradesh from the southern grid, according to Debasish Mishra, head of energy practice at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. in Mumbai.

“Because of the blackouts, the load has already gone down significantly,” he said. “As long as they are able to match the demand and supply, the grid should be fine.”

Representatives of Google and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories said the companies have yet to be affected. The government has provided extra security to Tech Mahindra Ltd. (TECHM), controlled by Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (MM), India’s biggest maker of tractors and utility vehicles, Aashish Washikar, a spokesman, said by phone.

‘Self-Flagellation’

“We have had no interruptions due to power cuts or any other factors,” Carson Dalton, head of corporate affairs at Facebook India, said by phone. “It’s business as usual.”

Outside of Hyderabad, the situation is becoming dire. Offices, schools and universities have closed. Private hospitals are running on generators, and non-critical surgeries have been postponed. Streets are almost empty as petrol stations are shut.

“Food prices are rising as supply is going down,” Patri Rajasekhar, who sells mobile-phone SIM cards, said from Nellore, one of the affected areas. “It’s like self-flagellation.”

The 50-year-old campaign for Telangana’s statehood got new life in December 2009 when Singh’s government backed the idea as a local leader’s hunger strike triggered protests that closed roads and offices. The government made little effort to finalize the plan as demonstrators for and against the new state clashed on the streets.

India created three new states -- Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh -- in 2000. The country has 28 provinces and seven union territories that are administered by the central government.
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« Reply #36 on: October 13, 2013, 11:30:52 am »

Protesters in south Moscow move to vegetable warehouse where migrants work

MOSCOW, October 13 (Itar-Tass) - A crowd of people protesting over the murder of a young man in the Biryulyovo Zapodnoe district in southern Moscow blamed on migrant workers, moves towards a local vegetable warehouse where a lot of migrants work, Tass reports from the site.
 
People are moving from a shopping centre, earlier stormed by a group of young men, overturning on their way Gazel minibuses and smashing windows. Riot policemen have tried to prevent them from going there, but people try to get to the warehouse through neighborhood yards.
 
The warehouse is guarded by police. The situation in the district remains tense.
 
Earlier on Sunday, local residents staged a rally demanding the dismissal of the district head, Viktor Legavin, following the murder of Yegor Shcherbakov, 25.
 
He was stabbed to death on Thursday night in a quarrel over a girl. The rally also demanded the closure of a local vegetable warehouse where a lot of migrant workers work, as local residents believe some of them may have been involved in the murder.

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Thousands protest in Bucharest, Romania, against plans to build Europe's biggest gold mine - @AP

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« Reply #38 on: October 13, 2013, 11:20:47 pm »

It's only a matter of time before it really hits here in America.
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« Reply #39 on: October 18, 2013, 07:58:26 am »

   The Coming Food Stamp Riots

It may not happen this month, or even this year, but food stamp riots are coming to America.  In fact, we got a small preview of the coming food stamp riots this past weekend when a "temporary system failure" caused food stamp cards to stop working in 17 U.S. states.  Within hours, there were "mini-riots" at Wal-Marts and other retailers that rely heavily on food stamp users.  So what would happen if food stamp benefits were cut off or reduced for an extended period of time?  As you will see below, if Congress had not pushed through a "deal", the USDA would have started cutting off food stamp benefits on November 1st.  Considering the fact that 47 million Americans are on food stamps and more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government, that could have sparked massive rioting.  So the good news is that the coming food stamp riots will probably not happen in November.  The bad news is that the "deal" in Congress only delays the political fighting until after Christmas.  In just a few months we will be dealing with a potential "government shutdown" and a debt ceiling deadline once again.

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« Reply #40 on: October 27, 2013, 11:18:32 am »

Brazil protests: Sao Paulo bus station attacked

Hundreds of protesters have attacked a bus station in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, setting fire to a bus and destroying cash and ticket machines. Riot police responded with tear gas and at least six people were arrested. Protesters were demanding free public transport. High transport costs triggered protests in Sao Paulo in June that later spread across Brazil.   

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Thousands of residents in Mali city of Gao fight street battles with police; torch mayor's house during protest - @Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/01/us-mali-protest-idUSBRE9A00VZ20131101

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Thailand protesters back on the streets

In almost any other country, the scenes I have witnessed in Thailand the past couple of days would have been unthinkable. An unarmed crowd of demonstrators, some of them elderly and most decidedly unthreatening, stormed and then occupied the finance ...

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Massive protests hammer Ukraine's financial markets, increasing risk of currency crisis - @Reuters

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/12/02/ukraine-markets-idINL5N0JH33O20131202


Ukrainian president calls for peaceful rallies, appeals to protesters, police to 'observe the laws of our state' - @Reuters

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Tens of thousands of Ukrainian pro-EU demonstrators gather in Kiev in defiance of new anti-protest laws - @BBCNews

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25798320


Protesters clash with police in center of Ukraine's capital after anti-protest laws passed - @AP

 Protesters in central Kiev push bus towards riot police in fresh clashes - @aronets

Update: Police fire tear gas at protesters in Kiev, Ukraine- @AFP

Bus set alight in downtown Kiev as protests over new laws turn violent - @lb_ua



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KIEV IN CHAOS
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26249330

Ukraine: Death Toll Rising in Violent Clashes...
http://rt.com/news/kiev-clashes-rioters-police-571/

Police, protesters at war...
http://news.yahoo.com/ukrainian-police-clash-protesters-near-parliament-095426764.html;_ylt=AwrBEiR84gNTbTgAPr7QtDMD

AG Office Seized, Criminal Files Set On Fire...
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304675504579390562013028756.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

Venezuela set for more dueling protests...
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20140218/DAC1ODR81.html
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« Reply #46 on: February 24, 2014, 12:14:36 pm »

The Math That Predicted the Revolutions Sweeping the Globe Right Now

It's happening in Ukraine, Venezuela, Thailand, Bosnia, Syria, and beyond. Revolutions, unrest, and riots are sweeping the globe. The near-simultaneous eruption of violent protest can seem random and chaotic; inevitable symptoms of an unstable world. But there's at least one common thread between the disparate nations, cultures, and people in conflict, one element that has demonstrably proven to make these uprisings more likely: high global food prices.

Just over a year ago, complex systems theorists at the New England Complex Systems Institute warned us that if food prices continued to climb, so too would the likelihood that there would be riots across the globe. Sure enough, we're seeing them now. The paper's author, Yaneer Bar-Yam, charted the rise in the FAO food price index—a measure the UN uses to map the cost of food over time—and found that whenever it rose above 210, riots broke out worldwide. It happened in 2008 after the economic collapse, and again in 2011, when a Tunisian street vendor who could no longer feed his family set himself on fire in protest.

Bar-Yam built a model with the data, which then predicted that something like the Arab Spring would ensue just weeks before it did. Four days before Mohammed Bouazizi's self-immolation helped ignite the revolution that would spread across the region, NECSI submitted a government report that highlighted the risk that rising food prices posed to global stability. Now, the model has once again proven prescient—2013 saw the third-highest food prices on record, and that's when the seeds for the conflicts across the world were sewn.



"I have a long list of the countries that have had major social unrest in the past 18 months consistent with our projections," Bar-Yam tells me. "The food prices are surely a major contributor---our analysis says that 210 on the FAO index is the boiling point and we have been hovering there for the past 18 months."

There are certainly many other factors fueling mass protests, but hunger—or the desperation caused by its looming specter—is often the tipping point. Sometimes, it's clearly implicated: In Venezuela—where students have taken to the streets and protests have left citizens dead—food prices are at a staggering 18-year high.

"In some of the cases the link is more explicit, in others, given that we are at the boiling point, anything will trigger unrest. At the boiling point, the impact depends on local conditions," Bar-Yam says. But a high price of food worldwide can effect countries that aren't feeling the pinch as much. "In addition, there is a contagion effect: given widespread social unrest that is promoted by high food prices, examples from one country drive unrest in others."

Here's the list of the countries Bar-Yam has cited as suffering from unrest related to the rise in the cost of eating:

    South Africa
    Haiti
    Argentina
    Egypt
    Tunisia
    Brazil
    Turkey
    Colombia
    Libya
    Sweden (yes, Sweden)
    India
    China
    Bulgaria
    Chile
    Syria
    Thailand
    Bangladesh
    Bahrain
    Ukraine
    Venezuela
    Bosnia

In Thailand, where clashes between mass demonstrators and authorities in Bangkok have claimed multiple lives, food prices have been steadily rising. In 2012, a trend towards rising food prices prompted the UN to issue a warning: the poor will be hit hard, and unrest may follow. The nation's rampant inflation caused prices to continue to rise further still in 2013. Today, there are fatal riots.

In Bosnia, which erupted into violent conflict last week, high unemployment and hunger are prime drivers of a discontent that's been simmering for months. On February 9, Chiara Milan wrote "Today, after more than one year of protests and hunger, eventually the world got to know about [the protesters'] grievances."

Food shortages caused by drought helped spur Syria's civil war. High food prices helped precipitate the fare hike protests in Brazil. The list goes on.

The food riots in places like wealthy, socialist Sweden and the booming economies of Brazil and Chile highlight the fact that the cost of eating can fuel unrest anywhere; even in nations with robust democracies and high standards of living. With the inequality worsening across the globe, this is worth paying special attention to—lest we forget there are millions of Americans going hungry every year too.

So. The cost of food is high; discontent is raging. Thankfully, Bar-Yam's model sees at least temporary relief on the horizon.

"As to the trend for the next few months: Grain prices have gone down, starting with corn last summer," he says. "This has yet to propagate through the food system to lower prices, but they should drop soon. This may help reduce the unrest that is happening."

However, he emphasizes the structural threats to the global food system haven't been addressed. Bar-Yam has written at length about what he believes to be the root cause of food price swings: financial speculation and food-for-fuel policies like ethanol subsidies. Both, he argues, artificially drive up prices on the global market and, in turn, cause hunger and unrest.

Whether or not the prices will drop, he says, hinges largely on US and European policy decisions.

"Everything now is very sensitive to what will happen with the ethanol mandate," Bar-Yam tells me. "The EPA has proposed not following the mandated increase this year, keeping it about the same as last year. There is a Senate bill to repeal the mandate sponsored by Feinstein and Coburn. The European Union has stated that it will implement a regulation of commodity markets (because of the impact on poor populations), and the CFTC is still fighting the market traders in trying to regulate the US markets."

The way the global food system works right now, with wheat, corn, and rice traded globally as commodities, domestic food production doesn't necessarily guarantee a population will get enough to eat. Ukraine, for instance, produced record amounts of wheat last year—but exported most of its gains. This web of imports and exports creates a global marketplace that is vulnerable to price shocks. That's why Bar-Yam believes that speculators and bad ethanol policy are essentially feeding global unrest.

"The main thing is that matters are very much in flux," he says. "We may still have higher food prices if the policies are not implemented but if they are, we may have a significant reduction in prices and lower unrest globally."

If not, in other words, the riots will burn on.

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« Reply #47 on: February 25, 2014, 04:57:41 am »

What Is Happening In Ukraine Is Far More Important Than Most People Realize

What the people of Ukraine are being put through is absolutely horrible.  They are caught in the middle of a massive tug of war between the East and the West, and they are paying a great price for it.  Ultimately, Ukraine will end up either being dominated by Russia (a bad outcome) or by the EU and the United States (another bad outcome).  Most Ukrainians just want to be free and want to be able to build a better future for themselves and their families, but it is extremely unlikely that they will be able to escape the specter of foreign domination.  Meanwhile, the violence in Ukraine is planting the seeds for a potentially much larger conflict down the road.  The days of "friendly relations" between the United States and Russia are now gone.  Russia is absolutely furious that the U.S. has fueled a violent revolution on its own border, and it is something that Russian officials will not forget for a very long time.  In return, U.S. officials are taking an increasingly harsh stance toward Russia.  In the end, the seeds that are being planted right now could ultimately blossom into a full-blown conflict between the superpowers in the years to come.

Let there be no mistake - the United States is heavily involved in what is going on in Ukraine.  Even the New York Times admits this.  And the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and the Assistant Secretary of State have been caught on tape discussing their next moves in getting a new government installed in Ukraine.

In addition, a number of non-governmental organizations inside the United States have allegedly been assisting and organizing the revolution in Ukraine for a long time.  At least a few of these organizations have ties to George Soros.  This is something that I discussed in a previous article.

Some of the "progressive" NGOs that have been accused of fueling the violent revolution in Ukraine include the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the Open Society Foundations (formerly known as the Open Society Institute).

Please don't misunderstand me.  I am not taking sides.  I am just pointing out that both sides in Ukraine are controlled.  If I was living in Ukraine, I would want both Russia and the United States to go away and leave Ukraine alone.

Instead, Ukraine is being used as a battleground to fight a proxy war between the East and the West.  Now that the opposition has gained the upper hand, it does not appear that Russian officials are in any mood to recognize the new "government"...

    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said Russia had grave doubts about the legitimacy of those in power in Ukraine following President Viktor Yanukovich's ouster, saying their recognition by some states was an "aberration".

Medvedev also stated that he has "big doubts about the legitimacy of a whole series of organs of power that are now functioning there."

Last Friday, an agreement was signed by the two sides in Ukraine that was supposed to bring about a peaceful resolution to all of this.  But the revolutionaries reneged on the deal and toppled the government instead.  Needless to say, Russia was quite horrified by this...

    The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the West for turning a blind eye to what Moscow described as the opposition reneging on its agreement signed Friday to form a unity government and aiming to “suppress dissent in various regions of Ukraine with dictatorial and, sometimes, even terrorist methods.”

So what does Russia plan to do?

That is the big question that everyone is asking.

They are not doing much of anything just yet.  But there have been rumors that we could potentially see some economic blowback...

    Russia and the Customs Union could temporarily limit increased-risk food imports from Ukraine, given fears of loose safety control, said Sergei Dankvert, head of the Russian veterinary and phytosanitary oversight service Rosselkhoznadzor.

    "My Belarusian colleague and I are extremely concerned about the situation in Ukraine. We do not rule out that curbs could be introduced on the imports of products of high veterinary and phytosanitary risks from Ukraine," Dankvert told Interfax after talks with his Belarusian counterpart Yury Pivovarchik in Bryansk, and telephone talks with Ukraine's Deputy Agrarian Policy Minister Ivan Bisyuk.

Of course what the U.S. government is most concerned about is any military action that Russia might take.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice says that what has happened in Ukraine reflects "the will of the Ukrainian people and the interests of the United States and Europe" and that it would be a "grave mistake" for Russia to get militarily involved.

But whatever happens over the next few days, nobody should think that the Russians are simply going to abandon their interests in Ukraine.  Russia has a very important military base down in the Crimea, and the eastern half of the country is very pro-Russian.

So the struggle between East and West in Ukraine is likely to continue for quite some time to come.  The following is an excerpt from a recent WND article...

    The issue with Ukraine is whether it will join the E.U. or Putin’s Eurasian Union. The country is roughly divided on this issue between eastern and western Ukraine. The eastern portion wants to remain with Russia while the western side wants to move closer with the West.

    In southern Ukraine, where the Crimea is located, Russian influence remains strong.

    Because demonstrators who want to see Ukraine lean westward have become emboldened with their immediate success of ousting Yanukovich, it could make it more difficult for them to come to terms with any settlement agreement to reunify the country.

    Moscow has a large naval military facility in Sevastopol in the Crimea and recently received a 25-year lease extension to 2042, with another five-year renewal option until 2047. In exchange, Ukraine received a multiyear discounted contract for much-needed natural gas.

And the pro-Russian eastern half of the country is actually the stronger of the two halves economically.  So this will likely complicate matters for the EU and the U.S. as they try to bring Ukraine into their sphere of influence...

    Seven of Ukraine’s 10 largest private companies by revenue are either headquartered or maintain the majority of their operations in eastern Ukraine. These firms are owned by some of Ukraine’s wealthiest and most influential individuals. Three of these 10 corporations — mining and steel company Metinvest, energy firm DTEK and its subsidiary Donetskstal — are based in the eastern industrial city of Donetsk and are owned by Ukraine’s wealthiest man, Rinat Akhmetov. Interpipe, the company that controls 10 percent of the world market share of railway wheels and more than 11 percent of the world market share of manganese ferroalloys, is based in Dnipropetrovsk and belongs to businessman and politician Victor Pinchuk.

    The country’s most important businessmen are embedded in the east, where their businesses make disproportionately high contributions to the Ukrainian economy and national budget.

In the end, this proxy war between the East and the West has left Ukraine with a collapsed economy and on the brink of civil war.

And what has happened in Ukraine has caused permanent damage in the relationship between the United States and Russia.

It won't happen this month or even this year, but someday the U.S. may end up bitterly regretting antagonizing the Russian Bear.

At least that is what I think.

So what do you think?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below...

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« Reply #48 on: February 26, 2014, 01:01:18 am »

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Russia is absolutely furious that the U.S. has fueled a violent revolution on its own border,

That's not true, because Russia has been strong-arming it's former satellite countries since the communist breakup. The US has nothing to do with what's going on in Ukraine. That falls on Russia.

Now Putin is putting on a show over gays, which he's mad the US sent some gays on the US delegation to the Olympics. But all that is over Russia's anti-gay laws.

I think the author is simply anti-US.
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« Reply #49 on: March 15, 2014, 12:14:16 pm »

Today's Show: GLOBAL RIOTS & THE DISTRESS OF NATIONS

Chris discusses a story about how a global riot "epidemic" has swept the world in modern times.  The UK Guardian reports "a persistence and proliferation of civil unrest on a scale that has never been seen before in human history" which includes the most recent uprisings in the Ukraine.  The unrest is said to have impacted Venezuela, Bosnia, Ukraine, Iceland, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, Bangladesh, China, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and elsewhere.  The cause is said to be because of rising food prices and reliance upon fossil fuels.  Could these issues impact the United States?  More importantly, are these troubles the fulfillment of Bible prophecy?  The Lord warned that toward the time of the end would be the distress of nations (Luke 21:25), and that men's hearts would fail them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming upon the earth.  Yet believers are encouraged that when we see these things, we should know that the Kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

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« Reply #50 on: March 15, 2014, 06:12:57 pm »

Venezuelan President Maduro warns protesters to clear square they've made their stronghold or face eviction by security forces - @Reuters
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« Reply #51 on: March 16, 2014, 03:18:47 am »

I think this Maduro guy will end up making those people wish they had Chavez back.
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« Reply #52 on: May 20, 2014, 06:43:38 am »

Martial law Thailand: the inevitable intervention from the army
Analysis: the refusal of Thailand's opposing Red and Yellow political forces to work together left military leaders little choice


 As a neutral, it is hard to pick sides in Thailand’s long running – and sporadically deadly - political stand-off.

Which side is more worthy of our support? The Reds or the Yellows?

The Reds – the mostly poor, rural supporters of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his ilk - have won every election since 2000 fair and square. But it is hard to avoid the suspicion voiced by his critics that Thaksin saw democracy as a means to further the business interests of himself, his family and his cadre of trusted aides. His combination of populism and cronyism carried an inherent threat to the royal family, which largely explains why he was removed by the military in 2006.

Some of the Red shirts have not been afraid to resort to violence, most recently last week when three anti-government supporters were killed in an attack on their protest camp.

On the other hand, the Reds lost lives heavily in 2010 when the army attacked their encampment against a Yellow-supported Democratic Party government that had been installed courtesy of the army.

 In their defence, the Yellows – largely middle class and metropolitan - can be seen as patriots defending the royal family and preventing the establishment of a demagoguery that could have harmed the country in the long term. On the other hand they have blatantly ignored the results of several elections, all won by Thaksin’s party, or parties loyal to him, since his first pivotal victory in 2000.

By occupying central Bangkok for extended periods over the last several years, Yellow shirt protesters have prevented the government from functioning properly. The solution of their leader Suthep Thaugsuban to the impasse has been an unelected "people's council" - hardly the solution of a democrat.

It may seem depressingly familiar, but given this bloody deadlock, it is not surprising the army has stepped in and declared martial law. The military has after all mounted 18 coups or attempted coups since 1932, and before the 1980s usually formed the government.

As Tuesday’s pictures of Thais grinning with the military show, its move is not without the support of a public relieved that seven months of disorder has abruptly ended.

The danger of course is that this latest declaration of martial law could soon become another fully-fledged coup. The situation is fluid and unpredictable but that currently seems unlikely, not least because US sanctions would be invoked by a military seizure of power.

For now, the West should hope that the military can achieve its aim of finding a way for the Reds and Yellows to work together until new elections can be held.

Then, the results must be accepted but winners (likely to be the Reds) must realise they rule a divided and wounded country. Both sides need to show a maturity and willingness to compromise that has been conspicuously lacking so far.

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« Reply #53 on: May 22, 2014, 05:36:33 am »

Thai army stages military coup, says it is taking control of the country's government - @BloombergTV, @Reuters

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Conservatives Won't Let the Mississippi Election Go
7/1/14

One week after the Tea Party victory that wasn't, conservatives are still challenging the legitimacy of the black votes that helped Sen. Thad Cochran narrowly defeat Chris McDaniel. State Sen. Michael Watson said Tuesday that McDaniel's campaign has found over 3,300 voting "irregularities" across the state so far. That same day the conservative vote integrity group True the Vote sued the Mississippi Secretary of State and Republican Party to inspect the election records, according to the Sun Herald.

But the big (conspiracy) theory dominating the conservative blogosphere is an article claiming that Sen. Cochran promised a Democratic black pastor money to help organize a cash-for-votes scheme.

Charles C. Johnson, a former Daily Caller blogger who runs GotNews.com, reported that Rev. Stevie Fielder claimed Cochran official Saleem Baird said the campaign would pay him $16,000 to offer black voters $15 each to vote for Cochran. The article points to four text messages allegedly from the official asking for addresses for money envelopes. Fielder said the Cochran campaign convinced him that McDaniel was a racist — he doesn't think that anymore — and the campaign never paid him.

The story was picked up by the big conservative outlets including Breitbart News, The Blaze, and RedState. The main problem with the story's credibility is that Fielder was paid by Johnson for the story. As The Daily Caller argued, that's "both ironic and problematic: If you’re the kind of person who is willing to participate in a vote-buying scheme, isn’t it possible you’d also be the kind of person who is willing to make up a wild story in order to get paid by a reporter?"

Breitbart asked Johnson about paying his source and he argued that there's "a long history of ‘checkbook journalism’ in America. I'm bringing it back." He listed David Frost paying for the Nixon tapes as an example, but the problem with that analogy is there's a difference between paying for uncorrupted source material and paying someone to confirm your suspicions of a cash-for-vote scheme.

Cochran's campaign denied the allegations to The Clarion Ledger, calling the claims "baseless and false." A Cochran spokesman said Johnson has had to retract other stories in the past and said Fielder was hired as part of a legitimate get-out-the-vote campaign. "If you're out working doors for us, you get paid in cash, in an envelope. Saleem asked the guy for names and addresses for (Federal Election Commission) filing purposes. Why would you ask a guy for names and addresses if you're buying votes?"

The campaign is also filing a lawsuit against Johnson. So far, that's no deterring him:

    Oh, how silly. You thought a lawsuit threat was going to intimidate me? #mssen
    — Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) July 1, 2014

The question now is whether McDaniel will launch a formal challenge to the votes. The state's GOP executive committee met Tuesday at party headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi, in a meeting closed to the press, according to WAPT's Scott Simmons. In the meeting, Mississippi Republican Party chairman Joe Nosef was quoted saying the party was approaching the point when there needs "to have a challenge or not." If there is a challenge, far right groups like True the Vote are ready.

This article was originally published at http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/07/conservatives-wont-let-the-mississippi-election-go/373806/
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Tea Party Anger Over Mississippi Loss Ripples Across States

Sen. Thad Cochran may have won Mississippi’s GOP Senate  run-off last week, but his tactics of courting normally Democratic voters, including high numbers of African Americans, has enraged tea party activists  in Mississippi and that anger  has rippled across the Republican landscape.

The outrage among tea party supporters has spread to other states where conservatives are challenging establishment Republican candidates. Tea party activists perceive Cochran’s wooing as promising Democrats favors, as well as willing to do anything—even break with party principals—to win.

“This wasn’t outreach. Outreach is promoting our values in other communities,” said FreedomWorks executive vice president Adam Brandon. He said he believes Cochran wasn’t asking Democrats to “take another look at us.” Instead he was “just spreading cash around,” referring to financial promises they believe have been made to Democratic constituencies.

“Mississippi was a turning point, absolutely a turning point, no doubt about it because it wasn’t a battle for the heart and soul of the libertarian conservative Republican voter,” Brandon said. “We won that, we won it, our arguments carried the day with that voting bloc. It’s the desperation to turn to liberals to bail themselves out, bail their lobbyists out…That’s where they’ve been exposed.”

In Mississippi, the campaign of defeated tea party candidate state Sen. Chris McDaniel is investigating whether the Democratic votes in the Republican run-off  were legal. It is legal for Democrats to vote for Cochran if they hadn’t already voted in the Democratic primary on June 3. McDaniel’s team is checking those votes.

Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr, the tea partier challenging incumbent and former governor Sen. Lamar Alexander, says conservatives in Tennessee were “shocked that the establishment would go to such lengths to incorporate the message of liberal Democrats…soliciting their vote for the sole reason to stay in power.”

“After the disappointment wore off something remarkable has happened,” Carr said. While  stumping last week a voter told him, “We have gotten over the grief and we are mad as hell and our heads have exploded.”

“They are more interested in holding on to power than advancing the principals that embody the (Republican) platform. I think you are seeing a level of energy in Tennessee I have never seen before,” Carr said. “They have done this at their own peril.”

In Kansas, incumbent  Sen. Pat Roberts is being challenged by Milton Wolf, a physician who is also a distant cousin of President Obama. Their primary is in August and Wolf told ABC News “conservatives are infuriated by what the GOP establishment did in Mississippi.”

“It’s an absolute betrayal of what our party stands for,” Wolf said.

“If the Republican establishment are using our resources and contributions to turn out Democratic voters, then what’s the point of being Republican anymore?” Wolf asked.

He said Kansans he meets on the campaign trail are “livid” and he’s seen both contributions and volunteer sign ups “skyrocket” since Cochran’s victory, but in state polls, he still trails Roberts by double digits.

Republican presidential candidates must consistently try to woo voters across the aisle and although Ronald Reagan is revered amongst this group,  they say what he did to bring in “Reagan Democrats” to the GOP could not be more different.

“Reagan Democrats were conservatives, they were simply members of the Democrat party,” Wolf said. “(Cochran) reached out to liberal Democrats to interfere with a Republican primary. It’s a very different thing. Ronald Reagan knew to stand boldly for conservative principals of limited government and individual freedom, not what the current batch of Republicans stand for.”

Some tea partiers have said for years it is time for a permanent break from the Republican Party, but Cochran’s victory has made those calls louder. Ken Cuccinelli is the head of the Senate Conservatives Fund, an outside group which boosts tea party challengers over some Republican incumbents. In an interview with ABC, Cuccinelli said he doesn’t agree that there should be a new party, but if the “tactics” used in Mississippi are repeated “the more people aren’t just going to talk about that, they’re going to start doing it. And that’s going to be destructive to their goal of clenching on to power.”

“They’re in danger of breaking this party in half,” Cuccinelli said. “It isn’t the conservatives that are going to do that. We’re right where the Republican Party is supposed to be: smaller government, less power, more freedom, and they’re running from that. They’re the ones who are breaking this party apart. So if that happens…it’s on the establishment folks who are doing it. ”

Brian Donahue, a GOP consultant who works with both establishment and tea party candidates, says the only way to not only make up, but win is by being the happy not angry warrior.

“Anger doesn’t win elections, anger doesn’t improve a party or bring success,” Donahue said. “What the right, what the tea party conservatives, what other members of our party need to  figure out is a way is to grow the party in order to be successful.”
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« Reply #56 on: July 08, 2014, 09:57:06 am »

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ted-cruz-investigation-appalling-mississippi-115235443.html
TED CRUZ: We Need An Investigation Into The 'Appalling' Mississippi Runoff
7/8/14

 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for a thorough investigation into allegations of voter fraud in the heated Republican Senate primary runoff election between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and his intraparty challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

In an interview with conservative radio host Mark Levin, Cruz criticized the Cochran campaign and his allies for their "conduct" in last month's runoff election, which he called "appalling."

"What happened in Mississippi was appalling," said Cruz, the vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  "Primaries are always rough and tumble. But the conduct of the Washington, D.C., machine in the Mississippi runoff was incredibly disappointing."

After losing a plurality of votes in the initial Republican primary, Cochran defeated the Tea Party-aligned McDaniel by about 7,600 votes, according to official certified results finalized late Monday night. Cochran employed an unusual strategy on the path to victory, courting the votes of many traditional Democrats, including African-Americans.

McDaniel's campaign has claimed to find thousands of voting "irregularities," and it is preparing a legal challenge it hopes will eventually lead to a new election. Cochran's campaign on Monday night released a detailed list of votes in question in each county, and the total did not come close to the McDaniel campaign's claims — though the examination is still ongoing.

Cruz said in the interview it was clear McDaniel had won a "sizable majority" of votes from Mississippi Republican voters, and he accused Cochran's allies of "racially charged" ads and conduct that tipped the balance in Cochran's favor. He said the McDaniel campaign's claims of voter fraud should be "vigorously investigated."

"But even more troubling, in the past week or so, we've seen serious allegations of voter fraud, and I very much hope that no Republican was involved in voter fraud," Cruz said. "But these allegations need to be vigorously investigated, and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted. The voters of Mississippi deserve to know the truth."
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South Africa's parliament collapses into unprecedented chaos as radical lawmakers hijack presidential question time in anger over $24 million spent on President Jacob Zuma's private residence - @AFP
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« Reply #58 on: September 15, 2014, 07:38:26 pm »

Hurricane strands tourists, sparks looting in Mexico

Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) (AFP) - Hurricane Odile destroyed wooden homes, flooded hotels and shut down airports in Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, sparking looting, marooning thousands of tourists and injuring some 135 people.

The injured were treated for everything from panic attacks to cuts. But authorities said the powerful storm had not caused any casualties despite causing heavy material damage in Los Cabos resort towns.

Hundreds of looters ransacked supermarkets and electronic stores, snatching rice, water, toilet paper, booze, televisions, and fans.

More than 1,000 troops were deployed to the disaster area, which was without electricity and running water. Scores of wood-plank and tin-roof homes were leveled in one neighborhood.

"I'm taking water for the children and food for the baby. You never know what can happen tomorrow," Osvaldo Lopez, 41, said as he left a convenience store.

Some 24,000 foreigners and 6,000 Mexican beachgoers, meanwhile, were looking at a second night in hotels that served as temporary shelters.

Authorities scrambled to reopen the international airports in Los Cabos and La Paz in order to send military planes to airlift the tourists.

But National Civil Protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said the first planes would only leave Tuesday because of the damage caused by strong winds at the terminals.

"We don't have optimal conditions to begin flights in the next few hours," he told a news conference, adding that sick tourists and the elderly would be the first to be airlifted.

The hurricane smashed hotel windows, flooded rooms and sent palm trees flying into swimming pools.

"I'm disappointed about my vacation, but above all my heart aches for the people from here who lost everything," said Tifani Brown, a 34-year-old American tourist who had arrived Sunday from California.
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Hurricane Odile Strikes Mexico`s Pacific Coast

"It's one thing to see hurricanes on TV. It's another to live them," she said.

Some tourists said they spent the night at the Los Cabos airport's luggage room after flights were canceled on Sunday. They were now looking at a night in a hotel near the airport.

"When the hurricane hit, the light went out in the airport, windows shattered, the ceiling fell and some computers exploded," said Mariana Perez, a 26-year-old Mexican engineer showing a video of the incident on her phone.

- Wooden homes leveled -

Odile crashed ashore Sunday, packing winds of 205 kilometers (125 miles) an hour, tearing down trees and power lines and ripping roofs off homes.

It was listed as category three hurricane in the five-scale Saffir-Simpson scale, but weakened to a category one Monday as winds slowed to 130 kilometers (80 miles) an hour.

Even as the storm moved up the peninsula, the US Hurricane Center warned of more heavy rainfall and flooding.

Some 11,000 local residents took refuge in schools and other temporary shelters when the hurricane moved ashore.

But some braved the storm in their humble houses.

Soledad Mayo, 52, sent four of her children to a neighbor's home while she stayed in her wooden house with her husband.

"We spent the night standing there, waiting to see what would be left of our house. But look, it took everything," she said, surrounded by rubble.

The hurricane hit the Pacific coast around the one-year anniversary of a twin tropical storm battering on both coasts that left 157 people dead.

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« Reply #59 on: November 24, 2014, 11:36:25 pm »

Romans 13:11  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Rom 13:13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.



1Thes 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
1Th 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1Th 5:7  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
1Th 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
1Th 5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
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