The following informative, well researched lecture gets straight to the perceived root causes of the unrest in N Africa and the Middle East. I find using the all encompassing term “zionist” a little on the limiting side from the western perspective as it is commonly misinterpreted as a religious denomination, it isn’t. Banksters and “elites” would be perhaps more descriptive as “the bums that fill the seats around the trough of wealth derived from duplicity (fraud dubbed “corporate welfare”)” encompasses many organisations that include our favourite dogs to kick, the upper hierarchies of bank-oil businesses and their camp followers that include of course the UN, EC, US and UK puppets.
Westerners not indicted in what follows would do well to remember the proverb, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
Arabs Revolting Against Brutal Regimes of the Zionist Empire (Hassan El-Najjar, Al-Jazeerah)
(Editor’s Note: The following is a lecture presented by the author, on February 9, 2011.)
(Updated on February 20, 2011)
On Friday, December 17, 2010, a 26-year-old fruit seller, called Muhammed Bou ‘Azizi, set himself on fire in front of the Sidi Bouzaid regional council in central Tunisia, in protest against the Tunisian regime’s economic and security brutality. He was unemployed despite his education. When he attempted to make a living by selling vegetables and fruits in the streets, he was faced with the police corruption, humiliation, and brutality.
His tragic act of protest triggered similar acts by two other young men also in the same city. The first electrocuted himself on a pylon and the second jumped into a well and drowned.
Protests erupted all over the Arab state, culminating in the police killing of scores and injuring hundreds of protesters, which triggered more protests until the police force collapsed. The dictator, Zain Al-’Abideen Bin Ali (also written with French spelling as Zine Al-Abidine Bin Ali), fled to Saudi Arabia, on January 15, after ruling the country for 23 years, fearing execution by the angry masses. (1)
On Sunday, January 16, 2011, in neighboring Algeria, a 37-year-old firefighter also set himself on fire, in a village near the eastern Tunisian border, inspired by Bou ‘Azizi. He died hours later in the hospital. Three other Algerians set themselves on fire in protest. These were Senouci Touat, Mohsen Bouterfif, and Mohamed Aouichia. Demonstrations broke out throughout Algeria, sparked by these incidents but in anger against unemployment and poverty. Several protesters were killed and injured in confrontations with the police (2).
On Monday, January 17, 2011, an Egyptian man set himself on fire in front of the Parliament, in protest against poverty and brutality of the security forces. On Friday, January 21, 2011, the unemployed 35-year-old Egyptian man, Salah Sa’ad Mahmoud, set himself on fire in the middle of a Cairo street, before being put out by bystanders. He was the tenth Egyptian youngman to do so because of unemployment, poverty, and blocked opportunities. (3)
Inspired by the success of the Tunisian revolution, the Egyptian people took to the streets in Cairo, on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, protesting against poverty and brutality of the security forces. They were faced with fierce crack down by security forces, which resulted in killing hundreds and injuring thousands of protests, in less than two weeks. The Egyptian people escalated their protests to include major cities in the country at the same time, leading to the collapse of the security forces, change of government, appointment of a vice president (a long standing demand), and an announcement from the dictator, Hosni Mubarak, that he and his son are not going to run for election again. The protesters have insisted that their goal is changing the regime, starting with deposing the dictator. Post-script note: The revolution has achieved its initial goal of deposing the dictator and his deputy on February 11, 2011. (4)
Encouraged by the Tunisian revolution, Jordanians also took to the streets denouncing the government for the sharp rise of prices, poverty, and unemployment. One of the largest of these protests was on Friday, January 21, 2011, but it was preceded by several smaller protests and followed by protests on every Friday. King Abdullah II responded by sacking the government and appointing a new prime minister with a mandate to address people’s grievances. (5)
Yemenis organized two major protests in Sana’a and other cities, on January 28, 2011 and February 3, 2011 against the dictatorial regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who responded by a promise not to run again for election and not to allow his son to run. However, protests have continued but with less intensity, expressing support for the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions. (6)
Even in Saudi Arabia, on February 5, 2011, there was a protest in front of the Ministry of Interior in Riyadh, organized by women who demanded the release of their relatives, who are political prisoners. Officials from the Ministry came out and talked to them, telling them that the issue will be taken care of by courts. Moreover, there has been a Facebook campaign demanding that the country become a constitutional monarchy instead of the present absolute rule (7)
What may make Saudi Arabia a candidate for the first revolution in the Gulf states is the existence of a long history of opposition to the royal family since the beginning of the twentieth century. At present, the Reform Movement and its leader, Sa’ad Al-Faqeeh, who airs TV broadcasts from London, leads opposition to the Saudi regime. The Movement has been successful in organizing protests in several mosques in different areas of the country. The Saudi Reformists have been ecstatic lately after seeing their brothers and sisters in Tunisia and Egypt, who succeeded in throwing up the dictatorial regimes there.
In Kuwait, the Emir ordered the distribution of thousands of Kuwaiti Dinars to citizens, in an attempt to prevent any protests for economic reasons. However, tensions are still high over there, as a result of the police crack down against law makers and citizens who were attending a political rally, despite the resignation of the scandalous Interior Minister. The
Bidoons also started to demonstrate demanding their right to be recognized as citizens in their country. (8)
In Bahrain, the Shi’i majority activists have been encouraged by the spirit of the Arab revolution and came out demanding a regime change, to make their country a constitutional monarchy instead of the current regime. (9)
In Libya, another oil-exporting Arab state, people came out demanding an end to the dictatorial regime of Gaddafi, who ruled them brutally for forty-two years. By February 19, 2011, about one hundred Libyans were killed in protests by the security forces, particularly in Bani Ghazi and other eastern cities. The protests also broke out in Tripoli and other western cities, indicating that Libyans are united against the Gaddafi regime. (10)
Finally, Lebanon and Palestine have been in continuous state of unrest as a result of Israeli wars, attacks, assassinations, blockade and siege of Gaza, and the continuous occupation of the West Bank.
What does all this mean?
It means that Arabs are in revolt against the dictatorial regimes imposed on them, all of which are backed and supported by the US and its EU allies for no other reasons than keeping the peace with Israel. The objective is to keep the Zionist state as the dominant and hegemonic power in the oil-rich region.
The Western governments, which are backing the Arab dictatorial regimes, never cared about the poverty of the people or the repression and brutality inflicted on them by these regimes. To the contrary, Western governments cooperated and collaborated with the dictatorial Arab regimes, providing them with the military and security assistance, which enabled them to control Arabs for decades. The result has been abject poverty, oppression, and horrendous violation of all human rights.
/Continues with the subheadings:
Some Basic Facts: Poverty in Oil-Rich Lands
Why are Arabs so poor despite their oil wealth?
Theoretical Explanations: Arabs Revolting Against Brutal Regimes of the Zionist Empire
1. The functional Theory
2. The Conflict Theory
3. The Power Elite Theory
4. Empires and Imperialism
5. World System, Underdevelopment, and Dependency Theories
6. Neo-Imperialism (International debt & multi-national corporations)
History of the Zionist Invasion of the Arab Homeland, Inaccurately Referred to as the “Israeli-Palestinian” Conflict
Should the mood spread through the Mediterranean countries, particularly the countries held tightly in the iron fist of central banks the “elites” may find their bolt hole options shrinking dramatically.
This may be a one time chance to get out from under the destructive influence of government controlled by criminals. When violent oppression and suppression, the favoured method of “elites” fails when confronted by ideology with morals, the only answer the plunderers can produce in a show of desperation to maintain their grip is to throw money like confetti. The response so far is the suggestion that they keep their soiled toilet paper.
“Saudi king back home, orders $37 billion in handouts“.
Rothschild-Rockefeller’s globalism lobbyists on public welfare (would anyone else pay them for BS?), Chatham House:
“They are under pressure. They have to do something. We know Saudi Arabia is surrounded by revolutions of various types, and not just in poor countries, but in some such as Libya which are rich,” said Mai Yamani, at London’s Chatham House think tank. “Basically what the king is doing is good, but it’s an old message of using oil money to buy the silence, subservience and submission of the people,” she said. “The new generation of revolution is surrounding them from everywhere.”
Those interested in the mindset of those unburdened with morals that have raped the world with impunity for generations may care to read;
Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes
[...] If you are born at the right time, with some access to family fortune, and you have a special talent for whipping up other people’s hatred and sense of deprivation, you can arrange to kill large numbers of unsuspecting people. With enough money, you can accomplish this from far away, and you can sit back safely and watch in satisfaction. [...]
Crazy and frightening – and real, in about 4 percent of the population….