Posts Tagged ‘Yemen’

Why Aren’t Americans Ending War?

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Americans spend trillions of dollars on warfare every single year. This is an absurd amount of money to spend on anything, let alone using it to blow up your fellow humans on an industrialized scale. With that kind of cash, you could end extreme poverty the world over, give every person a home and an education, and dramatically lift the tide which raises all ships.

Ask the average person in America, and they would tell you they want the fighting to stop. The barely-adult people sent overseas to kill or be killed would sure as shit rather be home with their families and friends. And the people in Yemen and Pakistan? I imagine they could stand fewer innocents being killed by drone assassination.

The financial costs are an incredible burden, and the emotional scars would take generations to heal even if war ended this very second. The longer these large scale conflicts get prolonged, the worse off our entire world is.

So why aren’t Americans ending war? If the US people, much like the rest of us, just want to live and prosper in peace, why don’t their politicians listen to them and give them what they want?

The sad truth is that they can’t.

The entire American system has, to the detriment of the world, fallen victim to what can only be described as a parasitic entity, a beast that has been around in one form or another for thousands of years.

Whether through anesthetizing concepts like pride and security, the unfettered power of wealth, or, when all else fails, brute force, the war machine of which I speak has been able to keep countless populations within their grasp – and right now their prey is the American public.

In the United States, mainstream newsanchors all dance around the issue ending war, and ‘radical’ concepts like bringing home the troops rarely arise. Politicians are no better, for they too are in the pockets of the military industry, as made evident by a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate who intentionally escalates wars around the world.

So even when the vast majority of Americans want peace, a political system which is mostly theatre combined with a deliberate lack of guidance from the media makes it hard for the anti-war movement to gain the momentum needed to make a significant impact.

But peace-loving Americans won’t stay down for much longer. They simply cannot. Fueled by a crumbling economy, driven by global awareness, and united by social media, a multi-million person strong movement will prove more powerful than the entire military industrial complex. Or so we shall hope.

The world is changing faster than even those who sit atop can control. Unprecedented technology is causing new concepts like transparency and global solidarity to crash down on our world. As the old guard falls away, a newfound democracy is sure to bring to fruition the civilization our species has been cultivating for eons.

Tunisians Take to the Polls

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Less than year ago, Tunisians shocked the world when their successful revolution helped spark the Arab Spring. Now, once again, Tunisia is a beacon of hope for the Arab World and beyond, as the fledgling democracy is set to have its first elections this Sunday.

For many Tunisians, this will be the first time casting a vote. For others, it will be the first time the ballots have more than one person to choose from. How exciting and empowering it must feel to be a young Tunisian right now, filled with hopes and dreams!

Other nations involved in the Arab Spring haven’t fared as well. The people of Egypt, who ousted their corrupt President not long after the Tunisians did, are still struggling to keep military tyrants from seizing control. In Yemen and Syria, protesters are continually butchered by government forces.

Were it not for the Tunisians’ story, one might be inclined to just shut up and endure the injustice. But, seeing how a populist uprising really can work, this should only inspire more repressed peoples from around the world to take up the same struggle for greater equality.

And this is precisely what needs to happen to ensure we reach this great civilization of peace and prosperity that awaits us all – billions of empowered minds from around the world rising up and uniting to make a better future a reality – something that will soon be upon us. Hooray!

US Gov’t Assassinating Citizens

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Watch out, world! If you get labelled a terrorist by the government of the United States, you run the risk of spontaneously exploding. No one is safe, not even American citizens.

Why, just this week, the CIA and US Military targeted an American living in Yemen, killing him with a drone strike. His crimes? Making incendiary Youtube videos, it seems. Although he may have done much worse, we’ll never know thanks to his being terminated without a trial or due process.

It is hard to overstate the seriousness of this precedent. A government that assassinates its own population bears the markings of an authoritarian state. And should this same government declare the whole world to be a battlefield, it has given itself license to commit long distance murder, anywhere on earth, with impunity.

Corporations, bankers, and the war machine have all run amok. It is time to take to the streets and reclaim the democratic system. Enough is enough.

Long Distance Murder

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Every single day, tens of millions of people risk being executed by foreign governments who rain down death from thousands of miles away.

It is time for this long distance murder to stop. Take action now!

Oh, btw, America is at War with Yemen Now

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The Obama administration has intensified America’s covert war in Yemen, attacking militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets.

Yeah, because that’s what the United States needs… another open ended war to further deplete their economy.

Aren’t the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan enough to satiate American war-mongers?

And now, with France and the UK pushing to turn Syria into the next Libya, it seems the entire Middle East will soon be fair game for Western military might.

Except, of course, for the nations allied with the US, like Bahrain, whose brutal suppression has garnered more dissent from Formula One Racers than from Western leaders.

Man… what happened to all the pomp before the war? Remember the lead up to Iraq? There was all those hearings with the Anthrax bottle and mushroom clouds, like they actually cared what the American public thought.

And at least with Libya there was still some fan fare. The Defense industry managed some time beforehand, massaging the public into supporting actions in defense of the Libyan people.

But here we have the US War Machine, fully penetrated into Yemeni territory, without so much as a courtesy cajoling.  It’s like they don’t even care anymore.


A Sea of Yemeni Protesters

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

(Watch in awe… there’s so much raw power here!)

Imagine if your government encouraged their security forces to shoot anyone caught voting on election day. Might make you think twice about rocking the vote, right?

Well, that’s pretty much what has been happening in Yemen. Except, as the above video shows, instead of cowering at home under the sheets, hundreds of thousands of defiant Yemenis are willing to risk their lives for democracy.

All across the Arab nation, thousands of Yemen citizens have been killed or injured by government forces throughout several bloody months of protests, and their only crime was openly expressing dissent to the government.

Now, it seems, the barrier of fear has been broken and the house of cards might soon topple. Excellent news. Stay strong, freedom fighters!

Yemen Uprisings Bearing Fruit

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Three months of fierce pro-democracy protests in Yemen have yielded some concrete results. Yesterday, President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to relinquish his hold on power.

The resignation comes via a plan brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council and endorsed by the official opposition coalition, giving Saleh’s regime 30 days to transition out of office.

The deal, while an excellent sign of progress, is not without some issues. One being the offer of immunity to Saleh and his family. The second being the 30 day window, which Yemenis fear might be used by Saleh to hang on to power.

Still, it’s great to see that another brutal dictatorship in the Middle East is set to topple. Long live freedom and democracy!

More Anti-Corruption Protests

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia have fueled more uprisings around the world.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Yemen, demanding the resignation of their corrupt dictator. Similar demonstrations are being held in Algeria, whose people also want regime change. Even in Italy activists are out, calling for their lecherous leader to step down.

The road ahead is long, but the destination is a more just world. Keep fighting for freedom. Power to the people.

More Protests Inbound

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Oppressive oligarchies will continue to crumble as more countries have penciled in their own ‘Days of Anger’:

  • Syria Feb. 5
  • Algeria Feb 12
  • Bahrain on Feb 14
  • Libya Feb 30
  • Morocco Mar 13

Tunisia, Yemen, and Jordan have already seen some fruits from their demonstrations. As more countries’ corrupt regimes topple, fresh energy will be added the already volatile spirits of an oppressed people.

This is probably why Egypt’s Mubarak keeps hanging on, even though he’s been told by millions he should step down. He’s wants to quit. His billions are  surely safe offshore somewhere. Mubarak should just go already.

Despite his claims of staying to prevent the chaos that would erupt in his absence, Mubarak’s reluctance to retire likely stems the intense pressure coming from those who want to see the Egyptian civil uprisings get squashed. When Egypt falls, it will lean heavily into the impending domino effect, leading to a dramatic shift in the balance of power.

No longer will the people be afraid of the government. Now, governments will be held accountable to the people, and this is precisely what authoritarian regimes don’t want to happen.

Vive La Revolution Recapped

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

(Powerful video from out of Egypt)

If you want to know what all the Arab hubbub is about, the Tuscon Sentinel offers us a comprehensive analysis.

There’s a hot piece making its rounds by Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge iterating the integral role new Internet tools have in empowering entire populations:

The copyright industry has discovered it. Now Arab League dictatorships are discovering it. Tunisia has fallen. Egypt is burning. Yemen, Albania, Sudan, Algeria, and Syria are on the brink of catching fire, a crimson glow in the night. When people have access to networking, they will not accept repression.

Early reports of Egyptian agents working undercover to incite chaos have not been substantiated. However, considering the way agent provocateurs exist in supposedly free countries like Canada, such underhanded government tactics can surely be expected from Egypt’s corrupt regime.