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Discussions Discussion Global Geopolitics
Steurt Strickland, Dec. 23, 2011

Oil and geopolitics: a turbulent year, and no end in sight

Kazakhstan unrest — violence in the western city of Zhanaozen in which some 14 protesting oil workers were killed — caps an extraordinarily turbulent year in the world’s oil regions.

The distribution of power has been shaken up in the Magreb countries of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, and violence continues to threaten the rulers of Syria and Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is spending some $130 billion to stave off its own public dissatisfaction.

In Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s seemingly unassailable hold on power has been challenged by a botched decision to return to the Kremlin, and a rigged parliamentary election.

All in all, the uprisings have helped to push annual average oil prices to their highest level in history, exceeding $100 a barrel.

Look for the global turbulence to continue well into next year… good analysis at the URL:

http://oilandglory.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/12/22/oil_and_geopolitics_a_turbulent_year_and_no_end_in_sight

This week’s eyewitness video of police killing and beating of protesting Kazakhstan oil workers

http://youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=XKXzcylIjPE
Steurt Strickland
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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Amy Sutherland, Nov. 29, 2011

Today, the 2nd day of Egypt’s landmark parliamentary election, the first since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

The turnout on the first day was massive, despite security concerns and turmoil over a deadly spate of violence in the week before the balloting. It reflects the nation’s determination to break away from the past after 10 months of frustration over how the military rulers who took over from Mubarak are handling the transition.

Excellent edition of Inside Story, from Cairo. Is the military helping or subverting the democratic transition?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZiWJK46LVs
Amy Sutherland
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Discussions Discussion Occupy Wall Street” Protests
Nina Dumas, Oct. 11, 2011

Boston police arrest 50 from Occupy Boston. The protesters, part of the national Occupy Wall Street movement, had tried to expand from their original site in Dewey Square to a second site across the street.

The protesters gathered on Boston Common and marched in front of the Massachusetts Statehouse carrying signs that read “Apathy isn’t working, Raise your voice,” and chanting slogans like “Fund education, not corporations” and “We got sold out. Rich got bailed out.”

If they wanted to arrest us they could have done that without pushing us…without tramping the flag,” said Boston resident Matt Hollander, 25.

We’re being seen as a legitimate organization,” she said. “People are panicking and trying to get us out of here.” said Shawdeen Vatan, 21, of Arlington, Mass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5zCqHnd_pY&feature=related
Nina Dumas
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