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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:


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

Steurt Strickland

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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Camilla Pashar, Dec. 22, 2011

Will Other Arab Women Follow Egyptian Sisters Into the Street?

It’s horrifying to watch: Egyptian soldiers viciously beating a woman, then peeling back her abaya to expose her torso and bra, before a soldier delivers one last stomp to her chest.

The image from a Dec. 17 crackdown on protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, circulated over the Internet and on news broadcasts globally, helped sparked a Dec. 20 protest march through central Cairo by thousands of outraged women. Other women had been attacked and stripped that day in what was clearly an attempt by soldiers to humiliate female protesters.

Camilla Pashar
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  • srini n srini n Dec. 23, 2011
    Seen this vid elsewhere already. Disgusting. Like we are not yet humans but 'candidates for humanity' like Victor Hugo had said.
  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Dec. 23, 2011
    reminds me of that quote from Edgar Rice Burroughs about “the thin veneer of civilization” masking our savage natures
  • Jenny Rothberg Jenny Rothberg Dec. 23, 2011
    Seems as if mideival times are not far behind, sadly.
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Discussions Discussion Occupy Wall Street” Protests
Mark Collins, Dec. 6, 2011

Police militarization is now an ingrained part of American culture:

Disturbingly, America’s police departments have been moving toward more aggressive, force-first, militaristic tactics and their accompanying mindset for 30 years.


Outraged by the Occupy crackdowns, some pundits and political commentators who paid little heed to these issues in the past are now calling for a national discussion on the use of force.

Mark Collins

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Discussions Discussion Occupy Wall Street” Protests
Steve Durgan, Nov. 22, 2011

To pepper spray or not? Questions follow Occupy UC Davis scandal:
The image of heavy pepper spraying of students galvanized support Monday at a demonstration…


The president of the University of California system has also said he was “appalled” by the video images of an officer methodically spraying pepper spray into the eyes of seated protesters whose arms were linked.

Steve Durgan
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