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“Arab Spring” revolts overflowing to Southern European States: Are we confusing causes and catalysts?

Posted on: May 31, 2011

“Arab Spring” revolts overflowing to Southern European States:  Are we confusing causes and catalysts?

In the last four months, I published a dozen articles on the “Arab Spring” revolts related to Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Greece…One of the posts is: https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/the-january-revolution-of-the-century-great-people-of-egypt/

I stated that the non-violent and determined revolt in Egypt is the revolution of the century and will spread to every State, even to so-called democracies that fail to reform their election laws, entirely biased toward the elite oligarchic classes.

The sit-ins popular uprising in the main squares of Capitals in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Belgium, and Ireland are displaying banners and panels that read:

“Let those liable for the financial crisis pay the bill”

“We are people and NOT market places”

“You steal the money, we take over the streets”

“We want real democracies!”

“The ambitions of a few are destroying the dreams of all of us”

“Democracy is not voting for the one who ends up robbing you dry”

“I don’t want for my children to pay for my Real Estate mortgage”

“Finally, we are wide awake. They won’t shut us up and the street is ours.”

“A revolt is also feasible in Spain…I want nothing for myself.  For the people I demand everything”

“For a true democracy now.  There exist a more just world for all.”

“Romans offered bread and games. Currently, bread is not delivered and doing politics is the circus”

The widespread insurrections disclose this popular consciousness: “We refuse the international financial monsters to dictate and overpower the democratic political systems.  The international financial behemoth is not to the interest of the common people or directed to sustainable growth and economic and social stability.”

After four years of the worldwide financial crisis, the only parties that benefited from the calamity are the banks and investment financial institutions, coupled with outrageous bonuses to managers that coincide with drastic budget cuts.  Budget cuts are not affecting military spending but social services in national health coverage, affordable schooling, retirement benefits, security for the jobless people, opening new opportunities for the small enterprises to thrive…

Apparently, the healthy worldwide insurrection is not about to abate and will continue as long as election laws are biased toward the elite oligarchic financial classes.  People consciousness has come to term that sustainability for survival must satisfy basic conditions:

First, if most States are growing by accumulating more debts and incurring higher budget deficits, using worthless currencies, especially the dollar, it is time for drastic long-term cuts on military spending and expensive programs targeting the maintenance of the well-being of the 1% elite richest classes around the world.

Second, the rich classes have demonstrated total irresponsibility to the survival of the downtrodden.  You cannot digest the fact that the expenses of keeping vegetative rich people means the death of millions of children less than 5 year-old.  Life expectancy should account for the children dying before reaching 5 years!

Third, the causes of the insurrections are not the rise in prices of basic food ingredient, due to feeding cows and manufacturing “clean” energies, but to untenable political systems that rob the common people from effectively sharing in political decision-making.  The people in Bahrain and Libya didn’t revolt for lack of affordable food!  The people in Spain, Portugal, and Italy are not invading the public squares for lack of food.  The Syrians demonstrators have spread a banner saying: “We are not hungry, thank you.  We want to change our undignified status for the last 40 years.”  Prices and shortages of food… are the catalysts and not the cause.

Fourth, the causes of the insurrection are for just and fair election laws that permit the common people to share in the decision-making.  People in the Arab World have been suffocated being considered as chattel.  People in Southern Europe are into upheaval because their “democratic Systems” have failed to include the voice of the youth, their wants, and wishes in the equations, which are entirely written by the richest oligarchic elite classes and amoral technocrats.

Fifth, the financial crisis was not because of the subprime financial tool (a catalyst), but because of the whole financial structure that was unregulated and people’s taxes spent on “stabilizing” fragile financial institutions at the expense of the well-being of the majority of citizens. (To be continued).

Note: You may read https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/raise-your-head-youre-egyptian-exploded-tahrir-square/

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