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They say that there are 22 States acknowledged in the Arab League.  First, there are no clear criteria for inducting a State as Arab; may be Arabic is one of the official language?  Second, nobody knows what are the functions of this Arab League that was established in 1946 and that no one takes seriously (ask Amro Moussa, the current all-powerful Egyptian chairman).  Third, if you can name a dozen of the Arab States then you are eligible for a diploma in political science.

Invariably, every single Arab State share one important traits with the remaining States, a trait that should be included as one of the criteria for further expansion of this invisible Arab League:  Mainly, every monarch, dictator, one party power, or block of victor parties (elected under a makeshift election law) considers that the State Treasury is his own to use regardless of regulations or makeshift control systems.  The reverse is not applicable:  Mainly, my money is never to go to the Treasury and no taxes should be imposed on me, my family, my extended family, my clan, my tribe… For example:

Ask the Saudi Royal Family and the 5,000 descendents of Ibn Saud.

Ask the Hariri clan in Lebanon:  The ex-PM Saad was fired two weeks ago.  The family, headed by Rafic Hariri, took power in 1992 till two weeks ago.  Rafic came in with barely $one billion as an entrepreneur in Saudi Arabia and was assassinated leaving $14 billion to his family.  The Hariri clan paid only one million dollars when it should have paid over one billion!

Ask Ben Ali, ex-Tunisia President who ruled for 23 years and is now a political refugee in Saudi Arabia.  Do you believe that 14,000 of his party members were on the monthly payroll?  Every single member of his family and in-laws had a monopoly on the economy.

Ask Mubarak, President of Egypt for life, actually packing for an extended leave of absence to Saudi Arabia, for a thorough health check-up at the ultra-modern King Abdallah Hospital having no medical staff to running it.  Hell, it barely rains in Saudi Arabia, but the city of Jedda defies the odds:  It floods every year and drown in a couple of millimeters of water, killing 500 Saudis, every year.  And the Saudis are wondering: “where all these billion have been spent?”

Ask Muammar Qadhafi, God knows what title he has invented as of today, but he has been ruling Libya forever and nobody knows if there is a State Treasury per say.  Qadhafi was beside himself as his best friend Ben Ali departed without warning or saying “good-bye”.

Ask Abdallah Saleh, President of Yemen, who has been ruling as President for life and packing his suitcases to leave somewhere.

Ask the “Palestinian Authority” or Fateh how the treasury is accounted for.

Ask the King of Jordan, with an extended family quickly outpacing the Saudi Royal family.

Ask the King of Morocco.

Hell, ask Israel.  No State stays in this region and could resist emulating our excellent policy on money handling.

A second interesting feature that all Arab States share is:  The government is mine; if I cannot change it quickly then I install a shadow government to generate profit quickly to my own treasury.  Every member of the extended family or clan or close party members are “embedded” in every government institution.  No, the US military had invented nothing new when it embedded journalists and news “professionals” to lie to all the common people.

A third fantastic features that all Arab States share is:  Only my party members or my extra extended tribe members have unquestionable priority to government positions, civil service, and public contracts.  There is no use to waiting for older civil servants to go to retirement:  You get out voluntarily or you go to jail for “fraud” and mishandling of money and taking bribe to make ends meet.

A fourth extra smart characteristic that all Arab States share is:  media was created to disseminate our noble character.  We wholeheartedly welcome expressing free opinions about how good, brave, honest, clean, people loving we are.  We are the most integral leaders in the entire world and we are most generous to our faithful allies; just read what our unique daily boasts about our regime.

Is you State sharing the Arab States Syndrome?  Get on the move and help your oligarchy packing their suitcases:  They are so lazy to pack and refuse to pack anything but gold and jewelry.

US next in line to Tunisia: Unemployment popular revolt?

The title might be extreme; maybe the regime in the US will not change that drastically and that quickly.  Or maybe Egypt is next in line to witness a humongous popular upheaval, but if anyone is disregarding the option that the USA is inevitably ripe for a popular, non-peaceful, mass revolt is not listening, reading, and watching carefully the predicting indicators, as it happened in Tunisia. When revolt lands in the US, it might not be that peaceful as in Tunisia and Egypt.

In Tunisia, graduate students, out of a job for 5 years, were communicating their rage and frustration on the social web platforms.  There are indications that President Ben Ali was closeted in his Palaces and just listening to his oligarchic retinues and relying on the western States for times of crisis.   Ben Ali considered his citizens as invisible.  The “whites” in the US consider Obama as invisible, as in the “invisible man”; and thus, no matter what Obama does or achieve is not that relevant to the “red necks” and Christian neo-conservatives.

To the CONSERVATIVE “whites”, Obama is as good as being closeted in his White House, and if they grudgingly have to deal with the administration, it is only through the civil servants in the White House.  Obama is interested to what the Whites are saying but it is not reciprocated.  For one thing, no Black is ever to be President again, and Obama is not going to remain for a second term:  Not because he is a failure (he cannot ever be worse than Bush Jr), but because racism is endemic in the US.

Ben Ali was very close to Israel and opened Tunisia market to products coming from Jewish colonies in the West Bank.  Israel is antagonizing the US of Obama, not because the US ceased to be totally supporting Israel, but because racist and apartheid Israel hates the Black President Obama.  Obama has been doing his best to pleasure every community who hated him out of racist attitudes, and he failed to do his job as President and promoting equitable and fair negotiations and dealings.

The western media were all laudatory and praise of Ben Ali’s open market policies for financial transactions, dumping of subsidized agricultural products, and dumping of all kinds of products and services.  The industrial and agricultural bases in Tunisia were not developing and the economy relied on the tourism sector and fictitious investments by multinational financial institutions.

Are there any productive development in the US?  Paul Krugman has claimed that the US experienced no growth in the last two decades, even if profits from financial institutions increased from 8 to 16% of the total GNP.

Tunisia was witnessing over 30% of unemployment among graduate students, the same effective rate in the US among the lower middle class citizen, regardless of the kinds of misinformation the media and the administration is disseminating on unemployment rates.  The US statistics must start classifying unemployment rates according to economic classes and race.

The talking heads and financial journals are liars:  The economy in the US has not stabilized at all; growth is fictitious as before, and a mirror-image of the non-productive financial transactions consequences.  But unemployment is steadily increasing.  Most lower middle class citizens are reluctant to cashing unemployment subsidies and thus, unemployment statistics are heavily biased toward the lower trend.

Watch out America!  All that it takes is a “red neck” burning himself in front of the Capitol or the White House to rally embitered US citizen for all their frustrations at declining easy credits to sustaining their previous life-style. The US is no better than Tunisia when people are unemployed and feeling ignored and degraded. You may read my link on my prediction of Egypt’s successful non-violent revolution in note#2.

Note 1:  It is disturbing how superpowers treat smaller and weaker States.  Everyday, the US, France, and the EU meddle in the internal affairs of Lebanon, but have the guts to lambast Syria and Iran as “rogue nations” for effectively and directly aiding the Lebanese people economically and militarily to resist Israel’s frequent preemptive wars and incursions in Lebanon.

Iran and Qatar were the only States to extending cash money for the reconstruction efforts after the 2006 war by Israel.  The US and the EU offered nothing but speeches and countless political constraints for miserly pocket-money changes.  The US and France and the EU still believe that they can exert more leverage on Lebanese citizens than Iran or Syria.  The last week demonstrated that Lebanon and Tunisia do not give much weight to Western recriminations or political pressures.

Note 2:  I realized that I published this post one day before the start of Egypt’s mass revolt on Jan. 25.  I was taken by surprise that the Egyptian revolt materialized that fast, but I was dead certain that eventually Mubarak is a goner. You may read my prediction on Egypt’s successful non-violent revolution




October 2021

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