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The Arab spring of 2011 has already changed the region and the world. Ordinary people have lost their fear and shattered the perception that their rulers are invincible. Whatever happens next, the changes across the region in the first few months of 2011 will prove historic. Bottom: January 25, 2011: An anti-government protester defaces a picture of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria, 140 miles north of Cairo. In Tunisia, the now famous “jasmine revolution” began with protests in December, triggered by the self-immolation of a 26-year-old vegetable seller, Mohammed Bouazizi.
For the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive … The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination… The worldwide yearning for human dignity is the central challenge inherent in the phenomenon of global political awakening… That awakening is socially massive and politically radicalizing … T he nearly universal access to radio, television and increasingly the Internet is creating a community of shared perceptions and envy that can be galvanized and channeled by demagogic political or religious passions. These energies transcend sovereign borders and pose a challenge both to existing states as well as to the existing global hierarchy, on top of which America still perches …
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Athens billows in smoke and teargas once more as hundreds of thousands take to the streets during some of the largest protests in modern Greek history.
Law enforcement officials broke up the Oakland offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests this week with tear gas and, some protestors say, rubber bullets. An Iraq veteran who was hit in the head with a projectile is currently in critical condition with a fractured skull.
On the eve of the G20 in France, let the people rise up and demand the imposition of a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades.
When the system forces ordinary people to become revolutionaries, you know you’re no longer at the End of History.
From yesterday on, definitively and irreversibly, the ‘Communist Party’ is no more than a barrier against the attempt to bury the parliamentary corpse.
C racks break with the logic of capitalist society. To that logic, we oppose a different way of doing things ... We want to break the system, the social cohesion that holds us in place and obliges us to act in certain ways.
Revolt , if it is to be successful, must come from the mind; a growing unease and dissatisfaction with things as they are.
The capitalist endgame that is being played out in Greece – and Europe more broadly – is a microcosm of the challenges facing humanity as a whole.