The Apocalypse of Arab Spring
Sep 25th, 2011 by James

September 2011: Common sense would indicate the more the world bully’s and picks on Israel, there is a wake up call! The consequence of these actions results in global catastrophes, leaders dying from disease, Arab Spring, global economic crisis, natural disasters, global chaos, Middle East war, earthquakes, tsunami’s, hurricanes, tornadoes, global warming, famine and the list keeps getting longer.

The supernatural spiritual involvement is a consequence of (Genesis 12:3) “And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed”. These words are there in black and white, as plain as day, ‘the blessing and the curse’. G-d said it. G-d proclaimed it in the Bible which all 3 major religions of the world concur is divine and true. Need one say more?
(Zechariah 1:8-17˄, 6:1-8˄), Zechariah’s horses act as sentries, not as agents of destruction or judgment. In the first case there are only three colours, and in the second there are teams of horses pulling chariots: Red, then Black, then White, and finally Dappled. They are referred to as “the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.”

If the world is to be at peace then it is time for the Arabs and their leaders to lay down their swords against Israel and let the entire land of Israel exist as the Holy Land as promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses. When this occurs the world will see a great light amongst all the nations. The sooner the better for all mankind!

The Arab Spring also known as the Arabic Rebellions or the Arab Revolutions) is a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab world. The series of protests and demonstrations across the Middle East and North Africa has become known as the “Arab Spring”, and sometimes as the “Arab Spring and Winter”, “Arab Awakening” or “Arab Uprisings” even though not all participants in protests identify as Arab, the mass majority are Muslims. The largest, most organised demonstrations have often occurred on a “day of rage”, usually Friday after noon prayers at the Muslim mosques.

However some attribute the 2009 Iranian protests as one of the reasons behind the Arab Spring. The catalysts for the revolts in all Northern African and Persian Gulf countries have been the concentration of wealth in the hands of autocrats in power for decades, insufficient transparency of its redistribution, corruption, and especially the refusal of the youth to accept the status quo. Increasing food prices and global famine rates have also been a significant factor, as they involve threats to food security worldwide and prices that approach levels of the 2007–2008 world food price crisis. Amnesty International singled out Wikileaks release of US diplomatic cables as a catalyst for the revolts.

The catalyst for the current escalation of protests was sparked by the first protests that occurred in Tunisia on December 18, 2010 following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in protest of police corruption and ill treatment. The protests brought together various groups dissatisfied with the existing system, including many unemployed, political and human rights activists, labor, trade unionists, students, professors, lawyers, and others. These groups have become an unprecedented movement that has built sufficient momentum to engender the current scope of events.

The current wave of protests is not an entirely new phenomenon, resulting in part from the activities of dissident activists as well as members of a variety of social and union organizations who have been active for years in Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, and other countries in the area, as well as in the territory of Western Sahara.

With the success of the protests in Tunisia, a wave of unrest struck Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen, then spread to other countries. The protests have triggered similar unrest outside the region. Since December 18, 2010 there have been revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt; a civil war in Libya resulting in the fall of its regime; civil uprisings in Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen; major protests in Israel, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman, and minor protests in Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Western Sahara.

The protests have shared techniques of civil resistance in sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, marches and rallies, as well as the use of social media to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and internet censorship.

Many demonstrations have met with violent responses from authorities, as well as from pro-government militias and counter-demonstrators. A major slogan of the demonstrators in the Arab world has been Ash-sha`b yurid isqat an-nizam (“The people want to bring down the regime”

Protests in Jordan have caused the resignation of the government resulting in former Prime Minister and Ambassador to Israel Marouf al-Bakhit being appointed prime minister by King Abdullah and tasked with forming a new government.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, announced on 23 April that he would step down within 30 days in exchange for immunity, a deal the Yemeni opposition informally accepted on 26 April; Saleh then reneged on the deal, prolonging the Yemeni uprising. The geopolitical implications of the protests have drawn global attention, including the suggestion that some protesters may be nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

Numerous factors have led to the protests, including issues such as dictatorship or absolute monarchy, human rights violations, government corruption (demonstrated by Wikileaks diplomatic cables), economic decline, unemployment, extreme poverty, and a number of demographic structural factors, such as a large percentage of educated but dissatisfied youth within the population.

In recent decades rising living standards and literacy rates, as well as the increased availability of higher education, have resulted in an improved human development index in the affected countries. The tension between rising aspirations and a lack of government reform may have been a contributing factor in all of the protests. Many of the internet-savvy youth of these countries have studied in the West, where autocrats and absolute monarchies are considered anachronisms. A university professor of Oman, Al-Najma Zidjaly referred to this upheaval as youthquake.

Tunisia and Egypt, the first to witness major uprisings, differ from other North African and Middle Eastern nations such as Algeria and Libya in that they lack significant oil revenue, and were thus unable to make concessions to calm the masses.

Tunisia experienced a series of conflicts over the past three years, the most notable occurring in the mining area of Gafsa in 2008, where protests continued for many months. These protest included rallies, sit-ins, and strikes, during which there were two fatalities, an unspecified number of wounded, and dozens of arrests.

The Egyptian labor movement had been strong for years, with more than 3,000 labor actions since 2004. One important demonstration was an attempted workers’ strike on 6 April 2008 at the state-run textile factories of al-Mahalla al-Kabra, just outside Cairo. The idea for this type of demonstration spread throughout the country, promoted by computer-literate working class youths and their supporters among middle-class college students. A Facebook page, set up to promote the strike, attracted tens of thousands of followers.

The government mobilized to break the strike through infiltration and riot police, and while the regime was somewhat successful in forestalling a strike, dissidents formed the “6 April Committee” of youths and labor activists, which became one of the major forces calling for the anti-Mubarak demonstration on 25 January in Tahrir Square.

In Algeria, discontent had been building for years over a number of issues. In February 2008, United States Ambassador Robert Ford wrote in a leaked diplomatic cable that Algeria is ‘unhappy’ with long-standing political alienation; that social discontent persisted throughout the country, with food strikes occurring almost every week; that there were demonstrations every day somewhere in the country; and that the Algerian government was corrupt and fragile. Some have claimed that during 2010 there were as many as ‘9,700 riots and unrests’ throughout the country. Many protests focused on issues such as education and health care, while others cited rampant corruption.

In Western Sahara, the Gdeim Izik protest camp was erected 12 km south-east of El Aaiún by a group of young Sahrawis on 9 October 2010. Their intention was to demonstrate against labor discrimination, unemployment, looting of resources, and human rights abuses. The camp contained between 12,000 and 20,000 inhabitants, but on 8 November 2010 it was destroyed and its inhabitants evicted by Moroccan security forces. The security forces faced strong opposition from some young Sahrawi civilians, and rioting soon spread to El Aaiún and other towns within the territory, resulting in an unknown number of injuries and deaths. Violence against Sahrawis in the aftermath of the protests was cited as a reason for renewed protests months later, after the start of the Arab Spring.

As of September 2011, revolutions have resulted in the overthrow of three heads of state: Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on 14 January following the Tunisian revolution protests, and in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak resigned on 11 February 2011, after 18 days of massive protests, ending his 30-year presidency and Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi who was overthrown on 23 August 2011, after the National Transitional Council (NTC) took control of Bab al-Azizia thereby effectively losing control of Libya. His current whereabouts unknown.

During this period of regional unrest, several leaders announced their intentions to step down at the end of their current terms. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced that he would not seek re-election in 2015, as did Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose term ends in 2014, although there have been increasingly violent demonstrations demanding his immediate resignation.

What does democracy mean to an Arab population? Do they have the expertise to create a peaceful society amongst themselves and with the rest of the world?

Magan and A’ad Dynasties
Mar 26th, 2011 by Shahriar

 The A’adids established themselves in South Arabia (modern day Yemen), settling to the east of the Qahtan tribe.They established the Kingdom of A’ad around the 10th century BCE to the 3rd century CE.

Magan is attested as the name of a trading partner of the Sumerians. It is often assumed to be located in Oman.

The A ‘ad nation were known to the Greeks and Egyptians. Claudius Ptolemy’s Geographos (2nd century CE) refers to the place by a Hellenized version of the inhabitants of the capital Ubar.

The Thamud were a people of ancient Arabia, either a tribe or a group of tribes, that created a large kingdom and flourished from 3000 BCE to 200 BCE. Recent archaeological work has revealed numerous Thamudic rock writings and pictures not only in Yemen but also throughout central Arabia.

They are mentioned in sources such as the Qur’an, old Arabian poetry, Assyrian annals (Tamudi), in a Greek temple inscription from the northwest Hejaz of CE 169, in a 5th-century Byzantine source and in Old North Arabian graffiti around Tayma.

They are mentioned in the victory annals of the Neo-Assyrian King, Sargon II (8th century BCE), who defeated these people in a campaign in northern Arabia. The Greeks also refer to these people as “Tamudaei”, i.e. “Thamud”, in the writings of Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Pliny. Before the rise of Islam, approximately between 400-600 CE, the Thamud totally disappeared.

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Oman Sultan Reshuffles Cabinet
Mar 7th, 2011 by James

Monday March 7, 2011: Oman has been ruled by Sultan Qaboos bin Said since he overthrew his father, Sultan Said bin Taymur, in a bloodless coup on July 23, 1970. The family’s Al-Busaid dynasty has ruled Oman since 1750.

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos ordered a reshuffle of his Cabinet ministers Monday. “The Sultan of Oman has ordered a reshuffle of the Council of Ministers,” announced a television newscaster Monday on Omani national TV before reading the names of members of the new Cabinet. He also ordered the government to create 50,000 jobs for Omanis and to pay 150 rials ($390) a month to job seekers.

However, the dismissal of the two ministers was not enough to meet protesters’ demands. Demonstrations Monday in Sohar called for the sacking of more ministers for alleged corruption, and also demanded more jobs, better salaries and more representative political institutions. Protesters maintained a presence outside the consultative council in the capital city of Muscat, Oman’s equivalent of a parliament, but without the same legislative authority.

On Sunday, dozens of employees of Oman Air, the country’s national airline, staged a protest in front of the firm’s headquarters, located near Oman’s main international airport in Muscat. About 100 employees had gathered by late morning to call for improved working conditions. No flights were disrupted by the action, and the airline stated it was willing to talk with protesters about their calls for higher wages.

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has placed the Persian Gulf nation’s local and foreign currency ratings on review with an eye toward a possible downgrade due to the demonstrations. The country’s A-rated long-term and A-1 short-term local and foreign currency ratings have both been jeopardized by the recent disturbances, according to S&P. (A-1 is the agency’s second-highest short-term investment grade. A-rating is its fifth-lowest long-term investment grade.)

“If protests were to continue, they could undermine political stability and weaken Oman’s public finances,” stated Luc Marchand, a London-based analyst with S&P. The country’s Power and Water Procurement SAOC rating, an “A rating,” was also placed on review for possible downgrade, according to the report.

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