Geopolitics: a global political awakening

  • Zbigniew Brzezinski, New York TimesThe global political awakening: For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination. This pertains to yet another fundamental change: The 500-year global domination by the Atlantic powers is coming to an end, with the new pre-eminence of China and Japan. Waiting in the wings are India and perhaps a recovered Russia, though the latter is very insecure about its place in the world.
  • GlobalResearch.caAre We Witnessing the Start of a Global Revolution? North Africa and the Global Political Awakening, Part 1: It seems as if the world is entering the beginnings of a new revolutionary era: the era of the ‘Global Political Awakening.’ While this ‘awakening’ is materializing in different regions, different nations and under different circumstances, it is being largely influenced by global conditions. The global domination by the major Western powers, principally the United States, over the past 65 years, and more broadly, centuries, is reaching a turning point. The people of the world are restless, resentful, and enraged. Change, it seems, is in the air.
  • Washington’s BlogIt’s Not an Arab Revolution … It’s a GLOBAL Revolution: …nations around the world decided to bail out their big banks instead of taking the necessary steps to stabilize their economies… As such, they all transferred massive debts (from fraudulent and stupid gambling activities) from the balance sheets of the banks to the balance sheets of the country… the austerity measures which governments worldwide are imposing to try to plug their gaping deficits (created by throwing trillions at their banks) are causing people world-wide to push back… Unemployment is soaring globally – especially among youth. And the sense of outrage at the injustice of the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer is also a growing global trend. Countries worldwide told their people that bailout out the giant banks was necessary to save the economy. But they haven’t delivered, and the “Main Streets” of the world have suffered.
  • EUObserver.comEurope’s Arabian Reflection: For most of Europe’s modern history, the Arab world did not ‘exist’ – at least, not in the same way as India or China. By 1700, the ratio of Europeans to Arabs in the world stood at 6 to 1. By 1920, at the time when the British and French Empires had divided much of the region among themselves, the ratio had reached 13 to 1: that is to say, for every Arab in the world, there were 13 Europeans. The Middle East ‘existed’, therefore; but much in the same way as Canada, or Australasia: a large and empty land, beautiful, bountiful, and ripe for conquest. It is in this light that one can comprehend why the French thought it feasible in 1830 to annex and colonise Algeria, or why, a century later, European Jews could attempt much the same in British Palestine… The scale of the change since that time has been staggering. In 1920, the population of the Arab world was some 42 million, the same as the France of that era; today, it counts some 350 millions, equal to the entirety of western Europe. By 2030, the Arab world will be equal in size to the total of both western and eastern Europe combined (see figure above). While from one perspective, the Arab world may be considered an ancient civilisation, from another, therefore, it is brand new; as new, perhaps, as the United States or Australia. The west has never come to terms with this new reality, this teeming mass on its southern flank.
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