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The Secret Behind the Arab Spring

Riots in the Middle East are inspiring similar riots in the West. Last February in his online journal, Whitley Strieber offered the opinion that the Arab world was exploding not because of a dislike of dictatorships, but because food prices had risen too high. A study just published supports Whitley's contention.

In Fast Company.com, Greg Lindsay writes, "New evidence suggests the Arab Spring wasn't caused by the slow boiling of political grievances, but by a sudden rise in food prices. Next year, prices will soar even higher." Will there be more riots then? Lindsay thinks so and says, "Past a certain price point for food--which was crossed shortly before the global food riots in 2008 and again in late 2010 on the cusp of the Arab Spring--citizens begin to look at their rulers differently. All’s quiet, in other words, until a certain threshold is crossed, when all hell breaks loose. And now the bad news: If current trends continue, the authors note, prices will permanently cross that barrier as early as next July. Prepare for a lot of angry people."

This was what caused the French Revolution in the late 18th century and the American Revolution shortly afterwards. He writes, "What's causing this run-up in prices, even as global cereals production is at an all-time high? The stock answer is increasing prosperity; an emerging middle class wants an American middle class diet. This dietary shift is non-linear, too--people don't simply eat more grain, but switch to eating pork, which requires six times as much grain to raise it."

He quotes researchers as saying they "attribute the price rise to two distinct causes: “the price peaks are due to speculators causing price bubbles, and the background increase is due to corn to ethanol conversion." Or as Marie Antoinette was famously (mis)quoted as saying (shortly before she was guillotined during the French Revolution), "Let them eat cake."

If we let climate change go on much longer without at least trying to do something about it, we're ALL going to eat cake! When Whitley learned about climate change from the Master of the Key, he decided to write a book about it. Now you can get a copy of the book that started it all--"The Coming Global Superstorm"--as well as a copy of The Key--from our NEW Whitley Strieber Collection, and each book comes with a special bookplate signed by Whitley!



Folks, am I wrong or do most changes in the sociopolitical clime coincide with catastrophes or other challenges inherent to our planet? Possibly because a "wrinkle" in the web of life causes a psycho-spiritual disturbance that triggers a jump in our development. By "wrinkle" I mean that a cosmic force of some sort causes an wave of energy that is slightly higher than what mankind has been adjusted to and finds it challenging to deal with (but we must deal with it). I think the controllers of our world have little or no defense against these upheavals -especially our special political animals that sense the need to show others they are "better". What I'm saying is that the physical calamities we find ourselves dealing with I believe coincide with cosmic "weather" that disrupts our 9 to 5 world. Strange that this seems to go unnoticed. Also, look at what was written about the French Revolution, and how our birth as a nation was similar. I think you'll find it interesting. (Google "phrygian cap") By the way, doesnt it seem as if the politicians are more aware of these changes than us "ordinary" folks -Gee, how strange!

every generation is different. Young people today want freedom. Chinese, Iranian, Israelian, North African young people all want freedom, and eventually young people in US and Europe will wake up too (they are taking the majority of the crysis impact). I'm just waiting for Spain and Greece to explode since they have 35- 50% youth unemployment - "the lost generation". With no job, no food and no future they will take to the streets as would I.

Just when the Arab world is converting to a more American way of life, the American way of life (economy) is declining. How ironic. Many of the middle eastern nations are about 500 years behind us, i.e., living in the dark ages with no separation of church and state, no individual rights, no equality for women, etc. We forget that this is how western civilization lived 500 years ago. The Internet and multi media technology is making it real hard for these middle eastern nations to continue living in the dark ages. Bringing democracy to the middle east sounds good but it raises the question: what do the majority of the people in these nations really want? And, are they converting to a capitalistic way of life when the limits of growth have been reached on the planet?

Greg Lindsay needs some more time studying and less time on line offering his opinions. The French Revolution followed the US Revolution, not the otherway around as he states. When I read this sort of thing, all that comes to mind is; "What else is he wrong about??"

Dale

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