In Bahrain, people have once again taken to the streets in defiance of a ban on public gatherings, and a series of violent crackdowns.
[…] Journalist and author Finian Cunningham says even though the regimes in these countries are very repressive, people are ill-divided, lots of tortures and unjustice, the locals are very skeptical and cynical about help from the West and the intervention in Libya.
“It’s certainly not on the grounds of any humanitarian concerns… but to back up their regimes, to give them a proper cover,” believes Cunningham.
Cut spending, raise taxes, sell off public assets – these are the unsatisfactory solutions being debated across the nation; but the budget crises now being suffered by nearly all the states did not arise from too much spending or too little taxation. They arose from a credit freeze on Wall Street. In the wake of the 2009 financial market collapse, banks curtailed their lending more sharply than in any year since 1942, driving massive unemployment and causing local tax revenues to plummet.
RussiaToday on Mar 26, 2011
100 to 300 thousand people are expected to take part in what’s set to be the UK’s biggest political demonstration for a decade. Mass protests are planned across the British capital to oppose the government’s 80 billion pound spending cuts. The austerity measures are part of a treasury initiative to eliminate the country’s huge budget deficit in just four years.