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Post  polka23dot on Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:46 pm

"The current situation in the world vividly demonstrates that the perpetual instability, increasing dispute among the leading world powers, and the absence of a clear and comprehensive vision for the future of the world order have become part of our everyday life. War, conflicts, disinclination to listen to one another, and unilateral actions are pushing the international community ever closer to the precipice." - Erlan Abdyldaev (foreign minister of the Kyrgyz Republic) source: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140929/quotable-quotes-general-debate-un-general-assembly-sept-29-0

A grim toll of 370 journalists have been murdered over the past 10 years in direct retaliation for doing their job. An even more alarming statistic is that 90% of their killers have not been brought to justice. source and list of murdered journalists: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/nov/03/murdered-journalists-90-of-killers-get-away-with-it-but-who-are-the-victims

map of journalists killed from 1992 to 2014: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/journalist-deaths/index.html

Brigitte Gabriel says that violent minorities have been more influential than peaceful majorities: http://www.mrctv.org/videos/heritage-foundation-panelist-radical-islam

global homicide map: http://worldhomicidesurvey.org/images/HomicideRate2010x.jpg

25 most failed states on Earth: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-25-most-failed-states-on-earth-2013-6?op=1

50 most violent cities in the world: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-violent-cities-in-the-world-2013-11?op=1

Mexican drug cartels are diversifying. Besides trafficking narcotics, extorting businesses, and brutally murdering their rivals, the cartels steal crude oil from Mexico’s state-run oil company, Pemex. Pemex estimates that it loses $5 billion annually in stolen oil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG4mSZaKrho

As many as seven out of 10 people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to flush or chemical toilets or latrines, according to the World Bank. source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-05/feces-clogged-shore-shows-africa-infrastructure-failings.html

Rape City - Democratic Republic of Congo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBJ6ycCPawo

Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire): http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/congo/articles/20130220.aspx

African kids with AK-47s: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htun/articles/20121119.aspx

Most violent parts of the world: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htun/articles/20121224.aspx

Ivory Coast: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/ivory/articles/20121226.aspx

Somalia: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/somalia/articles/20121226.aspx

Rebels romp in Central African Republic: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/chad/articles/20130107.aspx

A decade ago Colombia was the kidnapping capital of the world. But since then public and police pressure has made it much harder to carry out a lot of kidnappings. FARC needs the money badly and is trying to revive kidnapping as a revenue stream while continuing to expand its extortion activities. Neighboring Venezuela has become one of the most violent countries in the world. Last year the murder rate was 73 per 100,000 people, up from 48 in 2011. In the capital the rate was 122 for 2012. At the moment Venezuela has a murder rate that is more than twice what it is in Colombia (which was long the murder capital of the Americas). The murder rate in the Western hemisphere (about 8 per 100,000 people a year) was much higher than in Europe, where it has long been between 3 and 4. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/colombi/articles/20130128.aspx

The UN has asked Iran to stop sending illegal weapons shipments to rebels and arms traders in Somalia and elsewhere in Africa. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20130228.aspx

El Salvador: Drug cartelistas in Tamaulipas state (likely both the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas) have targeted anti-criminal violence civilian activists who are tracking cartel murders, extortion rackets (eg, roadblocks for shaking down truck drivers), and kidnappings on the web. The activists are anonymous and post on Facebook. The group calls itself Courage for Tamaulipas (Valor por Tamaulipas). In late February, cartel gunmen offered a reward of $48,000 to anyone providing a tip that identified the activists or their family members. The threat to internet activists who oppose the cartels is quite real because the internet presents a threat to the gangs. Many mainline Mexican medias began practicing self-censorship after the drug gangs began murdering their reporters. Internet activists have also paid with their lives. Cartel gunmen have murdered at least four Mexican internet activists in the last two years. One of the murdered internet activists, Maria Elizabeth Macias of Nuevo Laredo, was beheaded after she was murdered in 2011. Authorities believe the Zetas killed her. Nuevo Laredo is located in Tamaulipas state. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/mexico/articles/20130315.aspx

Liberia... is a country where underage hookers sell their bodies for less than a dollar to feed their drug addictions, and where cannibal warlords transform themselves into evangelical preachers overnight. source: http://www.amren.com/features/2013/03/into-the-heart-of-darkness/

While many Libyans oppose the militias, these gangs often do things that are popular with most civilians. For example militiamen hunt down and torture or kill Kaddafi supporters. This sometimes gets very violent, as in the case of Tawergha, a pro-Kaddafi town outside the port city of Misarata that Kaddafi forces fought hard to conquer. In the process thousands of rebels and civilians were killed and much of the city damaged by artillery and street fighting. The Kaddafi forces used Tawergha as their main base and over the last two years militiamen have been destroying that town and forcing its 40,000 largely pro-Kaddafi residents to flee. Over the last two years the government has been expelling hundreds of thousands of black African migrants, some who have lived and worked in Libya for years. New migrants are being forced back as well, even though these people are seeking to pass through and get to Europe and jobs. This animosity towards black Africans is the result of former dictator Kaddafi hiring thousands of black African mercenaries to help fight the rebels. Add this to the usual racist attitudes of Arab and Berber Libyans (who are most of the population) towards black Africans and you get some nasty immigration policies. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20130331.aspx

In Africa foreign aid organizations, usually invited in by the government, find that the process of bringing in aid, especially food and distributing it, is corrupted by local warlords as well as bandits, thieving businessmen, and corrupt officials. Using force, intimidation, and bribes, food aid programs are plundered to the point where over half the aid is stolen. Some of the stolen aid went to supply warlords, who use it to feed their followers and sell off much of it to provide cash for weapons and other goods. The conduits for this theft were often the local contractors who were hired to transport and distribute the food. These businesses collaborate with the warlords and bandits to pull this off, threatening aid workers (local and foreign) with kidnapping, beatings, or death if they complained to UN inspectors. For many refugees there wasn't much choice between a quick death from an outlaw’s bullet or a slow one from starvation or malnutrition related illnesses. A further complication occurs when word of the wholesale theft of food gets out. As a result of that, the aid groups (including the UN) have a hard time getting nations to donate more food and other aid. Why donate food or cash, when it's common knowledge in the aid community that much of the food is stolen. Worse still, the UN has to pay millions of dollars each year in bribes to get armed groups to allow food aid in. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htatrit/articles/20130516.aspx

India’s war with leftist (Maoist) rebels is heating up again. Maoist related deaths fell to a record low 367 last year but so far this year the violence is up a third. The Maoists have taken heavy losses in the last five years (over a thousand dead and many more who surrendered or deserted). The Maoists have become more violent this year in an attempt to reverse that trend. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/india/articles/20130615.aspx

Private armies and crazy neighbors in Colombia: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/colombi/articles/20130620.aspx

Last year there were 3,386 reported kidnappings in Pakistan, compared to 2,954 in 2011... Karachi is a prime example of why a major source of terrorism in the world is the widespread custom of political parties maintaining armed auxiliaries to intimidate their opponents and anyone who might vote for their foes. Often these armed supporters are a local criminal gang, which is more interested in cash than politics. http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htterr/articles/20130703.aspx

Mexican government believes about a thousand people a month are dying from cartel related violence... Leftist and drug gang violence in Colombia have left over 220,000 dead in the last 60 years. That’s for a country with only about 40 percent as many people as Mexico. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/mexico/articles/20130727.aspx

Central America and South America have long had very high murder rates (currently 5-12 times higher than in the United States). Some cities were much worse. The murder rate of Caracas, the capital and largest city in Venezuela, has been over 200 killed per year per 100,000 population. That's eight times the 24 per 100,000 rate in the capital of neighboring Colombia. This makes Caracas more violent than the worst hit (by drug gang violence) Mexican border city (Ciudad Juárez) where the murder rate has been nearly 200. The national rate for Venezuela is over 60, that's four times the current rate in Iraq, and more than ten times the rate in the U.S. (5.4). It's also higher than the rate in Afghanistan, which has been running at about 24 dead per 100,000 population over the last few years. Compare that to the Western hemisphere in general, where the rate is about 8 per 100,000 people a year. That in turn is much higher than in Europe, where it is about 3-4. Middle Eastern nations have rates of between 5-10 per 100,000. Back in 2009, the rate in Iraq was 26. That's not a lot higher than it was under Saddam (10-20 a year) but less than a third of what it was the year before. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/colombi/articles/20130807.aspx

The murder rate in Venezuela is 72 per 100,000 people a year; one of the highest on the planet and more than ten times the rate in the United States. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/colombi/articles/20130917.aspx

In CAR (Central African Republic) the new rebel (Seleka) government has not been able to deal with the chaos and lawlessness unleased by the overthrow of the elected government earlier this year. To make matters worse, the rebels are largely Moslem, but 85 percent of CAR residents are Christian (50 percent) or pagans (35 percent). The Moslem rebels swept south like a conquering army a year ago and have behaved like a conquering army. As a result, at least ten percent of the 4.6 million people in the country have been forced to flee their homes and about a third of those have fled to neighboring countries (Congo, Cameroon, and Chad). source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htun/articles/20131203.aspx

The hard core rioters will throw rocks and gasoline bombs to try and break the police line. If they can do that, then some will go in with their own wooden batons or iron bars and fight it out with the police. It often gets worse, when men with guns move among the unarmed civilians (especially women and children) and then open up when they are so close they can't miss. This is a particularly popular tactic with Somalis. In one case, two dozen UN peacekeepers died as a result of this sort of thing. Palestinians sometimes use this approach as well. But the Palestinian gunmen have to be careful, as the Israelis know what's coming and have snipers ready to take out armed men in the crowd and Israeli riot police use rubber, plastic and real bullets freely if it appears there might be a fire fight. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20131210.aspx

The New York Police Department has conducted its own in-depth analysis of the September 2013 attack which killed more than 60 at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi... It revealed gross incompetence and corruption by Kenya's military and police. source: http://www.news.com.au/world/nypd-investigation-into-kenyas-westgate-mall-terror-attacks-reveals-the-truth-behind-the-massacre-of-more-than-60-civilians/story-fndir2ev-1226780483902mall-massacre-myths

As the violence in Kenya worsens, it’s becoming clear the country is dividing along ethnic lines. video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKmL8VBoKnE

Republic of Congo: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/congo/articles/20131223.aspx

In Africa... joining the military is seen as an economic opportunity, not as a profession requiring a lot of skills, hard work and clean (no corruption or thuggish behavior) living. African rulers are uncomfortable with troops who are too well trained and disciplined because the foreign trainers can’t guarantee that these more effective troops will remain loyal to the government they are supposed to be serving. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htcbtsp/articles/20131226.aspx

The UN is urging the Congolese government to address land disputes in North and South Kivu provinces (eastern Congo). Outside groups have provided rebel groups in the eastern Congo with money and weapons in exchange for access to gold and other valuable minerals (coltan, for example). However, a recent study showed that land disputes between neighboring tribes remains a major cause of conflict in the region.  Weak and corrupt government institutions exacerbate the situation. Disputes escalate into violent confrontations and then all out battles between tribal militias because no one trusts the justice system to be fair. The system is either regarded as being corrupt or, in many places, it does not exist. There is no centralized system for registering land ownership or recognizing land use rights. This is a common cause for unrest and poverty in many countries. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/congo/articles/20140114.aspx

Violent crime forces Chicago Subway restaurants to use bulletproof glass. source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/04/24/bulletproof-subways-a-sign-of-violent-times/

Argentina is bankrupt again: http://www.businessinsider.com/new-threat-to-argentina-is-acceleration-2014-10

Ecuador, Egypt, Pakistan, Venezuela, Belize, Cuba, Cyprus, Greece, Jamaica, and Ukraine are almost bankrupt: www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/07/31/13435097/


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Empires strike back

Post  polka23dot on Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:23 am

The defining characteristic of the early 21st century can best be described as; “The Empires Strike Back.” This is all about the four empires (Russian, Chinese, Iranian and the Islamic Caliphate) that are trying to reconstitute themselves and causing trouble for each other and the rest of the world in the process. For many people this is something of a shock, because in the 1990s all the talk was of “the end of empire.” That’s because in 1991 the last of the great empires, the old Tsarist Empire dissolved as the Soviet Union came apart. This meant that half the population of that empire went off and formed 14 new countries (or reconstituted old ones the Russians had conquered). For the last decade Russian leaders have made no secret of the fact that they want to rebuild this empire. China has been doing the same. The old Chinese Empire fell apart in 1911. Actually the Chinese Empire had been falling apart for over a century before that and the 1911 revolution was the blow it never recovered from. But in the 21st Century recovering lost bits of the empire has become very popular in China. The Iranian Empire has been around for thousands of years but was constantly being torn apart because of revolutions and civil wars and occasional overwhelming invasion. Thus the very empire-minded Iranian monarchy succumbed in 1979 to revolution and a religious dictatorship that is now trying to expand Iranian imperial power in the name of Islam as well as Iranian nationalism. Which brings us to the growing popularity of Islamic radicalism which is inspired, in part, by the century’s old desire to restore the ancient Caliphate (one civil/religious leader for all Islamic peoples). The original caliphate lasted, despite many civil wars and rebellions, from the 7th to the 10th century. By then the factionalism within the Moslem world made it impossible to maintain the unity of the original caliphate. So for over a thousand years the impossible dream of many Moslems has been to reconstitute the caliphate. Another problem with all these imperial wannabes is that cultural diversity has long been a source of internal problems and trying to absorb more minorities is a sure recipe for eventual failure. Iran as it is currently constituted is only about 50 percent ethnic Iranian. These rest of the population is Turkic, Arab and various smaller ethnicities. These minorities are often the main source of internal problems. Even Russia, after losing half it’s (largely non-Russian) population in 1991 is still about twenty percent non-Russian and these minorities are constantly being accused of disloyalty. Even China is only 90 percent Han Chinese (as is about 20 percent of the human race) and non-Han minorities are not well tolerated. One reason the Islamic caliphate has such a hard time reconstituting is that the spread of Islam caused lots of local mutations. There’s no Islamic “pope” or generally recognized religious authority to decide which local flavor of Islam is a little too eccentric to be considered real Islam. Thus the only viable method of restoring the caliphate is via force and that has never proved to be practical. The current generation of Islamic radicals believe that, because they are on a Mission From God, there will some form of divine intervention to make it all happen. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20140421.aspx

Threats of war are coming from a new alliance. Led by Russia and China this “Axis of Outcasts” also contains such troubled stakes as North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Venezuela and anyone else who is an outcast in the international community. This is eerily similar to the 20th century coalitions that, in the two World Wars, were the enemy (that is, the side that lost). This 20th century axis of outcasts had at its core Germany and Austria, plus Turkey and Bulgaria during World War I and, during World War II Italy joined what was called the “Axis” along with Japan and several smaller nations. Turkey wisely decided to sit out World War II and what was left of the Austrian Empire was absorbed into Germany before the war began. Then as now, the axis began with a vibrant new economic superpower (Germany then, China now) looking for more respect, territory and a “place in the sun.” The 20th century axis also had a declining empire (Austria-Hungary) playing the part of the hapless sidekick during World War I while Italy assumed that role in World War II. These days the loser sidekick is Russia, an empire no more but still eager to recapture past glories at any cost. Both China and Russia have collected allies in the form of outcast nations who do business with China and Russia because these two dictatorships have long had a policy of dealing with anyone who could pay, no matter how nasty and dysfunctional the customer was. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20140929.aspx

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Mara Salvatrucha gang is one of the world’s most vicious gangs and is spreading internationally. It may have even reached Australia. Also called MS13, the gang is known for its barbaric fighting, contract killing, drug trafficking, gang rape, people smuggling and desire to be known as number one for most murders... The gang exists in 42 US states, throughout the Central American countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Spain, Canada and, some claim, Australia... Notorious for their use of violence to inflict retribution and revenge, the cruelty of the Salvatrucha earned them respect and recruitment by one of the world’s most powerful organized crime groups, Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel. While the core membership of the gang originated in El Salvador, whose capital San Salvador is considered the murder capital of the world, the gang sprang up in Los Angeles in the 1980s and has since spread from the inner-city to the suburbs. In the US, MS13 has an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, New Jersey and Houston, Texas. The gang has become such a threat in North America, that US authorities began deporting as many members as possible back to Central America... The Salvatrucha is so powerful in El Salvador, MS13 inmates have their own segregated jails which prison guards are too frightened to enter. Salvadorean refugees from the country’s bloody civil 12-year war, which ended in 1992 with a death toll of 100,000, formed the gang. Between one and two million refugees emigrated to the US, with many gathering in the central LA neighborhood of Pico Union. They were not welcomed by the local Mexican-American gang M18, and formed Mara Saklvatrucha for solidarity and protection. The gang’s name is said to come from the Salvatrucha guerillas who fought in the civil war, and the slang word for gang taken from the marabunta, a fierce type of ant. They entered into warfare with the Mexican-American M18 gang in the same neighborhood. The gang quickly multiplied and became one of the most organized and violently dangerous gangs in America. The original membership included young men brutalized by the Salvadorean conflict, who said they simply “loved war” and wanted to wage it on the streets of their new country. With guerilla training and experience in shooting people in the head point blank, the Salvatrucha soon out-terrorized the M18 gang. As the gang expanded, refugees from other Central American countries were permitted membership... The US practice of deporting violent Salvatrucha gang members back to their home country had a bounce back effect. The deportees recruited new members from the streets of San Salvador and gradually, the gang made its way back to the streets of America via illegal immigration routes. The practice caused an explosion of crime in suburban US neighborhoods, causing the FBI to form a national taskforce to crack down on the gang. But the gang has continued to grow in numbers and power. In October 2012, the US Treasury Department announced a freeze on American-owned assets controlled by the gang and listed MS13 as a “Transnational Criminal Organization”. Central America has continued as a breeding ground for MS13 gang members. source: www.news.com.au/national/crime/r-story/5c66a58cdaa65fb6a8ea22c8ef6f018b

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