The unrest sweeping the world seems to be growing, and the Internet provides us with global updates cataloguing this powerful phenomenon. An article in All Africa.com "Uprising, Imperialism and Uncertainty," informs us that in addition to uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, "protestors have taken to the streets in Zimbabwe, Senegal, Gabon, Sudan, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, Djibouti, Cote d'Ivoire and most recently in Burkina Faso and Swaziland." The protests in some cases have been single "days of rage," and in other cases have continued for days or even weeks.
These "color revolutions" will have a continuing economic, social, political and military impact around the world. While the long-term effects are likely – ironically – anti freedom, or mixed at best, the short-term impacts are substantial and often dismaying. Already, the unrest has pushed oil prices well above US$100 and there are some reports that traders are readying for US$175 oil. In this article, I want to try to put this spreading protest movement into context in order to isolate its ultimate impacts, both potential and realized.
We owe it to ourselves, our families and even our larger communities, to try to keep track of what's going on in the world and to try to sort out the real upheavals from the manipulated ones. The Western mainstream media will continue to support the fiction that none of it's manipulated, but that's simply not true. For those of us trying to understand the reality of the world today and the power elite's influence in it, unraveling this unprecedented wave of protests and potential regime changes Is most important.