Why have the political unrest and popular uprisings that are occurring throughout the Middle East region of Asia received minimal attention from the Western media? Is this silence because of a combination of regional dictators, global corporate economic interests (e.g., Exxon, Mobile, and Boeing), and governments in the West (e.g., USA, UK, and France), all of whom have a vested interest in preventing information from being disseminated? Who should one blame, Western governments, political dictators or the corporate economic interests who control the natural resources?
Now that there are protests all over the Middle East region of Asia and some parts of Africa, the next protests should be against the corporate economic interests and their governments that support their corruptions. Similar to several Middle East leaders, corporate leaders must be arrested, their wealth confiscated for their crimes against humanity. We have seen the protests in the Middle East and Africa against brutal dictators; now this anger should also be focused on the global corporations who often support these dictators because of their economic interests in these countries. At the very least, such corporations should also be made accountable for their actions by restoring to the populace the wealth that they have wrongfully taken.
Similar to 1973-1974 that the corporate economic interests blamed oil shortages and rising oil prices on OPEC, they are blaming oil producing countries again. We are seeing the same response today when oil prices have risen to over $100 a barrel.
Closer examination of what is really happening regarding oil production reveals that Western corporate interests are not telling the truth. These interests claim that the amount of oil coming into the West has declined; yet the tax revenues from oil have not declined. Nor has the amount of oil refinement in the West declined. Although this information is readily available to the public, too many in the West rely on the mass media (Fox, CNN, and BBC) controlled by corporate economic interests and their governments for their news. The quarterly and annual reports that these corporations have filed would reveal the immense profits they have been making.
Contrary to the Western media, the political upheavals in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya are not the cause of the increase in the price of crude oil. A report in January 2011 of USA import numbers for the previous November reveals that not one of these three countries is among the top fifteen suppliers of crude oil and petroleum products to the West.
People in the Middle East and other parts of the world especially Africa and South America should stand up to the corporate economic interests which are supporting the political dictators. Although many in the West may be surprised by the unrest convulsing the Middle East, such unrest is a reflection of the growing solidarity among these nations and a corresponding anger among workers who live there. A single country cannot rid the Middle East of dictators, both political and economic, but must be part of a broader movement.
It is truly awe-inspiring to observe what is occurring in the Middle East as people are demanding accountability from their governments and the opportunity to have a role in those governments. Global corporate economic interests should recognize that their support of political dictators will ultimately be detrimental to their interests in the region.
I support all the protesters in the Middle East and other parts of the world. I hope they accomplish their goal of ousting out every one of their political dictators. The political dictators live off of their own people while supporting the corporate economic dictators who retire with hundreds of millions of dollars in their pension accounts.
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