The Middle East

Jan 12, 2012

I know, I know.

“Who am I to even begin to think I know ANYTHING about the Middle East. Much less dare to speak upon it?”

And normally I would agree.

But right now, I happen to be in what I think is a rather unique position. As an “observer” of the Singularity, I’ve found it my responsibility to report on ALL areas of change that I feel are directly, or indirectly being influenced by, or just prior to,  it’s suspected effects.

All that, said. I’ve continued to watch the Middle East, and the World for any influence or disruptions I feel are possibly relevant.

For me, it started out just prior to what they now call the Arab Spring. I’ve always been an observer so I’ve learned what I could, and kept and eye on the countries of the Middle East just as I have tried to do the rest of the World over throughout the years.

I say this because I knew something was different before the press and media started reporting the first disruptions in Tunisia.

Although not much before.

I had just had what I like to call my “awakening” to the phenomenon of the Singularity and was seeing many old thing  in an entirely different light. Ironicly, the world was doing the same right before my eyes. So I thank God they saw it too. Otherwise I might have started out thinking I was insane. One of these areas was the Middle East.

So, I pulled what I could from the media, refreshed myself as much as I could on the region at the time. And did the same for “SMS” technology and “Social Media.” I felt then, and still do believe that the two played a much greater role than reported or investigated.  (I was somewhat vindicated later however when the University of Washington noted a connection as well.)  See:  “New study quantifies use of social media in Arab Spring.”

My naievity in the culture of the region however, I showed me much greater things for the people of the Middle East. I know and appologize for sounding arrogant, I mean no disrespect, but I still hold that this technology, has the ability in the current social, political climate, to be a be used as a tremendously powerful tool. I felt then, and still do that this this opportunity has been squandered.

There is a whole psychological aspect unique to these technologies that can be manipulated in such a way that gives the users the ability to control individuals, groups, and even whole societies physicly, as well as psychologically.

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Jan 10, 2012

(See “Running Blog” for previous articles.

These are current media updates for the political situation in the Middle East.

Egypt bans presidential hopeful from travel

http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-bans-presidential-hopeful-travel-190314751.html

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian presidential candidate says he has been banned from travel for allegedly inciting violent protests against security forces.

Ayman Nour says he was called in for questioning on Tuesday about clashes in December outside Cabinet headquarters in downtown Cairo. At least 17 protesters were killed.

Former President Carter praises Egypt elections

http://news.yahoo.com/former-president-carter-praises-egypt-elections-165541210.html

CAIRO (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday dismissed concerns about the success of Islamist parties in Egypt’s first elections since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, because it represents the will of the Egyptian people.

Iran’s roar shows widening sway of military

http://news.yahoo.com/irans-roar-shows-widening-sway-military-192531750.html

Iran looks like a country preparing for war. But Tehran’s leaders are already using whatever leverage they can muster — including military displays and threats to choke off Gulf oil tanker traffic — to counter international pressure against the Iranian nuclear program.

Iran announces uranium enrichment has started

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120108/iran-announces-uranium-enrichment-has-started

Iran has begun uranium enrichment at an underground site called the Fordow production facility, according to Bloomberg, which attributed Iranian newspaper Kayhan.

Israel’s military establishment ‘begins planning for a nuclear Iran’

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9004076/Israels-military-establishment-begins-planning-for-a-nuclear-Iran.html

An Israeli think tank with close links to the government has begun preparing for a nuclear Iran, a signal that Israel may be abandoning hope of stopping the Islamic Republic from building a bomb.

US commander visits Israel to finalize missile drill

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=250249

Israel, US to hold largest ever missile defense exercise this spring; thousands of US soldiers will be deployed in Israel.

Iran sentences US man to death for spying

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45923397/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/iran-sentences-us-man-death-spying/

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced an American to death for spying for the CIA, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday.
“Amir Mirza Hekmati was sentenced to death … for cooperating with the hostile country (the United States) and spying for the CIA,” Fars said, without giving a source.
“The court found him Corrupt on Earth and Mohareb (waging war on God),” it added.

Blast kills Iran nuclear expert amid ‘covert war’

The Wednesday attack — which instantly killed the scientist and fatally wounded his driver — was at least the fourth targeted hit against a member of Iran’s nuclear brain trust in two years. Tehranquickly blamed Israeli-linked agents backed by the U.S. and Britain.

Iran accuses Israel, US of killing nuclear scientist

http://news.yahoo.com/scientist-killed-tehran-car-blast-agencies-065834142.html

An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed by a car bomb on Wednesday that Tehran immediately blamed on Israel andWashington, worsening a tense international stand-off over its atomic program.

US condemns bomb attack on Iran nuclear scientist

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16519304

National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said the US “had absolutely nothing to do” with the attack.

Iran Navy Drills Will Practice Hormuz Strait Closing

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-08/iran-navy-drills-will-practice-hormuz-strait-closing-mehr-says.html

Iran’s next round of Persian Gulf naval drills will practice the armed forces’ ability to close the Strait of Hormuz, a lawmaker on parliament’s national security committee was cited by Mehr News as saying.

US naval strike group arrives in Arabian Sea as tensions rise with Iran

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/11/us-naval-carrier-strike-group-arrives-in-arabian-sea/

A new aircraft carrier strike group has entered the Arabian Sea and another is on its way, a Pentagon official said in a news briefing Wednesday — a shuffling of the U.S. fleet amid rising tensions with Iran.

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