Despite Ali Saleh’s power-transfer to Hadi, Yemen remains largely under authoritarian rule. Those who have studied Yemen can see how Saleh’s sneaky ways have allowed his regime to retain dominance in the government.
Since 1990, Ali Saleh began to co-opt the tribes into Yemen’s government through his patronage system. Thus, the transitional government, which holds no interest in preserving political democracy and social change, has been made up of Saleh’s family.
His half-brother runs the air force, his son commands the Republican Guard and his nephew is in charge of the domestic security forces and the elite American-funded counter-terrorism unit.
With vanishing water supply, extreme poverty, major political and tribal divisions – what comes next for Yemen is highly unlikely to be simple or peaceful.
I have included 3 short, moving and compelling videos filmed by friends, sarahjishaq , SupportYemen team, and Adam Sjoberg. The first, filmed by Adam from Loose Luggage, tells the story of struggling communities and their love for breakdancing and the hip-hop culture. The last two videos highlight Yemen’s Revolution and their pursuit for collective liberation.
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It has been the rallying cry of the Occupy movement for the past two months - but is the US really split 99% v 1%? As poverty and inequality reach record levels, how much richer have the rich got? This animation explains what the key data says about the state of America today
Age of Stupid: Clips: War For Resources Animation
A metaphor for consumerism and conformity, subliminally fed to children. Dr. Seuss for the win.
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For decades, labor unions in the United States have been on the decline. While they are widely credited with boosting safety standards and worker pay, many have received blame for wanting too much in the struggling economy. Unemployment is at 9% and people are clamoring for jobs, unionized or not. And their greatest political ally, the Democratic party, has taken its’ support for granted weakening its’ pull on the strings of power in Washington, DC.
A new battle has emerged in 2011 as Republican governors have taken on public sector unions, in some cases stripping them of rights that have been in place for 50 years. It’s part of a trend that is happening in key swing states and may weaken democratic voting strength in next year’s presidential election. But organized labor has fought back hard. In Wisconsin unions occupied the state capitol as 100,000 protesters took to the streets. In Ohio, voters overturned a law that was intended to greatly reduce the right that unions have in that state to bargain collectively.
Now as Occupy Wall Street galvanizes Americans to take action against financial institutions and big corporations, Labor has a new ally. But can organized labor harness the anger that everyday Americans are emitting or will this opportunity pass it by? Do Labor unions still have the strength to organize or has their power waned to the point that they will no longer be a major player in American politics?
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“If this conversation makes you feel uncomfortable welcome to my fucking world”
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