Month: March 2011

Arab World Witnessing Anarchy, Not Revolutions

Events in parts of North Africa and the Middle East have been heralded as ‘revolutions’. The levels of optimisms surrounding political restructuring apparently crafted by the ‘people’ themselves are defining. Some observers have even gone to the extent of declaring these mass movements as byproducts of Facebook and Twitter activists. In a world craving sensationalistic news, these demonstrations have more than provided for the fodder. In times of large-scale global political corruptions, these protests are being characterized as new hopes. In our continued saga of drab and visionless compromises with oppressive status quo, these uprisings are revolutions, romanticized. However, if peoples’ history is any teacher, not everything might be as rosy or revolutionary in the recent events. Of course, two out of 17 countries where people took to the streets, witnessed regime changes within just a couple of months; and there might be even more such upheavals, no doubt. But clubbing all these countries together into one imaginary crisis block whose people are purportedly revolting to break free and that, they are desiring to adopt …

By Any Means

With the new dawn, the promising sun,  revolutionaries now victorious, and after Many comrades dead, many youths spent Finally invincible, triumphant, glorious   The masses have won, capitalists mourn Old order’s demise, new seeds of hope sown Winds have changed course, profiteers’ loss System replaced, no sympathy for elitist woes   Yet the paths ahead more difficult than traversed Organizing are old guards of private accumulators  “We shall soon crush all & bring you back to sense” Modern day White Armies gearing up for assaults   Traditionally privileged won’t give up hoarded lands Elected agents lost the battles; not them an ounce Mercenaries and private army, Swiss bank accounts Masses a juvenile bunch got no budgetary allowance   Are revolutions half-won? Cause the war’s always on When the privileged surrender, do they ever mourn? Do they give up liberties for love of social equalities Or they conspire to get back exploitative legacies?   Capitalistic morons, individualistic parasites Liberty preachers, meritorious networking bullies Free market advocates, tax-evading charities & those  That hail Corporate Social Responsibilities    …