Showing posts with label Political Unrest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Political Unrest. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Americans Divided on U.S. Involvement in Egypt

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7 Feb 2011 18:21 Africa/Lagos

Americans Divided on U.S. Involvement in Egypt

Almost half of Republicans and Democrats think U.S. should be involved while almost half of Independents think the U.S. should not be involved

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2011

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As the political unrest in Egypt continues, there is a question of how involved the United States should be in helping to solve the problems. Should the U.S. sit on the sidelines or is it more appropriate for U.S. diplomats to be front and center on this issue? Americans are clearly divided on how involved the United States should be. Just over two in five U.S. adults (43%) believe the U.S. should be involved, with 12% saying very involved and 31% saying somewhat involved. Almost the same number (42%) believe the United States should not be involved with 21% each saying not very involved and not at all involved, while 15% of Americans are not at all sure how involved the U.S. should be.


These are some of the results of The Harris Poll ® of 2,060 adults surveyed online between February 2 and 4, 2011 by Harris Interactive®.

Ideas on involvement vary by age

When it comes to how involved the U.S. should be in the political unrest in Egypt right now, there are some differences that emerge by age. Almost half (48%) of those 55 and older as well as 45% of those 18-34 believe that the United States should be involved. Those 35-44 and 45-54 are of a different mind. Almost half (47%) of both of these age groups say the United States should not be involved in Egypt. In fact, over one-quarter of those 45-54 (26%) say the U.S. should not be involved at all.

Partisan agreement

There are not many things Democrats and Republicans agree on right now, but involvement in Egypt's current political unrest is one of them. Almost half of Democrats (48%) and Republicans (48%) say the U.S. should be involved while 40% of Republicans and 37% of Democrats say the U.S. should not be involved. Independents, however, think differently. Almost half of them (47%) say the United States should not be involved in the current unrest while two in five Independents (40%) believe the U.S. should be involved.

So what?

The political unrest in Egypt is not likely to disappear any time in the near future. Things may calm, but the tension will still be simmering. And, even when President Mubarak is no longer in power, there is no guarantee that the unrest will be over. Americans are all watching events unfold but, at the moment, seem to be unclear as to the level of involvement the United States should have. As things evolve there, likely so will attitudes in the U.S.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Our Revolution will be Live on the CNN

Nigerians protest against corruption

As Prof. John Oshodi has analyzed in the following article on the premonition of a popular political revolution in Nigeria as the masses are revolting against oppressive regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, I know that our own revolution will be live on the CNN.

~ The Publisher/Editor

As Revolutionary Anxiety Grips Africa, the Nigerian Masses of Different Ethnic and Religious Backgrounds Must React With Supportive and Peaceful Expressions

As peaceful uprising fills the air of Africa, the days and weeks ahead could pose questions for other near and far countries in the continent, and underneath the turmoil are traces of corruption, unemployment, underemployment, brutality, dangerousness and lawlessness.

These painful factors remain realistic and vivid in the hearts of ordinary Nigerians, and these are tests for the power-that-be, who find themselves constantly being suspicious of each other, cruel to each other, killing each other, bribing each other, mis-educating each other, lying to each other and pilfering from each other.

These daunting and never-ending forces and pressures on the people have in the last decade created gross societal and institutional neglect as evidenced in squandered treasury, deadly roads, school mismanagement, oil exploitation, inadequate healthcare, rampant violence, electric supply instability, poor policing, and other misguided institutions.

Nigeria has become a country where accountability, transparency, objectivity and high standards in governmental and private practices are almost void, and leadership is defined in fragility due to being accountable mainly to godfathers/godmothers rather to the people.

These signs of institutional tensions should bring the people together in spite of their regional, socio-economic, ethnic and religious differences, and help create a peaceful uprising, protest and revolution. It now appears that the people have in the process internalized these leadership problems and tensions, and as a consequence are turning against each other, resulting in peculiar or abnormal practices as in kidnapping, religious violence, family brutality, cult slaying, ethnic strain, cash laundering, and general insecurities.

The painful and recent history of poor law and order, and the shaky political/economic insecurity, which mainly threatens the lives of ordinary Nigerians, the students, market women and struggling workers especially, makes it proper for a revolution which must be constructive and peaceful with a focus on provoking positive change.

The Nigerian people are known for just wanting to live their lives, and as we all know rallies, protests and outcry for social justice have not traditionally been a part of their collective or individual psyche. So the desire to spontaneously express and peacefully lash out against spoiled Nigerian leadership will not be easy to reveal itself.

But what is clear is that the signs to anticipate popular outcry for change appears to around the corner, and as the April elections draw near the people will be justified to demand for their right and freedom through a participatory, responsive and God-fearing democracy.

A national unity among demonstrators will have more power if good-faith Nigerians in the Diaspora, in America particularly, tell those at home that help is on the way, and actually go home, and present a show of collective force against leadership who need to be held to higher standards.

As we all know April, May, and June are fast coming and the world is watching as to when change will be in the air in Nigeria!

~ By John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D , DABPS, FACFE, is a Forensic/Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Science, North Campus, Broward College, Coconut Creek, Florida.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Economic Turmoil and Political Unrest Continue to Fuel Kidnapping Industry

Niger Delta militans with a foreign hostage.

26 May 2010 15:39 Africa/Lagos

Clayton Consultants Publishes Annual Kidnap Risk Brief

Economic Turmoil and Political Unrest Continue to Fuel Kidnapping Industry

HERNDON, Va., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Clayton Consultants, a global risk and crisis management consultancy, recently released the 2010 Kidnap RiskBrief, an annual report providing a global overview and analysis of kidnapping trends and hotspots.

According to the report, political and economic turmoil, the war on drugs as well as revitalized insurgencies and failed states reappear as contributing factors towards continued, global kidnap risk.

"Kidnapping remains a serious security threat to the global business sector," said Armand Gadoury, managing director of Clayton Consultants. "Many organizations, however, are unaware of the potential risk of kidnappings and are ill-equipped to deal with a crisis situation."

While drug-related kidnappings increased in the border areas of Mexico, opportunistic kidnappings exploded in Venezuela. The failed-state syndrome in Somalia continues to fuel kidnappings as do the political crises in Nigeria, Honduras and Kenya. In Iraq and Afghanistan, local nationals are increasingly being targeted as kidnap victims.

"Our global consultant network plays a crucial role in educating corporations, non-governmental organizations and families on how to avoid a kidnapping incident and what to do should one occur," Gadoury added.

More information regarding kidnapping trends can be obtained by downloading Clayton Consultants' 2010 Kidnap RiskBrief, at

About Clayton Consultants

Clayton Consultants is a global risk and crisis management consultancy offering incident response, security consulting and training services to commercial and governmental entities worldwide. Clayton's consultants specialize in the prevention and resolution of kidnaps for ransom, extortion, malicious product tampering, wrongful detention and workplace violence. They are experts in their fields -- helping clients identify, understand and mitigate a wide range of business risks. Strategically positioned across the globe, Clayton's consultants support clients in an advisory capacity based on their intimate knowledge of the local culture, politics and economic environment. Today, Clayton Consultants represents client interests in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. Visit

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