- KINGSTON, NY -- It is a matter of record! The spate of
seething, youth-inspired Middle East uprisings that are toppling governments,
reshaping the geopolitical landscape and roiling world markets blindsided
the world's intelligence community.
- Not the CIA, Joint Chiefs of Staff or National Security
Council saw it coming. Mossad and MI5 missed it! None of the mainstream
media's star-studded stable of scholars, experts and think-tank policy
wonks were thinking ahead.
- But what was breaking news to them was yesterday's news
for Trends Journal readers. In the summer 2010 issue, we wrote:
- What's happening in Greece will spread worldwide as economies
decline. There are no organizations behind this response, it's a public
response. This is a 21st century rendition of 'Workers of the World unite'
Initially the strikes, riots and protests by unions, student groups, the
unemployed, pensioners, and the outraged were sloughed off as predictable
(but short-lived and ineffectual) responses that would either peter out
on their own or be stomped down by the police The unofficial reality was
that, as Gerald Celente has repeatedly warned: "When people lose everything
and have nothing left to lose, they lose it."
- By the Autumn of 2010, our Globanomic methodology pointed
to socioeconomic conditions rapidly deteriorating to such an extent that
we warned readers of an imminent explosion: "Off With Their Heads
2.0" read our headline, capturing the revolutionary impulse of people
who could no longer ignore the toll financial hardship was taking on their
- We subsequently identified the role the social media
(a megatrend-in-waiting) would play in tipping the balance of political
power and breaking the grip of government control. In December 2011, just
days before the world tuned into Tunisia, we released our "Top Trends
of 2011." Among them was "Journalism 2.0" which, we predicted,
would put an arsenal of digital/Internet weapons into the hands of virtually
every citizen via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. Deployed by youthful
revolutionaries around the world, they would bypass corporate/government
media, outwit intelligence agencies, outflank the military and police and
rally the populace into the streets and onto the barricades. (See, "Journalism
2.0." Trends Journal, Winter 2011).
- As we wrote before Tunisia and Egypt erupted, the outbreaks
would go global and the reasons behind the unrest would be more about bread
and butter issues than politics. As economies decline, unemployment rises,
taxes are raised and services cut while those at the top get richer
and most everyone else gets poorer revolutions will continue to spread.
- But that's not the way it's being represented by the
same people who didn't see it coming. The media, pundits and politicians
have misrepresented the historic geopolitical events that have occupied
the news since the onset of the New Year. Virtually overnight, the revolutions
have been glorified as courageous fights for freedom and liberty by democracy-hungry-masses.
- But it is not hunger for democracy that drives them.
Democracy, autocracy, theocracy, monarchy right, center, left
it is mostly a gut issuean empty gut issue. When the money stops flowing
down to the man in the street, the blood starts flowing in the streets.
It's a simple equation. A few at the top have too much, and too many others
have too little.
- What's Next In response to the current Middle East uprisings,
gold has broken above $1400 an ounce and Brent Crude climbed to $111 a
barrel. There is no end in sight to market volatility. As the violence
escalates and expands, the fallout will be felt around the world.
- From the onset of the financial crisis that began in
August 2007, and through the ensuing Panic of '08, Washington, the Federal
Reserve and central banks have managed to forestall a Great Depression-grade
meltdown by way of a variety of multi-trillion dollar rescue packages,
bailouts and stimulus programs. For three years the programs were able
to induce an illusory and superficial recovery that, barring a major external
geopolitical jolt, might have continued to run its course until the inevitable
- But now the jolt felt around the world is in the process
of shattering the recovery illusion. Whether deliberately (as calculated
policy) or as fallout from fear-based denial, the pieces are not being
put together. The current unrest is not confined to the Middle East and
North Africa, and as we had forecast, it will spread to Europe and other
parts of the world. The more volatile and widespread the insurrections,
the greater the probability that some combination of events (e.g., oil
shock, terror attack, cyber wars and regional wars) will crash already
fragile economies, and roil sound ones.
- Be Prepared Conditions are spinning out of control. To
see what's ahead and how to plan for it, you may wish to interview the
man who saw it coming...and who can tell what's coming next!
To schedule an interview with Trends Journal Publisher, Gerald Celente,
please contact: Zeke West, Media Relations,
845 331.3500 ext. 1
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