UN: Arab Spring ‘cost region $614 billion’ in lost growth

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A giant portrait of Tunisian protestor Mohamed Bouazizi hangs on the wall  in the central town of Sidi Bouzid on December 17, 2013, as they celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the start of the revolution, the first of the Arab Spring uprisings, triggered by the self-immolation of Bouazizi, the vegetable vendor  who burned himself  after he was harassed by poverty and police .
A giant portrait of Tunisian protestor Mohamed Bouazizi hangs on the wall in the central town of Sidi Bouzid on December 17, 2013, as they celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the start of the revolution, the first of the Arab Spring uprisings, triggered by the self-immolation of Bouazizi, the vegetable vendor who burned himself after he was harassed by poverty and police .

The Arab Spring protest movement has cost the region 614 billion dollars in lost growth since 2011. UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in its report said, it is equivalent to 6 percent of the region’s total GDP between 2011 and 2015.
The estimate is the first of its kind by a major economic body. The uprisings, which started in Tunisia, saw leaders toppled in four countries, and led to war in Libya, Syria and Yemen. UN said, Arab states have faced economic and social stagnation since the uprisings in 2011. The report describes social progress as grim and said the rights of citizens have regressed in some countries. Economic analysis was done using growth projects made before the uprisings.

The Arab Spring started after a young, unemployed man, Mohamed Bouazizi, set fire to himself after officials stopped him from selling vegetables in central Tunisia in December 2010. Bouazizi’s action ignited a string of protests across Tunisia which led to the then President’s resignation and exile, and to the country’s first democratic elections in 2011. Protests in Tunisia acted as a catalyst for revolts and protests in several other Arab states, including Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, Libya, Oman, Jordan and Morocco.

 

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21 responses to “UN: Arab Spring ‘cost region $614 billion’ in lost growth”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Doesn’t matter in the Muddled East .. they don’t like ‘growth’ over there anyway … prefer ancient thinkers.
    Only palaces and guns grow. Drought takes care of any other growth.

    1. Doesn’t matter in the Muddled East .. they don’t like ‘growth’ over there anyway … prefer ancient thinkers.

      Not quite. The West has meddled in the ME to keep it backwards economically for decades. I thought you read what I posted not too long ago …

      The Muslim Brotherhood: The Many Faces of Their Majesty’s Service
      http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2013/4031mb_hms.html

      Only palaces and guns grow. Drought takes care of any other growth.

      Palaces for the West’s puppets and guns sold to them by that same West.

    2. Doesn’t matter in the Muddled East .. they don’t like ‘growth’ over there anyway … prefer ancient thinkers.

      Not quite. The West has meddled in the ME to keep it backwards economically for decades. I thought you read what I posted not too long ago …

      The Muslim Brotherhood: The Many Faces of Their Majesty’s Service

      http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2013/4031mb_hms.html

      Only palaces and guns grow. Drought takes care of any other growth.

      Palaces for the West’s puppets and guns sold to them by that same West.

      The infections run into Africa as well ….

      Now that you had your daily dose of MSM, please read this:

      US Pushes Regime Change in South Sudan; UN Intervenes to Protect Rebel Leader
      http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/19/subject-us-pushes-regime-change-in-south-sudan-un-intervenes-to-protect-rebel-leader/

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Well, maybe YOU would enjoy growth … and even some women getting their jobs back.
        But your ‘Glorious Tops’ don’t think the same. And you have no say in it.
        Neither do I. Et Voila.

        1. There is no “maybe”. I, and I believe most people, enjoy prosperity.

          You’re missing the point; either due to ignorance or on purpose. The Middle East is in its current shape due to external powers.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            None of which we have any ‘clout’ with. Exactly.
            The shallowness and inaccuracy of ‘news’ everywhere is being noticed now, by the way,
            Some of our messages DO get through. As usual, too late – because someone else is ahead of the notes anyway. New ‘entertainmant’ comes each day.

          2. Talking about ‘new entertainment’, has hockey season started yet? 🙂

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Road Hockey never stops until Ice-time. Because of Global Warm, it lasts much longer these days on the roads. However, you can be sure the artifical ice is Working. :-))
            Crossovers from Baseball to Football to Hockey are less distinct.

          4. A month ago for the NHL.

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Oh, I read your responses to single lines. And agree with many of the articles where proof is accumulated enough to make them viable. I didn’t list what all the infections were … because there ARE a lot of them, after all … Put it all on a rockyfeller’s head if you wish. But by doing that, then everyone else is automatically his puppet … not thinking for themselves … and has already been dumbed down – which I don’t agree is the case.
        My ‘daily dose’ MUST regard my own society, and country, if I’m to see how it’s screwing up AS WELL … and what’s actually happening to people in it. There’s only so many hours I want to put up with sitting here becoming depressed too. After all. And I live in the ‘now’ .. not on the tribal assumptions of my ‘forefathers’ – broke out of that mold a long time ago.
        Don’t presume some thoughts come from anything but a simple observation – which if you are correct, must then be a result, as you say, from being controlled, and allowing that as well – and yet, like you, I think I am not. 😉
        I don’t care who built the palaces. They exist. And some are lived in, unlike others which have become ‘tourist shows’ of what was. How the ‘owners’ think is their own problem.

        1. Put it all on a rockyfeller’s head if you wish. But by doing that, then everyone else is automatically his puppet … not thinking for themselves … and has already been dumbed down – which I don’t agree is the case.

          Where do you read me write I “put it all on a rockyfeller’s head”? The state and chaos of the Middle East is the result of external powers and yes, every “leader” in the ME was/is a puppet. KSA, check. Entire Gulf, check. Jordan, check. Egypt, check. The list goes on. Even Saleh in Yemen was – where do you think the Houthis got their $500M worth of US military weapons from? The Shah was replaced by the “Islamic” Khomeini. Saddam and Gaddafi were removed to make room for “Islamic” degenerates (read: paid killers). Sorry you don’t see the bigger picture still.

          My ‘daily dose’ MUST regard my own society, and country, if I’m to see how it’s screwing up AS WELL … and what’s actually happening to people in it. There’s only so many hours I want to put up with sitting here becoming depressed too.

          You CTVNews article states: UN warns that South Sudan risks spiralling into a genocide … truth of the matter is the US is being the chaos in Sudan and the UN (Anglo-America’s circus) covers it up. If you read the article I posted, you’ll understand. Not sure how one gets depressed in knowing the truth; I guess it’s more comfortable in limbo.

          Talking about your society. Trudeau is another puppet; just like his dad was. Yes, I know, hard to believe. Ask the Party Quebecois who runs the bal in Ottawa. 😉

        2. Put it all on a rockyfeller’s head if you wish. But by doing that, then everyone else is automatically his puppet … not thinking for themselves … and has already been dumbed down – which I don’t agree is the case.

          Where do you read me write I “put it all on a rockyfeller’s head”? The state and chaos of the Middle East is the result of external powers and yes, every “leader” in the ME was/is a puppet. KSA, check. Entire Gulf, check. Jordan, check. Egypt, check. The list goes on. Even Saleh in Yemen was – where do you think the Houthis got their $500M worth of US military weapons from? The Shah was replaced by the “Islamic” Khomeini. Saddam and Gaddafi were removed to make room for “Islamic” degenerates (read: paid killers). Sorry you don’t see the bigger picture still.

          My ‘daily dose’ MUST regard my own society, and country, if I’m to see how it’s screwing up AS WELL … and what’s actually happening to people in it. There’s only so many hours I want to put up with sitting here becoming depressed too.

          You CTVNews article states: UN warns that South Sudan risks spiralling into a genocide … truth of the matter is the US is being the chaos in Sudan and the UN (Anglo-America’s circus) covers it up. If you read the article I posted, you’ll understand. Not sure how one gets depressed in knowing the truth; I guess it’s more comfortable in limbo.

          Talking about your society. Trudeau is another puppet; just like his dad was. Yes, I know, hard to believe. Ask the Party Quebecois who runs the bal in Ottawa. 😉

          After all. And I live in the ‘now’ .. not on the tribal assumptions of my ‘forefathers’ – broke out of that mold a long time ago.

          Don’t presume some thoughts come from anything but a simple observation – which if you are correct, must then be a result, as you say, from being controlled, and allowing that as well – and yet, like you, I think I am not. 😉

          Present is best and I wouldn’t want it another way. The notion of “control” seems to bother you. I can understand but I think you’re misunderstanding. Please refer to the following article to shed some light.

          The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
          http://educate-yourself.org/cn/tavistockarticlesindex04jun04.shtml

        3. Put it all on a rockyfeller’s head if you wish. But by doing that, then everyone else is automatically his puppet … not thinking for themselves … and has already been dumbed down – which I don’t agree is the case.

          Where do you read me write I “put it all on a rockyfeller’s head”? The state and chaos of the Middle East is the result of external powers and yes, every “leader” in the ME was/is a puppet. KSA, check. Entire Gulf, check. Jordan, check. Egypt, check. The list goes on. Even Saleh in Yemen was – where do you think the Houthis got their $500M worth of US military weapons from? The Shah was replaced by the “Islamic” Khomeini. Saddam and Gaddafi were removed to make room for “Islamic” degenerates (read: paid killers). Sorry you don’t see the bigger picture still.

          My ‘daily dose’ MUST regard my own society, and country, if I’m to see how it’s screwing up AS WELL … and what’s actually happening to people in it. There’s only so many hours I want to put up with sitting here becoming depressed too.

          You CTVNews article states: UN warns that South Sudan risks spiralling into a genocide … truth of the matter is the US is being the chaos in Sudan and the UN (Anglo-America’s circus) covers it up. If you read the article I posted, you’ll understand. Not sure how one gets depressed in knowing the truth; I guess it’s more comfortable in limbo.

          Talking about your society. Trudeau is another puppet; just like his dad was. Yes, I know, hard to believe. Ask the Party Quebecois who runs the bal in Ottawa. 😉

          After all. And I live in the ‘now’ .. not on the tribal assumptions of my ‘forefathers’ – broke out of that mold a long time ago.

          Don’t presume some thoughts come from anything but a simple observation – which if you are correct, must then be a result, as you say, from being controlled, and allowing that as well – and yet, like you, I think I am not. 😉

          Present is best; I wouldn’t want it another way. The notion of “control” seems to bother you. I can understand but I think you’re misunderstanding. Geo-political objectives are achieved by Hegel’s dialectic (a thesis clashing with an anti-thesis to reach the desired synthesis (outcome)). And it’s not only in “banana republics”. Take Italy’s “Historical Compromise” in the 1970s where the Church allied its politics party (Democrat Christians) with the Communist Party PCI to get rid of the West’s and bankers’ influence. The CIA-financed “Communist” Red Brigades caused enough violence/terror (blamed on the PCI) to thwart the project from happening.

          http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1976/5/7/toward-the-historic-compromise-pthe-resignation/

          http://www.globalresearch.ca/operation-gladio-cia-network-of-stay-behind-secret-armies/9556

          You then have another type of control (read: molding) – the one where an entire nation’s mentality is shaped by think-tank organizations in the likes of the Tavistock Institute.

          The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
          http://educate-yourself.org/cn/tavistockarticlesindex04jun04.shtml

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Party_of_Canada)
            Might as well call Canada a ‘liberal’ country .. right? 😉 History shows that, from the ‘Liberal’ (1st ‘party’) developments – and now most Ottawa civil servants are from there.
            And MUCH of the time, control comes from Quebec – whether or not they were living in the so-called ‘English’ neighbourhoods – many believe French Control on English Land is the ‘norm’. Any other ‘party’ tries to keep them in check – otherwise the tax-dollars just go ‘POOF’, and the cover-ups on electrical billing are astounding now. Ask for some simplicity in understanding that paper, and they proceed to make it more complicated.
            There are many curious ‘anomalies’ about the place – any Canadian will admit it.
            Coming into this ”age’ cannot be said to have been a ‘bad’ thing.
            On the other hand …. that ‘control’ is an ominous thing.
            Personally – I didn’t feel the need of a ‘new flag’. Didn’t feel ANY need for metric.
            BUT – Don’t like Mafia, Bike Gangs, Drug importers, or Super-radiacals like FLQ.
            My school years were Parisienne French, not Quebecois. Admit Latin was a bust.
            The controllers changed it all – and my kids don’t understand my rants.
            (new math was about ‘how’ they solved the problem – not if they got a correct answer)
            (my son now asks for lessons when measuring his house-repair-items because it was built in the 50’s – nothing fits in metric-land – and we need 2 sets of wrenches for cars and houses, like mechanics have to do. Didn’t ask for that either.)
            And yet, I am happy the ‘pubs’ no longer need be shrouded by window-cutains, and I’m allowed to order more than only one-at-a-time 10 oz. in a blue-lined glass for the ‘accuracy’ – ALTHOUGH that also led to less ‘spillage deduction’ for business, and now at a baseball-game you get half-a-glass of foam for the first sip. (order two – wait a bit – carry one to the seat after combining them ;-))
            SO … Weighing all carefully (about what I could put up with or without in life, before voting) – I NEVER voted any Trudeau. AND yet, Wife liked how the first one ‘looked’, that lady-charmer won a chance to be a boor behind a Queen (like Trump) while yet having an education much better than most. I suspect she would have voted for the second too.
            The ‘Peace-agreement’ came by not allowing ANY sign for a politician on the front lawn – after I drove over the one she had said the Trudeau-Party could place there. :-)))

            So, you see, compromises are much better than going for a gun – I can handle a gun, but perhaps it’s best not to have those ‘handy’ when passions flare.
            Well … until ‘they’ compromise people to death.
            Which IS the larger problem, as I see it.
            I was lucky to have enough money to buy a second set of tools, and just have to say words like ‘Furkin Metric’ when I run across a problem with a bolt. Many do not have it ($), after the taxing to promote ‘libel-think’ projects that ‘create change’ that doesn’t quite work, using that infamous line ‘For The People’ … the line which always begs the next question: ‘Which People’?.

            I’m a simple guy. Like what I know, and what actually works for me. Experiments take a long time, and should be reserved for moments of boredom – not forced down people’s throats as ‘always do this now because we think it best for you’.
            Liberal, and liberal, ‘THINK’ is that way.
            Take dog-walking-parks, as an example, of ‘simple’ changed to stupid – with ‘rights’ having become some really convoluted thinking by ‘special people’.
            I had one, and a cat, enjoying them in the right place for them. I’m not ‘against’ dogs.
            I also have ‘yard-space’ for it to run (exercise) and shit in. Trained it where to go in MY owned space – not in my personal space. Dog was happy too, in what it considered it’s space, naturally. Played with kids in ‘our’ people-space too.
            BUT NOW, people ‘want’ a dog, knowing nothing about them, on the 18th-floor of a vertical-human-storage unit, where they thought also that their kids could be happy.
            Then they notice – even if dogs & kids go together – there’s differences in needed exercise, and training too. SO … there are options because you have a ‘right to WANT’.
            BEST is don’t have a dog in that space. (even if you have a ‘right’ to purchase)
            2nd – redesign a dog into ‘small’ so the shits are smaller.
            3rd – re-design the food it gets (but doesn’t enjoy) so shits are minimized – control input too, so it doesn’t get too overweight not having exercise.
            4th – Actually take dog up and down in elevators (disturbing other riders) to go for walks and do shits at least a couple times a day. This sucks up time, and adds little plastic baggies to do to the ‘poop&scoop’ routines – only IF you have a conciousness about where others walk or use their lawns.
            5th – LOBBY your politician – can’t vote for a guy if he doesn’t WANT to feel ‘liberal’ enough to do what you want. SO – ‘Create’ – DOG WALKING PARK – Inside a park that others used to use and were taxed for – which now needs separate fenced area for dog-rambles with other dogs shitting together – where owners can chat about important subjects about dog-lives, and cuteness. Keep kids away from dogs there – kids like to play on the ground too, and its bad for their health to be in there for sure. (and some folks have big dogs who believe they own their space.)
            Politician gets your vote if this is accomplished – all people pay for your ‘wants’ – and liberal-thinkers believe it’s a ‘happy compromise’ which everyone ‘must’ respect, because no-one wanted their dogs being shot on ‘public’ lands – unless done by a cop who is trying to get your kid out of the jaws of a ‘naughty’ dog.
            (leads to police investigation, to make sure cop didn’t go overboard, and that he aimed so as not to have bits of lead going elsewhere into other folks ‘rights’ of peace&quiet.)
            6. Later revisions and rules of special areas, types of dogs, building more infrastucture for the dogersizeing, etc, etc, etc … votes added or subtracted according to various impressions of what is ‘rights’ – sucks up the public money for improved sewage, perhaps – but it’s ‘liberalized’ – and now MORE people can buy a dog too.

            ‘Simple’ reduced to over-complications no-one understands by politicializing life. ??
            Don’t even need to bring religion into it – although some will.
            Well yes, I could go on … there are more examples than I can shake a stick at (not that I would hit a dog with one, of course – didn’t say that. (gotta watch the language – eh?)
            (someone will misunderstand ‘simple’ concepts all the time anyway … be sure)

            You’re lucky I didn’t get into the very recent story of what happens on Ottawa when a one-way road (and always-guilty drivers) receives a new two-way ‘bike-lane’ of racers on only one side of the street. Simple became a death-notice in liberalizing ‘law’.

          2. The link you posted is blank. Did the Party Liberal close shop?

            When I wrote: Ask the Party Quebecois who runs the ball in Ottawa – as in ball dance – I was implying that the Party Quebecois has publicly called out who runs Ottawa: banks.

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Well, I’m happy that was a simple statement, and true. 😉

            I just did the link again…. direct copy&paste … hmmm … someone is holding you back.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Party_of_Canada

          4. You wrote ‘ ( ‘ before the link the first time – hence why it didn’t show. Nothing ‘Liberal’ about Liberals in Canada anyway – more like Anglo-American puppets. Single wing -> 😉

            How easy/convenient to call others ‘terrorist’ when Anglo-America and it’s puppets (Canada being one of them) are the biggest of them all. Double wink -> 😉 😉

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar

            ‘supposition’ seems a rife in Liban, aussi. 😉

          6. So does the West’s supposition of others, aussie. 😉

  2. The destruction of the Middle East and preventing it from forming economical relationships with Europe and other countries has always been the goal of Anglo-America. The many Western revolutions always removed secular leaders to replace them with religious zealots in order to keep the chaos going. The CIA-instigated “Arab Spring” is another element of that chaos.

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