Spying, whistleblowing and civil unrest continue to make the headlines this weekend leaving one wondering how much all three are linked. Egypt's 2011 Arab Spring revolution is now a nightmare spiraling downward into a possible full blown conflict. The military coup has left supporters of Morsi out in the cold and Egypt is in for a tumultuous time. Russia Today
reports Saturday armed guards have fired on crowd but the army denies involvement. With so many weapons on the street it could be any number of people making waves.
Will a foreign country step in overtly or covertly, as in the past?.Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to unsuspecting civilians that western nations are gathering data and confidential information about the public. Governments continue to claim that it is all done within the bounds of laws but that is questionable. The extent of the spying mess is unknown for now which is why the hunt is on to catch former CIA operative Edward Snowden.Looking back to the Arab Spring and in particular Egypt, how far was the west involved in manipulating the so-called revolution? Egyptian leader Mubarek was at one time the favoured leader of that country but somewhere along the line that changed. Perhaps it was simply that the west acknowledged he was not a good leader and many of his people wanted democracy. Perhaps however says it all.The Syrian uprising is in a similar situation. Leader Bashar al Assad was once the preferred leader of Syria, at least by the west. He stayed over at Buckingham Palace and was wined, dined and treat as a welcome dignitary. Was that just western hypocrisy at that time? Were there no human rights infringements back then? You know, the old saying what cannot be cured must be endured, and also used to every opportunity it seems?Edward Snowden remains a man on the run Saturday. Hero or traitor the USA will not rest until he is apprehended. Snowden has many more secrets to reveal, a fact which has the west running scared. Do they include shocking revelations regarding western involvement in Egyot, Syria and the Arab Spring?Related reading:BBC news reporter Jeremy Bowen bloodied in Egyptian violence
Egyptian President Morsi ousted, under armed guard, military in charge
As this week drew to an end there was sad news of yet another UK military death in Afghanistan. He has since been named as 22-year-old Michael Roland.
British Forces News has reported:"The British soldier who died after being shot in Afghanistan has been named as Guardsman Michael Roland, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. He deployed to Afghanistan on 3rd April 2012 as a Rifleman in Number Three Platoon, part of The Queen’s Company Grenadier Guards. He was based in Main Operating Base Price near Gereshk in the Nahr-e-Saraj North District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. On Thursday Guardsman Roland deployed with his Company on a three day operation to disrupt insurgent activity in a contested area in the north of Nahr-e-Saraj District. On Friday morning he was fatally wounded during an exchange of small arms fire. He was extracted back to the hospital in Camp Bastion but sadly he died of his injuries. In tributes Guardsman Roland’s family said: “Michael was a loving and caring son loved by his huge extended family and friends who are devastated by their loss. We are still coming to terms with losing him. Michael always wanted to join the Army and was so proud to be part of Queen’s Company Grenadier Guards. Michael loved us all so much; with us he was not big and tough just gentle. We will miss him so much.” Lieutenant Colonel James Bowder MBE, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, said: “Guardsman Roland’s death is a tremendous loss to a close Battalion. Sparky, diligent and super-fit, he was a terrific soldier with a bright future. That he achieved so much in his short life is testament to his drive and ambition. He was an absolute pleasure to command and will be missed hugely by the Battalion and the Regimental family as a whole. "We are all extremely proud of Guardsman Roland’s selfless commitment to this important mission. Moreover, we are resolved to finish the job that he so bravely started. Finally, our prayers are with his parents, girlfriend and broader family; we share their great sense of loss and will never forget this most extraordinary of Guardsmen.” “Michael was a loving and caring son loved by his huge extended family and friends who are devastated by their loss." RIPMore HereTags: Afghanistan, military, uk military deaths, insurgents