Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lots of players in this game

I think we're now at the point that it's time to move attention from the countries in open revolt (see LIBYA) and look for the ones about to break out.

Ivory Coast extended their ban on exports, roiling the cocoa markets further.
The country's first election in a decade descended into a bloody standoff after incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to winner Alassane Ouattara. Dealers now fear the country's cocoa industry may bear the brunt of the ongoing crisis as Mr. Ouattara has extended the ban until March 10, according to media reports citing his government's spokesman. Fresh clashes erupted between supporters of the rival presidents Monday, with army gunfire killing one civilian and injuring more than a dozen, as African leaders launched a new bid to break the impasse.
Zimbabwe arrests 54 for watching Al Jazeera coverage of Egypt and Tunisia to help inspire revolt.  Lawyers said at least 7 showed signs of torture.

Egypt granted permission on 18 February 2011 for Iran warships to pass through the Suez, and today they navigated the canal into the Meditrerranean.

Bolivian unions struck on Friday, 18 February 2011, over soaring food and transport costs.

Another country on the edge, Mexico could escalate from civil war to conflagerations crossing borders.  Actually, it already has but it is easy to marginalize Arizona and Texas' south border for now.

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