Many pixels have been spilled on the cartoons of Mohammad and the vandalisation of embassies in the Middle East. Everyone has an opinion on it of one form or another. The opinions have been predicated in freedom of speech, clash of civilisations, multi-culturalism and the civility not to offend. I haven't seen anyone raise the issue of youth yet.
The events that led to the Cronulla riots were between young kids from different parts of Sydney who should have known better than to choose violence. The riots through Cronulla, which targeted people of middle eastern appearance were dominated by images of young kids, tanned and strong. Again, people who should have known better. The riots in the Middle East were not much different. It was young kids perpetuating the violence and vandalism.
Youth bumps lead to turbulent times, sometimes for the positive, and sometimes just chaos. The Industrial Revolution led to a massive growth in the youth population in Britain. The youth; young and poor, gathered together in cities that could not handle them. Without work they took to violence and crime. Part of Britain's response to this was to send as many as they could out to Australia. The youth bump became middle aged in Britain and society settled down once again.
America faced a similar youth bump post WWII commonly known as the baby boomers. During the Vietnam war the boomers protested the violence, civil rights and other issues. Sometimes violently, sometimes passively. The boomers also changed many liberties through their activism that modern society now takes for granted, such as sexual liberation. On the down side, the boomers also popularised much of the modern drug culture.
The Middle East will be an issue for the world for a time to come. In most European nations
the population under fifteen
is about twenty percent. For the Middle Eastern nations it is much higher;
West Bank/Gaza: 46.1
Saudi Arabia: 39.1
The Middle East shares the highest regional unemployment figures for the globe with sub-saharan Africa. Unemployment is estimated to be as high as 50% in Gaza and 30% in Iran - not to mention Iraq where unemployment rates may be as high
. The Middle East has
a growth rate of approximately three percent
, meaning that it will double its population every twenty years. In Yemen the growth rate is over four percent.
The confluence of youth, unemployment and fundamentalist religion in the Middle East means it will be a hotspot for a time to come. The baby boomers left their activism behind when they became fat and happy through consumerism. Oil, monarchy, oligarchy, theocracy and inequality will ensure that the Middle Eastern youth have no outlet for their fears, angers and frustrations other than demonstrations of religious backed violence.
The Middle East will change the world same as the baby-boomers did. Whether conservatives or western cultural elitists like it or not, population demographics are ensuring that the Middle East will have a massive effect on the globe. We will have to wait and see if it is for the positive.
I still have my money on Iran's youth redefining the global dialog on freedom, despite the US's clumsy parking of the US military next door. I believed Iran and Australia were the two nations best situated to achieve that in the 1990s. Australia blew it, and Iran could not get past the post.
Keating made the statement that when a government changes, the nation changes. Such is the political, media and economic power of government. The Howard government has sunk Australia into a myopic conservatism, drunken for past stereotypes of a Britonian Australia. Iran recently got a new Prime Minister who, like the Howard government, is opposed to change. Unfortunately Iran has a harder task ahead of it than Australia.
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.