….A transitional period. But what follows? In the Arab world there is a crumbling of the always tenuous nation state system that existed, a sort of cobbled artificial entity not truly at home in a Western conceived habitat, yet now imploding and searching for new political forms. It is a forewarning that the West could be presented with the same fault lines, the same sectarianism, the version of Salafist violent forces but within different contexts and tempered by the substantially greater wealth in play. But the same dynamic should not be viewed as strictly an Arabic phenomenon, but part of larger forces, inevitable as the Industrial age, and its responses based on those economic dimensions are reaching a termination point as we seem to be on the cusp of something new, but not well articulated and well defined, but something clearly related to technological unemployment and artificial intelligence that will transform work and society as never before.(see link at end) ….The maelstrom of anti-western violence in the Arab world has little to do with an anti-Islam propaganda film released on YouTube.
It has more to do with decades of perceived western imperialism – and the organisational skills of the Salafis, known for their no-compromise, literal interpretation of the faith.
Such rightwing Islamists were wrongfooted by the Arab spring. For years, the jihadis and Salafis thought they had a monopoly on revolution and were the only viable opposition to the Arab dictators.
When the regimes were threatened by popular uprisings, the Salafis took weeks and months to respond. In Libya they initially called for the demonstrators to support the ruler of the land, Muammar Gaddafi. As it became clear that the revolutions would not instantly deliver the brighter future people had marched for, the Salafis began to use that discontent to their advantage….
They are brilliant at agitating on the streets – working on the unemployed, the frustrated, people who feel life should be better. In Tunis, the Salafi agitation began months before the propaganda film – the Innocence of Muslims – surfaced. They attacked cinemas, secularists and artists. In Bahrain and Syria they worked along sectarian lines, and in Egypt they launched vicious confrontations with the Coptic Christians.
In Libya, the Salafis have been systematically burning Sufi shrines and trashing Christian cemeteries, while the government has felt too weak to confront them. Some of the demonstrations – in Damascus, Khartoum and Tehran – will have been backed by the state.Read More:http://www.guardian.co.uk/
(see link at end)…A schlock softporn director named Alan Roberts has been identified as the director of the film that ridicules Muslims and the prophet Muhammed and has incited violent protests across the Middle East, according to a report by Gawker published Saturday.
According to Gawker, an Alan Roberts is listed as director on casting calls and call sheets of “Innocence of Muslims” from the summer of 2011, back when the film was innocuously called “Desert Warriors.”
Further, the report says, Roberts’ real name is Robert Brownell, a 65-year-old small-time director and editor, whose directing credits include some softcore porn from the 70s and 80s like 1977′s “Young Lady Chatterly,” “The Sexpert” and “The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood,” third of the Happy Hooker trilogy. Other credits reportedly include low-budget films like 1991′s “Karate Cop” along with 28 editing credits.
“My gut tells me he (Roberts) was just a has-been director who was trying to prove he could still be Hollywood,” an actress who worked on Innocence of Muslims reportedly wrote in an email.
Gawker wrote that it has tried to reach Roberts, “but his business associate told us he ‘turned off his phone’ soon after protests broke out over the film and is laying low. But he said Roberts was ‘non-political’ and did not have any apparent anti-Islam feelings.”
According to the report, “Roberts may have been duped by the film’s producer in much the same way as the rest of the cast and crew. They believed they were participating in a period piece about ancient Egypt and had no idea the movie would be edited and dubbed into a piece of Islamophobic propaganda.” Read More:http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/report-softcore-porn-director-behind-innocence-of-muslims-film-that-sparked-anti-u-s-protests-1.465188