Israel’s Cottage Cheese Revolution & China Encourages Tattletales

2011 will be looked back upon as the Year of Change, where decades of dictatorship and autonomous rule, of hardship and high living costs, of impossible living conditions and bleak prospects, became a thing of the past as people rose, as one, to reclaim their right to a decent living.

What has been dubbed as “The Arab Spring“, given the current Socio-Political situations in Tunisia, EgyptLibya, SyriaBahrain & Yemen, has now spiraled to include non-Arab countries, including a a most unlikely candidate, and the farthest thing from “Arab”; Israel, as Israeli’s have joined the ranks of those protesting against rising living costs and lack of job opportunities, and more importantly, the rising cost of Cottage Cheese. Yes, Cottage Cheese! (here)

BBC Excerpt:

The catalyst for this summer of discontent was a protest that started on Facebook over the price of cottage cheese.

That is not quite as eccentric as it sounds. To Israelis, cottage cheese is not just the gloopy, velvety, earthy, dairy product that you find in the chiller compartments of grocery stores all over the world.

Stack of cottage cheese cartons A Facebook campaign brought down the price of cottage cheese in Israel

To Israelis it is the cornerstone of the traditional breakfast, the stuff you are weaned on, the food you miss when you’re travelling abroad.

So an angry, but largely online, protest movement began as Israelis noticed how much more their cottage cheese cost than its American, French or British equivalents.

Manufacturers and shops were shamed into lowering prices – at least temporarily – and Israel celebrated a small victory for the little guy.

The Israeli celebrity chef, Yisrael Aharoni, who lives in a penthouse apartment overlooking the tent city says cottage cheese has an importance to Israelis that outsiders may find hard to appreciate.

“It is the taste of home,” he says, “I don’t think there’s a home in Israel that doesn’t have cottage cheese at breakfast.”

So, whilst Palestinians are dying in Gaza, Israeli’s are worriied about the price of Cottage Cheese

The UK is dealing with its fair share of riots, though not politically motivated.

However, the real Coup de grâce has to be what is potentially brewing in China, where a Tibetan monk has burned himself to death in China’s Sichuan province, in an apparent anti-Beijing protest (here).

The decades long dispute between China and Tibet is well documented throughout history.

China, a country that offered a monetary payment to any who would turn in dissidents that partake in demonstrations, as well as status upgrades for those laborers in China (here).

It took me quite some time to find the accusation above, as I remember reading it on BBC, but I did not bookmark it. I did post it on Facebook though, and after hours of search, here are a few choice excerpts:

China has offered rewards to migrant workers willing to inform on colleagues involved in recent mass riots in the south-eastern city of Zengcheng.

The Zengcheng Daily published a notice offering workers residency permits – which would give them greater access to services like education and healthcare.

The notice also offered up to 10,000 yuan ($1,500; £1,000) cash rewards.

Hundreds of workers, many from Sichuan province, rioted after a pregnant street vendor was allegedly assaulted (here).

The rioters targeted government buildings and set cars alight in three days of unrest.

Hundreds of security personnel were sent to restore order last Monday, and witnesses say the city is still under tight control.

Migrant workers are often paid meagre wages, and China’s tight control of internal migration means they are not given the same rights as full residents of the cities where they work.

Migrant workers were offered cash, local residency and “outstanding migrant worker” titles in exchange for information.

China, an ardent communist in a world beseeching free-markets, where dissidence in any form is quickly crushed beneath an Iron Fist. Where media is not free by any standards, and police forcibly block reporters (here).

Chinese police surround a group of foreign journalists in the Wangfujing shopping street in Beijing, 27 February 2011 One cameraman was set upon by five men who punched him in the face
China, one child per family policy (here).
Maybe the Mayans were right, and this is all just a prelude to their apocalypse prediction in 21/12/2012.

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