Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 77

Global Unrest: Is Indonesia Next?

EPPEgypt just witnessed the largest protests in human history, Turkey and Brazil continue to witness protests as their uprisings take on new, evolving forms. Protests are taking place all over the world, yet only a few are grabbing international headlines. Indonesia, the largest Muslim country on Earth, is home to 240 million people, half of whom live on less than $2 per day. The IMF praises Indonesia's "emerging" economy, which has created enormous wealth for a small elite, and has led to widening divisions between the rich and poor, increased inequality, the growth of slums and poverty.

In recent years, the country has experienced rapidly increasing labor unrest against the exploitation of workers by global corporations, and in the countryside, new peasant organizations and indigenous groups are resisting the massive land grabs which are destroying the third largest rainforest on earth, threatening multiple endangered species and displacing thousands of indigenous and peasant communities. The country is set for a massive uprising; all it seems to lack is the spark that led to the uprisings in Turkey and Brazil. So the question remains: Is Indonesia next?

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  1. CuChulainn says:

    thanks as always for the informative presentation, but why does AGM insist on whispering so softly? can’t you record at a higher volume? thank you

  2. hermaph says:

    AGM speaks wonderfully.

    The microphone rattles and bumps need to go.

  3. hermaph says:

    oh and sure then turn it up

  4. conscienceinsilence says:

    A great analysis. I am sure there are many listeners like me who were in complete darkness regarding Indonesia before listening to this. A little more about the present relationship between the present government and US would have been helpful to get some hint about the intensity of the situation there.

    AGM has the voice and nice pace of delivery that occupies 100% attention.

    Will be looking forward to the one on Egypt.

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