The American Empire: Syria Through the Looking Glass
The American Empire: Syria Through the Looking Glass

Despite the democratic narratives of the Arab Spring, the Western Powers are more intent on stifling democracy than guaranteeing it.

Aren’t you sick of our good natures being manipulated to foment support for ‘humanitarian wars’?

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The Hijacking Of Arab Spring, And The Media’s Complicity
The Hijacking Of Arab Spring, And The Media’s Complicity

For those versed in the black arts of propaganda, the hijacking of Arab Spring must be a beauteous thing to behold.

First came evidently spontaneous uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Then some up-and-comer in Washington or London or Paris had a brainstorm, a new twist on a very old idea: if you can’t beat em, join em. Or even better, co-opt them, and use them for your own purposes.

How big a part does alternative media play in the strategy of the CIA?

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The Evils of Humanitarian Wars
The Evils of Humanitarian Wars

The United States has sold their wars against the Middle East as good vs evil “humanitarian intervention”. Rubbish.

Why are we taken with black/white, good/evil narratives time and time again?

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Sharia Spring: Religion-based parties banned under new Libya law
Sharia Spring: Religion-based parties banned under new Libya law

'Libyan authorities on Tuesday passed legislation governing the formation of political organisations which rules out religious, regional and tribal platforms and bans foreign funding.'

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Revolution vs. Counterrevolution: Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring?
Revolution vs. Counterrevolution: Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring?

'Caught off-guard by the initial wave of the Arab Spring in Egypt and Tunisia, the US and its allies struck back with a vengeance. They employed a number of simultaneous tactics to sabotage the Arab Spring. These included (1) instigating fake instances of the Arab Spring in countries that were/are headed by insubordinate regimes such as those ruling Iran, Syria and Libya; (2) co-opting revolutionary movements in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen; (3) crushing pro-democracy movements against “friendly” regimes ruling countries such as Bahrain, Jordan and Saudi Arabia “before they get out of hand,” as they did in Egypt and Tunisia; and (4) using the age-old divide and rule trick by playing the sectarian trump card of Sunnis vs. Shias, or Iranians vs. Arabs.'

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Empire and Its Discontents: American Decline in Perspective by Noam Chomsky

'In the years of conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” continued to mount elsewhere. In the past decade, for the first time in 500 years, South America has taken successful steps to free itself from western domination, another serious loss. The region has moved towards integration, and has begun to address some of the terrible internal problems of societies ruled by mostly Europeanized elites, tiny islands of extreme wealth in a sea of misery. They have also rid themselves of all U.S. military bases and of IMF controls. A newly formed organization, CELAC, includes all countries of the hemisphere apart from the U.S. and Canada. If it actually functions, that would be another step in American decline, in this case in what has always been regarded as “the backyard.”'

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Google confirms Iran choked off Internet access ahead of elections

'Search giant Google, Inc. confirmed Monday morning that its Gmail, YouTube and encrypted search services have been unavailable to Iranians since Feb. 10, the day that rumors began to circulate that the whole country had been taken offline.'

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Freed from Gaddafi, Libyan Sufis now face violent Islamists

'Freed from Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year dictatorship, Libya’s Sufi Muslims find themselves under renewed pressure from violent Islamists who have been attacking them and their beliefs as heretical. The desecration of graves belonging to Sufi saints and sages in recent months have put the peaceful Sufis on the defensive, prompting some to post armed guards at their mosques and lodges to ward off hardline thugs.'

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