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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 08:28 AM
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Are We Witnessing the Start of a Global Revolution?
An uprising in Tunisia led to the overthrow of the countrys 23-year long dictatorship of President Ben Ali. A new transitional government was formed, but the protests continued demanding a totally new government without the relics of the previous tyranny. Protests in Algeria have continued for weeks, as rage mounts against rising food prices, corruption and state oppression. Protests in Jordan forced the King to call on the military to surround cities with tanks and set up checkpoints. Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Cairo demanding an end to the 30-year dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. Thousands of activists, opposition leaders and students rallied in the capitol of Yemen against the corrupt dictatorship of President Saleh, in power since 1978. Saleh has been, with U.S. military assistance, attempting to crush a rebel movement in the north and a massive secessionist movement growing in the south, called the Southern Movement. Protests in Bolivia against rising food prices forced the populist government of Evo Morales to backtrack on plans to cut subsidies. Chile erupted in protests as demonstrators railed against rising fuel prices. Anti-government demonstrations broke out in Albania, resulting in the deaths of several protesters.


It seems as if the world is entering the beginnings of a new revolutionary era: the era of the Global Political Awakening. While this awakening is materializing in different regions, different nations and under different circumstances, it is being largely influenced by global conditions. The global domination by the major Western powers, principally the United States, over the past 65 years, and more broadly, centuries, is reaching a turning point. The people of the world are restless, resentful, and enraged. Change, it seems, is in the air. As the above quotes from Brzezinski indicate, this development on the world scene is the most radical and potentially dangerous threat to global power structures and empire. It is not a threat simply to the nations in which the protests arise or seek change, but perhaps to a greater degree, it is a threat to the imperial Western powers, international institutions, multinational corporations and banks that prop up, arm, support and profit from these oppressive regimes around the world. Thus, America and the West are faced with a monumental strategic challenge: what can be done to stem the Global Political Awakening? Zbigniew Brzezinski is one of the chief architects of American foreign policy, and arguably one of the intellectual pioneers of the system of globalization. Thus, his warnings about the 'Global Political Awakening' are directly in reference to its nature as a threat to the prevailing global hierarchy. As such, we must view the 'Awakening' as the greatest hope for humanity. Certainly, there will be mainy failures, problems, and regressions; but the 'Awakening' has begun, it is underway, and it cannot be so easily co-opted or controlled as many might assume.

The reflex action of the imperial powers is to further arm and support the oppressive regimes, as well as the potential to organize a destabilization through covert operations or open warfare (as is being done in Yemen). The alterantive is to undertake a strategy of "democratization" in which Western NGOs, aid agencies and civil society organizations establish strong contacts and relationships with the domestic civil society in these regions and nations. The objective of this strategy is to organize, fund and help direct the domestic civil society to produce a democratic system made in the image of the West, and thus maintain continuity in the international hierarchy. Essentially, the project of "democratization" implies creating the outward visible constructs of a democratic state (multi-party elections, active civil society, "independent" media, etc) and yet maintain continuity in subservience to the World Bank, IMF, multinational corporations and Western powers.

It appears that both of these strategies are being simultaneously imposed in the Arab world: enforcing and supporting state oppression and building ties with civil society organizations. The problem for the West, however, is that they have not had the ability to yet establish strong and dependent ties with civil society groups in much of the region, as ironically, the oppressive regimes they propped up were and are unsurprisingly resistant to such measures. In this sense, we must not cast aside these protests and uprisings as being instigated by the West, but rather that they emerged organically, and the West is subsequently attempting to co-opt and control the emerging movements.

Part 1 of this essay focuses on the emergence of these protest movements and uprisings, placing it in the context of the Global Political Awakening. Part 2 will examine the West's strategy of "democratic imperialism" as a method of co-opting the 'Awakening' and installing "friendly" governments.


The Tunisian Spark

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22963
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 08:33 AM
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1. i would think it would be rare for a thing to catch on globally like that.
i guess if the movement spreads and reignites the anti-austerity movements in europe -- well that could be interesting.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 08:40 AM
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2. People are afraid, impoverished and hungry
This is less about political ideology than it is desperation.

The global economy is whacking everyone, and the common people are being crushed under the wheels of an economic system designed to benefit the top. No one wants to be crushed.

Desperate people always end up doing desperate things.

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barbiegeek Donating Member (844 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 09:20 AM
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3. Yesterday Egypt, today YEMEN started their revolution
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 09:55 AM
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4. The trouble with revolutions is that they open the gates of governance to extremists
especially religious extremists...witness the Iranian revolution; I fear and suspect any revolution that takes place on American soil would be fought mainly by right-wingers wishing for a more right-wing government (i.e. all power to the private sector, no taxes ever for anything) presided over by and angry Jesus.

Having said that, what happened in Tunisia and Egypt was extraordinary - if only the American left could connect with ordinary working-class and middle-class Americans out in the suburbs and make something extraordinary happen here...
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Citizen Worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 11:50 AM
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9. There is no left or even left leaning movement in the US. If change is going to occur it will have
to be the working class organizing the working class.
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barbiegeek Donating Member (844 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 09:14 PM
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11. my fear is it's the repugs that will start it
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tiny elvis Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 10:33 PM
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12. mubarak's national democratic party is extreme
what would make a new gov extreme by comparison?
in what way are the ayatollahs extreme compared to the shah?
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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 10:35 AM
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5. When do we start our Revolution?
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 10:41 AM
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6. Let's hope that our leadership is smarter than that.
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divine_truine Donating Member (149 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 11:12 AM
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7. I WOULD SAY YES!
the signs are everywhere in every country! let's help each other stay fixed on the larger picture that is unfolding right before our collectiv eyes...
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MedicalAdmin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 11:13 AM
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8. Ain't never gonna happen in the g20.
Sorry, but TPTB will not allow it. And the people are fine as long as the tv is on, the tv dinner is in the microwave, and ....
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postulater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:58 PM
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10. Resistance is Futile
unless there is enough pushback in those countries to prevent international corporations from raping them.

Where will capitalism go when there is nowhere else to rape?
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 11:32 PM
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13. Spontaneous revolutions are frequently unsuccessful: the existing political
structure usually has enormous organizational advantages, and even if political figureheads are ousted, there is frequently a period of confusion during which the existing political class has an opportunity to reorganize to regain control. Successful political revolutions typically require years of work to retrain large numbers of people to think about politics and events in a different and pragmatic fashion. There is good reason for continued serious longterm organizing, and there are real costs associated with shortcuts
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SnakeEyes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:43 AM
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14. What we are seeing...
is basically the middle east's version of Eastern Europe in the last 80s without the communism. It's not going to become "global" anymore than Eastern Europe did
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