Posted by: quiscus | January 28, 2011

January 28, 2011

1.  “The Power Dynamic of Nonviolence

If you can persist in the face of repression, you communicate to your adversary that what they’re doing isn’t so much bad, which it probably is, as much as it is ineffective. Then you begin to drive a wedge between the liberals and conservatives in power. The liberals moan and complain, ”They’re making us look so bad, can’t we think of something to give them to get them to go away?” The conservatives respond, “No, no, no. If we’re a little more brutal, we can break them.” Nevertheless, IF you can persist in the face of repression, you push that wedge further and further between the factions of power. Here’s the key: the better the nonviolent discipline, the further the wedge will go for any given level of effort and sacrifice. The smoother the wedge, the further it goes. The rougher the wedge, the slower it proceeds.”
http://911blogger.com/news/2011-01-28/civil-disobedience-white-house-911-justice-interview-jon-gold

2.  “All Internet Access Severed in Egypt as Crackdown Grows

First Social Media, Then Text Messaging, Now Egyptians Report Whole Internet Down”

http://news.antiwar.com/2011/01/27/all-internet-access-severed-in-egypt-as-crackdown-grows/

3.  “Rand Paul: End Aid to Israel

Paul touches on the lack of wisdom of funding both sides of an arms race in the Middle East, then hat-tips to Israel’s role as a fountain of peace and democracy in the Middle East, but concludes that, especially when we’re borrowing all the money from China, all foreign aid has to go.

It’s an interesting dance, avoiding seeming critical of Israel (which he refused to do), yet still doing the one thing that people who get upset at those who are critical of Israel want the least out of a U.S. politician: cutting off U.S. support.”
http://reason.com/blog/2011/01/27/rand-paul-end-all-aid-to-israe

4.  “New York Times: “Democracy is Bad for US Foreign Policy”

Here’s New York Times reporter Mark Landler on Washington’s reaction to the popular uprising in Egypt against the anti-liberal democratic, human rights-abusing Hosni Mubarak, a “staunch ally.”

Washington is “proceeding gingerly, balancing the democratic aspirations of young Arabs with cold-eyed strategic and commercial interests.”

In other words, democracy and human rights are fine, but not when strategic and commercial interests are at stake.”

 

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22991

5.  “Noam Chomsky : As Long As The Public is Under Control, Everything is Fine

“By World War I, the business class realized that because of new freedoms, it was impossible to control the public by force, so they need new means,” he said. “They tried to control of opinion and attitude to divert people from the public arena. This is why the public relations industry was started.”

Chomsky called elections today “public relations extravaganzas.”

“You don’t want to provide information about the candidates; that’s the last thing you want to do,” he said. “So you delude people with slogans.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27369.htm

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