"If you become one of the many internationals in solidarity with Palestine, it is vital to grasp an understanding of the various attempts made to speak for the Palestinians and what should be done in its place, to show appropriate camaraderie. If as an individual you do want to hold the microphone, then do so in your home country against the normalisation your governments partakes in with the apartheid state, or against the blind funding for Israel, be it by your government or companies that bare your nationality. If you want to hold the microphone, do so as an individual speaking out against colonialism, speaking out against apartheid and speaking out against the complicity of all those who remain silent. Conversely, do not do so through making the Palestinians seem like helpless victims in desperate need for international mobilization, as if the only way to liberate Palestine is when the international community does it. Hold the microphone because you’re against injustice, not as a representative of the Palestinians. By having a paternalistic outlook on an entire population and by disregarding its resistance movements by believing the road to liberation lie elsewhere, you are not expressing solidarity; you are expressing a white saviour mentality."
— International solidarity with Palestine: personal observations
There are immense political differences in Libya and very petty internal rivalries between members of the same groups. This was clear from the birth of the Transitional Council in Benghazi. In effect this is what the US and its allies wanted in Libya from the start. They wanted a divided opposition to Muammar Gaddafi’s government that would only stay united under the control and management of the US, NATO, and the Arab sheikhdoms. The reason for this was that Washington could neutralize any Libyan opposition group that would get out of line by using the others against them. Moreover, if the new political leaders of Libya refuse to listen to Washington then the Americans can make them fight one another.
From Bosnia to Iraq and Afghanistan, wherever the US goes it deliberately creates a fragile political order that can be manipulated and upset from the outside. This way America can maintain influence over these countries by attempting to hold the balance of power between the rival groups.
Interview with award-winning sociologist and geopolitical author Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
And you wonder why Muslims are so pissed off.
This is a fairly old tactic that U.S. agencies, such as the CIA, have perfected over time, particularly in the late 70s through the 80s. Many of these foreign relations strategies were used more frequently and expanded upon after the 1979 Iranian revolution, in which the U.S.-friendly Shah was overthrown and largely replaced by the anti-Western Supreme Leader Khomeini. This complicated the U.S.’s geopolitical strategy in the Middle East and the CIA, including other various foreign intelligence agencies, rallied to perfect their techniques and strategies regarding coups, planted oppositional forces, and the installation of pro-Western governments, or governments that could be politically “manipulated” into doing the bidding of Washington. However, strategic remolding of foreign governments could not use the brute force and direct imperial involvement which the U.S. was heavily criticized for during the previous decades, so emphasis was placed upon covert action through support of various political opposition groups, which took many forms, including the all important influence of economics, and thus, we are led to the foreign policy strategies we see today. The Middle East is of great strategic, geopolitical and economic importance to the United States and Washington doesn’t want to see another Iran, or a country which heavily resists Western pressure and influence, in the region.
"At the same time as they ignite anger against America, the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis insist on the maintenance of diplomatic, economic and military relations with the USA. Nor are they taking any genuine steps to stop co-operation with this imperialist regime, or making any serious effort to cancel the shameful peace treaty with the Zionist entity which squanders national independence."
— Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists Movement (RSM), one of the many youth groups that led last year’s revolution that ousted Mubarak, on the USA’s decision to suspend aid to Egypt after recent anti-film anti-imperialist protests.
"As civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabati helped carry the Olympic flag in the closing minutes of the Olympics opening ceremony, police were laying into demonstrating cyclists just a short walk from the Stratford stadium. The Critical Mass protest over the elite games lanes, to be used mainly by VIPs as they move effortlessly between Park Lane hotels and the games venues, was attacked by police, and a number arrested. They were held on a bus without food or drink all night waiting to be processed. We can expect similar heavy policing for any dissent during the games."
from Lindsey German’s A Tale of Two Cities
funnily enough, Danny Boyle’s Olympics opening ceremony didn’t cover the attacks on the NHS, our history of imperialism, or the austerity and degradation of civil liberties rife today
this counts as Olympics Anti-Freedom Update #3