Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Truth about The Tunisian Revolution and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali

Tunisian Wikileaks Putsch - January 17, 2011


The Arab world needs to learn a few fundamental lessons about the mechanics of CIA color revolutions, lest they replicate the tragic experience of Georgia, Ukraine, and so many others.

Washington DC, January 16, 2011 -- The US intelligence community is now in a manic fit of gloating over this weekend's successful overthrow of the Tunisian government of President Ben Ali. The State Department and the CIA, through media organs loyal to them, are mercilessly hyping the Tunisian putsch of the last few days as the prototype of a new second generation of color revolutions, postmodern coups, and US-inspired people power destabilizations. At Foggy Bottom and Langley, feverish plans are being made for a veritable Mediterranean tsunami designed to topple most existing governments in the Arab world, and well beyond. The imperialist planners now imagine that they can expect to overthrow or weaken the governments of Libya, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Yemen, and perhaps others, while the CIA's ongoing efforts to remove Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi (because of his friendship with Putin and support for the Southstream pipeline) make this not just an Arab, but rather a pan-Mediterranean, orgy of destabilization.

Hunger revolution, not Jasmine revolution
Washington's imperialist planners now believe that they have successfully refurbished their existing model of CIA color revolution or postmodern coup. This method of liquidating governments had been losing some of its prestige after the failure of the attempted plutocratic Cedars revolution in Lebanon, the rollback of the hated IMF-NATO Orange revolution in Ukraine, the ignominious collapse of June 2009 Twitter revolution in Iran, and the widespread discrediting of the US-backed Roses revolution in Georgia because of the warmongering and oppressive activities of fascist madman Saakashvili. The imperialist consensus is now that the Tunisian events prefigure a new version of people power coup specifically adapted to today's reality, specifically that of a world economic depression, breakdown crisis, and disintegration of the globalized casino economy.

The Tunisian tumults are being described in the US press as the "Jasmine revolution," but it is far more accurate to regard them as a variation on the classic hunger revolution. The Tunisian ferment was not primarily a matter of the middle class desire to speak out, vote, and blog. It started from the Wall Street depredations which are ravaging the entire planet: outrageously high prices for food and fuel caused by derivatives speculation, high levels of unemployment and underemployment, and general economic despair. The detonator was the tragic suicide of a vegetable vendor in Sidi Bouzid who was being harassed by the police. As Ben Ali fought to stay in power, he recognized what was causing the unrest by his gesture of lowering food prices. The Jordanian government for its part has lowered food prices there by about 5%.


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The Alex Jones Show - Jan 17, 2011
Alex talks about Tunisia, China and the continued devaluation of the dollar.
Alex also covers the latest police state news, the border issues and takes your calls.

Tunisia, China and The 'Virtual Fence' That Never Was

- Jan 29, 2011
Coverage of the revolution in Tunisia was lapped up by Arab audiences and in Yemen, Algeria and Egypt demonstrators took to the streets. State-controlled media tried desperately to spin the coverage of the unrest, but no amount of spinning could hide the reality of the events in Egypt. On this episode of Listening Post, we look at how the events in Tunisia have had a knock-on effect that has rocked the Arab world.

Listening Post - The Tunisian Effect

- Jan 21, 2011
Dubbed the Jasmine revolution, Tunisia's uprising was driven by the youth of the country. It all started with a young man who set himself ablaze, igniting a popular rebellion. The young dominated the scene and over the past month dozens of young people have been killed confronting the authority's use of deadly force. In a country where half the population is under the age of 25, that is a lot of disenfranchised, disenchanted ... just plain dissed young people. It was a popular, organic revolt, with no external influence or firebrand clerics leading it. There was really no prominent leadership at all - just young people expressing their seething frustrations and taking to the streets. Some have called it the Facebook or Twitter revolution because social media played a critical role in fanning the flames of discontent and spreading the news to a captivated world. But is Tunisia's Jasmine revolution entering a new phase? Driven by the youth and trade unions, are professional politicians now hijacking the Tunisian uprising? How do the young people of Tunisia feel about the course their revolution is taking? In this special show from Tunis, Inside Story presenter James Bays discusses.

- Jan 24, 2011
The Western reaction to the Tunisian uprising has been described as hesitant and unwilling, making people in the Middle East wonder whether democracy in Tunisia will be allowed to run its full course.

Would Western powers try to influence the outcome of the Tunisian uprising if it does not serve their interests or indeed threatens them?

Inside Story - Are politicians hijacking the Tunisian revolution?

- Jan 24, 2011
The Western reaction to the Tunisian uprising has been described as hesitant and unwilling, making people in the Middle East wonder whether democracy in Tunisia will be allowed to run its full course.

Would Western powers try to influence the outcome of the Tunisian uprising if it does not serve their interests or indeed threatens them?

Inside Story - Tunisia and Power

- Jan 16, 2011
The Tunisian uprising has forced President Ben Ali to step down and flee the country, leaving other Arab leaders wary about their future if their people follow Tunisia's footsteps.

What is the future of Tunisia, and could it have an impact on other states in the region?

Inside Story - The future of Tunisia

- Jan 17, 2011
A new national unity government has been announced in Tunisia, but protesters are angry at how many members of the previous government have been allowed to keep key posts, including the ministers of defence, finance, the interior and foreign affairs.

Tear gas and water cannons were used by police to disperse demonstrators, who have demanded, along with opposition parties, a government consisting of more members not belonging to the ruling RCD party.

Tunisian anger at 'Unity Govt'

- Mar 6, 2011
US radio host Stephen Lendman believes the plan for an invasion of Libya is set. War is coming, he declared, but it has nothing to do with humanitarian aid and democratic processes in the country.

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Hired 'rebels, civil war part of US plan to colonize Libya

- Jan 21, 2011
On this edition of Peter Lavelle's CrossTalk, he asks his guests what can be learned from the political crisis in Tunisia -- more grassroots democracy, and less outside (American) meddling?

CrossTalk: Revolts, Dictators & Democracy

- Jan 18, 2011
Samer Shehata: A police state exercising total suppression of freedoms is more brittle and open to falling than a semi-authoritarian regime

What Sparked Tunisian Revolution?

- Jan 19, 2011
Shehata: Cables reveal US knew extent of Ben Ali's corruption and rights violations but still treated him as an ally.

WikiLeaks And Tunisia

- Jan 18, 2011
Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks) explains how WikiLeaks cables exposing rampant government corruption in Tunisia led to a revolution.

WikiLeaks Leads To Revolution In Tunisia

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