“The same non-violence non-profits who take CIA money when they can get it (I’m not talking about ICNC, which just shares an accountant, has parallel goals, and whose president used to work there; ICNC has enough junk bond money to operate on its own) also give non-violent communication trainings and are inserting themselves wherever they can in the OWS movement. In DC, this is particularly worrisome, since the think-tank/lobbying/pro-USG logic is so hegemonic. And I’ve received four email invitations this week to attend think tank and right-wing academic seminars on What the Occupy Wall Street Movement Means and Why it Should Matter to Me. Framing is everything. Who gets to speak, what they get to say, whether their whole movement can be invalidated because somebody got justifiably angry and threw a rock. We don’t need to be tackling the rock-thrower. People throwing rocks doesn’t explain or justify the police violence I saw and felt in Oakland last Tuesday. We need to be tackling the derivative Christian logic of non-violence (but lacking the possibilities of liberation theology) that chastises the oppressed for rising up against the oppressor, using fictitious narratives about Egypt’s and Eastern European countries’ “revolutions” as legitimation. And when people come to town claiming to speak for a revolution and making their way into lefty media with the same bland lies, we need to be asking who is paying for their plane ticket, and why the hell are they not back at home, where their “revolution” is not in great shape at all.” ~ Professor Adrienne Pine – American University, Washington, DC
“The ICNC is the phony left-wing outfit founded by Wall Street-Washington insider Peter Ackerman. The organization is largely concerned with the destabilization scenarios the CIA has a history of engineering in countries it is too costly and militarily unfeasible to invade. These days the ICNC dresses up destabilization with the high-sounding phrase “non-violent pro-democracy activism” to sell it to the gullible. Sounds good, but what it really means is fomenting conflicts in countries, which while accused of being undemocratic and hostile to human rights, have earned Washington’s enmity for rejecting free trade and unconditional foreign investment and failing to enshrine private property rights. The conflicts are resolved on Washington’s terms, when a new “democratic” free-market government takes power and opens the country to US military bases and unconditional integration into the US economy on terms that favor US investors and corporations, that is, the people Peter Ackerman hangs out with. It is, you see, a class thing.” ~ Stephen Gowans
“Those of us in the peace community, including those who directly support the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, should ask hard questions about its role. Criticizing the ICNC and the associated Albert Einstein Institution is not to say that violence is an acceptable solution to social problems. In this regard, there are many radical anti-capitalist groups utilizing nonviolent action to fight their adversaries, though activists might exercise caution in advertising the good work of any specific activist organizations — in 2008, a young man called Sean Kirtley was convicted for “merely updat[ing] a website with details about authorised and peaceful protests” and subsequently sentenced to four and a half years in a British prison, of which he served sixteen months before being acquitted on appeal. Massive displays of nonviolent resistance have always been an essential component to challenging oppression successfully. One can only hope that Western citizens will learn from contemporary history and rise up to overthrow the ultra-violent warmongers who manage their countries too, mindful of the fact that nonviolent liberal institutions are routinely complicit in the brutality of the systems they ostensibly criticize.” ~ Michael Barker
Source: Capitalising On Nonviolence
Michael Barker exposes (in depth) these fake USG/NGO “democracy” movements: MICHAEL JAMES BARKER’S WEBLOG
Press TV Interview with Maidhc Ó Cathail (excerpt)
Ó Cathail: I think we need to look at the bigger picture here, and look at the forces that have decided it’s time for Saleh to go. Of course, the Yemeni people are looking for democracy and they are naturally tired of his autocratic rule.
But at the same time, we have to look at who’s going to benefit from this, and who has been supporting the protesters? Not just in the past couple of months, but for the past couple of years.
We’ve seen reports in The Washington Post and The New York Times about groups like the National Endowment for Democracy and their affiliates, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute and Freedom House and so on that have been giving all kinds of support, training and funding dissidents throughout the Arab world.
Ó Cathail: I think if we look at the people involved, for example the longtime president of the National Endowment for Democracy is Carl Gershman; Carl Gershman, back in the 1960’s, was working in the research department of the Anti-Defamation League. As most people know, the Anti-Defamation League defends Israel and attacks critics of Israel, and its research often amounts to espionage on critics of Israel.
If you look at who’s the president of the National Democratic Institute, it’s Kenneth Wollack. Kenneth Wollack was a legislative director for AIPAC (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) in the 1970’s.
Everywhere you look, for example, there are groups online such as cyberdissidents.org which supports pro-democracy activists in the Arab world and in Iran. It sounds very good but look at who founded this group.
This was set up by the Adelson Institute which was located at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. It is backed by people like Sheldon Adelson and Ronald Lauder. These are close friends of Benjamin Netanyahu.
It was chaired by Natan Sharansky. Natan Sharansky, who poses as a human rights activist, resigned from Ariel Sharon’s government over the withdrawal from Gaza. He chaired a group called onejerusalem.org which rejects Palestinian sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem (al-Quds).
These are the kinds of people that are supporting the dissidents in the Arab world and in Iran.
“CANVAS works closely with the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), with which it has shared a number of staff members—including Dr. Stephen Zunes, who has collaborated with CANVAS in training Egyptian activists. Founded in 2002, the ICNC is funded entirely by Peter Ackerman, its founding chair. Ackerman, who chaired the board of Freedom House from September 2005 until January 2009, also indirectly funds CANVAS.”
“Dr. Sabrosky, former director of studies of the Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College, has recently stated that “it is 100 percent certain that 9/11 was a Mossad operation. Period.” Either way, it’s hardly surprising that some of the most obsessive critics of 9/11 “conspiracy theories” have ties to Israel. If Americans ever find out that their “staunchest ally” had anything to do with the mass murder of their fellow citizens on September 11, 2001, the would-be conspiracy debunkers have good reason to be afraid.”
“Finally, Mr. O’Cathail notes that Dr. Ackerman spoke at the Herzliya Conference in 2008, as did people associated with Ariel Sharon and the later Netanyahu government, as if somehow Dr. Ackerman’s physical proximity to those speakers indicates that he is associated with their politics, which he is not. Mr. O’Cathail uses this particular guilt-by-association reference to suggest that Israel was somehow pleased with the Egyptian revolution. This reference to an Israeli connection reminds us of an earlier article by Mr. O’Cathail, in which he writes approvingly of those who have propounded conspiracy theories that Jews and Israel were behind the 9/11 attack on the United States: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/04/03/maidhc-0cathail-whos-afraid-of-911-conspiracy-theories/ These speculations are about all the reader needs to know to gauge the credibility of Mr. O’Cathail’s article on Dr. Ackerman.”
June 8, 2011 – 6 p.m.
In the space of 18 days in January and February, the people of Egypt overthrew the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak in a peaceful uprising that transfixed the world, and whose consequences are still reverberating. Behind this revolution was a group of young activists with the courage, tactical skill, and mastery of 21st-century social media to mobilize a whole society in opposition to an authoritarian ruler.
Please join us for a special event at the London office of Thomson Reuters as we peer inside the engine room of the Egyptian revolution with the help of some of those most closely involved. And with the Arab world in ferment, we ask where the road from Tahrir Square will lead.
Dr. Sally Moore, an Egyptian-British psychiatrist who was closely involved in the strategic planning, publicity, and logistics of the protest movement.
Mahmoud Salem, aka Sandmonkey, an irreverent blogger and tweeter whose commentary became a must-read for everyone watching the dramatic events unfold.
Srdja Popovic, executive director of the Centre for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), a Serbian-based group that grew out of the struggle to overthrow dictator Slobodan Miloševic and has worked with activists from 46 countries, including Georgia, Ukraine, Lebanon, and Egypt to advise on the tactics and strategy of peaceful protest.
Wael Ghonim (by video link), Google’s marketing manager for the Middle East and Africa, who was arrested and interrogated for 12 days before emerging as one of the heroes and symbols of the Egyptian revolution.
Watch on live Webcast at http://www.trust.org/
Video – Otpor/CANVAS – The Revolution Business
Video – F. William Engdahl – Arab Spring a western ploy to control Eurasia
Article – F. William Engdahl – Egypt’s Revolution: Creative Destruction for a ’Greater Middle East’?
Video – Egypt – After the “Revolution”
A group calling themselves: Stop The Machine! (STM) is currently occupying Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. I have been in contact with this group since July 2011 and I immediately recognized the controlled opposition of its nature. Only recently, through much research, I have now concluded this group’s “nonviolent” tactics to be those of Otpor/CANVAS and Gene Sharp as opposed to those of Gandhi and Dr. King, as this group claims. (See: Stop The Machine! is CANVAS/OTPOR operation intent on disruption; not peace and justice.)
Consider the following statement, made by Kevin Zeese, organizer of Stop The Machine! Does this sound like Gandhi or Dr. King to you?
“A message for the elites: THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. LISTEN TO US NOW OR THE PRICE OF CHANGE WILL GET MORE EXPENSIVE FOR YOU: What do we seek? We seek an end to corporate rule and shifting power to the people.” ~ Kevin Zeese, Organizer of the Freedom Plaza Occupation, www.OccupyWashingtonDC.org. (See quote here.)
Stop The Machine! says they want to engage “in nonviolent resistance similar to the Arab Spring” and has “the intention of making it [Freedom Plaza] our Tahrir Square” (see: http://october2011.org/statement).
October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions.
We call on people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace, economic justice, human rights and a healthy environment—to join together in Washington, D.C., beginning on Oct. 6, 2011, in nonviolent resistance similar to the Arab Spring and the Midwest awakening.
A concert, rally and protest will kick off a powerful and sustained nonviolent resistance to the corporate criminals that dominate our government.
Forty-seven years ago, Mario Savio, an activist student at Berkeley, said, “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”
Those words have an even greater urgency today. We face ongoing wars and massive socio-economic and environmental destruction perpetrated by a corporate empire which is oppressing, occupying and exploiting the world. We are on a fast track to making the planet unlivable while the middle class and poor people of our country are undergoing the most wrenching and profound economic crisis in 80 years.
“Stop the Machine! • Create a New World!” is a clarion call for all who are deeply concerned with injustice, militarism and environmental destruction to join in ending concentrated corporate power and taking direct control of a real participatory democracy. We will encourage a culture of resistance—using music, art, theater and direct nonviolent action—to take control of our country and our lives. It is about courageously resisting and stopping the corporate state from destroying not only our inherent rights and freedoms, but also our children’s chance to live, breathe clean air, drink pure water, grow edible natural food and live in peace.
As Mother Jones said, “Someday the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!”
We are the ones who can create a new and just world. Our issues are connected. We are connected. Join us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6, 2011, to Stop the Machine.
Take the pledge and sign up to attend here. Let America know you are coming to make history and a new world!
“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine to demand that our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning .”
See: Otpor Egyptian agent Ahmed Maher now working with Stop The Machine! in Washington, DC: http://www.salon.com/2011/10/24/at_occupydc_egypts_revolutionaries_chide_u_s_policymakers/
“Mr. Maher and his colleagues began reading about nonviolent struggles. They were especially drawn to a Serbian youth movement called Otpor, which had helped topple the dictator Slobodan Milosevic by drawing on the ideas of an American political thinker, Gene Sharp. The hallmark of Mr. Sharp’s work is well-tailored to Mr. Mubark’s Egypt: He argues that nonviolence is a singularly effective way to undermine police states that might cite violent resistance to justify repression in the name of stability.”
“The April 6 Youth Movement modeled its logo — a vaguely Soviet looking red and white clenched fist—after Otpor’s, and some of its members traveled to Serbia to meet with Otpor activists.”
OWS and STM – International Road to Dignity – United for Global Change: http://www.scoop.it/t/15-o-unitedforglobalchange/p/388582011/2011-international-road-to-dignity
Occupy Wall Street (NYC) and Stop The Machine (DC) – International Road to Dignity – Global Class Warfare: Global Capitalist Class vs. New Transnational Labour Class
OWS and STM – International Road to Dignity – Global Class Warfare: Global Capitalist Class vs. New Transnational Labour Class | P2P Foundation: http://snuproject.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/global-class-warfare-global-capitalist-class-vs-new-transnational-labour-class-becoming-for-itself-p2p-foundation/
OWS and STM – International Road to Dignity – Moving towards a peaceful ‘war of manoeuvre’ in a global class war See also: http://www.scoop.it/t/mapping-social-network-unionism-worldwide/p/518964149/moving-towards-a-peaceful-war-of-manoeuvre-in-a-global-class-warfare
OWS and STM – Mapping Social Network Unionism Worldwide “For a peer to peer, transnational, common, grassroots, and hyperempowered labour class movement”
Global Revolution 2011-2012 (organized in 2010): http://acampadabcninternacional.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/2011-international-road-to-dignity/