De één procent regel, een goed begin voor de revolutie

Author: Daniël Verhoeven

English Summary

I this article I try to frame the movement of the Spanish ‘indignants’ historically. Is it a straw fire or will it last for years? I discern their actual success stressing the importance of the one percent rule. It means that a popular movement must be able to mobilise instantly one percent of the population all over the country thus being able to withstand police repression and pressure of all kind. Their success in the long run will depend on their ability to expand in numbers, but also outside the borders of Spain. 

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Orwell’s 1984 revisited: Uberveillance

humans-are-not-petsAfter the Google latitude story, we became suspicious and  started to collect stories about analogous threats on our privacy. We found some that remind us of the gloomy furure of William Gibson Neuromancer. One thing is clear, if some regime, let it be the US, Russian or Chinese wants to install a fascist state, it wil have a plethora of technical means at his disposition to track down people, to spy on them, mostly without their consent and often without their knowledge.
Jeremy’s Bentam panoptical society is close. The Panopticon is a type of prison building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in 1785. The concept of the design is to allow an observer to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) prisoners without the prisoners being able to tell whether they are being watched, thereby conveying what one architect has called the “sentiment of an invisible omniscience.

Just reach what gloomy future is before us.

Humans ‘will be implanted with microchips’

All Australians could be implanted with microchips for tracking and identification within the next two or three generations, a prominent academic says. Michael G Michael from the University of Wollongong’s School of Information Systems and Technology, has coined the term “uberveillance” to describe the emerging trend of all-encompassing surveillance. “Uberveillance is not on the outside looking down, but on the inside looking out through a microchip that is embedded in our bodies,” Dr Michael told ninemsn. Microchips are commonly implanted into animals to reveal identification details when scanned and similar devices have been used with Alzheimers patients. Continue reading

William Engdahl on the prossibility of a 3th World War on The Real News Network

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Frederick William Engdahl (born 1944) is a writer for the Asia Times Online. He has contributed to a number of publications, including Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Foresight magazine, Grant’s Investor.com, European Banker and Business Banker International. He has also spoken at conferences on geopolitical, economic and energy subjects, and is active as a consulting economist. Continue reading

The Growing Trend Toward Fascism

Crossposted  from Jewish Peace News

The chilling article below, from this weekend’s (February 6th, 2009) Haaretz, appears at first to be disturbing simply for what it says about a growing segment of Israel’s next generation of voters-an open, even proud, racism and an attraction to fascism, in the form of support for Avigdor Lieberman, chairman of the Israel Beitenu party, which is poised to become Israel’s third largest party in Tuesday’s election. The key selling point of the party in this election is a “loyalty oath” that would be a prerequisite for citizenship rights, clearly directed at Israel’s Palestinian Israeli citizens.

But the article illuminates (or darkens) far more. Such as the horrifying prospect of highschoolers campaigning for Lieberman by screaming “Death to the Arabs!” in the streets and consciously explaining that this helps them prepare to enter the army. As the article quotes:

“Sergei Leibliyanich, a senior, draws a connection between the preparation for military service in school and student support for the right: “It gives us motivation against the Arabs. You want to enlist in the army so you can stick it to them. The preparation gives you the motivation to stick it to the Arabs and we want to elect someone who’ll do that. I like Lieberman’s thinking about the Arabs. Bibi [Benjamin Netanyahu] doesn’t want to go as far.”

The further you read, the clearer it is that this a phenomena that draws strength from so many of the issues facing Israeli society: not just virulent Anti-Arab racism, but a reliance on violence, the emphasis on militaristic values, the broken education system, and the crumbling of democratic principles. But perhaps, at root, the problem, as the article indicates, is this:

“The Israeli reality can no longer hide what it has kept hidden up to now – that today no sentient mother can honestly say to her child: ‘Next year things will be better here.’ The young people are replacing hope for a better future with a myth of a heroic end. For a heroic end, Lieberman fits the bill…. In a reality in which you can’t honestly tell your children, ‘Tomorrow will be better,’ in which the realization has finally sunk in that no deal or accord is about to happen, not now or 10 years from now – they react in a hysterical, survivalist fashion. In such a situation, the commitment to humanist values can be viewed as a luxury that we as a society cannot afford.”

–Rebecca Vilkomerson

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1061910.html

Liebermania
By Yotam Feldman

The Yisrael Beiteinu youths gather for a final consultation as dozens of elderly party supporters slowly make their way into the white tent where the movement’s conference is being held, behind the Plaza Hotel in Upper Nazareth.

The youths, ages 16-18, many of them good friends from school, had stood for a long time before the event began at the intersection near the hotel, waving Israeli flags and shouting “Death to the Arabs” and “No loyalty, no citizenship” at passing cars. Continue reading

Rational Fascism by Michael Parenti

Excerpted from Chapter 1 of Blackshirts and Reds , First Published at Cyrano’s Journal,  for fair use only

Author  Michael Parenti

WHILE WALKING THROUGH NEW YORK’S LITTLE ITALY, I passed a novelty shop that displayed posters and T-shirts of Benito Mussolini giving the fascist salute. When I entered the shop and asked the clerk why such items were being offered, he replied, “Well, some people like them. And, you know, maybe we need someone like Mussolini in this country.” His comment was a reminder that fascism survives as something more than a historical curiosity.

Worse than posters or T-shirts are the works by various writers bent on “explaining” Hitler, or “reevaluating” Franco, or in other ways sanitizing fascist history. In Italy, during the 1970s, there emerged a veritable cottage industry of books and articles claiming that Mussolini not only made the trains run on time but also made Italy work well. All these publications, along with many conventional academic studies, have one thing in common: They say little if anything about the class policies of fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. How did these regimes deal with social services, taxes, business, and the conditions of labor? For whose benefit and at whose expense? Most of the literature on fascism and Nazism does not tell us.(1)

Plutocrats Choose Autocrats

Let us begin with a look at fascism’s founder. Born in 1883, the son of a blacksmith, Benito Mussolini had an early manhood marked by street brawls, arrests, jailings, and violent radical political activities. Before World War I Mussolini was a socialist. A brilliant organizer, agitator, and gifted journalist, he became editor of the Socialist Party’s official newspaper. Yet many of his comrades suspected him of being less interested in advancing socialism than in advancing himself. Indeed, when the Italian upper class tempted him with recognition, financial support, and the promise of power, he did not hesitate to switch sides.

By the end of World War I, Mussolini, the socialist, who had organized strikes for workers and peasants had become Mussolini, the fascist, who broke strikes on behalf of financiers and landowners.

By the end of World War I, Mussolini, the socialist, who had organized strikes for workers and peasants had become Mussolini, the fascist, who broke strikes on behalf of financiers and landowners. Using the huge sums he received from wealthy interests, he projected himself onto the national scene as the acknowledged leader of i fasci di combattimento, a movement composed of black-shirted ex-army officers and sundry toughs who were guided by no clear political doctrine other than a militaristic patriotism and conservative dislike for anything associated with socialism and organized labor. The fascist Blackshirts spent their time attacking trade unionists, socialists, communists, and farm cooperatives. Continue reading

Chomsky Condemns U.S. and Israel For Civilian Deaths in Gaza Strip

By Elijah Jordan Turner

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

January 14, 2009

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Video of the lecture should be posted online at http://web.mit.edu/cis/starr.html

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At a talk last night about the current situation in Gaza, Professor of Linguistics Noam A. Chomsky came down hard on Israel for its frequent violence against Palestinian civilians and chastised the United States for enabling the Jewish state to carry out these actions with impunity. He also used the opportunity to touch upon broader issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The talk, which took place at Sloan’s Wong Auditorium, was part of the Center of International Studies’ Starr Forum lecture series

Chomsky, who first made a name for himself in the fields of linguistics and psychology, is well-known in the political community for his strong criticism of Israel and its supporters. Word of a lecture by Chomsky always spreads fast, so it was no surprise that when he took the podium just after 4 p.m., the room’s nearly three hundred chairs were all occupied – with more watching a video feed in the lobby.

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Leyla Zana politieke gevangene in Turkije

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Een Turkse rechtbank heeft de Koerdische politica Leyla Zana veroordeeld tot een gevangenisstraf van tien jaar. Omdat haar straf meer dan twee jaar bedraagt kan ze zich ook niet meer verkiesbaar stellen voor het Parlement. Zo maakt men in Turkije politici monddood. Haar misdaad. Ze heeft in haar speeches gezegd dat: “de strijd van de PKK er een was voor vrijheid en democratie”. Dat wordt in Turkije geïnterpreteerd als een terroristische daad. Haar advocaten hebben gezegd dat ze in beroep zullen gaan.

Turkije wil bij de Europese Unie komen maar veegt het Recht op vrije meningsuiting aan zijn laars. Het is daar ook nog niet pluis met de persvijheid trouwens. Het is niet de eerste keer dat Zana werd veroordeeld omwille van haar politieke optreden als Koerdische. Ze werd in 1991 verkozen als eerste Koerdische vrouw in het Turkse Parlement. Ze werd prompt met drie andere Koerdische parlementsleden gevangen genomen en hun partij de Democratische  Partij, DEP, werd buiten de wet gesteld.  Reden waarom ze gevangen werd gezet? Ze had haar eed afgelegd in het Turks zoals het moest, uit eerbied voor het Turkse volk maar had na haar eedaflegging het volgende in het Koerdish toegevoegd:

“Ik zweer in eer en geweten voor het grote Turkse Volk dat ik de integriteit en de onafhankelijkheid van de staat zal verdedidgen, de onverrdeelbare eenheid van het volk en het land, en de onbetwistbarre en onvoorwaardellijke soevereiniteit van het volk. Ik zweer loyaliteit aan de Grondwedt. Ik leg deze eed af voor de Broederschap tussen het Turske volk en het Koerdische Volk.”

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