GAITHER STEWART—Do rabid protesters-hooligans undermine their own movements by devastating shops and burning cars? Or do undercover agents do the dirty work to sully the name of the protest movement? For secret services of the world know how to use the “strategy of tension” and false flag operations: secret agents burn ten cars and blame it on protesters and then crack down on the whole movement. Secret agents were at work in Berlin in 1933: “Burn the Reichstag in Berlin, blame it on a Communist and establish the Nazi dictatorship.”
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RAMIN MAZAHERI—The West’s hysterical post 9/11 love affair with “First Responders” (excepting journalists, of course) is all a media concoction to hide this fact: the police are drawn from the most reactionary elements of society – they never go over to the crowd. In fact, they took their job in order to fight and manipulate the crowd. Admirers of French riot police fail to realize that cops are always selected from among the most class-illiterate, most intellectual brutal members of a society.
Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie: On Zionism, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and the Rise of Crypto-Fascism in the Modern European State Today (Reposted)
The capable Max Blumenthal and partner James Kleinfeld produced this unusual video that deserves a wide audience. We are reposting it here because it packs a great deal of interesting detail and insight about French and European society and politics, philosemitism and anti-semitism; zionism, and Islamophobia, and many otehr uncomfortable questions, but above all it is a window into the often confusing and complex political currents and undercurrents defining life in modern Europe, especially the gradual drift toward de facto fascism. Unless something is done to disable the chief engine of much of this social turmoil.
SERGE HALIMI—There is no predicting the future of a movement so culturally alien to most people who read or write for Le Monde diplomatique. Its political prospects are uncertain and its eclectic character contributes to its appeal but threatens its cohesion and power. It is easier to make agreements between workers and the middle class over rejecting a fuel tax or abolishing the wealth tax than over changing the minimum wage, since small business owners and independent traders fear their costs will go up. Yet, there is a potential unifying bond, since many demands result from transformations of capitalism: inequality, wages, tax, the decline of public services, punitive environmental measures, offshoring, over-representation of middle-class graduates in public institutions and the media.
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The author of the video below argues that, overwhelmingly, the Gilets are NOT violent, and that much of the violence is done by the police, cases of blatant provocation, false flags, etc. Their instinctive strategy seems to be to paralyse the nation, and —says the videographer—this may work.