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Dreamers capture power in Georgia

Posted by seumasach on October 4, 2012


2nd October, 2012

The citadel of the West in the post-Soviet space is falling — Georgia. A sad epilogue is being written to the epic story of the “color revolution”. The results of the Georgian parliamentary election on Monday have brought the stunning news that President Mikhail Saakashvilli has suffered a veritable rout. MS was brought to power by a carefully-plotted drama of “regime change” in 2003 known popularly in the western lexicon as the Rose Revolution.

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Reflecting on Iran’s Presidential Election

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2009

Ismael Hossein-zadeh


22nd August, 2009

1. Questions that Beg to be Asked

US and European corporate media, political pundits and “Iran experts” have spent countless hours discussing the June presidential election in Iran. Yet, they have utterly failed to ask a number of central questions that beg to be asked:

Why did Mir Hossein Mousavi, the main rival of President Ahmadinejad, declare himself the winner while voting was still in progress? Since there are no exit polls in Iran, how could he have known for sure he was the winner when the votes were not yet counted? (According to some accounts he declared victory barely an hour after the polls closed; according to others he did so hours before the polls closed. His own and his campaign’s statements show that, in fact, they declared victory before, during and immediately after the voting. For example, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, one of his major campaigners, told BBC News during an interview the day before the Election Day that her husband would score a big, four-to-one, win against Ahmadinejad; and that the only way Ahmadinejad could win would be through fraud. How did she know that?)

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Nonviolent warfare: Questioning ends, not means

Posted by smeddum on August 21, 2009

Nonviolent warfare: Questioning ends, not means

August 20, 2009


By Stephen Gowans

Brian Martin, a professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong in Australia, has written a reply to my article Overthrow Inc.: Peter Ackerman’s quest to do what the CIA used to do and make it seem progressive. Martin is the author of a number of books and articles on nonviolence, including Nonviolence against Capitalism, Technology for Nonviolent Struggle, and “Nonviolent strategy against capitalism” (in Social Alternatives, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2008, pp. 42-46.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Overthrow Inc.: Peter Ackerman’s quest to do what the CIA used to do, and make it seem progressive

Posted by smeddum on August 9, 2009

6, 2009 “When some of State’s desk officers don’t want to create international incidents by advising activists on how to overthrow governments, they gently suggest visiting Ackerman, who has fewer qualms about lending a helping hand.” [1]

By Stephen Gowans

Whats Left

6 Aug 2009

Peter Ackerman, an immensely wealthy investor and board member of the premier U.S. foreign policy think-tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, [2] and Robert Helvey, a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Army [3] who served two tours of duty in Vietnam [4], are the principal proponents of a nonviolent alternative to military intervention in the pursuit of U.S. foreign policy goals. Read the rest of this entry »

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United4Iran: Financial and Corporate Interests Mobilize the Left

Posted by seumasach on July 24, 2009

Stephen Gowans

What’s Left?

24th July, 2009

United4Iran, which describes itself as “a non-partisan collaborative of individuals and human rights organizations” whose “aim is to support the Iranian people’s human rights,” has organized a Global Day of Action for July 25.

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Washington is Playing a Deeper Game with China

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2009

F.William Engdahl


13th July, 2009

After the tragic events of July 5 in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, it would be useful to look more closely into the actual role of the US Government’s ”independent“ NGO, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). All indications are that the US Government, once more acting through its “private” Non-Governmental Organization, the NED, is massively intervening into the internal politics of China. Engdahl’s article ties in with Thierry Meyssan’s consistent reporting (see below) of the covert nature of the NED and “sister” organizations which are engaged in the destabilization of countries of strategic, geopolitical interest for Washington under the guise of liberty and democracy.

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Venezuela and Iran: Whither the revolutions?

Posted by seumasach on July 6, 2009

“..what better way to solve all the ills of US society — lack of secure health care, poverty, violence — than dismantling the MIC and initiating a foreign policy based on peace rather than war?”

Eric Walberg
Axis of Logic
2nd July, 2009

June was a busy month for two of Washington’s real ‘Axis of Evil’. Venezuela’s Chavez completed his nationalisation of oil and Iran’s Ahmedinejad stemmed a Western-backed colour revolution, leaving both bad boys in place, muses Eric Walberg

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Obama faces a Persian rebuff

Posted by seumasach on July 1, 2009


Asia Times

1st July, 2009

Twitter can now revert to its plan to shut down its Iran services and attend to maintenance work. Twitter goes into recess pleased that it probably embarrassed a resurgent regional power. The United States government owes Twitter a grand salute for having done something where all other stratagems of war and peace failed in the past three decades.

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« Color revolution » fails in Iran

Posted by seumasach on June 30, 2009

Tehran’s « green revolution » is the latest version of the « color revolutions » which have allowed the United States to impose subservient governments in several countries without needing to use force. Thierry Meyssan, who advised two governments facing this type of crisis, analyses this method and the reasons for its failure in Iran.

Thierry Meyssan

27th June, 2009

« Color revolutions » are to revolutions what Canada Dry is to beer. They look like the real thing, but they lack the flavor. They are regime changes which appear to be revolutions because they mobilize huge segments of the population but are more akin to takeovers, because they do not aim at changing social structures. Instead they aspire to replace an elite with another, in order to carry out pro-American economic and foreign policies. The « green revolution » in Tehran is the latest example of this trend.

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Are the Iranian Election Protests Another US Orchestrated ‘Color Revolution’?

Posted by seumasach on June 20, 2009

Paul Craig Roberts

Oped News

20th June, 2009

A number of commentators have expressed their idealistic belief in the purity of Mousavi, Montazeri, and the westernized youth of Terhan.  The CIA destabilization plan, announced two years ago (see below) has somehow not contaminated unfolding events.

The claim is made that Ahmadinejad stole the election, because the outcome was declared too soon after the polls closed for all the votes to have been counted.  However,  Mousavi declared his victory several hours before the polls closed.  This is classic CIA destabilization designed to discredit a contrary outcome.  It forces an early declaration of the vote. The longer the time interval between the preemptive declaration of victory and the release of the vote tally, the longer Mousavi has to create the impression that the authorities are using the time to fix the vote.   It is amazing that people don’t see through this trick.

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Iranian Electoral Fraud: A Skeptic’s View

Posted by smeddum on June 17, 2009

Iranian Electoral Fraud: A Skeptic’s View
By Stephen Gowans
So, the presidential election in Iran was rigged. How do we know this? Because the Western media almost invariably say it was. How do they know? Because the main opposition challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi – who officially got far fewer votes than the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — said it was. And how does Mousavi know the election was rigged? Because he didn’t win it. Read the rest of this entry »

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