THE BIG LIES (4)
In this section, Voxnews examines the lies that our "society6" is based on. The lies we tell each other, the lies passed down from generation after generation. The lies that form our "Traditions." The lies for the churches, religions, governments, kings, politicians., corporations.
The lies that our "Belief system" is comprised of.
It destroys the environment.
Turns the medical industry into an… industry.
Turns doctors into corrupt money focused, untrustworthy businessmen.
Turns politicians into corporate puppets.
Turns art into cheesy "family safe" rubbish.
No art has EVER been made by a capitalist.
No music of value has EVER been made by a capitalist.
No poetry has ever been made by a capitalist.
No great literature has ever been made by a capitalist.
Capitalism supports only the lowest common denominator.
Capitalism needs violence and brutality to keep it going.
Capitalism breeds rape and torture.
Capitalism is responsible for the military industrial complex.
Capitalism supports violent nationalism.
Capitalism financed Hitler.
Capitalism creates war.
Capitalism demands a 23 hour workday. (1 to wake up, shower and get ready, 2 to commute to work (average Long Island commute is 2 hours with no traffic and 3 with traffic), 8 on the job + 1 for your precious lunch, 2 to get home, 0 to wind down, 8 to sleep, = 1 hour for yourself = human slavery.)
U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings
Originally published in the New York Times
By RON NIXON
WASHINGTON — Even as the United States poured billions of dollars into foreign military programs and anti-terrorism campaigns, a small core of American government-financed organizations were promoting democracy in authoritarian Arab states.
The money spent on these programs was minute compared with efforts led by the Pentagon. But as American officials and others look back at the uprisings of the Arab Spring, they are seeing that the United States’ democracy-building campaigns played a bigger role in fomenting protests than was previously known, with key leaders of the movements having been trained by the Americans in campaigning, organizing through new media tools and monitoring elections.
A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington, according to interviews in recent weeks and American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.
The work of these groups often provoked tensions between the United States and many Middle Eastern leaders, who frequently complained that their leadership was being undermined, according to the cables.
The Republican and Democratic institutes are loosely affiliated with the Republican and Democratic Parties. They were created by Congress and are financed through the National Endowment for Democracy, which was set up in 1983 to channel grants for promoting democracy in developing nations. The National Endowment receives about $100 million annually from Congress. Freedom House also gets the bulk of its money from the American government, mainly from the State Department.
No one doubts that the Arab uprisings are home grown, rather than resulting from “foreign influence,” as alleged by some Middle Eastern leaders.
“We didn’t fund them to start protests, but we did help support their development of skills and networking,” said Stephen McInerney, executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy, a Washington-based advocacy and research group. “That training did play a role in what ultimately happened, but it was their revolution. We didn’t start it.”
Some Egyptian youth leaders attended a 2008 technology meeting in New York, where they were taught to use social networking and mobile technologies to promote democracy. Among those sponsoring the meeting were Facebook, Google, MTV, Columbia Law School and the State Department.
“We learned how to organize and build coalitions,” said Bashem Fathy, a founder of the youth movement that ultimately drove the Egyptian uprisings. Mr. Fathy, who attended training with Freedom House, said, “This certainly helped during the revolution.”
Ms. Qadhi, the Yemeni youth activist, attended American training sessions in Yemen.
“It helped me very much because I used to think that change only takes place by force and by weapons,” she said.
But now, she said, it is clear that results can be achieved with peaceful protests and other nonviolent means.
But some members of the activist groups complained in interviews that the United States was hypocritical for helping them at the same time that it was supporting the governments they sought to change.
“While we appreciated the training we received through the NGOs sponsored by the U.S. government, and it did help us in our struggles, we are also aware that the same government also trained the state security investigative service, which was responsible for the harassment and jailing of many of us,” said Mr. Fathy, the Egyptian activist.
Interviews with officials of the nongovernmental groups and a review of diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks show that the democracy programs were constant sources of tension between the United States and many Arab governments.
The cables, in particular, show how leaders in the Middle East and North Africa viewed these groups with deep suspicion, and tried to weaken them. Today the work of these groups is among the reasons that governments in turmoil claim that Western meddling was behind the uprisings, with some officials noting that leaders like Ms. Qadhi were trained and financed by the United States.
Diplomatic cables report how American officials frequently assured skeptical governments that the training was aimed at reform, not promoting revolutions.
Last year, for example, a few months before national elections in Bahrain, officials there barred a representative of the National Democratic Institute from entering the country.
In Bahrain, officials worried that the group’s political training “disproportionately benefited the opposition,” according to a January 2010 cable.
In Yemen, where the United States has been spending millions on an anti-terrorism program, officials complained that American efforts to promote democracy amounted to “interference in internal Yemeni affairs.”
But nowhere was the opposition to the American groups stronger than in Egypt.
Egypt, whose government receives $1.5 billion annually in military and economic aid from the United States, viewed efforts to promote political change with deep suspicion, even outrage.
At one time the United States financed political reform groups by channeling money through the Egyptian government.
But in 2005, under a Bush administration initiative, local groups were given direct grants, much to the chagrin of Egyptian officials.
According to a September 2006 cable, Mahmoud Nayel, an official with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, complained to American Embassy officials about the United States government’s “arrogant tactics in promoting reform in Egypt.”
The main targets of the Egyptian complaints were the Republican and Democratic institutes. Diplomatic cables show that Egyptian officials complained that the United States was providing support for “illegal organizations.”
Gamal Mubarak, the former president’s son, is described in an Oct. 20, 2008, cable as “irritable about direct U.S. democracy and governance funding of Egyptian NGOs.”
The Egyptian government even appealed to groups like Freedom House to stop working with local political activists and human rights groups.
“They were constantly saying: ‘Why are you working with those groups, they are nothing. All they have are slogans,’ ” said Sherif Mansour, an Egyptian activist and a senior program officer for the Middle East and North Africa at Freedom House.
When their appeals to the United States government failed, the Egyptian authorities reacted by restricting the activities of the American nonprofit organizations.
Hotels that were to host training sessions were closed for renovations. Staff members of the groups were followed, and local activists were intimidated and jailed. State-owned newspapers accused activists of receiving money from American intelligence agencies.
Affiliating themselves with the American organizations may have tainted leaders within their own groups. According to one diplomatic cable, leaders of the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt told the American Embassy in 2009 that some members of the group had accused Ahmed Maher, a leader of the January uprising, and other leaders of “treason” in a mock trial related to their association with Freedom House, which more militant members of the movement described as a “Zionist organization.”
A prominent blogger, according to a cable, threatened to post the information about the movement leaders’ links to Freedom House on his blog.
There is no evidence that this ever happened, and a later cable shows that the group ousted the members who were complaining about Mr. Maher and other leaders.
In the face of government opposition, some groups moved their training sessions to friendlier countries like Jordan or Morocco. They also sent activists to the United States for training.
The anniversary of JFK's assassination was more than anything, proof positive that we live in a country based on lies about the most important things in our world. It was a chance to see with your own eyes, all your "official" voices like Anderson Cooper, Barack Obama, Rachel Maddow, Bill Oreilly, and every other lying piece of American capitalist shit, giving credibility to this sham called "the official version." All of them, in unison, chanting the lie, "Oswald did it alone!"
From the steel, glass, fluorescent lit towers of Wall Street to the lips of the politicians they own, an iron curtain has descended across the landscape of truth. Behind that line, lie all the dreams of a better world, a healthier planet and a more compassionate understanding are suffolcating in their grip.
The official version of truth, is only that which has corporate sponsors, and teams of lobbyists or some zealous religious groups or intelligence agencies forcing it on us. Power works this way - we wouldn't adopt their system naturally because it is not a preferable state to freedom and we know that, so they must use their only resources, their forces, efforts, "teamwork", coercion, gang mentality, and their lies - and only then do we "adopt" their rules, ways and "beliefs."
In the case of the CIA's assassination of Kennedy, it is just fear which keeps everyone on the same page chanting "Oswald did it!" If one of these so called journalists in the mainstream told or even hinted at the truth, their services would no longer be required.
One does not get a seat at the table of power in this land of corporate sponsorship of the official endorsed "truth" unless one is fully complicit in pushing such lies. And even though the liars are faced with a skeptical population which now openly rejects their lies, they will still push them nevertheless. You would think that one of them would see a chance to break away from pack - of lies - and set themselves apart, but this is not the case. They all obey the well known protocols, are all well behaved, never step out of line.
So if the corporatized version of "truth" must always be the thing which is the exact opposite of truth, the thing stripped of every fiber and atom of truth, why then do we ascribe any power to them? Because many people are still unaware of the fraudulence of the "news." It seems that the networks never told them they the networks themselves were lying.
There is a rigid circumscription surrounding the protocols of discourse. Within this highly controlled boundary of "truth" we are only offered a narrow range of thought. "Did they know it was going to happen and let it happen?" - or - "Were they incompetent and never saw it coming?" And never once would they mention "Did they plan and executed every phase of those attacks."
Of course the truth can never be mentioned.
And you can hear these two choices come right out of the mouths of those who have been tricked that these are the only two choices.
By never even alluding to the actual truth (unless to utterly ridicule it) they really have constructed a population who cannot conceive of something they have never even heard of. It's the way our empirical mind functions, we cannot conceive of things we have not sensed, experienced or learned. There are many young people who have never even heard mentioned this "theory" that in fact that the 911 attack might have been an inside job. They have simply never heard it mentioned once.
The memory hold sucks yet another troubling atrocity into its vortex.
And it's not that the truth is yet to come out, the truth is already out. It just smolders there like a black hole in our world, like the CIA's Kennedy hit, these things really do impact our lives, they are turning our world into a violent and terrible sham.
There is still time to do something about it. The very same techniques of "Soft Insurgencies" as exemplified by the so called Arab Spring can be used anywhere. What we will not get though is the recursive pleasure of seeing our revolution on CNN in the city square as it unfolds. They very definitely will not be covering the real revolution - The one that occurs in the hearts and minds of each and every person who either has self respect and dignity or they do not.
Only in America, the world's most obese nation, would there be a "firestorm" of anger, hurt, resentment, insult, curiosity, rejection, shame, etc, against this rather mild (and in our view honest and accurate) statement that this mother of three and fitness enthusiast Maria Kang is making regarding the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
This photo of the physically fit mom "Ignited a firestorm" because it contradicts the "new think" here in America, where unhealthy lifestyles and outdated and wrong belief systems are promoted by the ruling class and their mainstream media to keep the population, under tight control and as unhealthy as possible, in both body and mind.
See, in America, the lie is SACROSANCT - We live by the lie, we worship the lie, the lie controls our thoughts and beliefs and we will defend the lie down to the last fatty!
In the lie based world of McDonald eating, fast food Americans, they are trying to tell us that being slender is "impossible to attain," and that it's wrong to project images of slender humans as representing an ideal form. They are trying to tell us that the average American girth is beautiful and normal for humans.
They often go so far as to say that being slender is actually unhealthy and dangerous.
In Asia and India however we do not see two out of every three persons of the population in a state of obesity like we have here in American. The vast majority of Asians and Indians are slender, with only a small minority who are obese. Nor is it likely that the progenitors of the modern human being, (the cave man/or woman) would be obese - Probably no fat cavemen or women.
It has gotten so bad here in America, that the truth, which this woman has represented accurately, is met with anger and hurt!
(Awwww! Isn't that too bad. An American is "hurt" because an awesomely fit mom has expressed pride in her desire to not look like a typical American slob.)
The truth now, causes anger, hurt and shame for a very large section of the American population. But this is not just happening in the realm of of body image. This lie spans across ALL ASPECTS of American life.
In our political world, we are programmed by the government and their news networks to be offended and angry when a scientist, researcher, world leader, former CIA agent, etc, comes fourth and says, "Of course 911 was in inside job, any normally thinking person with two normally functioning brains cells can see this truth." This truth is offensive, and Americans, most of whom still derive their so called "Belief System" from the government/corporate propaganda machinery of Fox, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and the rest of the corporate propaganda channels will ridicule this truth, become angry at it and reject it.
The same situation exists in almost every facet of American political "belief." Saddam Hussein, we were told and which we believed, had Chemical weapons, and we needed to spend trillions of dollars to find them, ooops that was just a lie. there were never any Chemical weapons. Now Assad we are told that President Assad of Syria has used chemical weapons, and we need to spend trillions of dollars to stop him... Oooops, ture out that it was our CIA BACKED ALQAEDA PAID MERCENARIES WORKING FOR THE CIA WHO DID THE CHEMICAL ATTACK - NOT ASSAD!
Welcome to America where down is up, wrong is right, the terrorists are called "Freedom Fighters" and fat is beautiful!
And the same situation - this cherishing of the lie, exists in all of the bogus religions.
Even Mrs Kang identifies herself as being Catholic - The Catholic church representing one of the worlds most excessive perversions of truth, were little children's minds are abused by irresponsible adults who condition them to believe bronze aged myths about god and his "official" representatives on earth. The purest form of rubbish, insulting to all who escaped such foolishness and can see it for what it is. Where creepy old pedophiles wear ridiculous looking tall white hats, to project their authority inside ominous threatening looking buildings with tall spires designed to dominate the minds of medieval peasantry so that they can be easily controlled. So there is enough of these lies for us all to enjoy, even people like Kang who are correct about some things, like physical fitness, yet drop the ball on mental fitness.
Congratulations to Mrs Kang for looking like a human being should look, slender, but if she really wants to cut the fat out of her life she might want to consider excising her "Catholic Belief System" which is far more grotesque than a few inches on the belly.
Welcome to the Lie.