How Wall Street Finances the Battle against Neoliberalism?

Global Research, January 20, 2019

Today I read an interesting article referring to Mexico on how neoliberal economists through the application of “strong IMF economic medicine” contributed to “wreaking  havoc” on the global poor while “protecting the financial elites”.

And then I arrived at the foot of the article published by Alternet:

“This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute”.

The Independent Media Institute, a tax exempt charity foundation supported by George Soros, a multibillion dollar Wall Street tycoon and hedge fund manager largely involved in speculative trade in the commodity and foreign exchange markets.

The Independent Media Center is described as an

“Internet-based, news and events bulletin board [which] represents an invariably leftist, anti-capitalist perspective and serves as a mouthpiece for anti-globalization/anti-America themes.”

Globetrotter is a projet of the IMC which (according to the IMC):

“explores the struggles for independence, dignity and democracy in the developing world, from economic models to war and imperialism.”

Needless to say, I was puzzled. Wall Street finances the battle against neoliberalism?

A critique of the IMF macro-economic agenda for Latin America is funded by a foundation owned by one of Wall Street’s most prominent financiers.

I read through the article once more: The article does not actually bash the Wall Street financial elites involved in destabilizing the Mexican economy. It largely focuses on the failures of the IMF bureaucracy without acknowledging that the IMF bureaucracy always acts on behalf of Wall Street.

While the author accuses the IMF mission to Mexico of window dressing, “[n]othing in the IMF staff statement indicated a policy that would tackle Mexico’s grave problems of poverty and inequality”.

One is however left with the impression that it’s all a big management failure which can be rectified by changing the IMF recipe and training IMF officials to learn the realities of developing countries:

Someone should encourage the IMF to stop sending staff teams into countries like Mexico. Each report is identical to the previous one. Nothing seems to be learned by these teams. Years ago, a senior IMF economist told me that when he arrived in a Central Asian country he knew nothing of that country, he got to see nothing of it when he was there and he knew virtually nothing when he drafted the Article IV review. All he did in the country was sit in one air-conditioned room after another, listen to canned reports from nervous finance ministry officials and then develop the report based on the IMF’s same old recipe—make cuts, target welfare, privatize and make sure that the banks are happy. (Alternet, emphasis added)

“Make sure the banks are happy”. Yes, that is the main goal. And the standard recipe serves their interests.

The IMF is controlled by Wall Street and the US Treasury. It has informal ties to the Pentagon. It routinely interfaces with the Washington think tanks. It is part of what is called the “Washington Consensus” which defines the gamut of deadly  economic measures imposed on indebted developing countries.

https://www.alternet.org/2018/11/international-monetary-fund-flexes-its-muscles-latin-america/embed/#?secret=OKwwFZy5dV

“Funding Dissent”

Numerous organizations and protest movements (against neoliberalism) including the World Social Forum (WSF) are funded by Wall Street. How is the process of “manufactured dissent” achieved?

Essentially by “funding dissent”, namely by channeling financial resources from those who are the object of the protest movement to those who are involved in organizing the protest movement.

Co-optation is not limited to buying the favors of politicians. The economic elites –which control major foundations– also oversee the funding of numerous NGOs and civil society organizations, which historically have been involved in the protest movement against the established economic and social order. The programs of many NGOs and people’s movements rely heavily on funding from both public as well as private foundations including the Ford, Rockefeller, McCarthy foundations, among others.

The anti-globalization movement is opposed to Wall Street and the Texas oil giants controlled by Rockefeller, et al. Yet the foundations and charities of Rockefeller et al will generously fund progressive anti-capitalist networks as well as environmentalists (opposed to Big Oil) with a view to ultimately overseeing and shaping their various activities. (Michel Chossudovsky, Manufacturing Dissent, Global Research, 2015

Global capitalism finances anti-capitalism: an absurd and contradictory relationship.

There can be no meaningful mass movement when dissent is generously funded by those same corporate interests which are the target of the protest movement. In the words of McGeorge Bundy, president of the Ford Foundation (1966-1979),Everything the [Ford] Foundation did could be regarded as ‘making the World safe for capitalism’”. (Ibid)

France’s Green Vests

Will elite institutions attempt through various means to infiltrate the Green Vests? France’s intelligence and police apparatus has no doubt already contemplated this option.

Sofar the movement is fully aware of the dangers of cooptation. There is no evidence that the Gilets Jaunes have been coopted or financed by outside funding. While Soros has supported the so-called “color revolutions”, the Yellow Vests have expressed there position in relation to the fake “revolutions” funded by the financial establishment.

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In the case of France, the Gilets Jaunes movement has a grassroots structure.

The Gilets Jaunes call for the withdrawal of France from NATO. It addresses the impacts of neoliberalism while taking a firm anti-war stance. The movement is not manipulated by NGOs or political parties. In the words of Diana Johnstone:

“President Emmanuel Macron’s New Year’s Eve address to the nation made it perfectly clear that after one unconvincing stab at throwing a few crumbs to the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protest movement, he has determined to get tough.”

Macron is a former senior staff member of  Rothschild & Cie Banque:

Macron is the very embodiment of this system.  He was chosen by that famous elite to carry through the measures dictated by “the Markets”, enforced by the European Union. He cannot give in.  But now that people are awake to what is going on, they won’t stop either.  For all the lamented decline in the school system, the French people today are as well-educated and reasonable as any population can be expected to be.  If they are incapable of democracy, then democracy is impossible.(Ibid)

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Fall of Empires: London, Washington & Paris on brink of collapse

George Galloway
George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator.
Fall of Empires: London, Washington & Paris on brink of collapse (by George Galloway)
Despite the thrashing around of the NATO disinformation apparat, the imperial heartland has entered 2019 in a state of complete chaos.

Washington, London, and Paris – the three capitals of the Empire – are today effectively ungoverned, shutdown, tottering on the brink of collapse or under siege by their own people.

Their self-chosen Nemeses – Moscow and Beijing – meanwhile toast the New Year in a state of considerable optimism and self-confidence. These are the facts, this is the news.

We should start at the top of the Empire. The United States government has closed down amid stasis and a barrage of inter-governmental howitzers.

The defense secretary, ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, has resigned as have other uniformed subalterns angry at the president’s re-found determination to withdraw from costly and losing foreign wars. The actual “mad dog” – John Bolton – openly defies President Trump over Syria, Mueller closes in, and the new Democratic majority in the House gears up to “impeach the mother***er.”

Nobody knows if President Trump will be around for much longer, and the merest glance at the views of his putative successor – Vice President Mike Pence – recalls the famous picture of President Nixon with his vice president, Spiro Agnew, standing behind him. The satirical speech bubble had Nixon pointing over his shoulder and saying “nobody is going to shoot me with this guy next in line.”

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May is a dead woman walking; Britain’s exit from the European Union is still a matter of total uncertainty, yet a mere 80 days away. Violence outside the Parliament has begun to erupt, no faction can command a majority, an election cannot be held because its most likely result would be the election of veteran anti-imperialist Jeremy Corbyn whom the ‘deep state’ would sooner see under arrest (alongside this writer, according to the coup-apparatus Integrity Initiative).

A no-deal Brexit will see the south of England grind to a halt given the lack of preparation for it, as trucks headed to and from the continent turn Kent, the ‘Garden of England’, into a car-park.

A Brexit in name only – otherwise known as Theresa May’s deal – cannot pass in the House of Commons next week given Labour’s opposition together with at least 50 of the government’s own MPs and the 10 members of the coalition partners, the DUP.

A third option, a new referendum, runs the risk of the same scenario being played out (but almost entirely unreported here) on the streets of Paris and other French cities. Defying the result of the first referendum, cheating 17.4 million people of that which they voted for, risks social peace in England. Millions of Brexit voters are among those in Britain with nothing left to lose.

In France, the Elysee has become Macron’s Bastille and it is not at all inconceivable that it will be stormed.

Last weekend his own spokesman had to be smuggled out of a back-door after a truck hijacked by protestors smashed through the door of his government building. The very conditions Macron strove so very hard to bring about in Damascus and that France DID help bring about in Kiev are now rocking the very foundations of the French Republic.

No amount of turning the ‘Nelson’s Eye’ (when famously England’s Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar was told that the French Navy were advancing on him, he put his telescope to the black patch covering his missing eye and said “I see no ships” – will alter the fact that for eight weeks and counting, hundreds of thousands of French people of all political stripes have been – increasingly violently – on the streets of cities throughout the country demanding that their president resign. And that Macron showering Euros down the Champs Elysees in concessions – in absolute defiance of the EU’s fiscal rules – has merely encouraged ‘les autres’ to keep on demonstrating.

This week, the EU (and NATO) government of Italy joined the side of the ‘Gilets-Jaunes’, with Italy’s Salvini personally denouncing the French president as being “against his own people.”

This Saturday, a mammoth demonstration will take place in London,leveling the same raft of anti-austerity demands on the British government as the Yellow Vests are making of Macron. The center cannot hold.

The old order is dying; the new one cannot be born. If we are not careful we will soon be alive in the time of monsters.

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من يُدخِل لبنان في نفق «القمة» وهل يتحرّك حلفاء سورية؟

يناير 8, 2019

محمد حميّة

حسم رئيس الجمهورية ميشال عون النزاع الداخلي حيال انعقاد القمة العربية الاقتصادية في بيروت بتأكيد انعقادها في موعدها، مُسقطاً بذلك خيار التأجيل حتى الآن، بانتظار نتائج المشاورات القائمة بين القوى الداخلية ومع المعنيين في الجامعة العربية بشأن بت مسألة توجيه دعوة الى سورية لحضور القمة.

والى حين اجتماع مندوبي الدول الأعضاء في الجامعة الأسبوع المقبل لاتخاذ القرار، فإن السؤال هو ماذا يُخفي إصرار بعض القيادات اللبنانية على عقد القمة في بيروت في ظل حالة التشظي العربي القائمة وما جدواها الاقتصادية من دون سورية والعنوانين الرئيسين لها: أزمة النازحين ودور لبنان في إعادة اعمار سورية؟

وكيف يتخذ لبنان قراراً مصيرياً كهذا من دون العودة الى مجلس الوزراء، علماً أن قرارات أقل أهمية بكثير كانت تسقُطُ بفيتوات سياسية من أي مكون داخل الحكومة، فلماذا تجاوز المجلس في هذا القرار الذي وإن تلقفته سورية سلباً فقد يُخلِف نتائج كارثية على لبنان اقتصادياً وسياسياً واجتماعياً وحتى وجودياً لجهة معضلة النزوح السوري، والى متى سيبقى «الشقيق اللبناني» لسورية ساحة لاستفرادها سياسياً وخرقها عربياً وقاعدة لضربها عسكرياً؟

ووفقاً لمصادر مطلعة فإن القمة محل انقسام سياسي لبناني، وبالتالي إن التفرد باتخاذ القرار مراعاة ومجاراة لأحد أطراف السلطة ودول الخليج يخرق مبدأ الإجماع الوطني وسياسة النأي بالنفس، إضافة الى الضرب بعرض الحائط اتفاق الطائف الذي ينص بشكل واضح على العلاقة المميزة مع سورية، ما يدفع للتساؤل عن موقف حزب الله الحليف الاستراتيجي الأول لسورية والحلفاء الآخرين – فهل يستدركون الموقف قبل فوات الأوان أم يغضون النظر ويكتفون ببيانات الرفض مراعاة للرئيس عون؟ علماً أن رئيس المجلس النيابي نبيه بري كان أول المحذرين من انعقاد القمة في لبنان من دون سورية وقد خرجت إشارات حاسمة من نواب حركة أمل ومسؤولي الأحزاب الوطنية والقومية في هذا الاتجاه بلغت حد التأكيد بأن لا قمة بلا سورية.

مصادر مطلعة تحدثت لـ«البناء» عن ضغوط فرنسية وأميركية وسعودية على لبنان وتحديداً على رئيس الحكومة المكلف برفض أي انفتاح على سورية في الوقت الراهن. وقد أبلغ الأخير رئيس الجمهورية بذلك طالباً دفع الإحراج عنه وتمرير القمة بأقل الخسائر مع تأجيل تأليف الحكومة الى ما بعدها».

فالدول المؤثرة في الساحة اللبنانية ورغم محاولتها سبر أغوار دمشق بخيار «العودة القسرية» الى الشام فإنها لا تريد بيع ورقة مجانية لسورية قبيل انتهاء التفاوض على جملة من الملفات التي تتعلق بالمنطقة لا سيما القضية الفلسطينية وأمن «إسرائيل» ومصير الجولان المحتل وأمن النفط، إضافة الى موقع ودور الولايات المتحدة ودول الخليج في خريطة سورية الجديدة بعد التقدم السوري الكبير في الجبهات كافة، ما يعني استخدام لبنان ورقة تفاوضية بيد السعودية ومن خلفها واشنطن للمساومة مع دمشق، أما لبنان فهو مَن سيدفع الثمن في نهاية المطاف فيما تحاول الدول الأخرى قطف الثمار عندما يبدأ موسم القطاف.

فمن يدخل لبنان في نفق «القمة» المُظلم؟ ومن يريد استغلال هذا الاستحقاق لتحويله صداماً داخلياً يجعل ولادة الحكومة أمراً مستحيلاً؟

أما السؤال الذي يثير المخاوف ماذا لو اتبعت سورية سياسة المعاملة بالمثل المعتمد في العلاقات الدبلوماسية بين الدول ووضعت لبنان في المرتبة الدنيا بين الدول على مستوى العلاقات الاقتصادية عندما تدق الساعة الصفر لإعادة الإعمار؟ وماذا لو وصل الأمر حد إقفال الحدود السورية على لبنان الذي يرزح تحت ثقل الأزمات المتنوّعة، هل يتحمل المسؤولون عن القرار المسؤولية وماذا عساهم فاعلين أمام الوضع الكارثي؟

إن استضافة قمة عربية على أرض لبنانية قد ترى فيه قوى المقاومة انكساراً للمحور الإيراني – السوري في ظل الانتصارات التي يحققها على مستوى المنطقة، ما يجعل قوى المحور الآخر تتقدم في الساحة اللبنانية كجائزة تعويض عن تراجعها في ساحات أخرى ومنصة لمفاوضة سورية من موقع قوة، فإذا كان فريق المقاومة لا يستطيع صرف الفائض السياسي لهذه الانتصارات فأين يصرفها؟ وهل يسمح للآخرين بصرف هزائمهم بكسب أثمان سياسية عبر لبنان؟

ما الحل إذاً؟

الوقت لم ينفُد لاستدراك الموقف وتحديد مصلحة لبنان العليا والاستراتيجية، هل هي في مراعاة دول الحرب على سورية التي تهمُ لفتح صفحات جديدة مع دمشق خلال شهرين؟ أم مصلحته مع دولة تستعيد العالم أجمع الى حضنها فيما حضنها الجغرافي والديمغرافي والتاريخي والقومي يخرجُ منها بقمة لا تُسمن ولا تغني من جوع وفي زمن الزحف العربي الى الشام؟ هذا الى جانب ضرورة توجه حكومة لبنان بطلب لانعقاد مجلس وزراء الخارجية العرب لبحث هذه القضية وتسجيل موقف لبناني تاريخي يُحتسب لدى القيادة السورية في القريب العاجل.

ووفق معلومات «البناء» من أوساط مطلعة، فإن الجهود لإيجاد مخرج لم تنتهِ وتنصبّ على احتمالين: تأجيل القمة لحين البت بمصير عودة سورية الى الجامعة وقد قطع شوطاً متقدماً أو توجيه دعوة الى سورية للحضور، وأن هناك ضغوطاً من حزب الله ومساعي مع رئاسة الجمهورية للتوصل الى واحد من الاحتمالين إلا أن هناك متسعاً من الوقت لحسم الأمر.

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The Return of Louis XVI: Emmanuel Macron, Roi de L’Ancien Regime

The Return of Louis XVI: Emmanuel Macron, Roi de L’Ancien Regime

MARTIN SIEFF | 29.12.2018 | WORLD / EUROPE

The Return of Louis XVI: Emmanuel Macron, Roi de L’Ancien Regime

It is easy to imagine ridiculous young President Emmanuel Macron of France as his fellow-free trading liberal King Louis XVI. Macron’s extraordinary pretensions to “dignity” and being a “king” far from elevating him have stripped him of all the bogus credibility that the corrupt, servile and stupid mainstream media of Europe and the United States tried to give him.

Far from raising the embattled Fifth Republic to new heights of achievement and success, it is already clear that Le Jeune Macron is destroying it. The contrast with the founder of the Republic, the great and truly regal Charles de Gaulle could not be greater.

The 1.96 meters tall De Gaulle towered over his nation in many ways. Twice he was his country’s literal savior: First as the leader of the Free French Resistance against the Nazis and as President of France from 1944 to 1946. And then returning to power in 1958, De Gaulle saved his nation from disintegration and civil war.

He ended the long ferocious conflict in Algeria, survived at least six assassination plots on his life and rebuilt his nation into the most powerful and prosperous state in Western Europe. He also defied the United States repeatedly, courageously criticized US conduct of the Vietnam War and built a lasting relationship of friendship and understanding with the Soviet Union.

Macron is physically not a small man, standing at 1.78 meters: He only acts and looks that way. Only a year into office, it is now irreversibly clear that young Macron is fated to make a mockery of every great achievement of De Gaulle, Le Vieux, including the Fifth Republic itself.

Ridiculous young Macron has inflicted ruinous new hardships on the long-suffering French people in the name of his global financial masters. He has loyally proved to be Washington’s poodle in petty-minded and destructive attempts to impose yet more economic sanctions on Russia.

Far from withdrawing France from needless ruinous wars in the Arab and Muslim worlds as Le Grand Charles did in Algeria, Macron continues to eagerly support and promote the disastrous Western interventions in Syria and Libya.

The true parallel to Macron is not De Gaulle, who restored the wealth, stability, dignity and pride of his nation but of the hapless, witless, very internationalist and liberal King Louis XVI, last monarch of L’Ancien Regime.

Like Macron Louis was an eager, arrogant and idiotic young technocrat. Like Macron, he was an internationalist revolutionary and a free trader. He supported the American colonies in their successful revolution against the British Empire.

It never occurred to Louis, just as it never occurred to Macron, or his predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande that supporting revolutionary wars thousands of miles away could ever come back to haunt them at home. But that is exactly what happened. The collapse of ordered societies in Syria and Libya unleashed of millions of immigrants into France and other European nations with dire social consequences.

Louis suffered “blowback” too. American revolutionary Benjamin Franklin set up underground societies in France that within a decade toppled the most powerful kingdom in Europe.

Far from being the reactionary he has been caricatured as for more than 200 years, King Louis was one of the leading fashionable liberals and technocrats of his time. He especially revered English free-market economist Adam Smith, whose book “The Wealth of Nations” was published in 1776 (the same year as the American Revolution). So only a decade later, Louis fatefully signed his own 1786 Eden Free Trade Treaty with neighboring Britain.

As I noted in my own 2012 economic history “That Should Still Be Us”, the treaty proved to be a catastrophe: Cheap industrialized goods from the more advanced British economy flooded into France while the British cannily retained barriers of their own against French agricultural and other exports.

The French economy collapsed. Millions of people were thrown out of work. They and their families starved. Within three years the Great Revolution had exploded and the monarchy was toppled.

Louis, like Macron today, was convinced his advanced economic theories were more important than petty human suffering. It took the French Revolution and the loss, first of his crown and then of his own head to teach him otherwise.

Like Louis, Macron has shown no understanding or sympathy for the sufferings of ordinary people crushed beneath his absurd, unnecessary policies. Like Louis, his mask of liberalism and civilized compassion vanished as soon as his own people dared to disagree with him. Like Louis his only answer now is repression. Like Louis, he does not have a clue.

The Yellow Vest protestors are not going away. The French people are heartedly sick and tired of the 50- percent real unemployment, wide open immigration borders, slashed welfare programs and breakdown of law and order that Macron and the European Union elite has foisted on them., The Latest French Revolution is not over: it is only beginning.

Macron has ignored the ominous lessons of history. Now he is doomed to repeat them.

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The “gilets jaunes” movement as seen by the French-language Saker Blog

December 28, 2018

by Le Saker Francophone for The Saker Blog

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The genesis of the yellow vests

Back to French presidential election in 2002, second round, Chirac won against Le Pen (father) 82% vs 18%, same scenario in 2017, second round, Macron won against Le Pen (daughter) 55% versus 34%

Just after the presidential election comes the choice for the legislative assembly. In 2002, after Chirac’s victory, his political party, UMP, won 356 seats (62%), while Le Pen’s (father) party (Front National) got nothing, not a single representative. In 2017, after Macron’s success, his totally new party, out of thin air, LREM, who did not even exist in previous elections, won 308 seats (53%) and Le Pen’s (daughter) party won 8 seats (1,3%).

So in the first round of 2002, with 20% of voters in the presidential election, Chirac’s party obtained 62% of the parliament, while Le Pen, with 17% of the voters was not represented.

The same outcome occurred in 2017. Macron with 24% of voters in the first round obtained 53% of the parliament, while Le Pen, with 21% had only 1.3% representatives for his party in parliament.

Basically, in France, one citizen in three has no political existence.

These people are now in the street with a massive support of the rest of the population.

Why this brand “yellow vest” ?

This vest is worn by working class people acting in a dangerous environment. The yellow color makes the person more visible, you can interpret this fact in a symbolic way, meaning politically visible.

Formerly, that sort of vest was used by servants in the upper class.

On december 3, the french media Le Figaro published an article entitled

“The great comeback of servants in french society”

The Yellow vest movement is a reaction against such an historical regression

Who are these people

Just have a look to that video report

The chronology of the “acts” and the political evolution of the movement

Two hundred years ago the yellow vests’ ancestors went as far as beheading their own king. Since then, France is well known for being a country of strikes and demonstrations, often unfruitful.

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But this one seems to be « the right one », the one that will bring effective changes. This movement seems to have reached a level of maturity lacking in previous events. Today, every age is affected, from students to retired people, every class, from unemployed to small businessmen. We can observe much more women participating too. The movement started, as usual, with financial claims but soon turned to political claims, demanding more political decision-making power to be given to the population through the use of extensive referendums. Another characteristic of this movement is that it is genuinely popular, not partisan, and refuses to have any political party officially join it, showing its full distrust in all the traditional political apparatus. It does not want leaders and just allows some “porte paroles” to speak in its name.

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Therefore, every Saturday to allow the employed to participate, the French wear their yellow vest – the one they are obliged to keep in their car and use in case of breakdowns – and gather in city streets, on highways tolls, on countryside “ronds-points” [crossroads]. They are not only gathering in Paris, as mainstream medias would like to make their readers believe, but in every major city or town, all around France and particularly in remote parts of the country where the government is closing schools, hospitals and public services because they are unable to make profit on it, as if they were built on tax payer’s money to make short term profit and not to educate and tend to the population in the long term.

The French are in the streets to show that they are fed up with the present system, whose dire results have been apparent since the 80’s. The short “Macron démission” slogan [Macron resign] has to be understood as a sign of a population fed up of politicians who make new promises every election that are not only broken, but instead the exact opposite is implemented, anti-social laws voted quietly at night, international accords signed without popular consultation, etc. One example among many others: during his election campaign Macron promised not to touch pensions but one of his first decisions has been to raise taxes for the retired. He must have thought that the elderly does not join protests, but actually…

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Although the French government, and the mainstream medias, have done all it takes to lessen the movement, we are now at « act 5 » of the movement, meaning the 5th Saturday of the Yellow vests’ protests and the momentum is still strong. The first Saturday the government did not expect such a wide protest, especially its spread throughout the country where the local media genuinely reported about it. The government mistakenly ignored the success of the protest thinking that it will, as the previous ones have, quickly fade. The 2nd act brought more people to the streets – numbers ran from 106.301 following the government’s so precise estimate to 500.000 – but then the police and the media were more prepared and made a show by blocking the protesters on the Champs Elysées, in front of the cameras, pushing them to the brink of violence, displaying on TV how the so called “pacific protesters” are in fact just a bunch of thugs acting for themselves and not for the sake of the nation. But, in their strategy, they forgot that smartphones can record the police mischiefs, making them viral on social media, as it showed that the violence came from the police and the government, and not from the protesters. After the 2nd act, 70% of the population continued to support the movement.

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For the 3rd and 4th acts, the government decided to change its strategy by trying to forbid the protesters to reach the gathering points. Over a thousand individuals arrested, multiple subway lines closed, protesters wanting to reach Paris forbidden to access the train or blocked on the roads, the protesters in the capital city split into small groups by the police and forbidden to reach their destination. The media took this opportunity to talk about a lack of dynamic in the movement, a decline in protestors due to the population starting to get tired about it. Then Macron gave a speech that could be compared to one of a drama student imitating compassion. He promises to raise the minimum wage by 100 euros. “This is for you, poor guys, poor single mothers, and now go back home”. Two days later, a “lone wolf terrorist” launched a mass shooting in the middle of a popular Christmas market killing 2 people and injuring several others. Immediately the media titled: “The yellow vests give great opportunities to terrorists”. Too bad for the movement’s popularity.

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For the 5th act, it seems like the things are steadying. The government is still doing its best to downsize the number of participants. Medias are doing their best to demonize it but still prefer to avoid speaking about the matter. Even the social media seem to have quiet down about the subject (algorithmic censorship?). There was less violence. The prime minister publicly recognized the governments mistakes and promised to hold a national discussion about the political aspects of the claims, especially the “Référendum d’Initiative Citoyenne” [Referendum hold on request of the citizens], the central political claim that could give power back to the citizens. Christmas and the New Year are nearing and we can expect a kind of pause, or at least a decline during that period, in order to spend the holidays among family. As soon as January starts, the government will have to show its seriousness about political talks. If it is not the case, you can expect a stronger yellow vests insurgency.

Conclusion

IMO, the movement has already resulted in several benefits:

  • The government has understood that it cannot take the population for a fool anymore, a bad habit that was really visible with Macron’s attitude and even more with the way he managed the first three weeks of the movement.
  • The French have regained confidence in their power as a population and will not hesitate to use it again
  • The RIC, the Référendum d’Initiative Citoyenne. That long promised but never voted system that could give back big shares of sovereignty to the population thanks to referendums that can dismiss unpopular government or ministers, cancel laws that are considered not good for the nation, or change details of the constitution.

The ball is now in the government’s court. Let’s see how it will react in January.

Le Saker Francophone

 

سورية الموحّدة بيضة قبّان الشرق الجديد

ديسمبر 22, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– لا ينتبه كثيرون أن للجغرافيا السياسية قوانين ومعادلات، كما للفيزياء، تنتج قواها، كرفض الفراغ وقوة الجاذبية وعلاقة الضرورة السببية بين الفعل وردّ الفعل، وبيضة القبان التي تحفظ التوازنات وتتيح قراءتها وكل تغيير طفيف في مكانها يعبر عن تحولات كبرى في أمكنة أخرى، فيقعون بالتسطيح عندما يحصرون قراءتهم ببُعد واحد صحيح، لكنه غير كاف، وهو تناسب درجات امتلاك مصادر القوة الظاهرة بين المتواجهين في ساحات النزال السياسي أو العسكري، فيبدو الأقوى نظرياً ينهزم أمام مَن يفترض أنه الأضعف، فتتشوش العقول وتتوه التحليلات في البحث عن مؤامرة أو قطبة مخفية أو صفقة تحت الطاولة لصعوبة تصديق الأمر السهل وهو أن ثمّة هزيمة وقعت وفرضت معادلاتها.

– في حال الانسحاب الأميركي من سورية الكثير من هذا، فكثيرون توقّعوا سرعة التقدّم التركي لملء الفراغ في العملية العسكرية المرتقبة واعتبروا أن التفاهم التركي الأميركي وراء القرار ليفاجئهم الرئيس التركي بإعلان تأجيل العملية العسكرية و»لشهور»، معلوم أنه سيجري خلالها الكثير مما يغير المشهد وربما، أو الأرجح ما سيتكفل بنسف العملية، وكثيرون اعتبروا الانسحاب إعلان فراغ يدفع اللاعبين للتذابح، ويطلق دينامية فوضى سياسية وأمنية، فبدا العكس أن البحث بالانخراط السياسي مع الدولة السورية يبدأ مع تبليغ فحوى القرار لحلفاء واشنطن قبل إعلانه، ويتواصل بعد الإعلان، من زيارة الرئيس السوداني إلى زيارات مرتقبة للرئيس العراقي وأمير قطر وحديث علني في تونس عن تحضير لدعوة الرئيس السوري إلى القمة العربية الدورية التي ستنعقد قبل المئة اليوم المقررة لإنجاز الانسحاب الأميركي.

– ليست القضية انتصار سورية على أميركا، فالذي تواجه خلال سنوات كان المشروع السوري والمشروع الأميركي. المشروع السوري القائم على ثلاثة أركان تحدّث عنها الرئيس السوري مراراً وفي فترات متفاوتة من الحرب على سورية. الركن الأول هو أن سورية الموحّدة بشرعيتها الدستورية وجيشها القوي ضرورة دولية إقليمية تفوق أهمية القياس التقليدي للمصالح بالقرب والبعد عن السياسات التي تعتمدها الدولة السورية. وكل تصرف نابع من الاستخفاف بهذه الحقيقة ويؤدي للعبث بوحدة سورية وشرعيتها الدستورية وقوة جيشها ستكون نتائجه خسائر أكبر من تلك المترتبة على الخصومة السياسية مع الدولة السورية، بالنسبة لخصومها، وأكبر من الأرباح المتوقعة من أي من حلفائها مقارنة بعائدات وهم الإمساك بأجزاء من سورية على حساب هذه المعادلة لسورية الموحّدة بشرعيتها الدستورية وجيشها القوي.

– الركن الثاني للمشروع السوري هو النداء الأصلي للرئيس السوري بقيام نظام إقليمي أسماه بمنظومة دول البحار الخمسة، أي إجماع الدول الفاعلة الواقعة ما بين بحار قزوين والخليج والأحمر والمتوسط والأسود على التنسيق الاقتصادي والأمني لضمان الحقوق والمصالح المشروعة للجميع بمن فيهم أميركا، كتدفق الطاقة ومحاربة الإرهاب، لملء الفراغ الاستراتيجي الناجم عن تراجع القوة الأميركية بعد حربي العراق وأفغانستان، وأنّ كل سعي لبديل عن هذا النظام سيُطلق الفوضى والإرهاب ويزعزع الاستقرار، لكنّه لن يحقق مصالح أحد، والثلاثي الإقليمي الذي خاطبه الرئيس السوري كان روسيا وتركيا وإيران من جهة والثلاثي العربي من جهة مقابلة كان السعودية ومصر والعراق، وكل الحروب وفظاعاتها بهدف إنكار هذه الحقيقة وتفاديها لن تفعل سوى أنها تعيد التذكير بهذا النظام الإقليمي كضرورة وحاجة. وماذا عساها تركيا تفعل بعد تورطها في الحرب على سورية سوى تكريس هذه الحقيقة عبر انخراطها في مسار أستانة؟ ومثلها سيفعل الآخرون.

– الركن الثالث للمشروع السوري هو أن الإرهاب غير قابل للاحتواء والتوظيف، ومحاربته قضية وطنية وإنسانية وأخلاقية، لكنها أيضاً مصلحة جامعة، وكل استثمار في الإرهاب بنية إلحاق الأذى بالخصوم سرعان ما يتحوّل انتحاراً جماعياً، يُصيب المتلاعبين بمفهوم الإرهاب والحرب عليه ومعه، ومهما قيل في قرار الانسحاب الأميركي من سورية أو في القلق الأوروبي من تدفق العائدين من الإرهابيين إلى ساحات أمنها، فهي بنهاية المطاف تعبير عن الاكتشاف المتأخر لصحة هذه المعادلة، التي يصفها أحد الأمنيين الفرنسيين الكبار بقوله، لقد توهّمنا أن وجود خمسة آلاف متطرّف في فرنسا يعني حسابياً أن التكفل بإيصالهم إلى سورية سيعني التخلّص منهم، وإدارة بعضهم، لكننا اكتشفنا أن إطلاق التعبئة لإرسالهم وحدها تكفّلت بجعل الرقم خمسين ألفاً ينتشرون في مسام المجتمع الفرنسي، وأنه كلما استعرت نيران الحرب في سورية زاد العدد في فرنسا، لقد لعبنا مع الشيطان وأطلقنا الأفاعي التي تصعب إعادتها إلى صندوق باندورا.

– مقابل المشروع السوري قام المشروع الأميركي على قرار تكسير الدولة السورية وشرعيتها وتحطيم جيشها، لأنها في خندق سياسي مخالف، وفي هذا السبيل فتح الباب للفوضى والتقسيم والحروب الأهلية، واستثمر في تنمية التطرف والإرهاب واستجلب مئات الآلاف من الإرهابيين، وفتح حدود سورية للألعاب الإقليمية، وتوهم معادلات مفبركة لنظام إقليمي بركن واحد اسمه العثمانية الجديدة محوره حكم الأخوان المسلمين ومركزه أنقرة، ثم نظام إقليمي محوره ثنائية إسرائيلية سعودية عنوانه صفقة القرن والعداء لإيران، وكلها مشاريع لا تحاكي حقائق الجغرافيا السياسية للمنطقة. وكانت النتيجة هي التساقط المتلاحق للرهانات الأميركية في كل مناحي هذا المشروع والهرولة نحو دمشق اليوم كما الانسحاب الأميركي، كما الحديث عن رفع الفيتوات على إعادة الإعمار وشروط العملية السياسية بقيادة الدولة السورية، تعبيرات عن انتصار المشروع السوري، حيث سورية الموحدة بشرعيتها الدستورية وجيشها القوي وحربها على الإرهاب بيضة قبان الشرق الجديد، تكفّ الشرور عن خصومها في العالم، وتحقق الأرباح لحلفائها في المنطقة والعالم.

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France: Thousands of ’Yellow Vests’ Hit French Streets in 5th Week of Protests

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Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of nationwide demonstrations against French President Emmanuel Macron’s government, despite calls to hold off after a gun attack in Strasbourg earlier this week.

In Paris, police were out in force to contain possible outbursts of violence.

Numbers were down compared to Saturday last week, a police source said.

Teargas was fired at small groups of protesters in brief clashes with riot police near the Champs-Elysees.

The ‘yellow vest’ movement started in mid-November with protests at junctions and roundabouts against fuel tax increases, but quickly became a wider mobilization against Macron’s economic policies.

Successive weekends of protests in Paris have led to vandalism and violent clashes with security forces.

The Interior Minister said around 69,000 police were active on Saturday with a reinforced presence in the cities of Toulouse, Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne.

A police source told Reuters some 16,000 protesters had been counted in France, excluding Paris, by 1100 GMT, compared to 22,000 at the same time on Dec. 8.

In Paris, where groups of hundreds of protesters marched in splintered groups in several neighborhoods, 85 had been arrested by around midday, according to a Paris police official.

On Friday, Macron called for a return to calm in France after nearly a month of protests by the so-called ‘yellow vest’ movement against his government’s policies. The demonstrations have hit growth and caused widespread disruption.

“France needs calm, order and a return to normal,” Macron said, after a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels.

In a televised address to the nation earlier on Monday, Macron announced wage rises for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners in further concessions meant to end the movement but many said they would maintain pressure.

The French government, as well as several unions and opposition politicians called on protesters to stay off the streets on Saturday, after four people were killed in a gun attack at a Christmas market in the historic city of Strasbourg.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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