The alter ego wars

The alter ego wars

September 10, 2018

by Denis A. Conroy for The Saker Blog

The British Press is big on righteous indignation. Its wallows in selective grief whenever Russia is accused of dirty dancing. It uses single issues reportage selectively, to obfuscate its modus operandi. The subject of the unpleasant Salisbury Skripal poisoning attack on two people was written up as though it was the evil to end all evils…far outweighing the attention poor suffering Yemen might deserve, for instance.

It comes as no surprise that the Anglo Zionist media, ablaze with recriminations of the most self-righteous sort, spit out venom with unabashed hypocrisy whenever the Russian Bear is accused of a crime. The entire Skripal episode rests only on assertions. Britain, as a node in the Washington Consensus playbook, likes to issue statements that seem to come directly from the mouth of a prim elocution-teacher articulating words to justify the prioritization of perspectives that afford the Anglo-Zionist sphere a green card. But strangely, their selective grief becomes ever more retrograde.

And it might be that they are unaware that they have been downgraded to the rank of cheerleaders, whose function it is to run into the arena waving plumes. In the ‘great game’ presently underway on the global pitch, where the dollar and the yuan are the symbols that adorn the goal post of either contestant, at either end of the playing field there are basically two combatants.

The neo-conservative class, cosseted in Anglo-Zionist priorities were quick to publish the following statement in the Independent Newspaper; US, France, Canada and Germany… pledge to join Theresa May’s Campaign Against Russian GRU Spy Agency…alleging that the whole operation was approved by Vladmir Putin’s government.

But something didn’t gel, this was a rerun to something we had seen before. It all came across as a reboot of the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ …the same alliance who marched onto the world stage as liberators wishing to save Iraq from itself, but ended up destroying it, were back. Somebody had dusted off the old George Bush, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice and Henry Kissinger lies. The Brits, readying for another sortie, rushed out onto the ‘all the world is a stage’ hoping to kick another goal for Empire.

Stranger than strange is the fact that the liberal classes in the West fail to perceive contiguities that connect them to the horrendous slaughter of thousands of Yemen’s children, or to their acceptance of Israel’s inhuman occupation of Palestine, which alternates between subjecting the occupied people to siege warfare, or to a regatta like event, where the power of the smug occupying force is celebrated in ways the beggar belief. Shooting fish in a barrel comes to mind. Does this happen because “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely”?

If the ‘good folk’ of Western enlightenment are undisturbed by the events that recently occurred in Gaza, then they are obviously at one with the majority of Israelis who relish turkey-shoots that slaughter hundreds of caged and unarmed civilians for the sport of it, simply because Israelis are in possession of an ideology that induces identity euphoria in them. Is it because they believe that God or Doctor Strangelove made them the chosen people?

Even more strange is the fact that humans continue to justify lies and subterfuge if their interests are challenged. The US, for example…the Godfather supporting Israel’s gauche actions…remains utterly committed to blocking change everywhere, so that it can keep the world dependent on the American dollar…and the American consumer as well…even at the cost of high trade deficits at home while engaging in trade wars if need be. Collusion between America and Israel is overseen by AIPAC…the new Founding Fathers of The Republic…who live in Washington and Tel Aviv, and whose purpose is to keep the banking system safe from miscegenation. Hence the drip feed prioritisation of single-issue texts and sub-texts that explain Western media and its disappearing values.

The methods used by the unipolar Anglo-Zionist Empire are brutally simple; use military muscle and propaganda to tabulate the rules of the agenda. The most expedient way to do so is to control the flow of information. The space between imputation and tabulation is where colonization is born.

America has become a culture that needs to spend an unbelievable amount of money on security to retain power, both domestically and abroad, so that it can continue to impede systems that might interfere in its quest for global economic hegemony. Its foremost need is to create a system of privately-run forces like Wall Street, The Pentagon, the Intelligence Agencies, the Media, Academia and every other institution that walls-in the ‘the people’s’ voice, so that Corporatism can remain the arbiter in matters of unity.

It is currently referred to as the Deep State. It could also be referred to as the place where fifth-columnists go to pull the leavers that release the crap that spews out from the entails of the chewing-gum single-issue personification of entitlement culture that has overtaken America. It freely proffers single-issues of many stripes to keep existential angst on the boil, while sequestering the sole right to interpret the meaning of unity.

Ever since Corporate American Democracy Inc. emerged as the marketable brand par excellence…by its own reckoning…it has unrelentingly sought to subsume every other form of rule to a nether zone of irrelevance. As its ideological logic continues to spread across the globe, it does so by creating organelles of the Doctor Strangelove kind to kill off competitors vying for a percentage of the global marketplace. The better known ones are, Economic Sanctions, False Flag Operations, Extrajudicial Killings, Government Destabilisation, Siege Warfare, crucifixion of non-white people and many other forms of flesh-shredding instrumentalities that have found their way into the Western toolbox.

But with the passing of time, we have come to understand how adept Corporate American Democracy Inc. has become in creating false-flag single issues of the anodyne kind in its quest to undermine the sovereignty of its neighbours. Examples that springs to mind are Russia Nationalism, State Capitalism and Confucianism in Communist China, plus the Religious component in the Iranian system of governance. In general, Anglo-American-Zionism has little tolerance for cultures in possession of unifying doctrines capable of underpinning the genesis of their unipolar cultures…which is why Corporate Capitalism frequently bombs the shit out of them.

Which brings us back to fifth columnists like George Soros, the archetypal Zionist anti-assimilationist, and what Alex Christoforou had to say about him;

“Leaked Memo Show how George Soros planned to overthrow Vladimir Putin and destabilise Russia”.

“The recent DC Leaks of over 2,500 documents from George Soros NGOs, has shed a bright light on how the billionaire used his vast wealth to create global chaos in a never-ending push to deliver his neo-liberal euphoria to the peasant classes.

While Soros has managed to thoroughly destabilise The European Union by promoting mass immigration and open borders, divided the United States by funding Black Lives Matter and corrupting the very corruptible US political class, and destroyed Ukraine by pushing for an illegal coup of a democratically elected government using neo-Nazi strong men…one country that Soros has not been able to crack has been The Russian Federation”.

One man’s meat is another man’ poison it would seem. Observing the parvenus of fake literacy pushing the Washington-Zionist Consensus across the globe is to witness an Empire in decline. It has acquired all the hallmarks of a society at war with itself. The view from the looking-glass suggests that the vitriolic blowback from within the greed-worn US of A may require the removal of the appellation ‘U’ from the ‘S of A’. At which point, a cross-gender ‘witchcraft craze’ may devour America’s fairest and foulest with a repeat of the Salem Witch Trials (Europe 1300 to 1600), leading to thousands of supposed witches…mostly women…being executed. If blowback is in the offing, expect the casualties to be in the millions this time?

It appears that American media in conjunction with government sanctioned controls relating to ‘kosher’ versus fake news, have successfully manufactured a caulking product that cocoons the native imagination…or lack of…in a narrative that is restrained by the octopus embrace of the billionaire class. The front line being the power to project single issues as the modus operandi of democracy, a multifarious system that leaves the question of helmsman-ship open to ever more privatization.

The joie de vivre that may have existed in the US of A of yore, is no more. It has been replaced by acrimonious duopoly-narcosis infighting concerning which side of the duopoly can run the surveillance state that Corporate America has become. As execrable inequality continues to eat into the American dream, more and more Americans have come to realize that the system is stacked against them. They suspect that there is some awful presence in their midst, but don’t quite know what it is. They suspect that some unnameable force has corrupted the social aspect of the State but remain mystified as to how a socialised state might ward off the predations of Corporate Capitalism.

The idea that the State could be the vector that unified all single-issues is incompatible in a culture that venerated private property and celebratory status as an end to itself. When China’s successes in harnessing capitalism’s potential in ways that worked for the unity of the entire system began to show positive results, alarm bells began ringing in the US of A. It was at this point that the capitalist media swung into action, employing the best bullshit its epistemological dirty dancers could muster to accuse China of bad faith, evil intent, colonial skulduggery, and just about every single issue it could come up with to detract from the obviously very successful New Silk Roads enterprise.

The reason that the New Silk Roads ventures were embraced by so many African nations were that the terms of trade and borrowing were generally more attractive that anything Western banks could match. Besides, Chinese diplomacy and comity were palliatives accompanying the magic of the silky yuan making its way into a greatly underdeveloped dark continent. Silk, gold and the yuan had arrived in time to add a little hope for Africans endeavouring to develop their resourceful habitats.

According to China’s Chamber of International commerce, over 3,000 Chinese companies have invested Africa-wide in telecommunications, transportation, power generation, industrial parks, water supply, rental business for construction machinery, retail, schools, hotels and hospitals.

At the Forum on China-African Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, President Xi Jinping announced a significant US $60 billion package to compliment another US $60 billion pledged at the 2015 summit.

That breaks down to $15 billion in grants and interest-free loans; $20 billion in credit lines; a $10 billion fund for development financing; $5 billion to finance imports from Africa; and waiving the debt of the poorest African nations diplomatically linked to China.

We in the Anglo-Zionist marketplace have lost sight of what comity might mean in the context of trade. As colonists and war-mongers we have come to accept violence and deception as the norm. We have also come to accept one set of rules for those on the outside of society, and another set of rules for those on the inside…or for those yet deeper within…the Deep State mandarins who manipulate us.

On any given day, there is $41.1 trillion in a self-invested network of interlocking capital that spans the globe and is managed by the mandarins of global capitalism operating outside our purview, to provide the ideological justifications for their shared interests (promulgated through their corporate media), that entails formulating agendas that have little, if any, concerns about human values or matters pertaining to the health of the planet. They are there as policy elites who seek the continued growth of capital in the world and to serve a unifying function…but for whom?

The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, G20, G7, World Trade Organization (WTO), World Economic Forum (WEF), Trilateral commission, Bilderberg Group, Bank of International Settlements, Group of 30 (G30), the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Monetary Conference serve as institutional mechanisms for consensus building within the transnational class, who in turn, exist as states within states, where they enjoy the collective status of fifth columnists, quietly and covertly accumulating assets per means of neo-conservative privatisation.

For evidence of this, we need only look back and observe how deep-state interests skewed interpretations of historic fact to justify their own existential playbook. The phrase “axis of evil” was first used by US President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address on January 29, 2002 and often repeated through his presidency, to describe foreign governments that, during his administration, sponsored terrorism and sought weapons of mass destruction. The phrase attributed to former speechwriter David Frum, originally as the axis of hatred and then evil. Frum explained the rational for creating the phrase “axis of evil” in his book, “The Right Man. The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush”.

With hindsight, we see how the consolidation of America’s Deep State came into being. The war on the Muslim World was let rip because it had the blessing of AIPAC, The New York Times and a host of fellow travellers who successfully maneuvered their mandarins into positions of power, deep inside the heart of the Republic. In effect, Zionism created a new ‘Vatican’ in the US of A, becoming an eminence grise by slithering its way into the heart of the Republic. In so doing, it adopted the mantle and status of alter ego for the punch-drunk Republic and employed institutions like the New York Times to tabulate a language of deception.

Dipping even deeper into the archives of ‘hindsight’, we are now able to tabulate…thus interpret…the many actions of ‘The Coalition of The Willing’ as being nothing more that an unconscionable jamboree of disinformation designed to intimate the Muslim World, and ultimately, Russia, China, Iran, North Korea…countries that were seen as obstacles that stood in the way of the Anglo-American-Zionist “Project for the New American Century”…compliments of William Kristol and Robert Kagan.

PNAC’s stated goal was “to promote American Global Leadership”. This organization stated that “American leadership is good for both America and for the world” and sought to build support for “a Reaganite” policy of military strength and moral clarity. What we observe in hindsight is totally unacceptable…the re-immergence of a Crusader mentality?

What The Washington Consensus achieved under the leadership of its alter ego (Zionism) was something entirely different; the destruction of Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Palestine and other states occurred with absolute impunity. Worst of all, if current holocausts are brought out into the light of day as is the fashion of single-issues politics, they are quickly removed from centre stage scrutiny by the invisible hand that owns the franchise on victimology…and the price for saying that other holocausts are no less inferior to those under franchise, is to be branded an anti-…!!

“All the world’s a stage”, declared the Bard of Avon. But think again; the acrimonious garbage that spews from the mouths of Western governments and their media show us that something quite uniquely different is happening on the world stage that no bard could explain. The evidence is now before us, language and truth are in freefall, and we may just have to wait until some unknown force comes to our rescue, to purge the toxic swamp that obscures our vision of that “All the World’s a Stage” perspective, the one that contains the seeds that are needed to grow a unified unity.

Denis A. Conroy
Freelance Writer
Australia

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A Decalogue: The Ten Theses of American Empire-Building: A Dialogue

By Prof. James Petras

Global Research, August 11, 2018

 

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Introduction

Few, if any, believe what they hear and read from leaders and media publicists. Most people choose to ignore the cacophony of voices, vices and virtues.

This paper provides a set of theses which purports to lay-out the basis for a dialogue between and among those who choose to abstain from elections with the intent to engage them in political struggle.

Thesis 1

US empire builders of all colors and persuasion practice donkey tactics; waving the carrot and wielding the whip to move the target government on the chosen path.

In the same way, Washington offers dubious concessions and threatens reprisals, in order to move them into the imperial orbit.

Washington applied the tactic successfully in several recent encounters. In 2003 the US offered Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi a peaceful accommodation in exchange for disarmament, abandonment of nationalist allies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In 2011, the US with its European allies applied the whip – bombed Libya, financed and armed retrograde tribal and terrorist forces, destroyed the infrastructure, murdered Gaddafi and uprooted millions of Africans and Libyans. . . who fled to Europe. Washington recruited mercenaries for their subsequent war against Syria in order to destroy the nationalist Bashar Assad regime.

Washington succeeded in destroying an adversary but did not establish a puppet regime in the midst of perpetual conflict.

The empire’s carrot weakened its adversary, but the stick failed to recolonize Libya ..Moreover its European allies are obligated to pay the multi-billion Euro cost of absorbing millions of uprooteded immigrants and the ensuing domestic political turmoil.

Thesis 2

Empire builders’ proposal to reconfigure the economy in order to regain imperial supremacy provokes domestic and overseas enemies. President Trump launched a global trade war, replaced political accommodation with economic sanctions against Russia and a domestic protectionist agenda and sharply reduced corporate taxes. He provoked a two-front conflict. Overseas, he provoked opposition from European allies and China, while facing perpetual harassment from domestic free market globalists and Russo-phobic political elites and ideologues.

Two front conflicts are rarely successful. Most successful imperialist conquer adversaries in turn – first one and then the other.

Thesis 3

Leftists frequently reverse course: they are radicals out of office and reactionaries in government, eventually falling between both chairs. We witness the phenomenal collapse of the German Social Democratic Party, the Greek Socialist Party (PASOK), (and its new version Syriza) and the Workers Party in Brazil. Each attracted mass support, won elections, formed alliances with bankers and the business elite – and in the face of their first crises, are abandoned by the populace and the elite.

Shrewd but discredited elites frequently recognize the opportunism of the Left, and in time of distress, have no problem in temporarily putting up with Left rhetoric and reforms as long as their economic interests are not jeopardized. The elite know that the Left signal left and turn right.

Thesis 4

Elections, even ones won by progressives or leftists, frequently become springboards for imperial backed coups. Over the past decade newly elected presidents, who are not aligned with Washington, face congressional and/or judicial impeachment on spurious charges. The elections provide a veneer of legitimacy which a straight-out military-coup lacks.

In Brazil, Paraguay and Venezuela, ‘legislatures’ under US tutelage attempted to ouster popular President. They succeeded in the former and failed in the latter.

When electoral machinery fails, the judicial system intervenes to impose restraints on progressives, based on tortuous and convoluted interpretation of the law. Opposition leftists in Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador have been hounded by ruling party elites.

Thesis 5

Even crazy leaders speak truth to power. There is no question that President Trump suffers a serious mental disorder, with midnight outbursts and nuclear threats against, any and all, ranging from philanthropic world class sports figures (LeBron James) to NATO respecting EU allies.

Yet in his lunacy, President Trump has denounced and exposed the repeated deceits and ongoing fabrications of the mass media. Never before has a President so forcefully identified the lies of the leading print and TV outlets. The NY Times, Washington Post, the Financial Times, NBC, CNN, ABC and CBS have been thoroughly discredited in the eyes of the larger public. They have lost legitimacy and trust. Where progressives have failed, a war monger, billionaire has accomplished, speaking a truth to serve many injustices.

Thesis 6

When a bark turns into a bite, Trump proves the homely truth that fear invites aggression. Trump has implemented or threatened severe sanctions against the EU, China, Iran, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea and any country that fails to submit to his dictates. At first, it was bombast and bluster which secured concessions.

Concessions were interpreted as weakness and invited greater threats. Disunity of opponents encouraged imperial tacticians to divide and conquer. But by attacking all adversaries simultaneously he undermines that tactic. Threats everywhere limits choices to dangerous options at home and abroad.

Thesis 7

The master meddlers, of all times, into the politics of sovereign states are the Anglo-American empire builders. But what is most revealing is the current ploy of accusing the victims of the crimes that are committed against them.

After the overthrow of the Soviet regime, the US and its European acolytes ‘meddled’ on a world-historic scale, pillaging over two trillion dollars of Soviet wealth and reducing Russian living standards by two thirds and life expectancy to under sixty years – below the level of Bangladesh.

With Russia’s revival under President Putin, Washington financed a large army of self-styled ‘non-governmental organizations’ (NGO) to organize electoral campaigns, recruited moguls in the mass media and directed ethnic uprisings. The Russians are retail meddlers compared to the wholesale multi-billion-dollar US operators.

Moreover, the Israeli’s have perfected meddling on a grand scale – they intervene successfully in Congress, the White House and the Pentagon. They set the Middle East agenda, budget and priorities, and secure the biggest military handouts on a per-capita basis in US history!

Apparently, some meddlers meddle by invitation and are paid to do it.

Thesis 8

Corruption is endemic in the US where it has legal status and where tens of millions of dollars change hands and buy Congress people, Presidents and judges.

In the US the buyers and brokers are called ‘lobbyists’ – everywhere else they are called fraudsters. Corruption (lobbying) grease the wheels of billion dollars military spending, technological subsidies, tax evading corporations and every facet of government – out in the open, all the time and place of the US regime.

Corruption as lobbying never evokes the least criticism from the mass media.

On the other hand, where corruption takes place under the table in Iran, China and Russia, the media denounce the political elite – even where in China over 2 million officials, high and the low are arrested and jailed.

When corruption is punished in China, the US media claim it is merely a ‘political purge’ even if it directly reduces elite conspicuous consumption.

In other words, imperial corruption defends democratic value; anti-corruption is a hallmark of authoritarian dictatorships.

Thesis 9

Bread and circuses are integral parts of empire building – especially in promoting urban street mobs to overthrow independent and elected governments.

Imperial financed mobs – provided the cover for CIA backed coups in Iran (1954), Ukraine (2014), Brazil (1964), Venezuela (2003, 2014 and 2017), Argentina (1956), Nicaragua (2018), Syria (2011) and Libya (2011) among other places and other times.

Masses for empire draw paid and voluntary street fighters who speak for democracy and serve the elite. The “mass cover” is especially effective in recruiting leftists who look to the street for opinion and ignore the suites which call the shots.

Thesis 10

The empire is like a three-legged stool it promotes genocide, to secure magnicide and to rule by homicide. Invasions kills millions, capture and kill rulers and then rule by homicide – police assassinating dissenting citizens.

The cases are readily available: Iraq and Libya come to mind. The US and its allies invaded, bombed and killed over a million Iraqis, captured and assassinated its leaders and installed a police state.

A similar pattern occurred in Libya: the US and EU bombed, killed and uprooted several million people, assassinated Ghadaffy and fomented a lawless terrorist war of clans, tribes and western puppets.

“Western values” reveal the inhumanity of empires built to murder “a la carte” – stripping the victim nations of their defenders, leaders and citizens.

Conclusion

The ten theses define the nature of 21st century imperialism – its continuities and novelties.

The mass media systematically write and speak lies to power: their message is to disarm their adversaries and to arouse their patrons to continue to plunder the world.

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Prof. James Petras is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

Paul Craig Roberts: “The United States Is The Only Remaining Colonial Power”

30.07.2018

Written by Paul Craig Roberts; Originally appeared on paulcraigroberts.org

The United States government has never allowed independent governments in Latin America. Every time people elect a government that represents them instead of US economic interests, Washington overthrows the elected government. Marine General Smedley Butler told us this as have many others. There is no doubt about it.

Currently Washington is trying to overthrow the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua and has bought off the Ecuadorian government with oil purchases and the usual personal bribes. Evo Morales government in Bolivia is also targeted by Washington. The Obama regime succeeded in removing the reform governments in Honduras, Argentina, and Brazil.

Paul Craig Roberts: "The United States Is The Only Remaining Colonial Power"

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 41 prepares for take off from the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean. (David A. Brandenburg/Navy)

Reform governments in Latin America, except for Castro’s Cuba, always leave themselves set-up to be overthrown. They foolishly or impotently permit Washington’s agents, such as the National Endowment for Democracy, the US Agency for International Development, and various so-called NGOs, whose purpose is to maintain Washington’s control and overthrow every government that escapes control, to organize and fund opposition groups and media that work hand-in-hand with Washington to reinstall a Washington-compliant government.

As Marx, Lenin, Mao, and Pol Pot understood, you cannot overthrow an oppressor class if you leave them unmolested. Whether from weakness or stupidity, Latin American reform governments always leave the electorally defeated oppressor class and its economic and media power unmolested. When Washington reinstalls the oppressor class, the same tolerance is never shown to the overthrown reformers who usually pay with their lives.

All Latin American reform efforts have made the foolsh mistake of leaving the oppressor class with their newspapers and their traitorous connections to Washington in place, including the government of President Ortega in Nicaragua. One would think that Ortega would know better. Washington has been trying to get rid of Ortega and the Sandinistas since the Reagan administration. His government has survived the latest Washington-led coup attempt, but Washington is pouring more money into the effort. Read Kevin Zeese’s report here: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49933.htm

Hugo Chavez made the same mistake in Venezuela, and his successor has repeated the mistake. The post-Castro Cuban government is now also falling into the trap of becoming an American vassal as it was under Fulgencio Batista.

The Monroe Doctrine has always been glorified in US textbooks as warning European colonialists away from Latin America. The Americans intended it for themselves and succeeded in keeping Latin America as a colony. The Organization of American States has always been in Washington’s pocket and remains there today. Latin America accepts its colonized existence and does not come to the aid of those democratic governments that Washington targets for overthrow. Latin America is impotent, because its leaders are paid off, blackmailed, or threatened by Washington.

Washington has pretended forever to be the great friend and protector of democracy, but every time an independent government comes into existence in Latin America, Washington overthrows it.

In 2015 President Barack Obama, America’s first Black President and “great friend of the oppressed,” citing “the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by Venezuela,” signed an executive order and imposed sanctions. Obama’s excuse was the Washington-incited violence that led to the arrest of some of those committing acts of violence. Washington quickly termed the criminals Washington had incited “political prisoners” and called for “dialogue” instead of “silencing critics with arrests.” Washington declared the arrests of those commiting acts of violence to be “human rights violations by the Venezuelan government.” http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/obama-declares-venezuela-national-security-threat-imposes-sanctions

In other words, the Venezuelan government was violating Washington’s human rights to overthrow the Venezuelan government.

The presstitutes reported this with a straight face.

A government that has no shame whatsoever in telling the most transparent lies while actively trying to overthrow a democratically elected government is a government that deserves universal condemnation. Yet the world is too well paid off or scared to open its mouth.

NGOs an arm to beat the intifada NGOs ذراع لضرب الانتفاضة

تمثّل الـNGOs جسماً موازياً بجانب السلطة والفصائل والقطاع الخاص و«الأونروا» (محمد عبد ــ أ ف ب)

يُبحث عادة في دور السلطة الفلسطينية على صعيد التنسيق الأمني والسياسات الاقتصادية، بجانب الإجراءات الإسرائيلية القاسية، لفهم انخفاض وتيرة المواجهات في الضفة المحتلة، لكن مسألة المؤسسات الممولة أجنبياً (NGOs)، المنتشرة في المناطق الفلسطينية منذ بداية التسعينيات مع قدوم السلطة حتى اليوم، تلعب دوراً لا يقل خطورة عمّن سبق. فهي رغم أنها تمثل مصدر دخلٍ لآلاف الفلسطينيين، في ظل البطالة وسوء الوضع الاقتصادي، لكنها تخضع لشروط الممول الأجنبي، بما فيها التوقيع على «وثيقة نبذ المقاومة وعدم التحريض»، أو رفض «معاداة إسرائيل»

مي رضا

 رام الله | بفعل تواصل الانتفاضة على مدى العقود الثلاثة الماضية في فلسطين، والتدمير الإسرائيلي المتواصل لمقدرات الشعب الفلسطيني، تردّى الوضع الاقتصادي أكثر فأكثر، وقلت فرص العمل أمام الشباب، في وقت استمر فيه انتشار الفساد في غالبية المؤسسات الرسمية، ما أدى ضمن عوامل أخرى إلى انزياح عدد كبير من الشباب عن الانتماء والعمل الفصائلي، أو إهمال متطلباته ومحاولة الدمج بين التبيعة لتنظيم ما والعمل ضمن مشاريع لمؤسسات دولية.

شيئاً فشيئاً، وجد عدد كبير أنفسهم منخرطين في هذه المؤسسات التي يتحكم بها الأجنبي عبر شروط التمويل، وهو ما وفّر للعدو الإسرائيلي خدماتٍ كبيرة، تتلخص في تحييد أعدادٍ كبيرة من الشباب عن ساحة الصراع معه، وانشغالهم في هذه المشاريع. جراء ذلك، تلقى الصف الثاني ــ الحاضنة الشعبية للفصائل ــ ضربة قاسية تركت فراغاً كبيراً وشرخاً بين الفصائل والمجتمع الفلسطيني.

هذا إلى حدا ما يمثل أحد أسباب ضعف المشاركة الجماهيرية الشبابية في المواجهات عقب إعلان الرئيس الأميركي، دونالد ترامب، قراره نهاية العام الماضي، رغم حالة الغليان التي شهدها الشارع، فالمواجهات أخذت سمة المد والجزر عقب أسبوعين من القرار، ثم بدأت تبهت تدريجياً، بفعل الشرخ والفراغ الواسع وأزمة الثقة بين قسم كبير من الشعب ومعظم فصائله السياسية والقيادات الحزبية. وبذلك، بدت المواجهات خجولةً ومكشوفة الظهر مع غياب بنية تنظيمية للفصائل أو ما يمكن أن يقابلها على صورة مبادرة شبابية واضحة للإمساك بدفة المواجهات الميدانية. ووفق إحصاءات، حصلت عليها «الأخبار»، فإن أكثر عددٍ لنقاط التماس مع العدو سجّلته الجمعة الأولى عقب قرار ترامب بواقع 78 نقطة مواجهة، ثم تراجع منسوب المواجهات تدريجياً وأصبح يصل إلى 33 نقطة في أفضل الحالات منذ بداية العام الجاري.

المؤسسات الممولة أجنبياً، التي باتت تمثل الذراع الثالثة في احتواء الغضب الفلسطيني بعد إجراءات الاحتلال والسلطة، كانت قد بدأت تضخّمها ــ لجهة الميزانية والبنية والموارد ــ بعد انتهاء الانتفاضة الثانية، ومثلت في مرحلة قريبة (2002 ــ 2010) جسماً اقتصادياً يوازي القطاع الخاص، بل يضاهي قدرات «وكالة غوث وتشغيل اللاجئين الفلسطينيين ــ الأونروا» (تصنف الأونروا أنها مؤسسة INGO)، لكنها سجلت بعد حرب 2012 في غزة انسحاباً تدريجياً ــ بدأ بالمؤسسات الأميركية ثم الأوروبية ثم الخليجية ــ من القطاع الذي تختلف ظروفه سياسياً وأمنياً عن الضفة بصورة كاملة. وكانت مرحلة انتعاشها تحديداً خلال حكم رئيس الوزراء السابق سلام فياض (2007 ــ 2013)، إذ تضخمت وزاد عددها بحجة «المساعدة في بناء مؤسسات الدولة الفلسطينية»، خاصة أن فياض كان يعمل في البنك الدولي ويحظى بالقبول الأميركي، وبذلك غضت حكومته الطرف أكثر فأكثر عن كل ما يتعلق بهذه المؤسسات.

أما ما بعد عملية «السور الواقي» عام 2002، التي تغيرت جراءها خريطة الانتفاضة والمقاومة في الضفة، فأصبحت المؤسسات الممولة دولياً تسارع إلى سد الفراغ الذي تركته الفصائل بعدما تراجع دورها. واستمر بذلك تدفق التمويل دون رقابة فعالة من السلطة التي تعتمد هي الأخرى على أموال الجهات المانحة في قسمٍ كبير من موازنتها السنوية، فكيف كان دور هذه المؤسسات في تقويض المفهوم الجمعي للمقاومة في فلسطين خاصة بين فئة الشباب؟

تكشف آخر التقديرات التي نشرها «ديوان الرقابة المالية والادارية»، وهو الجهاز الأعلى للرقابة في فلسطين، في نهاية 2016 أن عدد المنظمات غير الحكومية بلغ نحو 4010، فيما تقدر أرقام شبه رسمية أنها توفر للفلسطينيين نحو 41 ألف وظيفة، فيما يصلها تمويل خارجي يزيد عن مليار و500 مليون دولار سنوياً. وتشمل هذه الإحصائية المؤسسات غير الربحية كافة، الممولة محلياً أو أجنبياً، علماً أن الأخيرة تشكل ثلثي العدد المذكور (4010)، ويشمل ذلك التي تحظى بتمويل أجنبي كامل، أو يغطي هذا التمويل النسبة الكبرى من مشاريعها.

كيف بدأ الاختراق؟

شكّلت الانتفاضة الأولى (1987 ــ 1993) تجربة وطنية بامتياز عزّزت اعتماد الفلسطينيين على أنفسهم وتكاتفهم على الأصعدة كافة ــ بعد التغلب على ظاهرة «روابط القرى» ــ وهو ما عُرف آنذاك باسم «تجربة الاقتصاد المنزلي»، حينما طرحت «القيادة الوطنية الموحدة» واللجان المتفرعة عنها بديلاً عن كل المسميات والمؤسسات التي تعمل اليوم، إضافة إلى لجان مختلفة بدأت تتبلور تدريجياً مع انطلاقة حركتي «الجهاد الإسلامي» و«حماس»، إذ كان للفصائل القول الفصل في المجتمع المتماسك الذي لم يكن يعاني آنذاك حالة فراغٍ سياسي واجتماعي واقتصادي مثل اليوم.

ببساطة، كان الناس يتقاسمون ما يتوافر لهم. حتى على الصعيد التعليمي، ظهر دور الفصائل في خلق مدارس وجامعات من لا شيء في ظل إغلاق العدو المؤسسات التعليمية، إلى حدّ تحولت فيه البيوت والمقاهي والمساجد إلى قاعات للحصص والمحاضرات.

لكن قدوم السلطة بعد اتفاق أوسلو وغياب دور الفصائل وتماهي جزء منها في عملية التسوية مثّلت عوامل فتحت الباب لمؤسسات المجتمع المدني أو المنظمات الخارجية التي تعمل في فلسطين تحت حجة سد الفراغ ودعم الشعب الفلسطيني وتحسين بنيته التحتية! كانت هذه المؤسسات في البداية لا تشمل وظائف وأجوراً لعامليها إلا بصورة محدودة، إذ لم يتلق الرواتب سوى كبار المديرين، فيما يحصل بقية الموظفين أو المتطوعين من الشباب والفتيات على الفتات. هكذا كانت المرحلة الأولى لبدء عمل المؤسسات الممولة أجنبياً تحت شعار «المجتمع المدني» الناشئ حتى نهاية 1999.

بعد ذلك، قبيل اندلاع انتفاضة الأقصى الثانية، بدأت المرحلة اللاحقة لعمل هذه المؤسسات، إذ مثلت الانتفاضة التي انطلقت عام 2000 مرحلة «العزّ». وهنا يوصّف متابعون للشأن السياسي هذه المرحلة بـ«الأكثر خطورة»، عازين ذلك إلى ثلاثة أسباب: الأول انسداد أفق التسوية السياسية، الأمر الذي جعل التمويل الأجنبي يبحث عن فلسطينيين للضخ في مؤسساتهم في الوقت الذي كان فيه العدو يقصف مقرات السلطة ويجتاح كامل الأراضي المحتلة عام 1967، والثاني ضعف دور الفصائل وعجزها عن مجاراة الوضع ومحاكاة تجربة الانتفاضة الأولى مجدداً نظراً إلى عوامل متعددة أبرزها انضواء معظمها تحت لواء «منظمة التحرير» والشح الذي كانت تعانيه «حماس» و«الجهاد الإسلامي» في ظل الملاحقة الأمنية والسياسية. أما السبب الثالث، فهو السابقة التاريخية بدخول البنك الدولي على خط التمويل المباشر للمؤسسات في فلسطين، وفي مرحلة لاحقة (بعد الانتفاضة الثانية) تعامل البنك مع مؤسسسات على علاقة بـ«حماس» في غزة لكن بصورة محدودة.

من جانبٍ آخر، أظهر بعض مسؤولي المؤسسات الممولة أجنبياً «جسارةً» في الانتهازية السياسية، إذ سارعوا ــ بناء على جملة من العلاقات السابقة التي فعلوها في ذلك الوقت ــ إلى فتح خطوط اتصال مباشرة مع الحكومات الأجنبية، وذلك في تجاوز واضح للفصائل وللسلطة نفسها خلال الانتفاضة الثانية، ومن ثمَّ بدأ ضخ المال إلى مؤسسات فرّخت أضعاف عددها بسرعة. وتكفي الإشارة إلى البيان الذي نشره مجموعة من المطبّعين عبر صحيفة «القدس» المحلية في 20 حزيران 2002، وتحديداً في صفحة رقم 16 ــ وعبر وسائل إعلام أخرى ــ بتمويل من الاتحاد الأوروبي، وفحواه ترويجهم لمحاربة العمليات الاستشهادية، وكان ذلك تزامناً مع استمرار العمليات الفدائية في ظل انعقاد «مؤتمر شرم الشيخ للسلام» في مصر، في إشارة إلى القمة العربية المنعقدة هناك آنذاك.

مرحلة «التفريخ»

يوماً بعد يوم وكل مؤسسة تولّد أخرى تابعة لها، مرة بحجة «التشبيك والتنسيق»، وأخرى بحجة «خطط التنمية الشاملة»، ما أدى إلى زيادة عدد المشاريع الممولة خارجياً، ثم تضخمت الميزانيات، وهنا عمّت الفوضى حتى في هذه المؤسسات نفسها التي بدأ العاملون فيها يخوضون صراعات أسوأ من صراعات الفصائل، بل تعددت الاختصاصات بصورة كبيرة، ومن ذلك مثلاً وجود مؤسسة أو جمعية تختص بالمجال الصحي، وأخرى تابعة لها تنفذ دراساتٍ وبحوثاً في مسألة المرأة والجندر، فيما تكون هناك «مؤسسة أمّ» أوجدت الاثنتين.

بطريقة ما، تحولت الـNGOs إلى «وزارة» إضافية لا تملك السلطة حقيبتها، أو «لوبي لا يسيطر عليه أحد»، إذ يكدّ الشباب في تجهيز مقترحات مشاريعهم بما يوافق أهواء الممول، والأخير يمتلك القرار. ووفق كثيرين ممن عملوا في تلك المرحلة داخل هذه المؤسسات، كان «الراتب الشهري مربوطاً مباشرة بمدى قدرة الموظف على الاستجابة لشروط الممول أو رؤيته، وأي حيادٍ من الشباب عن الطريق المرسوم يعني حكمهم على ذاتهم بإنهاء خدماتهم وإيقاف رواتبهم إذا كانوا موظفين دائمين، أو يحصلون على مشاريع بين مدة وأخرى».

التوقيع على «وثيقة نبذ العنف»

«وثيقة نبذ العنف» هي المسمّى الأكثر تداولاً لما تشترطه كثيرٌ من الجهات الأجنبية المانحة. يوضح يوضح «أبو أحمد» (اسم مستعار)، الذي كان يعمل في مؤسسات تتلقى تمويلاً خارجياً، أن مؤسسات «ford» ،»Rockefeller»، «USAID» لا توافق على التمويل دون التوقيع على هذه الوثيقة التي يرد فيها نص يؤكد ضرورة عدم الدعوة إلى «أي مجموعة تدعو أو تولد التعصب أو العنف أو تمثل تهديداً لوجود وشرعية وجود دول شرعية وسيادية مثل إسرائيل». ويضيف «أبو أحمد» أن المؤسسات الفلسطينية الممولة تقدم كشوفاً دورية بأسماء العاملين فيها، وتخضع للرقابة المالية الأميركية، في حين أن «USAID» هي الجهة المانحة الأكثر نشاطاً في فلسطين، لكنها ليست وحدها التي تطلب توقيع وثيقة نبذ العنف (راجع «هكذا تقتل الـUSAID بذور المقاومة الشعبية لفلسطين»: العدد ٢١٠٦ في ١٧ أيلول ٢٠١٣).

أبو أحمد يقول إنه عمل متطوعاً في الأنشطة الاجتماعية وعدة مؤسسات على مدار نحو 15 عاماً، ويؤكد من خبرته أن «من يرفض توقيع وثيقة نبذ العنف، يحكم على مؤسسته غالباً بالتهميش والاندثار تدريجياً، وتقلص أنشطتها وخدماتها المقدمة إلى الجمهور، بسبب نقص التمويل وضعف الميزانية المرصودة». في المقابل، يعني التوقيع على الوثيقة أن «تحظى المؤسسة بدعمٍ كبير، وينال موظفوها رواتب عالية أو مقبولة نسبياً مقارنةً مع الوظائف والمشاريع والمؤسسات الأخرى».

ثمة أمرٍ لا يدركه كثيرون وهو غياب النتائج الملموسة على الأرض لغالبية المشاريع التي تقدمها بعض الدول المانحة، فمنها ما يدمره العدو الإسرائيلي ضمن حملة «الأرض المحروقة»، كما أن القسم الأكبر من أنشطة هذه المشاريع يبدو «تنظيرياً» ويعتمد على تنفيذ ورش العمل والمؤتمرات، وإجراء الأبحاث والدراسات رغم خطورتها على الوعي الفلسطيني. واللافت أن مديري هذه المؤسسات لا يقدمون التقارير المالية والإدارية الدورية إلّا إلى الممول حصراً، وبذلك من الصعب تشديد أي رقابة عليهم، إذ تتصرف هذه المؤسسات كأنها مستقلة ويمكنها أن تفعل ما تشاء لأن تمويلها أجنبي. أما ما يدور في الخفاء، بين الممول والشخصيات الفلسطينية، فهذا لا يبوح به أحد.

ساحة استرزاق وصراعات وفساد

كيف تُقدّم المشاريع إلى الممول؟ بداية يجب أن يكون المتقدم صاحب «ملف أمني نظيف»، وعلى خبرة بـ«لعبة التمويل» من أجل تحضير أوراق المقترح، وقد يستعين بمؤسسات وسيطة تؤدي هذا الدور بحرفية مقابل نسبة من التمويل المتوقع. وبعدما يشمل المقترح أسباب المشروع وأهدافه وخططه الزمانية والمكانية، ثم نقاط الضعف والقوة، وأخيراً الجدوى الاقتصادية، يُرفع إلى المموّل المطموح إليه، فيطلب تصحيحات أو إضافات، فيما قد يستثنى المشروع إذا رفضت المؤسسة أو الشخص التوقيع على «وثيقة نبذ العنف»، أو كان صاحبه يحمل «خلفياتٍ تعادي الاحتلال»، أو صاحب عمل وطني سابق.

رغم ثبوت الفساد في الـNGOs لا تتدخل السلطة والفصائل غالباً

هذه السلاسة في طرح المشاريع والحصول على التمويل، إضافة إلى عمر التمويل الأجنبي الذي بدأ يطول نسبياً، أدت إلى نقل التجربة إلى شبكاتٍ واسعة من الأفراد، كما عزّزت البطالة وضعف سوق العمل الزيادة في عدد المنتفعين منها، وصارت سوق عمل وحدها، بما تعنيه السوق من كلمة، إذ يتهم كثير من العاملين في الـ«NGOs» نظراءهم من بقية المؤسسات بالفساد وسوء الإدارة، وتصل الاتهامات حد «التباهي بقوة التمويل الأجنبي وحسن إداراته». لكن إفادات كثيرين من داخل هذه المؤسسات تشي بالعكس، لأن ما ينسحب على المؤسسات الفاسدة محلياً يطاول الكثير من المؤسسات الممولة أجنبياً، خاصة التي تم تأسيسها في ظروفٍ استثنائية مثل السنوات العشر الأخيرة، وهي تفاصيل غالباً تغيب عن العامة لأنها بعيدة عنهم، كما أنه مال «أجنبي» وسرقته لن تؤذي أحداً!
من الأمثلة البارزة على الفساد في هذا المجال أن الموظفين في المشاريع يتقاضون مبالغ أقل من المخصصة لهم على الأوراق، ويوقعون على الأخيرة جبراً، فضلاً عن سلسلة مصاريف مسجلة بفواتير وهمية بالاتفاق بين مصدّر الفاتورة والمنفذ المحلي، ليتقاسم الاثنان الزائد من المبلغ.
ويبدو أن بعض هذه المؤسسات تحوّلت إلى جهاتٍ محترفة في التحايل على القانون وحتى على الممول نفسه، فمثلاً باتفاق عدد من أصحاب الصلاحيات في مشروع ما قد يجري تقاسم مبالغ مقابل التغطية على سوء إدارة الجميع، وأيضاً استغلال الموظفين والمتطوعين في انتهاكٍ واضح لقانون العمل، إضافة إلى توظيف الأقرباء وأفراد العائلة والأصدقاء، رغم أن المادة 16 من «قانون الجمعيات والمؤسسات لسنة 2001» تنصّ على «أن يكون لكل جمعية أو هيئة مجلس إدارة يتكون من عدد لا يقل عن سبعة أعضاء، ولا يزيد على ثلاثة عشر عضواً، وتحدد طريقة تشكيله وكيفية اختيار أعضائه وإنهاء عضويتهم في النظام الأساسي للجمعية أو الهيئة… ولا يجوز أن يضم مجلس الإدارة عضوين أو أكثر يجمع بينهما صلة قرابة من الدرجتين الأولى والثانية».
كل هذه التجاوزات مثبتة رسمياً، وتذكرها بوضوح معطيات التقارير السنوية لـ«ديوان الرقابة المالية والإدارية»، إذ لم تتغير حال هذه المنظمات أو المؤسسات في التقرير الرقابية السنوية منذ عام 2013 حتى 2016. ويبيّن تقرير 2015 أن المبلغ الذي يمكن استرداده لخزينة الدولة من المؤسسات والمنظمات غير الحكومية تبلغ قيمته نحو مليون وثمانمئة ألف دولار على أقل تقدير. مع ذلك، لا تعمل السلطة أو الفصائل على تشكيل عوائق أمام التمويل الأجنبي، علماً أن الأرقام شبه الرسمية تفيد بأن نحو ثلثي الميزانية الإجمالية السنوية لهذه المؤسسسات تصرف على العاملين فيها كأجور ورواتب. ووفق أحدث الإحصاءات، ثمة منظمة واحدة لكل ألف فلسطيني، في حين أن عدد موظفي الرقابة الحكومية لا يتعدى عشرة موظفين لكل 5500 مؤسسة!


ديموقراطية وحرية في فلسطين!

رغم اختلاف الوضع السياسي في فلسطين عن غيرها من الدول العربية، نجحت المؤسسات الممولة أجنبياً في تكرار نماذج المناداة بـ«الحرية، الديموقراطية، حقوق الإنسان، الحرّيات، المساواة»، ومفاهيم أخرى شبيهة تتعلق بحقوق النساء والجندر وصولاً إلى الحديث عن «التعايش المشترك»، معرّجة أيضاً على مجالات أخرى مثل الرياضة والفنون، إذ صارت هذه المفاهيم كأنها البديل عن المقاومة دون اعتبار للسياق الفلسطيني ودور الاحتلال في تقويض الحريات.

وبينما كانت «حماس» تبادر في غزة إلى إغلاق أي مؤسسة تحمل عناوين «التعايش والسلام»، أو تجبر عدداً آخر على تقديم «كشف مفصل» عن حساباتها المالية، كان الوضع مختلفاً في الضفة، حيث كانت «الإدارة المدنية الإسرائيلية»، عندما تحاول تسويق نفسها كبديلٍ عن السلطة عبر التواصل مع الفلسطينيين مباشرة، تستعمل الـNGOs سبيلاً إلى ذلك، خاصة أن الطرفين يشتركان في أهداف منها تكوين صورة لدى الفلسطينيين عن أنهما يقدمان ما لا تقدمه السلطة.
أما عن الطرق، فكانت تتنوع بين الندوات وورش العمل، والمؤتمرات الداخلية والخارجية، والمخيمات الصيفية، ثم تطور الوضع إلى أن شارك عدد من هذه المؤسسات في تنفيذ مشاريع بالتعاون مع الإسرائيليين، أخطرها التي تستهدف الأطفال والفتية الفلسطينيين تحت عنوان «التعايش»، وذلك لكسر الحاجز النفسي بين العدو والشعب الواقع تحت الاحتلال، وخلق أجيالٍ جديدة بشخصية منفصمة تتخلى عن قضيتها الوطنية.

ومن أمثلة ذلك مشاركة أطفال من مستوطنة «سديروت» ومن بلدة يطا الفلسطينية جنوب الخليل، بعد حرب غزة الأخيرة عام 2014، في خوض مباراة كرة قدم مشتركة ضمن مشروع خاص بـ«مركز بيريس للسلام»، في أيلول من ذلك العام، وأقيمت المباراة في «كيبوتس دوروت» القريب من غزة.

وقبل ذلك، أُشرك وفد من أطفال شهداء حرب 2008 من غزة، كان عددهم 37، اختارتهم «منظمة بذور السلام» كعينة في معسكر مختلط مع أطفال إسرائيليين وجنود لمدة أسبوع في أواخر 2011، بغرض «التبادل الثقافي والتعايش المشترك والسلام»، علماً أن هذه المخيمات صارت تعقد سنوياً وأحياناً في الولايات المتحدة ودول أوروبية.


عناوين أخطر من التطبيع

وفق آخر الإحصاءات، ثمة مؤسسة مقابل كل 10 آلاف فلسطيني (أشرف أبو عمرة ــ آي بي ايه)

يدافع كثيرون من مديري المؤسسات الممولة أجنياً عن أنفسهم، تارةً بأن المشاريع لا تحمل أي أجندة سياسية ولا تتدخل في قضية الصراع، وأن خدماتهم المقدمة إلى المواطنين لا تقدم باشتراطات عليهم، وتارة أخرى يعرضون السلطة كمثالٍ على التنسيق مع الإسرائيليين أو كونها تتلقى منحاً أجنبية. شكلياً من الصعب إنكار أن هذه المؤسسات قدمت مشاريع مهمة خاصة في المناطق المهملة أو مناطق «ج» وفق تصنيف أوسلو، كما من الصعب اتهام الجميع بأنهم ينفذون أجندات مرسومة وبصورة مباشرة، لكن الصورة العامة لعمل هذه المؤسسات ككل تعطي نتيجة مغايرة.

ووفق التعريف العام لـ«المجتمع المدني»، يكون الأخير كل ما ليس دولة وليس قطاعاً خاصاً، لكن في الحالة الفلسطينية تُستثنى الفصائل لأنها تمتلك نية للوصول للسلطة والمشاركة السياسية، ويمكن أن ينسحب الأمر على بعض القواعد الشعبية للفصائل في الجامعات والمناطق الريفية. وبالتعريف نفسه، نستبعد البنوك والمؤسسات المالية كونها ضمن القطاع الخاص، لكن الأمر قد يكون مغايراً بشأن الغرف التجارية والمؤسسات والجمعيات الخاصة برجال البنوك والأعمال التي تتعلق بمصالح السوق.

أما المؤسسات الممولة أجنبياً، فتُركّز على القضايا الجزئية على حساب الكلّية، ونجدها تتحدث عن «الطفل، الشباب، البيئة…» كمسائل مستقلة عن المجتمع، ومثلاً تناقش موضوع المرأة انطلاقاً من المنظور الغربي إلى المرأة الشرقية، وتعزلها عن حيزها المجتمعي والثقافي، ولا تورد إجراءات الاحتلال بحق النساء الفلسطينيات سوى كعامل إضافي مقابل مشكلة «عنف الرجل» الفلسطيني! بذلك، يُفصل المشارك عن مجتمعه ووضعه الوطني بحجة تجنب التدخل في السياسة، وتصير مهمة هذه المؤسسات محصورة في إدارة المشكلات التي أفرزها الاحتلال، دون طرح المسبب الرئيسي لهذه المشكلات وللتبعية وللتفرقة، ودون التطرق حتى إلى الفساد في المؤسسات الفلسطينية.
بالمقارنة مع قضية «التطبيع» مع العدو، فإن الـ«NGOs» في فلسطين، التي لا يمكن أن تتعامل مع أي شخص على «اللائحة السوداء لإسرائيل»، لا تعمل غالباً إلا عبر تنسيق إسرائيلي، أو على الأقل رضا من العدو على أدائها، خاصة في حال وجود إدارة أجنبية قائمة على الإدارة المحلية، وذلك في ظل أن المبالغ التي تضخ عبر هذه المؤسسات كبيرة ومن غير المنطقي ألا تكون موجهة الأهداف.

Two More EU-Funded Palestinian Schools under Threat of Destruction by israeli Army

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A West Bank ‘school’ where children are studying in the open-air due to Israeli military restrictions. (Photo: File)

Two new Palestinian schools in the occupied West Bank, funded by European governments, are under threat of destruction and seizure, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). An Israeli court has already ordered students not to attend class in one of them, the NGO says.

Built over the last year with European funding, the schools in Wadi as-Seeq and Al Muntar serve Palestinian Bedouin communities who have long suffered neglect and discrimination at the hands of the Israeli occupation authorities.

Many of the families served by the schools have “already suffered destruction of their property over many years”, NRC states.

Now, the schools are the subject of Israeli court proceedings “that could lead to their destruction and seizure”, with hearings scheduled for 20 November and 10 December.

Abu Hassan, a parent and community representative, said that the children “do not have any other place to study in our community. This school allows our children to study without having to leave our community and use risky roads close to the nearby [Israeli] settlement”.

The NRC’s Information Counselling and Legal Aid Program is providing humanitarian legal assistance to represent the communities in court.

Once again, Palestinian children are facing the traumatic prospect of turning up for school and finding that it no longer exists

“Once again we have to ask: Why are children being denied their fundamental right to education? This attack on schools is part of a wider drive to forcibly transfer Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem to create space for illegal settlement expansion,” said NRC Country Director in Palestine Kate O’Rourke.

O’Rourke added that NRC and other NGOs are urging “the governments and donors funding Palestinian children’s education to increase diplomatic pressure to prevent the demolition and seizure of school infrastructure, which is in violation of International Humanitarian Law.”

Both donor-funded schools of Al Muntar and Wadi as-Seeq serve over 100 pupils, with the former expected to expand its intake in February 2018. The Wadi as-Seeq school community, meanwhile, “has received 11 stop-work orders for their structures in the last nine years”.

Two structures were demolished in 2012 and 2014, and all mobile latrines provided by a local NGO in 2011 were confiscated by Israeli occupation authorities.

Analysis by Analogy: Myanmar is not Syria

September 27, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Many geopolitical analysts and commentators have noted many worthwhile similarities between the Syrian crisis and the one now unfolding in the Southeast Asian state of Myanmar. However, what is different about these two crises is just as important as what is the same.

The Similarities 

Particular focus has been placed on evidence emerging that US-ally Saudi Arabia is serving as an intermediary fueling militancy in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. The militants, however, consist of a foreign armed, funded, and led cadre, constituting a numerically negligible minority of the Rohingya population they claim to represent, and are in fact no more representative of the Rohingya people than militants of Al Qaeda and the so-called “Islamic State” are representative of Syria or Iraq’s Sunni Muslim populations.

While it is crucial to point out the foreign-funded nature of a militancy attempting to co-opt the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, it is equally important to understand precisely where this militancy fits into Saudi Arabia’s and ultimately its American sponsors’ larger plans.

Another similarity pointed out by analysts is the use of US and European-funded fronts posing as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). These include larger organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as organizations on the ground in Myanmar funded by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED), its various subsidiaries including the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Freedom House, USAID, and Open Society.

These organizations are intentionally seeking to control the narrative, inflame rather than smooth over tensions, and create a pretext for wider and more direct intervention in Myanmar’s expanding crisis by Western nations.

Analysts and commentators, however, cannot stop here. They must commit to equal due diligence in unraveling what stands behind Myanmar’s government – who it was that assisted them into power during the relatively recent 2016 elections, who built up their political networks across the country over the course of several decades, and what role their actions play in Western designs for the nation’s near and intermediate future.

The Differences 

Syria’s government is the creation and perpetuation of localized special interests – backed by various alliances ranging from the former Soviet Union in the past, to Russia, Iran, and to a lesser degree China in present day.

The United States and its Arab partners – particularly Saudi Arabia – have engineered militancy along and within Syria’s borders beginning in 2011 for the explicit purpose of overthrowing Syria’s government and dividing what remains of the nation among proxies and client regimes controlled from Washington, London, and Brussels.

 In Myanmar, while the US and its Saudi partners are apparently fueling militancy among the Rohingya population, it was the US itself who for decades built up the political networks of the current ruling regime, with Aung San Suu Kyi a whole-cloth creation of Western media narratives, immense funding and political support, and a carefully crafted facade to obfuscate from the public for decades the true, nationalist and even genocidal nature of Suu Kyi’s supposedly “Buddhist nationalist” support base.

An extensive 2006 report by Burma Campaign UK titled, “Failing the People of Burma?” (PDF), would reveal how virtually every facet of Myanmar’s current government is a creation of Western political and financial support. (Note: The US and UK still often refer to Myanmar by its British colonial name, “Burma”).

 

Image: Extensive efforts have been made to portray Myanmar’s head of state, Aung San Suu Kyi, as being opposed by ultra-violent nationalist “monks,” and many in the alternative media have wrongly concludes that the US seeks to pressure, even topple Suu Kyi from power. In reality, both Suu Kyi and her violent supporters are creations and a perpetuation of US cash and political support.

The report would lay this out in great detail, stating:

The restoration of democracy in Burma is a priority U.S. policy objective in Southeast Asia. To achieve this objective, the United States has consistently supported democracy activists and their efforts both inside and outside Burma…Addressing these needs requires flexibility and creativity. Despite the challenges that have arisen, United States Embassies Rangoon and Bangkok as well as Consulate General Chiang Mai are fully engaged in pro-democracy efforts. The United States also supports organizations, such as the National Endowment for Democracy, the Open Society Institute (nb no support given since 2004) and Internews, working inside and outside the region on a broad range of democracy promotion activities. U.S.-based broadcasters supply news and information to the Burmese people, who lack a free press. U.S. programs also fund scholarships for Burmese who represent the future of Burma. The United States is committed to working for a democratic Burma and will continue to employ a variety of tools to assist democracy activists.

The 36-page report would enumerate US and European programs in detail – ranging from the creation and funding of media, to organizing political parties and devising campaign strategies for elections, to even scholarships abroad to indoctrinate an entire class of political proxies to be used well into the future upon transforming the nation into a client state. Virtually every aspect of life in Myanmar was targeted and overturned by Western-backed networks over the course of several decades and an untold amount of foreign-funding.

Similar evidence reveals that many of the so-called “Buddhist” nationalist groups also enjoy a close relationship with US and European interests and that they played a pivotal role in bringing Suu Kyi to power.

Additionally, many in Suu Kyi’s current government are the recipients of US-funded training. Narratives concerning the current Rohingya crisis are being crafted by Suu Kyi’s “Minister of Information,” Pe Myint.

Pe Myint was revealed in a 2016 article in the Myanmar Times titled, “Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet,” to have participated in training funded by the US State Department. The article would report (emphasis added):

Formerly a doctor with a degree from the Institute of Medicine, U Pe Myint changed careers after 11 years and received training as a journalist at the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation in Bangkok. He then embarked on a career as a writer, penning dozens of novels. He participated in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 1998, and was also editor-in-chief of The People’s Age Journal. He was born in Rakhine State in 1949.

The Indochina Media Memorial Foundation is revealed in a US diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks as fully funded by the US State Department through various and familiar intermediaries. The cable titled, “An Overview of Northern Thailand-Based Burmese Media Orgranizations.” would explicitly state (emphasis added):

Other organizations, some with a scope beyond Burma, also add to the educational opportunities for Burmese journalists. The Chiang Mai-based Indochina Media Memorial Foundation, for instance, last year completed training courses for Southeast Asian reporters that included Burmese participants. Major funders for journalism training programs in the region include the NED, Open Society Institute (OSI), and several European governments and charities.

Many of those among Myanmar-based US-funded “NGOs” apparently opposing Suu Kyi’s government are in fact alumni of the same US-funded programs as many members of the current government.

In essence, the primary difference between Myanmar and Syria is that while in Syria the US is fueling militancy to topple a government beyond its reach and influence, in Myanmar, the US is manipulating the entire nation via two vectors its controls entirely – a militancy it is growing on one side, and a political establishment it has created from whole-cloth on the other.

Moving Beyond Analysis by Analogy

Helping readers understand various aspects of the current crisis in Myanmar by comparing it to various aspects of Syria’s ongoing conflict can be instructive. However, drawing entire conclusions about the implications of the Myanmar conflict by simply assuming it is repeat of Western efforts in Syria is fundamentally flawed.

While the US seeks to divide and destroy the entire state of Syria, its efforts in Myanmar are concentrated to the western state of Rakhine with little possibility of spreading because of Myanmar’s demographics.

This is also precisely where China has invested deeply in its One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project, with a seaport in Sittwe, central Rakhine, and road, rail, and pipeline projects slated to expand onward toward China’s border and eventually Kunming.

Opposition in the form of local NGOs underwritten by US State Department cash, or violence covertly backed by the US and its intermediaries, have attempted to systematically disrupt Chinese infrastructure projects around the globe, including in Myanmar. Chinese-built dams in Myanmar are opposed by networks of US-funded NGOs, militant groups accused of receiving US backing have attacked Chinese projects throughout the nation, and the current conflict in Rakhine fueled on both sides by the US threaten to not only derail Chinese projects there, but may even serve as a pretext for positioning Western forces inside Myanmar – a nation that directly borders China.

Placing American forces – in any capacity – along China’s borders has been a long-term stated goal of US policymakers for decades. From the Vietnam War-era Pentagon Papers to the 2000 Project for a New American Century report, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses,” to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “Pivot to Asia” policy, a singular theme of encircling and containing China either with client states obedient to Washington, or chaos all along China’s peripheries has prevailed.

It is clear that American designs in Syria and Myanmar employ similar networks and tactics and that both conflicts fit into a larger, global strategy. There are undoubtedly familiar themes emerging from both conflicts. However, what is different about Syria and Myanmar’s conflicts is just as important.

Analysts and commentators must account for the decades of US and European funding that placed the current government of Myanmar into power. They must account for the surgical nature of destabilization confined to Myanmar’s Rakhine state versus the full-spectrum destabilization being fueled in Syria. They must also identify the motives underpinning US designs in Myanmar.

Simply assuming that a US-Saudi-backed militancy exists to topple a government rather than grease the wheels for another, more indirect objective – one that perhaps even aims at preserving Myanmar’s current government rather than toppling it by pinning blame on the nation’s still powerful and independent military – will only aid rather than impede injustice. Analogies drawn from two different conflicts are only helpful in simplifying explanations and conclusions analysis by deep research have already arrived at.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazineNew Eastern Outlook”.

The Fraud of the White Helmets

Hollywood buys into yet another lie

By Philip Giraldi

July 09, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – I actually forced myself to watch the documentary The White Helmets, which is available on Netflix. It is 40 minutes long, is of high quality cinematographically speaking, and tells a very convincing tale that was promoted as “the story of real-life heroes and impossible hope.” It is overall a very impressive piece of propaganda, so much so that it has won numerous awards including the Oscar for Best Documentary Short this year and the White Helmets themselves were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. More to the point, however, is the undeniable fact that the documentary has helped shape the public understanding of what is going on in Syria, delivering a Manichean tale that depicts the “rebels” as always good and Bashar al-Assad and his government as un-redeemably evil.

It has been reliably reported that celebrities like George Clooney, Justin Timberlake and Hillary Clinton really like the White Helmets documentary and have promoted it with the understanding that it represents the truth about Syria, but it is, of course, not the whole story. The film, which was made by the White Helmets themselves without any external verification of what it depicts, portrays the group as “heroic,” an “impartial, life-saving rescue organization” of first responders. Excluded from the scenes of heroism under fire is the White Helmets’ relationship with the al-Qaeda affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra and its participation in the torture and execution of “rebel” opponents. Indeed, the White Helmets only operate in rebel held territory, which enables them to shape the narrative both regarding who they are and what is occurring on the ground. Because of increasing awareness of the back story, there is now a growing movement to petition the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revoke the Oscar based on the complete and deliberate misrepresentation of what the White Helmets are all about.

Exploiting their access to the western media, the White Helmets have de facto become a major source of “eyewitness” news regarding what has been going on in those many parts of Syria where European and American journalists are quite rightly afraid to go. It is all part of a broader largely successful “rebel” effort to manufacture fake news that depicts the Damascus government as engaging in war crimes directed against civilians.

The White Helmets have certainly saved some lives under dangerous circumstances but they have also exaggerated their humanitarian role as they travel to bombing sites with their film crews trailing behind them. Once at the sites, with no independent observers, they are able to arrange or even stage what is filmed to conform to their selected narrative. They have consistently promoted tales of government atrocities against civilians to encourage outside military intervention in Syria and bring about regime change in Damascus. The White Helmets were, for example, the propagators of the totally false but propagandistically effective claims regarding the government use of so-called “barrel bombs” against civilians.

The White Helmets were a largely foreign creation that came into prominence in the aftermath of the unrest in Syria that developed as a result of the Arab Spring in 2012. They are currently largely funded by a number of non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as governments, including Britain and some European Union member states. The United States has directly provided $23 million through the USAID (US Agency for International Development) as of 2016 and almost certainly considerably more indirectly. Max Blumenthal has explored in some detail the various funding resources and relationships that the organization draws on, mostly in Europe and the United States.

Former weapons inspector Scott Ritter has described how the White Helmets are not actually trained to do the complicated rescue work that they depict in their self-made videos, which have established their reputation by ostensibly showing them in action inside Syria, rescuing civilians from bombed out structures, and providing life-saving emergency medical care. As an expert in Hazardous Materials handling with New York Task Force 2 USAR team, Ritter reports that “these videos represent de facto evidence of dangerous incompetence or, worse, fraud… The bread and butter of the White Helmet’s self-made reputation is the rescue of a victim—usually a small child—from beneath a pile of rubble, usually heavy reinforced concrete… The techniques used by the White Helmets are not only technically wrong, but dangerous to anyone who might actually be trapped… In my opinion, the videos are pure theater, either staged to impress an unwitting audience, or actually conducted with total disregard for the wellbeing of any real victims.”

Ritter also cites the lack of training in hazardous chemicals, best observed in the videos provided by the White Helmets regarding their activity at Khan Sheikhun on April 4th. He notes “As was the case with their ‘rescues’ of victims in collapsed structures, I believe the rescue efforts of the White Helmets at Khan Sheikhun were a theatrical performance designed to impress the ignorant and ill-informed… Through their actions…the White Helmets were able to breathe life into the overall narrative of a chemical weapons attack, distracting from the fact that no actual weapon existed….”

But perhaps the most serious charge against the White Helmets consists of the evidence that they actively participated in the atrocities, to include torture and murder, carried out by their al-Nusra hosts. There have been numerous photos of the White Helmets operating directly with armed terrorists and also celebrating over the bodies of execution victims and murdered Iraqi soldiers. The group has an excellent working relationship with a number of jihadi affiliates and is regarded by them as fellow “mujahideen” and “soldiers of the revolution.”

So by all means let’s organize to revoke the White Helmets’ Oscar due to misrepresentation and fraud. It might even serve as a wake-up call to George Clooney and his fellow Hollywood snowflakes. But the bigger take-away from the tale of the White Helmets would appear to be how it is an unfortunate repeat of the bumbling by a gullible U.S. government that has wrecked the Middle East while making Americans poorer and less safe. A group of “moderates,” in this case their propagandists, is supported with weapons and money to overthrow a government with which Washington has no real quarrel but it turns out the moderates are really extremists. If they succeed in changing regime in Damascus, that is when the real nightmare will begin for minorities within Syria and for the entire region, including both Israel and Saudi Arabia, both of which seem intent on bringing Bashar al-Assad down. And the truly unfortunate fact is that the Israelis and Saudis apparently have convinced an ignorant Donald Trump that that is the way to go so the situation in Syria will only get worse and, unless there is a course correction, Washington will again richly deserve most of the blame.

Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Modern History from the University of London

This article was first published by Unz Review 

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.

 

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