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    "Egypt and Tunisia: Plutocracy Won": The Ruse That Was the Arab Spring

    From Kerry Boltons "Egypt and Tunisia: Plutocracy Won" here.

    It is no longer necessary to hypothesize about the purpose of the “velvet revolutions” in North Africa and adjacent states: they are already following the same path as those manufactured in the former Soviet bloc. Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and John Kerry recently went to Tunisia and Egypt with a group of businessmen to discuss the direction of those states.

    Members of the delegation included General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, and officials from Boeing, Coca-Cola, Bechtel, ExxonMobil, Marriot, and Dow. Kerry, McCain, and Lieberman have sponsored a Bill to create “economic assistance funds” for Egypt and Tunisia. “In proposing the bill, the elected officials urged the United States to back the revolutionary movements across the region known as the ‘Arab Spring.”

    A press release from Senator McCain’s office states that, “the delegation met with government, business, and civil society leaders and discussed how greater democratic and economic reform can lead to greater foreign investment.”
    Truth will out. "Liberalism" in the modern era is concerned first and foremost for freedom and liberty only so far as investment opportunities and "reforms" (deregulation) of the financial sector are concerned. Voicing support for the spread of "democracy" is nothing other than a call for an opening of previously unavailable markets - and further markets that operate on Free Market terms.

    "World Democratic Revolution", more truthfully told: "Subversive World Capitalist Revolution".

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    Thank you.

    Do you have the link to that article?
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    The article is linked through the word "here" in the first line of the post.
    Click on it and a new window will re-direct you to it.

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    The International Republican Institute, to quote Bolton further, "boasts of what seems to have been the virtual creation of political opposition against Mubarak:" (from IRI's own website; IRI countries and programs)

    In preparation for those elections, IRI focused on providing Egyptian political and civil society activists with training on strengthening political parties, conducting broad based advocacy efforts, increasing oversight of local councils and sharing information about the value of public opinion research. Prevented from working in Egypt by the Mubarak government, IRI seminars were conducted in Morocco, Dubai and Jordan, drawing trainers from Canada, Europe and the United States.
    Bolton further comments: "IRI has been sponsoring "activists" from Egypt since 2005. The present "spontaneous revolt" has presubably been at least six years in the making, with a "robust training program... exchange visits for Egyptian activists to see firsthand working models of poilitical participation and the role of civil society in elections." Similarly, another front group...

    Freedom House in Egypt had a "...strategy the same as that of other similar organizations in targeting youthful "activists" especially with the use of new technology. Freedom House records that in 2009 "16 Egyptian activists" met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "at the end of a two-month fellowship program organised by Freedom House's New Generation program."
    The financial sponsorship for Freedom House comes from the same sources as those that provide for IRI and the others: National Endowment for Democracy, US State Dept., USAID. Other sponsors include Citigroup, Open Society Institute, Dow Jones Foundation, Bank of America..."
    "Freedom" inasmuch as the market is concerned - nothing more, nothing less.

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