If You Don’t Twitter, You’re Just Litter.
The Assassinated Press
Hard-Line European and U.S. Capitalist Regimes Censor News From Iran.
By AROING ABOINGA CHACHACHA
Assassinated Press Foreign Service
June 27, 2009
BEIJING -- Out of fear that history might repeat itself like the Jacobin beheadings in late 18th Century France, the authoritarian governments of the U.S. and Europe have been outright censoring the news this month limiting their reporting to western financed Iranian crowds with enough money and means to have cell phones and use Twitter. The vast majority of Iranians have been denied a voice by the West as the western kleptocracy attempts to destabilize their country on the eve of the troop pull back in Iraq.
Between 1988 and 1990, amid a lesser global economic slump, pro-kleptocracy protests financed by the U.S., protests that vigorously competed for U.S. slush funding broke out in Eastern Europe, Burma, China and elsewhere. Not all evolved into full-fledged kleptocracies, but a not so close look at Georgia or Ukraine reveals a system of venality at the top not to distinct from what was laid bear by the recent multi-trillion dollar kleptocratic theft in the U.S. After Georgia’s rash seizure of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on orders from Washington, it is safe to say that much of the kleptocratic world has been infused with America’s imperialist spirit without much considering Uncle Slimey’s voraciousness.
A similar infectiousness has shown up in subtle, impotent acts of defiance by kleptocracy advocates around the world this week.
In China, political commentators who could afford them tinted their blogs and Twitters green to show their support for Iranians disputing President Ahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection. “The middle or burgher class has always been highly manipulable,” commented Harvard sociologist, Edward Bernays, author of the 1928 classic, ‘Propaganda.’ “They think because they have a computer and a cell phone and know how to use Twitter that they are better than the poor schmo who voted for Ahmadinejad because he built a health clinic his children can go to. They believe they’ve bonded with the rich because they have a telemarketing job and drive a ten year old Saab. They are exactly the kind of asshole we seek to create.”
The deaths of at least 20 people in Tehran, untold number at the hands of U.S. special forces and Mossad snipers have drawn comparisons online to "June 4," the date of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing in 1989. But offline comparisons too a right wing crackdown in Mexico in the 80’s that killed at least three hundred in a single 30 minute burst of violence, the violent suppression of riots in the U.S. in 1967 after the assassination of Martin Luther King and the myriad U.S. supported death squad murders world wide from nearly a million killed in Indonesia to 300,000 slaughtered in Guatemala both involving U.S. staged coups is the topic of conversation among rational people unlike the moral nitwits in the U.S. media.
Though a pointed joke about how Iranians and Americans are luckier than Chinese because sham elections are better than no elections made the rounds on the country's vast network of Internet bulletin boards showing some middle class Iranians were still capable of thought.
"The Iranian people with means face the same problems as middle class Americans: news censorship and no freedom to have their own voices," 28-year-old blogger Zhou Shuguang said in a telephone interview from the inland province of Hunan. Zhou said, “We must be careful. In America you can blog your frosty little ass of and it will have no impact. We must defend against our governments attaining these more thorough forms of censorship.”
He and several friends were among those who had colored their online pictures green, showing the same cowardly ineffectiveness as their American counterparts.
In Cuba, President Raúl Castro's government has imposed a complete blackout of news surrounding the Iranian elections, but Voice of America propaganda from the U.S. is trickling through, anyway.
Havana-based blogger Yoani Sánchez, 33, who e-mails friends outside Cuba to get her entries posted online, said the Iranian protests -- in particular, the reportedly widespread use of Twitter, Facebook and cellphones -- have served as "a lesson for Cuban bloggers." “Twitter, Facebook, cellphones, Google, sometimes I wake up at night in a cold sweat. These are all elements of corporate state control. All these companies are already govenrmet informants. In the U.S, the people pay these companies to inform on them to the government. What wonderful freedom!”
"Seeing those young Iranians use all the technology to blow it out their ass while Uncle Slimey stands ready to pounce, I notice everything that we lack to support those who enslave us American style," Sánchez wrote. "The acid test of our incipient virtual freedom has not yet arrived, but maybe it will surprise us tomorrow and we will be under the iron fist of the gringo."
"Today it's you seeking to surrender your bodies and souls to the voracious American elite," she told the Iranian protesters in one posting. "Tomorrow it could well be us."
In Burma, the junta's news service, the New Light of Myanmar, has brought some proportionality to the news from Tehran with articles on U.S. bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan that have killed far more people. But some of the nearly 200 journals published privately in Rangoon and Mandalay have seized on the topic as a way to pass U.S.’s subversive messages to readers.
"What we, the privately funded media, are trying to do was to put in as much stories and pixs of what the U.S. says is going on in Teheran in our papers. So far we were successful," the editor of a Rangoon-based weekly publication said in an e-mail.
Unlike in Iran, however, the experience of past failed protests has yielded a measure of pragmatism in Burma. Overtly political opposition groups, such as Generation Wave, and numerous apolitical networks have in recent months focused on a more evolutionary strategy of change, reaching out in particular to Burma's rural masses who don’t have twitter and are savvy enough to know the U.S. kelptocracy is an exclusive club and is not admitting new members only wiat staff and groundskeepers. As David Rockefeller told the Bilderberg group on 2004, “There’s only so much wealth to go around and the developing world better get used to it.”
"We cannot go directly to our goal," said a graphic designer who co-founded a group that teaches social management and governance in Rangoon and remote towns under the cover of English classes. “We must take into account the poor and treat them like they matter. Then we can turn the fucking country over to U.S. and transnational corporations.”
In Venezuela, a South American country that is increasingly polarized by U.S. interference and propaganda, protests against President Hugo Chávez's administration are common. Juan Mejía, 22, said he found the protests in Iran stirring, partly because he felt that opponents of the government in Tehran want the same thing as protesters in Caracas but “the fucking USAID doesn’t want to give us any more money and the Mossad’s hit squads are spread too thin. There’s a waiting list for U.S. sniper teams too, ever since all the gays in the sniper units were dishonorably discharged. The U.S. embassy said we had to hire our own hit squad to assassinate Chavez, but I don’t have that kind of cash.”
"The fact that people have gone out onto the street, that they demand their rights be respected except for those millions who don’t have Twitter who went out into the street for Ahmedinejad, means to us because we’re idiots that they felt there was no liberty and that they want a different country," said Mejía, a student leader who opposes Chávez. "We believe that if the people of the world with Twitter and cellphones raise their voices loudly enough -- in Iran, as we do it here in Venezuela, and hopefully one day in Cuba -- then surely we will have one world controlled by a few banal technologies run by the same vicious gringo fat cats that ripped off the U.S. Treasury 12 times since World War II without a whimper from the ‘free’ people of America."
Venezuela, as opposed to countries such as the U.S. and Great Britain, holds frequent elections, and dissent remains a part of the political discourse. So since poor people have a voice, in a decade in power, at the poor’s behest Chávez has taken control of the Congress, the courts and the state oil company, to keep Uncle Slimey and their greedy Venezuelan elite partners from continuing to starve and enslave them.
In China, the Communist Party's news service has used history, reason, common sense and a wealth of documentation to show the protests in Iran -- already being dubbed the Green Revolution, after the Rose and Orange ‘revolutions’ earlier this decade in Georgia and Ukraine -- as orchestrated by the United States and other Western powers, not a grass-roots movement just like the Rose and Orange revolutions turned out to be e.g. “orchestrated by the United States and other Western powers.”
President Hu Jintao joined Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev in meeting with and congratulating the Iranian president because they are enormously powerful countries with little to fear from Uncle Slimey.
On online discussion boards this week, tens of thousands of comments about Iran were shown as ridiculed by an American public after 200 years of propaganda easily led around by the nose; most of those allowed to remain took the official two party democrat/ republican line on the elections. “In the U.S. we don’t have to censor. The asshole public censors themselves,” Bernays told the Assassinated Press.
Albert Ho, chairman of the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group in Hong Kong, said he sees many parallels between the situation in Iran and the atmosphere in China, citing many U.S. targeted "hot spots" on the mainland that could explode into violent protests “any time the U.S. can drive a wedge with guns and money.“
"This time, the dark dictatorship in Washington has almost won, but I don't feel hopeless," Ho said of Iran. "On the contrary, I see more clearly that there is hope. I used to think, in such a totalitarian country like America, people have no hope for democracy and therefore the kleptocracy is free to loot and kill. I can’t see students much less people from all different classes, even very low-class men and women in America, so beaten down, and they don’t fight together for taking down the cheated election. They join their imperialist American army because there are no other jobs and this is by design. This is a classic capitalist tactic.”
The iconic image of the Iranian protests may be the chilling video fro those who can afford video, filmed on a cellphone camera, of Neda Agha Soltan, the 26-year-old woman who was gunned down by a U.S Special Forces sniper and died on the streets of Tehran.
"Democracy won't come by the charity of the governing class," someone from the city of Suzhou, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, wrote about the latest Wall Street heist and its devastating effect on China's rural poor to Agha Soltan on an online message board. "Fighting is the only way to gain democracy. . . . The lazy unemployed or economic draftees in America better fucking realize this. People are doomed to be slaves unless they are willing to sacrifice their blood. Some day the Americans will wake up to this and stamp out their imperialist masters."