Peaceful Protest is Much More Effective than Violence for Toppling Dictators

Courtesy of Max Fisher @ Washington Post:

Political scientist Erica Chenoweth used to believe, as many do, that violence is the most reliable way to get rid of a dictator. History is filled, after all, with coups, rebellions and civil wars. She didn’t take public protests or other forms of peaceful resistance very seriously; how could they possible upend a powerful, authoritarian regime?

Then, as Chenoweth recounts in a Ted Talk posted online Monday, she put together some data and was surprised by what she found. “I collected data on all major nonviolent and violent campaigns for the overthrow of a government or a territorial liberation since 1900,” she says — hundreds of cases. “The data blew me away.”

Here’s her chart, which pretty clearly suggests that nonviolent movements are much likelier to work:

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(Erica Chenoweth/YouTube)

And that trend is actually “increasing over time,” Chenoweth adds. “Nonviolent campaigns are becoming increasingly successful.” Below is a chart of the successful campaigns from 1940 to 2006. Continue reading

The Revolution Must Occur At A Time And Place Of Our Choosing

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Courtesy of Dave Hodges @ The Sleuth Journal:

After publishing the article which detailed the frightening extent to which the globalist super-weapons have reached, the display of resistance was admirable, but misguided. On their own, the American people cannot fight the globalists on their terms and expect to prevail. David did not engage Goliath on Goliath’s terms. David employed a weapon at a relatively safe distance. If David had been within an arms length of Goliath, David would have been destroyed. In the same light, if one thinks that they are going to successfully engage a Micro Aerial Vehicle in their driveway armed with their 12 gauge shotgun and win, that person is both naive and mistaken. This is not to suggest that Americans should not be prepared to fight against the unfolding and unprecedented levels of tyranny that we will be dealing with in a short amount of time.

Truisms Regarding Revolution

No military coup has even been successful in the long run, in the complete overthrow of a powerful and tyrannical government, without the popular support of the people. In that regard, we the people still hold the power in this situation and may ultimately decide the final outcome.

If one thinks they are going to engage the coming “Killer Robots” in their doorway and win a majority of these confrontations, then that person clearly does not understand either technology and/or military strategy. Conversely, no grass-roots revolution led by the people will ever be successful without the overwhelming assistance from the military. The globalists control every single pressure point of military power. The only way to unseat that power is to get the military to change sides and join with the people. We nearly had that moment at Benghazi. However, the military learned a very painful lesson when General Hamm and his colleagues were stopped from rescuing Ambassador Stevens and exposing the criminality of this administration to the public. When Hamm et al were arrested, most of the people of this country were unaware of what was at stake and failed to speak up and subsequently act. The military will not likely make this kind of move again without the support of the public. Continue reading

“Behind The Kiev Snipers It Was Somebody From The New Coalition” – A Stunning New Leak Released

The standard Western military play book, courtesy of Project Gladio. Supporting the opposition who’s hardline Neo-fascists/Wahhabi/Salafest/Communist/Terrorist (depending on what country or continent you are in) thugs do whatever is required to stir up hate and then the impartial war mongering media will do the rest. Honestly it is that out in the open, from South America to Vietnam to more recent events of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan et al. Neo-Colonialism 101 and lest we not forget what chief hypocrite and good ol’ forgetful John ‘I’ve got a face like a mule’ Kerry recently said:

“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in the 19th century fashion by invading a country on a completely trumped up pretext.

COME ON JOHN, I HAVE AN ATTENTION SPAN GREATER THAN 5 MINUTES #WARCRIMINAL

Courtesy of Zerohedge:

The last time a leaked phone call out of Ukraine was released about a month ago ostensibly by the Russian NSA equivalent, one between US assistant sec state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, it was revealed that the real puppet masters behind the Maidan movement, and the true instigators of the Ukraine “revolution” were none other than the “developed” world superpowers, lead by the US. Also revealed were tensions between the US and EU strategies on how to overthrow the current government, culminating with the infamous “Fuck the EU.” Needless to say the US, which implicitly confirmed the recording, was angry at Russia and accused it of using dirty tricks.

That’s ironic, because when it comes to “dirty tricks” what is about to be presented, blows the top off anything Russia may or has done to date.

Earlier today an even more shocking recording has been “leaked” this time one between the always concerned about human rights EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet, in which it is revealed on tape that all those photos of horrifying deaths of Ukrainians by snipers during the last days of the Median stand off, were in fact caused not by Snipers controlled by Yanukovich, but that the snipers shot at both protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders!

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Here is the key exchange, just after 8 minutes into the conversation:

Paet: “All the evidence shows that people who were killed by snipers from both sides, policemen and people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides. … Some photos that showed it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it is really disturbing that now the new coalition they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened. So there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition.” Continue reading

Yanukovych’s Fall: The Power of Ukraine’s Billionaires

Courtesy of De Spiegel:

The protesters in Kiev were largely responsible for the fall of the Ukrainian president. But his way out of office was paved by two of the country’s most powerful oligarchs. Made rich by Viktor Yanukovych, the pair made early preparations for his departure.

Nobody told Ukrainian parliamentarian Yuri Blagodir that you had to be physically fit to be a representative. But last Thursday, the ability to run fast suddenly became a key skill. Just before 10 a.m., the parliament in Kiev was finally assembling in an effort to find a way out of the spiraling chaos that had gripped the country. Then came the order to clear the building.

Gunfire rang out, explosions shook the government quarter and special police and secret service units rushed to the scene. The opposition, it was said, intended to storm the parliament and the seat of government.

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Blagodir, 40, ran up the street along with the other parliamentarians, away from the city center and away from the parliament building. They felt like they were running for their lives — a pack of representatives being hunted by the people they represented.

It was afternoon before they returned to their workplace and the greatly anticipated special session only began at 5 p.m. For Yuri Blagodir, the session was of particular importance. Just a day earlier, he had still been a member of the Party of Regions, the governing party led by President Viktor Yanukovych.

Thursday was to be the first day of his new political life. A day prior, he had posted the following on his website: “The events of the last three months have shown that the official response to the crisis can only lead to civil war and the disintegration of the state.” He joined three other Party of Regions members in renouncing their membership. A day later, 10 more representatives turned their backs on Yanukovych and huge numbers of functionaries across the country did the same.

It marked the beginning of the rapid end of Yanukovych’s grip on power. It was his worst-case scenario: By the end of the day on Thursday, a third of his parliamentarians had abandoned him.

The reason was clear. Civil war no longer seemed merely a theoretical possibility. Snipers had opened fire on protesters in the city center, killing dozens with shots to the head, neck or chest. Over 50 people were killed on the streets of Kiev that day — a day which was supposed to be one of mourning for the protesters who lost their lives that Tuesday. In total, according to Ukrainian authorities, 88 people died in the conflict last week. Continue reading

Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition”

Courtesy of The Newstatesman:

When I was asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman I said yes because it was a beautiful woman asking me. I chose the subject of revolution because the New Statesman is a political magazine and imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I can be enthused about politics.

When people talk about politics within the existing Westminster framework I feel a dull thud in my stomach and my eyes involuntarily glaze. Like when I’m conversing and the subject changes from me and moves on to another topic. I try to remain engaged but behind my eyes I am adrift in immediate nostalgia; “How happy I was earlier in this chat,” I instantly think.

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