Twenty Years Ago & Today – Internet Disruption, School Shootings & Neoliberalism in Crisis

16. listopadu 2019, 15:39
Калеб Маупин | New Eastern Outlook | Columns
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8877 Everyone wants to predict the future. This is why for thousands of years astrologers, sorcerers, and psychics have continued to rake in money, despite science debunking their supposed abilities. Every human being goes through life engaging in actions based on a calculation of what the consequences will be, and on at least a vague prediction of what will happen next. Beyond personal life, the ability to calculate the trajectory of events is deeply important in geopolitics. Observing global trends and making accurate predictions is a highly desired ability. To be able to watch world events as they occur, take note of certain trends, and forecast correctly what will eventually unfold, gives the forecaster a strong advantage. With this understanding, we shall look over the year of 1999, twenty years ago. This was a year in which a number of the biggest trends impacting the contemporary global situation first began to manifest themselves. “Color Revolutions” Go High Tech On July 20th, 1999, Jiang Zemin officially outlawed the Falun Gong religious cult, and thousands of its members were immediately arrested. Falun Gong is an organization that opposes inter-racial marriage and women’s participation in the political process, and favors the persecution of homosexuals. At the time, adherents of the Falun Gong were staging a series of anti-Communist protests and recruiting young people across China. In 1997, China’s Ministry of Security had already published a document regarding its investigations of the religious group. Communist Party leaders then began openly and accurately describing Falun Gong as an anti-communist, feudal religious sect that sought to undermine the Communist Party and create unrest. Young people who joined the sect were separated from their parents, indoctrinated, and pushed into dangerous situations risking arrest. The leader of the group, Li Hongzi, became a permanent resident settling in the United States in 1998, where he remains, living with his wife and daughter. But how was it that a group that was so hostile to the Communist Party gained millions of adherents so rapidly, and was able to engage in a series of coordinated disruptive protests on the Chinese mainland? The group had no access to the TV, Radio or major newspapers. It was by utilizing the internet to spread its views that Falun Gong was able to recruit so rapidly. Falun Gong most likely also received some covert support from US intelligence agencies. Since being banned in 1999, the Falun Gong has been honored by the Heritage Foundation, and many figures in the US state apparatus. It was in response to Falun Gong’s use of the internet to spread unrest that China began restricting the internet, the same year. On January 20th, 1999, the Chinese News Service announced new restrictions aimed at internet cafes. After President Bill Clinton’s 1999 NATO bombing campaign in Yugoslavia, US intel agencies would escalate their covert funding and managing of an anti-government movement. The organization known as “Otpor!” (Resistance!) utilized the internet in its efforts to destabilize and eventually topple the socialist government in Serbia. Milosevic stepped down in October of 2000. In 1999, the method of staging “Color Revolutions” to topple anti-imperialist and socialist governments was being combined with “the information superhighway” and having much quicker results. With new technology, the techniques that Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Soros had utilized in Eastern Europe, became highly amplified in their impact. In the following two decades the eventual emergence of social media would take this to an even higher level. During the Arab Spring explosion of 2011, Jared Cohen of Google would be directly employed by the Hillary Clinton US State Department, for the purpose of “fostering opposition in repressive countries” and focusing on the Middle East region. First Major School Shooting On April 20th, 1999, the United States experienced its first major school shooting. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, walked into Columbine High School and slaughtered 15 of their classmates and teachers. The incident shocked the country, and the response was a much swifter implementation of security measures in America’s schools. The event created a media firestorm, but in the months and years following the incident, the story began to unravel. Almost the entire narrative that Americans had been given by CNN about the incident and it perpetrators was proven to be false. The shooters were reported to have been members of a gang at their school called the “Trench Coat Mafia.” This was proven to be false, and in fact, the only time the shooters had ever been seen wearing black trench coats was the day of the massacre, when they used the coats to conceal their weapons. The shooters were reported to have listened to the rock music of Marilyn Manson, a performer who utilized gothic, sexually deviant, and fascistic aesthetics. Číst celý článek >>> Přeložit do en

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