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Lurid Propaganda in Globe against Global Justice Movement
08 Feb 2001
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Boston Globe publishes lurid propaganda piece on the global justice movement, warning of terrorism and violence. Is this the initial shot in a wider propaganda war against activism?
This Thursday, February 8, the Boston Globe published a lurid article on the growing anti-globalization movement.

The article reads as straightforward propaganda piece, painting a frightening tale of activists being pushed over the edge into committing violence by failing to achieve their goals by peaceful means. Guilt-by-association, scary references to "real" terrorism and violence, events taken out of context, are all propaganda tactics the Globe employed, echoing the original CSIS report of August 2000 on the anti-globalization movement.

Is this the opening shot in a far wider propaganda war to demonize the movement? If the text, coupled with the arrests and repression in Philadelphia are any indicator, the future looks increasingly dangerous for all those engaged in even peaceful non-violent struggle for justice.

Solidarity, Resistance, Vigilance must be the watchwords in the coming days.

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Analysts see threat of terrorism by foes of globalization

By Jeff Israely, Globe Correspondent, 2/8/2001


MILAN - Last week, when movers and shakers of the global economy gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for an annual forum, it was no surprise to see protesters jamming the streets, massed police protecting powerful VIPs from the crowds, or even scattered acts of violence and vandalism in the posh ski resort.

But it did come as a surprise when the event's organizers admitted that antiglobalization computer hackers had managed to collect credit card numbers and other personal data on hundreds of the 1,400 guests at the high-powered event.

And as opponents of globalization become increasingly vocal, organized, and sophisticated, analysts say, there are indications that some extreme elements in the movement are poised to cross over into forms of violence more dangerous than window-smashing, stone-throwing, or computer hacking. In small ways, the pattern may have begun to unfold already....

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Text of Boston Globe propaganda
08 Feb 2001
Text of Boston Globe propaganda:

Analysts see threat of terrorism by foes of globalization

By Jeff Israely, 2/8/2001

ILAN - Last week, when movers and shakers of the global economy gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for an annual forum, it was no surprise to see protesters jamming the streets, massed police protecting powerful VIPs from the crowds, or even scattered acts of violence and vandalism in the posh ski resort.

But it did come as a surprise when the event's organizers admitted that antiglobalization computer hackers had managed to collect credit card numbers and other personal data on hundreds of the 1,400 guests at the high-powered event.

And as opponents of globalization become increasingly vocal, organized, and sophisticated, analysts say, there are indications that some extreme elements in the movement are poised to cross over into forms of violence more dangerous than window-smashing, stone-throwing, or computer hacking. In small ways, the pattern may have begun to unfold already.

In Italy, a Spanish group, Anarchy Insurrectionists, which shares an antiglobalization agenda with groups that battled riot squads on the streets of Seattle, Prague, Washington, and now Davos, took responsibility for a Dec. 17 bomb that was dismantled by police hours before it was set to explode in Milan's famous cathedral, or Duomo. Italian authorities believe the bomb was an attempt by the Spanish outfit to extend its reach beyond its borders.

"The risk is that groups like this can feed into the growing discontent and link up with others around the world that oppose globalization," said Walter Bielli, a member of the Italian Legislature's joint commission on terrorism. "We must watch this phenomenon closely."

Specialists and intelligence sources in Europe and the United States are monitoring the most extreme elements of the far-left groups for signs that they are turning from street violence to terrorism.

Vincent Cannistraro, a former head of CIA counterterrorism, said that some in intelligence circles believe that the most extreme antiglobalization forces may take to violent methods - including terrorism targeted directly at the key institutions of global economic integration, such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.

"It's hard to know what they might do; the stupid members of these groups have already gotten caught," he said. "But I wouldn't be surprised if it happened. The use of political violence is clearly a growing phenomenon."

Cannistraro compared the situation to the appearance of violent extremists in the antiabortion movement, who turned from blocking abortion clinics to bombing them. "You go from mainline, respectable forms of protest to the fringe," he said. "It's certainly an evolution we've seen before."

The threat of violence aimed at globalization is not limited to one political philosophy. Five days after the Milan bomb was found, another device exploded in the Rome offices of the Communist newspaper Il Manifesto. Andrea Insabato, a notorious far-right-wing agitator, has been charged in that attack, which caused heavy damage to newspaper offices and scared the noontime rush of Christmas shoppers.

The only one injured was Insabato, who seems to fit the bill of the old far-right extremist, espousing anti-Semitic rhetoric and glorifying Italy's fascist past. But Forza Nuova, a right-wing political group Insabato is linked to, also vehemently opposes the effects of an increasingly integrated world - denouncing immigration and opposing Italy's participation in international alliances such as the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union. At a December EU conference in Nice, France, Forza Nuova members took part in violent protests alongside swarms of leftists.

Specialists caution that it would be wrong to equate continuing antiglobalization protests, even those that turn violent, with terrorism.

But Paul Wilkinson, chairman of the St. Andrew's University Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence in Scotland, said diverse and dangerous terrorist threats exist, and their targets are increasingly global.

While groups focused on national causes such as the pro-Basque ETA in Spain and an array of organizations in southern and central Asia still account for most terrorist-related bloodshed, Wilkinson said, it is in the international arena that rapid changes are occurring.

This "New Terrorism" is not limited to the organization of Saudi billionaire Osama bin Laden, who has been implicated in the 1998 bombings at American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, and the October attack against the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors.

"Bin Laden is certainly a threat," said Wilkinson, author of a just-released book "Terrorism vs. Democracy." "But I think it would be unwise to assume that was the only threat on the international terrorist scene. We need to be prepared for the whole spectrum."

The prospect of Western antiglobalization groups turning to terrorism is a possibility that "hasn't happened yet, and let's hope it doesn't," Wilkinson said. "But they may become disillusioned by their lack of success, and we could see small groups breaking off from the nonviolent majority."

John Gannon, chairman of the US National Intelligence Council, which just released a CIA-commissioned, 15-year worldwide economic and political forecast, said much of the coming threat of international terrorism - including bin Laden - should be viewed in light of a world that is increasingly interconnected.

"Globalization is the major force in the coming years. But the positive effects are not global - there are winners and losers," said Gannon. "You don't see the investment in the underdeveloped regions, and grievances against the United States and the developed world will increase."

Gannon, a former deputy CIA director, said Western authorities must recognize that this new formula for terrorism is a real threat. "How do you as a beneficiary of globalization manage the underbelly of globalization, of those left out or left behind?" he said.

This story ran on page A10 of the Boston Globe on 2/8/2001.
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http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/039/nation/Analysts_see_threat_of_terrorism_by_foes_of_globalizationP.shtml
How about a link to BostonGlobeWatchDog.com?
09 Feb 2001
Yes, this trend is frightening but it should not surprise us. Note how during coverage of the Inauguration protests, the media bent over backwards to find the one guy with a tiny American flag clutched in his hand, the kind you can buy at 7-11, and then zoomed in on him setting it on fire with a lighter so they could turn this into the symbol for the entire protest. I think the next step for Indymedia is to distribute some sort of paper version of alternative news and viewpoints, on a regular basis, since most people are not online. Also, I am puzzled as to why BostonIndyMedia does not include a link to BostonGlobeWatchDog.com, a site which regularly critiques the Globe's corporate, anti-democracy, anti-global justice agenda. I have suggested it, but nothing has come of it.
reminder GLOBE OWNED BY NEW YORK TIMES
09 Feb 2001
I know you all know this already, but just a reminder if you don't. the Boston Globe is owned by the New York Times now, which hisotrically has been the Liberal-Propoganda model FOR ALL THE WESTERN WORLD. Read Chomsky's "Manufactured Consent" oldie but Relevent and scathing towards the newsmagazines - newsweek/time/world report plus the New York Times, especially.
Instead of acting so paranoid..
09 Feb 2001
Maybe you should realize that not everyone clings to your 'non-violence'. Maybe once you wake up rub those delusions of importance away and open your eyes, you might start to see that.

Then maybe instead of being so concerned about protecting your image.. you might actually start changing things.

PS It's not the fucking 50's anymore..
Things We Need To Remember
12 Feb 2001
While there are many anti-globalization activists that are passivists through and through (often, until it comes to what they eat...but that's a different matter), it must be brought up that there are many anti-globalization activists that are not pacifists. I don't want to give the filth any excuse to spend millions more on keeping open the next big corporate meeting. I also don't want to send a message that we (those of us who are attempting to really make a lasting change) will necessarily abide by their rules, limit ourselves to writing letters and signing postcards, and let them beat us as much as they want. There are many people who gladly put themselves within these boundaries. But are they doing enough?

I hope I don't have to go into detail about what is happening all over the world with the people, the animals, the ecology, the science gone astray, etc. This is REAL stuff, happening EVERY day! Not just when we have a big protest or when the media tells us it's happening.

So, we're faced with two choices:
1.) We can abide by the law, call our Congressmen, write letters in the newspapers, sign postcards, and go to protests with exactly what the filth allow us to do and have.
or,
2.) We can take our lives, our planet, and our goals into our own hands and really, actively DO something about them! While the gears are crushing millions of people, animals, acres of wildlife, etc. a day, they continue to go on crushing until they are stopped. It is up to each of us as to whether we feel we need to throw a wrench in them AS SOON AS WE CAN or let them go on with their destruction while we abide by the law and not alienate those in power.

So, choose which option you'd rather do. Let nobody else make that choice for you. But know it is only a matter of spin-doctoring by the corporate-controlled media that decides whether a Chechan who defends herself against a foreign army is acting in self-defense or is a terrorist, whether a Zapatista is trying to escape oppression or is a terrorist, whether someone in the ETA is trying to overthrow tyranny or is a terrorist, and whether someone who sees through the lies the politicians spew and acts to subvert those lies is an activist or a terrorist.

No matter what you do, do you see yourself as someone who is justified in your actions and is fighting for what's truly right, or are you a terrorist?

Your answer is what really counts.
One more thing to remember...
14 Feb 2001
OOGA BOOGA BOOGA!!

Hey- imperialist oppression and the pursuant propaganda getting you down? Remember what happened when Toto pulled back the green curtain - the wizard wasn't so scary any more!

Yes, friends, we have one thing that these Neo-liberal elitist jerks don't have - A SENSE OF HUMOR! As a Groucho Marxist, I feel there is room for all types of direct action, from non-violent civil disobedience to property destruction. (I don't, however, believe in inflicting intentional bodily harm to anyone, except for cases of absolute self defense.) BUT, most of all, there is always room for more CREATIVITY and HUMOR. I've seen some great puppets and signs at actions all over in the past couple of years. Keep 'em coming!

So, let the pies fly, pull their pants down, show the world that revolution is really a lot of fun! Give the bastards a finger and a smirk!

YEEE-HAW!

Viva las Zapatistas!
Viva ELF!
Viva Ruckusters!
Viva Las Vegans!
Well, you get the idea...
Fuck' em
18 Feb 2001
Fuck your revolution. You either do it or you don't you guys are full of more rhetoric than any damn politician ever was.