Pinkwashing and lifestyle liberalism

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John Pilger’s article at the Information Clearing House, ‘Never Forget That Bradley Manning, Not Gay Marriage, Is The Issue’ neatly underlines how belligerent powers in the west increasingly pinkwash their erosion of civil liberties. Pilger reminds us that it was the Obama administration that “smeared [Bradley's] homosexuality as weird”, and calls Obama’s Nobel Prize “absurd and an authentic expression of the lifestyle liberalism that controls much of political debate in the west.” 

On 12 May, in Sydney, Australia, home of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, a protest parade in support of gay marriage filled the city centre. The police looked on benignly. It was a showcase of liberalism. Three days later, there was to be a march to commemorate the Nakba (“The Catastrophe’), the day of mourning when Israel expelled Palestinians from their land. A police ban had to be overturned by the Supreme Court.

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  1. Blake
    May 19, 2012, 12:31 pm

    Get your priorities right people of Sydney (& the west in general). I cannot believe how our morals and ethics have gone down the tube. However on a brighter note I do not recall a year in my existence where I have seen so much written on the Nakba.

  2. Dan Crowther
    May 19, 2012, 7:25 pm

    great post

  3. Annie Robbins
    May 19, 2012, 11:17 pm

    A police ban had to be overturned by the Supreme Court.

    what does that mean? the police banned the march to commemorate the Nakba and the supreme court overturned it and allowed the commemoration?

    • Blake
      May 20, 2012, 3:49 am

      Yes hence my get your priorities right comment.

    • Eleanor Kilroy
      May 20, 2012, 5:34 am

      Australians for Palestine has a post about the ban that was eventually overturned: link to australiansforpalestine.net

      ‘The NSW Police have taken the organizers of the Nakba commemoration march in Sydney to the Supreme Court demanding that the rally should be moved to a different location and the march to be cancelled. The protesters have decided to assert their rights, saying that they will contest any attempt to prohibit the march.

      “In the same way that 3 Israeli activists were arrested for trying to commemorate Al-Nakba, the Victorian police charged 19 BDS protesters in Melbourne, (they are now in court), now the NSW Police are showing their true colours by trying to silence free speech and political protest in support of the Palestinians.’

  4. aiman
    May 20, 2012, 1:34 am

    John Pilger, enlightening as always. Also people may be interested to learn how Pilger has been smeared and boycotted by the liberal establishment, both in Australia and in the United States. Chris Hedges’ The Death of the Liberal Class in action.

    In Australia: link to antonyloewenstein.com

    In the US: link to allvoices.com

  5. yourstruly
    May 20, 2012, 10:03 am

    same as they’ve taken over the u.s. government as well as both the democratic and republican parties, israel firsters now own the liberal establishment. the only way to break this hold is to attack them for their israel first treachery, not once, not now and then, but daily and twice on sundays. and as the public comes to associate israel firstness with battle casualties in afghanistan (recall general david petreaus’ remarks a couple years ago about israel’s intransigence endangering our troops in afghanistan & Iraq), there’ll be a general revulsion towards these traitors, such that the pro-israel echo chamber will be muted. once again this isn’t conjecture because this is exactly what happened 20 years ago* when president george the elder hinted at pro-israel americans being less than patriotic for their opposition to his putting a hold on a ten billion dollar guaranteed loan to the apartheid entity for having grown its settlements in the west bank. the reason israel firsters quiet down when their patriotic bonafides are questioned is that they know that the charge is true. what isn’t clear, however, given the effectiveness of exposing israel firsters for what they are, is why anti-zionists are so restrained in employing this proven weapon. not that the subject isn’t broached now & then, but at least on mw, seems that two-state vs one state & related topics are prioritized, the outcome of which we have no control. our exposing israel firsters, though, will take us to the heart of the matter, severing that disgusting special relationship, something that turning the public against israel firsters can accomplish. and once the special relationship is broken, the apartheid entity’s leaders will have no choice but to sit down with their palestinian counterparts and work things out based on one equals one with liberty and justice for all. we can do this!

    *same thing happened during the ’56 suez war when president dwight eisenhower forced an israeli/french/british military alliance to withdraw from egyptian territory.

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