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.