Revolution Across the Arab World: What It Seems or More Illusion?

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c455:
The journalism and tweets (and twitter journalism) flowing in from Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and now Libya give the impression of real,legitimate popular uprisings, led by cross-sections of their societies but especially young people. However, because I was not convinced by the last uprising in Iran (that it was truly a movement of the people and unmanipulated by outside forces) I also can't take this epidemic of revolutions at face value, without looking for underlying influences...

gReT:
c455, I thought you were going to take the more charitable position and *I* was going to be the cynic who thinks everything is fake! Of course the peoples of these countries are pissed and looking for any glimmer of hope that their resistance can finally become overt and not be crushed. the fact is that that hope has come from the attention that mainstream media have decided to give to the movements. this has the effect of bringing the activist-minded out into the streets where they can be manipulated by controlled oppositions that are already in place. If you're looking for a model, look to the antiwar movement in the US. The popular uprisings in the middle east are going to be co-opted and manipulated and directed and controlled by the same types of organizations--possibly by the same organizations! this is the notorious "world revolution" that has always been the loony left to the rigid right of the rich. the elites stand above both sides and thereby control it all.

c455:
Okay, I know I was supposed to be the idealistic voice, but years of (online) exposure to gReT's profound cynicism have apparently had an effect -- I can't help but be suspicious. Especially when I read tweets like this coming from Libya:

TristanAJE Tristan Redman
Pre-gadaffi Revo flag everywhere in #libya. But where did these flags, stickers, posters come from?
27 Feb

TristanAJE Tristan Redman
Revolutionaries issuing press papers in little plastic wallets. Bureaucracy dies hard in #libya
27 Feb

TristanAJE Tristan Redman
'17th feb youth revolution' already has own graphic branding. Graffiti flag with '17' motif #libya
1 Mar

TristanAJE Tristan Redman
#libya provisional council in #benghazi even has a 'drawing and caligraphy' department
1Mar

TristanAJE Tristan Redman
Human rights watch tells us story of gadaffi's african 'mercenaries' is '95% untrue' #libya
1 Mar

TristanAJE Tristan Redman
Been meeting nigerians, sudanese, afraid to go out, fear attacks. Many accused of being 'mercenaries' #libya
1 Mar

TristanAJE Tristan Redman
The revolution will not be improvised. Identikit printed slogans appear behind our live position #libya
5 hours ago

TristanAJE Tristan Redman
Boys in high viz jackets appear at our #benghazi live position. Crowd control. Where did they come from? #libya
5 hours ago