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Behind the anti-anti-China Olympics campaign

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Behind the anti-China Olympics campaign
By Gary Wilson
Published Mar 27, 2008 8:53 PM
http://www.workers.org/2008/world/anti-china_olympics_0403/
Exposing these rightist connections is essential for any Tibetan freedom movement, but at the same time the left’s moral indignation comes to a halt confronted with Communist abuses, vitiating their critiques, which are as untrustworthy as anything from the NED.

Can there be any doubt that the U.S. government is behind the attacks
on China targeting the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing?

The events that unfolded at the lighting of the Olympic flame March 24
in Greece were most revealing. A protest briefly disrupted the
ceremonies. The news reports all said that the protest was about Tibet.

Three protesters were arrested, but then immediately released. None
were Tibetan.

The three French men, it turns out, are all from a notorious right-
wing organization that’s funded by the governments of France and the
United States as well as some of the richest capitalists in the world.
They all are employees of the outfit called Reporters Without Borders.

Based in France, the group gets funding from the U.S. government’s
National Endowment for Democracy as well as the Soros Foundation and
the Center for a Free Cuba. U.S. State Department Special Envoy Otto
Reich is a trustee of the Center. He was also the lawyer for the
Bacardi liquor dynasty that was kicked out of Cuba, along with the
hated dictator Fulgencio Batista. The president of the Center is Frank
Calzón, a former leader of the terrorist organization Cuban American
National Foundation.
Reporters Without Borders unmasked

“Reporters Without Borders Unmasked” is the title of a report by Diana
Barahona on Counterpunch.org. RWB has an “obsession” with Cuba, which
Barahona says can be directly traced to its funding. What may not be
obvious is that the Center for a Free Cuba is a front organization for
U.S. covert operations against Cuba. It is completely funded by the
U.S. Agency for International Development, an agency that has long
fronted for U.S. covert operations.

RWB does not just target Cuba, though Cuba has been its primary target
for many years—the Cuban press generally refers to RWB as an ultra-
reactionary organization with ties to counterrevolutionary terrorists.
At the time of the U.S. contra war against the Sandinista government,
the RWB carried on operations against Nicaragua.

Today it also has operations targeting Venezuela, Bolivia, Iran,
People’s Korea, and the Palestinians, according to a report by French
journalist Salim Lamrani. (“The deceit of Reporters Without Borders,”
ZNet.com)

RWB was merely fulfilling its contract with the U.S. government when
it carried out the little disruption of the Olympic Games opening
ceremony. It got maximum publicity in the compliant U.S. media for its
anti-China message.
NED: CIA of the 21st century

The shadowy hand of the National Endowment for Democracy can be found
in many of the anti-China reports over the last few weeks.

The NED is a U.S. government agency that does in the post-Cold War era
much of what the CIA had been doing during the U.S. counter-
revolutionary operations against the Soviet Union. In fact, that’s
almost exactly how its role was described by the NED’s first acting
president, Allen Weinstein, who said, “A lot of what we [the NED] do
today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.” (Washington Post,
Sept. 22, 1991)

In the U.S., little is known about the NED except for its public
relations handouts. The big business-controlled press usually just
repeats what’s in those handouts.

Australian writer Michael Barker, in a report last Aug. 13 published
by Canada-based Global Research, detailed at that time the rise of
groups aimed at breaking Tibet away from China, all of which were NED-
funded.

The International Campaign for Tibet, for example, not only is funded
by the NED but also has a board of directors that includes several
former assistant secretaries of the U.S. State Department and former
U.S. AID officials.

The Tibet Fund is another NED payee, as is the Tibet Information
Network and the Tibetan Literary Society, Barker reports. Also getting
funds from the NED is the Tibetan Review Trust Society, which
publishes the English-only Tibetan Review magazine. Finally, Barker
says, the NED also set up the Voice of Tibet short-wave radio station.

About 38 percent of the U.S. government’s nonmilitary China-related
programs are allocated through the NED. According to the NED’s Web
site, other recipients of its China funds include the Gu-Chu-Sum
Movement of Tibet, the Tibetan Women’s Association and the Longsho
Youth Movement of Tibet.

All this raises more questions than answers about what is now
happening in China. Many events that are reported to be about Tibet
focus on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Like the disruption of the
Olympic torch lighting in Greece, the commentators quoted most
frequently in the U.S. media are not Tibetans; most are from the U.S.
and say they are speaking for the Tibetans.

The anti-Olympics campaign is clearly based in Washington, not Tibet.

In China, economic advances have been made in Tibet. The current
leaders of People’s China have chosen what they call the market road
to socialism. They attribute their great economic boom to this policy.
But capitalist market relations by their very character breed
inequality and promote divisions among peoples, breaking down the
bonds of socialist solidarity. Nevertheless, China still retains
strong traditions and political, social and economic institutions
based on its great revolutionary past.

The question is to what extent rising inequalities may have
facilitated the imperialist campaign against China now focused on Tibet.
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