Could someone elaborate on why this term jasmine revolution keeps coming up? I’m genuinely unsure what it means. It is near invisible in the UK, or at least to me, but comrades in Europe have been using it with regularity.. It refers also to China then? That is completely off screen here in the UK right now. Bahrain too has disappeared off radar. Is it that the revolutions only appeal when they smell of jasmine, and when its British weapons used to kill protesters etc, suddenly its all swept off screen (pruned, mulched, thrown in the compost bin of media history).
Appallingly, Stop the War coalition have only managed a statement on their website saying no to interference – the sort of calls for action, demonstrations, candle light vigils even that were held in the run up to the Iraq invasion are conspicuously absent for this one. Is it the smell of jasmine that makes this potential war sweet? A phony war if ever there was one – and with the ‘colonial machine’ (arms sales, oil, development agenda) ready to roll back into Egypt, Tunisia etc, all the more reason to take the stench of these rotting flowers to the doorsteps our own governments and television/journalists.
Comments welcome – these are questions, not answers.