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Robert Fisk: Why bankers are the dictators of the West

Robert Fisk

Published 10/12/2011 | 05:00

Tents of the 'Occupy Frankfurt' movement in front of the ECB headquarters during a protest. Photo: REUTERS/ALEX DOMANSKI
Tents of the 'Occupy Frankfurt' movement in front of the ECB headquarters during a protest. Photo: REUTERS/ALEX DOMANSKI

Writing from the very region that produces more cliches per square foot than any other "story" -- the Middle East -- I should perhaps pause before I say I have never read so much garbage, so much utter drivel, as I have about the world financial crisis. But I will not hold my fire.

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It seems to me that the reporting of the collapse of capitalism has reached a new low which even the Middle East cannot surpass for sheer unadulterated obedience to the very institutions and Harvard "experts" who have helped to bring about the whole criminal disaster.

Let's kick off with the "Arab Spring" -- in itself a grotesque verbal distortion of the great Arab/Muslim awakening which is shaking the Middle East -- and the trashy parallels with the social protests in Western capitals. We've been deluged with reports of how the poor or disadvantaged in the West have "taken a leaf" out of the "Arab Spring" book, how demonstrators in America, Canada, Britain, Spain and Greece have been "inspired" by the huge demonstrations that brought down the regimes in Egypt, Tunisia and -- up to a point -- Libya. But this is nonsense.

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