Corporate-financier think-tank Chatham House showers Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki with accolades and praise.
November 28, 2012 (LD) – The Chatham House, a corporate-financier funded think-tank based in the United Kingdom, announced on its website earlier this week that it had awarded President Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia their 2012 “Chatham House Prize.” Chatham House claimed on their website that Marzouki has “ensured that Tunisia remains at the forefront of the new democratic wave in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Marzouki, who accepted the award in person (presented by the Duke of York in London) was one of several nominees which also included Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Previous recipients include US-British backed “democracy icon” Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar.
Ironically, Tunisia’s streets are now, just days later, filled with protesters decrying the very same economic conditions that spurred protests early in 2011 leading to Moncef’s ascension to power. Marzouki’s security forces have begun cracking down using teargas and birdshot, leaving 250 wounded. Protesters claim that some have also been killed, but government sources deny this, and the Western media, unlike in 2011, has granted Tunisia’s new strongman the benefit of the doubt.
Such generosity exhibited by the Western press is owed to who Marzouki really is a representative for – the very corporate-financier interests that are partnered with the Chatham House.
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