"Civil society", "governance" and automatic weapons

 

 

This, from the Guardian blog covering the protests in the Arab and Muslim worlds (21.2.11), almost speaks for itself about the real meanings of neo-liberal blah:

 

Peter Walker Saif might be the current face of his father's bloody response to protests, but in the very recent past he's chosen to portray himself as a notably more liberal figure.

In 2009 he received a PhD from the London School of Economics, with a thesis titled: "The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions: From 'Soft Power' to Collective Decision-Making".

In May last year he was invited back to the LSE to deliver a lecture, the full 82 minutes of which can be listened to on the university's website.

The recording has Gaddafi introduced by David Held, a professor of politics at LSE, who describes the dictator's son as a friend as well as someone he knows from academia.

In a quote which Held might not relish listening to today, he describes Gaddafi's son as such: "Saif is committed to resolving contentious international issues through dialogue, debate and peaceful negotiations."