Gaddafi Turns US and British Guns On His People By Hamid Dabashi

22 February, 2011 — The Real News Network

Hamid Dabashi: Gaddafi gained power as anti-imperialist, made deal with Bush and pushed neo-liberal economics

Gaddafi Turns US and British Guns On His People

Born on June 15,1951 into a working class family in the south-western city of Ahvaz in the Khuzestan province of Iran, Hamid Dabashi received his early education in his hometown and his college education in Tehran, before he moved to the United States, where he received a dual Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Max Weber’s theory of charismatic authority with Philip Rieff (1922-2006), the most distinguished Freudian cultural critic of his time. He is currently the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, the oldest and most prestigious Chair in his field. He has also taught and delivered lectures in many North American, European, Arab and Iranian universities. His books include Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future (2001), Iran: A People Interrupted (2007), and The Green Movement and the USA: The Fox and the Paradox (2010).


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Silvio Berlusconi Underneath the Arches of Rubygate By Gaither Stewart

20 February, 2011 — Greanville Post

Not too improbably, what may have kept Berlusconi afloat is that he’s “all too human” in the eyes of many Italians. His penchant for nubile girls is certainly proof of that.

berlusconi.jpg(Rome). Rubygate it’s called. The final act of the Berlusconi saga. Over fifteen years of comedy for the outside world. A comedy played out against a background of non-government and misery for many Italians. For years now, each new scandal, each new act of corruption, is identified with the suffix “gate”. Deriving from the original Watergate, even though the latter was not actually a “gate” as used today to pinpoint scandalous behavior and the resultant cover-up. During these last stages of the Berlusconi era there has been Noemi Gate, named for another of Sultan Silvio’s teenage favorites. Then, the Bunga Bunga Gate, in reference to the sex games and “orgies” in the Sultan’s luxurious private residences in Milan and Rome. In Italy, in Commedia dell’Arte fashion, the gate suffix means scandal, speculation and gossip.

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Middle East / North Africa Newslinks 22 February, 2011

22 February, 2011 —

Egypt Mostly Mainstream Newslinks for 22 February, 2011

22 February, 2011 —

Fleeing Egyptians Tell of Libya Carnage
Wall Street Journal
By CHARLES LEVINSON SIDI BURANA, Egypt—Anti-Gadhafi protesters are firmly
in control of the eastern Libyan town of Baida and surrounding areas,
according to Egyptian workers arriving in the Egyptian border town of Sidi
Burana. They showed flash-drive …

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Yemen Mostly Mainstream Newslinks for 22 February, 2011

22 February, 2011 —

Analysis: Yemen protests threaten Saleh’s grip on power
By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is resisting popular demands for him to step down now, but will have to make good on promised reforms if he is to stem a nationwide tide of protests in which …

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Housmans Radical Books London Events Newsletter March 2011

22 February, 2011 — Housmans


1. Ebooks now available from Housmans!
2. Volunteer fundraising cleaner
3. Getting ready for the national anti-cuts demo on the 26th

4. ‘Canada’s Genocide: One Man’s Journey to Uncover the Truth’ with Rev Kevin Annett
5. ‘Eleven Reasons to Resist the Con-Dem Cuts’ with Neil Faulkner
6. ‘What Nobel Really Wanted’, with Fredrik S. Heffermehl
7. ‘The London Matchwomen’s Strike of 1888’, with Louise Raw

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(Unconfirmed) Gaddafi aborted Venezuela flight after UK spies discovered escape plans

22 February, 2011 —

Gaddafi aborted Venezuela flight after UK spies discovered escape plans

VHeadline Reporters: VHeadline can exclusively reveal that diplomatic sources claim Libya’s President Muammar Gaddafi aborted plans to flee to Venezuela when British MI6 intelligence agents monitoring communications out of Iran were told that Iranian officials were acting as intermediaries with Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez Frias to facilitate Gaddafi’s escape from Tripoli.

Whether or not Caracas would have acceded to the Libyan leader’s asylum request remains a matter of conjecture but plans had been sufficiently advanced by Sunday afternoon (local time Caracas) that the official Iranian Press/TV news agency jumped the gun to issue a News Flash at just after 10pm Central European time saying that Gaddafi had already left the country (Libya) headed either for Venezuela or Brazil.

British Foreign Minister William Hague, speaking at a Foreign Affairs conference in Brussels, Monday, had already been briefed by British security services to the extent that he said he had seen reports that Gaddafi was on his way to Venezuela although he was unable to substantiate the information at an official level.

It is understood that Gaddafi was in the final stages of his departure from Tripoli when a diplomatically embarrassed Venezuela denied his asylum request by which time he had also had second thoughts about the flight, fearing that the Americans would use the opportunity to cause an ‘accident’ to happen to his plane en route to Caracas.

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Media Lens: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery – An Exchange With The Guardian’s Economics Editor

22 February, 2011 — Media Lens

In the dark days before Media Lens existed, and before Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger stopped responding to our emails, he actually granted us the courtesy of a chat by telephone. The interview was notable for its long gaps, its ums and ahs, as Rusbridger responded amiably to our questions about the news propaganda role of the Guardian and the corporate media generally.

When we suggested that it was simply understood by his editors and journalists that they should not be too heavily critical of corporations and the corporate-led system of economic globalisation, the Guardian supremo responded with amusement:

‘But we are [heavily critical] … Honestly! (laughs)… We write about world debt, the whole Seattle agenda, Larry Elliott’s economic analysis – every week he writes about these issues. I don’t feel we’re being constrained in what we write… I don’t think the notion that there’s a narrow political consensus on the Guardian is right.’ (Alan Rusbridger, interviewed by David Edwards, December 8, 2000)

Larry Elliott is the Guardian’s economic editor. As we will see below, Elliott’s perspective is anything but radical.

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