Libya: The Empire strikes back By William Bowles

27 February, 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Pre-amble: I started writing this before events in Libya escalated, but it illustrates why it is imperative that we understand what exactly is going on in the Middle East and North Africa, especially when it comes to distinguishing between our wishes and reality. This is especially true of what is happening in Libya, where fact and invention (as well as wishful thinking) have become blurred in the press coverage.

Thanks to its rich reserves of oil and natural gas, Libya has a positive trade balance of $27 billion a year and a medium-high per capita income of $12,000, six times greater than that of Egypt … Witness the fact that nearly one million and a half immigrants, mostly from North Africa, work in Libya. Some 85 percent of Libyan energy exports go to Europe: Italy takes first place with 37 percent, followed by Germany, France and China. Italy is also in first place in imports to Libya, followed by China, Turkey and Germany.

This framework is now blown into the air as a result of what can be characterized not as a revolt of the impoverished masses, such as the rebellions in Egypt and Tunisia, but as a real civil war, due to a split in the ruling group. — ‘Libya in the Great Game‘ By Manlio Dinucci, Global Research [my Emph. Ed]

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Saudi Arabia Mostly Mainstream Media Newslinks for 27 February, 2011

27 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

Saudi Arabia holding firm in the Middle East for now: Platts TV
Platts
The wave of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa is not expected to touch Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporting nation, despite the spread of popular revolt in the region, guests on the Platts Energy Week television program said Sunday. …
www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/Oil/8593957

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Oman Mostly Mainstream Newslinks for 27 February, 2011

27 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

OMAN: Ruler reshuffles Cabinet, announces reforms as deadly protests rock …
Los Angeles Times
Oman’s longtime ruler, Sultan Kaboos ibn Said, reshuffled his Cabinet over the weekend, changing six ministers, and ordered some social reforms amid rare deadly protests and growing unrest in the small Persian Gulf nation. The decree, published on the …
latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2011/02/oman-king-reshuffles-cabinet-offers-stipends-to-students-amid-deadly-protests.html

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Egypt Mostly Mainstream Newslinks for 27 February, 2011

27 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

Egypt counts the cost of unrest
BBC News
The Supreme Council of Egyptian Armed Forces has dissolved Egypt’s parliament and suspended the Constitution. Elections will be held, they say, in around six months. Egypt’s economy is one of the most developed and diversified in the Middle East, …
www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12581680

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Bradley Manning Newslinks for 27 February, 2011 – Paypal off then on

27 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

Catholic Workers Blockade London Court as Julian Assange Extradition Verdict
Indymedia UK
Free Manning! Free Assange! Free all War Resisters! End the War! O’Reilly
and Gianstefani blockaded the entance to the court calling for an end to
the war and freedom for Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and all anti-war
prisoners. …
www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/02/474795.html

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Wikileaks Newslinks for 27 February, 2011

27 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

Bush cancels out of event where Assange was due to attend
Monsters and Critics.com
Washington – Former president George W Bush abruptly cancelled a speaking engagement planned for Saturday after learning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had also been invited to attend. Bush spokesman David Sherer on Friday said ‘the former …
www.monstersandcritics.com/news/usa/news/article_1622293.php/Bush-cancels-out-of-event-where-Assange-was-due-to-attend

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Stop Nato News 27 February, 2011 – Cyprus / Kurils / Pakistan / Caucasus / Russia / Arab Uprising / KLA

27 February, 2011 — Stop NATO

1. Cyprus: NATO Eyes Only Non-Member/Partner European Nation
2. Defense Minister: Russia To Deploy Troops To Kuril Islands
3. U.S.-Pakistan Row Over CIA Killer Deepens
4. Integration: NATO Caucasus-Central Asia Representative To Visit Washington
5. Unilateral Concession: Russia Allows U.S. Afghan War Troop Transit
6. Pakistan: Blast Destroys Six NATO Oil Tankers
7. U.S. Holds Military Exercise On Guam
8. DM: Russia To Reinforce, Rearm Division On Kuril Islands
9. Germany: Europe Must Back ‘Pro-Democracy Uprisings’ In Arab World
10. UN, France Knew Of KLA Crimes, Sheltered Perpetrators

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What Does the Libyan Opposition Want? by Yoshie Furuhashi

27 February, 2011 — MRZine

As everyone knows, Muammar Gaddafi is an authoritarian dictator.  Authoritarian dictators are a dime a dozen in world history, though, so that is not what would distinguish him from the rest of his kind in history books.  What might make him stand out is this: in the twilight of his autocratic career, Gaddafi had become such an arrant fool that he didn’t even know enough to vet his own envoys for their commitment to the sovereignty of Libya.  As the fate of Libya was being discussed by the powers represented in the NATO and the UN Security Council yesterday, among those most fervently calling for no-fly zones were Libya’s own UN ambassadors turned defectors, Abdurrahman Mohammed Shalgham and Ibrahim Dabbashi, making the same demand as the National Conference of Libyan Opposition (NCLO), an umbrella group of major Libyan exile organizations including the Libyan Constitutional Union (led by the so-called “Crown Prince” of Libya1) and the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL, a tool of the CIA and Saudi Arabia during the Cold War).

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Libya in the Great Game By Manlio Dinucci

27 February, 2011 — Global Research | Il manifesto

Fleeing Libya are not only families who fear for their lives and poor immigrants from other North African countries. There are tens of thousands of ‘refugees’ who are being repatriated by their governments with ships and aircraft: they are mainly engineers and executives of major oil companies. Not only Eni, which realizes about 15 percent of its sales from Libya, but also other European multinationals — in particular: BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, BASF, Statoil, Rapsol. Hundreds of Gazprom employees were also forced to leave Libya and over 30 thousand Chinese oil company and construction workers. A symbolic image of how the Libyan economy is interconnected with global economy, dominated by multinationals.

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Liberty’s Easy Slide into Tyranny By Prof John Kozy

23 February, 2011 — Global Research

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
— Robert Burns, 1785

No matter how hard we try, no one can control the future, and we cannot assume the future will be like the present.

Woodrow Wilson signed the law that established the Federal Reserve. He later rightly lamented having done so. He writes, “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” Oh, how right he is, and oh, the mischief the FED has wrought! But establishing the FED must have seemed right to Wilson when he signed the law.

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