Stop Nato Updates on Libyan war: 31 March 2011

31 March 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Assumes Full Command Of Libyan War Operations
  • Obama Authorizes Covert Operations In Libya, CIA Already There
  • Poll: Americans Oppose Obama’s Libyan War, Ratings At All-Time Low
  • Defense Minister: NATO’s Libyan Operation Costs Greece $9 Million A Month
  • Venezuela On Libya: No Peace With Bombs, West Eyes Oil Reserves
  • NATO Air Strike Kills Libyan Infant

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The War on Libya: Our Billion Dollar “Turd Sandwich” By David Swanson

31 March 2011 — Global

So President Obama has been quoted calling his war in Libya a turd sandwich, while Juan Cole calls it philanthropy, and Ed Schultz praises it as vengeance against this month’s Adolph Hitler. The last time we bombed this particular Hitler we took out his daughter, among other people.

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The Euro-US War on Libya: Official Lies and Misconceptions of Critics By James Petras and Robin Eastman-Abaya

30 March 2011 — Dissident Voice

Many critics of the ongoing Euro-US wars in the Middle East and, now, North Africa, have based their arguments on clichés and generalizations devoid of fact. The most common line heard in regard to the current US-Euro war on Libya is that it’s ‘all about oil’ – the goal is the seizure of Libya’s oil wells.

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Media Lens: Yemen’s Useful Tyranny – The Forgotten History of Britain’s ‘Dirty War’: Part 1

31 March 2011 — Media Lens Part 2

All revolutions are not equal. While Libya is deemed worthy of the West’s ‘humanitarian intervention’ – express delivery by B-2 bomber, F-15 fighter and cruise missile – protesters elsewhere have been denied such Western largesse. In response to the atrocities in Yemen, for example, Obama has sent mere words. The reason, as one astute commentator notes, is that Yemen’s dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh is a ‘useful tyrant’. Continue reading

Libya Newslinks 30-31 March 2011

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Defusing another UN timebomb By Eric Walberg

31 March 2011 — Eric Walberg

Turkey’s decision to take the lead in the NATO mission against Libya is a bold example of its determination to play the leading role in the region – and within NATO itself, says Eric Walberg

Turkey continues its struggle to rein in the trigger-happy Franco-Anglo-American coalition intent on invading Libya. From the start, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed the idea of a no-fly-zone as “such nonsense. What does NATO have to do with Libya?” But his NATO colleagues pushed ahead and achieved UN Security Council Resolution 1973 on 17 March, authorising “all necessary measures” against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the establishment of a no-fly zone.

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Arrest warrant plans make a mockery of universal jurisdiction By Daniel Machover

30 March 2011 — The Guardian, Comment is Free

Giving suspects from ‘protected countries’ immunity from war crimes arrests would turn the UK into a safe haven for suspects

The rationale behind universal jurisdiction is that certain crimes – piracy, war crimes, genocide, torture, crimes against humanity and hostage taking – are so harmful to international interests that states are entitled, and in some cases even obliged, to bring proceedings, regardless of the location of the crime and the nationality of the perpetrator or the victim. In accordance with that principle, in December 2009 a British judge granted an arrest warrant against Tzipi Livni, who had been the foreign minister during Israel’s assault on Gaza a year earlier. It was withdrawn when it emerged that she had not travelled here after all, but the Labour government, backed by the Conservative leadership, expressed outrage that the warrant had been issued.

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30 March 2011 — Cuba Update

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Libya Newslinks 29-30 March 2011

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9/11 Revisited by Paul Carline

30 March 2011 — Greanville Post

Cards on the table. I’ve been a “truther” since early 2002 when I came across the first major challenge to the official 9/11 story in the shape of the wonderful “Hunt the Boeing” site created by French researcher Thierry Meyssan. Until then I’d accepted the standard “Left” version of the government account – that a group of daring Muslims acting on behalf of the victims of US foreign policy had struck back at the great tyrant. The photographic and other evidence presented by Meyssan demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that whatever it was that had caused the damage to the Pentagon, it certainly wasn’t a large Boeing jet. If the government’s story was a lie on that major point, then the whole story was brought into question. I knew at once that I had to find out as much as I could about the event which everyone was saying had “changed the world”. Continue reading

Concern grows over possible use of depleted uranium in Libya

30 March 2011 — International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons

The likelihood of DU use in Libya has now increased following the deployment and use of A-10 and Harrier AV-8B aircraft. ICBUW calls for pressure to be brought on the US to clarify the situation, and to put DU ammunition beyond use.

A-10s are known to have been active in Libya on the 26th and 27th of March, and are likely to have been used in operations since those dates. The 30mm PGU-14 Armour Piercing Incendiary DU round is fired from the GAU-8 heavy rotary cannon fitted beneath the cockpit of the A-10. It was designed for attacking armoured vehicles from the air, the kind of mission currently being undertaken by the A-10s.

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Stop Nato Updates on Libyan war: 29 March 2011

29 March 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Conducts More Air Strikes West Of Libyan Capital
  • NATO Bombs Libya With Depleted Uranium Warheads
  • More Countries Slam NATO Attacks In Libya
  • U.S., Britain, France, Germany: NATO Quad Heads Of State Hold Libya Talks
  • U.S. Low-Flying Attack Planes Intervene In Libyan Ground War
  • NATO Official: Regime Change Is Goal, Even If UN Resolution Doesn’t Say So
  • Shadow NATO Member Sweden Offers Eight Warplanes For Libyan War
  • Canadian Warplanes Join NATO Bombing Frenzy In Libya
  • After Afghan, Iraqi Wars: U.S. To Use Romania Air Base For Libyan War
  • Joschka Fischer Excoriates Berlin For Not Plunging Into Libyan War
  • NATO’s “International” Partner: UAE Warplanes In Italy For Libya War
  • Libya And The “International Community”: Humanitarian Imperialism, Like Colonialism, Will Come To An End

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Statewatch News Online, 30 March 2011 (09/11)

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1.    EU: Council of the European Union: FRONTEX: Proposal for a Regulation
2.    EU: Council of the European Union: Handbook on EU-U.S. Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Agreements (MLATs)
3.    EU: Council of the European Union: Includes FRONTEX information exchanges with EU agencies and Member States
4.    EU-UK: HoL Select Committee on EU: The United Kingdom opt-in to the Passenger Name Record directive
5.    UK: Sixth police spy in protest movement unmasked
6.    UK: Parliamentary Joint Human Rights Committee: Facilitating peaceful protests
7.    EU Classified Information (EUCI): Agreement extending its Classified information rules to Member States
8.    ECHR: European Court of Human Rights: Carlo Giuliani judgment
9.    EU: European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
10.  USA: US court validates spying fears of journalists, activists
12.  Netherlands-USA: SWIFT data and MLA treaty
13.  ECJ: Highlights of the Access Info Europe judgment
14.  ECJ: Major victory for openness
15.  EU: ROAD SAFETY: European Commission
17.  COE: Draft Outline Structure of the Recommendation concerning Foreign Prisoners
18.  EU: SECURITY RESEARCH: Lobbyists delight
19   EU: Proposed Commission changes to Regulation on access to documents fail to meet Lisbon Treaty commitments

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NATO’s Fascist War By Fidel Castro Ruz

29 March 2011 — MRZine

The rebel leaders tipped their hand too early.  Now the whole of Libya, including the rebels, understand what they are: traitors dependent on invaders.  The rebels thus now lack motive force as well as military training: “Libyan Rebels Flee as Kadafi’s Forces Defend Surt” (Los Angeles Times, 29 March 2011).  The only way they can defeat the Gaddafi forces is to get the NATO to massacre them and everyone else in their way.  Even then, they would never be able to govern Libya by themselves.  They may even lose, as Fidel says.  After all, what self-respecting Libyan wants to side with the traitors and invaders? — Ed.

I didn’t have to be a fortune teller to divine what I foresaw with rigorous precision in three Reflections which I published on the CubaDebate website between February 21 and March 3: “NATO’s Plan Is to Occupy Libya,” “Cynicism’s Danse Macabre,” and “NATO’s Inevitable War.” . . .

I do not share political concepts or those of a religious nature with the leader of that country.  I am a Marxist-Leninist and follower of the ideas of Martí, as I have already stated.

I see Libya as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement and one sovereign state out of the close to 200 belonging to the United Nations Organization.

Never before was a large or small country, in this case of barely 5 million inhabitants, the victim of such a brutal attack by the air force of a military organization which has at its disposal thousands of fighter planes, more than 100 submarines, nuclear aircraft carriers, and sufficient arsenal to destroy the planet countless times over.  Our species has never experienced such a situation and nothing like it existed 75 years ago when the Nazi bombers attacked targets in Spain.

Now, however, the discredited and criminal NATO is to write a “beautiful” story about its “humanitarian” bombing.

If Gaddafi honors the traditions of his people and decides to fight, as he has promised, until his last breath alongside Libyans who are confronting the worst bombardments that a country has ever suffered, he will sink NATO and its criminal plans into the mire of ignominy.

The peoples respect and believe in men and women who know how to fulfill their duty.

More than 50 years ago, when the United States murdered more than 100 Cubans with the sabotage of La Coubre merchant ship, our people proclaimed “Patria o Muerte.”  They have fulfilled and have always been prepared to keep their word.

“Whoever attempts to seize Cuba — exclaimed the most glorious combatant in our history [General Antonio Maceo] — will only recover the dust of its land saturated in blood.”

I ask you to excuse the frankness with which I have approached the subject.

Fidel Castro Ruz
March 28, 2011
8:14 p.m.

The text above is an excerpt form an English translation provided by Granma International.  En español.