Information Clearing House Newsletter 2 March, 2011: Misreporting on Libya – The Anti-Empire Report

2 March, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Who is Muammar Gaddafi?
By Antonio Cesar Oliveira
How can you call someone a dictator leader who overthrew a corrupt monarchy, modernized the country, won the highest HDI in Africa, and applied a direct democracy system of government?

The Anti-Empire Report
The Enduring Mystique of the Marshall Plan

By William Blum
Let’s have a look at the Marshall Plan outside the official and popular versions.

Unverified Misreporting on Libya
By Stephen Lendman
America’s media, Britain’s state-controlled BBC, other Western sources, and Al Jazeera are spreading unverified or false reports on Libya’s uprising.

World Cheers as the CIA Plunges Libya Into Chaos
By David Rothscum
How was Libya doing under the rule of Gadaffi? How bad did the people have it? Were they oppressed as we now commonly accept as fact? Let us look at the facts for a moment.

Did Gaddaffi Bomb His Own People?
Airstrikes In Libya Did Not Take Place – Russian Military :

The reports of Libya mobilizing its air force against its own people spread quickly around the world. However, Russia’s military chiefs say they have been monitoring from space — and the pictures tell a different story.

America Blows It on Bahrain
By Stephen Zunes
The U.S. military in Bahrain, which directs the Fifth Fleet and the U.S. Naval Central Command, controls roughly one-fifth of this small nation, making the southern part of the island essentially off-limits to Bahraini.

UN Delegates ‘Walked Out’ During Clinton Speech
By Ma’an
Palestine’s delegation to the UN Human Rights Council walked out Monday in protest of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech in which she criticized the council for bias against Israel.

The Protocols of the Learned Elders of OPEC
By Justin Raimondo
The latest neocon nonsense: those Ay-rabs are behind the financial collapse.

How the Rich Soaked the Rest of Us
By Richard Wolff
The astonishing story of the last few decades is a massive redistribution of wealth, as the rich have shifted the tax burden.

More Trouble in Squanderville
By Mike Whitney
Banks don’t like committing capital because it limits profitability. This is why the big banks have fought so ferociously for deregulation, so they’re not constrained in the amount of money they can make (via credit creation) with little capital.

‘At least 70 killed’ in Sudan’s Abyei’:
At least 70 people have been killed and two villages razed in two days of fighting in Sudan’s flashpoint oil-producing border district of Abyei, officials said on Wednesday.

Karzai condemns NATO airstrike that reportedly killed 9 Afghan children:
A NATO airstrike that appears to have killed nine children as they collected firewood drew strong condemnation Wednesday from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as well as an apology from the commander of NATO forces.

Four Afghan soldiers, translator killed by bomb:
Four national army soldiers and a translator for NATO troops were killed by a remote-controlled bomb in a central Afghan town, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Pakistan Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti shot dead:
Mr Bhatti, the cabinet’s only Christian minister, had received death threats for urging reform to blasphemy laws.

After CIA man’s arrest, US operatives leaving Pakistan:
At least 30 suspected covert American operatives have suspended their activities in Pakistan and 12 have already left the country, according to sources familiar with the matter.

African commission asked to take case challenging CIA rendition program:
A case filed before an African judicial body could open a new front in efforts by human rights groups to hold the CIA and its partners accountable for what they allege was the torture of innocent victims in secret “black site” prisons around the world.

Frankfurt airport shooting: two killed in attack on US military bus:
Bus driver and US soldier killed and two others injured in shooting at Frankfurt airport, reports say

Libyans in battle over oil town:
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have moved into rebel territory in the east and are battling for an oil installation in the town of Brega. Its manager said government forces took control at dawn without force but the rebels said they had regained the town.

Libyans in battle over oil town:
One Tripoli resident – who did not want to be identified for his own safety – described the latest scenes to the BBC.

Map: Libya unrest: Tripoli fights back:
Libyan government forces are moving east and re taking some towns from the rebels

US prepares to launch Libya attack:
The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution calling for a no-fly zone over Libya. The US Senate Armed Services Committee said all options, including the military option, should be on the table.

US warships enter Egypt’s Suez Canal:
The two US warships with hundreds of Marines on board headed towards Libya on Tuesday and entered Egypt’s Suez Canal on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Libya no-fly zone would require bombing raids: US:
Enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya would first require bombing the north African nation’s air defense systems, top US commander General James Mattis warned Tuesday.

David Cameron defends no-fly zone plan for Libya:
Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted the UK is right to be looking at plans for a no-fly zone over Libya.

Libya: Russia, China join France in opposing military action against Gaddafi:
Russia and China have expressed misgivings about military action against the Libyan regime, and are opposing the establishment of no-fly zones over the strife-torn north African country.

Libyan opposition rejects U.S. weapons offer:
The Libyan opposition has asserted that it is fully capable of toppling Muammar Qadhafi, rebuffing calls from influential quarters in Washington for weapon supplies to hasten the collapse of the regime.

Arab League rejects foreign intervention in Libya – video:
The Libya crisis is an internal Arab affair, Iraq’s foreign minister said at a meeting of the Arab League

US UK, French forces land in Libya: India sending 3 warships in support:
Western forces are reportedly preparing to set-up training bases for local militias set-up by the rebel forces for an effective control of the oil-rich region and counter any push by pro- Qaddafi forces from Tripoli.

Gaddafi: Libya dignity under attack:
He said that the world did not understand the Libyan system that puts power in the hands of the people. “The people are free to chose the authority they see fit,” he said.

Chavez: U.S. distorting situation in Libya ‘to justify an invasion’:
“Let’s not get carried away by the drums of war, because the United States, I am sure that they are exaggerating and distorting things to justify an invasion,” Chavez said Monday, according to Venezuelan state media.

‘Oil – not democracy – is what West wants in Libya’ :
RT talks about Libya crisis to a London-based author and journalist Afshin Rattansi.

Lisa Holland, interviews Saif Gaddafi: Transcript:
Susan Rice, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, called your father delusional and unfit to lead. Is he aware that these comments have been made?

Libyan refugee influx cripples aid agencies – Press TV

‘Day of Rage’ sees mass rally in Yemen: Video:
Protesters have packed into the change square in the Yemeni capital and continued their sit in for the 7th consecutive day. They called for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the end of his 32 years of rule.

Cleric calls for Islamic state as Yemeni protesters take to streets:
Influential Yemeni academic and politician Sheik Abdul Majid al-Zindani called for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, claiming: “An Islamic state is coming.”

Yemen to hold referendum on southern secession:
Yemen’s separatists want to see a Sudan-style referendum on southern secession if protests seeking to end the three-decade rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh succeed, a senior separatist leader said on Tuesday.

Iraqi prime minister calls for calm as protests continue:
Hundreds of protesters gathered Wednesday in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province to call for the dismissal of local officials, despite continued appeals by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for people not to protest.

UN worried over violence reports in Iraq rallies:
U.N.’s Special Representative to Iraq Ad Melkert said in a statement on Wednesday that reported violations included “disproportionate” use of force by security forces against protesters.

Iran opposition says 79 arrested in protests regime denies taking place:
Renewed demonstrations demand the release of imprisoned ‘Green movement’ leaders; security forces deployed in large numbers to prevent repeat of 2009 unrest.

Relentless, thousands march to Bahrain’s Pearl Square:
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Manama Tuesday in a third week of anti-regime demonstrations, as Bahrain’s Shiite-led opposition reiterated its demands for major reforms.

U.S. Backs Bahrain Royalty, Varying Playbook on Revolt:
The U.S. is stepping up its support for Bahrain’s beleaguered ruling family, throwing a lifeline to a key ally and signaling Washington’s willingness to vary its approach depending on its strategic interests and the willingness of autocratic leaders to respond to popular protests.

Jordan protesters demand change:
Activists in Amman say now is the perfect time for the king to give up some of his sweeping executive powers and establish a constitional monarchy in the country.

Suddenly America loves democracy in the Middle East – unless it’s Palestinian democracy :
Some Middle East democracies find more favour than others, as Palestinians found out six years ago.

Obama talks Mideast peace with Jewish leaders at White House:
U.S. President reiterates America’s ‘unshakable’ support for Israel’s security, commitment to achieve a peace that will secure the future for Arabs and Israelis.

Demonizing Iran:
US ship to ‘bolster’ Europe’s missile defenses: –
The US military will send a warship to the Mediterranean next week as a first step in a defense shield to protect Europe from a potential strike from Iran’s missile arsenal, a defense official said.

Clinton warns Latin American over ties with Iran:
The United States will take action if Venezuela violates international sanctions against Iran, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday as she defended outreach to the Cuban people.

The Real U.S. National Security Budget: The Figure No One Wants You to See:
If Americans were ever presented with the real bill for the total U.S. national security budget, it would actually add up to more than $1.2 trillion a year.

The Wisconsin Lie Exposed – Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions:
Out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin’ s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers.

Coping With Chicago’s Foreclosure ‘War Zones’:
Through government-sponsored mortgage lenders, the U.S. taxpayer owned 360,000 foreclosed homes by the end of 2010, up 47 percent from the year before, according to the industry magazine Housing Wire.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,421,933″

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,757

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,353

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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