US – NATO Threats to Libyan Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity By Antonio E. Paris

4 March 2011 — Global Research

The present situation in Libya is grave, with Philippine attention focused on the thousands of Filipino workers there who are fleeing the turmoil and are in need of immediate repatriation. Almost half of the 26,000 Filipino workers in Libya are in conflict areas, and many of them are technical and construction workers in the industry and infrastructure sectors. Their worksites have become fair game for armed mobs and pro-‘democracy’ protesters extorting money, mobile phones, computers and other electronic items, food and other things of value. Some of their barracks have been ransacked, and affected Filipino workers had to flee for dear life with nothing to bring with them.

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Supporting Libyan Revolution, Opposing Foreign Intervention

4 March, 2011 — The Real News Network

Hamid Dabashi: If US intervenes in Libya, will be act of imperialism; Gaddafi defies democratic will of 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).

ColdType February 2011 Issue: LIFE AND DEATH ON THE MAVI MARMARA – Photographs That Israel Didn’t Want The World To See

4 March 2011 — Coldtype

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1. LIFE AND DEATH ON THE MAVI MARMARA – Photographs That Israel Didn’t Want The World To See
Canadian aid worker Kevin Neish was one of 581 passengers on the Mavi Marmara, the lead vessel of the Gaza freedom flotilla that was attacked in international waters on May 31, 2010, while on a mission of mercy to deliver aid to residents of Gaza. Israeli commandos boarded the ship, killed nine of its passengers, arrested the others and confiscated their cameras and film-making equipment. Neish, however, hid the memory card from his camera and smuggled it to safety. In this special photo report, ColdType publishes many of the pictures for the first time, along with Neish’s story of how he managed to get the photographs away from his interrogator

Cover story this month is Fighting For Your Future, a 23-page section on the battle in Wisconsin against Governor Scott Walker’s plans to eviscerate public sector unions. Bill Lueders, Vicky Kratz, Michael I. Niman and Andy Kroll wrote the words, Dana O’Shea provided the 7-Page photo essay.

PLUS: More great essays and book excerpts from Ray McGovern, William Blum, David Swanson, Bill Lueders, John Pilger, Richard Pithouse, Fred Reed, George Monbiot and Danny Schechter


1. Death Trips On The Seven Seas, by Stan Cox
2. Publish It Or Not!, by Jonathan Cook
3. The Sole Remaining Stupidpower In The World, by David Michael Green
4. Tortured Journey: An Interview With Former Guantanamo Detainee David Hicks, by Jason Leopold
5. Armies Of The Right: A Photo-Essay From England, by Jack Laurenson

Enjoy! (and if you don’t, let us know why)

Tony Sutton (Editor)

Obama orders Gaddafi to step down, reasons with air force

4 March 2011 — RT

Amidst increasing speculation the US and UK could possibly intervene in Libya with military force, President Obama announced he is keeping all options open, and ordered military transport planes into the region to help with evacuations.

­As the situation in Libya deteriorates, the speculations about foreign intervention in the country are growing. It is speculated that the US and UK, who have already advocated for military a solution in Libya, might come in force under the guise of humanitarian assistance.

American President Barack Obama, in his strongest words yet against the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, said the colonel has lost all legitimacy to rule and must step down.

Obama also mentioned he has approved of the use of American military equipment in assisting in the evacuation of foreigners from Libya

Washington has already increased its military presence in the region.

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Armed with Twitter, Clinton seeks new information war

4 March — RT

While appearing before a congressional committee, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared the US is losing the global information war and requires extra funds to compete with others in a global propaganda war.

‘During the Cold War we did a great job in getting America’s message out. After the Berlin Wall fell we said, ‘Okay, fine, enough of that, we are done,’ and unfortunately we are paying a big price for it,’ she said. ‘Our private media cannot fill that gap.’

Clinton directly referenced the success of Al Jazeera, China’s CCTV and RT as reasons the US needs to step-up and increase funding to its media machine.

‘We are in an information war and we are losing that war. Al Jazeera is winning, the Chinese have opened a global multi-language television network, the Russians have opened up an English-language network. I’ve seen it in a few countries, and it is quite instructive,’ Clinton remarked.

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Stop NATO News March 3, 2011

3 March 2011 — Stop NATO

1. U.S.-NATO European Missile Shield System Reaches New Milestone
2. Libya: Washington’s Third Front?
3. U.S. Says Mediterranean Warship Deployment Part Of Missile Shield
4. Russia Pleads Not To Be Targeted By Interceptor Missiles: NATO Control Button Always Be U.S. Button
5. Kuril Crisis: Russia Angry Over U.S. Interference
6. Norway: U.S. Marines Use Massive Cave Complex For Black Sea Operations, Afghan And Iraqi Wars
7. Kunar: 1,000 Afghans Protest Against NATO Slaughter Of 65 Civilians
8. Foreign Minister Lavrov: Unrest In Arab World To Impact Russian North Caucasus And Central Asia
9. New Defense Doctrine: Georgia Builds NATO-Standard Army Aimed At Russia
10. Georgia: Saakashvili, Five-Year-Old Son Drill With U.S.-Trained Special Forces
11. NATO Air Strike Kills Four Afghan Security Guards: Officials
12. Drive East: Joint Eastern Partnership-Visegrad Four Summit
13. Thousands Of Libyans Will Die If U.S., NATO Invade Country
14. Kosovo: Russia Firm On Not Recognizing U.S.-NATO Pseudo-State
15. Russia To Deploy Cruise Missiles, Air Defenses To Kurils
16. Russia Delivers Demarche To Japanese Charge D’Affaires
17. Cyprus Wants News On British Warplane Deployment For Libya
18. U.S. Assault Ships Clear Suez, Move Closer To Libya
19. Death Of 329 In Air India Explosion Possible Star Wars Experiment
20. U.S., British, French Warships Enter The Mediterranean
21. Venezuela Calls On UN To Stop Military Invasion Of Libya
22. “Incompatible With Our Country’s Position”: Japan Blasts Russian Military Buildup On Kurils
23. Libya Going The Way Of Iraq Or Afghanistan?
24. Report: Swedish Officers Killed By Friendly Fire In Afghanistan
25. Clinton: Libya Becoming “Giant Somalia”

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Saudi Arabia Mostly Mainstream Media Newslinks for 3 March 2011

3 March 2011 —

Saudi Arabia Must Keep Pumping Oil to Buy Stability: Peter Coy
By Peter Coy March 3 (Bloomberg) — It’s been more than a week since youthful Saudi Arabian demonstrators bucked the regional trend and cheered their ruler, celebrating his return to the kingdom from medical treatment abroad. Saudi Arabia remains …

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 3 March, 2011: Why the Dollar's Reign Is Near an End – Time For Revolution?

3 March, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Intervention in Libya Would Poison the Arab Revolution
By Seumas Milne
In Iraq, 50,000 US occupation troops protect a government which last Friday killed 29 peaceful demonstrators demanding reform. In Bahrain, home of the US fifth fleet, the regime has been shooting and gassing protesters with British-supplied equipment for weeks.

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Libya Mostly Mainstream Newslinks for 3 March 2011

3 March 2011 —

Don’t Fret Lost Libyan Oil But Worry Plenty About Algeria
Forbes (blog)
Loyalists and rebels in Libya are fighting it out over the town of Brega, one of five export terminals in the east of the country. Two US warships loom over the horizon in the Mediterranean. The flow of Libyan oil to the world market — already a …

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America’s foreign policy conundrum — RT

3 March 2011 — RT

From Afghanistan to Iraq to Egypt to Libya, when it comes to US foreign policy, America’s hands are not just full, they’re often tied.

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US invasion of Libya?

3 March 2011 — RT

The US Sixth Fleet has begun repositioning its ships in the Mediterranean, triggering speculation of a NATO invasion of Libya.


US media eyes invasion option for Libya

3 March 2011 — RT

The US 6th Naval Fleet, British and Canadian forces are repositioning ships and other forces in the Mediterranean, igniting rumors of a NATO or US lead invasion of Libya.

Cyprus: U.S. To Dominate All Europe, Mediterranean Through NATO By Rick Rozoff

3 March 2011 — Stop NATO

On February 24 a majority in the Cyprus parliament voted for the country to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Partnership for Peace program, a transitional mechanism employed to bring twelve Eastern European nations into the U.S.-dominated military bloc from 1999-2009: The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania and Croatia. Macedonia would have become a full member of the Alliance in 2009 along with the last two except for the lingering name dispute with Greece.

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Preparing for “Operation Libya”: The Pentagon is “Repositioning” its Naval and Air Forces… By Manlio Dinucci

2 March, 2011 — Global

‘The United States is moving naval and air forces in the region’ to ‘prepare the full range of options’ in the confrontation with Libya: Pentagon spokesperson Col. Dave Lapan of the Marines made this announcement yesterday, March 1. He then said that ‘It was President Obama who asked the military to prepare for these options,’ because the situation in Libya is getting worse. The military then began ‘the planning and preparation’ phase for an intervention in Libya. Pentagon planners are working on several specific plans, depending on how the ‘repositioning of forces’ begins so as to have maximum flexibility to implement any option.

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“No Tahrir in Benghazi: A Racist Pogrom Rages On against Black Africans in Libya” By Glen Ford

3 February, 2011 — MRZineBAR

American progressives and peace forces have been in a state of joyous delirium in recent weeks as they experienced vicarious, televised popular victories in Tunisia and Egypt. Watching unarmed crowds achieve tentative victories against entrenched, U.S.-backed regimes produced a kind of giddiness on this side of the ocean — an otherworldly feeling that, somehow, the foreign outposts of the U.S. empire might suddenly disintegrate by popular demand. But now, the U.S. naval war machine lies off the coast of Libya, and it is time for the American anti-war movement — such as it is — to remember who is the biggest enemy of peace on planet Earth: U.S. imperialism.

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