9 March 2011 Terrible machine translation but I…

9 March 2011

[Terrible machine translation but I think you can get the drift. This article looks at how Gaddafi attempted to overcome tribalism and ultimately failed largely because he failed to industrialize the country sufficiently to create a sizable industrial, organized working class to counter the force of the tribes. Patrimony, where power radiates out from the centre via direct links to the separate tribal heads, each with its own sectarian interests to protect. Gaddafi tried to buy them all off with oil and then his ‘direct democracy’ model which also failed. Worse still, the fool banned trade unions! What a contradiction.

The point is, the media have done a hatchet job on Gaddafi and his accomplishments, so now it’s impossible to have a serious conversation on the subject, he’s been demonized and dismissed by the Empire and in the process the real Libya has been replaced by the Empire’s Disneyfied version of the country.

I’m trying to get hold of a better translation but even so I think it’s worth checking out. Here’s the link to the original Russian edition. The Ed]

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Books: The Return of the Public (space) By Dan Hind

9 March 2011 — williambowles.info

the-return.jpgA book recommendation: ‘The Return of the Public’ By Dan Hind. Verso Books, London 2010.

I intend to write a review of this book sometime soon, but I think it’s one of the most important books to come out of the Left in the UK for a long, long time. ‘The Return of the Public’ is a ‘call to arms’ for us, the people to retake the space that’s been stolen from us.

With the destruction of our traditional forms of political expression, we have no collective voice, no public space that we can call our own. Instead, at best we have ‘single issues’ but no sense of the collective.

‘The Return of the Public’ explains how this came to be and offers a way out. Important and stimulating reading.

Pick up a copy on Amazon.co.uk

Reflections of Fidel: NATO’s inevitable war (Part II)

9 March 2011 — Monthly Review

(Part II)

When Gaddafi, aged just 28 and a colonel in the Libyan army, inspired by his Egyptian colleague Abdel Nasser, overthrew King Idris I in 1969, he implemented important revolutionary measures such as agrarian reform and the nationalization of oil. The growing income was dedicated to economic and social development, particularly educational and health services for the small Libyan population located in a vast desert territory with very little arable land.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 8 March, 2011: Why is Hillary Clinton Not Defending the Rights of Saudi Protesters?

8 March, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Top 14 Justifications For An Invasion Of Libya
By End Of The American Dream
For decades the U.S. has looked upon the suffering of millions of Africans with indifference but now they are trying to convince us that it is a “moral imperative” that we intervene in the civil war in Libya.

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Four must read articles on Libya

9 March 2011 — creative-i.info

Four excellent articles on the Imperial ramp-up to war on Libya

Point Of No Return: U.S. And NATO Prepare For War With Libya By Rick Rozoff

8 March 2011 — Global Research Stop NATO

March 7 was a pivotal moment in plans by Western powers to launch military operations against Libya.

After meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Washington, President Barack Obama stated “we’ve got NATO, as we speak, consulting in Brussels around a wide range of potential options, including potential military options, in response to the violence that continues to take place inside of Libya.”

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Libya and the Return of Humanitarian Imperialism By Jean Bricmont

8 March 2011 — Global ResearchCounterpunch.org

The whole gang is back: The parties of the European Left (grouping the ‘moderate’ European communist parties), the ‘Green’ José Bové, now allied with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who has never seen a US-NATO war he didn’t like, various Trotkyist groups and of course Bernard-Henry Lévy and Bernard Kouchner, all calling for some sort of ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Libya or accusing the Latin American left, whose positions are far more sensible, of acting as ‘useful idiots’ for the ‘Libyan tyrant.’

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Another NATO Intervention? Libya: Is This Kosovo All Over Again? By Diana Johnstone

8 March 2011 — Global Research

Less than a dozen years after NATO bombed Yugoslavia into pieces, detaching the province of Kosovo from Serbia, there are signs that the military alliance is gearing up for another victorious little ‘humanitarian war’, this time against Libya. The differences are, of course, enormous. But let’s look at some of the disturbing similarities.

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Pentagon Propaganda Sways US Opinion of Libya | Global Research TV

7 March 2011 — grtv

War Correspondent Keith Harmon Snow says there is a psychological operation performed by the Pentagon to persuade the American people through propaganda one way or the other.

The United States media has been portraying the conflict in Libya in different ways that has confused many and left people wondering what is really going on there.