Libyan War And Control Of The Mediterranean By Rick Rozoff

25 March 2011 — Stop NATO

A year after assuming the post of president of the French Republic in 2007, and while his nation held the rotating European Union presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy invited the heads of state of the EU’s 27 members and those of 17 non-EU Mediterranean countries to attend a conference in Paris to launch a Mediterranean Union.

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(Near Blackfriars Bridge. MAP HERE:

The TUC anti-cuts march on 26 March could be the largest in Britain since the two million strong Stop the War march against the Iraq war in 2003.

Stop the War, CND and BMI will have a combined anti-war / peace contingent on the march. Our slogans will be Cut warfare Not Welfare and Scrap Trident and we will be calling for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and an end to the intervention in Libya.

We will also be highlighting the cost of wars in Afghanistan and Libya in the context of draconian cuts in public services. We calculate that, if you combine the spending over the next four years on the Afghanistan war with the cost of maintaining the Trident missile system, you get a total of £30 billion — which is one third of the total cuts the government is making in public services (for more details on the cost of war, including Libya, go to: )

The anti-war / peace contingent meets at Embankment by HMS President (near Blackfriars bridge) at 11 am. Please join us if you can and bring your banners. If you would like to join our team of volunteers who will be distributing leaflets, placards etc, then please be at the same location at the earlier time of 9am.

Depleted Uranium: A Strange Way To Protect Libyan Civilians By David Wilson

24 March 2011 — Stop the War Coalition

‘[Depleted uranium tipped missiles] fit the description of a dirty bomb in every way… I would say that it is the perfect weapon for killing lots of people.’ ~ Marion Falk, chemical physicist (retd), Lawrence Livermore Lab, California, USA

In the first 24 hours of the Libyan attack, US B-2s dropped forty-five 2,000-pound bombs. These massive bombs, along with the Cruise missiles launched from British and French planes and ships, all contained depleted uranium (DU) warheads.

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No one seems to be in command by Gaither Stewart

24 March 2011 — Dandelion Salad


Image by Dead Air via Flickr

(Rome) Last Saturday night I saw the Supermoon. The same March 19 night that Operation ‘Odyssey Dawn’ was launched against the Libya of Muammar Gadaffi, the earth’s star in all its glory passed its nearest point to planet Earth as it does every 19 years. This time it was a full moon. It hovered over my house. At midnight the yellow Supermoon illuminated my front yard almost as a winter sun does at midday. That same night the same moon shone also over Tripoli, 600 miles the south, illuminating all of Libya as it did my front yard.

Many (with ample reason) doubt claims of a spontaneous uprising of Libyan people, poorly armed and disorganized. Many suspect the usual hidden roles of foreign powers and that the Libyan crisis was created artificially, something like Iraq and Kosovo.

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BBC News – Question Time – Will action in Libya heighten the risk of terrorism?

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As coalition raids continued in Libya for a sixth night, Labour’s mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone challenged Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander over whether the action would increase the risk of terror attacks in the UK.

Anti-Gaddafi plot conceived in Paris – Voltaire Network

24 March 2011 — RT

Thierry Meyssan, a political analyst and founder of the international NGO Voltaire Network, claimed in an interview with RT that the French and British had been preparing the operation in Libya since November 2010, and that the stakes were high.

­‘Sarkozy was in big trouble with [the Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi because he [Gaddafi] cancelled a huge contract they signed together four years ago for Rafael fighters and a lot of nuclear [power] plants,’ Meyssan said.

The situation turned against Gaddafi when his ex-chief of protocol, Nouri Massoud El-Mesmari, defected in October and went to Paris. Continue reading

Europeans against austerity cuts: thousands clash with police in Brussels — RT

25 March 2011 — RT

A new threat to the euro overshadowed Libya and other issues at an EU summit in Brussels. A possible international bail-out for Portugal dominated talks, while nearby, police used water cannons to disperse crowds protesting against austerity cuts.

­No to more layoffs, no to pay cuts, no to late retirement: this is the message from 20,000 angry demonstrators, pushed back with water cannons and pepper spray by riot police. The protestors tried to get in touch with EU leaders, who are meeting in Brussels to slash spending.

‘This money was made to be used for social security,’ said Serge Monsieur from Central General Public Services Union. ‘It was meant to be used for social health, not to help the banks.’

Across Europe voters are saying a loud ‘No’ to more austerity measures. Portugal’s Prime Minister has quit after parliament voted down a fresh round of cuts. The country has three months left to repay almost 10 billion euros at a time when its sovereign credit rating has been cut. Analysts say the only options left are either national default, telling lenders the country cannot pay back its loans, or accept an EU bailout similar to Greece and Ireland.

‘It has not happened in the west since the Second World War, but the longer you postpone this necessary evil, the more costly it is going to be,’ said Pieter Cleppe from Open Europe think tank.

At the same time, military intervention in Libya is costing hundreds of millions of euros. Many are furious at what they see as an unnecessary and expensive campaign.

‘Somebody asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Finance Minister about the financing of this,’ said Jim Brann from ‘Stop the War Coalition.’ ‘I think the overwhelming sense that you got from it among the public in Britain was skepticism.’

With growing poverty and millions unemployed across Europe, people seems to be losing patience with politicians who seem out of touch with reality.

Leonard Weinglass, ¡Presente! by Gloria La Riva

24 March 2011 — National committee to Free the Cuban Five

‘True justice was his passion and his life.’


To Leonard Weinglass
You have not rested:
Injustice troubles you,
Justice invokes you.
You have hardly slept to come see me.
I do not see you just as a lawyer,
But as an upright man,
A comrade,
A friend.

Antonio Guerrero, the Cuban Five

weinglass.jpgLeonard Weinglass, preeminent civil rights attorney and fighter for justice whose defense history includes the Chicago 8, Daniel Ellsberg, Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Cuban Five, died on March 23 of cancer.

Known as Len to all, the last picture taken of him was in hospital several days ago as he reviewed his latest appeals documents for Antonio Guerrero of the Cuban Five, for whom he was official appeals attorney. Weinglass was instrumental in the overall case of the Five, especially the latest appeal of Gerardo Hernández, who is serving an unjust double life sentence for defending Cuba—along with his four brothers—from U.S.-backed terrorism. Weinglass joined the Cuban Five’s case in the appeals phase in 2002.

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