Open Letter From Russian Doctors In Libya To The President Of The Russian Federation

28 March 2011 — The 4th Media

“Bombs and rockets struck residential houses and fell near the hospital. The glass of the Cardiac Center building was broken, and in the building of the maternity ward for pregnant women with heart disease a wall collapsed and part of the roof. This resulted in ten miscarriages whereby babies died, the women are in intensive care, doctors are fighting for their lives.”

President of the Russian Federation Medvedev DA
Prime Minister of Russian Federation VV Putin
from citizens of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, working and living in Libya
March 24, 2011, Tripoli, Libya

Dear Mr. Medvedev and Vladimir Putin,
You said that citizens of the former Soviet Union were destined to become today citizens of different Slavic CIS countries – Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Despite this, we all believe that it is Russia as successor to the USSR, which is our SOLE safeguard for the interests of our countries and the security of our citizens. Therefore, we appeal to you for help and justice.

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March for the Alternative By Dan Hind

28 March, 2011 — The Return of the Public

The 26th March demonstration in London was billed by its organizers, the TUC, as a ‘march for the alternative’. The march did, as the unions hoped, ‘give a voice’ to those affected by the cuts and it showed that ‘people reject the argument that there is no alternative’. Perhaps 500,000 people showed that, in time-honoured fashion, by turning up. What is still missing is a clear sense of what the alternative is, or might be.

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Libya: A sheep in wolf’s clothing? By William Bowles

28 March 2011

“The world is suffering, at the same time, the consequences of climatic changes; shortages and prices of foods, military spending and the squandering of natural and human resources are increasing. War was the timeliest event that could happen at this time.” — ‘Partnership of Equals‘ By Fidel Castro Ruz

I’m glad someone is on the ball.

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Syria: Who Backs Bashar? (videos)

28 March 2011 — MRZine

Bashar al-Assad, unlike other Arab heads of state, appears to have masses of supporters, who took to the streets on 26 March 2011, as shown in the videos below.  (Search YouTube for ????? ???? ?????, and you’ll find many more lovingly uploaded by his fans.)  However, “God, Syria, only Bashar” and “With our soul and blood, we’ll defend Bashar” (the slogans shouted by his supporters again and again in the videos, as if there is nothing else to say) won’t do.  They need an ideology larger than Bashar. — Ed. Continue reading

Libya Newslinks 27-28 March 2011

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28 March 2011

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Joe Bageant, 1946-2011

27 March 2011 — Joe Bageant

joe_bageantAfter a vibrant life, Joe Bageant died yesterday following a four-month struggle with cancer. He was 64. Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara, his three children, Timothy, Patrick and Elizabeth, and thousands of friends and admirers. He is also survived by his work and ideas. According to Joe’s wishes, he will be cremated. His family will hold a private memorial service.