Libya on fire, who’s next? — RT

5 April 2011 — RT

As fighting for control over the cities of Brega and Misrata continues in Libya, RT looks at how the military operation could just be the start of Washington’s wider goals in the region.

With no official death toll available, international estimates put the number of civilians killed at close to a thousand after almost two months of clashes.

Meanwhile, the US is stepping away from the frontline, encouraging other NATO countries to increase their military contribution.

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Galant: Killing activists on Gaza Freedom Flotilla was “inevitable”

5 April 2011 — Middle East Monitor

General Yoav Galant, had warned more than a year ago of the consequences of trying to seize the flotilla of ships.

The shooting and killing of peace activists on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla almost a year ago was inevitable claim two Israeli journalists who have revealed the contents of secret documents detailing Israeli plans for attacking the ships. According to Dan Margalit and Ronen Bergman, the head of Israel’s Southern Command, General Yoav Galant, had warned more than a year ago of the consequences of trying to seize the flotilla of ships taking humanitarian aid to the besieged territory.

Galant’s warning came in a discussion within Israel’s military High Command. The general said that the proposed boarding technique, an “air drop operation”, would not only “endanger soldiers’ lives” but would also mean that the soldiers would “have no choice but to open fire and kill many activists”.

Nine peace activists were killed and many others were wounded when Israeli commandos boarded the ships from helicopters on 31 May 2010 while the flotilla was in international waters. The ships were taken under escort to an Israeli port and the surviving passengers were flown out of Israel following a short imprisonment and interrogation.

Stop Nato Updates on Libyan war: April 5 2011

5 April 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Rebel Commander: NATO Forces Coordinate Air Strikes From Benghazi
  • Britain Deploys More Fighter-Bombers For Libyan War
  • Drive To World War III: War On Libya, U.S.-NATO Agenda And Next Great War
  • Video And Text: After Libya, Syria And Iran?
  • Libya: “Kinetic Military Action” Means War
  • Libyan War: Testing Ground For AFRICOM, Neo-Colonialism
  • African Union Must Save Libya From Imperialist Aggression
  • India: Students Protest Killing Of Libyan Civilians

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Libya Newslinks 4-5 April 2011

5 April 2011 19:06:25 — creative-i.info

5 April 2011

Walking Out on the Libyan Rebels (at Long Last)

5 April 2011 — MRZine

Some leftists, at long last, are seen walking out on the Libyan rebels they once loved. . . .

Hossam el-Hamalawy, 2 April 2011:

This is catastrophic.  The biggest imperialist force on the planet, NATO, is bombing Libya “in the name of revolution,” CIA operatives are active on the ground, Western “military advisers” become visible in Benghazi, as US and Egyptian military specialists are reported by Al-Jazeera to be training the revolutionaries.  The Libyan revolution is being hijacked in front of our eyes. . .  This is counterrevolution. . .

Richard Seymour, 4 April 2011:

Can I just risk a modest proposition?  NATO, the CIA and the special forces belonging to the world’s imperialist states are not forces of progress in this world.  Does anyone disagree with that?  If not, then it follows as surely as night follows day that the successful cooptation of the Libyan revolution by NATO, the CIA and special forces is a victory for reaction.

As’ad AbuKhalil, 4 April 2011:

I was as excited as anyone to see the Libyan people revolt against the lousy dictator, Qadhdhafi: a tyrant who one should hate with an extra measure of eccentricity because — like Saddam — he is particularly obnoxious and repugnant as far as tyrants are concerned.  But I can’t say now that I support the Libyan uprising: it is no more a Libyan uprising.  The uprising has been hijacked by Qadhdhafi henchmen, Qatar foreign policy agenda, and the agenda of Western government.  Count me out.

Who will be the last leftist carrying a torch for the Libyan rebels, saying nonsensical things like this?

Revolutionary socialists must give unconditional support to the Arab uprising.  Its immediate goals in all these countries can be summed up as (bourgeois) democracy, and are 100% progressive.  Its domestic enemies are for the most part agents of imperialism, and where not directly so, are complicit with it.  We support it for this reason also. 

By “unconditional” support I mean support not conditioned by our evaluation of the leaders of the rebellions or whether or not we have political agreement with them.  That goes for Libya, too.  I disagree with comrades who seem to condition their support of the Libyan rebels on more knowledge of what their program is.  We must be for the victory of the rebellion in Libya, period.

Or like this?

Stop the bombing!  Deliver arms to the insurgents! Coupling the two demands is our way to show concretely that we care for the Libyan people’s uprising against its tyrant much more than those who deny them arms while wanting to impose their guardianship over their movement.

Cf. Yoshie Furuhashi, “What Is the National Front for the Salvation of Libya?” (MRZine, 24 February 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “Al Jazeera Promotes Libya’s ‘Crown Prince’ Who Calls for Military Intervention in Libya” (MRZine, 25 February 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “What Does the Libyan Opposition Want?” (MRZine, 27 February 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “Imperialists Prepare for Military Intervention in Libya” (MRZine, 28 February 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “Black Africans Live in Fear in ‘Free Libya'” (MRZine, 2 March 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “French Leftists for the Libya War” (24 March 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “Loving the Libyan Rebels” (MRZine, 27 March 2011); Charles Levinson, “Rebel Chief Asks for Timely Strikes, Helicopters” (Wall Street Journal, 4 April 2011).

 


Part 2: 23 Things They Don’t Tell you About Capitalism

5 April, 2011 — The Real News Network

Ha-Joon Chang: Companies should not be run in the interest of their owners

Bio

Ha-Joon Chang, a Korean national, has taught at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, since 1990. In addition to numerous articles in journals and edited volumes, Ha-Joon Chang has published 13 authored books (four of them co-authored) and 9 edited books (six of them co-edited). His main books include The Political Economy of Industrial Policy (1994), Kicking Away the Ladder — Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002), and Bad Samaritans — Rich Nations, Poor Policies, and the Threat to the Developing World (2007), and 23 Things That They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (Penguin, 2010, and Bloomsbury USA, 2011). By 2011, his writings will have been translated into 21 languages.

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Part 1: 23 Things They Don’t Tell you About Capitalism

4 April, 2011 — The Real News Network

Ha-Joon Chang: There is no such thing as a free market

Bio

Ha-Joon Chang, a Korean national, has taught at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, since 1990. In addition to numerous articles in journals and edited volumes, Ha-Joon Chang has published 13 authored books (four of them co-authored) and 9 edited books (six of them co-edited). His main books include The Political Economy of Industrial Policy (1994), Kicking Away the Ladder — Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002), and Bad Samaritans — Rich Nations, Poor Policies, and the Threat to the Developing World (2007), and 23 Things That They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (Penguin, 2010, and Bloomsbury USA, 2011). By 2011, his writings will have been translated into 21 languages.

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Part 2: 23 Things They Don’t Tell you About Capitalism

5 April, 2011 — The Real News Network

Ha-Joon Chang: Companies should not be run in the interest of their owners

Bio

Ha-Joon Chang, a Korean national, has taught at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, since 1990. In addition to numerous articles in journals and edited volumes, Ha-Joon Chang has published 13 authored books (four of them co-authored) and 9 edited books (six of them co-edited). His main books include The Political Economy of Industrial Policy (1994), Kicking Away the Ladder — Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002), and Bad Samaritans — Rich Nations, Poor Policies, and the Threat to the Developing World (2007), and 23 Things That They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (Penguin, 2010, and Bloomsbury USA, 2011). By 2011, his writings will have been translated into 21 languages.

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US Libya Intervention Is Aggression

5 April 2011 — The Real News Network

Glen Ford: The US intervention does not have humanitarian objectives

Glen Ford is a distinguished radio-show host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. In 1987, Ford launched Rap It Up, the first nationally syndicated Hip Hop music show, broadcast on 65 radio stations. Ford co-founded the Black Agenda Report. Ford is also the author of The Big Lie: An Analysis of U.S. Media Coverage of the Grenada Invasion.

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Tea Party Organizes Islamophobic Hate Rally

Tea Party Organizes Islamophobic Hate Rally
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The following video was shot at a Tea Party protest of a fundraiser for homeless and domestic abuse shelters. The reason the Tea Partiers are there is because the fundraiser was hosted by Muslims. As you can see, they scream some of the most hateful things at the participants, including at young children.

Libya : Oil, Banks, the United Nations and America’s Holy Crusade by Felicity Arbuthnot

5 April 2011 — Global Research

“America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam.” (President Barack Hussein Obama, Al-Azar University, Cairo, 4th June 2009.)

crusaders.jpgGeorge W. Bush embarked on the casual snuffing out of uncounted, unique, human lives in majority Muslim populations, chillingly called it a “Crusade.” President Barack Hussein Nobel Obama did not go that far, he left that to the French Minister of the Interior, Claude Gueant who, on 21st March, praised President Nicholas Sarkozy for having: “headed the Crusade …”

For the “change we can believe in” President, reducing another ancient land of eye watering archeological gems, massive oil and water resources and a population of six million – little more than Scotland – it is, reportedly, a “turd sandwich.”

Humanity is not “at the crossroads.” It is on the Cross, scourged, nailed (in all senses) and utterly inconsequential, in face of murdering, marauding, looting Empire.

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