Libya: Some ruminations on current events By William Bowles

4 May 2011

I know I keep hammering on about this but it still hasn’t sunk in with those who profess to be on the left, bemused, or perhaps it’s bewitched, as they are by the concept of ‘humanitarian intervention’. Take the latest bleat from down under:

“I firmly believe the left and progressive forces have made a serious error in viewing and equating Libya with the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Libya is not the same situation; there has been a popular peoples uprising.” — ‘Libya: The left should not oppose call for military intervention‘, Steven Katsineris, Greenleft

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Communiqué by Elias Davidsson on Osama bin Laden’s murder

3 May 2011

According to mass media, Osama bin Laden was murdered yesterday, on May 1st, 2011. He was murdered with “other family members”, whose identity is still unknown. The President of the United States of America took credit for this act of murder. Murder is prohibited in every jurisdiction. It is regarded as a criminal act both under national and international law. President Barack Obama should henceforth be charged for ordering an act of outright murder.

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Sky Decision Imminent

3 May 2011 — Return of the Public

Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce this week whether News International is free to buy the rest of BSkyB.

If he permits the takeover of the company he will join the long line of British politicians who have decided that giving Rupert Murdoch what he wants is somehow in the public interest.

The rest of us should ask ourselves this:

Has Murdoch has built his empire in this country in spite of the criminal surveillance of MPs by his journalists, or because of it?

Stop NATO News: May 2, 2011

2 May 2011 — Stop NATO

Updates on Libyan war: May 2, 2011

  • 140,000 NATO Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Despite Bin Laden’s Death
  • Azerbaijan: NATO Holds Cyber And National Security Conference
  • Bahrain Builds Gulf Cooperation Council Military Base Against Iran
  • United Arab Emirates Spearheads Gulf Cooperation Council Military Satellite System
  • Parade Of Nations: NATO Festival Night In Virginia

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Stop Nato: Updates in Libyan war – May 2, 2011: Libya: 4,728 NATO Air Missions, 1,924 Strike Sorties

2 May 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Libya: 4,728 NATO Air Missions, 1,924 Strike Sorties
  • Tunisians Flee As NATO Bombs Libyan Forces Near Border
  • Venezuela Condemns Killing Of Gaddafi Family Members
  • Australian Foreign Minister Defends NATO’s Libyan War After Deadly Strike
  • British Foreign Secretary, Egyptian Field Marshall To Discuss Libya, Syria

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SYRIA: Who is Behind The Protest Movement? Fabricating a Pretext for a US-NATO “Humanitarian Intervention” By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

3 May, 2011 — Global Research

There is evidence of gross media manipulation and falsification from the outset of the protest movement in southern Syria on March 17th.

The Western media has presented the events in Syria as part of the broader Arab pro-democracy protest movement, spreading spontaneously from Tunisia, to Egypt, and from Libya to Syria.

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Libya: NATO Transitions To Terror Bombing Phase Of War By Rick Rozoff

3 May 2011 — Stop NATO

‘Why are you attacking us? Why are you killing our children? Why are you destroying our infrastructure?’ — Muammar Gaddafi

On the evening of April 30 a Libyan government spokesman announced that an air strike by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had hit a target in Tripoli, killing leader Muammar Gaddafi’s 29-year-old son Saif al-Arab, three of the former’s grandchildren, all under twelve years of age, and several friends and neighbors.

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Osama bin Laden’s Second Death By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

2 May 2011 — Global Research

If today were April 1 and not May 2, we could dismiss as an April fool’s joke this morning’s headline that Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight in Pakistan and quickly buried at sea. As it is, we must take it as more evidence that the US government has unlimited belief in the gullibility of Americans.

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M.K. Bhadrakumar (India) – The intriguing death of Osama bin Laden

3 May 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Think of the irony of it. Osama bin Laden was finally tracked down not in the lawless wilds of Afghanistan but in the teeming Pakistani city of Abbottabad, which is hardly 50 kilometers away as the crow flies from the headquarters of the military establishment in Rawalpindi. Abbottabad has been traditionally from the British times a city with a high concentration of serving and retired military people. A brigade of the Second Division of the Northern Army Corps of the Pakistani military is based there. Bin Laden’s massive two-storey bungalow with its 16-foot high walls in the posh residential district of Abbottabad within a few hundred meters of the cantonment bears all the hallmark of a ‘safe house’ of the Pakistani intelligence.

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THE INVASION OF LIBYA: Behind the US-NATO Attack are Strategies of Economic Warfare By Manlio Dinucci

1 May 2011 — Global ResearchIl Manifesto (translated from Italian)

Global Research extends its thanks and appreciation to John Catalinotto for the translation of this article.

Despite what is being reported, the invasion of Libya has already begun. Units operating on Libyan territory for a long time have prepared the war and are carrying out the assault: they are the powerful oil companies and U.S. and European investment banks.

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Libya Faces Attacks Against Civilian Infrastructures and Tough Information Warfare By Leonid Savin

1 May 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The present paper grew out of the travel notes I made while traveling across the embattled Libya and watching closely the situation in its western part which stretches from the border with Tunisia to Tripoli. In the process, I attended the “Hands Off Libya!” international conference in Tripoli’s Bab al Bahr Hotel. The event was organized by the National Organizationof Libyan Youth and the Stop the War foundation with the assistance from the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union, the Arab African Youth Council, theAfrican Youth Forum for Peace, and the African Youth Union, and attracted delegates from political parties and NGOs of 17 countries.

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Libya: Terrorists Are Us? By Felicity Arbuthnot

2 May, 2011 — Global Research

“And you all also may remember that early on, I said if you hide a terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, if you provide comfort to a terrorist, you’re just as guilty as the terrorist.” George W. Bush. (Address to US., troops, Alaska, 16th February 2002.)

Given the ferocity of the attack on Libya, the country Tony Blair credited himself with bringing in from the cold and turning in to a new trading partner, Colonel Qadhafi, has been remarkably conciliatory. On 5th., April he wrote to President Obama, more in sorrow than in anger.(i)

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The War on Libya – PART II By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

2 May, 2011 — Global Research

In the first part of this text , the events that led to the conditions that set the backdrop for the present conflict in Libya were discussed.

The present text examines the events which were conducive to the NATO led war on Libya. Media distortion and misinformation have played a major role in opening the door to war in North Africa. The media has done nothing less than create a justification for war through a series of lies.

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Najmuddin A. Shaikh (Pakistan) – The Agony of Libya: What can be done (II)

2 May 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

In my last article I had promised to elaborate upon my understanding of the position that the two permanent members of the UN Security Council had taken on resolution 1973 which sanctioned the imposition of the No-Fly zone over Libya and the taking of other action to protect civilians. Para 4 of the operative part of the resolution, which was adopted on 17th March, says ‘to take all necessary measures, notwithstanding paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011), to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory…’ Para 5 requests the Member States of the League of Arab States to cooperate with other Member States in the implementation of paragraph 4. Para 6 ‘Decides to establish a ban on all flights in the airspace of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in order to help protect civilians…’ while subsequent paragraphs seek to exclude humanitarian flights from the ban and enlist the assistance of all states including the members of the League of Arab States for implementing the No-Fly zone.

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Alexander MEZYAEV – Assassinations of Country Leaders and the International Law: Precedent To Be Set in Libya?

3 May 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The NATO aggression against Libya makes the world re-examine a number of themes from the realm of the international law, especially in the light of the obviously existing plan to kill the country’s defiant leader M. Gadhafi. Gadhafi’s residences are permanently targeted by NATO air raids one of which left his family members – son and three grandsons – dead on May 1.

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Libya Newslinks 2-3 May 2011

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Leave Syria to the Syrians By Charles Glass

2 May 2011 — Taki’s Magazine

This is not a good time to be running the Middle East desk at the State Department. If you happen to be him or her, take my advice: Do nothing. Especially in Syria. Let all the think tanks and lobbyists submit their recommendations. Ask the CIA for the usual analysis. Tell the Israelis, which you would anyway, that you’ll put their suggestions at the top of the pile. Stack that pile high, then burn it. If you stick your hand into this particular tar baby, you will never get out.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 2 May, 2011: Israeli Border Policewoman as Stone-Cold Killer

2 May, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Mashal Meets Egypt’s Security Chief
IMEMC – Tuesday May 03, 2011 – 02:32, Head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, Khaled Mashal, met on Monday with Egypt’s Security Chief, Murad Muwafi, and a number of Egyptian security leaders.

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