Media Fabrications: Libyan Oil Minister Shukri Ghanem Did Not Defect By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

26 May 2011 — Global Research

From the start of the war on Libya, psychological warfare has been been used by the Obama Administration and their NATO allies. Systematic use of the media and the creation of internal divisions through rumours and fabrications has been part of the Libya PsyOp.

The news about the disappearance of Libyan Oil Minister Shukri Ghanem has exposed the sheer fabrications used by high-ranking officials in NATO countries. Chief amongst them is Hillary Clinton.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has now been caught in an open lie about the topic. She told Katie Couric in an interview for CBC News (May 19, 2011) that ‘The Oil Minister has defected. There is an enormous amount of increased messaging going to Qaddafi, not just because of the military strikes, but from those who he thought were in his camp or at least wouldn’t try to push him to leave.’ (U.S. State Department, May 19, 2011)

Members of Shukri Ganem’s family have confirmed that he did not defect. Shukri is planning to attend the forthcoming meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

He has also been engaged in secretive meetings with foreign oil and gas companies that operate in Libya with a view to renegotiating the energy contracts that they have with Libya:

‘Top Libyan oil official Shokri Ghanem has not defected, contrary to widespread reports, and is secretly working for Col Muammar Gaddafi to maintain ties with big oil companies, sources at western firms said.

A Libyan opposition source and a source at a major international oil company said Ghanem, one of the most senior figures in Gaddafi’s government, had invited representatives of oil companies to meet him last week in Tunisia, to discuss oil contracts.

‘There were some invitations or advances but we did not accept,’ said the source at a western oil company. ‘He was holding court in some form’. (Reuters, May 24, 2011)


Hilary Clinton, Interview with Katie Couric of CBC News, U.S. State Department, May 19, 2011:

Thomas Bergin and William Maclean, ‘Libya’s Ghanem may be on secret govt mission,’ Reuters, May 24, 2011.

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Libya Newslinks 25-26 May 2011

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Video: Michel Warschawski on Netanyahu, Hamas and the Threat of War

26 May, 2011 — The Real News Network

Michel Warschawski: Calling Hamas a Palestinian al-Qaeda, and facing a new Arab world, Netanyahu’s only tool now is war

Michel Warschawski is a journalist and writer and a founder of the Alternative Information Center (AIC) in Israel. His books include On the Border and Towards an Open Tomb – the Crisis of Israeli Society.

Syria – What’s behind the protests? By Joyce Chediac

25 May 2011 — Global – 2011-05-11

People in the U.S. and around the world have broad sympathy for the popular demonstrations taking place in the Middle East. All the uprisings, however, are not necessarily the same.

Protests against Western client regimes, such as those in Egypt and Tunisia that have so severely squeezed the workers, have the potential to liberate the people from crushing poverty and repression. However, the situations in Libya and Syria are somewhat different.

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NATO testing ‘Kosovo model’ in Libya and Syria By Pyotr ISKENDEROV

24 May 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

On the 23d of May the naval forces of the US, NATO, South Europe and North Africa launched the maneuvers codenamed Phoenix Express.Politically, the aim is to demonstrate that members of the alliance are ready to join efforts in case anything goes wrong in Libya. As far as the maneuvers themselves are concerned, training is primarily aimed to be ready to land troops no only in Libya but in Syria as well.

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Bumrushing the Syrian Revolution with the Help of The Independent

25 May 2011 — China Matters

The Syrian government has banned foreign and, I would imagine, anything but state-media reportage on the ongoing unrest.

So I guess that foreign journos have little to chew on except reports relayed by dissidents and their own, understandable resentment at Bashar al-Assad’s attempt to dominate the news cycle. Even so, I think The Independent’s Alastair Beach or his editors reached a new low in submissive fluffing of the Syrian revolution.

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Gulf State Gendarmes: West Backs Holy Alliance For Control Of Arab World And Persian Gulf

25 May 2011 — Stop NATO

Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: May 25, 2011

The standard-bearers of Anglo-American imperialism in the current epoch, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron, met in London on May 25 to discuss the world’s two ongoing wars of aggression, those in Afghanistan and Libya, both under the command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization dominated by Washington and London.

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Obama, hands off our spring By Soumaya Ghannoushi

26 May 2011 — The Guardian Comment

The US wants to turn the Arab revolutions into eastern Europe part 2. It is destined to fail

The first wave of Arab revolutions is entering its second phase: dismantling the structures of political despotism, and embarking on the arduous journey towards genuine change and democratisation. The US, at first confused by the loss of key allies, is now determined to dictate the course and outcome of this ongoing revolution.

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Black Agenda Report 25 May 2011: Cornel West's Mistake / McKinney in Libya / Obama and Blacks

25 May 2011 — Black Agenda Report News, commentary and analysis from the black left

Freedom Rider: Israel Reigns Supreme

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The corporate media pretend that President Obama is standing up to Israel, when in fact the rogue state remains the “third rail” of U.S. politics. “Israel’s untouchability has nothing to do with popularity amongst the masses, but everything to do with a well funded lobbying and propaganda machine.” Israel’s wars are America’s wars, fought with American weapons and financing. Obama is no “change agent,” and there has been no “reset” of the lop-sided U.S.-Israel arrangement.

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Obama Speaks – Netanyahu Slaps – Obama Fades and Retracts by Mohamed Khodr

25 May 2011 — Veterans Today

“Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.” –Mahatma Gandhi

“If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti – Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?” –David Ben Gurion, Founder and First Prime Minister of Israel

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In your Face! By William Bowles

26 May 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Facebook transforms who you are, your likes, dislikes, beliefs and fantasies, all of it into a commodity that it alone owns, 600 million intimate profiles of people like you and me

Many moons ago, when the Web was still in its infancy I wrote that the way the Web was evolving led inevitably to the emergence of monopolies, whether of content or access to information. In the early days it was Portals, or the ‘place’ where you entered the Web eg, Netscape, Microsoft, CNN or whatever, that commanded ‘value’. Success, and hence an implied value, was measured in terms of ‘hits’ or to paraphrase, the proverbial ‘boots on the page’. It was assumed that advertising would be the revenue stream as users clicked on links and hopefully bought stuff.

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