Patrick Cockburn: Don’t believe everything you see and read about Gaddafi

26 June 2011 — The Independent

In the first months of the Arab Spring, foreign journalists got well-merited credit for helping to foment and publicise popular uprisings against the region’s despots. Satellite TV stations such as Al Jazeera Arabic, in particular, struck at the roots of power in Arab police states, by making official censorship irrelevant and by competing successfully against government propaganda.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter June 28, 2011: Making the World Safe for Hypocrisy: Michael Parenti

28 June 2011 — Information Clearing House

Disgusting, Depraved And Illegal: Petraeus Says Torture an Option for US
By Ken Dilanian
David Petraeus, Barack Obama’s choice to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, says the US should consider using special interrogation techniques when a captive is withholding information that is immediately needed to save lives.

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Libya’s Gaddafi: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? (Part I) By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor

27 June 2011 —

The international arrest warrant issued against Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi by the International Criminal Court (ICC) will add a new complexion to the Libyan crisis. The stalemate that the military option has caused isn’t going away soon nor will Gaddafi’s overthrow happen soon, given the dogged determination with which his forces are fighting despite the damaging airstrikes by NATO.

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Video: Alex Jones: ‘ICC is a kangaroo court’

27 June 2011 — RT

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and a handful of associates.

This isn’t the first time the ICC has come after figureheads, but with Gaddafi a sitting head of state, what implications does Colonel Gaddafi face?

None if he comes to America, says radio host Alex Jones. The United States is one of the nations that doesn’t make up the ICC, who relies on its member states to make arrests. According to Jones, the US is aware that the ICC is just a joke.

‘Certain elements of the United States realize the ICC is basically a global government court of the larger private sector banks that are dominating our society,’ says Jones. ‘The ICC saying that they want to try Gaddafi for crimes against humanity, that would be like having Hitler over the Nuremberg trials,’ he says.

While the US is not condemning the ICC’s warrants, this international super power is taking a back seat to helping on the hunt for Gaddafi. While isolationism is the far from any practice the States has preached as of late, why are they sitting this one out?

‘This is kind of a joke,’ says Jones. ‘The way they carry out trials is a joke. A total and complete kangaroo court,’ is what he says of the ICC.

Jones says the US doesn’t need the ICC, adding that ‘our common law is the best in the world.’ Joining the member states that aid the ICC would just be ‘political grandstanding,’ he says.”

Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 28, 2011

28 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Reports Of U.S. Military Plans Against Libya, Syria Cause Concern
  • U.S. Aircraft Supercarrier Enters Mediterranean For ‘NATO Missions’
  • Libya: International Criminal Court Cover For NATO Operations
  • All Freedom-Loving People Must Condemn NATO Action In Libya
  • Germany To Supply NATO With Arms For Assault On Libya
  • UN: U.S. Gets 4,200 Ethiopian Troops To Patrol North-South Sudan Border
  • U.S. Tests Cruise Missiles With Mock Nuclear Warheads
  • California: New Naval Strike Missiles Tested For Deployment To Norway, Poland
  • Pakistan: Three NATO Tankers Torched
  • U.S. Africa Partnership Station: 37 Stops In 14 Countries
  • U.S. AFRICOM Conducts Deployment Training In Burundi

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