Labouring under an illusion By William Bowles

30 September 2011

Note: This is in the way of a continuation of my last essay ‘In the belly of the beast‘.

Nothing could illustrate the paradox better than the Labour Party, ‘the party of labour’, financially supported largely by Britain’s biggest trade unions (representing around five million public employees) bankrolling the party which has led the way in attacking what’s left of the gains made since 1945. In a word, a traitorous political party that once again, faces the task of reinventing itself.

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Video: ‘NATO need to be brought to justice’ for killing civilians

30 September 2011 — RT

Libya’s National Transitional Council says it will not form an interim government until the whole country is liberated. Anti-Gaddafi forces have already taken the airport in the fugitive Colonel’s hometown of Sirte, one of his remaining strongholds.

­Reinforcements have been called in ready for a fresh assault in the face of strong resistance, as civilians continue to flee the violence in the besieged city.

Director of the ANSWER anti-war coalition Brian Becker says NATO is only adding to their problems.

‘Clearly, they are not protecting civilians when they are bombing cities that are considered to be pro-Gaddafi, when they are killing people, not because they’ve done something wrong, but because their own political beliefs are contrary to what NATO wants in terms of the kind of government they want for Libya,’ he told RT.

‘So I think that they need to be brought to justice,’ Becker continued. ‘I think, though, unless there’s a very strong international movement for human rights in this instance, I think it’s unlikely they will be brought to court.’

The activist notes that Libya has the largest oil reserves in all of Africa and the 9th largest oil reserves in the world. Given this fact, he says, the real goal of the NATO powers is to take control over Libya’s vast oil reserves. In order to achieve this, they have ‘to carry out regime change, so that the Gaddafi government is gone once and forever, and that there will be a new government that will not necessarily be more democratic or more humane, but will be an ally or, I would say, in fact, a proxy, a client, perhaps, a puppet of Western powers.’

Video: ‘NATO need to be brought to justice’ for killing civilians

30 September 2011 — RT

Libya’s National Transitional Council says it will not form an interim government until the whole country is liberated. Anti-Gaddafi forces have already taken the airport in the fugitive Colonel’s hometown of Sirte, one of his remaining strongholds.

­Reinforcements have been called in ready for a fresh assault in the face of strong resistance, as civilians continue to flee the violence in the besieged city.

Director of the ANSWER anti-war coalition Brian Becker says NATO is only adding to their problems.

‘Clearly, they are not protecting civilians when they are bombing cities that are considered to be pro-Gaddafi, when they are killing people, not because they’ve done something wrong, but because their own political beliefs are contrary to what NATO wants in terms of the kind of government they want for Libya,’ he told RT.

‘So I think that they need to be brought to justice,’ Becker continued. ‘I think, though, unless there’s a very strong international movement for human rights in this instance, I think it’s unlikely they will be brought to court.’

The activist notes that Libya has the largest oil reserves in all of Africa and the 9th largest oil reserves in the world. Given this fact, he says, the real goal of the NATO powers is to take control over Libya’s vast oil reserves. In order to achieve this, they have ‘to carry out regime change, so that the Gaddafi government is gone once and forever, and that there will be a new government that will not necessarily be more democratic or more humane, but will be an ally or, I would say, in fact, a proxy, a client, perhaps, a puppet of Western powers.’

Libya and the Big Lie: Using Human Rights Organizations to Launch Wars By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

29 September 2011 — Global Research

The war against Libya is built on fraud. The United Nations Security Council passed two resolutions against Libya on the basis of unproven claims, specifically that Colonel Muammar Qaddafi was killing his own people in Benghazi and Libya. The claim in its exact form was that Qaddafi had ordered Libyan forces to kill 6,000 people in Benghazi and Libya. These claims were widely disseminated, but always vaguely explained. It was on the basis of this claim that Libya was referred to the U.N. Security Council at U.N Headquarters in New York City and kicked out of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: September 30, 2011

30 September 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO: Afghan Civilian Deaths Caused By Air Strikes Up 19 Percent
  • Afghan War: NATO 2011 Death Toll Continues To Rise
  • Pakistani Parties Show Rare Unity In Opposition To U.S. Threats
  • Obama, Uzbek President Discuss Afghan War Supply Routes
  • Czech Republic: 225,000 Attend 18-Nation ‘NATO Days’
  • Estonia Pursues ‘Total Defense’ Against Russia
  • Adjutant General Of Illinois Receives Polish Army Medal
  • Germany Hosts Warplanes For NATO Response Force 2012 Exercise

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Video: Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution (Occupy Wall Street)

26 September 2011 — OCCUPY TOGETHER

For more information on the Occupation please visit Occupy Wall Street

The theme is rejecting electoral politics, calling for an end to the rule by the rich, asserting that “we are the majority” and saying that they are beyond making demands and focused instead on taking charge of things themselves to create a new society. It’s damned encouraging. — John Spritzler

Mass killing and humanitarian disaster in NATO siege of Sirte By Bill Van Auken

27 September 2011 — empire strikes black

sirte.jpgRefugees from the Libyan coastal city of Sirte report that thousands have died as a result of relentless NATO bombardment and shelling by the the Western-backed ‘rebels.’

The two-week-old NATO siege of Sirte has left the city without adequate food, drinkable water, medicine and other basic necessities of life, creating hellish condition for its population of 100,000.

While the Benghazi-based National Transitional Council (NTC) has repeatedly issued announcements that the so-called rebels had advanced toward the city center under NATO air cover, they have again and again been forced to retreat under heavy fire from forces loyal to Col. Muammar Gaddafi, as well as what have been described as citizen volunteers.

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Video: Ibn Sina Hospital, Sirte: doctor speaks, overwhelmed, over corpses of children killed by NATO

27 September 2011 — empire strikes black

English translation of the doctoress’ words, from Ibn Sina Hospital, in Sirte, Libya, following a NATO bombing on 23/09:

“Same date, 23 September … We are on Friday, a day of celebration for Muslims. A Muslim holy day … people pray on Fridays, and NATO kills children ….

This is ‘Douaa’ … [pointing to the girl. follows a misunderstood sentence] she was about to start school. [second voice: it is the beginning of the school year] … and this is ‘ Dahna el Samha ‘ … My god … ‘ Dahna el Samha ‘ the little angel … look at ‘Dahna’. .. here is ‘Dahna’ .. [Raising her arm] … You see NATO! See what NATO did to ‘Dahna’! … See the gift of NATO to ‘Dahna’ … and that’s the gift of NATO to ‘Douaa’ .. they were friends [or cousins ] [follows words I can’t understand, as the voice is too emotional]

And here is ‘Nasser’ [pointing to the young man] ‘Nasser’ the hero, the martyr … [crying, can’t understand the sentence] … and here is one of my neighbors’ sons [pointing to the other young man] … They all died in the same place “Jiza El Bahria” … bombed by NATO on Friday, the Muslim day of celebration …

And they are not from Gaddafi’s brigades [getting up] … No, they were not soldiers … The girls there [pointing to the bodies of the children], they were certainly part of Gaddafi’s Brigades, as they used to sing “Allah wa Libya wa Muammar wa bess” [God, Libya, Muammar and basta]

[Rising, she repeats] “Allah wa Libya wa Muammar wabess” I say it to you, whether you like it or not .. ”

Source: http://justpaste.it/Sirte2

The following video gives a mere glimpse into the hellish terrorism being visited upon the men, women, and children of Libya. A NATO cluster bomb detonates in Brega:

Final timetable out now – Europe Against Austerity Conference

29 September 2011

Saturday 1 October 10am-5pm, Camden Centre, London, WC1H 9AU

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Protesters in front of the finance ministry in Athens. Europe is on the brink of breakdown. A Greek default is almost inevitable. Already standards of living in Greece are plummeting,and protests are mounting in Greece and around the continent.

 

On Saturday hundreds of activists, trade unionists and left politicians from across the continent are gathering in London for a conference to discuss the crisis and co-ordinate resistance.

Greek strikers, activists from the Spanish ‘Indignant’ movement, leaders of the French New Anticapitalist Party, the German Left Party and the Portuguese Left Bloc will all be there along with members of Attac, the European Left Party, COBAS from Italy and many more.

The full timetable is below. Do everything you can to be at this historic event. Please facebook, tweet and e-mail widely.  Click here for the Facebook event.

Register for Europe Against Austerity conference here

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Speeches from Statewatching Europe: Civil Liberties, the State and the EU

29 September 2011 — Statewatch

European conference marking Statewatch’s 20th anniversary
http://www.statewatch.org/conference/videos/index.html

Statewatchs 20th anniversary conference was held at Conway Hall in London on Saturday 25th June 2011. More than 220 people from 18 EU countries registered and over 30 NGOs attended the conference.

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