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 .. ”


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


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

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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Statewatch News Online, 28 September 2011 (24/11)

28 September 2011
Home page:
  1. EU: Statewatch Analysis: Court of Justice:The NS and ME Opinions -The Death of ‘Mutual Trust’?
  2. INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS: ’10 years after 9/11, Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws’
  3. EU: MANDATORY DATA RETENTION: Letter to the European Commission signed by 34 NGOs including Statewatch Continue reading

Book Review: Cooperatives and Socialism in Cuba

26 September 2011 via Cuba’s Socialist Renewal

Cooperatives and Socialism: A Cuban Perspective is a new Cuban book published in Spanish earlier this year. A compilation of essays, it is divided into four parts. Part One introduces cooperatives; Part Two examines the views of Marxist theoreticians including Karl Marx, V. I. Lenin and Che Guevara on the role of cooperatives in a socialist-oriented society; Part Three looks at the experiences of cooperatives in other countries from Spain to Venezuela; while Part Four analyses the Cuban experience of cooperatives as part of its socialist project.

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In the belly of the beast By William Bowles

28 September 2011

beast.jpgIn case you hadn’t noticed, especially if you get your news from the MSM, there is the mother of all capitalist crises unfolding around us. A crisis that appears to be far deeper even than the Crash of ’29 and given the global nature of corporate capitalism, nobody (except the rich) can escape its awful destructive power, short of revolution of course.

So deep in fact, that the imperial elites are incapable of resolving it and appear to be frozen to the spot like a deer caught in the headlights, attempting to apply ‘solutions’ that only compound the contradictions. It points once and again to the chaotic nature of capitalism that hides its ignorance behind glib phrases that mean nothing.

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Update on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: September 26, 2011

26 September 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Bombers ‘Soften Up’ Libyan Cities For Ground Assaults
  • Did NATO Attack Libya Because Of Oil?
  • Report: Russia, China, Iran Plan Counterweight To NATO Missile Shield
  • Missile Targets Afghan President’s Palace, Shooting At CIA Compound
  • Top U.S. Senator: Consider Military Action Against Pakistan Continue reading