Libya Newslinks 21 October 2011: Latest

21 October 2011 —

Libyan Leaders Appear to Differ Over Qaddafi Burial
New York Times
By KAREEM FAHIM and RICK GLADSTONE MISURATA, Libya — Euphoria in Libya over the death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was tempered on Friday by frictions and confusion over where and when to bury the former strongman, as well as a formal request by the …

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NATO Has Assassinated Gaddafi — Now the Puppets Can Dance by Boots Riley

21 October 2011 — MRZine

NATO has assassinated Gaddafi.  Now the puppets can dance.  This is not about democracy, as the “new” leaders are a combination of his ex-cabinet officials and ex-Mujahideen who took out the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan in the 80s and installed the Taliban for the CIA.

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Imperial Massacres By Alexander Cockburn

21 October 2011 — CounterpunchCounterPunch Diary—

Denied post mortem imagery of Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, the world now has at its disposal photographs of Muammar Qaddafi, dispatched with a bullet to the head after being wounded by NATO’s ground troops outside Sirte. Did the terminal command, Finish Him Off, come via cell phone from the US State Department whose Secretary, Hillary Clinton, had earlier called for his death, or by dint of local initiative?

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Gaddafi death: Envoy slams ‘sadistic’ triumphalism — RT

21 October 2011 — Gaddafi death: Envoy slams ‘sadistic’ triumphalism — RT


Dmitry Rogozin (RIA Novosti / Kirill Kallinikov)

 Russia’s NATO envoy has written in his microblog that the Western elation over the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi could have sadistic grounds.

­‘The faces of the leaders of ‘world democracies’ are so happy, as if they remembered how they hanged stray cats in basements in their childhoods,’ Russian envoy to NATO and the leader of the Congress of Russian Communities, Dmitry Rogozin, wrote in his twitter status on Friday.

This statement apparently is a reply to the international reaction to the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed as the forces of the National Transitional Council stormed the town of Sirte on Thursday.

Rogozin currently holds the position of Russia’s envoy to NATO and he was among the first Russian politicians to embrace the opportunities of social networks. He often shares his views on international politics via his Twitter account, and these posts have repeatedly made news in Russian and international media.

Rogozin is also the leader of the Congress of Russian Communities – the organization of ethnic Russians living abroad aimed at protecting their interests and strengthening the ties with the Motherland.

On Thursday evening Rogozin told Russian radio Echo of Moscow that NATO was directly involved in the operation to kill the former Libyan leader. ‘Apparently there were orders that oriented the military servicemen who are in Libya and that directed them to ensure the physical elimination of Gaddafi,’ Rogozin said.

The official added that Russia must make a conclusion from the existing situation. ‘We must bear in mind who we are dealing with in the face of Western democracies,’ Rogozin said.

Wikileaks Newslinks 21 October 2011

21 October 2011 —

WikiLeaks cables provide limited vindication for Malema
Mail & Guardian Online
The Botswana government gave the United States the green light to explore the possibility of establishing an Africa Command (Africom) base in the country when the issue was raised four years ago, American diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks show. …

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Video Intermission: Occupy Is NOT An Obama Reelection Campaign

21 October 2011 — Wild-Wild Left

Stephen C. Webster writing at RawStory notes that ‘Speaking to a ‘We Are Change’ activist at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ this week, political hip-hop artist Immortal Technique threw down the gauntlet to those in the media who characterize the anti-corruption movement as a partisan affair, suggesting that the 99 Percent are willing to ‘sacrifice’ President Barack Obama’s second term if it would send a message powerful enough to spark change.’

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