Movie Review: Robbery of Books and Ownership of Narrative By Susan Abulhawa

16 February 2013 —The Palestine Chronicle

I finally watched The Great Book Robbery at the University of Pennsylvania this weekend with some friends.  It’s a film documenting Israel’s systematic looting of over 70,000 books from Palestinian public and private libraries after Jewish gangs in Palestine proclaimed the state of Israel and ethnically cleansed the native population.

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Syria faces Humanitarian Catastrophe By Bill Van Auken

29 December, 2012 — Global Research

After two years of escalating civil war, the people of Syria confront a humanitarian catastrophe, with an estimated four million people—roughly 20 percent of the population—lacking adequate food and shelter. Hundreds of thousands have left for refugee camps in neighboring countries, and as many as three million are displaced within Syria itself.

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LIBYA: The Making of a Ghost Town By Karlos Zurutuza

25 November 2011 — IPS


The abandoned Latam district in Tawargha. / Credit:Karlos Zurutuza/IPS.

TAWARGHA, Libya, Nov 25, 2011 (IPS) – Embarka Omar crumbles when she sees the pictures of the Libyan city where she was born and lived until two months ago. ‘We will be back in Tawargha one day,’ the 25-year-old repeats to herself. The images say otherwise.

Tawargha had been Muammar Gaddafi’s headquarters during the terrible two-month siege of the rebel enclave of nearby Misrata,187 km southeast of capital Tripoli. Once a vibrant city of 30,000 inhabitants, the vast majority of them black, Tawargha has turned into a huge ‘supermarket’ where families from nearby Misrata load their vehicles with the spoils of looting, and militias torch the houses, probably to prevent Omar Embarka and others like her from returning some day. Today, Tawargha – ‘green island’ in the Amazigh language – is just a ghost town in the middle of the Libyan desert.

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What is going on in Libya? By William Bowles

29 August 2011

29 August 2011

Some Tweets on ‘African Mercenaries’

J0nblaz @al_Jamahiriya @journalist92 This what we mean by Black Libyans being pursued & executed by NATO rabble terrorists!

MikePrysner Rebels are correct; many Black Africans being lynched in #Libya were “hired by #Gaddafi.” They’re called immigrant workers, not mercenaries, about 3 hours ago

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Bloodbath in Libya embarrassing for National Transitional Council

28 August 2011 —

[Embarrassing? I’ll say so! As I wrote yesterday, the ‘rebels’ have been carrying out the slaughter of Black Libyans, not ‘mercenaries’ in Tripoli as yesterday’s Independent felt free to describe them. No sign of this story on the BBC of course. WB]

The horrors began to emerge, despite careful media manipulation, right after Qaddafi’s compound of Bab al-Aziziya was stormed by rebel fighters. Aside from the expected looting and souvenir hauling by rebel fighters, dead bodies were seen strewn across the vast grassy expanses of the compound. At first, rebel fighters alleged they were killed by government loyalists, however, this statement was negated by a resident of the area. He was told to remain silent by one of the rebels.

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Bitter clashes on in Libyan capital

27 August 2011 — Strategic Culture FoundationThe Voice of Russia

Bitter clashes are continuing in the Libyan capital Tripoli. The troops that are loyal to Gaddafi, as well as his supporters, have repulsed a rebel attack on the Bu-Salim district of Tripoli, with dozens of rebels and foreign mercenaries fighting against Gaddafi reported killed in the attack.

Once rebels captured the greater part of Tripoli, they started looting shops and did not even spare the Jamahiriya national museum.

On Friday night, they established control over the Ras-Djdir border pass into Tunisia. Meanwhile, the residents of the Gaddafi hometown Sirte have vowed to fight to the bitter end.

Despite previous reports, the Transitional National Council has not moved from Benghazi to Tripoli for security reasons.

What’s more, the rebel leaders are in the Nafus Mountains, according to some reports.

The Gaddafi whereabouts are still unknown, and a large reward has been offered for him.

ALBA and Others Condemn Armed Assault on Venezuela’s Diplomatic Residence in Libya By Juan Reardon

25 August 2011 — Venezuela Analysis


Venezuela’s Ambassador in Libya, Afif Tajeldine, speaking in front of rubble from a NATO bombing in Libya (Agencies).

San Francisco, August 25th 2011 ( – On Wednesday Venezuela’s ambassador in Libya denounced the looting of his official residence by armed men, calling the assault ‘a violation of Venezuelan sovereignty’ by ‘NATO itself.’ The governments of Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, among other ALBA nations, denounced the violent attack as a ‘breach of international law,’ as did Venezuela’s ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV).

Speaking to TeleSUR on Wednesday, Venezuelan Ambassador to Libya Afif Tajeldine explained that ‘a group of armed men’ had shot their way in to the official residence, ‘began searching the house and asking for me,’ before ‘looting all things, including the vehicles, the entire house, leaving nothing in the residence and shooting in the air as they left.’

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Damn it or fear it, the forbidden truth is an insurrection in Britain By John Pilger

18 August 2011 — John Pilger

On a warm spring day, strolling in south London, I heard demanding voices behind me. A police van disgorged a posse of six or more, who waved me aside. They surrounded a young black man who, like me, was ambling along. They appropriated him; they rifled his pockets, looked in his shoes, inspected his teeth. Their thuggery affirmed, they let him go with the barked warning there would be a next time.

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The state unleashes the Dogs of Media By William Bowles

17 August 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

“At 9.22 the Brixton shopping centre appeared almost calm by comparison to Railton Road. Rubbish was strewn across the main A23 Brixton Road; burglar alarms rang vainly from looted shops; and knots of youths, black and white, drifted along in the almost complete absence of police.” — ‘Eyewitness: Looters moved in as the flames spread’

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Driving People into Rebellion By Stephen Harper

13 August 2011 — Dissident Voice

Over the last week, politicians and the mainstream media in the UK have been wheeling out their routine condemnations of the ‘mindless violence’ and ‘thuggery’ (a term whose etymology and connotations of black, hip-hop culture are consistent with the widespread tendency to racialize these events) of the rioters in London and other British cities. Note well the double standard: Continue reading

UK: Tony McKenna, “Order within the Chaos”


A Soviet diplomat visiting the US once expressed incredulity toward the political content of mainstream newspapers there. In the USSR, he explained to his American interlocutors, it is necessary to threaten members of the press with torture in order to make them toe the correct political line. In the United States, however, you effect a similar result without coercion; the editors and journalists here seem to produce your propaganda of their own volition. How on earth do you manage it?

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Pambazuka News 544: Stealing the commons and looting the streets (Pambazuka Editor)


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