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What's Happening in Libya

 

Libya Coverage Provides a Peek Behind the Curtain
 
By Don DeBar

Coverage of the situation in Libya over the past three days, while useless to anyone trying to understand what is actually happening in Libya, nevertheless provides an interesting peek into the modus operandi of the global media that has broad application for the decoding of its coverage of all of the issues that touch our lives.

The manufacture of events in Libya has been underway since the lead-up to the US-led invasion, including the narrative that enabled the UN resolutions 1970 and 1973 - prominent among these were the claim that the Libyan government was conducting an aerial war against protestors, countered by satellite evidence from the Russian military showing no such attacks took place, and the claim that African mercenaries were firing on protestors, which was both untrue and provoked racist killings of Libyans with African features and skin by rebel gangs.

NATO's Planned Bloodbath in Tripoli

  NATO'S Planned Bloodbath In Tripoli - by Stephen Lendman

 

NATO intends to get the bloodbath it wants through intensified terror bombing and low-level strafing of civilians and nonmilitary sites. 

 

No matter that it grossly violates international and constitutional law, what Washington-led member states long ago trashed.

 

LIBYA AFTER GADAFFI: STATEMENT BY STOP THE WAR COALITION

STOP THE WAR COALITION
22 August 2011
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The fall of the Gadaffi regime in Libya marks yet another turning point in what
has been a truly remarkable year in the Middle East. The victory of the rebels,
backed by Nato bombing in a six month campaign initiated by the British and
French governments, also heralds the rehabilitation of a discredited doctrine
-- that of 'humanitarian intervention' -- after the debacle of Iraq and
Afghanistan. 

Time to end Nato's war in Libya

Whether Gaddafi goes or not, this costly intervention has thwarted peace talks and betrayed its 'humanitarian' mission

By Dennis Kucinich at The Guardian

Libyan Deaths, Media Silence

Were Dozens Killed in Majer NATO Airstrikes?
By FAIR

Allegations of Libyan civilian deaths as a result of NATO bombing have often been covered in the corporate media as an opportunity to scoff at the Gadhafi regime's unconvincing propaganda (FAIR Blog, 6/9/11).

But dramatic new allegations that dozens of civilians were killed in Majer after NATO airstrikes on August 8 have been met with near-total media silence.

Black Libya City Said to Fall to Rebel Siege

 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

Western-backed rebels have made good their vow to “purge slaves, black skin,” with their reported capture of Tawurgha, a black Libyan city, after a long siege. Elsewhere, just 30 miles from the capital city of Tripoli, NATO bombed 85 civilians to oblivion. Facing a September 27 United Nations deadline on its “humanitarian” mission, “NATO has resorted to terror bombing to clear the way for the rebel advance.”

Falsified Major Media Reports on Libya

  Falsified Major Media Reports on Libya - by Stephen Lendman

 

Major media specialize in what they do best: truth inversion (aka bad fiction), not doing what journalists are supposed to do - their job, especially covering imperial wars for dominance and rich spoils.

 

With Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) falling apart and rebel forces in disarray, today's headlines belie the truth, reported by independent "un-in-bed-with" journalists and other sources.

Gadaffi supporters 'retake Misrata'

By Morning Star

Libyan forces have retaken Misrata from the Western-backed rebels, according to government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim.

If confirmed it would mean that the rebels have lost the only city they held in the Western Tripolitania region.

Mr Ibrahim claimed on Monday night that soldiers had fought their way into the centre of the town, which is the third largest in Libya after Tripoli and Benghazi, and were mopping up isolated pockets of insurgents.

He credited local tribal forces with playing a key role in recapturing the city.

A Nato spokesman said yesterday that the situation on the ground remained "very dynamic."

Videos of Possible NATO Bombings in Libya

NATO bombing of the Faculty of Law, February 8 11 Zliten
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTcGbkPE7V4

NATO bombing in Al Ajilat 05 08 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdtEZZ8WM-k

NATO bombed the fishing port of Zliten May 8 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLt8UfEsXQU

NATO bombing on the University of Nasser
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D57vzrbsh3M

CNN NATO Bombing Hospital, Food Storage Killing 11 Civilians In Zletin, July 25 11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw13Pcz6KBY

NATO bombed and destroyed food stores in Zliten
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRK7oI9Dnlk

NATO bombed mosque and other buildings in Zliten,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eXZxh3_zUw


NATO bombed clinic in Zliten, Libya, at least 6 dead
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK946LCuzyc

NATO bombs a family home in Zliten killing two and wounding three April 8 11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Wcn12as7g

NATO bombed schools and colleges in Libya August 4, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFMpCs0sX3Q

NATO Industrial Safety Center bombing in Tripoli
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQNJR9m5q-U

NATO bombed Down Syndrome Center and the construction of kindergartens in Tripoli
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0VyKhXMgwI

NATO bombed the Libyan Television Three dead and fifteen wounded July 30,2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHKAhI3iq3c

NATO continues attacks on residential areas of Tripoli July 30, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90mu2Oh_ZIM

NATO again bombed civilian targets in Libya July 30, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s7OIRxbSr4

NATO bombed Libya center Alsaknah
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKGCMbUVWz4

Nato bombed water supply
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5Y6rD4NvXY

NATO bombing in Zliten food stores July 21 11, War in Libya
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxZlXiJq1AM

NATO bombs destroy civilian homes and a church in Tripoli June 6, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EXEnSzMjdw

Scientists deteuct uranium contamination
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnG875_XQN4

NATO bombed hospital oxygen plant in Libya
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQxd4we5ctk

Oil refinery fire in Brega in Libya for the NATO bombing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHb--nne4OA

NATO does not rule out bombing archaeological Sabratha
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP-oL4MhCXI

NATO bombed hotel in Tripoli, radio and television
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCsI6YtqQbU

Bombarded Hospital in Libya
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbmBAYr6eV0

LIBYA NATO bombed civilian areas in Tajoura, eastern suburb of Tripoli 5 JUNE 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf8hzasGkwU

Ruins of Tripoli by the NATO bombing of August 9, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4Po3eXMmN8

Imperial Plans for Libya Post-Gaddafi

  Imperial Plans for Libya Post-Gaddafi - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article suggested NATO's Libya war is unraveling, having misjudged the commitment of Libyans to resist, fight back, and support Gaddafi. Access it through the following link:

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/08/natos-libya-war-unraveling.html

 

NATO's Libya War Unraveling

  NATO's Libya War Unraveling - by Stephen Lendman

 

On August 1, Ramadan began. Nonetheless, fighting continues. The good news is Libyans are winning. The bad news is NATO knows it but keeps bombing, averaging 52 daily strike sorties in the past week alone.

 

On August 2, London Telegraph writer Damien McElroy headlined, "Libya: Gaddafi regime rallies after rebel turmoil," saying:

 

Reading Nietzsche in Starbucks

By John Grant

When the human waste of politics gets to piling up so deep you want to run screaming into the night, a good remedy is to fall back to the powerful historical minds and immerse yourself in some great writing. I ran into this dilemma last Sunday, after a morning of reading The New York Times about the continuing blackmail antics of Rep. John Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell and their merry band of Teabag Republican cutthroats.

Libya: What America's Media Won't Report

  Libya: What America's Media Won't Report - by Stephen Lendman

 

America's media staunchly back all US imperial wars, regurgitating officials lies as truths. Moreover, they never explain their illegality or daily crimes of war and against humanity against civilians, as well as non-military related infrastructure and other sites. 

 

America's Big Speed-Up: No Wonder the Jobless Rate is Staying at Depression Levels

By Dave Lindorff

My wife Joyce and I were renting a car for the week this morning at a Hertz office just outside Philadelphia.  There was a line of people either waiting to pick up a vehicle, or to return one.  

The harried clerk behind the counter -- the only guy in the office -- was fielding calls while trying to serve the first guy in line, who was trying to rent a car for a vacation trip with his wife to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  No sooner would the poor clerk sit down at the computer to start typing in the information from the man’s driver’s license than the phone would ring -- a phone that was located on a desk in a cubicle behind him, requiring him to get up and run around to the back cubicle.

The man at the counter, and others in the line, sighed audibly.

Bombing Media Outlets for Free Speech

NATO says it has bombed three Libyan satellite dishes in the capital, Tripoli, in an effort to prevent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from using state television to intimidate civilians.

But the Libyan Broadcasting Coproration condemned the attack Saturday, saying three employees were killed and 15 more wounded. An LBC official said the channel is not a “military target” and its employees were doing their jobs as journalists, posing no threat to civilians.

A NATO spokesman said the strike was “necessary,” because he said Mr. Gadhafi used television broadcasts to “oppress and threaten” the Libyan people and incite attacks against them. He said the strike on the satellite dishes was carried out after “careful planning” to minimize the risk of casualties or long-term damage to television transmission capabilities.

Abdul Fatah Younis Killing: War Death or Assassination?

  Abdul Fatah Younis Killing: War Death or Assassination? - by Stephen Lendman

 

On July 28, New York Times writer David Kirkpatrick headlined, "Death of Rebel Leader Stirs Fears of Tribal Conflict," saying:

 

The killing of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) military commander, Gen. Abdul Fatah Younis (Gaddafi's former Interior and Defense Minister) and two other rebel officers, "stirred fears that a tribal feud could divide" anti-Gaddafi forces.

Daily NATO War Crimes in Libya

  Daily NATO War Crimes in Libya - by Stephen Lendman

 

Among them is waging war on truth, Western managed news calling lawless imperial wars liberating ones. No wonder John Pilger says journalism is the first casualty of war, adding:

 

‘10 Commandments Judge’ Running for President

  


by Walter Brasch


 


The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was removed from office for defying the Constitution and a federal court order is one of 14 major candidates running for the Republican nomination for the presidency.


Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary unanimously had ordered Roy S. Moore removed from office in November 2003 after he refused to remove from the judiciary building rotunda a 5,280 pound granite monument to the Ten Commandments. Around its base were extracts from the Declaration of Independence, quotes from the Founding Fathers, and the National Anthem. The three foot square by four foot tall monument was funded by private contributions.

To Hell with the Democrats!: Time to for Any Real Progressives in Congress to Bolt the Party and Start a New One

By Dave Lindorff

Jeff Greenwald has just written that President Obama, by playing a leading role in pushing for cuts in Social Security benefits as part of the whole kabuki-theater drama over the debt ceiling, and the alleged crisis of America’s national debt, has cut out the “soul” of the Democratic Party.

Kucinich Requests Administration’s Legal Rationale to Vest Libyan Assets

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2011) -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today requested that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner provide “the legal justification that will be invoked to allow the Administration to go beyond seizing Libyan assets to vesting and redistributing them.” Congressman Kucinich’s letter comes in the wake of United States official recognition of the Transitional National Council (TNC) as the official, interim representative of the Libyan people, which has been reported as paving the way to allow the Administration to release funds frozen from the Gaddafi regime. 

 

The headless corpse, the mass grave and worrying questions about Libya's rebel army

By Ruth Sherlock, Al-Qawalish

The streaks of blood, smeared along the sides of this impromptu mass grave suggested a rushed operation, a hurried attempt to dispose of the victims.

Who the men were and what happened to them, close to the Libyan rebels' western front line town of Al-Qawalish in the Nafusa Mountains, remains unknown.

But the evidence of a brutal end were clear. One of the corpses had been cleanly decapitated, while the trousers of another had been ripped down to his ankles, a way of humiliating a dead enemy.

The green uniforms were the same as those worn by loyalists fighting for Col. Muammer Gaddafi in Libya's civil war. No one from the rebel side claimed the corpses, or declared their loved ones missing.

There was no funeral, or call to the media by the rebels to see the 'atrocities committed by the regime'.

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Humanitarian Cluster Bombs Doing Their Horrible Damage

By Simba Russeau, Inter Press Service, via Common Dreams

CAIRO - The conflict in Libya between pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces will continue to take its toll on communities long after the war has ended as long as hidden bombs remain scattered across public areas.

The conflict in Libya between pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces will continue to take its toll on communities long after the war has ended as long as hidden bombs remain scattered across public areas. (photo: AFP) Fifteen-year-old Misurata resident Mohammed lost most of his left hand and sustained shrapnel injuries to his abdomen in April after an unexploded ordnance found near his house detonated in his hands while he was playing.

"It was a rifle grenade that he brought home, and his brothers actually played with it for a couple of days, but on the third day when he picked it up, it exploded," photographer and communications manager with Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Sean Sutton told IPS.

"He was very lucky to survive but it was a deeply traumatic experience for him and his family," adds Sutton. "Children are of course the most vulnerable in this scenario, because they don’t know what’s safe and also they tend to play with these ordnances, which puts them at risk."

Cluster munitions or cluster bombs are air dropped or ground-launched explosive weapons that can eject up to 2,000 sub-munitions, or bomblets.

Washington's Ongoing Libya Terror Bombing

  Washington's Ongoing Libya Terror Bombing - by Stephen Lendman

 

On July 14, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile headlined, "The Libyan War ends. Obama makes Moscow peace broker. NATO halts strikes," saying:

 

"Bar the shouting, the war in Libya ended Thursday morning, July 14, when (Obama) called Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to hand Moscow the lead role in negotiations with (Gaddafi to end) the conflict - provided only that the Libyan ruler steps down in favor of a transitional administration."

Blowing It: Democrats, Unable to Be a Party of the People, are Sinking Themselves

By Dave Lindorff

The smoking ruin that is the the Obama White House, and the rotting corpse that is the Democratic Party, have, incredibly, together been boxed into a corner by, of all things, the certifiably insane Republican Party.

This amazing situation has resulted not through any brilliant strategy on the part of the Republicans, but by the self-inflicted wounds of the Democrats.

NATO and Rebel War Crimes in Libya

Nato and Rebel Atrocities in Libya - by Stephen Lendman

Previous articles discussed:

-- NATO's illegal Libya aggression;

-- American and Western media in the lead cheerleading it; some reporters, in fact, complicit with NATO forces by supplying target coordinates;

-- planning it many months (perhaps years) before fighting began last winter;

-- waging it to conquer, colonize, loot, and balkanize Libya, masquerading as humanitarian intervention;

-- covertly funding, arming and training mercenary insurgents, including Al Qaeda linked Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) paramilitaries;

-- establishing an illegitimate Transitional National Council (TNC) government with CIA/British Intelligence (SIS/MI6) links;

-- terror bombing Libya daily since March 19, using depleted uranium weapons, cluster bombs and perhaps other illegal weapons;

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