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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

NATO bombing in Al Ajilat 05 08 2011

NATO bombed the fishing port of Zliten May 8 2011

NATO bombing on the University of Nasser

CNN NATO Bombing Hospital, Food Storage Killing 11 Civilians In Zletin, July 25 11

NATO bombed and destroyed food stores in Zliten

NATO bombed mosque and other buildings in Zliten,

NATO bombed clinic in Zliten, Libya, at least 6 dead

NATO bombs a family home in Zliten killing two and wounding three April 8 11

NATO bombed schools and colleges in Libya August 4, 2011

NATO Industrial Safety Center bombing in Tripoli

NATO bombed Down Syndrome Center and the construction of kindergartens in Tripoli

NATO bombed the Libyan Television Three dead and fifteen wounded July 30,2011

NATO continues attacks on residential areas of Tripoli July 30, 2011

NATO again bombed civilian targets in Libya July 30, 2011

NATO bombed Libya center Alsaknah

Nato bombed water supply

NATO bombing in Zliten food stores July 21 11, War in Libya

NATO bombs destroy civilian homes and a church in Tripoli June 6, 2011

Scientists deteuct uranium contamination

NATO bombed hospital oxygen plant in Libya

Oil refinery fire in Brega in Libya for the NATO bombing

NATO does not rule out bombing archaeological Sabratha

NATO bombed hotel in Tripoli, radio and television

Bombarded Hospital in Libya

LIBYA NATO bombed civilian areas in Tajoura, eastern suburb of Tripoli 5 JUNE 2011

Ruins of Tripoli by the NATO bombing of August 9, 2011

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:


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'.


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;

House defund Libya war

LISTEN: Black Agenda Radio with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey, on the Progressive Radio Network – Week of July 11, 2011

Anti-War Forces Weak in the House

David Swanson, publisher of the influential web site War Is A Crime, calls congressional efforts to halt President Obama’s war on Libya a “huge muddle.” A bid to defund the Libya operation failed by 199 to 229, and legislation to cut off money for the war in Afghanistan garnered only 97 votes.

I think you really have somewhere around 97 members of the House that are really serious about ending wars,” says Swanson. “You have 199 who will put up some kind of pretense,” but at least half of them are not really serious.

Dems and Labor: A Suicide Pact

Labor gives money and manpower to Democratic politicians, who then vote like servants of huge corporations, according to a commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon. The “murder-suicide” nature of the pact is exemplified by the National Education Association’s (NEA) early endorsement of President Obama’s reelection, despite the administration’s relentless attacks on public school teachers.

Arnie Duncan “Racist” and “Insane”

Education Secretary Arne Duncan declared that Detroit will have “no viable future” as a community if it doesn’t buckle under to Obama’s draconian “Race to the Top” program of high stakes testing, teacher insecurity, and forced charterization. That’s “insane,” says Tom Stephens, a Detroit lawyer and activist, adding, “I thought it was clearly a racist statement” that Duncan would have never directed against a predominantly white city.

Fear” and “Panic” Among School Teachers

Delegates to the National Education Association’s Chicago convention voted down a proposal to demand that Arne Duncan be fired. Among those on the losing side was Joyce Schon, of the Equal Opportunity Now Caucus of BAMN, By Any Means Necessary. “There was too much fear, too much panic, and too much lack of confidence in their own power and their own abilities to stand up for their own dignity and for the future of their students,” says Schon.

Victory for Affirmative Action in Michigan

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 2, the measure that outlawed affirmative action in Michigan public education, is unconstitutional. George Washington, representing the BAMN-affiliated Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, argued that Proposition 2 created “a separate and unequal system of political rights. Every group in Michigan can petition to the University of Michigan for special admission programs to benefit their members except racial minorities.” In effect, says Atty. Washington, Proposition 2 created a category of citizen with less rights than others.

It’s Race, Stupid

For more than 60 years, Black unemployment levels have been stuck at roughly twice that of whites. The grim ratio persists in good times and in bad across three generations. Andy Kroll, who wrote the article “The 60-Year Unemployment Scandal,” found that neither educational disparities nor de-industrialization nor other “race-neutral” factors explained the gap. In the end, “it comes down to discrimination in hiring and racism,” says Kroll.

The Texas chain-dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. at the hands of three white men shocked the nation, in 1998. An award-winning documentary on the victim, titled “Byrd: The Life and Tragic Death of James Byrd, Jr.” is now available on, says the film's creator, Eligah “Ricky” Jason. “This documentary focuses on Byrd as a person. It puts a face on the man.”

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 4:00pm ET on PRN. Length: One hour.

Has U.S. Foreign Policy Ever Been Such a Mess?

Multiple Wars are Symptoms of the Need to Escape the Quagmire of Empire

By Kevin Zeese

I can't remember a time when the U.S. military has been stuck in so many war quagmires at once. Libya seems destined to fail unless the U.S. gets a lucky shot and kills Gaddafi. U.S. militarists are openly maneuvering to stay in Iraq -- the war Obama told us was over. Relations with nuclear-armed Pakistan are at their lowest levels ever. And, Afghanistan is getting worse with Obama’s minimal, slow withdrawal looking more like staying than leaving.

Libya's Fate Unclear: Will NATO Stop Bombing?

According to Russia:

Pravda.Ru sources inside Libya have confirmed that the people of Tripoli are dancing in the streets in joy, celebrating a great victory, because NATO has ceased its bombing campaign. Sources in Libya state that negotiations are ongoing with France and meanwhile there has been a cessation of hostilities.

According to Voice of America:

The United States says it is prepared to support Russia's mediation efforts in Libya, as France signals its frustration with the lack of progress in reaching a political solution to the crisis.

U.S. President Barack Obama thanked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for his country's negotiation efforts in Libya, and said the United States supports talks that lead to a democratic transition and the departure of leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Medvedev has joined Western leaders in urging Gadhafi to step down, and Russian envoys have traveled to Libya to meet with government and rebel representatives. . . .

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told a French radio station Tuesday the Libyan government has sent envoys to several countries to say Gadhafi is "ready to go." . . .

Opposition fighters attempting to advance towards Tripoli from front lines near the western rebel stronghold of Misrata came under fierce shelling by pro-government forces Monday. At least six rebels were killed in clashes near the coastal town of Zlitan. . . .

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, speaking in Iraq Monday, said some NATO allies operating in Libya could see their forces "exhausted" within 90 days and that the U.S. will be "looked at to help fill the gap." . . .

Also Monday, the United Nations envoy for Libya, Abdel Elah al-Khatib, said he has urged direct talks between Gadhafi's government and the rebels, but acknowledged the two sides remain far apart.

Khatib said one of the key issues is agreeing on an institutional body to manage a political transition. He said any such group would have to be "all-inclusive and involve representatives from all political and social groups, as well as a wide range of factions, regions and tribes."

The Associated Press agrees. More here.

Another AP story suggests NATO's trained killers are eager to keep bombing:

NATO spokesman Wing Cmdr. Mike Bracken said Tuesday the alliance would wait and see whether pro-Gaddafi units cease their operations during Ramadan, which starts around 1 August. If they don't "then I think it would be highly appropriate to continue to use the mandate that NATO has to protect those lives," he said.

The Western alliance is operating under a UN mandate that allows the use of force to protect civilians.

NATO is worried that bombing a Muslim nation during the month-long period of prayer, reflection and sunrise-to-sunset fasts could provoke a public backlash in the Islamic world.

The Washington Post, meanwhile, has this misleadingly genocidal sounding headline:

Libyan officials warn rebel-held east could be cut off water supply if there is no cease-fire

But the article explains:

The minister called for a cease-fire to allow the turbines to be repaired.

Our Child Soldiers in Libya

Ill-equipped teenagers members of the Libyan anti-Gadhafi rebels

TOBRUK, LIBYA— Globe and Mail

Ahmed Abdelrahmin is 15, but he is small for his age and his voice hasn’t changed. On Sunday, he sat patiently in the yard of a former high school in the east Libyan city of Tobruk as a Qatari instructor showed how to dismantle and clean a 50 mm anti-aircraft gun. Then he practised operating a battlefield radio set. In between, there was lots of marching.

NATO's War Against Libya's Civilians

By FRANKLIN LAMB, CounterPunch

Tripoli, Libya -- Briefly noted below are five recent instances of undisputed NATO bombings on Libyan civilians selected because they still among the most discussed by residents of Tripoli.

On May 13, 2011, a peace delegation of Muslim religious leaders having arrived in Breda to seek dialogue with fellow Sheiks from the east of Libya was bombed at 1 a.m. in their guesthouse by two MK 82 bombs. Eleven were killed instantly and 14 were seriously injured. NATO claimed the building housed a “Command and Control Center.” All witnesses and the hotel owner have vehemently denied this claim. This observer interviewed the leader of the delegation, Shiek Khalad Ali on three occasions, seeking details. He is recovering from shrapnel wounds to his right leg and confirms the eye-witness accounts. NATO has offered the families compensation.

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