BREAKING Libyan Tribes Report Bombings Executed Against Extremist Militias


BREAKING Libyan Tribes Report Bombings Executed Against Extremist Militias

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Update Libya – Tribes of Libya report that many bombing raids were executed against the rubbish Misurata militias and other extremist gangs in Libya. The raids were executed starting yesterday and continue today. They are striking weapons depots, armed vehicles, training camps and many other sites. The source of these bombings is not yet confirmed.

But God Bless them whomever they are..

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A VERY DANGEROUS MAN IS COMING TO LIBYA HIS NAME BERNARDINO LEON


A VERY DANGEROUS MAN IS COMING TO LIBYA HIS NAME BERNARDINO LEON

Bernardino León: “The EU wants to militarily support the Syrian rebels, but the weapons turn against us”

Posted: 02/05/2013 21:20 BST Updated: 02/05/2013 21:20 BST

The thousands of secret documents leaked by Wikileaks US repaired no praise when describing Bernardino León (Málaga, 1964). USA dubbed him “golden boy” of the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and ventured that his career would take “far beyond where it is now.” Then he was the principal adviser to the president on foreign policy and today’s special representative of the European Union for the Southern Mediterranean and

Arab Spring that just will not bloom.

Two and half years later, Egypt lives on the edge, with a battered economy, high debt, low and tourism to survive an outstanding loan from the International Monetary Fund hours. The country, as in Tunisia, Islamism and grow governs the voices calling for restricting the rights of women or freedom of the press. Syria remains a tinderbox and other regimes resolve the dissatisfaction with the necessary concessions to perpetuate power.

Leon, waiting to be renovated in office in June, facing the situation calmly. The special representative, who runs marathons, believe in almost everything, even in the Arab Spring, perseverance is the key to success.

They’ve spent two and a half the outbreak of the Arab Spring years. Can you say who has spent a great feast to a tough hangover?

As Europeans, we are required to analyze it from a historical perspective. We know that transitions last long and in some European countries have not yet been completed. Pretender finding results very quickly and, above all, link their lack of real will to democracy is a huge mistake. I think the process continues to meet its logical steps. The Islamists are not building dictatorships and excluding others.

The Arab Spring – follows an Islamist winter?

They just finished the transition phases linked to the previous regimes and now we live in a completely logical process when you consider that this revolution did groups with a vision of politics and very different society. Now the Islamists have won in Tunisia and Egypt. There is polarization and instability is normal but in the end, what matters is an agreement between Islamists and liberals. In Tunisia, after a very difficult time after the Chokri Belaid murder was a moment of great tension. However, it has formed a coalition government. They have even gone more games than the previous.

That is, that the rise of Islam is not a risk but an unavoidable stage.

We are accustomed to see Islam as a threat, but not per se to be a hazard. We tend to confuse Islam with fundamentalism and jihadism. But governs Islam in Turkey and the country has proven to be the most pro-European reformers of the past decades.

They’re different countries makings. In the case of Turkey has always outweighed the influence and legacy of Atatürk, the father of the country and its secularism.

Ataturk and Habib Bourguiba [president of Tunisia between 1957 and 1977] have many similarities. The role of women in Tunisia is unmatched in other Mediterranean countries. In short, we know that Islam is not the problem. There are different types of Islam by country.

They will make mistakes. We are seeing and is common in such countries.

‘In Egypt there are fewer than Hosni Mubarak parliamentary and there are voices that criticize that there are pressures to restrict certain rights that existed before. Against Mubarak life was better?

No. The leaders of Islamist movements in Tunisia and Egypt have insisted that there will be no turning back. The gains for women are collective achievements and country. We’ve heard of Rachid Ghannouchi, the Tunisian Islamist leader. It is true that in the Egypt of Mubarak timid changes occurred. His wife, Suzanne Mubarak led a campaign against female genital mutilation.

Precisely Salafist groups now claim mutilation.

Salafism is a difficult qualifying as a political movement and the distances between them and the Islamists are enormous. Even within Salafism we are seeing big changes. Just before the revolution leaders were very rough, with very basic speeches, and in recent months have come a long way. When they commented to the IMF loan to Egypt I was told that “the Koran says that necessity makes the unacceptable acceptable.”

Very pragmatic.

Right. They begin to understand that politics is the art of the possible and you can not work on the basis of unrealistic principles. Islamist governments know they have to make virtue of necessity. Your credibility depends on foreign affairs as progress in women’s rights.

CAN THE ECONOMIC CRISIS TRANSITION TO THWARTING DEMOCRACY?

‘The Arab Spring was born not only as a requirement of democracy, but to improve the standard of living. Does the economic instability threatens political transitions?

Revolutions settled around dignity not only understood from the political arena. Egypt is now living a very difficult time, with most of the population in poverty, in unacceptable conditions, work without any protection. Investment has fallen and tourism. The situation has solutions that work for us immediately. The IMF is negotiating an agreement but not yet closed.

-What will happen it not?

Failure to reach an agreement with the IMF soon, which it will be an important opportunity for Europe and USA strengthen their investment in the country condition, the situation will be very difficult. In Egypt no reserves left. It is resisting because it has had a emergency loan of 3,000 million Qatar and Libya 2,000 million. The budget deficit will exceed 12,000 million and debt to energy companies is 9,000 million. Or we find a solution in a few weeks or there is a real risk that the economic problems to affect the political transition.

- Political and economic instability slows the spread of revolution to other countries, such as the Gulf monarchies? Stated another way, the experience of Tunisia and Egypt slows monarchies concessions to their citizens and avoid demands of society?

They are two different phenomena. Not the fear of instability which slows societies that have a thirst for freedom. We know that in Libya and Syria people took to the streets against regimes that had no scruples and commit savage acts. It is not that fear that stops them. But I do not think we can talk of contagion to countries in the Gulf. Except in the case of Yemen, who is a tribal society, the only country where there has been conflict in Bahrain, for problem which came back.

That is, the Arab Spring has consolidated only where there has already been riots, no more travel.

Has a long journey. Egypt has a key that can open or close a door. Tunisia also, but it is a very special case, because it is known as the Switzerland or Singapore of the Mediterranean, with unique characteristics. If a functioning democracy is consolidated in Egypt, I am convinced that we will gradually changes in all Mediterranean countries.

When? It depends on how long it takes Egypt to reverse the key. But once you do, it will be irreversible.

SYRIA: ARM THE REBELS YES, BUT HOW?

-What The EU and USA are unable to overthrow Bashar Al Assad, who massacres his people, which says on its ability to accompany transitions?

Syria is a very special country in which there are more than 20 minorities. We are not only witnessing a conflict between those who want democracy and they do not want, but the actors choose to support one side or another depending on future consequences. Decisions have to be taken with extreme caution, because there are close to Al Qaeda elements that make us all think twice. Many have memories of Afghanistan, where he supported the

Taliban. We have made mistakes in the past, supporting Mubarak, Ben Ali, Muammar Gaddafi. That mistake we are not committed in the Syrian case.

‘In March, the EU showed its division between those who wanted to arm the rebels and those who do not.

If the lowest common denominator in the EU does not serve to advance Syria, where 27 have tried to go beyond not have agreed.

Everyone would like to spend the economic and political opposition to military support, to help tip the balance in favor of supporting the rebels. At the same time, everyone wants to ensure that these weapons are paid with the money of our citizens do not end up turning against them. It is necessary that these weapons will ever be good hands to fight for truth and freedom democrtacia and are not elements that reinforce or elemenos of jihadists and Al Qaeda is a threat to Europe. Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece are very close to

Syria.

- Arming the rebels is not the solution now. It’s not what but how I care at this time.

“SPAIN LIVE A CRISIS OF VALUES, MORALS CASI”

Spain -How seen in the distance?

The situation is difficult. We say that the situation will improve in 2014 or 2016 as if the crisis were only economic. It is, but also politics, values , almost moral. The trouble is that finding, but one does not see action with the depth and ambition needed by the whole of society and institutions. The perspective that gives you exposure to areas where everyone is involved, where a vehemence for solutions means you can not be optimistic.

How do you see the protest movements emerged in Spain and disaffection of the policy?

They are a logical answer. My own children are in that dynamic. It is a rejection of politicians who seem to engage in defending formulas always like things have not changed. I’m not worth the view that everything that has to do with politics is bad, because politics is nothing more than finding solutions. These movements are on the street are also political, but not enough to reject it. From politics to look for solutions in which everyone must get involved.

‘The corruption in countries like Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, much of the carried resources to accompany a successful transition. Did he think the Corruption in Spain was so ingrained? Did you know?

I had no idea. It has been one of the biggest blows throughout this stage. It’s terrible, a big disappointment. Together, we must transform a model that goes beyond the legal or political. Have to focus on earlier stages as the field of education. A society with corruption, which does not take into account other values is a society that has no future.

- Europe is a part of his career, is he back from exile?

The question contains an assessment we make many times. When you come called black men, when it comes to giving sovereignty to Europe … we talk about Europe as alien, but it’s not. We are Europe. Spain is a huge part of it, so I, being Andalusian or Malaga, I am one of those realities. Many solutions involve the EU. The biggest challenge facing Europe is Spain and southern Mediterranean. That does not mean they do not ponder, does not take me that no part of the reflection and debate.

 

Libya descends into chaos


Libya descends into chaos

 

Thank you NATO, another foreign policy disaster.

The once-prosperous Libya, under Muammar al-Qaddafi enjoying the highest Human Development Index on the African Continent, has descended into chaos as rival gangs of militia fight each other and vow to destroy their rivals.

Thousands of foreign nationals are trapped inside the country and the fighting has become so severe that Tunisia has closed its main border with its neighbour to the East. Thousands of Libyan citizens and foreign nationals have been streaming across the Tunisian border in recent days and today, Tunisia closed the border to thousands of Egyptians fleeing Libya because they did not have visas. Elsewhere, Islamic militia have seized control of army bases and today claim to have overrun the city of Benghazi.

Misurata brigades began fighting Zintan brigades in early July, for control of the airport, where recent fighting has destroyed a large number of aircraft and set fire to three fuel depots, one of which is still burning.

Thank you NATO, another fine policy disaster.

 

U.S. report reveals a secret about the names and nationalities of 131 financiers “Daash” in Iraq and Syria, including 12 Iraqi businessmen and the Saudis and Yemenis


U.S. report reveals a secret about the names and nationalities of 131 financiers “Daash” in Iraq and Syria, including 12 Iraqi businessmen and the Saudis and Yemenis

The report confirms that there are 131 funded’s (Daash), including 12 businessmen and academics Iraqis and Saudis and Yemenis

A report documents U.S. for (131) name for the academics, activists and clerics belonging to the (31) state from around the world, providing support legitimate “jihadist movements and armed groups, and among these, as indicated by the documents, (12) Personal Iraqi political and religious, most notably (6) influential businessmen in the Iraqi market.

The Foreign Ministry issued a U.S. report, earlier this month, stating that private donations from the Gulf States remained the main source of financing terrorist groups and reveal documents that support the legitimate “jihadist movements consists of (7) forms, the most important financial support through charity donations and zakat, after stirring passion and enthusiasm Muslims “, preceded by the support to improve the image of legitimate armed jihad recruitment and call him.”

The documents names (28) Personal Saudi support for the so-called jihad “and (12) Iraqi figure, most notably (6) businessmen influential in the Iraqi market, and (10), Pakistanis, and (8) of Algeria, and (6) the Palestinians , and (6) Moroccan, and (6) characters from Senegal, and (6) Indonesians, 5 figures Kuwaiti, and 4 of Eritrea, and 3 from Turkey, and (4) people from Egypt, Lebanon, and (2) of Britain, to along with figures from Ghana, Sudan, Jordan, Yemen, Qatar, Bahrain, Comoros, Kenya, Somalia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, and other residents in Sweden, the Netherlands and Australia.
It showed the documents: that the types of support also includes providing the necessary support for the holding of conferences and seminars to expand relations between the leaders of the armed factions or on behalf of the coordinate and expand their operations jihadist and ways of financing and determine the cost of “support numerous classifications according to the documents, includes the allocation of adequate funds for the development of websites factions and movements jihadist, in addition to support the publication of books, letters and other publications. “

Financiers and Iraqis, according to the documents, that mostly was enriched at the expense of his relationship with the former regime, and now run businesses in the Iraqi market is commercial agencies and remittances companies, banks and civil, as well as investment in the industry and a variety of businesses. “
According to the documents, that the funding mainly goes to the foundation and the Army of the Mujahideen Brigades and Hamas and the Islamic Army of Iraq, which is the largest armed faction in the country. “
According to the documents, one of the most prominent politicians, businessmen, who has custody of Wi-News “on anonymity, depends on the Army of the Mujahideen and he considers his strike in the event of exposure to any problems.”
Based on previous reports of security: the size of the fund jihadist operations in Iraq have arrived at two million dollars a month, all of which come from abroad. “…

In spite of the conditions imposed by the U.S. State Department with the assistance of the Treasury on the banks and the sources and destinations of remittances in the world, but that the money donors deployed in various Islamic countries are still an important source of jihadist movements and al-Qaeda in Iraq, the traditional ways of funding sources, and adopted the taxation commercial and industrial activities in the areas it controls.
In Syria, was the oil more non-traditional sources of financing the activities of armed jihadist movements, which dominated the front victory beginning at oil refineries and wells in many areas, Mrs. Mubarak Deir ez-Zor and Al-Hasakah and proceeded to extract oil and sell it provided its financial revenues about 2.4 million dollars days, or about 72 million per month, which helped to finance the armed activity.

The names of the financiers of terrorist movements (jihadist) and al-Qaeda in Alacherq East, Iraq, and Syria in particular, according to the documents:

1. Dr. Ibrahim bin Hamad wheelchair-bound, a former university professor and a businessman / Saudi Arabia
2. Sheikh Ibrahim bin Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, who is president of Birr Charity Society Balauaquilih / Saudi Arabia
3. Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al-Jarallah, a university professor and a businessman / Saudi Arabia
4. Dr. Ibrahim bin Nasser Nasser, an Islamic preacher / Saudi Arabia
5. Dr. Ibrahim board, director of studies at the University of Dakar / Senegal

6. Dr. Ahmad Abu Aleppo, president of the Association for Islamic Studies in Jerusalem / Gaza – Palestine

7. Dr. Ahmad Chris, head of the Unification Movement and the Reform / Morocco
8. Sheikh Ahmed Korean, Cleric / Mauritania
9. Dr. Ahmed bin Rashid bin Saeed, a university professor / Saudi Arabia
10. Dr. Ahmed Hussein Dabash, Cleric / Iraq
11. Mr. Ahmed salary rasp, director of the publishing house of valuables / Lebanon
12. Sheikh Adam, Noah, Adam, Cleric / Ghana
13. Sheikh Ejaz Afzal Khan, Amir of the Islamic group in Kashmir / Pakistan
14. Khudair seven Sheikh Amin al-Janabi, Cleric / Iraq
15. Dr. Jalluli Bozzoana, university professor / Algeria

16. Dr. Habib Adami, professor / Algeria
17. Sheikh Sadiq Abdullah Abdul Majid, Cleric / Sudan
18. Sheikh Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Amir of JI / Pakistan
19. Professor Boujamaa Ayad, a businessman / Algeria
20. Mr. Tawfiq bolus Anis, a businessman / Lebanon
21. Dr. Jassim bin Mohammed bin sleazy Yaseen, Cleric / Kuwait
22. Dr. Jamal Sultan, editor of the new magazine Manar / Egypt
23. Professor Jamil Mohammed Ali Farsi, a businessman / Saudi Arabia
24. Dr. Harith Suleiman al-Dhari, Cleric / Iraq
25. Sheikh Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, Cleric / Pakistan

26. Sheikh Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the Amir-ud-Dawa / Pakistan
27. Governor Dr Al-Mutairi, Secretary-General of the Salafi Movement / Kuwait
28. Sheikh Hamed al-Ali, a university professor / Kuwait
29. Sheikh Hijazi Wadia, Islamic activist / Palestine
30. Sheikh Hassan Moussa, chairman of the Swedish Board of Imams / Sweden
31. Rawashda Mr. Hussein, a writer and journalist / Jordan
32. Dr. Hussein bin Mohammed al-Hazmi famous, university professor / Saudi Arabia
33. Omar Sheikh Hussein Bin Mahfouz Shoaib, managing editor of Forum magazine / Yemen
34. Sheikh Hussein Moussa Hussein, Cleric / Eritrea
35. Hamdi Sheikh Arslan, teacher Fatih Mosque / Turkey
36. Sheikh Hamoud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri, Cleric / Saudi Arabia
37. Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Duweish, university professor / Saudi Arabia
38. Sheikh Mohammed Khader Habib, an Islamic preacher / Palestine
39. Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed master, Cleric / Qatar
40. Professor Drupal Abdul-Wahab, a member of Renaissance Movement / Algeria
41. Professor winner Qandil, a businessman / Algeria
42. Dr. Rashid bin Misfer al-Zahrani, Cleric / Saudi Arabia
43. Sheikh Rashid largest pilgrimage, the Emir of JI / Sri Lanka
44. Sheikh Ahmed Hamdi B, Cleric / Thailand
45. Sheikh Ramadan Mohammed Nur, Cleric / Eritrea

46. Sheikh Zakaria Cisse, preacher and lecturer in Krmesar / Senegal
47. Mr. Zaki Saleh Nahdi, Cleric / Indonesia
48. Sheikh Sajid Ali piety, the leader of the Islamic Movement / Pakistan
49. Sagaf Dr. Salem Al-Jafari, head of the Indonesian Committee for the Defense of the Afghan people – the director of the Advisory Board for the application of Islamic law / Indonesia
50. Sheikh Salem Abdul Rahim Barhian, Cleric / Kenya
51. Dr. Sami Rashid al-Janabi, Cleric / Iraq
52. Dr. Saud bin Hasan Mukhtar, professor / Saudi Arabia
53. Professor Said Green Mercy, Cleric / Algeria
54. Said Dr Burhanuddin, Head of the School of Imam Shafi’i / Comoros
55. Dr. Safir bin Abdul Rahman al-Hawali, Cleric / Saudi Arabia
56. Sheikh Salman bin Fahd al-Awda, Cleric / Saudi Arabia
57. Dr. Sulaiman bin Saleh Rashudi, businessman / Saudi Arabia
58. Mr. Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Essa, a businessman / Saudi Arabia
59. Sheikh listens and right, the leader of Jamiat Ulema Islam (private) / Pakistan
60. Professor Sir Ghali Lu, Cleric / Senegal
61. Sheikh Ahmed Shah Noorani, leader of Jamiat Ulema Pakistan and a member of the Senate / Pakistan
62. Shaher bin Abdul Raouf Batterjee, a businessman / Saudi Arabia
63. Sheikh Sharif Hussein, Imam of the Mosque of Omar ibn al-Khattab / Australia
64. Chaouki Ben Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Mannai, Cleric / Bahrain
65. Dr. Sheikh Ahmed Limo, Chairman of the Coordination Council of Islamic Organizations / Nigeria…

66. Sheikh Professor Diane BMP, Cleric / Senegal
67. Sheikh Saleh bin Othman Al-Ghamdi, a businessman / Saudi Arabia
68. Mr. Saleh Ali Saleh, an Islamic preacher / Eritrea
69. Dr. Tarek Saleh Jamal, a university professor / Saudi Arabia
70. Dr. Tarek Abdel Halim, director of Dar Al-Arqam / Canada
71. Dr. Tahir Ahmad Lulu, Cleric / Palestine
72. Sheikh Taher Mahmoud Guelleh, the director of the Holy Quran Radio / Somalia
73. Sheikh Adel Ben Ali Sheikh, an Islamic preacher / Bahrain
74. Dr. Adel Al-Junaidi, Cleric / Hebron – Palestine
75. Dr. Ayesh Rajab al-Qubaisi, Cleric / Iraq
76. Sheikh Abdelbari Zamzami, Cleric / Morocco
77. Sheikh Abdul Hay Amor, Cleric / Morocco
78. Professor Azzedine bulldozer, a businessman / Algeria
79. Dr. Ali Mukul VMA, university professor / Yemen
80. Sheikh Brigadan patience, Chairman scientists Indonesia / Indonesia
81. Professor Back Suleiman Mustafa Abu Eid, an Islamic preacher / Palestine
82. Dr. Awad bin Mohammed Al-Qarni, a former university professor and lawyer / Saudi Arabia
83. Sheikh Issa Ochala Salahuddin, Cleric / Nigeria
84. Professor Issa Gay, Cleric / Senegal
85. Dr. Ghulam greatest, the Emir of the Islamic group formerly / 86 Bangladesh. Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Fallahi, President of the Organization of Islamic / Nepal

87. Sheikh Fateh launched a the second, Cleric / Benin
88. Dr. Fatima Brash, a university professor / Algeria
89. Dr. Fatima Khnaifes Althbyta, university professor / Saudi Arabia
90. Mr. Fayez Saleh Jamal, writer and businessman / Saudi Arabia
91. Freeh Sheikh Ali bin Turki bin Oqla, an Islamic preacher and lawyer / Saudi Arabia
92. Sheikh Farid bin Osman Habib, an Islamic preacher / Saudi Arabia
93. Sheikh Fazlur Rehman, leader of Jamiat Ulema Islam / Pakistan
94. Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Mubarak Al-Thani, Cleric / Qatar
95. Professor Muhammad sleek Shahura, Cleric / Indonesia
96. Dr. Mohammed Habib, Altgkane a university professor / Morocco
97. Mr. Mohamed Rasheed Jabr Al-Rashid, a businessman / Saudi Arabia
98. The Rocky Sheikh Mohammed, a university professor / Morocco
99. Judge Mohammed Sadiq Mughallis, a university professor and judge / Yemen
100. Sheikh Mohammed Al Awadi, Cleric / Kuwait
101. Dr. Mohammad Din Syamsuddin, chairman of Muhammadiyah Association / Indonesia
102. Sheikh Mohammed olive Two drawings, president of the Association of Islamic unity Bmaxr / Indonesia
103. Dr. Mohammed Sajid Mir Mir bin Abdul Gayoom, the leader of Jamiat Ahl-talk / Pakistan
104. Sheikh Mohammed Saeed Abdullah Pavel, Cleric / Saudi Arabia
105. Sheikh Mohammed Sulaiman Abda, thinker and writer / United Kingdom

106. Sheikh Mohamed Abdou Ibrahim Ali, of Al-Azhar scholars / Egypt
107. Dr. Mohammed Ayash al-Kubaisi, Cleric / Iraq
108. Professor Muhammad Kazem Sawalha, president of the Islamic Association / United Kingdom
109. Dr. Mohammad Kurd, president of the Islamic University of Europe / Netherlands
110. Mr. Mohamed Mbeki Leandro, Cleric / Senegal
111. Orphan Sheikh Mohammed, an Islamic writer / Morocco
112. Sheikh Mahmoud Idris addicted, Cleric / Eritrea
113. Sheikh Murad Yasha, Cleric / Turkey
114. Dr. Musa bin Mohammed Al-Qarni, a university professor and lawyer / Saudi Arabia
115. Dr. Nasser Al-Sane, Cleric / Kuwait
116. Dr. Nasser bin Suleiman Age, Cleric / Saudi Arabia
117. Sheikh Nizamuddin Camesi, an Islamic scholar / Pakistan
118. Sheikh Nur al-Din Yildiz, Cleric / Turkey
119. VMA Dr Hashim Ali, a university professor / Saudi Arabia

 

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Libya, ALBA and the West: Humanity’s Choice Between Cooperative Solidarity and Murderous Competition


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In September 2013, the Belfer Center of Harvard University published a study confirming that NATO’s war on Libya was based on downright falsehoods. In June this year the US authorities announced data indicating that the economy contracted 2.9% in the first quarter. In the same month Facebook admitted accusations that it had abused its system so as to carry out an unauthorized experiment in mass psychological manipulation of its users

But no one in the NATO countries concerned is facing trial in the International Criminal Court for the criminal aggression against Libya. Stock market prices continue at high levels and the financial media say, six years after the international financial system collapsed in 2008, that the recovery is “gaining traction”. The millions of Facebook users continue to use that social network as if nothing has happened presumably because it has become such an integral part of their daily routine.

The connection between these diverse apparently unrelated events is that they show the integral corruption of the criminal system of Western capitalism. No matter where one looks. In international relations, in the United Nations, in the economy, in the financial system, in intellectual life, in the communications media, in sports bodies like FIFA or the International Olympic Committee, corruption is everywhere. Virtually every area of public policy is perverted so as to benefit corporate elites.

In Western media, innumerable liberal and progressive analysts express an almost neurotic longing for change. The academic and media phenomenon of Thomas Piketty’s study of capitalism openly acknowledges the social and economic injustice of capitalism. The media phenomenon of Edward Snowden explicitly recognizes the routine abuse on a massive scale about which many other people before Snowden had raised the alarm for decades.

Few have noted the paradox that these media phenomena are generated by the self-same inert broken system that Snowden and Piketty criticize. Far from being a virtuous demonstration of democracy, essentially what Piketty and Snowden and their promoters are saying comes down to something like, “Sure, the system’s broken but if we tighten a nut here and a bolt there the machinery will work again just fine”. Or perhaps, if the Princess could only overcome her revulsion and kiss the toad everyone could live happily ever after. Real human history has been very different.

Human history prior to 1945 was one of a century and a half of bitter struggle by untold millions of women and men around the world against the sadistic cruelty and injustice of genocidal Western capitalism. That long history of struggle achieved a few positive results at end of the Second World War, including the start of decolonization and recognition of the right to self-determination. One can argue that those changes have helped the majority world to resist in some degree since 1990 the persistent surges of aggression by the Western powers trying to defend their residual global domination.

In recent years, Libya has been the most representative case of North American and European sadism and hypocrisy. The opportune study in 2013 by Alan Kuperman of Harvard University’s Belfer Center concludes : “Libya’s 2011 uprising was never peaceful, but instead was armed and violent from the start. Muammar al-Qaddafi did not target civilians or resort to indiscriminate force.” Kuperman adds, “NATO’s action magnified the conflict’s duration about sixfold, and its death toll at least sevenfold, while also exacerbating human rights abuses, humanitarian suffering, Islamic radicalism, and weapons proliferation in Libya and its neighbors.

While there has been wide recognition of the deceit-based failure of the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, not for nothing have few admitted the disastrous failure of the war against Libya. More than any other recent conflict, the sadistic aggression against Libya revealed the falsity not just of Western governments and corporate media but also of Western alternative media, progressive intellectuals and progressive movements. Along the whole length of the Western political spectrum the most distinguished political academic and intellectual leaders were mistaken in the most humiliating and shameful way.

The destruction of Libya shows the completely rotten reality underlying the false claims to moral and intellectual superiority of Western political culture. The contagion of baseless prejudices and rumours glibly treated as fact also extended to many majority world intellectuals. It was truly remarkable how many supposedly cultured, sophisticated individuals, knowing practically nothing about Libya, expressed an irrational antipathy against both the Libyan Jamahiriya and its architect Muammar al-Gaddhafi.

Only a few leaders, notably Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro, showed the necessary wisdom to accurately assess what was happening. This is indisputable. So one obvious conclusion is to question the judgment of all those Western political leaders, intellectuals and many supposedly progressive movements, whatever their political label may be. The aggression against Libya has proven to be the graveyard of the credibility of public political and intellectual life in North America and Europe.

The UN showed itself yet again to be a reliable accomplice of aggression violating its most fundamental principles. Almost alone, it was the governments of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas who maintained a consistent and correct position based on an accurate assessment of the facts. When almost all other world political leaders failed so grossly on Libya, it is indeed interesting to look at why Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro and their ALBA colleagues got things right.

More than anyone those leaders and their colleagues like Nicolas Maduro, Evo Morales and Rafael Correa understand the meaning of the true history of mass struggle against the Western imperialist powers throughout the majority world. They were right about Libya and they are right now in their defence of Cuba, Venezuela and Argentina in Latin America and, elsewhere, of the people and government of Syria and the people of eastern Ukraine. Last week they again showed the strength of their anti-imperialist political vision in two very important events for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Firstly, last week saw the first meeting of the Administrative Council of the long delayed Bank of the South, a South American alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Secondly, last week also saw unanimous solidarity with Argentina from Latin American and Caribbean countries in the Organization of American States against US court judgments favouring predatory vulture funds. Both cases indicate the influence and prestige achieved in recent years of the ALBA countries’ vision of solidarity based regional integration.

As the economic and political crisis in the NATO countries deepens, the challenge to its global political and economic domination increases. The West promotes a vision based on greed and competition rigged via unfair trade, manipulative development cooperation and unjust debt. The increasingly influential ALBA vision, of solidarity and cooperation based on fundamental respect for nations’ self-determination is also the vision of the Libyan Jamahiriya. In Latin America, the deep moral battle between this vision and the destructive corporate greed of the West plays out mainly in the continuing vicious blockade of Cuba, the violent destabilization of Venezuela and, now, the wanton legal attack on Argentina’s economy.

Originally posted on Libya 360°:

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In September 2013, the Belfer Center of Harvard University published a study confirming that NATO’s war on Libya was based on downright falsehoods. In June this year the US authorities announced data indicating that the economy contracted 2.9% in the first quarter. In the same month Facebook admitted accusations that it had abused its system so as to carry out an unauthorized experiment in mass psychological manipulation of its users

But no one in the NATO countries concerned is facing trial in the International Criminal Court for the criminal aggression against Libya. Stock market prices continue at high levels and the financial media say, six years after the international financial system collapsed in 2008, that the recovery is “gaining traction”. The millions of Facebook users continue to use that social network as if nothing has happened presumably because it has become such an integral part of their…

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