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Chaos in Libya discussed on RBN

Chaos in Libya discussed on RBN 9/12/2012

by crescentandcross

Audio file of the program airing Sept 12 between Hesham Tillawi, Michael Collins Piper and yours truly


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Syria and the pseudo-radical poseurs of the ‘anti-war’ left

by Mary Rizzo 


I guess they haven’t noticed that it’s the regime waging a war against the Syrian people.


On Syria, the Western ‘anti-war’ left, the Galloways, the Pilgers, the Fisks, their peers and their fans,   are once again embarrassing themselves and humanity and  again proving why there is no longer any significant grassroots working class socialist movement.  While railing – rightly – against Western governments’ infinite hypocrisy and selective support for dictatorship and tyranny as and where expedient, the posturing pseudo-radicals have forgotten about their own equally limitless hypocrisy and equally selective support for dictatorship and tyranny. They have become the exact mirror image of all they claim to despise; affluent, morally selective dinner party revolutionaries who view Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité as passé.  Universal brotherhood has been consigned to the ideological rubbish dump, with brotherhood now selective, reserved only for nominally anti-imperialist totalitarian regimes and the elites that benefit from them. Just like the Western governments they claim to oppose, the pseudo-radicals selectively align themselves with brutally oppressive totalitarian regimes whenever expedient. They are in truth not anti-war or anti-imperialism and tyranny, but only anti-Western-backed wars, imperialism and/or tyranny; Western tyranny bad, non-Western tyranny good.  Orwell had their number a long time ago.

The pseudo-radicals’ hypocrisy is also being more and more clearly exposed on Palestine; while claiming to be fervent anti-zionists and supporters of Palestinian freedom, they have had less than nothing to say about the Assad regime’s use of Israeli-made weapons to kill Palestinians in Syria, about its (ongoing) slaughter of over 500 Palestinians in the past few months, about its targeting of Palestinian camps or its attempts to blame Palestinians for the revolution, just as they’ve had nothing to say about the massacre of tens of thousands of Syrians. There’s also their head-spinningly rapid change in attitude to the Muslim Brotherhood – which is apparently to be lauded in the form of Hamas, but is now cited alongside Al Qaeda as a hideous and terrifying threat in Syria, once again displaying their ignorance of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as their usual woeful ignorance of the revolution itself.  Meanwhile, the pseudo-radicals’ frequent warnings of the involvement of theocratic extremists in the revolution might be slightly more plausible (despite again having little or nothing to do with the revolution) if it weren’t for their exaltation of the regime in Tehran…

Galloway, using the media he is paid by to tell off Arabs while giving lip service to their causes… a constant in his communication.

At the heart of the pseudo-radicals’ profoundly inhuman hypocrisy lies a distinctly colonial-era elitism that the officials of the British empire would have felt right at home with; there is a withering contempt from these supposed leftists for the non-Western proletariat (and not much empathy for the Western working class either), more especially when the masses under nominally ‘anti-imperialist’ tyrants dare to oppose the leadership.  Only those brutal regimes and the elites that benefit from their patronage are worthy of the pseudo-radicals’ respect, nay adulation, while the wishes of the masses are dismissed and derided, once again exposing the totalitarianism groupies’ supposed radicalism for the shameful sham it is.

Even Carlos Latuff plays the game, denying any agency to the Syrian people, and negating the autonomous nature of the revolution.

If they’re feeling particularly hospitable, these contemporary standard-bearers for leftist ‘thought’ might dismiss the masses in Syria rising up against a tyrant, who has maintained totalitarian rule through what the CIA has acknowledged as the most effective torture network in the world (its reason for selecting Syria as the preferred torture destination for War on Turr prisoners), as being tragically misguided fools taken in by Western media propaganda.  In the elitist worldview of the pseudo-radicals, members of the working class, particularly the non-Western proletariat, are a credulous and childlike homogenous peasant mass incapable of independent thought, feeling or agency.  The pseudo-radicals, as always, hold themselves to an entirely different standard, of course – they and their families should not have to live under autocratic totalitarian rule (it’s noteworthy that not one of the Tehran fan club, including its cheerleader George Galloway, has ever chosen to base themselves there, despite constantly extolling its superiority to the hideous West), but it’s jolly good for the unwashed masses, who lack their own sensitivity and need for basic freedoms.

Mixing domestic and international issues, but “Staying out of Syria” is what matters.

Of course, the pseudo-radicals haven’t entirely lost their taste for mouthing revolutionary platitudes; witness their Toytown ‘Occupy’ revolution-that-wasn’t, rightly derided by the majority in Western nations as one more extended student sit-in for the well-off, with the same old slogans and the same old incoherence: ‘’We want something or other and we want it now, or we’ll, er, camp out and hold tai chi sessions!’’   When they witness true revolutions, however, the pseudo-radicals show their true, profoundly reactionary colours, siding with those rising up against true tyranny only as and when it’s ideologically expedient to do so and otherwise siding with the oppressors.  So long as these callous elitist fakes and phoneys continue to be the loudest voice of the ‘radical’ left, it will – deservedly – continue to have little or no political influence at all.

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Mark Dankof’s America: Interviews with Bedros Hajian

Mark Dankof’s America Sept 12, 2012

by crescentandcross

Mark interviews Bedros Hajian about the Armenian Genocide and current Middle East politics.


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Colombia: Extractive Capital and Peace Negotiations


James Petras. Axis of Logic

“Santos has offered few concessions and demanded a great deal: in exchange for a political amnesty for the guerilla militants and their reinsertion into the existing electoral system. Santos is demanding the unilateral disarming and demobilization of the armed fighters. In exchange for apromise of security of their person, Santos has categorically refused to reform the state, especially military-paramilitary forces which in the past (1984-89) assassinated 5,000 ex-combatants and currently continues to murder dozens of trade unionists, peasant leaders and other activists in the Patriotic March social movement. Santos demands immunityfor all senior military and police officials implicated in the killing and dispossession of activists.”The 7 point agenda does not even mention a truth commission to investigate government crimes against humanity. Nor does the agenda mention the issue of national sovereignty or the seven US military bases. Most of all, the agenda excludes negotiations over the entire multi-million acre give away to the extractive multi-national corporations. Not even mentioned is the idea of a dialogue over renegotiatingexisting mining contracts with the lowest royalty and tax rates in Latin America.”

[ED NOTES:CLICK LINK FOR WHOLE ARTICLE…ALSO SEE… Imperialism and Violence in Colombia: US … –   No comments – THENAKEDFACTS  (US RESPONSIBLE) Connecting the Dots: Colombian Army officers and civilian killings COLOMBIAN PARAMILITARY MEN WERE … – THENAKEDFACTS just go thru my colombia section archives for all you need to know on Colombia ..

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Hi Cde,
Look forward to seeing you at CONGRESS (taking place on the first weekend of October; just 3 weeks to go.) I hope you’ve all had the details. Let me know if you haven’t
THought I’d share a few bits and pieces of interest.
Syria meetings coming up in LONDON next thursday 20 Sep 7pm (get there early!) MARCHMONT CENTRE
and BRADFORD the tuesday (24 Sep) after next
Please sign up on line at the Facebook groups if you are on Facebook, and spread knowledge of the meetings far and wide.
Latest Syria Leaflet will soon be up on line here:
why not print a few out and distribute?
or phone Iris for hard copies. +44 7979 504403
Video from Birmingham’s Syria meeting earlier in the year here:
Hands off Syria
The party Youtube channel is currently getting 12,000 hits a month. During the last mont, 7 thousand of those have been views of Harpal’s interview with Henry Metlemann. This video, “Through Hell for Hitler”, telling Henry’s story and making some key observations about the nature of capitalist imperialism can be seen by clicking on the link below. It has had 12,000  views in all.
Through Hell for Hitler:

Julia Hawkin’s excellent talk made to the Stalin Society is now up on line (since yesterday) and proving popular. Watch “My life in the USSR” Here:

ProletarianCPGBML has shared a video with you on YouTube:

Julia Hawkins, member of the CPGB-ML talks about her family and her life growing up in the soviet union.

“The media portrays Soviet Life as dull, grey and oppressive. Nothing could be further from the truth, she says. We had rich, secure, cultured and meaningful lives. As workers, we felt we owned not just our places of work, but the whole country, which was set up from top to bottom to serve our interests.

“I didn’t become political until I came to this country and didn’t realise what we had until we lost it. That is the tragedy. I realise that it is because our nation was being dismantled from the inside, by the Khruhschevite revisionists and their successors.”

I recommend that everyone should read Harpal Brar’s book “Perestroika, the complete collapse of revisionism”

join us to build a better world – and a Soviet Britain… more

Another popular Video was Harpal’s talk “Trotskyism or Leninism”. A leaflet was also produced for use with the numerous trotskyist organisations that have dominated the british ‘left’ for the past few decades
And This introduction to the Communist Manifesto is another useful tool that should be watched be disseminated widely 😉


By ML TV Proletarian, ML TV Proletarian, ML TV Proletarian, ML TV Proletarian, ML TV Proletarian, ML TV Proletarian| 216 videos

The Leeds branch of the CPGB-ML have organised an urgent public meeting on the on-going crisis in Syria.

The meeting will include speakers such as Sammi Ibrahem, a Palestinian man with close contacts on the ground in Syria and Harpal Brar, the Chairman of the CPGB-ML.
It will give a reliable and clear insight into the situation in Syria and contradict the pro-imperialist arguments made by large media organisations in the west and other ‘socialist’ parties in Britain.

The meeting will hopefully end with ways of how the working-class of Britain can stop a likely war on Syria and the deaths of thousands within this independant country of Syria.
We hope you can attend this important meeting and spread the word!

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An Israeli film-maker, 100 Jewish donors and their Salafi allies


By Nureddin Sabir

Editor, Redress Information & Analysis
Nureddin Sabir considers the possible motives of the Israeli creator and Jewish financiers of the film, “Innocence of Muslims”, which gratuitously insults the Prophet Muhammad and Islam and has sparked riots in Egypt and Libya, resulting in the killing of four American diplomats at the US consulate in Benghazi.

In Egypt and in Libya popular outrage at a film on the Prophet Muhammad has escalated into violence.

In Libya’s second city, Benghazi, gunmen believed to be Salafis belonging to a group called Katibat Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law Brigade) stormed the US consulate and set it on fire, killing the ambassador and three of his staff.

Meanwhile, in Egypt rioters scaled the walls of the US embassy in Cairo, tore down the American flag and burned it. Judging from the prevalence of black flags and bearded, unkempt men among the demonstrators, they too seem to be Salafis, or at least spearheaded by Salafis.

The film is “a really nasty piece of lying propaganda: something which deserves to be called hate speech, since hatred is its wellspring and the propagation of hatred is its goal”.

Andrew Brown, The Guardian

It is hard to feel sympathy for the United States and its officials, given Washington’s buttressing of the Israeli occupation and its history of sustaining brutal dictatorships, from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to Mubarak’s Egypt and Libya’s Gaddafi.

However, my first reaction to the events in Benghazi and Cairo was one of despair and revulsion. “Here we go again,” I thought to myself, “Muslims rampaging, burning and killing on behalf of a faith which claims peace and compassion as principal pillars. It all seemed like a replay of the bloody protests against the burning of Qurans by Americans, a jaded record played again and again by a bankrupt fan with nothing new to say for himself and nothing to offer to others.

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Zio-Freemason King Met Secretly With Syrian Opposition


Al-Hayat has obtained information from prominent official sources in Jordan that the Jordanian authorities have launched behind-the-scenes efforts to reorganize the ranks of the Syrian opposition. The authorities’ decision has been put into effect following the undisclosed visit of Syrian Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass to Jordan, which lasted for two days.

Tlass, the son of former defense minister Mustapha Tlass, announced his defection from the Syrian regime on July 24. During his visit — which the Jordanian government sought to keep secret — the Syrian brigadier general met with defected Syrian Prime Minister, Riad Hijab, who fled to Jordan [last month] on the condition that he halt all his political activities in the region.According to reports, Tlass and Hijab met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

However, the Jordanian government and the royal court refrained from confirming or denying that the meeting occurred. Well-informed Syrian opposition sources told Al-Hayat that on the next day Tlass headed to the camp of defected Syrian army soldiers in the border city Mafraq, where he met with hundreds of senior defected officers and generals.

The meeting addressed the military and field condition of the armed opposition in Syria.During this surprise visit, Tlass held long meetings with Syrian opposition leaders in Amman, in order to unite the political and military opposition in an overreaching framework, high-level Syrian and Jordanian sources said.The sources told Al-Hayat that a number of Syrian opposition leaders arrived in Amman over the past week, after prior coordination with Jordanian authorities, in order to meet with Hijab in one of Amman’s luxury hotels.

The meetings will be attended by military leaders representing different factions within the Free Syrian Army.The sources added that the meetings, which are taking place on daily basis, are expected to continue until the end of next week and are being held under tight security provided by Jordanian authorities.

These meetings seek to develop plans to ensure that the Syrian crisis will not be exported to neighboring countries (such as Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon).In a brief press statement on Sunday night [Sept. 9], Jordanian government spokesman, Minister Samih Maaytah, said:

“The meetings of the Syrian opposition in Amman are not officially supported by the Jordanian government.”

According to the commander of the Jordanian border guards, Brig. Gen. Hussein Zyoud, 1,800 Syrian soldiers have defected from the Syrian regime.


Marc Lynch, Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University  said that all of Jordan’s borders are unstable, the country is weak in all areas, and that the conflict in Syria gives strength to the monarchy.   

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ZIONIST FRUITCAKE HARIRI to “Le Monde”: “On Syria, we expect more from Paris”


-How to intervene? Militarily, diplomatically?
Diplomacy has not succeeded. Blood flows every day more and more. Intervention is required.
-Who can help the Syrian opposition?
France has a very important role to play. It made very strong statements from the beginning of the revolution. If it heads of the coalition allies of the Syrian people, it will play in the future a major role in the region. Today, there is a debate on safe zones, which it’s said, cannot be done without the consent of the UN. If France encourages its allies to give the Syrian opposition what it needs, this opposition may establish itself the safe areas. It would be a win-win situation for France.
-The war in Syria looks more and more like a regional conflagration. Will Syria be the Lebanon twenty-first century, a battle ground by proxy?
Syria is much larger than Lebanon. Nobody has an interest in a civil war in Syria, except maybe Iran, which wants an instable Syria- like Iraq – in order to keep its influence there. If the Syrian regime falls, iranian influence in the region will decrease.
-Won’t the civil war in Syria benefit the Islamists?
-Do you trust the Syrian opposition?
For forty years, this regime killed or jailed all opponents. Taking advantage of the Arab Spring, people revolted and an opposition began to emerge in Syria. It is not perfect, this is normal. But when there are errors, the Free Syrian Army has the courage to condemn them.
-What do you think of the action of François Hollande in the Middle East?
Regarding the Franco-Lebanese relations the continuity is primordial. François Hollande met with Michel Suleiman (the Lebanese President). He reaffirmed the commitment of Paris to the sovereignty and integrity of Lebanon. On the Syrian track, the French president’s positions are clear, but we expect more from Paris. It is in the interest of France to take not only positions, but also actions.

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RBN Radio: Chaos in Egypt and Libya

Chaos in Egypt and Libya discussed tonight, 9 pm eastern

by crescentandcross

For those so inclined, yours truly, along with the one and only Michael Collins Piper will be appearing on Hesham Tillawi’s radio program to discuss the recent chaos in Libya and Egypt as a result of the anti-Islamic film produced by the Israeli American Sam Bacile and his 100 Jewish donors.

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call in number 877-488-5350

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U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi attack


The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed as they rushed away from a consulate building in Benghazi, stormed by al Qaeda-linked gunmen blaming America for a film that they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.

Gunmen had attacked and set fire to the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, the cradle of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule, late on Tuesday evening as another assault was mounted on the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

The California-born ambassador, Christopher Stevens, was trying to leave the consulate building for a safer location as part of an evacuation when gunmen launched an intense attack, apparently forcing security personnel to withdraw.

“The American ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets in their direction,” a Libyan official in Benghazi told Reuters. Airport sources said the bodies were due to be flown from Benghazi to Tripoli.

The attack was believed to have been carried out by Ansar al-Sharia, an al Qaeda-style Sunni Islamist group that has been active in Benghazi, a Libyan security official said. Witnesses said the mob also included tribesmen, militia and other gunmen.

The attack raised questions about the future U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya, relations between Washington and Tripoli, the unstable security situation in post-Gaddafi Libya and whether more protests might take place in the Muslim world.

The film portrayed Mohammad as a fool, a philanderer and a religious fake. In one clip posted on YouTube, Mohammad was shown in an apparent sexual act with a woman. For many Muslims it is blasphemous even to show a depiction of the Prophet.

U.S. President Barack Obama, whose administration supported the Libyan insurgency with funds, weapons and training, branded the killing an “outrageous attack” and ordered increased security at U.S. diplomatic posts worldwide.


A Danish newspaper caused a storm of protest across Islamic nations in 2005 by printing cartoons lampooning Islam and the Prophet Mohammad in 2005, the most famous depicted him wearing a bomb in his turban. The images touched off riots in the Middle East, Africa and Asia in 2006 in which at least 50 people died.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai sharply condemned the film in a statement, calling its making a “devilish act”, saying he was certain those involved in its production represented a very small minority.

U.S. ambassadors in such volatile countries as Libya are accompanied by tight security, usually travelling in well-protected convoys. Diplomatic missions are usually protected by marines or other special forces.

Stevens grew up in California, graduated from Berkeley and worked in North Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. He taught English in Morocco before joining the foreign service where he worked in the Middle East and North Africa.

Libya’s interim government has struggled to impose its authority on a myriad of armed groups that refused to lay down their weapons and often take the law into their own hands.

Security experts say the area around Benghazi is host to a number of Islamist militant groups who oppose any Western presence in Muslim countries.

The worst-case scenario for Western governments is that a spate of recent attacks could be the start of an Iraq-style insurgency by Islamist militants. That could have an impact on oil exports as the energy sector depends on foreign workers.

However, security analysts say an insurgency is unlikely to gain the kind of traction it had in Iraq, mainly because Western states have no military presence on the ground in Libya.

Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour condemned the killing of the U.S. diplomats as a cowardly act.


The consular officials were killed after heavy clashes between Libyan security forces and Islamist militants around the consulate building. Looters raided the empty compound and some onlookers took pictures after calm returned.

“The Libyan security forces came under heavy fire and we were not prepared for the intensity of the attack,” said Abdel-Monem Al-Hurr, spokesman for Libya’s Supreme Security Committee.

U.S. pastor Terry Jones, who had inflamed anger in the Muslim world in 2010 with plans to burn the Koran, said he had promoted “Innocence of Muslims”, which U.S. media said was produced by an Israeli-American property developer.

Jones, a pastor in Florida whose latest stunt fell on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, triggered riots in Afghanistan in 2010 with his threat to burn the Koran.

Many Muslims consider any depiction of the Prophet as offensive and any depiction of him can cause furious protests in the Islamic world as well as among Muslims in Europe.


On Wednesday morning, the compound in Benghazi stood empty, with passers-by freely walking in to take a look at the damage.

Walls were charred and a small fire burned inside one of the buildings. A small group of men was trying to extinguish the flames and three security men briefly surveyed the scene.

A Reuters reporter saw chairs, table and food lying alongside empty shells. Some blood stains could also be seen in front of one of the buildings. Three cars were burnt out.

In neighboring Egypt, demonstrators had torn down an American flag and burned it during a protest against the film. Some tried to raise a black flag with the words “There is no God but God, and Mohammad is his messenger”.

The crowd of around 2,000 protesters in Cairo protesting against the film was a mixture of Islamists and teenage soccer fans known for fighting police and who played a part in the revolt that toppled Egypt’s leader Hosni Mubarak last year.

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church condemned in a statement some Copts living abroad who it said financed “the production of a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad”, an Egyptian state website said. About a 10th of Egypt’s 83 million people are Christian.

The fortress-like U.S. mission in Cairo is near Tahrir Square, where Egypt’s uprising began and the scene of many protests since. Youths danced and chanted football songs. A Reuters reporter said they appeared to climb into the embassy compound almost as an afterthought.

“We sacrificed dozens and hundreds during the uprising for our dignity. The Prophet’s dignity is more important to us and we are ready to sacrifice millions,” said mosque preacher Mohamed Abu Gabal who joined the protest.

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