When the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia overthrew the public faces of the imperial-backed regimes in the region, it inspired supporters of popular democracy worldwide. However, as the Arab revolt spread from North Africa to the Gulf and deepened its demands, the Empire struck back…
From Pambazuka News
American ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three officials were killed when a mob attacked the US consulate in Benghazi on 12 September. The protest arguably emerged out of a long-standing sense of humiliation and anger at the West…
The British empire, George Orwell wrote, was “despotism with theft as its final object”. So what has made imperialism an intellectual fashion in our own time, reopening hoary disputes about whether it was good or bad? After five years as a colonial policeman in Burma, where he found himself shooting an elephant to affirm the white man’s right to rule, Orwell was convinced that the imperial relationship was that of “slave and master”…
Pankaj Mishra is an Indian author and writer of literary and political essays., From the, guardian.co.uk.
Haitian popular organisations, supported by others from several Caribbean countries and internationally, have issued a declaration analysing the present political situation and calling for an end to the occupation of their country, the first in the Caribbean to declare itself free over 200 years agao. Please circul;ate widely.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) said Monday the death of Colonel Muammar Abu Al Gaddafi marks the end of a painful and tumultuous chapter for the people of Libya who have endured a protracted conflict in that country over the past eight months…
Oil, countering of Russian and Chinese influence, access to African resources, and the targeting of troublesome leaders and regimes, lie behind the Western-sponsored overthrow of the Libyan regime and murder of its leader. Syria, Iran and Venezuela are in the Western sights, and even Russia and China could be targets of imperial belligerence.
The savage killing Thursday of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi served to underscore the criminal character of the war that has been prosecuted by the US and NATO over the past eight months. The assassination follows NATO’s more than month-long siege of Sirte, (which left) virtually every building smashed, with untold numbers of civilians dead, wounded and stricken by disease, as they were deprived of food, water, medical care and other basic necessities…
Gaddafi’s killing – with all the hallmarks of a ‘coordinated assassination’ – marks ‘one more episode in this NATO war in Libya and North Africa’, writes Horace Campbell. The ‘remilitarisation of Africa and new deployment of Africom is a new stage of African politics,’ says Campbell…
Are we to have a world that is committed to peace and respect for the rule of international law; or one of unending and perpetual warfare where covert support for uprisings deemed to be in the interest of the US/NATO will increase, with concomitant global instability on a massive scale for most of humankind, as covert militarism becomes manifestly more blatant, outrageously illegal and overt?
The Foreign Ministers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, meeting in Caracas, Venezuela on 9 September 2011, recalling the Special Communiqué of the Political Council on 4 March 2011 and the Special Communiqué of the Ministerial Social Council on 19 March 2011, condemns the NATO intervention in Libya and its illegal military aggression, carried out under the cover of a UN Security Council resolution, opportunistically exploiting the situation of the internal political conflict in that country..
Samir Amin (2011-09-07)
The revolution in Libya, led by a motley group of democrats and Islamists and their imperialist allies, is likely to entrench the deep divisions in the country, writes Samir Amin, warning of the possibility of disintegration of the nation.
Lizzie Phelan (2011-09-07)
Following her experience of being on the ground in Tripoli, Lizzie Phelan writes of the Western media’s alarming ability ‘to not just fabricate events but to create’.
Mahmood Mamdani (2011-09-06)
Gaddafi’s fall points to more Western interventions to come in Africa, writes Mahmood Mamdani.
The recent Paris meet was a grim victory celebration by the NATO powers who wanted non-European poodles on the bandwagon, writes M.K. Bhadrakumar.
Nicholas H. Tucker (2011-09-07)
Though we might see events in Libya as a sort of twisted fantasy tale, their effects will be all too real for the country and Africa at large, writes Nicholas H. Tucker.
Amy Niang (2011-09-07)
The NATO military campaign in Libya is a pointed example of imperialism as the last stage of capitalism, Amy Niang argues. It is a travesty of international law, whose goal is conquest of economic resources.
Dibussi Tande (2011-09-08)
Dibussi Tande captures the reaction to the fall of Gaddafi in this week’s round-up of the African blogosphere.
WHILE the warplanes of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) continue to facilitate the anti-Moammar Gadhafi rebel forces to take full control of Libya, there are increasing reports of racist killings and torture against black Africans accused of being mercenaries of the deposed Libyan president…
On today, the anniversary of the overthrow of King Idris in Libya, the neo-colonial powers met in France to continue their drive at the new carve-up of Africa…
Libya: Cynical Imperialism South Journal
How the West cooked up the “People’s Uprising” Russ Baker
The new Libya Patrick Cockburn
Libya’s revolution disgraced by racism Richard Seymour
Massacre of Black people by “democratic rebels’–accounts of the victims Michel Collon
When the US and NATO “liberate” Libya – who then liberates Libya from the US and NATO? The attacks on Libya are no more or less than criminal – and I do not use the word lightly, but literally mean it for good reason. UN Resolution 1973 does not anywhere in it permit:-
â€¢ Support of a faction within Libya to overthrow the government
â€¢ Arming of a faction within Libya to overthrow the government
â€¢ Bombing in support of a faction within Libya to overthrow the government
A wicked blow to Africa, the invasion of Libya has little to do with protecting civilians and all to do with strategic interests. Why are these invaders so heartless, asks Charles Abugre.
ATLANTA, GA. July 25, 2011 – “Africa is dying” warned the former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark as he condemns the attack on Libya as illegal and racist and called for the intensification of actions to protect Africa. The chilling but pointed messages and reports on Africa from prominent leaders were focused on critical issues such as the ongoing war in Libya, the “new scramble for the re-colonization of Africa” and the dwindling and endangerment of Black freedom and rights across the world…
Click here for a map of NATO’s air attacks on Libyan cities (Al Jazeera)
Egyptian-born Samir Amin is one of the world’s leading political economists. His more than 30 books have been published in several languages. This article, reprinted from Pambazuka News,, focuses on Egypt with comments on Tunisia, Libya and other developments in the Arab world.
The year 2011 began with a series of shattering, wrathful explosions from the Arab peoples. Is this springtime the inception of a second ‘awakening of the Arab world?’ Or will these revolts bog down and finally prove abortive…