Several writers have noted the odd fact that the Libyan rebels took time out from their rebellion in March to create their own central bank – this before they even had a government. Robert Wenzel wrote in the Economic Policy Journal:
I have never before heard of a central bank being created in just a matter of weeks out of a popular uprising. This suggests we have a bit more than a rag tag bunch of rebels running around and that there are some pretty sophisticated influences.
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One month into the pro-democracy uprising in the small Gulf state of Bahrain — where the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet is based, tasked with protecting “U.S. interests” — Bahrainis are suffering the same violent repression as Libyans. So why does Obama have nothing to say?
Workers, students and activists have held a month-long general strike in Honduras to protest repression by the government of President Porfirio Lobo. Lobo came to power following elections under the regime of Roberto Micheletti, who seized power in a violent military coup against democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya in June 2009. Honduras is one of the world’s most violent countries, with a homicide rate four times higher than in Mexico, according to national statistics. In 2010, Honduras became the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, with this March being the deadliest month on record.
We speak to Gerardo Torres, an independent journalist and a leading member of the National Front of Popular Resistance in Honduras. [includes rush transcript]
Support our troops ‘cause they fight to keep us free!
They’re sent throughout the world, in air, on land, and sea,
To bomb and strafe and kill, restoring liberty!
So support our troops ‘cause they fight to keep us free!
Told to kill al-Qaeda, they bombed Afghani hills,
And leveled Afghan villages to kill the Taliban.
They followed orders to the hilt in Fallujah and Mosul,
And leveled buildings left and right to get Saddam.
Whereas on March 14, 2011 the San Francisco Labor Council adopted a Resolution in which it was resolved that the SFLC “declares its full solidarity and support for the General Strike action taken by the General Federation of Workers Trade Unions of Bahrain.”(GFBTU);
Whereas on that date the San Francisco Labor Council condemned the invasion of Bahrain by Saudi Arabian and Gulf Cooporation Council (GCC) forces;
Voltaire: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
Those words should be the next mantra for this American nation. The actions of NATO and the United States are certainly absurd. The statement by Obama that we are involved in Libya on “Humanitarian Grounds” is patently ridiculous. The truth is that we are involved in Libya to further American Imperialism and support American hegemony in the region. Continue reading →