16 thoughts on “Libyan war propaganda in US media


    “Instead of ending Medicare as we know it and making savage cuts to community health centers and children’s health care programs, we must ask the top 2 percent of income earners, who currently pay the lowest upper-income tax rate on record, to start paying their fair share of taxes.”

    That is a seemingly reasonable statement by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in a commentary his office submitted to BuzzFlash at Truthout.

    Yet, while Sanders is getting a bit more time on cable television to make his case for a budget that recognizes the need for upper-crust tax revenue increases and a reduction in the military budget, he is hardly a regular guest on national Sunday morning political talk shows. It is from these programs that much of the political punditry framework, known as “conventional wisdom,” is set for public policy debates.

    The corporate mainstream media generally “balances” the Ayn Rand extremism of Paul Ryan, for example, with a so-called “centrist” Democrat.

    Sanders has proven himself a powerful voice for an alternative frame to look at America’s budget, one that supports the services Americans want, while reducing the deficit by rolling back tax cuts for the wealthy and reining in the military-industrial complex.

    In that context, Sanders is straightforward in asserting that enriching the wealthy and corporations through lower taxes is a major contributor to the high deficit:

    Amazingly, while the Republican budget writers waged a vicious and unprecedented attack on the needs of working families, they do not ask the wealthiest people in this country, whose tax rates are now the lowest on record, to contribute one dime more for deficit reduction. Nor do they propose to do away with any of the loopholes that enable extremely profitable corporations (like General Electric, Bank of America, Exxon-Mobil, Chevron and many more) to pay little or no federal income taxes. Quite the contrary! The Republican budget actually provides $1 trillion more in tax breaks over the next 10 years for the very rich.

    Could it be that the corporate mainstream media generally shies away from Sanders because he threatens the gluttonous incomes of the corporations and people who own most of the mass press in America?

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


  2. Italy to give Libyan rebels cash, petrol

    Frattini renews commitment at Contact Group meeting

    09 June, 12:41

    ANSA) – Abu Dhabi, June 9 – Italy will give Libya’s rebel National Transitional Council (CNT) 300-400 million euros in cash plus 150 million euros in petrol, using frozen assets of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi as collateral, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Thursday.

    Frattini therefore confirmed, in an interview with the Reuters news agency on the sidelines of the third Libyan Contact Group meeting in Abu Dhabi, a commitment made during his visit to the CNT in Benghazi last week.

    Speaking to CNT leaders on May 31, Frattini said the Gaddafi regime was “finished”.

    “Gaddafi’s regime is finished and (he) must leave power and the country,” he said after inaugurating Italy’s new consulate in the eastern Libyan city.

    Italy would help the Libyan people with oil revenues managed by fuels giant ENI and assets handled by leading bank Unicredit, which will bring “an enormous amount of petrol and an enormous amount of money” to Libya via the CNT, thanks to the frozen Gaddafi assets, the foreign minister said.

    Talking to the media with CNT Deputy Head Ali Al Isawi after talks with its leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, Frattini explained that “billions of euros” in export credits would be directed to the North African country to revive its economy after the ongoing conflict.

    Taking his leave of the CNT, Frattini said: “See you next time in a liberated Tripoli”.


  3. New Era (Windhoek, Namibia)

    Africa: Call for March Against Nato Aggression

    Albertina Nakale

    9 June 2011

    Windhoek — The Pan Afrikanist Steering Committee of Namibia Against United Nations Resolution 1973 (PSCNAUNR) has called on government to immediately demand that the United Nations General Assembly put an immediate cessation to the aggression and genocide against the people of Libya and Africa.

    The committee has also called on the Namibian Government and fellow members to recall Namibia’s ambassadors and to expel the ambassadors of countries that are directly involved in the bombardment of Libya within three days, until the war of aggression is called off.

    In a statement issued on Monday, the committee expressed deep sadness at the appalling atrocities being committed by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

    “NATO is a protracted sponsor of mercenaries described as rebels by European governments to attack and kill, maim and destroy local infrastructures leading to ethnic cleansing where such people live in fear of their lives within Libya.

    “This violates African human rights and violates the territorial integrity of Africa and its people. NATO will attack one state together while others watch; until their turn to be attacked comes and they will fight all by themselves and get defeated. No individual state can defeat these fellows,” reads the committee’s statement.

    The committee said Europeans through NATO should not be allowed to ignore the African Union (AU) and override Africa in a second colonial bid.

    “It is now clear that the motive behind Resolution 1973 was of a sinister nature in the first instance representing a declaration of war as demonstrated by attacks and acts of aggression against a sovereign state of the AU,” according to the committee.

    This PSCNAUNR charges NATO’s aggression is a crime against humanity.

    It demands the immediate removal of NATO from the area and that they speedily be brought to justice.

    The committee said the UN resolution was a deception and brainchild of the USA, France and Britain.

    “A group of reputed warmongers are well known on the globe, who had indeed succeeded in fooling the members of that honourable council of the UN under the false pretence that the said resolution was for the protection of civilians,” it says.

    In pursuit of justice, the committee demands that two permanent seats be created on the UN Security Council within the same time span it took to get Resolution 1973.

    The seats would be for the AU and the Caribbean Union.

    Moreover, the committee demands an immediate trade embargo and the freezing of all assets of those governments and their people that have declared war against Libya.

    They called on the AU Assembly to effect this programme of action without delay.

    The committee called on the Namibian government and the AU to mobilize a national march (es) on June 11 against the UN, NATO, US, France, Italy and Britain’s programme of regime change in Libya.


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