Bloodshed in NATO’s ‘new’ Libya continues


This video says about itself:

Regime Change in Libya Mirrors Iraq: Both Efforts Led to Failed States & Destabilized Region

26 August 2016

As we speak with scholar Vijay Prashad about how the United States carried out regime change in Libya and left behind a failed state, he notes: “The story in Libya is not dissimilar to the story in Iraq.” Both are politically divided societies in which the United States deposed long-entrenched leaders, Muammar Gaddafi in Libya and Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and left behind failed states. Prashad adds that “in both instances, when the strongman was captured … they said, ‘We are ready to negotiate,’ and the United States essentially was not interested in negotiating.” He says the outcome in Libya contributed to the destabilization of Mali, Tunisia and much of northern Africa.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Libya: Bloodshed rages in Tripoli for second day

Saturday 3rd December 2016

FIGHTING among militias in Libya’s capital Tripoli raged for a second day yesterday, the worst violence in two years.

Witnesses said battles continued in the south-eastern Nasr Forest district and adjacent districts between factions fighting for control over the capital.

The clashes started on Thursday and reportedly left eight dead. During a lull of violence late on Thursday night, panicked residents lined up in front of petrol stations.

One of the warring factions, the Tripoli Revolutionaries, accused rivals of abductions, killings and people-trafficking.

Unconfirmed social media posts also reported that one of the factions had taken over Libya’s central bank.

Tripoli is the base of the UN-backed Government of National Accord, which has yet to fill most of its advertised cabinet posts.

Seven civilians killed in Tripoli clashes, Tripoli Medical Center confirms: here.

Donald Trump Christmas Lego satiric video


This video from the USA says about itself:

How The Donald Stole Christmas

2 December 2016

Alisha & Scott’s 4th Annual Holiday Animation

Ever wonder what would happen if Trump took over the North Pole? What a disaster! Sad!

Wishing you a lovely holiday season and an even better new year. (Plus, we wanted to get this out to you while we still have our first amendment rights.)

Donald Trump — Mike O’Gorman
Melania Trump — Meiyee Apple Tam
Santa Claus — Zachary Gonzalez-Landis
Vladimir Putin — Matt Kawczynski
Mary — Jen Bailey

Music:
Totentanz – Composed by Franz Liszt – Performed by Neal O’Doan – Used under Creative Commons License

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Composed by P. I. Tchaikovsky – Performed by Kevin MacLeod – Used under Creative Commons License.

By Lee Moran in the USA:

Lego Donald Trump Makes Christmas Anything But Great Again

“I’m calling for a total ban on Gingerbread men.”

12/03/2016 04:07 am ET

This Lego Donald Trump will be on the naughty list ad infinitum.

The plastic version of the president-elect seizes control of the North Pole just two days after his inauguration, in the latest stop-motion animated video by Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles.

And as Santa Claus, he immediately sets to work in reshaping the holidays to be exactly how he wants them.

Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a brief appearance, and there are references to Trump’s spat with the cast of the “Hamilton” musical and his ejection of a baby from a campaign rally.

There’s even a mention of his disgusting comments about women.

“When you’re Santa, you can do whatever. Grab ‘em by the antlers”, Trump as Santa says, before calling “for a total ban on Gingerbread men,” in reference to his campaign vow to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

President-elect Donald Trump announced Friday that he was setting up a panel of top bankers, hedge fund bosses and corporate CEOs to advise him on economic policy once he takes office in January. He named Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone Group, as the chairman of the panel: here.

American artist’s post-Trump mural


Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and her mural

By Priscilla Frank, Arts Writer, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Street Artist Delivers Powerful Message To White America

“America is black. It is Native. It wears a hijab … “

11/29/2016 08:39 am ET | Updated 9 hours ago

Oklahoma has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1968, and this year’s result was no different. Donald Trump won 65.3 percent of the state’s vote.

A powerful work of public art mounted in Oklahoma City on Sunday addresses those who gave credence to the racist, xenophobic and misogynistic language that dominated the president-elect’s campaign.

The piece, by street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, pays homage to black Americans, Muslim Americans, American women, Latino Americans, and American immigrants ― all the populations deemed “other” and so loudly forsaken by the dangerous rhetoric of Trump’s camp.

“After the election, I immediately knew I wanted to make some public art during my trip to Oklahoma in a few weeks for Thanksgiving,” the artist wrote in a comment in Instagram. “I wanted to make something in a very Republican state that was a challenge to whiteness. So, I used a couple of recent drawings, one old drawing, and a drawing I did the day before installing this of my mother, to put together a diverse group of folks.”

The piece reads: “America is black. It is Native. It wears a hijab. It is a Spanish speaking tongue. It is migrant. It is a woman. It is here. Has been here. And it’s not going anywhere.”

“This piece was done specifically to challenge whiteness and the accepted idea of who an American is,” Fazlalizadeh wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “This work is located in Oklahoma, a very red, Republican state. The site of this piece is just as important to its intent. This work is declaring that people who are non-white and male are a part of this country, are integral to this country, and are not going anywhere.”

The election of Donald Trump has ignited incensed artists and writers around the country, turning creatives into activists. Fazlalizadeh, however, used her artistic prowess to fight social injustice long before Trump was announced president elect.

Fazlalizadeh is best known for her project “Stop Telling Women to Smile”, which highlighted and combated the gender-based street harassment endured by so many around the world. The public artworks juxtapose images of women with the words they wish they could lodge at those who catcalled them, including “My name is not Baby” and “Women are not outside for your entertainment.”

If you are in the Oklahoma City area and wish to see Fazlalizadeh’s work in person, don’t hesitate; the piece, installed using wheatpaste, is meant to be ephemeral. Given its public setting, it could also be subjected to vandalism or other visual reactions.

As many around the country fear for their futures under a leader whose definition of an American fails to include them, we look to artists like Fazlalizadeh to depict in simple and striking terms what it has always and will always mean to be an American.