imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Sham Libyan Elections

by Stephen Lendman Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2012 at 4:20 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Libya

Sham Libyan Elections

by Stephen Lendman

In 2011, Washington-led NATO forces destroyed Libya. It was ravaged, not liberated.

Humanitarian intervention was cover to wage war. "Responsibility to protect (R2P)" was subterfuge to colonize and plunder another country.

Tens of thousands were killed. Vital social services were lost. Imperial control replaced Jamahiriya governance. Pre-2011 Libya no longer exists.

Libyans call what NATO wrought "dimacracy." Dima in Arabic is blood. NATO gains control by shedding it.

An illegitimate National Transitional Council (NTC) was appointed. Puppet leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil was made chairman.

Mahmoud Jibril became prime minister. Abdurraheem el-Keib replaced him. He's a businessman and prominent Tripoli family scion. He taught at the UAE's Petroleum Institute. Oil giants fund it.

Last August, Washington parachuted him in as its man. Protracted conflict continues. Libyans want to live free. Their struggle won't end until NATO's removed.

On July 7, sham elections were held. Originally scheduled for June 19, violence and instability postponed them. Current conditions are just as chaotic. Tribes and insurgent gangs control much of the country. Turf battles continue.

Anyone holding a position in any capacity in Gaddafi's government was excluded from participating. So were ordinary Libyans. Only those judged professionally qualified could run. NTC stooges decided. Washington had final say.

Democracy wasn't on the ballot. It never is with America in charge. Obama officials claimed otherwise.

Hillary Clinton did what she does best. She lied. She called Libyan elections a "historic milestone."

"(M)en and women from every corner of Libya are determining their own future."

UN envoy Susan Rice regurgitated her boss' deception, saying:

"Libyans can finally forge a democracy that's subject to the will of its people."

She claimed Libya's future will be brighter, stronger and more prosperous. She congratulated Libyans on their liberation.

Like her boss, she's a serial liar and war criminal multiple times over. She disgraces the office she holds. She represents power and privilege. She spurns the right of people everywhere to live free.

With Washington in charge, Libyans don't have a chance. They have no future. Scoundrel media claim otherwise.

The New York Times headlined "Braving Areas of Violence, Voters Try to Reshape Libya," saying:

"....Libyans across most of the country voted Saturday in the first election after more than four decades of isolation and totalitarianism under Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi."

The Wall Street Journal headlined "Libyans Flock to Polls in First Post-Gadhafi Vote." The atmosphere was "celebratory."

Reuters headlined "Libyans celebrate free vote despite violence," saying:

"Libyans are celebrating their first free national election in 60 years ."

"Revelers lit the night sky over the capital, Tripoli, with fireworks...."

The Voice of America broadcasts US propaganda. It outdoes Fox News. It headlined "Libyans Hold Emotional Multi-Party Election, First in 60 Years," saying:

"Libyans filled with optimism went to the polls Saturday for their nation's first multi-party elections in 60 years. It was an emotional moment for people who have lived through 42 years of dictatorship and a bloody revolution."

Young men "presiding over a raucous intersection of celebratory horn honking, as Libyans headed to and from the voting stations."

Optimism spread around the capital, said VOA. "Libyans  of all ages put their country's problems aside and celebrated (on) their first post-revolution election day."

Ignored was ravaged Libya in shambles, millions now impoverished, extreme human misery, protracted violence, and continuing liberation struggles.

Libyans showing up at polls won't get what they voted for. Democracy wasn't on the ballot. Two hundred General National Congress (GNC) seats were at stake.

Around 4,000 candidates competed. NTC officials ran as independents or newly created parties. Others had various party, independent, or other affiliations.

Most parties are Islamist. Washington has had a longstanding relationship with regional Islamist regimes. They include Saudi Arabia and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. Al Qaeda is strategically used both as ally and enemy.

In the 1980s, bin Laden and mujahideen fighters were used against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Ronald Reagan called them freedom fighters.

CIA and US special forces actively recruit, fund, arm, train, and direct Al Qaeda elements in Syria.

Extremist Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) elements were used against Gaddafi.

Publicly, Islamic fundamentalists are called a threat to US security. At the same time, they're used against America's enemies.

Expect Islamic candidates to fill most seats in Libya's GNC. Washington expresses no discomfort.

Only 80% of eligible voters were registered. Illegitimate electoral officials claimed turnout was 60%. It may, in fact, have been much lower. Pre-election, calls in parts of the country urged boycotting it.

GNC replaces the NTC. Puppet governance remains unchanged.

Within 30 days of taking office, a puppet prime minister will be chosen. He and majority GNC members are tasked with serving Western interests. Sham elections give them cover.

Money power rules Libya. Legitimate representatives serving everyone equitably are excluded.

At issue is plundering the country for profit. Military bases are planned.

In March 2011, Press TV headlined "US, France, Britain set up bases in Libya," saying:

They "dispatched hundreds of military advisors to Libya to set up military bases in the country's oil-rich east...."

Libyan diplomats were quoted saying Benghazi and Tobruk bases are planned. Insurgents controlled both cities. In late February, US and UK special forces entered both cities.

Key is plundering Libya's oil, gas, water, uranium, iron ore, and other resources. Scattered deposits of gypsum, limestone, cement rock, salt, sodium carbonate (trona) building stone, phosphate rock, manganese, barit-celestite, sulfur and alum exist.

Also at issue is controlling the entire Mediterranean Basin, privatizing state industries, exploiting Libyan workers, and balkanizing the country like Yugoslavia.

Middle East analyst Mahdi Darius Mazemroaya says NATO wants Libya divided into Tripolitania, Fezzan, and Cyrenaica. Washington, Britain, France, and Italy supported this going back decades.

Redrawing the entire Eurasian map is planned. Involved is balkanizing it for greater control. Divide and conquer strategy makes it easier. One country after another is targeted. Currently it's Syria. In 2011, it was Libya.

Once puppet officials take office, drafting a new constitution will follow. Originally planned as their first order of business, voters will now decide who'll do it. Expect Western powers to choose eligible candidates.

Neoliberal exploitation and tyranny replaced Jamahiriya direct democracy and generous benefits it provided. Libya's oil wealth was shared with its people.

It provided free healthcare, education, electricity, water, training, rehabilitation, housing assistance, disability and old-age benefits, interest-free state loans, as well as generous subsidies to study abroad, buy a new car, help couples when they marry, practically free gasoline, and more.

Libya under Gaddafi became Africa's most developed nation. Its hospitals and private clinics were some of the region's best. Now they're in shambles. So is most else from months of bombing, continued violence, and Western indifference to people needs.

What Gaddafi provided, NATO swept away. Libyans are on their own to survive. Former calm and stable life is now violent, chaotic and dysfunctional.

Anyone expressing support for Gaddafi's government is subject to criminal penalties. Insulting the so-called "revolution" is also illegal.

"Liberated" Libya looks more like hell. It's true wherever NATO shows up. It's a killing machine.

Its mandate includes mass deaths, vast destruction, subjugation, colonization, resource control, exploitation, and defiance of rule of law principles and other democratic values.

Hillary Clinton said Libyans now get to choose their own future. She didn't explain that tyranny and neoliberal exploitation are part of the deal.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

http://www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

Report this post as:

Local News

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Credit Mr. Richard Enos with outstanding penmanship N19 6:08AM

Master list=====47 million american on foodstamp List State plus Federal N18 8:21PM

Cholesterol Medicine Causes Alzheimers N18 7:40PM

Lucifers Banker N18 7:38PM

Paraphysique du scientisme N18 9:19AM

USDA Withholds Names Of Turkey Companies Spreading Salmonella N17 7:51PM

Hebron, Ben-Gurion, and UNESCO N17 6:00PM

What Can Destroy Enclosure? N17 1:47PM

Please Help Mississippians Vote For Mike Espy On Nov 27th N17 7:42AM

The Incredible & Brilliant Work of Dr TOMO SHIBATA N17 5:19AM

October 2018 Honduras Coup update N16 9:22PM

Profit de guerre, guerre de profit N16 11:58AM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen Heads to Seattle N15 7:22PM

Paraphysique du prodrome oukase N15 12:39PM

President Trump: Hurricane Relief Should not Pay Puerto Rico Debt N14 8:54PM

94 Of Rick Scott's, Brian Kemp's, the Mississippi GOP's & Other Republican Campaign Crime N13 9:42PM

30 Of Brian Kemp's Felonious Racist Vote Suppression Crimes N13 8:42PM

Help translation of From Islam To Womanism book on IndieGoGo N13 12:04PM

COP 21, 25, 32, de l'écocide organisé N11 11:45PM

fbi & fmj are ' Lord of the Flies ' N11 8:26PM

Parangon d'une grande infestation N11 12:03AM

Video: Beautiful Country Burn Again, 39 min N10 10:19PM

OBAMA WERE POW'S LEFTBEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA N08 7:57PM

OBAMA WERE POWS LEFT BEHIND IN AFGAHNISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA N08 7:29PM

DID BARACK OBAMA LEAVE POWS BEHIND IN AFGAHNISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA N08 6:43PM

DID BARACK OBAMA LEAVE POWS BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA N08 5:50PM

Paraphysique de l'Etat d'urgence N08 4:24AM

Republican Vote Fraud Reached A New Level In Midterms N07 7:50PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy