Libya | Korea | Britain | Guyana | Palestine/Israel | Syria | Somalia | Greece

Summer break is long over and this post is long overdue.


Glen Ford: Black Libya City Said to Fall to Rebel Siege (Black Agenda Report)
Richard Seymour: Libya’s spectacular revolution has been disgraced by racism (Guardian)
Pepe Escobar: It’s a TOTAL war, monsieur (Asia Times)
Libya, Africa and the new world order: An open letter (Pambazuka News)
A blast from the past:
Gareth Peirce: The Framing of al-Megrahi (London Review of Books)
Maximilian C. Forte: The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya (CounterPunch)
Kim Sengupta: Rebels settle scores in Libyan capital (Independent)
Chris Stephen: Libya conflict: British and French soldiers help rebels prepare Sirte attack (Guardian)
Richard Norton-Taylor: SAS troopers help co-ordinate rebel attacks in Libya (Guardian)
Just a quick reminder what the UN had decreed: “The Security Council … [a]uthorizes Member States … to take all necessary measures … to protect civilians …, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory”. It’s also worth reading again what the Chinese representative said at the time.
C. J. Chivers: Libyan Rebels Accused of Pillage and Beatings (New York Times)
C. J. Chivers: Looting and Arson in Qawalish (New York Times)
AP: Libyan rebels accused of burning homes and looting (Guardian)


Tim Beal: Russia Uses Economics to Promote Peace in Northeast Asia (CounterPunch)


Slavoj Žižek: Shoplifters of the World Unite (London Review of Books)
Nina Power: There is a context to London’s riots that can’t be ignored (Guardian)
Simon Basketter: Daniel Morgan: The stench of corruption underlies murder cover-up (Socialist Worker)
Jeff Sparrow: The Phony Populism of Rupert Murdoch (Counterpunch)
Bruce Page: A Real History of Rupert Murdoch (Counterpunch)


The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America (Center for American Progress)


Reuters: Chilean teenager shot dead during protests (Guardian)


AP: MI5 files reveal details of 1953 coup that overthrew British Guiana’s leaders (Guardian)


Catrina Stewart: How Israel takes its revenge on boys who throw stones (Independent)
M. J. Rosenberg: CIA veteran: Israel to attack Iran in fall (Aljazeera)
Noam Sheizaf: Everything you (never) wanted to know about Israel’s anti-boycott law: A reader’s guide to democracy’s dark hour (+972)
Henning Mankell: Israelis cannot make the Gaza reality disappear | משטר ישראלי שעיניו מכוסות (Ha’aretz)
Knut Mellenthin: Unantastbar unbegrenzt (junge Welt)


Syria as part of Arab popular revolt (Anti-imperialist Camp)

Freedom is anti-imperialist, truth is revolutionary, imperialist intervention is never justified

“Assad is provoking civil war and foreign intervention.” Interview with Wajdy Mustafa, Syrian leftist oppositionist (Anti-Imperialist Camp)
Will the Syrian exile opposition find its way to the people [sic] movement? On the patriotic and the pro-Western opposition to the Assad regime (Anti-Imperialist Camp)


Jeremy Scahill: The CIA’s Secret Sites in Somalia (Nation)


John Lanchester: Can the eurozone survive the Greek debt crisis? (Guardian)

First, the “bailouts”, as they are always called, are no such thing. Taxpayer-funded capital injections into otherwise bankrupt banks were bailouts. The Greek “bailouts” are loans, pure and simple. The money will have to be repaid, and repaid at ungenerous rates of interest: in this case, 5.2%. These short-sighted and grasping interest rates, motivated by the need to provide political cover for other governments, make an already critical problem significantly worse. The Greeks know they are being lent money just so they can work very hard for lower wages and higher taxes in order to pay it back at great cost. The outstanding Greek debt is mainly owned by French and German banks, which is why the western European governments are especially keen on the “bailout”: it’s helping to keep their banks solvent. The Indignati do not find that a compelling reason to embrace a decade or so of abject misery. They want the Greek government to default, and the banks to accept losses for loans they shouldn’t have made in the first place.