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by Prof Michel Chossudovsky

Part II

Part I  Insurrection and Military Intervention: The US NATO Attempted Coup d'Etat in Libya?

The geopolitical and economic implications of a US-NATO led military intervention directed against Libya are far-reaching.

Libya is among the World's largest oil economies with approximately 3.5% of global oil reserves, more than twice those of the US.


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International Politics Death Squads Versus Democracy: Tom Flanagan's
Contributed by Janet M Eaton on Wednesday, December 15 at 07:40 (2,789 reads)

Tom Flanagan, University of Calgary political science professor, right-wing pundit, and mentor and former senior advisor to Prime Minister Harper, has earned himself more international media attention during the past week than even he may have an appetite for. On November 30th, Flanagan spoke as one of the regular panelists on CBC Television’s national political analysis program, Power and Politics with Evan Solomon... Flanagan had this to say about Julian Assange, the founder and editor of Wikileaks:

"Well, I think Assange should be assassinated, actually. I think Obama should put out a contract and maybe use a drone or something."
Evan Solomon’s reaction was delayed....Tom, that’s pretty harsh stuff, just for the record, that’s pretty harsh stuff."
Flanagan responded to this interruption with what appears to have been a joke: "Well, I’m feeling very manly today." But making it clear that his initial remarks were seriously intended, he wrapped up his contribution to the program with a parting shot: "I wouldn'’t feel unhappy if Assange disappeared." 
"Well, I’'ve gotta say, Tom Flanagan calling for that, that’s pretty strong stuff"....
While most Canadians are already aware of our own government’s repeated demonstrations of contempt for democratic principles and practice, understanding the implications of Tom Flanagan’s behaviour remains important. Canada’s standards of public discourse have decayed to the point at which our national broadcaster is not ashamed to carry an open incitement to political murder made by the leading ideologue of the governing party, a former and for all we know continuing close associate of Prime Minister Harper...

But acceptance of that kind of dismissal is only possible so long as Canadians continue to believe that our governing elites have always operated at a safe distance from such totalitarian tactics as those recommended by Tom Flanagan. Is that in fact the case, or is our belief perhaps conditioned by effective control of what Davidson calls the "public media environment"?

 

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International Politics Wikileaks: The Truth Is Not Treason
Contributed by robertjb on Tuesday, December 07 at 21:39 (3,140 reads)

 

"There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy." – Joseph Pulitzer.

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International Politics Tom Flanagan’S Fascist Pathology
Contributed by robertjb on Tuesday, December 07 at 21:39 (4,480 reads)

 

The Prime Minister’s friend, mentor, advisor and biographer has gone out of bounds big time!-
and the silence from the PMO and the media is deafening

 

 

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International Politics Militarism: Killing People And Economies
Contributed by robertjb on Monday, August 09 at 08:26 (2,968 reads)

 

In the face of floundering Western economies governments must finally address obsessive military spending
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International Politics NATO: Whoring Itself To American Imperialism
Contributed by robertjb on Monday, July 12 at 08:18 (3,378 reads)

 

 

NATO dovetailed nicely into this plan as it would stealthily be mutated from a defense alliance to an instrument of American imperialism.

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International Politics Israeli Murders, NATO And Afghanistan
Contributed by Janet M Eaton on Thursday, June 03 at 08:40 (2,228 reads)

NATO HQ in Brussels is today a very unhappy place. There is a strong understanding among the various national militaries that an attack by Israel on a NATO member flagged ship in international waters is an event to which NATO is obliged - legally obliged, as a matter of treaty - to react.... nobody wants or expects military action against Israel. But there is an uneasy recognition that in theory that ought to be on the table, and that NATO is obliged to do something robust to defend Turkey....
You might [also] be surprised by just how high in Nato scepticism runs at the line that in some way occupying Afghanistan helps protect the west, as opposed to stoking dangerous Islamic anger worldwide...
Therefore what is troubling the hearts and souls of non-Americans in NATO HQ is this fundamental question. Is NATO genuinely a mutual defence organisation, or is it just an instrument to carry out US foreign policy? - --- Craig Murray, human rights activist, writer, former British Ambassador, and an Honourary Research Fellow at the University of Lancaster School of Law.  bloghttp://www.craigmurray.org.uk
 

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International Politics UN Rights Council Debates Israeli Attack On Gaza Aid Flotilla
Contributed by Milton on Wednesday, June 02 at 07:55 (2,277 reads)
English.news.cn   2010-06-02 06:56:41

 

GENEVA, June 1 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations' 47-state Human Rights Council Tuesday held an urgent debate on the raid on a humanitarian aid convoy off the coast of Gaza by Israeli forces, with many delegations condemning the Israeli action.

"We are shocked that humanitarian aid would be met with such violence, and we unequivocally condemn what appears to be a disproportionate use of force," said Kyung-wha Kang, the UN's deputy high commissioner for human rights, at the meeting.

 

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Comment  and Excerpts transcribed from:
“Be nice to America or we’ll bring democracy to your country” animated cartoon by Bill Blum

The setting for this animated educational video is a classroom with a Professor offering  facts about US foreign policy while students question him.

Some Excerpts from the script:

“Since the end of WWII the United States has endeavored to [1] over throw more than 50 governments most of which were democratically elected- [2] grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least thirty countries- [3] waged war in some thirty countries,[4] attempted to assassinate more 50 foreign leaders, [5] dropped bombs on the people of some thirty country , [6] suppressed dozens of populist and nationalist movements in every corner of the world.” ….

“Professor What do all the terrible things you mentioned have to do with freedom and democracy “?


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International Politics Afghanistan: NATO's Graveyard?
Contributed by robertjb on Monday, March 08 at 08:13 (3,186 reads)

Is the Transatlantic Alliance Doomed?
By John Feffer

Contributors Note: 

 John Feffer is only one of many informed observers who feel that NATO in its present corrupted form as an instrument of US foreign policy is doomed.
 
Canada’s NDP has long advocated our withdrawal from NATO. Now the time has come for our withdrawal and this should be be a matter of serious and urgent debate.      
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International Politics Canada's Haiti: The Dirty Past And The Dirty Future
Contributed by Robin Mathews on Thursday, January 21 at 10:40 (4,261 reads)

Michael Chossudovsky talks of the militarization of "aid" to Haiti.  Aid will go to Haiti, and the people will be helped back to their status as exploited slave labour for the profit of foreign corporations - and U.S. policy for the region.

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International Politics The Militarization Of Emergency Aid To Haiti
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, January 19 at 13:12 (3,473 reads)

The Militarization of Emergency Aid to Haiti: Is it a Humanitarian Operation or an Invasion?

by Michel Chossudovsky

Haiti has a longstanding history of US military intervention and occupation going back to the beginning of the 20th Century. US interventionism has contributed to the destruction of Haiti's national economy and the impoverishment of its population.

The devastating earthquake is presented to World public opinion as the sole cause of the country's predicament.

A country has been destroyed, its infrastructure demolished. Its people precipitated into abysmal poverty and despair.

Haiti's history, its colonial past have been erased.

The US military has come to the rescue of an impoverished Nation. What is its Mandate?

Is it a Humanitarian Operation or an Invasion?

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International Politics Waging Peace In The New Decade
Contributed by robertjb on Sunday, December 27 at 15:39 (2,140 reads)

 We are too easily led into believing that continued war is the only solution to the Afghanistan/Pakistan conflict. As the new decade approaches we might consider waging peace with the same zeal we wage war.  In fact, there are very credible options being proposed and following are just two.

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International Politics Choosing Our Wars
Contributed by robertjb on Tuesday, December 08 at 08:36 (3,326 reads)

 

The wars we must win do not require guns, bombs or corrupt politicians.
 
As we live in the age of consumerism the time has come to start choosing our wars more carefully, the cost we pay for them, the benefits we derive-both short and long term, to question more closely the reasons they are being fought, as well as the competence with which they are being fought.
 
         There are of course no shortage of wars for the discriminating consumer to choose from starting with the largely bogus war on terror, the war on poverty, the war on global warming, the war for sustainable development, the war for population control, the war for energy conservation (as peak oil looms large) the war on drugs, the war on crime, and maybe even declaring war on Wall Street bankers for their utterly contemptible greed and malfeasance. And of course, the list goes on and on.
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International Politics UK Complicity In Torture In Pakistan
Contributed by robertjb on Friday, November 27 at 14:01 (2,273 reads)

The following article at Open Democracy should be of interest to Canadians in view of the current controversy surrounding the use of torture in Afghanistan and the Canadian  government being complicit in it.

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