Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Libya intensifies resistance to NATO occupation
By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
After failing to convince the city’s leadership to give in to the neocolonial aims of the NTC and their backers, several attempts by the rebels and NATO to attack Bani Walid and its environs have been repelled by the armed organization of the people. In these recent skirmishes, it was revealed that the Libyan military still maintains the capability to engage in both offensive and defensive operations.
Prior to the attempt to enter Bani Walid, the armed forces of Libya shelled with grad rockets the positions of the NTC rebels outside the city. When rebel units approached the northern entrance of the town, they were hit by additional mortar rounds and sniper fire.
After the withdrawal from the areas approaching Bani Walid, the NTC rebels set out to reinforce their units in the approach to Sirte, the western coastal city that is a strong area of support to President Gadhafi. The effort to approach Sirte was also met with stiff resistance by the loyalist forces, prompting the rebels to retreat 125 kilometers from the city.
The prevention of the rebels from entering these areas exposes the falsehood that the Libyan government does not have continuing support inside the country. Prior to the invasion of Tripoli, demonstrations of millions of people came out in support of the government and in opposition to the U.S.-NATO war.
NATO escalated its bombing operations over both Bani Walid and Sirte in the days leading up to the expiration of the deadline given to the people to surrender. There were reports that NATO advised the rebels to withdraw pending additional air strikes against the loyalists in these cities still under government control.
Additional offensive operations by the loyalists against the U.S.-NATO war in the country included the Sept. 12 bold attack on the oil port at Ras Lanuf, a major focal point of the war over the last seven months. It was reported that 17 NTC rebels were killed in the attack that came after the workers set fire to sections of the refinery as an act of sabotage against the imperialist plan to steal vast amounts of oil from the state that prior to the war produced 1.5 million barrels per day of high grade crude.
On the same day, there were attacks against rebel NTC forces at the airport outside Tripoli where explosions were heard in the distance. During this same time period there was an escalation in sniper fire against NTC elements throughout Tripoli.
Even the New York Times admitted that “Abdulrahman Busin, a spokesman for the council’s military operations, said the attack on Ras Lanuf was apparently a response to news that the council had taken steps to restart oil production, which had been one of the country’s major contributors of income before the conflict. He said that forces allied with the council were still fighting loyalists to bring an industrial area in Ras Lanuf back under control.” (Sept. 12)
U.S. admits greater role amid NATO continuation of war
As the war in Libya escalated following the beginning of the rebel attacks on Feb. 17 in Benghazi and other areas in the east of the country, it has been revealed that the U.S. and the NATO countries have organized, financed and coordinated the actions and movements of the rebel NTC. The White House dispatched Central Intelligence Agency operatives to Libya to provide assistance to the counterrevolution.
It was reported during this same period earlier on in the war that British MI-6 agents and Special Forces were involved in the fighting as well as Special Forces units from the U.S.-backed military in neighboring Egypt as well as Qatar in the Gulf. This direct ground intervention by the imperialist states and their allies illustrated the degree of importance that the ruling classes in these various Western countries placed on the efforts to seize control of Libya, its waterways, national treasury and natural resources.
Moreover, further claims gave additional proof of the deployment on the ground of U.S. military units. Despite consistent reports that U.S. forces had been spotted in the theater of war, the Pentagon has repeatedly denied these allegations.
However: “The Defense Department says it has four troops in Libya — only the second time since the U.S. became involved there that it has acknowledged having any military personnel on the ground. The first time was in March when Marines rescued an Air Force pilot who had ejected over eastern Libya.” (Associated Press, Sept. 12)
Although Navy Capt. John Kirby, a spokesperson for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, indicated that the military personnel were only in Libya to investigate the possibility of the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, in all likelihood this is part of a much broader strategy for greater Pentagon deployment inside the country. Why should the Libyan people or the international community accept these denials by Washington when the Business Insider noted, “[This] admission contradicts the Obama administration’s repeated assertions at the outset of the Libyan military intervention that no U.S. forces would be deployed to the North African nation”? (Sept. 12)
This same publication later commented, “American officials have previously acknowledged the presence of some CIA agents on the ground in Libya who were reportedly helping coordinate NATO air strikes.” The Pentagon and the CIA also supplied the predator drones which were utilized to identify targets and to hit Libyan positions on the ground.
At the same time, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has stressed that the military alliance will continue its operations in Libya for the foreseeable future. During the course of the war against Libya, there have been over 20,000 sorties and approximately 8,000 bombings.
In response to the increased resistance against the U.S.-NATO war policy in Libya, Rasmussen said: “We have seen also during this weekend that remnants of Gadhafi’s regime still constitute a threat to the civilian population. We stand ready to continue our operations as long as necessary.” (Xinhua, Sept. 12) The NATO countries and their allies have hosted several conferences aimed at expropriating the wealth of Libya, with over $120 billion in foreign assets having been frozen over the last several months.
Divisions among rebels and further revelations of atrocities
Already among the rebel forces there are deep divisions that may very well provide a false rationale for a large-scale military intervention by the imperialist states. There were reports that 12 rebels were killed by infighting among disparate units in two towns on the eastern edge of the Nafusa Mountains. (Tripoli Post, Sept. 9)
Other reports indicate fissures between the NTC rebel fighting units and the politicians that are invited to the conferences in Western capitals, where they are hailed as the new leadership of the country. Even among the NTC spokespersons, there are deep differences based on political outlook and distrust between the Islamists, monarchists, government defectors and the longtime CIA-trained groups that have opposed the Gadhafi government since the 1980s.
In addition, there are daily reports of atrocities being committed by the rebels against Black Libyans and Africans from other countries on the continent. Hundreds of Nigerians and Ghanaians are locked up in prisons inside Libya along with dark-skinned nationals who are perceived by the reactionaries and their NATO supporters as loyalists.
Some 20 Nigerian nationals were alleged to have been found executed outside the Gadhafi compound in Tripoli that was overrun by the NTC forces during the first week of the invasion of the capital. These acts of racism and genocide have played a significant part in preventing the African Union from recognizing the NTC as the legitimate government of Libya despite tremendous economic and political pressure from the imperialist states.
Perhaps one of the most shocking stories to come out of Libya was revealed by former U.S. Rep. Walter Fauntroy, a former civil rights activist and aide to the martyred Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fauntroy, who travelled to Libya during earlier days of the war seeking to mediate a peace agreement between the U.S.-NATO forces and the Gadhafi government, said that he witnessed the beheading of people by Special Forces units from the NATO countries. (mathaba.net, Sept. 9)
Even moderate states in Africa such as Kenya are demanding the withholding of recognition of the NTC by the international community. Kenya’s Embassy was specifically targeted during the invasion of Tripoli and the foreign ministry has stressed that until there is a clear-cut plan for a transition to a representative government in Libya, the NTC should not be given diplomatic standing.
Meanwhile on Sept. 12, amid the escalation of resistance against the U.S.-NATO war against his country, leader Moammar Gadhafi issued a statement over Arrai TV based in Syria. Gadhafi called upon the Libyan people to resist the imposition of NTC rule over Libya and reiterated that the rebels were agents of imperialism.
Oppose war against Libya
It is essential that the anti-war and peace movements inside the U.S. and the other NATO countries openly oppose the imperialist plot to destroy and seize Libya. There is no such thing as a good war of neocolonization and occupation.
The lessons of Afghanistan and Iraq prove clearly that the conditions for the majority of people living under a U.S. occupation will inevitably worsen. The deterioration of the social conditions of people living under imperialist rule, either direct or indirect, will lead to greater military intervention and consequent mass deaths and destruction.
Anti-war forces must demand imperialist hands off the national wealth of the Libyan people. The war against Libya is the first full operational mission of the U.S. Africa Command (Africom), which was established by the Pentagon in 2008 to increase military intervention on the continent. With the reliance of the U.S. ruling class on the oil exports and mineral resources of the African continent, there will be greater calls from the bourgeoisie to engage in efforts aimed at further regime change following the same pattern set in Ivory Coast by France and in Libya by a collective of imperialist states led by the U.S.
Activists concerned with global peace and development should demand the dismantling of Africom and the withdrawal of all U.S. military involvement on the African continent. Africa’s affairs must be the exclusive purview of the African people, bear the brunt of imperialist intervention and occupation.
Saturday, 17 September 2011
ANC YOUTH LEAGUE STATEMENT ON THE BANNING OF ANC SONGS BY EQUALITY COURT
14 September 2011
The African National Congress Youth League has noted the judgment delivered by Judge Collins Lamont on Monday, the 11th of September 2011. There are so many glaring flaws and misrepresentation of reality in the judgment delivered. Part of these flaws include, but not limited to the following:
The Judge has granted the complainant what they never asked the Court to grant. In the presentation of their case, both Afri-Forum and TAU-SA recurrently said that they are not calling for the songs to be banned, but asking for a possible dialogue. The Judge chose to give them what they did not ask for and ban many liberation songs of the ANC led Liberation Movement.
The Judge made remarks to the effect that the Equality Act is enacted to protect minorities only, which is not true because all laws in South Africa are designed to protect all citizens equally. The Judge is concerned with protection of minorities’ interests at the expense of black majority’s aspirations.
The Judge’s conception of Ubuntu is totally flawed and opportunistically used to reach horrible conclusions.
The Judge’s only pre-occupation was with protection of what Afri-Forum and TAU-SA said to the extent of relying on inflammatory evidence and false alarms of insecure groupings on possible genocide, which will never happen in South Africa. The judgment reflects hatred of individuals, not protection of South African laws and Constitution.
The judgment also echoes a trend in Court judgments that seek to criminalise the struggle against apartheid, to the extent that Freedom Fighters are referred to as Murderers by South African Courts.
What the judgment has revealed is that despite political democracy and majority rule, the minorities continue to control South Africa through Courts and control of the South African economy. This judgment is a revelation that minorities continue to control our lives in every aspect, including on aspects of which songs we should sing. We should ask a question of whether the struggle is over when white supremacy continues to dominate all aspects of South African life. This is despite the fact that the democratic government has not demolished apartheid symbols such as Statues, street names and monuments.
The ANC Youth League has met and will continue to meet with fraternal organisations to formulate an appeal to both the Supreme Court of Appeals and Constitutional Court. The ANC Youth League and its leadership will never apologise for singing struggle songs, because that is what inspires our courage and determination to fight for total liberation of the people of South Africa. Songs of the ANC led liberation movement will never be banned and the ANC Youth League will work with all fraternal organisations to unban our songs. When apartheid banned political formations and activities of black people and Africans in particular, they masses of our people unbanned them and we will also unban our liberation songs.
The judgment serves as a clarion call that we should fight tirelessly for the total liberation of the people of South Africa. We cannot forever live in a society where an absolute component of land, minerals wealth, culture, heritage, Courts and everything is owned and controlled by Settlers.
No Settler brought land to Africa, and no Coloniser will impose on us how our lives are lived.
ISSUED BY THE ANC YOUTH LEAGUE
Friday, 16 September 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
The singer took to her Twitter to report the attack, saying, “We get in the passport control line and apparently p*ssed this one man off cause he thought I cut the line. Which wouldn't be far fetched of me but this time I actually didn't (not entirely anyway).
“Well the point is from 0 to 60 this fat red faced sweaty 'man' (I use the word man loosely here) started calling me a slave and told me to call him sir and how I was probably a disgusting Nigerian. He called me Kunta Kinte and ranted and raved some more. The man behind the passport desk laughed, shook his head in agreement I guess, and said 'Kunta Kinte'.
“All the while the entire line full of people I just sat on a plane with for almost 3 hours over 50 people said nothing. I mean literally nothing. Didn't flinch. We all no I'm no saint, so I retaliated. Not the way I wanted to or how that pig deserved. But #1 my gorgeous baby boy was literally sitting on my hip and #2 I'm a believer. And we are better. Sposed to be.
“Anyway, it made me think. This person was aprox a 50 year old English man. I didn't say anything at the time of the riots in London for a lot of reasons. But I am in London all the time and today I'm gonna say that the racial issues in the UK are disgusting. It's racially decades behind progression because everything is swept under the rug. People don't talk about it. People don't fight about it."
She continued, “Not mentioning a problem doesn't make it go away. I bring it up now because as an American it is abundantly clear that my country has a Smorgas board (spelling?) Of disgusting racial problems. We are the poster child for racial inequality even still with a black president, but its NO SECRET! And that I can fight against. I can try to prepare and teach my son. Because its out there. But you can't fight for or against something no one is willing to talk about or even admit exist.
“Everyone wants to be politically correct. But who really cares? And what does that help. I could go on and on. I won't. But maybe someone will start to talk about it from here.”
SA COURT MAKES BROTHER MALEMA, LEADER OF ANC YOUTH LEAGUE, EVEN MORE POPULAR AMONGST THE MASSES FOR SINGING LIBERATION SONG
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
League says yellow opportunists masquerading as communists want to
capture the ANC
The ANCWL in Limpopo notes with disgust the opportunistic statement
by the dubiously appointed Interim Leadership of the South African
Communist Party (SACP) calling for the resignation of our ANC
provincial government leadership. As the ANCWL, we are not surprised
at the unelected Limpopo SACP's leadership recent opportunistic
stunts and attempts to cast aspersion on the ability of the African
National Congress'continued successful leadership of our provincial
The ANC Limpopo government is one of the best performing provincial
governments in the country, to mention just a few achievements.
Limpopo is the best in housing service delivery, and Lebowakgomo
hospital is still the best public health-care facility in the
country. Many of our rural communities have tarred roads and
electricity. Moreover, numerous provincial government departments
have attained clean audits.
These opportunists ignore these facts because they have a dubious
political agenda informed by their own business interests. Many of
them are businessmen and women by-night, and communists by day. They
count profits and dividends at night, and fool the poor during the
day in the name of communism and fighting corruption.
Their dissatisfaction does not lie in the fact that they are fighting
corruption; some of them own expensive private schools, yet they
claim to be against privatisation. These schools are not only
inaccessible, but they also reproduce class inequalities, yet these
opportunists called themselves champions of the poor. Some of them
are not happy because our government has terminated and blacklisted
their companies for poor performance. They are not happy because our
provincial government has reduced subsidies for their private
These renewed attacks on the ANC leadership in government are
informed by the fact there is an ANC provincial congress in December
2011. They know very well that they do not enjoy popular support
amongst the ranks and file of the poor in society and within the ANC,
they are now embarking on desperate attempts to divert the ANC from
focusing on building strong branches and politically conscious
members who can see through their opportunism.
These yellow opportunists masquerading as communists just want to
capture the ANC in order to get access to the state for their own
narrow economic interests.
They shall NOT succeed. The ANC is not up for hi-jack by
opportunists. Instead of calling for the ANC provincial government
leadership to step-down, they must first resign their positions as
company directors and owners of private schools milking the poor in
the countryside. As the ANCWL we will defend the ANC against all
forms of opportunism. Chris Hani and many other real communists must
be turning in their graves given the level of hypocrisy and
opportunism displayed by the unelected Interim Provincial SACP
leadership in Limpopo. Shame on you!
Monday, 12 September 2011
LIBYAN LEADER MUAMMAR QADDAFI SPEECH ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2011
8th of September aired, as per usual, on Syrian Arrai (Opinion) TV.
To our brave Libyan people that are resisting; the land of Libya is your property and your right from the days of your grandfathers and great grandfathers.
Those that attempt to revoke it from you; are the insiders , foreign backed mercenaries and stray dogs, those foreigners that have resided in Libya for a long time that attempt to take the land of your grandfathers away from you.
This is impossible we will never leaver the land of our grandfathers, their families back then where spies for Italy, and nowadays are spies for France and Britain the same sons are following in the footsteps of their fathers and grandfathers; the steps of dishonor.
These rats and armed scum; are examples of their grandfathers. Each one of them is a clone and a mock-up of traitor-ship, they aren’t Libyan, ask about any of those that are backed by NATO; that destroys Libyan infrastructure and kills Libyan children; you’ll find that his grandfather and his dad where traitors. They carry the genes of traitors.
Do you think those who carry the genes of traitors from their grandparents and great grandparents are going to decide the fate of the Libyan people? These people when they realize that the Libyan people have turned up the ratchet and have refused to accept them they revert to the dirty tricks of the villainous Arab TV channels and the gulf donkeys.
They ask them to come up with any lie to save them, they tell them we feel the earth tremble under our feet; and we feel the masses advances towards us, and that we will lose the ground that we have gained, please save us with a lie or a rumor that will destroy the morale of the resistive Libyan people. That will destroy the morale of the sons of the Al-Fatah revolution.
They ask the villainous horns of lies to save them with a lie or two, a rumor or two here and there. At the beginning they said he’s gone to Venezuela; it turned out to be a lie now they’re fed up and they’ve said he’s gone to Niger. To destroy your morale and make your surrender; this is an indication that they know that your morale and spirits are high.
The people in Tripoli are getting ready to destroy the rats and capture the mercenaries which are like a pack of weasels with no agreeance amongst themselves. Their masters will abandon them soon, even their bomb supplies have been depleted nor do they have aircraft to fight with.
They think that NATO will stay forever in the skies; NATO will return defeated, weather it likes it or not, because it’s financial position doesn’t allow it to continue with its air bombardments. They feel that they are on the battlefield alone.
They bring the horns of lies to rescue them; by spreading rumors and lies such as Qaddafi has been injured, Qaddafi has fled, such and such has happened to Qaddafi. This means that they are facing a bottleneck and that their masters are going to desert them. That they will flip on one another.
The Libyan people in its “Million Man Marches” indicated its position to the world, these people are still alive; they have nothing to resort to now but psychological warfare to influence you, do not be influenced by these psychological advertisements or lies. This should make you be able to mock the weak enemy that’s in front of you, a bunch of traitors and drunkards and a bunch of Islamists that have strayed from law and order; that have no objective but to destroy the country.
They don’t even have a diplomatic or economic plan. They want to destroy the country; you saw what that the armed rebels did when they entered Tripoli, they looted it. They looted homes and stole the gold that belonged to the women.
Each individual ran back to his tribe with the stolen booty (loot) , laid down his weapons and claimed that he is victorious. The Libyan people shouldn’t be silenced by such individuals and his great past. We shouldn’t leave our land to such menial cowards to steal the land of our grandfathers that are backed by the crusaders; that are now looking back at their failed colonialist plot and are repeating their calculations. They will be left on the battlefield alone, to resort to things that affect your morale the most.
The last thing from them was that we saw Qaddafi’s convey enter Niger; what nonsense this isn’t the first time conveys have been seen in the area, from Mali, Chad & Algeria entering and exiting the Sahara desert. It’s as if it’s the first convoy ever to enter Niger, be careful and look here and stay determined against these lies and false propaganda. They should be rubbed to dust.
Allahu Akbar (God Is Great) – To the front !
English translation from Arabic by Mathaba
nATO ALLIED REBELS IN FEAR OF GADAFI's RESISTANCE & HAVE MANY PRO-GADAFI ANTI-IMPERIALIST FIGHTERS INFILTRATING THEIR RANKS
But while some fighters put some of the blame on a poorly organised advance by the advancing fighters, others suspected betrayal from some inside their own ranks.
"I did not fire one shot today because there was nothing clear to shoot at... They are shooting at us from above and we can't see anyone," said commander Abdel Monem, 28, from Zawiyah.
Fighters backing the National Transitional Council (NTC) had made a disorganised advance into uncharted territory, he added.
Novices had been mixed in with the veterans and there had been almost no co-ordination between them.
"In one word: it was chaos," he said.
The oasis town, a stronghold of the powerful Warfalla tribe, is one of the last places still loyal to Gaddafi. Efforts by the NTC in recent days to negotiate a peaceful occupation foundered.
Taking Bani Walid will be no easy task, as pro-Gaddafi fighters within the town have the higher ground. Attacking fighters have to stream in through the valley, making them an easy target for an ambush.
The main challenge, said Monem, was snipers perched on the hills and residents armed by Gaddafi.
They have been led to expect the worst from the NTC force after an intense propaganda campaign that has depicted them as killers and rapists.
"Civilians are afraid of us because Libya TV said we are rats that will rape their daughters," he said. The lack of electricity in the Bani Walid area had prevented the NTC from countering that message, he added.
All afternoon, a local pro-Gaddafi radio station broadcast an appeal to residents to rally against the invaders.
"They want to spread corruption and destruction everywhere. Go today, today, today - now you are armed there is no excuse. This is the time for jihad [holy warfare]," it said.
NTC fighters backed by armoured vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft guns arrived early on Sunday on the edge of Bani Walid, 180km from Tripoli, an AFP correspondent said.
The fighters said they had routed Gaddafi loyalists and snipers from Wadi Dinar, a valley in the shadow of Bani Walid, during their Saturday advance towards the town.
By Sunday, they were sending in scouting missions to probe the defences.
Clashes erupted in the afternoon in the neighbourhoods of Al-Mansila and Al-Hawasim, according to one fighter, Ahmed al-Warfalli, and two shells crashed into a hill 6km north of the town.
Nato warplanes and explosions could be heard throughout the day.
There were contradictory accounts however as to how far rebels had advanced into the city and the strength of the resistance they had encountered.
Military commanders insisted that the main assault had yet to begin.
"Today we are still on standby and waiting for orders," said one commander, General Atiya Ali Tarhuni, earlier in the day.
But by evening ambulances were rushing to and from the front line. An AFP reporter counted three fighters killed and 15 wounded. Rebel fighters said they had lost as many as 10 men.
An emergency services doctor operating a field clinic in the hamlet of Wishtata, 40km rom Bani Walid, said most of the wounded had been treated for sniper shots and explosions.
"There are Gaddafi military people in the heights of Bani Walid shooting down at rebels," said Dr Mehdi Barut.
At dusk, a pick-up truck arrived with four men the fighters said were pro-Gaddafi prisoners. They were locked in a side building in the same compound of the clinic and drew crowds thirsty for revenge.
Sami Saadi Abu Rweis, a fighter returning from Bani Walid with a wounded friend in tow, reported snipers everywhere.
"They are shooting at us from two kilometres away. Bani Walid is full of arms - every household has them.
"There is some type of treason going on. People pretended to be with the rebels but are really with Gaddafi."
Fighters released their frustration by firing their weapons into the air as rumours of betrayal spread like wildfire, raising tensions in the ranks.
Many grilled comrades who had pulled out early, while others became agitated when they discovered that one of the casualties had a bullet to his neck apparently caused by a shot that had come from behind.
"One hundred percent there was treason," said Hamza Bashir, age 22, a fighter from Tripoli close to tears.
"We need better organisation and co-operation from Bani Walid's residents," concluded Monem. He was hesitant to bring one hundred of his men based in the capital to a battle seemingly doomed to be a suicide mission, he added.
"You can bring 1 000 men but without organisation nothing will go right."