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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:40 am
  

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Michael Parenti
16 Things Libya Will Never See Again
October 24, 2011

1. There was no electricity bill in Libya; electricity was free for all its citizens.
2. There was no interest on loans, banks in Libya were state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at zero percent interest by law.
3. Having a home was considered a human right in Libya.
4. All newlyweds in Libya used to receive $60,000 dinar (U.S.$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
5. Education and medical treatments were free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25 percent of Libyans were literate. Today, the figure is 83 percent.
6. If Libyans wanted to take up a farming career, they would have received farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kickstart their farms... all for free.
7. If Libyans could not find the education or medical facilities they needed, the government funded them to go abroad. For it was not only paid for, but they got a U.S.$2,300/month for accommodation and car allowance.
8. If a Libyan bought a car, the government used to subsidize 50 percent of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya was $0.14 per liter.
10. Libya had no external debt and its reserves amounted to $150 billion -which are now frozen globally.
11. If a Libyan was unable to get employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession, as if he or she was employed, until employment was found.
12. A portion of every Libyan oil sale was credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gave birth to a child received U.S. $5,000.
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya used to cost $0.15.
15. 25 percent of Libyans have a university degree.
16. Gaddafi carried out the world's largest irrigation project, known as the Great Manmade River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

Had seen this list a few months back. When I posted it from Michael Parenti's FB Page, to mine today, a man from Libya confirmed it to all be true. Having read John Perkin's ''Confessions of an Economic Hit Man'' where John talks of how the CIA stirs things up, when Countries don't tow to Empire's wishes, and hearing that Nut in Libya wanted to Nationalize its oil...figured right away that it was the CIA who stirred the rebels of Libya up. How else could the rebels set up a National Bank, less than a month after the bombings started? Now, The Corporations who profited from bombing it, are now going to profit from rebuilding it.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:15 am
  

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I, Steven G. Erickson took the above photo in Brattleboro, Vermont, February 14, 2012, as I walked about. I posted a bunch [more pictures here] showing what many typical average size downtown areas in America look. There is flood damage to the downtown area and there is wind damage to buildings from a past storm. The condition of public transportation, and downtown buildings, is abysmal. So, looking around seeing all the money being sucked out of the US economy for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and maybe soon Iran, is insane. The money taxpayers are spending is not being used at home.

We the people must demand the build up off all these military bases of occupation, all the spending that makes international corporate owners and banksters rich, while bankrupting us, must cease. All these wars could cause an economic collapse, power grid failure, civil unrest, and estimates that half of the US population could be no more in 6 months.

http://www.opednews.com/Diary/Walking-a ... 5-953.html

''What this author knows is that international corporations and banks are bleeding us dry. Barrack Obama and Federal and State elected officials are aids to the organized crime operation. We the people are under armed occupation. Our government isn't serving us, it is enslaving, confining, raping, robbing, torturing, and even murdering us. We must address these crimes against humanity. War criminals should not be drawing pay, Taxpayers should not be funding international organized crime.

Know that if these criminals get their way and bomb Iran, know that we the people are next. It is time to rise up against tyrants.''-Steven G. Erikson


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:26 am
  

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Michael Parenti -- Spanish American War 1/3
From: MichaelParentiOrg | 26 Mar 2008 | 11,666 views
THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR AND THE RISE OF US IMPERIALISM!

Michael Parenti uses the history of the Spanish American War to answer several very intriguing questions. Who first expressed the desire to annex the island of Cuba - and when? Why was the US government concerned about Spanish repression of the rights of Cubans while the repression of African Americans within the US was ignored? Why did the US attack the Philippines when it was Cuba they supposedly wanted to rescue? Why did the US give verbal support to the Cuban liberation movements against Spain while selling weapons to Spain to fight the popular movement? The Spanish American War was an important turning point in the transition of the US to an imperial power and many of the forces at work are eerily contemporary.

Part 1. http://youtu.be/QHUzlzfuiAI

Part 2. http://youtu.be/UJqSxB-MgiY

Part 3. http://youtu.be/XzFTYfiPQbE


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:43 pm
  

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''What was the parade of European poodles thinking -- that Tehran would just roll over and absorb the European Union's oil embargo, scheduled to start on July 1?

No wonder Brussels was caught as a Gucci deer in the headlights when the news started to flow that Tehran would pre-empt the move and immediately slap its own embargo of crude oil exports to six European Union countries -- deeply in crisis Club Med members Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain plus recession-hit France and the Netherlands.

It took virtually no time for Iran's Oil Ministry and then the Foreign Ministry to deny it; such a decision, technically, would have to be officially announced by the Supreme National Security Council, which also deals with the nuclear negotiations.

But only the deaf, dumb and blind wouldn't understand the message; blowback for the ridiculously counter-productive European sanctions/oil embargo package will only plunge vast swathes of Europe further into deep economic pain.'' Pepe Escobar author article

http://www.opednews.com/articles/US-wan ... 6-275.html

When in doubt, slap more sanctions

''Yet the vultures, jackals and hyenas of regime change/war can never be appeased in their sanction lust. The US is now forcing the EU to cut off Iran from Brussels-based SWIFT -- the independent telecom mechanism/clearinghouse used by every bank in the world to exchange financial data (its official name is Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications). Iran's Central Bank itself may become a victim.

In a nutshell, SWIFT is the wheel that moves global financial transactions and trade. So if this is not an extended, remixed declaration of hardcore economic war against one country -- nothing else is.

Will it work? Hardly. It will certainly represent more devastation unleashed over "the Iranian people" -- the vague entity of choice against which the US has "no quarrel." More than 40 Iranian banks use SWIFT to process financial transactions, and Iranians use it like everybody else in a globalized economy.''-article

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times. His regular column, "The Roving Eye," is widely read. He is an analyst for the online news channel Real News. He argues that the world has become fragmented into "stans" -- we are now living an intestinal war, an undeclared global civil war. He has published three books on geopolitics, including the spectacularly-titled “Globalistan: How the Globalised World Is Dissolving Into Liquid War”.
His latest book is "Obama Does Globalistan."


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:24 am
  

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“You cannot talk like sane men around a peace table while the atomic bomb itself is ticking beneath it. Do not treat the atomic bomb as a weapon of offense; do not treat it as an instrument of the police. Treat the bomb for what it is: the visible insanity of a civilization that has ceased...to obey the laws of life.”- Lewis Mumford, 1946


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:36 am
  

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The REAL happily thereafter fairy tale of the 21st century.

A time long ago, 2008, there was a small happy prosperous country. Some details about this country. It had a fantastic single payer health care system. In 2008, it was the closest to carbon neutral of all industrial countries. All of its municipal, industrial and residential energy needs were met by sustainable non-polluting hydro power and geothermal power. It was and is a world leader in developing hydro and geothermal power. It was planet friendly country on our poor planet. (Well, almost, they are a whaling nation, Alas.)

It led the world in 19 disciplines within the Information Technology field. That was 2008, additional IT disciplines have been developed by this country since then.

Healthy food, in a large variety, is available and affordable. Comfortable housing is available and affordable. Gainful and emotionally satisfying employment is enjoyed by most. It is impossible to describe the educational opportunities or the creative, healthy, leisure activities that are an integral part of the life of the people.

LO!!! A dark cloud is spreading across the sky. The banks of the small nation have been carelessly and greedily involved in speculation. The banks have behaved horribly. Through sale and resale, manipulation and repackaging, their assets are assets no longer. The financiers of the world rush to ICELAND to explain how the banks can be bailed out at the expense of the people. The International Monetary Fund arrives at the doors of the government with a primary austerity program to help the people begin to pay the debt they will be incurring from bailing out the banks.

And, the government of Iceland lets the banks DEFAULT. Strange government. It does not believe that banks can be too big to fail. It does believe that the people are too big to fail.

So what does Iceland have left out of all of this ....?

Single payer excellent health care system, earth friendly power, people friendly food, comfortable abodes for all, enjoyable employment, world leadership in the two technology fields that will dominate the globe in the 21st century

AND the people of Iceland are living happily ever after.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:36 am
  

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The US is famous for going to other countries with goals ranging from retaliation to installing democracy to stopping a civil war. And quite often the US government and the military alike are surprised at what they find: that people in those countries don't want them there and, in many cases, will risk or sacrifice their lives to make sure they leave.

We're seeing a new low point in America's longest war, unfolding as we speak - riots in Afghanistan, as citizens there protest the burning of Korans by US military personnel at Bagram airbase. Some American soldiers have been killed and many more Afghan citizens are dying as well. And there's beginning to be a sense that the battle to win the hearts and minds there is simply impossible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxHFQVht ... ure=colike

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Paul Craig Roberts, former official with the Reagan administration, speaks to Aaron Dykes about what happens if things don't change dramatically.
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/
http://www.infowars.com/
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/
http://twitter.com/#!/RealAlexJones


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