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On Anarchism

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Anarchists such as Goldman, Bakunin, and their followers have always been enemies of working people and the revolutionary labor movement. Throughout history, anarchists have functioned as a trojan horse of the revolutionary movement. Anarchism is not rooted in the working-class, but instead reflects the confusion of the petit-bourgeoisie and the lumpen elements that compose its base. Anarchists deny the need for democracy and reject the principle of revolutionary discipline.

Anarchism is at its core reactionary. It emerged as a petit-bourgeois fear of the development of industry and the striving to protect the petit-bourgeoisie’s illusory independence. But Engels taught in On Authority that such thinking is backwards and harmful, as “Wanting to abolish authority in large-scale industry is tantamount to wanting to abolish industry itself, to destroy the power loom in order to return to the spinning wheel.”

Despite their anti-authoritarian pretensions, the fact is that anarchists themselves have set up separate political groups and veered towards dictatorship and even towards a form of barracks communism.

Wherever anarchism has reared its ugly head, there have only been setbacks for the working people. It became an obstacle to the goals of the working-class In late 19th century Russia and elsewhere, the anarchists served only to endanger the revolutionary movement with their counter-productive acts of terrorism and sabotage. With the victory of the Russian Revolution, anarchism degenerated into an outright counter-revolutionary force, joining other enemies of the young Soviet Republic in their vain efforts to smash the new workers’ and peasants’ state. They committed several terrorist acts in Moscow and elsewhere, including assassinations, bombings of passenger trains, and so forth. Anarchist cells were unmasked and destroyed by the Cheka .

V.I. Lenin in his writings totally discredited anarchism and exposed anarchists as the subverters that they are.

The philosophy of the anarchists is bourgeois philosophy turned inside out. Their individualistic theories and their individualistic ideal are the very opposite of socialism. Their views express, not the future of bourgeois society, which is striding with irresistible force towards the socialisation of labour, but the present and even the past of that society, the domination of blind chance over the scattered and isolated small, producer. Their tactics, which amount to a repudiation of the political struggle, disunite the proletarians and convert them in fact into passive participators in one bourgeois policy or another, since it is impossible and unrealisable for the workers really to dissociate themselves from politics.

The workers’ movement was make the struggle against all forms of deviation a top priority, whether it be the “Eurocommunist” revisionism of the Right or the anarcho-Trotskyite trojan horse of the Left. Whether during the days of the First International during Marx & Engels in the 19th century or the recent demonstrations against the global capitalist crisis, anarchistic forces harm the working-class movement with extremist acts during political developments, providing the forces of reaction with pretexts to unleash mass repression. The purpose of their very existence in the present day is to discredit all progressive forces in the eyes of the masses, drawing attention to how a handful of hooligans smash windows and shops amidst massive, peaceful demonstrations by honest workers.

Moral code of the builder of Communism

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The Programme of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union specified the following as the moral code of the builder communism. To be a good communist, it is necessary to adhere to collectivism, encourage friendship with all peoples,and demonstrate intolerance for oppressors, parasites, and injustice. Work must be motivated not because of earnings, but because of moral obligations to the community.

Devotion to the communist cause; love of the socialist motherland.

Conscientious labour for the good of society—he who does not work, neither shall he eat;

Concern on the part of everyone for the preservation and growth of public wealth;

A high sense of public duty; intolerance of actions harmful to the public interest;

Collectivism and comradely mutual assistance’, one for all and all for one;

Humane relations and mutual respect between individuals—man is to man a friend, comrade and brother;

Honesty and truthfulness, moral purity, modesty, and unpretentiousness in social and private life;

Mutual respect in the family, and concern for the upbringing of children;

An uncompromising attitude to injustice, parasitism, dishonesty, careerism and money-grubbing;

Friendship and brotherhood among all peoples.; intolerance of national and racial hatred;

An uncompromising attitude to the enemies of communism, peace and the freedom of nations;

Fraternal solidarity with the working people of all countries, and with all peoples

DPRK Foreign Ministry explains Libya events

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The DPRK Foreign Ministry provides an impeccable analysis about the aggression against the Libyan Arab Republic by the NATO powers and their Libyan quisling stooges. The NATO powers’ involvement is unacceptable, as it infringes on Libya’s sovereignty and has imposed a state of civil war, going far beyond what even the deceptive UNSC resolutions call for. Under the guise of “protecting civilians”, the imperialists are in fact motivated by Libya’s oil and and plans of regime change in Tripoli. The aggression teaches that the imperialists cannot be trusted, as the Libyan Government made painstaking efforts to develop normal relations with them by offering cooperation in the spheres of nuclear energy, illegal immigration, terrorism, and so forth. Had Libya possessed a nuclear deterrent, none of the events of the past month and a half in Libya would have occurred.

http://www.kcna.co.jp/item/2011/201103/news22/20110322-34ee.html

The U.S. launched a military attack on Libya in collusion with some Western countries on March 19.

It openly interfered in the internal affairs of Libya, sparking off a civil war, and then cooked up a deceptive resolution by abusing the authority of the UN Security Council. It finally perpetrated indiscriminate armed intervention in the country, going beyond the limits of the resolution.

The DPRK strongly denounces this as a wanton violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of an independent state and a hideous crime against humanity in gross breach of the dignity of the Libyan people and their right to existence.

Such war action can never be justified and should be halted at once.

The world is witnessing almost everyday the miserable death of a great many peaceable citizens and unspeakable disasters caused by two wars launched by the U.S. in the new century.

Not content with this, the U.S. sparked a fresh war disaster in order to bring about a regime change in the country incurring its displeasure under the spurious signboard of “protecting civilians” and put the natural resources of Libya under its control.

The U.S. does not hesitate to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and launch armed invasion by abusing the UN name in disregard of the sovereignty of independent states. Such high-handed and arbitrary practices of the U.S. have become a root cause of harassing world peace and stability at present.

The present Libyan crisis teaches the international community a serious lesson.

It was fully exposed before the world that “Libya’s nuclear dismantlement” much touted by the U.S. in the past turned out to be a mode of aggression whereby the latter coaxed the former with such sweet words as “guarantee of security” and “improvement of relations” to disarm itself and then swallowed it up by force.

It proved once again the truth of history that peace can be preserved only when one builds up one’s own strength as long as high-handed and arbitrary practices go on in the world.

The DPRK was quite just when it took the path of Songun and the military capacity for self-defence built up in this course serves as a very valuable deterrent for averting a war and defending peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Facts About Libya

Friday, March 25th, 2011

From the Russian Communist Party’s web site about life in Libya:
• GDP per capita – $ 14,192.
• for each family member the State pays $ 1,000 extra a year subsidy.
• Unemployment benefits- $730 a month.
• For every newborn the state pay $ 7,000.
• Newlyweds receive $ 64,000 to buy an apartment.
• The opening of personal business – financial assistance worth $ 20,000.
• Major taxes and levies are prohibited.
• Education and medical care are free.
• Education and Internships abroad – at government expense.
• Chain stores for large families with subsidized prices of basic foodstuffs.
• For counterfeiting of medicines – the death penalty.
• There is no apartment rent
• Expenses for electricity for the population are absent.
• Sales and use of alcohol are prohibited
• There are interest-free loans for buying a car and an apartment.
• Real estate services are prohibited.
• When buying a car, up to 50% paid by the state
• Gasoline is cheaper than water. 1 liter of gasoline – $ 0.14.

Hands off Libya! Down with Imperialism! Long Live Gaddafi!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The following statement from the Libyan armed forces against the imperialist aggression was published by Jamahiriya TV:
The Jamahiriya is enduring aggression by colonial crusaders….This has resulted in the deaths of 48 martyrs, most of them children, women, and elderly…This aggression by the colonial crusaders has hit civilian facilities…

Let’s briefly summarize what has been happening in Libya for the past five weeks. On 16 February 2011, an illegal gathering of a few hundred people occurred in  Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi. It was organized for commemorating the anniversary of violent clashes instigated by Islamists in 2006, in which several people were killed. They demanded the release of members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a banned terrorist outfit that has had ties with foreign intelligence and engaged in counter-revolutionary activities, including dastardly assassination attempts of Libyan officials. The security men dealt resolutely with these provocative gatherings, responding to the rioters that hurled Molotov cocktails. In response to these provocations, masses of Libyans in Tripoli and elsewhere rallied to reaffirm support to M. al-Gaddafi, the Leader of the Libyan Revolution. Frustrated at how their plans were being resisted, the western imperialists expressed hypocritical outrage at the Libyan Government, with demagogic demands of allowing “free expression.” Counter-revolutionary Libyan emigre groups flocked to intervene, echoing the imperialists’ calls about “peaceful protest”. Organized by the CIA and Saudi-backed “National Front for the Salvation of Libya”, a  Facebook group calling itself “The February 17 Intifada” suddenly popped up, calling for unrest in the country. Significantly, the unrest started not in Tripoli, but far away in Benghazi. In February 2008, Wikileaks published a US diplomatic cable that described Benghazi as “a locus of extremist activity over which government of Libya security services have comparatively limited control”. In the following days, the protests mysteriously transformed into an outright rebellion, with traitors in the Libyan military and regime officials defecting. The rebels plundered arms caches belonging to Libya’s army, and proceeded to attack government installations throughout the eastern part of the country. Up to 24 February, about 300 people were killed in the fighting, including civilians, police and members of the army. Attributing the violence not to a popular revolutionary movement but to a conspiracy hatched by imperialism and Islamic terrorists, Libya’s ambassador to Malta rightly concluded that, “as in all insurgencies, the government has the right to take what action is necessary to quell the insurgents.”

The rebels’ methods were can only be said to amount to a reign of terror, with reports about security men publicly hanged in the city of Baida on 18 February. As they went on their rampage, the rebels carried out acts of cruelty against the Black African and Black Libyan population of Libya, who were slandered as “mercenaries”. These innocent people were persecuted not on what they did, but simply because of the color of their skin. Throughout eastern Libya, the rebels harassed, detained, robbed, abused, and executed Black people. The consequences of what can only be termed ethnic cleansing are that many thousands of Africans among Libya’s 100,000 refugees so far fled to neighboring Egypt or Tunisia. Far from pursuing a democratic system, the rebels have precipitated a possible humanitarian catastrophe in Libya.

Reactionary Islamist forces, who have longed struggled against the revolutionary socialist policies of Col. Gaddafi, rushed to provide support and leadership to the rebellion. An outfit calling itself the “Islamic Movement for Change” made demands for foreigners to invade the country and even called for the assassination of Gaddafi. The so-called Network of Free Ulema, comprising 50 clerics, called for a jihad against the Jamahiriya. After Reagan’s dastardly air assaults against Libya, Colonel Gaddafi pointed out that a section of the mullahs are traitors, who secretly applauded the US while the country was under attack. Islamic terrorists, whose hotbed is in Benghazi, have never reconciled themselves to the Great al-Fateh Revolution, and have tried to the best of their abilities to eliminate the popular-democratic regime that exists in Libya, including their collaboration with the imperialist powers.

The imperialists and their lap-dogs in the bourgeois media have resorted to familiar tricks to mobilize the people to war and mislead the public. David Kirkpatrick in the New York Times points out how the rebels, who constitute the main source of western reporting on Libya, have “no loyalty to the truth in shaping their propaganda, claiming nonexistent battlefield victories, asserting they were still fighting in a key city days after it fell to Qaddafi forces, and making vastly inflated claims of his barbaric behavior”. In particular, Russian military observers disputed the allegations of the western bourgeois media and the Jazeera propaganda network, who alleged that air-strikes were used on civilians. In fact, what the Libyan military did was to prevent its arms from being captured by the terrorists. Libyan government spokesman disputed the lurid accusations made against his country, asserting that “There is no massacres, no bombardment, no reckless violence to the innocent people.” At the same time, there is emphasis on the terrorist methods of the opposition, which Saif al-Islam Gaddafi highlighted in an interview:


You know, the armoured militia yesterday, they killed four young boys in Benghazi. Why? Because they were against them. Everybody is terrified because of the armed militia. They live in terror. Nightmare. Armed people are everywhere. They have their own courts. They execute the people who are against them. No school. No hospital. No money. No banks. Do you think the people are happy? Of course not. We are receiving every day on TV, every day, hundreds of calls from Benghazi. Every day people are crying saying, “Please come and liberate us from this nightmare.” Those terrorists. The people are not happy there. Are you happy if you’re in a city which is controlled by gangsters and armed people and armed militia?

This propaganda campaign waged by the imperialist regimes about the “barbaric” enemy” is a repeat of history, with similar demonization of Iraq and Yugoslavia, at which unfounded claims were hurled:  Iraqi soldiers killing babies, 100,000 dead Albanians in Kosovo, and so on.

With the campaign of demonization against Libya, the imperialists are able to hypocritically invoke the “humanitarian interventionism”, as they ironically drop tons of missiles on the very country they are supposed to be protecting. On 26 February 2011, the imperialist powers forced through Resolution 1970 through the Security Council to punish Libya, in blatant violation of international law, imposing malicious sanctions on the country and imposing a weapons embargo. Even though Article 32 of the UN Charter requires that parties to a dispute be invited to participate in the discussions, no representative of the Libyan government in Tripoli was present during the meetings.

Meanwhile, the Libyan revolutionary forces were making major progress against the rebels. From March 12 to 15, Gaddafi’s men pushed the enemies out of key areas, with the cities of Zawiyah, Ras Lanuf, and Brega liberated. They then began to march on Benghazi. The Libyan people expressed joy over these events, with masses pouring into the streets to celebrate, chanting slogans in favor of Leader Gaddafi, and soldiers firing their guns into the air. The liberation of Benghazi was only days away, with Saif al-Islam announcing that operations would end in 48 hours. Gaddafi and his comrades offered mercy to the enemies, despite the horrible bloodshed that they unleashed: “We don’t want to kill, we don’t want revenge, but you, traitors, mercenaries, you have committed crimes against the Libyan people: leave, go in peace to Egypt.” Libyan state television carried messages, saying “Those who are asking you to put down your arms want peace for you, so please help them and stop shedding blood.”

However, the imperialist powers never ceased with their plots and machinations against Libya. On 9 March, the Sarkozy clique in France cut off relations with the Libyan Government and extended recognition to the rebel gangs in Benghazi. A day earlier, NATO took the decision to directly intervene in Libya’s internal affairs, invading the country’s airspace with its surveillance operations. On March 12, the Arab League, with only half of its members present during the discussions, called for a “no fly zone” over Libya, in violation of Libya’s sovereignty. The move was prepared by the imperialist powers through their despotic puppets among the Saudi, Egyptian, Qatari, and other regimes, but faced stiff opposition from progressive Arab states such as Syria, which has long been opposed to interference in Libya’s affairs.

Just as the Libyan revolutionaries were about to liberate Benghazi, the UN Security Council met and adopted Resolution 1973 on 17 March. Among the terms in the Resolution is that the sovereignty and territorial integrity is to be respected. Occupation forces are ruled out, and a “no fly zone” is imposed”. The resolution lacked sufficient support, with China, Russia, Brazil, India, and the African Union all either opposing a no-fly zone or having reservations about parts of the resolution. The supporters of the resolution assured skeptics that it’s only about “protecting civilians”. Aside from being an utterly dishonest, the whole concept of “humanitarian interventionism” is a dangerous one, as it gives imperialists the pretext to start wars of aggression simply because they do not like another government, with fabrications about genocide, ethnic cleansing, and so on. It’s a page taken straight out of the Hitler’s playbook: Germans in Poland are persecuted with a bloody terror and are driven from their homes… In order to put an end to this frantic activity no other means is left to me now than to meet force with force.

Nevertheless, the imperialists led by Obama, Sarkozy, and Cameron proceeded to unleash treacherous  aggression against the Libyan Arab Republic, with over 100 Tomahawk missiles fired into the country.The US sent two guided-missile destroyers, amphibious warships, and five surveillance planes. The air-strikes have so far killed or wounded hundreds of people. Several fuel tanks have been hit. Libyan television showed pictures of the casualties at hospital. Even Colonel Gaddafi’s residence was targeted by a cruise missile strike on Sunday. All of this is in violation of the purpose of Resolution 1973, which calls to protect civilians. There has been international outrage at this aggression, with condemnation coming from Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, and many others showing deep concern about the developments. Uganda’s President Museveni rightly pointed out, “The Western countries always use double standards. In Libya, they are very eager to impose a no-fly zone. In Bahrain and other areas where there are pro-Western regimes, they turn a blind eye to the very same conditions or even worse conditions.

The aggression against Libya is unpopular among the masses, with many thousands of people around the wold marching against their governments. Polls demonstrate that the majority of people in Britain oppose the actions. At an anti-war demonstration in London, the progressive Labourite and MP J. Corbyn stated how, “This war is about oil, control and a message to the rest of the world and region that we can do it if we want to. I fear we will soon be involved in a ground war, the partition of Libya and the theft of that country’s oil and resources.”

The imperialists are primarily motivated by fulfilling the Neo-Con dream of bringing about regime change in every free and independent country in the Middle East and North Africa. Above all, the NATO countries are after oil, and want to restore Libya to the neo-colony that it was under the Idris monarchy. When Libyan oil was nationalised in the early 1970s, the western powers were dealt a huge blow. Instead of practically giving away oil at unfair prices, Gaddafi and his regime used oil revenues to pursue ambitious economic and social development, with policies like low-cost housing, subsidized food, and a sophisticated health care system. NATO places energy security policies high on its agenda, and the big oil monopolies want unique access to Libya’s oil riches, which are undermined by Libya’s nationalized oil sector.

Predictably, the rebellion and the imperialist aggression enjoy from all spectrum from the bourgeois political spectrum, with the House of Commons in Britain approving their government’s actions by a vote of 557 to 13. In the newspapers of  semi-state controlled media of bourgeois regimes as well as Arab despots (al-Jazeera), there has been a non-stop bombardment of propaganda against Libya, who are pushing the “bloodbath” narrative in order to encourage aggression against the country. The imperialists also receive direct support from revisionist traitors, with the so-called French Communist Party announcing that it supports the quisling gangs in Benghazi while condemning the Libyan Government in Tripoli. Ultra-leftist, pseudo-revolutionary, dogmatic elements of the Left, most notably the Social Workers Party (Britain), a Trotksyist outfit, also finds itself on the side of imperialism against the will of the Libyan people. Although they find it impossible to back the direct imperialist aggression, they still firmly support the covert designs of imperialism on Libya, most notably the counter-revolutionary rebellion. None of these reactionary forces can possibly support a genuinely popular-democratic movement, which makes it necessary to be suspicious.

Unlike in the popular revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, there is no important working-class factor present in Libya’s anti-government rebellion. If anything, the class character of this revolt is fundamentally anti-popular. It is led not by the working-class, whose trade unions stand firmly with the Jamahiriya, but by the bourgeoisie. In Benghazi, the rebels so-called governing council consists of judges, lawyers, and other professionals, who are totally out of touch with the desires of the working-class. As a counter-revolutionary revolt that poses a threat to their power, the Libyan people have no choice but to take resolute steps to protect the Republic and the gains of the al-Fateh Revolution.

The Great al-Fateh Revolution has pursued an anti-capitalist, socialist orientation that has empowered the working people at the expense of the bourgeoisie and imperialists. The Green Book, for example, condemns work for hire as slavery and states that the workers are the owners of the means of production. The Libyan people under their Leader have made impressive progress in all spheres of life, boasting Africa’s highest Human Development, with low levels of inflation, inequality, and so forth. While bourgeois liberals demagogically moan about their flawed concepts of human rights, the fact is that the Libyan Revolution when it comes decent living conditions has produced far better results than in the so-called democracies of the bourgeois West, with staggering levels of unemployment, high living costs, homelessness, and so on. There are no crippling mortgages in Libya, but rather apartments that inhabitants enjoy rent-free. Purchases for a new car are helped out by the Government, which issues financial assistance covering up to half the cost. Gasoline only costs $0.14 a liter. Newlyweds receive $64,000 for the purchase of a new apartment, and $7000 for every newborn. The Jamahiriya is a form of government that takes care of its people, unlike under bourgeois rule, under which Libya suffered horribly during the Idris monarchy.

As a Russian scholar explains, the Jamahiriya system of government is a true popular democracy, based on these principles:

1.    The population should directly exercise administrative functions via popular assemblies which open to everyone access to decision-making;
2.    The people are entitled to share ownership of the public wealth.
3.    Weapons should be supplied to the population to put an end to the army’s monopoly on arms.

The aggression on Libya has transformed the conflict in the country from a struggle against counter-revolutionary bands to a just war of national liberation against imperialists, a continuation of the great Omar Mukhtar’s cause. Libyan people under the guidance of the army and revolutionary guards must take all necessary measures to defend themselves against these criminals, in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter. The country needs to be converted into an armed camp, with guerrilla units formed in the enemy’s rear, who will conduct sabotage operations and targeting of leading rebels. The resistance will not stop unless the rebels surrender and the foreigners are driven out.

All progressive forces must render assistance to the cause of the Libyan al-Fateh Revolution, which has been committed to the causes of anti-imperialism, a popular-democratic form of government, and the interests of the Libyan working masses. Colonel Gaddafi has throughout his revolutionary career been a fighter against the injustice perpetrated by the U.S. imperialists in the Middle East, the reactionary Arab regimes, and the Israeli aggression against the Palestinians. Nothing worse can happen to Libya than imperialist subjugation and the establishment of a bourgeois regime.

Under the banner “The February 17 Intifada (Uprising): A Day of Strikes in Libya”, a Facebook group urging a popular uprising had garnered more than 5,000 members by Tuesday.

Leader Gaddafi clarifies events in Libya

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Leader Gaddafi debunked many of the slanderous allegations made against his country and its government. He has invited international observers to check out what is really going on inside the country. The depiction of events in the country as “peaceful protests” and “popular revolution” are rejected by the Leader, who pointed out how large numbers of foreigners have fled due to the unrest.  The Leader of the Revolution reiterated that he is not the head of the country’s government, meaning that he has no post to resign from.  “The Libyan system is of the people, and nobody can go against the authority of the people. The people are free to choose the authority that they consider strong,” the Leader concluded.

http://www.ahora.cu/english/sections/international/3814-gaddafi-invites-international-community-to-verify-libyan-reality.html

Leader Muammar Gaddafi on Tuesday urged the world´s powers to create an investigative commission and come to Libya to verify that deaths in the uprisings were police in the line of duty.

“I call upon the international to form a verification committee to come and see that those who died were men defending their positions,” Gaddafi said in his third televised speech since the start of the uprisings in this North African country

Gaddafi made his remarks at a ceremony for the 34th anniversary of the creation of the popular committees, a key structure in the democracy of the popular revolution that came to power in Libya in 1969, after the overthrow of King Idris I.

In that respect, Gaddafi said that Libya is willing to open its doors to an international investigation, be it from the United Nations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The Libyan leader accused foreign news media and governments of deliberately lying about the real situation in his country, and denied that there was a peaceful popular anti-government revolt, blaming the instability on “the terrorists of Al-Qaeda.”

“The media magnify and distort reality. There are no peaceful demonstrations; it is a conspiracy to control the oil, Libyan territory, inch by inch,” he said, saying that Western rhetoric was full of contradictions.

If there are peaceful protests, then why are foreigners leaving Libya, including oil company employees, embassy personnel, and thousands of foreign workers, he asked.

“It is living proof that the opponents are armed gangs, it is a terrorist act by Al Qaeda,” he said, asserting that in Benghazi, Derna and Al-Bayda, in the eastern region, the rebellion was started by “sleeper cells” that seized weapons and police stations.

He said the insurgents freed terrorists and included them in their armed contingents. “Those are criminals, not political prisoners, there are no political prisoners in Libya,” he said.

Regular troops and his government “had to destroy weapons warehouses to prevent them from falling into the hands of the terrorists,” he said, categorically denying that troops had opened fire on the civilian population.

Gaddafi reiterated that he did not have any money or bank accounts abroad; he said he did not have palaces and was not president, which is why he cannot resign, nor is there a parliament to dissolve.

“The Libyan system is of the people, and nobody can go against the authority of the people. The people are free to choose the authority that they consider strong,” he said, deploring that “the world does not understand” the model of direct democracy set forth in the Green Book of the revolution in 1977.

Truth about events in Libya

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Contrary to disinformation from the international bourgeois media and the despotic Arab monarchs e.g. al-Jazeera, here is an honest report about events in Libya from Xinhua:

Tripoli, the capital of Libya with about three million population still remains peaceful under the control of Muammar Gaddafi, 12 days after the north African country plunged into turmoil.

Hundreds of Gaddafi’s supporters held demonstrations in the weekend in downtown’s Green square, backing the iron-handed leader. “People love Gaddafi,” they shouted. Meanwhile they also slammed some Arab media for “distorting the information.”

Local residents still enjoy water pipes, coffee and warm sunshine in the roadside coffee bars. “We’re in progress, but it needs time, step by step,” Makkhazoo, a retired Libyan diplomat told Xinhua.

“My life has been disturbed, they told me to stay at home in the evenings,” a German woman who teaches Germany in Tripoli said. Although the city is under heavy guard of the troops loyal to Gaddafi, gunfire can be heard from time to time at night.

Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam launched a media campaign on Thursday, inviting the international media to Tripoli to report about “the truth in the city.”

“You can go anywhere to see anything you want to see,” a media official said.

Gadafi also ordered to give each family 500 Libyan dinars ( about 400 U.S. dollars) to improve people’s life, the state radio said on Sunday.

The authority even allowed foreign reporters to visit the Zawiya city on Sunday, some 40 km west of Tripoli. The city reportedly has witnessed heavy clashes between Gaddafi’s troops and anti-government protestors.

The highway heading to Zawiya is strongly occupied with military forces, policemen and some armed men in plain clothes and with their faces masked. Vehicles have to pass at least five checkpoints to reach the restive city.

The central part of Zawiya has been controlled by anti- government protesters after clashes Thursday and Friday. When about 50 foreign reporters arrived in the area, some 300 protestors gathered in the street, waving weapons and chanting slogans as “Game over Gaddafi,” “Gaddafi get out,” and “Free Libya. ”

“We protested in peace before, we don’t want to fight with anybody, we just want peace,” Abulgasem, a lecturer in Zawiya university said.

However, the reporters saw a mass demonstration supporting Gaddafi in a nearby district al-Harsha, attended by hundreds of people including women and children. “We don’t want two Libyas, we want one,” a middle aged woman yelled, referring to the unrest that might split the country.

On the way back to Tripoli, nearly 1,000 pro-Gaddafi supporters, mostly young people, blocked the traffic and stopped the journalists, “All people support Gaddafi,” the young man chanted, waving Libya national flags and Gaddafi’s “Green Book.”

“I don’t like the things happened in Benghazi, we can’t live without Gaddafi,” a man holding his baby daughter told Xinhua.

Some Libyans did not want to involve themselves in any kind of struggle. “I just want to live my life in stability, with or without Gaddafi,” Salah, a driver told Xinhua reporters. (one U.S dollars equals to about 1.25 dinar)

And this is from the Russian web site rosbalt.ru via Mathaba.net

Part of the Belarussian citizens working in Libya before the riot, is not going to leave this country. According to them, the situation in Tripoli and Ghadames, where they live, is normal,  shops are open, as are kindergartens and schools, including mobile communications and the Internet, reports TUT.by.

TUT.by was able to talk on Skype with the Belarussian citizen Julia, who is now in Tripoli with her child. According to Julia, February 23, she could not go out of Libya to Moscow, after waiting for a plane with a baby in the afternoon until three in the morning.

“The aircraft they have did not pick us up, people were waiting in the street [due to the crowd in the small airport of Tripoli], in the end they just turned around and left” – says a friend of Julie. — “But they say the situation there (in Tripoli) is stabilized, they have [reconnected] mobile communications, the Internet, have opened even gardens.

Julia herself in correspondence with the editors on February 24 said that she no longer wants to leave, but a sleepless night in anticipation of an aircraft wasn’t a great memory. “All is calm. I can not hear shots. The Belarussian embassy phoned me last night. They, too, confirmed that all is quiet. And they should know even better because they are in the middle of the city.”

Julia does not want to leave and is not going. “Listening to the news, you would think Tripoli is in ruins. — There was a heated situation previously in the city center, but without air attacks on civilians (as was claimed by foreign media), and now everything is fine! Media have created particular confusion in this situation! Particularly the channel Al-Jazeera!”

The Belarusian portal was also able to connect via Skype with Ghadames. A citizen of the Republic of Belarus, who lives there, said that “if the situation does not deteriorate, the majority of Belarussians would like to stay here.” According to her, all is quiet in Ghadames: “Shops are open, no one shoots. In connection with such events we are watching for our safety in the dark trying not to go out in the dark just in case. The local population (who have to communicate) to us is normal.

On Libya

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

With the victory of the people’s uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia and the ongoing democratic movements in Yemen, Bahrain, and elsewhere, imperialist forces and their reactionary agents throughout the Middle East have been exploiting this revolutionary atmosphere in order to stir anti-democratic and counter-revolutionary revolts against progressive countries in the region. Reactionary forces such as Iran’s anti-government opposition have been trying to hijack the revolutionary movement for their own nefarious ends, with slogans like “Mubarak, Ben Ali, now it’s time for Sayed Ali,”

The counter-revolutionaries in Libya enjoy the support of all levels of the bourgeois political spectrum, as well as revisionist “socialists”, anarchists,  and other opportunistic sections of the Left. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page calls on the U.S. Government to “bomb their airfields”, while commentaries published by the ultra-liberal Guardian are seething with anti-Libyan and anti-Gaddafi hatred. One commentary published by the Guardian is written by an anti-revolutionary emigre, whose piece amounts to a vicious assault on the legacy of the Libyan Revolution, claiming that the Libyan people had  been reduced to “near beggars”, despite the concrete progress Libya has made in improving the standard of living. None of these forces can possibly support a genuine revolutionary movement. Indeed, the people they are cheering have been sporting the monarchist rag that symoblizes the horrible monarchy that ruled Libya at the behest of imperialism during the 1950s and 1960s, which was wiped out in September 1969 with virtually no struggle on behalf of the king. By contrast, the Libyan Government today commands mass popular support who are prepared to fight and die for the Al-Fateh Revolution. The Jamahiriya TV channel has demonstrated mass popular support for the Revolution Tripoli.

The class character of this revolt is fundamentally reactionary. It is not led by the working-class i.e. the most revolutionary of all social groups, but by the bourgeoisie. In the city of Benghazi, the rebels have formed a “people’s committee” that is composed of “judges, lawyers, and other professionals” , in stark contrast to how the working-class was the driving force of revolutionary events in Egypt. The imperialists and local bourgeoisie have enlisted terrorists, hooligans, and criminals to unleash a reign of terror in the country. In particular, the rebels captured and hanged two policemen, and also murdered the director of a hospital, whose corpse showed heavy signs of torture. Understandably, the Libyan revolutionary forces have fought back, and the resulting clashes have so far left 111 soldiers and 189 civilians killed, demonstrating that the security forces have acted in a proportionate and acceptable manner. Yet, the international bourgeois media has been irresponsible and unreliable with its dishonest reporting about a “bloodbath” in the country, quoting mouthpieces of the counter-revolution with slanderous claims about black African death squads and the use of war planes on civilians. Bourgeois journalists are not actually on the ground these absurd allegations. Those guilty of this outright propaganda warfare against Libya include the BBC, al-Jazeera, and other organs that are de facto controlled by imperialist and corrupt oligarchic regimes. The monstrous slanders about the Colonel leaving the country for Latin America like some Nazi fugitive are just the tip of the iceberg of the systematic campaign to misrepresent events in the country, similar to the bogus “Green Revolution” in Iran in 2009. As Venezuela’s ambassador to Tripoli has shown, the media is lying about events by projecting week-old images and pretending that they are occurring today. He states that there has been no loss of life in Tripoli for the past several days, a city that has been “totally calm”.

In addition to bourgeois elements, traitorous and opportunist sections of the Libyan regime have defected, and are assisting the rebellion in what basically amounts to an attempted coup d’etat. The fact that the rebels have taken control of some areas of Libya obviously shows military sophistication with the involvement of top-ranking figures in the security establishment who have defected. The rebels have claimed to form a so-called “interim government” in Benghazi that is led by traitors who formerly served the Revolutionary Government in Tripoli.

The media narrative about Libya with its outright lies and fabrications intends to demonize the Libyan Government and turn global public opinion against Libya, paving the way for regime change and possible military aggression. The “bloodbath” narrative follows similar fabrications from the past, such as the CIA-controlled media’s reproting about the imaginary Timisoara “massacre” Romania in 1989 that supposedly left thousands of people killed. There were also the the Iraqi incubators in the lead-up to the aggression against Iraq in the early 90s and the stories about the non-existent mass graves in Kosovo. With Fidel Castro’s warning about an impending invasion of the NATO countries for the purpose of looting Libya’s oil and effectively recolonizing the country, there must be firm criticism of the anti-Libyan propaganda campaign.

Colonel Gaddafi is the Leader of the Great al-Fateh Revolution, the country’s source for guidance.He serves the revolution and the people, who through the freely-elected popular committees, people’s congresses, and trade unions exercise democratic power in the country. In his capacity as Leader of the Revolution, he has been a staunch fighter for peace and social progress not only in Libya, but around the world.  His Revolution for forty years has actually been committed to realizing the people’s needs with its tasks of eliminating poverty and injustice in Libya. His Green Book is a guide for genuine democracy for peoples of the developing world. The September Uprising of 1969 in Libya goes down as one of the greatest liberating processes in the Arab lands, one that faithfully followed in the footsteps of the 1952 Revolution in Egypt. Similar to President Nasser, Colonel Gaddafi has long championed the unity of all Arabs. Unlike other countries throughout the world, Colonel Gaddafi and his country’s government stood up to and successfully resisted the flagrant U.S. aggression against Libya during the 1980s, thereby solidifying the country’s independence. Because Colonel Gaddafi and his government in the 1970s brought Libyan oil under the ownership of the Libyan people, the country has experienced a golden age, characterized by impressive progress in all spheres of life, including economic development, social welfare, and an increase in political participation. The predominantly desert country enjoys agricultural independence, no inflation, and a sophisticated infrastructure with its advanced roads, etc. There is no poverty in the country, as the people are protected by generous housing and food subsidies. Tens of billions of dinars have been spent for raising the people’s standard of living, as well as development fields, the reclamation of millions of acres of farmland, and so on. In particular, the country successfully completed the Great River project, which turned millions of acres of land into arable lands, providing the people with food and job opportunities. All of this unacceptable to the imperialism, who desire to convert Libya into another Iraq.

In such a circumstance, Col. Gaddafi and his comrades have no choice but to use all force necessary to destroy the rebellion. What must happen next is the conversion of Tripoli into an armed camp and mobilize all forces for victory. Guerrilla units should be formed in the enemy’s rear.

Leader Gaddafi demonstrated in a brilliant speech that the people are on the side of the Revolution and will deal a crushing blow to the enemies. He correctly stated, “I have not yet ordered the use of force, not yet ordered one bullet to be fired … when I do, everything will burn.” He concluded that the cowards and traitors who are leading the rebellion will fail, as those who control Libya will be “The Libyan people and the popular revolution”

By contrast, the Libyan Government today commands mass popular support who are prepared to fight and die for the Al-Fateh Revolution. I tuned into to the Jamahiriya TV channel, and Tripoli and other parts of Libya were shown to be in a state calm, with massive show of support for Colonel Gaddafi.

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