Medialens compare and contrast the coverage in the mainstream media of the attacks on Fallujah during the Iraq war, and the current attack on Misrata in Libya by Muammar Gadaffi's forces.
Operation Phantom Fury
In November 2004, the UN's Integrated Regional Information Network reported the impact of Operation Phantom Fury, a combined US-UK offensive, on Iraq’s third city, Fallujah:
Noam Chomsky interviewed by Stephen Shalom and Michael Albert on military intervention in Libya, originally published on Znet in March 2011.
[b]What are U.S. motives in international relations most broadly? That is, what are the over arching motives and themes one can pretty much always find informing U.S. policy choices, no matter where in the world we are discussing? What are the somewhat more specific but still over arching motives and themes for U.S. policy in Middle East and the Arab world?
Declaration of Russian anarcho-syndicalists KRAS-IWA against the war in Libya.
The "humanitarian" intervention of NATO States in Libya with purpose esentially to provide a military assistance to one party in a local civil war, has once again proved: there are no “revolutions” in the North Africa and in the Middle East. There are only a stubborn and bitter struggle for power, profit, influence and control over oil resources and strategic areas.
An interview with Mazen Kamalmaz by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.
[i]The struggle of the Libyan people, as part of the wave of popular rebellions spreading like fire in all of the Arab world, is taking a really dramatic turn, with the people advancing their struggle against a regime bent on staying in power by whatever means necessary.
Leaflet circulated on 23 February 2011 in the general strike demonstrations in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece.
Nothing explodes like an oil refinery and the insurgents tend to like burning things ...
(Statement by Financial analyst in Aljazeera)
The transitional phase of the crisis: From restructuring to rebellion
In the latest development in the rapidly escalating situation in North Africa, the Tunisian President has been forced out of power, a new government formed and a state of emergency declared in the face of what can only be described as a working class rebellion.
At the time of writing, a “national unity” government has been formed and security forces have attempted to crack down on the movement while the concessions such as the release of political prisoners are offered. Nonetheless, the demonstrations continue.