[Marxism] Watching BBC news live

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 23 11:40:33 MDT 2011

On 8/23/2011 1:30 PM, Lenin's Tomb wrote:
> That isn't much of an argument. Of course, not every rebel is a
> racist. But anti-black racism did become an important feature of
> opposition activity in terms of flushing out the 'fifth column' of
> Qadhafi's supposed mercenaries (all based on untrue and pernicious
> rumours), in terms of lynchings, mass arrests, harrassment,
> beatings, racist graffiti, etc. To say that this is effaced by the
> appearance of black soldiers among the rebels is unconvincing.

Of course, despite Qaddafi's overtures to various sub-Saharan 
African caudillos, he was racist against immigrants on a much 
grander scale.

The Guardian
Comments Are Free,
June 14, 2009

Treating refugees as refuse

Berlusconi’s deal with Gaddafi to use Libya as a dumping ground 
for migrants who arrive in Italy rides roughshod over their rights

by Bill Frelick

With the visit of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to Rome this week, 
Italy and Libya are celebrating their recently ratified Friendship 
Treaty. But this pact, which has already resulted in joint naval 
patrols that run roughshod over refugee and migrant rights – as 
Tana de Zulueta commented – is hardly cause for celebration.

About 500 migrants have already been summarily returned to Libya 
since early May, and boat departures from Libya have been sharply 
curtailed. Today, the migrant detention centre and asylum 
reception centres on Italy’s outpost island of Lampedusa are 
empty, a dramatic contrast to the way they looked in January, when 
1,850 people were crammed in space designed for 800, with many 
sleeping on the floor. But asylum seekers don’t simply disappear. 
Many will be denied the opportunity to seek asylum from war and 
persecution and almost all will be subjected to indefinite 
detention, poor conditions and perhaps abuse.

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi promised to provide $200m 
(£121m) a year over the next 25 years through investments in 
infrastructure projects in Libya. Italy provided three patrol 
boats to Libya on 14 May, and has promised three more. Italy has 
also said that it will help construct a radar system to monitor 
Libya’s desert borders, using the Italian security company, 

In building their friendship agreement, Berlusconi and Gaddafi 
seem to be regarding migrants and asylum seekers from other 
countries as expendable. The deal enables Italy to dump migrants 
and asylum seekers on Libya and evade its obligations while Libya 
gets investment, bolstered security infrastructure and acceptance 
as Italy’s friend and partner.


And here's an example of his enlightened racial thought:

Black people are now in a very backward social situation, but such 
backwardness works to bring about their numerical superiority 
because their low  standard of living has shielded them from 
methods of birth control and family planning. Also, their old 
social traditions place no limit on marriages, leading to their 
accelerated growth. The population of other races has decreased 
because of birth control, restrictions on marriage, and constant 
occupation in work, unlike the Blacks, who tend to be less 
obsessive about work in a climate which is continuously hot.

--Green Book, page 29

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