[Marxism] Monthly Review accuses ISO of spreading racist lies
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Thu Aug 25 07:02:30 MDT 2011
Claims that the Libyan government was employing African
mercenaries against the rebels were given credence in some
left-wing media as well, even after information contradicting the
claims began to surface: e.g., ". . . [I]t must be pointed out
that the Qaddafi regime helped create the conflict ["violence
against Black Africans by Libya's rebel forces"] by consciously
drawing on Black Africans to serve as a mercenary force against
the resistance" ("The U.S. Is No Friend to Libya's Uprising,"
Socialist Worker, 9 March 2011); "In order to crush the current
opposition, Qaddafi is again relying on private mercenaries.
There are rumors that these mercenaries have come from as far away
as Serbia, but most media accounts detail Qaddafi's use of African
mercenaries" (Rayyan Ghuma, "The Facts about Racism in Libya,"
Socialist Worker, 14 March 2011). The issue of war propaganda
based on racist rumors spread by corporate media remains
important, especially as the Libyan rebels are now attempting to
take over Fezzan. We hope to see a change in this regard in
left-wing as well as corporate media. -- Ed.
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