Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN):

No to another Iraq in Libya!

Oppose US and NATO military intervention in the Libyan conflict!




March 21, 2011



Mga  Tula Tungkol sa Libya


■    Richard Gappi   I   II   III   IV   V   VI    VII


■   Kislap Alitaptap   I   II


■   Like Vultures Waiting - a song by Danny Fabella





Video and stills  courtesy of Kodao Productions



By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
20 March 2011

We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, condemn in the strongest terms the imperialist war of aggression being launched by the United States of America, United Kingdom, France and their allies and puppets against Libya and the people of Libya.

This war of aggression is a gross violation of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya. It is being carried out under the pretext of saving the lives of Libyan civilians but in fact it is planned to kill and injure great numbers of Libyans and destroy not only the air defense capabilities but also the social infrastructure of Libya, as earlier demonstrated in the devastation of Iraq.

The objective of the imperialist powers headed by the US is to install a puppet regime of ultra-reactionary pro-imperialists masquerading as democrats but shamelessly flying the old flag of the defunct Kingdom of Libya and to tighten foreign monopoly capitalist control over the oil, gas and other natural resources of Libya and the Libyan people.

The bombardments by war planes, cruise missiles and naval artillery so far carried out against Libya by the Western imperialist powers are the beginning of a multi-phased scheme to destroy the economic, social and defense facilities of Libya, allow the Libyan puppets to receive weapons from abroad, exacerbate the conditions of civil war and ultimately throw wide open the door to the imperialists as in Iraq.

Unlike in the other mass uprisings in North Africa and Middle East where anti-imperialist, communist and other Left organizations are involved, ultra-reactionary politicians and military officers long cultivated by the Western powers through educational and military exchanges are overwhelmingly and openly in control of the anti-government actions in Libya.

We call on all member-organizations and allies of the ILPS throughout the world to initiate and participate in campaigns and activities to arouse, organize and mobilize the broad masses of the people against the imperialist powers headed by the US for launching the war of aggression and likewise against the Libyan puppets. ###




Libya (I)


ang isang Tomahawk missile?

Sa ulat ng CNN, ayon sa U.S. Navy,
humigit-kumulang 1.4 milyon ang isa.

Kung sa unang 48 oras mula nang sumalakay
ay 160 piraso ang pinasabog natin
sa unang birada at bugada,
tulad ng mga mananabong
na tumataya sa sultada, magkano ang kita?

224, 000, 000. 00 milyong dolyar.

Pumalakpak sa tuwa ang kanilang bulsa.
ng mga putok sa himpapawirin ng Libya.

-Richard R. Gappi
4:50PM, Linggo, 20 Marso 2011
Angono, Rizal, Pilipinas




Libya (II)

Padulas sa katwirang panis,
mantikang tinubog sa tangis;
Pam-pritong militar ang bangis:
Pagtining; pansalok sa langis.

-Richard R. Gappi
7:22 PM, Linggo, 20 Marso 2011
Angono, Rizal, Pilipinas




No to another Iraq in Libya! Oppose US and NATO military intervention in the Libyan conflict!

Press statement
March 19, 2011

References: Renato M. Reyes, Jr. - Secretary General
Rita Baua – International Relations Officer

No to another Iraq in Libya! Oppose US and NATO military intervention in the Libyan conflict!
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance)

As the world remembers the eighth anniversary of US invasion of Iraq today, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) vehemently condemns the latest chapter in the long and bloody history of imperialist intervention, this time in Libya under the guise of imposing a no-fly zone over the beleaguered country.

While claiming that the move is necessary to supposedly prevent additional civilian casualties, the United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1973 will on the contrary create the conditions for a blood bath in Libya. We take note of the said resolution’s statement --authorizing all member-states acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, to take all necessary measures to enforce compliance with the ban on flights imposed --as a blanket authority to members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) led by the US to demolish at all costs the military capabilities of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. We are gravely alarmed that like the US invasion of Iraq, military aggression against Libya will also result in enormous harm to civilian lives and property.

The direct US and NATO military intervention clearly has its main objective the removal from power of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi and the installation of a reliable puppet regime. Bayan reaffirms our stand that the ongoing conflict in Libya must be resolved by the Libyan people themselves and without any form of foreign military intervention.

With the ceasefire declared by the Libyan government in apparent compliance with the UN Security Council resolution, the US and its allies must cease any offensive military operation in Libya.

The US hypocritically justifies military intervention in Libya while at the same time condoning the violence committed by Israel, the governments of Bahrain, Yemen and the previous violence committed by US ally Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.

Imperialism has long been committing the gravest crimes against humanity through their wars of aggression that are legitimized by global bodies they control like the UN Security Council and are rationalized as safeguarding the greater interest of the people. In reality, these wars of aggression are designed to topple regimes that assert economic and political independence from US interests.

Behind the “humanitarian” rhetoric of the US is its drive to rid Libya of Khadafy and enable the US to have control of Libya’s vast oil fields. The scenario is all too familiar.

We must not forget that the US invasion of Iraq in 2002 was justified by the Bush administration as a necessary means to protect the world from the alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD) being held by Saddam Hussein, a claim that was never proven. It was simply a war of aggression to control Iraq’s oil.

The invasion, which led to the execution of Hussein and establishment of a US puppet regime, has so far claimed the lives of more than 104,000 people – including more than 92,000 civilians – according to US Army documents disclosed by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

The humanitarian crisis created by the US invasion is staggering – the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that it created 4.7 million Iraqi refugees; one survey said that 35% of Iraqi children are orphans; and the Red Cross described the humanitarian situation in Iraq as among the most critical in the world.

Such grave violation of the human rights of the Iraqi people is under threat of being repeated in Libya where, like in Iraq, the US and other imperialist powers have long coveted the oil and gas resources.
Qaddafi has angered the monopoly capitalist states of the US and Europe when he nationalized Libya’s oil industry in the early 1970s immediately after overthrowing the monarchy.

He has instituted economic and social reforms that benefitted the poor of Libya. According to one account, “the standard of living of the people of Libya is one of the highest in Africa, with GNP per capita of between US$2,000 and 6,000. In the 1950s, the World Bank stated that the per capita income of Libya was only US$50.00”.

The people of Libya have the sovereign right to struggle for genuine freedom and democracy. We fully support the Libyan people in their struggle for national and social liberation.

The US and NATO should keep their bloody hands off Libya. The Libyan people must be allowed to determine for themselves the sort of democratic reforms that they need and establish the political and economic set-up that will best serve their aspirations and interests. #



Libya (III)

Mga ginoo at ginang
ng aking minamahal na daigdig:
Baka tayo’y nakakalimot
at pinahihimbing ng idlip at panaginip?

Hindi ba’t noong
noong nakaraang taon,
kahit marami ang mga kritiko,
sinabi ng Komite ng Nobel Peace Prize
na malaki na ang magiging ambag
sa hinaharap ni Barrack Obama para sa kapayapaan?

Palakpakan natin siya ngayon.

Kaninag umaga,
sa kumpas niya, binira nila ang Libya.

Awit na pampahimbing
pampatulog sa sanggol
Ang labingsiyam (19) na

“U.S. warplanes, including
stealth bombers and fighter jets,
conducted strike operations
in Libya on Sunday morning.
The warplanes included Marine
Corps Harrier Jets, Air Force B-2
stealth bombers, and F-15 and
F-16 fighter jets, according to
Lt. Cmdr. James Stockman
of U.S. Africa Command.”

Magpalakpakan tayo!
Magpalakpakan tayo!

nagkataon nga lang ba at natapat
na ngayon ay happy 8th Anniversary sa Iraq!
nang manalasa ang mga uwak?

Magpalakpakan tayo!
Magpalakpakan tayo!

-Richard R. Gappi
8:02PM, Linggo, 20 Marso 2011
Angono, Rizal, Pilipinas


Libya (IV)

“Nineteen U.S. warplanes,
including stealth bombers and fighter
jets, conducted strike operations in Libya
on Sunday morning. The warplanes included
Marine Corps Harrier Jets, Air Force B-2
stealth bombers, and F-15 and F-16 fighter jets,
according to Lt. Cmdr. James Stockman
of U.S. Africa Command.”

Hindi mabigkas ng nabubulol
na bibig ang bagong likha
na mga armas pandigma.

hindi kailangan umusap,
(hindi, mas angkop
ang sabihing nauumid)
ni mag-isang salita
ang panganib at pagkawasak:
Ito ay nasa mata ng isang mag-ina
na nakatitig sa kamera
ng CNN at Fox News Channel.
ngunit paglaon,

-Richard R. Gappi
8:32PM, Liunggo, Marso 20, 2011
Angono, Rizal, Pilipinas




CPP denounces US-led war against Libya
March 20, 2011

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced the US-led coalition of imperialist forces for launching missile attacks against the people and government of Libya, calling it “a barefaced act of armed intervention against a sovereign nation.”
Following a resolution by the UN Security Council to enforce a “no-fly zone” over Libyan airspace, imperialist countries such as the United Kingdom, France and the US launched rockets into Libya with the aim of crippling the military strength of the Libyan government of Mohamar Gadaffi. The attacks were carried out against the Libyan government in an effort to help the US-supported armed rebels which launched armed uprisings in the last weeks of February.

“The imperialists are arrogantly imposing their will against a government that has stood for their people’s right to self-determination,” said the CPP.

“The Gadaffi government has long been a target of US attacks since the early 1980s,” the CPP pointed out. In 1982, the US imposed an economic embargo against Libya in an effort to force the overthrow of the government. This was followed by an assassination attampt against Gadaffi in 1984 and the aerial bombing of the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi in 1986. Economic sanctions were further imposed by the UN in 1992 and were eased only around 2004 after Libya complied with UN conditions regarding arms control and the surrender of suspects in the 1997 bombing of a commercial plane over Scotland.

“The US imperialists have long wanted to overthrow the Gadaffi government since it carried out the nationalization of banks and the oil industry,” said the CPP. “The Gadaffi government has steadfastly stood against the imperialist policy of neoliberal globalization and has carried out populist policies ensuring the welfare of the Libyan people.”

The CPP denounced the “hypocrisy” of US President Obama “who is now launching a large-scale war following mere declarations of ‘no-mercy’ by the anti-US Gadaffi. Yet, Obama and his imperialist coterie never lifted a finger in January even after their Egyptian puppet Mubarrak attacked peaceful demonstrators with armed thugs and state police personnel.”

“The armed attacks against Libya are bound to blow up in the face of the US-led imperialists forces,” said the CPP. “The US-led bombing of Libya can only succeed in inflaming the patriotic aspirations of the Libyan people and will militate them into uniting to defend their country’s right to self-determination.”

“Majority of the American people will not accept another interventionist war,” said the CPP. “Like their wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, the US-led imperialists are risking involvement in another protracted war of intervention that they can never win.”

Marco Valbuena
Media Officer
Cellphone Numbers: 09156596802 :: 09282242061




MARCH 17, 2011
Libya: Separating grain from chaff Part I

Most Filipinos generally lack information as well as interest in the countries of North Africa. But in time Libya, a country rich in oil resources and ruled by Moammar Kaddafi, has become a favored destination for migrant workers because of the relative ease in securing well-paid work there and eventually as a springboard for moving to Italy and other European countries where even better economic opportunities hopefully lie.

In the past month, when armed clashes between loyalist and anti-government forces threatened to develop into a full blown civil war, the face of that war to Filipinos was still that of thousands of overseas Filipino workers caught in the crossfire. With no defenses and nowhere to turn (one OFW sent a video showing embassy officials abandoning their posts), they desperately tried to get out, literally crossing the vast Libyan desert with only their clothes on their back.

But they faced the bleak prospect of finding themselves poor and jobless once more back in the Philippines, a fate they had tried escaping by working in a far away country and a culturally unfamiliar society.

The little that was reported on about the fighting between the pro- and anti-Kaddafi forces centered on alleged excessive force inflicted by government forces on unarmed protesters turned armed insurgents; the quick victories by the rebels in capturing Benghazi (the second largest city in Libya north of the country’s richest oil fields as well as close to most of its oil and gas pipelines, refineries and its LNG port) and several other towns east and west of the capital, Tripoli; and the establishment of a “transition government” which France and Portugal immediately recognized as the legitimate government of Libya.

Local mass media outlets have depended almost entirely on reports by international wire agencies about what is going on inside Libya. Most of these have been sketchy, relying on unattributed sources such as purported “witnesses” and unnamed “rebels” who were obviously biased against the Libyan government.

The US and its European allies were quick to condemn Kaddafi and called on him to step down, imposed travel and asset sanctions, poised their warships for an attack on Libya, and are now working for the enforcement of a “no-fly zone” over Libya, all under the pretext of “international humanitarian intervention”.

Critical voices that questioned the demonization of Kaddafi and the legitimacy, popularity and strength of the anti-Kaddafi forces (particularly the pro-monarchy National Front for the Salvation of Libya) in representing the demands and aspirations of the Libyan people have been drowned out by the chorus of Western governments, Arab leaders and pseudo-expert political analysts hostile to Kaddafi.

But even the Western-dominated global media, the United Nations Security Council and the Pentagon concede that not enough is known about what is really happening on the ground. For the moment, this is one big factor that has forestalled any overt and drastic military intervention by the US-NATO such as the “no-fly zone”, even as US and British Special Forces and covert intelligence agents that serve as advance units are confirmed to be already operating inside Libyan territory.

In the last few days reports filtering out of Libya indicate that the Kaddafi government has regained the initiative, pushing back the rebels from important captured towns and controlling not just Tripoli but large swathes of the country as well.

It is conceded that Kaddafi’s loyalist forces are composed of well-trained and better-equipped soldiers with the advantage of fire-power from warships and an air force that his opponents lack.

What is slowly becoming clearer is that Kaddafi’s staying power can not only be attributed to his military prowess but to the continuing support of significant, if not majority, segments of the Libyan populace.

Moreover, while Western media constantly point to so-called black mercenaries, other sources describe these non-Libyan forces as volunteers from African nations and liberation movements that had benefitted from Kadaffi’s well-known acts of solidarity and generosity and were now fighting to defend his government as well as Libyan sovereignty.

Such support provides Kaddafi political legitimacy despite the campaign early on to demonize him before the international public. It lends justification to the increasingly successful military offensives of his loyalist forces as part of the right of the Libyan state to defend itself against an armed rebellion.

Conversely, it would mark any direct US-NATO military intervention as an outright attack on the sovereign will of the Libyan people especially since even anti-Kaddafi forces are divided on whether such intervention would help their cause or serve to undermine it. Even Western media sources have reported that most of the Libyan opposition vehemently oppose it.

But why all of a sudden are these great western powers exhibiting such inordinate concern for the seven million or so Libyans?

Military action to overthrow the Kaddafi government on the pretext of “humanitarian intervention” will not be as easy to explain much less justify. This much the US and its NATO allies are now realizing based on their interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and earlier in the Balkans.

Aside from the truth having been exposed especially with regard to the invasion and occupation of Iraq, questions are raised why these powers were not concerned about the lives lost and the destruction wreaked on Gaza when it was being bombarded by Israel in 2009, or when Palestinian refugees were massacred in Sabra-Shatilla in 1982?

Why are they not as quick to condemn and call for international intervention - diplomatic, economic and military – against the continuing mailed-fist treatment of unarmed protestors in other North African states such as Egypt and Yemen and those in the Middle East such as Bahrain, home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet. Bahrain has already declared martial law, killed scores of demonstrators, and has welcomed 1000 elite Saudi Arabian troops to help quell the unrest.

The truth is that as in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US and its NATO allies are jumping at the opportunity presented by the internal strife in Libya to control the latter’s oil resources by deposing Kaddafi and installing a more friendly and pliant regime. Libya has the largest confirmed oil reserves in Africa, three times that of the US and nearly one tenth of the world total.

After Kaddafi nationalized the Libyan oil industry in the 1960s until the 1990s when Kaddafi gave in to Western pressure rather than risk being the next US target after Iraq, the West had only limited access to Libyan oil, and much of the oil revenues were funneled to support Third World liberation movements and revolutionary governments. After Libya accepted the imposition of neoliberal policies on its economy, US and European oil companies such as Chevron, Exxon, Total, British Petroleum and others were allowed to explore and extract oil.

No doubt, these foreign monopolies want more, if not all of Libyan oil and natural gas. They will settle for nothing less than absolute, not partial access and control of these abundant strategic resources. #

Published in Business World
18-19Mrch 2011



Satur condemns US-led air strike in Libya, challenges Aquino to call for diplomatic solution

Satur Ocampo, president of Bayan Muna Partylist and Makabayan Coalition, condemned today the US-led missile attacks on Libya as another “brutal act of armed aggression by imperialist powers against a sovereign nation with civilians bearing the brunt of attack.”

Ocampo batted for peaceful and diplomatic resolution to the Libyan internal armed conflict sans foreign military intervention being called for by the African Union, South Africa, Venezuela and Brazil. “Any resolution to the Libyan crisis should respect the sovereign right of the Libyan people.” He called on President Aquino to join the call for a stop to US-led armed attacks on Libya and ensure the safety and full evacuation of remaining Filipinos in the country.

Ocampo said that the war mongering countries of US, France and Britain have again manipulated the United Nations to sanction US-led bombings. He added that UN's No Fly Zone resolution is being used as pretext by imperialist countries to overthrow the Gaddhafi government and install a puppet regime that will allow western control of Libya’s oil resources.

Ocampo added, “The US has long wanted to overthrow the Gaddhafi government since it carried out the nationalization of banks and the oil industry, and other nationalist policies ensuring the welfare of the Libyan people."

The UN Human Development Index for Africa has rated Libya highest in life expectancy and living standard, with high education, health, and cultural levels.

Makabayan hit US President Obama for opening a third war front alongside Iraq and Afghanistan.” Obama is applying double standard in the Middle East and North African political turmoil, he has treated US puppet regimes with kid gloves but has unleashed a deadly war against Gaddhafi,” Ocampo said.

"The US-led bombing of Libya can only succeed in inflaming the patriotic aspirations of the Libyan people and will encourage them into uniting to defend their country's right to self-determination. Majority of the American people will not accept another interventionist war. Like their wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, the US-led allies are risking involvement in another protracted war of intervention that they can never win,” ended Ocampo.

- Satur Ocampo, MAKABAYAN President




by Danny Fabella

March 21, 2011

They"ve been to many wars
And have taken so many lives
But then still not enough
They are craving for more, craving for more
They invent every reason
To unleash every weapon
And after the destruction
They are craving for more, craving for more


Like vultures waiting for the right moment
Like vultures wating for the right moment
Like vultures waiting for the right moment
To attack, to devour, no satisfaction at all

Across the continents
They fly, war after war
For a new prey to find
Co'z they are craving for more, craving for more
Flesh and blood,
Riches of the land
Where they make profit
And they are craving for more, craving for more


In arms we must rise up
They're now just around us
Don't let them pass, don't let them land
Defend our motherland
To the last drop of our blood
Never give up, shoot them down
Never give up, shoot them down
Never give up until they are crushed!



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National Executive Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
22 March 2011

Why no “no fly zone” over Gaza?

**National Democratic Front of the Philippines condemns imperialist
war of aggression against Libya and the Libyan people**

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) vigorously
condemns the imperialist war of aggression perpetrated by the US, UK,
and France and their cohorts against Libya and the Libyan people.

Under the pretense of protecting the lives of Libyan civilians, these
imperialist powers are violating the national sovereignty and
territorial integrity of Libya and are in the process of destroying
the lives and property of the Libyan people. Deceptively declaring
that they are undertaking a so-called humanitarian intervention, they
repeat the imperialist wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They aim to set up a puppet government and take over control of
Libya's rich oil, gas and other natural resources. For this purpose,
they are coddling and supporting a traitorous and retrogressive
opposition group that brandishes the flag of the former King Idris.

The imperialist powers collaborate with the Zionists in flouting UN
resolutions. They refuse to lift a finger to save the lives of
Palestinian civilians: the mothers, children, elderly who have been
subjected to brutal and massive invasion and massacre by the Israeli
armed forces in December 2008, January 2009 and to the present day.

Why is there no “no-fly-zone” over Gaza to protect the
Palestinian victims of Israeli aggression?

Why, despite massive protest demonstrations in the US, UK and other
countries worldwide, have these imperialist powers not done anything
to stop the brutal Israeli attacks on the Palestinian civilian
population and the Israeli bombardments on hospitals and medical
clinics, schools and universities, mosques and public buildings?


Instead of the “no-fly-zone” which has opened the way for the
current imperialist military intervention, the peace plan offered by
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and supported by Cuban leader Fidel
Castro and four other Presidents of Latin America, which Libyan leader
Moammar Qaddafi has accepted, ought to be carried out. This peace plan
has suggested former US President Jimmy Carter to lead the peace
delegation. There is also the appeal of Qaddafi to the UN Security
Council for an emergency session and for the UN to send a fact-finding
mission to Libya.

These constructive proposals can avoid the human disaster that has
taken place in Iraq as a result of the US-British led war of
aggression and occupation, involving the death of over a hundred
thousand people, the destruction of the civil infrastructure of the
country, and the mass displacement of close to five million Iraqi
refugees. The Western mass media should now make an honest reporting
of the ongoing massive destruction of Libyan lives and property.

The imperialist war of aggression against Libya not only endangers
the lives and safety of the Libyan people, it also causes grave danger
to the many thousands of migrant workers who work and live in Libya. A
special cause of concern for the NDFP is the safety of many thousands
of Filipino workers. Among them are Filipino nurses who provide needed
medical care to the population in the hospitals and medical centers in

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which condemns and
opposes the increasing US military intervention in the Philippines,
joins anti-imperialist and progressive forces throughout the world in
vigorously condemning this latest imperialist war of aggression by the
US, UK and France as a violation of the national sovereignty and
territorial integrity of Libya.

Immediately stop the war of aggression by imperialist powers against
Support all initiatives to settle the conflict peacefully!
Uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya!
National Executive Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines



Havana. March 21, 2011

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement

• Cuba expresses its most forceful condemnation of the foreign military intervention into the internal conflict occurring within the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

For Cuba, conflicts must be resolved through dialogue and negotiation, not with the use of military force.

The Security Council succumbed to pressure from some western powers in order to create the conditions leading to this military aggression, which constitutes a blatant manipulation of the United Nations Charter, of the Council's authority and is another example of the double standard which characterizes its conduct.

Nevertheless, Resolution 1973, approved this last Thursday by the Security Council, in no way authorizes these attacks against Libyan territory, which constitute a violation of international law.

The western powers carrying out military attacks against Libyan territory are causing death, injury and suffering to innocent civilians. Some of these powers are precisely those responsible for the death of more than a million civilians in Iraq and more than 70,000 in Afghanistan, which they call "collateral damage."

They are also complicit in the crimes committed against the Palestinian people.

Cuba supports the Libyan people's inalienable right to self-determination without any foreign interference, repudiates the deaths of civilians in Libya and in any other place and supports this nation's territorial integrity and its sovereignty over its own resources.

Havana, March 20, 2011

Translated by Granma International



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The International Action Center calls on all anti-war and social justice activists to call Emergency Response STOP THE U.S. WAR AGAINST LIBYA AND BAHRAIN actions in their areas on Friday, March 18 or Saturday, March 19, or to mobilize support for any already existing anti-war demonstrations called to mark the anniversary of the Iraq War, with this statement and signs to STOP THE U.S. WAR AGAINST LIBYA AND BAHRAIN, as well as to intensify the mobilization for the April 9th and 10th Anti-War demonstrations in New York and San Francisco called by the United National Antiwar Committee.

On March 17, 2011, Washington showed its true intentions by pushing through a U.N. Security Council resolution that amounts to a declaration of war on the government and people of Libya.

A U.S. attack is the worst possible thing that could happen to the people of Libya. It also puts the unfolding Arab revolutions, which have inspired people across North Africa and Western Asia, in the gravest danger.

The resolution goes beyond a no-fly zone. It includes language saying U.N. member states could "take all necessary measures" ... "by halting attacks by air, land and sea forces under the control of the Gadhafi regime."(, Mar 17)

The new resolution not only calls for attacks on Libyan aircraft and air defenses, but authorizes the strafing and bombing of ground forces as well. The U.S. and French governments immediately announced that they were ready to go. Britain and Italy are aiding. In essence the former colonial powers have begun an armed attack on the Libyan government and its people, backing one side of a civil war.

No matter how one feels about Libya today and the role of the Gadhafi government; regardless of how one evaluates the Libyan opposition, a U.S.-led war or intervention in Libya is a disaster for the Libyan people, and for peace and progress around the world.


The U.S. and its allies are repeating over and over the lie that they are trying to "prevent attacks on civilians" and are acting from humanitarian motives. But nobody should be fooled. Consider these “humanitarians” and how they react to Bahrain.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, which is an absolute monarchy. Its people have been valiantly trying to change their government for weeks. They had some initial success. The king responded with deadly repression and later with hints at reform.

On March 14, however, hours after Secretary of Defense Gates visited Bahrain, the Bahraini government commenced a brutal crackdown, backed up by Saudi Arabian troops. Helicopters, tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition were used, killing and injuring many people. Nearly all of Bahrain's security forces are foreign mercenaries.

Unlike the Libyan rebels, the Bahraini people have absolutely no arms. But there has been no talk of a no-fly zone over Bahrain, let alone attacks on the murderous Bahraini and Saudi armies.


This is because the real motivation for the U.S. and its allies in both Bahrain and Libya, and indeed the whole region, is to control the OIL! It is Washington’s main strategic interest and a primary financial interest for U.S. big business.

This is true even though the U.S. is not directly dependent on imported oil from Libya. Oil is a worldwide commodity, and any country which imports oil must deal with a world market, no matter from which individual country or countries they import the oil.

Of even more importance to the U.S. and Europeans is who controls the flow of oil. A military presence or a reliable puppet in Libya would give Washington --and to a lesser extent the European imperialists -- control of the oil spigot to Europe and also establish a military presence in North Africa from which to influence or prevent the development of the revolutions, especially in Egypt and Tunisia.


Not only a demonization campaign against the Libyan leader, but every form of fraud and propaganda is being used to push for this intervention, including a supposed "vote" by the Arab League supporting the latest U.N. resolution. Left unsaid is the fact that only 11 of the 22 members of the League even attended the meeting, which was held behind closed doors. Two of these 11 attending members, Syria and Algeria, made clear that they were completely opposed to military intervention in Libya.

Meanwhile the corporate media has ignored a resolution by the African Union, representing 53 countries, which adamantly rejected a no-fly zone or other intervention.


The U. S. blocked any UN action, even a toothless resolution, during the massive Israeli bombardment of Gaza in 2008 and also during the Israeli bombing and attempted invasion of Lebanon in 2006, as well as the continued bombardment of Gaza as recently as this week!.

It is important that peace-loving and progressive people around the world develop a consistent approach opposing ALL U.S. intervention. This is the only way to avoid becoming just an echo of the U.S. State Department and Pentagon.

U.S., French, British, Italian hands off Libya!
NO to the U.S. supported attack on the people's movement of Bahrain!
U.S. Out of Arab and African Lands!




Libya (V)

Ngayong gabi,
maisusulat ko ang pinakamalungkot na tula.
Isusulat ko ito, siguro, sa ganito:
hindi nagpakita ang supermoon,
nagpakipot si kolokoy.
(Napurnada ligaw ang mangingibig?)
Sa kabilang kanto,
wala sa tono ang boses ng nagvi-videoke
ng “Walk Away” ni Matt Monroe.
Sa kapitbahay, nababasag
ang katahimikan, may tandang panong
ng sumasabog na pinggan.

Maisusulat ko
ang pinakamalungkot na tula ngayong gabi.
Isipin na lamang:
Ngayong Marso 20 ay bumanat sa Libya
ang US, Inglatera, at Pransya.

Ito din
ang panahong kinubkob nila ang Iraq.
Ilang hamog sa gabi’t umaga ang pumatak,
kasabay na tumangis sa luha ng ina?
Ilang sanggol
ang inagawang ng idlip sa kuna?

Ang bayang nagrerebelde ay dapat handa.
Hindi yung tatawag ng dayuhang kamay at kalinga.

Napakaiksi ng bisig ng pag-ibig;
Madaling makalimot sa punyal
na tumarak sa damdamin at sa puso’y bumikig.

Sa malayo.
May lumalapit.
Ang malayo
Ay lumalapit.

Hindi ko na iniibig ang daigdig.
Marahil iniibig ko pa rin siya.

Kaya siguro ako tumutula.
Kaya ako tumutula.

-Richard R. Gappi
9:39PM, Linggo, 20 Marso 2011
Angono, Rizal, Pilipinas


Libya (VI)

Sa pag-uulat,
tinuruan tayong mga mag-aaral
ng pamamahayag na ulo ang balita:
ang napatay
ang nasaktan
ang nawalan ng tirahan.

Tanong ko lang:
Bakit nakausli sa noo
ng iyong pahayagan
ang mga bilang ng lakas-pandigma?
Inihahanda nyo ba ang bilang
sa pagpatay at pagwasak?

Bakit walang pangulong tudling
ang nagdadahilan,
kris na nakikipagtalaban
sa talas at ningning ng katwiran
na ikinikris sa “ganyan ang buhay?”

Ang butil ng langis
na nangangatwiran ay sumisilab
sa matang nakakatanglaw ng liwanag.
Parang nagbabasa ng hedlayn
kung bukangliwayway
at ang kape ay ninanamnam.

Silipin nyo
ang likod na pahina.
Bukas ang bintana.
Tagos ang sinag.

-Richard R. Gappi
11:44PM, Linggo, 20 Marso 2011
Angono, Rizal, Pilipinas





Press Statement
22 March 2011

KMU condemns US and NATO imperialist war of aggression in Libya

The Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) vehemently condemns the war of aggression being launched by the US and NATO in Libya. Under the guise of so-called “international humanitarian intervention,” the aggression is meant to advance the US, UK and France’s imperialist geo-political and economic interests in the largest oil economy in the African continent – even if it means making Libya another slaughter field like Iraq.

Libya is among the world’s largest oil economies. Just like in the war in Iraq, the main objective of the US-led NATO military intervention in Libya is to take full control over the country’s oil reserves.

In the 1960s, when the monarchy was overthrown in Libya and Muammar Qaddafi became the country’s ruler, the Libyan oil industry was nationalized. Accusations of terrorism and economic sanctions over Libya by Western countries, however, have pressured Gaddafi into accepting the imposition of neoliberal policies on the country’s economy in the 1990s.

Since then, major US and European oil companies have stepped up exploration projects for oil and natural gas in Libya. The government however remains the dominant player in the country’s oil industry. Surely, the US and European oil monopolies wanted more – that is, to take full possession of Libya’s oil and natural gas industry.

The attack in Libya is also strategic in the military and political sense, with the intent of firming up US hegemony in North Africa and eventually Central Africa.

The US-led NATO military operation is taking advantage of the Gaddafi regime’s political crisis to justify its even more brutal warfare to advance US imperialist interests. The imperialists are very quick to launch military aggression in Libya but were unmoved by the violence used by US puppet regimes in Bahrain and Yemen and the ousted Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt.

We should not forget the similar US aggression in oil-rich Iraq in 2003 which was launched under the pretext of taking hold of alleged weapons of mass destruction. The US war in Iraq has killed around 1 million people, majority of which are civilians.

We reiterate that this US-led NATO war of aggression will not in any way benefit the Libyan people. This so called “international humanitarian intervention” is an instrument of US imperialism to advance its profit-hungry and blood-thirsty interests.

We reiterate that only the Libyan people should decide their future. We support the Libyan people in their struggle for genuine democracy and freedom.

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597


18 March 2011

KMU slaps UN Security Council’s okay of US air strikes in Libya
‘Libya could be another Iraq’

Anti-imperialist labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno slammed the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s resolution approving the US-led air strike in Libya, saying such a resolution spells out a more blatant attack on Libyan sovereignty and its people.

“We strongly condemn the UN resolution as it is part of the US campaign to exploit the ongoing political turmoil in Libya to advance its economic and geo-political interests in the country and the region. We fear that Libya will suffer the fate of Iraq in the face of such a development,” said KMU chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog.

“Like in the case of Iraq, the UN Security Council has prettified US military intervention in Libya as a form of resolving internal conflict in favor of the people to hide the real interests of the US in the oil-rich and strategically-located North African country. This is a blatant attack on Libya’s sovereignty.”

“Mass air strikes will not in any way address the Libyan people’s demands for jobs and for a more democratic society, but will only increase the number of casualties in the country,” Labog added.

KMU stressed that the US is hell-bent in toppling Muammar Qaddafi “because America wants a more subservient Libyan leader who will pursue the neoliberal project in the country’s economy.

“Ironically, the US is capitalizing on the violence unleashed by the Qaddafi regime against it’s the Libyan people to justify its use of an even greater violence against the people of Libya. This military intervention and aggression should be stopped,” Labog said.

“Filipino workers ready to join protests to oppose the looming US-led air strikes in Libya. Likewise, we urge all freedom-loving peoples of the world to strongly oppose the looming massacre of the Libyan people by the US,” the labor leader concluded.

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597









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We, teachers from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers strongly condemn  the U.S. –instigated through the United Nations Security Council’s air strikes and imposed no-fly zone inLibya. “This move is simply unacceptable.  The U.N. Security Council resolution is interference on the Libyan people’s affairs,” Ms. France Castro, secretary-general of ACT said. 


Together with its European allies, the U.S. is definitely biased against Libya as it sets its eyes on the yet-to-be-under-their-control oil-rich domains in the country. There is a clear imperialist plot in the resolution as the massacre committed by joint forces of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia against the protesters in Bahrain is clearly glossed over.


“Let the Libyan people settle their own affairs. Meddling militarily in a foreign land for ulterior motives is a crime.  Posturing of U.S.imperialists’ as the self-proclaimed police and defender of democracy in the world must be fully unmasked,”  Ms Castro, added.


The intensifying crisis of imperialism is taking its toll and the people in the Middle East and many global regions are demanding immediate economic relief and social justice.  But imperialist countries like the U.S have other plans to salvage their failing economies and dominion  

As teachers, we must register our voice on this issue.  We express strong support and solidarity to the people of Libya and other Middle Eastern countries who are now confronted with U.S.military intervention. Remember the lessons of U.S.-led military intervention in Iraq andAfghanistan. .So many lives were wasted then and we cannot rest knowing that justice and genuine peace is still elusive to the people ofIraq and Afghanistan. The instigators must be punished.


Even the people in the United States are voicing out their demand for drastic reforms in social services, health and other rights as well as against the continued military presence in Iraq and other countries. But U.S. imperialism and all its cohorts will not succeed as long as the people in Iraq, Libya and the countries around the world have strong resolve to resist them and fight for sovereignty, justice and genuine social change.#####








By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo

Libya: Unmasking humanitarian intervention
Part II

Barely a week into the massive bombing and shelling of Libya by the US, France, the United Kingdom and their allies, it has become abundantly clear that regime change and not so-called humanitarian intervention is the real object: Kaddafi himself is the target.

Once Kaddafi is removed, the Western powers aim to install a much more pliant client regime with “democratic” credentials signed, sealed and approved by them. Big power and corporate control over the oil, gas and other natural resources of Libya and the Libyan people themselves will thus be secured.

French and British top government officials were at first unabashed about getting rid of Kaddafi but backtracked when members of the Arab League which had previously acceded to the no-fly zone drew the line on this and as more criticism and condemnation from Latin American and African leaders arose.

The US has tried to make it appear that they are abiding by the limits imposed by UN Security Council Resolution1973 (2011) to “protect civilians.” But Obama’s earlier clear-cut statement that Kaddafi must step down has prompted speculation about how the US intends to pull the rug from under him.

This is where purported “surgical strikes” to take out Kaddafi and other key Libyan political leaders and field commanders of the Libyan army comes to mind. Kaddafi’s residential compound itself was bombed on the second day of the attacks and the reason given was that there was a “command center” inside. No evidence of this was provided reporters covering events in Tripoli.

Despite repeated claims by Obama that there will be no deployment of ground troops into Libya, there is little doubt that American, British and other countries’ Special Forces operatives and intelligence agents are already in action inside Libya as proven by the capture of British SAS operatives escorting an MI6 agent disguised as a diplomat even before the bombardments began. Moreover, regardless of claims that the bombing targets are identified through satellite and aerial surveillance photos, it is always the ground observers who verify the targets as well as confirm the hits.

The US-led military intervention provides the anti-Kaddafi forces all the leeway to regroup and re-arm, fortify their hold on Benghazi and other areas and utilize Kaddafi’s political isolation to position the self-proclaimed opposition Transition Council as Libya’s legitimate government. In this way the US and its allies ensure their hold on the regime that will take over if and when Kaddafi is brought down.

All these constitute flagrant violations of international law using the United Nations approval no less as a means to launch a war of aggression in Libya.

In the same way that the US justified the invasion of Iraq by lying about non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Hussein’s hands, the US-led coalition utilized unverified and out rightly biased reports (albeit aided by incendiary statements from Kaddafi and his followers) to paint the scenario of an impending civilian massacre in the strongholds of anti-Kaddafi forces.

Earlier, the same interested parties succeeded in portraying Kaddafi as a corrupt and exceptionally brutal despot such that the Libyan people were groveling in misery and ignorance. The overwhelming majority of Libyans purportedly despised Kaddafi and, inspired by popular uprisings in neighboring countries, finally rose up in protest only to be mowed down by government forces.

What strikes one immediately is that there is a clear double-standard here because Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron are clearly not about to condemn much less bomb the equally if not more corrupt, brutal and despotic leaders in Yemen, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia who are using armed might to deal with the turmoil at their doorsteps.

This is obviously a question of whether the particular SOB is theirs or not.
Moreover, while the allied marauding powers continue to hide behind the smokescreen of “protecting civilians” in Libya, it is becoming more obvious that their military strikes are themselves causing unacceptable numbers of civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure. The US has a long bloody record of deliberately inflicting massive civilian casualties in military actions, inventing and invoking the term "collateral damage" to mitigate if not cover up culpability for murder.

Of course, this is vigorously denied by them but Russia and China, countries that had opposed the no-fly zone to begin with, give credence to reports to this effect. There are renewed calls for a ceasefire and mediation by the UN and independent parties to initiate dialogue and negotiations to end the conflict.

The US and NATO have capitalized on their successful demonization of Kaddafi over the past four decades so much so that they have been able to get away with the UN mandate to bomb Libya in the name of giving the Libyans a crack at "democracy".

Yet from numerous reports that have emerged after the eruption of the conflict, including accounts of OFWs, the Libyan people are not in as bad straits socially and economically as they are depicted by the Western press to be.

If it means anything at all, Libya rates a high 7.8 in the UN Human Development Index, much higher than the world average and the highest in Africa. The HDI provides a composite measure of three basic dimensions of human development: health, education and income and represents a broader definition of well-being over conventional measures of national development.

Libya ranks 53rd in the world while the Philippines is number 97. Surely this achievement is nothing to scoff at and do not provide the sort of indicators that would automatically spawn rebellions and uprisings.

Do the Libyan people, reputed to be strongly nationalistic, really want foreign, especially military, intervention, in their internal affairs? There has been no definitive proof or evidence so far that they do. On the contrary, reports that have emerged shortly after the conflict cite statements from rebel groups themselves that they object to the attacks by US and its allies.
The Libyan people have seen what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan where the US and its allies had intervened militarily in a sovereign country under various pretexts.

Apart from millions killed and maimed, vital social and physical infrastructure destroyed, and cultural treasures ruined, Iraq and Afghanistan have been reduced to occupied territories and vassal states of the US. Their peoples and natural resources are under the control of the Western powers that claim to have liberated them from allegedly authoritarian and “rogue” regimes only to replace these with their stooges who are even worse in many respects.

It is high time the peace-loving peoples the world over voice out their protest and condemnation against the wanton trampling of the Libyan people's sovereignty and the deceitful use of the UN to legitimize this naked act of aggression. #

Published in Business Wrold
25-26 March 2011




Kami ang United Nations
Ni Kislap Alitaptap
22 Marso 2011

Kami ang United Nations.
Kami ang nagkakaisang kanyon,
Ang tomahawk missiles ng Amerika,
Ang anti-aircraft machine guns ng Britanya,
At ang supersonic jet ng Pransya.
Kaya naming ikandado ang papawirin,
Upang makalipad ang sa amin.
Wawalisin namin ang armada ni Gaddafi,
Sori na lang kung may mga sibilyan kaswalti.
Kami ang koalisyong puwersa,
Upang kadyutin sa panga ang kampon sa Libya.
Sa bawat missiles na aming ipinantutugis,
Katumbas ay daan-daang-libong bariles ng langis.
Kami ang United Nations,
Ang tagapagsalita ng Pentagon.
Kami ay para sa Libya,
At hindi para sa mamamayan ng Libya. #



From Libya, With Love

(Dula na may Tatlong Yugto)
Ni Kislap Alitaptap

11 Marso 2011


Kuweba ng langis, ng kamelyong mabalasik,
Umaatungal ang sigalot, ay walang mintis!
Hinasang pangil, kukong pinatulis,
Walang pinaliligtas maski bata’t buntis.

Sa himpapawid ay umuusok at sumisitsit,
Air strike missiles ng karag-karag na turbo jet.
Ang disyerto’y nanginginig, sa deliryo’y nililitis,
Anti-aircraft machine guns ay sabik sa pagbirit.
Ahay karahasan! Araw-araw nagbibihis.


Sa lupang sinigang, sinigang sa hirap.
Tagas ng langis, paitaas kung pumatak.
Mas madali na ngayon ang sumisid ng perlas
Kesa lumantak ng tinapay, mantika’t sardinas.

Mamasukang tambay, kayhirap ipasa,
Dapat nakagradweyt, lisensyado’t may diploma.
Inhenyero, guro, o doktor, pwede kang kahera,
Arkitekto’t siyentipiko, ubrang magsepulturera,
Sa call center (graveyard shift) agad ang karera.


Sinagip nila kayo sa kuweba ng pulbura,
Upang ilublob sa balon ng pagdurusa. #




Libya (VII)

Gintong pinupuntirya, balon ng langis.
Ganid ay tulo-laway na pananabik;
Dahas at linlang saan ma’y hinahasik.

Asya at Pilipinas ay nililigid;
Yamang-dagat-lupa-hangin, sinisid:
Gintong pinupuntirya, balon ng langis.

Iraq dati’y pinulbos ng iyong lintik!
Ngayon, sa Libya ay napakabalasik:
Dahas at linlang saan ma’y hinahasik.

Kunwari’y demokrasya ang bitbit-bitbit.
Ngunit sa bulok na ngiti’y nakaipit:
Gintong pinupuntirya, balon ng langis.

Hinuhulma nyo mga puso at isip.
Ngunit kung sumuway sa hubog na nais:
Dahas at linlang saan ma’y hinahasik.

Imperyalistang gera na tumitigis,
Sa dugo’y tila bampirang sumisipsip:
Gintong pinupuntirya, balon ng langis;
Dahas at linlang saan ma’y hinahasik.

-Richard R. Gappi
9:41AM, Miyerkules, 23 Marso 2011
Sa Garahe ni Pedro
Angono, Rizal, Pilipinas




Mar. 21, 2011
Reference: Vencer Crisostomo, 09224290258,

Youths storm U.S Embassy, demand stop to 'war of annihilation' vs. Libyan people

Youth group Anakbayan staged a surprise rally near the U.S Embassy in Manila today to condemn the 'growing brutality' of the airstrike campaign of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), attacking targets beyond the initially-claimed objectives of the so-called 'no-fly-zone'.

Anakbayan national chairperson Vencer Crisostomo noted the contrast between earlier pronouncements on the 'no-fly zone', which said that it merely aimed to protect civilians from attacks, and bombings done by U.S-NATO forces against targets in areas where there is no combat, such as in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The latest example is a cruise missile strike last Sunday against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's residential compound.

He cited the statement of Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa last Sunday, which criticized the 'no-fly-zone' initially approved by the 22-country association. He said "The approval of a no-fly zone on March 12th based on a desire to prevent Moammar Gaddafi’s air force from attacking civilians and was not designed to endorse the intense bombing and missile attacks – including Tripoli, the capital, and on Libyan ground forces. What we want is the protection of civillians and not the shelling of more civillians."



"Even some U.S supporter-nations are realizing that they have been taken for a ride: it's not civilians that the U.S is looking after" said the youth leader.

As of press time, Libyan government authorities are claiming 64 civilian casualties since the start of the bombings.

The militant group of young workers, professionals, and students meanwhile took the U.S and NATO to task for practicing a 'double standard' towards nations in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region.

"Where are the airstrikes against the civilian-slaugthering regimes in Yemen and Bahrain?" said Crisostomo.

Fifty civilians in Yemen and six in Bahrain have reportedly been killed last week after state security forces opened fire with live ammunition against unarmed protesters. Unlike Libya's Gaddafi, the regimes of the two nations are known allies of the U.S: Bahrain houses the U.S Navy's 5th Fleet, while Yemen also receives millions of dollars yearly in U.S military aid. Unlike Libya also, the oil industries of the two are not nationalized. ###
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