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Thursday January 01 1970

Clare Daly T.D. to launch 'Mentioning The War: Essays & Reviews (1999-2011) by Kevin Higgins

category dublin | arts and media | event notice author Monday March 19, 2012 22:21author by Over The Edge Report this post to the editors

DUBLIN LAUNCH of Mentioning The War by Kevin Higgins

YOU ARE INVITED to the Dublin Launch of Mentioning the War - Essays and Reviews (1999 -2011) by Kevin Higgins published by Salmon Publishing
The book will be launched by Clare Daly T.D.@ the Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
on Wednesday, June 6th

Clare Daly T.D.
Clare Daly T.D.

The Dublin Launch
Mentioning the War - Essays and Reviews (1999 -2011)
by Kevin Higgins
published by Salmon Publishing

The book will be launched by Clare Daly T.D.
@ the Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
on Wednesday, June 6th

CLARE DALY is a Socialist Party & United Left Alliance TD for Dublin North. Formerly a Councillor for the Swords Local Electoral Area, Clare was first elected to Fingal County Council in 1999, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004 and 2009 decisively topping the poll each time before being elected to the Dáil in February 2011. Clare is to the forefront of the campaign against the Household Tax. In conjunction with Deputies Mick Wallace and Joan Collins she has recently brought before the Dáil the Medical Treatment (Termination Of Pregnancy In Case Of Risk To Life Of Pregnant Woman) Bill 2012 in order to provide a legislative basis for the legal termination of a pregnancy in the very limited circumstances where such treatment is deemed necessary to prevent a woman’s death, including the threat of suicide. This was the outcome of the Supreme Court judement in Attorney General v. X in 1992.

Best known for his dark, satirical poems; KEVIN HIGGINS published his first book review in The Galway Advertiser in June 1999. Reading Mentioning the War, it becomes obvious that Higgins is not like other critics. An enthusiastic advocate for the work of the new generation of poets who have emerged from Ireland’s thriving live poetry scene; he is also a merciless opponent of hypocrisy and pretentiousness wherever he finds it. His writing is overtly political in a way that draws comparison with George Orwell – the subject of two extended essays here. It would be impossible to agree with everything in this book; it is a book which often disagrees with itself. But on subjects as diverse as socialist poetry and neoconservatism, funding for the arts and the anti-war movement, Higgins informs, infuriates and entertains, as any good critic should.

“The importance of Higgins, in particular, in spearheading a whole new poetry reading/performance movement in Ireland over the last decade cannot be overstated…he is important not just to readers who might agree with his political or ideological critiques but also to practitioners and students of poetry itself regardless of their ideological inclinations.”
Philip Coleman

“There’s an arresting phrase, a new angle on a writer or a political position you thought you already knew about, in just about every piece here…The insights range from the literary to the existential to the seriously amusing…one of the things Mentioning the War offers, almost incidentally, is an insider’s account of how to learn to write.” John Goodby

KEVIN HIGGINS facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre; teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute and on the Brothers of Charity Away With Words programme. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Merlin Park Hospital and the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. He was a founding co-editor of The Burning Bush literary magazine. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005 and was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award. His second collection, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in March 2008 by Salmon. One of the poems from Time Gentlemen, Please, ‘My Militant Tendency’, featured in the Forward Book of Poetry 2009. His work also features in the anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010). Frightening New Furniture is his third collection of poems and was published in 2010 by Salmon Poetry. Kevin has read his work at most of the major literary festivals in Ireland and at Arts Council and Culture Ireland supported poetry events in Kansas City, USA (2006), Los Angeles, USA (2007), London, UK (2007), New York, USA (2008), Athens, Greece (2008); St. Louis, USA (2008), Chicago, USA (2009), Denver, USA (2010), Washington D.C (2011), Huntington, West Virginia, USA (2011), Geelong, Australia (2011) & Canberra, Australia (2011). As part of his Culture Ireland supported trip to Chicago in February 2009 he participated in and took first place in a specially arranged poetry slam at the Chicago’s Green Mill Bar and Lounge, the birthplace of slam poetry. Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry, The Ghost In The Lobby, will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2013. Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events.

For further information about the Dublin launch
Tel: +353 1 8721302
Email: info@writerscentre.ie

Related Link: http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=255&a=108

Kevin Higgins
Kevin Higgins

Mentioning The War: Essays & Reviews (1999-2011) published by Salmon
Mentioning The War: Essays & Reviews (1999-2011) published by Salmon

author by Over The Edgepublication date Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

One of the essays from 'Mentioning The War' is now available on the Irish Left Review

Related Link: http://www.irishleftreview.org/2012/03/21/george-orwell-saint/
author by Over The Edgepublication date Fri Apr 13, 2012 18:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Dublin launch poster

Clare Daly T.D. to launch Mentioning The War by Kevin Higgins in Dublin
Clare Daly T.D. to launch Mentioning The War by Kevin Higgins in Dublin

author by Over The Edgepublication date Thu Apr 19, 2012 23:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Kevin Higgins's 'Mentioning the War: Essays & Reviews (1999-2011)' recently published by Salmon Poetry today featured in four Albanian national daily newspapers.

The book will be launched in Dublin by Clare Daly T.D. at the Irish Writers' Centre on Wednesday, June 6th at 7pm.

'Mentioning the War' features in a number of Albanian national daily newspapers
'Mentioning the War' features in a number of Albanian national daily newspapers


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author by Enver the Enviouspublication date Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I remember the British comedian Alexei Sayle interviewed some time ago -- on the Parkinson show I believe it was - about his years in the Maoist movement in the UK. In the seventies Sayle was a member of a British Maoist group that supported the hard-line Maoist orthodoxy of Albania's president, Enver Hoxha. Come rain hail or shine , Sayle and his extremely small band of comrades used to sell an "anti-revisionist" Maoist newspaper outside factory gates in the Liverpool area . Or rather not sell them – the papers were almost wholly subsidized from Albania, and according to Sayle, nobody in England outside of “the party” ever bought a copy more than once - most ended up being dumped. The copies that weren’t dumped were sent over to Albania - for reasons that only became clear to Sayle some years later after he quit the party. The comedian told Parkinson how mortified he had felt on seeing an articulate English-speaking Albanian refugee interviewed on the TV one evening. The dissident explained how, while in detention for anti-state activities, prisoners were regularly shown copies of the English paper that Sayle had been trying to sell to the “British working class” .As part of their compulsory “re-education” program, prisoners were told that the pro-Albanian Maoist perspective of the paper was typical of the views held by workers in England at the time.

It would be interesting to know what Albanian newspapers are currently saying about Mr Higgins’ poetry.

author by readerpublication date Wed Jun 06, 2012 15:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

what's albanian for "load of self important bollocks" or "vanishing up your own arse"?

author by orwell fanpublication date Wed Jun 06, 2012 15:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"His writing is overtly political in a way that draws comparison with George Orwell "

Yeah right! as in "compared to Orwell, kevin higgins can't really write for shit" !!

author by wageslave - (personal capacity)publication date Wed Jun 06, 2012 15:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

brought to you by Kevin "hypocrite" Higgins

Who threatens legal action against voluntary shoestring website Indymedia on multiple occasions

Then turns around and proceeds to use the site for free advertising of his book.

Nice guy!

author by non-contrarianpublication date Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I posted a comment here yesterday . It was deleted by editors with the reason "troll" . A few minutes ago I attempted to post it again . It was taken down within seconds . Why ?
here it is again .
To me he seems a former leftist who has now become a "contrarian " and is trying to fill Christopher Hitchens' shoes . But in fairness to Higgins, wageslave. When the indymedia editorial board writes comments here about other site users accusing them ,without any evidence whatsoever , of being "perverts" and "mossad agents" , what do you expect ? There is no way that people can defend their reputations from lies told about them on this site other than by appealing to the editors . When the lies are being told by the editors themselves , this can only help justify the type of legal action Higgins initiated, surely?

According to the indymedia editorial board I am "an agent provocateur ", a"pervert" , a "stalker" a paid Israeli secret service agent . I opposed indymedia editors posting crude anti-christian images to coincide with Christmas and their picture of a crucified Jesus Christ on Good Friday , which had captions attached that pointed at Jesus saying "Cum Here" . My opposition to their filth makes me ,according to the indymedia ireland editorial board , a " shill for the Vatican ". I'm supposed to be a stalker and a pervert because I pointed out -with plenty of evidence - the fact that the leader of an anti-war group called HOPI works for the BAe funded Aerospace Engineering department at Glasgow University . I put up a post last year that showed how a Libyan living in Ireland who has very close connections to the steering committee of the Irish Anti-War Movement is a CIA operative and that he had been in receipt of hundreds of thousands of euros from American intelligence agencies . This exposure of Mahdi al Harati made me a "mossad agent " according to the editorial board.
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These editors call me a pervert , and a Mossad agent because of the mention of the HOPI group’s associations with the arms giant BAe. Editors on this site who are members of HOPI always censor this information while other Indymedias such as Indymedia UK allow the comment to stand . The editorial board at Indymedia Ireland says that, by raising the matter of Hopi’s involvement with BAe , I am a pervert who is stalking Yassamine Mather , the head of HOPI referred to in the post . Editors say that I am a paid informer working on behalf of Israeli intelligence services to destroy the Indymedia Ireland site .Since the site archives and editorial lists have been put out of bounds by the editorial board - for three months now – individual editors have been able to hide comments of mine giving “Zionist” "pervert" etc as the excuse . Editors have demanded I identify myself despite the fact that posters are allwed anonymnity and despite the fact that editors themselves are mostly unknown to anybody other than themselves . I have written on a number of occasions to say that I am willing to answer any allegations made against me publicly . The anonymous editorial board will not even allow this offer of mine to appear on the site .

Once again I make the offer . I am willing to publicly answer the lying allegations of stalking Ms Mather's that are being levelled against me by her supporters on this site . These supporters include the same editorial board members that suppressed information coming to the site last year about the role western intelligence services played in setting up the Libyan National Council wageslave, pat corcoran, etc . I attempted to post this evidence several times here .These are the same editors who suppressed articles about the CIA funding of Mahdi-al Harati and his involvement with the IAWM that I posted here. The same editors who have been spamming the site with Islamophobia and recently with anti- christian sectarianism .The same editors that , shortly before the story of the police infiltrator Mark Kennedy/Stone broke, blocked the appearance of important information coming from the UK about police infiltration of the indymedia network . As part of the investigation into that infiltration it was revealed that police officers had been offering thousands of pounds to indymedia moderators who agreed to work with them .

author by wageslave - (personal capacity)publication date Thu Jun 07, 2012 17:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Tomeile comes here to try to create divisions among the various groups on the left and foment trouble with his lies. He has a specific agenda to try and cause problems on this site and such behaviour is in keeping with the actions of a paid provocateur.

For some reason, he seems to have particular problems with respected activist Yassimine Mather. This is based on the fact she works in a university which does some work for BAE. He tries to discredit Yassamine on a regular basis using this flimsy link. We do not wish to be a platform for this poisonous vendetta against a respected activist. Rightly so.

The stance of this site was clearly anti the libya invasion from early on and articles / comments by editors attest to this. Nobody here supported the Libyan actions.

The stance of this site is clearly against any invasion of Syria. Several editors posted comments and articles attempting to debunk the media lies about Syria.

We have no sympathies with people like madhi al harati who accept CIA money and put it in the hands of people who are trying to destabilise a country to further their own agenda and that of imperialists.

This site is happy to be a tool to assist in the outing of any known agent provocateur infiltrators in activist groups and our article documenting the mark stone case is clear evidence of this. We are happy to see REAL evidence of agent provocateurs posted here for all to see. However we won't publish divisive anonymous unsubstantiated smears without evidence. Rightly so.

A simple search of the indymedia newswire will corroborate my statements. Tomeile, posting here as "non-contrarian" is a devious internet snake and is not to be trusted. We have yet to ascertain his motives for relentlessly posting his poison here but we have our suspicions.

Our lack of patience with this poster stems from long experience of his bad behaviour on this site and his systematic and unpleasant personal attacks on individual volunteers here. Furthermore, this is an open publishing site. The public write and publish most of the articles here. To attribute ownership of them to members of the editorial collective is not correct. For example, the event on good friday highlighted by Tomeile was not posted by any editor. However Tomeile is well aware of this but chooses to distort the facts deliberately to try to cause trouble.

author by wageslave - (personal capacity)publication date Thu Jun 07, 2012 18:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Re: a few examples of articles onSyria :

Re: mark stone affair.
this is actually tomeile's own article which we featurised on our front page. Is that supression?? Tomeile was banned at the time but we still allowed this post to remain on our newswire, attracting quite a few comments..

Re: Libya, could these credibly be seen as pro libyan invasion? (Yeah, my ass they could!)

Re Madhi al harati:
again, tomeile's own article critical of IAWM / IPSC links to madhi al harati, clearly available for anyone to read on our newswire. This was left up despite tomeile being under a site ban at the time for trolling and repeatedly breaking our guidelines.

apologies if some images are not available due to current server issues. Hopefully these will all be restored when we have sufficient funding to restore our full site.

author by non-contrarianpublication date Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

In her defence of "respected activist" Yassmine Mather , editor wageslave yesterday made the assertion that my "behaviour" in trying to "split the left" is consistent with the modus operandi of a paid agent provocateur . My reply was censored . Here it is again

Yassamine Mather has worked for the Aerospace Engineering Department at Glasgow University for many years. This department is fully funded by the arms industry and the British Ministry of Defence arms procurement agencies as wageslave knows very well. I have posted plenty of evidence here on many occasions - again as Wageslave knows full well.

Wageslave says "we have our suspicions." as to why i have brought Ms mather's work record to the attention of Indymedia Ireland readers . You have told lies , not versed suspicions about my motivations Wageslave . Don't try to deny now that these "mossad agent" "pervert stalker " and "zionist troll" allegations were coming from yourself .

The editorial board hid the al harati story four times before it was eventually allowed to stand .You, Wageslave , personally hid an article about the Libyan National Council last year that showed that the council was a CIA front. I tried to post the Other Press article ten times before giving up. I sent many emails complaining about this including this one to the editorial board . They were always ignored with the banned author /sexual stalker/ tomeile smear used as an excuse .

Do you remember reading this last year ,Wageslave?

“Would Indymedia editors please address this issue . I have posted an article critical of IAWM support for the Libyan National Council ten times over the last week but moderators keep deleting the article and subsequent comments on other threads in which I raised the same points .Editor IMC Dalek has even gone so far as to lock one thread where I attempted to raise the matter . I have written to the editorial list to complain about this, but haven’t received any reply other than an automated one saying that my email had been received .

It seems like editors are using any excuse to censor information about the position taken by Ireland’s leading anti-war group in favour of the CIA-backed pro-war stooge regime of Mahmoud Jibril , which has appointed a long-time CIA collaborator , Khalifa Hifter , to head its military operations .At first my article gets deleted because it is too short , then on the grounds that I am “misrepresenting the position of the IAWM “. After I posted the exact words of the IAWM in support of the Libyan National Council , editor IMC Dalek comes up with the excuse that the post must be hidden because I am "a banned author"! Looking through the hidden article list I notice that another poster has had a comment removed for "misrepresentation of the Libyan rebels ". If editors applied the same dismal standards to posts about Ireland they would currently be deleting Shell to Sea posts because they misrepresent gardai sergeants.

*“The Transitional Interim National Council welcomes the UN Security Council resolution 1973 (2011), as well as the outcome of the Paris meeting held on 19th of March, 2011, and commends all efforts exerted to expedite the implementation of the resolution, especially with regards to the imposition of the No-Fly Zone and the aerial attacks against Qadhafi’s brigades…….”*From the *Transitional Interim National Council website **http://ntclibya.org/english/statement-resolution-1973/

Just because Indymedia editorial board members are supporting the CIA-backed Libyan National Council, it doesn't mean that those with an opposing viewpoint shouldn't be allowed to post on this site. As the right-wing media falls in behind the latest war for oil, Indymedia Ireland readers should at least have the right to be told that the Irish Anti-War Movement issued a statement last week in which it called for the Irish government to give official recognition to the Libyan Transitional National Council. For those who might think that this is a misrepresentation of the position taken by the IAWM, please see this link http://irishantiwar.org/node/1209 to the IAWM statement, which concludes with the following sentence.” We call on Ireland to recognise the Libyan Transitional National Council and call a halt to the NATO bombing.”


Please note the original title i gave to the article that was eventually allowed stand. The repost3 reference and intro editorial comment were deleted .
Story Title : CIA asset , Mahdi al-Harati
Comment Title : repost3 + ed com
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Below is a the text of an email I sent to the Indymedia Ireland editorial board on Friday concerning censorship of this thread , plus a repost of a comment I tried posting to the thread twice last week . It should be noted that editors who supported the NTC rebels during the course of the war censored this story three times before allowing it to appear on the site at all. As the person who posted the article originally ,I should be afforded at least as much rights on the thread as those who have written here in support of the CIA asset .
This comment got hidden again today on the grounds that it was a repost .It was first hidden because it was "repetition" , according to the hidereason given earlier in the week , but the comment had clearly referred toa news report from last week's Sunday World about reaction to the originalstory.The comment refers, for the first time on indymedia, to articles on theIAWM website that were written during the course of the Libyan war , whichpoint to IAWM support for the Nato-backed NTC. It also quotes a leading SWPmember who wrote an article on the IAWM site which argued that there wereextenuating circumstances for the gruesome way in which Gaddafy wasmurdered by the NTC. This was the first time that I have seen this quotefrom Eamonn McCann reproduced anywhere on the net , let alone on indymediaireland. Where was the repetition in the comment ?joe

The link to the Sunday World article in the report above no longer works . The archived story can be found here:http://www.sundayworld.com/columnists/index.php?aid=933....../p>;;

This week’s Sunday World reported that its website monitors had been “stunned” to see the huge hit rate in the middle of last week in response to the paper’s revelation of Mahdi al-Harati’s role as a CIA asset .

“Last week, our on-line site was inundated by 2,500 visits from Libya, more than 90 per cent of which were new visits. Bizarrely, hundreds also logged on for the first time from Tunisia, Germany and as far afield as Canada and Australia."

The news about the CIA agent doesn’t seem to have reached the SWP’s headquarters in Henrietta Street yet or the steering committee of the IAWM – a body on which the SWP has several leading members .The political implication of Ireland’s largest anti-war group calling on the government to support the NATO-backed LNC during the Libyan War should have been enough to raise serious questions about the IAWM’s role as any sort of an anti-war group . The fact that that the group has to date issued no statement about its prominent supporter displays a contemptuous disregard for the security –to say nothing about the future credibility- of its own members and supporters..

On March 28 the IAWM distributed a leaflet in support of the Libyan National Council which said that , if NATO seriously wanted to help the “rebels “ they could have :

”Sent arms directly to the rebels and dispatched anti-aircraft weaponry dropped weaponry and supplies to the rebels

Offered medical help and followed the example of many Libyan doctors in exile who hastened home to offer help to the injured.

United in recognising the Benghazi based National Council as the legitimate government of Libya.”

The CIA bag-man Mahdi al-Harati had until October 11 been the commander of the Qatari-trained Tripoli brigade , the NTC-aligned body that , under the protection of NATO air cover ,overwhelmed pro-Gaddafy forces in Libya’s capital last August .

A check of the IAWM’s website shows that ,in the period between its March statement endorsing the so-called rebels and a statement issued in August at the time of the siege of Tripoli there were no official communications from the IAWM regarding the terrible events taking place in Libya. There were no press releases , no meetings called , no protests or demonstrations in support of Libyan national rights or against NATO/NTC atrocities . Above all there was no mention of Mahdi al-Harati. During these five months there had been numerous reports of LNC forces committing the vilest acts - including the lynching of black people in areas that fell under their control. The NTC’s own website had since March been calling for , and had already by August received , massive amounts of aerial support from Nato war planes . There were many reports of the NTC working on the ground in close collaboration with NATO special forces such as the SAS . All through this period the IAWM stood by
its statement in support for the “rebels” , ignoring several calls to reconsider its position .

Rather than admit that the NTC was a NATO set-up , the IAWM produced another statement , on August 28, at the end of the siege of Tripoli , in which it welcomed “ the impending demise of the corrupt and despotic Gadaffi regime”. This same statement only “questioned” the democratic credentials of the National Transitional Council (NTC) claiming , “ we know little about the nature of the Transitional National Council” .This was despite the fact that five months previously the same anti-war organization had been advising Western governments that genuine support for he TNC would involve supplying them with weapons and handing them over billions of dollars from frozen Libyan funds.

In one striking paragraph , the IAWM statement maintains the fiction of NATO military support for the “Libyan people” , identifies the latter with the Nato-directed NTC lynch-mobs ,insinuates that healthy elements exist within the TNC –ones that have not been “selected” by Nato ; and even goes so far as to imply that there may be some long-term benefit for the “Libyan people “way down the list”.

“ It is clear that western leaders will be seeking a payback from the Libyan people for their military support. Negotiations with selected people in the TNC will be happening now and the long term benefit of the Libyan people will be way down the list.”

SWP supporters posting to this and other threads seem to be claiming that none of this concerns the SWP , but they should surely be aware of the amount of influence that the political party has on the IAWM . They should try to understand the concerns of long-standimg opponents of imperialist war at the IAWM’s capitulation to a NATO-controlled force . The IAWM site gave the SWP’s Eamon McCann space to argue in an article at the end of last month that there may have been mitigating circumstances for the brutal way in which Gaddaffy was murdered by the LNC in what the columnist in his headline for the article calls “ liberated Libya”.

“It may be a mitigating circumstance that the maiming and killing wasn't done in cold blood, but by fighters who had come through a welter of danger and may have been seized by frenzy at having Gaddafi in their clutches at last - unlike the controlled circumstances of the torture perpetrated by Gaddafi's goons on prisoners in bunkers far out of sight of television cameras

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Parent Story Title : CIA asset , Mahdi al-Harati
Comment Title : indymedia censorship
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By its censorship of posts to this thread the Indymedia Ireland editorial board is attempting to cover-up the role the leadership of the IAWM played in support of the NTC “rebels”. This pro-IAWM censorship started a long time ago . From the outset of the war ,the Indymedia editorial board deleted posts that exposed the nature of the CIA -backed Libyan National Council and the support they were receiving from the IAWM .

Here is a copy of an article by Patrick Martin that appeared on the World Socialist Website in March , which exposed the fact that the LNC had appointed a long-time CIA asset , Khalifa Hifter, to command its military forces . I attempted to post a link to to it on a number of occasions on this site. Each time it was censored.

28 March 2011
The Libyan National Council, the Benghazi-based group that speaks for the rebel forces fighting the Gaddafi regime, has appointed a long-time CIA collaborator to head its military operations. The selection of Khalifa Hifter, a former colonel in the Libyan army, was reported by McClatchy Newspapers Thursday and the new military chief was interviewed by a correspondent for ABC News on Sunday night.

Hifter’s arrival in Benghazi was first reported by Al Jazeera on March 14, followed by a flattering portrait in the virulently pro-war British tabloid the Daily Mail on March 19. The Daily Mail described Hifter as one of the “two military stars of the revolution” who “had recently returned from exile in America to lend the rebel ground forces some tactical coherence.” The newspaper did not refer to his CIA connections.

McClatchy Newspapers published a http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/03/26/111109/new-rebel-...sp;on Sunday. Headlined “New Rebel Leader Spent Much of Past 20 years in Suburban Virginia,” the article notes that he was once a top commander for the Gaddafi regime, until “a disastrous military adventure in Chad in the late 1980s.”

Hifter then went over to the anti-Gaddafi opposition, eventually emigrating to the United States, where he lived until two weeks ago when he returned to Libya to take command in Benghazi.

The McClatchy profile concluded, “Since coming to the United States in the early 1990s, Hifter lived in suburban Virginia outside Washington, DC.” It cited a friend who “said he was unsure exactly what Hifter did to support himself, and that Hifter primarily focused on helping his large family.”

To those who can read between the lines, this profile is a thinly disguised indication of Hifter’s role as a CIA operative. How else does a high-ranking former Libyan military commander enter the United States in the early 1990s, only a few years after the Lockerbie bombing, and then settle near the US capital, except with the permission and active assistance of US intelligence agencies? Hifter actually lived in Vienna, Virginia, about five miles from CIA headquarters in Langley, for two decades.

The agency was very familiar with Hifter’s military and political work. AWashington Post report of March 26, 1996 describes an armed rebellion against Gaddafi in Libya and uses a variant spelling of his name. The article cites witnesses to the rebellion who report that “its leader is Col. Khalifa Haftar, of a contra-style group based in the United States called the Libyan National Army.”

The comparison is to the “contra” terrorist forces financed and armed by the US government in the 1980s against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. The Iran-Contra scandal, which rocked the Reagan administration in 1986-87, involved the exposure of illegal US arms sales to Iran, with the proceeds used to finance the contras in defiance of a congressional ban. Congressional Democrats covered up the scandal and rejected calls to impeach Reagan for sponsoring the flagrantly illegal activities of a cabal of former intelligence operatives and White House aides.

A 2001 book, Manipulations africaines, published by Le Monde diplomatique, traces the CIA connection even further back, to 1987, reporting that Hifter, then a colonel in Gaddafi’s army, was captured fighting in Chad in a Libyan-backed rebellion against the US-backed government of Hissène Habré. He defected to the Libyan National Salvation Front (LNSF), the principal anti-Gaddafi group, which had the backing of the American CIA. He organized his own militia, which operated in Chad until Habré was overthrown by a French-supported rival, Idriss Déby, in 1990.

According to this book, “the Haftar force, created and financed by the CIA in Chad, vanished into thin air with the help of the CIA shortly after the government was overthrown by Idriss Déby.” The book also cites a Congressional Research Service report of December 19, 1996 that the US government was providing financial and military aid to the LNSF and that a number of LNSF members were relocated to the United States.

This information is available to anyone who conducts even a cursory Internet search, but it has not been reported by the corporate-controlled media in the United States, except in the dispatch from McClatchy, which avoids any reference to the CIA. None of the television networks, busily lauding the “freedom fighters” of eastern Libya, has bothered to report that these forces are now commanded by a longtime collaborator of US intelligence services.

Nor have the liberal and “left” enthusiasts of the US-European intervention in Libya taken note. They are too busy hailing the Obama administration for its multilateral and “consultative” approach to war, supposedly so different from the unilateral and “cowboy” approach of the Bush administration in Iraq. That the result is the same—death and destruction raining down on the population, the trampling of the sovereignty and independence of a former colonial country—means nothing to these apologists for imperialism.

The role of Hifter, aptly described 15 years ago as the leader of a “contra-style group,” demonstrates the real class forces at work in the Libyan tragedy. Whatever genuine popular opposition was expressed in the initial revolt against the corrupt Gaddafi dictatorship, the rebellion has been hijacked by imperialism.

The US and European intervention in Libya is aimed not at bringing “democracy” and “freedom,” but at installing in power stooges of the CIA who will rule just as brutally as Gaddafi, while allowing the imperialist powers to loot the country’s oil resources and use Libya as a base of operations against the popular revolts sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.

author by wageslave - (personal capacity)publication date Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors


you know full well that editorial comments are against indymedia guidelines, yet you persistently make them then use the fact that the posts get hidden to smear the editors on this site

You also know full well that the main reason you get banned is because of protracted personal attacks on editorial volunteers here. No site would put up with that sort of nonsense

Again you deliberately misrepresent our positions on libya etc. Exactly what is stopping us from hiding the rest of your posts if what you say is true? Explain why we have left so many of them up if we are all really as evil as you imply. The fact is we're not. We're just some people trying to keep a site going in the face of sabotage and trolling by people like yourself.

If you stuck to our guidelines instead of trying to damage and divide every left movement on the island with your divisive comments then we might view your contributions differently. But you refuse to.

Activist movements need constructive criticism as well, not just putting the boot in all the time. Grassroots movements are fragile and they make mistakes. You need to try to be supportive while delivering criticism. You aren't. Your posts are usually calculated to be poisonous, divisive and harmful.

You are destructive and poisonous and relish turning people on one another every chance you get. Thats why we view you with great suspicion.

Having read through your posts at length on a regular basis, I don't honestly believe you actually care much about the points you make, just the damage they may cause to various left movements, including this very site. Virtually everything you post here is undermining to some activist movement or other.

I challenge you to prove otherwise. When have you ever been supportive of an activist movement through your posts? It's always a case of "swp did this thing wrong" or "IAWM did this thing wrong" or "IPSC did something else wrong" or "some indymedia editor did x" or "some indymedia editor is y". Where are your posts pointing out what our class enemies are doing wrong?? Is it only activist movements and websites that are deserving of your attacks?? surely you are attacking the wrong people here Tom. Its the imperialists and right wing neo cons that are our class enemies. Not the flimsy grassroots movements on the left trying to fight back. Yet it seems it is only these movements that get the brunt of your attacks. Rather suspicious no? Yes these movements get things wrong from time to time as do we, but your approach is totally destructive.

Personally I tried to engage with you but you weren't really interested. You seemed more interested in trying to use the attempts at communication to cause further divisions. I have not personally referred to you as a pervert stalker or mossad agent. IMHO You're much too stupid to be a mossad agent!. I made honest attempts to resolve the "pervert" situation you refer to. However your own lack of proper engagement prevented any progress on the matter. You have only yourself to blame there.

Yes I have hidden some of your posts during periods of your bans. Thats what a ban is. You can't post ANYTHING, however good it may be when on a ban. And you were banned for persistently breaking our site rules. Rightly so. However I have also campaigned to allow some of your posts to remain up when others thought otherwise. You need to point that out too when you are attacking me on this point.

Given your persistent bad behaviour on this site, you are lucky you are allowed to post here at all. On any other site you'd be permanently banned. Yet if you post an interesting or informative factual article that is not just yet another cheap attack at an activist organisation in Ireland or another chapter in your obsessive campaign against yassamine mather or another attack on the volunteers that work on this site then the chances are we will still leave it up.

How's that for fairness? In contrast, one dodgy post can get you a lifetime ban on a site like P.ie.

Tom, you've made your points about SWP, IAWM, YM etc. We get it ok? Mistakes were made. Perhaps we can move on now please? How about something positive instead of just undermining these fragile movements with the same points all the time? Maybe try to tone down the relentless attacks undermining activist groups on the left who are just trying to campaign against what is wrong this world.

I mean we're all anti war, anti libyan invasion, anti Iranian invasion, anti syrian invasion, anti financial terrorist, anti arms sales etc etc. yes?

If so then surely we are on the same side yes? Lets see you attack the real murderers and sociopaths not the people desperately trying to fight against them on the same side as you. Otherwise you give us grounds to be very suspicious of your motives.

author by indyreaderpublication date Sat Jun 09, 2012 21:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

non-contrarian, it seems to me rather than blaming indymedia, you should join the SWP / IAWM and as a member, go along to their meetings and properly highlight your concerns directly with the groups themselves.

Might I also suggest that you'll catch more flies with honey rather than vinegar!!

author by Over The Edgepublication date Sun Jun 10, 2012 17:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Attached is the text of Clare Daly's speech at the launch of 'Mentioning the War' at the Irish Writers' Centre in Dublin on Wednesday.

Clare Daly speaking at Dublin launch of Mentioning the War
Clare Daly speaking at Dublin launch of Mentioning the War

PDF Document text of speech by Clare Daly T.D. at Dublin launch of Mentioning the War 0.17 Mb

author by venus - sbupublication date Tue Jun 12, 2012 15:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Thanks for bringing the thread back on subject . I just had a quick read of Clare's speech, which I found to be quite fair and not authoritarian in any way . Hopefully there is some reconciliation going on between the Galway bard and his former party ? I will respond to Ms Daly's speech later , but would like to add what I hope will be seen as a constructive comment on the other matter raised on this thread .

Websites will be legally obliged to provide victims with the identity of people who post abusive and defamatory online messages about them under plans outlined by the UK Government yesterday .

According to Sky News today , the plan would see internet service providers given greater protection from being sued if they help to identify trolls. As the law in both the UK and Ireland stands at the moment, website operators are liable for defamatory material that appears on their sites - even when they disagree with the content.

UK Justice Secretary , Ken Clarke said when introducing the UK anti- trolling plan yesterday ,

"Our proposed approach will mean that website operators have a defence against libel as long as they comply with a procedure to help identify the authors of allegedly defamatory material."
If an anti-trolling law was in operation in Ireland , it could be the way to deal with indymedia's resident troll .

author by Over The Edgepublication date Tue Jun 12, 2012 16:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Clare Daly launch speech now available on Irish Left Review

Related Link: http://www.irishleftreview.org/2012/06/12/speech-clare-daly-td-dublin-launch-kevin-higgins-mentioning-war/
author by tomeilewatchpublication date Tue Jun 12, 2012 17:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"If an anti-trolling law was in operation in Ireland , it could be the way to deal with indymedia's resident troll ."

very funny! considering it's coming from "indymedia's resident troll sbu"

author by JoeMcpublication date Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:28author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Wageslave says that I post editorial comments on the site knowing that this is not allowed. That is true, but she will also know that I have tried to bring my concerns to the editorial lists on many occasions only to have the board use scurrilous lies they invent about me to justify not responding to me.

As recently as February the Indymedia editorial board was censoring materials critical of the Free Syrian Army . In January the board censored comments that correctly linked the CIA asset and IAWM activist ,Mahdi al Harati , to atrocities committed by the Free Syrian Army . The ed board stood over the deletions of comments about al Harati’s role with the following accusation levelled by editor Mark Grehan against those that exposed the activities of Mahdi al Harati .

” It can be argued that the story was planted there to destroy the credibility of the Left in Ireland and groups like the IAWM and the IPSC. Certainly the story is being used this way,”

Grehan’s argument won the day on the editorial lists ; the IAWM and the Indymedia site got spared another bit of trolling- which, after all , was coming from somebody who was a notorious “stalker pervert” and “Mossad agent” .

The following item on wsws today reports on the agenda of the Free Syrian Army - of which the Libyan /Irish CIA asset Mahdi al Harati is a leading member - and whose bloody work the Indymedia Ireland editorial board has so stoutly defended :

Houla massacre carried out by Free Syrian Army, according to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

author by wageslave - (personal capacity)publication date Wed Jun 13, 2012 17:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

JoeMc / Tom, I'm glad you have posted information on madhi al harati.
But comments posted, however informative, while under a ban for persistently breaking our rules are immediately hidden. Hence previous hides.
Also, It is misleading to imply it was the information presented that resulted in the hides. It was more to do with the manner in which it was presented, who was doing the presenting and the perceived motivation for the comments.

You fail to mention who was arguing for leaving up your comments on madhi al harati on indymedia lists. It was actually myself. Rather strange behaviour coming from your nemesis eh Tom? However the other editor had a good point in that you seemed to be using the post to try to damage the Irish left, IAWM, IPSC etc., All very worthwhile endeavours in my book. Yes, Mistakes were made on Libya / Syria by some people involved in certain groups on the left who were taken in by the lies and media spin more than they should have been, and arguably they should have taken a more cynical line on what was going on, but then again, such is the nature of idealists that they sometimes naively believe that human nature can't possibly sink to the levels of nasty sociopathic behaviour that the US imperialists and their cronies / client states frequently do.
But I think they can be forgiven for this. It's indeed hard to accept that fellow humans can act in such underhand ways towards their fellow man. However unless you can offer hard evidence that particular groups have been infiltrated then you should desist from posting harmful smears. Such behaviour is divisive and destructive to fragile movements. Also, as another poster has suggested, you should actually join these groups and take these matters that seemingly concern you so much up at their meetings rather than just posting smears here

Thanks again for misrepresenting our position on Libya / Syria.
I'll spell it out one last time.
Nobody here supported an invasion in Libya and Nobody here supports an invasion in Syria nor the supply of arms to violent dissidents there by the US and client states nor the transport in and use of paid / mad jihadist armed mercenaries to destabilise any country to further the aims of imperialists.
We think people like Madhi Al Harati who assist the CIA agenda while posing as activists are despicable human beings. In general, we think all agent provocateurs and their handlers are despicable human beings and should be outed (but only if there is hard evidence)

Nobody moderating here works for this state or any other state. We are just volunteers here to offer an open publishing facility to the public so they can publish news stories on the web and get them read with minimal barriers, cost and effort.
Got it?

If you break our rules persistently and attack the volunteers here in a personal manner (as you have) then you will be banned and all your posts, good bad or otherwise will be hidden for the duration of the ban.
Got it?

Now why not join the fight against what's wrong in this world instead of relentlessly attacking those trying to do something about it Tom. If you genuinely care then please try to work with us to get the information out. And please stop these stupid bunfights and this useless vendetta against our site ok?

author by JoeMcpublication date Thu Jun 14, 2012 14:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Wageslave, I’ve told you before that I’m not making personal attacks on anybody here . But, no, I haven’t “got” your bourgeois reformulation of this site’s original revolutionary intent : from an activist site dedicated to “the passionate telling of the truth “ into “an open publishing facility to the public so they can publish news stories on the web and get them read with minimal barriers, cost and effort.” Also, for me, this is a serious ,on-the-record discussion between political enemies, and not a “bun fight” . Let’s keep that discussion in the third person as much as possible.

Since he was exposed as an agent of the CIA last year, the IAWM has not published anything about Mahdi al Harati on its site . A picture of the CIA asset appears in the video still on the IAWM’s home page and there are many other videos on the site that also promote him as a genuine supporter - a respected activist !- of the anti-war movement. The IAWM refuses to discuss the role Al Harati played within the group despite being pressed to do so by myself and others both publicly and in email corespondence . Did his influence on the movement influence the IAWM’s decision to support the Libyan rebels last year ? Did his supporters on the steering committee have access to IAWM membership lists? Wageslave thinks that raising such matters constitutes an “attack on the Irish left” , but these questions are of vital importance for the Irish left as a whole , as well as for the personal security of individual members of the IAWM.

My criticisms are not of “naïve mistakes” made by the IAWM. I insist that the group consciously supported the right-wing Islamist forces that overthrew the Gaddaffi regime : its steering committee knew that the NTC to which these groups owed allegiance had been set up and financed by the CIA . The IAWM supported the NTC knowing full well that its official spokespersons had called for Nato military intervention in Libya as far back as February and March, 2011. Instead of exposing and opposing the war plans of Nato and its proxies , the IAWM distributed leaflets that called on the Irish government to recognize the NTC and demanded that its militias be armed and financed from Libya’s oil revenue .

When I tried to point out on this site that the IAWM had demanded Libyan assets - frozen at the behest of the US and its supporters - be handed over to the NTC so that they could "buy heavy artillery ", my posts here were censored . I was accused by the editorial board of being a troll trying to smear the IAWM . All through the Nato war , the IAWM portrayed the NTC lynch-mobs who were doing Nato’s dirty work on the ground as “revolutionary fighters” valiantly fighting a “hated dictatorship”. The Indymedia Ireland editorial board functioned as part of the anti-Libya disinformation campaign by consistently preventing criticism of the IAWM position appearing on the site and using every dirty lie in the book they could throw at the opponents of the IAWM's line in order to do so . Editors who now defend the naïve idealism of the IAWM are in fact as much attempting to portray themselves as naïve idealists and not censors , slanderers , liars and disseminators of Nato’s filthy war propaganda.

Had the IAWM leadership been a group of “naïve idealists” they would surely have shamefully admitted that they had made a huge mistake over Libya once they saw the results of the Nato war there. But , even after numerous, verifiable reports appeared in the media of racist atrocities perpetrated by “rebel”” forces whenever they seized towns from pro-Gaddaffy forces, the IAWM steadfastly continued to refer to the overthrow of the Gaddaffy regime by these racist cut-throats as the “liberation of Libya” by “revolutionary forces” . The IAWM site attempted to justify the brutal murder of Col Gaddaffy – a hideous crime carried out by cowards operating under the guidance and protection of US gunships - by saying that the deed “wasn’t done in cold blood” . Naïve idealists ? No, conscious twisters and liars in the service of imperialist slaughter.

Wageslave now argues that the IAWM steering committee , and by extension the Indymedia editorial board , are “naïve idealists” who are “engaged in worthwhile endeavours” , but that they were somehow “taken in by the lies and media spin more than they should have been” But it was the IAWM itself and its backers on this site's editorial board that were doing the most important lying and media spinning on behalf of imperialism . The IAWM , an organization whose eponymous role is to oppose war , repeated the lies and spin of the capitalist media in regard to Libya . The only website in Ireland that had been expressly set up to counter the spin and lies of the warmongers and the corporate media is this one .Throughout the war on Libya , Indymedia Ireland’s editorial board played a sweeper role for the Irish Anti war Movement’s steering committee , deflecting and censoring all criticism of the “humanitarian “ hands-off-the-people-of-Libya line that was adopted by the IAWM . This hands-off-the-people line had been worked out previously in relation to Iran – imperialism’s ultimate target in the region. Search the IAWM website for any statement made by the group during the course of the Nato war that said “Hands Off Libya” and you will not find one .Search for a Hands Off Syria statement by the IAWM and you won’t find one . This is what you will get :

- Solidarity with the people of Syria demanding an end to Assad regime

- End the violent repression now

- Western backed intervention and proxy war against Iran is no solution

Search for a Hands off Iran statement and you won’t find one and never will on the IAWm site , because the line for the humanitarian left must be Hands Off the People of whichever country Nato has in its sights on . Who decides what constitutes”the people” of any of these historically oppressed nations ? Why , the historically nations’ historical oppressors of course - with the aid of their faithful , humanitarian left .At the end of the Nato war on Libya , as the Al Qaida flag was being raised over Benghazi , and as the torture , murder and mass expulsions of Libya’s Africans intensified, it was time for the IAWM to turn its attention to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria , where coincidentally Mahdi al Harati had turned up to defend the Syrian people . The naïve idealists of the group’s steering committee could hardly have been expected to know at the time that Syria was an important ally of Iran and the next country on the US State Department’s list for regime change .Could they?

author by wageslave - (personal capacity)publication date Thu Jun 14, 2012 17:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors


For the record:
I didn't support the invasion of Libya. I have never supported Arming opposition / invasion of Syria.
I do think IAWM membership has been naive in their positions on Libya
I would personally welcome a statement about the position taken on Libya, about Madhi al Harati and his involvement in irish activist groups, and about the IAWM position on Syria. Can I be any clearer than that?

I did NOT run interference for pro Libya invasion forces on this site. Why would I considering I personally disagreed totally with that position. That's illogical. I actually petitioned that some of your posts addressing these questions be left up. I even posted personally to highlight the disgusting NTC murder of Gadaffi

When I personally hid your posts on this site, I did it because you were banned and deliberately making trouble on our site, not because I differed in my views. Please stop misrepresenting my position on these matters. you have been given plenty of leeway on this site by the very people you persist in posting smears and lies about.

I don't see us as political enemies at all. I personally agree with much of what you say. however I also think that activist groups need some positive support as well as the constructive criticism. Your posts were just relentless attacks, which could be easily mistaken for something else. Something the warmongers might post. Or something someone setting out to deliberately divide / damage a troublesome movement encouraging demonstrations and causing trouble at the airport the US military are using might wish to do.

Perhaps your manner of posting is part of what's causing the problem here. Would you consider altering it a little to get your message across? A spoonful of sugar and all that. I don't see why you can't make exactly the same points in a more constructive reasonable way without getting everyone's back up, and without triggering a hide. Win win scenario no?. Surely it's getting your actual message out that matters, not getting a dig in at all and sundry.

author by Over The Edgepublication date Wed Nov 28, 2012 01:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Kevin Doyle reviews 'Mentioning the War: Essays & Reviews (1999-2011)' by Kevin Higgins in the current issue of The Irish Anarchist Review, the magazine of the Workers Solidarity Movement http://www.mentioningthewar.blogspot.ie/2012/11/irish-a....html

Irish Anarchist Review - issue no. 6
Irish Anarchist Review - issue no. 6

Related Link: http://www.mentioningthewar.blogspot.ie/2012/11/irish-anarchist-review-on-mentioning-war.html
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