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offsite link Another Clue Pointing to an American Origin of the Virus Thu Apr 25, 2024 14:18 | Will Jones
It's increasingly clear the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan. But could it have been made in the USA? Will Jones suggests the behaviour of the Chinese Government before and after the sequence was published gives us a clue.
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It is now in Prague where freedom of speech is tolerated, and it is in Britain where it is under assault, says ?t?pán Hobza. Sackings and character assassinations have proliferated in the 'cradle of liberalism'.
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Direct Democracy: The Libyan Experiment

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | other press author Thursday September 22, 2011 13:39author by An Draigneán Donn Report this post to the editors

Libya is not only a republic. Officially, it does not call itself a ‘Jumhuriya’. Instead, it is described as a ‘Jamahiriya’, meaning a republic with a system of direct democracy. Not too many non-Libyans are aware that this North African country, conquered several times in the past - and which lost thousands of its citizens, including the legendary hero Omar Mukhtar, as martyrs, to colonialism - has been experimenting since the late 1970s with a governmental policy and practice that enables it to credit its own society as being ahead of a number of Western regimes that have habitually claimed to be the cradle of democracy.

A very interesting article, which shows that the NATO attacks on Libya are an attack on the development of genuine democracy, i.e. Direct Democracy, and an attempt to regress Libya to the kind of representation scam we have in Europe, which negates democracy:

Direct democracy: The Libyan experiment

by Prof. Dr. Türkkaya ATAÖV

The General People’s Congress held its first meeting in 1976, and “People’s Authority” was declared to have been established in early 1977. Since then, the Libyans claim to have announced the dawn of the era of the masses, or popular direct authority, as the basis of their political system. The man on the street, as much as the elite, believes that that the people exercise their authority through the popular congresses, the people’s committees and other bodies, and ultimately through the General People’s Congress.

Libya conceptualizes sovereignty and democracy in a different way. It has created institutional arrangements to give practical effect to these concepts. These institutions function in their own prescribed way to implement the notions of sovereignty and democracy so conceived. Short answers to these questions should be as follows: The decisions taken and implemented should reflect the sovereign will of the whole people, and not that of any class, clan, fraction or individual; they should be implemented in a way which reflects the sovereign will of the whole, not any part of it. The people, locally and nationally, should participate directly in decision-making and in the implementation of decisions, and should use their right to control the results. Hence, direct rule, not representation.

Full article:

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Direct Democracy under attack     An DD    Thu Sep 22, 2011 13:43 
   Libyan Direct Democracy Explained     An DD    Thu Sep 22, 2011 18:38 
   NATO bombing the People's Meeting Halls     An DD    Mon Sep 26, 2011 16:24 
   Libya and the Left     SN    Mon Sep 26, 2011 18:27 
   Professors Paid by Qaddafi: Providing 'Positive Public Relations'     Jon Wiener    Mon Sep 26, 2011 18:40 
   Professors usually being paid by Somebody     An DD    Mon Sep 26, 2011 18:51 
   Double Standards     An DD    Mon Sep 26, 2011 19:02 
   SN     An DD    Mon Sep 26, 2011 19:06 
   DD     Poster    Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:05 
 10   Poster     An Draighneán Donn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:25 
 11   Chomsky     Poster    Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:41 
 12   Please stop trolling     An DD    Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:49 
 13   Evidence     Poster    Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:52 
 14   John Doe     An DD    Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:55 
 15   Trolling     An DD    Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:57 
 16   AN DD     Poster    Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:00 
 17   And now, lets get back to dicussing Direct Democracy     An DD    Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:10 
 18   "DD"     Poster    Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:18 
 19   I have every confidence that the readers of this site will make up their own minds     An DD    Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:20 
 20   Abuse     Poster    Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:22 
 21   Libyan Direct Democracy will be the back bone of the Resistance     An Draighneán Donn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:27 
 22   The truth is usually quite simple     An DD    Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:32 
 23   Article     Poster    Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:33 
 24   Direct Democracy had made great progress in Libya     An DD    Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:42 
 25   ?     Poster    Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:45 
 26   Unce you have tasted Direct Democracy...     An DD    Tue Sep 27, 2011 14:11 

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