Some headlines from The Libya Herald.

The Libya Herald is an English language newspaper which has taken a generally pro-NATO intervention line. Indeed, until January 2013, the deputy editor was George Grant, who is – or perhaps was – ‘global security and terrorism director at The Henry Jackson Society’, a neo-Conservative/liberal interventionist thinktank that never saw a Western war or potential Western war in the MENA that it didn’t like.

I highlight this just to show that this isn’t a ‘paper that has any vested interested in playing up or exaggerating any negative aspects of life in Libya post the NATO intervention.

Anyway, here are some of their headlines from July alone:

Fourth bomb attack on Benghazi police station – three injured

Mortar attack misses Corinthia, hits OAP flat

Breaking News: Explosion near Tripoli Tower reported

Retired colonel assassinated in Derna

Airport Road quiet after clashes leave two dead and four injured

Military police targeted with coordinated car bombs

Second Benghazi booby-trap car killing in 12 days

Benghazi security patrol targeted by car-bomb

Benghazi Air Force Search and Rescue head assassinated

French consul and wife survive Benghazi gun attack unharmed

Hamid Al-Hassi injured in Benghazi attack – two companions die

If you relied on British and American corporate media for your news, and most people apparently do, you probably wouldn’t have much of an inkling about any of this, because they generally don’t report it. Concern about violence, repression and human rights abuses in Libya is, like, sooo 2011 (it rather curiously tailed off around about the time NATO stopped bombing the country). Which is one of the reasons why, perhaps, the myth of the ‘successful’ humanitarian intervention in Libya can continue to be propagated by elite opinion shapers, without a massive collective raspberry being blown in their faces.

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