Gadhafi Propaganda Passed Off As Global Research
When considering the adopted standards of the so-called academic discipline of “Globalization Studies”, it’s not only fair to wonder what, precisely, passes for research in this obscure corner of academia. It’s actually becoming deeply necessary.
In the days following a weeks-overdue military intervention in Libya – Canada has joined a coalition of countries imposing a UN-mandated no-fly zone – the usual suspects have come out to denounce the action. Operation Odyssey Dawn’s detractors declare it, as usual, to be an act of imperialism, and rush to report the unfolding atrocities.
Cue the Centre for Research on Globalization’s Madi Darius Nazemroaya. A self-described “multidisciplinary sociologist”, and former Ombudsman for the University of Ottawa’s Fulcrum newspaper.
To date, Nazemroaya has reported that French fighters jets – as many as five – have been shot down over Libya, that an Italian naval vessel has been sunk and sailors captured, and that the coalition has attacked Libyan hospitals.
His source for all of this? “Libyan sources”. Roughly translated, this basically means Libyan government sources.
What’s astoundingly ironic – or perhaps simply hypocritical, you be the judge – about this is that Nazemroaya dismisses mainstream media coverage of the Libyan action. He insists that the media presents a “biased and distorted picture of what is happening on the ground in Libya.”
So you can’t trust CNN, but apparently you can trust Muammar al-Gadhafi. He’s OK.
This is, of course, the same Gadhafi who ordered Libyan fighter jets to open fire on democratic protesters – the same democratic protesters that one would think Nazemroaya would believe to be part of a new pan-Arabism that will end Balkanization in the Middle East.
Yet Nazemroaya seems to have nothing at all to say about Gadhafi’s attack on peaceful protesters, instead focusing on dismissing the rebels as a US-backed front organization. Perhaps this is because Gadhafi’s cronies, while leading western reporters by the hand to see the freshly-dug graves of civilians killed during the coalition strikes, refuses to speak about the graves dug weeks ago for the peaceful democratic protesters his regime murdered in cold blood.
It’s wildly indicative of the moral bankruptcy of those taking the occasion of an airborne military intervention in Libya to carry water for the Gadhafi regime: taking the very same regime that claimed it was accepting a ceasefire, then continued its attack against rebel forces, at its word.
It all comes down to a startling lack of actual research. The mainstream media that Nazemroaya denounces as biased operates remarkably different from Nazemroaya himself. When the Libyan government claims they have shot down French fighter jets, reports make the news as “unconfirmed”, then reporters attempt to confirm it for themselves.
But that’s not how Nazemroaya operates. When the Libyan government claims they’ve shot down French fighter jets, Nazemroaya reports it as if it’s certainly so. When the Libyan government claims they’ve sunk an Italian naval ship, Nazemroaya reports it as true.
He makes no effort to confirm whether or not it’s true. Not at all like those who have reported on Gadhafi’s attacks on his own people, and mark incidents they cannot confirm as “unconfirmed”. That’s how a true professional does it.
But that would also be to assume that “Globalization studies” scholars are actual professional scholars. While they may ply their trade under the guise of academia, the non-existent academic and professional standards within the field reduce the discipline to nothing more than a propaganda arm of the far-left.
Most damning is that there has been nary a peep from Madi Darius Nazemroaya about Muammar al-Gadhafi’s regime brutalizing peaceful protesters. Perhaps it’s because the Gadhafi regime has had so little to say about it.
Patrick Ross is a Contributing Writer for The Propagandist