US defence secretary Leon Panetta: war with Iran could have dangerous consequences.There is the further risk that incidents outside Iran - in the western Gulf emirates, in Iraq, involving Hizbollah in southern Lebanon, through Israeli actions, or by sheer mistake or misunderstanding - could spark uncontrollable conflict.
A series of developments - in Iraq, the United States and Iran itself - nudges the balance of calculation towards an attack on Tehran. The additional danger is that this could happen by inadvertence.
“How did America end up in that humiliating situation, where its presidential frontrunners are but a bunch of clowns who are always willing to dance to Israel’s favorite tune?”
“The Israelite history is invented and therefore the Zionists could have settled somewhere else than Palestine, Uganda for example, as Herzl had proposed at the Sixth Zionist Congress”
As of the year 2000, there were seven countries without a Rothschild-owned Central Bank. Then along came the convenient terror of 9-11 and soon Iraq and Afghanistan had been added to the list, leaving only five countries without a Central Bank owned by the Rothschild Family. We all know how fast the Central Bank of Benghazi was set up.
Introduction by Gilad Atzmon: Please read the following Haaretz report and ask yourself why does Israel need so many nuclear bombs? Why does it need ‘transcontinental missiles’? Why does the Jewish State think it terms of ‘second strike nuclear option’?
Moscow snubs calls for UN Security Council to take tougher stance on Syria as UN puts new death toll at 2,600 people. Russia has rejected Western calls for greater pressure on Syria over its violent crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad, in which the United Nations said 2,600 people have been killed. On Monday, a day after France described the lack of a firm UN stance against Damascus as a "scandal", Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, said recent US and European sanctions on Syria meant "additional pressure now is absolutely not needed in this direction".
A joint congressional investigation into US government contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan confirms that the US occupation of the two countries has been a bonanza for corporate military contractors, with waste and fraud estimated as high as $60 billion.
Ten years after September 11th, human rights flounder in the United States but flourish in the Middle East. Since September 11th, the United States and the Arab world have traveled a treacherous road together. Where they have arrived after ten years sets them apart. In the US, the embrace of human rights as a defining value and ideal worthy of considerable sacrifice is gradually fading, while the Arab world is in the midst of a rights revolution.
The CIA claims that there has been not one "non-combatant" killed in the past year. This claim always seemed to be biased advocacy rather than honest fact. Indeed, the Guardian recently published some of the pictures we have obtained of the aftermath of drone strikes. There were photos of a child called Naeem Ullah killed in Datta Khel and two kids in Piranho, both within the time-frame of the CIA's dubious declaration. The BIJ reporting begins to fill in the actual numbers. It's a bleak view: more people killed than previously thought, including an estimated 160 children overall.
At least 142 people reportedly killed in violence throughout the country, a day ahead of the start of Ramadan. Syrian forces have killed nearly 142 people, including at least 100 when the army stormed the flashpoint protest city of Hama to crush dissent on the eve of Ramadan, activists have said.
If you want to understand the impact of the "war on terror" on America's ally, Pakistan, look no further than Noor Behram's photographs which show, he says, collateral damage as a result of US drone strikes in the tribal area. Behram, who is from Waziristan, has spent the past four years interviewing survivors of drone attacks, shooting video footage and close-up stills of the damage. The photographs – part of a new London exhibition – are gruesome.
According to German expert Jürgen Cain Külbel, the Israeli Mossad is involved in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. “Once the billionaire PM Rafik Hariri moves inside Beirut, everybody takes note of it. His limousine is equipped with a device able to foil any assassination attempt via booby-trapped car. Mobile phones are disrupted in the area near the convoy, .. Whenever he leaves his house, his guards carry out car patrols in the streets for camouflage.”
Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair unloaded on the White House Thursday evening, strongly criticizing the administration’s reliance on U.S.-directed drone strikes and saying officials have failed to implement the lessons of Sept. 11 by backing away from efforts to integrate the intelligence community.
At least 27 deaths reported in Damascus, Idlib and other cities on a day of massive anti-government demonstrations. As many as 27 protesters have been killed across Syria after security forces reportedly shot at protesters, hundreds of thousands of whom took to the streets in the biggest protests so far against Bashar al-Assad's rule. Police fired live ammunition and teargas in the capital Damascus, killing five people, and in southern Syria near the Jordanian border, where four people were killed, the Reuters news agency said quoting witnessess and activists.
Favourable attitudes have fallen nine per cent over the past two years in key Middle Eastern countries, new survey says. Arabs have been disappointed that the reality of US foreign policy has not matched Obama's rhetoric. The United States' popularity in the Arab world has plummeted to levels lower than the last year of the George W Bush administration, according to a new survey of public opinion in six Arab countries released in Washington on Wednesday. The "Arab Attitudes" survey found that favourable ratings of the United States have fallen by nine per cent or more in Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the past two years.
The United States is rejecting demands from Pakistani officials that American personnel abandon a military base used by the CIA to stage drone strikes against suspected militants, U.S. officials told Reuters. U.S. personnel have not left the remote Pakistani military installation known as Shamsi Air Base and there is no plan for them to do so, said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, who asked for anonymity to discuss sensitive material.
Defence minister says Americans told to leave base from where they are alleged to have launched drone strikes. Pakistan has stopped the United States from using an air base in the southwest of the country which it is alleged to have used to launch controversial drone strikes, according to the country's defence minister. Ahmed Mukhtar told journalists on Wednesday that US officials had been told to leave the Shamsi base in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, Pakistani state media reported.
Noam Chomsky is one of the major intellectuals of our time. The eighty-two-year-old American linguist, philosopher and activist is a severe critic of US foreign and economic policy. Ceyda Nurtsch talked to him about the Arabic spring in its global context.
They Made The Whole Thing Up The real Osama bin Laden was someone few Americans knew anything about. He knew nothing of Al Qaeda, never planned 9/11, never advocated terrorism, not once, but he did make enemies. Bin Laden, in 2001, believed Israel would push the US into a war across the Middle East, a war that would go on for years.
It is unconscionable that Arab regimes remain silent and impotent as Bashar Al-Assad slaughters his own people. Hair-raising reports that keep coming out from Syria speak of the Syrian army, whose raison d’etre is to protect the country from external aggression, ganging up on Syrian population centers one after the other, using T-72 tanks, helicopter gunships and other lethal weaponry that would be used in real war between armies.
By Timothy V. Gatto
The pro-democracy movement in Bahrain that was met with beatings and outright murder by the Bahraini monarchy has been declared “over, with a return to normalcy” by the government. Continuing with its autocratic ways, they continue to “disappear” people that led to the pro-democracy movement. Even though the western press covers this as ‘sectarian strife”, the movement has both Shia and Sunni Bahraini’s involved. The “Iranian involvement” hinted at by Barack Obama hasn’t been seen from reports of journalists on the ground in that tiny country that houses the U.S. 5th Fleet. The promises of a dialogue with the protestors are a “hollow empty restricted dialogue” according to Finian Cunningham, a journalist who is currently in Bahrain. He says that “The opposition will not be welcomed into the dialogue”. Since over 200,000 Bahrainis’ took to the streets to protest strict autocratic rule, out of a nation of only 800,000, that is a third of the country! The west is trying to cast the democracy movement in Bahrain as a sectarian issue between the minority Sunni’s which rule the nation, and the majority Shia. While the movement does have a Shia majority, that is only because 65% of the population are Shia. Americans should be asking their government what their policies towards democracies and fledgling democratic movements in the Middle East really are. We are practically involved in a full-fledged war in Libya, supporting a movement that we know nothing of. Meanwhile we are carrying out military missions that are quite beyond the scope of what the UN approved (meanwhile Congress wasn’t even consulted, and that is an impeachable offense). The World body gave the U.S. and the other NATO powers no authorization to target Gadhafi family homes or to escalate the violence by launching military missions against the Libyan government troops. We seem to be a nation gone mad with military power. It seems as if Obama was cut from the same cloth as George W. Bush. When the American people voted for “change”, that wasn’t a plea to change the venue of the latest war. With an economy in shambles and a nation that is on the balls of its ass, should we be spending money trying to remake the world into our image? Only time will tell.
This month, in the Middle East, has seen the unmaking of the President of the United States. More than that, it has witnessed the lowest prestige of America in the region since Roosevelt met King Abdul Aziz on the USS Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake in 1945. While Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu played out their farce in Washington – Obama grovelling as usual – the Arabs got on with the serious business of changing their world, demonstrating and fighting and dying for freedoms they have never possessed.
At least six soldiers ambushed in Zinjibar hours after security forces opened fire on protesters in Taiz, killing 20. At least six Yemeni soldiers have been killed and dozens injured in an apparent ambush as they travelled to Zinjibar, a southern city reportedly under the control of al-Qaeda fighters, a security official has said. According to residents, Yemeni warplanes later targeted positions held by the fighters. Earlier on Sunday, residents spoke of up to 300 fighters entering Zinjibar and taking over "everything". The fighters were alleged to be al-Qaeda members.
In a column three months ago (“Egypt: Let the Looting Begin,” Feb. 4), I suggested that was really going on in Egypt was somewhat different from the official narrative. In quite a few of the “people power” revolutions in recent years — no matter how sincere the people on the streets — it turned out that there were attempts to orchestrate things by people behind the scenes, for whom “people power” was the very last thing on the agenda. In that column I reported that Frank Wisner — a veteran spook, described by Vijay Prashad at Counterpunch as a “bagman of empire,” was Obama’s man on the ground. Wisner, a former Director at AIG and Enron with longstanding family ties to the OSS and CIA, had previously been involved in drafting the Bush administration’s postwar blueprint for Iraq.
Saudi Arabia, the oil rich kingdom that is the birthplace and former home of Osama bin Laden, has staved off the widespread popular protests that have swept across the region since January. The country’s oil-rich Eastern Province, bordering Bahrain, has witnessed protests from the minority Shia Muslim population.
Barack Obama, who pledged to restore ethical honor to the White House after the Bush years, is now burying himself under an active volcano of lies, mostly but not exclusively concerning the assassination of Osama bin Laden. There was scarcely a sentence in the President's Sunday night address, or in the subsequent briefing by John Brennan, his chief counter-terrorism coordinator, that has not been subsequently retracted by CIA director Leon Panetta or the White House press spokesman, Jay Carney, or by various documentary records.
A U.S. drone strike in Yemen Thursday was aimed at killing Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks in the U.S, but the missile missed its target, according to Yemeni and U.S. officials.
What does the assassination of Osama Bin Laden have in common with Guantanamo Bay? They're both intended to send a message that the United States has sunk deeper into savagery and abandoned any commitment to conventional norms of behavior. That's the message, and we hear it "loud and clear".
For us, the death of Osama Bin Laden is a time of profound reflection. With his death, we remember and mourn all the lives lost on September 11. We remember and mourn all the lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan. We remember and mourn the death of our soldiers. And we say, as we have been saying for the past nine years, “Enough.”
I just read the news that Moammar Gadaffi’s son and three grandchildren were killed by a NATO missile strike. Notice that the wording said “NATO,” so no one country can be blamed at this point, however, I would not be remiss in thinking it was a US piece of hardware. This is another accolade for the US and its partners in genocide in which it can add another few names to the family members of adversaries killed in the past three decades. The best term I can think of them for performing such acts is “fucking degenerates.”
A Bahraini military court has sentenced four Shia protesters to death and three to life jail terms for the killing of two policemen during demonstrations last month, state media has reported. Thursday's verdicts are the first related to the uprising against the Gulf kingdom's ruling family, which begain in February. The seven defendants were tried behind closed doors on charges of premeditated murder of government employees, which their lawyers have denied.
The war in Afghanistan was planned long before 9/11, that war and Iraq too, wars were planned we haven’t even started yet and certainly will never live to finish. War is a business and creating war, manufacturing reasons for war including staging acts of terrorism and promoting worldwide strife is seen by “insiders” as “business as usual.”
Moscow has harshly rebuked the latest NATO attack against forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, saying that the Western military bloc has given the militant opposition “dangerous ideas,” while stoking the flames of unrest elsewhere. NATO forces have unleashed a powerful missile attack on Tripoli, the Libyan capital, in the latest sign that the coalition has ignored its UN mandate to “protect civilians” and has chosen instead to take sides in the revolt.
It may not have been Stalag Luft III, but the escape from Sarpoza prison in Kandahar was pretty ingenious. Officials at Afghanistan's Kandahar prison show the tunnel through which 480 prisoners, including Taliban commanders, escaped Link to. Kandahar's prison may not be Stalag Luft III but in terms of ingenuity, organisation and sheer cunning the successful break-out by at least 480 Taliban prisoners in the early hours of Monday morning rivals anything pulled off by British POWs in the infamous German prison camp.
Syria has intensified its massive crackdown on demonstrators, despite the lifting of emergency rule last week that banned demonstrations. Al Jazeera reports thousands of troops backed with tanks have swept into the southern city of Daraa, where a curfew is in place, setting up snipers on rooftops and killing at least 20 people. Government security forces have also stormed the large Damascus suburb of Douma. These latest developments follow protests on Friday that ended with more than 100 people killed in the deadliest day since the uprising began. We go to Syria to speak to Rula Amin of Al Jazeera and Razan Zaitouneh, human rights lawyer and activist.
How the revolutions spreading across the Middle East may well mark the beginning of the end for American global power. Sign up to stay up to date on the latest World headlines via email. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here. In one of history’s lucky accidents, the juxtaposition of two extraordinary events has stripped the architecture of American global power bare for all to see.
If rebels start using violence, as has happened in Libya, then decades of turmoil could follow, professor argues. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said revolutions in the Arab world could be just a "mirage in the desert". Reading the chronicle of the violence and death that have blanketed the western Libyan port city of Misurata during the last week, I couldn't help thinking of a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1967 classic, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
Unnamed US military official says drone programme will proceed with both sides to determine the way forward. The US will maintain its drone programme in Pakistan but the way forward will be determined by both sides, an unnamed US military official has said. The issue has been a bone of contention between the two nations, with some Pakistani officials calling for sharp cuts in drone attacks. "The [programme] is something that we have said we go ahead on. The question is how," the official said on condition of anonymity.
The French and Italian governments said Wednesday that they would join Britain in sending a small number of military liaison officers to support the ragtag rebel army in Libya, offering a diplomatic boost for the insurgent leader, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, as he met with President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.
Pro Gaddafi Soldiers who surrender have been Executed by Rebels in Cold Blood ! Blindfolded, hog-tied, beat, Executed, Hung, beheaded, put on fire, had their bodies mutiliated, and in one documented case a Soldier had his heart cut out of his chest when he proclaimed that his "heart is for Gaddafi" and the rebel took a bite out of the heart. In Misrata the Rebels burned some soldiers and then waved and danced around with the charred remains of their corpses. This is incredible but true facts of the kind of people that comprise the bulk of the benghazi terror gangs, aka "Opposition" forces.
It still amazes that ordinary people are so much smarter than the people placed in charge of them. Anyone could have told the UN when the deliberations were being held exactly what the aims of the US/UK and France were in the demand to establish a no fly zone over Libya. Your ordinary citizen knew it was just going to be an excuse to pound the living daylights out of the place, while the military and the freaks supporting them have orgasms at the scenes of destruction. Your ordinary citizen knew it was to regain colonial domination over the region and to steal the country's rich plethora of resources.
Since the Gulf soldiers came to Bahrain, life in the Shia villages and suburbs of the capital, Manama, has been non-stop intimidation, violence and threats. Even trying to move around in normal ways has become life-threatening. They are trying to beat down the opposition with a long campaign against us.
Foreign ministers from all 28 NATO countries met in Berlin on Thursday in an atmosphere of growing tension and recriminations between alliance states. The main issue to be discussed at the two-day summit is the NATO led war in Libya. The UK and France are exerting pressure on other NATO countries to take part in the military campaign and in particular provide fighter planes to strengthen the NATO offensive on behalf of the Libyan rebel opposition.
The US carried out drone missiles attacks near the village of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan, on Wednesday—killing seven people, wounding half a dozen more, and sending a clear message to Pakistan’s government and people that it intends to continue violating Pakistani sovereignty and summarily executing people at will.
While Obama talks of saving civilians in Libya, information about innocents killed by U.S. drones is kept secret. April 11, 2011 "Salon" -- The big focus of the Obama administration in the last week has been, in President Obama's words, "to stop the violence against civilians." That's in Libya, of course, where Moammar Gadhafi was threatening to quell a rebellion based in Benghazi. In this context, it's particularly striking to read the news from the ACLU -- which has been waging a legal battle to wring information from the government about American drone strikes -- that the military doesn't even keep a tally of civilian deaths caused by drones:
Demands: Embassy Closure and Withdrawal from The Camp David Accords in Wake of Renewed Attacks on Gaza. “Just when the Palestinians in Gaza thought they were facing this new Israeli attacks alone and with their backs against the wall, they found out they forgot, over the years, that they had brothers in Egypt who are willing not only to accompany them in their struggle against Israel but to protect their backs as well”
Protesters retake iconic square, hours after security forces moved in to break up crowd demanding Mubarak's trial. Hundreds of protesters demanding that Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, be put on trial for alleged corruption, have retaken Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, hours after security forces attempted to disperse them.
TThe celebrations of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Italian unification in March, 2011, were overshadowed by the crisis in Libya. Coinciding with Italy's birthday, Silvio Berlusconi's government decided to make seven air bases available to NATO allies for the bombing of Colonel Gaddafi's forces. By coincidence, this was one hundred years since the Italians invented aerial bombardment and initiated its practice precisely over Libya. A century later, the bomber returns to the scene of its bloody birth. Clio seems to take a perverse enjoyment in ensuring that history repeats itself, first acting as imperialism then as humanitarian intervention, without even needing to change the stage-set.
Russia is different. The Americans, the British, the French by and large approve of their forces’ Libya bombing spree (yes, some doubt whether it’s good value for their tax money). The Russians are flatly against it, without ifs and buts. The Russian Ambassador in Tripoli Vladimir Chamov came back to hero welcome in Moscow. President Dmitri Medvedev dismissed him publicly after the Ambassador had sent him a cable. In the five-points cable leaked to the press, the Ambassador called Medvedev’s response to Libya crisis “betrayal of Russian national interests”. (Later, the two sides climbed down a bit: the Foreign Office said Chamov was not “fired”, just “called back” from Tripoli, and that he retains his ambassadorial rank and salary, while Chamov denies he used the word “betrayal”.)
The rhetoric of resistance no longer conceals the repressive policies of the Syrian regime.
Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, insists on believing that his support for the ''resistance against Israel'' distinguishes his regime from others in the region and, therefore, makes it immune to the revolutions that have brought down pro-Western presidents in Tunisia and Egypt. His support for Hamas and Hezbollah may make the Syrian president more popular among Arabs, but he is engaged in dangerous delusions if he thinks this makes the killings of peaceful Syrian protesters less reprehensible.
Rebel source tells Al Jazeera about training offered by US and Egyptian special forces in eastern Libya. US and Egyptian special forces have reportedly been providing covert training to rebel fighters in the battle for Libya, Al Jazeera has been told. An unnamed rebel source related how he had undergone training in military techniques at a "secret facility" in eastern Libya. He told our correspondent Laurence Lee, reporting from the rebel-stronghold of Benghazi, that he was sent to fire Katyusha rockets but was given a simple, unguided version of the rocket instead.
Fmr. CIA Analyst Michael Scheuer Laughs at CNN Host - "You're Just Carrying the Water for Mr. Obama." The Former CIA Counter-terrorism analyst Michael Scheuer strongly opposed the Obama's administration actions in Libya on CNN this morning. Scheuer believes that there isn't a strong case for America's intervention especially at a time when the country hasn't even recovered from the recession. Also, Scheuer had doubts if the rebels that we are arming would really be any better than the Gadaffi regime: "I'm not sure that that the opposition, if it takes power, is going to be much better than was Gadaffi." Moreover, Scheuer argues that the US involvement in Libya would serve as a recruitment tool for extremists. "In the muslim world, this is Americans killing Muslims again, and it looks like its for oil."
The former Soviet state of Uzbekistan has become an important ally for both the US and NATO; its border with Afghanistan providing an invaluable supply route for the West's war on the Taliban. But its government, led by Islam Karimov, the country's president, has a dreadful human rights record. It is a country where political and religious expression is heavily restricted, and where security services allegedly use torture and murder indiscriminately. Thousands of Uzbeks have fled abroad - a few to Europe or the US, the majority to neighbouring countries in Central Asia. Mostly practising Muslims, they seek sanctuary from the violence and a chance to live in peace. ►President Karimov of Uzbekistan, Boils People Alive ►US Money Funding Uzbeki Torture Chambers ►Evidence of Karimov’s Crimes – and CIA Participation
Syria's president addressed the nation to appease growing protests - but his words failed to ease Syrian anger. They laughed when he laughed. Their hearts raced in anticipation, not over those much heralded reforms which failed to materialise - "Weren't emergency laws abolished last week anyway?' asked one - but over the excitement and grandeur of the occasion: the packed parliament, the crowds of cheering supporters and, of course, President Bashar al-Assad himself. "He is a very good man, he is very strong," said one of the young women, watching on the TV of a café in the wealthy Shaalan area of Damascus as Syria's president prepared to make his first speech to the nation in the wake of unprecedented protests against the 40-year rule of his family.
Ever since the rebel opposition forces in Libya have taken control of the cities, there have been reports that have surfaced regarding torture, racial violence and repression. Coming across some recent articles regarding Benghazi, the last rebel stronghold in Libya, I can’t say that I’m amazed at the police state that they have designed and who is in power in Benghazi. It was no doubt a complete error on the part of so-called “progressives” to take the side of these rebel forces (never mind those who hailed them as “revolutionaries”).
Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime. Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters "are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists," but added that the "members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader".
Rebels claim to have reached oil port town, while Gaddafi's guns fell silent in Misurata after coalition strikes. Libyan rebels are advancing westwards after recapturing the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiya from government controls with the help of coalition air strikes. Reports late on Saturday suggested rebels had already pressed onto the key oil-port town of Brega, 80 kilometres to the west. "We are in the centre of Brega," Abdelsalam al-Maadani, a rebel fighter, told the AFP news agency by telephone. But Reuters said rebels were only on the outskirts of Brega. Al Jazeera's James Bays, who reached Ajdabiya on Saturday, said that while it appeared that rebels had taken over the town of Brega, it remained unclear who controlled the nearby oil port.
The ongoing bombing of Libya by the US and its European allies has provoked increasingly strident criticisms from Russia and China. While pointing to the underlying American and European strategic interests involved, the objections are not driven by any genuine humanitarian concern or principled opposition to neo-colonial war. Rather Moscow and Beijing are concerned that Washington is once again using its military might to advance its strategic ambitions at their expense.
Air strikes by French, British and American warplanes continued to expand in Libya Thursday, but despite the massive firepower deployed by the imperialist powers against the forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, anti-Gaddafi rebels remained stalemated in the ground warfare. The air strikes were supplemented by more than a dozen cruise missiles, launched by US warships in the Mediterranean Sea, each of them delivering a warhead of as much as 2000 pounds.
Two documents suggest northeast Libya, centre of rebellion, is an al-Qaeda hotspot. The war on Libya now being waged by the US, Britain and France must surely rank as one of the stupidest martial enterprises, smaller in scale to be sure, since Napoleon took it into his head to invade Russia in 1812.
In the lead-up to the 2012 Russian presidential election, conflict has erupted within the Russian ruling tandem over Libya, but can it dent Putin’s seemingly unassailable position? A long-awaited event has at last come to pass on the Russian political scene. Putin and Medvedev have crossed swords, and it was over Muammar Gaddafi.
US troops opened fire on Libyan villagers in an operation to rescue two jet fighter crew after their warplane crashed in the east of the country, according to a British report. World power is being devided among China, India, Brazil and Israel and the US president has been in Brazil with his family during critical periods of the deadly release of radio active particles over the Pacific and the beginning of bombing operations putting tons of depleted uranium in Libya. Why the Rothschilds Do It.
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Ministers admitted yesterday that they have no idea how long the military operation against Colonel Gaddafi could take.
As we sink into yet another war we clearly see that no matter what the consequences the US, UK and other NATO forces are increasing their activity overhead Libya all in the name of “Geo Poltics & Oil.” Up to yesterday it was estimated that around 140 cruise missiles alone have been fired off in Libya which basically means that over 50,400 kg’s of depleted uranium has been dumped in the atmosphere over Libya.
Government troops pound western city of Misurata after a third night of air strikes on Tripoli by coalition warplanes. The opposition remains defiant, saying it would not negotiate with Gaddafi to end the violence. Forces loyal to longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have shelled Misurata, pressing their siege of the embattled western city. Four children were killed in the shelling on Tuesday, a resident named Mohammed Ahmed told the Reuters news agency. The children were killed while trying to flee their home, a rebel spokesman told Al Jazeera. Gaddafi's regime has encircled Misurata for days, bringing in tanks and stationing snipers on rooftops, in an attempt to choke off one of the only cities in the west where a strong rebel presence remains. Shelling there killed at least 40 people on Monday, Ahmed said.
Libyan leader says air raids amount to terrorism and vows to "equip people against aggressors". Less than 24 hours after an international coalition launched air attacks on his forces, Muammar Gaddafi, the longtime Libyan leader, responded pugnaciously, vowing to defeat foreigners who he said had no right to interfere in the north African nation's internal affairs.
Why didn't the UN attack Israel for their latest genocidal atrocity on Gaza, code named "cast lead" where they knowingly and deliberately attacked an unarmed,unprotected civilian population with modern battlefield weaponry e.g. fighter jets,tanks,missiles,machine guns,rockets,phosphorous (which is also banned under UN resolution) or when they invaded an unarmed supply ship in international waters, which is basically piracy and also illegal,not to mention the murders they did on that ship.
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Zionists are using America as their golem. Hitler is on the march again, but it's Zionists using America as proxy. They destroy country after country for more Zog power...
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Late today US and British cruise missiles joined with French and other NATO combat aircraft in Operation Odyssey Dawn/Operation Ellamy, a neo-imperialist bombing attack under fake humanitarian cover against the sovereign state of Libya. Acting under UN Security Council resolution 1973, US naval forces in the Mediterranean on Saturday night local time fired 112 cruise missiles at targets which the Pentagon claimed were related to Libya’s air defense system. But Mohammed al-Zawi, the Secretary General of the Libyan Parliament, told a Tripoli press conference that the “barbaric armed attack” and “savage aggression” had hit residential areas and office buildings as well as military targets, filling the hospitals of Tripoli and Misurata with civilian victims. Zawi accused the foreign powers of acting to protect a rebel leadership which contains notorious terrorist elements. The Libyan government repeated its request for the UN to send international observers to report objectively on events in Libya.
Following the US-lobbied UN authorization of military murder in Libya, the death-dealing regime of Colonel Gaddafi said immediately that it would stop all killing. That put Obama’s war on hold, for a little while. The crazy Colonel has learned a thing or two about American foreign policy. If you pretend to favor the stated goals of the empire and comply with its stated dictates, you can otherwise do what every government in the world is structured to do: stay in power at all costs.
Death toll rises as live rounds used in increasingly violent crackdown on nationwide protests. Yemeni anti-government demonstrators were attacked by government forces, killing 45. Yasir Saeed was the first casualty dragged into the mosque. Blood was still trickling from the gaping bullet wound in the back of the 32-year-old English teacher's head as doctors lowered his mangled body on to a blanket, muttering a short prayer before closing the lids of his eyes.
It's a great thing that the Obama Administration has resisted calls for unilateral U.S. military action in Libya, and instead is working through the United Nations Security Council, as it is required to do by the United Nations Charter.
Recent mutterings in the western corridors of power for an intervention in Libya are now gradually being translated into a potential reality. When the whispering started, there was doubt if the Arab world would endorse the idea. After all, most Arab countries are still ruled by dictators: if they endorsed a military intervention against Gaddafi, sooner or later wouldn’t they find themselves a victim of the same precedent?
Egyptians go to the polls Saturday to vote on a package of constitutional amendments which, in some ways, mirrors the longtime demands of the Egyptian opposition.
"Information Clearing House" --Just hours ago, the UN Security Council led by the US has backed the use of "all necessary measures" against the oil rich country of Libya--including no fly zones. The UN once again proves to be a toady of the hegemon and the globalists who want to drain this planet dry of every drop of crude oil at any and all costs to the native populations of the countries that have the misfortune to be on top of vast reserves of crude oil.
US president says "military action" will be used if Libyan leader fails to implement terms of UN resolution. "Let me be clear: These terms [in the resolution] are not negotiable," said Obama. "These terms are not subject to negotiation. If Gaddafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. The resolution will be enforced through military action."
Although U.S. officials condemned Bahrain’s use of deadly force against unarmed protestors on Wednesday, experts say the Obama administration is reticent to support the people because the Bahraini monarchy best serves U.S. regional interests. Critics accuse the U.S. of employing a double-standard – reluctant to oust the monarchy in Bahrain but more than willing to encourage Libyans to topple Moammar Gaddafi.
Libyan leader warns the people of Benghazi his army is coming with full force and there will be "no mercy". Air strikes have been reported from the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, and fierce clashes elsewhere, as forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continued their offensive against opposition forces. In a radio address on Thursday, Gaddafi called pro-democracy fighters in Benghazi "armed gangsters" and urged residents to attack them.
CIA contractor and former Blackwater employee Raymond Davis flees Pakistan after killing two men in a murky mission. Raymond Davis killed two Pakistanis, enraging many in a country already suspicious of US intervention. The case of Raymond Davis has all the trappings of a 21st century spy novel. It is a story of murder, prison and clandestine payments, starring a burly former US Special Forces soldier tangled in a murky web of intelligence agencies, competing diplomats and – differentiating his case from Cold War spy sagas – shady private military contractors.
The latest news, photos and videos from Bahrain, where security forces have attacked protesters camped out in Pearl Roundabout. The UK government has advised its citizens to leave Bahrain and now says it is sending charter planes to evacuate its citizens on Thursday. The AP news agency reports that the Foreign Office has urged its nationals to buy tickets for commercial flights out of the country if possible.
Muhammad al-Arabi views some of the myths and misconceptions that are used by Libyan dictator Mu'ammar Gaddafi’s backers to justify supporting his murderous regime. He argues that, far from being a progressive anti-imperialist, Gaddafi has not only played a destructive role among national liberation movements, but has also stolen Libya’s wealth and impoverished its people.
"Calls for democracy... stem from... an inner hunger for freedom" -- Tzipi Livni in The Washington Post. "Information Clearing House" -- A beacon is a signal fire, a warning light to guide one out of darkness. As the former Israeli minister of foreign affairs Tzipi Livni noted in late February, "these are days of momentous change in the Middle East..." Courageous thousands are demanding their rights as human beings, she intoned, and there is an inner hunger for freedom abroad in the land.
Peoples of the world, After the partially successful popular Arab revolts against puppet regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, Western imperialism and Zionism are now on the counter-offensive. It was only to be expected that imperialism and Zionism would not stand idle while their global system of fragmentation, domination, and exploitation was being shaken to its foundations by the will of the Arab nation. Imperialism has chosen Libya as its next, but not final, stage for counter-attack. Libya was chosen for the following reasons: 1: Libya has the world’s largest proven reserves of oil. At a time when worldwide reserves are dwindling, controlling Libya’s oil will become essential to maintaining the weakening world imperialist order in the long run.
Rageh Omaar examines how the death of a street vendor led to a wave of uprisings across Arab world. In an exclusive two-part documentary Rageh Omaar traces the roots and repercussions of the uprising in Tunisia - a revolution which ended half a century of autocratic rule and inspired a wave of public protest that swept across the Arab world. On December 17, 2010, Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the small provincial Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid. According to his family, the 26-year-old street vendor had been stopped by a local official who, when he was unable to pay the bribe she demanded, confiscated his goods and slapped him twice across the face. It was one humiliation too many for a young man already struggling to survive and, unable to recover his goods, he poured fuel over himself and struck his lighter.
Concern that gas facilities have been struck as Ras Lanuf, a strategic city, comes under shelling by Gaddafi's forces. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have launched new air raids on the oil city of Ras Lanuf and are closing in on the western town of Az Zawiyah. Fresh reports of rockets landing on Ras Lanuf came on Wednesday, leading to a growing concern for the city's gas facilities, which if bombed, could spell disaster for people living in the area. Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Ras Lanuf, said fighter jets were circling overhead and the rebels were firing back.
The whole gang is back: The parties of the European Left (grouping the "moderate" European communist parties), the “Green” José Bové, now allied with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who has never seen a US-NATO war he didn’t like, various Trotkyist groups and of course Bernard-Henry Lévy and Bernard Kouchner, all calling for some sort of "humanitarian intervention" in Libya or accusing the Latin American left, whose positions are far more sensible, of acting as “useful idiots” for the "Libyan tyrant."
Opposition video said to show Gaddafi soldiers killed for refusing to fire on rebel targets west of the capital Tripoli. Al Jazeera has received pictures that purportedly show Libyan army officers killed for refusing to fire on the rebels, evidence of how Gaddafi deals with "traitors". It is claimed the soldiers refused to shoot rebels in the mountainous region west of the capital, Tripoli. The pictures were sent to Al Jazeera by a rebel group in the area. A survivor of the killings says the men were rounded-up, their legs tied before being shot in the head or back from close range. It is impossible to independently verify the authenticity of the video.
Secret FBI, CIA Documents and Sex Video Tapes Found At Egypt's Terror Police HeadquartersThis mountain of shredded paper taking over several rooms was found inside the Egyptian Secret Police's headquarters in Cairo last Saturday. About 2,500 angry demonstrators invaded the building in what Egyptians are now calling their Bastille Day, finding documents and tapes that may soon send shockwaves around the world.
The global civil society campaign for the abolition of nuclear weapons could be politically reignited by the phenomenal successes of the grassroots demonstrations in Egypt and Tunisia, shadowed closely by Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Jordan.
Anti-government forces repulse ferocious assault by Gaddafi loyalists as fighting spreads across the coastline. Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Ras Lanuf where rebels have successfully resisted a government attack Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the long time Libyan leader, have attacked several rebel-held cities along the country's coastline, in a bid to halt the anti-government forces' rapid advance to the capital Tripoli. But on Sunday, the rebels have repulsed the ferocious assaults, which left dozens dead, as the conflict escalates dramatically.
According to Guardian sources, a suspected British intelligence and special forces unit, which arrived by helicopter about four days ago, was caught near the town of Khadra, about 20 miles west of Benghazi.
Events are rapidly unfolding in Libya and the surrounding region, and military intervention appears to be an increasing reality as the hours pass. One look at the principal Western nations deploying their military forces to the Mediterranean says a great deal: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and France. Italy has also repudiated its friendship treaty with Libya, effectively freeing up Italy's military outposts for use in southern Libya. These are the same Western powers that intervened in Haiti, Kosovo and Afghanistan on ‘humanitarian’ grounds, and they appear to be rearing their ugly heads again under the same humanitarian pretext.
"GROUND ZERO" DEVASTATION. WERE “MICRO-NUKES” IN ISRAELI AID PACKAGE TO GADDAFI? a massive explosion that completely destroyed an area three times the size of a soccer field…..photographers who arrived at the site of the explosion Saturday saw entire buildings, cars and trees flattened and smoldering as a result of the blast” Associated Press
The capture of a paranoid dictator was the pretext for the American invasion of Iraq; will history repeat itself in Libya? The revolutionary changes that are taking place in the Arab world now or what the west and the United States like to refer to as the Middle East have come about so suddenly it interrupted ongoing plans for the region which depended mainly on the believed to be stable and enduring political regimes that showed the so called moderation or in other words, conformity with the definition and views of the united states and Israel of the region.
ZAWIYA FALLS TO GADDAFI IN TODAY'S LIBYAN BLOODBATH, FRIENDS IN WASHINGTON, LONDON AND TEL AVIV PARALYZE THE WEST. “Israel is flooding Libya with mercenaries, Gaddafi is slaughtering his own people and the rebel leaders who have called for help from America are being ignored while Gaddafi is consolidating for a full scale civil war which could easily have ended a week ago.” This is the scenario being played out in Libya. Gaddafi will be allowed to survive, weakened and muted, facing “elimination” at any time for “war crimes” now being carefully documented. He will have to pay out billions to keep his business running, if, if he lasts.
MARINES ON THE USS KEARSARGE AWAIT ORDERS. 50,000 MERCENARIES TO BE DEPLOYED AGAINST REBELS
Al Qaeda Fighters Included in Israeli Force. In a move that surprises all but Middle East experts, Israel has promised Libya’s dictator of over 40 years, Colonel Gaddafi, 50,000 troops to aid in crushing rebels set on overthrowing his his murderous rule. According to news sources inside Israel, “troops” are being hired across Africa, Uganda, Sudan, Chad and the Central Africa Republic, including Al Qaeda fighters, to be deployed against demonstrators and rebel forces currently involved in heavy fighting in a two week old attempt to overthrow the Libyan ruler that has left thousands dead.
Venezuela ready to set up coalition of nations sympathetic to Libya to arbitrate, as Caracas claims US wants to invade. President Hugo Chávez has spoken with Muammar Gaddafi about creating a bloc of friendly countries to help mediate a resolution to Libya's crisis, Venezuela's information minister has said.
The reports of Libya mobilizing its air force against its own people spread quickly around the world. However, Russia’s military chiefs say they have been monitoring from space – and the pictures tell a different story. According to Al Jazeera and BBC, on Feb. 21 Libyan government inflicted air strikes on Benghazi, the country’s largest city, and on the capital Tripoli. However, the Russian military, monitoring the unrest via satellite from the very beginning, says nothing of the sort was going on on the ground. At this point, the Russian military is saying that, as far as they are concerned, the attacks some media were reporting have never occurred.
"This is a massacre," the frantic Libyan woman, speaking by telephone while cowering in her apartment in Tripoli, told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I hope you know that people around the world are watching and praying and wanting to do something," Anderson told her, as if he were a stage prompter hinting at a performer's next line. Whether or not she had been given a copy of the script, the caller performed as expected: "[T]he first step [is to] make Libya a no-fly zone. If you make Libya a no-fly zone, no more mercenaries can come in.... There needs to be action. How much more waiting, how much more watching, how much more people dying?"
Libya's turning point may have come when protesters overwhelmed a barracks in Benghazi. Benghazi, Libya - If Benghazi, Libya's second city, has become the symbolic heart of the revolution in this north African nation, then the battle to overwhelm the military garrison here was the revolt's key turning point. Over the course of three days, civilians opposed to the 42-year rule of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi managed to outlast and overpower a fortified base guarded by detachments of several Libyan military units, one of them the feared and reportedly highly trained Khamis Brigade - a special forces unit led by Gaddafi's youngest son. In the end, both anti-government protesters and Gaddafi loyalists lost hundreds and many more were wounded, and Gaddafi's forces fled the city.
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