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May 12, 2011

  • CIA has created own Taliban to wreak terror havoc on Pakistan, claims Pak paper
    Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives have infiltrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda networks, and have created their own Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) force in order to destabilise Pakistan, a Pakistani newspaper has claimed.

  • Qatar quits Gulf plan for Yemen, cites delays
    Qatar on Thursday pulled out of a Gulf-brokered plan to ease Yemen's president from power, leaving a deal to end months of violent protests against Ali Abdullah Saleh's rule close to collapse.

  • At Deadline, U.S. Seeks to Continue War in Libya
    President Obama and his legal advisers are deliberating about how the United States military may lawfully continue participating in NATO's bombing campaign in Libya after next week, when the air war will reach a legal deadline for terminating combat operations that have not been authorized by Congress.

  • US/NATO hits Gaddafi compound, rebels seek aid
    NATO bombed Muammar Gaddafi's compound on Thursday, hours after the Libyan leader ended doubt about his fate by making his first television appearance since another air strike killed his son nearly two weeks ago.

  • Bin Laden out, Gaddafi next
    Let's start by invoking a Western cultural icon, Dante; "Abandon all hope ye who enter here" - because international law as we know it has just been delivered a stake through its heart. The "new" sociopolitical Darwinism entails humanitarian neo-colonialism, targeted assassinations - extrajudicial executions - and drone wars, all carried out in the name of a revamped white man's burden.

  • Gaddafi makes first public appearance for weeks
    as rebel leader flies to UK to beg for more firepower

    Colonel Gaddafi has made his first public appearance for weeks after a NATO air strike on Tripoli killed his youngest son and three grandchildren. The Libyan dictator - who was filmed talking with tribal leaders in a hotel in the capital - was last seen in public on April 9.

  • NATO strikes Libyan capital after Gadhafi appears
    NATO airstrikes struck Moammar Gadhafi's sprawling compound in Tripoli and three other sites early Thursday, hours after the Libyan leader was shown on state TV in his first appearance since his son was killed nearly two weeks ago.

  • Libyan TV shows footage of long-absent Gaddafi
    Libyan state TV showed footage of an apparently healthy Muammar Gaddafi meeting officials in a Tripoli hotel Wednesday, ending nearly two weeks of doubt over his fate since a NATO air strike killed his son.

  • John McCain: Libya vote unlikely
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday he does not believe Congress will act before the May 20 deadline to authorize military engagement in Libya and he does not "recognize" the constitutionality of the War Powers Act that sets the timeline, in any case.

  • Divisions sap credibility of Libyan rebels
    One day last month Wahid Bugaighis arrived at the offices of eastern Libya's main oil company with plans to reorganise the major source of funds for the struggling rebel movement.

May 11, 2011

  • Why the West Is Attacking Gaddafi
    The basic reason is simple. Gaddafi confronts their power. He confronts the status quo of the Empire. He demands greater power for Africa and the African Union. He demands greater power for smaller countries in the United Nations. Gaddafi calls for investigations of past wars. He is calling for a new way forward that reduces the powers of any one or a few countries to dominate the world.

  • Lawmakers demand to know why they weren't consulted before Libya operation
    House lawmakers want to know why they weren't consulted before the U.S. launched airstrikes in Libya.

  • NATO Out of Ideas as Libyan War Mired in Stalemate
    The story is the same as ever, the Libyan War is still a stalemate. Claims of progress are few and far between for either faction, while the NATO air strikes are showing no signs of changing anything on the ground.

  • More than 80 killed in Southern Sudan violence
    More than 80 people were killed when rebels attacked cattle herders in Southern Sudan, officials said, while hundreds marched in the southern capital to protest the unresolved status of a volatile border hotspot.

  • More Than 20 Killed in Northern Somalia Fighting
    Officials in Somalia's Puntland region say at least 26 people have died in fighting between government soldiers and Islamist insurgents.

  • Obama's "Kill-at-Will" Strategy
    In the space of a few days in May, the United States launched its bin Laden operation, NATO targeted Moammar Gaddafi's residence while the Libyan leader was present, killing his youngest son and three grandchildren, and U.S. drones tried to obliterate American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, personally marked for death by President Obama.

  • US/NATO/Libya rebels 'capture Misrata airport'
    Libyan rebels have captured Misrata airport, driving back troops loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi, reports say.

  • Nato co-ordinates air attack with rebel ground forces
    NATO LAUNCHED its most ambitious air attack of the Libyan war yesterday, co-ordinating strikes with rebel ground forces in what may be a sign of things to come west of the town of Ajdabiya.

  • Rifts among Libyan rebels stalling creation of a credible government
    SPLITS have opened in the Libyan opposition administration over claims that Italy is about to break the UN arms embargo and provide weapons to the rebel army.

  • EU to open Benghazi office to back Libya rebels
    The European Union plans to open an office in the rebel-held Libyan city of Benghazi to facilitate assistance to the rebel council based there, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said today.

  • Libya stalemate leaves Nato without 'Plan B'
    It was the British and the French, of course, who were at the forefront of pushing for military action in Libya. Earlier this week, following talks with his French counterpart, UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox rejected any idea of a military stalemate, noting that the mission to defend the population in Libya would continue.

  • Killings and Rumors Unsettle a Libyan City
    Three weeks ago, a traveler spotted a man's body in the farmland on this city's outskirts, shot twice in the head with his hands and feet bound. He had disappeared earlier that day, after visiting a market.

  • Fascism in the Gulf
    Welcome to Bahrain: If you want to see how an ostensive religious regime can be corrupted into something close to fascism, just take a look at contemporary Bahrain. In February 2011 there were a series of non-violent demonstrations staged mostly by the small kingdom's Shia majority (approximately 70% of the country's Muslim citizens.) These were held to protest the discriminatory practices of the country's Sunni monarchy.

May 10, 2011

  • AP sources: US closer to calling for Assad to go
    The Obama administration is edging closer to calling for an end to the long rule of the Assad family in Syria. Administration officials said Tuesday that the first step would be to say for the first time that President Bashar Assad has forfeited his legitimacy to rule, a major policy shift that would amount to a call for regime change that has questionable support in the world community.

  • NATO Denies Tripoli Strikes Targeted Gadhafi
    NATO is once again escalating its attacks in and around the Libyan capital city of Tripoli, with strikes today hitting a number of targets including, according to witnesses on the ground, the Gadhafi compound.

  • NATO Bombs Rock Tripoli, Libya Rebels Advance
    A NATO bombing blitz rocked Tripoli Tuesday while rebels in besieged Misrata said they are pushing back Moamer Gadhafi's forces and the UN warned Libya is being paralyzed by widespread shortages.

  • NATO hits Libyan arms depot as West faces rebel-aid dilemma
    NATO planes pounded Libyan government targets Monday but stalemate in the rebel war to unseat Moammar Gadhafi has presented Western powers with a dilemma over whether to offer covert aid to the rebel cause.

  • Ship 'with 600 people aboard' sinks as refugees flee from Libya
    A ship carrying up to 600 migrants has sunk off the coast of Libya, witnesses have reported, in what would be one of the worst accidents to have befallen refugees fleeing recent unrest in North Africa, if confirmed.

  • Those Libyan 'Freedom Fighters': The Fix Is On
    In a column three months ago ("Egypt: Let the Looting Begin"), I suggested that what 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.

May 09, 2011

  • Syria Proclaims It Now Has Upper Hand Over Uprising
    The Syrian government has gained the upper hand over a seven-week uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, a senior official declared Monday, in the clearest sign yet that the leadership believes its crackdown will crush protests that have begun to falter in the face of hundreds of deaths and mass arrests.

  • NATO warplanes strike Tripoli command center; rebels claim gains at Misrata
    NATO warplanes struck a command center in Tripoli early Tuesday in the heaviest bombing of the Libyan capital in weeks, while rebels — capitalizing on other NATO air strikes — reported battlefront gains that could ease the siege of the port city of Misrata.

May 08, 2011

  • Armed gang kill 10 Syrian civilians: state agency
    An armed gang shot dead ten Syrian civilian workers on their way back from Lebanon in a bus ambush near the Syrian city of Homs Sunday, the official state news agency said.

  • Yemeni security forces kill 3 more protesters
    SANAA, Yemen: Security forces backed by army units opened fire Sunday on protesters demanding the ouster of Yemen's longtime president, killing three, an opposition activist said.

  • While Bahrain demolishes mosques, U.S. stays silent
    In the ancient Bahraini village of Aali, where some graves date to 2000 B.C., the Amir Mohammed Braighi mosque had stood for more than 400 years - one of the handsomest Shiite Muslim mosques in this small island nation in the Persian Gulf.

May 07, 2011

May 06, 2011

  • U.S. labor urges trade pact with Bahrain be suspended
    The largest U.S. labor group wants President Barack Obama's administration to suspend a free trade pact with Bahrain over human rights abuses in the kingdom's crackdown on anti-government protests.

  • Osama bin Laden killing 'should serve as warning to Gaddafi' says head of Armed Forces
    Gen Sir David Richards, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said the death of the al-Qaeda leader should have a "psychological impact" on the Libyan dictator and others because "one day their deeds will catch up with them".

  • Syria sanctions declared as violent crackdown continues
    EU to impose asset freezes and travel restrictions on Syrian officials involved in operation which has killed 500 people.

  • Strike Marked Yemeni Cleric
    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.

  • Russia opposes any ground operation in Libya
    Russia on Friday said that it staunchly opposes any foreign ground operation in Libya and criticized a Western-led grouping that has pledged aid to the rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi's government forces.

  • Russia criticizes Libya contact group
    Russia on Friday criticized a Western-led grouping that has pledged aid to the Libyan rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi's forces, warning that it must not seek to usurp the authority of the U.N. Security Council.

  • Rome meeting on Libya boosts efforts to exit crisis
    The second contact group meeting on Libya brought diplomats in Rome on Thursday to enhance efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis, but different voices have also been heard.

  • In Libya, An Eerie Quiet On The Eastern Front
    In Libya, fighting is still raging around the besieged western city of Misrata. It's also strong near the Tunisian border, where the rebel-held town of Zintan is under attack by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

  • Army pulls back in Daraa; arrests continue
    Syria said yesterday army units have begun to leave Daraa, the heart of an uprising against President Bashar Al Assad, but residents described a city still under siege.

  • Syrian forces kill 22 protesters: activists
    Syrian security forces killed 22 protesters on Friday demanding an end to President Bashar al-Assad's rule, rights campaigners said, and the European Union agreed to impose sanctions in response to his crackdown.

May 05, 2011

  • The Politics of Revenge and Submission
    Osama bin Laden is dead. And so is the U.S. republic. We had to destroy our freedoms in order to save them. What is left to save from the next rampaging dragon when the knights, sworn to kill the monster, destroy everything in their path in the pursuit of him? One killer is dead. Now what are we going to do with all the killers in our midst who killed him.

  • Gaddafi gold-for-oil, dollar-doom plans behind Libya 'mission'?

    More speculation has been raised on the reasons for NATO's intervention in Libya. As RT's Laura Emmett reports, the organisation may have been trying to prevent Gaddafi from burying the American buck.

  • Libya at any Cost: Warmongers seek Libyan escalation
    "It is a test that the international community has to pass. Failure would shake further the faith of the people's region in the emerging international order and the primacy of international law." This comes from Brookings Institution's "Libya's Test of the New International Order," February 2011.

  • Libya's Long Slog War Shows No Signs of Progress
    Fighting along the East Libya frontier has mostly stalled, with rebel forces in control of Ajdabiyah and the regime controlling all points westward. The Western city of Misrata is still in rebel hands, and constantly under siege. NATO strikes continue apace, while doing little to change the reality on the ground.

  • U.S. drone strike in Yemen is first since 2002
    The U.S. military used a drone to strike Thursday at an al-Qaeda target in Yemen, the first such U.S. attack using unmanned aircraft in that country since 2002, according to U.S. and Yemeni officials.

May 04, 2011

  • Fallujah, Iraq 2004 - Misrata, Libya 2011
    Operation Phantom Fury: In November 2004, the UN's Integrated Regional Information Network reported the impact of Operation Phantom Fury, a combined US-UK offensive, on Iraq's third city, Fallujah:

  • Gaddafi's Libya reminds U.S. who issued the first bin Laden arrest warrant
    In an attempt to portray itself as an ally in the battle against al-Qaeda, Libya reminded the United States on Wednesday that Moammar Gaddafi's government, not anyone in Washington, was the first to issue an arrest warrant against Osama bin Laden, back in 1998.

  • Syrian tanks deployed; hundreds detained
    Syrian tanks and armoured vehicles deployed around the town of Rastan on Wednesday, witnesses said, raising fears of another crackdown on protests challenging President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

  • UN Security Council Clashes Over Libya War
    The United Nations Security Council today entered into contentious debate over the ongoing war in Libya. A number of the nations expressed concern that the war, which began on March 19, seems not to have progressed at all and no efforrt is being made to reach a peace deal.

  • UN Security Council powers dispute coalition attacks
    UN Security Council powers publicly crossed swords over the Libya conflict on Wednesday with Russia and China leading criticism of international coalition air raids. Both called for greater efforts to reach a ceasefire. France reaffirmed the West's case that the international community had to intervene to defend civilians.

  • Libyan leaders face arrest on war crimes charges
    Gaddafi regime systematically opened fire on peaceful protests, says international criminal court prosecutor.

  • Libya: UN continues to send aid as Security Council debates crimes against humanity
    The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor will ask the court's judges to issue arrest warrants for three people who he said seem to bear the greatest responsibility for crimes against humanity committed in Libya since a pro-democracy movement emerged in mid-February.

  • The ICC arrest warrants will make Colonel Gaddafi dig in his heels
    The killing of Osama bin Laden and, only days before, the killing of one of Colonel Gaddafi's son and three of his grandchildren by Nato (in an attack which apparently was targeting Gaddafi himself) raises fundamental questions. Is it ever right to execute our enemies, or should they always be tried for the crimes of which they stand accused? What if there is a possibility of striking a deal that would put an end to their crimes, but would leave past wrongs unpunished and allow the perpetrator to enjoy a comfortable retirement?

May 03, 2011

May 02, 2011

  • Al Jazeera's War on Syria
    Discussing its recent programming, it explained how compromised it's become. For example on Libya, it's been largely Western/Qatari propaganda, not legitimate news, information, and analysis. It's Syria coverage has been similar, providing its host country regime friendly reporting. Qatar is part of the Washington-led NATO anti-Gaddafi coalition. Shamelessly, Al Jazeera News channel (JNC) is on board supporting it.

  • Libya loyalists demand revenge after Gadhafi's son killed in NATO strike
    Libyan officials said 29-year-old Seif al-Arab was killed late Saturday along with three of Gadhafi's grandchildren when NATO bombed the family's compound in Tripoli.

  • Thousands flee Syrian regime's brutal tactics
    Army tanks shelled the ancient centre of a city at the heart of the uprising yesterday as thousands of people fled over the border into Jordan.

  • Backlash at killing of Gaddafi's son
    Supporters of Libyan leader set fire to British embassy in Tripoli / UN withdraws staff after its HQ is attacked by furious protesters / Nato accused of exceeding its mandate as civilians die in airstrike

  • Leading activist seized in Syrian roundup
    Security forces on Monday rounded up hundreds of pro-democracy sympathisers, including prominent human rights campaigner Diana Jawabra for the second time during Syria's uprising, witnesses said.

  • Hamas leader Meshaal in Cairo to sign unity deal
    Egypt-brokered agreement will end rift between two largest Palestinian factions, Fatah, who control the West Bank, and Hamas, who rule the Gaza Strip.

  • Egypt urges US to back Palestinian state declaration
    The Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Araby has urged the United States to support the declaration of an independent Palestinian state.

May 01, 2011

  • Gaddafi's Son's Killing Puts NATO in Line of Fire
    Russia and Venezuela join Libyan regime in accusing NATOof attempting to assassinate Muammar Gaddafi

  • Gaddafi family deaths reinforce doubts about Nato's UN mandate
    Regime claims attack that killed son and three grandchildren was aimed at Libya's leader, as allies accused of overstepping UN security council resolution.

  • Gadhafi's son had survived US strike in 1986
    Seif al-Arab Gadhafi escaped a U.S. airstrike targeting his father's compound in Tripoli in 1986. Twenty-five years later, the Libyan leader's second-youngest son was reportedly killed in a NATO airstrike.

  • Russia blasts NATO for airstrikes in Tripoli
    Russia on Sunday criticized the NATO airstrikes on Tripoli, specifically the one that Libyan officials said killed a son and three grandchildren of Muammar Qaddafi.

  • Nato strike 'kills Gaddafi's youngest son'
    Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the youngest son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and three of his grandchildren have been killed in a NATO air strike, a Libyan government spokesman said. Gaddafi and his wife were in the Tripoli house of his 29-year-old son, Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, when it was hit by at least one missile fired by a NATO warplane late on Saturday, according to Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim.

  • Annals of a Golden Age: Peace Laureate Surpasses Reagan in Killing Gadafy Kin
    O how wonderful it is to live in such an enlightened age! Just think: not long ago, the U.S. government was seen as little more than a vast war machine -- brutal, murderous, inhumane, bent on global domination. Yet now, by some marvelous, miraculous twist of fate, that same government is being led by a Nobel Peace Prize laureate! It's as if Lyndon Johnson had been turfed out of office back in the day and replaced by Martin Luther King Jr.!

  • Libyan ambassador expelled from UK amid Tripoli attacks
    The Foreign Secretary expels the Libyan ambassador to the UK in the wake of attacks on British embassy premises in Tripoli. It comes after the apparent death of Gaddafi's son in a NATO air strike.

  • NATO says airstrikes not targeting Gaddafi
    NATO denied targeting members of Muammar Gaddafi's family on Sunday, after a Libyan government spokesman said the leader had survived a NATO air strike in Tripoli that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren.

  • 7 die as Syria forces seize Daraa mosque
    Troops and snipers killed six civilians yesterday in the flashpoint Syrian city of Daraa, activists said, as people buried scores of people killed in a "day of rage" on Friday.

April 30, 2011

April 29, 2011

April 28, 2011

  • Tread lightly on Syria, Russia warns UN Security Council
    With the situation in Libya still undecided, a divided UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday failed to produce a statement condemning anti-government violence in Syria, while Moscow advises members to avoid any hasty actions.

  • Bahrain issues four death sentences
    Bahrain's military court has sentenced four anti-government protesters to death, in a move to further crush the ongoing revolutionary movement in the small Persian Gulf country.

  • U.S. helps Libyan rebels as Gaddafi open new fronts
    The United States threw a financial lifeline to rebels controlling eastern Libya while forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi harried insurgent strongholds in the west and far southeast of the country.

  • Gadafy forces 'seize' town of Kufra
    Forces loyal to Muammar Gadafy seized control of the town of Kufra in the remote southeastern desert, state television reported today.

  • Libyan doctor says NATO airstrike killed 12 rebels
    A NATO airstrike has killed 12 rebels in the besieged city of Misrata in the latest friendly fire incident in Libya's chaotic battlefield, a doctor in the city said Thursday.

  • Libya troubles impact on divided WI region
    It is a sobering reflection on the state of a region supposedly committed to unity and integration that, even as the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago leads a big delegation to cultivate trade and investment links with Brazil, other countries are anxiously counting the potential cost of the close ties they have established with Moammar Gadaffi's Libya.

  • U.S. Congressmen call for cutting aid to a Fatah-Hamas government
    U.S. House Foreign Affairs chair says Abbas' decision to reconcile with Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist group, shows his leadership is 'not a partner for peace.'

April 27, 2011

  • NATO strike kills 12 Libyan rebels in Misrata
    At least one NATO warplane attacked a rebel position on the front lines of this besieged city Wednesday, a rebel commander said, killing 12 fighters and wounding five others in what he called an accident that could have been avoided.

  • Bahrain: We must speak out about brutality in the Gulf
    One obvious lesson for the west from recent upheaval in the Middle East is that propping up authoritarian regimes on the grounds that they make stable allies is a terrible policy.

  • Shiites decry 'persecution in Bahrain'
    Bahrain persists in persecuting members of its Shiite majority in "systematic" human rights violations, seven weeks after crushing a month-long pro-democracy protest, activists say.

  • Putin: Measure your success by non-fired missiles!

    The Russian Prime Minister says he's alarmed by NATO's approach towards bombing Libya.

  • Robert Fisk: Shadow of Syrian conflict stretching into Lebanon
    Every night, Syrian state television is a horror show. Naked corpses with multiple bullet wounds, backs of heads sliced off. All Syrian soldiers, it insists, murdered by "the treacherous armed criminal gangs" near Deraa.

  • Libya has asked Russia to convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council
    The authorities in Libya Tuesday, April 26, appealed to Russia to convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the Action Coalition, which marked the Libyan side as Western aggression. Informs Reuters referring to the Libyan news agency Jana.

  • Gaddafi arms Libyan 'home guard' – minimum age 17
    Regime in Libya trains civilians in use of AK-47s in attempt to build resistance to Nato and eastern rebels.

  • Gaddafi envoys in Caracas for Libya crisis talks, says Chávez
    Envoys from Muammar Gaddafi's government have flown to Venezuela to discuss ways to resolve Libya's conflict, President Hugo Chávez has said.

  • Caricom's watch on Libya
    CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY governments whose economic development programmes are linked to some vital funding from Libya, are in deep agony as the powerful and wealthy western nations now intensify their military battle for "regime change" in Tripoli with direct bombing strikes on the office complex of President Moammar Gadaffi.

April 26, 2011

  • Blindness Toward War Easy for Americans
    To understand the utter absurdity of America's intervention in the Libyan civil war, I recommend a visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York to see its new exhibition of German Expressionism. It will be much more instructive than reading the media commentary about the president's opening of yet another Mideast war.

  • Gates hints at bombing risk to Gadhafi
    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that Libyan military command centers "wherever we find them" are legitimate targets for U.S. and NATO air attack, suggesting that strongman Moammar Gadhafi himself is increasingly in danger.

  • Libya: Is NATO guilty of conspiracy to commit murder?
    One thing is perfectly clear: NATO should not be in Libya for several reasons. However, now with the rumours that Predator aircraft are to be used to "take Gaddafy out" comes the threat of a clear violation of the law: in so doing, NATO and its leaders would be liable for conspiracy to commit murder.

  • Putin says Libyan oil main goal of NATO campaign
    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Libya's oil resources were the main object of the NATO-led military campaign in the country. "Libya has the biggest oil resources in Africa and the fourth largest gas resources," Putin said during a news conference in Copenhagen. "It raises the question: isn't this the main object of interest to those operating there."

  • Putin states the West has no legal right to execute Gaddafi
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared that the Western forces taking part in the military operation in Libya are not entitled to assassinate Muammar Gaddafi, as doing so is against international law. The Russian premier noted that UN Security Council resolution 1973 allowed for enforcing a no-fly zone over the North African state. But the coalition forces are "bombing palaces" every night.

  • Yemeni groups to sign transition deal
    The Yemeni government and opposition say they would sign an agreement for transferring power from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.

  • Russia warns over new U.N. resolution on Libya
    Russia said on Tuesday it will not support any United Nations Security Council resolutions on Libya which could escalate the conflict in the North African nation, local news agencies reported.

  • China warns against "interference" ahead of U.S. rights talks
    The Chinese government warned on Tuesday against using human rights disputes as what it called a tool to meddle, ahead of talks with the United States that will focus on complaints about Beijing's crackdown on dissent.

  • Syria could face sanctions, says Hague
    Syria's government must halt violence against the protesters and embrace sweeping political reforms or face international sanctions, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said today.

  • Syrian regime's attacks on protesters escalate
    Bodies lying on the streets of Deraa as residents come under artillery and sniper fire, according to witnesses.

  • UK ready to evacuate stranded nationals from Syria
    Britain is ready to evacuate hundreds of UK nationals stranded in Syria should the situation there continue to deteriorate, William Hague said today. The Foreign Secretary announced the possible evacuation as he briefed MPs on the latest news from the Middle East and warned Damascus that it faces international sanctions unless it ends its brutal crackdown on dissent.

  • Ex-CIA chief: Kadhafi was good partner
    The former chief of the CIA on Tuesday praised Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's past cooperation and said his downfall could complicate US interests in the short term.

April 25, 2011

  • Toll rises as army storms Syrian towns
    More deaths and arrests reported as government sends tanks and heavy armour to Deraa to crack down on protests.

  • Several killed in southern Syria
    Several people have been killed and many more injured after armed groups clashed with Syrian security forces in the southern city of Daraa.

  • Libya tribal leaders try to convince rebels to lay down arms
    If negotiations between tribal chiefs and rebels fail, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim says chiefs may send armed supporters into the city of 300,000 to fight the rebels.

  • Three killed in Gaddafi compound raid: spokesman
    Three people were killed in a NATO airstrike early on Monday on Muammar Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah compound and 45 wounded, but he was unhurt and is in high spirits, the Libyan government said.

  • Qaddafi: NATO tried to assassinate me
    NATO airstrikes targeted the center of Muammar Qaddafi's seat of power early Monday, destroying a multi-story library and office and badly damaging a reception hall for visiting dignitaries, in what a press official from Qaddafi's government said was an attempt on the Libyan leader's life.

  • From Russia, with dire warnings on Libya
    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.

  • South Sudan militia clashes kill 160
    A top militia leader has surrendered in south Sudan after clashes that killed more than 160 people, the army said on Monday, as the soon to be independent nation reels from a string of bloody battles.

  • Kuwait gives $180 million to Libyan rebels
    Kuwait on Sunday gave 50 million dinars ($180 million) to the Libyan opposition Transitional National Council (TNC), its chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil said.

April 24, 2011

  • Financial Heist of the Century: Confiscating Libya's Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF)
    The objective of the war against Libya is not just its oil reserves (now estimated at 60 billion barrels), which are the greatest in Africa and whose extraction costs are among the lowest in the world, nor the natural gas reserves of which are estimated at about 1,500 billion cubic meters. In the crosshairs of "willing" of the operation "Unified Protector" there are sovereign wealth funds, capital that the Libyan state has invested abroad.

  • Yemen's opposition agrees to Gulf transition plan
    Yemen's opposition has agreed to take part in a transitional government under a Gulf-negotiated peace plan for veteran leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to step aside, an opposition source told Reuters on Monday.

  • Syria: President Bashar al-Assad faces indictment by the International Criminal Court
    President Bashar al-Assad faces indictment by the International Criminal Court as Western leaders were told on Sunday that the Syrian leader could be held to account for the deaths of 120 anti-government protesters.

  • US Senators Urge Non-Military Intervention in Syria
    U.S. senators of both major political parties are urging greater support for Syria's embattled opposition short of direct military intervention.

  • Libya Burns As The World Cheers
    How was Libya doing under the rule of Gadaffi? How bad did the people have it? Were they oppressed as we now commonly accept as fact? Let us look at the facts for a moment.

  • Syria Arrests Opponents, Denounces Conspiracy
    Security forces today arrested dozens of government opponents suspected of encouraging disturbances that authorities described as the most dangerous battle ever imposed on Syria, the cause of dozens of deaths in the last two days.

  • In Easter message, pope urges diplomacy in Libya
    Pope Benedict XVI offered an Easter prayer Sunday for diplomacy to prevail over warfare in Libya and for citizens of the Middle East to build a new society based on respect.

  • Syria rounds up opponents after 120 dead
    Security forces raided homes across Syria, arresting regime opponents, as funerals were held on Sunday for protesters and mourners killed in a bloody crackdown which activists said cost 120 lives.

April 23, 2011

  • Ease of decision-making on use of force causes concern — Putin
    Russian Prime Minister Putin has said that the ease of making decisions on the use of force by the international community is raising concerns. The aerial bombing of Libya by Western forces has only resulted in a larger number of casualties. "What are we witnessing today? There are airstrikes all over the entire territory of the country," Vladimir Putin said. "How is it possible to use means that result in an increased death toll among civilians in order to protect the country's population?" the Russian Prime Minister wondered, speaking at a joint media conference with President Boris Tadic' in Serbia.

  • Who Are These Snipers In Syria?
    These videos show devastating head shots by snipers in Syria

  • The Sniper Syndrome: Color Revolution's Mystery Gunmen
    Imagine you are an embattled regime fighting against a rising tide of foreign-funded protesters. The entire world is watching, one nation is already under creeping foreign invasion for "waging war against his own people," your nation has been warned that it is next and has been on a 20 year waiting list for regime change, and your opposition is gathering to bury dead protesters from a recent clash with security forces. What do you do?

  • 'No sign Gaddafi bombed Tripoli - NATO wages war on false claims'

    In Libya, Colonel Gaddafi's troops are reportedly being withdrawn from the rebel-held city of Misrata in the face of NATO airstrikes. It follows an almost two month standoff. Meanwhile, allied aircraft carried out fresh airstrikes on the capital Tripoli overnight, with a government spokesman saying at least three people were killed in the raid. Sukant Chandan, who has just returned from a monitoring mission in Libya, believes there's no justification for NATO's actions.

  • Syrians bury their dead in new bloody rallies
    At least 13 mourners were shot dead on Saturday as Syrians swarmed the streets to bury scores of demonstrators killed in massive protests and two MPs resigned in frustration at the bloodshed.

  • US launches first Predator drone strike in Libya
    The United States launched its first Predator drone strike in Libya on Saturday, the Defense Department said in a statement.

  • US Drone Strike in Libya; Deaths in Misrata
    The United States has announced its first Predator drone strike in Libya, while rebels report deaths in their western stronghold, Misrata, as pro-government forces apparently retreat.

  • Two-Faced Arab League Losing Ground
    As the Cairo-based Arab League continues to back western military intervention in support of the popular rebellion in Libya, the League's failure to back similar uprisings in other Arab countries - most notably Bahrain - has led to charges of double standards.

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