Bloodiest day yet for Syria's anti-regime protesters
A deadly crackdown by Syrian security forces on tens of thousands of anti-regime protesters across the country left scores dead on Friday, just a day after President Bashar al-Assad ended 50 years of emergency rule.
US drones: lessons for Libya from Pakistan
As the US approves armed drone attacks on President Gaddafi's forces in Libya, Channel 4 News looks at America's record of drone strikes in Pakistan, believed to be led by the CIA.
UN ignores its own resolution on Libya — political analyst
Russia insists the UN resolution is being violated by allied forces, but these are not purely Russian concerns. There is widening frustration over how the operation in Libya is being conducted, according to political analyst Sergey Strokan.
Russia: Nato has overstepped UN mandate on Libya
At a Berlin meeting of Nato foreign ministers, Russia reiterated its stance that the western alliance's Libya campaign has overstepped its UN mandate through use of excessive force. It also pressed home concerns in the ongoing issue of missile defences in Europe.
Libya in Face of Humanitarian Imperialism
Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan : have the advocates of intervention in Libya not learnt the lesson ? Jean Bricmont, who wrote a book about humanitarian imperialism, tells us why the right to interfere is incompatible with world peace, and that it goes against humanitarian principles. Unless, of course, those principles are just an excuse.
Gulf nations call for Yemen president to step down
The secretary-general of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council traveled to the Yemeni capital, San'a, Thursday to offer the embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a deal to solve Yemen's political crisis. A Yemeni government statement promised an official response within 24 hours.
Libya: another neocon war
Liberal supporters of this 'humanitarian intervention' have merely become useful idiots of the same old nefarious purposes.
No fly zone in Libya fails, ground fighting to cause African war — Margelov
The situation in Libya is stalled. The no fly zone operation has failed, and an operation on the ground, if it begins, will trigger a large African war, Russian presidential representative for African affairs, chairman of the Federation Council's international affairs committee, Mikhail Margelov, said on Thursday.
Sarkozy tells Libyan rebels: "We will help you"
France promised Libyan rebels on Wednesday it would intensify air strikes on Muammar Gaddafi's forces and send military liaison officers to help them as fighting raged in Misrata, killing nine civilians.
Bahrain's secret terror
Desperate emails speak of 'genocide' as doctors who have treated injured protesters are rounded up.
Hezbollah Challenges Bahrain Govt
Hezbollah's hardening stance in the Bahraini crisis has sowed discord between Lebanon and the Gulf island, currently home to about 5,000 Lebanese expatriates. As the situation escalates, many fear that the status of other Lebanese in the rest of the Gulf could come under threat.
Sudan: President concedes blame for genocide
In his first interview with the Western media, Omar Bashir said: "I am the President, so I am responsible about everything happening in the country." But he accused the International Criminal Court of "double standards" and a "campaign of lies".
Yemen leader offered step-down deal
The head of a grouping of Gulf Arab nations has presented a new proposal to Yemen's embattled president to resolve the country's crisis, calling on him to hand over power to a successor of his choice and leave within a month, according to a senior government official.
Libya offers "verifiable" ceasefire, U.N.-supervised elections
Libya's Foreign Minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi on Wednesday offered a "properly verifiable" ceasefire supervised by foreign observers to pave the way for talks which could cover "any issue" including, he implied, the future of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi.
April 19, 2011
Bahrain force to stay put
Soldiers from the UAE will stay in Bahrain until its rulers are satisfied that threats from Iran have eased, the kingdom's foreign minister said.
Libya: blood bonanza for contractors
Libya might soon turn into a goldmine for private security firms. Reports say that the UK is already hiring mercenaries to protect the interests of the big corporations there, once Colonel Gaddafi goes.
French want troops on ground in Libya
A senior French official says soldiers should be deployed on the ground in Libya to help guide NATO's air strikes in support of the Libyan opposition.
West Exacerbates Libyans' Suffering
The tendency of public officials to misstate and mislead is well established. Put three national leaders together and the deceptions more than triple. At least, that is the lesson from the article, "Libya's Pathway to Peace," authored last week by President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, and President Nicolas Sarkozy.
UN reaches accord with Gaddafi on humanitarian aid to Libya
THE United Nations has reached an agreement with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's government on humanitarian aid to the country. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last night that the UN would set up a humanitarian presence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. However, Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the agreement also included setting up a humanitarian corridor to the city of Misrata, the last rebel stronghold in western Libya.
Can Libya Survive NATO?
The stalemate continues. No asp crawls up Qaddafi's arm. NATO remains without triumph. To go around the stalemate, the leaders of Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa met in Sanya, China on April 14. Between discussions on the credit crunch and their mutual trade relations, these so-called BRIC states released a statement on the events in the Middle East and North Africa. What they saw was a "shift of power towards ordinary citizens," a fact that must have certainly confounded one or two of the heads of government who had to swallow hard while they accepted that phrase into their final communiqué.
Migrants Rescued from Libyan City of Misrata
The International Organization for Migration reports 650 of the rescued migrants are Ghanaians. Other nationalities include Filipinos and Ukrainians. IOM says there are 100 Libyans among those rescued, 23 of whom are war-wounded, including a child shot in the face and an amputee.
Bahraini forces demolish two mosques
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have reportedly destroyed two more mosques in line with the country's policy of demolishing Muslim religious sites.
Libya's civil war shrinks Christian communities
With most of his flock having fled Libya's violence, Tripoli's Roman Catholic bishop now focuses on keeping the power struggle between Moammar Gadhafi and anti-government rebels out of his church.
'US to recoup Libya oil from China'
Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi has made two mistakes: It blocked the US Africa Command by not joining it and let China into Libya with major energy investments instead, says a former US official.
Another Shocking UN cover up about Libya
It just so happens that the United Nations Human Rights Council was scheduled to take another important vote. What was that vote? The Council was about to vote on a report that affirmed and praised Libya and Colonel Ghaddafi for THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD. The report said that the Ghaddafi government protected "not only political rights, but also economic, educational, social and cultural rights," and praised it for the nation's treatment of religious minorities, and the "human rights training" received by security forces. It was to be approved at a vote later this month. Did something suddenly happen over night? If you believe it did, I have a bridge to sell you.
Flashback:Libya's Late, Great Rights Record
Until Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's violent suppression of unrest in recent weeks, the United Nations Human Rights Council was kind in its judgment of Libya. In January, it produced a draft report on the country that reads like an international roll call of fulsome praise, when not delicately suggesting improvements. Evidently, within the 47-nation council, some pots are loath to call kettles black, at least until events force their hand. Last week Libya was suspended from the body, and the report was shelved.
Mission transformation in Libya
Whatever one thinks about this war limited humanitarian intervention on the merits, this is not the mission that Obama cited when justifying America's involvement. It's the opposite: "broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake" v. "so long as Gaddafi is in power, Nato and its coalition partners must maintain their operations." To claim that "regime change" is subsumbed under the goal of "protecting civilians" is to define that objective so broadly as to render it meaningless and, independently, is to violate Obama's explicit decree at the start that regime change would not be the military goal.
Libya: Tory MPs urge recall of Parliament for debate on 'mission creep'
Conservative MP John Baron said that it was now clear that Britain and its allies were pursuing a policy of "regime change" in Libya. His comments came after David Cameron, Barack Obama, and Nicolas Sarkozy issued a joint article saying it would be an "unconscionable betrayal" if Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was allowed to remain in power. Mr Baron – who was the only Tory MP to vote against military action in Libya – said that was very different to the position set out by Mr Cameron when he made his statement to the Commons last month.
Libya: blood bonanza for contractors
Libya might soon turn into a goldmine for private security firms. Reports say that the UK is already hiring mercenaries to protect the interests of the big corporations there, once Colonel Gaddafi goes. But the fresh history of the previous NATO-led interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan give a pretty clear picture of how exactly the big men with guns could turn this civil war-torn country into a proper Wild West.
In her father's footsteps: Gaddafi's daughter Aisha whips crowds into a frenzy as she calls on West to 'leave our skies'
Muammar Gaddafi's daughter today defied the West's demand that her father leave power, dubbing it an 'insult' to all Libyans. 'In 1911 Italy killed my grandfather in an air strike and now they are trying to kill my father. God damn their hands,' Aisha Gaddafi told a flag-waving crowd gathered at her father's Bab Al-Aziziyah compound in the capital. The event, broadcast live on state television, marked the 25th anniversary of American strikes on the huge complex, which includes military barracks.
Francois Exposes the Bahraini Regime
Saudi Arabia has sent forces to Bahrain, escalating tensions between the country's predominantly Shia pro-democracy protesters and its Sunni rulers. What does the intervention of Gulf forces mean to the region? Will it provoke Iran? And could Bahrain be the next state to fall?
Libya regime change is west's goal, but doubts remain over how to achieve it
The US and its principal western allies – Britain and France – have made plain this week that military action against Libya will continue until Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown. The newspaper article from Barack Obama, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy leaves no doubt that the Libyan leader must go – a policy of regime change by any other name.
Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy: no let-up in Libya until Gaddafi departs
President Obama today signals the return of America to the forefront of the international effort in Libya, writing a joint article with David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy in which the three leaders commit their countries to pursue military action until Colonel Gaddafi has been removed.
U.S., Allies Raise Ante on Ouster of Gadhafi
The leaders of the U.S., France and the U.K. said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization must continue operations in Libya until Col. Moammar Gadhafi leaves power, raising the stakes in the showdown with the Libyan ruler.
Ex-CIA officer: Obama fools himself, Muslims see US bombing Libya
Libyan state TV reports eight NATO strikes on the capital Tripoli have caused numerous injuries among civilians. Latest pictures from the capital show smoke rising above the buildings following the attack. Local media claims one of the coalition bombs hit the residence of Colonel Gaddafi. Meanwhile, NATO officials have announced plans to continue their operation until Libyan forces stop attacking civilians and retreat. At today's meeting in Berlin, members of the alliance discussed what contribution each state needs to make, with only 6 out of the 28 involved conducting air strikes. The UK and France have been calling on other countries to increase military pressure on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. For more, RT talks to former CIA counterterrorism analyst Michael Scheuer.
Bahrain: Is a U.S. Ally Torturing Its People?
On March 17, Ibrahim Shareef, the head of the anti-government activist movement Waad, was snatched from his home at gunpoint by what his family describes as Bahraini security forces. Thrown into a waiting sport utility vehicle, he was driven off into the night. Today he's still missing, whereabouts unknown.
U.S. Keeps Quiet over Repression
If President Barack Obama wanted to place Washington "on the right side of history" during the ongoing "Arab Spring", his reaction to recent events in Bahrain will likely make that far more difficult, according to a growing number of analysts and commentators here.
World leaders slam West war in Libya
Leaders of the BRICS group, the world's five major emerging powers, have criticized the West for waging a war on Libya, which has caused civilian casualties in the North African state.
U.S., allies see Libyan rebels in hopeless disarray
Too little is known about Libya's rebels and they remain too fragmented for the United States to get seriously involved in organizing or training them, let alone arming them, U.S. and European officials say.
False pretense for war in Libya?
EVIDENCE IS now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya. The president claimed that intervention was necessary to prevent a "bloodbath" in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and last rebel stronghold. But Human Rights Watch has released data on Misurata, the next-biggest city in Libya and scene of protracted fighting, revealing that Moammar Khadafy is not deliberately massacring civilians but rather narrowly targeting the armed rebels who fight against his government.
Libyan rebel leader with U.S. ties feels abandoned
Khalifa Hifter thought he'd be America's man in Libya. He'd spent the last 24 years living under what he calls U.S. government protection in suburban northern Virginia. Before he returned to Libya last month, State Department and CIA officials sought him out for meetings. He delivered to them wish lists of weapons and vehicles to bolster the fight against Moammar Gadhafi.
Why the Libyan Intervention Sets a Bad Precedent
The Obama administration set a bad precedent by launching a surprise war for regime change in Libya without congressional authorization or informed public debate, in violation of the letter and spirit of the War Powers Resolution enacted by Congress in 1973.
Libya group agrees 'trust fund' for rebels
The international contact group on Libya has agreed to set up a temporary "trust fund" to help channel assets to the opposition Transitional National Council in Benghazi. In a statement issued at the conclusion of Wednesday's one-day summit in Doha, Qatar, the group united to call on Libya's longterm leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down.
Obama's broken Libya promises
Libya already seems comfortably ensconced in its position as America's latest forgotten war. But it is worth taking a moment to scrutinize a couple of dubious statements made by President Obama and Secretary of Defense Bob Gates last month about what the U.S. role in the war would be.
The lies behind the West's war on Libya
It was Gaddafi's Libya that offered all of Africa its first revolution in modern times -- connecting the entire continent by telephone, television, radio broadcasting and several other technological applications such as telemedicine and distance teaching. And thanks to the WMAX radio bridge, a low cost connection was made available across the continent, including in rural areas.
April 13, 2011
Johan Galtung on Libya: Obama stuck in wars, Sarkozy aims to rule NATO
A NATO-led international group is meeting in Quatar, to decide how to proceed with its military intervention in Libya. France and the UK want to step up the assault on Colonel Gaddafi, and are considering arming the rebels.
U.S. continues to conduct air strikes in Libya
U.S. fighter jets are still attacking Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's air defenses even after NATO took over full command of Libya operations earlier this month, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
US-backed Bahrain regime tortures, murders critics
The regime of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Bahrain, which the Obama administration backs to the hilt, is continuing its violent repression of political opposition. The Khalifa regime imposed a state of emergency, after its security forces, backed by troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, violently cleared protesters from Pearl Square in Manama, the kingdom's capital, on March 16.
African union says hopeful for Libya ceasefire
The African Union is seeking a way to establish a ceasefire in Libya and is trying to convince rebels in the eastern city of Benghazi to join in the effort, a spokesman for the group said on Wednesday.
Libya War Is No Pentagon Lifeline
The United States is fighting another war--of unknown scope and length--in Libya. At a time of budget-cutting fever on Capitol Hill, the war represents a potential lifeline for the Pentagon. If you believe the Libya operation justifies current U.S. military spending levels--or even an increase--think again.
Seven killed as rallies continue in Yemen
Sana'a: At least seven people, including four policemen, were killed during clashes with a dissident army unit, as hundreds of thousands of anti-regime protesters rallied across Yemen on Wednesday.
Not Why, But How: Obama's Libyan Escapade
It is a commonplace of American politics: when the moving van pulls up to the White House on Inauguration Day, it delivers not only a closetful of gray suits and power ties, but a boatload of expectations.
April 12, 2011
African Union and President Chávez: The Peace Proposal for Libya
Finally, the corporate media reports, "Gaddafi figures prominently on the roadmap for peace," and after fully supporting the criminal attack on Libya by the U.S., England and France, the British Broadcasting Corp. reports with an egg-smeared face, "Libya: Gaddafi government accepts truce plan, says Zuma."
"I Am Willing to Give My Life": Bahraini Human Rights Activists Risk Lives to Protest U.S./Saudi-Backed Repression
The Gulf nation of Bahrain is intensifying its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. On Saturday, masked police offers broke into the home of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, a prominent Bahraini human rights activist. He was beaten and detained. We speak to his daughter, Zainab Alkhawaja, who witnessed the attack and is now on a hunger strike. Her husband and brother-in-law were also beaten and arrested in the pre-dawn raid. We also speak to Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. He is facing a possible military trial for publishing the photograph of Ali Sager, a protester who died while in Bahraini custody.
A new Blackwater in Libya?
The UK government has floated the idea of employing private security firms in Libya to help bolster revolutionary forces fighting the regime of Muammar Qaddafi.
Medvedev Warns of Libyan Collapse, Will Align Russia's Stance With China
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned that Libya is at risk of total collapse and that his government will consult with China at a summit of emerging- market nations this week on how to respond. "NATO isn't in control of the country because they don't have a mandate to carry out large-scale operations," Medvedev said in an interview with Chinese state television channel CCTV, according to a transcript posted on the Kremlin website today. "In order to restore order, we have to act in strict accordance with existing international resolutions."
Iran calls Syrian protests a Western plot
Anti-government demonstrations in Syria are part of a plot by the West to undermine a government that supports "resistance" in the Middle East, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
Libyan rebels reject African Union peace plan
Libyan rebels have rejected an African Union peace plan because it did not address their main demand that Muammar Gaddafi quit and because it proposed reforming a ruling system they want removed.
Libya and Humanitarian War
Two elder American statesman, at least one of which might better be put on trial for war crimes, have come up with an attempt to square the circle by reconciling "realism" and "idealism"—that is, neoconservative interventionism—in regard to "humanitarian" wars. They fail.
Who inherits the Arab revolts
Benghazi is part of that province of Cyrene once with a substantial Jewish population and once part of the Greco-Roman implantation in North Africa. It was knocked together with two other quite different regions to form today's Libya. Is this why the rebels, headquartered in Benghazi, were of interest to Bernard Henri-Levy? There he was on BBC, blushing before the compliment that it was he who had sold the Rebels to the French President Nicholas Sarkozy.
Gaddafi "accepts peace roadmap": South Africa's Zuma
Zuma, who with four other African heads of state met Gaddafi for several hours at the Libyan leader's Bab al-Aziziyah compound, also called on NATO to stop air strikes on Libyan government targets to "give ceasefire a chance."
AU delegation heads to Tripoli
A delegation of African leaders have arrived in Tripoli in an attempt to negotiate between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and Benghazi-basd opposition forces. The AU opposed the no-fly zone and resisted calls for Gaddafi's ousting. Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught, reporting from Tripoli, tells us more.
New fighting erupts in Libya
A buoyant Muammar Gaddafi made his first television appearance for five days on Saturday and his troops engaged rebels in new fighting on the eastern front in Libya's civil war.
We Are Not Being Told The Truth About Libya
Most of us have a low feeling that we are not being told the real reasons for the war in Libya. David Cameron's instinctive response to the Arab revolutions was to jump on a plane and tour the palaces of the region's dictators selling them the most high-tech weapons of repression available. Nicholas Sarkozy's instinctive response to the Arab revolutions was to offer urgent aid to the Tunisian tyrant in crushing his people. Barack Obama's instinctive response to the Arab revolutions was to refuse to trim the billions in aid going to Hosni Mubarak and his murderous secret police, and for his Vice-President to declare: "I would not refer to him as a dictator." This isn't the distant past. This is a few months ago. Yet now we are told that these people have turned into the armed wing of Amnesty International. They are bombing Libya because they can't bear for innocent people to be tyrannized, by the tyrants they were arming and funding for years.
NATO Fears War without End in Libya
The front in Libya is barely moving as the country remains split between rebels and Gadhafi's troops. The rebels are complaining of not receiving enough air support, but NATO is hardly in a position to ramp it up after the withdrawal of US fighter jets. The resulting stalemate underscores the lack of a clear strategy for the allies in Libya.
General: U.S. may consider troops in Libya
The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over.
Libyan rebels say NATO airstrikes hit their forces
AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) -- Rebel fighters claimed NATO airstrikes blasted their forces Thursday in another apparent mistake that sharply escalated anger about coordination with the military alliance in efforts to cripple Libyan forces. At least two rebels were killed and more than a dozen injured, a doctor said.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts joins The Corbett Report to discuss recent military intervention in Lybia, possible military intervention in Syria, and the long-term Western goal of encirclement of China in a future engagement that will lead to a (nuclear) third world war.
US, NATO allies join scramble for Libya's oil
A US delegation arrived in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Tuesday for talks with the Transitional National Council, the political arm of the so-called rebels fighting against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Libya rebels 'pressured into Lockerbie apology'
Libya's rebel administration has said that it signed an apology for the Gaddafi regime's role in IRA attacks and the Lockerbie bombing under pressure from the British government, and that the document is the result of "misunderstanding".
Libyan Rebels: 'Nato Is Now Our Problem'
Libyan rebels have accused Nato of being too slow to act - and asked them to suspend operations unless they "do the job properly". Rebel leader Abdel Fattah Younes has complained that the alliance takes hours to respond to events on the battlefield because of an overly bureaucratic process.
Europe feels strain as US alters Libya policy
Transatlantic relations are being tested by the US's refusal to lead the military mission in Libya, with figures on both sides of the ocean depicting the conflict as a wake-up call for Europe's military and political establishments. Britain and France are straining to fill the gap left by Washington's decision to pull back, as Europe's military ambitions are tested.
April 05, 2011
America's Costliest War
Congress, the media, and the public are rightly asking whether America should be spending $1 billion or more on the intervention in Libya at a time of fiscal austerity. One member of Congress has even proposed that the mission be offset dollar for dollar by cuts in domestic programs (leaving the Pentagon and related security programs off limits).
Syrian protest town 'holds general strike'
The southern Syrian town of Daraa, the centre of pro-democracy protests, was hit by a general strike on Tuesday and braced for fresh rallies after midday prayers, a rights activist said.
UK will supply equipment to Libyan rebels, says Hague
British foreign secretary William Hague has said the British government will supply communications equipment to the Libyan rebels, given the urgent need they have to protect civilians and communicate internationally.
Nato lacking strike aircraft for Libya campaign
Nato is running short of attack aircraft for its bombing campaign against Muammar Gaddafi only days after taking command of the Libyan mission from a coalition led by the US, France and Britain.
Rebel-held Libya 'running out of cash'
Rebel-held eastern Libya is at risk of running out of currency within weeks, the head of the opposition's central bank has warned. Banks were short of local and foreign currency, said Ahmed el-Sharif, adding that the asset freeze imposed on the Muammer Gaddafi regime was hurting its foes as well.
Air Force spending $4 million a day for Libya war
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force secretary says the service has been spending about $4 million a day to keep 50 fighter jets and nearly 40 support aircraft in the Libya conflict, including the cost of munitions.
Gaddafi forces take Brega
Rebel forces retreat over 20km east towards Ajdabiya, as Gaddafi troops mount fresh offensive to take key oil town.
The Obama Disaster, at Home and Abroad
When you predict disaster, it's no fun being right. Since long before Barack Obama was elected president, we at Black Agenda Report have said that this center-right corporate politician is a War Democrat whose foreign policy objectives — if not his rhetoric — are no different than George Bush's. With Obama's expansion of Bush's wars and his opening up of a new, North African front, in Libya, we have been proved catastrophically right — right, to the point of tears.
Is America Addicted to War?
The United States started out as 13 small and vulnerable colonies clinging to the east coast of North America. Over the next century, those original 13 states expanded all the way across the continent, subjugating or exterminating the native population and wresting Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California from Mexico. It fought a bitter civil war, acquired a modest set of overseas colonies, and came late to both world wars. But since becoming a great power around 1900, it has fought nearly a dozen genuine wars and engaged in countless military interventions.
How the Senate was bait and switched into war
Last week, minutes after President Barack Obama explained to the nation why he took the country to war, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) posted a statement on YouTube first noting Obama's 2007 claim that "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation" and then adding: "Unfortunately, President Obama has failed to heed his own advice. He has ignored our constitution and engaged us in a military conflict without congressional debate and approval."
Gadhafi's Sons Have Eye on Seizing Power
Two of Moammar Gadhafi's sons are said to be pushing a "solution" to the ongoing civil war that would allow the long-standing dictator to step down and be replaced by Saif al-Islam al-Gadhafi.
Libya says ready for change, Gaddafi must stay
Libya is ready to hold elections and reform its political system but only its own people can decide whether leader Muammar Gaddafi can stay at the helm, a government spokesman said on Monday.
US pulls out warplanes from Libya: Pentagon
The US military on Monday withdrew its fighter jets from the international air campaign in Libya, officials said, after NATO asked Washington to keep up bombing raids for another 48 hours.
Gaddafi salutes supporters in Tripoli
Libyan state television Monday showed live footage of leader Muammar Gaddafi saluting supporters from a jeep that drove outside his fortified compound of Bab al-Aziziyah in Tripoli.
Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya deal
You invade Bahrain. We take out Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. This, in short, is the essence of a deal struck between the Barack Obama administration and the House of Saud. Two diplomatic sources at the United Nations independently confirmed that Washington, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a "yes" vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya - the main rationale that led to United Nations Security Council resolution 1973.
Mounting evidence of CIA ties to Libyan rebels
Numerous press reports over the weekend add to the evidence that the Libyan rebels fighting the regime of Muammar Gaddafi are under the direction of American intelligence agencies. Despite the repeated claims by Obama administration officials that the rebels are a largely unknown quantity, it is becoming increasingly clear that key military leaders of the anti-Gaddafi campaign are well known to the US government and have longstanding relations with the CIA.
The Changing US Tune on Yemen
Over the weekend of April 2-3 in Yemen, the death toll of anti-government protesters continued to rise as security forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh reportedly shot dead twelve people and injured hundreds of others in the southern city of Taiz. Amid the violence, news broke late Sunday night that the Obama administration has quietly begun to withdraw its support for Saleh's regime. Over the past two months of violence in Yemen, the United States has continued to back Saleh despite his violent response to widespread nonviolent protests against his regime.
Hundreds wounded in Yemen protests
As many as 1,600 people have been injured in the Yemeni city of Taiz after police reportedly used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse pro-democracy protesters in the city's main square, Al Jazeera has learnt.
Yemen's Useful Tyranny – The Forgotten History of Britain's 'Dirty War'
Using declassified government files, historian Mark Curtis has exposed Britain's 'dirty war' in Yemen in the 1960s, which he describes as one of the 'least known aspects of recent British history'. The war lasted almost a decade under both Tory and Labour governments, and cost around 200,000 lives.
April 03, 2011
Gerald Celente -The First Great War of the 21st Century
Al Qaeda: Pawns of CIA Insurrection from Libya to Yemen
After two weeks of imperialist attack, Libya is being mangled by al Qaeda terrorists, civil war, NATO air raids, cruise missiles, Predator drones, and C-130 gunships — all made possible by the CIA-backed al Qaeda rebels of Cyrenaica. US, British, French, and Dutch commandos have taken leadership of the rebel forces, and are arming them with modern weapons in flagrant violation of the arms embargo specified in UN Security Council resolution 1973. Al Qaeda is also stealing heavy weapons on its own, as the president of Chad has reported. The singing tomorrows of the fatuous US-UK color revolution rhetoric have dissolved, exposing the hideous reality of a brutal, cynical, imperialist drive to destroy the modern nation-state itself.
Gaddafi's deputy foreign minister flies to Athens with peace proposal
Renewed signs that key figures in Muammar Gaddafi's regime are seeking an end to the crisis emerged on Sunday when the deputy foreign minister, Abdul Ati al-Obeidi, flew to Greece using the same route out as defector and his former boss, Moussa Koussa apparently with a message from the Libyan government seeking a way out of the crisis.
Ex-Mujahedeen Help Lead Libyan Rebels
Two former Afghan Mujahedeen and a six-year detainee at Guantanamo Bay have stepped to the fore of this city's military campaign, training new recruits for the front and to protect the city from infiltrators loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
April 02, 2011
Libyan rebels struggle to explain rift
Libya's rebel military struggled Saturday to explain an apparent rift within its highest ranks while acknowledging its soldiers' role in a mistaken NATO bombing of rebel columns the night before.
At least four killed in Syria demonstrations
Thousands of Syrians flooded the streets of several major cities Friday for a new round of anti-government protests, defying the security forces that used gunfire and tear gas to disperse them.
Coalition "friendly fire" kills 13 Libyan rebels
A NATO-led air strike killed 13 Libyan rebels, a rebel spokesman said on Saturday, but their leaders called for continued raids on Muammar Gaddafi's forces despite the "regrettable incident."
Dozens missing in Bahrain crackdown
Dozens of people have gone missing in Bahrain, as the monarchy intensifies its violent crackdown on protesters in an attempt to take control of the Persian Gulf state.
Libya rebels in Misrata hit by Gaddafi's artillery fire
Colonel Gaddafi's troops mounted an intense artillery bombardment of rebel-held Misrata today. The city is the last big rebel stronghold in western Libya but after weeks of shelling and allied air strikes the rebels were losing their grip.
NATO's Fascist War
You didn't have to be clairvoyant to foresee what I wrote with great detail in three Reflection Articles I published on the CubaDebate website between February 21 and March 3: "The NATO Plan Is to Occupy Libya," "The Cynical Danse Macabre," and "NATO's Inevitable War."
Jeremy Scahill: How the US Strengthens Al Qaeda in Yemen
In efforts to target Al Qaeda members in Yemen, the US has unintentionally weakened President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime. Most dangerous are its use of bombing operations, which have killed civilians, important tribal figures and members of the Yemeni government. The Nation's Jeremy Scahill joined Democracy Now! this morning to discuss his new investigative report on the US government's gamble in supporting Saleh as one of its "war on terror" puppets.
March 31, 2011
The New Colonialism: Washington's Pursuit of World Hegemony
What we are observing in Libya is the rebirth of colonialism. Only this time it is not individual European governments competing for empires and resources. The new colonialism operates under the cover of "the world community," which means NATO and those countries that cooperate with it. NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, was once a defense alliance against a possible Soviet invasion of Western Europe. Today NATO provides European troops in behalf of American hegemony.
"In The Muslim World This Is 'Americans Killing Muslims' AGAIN!" Michael Scheuer
Yes, this is a humanitarian war — that is what makes it so deadly
They're back. Having spent the past 10 years pretending to be anti-war — describing the attack on Iraq as 'criminal' and the war in Afghanistan as 'a trifle ill-judged' — the liberal and left-wing set that originally invented the idea of 'humanitarian warfare' in the 1990s are once more at the forefront of public debate. They've cast off the anti-imperialist garb that they temporarily donned to make their disappointment with Blair and their snobbish disdain for Bush appear principled, to reveal that, underneath, there lurk the same old laptop bombardiers keen to visit their moralistic fury upon some wayward nation. This time they have Libya in their sights.
Farrakhan defends Libya's Gadhafi as 'brother'
Warning that destruction could be on America's doorstep because it oppresses "God's chosen people," Minister Louis Farrakhan, the controversial Nation of Islam leader, defended Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi today, calling the U.S. action in Libya hypocrisy.
NATO Rules Out Arming Rebels
Officials at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which early Thursday assumed control of allied operations to enforce the United Nations mandate in Libya, said they aren't considering arming Libyan rebels.
The hypocrisy of the West's 'humanitarian interventions'
Our post-Cold political lexicon has become not only useless, but also absurd. The United States, its NATO allies and a number of non-democratic (even anti-democratic) Arab regime puppets of the west have plunged the world into another misguided war — this time in Libya. This was possible due to a relatively new and dangerous international legal oxymoron known as "humanitarian intervention".
Obama on Libya: George W. Bush 2.0
His lines may be better delivered, but Barack Obama is sounding – and acting – more like the heir to George W. Bush than the answer sold to the public in his award-winning ad campaign. Indeed, when not sending billions of dollars to repressive governments across the globe, the great liberal hope is authorizing deadly drone strikes and military campaigns in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and now, in his most morally righteous war yet, Libya.
What the Patriot Act Does For You
Incessant warmaking overseas will someday end when the United States runs out of money or soldiers or both. But less well understood is the collateral damage here at home where the consequences of the global war on terror will linger on in the form of a shattered constitution.
CIA, British Special Forces Crawl Through Libya
America's no boots on the ground humanitarian intervention in Libya features ground-based CIA agents (presumably wearing tennis shoes) coordinating with Libyan rebels so as to better be able to assist them with tactical air support...
The CIA, the Libyan Rebellion, and the President
Wishful commandments need a fantasy-structure to support them, a history that omits words like Vietnam, Chile, El Salvador, East Timor. This was remarked at the time by observers of Obama in Oslo. The neoliberal and neoconservative strategists for their part admired that earlier speech just as now they admire Obama's kinetic military action in Libya.
Britons urged to leave Yemen now
The Foreign Office has urged all British nationals to leave Yemen while commercial airlines are still flying "in light of the rapid deterioration in the security situation".
Syria braced for Friday showdown
Syria is braced for a violent showdown in its most restive cities on Friday as opposition activists vow to defy Bashar al-Assad, their increasingly intransigent president, by bringing hundreds of thousands of supporters onto the streets.
On Wednesday some of the key figures in the campaigns against the wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq are coming together to explain why intervention in Libya
is likely to be equally disastrous. Come along to the discussion and spread
It's been nearly two weeks since the US entered Libya and there is still no clear indication on who the rebels really are. Webster Tarpley, an investigative journalist says the US is supporting al-Qaeda, and racists on the ground. The world should ask America, "What are you doing arming and promoting al-Qaeda fighters in Libya?" he said.
Libya: The law is clear - it is illegal to arm the "rebels"
The law is the law, and it is crystal clear. Under the UN Charter and Resolutions 1970 and 1973 it would be illegal for any entity to arm the "rebels" in Libya and in so doing, this would constitute a breach of international law, leaving the perpetrators open to criminal liability. And has anyone researched the history of the "rebel" movement?
NATO uses depleted uranium bombs against Libya
"An unacceptable threat to life and a violation of international law" — that's how the United States' former Justice Secretary Ramsey Clark slammed the use of depleted uranium weapons. The United States first used depleted uranium bombs during the military invasion of Iraq in 1991. Apparently pleased with the debut, the Americans pounded them on Yugoslavia nine years later. These days, world news media have been awash with reports that NATO is using depleted uranium bombs against Libya.
In Libya, CIA is gathering intelligence on rebels
The Obama administration has sent teams of CIA operatives into Libya in a rush to gather intelligence on the identities and capabilities of rebel forces opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, according to U.S. officials.
It's been nearly two weeks since the US entered Libya and there is still no clear indication on who the rebels really are. Webster Tarpley, an investigative journalist says the US is supporting al-Qaeda, and racists on the ground. The world should ask America, "What are you doing arming and promoting al-Qaeda fighters in Libya?" he said.
Libya threatens to sue firms over rebel oil deals
Libya's government warned on Wednesday that it would sue any international company that concluded energy deals with rebels who control some of the country's oil infrastructure, the state news agency reported.
Obama in 2002: Toppling Brutal Dictator a 'Dumb War'
President Barack Obama, as an Illinois state senator in 2002, said that using military force to topple a murderous dictator amounted to a "dumb war" and should be opposed. The "dumb war" Obama was criticizing was the planned invasion of Iraq and the murderous dictator was its leader, Saddam Hussein.
'US, Saudis keep Saleh in power'
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been able to stay in power only by relying on foreign supports and funding, especially from the US and Saudi Arabia, Director of Institute for [Persian] Gulf Affairs (IGA) says.
Yemen govt loses control of 6 of 18 provinces
Yemen's political crisis deepened today as President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to step down in the face of mounting desertions by his supporters and officials said the government had lost control of six of the country's 18 provinces.
Bahraini troops close in on protesters
Bahraini army troops have besieged mourning demonstrators in the northeastern village of Ma'ameer as the Persian Gulf state sees more violence against anti-government protests.
Syrian cabinet resigns amid unrest, says state TV
Syria's Cabinet resigned today to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago, threatening President Bashar Assad's 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian nations in the Middle East.
NATO Chief Opens The Door to Libya Ground Troops
The mantra, from President Obama on down, is that ground forces are totally ruled out for Libya. After all, the United Nations Security Council Resolution authorizing the war explicitly rules out any "occupation" forces. But leave it to the top military officer of NATO, which takes over the war on Wednesday, to add an asterisk to that ban.
More countries slam NATO action in Libya
US President Barak Obama has defended his decision to involve the US in the Libyan conflict. Ten days after the international community intervened, President Obama used the prime time speech to answer his critics and explain his case. The speech came as Russia and Indonesia called for an immediate ceasefire and Turkey offered to act as mediator.
British officials 'working with rebels in East'
A team of British officials is in face-to-face contact with rebel forces on the ground in Libya for the first time, as foreign ministers from more than 40 countries gather in London for a conference on the country's future.
Libya: it wasn't supposed to be like this in free Benghazi
The young gunmen at the roadblock took no chances. They put a knife to the throat of the driver before hauling the three men and one woman from the car, dragging them through the street into a nearby mosque for a rough round of interrogation.
British PM urges 'new beginning' for Libya
David Cameron urged the international community today to rally round to deliver a "new beginning" for the Libyan people. Opening international talks in London, the Prime Minister called for the creation of a "contact group" to provide sustained political support for the country as it undergoes change.
On Libya, Who Does Obama Think He is Fooling?
The answer is: liberals. No surprise there; liberals are as confused about "humanitarian interventions" now as they were in the (Bill) Clinton days. They just don't get it, and the ones who get it least are the ones who are most inclined to cut Obama slack, no matter what the issue is.
Obama Raises American Hypocrisy to Higher Level
What does the world think? Obama has been using air strikes and drones against civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and probably Somalia. In his March 28 speech, Obama justified his air strikes against Libya on the grounds that the embattled ruler, Gadhafi, was using air strikes to put down a rebellion.
Obama Tries, Without Success, to Explain an Undeclared War
The president did not address the fact that the Libyan adventure is an undeclared war. In fact, he barely mentioned the Congress that is supposed to declare wars, saying only: "And so nine days ago, after consulting the bipartisan leadership of Congress, I authorized military action to stop the killing and enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973."
Analysis: Obama doesn't mention Libyan rebels
President Barack Obama wanted to tell a hesitant America why he launched a military assault in Libya, and he wanted to describe it on his terms — limited, sensible, moral and backed by international partners with the shared goal of protecting Libyans from a ruthless despot.
FACT CHECK: How Obama's Libya claims fit the facts
In transferring command and control to NATO, the U.S. is turning the reins over to an organization dominated by the U.S., both militarily and politically. In essence, the U.S. runs the show that is taking over running the show.
Anti-genocide advocate credits Obama for Libyan uprising
White House aide Samantha Power, a former news reporter turned anti-genocide advocate, said President Obama's two-year campaign to promote human rights helped trigger the uprising in Libya against Col. Moammar Gadhafi's rule.
Libyan rebels pushed back from Gadhafi hometown
Libyan government tanks and rockets blunted a rebel assault on Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte on Tuesday and drove back the ragtag army of irregulars, even as world leaders prepared to debate the country future in London.
Kadhafi tells West to halt 'barbaric genocide'
Colonel Moamer Kadhafi urged world powers meeting Tuesday in London to end their "barbaric" offensive against his oil-rich country as his forces beat back a rebel push on his home town Sirte.
Lejeune Marines prepare to deploy off Libyan coast
Twenty-two hundred Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune are preparing to deploy off the coast of Libya in northern Africa. They said goodbye to their families Monday afternoon, and they'll be leaving in the days ahead.
Libya's Great Man-Made River Project September 01, 2010
The 1st of September marks the anniversary of the opening of the major stage of Libya's Great Man-Made River Project. This incredibly huge and successful water scheme is virtually unknown in the West, yet it rivals and even surpasses all our greatest development projects.