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October 31, 2011

  • Libya's turmoil, al-Qaida presence 'no surprise,' says White House
    Weekend media reports showed al-Qaida's flag flying in central Benghazi, and noted that Libyan anti-aircraft missiles had been purchased by terror groups, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday the administration has not been surprised by news reports from Libya.

  • Looted Libyan treasure 'in Egypt'
    Libya's National Transitional Council says it believes several hundred ancient coins stolen from a bank in Benghazi during the Libyan uprising have turned up in Egypt.

  • NATO says will not intervene in Syria
    NATO ruled out the possibility of military intervention in Syria on Monday but said Damascus should draw lessons from Libya, where NATO-backed rebels won a civil war that resulted in the killing of long-serving leader Muammar Gaddafi.

  • Arab League hands Syria plan to end unrest
    The Arab League committee gave its plan, involving talks in Cairo between the Syrian authorities and their opponents, to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem and Bouthaina Shaaban, a political adviser to Assad, on Sunday in Qatar.

  • Syria gives no answer to Arab League initiative
    Syria's delegation left Doha on Monday without offering a response to a plan presented by an Arab League committee on ending the unrest in the country.

  • Libya: revolutionaries turn on each other as fears grow for law and order
    Hundreds of revolutionaries fought each other at a hospital in Tripoli early on Monday, in the biggest armed clash between allies since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

  • Missing Libya Missiles: UN Calls On Libya, Neighbors to Find Weapons
    A resolution calling on Libya and its neighbors to secure unguarded Libyan weapons stockpiles and prevent terrorists from acquiring them was unanimously adopted Monday by the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council.

  • Soldiers escorted Saadi into Niger
    SAADI Gaddafi was smuggled into Niger by a team of ex-special forces soldiers from around the world, according to a former Australian soldier who claims to be the personal bodyguard of the former Libyan dictator's son.

  • Palestine granted full Unesco membership - video
    The UN cultural and educational agency Unesco has granted Palestine full membership in a move that Israel and the United States say could harm Middle East peace efforts. Delegates approved the membership by 107 votes to 14. 'Long live Palestine!' shouted one delegate, in French, at the meeting of Unesco's general conference.

  • Over 150,000 attend Imran Khan's rally
    LAHORE: Pakistani cricket hero turned politician Imran Khan told a huge rally yesterday that his party would help US troops pull out from Afghanistan and bring militancy in the country to an end.

October 30, 2011

October 29, 2011

  • What explains US's anti-Iran tirade
    The Barack Obama administration has visibly rachetted up its anti-Iran rhetoric. There is a scramble for explanations why the theatre of the absurd is being enacted all over again - the 'evil empire', etc. Iranians themselves saw this as a clever ploy by the Obama administration to turn attention away from the 'Wall' protests in the US. True, the protests are not fading and the authorities have no clue how to handle protests.

  • New Israeli airstrikes kill 9 in Gaza
    Israeli warplanes pound the southern Gaza Strip for a second time within the space of a day, killing at least nine Palestinians, Press TV reports.

  • US Congress Engineering Consent For Attacks On Iran And Venezuela
    "Iran is engaged in recruiting young Venezuelans of Arab origin for use in intelligence operations as militants. Some go to Iran for training. Some sources say that Hezbollah is involved in this operation," said the chairman of the subcommittee on Oversight and Homeland Security, Republican Michael McCaul.

  • 'Assassination plot 100% US fabrication'
    An Algerian newspaper says that Tehran's involvement in a terror plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy is a scenario 100 percent fabricated by the US government.

  • 'US no authority to challenge Iran Navy'
    A senior Iranian naval commander says the Americans are not in the position to comment on Iran's presence in international waters and the country's naval fleets will continue to sail the high seas.

  • Engineering Consent For Attack On Iran
    Amos Gilad: Iran is Massive Threat That Must be Dealt With

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are extremely concerned by the Iranian threat, and Defense Ministry Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs Amos Gilad believes the matter must be a top priority.

  • Iran scoffs at US 'contradictions' in dialogue offer
    Iran on Saturday dismissed a renewed US offer of dialogue by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying the "contradictions" of pursuing talks at the same time as threats undermined the proposal.

  • Assad: challenge Syria at your peril
    Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, has warned that Western action against his country would cause an "earthquake" that would "burn the whole region".

  • NATO: 13 killed in Kabul suicide bomb attack
    Five troops and eight civilians were killed in central Kabul when a suicide bomber struck a vehicle in a military convoy, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Saturday.

  • US Drones Kill 'Commander,' 10 Others in Waziristan
    A pair of US drone strikes against North and South Waziristan killed at least 11 people today, including Khan Mohammed, a heretofore unmentioned "deputy leader" of Maulvi Nazir's Taliban faction.

  • Huge Pakistan rally demands halt to U.S. drone strikes
    A large number of tribesmen rallied here Friday to demand an immediate halt to the U.S. drone strikes in tribal regions. Tribesmen from North Waziristan tribal region marched on Islamabad's main road leading to the parliament house and chanted slogans against the United States.

  • After Gaddafi, Unease Rules
    "The war is over and Gaddafi already buried. What else could we possibly ask for?" says Adnan Abdulrafiq at his busy street restaurant in Omar Mukhtar street in downtown Tripoli. But troubles may not have ended with the war.

October 28, 2011

October 27, 2011

  • Chavez: "UNASUR is our Armour against Barbarism"
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez exhorted all South American countries to consolidate the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to protect the region from situations like that of Libya, whose government was overthrown by NATO's actions that killed its leader Muammar Gaddafi last week.

  • 28 civilians die in battle for Mogadishu
    At least 28 civilians have been killed and tens of others injured after African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters turned on each other and clashed in war-ravaged Somali capital of Mogadishu, Press TV reported.

  • War in Syria: Gamble for US
    It seems that the recent changes of situations are proving that Syria will be the next Libya. Since Qaddafi was killed, the contradictions between the Untied States and Syria have been intensifying.

  • Syrians stage another pro-regime rally
    Tens of thousands of Syrians held a mass rally Thursday in support of embattled President Bashar Assad, but the regime's crackdown on dissent continued in opposition areas as security forces killed at least nine people, including two youths, activists said.

  • Pakistan: Reversing the lens
    Since the United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Pakistan has lost more than 35,000 people, the vast bulk of them civilians. While the US has had slightly over 1,800 soldiers killed in the past 10 years, Pakistan has lost over 5,000 soldiers and police. The number of suicide bombings in Pakistan has gone from one before 2001, to more than 335 since.

  • Demonizing Pakistan? Pakistan Accused of Backing Taliban
    Pakistan has been accused of playing a double game, acting as America's ally in public while secretly training and arming its enemy in Afghanistan according to US intelligence.

  • US drones kill nearly 50 in single day
    Nearly fifty people have been killed in separate US assassination drone strikes in Somalia, Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan and Yemen in a single day.

  • If the Libyan war was about saving lives, it was a catastrophic failure
    Nato claimed it would protect civilians in Libya, but delivered far more killing. It's a warning to the Arab world and Africa.

  • Ex-intel chief to Gaddafi wounded, raising more questions about handling of detainees
    The former intelligence chief to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was seriously injured Tuesday while in the custody of the National Transitional Council, fueling concerns about the treatment of loyalists to the deposed government.

  • Putin voices 'disgust' at Gaddafi coverage
    Russia had earlier condemned Nato for using its jets to attack the convoy Gaddafi was using to try and break through NTC troops that surrounded his hometown of Sirte on October 20.

  • Gaddafi killer faces prosecution, says Libyan interim government
    NTC backs down from insistence Gaddafi died in crossfire and pledges justice for anyone proven to have fired lethal shot.

  • NATO to formally end Libya operations Oct 31
    NATO's secretary-general says the alliance will on Friday confirm a decision to end its operations in Libya by Oct. 31.

October 26, 2011

  • Qatar admits it had boots on ground in Libya
    Qatar revealed for the first time Wednesday that hundreds of its soldiers had fought alongside Libyans in their battle to topple longtime despot Moammar Gadhafi. "We were among them and the numbers of Qataris on ground were hundreds in every region," said Qatari chief of staff Maj. Gen. Hamad bin Ali al-Atiya.
    (Aljazeera is a broadcaster owned by the state of Qatar through the Qatar Media Corporation and headquartered in Doha, Qatar.)

  • Gaddafi's driver on the endgame
    "He was strange," said Nasr. "He was always standing still and looking to the west. I didn't see fear in him. "I was with him for 30 years and I swear by God that I never saw any bad behaviour in him. He was always just the boss. He treated me well," he added, explaining he received a salary of 800 dinar a month (just over £300), as well as a house in Sirte.

  • Libya ex-spy chief Moussa Koussa denies torture claims
    Muammar Gaddafi's former spy chief has denied claims made in a BBC documentary that he tortured prisoners.

  • Venezuela's Chavez says he won't recognize new government in Libya
    The Venezuelan leader condemned the killing of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, whom he had considered a friend. He defended Gadhafi throughout the conflict and strongly criticized NATO's military involvement in the country. "For us, there is no government in Libya," Chavez told reporters at the presidential palace.

  • Gaddafi's death a warning to others: Barack Obama
    US President Barack Obama has described former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's death as a "strong message to dictators" around the world, a media report said Wednesday. Obama said on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" that Gaddafi missed his chance to bring democracy to his country.

  • Gaddafi son threatens Libyan 'traitors' with revenge
    Seif al Islam Gaddafi, one of the killed Libyan dictator's sons, has vowed to make the lives of "the traitors" who toppled his father "hell," Arab media reported on Wednesday.

  • Report: More than 250 Gaddafi supporters found dead in Sirte
    The bodies of more than 250 people who are believed to have been supporters of ousted Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have been found in Sirte, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.

  • Hillary Clinton knew of Qaddafi 'White Flag' truce: US drone fired at Qaddafi convoy after negotiated truce
    Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi was traveling under a negotiated "White Flag" truce last Thursday in an agreement to leave Libya. More claims from sources inside Misrata, Libya that the Libyan National Transitional Council did in fact agree to allow Qaddafi and his convoy safe passage out of Libya.

  • Gaddafi's Death: Celebrating Murder While Ushering in Civil War
    It's official: capturing someone alive and quickly executing them, then parading the corpse around on TV 24 hours is "a good thing". It's hard to know who the winner was, but the BBC, ITV, Sky and a number of other channels have gone all out the last few days to prove who's the best at gloating with glee over murder of Gaddafi (after he was dragged through the streets and sodomized with a knife).

  • Libya's Mustafa Abdul Jalil asks Nato to stay longer
    The head of Libya's transitional authorities has called for Nato to extend its mission in Libya until the end of the year.

  • Inglorious secret burial for Gaddafi and son
    Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mo'tassim were buried in a secret desert location today, five days after the deposed Libyan leader was captured, killed and put on grisly public display.

  • Gaddafi's family to sue NATO
    Relatives of the late former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will sue NATO in the International Military Court in the Hague on "war crime" charges, France-based Europe1 radio station quoted Gaddafi's family lawyer as saying.

October 25, 2011

  • The US departure from Iraq is an illusion
    39,000 soldiers will leave Iraq this year, but US military control will continue in such guises as security and training.

  • US assassination drone kills 29 Somalis
    At least 29 civilians have been killed and 89 others were injured in a fresh attack by US assassination drones in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.

  • Syrian army deserters kill 7 troops in revolt
    Syrian army deserters killed seven soldiers in an attack on an armored convoy on Tuesday, an activist group said, a day ahead of an Arab League visit which aims to open dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.

  • Once-banned Islamist party on course to win election in Tunisia
    Counting was well under way last night for votes in Tunisia's first free election, with a once-banned Islamist party on track for victory. The centre-left Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), polling in second place, conceded defeat to the moderate Islamic Ennahda party, which showed a lead around the country, according to poll centre results posted by Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM.

  • Revulsion, Resistance & Angry Words from Tripoli University
    "When the bodies were first exhibited curious people came and some said bad insults. But by the next day the atmosphere has completely changed. People came to honor Colonel Gadhafi for his courage in dying for what he believed was best for Libya and that was to keep Libya free from colonialism."

  • Assassination of Libya's revolutionary leader condemned
    ( - Muammar Gadhafi, the "Lion of Africa" is gone and as with great African luminaries before him like Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of independent Ghana; Gamal Abdel-Nasser, Egypt's visionary advocate of Pan Arab unity and others; the Libyan revolutionary's life, work and struggles can begin to be studied and assessed.

  • NATO may stay in Libya longer than planned - U.S. defense chief
    NATO may not end its mission in Libya as early as planned, CNN quoted U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as saying on Tuesday.

  • President Ahmadinejad Interview
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday slammed NATO's role in Libya and said the United States -- and all other countries -- should stay out of the conflict in Syria.

  • Libya: fuel depot blast in Sirte kills 100
    A fuel tank exploded in Sirte killing more than 100 people less than a week after Col Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed there.

  • Signs of ex-rebel atrocities in Libya grow
    Nearly 300 bodies, many of them with their hands tied behind their backs and shot in the head, have been collected from across Sirte and buried in a mass grave. The new government has been slow to confront allegations of atrocities by rebel fighters, despite repeated calls for them to do so.

  • Signs of Executions Mar Libya Peace
    Fresh evidence has emerged that fighters battling for control of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte were responsible for numerous extrajudicial killings and other possible atrocities, raising new questions about the final moments in Libya's revolution and adding to the challenges of national reconciliation.

  • Residents of ravaged Sirte angry, distrustful
    "I am very angry. Look at this," she said amid shells and rubble from artillery fire that littered the ground around her. "Our house is destroyed. ... Everything is gone, the televisions, the blankets, jewelry, mobile phones, all the electronics."

  • Gaddafi Sodomized By NATO Supported Rebels
    An analysis of video obtained by GlobalPost from a rebel fighter who recorded the moment when Col. Muammar Gaddafi was first captured confirms that another rebel fighter, whose identity is unknown, sodomized the former leader as he was being dragged from the drainpipe where he had taken cover.

October 24, 2011

  • The murder of Gaddafi, and the war crimes of Western powers
    The jubilant reaction of Western powers and the foes of Muammar Gaddafi to his barbaric murder on October 20, 2011 raises some serious questions about war crimes committed by the Western-backed National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters and NATO forces.

  • Fidel Castro calls NATO "brutal" for Libya role
    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro denounced NATO on Monday for its role in the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, saying the "brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious instrument of repression the history of humanity has known."

  • What's Next for U.S.-Libyan Relations?
    With vast oil reserves but a deeply divided country, Libya is vulnerable to outside powers after Gaddafi's death.

  • MI6 role in Libyan rebels' rendition 'helped to strengthen al-Qaida'
    British intelligence believes the capture and rendition of two top Libyan rebel commanders, carried out with the involvement of MI6, strengthened al-Qaida and helped groups attacking British forces in Iraq, secret documents reveal.

  • Apparent Execution of 53 Gaddafi Supporters
    Fifty-three people, apparent Gaddafi supporters, seem to have been executed at a hotel in Sirte last week, Human Rights Watch said today. The hotel is in an area of the city that was under the control of anti-Gaddafi fighters from Misrata before the killings took place.

  • GlobalPost: Qaddafi apparently sodomized after capture
    On top of Qaddafi's death, revolutionary forces are also being scrutinized for their treatment of loyalists in general. New York-based Human Rights Watch Monday warned of a "trend of killings, looting and other abuses" after 53 people, apparently Qaddafi loyalists, were found dead in a Sirte hotel. The condition of the bodies suggests they may have been executed.

  • Syria and US withdraw ambassadors
    Tit-for-tat withdrawals add to tensions between Damascus and Washington, which has called on Assad to stop using violence.

  • US withdraws ambassador to Syria due to security threats
    The United States has pulled its ambassador out of Damascus following a number of threats and allegations of an 'incitement campaign' being carried out against him by the Syrian authorities, a US spokesman said Monday.

  • U.S. Senator McCain calls for military intervention in Syria
    U.S. Senator John McCain proposed a military intervention to protect civilians in Syria now that NATO's operations in Libya are almost completed.

  • Commending Torturers Uganda: Another US Military Adventure
    If only we could trust governments to make good and moral decisions that would always reflect what we would do as individuals. Unfortunately for us all, the US government is not known for this, especially when it comes to propping up authoritarian regimes, arming dictators with weapons to use against their own people, and training military-types to more effectively and efficiently torture and otherwise "control" human beings.

October 23, 2011

October 22, 2011

  • How the West won Libya
    They are fighting over the carcass as vultures. The French Ministry of Defense said they got him with a Rafale fighter jet firing over his convoy. The Pentagon said they got him with a Predator firing a Hellfire missile. After a wounded Colonel Muammar Gaddafi sought refuge in a filthy drain underneath a highway — an eerie echo of Saddam Hussein's "hole" — he was found by Transitional National Council (TNC) "rebels". And then duly executed.

  • 'Gaddafi murder — international crime'

    There's growing international pressure for an investigation into exactly how Libya's ousted dictator Moammar Gaddafi died. The UN expressed concern over video footage taken following his capture which shows Gaddafi taken alive, before he was killed. Meanwhile, NATO said it's winding down its bombing campaign in the country. London-based journalist and author Afshin Rattansi says that killing Colonel Gaddafi is an international crime.

  • SA envoy: New thrust or missteps of newness?
    To all this, one is assaulted by both the heroic and the absurd, the obvious and the inexplicable. Gaddafi's epitaph could very well be one that heroically acknowledges he did not run away. He did not desert his people, with the final act in Sirte - his hometown - amounting to the last act of tragic rootedness to people, cause, country and for some, continent. This side of him is without doubt heroic. But his whole resistance falls far short of a people led by a man of war, fall far, far short of a colonel who had well over 40 years plus oil, during which to consolidate and to prepare for a war that was bound to come eventually, given his strong views and actions against the belligerent and unforgiving West.

  • Gaddafi's death: growing revulsion at the treatment of the dictator's body
    The international acclaim for the Libyan revolution is being tempered by growing revulsion at the treatment of the bodies of Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mutassim. As investigations continue into the circumstances of their deaths, their bullet-ridden bodies were still on show, with hundreds of people queuing to see them laid out in a cold storage room in Misrata.

  • Gaddafi's death: growing revulsion at the treatment of the dictator's body
    The international acclaim for the Libyan revolution is being tempered by growing revulsion at the treatment of the bodies of Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mutassim. As investigations continue into the circumstances of their deaths, their bullet-ridden bodies were still on show, with hundreds of people queuing to see them laid out in a cold storage room in Misrata.

  • Many in Sub-Saharan Africa Mourn Qaddafi's Death
    While Libya's former rebels and many Western nations welcomed the end of the country's long and brutal dictatorship, many sub-Saharan Africans are mourning the death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, celebrated as much for his largesse as for his willingness to stand up to the West.

  • Rebels: Gadhafi's Son Saif Al-Islam Captured
    Slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi's influential son and heir-apparent, Saif al-Islam, has been captured alive and uninjured, rebel sources told NBC News on Saturday. Saif al-Islam and Moussa Ibrahim, the former spokesman for the Gadhafi's regime, were both captured in the Libyan city of Nessma, near Bani Walid, and were currently being transported to Misrata, rebel forces told NBC News.

  • Clues to Gaddafi's death concealed from public view
    Libyan forces guarding Muammar Gaddafi's body in a cold storage room let in members of the public to view the deposed leader for a second day on Saturday, but the wounds that may hold the clue to how he died were covered up.

  • Gaddafi's Body To Go To His Extended Family
    Colonel Gaddafi's dead body is to be handed to his extended family in a deal reached with Libya's interim government, Sky News has learned.

  • Obama: Gaddafi, Iraq 'show renewed US leadership'
    Washington — President Barack Obama says the death of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and the end of the Iraq war are powerful reminders of America's renewed leadership in the world.

  • Muammar Gaddafi's grisly death raises questions the length of Libya's revolutionary road
    The manner of Gaddafi's killing raises questions for the militias that make up the new Libya, writes Andrew Gilligan in Sirte.

  • Gaddafi's body is latest war trophy for Misrata
    Muammar Gaddafi's body, bloodied and half-naked on a filthy mattress in a meat locker, is the latest spoil of war hauled back to Misrata by its exuberant fighters, confident they are Libya's fiercest revolutionaries.

  • UN orders Gaddafi death probe
    There is widespread condemnation of the way the man who ruled Libya for 42 years was killed. The Government of Zimbabwe yesterday condemned the killing. In a statement, Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu said: "Government has closely followed developments unfolding in Libya, especially in the last 24 hours. Zimbabwe just cannot accept what has happened in that African country as a legitimate way of correcting systems on the African continent."

  • West celebrates Gaddafi's end, but others express broad concern
    The murder of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi has been positioned by the White House as a win for the Libyan people, but its barbarism has drawn the attention of many countries who object to Western interventionism.

  • Eric Margolis: The Gadaffi I Knew
    "What's going on, what's happening," a wounded, dazed Muammar Gadaffi reportedly asked just before he was murdered in Sirte, Libya.

  • Libya: The Arab Spring may yet turn to chilly winter
    The extra-judicial execution of Colonel Gaddafi has been greeted with international elation, and understandably so.

  • Turkey preparing military intervention in Syria
    Turkey is playing a major role in preparing a military push on NATO's behalf into Syria, exploiting and militarising the ongoing popular protests against the repressive Assad regime in order to install an imperialist-backed puppet regime.

  • Flashback: Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot
    Documents show White House and No 10 conspired over oil-fuelled invasion plan

  • Iraq still seeking U.S. trainers: PM Maliki
    Iraq will continue talks with Washington on how U.S. trainers can work with Iraqi forces after a complete withdrawal of American troops at the end of the year, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday.

  • US planes join Kenyan battle
    Al Shabaab militants were on the back foot on Saturday evening as they faced heavy bombardment from multiple fronts from a combined force of Kenyan troops, US drones, African Union peacekeepers and Transitional Federal Government fighters.

October 21, 2011

  • The war in Libya is still a failure
    Much of the world hails Moammar Gadhafi's death as a triumph for the West. But the war that toppled him remains misguided and illegal.

  • Gaddafi's Murder and International Law

    Firoze Manji: Nothing in international law allows regime change and assassination of a leader.

  • Fake Concern: U.S. and U.N. Demand Details From Libyan Leaders on How Qaddafi Died
    An examination of several brief video clips that have emerged since Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and his son Muatassim were killed on Thursday seems to suggest that both men suffered their fatal wounds some time after they were captured. Their dead bodies were later put on display in the city of Misurata.

  • Venezuela's Chavez Condemns "Assassination" of Gaddafi
    Chávez stated that Gaddafi would be remembered as "a fighter and a martyr" and opined that the conflict in Libya isn't finished, because in the North African country "there is a people, a dignity, and the Yankee empire will not be able to dominate".

  • NATO says it didn't know Kadafi was in targeted Libyan convoy
    NATO said Friday it was not aware that Moammar Kadafi was in a convoy targeted by NATO warplanes as it headed out of the former Libyan leader's hometown of Surt. The alliance said in a statement that it dropped bombs on the convoy of Kadafi loyalists because the vehicles were "carrying a substantial amount of weapons and ammunition" which could be used against civilians.

  • Gaddafi Fall A Lesson To Other African Dictators — MDC-T
    HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's fall from grace is a lesson to African dictators who continue to cling to power against the wishes of their people.

  • Republicans Push for U.S. Role in Rebuilding Libya
    With Muammar Qaddafi finally out of the picture, Republican lawmakers are pressing the U.S. to open its wallet to help the new regime in Libya rebuild its nation, restore essential services and care for those wounded in the eight-months-long bloody conflict —; an expense they say oil-rich Libya can and will reimburse.

  • Muammar Gaddafi's 'trophy' body on show in Misrata meat store
    Bloodied, wearing just a pair of khaki trousers, and dumped on a cheap mattress, Muammar Gaddafi's body has become a gruesome tourist attraction and a macabre symbol of the new Libya's problems.

  • How the West won Libya
    They are fighting over the carcass as vultures. The French Ministry of Defense said they got him with a Rafale fighter jet firing over his convoy. The Pentagon said they got him with a Predator firing a Hellfire missile. After a wounded Colonel Muammar Gaddafi sought refuge in a filthy drain underneath a highway — an eerie echo of Saddam Hussein's "hole" — he was found by Transitional National Council (TNC) "rebels". And then duly executed.

  • A Revolutionary Spirit
    He died while valiantly fighting in defence of Libya against the combined forces of NATO and Wahhabi reactionarism.

  • Lion of Africa Killed in Combat
    Today, Friday October 21st, our beloved Brother Leader and one of the world's greatest freedom fighters, revolutionary pan-Africanist, Muammar Al Qaddafi was martyred in combat by the North Atlantic Tribes, organized under the banner of NATO, bolstered by the Arab sheikhdoms, including Al Jazeera's boss, the Emir of Qatar, the pseudo Islamic House of Saud and the US's own hideous creation, Al Qaeda. These North Atlantic Tribes constitute the same forces that have murdered our leaders, invaded our lands and plundered and ransacked our resources for more than 500 years. Muammar Qaddafi bravely stood against them all, making his last stand today, after a lifetime of struggle, in Sirte.

  • Engineering Consent For Future Military Actions
    Qaddafi Is Gone But Other U.S. Foes Remain

    Libya--Muammar Qaddafi now joins the ranks of powerful foreign figures who have battled the United States only to come to a bad end. But even with the demise of the Libyan dictator, plus Osama bin Laden, Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic, there are still autocrats around the world hostile to the U.S., notably in Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea and Iran.

  • New Videos Help Piece Together Qaddafis' Last Minutes

    An examination of several brief video clips that have emerged since Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and his son Muatassim were killed on Thursday seems to suggest that both men suffered their fatal wounds some time after they were captured. Their dead bodies were later put on display in the city of Misurata.

  • Gaddafi death: Envoy slams 'sadistic' triumphalism
    Russia's NATO envoy has written in his microblog that the Western elation over the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi could have sadistic grounds. "The faces of the leaders of 'world democracies' are so happy, as if they remembered how they hanged stray cats in basements in their childhoods," Russian envoy to NATO and the leader of the Congress of Russian Communities, Dmitry Rogozin, wrote in his twitter status on Friday.

  • Gaddafi's death breached the law, says Russia
    As politicians in Western capitals were taking quiet pleasure in the capture and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi yesterday, opinions elsewhere were divided. In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Geneva Conventions had been breached with the killing of Colonel Gaddafi.

  • Gaddafi burial delayed amid calls for probe
    Slain leader's body to be kept in cold storage before secret burial as UN calls video of his last moments "disturbing".

  • Gaddafi's Last Words as Rebels Dragged Him Through Street
    Video has emerged of the former Libya leader still alive and being bundled through Sirte by a group of rebel fighters.

  • Robert Fisk: You can't blame Gaddafi for thinking he was one of the good guys
    We loved him. We hated him. Then we loved him again. Blair slobbered over him. Then we hated him again. Then La Clinton slobbered over her BlackBerry and we really hated him even more again. Let us all pray that he wasn't murdered. "Died of wounds suffered during capture." What did that mean?

  • Rebels accused of executing former Libyan leader and son Mutassim
    Libya's rebel army has been accused of executing both Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mutassim in cold blood as the United Nations suggested their deaths amounted to war crimes.

  • Eldest son Saif critically injured and 'captured close to Tripoli'
    Colonel Gaddafi's favourite son Saif al-Islam has been captured close to Tripoli after suffering critical injuries in a bombing raid, officials claimed today. The eldest son of the dead dictator and heir-apparent escaped the clan's final showdown in Sirte that claimed his father and brother Mutassim yesterday.

  • Iraq rejects US request to maintain bases after troop withdrawal
    Obama announces the full withdrawal of troops from Iraq but fails to persuade Nouri al-Maliki to allow US to keep bases there.

  • Moscow slams Western draft resolution on Syria
    The Western draft resolution on Syria could provoke a Libyan scenario in the country, Russian Prime Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. He underscored that Russia is opposed to Syria sanctions.

October 20, 2011

  • John McCain on Libya fallout: 'Not just the Arab Spring'
    The governments in Syria, Russia and China should be "nervous" about the message sent by the fall of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, a former Republican presidential candidate has told BBC's Newsnight programme.

  • Qaddafi's Death Does Not Legitimize U.S. Intervention in Libya
    Qaddafi's death does not validate the original decision to launch military operations without authorization from Congress. The Libyan operation did not advance a vital national security interest, a point that former secretary of defense Robert Gates stressed at the time. Qaddafi could have been brought down by the Libyan people, but the Obama administration's decision to overthrow him may now implicate the United States in the behavior of the post-Qaddafi regime. That is unfair to the American people, and to the Libyan people who can and must be held responsible for fashioning a new political order.

  • Footage of Gaddafi's last minutes

  • Moammar Gadhafi Slain, But How?
    Conflicting Stories Emerge of Ousted Dictator's Killing

  • Warning — Graphic Images And Video
    NATO Supported Rebels Desecrate Gadaffi's Body - Or Does Video Show Him Still Alive When Captured?

  • Obama hails death of Muammar Gaddafi as foreign policy success
    President Barack Obama hailed the lifting of the "dark tyranny" over Libya after the new government confirmed Muammar Gaddafi had been killed, issuing a warning to other dictators in the Middle East — and particularly Syria — that they could be next.

  • Clinton on Qaddafi: "We came, we saw, he died"
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared a laugh with a television news reporter moments after hearing deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi had been killed.

  • Sociopath Hillary Clinton Laughs At News Of Gaddafi Death
    Secretary of State and noted war criminal Hillary Clinton was all smiles today after receiving the news that NATO and her al Qaeda friends had killed embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Showing her sociopath self, Clinton, along with a corporate media puppet, were recorded laughing at the death of a third world dictator who posed no threat to the United States

  • Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly dead but there are still conflicting reports as to how he was killed
    Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after National Transitional Council fighters overran loyalist defences in Sirte, the toppled Libyan leader's hometown and final stronghold. "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed," Mahmoud Jibril, the de facto Libyan prime minister, told reporters on Thursday in Tripoli, the capital.

  • Death of Libya's Gaddafi avoids awkward trial
    Muammar Gaddafi's apparent death from wounds received during the fall of Sirte means a long and complex trial that could have divided Libya and embarrassed Western governments and oil firms will be avoided.

  • Muammar Gaddafi killed in Sirte

    Al Jazeera has acquired exclusive footage of the body of Muammar Gaddafi after he was killed in his hometown, Sirte. "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed," the de facto Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told reporters in Tripoli. Abdul Hakim Belhaj, an NTC military chief, said Gaddafi had died of his wounds after being captured near Sirte on Thursday.

  • NATO Given Proof of Qaddafi Death: Allied Military Official
    Libya's interim government has sent NATO commanders still pictures and video imagery which "leave no doubt" of Muammar el-Qaddafi's death, a senior Western military official told National Journal.

  • U.S. Predator Drone Fired on Qaddafi Convoy, Official Says
    A U.S. Predator drone, along with a French fighter jet, fired on the convoy said to be carrying Muammar Qaddafi in the moments before his death, a U.S. defense official told Fox News on Thursday.

  • Death of Gaddafi "historic transition" for Libya: UN chief
    The death of Libya's former strongman Muammar Gaddafi marks an "historic transition" for the North African country, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he urged Libyans to lay down their arms and unite in this "time of rebuilding."

  • Muammar Gaddafi killed in gunbattle, 'fighters drag body'
    Muammar Gaddafi was killed on Thursday as Libya's new leaders declared they had overrun the last bastion of his long rule, sparking wild celebrations that eight months of war may finally be over.

  • Gaddafi killed as Libya's revolt claims hometown
    Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya's interim rulers said.

  • Gaddafi 'killed' after fall of Sirte — NTC
    An NTC soldier is telling Sky News: "Somebody shot him with a 9mm." Another soldier says he was shot in the belly. This happened at 12.30, the soldiers say - but it is unclear if they mean am or pm.

  • The Son of Africa claims a continent's crown jewels
    On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only "engage" for "self-defence", says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.

  • US drones bombed Libya more than Pakistan
    While Obama insists that the "hostilities" that have erupted between Gaddafi's regime and rebels necessitated US response with weapons of war in conjunction with NATO — but is by no means a war — American drones have come down hard in Libya.

October 19, 2011

  • We don't need a war with Iran
    I am delighted if quick work on the part of the FBI prevented the Saudi Arabian ambassador from being assassinated in Washington. Nonetheless, the report of the incident, coinciding with Department of Defense budget concerns and President Barack Obama's political woes, makes me wonder if the Obama administration isn't laying the groundwork with the American public for a war with Iran.

  • 10 killed in Syrian protests; huge pro-Assad rally
    Syrian security forces and pro-government gunmen killed at least 10 people in a rebellious central province Wednesday, activists said, just as tens of thousands of Syrians were demonstrating in a key city - a huge show of support for the country's embattled president.

  • The destruction of Sirte
    The Libyan city of Sirte is being systematically destroyed by National Transitional Council "rebel" fighters and NATO fighter planes. The operation stands as a monumental war crime, for which primary responsibility rests with the leading forces behind the military intervention in Libya—US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

  • Libyan Rebel PM: Gadhafi trying to recruit fighters
    Libya's acting prime minister said Wednesday that ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi is believed to be recruiting fighters from other African countries and preparing for a possible insurgency, hoping to destabilize Libya's new regime.

  • Libya NTC forces relaunch Sirte assault after setback
    Libyan interim government fighters have renewed their offensive on the besieged town of Sirte after being pushed back by die-hard Muammar Gaddafi loyalists holed up in the deposed leader's home town.

  • Libya: NATO war crimes charges
    Is NATO using forbidden weaponry in Libya Below is video footage of what is purported to be attacks using white phosphorous (as it did in Kosovo, as it did in Iraq)?

  • US strike kills 18 civilians in Somalia
    A US drone attack has killed at least 18 civilians and wounded several others in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reports.

October 18, 2011

  • Unfolding a plot: Mossad at work
    Despite its evidently make-believe facade, the cooked-up story of the Saudi envoy assassination plot does not seem to be something which can be easily banished from the minds of the American powers that be.

  • Pakistani Intelligence Official Says Mossad Gave Supposed Iranian Terrorist Arbabsiar Fake Papers
    The so called Iranian terror plot has continued to come apart at the seems. Today, a Pakistani Intelligence official told the Pakistani Urdu-language daily that the Mossad gave Mansour Arbabsiar fake id papers only three months ago.

  • Ahmadinejad rejects US 'murder plot' claims
    Iran's president tells Al Jazeera that US accusations over plot are attempt to divert attention from its own problems.

  • The FBI Goes Rogue On Iran
    The FBI's Counter Terrorist Unit has transformed itself into an instigator of crime. The Agency's modus operandi (MO) here reminds one of those carnivorous plants that have evolved physical shapes that lure their insect victims to their deaths.

  • Iran Says Saudi Plot Defendant Belongs to Exile Group
    Iran injected a new twist on Tuesday into the week-old American accusation of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, asserting that one of the defendants really belongs to an outlawed and exiled opposition group.

  • Obama Has Awlaki's 16-Yr-Old Son, Friends Killed at Dinner
    The extra-legal assassination of New Mexico cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was certainly controversial in its own right, but reports about the assassination targeting some sort of terrorist convoy seem to be crumbling under evidence and the number of children killed in the attack.

  • Anwar al-Awlaki's family speaks out against his son's death in airstrike
    In the days before a CIA drone strike killed al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki last month, his 16-year-old son ran away from the family home in Yemen's capital of Sanaa to try to find him, relatives say. When he, too, was killed in a U.S. airstrike Friday, the Awlaki family decided to speak out for the first time since the attacks.

  • People in Sirte are Still Resisting NATO Backed Rebels

    Ahmed Bani, a military spokesperson from the Rebels admitted that his Rebels are not making any progress in Sirte, whereas he claims that the flag of King Idriss would now have been raised in the center of Bani Walid, which they would hold for 90%.

  • Sirte destroyed by NTC-NATO offensive in Libya
    The Libyan town of Sirte has been all but destroyed and its inhabitants turned into homeless refugees. This situation has gone largely unreported, but those press reports that have emerged paint a picture of a city being reduced to ruins by attacks of the National Transitional Council (NTC) "rebels" and NATO bombing raids against which it has no defense.

  • The Legend of Sirte
    A legend is being created that is going to haunt the people who have been propelled into power in Tripoli. In Sirte a handful of men have set an example of bravery in the face of impossible odds that will eventually find its place in Arab history.

  • Clinton in Libya to offer new aid package
    The Obama administration on Tuesday increased U.S. support for Libya's new leaders as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made an unannounced visit to Tripoli and pledged millions of dollars in new aid, including medical care for wounded fighters and additional assistance to secure weaponry that many fear could fall into the hands of terrorists.

  • U.S. finalizes arms deal with Bahrain
    A top U.S. diplomat confirmed Tuesday the United States has finalized a $53 million weapons deal with the Persian Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain.

  • Karzai Asks Nato to Explain Killing of Former Afghan Senator's Family
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday said he was asking Nato to explain why three family members of a former senator were killed in an operation conducted by international troops in Wardak province.

  • US Troops Deploy to Fight Lord's Resistance Army
    U.S. troops have been deploying in central Africa to help the forces of Uganda and other nations fight the Lord's Resistance Army [L.R.A.]. The deployment is the largest U.S. attempt yet to eradicate the group known for its ruthless campaign of killing, rape, and its use of child soldiers over the past two decades.

  • Uganda to start refining its own oil in 2014
    The east African nation discovered commercial oil deposits in 2006 in the Albertine basin along its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and reserves of about 2.5 billion barrels have been confirmed.

October 17, 2011

  • Iran's leader warns US
    IRAN'S supreme leader warned the United States yesterday that any measures taken against Tehran over an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington would elicit a "resolute" response.

  • U.S. Officials Peddle False Intel to Support Terror Plot Claims
    Officials of the Barack Obama administration have aggressively leaked information supposedly based on classified intelligence in recent days to bolster its allegation that two higher- ranking officials from Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were involved in a plot to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in Washington, D.C.

  • 'Saudi envoy plot suspect is MKO man'
    A source told the Mehr news agency on Monday that Interpol has learned that Gholam-Hossein Shakouri, aka Ali Shakouri and Gholam Shakouri, the second suspect in the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, is one of the senior members of the MKO, which is an anti-Iranian terrorist group.

  • Iran Says Plot was Mujahedin Put-Up Job
    In the fight between supporters of the Islamic Republic and partisans of the Mujahedin, I side with neither: Partisans of Tehran support a terror-sponsoring Islamist dictatorship that claims to be a democracy, while the Mujahedin al-Khalq aspires to lead a terror-sponsoring Islamist dictatorship that claims to be a democracy.

  • US drone crashes in Somalia, kills five
    A US unmanned aerial vehicle has crashed near a military facility in southern Somalia, killing at least five government soldiers, Press TV reports.

  • 27 Somalis killed in US drone strike
    A US drone attack has claimed the lives of 27 civilians, including children, in the famine-stricken Somalia, Press TV reports.

  • Arab League gives Syria 15 days to end crackdown or face suspension
    Gulf countries seeking to suspend Syria's membership to the Arab League over its bloody crackdown on protesters failed to gain enough support to push the measure through, reflecting deep divisions among the body's 22 nations.

  • Exposed: The "Humanitarian" War In Libya
    How the CIA Used "Libyan Expatriates" To Engineer Consent For Regime Change

  • Bani Walid claimed by NTC forces
    Libya's interim government reports that they have entered Gaddafi stronghold

  • Libya's NTC steps back after heavy fighting with Gaddafi remnants in Sirte
    Fighters of Libya' s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) on Sunday retreated from several positions in the northern coastal town of Sirte, so as to allow NATO to bomb sites that are holding up the remaining forces of the previous leadership.

  • Gaddafi's son confirmed dead
    A television station based in Syria that supports Muammar Gaddafi confirmed today that the deposed Libyan leader's son Khamis had died in fighting southeast of the capital Tripoli on August 29.

October 16, 2011

October 15, 2011

  • Libyan rebel government steps up security after clashes in capital
    Libya's new government increased security in Tripoli Saturday with extra roadblocks and house-to-house searches after fighting in the capital with supporters of Muammar Gaddafi raised fears of another insurgency.

  • Kadhafi fighters mount fierce fightback in Sirte
    Moamer Kadhafi loyalists mounted a fierce counter-attack in the city of Sirte on Saturday, forcing back new regime fighters under a barrage of rockets and shelling, an AFP reporter said.

  • Gaddafi home town largely destroyed
    After weeks of intense fighting, Moammar Gaddafi's home town appeared Saturday to have been largely destroyed, with most of its population fled and holes the size of manhole covers blown in apartment buildings and the ousted leader's showcase convention center.

  • Libyan forces search Tripoli for Gadhafi loyalists
    Libyan fighters fanned out in Tripoli neighborhoods Saturday to search for armed supporters of fugitive leader Moammar Gadhafi a day after a major gunbattle rocked the capital for the first time in two months.

  • Taliban did not kill Afghan president's brother: NATO
    The man who killed the influential half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai three months ago carried out the attack for personal reasons and was not a Taliban fighter, a senior NATO official said Saturday.

  • Saudi warns it will not tolerate riots during hajj
    A top Saudi official warned on Saturday that the kingdom will not tolerate any riots at the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca next month, at a time of rising tension with Iran.

  • New War of Choice in Uganda Follows Familiar Foreign Police Doctrine
    Sending 100 combat troops to Uganda, Obama is fighting a routine fight: unnecessary war, support for dictatorship, and blowback as an afterthought.

  • 'Israelis, Saudis' behind Iran terror plot

    A former CIA operative and chief of the Bin Laden unit, Michael Scheuer, believes that the only people that would benefit from the alleged Iranian terror plot to target the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. are the Israelis and the Saudis. In an interview with fox news Scheuer stated that "both Israel and Saudi Arabia are much more dangerous enemies to the U.S. than the Iranians are." He then added that "the Congress is crazy for war with Iran" and that some U.S. Senators like Joe Lieberman and John McCain "are owned by the Israelis".

October 14, 2011

  • US drone strike kills 78 in Somalia
    An attack by a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has killed at least 78 people and injured 64 others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.

  • Fresh Uganda Oil Find 'Africa's Biggest'
    Heritage Oil announced details of a large oil discovery in Uganda yesterday, which the company claimed could be the largest onshore discovery in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Obama: US can prove Iranian assassination plot is true
    US officials acknowledge the alleged plot by Iran to assassinate Saudi Arabia's top diplomat in Washington sounds like a far-fetched Hollywood script, but insist it is a case of truth being stranger than fiction. Many Western experts on Iran remain sceptical, however. They say Washington has yet to explain Tehran's motive for hatching such an inflammatory plot that, if successful, would have brought dire retribution.

  • Accused Iran plotter in US lacks cunning, friends say
    An Iranian-born Texas man accused of an elaborate plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington was a heavy drinker and flighty businessman who did not fit the profile of a cunning agent, according to people who knew him well.

  • Petraeus's CIA Fuels Iran Murder Plot
    Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, in his accustomed role as unofficial surrogate CIA spokesman, has thrown light on how the CIA under its new director, David Petraeus, helped craft the screenplay for this week's White House spy feature: the Iranian-American-used-car-salesman-Mexican-drug-cartel plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

  • FBI Account of 'Terror Plot' Suggests Sting
    Although the document, called an amended criminal complaint, implicates Iranian-American Mansour Arabsiar and his cousin Ali Gholam Shakuri, an officer in the Iranian Qods force, in a plan to assassinate Saudi Arabian ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, it also suggests that the idea "originated with and was strongly pushed by an undercover DEA [Department of Drug Enforcement] informant, at the direction of the FBI".

  • The Price of the Libya Intervention: Surface to Air Missiles for All
    What the "blowback" from the Libyan War is still unclear, it might be a bad idea to invest a lot of your money in commercial air travel, particularly anywhere in Africa, the Middle East or Central Asia. Qaddafi's days may be numbered, but those SA-24s and SA-7s are going to be around for a long time.

  • Last stand in Sirte: Extraordinary pictures show Libyan city shelled to smithereens
    Buildings are crumbling, heavily armed fighters stand on every street corner and snipers lurk on rooftops - welcome to Sirte.

  • In the chaos of Sirte, anti-Gaddafi fighters are killing each other
    Fight for last uncaptured ground made more deadly by Libyan government forces' rivalries and inexperience.

  • UN diplomat delivers sobering report on Libya
    "The situation [in Libya] is far from stable, there are many security concerns, the fighting is still on, violations of human rights and international humanitarian law have been registered," Churkin told reporters after a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council.

  • U.S. Sending More Contractors to Secure Libya's Weapons Stockpile
    The State Department is sending dozens of American contractors to Libya to help that country's fledgling efforts to track down and destroy heat-seeking antiaircraft missiles looted from government stockpiles that could be used against civilian airliners.

  • NTC Sets Up Checkpoints After Major Gunbattle in Tripoli
    Libya's National Transitional Council has begun setting up checkpoints across the city of Tripoli today, following a gunbattle against what locals described as between 50 and 80 fighters carrying the green flag of Gadhafian Libya.

  • US says terrorists seeking missing Libyan missiles
    Terrorist groups have expressed interest in obtaining some of the thousands of shoulder-launched missiles that have gone missing in Libya and the issue has become a priority for the Obama administration, a senior U.S.official said Friday.

  • Up to 7,000 held in Libyan prisons, U.N. says
    Up to 7,000 prisoners are held in dozens of makeshift detention centers in Libya more than two months after rebel forces toppled Muammar Gaddafi, amid serious allegations and some evidence of torture, the United Nations said on Friday.

  • U.N. urges world to protect civilians in Syria
    Syrian forces shot dead at least six people protesting against President Bashar Assad on Friday, activists said, and the United Nations called for international protection for civilians from a crackdown it said could lead to civil war.

  • Syria uprising: UN says protest death toll hits 3,000
    The United Nations says 3,000 people have been killed in Syria in the seven months of protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

October 13, 2011

  • Nuclear lesson from Libya: Don't be like Qaddafi. Be like Kim
    The US-NATO intervention and fall of Qaddafi in Libya sent this troubling message to the world: Get a nuclear weapon, and you can stick around. Give it up, and you're gone. It's time to offer states real security guarantees for disarmament and disavow the nuclear double standard.

  • Saudi Envoy to Iran: Riyadh Accuses No Country of Assassination Plot
    Saudi Ambassador to Tehran Osama Bin Ahmad Al-Sanosi dismissed the western media reports alleging that Riyadh has accepted the US accusations against Iran, and stressed that "we will not allow enemies to misuse" the occasion.

  • Saudi Claims Alleged Iranian Plotter Also Orchestrated Bahrain Unrest
    While a number of prominent experts on Iran are not convinced that the Iranian government really did authorize a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador in Washington — with the help of a Mexican drug cartel and a used-car salesman — one well-connected Saudi commentator insists that the scheme was real, and part of a much broader conspiracy against his nation.

October 12, 2011

October 11, 2011

  • Black Libyans Make Their Stand in Sirte and Bani Walid
    "Black soldiers are fighting for survival against the world's biggest lynch mob, armed to the teeth by the United States and Europe." When it comes to Blacks — whether Libyans or immigrant workers — NATO-backed rebels have shown no respect for the rules of war, or for women and children. If surrender means torture and debasement or summary execution at the hands of racist killers, the only option is a battle to the bitter end.

  • Israel and Libya: Preparing Africa for the "Clash of Civilizations"
    Once again, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya peels away the veneer of legitimacy and deception enveloping the U.S./NATO genocide currently taking place in Libya. In his first article, Nazemroaya exposed the mechanism by which the world came to "know" of the need for a humanitarian intervention in the Libyan Arab Jamahirya and U.S./NATO admissions of targeted assassination attempts against the Leader of the 1969 Libyan Revolution, Muammar Qaddafi. In his first of these four installments since his return from Libya, Nazemraoya makes it clear that there never was any evidence given to the United Nations or the International Criminal Court to warrant or justify United Nations Resolutions 1970 and 1973 or current U.S./NATO operations inside Libya.

  • U.S. Says Iran-Tied Terror Plot in Washington, D.C. Disrupted
    FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a "significant terrorist act in the United States" tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today.

  • NATO says extent of resistance in Libya 'surprising'
    The determined resistance by forces loyal to ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is "surprising" because the fighters can't hope to reverse the situation on the battlefield, a NATO spokesman said Tuesday.

  • Iraq's Sadr condemns U.S. 'occupiers'
    The presence of U.S. military trainers in Iraq beyond the Dec. 31 deadline is an organized occupation, Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr said.

October 10, 2011

  • Homegrown Terror Threat "Manufactured": NYU Study
    The threat of homegrown terror in America has been "manufactured" by entrapping Muslim men into crimes they otherwise would not commit, a recent study from the New York University School of Law has concluded.

  • Saudi Arabia plans to buy more American weaponry
    Saudi Arabia is planning to reach an agreement with the United States on the purchase of artillery systems worth $186 million, Arabian website Elaf said citing a high-ranking source in the Saudi government.

  • Fierce clashes in Sirte, 20 dead
    Libyan doctors receive the dead and injured in a small hospital outside of Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown.

  • 17 NTC fighters killed in Libyan city of Bani Walid
    Seventeen fighters of Libya's new regime were killed and 50 wounded in clashes with Muammar Qaddafi loyalists in the desert town of Bani Walid, a military official in Tripoli said on Monday.

  • Militia hands over Tripoli airport to government
    Libya's interim government took over the country's main international airport from a group of regional fighters on Monday as part of its efforts to consolidate control over strategic infrastructure.

  • NATO Commander Says Resilience of Qaddafi Loyalists Is Surprising
    The commander of NATO's air campaign in Libya has said that hundreds of organized fighters loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi pose a "resilient and fierce" threat in the two remaining pro-Qaddafi strongholds, and are exploiting the urban settings to complicate the alliance's mission to protect civilians.

October 09, 2011

  • Syria warns against recognition of opposition council
    Syria threatened Sunday to retaliate against any country that formally recognizes a recently established opposition National Council seeking international support for the six-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

  • Blatant state takeover behind EU and US Libyan operation
    Having taken over Libya, NATO exposed its hypocrisy towards protecting civilian lives, letting the revolutionary forces to shell loyalist cities and assault them despite great losses among civilian population.

  • Death Toll Raise in Sirte
    More than 18 people were killed and nearly 300 wounded on Saturday in a two days of clashes as Libya's new regime fighters struggled to take full control of Muammar Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte.

  • Deaths mount as anti-Gaddafi fighters inch forward
    At least 18 people were killed and nearly 300 wounded in two days of clashes as Libya's new regime fighters struggled to take full control of Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, medics said on Saturday.

October 08, 2011

October 07, 2011

  • Iraq, siding with Iran, sends essential aid to Syria's Assad
    More than six months after the start of the Syrian uprising, Iraq is offering key moral and financial support to the country's embattled president, undermining a central U.S. policy objective and raising fresh concerns that Iraq is drifting further into the orbit of an American arch rival — Iran.

  • Pakistan accuses 'CIA-doctor' of treason
    Government panel investigating US raid that killed Osama bin Laden says doctor should be tried for high treason.

October 06, 2011

  • Saudi forces pull out of Shia troublespots
    The Saudi security forces are pulling back in troubled parts of the oil-rich country's Eastern Province to avoid further confrontation with Shia protesters, say human rights activists, but they warn that any small incident might provoke fresh clashes.

  • The Palestinians' Next Move
    As the dust settles after last week's "showdown" at the United Nations over the Palestinian application for membership, several initial conclusions can be drawn. First, the United States now is thoroughly out of touch with most of the international community when it comes to Palestine and Israel. It has positioned itself to the right of the most right-wing, pro-settler government in Israeli history.

  • The West kicks itself because of UN Security Council's decision on Syria
    "We believe that the Security Council abrogated its responsibility," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said about the organization, which was created to maintain peace and security in the world. The UN Security Council received this criticism from Ms. Clinton just because it failed to approve the anti-Syrian resolution, which was vetoed by Russia and China.

  • Gaddafi warns developing world leaders of similar fate
    Deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi said leaders of the developing world who recognised Libya's National Transitional Council(NTC) that ousted him with the aid of NATO firepower would suffer a similar fate.

  • NATO bombs hit hospital in Libya's Sirte
    NATO has carried out a new round of airstrikes against Libya, targeting a hospital in the northern town of Sirte, Press TV reports.

  • Libya: wounded patients evacuated from Sirte hospital
    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) evacuated three war-wounded people from Ibn Sina hospital in Sirte to a field hospital on the other side of the front line on 6 October 2011.

  • NATO: No immediate end to Libya bombing
    NATO's bombing campaign in Libya, now in its seventh month, will continue despite the collapse of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, alliance officials said Thursday.

  • Libya: Anti-Gaddafi Fighters Loot, Burn Homes In Sirte
    After capturing this hamlet, a center for Moammar Gadhafi's tribe, revolutionary fighters have gone on a vengeance spree, looting and burning homes and making off with gold, furniture and even automobiles.

  • Libyans Resist NATO's Killing Machine
    For over six and a half months, Libyans tied down the world's mightiest military force despite overwhelming odds against them and enormous loss of life and human suffering.

  • Russia accuses NATO of increasing casualties in Libya
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused NATO of mounting the number of casualties during the civil war in Libya.

October 05, 2011

  • Exclusive: Libya's NOC seeks $6 billion in sanctions debts
    Libya's top oil body is pursuing international oil firms for bills worth around $6 billion that were left unpaid this year due to U.N. sanctions imposed in March, a source in the National Oil Corporation (NOC) told Reuters this week.

  • Once allies against Gadhafi, now fight in new Libya
    Old feuds and divisions are surfacing among armed groups and local military council members of Libya's National Transitional Council, officials told CNN.

  • Red Cross delivers aid to Gadhafi's hometown in Libya seeking to ease shortages amid fighting
    The international Red Cross delivered baby milk, diapers and other humanitarian aid to civilians in Moammar Gadhafi's besieged hometown on Thursday, seeking to ease shortages amid rapidly deteriorating conditions.

  • Saudi police open fire on civilians as protests gain momentum
    Pro-democracy protests which swept the Arab world earlier in the year have erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia over the past three days, with police opening fire with live rounds and many people injured, opposition activists say.

  • Truth and Falsehood in Syria
    As insurrection in Syria lurches towards civil war, the brakes need to be put on the propaganda pouring through the western mainstream media and accepted uncritically by many who should know better. So here is a matrix of positions from which to argue about what is going on in this critical Middle Eastern country:

  • Chomsky on "Occupy Wall Street" and Israel's Collapse: Bush Torturer, Obama Just Kills
    Pinning its hopes on the sole support of the US, Israel risks a collapse if it is ever withdrawn - much like apartheid-era South Africa, prominent scholar Professor Noam Chomsky warns. He recalls how South Africans felt safe to ignore a UN embargo and corporations pulling out of their country throughout the 1980s, as long as the Reagan administration continued to support them. As soon as the US withdrew its support, the apartheid regime collapsed.

October 04, 2011

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