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July 08, 2011

  • Huge Pro Gaddafi Rallies In Libya
    A collection of videos and text of Gaddafi's speech on July 08, 2011

  • Five Libyan rebels killed near Misrata - medical sources
    Five Libyan rebels were killed and 17 were injured in fighting with forces loyal to leader Muammar Gadaffi near Misrata on Friday, medical workers said.

  • Nato strikes at Libya's oil in bid to oust Gaddafi
    Nato forces have attacked Libya's oil facilities for the first time in this conflict in an attempt to starve Muammar Gaddafi's army of fuel, as rebels, following fierce clashes, moved to within 50 miles of the capital Tripoli.

  • NATO forces hit Libyan oil depots
    NATO forces for the first time since the conflict struck Libyan oil facilities in an effort to cut off fuel supplies to Gadhafi loyalists, a commander said.

  • US House votes to bar military aid to Libyan rebels
    The US House of Representatives on Thursday rejected cutting off funds for NATO-led operations in Libya but voted to forbid the Pentagon from arming, training, or advising the strife-torn nation's rebels.

  • Eight killed in Syria protests
    At least eight people were killed on Friday in Syria after troops fired live ammunition at anti-government protesters, activists said.

  • Syrians take to the streets as regime lashes at US
    Hundreds of thousands of Syrians carrying olive branches and shouting for the downfall of President Bashar Assad's regime streamed Friday into the flashpoint city of Hama, where the U.S. and French ambassadors traveled in a strong show of support for the protest movement.

  • Another U.S. War For Al-Qaeda
    Now we have yet another potential reason to oppose the Libya war. According to West African governments, Obama's war is actually empowering al-Qaeda, as the terrorist group is reportedly looting weaponry from Libyan rebels. This is in addition to the fact that U.S.-supported rebels themsleves have admitted to having ties to al-Qaeda.

  • Protesters reject US, Saudi interference
    Tens of thousands rallied in Sanaa yesterday to "reject" Yemen's dependence on the United States and Saudi Arabia, saying badly burned President Ali Abdullah Saleh was "politically dead" after a TV appearance.

  • Gunfire kills 11 as Yemenis celebrate president's TV appearance
    President Ali Abdullah Saleh's supporters have opened fire, killing at least 11 people across Yemen after their leader's first television appearance since his injury last month.

  • The Essential Rules Of Liberty
    There is nothing worse in this world than an enslaved man who naively believes himself free, except, perhaps, trying to explain to that same man his predicament. You can lay truth after truth before his feet. You can qualify your every position with cold hard irrefutable data. You can plead and scream and raise veritable hell, but before he will ever listen, he must first become aware of his own dire circumstances.

  • Somali militants lift food aid ban amid starvation
    The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has announced it will allow aid organisations to resume operations in areas of the drought-stricken country it controls.


July 07, 2011

  • 'NATO kills 10 civilians for every troop targeted, destroys children's facilities'

    Rebel fighters in Libya have blamed a lack of ammunition, and a lack of NATO support, for their failure to advance towards the capital Tripoli. It comes just days after Libya reportedly intercepted two vessels with Belgian weapons intended for the rebels. For more about what's going on there, RT crosses live to Tripoli and Dr. Franklin Lamb, a Director of Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace.

  • Libya: NATO intensifying bombing to aid rebel push
    A senior Libyan official Thursday accused NATO of intensifying its bombing campaign and backing foreign mercenaries to lay the groundwork for an advance by rebels trying to topple Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

  • Russia slams NATO war on Libya
    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has slammed NATO's war on Libya, saying it has reached a "stalemate" and caused a large number of civilian deaths in the North African country.

  • Libya and War Powers
    The war against Libya may violate the US constitution, but once again the empire moves ahead with the military option.

  • Libya: NATO intensifying bombing to aid rebel push
    A senior Libyan official Thursday accused NATO of intensifying its bombing campaign and backing foreign mercenaries to lay the groundwork for an advance by rebels trying to topple Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

  • The Strange Silencing of Liberal America
    Obama's greatest achievement is having seduced, co-opted and silenced much of liberal opinion in the US.

  • NATO Says Airstrike in Afghan Province Killed Women and Children
    NATO forces said Thursday that they had unwittingly killed several women and children a day earlier during an early morning air attack against militants in a remote corner of eastern Afghanistan. The American-led coalition also said it was investigating separate reports of civilian deaths in a nearby province.

  • US drone strikes kill dozens in Somalia
    Dozens of al-Shabab fighter have reportedly been killed after the US military used remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles to target their bases in southern Somalia.

  • Will the U.S. Stand By As Famine Looms in Somalia?
    "The drought has gotten so bad that we have seen camels dying of thirst," recounted a Mercy Corps colleague during my recent visit to Somalia. While crises in Sudan, Libya and Japan may get the headlines, the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today -- by a long shot -- is taking place in the Horn of Africa.


July 06, 2011

  • Russia accuses NATO of hindering political process in Libya
    Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin on Wednesday accused NATO of undermining Libyan opposition efforts to start talks with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, according to local media reports.

  • Libyan rebel leaders to hold talks with NATO
    Libyan rebel leaders for the first time will hold talks with NATO's 28-nation North Atlantic Council on July 13 to present their plans for democratic transition, the organisation's chief said Wednesday.

  • Libya: covert guerrilla war in Tripoli
    A covert guerrilla war, waged by underground rebel cells and fought mainly at night, is increasingly challenging the Gaddafi regime's hold over Tripoli.

  • Libyan rebels launch dual offensive
    Misrata death toll rises as rebel forces from the city and from a stronghold further west begin assault against Gaddafi troops.

  • Libya rebels launch assault on Tripoli gateway
    Libyan rebels backed by NATO air power on Wednesday launched a promised assault on a key gateway to Tripoli, attacking positions just 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the capital.

  • The US must end its illegal war in Libya now
    President Obama has ripped up the US constitution for Nato's ill-considered Libyan adventure. Congress must restore sense.

  • NATO should be impartial in Libya — Russian envoy
    "NATO has long gone beyond what was expected and ordered by the 1973 resolution on Libya," Rogozin said on state TV. "Now, common sense dictates that NATO must stop it actions and, on top of this, not get involved in this civil war on the side of one of the parties."

  • Gun running with the Libyan rebels
    As the daughter of a ship's captain, I've been on some strange voyages in my time. But our passage to Misrata in late June had to be the craziest.

  • Libya: NATO intensifying bombing to aid rebel push
    A senior Libyan official Thursday accused NATO of intensifying its bombing campaign and backing foreign mercenaries to lay the groundwork for an advance by rebels trying to topple Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

  • Yemen: 40 militants killed in clashes
    At least 40 militants linked to al-Qaida have been killed in two days of airstrikes and clashes with government forces, Yemen's state news agency said Tuesday.

  • Hama defies Syrian army; 11 killed
    Security forces killed at least 11 people in Hama Tuesday while residents mobilised to keep Syria's army out, activists said as the United States urged the regime to withdraw from the flashpoint city. he Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoting medical sources, said the casualty toll had risen to 11 dead and more than 35 wounded in Hama.

  • Malema labels US 'a blood thirsty imperialist'
    African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema has labelled the United States (US) as a blood thirsty imperialist.


July 05, 2011

  • "Arrogance of Hillary Clinton" toward African leaders on Libya condemned
    NATO and America are trying to re-colonize Africa through AFRICOM. My question to African leaders is: Will you allow it? Out of the fear of the so-called power of the West, will you bow down and carry out their will which is against your best interest and the interest of African people worldwide?

  • S. Africa's Zuma calls for 'urgent' Libya peace talks
    South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday called for Libya to urgently begin peace negotiations, after his talks with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of a NATO meeting.

  • Lugar bashes Obama's Libya policy
    Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) attacked a Senate bill that would authorize a limited use of force in Libya shortly before the Democratic Senate leadership postponed a vote on it Tuesday, criticizing the bill as "overly broad."

  • Libya: UN introduces regular vessel to ferry aid from Benghazi to Misrata
    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched the first ship with a regular schedule to ferry relief supplies and aid workers from the Libyan city of Benghazi to Misrata, which has seen some of the heaviest fighting since an uprising broke out in the North African country four months ago.

  • France: Libyan rebels no longer need weapons drops
    French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet on Tuesday ruled out further weapons drops to Libya's rebels, saying they were 'no longer necessary' because the rebels had achieved a degree of autonomy.

  • Gaddafi forces 'intercept arms from Qatar'
    Government spokesman says two boats carrying weapons for rebels seized from west of Tripoli.

  • Senate Postpones Libya Vote
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), facing mounting Republican criticism that he should focus on controlling the record U.S. debt, on Tuesday reversed course and withdrew plans to hold a vote on authorizing the U.S. to participate in military activities in Libya.

  • Depleted Uranium found in Libya by scientists
    The use of DU in Libya has been certified by a group of independent scientists on the spot, as reported by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya. It can now be added to the list of criminal acts perpetrated by NATO to protect the civilian population.

  • NATO rifts strain Libya campaign
    As NATO countries diverge over the scope of their commitments in Libya, few places offer a better view of the evolving conflict there than the cockpits of the specially equipped radar aircraft that constantly circle 50 miles off the coast, coordinating the alliance's missions.

  • NATO's ground operation in Libya to lead to unpredictable consequences in region — Russian deputy FM
    NATO's ground operation in Libya will threaten the country's territorial integrity and may lead to unpredictable consequences for the whole region, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.

  • Libya Denies Report Gadhafi Offered to Stand Down
    Libyan government officials today denied reports that ruler Moammar Gadhafi had agreed in principle to stand down from power, insisting they were "simply untrue" and that the regime would "die to defend him."

  • Libya: 'Seven rebels' killed in clash near Misurata
    Seven Libyan rebels were killed and 25 wounded Tuesday during recent fighting south of Misurata, according to unnamed rebel sources.

  • Kadhafi shelling kills 11 in Misrata, most civilians: rebels
    Shelling by forces loyal to Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi killed 11 people and wounded another 57, almost all civilians, in the western rebel enclave of Misrata, insurgents said.

  • Yemenis vehemently oppose US-Saudi plan
    The Secretary General of the Yemen Democratic Party, Seif Ul-Washli, in an interview with Al-Alam News Network, has said that the ideal of the Yemeni revolution is to make major change in the ruling regime, while declaring the vehement opposition of the Yemeni people and revolutionaries with the US-Saudi plan to transfer power to the Yemeni vice-president, Mansour Haadi.

  • Yemen arrests head of Shiite opposition party
    Hassan Zaid, head of Yemeni opposition group Al-Haq, is arrested in Sanaa, son blames national security.

  • Analysis — Syria's Assad faces dilemma in Hama
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faces a dilemma over the city of Hama, crushed by his father a generation ago and now slipping beyond his control.

  • Syrian forces shoot dead 14 in Hama: activists
    Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shot dead 14 people on Tuesday in the Syrian city of Hama, activists said, and France called on the United Nations to adopt a firm stance in the face of "ferocious armed repression."


July 04, 2011


July 03, 2011

  • Libyan rebels reject African plan, prepare advance
    Libyan rebels on Sunday rejected an African Union peace plan, saying it would leave Moamer Kadhafi in power, as South Africa's president headed for talks in Russia on the conflict.

  • The Sorman massacre
    It was a family celebration, the Libyan way. Everyone had gathered to celebrate the third birthday of little Al-Khweldy. The grand-parents, the brothers and sisters and cousins were crowding inside the family house located in Sorman, 70 Kms West of the capital: a big garden where small houses had been built for the various members of the family, plain, one-floor houses.

  • NATO Is An Outlaw, The ICC Is Its Accomplice
    The International Criminal Court at The Hague is a pariah in the world of Justice and International Law; those who work for it are traitors to their cause, the Institution itself is an insult to every fibre of civilisation and a knife in the back of the notion that the law prevails and is applied without bias.

  • Turkey recognises Libya rebels
    Foreign minister offers $200 million in aid as part of diplomatic shift away from Gaddafi.

  • Rebels: If Gaddafi quits, we will let him stay in Libya
    Muammar Gaddafi is welcome to live out his retirement inside Libya as long as he gives up all power, Libya's rebel chief told Reuters on Sunday in the clearest concession the rebels have so far offered.


July 02, 2011


July 01, 2011

  • Qaddafi Did NOT Threatens Attacks on Europe

    Green Square (Tripoli, Libya) - 1st July 2011 from Libya News on Vimeo.
    One Million People Crowd The Streets Of Tripoli To Denounce NATO Aggression

    Huge Pro Gaddafi Rally In Tripoli


    Voice is not of Gaddafi
    Recorded from
    http://onlystream.net/FMS/webroot/ljbc.htm Translation of Gaddafi's speech:
    Translation of Gaddafi speech today, translation by Karim Budabuss:

    The leader is talking now. He is saying that this is a historical day, and he is challenging Sarkozy, Cameron and Obama to switch on their TVs and watch the crowds and he is saying that they will find out that they are delusional because they entered a war which they never win, he also says if you continue targeting our houses we can do the same coz Europe is not far away but he said lets not do this and watch the crowds , kids and women. They are not here because i ordered them to, it is they are free will. in this war you are not facing me you are facing these crowds. I am nothing, if you want peace with Libyans, it is up to the crowds. If you want any thing , negotiate with the crowds. The regime is not Gaddafi regime, it is a Libyan regime . Even if many got scared, defected and escaped, the Libyans will remain, and each coward will be replaced with a hero. Is it a democracy to bomb the civilans, we don't want a democracy which comes with bombs. The socialist Jamahyria will win, the real democracy which serves the people. I advice you to stop bombing, and stop becoming merecenaries for some rebels. The Libyans said their words, they marched, their tribes made it clear that the future is for Libyans, the oil is for Libya, Libya is ours. You are delusional, a group of traitors convinced you that Libya is easy to get, you hired mercenaries , propaganda, sychological war all that didn't allow you to make any progress on the ground. Turn on ur TVs and watch the longest Libyan flag 4.5 km, I didn't make this flag, people donated to make this flag. Those rebels are no different from who betrayed Libyan during the Italian invasion. Libyan people go in millions without weapons to liberate the regions under rebel control. You Libyan people are the only one who can finish this war with a victory. If they want to negotiate we welcome that, otherwise we are continuing and they are definitely losing no matter how many weapons they drop with parachute to the rebels. We will not betrayed our history nor our children and their future. The glory is for you brave Libyans, the struggle will continue.
    Translation from: http://www.facebook.com/VivaGaddafi

  • Libya casts shadow over AU summit
    The Nato intervention in Libya is winning few friends at the African Union summit that is being held in Equatorial Guinea. Members there have been criticising foreign interference - and have warned it will only make the situation worse.

  • Russia says NATO breaches UN resolution on Libya
    The NATO-led coalition violates the United Nations Resolution on Libya and thus deteriorates prospects of a peaceful settlement in the country, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko who heads the Russian delegation at the annual OSCE security conference.

  • NATO chief stresses keeping military pressure on Gaddafi
    More than three month after Western countries launched military operations in Libya, NATO Secretary General Rasmussen said here Thursday that the main objective of the campaign remains unchanged: force Gaddafi to leave power.

  • NATO may be preparing ground operation in Libya — Russian envoy
    NATO is likely be preparing a ground operation in Libya, the Russian envoy to the alliance, Dmitry Rogozin, said on Friday.

  • Rockets push back rebels south of Libyan capital
    Libyan rebels who had advanced to within 80 km of Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold in the capital were forced to retreat Friday after coming under a barrage of rocket fire from government forces.

  • Huge protests grip Syria; 12 killed in clashes
    Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded cities around Syria on Friday in one of the largest outpourings against the regime of President Bashar Assad since the uprisings began more than three months ago. At least 12 people were killed in various clashes, activists said.


June 30, 2011

  • AFRICOM: AF, Navy still flying Libya missions
    Air Force and Navy aircraft are still flying hundreds of strike missions over Libya despite the Obama administration's claim that American forces are playing only a limited support role in the NATO operation.

  • African concern over Libya arms drops
    African Union head says guns are falling into wrong hands after France reveals it dropped arms in rebel-held areas.

  • Russia says arming Libyan rebels violates U.N. vote
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that arming Libyan rebels was a "crude violation" of a U.N. Security Council resolution that imposed a comprehensive arms embargo on Libya from February.

  • Spain: Libya war may be al-Qaida weapons source
    Spain's interior minister says he and EU colleagues are worried that Libyan army weapons are being trafficked and possibly sold to al-Qaida's affiliate in North Africa.

  • US extends drone strikes to Somalia
    The US has conducted its first drone strike on Islamist militants in Somalia, marking the expansion of the pilotless war campaign to a sixth country.

  • Syria: US presses for opposition dialogue with Assad
    The US is pushing the Syrian opposition to maintain dialogue with Bashar al-Assad's regime as details emerge of a controversial "roadmap" for reforms that would leave him in power for now despite demands for his overthrow during the country's bloody three-month uprising.

  • 30 soldiers, 10 al-Qaida militants killed in battles in south Yemen
    Death toll among Yemeni government forces targeted by two car bombs earlier Wednesday in Zinjibar city of the southern province of Abyan rose to 30, an official of the Interior Ministry told Xinhua.

  • Pakistan tells US to leave 'drone' air base
    Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said on Wednesday that Pakistan has told the United States to leave "drone" airbase. "We have told them (the US officials) to leave the Shamsi airbase," said the minister while talking to journalists at his office. He said the trust between the US and Pakistan had reduced to a great extent after the May 2 incident. "This mistrust could be reduced by sitting together and taking joint actions." The minister pointed out that the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) had stopped its funding for the war on terror being fought in FATA that had been harming the country's economy.

  • US Rejects Pakistani Demand to Leave Air Base
    Fresh off of the public demand by Pakistani Defense Minister Chaudhry Mukhar that the United States must immediately vacate the Shamsi Air Base, a small airfield in Pakistani Balochistan which the US has been using for drone attacks, the Obama Administration has officially rejected the demand.


June 29, 2011

  • CIA asset: 'Libyan opposition is al-Qaeda'

    With bin Laden's elimination, the US announced a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Now President Obama has revealed a new national strategy for counterterrorism. The focus is al-Qaeda and it's affiliates, as well as Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas on the list of enemies. Susan Lindauer, former CIA asset who covered Libya for nearly 10 years, is speaking to RT on what that exactly means.

  • Black Caucus on Libya War: The Good, the Confused, and the Hopeless
    At this critical juncture in history, the Congressional Black Caucus is near useless to the cause of peace. The recent congressional vote on Libya shows that, in the CBC, "there are more Confused members than Good, and The Good are outnumbered four to one by The Hopeless." Much of the Caucus has bought into President Obama's "humanitarian intervention" scam, notably Minneapolis Rep. Keith Ellis. "Ellis has given a blank check to arbitrary global rule by U.S. military fiat — to endless wars that need no declaration, and to the end of international law as it has evolved over the centuries."

  • Obama Says He Doesn't Have to Answer Whether War Powers Resolution Is Constitutional
    "There may be a time in which there was a serious question as to whether the War Powers Resolution was constitutional. I don't have to get to the question," Obama said during a White House news conference Wednesday.

  • What America Stands for in Libya
    At a time when the American people have been asked to tighten their belts, teachers are receiving pink slips, the vital statistics of the American people reveal a health care crisis in the making, and the U.S. government is in serious threat of default, our President and Congress have decided that a new war, this time against the people of Libya, is appropriate.

  • Syria Pulls Its Armed Forces From Some Contested Cities
    The Syrian military and the government's security forces have largely withdrawn from one of the country's largest cities as well as other areas, residents and activists said Wednesday, leaving territory to protesters whose demonstrations have grown larger and whose chants have taunted a leadership that once inspired deep fear.

  • AU summit opens without Gadhafi, but in his shadow
    Organizers of this week's African Union summit printed Moammar Gadhafi's portrait and mounted it on the flags decorating the highway to the conference venue back when the world expected him to rule for life.

  • Dutch warn of heated NATO debate as Libya drags on
    The Dutch defence minister warned NATO allies on Wednesday against "mission creep" in Libya and forecast heated debate in the military alliance about the future of its campaign if it was not over by the end of September.

  • ICC Warrant 'Pours Oil on Fire' in Libya, African Union Says
    An International Criminal Court arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and two others "pours oil on the fire" instead of helping to end the war, said Jean Ping, chairman of the African Union Commission. "Everyone can see that the ICC always comes at an inconvenient time, which pours oil on the fire," Ping said today. "You know very well that it complicates the situation."

  • Eyewitness Libya: Cynthia McKinney
    By a margin of 2-to-1, people in the United States oppose the war in Libya, and there is growing Congressional opposition. The Obama White House offered an absurd rationale for its refusal to comply with the War Powers Act of 1973, asserting that the massive bombing of Libya by U.S., British and French war planes is somehow different from the "hostilities" associated with war.

  • Libya mission becomes a burden for Obama
    More than 100 days after the United States and NATO allies launched what was supposed to be a quick air campaign in Libya, Pentagon officials concede that the effort has little strategic value for the U.S., and the alliance's desired outcome there remains unclear.

  • Obama dismisses Libya 'fuss' in Congress as political game-playing
    President Obama on Wednesday defiantly said he does not need to discuss the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution because U.S. military involvement in Libya has not come to that point.

  • France drops arms to Libyan rebels
    France has air dropped arms to Libyan rebels in mountains south of Tripoli who are eyeing an assault on the capital, it said on Wednesday after anti-regime forces captured a network of weapons caches.

  • France says sent arms to bolster Libyan rebels
    France said on Wednesday it had airlifted weapons to Libya's rebels this month, the first time one of the NATO countries bombing Libya has openly acknowledged arming the insurgents seeking to topple Muammar Gaddafi.

  • Libyan rebels would review Gaddafi contracts
    Libya's rebel council said on Wednesday it would review all contracts, including lucrative oil deals, signed under Muammar Gaddafi's government were it to come to power and axe any where it found signs of corruption.

  • 20m plan to prop up post-war Libya in bid to avoid mistakes of Iraq
    Britain is to spend 20million propping up Libya after Colonel Gaddafi has gone in a bid to avoid the errors of the war in Iraq, it was revealed yesterday.

  • U.S. key Senate panel votes to authorize "limited" engagement in Libya
    The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday passed a measure that would authorize the Obama administration to conduct "limited" military engagement in Libya.

  • Yemen air raid kills civilians amid fierce clashes
    A Yemeni airstrike killed four civilians and wounded 12 near the militant-held southern city of Zinjibar Wednesday as fighting on the ground left 16 soldiers and at least two militants dead.

  • NATO Genocide in Black Libyan Town of Tawerga

    It is time to put NATO, UN, International Criminal Court and those nations that give life to these bodies in check. NATO is now carrying out genocide in the black Libyan town of Tawerga. They have bombed people there killing several civilians. Barack Obama is a criminal to allow and support this in Africa. He is pimping his wife by sending her to Africa while he cowers in Washington, DC. He knows Africans do not agree with what he has committed to doing in and against African progress since the beginning of this year.


June 28, 2011

  • There is no war so bad that it cannot be made worse by the intervention of the ICC
    Brendan Behan once said there is no situation so bad that it cannot be made worse by the arrival of a policeman. Well today there is no war so bloody that it cannot be made bloodier still by the intervention of the ICC.

  • 'After you Brother!' Gaddafi stays and Obama leaves?
    Colonel Gaddafi and his supporters, in a series of what this observer refers to as "Hezbollah style free give and take dialogue sessions" are making it very plain that they will prevail in re-unifying Libya and probably before Ramadan which begins, this year, in early August.

  • UN approves troops deployment to Sudan
    The UN Security Council yesterday unanimously approved a US drafted resolution authorising deployment of 4 200 Ethiopian troops to Sudan's disputed Abyei region for a six-month period.

  • Libya to prosecute NATO in international courts
    Libya intends to prosecute NATO in international courts for the Western military alliance's attempts to physically eliminate country's leader Muammar Gaddafi and members of his family, the Libyan Justice Ministry said in a statement.

  • Timing Is Questioned in Seeking House Vote on U.S. Role in Libya
    The overwhelming vote in the House on Friday against approving American participation in the NATO action in Libya raised a question in Washington: Why did President Obama not press harder for a vote authorizing the operation months ago when the intervention was more popular?

  • Three killed in clashes between soldiers, tribesmen in north Yemen
    Continuing clashes between the Yemeni republican guards and anti-government armed tribesmen in north outskirts of Sanaa province on Monday left at least three people dead and three others injured, a tribal dignitary said.

  • Syrian dissidents allowed to meet in Damascus
    Syria's embattled government allowed about 200 activists and intellectuals, including some it had previously jailed, to hold a conference on democratic reform Monday at a Damascus hotel.


June 27, 2011


June 26, 2011

  • Major protests in Yemen as nation awaits president's address
    Tens of thousands of protesters have poured into the streets of Yemen's major cities demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh steps down and his sons and other aides leave the country.

  • Rebels expect Gaddafi proposal 'very soon'
    Libya's rebels expect to receive an offer from Muammar Gaddafi "very soon" that could end the four-month-old war, a senior official told AFP said Saturday. Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of the National Transitional Council, said intermediaries had indicated that a proposal from the Libyan strongman was in the works, offering the faintest glimmer of hope for a deal to end the bloodshed.

  • Gaddafi: Arrests to be Ordered
    ARREST warrants will be issued tomorrow for senior figures in Colonel Gaddafi's regime. The International Criminal Court in the Hague has three of the Libyan dictator's inner circle in its sights.

  • Libyan Rebels Plan Broader Coordination
    Libyan rebel representatives said their fighters were coordinating around the country for the "zero hour" when their forces would reach the capital of Tripoli.

  • Syrian official: 'There is no crackdown'
    Syria's deputy foreign minister says the grassroots violence engulfing his country was ignited and fueled by "extremist" groups with religious affiliations.

  • Syria 'sends more troops to Turkey and Lebanon borders'
    Syria's military has moved into a village near the border with Turkey and a town near the boundary with Lebanon, activists say.

  • As Syria crisis nears impasse, fear rises of chaos in repressive linchpin of Mideast stability
    When the Arab Spring came to Talkalakh, the little Syrian hill town a few minutes walk from this border village, it seemed to last barely a moment. Squads of secret police descended on the town within hours of the first protests. Then the army came with its tanks, and the shadowy pro-government militia called the shabiha.


June 25, 2011


June 24, 2011

  • Sarkozy criticizes U.S. complaints on Libya, NATO
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out Friday at the U.S. commitment to the NATO effort in Libya, saying that Europe was bearing the main burden of the effort, despite American complaints to the contrary.

  • Gaddaffi seeks Nigeria's support, sends envoy to Jonathan
    President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday at the State House, Abuja, received a special message from embattled Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi's Foreign Affairs Minister, Abdullahi Oubaidi, brought the message to the Aso Rock Villa.

  • Top U.S. admiral admits we are trying to kill Qaddafi
    The top U.S. admiral involved in the Libya war admitted to a U.S. congressman that NATO forces are trying to kill Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. The same admiral also said he anticipated the need for ground troops in Libya after Qaddafi falls, according to the lawmaker.

  • House rebukes Obama but won't halt funds for Libya
    Challenging presidential power, a defiant U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Friday to deny President Barack Obama the authority to wage war against Libya. But Republicans fell short in an effort to actually cut off funds for the operation in a constitutional showdown reflecting both political differences and unease over American involvement.

  • House rebukes Obama on Libya, but lets funding continue
    The House defeated two competing measures Friday that would have given President Obama differing levels of authority to continue the war in Libya, signaling a majority want to limit the president but that there is no consensus yet on how to do it.

  • Bipartisan House Coalition Votes to Rebuke Obama on Libya
    The House of Representatives sent President Barack Obama a strong bipartisan message Friday that it's frustrated and impatient with the U.S. military mission in Libya. The House voted 295 to 123 to deny congressional consent for extending the three-month-old effort for another year, a clear rebuke to Obama.

  • House Rejects Both Libya War Authorization Bills
    Faced with two pro-war resolutions of varying bellicosity on Libya, the House of Representatives decided to issue a harsh rebuke to the Obama Administration, rejecting both. The "one year" authorization, mirroring a Senate version, failed by a wide margin, and came largely along party lines.

  • Boehner's Incoherent House Refuses to Authorize Obama's Libya War, But Agrees to Fund It
    House Speaker John Boehner, whose incoherent approach to the constitutional mandate that Congress check and balance presidential war-making has so served the interests of the Obama administration's Libya project, steered the House into conflict with itself Friday.

  • Syrian security forces open fire on demonstrators
    Security forces fired on demonstrators who gathered across the country Friday calling for an end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.There are reports that at least 14 people have been killed so far.


June 23, 2011

  • Massive women rally to supprt the leader Muammar Gaddafi

  • Cries of support at pro-Gadhafi rally in Tripoli
    Supporters of Moammar Gadhafi rallied Thursday in Tripoli after the Libyan leader lashed out at NATO over civilian casualties, calling the alliance "murderers" following an airstrike on the family home of a close associate.

  • Democrats not sold on Libya pitch
    The White House staged a last-ditch effort to persuade House Democrats to vote against restricting the U.S. mission in Libya, but an emergency meeting Thursday with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't appear to win many hearts and minds.

  • Libya debate creates unusual political alliances in Fla., and on Capitol Hill
    On Friday , attention will quickly refocus on Libya, with the House expected to vote on measures that cut to the overarching question of U.S. involvement and the anger resulting from President Barack Obama's refusal to seek congressional approval for the military mission.

  • As Split Grows, NATO Chief Vows to Continue Libya War
    Yesterday's announcement by Italy calling for an immediate ceasefire on humanitarian grounds showed what could, putting it mildly, be called a growing split among NATO member nations over the war in Libya. With other key nations like Germany and Poland refusing to take part, the conflict has split the alliance down the middle.

  • White House announces plan to tap oil reserve
    The Obama administration announced Thursday that it planned to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, as part of a coordinated international effort to drive down high crude prices and revive the flagging economic recovery in the world's most industrialized countries.

  • Facing setbacks, Libyan city sees enemies all around
    The sheep were already dying, cut down by the ball bearings and twisted metal of the rocket that slammed into Salah Abdulrahman's backyard on the outskirts of this rebel-held Libyan city.

  • Libya conflict: Gaddafi accuses Nato of murder
    Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has accused Nato states of murder, two days after members of the family of a close aide were killed in an air strike.


June 22, 2011

  • The new face of a faceless global war: drones and the CIA
    In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has developed an air force of drones to fight its new enemies. Faced with terrorists willing to take any life, we built machines that hunt and kill but don't bleed. In the next decade, our reliance on drones and the spies who support them may increase for a different reason: We're losing friends.

  • Italy breaks ranks over NATO's Libya mission
    Italy called for a suspension of hostilities in Libya on Wednesday in the latest sign of dissent within NATO as the civilian death toll mounts and Moamer Kadhafi shows no signs of quitting power.

  • Lapdogging for the US: Libya, Canada's Other Ugly War
    NATO members, including Canada, are continuing their bombing campaign against Libya in a war that may just break the record for the casual breaking of international law, and lying about the motives for the war. There is no mandate to engage in "regime change" yet everyone, including the Harper government, openly admit that that is, in fact, what they are doing.

  • "The West Is Terrified of Arabic Democracies"
    Noam Chomsky is one of the major intellectuals of our time. The eighty-two-year-old American linguist, philosopher and activist is a severe critic of US foreign and economic policy. Ceyda Nurtsch talked to him about the Arabic spring in its global context.

  • In Congress, divisions over Libya
    House leaders seek to ban U.S. use of force in the country, while a Senate bill throws support behind it. The disagreement casts doubt over the future of America's role in the conflict.

  • Senate opens door for US troops to fight in Libya
    The US Senate has approved a resolution that allows US servicemen to fight in the NATO military operation in Libya for another year.

  • Iran slams NATO's "deadly strikes" on Libya
    Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ali Ahani on Tuesday condemned the deadly strikes by NATO on Libya, saying the attacks are "killing innocent people and destroying the country's economic infrastructure," the English language satellite Press TV reported.

  • A summit in Tehran trumps the US
    Almost directly in proportion to the nosedive in Washington's ties with its allies in Kabul and Islamabad, Iran has stepped up its political and diplomatic activity over the Afghan problem and the regional situation. Tehran estimates that the United States' relations with the Afghan and Pakistani governments have suffered a serious setback and a swift recovery is unlikely.

  • Factbox - International recognition of Libya's rebel movement
    Libya's rebel National Transitional Council has declared itself the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people and formed an interim government while it conducts military operations aimed at removing Muammar Gaddafi.

  • Syrian minister vows amnesty for opposition and exiles
    Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem proposed negotiations with opposition figures today and pledged that the country would "offer an unprecedented example of democracy" within three months.

  • Factbox & Sanctions imposed on Syria
    EU states reached a political agreement on Wednesday to extend sanctions against Syria EU diplomats said.

  • EU Agrees to Expand Syria Sanctions
    European Union diplomats say the 27-nation bloc has agreed to expand sanctions against Syria, adding seven individuals, including three Iranians, linked to a Syrian crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising.

  • Syria thanks Russia for stance on mooted UN Security Council resolution
    Damascus highly values Moscow's position against UN Security Council's possible adoption of a resolution on Syria similar to the one passed against Libya, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem said on Wednesday.


June 21, 2011

  • Ethnic Cleansing of Black Libyans
    The "rebels" in Misrata in Libya have driven out the entire Black population of the city, according to a chilling story in The Wall Street Journal today under the headline "Libya City Torn by Tribal Feud."

  • Kerry, McCain Come to Obama's Rescue Over Libya
    Hoping to head off growing insurgencies in both major parties over Washington's participation in NATO's military campaign against Libya, two key senators Tuesday unveiled a resolution that would give President Barack Obama the authority to continue operations there for up to one year.

  • Irked by Warnings, British PM Tells Military Leadership to Shut Up About Libya
    Warnings from top British military officials, including Navy Chief Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope have cautioned that the Libyan War is unsustainable for the nation beyond the next few months. Their efforts are aimed at selling parliament on bigger budgets, but are also raising growing questions about the war in general.

  • NATO, the ultimate transformer
    NATO has just admitted it was "probably" responsible for the humanitarian liberation of nine Libyan civilians, plus 18 injured, via an early morning strike against an apartment building in a densely populated Tripoli neighborhood.

  • Strange Definitions of War and Peace
    Last week I joined six Republican and three Democratic colleagues to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its illegal war against Libya. Now that more than 90 days have passed since the president began bombing Libya, no one can seriously claim that the administration has complied with the clear requirements of the 1973 War Powers Resolution.

  • NATO Abandons Denial, Admits to Libya Attack That Killed 15
    On Sunday, NATO copped to killing at least nine civilians in a strike in Central Tripoli, blaming a "weapons system failure," but when a second incident in the suburb of Sorman came out the very next morning, they angrily denied involvement, saying warplanes weren't even operating near the area.


June 20, 2011

  • The Super Rich Sabotage the Arab Revolutions
    With revolutions sweeping the Arab world and bubbling-up across Europe, aging tyrants or discredited governments are doing their best to cling to power. It's hard to over-exaggerate the importance of these events: the global political and economic status-quo is in deep crisis. If pro-democracy or anti-austerity movements emerge victorious, they'll have an immediate problem to solve -- how to pay for their vision of a better world.

  • Stop the Bombing of Libya
    Initiated ostensibly to prevent the Libyan regime from massacring civilians, it has, in reality, become an effort to overthrow the Qaddafi government. And NATO is no longer protecting Libyan civilians; it is killing them. On Sunday, a NATO bomb in Tripoli killed at least nine civilians, including a baby and a child.

  • The Bipartisan Case Against U.S. Involvement in Libya
    Has it been adequately noticed that bipartisanship, the goal so cherished by Barack Obama, has now at last emerged? President Obama himself has been the means of its appearance -- though not in the way that he envisaged. The stimulus to the bipartisan rally on behalf of everything that "unites us not divides us" has been Obama's assertion of extra-constitutional executive powers in the Libya War.

  • Scores of U.S. Strikes in Libya Followed Handoff to NATO
    Since the United States handed control of the air war in Libya to NATO in early April, American warplanes have struck at Libyan air defenses about 60 times, and remotely operated drones have fired missiles at Libyan forces about 30 times, according to military officials.

  • Obama's negation of 'hostilities' in Libya draws criticism
    The White House has officially declared that what's happening in Libya is not "hostilities." But at the Pentagon, officials have decided it's unsafe enough there to give troops extra pay for serving in "imminent danger."

  • Libya: NATO killed 13 civilians including relatives of Gaddafi aide
    A NATO attack killed 13 civilians including relatives of an official closely linked to Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi on Monday, the Libyan government said, just one day after NATO admitted killing civilians in a air raid on Tripoli.

  • Nato bomb 'kills nine Libyan civilians' as stray air strike is blamed on 'system failure'
    A Nato air strike hit a civilian house in Tripoli and killed nine residents, the Libyan regime said yesterday. Nato admitted on Sunday that its weapons destroyed a house in Tripoli in an incident likely to sow new doubts inside the alliance about its mission in Libya.

  • There Was No Libyan Peaceful Protest,
    Just Murderous Gangs and Nic Robertson

    Nic Robertson and Anderson Cooper are surely aware of their achievement in promoting the human carnage of civil war and the destruction of a beautifully well-kept and prosperous nation, the 53rd highest developed country in the world with free health care and education. A standard of living that was higher than nine European nations, including Russia, is no more, thanks to their having daily led our entertainment with their war mongering of purposely distorted reporting, misreporting, disinformation, and blacking out of information that would have made this massive loss of human life impossible. They'll not be able to wash this off their conscience.

  • Don't Call Us Occupiers When We're Dying for Your Country, U.S. Tells Karzai
    The outgoing U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan warned Sunday that the American people are growing weary of being viewed as "occupiers" by the leaders of a country where so much American blood has been spilled.

  • Conspiracy Theory
    While we were not watching, conspiracy theory has undergone Orwellian redefinition. A "conspiracy theory" no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even a fact, that is out of step with the government's explanation and that of its media pimps.

  • US investigators reportedly say Yemen's Saleh hit by advanced US-made missile
    An investigation team from the United States has reportedly found that an attack that wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh and several senior members of his government while performing the Friday prayers in his Sana'a presidential compound earlier in June was carried out by an advanced US-made missile designed for special assassination operations, sources close to the probe told Al Arabiya.

  • 7 soldiers, 17 al-Qaida militants killed in clashes in south Yemen
    At least seven soldiers were killed on Monday during fighting with al-Qaida militants in Yemen' s southern province of Abyan, a local army officer told Xinhua.


June 19, 2011


June 18, 2011

  • Waging another unconstitutional war
    The meticulous Harvard Law Review editors should be rolling over in their footnotes. The recidivist violations of constitutional and statutory requirements by their celebrated predecessor at that journal -- Barack Obama has reached Orwellian dimensions in the war against Libya.

  • Libyan rebels clash with Gaddafi forces
    Gun battles between forces loyal to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and rebels in Libya's northwestern city of Nalut have killed at least eight rebel fighters and wounded 13 more, according to a fighter.

  • Congress eyes Obama purse strings over Libya
    President Barack Obama faces mounting pressure from lawmakers who have accused him of steamrolling Congress by joining the NATO air war in Libya and are threatening to cut off funding for US operations.

  • Gaddafi Vows to Stay, Karzai Criticises Libyan Mission
    Libyan state television broadcasted an audio message of Colonel Gaddafi saying he would stay and the alliance will be defeated in Libya as Afghan President Karzai starts being critical of Nato mission in Libya.

  • Libyan rebels have run out of money
    Rebels waging a drawn-out war to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have run out of money. A chief rebel has accused the West of not meeting promises to deliver urgent financial aid.

  • Obama overrides lawyers in Libya war debate: Report
    PRESIDENT Barack Obama overruled two senior government lawyers in deciding that he had the authority to continue US military operations in Libya without Congressional approval, The New York Times reported late on Friday.

  • Experts Fear Israeli Design to Balkanise Arab States
    Developments in Libya have raised fears among Egyptian analysts and political figures of the possible break-up of the North African nation into two warring halves. To support the assertion, they point to longstanding Israeli designs - supported by the western powers - to balkanise the Arab states of the region.

  • Libya: Connect the Dots-You Get a Giant Dollar Sign
    THE FAKE ARAB SPRING: It's true that Arab Spring is a good thing. It's true Qaddafi is a bad guy. But connect the dots, and you will see that he is being set up. The evidence points to a plan to create an "Arab Spring" for the Good Old Boys—CIA, banks, oil companies. Read and see if you don't agree.

  • Karzai Lashes Out Against Coalition Forces
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai lashed out against coalition forces Saturday, suggesting they were in Afghanistan for "their own purposes" and accusing NATO of polluting his country's environment with its weapons.

  • U.S. talking to Taliban, says Afghanistan president
    The United States and other foreign powers are engaged in preliminary negotiations with the Taliban about a possible settlement to the near decade-long war in Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday.


June 17, 2011

  • Harry Reid On Libya: "This Thing Will Be Over Before We Know It"
    MR. LEHRER: Well, first on the Libya military operation, do you believe the War Powers Act requires authorization of further action? / SEN. REID: The War Powers Act has no application to what's going on in Libya.

  • European Nations Balk at Their Role in NATO
    Robert Gates' recent public diatribe against the 28 members of NATO (1) who are "consuming security and not producing it," and not doing their fair share in the bloody fighting, is either a warning or harbinger that the relationship between the U.S. and the European nations is changing. European nations are refusing to participate in America's wars, and the U.S. doesn't like it.

  • The Destabilization of Syria and the Broader Middle East War
    What is unfolding in Syria is an armed insurrection supported covertly by foreign powers including the US, Turkey and Israel. Armed insurgents belonging to Islamist organizations have crossed the border from Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The US State Department has confirmed that it is supporting the insurgency.

  • The Perils of Insubordination: Why Regime Change in Libya?
    In light of the brutal death and destruction wrought on Libya by the relentless US/NATO bombardment, the professed claims of "humanitarian concerns" as grounds for intervention can readily be dismissed as a blatantly specious imperialist ploy in pursuit of "regime change" in that country.

  • Report: Libyan Rebels Wounded by NATO
    At least 16 Libyan rebels were wounded Friday in an attack by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on their position 30 kilometers/19miles northwest of the eastern city of Ajbayah, according to Reuters. No other details were available.

  • Pakistani Tribesmen Protest Against Increase in U.S. Drone Attacks
    Pakistani Tribesmen Protest Against Increase in U.S. Drone Attacks. Hundreds of tribesmen in Pakistan's rugged and lawless North Waziristan blocked the main road in Miranshah on Thursday (June 16) to protest against the increase of U.S. drone attacks in the region.

  • Yemen govt says Saleh to return despite protests
    Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's government vowed on Friday the wounded leader would return to his country within days, as thousands of demonstrators in the capital demanded he step down for good.


June 16, 2011

  • Obama, we're at war. Stop insulting us.
    Oh, please. Let's start with the definition of "war" itself. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as "a state of armed conflict between different countries or different groups within a country." Now, let's see: what are we doing in Libya?

  • Jordan's Abdullah: Israel is not interested in peace
    In interview with Washington Post, Jordan King Abdullah laments Israeli public's gravitation toward the right, rejection of 1967 borders, saying prospects for Middle East peace are grim.

  • Presidency grows even more imperial
    Evidence that the growth of government is a one-way ratchet continues to mount in Washington, where President Obama's pieties about abiding by the rule of law are eclipsing "one word: plastics" as a punch line.

  • The Libyan Crisis From The Libyan Perspective
    Libya is unlike Tunisia or Egypt where peaceful demonstrations caused Ben Ali and Mubarak to step down. Calls for demonstrations in Libya on 02/17/2011 on Facebook, but also calls for stability, including by the families of those killed on the same day in 2006 during a protest against Islamophobic cartoons in the European press.

  • Minister Farrakhan's Full Press Conference on US, NATO attack on Libya

    Minister Farrakhan exposed the U.S. and NATO's criminal War Libya and Africa during a June 15, 2011 Press Conference at the UN Plaza Hotel. Also presenting were former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Human Rights Activist Viola Plummer and International Activist Cynthia McKinney. Continue...

  • Gadhafi's Son: Libya Can Be Ready For Elections In 3 Months
    In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Moammar Gadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, said in an effort to end the conflict in Libya, his father was willing to hold elections as early as three months from now.

  • Libya: Motives and the politics of pretexts
    WESTERN elites are quite committed in presenting their own motives as compassionate by definition, and the stinking Western executed brutality descending from the Libyan skies is being pushed down our throats as the salvation for Libyans — not the savage destruction of livelihoods the intervention is.

  • Boehner says House could move to cut off funding for Libya
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said the Obama administration failed to answer all his questions about the U.S. mission in Libya and raised the possibility that the House would move to cut off funding for the operation.

  • Criticizing Obama, Kucinich credits Bush for asking Congress to go to war
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on Thursday ripped President Obama while giving credit to former President George W. Bush for asking Congress to authorize the war in Iraq.

  • Russia, China warn West against Arab interference
    Russia and China oppose outside interference in the unrest in the Arab world, the two presidents said on Thursday in a declaration, as the West seeks their support for increasing pressure on Syria.

  • NATO hits Gadhafi compound, diplomacy heats up
    Renewed diplomatic efforts to halt Libya's civil war appeared to be gaining momentum Thursday as thunderous NATO airstrikes once again hammered Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold of Tripoli.

  • Kadhafi in talks with Libya's rebels: envoy
    Moamer Kadhafi's regime is in direct talks with Libya's rebels, a Russian envoy was told on Thursday as the strongman's son said the way out of a months-long conflict is the staging of elections.

  • Neocons Losing Hold Over Republican Foreign Policy
    Nearly ten years after seizing control of Republican foreign policy, neoconservatives and other hawks appear to be losing it. That is at least the tentative conclusion of a number of political analysts following Monday's first nationally televised debate of the party's declared Republican candidates — none of whom defended the current U.S. engagement in Libya, while several suggested it was time to pare down Washington's global military engagements, including in Afghanistan.

  • Syria hits back at global outcry over crackdown
    Syria launched a media offensive to counter the outcry over its deadly crackdown on dissent, as Turkey toughened its stance against President Bashar Al Assad's government.


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