Friday, 4 March 2011

Battle For The City of al-Zawiyah

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- Warning - Video contains graphic footage depicting the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience. Click to view

Taking the Cake
The Creeping Militarization of the Libyan Crisis

By Chris Floyd

The Libyan opposition might be able to oust Gaddafi before President Peacey and Prime Minister Fauntleroy go in with guns blazing. Continue

US - NATO Threats to Libyan Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity

By Antonio E. Paris

As usual, Gaddafi is demonized as a tyrant who is bombing his own people, and western calls are made for the UN to take action to stop or prevent Gaddafi’s genocide. Continue

Roots of the Arab Revolts and Premature Celebrations

By James Petras

What is lacking is any attempt to provide a framework for the revolt which takes account of the large scale, long and medium term socio-economic structures as well as the immediate ‘detonators’ of political action. Continue

‘Each US citizen pays $5,000 per year for US defense spending’

Press TV

“Each and every citizen in the United States – man, woman and child – pays some $5,000 or so per year for U.S. defense spending. Continue

The Collapse of the Old Oil Order
How the Petroleum Age Will End 

By Michael T. Klare

Whatever the outcome of the protests, uprisings, and rebellions now sweeping the Middle East, one thing is guaranteed: the world of oil will be permanently transformed.  Consider everything that’s now happening as just the first tremor of an oilquake that will shake our world to its core.  Continue

In Case You Missed It
New Rulers of the World

A documentary film by John Pilger

'Global economy' is a modern Orwellian term. On the surface, it is instant financial trading, mobile phones, McDonald's, Starbucks, holidays booked on the net. Beneath this gloss, it is the globalisation of poverty, a world where most human beings never make a phone call and live on less than two dollars a day. Continue

Next Mass Extinction an Eyeblink Away: Scientists


Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, announced that if current extinction rates continue unabated, and vulnerable species disappear, Earth could lose three-quarters of its species as soon as three centuries from now. Continue

At least 30 killed as fighting rages in Libya's east: The rebellion in Az Zawiyah - the closest rebel-held territory to the capital and also the site of an oil refinery - has been an embarassment to the Libyan authorities who are trying to show they control at least the west of the country.
Eighteen die in battle for Libyan rebel city: The casualties of the fighting in Zawiya, the closest opposition-held city to the Libyan capital Tripoli, included the city’s top rebel commander – an army colonel who defected.
Report: City of al-Zawiyah retaken by Gaddafi: Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi retook the town of al-Zawiyah, west of the capital Tripoli, Libya's television said.
Gaddafi forces hit Libyan rebels: A doctor at one of the hospitals in rebel-held territory, where casualties were being treated from the fierce clashes round the refinery town of Raslanuf on Friday, said there were "many dead and wounded" by rocket fire from loyalist defenders.
Libya: Protests hit Gaddafi stronghold of Tripoli: Libyan security forces have used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters after Friday prayers in Col Gaddafi's stronghold of Tripoli.
Obama: U.S. must be ready to act quickly on Libya : Obama has called on Gadhafi to leave the oil-producing North African country in written statements issued by the White House, but this was the first time he had said so in public.
Obama orders Gaddafi to step down, reasons with air force: Amidst increasing speculation the US and UK could possibly intervene in Libya with military force, President Obama announced he is keeping all options open, and ordered military transport planes into the region to help with evacuations.
U.S. troops arrive in Greece in Libya buildup: Some 400 U.S. Marines arrived at an American naval base in Greece in a buildup of U.S. forces around revolt-torn Libya, even as European governments shied away Thursday from possible military action..
'Libya no-fly zone an option': Obama gives strongest indication yet U.S. forces may be deployed in Middle East rebellion:
India opposes no-fly zone, use of force in Libya: "Among BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries, questions have been raised and reservations expressed," she said.
Chavez Libya talks offer rejected : United States, France and opposition activists dismiss Venezuelan proposal to form a commission to mediate crisis.
UN set to adopt report praising Libya's human rights record: The report shows countries applauding and commending Libya as they note "with appreciation the country's commitment to upholding human rights on the ground."
UN council delays soft report on Libya's record: The routine report was prepared before the recent uprisings
4 Killed as Yemeni army 'fires on protesters' : Yemeni soldiers opened fire on an anti-government protest in the country's north, killing at least four people and wounding around seven others, as demonstrations against president Ali Abdullah Saleh continued.
Protesters say Maliki is using special security forces to shut down demonstrations in Iraq: Protesters, human rights workers and security officials say the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has responded to Iraq's demonstrations in much the same way as many of its more authoritarian neighbors: with force.
Iraq PM demands Kurdish forces leave disputed city: – Iraq's prime minister asked the Kurdistan Regional Government Thursday to remove thousands of troops surrounding the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk without central government permission, a cabinet source said.
Millions call for civilian rule in Egypt: Millions of people have taken to the streets across Egypt for another day of protests, demanding the military government hand over power to a civilian one.
Ivorian city 'resembles war zone': Parts of Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan resembles a war zone and the situation across the country is getting worse, the UN says.
Tens of thousands march in Bahrain, demand cabinet resignation: Over 50,000 people filled the capital's diplomatic and financial district chanting their demands.
Bahrain sees first sectarian violence: Several people were hurt in fighting between Sunni and majority Shi’ite Muslims in a town in central Bahrain today, the first sectarian violence since protests erupted in the Sunni-ruled kingdom two weeks ago.
Bahrain opposition leader calls Sunni-Shia harmony: Shias should guarantee the safety of every Sunni family, and Sunnis should do the same for the Shias, Salman said.
Jordan rejects constitutional monarchy: Thousands of Jordanians have taken to the streets of the capital, Amman, after Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit rejected calls for a constitutional monarchy.
Palestine accuses UNSC of double standard as its people''s right to freedom: Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour on Friday accused the Security Council of double standard as it seeks to protect the rights of people in the Middle East, especially in Libya these days, and turns a blind eye to the Israeli practices in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.
Israel: No Palestinian peace deal possible now: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under fierce international pressure to prove he is serious about getting peacemaking moving again, especially after the U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel's illegal West Bank settlement construction last month.
Computer expert says US behind Stuxnet worm: A German computer security expert said Thursday he believes the United States and Israel's Mossad unleashed the malicious Stuxnet worm on Iran's nuclear program.
Bradley Manning 'forced to sleep naked': The US army private suspected of giving classified material to WikiLeaks was forced to sleep naked in his cell at a Marine Corps prison near Washington, which his lawyer has said is inexcusable.
Julian Assange lodges extradition appeal: WikiLeaks founder's lawyers file appeal against his extradition to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault
Former CIA spy gets five-and-a-half years for drugging and sexually abusing an Algerian woman: CIA agent went on a drug-fuelled binge to evade capture, but eventually found in a hotel with a gun, high on crack
ATF Let Hundreds of U.S. Weapons Fall into Hands of Suspected Mexican Gunrunners: Whistleblower Says Agents Strongly Objected to Risky Strategy
Oil price shock; you ain't seen nothing yet: Do the math. Almost regardless of what happens to supply, demand will soon be outpacing the world’s capacity to meet it.
Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Restrict Public Unions: The bargaining rights of public workers in Ohio would be dramatically reduced and strikes would be banned under a bill narrowly passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.
Golden Years?: The problem isn’t that public-sector workers have too much retirement security. It’s that everyone else has too little.
Americans adamantly opposed to cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, K-12 education : In the poll, eight in 10 respondents say they are concerned about the growing federal deficit and the national debt, but more than 60 percent — including key swing-voter groups — are concerned that major cuts from Congress could impact their lives and their families

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