Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Libya: Another War We Shouldn’t Believe In

By Ted Rall

Does Qadafi have the right to defend himself? Continue

The Libyan War: Unconstitutional and Illegitimate

By Michael Lind

The Anglo-French-American attack in North Africa is opposed by countries representing 40 percent of the human race. Continue

Obama claims Gadhafi is a sanger to U.S.

By Justin Elliott

Obama makes the case that Moammar Gadhafi actually threatens the national security interests of the U.S. The argument feels perfunctory -- especially given the previous emphasis on protecting Libyan civilians -- but he makes it nonetheless: Continue

What Intervention in Libya Tells us About the Neocon-liberal Alliance

By Stephen M. Walt

The only important intellectual difference between neoconservatives and liberal interventionists is that the former have disdain for international institutions, and the latter see them as a useful way to legitimate American dominance. Continue

Netanyahu's Public Service Announcement to Hamas

By Akiva Eldar

The United States and Europe are working hand in hand to topple the ruler of Libya, Muammar Gadhafi, and to open the way to a democratic regime. While all this is happening, one small country in the Middle East is refusing to recognize the right of one small nation to choose its leaders. Continue

‘Death and After in Iraq’

By Chris Hedges

She processed one Marine whose face was twisted at the moment of death by rage. The face of this Marine began to haunt her. Continue

Corporations Serve the State:
Sanction Policies and the Zionist Power Structure

By James Petras

Let us not forget that “the state within the state” that dictates economic policy is not accountable to our citizens. Continue

US Approaching Insolvency: Federal Reserve official

By: Reuters with CNBC.com

The United States is on a fiscal path towards insolvency and policymakers are at a "tipping point," Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher. Continue

This Is What Class War Looks Like:
A National Campaign, State by State

By greywolfe359

The wealthiest 5% of Americans control 72% of America's financial wealth.  The bottom 80% control only 7% of the nation's financial wealth.  The richest 400 Americans have more combined wealth than the poorer HALF of all Americans.  That means 400 people have more wealth than 150,000,000 people combined. Continued

12 militants killed in Pakistan’s Northwest: Pakistani security forces on Tuesday pounded terrorist hideouts in the restive Orakzai tribal region and clashed with Taliban fighters in the Northwestern Swat district, killing at least 12 terrorists.
11 killed in rocket attack in southern Pakistan: At least 11 people were killed in a rocket attack launched Monday night by unknown militants at a construction company camp near Pakistan's southern port city of Gwader, reported local Urdu TV channel Samaa.
Two foreign occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Two foreign soldiers were killed Tuesday in a militant attack in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
Fighting in town southwest of Tripoli, 9 killed: Fierce fighting erupted in the town of Yafran southwest of Tripoli on Tuesday between Moamer Kadhafi's forces and Libyan rebels controlling the area, residents reached by telephone said.
Gaddafi's son dies in hospital: Report: One of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons has died in a hospital in Tripoli. Khamis Gaddafi was reportedly injured on Saturday when a Libyan Air Force pilot purposefully crashed his jet into the Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli
Misurata shelled as battle for Libya rages: Children reported killed as Gaddafi forces bombard western city, while fierce fighting rages further east in Ajdabiya.
U.S. rescue chopper shoots six Libyan villagers as they welcome pilots of downed Air Force jet: Six Libyan villagers are recovering in hospital after being shot by American soldiers coming in to rescue the U.S. pilots whose plane crash-landed in a field.
Buoyed by strikes, Libya rebels try to advance: - Coalition forces bombarded Libya for a third straight night, targeting the air defenses and forces of Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi, stopping his advances and handing some momentum back to the rebels, who were on the verge of defeat just last week.
U.S. General: We Won’t Help Libya’s Rebels (Unless We Do): The general in charge of enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya swears that he’s not actively aiding the rebels there. His pilots are just, um, blowing up Moammar Gadhafi’s tanks. Get your razor blade out, because it’s time to slice some answers mighty thin.
Moscow stands firm over the crisis in Libya: Medvedev expressed deep concerned about the form of implementing the UN Security Council resolution on Libya, which was passed on March 17.
Russia condemns civilian deaths in Libya: 'Unfortunately, civilians have been killed in the military mission,' Serdyukov said after talks with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates. 'This is unacceptable.'
Russia Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire in Libya: Serdyukov told reporters the surest way to protect civilians would be an immediate cease-fire and dialogue between the Libyan government and rebel forces.
China calls for immediate cease-fire in Libya: All parties must “immediately cease fire and resolve issues through peaceful means,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regularly scheduled news conference, citing unconfirmed reports that the airstrikes had caused civilian deaths.
Turkey blocks no-fly zone role for NATO: France calls for non-NATO body to lead mission as Erdogan says Turkey will "never point a gun at the Libyan people".
Is Muammar Gaddafi a target? PM and military split over war aims: David Cameron says Libyan leader may be a legitimate target while Chief of the Defence Staff said he was 'absolutely not'
George Galloway on Libya - BBC Radio Scotland - Video
Republican says action in Libya is an 'affront' to the US Constitution: Bartlett lashed out at Obama for opting against getting lawmakers OK before using "military force against a country that has not attacked U.S. territory, the U.S. military or U.S. citizens."
Nobel Committee asked to strip Obama of Peace Prize: The Bolivian President and a Russian political leader have launched a campaign to revoke Obama's honour after the US attacked Libya.
Gaddafi regime fed names of jihadists to the CIA and to Britain: COLONEL Muammar Gaddafi's regime secretly provided information to Britain and the US on Islamic extremists in the east of Libya, according to leaked diplomatic cables and intelligence sources.
Former U.A.E. Official Blames U.S., EU for Libyan Pullout: The United Arab Emirates was prepared to deploy 24 aircraft to help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya but decided not to participate in the allied effort because of U.S. and European policies towards Bahrain, the former commander-in-chief of the U.A.E. Air Force said Tuesday.
Another Three Palestinians killed by Israeli air strike in Gaza: Meanwhile, Hamas said the Israeli "massacre" earlier in the day which killed and wounded many Palestinians was "a war crime.
IDF tank fire kills four Palestinians in Gaza, hospital officials say: Gaza medics say 13 Palestinians, including children, were also wounded when Israeli tank fire struck a home in the Strip
Israeli attack kills 5 Palestinians: At least five Palestinians, including four children, have been killed and 20 wounded after an Israeli tank fired shots at a home in the Gaza Strip, medics reported.
U.N. Investigator Accuses Israel of “Ethnic Cleansing”: A top United Nations investigator has called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate Israel’s continued expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk described Israel’s actions as a form of ethnic cleansing.
French PM: Palestinian state must be created in 2011: "The 'peace' process must be restarted without delay," he said, adding that "2011 must also be the year of the creation of a Palestinian state."
Turkey group plans new Gaza flotilla with at least 15 ships: IHH, left-wing European groups plan to send flotilla this May, one year after another IHH flotilla resulted in bloodshed that prompted widespread international condemnation of Israel.
'Why is Israel apologising all the time': Sarah Palin shows her solidarity to the country on whistlestop tour of Jerusalem: She arrived in Israel yesterday after a stop in India, wearing a large Star of David.
Israel expects the imminent fall of three Arab leaders: Israeli newspapers on Monday predicted the escalation of protests in Syria during the next few days, pointing out that the repressive response by the Syrian regime against the popular revolution will strengthen demonstration movement.
Syria fires governor after seven protesters killed: Syria sought Tuesday to contain the first serious intrusion of the Arab world's political unrest by firing the governor of a southern province where a government crackdown killed seven protesters over the weekend.
UN calls for Syria probe as hundreds protest: UN human rights chief calls for investigation into weekend crackdown as protesters take to the streets for a fifth day.
2 killed, 13 wounded in Baghdad violence: An Iraqi army officer and a policeman were killed and another 13 people were wounded in separate bomb attacks on Tuesday morning, an Interior Ministry source said.
Police officer killed in protest in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region: About 250 young people gathered for a rally Tuesday in the town of Halabja, 43 miles (70 kilometers) east of Sulaimaniyah, the provincial capital.
American occupation force soldier killed in southern Iraq by roadside bomb, US military says: In a statement issued Monday, the military said the soldier died from wounds sustained from a roadside bomb attack during operations in southern Iraq.
Yemen: 2 killed in first clash between army and Republican Guard: Two Yemeni soldiers were killed in the first clash between the army and Republican Guard which is loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The fireexchange took place late Monday near the presidential palace in al-Mukalla, southeastern Yemen
Yemen leader isolated after generals defect: Yemen's embattled President was hit by a wave of defections among his generals yesterday as tanks from rival factions took to the streets of the capital.
'Yemeni pres. seeks Saudi asylum': Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has reportedly requested asylum from Saudi Arabia after announcing he will step down by the end of the year.
Yemen president warns of civil war: Yemen's president warned on Tuesday that his country would descend into civil war if he is forced to quit and Washington voiced concern about instability in the Arabian state where al-Qaeda has a stronghold.
Bahraini woman dies of gunshot wound - opposition : A Bahraini woman has died after suffering gunshot wounds to the head and disappearing the day security forces launched a crackdown against protesters, the main Shi'ite Muslim opposition group Wefaq said on Tuesday.
Assange: Indian PM Misleading Country On 'Cash-For-Votes' Scam: The leaked American diplomatic cable of a U.S. Embassy official alleges that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government had bribed members of the Indian Parliament to ensure the passage of a confidence vote sought by Singh after the Left parties withdrew support to his government on the controversial Indo-U.S. nuclear deal.
Japan quake death toll passes 18,000: The human and financial cost of the tsunami continues to rise, after police estimates showed more than 18,000 people have died in the disaster and the World Bank said it may cost Japan as much as £145bn to repair the damage.
Radiation level 1,600 times above norm in Fukushima: Video report: Radiation 1,600 times higher than normal levels has been detected in an area about 20 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, IAEA said.
Reactor repairs stall work to avert meltdown: Efforts to stabilize the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima stalled yesterday when engineers found that crucial machinery at one reactor required repair, a process that will take two to three days, government officials said.
Japan fears food contamination as battle to cool nuclear plant continues: Abnormal radiation levels reported in tap water, vegetables and milk with concerns that fish may also be affected
New FBI System To Use Hands, Faces, Irises To ID Suspects: During the next several years, new biometric capabilities will be added to make identification possible through facial recognition technology, iris patterns, and digital photographs of scars, tattoos and other physical markings.

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