Friday, 18 March 2011

Libya Declares Ceasefire


"We decided on an immediate ceasefire and on an immediate stop to all military operations," Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa. Continue

Declaration of Cease-Fire Is Not Enough

The United States, Britain and France pushed forward against Libya on Friday as they declared that a cease-fire abruptly announced by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s government was not enough, at least for now, to ward off military action against his forces. Continue

Full text of UN Security Council Resolution on Libya

By United Nations Security Council

Demands the immediate establishment of a cease-fire and a complete end to violence and all attacks against, and abuses of, civilians. Continue

A Contrarian View on Libya?
Colonialism is Still Alive and Thriving

By Sam Hamod

The truth is that the West wants to dominate the Arab World further, and all of the riches of Africa with it. Continue

Shame, Shame, Shame Once Again on the US and the UN.

By Cindy Sheehan

The United Nations is a failed organization that seems to promote war and inequality by being a rubber-stamp for US violence. Continue

Can We Get a No-Fly-Zone For Pakistan?
U.S. Kills as Many as 80 Civilians in Pakistan

By Xinhua

Pakistan's army chief said in a press release that it is highly regrettable that a jirga, or open-air meeting, of peaceful citizens including elders of the area was carelessly and callously targeted with complete disregard to human life. Continue

CIA Agents `Blood Money Was Paid By S. Arabia`

By Anwar Iqbal

Did US give permission to Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain in return of Saudi paying "blood money" for release of CIA agent in Pakistan? Continue

Getting Away With Murder
Hillary Helps US Mercenary Escape Justice

By Mike Whitney

The CIA is a lawless, free-wheeling fraternity that operates beyond any ethical or moral code. If Davis was colluding with terrorists or stirring up sectarian antagonism, it would be par for the course. Continue

George Galloway: Saudi Arabian Invasion of Bahrain

By Press TV

Galloway suggests that a deal was done between the US and Arab rulers, whereby the Arab League would back the no-fly rule over Libya and in return the US would acquiesce to the Saudi invasion of Bahrain. Continue

Breaking Australia's Silence: WikiLeaks and Freedom

By John Pilger

More than 2500 people filled and overflowed Sydney Town Hall to hear journalist and film-maker John Pilger, Andrew Wilkie, independent member of the Australian Parliament and the only serving Western intelligence officer to whistle-blow on the invasion of Iraq, and renowned human rights lawyer Julian Burnside QC. Continue

Japanese Radiation Reaches US


The UN's Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization initially issued a statement alleging a radioactive plume could hit California by March 18 – they were right. Continue

War On The Poor:
Minnesota Republicans Want To Bust Poor People Who Carry Cash

By Susie Madrak

Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month. Continue

GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits

By Nick Baumann

Were you raped? Was it incest? And other questions the government's tax cops would have to ask women who've terminated pregnancies. Continue

Then And Now
Remarks of Robert F. Kennedy, March 18, 1968

By Robert F. Kennedy

"But even if we act to erase material poverty, there is another greater task, it is to confront the poverty of satisfaction - purpose and dignity - that afflicts us all. Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. " Continue

U.S. Kills as Many as 80 Civilians in Pakistan: Pakistan's army chief said in a press release that it is highly regrettable that a jirga, or open-air meeting, of peaceful citizens including elders of the area was carelessly and callously targeted with complete disregard to human life.
Pakistan Summons US Ambassador on Drone Attack: It was an unusually strong protest from Pakistan, which disapproves of the American strikes but has quietly tolerated them.
Pakistan to boycott Afghan meeting over deadly US strike: “It was evident that the fundamentals of our relations need to be revisited. Pakistan should not be taken for granted nor treated as a client state,” the statement said.
Thousands of Pakistanis rally against US: The protesters chanted 'Friends of the US are traitors', 'Down with America' and 'Hang Zardari', a reference to unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari who has called for ties with the United States to be maintained.
Marine From Colorado Killed In Afghanistan: The Defense Department says a Marine from Bennett, Colo., has been killed in combat in Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Meis, 20, died Thursday in Helmand Province.
US House rejects Afghan withdrawal bill: Meeting defeat with a 93 to 321 vote, the numbers showed a mark growth in congressional support for a swift withdraw from Afghanistan. A similar measure failed to pass in 2010 by a 65 to 356 vote.
Afghan warlord on US payroll accused of terror campaign : An Afghan warlord backed by US special forces is facing persistent allegations that he launched a two-year spate of violence involving burglary, rape and murder of civilians, desecration of mosques and mutilation of corpses.
US government denies entry visa to Afghan women's rights activist and author Malalai Joya: Joya has also become an internationally known critic of the US-NATO war in Afghanistan.
Army: 70 killed in south Sudan clashes with rebels: Two days of heavy fighting between rebels and south Sudan?s army in the oil-producing states of Unity and Upper Nile, have left at least 70 dead, an army spokesman said on Friday.
50 protesters killed in Yemen police firing: Police opened fire on hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters Friday killing at least 50 people and wounding 240 in the capital, Sana'a. .
Yemen opposition: No compromise possible with govt: "There is no longer any possibility of mutual understanding with this regime and he has not choice but to surrender authority to the people."
13 killed in fresh fighting in pro-Ouattara districts in Abidjan: Fighting erupted on Thursday in Cote d'Ivoire's economic capital Abidjan, leaving 13 people dead in the stronghold of one of the West African country's presidency claimant Alassane Ouattara.
Obama warns of military action against Kadhafi: President Barack Obama Friday threatened Moamer Kadhafi with military action unless he met specific, "non-negotiable" demands for a ceasefire, a halt to attacks on civilians and a retreat from rebel strongholds.
Libya shuts airspace as Nato strikes are imminent: France says military strikes "within few hours"
"World leaders" unimpressed with Gadhafi's cease-fire declaration: Clinton said on Friday the United States was not impressed by words of cease-fire from the Libyan government and would keep pressing for leader Muammar Gadhafi to step down.
David Cameron: UK planes to be deployed in Libya: In a statement to the Commons he said aircraft, including Tornado and Typhoon jets, will be moved to bases from where they could "start to take the necessary action".
Qatar, Emirates to join Libya air strikes: Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will join international forces set to bomb Muammar Gaddafi's forces in Libya after the UN votes to authorize air strikes, a UN diplomat said this evening.
Large Opposition to Military Intervention in Libya: A CNN/Opinion Research poll finds 74% believe the United States should "leave it to others" to resolve the situation in Libya.
Gaddafi says 'hell' awaits anyone who attacks Libya: Muammar Gaddafi threatened to turn into “hell” the lives of anyone who attacks Libya in line with a UN Security Council resolution passed overnight.
Rebels break ceasefire? Rebels seize Libyan state-owned gasoline tanker: A Libyan state-owned gasoline tanker has been seized by rebels in a move that traders said is likely to act as a further deterrent to trading with the torn state, trade sources said on Friday.
Rebels claim Gaddafi forces ignoring ceasefire in Misurata : The video, which was posted on pro-rebel website on March 18, shows the western city coming under heavy fire.
Two killed, 11 wounded in bomb explosions in N Iraq: Two shepherds were killed and 11 people wounded in two bomb explosions in the Iraqi provinces of Salahudin and Nineveh on Thursday, the police said.
Biggest Iraqi Shi'ite rally against Saudis in Bahrain: Thousands of Iraqi Shi'ites rallied on Friday in the country's biggest demonstration yet to support fellow Shi'ite protesters confronting troops from Sunni Arab states in Bahrain.
Hospitals and medics attacked in Bahrain crackdown: MEDICAL workers in Bahrain have accused their government of crimes against humanity, with hospitals and staff attacked as the regime attempts to conceal the mounting casualties from its crackdown on Shia-led protesters.
UN warns Bahrain over crackdown: Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon calls King Hamad to express his "deepest concern" about use of force against protesters. - He also "noted that such actions could be in breach of international humanitarian and human rights law".
Bahrain razes Pearl Square to ground: The iconic central structure was brought down on Friday two days after Bahraini and Saudi forces, backed by tanks and helicopters, cleared the land mark square where anti-government protesters had been camped for several weeks.
4 Protesters killed by security forces in Syria: "The security forces fired live bullets at the protesters. Four people were killed," said the activist, identifying them as Akram al-Jawabra, Hussam Abdelwali Ayash, Ayham al-Harri and a member of the Abu Aoun family.
Several injured in Saudi Arabia protest: Several people have been injured after police fired rubber bullets at anti-government protesters in Saudi Arabia's eastern region of Qatif as Friday's million-man-march looms.
Saudi king to announce reforms: Saudi Arabia's monarch will announce a government reshuffle, an anti-corruption drive and a promise to increase food subsidies to combat rising prices in an address to the nation, diplomats have said.
Report: U.S. considering strategic outreach to Hezbollah: Washington Post says Obama administration weighing dialogue with Lebanese militant group's political wing, in an effort similar to that attempted by U.K. in its dealings with Sinn Fein in the 1990s.
Netanyahu: Palestinian unity government would kill off the peace process : Israel is urging the United States and key European governments to press Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not to establish a unity government with Hamas.
Helen Thomas:You cannot say anything about Israel in this country. : Sure, the Israelis have a right to exist—but where they were born, not to come and take someone else’s home
US agrees to improve human rights record in first UN assessment: The report included 228 recommendations, but the U.S. brushed many of them aside — raising heckles from adversaries such as Cuba, Iran and Venezuela.
Video: Calif. Muslim Traumatized by Removal from Flight :
Defying U.S., Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Returns Home: In defiance of the Obama administration, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is headed back to Haiti today for the first time since being ousted in a 2004 U.S.-backed coup.
In Pictures: Aristide arrives back in Haiti after 7 years in exile ;
Japan raises nuclear alert level: Japan has raised the alert level at its quake-damaged nuclear plant from four to five on a seven-point international scale of atomic incidents.
US nuclear agency: Japan crisis no US health threat: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission sought to tamp down American fears of nuclear fallout, stressing Thursday there was no present radioactive risk to US territory from Japan's quake-stricken atomic reactor.
Potassium iodide supplies sold out in the US: Radiation sickness drug stocks dwindle as Americans panic buy over fears of contamination from Japan
Fed, Bank of Canada confirm yen sales: The US Federal Reserve and Bank of Canada confirmed Friday that they had intervened to cool the soaring yen, in concert with other G7 central banks.
Michigan passes 'financial martial law' bill: Michigan legislators have approved a bill authorizing state-appointed emergency financial managers to break union contracts that struggling cities and school districts have with their workers.
US Cost of Living Hits Record, Passing Pre-Crisis High: A special index created by the Labor Department to measure the actual cost of living for Americans hit a record high in February

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