Friday, 1 April 2011

This Is A Humanitarian War
That Is What Makes It So Deadly

By Brendan O’Neill

No more terrible fate can befall nations like Libya than to become objects of Western liberal pity. Continue

We Are prolonging Libya's Civil War

By Simon Jenkins

The interventionists lack the courage of their convictions. If they really want Gaddafi gone, they should just get on with it. Continue

Nato's Fascist War

By Fidel Castro

I can express freely my views on the war in Libya. Continue

The New Colonialism

Paul Craig Roberts

Gaddafi got himself targeted by standing up to Western imperialism. He refused to be part of the US Africa Command. Gaddafi saw Washington’s scheme for what it is, a colonialist’s plan to divide and conquer. Continue

Jeremy Scahill: How the US Strengthens Al Qaeda in Yemen

By Sara Jerving

In efforts to target Al Qaeda members in Yemen, the US has unintentionally weakened President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime. Most dangerous are its use of bombing operations, which have killed civilians, important tribal figures and members of the Yemeni government. Continue

American Gulag
Evidence Is Not Necessary to Hold Guantánamo Prisoners for the Rest of Their Lives

By Andy Worthington

The 172 men still held at Guantánamo are still treated with scorn by the administration of Barack Obama, the standard bearer of “hope” and “change,” who promised to close Guantánamo. Continue

Class Wafare Scoreboard : Guess Who's Winning?

By Mike Whitney

the corporate mukky-muks and financial alchemists have figured out how to fatten the bottom line without hiring workers. Great. So, you and I can spend our days watching soaps and panhandling at the freeway on-ramp, while moneybags speculators catch 9-holes at the Club. What a racket. Continue

Libya: Allied air strike kills 7 civilians : A doctor claimed today that seven civilians, including children, were killed after an allied air strike hit an ammunition truck which exploded, showering shrapnel into nearby homes; 25 people were reported hurt in the strike near Brega in eastern Libya.
Last Libya rebel stronghold bombarded by Gadhafi forces: Misrata is last big rebel stronghold in western Libya but after weeks of shelling, government forces appear to be gradually loosening rebels' hold, despite Western air strikes on pro-Gadhafi targets there.
Libyan rebels lay down terms for ceasefire: Opposition offers ceasefire if Gaddafi halts attacks against rebel-held cities but battles rage for Brega and Misrata.
Libyan government rejects rebel ceasefire: A Libyan government spokesman has termed the conditions set by the opposition for a ceasefire "mad", and asserted that troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, will remain stationed where they are.
U.S. planning to pull its attack planes out of air campaign in Libya: Gates and Mullen, in back-to-back appearances before the House and Senate armed services committees, also forcefully argued against putting the U.S. in the role of arming or training Libyan rebel forces
CIA in Libya before Obama aid bid’: The Obama administration is mulling over plans under which US Special Forces with experience in the Afghan war would collaborate with CIA officers in efforts to provide training to Libyan opposition fighters.
Noam Chomsky: On Libya and the Unfolding Crises: Did Obama, call for a no-fly zone during the murderous and destructive US-backed Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 2006, with no credible pretext? Or did he, rather, boast proudly during his presidential campaign that he had co-sponsored a Senate resolution supporting the invasion and calling for punishment of Iran and Syria for impeding it? End of discussion
Afghanistan: 12 killed in protest at UN office: – Eight foreigners and four Afghan protesters have been killed when a demonstration against the burning of a Quran turned violent.
Six U.S. occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan operation near Pakistan border: A large-scale helicopter-borne assault into a remote, insurgent-held sanctuary near the border with Pakistan left six U.S. soldiers dead in heavy fighting with Afghan and Pakistani insurgents, U.S. officials said.
12‚ killed in Pakistan suicide attack: A suicide bomber killed a child and wounded five other people after he was identified and shot at in a northwestern Pakistan market on Friday, officials said.
3 guards killed at NATO terminal in Pakistan: Three guards at a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) truck terminal in Pakistan were brutally killed during an attack that also damaged several oil tankers, officials said Friday.
Pakistani tribesmen refuse U.S. drone strike compensation: Families of those Pakistani tribesmen who were killed and injured in March in U.S. drone strike Thursday refused to accept the government's compensation and demanded halt to the American drone strikes in the region, Xinhua reported.
At least 12 killed in anti-government rallies in Syria: At least 12 people were killed in two Syrian cities Friday, activists said, when demonstrators took to the streets in anti-government protests in response to calls for nationwide rallies. Independent verification of the toll is difficult, as foreign journalists are either barred from Syria, or largely confined to Damsacus.
Three soldiers killed in Iraq blast: At least three soldiers were killed on Friday when a bomb went off targeting an army patrol in Iraq, security sources said.
Rival rallies add heat to Yemeni standoff: HUGE rival protests split Yemen's capital last night as security forces deployed in unprecedented strength for another Friday showdown on the streets between President Ali Abdullah Saleh's backers and foes.
Dozens missing in Bahrain crackdown: Opposition groups say dozens of people have gone missing since Wednesday as Bahrain's Saudi-backed rulers seek to quell weeks of anti-government protests by means of martial law and foreign military intervention.
Saudi demonstrators hold rally in Qatif: Hundreds of people have protested peacefully in Saudi Arabia's eastern city of Qatif, calling on the country's military to end its incursion into Bahrain.
Egyptians try to 'save the revolution' as signs of repression return: The former political vehicle of Hosni Mubarak is revamping its image as it attempts a comeback.
Ivory Coast Rebels Seize State TV, Control Gbagbo Palace: Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara announced the reopening of the nation’s airspace after forces backing him said they seized the state broadcaster and attacked incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo’s residence.
US concerned at arrest of Russia protesters: The White House on Thursday expressed concern at the detention of 150 people in St Petersburg and Moscow at protests highlighting the importance of the right of peaceful assembly.
Israel holds secret talks with Russia in bid to thwart recognition of Palestinian state: France, Germany and the U.K. are pushing for announcing a new international peace initiative which may include setting up two states on the basis of the 1967 borders.
Abbas: Palestinians to ask for UN recognition if peace talks fail: Mahmoud Abbas has been dropping hints that he will leave his post in September should negotiations with Israel not resume by then, and should there be no agreement about the establishment of a Palestinian state.
46% of Israeli teens: Revoke Arabs' rights: : Israeli teens in 2010 believe less in democracy, are inclined towards rebelliousness and violence, are more racist and some have given up hope for peace. They are also more right-wing and patriotic
Why Israel is Not a Democracy: Reframing the Israel/Palestine conflict: an interview with Ilan Pappe
Fukushima situation remains very serious: IAEA chief: Amano warned that ending the current crisis "will take some time" and that stabilising the stricken reactors "will take more time."
Chavez calls on South American countries to unite against U.S. threat: Chavez said that it was important that countries in South America, a continent that suffered over five decades of brutal and bloody civil wars, consolidate themselves as a region of peace before the threat of their northern neighbor.
US broadens LatAm drug strategy: The strategy aims to put in place "interlocking plans" in the region, notably in Mexico, Colombia and Central America, and expanding efforts in areas like the Caribbean to neutralize transnational criminal groups.
Irish Banks Fail Stress Tests: Ireland's banks performed so badly in the latest EU stress tests that the country's last remaining major independent financial institutions will likely be nationalized.
Irish face 'appalling' legacy of debt and unemployment: Europe's sovereign debt crisis has deepened. Ireland has announced it needs a 24 billion euro injection to keep its banking system functioning.
Bank Risk Breaking Back of Irish Government: Roubini: Recapitalizing Irish banks would be bad if done with government money, because it would affect the country's ability to fund itself even further, Nouriel Roubini, chairman of Roubini Global Economics, told CNBC on Friday.
Is this a joke? Obama Receives Transparency Award at Secret Meeting : No member of the press was allowed in. And despite Press Secretary Jay Carney’s assertions earlier this month that the president "has demonstrated a commitment to transparency and openness," some aren’t buying it.
No surveillance without oversight: Given the FBI's record of fallibility – and without genuine safeguards for citizens – this $1bn biometrics project is alarming
CEO pay soars while workers' pay stalls: Median CEO pay jumped 27% in 2010 as the executives’ compensation started working its way back to prerecession levels, a USA TODAY analysis of data from GovernanceMetrics International found. Workers in private industry, meanwhile, saw their compensation grow just 2.1% in the 12 months ended December 2010, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Texas Cops Ticket Thousands of Schoolchildren to Raise Revenue, Some as Young as 6-Yrs-Old: Cops in Texas have been writing thousands of tickets to schoolchildren for $250-$500 each for the "crime" of "misbehaving in school" so the government can raise revenue.
Having A Job May Not Be Enough To Make Ends Meet: New report says millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet, and we're talking about people who have jobs.
More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined. : Every state in America today except for two—Indiana and Wisconsin—has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods.

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