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18 May 2011 @ 08:00 pm
Libyagate: Same old same old  

Is Italy embargo busting by getting gas piped from Libya?
US does not recognize the ICC I wonder why? (Rhetorical) Where is Blair, somewhere that recognises the ICC?

Consider this, a forthcoming dejavu story:
When Islamabad accused foreign governments of fueling and arming the unrest in Baluchistan, they were absolutely correct.
[...] As early as 2006, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace identified Pakistan’s Baluchistan province as a potential point of leverage against Islamabad and an opportunity to assert foreign intervention.
In a 2006 report by the corporate-financier funded think tank titled, “Pakistan: The Resurgence of Baluch Nationalism,” violence starting as early as 2004-2005 is described. According to the report, 20% of Pakistan’s mineral and energy resources reside in the sparsely populated province.
On page 4 of the report, the prospect of using the Baluchi rebels against both Islamabad and Tehran is proposed. In Seymour Hersh’s 2008 article, “Preparing the Battlefield,” US support of Baluchi groups operating against Tehran is reported as already a reality. In Brookings Institution’s “Which Path to Persia?” the subject of arming and sending Baluchi insurgents against Tehran is also discussed at great depth.
This point in particular, regarding China, was described in extricating detail  in the 2006 Strategic Studies Institute’s report “String of Pearls: Meeting the Challenge of China’s Rising Power across the Asian Littoral.”
Throughout the report means to co-opt and contain China’s influence throughout the region are discussed.
The Carnegie Endowment report goes on to describe how the Baluchi rebels have fortuitously begun attacking the development of their province over concerns of “marginalization” and “dispossession.”
In particular attacks were launched against the Pakistani military and Chinese facilities.
The question of foreign intervention is brought up in this 2006 report, based on accusations by the Pakistani government that the rebels are armed with overly sophisticated weaponry. India, Iran, and the United States are accused as potential culprits.
The report concludes that virtually none of Pakistan’s neighbors would benefit from the insurgency and that the insurgency itself has no possibility of succeeding without “foreign support.”
The conflict is described as a potential weapon that could be used against Pakistan and that it is “ultimately Islamabad that must decide whether Baluchistan will become its Achilles’ heel.”
Quite clearly when Islamabad accused foreign governments of fueling and arming the unrest in Baluchistan, they were absolutely correct. Seymour Hersh’s report lays to rest any illusions over whether or not America is arming Baluchi rebels. Brookings’ “Which Path to Persia?”report also openly calls for arming and sending Baluchi rebels out against Tehran.
More recently, longtime proponent of a Baluchi insurgency, Selig Harrison of the Soros funded Center for International Policy, has published two pieces regarding the “liberation” of Baluchistan itself.
Harrison’s February 2011 piece, “Free Baluchistan,” calls to “aid the 6 million Baluch insurgents fighting for independence from Pakistan in the face of growing ISI repression.”
He continues by explaining the various merits of such meddling by stating, “Pakistan has given China a base at Gwadar in the heart of Baluch territory. So an independent Baluchistan would serve U.S. strategic interests in addition to the immediate goal of countering Islamist forces.”
Harrison would follow up his frank call to carve up Pakistan by addressing the issue of Chinese-Pakistani relations in a March 2011 piece titled, “The Chinese Cozy Up to the Pakistanis.” He begins by stating, “China’s expanding reach is a natural and acceptable accompaniment of its growing power—but only up to a point.”
He then reiterates his call for extraterritorial meddling in Pakistan by saying, “to counter what China is doing in Pakistan, the United States should play hardball by supporting the movement for an independent Baluchistan along the Arabian Sea and working with Baluch insurgents to oust the Chinese from their budding naval base at Gwadar.
Beijing wants its inroads into Gilgit and Baltistan to be the first step on its way to an Arabian Sea outlet at Gwadar.”
Harrison has made calls for the carving up of Pakistan for years. In 2009 he insisted that Pakistan should grant Baluchistan autonomy, citing a laundry list of technicalities that justified such a devolution of power.

Ivory Coast  A banksters' tale
Europe and the US aim to strangle Laurent Gbagbo financially to force him to quit as Côte d’Ivoire’s president after an election they claim was won by his rival Alassane Ouattara.
Washington, the European Union (EU) and Côte d’Ivoire’s west African allies have told Gbagbo that he must hand over power to Ouattara. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that “any other outcome would make a mockery of democracy and the rule of law”.
State media accused UN forces (Onuci) of arming northern rebel fighters in preparation for “genocide”, as did some of Gbagboa’s lieutenants.
"The Defence and Security Forces of the Ivory Coast call on the national and international community to bear witness to the fact that Onuci no longer plays the role of a neutral force," military spokesperson Colonel Babri Gohourou said. RFI 18 Dec2010

The Central Bank of West African States recognized Alassane Ouattara as Ivory Coast’s president, giving him control over state reserves previously governed by Laurent Gbagbo.
The seven finance ministers of the member states except Ivory Coast backed Ouattara at a meeting in Guinea-Bissau yesterday after the United Nations, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States supported him as the winner of the Nov. 28 election, the central bank, or BCEAO, said on its website today. bloomberg 24 Dec 2010

UN backs Cote d'Ivoire's Ouattara
General Assembly formally recognises Alassane Ouattara as president as West African bank blocks funds to Laurent Gbagbo. aljazeera 24 Dec 2010

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's presidential rivals grappled for control of the West African central bank's offices on Wednesday, with incumbent Laurent Gbagbo still in control despite efforts to cut off his cash flow. Independent Online 27 Jan  2011

Ouattara Says Central Bank Branches May Reopen By Next Week, Must Happen Before Private Banks Reopen. reuters 13 Apr 2011 ...

Bank of Israel governor and Ivory Coast president first met 20 years ago while working together in World Bank. Fischer received formal invitation to attend Alassane Ouattara's inauguration ceremony
Fischer, a close friend of the incoming president, will attend the ceremony alongside such prominent politicians as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. ynetnews 17 May 2011

... he was the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire from November 1990 to December 1993, appointed to that post by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny wiki
The French connection wiki
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As the effort to impose a puppet government in Libya continues to go banana shaped with Russia showing the Western bank clerks what statesmanship consists of and at the same time putting the UN in its place, NATO continues its desperate attempt to save face with the Pentagon by ironing out the creases in the flattened Gaddafi compound with cruise missiles. And the banksters try to reduce their high profile involvement in the get Gaddafi mission by disguising the Benghazi cartel central bank as a cream tea shop for financiers and by hiding behind the oil cartel's obvious interest by releasing marginally compromising information through outlets such as wikileaks and news media - The US seeks control of Libyan oil facilities in order to push China and Russia out of the Mediterranean in its quest for world hegemony, says an analyst, link . Not wishing to belittle 3rd fav., Africa Command: 'Libya is US, China's battleground'

Libya: enough is enough
Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham is a Pakistan-born Labour peer and chair of the All Parties Parliamentary Group for Kashmir
We have started something in Libya that will be difficult to finish. Without a change of approach we risk another Afghanistan
[The report includes facts I assume are considered suitable for public consumption without risking accusations of "conspiracy nutter" nor an "accident". The bank clerks are unhappy with a loose cannon seeing for himself perhaps the paucity in support for the insurgency or the baggy trouser segments of gangs that NATO is leading.]
[...] To carry the gambling theme further, the Libyan debacle may become our foreign affairs equivalent of the European exchange rate mechanism's "Black Wednesday" in 1992. The only people to benefit from this misstep will be those who want to see the destabilisation of the Arab and Muslim world.
As for the alleged surgical precision of Nato bombing, a Nato bomb exploded 400 metres away from me during my visit. It was dropped on a parliamentary complex I had visited four hours earlier. Other Nato bombs had destroyed a lamppost on a pavement adjacent to the parliamentary office. They were hardly "command and control" centres.
[...] We are standing on the edge of an abyss. The hundreds of north Africans and black African refugees who have already died in attempts to reach Europe are the precursor to the chaos that may follow should western intervention lead to another Afghanistan in north Africa.

War Crimes & the Bombing of Libya

The General suggested that NATO should be freed from restraints that precluded attacking infrastructure targets.
UN - “In order to ensure respect for and protection of the civilian population and civilian objects, the Parties to the conflict shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives and accordingly shall direct their operations only against military objectives.”
[Gen Richards should be sacked.]

Alec Russell's Kofi Annan interview: the full transcript
"He came out of the cold and probably felt he had managed a difficult situation very well. He went to European capitals. European heads of government and heads of state flew down to see him. He probably felt he’d re-established and reinstated himself as a member of the international community. And then, of course, this happens. He’ll probably wonder if indeed there has been that much progress in his relations with them. My sense is that he’ll become much more suspicious today and, unless he’s really backed into a corner, will be extremely difficult to negotiate with."

Russia: Libya To Accept Ceasefire, African Union Road Map If NATO Halts Bombing

WikiLeaks Reveals US Wanted to Keep Russia out of Libyan Oil

Frenchman killed in Benghazi was a soldier in the French army in operations in Africa

Special report: In Libyan oil shipment, sanctions prove dumb
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Plea from The Third Voice of Libyan People and Students
Dear All
[...] We ask you to put pressure on your government to call for talks between Libyans especially after the tribes had their meetings on 5th/6th May 2011 when 2000 tribal leaders met and asked all Libyans to set some talks for peace and refuse any outside intervention and condemned the act of some parties in providing weapons to the opposition, which will not help the peaceful solution.
So please, for the sake of all Libyan children, women the elderly and Libya, as well as UK ‘s reputation, stop the war and hands off Libya. We like and support a good and healthy relationship between the UK and Libya, better than ever, built on respect to the all Libyan people, not part of them only.
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"There are no al Qaeda in the insurgency". This is what Taliban dress like [shalwar kameez clobber].
I've seen quite a few similarly clad in Libya war photos that the censors missed.

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The march of Western democracy that is growing in the UK:
Indeed, if anyone pays any attention to what is happening in Amerika today, a militarized police and Homeland Security are destroying constitutional rights of peaceful assembly, protest, and free speech.
For practical purposes, the U.S. Constitution no longer exists. The police can beat, taser, abuse, and falsely arrest American citizens and experience no adverse consequences.
From China: The New Bin Laden (Orwell Wrote The Script) Dr. Paul Craig Roberts