The Russian Foreign Ministry has described the latest bombardment of Tripoli, which resulted in the death of 19 people, as a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions. The coalition insists that the strikes help protect the civilian population. VoR link
Commenting on the NYT article Sealift Extends Lifeline to a Rebel City in Libya featured at Mathaba but now removed (copyright probs?)
This article presupposes a lie which has been manufactured in the west; namely: that Misurata is some sort of "rebel strobghold." It is not and never was. Misurata has always been predominantly pro-Gathafi and before the onslaught by NATO planes and by its ground troops constituted predominantly by mercinaries, and US, British, Canadia and other European soldiers of Libyan origin together with Al-Qaida foreign fighters, people staged daily mass rallies of support for Gathafi and the Gemahiriya. The so called "rebels" are not from town. They are oiutsiders and they have been ferried there with British warships from February 2011. That is why they were all the time calling for NATO to bomb the hell out of the cetre of Misurata because they have no family or relatives there who can be killed. Such is the murderous nature of these criminals. Today Misurata is a ghost town since all the inhabitants have fled to Sirte or Tripoli due the almost daily carpet bombing by NATO planes and the indiscriminate use of heavy weapons, tanks, grad missiles and heavy machine guns by the NATO ground forces which left thousands of civilians dead.
Death squad attacks in Libyan “rebel” capital
[...] While the Benghazi-based opposition has proved impotent as a military force against Gaddafi, it is fully capable of inflicting repression on the local population. The Post report continues: “Rebel commanders have created a wanted list and placed suspects under round-the-clock surveillance. Secret militia units raid houses without court warrants and often interrogate suspects for hours…. In recent weeks, at least seven former members of the internal security police have turned up dead, their bodies riddled with bullets. Although it is not known who killed them, many suspect that they died at the hands of rebel-affiliated death squads.”
While a rebel security official claimed that detainees were interrogated and then handed over to prosecutors after three days, the city’s chief prosecutor, Ali Wanis, told the Post reporter that not a single case had been sent to him, and he called the detentions “secretive.”
An online version of the article by Raghavan describes the political climate in the rebel capital city in the following terms: “Benghazi is awash with weapons. Streets are still mostly patrolled by volunteer militias, rather than uniformed policemen. Gun battles between rival gangs, criminal, even rebels, are routine. There’s growing fear of a so-called fifth column of Gaddafi loyalists who are working to destroy the revolution and retake the city.”
[...] This is the reality behind the professions of “democracy” and “human rights” in the speeches of the imperialist politicians who are directing the war in Libya. In his speech May 18 on US policy in the Middle East, Barack Obama declared, “The opposition has organized a legitimate and credible Interim Council. And when Qaddafi inevitably leaves or is forced from power, decades of provocation will come to an end, and the transition to a democratic Libya can proceed.”
A more organised death squad -
What NATO is Doing to Libya
Flames billow up from the hulks of eight Libyan navy vessels destroyed by Nato air attacks as they lay in ports along the Libyan coast. Their destruction shows how Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is being squeezed militarily, but also the degree to which the US, France and Britain, and not the Libyan rebels, are now the main players in the struggle for power in Libya.
Probably Gaddafi will ultimately go down because he is too weak to withstand the forces arrayed against him. Failure to end his regime would be too humiliating and politically damaging for Nato after 2,700 air strikes. But, as with the capture of Baghdad in 2003, the fall of the regime may usher in a new round of a long-running Libyan crisis that continues for years to come.
NATO Using Depleted Uranium against Libya, European experts investigate
A European scientific team is in Libya to investigate the radiation levels that have stemmed from uranium-containing missiles launched against that country by NATO forces, said Venezuelan Bassen Tajedline from the capital Tripoli.
The continuing tale of US supplying
A Secret Army of Mercenaries for the Middle East and North Africa
At last. Full instructions -
Libya: Let's make a difference! Petition!!
Coming to a country near you soon Viva la revolucion. Pandora's box just keeps giving and giving.
This protest appears to be kosher as does the Georgia protest. Ukraine looks to be a Soros - Clinton - Power thang perhaps as coercion to stay out of the Libya gang-bang issue.
VIDEO: Spanish Protesters Joining "World Revolution"
In Spain's most politically conservative of cities, an unexpected and growing revolt - against the status quo, established political institutions, and against the old acceptance that nothing much will ever change.
The country's ruling party is facing growing anger over Spain's economic problems, and many people shunned the polls and chosen to protest instead.
Spanish Protesters Joining World Revolution
In Spain (r)evolutionary committees are camped out across the country with a million people demanding People's Conferences and People's Committees, largely unreported by the elitist Money Serving Media (MSM) news networks.
The Pain in Spain [the bank welfare system]
Smart-alec aims to reassure Europe it still matters
Day of diplomacy for Obama in Britain
Obama's message to allies across Europe, and Britain in particular, will be that their longstanding partnerships remain the cornerstone of America's engagement with the world, even as the president seeks to strengthen U.S. ties with emerging powers such as China and India.
He is a politician, has done any number of U turns that have cost him support. Strengthen ties with China? He is pissing them off with Libya and other actions designed to counter Chinese influence in Africa. How does putting the fleet in the S. China Seas in battle-ready status by holding exercises with S. Korea strengthen ties? How does sending a fleet to the Med strengthen ties with e.g. Russia, how does a "wild west" attitude to Pakistan, protecting opium fields in Afghanistan strengthen ties to India?
"There is no other alliance that assumes the burdens that we assume on behalf of peace and security and that, again, invests as much as we do in enforcement of international law and in global development," said Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.
Libya, Iraq, Afghani poppy fields about peace and security? One wonders how words can be used so without a hint of embarassment or toilet tissue.
Obama's Middle East Hypocrisy
Since taking office in January 2009, Obama broke every major campaign promise, including relevant ones to his May 19 Middle East speech
Is the US Driving the World Towards World War III: Osama's Alleged Compound. How Many SEALs Died?
In a sensational and explosive TV report, the Pakistani News Agency has provided a live interview with an eye witness to the US attack on the alleged compound of Osama bin Laden. The eye witness, Mohammad Bashir, describes the event as it unfolded. Of the three helicopters, “there was only one that landed the men and came back to pick them up, but as he [the helicopter] was picking them up, it blew away and caught fire.” The witness says that there were no survivors, just dead bodies and pieces of bodies everywhere. “We saw the helicopter burning, we saw the dead bodies, then everything was removed and now there is nothing.”
In addition to managing our perceptions, much is simply never reported. On May 19, 2011, the fourteen-decade-old British newspaper, The Statesman, reported that the Press Trust of India has reported that the Chinese government has warned Washington “in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China,” and advised the US government “to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty.” (Statesman link)
Russia expects NATO explanations on Libya
[Perhaps Obama could find a moment to respond - or perhaps ventriloquism would be appropriate]
Destroying Democracy in Pakistan
They declared that as from 14 May 2011 there must be no more illegal slaughter inside Pakistan by the US. And the Constitution of the United States is precise about such action. It is clear from the Articles of Confederation that there can be no attacks on foreign countries by US forces “except it be after a declaration of war by the United States in Congress assembled, and then only against the kingdom or state, and the subjects thereof against which war has been so declared.”
Whamming missiles into Pakistan and blowing people to smithereens, no matter who the target might be, is a criminal act. And Pakistan’s legislators thought it time to tell the United States that enough is enough. The weak were answering the strong, and the weak thought that this time they might get a hearing. The mighty empire to whom they were appealing just might permit a pause, discussions, negotiations, concerning the expression of disquiet by a democratically elected parliament. They thought that international democracy and diplomacy might be given a chance to work.
Not a hope.
Because then, predictably enough, came the smash in the face. The US decided to deliver the ultimate insult to Pakistan’s Parliament and people.
Less than 48 hours after the statement by Pakistan’s National Assembly that there should be consideration given to a sovereign country’s democratic pleas, “Two US drone strikes targeting a militant compound and a vehicle in Pakistan's lawless tribal district of North Waziristan killed at least nine people on Monday [16 May] . . . the drones fired two missiles into a militant compound, and minutes later another drone fired two missiles at a vehicle nearby.”
Israel in a Strategic Dead End [Who should NATO bomb, gov't or protestors? Ditto for Spain]
The Palestinian "Arab Spring" is arriving and Israel has no diplomatic or political strategy to deal with it. Instead on Sunday, Israel used the only weapon in its current arsenal -- brute force -- against unarmed demonstrators.
Along the northern borders, at least 14 protesters were killed and dozens wounded, both at Majdal Shams in the Golan and near Maroun al-Ras in Lebanon.
Why AIPAC is Dangerous for Jews
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is holding its annual conference May 22-24
[...] Let's be clear. Netanyahu is committed to building Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, undermining any possibility for a two-state solution.
My Political Rupture With AIPAC
But on this occasion, Sadat's overture to Israel was too significant a factor. This was a rare instance in which AIPAC didn't "win" on an issue. Interestingly, my vote was the same as those of Sens. Jacob Javits (New York) and Abraham Ribicoff (Connecticut), two Jewish leaders at that time in Congress and the nation. They also recognized the importance of supporting Sadat and were not intimidated by pressure from AIPAC.
This event underscores the nature of the Israel lobby in Washington. Political positions and decisions within AIPAC were and continue to be profoundly influenced by the Israeli government.
Canadian Activists Vow to Arrest George W. Bush in October (Why did they forewarn?)
The video clearly depicts Diane Watts' Communication Specialist Tara Foslien being notified of specific Canadian Laws and Agreements that will be broken by inviting Mr Bush to speak at the Surrey Economic Forum. Professor Anthony Hall of the University of Lethbridge and Mohawk Peace Activist and Author John Boncore aka Splitting The Sky clearly serves the Mayor's Office a notice citing specific laws and agreements:
- Witnesses on video include many RCMP officers, members of the press, citizens and peace activists.
- Specifically cited were Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions and Section 35 of the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Act barring war criminals and torturers. /continues
A different kind of war:
Evidence Said to Tie Ex-I.M.F. Chief to Housekeeper
Evidence from the work clothes of a hotel housekeeper matched DNA samples taken from Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund who has been charged with sexually assaulting her, a person briefed on the matter said Monday.
The test results were consistent with what law enforcement officials have said about the account provided by the woman, the person briefed in the matter said.
Let's hope that some other crooks can be tumbled for setting him up.
Regime Change at the IMF: The Frame-Up of Dominique Strauss-Kahn?
The arrest of IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has all the appearances of a frame-up ordered by powerful members of the financial establishment, in liaison with France's Nicolas Sarkozy, whose presidency has served the interests of the US at the expense of those of France and the European Union. While there is for the moment no proof of a plot, the unusual circumstances of his arrest and imprisonment require careful examination.
Strauss-Kahn Screws Africa – OpEd
[...] Director-General DSK’s cruelty, arrogance and impunity toward African and other nations as generalissimo of the IMF is right in line with the story told by the poor, African hotel housekeeper in New York City.
Why do we call them "banksters"? It certainly isn't because it rhymes with "humanitarian", "honest" or "charitable".
Imperialism: Bankers, Drug Wars and Genocide
Strauss-Kahn thinks he's got it bad...
Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, report on color-coded prostitutes for Munich Re Vid
[What do the wives think Max? Were there male scrubbers there too or should the equal rights gestapo be brought in?]