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Libyagate: Views about the region. Democracy theatre

Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: May 26, 2011
Libyan war updates/Stop NATO News: May 27, 2011
Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: May 28, 2011
NATO States To Have 80,000 Cruise Missiles, 2,000 Nuclear-Powered, By 2020: Russian Commander
“Just One Step From Sending In Ground Troops”:
British Attack Helicopters Wield “Gruesome” Cluster Bomb Missiles
NATO Commander: Helicopter Gunships To Ramp Up Libyan Attacks
African Leaders Demand NATO Stop Air Strikes Against Libya
NATO Bombards Libyan Capital For Fifth Night In A Row
NATO’s Libyan Air War: 8,595 Sorties, 3,274 Strike Missions
French Warplanes Forced To Land In Malta
Obama In Warsaw: U.S. To Redeploy F-16s To Poland
Pentagon Plan To Muscle Out China: New Scramble For Africa
Afghanistan: 15 NATO Soldiers Killed In Three Days
Three German Soldiers, Afghan General Kill In Bomb Attack
McCain Versus Russia: Arm Georgia, Bring It Into NATO

The Secret Wars of the Saudi-Israeli Alliance
Sectarian Conflicts in Egypt: A Means to Weaken the Egyptian State
Egypt is ruled by a counter-revolutionary military junta. Despite the increasing assertiveness of the Egyptian people, the old regime is still in place. Yet, its foundations are becoming shakier as the Egyptian people become more radical in their demands.
Like in the Mubarak era, the military regime in Cairo is also allowing sectarianism to spread in Egypt in an effort to create divisions within Egyptian society. In early-2011 when Egyptians stormed government buildings they discovered secret papers that showed that the regime was behind the attacks on Egypt’s Christian community.
Recently, so-called  Salafist extremists have attacked Egyptian minorities including Christians but also Shiite Muslims. Egyptian activists and leaders in the Coptic and Shia community are pointing their fingers at the military junta in Cairo, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
The Egyptian military junta, Tel Aviv, and the Al-Sauds are all part of an ominous alliance. This grouping is the backbone of the U.S. imperial structure in the Arab World. They are dependent on Washington. They prevail inasmuch as the U.S. remains dominant in Southwest Asia and North Africa.
The Al-Sauds are now working with Washington in Egypt to establish a supposedly Islamic government. This is being done through political parties that the Al-Sauds have funded and helped organize. The new so-called Salafist movements are primary examples of this. It also appears that the Muslim Brotherhood or at least branches of it have been co-opted.

The Anglo-American Military Axis: West Backs Holy Alliance For Control Of Arab World And Persian Gulf
The third plenipotentiary of Anglo-American global power projection, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland - who succeeded former NATO secretary general Javier Solana in the post - was in Washington last week to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and plan more onerous joint sanctions against Syria, with Clinton stating "we discussed additional steps that we can take to increase pressure and further isolate the Assad regime," exemplifying the diplomatic finesse the world has come to expect from the foreign policy executrix of the world's sole military superpower.
A week before, the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), whose six member states - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, to a one hereditary monarchies, emirates and theocracies, but accounting for 45 per cent of the world's proven oil reserves - are the West's main allies and proxies in the Arab world and the Persian Gulf, issued a joint declaration demanding that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi abdicate power in favor of the rebel Transitional National Council financed and armed by NATO and GCC nations and advocating the easing out of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in favor of a more pliant and reliable client.
The EU and GCC, with not a scintilla of apparent irony given the above, also demanded that Iran "play a constructive role and stop interfering in the internal affairs of GCC member states and other countries in the region." On March 14 the first of 1,500 troops from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the other GCC states entered Bahrain, two days after U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates left the kingdom, to back up the Al Khalifa dynasty against opponents of the religious minority-dominated autocracy.

Imperial Eye on Pakistan
As the purported assassination of Osama bin Laden has placed the focus on Pakistan, it is vital to assess the changing role of Pakistan in broad geostrategic terms, and in particular, of the changing American strategy toward Pakistan. The recently reported assassination was a propaganda ploy aimed at targeting Pakistan. To understand this, it is necessary to examine how America has, in recent years, altered its strategy in Pakistan in the direction of destabilization. In short, Pakistan is an American target. The reason: Pakistan’s growing military and strategic ties to China, America’s primary global strategic rival. In the ‘Great Game’ for global hegemony, any country that impedes America’s world primacy – even one as historically significant to America as Pakistan – may be sacrificed upon the altar of war.
Part 1 of ‘Pakistan in Pieces’ examines the changing views of the American strategic community – particularly the military and intelligence circles – towards Pakistan. In particular, there is a general acknowledgement that Pakistan will very likely continue to be destabilized and ultimately collapse. What is not mentioned in these assessments, however, is the role of the military and intelligence communities in making this a reality; a veritable self-fulfilling prophecy. This part also examines the active on the ground changes in American strategy in Pakistan, with increasing military incursions into the country.

Pentagon Plan To Muscle Out China: New Scramble For Africa
Windhoek: Southern Africa has become the battle ground for a new scramble for resources, with the United States seeking to muscle out Chinese influence so as to secure strategic minerals - mainly for its military.
More frightening is the possibility of the US military itself becoming involved in securing these strategic minerals within the next 20 years.
According to a study by Dr Stephen Burgess, a Zimbabwean-born associate professor at the US Air War College, Washington may have to enlist the services of the Department of Defence, the National Security Agency and the Africa Command (AFRICOM) to secure Southern Africa's resources.
His study, titled 'Sustainability of Strategic Minerals in Southern Africa and Potential Conflicts and Partnerships', says the US should move quickly to secure Southern Africa's uranium, manganese, platinum, chrome, cobalt and rare earth minerals for America's industrial needs and for its military as well as maintenance of weapons systems.
The study focuses on resource accessibility in the DRC, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and draws parallels with the 1880s scramble for Africa.
To triumph in this new scramble, Burgess notes, 'all instruments of (US) power' must be deployed.
Burgess visited all these countries – except Zimbabwe – and makes recommendations on how the US can muscle out China.

The missionary method of shafting a country
Creditors, Dictators and IMF "Economic Medicine": Obama and the G8’s Fake Pledge to Egypt
A Continuation of Neo-liberal Policies
Obama’s much publicized speech on 19th of May in which $1bn of aid to Egypt was pledged is a deception of the nature and object of the proposed transferal of funds.
At G8’s Summit of Deauville a declaration was issued on 27th of May which stated that in the short term the aim of the G8 is to ensure that political instability does not undermine political reform, and lauded the Egyptian government’s decision to ask for loans from the IMF and the Multilateral Development Bank.
The funds proposed by Obama in his speech include $ 1bn of debt relief and $ 2bn to be provided through OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation). However, debt relief can only be provided with Congressional approval in accordance with The Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990.
As such it is not possible to ascertain that debt relief will be provided given the current economical and political climate in the US, and any mention of debt relief was omitted in the Fact Sheet on Obama’s speech provided by the Bureau of Public Affairs.
Thus the most rapid transferal of funds will be through OPIC. OPIC is the US government’s development finance institution. Created in 1971 it advances US foreign policy by enabling US corporations gain access to emerging markets on favorable terms. As US foreign policy is neo-liberal market economy OPIC functions as a tool to privatize national resources.

Democracy theatre
[...] To the shock of most, within a few months of entering office Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize shortly after issuing orders to bomb a village killing innocent civilians, all while increasing U.S. troops in Iraq.
This remains but one of many controversies surrounding Obama. We cannot forget his staunch support of three tax cheats (Geithner, Kirk and Daschle) to his cabinet, nor can we forget how he pulled in some of the same perpetrators of the financial crisis to serve as his closest advisors (Rubin, Summer, Geithner).
As should be apparent by now, it really does not matter who is in office. The results will be the same because all major decisions are being made by others. The decision-makers are often distant from the spotlight. They lurk in the shadows pulling the strings of politicians.
Includes a list of promises broken and vids of the Nigerian discussing them.
[Cameron's lies pale in comparison]

POLICE STATE USA: Obama Signs Extension of Patriot Act Spy Powers
US President Barack Obama signed a renewal of three of the most notorious provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act Friday, meaning that the whole of the act will remain in effect without modification through 2015.
The move reinforces once again the wholehearted support by the Democratic Party for the policies of domestic spying, torture, and violation of democratic rights, adopted during the Bush administration and continued by Obama.
The provisions were set to expire Thursday, compelling Obama, who is currently making a tour of Europe, to sign the bill electronically from France in order to avoid any lapse of the legal authority for US intelligence agencies to spy on the American people.
[...] The USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law on October 26, 2001, as a key component of the assault on democratic rights initiated by the Bush Administration following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The bill broadened the powers of police and intelligence agencies to monitor communications and obtain medical, financial and business records.
Although most of the hundreds of provisions in the bill were made permanent on its passage, certain of the most invasive provisions were set to expire, or “sunset,” within four years. At the time, a of number Democrats feigned opposition to some of the bill's proposal, but the inclusion of sunset provisions enabled them to accept the bill while claiming it was a temporary measure.
With the renewal of the three key provisions – among the most sweeping powers granted by the bill -- the entire content of the act is still in place, nearly ten years later.

Bibi and the Yo-Yos
It was all rather disgusting.
There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world’s only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most outrageous lies and distortions of Binyamin Netanyahu.

Police beat anti-austerity protesters in Barcelona, Spain
Spanish police yesterday fired rubber bullets and beat protesters with truncheons in a vicious attempt to clear demonstrators from the Plaza de Cataluna square in Barcelona.

Militarization of British Police - Under Pretext of Anti-Terrorism - Terrorists Are In Your Cupboards - BBC London News, 24 May 2011

A hint of civilisation -
Lawmakers bar US ground troops from Libya
The measure, passed in a 416-5 vote, was an amendment to a $690 defense bill that also limits President Barack Obama's authority on handling terror suspects and reducing the US nuclear weapons stockpile under the new START treaty with Russia.
The amendment barred the Obama administration from using funds being approved in the overall defense bill to "deploy, establish or maintain" US ground forces in Libya except to rescue a US service member from "imminent danger."
Another approved measure "would clarify that the United States Congress has not authorized military actions in Libya," reflecting lawmakers' complaints that Obama had violated the 1973 War Powers Resolution by not obtaining congressional approval for US military operations there.

Syria becomes centre of struggle for regional influence
With the failure of the anti-government movement to make significant headway against President Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist regime, there are now regional efforts to bolster the disparate and fractious opposition forces.

Friday. Damascus. Anticipation of a riot
[...] Five days later, the world’s media broke the news of Damascus having been hit by public protests on May 22. I am here to testify that nothing of the kind happened there that Friday – although my visit to Syria gave me a good idea of how you can stage practically anything out of thin air.

Mass protests demand “second revolution” in Egypt
Demonstrations Friday brought huge crowds back to Tahrir Square in Cairo and in dozens of other cities throughout Egypt.
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians turned out for demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Cairo and in cities throughout the country, demanding an end to military rule and the trial and punishment of officials of the dictatorship of former president Hosni Mubarak.

“Only the Names Have Changed”: The Continued Struggle for Democracy in Egypt

Mamdouh Habashi (MH): The army leadership was not neutral, it was never neutral. The army is not operating on a battlefield, but rather in the political sphere. They are following a clear plan. They want to save as much as possible of the old regime's structures. All the achievements of the revolution are a result of pressure from the street. On Friday, April 1st there were 300,000 people at Tahrir Square; on Friday, April 8th the number swelled to 1,500,000. For the first time, these demonstrations were in opposition to Islamists, Muslim Brotherhood and their allies the Salafists. The motto was “save the revolution, they are stealing it from us!” The demonstrators had not seen a realization of their earlier demands.
Over a million people demonstrated on April 8, 2011.
Constanze Knoche (CK): You stated that the army wants to save the old structures. However, on April 13th they took Hosni Mubarak and his sons into custody, while investigators are looking into their affairs. The governmental party NDP was dissolved. Therefore, some important demands have already been fulfilled. Or are these simply concessions of the government to the protestors?
MH: Yes, these steps are only as a result of the demonstrations, especially the 1.5 million demonstrators on April 8th. There is a list of demands and the government could not avoid giving in to some, like the arrest of Mubarak. But there are many other demands. Some of them were ignored by the council of the armed forces, but after more pressure they had to give in. Examples are the dissolution of the fraudulent parliament and the cabinet of Ahmed Shafik appointed by Mubarak. This sounds as if the council only reacts to what happens. This not the case – they reacted but in keeping with their own plan.

Glowing example
Fukushima Goes Global
First, there was a coverup, and that there were one or more meltdowns at the Fukishima site very early on, one of them even before the tsunami hit. Besides confirming the usual about reliability of official sources, a key conclusion to draw from that is that many reactors are even less safe than previously thought. Besides the four on the California Coast plus a number of smaller research reactors in their vicinity, all in line to be damaged by the earthquake and possible tsunami likely to happen sooner or later and possibly any time, there is at least one that was in danger of damage from the Mississippi flooding that just occurred last week.

Was the meltdown due to the stuxnet virus?
New cybervirus found in Japan
Stuxnet designed to attack off-line servers via USB memory sticks
Stuxnet virus attack: Russia warns of ‘Iranian Chernobyl

“But It Was All An Illusion”
In his new BBC documentary series, All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, Adam Curtis uses what is easily the most dramatic, and revealing, piece of 9/11 footage, showing the collapse of the World Trade Centre’s south tower, the explosive pounding as it comes down, the debris jetting out many floors below the tumbling, billowing destruction. How often have you seen this shocking footage in any mainstream documentary?

Banksters - what's new
The IMF: Violating Women Since 1945
[...] The IMF has earned its villainous reputation in the Global South because in exchange for loans, governments must accept a range of austerity measures known as structural adjustment programs (SAPs).

Global Financial Crisis
Max Keiser interviews Dr, Paul Craig Roberts from Georgia who is an American economist, columnist for Creators Syndicate, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in Reagan Administration and an editor of the Wall Street Journal.

Revolving Door Watch: Former Sen. Judd Gregg to Goldman Sachs

Still no word about Goldman Sachs or JPM people being prosecuted. Perhaps justices are waiting for AIPAC to rewrite the US law.

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