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  • Something's Fishy in Tripoli

    01/25/2012 12:50:58 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 01/24/2012 | Daniel Graeber
    Way back in early 2011, members of the U.N. Security Council had no problem getting a resolution through that authorized military force in Libya ostensibly to protect civilians from attacks by forces loyal to strongman Moammar Gadhafi. The year before, lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic were bickering over who did what and why in terms of the cancer-stricken Lockerbie bomber. This Scottish decision to release him, depending on which U.S. lawmaker you spoke with, was tied to a BP deal to drill for oil in Libya. Despite fractures in the new interim government in Tripoli and reports of...
  • Gaddafi supporters seize control of Libyan town

    01/24/2012 3:50:20 AM PST · by Daffynition · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 23, 2012 | Taha Zargoun
    (Reuters) - Fighters loyal to Libya's overthrown leader Muammar Gaddafi took control of a town south-east of the capital on Monday, flying their green flags in defiance of the country's fragile new government.
  • Why Obama Gave Away the Middle East

    01/23/2012 12:44:13 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Editor’s note: The world is at this moment witnessing a horrific phenomenon: Islamists coming to power throughout the Middle East under the guise of a supposed “Arab Spring” – while the President of the United States is facilitating the entire process. Indeed, President Obama is reaching his hand out in solidarity to Islamists and enabling their solidification of power throughout the region. While displaying a disastrous weakness with Iran and allowing the Mullahs to move ahead aggressively with their nuclear weapon program, the Obama administration is helping the Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt and the Taliban regain power in Afghanistan....
  • (PressTV, Iran) U.S. sends 12,000 troops in Libya

    01/22/2012 3:42:47 PM PST · by this is my country · 41 replies
    Press TV ^ | 1/21/12 | Press TV News
    The United States has sent some 12,000 soldiers to Libya, in the first phase of deployments to the oil-rich North African nation. According to Asharq Alawsat, the troops landed in the eastern oil port city of Brega. Although the deployment is said to be aimed at generating stability and security in the region, the troops are expected to take control of the country's key oil fields and strategic ports. Brega, the site of an important oil refinery, serves as a major export hub for Libyan oil. The town is also one of the five oil terminals in the eastern half...
  • Libyans storm transitional government headquarters

    01/21/2012 2:42:15 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Jan 21, 2012 | By RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI
    Hundreds of angry Libyans on Saturday stormed the transitional government's headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi, carting off computers, chairs, and desks while the country's interim leader was still holed up in the building. Libyans have grown increasingly frustrated with the pace and direction of reforms in the country more than three months after the end of the civil war that ousted longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Those concerns spurred residents in Benghazi, where the uprising against longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi broke out in February, to begin protests nearly two weeks ago to demand transparency and justice from the country's...
  • In Libya, a Fundamentalist War against Moderate Islam Takes Shape

    01/18/2012 11:20:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Time ^ | January 18, 2012 | Steven Sotloff
    he Libyan revolution has not been kind to Mahmud al-Arabi. Last March, forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ransacked his grocery store in Zuwara after he fled to Tunisia, stealing about $6,000 worth of supplies. When he returned in September, facing mounting debts, al-Arabi turned to selling beer and liquor — an illegal enterprise in a country where alcohol has been banned for four decades. His new business drew the attention of Islamist rebels who helped to overthrow Gaddafi. After they threatened the store's landlord, they blew up Arabi's shop. Out of money and out of work, Arabi spends...
  • I was a soldier of the Queen...now I'm a soldier of Allah

    01/16/2012 1:42:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies
    THE SUN.co.uk ^ | October 1, 2011 | by Olive Harvey
    SNIPPET: "CHANTING fundamentalist bile, extremist Abu Jibreel was on the front line battling police officers during a mock "funeral" for Osama Bin Laden. With his beard and flowing robes, the follower of hate preacher Anjem Choudary was happy to tell anyone who would listen that he wants to bring down democracy..." SNIPPET: "The Sun can reveal that the 39-year-old Muslim convert was born Paul Steven Mellor in Cheshire." SNIPPET: "He is campaigning for Sharia law and self-governing Muslim "states" to be established in Britain." SNIPPET: "Choudary gloated: "We have a former British Army soldier in our organisation. Next we want...
  • Maryland AFL-CIO leader calls Che Guevara, Cynthia McKinney heroes

    01/05/2012 9:06:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 28, 2011 | Joe Newby
    In a video posted at The Blaze Wednesday, Fred Mason, President of the AFL-CIO in Maryland and the District of Columbia, called former Rep. Cyntia McKinney (D-GA) and Communist guerilla Che Guevara heroes. "Without a person like Cynthia McKinney, there would not have been a Barack Obama," he said while speaking at Baltimore's Union Baptist Church in late August. "And I was reminded of one of my heroes, Che Guevara, and his contribution to the Cuban Revolution," he added. According to Mason, Guevara was "an internationalist," who "was about oppressed people everywhere." "Anywhere there was suffering, he spoke out against...
  • The Islamist Winter: New Report Suggests Extremist Views Winning in Libya

    01/05/2012 9:28:16 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 04, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    The Arab Spring may quickly become an Islamist Winter in Libya, reads a new report circulated among federal law enforcement and written for policymakers on Capitol Hill. An advance copy of the report entitled "A View to Extremist Currents In Libya" and obtained by Fox News, states that extremist views are gaining ground in the north African country and suggests a key figure emerging in Libya formerly tied to al Qaeda has not changed his stripes. "Despite early indications that the Libyan revolution might be a largely secular undertaking ... the very extremist currents that shaped the philosophies of Libya...
  • Battle between Tripoli, Misrata militias kills 4

    01/03/2012 6:33:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | Mahmoud Habboush
    Four fighters were killed in a gun battle between Libyan militias in one of Tripoli's busiest streets on Tuesday, a fresh sign that its new government is struggling to control the increasingly fractious groups that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi. Former rebels from Tripoli controlling a security compound in the capital fought off dozens of fighters from Misrata who were trying to seize a group of prisoners in a gun battle that lasted for more than an hour, medics and former rebels said. Real power still resides with the militias, more than two months after they captured and killed Gaddafi. Since then,...
  • OIC opposes military intervention in Syria

    01/01/2012 7:25:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Arab News ^ | Sunday, January 1, 2012 | Syed Faisal Ali
    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is firmly opposed to any international military intervention in Syria and has called for a negotiated settlement of the conflict through regional means, Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said on Sunday. "We have seen the disaster and turmoil brought by international military intervention in more than one place, be it Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or any other place. So, we fully oppose the idea of any such intervention but are open to dialogue and regional endeavors to resolve the conflict and to stop the blood-shed in Syria," Ihsanoglu said. The OIC chief called for the reforms promised...
  • Iran and the Islamist Spring

    12/30/2011 10:04:13 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | December 31, 2011 | Amani Maged
    Yes, that's what the mainstream in Tehran call it, though it seems to be inspiring both camps... in Tehran. The Arab Spring has undoubtedly cast its shadow over the Islamic Republic of Iran and, perhaps, sent refreshing breezes through the streets of the Iranian capital and other cities. Certainly, too, the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen have had a direct impact on the bilateral relations between Tehran and each of these countries and even countries with diplomatic relations with the revolutionary countries, such as Turkey. Such large and politically central countries as Egypt and Syria would...
  • Kadafi's daughter reportedly eyeing asylum in Israel

    12/29/2011 5:01:04 PM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 29, 2011
    REPORTING FROM JERUSALEM -- Is Aisha Kadafi, daughter of the slain Libyan ruler Moammar Kadafi, considering seeking asylum in Israel? Unlikely as it seems, this may be the case. The Israeli news website Walla, quoted a report published in Intelligence Online that said Aisha indicated to confidants from Europe that only in Israel would she feel safe and that she hoped to be allowed to live there. In August, she fled Libya for Algeria with her mother, two of her brothers and several other family members. Recently she expressed concern that her Algerian hosts may not be able to resist...
  • Libyan Rebel Commander: I Was on the Mavi Marmara

    12/28/2011 3:27:23 PM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies · 1+ views
    nationalreview.com ^ | 12-28-11 | John Rosenthal
    According to the Spanish daily ABC, a Libyan rebel commander who played a key role in overthrowing the rule of Muammar Qaddafi previously participated in the May 2010 attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the Turkish-owned vessel the Mavi Marmara. The operation famously culminated in a deadly clash between Israel Defense Force commandos and “activists” armed with iron rods and knives aboard the ship. The paper’s source for the story is the rebel leader himself: Mahdi al-Harati, the commander of the so-called Tripoli Brigades, which are widely credited with having played a decisive role in the rebel...
  • Top Darfur Rebel Leader Killed

    12/25/2011 3:26:13 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/11
    Khalil Ibrahim, the leader of the main group of rebels in the Darfur area, was killed Saturday by the Sudanese army, reports said. An army statement quoted in the reports said that Ibrahim was killed in a battle about 700 miles west of the capital Khartoum. Ibrahim's group, the Justice and Equality Movement, could not be reached for comment. Ibrahim was said to have been in Libya until recently. His movement was supported by former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
  • US has found 5,000 (surface-to-air) missiles in Libya (MANPADS)

    12/25/2011 2:08:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | 12/24/11
    US has found 5,000 missiles in LibyaAgence France-Presse Updated as of 12/24/2011 8:15 AM WASHINGTON - US experts sent to Libya to recover weapons left over by the regime of fallen leader Moammer Gaddafi have found about 5,000 surface-to-air missiles, the State Department said Friday. The exact number is difficult to say, said spokesman Mark Toner, as there is no actual inventory and a number were destroyed in NATO air strikes this year. "We support the Libyan government as it works on this... to disarm, demobilize, and reintegrate the militias. It's clearly a high priority for them," Toner said. The...
  • Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the...

    12/24/2011 8:02:11 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    State Dep't United Nations webpage ^ | December 21, 2011 | Susan E. Rice
    Note: This transcript is edited to include only remarks by U.S. Permanent Representative Susan E. Rice. She was joined at the stakeout by the Permanent Representative from France following remarks by the Permanent Representative from Russia. Ambassador Rice: Oh, the bombast and bogus claims. Welcome to December. Is everybody sufficiently distracted from Syria now and the killing that is happening before our very eyes?We had a very useful and productive briefing on Libya by Special Representative Ian Martin. As always he was comprehensive and thorough and responded very in-depth to the questions that were posed to him by Council members....
  • China calls Iran's bluff in oil price showdown

    12/21/2011 1:48:46 PM PST · by PGR88 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    South China Morning Post ^ | December 21, 2011 | South China Morning Post
    China has made an audacious move to force Iran to sell it cheaper crude, disrupting the flow of more than 10 per cent of its exports by cutting January imports in half. In contrast to other top Asian buyers worried about what sanctions mean for crude flows from the world's fifth-largest exporter, China has shown no public qualms about the risk that a disruption will drive up the cost of oil. The world's second-largest crude importer has chosen its moment for hard bargaining. Iran is facing the threat of fresh sanctions from the US and European Union over its nuclear...
  • Prepare For Darker Mideast

    12/22/2011 8:17:39 PM PST · by edpc · 8 replies
    YNet ^ | 22 Dec 2011 | Giulio Meotti
    In Tunisia, the country that had the highest percentage of mini-skirts in the Arab world, Islamism got 40% of the vote. In Morocco, which was once considered a pillar of Arab secularism, the Islamists won 30%. Meanwhile, some 70% of Egypt’s new Parliament is in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood and the salafists, who praised Osama bin Laden last April. In Libya, Islamic law supporters and former al-Qaeda bosses took power after Gaddafi’s fall. The Syrian National Council, the opposition group to Assad’s rule, has 19 members: 15 Islamists, 2 Christians and 2 Druze.
  • 'Syrian conflict too complex for Western involvement'

    12/20/2011 2:53:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | staff, contrib by Reuters
    Western powers will not likely intervene to stop the crisis in Syria because of the "complexity" of the issue, Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby told Egyptian daily Al Shorouk Tuesday. ... Elaraby was citing fears that a military intervention in Syria would drag the region into a larger conflict due to Damascus's allies and enemies in close proximity. Libya is more territorially isolated. The Arab League chief said the Syrian opposition "has not matured yet," saying the Syrian Revolution General Commission, a coalition of some 40 opposition groups, is unable to change the facts on the ground. Speaking a day...
  • Historic visit to Libya by Pentagon chief Panetta

    12/17/2011 11:07:22 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, December 17, 2011 | Lolita Baldor
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Pentagon chief Leon Panetta made history Saturday as the first American defense secretary to set foot on Libyan soil and said he hoped the post-Moammar Gadhafi government could assemble the country’s militias into “one Libya.” Panetta has indicated that the U.S. will give the Libyans some time to gain control of the militias that overthrew Gadhafi during an eight-month civil war before determining how to help the fledgling government. At a news conference in the capital with Prime Minister Abdal-Raheem al-Keeb, Panetta said that he was confident that the new Libyan government is reaching out to...
  • Putin says US involved in Kadhafi killing

    12/16/2011 12:39:57 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | December 15, 2011
    MOSCOW — Russia's Vladimir Putin implicated Washington on Thursday in the killing of Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi and launched a tirade against Senator John McCain in an extraordinary attack on US policies. The Russian premier used his annual televised phone-in to unleash the type of no-holds-barred attack that characterised his 2000-2008 term as president and threatens to shadow his expected return to the Kremlin in March polls. Putin turned stone-faced when asked about a tweet from McCain -- one of Washington's fiercest critics of Putin -- warning Russia it faced an "Arab spring" revolt over the disputed December 4 parliamentary...
  • “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 (Super) Hornet” an Aussie exchange pilot says

    12/12/2011 3:36:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | December 5, 2011 | David Cenciotti
    “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 (Super) Hornet” an Aussie exchange pilot says December 5, 2011 “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 Hornet”. This alleged Australian exchange pilot’s statement is one of the most interesting outcomes (and marketing slogans) of BERSAMA LIMA 11 an exercise marking the 40th Anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Agreement (FPDA) the only multilateral defence agreement in South East Asia with an operational element commitment undertaken by five nations (UK, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Australia) to consult in the event of an...
  • Syria's brave but divided opposition will have to take down Assad on their own

    12/11/2011 3:02:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Sunday, December 11, 2011 | Mehdi Hasan
    Given the events of the Arab spring, some might say that the tell-tale sign that a dictator's days are numbered is when his defiance turns to delusion. Last Wednesday, in an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, a chuckling and snorting Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator, tried to deny any responsibility for the attacks on his own people: "They are not my forces. They are the forces belonging to the government. I don't own them, I'm president." ... ("Some mistakes committed by some officials," shrugged Assad.) His television interview has been interpreted by some as further evidence that the Syrian regime...
  • Nasrallah makes rare appearance, speaks on Syria, Iraq and Lebanon

    12/10/2011 5:38:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Arab American [sic] News [sic] ^ | Friday, December 9, 2001 | Compiled sources
    Nasrallah making his first public appearance since July 2008, Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed hundreds of thousands of followers in the south part of Beirut on Tuesday, Dec. 6... Nasrallah reaffirmed his support for reforms in Syria, saying once again that "some people want to destroy Syria and compensate for their loss in Iraq. We remain on our stance; we support the reforms in Syria, and we are with a resisting government," he said... "Regarding the Golan Heights, head of the Syrian National Council stated that he will refer the issue to the international community, and therefore this serves...
  • Syrian refugees seek shelter in Libya

    12/10/2011 5:01:31 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Friday, December 9, 2011 | Ruth Sherlock in Benghazi
    Thousands of refugees fleeing the escalating violence in Syria are seeking shelter in Libya, a country still recovering from its own civil war. Buses from Damascus, crammed with Syrian families, are arriving daily into the east Libyan city of Benghazi. "Up to 4,000 Syrian families have sought refuge in Libya in the last weeks, and the numbers are increasing every day" said Dr Mohammed Jammal, a Syrian community leader in the city. "The buses arrive full and go back empty. There used to be two a week, but now there are two a day." The journey is a gruelling four...
  • US General Invites Libyan "Officers" to US War Colleges

    12/08/2011 8:59:19 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 5 replies
    Diana West ^ | Diana West
    <p>Question: When the Libyan "military" comes to US staff colleges -- a real possibility-- do they get to bring their flags of al Qaeda with them?</p> <p>This is a joke, right? I'm dreaming, aren't I? Either give me a pitchfork, or wake me up when it's over.</p>
  • Mexico earns a rare victory against crime, thwarts Qaddafi son's plans

    12/07/2011 4:38:00 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Dec. 7, 2011 | Sara Miller Llana
    Mexico's success in preventing Saadi Qaddafi from escaping to a Mexican resort with his family stands in stark contrast to the impunity with which many international criminals are able to operate in Mexico. ...The Mexican government today is touting its role in helping thwart an attempt by Saadi Qaddafi, one of the sons of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, to enter the country under a false name and take up residence in a wealthy resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The news comes less than two months after Mexico announced it had helped foil a plot that included an Iranian-American...
  • Syria Ignores Arab Deadline (Rumors of War)

    12/04/2011 7:20:34 PM PST · by gandalftb · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Gulf News ^ | December 5, 2011 | Staff Writer
    Dubai: Syria faced new sanctions after missing an Arab League deadline yesterday to allow observers to monitor the uprising.A senior Qatari official was quoted as saying that Syria had asked for "new clarifications and further amendments to be made to the protocol which was proposed" to cover the deployment of the observer mission. But the Arab ministers had "refused."Yesterday's deadline was announced in Doha by Qatari Prime Minister Shaikh Hamad Bin Jasem Al Thani, who also warned against the internationalisation of the Syrian crisis if Damascus did not heed the Arab call.
  • McCain blocks WNYers’ bid to rebury sailors in U.S.

    12/03/2011 9:40:27 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 48 replies
    The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY ^ | 2011-12-02 | Jerry Zremski
    WASHINGTON — Two hundred and seven years after their deaths, 13 of the Navy’s first fallen heroes this week came closer than ever to returning home from the shores of Tripoli — thanks in part to the efforts of two veterans’ advocates from Western New York. But then Sen. John McCain got in the way.
  • Ron Paul: Imposing Sanctions And Blockades Are Acts Of War (Hurl, you will)

    11/29/2011 11:48:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1+ views
    EurAsia Review ^ | November 29, 2011 | Congressman Ron Paul
    Many people have the misconception that sanctions are an effective means to encourage a change of behavior in another country without war. However, imposing sanctions and blockades are not only an act of war according to international law, they are most often the first step toward a real war starting with a bombing campaign. Sanctions were the first step in our wars against Iraq and Libya, and now more sanctions planned against Syria and Iran are leading down the same destructive path. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) latest report, just out this month, there is no evidence...
  • CAIN’S VISION FOR FOREIGN POLICY & NATIONAL SECURITY

    11/29/2011 5:36:55 PM PST · by justsaynomore · 51 replies
    Herman Cain Web Site ^ | 11/29/11 | Herman Cain
    CAIN’S VISION FOR FOREIGN POLICY & NATIONAL SECURITY The Americas Mexico: Friend and Partner Mexico is a friend in need. Our southern neighbor is struggling with drug-related violence that has claimed an estimated 40,000 lives over the past several years. By standing with Mexico now to help it solve its increasingly severe economic and security problems, we will help solve the problem of illegal immigration at home. Some 40% of Mexicans believe Mexico is a failed state. This helps explain why so many are seeking to emigrate. With declining oil reserves, a looming water shortage in Mexico City, and youth...
  • Former Libya rebels still hold 7,000 people, some reportedly tortured: UN chief

    11/28/2011 1:45:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    The Star ^ | 11/28/11 | ap
    Former Libyan revolutionaries still hold about 7,000 people, and some reportedly have been subjected to torture and ill treatment, according to a UN report circulated Monday. The report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, made public before a Security Council briefing about Libya on Monday afternoon, says that many of the inmates have no access to due process in the absence of a functioning police and judiciary. It also says that sub-Saharan Africans, in come cases accused or suspected of being mercenaries hired by Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, constitute a large number of those held. “While the (National Transitional Council) has taken...
  • Deal fails to put end to violence

    11/26/2011 10:13:37 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    The News ^ | 25 November 2011 | JAMAL AL-JASHIMI
    President Barack Obama welcomed the decision, saying the U.S. would stand by the Yemeni people “as they embark on this historic transition.” Saleh signed the U.S.-backed power-transfer deal; (ending his 33-year rule), brokered by neighboring countries, Wednesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh in exchange for immunity from prosecution. If the deal holds, he’ll be the fourth leader to lose power in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings this year, following longtime dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
  • The Real Dangers Of The Successful War With Libya

    11/27/2011 12:55:06 AM PST · by stevelackner · 7 replies
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | November 27, 2011 | Steven W. Lackner
    There are many things that have made the bombing campaign in Libya that helped oust Moammar Gaddafi questionable at best. Among these questions are the fact that there was no congressional approval for the campaign, and more. I myself asked this question as well as other important inquiries while the bombings were taking place. But all these questions were the sorts of queries that were more relevant while the war was being waged, but once Gaddafi was at long last toppled and even violently lynched, many of the questions regarding the action have since subsided. Now that even Gaddafi's son...
  • Arab winter

    11/26/2011 9:24:47 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 1 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | NOVEMBER 26TH, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Much has been written about the democratic upraising in several Middle Eastern countries. Once those old regimes fell, the current Administration was quick to take credit for inspiring the democratic revolutions that will turn them into “new countries.” Nevertheless, now that these revolutions have shown themselves to be less than “democratic” Obama’s Administration must accept responsibility because things are going terribly wrong. Egypt The Muslim Brotherhood is set to win enough elections to take total control of Egypt and attempt to transform her into an Islamic Republic. The only organization in its way is the Egyptian military. "..protests and upraising...
  • Italy's borrowing rates skyrocket, Monti scrambles

    11/25/2011 12:47:50 PM PST · by John W · 17 replies
    AP ^ | November 25, 2011 | COLLEEN BARRY and FRANCES D'EMILIO
    ROME (AP) — A week into his new job, Premier Mario Monti is running out of time to reassure nervous investors that his government has a strategy to deal with Italy's crippling debts. The nation's borrowing rates skyrocketed Friday after a grim set of bond auctions, with a new auction looming Tuesday. Another borrowing debacle could ratchet up fears that Italy has entered a debt spiral driving it toward bankruptcy and the 17-nation eurozone into its most acute crisis yet.
  • Libya defence minister disputes Abdullah al-Senussi capture claims

    11/24/2011 11:35:43 PM PST · by Cardhu · 2 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 24th 2011 | Chris Stephen
    Libya's new defence minister has said he has seen no evidence to back claims by his government that it has captured Abdullah al-Senussi, Muammar Gaddafi's former intelligence chief who is wanted by the international criminal court. Osama Jweli said that since being appointed to the defence post on Tuesday night he had made inquiries trying to establish if Senussi had been captured but had had no reply. "I have not seen any proof," he said. "When our Thwar [revolutionary fighters] capture someone, you have pictures of him on video straight away, or anyway within a couple of hours, made by...
  • Obama/Cameron/Sarko's 'New Libya' Descending Into Violent, Medieval Chaos

    11/24/2011 8:26:45 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 28 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 23, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    "...a deep and spreading frenzy, particularly among  some of the youth militia and the Islamists..." Vengeance hangs thick in the air of post-Gaddafi Libya, where just about anybody can be cornered and accused by roving bands of witch-huntin' rebels of being a 'former regime loyalist'. This includes much of the nominal NTC leadership, adding to their own individual fears of rebel militias they have little or no control over. Besides 'justice' of the sort spontaneously administered to Muammar Gaddafi, they've shipped-off over 7000 folks they didn't like the looks of to concentration camps and old regime prisons. With no working justice system in place whatsoever, it's difficult...
  • Cain's Foreign Policy Fogginess

    11/23/2011 8:24:43 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 50 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-23-2011 | Allysia Finley
    "I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy," said Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain the other day after fumbling a question about President Obama's actions in Libya. "Because you run for president [people say] you need to have the answer. No, you don't! No, you don't!" His dearth of knowledge and interest in foreign policy was on full display in last night's GOP debate.... ...On the Patriot Act, Mr. Cain was even more hazy. "If there are some areas of the Patriot Act that we need to refine, I'm all for that. But I do not believe we ought...
  • Sarkozy's Popularity Regains Ground On Crisis Handling

    11/22/2011 3:36:04 PM PST · by Cincinna · 3 replies
    NASDAQ.com ^ | November 22, 2011 | Gabriele Parussini
    The euro-zone crisis and the streak of European and global summits over the past month boosted the poll ratings of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who appeared to gain some of the ground he had lost to Socialist challenger Francois Hollande five months ahead of the presidential election next May, when he's expected to seek a second mandate, a poll showed. If the first round of presidential elections had been held Sunday, Sarkozy would have garnered 29% of the votes, trailing Hollande by only 1 percentage point, a LH2-Yahoo! poll published late Sunday showed. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen came third...
  • Navy frigate sent to Libya with four missiles (UK)

    11/22/2011 3:31:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 21 Nov 2011
    Navy frigate sent to Libya with four missiles A Royal Navy frigate was sent to the Libyan war zone armed with as few as four missiles, it has been disclosed. Royal Navy officers said HMS Westminster was “dangerously under-defended” when it was called on to patrol close to the Libyan port city of Benghazi in March. The warship can carry 32 Seawolf and eight Harpoon missiles but it is understood that military cutbacks left the Westminster and its crew of 190 with only a fraction of that capability. As Seawolf missiles — which are used to intercept incoming missiles —...
  • Gaddafi's spy chief 'is captured'

    11/20/2011 1:47:24 PM PST · by Cardhu · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | November 20th 2011 | Staff
    Col Gaddafi's fugitive spy chief Abdullah al-Sanussi has been captured, Libya's interim government says. He was seized by fighters in the south of the country, officials say. Mr Sanussi, who has not yet been seen in custody, was one of the last senior figures from the Gaddafi regime still on the run. Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam was seized on Saturday. Both he and Mr Sanussi are wanted for alleged war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr Sanussi, a brother-in-law of Col Gaddafi, is said to have been arrested at his sister's home in the southern town of Sabha...
  • Ex-Jihadists in the New Libya

    11/19/2011 12:11:27 PM PST · by Fred
    Abd al-Hakim Belhaj, the commander of Tripoli's Military Council who spearheaded the attack on Muammar al-Qaddafi's compound at Bab al-Aziziya, is raising red flags in the West. Belhaj, whom I met and interviewed in March 2010 in Tripoli along with Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi, is better known in the jihadi world as "Abu Abdullah al-Sadiq." He is the former commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a jihad organization with historical links to al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Egyptian al-Jihad organization. Does his prominent role mean that jihadists are set to exploit the fall of Qaddafi's regime? Established in...
  • Open Source Intell: Taliban Activity in Libya w/in Anti-Qaddafi Resistance (Cain Was Not Incorrect)

    11/19/2011 6:59:16 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 43 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 14 March 2011 | Ron Moreau and Sami Yousafzai (Daily Beast)
    "Exiled Libyans with connections to Al Qaeda are racing to find ways to send people home, in hope of steering the anti-Gaddafi revolt in a radical Islamist direction, according to several senior Afghan Taliban sources in contact with Al-Qaeda.“This rebellion is the fresh breeze they’ve been waiting years for,” says an Afghan Taliban operative who helps facilitate the movement of Al Qaeda militants between the tribal area and Pakistani cities. “Some say they are ready to go back at this critical moment.” The operative, who has just returned from Pakistan’s lawless tribal area on the Afghanistan border, adds: “They realize...
  • Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi captured

    11/19/2011 3:34:09 AM PST · by Cardhu · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Al Jazeera TV | November 19th 2011 | Staff
    Just coming in Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi captured in southern Libya.
  • Herman Cain Answers A Question Regarding His Stance On Libya (Video)

    Herman Cain answers a question regarding his stance on Libya while in Orlando Friday.
  • Libyan rebel's story shows links to Taliban, Al Qaeda, NATO

    11/18/2011 9:58:00 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 7 replies
    http://articles.latimes.com ^ | April 17, 2011 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
    Reporting from Ajdabiya, Libya — He once lived under the Taliban's protection, met with Osama bin Laden and helped found a group the U.S. has listed as a terrorist organization. He died in a secondhand U.S. military uniform, ambushed by Moammar Kadafi's men as he cleared a road after an airstrike by his new NATO allies. Aides to Abdul Monem Muktar Mohammed say the Libyan rebel fighter was leading a convoy of 200 cars west of this hotly contested strategic city Friday when a bullet struck him on the right side of the chest. He opened his passenger door and...
  • The Gaffe That Almost Wasn't

    11/18/2011 9:43:45 AM PST · by justsaynomore · 50 replies
    Freedom Torch ^ | 11/18/11 | Todd Maxwell
    The smear campaign against Cain continues By now the internet, radio, television, and wagging tongues everywhere are all abuzz over the latest campaign blunder by Herman Cain. But is it really the gaffe everyone says it is? Or was it a selective editing job a la Ed Shultz? Well, call me cynical, but I’ve seen enough media shenanigans to be suspicious of anything taken out of context and this definitely tripped my radar. In the clip that has gone viral (below), Cain does appear to be caught off-guard by a question on Libya, a topic he ought to have been...
  • Libya's Muslim Brotherhood Holds First Public Conference

    11/18/2011 12:33:22 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/11/11 | Elad Benari
    Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood held its first public conference on Thursday, after being banned for decades by the Qaddafi regime, Reuters reported. According to the report, the group used the platform to set a moderate tone, calling for a broad national reconstruction effort. Libyan Muslim Brotherhood leader Suleiman Abdelkader praised the rebellion and called on Libya’s factions to unite. “Rebuilding Libya is not a task for one group or one party but for everyone, based on their ability,” he was quoted as having told the meeting of about 700 people at a wedding hall in Benghazi. Abdelkader also emphasized the group’s...