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  • Something's Fishy in Tripoli

    01/25/2012 12:50:58 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies ^ | 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 I'm a soldier of Allah

    01/16/2012 1:42:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies
    THE ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...