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  • FALSE FLAG ALERT: Craigslist Ad Asking for CRISIS ACTORS in Houston For JULY 4th

    06/21/2014 7:26:54 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 67 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | 06/20/2014 | Unattributed
    In a Craigslist ad posted about 17 days ago, our Federal Government is looking for crisis actors for July 4th through July 6th. “We are looking for crisis actors for a government emergency drill between July 4-6th. Actors will be responsible for portraying different emergency scenarios in a simulated government terror drill. No experience is needed. Confidentiality agreements are required. Pay is $200. Please message for details.” ~Houston Craigslist
  • Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

    06/14/2014 9:37:06 AM PDT · by Alyoshak · 67 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 12, 2014 | Nafeez Ahmed
    "Last year, the DoD's Minerva Initiative funded a project to determine 'Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why?' which, however, conflates peaceful activists with "supporters of political violence" who are different from terrorists only in that they do not embark on "armed militancy" themselves."
  • Presidential candidate: Ukraine’s Kiev-appointed local authorities rely on hired gangs

    04/10/2014 10:20:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    ITAR ^ | 4-11-12 | ITAR
    Ukraine’s presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev says the new local authorities that Kiev has appointed in the country’s southern and eastern regions rely on militias hired especially for a crackdown on opponents of the new leadership. “This job is being done by militants on the payroll of the local authorities,” Tsarev told the Russian government-published daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta in an interview. “In all regions of Ukraine’s South and East the newly-appointed governors have special deputies in charge of such matters. Each is in command of a group of about two hundred ‘hired soldiers’.” Tsarev said the militias were not necessarily members...
  • Venezuela on the Brink – Infographic and Poll data

    03/14/2014 7:43:55 AM PDT · by politisite · 9 replies
    Iron Mill News ^ | 3/14/2014 | Chris Wawra
    As the Venezuelan government continues to violently crack down on protesters, the credibility of Maduro’s regime hangs in the balance. The world has been watching Venezuela, as well as both Ukraine and Thailand, during these difficult political times Maduro’s government has been accused of human rights violations by the U.N. and over half the 1World voters on the ground in the three embattled countries around the world (Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand) feel unsafe in their country. To make matters worse, 30% feel the domestic media coverage of the unrest is inaccurate and 50% think the coverage has been mixed.
  • Right-Wing Thugs Are Hijacking Ukraine’s Liberal Uprising

    01/28/2014 8:46:52 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 60 replies
    Time ^ | January 28, 2014 | Simon Shuster
    The liberal, pro–European Union protests that first rocked Kiev have taken a darker turn, with right-wing vigilante groups rising to prominence amid violence and police crackdowns Not long before midnight on Sunday, a few dozen men in ski masks and camouflage surrounded the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice in the center of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and smashed out the first floor windows with baseball bats. They made short work of the bars over the windows, prying them out of the walls with their clubs, and climbed inside. It was the third federal ministry the group had seized...
  • Violence in Ukraine: Can Russia or the West Make it Stop

    01/25/2014 7:29:37 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 60 replies
    Time ^ | Simon Shuster
    Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union, piped up on Thursday with a wake-up call for the Western world: Ukraine is now everybody’s problem. The turmoil in its capital, where pitched battles have raged all week between protestors and police, “threatens not only Ukraine and her neighbors, but Europe and the entire world,” he wrote in an open letter to the U.S. and Russian Presidents. He was certainly right about Europe, which now has a real dilemma on its hands. The only question is whether Ukraine’s neighbors can do much to resolve it. For the West, there are...
  • The Lull Before the Civil Unrest Storm

    11/07/2012 10:24:13 AM PST · by blam · 74 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-7-2012 | Jack D Douglas
    The Lull Before the Civil Unrest Storm Politics / Social IssuesNov 07, 2012 - 03:49 AM By: Jack D Douglas Vast social revolutions and wars are often preceded by periods of giving up on reforms, despairing withdrawal from public life by the best and brightest,(Going Galt) and even peacefulness which seems to have become the normal condition in spite of deep conflicts and growing crises beneath the surfaces of public life. Often, earlier periods of intense conflicts and crises have been overcome and resolved, so it comes to look like that is the normal in life. This lulls most people...
  • Is Post-Election Riot Threat Real?

    10/17/2012 7:14:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 176 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 17, 2012 | Bob Livingston
    The “Twitter-verse” erupted this week with threats to riot or assassinate Mitt Romney should President Barack Obama lose the Nov. 6 election.This brings up a few questions. Is this a reflection of real outrage being felt in the black community? If it’s real, does it reflect the sentiment of a small or a large segment of the black community? Or is this manufactured outrage being used for a broader purpose?Americans have rioted before for lesser reasons. Simply having their favorite team win the Super Bowl or World Series has led to riots in cities like Boston, Detroit, Denver and Los...
  • Our Greek Tragedy

    10/17/2012 6:55:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 17, 2012 | John Myers
    Regardless of who the President is after this close election, the equity markets and the U.S. economy are in trouble. Debt has spread throughout the Western world. The fallout is political dissonance, growing economic hardship and, in some places, mob violence.Ground zero for the spreading fear and panic is Greece, which was once the worldÂ’s greatest civilization and the birthplace of democracy, poetry and philosophy.There is violent evidence of the contradiction from what the ancients taught and what is unraveling in Greece. It would all just be another boring story at the end of the news day, except there is...
  • (-:(-:(-:THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD:-):-):-)

    09/21/2012 5:37:20 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 93 replies
    Politically Incorrect Test To ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport screeners will not be allowed to profile people. They will continue random searches of 80 year old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret service agents who are members of the President's security detail, 85 year old congressmen with metal hips and Medal Of Honor winning former Governors. Let's pause a moment and take the following test.1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics athletes were kidnapped & massacred by: (a) Olga Corbut (b) Sitting Bull (c) Arnold Schwartzeneger (d) Muslim...
  • Beijing Demonstrators Damage US Ambassador's Car

    09/18/2012 9:33:49 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-18-12 | Didi Tang
    A car carrying the U.S. ambassador to China was mildly damaged after becoming the target of boisterous anti-Japan demonstrators who were expressing outrage over a territorial dispute and marking the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of China. The State Department said in a statement Wednesday that Ambassador Gary Locke was unhurt in Tuesday's incident, and that diplomats have expressed concerns to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. The statement said around 50 protesters surrounded Locke's car as he tried to enter the embassy and were eventually removed by Chinese security personnel. The incident comes amid heightened vigilance for American diplomats following violent...
  • French Mag to Publish Cartoons of Prophet Mohammed

    09/18/2012 3:44:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 18, 2012 | Jean-Nicholas Fievet
    A French satirical magazine is set to publish several cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday, a move that is likely to inflame the Islamic faithful and militants who have already rioted in more than 20 countries over a movie mocking the prophet. Depictions of the prophet are strictly prohibited and considered blasphemous by Muslims. Cartoons of Muhammad published in Denmark in 2005 and then reproduced in newspapers across Europe triggered riots throughout the Mideast and Africa. Churches and embassies were torched and at least 100 people died in the outbreaks and police crackdowns. The magazine “Charlie Hebdo” has confirmed...
  • Syria rebels gain foothold in Damascus

    01/28/2012 5:45:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/28/12 | Jeremy Bowen
    Syria rebels gain foothold in Damascus By Jeremy Bowen BBC Middle East editor, Damascus When the BBC team approached a checkpoint set up by the rebel Free Syria Army in the suburbs of Damascus, masked men with Kalashnikov assault rifles and hand grenades moved towards us - a few of them offering dates and biscuits. It is customary to give mourners something sweet, and a funeral was about to start that they said they were protecting. I had no idea before I saw them with my own eyes that the Free Syria Army was so active in and around Damascus....
  • Reports: Chinese Police Open Fire on Tibetan Protesters(one dead, 30 injured)

    01/23/2012 1:41:18 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    VOA ^ | 01/23/12
    Reports: Chinese Police Open Fire on Tibetan Protesters Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 3:30 pm Witnesses and Tibetan advocacy groups say police in southwestern China opened fire on several thousand Tibetan demonstrators Monday, killing at least one person and wounding many others. An exiled monk who spoke by phone Monday with witnesses told VOA the confrontation took place in western Sichuan province . He said the wounded are being sheltered in a nearby monastery, and that the confrontation was ongoing at the point he lost contact with the witnesses. The rights group Free Tibet, which campaigns for Tibetan autonomy,...
  • EU: ECB's €489bn loan to eurozone banks fails to calm markets

    12/21/2011 9:01:30 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/21/2011 | Louise Armitstead
    Banks gorged on €489.19bn of cheap loans offered by the European Central Bank (ECB) - but the gargantuan refinancing effort still failed to decisively address the raging debt crisis. A total of 523 banks scrambled to take up the ECB’s offer to exchange illiquid assets for cut-price funding in the first of two three-year refinancing operations. The record half-trillion euro take-up – which was far greater than the market had expected – initially triggered a “sugar rush” of euphoria as the move was hailed as a decisive “game changer”. But stock markets fell as economists and financiers recognised that while...
  • Bahrain Charges Syria With Stirring Unrest

    12/13/2011 1:11:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Bahrain's King Hamad on Tuesday charged Syria with training opposition figures and provocateurs in his tiny island kingdom. Syria is training opposition figures in Bahrain, the Gulf island state's king said in an interview published on Tuesday, in which he also denied systematic rights abuses during state crackdowns on pro-democracy protests earlier this year. King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa told Britain's Daily Telegraph, "We have evidence that a number of Bahrainis who oppose our government are being trained in Syria .... I have seen the files and we have notified the Syrian authorities, but they deny any involvement." Syria is...
  • China's Law-And-Order Czar Warns That Slowdown Will Lead To Social Unrest

    12/03/2011 5:38:13 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 12-3-2011 | AP
    China's Law-And-Order Czar Warns That Slowdown Will Lead To Social Unrest AP Dec. 3, 2011, 6:28 AM BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese leadership's law-and-order czar is warning that China is ill-prepared for social unrest generated by changes in the economy, in the latest sign that the government is worried about the consequences of flagging growth. The government needs better methods for dealing with "the negative effects" of the economy, Politburo member Zhou Yongkang said in remarks to provincial officials Friday that were published Saturday by the official Xinhua News Agency. Zhou called for innovative approaches to social management — a...
  • Governments Request “Contingency Planning For Extreme Scenarios - Rioting And Social Unrest”

    11/27/2011 5:08:42 PM PST · by blam · 41 replies
    TSHTF Plan ^ | 11-27-2011 | Mac Slavo
    Governments Request “Contingency Planning For Extreme Scenarios Including Rioting And Social Unrest” Mac Slavo November 27th, 2011 SHTFplan.com The writing is on the wall. If you can’t read it, then you’re going to have a problem – very soon. It was in early 2009 that we first warned our readers of the coming wave of riots and social unrest that would envelop the globe. Nearly three years on we’re seeing a progressive increase in tension among those affected by deteriorating economic conditions and the trend towards social unrest seems to be accelerating. Absolutely nothing has been resolved in terms of...
  • Triple Lutz Report--Black Friday Unrest Escalates

    11/27/2011 6:23:59 AM PST · by appeal2 · 17 replies
    KerryLutz.com ^ | 11-27-11 | Kerry Lutz
    Record numbers of Americans found themselves stuck in Black Friday mob scenes across the country. There were reports of shootings, pepper sprayings, riots and a lot of bad behavior. As FinancialCollapseBlog.com said, "Look what's happening when people are trying to save $20, can you imagine what it will be like when millions of people don't know where their next meal is coming from?" This orgy of consumerism seems to bring out the worst in people. Understanding why is beyond the scope of this report, however, it seems to be indicative of a larger problem that is confronting the country and...
  • Should I Buy a Gun?

    11/17/2011 8:23:01 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 17, 2011 | John Frickle
    Now, we conservatives know full well that what "Washington" was talking about was a political ploy aimed at trying to sell the concept to the American voting public that right-wing militias connected to the Tea Party, armed by the NRA and under the direction of the Republican National Committee, are such a direct physical danger to the life and limb of regular people that we need to keep those folks in check. My current concern is that "Washington" is about to be correct -- only, like my shooting grade,180 degrees off-target.
  • Possible Showdown Looms Between City, Protesters Ahead Of Zuccotti Park Cleaning

    10/13/2011 10:48:12 PM PDT · by yoe · 15 replies · 1+ views
    CBS ^ | October 13, 2011
    Friday morning could be the beginning of the end of the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration. On Thursday, Brookfield Office Management employees were passing out notices to protesters, who have been camped out for 26 days, saying that tarps, sleeping bags and tents are all prohibited in the park, as is lying on the ground and on benches when it becomes an interference for others. CBS 2 learned late Thursday night the protestors are preparing in case they cannot base their operations out of Zuccotti Park anymore. They are now encouraging people to occupy Tompkins Square Park in the East Village....
  • How did we get to the tea partyers and the Occupiers?

    10/09/2011 1:56:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 9, 2011 | Joseph N. DiStefano
    The struggle for America is financed by the most successful people in the country, working through some of the most worried. Occupy Wall Street, and its campout demonstrations by underemployed Americans, is backed by labor unions and armed with share-the-wealth ideas from the liberal-advocacy groups financed by George Soros, the currency speculator who ranks high on the new Forbes magazine list of the richest Americans. The tea party cut-the-government movement, born from similar if better-dressed rallies a few years back, is funded by other wealthy Americans, like the industrialist and antiregulation brothers Charles and David Koch, who rank just above...
  • Economic Riots And Civil Unrest Inside The United States Are Now More Likely Than Ever

    08/15/2011 9:41:19 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    TEC ^ | 8-15-2011
    10 Signs That Economic Riots And Civil Unrest Inside The United States Are Now More Likely Than EverAugust 15, 2011 You should let the video footage of the wild violence that just took place in London burn into your memory because the same things are going to be happening all over the United States as the economy continues to crumble. We have raised an entire generation of young people with an "entitlement mentality", but now the economy is producing very few good jobs that will actually enable our young people to work for what they feel they are entitled to....
  • In the Aftermath of the 2011 UK Race Riots

    08/11/2011 2:52:25 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 11, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Interestingly, the top-selling line of baseball bats on Amazon.UK were up +52,000% yesterday (no joke)...  Today looters celebrate and (attempt to)  enjoy the fruits of their plunder... More at Reaganite Republican  (can't post the .gifs here) Enjoy your day, FReeper patriots-
  • Rioting in London

    08/06/2011 9:09:16 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 52 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 Aug 2011 | Jeff Head
    Rioting in London. North London over a man killed by Police. London Rioting - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Oa8qmInAKA
  • NATO plans campaign in Syria, tightens noose around Iran - Rogozin (beachhhead?)

    08/05/2011 6:17:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 08/05/11
    NATO plans campaign in Syria, tightens noose around Iran - Rogozin Topic: Protests in Syria 05:48 05/08/2011 MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti) NATO is planning a military campaign against Syria to help overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad with a long-reaching goal of preparing a beachhead for an attack on Iran, Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said. The UN Security Council condemned on Wednesday ongoing violence in Syria and urged the country's authorities to stop using force against peaceful protesters, while saying the current situation in the country has not yet called for NATO interference. "[This statement] means...
  • China blames extremists for Xinjiang attack(trained in Pakistan?)

    08/01/2011 7:02:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NHK ^ | 08/01/11
    China blames extremists for Xinjiang attack China says a group led by militants trained in Pakistan was behind Sunday's attack in Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region. In a statement on the Internet, the government in Kashgar says a suspect detained after the attack told police that the leaders of their group belong to a separatist organization called the "East Turkistan Islamic Movement." They reportedly learned how to make explosives in Pakistan before carrying out Sunday's attack. On Sunday night, a group of attackers stabbed people on the streets of Kashgar, killing 6 people and injured 15. Five suspects...
  • Downgrading of U.S. Debt “Virtually Inevitable”

    07/30/2011 1:59:57 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies · 1+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 29 July 2011 | John Semmens
    Standard & Poor President Deven Sharma appeared before a House subcommittee and declared that a downgrade of US Treasury Debt is “virtually inevitable.” “From an investor’s perspective, whether the debt ceiling is raised, at best, is irrelevant,” Sharma asserted. “After all, it is the United States that is the borrower. A borrower granting himself permission to borrow more money is meaningless if prospective lenders aren’t willing to lend.” The key factor influencing potential lenders’ willingness to lend, according to Sharma, is the likelihood of repayment. “Current debt obligations and their projected growth under the Obama Administration evince a very palpable...
  • Chinese Bomb Blast Adds to Unrest (bombing gov. buildings as a protest MO)

    06/14/2011 5:16:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | 06/13/11 | JEREMY PAGE & JAMES T. AREDDY
    JUNE 13, 2011 Chinese Bomb Blast Adds to Unrest By JEREMY PAGE in Beijing and JAMES T. AREDDY in Shanghai A man seeking "revenge on society" set off at least one bomb outside a local government headquarters in northeastern China, state media reported, the latest in a spate of violent incidents that highlight growing public anger at official corruption and abuse of power. The blast, in the port city of Tianjin, slightly injured two people, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. It was the third explosion at government facilities over the past three weeks. Police have also faced violent unrest...
  • China: Beijing battling protest fires on all fronts("crazy" violence?)

    06/14/2011 5:03:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    The Australian ^ | 06/15/11
    Beijing battling protest fires on all fronts From: The Times June 15, 2011 12:00AM AN eruption of protests throughout China has sent armoured vehicles into town centres, prompted an internet blackout by the government and left thousands across the country blogging about "crazy" violence on the streets. The summer surge of protests, which flared in the southern industrial hub of Zengcheng over the weekend, has been linked to a range of frustrations with modern China - furies that have drawn the government into crackdowns on activism and massive increases in the domestic security budget. More than 1000 migrant workers went...
  • Migrant workers in China attack police in third day of riots

    06/13/2011 9:04:53 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 5 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/13/11 | Peter Foster
    The three days of violence flared in the town Xintang – a centre for garment factories – after reports circulated that a pregnant street vendor had been pushed to the ground by municipal police, sending more than 1,000 workers onto the streets. Online videos of the clashes showed buses on fire while protesters blocked traffic, attacked cars and defied a cordon of Chinese police. Apparently trivial incidents frequently trigger unrest in China where they are seen as a symbol of the larger problems of endemic local corruption and heavy handedness that pits ordinary people against the state.
  • Army Mutiny Spreads, Syrians Fear Massacre(Sunni troops defect)

    06/07/2011 8:33:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    OnIslam ^ | 06/07/11
    Army Mutiny Spreads, Syrians Fear Massacre OnIslam & News Agencies Tuesday, 07 June 2011 13:45 Residents and activists say Jisr al-Shughur casualties followed a mutiny among forces sent to quell civilian protests. DAMASCUS – Syrian anti-government protesters warned on Tuesday, June 7, of an expected massacre in the town of Jisr al-Shughur as a long line of military vehicles and enforcements moved towards the tiny town following reports of killing 120 police and army members yesterday. "Thirteen military vehicles are heading to Jisr al-Shughur," where the alleged massacre took place, an activist in the northwestern town told Agence France Presse...
  • Fearful of Becoming Next Egypt, North Korea Confiscates Mobile Phones

    05/03/2011 5:13:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Minyanville ^ | 05/02/11 | Justin Rohrlich
    Fearful of Becoming Next Egypt, North Korea Confiscates Mobile Phones By Justin Rohrlich May 2, 2011 01:51 PM Not long ago, Naguib Sawiris, the CEO of Orascom -- which trades on the Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchange under the symbol ORTE, and on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol OTL -- explained, in so many words, that Orascom was intrigued by what could be considered the most emerging of emerging markets. "We are always examining the countries that don't have service and always pushing to get in," Sawiris said. "This was one that didn't have coverage and we met...
  • A Businessman's Guide to China's Collapse

    04/10/2011 5:40:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04/07/11 | JOSEPH STERNBERG
    APRIL 7, 2011. A Businessman's Guide to China's Collapse It might not happen soon, but when it does it will pay to be prepared.. By JOSEPH STERNBERG Months of turmoil in the Middle East have focused attention on two points. First, authoritarian regimes are inherently unstable. Second, this poses some significant problems for businesses. Consider managers trying to evacuate staff, safeguard physical property or keep supply chains operating as smoothly as possible. Think it couldn't happen in China? Four months ago, no one would have predicted imminent mass unrest in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen or Libya, either. While signs...
  • PM(Netanyahu) Warns of Arab Unrest Resulting in Theocratic Regimes

    04/02/2011 6:32:31 AM PDT · by Son House · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/30/2011 | By JPOST STAFF AND HERB KEINON
    In rare interview, Netanyahu answers questions submitted on YouTube; addresses Channel 10 investigation into travel funding, unrest in Syria, Gazan engineer snatched in Ukraine, bringing Gilad Schalit home. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held an interview on YouTube on Wednesday, answering questions sent in by audience members worldwide. Netanyahu commented on the ongoing demonstrations in Syria, saying, "We shouldn't worry about democracy in Arab countries." Instead, he explained, "you may receive a theocracy, with an extremist Muslim leadership."
  • Libya: wife of defecting foreign minister captured in firefight(firefight at elite compound)

    04/02/2011 6:06:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/01/11 | Damien McElroy and Robert Winnett
    Libya: wife of defecting foreign minister captured in firefight The wife of the Libyan foreign minister who defected to Britain earlier this week has been seized by Colonel Gaddafi and is being interrogated by his "internal security" officials, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. By Damien McElroy, in Tripoli and Robert Winnett 10:52PM BST 01 Apr 2011 She is thought to have been captured amid eyewitness reports of a fierce gunfight at Col Gaddafi's central Tripoli compound as the regime stepped in to stop further defections. Yesterday, local residents recalled how the most fierce firefight yet seen in central Tripoli had...
  • Libya: Gaddafi's inner circle split three ways

    04/02/2011 6:02:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/01/11 | Damien McElroy
    Libya: Gaddafi's inner circle split three ways Col Muammar Gaddafi's inner circle has split its loyalties three ways as the Libyan dictator relies on his sons to mount a last ditch defence of his regime. By Damien McElroy, Tripoli 10:20PM BST 01 Apr 2011 Some of his longest serving acolytes have been brushed aside and subsequently looked to bail out from regime. His eight sons have overseen a brutal and ruthless response to the popular uprising. Defectors: Moussa Koussa. The foreign minister became the highest ranking defector to flee from Tripoli since the imposition of UN sanctions. Mr Koussa has...
  • Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa defects

    03/30/2011 4:07:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 03/30/11 | Andy Bloxham
    Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa defects Moussa Koussa, the Libyan foreign minister, last night defected from Col Muammar Gaddafi's government after flying to Britain, telling officials he was "no longer willing" to serve the regime. By Andy Bloxham, and Damien McElroy 11:11PM BST 30 Mar 2011 Mr Koussa flew from Tunisia, where he had been on a diplomatic mission, and landed at Farnborough airport before being shuttled to London for immediate talks with high-ranking Foreign Office officials. Mr Koussa was one of the leading figures in Col Gaddafi's government and one of the architects of Libya's recent rehabilitation in the...
  • PM warns of Arab unrest resulting in theocratic regimes

    03/30/2011 3:23:02 PM PDT · by Nachum
    jpost.com ^ | 3/30/11 | JPOST.COM STAFF AND HERB KEINON
    In rare interview, Netanyahu answers questions submitted on YouTube; addresses Channel 10 investigation into travel funding, unrest in Syria, Gazan engineer snatched in Ukraine, bringing Gilad Schalit home. Talkbacks (1) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held an interview on YouTube on Wednesday, answering questions sent in by audience members worldwide. Netanyahu commented on the ongoing demonstrations in Syria, saying, "We shouldn't worry about democracy in Arab countries." Instead, he explained, "you may receive a theocracy, with an extremist Muslim leadership." "There are some journalists who don't like me, they are not happy that I am prime minister," Netanyahu said, addressing the...
  • Blast at Qaeda-looted Yemen ammo plant kills 75(Al Qaeda job?)

    03/28/2011 9:19:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | 03/28/11
    Blast at Qaeda-looted Yemen ammo plant kills 75 By Fawaz al-Haidari (AFP) – 6 hours ago ADEN, Yemen — A huge fire and blasts killed more than 75 people at an ammunition factory looted by Al-Qaeda on Monday, officials said, as parts of south Yemen eluded government control amid mounting protests. A security official said the explosions rocked the plant as dozens of residents were inside helping themselves to whatever ammunition and guns were left after Sunday's raid by suspected Al-Qaeda fighters. Al-Qaeda militants had lured the civilians into a "lethal trap," charged a spokesman for the restive southern province...
  • Syria mourners call for revolt, forces fire tear gas

    03/20/2011 9:15:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/20/11 | Suleiman al-Khalidi
    Syria mourners call for revolt, forces fire tear gas Suleiman al-Khalidi, Reuters March 20, 2011, 4:40 am DERAA, Syria (Reuters) - Thousands of mourners called on Saturday for "revolution" at the funeral of protesters killed by Syrian security forces, the boldest challenge to Syria's rulers since uprisings began sweeping the Arab world. Security forces responded by firing tear gas to disperse crowds in Deraa, a tribal region south of the capital where at least 10,000 people demonstrated on Saturday at the funeral of two protesters, among at least four who were killed on Friday.
  • UN resolution invalid, says Gaddafi(keep changing his mind)

    03/19/2011 4:12:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    UN resolution invalid, says Gaddafi (UKPA) – 25 minutes ago Muammar Gaddafi says the UN resolution authorising international military intervention in Libya is "invalid". The Libyan leader says he sent a message to President Barack Obama defending his decision to attack rebel cities: "If you found them taking over American cities by the force of arms, tell me what you would do." The statement came from the government spokesman at a news conference in Tripoli. Gaddafi also sent a letter to the French and British leaders, and the UN secretary general, saying the resolution violates the UN charter and saying...
  • The Real Battle of Bahrain: Saudi Arabia Vs. Iran

    03/14/2011 1:50:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/14/11 | John Ellis
    The Real Battle of Bahrain: Saudi Arabia Vs. Iran John Ellis | Mar. 14, 2011, 2:53 PM As George Friedman points out at Stratfor, there are two levels to what is happening in Bahrain. There are the legitimate complaints of the Shiite minority. And there's Iran's initiative to destabilize the Gulf in hopes of expanding its sphere of influence. By sending troops to help the Bahrain government "calm" the Shia, Saudi Arabia has essentially checked Iran's initiative, at least for the time being. Friedman's analysis is characteristically sharp:
  • Geopolitical Events May Trump Big Week for Economic News

    03/13/2011 12:10:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/11/11 | Patti Domm
    Geopolitical Events May Trump Big Week for Economic News Published: Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 9:03 PM ET By: Patti Domm CNBC Executive Editor Geopolitical events may eclipse U.S. economic news, even with this week's inflation reports and Fed meeting. Traders went home Friday, concerned by the tragedy and destruction from Japan's massive earth quake and tsunami. They are also worried about the potential for more unrest in the Middle East, and have lingering concerns about Europe's sovereign debt problems, even after EU leaders agreed to the main points in a stability package Friday. The Fed holds a one day...
  • Saudi reports spur safety bid, auction supports(money from Saudi to T-bills?)

    03/12/2011 8:01:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/10/11 | Chris Reese
    Saudi reports spur safety bid, auction supports By Chris Reese NEW YORK | Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:10pm EST NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury debt prices soared on Thursday as reports of unrest in Saudi Arabia deepened concerns over tensions in the Middle East and North Africa, driving a safety bid that analysts said could dominate the market over the short term. Reports that Saudi police had dispersed a protest, with shots heard at the scene, fueled worries over possible oil supply disruptions and the potential impact of soaring oil prices on the economic recovery. "The entire Treasury market...
  • Libya: SAS mission that began and ended in error(plea for release aired on Libyan TV)

    03/06/2011 6:24:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 03/06/11 | James Kirkup, Nick Meo and Caroline Gammell
    Libya: SAS mission that began and ended in error A SAS mission to Libya resulted in humiliation after the troops were first captured by rebels, then a diplomat’s plea for their release was broadcast on state television. By James Kirkup, Nick Meo in Benghazi and Caroline Gammell 9:01PM GMT 06 Mar 2011 The mission was error-strewn from the beginning, when a helicopter carrying the team of seven SAS soldiers and MI6 officer landed in Benghazi without warning the rebel commanders - causing the insurgents to think they were coming under attack. The team then aggravated the situation by claiming to...
  • Experts Fear Looted Libyan Arms May Find Way to Terrorists

    03/06/2011 12:55:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 03/03/11 | C. J. CHIVERS
    Experts Fear Looted Libyan Arms May Find Way to Terrorists By C. J. CHIVERS Security analysts say the armed uprising in Libya poses a long-term security threat — that weapons looted from government stockpiles could circulate widely, including heat-seeking antiaircraft missiles that could be used against civilian airliners. Photographs and video from the uprising show civilians carrying a full array of what were once the Libyan military’s weapons — like the SA-7, an early-generation, shoulder-fired missile in the same family as the more widely known Stinger — that intelligence agencies have long worried could fall into terrorists’ hands. They also...
  • SAS unit, diplomat 'held' by Libya rebels

    03/05/2011 10:33:13 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    AFP ^ | 03/06/11
    SAS unit, diplomat 'held' by Libya rebels LONDON (AFP) – A Special Air Service (SAS) unit and a junior diplomat were being held by rebels in eastern Libya following a bungled mission to put the envoy in touch with them, The Sunday Times said. The broadsheet, citing sources, said the SAS unit, thought to be up to eight men, were captured along with the diplomat they were escorting through the rebel-held east. "We can neither confirm nor deny the report," a Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said: "We neither confirm nor deny the story and...
  • UPDATE 1 - China internal security spending jumps past army budget

    03/05/2011 12:59:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/05/11 | Chris Buckley
    UPDATE 1 - China internal security spending jumps past army budget Sat Mar 5, 2011 2:46am EST * To spend $95 bln on public security, $92 bln on military * Security spend includes police, jails, state security * China to remain vigilant against calls for protest By Chris Buckley BEIJING, March 5 (Reuters) - China's spending on police and domestic surveillance will hit new heights this year, with "public security" outlays unveiled on Saturday outstripping the defence budget for the first time as Beijing cracks down on protest calls. China's ruling Communist Party also issued its loudest warning yet against...
  • Food Riots Coming To America

    03/02/2011 8:19:13 PM PST · by RonPaulPittsburgh · 87 replies
    UniteAndState ^ | March 1, 2011 | mayerabbey
    When the upswing in commodity prices eventually makes its way throughout the food system in mid-to-late 2011, food prices are sure to spike with levels potentially reaching those of 2008, announced U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economist Ephraim Leibtag at the agency's annual Outlook Forum. And if conditions escalate rapidly, there is also the potential for food riots and other civil unrest. The USDA is predicting a 3.5 percent increase in food prices in 2011, which is about twice the overall inflation rate but less than the 2008 increase, according to a recent Reuters report. In 2008, food prices rose...