Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi on Saturday urged NATO to negotiate an end to air-strikes, accusing the "international coalition" of killing civilians and destroying the nation's infrastructure in a bid to take over its oil production. "Come and negotiate with us. You are the ones attacking us. You are the ones terrifying our kids and destroying our infrastructure. You American, French, and British come and negotiate with us," Gadhafi said during a rambling 45-minute address on Libyan state TV. It was a rare appearance for the leader, who has not been seen in public since inter national forces began bombing regime targets last month. The airstrikes started after the UN Security Council approved a resolution authorizing "any means necessary" to protect civilians, demanding the ouster of the ruler, who has been in power for nearly 42 years. From the time NATO began its operation on March 31, the organization had conducted 4,398 sorties, of which 1,821 were strike sorties. (A lot more than I got from our US Airforce in the "Iron Triangle" near Trung Lap, during my term as adviser there, but then, my team and I were just fighting for our own survival, the few rubber trees next to that village, and NOT about oil).
Our United States appears to be totally confused about what to do about our "problem" with Libya. The war against Gaddafi, whom we once adored, is now a turnabout in perception: In my opinion, intervening in Libya's internal affairs is both ill-conceived and dangerous - a threat to the interests of Libyans, Americans, the Middle East and conceivably the entire world. Beneath our "professed concern" about the safety of Libyan civilians lies a much deeper lust and greed for the defense of the global petrodollar economy, now very much in decline. The confusion of Washington - read "Obama"- , matched by the absence of discussion of an overriding "strategic" motive for American involvement, is symptomatic of the fact that the American century is ending, and ending in a way that is both predictable in the long run, and simultaneously erratic and out of control in its details! With respect to Libya's upheaval, opinions in Washington range from that of John McCain, who has allegedly called on NATO to provide every apparent means of assistance, minus ground troops, in overthrowing Gaddafi, to Republican Congressman Mike Rogers, who has expressed deep concerns about even passing out arms to a group of fighters (read Al-Quaida), whom we do not know well!
Its true, folks, the Libyan leader proposed the nationalization of US oil companies, as well as those of the UK, Germany, Spain, Norway, Canada and Italy in 2009: On January 25, 2009, Muammar Al Gaddafi announced that his country was studying the nationalization because of the rapid fall in oil prices. Because of the rapid fall in oil prices, the oil-exporting countries must put the issue on the table, and discuss it seriously. "Oil should be owned by the state, so that we can have some control about its price!" These statements appear to have worried many foreign companies operating in Libya, such as Anglo-Dutch Shell, British Petroleum, US ExxonMobil, Hess Corp, Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum and ConocoPhillips, the Spanish Repsol, Germany's Wintershall, Austria's OMV, Norway's Statoil, Eni and Canada's Petro Canada. In 2008, the Libyan state oil company, National Oil, prepared a report on the subject, in which officials suggested modifying the production-sharing agreements with foreign companies in order to increase state revenues. As a result of these contract changes, Libya gained 5.4 billion dollars in oil revenues. On February 16, 2009, Gaddafi took a step further and called on Libyans to back his proposal to dismantle the government and to distribute the oil wealth directly to the 5 million inhabitants of his country. What would Obama do, considering these circumstances. My guess is that he would squirrel the funds away in some Swiss Bank account.
A hydrogen gas explosion at the No.4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 15 may have helped prevent spent fuel rods from melting down by causing a flow of water into the pool the rods are stored in, according to research by by Tokyo Electric Power Co. It seems that shocks from the explosion damaged a water gate and caused water to flow into the pool from a neighboring part of the facility, TEPCO said. The explosion, which the company assumes was caused by hydrogen gas, was so strong that the outer walls of the reactor building collapsed. At the time of the explosion, the spent fuel rods had been overheating. If that had continued, the company said, the rods might have melted, spewing a far larger quantity of radioactive materials into the air than what actually happened. The nuclear power plant lost its external electricity supply when it was hit by a tsunami following the March 11 earthquake. As a result, injection of coolant water into the pool of the No. 4 reactor also stopped. Currently, TEPCO is injecting water into the pool with a pump originally meant to pour fresh concrete. Although about 70 tons of water is assumed to be evaporating every day from the pool, company officials said even considering evaporation, the water level is not rising as much as expected.
HAARP stands for The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. The HAARP Research Station is located 180miles ENE (East North East) of Anchorage but actually, it is an insidious war weapon, which may eventually destroy this beautiful planet. The primary contractor for construction at the facility was BAE Systems. Advanced Technology (BAE/AT) Major construction at the facility was completed during 2007, and the HAARP program began in 1990. The "Research Station" is located 180 miles ENE (East, North East) of Anchorage, Alaska and approximately 8 miles north of Gakona, Alaska. The facility is located at 62 degrees, 23.5 minutes North Latitude, 145 degrees West Longitude. An Alaska site was required, since Alaska is the only state that is in the auroral region. In fact, the site chosen for HAARP is ideal on two accounts: 1) The Alaskan ionospheric conditions to study. 2) The HAARP research facility consists of two major subsystems: (1) The Alaskan ionosphere over HAARP can be characterized as mid-latitude, auroral or polar, depending on how active the sun is at any given time and day. This gives a wide variety of ionospheric conditions to study. (2) The HAARP research facility consists of two major subsystems: (1) the HF transmitter, and (2) the other scientific, observational instruments that have been designed and built, and which are also being installed at the site. The two subsystems are equal in research importance. The scientific observation instruments require a quiet electromagnetic location. Such quiet locations are only found away from cities and built up areas. This is one reason, for example, that optical telescopes are built on remote mountaintops: to avoid the optical "noise" associated with big cities.
WikiLeaks' latest revelations - secret files on almost all of the 779 prisoners held held in the US "war on terror" as George W. Bush called it, who now resides in a plush and secure part of Dallas, Texas, surrounded by heavily armed body-guards, as Hitler was, when my father served in the German Army in Italy, before he was rudely transferred by the US Army to a British "Death Camp" near Erbisoeul, Belgium, until the International Red Cross from Geneva liquidated that camp, and "let the prisoners go". A close personal friend, who weighed less than 90 pounds, was killed, because despite the Red Cross Intervention, his tiny body could no longer absorb the food given by the Red Cross. There was not a single moment, that my father cried in memory of his friend. When I told him that I was adamant in serving in Vietnam, he told me, in an area of our house where my mother would not be listening: "If you decide to serve in Vietnam, I ask that you follow the example of the German officers under whom I served in Italy. Whenever there was a hazardous mission, they volunteered to save the lives of our German soldiers. If you can not live up to their high standards, I don't want you to return to this house." Of course, I followed my father's orders, and when I returned from Vietnam, I saluted, and reported". MISSION Accomplished!
Post 9/11, the New York Times became the lead misreporting source about Guantanamo detainees, characterizing them as dangerous "terrorists" threatening US security, which seemed largely based on misinformation. For example, on July 25, 2007, William Glaberson headlined: "New US study calls Guantanamo captives dangerous", saying: A new Pentagon study "argues that large numbers of 'detainees' were a direct threat to United States forces, including Al Qaeda fighters, terrorism-training camp veterans, and men who have experience with explosives (as I have, when I served with our US Army in Vietnam). The so-called "study" paints a chilling portrait of Guantanamo detainees, saying that 95 percent were at least a 'potential threat', including detainees who had played a supporting role in terrorist groups, or had expressed a commitment to pursuing violent jihadist goals. Question: Does that include Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, whom I hope to see in the White House, kicking Obama's butt in the next election? Under Professor Mark Denbeaux's direction, Seton Hall University School of Law 's Center for Policy and Research (CP&R) published 17 "GITMO" Reports, including profiles of detainees held, allegations against them, and discrepancies in government and media accounts, characterizing innocent men as dangerous. To me, it looks as though Adolf Hitler is now in the White House, and it is high time to kick his worthless butt out.
The number of deaths since our invasion of Iraq is staggering. A study, published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, estimates that over 600,000 Iraqis have been killed since our invasion as of July 2006. Since then, the British Lancet believes that over 1.2 million Iraqis have gone to a violent death. This devastating human toll eclipses the Rwandan genocide, and our leaders in the White House and Congress are ultimately responsible, as are we, unless we guide our "leaders" in the right path.
For 40 years, or perhaps longer, I did all I could to give our people houses, hospitals, and schools. When they were hungry, I gave them food, and even made Benghazi into farmland from the desert. Meanwhile, I stood up to attacks from "cowboy Reagan, when he killed my adopted orphaned daughter. Though he was trying to kill me, he killed that poor innocent child. I helped my brothers and sisters from Africa with money for the "African Union", and did all I could to help people understand the concept of "real democracy", though even people who had 10 rooms, new suits and furniture were never satisfied. Selfishly, they wanted more, and even those who had 10-room houses, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied - they wanted more, more, more. They did not understand that in America there is NO free housing, no free medicine, no free food. The American economy is a cutthroat system, where people have to beg or stand in long lines to get soup. Now, I am under attack by the biggest force in military history. Obama wants to kill my, to take away the freedom of our country, our free housing, our free medicine, our free education, our free food, and replace it with American style thievery, more aptly called "capitalism", but the entire world knows its real measure: It means corporations run the country, run the world, and the people have to suffer for it. Though I do not wish to die, for our land and our people, I am ready, and so are our people, soon to be joined by the entire world!
Aisha el-Qaddafi, the daughter of Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya, likes to tell her three young children bedtime stories about the afterlife. Now, she says, they are especially appropriate: "To make them ready," she said,"because in a time of war you never know when a rocket or a bomb might hit you, and that will be the end!" In a rare interview at her charitable foundation here, Ms. Qaddafi, 36, a Libyan-trained lawyer who once worked on Saddam Hussein's legal defense team, offered a glimpse into the fatalistic mind-set of the increasingly isolated family at the core of the battle for Libya, the bloodiest arena in the "so-called" democratic uprising (meaning we covet that nation's oil so desperately, that our "president" Obama will do whatever it takes to steal it from Libya!) Ms. Qaddafi dismissed the rebels as "terrorists", which they are, but suggests that some former Qaddafi officials who are now in the opposition's governing council still "keep in touch with us." She pleaded for dialogue and talked about democratic reforms, but she dismissed the rebels as unfit for such talks, because of their use of violence, hurled personal barbs at "President" Obama - I hate that guy, and my friends and I will make absolutely certain that Donald Trump will be "our" new President - I love that guy and will sing "We shall overcome", when he is inaugurated in due course. This will mean a new start for America, and our world!
In a newly disclosed file by WikiLeaks, written in 2005, Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda Bin Qumu was identified as a "probable member of AlQaida and a member of the African Extremist Network." This revelation will raise concerns about the range of factions fighting Gadaffi in Libya, some of whom have been associated with Al Qaeda. Though previously a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, he allegedly left that group in 1998 to join the Taliban. In that report, US investigators classified Qumu as a medium to high risk, because he was likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies. Qumu was imprisoned in Libya for ten years, for alleged "murder, physical assault, armed assault and distributing narcotics", but escaped in 1993 to flee to Afghanistan.
From what I can tell about his career, Chris Hedges has been an outstanding journalist for many years, so when he has something to say, it "behooves", as we used to say in the cavalry, to listen closely: His current comment is simple and to the point: "When did our democracy die? When did it irrevocably transform itself into a lifeless farce and absurd political theater? When did the press, labor, universities and the Democratic Party - which once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible - wither and atrophy? When did reform through electoral politics become a form of magical thinking? When did the dead hand of the corporate state become unassailable? The body politic was mortally wounded during the long, slow strangulation of ideas and priorities during the Red Scare and the Cold War. Its bastard child, the "war on terror" inherited the iconography and language of permanent war and fear. The battle against internal and external enemies became the excuse to funnel trillions in taxpayer funds and government resources to the war industry, curtail civil liberties and abandon social welfare. Skeptics, critics and dissenters were ridiculed and ignored. The FBI, Homeland Security and the CIA enforced ideological conformity. Debate over the expansion of empire became taboo. Secrecy, the anointing of special elites to run our affairs, and the steady intrusion of the state into the private lives of citizens conditioned us to totalitarian practices. Sheldon Wolin points out in "Democracy Incorporated" that this configuration of corporate power, which he calls "inverted totalitarianism" is not like "Mein Kampf" or "The Communist Manifesto" the result of a premeditated plot. It grew, Wolin writes, from a set of effects produced by actions or practices undertaken in ignorance of their lasting consequences."
Moscow has harshly rebuked the latest NATO attack against forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, saying that the Western military bloc has given the militant opposition "dangerous ideas", while stoking the flames of unrest elsewhere. It is well known, unless you have recently arrived from Mars, that NATO forces have opted NOT to side with Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi. Early reports on Monday said at least two cruise missiles have slammed into Gaddafi's sprawling Bab al-Aziza compound, the same location where the Libyan leader recently hosted an African Union peace mission. Libyan media reports say that the compound does not have a military component, nor was it in any way endangering civilians, thus NATO violated its UN mandate, which was specifically designed to limit the number of civilian casualties. The early-morning attacks came as pro-Gaddafi forces were retreating from Misrata, a rebel stronghold in western Libya that has been the scene of fighting between the rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces. According to eyewitness reports out of Libya, the rebels received heavy back-up assistance from NATO fighter jets, as well as the United States, which carried out its first Predator drone airstrikes Saturday afternoon, Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Darryn James said.
A high-ranking Iranian official warned all Middle Eastern governments against relying on Western countries as they change their policies and drop support for autocratic regimes in pursuit of their own interests. Governments in the Middle East and North Africa noted: What we are witnessing in the region has been inspired by the Islamic awakening. Be very, very careful though, because you might be entering a trap: The Islamic "awakening" began in Tunisia in December 2010, with President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali being forced to step down on January 14, 2011. Then the Egyptians launched a revolution against the pro-Israel regime in January, which eventually brought an end to the 30-year dictatorship of former President Hosni Mubarak. Demonstrations have also been held in the Yemeni capital Sana'a as well as the cities of Aden and Taizz, with protesters demanding that the president step down on January 14, 2011. Then, the Egyptians launched a revolution against the pro-Israeli regime in January, which eventually brought an end to the 30-year dictatorship of former President Hosni Mubarak.
Trump is ABSOLUTELY correct: Obama is a Lifetime Criminal, and it has nothing to do with citizenship! Barry, AKA Obama, was lawfully adopted by a foreign national, Lolo Soetro, and then his name was made: "Barry Soetro" Then, the plot thickens even more. "Barry" was raised as a Muslim in Indonesia, and attended a Catholic funded school that permitted all faiths to attend. "Barry's mother dropped him as a dependent for some reason, perhaps when he was adopted by Lolo Soetoro, who may have been Barry's legal birth father. At this point, the public does NOT know who Barry's father really was, and Barry himself may not know. Barry's mother dropped him as a dependent, indicating Barry was no longer a legal dependent of his mother at that stage of his life. A certificate of "live birth" can have names changed on it, including a child's birth name, and birth parent's names. Even a modified date of birth can be on a "certificate of live birth". This occurs frequently for adopted children, where the birth parent does not want the child to know who they are. The public has no idea who Barry's real birth father is, or who Barry's real birth mother is. There is no evidence Barry Soetoro ever lawfully changed his name to "Barrack Hussein Obama"!!
The secular socialist Assad government is clearly in the cross-hairs of City of London bankers, attempting to redraw the political map of the Middle East. As in Libya and Afghanistan, the "banksters" are counting on fundamentalists to carry out their counter-revolutionary agenda. Though Western intelligence had earlier cavorted with Islamists in attacking nationalist movements in Iraq, Indonesia and Iran, it was Afghanistan where they unleashed the full force of their young Frankenstein. This disastrous experiment came to a full head last week, when 2,000 Afghans attacked a UN compound in the "usually sedate" location of Mazar-e-Sharaf, killing 7 staffers. Though set off by the burning of a Quran by Pastor Jones, our own Florida version of the "Taliban", one must understand this nation's history to fully comprehend Afghan anger towards their Western occupiers. Afghanistan was founded in 1747 and ruled by a bloodline monarchy with rumored ties to the legendary Roshaniya - "the all-seeing ones". In 1933, King Mohammed Zaher Shah took the throne, ruling the country in feudalistic fashion until deposed by his cousin Mohammed Daoud in 1973. The latter was killed in a popular revolution led by the socialist leader Nor Mohammed Taraki, who became President and embarked on an ambitious land reform program to help poor Afghan sharecroppers, who were traditionally forced to work on land owned by the king and his cronies.
Logan Price, a protester for the fair treatment of Bradley Manning, approached Obama and questioned him. Obama, in his speech, had claimed that our country is: "A NATION OF LAWS". How can Bradley Manning, or, any of us, including those who eagerly served in our nation's armies, as I did in Vietnam as Advisory Team Leader, expect to receive a fair hearing from other military officers, when their "Commander in Chief" has already decreed his (or her) guilt? It may be that Obama spoke extemporaneously and without adequate forethought, but it is - at best - reckless in the extreme for him to decree people guilty who have not been tried, especially members of the military who are under his command, and who will be judged by other members of the other military by the rules of Courts-Martial. In Goeppingen, Germany, I had the honor of representing a sergeant who had been accused of stealing a silver tea service from our Officers' club, and I was able to clear his name and record of all charges. In fact, the senior officer in charge of the court commended me for: "A job well done". So let it be with Bradley Manning, if we value the valor of our enlisted men, who serve this country
Based on its recent Libyan and Gulf states reporting (or lack thereof), Qatar-based Al Jazeera's credibility appears extremely compromised. Overall, its Libya misreporting has been deceitful, functioning more as a propaganda arm of Washington, NATO and insurgents, indistinguishable from US and other western media, representing imperial conquest, colonization, and pillaging of yet another non-belligerent country. In late March, moreover, Front Page writer Mohammed al-Kibsi accused Al Jazeera of airing old Iraqi abuse video, broadcast by Al-Arabiya in 2007, in fabricating news about Yemen, yet it was aired repeatedly, claiming it showed Yemeni Central Security forces torturing protesters. Later admitting its mistake, Al Jazeera blamed a technical error and apologized, too late to undue the damage to those blamed, and its own reputation, badly tarnished by frequent misreporting on the region, despite earlier worthy efforts that built up its standing as a reliable broadcaster. THAT now is very much in question. California State University Professor As'ad AbuKhalil runs the "Angry Arab News Service" accessed through
Increasing attacks on Shia mosques in the Bahraini state's withering crackdown against the pro-democracy movement is a deliberate attempt to isolate the political opposition and amounts to a campaign of sectarian cleansing, say human rights groups. Over the past four weeks, since the Saudi-led Gulf Peninsula Shield military intervention in Bahrain, there appears to be a concerted drive by pro-state Sunni forces to target repression at the Shia population, and in particular Shia mosques and other religious sites, such as cemeteries and meeting places known as Mattams. Some mosques have been vandalized, with their doors, windows and the PA systems used in the call to payer having been smashed. More recently, other mosques, such as the 800-year-old Al Shaboor, near the capital, Manama, have in the past week been razed to the ground with bulldozers. A similar fate was met by five mosques in Hamad, about 15km south of Manama. The pro-democracy uprising that began on February 14 rocked the US-backed Sunni rulers for almost a month before the other Gulf states sent in heavily armed contingencies to quell the protests. But the nature of the military intervention has evidently gone beyond its initial avowed remit of restoring security and stability. Over 34 unarmed civilians have been killed, two-thirds of whom since since the Saudi-led forces arrived.