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Libya: Be careful what you wish for

Posted by seumasach on December 11, 2014

Brian Cloughly

Asia Times

11th December, 2014

On March 19, 2011, the United States led NATO countries in a blitz of aircraft and missile strikes against the government of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s batty dictator who was visited in 2004 and 2007 by British prime minister Tony Blair, in 2007 by French president Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2008 by US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and in 2009 by Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, all of whom cordially assured him that relations between their countries and his were comfortable.

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NATO in the dock on Libya bombing

Posted by seumasach on May 18, 2012

NATO’s claim that it cannot investigate civilian casualties because it has no mandate to be in Libya is feeble and disingenuous.”

Vijay Prasad


15th May, 2012

On May 14, 2012, Human Rights Watch released an important report, Unacknowledged Deaths: Civilian Casualties in NATO’s Air Campaign in Libya. The 82-page report reveals conclusively that some of NATO’s ten thousand sorties flown over Libya resulted in the deaths of at least seventy-two civilians, including twenty-four children. These are not large numbers, largely because HRW’s analysis is based on the most obvious cases and because its work was not assisted by an investigation of NATO’s own paperwork. HRW did not conduct a comprehensive investigation. That was not possible. Its investigators went to eight sites of NATO air strikes and found here that NATO’s bombs had indeed killed civilians. The findings, then, are not comprehensive. They are illustrative.

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‘US seeks to stay forever in Afghanistan’

Posted by seumasach on April 21, 2012

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La Libye, les bandits-révolutionnaires et l’ONU

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2012

Alexander Mazyaev


17th April, 2012

La Mission d’appui des Nations Unies en Libye a présenté les conclusions de son premier rapport. Pour Alexandre Mezyayev, celles-ci trahissent le fait que l’ONU, loin d’encourager la paix comme elle est supposée le faire en accord avec sa Charte, est désormais largement au service de la politique de remodelage du Grand Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique du Nord. Alors que la mission d’observation des bérets bleus débute en Syrie, il convient d’être particulièrement attentif à ce que l’organisation et son secrétaire général Ban Ki-moon se remettent au service du droit international et non plus d’intérêts partisans.

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NATO’S Craven Coverup of Its Libyan Bombing

Posted by seumasach on March 17, 2012

Vijay Prashad


15th March, 2012

Ten days into the uprising in Benghazi, Libya, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council established the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya. The purpose of the Commission was to “investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya.” The broad agenda was to establish the facts of the violations and crimes and to take such actions as to hold the identified perpetrators accountable. On June 15, the Commission presented its first report to the Council. This report was provisional, since the conflict was still ongoing and access to the country was minimal. The June report was no more conclusive than the work of the human rights non-governmental organizations (such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch). In some instances, the work of investigators for these NGOs (such as Donatella Rovera of Amnesty) was of higher quality than that of the Commission.

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Freedom rider: Liberal whores

Posted by seumasach on March 11, 2012

Margaret Kimberly

Black Agenda Report

7th March, 2012


Call a Georgetown law student a slut, and the liberal universe goes into supernova. Destroy Somalia and Libya, or obliterate due process of law, and the same people just yawn. Attorney General Eric Holder “asserts that the president can in fact decide to kill anyone he wants, as long as he claims that person is a terrorist.” Liberals love the guy.

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Russia and the changing world

Posted by seumasach on March 4, 2012

Vladimir Putin


29th February, 2012

In the run-up to Russia’s presidential elections, prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has to date published a total of seven program statements in which he defines Russia’s niche in a “changing world.” The sixth article on defense policy and army reforms was published by Voltaire Network yesterday. Today we bring to the attention of our readers the latest statement, published Monday in theMoskovskiya Novosti, devoted to international affairs.

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Egypt may support Russia’s probe into NATO attacks in Libya

Posted by seumasach on December 28, 2011


28th December, 2011

Egypt may join Russia’s probe into the deaths of peaceful Libyans killed by NATO air strikes during its military campaign, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said on Wednesday.

“We are considering this issue and consulting with [our] Russian colleagues and will make a decision after the consultations,” Amr said after a meeting in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

Last week, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin urged NATO to investigate civilian deaths in Libya from its bombing campaign, saying the alliance’s claim that there were no civilian casualties was untrue.

His remarks came after The New York Times claimed up to 70 people were killed in Libya during NATO’s eight-month military operation.

Churkin said he has asked NATO to give “a definitive report” to the UN Security Council summing up its activities in Libya. But he said “unfortunately” the alliance only provided “piecemeal, rather perfunctory reports… (that) were not very informative.”

The international NATO-led military operation in Libya began on March 19, two days after the approval of a UN resolution on “targeted measures” to protect civilians.

Libya saw almost ten months of fierce fighting before the opposition Libyan National Transitional Council established control over the country’s territory.

Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in October near his hometown of Sirte after being captured by NTC forces.

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Russia urges UN probe of Libya deaths

Posted by seumasach on December 20, 2011


20th december, 2011

Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin has asked for a thorough investigation into the deaths of civilians during NATO’s military intervention in Libya earlier this year.

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The horror of ‘liberated’ Libya as the rebels take brutal revenge

Posted by seumasach on November 24, 2011

Patrick Cockburn

24th November, 2011

THE detention of 7,000 people in prisons and camps by the anti-Gaddafi forces is not surprising. The conflict in Libya was always much more of a civil war between Libyans than foreign governments pretended or the foreign media reported.

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Libyan humanitarian activist versus NATO

Posted by seumasach on November 14, 2011


13th November, 2011

Setting a momentous precedent, 34-year old Khaled K. El-Hamedi filed a lawsuit against NATO after his entire family was killed in a bombing raid on 20 June 2011 at 2:30 a.m. While in Libya, Voltaire Network’s Thierry Meyssan reported on the “The Sorman massacre“, denouncing NATO’s strategy of deliberately targeting the family members of Libyan leaders, aided by undercover agents who marked the targets for the strikes. Khaled K. El-Hamedi brings us his personal testimony of the barbarism that destroyed his loved ones, his life and his entire country.

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