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It's not terrorism if it's retaliation: Chattanooga Shooting, If Linked to ISIS, is a Legitimate Act of War

By Dave Lindorff

 

I'm not a fan of war or of killing of any kind, but the labeling of the deadly attack by Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez on two US military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee as an act of terror is absurd.

40 years after Vietnam: Celebrating the End of One War, and Witnessing the Start of a New One Here at Home

By Dave Lindorff


It was 40 years ago today that the last troops from America’s criminal war against the people of Vietnam scurried ignominiously onto a helicopter on the roof of the US Embassy in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and fled the country where US forces had killed some 3-4 million people in the name of “fighting Communism.” 


Libya News - Apr 20, 2015


Fury as 700 people feared dead in ‘avoidable’ Mediterranean shipwreck, Amnesty calls it 'man-made tragedy of appalling proportions' - AFP


The Latest: Migrant survivor says 950 aboard capsized boat, about 200 women and dozens of children were among the passengers - Yahoo News


VIDEO: 700 feared dead as migrant boat sinks off Libya - Channel 4


VIDEO: Immigrants sailing from Libya saved - The Guardian


Migrant boat disaster: Countries across Europe accused of 'closing their eyes' to deaths - The Independent


EU refugee policies come under fire amid Mediterranean migrant disaster - DW.DE


The EU's asylum policy is to blame for the tragedy unfolding in the Mediterranean - Spectator Blogs


Save the Children statement: “The scale of what is happening in the Mediterranean isn’t an accident, it’s a direct result of our policy - Save the Children UK


Interview with Save the Children' Sarah Tyler: ′Restart search and rescue operation′ - DW.DE


Italian Red Cross chief slams lack of response from Europe to migrant crisis - ITV News


Medecins Sans Frontieres: A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean and European policies are responsible - ITV News


NGOs demand humanitarian corridor, lay blame at the feet of Fortress Europe - MaltaToday.com.mt


EU ending migrant rescue missions has not curbed demand, say smugglers - The Guardian


List: The deadliest migrant boat events in the Mediterranean Sea in recent years - usatoday.com


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Prime Minister Matteo Renzi Says Italy Can't Tackle Mediterranean Migrant Crisis Alone - ndtv.com


Mogherini hints a criticism of northern European countries that have so far left rescue operations to southern states such as Italy - Reuters


Statement of Federica Mogherini on the capsizing of a migrants' boat in the Mediterranean sea - European Union, EEAS


European Parliament chief Schulz calls for change of EU migration policy - KUNA


UN Urges 'Robust' Rescue Operations for Refugees Following Largest Migrant Catastrophe in Mediterranean and Establish Credible Legal Avenues to Reach Europe - allAfrica.com


Pope Francis asks world to help Italy with migrants - Updated News


Farage blames “fanatical” Cameron and Sarkozy for the drowning of hundreds of migrants off Italy, saying the exodus was “directly caused” by western intervention in the civil war in Libya - Telegraph


VIDEO: Nigel Farage: David Cameron’s ‘fanaticism’ is to blame for Libya migrant crisis - Spectator Blogs


VIDEO: Rand Paul criticizes Hillary Clinton over Libya: I think it was a mistake to be in Libya... Jihadists swim in our swimming pool now. It's a disaster. We should have never been there - RealClearPolitics


Rand Paul: Benghazi disqualifies Hillary Clinton for president, she is guilty of a “dereliction of duty” during her time as secretary of state - dailysignal.com


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Slaughter on the beach in Libya: Islamic State behead and shoot Ethiopian Christians in sickening new propaganda video - Daily Mail Online


VIDEO (short and full versions): Christians executed by Islamic State in video titled 'Until there came to them – Clear evidence' - tangentcode


Islamic State Files Show Structure of Islamist Terror Group - SPIEGEL ONLINE


Libya peace talks 'very close' to final accord: UN - Yahoo News


Excerpts from SRSG for Libya Bernardino Leon’s Press Conference in Skhirat Morocco, 19 April 2015 - United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)


Heavy clashes in central district, suburb of Tripoli - Reuters

 

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Brutalizers and the Brutalized

The Nasty Blowback from America's Wars



Editor Note: There are historical warnings to countries that inflict violence abroad, that the imperial impulse will blow back on the domestic society with suppression of public debate and repression of common citizens, that the war will come home — as is happening in the United States.

By Ray McGovern

Brutality thrives in American police treatment of common citizens reflecting an ethos of violence that has flourished over the past dozen years with almost no one in authority held accountable. Much of this behavior can be traced back to U.S. wars of choice – and it is not as though we were not warned of the inevitable blowback.

Credit where credit's due...but only where it's due: How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?

By Dave Lindorff


A kudo to President Obama. But just one.

If he manages to pull off an agreement with Iran on limiting that country's nuclear fuel enrichment program in the fact of determined resistance from Republicans, Neocons, the Israel Lobby and the warmongers in both the GOP and his own Democratic Party, he will have finally earned at least some small portion of the gold in his Nobel Peace medallion.

Libya News - Mar 5, 2015


Oil fields burned by Islamic State militants, Libyan authorities say - EUROPE ONLINE


Airstrikes target purported Islamic State militants after they attack central Libyan oil field - Star Tribune


Libya Declares Force Majeure on Oil Fields in Central Region - WSJ


Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State: letter - Reuters


Italian Navy sending ships towards Libya's coast, energy group ENI owns offshore oil platforms and a pipeline - breitbart.com


Why Libya is ringing alarm bells in Italy - The Local


Italy rescues 1000 refugees from Mediterranean over two days, 10 people found dead - The Guardian


US official: ISIS Has Turned Libya Into New Support Base, Safe Haven (VIDEO) - foxnews.com


Libya FM: 5,000 Foreign Fighters Flock to Libya as ISIS Call for Jihadists - newsweek.com


ISIS Sets Sights on the Mediterranean - gatestoneinstitute.org


Abdelhakim Belhadj, a U.S.-backed rebel, reportedly leads Islamic State in Libya - Washington Times


PHOTO: Would that be the same Abdelhakim Belhadj that SenJohnMcCain is so chummy with? Asking for a friend - Patrick Poole on Twitter

 

Libya: clashes between army-ISIS in central Benghazi - ANSAMed.it


Another Copt Beheaded in Libya as Patriarch Meets Families of 21 Martyrs - Breitbart


The Ancient Sites Now Under Threat From ISIS in Libya - newsweek.com


Egypt gearing up for major attack on militants in Libya - Washington Times


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At the UN Security Council special envoy Leon warns Libya faces disintegration if political crisis is not resolved - libyaherald.com


Libya crisis ‘festering,’ UN envoy Leon warns, urging decisive action to build national unity - United Nations News Centre


Coverage of Security Council Briefing on Festering Unrest in Libya - ReliefWeb


UN announce details of Libya peace talks, will discuss the positions of prime minister and deputy prime minister in the proposed national unity government - spyghana


Anti-ISIS deal between Tripoli, Tobruk 'never closer': UN special envoy - ANSA.it


UN report paints damning picture of foreign complicity in rearming Libya - libyaherald.com


Rival forces in Libya carry out tit-for-tat strikes before UN talks - timesofmalta.com


Libya's Haftar appointed army chief for recognized government - Reuters


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House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe, she ran her own email server while in office - The Washington Post


Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests - NYTimes.com


Clinton’s E-Mail System Built For Privacy Though Not Security - Bloomberg Business


Why Clinton's Private Email Server Was Such a Security Fail - WIRED


Panel's head Democrat: Make Clinton's Benghazi emails public - CNN.com


Hacked emails: Money from “wealthy Sunni Islamists in Saudi Arabia” financed Benghazi attack, Intel reportedly sent to Hillary Clinton by staffer - wnd.com


State Dept. misled on Benghazi bombing three months before the Sept. 11 attack on the same compound? Declassified Pentagon documents show no response to previous terror strike - wnd.com


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Avoids Email Scandal at Emily's List Gala, Teases Presidential Run - YouTube

 

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No more AUMFs! No more ‘unitary executives’!: We’re Already Losing Our Democracy and All Our Freedoms to the 2001 AUMF

By Dave Lindorff

 

            Critics of President Obama’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force AUMF) against ISIS have been focused upon its deliberately obfuscatory and ambiguous language, which they rightly note would make it essentially a carte blanche from Congress allowing the president to go to war almost anywhere some would-be terrorist or terrorist copycat could be found who claims affinity with ISIS.

Libya News - Feb 16, 2015

 

Video released by the Islamic State shows 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded in Libya - The Long War Journal


VIDEO: Official IS Video Showing The Beheading Of  21 Christians In Libya: 'A Message Signed With Blood To The Nation Of The Cross’ - Vimeo


Latest Islamic State's Dabiq magazine includes article on the 21 Egyptians Christians, incl screenshots of today's video - Pieter Nanninga on Twitter


Full text of Dabiq 7, latest issue of the Islamic State magazine - justpaste.it


Coptic Christian Woman Unwittingly Becomes Focal Point of Islamic Clash With Christianity - aina.org

 

Sisi warns of response after Islamic State kills 21 Egyptians in Libya - Reuters

 

VIDEO: Egypt President Sisi condemns 'inhuman criminal killers’ - BBC News

 

Last week Islamic 'State of Sinai’ claimed 8 decapitations of alleged Egyptians and Israeli agents in North Sinai - Daily News Egypt

 

Egyptian Police Prevent Two Islamic State Suicide Attacks in Sinai - Sputnik International

 

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New UN rights report depicts ‘turmoil, lawlessness’ in Libya (full report included) - United Nations News Centre


Libya official warns on spread of Islamic State militant threat - Reuters


Islamic State 'province' in Libya claims capture of town, seizes buildings including radio and television stations in Sirte - The Long War Journal


Libya's El Sarir oil pipeline remains halted after sabotage: official - Reuters


VIDEO: Explosion at Libya's El-Sarir Oil Field - Yahoo Yahoo UK


Libyan army says retook 2 oilfields from Islamic State - Worldbulletin News


Libya Warns of Oil Shutdown as Attacks Escalate - Bloomberg Business


The Battle for Libya’s Oil - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

With Oil Fields Under Attack, Libya's Economic Future Looks Bleak - NPR

 

Italy suspends Libya embassy operations and evacuates citizens, says it is ready to lead a coalition to battle against the advance of jihadi groups in Libya - THE DAILY STAR

 

Italy seeks military help as Islamic State seizes Gadaffi home town Sirte - The Times

 

Italy attempting rescue of 1,000 migrants in Mediterranean - UPI.com

 

VIDEO: Italy: Coastguard moves to rescue at least 1,000 boat migrants - euronews

 

Islamic State Sprouting Limbs Beyond Its Base - NYTimes.com

 

U.S. officials: Islamic State’s expanding network of affiliates raises fears of new global war on terror - Dallas Morning News

 

VIDEO: Is Islamic State in control of affiliates in Libya and other countries ? - CNN Video

 

White House says Congress shouldn't sidestep Islamic State measure, saying lawmakers must not "take a pass” - Reuters

 

Sunday show wrap-up: Islamic State dominates - TheHill

 

Benghazi Committee ‘Confirmed’ Forthcoming Testimony From Hillary Clinton, Will Interview White House Officials - TheBlaze.com

 

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Obama the war president -- War: Where 69¢ of Each Tax Dollar Goes

By Dave Lindorff

 

         The Nobel Peace Laureate President Barack Obama, the guy who once campaigned claiming one US war -- the one against Iraq -- was a “bad” one, and the other -- against Afghanistan -- was a “good” one, turns out to be a man who, once anointed commander-in-chief, can’t seem to find a war he doesn’t consider to be a “good” idea.

Libya News - Jan 30, 2015

 

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton undercut on Libya war by Pentagon and Congress, secret tapes reveal (VIDEO) - Washington Times


VIDEO: Iraq War Redux: Hillary Clinton Manufactured “Stupid Facts” that Led to the Invasion of Libya - Washington Times


AUDIO: Listen to the tapes: Intel undercuts Hillary Clinton’s primary argument for Libya military action - Washington Times


Admirals, generals: Pentagon tapes indict Hillary - wnd.com


Admiral: U.S. could have ousted Gadhafi peacefully - wnd.com

 

VIDEO: Questions raised about U.S. involvement in Libya after new revelations about the role of the state department and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Clare Lopez, member of the Citizens' Commission on Benghazi: State Department policy facilitated the delivery of weapons to the al-Qaida-dominated rebel militias in Libya - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Sen Rand Paul calls out Hillary Clinton on Libya - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Clinton on Qaddafi: We came, we saw, he died - YouTube

 

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Congressman: Hillary Clinton agrees to testify to House's Benghazi panel (VIDEO) - CNN.com


VIDEO: Trey Gowdy: I cannot question Hillary on Benghazi if I don't have all the documents - YouTube


Gowdy Comes Out Swinging - FrontPage Magazine


Latest Benghazi documents may be a smoking gun, investigators claim - Examiner.com

 

Smoking Gun Benghazi Documents Show State Department Lied! - Eagle Rising

 

State Dept. ready to meet with special committee on Benghazi - AP

 

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Libyan group loyal to ISIS claims Tripoli hotel attack - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS’s Rise in Libya - POLITICO Magazine


Attack in Tripoli: Islamic State heads west - The Economist


VIDEO: Islamic State Branches Out in North Africa - WSJ


Al-Qaeda ‘Islamic Police’ on Patrol in Libyan City of Benghazi Contested With ISIS - Newsweek

 

VIDEO: Father of American killed in Libya speaks out - CNN

 

U.N. says plans future Libya talks within country - Reuters

 

VIDEO: Will this general be Libya's new leader? - BBC News

 

Misrata feels economic pinch as Libyan infighting spreads - Reuters

 

Amnesty calls for UN sanctions, war crimes probe in Libya - Yahoo News

 

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US sides with a colonizer: Africa's Forgotten (And Festering) Freedom Struggle in Western Africa

By Linn Washington, Jr.


Algiers -- The Western Sahara is not just a section of the famous desert that dominates North Africa.


Libya News - Oct 22, 2014


Three Years After Gadhafi's Death, Libya Slides Into Civil War - ibtimes.com


VIDEO: Libya On The Brink Of New Civil War - Fox News


Libya Tobruk-based parliament allies with renegade general Haftar, struggles to assert authority - Reuters


Libyan army advancing in Benghazi: spokesman - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Operation Dignity expects Benghazi battles to end in a week as further reinforcements arrive - libyaherald.com


Benghazi Medical Centre struggles to keep up as 75 bodies arrive in five days - libyaherald.com


VIDEO: Libya PM Thinni requesting foreign ‘logistical support’ to overcome conflict - MaltaToday.com.mt


Near Benghazi, Libya's army liberates a ghost town - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Near Benghazi Libya's army liberates a ghost town - Frequency


Libya's persecuted Tawergha people displaced for the 2nd time amid Benghazi clashes - usnews.com


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Islamic militants resist general Haftar’s offensive in Benghazi - YouTube


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Ansar al Sharia Seize Libyan Special Forces Base In Benghazi - YouTube


Libya's Tobruk government calls on army to 'liberate' Tripoli - Middle East Eye


Libya Dawn are Muslim Brotherhood who receive orders from masters abroad: PM Thinni - libyaherald.com


Three Years After Gaddafi’s Death Government and Militias Compete for a Share of Oil Revenues - ibtimes.co.uk


ARCHIVE: Tripoli’s new rulers take over Libya government, oil company websites - Reuters


ARCHIVE: Two rival Libyan governments claim to control oil policy - Reuters


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UN: Islamic State already in Libya and expanding - pangeatoday.com


Islamic State, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb enter Libya through neighbouring states: PM Thinni - libyaherald.com


VIDEO: Libya’s Islamist militants parade with Islamic State flags in Derna - YouTube


Analysis: Islamic State expands in Libya - Al-Monitor


The Islamic State's First Colony in Derna, Libya - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Public lashings follow Derna “Sharia Court” verdicts - libyaherald.com


Islamic State to launch Sat-TV station in Libya: Herald - MaltaToday.com.mt


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EU calls for a political solution in Lybia, urges all parties to observe an unconditional ceasefire. - Libya Business News


EU Council Conclusions on Libya - eu-un.europa.eu


VIDEO: US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones speaks to CNN about the current situation in the country - CNN


In surprise Libya trip, U.N. chief calls for halt to fighting - Al Arabiya News


VIDEO: UN and EU speak out on escalating conflict in Libya - YouTube


UN Special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon interview with Alarabiya’s Panorama program - United Nations Support Mission in Libya


Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy in first known meeting with foreign visitor - Reuters


Gaddafi cousin hopes to participate in Libyan peace talks - Yahoo News


Libyan tribal leaders gather in Cairo for unity talks - Daily News Egypt


Egypt, Sudan to coordinate on Libya unrest - Yahoo News


Foreign minister: Egypt will not deal with Libya’s Islamists, "We will only deal with the House of Representatives” - dpa news


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Libya-Goldman clash sheds light on formerly secretive fund - FT.com


How Goldman's Libya case could disrupt derivatives - cnbc.com


ARCHIVE: Libya’s Sovereign Fund and Goldman Sachs Clash in Court - NYTimes.com


ARCHIVE: Libyans ‘taken for a ride’ by Goldman Sachs, court hears - FT.com


ARCHIVE: Goldman Sachs 'charmed Gadaffi-era sovereign wealth fund employees with girls and alcohol' in trip to Morocco - The Independent


ARCHIVE: SEC Official Backs Libya Fund’s Claim Against Goldman, According to Court Documents - WSJ


ARCHIVE: Goldman Ordered to Pay Some Costs in Libya Case - NYTimes.com

 

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Who's On First?: The War of the Heads

By John Grant

 

Ain’t no time to wonder why.
Whoopee, we’re all gonna die.

                  - Country Joe MacDonald

 

Break the Vengeance Cycle: Why We Should Not Go To War Over James Foley

By John Grant


Back in June 2011, James Foley gave an hour-long interview to an auditorium of students from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he had graduated three years earlier with a Master’s degree in journalism. It was 15 days after he had been released from 45 rough days of captivity in Libya. He was a handsome young hero returning to his alma-mater.

A Meditation on Peacemaking: Americans Need to Break the Cycle of War

By John Grant


All we are saying is give peace a chance
             -John Lennon


Libya News - July 22, 2014


In a week Libya clashes between rival militias over Tripoli airport kill 47 - Fox News


Libya Airlines Cut Operations 70% After Damage to Planes - Bloomberg


Libya: Airport battles lead to at least US$200-mln losses - asiainsurancereview.com


VIDEO: Tripoli airport destroyed by clashing militias - YouTube


VIDEO: Tripoli Airport: Afriqiyah Airways A330 plane explosion - YouTube


Libyan militias' battle for Tripoli airport forces hundreds of families to flee - The Guardian


Libyan air controllers strike to protest against airport shelling - Reuters


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Seven killed in clashes between army and Islamic militants in Libya's Benghazi - Reuters


VIDEO: Army helicopter bombs Ansar Al- Sharia positions in Abu Atni Benghazi - YouTube


Militia Behead Filipino Construction Worker Allegedly Because He Was Non-Muslim, Philippines raises alert level 4 in Libya - ibtimes.com


U.N. mission pulls staff from Libya - usatoday.com


Update: Kidnappings, Ransoms and Stability In Libya - The Libyan Insider


Libya publishes parliamentary election results, Liberals Set to Oust Islamists in Libya Parliament - Naharnet


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Rebels siphoning off Libya’s oil bring Tripoli to halt - The Times


Eni, Repsol Expatriates Evacuated from Libya - WSJ


Libya asks U.N. Security Council for help protecting oil, ports - Reuters


Libyan Turmoil Sends Oil Prices on a Roller Coaster - WSJ


Libya Has Resumed Oil Exports, But Will It Last? - oilprice.com


Recent Violence Will Hurt Libyan Economy, Oil Revenue, Experts Say - ibtimes.com


Reserves crisis jeopardizes Libya's future - Al-Monitor


Libya will exhaust monetary reserves in 5 years - Al-Monitor


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Egyptian border guards killed at a military checkpoint near Libya, gunmen unknown - www.ajc.com


Algeria foils Ansar Sharia plan to assassinate Al-Sisi - Echorouk Online


Egyptians fear Islamist militants gathering on Libyan border - defenceWeb


Foreign ministry urges Egyptians in Libya to take measures of ‘extreme caution’ - Daily News Egypt


Algeria, Tunisia to carry out joint military operations against terrorism along the border - middleeastmonitor


Algeria's Sonatrach recalls workers from Libya - TVC NEWS


Tunisia arrests 63 terror suspects, tightens security around militant hideouts - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Libyan jihadists in Syria and Iraq returning home to fight Haftar: security sources - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Ex-Libyan rebel commander appeals ruling on British torture case - Reuters

 

 

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War Stories: Bad Wars and the Voice of Disillusion

By John Grant

 

      When lo! An angel called him out of heaven,

      Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad, . . .

Libya News - June 6, 2014


Libya's Supreme Court Declares PM's Election Illegal - VOA


VIDEO: Libyan Prime Minister may be forced to step down after election declared ‘illegitimate’ - euronews


Libyan outgoing premier visits Benghazi, "We came to Benghazi to support the city's residents, special forces and security forces" - Reuters


Libya's intel chief resigns, news portal says he was frustrated with parliament's insistence on appointing a new prime minister - AP


Libya’s Haftar after assassination bid: ‘I am well...There will be a strong response’ - Al Arabiya News


Haftar: some Libyan officials support al-Qaeda - Al Arabiya News


Interview with Haftar - Al-Monitor


Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb urges Libyans to fight rogue general - GlobalPost


Red Cross Suspends Libya Operation After Murder - VOA


Four UN staffers 'roughed up' at Libya airport: boss - THE DAILY STAR


Freed Gitmo detainee becomes al-Qaida Libyan commander - wnd.com


VIDEO: Promotional Video of Batalion Ansar Al Sharia From Benghazi  - YouTube


REPORT: Libya: Muslim Brotherhood’s tenuous hold - IISS


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Libyan Turmoil Threatens Tunisian Security, Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs "extremely worried” - Tunisia Live


Interview with Tunisia foreign minister - Al-Monitor


Tunisia captures Al Qaida operatives near Libyan border - World Tribune


REPORT: Tunisian Jihadists Establishing New Networks with Libyan Islamists - The Jamestown Foundation


VIDEO: Tunisia alarmed over armed conflict in neighboring Libya - YouTube


Maghreb countries wary of returning Syria jihadists - Al-Shorfa


Algeria: Arab Spring Has Boosted Terror Groups - ABC News


Algeria deploys 5,000 troops to the Libyan border - Middle East Eye


Gang of smugglers kills six Egypt guards on Libya border, "This attack comes after border guards successfully arrested 68 traffickers and seized a large quantity of weapons" - Yahoo News


Jihadist Groups' Threat To U.S. Grows, RAND Report Says - WSJ


RAND Analyst Seth Jones: The Accelerating Spread of Terrorism - WSJ


Increase in Jihadist Threat Calls for New U.S. Strategy to Combat Terrorism - RAND


REPORT: A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa'ida and Other Salafi Jihadists - RAND


CHART: The number of Salafi-jihadist groups has grown 58% since 2010 - Twitter / RANDCorporation


CHART: AlQaeda-related attacks are on the rise. 99% of the attacks are against local, non-Western targets - Twitter / RANDCorporation


CHART: These Are The Countries Where Terrorists Pose The Greatest Threat To The US - RAND


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Libya News - May 30, 2014


Rogue Libyan General Resumes Airstrikes Near Benghazi Against Islamist Militants (VIDEO) - VOA


Libya standoff emerges as premier refuses to yield to successor - Reuters


Rival cabinets meet in Libya political chaos, polls to be held June 25 as planned - Yahoo News


Analysis: GNC,-Maetig-versus-Haftar - Al-Ahram Weekly


Current alignment of Libyan militias in response to Haftar - TRAC


Pro-Islamist militia attack Libya interior ministry unit as chaos deepens - unyanews.tv


Head of the militants controlling oil ports: We will not recognise the government of Meitik - middleeastmonitor


Thousands across Libya march in support of a renegade general’s campaign against Islamist militias - The Washington Post


Libya's Haftar hails electoral win by Egypt's Sisi - Anadolu Agency


Statement (English): Declaration by the Conference of Tribes of Libya - tortillaconsal.com


VIDEO (Arabic): Al-Azizia conference of Libyan tribes and cities releases 15 points road map for Future Libya - thevoiceoflibya.com


Oil Outages Cost Libya $17.8 Billion, Rebels seeking more regional autonomy have kept the majority of oil exports shut in Eastern Libya -  NASDAQ.com


Libya Disorder Dealing Harmful Blow to Oil and Gas Exploration - ibtimes.co.uk


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Obama’s $5 Billion Counterterrorism Fund Already in Trouble in Congress - The Daily Beast


Terror’s Front: Obama says local groups pose “the most direct threat” to the United States and its interests, especially abroad  - NYTimes.com


French, American and Algerian special forces sent to the south of Libya to attack terrorist networks - The Times


Africa: Laboratory and Battleground for Pentagon's 21st Century Warfare - RIA Novosti


Pentagon to use drones to speed response times in sensitive hot spots like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya - Washington Times


Libya, Mali chaos alarms neighbours, Experts and military officers from eight African countries wrap up a five-day conference in Algiers focused on Sahel-Saharan security - Magharebia


AU to cooperate with Arab League to resolve Libyan crisis - 4-Traders


Egypt's FM dicusses Libyan and Syrian crises with Algerian PM - Ahram Online


Statement: Fahmy Calls the Foreign Ministers of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, UAE, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League to discuss the latest developments in Libya - Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Crisis alert level 3 raised in Libya urging Filipinos to leave - philstar.com


10 Chadians killed in southern Libya - GlobalPost


Islamist Gunmen in West Tunisia Attack Interior Minister’s Home, Killing 4 Guards - NYTimes.com


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Libya News - May 28, 2014


New Libya PM's home attacked as unrest over his rule grows - AFP


Renegade former Libyan general says PM must go, vote must wait - AFP


Libyan Journalist Outspoken Critic of Islamists Shot Dead In Benghazi - AP


Prominent journalist Abu Zeid killed in Libya - Committee to Protect Journalists


Libya: Investigate Killing of Benghazi Editor Abu Zeid - Human Rights Watch


VIDEO: Hndreds of journalists and activists demonstrated on Monday in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli protesting Abu Zeid's murder - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Abu Zeid TV appearance on Sunday on which he discussed his recent meeting with Gen. Hifter and the threat of civil war - YouTube


Libya: Police officer guarding diplomats killed in Tripoli - panapress.com


Libya: Ansar Asharia calls for institution of Sharia law in Libya - panapress.com


Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government - Reuters


Libya Oil Disruption Worsens Amid Anti-Government Protest - Bloomberg


Libyan Oil May Suffer More Disruption, General Says - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Libyans express little optimism with new PM - Al Jazeera


VIDEO: Libya, where militias reign - France 24


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State Dept. Issues Warning For Americans To Leave Libya Immediately - NPR


US deploys warship off Libya with about 1000 marines in case the US embassy has to be evacuated - Sky News


Libyan Islamists to U.S.: Don't interfere or face worse than Iraq - Reuters


U.S. Training Elite Antiterror Troops in Four African Nations - NYTimes.com


Report: Libya Militia Stole US Weapons in Raid - AFP


Sisi says Egypt will not allow threats to security from Libya - Reuters


Once a U.S. asset, Gen. Hafter recruited Libya’s entire military command with Egypt’s backing - SHOAH


In lawless Libya, Egypt's Sisi becomes a star - Reuters


Algeria 'not ready' to coordinate with Libya's Haftar - Worldbulletin News


Tunisian officials divided over Libya crisis - Al-Monitor


Tunisia economy set to suffer blow from Libya violence - Al-Monitor


Maghreb ministers arrange 'urgent' talks on Libya - Magharebia


Failed security cooperation leads to border problems in Sahel - Al-Monitor


The terrorist threat to energy infrastructure in North Africa - polity.org.za

 

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Libya News - May 22, 2014


Libyan prime minister refuses to step down; confrontation with ex-general Haftar grows - The Washington Post


Libya's rogue general Haftar gains stream of new allies - Yahoo News


Military Intelligence and Police Join Libyan Rebel General - Matthew Aid


Two Former Libya PMs Jibril and Zeidan back ex-general’s call to dissolve parliament - FT.com


Oil Rebels Back Rogue Libyan General Khalifa Haftar - ibtimes.co.uk


Haftar: I want to cleanse Libya of Muslim Brotherhood, radicals - Ya Libnan


A Q&A with Khalifa Hafter, the mastermind behind Libya’s new revolt - The Washington Post


Libya to vote next month amid rising unrest - Yahoo News


Libya parliament moves to luxury hotel after militia attack - defenceWeb


Muslim Brotherhood Chief Urges Libya Dialogue - haberler.com


Libyan Muslim Brotherhood: Haftar is trying to repeat the Egyptian scenario - middleeastmonitor


Libya Muslim Brotherhood Statement on General Haftar's Desperate Coup Attempt - Ikhwanweb


Libya jihadists vow to defend Benghazi bastion - Cairo Post


Gunmen kill Chinese engineer in Libya's Benghazi: source - Yahoo News


Reporters Without Borders voices deep concern about the fate of the country’s journalists - Reporters Without Borders


International War Crimes Court Wants Gadhafi Son for Trial, Rejects a final bid by Tripoli's lawyers to try him in the country - ABC News


Libya: Final ICC Ruling on Gaddafi - Human Rights Watch


Libya must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi to the ICC - Amnesty International


VIDEO ARCHIVE (Arabic): Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Head of the National Transitional Council, Admits Ghadafi Did not Kill Protesters - YouTube


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US Weighs Options in Libya - VOA


State Department: US committed to assist elections in Libya, working with all parties to encourage dialogue and to avoid further violence - KUNA


US ambassador Deborah Jones says Libyan general Haftar is going after 'terrorists' - Al-Monitor


VIDEO (Full Interview): Ambassador Deborah Jones talks about violence in Libya, and the political transition since the fall of Gaddafi - C-SPAN.org


VIDEO: Pentagon: "Prudent Measure" as Libya Unrest Grows - YouTube


After Benghazi, Specialized Crisis Response Teams Are Now the 'New Normal' - NationalJournal.com


Effort to train Libyan troops 'still in the planning phase’: U.S. Africa Command - Marine Corps Times


Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt agree to deny Jihadists entry into Libya - Euro Asia News


Tunisia arrests eight "terrorism" suspects from Libya - GlobalPost


Tunisia in the Libyan tempest - Al Akhbar English


Newspaper: Egypt establishing training camps for Libyan rebels - middleeastmonitor


Gunmen attack United Arab Emirates Embassy in Libyan capital - middleeastmonitor


Oil Companies Pull Some Staff From Libya on Security Concerns - WSJ.com


Libya: Enough reserves for 4 years: Central Bank - The North Africa Post

 

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Libya News - May 20, 2014


Rival militias prepare for showdown in Tripoli after takeover of parliament - The Washington Post


Libya crisis deepens as renegade former general gains control of airbase - The Guardian


Libyan special forces commander says his forces join renegade general - Reuters


Al Qaeda-inspired group vows to fight general who attacked Libya's parliament - Fox News


Outgoing Libyan gov't demands parliament halt work, nullify election of PM - chicagotribune.com


Khalifa Hiftar: career soldier leading Libyan rebellion - The Guardian


Coup leader? CIA asset? Mystery surrounds Libya’s rogue General Hiftar - France 24


VIDEO: Gunmen storm Libya parliament - YouTube


VIDEO: Renegade Libyan General Says Parliament Suspended - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Full Statement of Ex Libyan General on TV: "Parliament Suspended" - YouTube


VIDEO: Libya army orders Islamist-led militias to capital - Yahoo News


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Senior U.S. Diplomat Sent to Libya Amid Political Turmoil - ABC News


Libya evacuation decision 'minute by minute,' U.S. official says - CNN.com


VIDEO: US Marines Evacuation in Libya - CNN


US crisis response Marines moved last week from Spain to southern Italy in response to new security concerns in northern Africa - Stripes


Report: US and Abu Dhabi aiding Gen. Haftar’s bid to stabilize Libyan rule by ousting Islamists - DEBKAfile


Security concerns delay NATO assistance to Libya - Stripes


Algeria's Sonatrach recalls workers from Libya, land border closed: sources - Reuters


Algeria closed Libya embassy over 'real and imminent threat’last Friday - Al Arabiya News


Report: Algeria considered military intervention in Libya to deter jihadist groups - middleeastmonitor


Tunisia to send 5,000 extra troops to Libyan border because of Libya crisis - Lybia Herald


Saudi Arabia closes embassy in Libya due to security concerns - Reuters


Turkey shuts Benghazi consulate due to security threat - hurriyetdailynews


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Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya

How Not to End Violence in a War-Torn Land 
By Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com

Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to?

That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email.  “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this.”

As it happens, mention of this shadowy mission on the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa was revealed in an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General David Rodriguez in the fall of 2013.  In the months since, the plan may have been permanently shelved in favor of a training mission carried out entirely in Bulgaria.  The document nonetheless highlights the U.S. military’s penchant for simple solutions to complex problems -- with a well-documented potential for blowback in Africa and beyond.  It also raises serious questions about the recurring methods employed by the U.S. to stop the violence its actions helped spark in the first place.   

Ever since the U.S. helped oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with air and missile strikes against regime targets and major logistical and surveillance support to coalition partners, Libya has been sliding into increasing chaos.  Militias, some of them jihadist, have sprung up across the country, carving out fiefdoms while carrying out increasing numbers of assassinations and other types of attacks.  The solution seized upon by the U.S. and its allies in response to the devolving situation there: introduce yet another armed group into a country already rife with them.   

Follow the Money: Three Energy Export Congressional Hearings, Climate Undiscussed

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

In light of ongoing geopolitical tensions in Russia, Ukraine and hotly contested Crimea, three (yes, three!) U.S. Congressional Committees held hearings this week on the U.S. using its newfangled oil and gas bounty as a blunt tool to fend off Russian dominance of the global gas market.

U.S. Sen Mary Landrieu at the U.S. Sen. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Photo Credit:  U.S. Sen. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Though 14 combined witnesses testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power and U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, not a single environmental voice received an invitation. Climate change and environmental concerns were only voiced by two witnesses. 

Using the ongoing regional tumult as a rationale to discuss exports of U.S. oil and gas obtained mainly via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the lack of discussion on climate change doesn't mean the issue isn't important to national security types.

Indeed, the Pentagon's recently published Quadrennial Defense Review coins climate change a "threat force multiplier" that could lead to resource scarcity and resource wars. Though directly related to rampant resource extraction and global oil and gas marketing, with fracking's accompanying climate change and ecological impacts, "threat force multiplication" impacts of climate change went undiscussed. 

With another LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Coos Bay, Ore., to non-Free Trade Agreement countries on March 24 (the seventh so far, with two dozen still pending), the heat is on to export U.S. fracked oil and gas to the global market.   

So, why wasn't the LNG climate trump card discussed in a loud and clear way? Well, just consider the source: ten of the witnesses had ties in one way or another to the oil and gas industry.

A ‘60-Minutes’ Scandal: Lara Logan, Hotness and Benghazi Gone Wild

By John Grant


Lara Logan is a formidable TV reporter who has covered wars and other stories at significant risk. She’s supremely confident and has a powerful journalistic institution supporting her. But as a would-be ethical journalist, she seems to rely too much on her sexual allure and to be too tight with elite elements of the US military establishment.

Humanitarian Wars and Their NGO Foot-Soldiers

By Daniel McAdams

October 05, 2013 "Information Clearing House -   In February, 2011, Soliman Bouchuiguir told a lie. It was a big one. As the head of the Libyan League for Human Rights, Bouchuiguir initiated a petition that was eventually signed by 70 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) demanding that the US, EU, and UN “mobilize the United Nations and the international community and take immediate action to halt the mass atrocities now being perpetrated by the Libyan government against its own people.”

The petition invoked the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine, a 2005 UN policy shift away from respect for national sovereignty toward green-lighting “humanitarian intervention,” including with military force, anywhere human rights are suspected of being violated.

Bouchuiguir’s petition was designed to tick all the necessary boxes of the R2P criteria. It reported that Libyan leader Gaddafi was deliberately killing peaceful protestors and innocent bystanders. He was using snipers to fire on Libyans at random, using helicopter gunships and fighter jets to attack, and even firing artillery shells into the crowd. The petition was where we first saw the oft-repeated line that the Gaddafi regime was employing foreign mercenaries against his own people.

Speaking in support of his petition before the UN Human Rights Council a few days later, Bouchuiguir claimed that Gaddafi had already killed 6,000 of his own people and was determined to kill many more. Based on his testimony and the petition signed by the 70 NGOs, Libya was suspended from membership in the UN Human Rights Council. On the strength of that suspension the issue was moved along rapidly to the UN Security Council, where teeth would soon be put into the campaign for military intervention.

What is behind this human rights NGO? The Libyan League for Human Rights is a member of the International Federation for Human Rights, which as an organization took up and added the weight of its large membership to Bouchuiguir’s petition. It should not be much of a shock to learn that the International Federation for Human Rights relies heavily on governmental sources for funding. Governmental funding of NGOs has been an increasingly effective tool for mobilizing popular support for governmental policies. A land or resource grab is hardly as compelling to the masses as a claimed human rights crisis when a foreign intervention is planned.

Given this, it should be no surprise that the US government, through its own well-funded “democracy-promotion” NGO, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is a major supporter of the International Federation for Human Rights. In fact, NED’s long-serving president, Carl Gershman, was one of the first signatories to Bouchuiguir’s Libya regime-change petition.

In the powerful film, Lies Behind the Humanitarian War in Libya,” filmmaker Julien Teil asks Bouchuiguir whether it was difficult to gather 70 NGOs behind his petition. He replies, “to tell the truth it’s not very difficult at all, cause all NGOs are acquainted.” That is key: the NGOs are all under the umbrella of US and other government-funded organizations like the International Federation for Human Rights. The seeming diversity of 70 signatures is in fact a Potemkin Village, masking the true uniformity of opinion and sponsors.

Why is the story of Bouchuiguir’s petition turning into a UN Human Rights Council action turning into a UN Security Council action turning into a NATO war on Libya so important? His claims were all lies. They were all made up, as he himself admits in the Teil documentary.

Asked months later by Teil how his claims of the number of deaths, rapes, wounded, and missing could be documented, Bouchuiguir replied, “there is no way.” He added that he got the numbers he used from the Libyan rebels themselves, a fact which was never pointed out when the numbers were first cited. The UN Security Council took up his claims, passing the fateful UNSC Resolution 1973 authorizing force against Libya, without investigating them. Pressed one last time in the film for evidence of his claims, Bouchuiguir answered finally, “there is no evidence!”

For his efforts, Bouchuiguir was made Libyan ambassador to Switzerland once the NATO invasion was over and the rebel government was put in place. The international community gathered its NGOs together and moved on to the next target: Syria. Close to 99 percent of the mainstream media articles on Syria rely on a single source, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It is a one-man operation in London run by Rami Abdulrahman, whose day job is running a small clothing shop. Once again, one man and an NGO have been able to ignite international opinion in favor of “humanitarian” intervention. It would do us well to more closely examine the role of the NGOs in promoting international conflict, particularly the governments behind them.

After decades US still has huge poison gas stash: Washington Demands Syria Destroy Chemical Weapons Lickety-Split

By Dave Lindorff

 
The US is demanding, in negotiations at the UN, that all Syrian chemical weapons, stocks and production facilities be eliminated by June 30 of next year. This has an element of hypocrisy, because the US itself has been incredibly slow about eliminating its own stocks of chemical weapons.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has referred to Syria as having one of the largest chemical stockpiles in the world. But the US and Russia both still have stocks of chemicals many times as large. Syria’s neighbor Israel, which refuses to admit it has the weapons and has yet to ratify the treaty banning them, is suspected of also having a large arsenal.

We don’t gas children, we shred them: Obama’s Grotesque Hypocrisy over Cluster Munitions

By Dave Lindorff


Syrian civilians and children should count themselves lucky that mass opposition in the US, the UK and much of the rest of the world to the idea of a US bombing blitz aimed at punishing the Syrian government for allegedly using Sarin gas in an attack on a Damascus neighborhood forced the US to back off and accept a Russian deal to get rid of Syria’s chemical weapons.


The Bellicose Obama Regime: Once Again, the Answer Is Bombing

By John Grant


Here we go again.

Polls suggest the American people are fed up after two full-bore wars and the killing of an ambassador in Benghazi following our escapade in Libya. Yet, the Obama administration seems poised to launch another war in Syria.

“We can’t do a third war in 12 years!"

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