Information Clearing House Newsletter 7 March, 2011: Obama says NATO considering military options in Libya

7 March, 2011 — Information Clearing House

Libya: WikiLeaks Cables Warn of Extremist Beliefs
By Heidi Blake
Leaked diplomatic cables obtained by the WikiLeaks disclose fears that eastern Libya is being overrun by extremists intent on overthrowing Colonel Gaddafi’s regime.

America’s Secret Plan to Arm Libya’s Rebels
By Robert Fisk
Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya in the event of a prolonged struggle between the Gaddafi regime and its opponents, the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi.

WikiLeaks Analysis Suggests
Hundreds of Thousands of Unrecorded Iraqi Deaths

By Les Roberts
The implications of the WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs for the US standing in the Middle-East are profound.- WikiLeaks’ War Logs suggest the US had information to know that this estimate was only a small fraction of the reality.

US Soldier Sentenced In Sport Killing Case
By Press TV
An American soldier charged with killing Afghan civilians and mutilating their corpses has been sentenced to 60 days hard labor.

Bradley Manning and the Stench of US Hypocrisy
By Ryan Gallagher
The US condemns human rights abuses abroad yet appears to be allowing the psychological torture of Bradley Manning.

Under Obama, Better to Commit a War Crime Than Expose One
By Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis
Recall when candidate Obama said “government whistleblowers are part of a healthy democracy and must be protected from reprisal”?

WikiLeaks Cables Recount How U.S. Pressured Allies
By Bog Egelko
They have received little attention in the United States, but a set of WikiLeaks disclosures of confidential documents has caused an uproar in Europe by showing that U.S. officials pressured Germany and Spain to derail criminal investigations of Americans.

In the National Interest
End the Empire and Build America

By Peter G Cohen
Is it in our national interest to maintain over 900 foreign military bases? Why do we need them?

Why is Israel Aid Exempt?
By MJ Rosenber
As US fiscal conservatives cut food programmes for poor children, military aid for Israel is left untouched.

America Is NOT Broke
By Michael Moore
Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot.

More Jobs Mirage
By Paul Craig Roberts
The announcement on March 4 that 192,000 new jobs were created in February was greeted with a sigh of relief. But the number is just more smoke and mirrors, as I will show.

The Oil Booby Trap
By Mike Whitney
Fed policy in a nutshell. If you want to reverse deflation and ignite a “global economic recovery”; pump up stock prices. In other words, if we just make the rich even richer, our problems will be solved.

This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us
By Chris Hedges
The global economy is built on the erroneous belief that the marketplace-read human greed-should dictate human behavior and that economies can expand eternally.

At least 53 AU troops killed in Somalia clashes :
Fighting between peacekeepers and al-Shabab leaves 53 soldiers dead and scores wounded, the vast majority from Burundi.

At least 18 killed in Misrata as Libyan rebels repel attack by Gadhafi forces:
Doctor says dead include rebels and civilians; Misrata is the largest population center controlled by Gadhafi opponents outside the rebel-held east of the country.

’12 killed, 50 hurt in Bin Jawad fight’:
According to the hospital casualty list in Ajdabiya, the dead were volunteer fighters, mostly from Benghazi.

Gaddafi’s men launch counterattack :
Government forces try to retake rebel-held towns along the coast amid reports of shooting in the capital, Tripoli.

Libyan government claims recapture of Misurata: state TV:
 Forces loyal to Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi regained control of Misurata, the third largest city in the country, after several days of fighting with anti- government insurgents, the state TV reported on Sunday.

Raw Video: Street fightiung in Misurata:
March 06, 2011

Libya could split, says British defence secretary, as regime hits rebels hard:
Government troops launched assaults on three rebel-held towns: Zawiya 30 miles to the west of Tripoli, Misurata 120 miles to the east, and the oil port of Ras Lanuf, taken by the opposition on Saturday.

Libya: Jihadis and criminals roaming streets :
Foreign advisers arriving in Benghazi, the city at the centre of Libya’s insurrection against Col Muammar Gaddafi, are being confronted with a chaotic, fragmented rebellion whose fondness of the West is far from clear.

Kadhafi seeks UN, AU probe into Libyan unrest:
Moamer Kadhafi said he wanted the United Nations or the African Union to probe the unrest rocking Libya and promised investigators free access, in an interview published Sunday.

UN sends mission to Tripoli:
The United Nations are sending a humanitarian assessment team to Tripoli, a request that was agreed to by Musa Kusa, the Libyan foreign minister.

Obama says NATO considering military options in Libya:
He said NATO, meeting in Brussels, is consulting “around a wide range of potential options, including potential military options, in response to the violence that continues to take place inside of Libya.”

Preparing the way for ground troops:
Kerry urges Libya no-fly zone plan:
Chairman of US senate foreign relations committee says such plan should be readied to protect population from Gaddafi.

France working for Libyan no fly zone:
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said today his country was working with Britain to get a United Nations Security Council resolution to impose a no-fly zone in Libya.

British Troops – ‘SAS unit’ captured in Libya by rebels :
A senior member of Benghazi’s revolutionary council said: “They were carrying espionage equipment, reconnaissance equipment, multiple passports and weapons. This is no way to conduct yourself during an uprising.

Brit held with SAS in Libya was spy:
Despite government claims it sent a “small diplomatic team”, The Sun can reveal it was an MI6 secret agent and his special forces minders.

SAS-backed Libyan diplomatic mission ends in humiliation:
British special forces and intelligence agents leave Libya on HMS Cumberland after being released by anti-Gaddafi rebels

Afghan bomb kills 12 civilians:
A Taliban-style roadside bomb tore through a car in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province on Sunday, killing 12 civilians and wounding five others, the provincial administration said.

Afghan President Rejects NATO Apology For Air Strike That Killed 9 Boys:
“It is not acceptable for the Afghan people anymore. Regrets and condemnations of the incident cannot heal the wounds of the people.”

Child air-strike deaths stir fury in Afghanistan:
“The Americans are wild,” said the boys’ father. “They don’t value humanity and don’t care about our children.” “The men who carried out the air strike and the ones who ordered it should be brought to court.”

Gates: US may extend Afghan mission :
Defence secretary says US troops could stay in Afghanistan in training role beyond the planned 2014 withdrawal.

Iraq: Blast targeting US convoy kills six in Basra:
“A roadside bomb exploded near a civilian bus,” Hamid said. “Most of the casualties are civilian. The explosion happened near the prison and was targeting a US patrol.”

2 intelligence officers, 4 soldiers killed in Yemen :
“Al-Qaida militants” killed two intelligence officers, and four soldiers in three separate attacks on Sunday in Yemen’s restive provinces of Abyan, Hadramout and Marib, police sources said.

US calls on its citizens to leave Yemen:
The United States told its citizens today to avoid travelling to Yemen and said those already there should consider leaving due to deteriorating security.

Yemen opposition vows to “escalate” protests:
Tens of thousands of protesters are camped out in major Yemeni cities, staying awake through the night to hear speeches and sing national songs, as their tone against Saleh hardens.

Clashes reported in Cairo for first time since Mubarak ousted:
Plainclothed men armed with knives and molotov cocktails attacked demonstrators protesting abuses by state security forces.

Bahrain protests reach US embassy :
Dozens of demonstrators gather to call on Washington to press for political reform in the Gulf state.

Bahraini Opposition Refuses to Concede:
The leaders of Bahrain’s opposition movement said Sunday that they would not be mollified by offers of money and jobs, raising the prospect of a protracted standoff between protesters and the embattled government of this strategically important Persian Gulf island nation.

Saudi Arabia bans all marches as mass protest is planned for Friday :
Extra troops are sent to north-east to quash any Shia protest as King Abdullah’s regime gets jittery and oil prices soar in response to the region’s continued unrest.

Saudi Arabia contagion triggers Gulf rout:
Fears of sectarian uprisings in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have set off the first serious wave of investor flight from the Gulf, compounding market turmoil as civil war in Libya pushes Brent crude over $116 a barrel.

Hamas chief: Egypt revolution brought us back to life:
Speaking at Sudan conference, Khaled Meshal says rival Fatah, Hamas should reconcile on the basis on ‘jihad’ against Israel.

Egypt considers easing Gaza blockade, says diplomat:
Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinians says changes to Egypt’s border with Gaza will be considered when the situation stabilizes.

Report: Mubarak’s sons received millions of dollars for backing Israeli gas sales:
Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, the two sons of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, received hundreds of millions of dollars in “commissions” from the sale of Egyptian natural gas to Israel, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported yesterday.

The loyalty dance:
The U.S. has a history of forcing minorities to try to prove their patriotism, something almost impossible to do. Yet, Rep. Peter T. King is about to begin such a dog-and-pony show with American Muslims.

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,421,933"

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,757
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,356

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

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