NATO Newslinks for 15 June 2011: South Africa condemns NATO attacks on Libya

15 June 2011 —

Who Needs NATO?
New York Times
Americans have been grumbling about the failure of the European partners in NATO to pull their weight almost since the organization was founded in 1949. “Because we had our troops there, the Europeans had not done their share,” President Eisenhower …

“Time is on our side,” he added.
BBC News
The Nato mission – enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians
using “all necessary measures” short of a ground invasion – began in March
in response to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s violent response to an uprising.

Misrata rebel leader appeals to Nato to save neighbouring town
The Guardian
Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP The leader of the besieged Libyan rebel city of
Misrata has appealed to Nato to save the inhabitants of a neighbouring town
facing annihilation from government forces. Sheikh Khalifa Zuwawi, chairman
of Misrata council, …

Attacks by Afghan troops on NATO soldiers rising
CNN International
According to a NATO analysis seen by CNN, “green on blue” attacks have
killed 52 US and allied soldiers since 2005, many of them in the past year.
The analysis concludes that combat stress provoked 36% of the attacks, even
if the Taliban subsequently …

Afghan vice president dodges mortar round
USA Today
Attacks by Taliban-led insurgents are increasingly killing, wounding or
narrowly missing senior Afghan government and NATO officials. Wednesday’s
gathering near Kabul, to celebrate the opening of the training center, was
also attended by the interior …

Russia not keen to redefine Iran ties for pleasure of NATO, US
AHN | All Headline News
When asked whether Moscow will sell missile technology to Tehran if the
NATO fails to reach an agreement with Russia over planned missile defense
system in Europe, the minister said that they would not violate the UN
Security Council resolution, …

NATO strikes Tripoli again, and Britain’s Cameron sees ‘time on our side’
Winnipeg Free Press
(AP Photo/Nader Daoud) TRIPOLI, Libya – After NATO warplanes struck anew in
Libya’s capital, Britain’s prime minister on Wednesday dismissed talk of
alliance fatigue in the fight against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. “Time is on
our side,” David Cameron …

South Africa condemns NATO attacks on Libya
San Francisco Chronicle
In a wide-ranging speech to parliament Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma said
he had “spoken out against the misuse of” a UN Security Council resolution
supported by Arab and African countries that authorized a no-fly zone over
Libya and the use of force …

Losing the War of Words on Libya
New York Times
He understands it, seemingly, much better than the NATO-led coalition, now
in the fourth month of UN-sanctioned military operations against his small
country. Here’s how Qaddafi tells that story: He is in power, and in
control. …

PAC proposes revenue collection from Nato containers
ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday proposed the
collection of revenue from the containers supplying oil and other goods to
Nato forces in Afghanistan. The PAC members Noor Alam Khan, Zahid Hamid,
Nadeem Afzal Gondal, Saeed Zafar, …

Kissinger, Huntsman: US, China need cyber detente
The spate of security breaches prompted NATO to endorse a cyber defense
policy on Monday after a meeting last week. NATO officials say the policy
focuses on protecting the alliance’s computer networks and defense planning
processes, and allows for …

Bavarian Nordic Has Signed Contract with Denmark and another European NATO …
Reuters (press release)
Furthermore, Bavarian Nordic has signed a contract with another European
NATO country for the delivery of IMVAMUNE®. The vaccines will be delivered
in 2011. The size and value of the contracts are undisclosed. Like the US
government, which has so far …

Kazakhstan’s parliament rejects NATO deal on Afghanistan
RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan’s parliament has decided to abstain from joining the NATO-led
international coalition in Afghanistan, a member of the lower house said on
Wednesday. Nurtai Sabilyanov said the parliament would not consider a bill
on ratifying the agreement …

Roadside bomb kills NATO soldier in southern Afghanistan
Channel 6 News Online
KABUL (BNO NEWS) — A coalition service member was killed in southern
Afghanistan on Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded, the NATO-led
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. ISAF said one of its
service members was killed in southern …

Czech Republic exits US missile shield plan
Vondra and Lynn told reporters during an earlier news conference that the
official reason for the Czech withdrawal was that the center was no longer
needed after a bigger role for NATO in the new system was endorsed at a
summit in Lisbon last year. …

NATO Operation in Libya Is Collective Punishment – Ex-Congresswoman
“NATO is preventing shipments of fuel, food and medicine to come in.
There have been efforts to get medicine into the country that have been
denied by NATO. It is impossible to go on any street and miss the huge
queues – sometimes three or four deep …

From NATO to basketball, readers weigh in on Transatlantic ties
Deutsche Welle
Some readers agree with the US defense secretary’s trenchant criticism of
Germany and other NATO allies. But DW fans are unanimously impressed with
the German showing on the basketball court. The following comments reflect
the views of DW-WORLD. …,,6547863,00.html

Commentary: NATO’s freeloading days are done
Kansas City Star
On one level, this is a difficult truth to acknowledge: For much of the
last six decades, NATO has been an unqualified success. But times and
finances have changed, yet NATO remains primarily an American burden. Too
many European nations use this …

UN cultural agency calls on Libyans and NATO to protect heritage sites
UN News Centre
The United Nations cultural organization has called on the warring parties
in Libya to protect two World Heritage List sites, one of which has
reportedly been shelled already and the other that is said to be a
potential target of NATO air attacks. …

“Official Belgrade to decide on NATO membership”
BELGRADE — NATO Commander of Allied Command Transformation Stephane Abrial
says a decision on NATO membership will be a sovereign decision of official
Belgrade. He added that NATO wants the same level of relations as Serbia.

Daily Roundup: Escalation in Libyan war
CNN (blog)
NATO warplanes attacked Tripoli Tuesday night, while rebel fighters edged
closer (Reuters) to the Libyan capital by pushing back government forces
loyal to leader Muammar al-Qaddafi in the east and the west of the country.
In the west, rebels forced …

“Humanitarian” Bunker Buster Bombs: NATO cranks up air campaign in Libya
Center for Research on Globalization
The NATO has markedly stepped up its aerial bombardment of Tripoli in a
fresh effort to hasten the fall of the Qadhafi regime, which refuses to
throw in the towel despite a spate of recent defections. Since Tuesday
morning, Tripoli was subjected to …

Nato Commander delivers message of thanks to Maltese
Malta Independent Online
by Chiara Bonello “My message is very simple, the purpose of my visit is
to come and say thank you to the people of Malta,” Admiral James
Stavidris, Commander US European Command and Nato’s Supreme Allied
Commander Europe said yesterday. …

Netherlands maintains NATO headquarters at Brunssum
13:22 GMT, June 15, 2011 During a meeting in Brussels on 9 June, the
Defence ministers of the NATO countries decided on the geographic
redistribution of NATO headquarters. It was agreed that the Netherlands
would keep the Brunssum headquarters. …

UN attempts to whitewash US-NATO civilian killings in Afghanistan
By Martin Iqbal Mail Online, May 29, 2011: Fourteen women and children have
been killed after Nato warplanes bombed their homes in south-west
Afghanistan. Six others were wounded in the attack, according to local
reports, after the airstrike in Nawzad …

Liberia cuts ties with Gaddafi’s Libya
Reuters Africa
MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberia severed diplomatic ties with Libya on Tuesday,
the latest African country to distance itself from leader Muammar Gaddafi
since a NATO-backed uprising against him. The move, announced by the office
of President Ellen …

Aircraft wing Marines augment NATO military police
2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) deployed to southwestern Afghanistan
with a primary mission: to provide support for Marines and their Afghan and
coalition partners on the ground. But that hasn’t kept wing Marines at
Kandahar Airfield from doing what …

NATO and the New Turkey
Project Syndicate
ISTANBUL – Turkey joined NATO at the beginning of the Cold War to gain
United States protection in the event of a Soviet attack. Back then, Turkey
was clearly on the frontline; today, however, its leaders are assertively
pursuing an independent foreign …

NATO Plans Cyber Security Task Force
eSecurity Planet
By eSecurityPlanet Staff NATO recently announced plans to create a cyber
task force, the Cyber Red Team, which will be focused on helping to detect
and respond to cyber attacks. “The Cyber Red Team was announced by Luc
Dandurand, an expert with NATO’s …

Tackling desertification and food security risks in Jordan
NATO HQ (press release)
“If these arid areas desertify, we will have a problem with food
security,” says Dr Jawad Al-Bakri, Associate Professor at the University
of Jordan’s Department of Land, Water and Environment and co-director of a
NATO-sponsored project aimed at …

NATO holds conference on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament
NATO HQ (press release)
The seventh annual NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction Arms
Control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation is hosted this year by the
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the city of Bergen on 16 and 17
June. The event will gather senior …

The Libyan War: NATO’s Twilight? | FrontPage Magazine
By Stephen Brown
Less than a week after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates criticised NATO
members at a meeting in Brussels for “serious capability gaps and other
institutional shortcomings laid bare by the Libyan operation,” Admiral
Sir Mark Stanhope, …

Afghan Resistance Triggers NATO Retreat by Fazelminallah Qazizai …
By Fazelminallah Qazizai
NATO air strikes and house raids continue to kill civilians, fueling hatred
and suspicion toward the occupation and pushing more young men into the
arms of the resistance. Meanwhile, most people have failed to benefit from
the aid money …

Robert Gates Says NATO Alliance In Danger Of Breaking
By The Huffington Post News Editors
WASHINGTON — Robert Gates calls it “aging out.” He’s not referring to his
imminent retirement as defense secretary.

Brian Ross: Made in America: Gates’ NATO Slam Is About Selling …
By Brian Ross
NATO was the Obama Administration’s answer to a long call by social
liberals and fiscal libertarians to make the other countries of the world
step-up to these moral imperatives and pay a bigger part of the way. It has
been a spectacular …

Nato strikes Tripoli as Libyan rebels make gains – News – Mail …
Nato warplanes attacked Tripoli on Tuesday night after Libyan rebels pushed
back forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi on three fronts.

NATO Promotes Dialogue and Cooperation in Central Asia | European …
By y2009k
By Arthur Dunn On June 10th the Kyrgyz Parliament ratified a Treaty in
accordance with which the NATO Central Asia Office shall move to
Kyrgyzstan. READ MORE.

NATO again bombs area near Gadhafi hideout – Marine Corps News …
By The Associated Press
TRIPOLI, Libya — A NATO airstrike hit an area near Libyan leader Moammar
Gadhafi’s compound in the capital again Tuesday, as military leaders voiced
concerns about sustaining the operations if the alliance mission drags on.

Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 15, 2011 « Stop NATO
By richardrozoff
During the past several weeks, NATO forces have intensified strikes against
Tripoli and the neighboring areas. Libyan authorities have continually
accused NATO of killing hundreds of civilians and destroying civil
facilities and …

South Africa condemns NATO attacks on Libya | The Associated Press …
By The Associated Press
South Africa’s president has condemned NATO attacks on Libya in his
harshest terms yet. In a wide-ranging speech to parliament Tuesday,
President Jacob Zuma said he had “spoken out against the misuse of” a U.N.
Security Council …

David Cameron to meet with Nato in search for Libya breakthrough …
David Cameron will today hold talks on Libya with Nato Secretary General
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, amid growing signs of concern at the international
community’s failure to make a breakthrough in the conflict.

Reserve Airmen fuel up NATO forces in Iceland exercise | Air Force …
By Air Force News Agency
Air Force Reserve Airmen and KC-135 Stratotankers from the 459th Air
Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md., took part in Northern Viking 11, a
biennial NATO.

CDR Salamander: NATO nations’ seriousness in pictures
By CDR Salamander
Few cover NATO better than The Economist. Skippy linked to one of their
graphs last week, but there is more to consider. It and another are in this
post – I think they speak for themselves and flow quite well with SECDEF
Gates’s …

The Iceman: Should NATO Remove Muamar Gaddafi From Power?
By The_Iceman
Today’s poll question; should NATO remove Muamar Gaddafi from power in
Libya? NATO has admitted that its goal is indeed regime change in this
North African country, and that the alliance will use air power to help
achieve this objective …

Libyagate: Rabid NATO Bombed Benghazi Civilians 90 Killed …
By clothcap
Now that NATO has bombed Benghazi there is no possible way that the
organisation can be allowed to continue its pretence of protecting
civilians from the Libyan forces. The organisers of the bombing have
displayed symptoms of rabies. …

Gates says NATO alliance in danger of breaking | The Associated …
By The Associated Press
Robert Gates calls it “aging out.” He’s not referring to his imminent
retirement as defense secretary. He’s talking about a generational
expiration date on the American embrace of Europe as a pillar of U.S.
defense strategy.

War on Terrorism: NATO Members Re-evaluate Contributions to Libya …
By Sergeant Zachary J. Foster
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2011 – NATO members are reviewing their
contributions with an eye toward increasing their support to the ongoing
mission to protect the Libyan people from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, a NATO
spokeswoman said today. …

NATO airstrike attacks Gaddafi complex | Top Stories | BigPond News
A NATO airstrike has hit an area near Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s
compound in the capital again.

South African president blasts NATO actions in Libya –
The president of South Africa lashed out Tuesday at NATO’s enforcement of
the U.N. resolution authorizing the organization to act to protect innocent

NATO – News: NATO attack helicopters increase pressure on Qadhafi …
NAPLES – Attack helicopters under NATO command were used for the first
time on 4 Jun 2011 in military operations over Libya as part of Operation
Unified …

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