Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 27, 2011

27 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • South African President Again Blasts NATO’s War In Libya
  • NATO’s Air War In Libya: 12,745 Sorties, 4,804 Strike Missions
  • Libyan War Exceeds 100 Days: NATO Bombs Gaddafi Residence
  • Video And Text: Global Regime Change: Cash And Cyberware On U.S. Offensive
  • Tbilisi: NATO Representative Promotes Georgia’s Integration
  • Four U.S. Missiles Kill At Least Eight In Pakistan
  • Pakistan Tells Britain To Withdraw Military Trainers
  • U.S. Spy Plane Crashes, Falls Into Taliban Hands

South African President Again Blasts NATO’s War In Libya

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
June 27, 2011

Zuma: NATO mission is to protect civilians, not assassinate Gaddafi

South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday severely criticized the NATO mission in Libya and warned against assassinating leader Moamer Gaddafi, dpa reported.

Expressing concern over the ‘continuing bombing by NATO and its allies,’ he said the United Nations resolution that mandated the airstrikes to implement a no-fly zone was aimed at protecting civilians.

‘The intention was not to authorize a campaign for regime change or political assassination,’ Zuma told a meeting of the African Union (AU) in Pretoria called to discuss the conflict in Libya.

Zuma has led two AU delegations to Libya. Both diplomatic efforts failed to produce a ceasefire agreement between the regime and Libyan rebels, who want Gaddafi to step down after 42 years in power.

Zuma’s last mediating mission in May ended with the government and rebels entrenched in their positions.

Zuma said that in spite of efforts to broker peace, the crisis in Libya was escalating.

‘On the ground, there is a military stalemate which we cannot and must not be allowed to drag on and on, both because of its horrendous cost in civilian lives and the potential it has to destabilize the entire sub-region,’ he said.

Ever defiant, Gaddafi has vowed to defeat NATO as the military alliance continues bombing sites in the capital Tripoli and other regime strongholds.


NATO’s Air War In Libya: 12,745 Sorties, 4,804 Strike Missions

Click to access 20110627oup-update%5B1%5D.pdf

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
June 27, 2011

NATO and Libya
Allied Joint Force Command NAPLES, SHAPE, NATO HQ

Over the past 24 hours, NATO has conducted the following activities associated with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR:

Air Operations

Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 08.00GMT) a total of 12,745 sorties, including 4,804 strike sorties, have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 26 JUNE: 138

Strike sorties conducted 26 JUNE: 56


Libyan War Exceeds 100 Days: NATO Bombs Gaddafi Residence

Voice of Russia
June 27, 2011

NATO bombs Gaddafi’s residence

Two powerful explosions sounded in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday near the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s residence. The Associated Press says that they may have come from a NATO air raid. Several minutes after the explosions, jet plane engines could be heard in the city.

The news agency reports that Gaddafi is not in his residence at present. Nothing is reported about casualties.

Monday marks 100 days since the start of the NATO military operation in Libya.


Video And Text: Global Regime Change: Cash And Cyberware On U.S. Offensive

June 27, 2011

Cash and cyberware on the US offensive


After the State Department announced its new programs aimed at spreading democracy around the world, some activists say the US is fostering regime change in countries not aligned with American foreign policy goals.

The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor has requested proposals on how to foster change in a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Cuba. The US claims the best of intentions, saying it wants to strengthen independent civil society groups in those countries.

Lawyer and journalist Eva Golinger believes differently: ‘It’s just really another form of provoking regime change. They’re just trying to do it under a different guise or different facade, saying that somehow with the best intentions they are promoting democracy, but in reality it’s just promoting the US agenda.’

Among other things, the State Department is financing the creation of stealth wireless networks that would enable activists to communicate outside the reach of governments in countries like Iran, Syria and Libya, according to participants in the projects.

Other programs include a so-called ‘internet in a suitcase,’ a powerful portable wireless transmitter that activists can use to set up their own networks, in order to circumvent state control. But at the same time, American companies provide authorities in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with the technology to effectively block websites.

‘Those double standards do in fact exist and everybody should be fully aware of those things and understand that it’s an integral part of the US foreign policy. The United States government is fostering regime change, that’s what essentially the color revolutions are. And they have a geopolitical motive, and the geopolitical motive is different in every country they work in,’ says Eric Pottenger, author and blogger.

Technology is not all the US provides to instigate change in certain countries. Some opposition movements get a direct cash supply. For example, WikiLeaks cables show that the State Department has for years secretly funded Syrian anti-government groups.

‘It’s done in general to create a world that is more aligned – more specifically, more controllably aligned – with the views of the United States. Without having to land troops, without having to invade, bomb,’ explains Luis Rumbaut from the educational fund Alianza Cubano-Americana.

There is a page on the State Department’s website promoting grants for those willing to bring about change in communist Cuba. One of the requirements says: ‘It is preferable for these personnel to speak Spanish fluently, possess solid understanding of the cultural context, and have prior experience on the island, in order to maximize their effectiveness in this unique operating environment.’

It sounds very much like recruiting agents. But instead of doing that the traditional stealth way, the US does that right out in the open, on their website.

America’s help most often comes with strings attached. Many say opposition leaders in Libya, who now get financial and political support from Washington, are sure to get instructions on how to return the favor.

‘Essentially their behaviors end up being consistent with agents of the US government, even if they don’t necessarily think that’s what’s they are doing,’ Eric Pottenger believes.


Tbilisi: NATO Representative Promotes Georgia’s Integration

Trend News Agency
June 27, 2011

NATO rep to visit Tbilisi workshop
N. Kirtskhalia

Tbilisi: The representative of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Despina Afendouli, will visit Tbilisi today.

Afentoul will attend a workshop organized by the NATO Information Center in Tbilisi at the Vere Palace, the Georgian Foreign Ministry told Trend.

The workshop is devoted to Georgia’s integration into NATO.

A NATO representative will leave Georgia on June 28.


Four U.S. Missiles Kill At Least Eight In Pakistan

Xinhua News Agency
June 27, 2011

U.S. drone attack kills 8 in NW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: At least eight people were killed Monday when a U.S. drone targeted the South Waziristan tribal area in northwest Pakistan, local sources said.

The pilotless aircraft fired four missiles at a vehicle in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan which borders Afghanistan, they said.

The identities of the killed are not immediately known…

So far this year, the U.S. drones have carried out almost 40 attacks in Pakistan’s northwest region, reportedly killing over 300 people.


Pakistan Tells Britain To Withdraw Military Trainers

Trend News Agency
June 27, 2011

Pakistan tells Britain to withdraw military trainers

Pakistan requested that Britain pull out a team of military advisors sent to train the country’s paramilitary troops, British media reports have said, DPA reported.

The Guardian newspaper on Sunday cited the British Ministry of Defence confirming that 18 advisors deployed to the southern province of Baluchistan to train the Frontier Corps had been withdrawn.

The move came after a raid by US special forces that killed Osama bin Laden in the north-western city of Abbottabad on May 2. The incident strained relations between Pakistan and its western allies in the fight against terrorism.

The United States have already pulled out more than 100 military trainers from Pakistan in the wake of the raid.


U.S. Spy Plane Crashes, Falls Into Taliban Hands

Pajhwok Afghan News
June 27, 2011

NATO spy plane crashes in Kapisa

MEHMOOD RAQI: A pilotless surveillance drone used by NATO-led troops has crashed in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province, the alliance said on Monday, but the Taliban claimed to have shot down the aircraft.

The Tagab district chief, Abdul Hakim Akhunzada, confirmed the crash, saying the aircraft went down in the Zangali area late on Sunday. He said the Taliban seized the remains of the plane.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the drone was a spy plane and that the Taliban had taken its debris.

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