THE ROVING EYE: Sweet crude of mine By Pepe Escobar

25 August 2011 — Asia Times Online

Royals dancing in palace corridors have been spotted in Riyadh. The heir to the Libyan throne, Prince al-Senussi, a nephew of King Idriss who was deposed by Muammar Gaddafi and others in a bloodless 1969 military coup, has embarked on a busy self-promotion campaign, saying he’s ready to go back to Libya and even ‘lead the country’.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 24 August, 2011: Settlers Uproot Olive Trees, Grapevines, Plum Trees Near Hebron

24 August , 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Another Quds Fighter Assassinated In Gaza
IMEMC – Wednesday August 24, 2011 – 22:59, The Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, reported on Wednesday at night that one of its fighters was assassinated when the Israeli Air Force bombarded Al Nafaq Street, in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, in central Gaza. A Quds fighter was assassinated on Wednesday at dawn.

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Video: ‘Before NATO intrusion, Libya was African Switzerland’ — RT

25 August 2011 — RT

NATO’s presence in Libya little resembles a humanitarian mission with houses, hospitals and schools being hit. But Libya prospered prior to NATO’s intrusion, Yvonne Di Vito, an activist from Libyanfriends.com told RT.

­RT: You have been saying that here in Italy the news reports abut what is happening in Libya were very confusing, a lot of conflicting information there. Can you tell us what you saw and what you found?

Yvonne Di Vito: We went to Libya on the 28th July and we came back on the 7th August and we found a totally different situation because NATO was bombarding civilians.

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Video: ‘Before NATO intrusion, Libya was African Switzerland’ — RT

25 August 2011 — RT

NATO’s presence in Libya little resembles a humanitarian mission with houses, hospitals and schools being hit. But Libya prospered prior to NATO’s intrusion, Yvonne Di Vito, an activist from Libyanfriends.com told RT.

­RT: You have been saying that here in Italy the news reports abut what is happening in Libya were very confusing, a lot of conflicting information there. Can you tell us what you saw and what you found?

Yvonne Di Vito: We went to Libya on the 28th July and we came back on the 7th August and we found a totally different situation because NATO was bombarding civilians.

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1 July 2011: Even if Gaddafi is killed, NATO will not leave – ex-Belgian MP

1 July 2011 — RT

Regime change is the real reason NATO is in Libya, Lode Vanoost, international consultant and former deputy speaker of the Belgian Parliament told RT. Even if Gaddafi is ousted, murdered or flees the country, NATO forces will not leave right away.

­According to Vanoost, there are more serious problems with the resolutions than it was possible to originally discern.

‘The problem with resolutions is that they are not legal texts. Basically the interpretation of resolutions is a matter of ideology and power. France interpreted it the way they did just because they could! One shouldn’t forget they drafted these resolutions themselves. It just suits their interests,’ stated Vanoost.

He also said a land operation could be interpreted as one means to protect civilians under the UN resolution.

‘I am sure this is already on the table as a plan. But thankfully behind the scenes the NATO member countries are not of the same opinion on the issue, they cover it up. But basically one of the problems NATO has is its members don’t agree with each other. And that’s the only hope we have’.

‘France and the UK for example have been saying long before the resolution that regime change is the issue. They are not going to change their mind all of a sudden. They want to take control over Libya,’ explained Vanoost.

1 July 2011: Even if Gaddafi is killed, NATO will not leave – ex-Belgian MP

1 July 2011 — RT

Regime change is the real reason NATO is in Libya, Lode Vanoost, international consultant and former deputy speaker of the Belgian Parliament told RT. Even if Gaddafi is ousted, murdered or flees the country, NATO forces will not leave right away.

­According to Vanoost, there are more serious problems with the resolutions than it was possible to originally discern.

‘The problem with resolutions is that they are not legal texts. Basically the interpretation of resolutions is a matter of ideology and power. France interpreted it the way they did just because they could! One shouldn’t forget they drafted these resolutions themselves. It just suits their interests,’ stated Vanoost.

He also said a land operation could be interpreted as one means to protect civilians under the UN resolution.

‘I am sure this is already on the table as a plan. But thankfully behind the scenes the NATO member countries are not of the same opinion on the issue, they cover it up. But basically one of the problems NATO has is its members don’t agree with each other. And that’s the only hope we have’.

‘France and the UK for example have been saying long before the resolution that regime change is the issue. They are not going to change their mind all of a sudden. They want to take control over Libya,’ explained Vanoost.

Tweets from Tripoli 24-25 August 2011

25 August 2011

A bunch of tweets from Libya dated 25 August 2011 03:11:49 BST, so some time early this am to 7pm the previous day.

The alJamahiriya address is: http://mobile.twitter.com/aljamahiriya

alJamahiriya @antiwar_soldier I only arrived in #Tripoli yesterday.Hopefully later today we will be able to go out. I don’t want to repeat rumours I hear

about 1 hour ago in reply to antiwar_soldier
alJamahiriya @NEWS_Libya NO. #Tripoli is not a ghost town, but #NATO’s psycological war of bombs and helicopters make it dangerous to go out at night.

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UK: NO TO ‘GENERAL CURFEW’ POWERS

25 August 2011 — Manifesto Club

In the wake of the riots, home secretary Theresa May proposed broad new police powers ‘to impose a general curfew in a particular area’. Other politicians proposed powers to block social network sites, or to ban face coverings.

As we outlined in a Manifesto Club statement – there is absolutely no need for more police powers. The basic power of arrest for criminal damage and theft was all that was needed: yet this power was woefully applied.

Worse, open-ended powers (as with on-the-spot fines or dispersal orders) tend to be used in a petty way against perfectly innocent people. See our article, ‘Policing the Innocent, Ignoring the Riotous‘.

Rayyisse, Censorship and Hollywood Qatar around Bab Al Aziziya

24 August 2011 — Waterput

Rayyisse is an Algerian who has played an important role in fighting the western NATO Propaganda through hundreds of videos on his youtube channel about the situation in Libya (1). This morning I noticed that he uploaded a video which presents arguments for the use of fake footage by the western media in order to make people believe that Bab Al Aziziya would be about to fall. This video was somehow removed. I can give you the comments that were placed by him. If anyone can inform me about this new example of censorship, please let me know.

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Black Agenda Report 24 August 2011: Impotent Black Caucus / Corporate MLK Memorial / Heroic Libyan Soldiers

24 August 2011 — Black Agenda ReportNews, commentary and analysis from the black left

CBC: Impotent, Irrelevant, and Tied to the President in 2012, Even If Obama is the Black Herbert Hoover
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Why does the Congressional Black Caucus, forty of the most senior members of the House of Representatives, pretend that touring the country with a phony, embarrassing “job fair” is a substitute for the massive jobs and poverty-reduction programs they should have fought for during the four years they held an overwhelming majority in the Congress, two of them with a black Democrat in the White House? What kind of Colt 45 bottle has the CBC and the black political class crawled into? And is there a way out?

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