Video: Zainab al-Hosni, the "Flower of Syria," Alive and on TV: Will Human Rights Organizations and Mass Media Issue Corrections? By Yoshie Furuhashi

4 October 2011 — MRZine

Zainab al-Hosni, dubbed the “Flower of Syria,” who the Syrian opposition claimed was tortured and murdered, burned and decapitated, by the Syrian government, has just appeared on Syrian TV, very much alive.  Here is the video of the TV interview with Zainab, who says she fled from her family home because her brothers were beating her: Continue reading

Battle for Libya ‘far from over’ — RT

7 October 2011 — Battle for Libya ‘far from over’ — RT

As the latest assault on Sirte, the hometown of Muammar Gaddafi, is underway and there are no signs that NATO is going to leave Libya anytime soon, the conflict in North Africa seems to be far from its end.

Reports say the interim government’s troops have now largely taken Sirte, but are still meeting pockets of heavy resistance.

Hundreds of vehicles are pouring into the outskirts as the city is pounded with heavy shelling.

Though thousands of civilians have left the city, many more are thought to have remained.

The assault comes after Colonel Gaddafi, in an audio message, urged Libyans to resist the interim leaders.

‘The battle is far from over,’ says activist and journalist Sukant Chandan.

It is now clear to the world that civilians are being targeted in Sirte, he says quoting the AFP reports on civilian casualties. ‘Nevertheless Sirte is still resisting.’

He points out that the media have stopped talking about another Gaddafi stronghold, Bani Walid. ‘Basically the pro-NATO rebels in Libya have given up taking Bani Walid,’ he believes.

There are no signs whatsoever that NATO is going to leave, Chandan says. ‘NATO just said that it will intervene even further if relationship among the rebels continues to worsen.’

By vetoing UN resolution on Syria, ‘China and Russia have admitted that they were fooled over Resolution 1973 on Libya and they are not going to be fooled again,’ the journalist states.

According to Chandan, Syrian President Bashar Assad is doing the right thing for any leader of the ‘Global South.’ He explains that if NATO attacks Syria, Assad will start bombing Israel, get Hezbollah bombing Israel, and Iran will target Western interest in the Gulf.

‘This is the only way to face the world bullies which is NATO,’ he claims.

Battle for Libya ‘far from over’ — RT

7 October 2011 — Battle for Libya ‘far from over’ — RT

As the latest assault on Sirte, the hometown of Muammar Gaddafi, is underway and there are no signs that NATO is going to leave Libya anytime soon, the conflict in North Africa seems to be far from its end.

Reports say the interim government’s troops have now largely taken Sirte, but are still meeting pockets of heavy resistance.

Hundreds of vehicles are pouring into the outskirts as the city is pounded with heavy shelling.

Though thousands of civilians have left the city, many more are thought to have remained.

The assault comes after Colonel Gaddafi, in an audio message, urged Libyans to resist the interim leaders.

‘The battle is far from over,’ says activist and journalist Sukant Chandan.

It is now clear to the world that civilians are being targeted in Sirte, he says quoting the AFP reports on civilian casualties. ‘Nevertheless Sirte is still resisting.’

He points out that the media have stopped talking about another Gaddafi stronghold, Bani Walid. ‘Basically the pro-NATO rebels in Libya have given up taking Bani Walid,’ he believes.

There are no signs whatsoever that NATO is going to leave, Chandan says. ‘NATO just said that it will intervene even further if relationship among the rebels continues to worsen.’

By vetoing UN resolution on Syria, ‘China and Russia have admitted that they were fooled over Resolution 1973 on Libya and they are not going to be fooled again,’ the journalist states.

According to Chandan, Syrian President Bashar Assad is doing the right thing for any leader of the ‘Global South.’ He explains that if NATO attacks Syria, Assad will start bombing Israel, get Hezbollah bombing Israel, and Iran will target Western interest in the Gulf.

‘This is the only way to face the world bullies which is NATO,’ he claims.

Welcome to the #OWS 99% Movement “We Will NOT Be Co-Opted” Working Group

7 October 2011 — Amped Status

Welcome to the #OWS 99% Movement “We Will NOT Be Co-Opted” Working Group

This is not an official statement from the #OWS 99% Movement. As a decentralized leaderless movement, in our opinion, there is no one group, organization, website or individual who can speak for the movement as a whole. We, a working group of people currently occupying Liberty Park and many other locations throughout the US, are growing increasingly concerned about divide and conquer attempts being made to co-opt the movement. In the following message, we are issuing our first proposed statement. … Read More >>

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Libya Newslinks 7 October 2011

7 October 2011 — williambowles.info

Libyan Fighters Assault Main Qaddafi Base in Sirte
Fox News
AP Libyan revolutionary fighters exchange RPG firing positions, while attacking pro-Qaddafi forces inside the Ouagadougou conference center of Sirte, Libya, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. SIRTE, Libya — Revolutionary fighters on Friday assaulted a convention …
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/10/07/libyan-fighters-assault-main-qaddafi-base-in-sirte/

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Haqqanis don’t divide US and Pakistan By M K Bhadrakumar

3 October 2011 — Indian Punchline

…Equally intriguing was Clinton’s admission that US is as much responsible for the Haqqani network’s existence today as Pakistan could be. She sensitises the American opinion by even produced a YouTube to underscore the legitimacy of the Pakistani allegation that the US did encourage it to hobnob with the Haqqanis, who were once America’s blue-eyed boys. She clarified, inter alia, that she is not condoning still the “serious, grievous, strategic error” by Pakistan in supporting the Haqqanis, who are like a “wild animal in the backyard.” Interestingly, Clinton doesn’t spell out what precisely the US now expects Pakistan to do vis-a-vis Haqqanis — except to say Islamabad should “prevent any attacks against us [US troops] emanating from Pakistan.” Read the rest here…

M of A – NATO To Intervene In Libya’s Multi-sided Civil War

7 October 2011 — Moon of Alabama

It was utterly predictable that the war in Libya would not be over even if Gaddhafi would be pushed away. The various fractions of the rebels could always be expected to start fighting over the loot. Frankly – why shouldn’t they? This is happening now and NATO is preparing to go into Libya to clean up the mess the three stooges, Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron, created. Continue reading

Yemen Newslinks 4-7 October 2011

7 October 2011 — williambowles.info

Women’s rights trio wins Nobel Peace Prize
CBS News
(CBS/AP) OSLO, Norway – Africa’s first democratically elected female president, a Liberian peace activist and a woman who stood up to Yemen’s authoritarian regime won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to secure women’s rights, …
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/07/501364/main20117103.shtml

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 7 October 2011

7 October 2011 — williambowles.info

Nobel peace prize: Bradley Manning tops reader poll
The Guardian (blog)
Bradley Manning, the US intelligence analyst accused of leaking secrets to WikiLeaks, has been found competent to stand trial. Photograph: AP Following a poll in which we asked readers to vote from a selection of main contenders, the US soldier accused …
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2011/oct/06/bradley-manning-reader-poll-nobel-peace-prize?newsfeed=true

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