NATO Forced to Admit Air Strikes Killed Dozens of Libyan Civilians, Contradicting Initial Denials

22 November 2011 — Democracy Now!

NATO has admitted for the first time Libyan civilians were killed and injured during its seven-month bombing campaign that led to the ouster and death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The acknowledgement came after a New York Times investigation revealed at least 40 civilians, and perhaps more than 70, were killed by NATO airstrikes, including at least 29 women or children. Others were killed when NATO warplanes bombed ambulance crews and civilians who were attempting to aid the wounded injured in earlier strikes. We speak to New York Times senior reporter Eric Schmitt, who co-wrote the investigation with C.J. Chivers. Watch/Listen/Read

Two Icons, Two Deaths, Two Worlds: The Media Simplified Them Both By Danny Schechter

22 December 2011 — Plunder the crime of our time

The world has said goodbye to two leaders who were worlds apart. One was a widely celebrated anti-communist, the other a widely despised communist. However, both the lives and thoughts of the Czech Republic’s Vaclav Havel, and North Korea’s Kim Jung-il were given short shrift.

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Somalia Newslinks 22 December 2011: Britain’s new year resolution: intervene in Somalia

22 December 2011 —

Britain’s new year resolution: intervene in Somalia
The Independent
Britain plans to deepen its involvement in Somalia – a land that has become a byword for instability and violence – in the new year. David Cameron describes Somalia as “a failed state that directly threatens British interests” and will convene a summit …

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Somalia Newslinks 20 December 2011

20 December 2011 —

US Considers Combating Somali Militants’ Twitter Use
New York Times
NAIROBI, Kenya The United States government is increasingly concerned about the Twitter account of the Shabab militant group of Somalia, with American officials saying Monday that they were looking closely at the militants’ use of Twitter and the …

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CBS, Panetta and (Hypothetical) Iranian Nukes

21 December 2011 — Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

The Monday broadcast of CBS Evening News (12/19/11) began with big news, with anchor Scott Pelley announcing:

The secretary of Defense says tonight that the United States will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. In an interview with CBS News, Leon Panetta says that despite efforts to disrupt their nuclear program, the Iranians have reached a point where they can assemble a bomb in a year or potentially less.

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Statewatch News Online, 22 December 2011

Home page:

1.    EU: ECJ: Judgment: France’s appeal against the judgment of the General Court removing the PMOI the EU
2.    UK: POLICE OFFICER ON JURY: ECHR: Police officer’s presence on jury made trial unfair
3.    EU: EURO CRISIS: Statewatch Analysis: Draft Agreement on Reinforced Economic Union (REU Treaty) by Steve Peers
4.    UK: AUGUST RIOTS: Policing Large Scale Disorder: Lessons from the disturbances of August 2011
5.    UK: AUGUST RIOTS: HMIC report: The rules of engagement A review of the August 2011 disorders
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Wikileaks Newslinks 22 December 2011

22 December 2011 —

Witnesses in WikiLeaks case describe lax security
Los Angeles Times
Many later were transferred to WikiLeaks and posted on its website, prosecutors say. Manning, who was arrested 19 months ago, has spent the last six days in an evidentiary hearing at Ft. Meade that will determine whether he will face a military …,0,3130898.story

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 22 December 2011

22 December 2011 —

Closing arguments expected in Bradley Manning case
CNN International
By Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer Pfc. Bradley Manning faces 22 charges after being accused of distributing hundreds of thousands of secret government documents to WikiLeaks. Fort Meade, Maryland (CNN) — Closing arguments are scheduled …

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Video: 'US trajectory on Syria ‘a self-generating path to war' — RT

22 December 2011 — ‘US trajectory on Syria ‘a self-generating path to war’ — RT

Washington has once again slammed the Syrian regime, warning of new international measures unless it withdraws security forces from the streets. But a US-based political cartoonist says human rights are merely a cover for America’s real intentions.

­‘I think we are going to look at the usual trajectory of ramping up the sanctions, trying to deny diplomatic recognition and cutting off all economic activity between Syria and US allies in the region,’ Ted Rall told RT. ‘These things almost have a logical ramping up that you see in one crisis after the other. It’s almost like it’s a self-generating path to a future war, and it becomes even more pronounced at a time when the United States is winding down its involvement in Iraq.’

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Arab League calls on Syria: Opposition isn’t listening — RT

21 December 2011 — Arab League calls on Syria: Opposition isn’t listening — RT

A primary team of Arab League peace monitors are expected to arrive in Syria on Thursday as the violent revolt against President Bashar al-Assad rages on. However, despite the move, the Syrian opposition is still clamoring for foreign intervention.

­Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby told Reuters Tuesday that a remaining 150 monitors would arrive by the end of the month.

‘In a week’s time, from the start of the operation, we will know (if Syria is complying),’ Elaraby said, the agency reports.

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NATO’s Depraved Disregard for Libyan Civilian Casualties By Glen Ford

21 December 2011 — Black Agenda ReportA Black Agenda Radio commentary

NATO’s outrageous claim that no civilians were killed in the 7-month air war against Libya has been challenged by Russia and, in a very modest way, the New York Times. ‘NATO’s policy of refusing to investigate civilian deaths is evidence on its face of a depraved disregard for civilian lives and the intention to avoid prosecution for crimes against civilians.’ The Times recent concern over Libyan victims of NATO bombing lacks credibility, given its wildly biased reporting of the war. ‘Thousands of black Libyan citizens and African migrant workers are dead at least partially as a result of western media lies.’

Stop NATO news: December 22, 2011

21 December 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Missile System Can Cause ‘Ice Age’ In U.S.-Russia Relations
  • U.S.-NATO Missile Plans Can Kill START II
  • U.S. Rearming Of Georgia To Spark New Aggression: South Ossetia
  • After NATO Chief, Council Visit: More Georgian Troops To Afghanistan
  • Georgia Becomes Biggest Non-NATO Contributor To Afghan War
  • White House: Assad Government ‘Does Not Deserve To Rule Syria’
  • U.S. Amphibious Assault Ship, Marines Arrive In Singapore
  • Philippines Seeks Second-Hand F-16s From U.S.
  • Kenyan Air Strike Kills At Least 10 Somali Civilians
  • Finland: Opposition To NATO Membership Rises To 68 Percent

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 21 December 2011: A Better World's In Birth (Maybe)

21 December 2011 — Information Clearing House

Engineering Consent For Attack On Iran 
Iran Could Get Nuclear Bomb Within a Year
By Haaretz
Panetta said, “There are no options off the table,” and added that a nuclear Iran is “unacceptable”.

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