Archive | February, 2012
20 Feb

And all those NATO talks about the freedom of speech in Libya – just found out that one of Ghaddafi’s loyal journalists, Hala al-Misrati, who had been reported to be murdered in her jail cell appeared on a video yesterday, stating that she is alive and well treated.

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

Pakistan Observer
February 20, 2012

NATO double game in Libya under UN cover revealed
Suitcase size drones played decisive role
Akhtar Jamal

Islamabad: A Canadian newspaper has revealed an account of NATO’s double-game in Libya and disclosed how the NATO countries collaborated with each other to topple the Libyan regime and secretly supplied most sophisticated weapons and drones to Libyan rebels.

According to the newspaper, Ottawa Citizen, the NATO states misused the UN embargo of arms and sea-blockage and enforced one-sided sanction while allowing NATO-backed special forces and trainers to slip into Libya via sea.

The paper also disclosed that dozens of brief-case size drones were also sent to Libya to monitor and track Gadhafi forces and hunt them down.

It said that NATO partners in the Mediterranean Sea enforcing an embargo under authority of the United Nations Security Resolution 1973 allowed weapon supplies without any interception to anti- Gadhafi…

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16 Feb

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

Global Times
February 15, 2012

Iranian sanctions endanger global financial system
By Charles Gray

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Nations that do not agree with the US position or sanctions will find this move making it difficult or impossible for their own businesses to effectively deal with Iran.

In effect, if this becomes reality, the economic and foreign policy of nearly every nation on the planet may find itself hijacked by US demands. For many nations, this will appear to be an intolerable infringement upon their sovereignty.

If SWIFT is used against Iran today, there is nothing to prevent it from being used against other nations tomorrow. Certainly, there are those in the US Congress who would not mind striking at Cuba’s or Venezuela’s banking systems via SWIFT.

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A bill recently prepared by the US Senate that intends to force the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) to expel Iranian banks and…

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Scandalous US Marines ID’d

3 Feb

Check this out:
One of the Marines shown urinating on three corpses in Afghanistan was the unit’s platoon commander, two U.S. military officials have told McClatchy, raising concerns that poor command standards contributed to an incident that may have damaged the U.S. war effort.

Even before the unit deployed to southern Afghanistan last year, it suffered from disciplinary problems while the troops were based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., the officials said.

Despite U.S. military doctrine stating that commanders ultimately are responsible for their units’ behavior in combat – and Geneva conventions barring the desecration of dead bodies – the Pentagon rarely has charged commanders in cases where troops have knowingly killed, injured or mistreated Afghans and Iraqis.
Source: FayObserver

And earlier, the Sky News informed that at least two of the four US Marines in a video that apparently shows them urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters have been identified.

The group were members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which returned to its home base in North Carolina last autumn after a tour in Afghanistan.
Though, ABC reported that all four Marines featured in the video have been identified and interviewed by investigators with the NCIS.
However, CNN contributor and radio host Dana Loesch said that she would have done the same as the soldiers, and Rep. Alan West said that no one should judge them if they haven’t been in war. I’d rather not watch Mrs. Loesch repeating the same ‘ceremony’.
But the thing is that real warriors treat their opponents with respect, even in defeat.