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Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has said that Gaddafi must leave power “now, without further violence or delay”.

“Gaddafi and those around him must be held accountable for these acts, which violate international legal obligations and common decency,” she said.

“We have seen Colonel Gaddafi’s security forces open fire on peaceful protesters. They have used heavy weapons on unarmed civilians. Mercenaries and thugs have been turned loose to attack demonstrators.”

Clinton said Washington was keeping “all options on the table” in terms of action against the government,  and that a no-fly zone was “an option we are actively considering”.

Now, Ms. Clinton, why not send your ships to the shores of Israel where international legal obligations and common decency are being violated by this country of terrorists daily?

Israeli terrorist forces open fire on peaceful Palestinian protesters daily, using heavy weapons on unarmed Palestinian civilians! The Israeli settlers thugs have been turned loose to attack Palestinians.

Calls for no-fly zone?

Mrs. Clinton:  Your hypocrisy and two-faced foreign policy is not welcome in Libya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costumes of Arab women, fourth to sixth century.

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Woman from Damascus, Muslim woman from Mecca, ...

Different Traditional Costumes

The US State Department has admitted that American military cooperation with Yemeni officials includes military aid to maintain “stability” of the Sana’a regime.

According to the State Department, military relations between Yemen and the United States are steadily improving with the resumption of International Military Education and Training assistance and the transfer of military equipment and spare parts, Press TV’s Marjan Asi reports from Washington.

However, political analysts believe that the so-called “security” and “stability” that the US has been promoting in Yemen is actually intended to keep the embattled ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh in power.

The majority of Yemenis are unhappy with the expanding US military ties with their government, especially considering the harsh crackdown on protesters in recent days. This has led to an uneasy alliance between the two governments, facing an uncertain future.

In recent days, thousands of Yemeni protesters have taken to the streets across the country, calling for the ouster of Saleh.

The Yemeni president has described the pro-democracy protesters as “elements of a coup.”

Saleh, in power for 33 years, said that he would leave power after his term expires in 2013. He has also promised not to hand power to his son.

The Yemeni incumbent president has also pledged to raise wages of government employees and to provide 60,000 job opportunities for university graduates.

The Yemeni government crackdown on protesters, inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, has so far left at least 24 people dead.

The US also occasionally carries out drone attacks in Yemen. Despite such extraordinary measures, the country has grown increasingly unstable.

A Libyan military aircraft has reportedly crashed near the city of Benghazi after pilots refused to bomb peaceful pro-democracy protesters, reports say.

The pilot and co-pilot had refused bombing orders and parachuted out of their aircraft in an uninhabited area.

A Libyan daily says the plane had orders to bomb the city but the crew refused to carry out the deadly mission.

This comes after Libyan tyrant Colonel Muammar Gaddafi pledged to crush the popular revolution in the oil-rich country. The government has even used air raids to suppress persisting mass demonstrations.

This is while government forces are losing grip on the country amid the ongoing revolution in Libya

Soldiers in the coastal town of Tobruk, which lies close to the Egyptian border, say Gaddafi’s forces have lost control of the region.

They say they no longer back the Libyan ruler. Protesters have over-run the eastern province of Cyrenaica.

Meanwhile, military defectors in eastern Libya are reported to be mobilizing to defend the people against possible attacks by Gaddafi’s forces.

The dictator’s military forces have even used air raids to suppress demonstrations.

Many governments and international bodies across the world have reacted strongly to the crisis in Libya.

Reports widely indicate that government-led violence in the country has left at least one thousand protesters dead over the past several days.

PressTV

Carlos Latuff, an artist, a visionary, sums up the Libyan Dictator Lunatic in his drawings!

As Libya was stained with the blood of its revolutionists martyrs, the national Libyan television broadcasted Gaddafi addressing a rambling speech, in which he refused to step down, claiming himself as the head of the revolution and that he had no official position from which to resign.

Gaddafi speech came on Tuesday evening, after a bloodbath spreaded over libyan cities. The place of speech was unknown.

“I would die as a “martyr” on the land of my ancestors and fight to the last bullet,” the hardheaded Gaddafi said, standing against the backdrop of what looked like a damaged building.

“I will purge Libya ‘house by house’ to crush revolt,” he stated.

“Capture the rats,” he said of anti-regime demonstrators.

“If I wanted to use weapons against you (the revolutionists), the hole country would be burnt,” he threatened.

Source: Al-Manar

 

Gaddafi insists on dying a humiliating death. Maybe his female bodyguards or his favorite voluptuous Ukrainian nurse would turn on him, and inject him with a painful, agonizing, slow-killing fluid that will make him beg for an immediate execution.

 

Gaddafis Nurse!

Saudi Arabia has pledged to stand “with all its capabilities” by Bahrain’s ruling royal family amid pro-democracy protests inspired by revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt which toppled US-backed government. Press TV

The Saudi Government [as reported by Aljazeera Arabic site] demanded their religious leaders to issue fatwas condemning any type of protest..

The Saudi, Jordanian and Syrian corrupt governments are very concerned… that their thrones will soon become as good as toilets!

The statement came as US Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for a two day visit.

He told reporters that he was in Riyadh to “reassure, discuss and understand what is going on.”

Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which has served as a hub for operations in Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and East Africa.

Bahrainis, inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, dubbed have been expressing disappointment with the political reforms of the past decade, which have failed to bring prosperity and real change.

The protests, however, took a new turn on Thursday after the brutal crackdown on protesters in Manama, which left at least five people dead and more than 230 injured.

At least eight people have been killed and hundreds injured in the clashes since the uprising in the Arab world reached Bahrain last week.

Thousands of protesters continue to mass in Manama’s Pearl Square. They are pressing for political reforms, including the release of political prisoners and the sack of the incumbent Prime Minister Khalifa Bin Salman.

A group of protesters, however, called for the ouster of the entire ruling monarchy.

 

Meanwhile, in Jordan

”]The Jordanian religious leaders issued Fatwas SUPPORTING protests and stating that such are but a religious mandate to speak against evil, corruption and oppression. Unlike the Saudis, who issued fatwas declaring protests… sacrilegious!

Jordan’s king enjoys absolute powers, ruling by decree: He can appoint and dismiss cabinet and parliament whenever at anytime.

Amani Ghoul, a teacher and member of the movement that organised the protests insisted the protests will continue until their demands are met.

“We want a complete overhaul of the political system, including the constitution, the parliament dissolved and new free and fair elections held,” she said.

 

A Libyan Diplomat (Hussain Sadeq Almesrati) just announced on Aljazeera that he resigned his post in China in protest of the massacres by Gaddafi and his thugs.

Also reported that there is an internal conflict between Gaddafi’s two sons regarding what’s happening right now against the Libyan population. Another claim is that Gaddafi is preparing an escape (or has already escaped) to Venezuela.

To Venezuela:

ARREST this criminal! Rise for Justice and Democracy and Support the Libyan people: Arrest Gaddafi and demand your government to arrest him in the event he does show up in Venezuela.

Do not allow your government to host this tyrant and terrorist.

And Europe and the US still support dictators!

And Saif spoke live.. wish he kept his mouth shut!

Saif el Islam, Gaddafi’s son just spoke live on Libyan television.. said there is a plot to break Libya into small Islamic states…. Jeez, isn’t that the same thing Mubarak said? Saif is as delusional as the other ignorant tyrants of the Arab world. He threatened that [the government] will fight [the people] till the last man and bullet!

Just Shut the *&^ Up!

When will these MF’s ever understand the people or the… situation?

US vetoes UN draft on settlements

The Obama administration finds itself all too often nowadays on the wrong side of history, embarrassingly supporting dictators and occupiers instead of people in their march to freedom.

Washington blocks resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories as an obstacle to peace.
As an obstacle to peace? What peace? 62 years since the illegal establishment of the NaZionist terrorist state and all Israel is interested in, is creating the Greater Terrorist State of Israel – from the Nile to the Euphrates.
The US has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as “illegal” and called for an immediate halt to all settlement building. All 14 other council members voted in favour of the resolution.
We still wonder why they hate us! Hint. Read the headline again!

The Obama administration claims that, if passed, such a resolution would have hardened the position of both sides without advancing peace between Israelis and Palestinians and that the ‘Peace Process‘, not the UN Security Council, is the venue to tackle such issues.

In reality, however, the parties’ positions have already hardened because of the settlements’ proliferation with total impunity.

In Israel, Jewish settlers today make up the hardcore base of its right-wing government (arguably the most extreme in its history). And for their part, the Palestinians have for the last two years rejected direct negotiations as long as settlement activity continued.

Moreover, settlements have been most damaging to the peace process, and its goal of a two states solution.

Since the start of this US-sponsored diplomatic process decades ago, the settlers have quadrupled in numbers from 75,000 to 300,000 scattered in about 200 settlements in the West Bank, and has doubled in cosmopolitan East Jerusalem, making it ever more improbable to separate Palestine from Israel, or establish a contiguous viable state.

Washington’s partners in the International Quartet, the EU, France, the UK and Russia, understand that all too well and hence decided to vote in favour of the draft resolution.

It’s terribly embarrassing for the Obama administration that promised to integrate the US and improve its image around the world, to be seen to be so diplomatically isolated.

It’s also humiliating not to be able to pressure Israel to freeze settlement activity and be forced to veto a resolution that was drafted in line with its own declarations.

But Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, says that Washington rejects the legitimacy of these settlements and supports the emergence of a Palestinian state, but that such a resolution would advance neither cause?

Declaring the settlements illegitimate but refusing to call them illegal, relieves Israel from possible sanctions and other international reaction, while at the same time, protecting the US, Israel’s main ally and funder, from possible accusations of complicity.

In reality, settlements have led to terrible instability and further complicated the resolution of the conflict while destroying any hope for the two state solution in the process.

But the Obama administration finds itself all too often nowadays on the wrong side of history, embarrassingly supporting unpopular dictators and occupiers instead of people in their march to freedom.

Allowing Israeli colonisation of Palestine to go on unabated and with impunity in the age of de-colonisation doesn’t bode well for wanting to be on the side of history.

To escape this uncomfortable position, the Obama administration has been using acrobatic statements and formulas to rewrite history in a way that portrays it supporting peoples’ rights.

Does the US veto risk a backlash in the Arab world?

Washington’s refusal to join the international community in affirming the applicability of international law in Palestine, could further alienate an Arab world already in turmoil.

In fact, it could add fuel to Arab anger and deepen disappointment at those crucial times.

But the Obama administration has been carefully balancing its options between angering Palestinians and Arabs or alienating Israel and pro-Israeli groups in the US.

Good to his reputation, the pragmatic president has opted for appeasing Israel and its friends.

When weighing in the costs and benefits of supporting such a resolution, the Obama administration seems to have concluded that angering Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, pales in comparison to angering Israeli premier Netanyahu and his allies in Washington and in Congress.

It’s possible that Netanyahu will reciprocate by offering Obama a tactical compromise to ease the international pressure on both of their countries.

Whether this is in the US national interest or simply in the interests of politics as usual in Washington remains to be seen.

It’s clear, however, that neither the Obama administration nor Congress have internalised the historical transformation sweeping through the Arab region.

Rather, it continues to deal with the Arabs and Palestinians with the same imperial mindset that long managed its relations with self-serving Arab dictators and clients, as if nothing has changed in the region.

Analysis

image of Barbara Plett Barbara Plett BBC UN correspondent 


On paper this was a defeat for the Palestinians but they and representatives of other Arab nations seemed to be in a buoyant mood. They had held out some hope that America would abstain, but not much, so the veto was predictable.

The degree of support, on the other hand, was overwhelming: some 130 countries co-sponsored the resolution, and all the other members of the Security Council voted for it.

The result was strong endorsement of the Palestinian position on Israeli settlements – that they are illegal, and an obstacle to peace – which isolated Israel. It also isolated the United States.

No matter what reasons America gave for the veto (it insisted bringing the matter to the Security Council complicated chances for peace talks) or how fulsomely it criticised settlement building (as a folly and threat to peace) it appeared out of sync with the international consensus, and as Israel’s only defender.

Given the ferment in the Arab world at the moment, that is not a good position for Washington to be in.