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This was the 'surprise' attack that everybody should have seen coming, says renowned historian #Libya #Algeria #MENA #UK

This was the 'surprise' attack that everybody should have seen coming, says renowned historian #Libya #Algeria #MENA #UK | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Reports that the MoD mothballed its unit keeping an eye on North Africa in 2010 because ‘nothing happens there’ shows bureaucratic short-sightedness, says MARK ALMOND.
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The Ongoing Killing Of a Good Man in 21st Century
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REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ~>LIBYA: RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA ~ #Saif #Gaddafi #FEB17CRIMES #NTC #ICC

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UN News - Latest boat tragedy off Libya coast spotlights rising Mediterranean death toll – UN agency

UN News - Latest boat tragedy off Libya coast spotlights rising Mediterranean death toll – UN agency | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Search and rescue operations are ongoing for survivors following a recent boat accident in the Mediterranean, the latest tragic incident off the Libyan coast of Tripoli, according to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR).
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UN removes dozens of staff from Libya

UN removes dozens of staff from Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Mission says the "temporary" measure taken for safety of its staff will be reviewed once security conditions improve.
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▶ CrossTalk: Ukraine, End of Beginning (ft. Ray McGovern) - YouTube

The Europeans and Russians seek a diplomatic resolution while Washington calls for more violence. Does Poroshenko have a green light from the State Departmen...
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CrossTalk: Global Jihad?

Who is drawing the map of the New Middle East today? Does the crisis need any more outside intervention? And who are the powers that can replace Washington i...
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▶ CrossTalk: Poroshenko's War

While it appears there is a commitment to a multilateral ceasefire in the country, the fighting continues. Is Kiev's "anti-terrorist operation" in eastern Uk...
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Pepe Escobar :: Arab Spring, Jihad Summer

Pepe Escobar :: Arab Spring, Jihad Summer | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Welcome to IS. No typo; the final goal may be (indiscriminate) regime change, but for the moment name change will do. With PR flair, at the start of Ramadan, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS, or ISIL - the Islamic State of the Levant - to some) solemnly declared, from now on, it will be known as Islamic State (IS).

"To be or not to be" is so … metaphysically outdated. IS is - and here it is - in full audio glory. And we're talking about the full package - Caliph included: "the slave of Allah, Ibrahim Ibn 'Awwad Ibn Ibrahim Ibn 'Ali Ibn Muhammad al-Badrial-Hashimi al-Husayni al-Qurashi by lineage, as-Samurra'i by birth and upbringing, al-Baghdadi by residence and scholarship". Or, to put it more simply, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Juan Cole, Waiting for the Arab Summer - READ the Introduction by Tom Engelhardt

Juan Cole, Waiting for the Arab Summer  - READ the Introduction by Tom Engelhardt | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

[Note for TomDispatch Readers: Today, this website spotlights a highly recommended new book by Juan Cole, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East.  It offers a different and more hopeful view of the long-term fate of the Arab Spring.  “An exhilarating journalistic narrative,” Publisher’s Weekly calls it in a pre-publication review, “enlivened by interviews with participants and his own colorful firsthand accounts of upheavals.”  And here’s a reminder: if you are an Amazon customer and go to that site via a TD book link like the one above to buy Cole’s book or anything else at all, we get a small cut of your purchase at no extra cost to you.  It’s a modest but useful way to contribute to the site if you use Amazon anyway.  Tom]

When it comes to pure ineptness, it’s been quite a performance -- and I’m sure you’ve already guessed that I’m referring to our secretary of state’s recent jaunt to the Middle East.  You remember the old quip about jokes and timing.  (It’s all in the...)  In this case, John Kerry turned the first stop on his Middle Eastern tour into a farce, thanks to impeccably poor timing.  He landed in President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s Egypt to put the Obama stamp of approval on the former general’s new government and what he called “a historic election.”  This was a reference to the way Sisi became president, with a mind-boggling 97% of the votes (or so the official story went).  Kerry also promised to release $575 million in military aid frozen by Congress and threw in 10 Apache attack helicopters in what can only be seen as a pathetic attempt to bribe the Egyptian military.  Having delivered the goods, he evidently went into negotiations with Sisi without the leverage they might have offered him.

And then there was the timing.  The day after Kerry’s visit, verdicts were to come down in an already infamous case of media persecution.  Three Al Jazeera reporters were to hear their fate.  Charged with “aiding” the Muslim Brotherhood, they were clearly going to get severe sentences (as indeed they did) in a court system that had already given “hanging judge” a new meaning.  (While Kerry was in Cairo, death sentences were confirmed against 183 members of the Muslim Brotherhood.)  He reportedly discussed the case with Sisi -- there wasn’t a shred of evidence against the reporters -- and was assumedly convinced that he had wielded American power in an effective way.  Hence, when the verdicts were announced the next day and, as the Guardian put it, “delivered a humiliating, public slap in the face to Kerry,” he reportedly “appeared stunned.”  He must have been even more stunned a day later when Sisi assured the world that he would never think of “interfering” with Egyptian justice.

The strangeness of all this is hard to take in, though Kerry has a record of not delivering big time.  At the moment, allies and client states around the region -- from Afghanistan (where President Hamid Karzai still refuses to sign a security pact with the U.S.) to Israel (where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government regularly announces new building plans in the occupied territories) -- seem to ignore Washington's will.  This is by now both fascinating and predictable.  If, having provided an embarrassingly full-throated defense of the Bush administration project in Iraq at a Cairo news conference, the secretary of state promptly flew into Baghdad to put an American stamp on the Iraqi government, he failed.  His mission: to get the country's politicians to form a “unity government,” essentially deposing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  Even with his military in a state of near collapse and his own position desperately weakened, however, Maliki swept Kerry’s proposals aside.  If the secretary of state then flew on to Irbil to “implore” the president of the Kurdish autonomous region, Masoud Barzani, not to move toward an independent Kurdistan... well, do I even have to finish that sentence for you?

Here, then, is a mystery highlighted by the crisis in disintegrating Iraq and Syria: What kind of world are we in when the most powerful nation on the planet is incapable of convincing anyone, even allies significantly dependent on it, of anything?

Into this increasingly grim situation steps a TomDispatch favorite, Juan Cole, the man who runs the invaluable Informed Comment website.  Unlike the secretary of state, who, while in Cairo, definitively turned his back on the Arab Spring and the young protesters who made it happen, Cole embraces it and them.  In doing so, he offers us a ray of sunshine, hope amid the gloom.  Today, he considers the fate of the Arab Spring, suggesting that those, Kerry included, who have already consigned it to the trash heap of history don’t understand history at all.  His piece catches the spirit of a remarkable new book he’s written that is just about to come out: The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East.  It’s a must-read from an expert who has a perspective Washington sadly lacks. Tom


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Not all Muslims are jihadists and it's a shame such reassurances are needed | Sharif Nashashibi

Not all Muslims are jihadists  and it's a shame such reassurances are needed | Sharif Nashashibi | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
One would be forgiven for thinking there is an exodus of British Muslims going to fight in the Middle East.
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Tripoli seeks to continue contacts with Russian oil companies - ambassador to ... - The Voice of Russia

Tripoli seeks to continue contacts with Russian oil companies - ambassador to ... - The Voice of Russia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Tripoli seeks to continue contacts with Russian oil companies - ambassador to ...
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2 Kidnapped Tunisian Diplomats Return From Libya - ABC News

2 Kidnapped Tunisian Diplomats Return From Libya - ABC News | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Two Tunisian diplomats held for months by gunmen in Libya flew home Monday to an airport welcome by the president and other top officials.
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GOOD_Passports.png (Imagem PNG, 2000x2100 pixéis) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Isis announces Islamic caliphate in area straddling Iraq and Syria

Isis announces Islamic caliphate in area straddling Iraq and Syria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Jihadist group challenges al-Qaida as it changes name to Islamic State and pledges to free Palestine in video Isis declares caliphate in Iraq and Syria live updatesIslamist militants have declared an Islamic "caliphate" in an area straddling Iraq...
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Chomsky: Barbárie em Gaza

Chomsky: Barbárie em Gaza | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
“Tudo isso vai continuar, enquanto for apoiado por Washington e tolerado pelo Ocidente – para nossa vergonha infinita”
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U.N. evacuates dozens of foreign staff from Libya

U.N. evacuates dozens of foreign staff from Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United Nations has evacuated dozens of foreign staff from its mission in Libya due to a deteriorating security situation in the North African country, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday.They (U.N.
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Why Libya is Suddenly on the Verge of a Civil War - UN Dispatch

Why Libya is Suddenly on the Verge of a Civil War - UN Dispatch | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A podcast about world news and international affairs. Today's episode: Libya on the verge of civil war. (UN evacuated staff from Libya today. The country is on the brink of war. Here's why.
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Lavrov: Ukraine crisis reminds of Belgrade bombing in 1999

Lavrov: Ukraine crisis reminds of Belgrade bombing in 1999 | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Washington should feel responsibility for the crisis in Ukraine, said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointing out that the current events in the country recall NATO bombings of Yugoslavia in 1999.
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The New Way of War: Killing the Kids

The New Way of War: Killing the Kids | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The dangers to children in conflict zones are escalating but often overlooked. Worldwide, the numbers are unprecedented.

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▶ CrossTalk: Chaos Incorporated

For Washington's neocons the world is a huge playground. In the name of "democracy" they have destroyed one regime after another. Ukraine is now on the agend...
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Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East? - World Socialist Web Site

Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East? - World Socialist Web Site | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The destruction wrought by US imperialism in Iraq, Libya and Syria is an indictment not merely of a set of policies, but of an entire corrupt, predatory social order.
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The Arab Millennials Will Be Back By Juan Cole ( or the rotten narrative of academics)

The Arab Millennials Will Be Back By Juan Cole ( or the rotten narrative of academics) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The youth rebellions that took place throughout the Middle East are still shaping the region. And there's more to come.
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Expert: ISIS' Declaration Of Islamic State 'Poses A Huge Threat To Al Qaeda' - CBS Local

Expert: ISIS' Declaration Of Islamic State 'Poses A Huge Threat To Al Qaeda' - CBS Local | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
CBS Local Expert: ISIS' Declaration Of Islamic State 'Poses A Huge Threat To Al Qaeda' CBS Local BAGHDAD (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — The al Qaeda breakaway group that has seized much of Syria and Iraq has formally declared the establishment of a new...
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Reconciliation pact between Zawia and Bani Walid hailed as model for Libya - Libya Herald

Reconciliation pact between Zawia and Bani Walid hailed as model for Libya - Libya Herald | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Reconciliation pact between Zawia and Bani Walid hailed as model for Libya Libya Herald The Grand Mufti, Sheikh Sadik Al-Ghariani, yesterday commended the reconciliation between Bani Walid and Zawia, calling on other Libyan communities to follow...
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Kidnapped Tunisians freed in Libya - Middle East Eye

Kidnapped Tunisians freed in Libya - Middle East Eye | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Kidnapped Tunisians freed in Libya
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A Tunisian diplomat and a fellow embassy staffer abducted in Libya earlier this year were freed by their abductors on Sunday after months in captivity, an embassy source said.
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Blackwater considered itself above the law, US state department was warned

Blackwater considered itself above the law, US state department was warned | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Department told of lax oversight at firm with $1bn contract to protect US diplomats weeks before Blackwater guards killed 17 IraqisA state department investigator warned that the private security firm Blackwater considered itself above the law,...
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Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form

Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Welcome to the United States’ Moderate Syrian Rebel Vetting Process...
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