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Obama’s Turn in Bush’s Bind

Obama’s Turn in Bush’s Bind | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Four years into his tenure, the onetime critic of President George W. Bush finds himself cast as a present-day Mr. Bush, justifying the muscular application of force in the defense of the nation while detractors complain that he has sacrificed the country’s core values in the name of security.

The debate is not an exact parallel to those of the Bush era, and Mr. Obama can point to ways he has tried to exorcise what he sees as the excesses of the last administration. But in broad terms, the conversation generated by the confirmation hearing of John O. Brennan, his nominee for C.I.A. director, underscored the degree to which Mr. Obama has embraced some of Mr. Bush’s approach to counterterrorism, right down to a secret legal memo authorizing presidential action unfettered by outside forces.

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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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Check the Arrogance»» Why stop at Isis when we could bomb the whole Muslim world? | George Monbiot

Check the Arrogance»» Why stop at Isis when we could bomb the whole Muslim world? | George Monbiot | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Humanitarian arguments, if consistently applied, could be used to flatten the entire Middle EastLets bomb the Muslim world all of it to save the lives of its people. Surely this is the only consistent moral course?
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INTERNATIONAL - Turkish workers evacuate Libya after clashes

INTERNATIONAL - Turkish workers evacuate Libya after clashes | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Some 369 Turkish workers employed by a Turkish firm in Libya returned to Istanbul late on Sept.
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Protesters in eastern Libya close second oilfield - The Daily Star

Protesters in eastern Libya close second oilfield - The Daily Star | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Protesters in eastern Libya close second oilfield
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Protests at other oil ports and fields have ended, but the shutdown continues at Abu Attifelt in Jalu, in Libya's volatile east, where the field lies.
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Politicians, militias and clerics denounce 'constructive' talks in Libya

Politicians, militias and clerics denounce 'constructive' talks in Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
UN mission head calls talks between House of Representatives members "constructive", but opponents question their legitimacy
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Explaining the Meeting between some elders of Zintan and Misrata in Sabratha

Explaining  the Meeting between some elders of Zintan and Misrata in Sabratha | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Explaining the Meeting between some elders of Zintan and Misrata in Sabratha Make no mistake these people who are a couple of 100 people are a partial tribe of the Zintan and are NOT with the other part of the Tribes of Zintan who have Saif al...
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▶ CrossTalk: Reluctant coalition - YouTube

Would an intervention into Iraq by the US be a smart move? Does the US intentionally create chaos in the region? How will Syria and the rest of the Middle Ea...
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▶ ‫أحببت أن أراك القتال، سيف I Liked To See You Fighting, Saif al Islam Gaddafi‬‎ - #ZINTAN Send a MSG PLS

The Ongoing Killing of a Good Man in 21st Century. Humanity must overturn Infamy. Please Sign Saif al Islam Petition. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/surren...
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Libya Appeals for International Help to Fight Terror Groups - Wall Street Journal

Libya Appeals for International Help to Fight Terror Groups - Wall Street Journal | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
ABC News Libya Appeals for International Help to Fight Terror Groups Wall Street Journal NEW YORK—Libya's foreign minister warned Saturday the situation in his country could spiral further out of control without international sanctions against...
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▶ No one has monopoly on truth - Lavrov at UNGA 2014 (FULL SPEECH) - YouTube

The US-led Western block rejects the principle of the equality of sovereign states secured by the UN Charter while advocating democracy in the international ...
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Britain has duty to respond to Isis, says David Haines's daughter video

Britain has duty to respond to Isis, says David Haines's daughter  video | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The daughter of David Haines, a British aid worker murdered by Islamic State (Isis) militants, says she supports British military action in Iraq.
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Winning The War Of Ideas In Arab World: A View From The UAE - Eurasia Review

Winning The War Of Ideas In Arab World: A View From The UAE - Eurasia Review | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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By Ambassador Omar Saif Ghobash. World Foreign Ministers ....
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Le retour. Nicolas Sarkozy. A nous deux l’UMP !

Le retour. Nicolas Sarkozy. A nous deux l’UMP ! | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

 

L’ancien président  a pris la France à témoin de son retour.  Première étape : reconquérir son  parti. ...

 


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Bombing Isis will be futile and expensive | Richard Norton-Taylor

Bombing Isis will be futile  and expensive | Richard Norton-Taylor | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Air strikes have not worked in previous conflicts as pilots quickly run out of targets. It will be the same this time round in IraqBombing has not been decisive in any recent conflict. Far from it.
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Libyan political factions due to open talks

Libyan political factions due to open talks | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Supporters of Libya's rival Tobruk and Tripoli assemblies to hold first talks aimed healing rift. (Libyan political factions due to open talks - Supporters of Libya's rival Tobruk and Tripoli assemblies to hold fi...
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Libya Dawn militia rejects UN talks - Aljazeera.com

Libya Dawn militia rejects UN talks - Aljazeera.com | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Libya Dawn militia rejects UN talks
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Militias in control of the Libyan capital have rejected the United Nations' call for a ceasefire, insisting instead that their rivals be disarmed.
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UN dialogue seeks to end Libya crisis

UN dialogue seeks to end Libya crisis | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Observers remain skeptical, however, of what the talks can achieve amid the country's spiralling security. (#Libya: 2 governments. 1 fractured army. Multiple militia's. #Islamic fighters.
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Frankie Baker sur Twitter : "Was it as bad as they said under Gaddafi's rule? http://t.co/zauHpeWooL"

Frankie Baker sur Twitter : "Was it as bad as they said under Gaddafi's rule? http://t.co/zauHpeWooL" | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Was it as bad as they said under Gaddafi's rule? http://t.co/zauHpeWooL
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M of A - The (NED Financed) Hong Kong Riots

Some organized "student groups" in Hong Kong tried to occupy government buildings and blocked some streets. The police did what it does everywhere when such things happen. It used anti-riot squads, pepper spray and tear gas to prevent occupations and to clear the streets.

The "western" media are making some issue about this as if "western" governments would behave any differently.

The alleged issue in question is the election of new Hong Kong chief executive in 2017. According to Hong Kong's basic law, which was implemented when Britain gave up its dictatorship over the colony, there will be universal suffrage - everyone will be allowed to vote - but the candidates for the position will have to go through some pre-screening by a commission. This is what China had promised and this is what the students, falsely claiming that China is backtracking from its promises, want to change.

Peter Lee aka Chinahand has an excellent piece on the issue at Asia Times Online. But Lee is making one mistake in that he does not consider outside influence:

Occupy Hong Kong decided to light it, starting with a class boycott and demonstrations organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Students. And, since I’m never afraid to mix a metaphor, the Hong Kong government poured fuel on the fire by pepper-spraying and teargassing it.

Who really "decided to light this"? To me the protests, and the "western" reporting about it, have the distinct smell not of tear gas but of some expensive Color Revolution perfume of "western" origin.

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The Woman’s Heart Attack

The Woman’s Heart Attack | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The research is based on men, whose clutching of the chest and sudden collapse bears no resemblance to the experience of women.
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Tunisia arrests Syrian terrorists trying to enter Libya: report - Libya Herald

Tunisia arrests Syrian terrorists trying to enter Libya: report - Libya Herald | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Tunisia arrests Syrian terrorists trying to enter Libya: report Libya Herald Subsequent interrogations had shown that the six were supporters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State group and that they and their colleagues were on their way to meet...
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Dismal Lessons From Libya and Yemen - New York Times

Dismal Lessons From Libya and Yemen - New York Times | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Dismal Lessons From Libya and Yemen
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As the United States barrels into a new war against Sunni extremists in Iraq and Syria, it has been easy to overlook the unraveling of Libya and Yemen.
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▶ CrossTalk: Ukraine's Dead End - YouTube

Will the Minsk Accord ultimately end the conflict in Ukraine? Or will another hot war in the breakaway regions flare up? Will President Poroshenko push for t...
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Hundreds rally in Tripoli for Islamic alliance 'Libya Dawn'

Hundreds Libyans rallied in Tripoli's central Martyr's Square on September 26, 2014 in support of "Fajr Libya" (Libya Dawn), a mainly-Islamist alliance. Duration: 00:32.
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Three 9/11 first responders died of cancer on the same day

Three 9/11 first responders died of cancer on the same day | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Less than two weeks after the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, three New York firefighters who worked at Ground Zero died of cancer, all on the same day, the Fire Department of New York said.

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Who’s Bombing Libya? » CounterPunch

Who’s Bombing Libya? » CounterPunch | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

In the bizarro world which is the Middle East these days, nothing is more bizarre than the repeated bombing of Libya by parties unknown. There were off-and-on aerial attacks in the eastern part of the country – Benghazi, Derna, Ajdabiyah – last spring which were believed to have been carried out by one of the contending parties in the civil war raging in Libya, but lately there have been a number of attacks in the west, around Tripoli, which no one has taken the credit – or blame – for.

The attacks in the east are attributed to remnants of the Libyan air force under the command of a dissident general from the Qaddafi era, Khalifa Haftar. Haftar spent the last couple of decades prior to NATO’s aggression against Libya ensconced in McLean, Virginia, where he would take his kids trick-or-treating down the street at his neighbor’s place: CIA Headquarters (got some treats for himself there as well no doubt). He now leads one of the umpteen militias competing for power in Libya. He calls his campaign “Operation Dignity” and has won the support of the more secular, Western-oriented players in Libyan politics.

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