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Seif al-Islam Gathafi answers court questions via video link - Middle East Online

Seif al-Islam Gathafi answers court questions via video link - Middle East Online | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Seif spoke by video conference from Zintan, a hill town southwest of Tripoli, where he is in the custody of former rebel militia.
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​Living behind the CNN curtain

​Living behind the CNN curtain | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Good Bye, Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film. Directed by Wolfgang Becker captures the confusion inhabitants of East Germany (the GDR) had after the Berlin Wall came down and the West suddenly flooded in.
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Neo-Nazi march video: Lvov remembers Ukrainian Waffen SS division

Members and supporters of the Svoboda party joined a march in Lvov on Sunday in commemoration of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, initially form...
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Demolished beyond repair: the reputation of the preposterous and demented Tony Blair - Stop the War Coalition

Demolished beyond repair: the reputation of the preposterous and demented Tony Blair - Stop the War Coalition | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of the core group of al-Qa'ida, may well chortle in disbelief if he reads a translation of Tony Blair's latest speech on the Middle East delivered last week.

If Blair's thoughts are used as a guide to action, then the main beneficiaries will be al-Qa'ida-type jihadist movements. Overall, his speech is so bizarre in its assertions that it should forever rule him out as a serious commentator on the Middle East. Reading it, I was reminded of a diplomat in Joseph Conrad's Secret Agent called Mr Vladimir who fancies himself an expert on revolutionaries: "He confounded causes with effects; the most distinguished propagandists with impulsive bomb throwers; assumed organisation where in the nature of things it could not exist."

The speech, entitled "Why the Middle East matters", is about the threat from radical Islam, what it consists of and how it should be countered. Mr Blair says that "there is a titanic struggle going on within the region between those who want the region to embrace the modern world and those who, instead, want to create a politics of religious difference and exclusivity." On one side stand those who want "pluralistic societies and open economies", on the other those who want to impose an exclusive Islamic ideology.

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MANDATORY »» RUSSIA REPORT: PUTIN by Sharon Tennison

MANDATORY »» RUSSIA REPORT: PUTIN by Sharon Tennison | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Friends and colleagues,

As the Ukraine situation has worsened, unconscionable misinformation and hype is being poured on Russia and Vladimir Putin. 

Journalists and pundits must scour the Internet and thesauruses to come up with fiendish new epithets to describe both. 

Wherever I make presentations across America, the first question ominously asked during Q&A is always,  "What about Putin?"

It's time to share my thoughts which follow:

Putin obviously has his faults and makes mistakes.  Based on my earlier experience with him, and the experiences of trusted people, including U.S. officials who have worked closely with him over a period of years, Putin most likely is a straight, reliable and exceptionally inventive man. He is obviously a long-term thinker and planner and has proven to be an excellent analyst and strategist. He is a leader who can quietly work toward his goals under mounds of accusations and myths that have been steadily leveled at him since he became Russia's second president. 

I've stood by silently watching the demonization of Putin grow since it began in the early 2000s –– I pondered on computer my thoughts and concerns, hoping eventually to include them in a book (which was published in 2011). The book explains my observations more thoroughly than this article. Like others who have had direct experience with this little known man, I've tried to no avail to avoid being labeled a "Putin apologist".  If one is even neutral about him, they are considered "soft on Putin" by pundits, news hounds and average citizens who get their news from CNN, Fox and MSNBC. 

I don't pretend to be an expert, just a program developer in the USSR and Russia for the past 30 years.  But during this time, I've have had far more direct, on-ground contact with Russians of all stripes across 11 time zones than any of the Western reporters or for that matter any of Washington's officials.  I've been in country long enough to ponder Russian history and culture deeply, to study their psychology and conditioning, and to understand the marked differences between American and Russian mentalities which so complicate our political relations with their leaders.  As with personalities in a family or a civic club or in a city hall, it takes understanding and compromise to be able to create workable relationships when basic conditionings are different.  Washington has been notoriously disinterested in understanding these differences and attempting to meet Russia halfway.

In addition to my personal experience with Putin, I've had discussions with numerous American officials and U.S. businessmen who have had years of experience working with him––I believe it is safe to say that none would describe him as "brutal" or "thuggish", or the other slanderous adjectives and nouns that are repeatedly used in western media. 

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This is absolutely the BEST exposition I've ever seen written on Putin by someone who knows him - literally.
With just a few paragraphs, Ms. Tennison makes Masha Gessen's anti-Putin hit piece "man without a face" look like the deplorable tabloid strewn garbage dung that it is. None of the unsubstantiated rumors or mythology will be found here, but plenty of evidence clearly contradicting all of the nonsense we've heard about Putin's character the past 14 years.
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Gaddafi's son Saif, former officials face charges in Tripoli court | World | Reuters

Gaddafi's son Saif, former officials face charges in Tripoli court | World | Reuters | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi appeared via video-link on Sunday with 22 others to hear charges in a Tripoli court ranging from war crimes to corruption in a major test
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US sanctions to hit Russia's military

US sanctions to hit Russia's military | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Washington says new anti-Russia sanctions will target its military and Putin's close allies.
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EUA arrastam o mundo à guerra - Paul Craig Roberts #Russia #Putin #Obama #Ucrania #Lavrov

EUA arrastam o mundo à guerra - Paul Craig Roberts #Russia #Putin #Obama #Ucrania #Lavrov | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Libia: ripreso il processo contro i fedelissimi di Gheddafi - Repubblica Tv - la Repubblica.it #Video

Libia: ripreso il processo contro i fedelissimi di Gheddafi - Repubblica Tv - la Repubblica.it #Video | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Dopo due rinvii è ripartito a Tripoli, nella prigione di Hadba, il dibattimento che vede alla sbarra 37 esponenti del regime del defunto...
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Seif al-Islam Kadhafi comparaît devant la justice...par vidéoconférence #Feb17CRIMES #R2PCrimes #FreeSaif

Seif al-Islam Kadhafi comparaît devant la justice...par vidéoconférence #Feb17CRIMES #R2PCrimes #FreeSaif | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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#Podcasts | Pepe Escobar on Ukraine's effects on pipelines and geopolitics

#Podcasts | Pepe Escobar on Ukraine's effects on pipelines and geopolitics | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Press Availability in Tripoli, Libya

Press Availability in Tripoli, Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Good morning. A year and a half ago, I was here in Tripoli to honor the life and service of my friend, Ambassador Chris Stevens, and three other fallen American colleagues. On that very painful day, we committed ourselves to never lose sight of our shared hope for a free, secure and prosperous Libya.

Libyans know better than any outsider how hard the path has been since then, and how many obstacles remain. Chaos sometimes threatens to overwhelm the promise of the revolution, but Libyans have also shown the will and capacity to overcome the challenges before them. Only they can make the difficult choices that lie ahead. As Secretary Kerry made clear at the Rome Ministerial in March, we stand ready – together with Libya’s international partners – to support their efforts.

I want to thank Acting Prime Minister Thanaie and GNC First Deputy President Ezzedine al Awami for their hospitality. And I want to thank General National Congress and National Dialogue leaders, and representatives of Libya’s diverse civil society and political groups, for taking time to share their perspectives about Libya’s complicated transition.

Together, we looked back at recent achievements, from the elimination of Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile to the election of the constitutional drafting assembly. Together, we looked ahead at significant milestones on the horizon, including the drafting of the constitution, the national dialogue, and the elections. And together, we also talked about how we can put our partnership to work to advance Libya’s security, democratic transition, and economic growth.

We discussed ongoing international support for Libya’s efforts to reform the security sector, improve border security, control the proliferation of conventional weapons, and enhance the rule of law. And we talked at length about the hugely important task of training Libya’s General Purpose Force and the steps that need to be taken to accelerate progress.

We also had the opportunity to review steps we can take to support Libya’s political transition and Libyan efforts to navigate past their ideological, regional, and tribal differences. And we discussed how to advance Libya’s economic revival and deepen the ties of friendship between Libyans and Americans after many years of mutual isolation.

None of this will be easy. Much uncertainty remains. No one can make Libyans’ choices for them. But the courage and determination that defeated a dictator can defeat the odds against a successful transition too, and it is very much in the interests of the United States and all Libya’s international partners to help make that a reality.

Thank you.

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Al-Qaida leader urges kidnapping of westerners to exchange for jihadists

Al-Qaida leader urges kidnapping of westerners to exchange for jihadists | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Ayman al-Zawahiri urges unity in audio interview Expresses solidarity with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood The al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be exchanged for jailed...
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God is my lawyer, Gaddafi's son tells court - New Zealand Herald

God is my lawyer, Gaddafi's son tells court - New Zealand Herald | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
God is my lawyer, Gaddafi's son tells court New Zealand Herald Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the playboy son of the former Libyan dictator, has said he was putting his faith in God as he appeared in a court to answer charges arising from the revolution...
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M of A - Ukraine: Useless Sanctions And Then What?

Today the U.S. sanctioned Clearia Toiletskaja, chief janitor of the Kremlin and other Russian personalities near to President Putin. Should Putin not react to this the U.S. will take more serious measures.

The professed purpose of these sanctions is to make Russia stop what it is allegedly doing in east Ukraine. But Russia is not doing anything in east Ukraine. The White House, in cooperation with the New York Times, attempted to fake evidence thereof but even that did not work. Russia is simply doing nothing.

Maybe that is the real problem the White House has and maybe that is the real reason for piling up sanctions. Russia must be made to do something. Could it not finally march into east Ukraine and thereby give the dearly desired justification to start a big war in Europe? Please Putin, do something. Otherwise the White House will have to put up more sanctions and then even more only to be laughed out of Europe where none of the big players is willing to follow down that path.

The project of capturing the Ukraine, to then kick Russia out of the Crimea port, to then be able to kill off Syria is failing. But the neocons are not known for giving up. What is Obama going to do next?

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Pepe Escobar :: Obama makes South China waves [ Check the Photo & the smile of Xe Jinping vs Obama]

Pepe Escobar :: Obama makes South China waves [ Check the Photo & the smile of Xe Jinping vs Obama] | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Pivoting and pivoting like a widening gyroscope, to paraphrase Yeats, US President Barack Obama’s current tour of Northeast and Southeast Asia hides an invisible dragon in the cockpit: China.
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Barack Obama: World’s loneliest leader

Barack Obama: World’s loneliest leader | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Barack Obama is the world’s loneliest leader, betrayed by “friends,” and hated by foes, writes F. William Engdahl.
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UN calls on Qatar to end exploitation and trafficking of domestic workers

UN calls on Qatar to end exploitation and trafficking of domestic workers | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
UN official presses Gulf state to overhaul labour laws to include domestic workers amid growing concerns over rights abuses Fresh calls to scrap kafala migrant worker system Qatar maids detained by authorities after passport seizuresThe UN...
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International community may intervene in Libya, US warns - Who Intl C? Russia & China?

International community may intervene in Libya, US warns - Who Intl C? Russia & China? | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Senior Libyan sources revealed to Al-Araby Al-Gadeed website that the visit by deputy US Secretary of State William Burns to Tripoli two days ago included a warning by Burns that "Libyan rulers should undertake their responsibilities in overcoming...
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Fake facts in US media affecting White House policies - YouTube

US media coverage has been running hand in hand with the revolutionary ideology of Kiev's interim leaders. And brushing aside contradictions to its reasoning...
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M of A - Some Excellent Lavrov Snark :: All you need is Lavrov :-)

#Lavrov: They say the situation in Ukraine depends entirely on us. We’re flattered, but surely a “regional power” cannot achieve that much?

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Gaddafi's son Saif appears in Libya court #FreeSaif #Saif #Libya #Feb17Crimes #R2PCrimes #NATOCrimes

Gaddafi's son Saif appears in Libya court #FreeSaif #Saif #Libya #Feb17Crimes #R2PCrimes #NATOCrimes | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and dozens of former officials appear in court facing charges from war crimes to corruption.
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Saker: Ukrainian special forces team caught near Donetsk

Saker: Ukrainian special forces team caught near Donetsk | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

RT is reporting that 3 officers of the most elite anti-terrorist unit in the Ukraine, they are called "A" or "Alpha", were caught in the city of Gorlovka, near Donetsk.  Read the full article and watch the video of their interrogation by reporters here.

Now let me provide some context here.

The Ukrainian SBU is a truly frightening secret service.  Ever since it's foundation following the independence of the Ukraine the SBU did some work arresting gangsters and criminals, but it's most feared mission was to be the "enforcement" service of whoever was in power.  The top of the top of the SBU forces were supposed to be the "A" or "Alpha" anti-terrorist forces.  It is rather cute that the proudly independent Ukies felt the need to use the same designation as the hated Moskals whose famous anti-terrorist group is called "A" (the Alpha thing is a media invented misnomer and an attempt to sound like the US "Delta" Force; in reality the group is called "the A Directorate").  Anyway, they call have the same name, but in terms of skills or record the two groups are very different.  For one thing, the Russian "A" never was the enforcement service of the regime and they had no political role or mission at all.  Second, they really did deal with anti-terrorism and very serious organized crime. 

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Tripoli militia leaders abound despite crackdown

Tripoli militia leaders abound despite crackdown | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Residents of Tripoli believed that members of Parliament and political officials were merely celebrating April Fools’ Day when they announced the recent security plan to quell Syria-related unrest in the troubled northern city.
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