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The Ongoing Killing Of a Good Man in 21st Century
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▶ Human Rights Knights - why Britain sends arms to human rights violators.

UK preaches on global human rights but also sells weapons to regimes around the world. Symon Hill tells us it doesn't even make them that much money. Find ou...
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malek's comment, May 8, 2014 11:14 AM
paying lip service adds up more cash
Dana Hoffman's comment, May 8, 2014 1:10 PM
sure does, it makes one think its the sister portal to trafficking.
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Why the Impact of U.S. Sanctions on Russia Is Going to Be Exactly Zero _ Pepe Escobar

Why the Impact of U.S. Sanctions on Russia Is Going to Be Exactly Zero _ Pepe Escobar | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Europe's dependency on Russian energy supplies make for an easy target in response to U.S. moves.
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Nigel Farage vs Nick Clegg LBC Debate - Farage: "The EU, has blood on its hands in the Ukraine." - YouTube

During his debate with Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, UKIP leader Nigel Farage accuses the European Union of having blood on their hands in rec...
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Daily Beast Reports Jihadists Are Flocking to Libya; Will Networks Report? - NewsBusters (blog)

Daily Beast Reports Jihadists Are Flocking to Libya; Will Networks Report? - NewsBusters (blog) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Daily Beast Reports Jihadists Are Flocking to Libya; Will Networks Report?
NewsBusters (blog)
The Daily Beast on Tuesday drew attention to an important story that has been under-reported by the major broadcast networks.
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Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US

Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Climate change isn't just a problem for future generations — it's already affecting broad swaths of the United States.

That's the upshot of the National Climate Assessment, a massive new US government report detailing the current and future impacts of global warming around the country. The report is particularly useful in detailing how specific regions and sectors will be affected — and outlining some possible ways we could adapt.

There's a lot of information in the report, but find nine highlights at the link.


Via Lauren Moss
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 8, 2014 4:45 AM

Convincing maps. Great information.

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Sweden & NATO - “tyranny of small steps”

Sweden & NATO - “tyranny of small steps” | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Nearly two centuries of military non-alliance came to an end when Sweden entered the European Union in 1995 and, a few years later, joined the falsely labelled Partnership for Peace operated by NATO, the so-called North Atlantic Treaty Organization (which currently extends to the South Pacific and the China’s Yellow Sea). The effect was to transform the once peace-loving country into a vassal-state of the constantly expanding U.S. empire and its correspondingly expansive military colossus.

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MALDIVES • Retour de la peine de mort, même pour les mineurs

MALDIVES • Retour de la peine de mort, même pour les mineurs | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Après soixante ans de moratoire, la peine de mort va de nouveau être appliquée. Le gouvernement entend ainsi se placer en conformité avec la charia.
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Verbrechen in Odessa - Thierry Meyssan

Verbrechen in Odessa -  Thierry Meyssan | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Was ist wirklich in dem Haus der Gewerkschaften von Odessa am 2. Mai 2014 passiert? Für die neuen Behörden in Kiew ist ein Zusammenstoß (...) [Voltaire Netzwerk]
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Crime in Odessa

Crime in Odessa | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
What really happened in the Trade Unions House in Odessa on May 2? The new authorities in Kiev claim that a clash between anti- and (...) [Voltaire Network]
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Intervention in Libya: A Humanitarian Success? | University of Oxford Podcasts - EMBLEMATIC OF ACADEMIC DEGRADATION

Intervention in Libya: A Humanitarian Success? | University of Oxford Podcasts - EMBLEMATIC OF ACADEMIC DEGRADATION | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Professor Alan Kuperman (Texas) gives a talk for the ELAC/CCW seminar series on 24th April 2012.
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DAN GLAZEBROOK INSIDE about this podcast of Professor Alan Kuperman (Texas)   - Worth to read!! 


The common narrative
“Broad consensus that the intervention was a smashing success”
1. Peaceful, nationwide uprising against a brutal dictator
2. Qaddafi killed thousands of peaceful protesters in response in first 3 days
3. As a result, protesters switched to armed rebellion in self defence
4. Qaddafi then ordered security forces to launch indiscriminate attacks on civilian residential areas using artillery and air power
5. Once rebels beaten back to Benghazi, Qaddafi then threatened a bloodbath (thought likely to be on the scale of the Rwandan genocide)
6. The UN authorised (and NATO implemented) a humanitarian intervention solely to protect civilians
7. The Libyan rebels, who were then able to regroup after the intervention, were then able to defeat Qaddafi due to their nationwide popular support
Therefore, the NATO intervention prevented a bloodbath and brought about freedom and democracy.

“The only problem with this narrative is that every single aspect of it is false

 


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Problems with the common narrative
1. Peaceful, nationwide uprising against a brutal dictator
Feb 17-21 – uprisings in 5 cities (4 in Eastern Libya – violent from the start plus Zawiya in Western Libya – peaceful from the start)
- Shows this was “not a nationwide uprising against a dictator who was universally hated. What this was was a regional armed rebellion against Qaddafi by tribes that had long been his rival”
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2. Qaddafi killed thousands of peaceful protesters in response in first 3 days
- In fact, Qaddafi never targeted civilians
- “Protesters in the main area of protest, in Benghazi, were violent from the first day”, using firearms, petrol bombs, and using vehicles as weapons.
3. As a result, protesters switched to armed rebellion in self defence
- In fact, security forces did not resort to force until after protesters turned used violence – in Benghazi, al Bayda, Misrata and Tripoli – “in every single case...from 17th-21st February, it was the protesters who resorted to violence first”.
- Even then, initially did not shoot to kill. Know this from a) UN report which interviewed former members of Qaddafi security forces who had gone over to the rebels. Claimed Qaddafi ordered them to shoot to wound, not to kill. B) medics in Benghazi spoke of casualties in first few days with wounds in the leg, not the torso. Clearly intended NOT to kill.
- After that, more shooting to kill. And yet, the initial death toll was less than 10% of what was initially reported in the Western press (claimed 1000s of protesters killed in first few days. Due to “a mixture of misinformation and disinformation” – eg innocent misinformation – French doctor in Benghazi saw many people in his hospital, estimated that there must be 1000 dead in Benghazi and another 1000 in Eastern cities. Gerard Buffay. But he was wrong. We know this because Libyan doctors in Benghazi and HRW said in first few days, less than 250 people were killed in first few days. Also disinformation – concerted propaganda effort by rebels and supporters to exaggerate death toll to encourage Western intervention on behalf of rebels.
4. Qaddafi then ordered security forces to launch indiscriminate attacks on civilian residential areas using artillery and air power
- In fact, attacks were “not indiscriminate attacks on residential areas, they were highly discriminate attacks on rebels”. We know this from HRW data (“not great sympathisers of Muammar Qaddafi”) – In Misrata, which saw most intense fighting in first two months of civil war, HRW reported, April 2011, of all wounded in Misrata only 3% of wounded were women. Indiscriminate firing into residential areas should lead to 50% female casualties. “What that meant is that Qaddafi’s forces were very carefully and discriminately targeting rebels, not civilians”.
- Moreover, this city of 400,000, 257 people killed in first two months. “If you have a city of 400,000 and you have the ability to fire artillery and launch munitions from the air, you could probably kill 257 people in 5 minutes”. “He was being extraordinarily careful to avoid civilian casualties”.
5. Once rebels beaten back to Benghazi, Qaddafi then threatened a bloodbath (thought likely to be on the scale of the Rwandan genocide)
- Qaddafi had recaptured all the cities taken by rebels during third week of rebellion, except Benghazi and part of Misrata. In none of them did he commit a bloodbath. “And yet we were told that if he captured this last city, there was going to be a bloodbath. And this was the rationale for why there needed to be a humanitarian intervention”.
- When Qaddafi’s forces approached Benghazi, Western media reported he had threatened civilians with a bloodbath. “In fact, he had not. Not only had he not done so, he had explicitly said he would not target civilians. In fact he said he wouldn’t even target rebels who stopped fighting, and he wouldn’t even target rebels who fled.” In fact, offered them free passage to Egypt. “He said the only people we will target in Benghazi are people who continue to fight us there. What he wanted to do was to recapture this last city with as low casualties as possible”.
6. The UN authorised (and NATO implemented) a humanitarian intervention solely to protect civilians
- UNSC AND NATO (at first) may have been motivated to protect civilians. “But if you look at how NATO intervened, it is clear that this intervention almost immediately transformed from protecting civilians to regime change”
- Evidence – a) NATO targeted retreating troops. Not a threat to civilians. B) NATO targeted security forces in areas that were “bastions of support” for Qaddafi, inc Sirte. “If you have Libyan security forces in a town where all the civilians support the Libyan security forces, then those Libyan security forces are clearly not a threat to civilians at all. And yet NATO bombed those security forces”.c) NATO provided intell and weapons to rebels to help them win and facilitated arming and training of rebels by third countries such as Qatar, Sudan and Egypt. Arming of rebels by land and sea, training in Libya of rebels by Qatari security forces. “Clearly, de facto, the NATO intervention was intended to help the rebels overthrow Qaddafi, not merely protect civilians.” Also demonstrated by Qaddafi offers of ceasefire – rebels rejected every single ceasefire. What did NATO do? Pressure rebels to accept ceasefire? No – just the opposite – continued to help the rebels even when they rejected ceasefire. That prolonged and escalated the war and “got more civilians killed”. So “when it came to a choice between protecting civilians and pursuing regime change, NATO chose pursuing regime change”. Clearly, NATO intervention was not to protect civilians, but de facto to pursue regime change. Does not mean those who initially supported UNSC and NATO motivation might have been to protect civilians, “but the way the intervention was actually carried out virtually from the start, favoured regime change over the protection of civilians, in fact it put more civilians at risk in order to pursue regime change”.


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Humanitarian consequences of NATO’s intervention
1. Consequences on deaths in the civil war – multiplied them at least 8fold and up to 30fold.
- Saif Gaddafi claimed on March 17th that the rebellion would be over within 48 hours. At this point, all the rebel held cities had been retaken except Benghazi (and a few parts of Misrata).
- Kupermann thinks this is a reasonable estimate.
- Also believes it is unreasonable to believe that a bloodbath would have taken place, as this was neither what was threatened nor what actually took place in any of the other cities that had been retaken.
- ON this basis, estimates the war would indeed have ended within a few days without NATO intervention (and indeed, the rebels themselves, within ten days of launching their uprising, were pleading to NATO that the only way they could succeed was with NATO support) – and that the death toll, all in, would have been around 1000.
- In actual fact, NATO intervention prolonged the civil war (which would have been 5 weeks, but was actually 36), and resulted in a death toll of 8000 (US estimate) to 30,000 (NTC estimate – half state forces, and half civilians and rebels).
2. Consequences on Libya today
- Human rights situation is, at best, unimproved (notes ethnic cleansing at Tawergha, mass summary executions etc – neither of which took place under Gaddafi, with the possible exception of Abu Salim prison 1996)
3. Consequences elsewhere
- Destabilisation of Mali, resulting in tens of thousands displaced and a military coup.
- Incentive provided for Syrian rebels to start using violence, understanding that that could be the way to gain NATO air cover.



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Russia does not organize color revolutions, let alone brown-hued ones - FM Lavrov

Russia does not organize color revolutions, let alone brown-hued ones - FM Lavrov | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Russia does not promote regime change and color revolutions in other countries, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "We don't do regime change, we don't do color revolutions, let alone brown
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▶ Shocking 1hr video filmed inside #Odessa HouseOfTradeUnions exposing pro-#Kiev #Nazis contempt for the dead #Одесса V @Sirycide

Единственный стрим фашистов в здании Дома Профсоюзов в 3-й части!Полная хроника событий.Максимальный репост!Сохраняйте на жёсткий диск! Часть1http://youtu.be...
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▶ The south east of Ukraine "We don't want to die for your American Dream" -

▶ The south east of Ukraine "We don't want to die for your American Dream" - | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
PLEASE CHOOSE ENGLISH or GERMAN SUBTITLES and enjoy watching! Russian title - Юго-Восток Украины: Мы не хотим умирать за американскую мечту! #Ukraine #USA #R...
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More than 160+ people were buried inside Odessa Labor House building.EXTREME VIDEO + PHOTO

More than 160+ people were buried inside Odessa Labor House building.EXTREME VIDEO + PHOTO | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Well, this is really difficult to write. If you are not ready, better read it sometime after. As locals from Odessa are coming back to everyday life, it is now clear - there are way much more than 38 people dead. The number of 38 dead bodies represent only those, who were found inside the Labor…
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Alarmed by surging violence, UN rights chief urges greater effort to resolve crisis - United Nations in Ukraine

Alarmed by surging violence, UN rights chief urges greater effort to resolve crisis - United Nations in Ukraine | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Increasing violence in eastern and southern Ukraine is resulting in more and more death and destruction, the top United Nations human rights official said today, calling on all sides in the conflict to make a greater effort to find a peaceful resolution, particularly ahead of the 25 May presidential election.

As she urged all sides to do more to resolve the crisis, especially in towns which have seen a recent surge in violent protests, Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to armed opposition groups to “stop all illegal actions, including detaining people and seizing public buildings in violation of Ukraine’s laws and Constitution.”

It is extremely important that the authorities themselves demonstrate full respect for the rule of law and scrupulously protect the human rights of all, including the Russian-speaking population

She added that these “organized and well-armed groups” should lay down their weapons, free arbitrarily detained persons, and vacate occupied public and administrative buildings.

Ms. Pillay also called on the Government to ensure that military and police operations are undertaken in line with international standards.

“It is extremely important that the authorities themselves demonstrate full respect for the rule of law and scrupulously protect the human rights of all, including the Russian-speaking population,” the High Commissioner said.

She also called on authorities to carry out “prompt, transparent and comprehensive” investigations into events in Odessa and Donetsk eastern regions, where dozens of people have been killed in recent days.

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Exclusive: U.S. to Support ICC War Crimes Prosecution in Syria - Mass atrocities of FSA, of course

Exclusive: U.S. to Support ICC War Crimes Prosecution in Syria - Mass atrocities of FSA, of course | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Barack Obama's administration has decided to back a push to have the International Criminal Court (ICC) open a formal, United Nations-sanctioned investigation into potential Syrian war crimes, embracing a strategy that it once dismissed as wholly inadequate in confronting mass atrocities in Syria, according to U.N.-based officials.
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Libyan rebels reject talks with PM, keep oil ports shut - Reuters

Libyan rebels reject talks with PM, keep oil ports shut - Reuters | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
DigitalJournal.com Libyan rebels reject talks with PM, keep oil ports shut Reuters Libya will post a budget deficit of 10 billion Libyan dinars ($8 billion) because oil revenues will reach only 34.7 billion dinars, said Mohammed Ali Abdullah, head...
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The IMF goes to war in Ukraine By Pepe Escobar

The IMF goes to war in Ukraine By Pepe Escobar | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The IMF has approved a $17 billion loan to Ukraine. The first $3.2 billion tranche has arrived on Wednesday.
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The Swedish Cult of America

The Swedish Cult of America | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Sweden was the first neutral country to officially recognize the United States when that country was founded over 200 years ago. Since then, attitudes toward the emerging superpower have generally been quite positive, and affections deepened with the mass emigration that reached its height during the latter part of the 19th century.

Even though the two countries have since developed in different directions — in some respects they are each other’s opposite — the ”dream of America” remains a common experience. After a spot of bother over Prime Minister Olof Palme’s forceful denunciation of the Vietnam War and other destructive behaviour, relations have now been restored to the satisfaction of the United States — so much so that, if the Vietnam War were to be fought today, the Swedish government would probably assist the USA in its vain and extraordinarily violent attempt to subjugate Indochina.

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Sorry, America, the New World Order Is Dead

Sorry, America, the New World Order Is Dead | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Putin isn't dragging the world
back to the 19th century. Obama just needs to stop pretending it's 1991.
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Crime à Odessa - Thierry Meyssan

Crime à Odessa - Thierry Meyssan | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Que s’est-il vraiment passé dans la Maison des syndicats d’Odessa, le 2 mai 2014 ? Pour les nouvelles autorités de Kiev, un affrontement (...) [Réseau Voltaire]
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▶ ODESSA 5/02: The Untold Truth of Kulikovo Field [Part 1 ] - #EU #US #EP2014 #Ukraine #UN #Kiev #NAZI

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Cecily McMillan's guilty verdict reveals our mass acceptance of police violence #CecilyMcMillan #myNYPD

Cecily McMillan's guilty verdict reveals our mass acceptance of police violence #CecilyMcMillan #myNYPD | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Molly Knefel: The hyper-selective retelling of events mirrors the popular narrative of Occupy Wall Street – and how one woman may serve seven years while the NYPD goes free
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NYT risks losing credibility over its Ukraine coverage - US journalist

NYT risks losing credibility over its Ukraine coverage - US journalist | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Robert Parry, a famous American writer and journalist known for his independent investigations, posted an article where he claims that The New York Times has been deliberately and systematically dist
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What Obama botched in Libya - Washington Post

What Obama botched in Libya - Washington Post | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
CBS News
What Obama botched in Libya
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REPUBLICANS HAVE a potentially strong case to make against the Obama administration's handling of Libya, as the latest political developments there underline.
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