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Friday, February 25, 2011

French rights boss says up to 2,000 dead in Libya | Reuters

In an interview with Reuters, ambassador for human rights Francois Zimeray also said the International Criminal Court (ICC) was the only viable way to achieve justice and that international sanctions had to be "immediate."

"The question is not if Gaddafi will fall, but when and at what human cost," he said at his office in the foreign ministry. "For now the figures we have ... more than 1,000 have died, possibly 2,000, according to sources."

via uk.reuters.com

I say he is GUILTY AS CHARGED!!

Libya: 2,000 reported killed in Benghazi, 1,000 in Tripoli | JPost.com

A French doctor working in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi told Le Point Magazine that over 2,000 people were killed in that city alone in the past days of fighting, AFP reported.

"From Tobruk to Darna, they carried out a real massacre... In total, I think there are more than 2,000 deaths," he said.

February 25, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Anonymous and the global correction - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

The seeds of cyber revolution

Anonymous is a means by which people across the globe can assist in the hard work being performed by the Tunisian people - who have long taken issue with their government, but first began protesting in earnest after a fruit vendor set himself ablaze in response to police cruelty.

The Anonymous movement itself grew out of message boards frequented mostly by young people with an interest in internet culture in general - and Japanese media in particular; in 2005, participants began "attacking" internet venues as a sort of sport, and in the process honed their skills in a way that proved useful in "information warfare".

In 2007, some users proposed that the Church of Scientology be exposed for its unethical and sometimes violent conduct, sparking a coordinated global protest movement that differed from anything else seen, and which still continues today.

The Australian government was later attacked for introducing new internet censorship laws, and in the meantime, those within Anonymous who see the subculture as a potential force for justice have launched other efforts while also building new strategies and recruiting individuals from across the globe - some of whom hold significant positions in media, industry, and the sciences.

The revolution will be broadcast

The fact is that the technological infrastructure that allows these movements has been in place for well under a decade - but phenomena such as WikiLeaks and Anonymous have already appeared, expanded, and even become players within the geopolitical environment; others have come about since.

This is the future, whether one approves or not, and the failure on the part of governments and media alike to understand, and contend with the rapid change now afoot, ought to remind everyone concerned why it is that this movement is necessary in the first place.

via english.aljazeera.net

February 25, 2011 in Current Affairs, Web Culture | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Is the West Bank next? - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

As for the Palestinians themselves, they are watching the revolutions with a combination of joy and humiliation.  Other Arabs are freeing themselves from local tyrants while they remain under a foreign occupation that grows more onerous every day -particularly in East Jerusalem. While other Arabs revel in what they have accomplished, the Palestinians remain, and are regarded as, victims.

It is not going to last. The Palestinians will revolt, just as the other Arabs have, and the occupation will end. 

But it is up to the Israelis to help decide how it will end (just as it was up to the Mubarak government and Egyptian army to decide whether the regime would go down in blood and flames or accept the inevitable).

via english.aljazeera.net

February 25, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Gaddafi Blames Al-Qaida and Hallucinogens

  

He says those revolting are "loyal to bin Laden ... This is al-Qaida that the whole world is fighting."

He says al-Qaida militants are "exploiting" teenagers, giving them "hallucinogenic pills in their coffee with milk, like Nescafe."

via www.huffingtonpost.com

Look who is hallucinating now !?

February 25, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thursday, February 24, 2011

YOUNG DISCIPLES "APPARENTLY NOTHIN'" LYRICS

 

A popularity of invasion. 
Handed down through centuries. 
A force of arms called gentle persuasion. 
What have we learned from history?

Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)
Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)
Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)
Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)

Human worth is so inexpensive. 
Compared to gold, the root of most wars. 
Subtract the tears from countless offenses. 
What is left but guns and scars. 

Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)
Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)
Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)
Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)

Well, as for me, I'm gonna keep lovin'. 
'Cause it's the only sane thing to do. 
'Cause I'm not into pushin' and shovin'. 
No confrontation, what have you?

Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)
Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)
Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)
Apparently nothin' (Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)
(Ooohooo...)

I ain't trying to rule your mind. 
A conscious observer trying to find. 
A place on earth where they heed the signs. 
Beware of conflicts that ruin mankind. 
If you want things more better. 
Withstand the tides of the bad weather. 
The struggle thrives when we all gather. 
Down at the bank of the soul river, yeah. 

(Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently) 
(Ooohooo)

(Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)

(Apparently nothin', nothin' apparently)

See the light!

Show yo' light! 

'Cause this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. 
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. 

Everywhere I go (Apparently nothin')
I'm gonna let my light glow (Nothin' apparently)
Everywhere I go (Apparently nothin')
I'm gonna let my light glow (Nothin' apparently)

(Apparently nothin') 

Anytime y'all (Nothin' apparently), ohoho (Apparently nothin')
Anytime.  (Nothin' apparently)
Anytime y'all, anytime y'all. 
Anytime y'all (Apparently nothin')
You got to see the light (Nothin' apparently). 
You got to see the light.  (Apparently nothin')
You got to see the light.  (Nothin' apparently) (
Apparent, apparent) (Apparently nothin') 

No, no, no, no, no, no, no…..

  

*Young Disciples "Apparently Nothin'" lyrics are property and copyright of it's owners. Lyrics are provided for educational purposes only.

February 24, 2011 in Music | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Umbrella Man

Colonel Gaddafi's State TV Appearance 21/02/2011

February 23, 2011 in Current Affairs, Television | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Dispatch from "Free Libya": The Right to Laugh at Gaddafi - TIME

February 23, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Berlusconi under fire for not disturbing Gaddafi | Reuters

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for failing to condemn violence in Libya and saying he did not want to "disturb" Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during the revolt in his country.

via www.reuters.com

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February 22, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Italy/Libya: Gaddafi Visit Celebrates Dirty Deal | Human Rights Watch

"Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Mu`ammar al-Gaddafi are building their friendship agreement at the expense of people from other countries whom both regard as expendable," said Bill Frelick, refugee policy director at Human Rights Watch. "It looks less like friendship and more like a dirty deal to enable Italy to dump migrants and asylum seekers on Libya and evade its obligations."

Berlusconi promised to provide US$200 million a year over the next 25 years through investments in infrastructure projects in Libya. Italy provided three patrol boats to Libya on May 14, and has promised three more. Italy has also said that it will help construct a radar system to monitor Libya's desert borders, using the Italian security company, Finmeccanica. 

via www.hrw.org

February 22, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Gorbachev accuses Putin of conceit

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Monday described Russia as an imitation of democracy and accused its current rulers of conceit and contempt for voters, in his harshest criticism of the government yet.

Gorbachev criticized Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his protégé, President Dmitry Medvedev, for saying that they will decide between them who should run for president in Russia's March 2012 presidential vote.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev looks on during a news conference in Moscow, Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. Gorbachev, who will turn 80 next week, said that Russia has only "imitations" of a parliament and judicial system.Gorbachev criticized Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his protege President Dmitry Medvedev for saying that they will decide between them who should run for president in Russia's March 2012 presidential vote. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

February 22, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BBC Sport - F1 - Bahrain Grand Prix off after anti-government protests

 

An armoured personnel carrier drives past adverts for the Bahrain Grand Prix in Manama 

An armored personnel carrier drives past adverts for the Bahrain Grand Prix

The Bahrain Grand Prix has been called off because of anti-government protests in the Gulf kingdom.

The race, set for 13 March, was set to be the curtain-raiser for the new season.

via news.bbc.co.uk

February 22, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BBC News - Mobile mad men: Advertisers want to dominate your phone

Men with phones

The marketing industry has decided that mobile is the platform of the future and is rushing to send messages to your phone.

February 22, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Newsmakers | Five things you may not know about Colonel Gaddafi

An army of virgin bodyguards, a voluptuous blonde nurse and a professional footballer son. JOE takes a closer look at Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi.

via www.joe.ie

Newsmakers

February 22, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Monday, February 21, 2011

BBC News - Libya unrest leads to rise in oil price

Brent crude jumped 1.75% in early Monday trading to $104.25 a barrel, its highest level since before the 2008 financial crisis.

European energy companies are evacuating some staff from the country, which is a major oil and gas producer for the European market.

Meanwhile shares in Italian oil firm ENI - which is active in Libya - have fallen 4.4%.

via www.bbc.co.uk

Brent Crude Oil Future twelve month chart

February 21, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Safety Services: Japan's JX Tells Libya Office Head to Return Home

Japan's JX Tells Libya Office Head to Return HomeSource: Reuters 2/21/2011, Location: AfricaSafety Services

via www.gulfoilandgas.com

February 21, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A deal struck with tyranny - Telegraph

The Libyan people are finally rebelling against their despised ruler and his corrupt regime. But Gaddafi's strength in the Arab world was shamefully bolstered by his oil pact with Tony Blair, says Ian Birrell.

The US government has accused Britain of legitimising the Gaddafi regime after the massacre of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Libya.
Tony Blair meets Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte Photo: EPA

via www.telegraph.co.uk

February 21, 2011 in Business, Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

US wavers on Middle East crisis - Americas - Al Jazeera English

As protests and uprisings rock the Middle East, many affecting vital US allies, the White House fails to calibrate a uniform response to the crisis.

Barack Obama, the US president, wavered between strong support for protesters in Iran as the government there heavily cracked down on them, to ambiguous statement on Bahrain, where a major US military is based.

The US says it  will not dictate events in the region.

Many find the US response disappointing, and some feel the White House will only react strongly to those governments it does not have a stake in.

via english.aljazeera.net

February 21, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sunday, February 20, 2011

BBC News - Libya protests: Benghazi wracked by new violence

"I have been seeing injured people being carried in all day. They have been shot in the head and chest. They have broken arms and legs. There is shooting going on everywhere," said the doctor.

He also suggested that foreign mercenaries from sub-Saharan Africa - paid by the Libyan government - had been brought in to attack protesters.

via www.bbc.co.uk

February 20, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Libyan protesters risk 'suicide' by army hands | World news | guardian.co.uk

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is confronting the most serious challenge to his 42-year rule as leader of Libya by unleashing his army on unarmed protesters.

Unlike the rulers of neighbouring Egypt, Gaddafi has refused to countenance the politics of disobedience, despite growing international condemnation, and the death toll of demonstrators nearing 100.

via www.guardian.co.uk

February 20, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Internet Restored in Libya, Google Maps Shows Up-To-Date Info

The Internet has been restored to Libya after the country shut down its network links to the outside world for six hours last night. Now that the Internet is back, protesters are making the most of their connectivity by mapping tweets using Google Maps.

According to those trusty wire watchers at Renesys, “Two-thirds of Libyan routes came back to life at 6:01 UTC [1:01 a.m. Eastern], and the remainder were restored nine minutes later … and Libya is back on the Internet.”

Now that the net is back, we can see brave people tweeting away, letting each other know what’s going on inside the troubled country. Beyond that, those tweets are being mapped in ways that are spectacularly useful.

Take a look at this Google maps mashup, created by Twitter user @arasmus, compiles Twitter messages and then places them on a map with an unmistakable legend attached each one.

via mashable.com

February 20, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

消費税・考:「15%でも財政悪化」…お蔵入りした試算 - 毎日jp(毎日新聞)

 消費税を14年から5年間、(1)毎年1%ずつ10%まで引き上げる(2)2%ずつ15%まで引き上げる--の2ケースを想定し、内閣府が作成した「消費税増税シミュレーション」。医療・介護など現行の社会保障制度維持を前提に、国と地方の借金(長期債務)残高が国内総生産(GDP)比でどうなるかを示した折れ線グラフは、15%のケースでも右上がりに反り返り、財政赤字の膨張が止まらないことを示していた。

via mainichi.jp

February 20, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Demonstrations in Iran: Bouncing back? | The Economist

Democracy-seekers in non-Arab Iran have been inspired by the success of their Arab neighbours. But they are chagrined by close comparisons. Despite protesting for longer and being the heirs to a century-old yearning for representative government, opposition campaigners have achieved less than their counterparts in Egypt and Tunisia, and paid a higher price.

via www.economist.com

February 20, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

George Soros laughs off Glenn Beck's "Puppet Master" theory - Glenn Beck - Salon.com

Soros responded to the assertions in an interview with Fareed Zakaria set to air this Sunday on CNN, calling Glenn Beck the puppet and Rupert Murdoch his shadowy Orwellian overlord.

via www.salon.com

February 20, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Libya Shuts Down Internet

Rensys reports that Libya has completely shut down their Internet as of midnight Saturday local time. "Renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn... and Libya is off the Internet. One Libyan route originated by Telecom Italia directly is still BGP-reachable, but inbound traceroutes appear to die in Palermo. A minority of our peers report some surviving paths through the peering connection between Level3 and Telecom Italia, but traceroutes into those prefixes fail, suggesting that the Libyan cutoff is complete. "

via www.readwriteweb.com

February 20, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack