Posts tagged ‘Libya’

June 9, 2011

Germany denies America drug for killing its citizens

[Tom Hopper, US News Contributor]

Spiegel Online International: With more than 3000 American death row inmates in the 34 US states that  employ the death penalty not-so-eagerly awaiting their killing by lethal injection, America is running out of the lethal injection drugs to despatch the prisoners as US firms stop producing the deadly drug.

America’s desperate attempts to import the drugs though are not proving to be successful as country after country is refusing to supply the deadly drugs. The latest slap in the face for US executioners was from Germany which point-blank refused to supply the drug. Recently, India, UK and Denmark have done the same.

As a result, many executions have had to be delayed and the US is currently considering the employment of more primitive methods to cull its waiting list for executions.

Not a good time to be on death row in the USA it would seem. Perhaps the USA should be looking to get the lethal drugs from countries more amenable to killing their citizens which include Libya, China, Syria, Yemen, DRC as it is unlikely then that it would face any opposition for the importation of the necessary drugs.

In America, offences that carry the death penalty include:

  • Treason
  • Use of weapon of mass destruction resulting in death
  • Espionage, terrorism, certain violations of the Geneva Conventions that result in the death of one or more persons,
  • Aggravated rape in Louisiana, Florida and Oklahoma;
  • Extortionate kidnapping in Oklahoma;
  • Aggravated kidnapping in Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky and South Carolina;
  • Robbery and and aircraft hijacking in Alabama;
  • Drug trafficking resulting in a person’s death in Connecticut and Florida;
  • Train wrecking which leads to a person’s death and perjury which leads to a person’s death in California.

In addition, under the US Uniform Code of Military Justice, execution can be ordered for many more offences including: desertion, mutiny, spying, and misbehaviour before the enemy.

Many of those executed in the USA have received posthumous pardons.

May 30, 2011

In breach of UN resolution forbidding ground support in Libya, CIA and British secret service agents fight Gadaffi with rebels

[TRIPOLI:  Capt. Ahmed Akabu, Military News Contributor]

As far back as March 30th 2011, the National Journal had reported that following the green light from the White House for the US’s direct ‘prejudicial engagement’ on the ground with the Libyan regime in aid of the rebels, CIA and British secret (and not so secret, from  recent accounts), operatives have been on the ground fighting with the rebels to overthrow the intrenchant and wily  Libyan dictator, Col. Muammar-el-Qaddafi.

According the National Journal’s report in March, more than 12 covert operatives were active in Libya working on the ground with the rebels to overthrow Qaddafi.  Also on the ground at that time were many Special Air Service commandoes and M16 agents.

Guardian: Today video footage from Al Jazeera confirms sightings of foreign armed operatives openly interacting with rebel forces on the ground. This kind of intrervention, of course,  is in contravention of the UN resolution which specifically forbids this kind of enagement by foreign military operatives, but who cares anyway. Isn’t it the same UN whose 30 or so resoultions have been openly thrown out by the Jews vis a vis the Palestinian issue? So Libya is in for some interesting times it would seem.

However, Libyans rebel forces are becoming increasingly worried that the problem with foreign troops on the ground is that as they do not take directions, or orders from local forces, they become in due course, nothing less than an occupation force which then has the potential to create the same problems as for Viet Nam, Iraq and Afganistan in terms of world and local perception of their presence.

May 24, 2011

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s state visit to UK a big hit

Picture source MailOnline – beautiful First Lady, Michelle Obama, in near miss wardrobe malfunction

[Selma Thomson, UK News Contributor]

MailOnline:  The Obamas‘ state visit to the UK seemed to be a big hit with all from the meetings with UK Prime Minister, David Cameron to that with the British royal family at Buckingham Palace.

Discussions between the politicians were reported to be warm and constructive with every hint of the ‘elusive’ special relationship in the air.

It is reported that points discussed covered how to induce ‘a sense of optimism and national mission’, whilst attending to declining living standards and the re-establishment of economies severely damaged by the financial crisis. Climate change, foreign policy challenges in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya also were featured in the discussions.

May 23, 2011

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May 23, 2011

Facebook rape of 12 year old girl by 28 year old semi-paralysed man

[Temer Kahn, Sexual Crimes Contributor]

MailOnline – northeast England: Nicholas Bull, 28, lied to a 12 year old girl and her parents via the social networking site, Facebook, when he pretended to be a disabled 13 year old teenager who had suffered a Disneyland accident.

In reality, the wheelchair-bound obese 28 year old, was a kitchen worker from Orpington in Kent in England  who had been semi- paralysed in a car accident in 2009.

And after lavishing the girl with gifts and text via Facebook, he got her to agree to meet him and when she met him told her that the medication for his accident had made him overweight and look older. Then he took her to a hotel room and raped her.

Judge Jeremy Baker QC sentenced the rapist to nine and a half years imprisonment, 12 years on licence and has banned him from using Facebook. According to MailOnline, the judge said:  ‘You deliberately targeted this 12-year-old girl to have a full sexual relationship with her and you achieved this with careful and sophisticated planning involving the use of deceptive entries on Facebook…I’m of the opinion there’s a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm by you in the future.’

More than 250 million children worldwide use Facebook and social networking sites.

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May 16, 2011

Colonel Gadaffi under arrest by International Criminal Court

[Kamil Fuker, Middle East and Africa Contributor]

BBC News:  The word is out that the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’) has  issued an arrest warrant for Colonel Gadaffi and two other members of his regime this week for crimes against humanity.

Although the Colonel’s regime has said that it will disregard the warrant as Libya is not a contracting member of the court and as such is outside its jurisdiction, it seems that the constitution of the ICC does empower it to issue arrest warrants in circumstances where the matter under conderation is referred to it by the UN’s Security Council. In March this year, the UN’s Security Council had approved military action to assist and protect the Libyan rebels.

It is not clear whether a bounty has been put on the warrants, or whether US Navy SEALS will be drafted in on an “engage and kill” mission in Libya, but analysts are commenting that these are options that are likely to be investigated by the court.

The ICC is a permanent tribunal based in Hague set up to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. The court has jurisdiction in all instances where the state in question is a contracting party, or the alleged crime took place on the territory of a contracting state, or where the circumstances of the crime is by referral to the court from the United Nations Security Council. 

April 30, 2011

President of Yemen promptly executes 12 protestors after promise of immunity for war crimes by European Union

[Timothy Wills, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]

EU Observer: From the ‘poisoned chalice’ of the sanctioning of the deployment of cancer-causing depleted uranium ordinance in Libya in support of the rebels, to the endorsement of a plan proposed by the Gulf Co-operation Council (‘GCC‘) to give the Yemeni president, Ali Abdallah Saleh, immunity from prosecution for war crimes, the EU’s bumbling diplomacy is proving to be a disaster in the Middle East.

A glaring recent example, is that  shortly after the endorsement by the EU of the immunity plan for the Yemeni president, whose forces have taken more than 100 lives since the conflicts began, his forces promptly shot 12 protestors and injured more than 100.  Notwithstanding, the EU has said that the deaths do not change its position. However, international human rights groups are saying that the deal for the Yemeni president will be a bad example for other world dictators.

Under the GCC plan, Saleh will enjoy total immunity from any prosecution for wrongdoings if he goes in 30 days, arranges new presidential elections two months thereafter and arranges for more power to be given to opposition activists in a newly formed national unity government.

April 26, 2011

The poisoned chalice of NATO’s aid to the Libyan rebels

Depleted Uranium birth defects and cancers in Iraq, Afganistan and the Former Yugosalvia

[Akif Brownlie, Libya News Contributor]

International reports suggest that it is a well known secret that NATO forces assisting the rebels in Libya are using depleted uranium ordinance (‘DU‘) in their bombing strikes on Col. Gaddafi’s forces.

Whilst DU weapons are effective tools for wearing down the wily Colonel, there are serious questions now by the international community concerning the devastation on the health of all Libyans that the use of these weapons will bring.

DU is highly toxic as a radioactive substance and because of that analysts and international public health monitors, like the World Health Organisation, are echoing the view of the international community that there will be serious and wide-ranging permanent effects on the health of Libyans for many years to come from radiation contamination brought about by NATO’s shelling of their country.  That is because DU is proved to have devastated the health of residents in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia, where it has been used in bombing attacks by NATO forces.

It was in 1991, that the US military, in a real war for some time and keen to test out its new super toxic DU amour piercing artillery deployed the use of DU material in its military invasion of Iraq.  Later on and delighted by the apparent usefulness of DU to create weapons of serious destruction in Iraq, the USA used DU ordinance again to pound peace into the conflict in the former Yugosalvia.

But questions began to pile up with regard to the usefulness of DU in war as cancer rates began to increase in more than 5 provinces in southern Iraq which had been shelled by the Americans. Chilling facts had emerged for the World Health Organization which found that the DU shells had contaminated the air, water and soil in the areas with highly toxic radiation which was linked to the increased cancer cases.  As such, by 2003, leukemia south of Baghdad had skyrocketed and by 2009, cancer rates had increased by the rate of thousands year by year. In 2011, reports suggest that the problem is getting worse.

In Yugoslavia too, where the ordinance had been used, leukemia symptoms became epidemic and in some parts of the country radiation levels had risen to up to 1000 times above normal. Even NATO troops suffered from the use of DU and more than 250 Italian force members have since died from DU-related cancer. As for civilians, cancer rates went up from 1 per 1000 per each new-born baby to more than 15 per 1000.

Analysts are saying that there is no need for US, or NATO forces to use DU as there is nothing to indicate that non-DU bombs can be less effective. Furthermore, as DU-inflicted wounds on humans are practically impossible to treat and present hazards for not only the victims, but also the medical personnel treating them who are likely to be seriously contaminated with radiation, there is a strong case that they should not be used whatsoever by any civilized military force.

Furthermore, where DU shells explode in non-residential areas, the problem does not go away but becomes a deferred sentence of death for residents in the target country, or region as such explosions have been found to contaminate the soil and water permanently and to cause untold misery and deaths from cancer upon residents.

According to United States’ former Justice Secretary Ramsey Clark, DU utilisation is: “An unacceptable threat to life and a violation of international law”.

April 22, 2011

Libyan black residents being slaughtered by rebels


[Alice Bolitho, Middle East News Contributor]

According to AlterNet’s Race-Talk Contributor, Philip Martin, it’s not a good time to be black in Libya as Libyan blacks are being targeted by the rebels in reprisal killing sprees.

The reason for that is because, at the start of the hostilities, the besieged incumbent Libyan dictator, Col. Gaddafi, had engaged more than three-thousand black mercenaries from neighbouring Niger, Chad, Mali and in other parts of the Sub-Saharan area to assist his internal security forces to contain the rebellion.  The so-called ‘Pan African Army’, identified by the yellow helmets, were exclusively dark-skinned and according to various reports had been particularly brutal towards Libyans in Benghazi, allegedly firing into crowds of demonstrators and clubbing, sometimes to death, unarmed civilians.

But, not all Libyan blacks are mercenaries as the country’s south is home to a large number of its black citizens. However, the rebels in their anger against the mercenaries are targeting all blacks in Libya in vicious reprisal attacks.  As a result, the indiscriminate killing of blacks in Libya is at an all-time high as black citizens and mercenaries are being equally subjected to hash treatment by the rebels with some being hanged from Poles in Benghazi,  beaten to death, or shot.   Now, there is widespread fear in the community of the many thousand black Libyans who are totally unconnected with the rogue Colonel’s drive to remain at the helm.

So, it seems that when Col. Gaddafi is finally removed, which by all accounts, will be soon, he will merely be replaced by another regime, equally as bloodthirsty and ruthless in respect to what it perceives to be in the best interest of is members and the dispensation of justice.

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April 22, 2011

European Union and the USA set to deploy occupation forces in Libya

[Jonas Griffiths, Middle East and Africa Contributor]

Guardian.co.uk/ PrisonPlanet TV: In what many international observers are saying is a thinly camouflaged scramble for Libya‘s oil riches, the EU and USA are ramping up to deploy ‘occupation’ forces in the guise of  ground troops for the protection of  ‘humanitarian’ supplies to the rebels in the besieged country.

According to WeeklyIntercept.Blogspot.com, the US’s ground troops will be sent to complement and assist the hundreds of special forces military personnel from the US, UK and France already deployed within Libya as trainers and advisors.

Furthermore, this week, despite the controversy over the use of the missile-armed US Predator drones in Pakistan by its tendency to inflict unpalatable levels of ‘collateral’ damage upon the Pakistanis, President Obama has ordered that the very same machines may be used in Libya in aid of the rebels. In particular, it is hoped that the rebels in Misrata will have an easier time in overcoming the vastly superior firepower of the incumbent Col Gaddafi’s forces when the drones are deployed.

In the meantime, PrisonPlanet TV reports that the EU has prepared a plan for rubber stamping by Nato which will allow it to deploy more than 1,000 ground troops in Libya for the protection of humanitarian aid supplies to the rebels.  Whilst  the soldiers will be fully armed and instructed to fight if the humanitarian aid supplies are threatened, the Nato forces countries, despite having armed Col. Gaddafi’s forces in the years preceding the ‘people power’ movement in Libya, are still refusing to arm the rebels. Military analysts have commented that all this is causing concern among the rebel forces who are suspicious that using the cover of Nato’s barely-legalised involvement in their conflict, EU and US forces will quickly become ‘occupying’ forces similar to events in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In addition, as there is nothing in place by  that sets out a plan of action for any of the foreign occupation forces to be deployed in Libya to be commanded by the Libyan rebel leaders, the rebel leaders are declining the troops deployment and becoming increasingly suspicious that the offer of assistance will be yet another ‘occupation’ move for the exploitation of the country’s oil-wealth by foreign western powers.

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