Evidence “has emerged,” the article said, “that there is a strong racist element within the rebel forces [this week recognized by the U.S. administration as the legitimate government of Libya] including at command level, and it is the stated intention of these forces to ethnically cleanse areas they capture of their dark-skinned inhabitants.”
Michel Chossudovsky wrote this week, “The size of this military operation under a UN sponsored ‘humanitarian mandate’ is mind boggling.… In bitter irony, Western public opinion broadly supports this humanitarian endeavor carried out under the principle ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P); yet each of the strike sorties results in countless deaths and injuries of civilians; and the media have largely obfuscated the causes and consequences of this war.”
NATO's ‘war crimes’
Libya’s prosecutor general, Mohamed Zekri Mahjubi, on Wednesday reportedly made the charge that “NATO airstrikes have killed more than 1,100 civilians and injured thousands of others since March 31.” Mahjubi told foreign reporters “he intends to prosecute NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Libyan courts for ‘war crimes.’”
The Libyan prosecutor charges that, as “NATO secretary general, Rasmussen is responsible for the actions of this organization, which has attacked an unarmed people, killing 1,108 civilians and wounding 4,537 others in bombardment of Tripoli and other cities and villages.” In addition, the prosecutor general has pressed murder charges against Rasmussen, saying, “the NATO chief sought to murder Libyan [President] Muammar Qaddafi.”
“Most of the casualties were now caused by landmines rather than Qaddafi’s heavy artillery, as earlier on in the offensive,” said a doctor today at a hospital in nearby Ajdabiya. “We have had five more injuries this morning, all of them from mine explosions.”
“Six months of strict rule by the Islamists in 2006 brought relative peace to the Somalia of Mogadishu,” AlertNet reports.
“That rule ended when troops from key U.S. ally Ethiopia helped restore the transitional government.
“Foreign involvement fuelled opposition locally and internationally and appeared to boost support for the Islamists, with some analysts saying U.S. accusations of al Qaeda involvement became a self-fulfilling prophesy.”
“The drought situation in the horn of Africa has reached crisis levels — the worst in 60 years.
The impact of the drought is seen everywhere. The price of food and maize grain skyrockets. Livestock are dying in large numbers. Massive numbers of people arrive daily in Dadaab camp on the Kenya/Somalia border. By September, famine is being predicted for some of the worst drought affected local areas of the Horn.
An insurgency that has been raging since the start of 2007 has forced large numbers of Somalis out of their homes. Much of the fighting now is between government forces and gunmen loyal to hard-line Islamist group al Shabaab. Conflict combined with frequent drought and rampant inflation has turned Somalia into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
New Great Game evolving
“Afghanistan and Central Asia are abundant with natural resources worth billions,” this week’s Deutsche Welle news recalls. These resources so far “are largely untapped, but the battle is raging for who will be able to exploit them in the 21st century….
“While the United States and China want an especially large slice…, neighboring states Iran, Pakistan, India and Russia have their eyes on [the game]. Most experts agree that a battle for natural resources is underway, alongside the war against terrorism.”
Quoting Jürgen Stetten, head of Asia at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the article says, “It is difficult to predict the outcome of the new Great Game in Afghanistan.” However, “Stetten believes it could very likely be catastrophic for Afghanistan — ‘A return of the Taliban, or proxy wars between the region’s big rivals, China or India, or the U.S. could land the country in a conflict that it will not get out of for some time.’”
Since the U.S.-led invasion of the country in 2001, violence in Afghanistan has been at its worst, Al Jazeera and other news sources report. “The security situation remains fragile.”
Today “an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force service members in southern Afghanistan.” One of the foreign troops died. So far this year, violence in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of at least 311 foreign soldiers. Most of them have been U.S. forces. More than 2,591 U.S.-led soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.
Pakistan strongly condemned the violation of its airspace by US-led forces stationed in Afghanistan. Washington claims the airstrikes target militants but most of the attacks kill civilians.
Thousands of Pakistanis have staged a protest sit-in this weekend to condemn what they call increasing U.S. interference in the affairs of the Muslim world.
A sticky bomb attached to a police officer’s car exploded today near a checkpoint. Three people died, 15 suffered wounds in eastern Karbala, 80km southwest of Baghdad.
Several bombs have gone off in Iraqi cities, including Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding several. Last year, car bombs killed and wounded scores of people during the Imam Mahdi observance
The incident today in Karbala was the third attack in the past two days on the holy city, as Shia pilgrims were going to visit the Imam al-Hussein shrine to commemorate the birth of Imam Mohammed al-Mahdi.
[sor·tie \'sȯr-tē, sȯr-'tē\ n [F, fr. MF, fr. sortir to go out, leave] (1778)
1 : a sudden issuing of troops from a defensive position against the enemy
2 : one mission or attack by a single plane
3 a : foray raid b : excursion expedition ‹diving ~s›
— sortie vi ] Britannica note
“Libya rebels killed trying to retake Brega — Opposition forces are poised to regain control of eastern oil town that has switched hands multiple times since March,” July 16, 2011, http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/07/201171610179115527.html
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