“There have been hundreds of thousands of white Europeans, who don’t want Arabs and Africans coming to Europe, who are now going to Africa looking for work… this is all a front for a collapsing EuroZone, and a dying dollar…” – Randy Short
Once again Randy Short tells the uncomfortable truth… where’s the rest of the media????
2013.4.12 ‘West Imposes Media Blackout On Mali’ (Randy Short) (PressTV, youtube.com):
A political analyst tells Press TV that getting information out of Mali has been made very difficult because the French army has kept the media out and there is a media blackout there as well as in the American media.
The comments came after Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said 74,000 Malians who have taken refuge in the desert of Mauritania need urgent help and humanitarian assistance. The medical aid agency, which is also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, said on Friday that the condition of Malian refugees in the Mbera camp was deplorable and that the “humanitarian assistance is insufficient.”
Press TV has conducted an interview with Randy Short, human rights activist, to further discuss the issue.
Eight South African police officers have been charged with murder amid outrage over the death of a taxi driver who was dragged along the ground while tied to a police van.
The incident in the Johannesburg area of Daveyton on Tuesday was caught on video by a bystander and the film has since gone viral on YouTube.
Mido Macia, 27, originally from Mozambique, did not die while he was dragged down the street, but was later found dead in his police cell.
Moses Dlamini, of the police investigation unit, said the officers were charged with murder late Friday, The Associated Press reported.
MONDAY 2.25.13 – Jack Blood welcomes Podcast reporter James Corbett (www.corbettreport.com) Geo politics peratining to Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, China, Japan and North / South Korea is debated… also, What is Gladio 2? Updates on spying programs, etc… HOUR 2: Jack Freestyles on the subject of thought crimes and Forced drugging of mental hygiene crimes (pre crimes) in NYC + breaking news and various rants per usual.
The same UN that authorized an ECOWAS invasion of Mali, that quickly changed to a France / NATO invasion, and created what the UN now calls a “humanitarian crisis in Mali”, has just awarded the creator of this crisis, France’s President Francois Hollande, with the UNESCO Peace Prize for his “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa”.
So France and NATO’s arming and funding of Al Qaeda terrorists to overthrow Libya, which has resulted in the destabilization Africa, and has conveniently provided the excuse for neo colonial invasions of multiple African countries, this equals peace and stability in Africa????
France has also just sent Special Forces troops into Cameroon to find hostages in Nigeria… sure, things are looking really peaceful and stable in Africa.
2013.2.21 Prize for Killing? UN Honors Hollande For Peace As War Goes On In Mali (Interviews Abayomi Azikiwe) (RT, youtube.com):
The French President will be awarded a UNESCO Peace Prize for the operation in Mali. An official states that Francois Hollande made a “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa”. For more on the UNESCO move RT talks to Abayomi Azikiwe, editor at Pan-African News Wire.
WAR ON AFRICA; France Sends Special Forces Troops Into Cameroon To Find Hostages That Are In Nigeria
The destabilization of Africa continues to spread, now from Mali to Cameroon and Nigeria.
But this hasn’t stopped the UN from awarding France’s President Francois Hollande with the UNESCO Peace Prize for his “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa”.
2013.2.22 French Troops Land In Cameroon As Mali Fallout Continues (PressTV, youtube.com):
Collateral damage from France’s war in Mali may have expanded as a French family of seven, including four children, were kidnapped in Cameroon.
No group has taken responsibility, and there have been conflicting reports as to whether or not the hostages have been released.
WAR ON AFRICA; Central African Republic (CAR), Will France Invade To Save Puppet President Francois Bozize?
I believe the answer is yes, but covertly…
Obama has already sent US troops to the Central African Republic (CAR), supposedly to fight the ghost of Joseph Kony… so with the combination of French and US Special Forces, France already moving surveillance drones (UAV’s) into Africa, and the UN’s plan to begin using drones (UAV’s) for their African “missions”, like the upcoming War On Mali, it sounds very much like we already have a covert war in progress…
2013.1.9 Will France Invade The Central African Republic Yet Again? (PressTV, youtube.com):
At mediation efforts in Gabon, the Central African Republic’s embattled president, Francois Bozizé, has said he refuses to step down. In the past, France has intervened military to save Bozizé, and many wonder if they will do so yet again.
Press TV’s Ramin Mazaheri reports from Paris.
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WAR ON AFRICA; US Deploying Troops To 35 African Countries, ‘Anti Terror Training’ Excuse Used For AFRICOM Invasion
The invasion of Africa, as I predicted for Obama’s first term, which only partially materialized, appears to have been given the green light for 2013.
It’s unbelievable that the fake Left Wing and the fake Right Wing parties continue to pretend to argue over the artificially created “Fiscal Cliff” yet there’s zero discussion about saving billions of dollars by pulling troops out of the hundreds of countries the US occupies… instead, more troops are being deployed.
There’s a debate in the video below about whether this is “British Imperialism” or “US Imperialism” at work. Africa has been Britain’s domain for over 100 years, so Lawrence Freeman from LaRouche PAC is absolutely correct. British banking in the sovereign city state known as the “City Of London” provides the credit to finance their US attack dog to go out and secure Britain’s African domain… and that debt goes onto the US taxpayer’s tab, to be paid back to the ”City Of London”, plus interest… not a bad deal for the bankers.
2012.12.28 US Global Warfare (PressTV, youtube.com):
The US ‘Big Satan’ imperialism is sending its troops to Africa on the pretext of ‘war on terrorism’. Imperialism lies all the time and the only time it doesn’t lie is as a result of a double lie which is a lie coming back on itself to tell the truth.
Al-Qaeda was the creation of the US Satan imperialism. And now, there is evidence showing that the US Satan imperialism is currently arming al-Qaeda as in the case of Libya and it is actively supporting al-Qaeda groups. Thus, the reason they give for the physical invasion of Africa is bogus. But the real reason is that Africa in terms of minerals and natural resources is the richest continent in the world while its people are the poorest people in the world.
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US-led drone strikes — the targeted executions of suspected insurgents using remote-controlled, killing machines from tens of thousands of feet above the Earth — are not about to end.
Unmanned aerial vehicles like the widely popular Predator drone will not be put into retirement by the Pentagon, even 11 years into a so-called global war on terror and the take-down of Osama bin Laden, inarguably America’s biggest adversary. According to a chilling report published Tuesday evening in the Washington Post, in fact, the most advanced tactics to decimate alleged enemies without ever bringing them to trial are not being eliminated, but updated.
Soon the days of a secret Oval Office-penned roster of persons slated for extrajudicial execution will be in the past. The Post reports that for the last two years, the Obama administration has tried feverishly to develop “a next-generation targeting list” that will serve as an updated version of the already-in-place death panel of persons authorized by the commander-in-chief himself to be blown to oblivion from miles above.
In this week’s article, journalist Greg Miller suggests that the White House is ready to do more than just cross suspected terrorists off their kill-list one-by-one with each subsequent UAV strike. The real-world man-hunt will soon be operated by means of a “disposition matrix,” more modernized terminology and technology that will let counterterrorism experts in Washington plot not just who and how to kill, but where to find them and what to do in order to bring them to justice.
“The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations,” Miller explains. “US officials said the database is designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the ‘disposition’ of suspects beyond the reach of American drones.”
Miller goes on to say that these claims have been confirmed by dozens of current and former national security officials, intelligence analysts and others, and all but explains exactly the algorithms developed and the answers required to warrant a full-fledged manhunt and execution for any alleged enemy of the state. The disposition matrix, it would seem, is outlined perfectly in Miller’s report. One question, however, does remain: Why?
The Obama administration has yet to offer an in-depth answer as to why targeting killings are even an option, except for a single speech delivered earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder. Speaking before an audience at Chicago’s Northwestern University School of Law, Mr. Holder defended the executions by dismissing allegations they were prohibited, instead saying, “the US government’s use of lethal force in self-defense against a leader of al-Qaeda or an associated force who presents an imminent threat of violent attack would not be unlawful — and therefore would not violate the Executive Order banning assassination or criminal statutes.”
Mr. Holder would go on to say, “Where national security operations are at stake, due process takes into account the realities of combat,” and all but affirmed that the execution of the 16-year-old American-born son of suspected terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki was authorized by the laws of war. But even after drone strikes have accumulated a death toll as high as 3,000 by some estimates — and civilian casualties certain to exceed the only acceptable answer: zero — the White House will not relax their killings but only set up a more structured blueprint for future administration to follow through with.
“We can’t possibly kill everyone who wants to harm us,” one senior administration official explains to Mr. Miller.
Instead, the White House is willing to forfeit a speedy and extrajudicial execution and will soon be seemingly more inclined to option a whole other set of rules to govern how America handles any persons of particularly morbid interest.
“The problem with the drone is it’s like your lawn mower,” Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst and Obama counterterrorism adviser, tells Miller. “You’ve got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back.”
That’s precisely why the matrix is being created. One US counterterrorism official speaking on condition of anonymity tells Miller that “a disposition problem” has plagued the Obama administration because, aside from straight-up ordered executions, the options are almost nonexistent. President Obama renewed to talk show host Jon Stewart last week his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison where suspected terrorists are currently shackled by the dozens, which leaves the US with little methods of dismantling terror cells without a simple search and destroy mechanism.
By using the matrix, the White House implies that they are willing to work through other means to take down terror suspects. But don’t worry — the drones aren’t going anywhere. Heavens, no.
“The database is meant to map out contingencies, creating an operational menu that spells out each agency’s role in case a suspect surfaces in an unexpected spot,” Miller writes. One former counterterrorism official involved in the architecture of the matrix tells the Post that the program will ideally be executed in cases where foreign targets are spotted overseas but an Obama-ordered UAV strike isn’t necessarily the best option.
“If traveling overseas to al-Shabaab [in Somalia] we can pick him up by ship,” the source says. “If in Yemen, kill or have the Yemenis pick him up.”
In recent years, the White House has ramped-up its counterterror tactics by expanding launching pads for drones around the world. Currently the stealth airships can be dispatched in moments across the Middle East, Arabian Peninsula or Northern Africa, and domestically they are expected to be cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration within a year. Even still, though, the expert involved in the matrix says the long-arm of extrajudicial murder still has its obstacles that even America’s World Police aren’t willing to work around in some situations.
“How do we deal with these guys in transit? You weren’t going to fire a drone if they were moving through Turkey or Iran,” the counterterrorism expert asks. But while that’s indeed a claim that’s hard to dispute, that doesn’t mean the White House has decided to censor itself when it comes to cutting back on killings.
“We didn’t want to get into the business of limitless lists,” another former senior US counterterrorism official tells the Post. “There is this apparatus created to deal with counterterrorism. It’s still useful. The question is: When will it stop being useful? I don’t know.”
During the first and only televised debate between the candidates vying for vice president during next month’s election, incumbent VP Joe Biden said America’s goals regarding Afghanistan have been already accomplished and an exit is imminent.
“The fact is we went there for one reason: to get those people who killed Americans: al-Qaeda,” Mr. Biden said. “We’ve decimated al-Qaeda central. We have eliminated Osama bin Laden. That was our purpose. And in fact, in the meantime, what we said we would do, we would help train the Afghan military. It’s their responsibility to take over their own security. That’s why, with 49 of our allies in Afghanistan, we’ve agreed on a gradual drawdown so we’re out of there . . . in the year 2014.”
Meanwhile, though, the State Department has been reportedly orchestrating talks overseas that will allow US forces working alongside coalition partners with NATO to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely, a move that would presumably mean more than just leaving boots on the ground but offer only more opportunities to analyze and execute persons deemed fit for the disposition matrix.
When Pres. Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney squared off during the third and final televised debate this week, the current commander-in-chief answered a question about foreign UAV strikes without ever once whispering the dreaded “d-word.”
The president opined quite the opposite of what his running mate said days earlier, telling Gov. Romney, “Keep in mind our strategy wasn’t just going after bin Laden. We created partnerships throughout the region to deal with extremism in Somalia, in Yemen, in Pakistan.”
“But we’re always also going to have to maintain vigilance when it comes to terrorist activities,” Pres. Obama continued. “The truth, though, is that al-Qaeda is much weaker than it was when I came into office. And they don’t have the same capacities to attack the U.S. homeland and our allies as they did four years ago.”
And perhaps that insurgency has indeed been decimated as both the commander-in-chief and Vice President Biden suggested. In Mr. Miller’s report, however, he acknowledges that the “metastasizing” of the organization has left America not just concentrating their efforts in Afghanistan, but instead broadening up their front to find terrorists anywhere on Earth. Now as America continues its war on terror but without the geographical restrictions of when President George W Bush first ordered troops into Afghanistan, the expansion of Mr. Obama’s kill list into a lavishly worded “disposition matrix” suggests that suspects will continue to be combed for anywhere on Earth.
And with a war in Iran seeming the next logical step to ensure what we’re told is peace in the Middle East, the matrix might soon be muddled with more than just the names of al-Qaeda insurgents.
“We’re going to bomb the citizens of Iran?” Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson asked during a debate of third-party nominees this week. “We’re going to find ourselves with another 100 million enemies.”
Maybe so. But according to Mr. Miller, though, we’ll at least have a way to take them down. What will happen, however, when the number of friendly cooperation partners starts to dwindle and few parties are left willing to scoop up insurgents from the seas outside of Yemen and Somalia and strike them down in the name of America? That’s a factor that we can only hope is equated into the disposition matrix and whatever mathematical algorithm that Mr. Obama and future presidents will use to put enemies on ice.
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The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the CIA to court for the agency’s refusal to comply with a FOIA request to hand over documents about the Obama administration’s “targeted killing” drone program.
Grace Bedell thought it could clinch the election when she suggested to Abraham Lincoln that he grow a beard. Now a century and a half later, Americans are asking their president to consider an updated proposal: Mr. Obama, please don’t kill us.
Depending on whom you ask, the Obama administration has either executed hundreds of civilians abroad with poorly planned drone strikes or none at all. A new report, however, finally offers insight into those conflicting conclusions.
How exactly can the Obama administration get away with killing American citizens? The answer to that question and many more may be revealed Monday afternoon by United States Attorney General Eric Holder.
The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the FBI, Department of Justice and CIA to court over information relating to a US-conducted killing of three of its own citizens abroad last year, including one 16-year-old boy.
This is being blamed on Gaddafi – when it is much more likely that these rebels have been sponsored by Oil Oligarchs (Oiligarchs) – and are Mercs who raided Libya after the war….
Triumphant Tuareg rebels fall out over al-Qaeda’s jihad in Mali
As one group of rebels proudly proclaimed the independent state of Azawad in the “liberated” north of Mali last week, their allies were preparing for jihad by cutting off the hand of a “criminal” and forcing women to wear the veil.
The rebels, armed with weapons stolen from Muammar Gaddafi’s formidable arsenal, took over an area of the Sahara as big as France in an astonishing 72 hours, taking advantage of the chaotic aftermath of an army coup.
Few of the people they promised to free waited to find out what freedom would be like. Instead, an estimated 250,000 people left their homes, terrified families fleeing with their children and possessions. Many told tales of looting and rape by rebels who now control a vast area in the heart of Africa.
Foreign governments were left scrambling to find out exactly who the rebels were, amid fears that a base for al-Qaeda will now be set up in the Sahara similar to ones in lawless parts of Pakistan and Somalia.
“Our law is a legal war, a sacred war, in the name of Islam,” a bearded leader of the Ansar al Din militia called Omar Hamaha told his supporters in Timbuktu soon after they took control of the ancient caravan town. With its blue men, spectacular mudbrick mosques, and annual music festival under the desert stars, Timbuktu was a fashionable destination for the well-heeled tourist looking for an experience of the Sahara, until 2007 when kidnapping started.
Even more worrying than Ansar al Din were the supporters of al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) who streamed into northern Mali with ambitions of setting up an Islamic state. They included men who have made millions of pounds of ransom money by kidnapping foreigners.
They put up their black flags over the three main cities of the north, Timbuktu, Gao, and Kidal, and strutted in the streets. Rare television pictures shot in the northern cities showed tough-looking men in turbans driving pick-up trucks, armed to the teeth with automatic weapons as crowds looked on nervously.
Some rebels grabbed the chance to loot, setting fire to buildings and abducting young women, according to refugees. Others — or perhaps the same ones – were determined to impose a Taliban-style Islamic rule, ordering men into the mosques to pray and closing bars and discos.
Communication with the north was difficult, but reports from people contacted by telephone were alarming. Youssouf Maga Touré, a manager at a transportation company in Gao, described desperation as shops were looted and food supplies ran out.
“Thousands of people will die in the coming days by hunger,” he said.
“We have hundreds of people, mainly women, trying to escape. Our buses will not come here. Drivers are afraid for their own lives.”
Rebels patrolled the streets, he said. “They don’t speak with the local people. They just put their flags on the main government offices. Some of them don’t even speak our language.”
With the government gone, it was not clear exactly who had seized power — “nobody knows who is in control”, said one worried resident of Timbuktu. But most of the rebels seemed to be ethnic Tuaregs loyal to the Mouvement National de liberation de l’Azawad (MNLA), who may not number many more than 1000 fighters. They say they want a free, independent, but not religious state, which they call Azawad.
Their core was formed by a group of Malian Tuareg soldiers who had been part of Colonel Gaddafi’s army for years, and in some cases decades. Last summer they realised that he was doomed and deserted his army, with large amounts of his weapons which they secretly transported across the desert to Mali. There they set up the MNLA, reviving a moribund Tuareg rebellion against Mali’s government which started at independence from France in 1960. In January they launched an insurrection under the command of Mohammed Ag Najm, a former officer in Gaddafi’s army.
His men had fought Gaddafi’s losing wars in Chad, Lebanon and against rebels in Libya last year. This time they wanted to fight for their own state, but not for religion – but they needed the support of Tuareg jihadis who were fighting the Mali government. At a tense meeting last autumn the Gaddafi deserters became allied to a group of jihadis led by a rebel called Iyad Ag Ghali, a shadowy figure who some are now calling the master of the Sahara, perhaps permaturely.
Mr Ghali, believed to be in his fifties, has been a power in Tuareg politics for decades, but became shunned by the mainstream after finding Allah in the 1990s under the tutelage of Pakistani preachers who may have been linked to Osama bin Laden.
He refuses to shake hands with a woman, and has a reputation for stern religious fervour, although he is also regarded as hospitable and generous like most Tuareg. His links to extremists are troubling; he was thrown out of Saudi Arabia because he was regarded as too extreme.
Back in Mali he carved out a role as a negotiator in some of the Sahara’s high-profile kidnappings of recent years — where the usual ransom for a European has been between €3 and €10 million.
Since he became a middle man, helping resolving kidnappings, he has become a wealthy man.
In the Tuareg rebellion he was the junior partner, yet his prestige has grown. After the MNLA refused his offer of leadership last year, Mr Ghali set up his own smaller militia, Ansar al Din. It is not clear how big a role they have played in the fighting, but Mr Ghali has proved adept at political theatre, arriving in both Gao and Timbuktu ahead of MNLA leaders and stealing their glory.
With the government ejected, his relationship with them is clearly under strain. “I am not for independence,” Mr Ghali has said. “It is Sharia I want for my people.”
His natural partner is al-Qaeda, and in Timbuktu he arrived with three of the senior emirs of AQIM – Abou Zeid, Mokhtar Ben Mokhtar, and Abou Hamame, men who have carved out reputations for ruthlessness and greed.
They sense their chance in the chaos. But the desert may not be fertile territory for them. Youssou Guindo, a shop owner from Gao contacted by telephone, said: “Mali is a secular country, we do not need Sharia. We are free to pray. If they want Sharia they can apply it where they want, but not in Mali.” Peter Tinti, who was until 2008 a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Gao, said some of his old friends had been in touch by twitter, expressing fear about their new masters.
“Most people, even most Tuareg, are probably not going to be enthusiastic about the rebels,” he said. “Malians are proud of being a democracy. Trying to turn it into an Islamic state, that is going to be anathema to most people. Gao is a small, conservative town, but it also has bars and hotels and people are pretty tolerant.”
As the dust settles in the desert after its most extraordinary week in decades, there is growing sense of dread about what happens next. Neighbouring governments fear the contagion of rebellion will spread to their own Tuareg minorities. Foreign governments fear al-Qaeda getting established in the desert.
Mali’s government in the capital Bamako is in total chaos after the coup, and nobody expects its soldiers, chased out of the north, to be back any time soon. The rebel leaders are jubilant, but some think the MNLA may have declared independence prematurely. The jihadis want to march on the south, but that seems far-fetched.
The jihadis are under pressure, with imams in Timbuktu, one of the leading Islamic cities in Africa, telling the faithful that Mr Ghali is an upstart with no credibility as a religious leader. The MNLA fighters are now reportedly making ready for a showdown with AQIM and Ansar al Din. Mali’s bloodletting may have only just begun.