March 30, 2011

Ivory Coast army enlists 'thousands' as rival forces advance on capital

Ivory's Coast's embattled president has enlisted "thousands" of new army recruits as opposition supporters closed in on the capital after a third day of military advance. 
Ivory Coast army enlists 'thousands' as rival forces advance on 
An armed group supporting Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised president, patrol a street in Duekoue Photo: AFP/GETTY
The Republican Forces, armed groups supporting Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised president, took several more towns on main roads heading towards Yamoussoukro on Wednesday.
Yamoussoukro, in the centre of the country, voted overwhelmingly for Mr Ouattara in November's poll.
"The Republican Forces left here early, they were hooting horns and saying they were going to Yamoussoukro," said a hotel worker in Bouake, Ivory Coast's second-largest city and a stronghold for Mr Ouattara.
A restaurant manager in Yamoussokro said the city was tense but quiet and that most people were staying at home and many businesses were shuttered.
Seizing the capital would be a largely symbolic victory as almost all political and economic power lies in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's largest city in its far south.
BBC News Africa

Ivory Coast: Ouattara fighters 'capture Yamoussoukro'

Members of Pro-Ouattara forces hold their weapons on 29 March 2011
 in Duekoue  
Pro-Ouattara forces began offensives on several fronts from their northern bases this week
Forces loyal to UN-backed President-elect Alassane Ouattara have captured Ivory Coast's capital, residents of Yamoussoukro say.

They have continued their advance from the north despite incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo's ceasefire appeal.

Mr Gbagbo refuses to stand down despite the UN saying he lost November's poll.

Abidjan is Ivory Coast's main city, but a BBC reporter says Yamoussoukro's capture is a major symbolic victory for the pro-Ouattara forces.

The pro-Ouattara soldiers are also reported to be 100km (60 miles) north of the port of San Pedro, a major cocoa exporting centre.

If there's one thing Eurocrats resent more than a British Eurosceptic, it's a British Eurosceptic who has been proved right

William Hague during his brief Eurosceptic phase
William Hague during his brief Eurosceptic phase
I attracted unusually dirty looks as I arrived at the European Parliament this morning. Not that I’m a stranger to dirty looks – you don’t expect to be popular in an institution which you want to close down – but the intensity of the stares was unwonted. Suddenly, I realised what it was. I had been for a gentle run – more of a ruminative lope, really – around Leopold Park, and I was still wearing my “Keep the Pound” tee-shirt, dating from the 2001 general election.
If there is one thing that a Eurocrat dislikes more than a stand-offish Brit, it’s a stand-offish Brit who has been proved right. Our refusal to join the euro was always an affront to the Brussels establishment. But where they used to patronise us, now they envy and resent us. That, ultimately, is why we shall end up being dragged into the bailout of Portugal – and, indeed, any others that follow.

Such bailouts are plainly illegal. It’s not just that they have no legal basis in the treaties, it’s that they are expressly prohibited. Hence Angela Merkel’s determination to push through a change which would, in effect, regularise what the EU has so far being doing without sanction. Britain has been embroiled this wretched business because a fund designed for natural disasters, such as floods and forest fires, has been reclassified so as to apply to cases of state insolvency.

Never mind who was responsible for agreeing:  Alistair Darling says he secured George Osborne’s approval, George denies it. My own guess is that UKREP seized the opportunity afforded by the interregnum to present the fund to ministers as a fait accompli (in which case the relevant official should be summoned before Parliament to explain himself). That argument, though, is secondary. Far more immediate is the fact is that the whole scheme is illicit. Britain should simply refuse to join in, and dare the European Court to do its worst.
If you think I’m getting things out of proportion, let me remind you of three facts.

1. Our net contribution to the EU has doubled in two years, and now stands at an extraordinary £9 billion a year.

2. Our liability in the event of a Portuguese bailout could easily wipe out half of the money saved by all the government’s spending cuts put together.

3. The bail-outs will cost the recipients even more dearly than the donors. You don’t help an indebted 
friend by forcing more loans upon him. Portuguese taxpayers should not be stuck with the bill for rescuing the euro, and we should not be paying to impoverish our oldest ally.

Fukushima beyond point of no return as radioactive core melts through containment vessel

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) The battle to save the Fukushima nuclear power plant now appears lost as the radioactive core from Reactor No. 2 has melted through the containment vessel and dropped into the concrete basement of the reactor structure. This is "raising fears of a major release of radiation at the site," reports The Guardian, which broke the story ( A former General Electric nuclear expert told The Guardian that Japan appears to have "lost the race" to save the reactor.

The only feasible interpretation from this analysis is that radiation emissions from Fukushima could suddenly become much greater. It is also now obvious that the radioactive fallout from Fukushima will last for decades, if not centuries.

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan last night admitted the situation at Fukushima remains "unpredictable." Meanwhile, the presence of plutonium in soil samples is proof that the nuclear fuel
rods have been compromised and are releasing material into the open atmosphere. (

But don't worry (and don't prepare)

How many times were we told over the last two weeks that the Fukushima situation was solved? How many times were we assured there was "no danger" to the world? President Obama even went out of his way to tell Americans they should not prepare for anything, since there was nothing to worry about.

Don't acquire any potassium iodide, people were told. The situation is completely under control and nuclear power is safe, clean and green!

That's the GE spin machine talking, of course, and I don't mean the spin cycle on your rusty old washing machine. It's the network of corporate lies that has characterized the nuclear power industry for at least the last three decades. And now those lies are coming back to haunt us all.

What's next: Radioactive gas



Permanent euro bail-out fund failing before starting?

Standard & Poor’s yesterday downgraded both Greek and Portuguese debt by one notch and kept them on negative outlooks. That hints at further downgrades in the near future, although given the extent of the problems in both countries that could be as soon as next week.

More interesting to us, is the reasoning behind the downgrade. S&P directly puts its decision down to the agreement which was reached on the permanent bailout fund (ESM) at last week’s EU summit. In particular, the fact that, as expected, ESM debt will be senior to all private debt and taking loans from the ESM may be conditional on restructuring debt. S&P suggests this could be “detrimental to commercial creditors”.

Investors feared ESM uncertainty, but if there’s one thing markets hate more than uncertainty, it’s having their fears crystallised by government policy. The ESM undoubtedly makes peripheral government bonds more risky to hold and was always going to be met with a downgrade and higher borrowing costs. The real questions remain: Why did EU leaders decide to announce this two years in advance, thereby massively prolonging and increasing the pain of peripheral economies? And at the same time why did they put off dealing with the temporary bail-out fund, the EFSF?

There's still no agreement on how to top up the EFSF, which in turn makes investors doubt the EU's capability to deal with future bail-outs. Sorting out the EFSF might have helped limit the fallout from the ESM decisions; in any case it makes no sense to delay the more pressing of the two issues. Flagging up the fact that debt restructuring may be possible down the line somehow manages to simultaneously ignore the fact that it should be done sooner while also increasing the need for it.

Eurozone countries continue to complain about rating agencies' actions – which are admittedly far from perfect – but maybe they should stop throwing fuel on the fire.

While the principle behind it is very much welcome - putting the burden on taxpayers rather than investors - due to poor sequencing and timing, the ESM has managed to fail before it even came close to starting. That’s impressive even for an EU policy.

March 29, 2011

Press Summary Archive

Treasury document reveals “cross party consensus” on UK involvement in EU bail-out fund

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Telegraph reports that during a debate in the Commons yesterday former Chancellor Alistair Darling accused Prime Minister David Cameron of trying to hide the fact that the Conservatives had been consulted and agreed on the UK’s involvement in the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM), the €60bn bail-out fund agreed by EU leaders during an emergency meeting in Brussels last May. Darling argued that David Cameron had given “a somewhat incomplete account of my conversation with the now Chancellor [George Osborne].” He added: “We did indeed agree that we should do everything we could to keep Britain out of the main part of the rescue fund. But in relation to the smaller element [the EFSM], which he refers to, what we discussed was not voting against but abstention, recognising that Britain could have been outvoted – exactly the same thing that the Chancellor of the Exchequer referred to when dealing with Ireland.”

The Prime Minister maintained that Chancellor George Osborne “specifically objected” to the UK signing up to the EFSM when he was consulted by his predecessor at the time.

The Guardian reports that, in a note from July last year, Economic Secretary to the Treasury Justine Greening wrote: “It should be noted that whilst agreement [to the EFSM] on behalf of the UK was given by the previous administration, cross-party consensus had been gained.”
Guardian Telegraph Mail Open Europe blog

ECB intervenes to buy Portuguese government bonds;
Sources suggest German government sees Portuguese bailout as inevitable
The ECB renewed its bond buying activities by purchasing €432m in government bonds, with the majority expected to have come from Portugal. According to Le Figaro, markets seemed to barely notice the purchases, with the yield on Portuguese ten-year bonds reaching a record high of 8.07%. Writing in FAZ in response to the eurozone crisis, Deutsche Bank Chief Economist Thomas Mayer argues that “restructurings are necessary” and until that is realised “it will be hard [for peripheral economies] to receive new loans from the market.”

Handelsblatt reports that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble now considers a bailout for Portugal almost inevitable. The newspaper adds that the German government will insist on including the IMF in the bail-out, against the wishes of the Portuguese government, which reportedly fears that the IMF would impose even stricter austerity than the European Central Bank and the European Commission, according to a government official.

Incantations And Security

An internationally represented cabal propagates in security matters a dangerous assumption. The Left, the Greens, the “Alternaives” and their Do Gooder brigades share a catching project. For the careless observer of public affairs the tale can be attractive as it spreads tainted news that entice to inaction. According to the thesis, in the modern world the national means of self-defense have become superfluous. This speculation proclaims that the sources of peril directed against advanced and democratic societies are actually fantasies. Our apparent foes are men of good will whose position is negotiable. Their occasional radicalism is the outgrowth of misunderstandings that rational discourse can overcome. Otherwise, such groups, if reduced to the essence of their agenda, signal the stirrings of forces that peaceniks imagine represents a substance that corresponds to their own core tenets. The captains of this intellectual Titanic claim to know that there are no icebergs, meaning politically unmanageable conflicts in the world. At the same time, it is contended that the power of international organizations creates an environment in which physical defenses have become superfluous. Allegedly, these organs act in the name of the “international community” whose raised eyebrows make redundant the instruments of national power designed for the protection of sovereignty.

In some ways, the shying away from even contemplating the resort to retaliatory and defensive actions is astounding. The circles that tell us that there are no threats and that should, nevertheless, such arise they can be dealt with without resorting to national means of power, exhibit a peculiar attitude toward violence. If examined, the parts of the program turn out to go in their inconsistency beyond a simple failure to fit together. In fact, the components stand in contradiction. They do so in a way that raises doubts regarding the ability of their propagators to operate within the boundaries set by logic and experience.

Globalist Bid To Ban Cars Is Part Of “Planned-Opolis” Agenda

Posted By admin On March 29, 2011 @ 7:49 am In Featured Stories,News In Focus,Paul Watson Articles | 24 Comments

Only the elite will be allowed to drive vehicles, while the rest of the population will be tightly regulated by super-computers, a global food council, and an omnipresent nanny state
Globalist Bid To Ban Cars Is Part Of Planned Opolis Agenda 
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Paul Joseph Watson
Prison [1]
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The controversy generated by the European Commission’s announcement that it intends to ban all cars from city centers by 2050 only scratches the surface of the true tyranny that the globalists have in store for us as part of their “planned-opolis” agenda, which represents a chilling hybrid of communist and fascist control measures that will completely subjugate the population and eviscerate all traces of freedom, mobility and independence.

“Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under a draconian EU masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years,” reports the London Telegraph [2].

Reaction to the proposal was furious, with the Association of British Drivers labeling the plan “crazy,” warning it would plunge Europe into a “new dark age”. BDA spokesman Hugh Bladon suggested its architect, Siim Kallas – Vice-President of the European Commission, should go and find himself “a space in the local mental asylum”.

UK Transport Minister Norman Baker was also forced to address the controversy [3], saying the EU should not be meddling in individual cities’ transport policies.

“We will not be banning cars from city centres anymore than we will be having rectangular bananas,” he said.
However, the fact that the globalists plan to ban cars as part of their effort to destroy the living standards of westerners under the contrived pretext of halting global warming is not even the half of it.

As we highlighted in January, funded by monolithic corporations and large banks [4], including the likes of Bank of America, Time Warner and Royal Dutch Shell, the Forum for the Future NGO released a video bragging of how the elite not only plan to ban private car ownership for all but the most wealthy, they also seek to imprison malcontents who don’t conform to the new eco-fascist system within squalid ghettos while those who do submit have every aspect of the lives controlled by super computers and a nanny state on steroids.

After we published two articles exposing the group’s hideous agenda, the Forum for the Future organization pulled the video from You Tube, presumably wary that one of the slaves had caught on (“we’ve got one that can see!”), but a mirror version was later re-uploaded by a concerned reader.

Watch the clip below.


Dienstag, März 29, 2011

A Day of Infamy...

Today is the day that the US fighting troops withdrew from Vietnam. The war had become so unpopular that President Johnson decided not to run for re-election, leaving the winding down of the war to his successor, President Nixon.

It was a day of infamy. Not like Pearl Harbor, which was a surprise attack held during diplomatic talks, but a day of infamy in the original sense of the word, from the Latin infamia, the inversion of fame, the flipping of fame to infamy. It is a state of extreme dishonor, a black spot on US history.

But not for the reasons that the Left would have you believe.

The popular conception is that the Vietcong was fighting for independence against a corrupt government and that the North Vietnamese were helping their oppressed brothers (and sisters) fight against tyranny. The Tet offensive was a popular uprising that the US had to put down to save the regime. The US was involved because we were knee-jerk reactionaries, trying to prevent the spread of communism and willing to kill innocent civilians for the sake of geopolitics. My Lai and "We had to destroy the village in order to save it" proved that the war was horrible and we shouldn't be involved. It was nothing but a colonial war and the US was on the wrong side. We fought a war of genocide and were outfought by peasants.

As usual, the popular conception is wrong.


EU summit was about reducing sovereignty of EU countries --Klaus


Český prezident Václav 

vydáno: 28.03.2011, 08:24 | aktualizace: 28.03.2011 08:29

Prague - The EU summit in Brussels last week that decided on the Pact for the Euro was a meeting about another radical reduction of sovereignty of EU member countries, Czech President Vaclav Klaus writes in an article carried by today´s issue of newspaper Pravo. 

Klaus ranks among long-term opponents of the EU´s deeper integration.

EU reps say that the Pact for the Euro, approved by the EU leaders, is to raise the competitiveness of EU member countries. Its adoption means, among other things, that the EU will start watching the size of wage costs and the sustainability of the individual pension systems in countries that have joined the Pact. The Czech Republic is one of the four countries which have not joined it.

"The stance of Prime Minister [Petr] Necas (I wish it was the stance of the whole government) that we will not join the Pact for the Euro for now is certainly correct and we should back him in this," Klaus says.
"And we should finally determine what form of European integration we would like to have so that every future Czech negotiator has a clear position. We should dare to say that we do not want the European Monetary Union, either," he adds.

Necas was complaining before the start of the summit already that it was unacceptable for the Czech government that the Pact´s final wording was negotiated without the Czech Republic.

"We have not been invited to the Pact for the Euro final version, it has been submitted to us in a take it or leave it style. Some member countries may accept this approach but we do not want to accept it, also for this reason," he declared.

Necas has not ruled out that the Czech Republic may join the Pact later.

March 28, 2011

Iranian Video Says Mahdi is 'Near'

New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi--or Islamic messiah--is about to appear.
CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place -- and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times.

While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand.

'The Coming is Near'

Euro-hyenas are no laughing matter!

By Quentin Letts
Last updated at 8:07 PM on 25th March 2011
Pro-Brussels peers behaved 'like a pack of hyenas' in the Lords this week when urged to declare strings-attached pensions they receive from the European Commission.

The peers, including the increasingly unseemly Neil Kinnock, ganged up on Ukip's Lord Pearson in an extraordinary manner.

Some shouted at the Ukip man, heckling him, sneering, scoffing and generally making him feel threatened.

'It was like a pack of hyenas coming in on one': Ukip's Lord Pearson was rounded on by Pro-Euro peers

'It was like a pack of hyenas coming in on one': Ukip's Lord Pearson was rounded on by Pro-Euro peers
Lord Pearson's 'crime'? All he did was ask why ex-Brussels Commissioners are not required to declare their fat EC pension loyalties before they make parliamentary speeches.

The crucial thing about these pensions is that they are 'forfeitable'. 

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant and Our Future
Because of the inherent and uncontrollable risks of radiation, dependency on nuclear power is not the answer to America's future energy needs. Fossil fuels and alternative fuel sources pose the greatest promise. Development of oil, gas, and coal resources domestically depends heavily on elimination of costly federal and state regulations that now hamper the private sector's ability to make use of those resources......
by Attorney Jonathan Emord

Mayor Bloomberg and Sen. Schumer unhappy with recent Census
For months we were given assignments that made little if any sense. They could have told us to stay home or go to the movies rather than show up at the office! We were told to attempt to locate individuals who overstayed their visas and who, according to a highly flawed and archaic "system" that was supposed to track the entry and departure of aliens. If we could locate them we needed to.......
by Michael Cutler

Sheriff testified before Congress has ties to suspected Islamist group
The only law enforcement official called to testify at the controversial congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization on March 17 is allegedly "tight" with an Islamic group that raised money for Hamas and was a co-conspirator in a federal terror-finance trial, according to a public-interest legal organization that investigates and prosecutes public corruption. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca advocated on behalf of Muslims.....
by NWV News

Obama Over His Head: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya
By his fraudulent weapons of mass destruction claim in Iraq, Bush managed to get 4,400 American troops slaughtered and another 32,000 hideously wounded by IEDs that took off legs and other body parts. He killed off nearly 1.0 million Iraqi civilians while creating 2.5 million refugees. He dropped immoral and amoral depleted uranium bombs that have caused thousands of cancers and birth defects in Iraq and Afghanistan, and......
by Frosty Wooldridge


George Soros’s Home Address

March 27th, 2011 (14) Posted By Pat Dollard.

Tidbit for NY tourists/sightseers interested in important contemporary figures as well as for architecture buffs. If you are either, you might want to put this residence on your sightseeing schedule, I hear it’s quite beautiful:

136 Cantitoe St. Katonah, NY 10536-3804
Lat: 41.2374910 Lon: -73.6520730

Have a look at the house here. And have a look here. 
Trivia for Soros fans: He has four* children, Robert, Andrea, Jonathan, Alexander, and Gregory, and two ex-wives, Annaliese Witschak and Susan Weber Soros. He lists himself as an atheist, but has also described himself as God.

* five ?

Press Summary Archive

EU summit agreements fall short of tackling eurozone crisis; Pressue mounts on Portugal to seek external aid

Monday, March 28, 2011
At last week’s EU summit, eurozone leaders agreed on the details of the permanent eurozone bailout mechanism post-2013 and a plan for economic governance, however, there was no progress on how to solve the funding problem with current bailout fund or how to tackle the crisis in Portugal. The problems facing the Irish economy were also sidelined. FT Weekend argued that: “In some respects, the deal underperforms even analysts’ lowered expectations.” FAZ notes that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s advisory board has branded the recent decisions at the EU summit “alarming”. The paper quotes sources saying that the permanent bailout fund will entrench “economic mismanagement” in the eurozone.

Open Europe’s briefing on the cost of a Portuguese bailout and restructuring, continues to receive coverage from around Europe. The briefing was referenced in Polish paper Gazeta Prawna, Portuguese paper Diario de Noticias and on Paul Mason’s BBC blog. Pressure continues to grow on Portugal to seek a bailout from the EU/IMF. ECB governing council member, Ewald Nowotny, said that he would “recommend” such an action from “a purely economic point of view”. Despite toppling the government with his rejection of the new austerity plan, Pedro Passos Coelho, leader of the main opposition party, has pledged that he will reduce government spending further and institute structural reforms to promote economic growth if he is elected to be the new Prime Minister. He also said that he hoped Portugal would not need external aid but added: "if it becomes inevitable to ask for a rescue, we will". Open Europe Director, Mats Persson, was quoted in Saturday’s Mail saying: “Portugal, along with other struggling countries, should restructure its debt, rather than tread water with the help of EU bailouts.”

The results of Ireland’s banking stress tests, due to be published on Thursday, are expected to show that the biggest banks need between €15bn - €25bn to recapitalise, and also need to sell off €90bn worth of assets to bring their loan-to-deposit ratios back to a reasonable level. The Irish government is requesting that the ECB set up a new €60bn medium term lending facility to help the banks achieve these requirements.
FT Weekend FAZ Guardian Reuters Gazeta Prawna BBC: Mason Diario de Noticias Saturday's Mail Saturday's Independent Saturday's Times Sunday Telegraph WSJ European Voice EUobserver EUobserver 2 BBC: Hewitt FT WSJ Independent City AM El Pais

Historic defeat for Merkel’s ruling partyChancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats suffered a “humilating defeat” in yesterday’s regional election in the state of Baden-Württemberg, where they had ruled for 58 years; the state will now be governed by a Green-Social Democrat coalition. The Greens also did well in the other regional election held in Rhineland-Palatinate, while the FDP party, Merkel’s national coalition partner, was a big loser in both elections.

WorldNetDaily Exclusive

George Soros assault
on U.S. Constitution

See which White House officials involved
in rewriting nation's founding document



WorldNetDaily Exclusive

By George! It's a Soros World Order Breaking News
Billionaire steps up funding to diminish importance of U.S. economy --WND

Soros group launches war on Fox, 'conservative' websites
Assembling opposition-research files on network's top and midlevel officials

Hey there, Georgie boy
How would you best describe George Soros?

WorldNetDaily Exclusive
Bill Ayers admits (again) he wrote Obama bio
Weather Underground terrorist speaks to new generation of SDS

What shocking video says about Ayers ...
Exclusive: Jack Cashill declares, 'He holds reputation of president in his hands'

Libtalker: Obama's experience at '3rd grade' level
'He's the one who talked the talk, he just can't walk the walk!'

Did Obama write his own books ... is their story true?
'Deconstructing Obama' uncovers revelations galore about his alleged life narrative

WorldNetDaily Exclusive

Radio host taunts terrorist: 'Are you scared?' Breaking
Aaron Klein demands explanation for group using civilians as human shields

Israel commences 'Iron Dome' anti-rocket system
'We do not have the possibility of deploying batteries to protect every home, school, base'
--Agence France-Presse

European Left Applying Libya Precedent to Israel, Calling for Military Action

This could not have been more predictable:
The junior partner in the Norwegian government, the Socialist Left Party of Kristin Halvorsen, (Sosialistisk Venstreparti), plans to vote on a measure calling for military action against Israel if it decides to act against the Hamas in Gaza… Here is the less than lucid reasoning behind the motion: The credibility of the world community in its confrontation with the Gadafi regime is undermined when there is no reaction against other states in the region who commit injustices against civil population. The greater world community must therefore also react against Israeli air attacks on the Gaza strip.

Ron FraserColumnist
Germany Goes It Alone
March 28, 2011 | From
The Libya crisis has created a defining moment for Germany.

The Bundeswehr’s ex-Inspector General Klaus Naumann exclaimed, “Germany has dared to go it alone for the first time since 1949.” This once most senior military officer of the Bundeswehr was commenting on the decision by the German government to pull out of the nato campaign in Libya.

In an apparent about-face, Germany swung overnight from being among the first to send its navy to waters off the Libyan coast to completely withdrawing from its nato Mediterranean mandates. In the meantime, France revved up its military machine and even lobbied to lead the nato intervention in Libya. But whereas France has been overt in its support of the nato initiative, Germany backed off pronto.

Noting the difference between the European Union’s two leading nations in their approach to Libya, observes that “about two weeks ago, Paris became a loud supporter of the Libyan rebels and a proponent of military attacks against the Qadhafi regime. Since the beginning of the year, France has suffered a dramatic loss of influence in North Africa, especially in Tunisia, but also in Egypt, while Germany has sought—not without success—to use the upheavals to its own benefit” (March 22). And there’s the rub.

German elites readily read that a campaign of this nature—with no clearly agreed end goal, with marked division within the alliance garnered to support the UN resolution that enabled the operation, with the United States disinclined to lead it, and with all other parties unable to agree which nation should play the patsy in the replacement leadership role—had failure written all over it from the beginning. Now nato is stuck with the lead role and the challenge to keep 28 member nations on track in the process.

Weekly Southern African Report
From Jan Lamprecht
Southern Africa in Crisis
Sunday, 27th March 2011
From 1994-Present over 3,000 Farmers have been murdered in S.Africa.
Many thousands of their farm workers have also been murdered too.
S.Africa: IMPORTANT: Johannesburg, Clear Water Mall - Black Staff attack White woman and beat her in broad daylight...
Friday 25-Mar-2011: I got this from a friend who was an eye witness to this event. There was a large crowd of eye witnesses to this, most of whom were white. I think you will find this incident even resulted in comments (By Jan)...
S.Africa: The Email that just can't stop doing the rounds... about Crime and the Govt
Tuesday 22-Mar-2011: [I don’t know who wrote this, but the original email along these lines went out years ago. This email must be the most successful “Crime chain letter” in South African history. People read this and pa (By Jan)...
USA: As I mentioned... BEWARE... the Libyan Rebels... Ouch! Look who are the Allies of the Rebels!!!
Saturday 26-Mar-2011: [I have mentioned in recent weeks my utter skepticism with respect to the revolts across the Arab/Muslim world. I have said that what you have here are radicals who are going to be WORSE than some of (By Jan)...

March 27, 2011

Putin and Medvedev Lead Opposing Coalitions in the Russian Elite

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 8 Issue: 58
March 24, 2011 03:48 PM
Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Russia

President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin publicly clashed over Russia’s response to the Western-led military action in Libya. This is the first major open rift in the tandem that has ruled Russia since 2008 and it may be much more important than the problem of how to oust Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and stop the bloodshed in Libya. It is about who controls Russian foreign policy and what direction the nation will take: eventual Westernization or authoritarian isolationism.

Speaking with workers at the Votkinsk missile factory in Udmurtia, Putin strongly denounced the Western “military intervention” in Libya. Putin called the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 that allowed the enforcement of the no-fly zone in Libya “flawed and defective.”  Putin accused the US of constant aggression, bombing Yugoslavia in 1999, invading Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 “under a contrived and completely false pretext.” Putin also accused the US of “eliminating” Saddam Hussein, killing members of his family and government. Now, according to Putin, “it is Libya’s turn.” Putin spoke about US’ hypocrisy, bombing and killing Libyan civilians under the pretext of protecting them. Putin described UN Resolution 1973 as “a medieval call for a crusade.” Putin agreed with Medvedev that “the Libyan regime is not democratic by any criteria,” but somewhat excused Gaddafi by pointing out: “Libya is a complex country based on relations between tribes, which require special regulation.” Under the Russian constitution foreign policy is directed by the president and Putin announced he was expressing his personal opinion about Libya (, March 21).

Who Sold Libya Its Supermissiles?

The U.S. government calls it the “one of the most lethal” weapons of its kind — an advanced, portable missile, designed to knock planes out of the sky. A variant of it just showed up in Moammar Gadhafi’s army and nobody seems to know how exactly it got there. But diplomatic cables, unearthed by WikiLeaks, suggest one potential culprit: the Chavez regime in Venezuela.

Aviation Week’s eagle-eyed reporter David Fulghum spotted a Russian SA-24 Grinch surface-to-air missile mounted on a Libyan army truck in recent cable news footage. And that’s a cause for concern: The SA-24 is more accurate, longer-flying, and more lethal than than earlier models of surface-to-air missiles. It also has a dual-band infrared seeker and is more difficult to jam than older systems.

The missiles “reportedly have counter-countermeasures that may be difficult for planes with just flares to counter,” Matthew Schroeder, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Arms Sales Monitoring Project, tells Danger Room. ”Overall it’s just a much more capable system.”
“Quand les peuples cessent d’estimer, ils cessent d’obéir”


Cantonales 2011: l’immense rejet du sarkozisme

C’est une recette éprouvée dans les régimes démocratiques: lorsqu’un dirigeant politique est en difficulté sur le plan intérieur, il déclare la guerre à un ennemi extérieur. En voulant jouer au chef d’orchestre des puissances occidentales combattant Kadhafi en Libye, en battant du tambour, en hissant le drapeau et en soufflant dans la trompette, le nain qui nous tient lieu de chef de l’Etat voulait limiter la débâcle aux cantonales, se redonner une stature présidentielle et se remettre au centre du jeu dans la perspective de 2012. Pour l’heure c’est raté. Quoi qu’il en ait, Sarkozy ne joue d’ailleurs qu’un rôle de marionnette dans cette intervention militaire massive contre la Libye, les Etats-Unis étant évidemment les maîtres du jeu. Obama et les puissants dont il dépend souhaitent poursuivre à marche forcée leur remodelage du Proche-Orient dans l’intérêt d’Israël et dans le but aussi de mettre la main sur les ressources pétrolières du pays. Mais comme toujours, l’on fait montre d’hypocrisie en déguisant cette opération de piratage international en croisade humanitaire, ainsi que naguère l’on avait inventé la fable des armes de destruction massive pour liquider Saddam Hussein et son régime et plonger l’Irak dans un chaos et une guerre civile qui n’ont jamais cessé depuis 2003.

From the Crisis, Into the Crisis


ATHENS/BERLIN (Own report) - In the run-up to decisions to be taken at the EU summit, to begin tomorrow in Brussels, Greek economic development shows the Euro crisis management in a miserable light. Athens, which, since last year, has been strictly applying the austerity programs being demanded mainly by Berlin, has been regularly confronted with popular protests. Journalists and employees of the local public transportation system in Athens went on strike just last week. The cuts in wages and public spending are driving the country ever deeper into the recession. Just taking the period from the first to the third quarter of 2010 - the period from the beginning of EU crisis intervention to its first effects - the rate of shrinkage of the Greek national economy increased from 0.7 to 5.7 percent. Simultaneously, unemployment increased significantly. There is a disastrous development of the national debt. Because of its enormous proportions - about 125 percent of the gross domestic product - Berlin and Brussels have imposed austerity measures. The crisis measures, modeled on Germany, are forcing up the national debt to nearly 150 percent of the gross domestic product. How this is supposed to stabilize Greece and the Euro is a mystery.

The Greek crisis was most recently on the agenda of the March 10 EU summit. At that meeting, Greece was able to extract a relaxation of the conditions for the emergency credit, needed to have avoided national bankruptcy in 2010. The crisis credit provided Athens by the EU and the IMF amounted to 110 billion Euros. Brussels prolonged the period of repayment from three to 7.5 years. Athens, in addition, was able to negotiate a reduction of one-percent in the interest rate, down to five percent. Thanks to these more advantageous conditions, Greece will be able to save six billion Euros, declared Greece's Prime Minister, Giorgos Papandreou.[1]


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Against All Energy Anywhere

By Alan Caruba

One of the great afflictions of the environmentalists—Greens—everywhere is a profound lack of understand of the role that energy plays in whether a nation prospers or just limps along, barely keeping the lights on.

A classic case is the communist paradise of North Korea that is almost completely dark at night while just across the 38th parallel, South Korea is ablaze with light, energy, and a thriving economy.

Dedicated Greens don’t really like any kind of energy whether it is nuclear, provided by burning coal, from natural gas, oil or from hydropower. They think that wind power is trouble-free and cost effective when it is neither. They feel the same way about solar power. Both are deemed acceptable because they don’t “emit” anything. This viewpoint is not merely naïve, it is profoundly stupid.
          Ten propositions
    Extracts from Robert Schuman’s book  ‘For Europe’
Europe is forging institutions based on her long culture
1. Europe must be mistress of her own destiny

2. Europe must acquire a soul

A Community based on law
3. Democracy is based on a divine call for brotherly love

4. Political integration must be the necessary complement of economic integration

5. Politically integrated countries will take joint decisions on international matters

6. Political unity does not signify the absorption of the nation

7. Political integration does not mean that the nation should be dispossessed of sovereignty

8. The European bond promotes the common interest

9. Europe must serve humanity

10. European solidarity prefigures a future worldwide solidarity

                                     Go back to Welcome page