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I present you… 2 May 2011

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This is the compound where Bin Laden is believed to have lived in the last few years. [DPA]

.. the compound.  The million dollar… high, high walled compound.

From a gallery at der spiegel.  Another glamour shot. And another.

Frankly it looks more like the Garrido ”garden estate”, the sad trash heap where Tracy DuGard was held for 18 years in an unincorporated part of … oh, the far reaches of the East Bay.

Obviously… 31 March 2011

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Libyan rebels flee an area near the eastern town of Brega

Libyan rebels flee an area near the eastern town of Brega [AFP/GETTY]

Obviously, North Africa, bordering the Med, has always been part of Eastasia.  Someone needs to sue the estate of George Orwell  for not being clearer.

Democracy NOW!  had on Scahill and a former DIA person… sigh, he does use “homeland”, and as always I hear “Fatherland”

JEREMY SCAHILL: Well, you know, I think it’s much ado about nothing regarding the CIA teams being there. I mean, the United States has CIA operatives around the world, and of course they had them in Libya before this no-fly zone attack began, and they’re going to have them well after it. What I think, though, is happening here is that the United States is flailing to try to figure out a position on the Libyan rebels. If you read Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker, his recent dispatch where he’s with the rebels, he said that there are maybe a thousand of them and that they are not a fighting force, that they do not have the equipment, they do not have the skill or the training to overthrow the Gaddafi regime on their own. So, President Obama stuck his neck out and said that Gaddafi has to go; he said regime change. Now he’s tried to back off of that. But the reality is that these rebels are not going to be able to take down Gaddafi’s government without substantial support from the United States or potentially France or another government.

But there’s really no such thing as NATO without the United States. And so, this idea that the mission is being passed off to NATO under Canadian command is really kind of a farce, and I think a lot of people that are within the military community and the intelligence community are really suspicious of what they see as kind of a mission creep here, where the United States could end up being embroiled in a civil war in Libya for many years to come.

If Gaddafi emerges from this still in power, what does that say about Obama’s—President Obama’s credibility, having gone so far as to say that he has to fall? I think there’s a lot of reactionary policy making going on here that in the end could prove dangerous for Libyans and for the United States.  …

The conversation goes back and forth between Libya and Yemen… which considering the differences in our publicly voiced approach is interesting.

Nice little description of this “kinetic” phrasing the US has been using…

JEREMY SCAHILL: You know, the United States has had—I mean, we don’t know the exact number, but a couple hundred Special Operations Forces people on the ground in Yemen, primarily in a training capacity. We also of course have CIA people there that are doing intelligence operations. And those could all be called into serious question if the Saleh government falls, in terms of the on-the-ground presence. So there is talk of moving those operations to Djibouti, where AFRICOM is headquartered, and it’s the main command for the U.S. in the attacks against Libya right now. But Djibouti, in the early stages of the Bush administration’s war against the world, was really the hub of action for covert ops in the Horn of Africa and also, to an extent, in Yemen. When the Bush administration sent a drone in to kill six individuals in Yemen in 2002, including a U.S. citizen from Buffalo, New York, Kamal Darwish, that was the first kinetic action or direct action, killing operation, targeted killing operation, outside of Afghanistan. So it could be that they shift over to Djibouti. And you’re seeing this area, North Africa, really becoming a hub for a kind of—for U.S. military policy in that region.

It is not mentioned in this transcript, but “stories” (and who knows) are coming out of the regional press and what are called “Yemeni reporters” (again, who knows, I have not seen a link, just a reference from an operative, information release sort of site) that Southern Yemen has been declared separate, by none other than AQAP!, and under Shari’a law (cue the US women neo lib warriors!), thus it is forbidden for women to leave home alone.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has declared Yemen’s Abyan province an “Islamic Emirate” and banned women from going outside, according to Eurasia Review and accounts from Yemeni journalists. 

AQAP, which has established full control over the southern province, made an online statement Wednesday declaring Abyan an Islamic Emirate governed by Shariah.

The statement said women in the province should not go out except under necessary circumstances, “and she who urgently needs to go out, should be with one of her male relatives, and should have ID with her.”

AQAP’s announcement comes just a few days after jihadists looted an ammunition factory in Ja’ar, a city in Abyan province, killing 150 people in an apparently accidental explosion. Al Qaeda militants have also taken control of local communications facilities in the province.

Obviously we MUST invade to head off partition and to save the women.  Mustn’t we?

”We Are The Saviors” is running thru my head, sung to the old Queen song… We are the champions….  I heard a snip of Gates this am, openly calling for a senior mil officer in Libya to “take out” Qaddafi and (basically) dial  1-800-Pentagon to “cut a deal”. 

Who knows…. other than these are wars of US-centric de-stabilisation, above all.

Somebody (or other) will be hosting AFRICOM out of this, whether they like it or not.  Whether we can afford it or not.

Crescent bleed 19 March 2011

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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this image of the star Alpha Camelopardalis. The big red arc is a bow shock, similar to the wake in front of the bow of a ship in water.

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this image of the star Alpha Camelopardalis. The big red arc is a bow shock, similar to the wake in front of the bow of a ship in water. [REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech]

As a… 20 February 2011

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Manama, Bahrain: A Bahraini anti-government protester at the Pearl roundabout holds up a poster with pictures of former Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali (centre), former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (left) and former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein above a picture of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa with the words “soon” written in Arabic [Hassan Ammar/AP]

As a twisted Paladin, of sorts, rides in.

Hail the mush faced Mullen….

US top military officer arrives in Saudi Arabia

(AFP) – 3 hours ago

RIYADH — Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday for the first stage of a Gulf tour to boost US relations with its allies in the region.

“Part of what I want to accomplish is to reassure our friends and also just listen to what’s on their mind,” Mullen told journalists.

The highest ranking US military officer’s visit comes as an unprecedented wave of revolts challenges Arab authoritarian regimes, notably in Bahrain and Yemen, after uprisings toppled rulers in Tunisia and Egypt.

The purpose of his mission is to “reassure, discuss and understand what is going on,” Mullen said, adding the “trip was scheduled for other reasons but as it turns out the context has changed.”

In his two-day stay in Saudi Arabia, US President Barack Obama’s top military adviser will meet high-ranking Saudi military officials.

At the top of the agenda is Bahrain, where six people were officially reported killed in last week’s demonstrations, raising pressure on the Sunni Muslim ruling dynasty to talk with the Shiite-led opposition.

Mullen said it was “absolutely critical” that governments and their opposition resolve differences peacefully.

“We certainly would like to see whatever happens happen in a non violent way,” he said. “That where there are differences, they be resolved non violently. And that governments and their people figure this out.”

The Sunni Saudi kingdom has expressed alarm at Iran’s nuclear programme and the Shiite Islamic republic’s growing influence in the Middle East, particularly Bahrain, Iraq and Lebanon which have sizeable Shiite communities.

Foreign ministers of the Gulf monarchies signalled support for Bahrain’s monarchy on Thursday in a joint statement, saying “our security is a collective responsibility and there is no question of accepting foreign interference.”

Bahrain is strategically vital to Washington as it hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which protects the Gulf’s maritime oil routes supplying US operations in Afghanistan.

Saudi Arabia is a long-standing US ally and a key regional player in the war on terrorism, with Washington announcing in October a massive contract to supply Riyadh with fighter jets and helicopters.

Information that Saudi Arabia collects on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), operating out of Yemen, has also become critical to alert Western governments of potential threats.

Copyright © 2011 AFP. All rights reserved.

Oh puhleese. The biggest mil power on earth arrives for a circle tour to urge ”peace” and ”non-violence”.

Don’t make me laugh too hard, now.

Meat eater 19 February 2011

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Andrew Battle paints the teeth of a Tyrannosaurus rex model during preparations for the opening of Dinosaurs Unleashed - the UK's largest animatronic dinosaur adventure - which opens at The O2 in London today

Andrew Battle paints the teeth of a Tyrannosaurus rex model during preparations for the opening of Dinosaurs Unleashed – the UK’s largest animatronic dinosaur adventure – which opens at The O2 in London today    [PA]

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Not just an “uprising”. 11 February 2011

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29 January:   The end   

Protesters make a statement with the destruction of a central security forces truck in downtown Cairo   Photo:  Hossam el-Hamalawy

And:  May it spread.

From one of several galleries, new today, at the Guardian.  Several shots from January 29, which, iirc, is a day many died.  One photo even shows that birdshot used against the protesters was Made in the USA.

Arms dealers to the world.  Among other job descriptions we fulfill.

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Whaaambulance! 10 February 2011

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Opposition supporter waves flags after a senior army general addressed the crowd inside Tahrir Square

Opposition supporter waves flags after a senior army general addressed the crowd inside Tahrir Square        [Reuters]

I hear Suleiman has told the people in the Square to “go home”.

Well, we knew that one was coming.

Since Obbly Wobbly won’t, I call Moo plus the Eqyptian leadership, Saudis, Israelis, many too many US Jews -  AND Wobbly himself:

BITTER CLINGERS.

Gives me a laugh.  I love tossing that shit, originally lobbed by Obby during the election, to a somewhat-to-very rich crowd just a few blocks from me, on the San Francisco RE “Gold Coast”.

He was performing for whites, imo, calling out a lot of Americans who are not and never will be as wealthy nor as priviliged as the wealthiest in San Francisco.  Oh sure, the crowd had some “diversity”.  In this town it always does.

Not enough to matter to my jaundiced eye.

Moving right along… 13 June 2010

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A diver feeds a turtle at an aquarium in Hefei, Anhui province, China

A diver feeds a turtle at an aquarium in Hefei, Anhui province, China [REUTERS]

An Iranian relief convoy is getting closer to leaving for Gaza:

Iran aid ships for Gaza awaiting ministry nod
(AFP) – 3 hours ago

 TEHRAN — An Iranian Red Crescent official said in a report on Sunday that two aid ships organised by the humanitarian group were ready and awaiting foreign ministry approval to leave for Gaza.

 “We are ready but are awaiting permission from the foreign ministry given the political, military and security conditions in the region,” Mojtaba Majd, a senior Red Crescent official, was quoted as telling Mehr news agency.

 Separately the Red Crescent said that of the two ships, the one carrying foodstuffs and medicines was expected to leave this week.

Majd said more than 100,000 Iranians have registered to go to Gaza as volunteers on the second ship, but added only those “who have some expertise” would be sent to the Palestinian territory.  snip

And the CSM helpfully tells us why

[A]nalysts say that Iran’s reaction – including Ahmadinejad’s repeated reminders that the Islamic Republic has championed the Palestinian cause since the 1979 Islamic revolution – is designed to recapture from Turkey part of its self-declared role as the regional bastion of militant resistance that fights for the oppressed.

“The Iranians are trying to say, ‘We can still talk the talk,’ ” says Meir Javedanfar, an Iran specialist in Israel. “This is Iran trying to say that it’s still in charge of the Palestinian issue, to milk the international backlash against Israel after the flotilla incident.”
snip

And, so the article says, too many children in Gaza being named for Tayyip Erdogan… too few for Mahmoud A.

This from the previous thead…

TimesOnline

Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.

In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.

To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences will return to full alert.

“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” said a US defence source in the area. “They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.”

Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one. ….

I guess we will know when the sabre rattling ends and the shooting war begins…

And the manufacturing consent beat goes on… 5 September 2009

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A nine-month-old three-legged cheetah named Lucky pops her head out of the window of her keeper’s car in Namibia [CATERS]

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Oh my:

James Zogby: “Recent manifestations of rage…are indicators of a dangerous unraveling of some individuals and of the fabric of our very democracy.” (via Open Mic at Politico)

Hand wring hand wring. Furrowed brows… Weep openly for “the fabric of our very democracy”.

But I recall that Zogby voted for Bush in 2000 AND exhorted his US based ME followers to do so as well (and they did).   PATCO anyone?   Within two years, Americans and legal residents of ME descent were forced to register, by country of national origin, with the local feds.  16 year old sons were taken from mothers – that happened right here in SF, where at least we had coalitions of attorneys to help…

AND Angry Arab has long stated that Zogby is funded by one of the S Arabian princes.. there being so many I cannot remember which one.

I recall that the other Zogby, John the pollster, would address audiences in 2004 and tailor his responses as to who would win (Kerry v Bush) depending on the audience.  Several times I heard a shrill giggle from him, most notably after placating Dem audiences that Kerry would win.  Why people bought it, I will never know.

Line up the snooker punches for the snookered.

oh I dunno… 26 June 2009

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Iran crackdown: Riot police have become a constant presence on the streets of the Iranian capital [Ali Nazanin/AFP/Getty Images]

I can only make it thru about a quarter of what is online, sorting thru this and that… but I think it is time, reportedly with 17 dead among the protesters and 8 of the basij troops (not that we know)… it is time for Mousavi to show his face. And, maybe, his wife as well….

What I find is shifting reports, varying from day to day,  one or the other of them is said to be under a form of arrest, and surely much is opaque… but he issues statements on his website… the latest float is that his wife is missing, maybe arrested.

[W]riting on his website, Mr Mousavi said the result of the polls was a “big fraud” and that the security forces had “attacked protesters inhumanely, killed, injured or arrested them”. He continued: “I am willing to show how election criminals have stood by those behind the recent riots and shed peoples’ blood. I will not back down even for a second, even for personal threats or interests.”

There had been reports earlier in the week that Mr Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, had been arrested after posting a message on her husband’s website in which she said the protests must continue despite the authorities imposing regulations that she likened to martial law. There has been no further news about her whereabouts.

The authorities meanwhile continued their policy of cracking down on protest, arresting 70 university professors after they had met Mr Mousavi to discuss setting up a more liberal form of government. Later at least half of them were released, but some remain in custody. Other academics, artists, writers, poets and journalists have all been particularly targeted for harassment and detention. snip

I say, show up. It seems clear the protests, from whatever wellspring they arise, are beyond an election, beyond a vote count, beyond a man. Or his wife. Even as much is, again and still, opaque.

But, show up. I did find his statement days ago about ritual bathing and preparation for martyrdom to be spoon feeding the troops….  Western media surely carried that message aloft, as though it were the bloodied shirt.

It is other blood in the streets.

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Why?

“These reasons explain why over recent weeks while the Iran elections were happening there has been virtually no coverage in most media of demonstrations numbering in the tens of thousands in Georgia or Peru. It has even been reported in Peru that dozens of persons have been killed during the protests, or “clashes” as they’ve also been labeled (since more than a dozen police have also been killed), more than the reported number killed in Iran.” (thanks Matthew)

Posted by As’ad at 8:09 AM

Just being a thief in the night here with Angry Arab posts...

Friends………. ;)

Obama Rules: Protecting House of Saud

“Kristen Breitweiser, an advocate for Sept. 11 families, whose husband was killed in the World Trade Center, said in an interview that during a White House meeting in February between President Obama and victims’ families, the president told her that he was willing to make the pages public. But she said she had not heard from the White House since then.” (thanks Olivia)

Posted by As’ad at 8:04 AM

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