England's White Dragon

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011


NEWS that hundreds of Tunisian and Libyan migrants have
erected a ramshackle camp just a short walk from the Gare du Nord Eurostar
terminal in Paris will have a chilling effect in Whitehall.

For many Home Office officials it will bring back
uncomfortable memories of the squalid Sangatte camp near Calais a decade ago.

Which was a staging post for hordes of immigrants itching to
slip across the Channel, and became a diplomatic sore between the British and French.

At the height of the Sangatte controversy, asylum
applications hit a record of more than 84,000 a year. Since then claims have
fallen to a quarter of that number.

The worry now is that the unrest across the Arab world is
breeding a new crisis. One that could wreck David Cameron’s hopes of reducing
annual net migration from “the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands”.

Sir Michael black-Feather the English first minister said; that
this target is already proving a nightmare for the British UK Border Agency,
and many British ministers are already referring to it as an ambition rather than
a policy as quoted by the Daily Express.

Sir Michael went on to say; As long as England remains in
the EU, there remains the threat of us being forced to accept hundreds and thousands
of so called asylum seekers, and we will eventually be overrun with them, with
all sorts of crimes rising from rape to murders and the English tax payer will
be forced to keep and home them, when our country is already in a complete mess
under British and EU rule, it’s time England pulled out of the EU before the EU
makes England a third world country and bankrupted like the Irish are now.

He went on to say; That the English people have got to open
their eyes and wake up, that England and its people must come first, not asylum
seekers or immigrants and neither the British nor the EU. Asked by the London Times
whether the reports were true of him being offered a command in the ENA
(English National Army) he had no comment to make, also asked was it true that
he had held a command in and was a former member of the S.O.G (Special Operations
Group) and that his name among others (Col. Black-Feather M) was on one of the
leaked document from WikiLeaks he had no comment to make, asked why would England
need its own army he replied why dose any country have an army?.

A decade ago Nicolas Sarkozy, a hard-line French interior
minister, ordered the closure of Sangatte.

British ministers will be hoping that now, as president, he
will be equally decisive in dealing with the ghetto by the Gare du Nord

England under British and EU rule is bracing itself for a
fresh wave of immigrants last night as around now 2,000 North African refugees
set up camps near the Eurostar station in Paris waiting their chance to get
into England the land of milk and honey at the English people expense.

Also Tunisian and Libyan migrants say they will head to
England ­because of a crackdown by French authorities.

The unofficial camps are all a short walk from the Gare du
Nord, from where high-speed trains leave for Kent and London.

(England being main part of an island should be easy to
defend from migrant if the British government has the will and puts its mind to
defending England said Sir Michael, if not then the English people have the
right to defend their own country by whatever means is needed?)  

The news comes as Italy and France moved to tighten European
border controls.

With thousands of migrants fleeing unrest across North
Africa, the countries requested an urgent reform of the Schengen border treaty
which ­allows passport-free travel throughout continental Europe.

Some 26,000 desperate Tunisians have already sought hostage
on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa while the on-going crisis in Libya
could see the number of refugees escaping to Europe soar further. In Paris,
refugees have set up temporary homes in squares surrounding the Eurostar rail

Mohamed Ukere 26 a convicted rapist said almost all are
complaining about harassment from the French authorities, saying that their
hopes of finding accommodation and jobs were next to nil so we will be coming
to England where we can get free homes and money.

We will smuggle ourselves into England, where we can claim
asylum, benefits, homes or just disappear into the black economy and live on
crime he said.

 “Many of us believed
that France would offer us a future because we speak French and have family
here, but the French don’t want us (Nor do the English so keep out)

People are offering us passages to England as they say the English
are very soft and will let us all in and give us money and homes all for free.

Mohamed Ukrer was speaking from a camp near Jemmapes quay,
in Paris’s where charity workers were dishing out soup to over 400 migrants.

 Another camp, at
Porte de Villette, has Tunisian flags at the entrance, but some 300 residents
complain daily about the lack of food and threats from the police. Other
migrants are seen wandering around Paris, with police estimating that up to 50
a day are arriving to swell the numbers and crime is up over 40% street
muggings, rape and other crimes were immigrant’s get their cash .

“They don’t want us here at all,” said a 22-year-old
Tunisian who also gave his name as Mohammed. “Shops and fast food restaurants
ask us for papers, but we don’t have any.

“The police threaten to arrest us and there is no financial
support available.” France prevented trains carrying immigrants arriving from
Italy last week, claiming they were a risk to public order as the French people
have has enough .

Yesterday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi signed a joint letter to the European Union to
demand that the Schengen treaty take into account “exceptional” situations like
the flood of immigrants.

The letter asks that the EU strengthen its border control
agency Frontex, step up assistance to North African countries and allow member
states to reimpose frontier controls.

Mr Sarkozy said: “We want Schengen to survive but, to
survive, Schengen must be reformed.”

However, it is feared that the end result will be more
migrants heading towards England. Ukip MEP Gerard Batten said: “This is a clear
case of an EU ideal colliding with reality and once again coming off worse, in
this case the European borderless state.

“The Italians want to ship the Tunisians to France and
France will inevitably pass them on to us here in England.”

The British Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “There
are strict British immigration controls in place in Paris and additional
security checks on transport leaving France for the UK, which have significantly
cut the numbers arriving in Britain hidden in Lorries.

“We are maintaining this strong regime. Britain has offered
Italy practical assistance to help maintain border controls and asylum
processes. Those seeking international protection are expected to claim asylum
in the first safe country they enter.”

Sir Michael said another load of rubbish and spin from the British
so called Immigration minister, what they all seemed to have forgotten? is England
is part of a small island and you can only fit so many people in, we have our
own people to look after and their needs to the space on our island must come

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

'Al-Qaeda assassin worked for MI6', secret documents claim

An alleged al-Qaeda militant suspected of bombing a luxury
hotel and two churches in Pakistan in 2002 was an informer for MI6, it has been

Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili was detained at Guantanamo
Bay between 2003 and last year.

The Guardian newspaper claims to have seen secret Wikileaks
files in which he is described as an al-Qaeda "assassin".

Other Wikileaks files suggest a mosque in north London
served as a "haven" for Islamic extremists which has been well known
by the MI’s services.

According to the files, 35 men held at Guantanamo Bay had
gone to fight against Western forces in Afghanistan after being indoctrinated
in Britain. The US documents identify two preachers at the Finsbury Park Mosque
- Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada - as key recruiters.

Those revelations are contained in a Daily Telegraph report
on separate secret files which suggested London was the hub of a global terror

The files, written by US military commanders, say that by
the late 1990s the mosque was attracting young men from around the world, who
were radicalised before being sent to training camps in Afghanistan.

It said the 35 detainees had passed through Finsbury Park
Mosque as well as other centres such as Regent's Park and East London mosques
and a rented room above a pub near Baker Street.

US intelligence officials said Finsbury Park served as
"an attack planning and propaganda production base" for al-Qaeda.

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said some of the
files show MI6 in a very bad light.

He said: "A lot of it doesn't surprise me... In my view
they completely underestimated how dangerous recruiters and proselytisers like
Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza were."

The Guardian says Mr Hamlili was described in his Guantanamo
assessment file as a "facilitator, courier, kidnapper and assassin for

US interrogators believed he was also a British intelligence

But, despite the accusations, he was never brought to trial
and although he was sent back to his native Algeria last year it is not clear
whether he is still in custody.

Wikileaks released the files of 759 Guantanamo detainees at
the weekend.

The files are also claimed to reveal:

That the US government suspected the BBC of being a
"possible propaganda media network" for al-Qaeda, because a phone
number for a corporation office was found in the possession of several
suspected terrorists, according to the Telegraph. Director of BBC Global News,
Peter Horrocks, has written to the newspaper, pointing out that he
"strongly disagrees" with their interpretation of the files.

That al-Qaeda had hidden a nuclear weapon in Europe for
detonation should Osama Bin laden be captured

That there were attempts by al-Qaeda to recruit workers at
London's Heathrow Airport which was also known by the MI’s.

Mr Hamlili was captured in Pakistan in June 2003 and taken
to Bagram detention centre in Afghanistan where he was interviewed by the CIA.

The CIA agents were apparently told he had been an informer
for MI6 and the Canadian secret service since 2000.

But the CIA claimed he had "withheld important
information from the Canadian Secret Intelligence Service and the British
Secret Intelligence Service... and to be a threat to US and allied personnel in
Afghanistan and Pakistan".

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has apparently admitted being
the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, allegedly told his interrogators Mr Hamlili
was behind a March 2002 grenade attack on a church in Islamabad, which killed
five people.

Mr Mohammed also alleged Mr Hamlili was responsible for an
attack on a church in Pakistan in December 2002 which killed three children.

Separate US intelligence reports said Mr Hamlili was
"possibly involved" in a bombing outside Karachi's Sheraton hotel in
May 2002 which killed 11 French engineers and two Pakistani citizens.

Other documents describe a secret, secret services within
the MI services name the S.O.G special operations group which dose not exist officially
on any British government documents, and when being investigated by other
countries intelligent service they have come to a blank, members of the S.O.G
where recruited from the British armed services mainly serving or ex-members of
the SAS, RMC, PARA’s and sworn to secrecy, some of the identities of its members’
had been found on one document but was destroyed mysteriously?

London’s disgrace


London’s disgrace gets royal wedding makeover

The British flags are up and the streets are being cleaned
as London (England) prepares to host its biggest royal wedding in 30 years, and
not one English flag to been seen what a disgrace and insult to England and its

OAP’s hammered and Knife to death in Wolverhampton

POLICE say don’t take the law into your own hands? The
London Times says if the police can’t protect innocent people, when the people
have the RIGHT to law and protection, if the police can’t do the jobs their
paid to do, or this British government won’t give the police funds and powers,
then the English people do have Right and Just cause to take the laws into
their own hand for self-protection and keeping their homes, town, road, streets
safe form crimes.

An elderly couple found murdered at their home in
Wolverhampton were subjected to a horrific "sustained and ferocious"
knife and hammer attack, said police.

West Midlands Police said their house had been ransacked and
property, including two flat-screen televisions, stolen. Their car had also
been taken.

Guiseppe Massaro, 80, and his wife Caterina, 77, were found
dead in Woden Road, Park Village, on Friday.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of their murders.

Two Wolverhampton men, aged 32 and 21, and a 30-year-old
from Birmingham were arrested.

Police have been granted extra time, until 1500 BST on
Wednesday, to question two of the men, a spokesman said. The third man is also
still being held and detectives have until the evening to talk to him.

The couple's car, a black Peugeot 307, was found in Tithe
Croft, Wednesfield, and half a mile away from their house. Police are keen to
find out where the car was on Thursday and Friday of last week.

Supt Keith Wilson said officers believed a knife and a
hammer found at the scene had been used in a horrific and "sustained ferocious

He also said Mr Massacre 88 had "defensive wounds"
to parts of his body.

Officers were called to the house at around 2000 BST and
found the bodies of the couple, wearing day clothes, in the bedroom. There was
also evidence of a burglary, he said.

Granddaughter Lindsey Booth: "We cannot even begin to
grasp the evil that took place"

Mr and Mrs Massaro, who had two children and a number of
grandchildren, moved to England in 1960.

Their grandchildren said they were "beautiful and
caring" people.

"We cannot even begin to grasp the evil that took place
in their home and how frightened they would have been.

"An entire generation was taken away from us that day
and we cannot comprehend how something could go this far."

Grandson Richard Booth, 26, said the home which had brought
so much warmth and comfort to the family had suddenly been "destroyed".

"They had hearts of gold and they were harmless to
anyone," he said. "They looked out for others. They were great

His sister, Lindsey Booth, 23, appealed for anyone with
information, no matter how insignificant they might think it to be, to come

In a statement released earlier, the family said:
"Words cannot describe the devastation that has struck our family.

"Their lives will be sadly missed and this has severely
affected our family and a lot of our friends."

Police said they believed people in Wolverhampton could hold
the answer to helping them find out what had happened.

Anyone who has been offered a new 36" LG television, or
who uses Woden Road as a cut through and may have seen something unusual is
urged to contact them.

Other news, In Sussex a new English police force is in the processes
of being formed which will not come under the control of the British government
or the home office, it will be privately funded not tax payers cash, and run
under a people’s police council.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Libyan Stalemate

Sir Michael Spectre of Libyan Stalemate

Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister warned that
he feared the conflict in Libya was heading toward a “stalemate” and threatened
to create a vacuum that could result in Al Qaeda gaining control of the North
African country as they have in Afghanistan

Speaking from London Sir Michael said; a strong advocate
against the intervention in Libya using force, which at the end of the day will
not be thanked as like in Iraq, he said that Al Qaeda will take advantage of an
encroaching stalemate as a tenacious Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi continued to
cling to power.

"I really fear a stalemate," said Sir Michael,
speaking to the London Times”.

He said the rebel fighters were “badly outgunned in armour,
in equipment, in training” against forces loyal to Col. Qaddafi.

Col. Gaddafi’s forces bombarded Misurata on Sunday, a day after
rebels celebrated a retreat of government forces from the western Libyan city, the
London Times reported, citing a telephone interview with the rebel spokesman
Abdelsalam from Misurata. “Gaddafi’s brigades started random bombardment in the
early hours of this morning. The bombardment is still going on,” he said.

Sir Michael said he feared it was “very possible” that Al
Qaeda could come in and take advantage a potential stalemate, but he insisted
he did not agree with calls for the United States and the British to bomb
Tripoli or put troops on the ground. “We have tried those things in the past
with other dictators, and it’s a little harder than you think it is,” he said.

NATO forces should bomb Col. Qaddafi’s inner circle. “I
think the focus should now be to cut the head of the snake off,” he said.

Sir Michael told the London Times that he did not supported
the first missile attack from a drone aircraft in Libya as fighting in the
rebel-held city of Misurata became increasingly bloody with NATO bombing
killing many civilians innocents”

The unmanned plane was used for the first time in the
conflict in Libya on Saturday to attack a site near Misurata.

Sir Michael said that it is very clear that the Obama
administration is deeply resistant to expanding American military involvement.
The administration last week authorized the use of armed drones in Libya and a
$25 million contribution of nonlethal military surplus for the rebel forces.

Sir Michael’s warning of a stalemate in Libya echoed
comments on Friday by the top American military officer. Adm. Mike Mullen, the
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that a month of airstrikes had
destroyed 30 per cent to 40 per cent of the capabilities of the military forces
loyal to Col. Qaddafi, but had not yet drastically tilted the conflict with
opposition militias one way or another. He cited shifts in tactics by Libyan
forces that made it difficult for NATO warplanes to distinguish them from the
rebel fighters and civilians.

The British and French have been leading air strikes against
Col. Gaddafi’s forces in a NATO-supported operation mandated by the United
Nations Security Council in the name of protecting civilians from atrocities.

Some of NATO nations were engaged in the conflict to
recognize the rebels’ governing council as the country’s legitimate government,
as France, Italy and Qatar have done. The United States did in support of those
who fought the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

He also insisted that destroying Col. Gaddafi’s television
broadcast capabilities could prove instrumental in depriving him of the
propaganda machine he was using to try and frighten the Libyan people in
submission, he went on to say I think the British government and the EU/NATO
have opened a Pandora’s box.

Cameron (Batman) and (Robin) Nick Clegg differ publicly

Cameron (Batman) and (Robin) Nick Clegg differ publicly on
internship places

David Cameron and his side kick deputy, Nick Clegg, have
disagreed over the way internship placements are handed out, and seem too
disagreed over many matters? How on earth can this British government function
when its forever disagreeing with its self, said Sir Michael Black-Feather the
English first minister.

Mr Cameron told the London Times he was "very
relaxed" about giving work experience to personal acquaintances, including
a neighbour.

But Mr Clegg has criticised the practice as a bar to social

He said plum internships should not go to people
"because of whom they know, rather than what they know."

He added: "I'm not relaxed about this at all."

Of course as normal Downing Street played down any hint of a
rift between the coalition partners but we all know too well it’s just not
working out and maybe time for a divorce.

Cameron said Clegg was "trying to make a fair
point" when he argued against the practice of giving internships to the
children of friends and colleagues.

But the prime minister said he, like Clegg, had been helped
out by family connections, with what he called a "definite leg-up
internship" at his father's stockbrokers. (Nice to be a part of the old
boy network said Sir Michael jobs for the boys)

Cameron said; "I've even got one of my neighbours
coming in for an internship," he said.

"In the modern world, of course you're always going to
have internships and interns - people who come and help in your office who come
through all sorts of contacts, friendly, political, whatever. (Cash for favours?)

"I do that and I'll go on doing that. I feel very
relaxed about it."

Nick Clegg said the awarding of internships should be more
transparent and fair

Responding to the comments during a rally in Norwich on
Saturday, Clegg said it was not his job to stop David Cameron offering his
friends or neighbour jobs.

But he said it was right to "give all young people a
fair chance".

"I'm not relaxed about this at all", he said.
"I think it's very important to give people a fair chance of getting

He added: "That doesn't mean parents shouldn't
constantly strive to get the best for their children; that's the most natural
thing in the world. But let's at least try to get a bit of openness and
fairness in the way in which internships are handed out in government and

A Downing Street spokesman said later: "As the prime
minister clearly states in the interview, he backs the government's social
mobility strategy."

Referring to Mr Cameron's remark that he had taken on a
neighbour on an internship, the spokesman said: "The intern mentioned is
in his constituency office [in Witney, Oxfordshire], not Whitehall, and is from
a local comprehensive school."

Gus Baker from pressure group Intern Aware said: "He
might think he's giving his neighbour a leg up, but what he's actually doing is
pushing down other talented young people who aren't lucky enough to live next
door to the PM."

'Extraordinary intervention'

Mr Baker told Radio 4's Today it was indicative of a wider
problem of a culture of unpaid internships which was unfair as it excluded
those who could not afford to work for free.

"A huge amount of young people are written off because
they are not able to access those careers," he added.

BBC political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue says it is an
extraordinary intervention by the prime minister on an issue Mr Clegg had attempted
to preserve for himself.

A source close to Mr Clegg said he was surprised by the
comments and pointed out that from next year the coalition had agreed that all
civil service internships would be available through an open and transparent

Mr Cameron also said in the interview that he was
comfortable with his background.

"I suppose when I got into politics I was always called
the old Estonian David Cameron," he said.

"People know who I am. I'm not trying to rewrite my
background. I went to a fantastic school; I adored my parents."

Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham supported Sir Michael’s
comments and condemned Mr Cameron's comments about internships.

"It is outrageous for the Prime Minister to suggest
that there is no problem with the rich and powerful helping out their
friends," he said, "while others are excluded from getting a head
start in life."

He added: "This is just another example of the Tory-led
Government kicking away the ladders of opportunity from ordinary English

Syria crisis

Syria crisis could change face of the Middle East as the west
no it?

Will NATO now BOMB Syria? Being the Syrian people are in the
same struggle as Libyans? In wanting freedoms.

For decades Syria has looked as being among the most stable
countries in the Middle East.

Back in February 1982, a rising of Sunni Muslims in the town
of Hama was savagely repressed by the current president's father, Hafez
al-Assad. Estimates vary but thousands were killed.

The death toll today after upheavals in a number of Syrian
towns and cities is possibly in the low hundreds with many more injured - exact
figures are hard to come by - but the regime still shows every bit as much
tenacity in facing down its opponents.

Syria is a complex mosaic of communities and President
Bashar al-Assad may believe he can use these divisions to maintain his grip on

His family and associates have a strong hold over the
security forces and the army, so the Egyptian example, where the military
turned on the regime, seems unlikely to be repeated in Syria.

Events there are being watched with equal measures of
caution and unease both in the Middle East and beyond.

Syria matters in ways that make Libya appear a largely
peripheral country. Syria is a key element in an alliance that brings together
Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip and other more radical Palestinian
groups opposed to peace with Israel.

If Syria descends into chaos, this alliance could also be
weakened. But the most serious impact might be felt in next-door Lebanon -
another country made up of a patchwork of communities which has not enjoyed
Syria's long-term stability.

One way or another, a strong Syria represents a stabilising
element in Lebanon. Chaos in one could lead to chaos in the other.

Israel, too, is watching events in its northern neighbour
with concern. Syria has long been a predictable enemy. Even a shaken Syrian
regime could pose a different kind of problem.

There has long been a military and diplomatic constituency
in Israel arguing for a peace deal with Syria ahead of any agreement with the

The stability of the regime in Damascus was always one of
the strong cards of this group, the argument being that Syria's rulers were
people you could deal with and there would be some certainty that they would be
around to honour any agreements.

But now the "Syria first" lobby in Israel may have
been dealt a serious blow, as uncertainty surrounds so many of the country's
Arab neighbours.

There is a growing sense that the political geography of the
region is changing in the wake of the impact of the "Arab spring".

It is early days yet, but divisions in the region which once
played to Israel's advantage like those between Shia Iran and the major
pro-Western Sunni states like Egypt - may be becoming less pronounced.

These changes are being followed closely in Washington as

President Assad has pledged reforms but protesters say they
are not enough

The Obama administration has long toyed with the idea of
trying to draw Syria's leader "in from the cold". The aim has always
been to draw him into the Western camp and encourage him to take his distance
from Tehran.

While European countries have made the diplomatic running,
with France very much in the lead, a new US ambassador arrived in Damascus in
January, the first to be posted there since 2005.

His predecessor was withdrawn after the murder of the
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Washington suspected a Syrian hand in the

The Obama administration has strongly condemned the Syrian
government's violence against its own citizens but it seems to have sought in
vain for any real levers with which to influence the Assad regime.

The Middle East's political map is changing. New forces have
been unleashed. But there are also countervailing pressures as well, not least
from Saudi Arabia which seems intent on mounting a counter-attack against any
shoots of the Arab spring erupting in its neighbourhood.

Where the Middle East is heading is uncertain. Much of the
optimism in the wake of the events in Tunisia and Egypt is dissipating. New
kinds of authoritarianism may be just as likely as the flowering of democracy.
Libya is one test case. But Syria may be much more important as an example for
the region as a whole said Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister

Friday, 22 April 2011

Nothing natural in being homosexual

 Pair ‘overwhelmed’ by response to gay kiss at Soho pub, which many people find very offensive, and
don’t want  to see too men or women
kissing in public places

On a first date between two men in a pub in Soho, in central
London's the perverted heartland.

Jonathan Williams, 26, said they were thrown out of the John
Snow pub on Broadwick Street "for being obscene".

The pair said they were kissing but it "wasn't anything
indecent". (Which really depends on what one calls indecent, and two men
or women slobbering all over themselves in a public place is indecent and know
one wants to see it)

Many people supporting Dennis Griffiths, ex-president of the
Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations, has said: "If he doesn't
like the house rules, don't use the pub."

Mr Williams wrote about the incident on Twitter, the story
was picked up by the gay press, and a protest was swiftly organised on social
networking site Facebook.

By Friday afternoon, more than 700 people said they would
attend a "kiss-in" at the bar in response to the alleged actions.

But early on Friday evening, their plans were scuppered. The
pub locked its doors.

However, that didn't deter hundreds of protesters gathering
outside the venue just before 1900 BST.

Homosexual rights activists staged a protest outside the pub

And after a countdown the kissing commenced in a disgusting
public display that no one really want to see but tolerates it, but pushing it
in your face is just not on.

The kissing was brief and involved homosexual couples, and
some passers-by said they were shocked and disgusted at the display.

A rainbow flag was raised above the pub, as Jonathan and
James appeared at the door. But this time they chose not to kiss.

Mr Williams said he didn't make a stand out of choice.

"It was circumstance. But I had a platform. I should
take it," he said.

"I hope people will at least consider that everyone has
feelings and you have a right to do, within reason, whatever you want in
public, if it's affectionate and loving.

A significant number of straight people were up in arms
about it, It goes to show people still find homosexual people offensive.

The John Snow pub and Samuel Smith's brewery, which owns the
central London venue, have not commented on the alleged incident.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Libya conflict: British MPs raise doubts over arming Libyan rebels

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the UK is not ruling
out providing arms to rebels in "certain circumstances" but no
decision has yet been taken.
The idea has met with opposition in the House of Commons,
where shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander questioned the legality and
"advisability" of such a move.
The rebels are continuing to lose ground to forces loyal to
Colonel Gaddafi and are retreating from their former strongholds along the
eastern coast of Libya.












Nick Clegg takes another whipping with his AV

Shadow being the word, Nick Clegg could be felt at today's
battle of the political odd couples.

Cameron has a go at side kick Clegg with the AV, The British
prime minister claimed, AV would make coalitions more likely and that would
mean politicians would make manifesto pledges they knew they couldn't deliver.
Who and what could he have been thinking of? His friend Nick and that tuition
fee rise perchance? ( Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister
said; British Politicians always make pledges they don’t keep just to get
voters to vote them in, the English who have become British deserve what they
sow they reap and this is why England is in the mess it is?)

David's new friend John Reid - the basis of a new Blairite
alliance perhaps - suggested that any change in the voting system should be in
the public interest and not the "narrow self-interest" of
"losing parties" which hope "to turn losers into winners"
as if by magic. Who could Dr Reid have had in mind? He didn't say. He didn't
need to.

Over at the Yes event the name Clegg could not be avoided so
easily. Ed Miliband insisted that this was not and should not be a referendum
on Nick Clegg - the man he refuses to share a platform with. Vince Cable -
Clegg's AV understudy today - insisted that his leader was not a liability in
this campaign.

The No campaign begs to differ - and plan to milk this
liability for all it's worth. So damaging, they believe, is the spectre of
Clegg to the Yes campaign that they don't even need to name him in order to
ensure that the man who wasn't there today is the man very much there in voters’
minds when - if - they vote in the referendum.

Whatever the outcome it make know real difference to the
English, as no British MP has ever put the country the feeds them “England”
first, but have always put their own self greed and interests first?

Saturday, 16 April 2011

U turn by U.S. and British now looking for a refuge for Gaddafi

The Obama administration with the backing of the British government
has begun seeking a country, most likely in Africa, that might be willing to
provide shelter to Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi if he were forced out of Libya, even
as a new wave of intelligence reports suggest that no rebel leader has emerged
as a credible successor to the Libyan dictator be most are just as corrupted as
Gadhafi is.

The intense search for a country to accept Colonel Gaddafi
has been conducted quietly by the United States and its allies, even though the
Libyan leader has shown defiance in recent days, parading through Tripoli’s
streets and declaring that he has no intention of yielding to demands that he
leave his country.

The effort is complicated by the likelihood that he would be
indicted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for the bombing of
Pan Am 103 in 1988, and atrocities inside Libya.

One possibility, according to three administration
officials, is to find a country that is not a signatory to the treaty that
requires countries to turn over anyone under indictment for trial by the court,
perhaps giving Colonel Gaddafi an incentive to abandon his stronghold in

The move by the United States to find a haven for Colonel Gaddafi
may help explain how the White House is attempting to enforce President Obama’s
declaration that the Libyan leader must leave the country but without violating
Mr. Obama’s refusal to put troops on the ground.

The United Nations Security Council has authorized military
strikes to protect the Libyan population, but not to oust the country’s
leadership. But Mr. Obama and the leaders of Britain and France, among others,
have declared that to be their goals, apart from the military campaign.

“We learned some lessons from Iraq, and one of the biggest
is that Libyans have to be responsible for regime change, not us,” one senior
administration official said on Saturday. “What we’re simply trying to do is
find some peaceful way to organize an exit, if the opportunity arises.”

About half of the countries in Africa have not signed or
ratified the Rome Statute, which requires nations to abide by commands from the
international court. (The United States has also not ratified the statute,
because of concerns about the potential indictment of its soldiers or
intelligence agents.) Italy’s foreign minister, Franco Frattini, suggested late
last month that several African countries could offer Colonel Gaddafi a haven,
but he did not identify them.

As the drama over Colonel Gaddafi’s future has intensified,
new details are emerging of the month-long NATO bombing campaign, which, in the
minds of many world leaders, has expanded into a campaign to press the Libyan
military and Colonel Gaddafi’s aides to turn against him.

That effort has gone more slowly than some expected; after
the defection of the former intelligence chief and foreign minister, Moussa
Koussa, no other senior officials have broken with the man who has ruled Libya
for 42 years.

Six countries — Britain, Norway, Denmark, France, Canada and
Belgium — have provided more than 60 aircraft that are conducting airstrikes
against Libyan targets that attack civilians. But NATO commanders say they are
still struggling to come up with at least eight more warplanes to ensure the
alliance can sustain a longer-term operation and relieve strain on pilots now
flying repeated combat missions.

The United States, which carried out the largest share of
strike missions before handing off control of the operation to NATO on April 4,
has promised additional fighter-bombers and ground-attack planes if NATO
requests them. While some European officials have privately complained that the
United States should resume a leading role in the attack missions, American
officials say they have not received any formal requests for additional

Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to
Mr. Obama, asserted that in a month’s time the coalition has accomplished three
major objectives: saving the de facto rebel capital of Benghazi from becoming
the site of a civilian atrocity, setting up an international command to protect
civilians and clear the skies of Libyan aircraft, and providing modest amounts
of humanitarian assistance.

Still, the NATO countries flying ground-attack missions
operate under different degrees of caution when striking targets that could
hurt civilians or damage mosques, schools or hospitals, complicating the campaign,
a senior American military official said. Some pilots have refused to drop
their bombs for this reason, the official said, but allied air-war planners
cannot predict which pilots will be matched against particular targets

“Without a doubt, it is frustrating working through all this
to get maximum effect for our efforts and dealing with all these variants,”
said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid upsetting
coalition partners

American officials concede that the rebel leaders have not
settled on who might succeed Colonel Gaddafi if he is ousted, and some fear
that tribal warfare could break out if there is no consensus figure who could
bind the country together.

White House officials say that while they would have liked
to see Colonel Gaddafi depart already, they believe that pressure is building.

“There are aspects of the passage of time those works
against Gaddafi, if we can cut him off from weapons, material and cash,” Mr.
Rhodes said. He added that “it affects the calculations of the people around
him. But it will take time for the opposition group to gel.”

Earlier this month, an American envoy, Chris Stevens, was
sent to Benghazi to learn more about the Transitional National Council. The
group has pledged to work toward new presidential and parliamentary elections
after Colonel Gaddafi’s ouster, uphold human rights, draft a national
constitution and encourage the formation of political parties. Mr. Stevens is
expected to stay as long as a month, security permitting, State Department
officials said.

The United Nations special envoy to Libya, Abdelilah
al-Khatib, a former Jordanian foreign minister, is also meeting with opposition
figures, as well as with members of Colonel Gaddafi’s government to explore
possible diplomatic settlement.

Perhaps the most prominent member of the government in
waiting is Mahmoud Jibril, a planning expert who defected from Colonel Gaddafi’s
government. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has met twice with Mr.
Jibril, who American diplomats say is the group’s most polished and savvy
public figure. He also spoke to several NATO, Arab and African ministers who
gathered in Doha, Qatar, last Wednesday to discuss the Libya crisis.

Another leading council member is Ali Tarhouni, who was
appointed finance minister of the rebels’ shadow government. Mr. Tarhouni, who
teaches economics at the University of Washington, returned to Libya in
February after more than 35 years in exile to advise the opposition on economic

“With respect to the opposition, we are learning more all
the time,” Mrs. Clinton said in Berlin on Friday. “We are pooling our
information. There are a number of countries that have significant ties to
members of the oppositions, who have a presence in Benghazi that enables them
to collect information. Our envoy is still in Benghazi and meeting with a broad
cross-section of people.”

Mrs. Clinton told NATO ministers that the coalition had acknowledged
the transitional council was “a legitimate and important interlocutor for the
Libyan people.” She added: “We all need to deepen our engagement with and
increase our support for the opposition.”

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St Michael’s free reformed church of England, is giving
betting odds that the latest royal wedding between Kate age 29 and Wills also
29, won’t last more than 5 years.

The Church saying; looking at the royal vows when it comes
to wedding performances the only one that has had any meaning is the Queens,
but if truth was known she would have most likely divorced Phillip if she
could? 1000/1 it won’t go over 5 years?

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Libya 2011……….40 years of the Colonel

It has been over 40 years since Col. Muammar el- came to
power in Libya, and for nearly as long the West has watched his every move. The
financier of an eclectic array of guerrilla groups around the globe, he was
responsible, according to Western intelligence, for many of the deadliest
terrorist attacks in the mid-80s, including the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight
103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270.

In February 2011, rebellion erupted in Libya, the latest and
bloodiest so far of the uprisings that have swept across the Arab world with
surprising speed since January, toppling autocrats in Egypt and Tunisia, and
challenging others in Bahrain and Yemen, Libya many that said would be all over
in a couples of weeks now moves into months? And will move into years.

Though it began with a relatively organized core of anti-government
opponents in Benghazi, its spread to the capital of Tripoli was swift and
spontaneous, outracing any efforts to coordinate the protests. Colonel Gaddafi
lashed out with a level of violence unseen in either of the other uprisings,
but the rebels fought back and won tribal leaders and an increasing share of
the military to their side, seizing the eastern half of the country.

Momentum seemed to shift in March, however, as the superior forces
sought to retake several eastern oil cities that had slipped from the
government’s control in the first days of the uprising, and the rebels faced
the prospect of being outgunned and outnumbered in what increasingly looked
like a mismatched civil war. With the government forces closing in on the rebel
stronghold of Benghazi, the United Nations Security Council authorized the use
of force to protect civilians.

Sir Michael Black-Feather said that on March 19, American
and European forces began a broad campaign of airstrikes against the government
of Colonel Gaddafi, unleashing warplanes and missiles in military intervention
on a scale not seen in the Arab world since the Iraq war. He said that Western
leaders have finally acknowledged, however, that there was no endgame beyond
the immediate United Nations authorization to protect Libyan civilians, and it
was uncertain whether even military strikes would force Colonel Gaddafi from
power he said that Both NATO and the British government had rejected his
proposals to put end to the bloodshed which would have all been over by now.

In early April, Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam,
promised in a television interview to usher in a new era of constitutional
democracy in which his father would be a mere figurehead “like the queen of
England,” while Seif would guide the country to a round of elections. But the
rebels rejected any plan that would leave a Gaddafi in power.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

The rebels in Libya looking for English support

The French and British have urged NATO to intensify
airstrikes against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces and called on the alliance
to do more to shield non-combatants from loyalist attacks.

The remarks could well embolden rebels who have proved
unable to hold on to terrain captured from loyalist forces in months of
advances and retreats along the coastal highway leading westward from the
insurgents’ redoubts in eastern Libya.

The comments by William Hague, the half-wit British foreign
secretary, and Alain Juppé, the French foreign minister, also appeared to
signal a rift within the alliance only eight days after it assumed command from
the United States for the air campaign over Libya.

NATO rejected the French and British criticism.

“NATO is conducting its military operations in Libya with
vigor within the current mandate. The pace of the operations is determined by
the need to protect the population,” it said on Tuesday to the London Times.

While the pace of NATO air attacks appeared to pick up
Monday in the battleground between Ajdabiya and the oil town of Brega in
eastern Libya, rebel leaders have complained bitterly of a lull that seemed to
coincide with the handoff of responsibility from the allied coalition to NATO,
about 10 days ago. NATO pilots were also involved in two friendly-fire
incidents that killed well over a dozen rebel fighters.

NATO has been criticized for a go-slow approach in the
rebel-held western city of Misurata, which has fallen into desperate straits as
a weeks-long siege by pro-Qaddafi forces has stretched thin its stocks of food,
water and medical supplies. The city’s port, a vital lifeline that was opened
in the initial Western air attacks, was choked off by Colonel Qaddafi’s forces
in the days after NATO took over.

The port has since reopened, but the city remains under
attack by tanks, artillery and snipers, and rebel leaders are complaining that
NATO is failing there in its central objective of protecting civilians.

The French and British comments coincided with a swirl of
diplomatic activity on Tuesday as the battlefield situation offered neither the
rebels nor their adversaries any immediate prospect of a definitive outcome.

A spokesman for Libyan rebels rejected any suggestion of
talks with Moussa Koussa, Qaddafi’s former intelligence chief who defected to
Britain but left there on Tuesday for Qatar.

Qatar is hosting a meeting of countries that have expressed
support for the Libyan rebels, and British officials announced Tuesday that Mr.
Koussa was headed there, presumably to take a role in trying to mediate between
the rebels and the Qaddafi government.

“We are sending a delegation to Doha solely to meet with the
contact group, but it’s not part of the agenda to meet with Mr. Koussa,” said
Abdul Hafeed Ghoga, the spokesman for the National Transitional Council, at a
news conference here. “It’s not something rejected or accepted.” The council is
the rebel’s representative body.

Mr. Ghoga, noting the rebel’s rejection of an African Union
delegation’s request to negotiate a cease-fire during a visit to Benghazi on
Monday, said that the Qaddafi loyalists had shelled Misurata throughout
delegation’s visit, proving their lack of good faith. The rebels have
maintained steadfastly that they will not enter negotiations until Colonel
Qaddafi and his sons relinquish power.

Mustafa Ghereini, another spokesman for the transitional
council, declined to say whether the Libyan rebels had received any offers of
military assistance from Western countries. Asked if he was encouraged by their
response to such requests, he said, “That’s a national security matter. But the
fact that Qaddafi has not been able to take Misurata with all his might is
encouraging to us,” he said and we are hoping for a meeting with the English
first minister, Sir Michael Black-Feather to get the English people on our side
with their support.

At the same news conference, Suleiman Fortia, the
representative on the council from Misurata, gave a detailed description of the
desperation there. Mr. Fortia, who left Misurata by sea two days ago to come to
the rebel capital here, said that 1,000 people had been killed in attacks by
loyalist forces, which have surrounded the city and occupied portions of it,
with thousands more wounded. He offered no verification for those figures.

In addition, he said, electricity, fuel and water had been
cut off.

Human Rights watch quoted doctors in hospitals in Misurata
as saying they had seen at least 250 dead but that the true number was much

“The Libyan government’s near siege of Misurata has not
prevented reports of serious abuses getting out,” said Sarah Leah Whitson,
Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “We’ve heard
disturbing accounts of shelling and shooting at a clinic and in populated
areas, killing civilians where no battle was raging.”

Human Rights Watch quoted a doctor at the Misurata
Polyclinic, Muhammed el-Fortia, as saying that loyalist forces had fired mortar
rounds and sniper shots at the hospital, forcing its evacuation. Misurata is
Libya’s third largest city and the largest place in western Libya still under
rebel control.

The meeting in Doha was expected to discuss military aid to
the Libyan rebels. Qatar, along with France and Italy, has recognized the rebels
as the legitimate government of Libya. In addition, the rebels said they have
received offers of assistance from 30 other countries that have not formally
recognized them, including the United States and Britain.

Mr. Koussa’s defection to Britain came as a surprise and he
was questioned by investigators of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over
Lockerbie, Scotland. Family members of victims of that bombing reacted with
anger when they learned that Britain had allowed him to go to Doha.A
spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office, speaking on the condition of
anonymity under departmental rules, said on Tuesday that Mr. Koussa had been
able to leave because he was “a free individual, who can travel to and from
Britain as he wishes” — a remark that seemed to suggest he was not facing any
imminent restriction related to the Lockerbie inquiry.

“I ask everybody to avoid taking Libya into a civil war.
This would lead to so much blood and Libya would be a new Somalia,” Mr. Koussa
said in his statement late Monday, according to a translation from Arabic
provided by the BBC. “The solution in Libya will come from the Libyans
themselves, and through discussion and democratic dialogue.”

His remarks may have indicated that he was seeking to
position himself for a position in a successor government in Libya. The French
and British calls for intensified aerial bombardment came after the rebels in
eastern Libya rejected cease-fire proposals from a high-ranking African Union
delegation, saying the plan did not provide for Colonel Qaddafi, his sons and
his closest aides to leave the country.

Arriving for talks in Luxembourg with other European
leaders, Mr. Hague said the allies had to “maintain and intensify” their
efforts through NATO, noting that Britain had already deployed extra ground
attack aircraft. “Of course, it would be welcome if other countries also did
the same,” he said. Like the Libyan rebels and the Obama administration, Mr. Hague
urged Colonel Qaddafi to go. “Any viable future for Libya involves the
departure of Colonel Qaddafi,” he said.

Mr. Juppé declared in an earlier radio interview: “NATO must
play its role in full.”

“It wanted to take the operational lead, we accepted that,”
he said. “It must play its role today which means preventing Qaddafi from using
heavy weapons to bomb populations.” Currently, he said, the intensity of the
air campaign was “not enough.”

The British and French comments came after just as rebels
seeking cover to advance against Colonel Qaddafi’s forces complained that NATO
was not providing sufficient air support.

On Monday, in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, a rebel fighter,
Khaled Mohammed, said the westernmost rebel positions were about 25 miles west
of the city. He said that under orders from rebel commanders, the fighters were
not advancing beyond that point to lessen the chances that NATO warplanes would
mistakenly bomb them.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Libya another Afghanistan

Libya — Stung by criticism from rebel leaders, NATO
officials said Wednesday that the pace of attacks on the forces of Col. Muammar
el-Qaddafi was increasing, after a slight slowdown as the coalition handed off
responsibility earlier in the week.

Multimedia 1 of 6, so much for NATO’s,,,, it will be all
over in a couple of weeks or so? Another Afghanistan maybe 10 years on Northern
Ireland 1968-2011 still on going 43 years later?

The Libyan Rebellion Interactive map of the major clashes in
Libya, day by day.

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Gen. Abdul Fattah Younes, the head of the rebel army, had
lashed out at his Western allies during a news conference in Benghazi on
Tuesday, accusing NATO of tardiness and indecision. “What is NATO doing?” he
asked. “Civilians are dying every day. They use the excuse of collateral

He charged that NATO was enforcing the United
Nations-sanctioned no-fly zone too equally, barring the rebels from providing
cover for their troops with the few warplanes he said they had repaired. “They
said, ‘No, don’t use your planes,’ ” he said.

A spokeswoman for NATO, Carmen Romero, said the alliance had
flown 137 sorties on Monday and 186 on Tuesday and that it planned to fly 198
on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

Rebels said the Qaddafi forces appeared to have adopted new
tactics in response to the Western airstrikes, using mortars far more than
tanks, either to present smaller targets or because the tanks were wiped out.
“They are changing the technique and they are shelling by mortar now
everywhere, so instead of no-fly zone we have no safe zone,” said Aiman, a
doctor in the besieged city of Misurata who gave only his first name for safety
reasons, in an Internet message.

The French foreign minister, Alain Juppé, echoed that,
telling French radio that NATO was in danger of becoming “bogged down” because
the Qaddafi forces were moving into residential areas, making it difficult for
Western pilots to hit their targets without killing civilians, Reuters

In the rebel-held city of Misurata in western Libya and on
the eastern front with the rebels around the oil town of Brega, Qaddafi forces
continued to hammer rebels with rockets, artillery and mortars, as rebel
leaders expressed exasperation at the limits of NATO’s support.

The rebels in the east played cat and mouse on Wednesday
with the superior Qaddafi forces entrenched in Brega, advancing a few miles
from their position about 15 miles outside the city, firing rockets and then
rushing back to avoid the highly accurate artillery fire that inevitably ensues.
In contrast to Tuesday, when the skies were largely empty, several airstrikes
were seen on Wednesday, a doctor with the rebels said. But the Qaddafi forces
were clearly in control of Brega, and there seemed little chance of dislodging
them without the heavy airstrikes that two weeks ago sent the loyalist forces
reeling toward the Qaddafi stronghold of Surt.

An American envoy, Chris Stevens, had a second day of
meetings with members of the Transitional National Council, the rebel
leadership group. The sessions were held behind closed doors, and the
participants have yet to speak publicly about the talks.

Obama administration officials have said recently that they
are leery of arming the rebel fighters until they have a better grasp of who,
exactly, their leaders are, both politically and militarily, and whether they
have any connections to radical Islam.

On Tuesday, the Qaddafi forces reversed some minor rebel
gains with rocket attacks and pushed vehicle patrols northeast from their
positions. They forced the rebels to withdraw nearly to Ajdabiya, to be safely
out of the superior range of the loyalist forces’ weapons.

Resting on dunes and knolls, soldiers peered down the road
toward Brega nervously. They said that it appeared that the Qaddafi forces, less
pressured now by airstrikes, had managed to resupply their forward troops and
that they were emboldened and dangerous.

The rebels had pulled back so quickly under fire that their
casualties on Tuesday were light, said Dr. Habib Multadi, who was organizing
the evacuation of wounded from the front. But as cargo trucks moved more
ammunition forward at dusk, their force seemed stuck.

In the rebel capital, Benghazi, a military spokesman said he
was not ashamed to admit that the rebel forces needed help.

“To your people I would like to say, ‘Don’t leave us,’ ” the
spokesman, Col. Ahmed Omar Bani, said in an interview. “We need support. We
need your support.”

In Misurata, rebels said they were losing ground to a
constricting siege by Qaddafi forces. “The Qaddafi forces are expanding their
territorial gains every day,” said Mohamed, a rebel spokesman whose name was
withheld to protect his family.

The Qaddafi forces had shelled the port so heavily, he said,
that the local authorities closed and evacuated it, sending a ship from
Benghazi back into deeper waters.

Writing from the hospital, he said three people were killed
Tuesday — including a 10-year-old child and a member of the hospital staff —
and a total of seven by the end of the day on Monday.