2/28 LIBYA; US Soft War Preps for Military Moves: Arab & African Surrogates Assist

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford http://Blackagendareport.com/content/khadafi-outs
Mouammar Khadafi strode onto the world stage when he and other young officers kicked out a King named Idris, who had charged foreign corporations the lowest prices in the world to suck out the nation’s oil wealth. That was back in 1969. By the time I had my encounter with Khadafi, 40 years later, in late October of 2009, he was still calling himself a socialist and sworn enemy of capitalism, and pushing his Green Book as a universal guide to social justice. But Khadafi had clearly reached an accommodation with the United States and rich men of Europe... Mouammar Khadafi was once the bane of the West, but in the past decade he has made an “accommodation” with imperialism. Since 9/11, “Khadafi has appeared more concerned with Islamic fundamentalists...than with American and European machinations.” U.S secret services may or may not have acted against Khadafi, but they will surely take advantage of any opening.
In 2009, the year I visited Libya with a delegation headed by former Georgia congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, Khadafi had just signed an “historic” agreement on military and diplomatic cooperation.
[3/5/09 UNITED STATES, LIBYA SIGN HISTORIC PACT ON MILITARY COOPERATION, http://www.defenddemocracy.orgindex.php]
The United States African Command, Africom, and Libya pledged to work together on matters of maritime security, counterterrorism, African security and stability. Yet, there was Khadafi on television Tuesday...raging that he was under assault by some combination of the United States and Islamic militants.... Khadafi belittled his opponents as ignorant ingrates who knew nothing of their country's glories, or people high on hallucinogens. His son, Seif el Islam Khadafi, had previously threatened the Libyan people with civil war. Both father and son seemed out of touch, out of control, and on the way out. Which means the Libyan people are in danger. But there is no greater danger to the independence and sovereignty of peoples than U.S. imperialism... The worst possible consequence would be if the US finds some way to intervene, in any way whatsoever. Nothing Washington does can possibly benefit the Libyan people...

Some now question U.S. deal that brought Gaddafi back into diplomatic fold
...U.S. and British diplomatic courtship of the Libyan leader had begun under President Bill Clinton.With substantial U.S. backing, Gaddafi publicly abandoned his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction in 2004 [ed: turned then over to U.S.]and later renounced his support for terrorist groups [ED: peo-Palestinian anti-Israeli revolutionaries], a turnabout that was rewarded with full U.S. diplomatic recognition. Aaron David Miller, a Middle East expert at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Washington research institute said "We rehabilitated a cruel dictator in the interest of securing American policy gains," ..."We had a huge bonanza: cooperation on counter-terrorism and on the problem of weapons proliferation," said David L. Mack, a former U.S. ambassador to the Middle East and a deputy secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. "The Libyans gave us the keys to the whole A.Q. Khan network," said Mack, referring to the international nuclear smuggling ring led by Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan....

Gaddafi ready for Libya's "Day of Rage"
09/02/2011 By Khaled Mahmoud, http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=1&id=24095
Gaddafi dealt with calls being issued by the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition [NCLO] activists for a Libyan "Day of Rage" on 17 February, modeled on similar events in Tunisia and Egypt...privately meeting with Libyan political activists, journalists, and media figures, Ghaddafi issued severe warnings these professions would be held responsible should they participate in any way in disturbing the peace or creating chaos and instability in Libya ...The NCLO called for mass protests inside and outside of Libya on the anniversary of the 17 February 2006 uprisings in Benghazi where protests against the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad were transformed into mass demonstrations against Gaddafi and his regime, resulting in the death of dozens of protestors and the injury of many more....

What Is the National Front for the Salvation of Libya? ... the NFSL was an outfit funded by the CIA and Saudi Arabia during the Cold War. ..."

17 February 2011 NCLO in Libyan "Day of Rage" with support from Libyan exiles
The National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO) formedJune 2005 in London, comprises seven opposition organizations, led by the National Front for the Salvation of Libya

MI6 'halted bid to arrest bin Laden' and paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996

Libyan Government Criticizes UN Sanctions
Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the U.N. Security Council sanctions pose a "real risk the West might intervene with military power..."They had no fact-finding mission in Libya... They based their decision on media reports. Have you ever heard of a Security Council resolution that will decide the future of a country, based on media reports?" The government spokesman continued to characterize protests against the Libyan leader as anything but a popular uprising..."We all know what al-Qaida is doing in Iraq, and because of the West

2/2/11 Egypt: Will U.S. And NATO Launch Second Suez Intervention?
Rick Rozoff, www.opednews.com/articles/Egypt-Will-U-S-And-NATO-by-Rick-Rozoff-110202-...

2/11/11 US Military Warships Sent To Suez Canal
Arrival of U.S. naval, marine and air forces in the Suez Canal’s Greater Bitter Lake consists of the USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group of six warships. Helicopters on some of their decks are there to carry and drop the 2,200 marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit which has been bolstered by two special operations battalions.

Liberating Libya
The U.S. and Europe should help Libyans overthrow the Gadhafi regime.
2/23/11 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870447660457615791189356714...

Obama declares national state of emergency over Libya
25 Feb 2011 http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/25/obama_declares_nation...
President Obama issued an executive order that imposes immediate sanctions on Libyan ruler Muammar al Qaddafi, his sons and his accomplices in the slaughter of civilians. In a letter accompanying the order, Obama declared a national emergency over the situation."I have determined the actions of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, his government, and close associates, including extreme measures against the people of Libya, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. The order declares a national emergency to deal with this threat," ...also: Over 200 Arab groups call for Libya no-fly zone [ ed: more on these below]

Back the Libyans
The Arab League should authorize military intervention
2/26/11 http://arabnews.com/opinion/editorial/article283342.ece
The people of Libya are under attack and need protection. Now. Not in a few weeks’ time. By then countless thousands could be dead. Normally the world looks to the UN to provide the means in such circumstances. But the UN has shown itself divided and ineffectual over Libya. It is not capable of helping — even though it has a unique relationship with the country. Libya is the UN’s baby...who would the UN send? The British or French or NATO forces? That would play straight into Qaddafi’s hands. He would use that to rally the Libyans behind him, claiming the country was being invaded by the West...They need armed protection. That means military intervention. That has to come, can only come, from other Arab states. The Arab League needs to meet and authorize immediate action. It is the only body that can do it. It has legitimacy and a right to take the decision — in the eyes of Libyans crying out for help, in those of the Arabs and of the world. It cannot be left to the UN to make that decision. The fact that Arab League has never taken such a decision before does not matter...
Geographically, the best placed armed forces to take action are those of Libya’s neighbors, Tunisia and Egypt. Politically, they are the best choice as well. Given what has happened in their own countries and their role in those changes, they have credibility with the Libyans, and the rest of the world. Being seen to rescue the Libyans from Qaddafi’s mercenaries would also make them heroes at home and throughout the Arab world. Whichever Arab state sends forces, there has to be more than one country involved. Intervention by one state alone could be seen as invasion. Two or more together would be seen as liberators [more below on Arab League]

propaganda campaign increases pressure for public opinion
Obama faces pressure to intervene in Libya:
The US faced calls to impose sanctions but also to take direct action such as bombing Libyan airfields and imposing no-fly zones -- military steps that most analysts consider unlikely http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/23/us-libya-usa-idUSTRE71K6D52011...

Biden: 'When a state engages in atrocity, it forfeits its sovereignty'

NATO Extraordinary Session Amid Reports of Possible Military Intervention in Libya
2/26/11 Radio Cadena Agramonet, Brussels
http://www.cadenagramonte.cu/english/index.php? http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=75377&s2=27

U.S., NATO Allies Prepare For Military Intervention In Libya
WASHINGTON: Obama administration officials held talks on Sunday with European and other allied governments as they readied plans for the possible imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya....
There are several United States and NATO bases in Italy that presumably would be staging areas for any action against Libya, including the United States Sixth Fleet base near Naples. After the treaty was signed, Italy had to explain to NATO that it would respect its multilateral international treaties. ... Italy suspended a 2008 treaty with Libya that includes a nonaggression clause, a move that could allow it to take part in future peacekeeping [sic] operations in Libya or enable the use of its military bases in any possible intervention....
Obama administration officials said Sunday they were also discussing whether the American military could disrupt communications to prevent Colonel Qaddafi from broadcasting in Libya.

Clinton told reporters traveling with her to Geneva for a U.N. meeting Monday on Libya the U.S. is “reaching out” to Libyans trying to organize a post-Moammar Gadhafi government “ready and prepared to offer any type of assistance...we are just at the beginning of what will follow Gadhafi.”...She didn't say whether the U.S. might provide military aid. She also didn't mention the provisional government...Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman tell CNN's “State of the Union” the U.S. should recognize the fledgling opposition government and offer humanitarian aid and military arms. McCain also said he was "not ready" to introduce U.S. ground forces...

Britain has invaded Libya under 'rescue'/humanitarian aid pretext, as planned
RAF Hercules planes rescue 150 from Libya desert
2/26/11 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12588947
Frank Gardner BBC security correspondent
The rescue of Britons and other foreign nationals took place in territory controlled by Col Gaddafi's opponents, south of Benghazi.Over the last few days PJHQ, which conducts all British military operations, have been working flat out over this plan, with elements of special forces. They established an air-head on the desert floor deep inside Libya, got everybody on and took off....

US Navy 2,3,4,5,6,7th. Fleets
"Middle East (Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf) ... Mediterranean Sea. Headquarters: Naples, Italy. Task Force 60: ... Operating in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf

Israeli song strikes a chord with Libyan rebels


An estimated 1.5 million Egyptians, mainly migrant Egyptian laborers, working in Libya.. stuck in limbo at the border, unable to enter Egypt or return to Libya.

White House caution in response to Gaddafi's actions was guided by fears for the safety of Americans in Libya
As President Obama and advisers measured their response to the mass killing in Libya over the past week, they were mindful of one particular scene unfolding thousands of miles away.
The Washington Post

A U.S.-charter ferry sent to evacuate over 400 Americans from Libya remained docked in Tripoli a third day, State Department blames rough weather

Western Policy Makers Discuss U,S, NATO Humanitarian Intervention In Libya
Military intervention "is something which I hope doesn't happen, but it looks as though at some point that it should happen," said Simon Henderson, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy."You've got to assume the worst about Moammar Gadhafi," Nicholas Burns, professor at Harvard Kennedy School, U.S. permanent representative to NATO from 2001-2005, told CNN... In separate phone conversations with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama "expressed his deep concern with the Libyan government's use of violence, which violates international norms and every standard of human decency, and discussed appropriate and effective ways for the international community to immediately respond"..Were NATO to send armed forces into Libya, the rest of the Arab world wouldn't protest much, analysts said.

Europe divided over Italy's warnings of Libya exodus
(BRUSSELS) - Italy clamoured for help Thursday to face a looming Libya exodus of unparalleled proportions but failed to bring all its EU partners onside despite warning of a potential tsunami of up to 1.5 million migrants and refugees."This is not a good sign for Europe," said Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni at the close of talks with his 26 European Union counterpartsAlong with the thousands of Libyans fleeing, between 750,000 and 1.5 million would-be economic migrants from Africa are estimated holed up in Libya, according to the EU's border-protection agency, Frontex. "What's happening in the Mediterranean is a problem for Europe and for the world," Maroni added. "We have never seen an emergency of this scale."Italy wanted an emergency solidarity fund to fly to the rescue of Mediterranean nations, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain, likely to bear the brunt of the unrest. "We are very worried about the situation in Libya," said European commissioner for home affairs ..."Today we don't see any boats from Libya...today we don't know what will happen." She called for assistance to Tunisia and Egypt... Helping the refugees would deflect a human tidal wave to Europe...The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, last year offered Tripoli up to 50 million euros (70 million dollars) to combat irregular migration but no money has been disbursed so far...the current upheaval marks a new test for EU solidarity on migration flows after years of unresolved debate.

Refugees Stranded in Libya Appeal for Help
Yesterday the UNHCR expressed particular concern “for asylum-seekers and refugees inadvertently caught up in the violence”, appealing to all governments to grant asylum to people fleeing Libya.CSW’s Advocacy Director Andrew Johnston said, “CSW is deeply concerned for the welfare of the refugees in Libya who are facing hostility on all sides and have no country looking out for their interests...Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights

U.S.: African mercenaries 'immune from prosecution for war crimes'
...The US insisted the UN resolution was worded so no one from an outside country that is not a member of the ICC could be prosecuted for their actions in Libya.... that mercenaries from countries such as Algeria, Ethiopia and Tunisia – all been named by rebel Libyan diplomats to the UN as being among the countries involved – would escape prosecution even if they were captured, because their nations are not members of the court.The move was seen as an attempt to prevent a precedent that could see Americans prosecuted by the ICC for alleged crimes in other conflicts. While the US was once among the signatories to the court, George W. Bush withdrew from it in 2002 and declared that it did not have power over Washington.

Ruling finance capitalist state expands control of information warfare
JPMorgan Fund Seeks Minority Stake in Twitter
JPMorgan Chase’s new fund investing in social media companies is seeking to buy a minority stake in Twitter that could value the service at close to $4.5 billion...For the $1.22 billion JPMorgan fund, Twitter appears to be its beachhead in the highly popular social media sector, much as Goldman Sachs established its presence in the category by raising $1.5 billion to invest in Facebook, that included $1 billion collected from wealthy private individuals outside the United States.

8/2/07 They shall overcome—but perhaps not always
In many places, non-violent protest is the only kind that has any hope of succeeding. But it can still fail
...For a growing community of activists and experts on the technique of non-violent action, the differences are secondary. The point, they say, is this: any authoritarian power can be shamed, discomfited, made to change course and ultimately overthrown if “people power” and shrewd tactics are combined. If this idea has had one big success, it is the “orange revolution” in Ukraine, where protests (see above) continue to be colourful. In an electronic age, it is easy for opposition movements around the world to compare notes without help from others. But if protesters of many hues are meeting and cross-fertilising, that is in large part thanks to two groups based in Washington, DC, which help and publicise the work of non-violent campaigners. Freedom House... and...the International Centre on Non-Violent Conflict (ICNC)...
As their output is translated into more languages, the two institutions are in many ways at the peak of their influence. But in authoritarian countries—from Russia to Iran to Venezuela—whose leaders trade on xenophobia, protest movements with an American input are denounced as traitors; and their American advisers as ill-disguised agents for their country's government...George Bush chose Freedom House as the venue for a big foreign-policy speech last year. That, combined with the president's use of Freedom House, and similar organisations, to channel some of his annual spending on “democracy” and “civil society” in Iran, sent Tehran's rulers into a frenzy of suspicion. Indeed some Iran-watchers believe the president's efforts to promote change helped the regime... “It puts a target on the back of every dissident,” says Afshin Molavi, a writer on Iran.

"protests run from Washington"
Libya: The Rest of the Story
2/23/11 By Tony Cartalucci
Please note the “EnoughGaddafi.com” signs. EnoughGaddafi.com’s webmaster is listed on the US State Department’s Movements.org as the “Twitter” to follow....The leader of Libya’s opposition group organizing the protests inside and outside of Libya, currently in Washington D.C. direct the upheaval and bedlam consuming the North African nation.
An interview with Ibrahim Sahad of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL) on ABC Australia, features every talking point covered by the mainstream media from the past week, with the White House and Washington Monument looming over him in the background. Sahad echos the Soros/Brzezinski * International Crisis Group’s calls for the UNSC to convene and discuss intervening in Qaddafi’s defiance. Ibrahim Sahad and his NFLS formed the National Conference of the Libyan Opposition (NCLO) in London in 2005. This group went out of its way to appear not to be influenced or supported by the United States.... Huffington Post featured documents released by the NCLO in a wikileaks-esque move to pin US support on Qaddafi. Of course, with all the unrest in the Middle East, as the facts trickle out we find this is not to avoid confusion, it is to avoid the truth... US funded Movements.org get reports from Sahad’s NCLO in Washington, who claims to be in contact with “first hand” reports out of Libya. Other NFSL members including one in Dubai, also supply the media with this “first hand” information....the basis for accusations of “genocide”, the convening of the UNSC, economic sanctions, threats directed toward Libyan security forces that attempt to quell protesters, and NATO enforced no-fly zones. National Endowment for Democracy and its army of ** US funded NGOs recently made an official statement urging the US and EU to confront the Libyan “massacres” in the UNSC and Human Rights Council...

Open Letter by Arab Organisations to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the European Union (EU) and the League of Arab States (LAS)
The accompanying letter, signed by 30 prominent Arab intellectuals, called for the same measures and implored world leaders to use whatever means necessary to protect Libyan civilians. Signatories included Nagib Sawiris, President of Orascom Telecom Egypt; Amr Hamzawy, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment's Middle East Center; Egyptian journalist Hani Shukrallah; and Paul Salem, the director of Carnegie's Middle East Center, Paul Salem - Director, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Amr Hamzawy , Research Director and Senior Associate - Carnegie Middle East Center, Laila Sharaf, First Lady Senator - Jordan, Moataz Abdel Fattah - Professor of Political Science University of Michigan - USA

* International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group is generally recognised as the world’s leading independent, non-partisan, source of analysis and advice to governments, and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. Our work has been applauded by, among others, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (‘a global voice of conscience, and a genuine force for peace’); former U.S. President Bill Clinton (‘in the most troubled corners of the world, the eyes, the ears and the conscience of the global community’); successive U.S. Secretaries of State (Condoleezza Rice: ‘a widely respected and influential organisation’, Colin Powell: ‘a mirror for the conscience of the world’ and Madeleine Albright ....

Board of Trustees includes
Thomas R Pickering Co-Chair, Crisis Group Former U.S. Ambassador to UN, Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria, Vice Chairman of Hills & Company
George Soros Chairman Open Society Institute
Morton Abramowitz Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey
Zbigniew Brzezinski International Crisis Group Senior Adviser ... Former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Carter...
Financial Support http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/support/who-supports.aspx

** 24 NGOs urge US and EU to confront Libyan massacres in UN Security Council and Human Rights Council
UN Watch February 20, 2011 http://www.globalpost.com/webblog/diplomacy/24-rights-groups-urge-us-and...
Signatories include Carl Gershman, President, The National Endowment for Democracy, USA
GENEVA, February 20, 2010 – An international coalition of 24 rights groups urged world powers to convene the UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council to protect Libyan civilians from government killings, in a letter sent today to the U.S., the EU and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The letter asserts the widespread atrocities committed by Libya against its own people are “particularly odious” actions that amount to war crimes, requiring member states to take action through the Security Council under the responsibility to protect doctrine.The appeal also calls for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council, in which Libya’s membership would be suspended, and an inquiry team dispatched to the country.

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National Council of US-Arab Relations, 1730 M St NW Suite 503, Washington, DC 20036
Model Arab League is the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations' gateway to other university and high school leadership development programs, including study abroad programs at the Yemen Language Center and Lebanese-American University in Beirut, and summer and academic year internships in Washington, DC....The Models have no peer as a proven effective way to discover and promote excellence among America's leaders of tomorrow. They offer students an unsurpassed opportunity to acquire and develop practical leadership skills directly related to the United States and one of the world's most vital regions. In the process, students learn about the most important social, economic, cultural, and political issues facing Arab leaders and ordinary citizens. Representing one of the Arab League's 22 member-states, delegates work to achieve consensus on questions with which real-life diplomats wrestle daily. They write, debate, and pass resolutions that seek to resolve some of the Arab countries' most difficult challenges...Since 1983 over 35,000 students have participated in the Model Arab League Program.

The league was weakened by internal dissension on political issues, especially concerning Israel and the Palestinians. After Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel March 26, 1979, the other members of the Arab League voted to suspend Egypt’s membership in the league and move its headquarters from Cairo to Tunis. Egypt was reinstated in the Arab League in 1989, and the league’s headquarters returned to Cairo in 1990...

Arab League Declaration on the Invasion of Palestine
May 15, 1948, http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/arab_invasion.html
The State of Israel came into being the evening of Friday, 14 May 1948. On the night of 14-15 May, the regular forces of Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon invaded Palestine. The Egyptian Foreign Minister informed the Security Council that "Egyptian armed forces have started to enter Palestine to establish law and order" (his cable to the Security Council, S/743, 15 May 1948). The Governments of the Arab League States issued a statement on 15 May 1948, as their forces were advancing into Palestine:

Arab Peace Initiative 2002
excerpt from Saudi-inspired peace plan adopted by the Arab summit in Beirut, 2002.
Arab countries affirm the following:
I- Consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended, and enter into a peace agreement with Israel, and provide security for all the states of the region.
II- Establish normal relations with Israel in the context of this comprehensive peace.

Arab world’s ties with US discussed at meet
24 October 2010, http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/middle-east/130216-arab-worlds-ties-wit...
Washington, DC: The National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) concluded its 19th Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference
The two-day Conference drew over 35 speakers from across the Arab world and the United States, drawing from a prominent pool of dignitaries including Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Faisal Al Saud, Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Adel Al Jubeir, Saudi Ambassador to the US, James B Smith (Brigadier General), US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia,
Dr Hussein Hassouna, Ambassador of the League of Arab States to the US, Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Ambassador to the US, Maen Rashid Areikat, Chief of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to the US, among others.The speakers highlighted the significance of Arab-US relations, especially since the Middle East supplies the majority of the world’s oil, according to Dr Herman Franssen, Senior Director of the Energy Intelligence Group (EIG) and former advisor to the Minister of Petroleum and Minerals in Oman. “Competition for access to Middle East crude will increase significantly in the coming decades,” Franssen said warning that if the US lessens trade with MENA, as suggested by the Obama administration, other regions will move in swiftly to take the US’ place. On the other hand, the MENA region’s critical role as a potential export market to the stagnating US economy was touched upon by Francisco J Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and Head of the International Trade Administration. “The MENA region is integral to the US export market”...
The Palestinian issue was also discussed at the conference as a delicate subject in US-Arab relations...

3 Mar 2010 Arab League Approves US-Brokered PA-Israel Talks; PM is Pleased
According to New York Times report, Arab League approval will politically enable PA President Hamoud Abbas to agree to resume talks ...

US welcomes Arab League's show of support.
"We appreciate the Arab League's statement of support for our efforts to create conditions that will allow direct talks to move forward"..
it means returning parties to negotiating table...giving US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, aided by Denis Ross an additional 60 days to compromise and reach a formula allowing Israel to avoid construction in West Bank settlements...

Passed to the Telegraph by WikiLeaks 8:21PM GMT 15 Feb 2011
Ref ID: 09CAIRO958 Date: 5/28/2009 8:21 Origin: U.S. Embassy Cairo
Our meeting at the Arab League was perhaps the most positive meeting on Sudan in Cairo in recent memory. The visit of S/E Gration has energized the AL, and the AL hopes to work with the USG to help resolve the crises in Sudan. As such, the AL is willing to engage with Arab states and the regime in Khartoum to get them to support the U.S. proposalsThe Arab League (AL) was pleased with the visit to Cairo of S/E Gration, and supports the USG position on Sudan. During AL SYG Moussa's recent trip to Sudan he encouraged the Government of Sudan (GOS) to "seize the opportunity" to work with the USG to resolve the situation... said Arab companies were holding off on investing in South Sudan because they feared instability.

"The odds of repeating another Afghanistan or Iraq — invading, pacifying, and administering a large third world country — may be low"
Gates Tells US Army to Take New Approach
2/26/11 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Gates-Tells-US-Army-to-Take-New-...
Secretary Gates at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York ,to speak to the Army’s future officers told them the traditional U.S. Army, with large units using tanks and other heavy equipment, is fast becoming obsolete."The strategic rationale for swift-moving expeditionary forces, be they army or marines, airborne, infantry or special operations is self evident, given the likelihood of counter-terrorism, rapid reaction, disaster response or stability or security force assistance missions...in my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined."...Gates said large-scale conflicts with other big countries will likely be fought mainly with air and naval forces. "The strategic rationale for swift-moving expeditionary forces, be they army or marines, airborne, infantry or special operations is self evident, given the likelihood of counter-terrorism, rapid reaction, disaster response or stability or security force assistance missions... He urged officers-in-training to think about likely 21st century ground conflicts... he challenged Army leaders to begin transforming their force, in part by providing incentives for officers to learn modern warfare skills, including counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations.

AFRICOM Readies ASF For Central African Role
U.S. Africa Command
U.S. Army Africa
February 24, 2011
"Exercise Kwanza proved that as an armed force, CAMF can work with diplomats, gendarmerie, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on the both the sea and ground."

Passed to the Telegraph by WikiLeaks 8:21PM GMT 15 Feb 2011
Ref ID: 09CAIRO958 Date: 5/28/2009 8:21 Origin: U.S. Embassy Cairo
Our meeting at the Arab League was perhaps the most positive meeting on Sudan in Cairo in recent memory. The visit of S/E Gration has energized the AL, and the AL hopes to work with the USG to help resolve the crises in Sudan. As such, the AL is willing to engage with Arab states and the regime in Khartoum to get them to support the U.S. proposalsThe Arab League (AL) was pleased with the visit to Cairo of S/E Gration, and supports the USG position on Sudan. During AL SYG Moussa's recent trip to Sudan he encouraged the Government of Sudan (GOS) to "seize the opportunity" to work with the USG to resolve the situation... said Arab companies were holding off on investing in South Sudan because they feared instability.

U.S. Ship In Africa Partnership Station Visit To Tanzania
Feb 24, 2011
U.S. Africa Command
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa

Africa: Global NATO Seeks To Recruit 50 New Military Partners
A recent article in Kenya’s Africa Review cited sources in the African Union (AU) disclosing that the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization is preparing to sign a military partnership treaty with the 53-nation AU. The author of the article, relaying comments from AU officials in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where the organization has its headquarters, wrote that although "the stated aim is to counter global security threats and specifically threats against Africa, some observers read the pact as aiming to counter Chinese expansion in Africa...Russia and China are competitors of the U.S. and its NATO allies in regards to arms sales to African nations. According to knowledgeable sources, the new security arrangement could be a way to block the continent's other main arms suppliers - China and Russia. If the pact gets endorsed by AU member states, it would be a big blow for China and Russia."...
Four members of the AU, along with Morocco, are already part of a NATO partnership program, the Mediterranean Dialogue - Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania and Tunisia - so a NATO military cooperation treaty with the African Union could gain the Atlantic Alliance 50 new partners...the world's only military bloc can further expand from one that grew from 16 to 28 members in a decade - 1999-2009 - into one that will become international with nearly 100 military partners. Partners and members on every inhabited continent. Two-thirds of the nations in the world.

US-Saudi Arms Deal Shows Strength of US-Saudi Relationship: Ambassador
Oct. 21, 2010, http://arabianomics.com/2010/10/21/us-saudi-arms-deal-shows-strength-of-...
The arms deal, reportedly with a $60 billion price tag, would be the largest US arms sale in history and would assist in tipping the power balance in the Middle East as Iran’s influence grows.The remarks came at the National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) 19th annual policymaker’s conference today in Washington....

Kingdom wants WMD-free Mideast
Oct 24, 2010 http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article168367.ece
Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi ambassador to the US, emphasized the Kingdom’s efforts to make the Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction and conflicts...commended Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for proposing the Arab peace initiative supported by 22 Arab League states, 56 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and several other countries. “Although the United States considered the Arab peace initiative a basic pillar of peace, it did not push Israel to accept it,” the prince said.

Kingdom raises oil output amid Libyan crisis
2/26/11 http://arabnews.com/economy/article285525.ece
News of Saudi Arabia’s higher output came as disruption to Libyan supplies worsened. Libya is the world’s 12th-largest oil exporter and a source of high-quality crude oil, most of which flows to Europe. Some European oil firms said they were looking to buy more crude from Iran...Saudi Arabia is the only country able to pump large amounts of extra oil at short notice


Egyptian 'revolution': same US backed military junta attacks 'our countrymen' protesters
6 am Military police place barbed wire on all roads leading to Tahrir after violent clashes shortly after midnight. The army fired into the air to disperse protesters in Tahrir used tasers and batons in front of the parliament building, an Al Jazeera producer in the capital reported.

Tahrir in Barbed Wire as Army Attacks Egyptian Protesters..."

Egyptian Military Cracks Down on New Protest
Protesters called on the military-led transitional government to fulfill demands made during the 18-day protest in Tahrir Square, including the release of political prisoners...“The people want the overthrow of Ahmed Shafiq!”... the prosecution of the former president and high ranking members of his party for corruption and abuse of power, cancellation of the Emergency Law...after night fell, the protest transformed into a tense standoff between protesters and the military, whose neutrality during the uprising, and unwillingness to fire on the protesters, had turned them into popular heroes...hundreds of people rallied in the intersection in front of the prime minister’s office, barred from taking their protest any closer by armored personnel carriers and a line of soldiers armed with Tasers... Military police surrounded the protesters and kept them from leaving until late at night, witnesses said, while in Tahrir about a thousand people began to pitch tents and settle in for the night. After midnight, soldiers and police officers took over the square. Salma Said was asleep in a tent when it began to fall down on her. Outside people were screaming, she emerged to see people being beaten by soldiers and armed plainclothes security officers wearing masks. “They had their faces covered like criminals... only showed their eyes. One officer threatened to shoot us and said he was going to set our tent on fire,” she said....

will pro-US NGO organizers be able to suppress genuine revolution ?
"We must give the new government a chance," urged Hussain Mohamed...Mohamed and a few others like him, were shouted down by many in the crowd... "You cannot fix one thing like Mubarak and leave the other things unfixed."

"26 Feb 2011 ... Military apologises for attack on Egypt protesters.... military council apologised after military police beat protesters in Tahrir Square..."

"3 Feb 2011 ...Egypt: PM apologises for Tahrir Square violence "There is no excuse whatsoever to attack peaceful protesters ..."

protest misleaders promote support for u.s. occupation regime
Iraq 'Day of Rage' protests followed by detentions, beatings
The protests billed as Iraq's "Day of Rage" were intended to call for reform of Maliki's government, not revolution. From the southern city of Basra to northern cities of Kurdistan, protesters demanded the simple dignities of adequate electricity, clean water and a decent job...Iraqi security forces detained hundreds of people, including prominent journalists, artists and intellectuals, witnesses said Saturday, a day after nationwide demonstrations brought tens of thousands of Iraqis into the streets and ended with soldiers shooting into crowds....Protestors defied curfews and an explicit warning from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki the day before not to attend the protests. They also defied opposition from Shiite clergy, including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Moktada al-Sadr ..the Obama administration has struggled to calibrate its responses to the protests rolling across the Middle East and North Africa but has a particular stake in the stability of the fledgling democracy it helped usher in. "Obama wants to convey that yes, Iraq has a number of problems that need to be addressed, but the country is on the right track," said Joost Hiltermann, deputy director for the International Crisis Group's Middle East program...The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad played down Friday's violence, as well as the draconian measures Maliki took to stifle turnout. Iraq's security forces "generally have not used force against peaceful protesters," said Aaron Snipe, an embassy spokesman. "We support the Iraqi people's right to freely express their political views, to peacefully protest and seek redress form their government. This has been our consistent message in Iraq and throughout the region."

Moktada al-Sadr, the "radical anti-american cleric: "They are attempting to crack down on everything you have achieved, all the democratic gains, the free elections, the peaceful exchanges of power and freedom. So I call on you, from a place of compassion, to thwart the enemy plans by not participating in the demonstrations tomorrow