[I just felt it in Ohio.
37.975°N, 77.969°W epicenter]
Aug 23 (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the U.S. East Coast and Canada from Virginia to Toronto on Tuesday, shaking buildings and forcing evacuation of the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries from the quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said was centered in Mineral, Virginia, between Charlottesville and Richmond. It was initially recorded at 5.8 magnitude.
Washington office workers scurried into the streets after the quake, which lasted for about five seconds and sent items crashing to the floor from store and office shelves.
Tremors shook New York City office buildings, prompting evacuations of courthouses, City Hall and halting work at the World Trade Center construction site, officials and witnesses said.
It was not immediately clear if there was any damage or injuries in New York, but fire department and police officials in Dutchess County, north of New York City, reported structural damage to some buildings.
A spokesman for the city transit agency said the quake was felt but declined immediate comment on whether the subway system was affected.
Control towers at John F. Kennedy airport and Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey were also evacuated.
Buildings in Boston were evacuated, while a Reuters witness said the quake was felt as far away as Toronto.
(Reporting by John Whitesides, the World Desk Americas; editing by Philip Barbara)
Uzbekistan: Tashkent airport detained a graduate of the Academy of the OSCE and the “Deutsche Welle” Helen Cooper
Evening of August 22 in an international airport in Tashkent at passport and customs control, was detained a freelance journalist Elena Bondar, returning home from Bishkek. In the Kyrgyz capital, Helen was a 10-week training course in the “Central Asian school of modern journalism” of the OSCE Academy and the Academy, “Deutsche Welle”.The plane landed in Bishkek at the airport in the Uzbek capital of 19.20, said Helen over the phone. To her civil passport of the Republic of Uzbekistan border showed special attention. After a thorough review of the document transmitted to the rack Cooper customs control, where no less carefully inspected her luggage and carry-on luggage, finding in it, including electronic media.
Cooper then placed in a detention cell, where she had spent at least an hour. It is now in another room does not provide the staff of the airport whether border guards, or customs, or the National Security Service, in the presence of the journalist a copy on computer service, all data stored on its flash card with pictures and instructional materials OSCE.
23-year-old Elena Bondar this year graduated from the Faculty of Journalism, National University of Uzbekistan. During the years of training, she worked with “Fergana” and a number of other blocked in this country of foreign publications.
Education in the “Central Asian school of modern journalism” with the participation of young, no older than 30 years, journalists from around the region took place from June 13 to August 19, 2011.
The task of the training program of the course – to develop the journalists’ skills with the basic tools for creating high-quality journalistic material aimed at an audience of Central Asia, for print, radio and online media. The ultimate goal – to help journalists improve the quality of the broadcasts and articles in the Central Asian media. “
During training, students learn the basics of school work in print, television, radio and online journalism. The best graduates of the school this fall will be invited for a two-week internship in Germany.
U.S. State Department has included a list of countries in Tajikistan are vulnerable to terrorist threats. This is stated in the new annual report, management fight against terrorism the U.S. State Department. The full report is available in English here .
According to the compilers of the report, has been identified serious weakness in the Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Tajikistan and its ability to conduct effective counter-terrorism operations.
“The mass escape from prison in Dushanbe, the attack on a convoy of troops in the gorge Kamarob, fighting between the Tajik border guards and armed groups in Afghanistan demonstrate the vulnerability of Tajikistan to the well-trained international and domestic groups. Armed groups have effectively used the mountainous terrain of Tajikistan and the internal political conflict in the country, “- notes the report.
The report also emphasized that the Tajik authorities, under the guise of combating terrorism, persecuted its political opponents. In addition, the judiciary is subject to widespread corruption in Tajikistan.
The compilers of the report emphasized that most of the measures the Government of Tajikistan against extremism and terrorism have led to restrictions on the rights of citizens to freedom of religion. As a result, heavy-handed tactics of the government, in fact, contributed to the development of radicalism, rather than its retention.
U.S. State Department believes that the Government of Tajikistan could improve the protection of the Tajik-Afghan border with the help of international donors in 2010.
The deputy of the Tajik parliament of Tajikistan Olim said these findings Salimzoda U.S. Department unfounded and able to hit the relationship between the two countries.
“The government of Tajikistan adopted as the civilized world have never considered terrorists by their political opponents. Terrorists around the world, including in the United States were enemies of the government and society, not their opponents.And I think that this report has been prepared by persons who do not have enough information about Tajikistan, on the processes occurring inside the country “- said the MP.
Referring to the opposition, O. Salimzoda noted that the relationship between the government and political opponents are constructive and do not have any hostile tone. “But I’m sure no one can say killed in 2010-2011 in the Rasht terrorist opponents of the government of the country” – said the deputy.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, also believes that the U.S. State Department’s findings made in the report, far from reality.
“This is the position the State Department, but it is far from reality. In Tajikistan, know what to do and how to do it. All measures have been taken, based on current realities and give a positive result in terms of building civil society, and ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens, and ensure the free activity of religious associations.With regard to the fight against terrorism, there also is productive work. And everybody knows about it, “- said in an interview with” AP “Head of MFA RT Davlat Nazriev.
“We are working on the basis of their national interests for national security, and this path will continue. And we regret that our partners will make such hasty conclusions without examining thoroughly the situation in the country, “- Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Tajikistan.
[Not only has the Uzbek President proven himself to be the fly in Putin's and Medvedev's ointment, over this issue of a Rapid Reaction Strike Force (SEE: Brotherhood in Resistance–Collective Rapid Reaction Force (RRF)), he has also foiled the snakes from NATO, as they snuck legislation on their pet issues through the UN (SEE: Implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia ), trying to force regional compliance with Pentagon plans. US/NATO schemes for world domination cannot proceed in the CIS states until Uzbekistan falls in line, no matter how much additional incentive Russia can help supply, to help push through the Imperial mission.]
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov will not participate in the upcoming Dushanbe summit of the CIS. As reported by “AP” in the diplomatic mission of Uzbekistan in Tajikistan in Dushanbe, the Prime Minister will arrive Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev.
Earlier it was reported that the participation in the CIS summit also refused to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Instead, it will be Prime Minister Artur Rasizade.
Also in the Uzbek embassy in Tajikistan reported that the Dushanbe meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of CIS countries will take part, Vice-Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Elyor Ganiev.
As indicated in the message the CIS Executive Committee in the upcoming September 2 in Dushanbe meeting of CIS foreign ministers will consider 16 issues.
The most important on the agenda is a draft assessment report “Results of the CIS for 20 years and challenges for the future.” It gives a general assessment of the Commonwealth, analyzed the results of cooperation of CIS member states in economic, humanitarian spheres and in the field of security and other priorities. In the final part of the defined objectives of the Commonwealth in the future. The draft document is planned to introduce the next meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State.
At the meeting of Foreign Ministers scheduled to consider a draft statement CFM “on ensuring the complementary and mutually beneficial nature of the development of integration processes.”
At a meeting of Foreign Ministers will also consider a number of issues related to further development of cooperation in the field of security. Including the draft program of cooperation in fighting illegal migration for 2012-2014, agreement about the transfer of samples of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors, the agreement on cooperation in the field of industrial safety at hazardous industrial facilities, the provisions of the Office for the Coordination of anti- organized crime and other dangerous types of crimes on the territory of CIS.
Got an idea for the latest social network?
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to hear it — and may offer $42 million to make it a reality. DARPA put out a call for proposals on July 14, and officially presented the project on Tuesday at a briefing held at System Planning Corporation, a military contractor.
Specifically, DARPA is seeking approaches that go beyond evolutionary improvements to existing systems and practices in social networking. Instead, the agency seeks a revolutionary idea that would, among other things, measure and track the formation and spread of ideas and memes, recognize patterns of persuasion across communities, identify the effects of these persuasion campaigns and counter them with defense’s own influence operations.
“Entirely new phenomena are emerging that require thinking about social interactions in a new way. The tools that we have today for awareness and defense in the social media space are heavily dependent on chance,” the announcement said. “We must eliminate our current reliance on a combination of luck and unsophisticated manual methods.”
This is not the Defense Department’s first push towards social networking. In June 2009, U.S. forces in Afghanistan set up accounts on established social networks Twitter and Facebook, in order to reach out to Afghan youth.
A year later, the Kabul Embassy explored the idea of building a new social network to connect various groups in the country.
The proposals for the current project are due August 30.
The Pentagon’s surveillance net is massive. But it was holes and seams. Spy drone videos and communications intercepts may be aimed at the same target. Analysts have a hard time flipping easily from one kind of intel to the other, however — allowing those targets to get away. So the military is working on an out-there idea to fix the problem: a single mega-system that pulls together and analyzes all every kind of intel you can imagine. If it works as planned, it’ll be a whole lot harder to slip through that Pentagon net.
No surprise that Darpa, the military’s blue-sky research arm, is the agency behind the lofty five-year program, called Insight. The agency’s goal is to replace “largely manual exploitation and…chat-based operator interactions” with a system that mines different inputs, including drone footage and on-the-ground intel, and quickly stitches together the data to identify potential threats.
What Darpa’s calling “a next generation ISR [intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance] exploitation and resource management system” would be faster than human analysts, but it’d still rely on their input. Darpa wants an interface that’s adaptable, letting users provide context and pick the best surveillance combo for a given situation.
The Pentagon’s been investing in super-powered surveillance for years now, and Darpa wants Insight to capitalize on the rapid growth in the recon field. The program will incorporate brand new spy cams, likeARGUS-IS, a 1.8 Gigapixel camera that tracks over 100 square miles in real time. And ongoing Darpa projects might be rolled into the Insight system too. The agency’s solicitation cites a handful, including the recently-launched PerSEAS, a program to design complex algorithms that can somehow spot threats based on little more than “weak evidence.”
And Darpa’s betting big on Insight. The agency’s creating an entire “Insight Test Bed,” to be located at Fort Irwin’s National Training Center, that’ll mimic “real world operational settings,” complete with scripted scenarios. In hopes of fast-tracking ongoing programs, Darpa’s also prepping a “Development Incubator” of unclassified data and evaluation results for contractors. The goal is to boost collaboration and lower the cost of systems testing for developers — not to mention make it easier to integrate their work into Insight’s eventual surveillance depository.
A one-stop-shop for surveillance data and analysis would no doubt enhance threat detection. But despite the perks, Insight would only be as strong as the footage and algorithms it’d rely on. Some of the programs Darpa hopes to include are still in their infancy, and have decidedly out-there aims of their own. Consider GUARD-DOG. Launched just six months ago, the program’s goal is to replace human interrogators with algorithms that can somehow understand and interpret the complexities of “real-world social networks.”
Amassing a ton of surveillance programs, some of them already long shots, and then linking them together — in five years — seems like wishful thinking. Which means that even if it’s deployed, Insight will remain a work in progress. As Darpa’s solicitation notes, the system will be designed to “rapidly integrate new algorithms” and “facilitate continuous development and insertion of nascent technologies.”
Photo: U.S. Air Force
Libyan rebels are seen in the back of a pick-up truck. (AP Photo/Giulio Petrocco)
TRIPOLI: Libya’s rebels declared the “Gaddafi era” over after taking control of most of Tripoli but the strongman’s son, Seif al-Islam, claimed Tuesday his father was still in control of the capital.
Seif al-Islam, wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, met with an AFP correspondent and two other journalists, after ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said rebel forces had arrested him.
“Tripoli is under our control. Everyone should rest assured. All is well in Tripoli,” the defiant son of the Libyan strongman told the three journalists at a vacant lot outside his father’s Bab al-Azizya compound in Tripoli in the very early hours of Tuesday.
“You have seen how the Libyan people rose up” to fight the rebels who arrived in Tripoli, he said, referring to battles in the capital between Gaddafi loyalists and rebel forces.
“The West has high-tech technology which disrupted telecommunications systems and sent messages to the people,” declaring the fall of the regime, he said about text phone messages sent Sunday to the residents of Tripoli.
“This is a technological and media war to cause chaos and terror in Libya,” he added, dressed in a Khaki shirt.
Seif al-Islam, who arrived for the meeting in an armoured 4×4, claimed the rebels had suffered “heavy casualties” Monday when they stormed Gaddafi’s compound.
“I am here to refute the lies,” he said about reports of his arrest.
[The photo of the puny little rebels on the outside peering over the concrete barrier speaks volumes about the alleged impending "defeat" of the Qaddafi regime, which nearly all Western news sources have been reporting since the escalation by NATO forces over the weekend. If it was not for the continuous NATO airstrikes, the Libyan insurgency would have already been put-down.
In Libya, it is the same as it first was in Bosnia, where Western military support for the Islamist forces were able to effectively:
"Convert NATO into Muslim air force, Western press into Muslim propaganda, and soon - American troops into Muslim combat troops."--Yossef Bodansky, "Offensive in the Balkans"
Foreign news sources have been reporting that covert Western Special Forces have been leading the charge on Tripoli. If it were not for NATO support there would be no war. The only difference between NATO's Balkan wars and its war on Libya is that the world has been made so comfortable with the idea of NATO aggression against weaker countries that world opinion finds it acceptable that US and British Special Forces openly commit these war crimes today.
The more time passes, the more these things remain the same. The current American govt. is continuing to act as world aggressor. It will do so until we put an end to it.]
A quick rebel victory is fading into uncertainty as Qaddafi gunmen are fighting back and Muammar Qaddafi’s politically powerful son Saif al-Islam reemerges.
Two days after rebels exulted in their swift takeover ofTripoli, signaling the endgame for Libyan leaderMuammar Qaddafi, the capital has become a stage for a potentially protracted battle between rebels and loyalists.
The rebels expected a decisive victory after entering the city easily this weekend, Bloomberg reports, but they are still locked in battle with Mr. Qaddafi’s fighters inside and outside Tripoli.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the rebels pulled back from much of the territory in the city that they took earlier in the week and seemed to be in control of only a “slice of land leading from the western edge to near the city center.” Qaddafi gunmen have staked out several neighborhoods and Green Square, where rebel supporters celebrated Sunday night, is now a “no-man’s land.”
The scenes in Tripoli undermined early impressions that forces loyal to Col. Gadhafi, who has ruled the oil-rich Mediterranean country for nearly 42 years, had been all but neutralized. Instead, the leader remains unaccounted for as fighting continues. The unease suggested instead that the regime’s end, while broadly expected, may bring more bloodshed, this time in a densely populated urban theater.
According to the Associated Press, the fiercest fighting took place around the Bab al-Aziziya compound, where Qaddafi, his family, and his closest advisers have barricaded themselves for much of the war. On Monday, government tanks repelled rebel forces attempting to infiltrate the compound.
NATO has put its air campaign in overdrive in the past two days, hitting at least 40 targets in Tripoli – the highest number in one location since its intervention began in March.
In a major blow, Qaddafi’s son and one-time heir apparent, Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, reappeared after rebels had claimed to have captured him, saying that the rebel forces in the city had walked into a trap and that loyalist fighters had broken the back of the rebels.
He walked into the Rixos Hotel, where the government has sequestered foreign journalists, and offered to take foreign journalists on a tour to prove the regime’s continued control over the capital.
“I will take you [the press] on a tour in Tripoli in the most heated areas, and you will see that all is secure, the world will know it’s secure,” he said.
The rebels said yesterday that they had captured Saif and were considering sending him to theInternational Criminal Court, but he denied today that he had ever been in rebel custody. The rebels had also said they captured his older brother, Mohammad, who has now escaped, Al Jazeera reports.
The false reports about the two Qaddafi sons raises questions about the credibility of the rebel leadership, which was already in doubt, The New York Times reports.
Last week, on my way to office at I.I.Chundrigarh, a rampaging and honking rangers van cornered all the traffic on street. I looked out of the window pane of my car out of sheer curiosity at what might possibly be there causing this not-so-usual activity. I froze at the sight of 8 ambulances passing by with gates wide open revealing blood smeared double dead bodies in each, covered in white sheet with their legs spread out of the ambulance. As the fifth ambulance passed, I came out of the haze and disbelief at what I was seeing and averted my face in a multitude of emotions; of pain, anger and helplessness. Such a mass slaughter of human! It’s been a week I’m living it every second , and every time I sit back in a moment of relief, those flash backs sweep across my mind and sometimes I cry hysterically and the other times, I beg God for mercy.And then there are those numerous talk shows and programs talking about who has done what, who’s responsible for this, how can this be dealt with. It least interests me now, has ceased to for a long time. The fact is no talks, no hurling blames at each other could do anything to better things. This is Politics. And politics in our part of the world is always about power and the saddle. It is inherently animalistic just like the one in Orwell’s “Animal Farm”
Aren’t our people who work tirelessly, exhausting themselves to bring some pleasant change in their lives, and trust their chosen leaders like Boxer – the hardworking , low-witted horse that trusted pigs (the rulers). He had one motto , “I’ll work harder” and “Napoleon is always right”. Our people may not be as naive as Boxer but when the time comes to elect their leader, they are all rosy about them, putting a blind trust in those whose very aim is to achieve their ends only. Our naivety is even worse. Look at how many parties do we have? Three lead parties playing musical chairs of ministries for over two decades!! And we are not yet sick of them. We talk about them and their doings with such a fervor as it was just yesterday when they came to the forefront. This is Us, who forgive and forget everything and cry over the spilled milk later on.
It seems like no good leader like Snowball can ever stay in our political scene. For all their innovative, welfare and constructive ideas they would be thwarted out by the government’s hired dogs, and later on blamed for every bad thing that would happen to people.The idea of having a Mr. Nobody to blame is thoroughly inspiring for our politicians as well . Last night on one of the talk shows, a government spokesperson was making his point saying, “certain radical elements” have caused this delirious state of Karachi, I wondered what radical elements is he talking about . Doesn’t it sound funny and hilarious now, hearing these people talk incessantly and hosts enjoying grilling them and making their portfolio. What accountability has this brought forth?
Oh and yes, when we talk about talking, lets talk about our “silver tongued” dapper interior minister Mr. Malik, who like Squealer, ardently believe in artfully manipulating language to justify all the government’s action, and is responsible to palliate people’s emotions after every of the government’s mis-doings. I say, its God given. His innate communication tactics employed to mandate packages to placate each one of the parties are superb .The use of jargon, the baffling vocabulary (most of it from his own dictionary) and rattling a string of statistics, showing unquestionable loyalty to the leaders and his rhetorical skills are all the part of the natural talents, he’s very well endowed with.
The last and our greatest – Napoleon-our innocent opportunist who never had any interest in our Animal farm, was always and is still interested in personal gains!! The only project Orwell’s Napolean takes up is training his puppies -his own private army- to attack and rip apart everyone who comes between him and his goals. This much should be left at reader’s discretion to recognize who Our Napolean is.
But what mainly causes the downfall of animals at the Orwell’s farm is the uneducated, illiterate population that is fooled by the clever, educated pigs telling them to believe what they want them to believe in. The seven commandments like our constitution that were the cardinals of Animal Farm, were shamelessly tailored to suit the pig’s personal agenda, transforming, “all animals are equal” to “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” And over a period of time all the commandments were entirely changed by adding or deleting some words from them, for the animals just couldn’t read and understand and what’s in their memory fades quick. It is far easier to fool and dictate a nation where education rate is less than 30% than those who are educated and conscious of their rights and duties. Easier for us to understand now, why education and health budgets are lowest in our farm.
What I saw a week back was only “Boxers” taken from the abattoir to a place from where they can be discarded. Boxer, the dedicated , hardworking labor that is crushed in this political drama being carried out by elites. His pitiful death at the glue factory like our countryman’s ferocious murder illustrates the betrayal of our political leaders. Times haven’t changed really.May be Orwell didn’t write for 1936 civil war , or may be it’s the same old political drama running for centuries in which the poor and the commoners suffer. Our way out of it, as suggested by Orwell is only education and self-awareness. Where so much that the Orwell said was true, let’s try this one . Perhaps, this is our only way out!
[It is total bullshit that the spy guys are trying to blame all this on the BLA. They are fighting to liberate Balochistan, why would they fight and die for Karachi? The secret government of Pakistan cannot blame the real culprits in this horror story, since it would mean that they would have to blame themselves and come clean on their policies of ruling Pakistan by terror and by bloodshed. The goons of Lyari take their orders from London and operate with a free hand because of reciprocal agreements with Pak. spy agencies. The people of Pakistan understand about all the sanctioned gangs who act-up or lie low, according to the needs of the political manipulators. Karachi burns now, because they want it to burn. Until the Pakistani people rise-up against this gang/government tyranny they will continue to live under these hellish conditions.]
Rangers promises peace in 15 days in return for ‘free hand’. PHOTO : AFP
According to sources, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was told in a briefing on Monday that the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) – which is behind the Balochistan insurgency – has been promised a safe haven in Lyari by ‘some quarters’.
Officials from spy agencies, paramilitary Rangers and police briefed the prime minister on the unabated violence in the financial capital of the country.
Sources quoted the acting director-general of Sindh Rangers as telling the prime minister that his paramilitary force could control the situation within two weeks, if given ‘free hand’ by the political authorities. He sought powers to chase the terrorists and target killers even if they take shelter in the offices of any political or religious party.
The Rangers chief held out a firm assurance that his force could restore peace in the violence-plagued city with the help of police, if given full powers.
However, he added that planning of all operations should be the sole prerogative of his forces.
Officials of the intelligence agencies told the prime minister that they have gathered information about all ‘no-go’ areas in the city. On the basis of this classified data, they said, an operation could be launched against miscreants in the city.
Sources said that the Sindh police chief stood out during the briefing
due to his ‘non-serious attitude’. When asked to brief the meeting on the Karachi situation, he presented a long list of demands to the prime minister. His demands included more armoured and bulletproof vehicles and weapons.
The meeting took notice of the IG police’s ‘non-serious attitude’.
Published in The Express Tribune
Matthew Price says Saif al-Islam seemed confident about the prospects of his father’s regime
One of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al-Islam, has appeared in Tripoli and claimed the government had “broken the backbone” of the rebel offensive there.
He turned up in a government vehicle at a hotel held by loyalists, a day after the rebels said they had detained him.
A BBC correspondent said Saif al-Islam seemed confident and full of adrenalin.
Our correspondent reports renewed gunfire, mortars and grenades in the area around the Rixos hotel, one of the pockets still held by Gaddafi forces.
There are further reports of explosions and heavy artillery around Bab al-Azizia, Col Gaddafi’s compound.
Both sides say they control most of the capital.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi turned up in the early hours of Tuesday at the Rixos Hotel, where many international journalists are based.
But Gaddafi forces have been reinforced and some rebel supply lines into the city seem to have come under attack. It is clear loyalists are fighting back in some areas and many casualties are being reported.
The sudden appearance of Saif al-Islam, said only on Sunday to have been captured by the rebels, will merely embolden them further.
He told the BBC: “We have broken the backbone of the rebels.” He added that by moving into Tripoli, the rebels had fallen into “a trap”.
“We gave them a hard time, so we’re winning,” he said.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, 39, had been widely regarded as a likely successor to his father. On Sunday the rebels claimed they had captured him, along with other members of his family.
On Monday, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) said he was negotiating with the rebels for Saif al-Islam’s transfer to The Hague.
Saif al-Islam, his father and the head of the Libyan intelligence service have all been indicted for war crimes by the ICC.
But on Tuesday, an ICC spokesman told the BBC that the court had not made any announcement that Saif al-Islam was in its custody. He said the ICC had received different information from the various rebel factions about Saif al-Islam’s purported arrest and whereabouts.
UK International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell blamed the “fog of warfare” for the confusion.
Saif al-Islam said he did not care about the ICC arrest warrant. Asked if Col Gaddafi was safe and in Tripoli, he replied: “Of course.”
He also went to his father’s Bab al-Azizia compound and told three journalists accompanying him: “Tripoli is under our control. Everyone should rest assured.”
In a broadcast late on Sunday, he urged residents to “save Tripoli” from the rebels.
Members of the rebels’ National Transitional Council (NTC) in Benghazi say they plan to fly to the capital on Wednesday to start work on forming a new government.
A BBC correspondent in Benghazi says there is optimism in their ranks that by the middle of the week Tripoli airport will be secure enough to allow them to move.
NATO and the West, led by America, always claim that they are doing everything for humanity, for the children and the little doggies and kitties. Yes, the West goes out and bombs and murderers civilians almost on a daily basis, but its always for a higher cause, or so the billion dollar PR machine always tells everyone.
True, many people in Europe are wise enough to what their owners are doing, but in Totalitarian Democracies, they are disenfranchised serfs, given the choice to vote for one branch or another of the Elite club, thus changing nothing. In the US, the situation is even worse, as the serfs are mostly brainwashed to “support the troops”, which in essence means, go along with genocide and economic theft on a daily basis, while considering themselves the freest and most God fearing people on earth. Wow, now that’s a schizophrenic approach if there ever was one.
Lets review NATO and its endless wars over the past 20 years.
Starting in April 1994 — Occupation on Going
NATO began illegal air strikes on Serb forces and Serbian civilians in Bosnia, stepping into the civil war. This has become the defacto tactic of NATO aggression and expansion. NATO countries help foment a civil war and then either get “invited” by the unrecognized puppets or just come in to “save” lives or some such gibberish. NATO air strikes, continuing into 1995, allowed the Jihadist Muslims and their Nazi Croat allies to ethnically cleanse more then a third of Serbian territory.
On December 15, 1995, the Dayton Peace Accords were signed, ushering in the first NATO occupied territories in the world. To this day, NATO occupiers sit in Bosnia, keeping this Frankenstein alive and forcing Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats to live under continuous Islamic oppression. Of course, there is something in it for NATO: the Americans, ever the empowerers of Sunni Islamic Jihad, keep Saudi Arabia happy and the Europeans get to steal all the raw resources they can from the resource rich region. But then again, for some reason the Totalitarian Democracies’ “free” media never wants to talk about it.
Yugoslav War (Kosovo)
Bombing 24 March – 11 June 1999, Occupation Ongoing
As the US/NATO backed Albanian Jihad ran into severe set backs by Serbian forces, NATO offered an impossible peace deal to Yugoslavia, or what was left of that state. Surrender all soverignty and be fully occupied, or go to war. Of course, the Serbs had no choice, they went to war. It is unfortunate that the alcoholic joke of a leader, Yeltsin, sat in the Kremlin. Bought out for less then NATO spends in a day.
Thousands of Serbian civilians were butchered by NATO cluster bombs and smart bombs, smart bombs that always seemed to miss their intended military targets by several kilometers and instead home in on markets, hospitals, apartment buildings, churches and trains. See, the Western standard for massacring civilians is to just claim your smart bombs malfunctioned, then its all ok.
Since then, NATO has first occupied, then stole Serbian land, creating another Islamic Narco puppet state and has continued to hold military bases on this land.
Macedonian Civil War
After a US led UN mission that occupied the Macedonian borders for five years was ended by a Chinese veto, NATO decided on a more robust way to impose its will. By enabling the narco Albanians in Albanian and Serbia’s lost Kosovo, they ensured that adequate arms would flow into Macedonia and a new Jihadist civil war would break out. The inadequately armed Macedonian army, ruled by a government that was an absolute lap dog of a regime to NATO, was caught totally unprepared. When the Macedonians were able to quickly conclude arms deals with Ukraine and Bulgaria, it was a US led NATO that forced both to back down from sending weapons to Macedonia and insuring that a government victory, without NATO, was impossible.
“If NATO hadn’t been arming and equipping the UCK in Kosovo there would be no need for them to ‘disarm’ these guerillas now in Macedonia,” said Goran Stevanovic, a sergeant with an elite Macedonian police unit.
“Snake” Arifaj, a 22-year-old platoon commander with the UCK, proudly displayed his unit’s impressive arsenal and said, “Thanks to Uncle Sam, the Macedonians are no match for us.”
US helicopters even delivered aid directly to Albanian villages, in the middle of the fighting, prompting diplomatic protests. Of course, this was “humanitarian” aid, the same type of aid that helped the Georgian genocider to launch his massacres of civilians. As well, NATO was providing intelligence to the Albanians.
Finally, when the Macedonians had no choice, NATO orchestrated the Ohrid Agreement, ending the fighting by giving the Albanians everything short their own nation. Almost four thousand NATO troops invaded Macedonia to “help” disarm the very Islamic Jihadists they armed, while hanging the threat of war crimes over the heads of the Macedonian leaders, if they got out of line. That Macedonian civilians were murdered, and ancient Christian sites, such as the 13th-century Orthodox monastery Sveti Atanasij in the village of Lesok or the 14th century monastery at Matejce, near Kumanovo was destroyed, is irrelevant to the NATO tyrannies.
NATO has maintained a presence since and is actively trying to pull Macedonia and its lacky leadership into its clutches.
7 October 2001-present
The king boondoggle of NATO and the war where NATO declared that its sphere is anywhere in the world. NATO took over this tar baby from the US/UK in 2003, as these two were now to busy massacred Iraqi civilians for “oil” er “freedom”. Hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties later, a narco-puppet government sits in power, raising production of poppies to a fine and productive art form, while hundreds of thousands of NATO troops raid houses, blow up villages and some how miss the drugs.
While officially NATO is not in Iraq, outside of various training missions, the very founders of NATO are in a “coalition of the willing” or some such nonsense. So for all intent and purposes, this is a NATO war, a war that has destroyed a nation and resulted in the deaths of several million people, leaving Islamic extremists in power.
March 2011 — present
So what can we say? Another NATO war, another Islamic Narco bunch to empower. The standard is set, just change the name of the country and replay the series. Events are almost identical, the scrip does not change.
In practice, this “defensive” organization, this demonic beast, released from any control by the collapse of the Warsaw Pack, has led almost endless wars in its 20 years of free action. In twenty years it has been in war and occupation for 17 of them and now has 6 wars under its belt and with plenty of others possibles waiting in the wings.
If ever there was an axis of murder, mayhem and misery, a rogues list of rogues, it is the present day NATO, a beast that bares no resemblance to what it was founded for or its mission. An entity where the Devil roams its halls and plays out his mischief at every opportunity, through his willing puppets.
From land and water disputes to last year’s ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan, many of the problems that plague Central Asia are the result of neighbors who see each other more as rivals than allies.
But institutions like the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, which co-funds the summer school along with German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, are trying to reverse that trend by providing rigorous educations for future politicians, entrepreneurs, and civil-society workers, while also encouraging them to think beyond their national borders by considering the Eurasian region in its entirety.
Yefimova’s class are undergoing an intensive 10-week program in which they study the basics of TV, print, and radio journalism, together with meaty issues like consumer rights, health, and the importance of local media.
The idea is to help these working journalists examine their responsibilities and rights as the newest generation of Central Asian news-gatherers.
As a center for specialized post-graduate studies based in the Kyrgyz capital, the OSCE Academy is part of a growing group of programs and institutions — including the University of Central Asia and the American University of Central Asia — that some observers are hoping will build a new generation of bright, engaged, and regionally minded Central Asians at a time when the post-Soviet Eurasian neighborhood is increasingly plagued by rising nationalism and ethnic resentment.
The intensive journalism summer school in Bishkek aims to provide students with many of the tools needed for professional and balanced reporting.
Now in its second year, much of what the summer school offers is strictly tool-kit journalism, which helps students learn how to write a reader-grabbing lead, for example, or when to trust a source.
But, according to Yefimova, much of the class’s value comes in the rare opportunity it offers Central Asians from across the disparate region to come together in a single room and begin looking beyond their usual borders.
“You had a girl from Tajikistan writing a story about the border conflict between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and how it affects regular people,” she says.
“A girl from Uzbekistan was writing about selective justice after the June events in Kyrgyzstan and how it was particularly hurtful for Uzbeks.
“Another Uzbek girl was writing about Uzbek-language schools in Kyrgyzstan. So there was this idea of trying to bring events in one of the Central Asian countries closer to your own home readership.”
The Soviet Union, with its “friendship of nations” ideal, created innumerable opportunities for its nationalities to mix, using universities, sports schools, and even the army to diversify its ranks and tamp down any creeping nationalism in the process.
The breakup of the USSR — which saw its genesis 20 years ago this week, with the failed coup attempt against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev — brought an abrupt end to the orchestrated cross-pollination.
In Central Asia, as elsewhere in the former Soviet bloc, many countries have spent the past two decades eagerly rebuilding a notion of national identity.
The results haven’t always been pretty. Border disputes and the uneven distribution of water and wealth have sabotaged ties between many of the neighbors, three of which — Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan — are still lorded over by Soviet-era rulers eager to keep a lock on power. (A fourth, Turkmenistan, received its first post-Soviet leader in 2006, but has lost none of its repressive zeal.)
And it is Kyrgyzstan, once seen as the region’s sole emerging democracy, that in recent years has succumbed most dramatically to internal strife.
Last year’s clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the country’s south left more than 400 people dead and raised concerns about future violence in the restive Ferghana Valley, whose long-standing communities of Tajiks, Uzbeks, and Kyrgyz do not always cleave to Soviet-drawn borders.
‘A Very Turbulent Neighborhood’
Anna Matveeva, a visiting fellow with the Crisis States Research Center at the London School of Economics, recently worked as head researcher for the international inquiry commission investigating the Kyrgyz clashes. She describes Central Asia as a troubled region destabilized by even more troubled neighbors:
“It’s a very turbulent neighborhood,” she says. “Afghanistan, Iran on the southern borders of the region, of course, cause a lot of apprehension among the Central Asian states.”
“Then there are historical claims to territory and identity, and new claims in terms of sharing resources. Everybody wants to have their share of the cake in terms of transit and transport fees.
“So that makes it very tense between the neighbors, especially the neighbors in the eastern part of Central Asia.”
Upon graduating, nearly 90 percent of the Academy’s students remain in Central Asia, with many going on to hold positions in government or NGOs.
But not everyone is feeling the tension. Savrinoz Fayzova, a 24-year-old native of Tajikistan, has traveled outside her native country for the first time to attend the summer school in Bishkek.
A freelancer back home for papers like “Vecherny Dushanbe” and “Digest Press,” Fayzova believes her studies abroad have given her a professional step up as well as personal insight into an entire region populated by people whose concerns, it turns out, aren’t all that different from her own:
“We have a lot in common,” she says. “Each of the countries has the same problem — access to information…[At the summer school] I could see that the laws and restrictions we have [in Tajikistan] were the same things they were facing in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan as well.”
Nurturing Post-Soviet Elites
The Central Asian states may be slow to push through political reforms. But in many cases, they have been eager to nurture their first generation of post-Soviet elites. Very often, this means sending their best and brightest abroad.
Energy-rich Kazakhstan, in particular, has poured massive resources into scholarship programs, sending thousands of students to the United States and Europe for undergraduate and graduate-level studies.
Such moves are seen as shaping a new, contemporary leadership class — something that may, through attrition, gently deliver reforms to Central Asia that its current rulers are reluctant to impose.
Such programs are designed to return students to their home countries armed with an internationally competitive skill set but nationally minded loyalties.
By contrast, institutions like the OSCE Academy — which was founded in Bishkek in 2002 through an agreement between the Kyrgyz government and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) — are hoping to instill their graduates with a commitment to democratic principles, which can be applied not only locally, but within the neighborhood as a whole.
Counterbalancing Nondemocratic Forces
Academy organizers say the school — which offers a master’s degree in political science, as well as professional training in areas like human rights and public policy — is meant to feed the region’s government and civil-society ranks.
In so doing, supporters say such centers may also act as a counterbalance to the rising influence of nondemocratic forces in Central Asia — including radical Islam, China, and — most worryingly, says Academy director Maxim Ryabkov — deepening nationalism:
“The region is divided, not only by economic and inherited divisions, but also by the process of nation building over the last 20 years — something that results in their simply not knowing each other and perceiving each other as unfair rivals,” he says.
“So there’s a lot of prejudice against your neighbor. I hope and believe that by having many students from different countries together, we’re building an elite that doesn’t have these prejudices, that is capable of overcoming them and somehow counteracting this trend.”
The Academy is small, usually taking on just several dozen graduate students in any given year, some from as far away as Afghanistan and Poland. But it enjoys a high loyalty rate, with as many as 89 percent of its alumni remaining in Central Asia, many going on to hold positions in government or NGOs.
Some of the center’s most successful graduates include Zahidullah Jalali, who has gone on to work in Afghanistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry; Atajan Yazmuradov, a native of Turkmenistan who now works in the UN’s department of political affairs; and Dildora Hamidova, a project coordinator for a minority affairs NGO in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh. (One Academy publication describes the center’s goal as helping to create “highly competent, trans-regional, democratically oriented, and inter-ethnically friendly” networks of elites.)
Some instructors at centers like the OSCE Academy and the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), another Bishkek-based school, admit that many students are lured by the draw of a good education and the potential for a successful career, as much as by higher principles of regional good works.
Jon Mahoney, an associate professor of philosophy who spent a semester teaching at AUCA on a Fulbright grant, maintains that many of his students were distinctly apolitical — a sign, he says, of the post-Soviet contempt for government that lingers in many Central Asian states.
But even as they balked at the notion of public service or a political career, Mahoney claims many of his students were troubled by increasing tensions between the states in the region, and the apparent unwillingness of their leaders to address it.
“I certainly get the impression that they have a sense that there’s an option for dealing with problems in Central Asia that isn’t being pursued,” he says, adding that the students realize this alternative approach is “detached from squabbles about ethnic identity or squabbles about regionalism or going back to some kind of nationalistic forms of identity.”
Many students, meanwhile, have found their own ways of addressing the social and economic problems they see mounting in Central Asia.
Nadezhda Pak, an AUCA student in business administration, in 2010 helped found the Unity Fund, a humanitarian group focusing on child-welfare issues in southern Kyrgyzstan.
Pak, an ethnic Korean born in Uzbekistan, resettled in Kyrgyzstan as a teen. But she says it was her experience as a high school student while on a foreign exchange in the United States that made her aware of the importance of ethnic tolerance and diversity.
Until then, she says, she was focused on a career in business. But after living in the U.S., with its enormous mix of nationalities, she says she was deeply affected by the ethnic clashes in her own country last year.
The fund, which provides material aid and support to orphanages and children’s hospitals in the south, is almost entirely run by young volunteers from Central Asia, China, South Korea, Macedonia, Britain, and the United States.
Pak, who is currently completing a work-exchange program in the southern U.S. state of Georgia, maintains that while the Unity Fund got its start in Kyrgyzstan, it hopes to broaden its reach to include countries like Afghanistan in the near future:
“Our fund is really diverse,” she says. “The co-founders are from Kyrgyzstan and from China. The girl from China is one of the most motivating people in our fund.”
“We’re just a group of people who couldn’t stand aside and just be indifferent to things. I couldn’t say it’s because of the nationality thing in particular; it’s just the personality of each person.”
Efforts to forge a kind of pan-Eurasian unity raise difficult questions at a time when many post-Soviet citizens feel that after 70 years in the USSR, they have finally earned the right to put national concerns before regional or even global ones.
It’s a conundrum that Bakyt Omurzakov, a Kyrgyz studying international affairs as a Muskie fellow in the United States, understands perfectly. At 36, Omurzakov — who hopes to work on migration and development issues once he returns home — is both old enough to recollect a time when his identity was not Kyrgyz or Central Asian, but Soviet:
“[E]veryone — not only Kyrgyz, but all nationalities, all ethnicities — thought of themselves as Soviet people,” he says. “There was no southern Kyrgyz, northern Kyrgyz, or any of these other minorities and ethnicities. Our identity was pretty much determined for us.”
Omurzakov, who hopes to receive his master’s in political science from Kansas State University this December, says he also remembers the joy he felt at being free to explore Kyrgyzstan’s rich history once the Soviet Union collapsed.
“Our minds and our vision changed completely with independence,” he says. But at the same time, he claims that many of the Kazakh, Tajik and Uzbek students he has encountered during his studies agree on the importance of moving toward better cooperation between the Central Asian states. “We need it,” he says. “Everyone feels it.”
Kubat Kasymbekov of RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service contributed to this report from Bishkek
ISLAMABAD, Aug 22 (APP): Thousands of Indian nationals are finding employments as menial workers to serve the American soldiers living within the base camps in Afghanistan through fly-by-night operations undertaken by contractors hired by the US Army, say informed sources. Performing the jobs of cooks, sweepers, laundrymen and barbers to maintain the US military personnel, these Indians are hired under the promises of exorbitant remunerations but come face to face with the stark reality once they land within the barbed wired compounds of US camps and are forced to survive in subhuman conditions. These hapless individuals are enticed by the contractors working for the US Army be promises of an opportunity to work at Dubai at salaries of $ 1500 and beyond but once they land in Afghanistan are forced to work on pays as low as $350 or even less.
Transfer from Dubai to Afghanistan is carried out in US military or chartered private planes without any immigration formality or endorsement of entry/exit entries in their travel documents; a gross violation of the international travel laws.
Upon completion of the contract period these individuals return home through Dubai without documenting their backward journey home.
During their hazardous stay at the US Camps these Indians, called “third country nationals”, have to work up to fourteen hours a day and are at the mercy of the US approved contractors under severe conditions of “human rights abuse’.
Quartering and sanitation conditions are atrocious and a culture of exploitation reigns without an oversight by the US authorities.
There is no compensation for injury or death, many are robbed for their pay and are held in conditions that evoke similarities to servitude in slavery.
Poor treatment meted out to these generally underfed individuals has already resulted into riots in some of the US camps.
According to observers it is complicity of the Indian and Afghan Governments, who have closed their eyes towards this thinly veiled practice of US sponsored human trafficking, which is causing misery for thousands of Indian nationals illegally trapped in the US military camps in Afghanistan.
From Tripoli, Thierry Meyssan reports on the carnage he has witnessed. Article posted on Monday, at 0:35 AMOn Saturday, 20 August 2011, at 8:00 PM, that is to say just after the Iftar, the breaking of the Ramadan fast, the Atlantic Alliance launched “Operation Mermaid.”
The “mermaids” are the mosque loud speakers which were used by Al Qaeda to send the signal to start the revolt. Immediately, rebel “sleeper cells” went into action. Small, highly mobile, groups kept multiplying the attacks. The night combats left 350 dead and 3000 injured.
The situation stabilized on Sunday during the day.
A NATO ship docked near Tripoli unloaded heavy weapons and discharged Al Qaeda jihadists, supervised by officers of the Alliance.
The fighting raged again on Sunday night, reaching a rare degree of violence. NATO drones and planes have been bombarding in every direction. Helicopters are strafing people in the streets to clear the way for the jihadists.
In the evening, a convoy of official cars carrying prominent figures was attacked. It took refuge in the Rixos Hotel where the foreign press is staying. NATO would not dare bomb it in order to spare its own journalists. The hotel where I lodge has been under heavy fire.
At 11:30 PM, there was nothing the Ministry of Health could do but to take note that the hospitals are saturated. By early evening there were 1300 additional casualties and 5000 injured.
NATO was entrusted by the Security Council to protect civilians. In fact, France and the UK are now back to resume their colonial massacres.
Monday, 1:00 AM: Khamis Gaddafi personally went to deliver arms to the hotel and left. There is heavy fighting all around.
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Libyan rebels say they’re pushing on towards Tripoli and claim they’re now around 30 kilometres from the capital. There’ve also been reports of sporadic violence within Tripoli itself – but many people on the ground there say the situation is much calmer.
In Tripoli, the bombings resumed around 10:20 this morning. They are directed against certain objectives, relentlessly assaulted by NATO.
The fighting also resumed around the Rixos Hotel where certain Libyan leaders and most foreign journalists are still entrenched.
From the Rixos, the order was given by so-called “journalists” from the United States to bring down Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya and Thierry Meyssan.
Three states have offered diplomatic protection to the collaborators of Voltaire Network.
However, trapped in the city, they have no way of reaching the respective embassies.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting research proposals in the area of “Social Media In Strategic Communication” (SMISC) to develop innovative approaches enabling revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems.
Defense operations are rapidly changing with the spread of blogs, social networking sites, and media‐sharing technology, and further accelerated by the proliferation of mobile technology.
According to DARPA, the effective use of social media has the potential to help the Armed Forces better understand the environment in which it operates and to allow more agile use of information in support of operations.
The SMISC aims to develop a new science of social networks using automated and semi‐automated support tools and techniques for the systematic and methodical use of social media at data scale and in a timely fashion.
The system, when accomplished, should be able to- 1. Detect, classify, measure and track the (a) formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts, and (b) purposeful or deceptive messaging and misinformation. 2. Recognize persuasion campaign structures and influence operations across social media sites and communities.
3. Identify participants and intent, and measure effects of persuasion campaigns.
4. Counter messaging of detected adversary influence operations.
The development of a new science of social networks and the solutions to the problems posed by SMISC will require the confluence of several technologies including, but not limited to, information theory, massive‐scale graph analytics and natural language processing.
The SMISC research effort under this solicitation is estimated at $42M of funding over a period of three years.
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