Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
“I believe that with sufficient and efficient, sufficient and efficient use of airpower, we can bring Gadhafi to his knees. ”
“It’s ideal terrain and situation for doing so. Have no doubt, though, that he and his forces are adapting to this situation by hiding in houses and doing various things that prevent the airpower from being so effective. But I’ll tell you, when you’re flying around at 25,000 feet, it’s pretty hide – it’s pretty easy to hide from them.
For some years, we have viewed Medvedev as a pocked-sized dynamo, a Russian mascot in his trademark electric blue suit.
We now know that if the right button is pressed, the guy can dance.
CARLOS Eire tells Guardian readers about the state of life in Cuba. It’s not all that great. Castro’s brother is in charge, reforms are a joke and repression is all the rage. But Guardian readers see that a dictatorship as no bad thing. Like Elizabeth Farrelly says, communism gets things done.
WHERE to do you stand on the AV vote? You know, AV? That’s the complex voting system in which you get to vote lots of times until a result is arrived at. Richard North takes a view:
IF you had been foolish enough to watch on TV yesterday the programme which the BBC passes off as news, you would have come away with the impression that the most important thing in the universe was the coming referendum on AV.
The cry is taken up by the MSM, with the likes of the Daily Mail offering us its leader headed: “How apathy over AV vote threatens Britain’s democracy”. The sentiment is, of course, fatuous, indicative of the shallow, one-dimensional thinking that afflicts British politics and the media.
There is no apathy, only indifference – which is a completely different thing, even though the Mail leader-writer manages to confuse the two. Indifference is a rejection of the agenda set by the political classes – a simple statement that their values and priorities are not ours. Read the rest of this entry »
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The last law proposed within this package made by the committee is allowing for people to demonstrate. The Syrian constitution allows for demonstrations, but we do not have a law which regulates the process of demonstrating. This process is a challenge to the police because they are not prepared for such things. That’s why the police should be adequately prepared and supported by personnel and equipment. There might be a need for restructuring the police in order to cope with the new reforms. One of the tasks of the police is to protect demonstrators and at the same time protect other individuals and public and private property from any attempt at sabotage or undermining people’s security.
The five-page document makes some breathtaking claims. It says that Syria has “worked consistently on advancing the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
This is at best delusional, at worst a lie. It goes on to say that the “promotion and protection of human rights are of highest importance to Syria,” another flabbergasting assertion, and that “Syria’s candidature to the Human Rights Council signifies its commitment to respect and to support the inalienable and indivisible nature of all human rights, both on the national and international levels.
Mark France joined the Green Party after his dismal failure in last year’s General Election (0.7% of the vote). He joined the Green party on the day after the elections, stating that he saw the Greens as a safe haven for radical socialists.
WHAT we know about the “rebels” in Libya is not much. All we can be certain of is that they are not fond of Colonel Gaddafi. Other than that, they are either freedom fighters, chancers, a North African version of the racist BNP, or agents of Al-Qaeda. Thanks to these photos we can see what they look like. And they look good, like models in a fashion shoot for a new range of urban warrior, with 1970s retro hints and shades of Mad Max.
As he says:
“For the recent developing media coverage, I apologise to all members of the party and parliament…I’m also going to continue to better myself, by repentance, reading the Koran and asking for guidance.”
AS a believer in ‘the domination of the world by Islam’ and a supporter of capital punishment for ‘whoever insults the message of Mohammed’, Anjem Choudary may not be the kind of guy most of us would have over for dinner. But in banning the so-called ‘preacher of hate’ from entering France, the authorities there must have got Voltaire, that staunch defender of freedom of expression, spinning in his grave.
THE Anti-Cuts occupation of Trafalgar Square is ambitious in name. Overnight some tents went up in one area of the London landmark. It was all good natured and well behaved. One sign said that democracy has been “sold to the highest bidder”. Well, yes. The bankers are seeking to gain control of Portugal. We are supine.
Do we rise up? Do we seek permission to protest, lest we break the law?
YOU want democracy? Well, take a look at bankrupt Portugal. The European Union says it will hand €80bn to Portugal. But there is a condition. Portugal will only get the cash if all the country’s political parties contesting the June general election sing up to a package of austerity measures and reforms.
PAUL Houston has left the Royal Courts of Justice, having lost his latest bid to deport Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, the failed asylum seeker who killed his 12-year-old daughter Amy in a hit-and-run. The Court of Appeal rejected his case. Amy was his only child.
Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, 33, an Iraqi Kurd who was serving a driving ban when he drove into Amy Houston in Blackburn, Lancashire, and left her to die dying under the wheels of his car in Blackburn. That was 2003. He had been marked for deportation.
HARRIET Harman is all for equality and giving every one a fair chance based on merit. This is why she is able to mock Nick Clegg and his comments on social mobility.
Harman, a niece of biographer Lady Elizabeth Longford, and educated at Paul’s Girls School, is all for equality. As she said of her decision to send her children to a grammar and the Oratory:
Sometimes a school is perfect for one child and another school is perfect for another. There is nothing unusual in a parent sending one child to one school and another to a different school.
THE English Defence League v Press TV: Iran’s mouthpiece has taken over Oldham. Oh, and listen out for the man demanding that mosques are built in Mecca by British builders…
Clegg has been noticed because he has said something wholly obvious. Of course, this will not be his undoing because the political elite are never wrong; they have merely triggered debate and invited us to join in.
What he said was:
“In Britain today, life chances are narrowed for too many by the circumstances of their birth: the home they’re born into, the neighbourhood they grow up in or the jobs their parents do.”
Well, yes, Nick. It’s been like that forever – in every country. It was like that when Clegg’s dad helped get him a gap year post with a bank. Parents work for their children. Get over it.
A former CIA analyst called Michael Scheuer tells CNN what is really going on in Libya. You don’t see enough genuine opinion and expertise on the news…
ASHLEY Waterhouse, 22, is the youngish Conservative standing in the Normanton ward calling into the Radio Derby’s breakfast show debate on honesty. He gives his name as – yep, you’re ahead of us – “Paul in Normanton”. He’s local. And he wants you to know it.
Waterhouse gets found out because having earlier called and been told that candidates were barred form the conversation, the radio station recognised his number.
Having been caught lying, Waterhouse offers to resign for the sock puppetry. But Derby South Conservative Association says his deception is an honest “mistake” and he is fit to represent others and the Party.
ON May 14, there is to be A Rally Against Debt.
Any visits to Fortnum and Mason’s by protestors will only be to marvel at their selection of quality goods and perhaps make the occasional purchase.
Bonfires will be strictly forbidden: it’s out of season anyway
Trips to see Vodafone and other high street chains will result in congratulations to the company for providing jobs and growth in the UK.
BARACK Obama is vying to win again in 2010. He think he needs one billion dollars. But Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum says all The One need to is stand in a room with each of us while.
So what should I think about this? If it had been my call, I wouldn’t have gone into Libya. But the reason I voted for Obama in 2008 is because I trust his judgment. And not in any merely abstract way, either: I mean that if he and I were in a room and disagreed about some issue on which I had any doubt at all, I’d literally trust his judgment over my own.
HAS the Government and the UN made pirates of the Allied forces? The rebellion in Bahrain is being squashed by police trained by the UK’s National Police Improvement Agency. (Pass the kettle.) As we learn on the NPIA website:
Three full-time advisers are working with the Bahrain police to offer assistance in the modernisation of the Bahrain Police Force.
Their focus is to develop and integrate the following within the Directorate of Public Security in the Kingdom of Bahrain:
“I’ll be bike,” says Arnie.
LIBYA and Musa Kusa’s defection reads like a bad April Fool’s joke.
‘Tell us the secrets of Lockerbie,” orders the headline bannered across the Glasgow Herald today.
The Herald has led the campaign to get to the bottom and at least some of the truths/versions – for there will many – of the exact double-dealings which caused, on 21 December 1988, the deaths of 270 in the skies over and on the ground of the once quiet backwater Scottish rural market town Lockerbie.
Once again Scotland’s legal system is thrust into the foreground as The Herald tells us
“SCOTTISH detectives and prosecutors are to interview Libyan defector Moussa Koussa about his involvement in the Lockerbie bombing.
“Colonel Gaddafi’s former foreign minister, who flew into the UK on a private jet on Wednesday, was a senior intelligence officer at the time of Britain’s worst terrorist attack in 1988, which claimed the lives of 270 people.”
The media looks at a defector wanted by police in connection with the Lockerbie bombing and the murder of Pc Yvonne Fletcher.
A short bio:
Kusa, 61, is widely suspected of masterminding a string of terror attacks. He was a high-ranking leader in Libya’s notorious “external security bureau”, the Mathaba, which has been repeatedly linked to the 270 murders at Lockerbie.
It’s believed he was also behind the bombing of a French jet that killed 170 people in 1989, as well as a 1986 blast at a German disco that killed two American servicemen and a woman from Turkey.
And many believe he knows who killed WPC Yvonne Fletcher, gunned down in 1984 by two assassins firing from inside the Libyan Embassy in London.
Kusa was himself de facto ambassador to Britain in 1979 and 1980. But he was kicked out after openly backing the IRA – and announcing plans to murder two Libyan dissidents on British soil.
The IRA Years:
Undated handouts of victims of the Omagh bombing. They are (top row, from the left) 12-year-old James Barker, Esther Gibson, Sean McGrath, Gareth Conway, Elizabeth Rush, Fred White, Lorraine Wilson and (bottom row, from the left) Veda Short, Alan Radford, Bryan White, Brenda Logue, Deborah Cartwright, Geraldine Breslin, and Oran Doherty.
Branded a “superstar of terrorism” and “envoy of death”, the list of atrocities linked to Libyan Musa Kusa send shivers down the spine. Described as the “black box recorder” of the regime…
The Cowardly Old Man:
Libyan spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said Mr Kusa had permission to go to Tunisia as he was sick with diabetes and high blood pressure, but the regime was surprised to learn he had flown to London.
“People are saying ‘So what? If someone wants to step down that’s his decision’,” Mr Ibrahim said. “He is tired and exhausted. He is an old man. His heart and body cannot take the pressure.”
He Fled Us To Be With Us:
A senior Whitehall source said of Kusa, 62: “He came over because he thought we were going to bomb him. It was quite simple. He was scared and acted out of self-preservation.”
MUSA Kusa’s interrogation will last from two to three years as MI5 officers ¬painstakingly squeeze every bit of ¬information they can from him.
But it may be well worth it to him, clinching a huge financial deal and a safe haven here or possibly in the US.
One source told the Daily Mirror that it was highly likely a secret Cabinet committee meeting in a few years would agree a package for him, perhaps worth several million pounds. But whatever his demands, no promises or even a hint of an offer will be made to him for at least six months.
He’s One Of Us, says Paul Pillar:
But I think his decision reflects more than just a calculation of odds about the outcome of the current Libyan civil war. Kusa is an urbane, polished man who would not look out of place as a minister or ambassador in the service of a western government. He has a western education, in the form of a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. He is not the image of a revolutionary or a subversive; he comes across as a polite and pragmatic diplomat. Whatever thuggish history may be in his past, it is hard to picture him as representing the current thuggish elements of the Libyan regime. In this moment of trial, anguish, and uncertainty, probably something inside told him that he belongs in the west.
In his statement Mr Hague said:
His resignation shows that Qadhafi’s regime, which has already seen significant defections to the opposition, is fragmented, under pressure and crumbling from within. Qadhafi must be asking himself who will be the next to abandon him.
We reiterate our call for Qadhafi to go. Musa Kusa is not being offered any immunity from British or international justice.
Who now speaks for the 270 people murdered at Lockerbie?
Frank Duggan, president of the Victims of Pan Am 103 group, said: “He should not be treated as a witness but as part of the criminal enterprise that brought down the plane.”
“He knows who ordered it, who made the bomb, who paid for it, who transported it to Malta and how it was put on the plane. He knows the details of (bomber) Megrahi’s release from the Scottish prison, including the role of the British officials,” he said.
Jim Swire’s daughter Flora was killed in the mass murder:
Mr Swire, who met Mr Kusa during a visit to Libya in 1991, described Mr Kusa as “extremely frightening. More frightening than Gaddafi himself”. He said: “He was clearly running things. If Libya was involved in Lockerbie, he can tell us how they carried out the atrocity and why. I would be appalled if by now the Scottish police are not in England interviewing Mr Kusa. It is a great day for us.”
We’re the good guys:
But Mr Cameron hailed the defection of Kusa as a ‘serious blow’ to the ‘crumbling and rotten Gaddafi regime’.
Change the words around and you get:
But Mr Gaddafi hailed the defection of Kusa as a ‘serious blow’ to the ‘crumbling and rotten Cameron regime’.
That’s hard on Cameron. The difference between democratic Britain and Libya is that the Tony Blair-led Labour administration that fixed it for Abdel Basset al-Megrahi to escape justice and live out his days in freedom has gone. But the overriding message remains unaltered if the British Government does not get justice for the 270 and continues to lie and connive to sacrifice truth for money.
“Let me be clear, Musa Kusa is not being granted immunity, there is no deal of that kind. The point I would make about the dreadful events over Lockerbie, that investigation is still open and the police and the prosecuting authorities are entirely independent of Government and they should follow their evidence wherever it leads and the Government will assist them in any way possible.”
THEY WANT JUSTICE!
Susan Cohen, 72, of Cape May, New Jersey, who lost her 20-year-old daughter Theodora in the bombing, added: “He should go to jail, he has to be put on trial and he has to see justice. Britain has to take responsibility for this guy and do the right thing. This time Britain has to mean it.”
Tory MP Robert Halfon adds:
“I think what has happened is comparable to Rudolf Hess coming here during the Second World War. The fact is that this man is most likely a war criminal, allegedly been responsible for the deaths of British citizens, allegedly the organiser of the Lockerbie bombing. He needs to go to the international court to face trials for war crimes. There’s no way the British taxpayer should be subsidising one of Gaddafi’s henchmen to live in the UK.”