Category Archives: Libya

A Retrospective

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I’ve been looking at a couple of .pdf files on my hardrive and thought I’d upload them for anyone who’s interested in case I have to reformat the laptop given the problems I’ve had with it lately. Some of it is old and there’s nothing revelatory that we didn’t already know but they give an indication of how long everything has been in the planning and they may be of use to someone. Other .pdfs are more current.

The Rules of the Game, 2003 “Forget the climate change detractors. Those who deny climate change science are an irritant but unimportant.”
Saif al Islam’s thesis, 2007, which was written with a little help from his friends and won him plaudits from the LSE.
Extract from Hansard, European Arrest Warrant, 2001 immediately prior to signing The Laeken Declaration.
Statewatch 2010: An assault on human rights and national sovereignty The EAW: “Vague & general provisions… the combined abolition of dual criminality and territoriality requirements represents… a fundamental threat to the rule of law…”
The Anglo-French Pond, 2008/9 “A Franco-British cross-disciplinary research programme: Towards a shared vision of management of a crowded multiple-use space.”
Towards a more secure society & increased industrial competitiveness, 2009 Check out the Table of Contents – Acronyms ‘R Us. Covers ADABTS, AMASS, and surveillance & control in general. Special mention for BeSeCu – “Human behaviour in crisis situations: A cross-cultural investigation in order to tailor security-related communication”.
Summary of the European Commission’s PNR proposals. Passenger Name Record/Passenger Number Recognition. More surveillance.
Letter from Andrew Duff to Buzek, President of the EP (Click to enlarge, as usual)

(Website of Andrew Duff, LibDem MEP)
Living Together: Combining diversity & freedom in 21st Century Europe, 2011
EU Commission spending on private jets, luxury hotels and drinks receptions, 2011. They’re surely on a different planet.
Peter Oborne’s: Guilty Men, 2011
Last, but not least: A positive vision of Great Britain outside the EU.

I hope this works – I’ve used Google Docs. Tomorrow I’ll be checking out my Politics pdfs so take cover 🙂

So Fractious!

People seem so fractious these days: from the Southern Mediterranean to North Africa, from Northern Europe to the British Isles and on to America and Canada, there is just so much discontent at the moment. If you go on Twitter, that’s virtually all there is, pouring in, all the time: unrest here, disquiet there, riots brewing everywhere.

Some people complain about social media networks; they say they’re juvenile, frivolous and empty-headed. I’d say, well, sort out the people you ‘follow’ then. If you follow IheartBieber or Loveland4All what can you expect? GIGO = Garbage In, Garbage Out.

Did you know that there’s apparently a video somewhere of Gaddafi being raped after capture? You won’t hear that on the BBC or SkyNews. Or how about THIS?  I posted about it having been developed back in 2009 but at the time the press release said there were no govt takers and treated it as a joke. My, how times change. As Hookie said in response to a previous post, we can’t take anything for granted – and one thing’s for sure,  we shouldn’t take for granted that government is benign.

Some people might think that those two bits of info are GIGO, but I think they’re interesting and worth keeping an eye on.  I might as well throw in these as well:

  1. Yet another e-petition but this one is different in that it calls for the government to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
  2. Nigel Farage claims he’s heard whisperings of Conservative defections to UKIP.

It’s cat/pigeons time everywhere at the moment and our little worlds are about to be rocked, mega-bigtime.

Patience Is A Virtue

Here’s a song I’ve posted before. It seems a good day for it while our Leaders are congratulating themselves on a job “well-done”. They should be reminded that, in the eyes of many people, they should go to trial. I’d happily dig their bodies out of a bombed-out hidey-hole and say ‘que sera sera’ but I’d rather they went to trial too.

I hope you enjoy the song; it was a Sunday Reflection … the caveat is that it only applies if the people don’t get to them first:

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pic from LBC97.3fm

Contrary to what we’ll hear in all the acreage of news to follow, there are some Libyans who aren’t celebrating his death. Many are concerned at the number of Islamists and al-Qaeda members in the National Transitional Council. We’ll see. The only thing for sure is that Britain will be pouring yet more aid, in one form or another, into the country.  Oh, there is one other certainty: the overwhelming majority of Libyans who have been given refuge in this country over the years will not bother going back home to create a better country.

PS First reports said he was shot in the legs; the second said “and also in the head”.   The pic above has been confirmed as authentic.

UPDATE:  First reports indicated that the convoy he was travelling in was hit by NATO bombs, that he was found, with others, hiding inside a pipe, a fight ensued and he was captured alive.  It’s all very muddled, as you’d expect.   Second report said said he was found in a house by NTC ‘troops’ and was killed a firefight.  I guess this is one of those things where we’ll never know the truth.  All I know is that if Gaddafi had been captured alive and sent to trial, it would have been very embarrassing for certain people.


I do wish someone would put these deaf, dozy, wrong-headed world leaders in one of those magician’s cabinets and then stick swords through them – all of them – slowly – and I hope the trick doesn’t work. Also, please include Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, all the current MiliPuppets and the overwhelming majority of Cameron’s Fancies. Oh, and I’d like a ticket please. There, that’s my prayer for today.

In the House of Commons this afternoon, Cameron gave an update on Britain’s military involvement with Libya

Cameron was keen to stress that the fall of Tripoli did not mark the end of the conflict and that British forces would continue to bomb targets to ensure the safety and security of the Libyan people.

I think that says it all really. The conflict will end when British forces no longer “bomb targets to ensure the safety & security of the Libyan people”, ie we’re there for as long as NATO/UN/EU say we’re there.

Cameron also announced yet another Inquiry. This time it’s into British government links with Libya. I see this as nothing more than posturing from Cameron and an attempt to put himself in a good light, at taxpayers’ expense.

Italy in the mire:

It must be clear to everyone by now that Europe’s banks are going to run out of funding soon. The biggest banks have already raised most of the funding they need for the next 6 months at least. But that’s hardly the point. In the current state all it will take is for a couple of the weaker but still large European banks to run dry and the whole system will seize up.

All of which makes a nonsense of Barroso’s statement in Australia that ‘all is well, go back to sleep, Europe is not in recession and is not going to enter a recession’. My lovely assistant, Mavis, will now bring on the swords.

… and some piano wire. Herman  has told Finland that their demands for collateral in return for bailing out Greek debt will be addressed and he warns Greece to pull up her socks.

The FTSE suffered today – that’s our pensions and the funds that our local authorities invest in: £49bn wiped out. Pushing imaginary paper money to and fro isn’t a good way to make a living.

The US also has its economic problems and bankers aren’t flavour of the month there either. It’s projected that $5trillion will be taken out of the economy over the next decade. Mavis, bring some rope as well.

I know it’s from Russia Today but at least it gives another viewpoint for consideration; there’s also a fairly good video about the economy.   RT’s reporter, Daniel Bushell, could be the only person ‘live’ in Brussels at the moment – I hope he’s got his zombie-accreditation pass.

In what, I suppose, he thinks is a veiled threat, Andrew Duff MEP,  LibDem leader of the Union of European Federalists in the EP (G-d, I’d hate to be married to anyone like him), suggests that Britain should be relegated to a second, slow-moving tier of member states within the EU.  That really doesn’t go far enough for my liking. The problem is that it would need a Treaty change and, as we know from experience, it isn’t going to happen. Mavis, the pitchforks please.

Meanwhile, back in America, a school is in trouble for raising the flag of Saudi Arabia above that of the US.  Honest mistakes do happen but slapped hands all round and don’t let it happen again.

Even the tourists have caught the Whingeing Bug now.  Unfortunately, the prat politically-correct person who complained does have an English name *hangs head in shame*: “The smell was awful,” he said as he and his “distressed” children visited Ilfracombe harbour – a working fishing port – one of the few we have left in England.

Here’s another article from EUActiv. The free-thinking Swiss in the canton of Vaud have rejected the proposal to give foreign nationals the right to vote – even if they’ve been resident for more than ten years.  A disappointed Green and co-instigator of the referendum said, without a hint of self-awareness:

“For the majority of Vaud residents there is still an important link between nationality and local political rights.”

It’s back to school time again and what does every London school child need apart from a new uniform, pens, pencils, paper, ruler and rubber? That’s right – a Police escort. 1000 Met Police have been drafted in to escort the little cherubs to and from their schools. It must be like Chicago or Philadelphia out there.

We all know about Schroeder, Chirac and Schäuble so they’re here just for the record.

I still maintain that England has been the crucible of all this turmoil.  Now we’re a testing ground and a forerunner of what’s to come.  If England rolls over, the Union will succeed.  I hope Mavis remembered to sharpen those swords.

UPDATE: Cameras in Court but only to broadcast the sentencing, not the proceedings.

Sunday Round-up

The Sunday papers seem to be doing a re-run of April Fool’s Day today and, as usual, it’s read-the-small-print time.

Potential recruits to the EDL are being targeted by security forces in the same way as those under the influence of Islamic extremism.

Zil lanes revealed for Olympics 2012.

  • Along the Olympic routes all non-Olympic traffic, including private cars, lorries, buses and taxis, will have to use the bus lane. The outside lane will be reserved for Olympic officials.
  • Transport chiefs will remove pedestrian crossings along the route to make way for the VIP lanes.
  • Right turns will be banned on junctions on the route to ensure traffic does not hold up the Olympic dignitaries.

The DfID lose millions on the currency markets. Conservatives still blaming Labour.

Want an interest-free loan? Become an MP.

Group of doctors won’t give up on judicial challenge on government refusal to hold Dr David Kelly inquest.

The future of the Union: Scottish writers give their opinions. ‘I want Scotland to be Scottish through and through. I hate to hear English accents in the shops there’.

Housing development companies are sitting on land to await changes to the Planning laws. Much of it is on Green Belt and currently lacks planning permission.

Energy companies buy US mobile radar systems to overcome military objections to wind farms.

Fail. Labour’s plan of attack on Cameron – to label him “right-wing”. Are they deaf and blind as well as daft.

Nothing here we didn’t already know – but Cameron apparently had no idea of the scale when he made his so-called ‘pledge’. New pumps for petrol stations:

‘Already, the sheer volume of new rules from the EU has forced David Cameron to abandon his plan to make departments scrap a regulation every time they want to introduce a new one.’

Financial meltdown is a “beneficial crisis”:

It might come as a surprise, then, after such turmoil in the financial world and the ugly riots in the streets of Athens, to realise that in the eyes of those Eurocrats who inhabit the Brussels bubble, things are going pretty well.

That’s because the present euro crisis is an inevitable consequence of a deliberate choice. For them it is all part of a greater long-term project: a ‘beneficial crisis’ that will help hasten their ultimate goal of a federal European state.

The Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill will be debated next month and promises tougher measures against convicts.

£1m benefit fraudster & illegal immigrant can’t be deported back to Nigeria because of his Human Rights.

Smith’s husband in touting for work row as his ‘Consultancy’ offers to work for MPs.

Smith’s consultancy work includes one-to-one mentoring and should be reported under the Trades Description Act for also offering: “witty, thoughtful and intelligent after dinner speeches”.

Curiosity stirred and questions raised about Mandelson’s business dealings as he does a Blair.

Supermarket managers to be sent into potential riot areas to provide guidance & assistance.

Finding it hard to feel sympathy for this one: Rioters targeted by other prisoners

Rubber bullets used on French revellers in Spain but the article still blames the Brits.

America Live updates on Irene.

One liners:
No chat please, we’re nurses
Health & Safety hits Windsor Castle
Infantilism and emotional claptrap
Welsh: “an appalling and moribund monkey language, which hasn’t had a new noun since the Middle Ages”
£80 fine for “attack” with foam string

Sgt John McAleese, RIP

The ‘killing of a dream’

While Libya is in a state of uncertainty  and the Western Press and politicians continue to be both guarded and speculative, I just wondered if we’re missing something in the bigger picture:

December 2010: A young university-educated man, who could only find work as a market trader, torches himself in Tunisia after the police rescind his trader’s licence.
January 2011: A Coptic Church is bombed in a suicide attack in Egypt  and twenty-one people die.
January 2011: Protests about unemployment and the price of food begin in Algeria.
January 2011: Gaddafi condemns the uprising in Tunisia and first reports of unrest in Libya emerge.
January 2011: Protests begin in Yemen as opposition activists are jailed.
January 2011: A “Day of Rage” in Lebanon as people protest the appointment of a Hezbollah-backed successor to the PM.
January 2011: Unrest spreads to Jordan  and people take to the streets demanding “political change”.
January 2011: Gazans take to the streets to protest against ‘concessions’ to Israel in peace talks.
February 2011: Protests, conflict & negotiation continue in Egypt, Algeria, Jordan and Yemen.
February 2011: Protesters killed by ‘Security Forces’ in Pearl Square, Bahrain at anti-government demonstrations.
March 2011: Protests begin in Iraq.
March 2011: Obama calls for Gaddafi to stand down after reprisals against protesters.
March 2011: UNSCR No. 1972 is passed and UK/France scramble to put together a no-fly zone.
March 2011: Saudi Arabian ‘Security Forces’ emerge to quell possible uprisings in major Saudi cities.
March 2011: More protests in Gaza.
March 2011: Protests spread to Iran.
March 2011: Morocco is swept up in the protests.
March 2011: Saudi Forces move into Bahrain to protect the Monarchy.  Protesters not killed begin to ‘disappear’. Bahraini protests are crushed.

For the remainder of March and to-date, the news has been pretty much full of Libya so here’s Bahrain’s story, and it doesn’t make comfortable reading.  Instead of watching Newsnight claptrap (the NATO spokeswoman was a peach) I suggest this, and while you’re watching, spare a thought for the US 5th Fleet:

British Treaties and the al-Khalifas

H/t to The Guardian for the graphic that helped me put together the timeline.