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Turkey recognizes Libya rebels, promises more aid

Source : Selcan Hacaoglu | AP
BENGHAZI : Libya | 03 Jul 2011

Turkey’s foreign minister recognized Libya’s rebel leaders as the country’s legitimate representatives and promised them an additional $200 million in aid during a visit Sunday.


A real pullout or a shell game?

Source : Eric S. Margolis
NEW YORK : 25 Jun 2011

“Far-called our navies melt away — On dune and headland sinks the fire — Lo, all our pomp of yesterday — Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!” Rudyard Kipling “Recessional”

War is waged to achieve political objectives, not to kill enemies.   In this sense, the United States has lost the ten-year Afghan conflict, its longest war.

Afghanistan remains the “graveyard of empires.”


US boat leaves Greece to join Gaza aid flotilla

Source : Agencies
Perama | 01 Jul 2011

American activists set sail from Greece on Friday aboard a boat set to take part in an aid flotilla to Gaza, braving threats from Israel, a ban by Athens and sabotages.

The boat, dubbed "The Audacity of Hope", left Perama port for the open seas, a Reuters witness said.

The boat is part of a flotilla of nine vessels and several hundred activists who say they want to deliver aid to Israel-besieged Palestinian territory.


Sadr intensifies campaign for US forces’ withdrawal

Source : Suadad Al-Salhy | Reuters
BAGHDAD | 30 Jun 2011

Muqtada Sadr is leading a campaign to bar US troops from cities and government buildings to pressure Baghdad and Washington to remove American forces from Iraq by year-end, officials said.

Members of Sadr’s political movement have asked about 10 provincial councils in central and southern Iraq, including the capital, Baghdad, and the oil hub, Basra, to pass resolutions to keep US forces out of cities and Iraqi facilities.


Arming Libya’s fighters violates UN vote: Russia

Source :  Lutfi Abu-Aun | Reuters
TRIPOLI | 30 Jun 2011

Russia said on Thursday France’s arms drop to opposition fighting Muammar Qaddafi violated a UN arms embargo on Libya, a stance that could deepen divisions within a NATO alliance that wants him ousted from power.


Davutoğlu says Turkey sees its future in Europe

Source : World Bulletin
Ankara | 02 Jul 2011

Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday that Turkey saw its future in Europe.

Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey had the will to integrate to the European Union (EU) in the possible shortest time.

"Turkey-EU relations require a new strategic perspective, and this strategic perspective is very obvious for Turkey," Davutoglu told a joint press conference with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle in Istanbul.


Moroccan voters approve curbs on king's powers

Source : Agencies
Rabat | 02 Jul 2011

Morocco's King Mohammed scored a landslide victory in Friday's referendum on a new constitution he proposed to placate "Arab Spring" protests as voters defied critics who said it did little to curb his powers.

Taib Cherkaoui, the interior minister, announced shortly after the voting closed on Friday that the poll showed 98 per cent in favour of the changes, with 94 per cent of stations reporting.


Qaddafi’s son denies he ordered civilians killed

Source : AP
TRIPOLI : Libya | 01 Jul 2011

The son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who like his father is a wanted man under an international arrest warrant, denies that either of them ordered the killing of civilian protesters in Libya as prosecutors charge.

Seif Al-Islam Qaddafi told Russian news channel RT in an interview posted online Friday that “most of the people” died when they tried to storm military sites, and that guards fired on them under standing orders to protect the bases and themselves.


Jordan’s Islamist opposition urges toppling of PM

Source : AP
AMMAN : Jordan | 01 Jul 2011

The leader of Jordan’s largest Islamist opposition group is calling on people to topple the country’s prime minister as 2,000 protesters took to the streets demanding he resign.

Anger has been rising over a decision by Jordanian lawmakers to clear Prime Minister Marouf Al-Bakhit of involvement in a casino scandal during his previous 2005-2007 term.


Syrian army sweeps through villages as protests gather pace

Source : The Guardian
Jebel Zawiya | 01 Jul 2011

Demonstrations intensified and a government crackdown continued on Thursday despite attempts by the Syrian regime to reclaim the reform agenda and boost its international credibility.

Activists dismissed the moves as a public relations campaign as the army swept through villages in the north-western province of Idleb. Tanks entered the villages of Ihsim and forces were gathered close to several other villages in the district of Jebel Zawiya, activists reported.


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