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Who is in control of the Libyan opposition? | Inside Story – Al Jazeera

As Libyan opposition fighters attempt to tighten the noose around Tripoli, the unsolved murder of the rebel military commander General Abdel Fatah Younis is casting serious doubts on the capability of the rebel leadership. Is the National Transitional Council in full control of the opposition forces? Does it have the support of the entire anti-Gaddafi movement? Inside Story discusses with ...

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Somalia famine: Mogadishu becomes refugee camp | Global Post

Once one of the most dangerous cities on earth, Mogadishu is now home to more than 100,000 Somali famine refugees. A stirring account by Tristan McConnell. MOGADISHU, Somalia — Across this port city patches of wasteland and bombed-out buildings are being transformed into squalid refugee camps, new homes for the more than 100,000 Somalis who have fled famine. They come ...

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Jean Bricmont / Diana Johnstone: Who Will Save Libya From Its Western Saviours? | CounterPunch

Last March, a coalition of Western powers and Arab autocracies banded together to sponsor what was billed as a short little military operation to “protect Libyan civilians”. On March 17, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 which gave that particular “coalition of the willing” the green light to start their little war by securing control of Libyan air space, ...

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Piracy off west Africa increases sharply | The Guardian

Pirate attacks off the coast of west Africa have increased sharply, figures show, raising fears that the region could emulate Somalia as a menace to shipping. Nigeria and Benin have reported 22 piracy incidents so far this year, including two in recent days, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said. Benin did not suffer any such attacks last year. “I believe ...

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Franklin Lamb: NATO’S Massacre at Majer, Libya: Residents Say NATO’s Air Strikes Killed 85 People, Including 33 Children, 32 Women and 20 Men | CounterPunch

Located about 20 miles east of the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, six miles south of Zliten, and off Libya’s southern coast across the Mediterranean from Rome, Majer was a picturesque village known for the fine quality of its dates and is claimed by locals to produce the best tarbuni (date juice) in Libya. Family members, eyewitnesses and Libyan ...

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UN report on the Ogoniland oil spills could be catalyst for change | John Vidal, guardian.co.uk

It’s not often that 275 pages of bald facts and figures, measurements and dry data changes anything. But the UN environment programme (UNEP) report on Ogoniland published on Friday, has genuinely shocked people around the world and gives hope to impoverished communities on the delta that their struggle for human rights against pollution and poverty is at least being recognised. ...

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US prepares for military intervention in Somalia | Global Research

Yet US officials blame Al-Shabaab for the present famine. “The relentless terrorism by al-Shabaab against its people has turned an already severe situation into a dire one that is only expected to get worse,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared last week. In fact, it is Washington that has denied aid to all areas of Somalia that are not ...

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Libyan rebel leader sacks entire cabinet | The Guardian

Britain has said it is determined to continue supporting the Libyan rebels after their leader dismissed his entire executive committee, which functions as a cabinet. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC), sacked the 14-strong executive committee late on Monday over the assassination last month of army commander General Abdel-Fatah Younes. They included several top ministers, including ...

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