WikiLeaks – New Cable Dump Sheds Light on US Embassy View of N. Africa Blow Up and Gaza

17 04 2011

Ever so fascinating – 

by way of the Guardian – 

Shias are the Palestinians of Bahrain says Maryam Al Khawaja

16 04 2011

A talk by Bahrain activist Maryam Al Khawaja:


Why is the Fed Bailing Out Qaddafi? by Matt Taibbi

7 04 2011

Why is the Fed Bailing Out Qaddafi? by Matt Taibbi.

by Matt Taibbi
Rolling Stone
April 1, 2011

Barack Obama recently issued an executive order imposing a wave of sanctions against Libya, not only freezing Libyan assets, but barring Americans from having business dealings with Libyan banks.

So raise your hand if you knew that the United States has been extending billions of dollars in aid to Qaddafi and to the Central Bank of Libya, through a Libyan-owned subsidiary bank operating out of Bahrain. . . .

Reposted from Dandelion Salad.

Meanwhile, in N. Africa…. Bahrain blows up

14 03 2011

Washington Post –

Gulf security forces enter Bahrain, demonstrations escalate

“DAMMAM, SAUDI ARABIA – A military force from Bahrain’s Gulf neighbors entered the tiny island nation Monday in an apparent attempt to restore order as anti-government demonstrations escalate.

The Bahrain Defense Force confirmed the arrival of military units from a special Gulf Cooperation Council security force. The Council is a regional economic and military alliance comprised of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman…. “ (more)

It looks like scared-shitless Saudi royals are pitching in with the US-inspired fig leaf of ‘coalition’  description.

Libya is see-sawing back and forth between pro and anti government forces … or the news organizations are getting that impression without being there. See prior post.  It may be that a secret invasion of oil-importing-nations’ commandos are not getting the results they want.

And Saudi Arabia saw protests even though they mobilized their torturers and henchmen to suppress it.

There’s a nice column about who is in charge in Egypt at WikiLeaks Central

Follow all the breaking news on North Africa (while the world is looking at Japan) at these sites –