Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, plans to run for president in the country’s upcoming 2018 elections, the family’s spokesman, Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul, has confirmed. “Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, enjoys the support of major tribes in Libya so he can run for the upcoming presidential elections due in 2018,” al-Soul told Egypt Today. “Saif al-Islam plans to impose more security and stability in accordance with the Libyan geography and in coordination with all Libyan factions.” Gaddafi was released from prison in June, six years after the NATO-backed uprising which ousted his father and plunged the country, which has now fallen into the hands of warring militias, into anarchy. rt.com
The capital of Yemen, Sanaa is now reportedly under control of Houthi fighters, according to media citing the Interior Ministry. The Iran-backed group has allegedly retaken the city amid reports of the death of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Saleh, who formally renounced his alliance with the Houthis on Sunday, was killed while trying to flee the capital, according to the Houthi-controlled ministry. It said their former ally “was creating chaos by working with militias of aggression” in the country, and “helping extremist militants.”
Having accused the former leader of betrayal and inciting even more violence in Yemen, the ministry said the Houthi forces have “ended the crisis” and now control “all positions” of opposing militias. There have been reports that the eldest son of the ex-president Ahmad Saleh, regarded as his likely successor, has been arrested.
Heavy fighting has been ongoing in Sanaa in recent days, with the Saudi-led coalition launching strikes on Houthi positions and having bombed Sanaa’s airport. The strikes come amid reports of extreme bloodshed in Yemen’s capital after ex-president Saleh pulled out of an alliance with the Houthi rebels.
Rubble and debris can be seen in a Ruptly video documenting the aftermath of the Saudi-led coalition’s attack on Sanaa International Airport on Sunday evening. The footage shows pulverized concrete, burnt-out cars and the airport’s abandoned VIP lounge. rt.com
Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Wall Street-backed warmonger whose potential election as President of the United States this November poses an existential threat not just to Americans but to all of humanity.
New law aimed at beefing up surveillance to prevent crime and terrorism has hit a stumbling block after the President refused to sign it -raising concerns about people’s right to privacy.
Experts see dangers in the way the government is approaching people’s privacy. Alfred Olli, an expert in civil and public safety, told BIRN on Tuesday that the government cannot violently impose surveillance on citizens against their will.
“You cannot dictate camera surveillance in private businesses and people’s personal space by law. If some areas are in danger, the police have to talk and make personal arrangements with communities,” Olli emphasized.
A law on new measures to safeguard public security, passed by parliament in March, has caused a political logjam after the President refused to back it.
President Bujar Nishani on Monday refused to sign the decree into law, arguing that it violates privacy, Albania’s constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.
“The law does not respect and protect personal data and the private life of the citizens as per Article 35 of the constitution and Article 8 of the Convention on Human Rights,” the President told MPs. balkaninsight.com
Note.These documents were leaked at a time when possible US presidential candidates are trying their hardest to appease Israel, & Zionist Jews, as though their chance of winning an election is dependant on it.
It is rare for a succinct foreign policy platform paper to so fully reflect a candidate’s thinking process. The State Department email of Hillary Clinton, available on WikiLeaks, lays out the Democrat front-runner’s strategy as an architect of US intervention in Syria, shows the flawed reasoning that beget the scheme, and perhaps most importantly is totally blind to the huge problems that the war ultimately led to.
As with so many US wars in the Middle East, it all starts with Israel, and then-Secretary of State Clinton saw the US imposing regime change in Syria as primarily about benefiting Israel and spiting Iran, a position that closely mirrors several Israeli officials on the matter.
The Clinton ideal was that the US would impose regime change with arms, and without troops, and that Russia wouldn’t dare oppose America (noting Russia did nothing during Kosovo), that the new US-backed Syrian government would abandon ties with Iran, turn against Hezbollah, and potentially negotiate a peace settlement with Israel, while the rest of the Arab world cheers America “as fighting for their people.” mintpressnews.com
Three journalists from daily BirGün face up to four years in prison on charges of “insulting the Turkish president” while a columnist from daily Taraf has testified on the same charge.
BirGün coordinator Barış İnce, Editor-in-Chief Berkant Gültekin and managing editor Can Uğur face up to four years in prison for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a news story on the front page of the daily’s Feb. 17 issue.
İnce, Gültekin and Uğur, the defendants on trial without arrest, appeared in court in Istanbul on Dec. 1.
Among those who watched the court hearing were Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputies Ali Şeker, Aykut Erdoğdu, Mahmut Tanal and Eren Erdem, Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP) co-chair Alper Taş, daily Cumhuriyet columnist Ceyda Karan, as well as many other journalists.
“Two colleague of mine, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, were here in this building last week. I’m sending them my warm greetings,” İnce said, speaking in the court hearing in the Istanbul Courthouse in Çağlayan. hurriyetdailynews.com
The Ukrainian cabinet of ministers has nominated the former president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, who has been placed on an international wanted list in his own country, as the governor of Ukraine’s coastal Odessa region.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was set to meet Saakashvili on Friday to approve his candidacy for the post before officially announcing the appointment, according to the presidential press-secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko.
The fugitive Georgian leader has already been granted Ukrainian citizenship, which makes him legally eligible for the post, according to Ukrainian journalist-turned-MP Sergey Leshchenko, who also confirmed Saakashvili’s appointment as Odessa governor. rt.com
Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Mursi has been told he faces execution, along with more than 100 supporters of his now banned Muslim Brotherhood, over a mass jailbreak during the Arab Spring uprising in 2011 that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. Mursi, Egypt’s first freely-elected president, is already serving 20 years for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his own time in power.
As was widely expected the special envoy of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Morteza Sarmadi, met during his visit to Lebanon with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah at an undisclosed location.
He stressed following the meeting that the presidential issue in Lebanon could only be resolved by consensus among the Lebanese.
“Such a local matter could only be resolved by the rival parties and the key issue is consensus among the Lebanese,” Sarmadi said in an interview published in As Safir newspaper published on Friday.
He stressed that Tehran supports any agreement that the Lebanese reach over the identity of the new president.
The Lebanese parliament failed last week and for the 21st time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose six-year term ended on May 25th last year.
As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group and its ally MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc MPs boycotted the sessions.
Hezbollah reportedly wants Aoun to be the consensus candidate , but the majority of the parliament members do not consider him a consensus candidate, mainly because of his alliance with Hezbollah , Iran and Syria.
Aoun said last month that he supports Hezbollah intervention in Syria and assured a pro Hezbollah newspaper that he was an integral part of the so called axis of resistance (Iran-Syria-Hezbollah).
“I am definitely in the axis of the resistance against the ISIS and Israel,” Aoun told al-Akhbar newspaper on March 10. yalibnan.com
Yemen has turned into another battlefield, raging across the region. ISIS is prospering on the ruins of state. The flames of war grow brighter with Saudi Arabia and its allies joining the combat on the side of the Yemen’s government forces. But is that a solution? Hasn’t the method of intervention discredited itself – just inspiring more violence? We look at the issue with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Sophie&Co.