Saturday, March 19, 2011

The French Start the War on Libya

March 17, 2011

A French plane has fired the first shots in Libya as enforcement of the UN-mandated no-fly zone begins. The target was a military vehicle, the French defence ministry said. 

It came hours after Western and Arab leaders met in Paris to agree (sic) a course of action to confront Col Gaddafi.

"Our air force will oppose any aggression," Mr Sarkozy said. ...

In other developments:
  • Italy has offered the use of seven of its military bases which already house US, Nato and Italian forces
  • Canada says its fighter jets have now reached the region but will need two days to prepare for any missions
Read the rest here.

Comment: Ummmm Canada ... what the hell hey?  They must be trying to escape that fridge they call a country.

It's obviously open season as the rush to be at the table after the shock doctrine reduces Libya (like Iraq and Afghanistan) to a marketplace for all kinds of 'development' contracts.

The Canadian government knows that game too well.



BMAG said...

We never met, but I heard lots of good things from one of your former students at PSU (Kahiro from Kenya) who is also a good friend of mine. I'm from Kenya, too. Anyway, love your blog. I'm learning more and more about South Africa on it. I write a less political blog than yours, but your jottings encourage me to go rogue a lot more on it.
Again, thank you.

Ridwan said...

Hey there Kweli. Thank you kindly for your words of praise ... I appreciate it a ton.

Please say Hi to Kahiro from me. He is a good brother and I miss him.

I spent five weeks in Kenya in November and December last year.

My research on the Endorois decision took me to Nairobi where I worked with CEMIRIDE and the Kenyan Human Rights Commission.

I also went to Lamu to work on indigenous issues there with INUKA and LEPAC.

I love Kenya and miss it so much. Luckily and I am due back next month for a meeting with various indigenous groups in Nairobi.

Be well. I will look in on your blog.

Peace to you.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Ridwan. I found out about the Endorois issue and CEMIRIDE online. I should look more into it--and similar issues around the continent. (My blog is more updated on Wordpress than on Blogspot). OK, sir, more later.


Anonymous said...

Thanks. I see I should have logged on through wordpress rather than blogspot--my blog on wordpress is better updated.


Ridwan said...

Hi Kweli:

I did look at your blog on wordpress yesterday but wanted to read more.

I was unable to link to your blogspot address but found your wordpress address in my stats feeder.

The post on living in the US and the one-way ticket is impressive. It made me remember living there from my late teens through my early forties.

Will comment there some more.

Be well brother.


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