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Lord Monckton Evicted from U.N. Climate Summit After Challenging Global Warming

In News, NWO, Science & Technology, Other Leaks on December 6, 2012 at 7:27 PM

12/06/2012

Excerpt from E&E Greenwire (subscription required):

After the news conference, and as diplomats gathered for the climate conference president’s assessment of how close countries are to agreement, Lord Christopher Monckton quietly slipped into the seat reserved for the delegation of Myanmar and clicked the button to speak.

“In the 16 years we have been coming to these conferences, there has been no global warming,” Monckton said.

Monckton was escorted from the hall and security officers stripped him of his U.N. credentials.

Lord Monckton explains what happened on The Alex Jones Show.

 

Related Link: Lord Christopher Monckton – The U.N. Global Agenda

Libya No-Fly Zone = Humanitarian Imperialism

In Libya, News, NWO, World Revolution on March 17, 2011 at 10:44 PM

The U.N. Security Council has voted yes on a resolution to impose a no-fly zone in Libya, and said, “all necessary means can be used to protect citizens.”

The vote was 10-0, with 5 countries abstaining. The resolution was drawn up by Britain, France, and Lebanon, with strong input from the U.S. The countries abstaining being Russia, China, Brazil, India, and Germany.

What is most important about this vote, is that the U.N. has not only agreed on a no-fly zone in Libya, they have also agreed that all necessary means can be used to protect citizens.

According to RussiaToday, this includes the use of air strikes on Libyan tanks, and heavy artillery.

Agence France-Presse is reporting that as early as tonight, France, Britain, Qatar, and UAE could begin strikes on Gaddafi forces.

Constitutionalist Ron Paul responded to the U.N.’s decision today saying, “This is not our fight” … “This is simply none of our business” … “We don’t have the money for more military interventions overseas.”

He goes on to say, “It would constitute an act of war against Libya. The no fly-zone “will require troops to engage in combat against the Libyan Air Force, as well as anti-aircraft systems.”

He brings up an interesting point about the decision to use “all necessary means,” asking, “Does this mean a nuclear strike is on the table? Answering himself, “Apparently so.”

Ron Paul will be introducing a resolution in Congress this week, to ensure that Congress decides when or when not to go to war, according to the Constitution, NOT the President.

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) has done an analysis of how much the Libya no-fly zone will cost, examining various scenarios.

Operation Odyssey Dawn aka Beginning of Long Adventurous Journey

Gaddafi Says He Will Fight Back

U.S. Troops on the Ground in Libya

Amnesty Urgent Action: Qatari Blogger Arrested and at Risk of Torture

In News, Qatar, World Revolution on March 7, 2011 at 12:15 AM

WLCentral:

Amnesty has requested urgent action be taken in the case of Qatari blogger Sultan al-Khalaifi, who was arrested on March 2 and is being held incommunicado. Amnesty is concerned that he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Amnesty is requesting people to write

Urging the authorities to ensure that Sultan al-Khalaifi is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and is allowed prompt and regular access to a lawyer of his choosing, his family and any medical treatment he may require;

Asking for details of any charges he faces to be made public and calling on the authorities to ensure that any legal proceedings against him conform to international fair trial standards.

Human rights organization Alkarama reports the arrest of three other Qatari nationals as well and says at nine o’clock at night on March 1, “a number of state security agents” raided Khulaifi’s Doha residence and car and took him away. An officer informed his wife that the agents were sent by the Attorney General, but they had no judicial warrant.

Alkarama feels the arrest is a result of Khulaifi’s human rights activities. He had served as Secretary-General of the Alkarama Foundation until the beginning of 2010, before leaving to found a new organization for the defense of human rights and he had contacted them recently regarding three cases of arbitrary detention which Alkarama then appealed to Qatari authorities about. The three individuals incarcerated are: Abdullah Ghanem Mahfouz Muslim Jouar, Salim Hassan Khalifa Rashid Al Kuwari and Hamad Rashid Al-Marri.

Alkarama reminds that human rights defenders and others who collaborate with the United Nations human rights mechanisms, are particularly protected by the United Nations and indeed the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 12/ 2 on 1 October 2009 “Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights” to protect human rights defenders active both inside and outside their countries.

Alkarama calls on the Qatari authorities to respect their obligations under this resolution and requests that they immediately release Mr Sultan Al Khulaifi and those arrested with him or immediately put them under the protection of the law, ensuring full respect for their human rights.

Khulaifi’s blog was also highly critical of Qatar’s secular approach to governing and tolerance of Israel and the west. Previously, WL Central reported a Qatar protest day planned, rumours of an attempted coup against Emir Hamed Ben Khalifa, and an alleged declaration, signed by 66 political opponents as well as Qatari personalities and ruling families, including 16 figures from the ruling family, in which they announced the non-recognition of the legitimacy of the Emir. Key issues stated were western and Israeli tolerance or leanings by the emir.

The Doha Debates: Is The World Better Off With WikiLeaks?

In WikiLeaks on February 17, 2011 at 12:20 AM

TheDohaDebates.com:

Six out of ten Arabs believe that the world is better off with WikiLeaks and nearly three quarters would like to see the whistleblowing website publish more on the Arab world.

Support for WikiLeaks and a demand for greater transparency emerged from a wide-ranging Doha Debate poll that surveyed the views of Arabs in 17 Gulf, North Africa and Levant countries, including Egypt and Tunisia. Fieldwork was conducted between the 1st and 6th of February 2011 and included over 1000 respondents.

The results closely mirror the results at a public forum in Qatar where 74 percent of the audience at the recent Doha Debate carried the motion ‘This House believes the world is better off with WikiLeaks’.

In the aftermath of the fall of the Ben Ali regime Tunisia, nearly 60 percent of respondents believe WikiLeaks played a part in the events in Tunisia and the demonstrations in other Arab countries.

More than 60 percent believe that WikiLeaks will change the way governments behave.

55 percent of Arabs revealed in the poll that they believe little to nothing of what their governments tell them. This figure is highest in North Africa where 65 percent of citizens believe little to nothing of government information.

Half of those surveyed want full access to information and transparency.

Despite the support for WikiLeaks, more than half of those interviewed believed the materials released are not 100 percent accurate and truthful. Additionally, an equal number were unsure of whether WikiLeaks has a political agenda or not.

Download the Polling Data Here (PDF)


Arab youth have overwhelmingly embraced the WikiLeaks phenomenon and told their governments to stop lying to them.

In the latest Doha Debate an audience of mostly Arab and Muslim students supported the motion: This House believes the world is better off with Wikileaks, by a margin of 74 to 26 percent.

The highly-charged debate was held weeks after the whistle-blowing website published confidential US diplomatic cables, exposing official corruption in several Middle East states and a yawning gap between the private and public positions of Arab rulers on Iran.

A student won instant applause when he said:  “I would rather live in a world where I am told the truth than in a world where I am told lies”. Another female student from Qatar asked: “Is it really that wrong to know the truth?”

Panelists clashed frequently over the rights and wrongs of leaking secret State Department cables.

“WikiLeaks is not the solution,” said former Canadian diplomat Scott Gilmore, who argued against the motion.

“Democracy is a messy house with a leaking roof. Julian Assange wants to blow up the house and ruin the diplomatic system.” He added that Mr. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was a “foreign terrorist from the old school of anarchy”.

This sparked protest from a Jordanian member of the audience. “You have no right to call him a terrorist for giving out information that should not be hidden from the public [the way] other international news channels do.”

Carl W. Ford, a former intelligence chief at the State Department, also opposed the motion.

“WikiLeaks is forcing governments to tighten up systems and become less transparent, contrary to what Assange says he is out to achieve,” he said. “Soon there won’t be anything left for whistle-blowers to do.”

Mr. Ford added: “Instead of relying on Julian, we have courts, congressional hearings, journalism and whistle-blowers,” adding that existing mechanisms were sufficient to hold presidents accountable.

Speaking in favour of the motion were Sir Richard Dalton, former British Ambassador to Iran, and Carne Ross, who resigned from the British Foreign Office over Iraq.

“The world is better off with WikiLeaks because it has exposed many wrong-doings,” said Dalton, currently Associate fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs in London. “We want a government that does not abuse its power. Truth and accountability are important… We have to hold governments accountable for lies and deceit.”

Recalling his first-hand experience with the British government in the run-up to the Iraq conflict, Carne Ross added: “They exaggerated the arguments for war. Parliament and the media did not do their job.  If governments told the truth we wouldn’t need WikiLeaks.”

“We still don’t know the real reason why the US and the UK went to war in Iraq.”

WikiLeaks Vindicates Those Behind Unfolding Revolutions


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