Tripoli Divided As Rebels Jostle Over Leadership — New York Times TRIPOLI, Libya — Fighters from the western mountain city of Zintan control the airport. The fighters from Misurata guard the central bank, the port and the prime minister’s office, where their graffiti has relabeled the historic plaza “Misurata Square.” Berbers from the mountain town Yafran took charge of the city’s central square, where they spray-painted “Yafran Revolutionaries.” A week after rebels broke into Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s former stronghold, much of its territory remains divided into fiefs, each controlled by quasi-independent brigades representing different geographic areas of the country. And the spray paint they use to mark their territory tells the story of a looming leadership crisis in the capital, Tripoli. Read more …. More News On Who Is In Command Of Libya’s Rebel Movement From Terror Group Founder to Libyan Rebel Military Commander — ABC News Ex-jihadists in the new Libya — Foreign Policy Libyan power vacuum could lead to nightmare scenarios — Deutsche Welle Mshari al-Zaydi: What about the Jihadists in Libya? — Al Arabiya News Islamists at heart of rebellion temper aims with new pragmatism — Independent How al-Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli — Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Profile Of AbdelHakim Belhaj: Head Of Military In Tripoli And Former LIFG Amir – Analysis — Eurasia Review
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Libyan Rebel Military Commander Is An Al Qaeda Commander
Violence At Malema Hearing Shows Divide Within South Africa’s ANC — Christian Science Monitor Angry supporters of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema battled police outside the ANC headquarters in the strongest indication that the ANC’s youth wing is rapidly falling out of control. As South Africa’s governing African National Congress convened a hearing on allegations of indiscipline against ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, police outside were battling with rowdy and violent protesters demanding Malema be “left alone.” The firebrand Mr. Malema is facing charges of bringing the party into disrepute through a statement advocating for regime change in Botswana, among other allegations. In a previous disciplinary hearing in May 2010, the ANC ordered Malema to take anger-management classes for remarks deemed by the ANC to be offensive. Read more …. More News On ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema And His Conflict With The ANC Julius Malema: South African firebrand youth leader threatening to tear ANC apart — The Telegraph South Africans Protest Over Hearing for Zuma Rival — New York Times South African police fire tear gas in clashes with Malema followers — The Independent Violent clashes outside Malema hearing — Financial Times ANC power struggle turns violent — Globe And Mail ANC Youth League Supporters Protest Violently in Johannesburg — Voice of America Julius Malema supporters accused of trying to ‘plant seed of civil war’ as protests erupt — The Telegraph Profile: Julius Malema — BBC
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South Africa’s ANC Power Struggle Is Turning Violent
China Developing ‘Star Wars’ Missile Defense Shield — Chosun Ilbo China is developing a missile defense system in the highest layer of the atmosphere and outer space using high-end technologies like laser beams and kinetic energy intercept. In 2007, China successfully tested a direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon against a weather satellite, demonstrating its ability to attack satellites in low-Earth orbit. It has also been developing other kinetic and directed-energy technologies for ASAT missions like lasers, high-powered microwave, and particle beam weapons, according to a report released by the U.S. Defense Department last week. Read more …. My Comment: The Chinese space program is definitely making strides …. as well as its nuclear weapons program .
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China Is Developing it’s Own Missile Defense System
Taiwan Is Losing the Spying Game — J. Michael Cole, Wall Street Journal If President Ma Ying-jeou doesn’t clean house in his military, the U.S. won’t sell advanced weapons. Much ink has been spilled in recent months over the Obama administration’s reluctance to sell Taiwan the 66 F-16C/D fighters it has been requesting since 2007. A final decision is expected by Oct. 2, and while many observers predict that political considerations will lead Washington to nix the deal, another factor may be at work: the penetration of almost every sector of Taiwanese society by Chinese intelligence. For the U.S. government and defense manufacturers, any arms sale to Taiwan carries the risk that sensitive military technology will end up in Beijing. This worry is not new. Anyone who has followed developments in Taiwan over the years knows how deeply Chinese forces have infiltrated Taiwan’s military, especially its senior officers. For years American officials have looked on in amazement as newly retired Taiwanese generals traveled to China for a round of golf, were wined and dined by their counterparts in the People’s Liberation Army, and no doubt had their inebriated brains picked for information. Read more …. My Comment: There is some validity in J. Michael Cole’s concerns on Taiwan’s ability to keep military secrets from falling into the hands of China. Even the Taiwan government is aware of this problem. When even your top generals are being arrested for espionage …. you know that you have a credibility problem to foreign military supplies like the U.S.
Why the U.S. Should Not Sell Advance Weaponry To Taiwan
A handout picture release by the official Iranian press agency IRNA shows the Iranian warship “Kharg” docked at the Syrian port of Latakia, February 2011. Iran has dispatched a submarine and a warship to the Red Sea on a patrol mission, navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in a report by state media on Tuesday. France 24 Report: Israel Sends 2 Warships To Egyptian Border — YNet News Military sources tell AP Israeli Navy sent additional warships to maritime border with Egypt following intelligence indicating viable terror threat. Meanwhile, Iran set to send 15th fleet to area as well as ‘to thwart pirate activity’. The Israeli Navy (INF) has decided to boost its presence and patrols near Israel’s maritime border with Egypt due to a viable terror threat in the area. Israeli security sources told the Associated Press on Tuesday that two additional warships have been dispatched to Israel’s Red Sea border with Egypt. Another source stressed that the operation was routine, telling Reuters that “two naval craft have been sent to the Red Sea. This is not unusual.” Read more …. WNU Editor: What the Iranian navy is doing can be read here.
Both Israel And Iran Are Moving Their Warships In The Region