Games ‘logo’ protest not to deter Iran

Games 'logo' protest not to deter Iran

Iran insists it would take part in London 2012 Olympics Games as glorious as ever, while it maintains its opposition to the racist logo of the games.

The Islamic Republic’s insistence on its participation came after British Prime Minister David Cameron intentionally made a non-diplomatic, disrespectful comment to implicate Iran into a quick reaction scenario and force the Islamic Republic’s officials to boycott the London games in line with his country’s hostile policies towards Iran.

In yet another sign that he is resigned to supporting the Zionists whatsoever, David Cameron made an unwelcome interference in a sports issue, telling Iran “they would not be missed if they boycott the Olympics because they object to the Games logo”.

“It’s completely paranoid. If the Iranians don’t want to come, don’t come – we won’t miss you”, the Prime Minister told the Jewish News.

Last month, Iran wrote to the International Olympics Committee complaining that the London 2012 logo spelled out the word “Zion” and it was racist, demanding it be scrapped.

Mohammad Aliabadi, head of Iran’s National Olympic Committee, accused the British Olympic organizers of “racism” in a letter to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.

The emblem, which features jagged shapes representing the numbers 2012, has been criticized in the past for its design, which organizers say is modern and intended to catch the attention of the younger generation.

“The use of the word Zion by the designer of Olympics logo in the emblem of the Olympics Games 2012 is a very revolting act,” Aliabadi wrote.

The Iranian official warned that if it was not changed it could “affect the participation of several countries, especially like Iran which insists on following principles and values.”

Another Iranian official lashed out at the British Prime Minister for his insolent and disrespectful comments, saying that political figures do not enjoy the right to intervene in sports issues.

“Our decision, to partake Olympics games, has nothing to do with the UK politicians, since we coordinate all our activities with the International Olympics Committee”, said Bahram Afsharzadeh, the Secretary General of Iran’s National Olympic Committee.

“We will make coordination with officials of the International Olympic Committee and we will participate and play gloriously in London games,” Afsharzadeh reiterated.

Meanwhile, a lawmaker proposed that Iran could launch an Islamic campaign through which it can invite Muslim countries to protest the racist logo of London 2012 Olympics Games.

“An Islamic campaign to boycott London 2012 Olympics Games would be an appropriate response to David Cameron’s insolent remarks about Iran’s criticism of the 2012 logo, which it said spells out the word ‘Zion’,” said Member of Parliament or Majlis, and the rappotuer of foreign policy commission Kazem Jalali.

Another Iranian lawmaker lambasted David Cameron for thinking like what the British dreamed in the 19th century Great Britain.

“The British premier has forgotten that the British bullying era is over and the world’s free nations have strongly slapped the bullies including Americans, British and the Zionists in the face”, said Ismaeel Kosari, the vice chairman of the Majlis Foreign Policy Commission.

The Olympics games’ charter reiterates that these games are the symbol of peace and friendship, which are designed to be anti-politics, said the official adding that “a country, which gives host to the games should refrain from bullying and arrogance, in order to uphold the games credibility.

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British version of military intervention

British version of military intervention

Amid fears of Britain’s new expansionist ambitions, London is apparently planning to directly intervene in Libya by giving military advice to its opposition leaders.

The disclosure comes as earlier, Defense Secretary Liam Fox wrote in an article for the Sunday Telegraph that the agitations similar to those in Libya and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa have long-term implications for British military policy.

Fox said London needs to keep a close eye on the different aspects of the developments so that it can appropriately respond to similar incidents in the future.

“The events over recent days may produce a strategic shock and change in how we view the world,” he said. “The speed of events in North Africa has shown how quickly circumstances can change and how quickly the UK can be drawn in.”

Sending a diplomatic delegation capable of giving military advice to the opposition in east Libya makes it possible for the British government to gain direct access to valuable intelligence on the African country’s dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, and the country’s military capabilities.

Such a move in the context of Fox’s remarks on London’s plans to “field a force of 30,000, including maritime and air assets for a one-off intervention,” raises new questions about the real purpose of intervention in Libya.

Media reports said one of the reasons British Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to back the Libyan resistance is that the opposition is not fully tribal or Islamic and follows democratic demands that can ease the anti-western attitude in the region.

However, analysts said Fox’s earlier comments and the Foreign Secretary William Hague’s telephone contacts with a key military figure in the North African country questions the authenticity of the claim that Britain is to go to Libya, without arming the opposition, to help the country’s democratic front.

Hague has been calling former Libyan interior minister General Abdul Fattah Younis Obaidi, believed to be leading the opposition’s military operations, after he took over the military defences in Benghazi, the North African state’s second largest city.

White Hall sources said the British ‘task force’ is to help the rebel national council in Benghazi through keeping them better informed of the diplomatic developments on the Libyan situation as the council tries to shore up the isolated rebel towns near the capital, Tripoli.

Yet Cameron’s aggressive stance on the issue makes it difficult to believe the diplomatic nature of the task force’s job.

Cameron has suggested a no-fly zone over Libya, while calling for regime change there without ruling out a military option.

His remarks against the backdrop of the “strategic shock” comments by Liam Fox, who likened the situation in Libya to the post-9/11 attacks, expose the expansionist overtones of sending the task force.

“The events of 9/11 produced a strategic shock, which immediately changed how we view the world. The events in North Africa over recent days may also produce a strategic shock and change in how we view the world,” he said.

Back in 200,1 when the attacks on the US targets took place, Britain also talked of taking democracy to the Middle East and helped the US in its invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

It is now common knowledge that the bloody campaigns only left the Middle Eastern countries gripped in more violence leaving hundreds of thousands of innocent people killed.

Blair made secret calls to Qaddafi

Blair made secret calls to Qaddafi

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has reportedly used his personal friendship with the Libyan dictator to ask him to stop the killing of protestors against his regime.

Blair who offered Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi his “hand of friendship” back in 2004 has apparently called him twice on Friday.

According to Whitehall sources Blair once called Qaddafi to advice him against the attacks on the civilian demonstrators while a second call followed to inform the Libyan dictator that London believes he should step down.

There was no comment on former contacts with Qaddafi or why London felt such a message could be transmitted through Blair rather than publicly announced.

Analysts say the move can raise questions about Britain’s relations with Qaddafi as London has a record of secret connections with dictators including former rulers of Iran.

During the Second World War, the government in London forced the abdication of the then Iranian dictator Reza Pahlavi who took power on December 15, 1925 and ruled until September 16, 1941 with the direct support of Britain.

At the time, London replaced Reza Pahlavi with his son Mohammad-Reza who continued his tyrannical rule until he was deposed by the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.

Qaddafi, however, seems to have defied London and Blair as he publicly called on his loyalists to “defend the nation” and crush the enemy” behind it.

He is reportedly arming his supporters to suppress the popular uprising against his regime.

Blair, who negotiated the 2004 “deal in the desert” with Qaddafi has been criticized over the past days for his close ties with the dictator’s regime.

Under the deal, Qaddafi admitted to stop helping international terror in return for gaining international oil companies’ help to extract Libya’s huge oil reserves.

Blair’s close contact with the Libyan regime was revealed earlier on Friday when US State Department spokesman P J Crowley said in a news briefing that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has discussed the situation in Libya with Blair among other international figures.

Crowley said Blair “has very important and valuable contacts inside of Libya”.

Blair has insisted he has never had any commercial ties with the Qaddafi family or the members of the Libyan government but he has been travelling to the African country over the past years as a business representative for the US bank JP Morgan and he personally met Qaddafi in Tripoli last summer.

Blair’s office has not commented on his Friday calls.

UK bribed Libya to evacuate her citizens

UK bribed Libya to evacuate her citizens

The British government has rejected the claims revealing that the government had bribed Libyan officials to let them evacuate the British citizens from the country.

The British Foreign Office strongly rejected the accusation, saying they just paid ‘fees for services’ at Tripoli airport.

Senior government figures verified that Britain had paid a large amount of money to the Libyan officials, while the British government has been dealing with the anti-bribery rules.

Foreign Office spokesman said: “we categorically deny accusations earlier that British officials have paid bribes to Libyan officials. Officials at Tripoli airport charge fees for services, such as aircraft handling. These charges are applied to all countries and carriers seeking to fly in or out of Tripoli airport.”

“In the current situation, these fees have increased. Like those countries and carriers, we have had to pay them – the alternative being to leave hundreds of British nationals stranded in Tripoli. Paying charges levied by the authorities at a foreign airport is not bribery,” the spokesman added.

Six British planes have taken British nationals from the country, and other planes would be dispatched if necessary. HMS Cumberland is also moving toward Malta, carrying British and some other European passengers away from the bloody unrest.

As Britain continued to facilitate its rescue efforts, the sources are asking about how FCO has directed all these savings.

It is said that the British government was obliged to pay more than other nations at Tripoli airport, since they have used a sharp criticizing rhetoric against the Libyan regime.

UK arms used to suppress nations

A British-made armored vehicle is seen here passing Libyan demonstrators in the capital city of Tripoli.

The UK-made armored personnel carriers are roaming the streets of Libyan cities, equipped with other state-of-the-art British weaponry, to build democracy in Libya!

The Daily Mail has published a picture, the most shaming picture to be published yet, of a British-made armored vehicle which Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi had obtained through a £5 million contract with the then British government in 2007 to suppress his own nation.

The contract included armored personnel carriers, water cannons, crowd control ammunition and tear gas/irritant ammunitions.

The Libyan ruler has been using these British-made weapons over recent days to silence his own people who are fed-up with the corrupt regime, which has been ruling them despotically for more than 40 years.

The British governments should obviously have known that these weapons could be used to annihilate the oppressed people of Libya, yet they struck many deals with the dictator to supply his regime with the weapons, and to help him cling tightly on power throughout the decades.

In 2007, the British government agreed on a £5 million package with Libya, which included armored personnel carriers and water cannons. Since then, the government has sold arms, worth tens of millions of pounds, to Gaddafi’s regime.

As recently as last summer, the coalition government approved licenses to sell products to Libya including ‘crowd control ammunition’, ‘tear gas/irritant ammunition’ and sniper rifles.

These weapons like the water cannon and armored personnel carriers could obviously be used against the Libyan people, and the Foreign Office should have known it.

The UK Prime Minister admitted Tuesday that Britain played a direct role in destabilizing the Middle East region by supporting dictators who suppress their own people.

David Cameron conceded to his country’s support for despots in the region while he was addressing the Kuwaiti Parliament on the second leg of his tour of the Middle East region, where he was accompanied by the heads of eight giant British weapons manufacturing companies.

The Prime Minister said that popular uprisings now flaring across the Middle East showed that the West, Britain and the US in particular, had been wrong to support dictators and oppressive regimes that suppress human rights.

The British government’s arms sales to Middle Eastern countries account for around half of total arms exports, worth an estimated £7.2 billion a year.

Egypt to build democracy with UK arms!

British PM David Cameron meets with Egyptian Field Marshal Mohammed Tantawi in Cairo.

British Prime Minister David Cameron took the heads of eight arms producing companies to Egypt with him to ‘to build democracy,’ it has been revealed.

Cameron became the first world leader to visit Egypt after the country’s long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising, which had its roots in Islamic awakening.

However, the British premier was branded a disgrace after it emerged that he had taken eight weapons manufacturers with him to the Middle Eastern country.

Bosses from major arms and aerospace companies such as BAe Systems, Qinetiq and Thales joined the Prime Minister on the plane which last night arrived in Kuwait at the second leg of Cameron’s regional tour.

Other defence contractors present included bosses from the Cobham Group, Ultra Electronics, Rolls Royce, Babcock International Group and Atkins.

The Prime Minister said he wanted to offer Britain’s help in creating the “building blocks of democracy” in the country and the wider Arab region.

But critics said Cameron was promoting a mission to sell weaponry to Arab dictators shortly after Colonel Gaddafi may have used British weapons to kill hundreds of his fellow countrymen in Libya.

Criticism of Britain’s trade relations with Arab dictators has focused on former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s ‘Deal in the Desert’ with Colonel Gaddafi in 2004.

But the story begins here. The coalition government has continued to sell arms to Libya, which included crowd control ammunition, sniper rifles and tear gas.

Recently, the government hastily revoked eight weapons export licenses to Libya amid fears British weapons were used in the slaughter of hundreds of protesters who have poured into the streets to demand their basic rights to freedom of expression and democracy.

Cameron has condemned the violence in Libya as “completely appalling and unacceptable.”

“The regime is using the most vicious forms of repression,” said the Prime Minister.

But, Sarah Waldron, of Campaign Against Arms Trade, said those words rang hollow because the government is still promoting arms sales to Arab autocrats.

“It’s an absolute disgrace that the Prime Minister has taken these arms dealers with him,” she said.

“People across the Middle East are dying for democracy at the same time as the government seems intent on flogging their wares to those very regimes that are suppressing these values,” added Waldron.

Cameron, however, defiantly defended the inclusion of defence companies on his trip, saying it was right that Britain should be able to sell arms to countries in the Middle East.

Britain ends arms sale to Bahrain, Libya

Britain ends arms sale to Bahrain, Libya

Britain says it will invalidate more than 50 arms sale licenses for Bahrain and Libya over the crackdown of security forces there on popular protests, which has killed several people.

Downing Street said it is revoking “24 individual licenses and 20 open licenses” for Bahrain covering articles like tear gas and other ammunition used to stifle demonstrations.

Open licenses cover several arms sales to a range of locations while individual licenses allow a single arms deal.

The government also said it has withdrawn eight licenses for Libya adding it is reconsidering sales more licenses for transactions with the countries in the region including Yemen.

Reports said the security forces killed four people and wounded another 290 during clashes with protesters in Bahrain.

Also the Human Rights Watch said the Libyan forces have killed at least 24 demonstrators during Wednesday and Thursday protests in the African country’s second city Benghazi.

British Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt who announced the annulment of the licenses said London is “deeply concerned” about the developments in Bahrain.

He did not confirm that British ammunition previously sold to Bahrain were used to suppress demonstrations.

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