Libya relies on its militia groups; the same ones that helped topple Gaddafi and were supported by the west. However the authorities in Libya have little real control over these groups. Are they now rogue groups, or is that what they always were?
The safety of foreign nationals and diplomats is paramount, as it should be.
Remember the so-called Benghazigate affair? In September 2012 the US Ambassador in Benghazi was killed.
Chris Stevens and three other Americans died when the American consulate was attacked; US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was questioned regarding the murder of these citizens.
The attack happened on the anniversary of 9/11. British nationals in Libya were already playing a more cautious game, and they still are. Clinton was accused of failing to protect the ambassador and the others that died. A request for improved security at the embassy compound was allegedly ignored.
The Business Insider reported, 'In March 2011 Stevens became the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan opposition, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group—a group that has now disbanded, with some fighters reportedly participating in the attack that took Stevens' life.'
This led to the question " Was the USA gun running via Benghazi?"
Buenos Aires Herald
As usual the old chestnut about abusing power and spying on citizens to protect the mother-land is waved as a false flag -- "The CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada), in a statement to CBC, reiterated that it is "mandated to collect foreign signals to protect Canada and Canadians. "And in order to fulfil that key foreign intelligence role for the country, CSEC is legally authorised to collect and analyse metadata.""
This behaviour in Canada, and similar in the UK, explains why both country's governments were looking at changing Data Communication laws in recent years.
As ITBusinessCA reports "CSEC’s airport tracking in support of ‘lawful access’ erodes trust of Canadians"
Does the fact that if you are Canadian you will not targeted ease any concerns you may have about spying? Do you actually believe that assertion anyway? It should not ease concerns and why should you believe it? There have already been too many lies.
If each country promises that they are not spying on their own citizens but plays the same game it is a cert someone, somewhere in this world is spying on you!
It is hard to asses the impact of these endless revelations of abuse of power by western governments but it is safe to say the outcome will not be positive.
People are turning away from some online services and free wi-fi systems fearing their confidentiality is breached.
In the UK, where there have also been revelations about spying, such government snooping makes the Data Protection Act a huge joke. If I rang our doctor for my husband the surgery may not liaise with me in case they breached my husband's confidentiality yet the government can do that as often as they want, when they want.
The government will no doubt amend this act to suit in time, as they are considering with trespass laws to allow frackers to work under your property without consent.
The problem for those with money invested in social media and computer systems is that the revelations must hit their business profits.
Perhaps the NSA, US President, GCHQ or the UK PM might write a new book How To KIll the Internet and Freedom in one fell swoop.
Yet they still hypocritically attack some foreign governments for allegedly restricting their citizens' freedom.
Most right-minded people in the west will no longer run eagerly out to buy the latest Internet or technological piece of kit fearing it may just be another government tool for controlling the masses.
Yes, currently there is still the ability to post such reports online, plus images poking fun at leaders, but remember we are still at the start of a long journey which could result in totalitarianism in the west.
Perhaps now that Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahou sometimes gets short shrift from US President Obama he is edging his bets.
With the might and wealth of Canada and the USA behind him Netanyahou may feel empowered to continue building on Palesitinian lands and encroaching just that little bit further. Harper and Netanyahou may have disagreed on this one during the visit but as he has pledged such strong support for Israel expect anything.
Then of course for Harper there are the rich Canadians in that country's Jewish communties to please.
Note: This report, and its writer are not anti semitic, but is against oppression.
Disgraced, self-confessed pussy-eater and alleged crack cocaine user, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, has plenty he should be ashamed about but on the contrary he claims that he is "loving this," referring to the media attention he continues to receive.
Canadian politics was dominated by the shenanigans of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for the last few weeks and the media frenzy refuses to go away.
With allegations of bullying and crack cocaine use levied against him he is rarely out of the headlines these days. Politicians in Toronto have made moves to curtail Ford but his popularity with some of the electorate has soared.
Ford, 44, has resisted calls for him to step down as Mayor.
Jesse Waters, for Fox News, tracked down the Toronto Mayor, who plans on running for re-election, despite his erratic behavior and bad press, but in an interview the Mayor was unapologetic.
Fox News reports that Ford was unrepentant about his past drinking and extreme behavior during an interview for "The O’Reilly Factor".
People around the world have watched Ford apparently unravel during the last few weeks but according to the larger-than-life Mayor he is having a ball:
“Are you having fun right now?,” Fox correspondent Jesse Waters asked.
“I’m loving it,” the mayor replied. “You’re liking this?” Waters asked.
“I’m loving it. My record speaks for itself. I apologized for my mistakes; I’m only human. I can’t change the past — what it is, it is,” Ford replied.
Bravado or is the man delusional?
Ford went on to admit partying on a regular basis, as long as the next day was free of major events. The man still maintains that he does not see his previous behavior as a problem.
His interview comes hot on the heels of news that Ford's chief of staff saying the Mayor would not be doing any more media interviews for a while.
Seems someone forget to tell Mayor Ford.
The Mayor now believes the media frenzy is part of an "elaborate conspiracy to take him down". Certainly the Internet has a huge selection of articles, images and videos of Ford, most showing him in a bad light.
Ford even seems proud though of the extreme media attention saying: “This is the biggest coup that you’ve ever seen in North America”.
Watch the video to see for yourself what some of the people of Toronto think of his antics:
Pauline Marois is bundled of stage
Another day another shooting, this time in Canada. In Montreal Pauline Marois, the leader of Parti Quebecois (PQ), an advocate for separatist regions, was addressing her supporters when shots rang out. A 50-year-old man entered the Theatre where she was speaking, dressed reportedly in a bath robe. Under the robe he was said to be wearing black clothes. He was carrying a rifle.
Ms Marois was making her acceptance speech after winning the election. The gunman opened fire at the back of the Theatre killing one person and injuring another. He randomly fired shots as police tried to apprehend him, terrifying those in the audience.
Marois advocates a free Quebec with its own sovereignty. As yet the gunman's motives are not clear. Was he there to assassinate Marois? What it more of a domestic incident? Was he incensed at the election result? Did he fear separatist views? Was he just another madman?
It does seem that he had some political motives. As the gunman was being hauled away by police officers he was heard shouting "The English are waking up!" He was shouting in French.
Although Marois and her Party believe in the sovereignty of Quebec it is generally believed that they will not fully go down this route, taking Quebec away from the rest of Canada. In time of course they might.
According to news reports, "The PQ won 54 of the 125 seats in the provincial legislature, ending nine years of rule by the Liberals. Previous PQ governments held independence referendums in 1980 and 1995, but both failed."
Marois was hastily removed from the stage when the shots rang out. She may have been the target when all is said and done. She returned once the situation was under control and asked her supporters to leave peacefully.
OPINION: The UK is sadly becoming no stranger to gun related crime but thankfully as yet not to the extent of the USA. Even accepting that the US is a much larger country does not offer an explanation. It has to be the easy access to guns which is playing a part. What went wrong in Montreal at the PQ meeting remains to be seen.
Elections are proving to be a mixed bag lately. Currently it is all people have to express their views. Democracy as we know is not perfect. The rule of the Gun though must not be allowed.