With a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley McChrystal has been praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. A four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. McChrystal’s leadership of JSOC is credited with the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the June 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. McChrystal, a former Green Beret, is known for his candor.
Food markets are “already precarious”, the UN says
Global food prices have hit record highs, and could rise even further, according to the United Nations.
The UN’s Food Price Index rose 2.2% in February to the highest level since the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began monitoring prices in 1990.
It also warned that spikes in the oil price could make the “already precarious” situation in the food market even worse.
The USS Enterprise (right) is currently in the Red Sea
The US defence department says it is repositioning forces in the Libya region as the West weighs potential intervention against Muammar Gaddafi.
The Pentagon said it was moving forces to “provide for that flexibility once decisions are made”.
The US already has a significant presence close to Libya, with several bases in southern Italy.
22 February 2011 Last updated at 13:23 ET
Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has refused to stand down amid widespread anti-government protests which he said had tarnished the image of the country.
In his first major speech since unrest began last week, Col Gaddafi said the whole world looked up to Libya and that protests were “serving the devil”.
Reading from the country’s constitution, he said enemies of Libya would be executed.
Rights groups say nearly 300 have been killed in the violence so far.
- The winds of unrest have swept through North Africa and the Middle East
- The demonstrations started in Tunisia in December
- The leaders of Tunisia and Egypt have resigned amid mass protests
- Protests were held Wednesday in Yemen, Libya and Iraq
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(CNN) — Unrest has spread across the Middle East and North Africa. Here’s a look at what has happened — and what is happening — in various countries:
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said those involved in the deaths of two people during recent protests have been taken into custody. Also Wednesday, thousands of people gathered for a peaceful funeral procession for a Bahraini man killed when clashes erupted during another protester’s funeral procession, the president of a human rights group said. The king of the small Gulf nation addressed his country on national television Tuesday, promising changes in the law after the deaths.
Protesters initially demanded reform and the introduction of a constitutional monarchy. But some are now calling for the removal of the royal family.
by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:24 EST
VIETNAM, December 10, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After decades of involvement in coercive population control measures, including abortion, contraception, and sterilization of women, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is admitting that policies it has championed are causing a serious imbalance in the ratio of male to female births in Vietnam.
In a series of public statements that began in June of this year, the UNFPA notes that “Vietnamese parents’ long-standing preference for sons, increased access to sex selection technology and declining fertility rates, which have increased pressure on smaller families to fulfill their wish for a son, are the main causes for the rapid changes in Viet Nam’s sex ratio at birth in favor of males.”
January 28, 2011 —
We are in the midst of a brave new world.
The uprisings raging from Tunisia to Egypt to Yemen are heralding a new Arab, post-Islamist revolution.
Protesters shout anti-goverment slogans during a demonstration in Cairo January 29, 2011
Today’s Arab revolution is no less significant than those that preceded it in recent decades in Eastern Europe and Latin America. This time, Arabs are not being led by their leaders — from colonialism to pan-Arabism or Islamism or any other “ism” — as was the case in the past.