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Libya: Life after death
12/05/2012 @ 16:01
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Libya: Life after death

Life after death - this is how one can characterize the events happening in Libya living without Gaddafi for six months. Supporters of the murdered "dictator" are tortured and killed in secret prisons. For the "glorification of the Colonel" one can be jailed for life, and the Libyan authorities trial Russian citizens violating all norms of diplomatic law, without letting Moscow know.

A year ago, in May of 2011, NATO bombs were exploding over Libya. Civilians, including small grandchildren of the Colonel, were killed, and the West tried to convince itself and others that the brutal regime of dictator Gaddafi will fall to the delight of all in the very near future. "The near future" was delayed until late October when the regime of the Colonel was broken down in Libya, however, the long awaited well-being did not rush into the country.

The UN does not cease to be horrified by the change in what not so long ago was a blooming country. "The UN Mission in Libya has recently expressed its deep concern over the deaths of three prisoners in a jail in Misrata that is formally subordinate to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Libya," said the special representative of UN Secretary General Ian Martin in Libya. "All these people died on April 13, and we have reliable information that their death was the result of torture." All in all, according to the UN, about four thousand supporters of the dead dictator are kept in secret prisons.

Can you imagine what an incredible surprise? Instead of providing brotherly embraces to the fooled unfortunate brothers liberated from the yoke of the tyrant and explaining them how their were horribly tormented by Gaddafi, the new government in the most democratic way put them in jail and tortured with all the humanity.   

If any supporters still walking around free dare to make an incredible stupid statement, like "it was better under Gaddafi," they may have to pay for their political short-sightedness. A few days ago Libya passed a law that would bring tears to the eyes of the Democrats of the West. Henceforth it is forbidden to praise the overturned regime, miss Jamahiriya, speak well of Muammar Gaddafi, or one of his sons, living or dead. His daughter cannot be praised either as it would undermine the existing system and "weaken the morale of the Libyans." This can be punished by imprisonment for life.

Against this background, it is pretty funny to read about the "doubts" of the Western human rights defenders who are not sure whether the son of Gaddafi Saif al-Islam arrested last year will be provided "a fair trial" in Libya. Indeed, for the sake of a severe but fair trial of ex-revolutionary successor of the Libyan leader he was not given to The Hague. The Libyan leadership explains this by saying that the country has achieved some sort of "progress" in investigating such cases.

The verdict in the case of "the Libyan Prince" was promised no later than mid-June, and Saif said in April that he intended to defend himself without a lawyer.   

Russia that had the imprudence to support the insurgents too late, now fully "enjoys" the "love and respect" from the official Tripoli. Recently, Libya has begun a trial of the Russians (as well as Ukrainians and Belarusians) accused of aiding al-Gaddafi. Russian citizens Alexander Dolgov and Vladimir Shadrov are accused of "repairing the equipment" of the dictator that helped him to "destroy the civilian population."   

It should be noted that Tripoli did not consider it necessary to let Moscow know that a trial was scheduled for the citizens of the Russian Federation, and the Russian embassy found out about it purely by accident. The Russian Foreign Ministry that learnt by "word of mouth," that the Russians are about to be subjected to Libyan humanity, of course, paid due attention to the situation, but the Russians tormented in a Tripoli prison do not trust anyone except the president himself.

"Mr. President, we ask you to take personal involvement in the matters of our liberation," 59-year-old Russian Alexander Shadrov cried out to Vladimir Putin. According to him, Russians do not expect a fair trial. The efforts of Russian diplomats are not enough to save their countrymen. Shadrov also suggested that the trial is important for the Libyan authorities in light of the upcoming elections in June - so to speak, to show the people that the new leadership stands out and will protect them all from the terrible technicians who mended Gaddafi's tanks.

In Russia, people look at the future with open optimism causing some surprise. "Our embassy in Libya has made every effort to ensure that Russian citizens were released, and I hope that this situation is resolved favorably," Margelov said on Thursday, May 10.   

Interesting information in the meantime appeared in the Western media. They write that the Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians will be exchanged en masse for the plane of Muammar Gaddafi. The plane is a AN-74 liner manufactured for the special order in Gostomel (Kyiv region).   

According to the UN special observer Vanessa Le Roa, "there can be no question about any dealings with the justice system in Tripoli," and the Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians will be returned home with no convictions.   Given that, according to the UN, five thousand foreigners are locked in Libyan prisons, this hope sounds particularly touching.

Against this background, one of the last decrees of the former president, who as a farewell gesture signed an order to resume arms sales to Libya, looks very funny. About a year ago at this same time, the Russian leader signed the exactly the opposite decree, according to which the sale of weapons to the regime of Muammar Gaddafi was strictly prohibited. Russian retailers have lost about four billion dollars, and the victorious insurgents did not appreciate the effort and the Kremlin announced last September that they would not renew contracts with Moscow's arms because "they do not need that many weapons."   
Daria Sivashenkova, Pravda.Ru      
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: 23/05/2012 @ 09:20
Libya Herald: Bani Walid negotiator hospitalised after clashes with NTC guards

Tripoli, 21 May:
Dixit :
A member of a Bani Walid delegation that travelled to negotiate with the NTC members in Tripoli on Sunday was injured during clashes with NTC security guards.

The NTC spokesman, Mohammed Al-Hareizi, has apologised for the incident saying that NTC had opened an investigation into what happened. He is reported to have confirmed that none of the delegation had been carrying weapons at the time. He also said that he had visited the injured man in Abu Salim hospital; his head had been fractured as a result of being hit by one of the security guard with the back of the gun.

Bani Walid has been a serious thorn in the side of the government since January when it was taken over by counter-revolutionary forces sympathetic to the Qaddafi era.   Pro-NTC supporters, most notably the local council and the military council, were forced to flee to Misrata as a result.   Since then, four members of Zliten military council were kidnapped by Bani Walid brigadesmen, as was the founder of the Bani Walid council, Mohammed Abu Kraa; he was seized in Tripoli at the beginning of the month.

Nine days ago, fighting broke out on the outskirts of the town between local fighters opposed to the NTC and government and Libya Shield troops said to have been ordered to reimpose government authority in the town.

Last week, a number of the people in Beni Walid staged a demonstration against the presence of the Libya Shield Brigade stationed around the town which they said was preparing to storm it. Protesters said they ready to fight if the troops entered it.

However, the protesters also said they planned to take part in the 19 June elections for National Conference and that they did not want to be set apart from the rest of the country; they fully supported the territorial integrity of the country.

Libya Herald

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: 26/05/2012 @ 18:55
The Libyan Popular National Movement

There is no option but to form a new party not a party to rule the people, but to draw out the masses from within the people. Not a partial party that rules the entirety, but an entirety that produces a part- the body triumphing over the cancer.   
It is a daring operation, a qualitative leap, a new revolutionary lead to create the state of the masses.   
Only the masses have an interest in revolution, which the parasites take their share of, and Dracula drinks its blood
Muammar al Gaddafi, an excerpt from his essay written in 90s Once Again, an Urgent Call to Form a Party Once again, we can see the words of our Brother Leader coming from the past to teach us about the evolution of the revolution, as he saw it, but it took almost 20 years to pass for the understanding to dawn on some of us Could this be what he was talking about? Could it be that someone actually innitiated such a movement in Libya after all this bloodshed? Something to draw the masses from within the people and the body triumphing over cancer? I dont know if such is the case, time will tell.   
The Libyan Popular National Movement is a political movement established by former Great Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya officials on 15 February 2012. Its Secretary General is Major General Khuwaildi al-Hamidi, a former member of the Libyan Revolutionary Command Council.   
According to their first statement, their main objectives are:   
Maintain the territorial integrity of Libya, safety of its land and security of its people.   
Working on the release of all prisoners without exceptions, including Saif al-Islam Gaddafi .   
Treatment and compensation to all victims of war without exception.   
Create conditions and safeguard for the return of forcibly displaced people to their towns and villages.   
Building legislative, executive and judiciary institutions of the Libyan state, on the basis of peaceful democracy based on citizenship, without discrimination of ethnic or sectarian, regional or political belief.   
Restoring Libyan sovereignty, ending foreign interference and establishing an independent foreign policy.   
Rejecting policies of exclusion and marginalization, that differentiate between the components of the Libyan people.   
Dissolving armed militias, aiding former members to return to their previous jobs.   
Launching a reconstruction process of public and private properties destroyed during the war, without discriminations.   
Investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity commited during the war, forming courts with public and international control standards to decide on those issues.   
Ensure the full participation of the Libyan citizens, exercising their right to political decision-making, to choose its leaders and the political system in the ways of democracy, under a constitution approved by the Libyan people, without any tutelage or exclusion.   
Put the Holy Quran and the Sunnah as the reference of legislation in Libya, away from extremism and fanaticism.   
Urging the international and regional organizations, NATO members and countries supporting them in the aggression to take full responsibility for the situation in Libya now, and for their legal violations and breaches of the Security Council decisions.   
The LPNM declared also their exclusive use of peaceful ways to accomplish their goals, but warned that the continuing repression, killings, torture and forced displacement will lead to more violence and hatred, and that the LPNM components and its fighters are ready to engage in jihad and armed struggle for the defense of Libya and its citizens if necessary.   
The group released another communique on 25 March, condemning the post-war state of chaos situation of Libya, the conviction of Libyan citizens in the hands of armed militias, considering their actions as a flagrant violation of the principles of Sharia and Law, asking for medical, psychological and social assistance for victims of the bloody events in Libya and the search of bodies of those killed or disappeared, restoring their dignity.   
They also denounced a deliberate media blackout on the fate of prisoners and displaced people, declaring that the state could not be governed by extremists groups and merchants of war, involved in weapons and drug smuggling, rather, and even the white slave trade and money laundering, urging not to turn Libya into the cause of international tension, and a threat for security and international peacein the absence of a central authority capable of imposing the rule of law.   
Finally, the statement concludes that the ongoing violence had converted Libya into a failed state, with towns and regions looking for their own security, leaving national unity apart, and reaffirmed the falsehood and slander of foreign media satellite channels that claimed bombing of residential areas by planes, recruitment of mercenaries, and mass killings and rapes by Libyan Army forces in February and March 2011.   
A few days later, the LPNM released another statement in which condemned the aerial bombardment of Sabha by NTC militias, which does does not differentiate between civil and non civil, critizating the silence of the world, compared with the reaction on the claims of Gaddafi bombing civilians, wich were defined as a pure fabrication taken by the West as a pretext for intervention.   
They denounced the marginalization of Libyan tribes with dark skin, who had been widely presented since the February 2011 events as foreign mercenaries. The LPNM declared their stand with all Libyan tribes without exception, including Toubou and Tuaregs, and ended asking those who cooperated with NATO to the occupation of their homelandto return to the barn home.   
Here is the latest announcement from LPNM in which they further explain their goals and strategy and name persons which will hold important roles inside the movement, among them the names of Saif al Gaddafi and Khuwaildi al-Hamidi. (text translated from Arabic to English with Google Translate)   
In the name of God the Merciful   
(authorized to those who fight because they did wrong and verily Allah is the power to the victory) great truth of God   
Belief in the legitimacy of jihad for the sake of God, in defense of religion, and the nation, and self-presentation, and money.   
Aware of the seriousness of the difficult circumstances that have passed, and experienced by our country, Libya and the Libyan people subjected to a plot hatched and weaved in the dark, which torn apart the social fabric of our tribes of ancient and claimed the lives of tens of thousands of martyrs, missing, wounded, disabled, displaced, and the incarceration of large numbers in prisons and jails by the militias, groaning under the weight of torture, not to mention the loss of state sovereignty, and plundering of their wealth, and its capabilities, and stealing of peoples money and property.   
Recognizing that the past is no longer, and that the wheel of time revolves forward, and that our country is at a crossroads, at a critical juncture and a critical moment in its history, which require hard work to heal and that it did not include all the Libyans, to decide the fate of their own free will, and their belief in full .   
Based on data issued by the Movement: I, II, III, and IV, which included urging the Libyan people to contribute to the recovery of his country.   
Since there is no way to do it but by peaceful struggle and the armed struggle if necessary.   
On the basis of national responsibility and a sincere desire to return Libya to the safety and security, resume and accelerate development, and lift the injustice, oppression, exclusion, and rehabilitation to the Libyan people, and restore the rule of the Libyan state and its prestige, and in response to the demands of the Libyans, who have become more aware and sensitive to the reality of what happened, and understand what moved the agendas of internal and external destructive, and having pushed for it, despite the heavy mist, and became an imperative to achieve the above.   
In recognition of the difficult circumstances of the stage, and the requisite work through it.   
I have decided the Libyan Popular National Movement as follows:   
First: form the senior leadership of the Libyan Popular National Movement, according to the following:   
A / command:   
1 team Khuwaildi al-Hamidi Secretary-General of the Libyan Popular National Movement   
2 Dr. Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Gaddafi, Deputy Secretary-General   
B / executive body:   
1 General Ali Suleiman, but the Executive Secretary of the Commission of the movement   
C / specialized committees:   
1 Displacement and Humanitarian Affairs   
2 Foreign Affairs and International Relations   
3 Media Affairs spokesman and will appear at the news conference through the media soon.   
D / Secretariat:   
The Secretariat consists of the Libyan Popular National Movement of each of:   
That does not disclose the names of the members of the Secretariat of the need and requirements of the stage, especially in terms of security.   
E / Advisory Board   
   It consists of the Secretariat of the Forum of Libyan tribes, as well as a number (60) national figures of competent jurisdiction, geographically dispersed, including all cities and villages in Libya, which serves as the Parliament of the movement, which identifies the features of the general policy of the movement and regulatory frameworks and lays out the foundations      
to the development of a permanent constitution of Libyan State, which determines which system of government, and the form and approach of the state.   
Second: The High Command of the Libyan Popular National Movement, referred to in item I (a, b, c, d, e) the following tasks:   
- Is the sole and legitimate representative of the Libyan people at home and abroad while cleansing the Libyan capital Tripoli.   
- The Secretary-General of the movement to complete the task of supervising all components of the Movement and give necessary instructions for the proper functioning of all factions of the movement.   
- The top leadership of the movement to mobilize domestic support, and external, and coordinating the work of the movement factions, civil and military.   
- Urged all countries in the world to stand with the people of Libya, and Libyan Popular National Movement, and recognition of it, and support them financially and morally until victory is achieved with the help of God, to cleanse the entire Libyan soil.   
- Communicate with neighboring countries on helping Libya in securing its borders, and achieve the national security of Libya.   
- Control and management of financial resources of the movement, and the identification of exchange, and follow-up of financial procedures in particular.   
- Communicate with all the Libyan tribes to engage in the movement and to attend and work on social reconciliation between warring tribes, and any form of reform, and to strengthen the social fabric of the community in Libya.   
- Supervision of the shelter of the displaced, and solve their problems, and provide ways to support them, and work to enable them to return to their homeland.   
- Determine the quality of media discourse, and speak on behalf of the movement, and the delivery of its voice to the World.   
- To express an opinion regarding the choice of the Libyan government.   
Third: the senior leadership of the movement to form sub-committees, or choose people to represent them in Libya, and in all cities, villages and rural areas, if it deems necessary, and take its representative abroad.   
And their use of those who they see the need to use to implement the tasks assigned to it.   
Fourth: the senior leadership is resolved, and the Secretariat of the movement as soon as the announcement of the formation of an interim government shall conduct equipment and facilities of the State, until a permanent constitution for the country, it brings together all Libyans own free will.   
And Allah the Source of strength   
Libya for all, and everyone, and for all   
Libyan Peoples National Movement   
Sources: LibyaSOS and PnmLibya   
Posted by Ryuzakero, 26 May 2012.   
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: 28/05/2012 @ 15:47
World Press Photo enjoys gloating over death

The most prestigious photojournalism competition in the world World Press Photo, whose 55th final was held in February of this year in Amsterdam, has awarded "Special Mention" to the still of a video capturing Muammar Gaddafi a few minutes before his death. It is gratifying to see that the West is getting more tolerant every day: they give awards for things that would have been punishable by a prison sentence earlier. I am not sure when the civilized West eliminated the law against corpse-eating and gloating over death. Apparently, this crime was secretly crossed out from the criminal codes of the democratic world. Nothing else can explain the cannibalistic cynicism with which the jury of the "the world's most prestigious exhibition" World Press Photo awarded the shot depicting the last moments of the life of Muammar Gaddafi.   

"The photo captures an historic moment, an image of a dictator and his demise that we otherwise would not have seen, had it not been photographed by a member of the public," said Aidan Sullivan, chairman of the jury in 2012. "There were no professional photographers there, and this photo had an impact. It had news value," he said.

Nina Berman, a Noor photographer and member of this year's jury, added: "There was a very strong point mentioned by a jury member during the judging process. He was saying that if we awarded anything from the public that it should be for a picture taken recently in Syria, because this is the one place where it's really hard to get pictures by professionals. But in the end it was this Gaddafi picture that came out on top, because it really is a unique moment in history - a moment when a dictator was mobbed physically by the people. That's why we chose it."

"This was an important document for posterity, for transparency, and to understand the dynamics of how Gaddafi came to his end," said jury member Renata Ferri in a statement.

In the photo, tortured, covered with blood Colonel is dragged into a car. A few minutes later he died, bringing a truly childish joy to the entire civilized world. "Wow!" - Exclaimed ecstatic Hillary Clinton when she learned the news of his death. Barack Obama, Fogh Rasmussen and other guardians of democracy of our time also rejoiced.

Obama said that this was a momentous day in the history of Libya. The death symbolized the end of Gaddafi's long, dark and brutal history. The NATO Secretary General said that finally the country left behind the 42-year-old order of fear installed by Colonel Gaddafi. He added that Libya could draw a line under the long and dark chapter of its history and open a new page and the people of Libya could really decide their fate. Libya (with the help of NATO) has decided their fate - it immerged in hell worthy of its creators.

Let us look at the jury's favorite photo and think back to the day of October 20, 2011, when the bombed Libya lost its terrible dictator. Let us remember that "we otherwise would not have seen", like Aidan Sullivan was concerned, an "historical event" depicted on the award photo meant for the "posterity".

It is not just a photo. It is a still from a video showing with the impossible, painful detail, the tortures the wounded colonel was subjected to by his old jackal-winners. They cannot be described - out of respect for the memory of Muammar Gaddafi, and for the reasons of banal censorship.

"The Algerian News Agency" Algeria-ISP "notes that at first Gaddafi was simply beaten and humiliated. But after a while the rebels began to shout "do not kill Gaddafi fast"," Let's torture him". Then one of the "revolutionaries" took a bayonet knife and began jabbing at Gaddafi. The wounded colonel's hands were held behind his back. Once the sadist has completed his work, he gave way to teenagers. Others threw sand into the wounds of Gaddafi and did other things the paper chose not to mention. According to media reports, the torture lasted from 9am to 12pm. The line of the executioners exceeded one hundred people.

I sincerely want to wish the members of the jury who decided that this shot was commendable to feel on their skin what Gaddafi felt at that moment. Every moment, the knife, the sand in the wounds, the broken joints of the hands. High quality pictures should evoke a sense of belonging, shouldn't they? Or would the viewers prefer to experience the joy of cannibalistic butchers?      

In fact, a monstrous shot should not be displayed in the exhibitions around the world, gathering enthusiastic fans, but be solely and exclusively the property of the investigators and prosecutors. In the end, it embodied loathsome punishment without trial. I remember the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo saying that the death of Gaddafi was one of the issues to be clarified. He spoke about the need to understand what happened, because there are serious suspicions about the fact that it was a war crime.

But who knows, maybe since then the ICC finally calmed down, and the "strong suspicion" were not confirmed.   However, there is some deep, cynical, but very sober truth in the fact that the shot is travelling the globe and everyone can look at it. This is a beautiful yet illustration aspiration of the Western democracy. This is a great introduction to the colorful history of the modern Libya. The photo is really valuable - it gives a warning. It does not let you fall asleep under the NATO sweet songs about peace, love and democracy.
Daria Sivashenkova, Pravda.Ru         

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: 29/05/2012 @ 13:25
A Victory for the Libyan People?

The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya
August 31, 2011


Since Colonel Gaddafi has lost his military hold in the war against NATO and the insurgents/rebels/new regime, numerous talking heads have taken to celebrating this war as a success. They believe this is a victory of the Libyan people and that we should all be celebrating. Others proclaim victory for the responsibility to protect, for humanitarian interventionism, and condemn the anti-imperialist left. Some of those who claim to be revolutionaries, or believe they support the Arab revolution, somehow find it possible to sideline NATOs role in the war, instead extolling the democratic virtues of the insurgents, glorifying their martyrdom, and magnifying their role until everything else is pushed from view. I wish to dissent from this circle of acclamation, and remind readers of the role of ideologically-motivated fabrications of truth that were used to justify, enable, enhance, and motivate the war against Libyaand to emphasize how damaging the practical effects of those myths have been to Libyans, and to all those who favoured peaceful, non-militarist solutions.

These top ten myths are some of the most repeated claims, by the insurgents, and/or by NATO, European leaders, the Obama administration, the mainstream media, and even the so-called International Criminal Courtthe main actors speaking in the war against Libya. In turn, we look at some of the reasons why these claims are better seen as imperial folklore, as the myths that supported the broadest of all mythsthat this war is a humanitarian intervention, one designed to protect civilians. Again, the importance of these myths lies in their wide reproduction, with little question, and to deadly effect. In addition, they threaten to severely distort the ideals of human rights and their future invocation, as well aiding in the continued militarization of Western culture and society.

1. Genocide.

Just a few days after the street protests began, on February 21 the very quick to defect Libyan deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ibrahim Dabbashi, stated: We are expecting a real genocide in Tripoli. The airplanes are still bringing mercenaries to the airports. This is excellent: a myth that is composed of myths. With that statement he linked three key myths togetherthe role of airports (hence the need for that gateway drug of military intervention: the no-fly zone), the role of mercenaries (meaning, simply, black people), and the threat of genocide (geared toward the language of the UNs doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect). As ham-fisted and wholly unsubstantiated as the assertion was, he was clever in cobbling together three ugly myths, one of them grounded in racist discourse and practice that endures to the present, with newer atrocities reported against black Libyan and African migrants on a daily basis. He was not alone in making these assertions. Among others like him, Soliman Bouchuiguir, president of the Libyan League for Human Rights, told Reuters on March 14 that if Gaddafis forces reached Benghazi, there will be a real bloodbath, a massacre like we saw in Rwanda. Thats not the only time we would be deliberately reminded of Rwanda. Here was Lt. Gen Roméo Dallaire, the much worshipped Canadian force commander of the U.N. peacekeeping mission for Rwanda in 1994, currently an appointed senator in the Canadian Parliament and co-director of the Will to Intervene project at Concordia University. Dallaire, in a precipitous sprint to judgment, not only made repeated references to Rwanda when trying to explain Libya, he spoke of Gaddafi as employing genocidal threats to cleanse Libya house by house. This is one instance where selective attention to Gaddafis rhetorical excess was taken all too seriously, when on other occasions the powers that be are instead quick to dismiss it: U.S. State Department spokesman, Mark Toner waved away Gaddafis alleged threats against Europe by saying that Gaddafi is someone whos given to overblown rhetoric. How very calm, by contrast, and how very convenientbecause on February 23, President Obama declared that he had instructed his administration to come up with a full range of options to take against Gaddafi.

But genocide has a well established international legal definition, as seen repeatedly in the UNs 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, where genocide involves the persecution of a a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Not all violence is genocidal. Internecine violence is not genocide. Genocide is neither just lots of violence nor violence against undifferentiated civilians. What both Dabbashi, Dallaire, and others failed to do was to identify the persecuted national, ethnic, racial or religious group, and how it differed in those terms from those allegedly committing the genocide. They really ought to know better (and they do), one as a UN ambassador and the other as a much exalted expert and lecturer on genocide. This suggests that myth-making was either deliberate, or founded on prejudice.

What foreign military intervention did do, however, was to enable the actual genocidal violence that has been routinely sidelined until only very recently: the horrific violence against African migrants and black Libyans, singled out solely on the basis of their skin colour. That has proceeded without impediment, without apology, and until recently, without much notice. Indeed, the media even collaborates, rapid to assert without evidence that any captured or dead black man must be a mercenary. This is the genocide that the white, Western world, and those who dominate the conversation about Libya, have missed (and not by accident).

2. Gaddafi is bombing his own people.

We must remember that one of the initial reasons in rushing to impose a no-fly zone was to prevent Gaddafi from using his air force to bomb his own peoplea distinct phrasing that echoes what was tried and tested in the demonization of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. On February 21, when the first alarmist warnings about genocide were being made by the Libyan opposition, both Al Jazeera and the BBC claimed that Gaddafi had deployed his air force against protestersas the BBC reported: Witnesses say warplanes have fired on protesters in the city. Yet, on March 1, in a Pentagon press conference, when asked:   Do you see any evidence that he [Gaddafi] actually has fired on his own people from the air? There were reports of it, but do you have independent confirmation? If so, to what extent? U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates replied, Weve seen the press reports, but we have no confirmation of that. Backing him up was Admiral Mullen: Thats correct.   Weve seen no confirmation whatsoever.

In fact, claims that Gaddafi also used helicopters against unarmed protesters are totally unfounded, a pure fabrication based on fake claims. This is important since it was Gaddafis domination of Libyan air space that foreign interventionists wanted to nullify, and therefore myths of atrocities perpetrated from the air took on added value as providing an entry point for foreign military intervention that went far beyond any mandate to protect civilians.

David Kirpatrick of The New York Times, as early as March 21 confirmed that, the rebels feel no loyalty to the truth in shaping their propaganda, claiming nonexistent battlefield victories, asserting they were still fighting in a key city days after it fell to Qaddafi forces, and making vastly inflated claims of his barbaric behavior. The vastly inflated claims are what became part of the imperial folklore surrounding events in Libya, that suited Western intervention. Rarely did the Benghazi-based journalistic crowd question or contradict their hosts.

3. Save Benghazi.

This article is being written as the Libyan opposition forces march on Sirte and Sabha, the two last remaining strongholds of the Gaddafi government, with ominous warnings to the population that they must surrender, or else. Apparently, Benghazi became somewhat of a holy city in the international discourse dominated by leaders of the European Union and NATO. Benghazi was the one city on earth that could not be touched. It was like sacred ground. Tripoli? Sirte? Sabha? Those can be sacrificed, as we all look on, without a hint of protest from any of the powers that bethis, even as we get the first reports of how the opposition has slaughtered people in Tripoli. Lets turn to the Benghazi myth.

If we waited one more day, Barack Obama said in his March 28 address, Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world. In a joint letter, Obama with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy asserted: By responding immediately, our countries halted the advance of Gaddafis forces. The bloodbath that he had promised to inflict on the citizens of the besieged city of Benghazi has been prevented. Tens of thousands of lives have been protected. Not only did French jets bomb a retreating column, what we saw was a very short column that included trucks and ambulances, and that clearly could have neither destroyed nor occupied Benghazi.

Other than Gaddafis overblown rhetoric, which the U.S. was quick to dismiss when it suited its purposes, there is to date still no evidence furnished that shows Benghazi would have witnessed the loss of tens of thousands of lives as proclaimed by Obama, Cameron, and Sarkozy. This was best explained by Professor Alan J. Kuperman in False pretense for war in Libya?:

The best evidence that Khadafy did not plan genocide in Benghazi is that he did not perpetrate it in the other cities he had recaptured either fully or partiallyincluding Zawiya, Misurata, and Ajdabiya, which together have a population greater than Benghazi.Khadafys acts were a far cry from Rwanda, Darfur, Congo, Bosnia, and other killing fields.Despite ubiquitous cellphones equipped with cameras and video, there is no graphic evidence of deliberate massacre.Nor did Khadafy ever threaten civilian massacre in Benghazi, as Obama alleged. The no mercy warning, of March 17, targeted rebels only, as reported by The New York Times, which noted that Libyas leader promised amnesty for those who throw their weapons away. Khadafy even offered the rebels an escape route and open border to Egypt, to avoid a fight to the bitter end.

In a bitter irony, what evidence there is of massacres, committed by both sides, is now to be found in Tripoli in recent days, months after NATO imposed its life-saving military measures. Revenge killings are daily being reported with greater frequency, including the wholesale slaughter of black Libyans and African migrants by rebel forces. Another sad irony: in Benghazi, which the insurgents have held for months now, well after Gaddafi forces were repulsed, not even that has prevented violence: revenge killings have been reported there toomore under #6 below.

4. African Mercenaries.

Patrick Cockburn summarized the functional utility of the myth of the African mercenary and the context in which it arose: Since February, the insurgents, often supported by foreign powers, claimed that the battle was between Gaddafi and his family on the one side and the Libyan people on the other. Their explanation for the large pro-Gaddafi forces was that they were all mercenaries, mostly from black Africa, whose only motive was money. As he notes, black prisoners were put on display for the media (which is a violation of the Geneva Convention), but Amnesty International later found that all the prisoners had supposedly been released since none of them were fighters, but rather were undocumented workers from Mali, Chad, and west Africa. The myth was useful for the opposition to insist that this was a war between Gaddafi and the Libyan people, as if he had no domestic support at allan absolute and colossal fabrication such that one would think only little children could believe a story so fantastic. The myth is also useful for cementing the intended rupture between the new Libya and Pan-Africanism, realigning Libya with Europe and the modern world which some of the opposition so explicitly crave.

The African mercenary myth, as put into deadly, racist practice, is a fact that paradoxically has been both documented and ignored. Months ago I provided an extensive review of the role of the mainstream media, led by Al Jazeera, as well as the seeding of social media, in creating the African mercenary myth. Among the departures from the norm of vilifying Sub-Saharan Africans and black Libyans that instead documented the abuse of these civilians, were the Los Angeles Times, Human Rights Watch which found no evidence of any mercenaries at all in eastern Libya (totally contradicting the claims presented as truth by Al Arabiya and The Telegraph, among others such as TIME and The Guardian). In an extremely rare departure from the propaganda about the black mercenary threat which Al Jazeera and its journalists helped to actively disseminate, Al Jazeera produced a single report focusing on the robbing, killing, and abduction of black residents in eastern Libya (now that CBS, Channel 4, and others are noting the racism, Al Jazeera is trying to ambiguously show some interest). Finally, there is some increased recognition of these facts of media collaboration in the racist vilification of the insurgents civilian victimssee FAIR: NYT Points Out Racist Overtones in Libyan Disinformation It Helped Spread.

The racist targeting and killing of black Libyans and Sub-Saharan Africans continues to the present. Patrick Cockburn and Kim Sengupta speak of the recently discovered mass of rotting bodies of 30 men, almost all black and many handcuffed, slaughtered as they lay on stretchers and even in an ambulance in central Tripoli. Even while showing us video of hundreds of bodies in the Abu Salim hospital, the BBC dares not remark on the fact that most of those are clearly black people, and even wonders about who might have killed them. This is not a question for the anti-Gaddafi forces interviewed by Sengupta: Come and see. These are blacks, Africans, hired by Gaddafi, mercenaries, shouted Ahmed Bin Sabri, lifting the tent flap to show the body of one dead patient, his grey T-shirt stained dark red with blood, the saline pipe running into his arm black with flies. Why had an injured man receiving treatment been executed? Recent reports reveal the insurgents engaging in ethnic cleansing against black Libyans in Tawergha, the insurgents calling themselves the brigade for purging slaves, black skin, vowing that in the new Libya black people from Tawergha would be barred from health care and schooling in nearby Misrata, from which black Libyans had already been expelled by the insurgents. Currently, Human Rights Watch has reported: Dark-skinned Libyans and sub-Saharan Africans face particular risks because rebel forces and other armed groups have often considered them pro-Gadhafi mercenaries from other African countries. Weve seen violent attacks and killings of these people in areas where the National Transitional Council took control. Amnesty International has also just reported on the disproportionate detention of black Africans in rebel-controlled Az-Zawiya, as well as the targeting of unarmed, migrant farm workers. Reports continue to mount as this is being written, with other human rights groups finding evidence of the insurgents targeting Sub-Saharan African migrant workers. As the chair of the African Union, Jean Ping, recently stated: NTC seems to confuse black people with mercenaries. All blacks are mercenaries. If you do that, it means (that the) one-third of the population of Libya, which is black, is also mercenaries. They are killing people, normal workers, mistreating them. (To read more, please consult the list of recent reports that I have compiled.)

The African mercenary myth continues to be one of the most vicious of all the myths, and the most racist. Even in recent days, newspapers such as the Boston Globe uncritically and unquestioningly show photographs of black victims or black detainees with the immediate assertion that they must be mercenaries, despite the absence of any evidence. Instead we are usually provided with casual assertions that Gaddafi is known to have recruited Africans from other nations in the past, without even bothering to find out if those shown in the photos are black Libyans. The lynching of both black Libyans and Sub-Saharan African migrant workers has been continuous, and has neither received any expression of even nominal concern by the U.S. and NATO members, nor has it aroused the interest of the so-called International Criminal Court. There is as little chance of there being any justice for the victims as there is of anyone putting a stop to these heinous crimes that clearly constitute a case of ethnic cleansing. The media, only now, is becoming more conscious of the need to cover these crimes, having glossed them over for months.

5. Viagra-fueled Mass Rape.

The reported crimes and human rights violations of the Gaddafi regime are awful enough as they are that one has to wonder why anyone would need to invent stories, such as that of Gaddafis troops, with erections powered by Viagra, going on a rape spree. Perhaps it was peddled because its the kind of story that captures the imagination of traumatized publics. This story was taken so seriously that some people started writing to Pfizer to get it to stop selling Viagra to Libya, since its product was allegedly being used as a weapon of war. People who otherwise should know better, set out to deliberately misinform the international public.

The Viagra story was first disseminated by Al Jazeera, in collaboration with its rebel partners, favoured by the Qatari regime that funds Al Jazeera. It was then redistributed by almost all other major Western news media.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, appeared before the world media to say that there was evidence that Gaddafi distributed Viagra to his troops in order to enhance the possibility to rape and that Gaddafi ordered the rape of hundreds of women. Moreno-Ocampo insisted: We are getting information that Qaddafi himself decided to rape and that we have information that there was a policy to rape in Libya those who were against the government. He also exclaimed that Viagra is like a machete, and that Viagra is a tool of massive rape.

In a startling declaration to the UN Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice also asserted that Gaddafi was supplying his troops with Viagra to encourage mass rape. She offered no evidence whatsoever to back up her claim. Indeed, U.S. military and intelligence sources flatly contradicted Rice, telling NBC News that there is no evidence that Libyan military forces are being given Viagra and engaging in systematic rape against women in rebel areas. Rice is a liberal interventionist who was one of those to persuade Obama to intervene in Libya. She utilized this myth because it helped her make the case at the UN that there was no moral equivalence between Gaddafis human rights abuses and those of the insurgents.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also declared that Gadhafis security forces and other groups in the region are trying to divide the people by using violence against women and rape as tools of war, and the United States condemns this in the strongest possible terms. She added that she was deeply concerned by these reports of wide-scale rape. (She has, thus far, said nothing at all about the rebels racist lynchings.)

By June 10, Cherif Bassiouni, who is leading a UN rights inquiry into the situation in Libya, suggested that the Viagra and mass rape claim was part of a massive hysteria. Indeed, both sides in the war have made the same allegations against each other. Bassiouni also told the press of a case of a woman who claimed to have sent out 70,000 questionnaires and received 60,000 responses, of which 259 reported sexual abuse. However, his teams asked for those questionnaires, they never received themBut shes going around the world telling everybody about itso now she got that information to Ocampo and Ocampo is convinced that here we have a potential 259 women who have responded to the fact that they have been sexually abused, Bassiouni said. He also pointed out that it did not appear to be credible that the woman was able to send out 70,000 questionnaires in March when the postal service was not functioning. In fact, Bassiounis team uncovered only four alleged cases of rape and sexual abuse: Can we draw a conclusion that there is a systematic policy of rape? In my opinion we cant. In addition to the UN, Amnesty Internationals Donatella Rovera said in an interview with the French daily Libération, that Amnesty had not found cases of rape.Not only have we not met any victims, but we have not even met any persons who have met victims. As for the boxes of Viagra that Gaddafi is supposed to have had distributed, they were found intact near tanks that were completely burnt out.

However, this did not stop some news manufacturers from trying to maintain the rape claims, in modified form. The BBC went on to add another layer just a few days after Bassiouni humiliated the ICC and the media: the BBC now claimed that rape victims in Libya faced honour killings. This is news to the few Libyans I know, who never heard of honour killings in their country. The scholarly literature on Libya turns up little or nothing on this phenomenon in Libya. The honour killings myth serves a useful purpose for keeping the mass rape claim on life support: it suggests that women would not come forward and give evidence, out of shame. Also just a few days after Bassiouni spoke, Libyan insurgents, in collaboration with CNN, made a last-ditch effort to save the rape allegations: they presented a cell phone with a rape video on it, claiming it belonged to a government soldier. The men shown in the video are in civilian clothes. There is no evidence of Viagra. There is no date on the video and we have no idea who recorded it or where. Those presenting the cell phone claimed that many other videos existed, but they were conveniently being destroyed to preserve the honour of the victims.

6. Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

Having asserted, wrongly as we saw, that Libya faced impending genocide at the hands of Gaddafis forces, it became easier for Western powers to invoke the UNs 2005 doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect. Meanwhile, it is not at all clear that by the time the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1973 that the violence in Libya had even reached the levels seen in Egypt, Syria, and Yemen. The most common refrain used against critics of the selectivity of this supposed humanitarian interventionism is that just because the West cannot intervene everywhere does not mean it should not intervene in Libya. Maybebut that still does not explain why Libya was the chosen target. This is a critical point because some of the earliest critiques of R2P voiced at the UN raised the issue of selectivity, of who gets to decide, and why some crises where civilians are targeted (say, Gaza) are essentially ignored, while others receive maximum concern, and whether R2P served as the new fig leaf for hegemonic geopolitics.

The myth at work here is that foreign military intervention was guided by humanitarian concerns. To make the myth work, one has to willfully ignore at least three key realities. One thus has to ignore the new scramble for Africa, where Chinese interests are seen as competing with the West for access to resources and political influence, something that AFRICOM is meant to challenge. Gaddafi challenged AFRICOMs intent to establish military bases in Africa. AFRICOM has since become directly involved in the Libya intervention and specifically Operation Odyssey Dawn. Horace Campbell argued that U.S. involvement in the Libyan bombing is being turned into a public relations ploy for AFRICOM and an opportunity to give AFRICOM credibility under the facade of the Libyan intervention. In addition, Gaddafis power and influence on the continent had also been increasing, through aid, investment, and a range of projects designed to lessen African dependency on the West and to challenge Western multilateral institutions by building African unityrendering him a rival to U.S. interests. Secondly, one has to ignore not just the anxiety of Western oil interests over Gaddafis resource nationalism (threatening to take back what oil companies had gained), an anxiety now clearly manifest in the European corporate rush into Libya to scoop up the spoils of victorybut one has to also ignore the apprehension over what Gaddafi was doing with those oil revenues in supporting greater African economic independence, and for historically backing national liberation movements that challenged Western hegemony. Thirdly, one has to also ignore the fear in Washington that the U.S. was losing a grip on the course of the so-called Arab revolution. How one can stack up these realities, and match them against ambiguous and partial humanitarian concerns, and then conclude that, yes, human rights is what mattered most, seems entirely implausible and unconvincingespecially with the atrocious track record of NATO and U.S. human rights violations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and before that Kosovo and Serbia. The humanitarian angle is simply neither credible nor even minimally logical.

If R2P is seen as founded on moral hypocrisy and contradictionnow definitively revealedit will become much harder in the future to cry wolf again and expect to get a respectful hearing. This is especially the case since little in the way of diplomacy and peaceful negotiation preceded the military interventionwhile Obama is accused by some of having been slow to react, this was if anything a rush to war, on a pace that by very far surpassed Bushs invasion of Iraq. Not only do we know from the African Union about how its efforts to establish a peaceful transition were impeded, but Dennis Kucinich also reveals that he received reports that a peaceful settlement was at hand, only to be scuttled by State Department officials. These are absolutely critical violations of the R2P doctrine, showing how those ideals could instead be used for a practice that involved a hasty march to war, and war aimed at regime change (which is itself a violation of international law).

That R2P served as a justifying myth that often achieved the opposite of its stated aims, is no longer a surprise. I am not even speaking here of the role of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in bombing Libya and aiding the insurgentseven as they backed Saudi military intervention to crush the pro-democracy protests in Bahrain, nor of the ugly pall cast on an intervention led by the likes of unchallenged abusers of human rights who have committed war crimes with impunity in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. I am taking a narrower approachsuch as the documented cases where NATO not only willfully failed to protect civilians in Libya, but it even deliberately and knowingly targeted them in a manner that constitutes terrorism by most official definitions used by Western governments.

NATO admitted to deliberately targeting Libyas state television, killing three civilian reporters, in a move condemned by international journalist federations as a direct violation of a 2006 Security Council resolution banning attacks on journalists. A U.S. Apache helicopterin a repeat of the infamous killings shown in the Collateral Murder videogunned down civilians in the central square of Zawiya, killing the brother of the information minister among others. Taking a fairly liberal notion of what constitutes command and control facilities, NATO targeted a civilian residential space resulting in the deaths of some of Gaddafis family members, including three grandchildren. As if to protect the myth of protecting civilians and the unconscionable contradiction of a war for human rights, the major news media often kept silent about civilian deaths caused by NATO bombardments. R2P has been invisible when it comes to civilians targeted by NATO.

In terms of the failure to protect civilians, in a manner that is actually an international criminal offense, we have the numerous reports of NATO ships ignoring the distress calls of refugee boats in the Mediterranean that were fleeing Libya. In May, 61 African refugees died on a single vessel, despite making contact with vessels belonging to NATO member states. In a repeat of the situation, dozens died in early August on another vessel. In fact, on NATOs watch, at least 1,500 refugees fleeing Libya have died at sea since the war began. They were mostly Sub-Saharan Africans, and they died in multiples of the death toll suffered by Benghazi during the protests. R2P was utterly absent for these people.

NATO has developed a peculiar terminological twist for Libya, designed to absolve the rebels of any role in perpetrating crimes against civilians, and abdicating its so-called responsibility to protect. Throughout the war, spokespersons for NATO and for the U.S. and European governments consistently portrayed all of the actions of Gaddafis forces as threatening civilians, even when engaged in either defensive actions, or combat against armed opponents. For example, this week the NATO spokesperson, Roland Lavoie, appeared to struggle to explain how NATO strikes were protecting civilians at this stage in the conflict. Asked about NATOs assertion that it hit 22 armed vehicles near Sirte on Monday, he was unable to say how the vehicles were threatening civilians, or whether they were in motion or parked.

By protecting the rebels, in the same breath as they spoke of protecting civilians, it is clear that NATO intended for us to see Gaddafis armed opponents as mere civilians. Interestingly, in Afghanistan, where NATO and the U.S. fund, train, and arm the Karzai regime in attacking his own people (like they do in Pakistan), the armed opponents are consistently labeled terrorists or insurgentseven if the majority of them are civilians who have never served in any official standing army. They are insurgents in Afghanistan, and their deaths at the hands of NATO are listed separately from the tallies for civilian casualties. By some magic, in Libya, they are all civilians. In response to the announcement of the UN Security Council voting for military intervention, a volunteer translator for Western reporters in Tripoli made this key observation: Civilians holding guns, and you want to protect them? Its a joke. We are the civilians. What about us?

NATO has provided a shield for the insurgents in Libya to victimize unarmed civilians in areas they came to occupy. There was no hint of any responsibility to protect in these cases. NATO assisted the rebels in starving Tripoli of supplies, subjecting its civilian population to a siege that deprived them of water, food, medicine, and fuel. When Gaddafi was accused of doing this to Misrata, the international media were quick to cite this as a war crime. Save Misrata, kill Tripoliwhatever you want to label such logic, humanitarian is not an acceptable option. Leaving aside the documented crimes by the insurgents against black Libyans and African migrant workers, the insurgents were also found by Human Rights Watch to have engaged in looting, arson, and abuse of civilians in [four] recently captured towns in western Libya. In Benghazi, which the insurgents have held for months now, revenge killings have been reported by The New York Times as late as this May, and by Amnesty International in late June and faulted the insurgents National Transitional Council. The responsibility to protect? It now sounds like something deserving wild mockery.

7. Gaddafithe Demon.

Depending on your perspective, either Gaddafi is a heroic revolutionary, and thus the demonization by the West is extreme, or Gaddafi is a really bad man, in which case the demonization is unnecessary and absurd. The myth here is that the history of Gaddafis power was marked only by atrocityhe is thoroughly evil, without any redeeming qualities, and anyone accused of being a Gaddafi supporter should somehow feel more ashamed than those who openly support NATO. This is binary absolutism at its worstvirtually no one made allowance for the possibility that some might neither support Gaddafi, the insurgents, nor NATO. Everyone was to be forced into one of those camps, no exceptions allowed. What resulted was a phony debate, dominated by fanatics of one side or another. Missed in the discussion, recognition of the obvious: however much Gaddafi had been in bed with the West over the past decade, his forces were now fighting against a NATO-driven take over of his country.

The other result was the impoverishment of historical consciousness, and the degradation of more complex appreciations of the full breadth of the Gaddafi record. This would help explain why some would not rush to condemn and disown the man (without having to resort to crude and infantile caricaturing of their motivations). While even Glenn Greenwald feels the need to dutifully insert, No decent human being would possibly harbor any sympathy for Gadaffi, I have known decent human beings in Nicaragua, Trinidad, Dominica, and among the Mohawks in Montreal who very much appreciate Gaddafis supportnot to mention his support for various national liberation movements, including the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Gaddafis regime has many faces: some are seen by his domestic opponents, others are seen by recipients of his aid, and others were smiled at by the likes of Silvio Berlusconi, Nicolas Sarkozy, Condoleeza Rice, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. There are many faces, and they are all simultaneously real. Some refuse to disown Gaddafi, to apologize for his friendship towards them, no matter how distasteful, indecent, and embarrassing other progressives may find him. That needs to be respected, instead of this now fashionable bullying and gang banging that reduces a range of positions to one juvenile accusation: you support a dictator. Ironically, we support many dictators, with our very own tax dollars, and we routinely offer no apologies for this fact.

Speaking of the breadth of Gaddafis record, that ought to resist simplistic, revisionist reduction, some might care to note that even now, the U.S. State Departments webpage on Libya still points to a Library of Congress Country Study on Libya that features some of the Gaddafi governments many social welfare achievements over the years in the areas of medical care, public housing,   and education. In addition, Libyans have the highest literacy rate in Africa (see UNDP, p. 171) and Libya is the only continental African nation to rank high in the UNDPs Human Development Index. Even the BBC recognized these achievements:

Women in Libya are free to work and to dress as they like, subject to family constraints. Life expectancy is in the seventies. And per capita incomewhile not as high as could be expected given Libyas oil wealth and relatively small population of 6.5mis estimated at $12,000 (£9,000), according to the World Bank. Illiteracy has been almost wiped out, as has homelessnessa chronic problem in the pre-Gaddafi era, where corrugated iron shacks dotted many urban centres around the country.

So if one supports health care, does that mean one supports dictatorship? And if the dictator funds public housing and subsidizes incomes, do we simply erase those facts from our memory?

8. Freedom Fightersthe Angels.

The complement to the demonization of Gaddafi was the angelization of the rebels. My aim here is not to counter the myth by way of inversion, and demonizing all of Gaddafis opponents, who have many serious and legitimate grievances, and in large numbers have clearly had more than they can bear. I am instead interested in how we, in the North Atlantic part of the equation, construct them in ways that suit our intervention. One standard way, repeated in different ways across a range of media and by U.S. government spokespersons, can be seen in this New York Times depiction of the rebels as secular-minded professionalslawyers, academics, businesspeoplewho talk about democracy, transparency, human rights and the rule of law. The listing of professions familiar to the American middle class which respects them, is meant to inspire a shared sense of identification between readers and the Libyan opposition, especially when we recall that it is on the Gaddafi side where the forces of darkness dwell: the main professions we find are torturer, terrorist, and African mercenary.

For many weeks it was almost impossible to get reporters embedded with the rebel National Transitional Council in Benghazi to even begin to provide a description of who constituted the anti-Gaddafi movement, if it was one organization or many groups, what their agendas were, and so forth. The subtle leitmotif in the reports was one that cast the rebellion as entirely spontaneous and indigenouswhich may be true, in part, and it may also be an oversimplification. Among the reports that significantly complicated the picture were those that discussed the CIA ties to the insurgents (for more, see this, this, this, and that); others highlighted the role of the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, and USAID, which have been active in Libya since 2005; those that detailed the role of various expatriate groups; and, reports of the active role of radical Islamist militias embedded within the overall insurgency, with some pointing to Al Qaeda connections.

Some feel a definite need for being on the side of the good guys, especially as neither Iraq nor Afghanistan offer any such sense of righteous vindication. Americans want the world to see them as doing good, as being not only indispensable, but also irreproachable. They could wish for nothing better than being seen as atoning for their sins in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a special moment, where the bad guy can safely be the other once again. A world that is safe for America is a world that is unsafe for evil. Marching band, baton twirlers, Anderson Cooper, confettiwe get it.   

9. Victory for the Libyan People.

To say that the current turn in Libya represents a victory by the Libyan people in charting their own destiny is, at best, an oversimplification that masks the range of interests involved since the beginning in shaping and determining the course of events on the ground, and that ignores the fact that for much of the war Gaddafi was able to rely on a solid base of popular support. As early as February 25, a mere week after the start of the first street protests, Nicolas Sarkozy had already determined that Gaddafi must go. By February 28, David Cameron began working on a proposal for a no-fly zonethese statements and decisions were made without any attempt at dialogue and diplomacy. By March 30, The New York Times reported that for several weeks CIA operatives had been working inside Libya, which would mean they were there from mid-February, that is, when the protests beganthey were then joined inside Libya by dozens of British special forces and MI6 intelligence officers. The NYT also reported in the same article that several weeks before (again, around mid-February), President Obama Several signed a secret finding authorizing the CIA to provide arms and other support to Libyan rebels, with that other support entailing a range of possible covert actions. USAID had already deployed a team to Libya by early March. At the end of March, Obama publicly stated that the objective was to depose Gaddafi. In terribly suspicious wording, a senior U.S. official said the administration had hoped that the Libyan uprising would evolve organically, like those in Tunisia and Egypt, without need for foreign interventionwhich sounds like exactly the kind of statement one makes when something begins in a fashion that is not organic and when comparing events in Libya as marked by a potential legitimacy deficit when compared to those of Tunisia and Egypt. Yet on March 14 the NTCs Abdel Hafeez Goga asserted, We are capable of controlling all of Libya, but only after the no-fly zone is imposedwhich is still not the case even six months later.

In recent days it has also been revealed that what the rebel leadership swore it would opposeforeign boots on the groundis in fact a reality confirmed by NATO: Special forces troops from Britain, France, Jordan and Qatar on the ground in Libya have stepped up operations in Tripoli and other cities in recent days to help rebel forces as they conducted their final advance on the Gadhafi regime. This, and other summaries, are only scratching the surface of the range of external support provided to the rebels. The myth here is that of the nationalist, self-sufficient rebel, fueled entirely by popular support.

At the moment, war supporters are proclaiming the intervention a success. It should be noted that there was another case where an air campaign, deployed to support local armed militia on the ground, aided by U.S. covert military operatives, also succeeded in deposing another regime, and even much more quickly. That case was Afghanistan. Success.

10. Defeat for the Left.

As if reenacting the pattern of articles condemning the left that came out in the wake of the Iran election protests in 2009 (see as examples Hamid Dabashi and Slavoj Žižek), the war in Libya once again seemed to have presented an opportunity to target the left, as if this was topmost on the agendaas if the left was the problem to be addressed. Here we see articles, in various states of intellectual and political disrepair, by Juan Cole (see some of the rebuttals: The case of Professor Juan Cole, An open letter to Professor Juan Cole: A reply to a slander, Professor Cole answers WSWS on Libya: An admission of intellectual and political bankruptcy), Gilbert Achcar (and this especially), Immanuel Wallerstein, and Helena Sheehan who seemingly arrived at some of her most critical conclusions at the airport at the end of her very first visit to Tripoli.

There seems to be some confusion over roles and identities. There is no homogeneous left, nor ideological agreement among anti-imperialists (which includes conservatives and libertarians, among anarchists and Marxists). Nor was the anti-imperialist left in any position to either do real harm on the ground, as is the case of the actual protagonists. There was little chance of the anti-interventionists in influencing foreign policy, which took shape in Washington before any of the serious critiques against intervention were published. These points suggest that at least some of the critiques are moved by concerns that go beyond Libya, and that even have very little to do with Libya ultimately. The most common accusation is that the anti-imperialist left is somehow coddling a dictator. The argument is that this is based on a flawed analysisin criticizing the position of Hugo Chávez, Wallerstein says Chávezs analysis is deeply flawed, and offers this among the criticisms: The second point missed by Hugo Chavezs analysis is that there is not going to be any significant military involvement of the western world in Libya (yes, read it again). Indeed, many of the counterarguments deployed against the anti-interventionist left echo or wholly reproduce the top myths that were dismantled above, that get their geopolitical analysis almost entirely wrong, and that pursue politics focused in part on personality and events of the day. This also shows us the deep poverty of politics premised primarily on simplistic and one-sided ideas of human rights and protection (see Richard Falks critique), and the success of the new military humanism in siphoning off the energies of the left. And a question persists: if those opposed to intervention were faulted for providing a moral shield for dictatorship (as if imperialism was not itself a global dictatorship), what about those humanitarians who have backed the rise of xenophobic and racist militants who by so many accounts engage in ethnic cleansing? Does it mean that the pro-interventionist crowd is racist? Do they even object to the racism? So far, I have heard only silence from those quarters.

The agenda in brow-beating the anti-imperialist straw man masks an effort to curb dissent against an unnecessary war that has prolonged and widened human suffering; advanced the cause of war corporatists, transnational firms, and neoliberals; destroyed the legitimacy of multilateral institutions that were once openly committed to peace in international relations; violated international law and human rights; witnessed the rise of racist violence; empowered the imperial state to justify its continued expansion; violated domestic laws; and reduced the discourse of humanitarianism to a clutch of simplistic slogans, reactionary impulses, and formulaic policies that privilege war as a first option. Really, the left is the problem here?   

Maximilian Forte is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. His website can be found at as can his previous articles on Libya and other facets of imperialism.

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Libyan Tuaregs Flee to Algeria Amid Reports of Ethnic Cleansing
posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012
by Karim Shanqiti   
A mother and child ride atop a camel as a Tuareg caravan travels north through a remote   
region of southern Niger July 4, 2005. (photo by REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly)
More than 55 Libyans from the Tuareg tribe have crossed over into Algerian territory in the last two days through the border crossing at Debdeb in the province of Illizi. They left the town of Ghadames and its surrounding villages out of fear of reprisals by armed groups against certain individuals, and particularly against Tuareg families.   
Sources inside the Libyan city of Ghadames told El-Khabar that the Tuareg tribes have been subjected to ethnic cleansing for the past eight months. The Ghadames tribe, which is backed by forces affiliated with the National Transitional Council, is allegedly carrying out these acts. The latter burned and destroyed hostels and stables belonging to the Tuareg tribe and expelled them from the city, forcing them to flee into Algeria.   
According to the escapees, many Tuareg members were subjected to illegal detention in secret locations under inhumane conditions. They added that members of the Ghadames tribes are searching for Tuareg members everywhere, even in hospitals, to kill and torture them. They have also recently arrested a large number of them, including women.   
Tuareg representatives from the Libyan city of Ghadames expressed their fear of physical liquidation by the Ghadamesites, especially after the arrival of a large number of NTC troops who support them to the area in the last couple of days. According to the Tuaregs, the escalation of events have put them in danger, and international intervention is now required to save them from death. Libya has more than 500,000 Tuaregs distributed among the cities of Ghadames, Ghat, Ubari and Sabha, where they have established close relations with some Libyan families.   
According to information out of Ghadames, the situation is now stable after a week of armed clashes between young members of local Tuareg families and the Ghadamesites. The latter have waged a war which the Tuareg described as vengeful. Fourteen people have been killed, including a military field commander named Issa Tlili, and at least 20 others from both sides have been wounded by gunfire. The Debdeb crossing of the Algeria border is now closed and prohibits the entry of escapees from the deteriorating security situation in Ghadames. These orders come from the highest authorities in the country, as confirmed by official sources to El-Khabar.   
Now, hundreds of Libyan Tuaregs who have escaped from hell are stranded at the Algerian-Libyan border and suffering harsh conditions. They are unable to enter Algeria since they do not carry passports or other proof of their identities.      
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Gaddafi's death: To be forgotten, not forgiven

The U.S. Department of State is not waiting on the Libyan authorities to investigate the extrajudicial execution of Muammar Gaddafi. Here is the image of today's reality: the legitimate leader of an independent country can be brutally killed after being tortured, buried like a dog, and the "world policeman," or rather, the guardian of democracy, will only nod: this is the way it should be, and there is nothing to investigate.

The other day, the U.S. State Department was engaged in its favorite activity - teaching the world democracy and human rights. However, this time it was done not through a habitual, bomb-throwing way, but only verbally. The Department of State presented to the public a progress report on the fascinating topic of "respect for human rights in the world in 2011," and I will tell you, the conclusions of this report are truly shocking for the untrained imagination.

The fact that Russia has traditionally been kicked in this report is no news. Rather, our planet would begin to spin in the opposite direction if the United States recognized the satisfactory situation of human rights in the Russian Federation. But it turns out that the situation with human rights has greatly improved in the countries swept by a whirlwind of the "Arab spring" - that is, Tunisia, Egypt, and, of course, Libya. Where else but in Libya one can expect flowering of democracy, tolerance and political correctness?

However, the review of the report was attended - apparently by some stupid mistake - by committed journalists who were not quite enlightened. It was they who started asking all sorts of stupid questions: what human rights in Libya? What about the investigation into the death of Muammar Gaddafi? Or, is it permissible nowadays to brutally kill the legitimate leader of an independent country? Why has the new Libyan authorities failed to investigate this unfortunate incident?

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State "for democracy and human rights," Michael Posner answered by saying that he thought that the Libyan government had an extended agenda and that it would be unreasonable to expect that they were going to deal with every aspect of it. He had some difficulty finding the word to describe Gaddafi's death. It was not clear whether, out of human forgetfulness, he wanted to say "this crime", but stopped in time, or thought that it would not be appropriate to call it "this little thing." Nevertheless, the historic words were spoken: Tri-color Tripoli was fully and absolutely excused, and no longer even has to pretend to be bothered with an investigation of the extrajudicial execution of the leader. There are plenty of other things to do.

"Thousands of prisoners are still in prison, the militia has to be organized. But I plan to visit the country soon, and look into this matter ... I can give a better answer after going back and holding a series of meetings,"   said Posner.

We wish him good luck. The Deputy U.S. Secretary of State still has lot of interesting discoveries to make related to "human rights" in Libya. For example, he will miraculously have to believe in the fact that those in Libyan prisons are not in favor of the colonel and wish to return Jamahiriya. Not that long ago the new government of Tripoli passed a law whereby anyone who said that "it was better under Gaddafi" will respond to the fullest extent of the law, up to life imprisonment. No, in fact, behind the bars there are still the martyrs of the revolution, imprisoned by the evil Gaddafi. The government simply did not have time to let them go.   

The comment about "organizing" militia would have been very funny had it not been so sad. Thinking back to the tragicomic Libyan war, one cannot but remember that the rebels looked nothing like combat troops. The ones who were fighting without rules and instilling fear on the civilians were Al-Qaeda militants. PNS has repeatedly admitted helplessness in the face of the "chicks" of Tripoli "mayor" Belhadj, an honorary veteran of this venerable terrorist organization. It will be interesting to see how the PNS (even with the help of the U.S.) will "organize" this "militia" and really - the most banal bandit gang.

However, discoveries and revelations did not end there. According to Posner, in Libya, preconditions for the formation of a democratic society were created, but the "new government" of the country had a lot of work to do. He expressed hope that in the coming months in the country led by the interim government elections will take place and the process of formation of state authorities will begin.   

The United States "hopes" that in the bombed, smashed, shattered into dust by NATO bombs country scoured by bandit groups, finally (the United States, however, does not know when), the process of formation of a normal government will begin. Those in power in Tripoli today cannot be called government - it is a clique absolutely impotent, powerless before the ongoing civil war.

The same way Iraq has become a "showcase of democracy," Libya is becoming a real flower garden of "human rights". The U.S. is silent about the fertilizer that helps this garden grow: bones, flesh and blood of thousands and thousands of ordinary Libyans who were killed by NATO bombs and al-Qaida bandits. But now, it is much better than it was in 42 years under the tyrant, right? So let his mutilated corpse lie buried somewhere in the wilderness, let the "Libyan democracy" thrive on his bones. There should be no digging up in any event to avoid the excavation of the entire flower garden.

Well, no one seems to intend to.
Daria Sivashenkova, Pravda.Ru         

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Libya Herald: Armed criminals targeting foreigners in Tripoli suburb

Tripoli, 1 June:

By George Grant.

Dixit :
A growing number of expatriates living in Tripolis wealthy Serraj district are falling victim to armed criminals targeting them for their vehicles at gunpoint, residents claim.

The authorities inability to respond to the crimes has prompted one oil and gas services company to contact the Libya Herald directly in an effort to raise awareness.

The company, which has asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, has had three of its staff targeted in the past two months alone, with all the attacks taking place in broad daylight. It is understood that several similar attacks have also taken place against foreign employees of other companies during this period.

The most recent attack took place on Tuesday against one of the company managers, a European, directly outside of his house.

I had just parked my car in the driveway and got out to open the garage door, leaving the engine running, he recalls. Immediately, a white car sped towards me an stopped right in front of me. There were two young guys inside, maybe 20-23 years-old.

The one in the passenger seat got out, walked towards me and shook my hand, giving me some salutary bull****. Then he pulled a gun out from behind his back and pointed it at my torso, motioning at me to step back.

He moved towards my car, and as soon as I realised he was going to try and steal it, I made to stop him. He pointed his pistol directly at my head. Obviously I backed off.

I managed to get the registration number of the other vehicle as they drove off and filed a police report later that night. I was informed that three similar incidents had been reported earlier that day alone. Of course, the authorities have done nothing.

Two months before that, another manager, also a European, was targeted at a park in Serraj popular with walkers, runners, and family picnickers. Having just got into his car after a run, two men approached him with a gun, motioning at him to move into the passenger seat.

He believes they were going to take the car with him inside, the first manager says. Instead, he got out of the vehicle, locked it, and walked away. He thought they were going to shoot him at any moment, but perhaps because the area was so busy, they did not.

Finally, a fortnight ago, one of the companys maintenance staff, an Asian man, was   targeted when a 4×4 pulled in front of his vehicle at a roundabout near to the company offices. This time, two men with a Kalashnikov got out and walked towards him, also apparently after his vehicle. He reacted quickly, backing up and speeding towards his offices. The company presumes he was not followed as the criminals will have known that security guards are present outside.

All the expatriates here are being watched closely, the first manager tells me. They know who we are, where we live, and where our offices are. One of the reasons that nobody can do anything is that if the criminals are targeted in any way, they will retaliate. All that happens is that we file a police report, and they give us the same bloody excuse: There is no system in place. Nothing can be done.

When asked if the attacks could prompt the company to consider its future in Libya, he says not, for the time being. For now, we are going to up our security detail and perhaps station guards at our residence. In the few weeks between now and the elections, I think we will just have to sit tight.

But after the elections, the new government really needs to give this sort of thing priority, he says. The weapons need to be rounded up. This situation where every family owns a Kalashnikov cannot continue. This is not Libya as we know it, and if order is not restored, I fear things will go further south. At the end of the day, were here to make money, not risk our lives.
Libya Herald   
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: 03/06/2012 @ 20:44
Vladimir Putin told, addressing to journalists in Paris:
Dixit :
What is happening in Libya? We all know what kind of a tyrant [Muammar] Gaddafi was. Maybe. But do you know what was happening in Sirte when militants entered the city? Why do you not write about that? Has humanitarian wellbeing settled there?
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Who rules Libya - parliament or police fighters?

On Sunday, the coalition of liberal forces of Libya announced that it won the first parliamentary elections since 1964. "Muslim Brotherhood" has confirmed their loss in Tripoli and Benghazi, where half of the population resides. Yet, how successful the elected parliament will be in Libya ruled not by law, but rather a gang of ex-fighters for independence.

The defeat of the Islamists in Benghazi was unexpected, but understandable because of the nationalism of the Libyans who know that the "brothers" in the Party of Justice are mostly people from neighboring Egypt. Egyptians are generally disliked in Libya because under Gaddafi they occupied the lower level of the social ladder, engaging in the most menial jobs. In addition, the Islamists have gone too far with the imposition of their so-called "independents" (120 of 220 seats in the parliament) during the election campaign on television. After the 42-year dictatorship of the media Libyans are very sensitive to any excess in this area.

The parliamentary election was won by the liberal Union of National Forces that brings together some 50 parties and 78 independent candidates under the banner of "moderate Muslim country, democracy, and separation of the executive and legislative branches of government." The Union is headed by Mahmoud Jibril who came out of the transitional government (PNS) to stand for the parliament. He is a native of the warfalla tribe, the largest in the country, and the one that has been always loyal to Gaddafi but had a number of serious collisions with him. Jibril has joined the revolution from its very inception, and served in the PNS as prime minister.

Two hundred seats in the National Congress will be divided between Tripolitania, the most populated region of the western Libya (102 seats), Cyrenaica (East) and the area of ​​Fezzan (south) with 60 and 40 seats, respectively. The Parliament will choose the prime minister and draft a new constitution. The election on the large area of ​​the country was marked by a high turnout, but in the south of Benghazi several sites have been attacked. This is understandable, since the separatist sentiment is very strong. The victory belongs to moderate Muslims who understand that the main threat comes not from the "Brotherhood" and not even from separatism Cyrenaica, but the gangs of militias, renamed "police".

PNS now has virtually no power in Libya. Thus, the report of the international non-governmental organization Amnesty International published on Thursday describes a fairly bleak picture. The document, drawn up based on the results of the visits to the country in May and June, is entitled "Libya: Rule of law or rule of militia." Of course, the militia (that is, the very "police"), concluded the authors of the report. Human rights activists state that the rebels who fought with the army of Gaddafi refused to lay down their arms and continue to commit atrocities and arbitrary arrests, torture and murder with impunity.

According to AI, the gang kept in captivity about four thousand supporters of Gaddafi and subjected them to torture. The report describes 20 documented cases in which prisoners have died in secret prisons, were tortured with electricity, and battered with metal bars and sticks. The situation is no better with the refugees. For example, 30,000 Tauerga people were expelled from their homes by police from a nearby Misrata and have not been able to come back. This is a tribe of blacks favored by Gaddafi and pursued in Libya, as well as other black Libyans, wrote the authors of the report. The south is also restless. Around the Kufra oasis there is a struggle between black African Tabu tribe and Arab tribe Zvai. Tuba announced their intention to boycott the elections on July 7.

Who are these "police"? Libyans first called them "zowar" - fighters for independence. Among them there are many deserters from the army of Gaddafi and former police officers. These are well-trained military people who do not want to transfer power to the civilian authorities. Organized according to tribal rules, they have turned into a small army with its rigid hierarchy, arsenals, and controlled areas. Even the capital city of Tripoli is divided into zones of influence, not to mention the rural areas.

Amnesty International noted that the Libyan authorities (National Transition Council and the Provisional Government) "do not have the ability or desire to resist the police" under the pretext of "lack of security and a large number of weapons." The language is strange, but understandable if one considers a PNS law that established immunity from prosecution for the rebels who "protect the revolution of the 17th February."

There is a danger that the four decades of rule of Gaddafi in terms of human rights violations will be forgotten and replayed, wrote the authors of the report. However, the West, and particularly France, now controls oil and gas of Libya - the most hydrocarbon-rich country in the region.
Lyuba Lulko, Pravda.Ru         
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Libya: Elections by Goebbels

We ask everybody to remember WWII history and try to imagine what could have happened if Germany was stronger and UK with US had created an alliance with it. Germany would have called all its wars humanitarian and Europe's occupation could have been called "European spring". So here is an alternative history: the first elections in France after "people´s revolution" victory:
On July 7, 1942 the new transitional government, under the leadership of the Marshal Petain, held the new parliamentary election.
These were the first free elections in new France after the French people in the spring of 1940 had discarded the regime of Edouard Deladier and chose the path of the development of democracy under the leadership of the 3rd Reich.
International organisations and funds such as Straferlass Internationaler ( Amnesty International), Uberwachung der Menschenrechte (Human Rights Watch), Durchschaubarkeit Internationale (Transparency International), Haus der Freiheit (Freedom House) which were created with the aim to provide democracy worldwide, have considered the elections as free and fair. Of course, as in every young democracy during the elections in France there were minor drawbacks. However they had not significantly influenced the high quality of the elections as a whole.
The British Minister of Foreign affairs Anthony Eden had previously said that the French people made a historic step towards freedom and democracy.
Special envoy of the League of Nations for France Ian Martin called the first democratic elections a great success. According to him, the elections in France were free and transparent.

The French people can rely on support from Germany. This was stated by Adolf Hitler in connection with the elections to the Parliament of France. The German Leader acknowledged that the French are still facing "serious challenges" and that "voting is to be completed in some areas.
On the 8th of July parliamentary elections in France will continue. Voting was held on the eve, but because of the tense situation in the country several hundred election 'offices had not been opened. 2500 candidates are fighting for 577 seats in Parliament.
Tension remains in the cities of Bordeaux and Montour in the west of France on the day of the Parliamentary Deputies Election. According to the "Neue Rheinische Zeitung" and "La France", several polling stations in the cities of Bordeaux and Montour were attacked by the gunmen who took with them voting equipment.
In the capital of France - Vichy, the situation remains calm. Meanwhile, the head of the Transitional Government, Marshal Petain declared that "the French will surprise the world" with this election. According to him, the country remains under stable security situation, which is controlled by the authorities.
Vichi, July 8th, 1942. BBC (with reference on French CEC) says that about 60% of French citizens with voting rights have voted at their first free elections in France.
La France tells that the National Forces Union is leading in the elections. This is a union of liberals and independent politicians with Head of Transitional Government as their leader. The Party of Justice and Building (National-Socialists) is opposing NFU. This party is considered as a branch of International National-Socialists Association.
Official voting results will be known at the end of the week.
Fast-forward, Libya 2012
At this moment an occupational regime in Libya is proceeding its semblance of the creation of democracy with NATO's support.

The Global Media are keeping silent about concentration camps for the non-loyal to the new regime, where Green Resistance members and those who try to bring the truth via the Internet are held. Those camps were created with NATO support too.
Global organizations and funds are spreading disinformation where they are decreasing the number of executed and deaths from torture in these camps, as they decreased the number of civilians who died from NATO bombs (by a thousand times).
They are representing Green Resistance military operations (Libyan partisan movement) as tribal wars or firefights between armed gangs.
They will continue to lie to us about Libya. They are lying about these elections. And here is the truth:
Laws that were released by the Libyan occupation regime bind the voting right by political, tribal and religious signs.
Libyan occupation regime declared:
"Anyone who will not vote on elections will be accused as pro Gaddafi (one can be jailed and tortured) and is being a traitor of 17th February Revolution".
Rats threaten to block salaries if people will not vote.
Rats have forced students in universities to vote or they will be banned to study in university.
People were forced to vote under threat of force.
People are afraid to be jailed and tortured so they are voting.
Anyway, Libya is an occupied country and any elections can't change this fact. Libyan Resistance is still fighting with occupants and local traitors.
Konstantyn Shcheglikov, Pravda.Ru   

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Why didn't Russia use veto right on Libya?

Why did Russia not use the veto on Libya? Where is the money that was lent to Sarkozy by Gaddafi? What are the chances of a repetition of the "Libyan scenario" in Syria? Who set the West against Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad? Said Gafurov, scientific director of the Institute of Oriental and African studies, answered these and other questions for "Pravda.Ru."
It is believed that Russia "washed its hands" in terms of the Libyan issue.
"Russia, as you know, abstained in the UN on the adoption of resolution 1973. The then President Medvedev later said in an interview with the Financial Times that Russia made a tragic mistake. Had we known that "resolution 1973" would be interpreted this way we would have voted against it. In fact, Medvedev has publicly stated that the West simply deceived Russia.
And I repeat, what is going on in Libya has nothing to do with democracy. All this can only be called a military coup and subsequent intervention. I do not have any other words."   

What is the story with the money that Gaddafi has lent to Sarkozy?
"I do not think that Sarkozy kept the money lent by Libya in the central French bank. Some Libyan fund that must have been registered in Europe, most likely in violation of electoral laws of France, transferred the money for the election campaign of Sarkozy. There are documents from the French prosecutor's office in this regard, and we, I think, will get to see the end of this criminal case.
I think the Persian Gulf sheiks promised to buy the French government bonds to fill the gap in the budget of France, because the war is an expensive business. While it brought big profits to French companies, it is not a given that it was enough to plug the gaps in the budget, and now the West in many ways is holding back the repetition of the events in Syria in Libya because they simply cannot afford it."
Can the West repeat this war?
"The West would have calmed down if it were not for the East - Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The West should solve the problem with the budget deficit and the collapse of its economy, and the possible collapse of the euro area, and a war needs to be funded, but there are no funds. Huge amounts of money are coming from the Persian Gulf. Now each of Syria's enemies wants to destroy it with the hands of their allies. Even in Russia the Embassy of Qatar is paying large sums of money to Russian journalists, leaders of medium news agencies and the media.

Would you like to ask me what they are paying for? A representative of the Syrian rebels in Moscow, Mahmoud Hamza, regularly receives money at the box office of the Qatari embassy. Other Syrians, even oppositional, refuse to give their good name to the business fueled by Qatari money of the terrorists. Only those people who have fully compromised themselves receive money from Doha."
Will the "Libyan scenario" be repeated in Syria?
"The agreement, the plan of Kofi Annan that the Syrians need to solve their problems themselves, without outside interference, has to be executed. This is the position of Russia, and I fully agree with it. Syria must follow the path of democracy and freedom, and foreign aggression on the territory of Syria has to be prevented. The Syrian army and the government do not want to fight! Why would Syria's army shoot its own people? If they are able to, I repeat, prevent foreign interference, it would be a way out."
What are the ways of the West to unleash a war against Syria?
"There are many of them. From the formation of foreign legions, invasion of Syria from Turkey to the Libyan scenario with the bombing option. But I think none of the NATO countries would do it. After all, it's not just about the fact that the Syrians know how to fight. The fact is that they know, paradoxically, how to lose. The entire history of Syria is a chain of losses, after which they retreated and regrouped, continued to fight and eventually won in this way.
The Syrians have held free parliamentary elections. During the next presidential election, I am convinced that the opposition will not be able to have a candidate who would win over Bashar, and I doubt that the opposition will have time to grow a candidate in their ranks if it blows up bombs in the streets instead of campaigning. In the meantime, Bashar beats any candidate with the advantage of at least six to four. The situation in Syria is now much safer than it appears from the Western media and "Al-Jazeera," there is a normal life, children go to school, people work, earn money, but Bashar is the guarantor of the economic stability in their country."
Whose side will have the advantage?
"NATO is stronger than Syria. However, I cannot imagine the countries of the bloc deciding to use direct aggression. Even political statements by the heads of this block suggest that the countries belonging to NATO want the Syrians to solve their problems, and we should talk about a national dialogue. In Western countries, there is opposition fueled by Middle Eastern money who wants to destabilize Syria.
And you will notice that most of the world is opposed to NATO. Here's an example. There was a meeting of the Russian and U.S. Presidents Putin and Obama, but that same day, there was a meeting of the leaders of the BRICS. Nobody knows what they were talking about, there was no communique published, but it is known that four topics were discussed, including Syria, Iran, the IMF and the European crisis, and one of the most important four topics was Syria. The BRICS countries coordinate their efforts, nearly all of Latin America and all the moderate Arab countries are against neo-colonialism of the West. In Egypt, for example, the government is allegedly on the side of the rebels, but journalists in major newspapers are in favor of the Syrian government."
Igor Latunsky, Pravda.Ru         
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Back to bloody anarchy: Andrew Malone revisits Libya and finds a country riven by torture, mass murder and savage vengeance

PUBLISHED: 00:26 GMT, 7 July 2012 | UPDATED:00:27 GMT, 7 July 2012

By Andrew Malone

On a baking hot day this week, the people of Libyas most prosperous city flocked to the beach and splashed in the cooling waters of the Mediterranean. Such happy scenes were unthinkable in Misrata a year ago, when the world watched in horror as Muammar Gaddafis forces encircled and besieged this port city, unleashing what he called the forces of Hell.

Firing thousands of tank shells, mortars and missiles into residential areas, the Libyan dictator was determined to smash the uprising in Misrata, only three hours from his underground stronghold in Tripoli, the capital.

To add to the terror, he sent thousands of troops into battle, many of them African mercenaries who had been allowed into Libya in return for their undying loyalty to the despot. Gaddafi told them: Misrata is yours. There was carnage. While local men were fighting back against Gaddafis troops, their homes were looted and their wives and children kidnapped. Rape was widespread, death everywhere.

Revenge: Rebels have destroyed the town of Tarwegha, which they
believed to be loyal to Gaddhafi

Today, a year on from the horrors endured by ordinary Libyans, Misratas buildings remain riddled with holes from bullets and tank shells. But shops and cafes are open. There are funfairs for children. And there are those families enjoying the beach.

Yet there is one stretch of sand where no soul ever ventures. This is an area of scrub and dunes just back from the sandy coves.

Called Funduq Al-Jannah - Arabic for Heaven Hotel - it is an execution ground where up to 1,000 of Gaddafis fighters were taken by the victorious rebel army, then slaughtered in cold-blooded vengeance.

Everyone in Misrata knows of the events that unfolded at this desolate spot, but no outsiders had been here until I visited this week and heard the full harrowing details of what happened at Heaven Hotel - a bitterly ironic name, as I shall explain.

The killings highlight the bitter divisions and violence in Libya as its people vote today in their first election for a 200-member national assembly that will name a prime minister, enact legislation and appoint a committee to draft a constitution.

For the truth is that, since Gaddafi fell, Libya has been run by a National Transitional Council which has overseen a descent into anarchy.

A man walks past a destroyed building in Sirte yesterday,
a day before Libyans will take to the polls

A report from Amnesty International this week warns the country is in the stranglehold of hundreds of militias acting above the law. The organisation says widespread human rights violations - arbitrary arrests, detention, torture (sometimes to death), unlawful killings and forcible displacement of families - are rife in the country.

The levels of repression are reaching those that sparked the revolution against Gaddafi in the first place, and, according to the charity, methods of torture include suspension in contorted positions and prolonged beatings with various objects, including metal bars and chains, electric cables, wooden sticks, plastic hoses, water pipes and rifle-butts.

Some detainees were subject to electric shocks, it adds. Without immediate action to stop abuses and lawlessness, there is a very real danger Libya could end up reproducing and entrenching the same patterns of violations we have seen in the past four decades.

I was told of what happened at Heaven Hotel by a group of fighters I came to know at the height of Gaddafis siege of the town last year. They drove me to the spot up a bumpy dirt road past a beach crowded with families.

Here prisoners captured by the rebels were ordered to get out of the pick-up trucks into which they had been bundled after being tortured at rebel bases.

These Gaddafi fighters were the worst of the worst, I was informed - rapists and sadistic killers. Many had been mutilated and made to drink diesel - a form of torture common in Libya - and confessed to rape before being taken to the killing ground near the sea.

Misratas rebel fighters reassured them they would not be harmed, that they were simply being taken for questioning at the hotel. It was a lie. As soon as the captives arrived, the killing started.

Id told one of these dogs that we were taking them to Funduq Al-Jannah near the beach - he was really pleased and said that was good because his aunt lived in the area, a Misratan revolutionary told me. We cut his throat first.

Destruction: A man holding a Free Libya green flag walks past
the remains of a destroyed building in Sirte

The prisoners hands were bound with plastic ties. They were ordered to lie on their side, with their heads on piles of sand. All my guides were involved, saying they had held the legs of the prisoners while their throats were cut with bayonets. Every one of them denied killing any captives themselves.

We burned some of the bodies before burying them in the sand, I was told. I dont know how many were killed - as many as 1,000.

Most died in the immediate aftermath of the end of the war last August. But sources say people were still being taken to Heaven Hotel earlier this year.

The bodies were buried in a gulley across the sand from where we stood, explained my guides. Here, bulldozer tracks criss-crossed the area. The machines had been used to make large piles of sand and rocks to cover the bodies.

In blinding white sunlight, I scraped at the one of the piles of rock and sand. I found shoes, flip-flops and empty machine-gun cartridges near the surface. The men with me said this was a mass grave.

Later, I spoke to dozens of militia fighters. All told the same story: that Gaddafi fighters suspected of rape or particularly brutal killings were slaughtered here for their crimes.

Senior military sources in the city also acknowledged the existence of Heaven Hotel. Indeed, older, wiser leaders in Misrata were horrified when they learned soon after the war that the prisoners were being killed in such a manner.

They ordered that, in future, all executions had to be carried out with a single bullet in the head - rather than by holding the victims down and cutting their throats.

After that, we always shot them, another militia fighter told me. It was quicker and cleaner - better for everyone.

Many of the victims were from Tawerga, a town 30 miles from here, where some 50,000 black Libyans once lived in happy co-existence with their neighbours in Misrata.

But since Gaddafi fell, the rebels have been targeting its black population in indiscriminate revenge attacks for the despots deployment of thousands of African mercenaries recruited from outside the country against them.

Some Tawergans undoubtedly took money to join Gaddafis forces. But vast numbers never joined in the fighting - and are being attacked simply because their skin colour   is associated with Gaddafis mercenaries.

Today, Tawerga has been ethnically cleansed of its black Libyans, and largely destroyed. Militia fighters regularly drive out there from Misrata to make sure none of the population have sneaked back in.

Signs bearing the towns name have been painted over. What remains of the shattered homes, shops and restaurants have been daubed with vile graffiti: Black dogs! No blacks.

Libyan election campaign posters hang in Misrata -
but the city is still plagued by violence and chaos

A group of freedom fighters told me how they had ransacked the town, setting fire to buildings and attacking anyone they found. These men told how they repeatedly kicked a heavily-pregnant Tawergan woman in the stomach. One said: The woman was shouting as we kicked her: I could be your mother.

I told her my mother is not a black b***h, he added.

Some 25,000 Tawergans have now been placed in refugee camps, which are, in effect, little more than prisons.

The people in these camps do not dare leave: Misrata militias scour the country for anyone from Tawerga and regularly kidnap and torture black Libyans suspected of helping Gaddafi.

And even in the camps, fortified with barbed wire and watched by armed guards, the refugees are not safe from the marauding militias.

In a series of attacks, fighters from Misrata have opened fire on camp residents, killing both men and women. The latest happened at a camp for 1,700 Tawergans in Tripoli this week, when men from Misrata in four cars attacked with guns.

So bad has the situation been that some want the Nato-backed rebels to be tried for war crimes. The tragic irony is that Britain, France and the U.S. imposed a no-fly zone and helped overthrow Gaddafi to stop him committing war crimes.

Medical charities now refuse to work in Misrata. They pulled out after accusing rebels of bringing torture victims in for treatment - only to take them back for more torture once their wounds had recovered sufficiently for their bodies to cope.

A senior member of the citys military council stressed that only rapists and the worst Gaddafi soldiers were executed at Heaven Hotel - and seemed baffled by any misgivings.

These people killed our families and raped our children, this influential figure told me. If you rape, you must die - you have no rights.

Nor, apparently, do critics of the killings. In recent days, one Libyan journalist was abducted by Misrata militias from the seafront in Tripoli, the capital, after saying these armed groups are out of control and need a stick taken to them.

Sulaiman Dougha, the countrys equivalent of David Dimbleby, was found in Misrata 72 hours after being snatched by men in balaclavas. He was tortured and sexually assaulted before being freed with a warning to leave the country - or be killed.

Not all are bent on vengeance. Mohammed Al-Koor, who runs one Misrata prison containing 700 Gaddafi supporters, had to move prisoners from cells visible from high buildings nearby, after Misrata snipers started killing inmates through the bars. In another disturbing development, these acts of revenge are now fuelling a new rebel movement among Gaddafi supporters, financed by loyalists to the dictator who have escaped into neighbouring countries with billions.

For todays election, thousands of police have been ordered on to the streets to show the world that Libya is safe. But the police are the only people in this country without guns: the militia fighters who overthrew Gaddafi with the help of British-backed Nato airstrikes say they cannot be trusted with weapons.

At the same time, fighting is raging in the south, where a brigade of Gaddafi loyalists, the Eagles of Muammar, has repeatedly tried to seize control of the airport in Sabha, a strategically vital city.

With a huge arsenal of artillery, mortars and missiles, followers of the dead dictator aim to push north towards the coast - and vow to avenge their leader, who was captured by rebels last October before being tortured and killed.

And in Sirte, where Gaddafi was found hiding in a sewage pipe, residents say they have had enough of the killing and kidnapping of suspected Gaddafi supporters - and are ready to fight back.

People still love Gaddafi, but they are scared, said one man. Militias from other places come here every night and snatch men and boys from the streets. They say they come here to find guns, but they just want to kill people.

With the country descending into a spiral of lawlessness and revenge, and with no national army to impose order, people all over this vast country are stock-piling weapons.

Zuba, an 18-year-old former rebel, showed me his personal arsenal of heat-seeking missiles, five Kalashnikovs, phosphorous grenades, ordinary green grenades and two rocket-propelled grenades.

Before leaving the country, I went back to Heaven Hotel alone early one morning to reflect on the degree of hatred that led to the slaughter there.

When I was reporting on the siege a year ago, I witnessed some of the atrocities inflicted by Gaddafis men - scenes of carnage and overwhelming grief I will never forget. This is Misratas bloody revenge.
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: 15/07/2012 @ 07:48
NATO mercenaries besiege again the city keeping their loyalty towards the Leader Muammar Al-Gaddafi

Libya Herald: Misrata Brigade threatens force if government does not act
Misrata, 10 July:   
Dixit :
The Security Battalion of Misrata, headed by Juma Belhaj, issued a statement this afternoon stating it has a duty to protect the two Misrata TV journalists, Yusuf Baadi and Abdul Qader Fusuq, seized in Bani Walid last week.   The battalion said it was under the legitimate authority of   the government and state. It would not act without the governments approval. However, this was then contradicted with the condition that if the government did not take action to secure the journalists release, the battalion would have to do so itself.
The two men, the statement read, were jounalists doing their job covering the elections, first in Mizdah, then Nismah and finally Bani Walid.
This is seen as a rebuttal of claims in Bani Walid that the two journalists were spies from Misrata sent to take pictures of the place in preparation for an attack.   Bani Walid military leaders have said that neither Baadi not Fusuq had permission to enter the town and should consequently be put in trial.
Referring to Bani Walids demand that 120 of its men held in Misrata be handed over in return for freeing the two, the statement said that an exchange was against the law and there could be no comparison between the case of two Libyans doing their legitimate work and that of prisoners of war.   It added that the latter were not in Misratas possession but in the hands of the Ministry of Justice.
A heavily armed Misratan force said to be over a thousand-strong is camped at Bir Dufan, halfway between Misrata and Bani Walid.   It is reported that others from elsewhere in Libya have been joining it.
Earlier Prime Minister Abdurrahim Al-Kib called for Bani Walid to hand over the two by Thursday.   Fighting is expected if the deadline is not met.
Meanwhile, women in Misrata plan a demonstration tomorrow afternoon in support of the two journalists.   The protest is scheduled to take place outside the Martyrs Hall in the citys main square at 5 p.m.
Libya Herald   

Libya Herald: NTC warns it will take all necessary measures to secure release of journalists held in Bani Walid
Tripoli, 11 July:   
Dixit :
NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil has called on the captors of two Misrata-based journalists held in Bani Walid to release them immediately and unconditionally or face the use of force.
In a statement earlier today, Jalil warned that the state was ready to take all necessary measures to release the two men, Yusuf Baadi and Abdul Qader Fusuq, who have been held in the town since Sunday.
The two, who worked for a local Misrtata TV station, were picked up in Bani Walid on their return from the western town of Mizdah, where they had been covering the National Congress elections.
Yesterday, the Security Battalion of Misrata, headed by Juma Belhaj, issued a statement saying it was ready to act if the government did not.
Well over a thousand members of the battalion, armed with heavy artillery, are reported to have mustered at Bir Dufan in preparation for a possible assault. Tomorrow, Thursday, has been given as the deadline for the journalists release before action is taken.
Jalil has said that he believes the crisis can be resolved peacefully, and that Bani Walid is ready to join the 17 February revolution For this, the council calls on the people of Bani Walid to release the two journalists as a sign of their commitment.
Bani Walid was a Qaddafi stronghold during the revolution and a number of former regime members and supporters took refuge in the city.
The rapidity with which this dispute has escalated hints at broader tensions that have yet to be resolved.
A number of Misratans and other Libyans have spoken of their deep anger with Bani Walid, warning that if they are attacked then they had it coming.
Meanwhile   Bani Walid has demanded that Misrata hand over 120 of its men in exchange for the two, a request Misrata has rejected as contrary to the law.
Libya Herald

Libya Herald: Midnight deadline passes for release of captured journalists in Bani Walid with no sign of movement from either side
Tripoli, 13 July:   
Dixit :
The midnight deadline for the release of two Misrata-based journalists held in Bani Walid has passed, with no sign of movement either from their captors or from government-controlled forces mobilised on the outskirts of the city.
Several hundred armoured vehicles, along with more than 150 tanks and heavy artillery, were claimed to have begun to encircle the former Qaddafi stronghold in preparation for a possible assault.
Yesterday, NTC Chairman Mustafa Jalil warned that the state was ready to take all necessary measures to secure the journalists release if their captors did not do so voluntarily.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Abdurrahim Al-Kib said Bani Walid had until Thursday to release the men.
We are still waiting, Misrata television journalist Tahrir Zaroug a personal friend of the captured men told the Libya Herald.
A delegation from the Misrata local council and the local military council travelled to Nessmah on Thursday afternoon to receive the two journalists, where they waited for seven hours.
Nessmah is situated around 40 kilometres from Bani Walid, and the local Banu Yusuf tribe retains close relations with the town.
A second delegation dispatched by the NTC is currently understood to be in Bani Walid attempting to negotiate the journalists release, following an unsuccessful visit on Monday by a group from Mizdah for same purpose.
The two men, Yusuf Baadi and Abdul Qader Fusuq, have been held in the town since Sunday, having been picked up on their return from Mizdah where they had been covering the National Congress elections for the Misrata-based Tobacts TV station.
On Thursday evening, rumours emerged that a third journalist, also from Misrata, had been captured in Bani Walid, although local sources denied this.
Both Juma Belhaj, who commands the Security Battalion of Misrata, and Salem Juha, another brigade commander, have confirmed that they will not move without government authorisation.
The standoff has threatened to reignite simmering tensions between Bani Walid and surrounding areas exacerbated during last years revolution.
The town was a pro-Qaddafi bastion during the fighting and is now home to a number of Qaddafi loyalists who fled there when the regime fell.
Even if they give up the journalists, people are insisting that Bani Walid be cleared of the gang now controlling it, Zaroug said by telephone.
Bani Walid must be investigated and cleared of those who took it over. Those who kidnapped the journalists must go to court.
Libya Herald
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: 07/08/2012 @ 15:42
BBC: Red Cross seeks safety in flight from Libyan anarchy

Red Cross building attacked in Misrata, Libya

5 August 2012 Last updated at 20:58 GMT

Unknown assailants have attacked a residential building of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Libyan port city of Misrata, the agency says.

It said grenades and rockets were among the weapons used, causing major damage.

The agency said the attack meant it was forced, "with considerable regret", to suspend its work in Misrata and the eastern city of Benghazi.

It said the attack was the fifth in the two cities in three months.

"We are appalled by this latest act and by the deliberate targeting of our staff: they have put their lives at risk to serve the Libyan people both during and after the conflict," said Ishfaq Muhamed Khan, ICRC delegation head in Libya.

Seven staff were said to be inside the building at the time of the attack, but no-one was hurt.

They have now been withdrawn to the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

A month ago Libya recently held its first national polls since the demise of former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, but regional and social tensions still regularly erupt into violence.


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: 09/08/2012 @ 09:08
NATO mercenaries kill all members pro-Qaddafi families in Libya

Libya Herald: Aziziya raid involved whole family
Tripoli, 7 August:   
Dixit :
Details are emerging about the SSCs operation against suspected pro-Qaddafi operatives last week in which three of them were killed during a raid on a farm near Aziziya.

The SSC believes that those killed originally reported as three men but now said to be two men and a woman were linked to a series of attempted terror attacks in Tripoli in recent weeks.

According to Abdurrauf Karah, commander of Suq Al-Juma SSC special forces team which was involved in the raid, the three killed in the farm shootout were a suspected Qaddafi military operative, Salah Buhmaidah, and his parents. His brother, Khaled, also said to be involved in the shootout, managed to escape. He is being sought.

The raid followed the capture last week of another Qaddafi operative, Khairi Al-Jermi. Orginally from Tarhouna and a prominent figure in the Qaddafi forces in Suq Al-Juma during the revolution, he fled to Tunisia. However, it is said that he has been entering and leaving the country in past months, trying to set up counter-revolution cells in Tarhouna, Ben Gashir and elsewhere, intent on carrying out attacks and destabilising the country. Karah said Jermi was a major fifth-column figure and claimed he had been in contact with Saadi Qaddafi in Niger.

Following a top-off from a reliable source, Jermi was caught on Saturday in Ben Gashir, near Tripoli International Airport. The SSC commander said he did not resist arrest. Karah also claimed that he was being helped by his family at the time and was trying to hide by dressing as a woman.

According to Karah, Jermi is said to have admitted to a number of plots, including involvement in the car explosion in Tripolis Rasheed street on Saturday, said to be a car bomb.

Jermi was also reported to have confessed that a man called Salah Buhmaidah was the mastermind behind the attacks and knew how to make remote controlled bombs. He had provided Buhmaidah with the detonators.

Having revealed that Buhmaidah was hiding at a farm in Al-Zahira, near Aziziya, the SSC took him with them to identify the location. Karah said that when they arrived, Buhmaidah started shooting with a machine gun. His mother was using a 9mm pistol, his father a Kalashnikov.

However, according to a statement put out on Facebook by the Suq Al-Juma team, it was the father who started shooting with his Kalashnikov when they arrived, and only after they killed him did Buhmaidah come out with the machine gun and started shooting. After he was killed they entered the house and were confronted by the mother, pistol in hand, who shot at them.   The page she managed to injure one of the men in his right side before she was shot in the leg. She fell but did not surrender and when she continued shooting, she was shot dead.

The Facebook page also says that Jermi admitted to plans to attack Tripolis Radisson Mahari hotel.

After the shootout, some eight bombs were found of the same type as the bomb in Rasheed Street, Karah said. The Facebook page says that documents were also found detailing communications with Qaddafi regime figures in Tunisia, one of whom was said to be called Mizughi, and with others in a cell in Ben Gashir.
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: 19/08/2012 @ 09:37
Ostensibly "Free" and ostensibly "the Democratic" western press makes comments on release of 140 prisoners from prisons of Misrata as the certificate of democratization and a humanization of political chaos in Libya. But we know that these prisoners are thieves and robbers condemned by a former mode for criminal offenses. Meanwhile the Misrata Military Council is compelled to clear away places for new political prisoners. We know that 101 235 pro-Qaddafi Libyans contained in prisons of Misrata. 87 562 persons have died as martyrs. The others are in expectation of a similar fate and daily are exposed to tortures and violence.      
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: 24/08/2012 @ 17:47
Post-Qathafi Libya...another fine mess, NATO

Congratulations to William Hague, Hillary Clinton and the sickening little wannabe Napoleons who rule France these days, desperately trying to claw back some international prestige after the French language has dived down the plughole into the sewer. Let us compare Gaddafi's Libya with FUKUS Libya.

Gaddafi's Libya: if you wanted to study, the Government paid for it. If you wanted to study abroad, the Government financed it. What dictator educates his people, what dictator educates his people for free? If you needed healthcare, the Government provided it, for free.

Black Libyans lived together with white Libyans, around 700 different peoples and tribes and sub-tribes cohabited the area formerly called Tripolitania, Cyrenaica and Fezzan in peace, living in the people's communes reporting their needs through the people's councils to central Government which distributed wealth and provided for their requirements. This was called the Jamahiriya system.

The Government provided a house, the Government provided a job, the Government provided a car, the Government provided a wedding present of some 50,000 USD and the Government provided for basic needs, including food.

The Government also heavily subsidised transportation and staple items, provided farmers with land and seeds and tools. The Government even injected money directly into people's bank accounts.

Gaddafi's Libya sponsored the African Union finding African solutions for African problems and questions, by Africans and for Africans, Gaddafi financed the African satellite system which provided e-learning for the African continent, Gaddafi financed the satellite system which provided tele-medicine facilities to all Africans.

Gaddafi planned many African initiatives which freed 700 million people from the yoke of debt to western institutions.

And what have the FUKUS countries given Libya and Africa in return?

A growing AQIM (Al Qaeda in Maghreb), ethnic cleansing against black Libyans, hatred among tribes and sub-tribes, a Balkanization of Libya, women's rights spiralling into nothing, women being raped, women having their breasts sliced off in the street, girls being sexually abused, boys impaled with stakes, terrorist gangs running amok in towns and villages.

Al Qaeda in control of parts of Libya - congratulations, because Gaddafi was the first international politician to put an arrest warrant out for this group. A growing number of explosions and car bomb attacks have been attributed to Al Qaeda. Gangs of thieves, murderers and psychopaths who used the "Revolution" to escape from prison are marauding around the country doing as they please. Kidnappings and theft, robbery, rape, murder and torture are now rife.

Gaddafi's humanitarian and developmental aid and projects have ceased.

And William Hague, Hillary Clinton and the sickening little Napoleons will say the Libyans are better off? Ah right, they're "free". Ha! They aren't even free to walk down the road to buy a loaf of bread. And hey presto! Africa is back in the grip of western institutions again.

Nice one, NATO, nice one... Chuckle smugly and look over your shoulders. Karma time's a-coming!
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, Pravda.Ru
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Interior Ministry offers explanation over failure to prevent Sufi shrine destruction
By George Grant.   
Tripoli, 26 August:   
Dixit :
The Interior Ministry has sought to explain its failure to prevent the destruction of Tripolis Al-Shaab shrine yesterday, saying that it did not want to risk violence by intervening.   
The shrine, one of the most important Sufi mosques in Tripoli and resting place of the holy man Sidi Al-Shaab, was attacked by Salafists yesterday morning.   
A digger then moved in to finish the demolition, overseen by personnel from the Interior Ministrys Supreme Security Committee.   
Little more than a day earlier, one of Libyas most important Sufi shrines, that of the Sidi Abdul-Salam Al-Asmar Al-Fituri in Zliten, was badly damaged following clashes that left at least three people dead.   
National Congress Speaker Mohammed Magarief announced yesterday that the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister and the Interior Minister, along with the army Chief of Staff, were to be questioned about their handling of the incidents.   
The Ministry of Interiors Undersecretary, Omar Khadrawi, explained that they could not solve this problem by resorting to force, Suleiman Zubi, a National Congress member from Benghazi, told the Libya Herald.   
He denied that the Interior Ministry had authorised the demolition of the shrine in Tripoli, but said the SSC were deployed to prevent any fighting between those carrying out the demolition and anyone who wanted to stop them.   
Today, a group of no more than 30 unarmed protesters succeeded in preventing further demolition by simply moving onto the site and preventing the digger from continuing.   
Yesterday, Reuters reported that the Interior Ministry had authorised the operation following allegations that people had been worshipping at the tomb buried beneath the shrine and practicing black magic.   
Nobody at the Interior Ministry was available for comment.   
The apparent failure of the responsible officials to prevent the destruction has drawn widespread criticism across Libya, with many younger people expressing their anger on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.   
Yesterday, a senior government minister who asked to remain anonymous told the Libya Herald that there had been calls from inside the Congress to sack both the Interior Minister and the Defence Minister.   
That decision was put on hold because the government only has at most two more weeks before its term expires, the minister said.
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Imam abducted by Salafists as Tripoli shrine demolition continues
By Hadi Fornaji.   
Tripoli, 26 August 2012:   
Dixit :

Several dozen protesters had gathered to protect the shrine   
when the Imam was abducted late this afternoon.
An Imam has been beaten and abducted by Salafists involved in the destruction of Tripolis Al-Shaab shrine, following   a series of violent confrontations with protesters seeking to protect the site this afternoon.   
The Imam, whose identity and whereabouts remains unknown, had visited the site in an attempt to reason with the Salafists and persuade them to desist in further destruction of the shrine.   
At first, we thought he was with the Salafists, said Ibrahim Shebani, one of the protesters. But then he started trying to reason with the men, explaining why what they were doing was actually un-Islamic, and referencing the Quran.   
The Imams efforts went unrewarded, however, when one of the Salafists came over to him and started throwing punches.   
The next thing was, all hell broke loose, said Sharon Lynch, an American television producer, who was also present at the protests. The protesters tried to protect the Imam, which triggered a broader conflagration. People were running down the street; it was extremely dangerous.   
One young woman who sought to defend the Imam was also arrested, together with her brother, although the two were later released. They have requested not to be publicly identified.   
I have never seen anything like this in my whole life in Libya, said Shebani, whose brother Nabil was one of the three Al-Assema TV journalists briefly detained by the Supreme Security Committee for their coverage of the events yesterday afternoon.   
I do not know who those bearded men were. We have never seen them before, but they were calling us infidels and every insult you can imagine. It was disgusting.   
Earlier in the day, the protesters, who numbered around 30-40, had briefly succeeded in halting the demolition by occupying the site of the shrine having come from a previous protest over the issue in Tripolis Algeria Square.   
Late this afternoon, however, the driver of the digger carrying out the destruction sought to resume work, triggering the heated exchange between Salafists and protesters that ultimately turned violent.   
The government presence was reported to have been almost non-existent, save for a small number of personnel from the Supreme Security Committee, who struggled to keep order.   
Abdurrahman Shater, the former secretary general of Mahmoud Jibrils National Forces Alliance and now an independent member of the National Congress, visited the site briefly this afternoon, but then left.
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