Libya ruled by Qaddafi dictatorship has tentacles everywhere

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My Note –

I thought the population of Libyan nationals was listed at 6.5 million – not 4 million as Qaddafi’s son Saif claims. And, he seems pretty secure in the fact that he, his father Qaddafi, other family members and regime heads are sitting in a place protected by 2 and half million people. Maybe someone needs to evacuate those people and leave them unprotected except by their military secret police and mercenaries – then they can sort it out themselves.

– cricketdiane

Note that the above site has Christine Amanpour’s interview video clip plus the full transcript from it.

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The U.N. resolution, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, lists the names, dates and places of birth of dozens of Kadafi’s closest associates and relatives, lending some insight into who is controlling the foundering regime.

Aside from condemning the violence in Libya and referring actions of the Kadafi regime to the International Criminal Court, the resolution “decides that all Member States shall take the necessary measures to prevent the entry into or transit through their territories of individuals listed in Annex I of this resolution.”

Kadafi said Sunday that the Libyan people supported him and that the sanctions were “null and void,”  even as rebels closed in on Tripoli.

“The U.N. is not allowed to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries, unless a country is attacking another state,” Kadafi said in an interview with a Serbian news station.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2011/02/libya–6.html

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My Note –

You know, the IDEX and other arms bazaars could be contacted to bar any future entrance by the Qaddafi regime members, their representatives and illegitimate “ruling” Qaddafi family members. They only sell and allow entry to those legal representatives of governments whose goals are not to use those arms and equipment in brutality of their unarmed citizens – right?

Yeah, right. However – they don’t want the liability either. So, they could be very helpful.

Here is one other note of importance probably –

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi used Monitor Group to carry out a survey and interviews with the leaders of non-governmental organisations to provide the empirical data for his thesis at the London School of Economics.

Senior advisers at Monitor Group include Sir Richard Dearlove, who was recruited in 2005, the year after he retired as head of MI6. Sir Richard was well known to the Libyans because Colonel Gaddafi had chosen British intelligence as the go-between when he decided to surrender his country’s nuclear programme.

The company also employs Sir Mark Allen, another former MI6 agent and a senior adviser to BP. Sir Mark lobbied Jack Straw just before the Justice Secretary abandoned efforts to exclude the Lockerbie bomber from a prisoner transfer deal. (etc.)

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6835814.ece

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There is little known Libyan investment in Zimbabwe at the moment.

It only emerged last month that Libyan had invested in transport and property sectors after a man Stanely Musendo, tasked with overseeing the investment allegedly converted US$4 million to his use.

There were also reports that Gaddafi had been given commercial farms in Zimbabwe in exchange for fuel. (etc.)

http://www.thestandard.co.zw/local/26321-controversy-surrounds-gaddafis-sons-visit.html

Also in this article –

Mugabe is a long time friend of al-Saadi’s father who has been ruling the North African country for the past four decades.
There has been speculation in the past that the two leaders share business interests.
In 2002, Mugabe’s wife Grace reportedly sold a mansion in one of Harare’s plush suburbs to Gaddafi for an estimated $5 million.

http://www.thestandard.co.zw/local/26321-controversy-surrounds-gaddafis-sons-visit.html

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Human rights advocates have sounded the alarm about Libyan security forces’ assaults on migrant workers and waves of killings targeting protesters. In recent days, Libyans and foreigners inside the country have learned to distinguish army soldiers in green berets from more ruthless members of paramilitary groups with red berets.

In Sabratha, several witnesses said, the red-bereted militiamen opened fire randomly on entrances to homes in districts where there was unrest, just to keep people from joining protests.

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/02/26/1887899/foreigners-in-libya-targeted-in.html

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Another witness, Abdallah Hakim, a manager at a Benghazi state-owned textile works, said the men had been lowered into the minuscule cell through a trap door, which was then sealed and covered with earth.

”The men said they had been in the cell for about four days before we found them. It was a miracle only three men had died,” Hakim said.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/soldiers-entombed-in-airless-cell-for-defying-orders-20110226-1b99m.html

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Libyan officials say Western and Arab media have grossly exaggerated the extent of the unrest and presented a one-sided view of the security forces’ actions.

But multiple, corroborated accounts by independent sources and witnesses unconnected to one another paint a picture of security forces run amok, waging a campaign of retribution against their own people and foreign nationals (“whose nations may have inspired Libyans to revolt.” – my note – I don’t know why it has this last clause in the sentence – makes no sense.)

Human Rights Watch, a New York-based advocacy group that has dispatched a two-member team to the Tunisian border to collect witness accounts, reported Saturday that security forces stormed into the homes of some migrant workers, accusing them of being responsible for the anti-government unrest sweeping across Libya.

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/02/26/1887899/foreigners-in-libya-targeted-in.html

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Discussions on forming a transitional government are reportedly underway.

Mustafa Abdel-Jalil – who resigned as justice minister in protest against the excessive use of force against demonstrators – said a body comprising military and civilian figures would prepare for elections within three months, Libya’s privately-owned Quryna newspaper reported. (etc.)

On Saturday, one of Col Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al-Islam, insisted that normal life was continuing in three-quarters of Libya. By contrast, anti-Gaddafi forces say they control 80% of the country.

Each side’s claims are difficult to confirm but it is known that the opposition controls Benghazi, Libya’s second city, while Col Gaddafi still controls the capital Tripoli, home to two million of the country’s 6.5 million population.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12589434

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euronews-en Saturday, February 26, 2011 10:09:00 AM CET

Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi said: “Soon you will discover that what you have heard in Libya was just a big joke. A very big joke. Here in Libya we were laughing about those reports about hundreds and thousands of casualties, bombing Tripoli and Benghazi and Zawiya or whatever, about mercenaries,”

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Gaddafi’s son denies use of violence

SBS – ‎6 minutes ago‎
The son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has claimed his father has not used any force against civilians, in a television interview with ABC America. As world leaders’ condemnation of the Libyan ruler continues to grow,
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Libya International Petro & Energy Fair

Tripoli , Libya
March 07, 2011 – March 10, 2011
Phone 00971 4 2988144
Fax 00971 4 2987886
Email nafees@orangefairs.com

http://www.pennenergy.com/index/events.html

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Petro Libya International & Energy Fair

BtoB / exhibition / fair – *(etc.)

Libya, Tripoli,
From 03-07-2011 to 03-10-2011

See the program

  • Alamia Company for exhibitions and conferences (Leader)
  • La société ALAMIA, la Compagnie Internationale de l’Organisation des Foires et Conférences, organisent en collaboration avec la Coopération Nationale de Pétrole sous l’égide de la Coopération Générale des Foires, la Compagnie de l’Electricité Générale, la Société d’Investissement pour la Publicité et la Promotion et l’Institut de l’Energie Atomique, la Foire Internationale Petro-Libye et de l’Energie qui se tiendra du 7 au 10 mars 2011.

Contact : info@petroenergylibya.com

Contact Phone : +218 21 478 2397 / +218 91 373 9725 / +218 927141422

http://www.invest-in-med.eu/en/agenda/fiche-Petro+Libya+International+%26+Energy+Fair-1720.html

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‘I Love Tunisia’ campaign to boost tourism

(a news item from the sidebar of the above page)

Another site describing the Libya International Petro & Energy Fair

http://www.petroleumafrica.com/en/eventdetail.php?EventId=658

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Also of interest from the page linked below with most of the Petroleum and Energy conferences, etc. listed for this year –

GITA’s Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference

Grapevine, Texas , United States
April 10, 2011 – April 14, 2011
Phone 303 337 0513
Fax 303 337 1001
found here –

http://www.pennenergy.com/index/events.html

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5th North African Mediterranean Petroleum and Geosciences Conference & Exhibition – Libya, March 28-30, 2011

( . . . )

This conference and exhibition could not have been more perfectly timed and placed. Being held as the Oil & Gas Industry is being pressed to find solutions to the energy demand and the location of Libya provides the best possible central location were ideas and expectations of North Africa, Europe, Middle and Far East and America (North, South, East and West) can be freely and fruitfully brought to bear on the challenges ahead.

This is why Libya 2011 is an ideal meeting place for experts and senior executives from national and international companies, as well as research centers and universities, to exchange their ideas and experience.

Important information due to current situation:
Due to the current situation in Libya, EAGE is carefully monitoring the developments for the event Libya 2011, 5th North African Mediterranean Petroleum and Geosciences Conference & Exhibition which is scheduled in Tripoli for 28-30 March 2011. EAGE is in close contact with local and international parties to determine the way forward. Please review the EAGE news page regularly for the latest updates.

http://www.eage.org/events/index.php?eventid=473

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Occidental Petroleum – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jump to Oil and gas‎: Occidental is the largest producer of natural gas and second-largest The company has its only operation in North Africa in Libya. Liwa won eight out of 15 exploration spots on the EPSA-4 auction,
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occidental_Petroleum

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from bloomberg – 2005

Libya’s Second Oil Auction Lures Exxon, BP, Dozens of Producers

By Maher Chmaytelli – October 2, 2005 06:24 EDT

Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — Exxon Mobil Corp., BP Plc and Chevron Corp. are among at least 49 companies that registered to bid today for exploration rights in Libya, as the north African country steps up efforts to develop Africa’s largest crude-oil reserves.

National Oil Corp., Libya’s state-owned energy company, issued badges today for representatives of 49 companies to attend the country’s second auction since oil was discovered in 1959, at 5 p.m. local time in Tripoli. Libya will offer permits to search for oil and gas in 26 onshore and offshore plots covering about 100,000 square kilometers (38,600 square miles), nearly the size of Cuba. (etc.)

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aaTFQQSfwleI&refer=news_index

It also says –

About 60 companies bid in the first auction, offering Libya’s government 61.1 to 89.2 percent of any production and paying $133 million in signing bonuses.

Libya, a country slightly larger than Alaska, has proven crude-oil reserves of 39 billion barrels, equivalent to more than five years of U.S. consumption. Libyan Energy Secretary Fathi Ben Shatwan told Bloomberg on Sept. 19 that potential reserves may top 100 billion barrels as only 30 percent of the territory is covered by agreements with oil companies.

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Ex-radio engineer for Gaddafi regime uses newfound freedom to broadcast

Washington Post – Leila Fadel – ‎18 minutes ago‎ (02-28-11)
Radio Free Libya operates in the same building from which Moammar Gaddafi’s regime broadcast official messages. It has been on the air since Feb. 21, when rebels took control of the coastal city. (Leila Fadel) By Leila Fadel IN BENGHAZI,

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Gaddafi rejects UN sanctions

Radio New Zealand – ‎2 hours ago‎ (02-28-11)
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has dismissed new United Nation sanctions against him and says a small group of rebels protesting against his rule are surrounded and will be defeated. In a telephone interview with Serbian television, he said the UN

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From –

http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=135734

Published: 2011/02/28 07:12:37 AM

ALTHOUGH his own cause must surely now be lost, Muammar Gaddafi continues to lash out against the Libyan people. Tragically, his instructions to “fight to the death” and to “cleanse Libya house by house” are still being followed by a coterie of armed supporters.

http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=135734

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The friendship of oddball financier Nat Rothschild, 39, scion of one of Europe’s most distinguished Jewish families, with Colonel Gaddafi’s epicene son, Saif, is remarkable.

Colonel Gaddafi confiscated all Jewish property in Libya when he came to power. (etc.)

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1360082/Gaddafis-sons-friendship-oddball-banker-Nat-Rothschild-remarkable.html#ixzz1FEek6qY0

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  • FEBRUARY 28, 2011

Oil Flows as Rebels Gain

Libyan Opposition Presses Gadhafi, Establishes Government, Sets Crude Shipment

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703933404576170100553270590.html

(Secretary of State) Clinton didn’t specify which Libyan leaders Washington contacted, but said the U.S. was willing to provide relief to Libyans facing food and medical shortages.

Also from this article – along with the fact that oil is now being sent out by the anti-Qaddafi rebels – from the Eastern areas of Libya –

Foreign journalists invited to Tripoli were taken to a pro-government rally Sunday afternoon, where cars roared around central streets flying green streamers and green flags, signaling support of Col. Gadhafi. Ahead of the rally, police officers were seen handing out the streamers.

An oil tanker was expected to depart the port of Tobruk in the northeast corner of Libya sometime Sunday night carrying 700,000 barrels of oil, said Hassan Bulifa, a member of the management committee of Arabian Gulf Oil Co., Libya’s largest oil producer and the only oil company based in the country’s opposition-controlled eastern territory. (etc.)

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Kadafi loses another city to Libyan opposition

Los Angeles Times – ‎3 hours ago‎ (02-28-11)
A possible standoff shapes up as protesters with tanks and antiaircraft guns mass in Zawiya, the city just west of Tripoli that Moammar Kadafi’s forces have surrounded with armor and military checkpoints. Libyan anti-government protesters chant slogans
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Libya has mercenaries for Qaddafi (Gaddafi) that may not get paid – they are going to be pissed

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Clinton: U.S. ready to help Libyan opposition

Also warns other nations not to allow mercenaries to come to aid of Qaddafi

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/02/27/501364/main20036975.shtml

Addressing the rulers of unnamed neighboring countries, she said, “You must stop mercenaries and those going to Libya to commit violence and other criminal acts.”

The African fighters that Qaddafi is allegedly using against protesters come from several nations.

My Note –

Well, somebody needs to get on the African news sites and start telling them that there is a good chance that since Qaddafi’s assets and family assets are frozen around the world and since banks are being told not to allow access to those funds – that there is a good chance the mercenaries will not get paid.

It would be better if they find that out before going to Libya than after they’ve run around the place shooting people, because once they are there and they realize they won’t get paid – there will be a massacre of the most horrific proportions in their anger, their sense of shame and betrayal and in their desire to get even, rob, pillage and plunder to get the money they came for.

– cricketdiane

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From Christine Amanpour interview with Qaddafi son, Saif Gadhafi –

The president of the United States, President Obama, has called on your father to step down. What do you think of that?

SAIF GADHAFI, MOAMMAR GADHAFI’S SON: First of all, it’s not an American business. That’s number one. Second, do you think this is a solution? Of course not.

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AMANPOUR: Says if a person can only keep control by using force, then legitimacy is gone.

SAIF GADHAFI: Right. But what happened? We didn’t use force. Second, we still have people around us. So we are in Tripoli. In Tripoli, we have here half of the population of Libya — half. That’s more than 2 million, 2.5 million people living in the city. Do you think because of 10,000 or 5,000 people, even if you have the demands against my father or whatever, it means that the whole Libyan population is against Mr. Gadhafi?

AMANPOUR: You said you’re not using violence. But there are many reports of helicopter gunships, of people being killed, and also air force pilots defecting, jettisoning their planes rather than carry out orders to bomb citizens?

SAIF GADHAFI: Show me a single attack. Show me a single bomb. Show me a single casualty. The Libyan air force destroyed just the ammunition sites.

http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/week-transcript-saif-al-islam-saadi-gadhafi/story?id=13012239

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My Note –

I thought the population of Libyan nationals was listed at 6.5 million – not 4 million as Qaddafi’s son Saif claims. And, he seems pretty secure in the fact that he, his father Qaddafi, other family members and regime heads are sitting in a place protected by 2 and half million people. Maybe someone needs to evacuate those people and leave them unprotected except by their military secret police and mercenaries – then they can sort it out themselves.

– cricketdiane

Note that the above site has Christine Amanpour’s interview video clip plus the full transcript from it.

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The U.N. resolution, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, lists the names, dates and places of birth of dozens of Kadafi’s closest associates and relatives, lending some insight into who is controlling the foundering regime.

Aside from condemning the violence in Libya and referring actions of the Kadafi regime to the International Criminal Court, the resolution “decides that all Member States shall take the necessary measures to prevent the entry into or transit through their territories of individuals listed in Annex I of this resolution.”

Kadafi said Sunday that the Libyan people supported him and that the sanctions were “null and void,”  even as rebels closed in on Tripoli.

“The U.N. is not allowed to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries, unless a country is attacking another state,” Kadafi said in an interview with a Serbian news station.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2011/02/libya–6.html

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My Note –

You know, the IDEX and other arms bazaars could be contacted to bar any future entrance by the Qaddafi regime members, their representatives and illegitimate “ruling” Qaddafi family members. They only sell and allow entry to those legal representatives of governments whose goals are not to use those arms and equipment in brutality of their unarmed citizens – right?

Yeah, right. However – they don’t want the liability either. So, they could be very helpful.

Here is one other note of importance probably –

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi used Monitor Group to carry out a survey and interviews with the leaders of non-governmental organisations to provide the empirical data for his thesis at the London School of Economics.

Senior advisers at Monitor Group include Sir Richard Dearlove, who was recruited in 2005, the year after he retired as head of MI6. Sir Richard was well known to the Libyans because Colonel Gaddafi had chosen British intelligence as the go-between when he decided to surrender his country’s nuclear programme.

The company also employs Sir Mark Allen, another former MI6 agent and a senior adviser to BP. Sir Mark lobbied Jack Straw just before the Justice Secretary abandoned efforts to exclude the Lockerbie bomber from a prisoner transfer deal. (etc.)

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6835814.ece

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Another Qaddafi Son Arrested –

(my note – I don’t know if this post is from 2001, but it sure does shed light on the way the Qaddafi son, Saif has spoken on this lately, including in Amanpour’s interview today)

The August 23, 2001, issues of the Italian newspapers Corriere Della Sera, Libero, and Republica, reported that Qaddafi’s son Hanibal was party hopping from nightclub to nightclub near Via Venito in Rome. He was exhibiting vile and very inhuman behavior, so three Italian security guards stopped him to alleviate any threat he might pose. He threw a bottle and a fire extinguisher at them, causing them injury. As a result, they arrested him and took him to a police station in the Monte Mario area.This is not the only incident involving Qaddafi’s family that has occurred recently. Two weeks ago, Hanibal’s brother Sa’adi was forcibly removed from The Billionaire, a nightclub in Porto Cervo. Many other such incidents similar to these two have occurred in countries all over Europe. In addition, Qaddafi’s relative Ahmed Qaddafeddem has a history of trafficking in prostitution and other shameless practices in Egypt, and several European countries.

This family and Qaddafi’s thugs are constantly in the news, but not for anything positive. Instead, they are in the news either for terrorist acts, prostitution, drinking, or incidents like those above.

By now, surely every sane person in the world understands the heinous damage that Qaddafi, his thugs, and his family are doing to Libya. When will it end? When will this malignancy be cut out of the body politic of Libya so that it can never infect and threaten humanity again?

While Qaddafi’s henchmen plant bombs, murder Libyan political opponents, and commit a whole host of other crimes against humanity, we have to sit here and watch the childish, petty crimes of his sons and other relatives. Every day they flaunt their power and disregard in our faces.(etc.- I hope the writer of this will forgive me for re-posting so much of it, but right now, this is critical information to the world community and I would want all my friends to know of it in light of the current situation in Libya.)

http://www.libyanet.com/v24aug1b.htm

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My Note – (posted a little while ago on facebook)

There are hundreds of thousands of foreign national citizens that remain in Libya and hundreds of thousands have had to be rescued from there – over two million Libyan citizens are at risk living in Tripoli – billions of dollars worth of regional international investment facilities are in danger, and vast portions of the Libyan 6.5 million citizens are coordinating the demands for change and to set Qaddafi’s brutal repressive regime aside –

so, if it is not the business of the rest of the world and the rest of the Arab nations and the nations whose citizens and businesses have been there or are there – then why wouldn’t it be? Libya isn’t an island unto itself and neither did it accept doing all things it needed within its own borders nor would it expect to do that in the future.
Just a thought. (my note) America and the International Community is with the people of Libya and I hope they honor the desires of the Libyan people to have security, freedom, democratic government choices, economic opportunities and better lives.

– cricketdiane

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You’d just have to read this one – (there’s a lot more in it) –

“The incident is the latest violent allegation to involve Hannibal Gaddafi. In July last year, Swiss police arrested him and his wife, then heavily pregnant for apparently beating up their servants in a Geneva hotel. The couple were charged after staff at the President Wilson Hotel – where the Gaddafis were staying as Miss Skaf prepared to give birth in a Geneva hospital – claimed they were beaten with a belt and a clothes hanger.”

But the incident led to a long-running diplomatic stand-off, with Libya stopping oil exports to Switzerland, boycotting Swiss imports, cutting flights between the two countries and refusing visas to Swiss citizens. (after they couldn’t even be charged for it, my note).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1239304/Gaddafis-son-wifes-screams-coming-4-000-Claridges-suite-1-30am-Christmas-Day.html

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Also in this article –

Hannibal was arrested in 2005 at a Paris hotel for punching Miss Skaf, then his girlfriend, who was eight months pregnant.

He allegedly beat her after she refused to let him into a room at the Grand Hotel. Police were called when he brandished a handgun.

Mr Gaddafi then moved to another hotel where he went on the rampage, smashing furniture in a £500-a-night suite.

(etc. – and then a note about Saif and the Lockerbie bomber – )

Suave and urbane, Saif, 37, was educated at the London School of Economics and counts Prince Andrew among his friends.

Although he too has attracted controversy after being heavily involved in the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi, whom he accompanied home to a hero’s welcome in August.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1239304/Gaddafis-son-wifes-screams-coming-4-000-Claridges-suite-1-30am-Christmas-Day.html#ixzz1FCzGjeEY

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12591935

Col Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam denied that his father had any assets abroad. “We are a very modest family and everybody knows that,” he told ABC News. “They are saying we have money in Europe or Switzerland… It’s a joke.”

My Note –

Do these people not know that the entire world knows better than that and there are news articles describing their $7,000 hooker parties, homes and business interests they own? Where does he think he is – what year? (my note on facebook about the above story) 2.15 pm 02-27-11

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Uni chiefs’ salute for Mad Dog

The Sun – Virginia Wheeler – ‎3 minutes ago‎
ACADEMICS from the London School of Economics have been caught on video lavishing praise on Mad Dog Gaddafi after accepting £1.5million from his brutal regime.

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From a BBC article noted above –

Libya’s border with Tunisia is being overrun with migrants, many of them from Egypt, fleeing turmoil in Libya, aid workers say. (earlier today on CNN this was reported to be around 40,000 people with more on the way, buses, food and some water is being made available by Tunisians – but they need so much more and most people are sleeping on the ground in the cold – as also noted here in this article, my note) ( . . . )

About 100,000 people have fled anti-government unrest in Libya over the past week, the UN estimates.

The BBC’s Jim Muir at the Ras Jdir border crossing with Tunisia says the exodus of Egyptian workers from western Libya began on Wednesday, but has been intensifying daily since then.

The refugees are taken by bus to a nearby camp, but Liz Eyster of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), told the BBC that Tunisian authorities were no longer able to cope with the influx.

“They’ve been accommodating people in shelters, schools and places of their own. But we’re now aware of the fact that they’re very much stretched and they need the support of the international community.”

Monji Slim, the local representative of the Red Crescent, told AFP news agency: “It is a humanitarian crisis, our capacities to take in people are exhausted. The entire world should mobilise to help Egypt repatriate its nationals.”

Gaddafi’s sons told ABC News there were no attacks on protesters.

(etc.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12591935

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to address the media later Sunday and offer more details of Ottawa’s planned sanctions against the embattled regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi has cracked down heavily on protesters who have taken to the streets of the capital and elsewhere demanding his ouster, with death toll estimates in the hundreds.

World leaders have harshly condemned Gadhafi’s use of force against his own people, which has led the United Nations and countries such as the United States to impose sanctions on his regime.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20110227/canada-response-to-libya-110227/

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The sheer numbers of foreigners leaving Libya as Moammar Gadhafi’s regime attacks anti-government protesters has been staggering.

As of Saturday, at least 16,000 Chinese, 15,000 Turks and 1,400 Italians had been evacuated, most working in the construction and oil industries.

http://story.malaysiasun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/b8de8e630faf3631/id/43341131/ht/Germany-evacuates-132-from-Libya-in-secret-mission/

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My Note –

I was posting this and noticing that with hundreds of thousands coming from Libya with reports of the Gaddafi (Qaddafi) regime brutalizing people and killing protesters even those unarmed, and with proof that the Gaddafi forces had literally buried 42 soldiers in a small airless cell without food or water because they wouldn’t fire on the protesters as they were ordered, among other horror stories of the things they watched happen, isn’t that what has happened?

– How could it be that the Qaddafi sons and regime members in Tripoli would say to the international communities that they are not doing violence, haven’t ordered violence to be done, that none of the protesters have been killed, and that everything is the opposite of the reported and substantiated reality? They certainly seem to believe it – or is it that the Qaddafi clan look at their fellow Libyan people and the foreign nationals in Libya as “rats” and “roaches” as mentioned somewhere online?

– cricketdiane

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And, aside from the 1,200 people they shot in 1996, I think it was – who were political prisoners, there are definitely reports that go back decades of the kinds of torture and brutality as a part of the everyday operations ordered by the Qaddafi ruling family – which would horrify anyone in civil society. There was a 2008 report given to President Bush outlining some of it, but there were certainly validated reports long before that – maybe many of them. So, why would they have continued doing it that way, unless the entire Qaddafi regime of family, sons and officials had never known the difference between reality and their own perceptions of it.

(my note)

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Tales of the Gaddafi (Qaddafi) sons in Australia –

In February 2002, a visit by Saif al-Islam, regarded as a wild child, brought headlines after reports of a late-night sex romp in Port Douglas. A bodyguard allegedly pulled out a gun on a Barrier Reef dive boat.

His behaviour, and that of his 20-member entourage, was reported to then prime minister John Howard in a letter of complaint from the charter vessel company, Haba Dive. Queensland police took no action.

Several Cairns prostitutes also alleged there was a sex party with members of the entourage.A former NSW government staffer recalled yesterday that a consul to a Pacific nation had recounted how one of the Gaddafi sons in 2006 left the country without paying a $7000 bill at a high-class Sydney brothel.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/gaddafi-sons-sydney-romps-20110226-1b97b.html

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My Note –

You might want to ignore the banner art on this site – (the one linked below)

The article found here is well worth reading –

– cricketdiane

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This balancing act is likely to continue as Libyans wait to see whether Qaddafi is truly serious about reform. “We are getting more comfortable, but lots of people don’t feel confident,” says one Libyan businessman. For decades, Qaddafi confiscated businesses and homes and treated enemies with brutality. Fear still lingers in the Tripoli air, and hotel rooms and restaurant tables are said to be bugged. Moreover, Saif isn’t the only Qaddafi son with his father’s ear. Saadi, a former professional soccer player, and Mohtassem, the chief of intelligence, also vie for influence.

http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2007/03/05/businessweek-the-opening-of-libya/

Also from this 2007 article –

Even if it’s not entirely open for business, Libya seems to be worth the trouble. After all, the country has oil and gas income approaching $40 billion per year, some $60 billion in the bank, and an attractive location across the Mediterranean from Sicily. So far, the biggest action is in energy. The Oasis Group—which includes ConocoPhillips, (COP )Marathon Oil (MRO ), and Hess (HES ) paid Tripoli $1.8 billion two years ago to return to the Libyan fields that the U.S. government forced them to give up in 1986.

It’s a monumental task. Libya is behind the curve in just about everything. Moreover, the country’s economy is more dependent on oil and gas than just about any other. The industry, which employs only 3% of the workforce, accounts for over 60% of gross domestic product a higher share than in either Saudi Arabia or Kuwait. Even though Qaddafi, who has ruled since 1969, is taking the chains off the private sector, unemployment is still estimated to be as high as 35%, and the streets of Tripoli are filled with loitering young men.

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If anyone is interested in the Sierra Leone connection to Qaddafi training and support – (goes way back).

http://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/exgi_0001_0002_0/exgi_0001_0002_0_00132.html

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http://www.presstv.ir/detail/166232.html

from Iranian Press TV – out of Tehran – this story Feb. 20, 2011, about the situation in Libya from reports a week ago –

Son of Libya’s ruler Muammar Gaddafi has been seen killing pro-democracy protesters as the explosion of anger continues to rock the country, a report says. (etc.)
In a televised address on Sunday, Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam claimed that 84 protesters died in Libya, dismissing reports that more than 250 people were killed in nearly a week-long unrest.

Seif al-Islam, however, admitted there were “mistakes” by police and military forces, who were not trained to deal with crowds.

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Lavrov told Kusa that Libya must respect human rights and ensure the security of both Libyan and foreign citizens.

http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/International/2011/2/89977/

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My Note –

I want to say about this particularly, that the world has come to the point at which none of us want to put up with  people being brutalized and killed by their governments – the Chinese didn’t have any patience with the Gaddafi regime’s security forces running around shooting Chinese citizens that were in Libya to enhance the country and work there, the Russian government as a nation with its own citizens and interests in Libya had no patience with it and to be honest, if the list of nations were posted that pulled their citizens out was made here – I would need three or four pages at least just to show their efforts.

They aren’t going to sit by and watch Qaddafi and his sons continue doing atrocities  to their own people either whose only crime was to have been born Libyan or to have become a citizen of Libya at some point. And, neither are the Western nations, regardless of what may have been overlooked in the past administrations of these governments. Life is changed, and the world has changed. It isn’t an isolated dark closet anymore where any brutality can happen in some secret and never discovered dungeon or jail or royal quarters of a nation under a sadistic regime.

There is no way to understand the pathological lies of the Qaddafi leaders and family members when all the evidence from reality proves the opposite of what they are saying is the case. Is it irrational or the demented reasoning of those who have not joined this greater world and are playing by yesterday’s rules and yesterday’s hidden corners?

Or is it sheer contempt for that greater world who can no longer afford such atrocities to be meted out nor perpetrated upon vast populations for any reason? The world will have the oil beneath Libya with or without Qaddafi and his sons signing the paperwork – they don’t own it anyway. The people of Libya own those resources and will be happy to participate with this greater world whose petroleum needs they can help to satisfy because it will do their lives good and will provide greater things for their lives than not doing it would provide. That is simple enough.

Why should the citizens of Libya have to share the spoils of those oil resources with the perversions of the Qaddafi clan who’ve already proven the manner in which they will repress, brutalize, impoverish, and exclude their own population from that prosperity?

– cricketdiane

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/gaddafi-son-sparks-crisis-with-arrest-at-swiss-hotel-876809.html

The daughter

Gaddafi’s only daughter is Aisha, a lawyer who was part of the defence team of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. She has come out in defence of her brother Hannibal in his latest troubles.

The following February Mr Gaddafi was arrested in Paris after allegedly beating up a female companion who had resisted his advances, and damaging the door to her room. Later he changed rooms and was said to have begun destroying furniture before pulling a 9mm Walter PKK semi-automatic handgun on security guards at the Intercontinental Hotel. They succeeded in subduing him. Police questioned but did not detain him and he returned to Copenhagen soon afterwards.

France lodged an official complaint with the Libyan authorities and three months later he was convicted in absentia of “voluntary violence against a vulnerable person, namely his pregnant companion, which caused her total inability to work for at least eight days”. He was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and a €500 fine.

(etc.) Lists seven sons and one daughter with descriptions of them.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/gaddafi-son-sparks-crisis-with-arrest-at-swiss-hotel-876809.html

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Just a note about something I found on the Catholic news site – and in total opposition to the Qaddafi claim that Osama bin Laden is behind this or other radical religious extremists (although it may be too early to know what all the influences will end up being in the long road ahead for Libya and the region) –

The two churches in Tripoli and Benghazi have not suffered any damages. The different communities of religious sisters working in hospitals in Cyrenaica [the eastern coastal region] are busy treating those wounded in clashes.”

1.8% of the nation’s 6.7 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics. The nation has six parishes.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=9353

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The Libya crisis is showing deficiencies internationally with negotiated agreements on passports, foreign workforce rights, human rights and economics

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Watching the massive exodus of foreign nationals from Libya – the numbers are actually staggering. There are several things that I have noticed –

1. Passports of foreign nationals are not in the hands of those individuals – either the government takes them when they go there to work, or the employer has them or the local civic authorities had taken them as a matter of policy or something – and to leave the country an “exit stamp” had to be acquired. There are nations nearby who refused entry at their borders and the mess at the Tripoli airport certainly speaks for itself. But, these stories across the international members leaving Libya and after they have arrived elsewhere underscore several very basic ridiculous problems.

The international community could at least do some things to solve these problems either through DOHA or the UN or both, so that nations would be required to leave passports in the hands of the foreign nationals to which they belong – and in the event of a crisis would waive exit requirements of a stamp or exit visa or any other official interaction. Otherwise, foreign business interests with their employees and international citizens should not be there at all.

2. If that many people who are now needing to be evacuated from Libya that had come from nearly every nation in the world were all working in Libya – then what was the local population doing for work?

And, when foreign nationals come into Libya or any country to do work there and the wages they receive are much higher than the local population may get – then prices for basic living needs would be increased to accommodate the higher demand and scale of available income. But, the people native to the country, in many cases, have none of those increased financial means – they would simply have higher prices to pay and possibly be priced out of the market for housing, and other necessities.

3. The international leaders, business leaders and negotiators on a variety of issues have known all this time that these things were absolutely critical problems which would be massive in the midst of any crisis. They knew of the human rights violations happening in Libya every moment of every day for the last 41 years and put them on the human rights council at the United Nations, did business with them, gave money to the tyrant in power which they knew did not filter down to the people being kept impoverished and abused daily, and made military equipment available to a dictator known to be absolutely loopy and psychotic. They hosted his sons in the most obscene and perverse behaviors around the world, knowing that the money they were spending could not possibly belong to them, but rather to the people of Libya. And, these assaults on every principle of the United Nations, the international community, the business “missions” of these corporate players, and the nations involved including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, China, South Korea and the European Union make clear that something is very, very wrong with the ways that decisions and policies are being made and applied in the real world. Something must be done about this. It is unacceptable.

– cricketdiane

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China speeds up evacuation of its citizens from Libya

Xinhua – ‎1 hour ago‎

BEIJING, Feb. 27 (Xinhuanet) — The Chinese government is stepping up efforts to evacuate its nationals from Libya and neighboring countries.

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A glimpse into Gaddafi’s palace

Libyan leader’s palace outside Benghazi is not just luxurious, but a bunker designed to withstand a nuclear attack.

Last Modified: 27 Feb 2011 07:19 GMT

http://english.aljazeera.net/video/africa/2011/02/20112276522858202.html

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According to U.S. State Department reports obtained from the so-called Cablegate leaks, Petro-Canada paid the Libyan autocrats a $1-billion “signing bonus” straight off the bat, then invested $3.5-billion in the redevelopment of many of Libya’s existing oil fields. In exchange, the Canadians got a 12-per-cent share of oil revenues produced from their slice of the field, for 30 years. As the U.S. ambassador to Tripoli wrote in a 2008 cable, Petro-Canada “swallowed hard and signed up.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/the-business-of-doing-business-in-gadhafis-oil-kingdom/article1921542/

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UN draft sanctions names 23 Libyan officials

Ynetnews – Yitzhak Benhorin – ‎1 hour ago‎

WASHINGTON – The draft sanctions resolution on Libya presented by the United Nations includes an arms embargo, as well as travel bans and asset freezes for the country’s top 23 leaders.

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Britain will seize Gaddafi’s assets, commercial properties and a 10 million pounds mansion in London soon. This move helps in pushing Gaddafi to give up the power.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/167100.html

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Col Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam denied that his father had any assets abroad. “We are a very modest family and everybody knows that,” he told ABC News. “They are saying we have money in Europe or Switzerland . . . It’s a joke.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12591935

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We’re used to seeing the U.S. Navy pull American citizens out of warzones. Now, China’s navy is doing the same thing — sending a ship to snag its people out of Libya, as the country teeters on the brink of civil war.

China has redeployed the 4,000 ton missile frigate Xuzhou from its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden to assist in the evacuation of its nationals from Libya. It’s the “the first ever dispatch” of a Chinese navy vessel to run a “non-combatant evacuation,” China SignPost’s Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson note.

China has already evacuated some 12,000 of its 30,000 nationals in Libya, flying some to nearby Egypt and placing others on chartered passenger lines. Pressure for a swift exit has grown as the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) reported attacks against its oil facilities in Libya, though the company’s 391 employees are reportedly unharmed. (etc.)

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/02/chinese-missile-ship-races-to-libya-for-rescue-duty/

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S. Koreans evacuate Libya on charter plane

AsiaOne – ‎5 hours ago‎

The Seoul government agreed with Egypt Airlines to send another chartered flight Friday to Surte in central Libya where at least 68 South Koreans were staying, according to the ministry.

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Priest: Stranded OFWs in Libya on verge of panic

GMANews.TV – ‎29 minutes ago‎

Several Filipinos remain stranded in strife-torn Libya and may be on the verge of panic as the situation there threatens to grow worse, a parish priest based there said Saturday.

Filipinos take refuge in church as firefights rage in Libyan capital The Catholic Review

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MFA on final Singaporean leaving Libya safely

Straits Times – ‎23 minutes ago‎

SINGAPORE’S Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has issued a statement on the ongoing unrest and violence in Libya. It read: ‘We have been closely monitoring the situation in Libya. From the onset, the safety and well-being of Singaporeans have been our

Singaporeans safely evacuated from Tripoli, says MFA Channel News Asia

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Hitch in evacuating Kenyans from Libya

Capital FM – Michael Karanja – ‎19 minutes ago‎

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 – Kenyans living in Libya are still stranded in the crisis-torn country after the Kenya Airways chartered rescue plane was delayed in neighbouring Egypt due to a logistical hitch.

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Top exports to Libya include vehicles and equipment, including a major order last year for three Bombardier commercial aircraft, as well as machinery and electrical products and corn.

About 70 Canadian companies — many of them in the oil and gas sector — have operations in Libya, including Suncor, Shell, Bombardier, SNC Lavalin and Pure Technologies.

Read it on Global News: Canada will pursue sanctions against Libya: Harper

http://www.globalnews.ca/world/Harper+calls+sanctions+against+Libya+Canadians+escape/4350323/story.html

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Libyan Embassy in Tehran calls on Gaddafi to step down

Tehran Times – ‎6 minutes ago‎

TEHRAN – The Libyan Embassy in Tehran issued a statement on Friday calling on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to resign. Mohammad-Reza Dahasi of the staff of the Libyan Embassy in Tehran confirmed the report late on Friday.

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More Libyan ambassadors, envoy opting for defection

Times of Malta – ‎4 minutes ago‎

Photo: Mario Tama/AFP Libya’s ambassador to Lisbon yesterday defected, denouncing Muammar Gaddafi’s regime as “fascist, tyrannical and unjust” and calling on him to quit, according to a statement received by AFP.

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Libya: AI begins evacuation of nationals

Zee News – ‎2 minutes ago‎

Libya has been hit by a wave of anti-government protests seeking the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi, the country’s ruler for over four decades.

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India starts evacuation flights from Libya

Huffington Post – ‎2 minutes ago‎

NEW DELHI – Air India is sending two aircraft to evacuate some of the 18000 Indian citizens from violence-stricken Libya. The Press Trust of India news agency says the Libyan government has given clearance for the Boeing 747 and Airbus 330 to operate
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According to international organizations, at least 2,000 people have been killed and thousands wounded in clashes with government forces since protests against Gaddafi’s regime began on February 15.

“Additionally, the Secretary of State is suspending all existing licenses and other approvals for the export of defense articles and services to Libya,” Obama’s letter to Congress reads.

In line with the order, all property and bank accounts of Gaddafi, his government and four relatives are blocked, and a ban is introduced on all banking operations with the Libyan government.

http://finchannel.com/news_flash/World/81861_Obama_signs_order_to_impose_sanctions_against_Libyan_officials/
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Even though the council has not directly named Gaddafi in its package of proposed sanctions, an annex to it listed Libyan leader along with his children, cronies and top security and military officials as those who are widely expected to be slapped with sanctions.

In addition, the draft calls on the Libyan authorities to desist from violence immediately, and further stipulates that those responsible for crimes in the country would face prosecution by the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/167085.html

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From Time article –

For Colonel Hussein, who sits in a stark office within a darkened base equipped with anti-aircraft guns, Libya’s revolution is still very much a people’s revolution. But the military that has defected to the opposition — more than 10,000 troops from Benghazi to the Egyptian border, he says — now have an important task at hand. “We are trying to collect as many as we can from Benghazi and other towns in order to prepare a force to march on Tripoli,” he says.

Hussein is coordinating with other military officers, tribal sheikhs, and volunteers across the region, he says, to launch the final battle that many believe may be necessary to topple the 41-year-old dictatorship. Already, Hussein says 2,000 armed volunteers, soldiers and reservists have reached the capital in small groups, the last group arriving on Friday night. Soon, he says, there will be more.

And Gaddafi’s once fearsome stock of chemical weapons? “All that stuff was handed over during the Lockerbie deal,” says Hussein, referring to the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over the Scottish town and the controversial 2009 decision to repatriate a Libyan sentenced for the crime from a prison in Scotland. “He thought that by buying American support at the time, they would let him stay in power forever.”

Hussein chuckles. “He forgot about the Libyan people.”

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2055638,00.html?xid=rss-mostpopular

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UK to Libyan officials: Defect or face war crimes charges

Jerusalem Post – ‎16 minutes ago‎

By JPOST.COM STAFF London’s threats come as Libyan diplomats, including those at the UN in New York and Geneva, plea for international action against Gaddafi.

Video: Libya’s Deputy UN Amb: Gadhafi Is ‘A Mad Man’ The Associated Press Video:  Libya’s Deputy UN Amb: Gadhafi Is ‘A Mad Man’ The Associated Press

World powers struggle to find way to stop Gaddafi | Reuters

Seattle TimesBBC NewsNew York TimesAljazeera.net

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From Reuters –

Libya supplies 2 percent of the world’s oil, the bulk of it from wells and supply terminals in the east. The opposition says it controls nearly all oilfields east of Ras Lanuf.

Industry sources told Reuters that crude oil shipments from Libya, the world’s 12th-largest exporter, had all but stopped because of reduced production, a lack of staff at ports and security concerns.

Benchmark Brent oil futures were steady at around $112, after a Saudi assurance that it would replace any shortfall in Libyan output brought prices back from Thursday’s peak of nearly $120.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/26/us-libya-protests-idUSTRE71G0A620110226?pageNumber=3

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(My Note – and then yesterday the Washington Post said that Libya provides 35% of the world’s oil – that is a great disparity from 2%)

Also from the same article above –

“They just started shooting people,” Ali, a businessman who declined to give his full name, said by telephone. A female resident said her friend had seen police fire at people in another district and had told her 25 people were killed there.

AIRPORT CHAOS

At Tripoli’s international airport, thousands of desperate migrant workers besieged the main gate trying to leave the country as police used batons and whips to keep them out.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/26/us-libya-protests-idUSTRE71G0A620110226?pageNumber=3

Feb. 25 – today is the 27th

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But the Qaddafi son’s have laughed at the international coverage about the “alleged” violence and deaths of civilians at their hands. They’ve also insisted that they want resolutions “without violence” even as they have armed mercenaries and their own security officers with orders to beat down, whip, stomp, crush, shoot and kill the protesters accusing them of being backed by enemies.

It is obvious that the only real enemies of the people in Libya and the international citizens in Libya, the national resources of Libya and the international business resources in Libya – are the Qaddafi regime and the family members specifically whose orders are being carried out with no regard to the crimes against humanity they are perpetrating.

– cricketdiane

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – As Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi ordered attacks on his own people this week, thousands of arms sellers from the United States and other countries hawked their aircraft, riot gear and rifles to Middle Eastern buyers at the Persian Gulf’s preeminent arms show.

Arms deals still made amid Middle East crackdowns.

Arms Bazaar – of course.

“This year’s arms show is 30 percent larger than the previous one.”

The convention drew an array of VIPs, from Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, to top generals of Persian Gulf militaries. Few, if any, representatives were to be seen from the North African nations rocked by revolution, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. But Jordan, which has had domestic disturbances, sent a huge delegation led by King Abdullah II’s brother.

Selling arms might seem inappropriate when weapons are being used to crush civilians. But major rethinking is seen as unlikely in the United States, whose strategic priority remains to help allies protect their oil and defend themselves against Iran.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/24/AR2011022404838.html?tid=wp_featuredstories

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From –

Gaddafi forces fire on protesters in Tripoli; defiant leader urges thousands of supporters to take up arms

After seeing ambulances ferrying gunmen around the city, residents lost trust in local medical services and took the injured into their homes for treatment, said one businessman who participated in the protests.

“Everyone is very devastated,” said another resident who lives near the square and watched from her window as men in sport-utility vehicles opened fire on protesters in the street below. She said she thought that as many as 60 people had been killed and knew of three who died when pro-Gaddafi gunmen stormed a mosque and opened fire on worshipers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/25/AR2011022502731_3.html?sid=ST2011022502192

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IEA Says Saudis Boosted Oil Shipments After Libyan Shut-Ins

Bloomberg – Margot Habiby, Grant Smith – ‎2 hours ago‎

The International Energy Agency said today that increased oil supplies from Saudi Arabia are heading for the Mediterranean Sea after the conflict in Libya shut in more than half of the

Oil’s next danger zones Globe and Mail

Why Oil Stocks Still Have Legs Wall Street Journal

ReutersFinancial TimesMarketWatchBusinessWeek

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Gas prices jump 6 cents in one day

Christian Science Monitor – Laurent Belsie – ‎47 minutes ago‎

Gas prices will slow the economy’s recovery, but not stop it. If gas prices rise to $4 a gallon, it could be a different story.

Customers frustrated by rising gas prices Monitor

Gas price hikes likely to continue Omaha World-Herald

CNNMoneyNorwell MarinerKPBSLouisville Courier-Journal

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Gaddafi’s son Saif’s ties to LSE and Britain

Watch Matt Prodger’s Newsnight report on Gaddafi’s UK connections in full

On Sunday Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libya’s leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, appeared on Libyan state television telling protesters to clear the streets or face rivers of blood.

(etc.)

Then there is former business secretary Lord Mandelson, who met Saif Gaddafi a number of times – once at the Corfu villa of British financier Nat Rothschild.

The Gaddafi family controls everything in Libya and no deals are signed either for inward or outward investment without their approval

Daniel Kawczynski MP, head of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Libya

Both Mr Rothschild and his business associate Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska were invited to Saif Gaddafi’s 37th birthday party in Montenegro.

In London, Saif Gaddafi has lived a playboy lifestyle. Two years ago he moved into a £10m house complete with suede-lined indoor cinema not far from an area of north London known as Billionaire’s Row.

The Libyan Investment Authority also owns properties in the city, on Oxford Street and at Trafalgar Square.

(has photo of one of the homes in London owned by Saif Gaddafi)

 

 

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My Note –

A man with “a £10m house complete with suede-lined indoor cinema not far from an area of north London known as Billionaire’s Row” –

Col Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam denied that his father had any assets abroad. “We are a very modest family and everybody knows that,” he told ABC News. “They are saying we have money in Europe or Switzerland . . . It’s a joke.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12591935

Does that mean only half the sons and family members are living in the luxury of palaces and world mansions in different cities that are available to them when they fly there on jets paid for by Libya’s people?

– cricketdiane

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SGGP English Edition- Russia condemns Libya’s ‘unacceptable’ use of force

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SGGP English Edition- Russia condemns Libya’s ‘unacceptable’ use of force.

The foreign ministry statement said that Kusa had promised Lavrov of “absolute openness” from Tripoli. But Moscow warned that deeds now had to follow words in fulfilling Libya’s rights obligations.

“Above all, this requires an immediate halt to repression against the population and respect of its fundamental rights and freedoms,” it said. (etc.)

http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/International/2011/2/89977/

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A glimpse into Gaddafi’s palace – Africa – Al Jazeera English

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A glimpse into Gaddafi’s palace – Africa – Al Jazeera English.

With a fully equipped underground shelter designed to keep the leader safe for several months, in case of an attack involving use of unconventional weapons, the palace is more than just a luxurious castle.

The bunker in the palace has a fully serviced air filter system and is also equipped with emergency generators, fire alarm, water pumps, and a ladder fixed in what could have served as a back emergency exit to help the leader escape. (etc.)

http://english.aljazeera.net/video/africa/2011/02/20112276522858202.html

This has a video of the palace and swimming pool – worth seeing. (my note)

Libya, Gaddafi | Soldiers entombed in airless cell

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Pakush points to another site about 100 metres away. ”Yesterday [Thursday] we found 42 soldiers in an underground cell. Three of them were dead,” he said.

The men were Libyan soldiers who had refused orders to defend the military base against the popular uprising that has brought the regime of dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to its knees.

”Gaddafi’s men locked these soldiers up and covered the entrance to the cell,” said Pakush, who helped to free the men.”They had no food, no water, and it was very difficult for them to breathe.” (etc.)

via Libya, Gaddafi | Soldiers entombed in airless cell.

My Note –

The protesters are looking for more soldiers and citizens that could be in such cruel and dire circumstances by the pro-Gaddafi Security forces, police, mercenaries and supporters.

– cricketdiane

 

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Didn’t Libya have a company that was building bunkers, and was famed for building bunkers for Hussein before the first Persian Gulf – Iraq war? I do need to look that up somewhere. There are probably plans in their offices and files. It would be worth finding out.

From a New York Times investigative article about Natural Gas Wells – that use hydraulic fracturing – and the wastewater produced by it –

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From a New York Times investigative article about Natural Gas Wells – that use hydraulic fracturing – and the wastewater produced by it –

Yet sewage treatment plant operators say they are far less capable of removing radioactive contaminants than most other toxic substances. Indeed, most of these facilities cannot remove enough of the radioactive material to meet federal drinking-water standards before discharging the wastewater into rivers, sometimes just miles upstream from drinking-water intake plants.

via Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Water Hits Rivers – NYTimes.com.

So, why can’t they just reclaim these materials and sell them, including the radioactive elements which are obviously in the wastewater in a defined volume already? It isn’t like they have to go look for it.

Damn.

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Koch Brothers funding Tea Party Republican Conservatives to Declare War on Americans and America’s public resources

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another-big-win-for-koch-tea-party-funding-new-hampshire-abandons-its-rggi-po… – StumbleUpon.

Here is a picture of the man who runs America – provided the chaos in Wisconsin with union busting and authorizing the sales of 39 power plants under no-bid rules there, cut the Medicaid and Badger care programs there and stopped high-speed rail programs in several states, forced EPA program funding to be gutted and in this article – has decimated anti-pollution / green energy programs.

So who elected him to decide?

– cricketdiane

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Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, one of the national Tea Party groups created by the oil billionaires.

In the New Hampshire House, 297 of 400 seats went to the GOP, along with 19 of the 24 Senate seats, creating a majority that has not happened since 1962. With unprecedented funding from the Koch brothers, following the Supreme court decision to allow bribery, polluter-friendly “Tea Party” Republicans have been installed in state legislatures around the country, who signed pollution-friendly “climate pledges” in return for the billionaires’ funding.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2uk5TL/cleantechnica.com/2011/02/26/another-big-win-for-koch-tea-party-funding-new-hampshire-abandons-its-rggi-polluter-controls/

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Koch brothers own Georgia-Pacific and control a group of high powered conservative right wing Republican business leaders who recently met in a resort to set strategy (over 200 of them). I’ll look up the article about it.

My question is – after they’ve run things for the last thirty years which put us in this mess today, why would anyone want them to run things for the next thirty years polluting America, destroying our public resources and using our tax money to serve themselves in their lavish lifestyles at our expense?

Why do they get to choose what our state governments do?

Why do they get to destroy collective bargaining?

Why do they get to make changes to increase funding to their industries, destroy our public utilities, undermine programs to the poorest and the children, the elderly and disabled in our communities, and destroy public transit systems, EPA regulations, food safety inspection systems and just about everything that would provide jobs in America?

Who told them that was right for America?

And, how long will we have to suffer from it this time? Aren’t the last thirty years and the massive destruction of wealth in the United States over the last four years enough? Haven’t they done enough damage already?

Why would anyone in America let them or their cronies do one thing more at this point knowing what we do now?

– cricketdiane

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The people in Wisconsin better start reading that entire 144 page budget bill that is on the table right now. So much of the attention has been given to the collective bargaining being removed from state workers and teachers, but the bill has a number of other things that no one in that state would agree to – including the sale of public utilities by the governor under no-bid contracts, the massive cutting of health care programs to women and children, the massive changes to public transportation and other public resources whose infrastructure already has been invested, the changes to how those cuts are legislated or decided by taking them out of the hands of legislators and putting them into the hands of the governor as monarch.

Did the Tea Party want that?

Did the Republicans intend to create an oligarchy rather than a democracy in every state they control? Is that the point?

Are the conservatives working to sell off the public assets like utilities that we’ve already paid to build without any public comment, any discussion and without any analysis of what that will cost the public whose money is already tied up in them? Whose right is it to do that without the public’s input in America? Is that what they want so the Republican cronies and rich, ultra rich can sell them to their foreign friends and investors? Aren’t they the same people that gave us Enron?

It doesn’t matter what I say. They have everything. I have nothing. Their wealth exceeds what they could spend in an entire thousand years if they purchased every day at a million dollars a day every day the entire time, but still they are not satisfied, never satiated.

The Republicans have run this country for the last thirty years plus. Our children’s education has decreased in quality over that time, every state budget is in the red – massively despite increased revenues, the entire Wall Street debacle speaks for itself, our tax money has bailed out the entire banking system and half the insurance mega-corporations so they wouldn’t be bankrupt, our taxes have been increased in every arena, and millions of foreclosures have decimated American communities, tens of millions of jobs have been lost with the most obscene real unemployment America has ever experienced (only 58% of the employable workforce is employed – and not all of that is full-time work) –

And, on top of all that – oil prices have fluctuated wildly and are expected to be well over $5.00 a gallon anytime soon as they were in 2008. Stock values on the stock exchange changed in value from over 11,000 to less than 9,000 in less than two years – but oh, its okay now . . . whole families and businesses and corporations and communities and banks and the financial wealth of 93% of Americans was gone – absolutely gone – decimated and now lines the pockets of those same people that drove our nation into the ground.

But, these are the same people who are backing these power plays in our state legislatures and Republican governors’ offices now?

Haven’t they done enough damage?

You know the best way for America to not need programs for the poor? Is to stop making people poor. Stop making more and more Americans poor.

Stop making people sick and sicker by polluting everywhere your products are produced or used.

Stop thieving the power from the people of America to decide for themselves what is best for them.

Stop destroying the small submissions of innovations and business startups using innovations.

Stop decimating the wealth accumulated by the middle class and lower class citizens across America that they’ve worked to have.

Stop destroying the employment opportunities for American families to support themselves.

And, Stop abusing the power that you’ve acquired by money and political connections and use of our national resources that have supported your business interests to beat up the American people and destroy America’s power in the world by impoverishing our citizens and communities.

Duh.

– cricketdiane

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I’ll say it again –

You know the best way for America to not need programs for the poor? Is to stop making people poor.

Stop making more and more Americans poor, homeless, impoverished, oppressed, needy, disabled, hungry, uneducated, hurt, anguished, desperate, sick, sicker, excluded, blamed, insulted, despairing, disrespected, lost, angry, fearful, without access to legal business opportunities or employment, bankrupt, without hope, and financially decimated.

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Tyrants in silk suits with cash lined pockets serve no one except themselves and their foreign business interests over those of America – if you don’t believe it – look how the housing market and American’s equity in their homes was  decimated. How it destroyed the economy of Iceland and Ireland and nearly brought down the economy of Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Japan where those toxic financial products were bought, too.

– cricketdiane

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You just have to read this one – The business of doing business in Gadhafi’s oil kingdom – The Globe and Mail

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The business of doing business in Gadhafi’s oil kingdom – The Globe and Mail.

This sort of arrangement bore fruit for the boys from Calgary, turning Libya into one of Petro-Canada’s most important non-Canadian bases of operation. But to get it, they had to pay the Libyan government – and thus, rather directly, the Gadhafi family – a startling sum.

According to U.S. State Department reports obtained from the so-called Cablegate leaks, Petro-Canada paid the Libyan autocrats a $1-billion “signing bonus” straight off the bat, then invested $3.5-billion in the redevelopment of many of Libya’s existing oil fields. In exchange, the Canadians got a 12-per-cent share of oil revenues produced from their slice of the field, for 30 years. As the U.S. ambassador to Tripoli wrote in a 2008 cable, Petro-Canada “swallowed hard and signed up.” (etc.)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/the-business-of-doing-business-in-gadhafis-oil-kingdom/article1921542/

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My Note –

You just have to read this one – there are no words for it.

– cricketdiane

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Amazing article – The Wisconsin Lie Exposed – Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions – Rick Ungar – The Policy Page – Forbes

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The Wisconsin Lie Exposed – Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions – Rick Ungar – The Policy Page – Forbes.

If the Wisconsin governor and state legislature were to be honest, they would correctly frame this issue. They are not, in fact, asking state employees to make a larger contribution to their pension and benefits programs as that would not be possible- the employees are already paying 100% of the contributions.

How can this be possible?

Simple. The pension plan is the direct result of deferred compensation- money that employees would have been paid as cash salary but choose, instead, to have placed in the state operated pension fund where the money can be professionally invested (at a lower cost of management) for the future. (etc. – really worth reading all of it.)

http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/02/25/the-wisconsin-lie-exposed-taxpayers-actually-contribute-nothing-to-public-employee-pensions/

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Amazing. Absolutely Amazing.

I am so thoroughly amazed and stunned that somebody finally said something about this – accurately, honestly and clearly.

Yes, absolutely amazing.

– cricketdiane

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