Japan freezes assets of Libya’s Gaddafi, others
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“The enemy of yesterday is the friend of today….It was a real war, but those brothers are free men now.” Thus spoke Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi in March 2010, referring to the leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group LIFG, an armed organisation that had attempted to assassinate his father, Muammar al-Gaddafi, three times in the mid-1990’s.
This may seem surprising. A few days ago, the very same man promised Libyans a “sea of blood” if his father’s regime was toppled. Indeed, Saif al-Islam, an elegant, soft-spoken graduate of the London School of Economics, has now become a prime suspect in massive crimes against humanity.
History in the making in the Arab world
By Omar Ashour/London
*** Omar Ashour is a lecturer in Middle East politics and director of the Middle East Graduate Studies Programme at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. He is the author of The De-Radicalisation of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements.
This article is an amazing overview of what has kept Qaddafi and other brutal regimes in place at the cost of their citizens’ lives. Yes, amazing. It also states that Qaddafi’s son had tried to have him assassinated three times. This is certainly a good point to know that about him and their “family”. They are a real piece of work.
Why would the international community have ever put up with this?
The tribes against the bunker
By Pepe Escobar
Feb. 26, 2011
Libya’s is a tribal revolution. It was not, and it is not, being led by young urban intellectuals, like in Egypt, or by the working class (most of it in fact composed of foreign workers).
Even though the actors of the anti-Muammar Gaddafi uprising may be a mix of ordinary Libyans, educated and/or unemployed youth, a section of the urban middle classes and defectors from the army and the security services, what trespasses all them is the tribe. Even the Internet, in the Libyan chapter of the great 2011 Arab revolt, has not been an absolutely decisive actor.
Libya is tribal from A to Z. There are 140 tribes (qabila), 30 of them key, one of them – Warfalla – boasting 1 million people (out of a population of 6.2 million). (etc.)
This is the most amazing article that describes the tribal affiliations in Libya that have turned against Qaddafi (Gadhafi). We,, worth reading – very insightful and well-written. Amazing.
From a very good Reuters article about the situation in Libya –
“International diplomats say some 2,000 or more people have been killed. The U.N. Security Council draft, drawn up by Britain and France, said the attacks on civilians in Libya may amount to crimes against humanity.”
World powers struggle to find way to stop Gaddafi – Reuters
Breaking News from CNN just now –
Eight Yemeni lawmakers resign; two tell CNN they’re protesting recent violence against anti-government demonstrators.
and the story below which says that Misurata is now taken from the Qaddafi regime by government opposition groups.