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A Libyan woman who ran into a Tripoli hotel in an attempt to tell foreign journalists her story of rape is now facing possible criminal charges herself, a government spokesman says. "I heard that the attorney-general brought her in for questioning because she is now not just the accuser, she is the accused. There is a case against her," Moussa Ibrahim, a government spokesman told journalist in Tripoli.An extremely distressed Ms al Obeidi had gone to the Tripoli hotel, where the media is based, screaming and crying that she had been raped and tortured over two days after being picked up at a checkpoint in the capital.A gun was pulled on the British Sky News team and CNN had their camera smashed as she was dragged away by security forces loyal to Gaddafi.Mr Ibrahim said that Ms al Obeidi had subsequently been asked about the alleged incident and "not come up with anything substantial"."She says four people kidnapped and raped her, one of them is the son of someone in the state. That is hardly political, the son of someone in the state is a human being," he said."Now the four guys are having a case filed against her because instead of going to a police station and filing a case against them she went to the media and exposed their names.""Now their honour is tainted, their families black-named and this in the Islamic law is a very grave offence."Earlier, Ms al Obeidi's mother told journalists she had been offered bribes to get her daughter to withdraw her allegations."Last night at three they called from Gaddafi's compound and asked me to convince my daughter Eman to change what she said," Aisha Ahmad said.Mrs Ahmad said she was told Eman al Obeidi would be freed if she changed her story and was offered "anything you and your family would ask for - money, a new home"."I told my daughter: 'Keep silent'," she said.The authorities have said that Ms al Obeidi was allowed to return home after over the weekend, but her family said she has not yet been seen.Pushed on her current whereabouts, Mr Ibrahim said: "If you ask me about this hour, I don't know if she is with her family or if she is being questioned again."
Source: Sky News
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Members of the international community are meeting in London today to discuss what the next steps should be in the UN-backed military campaign in Libya.UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he hoped the meeting of about 40 delegations would ensure "maximum political and diplomatic unity".In a statement, the UK and France urged supporters of Muammar Gaddafi to "leave him before it is too late".The countries' leaders said his regime had completely lost its legitimacy.Tuesday's conference will bring together all members of the coalition in the military operation, as well as the UN, Nato, the African Union and Arab League.It is hoped the presence of Arab countries Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates will help to strengthen the alliance behind military action.But Russia, which says the action has gone beyond the terms of the UN resolution that authorised it, said it would not attend.The conference will also examine the provision of humanitarian aid.In a letter to the representatives of more than the 40 countries, including all those who have contributed to the military operation in Libya, Gaddafi likened the airstrikes on his forces to military campaigns launched by Adolf Hitler during the Second World War.
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Energy concerns may underlie U.S. involvement in the intervention in Libya, to the exclusion of Bahrain and Yemen.Energy concerns may underlie U.S. involvement in the intervention in Libya, to the... more
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[By Nathan Gardels]
The French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy and Bernard Kouchner, founder of Doctors Without Borders and until last year President Sarkozy's foreign minister, have long been champions of "the right to protect" -- that is, the right of the international community to intervene if a sovereign is committing crimes against his own people.
It is thus no surprise that BHL (as he is known in France) was involved behind the scenes
in moving President Sarkozy to take the lead in Libya. Here is my conversation with him about the lead up to the strikes against Gaddafi's forces, the aims of the military campaign and the nature of the Libyan rebels France has recognized:
GARDELS: From your point of view, what is the purpose of the operation?
BHL: The purpose is written in the resolution. To protect civilians. To prevent the bloodbath Gaddafi is anticipating. And, beyond that, to break the military machine that Gaddafi, as you know, had turned against his own people. Protecting civilians, then, is putting the army and the power of Gaddafi out of commission.
GARDELS: Have we accomplished this?
BHL: The coalition has smashed the military airports, destroyed the heavy artillery, cut off the supply lines. But, for the time being, it has been unable to prevent him from sending his last tanks into the heart of Misurata, transforming the city's inhabitants into just so many human shields. Gaddafi has hunkered down in the cities. Imagine a Hitler whose bunker would have been all of Berlin. That is Gaddafi today.
GARDELS: Do you have any news from Misurata?
BHL: Yes. This afternoon (March 24). From one of the city's teachers, whom I reached by phone. Gaddafi's mercenaries are firing on the hospital. Killing the wounded. The city dwellers no longer leave their homes for fear of being gunned down like rabbits by snipers. Blood is flowing in Misurata.
GARDELS: What does one do when the rebels go on the offensive under cover of the no-fly zone and then are caught on some front line, locked in battle? Does the coalition have to support them?
BHL: It all depends on what you mean by "support." If it's sending troops on the ground to accomplish the Libyan revolution in the place of the Libyan people, no, that is not in the mandate voted by the United Nations, that is not what the National Council of Transition is requesting, and it is not what the president of the French Republic said to its emissaries at the Elysée. His words were quite clear and he hammered on them several times: "No one is going to come and accomplish your revolution in your place; the Libyan revolution belongs to the Libyan people and to them alone. We, the French, I can tell you we would have hated for this people or that to come and steal our 1789." On the other hand, we must arm the insurgents. Arm them and train them. I believe that is what the Egyptians are doing. And perhaps the French.
GARDELS: If France goes too far, won't you lose the legitimacy the support of the U.N. confers?
BHL: This is what I am telling you: One of the major differences between this war, inevitable, and the war in Iraq, detestable, is the mandate of the United Nations, its absolutely legal framework. It would be regrettable to stray outside of this legal framework. And I believe France will not do so.
GARDELS: What about the faltering Arab League?
BHL: I wouldn't say it has "faltered." All right, it's wavering a bit. You have a guy at the head of it, Amr Moussa, who has some political ulterior motives and who's playing both sides, it's true. But on the whole, the league is hanging on. Don't forget, it was the league that launched the first appeal to save the Libyan people from the predicted slaughter. And, at the time I'm speaking, fundamentally, it has not changed its position and thus still supports the allied operation.
GARDELS: Arabs seem at odds with the French effort to overthrow Gaddafi? Why?
BHL: What Arabs? Not Arab public opinion, at any rate. The Egyptians, for example, the intense strength of the new Egypt, support their Libyan brothers, are stirred by them and suffer with them and, contrary to what Monsieur Moussa may believe, have no problem with the presence of American, English and French planes in the skies over Libya.
GARDELS: The successful Arab revolts -- in Egypt and Tunisia -- have indelible legitimacy because they were totally indigenous. Will French intervention coupled with the Americans and British undercut the legitimacy of the Libyan revolt, playing into Gaddafi's hands on his claim that this is Western imperialism after Libyan oil?
BHL: The oil argument is an idiotic argument. Had the problem been oil, the easiest solution would have been to maintain Gaddafi's presence. One can "deal" very well with dictators.
GARDELS: If the French aim is successful and Gaddafi falls, who are the rebels the West is allying with? Secularists? Islamists? And what do they want?
BHL: Secularists. They want a unified Libya whose capital will remain Tripoli and whose government will be elected as a result of free and transparent elections. I am not saying that this will happen from one day to the next, and starting on the first day. But I have seen these men enough, I have spoken with them enough, to know that this is undeniably the dream, the goal, the principle of legitimacy. I would add that this National Council of Transition does not represent, as I have read all too often, only Cyrnaica.* All of the regions are represented there. All the tribes. Including Gaddafi's tribe or the tribes that are allied with it.
GARDELS: President Obama has argued for action in Libya because Gaddafi is killing his own people. But so are they too in Bahrain and Yemen, Western allies in "the war on terror." Isn't there a case for intervention in those places as well?
BHL: Yes, certainly. But for now, let's take down Gaddafi. You shall see that this will serve as a warning for all the other dictators. We cannot intervene everywhere. But an intervention can set a tone, serve as an example and a dissuasive factor. If Gaddafi wins, it will be the death knell of the Arab spring. If he is beaten, a fair wind of democracy will blow once again -- and even harder.
GARDELS: What are the parallels, or lack of them, to Bosnia, Kosovo and, in the French case in particular, Rwanda?
BHL: The parallels are obvious. Beginning with the hatred of the cities, the urbicide temptation, that Gaddafi shares with the Serb Radovan Karadzic or the Hutu perpetrators of genocide. The difference is that in Bosnia, or Rwanda, it was allowed to happen. Whereas in this case, intervention was decided upon very rapidly. And that is to the honor, this time, of the international community.
(*Cyrenaica is the eastern coastal region of Libya.)[By Nathan Gardels] The French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy and Bernard Kouchner,... more
Blacks have been slaughtered by anti-Gaddafi Libyans in Libya. Why hasn't Obama said anything about this? Why has Obama giving the orders to slaughter Libyans who have defended blacks and others in Libya?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4tyB1-UEPU&feature=relatedBlacks have been slaughtered by anti-Gaddafi Libyans in Libya. Why hasn't Obama... more
What are you guys talking about? You want France and the US out already? The bombings are just getting started!
LIBYA'S rebels have thanked France for its role in the Western-led military blitz against the Gaddafi regime but said "outside forces" could now leave the country, in a letter published overnight.
"In the middle of the night, your planes destroyed tanks that were set to crush Benghazi. ... The Libyan people see you as liberators. Its recognition will be eternal," wrote rebel leader Mahmoud Jibril in the letter addressed to President Nicolas Sarkozy, published by the French daily Le Figaro.
However, Mr Jibril said: "We do not want outside forces. We won't need them. We will win the first battle thanks to you. We will win the next battle through our own means."
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/rebels-thank-france-but-want-outside-forces-to-quit-libya/story-e6frfku0-1226028693457#ixzz1Hkp5cphdWhat are you guys talking about? You want France and the US out already? The bombings... more
Rally after U.S. bombing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NooYe7DVIWM&feature=channel_video_titleRally after U.S. bombing... more
The present World Economic Crisis has forced a number of governments to consider introduction of an interstate gold currency, writes a minor Russian oligarch Sterligov on his blog.
Since gold yuan coinage was announced by China, talks about the gold standard had been brought up in the Middle East. The main initiator of non-payment in dollars and euros is the Leader and Guide of the Revolution in Libya, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. He called on Arab and African world to adopt a single current - the gold dinar.
On this financial basis, Colonel Gaddafi offered to create a single African state with Arab and Black African population numbering 200 million people.
The idea of creating a single gold currency and uniting the countries of Africa into one powerful federal system has been actively supported during the last year by a number of Arabic and almost all African states. Democracy-infested South Africa and the Arab League opposed to the idea.
The US and the EU reacted very negatively to such a initiative. According to a French Zio "president" Sarkozy, "the Libyans have set on the financial security of mankind." Repeated calls by the Leader of the Libyan Revolution yields some results: Gaddafi has made more and more steps aimed at creating a United Africa.
Two false arguments have been invented to cover up the true reason for the present Zio-Christian Crusade against Libya: officially - "to defend human rights" and unofficially - an attempt to steal oil from the Libyan people. Both of these arguments do not hold up to scrutiny.
The truth is that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi decided to repeat the attempts by French General de Gaulle to abandon the use of U.S. junk paper money called "dollars" and return to gold, i.e. he attempts to attack the chief power of modern parasitic Zio Democracy - the banking system.
http://kavkaznews.com/eng/content/2011/03/22/13882.shtmlThe present World Economic Crisis has forced a number of governments to consider... more
"COLONEL Gaddafi's brigade commander son has been killed by a kamikaze Libyan air force pilot, it was claimed last night.
Khamis, 32, was said to have been blown up when the rebel airman crashed his jet into a military compound in Tripoli.
The tyrant who is in hiding in a desert bunker was devastated by the attack on his son, who ran the feared Khamis brigade of elite troops.
In sick revenge for the Allies' attacks on Sunday, Gaddafi yesterday ordered his henchmen to round up innocent women and children as human shields.
Several hundred civilians were being taken to key locations in the capital Tripoli and nearby Misrata to prevent further attacks on his compound.
One resident said: "They are taking people hostage so the resistance cannot engage them.
"They don't care who they round up but they know once the intelligence services learn there are women and children involved, then they are safe from attack."
Sources claimed Gaddafi's sixth son died at a hospital in Tripoli from burn wounds, but the regime quickly denied the reports."Read more:... more
By all accounts, Libya's air force and its air defenses have been taken out of the equation after five days of coalition bombing. That fact alone has prompted U.S. leaders to talk of scaling back American involvement, having cleared Libya's skies to allow others to bear a greater share of the burden of using air power to police events on the ground.By all accounts, Libya's air force and its air defenses have been taken out of... more
* Tensions with Britain as Gates rebukes UK government over suggestion Gaddafi could be assassinated
* French propose a new political 'committee' to oversee operations
* Germany pulls equipment out of NATO coalition over disagreement over campaign's direction
* Italians accuse French of backing NATO in exchange for oil contracts
* No-fly zone called into question after first wave of strikes 'neutralises' Libyan military machine
* U.K. ministers say war could last '30 years'
* Italy to 'take back control' of bases used by allies unless NATO leadership put in charge of the mission
* Russians tell U.S. to stop bombing in order to protect civilians - calls bombing a 'crusade'
Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign.
A German military spokesman said it was recalling two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews from the Mediterranean, after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if NATO takes over control from the U.S.
The infighting comes as a heated meeting of NATO ambassadors yesterday failed to resolve whether the 28-nation alliance should run the operation to enforce a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone, diplomats said.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1368693/Libya-war-Germans-pull-forces-NATO-Libyan-coalition-falls-apart.html#ixzz1HTKJhp7w* Tensions with Britain as Gates rebukes UK government over suggestion Gaddafi could... more
With BRIC nations -- Brazil, Russia , India, China and South Africa , calling for ceasefire in Libya, a top Pentagon official on Wednesday said that the onus for this lies with the Gaddafi forces, which needs to pull back its troops from cities and stop attacking civilians. http://www.rediff.com/news/report/onus-for-ceasefire-on-gaddafis-forces-says-us/20110324.htmWith BRIC nations -- Brazil, Russia , India, China and South Africa , calling for... more
Looks like the PNAC, or Project for A New American Century, agenda of 1997 is rolling along as planned. Just as has been outlined by other think tanks, Illuminati writers and social programmers
But a blind world reels on the defensive when they could have known what was coming all along. Notice, mind you, that the portrayal of an unstable middle east includes every “rogue” nation BUT Israel. Israel oddly enough is never “on the table” for discussion, when in fact they are the fomentors and co-creators of the entire “terrorist” threat fabrication.
If you want to know exactly what’s happening or about to transpire, keep an eye on Neocons like Bill Kristol at rabid Zionist Murdock’s Fox News, the former head of PNAC when they made their famous study, proposal and ‘Statement of Principles’ preceding the staged 9/11 events and ensuing bogus “war on terror”.
It looks like despite Obama’s “promises” to not send troops, we’re about do it anyway. Surprise. So expect a real good reason to be fabricated soon, like tales of horrific atrocities by Gaddafi, to make sure the public is behind it. A false flag or two within Libya is probably on the table right now, like the staged theatre fire massacre in Abadan, Iran during the Iran revolution.
Kristol “Announces” the Plan
Here’s Kristol’s “announcement” that “we will not leave Gaddafi in power”:
(Raw Story) The operation to create a no-fly zone in Libya has just begun, but already conservative Fox News pundit Bill Kristol is wishing the U.S. would send in ground troops “sooner rather than later.”
U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday the “Odyssey Dawn” operation launched under a UN Security Council resolution was a “limited military action,” unlike the regime change aims of the war against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
He pledged no U.S. troops would be deployed on the ground.
Fox News Chris Wallace asked Kristol Sunday if it was a mistake to limit the mission in Libya.
“Let’s talk about the mission,” Wallace began. “You heard Admiral Mullen, earlier in the show, say his orders are clear: protect the civilians, don’t overthrow Gaddafi. That’s not the point. Is that a mistake? Can we live with Gaddafi in any sort of power? He can create a lot of trouble.”
“No, we cannot leave Gaddafi in power,” Kristol agreed. “And we won’t leave Gaddafi in power.”
“The immediate military mission, Admiral Mullen correctly described but the political goal is to remove Gaddafi and ultimately military assets will serve that political goal.”
Link to main story;
http://www.pakalertpress.com/2011/03/23/the-surprising-pnac-connection-to-libya/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pakalert+%28Pak+Alert+Press%29Looks like the PNAC, or Project for A New American Century, agenda of 1997 is rolling... more
By Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis
When all you have is bombs, everything starts to look like a target. And so after years of providing Libya's dictator with the weapons he's been using against the people, all the international community -- France, Britain and the United States -- has to offer the people of Libya is more bombs, this time dropped from the sky rather than delivered in a box to Muammar Gaddafi's palace.
If the bitter lesson of Iraq and Afghanistan has taught us anything, though, it's that wars of liberation exact a deadly toll on those they purportedly liberate -- and that democracy doesn't come on the back of a Tomahawk missile.
President Barack Obama announced his latest peace-through-bombs initiative last week -- joining ongoing U.S. conflicts and proxy wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia -- by declaring he could not "stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy, and... where innocent men and women face brutality and death at the hands of their own government."
Within 24 hours of the announcement, more than 110 U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired into Libya, including the capital Tripoli, reportedly killing dozens of innocent civilians -- as missiles, even the "smart" kind, are wont to do. According to the New York Times, allied warplanes with "brutal efficiency" bombed "tanks, missile launches and civilian cars, leaving a smoldering trail of wreckage that stretched for miles."
"[M]any of the tanks seemed to have been retreating," the paper reported. That's the reality of the no-fly zone and the mission creep that started the moment it was enacted: bombing civilians and massacring retreating troops. And like any other war, it's not pretty.
While much of the media presents an unquestioning, sanitized version of the war -- cable news hosts more focused on interviewing retired generals about America's fancy killing machines than the actual, bloody facts on the ground -- the truth is that wars, even liberal-minded "humanitarian" ones, entail destroying people and places. Though cloaked in altruism that would be more believable were we dealing with monasteries, not nation-states, the war in Libya is no different. And innocents pay the price.
If protecting civilians from evil dictators were the goal, though -- as opposed to, say, safeguarding natural resources and the investments of major oil companies -- there's an easier, safer way than aerial bombardment for the U.S. and its allies to consider: Simply stop arming and propping up evil dictators. After all, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi reaped the benefits from Western nations all too eager to cozy up to and rehabilitate the image of a dictator with oil, with those denouncing him today as a murderous tyrant just a matter of weeks ago selling him the very arms his regime has been using to suppress the rebellion against it.
In 2009 alone, European governments -- including Britain and France -- sold Libya more than $470 million worth of weapons, including fighter jets, guns and bombs. And before it started calling for regime change, the Obama administration was working to provide the Libyan dictator another $77 million in weapons, on top of the $17 million it provided in 2009 and the $46 million the Bush administration provided in 2008.
Meanwhile, for dictatorial regimes in Yemen, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, U.S. support continues to this day. On Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even gave the U.S. stamp of approval to the brutal crackdown on protesters in Bahrain, saying the country's authoritarian rulers "obviously" had the "sovereign right" to invite troops from Saudi Arabia to occupy their country and carry out human rights abuses, which included attacks on injured protesters as they lay in their hospital beds.
In Yemen, which has received more than $300 million in military aid from the U.S. over the last five years, the Obama administration continues to support corrupt thug and president-for-life Ali Abdullah Saleh, who recently ordered a massacre of more than 50 of his own citizens who dared protest his rule. And this support has allowed the U.S. can carry out its own massacres under the auspices of the war on terror, with one American bombing raid last year taking out 41 Yemeni civilians, including 14 women and 21 children, according to Amnesty International.
Rather than engage in cruise missile liberalism, Obama could save lives by immediately ending support for these brutal regimes. But for U.S. administrations, both Democratic and Republican, arms sales appear to trump liberation. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute documented that Washington accounted for 54 percent of arms sales to Persian Gulf states between 2005 and 2009.
Last September, the Financial Times reported that the U.S. had struck deals to provide Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman with $123 billion worth of arms. The repressive monarchy of Saudi Arabia accounts for over half that figure, with it set to receive $67 billion worth of weapons, including 84 F-15 jets, 70 Apache gunships, 72 Black Hawk helicopters, 36 light helicopters and thousands of laser-guided smart bombs - the largest weapons deal in U.S. history.
Instead of forking over $150 million a day to the weapons industry to attack Libya or selling $67 billion in weapons to the Saudis so they can repress not just their own people, but those of Bahrain, we -- the ones being asked to forgo Social Security to help pay for empire -- should demand those who purport to represent us in Washington stop arming dictators in our name. That might drain some bucks from the merchants of death, but it would give nonviolent protesters throughout the Middle East a fighting chance to liberate themselves.
The U.S. government need not drop a single bomb in the Middle East to help liberate oppressed people. All it need do is stop selling bombs to their oppressors.By Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis When all you have is bombs, everything starts... more
The Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, has appeared at a site in Tripoli that was recently attacked by the Western coalition and told his followers: "We will be victorious in the end."
link :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12826744The Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, has appeared at a site in Tripoli that was... more
Neocons and liberal interventionists stampeded Obama into imposing a no-fly zone against Libya—despite the absence of vital U.S. interests there. Leslie H. Gelb on the hypocrisy among world leaders and how the experts abuse historical analogies. There's nothing like a foreign-policy crisis, real or imagined, to ignite the worst among world leaders and foreign-policy experts. Out pop the nuclear weapons of the trade: phony analogies and unabashed hypocrisy. The manufactured crisis in Libya is a prime case in point. No foreign states have vital interests at stake in Libya. Events in this rather odd and isolated land have little bearing on the rest of the tumultuous Mideast region. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/41090-secret-libya-psyops-caught-by-online-sleuthsNeocons and liberal interventionists stampeded Obama into imposing a no-fly zone... more
David Cameron and his ministers have become embroiled in a public dispute with Britain’s senior military officer amid growing questions about the next phase of the mission in Libya.
link :http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8396946/Libya-target-Gaddafi-war-of-words-over-next-phase.htmlDavid Cameron and his ministers have become embroiled in a public dispute with... more