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د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : ارحل ايها العقيد

سليم الرقعي : نحو ليبيا ديموقراطية وطنية .. لا علمانية ولا دينية!؟

المحمودي : وإنا على فراقك يا أبا رافع لمحزونون

فتحي بن خليفة : هل دماء الأمازيغ تُراق لتكون العربية فقط، هي لغة ليبيا؟

هشام بن غلبون : صور المظاهرة الحاشدة أمام مقر رئيس الوزراء ـ لندن ـ 29 مارس 2011

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : استقلال ليبيا مرّتان على يد الأمم المتحدة

Thursday, 31 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency has inserted clandestine operatives into Libya to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and make contacts with rebels battling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces, according to American officials. While President Obama has insisted that no American ground troops join in the Libyan campaign, small groups of C.I.A. operatives have been working in Libya for several weeks and are part of a shadow force of Westerners that the Obama administration hopes can help set back Colonel Qaddafi’s military, the officials said. The C.I.A. presence comprises an unknown number of American officers who had worked at the spy agency’s station in Tripoli and those who arrived more recently. [New York Times] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa is in Britain and "no longer willing" to work for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, the Foreign Office says. He flew into an airport near the capital earlier on Wednesday. He has subsequently spent hours talking to British officials. His apparent defection comes as rebels in Libya are retreating from former strongholds along the eastern coast as Colonel Gaddafi's forces advance. The rebels have now lost the key oil port of Ras Lanuf and the nearby town of Bin Jawad, and are also in full retreat from Brega. [BBC] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: A University of Pittsburgh graduate whose doctoral dissertation focused on U.S.-Libyan relations in the wake of Moammar Gadhafi's 1969 takeover is considered a top candidate the lead the North African nation should the rebel group the former student helps lead succeeds in toppling Gadhafi or driving him into exile. Mahmoud Jibril "is educated, multilingual, accepted and respected by everyone," said Hana El Gallal, a spokesman for the Interim Transitional National Council of The Libyan Republic, which claims to speak for the rebels. Gallal spoke with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for a story Wednesday on Jibril, who is one of three elected leaders of the National Council. Jibril met Tuesday in London with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in London, who said a political rather than military solution could still be had in Libya, and that such a scenario would include Gadhafi leaving that country. [Times on Line] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: The list of countries where Moammar Gadhafi might spend a comfortable life in exile is a lot shorter today than it would have been in years past because of global monetary sanctions and possible trial at the International Criminal Court. Uganda's deposed dictator, Idi Amin, found refuge first in Libya and eventually in Saudi Arabia in 1980, living in his own villa with female companionship, food and drink. That kind of good life may not be likely for Gadhafi. In a twist of fate, Uganda said Wednesday it would accept Libya's leader, the first country to publicly volunteer to give him a home. [NPR] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: (Benghazi) - At least 370 Libyans have been reported missing in the eastern part of the country since mid-February 2011, some of them known or suspected to be in Libyan government custody, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch documented 72 cases in the east of people who are missing or were apparently disappeared by government forces. The Libyan Red Crescent Society in Benghazi has recorded 370 missing person cases from Benghazi and Baida. Most of those reported missing to Human Rights Watch are men who apparently fought with rebels against the government, Human Rights Watch said. [HRW] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: Libya has chosen a former Roman Catholic priest who served as Nicaragua's first foreign minister after the Sandinista revolution to represent Moammar Gadhafi's regime at the United Nations, the Nicaraguan government said Wednesday. The Nicaraguan government posted on its official website a Spanish version of a letter from Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asking that Miguel D'Escoto Brockman represent the Gadhafi regime's interests before the world body. Koussa later resigned his post after flying from Tunisia to London on Wednesday, according to the British government. D'Escoto was U.N. General Assembly president from 2008-2009 and a former Roman Catholic priest who later served as a foreign minister in Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government. [Helena IR] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: Chinese President Hu Jintao has warned that coalition airstrikes on Libya could violate the spirit of the UN resolution on the North African country if civilians are killed in the process. Speaking at a press conference with visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy Wednesday, Hu also said violence would not resolve the armed political stand-off in Libya. Rebels in eastern Libya are fighting to end Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's 41-year hold on power. Sarkozy is a strong backer of the coalition operation against Gadhafi that aims to destroy the Libyan leader's air and land defenses, and prevent him from attacking his own people. [VOA News] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh battlefield setbacks by rebels seeking to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are hardening a U.S. view that the poorly equipped opposition is probably incapable of prevailing without decisive Western intervention — either an all-out U.S.-led military assault on regime forces or a decision to arm the rebels. Gadhafi is reaching deeper into his military ranks to send reinforcements onto the battlefield, has adopted new, unconventional tactics to counter the effects of coalition airstrikes, and apparently is convinced he can retain power by gradually retaking a degree of control of eastern Libya, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence on the condition and capabilities of regime and rebel forces. [CBS News] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: RABAT — A post-Gaddafi Libya would likely seek to diversify its economy and encourage the private sector, the World Bank's regional director said on Wednesday. "I would have thought going forward, depending on what the authorities would be looking at, is to build up a modern, private-sector friendly environment that allows it to diversify from its petrol-rich dependency to something that's more sustainable," Simon Gray, who oversees the Maghreb region, told Reuters when asked how he thought Libya's economy might change in the event Muammar Gaddafi left power. The West has launched an air war on Gaddafi's forces to support rebels who now control part of Libya. Western leaders say they want Gaddafi to leave office. [MSNBC] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: Tobruk, Libya (CNN) -- Like everyone else, Aisha Ahmad watched the riveting drama unfold in a Tripoli hotel as a desperate woman burst into a dining room filled with journalists, sobbing, screaming, wanting the world to know she had been raped by 15 of Moammar Gadhafi's militia men. The arresting images of how swiftly the woman, Eman al-Obeidy, 29, and the journalists were stifled stirred viewers around the world. But perhaps none more so than Ahmad. This was her daughter. And she was enraged. Just weeks before, Ahmad might have wept in silence. But now, with war engulfing Libya and its future hanging in the balance, Ahmad feared Gadhafi no more. [CNN] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: Libyan rebels are preparing to launch a television channel, broadcasting from Qatar. The channel, named simply Libya and calling itself "the new channel for all Free Libyans" had been scheduled to start transmissions this evening, according to local media reports, though it is unclear whether that deadline will be met. There was frenzied activity this evening at the Doha compound here the channel is based. Qatari police prevented journalists approaching the offices where technical staff appeared to be working. A spokesman for Libya's Interim National Council, the hastily formed western-backed rebel leadership body, said that the timing was ideal. [Guardian] More
Thursday, 31 March, 2011: Four days ago there were scenes of elation on the streets of Ajdabiya after it was taken by Libya's rebel forces. Now, as ragtag opposition fighters are pushed into a retreat by the more disciplined government army, just one town lies between the city and the front line. Families are having to decide whether to hold their ground or move to relative safety further east, amid fresh fears about whether Colonel Gaddafi's troops will come back. As Sky's Andrew Wilson reports, many people have already fled. [Sky News] More
صلاح عبدالعزيز : ليبيا .. إنتفاضة فوق العادة

د. فتحي الفاضلي : الصادق الشويهدي .. وانهيار مملكة الشيطان

إبراهيم قويدر : الطريق الصعب

د. أمين الهوني : لا نريدها صرخةً فى وادٍ مهجور

NFSL : Memorandum to the London Summit     الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : مذكرة الأمين العام إلى إجتماع لندن

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: President Barack Obama says the United States is at the center of efforts to build a better future for the Libyan people, but is not acting alone. The president spoke one day after laying out his policy on Libya. President Obama said Tuesday American leadership is helping an international coalition to save innocent lives in Libya. "We are making it clear that the United States of America and the world stand with those who seek to determine their own destiny, free from fear, and free to dream of a day when they, too, can live in justice and dignity. I think that is the essence of American leadership. That is what it means to lead," he said. [VOA News] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: WASHINGTON, March 29, 2011 – The international community must work toward three goals in Libya, America’s senior diplomat said today: delivering humanitarian assistance, pressuring and isolating Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, and supporting Libyans’ efforts for political change. Speaking at the International Conference on Libya in London, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United States has been proud to stand with its NATO, Arab and European partners in protecting Libya’s people. “We have prevented a potential massacre, established a no-fly zone, stopped an advancing army, added more partners to this coalition, and transferred command of the military effort to NATO,” she said. Today’s conference in London marks a turning point, Clinton said. While military actions will continue under NATO command, she explained, international attention must focus on humanitarian assistance and political transition in Libya. [Defence] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: Speaking at the dedication of a new building for the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, named for the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, former President Clinton praised President Obama’s efforts in Libya. “He would be very proud that Barack Obama became president of the United States, and very proud, Mr. President, of what you're doing in Libya with the international community," Bill Clinton said. "He would be very proud of you for wanting to share the responsibilities and the credit.” The building is named after Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, who died tragically in a plane crash near Dubrovnik, Croatia, on April 3, 1996. President Obama said he did not know or work with Brown personally but drew on lessons of his life as an example of American leadership, which he related back to the situation in Libya. [ABC News] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: London - Members of the Libyan opposition's Interim National Council appeared today at the London meeting on the international action in Libya and called for broader political support. “We have been fighting with machine guns” against a superior army, said media chief Mahmoud Shammam, "but we are asking for political support more than we are asking for arms.” In sharp contrast to what Muammar Qaddafi has called drug addicts and Al Qaeda members, he described the rebel movement as being made up of "well-educated" young people. What's more, said Shammam, a Libyan exile and native of Benghazi, where the rebel government is based, rebels want to implement secular and democratic reforms. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Foreign Minister William Hague met opposition leader Mahmoud Jabril outside of the talks here. Ms. Clinton said that Mr. Jabril’s views on politics and civil society, including a secular vision of government, are “exactly in line with what [the opposition] has said are their goals.” [Christian Science Monitor] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: Benghazi, Libya - President Obama may have equivocated last night – saying the international bombing campaign against Muammar Qaddafi’s forces is not about forcing regime change while insisting that Mr. Qaddafi must “step down from power.” But in Libya’s rebel capital there’s little doubt about his intent. UN Security Council Resolution 1973 authorizes “all necessary measures … to protect civilians” and here in Benghazi, the rebel government and ordinary civilians say there can be no true protection as long as Qaddafi remains in power. “If you go to Tobruk, Marj, Benghazi, Zawiya, anywhere in Libya, you’ll find a family that has lost someone to this man,” says Abdel Kader Kadura, a law professor at Benghazi’s Garyounis University. “For us, for Libya, there is one killer. Qaddafi. It doesn’t stop until he goes.” [Christian Science Monitor] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: Romania has agreed to allow the U.S. military aircraft in its territory for refueling in the wake of ongoing Libya mission. Romania's Presidential Administration said that Supreme Council for National Defense (CSAT) has accepted Washington’s request to open its aerodromes on the basis of the Strategic Partnership between them. Romania already has four American military bases in southeastern Romania. The U.S. particularly uses Mihail Kogalniceanu air base to transport equipment and troops for its operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The council’s decision came exactly a week after it allowed sending more than 200 Navy soldiers in a frigate to help enforce the ban against Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. [All Headline News] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: Thanks to the bombing campaign now being led by NATO, the Libyan opposition has taken back the territory it had lost to forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in recent weeks. While the rebels are still a long way from capturing Tripoli, the Libyan capital — or taking control of the entire country — many Western observers believe that Gadhafi's eventual defeat is the most likely outcome. That still leaves open the question of how the rebels, who are an inchoate group, might govern if they succeed in taking power. It's also not clear what role the international community might play in the aftermath. "The U.S. has made up a number of contingency plans, but none really looking ahead at how we can keep the country from falling apart," says Dirk Vandewalle, a Libya expert at Dartmouth College. [NPR] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: The U.S. will send its special envoy for Libya to Benghazi within the next week for talks with rebel opposition leaders, an administration official said. The announcement came as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Libyan opposition leader Mahmoud Jebril before a London conference today to discuss political and military progress in Libya. The meeting, attended by more than 30 foreign ministers, comes as the U.S.-led coalition hands over command of military operations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron proposed creation of a steering group to work on all aspects of Libya’s political transition in remarks before the gathered ministers. [Bloomberg] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: Kampala/Addis Ababa - The gulf between Africa and the West on how to tackle the Libya crisis widened yesterday with African Union representatives boycotting a scheduled summit in London on the subject. Mr Jean Ping, the AU chairman, was scheduled to lead the six-member high-level Ad hoc delegation, comprising five foreign ministers, but they made no show in the British capital where some speakers stressed regime change in Tripoli. Rift? The Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Sam Kutesa, one of the six AU emissaries, explained that their invites arrived late and there appeared to be differences of opinion among various stakeholders. “Our (AU) agenda is to have an immediate ceasefire which is monitorable (sic); undertaking initiatives for dialogue; having an interim, inclusive arrangement, creating a corridor for humanitarian assistance and embarking on reforms that would allow constitutional changes and proper elections,” he said. [Monitor] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: KHARTOUM — People in Darfur watching how quickly a no-fly zone was imposed on Libya by the United States and its allies said they felt betrayed because U.S. President Barack Obama had broken his promise to protect them in the same way from government attacks. The government in Khartoum is still defying a U.N. Security Council resolution by bombing rebels in Darfur. While Darfur was a foreign policy priority for Obama during his election campaign, the festering conflict has fallen into oblivion since his election. Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes in Darfur, where the United Nations estimates at least 300,000 people have died in a humanitarian crisis sparked by a brutal counter-insurgency campaign that began in 2003. [MSNBC] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: Representatives of the Libyan opposition today set out their vision for a democratic country after dictator Muammar Gaddafi has been removed from power. A delegation from the transitional Interim National Council (INC) was in London for today's international conference, led by special envoy Mahmoud Jabril, who met Prime Minister David Cameron for talks in 10 Downing Street. In a statement entitled "A Vision of a Democratic Libya", the INC said it was committed - following the defeat of the "illegal" Gaddafi regime - to a "civil society that recognises intellectual and political pluralism and allows for the peaceful transition of power through legal institutions and ballot boxes; in accordance with a national constitution crafted by the people and endorsed in a referendum". Every adult citizen would have the right to vote in "free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections as well as the right to run for office", it said. It said the state would "respect the sanctity of religious doctrine and condemn intolerance, extremism and violence" and "denounce violence, terrorism, intolerance and cultural isolation". [Independent] More
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011: PITTSBURGH — A Libyan man who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh has returned to his homeland to set up a website to help rebels communicate in their efforts to topple the government headed by Moammar Gadhafi. "I just want to pitch in and help. God is on our side," Abdulrahman Salem told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Middle East correspondent in Benghazi earlier this month. Salem works as a software developer for Google in Pittsburgh, having graduated from Pitt in 2007 with an information science degree, and left for Libya three weeks ago, the newspaper reported in Tuesday's editions. Massaud Salem came to Pittsburgh in 1977 and is supporting his son's efforts and the rebels from his family's business, Salem's Market & Grill, which has become a haven for Pittsburgh's tiny Libyan population. [The Republic] More
سالم بن عمّار : لمن يشك في كفر الإرهابي القذافي

المؤتمر الليبي للأمازيغية نداء لتوحيد صفوف الشعب الليبي

عبدالنبي أبوسيف ياسين : حذارى من "اردوغان"!

مصطفى الرعيض : العمل الوطني والشعور بالمسؤولية

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : أفق يضج باقواس النصر

د. فتحي العكاري : النخبة الوطنية وبناء مستقبل ليبيا الحديثة

سليم الرقعي : العلمانية ستكون مرفوضة في ليبيا!؟

صلاح الحداد : مع الرجل الذي أنقذ ليبيا

Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: The Libyan government claims an alleged Libyan gang rape victim who took her case to the international media in Tripoli is safe and secure. But a rights group says Libyan authorities have a history of abusing rape victims and shouldn't be given the benefit of the doubt. Iman Obeidi has been missing since Saturday, when she was forcibly bundled into a car and driven off by Libyan security officials after she alleged to reporters that members of Moammar Kadafi's notorious militias gang raped and imprisoned her for two days. Human Rights Watch, a New York-based advocacy group that has been trying unsuccessfully to gain access to Libya, demanded that her family and international media be allowed to independently verify the official claim that she is free and safe. [Los Angeles Times] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: One week after an international military coalition intervened in Libya, the cost to U.S. taxpayers has reached at least $600 million, according figures provided by the Pentagon. U.S. ships and submarines in the Mediterranean have unleashed at least 191 Tomahawk cruise missiles from their arsenals to the tune of $268.8 million, the Pentagon said. U.S. warplanes have dropped 455 precision guided bombs, costing tens of thousands of dollars each. A downed Air Force F-15E fighter jet will cost more than $60 million to replace. And operation of the war craft, guzzling ever-expensive fuel to maintain their positions off the Libyan coast and in the skies above, could reach millions of dollars a week, experts say. [ABC News] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: President Barack Obama goes before the American people late Monday (at 23:30 UTC) to explain his decisions, and objectives that the U.S., its international partners and NATO have in Libya. Our correspondent reports on what the nation and the world are likely to hear from the president. NATO is already formally in charge of enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya, and carrying out the United Nations-mandated humanitarian mission of protecting Libyan civilians from forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. After a key meeting of U.S. and international partners, including the Arab League, in London, NATO will also assume full control of command and control of Libya operations. [VOA News] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: Turkey is positioning itself as a mediator in the ongoing conflict in Libya. With fighting continuing to escalate in Libya, Turkey is intensifying its efforts to find a political solution to the conflict. It is one of the few countries that still has both its embassy open in the Libyan capital Tripoli and a consul functioning in Benghazi - the center of the rebel opposition. Senior Turkish diplomat Selim Yenel said a political solution is crucial for Libya. "Turkey is now talking to both sides, and we believe one of the few countries that can to talk to both sides. In the end it's the only way out, otherwise more and more military actions will push people into a corner and you have to show a way out. And we believe a diplomatic solution is a way out. " [VOA News] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: NATO's political mission "should swiftly identify and nurture a national opposition and plot the path for a post-conflict transition to democracy, probably under UN auspices", or so advises the Financial Times in its lead editorial, "Plotting the Way Forward". Both the title and the advice are borrowed from a past era: the post-Afghanistan invasion strategy that plotted the nurturing, financing, and supporting of Hamid Karzai's - the former US corporate oil executive - bid for the presidency. Or another throwback: pre- and post-invasion of Iraq, when London and Washington plotted their invasion as they prepared the Iraq National Congress to hopefully replace Saddam's regime. Except that this FT editorial comes a decade later and proposes the same plan as the way forward in Libya! Where NATO powers are exploiting their military role to define, or at least influence, the post-Gaddafi alternative. [Aljazeera] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: British Tornado jets have flown "deep into the desert" to strike at ammunition bunkers in Libya, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. In a Commons statement on 28 March 2011 on last week's EU summit, Mr Cameron told MPs that the RAF had flown more than 120 sorties since military action began, praising the "extremely skilful and courageous" work of British pilots. Mr Cameron, who will host an international conference on Libya tomorrow, said it was vital to have "political and diplomatic unity" to put pressure on Muammar Gaddafi. The PM said: "The no-fly zone is now fully operational and effective. When it has been challenged, Gaddafi's planes have been shot down. [BBC] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: Colonel Gaddafi's regime staged a show of force in Misurata last night to support claims it had retaken the only opposition stronghold in western Libya, despite reports British jets bombed tanks and armoured vehicles in the area. Soldiers from the feared 32nd Brigade of the Libyan army, known as the Khamis brigade for its loyalty to Col Gaddafi's son Khamis, had deployed to fixed positions around burnt-out buildings and pockmarked shopping centres. Facing the best equipped and trained unit in the Libyan army, local fighters have proved resilient but are in retreat. The Ministry of Defence confirmed RAF Tornado aircraft had destroyed two main battle tanks and two armoured vehicles in the Misurata area on Monday. [Telegraph] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia's official news agency says Libya's Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa has arrived in Tunisia for a "private visit." TAP news agency says Koussa crossed into the country Monday through Ras Jedir border crossing. It quotes Tunisia's foreign ministry as saying that Koussa came on a "private visit." It did not elaborate. TAP says Koussa is not on a list of Libyan official banned from international travel following the U.N. sanctions imposed on Libya, following Moammar Gadhafi's crackdown on protesters. [Canadian Press] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: ROME: Libya will soon be "liberated" from Moamer Kadhafi, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Monday, adding that the strongman could give up power under an African Union proposal. "I think that Libya will be liberated quickly and that the situation will be resolved in short notice," Frattini said on La7 television. "In the UN resolution no violent collapse of the regime" is foreseen, but there is "an implicit pre-condition, unwritten, that I read as: Kadhafi must go," he said. "I think the African Union has the possibility of coming up with a useful proposition that will push Kadhafi to give up power," he said. [Economic Times] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: The leader of al-Qaida's North Africa branch has urged Libyan rebels not to trust America and the U.S. role in the international coalition bombing Moammar Gadhafi's forces. Abdelmalek Droukdel of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb claims the same America now attacking Gadhafi turned a "blind eye" in the past on his crimes against Libyans. Droukdel, also known as Abu Musab Abdul-Wadud, says America got Gadhafi to give up weapons of mass destruction and Libyan oil so he could stay in power. The statement was posted Monday on a militant website. It says "winds of liberation have started blowing in Libya" and urges Tunisians, Egyptians and Algerians to help their Libyan brethren fight Gadhafi. [Las Vegas Sun] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: Here is the text of President Barack Obama’s address on Libya released by the White House: The President’s Address to the Nation on Libya – As Prepared for Delivery . National Defense University . Washington, D.C. . March 28, 2011 . As Prepared for Delivery— . Good evening. Tonight, I’d like to update the American people on the international effort that we have led in Libya – what we have done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us. I want to begin by paying tribute to our men and women in uniform who, once again, have acted with courage, professionalism and patriotism. They have moved with incredible speed and strength. Because of them and our dedicated diplomats, a coalition has been forged and countless lives have been saved. Meanwhile, as we speak, our troops are supporting our ally Japan, leaving Iraq to its people, stopping the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan, and going after al Qaeda around the globe. As Commander-in-Chief, I am grateful to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families, as are all Americans. [Wall Street Journal] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: Amnesty International says dozens of people in Libya, including dissidents and opposition figures, have disappeared and are likely detained by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The London-based rights group lists more than 30 cases in which individuals including political activists and those suspected of supporting rebel fighters have disappeared since February. The cases were based on testimonies from relatives and others related to those reported missing. The group said Monday that Gadhafi's supporters appear to have a systematic policy to detain anyone suspected of opposition to the dictator's rule. It says some of the dissidents are held incommunicado and transfered to Gadhafi's stronghold in western Libya. [Taiwan News] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — He arrived in a suit, without an entourage. One day after US missiles began striking Moammar Khadafy’s forces, the balding, US-educated professor met Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts at a hotel in Cairo to outline his vision for Libya’s future. Mahmoud Jibril, a reform-minded former Libyan official and the face of the rebel movement to the West, has played a key role in persuading the United States and its allies to offer a lifeline to Libya’s rebellion. “He makes a case that people want to hear,’’ said an aide to Kerry who was not authorized to be quoted by name. “He seems to represent the kind of moderation that people want to see in a new Libyan government.’’ Those who have met him — including Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France — have emerged from their meetings more confident that Libya’s fledgling opposition is steered by democratic and Western-leaning visionaries, not Islamic extremists. [Boston] More
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011: BENGHAZI: As Libya’s rebel fighters push west, retaking towns they lost to government forces a week earlier, opposition representatives in Benghazi are trying to form a government-in-waiting. The task is a difficult and delicate one, being handled by a group of Libyan elites, many of whom have returned from exile. They face obstacles ranging from poor communications to the sensitivities of Libyans at home and abroad. At present, the official voice of Libya’s opposition rests with the so-called Provisional Transitional National Council (PTNC), a group of 31 members representing the country’s major cities and towns. The names of only 13 have been publicly revealed. The council says it remains too dangerous to identify members in areas still controlled by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. [The Peninsula Qatar] More
LLHR: Qaddhafi’s use of Mass Rape, Torture and Abduction

المحمودي : حق طرابلس على أخواتها (2)

علي يوسف زيو : انتصار عشاق الحريه فى ليبيا

إتحاد العمل النسائي الليبي في المهجر : نداء من أجل إيمان العبيدي وكل شريفات ليبيا

رجب محمود دربي : ربما كان هذا البلد هبة أعتى الحرائق ، يا جرذ

Monday, 28 March, 2011: Air raids targeting the Libyan city of Sirte tonight aided rebels advancing towards the city, a regime stronghold, while it was confirmed that NATO will now be assuming the entire mission in the war-torn country, including all air strikes and the civilian protection mission. Taking Moammar Gadhafi's hometown Sirte, which lies halfway between the rebel-held east and the government-controlled west, would be a major coup for the rebels who are quickly advancing toward the capitol city of Tripoli. Entrances to Sirte have been mined, according to The Associated Press. Earlier today, rebels regained two key oil complexes along Libya's coastal highway. Their westward march towards Sirte mirrors their earlier advancement towards the capitol, but this week they had powerful air forces bombarding Gadhafi's military and clearing a path. [ABC] More
Monday, 28 March, 2011: The Obama administration is defending its decision to intervene militarily in Libya, despite admitting that no vital U.S. interests are at stake in the country. One day before President Barack Obama is to speak to the nation on U.S. efforts in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was asked if turmoil and bloodshed in Libya posed a threat to the United States. "No, no. It was not a vital national interest of the United States. But it was an interest: the engagement of the Arabs [Arab League], the engagement of the Europeans, the general humanitarian question that was at stake," he said. "You have had revolutions on the east and the west of Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. So you had a potentially destabilizing event taking place in Libya that put at risk, potentially, the revolutions in both Tunisia and Egypt. And that was another [U.S.] consideration." [VOA] More
Monday, 28 March, 2011: Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- A Libyan woman who stormed into a Tripoli hotel Saturday, telling foreign reporters that she had been raped by government troops, has been released, and her case is being investigated, government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said Sunday. The matter is "a criminal case against four individuals" who have an attorney, he said. Among those accused by Eman al-Obeidy is the son of a high-ranking official, he said. The general attorney is looking into the case. The woman "hasn't committed, you know, any particular major offense," Ibrahim said. "She just entered a place she wasn't supposed to enter." [CNN] More
Monday, 28 March, 2011: Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich raises the possibility of impeaching President Barack Obama for aggressive air strikes against Libya, while Mitt Romney, a potential Republican presidential candidate, says the policy shows the commander in chief to be “tentative, indecisive, timid and nuanced.” Obama can brush aside these criticisms. Every modern president would have been impeached under Kucinich’s standards. And, to borrow a time-worn phrase, if Obama walked across the Potomac River, rivals such as Romney would say that only proves he can’t swim. What the president can’t brush aside is Muammar Qaddafi, who he declared must leave power. If a year from now the dictator still rules Libya, thumbing his nose at the West and plotting revenge, Obama’s political prospects will suffer and Romney’s critique will resonate. [Bloomberg] More
Monday, 28 March, 2011: VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI called Sunday for immediate peaceful dialogue in Libya saying he was concerned about the safety of civilians there and urged "reconciliation" across the Middle East. "I launch a heartfelt appeal to international organizations and those with political and military responsibilities to immediately launch a dialogue that will suspend the use of arms," he told pilgrims in the Vatican. "Faced with the ever more dramatic news coming from Libya, my concern over the safety and security of the civilian population is growing, as is my fear for how the situation is developing with the use of arms," he said. [News Info] More
Monday, 28 March, 2011: CNN photojournalist Khalil Abdallah was having breakfast Saturday in a Tripoli hotel that houses foreign press when a woman burst into the restaurant, screaming that she had been raped and beaten for days by Moammar Gadhafi's brigades. Her sudden entrance startled the group of international journalists, who were about to begin another day covering the crisis in Libya. The woman's face was heavily bruised, a long bruise running down the left side of her cheek. She walked around, sobbing, shouting, lifting her dress to show a bloody thigh. Her ankles and wrists were bloody where she said she had been bound. One of the few present who spoke Arabic, the photojournalist understood her pleas. "She was saying, 'We are all Libyans! Why don't you treat us the same?' " Abdallah recounted Sunday for CNN.com. [CNN] More
Monday, 28 March, 2011: A gun-smuggling Libyan fixer and friend of the Duke of York presented Princess Beatrice with an £18,000 necklace months before the duke allegedly lobbied a British company on his behalf, it has been claimed. Tarek Kaituni gave the young royal a gold pendant with a solitaire diamond after he was invited by Prince Andrew to her 21st birthday party in Spain in August 2009, his former girlfriend has revealed. Manel Hamrouni spoke out for the first time this weekend – and claimed Andrew played a role in introducing his friend Kaituni to representatives of the Greater Manchester-based water treatment firm Biwater, who he had met during an official trip to Libya in his role as UK trade envoy in 2007. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1370629/Libyan-gun-runner-friend-Prince-Andrew-gave-Princess-Beatrice-18k-necklace-duke-allegedly-lobbied-British-company-him.html#ixzz1Hqy7Bo8u [Daily Mail] More
Monday, 28 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, Libya, March 27 (Reuters) - A Libyan woman who burst into a Tripoli hotel to show journalists injuries she blamed on Muammar Gaddafi's militia was first targeted by the authorities after a protest, her cousin said on Sunday. Eman al-Obaidi entered a hotel where foreign journalists were staying on Saturday to show bruises and scars she said were caused by militiamen. She was hurried out of the hotel by security men and hotel staff and bundled into a car. Government officials in the capital first said Obaidi was either drunk or mentally ill. Later, another official suggested she was a prostitute. On Sunday, the government appeared to backtrack on its earlier remarks, saying she had been released. "It's a criminal case against four individuals. She is with her family. It's an honour related case," said government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim. [Reuters] More
Monday, 28 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, March 27 (Reuters) - Libya's government said on Sunday rebels had attacked what it called a peace convoy heading towards the rebel-held city of Benghazi, wounding 29 people. "Armed militias did indeed attack the peace convoy today, with fire, bullets. Around 29 people were injured. No one was killed," government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said. He said the incident took place near Bin Jawad, a mostly rebel-controlled city in the east. There was no independent confirmation of the reported attack and rebel officials were not immediately available to comment. A tribal official, Mohamed Sharif, had earlier this month invited people in the name of the government to join a symbolic procession, "using all means of transport", from Tripoli to Benghazi, to open reconciliation talks. [Reuters] More
Monday, 28 March, 2011: History has demonstrated repeatedly that when evil is not confronted, it can have devastating results, writes conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly in supporting President Barack Obama’s decision to use military force against Libya. Good men don’t stand idly by when a dictator like Muammar al-Gadaffi is slaughtering human beings. O’Reilly says Obama (“after waffling around for weeks”) did the right thing to order U.S. planes and missiles to attack Gadaffi’s forces which were on the verge of wiping out the opposition. O’Reilly singles out for criticism leaders on the left and the right for criticizing Obama’s decision to act, including Michael Moore, Ralph Nader, Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan. In response to Buchanan’s questioning American intervention that merely stops “Arabs from killing Arabs,” O’Reilly writes that the reason was to “prevent a massacre.” [All Gov] More
الحركة الوطنية الليبية : بيان صحفى

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : شكرا لزين العابدين .. شكرا لحسني مبارك

LLHR: The Libyan League for Human Rights at the European Union

د. أمين الهوني : حب الوطن فى رائحة البارود

Sunday, 27 March, 2011: President Obama said Saturday that he sent U.S. warplanes into Libya a week ago to avert a "humanitarian catastrophe" and a "blood bath," and he denied that the U.S. is being drawn into a wider war there. "The United States should not -- and cannot -- intervene every time there's a crisis somewhere in the world," the president said in his Saturday radio address. "But I firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized, when someone like [Moammar] Kadafii threats a blood bath that could destabilize an entire region, and when the international community is prepared to come together to save many thousands of lives, then it's in our national interest to act. And it's our responsibility. This is one of those times." [Los Angeles Times] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, Libya — Days of coalition airstrikes appeared Saturday to have pushed open the door to western Libya for anti-government rebel forces, which retook the strategic city of Ajdabiya as a weakened military loyal to leader Moammar Gaddafi fell back. Although fluid and potentially reversible, the rebel gains on the ground were the clearest indication yet that intensive airstrikes carried out by U.S., French and British warplanes and naval assets over the past week have softened up Libya’s military considerably. The rebel advance also underscored the central role that international forces are playing in Libya’s internal conflict, providing military support to rebels that Libyan officials condemned for exceeding the United Nations mandate to protect civilians. [Washington Post] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: Washington, March 27 (IANS) A number of protesters Saturday gathered outside the White House to raise concern against the US military operation in Libya, calling on Washington to stop meddling in the North African country. Carrying signs reading - '$ for Jobs and Schools, not War on Libya,' 'Stop US French and British War on Libya' - dozens of protesters lined outside the White House, Xinhua reported. The protesters also cautioned US authorities against the intervention becoming a protracted engagement like the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Expressing opposition to the military intervention, which entered its second week with US and coalition military enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya. [Sify] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned all Arab rulers that they risk Libya-type intervention if they cross a certain line of violence against their own people. The president told press at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday (24 March) that UN Security Council resolution 1973 authorising air strikes on Libya has created a legal and political precedent on the "responsibility to protect." Referring to deadly violence in Syria, he explained: "Every ruler should understand, and especially every Arab ruler should understand that the reaction of the international community and of Europe will from this moment on each time be the same: we will be on the side of peaceful protesters who must not be repressed with violence." [EU Observer] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: Dramatic footage has emerged of western journalists, including some Britons, caught up in a hotel brawl in Tripoli after a Libyan woman burst in announcing she had been raped by government troops. The woman was tackled by waitresses and government minders as she sat telling her story to the press. In a state of distress, she had rushed into the restaurant at the Rixos hotel, where a number of journalists were eating breakfast this morning. She told them troops had detained her at a checkpoint, tied her up, abused her, then led her away to be gang-raped - an account that could not be independently verified. She claimed she was targeted by the troops because she is from the eastern city of Benghazi, a rebel stronghold. [UK Press] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: WASHINGTON -- The new leader of Libya's opposition military spent the past two decades in suburban Virginia but felt compelled - even in his late-60s - to return to the battlefield in his homeland, according to people who know him. Khalifa Hifter was once a top military officer for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, but after a disastrous military adventure in Chad in the late 1980s, Hifter switched to the anti-Gadhafi opposition. In the early 1990s, he moved to suburban Virginia, where he established a life but maintained ties to anti-Gadhafi groups. Late last week, Hifter was appointed to lead the rebel army, which has been in chaos for weeks. He is the third such leader in less than a month, and rebels interviewed in Libya openly voiced distrust for the most recent leader, Abdel Fatah Younes, who had been at Gadhafi's side until just a month ago. [Miami Herald] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence reports suggest that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces have placed the bodies of people they have killed at the sites of coalition air strikes so they can blame the West for the deaths, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said in a television interview on Saturday. "We do have a lot of intelligence reporting about Gaddafi taking the bodies of the people he's killed and putting them at the sites where we've attacked," Gates said according to interview excerpts released by CBS News' "Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer" program, which will air on Sunday. A U.S.-led coalition began air strikes against Libya a week ago to establish a no-fly zone over the oil-exporting North African country and to try to prevent Gaddafi from using his air force to attack people rebelling against his rule. [Reuters] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: A conference of world powers is calling for a democratic transition period in Libya leading to elections that could spell an end to Moammar Gadhafi’s 41-year rule. The meeting drew representatives of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, the African Union, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference, the European Union, India and Brazil. A communiqué issued at the end of the day-long session calls on Libya’s warring parties to work together to establish a transition period leading to election of democratic institutions. African Union Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra says it will be up to Libyans to iron out details. [VOA News] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: As Capt. Ryan Thulin steered his F-16 fighter jet over the central Libyan coast early last Sunday, he peered into the inky darkness to hunt his target: Libyan tanks, artillery and other fielded forces. Suddenly, red tracers of antiaircraft fire streaked up from the desert below. Captain Thulin, a 28-year-old Air Force Academy graduate on his first combat mission, instinctively veered his single-seat jet away from the ground fire and dropped 500-pound, precision-guided bombs on the Libyan forces. A huge fireball lit up the cloudless sky. Several minutes later, the scene replayed itself, only this time Captain Thulin bombed army targets much closer to the outskirts of a city in eastern Libya where government troops, rebel fighters and civilians were in dangerous proximity. [New York Times] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- They looked like just another group of young Arab professionals unwinding at the popular Zyara café in Dubai's Media City district after a long day at work, checking messages on their BlackBerry phones in between sipping drinks and chatting with friends. While other patrons discussed plans for the upcoming weekend on this balmy Thursday night, these five well-dressed young men and women were engaged in a heated conversation about their troubled homeland more than 2,000 miles away. "For 42 years it's been under a very repressive and brutal regime -- and the oil we supposedly have? Most of us haven't seen it," said Hala, 37, an investment banker who has lived in Dubai for eight years. [CNN] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Friday that the United States lacks the moral authority to attack the forces of embattled Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. The 78-year-old leader of the Chicago-based organization received cheers Friday night from a packed crowd at a civil rights conference at Jackson State University. Farrakhan said his friend Gadhafi has played the role of a forceful parent in post-colonial Libya. "When you come out of a colonial past where you have lost the value of your own self-interest, God raises somebody from among you that can instill in you the value of yourself again and that person dictates the path until you have grown into your own self-interest," Farrakhan said of Gadhafi. [AP] More
Sunday, 27 March, 2011: HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Were learning a lot more tonight about the business dealings between the Port of Houston and Moahmmar Ghadafi's brutal regime and it's a lot more than the January visit Ghadafi's son made in January. 13 Undercover is back on the Libyan connection and the tens of thousands of dollars you spent on a wasted venture. We broke the news last night that just weeks before the US sent cruise missiles to Libya, Ghadafi's son was all smiles with officials of the Port of Houston. What we now know is that this was not just a photo op. The US government called him a bloodthirsty special forces commander -- Khamis Ghadafi, the son that used mercenaries to massacre civilians this month in Libya. [ABC] More
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هشام بن غلبون : صور المظاهرات التي نظمتها الجالية الليبية في بريطانيا ـ 24 مارس 2011

د. فتحي الفاضلي : رسالة الى ابوتفليقة ..

صلاح الحداد : زودونا بالسلاح وسنقوم بإنهاء المهمة

عبدالنبي أبوسيف ياسين : عندما اكتشف الطغاة .. "المواطن"!

Saturday, 26 March, 2011: A Qatar fighter pilot, in a strong and symbolic show of military support, became the first from any Arab nation to fly a combat mission over Libya Friday. The Qatari Air Force Mirage 2000 was joined by a French fighter jet when heading out on its first patrol. "Qatar has been a great ally since day one," said Mustafa Gheriani, spokesman for the opposition Benghazi city council. "It's an Arab country to be proud of." Qatar has pledged six Mirages and two C-17s transports in the Libyan operation. Officials did not release any details of the Qatar pilot's role in his debut coalition flight. "Having our first Arab nation join and start flying with us emphasizes that the world wants the innocent Libyan people protected from the atrocities perpetrated by the pro-regime forces," said U.S. Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward. [New York Daily News] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: Strumming a guitar, a grenade launcher slung over one shoulder and a machine gun over the other, Massoud Bwisir crooned a soulful version of his latest revolutionary song, "My Home Is Strong and Free." Bwisir was performing in the desert sun at a rebel checkpoint five miles north of the embattled eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya on Friday. Fellow fighters put down their weapons and joined in the chorus, belting out lyrics of defiance aimed at Moammar Kadafi's regime in Tripoli. A rocket whistled in and exploded about a hundred yards away, spraying sand dunes with shrapnel. The singing fighters yelped and ran for cover. The rocket attack was a response to attempts by rebels overnight to negotiate a withdrawal of government forces that have bombarded the city of 120,000. [Los Angeles Times] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: The surprisingly high level of co-operation between France and Britain may be part of a broader readjustment of the old certainties of world politics IT’S JUST OVER three months since the Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi doused himself in petrol and struck a match, setting in train his country’s revolution and unleashing wider forces that have already reshaped a region. Two of the most entrenched dictators in the Middle East have been forced from office with blinding speed, and across an immense arc, from the Atlantic to the Gulf, the same spirit of youthful liberation has left many other leaders shaken and nervous. Assumptions are being revisited, school syllabuses revised. After 41 years in power Muammar Gadafy finds himself isolated, sheltering from missiles and struggling to hold on in Libya. How these forces will play out may take years to clarify, but already the Arab spring has upended some of the old certainties of international politics and cast a new light over the geopolitical landscape, not least in the West. [Irish Times] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: President Barack Obama, facing increasing pressure from Congress to clarify the U.S. military’s mission in Libya, will address the nation in a televised speech on Monday. The president is expected to lay out his explanation for the U.S. involvement in Libya. Obama — who offered a brief explanation for his decision to support an expanded no-fly zone a week ago while touring South America — has been waiting for the U.S. to hand off primary command and combat responsibilities before charting the course forward to the American people, administration officials have said. On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that NATO will take the lead on air missions against Col. Muammar Qadhafi’s forces beginning Saturday, paving the way for Obama to speak to the nation. Unlike the president’s Dec. 2009 speech on the war in Afghanistan, his remarks on Monday are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET — before the primetime TV viewing hours — and will be delivered not from the Oval Office, but at the National Defense University in Washington. [Politico] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: ADDIS ABABA, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Head of the African Union Jean Ping called for a transition period in Libya Friday at a meeting here in Addis Ababa. The AU High Level Ad Hoc Committee on Libya held a consultative meeting here Friday. The Meeting is involving the members of the AU Peace and Security Council, the members of the ad hoc committee as well as the neighboring countries and AU partners. The meeting is held in order to agree on ways and means of an early exit from the crisis and to agree on a mechanism for consultation and joint actions to be taken, said AU in a statement at the opening of the meeting. "The neighboring countries of Libya will be affected if the situation worsened in the country.. the AU is urgently trying to find lasting solution to the crisis," said Jean Ping, AUC Chairperson at the opening speech. [Xinhuanet] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: WASHINGTON (AP) -- A son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi toured U.S. ports and military facilities just weeks before he helped lead deadly attacks on rebels protesting his father's authoritarian regime. Khamis Gaddafi, 27, spent four weeks in the U.S. as part of an internship with AECOM, a global infrastructure company with deep business interests in Libya, according to Paul Gennaro, AECOM's Senior Vice President for Global Communications. The trip was to include visits to the Port of Houston, Air Force Academy, National War College and West Point, Gennaro said. The West Point visit was canceled on Feb. 17, when the trip was cut short and Gaddafi returned to Libya, Gennaro said. The uprising there began with a series of protests on Feb. 15. [...] Khamis Gaddafi was killed earlier this week after a disaffected Libyan air force pilot who crash-landed his jet in the ruling family's headquarters, according to unconfirmed reports cited by ABC News and Al-Arabiya television. [Huffington Post] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: A month ago, when professor Ali Tarhouni told his microeconomics class at the University of Washington that he had a death sentence on his head in his native Libya, but that he had decided to return home to help advise the rebel army on economic issues, his students were stunned by the news. "It was kind of jaw-dropping," said student Sara Jones. "And then he clapped his hands and said, `Back to class.' " Tarhouni, 60, a lecturer at the UW since 1985 and a favorite among students for his engaging style and dry wit, left Seattle on Feb. 27 to join the rebels' shadow government in Libya and was appointed its finance minister this week. Tarhouni is best known at the UW for making microeconomics theory easy to understand. [Seattle Times] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — Libya's opposition National Council is "off to a good start" in organizing politically, providing basic services and embracing a vision of human rights, US ambassador Gene Cretz said Friday. But Cretz, who served in Tripoli until December, said there remained legal hurdles to US recognition of a group that could one day replace Moamer Kadhafi's regime if it falls in Libya's weeks-old armed conflict. "They are off to a good start in word and deed," Cretz told reporters, praising a document from the council that supported human rights and women's rights. "It was really a very, very good document." He said there were still legal issues as to whether Washington should recognize the National Council, a step France has already taken, but he did not go into detail. However, he added: "We are considering the issue of recognition." [AFP] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: The United States and its allies are considering whether to supply weapons to the Libyan opposition as coalition airstrikes fail to dislodge government forces from around key contested towns, according to U.S. and European officials. France actively supports training and arming the rebels, and the Obama administration believes the United Nations resolution that authorized international intervention in Libya has the “flexibility” to allow such assistance, “if we thought that were the right way to go,” Obama spokesman Jay Carney said. It was a “possibility,” he said. Gene Cretz, the recently withdrawn U.S. ambassador to Libya, said administration officials were having “the full gamut” of discussions on “potential assistance we might offer, both on the non-lethal and the lethal side,” but that no decisions had been made. [Washington Post] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: Moammar Khadafy wanted to be bold and beautiful. The Libyan strongman underwent cosmetic surgery in 1995, instructing a plastic surgeon to give him hair plugs and remove his belly fat to inject into his wrinkly face, a Brazilian doctor claims. "He told me that he had been in power for 25 years at that time, and that he did not want the young people of his nation to see him as an old man," Dr. Liacyr Ribeiro recounted to The Associated Press. "I recommended a face-lift, but he refused" because he feared it would look too obvious. Khadafy insisted the secret, four-hour surgery be done with local anesthesia because he wanted to be alert throughout the entire procedure. Khadafy insisted the secret, four-hour surgery be done with local anesthesia because he wanted to be alert throughout the entire procedure. [New York Daily News] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: TRIPS organised by the Libyan government to a mass funeral, a mortuary and a home officials say was damaged by a bomb have raised more questions than they answer about civilian victims of the fighting, writes Hadeel al-Shalchi in Tripoli.ties At a funeral for 33 victims on Thursday, only 13 bodies were lowered into the ground, with no information provided on who they were or how they died. None of the usual effects of an Arab martyr's funeral were seen - no crying mothers, chanting relati ADVERTISEMENT ves or gigantic photos of the dead. No-one knows what happened to the other coffins. Yesterday, journalists were told they'd be taken to a hospital to see casualties, but instead were taken to the mortuary, where a morbid display of charred bodies lay on trays on the ground. No-one could confirm the names or backgrounds of the victims. [Scotsman] More
Saturday, 26 March, 2011: AMSTERDAM — Individuals accused of bombing and shooting anti-government protesters in Libya will end up on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) sooner or later, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes said. Almost a month after the United Nations Security Council unanimously referred Libya to the ICC, Western powers are enforcing a no-fly zone over the country to protect civilians under attack from troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. "Do I see that there will come a day when individuals responsible for this kind of conduct are in the ICC? Yes, it is not a question of if, it's a question of when," Stephen Rapp, the former chief prosecutor at the U.N.-backed Sierra Leone court, told Reuters on Friday. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who has said Gaddafi, his sons and key aides could be prosecuted for the violence, said on Thursday he may seek arrest warrants by the end of May. [MSNBC] More
Enough!: Feb17 Libya News : feb17.info

إتحاد العمل النسائي الليبي في المهجر : تعريف بالإتحاد     بيـان الإتحاد

د. مصطفى عبدالله : اللحظات العصيبة

خالد الغول : أيها الثوريون : ماذا قدم العقيد لنظريته؟

سليم الرقعي : القذافي يخطط لغزو بنغازي بمسيرة تحمل أغصان الزيتون!؟

Friday, 25 March, 2011: NATO has agreed to relieve the United States of responsibility for enforcing the no-fly zone in Libya, a NATO official said today. The diplomatic movement came on the same day that Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi challenged the no-fly zone only to see one of his few remaining planes destroyed by a French jet. The official said that NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will shortly go into a meeting of the North Atlantic Council where a formal consensus will be reached for NATO to assume the no-fly zone responsibilities for Libya. After what is expected to be a brief meeting, Rasmussen will announce the arrangement. [ABC News] More
Friday, 25 March, 2011: (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to London for a meeting on Libya on Tuesday as operational command shifts from the United States to NATO leadership, a U.S. official said on Thursday. The meeting, called by Britain and France, is intended to create a contact group to provide political guidance for the international response to the Libya crisis. Such a move could ease concerns among Arab and other countries about NATO being in charge. NATO moved closer to agreement to take command of allied military operations in Libya from the United States within days after lengthy wrangling with Muslim NATO member Turkey. Turkish leaders questioned the motives behind Western intervention in Libya, suggesting action was driven by oil and mineral wealth rather than a desire to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's forces. [Reuters] More
Friday, 25 March, 2011: UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Representatives of Moammar Gadhafi's government and the Libyan opposition will be among those attending an African Union meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday. The meeting is part of efforts to reach a cease-fire and political solution in Libya, Ban said. The U.N. chief told the Security Council that his special envoy to Libya, former Jordanian foreign minister Abdelilah Al-Khatib, as well as representatives of relevant countries and regional organizations will also attend. Ban told the 15-member council that there is no evidence that Libyan officials have instituted a cease-fire as they claim. [USA Today] More
Friday, 25 March, 2011: President Barack Obama spoke with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about the military campaign in Libya and the unrest in the Middle East during a telephone call this morning, according to a White House statement. Obama “expressed his appreciation for Russia’s support for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 and subsequent positive statements that President Medvedev has made regarding the resolution’s mandate,” the statement said, referring to the UN mandate for imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya. The two leaders also discussed Russia’s progress toward becoming part of the World Trade Organization this year, the White House said. Obama reaffirmed U.S. support for Russia’s entry this year, and the two leaders talked about ways to bolster trade relations between their nations. [Bloomberg] More
Friday, 25 March, 2011: Omar Ahmed Sodani was paraded before journalists by rebels who seized him from a Benghazi bolt-hole where he had been hiding. Sodani has been described as one of the prime suspects in the murder of WPc Fletcher 27 years ago outside the Libyan embassy in central London. She was killed in April 1984 from a single round among a hail of bullets fired from a first floor window of the embassy. None of the Libyans allegedly involved has ever been brought to justice. Michael Winner, the film director who established the Police Memorial Trust after the murder, said he doubted there would ever be a "just ending". He said: "I hope they have arrested the right man and I know it will be a great relief to Yvonne's parents who rightly feel murder should not go unpunished. [Telegraph] More
Friday, 25 March, 2011: UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday told the Security Council that Libyan government troops are disregarding a UN ceasefire order, despite heavy bombing of Muammar Gaddafi's forces by an international coalition. "Libyan authorities have repeatedly claimed they have instituted a ceasefire," Mr Ban said at UN headquarters in New York. "We see no evidence that that is the case. On the contrary, fierce battles have continued." Reporting to the council on implementation of a resolution authorising the use of force to end Mr Gaddafi's onslaught against armed rebels, Mr Ban said the Libyan government had not "taken steps to carry out their obligations". He also said that human rights abuses continued in Libya and that "those responsible for crimes against their people will be held accountable". [Herald Sun] More
Friday, 25 March, 2011: LONDON—Libya's Tamoil Group has been told it isn't covered by European Union sanctions against the North African nation and can operate independently despite the measures, a Tamoil manager said Thursday. Tamoil, which operates refineries and fuel stations throughout Western Europe, wasn't named on the list of sanctioned companies announced Thursday by the European Union in application of a U.N. resolution. But there was concern the measures could apply to it because of its Libyan ownership. But Peter Etman, general manager of the company's Dutch unit, said "the ministry of finance told us we aren't under sanctions. "The other countries [Tamoil subsidiaries] aren't under sanctions" either, he said. [Wall Street Journal] More
Friday, 25 March, 2011: One apparent reason President Obama decided to take action in Libya: A lack of action 17 years ago in Rwanda. Some members of Obama's national security team also worked for President Bill Clinton, who has said his biggest regret was not intervening in 1994 when the Rwandan government killed hundreds of thousands of people. Clinton said his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton -- then first lady, now secretary of State -- advocated intervention in Rwanda. He is a prominent supporter of the Libya action. Susan Rice, Obama's United Nations ambassador and a National Security Council staff member during the Clinton years has expressed regret for Rwanda. [USA Today] More
Friday, 25 March, 2011: Libyan immigrants worldwide are banding together to call for aid to their embattled homeland and drumming up support for international relief groups. The Libyan Community Association of Oregon, for example, formed in February when the unrest first erupted. Since then, the state's Libyan community – some 225 people – has staged four rallies in the Portland area and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for aid groups, says leader Jamal Tarhuni. The association is coordinating with Libyan communities across the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. "Everybody is trying to do whatever they can to help send medicine and medical aid," says Mr. Tarhuni, who has nine brothers and sisters in Tripoli. "We support all the groups who are sincerely trying to aid the Libyan people during this crisis," he adds, [Christian Science Monitor] More
Friday, 25 March, 2011: BANI WALID, Libya (AP) — The family of a Libyan soldier killed in an allied airstrike quickly listed all those they blame in his death — al-Qaida militants, Al-Jazeera television and "the Crusader conspiracy to divide Libya." It mimicked nearly word for word the rhetoric that Moammar Gadhafi's state television has been using to explain the revolt that has engulfed the country. In public, where Gadhafi is in charge, people are on message. The regime has been keeping up a drumbeat of propaganda in the Tripoli-centered west of the country under its control. Even so, some still whisper their opposition to the Libyan leader. State-run newscasts are filled with conspiracy theories, like Western designs on Libyan oil and Gulf-funded al-Qaida militants out to divide the country. [AP] More
سالم بن عمار : كيف نتعامل مع خداع الإرهابي القذافي؟

المحمودي : الإعلام وأثره على الأحداث

وطني 100 : لا إلله إلا الله يا أهلنا المُخلفون

Thursday, 24 March, 2011: RAS AJDIR, Tunisia (Agence France-Presse) — Three journalists who were arrested in Libya last weekend by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi arrived in Tunisia on Wednesday after being released overnight. Dave Clark and Roberto Schmidt, who work for Agence France-Presse, and Joe Raedle from Getty Images crossed the border at Ras Ajdir shortly after noon and were driving to Tunis, the capital, about 370 miles to the north. They were released early on Wednesday morning after an appeal by Agence France-Presse. The journalists were arrested Saturday near the town of Ajdabiya in eastern Libya. [New York Times] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war? From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself, the answer is no. But that leaves the question: What is it? In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer. "I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone," Rhodes said. "Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly on the front end." Rhodes' words echoed a description by national security adviser Tom Donilon in a briefing with reporters two weeks ago. [Washington Examiner] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — The House speaker, John A. Boehner, on Wednesday pressed President Obama to clarify what the administration hoped to achieve through military intervention in Libya, as top Senate Democrats defended the president’s handling of the crisis. In a letter made public as the president returned from his Latin American trip, Mr. Boehner said the administration had sent conflicting messages about its goals in Libya. He said the public deserved a fuller explanation of the objectives of the military mission and how the White House will measure success. “It is regrettable that no opportunity was afforded to consult with Congressional leaders, as was the custom of your predecessors, before your decision as commander in chief to deploy into combat the men and women of our armed forces,” Mr. Boehner said. [New York Times] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: Leaders of the opposition national council in rebel-controlled eastern Libya say they are making regular, secure contacts with allied military representatives in Europe to help commanders identify targets for the U.S.-led air assault. The contacts, conducted through the council's civilian representatives in France and elsewhere in Europe, are made by secure satellite telephone connections, according to spokesmen for the rebel leadership in its eastern base of Benghazi. "There is communication between the Provisional National Council and U.N. assembled forces, and we work on letting them know what areas need to be bombarded," spokesman Ahmed Khalifa said in an interview Wednesday. [Los Angeles Times] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, Libya, March 23 (Reuters) - Libya's rebel national council on Wednesday named a U.S.-based academic and exile opposition figure, Ali Tarhouni, as the senior finance official in a transitional government it is setting up. He will head the financial and commercial committee, in effect acting as finance minister in a body which the rebels hope will win international recognition in their struggle against Muammar Gaddafi's 41 year-rule. Tarhouni, aged 60, left Libya for the United States in 1973 after being jailed by Gaddafi for student political activities. He was stripped of his Libyan citizenship and sentenced to death in absentia in 1978, he said. He holds a PhD in economics and finance from Michigan State university and has been teaching at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle while remaining active in the exile opposition. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: President Obama doesn't see any contradiction between his Nobel Peace Prize and his actions in Libya. Irony, maybe, but no contradiction. "I think the American people don't see any contradiction in somebody who cares about peace also wanting to make sure that people aren't butchered because of a dictator who wants to cling to power," Obama told CNN En Espanol in an interview taped in El Salvador. Critics of the Libya action, such as Bolivian President Evo Morales, have called on the Nobel committee to revoke Obama's 2009 prize. In his interview, Obama noted that "when I received that award, I specifically said there was an irony, because I was already dealing with two wars." [USA Today] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: The US chief of staff for the mission in Libya has insisted there have been no reports of civilian casualties caused by allied action. Rear Admiral Gerard Hueber's comments come despite claims to the contrary by Muammar Gaddafi's government. Earlier, British Air Vice Marshal Greg Bagwell said Col Gaddafi's air force "no longer exists as a fighting force". Latest reports from Libya speak of an explosion at a military base in the Tajura region east of Tripoli. There were also reports that government tanks had shelled the hospital in the rebel-held western city of Misrata. [BBC] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa spoke by telephone Sunday night with assistant secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, a senior State Department official intimately involved with the Libyan crisis told Fox News. The call was initiated by Kusa, the official said, adding that Feltman never reaches out to Kusa, but takes the foreign minister's calls. A spokesman for the State Department, speaking in early March, had confirmed an earlier call between Kusa and Feltman. The contents of Sunday night's conversation remain unknown, but it constitutes the highest-level contact between the United States government and the Qaddafi regime known to have occurred since hostilities commenced in the U.N.-backed military campaign against the regime. [Fox News] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: LONDON: The U.K. government has confirmed its war aims in Libya include regime change and the removal of Moammar Gadhafi from power. A U.K. Foreign Office official told The Daily Star that the one of the aims of the U.K., as part of the coalition of Western nations enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, was to help establish a government “that is not run by Gadhafi.” The official said: “Our aim is a unified Libya, under a central government that is more open and democratic, not run by Gadhafi, which does not pose external threats, either in the region or more broadly.” The comments are in stark contrast to earlier statements from the U.K. government that the military action was “not about regime change.” [Daily Star] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: NATO warships started patrolling off Libya's coast yesterday to enforce the UN arms embargo. Canada's Brigadier General Pierre St Amand said naval operation Unified Protector "is now under way" with six vessels involved during the first day of patrols. Nato had already received offers of up to 16 ships to patrol the Mediterranean off Libya, he said. Notably Turkey, which has voiced reservations about the scale of the air strikes, agreed to send five warships and a submarine to join the naval operation. Other nations offering vessels are the United States, Britain, Romania, Italy, Canada, Spain and Greece. Nato spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said the naval action was to "cut off the flow of arms and mercenaries". [Scotsman] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: Reporting from Bani Walid, Libya— The gift for his family's loyalty, service and sacrifice was an AK-47 assault rifle. Seventeen-year-old Abubakr Issa brandished the weapon with pride in the courtyard of his family's home in Bani Walid, a small tribal town about 100 miles southeast of Tripoli, the capital. Three days earlier his 37-year-old brother Fatih, a career infantryman in the Libyan armed forces, had died during an airstrike near Benghazi. "I was happy to learn my brother died because he is now a martyr," the young man said Wednesday as a multinational coalition's aircraft and missiles pounded Libyan military targets for a fifth day. "I also want to go to the front." [Los Angeles Times] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: They speed along the desert road in pick-up trucks, clutching semi-automatic weapons and flashing victory signs as they race to eastern Libya's new frontline. To cries of "God is Great", the rag tag rebel army of the uprising is racing towards the town of Ajdabiyah intent on doing battle with Gaddafi's forces. Minutes later, after panicked u-turns, they are heading back in retreat. For four days now, the opposition's ill-trained and lightly armed opposition fighters have been trying and failing to re-take the first town west of their stronghold of Benghazi. Twenty fighters have been killed by tank fire in the battle for Ajdabiyah - a battle that the rebel fighters never expected to have to fight. The rebels expected the coalition airstrikes to knock out the last resistance from the Government troops. [Sky News] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: This may be a first for the Arab world: An American airman who bailed out over Libya was rescued from his hiding place in a sheep pen by villagers who hugged him, served him juice and thanked him effusively for bombing their country. Even though some villagers were hit by American shrapnel, one gamely told an Associated Press reporter that he bore no grudges. Then, on Wednesday in Benghazi, the major city in eastern Libya whose streets would almost certainly be running with blood now if it weren’t for the American-led military intervention, residents held a “thank you rally.” They wanted to express gratitude to coalition forces for helping save their lives. Doubts are reverberating across America about the military intervention in Libya. Those questions are legitimate, and the uncertainties are huge. But let’s not forget that a humanitarian catastrophe has been averted for now and that this intervention looks much less like the 2003 invasion of Iraq than the successful 1991 gulf war to rescue Kuwait from Iraqi military occupation. [New York Times] More
Thursday, 24 March, 2011: Lockheed Martin F-16s from the Royal Danish Air Force have for the first time dropped weapons on Libya, the service has confirmed. A detachment of four Danish F-16s touched down at Sigonella air base in Sicily on 19 March, two days after the UN security council had passed resolution 1973 approving the introduction of measures against the Libyan state, including the imposition of a no-fly zone. In an operational update released on 23 March, the Royal Danish Air Force said its aircraft have so far flown 12 sorties in support of the US-led Operation "Odyssey Dawn". Eleven of these were dedicated to air-to-ground tasks, it said, and confirmed that precision-guided bombs had been released. [Flight Global] More
عيسى عبدالقيوم : صور من ثورة فبراير

عبدالنبى أبوسيف ياسين : الطريق إلى التحرير

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : رسالة إلى أمين عام الجامعة العربية

فرج الفاخري : احذروا من دخولهم بحصان طروادة!

Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: CNN) -- Since the U.N. Security Council authorized action Thursday to protect civilians from the effects of Libya's civil war, a vigorous debate has erupted over the U.S. role in the intervention. In CNN.com's Opinion section, writers raised questions about the ultimate goal of the military operation and U.S. policy. CNN's Ed Henry describes President Barack Obama's dilemma here. Here are links to the writer's op-eds and brief excerpts: Gloria Borger: Obama and Libya: Tell us how this ends In theory, the Obama doctrine -- which is clearly attempting to change the storyline of American military intervention in the Arab world -- is a game-changer. [CNN] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: The Libyan rebels watched in awe, some with a creeping admiration for their foe, as the narrow plumes of thick black smoke rose one after the other. Each time it was the same. The very distant sound of an unseen plane. The smiles and waving of fingers in a V for victory. Then the wait. A couple of minutes later came the sound of explosions and rising black smoke, very different from the sand thrown up by the ground artillery explosions. With each attack also came the hope among the rebels that Muammar Gaddafi's forces holding the insurgents at bay on the edge of Ajdabiya would finally crack and flee. Perhaps this time, they reasoned, the air strike would put a stop to the shelling and they could finally push forward. [Guardian] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: US forces sent into Libya to rescue two downed American airmen botched the mission by shooting and wounding friendly villagers who had come to help, witnesses have said. Libyans who went to investigate the US warplane's crash site said that a US helicopter had come in with guns firing, creating panic and wounding onlookers, some of whom had to be taken to hospital; one 20-year-old man is expected to have his leg amputated. The villagers said they had been searching for the plane's missing airmen to welcome them and help them. A member of the Libyan rebel forces at the site of the crash, Omar Sayid, a colonel of the military police, told Channel Four News: "We are disturbed about the shooting, because if they'd given us a chance we would have handed over both pilots. This shooting created panic." [Guardian] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: Diplomats in Brussels are trying to overcome a messy and often fractious start to establish a command structure for the Libyan operation that would meet Barack Obama's demand to relieve Washington of operational control. Obama, who wants to avoid a repeat of the US-led "shock and awe" tactics of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has made clear that Washington would command the campaign only in its early stages. A clear message was sent across the Atlantic: Nato or a combination of its members with the support of Arab nations would have to take command of the no-fly zone to show the world the US had no wish to impose its will on a Muslim country. [Guardian] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: A statement issued in Paris said that French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Barack Obama "agreed on the modalities of using the structures of the NATO command to support the coalition." The statement says both leaders spoke on Tuesday. Separately, British Prime Minister David Cameron's office said that he and Obama also agreed that NATO should play a key role in commanding the military campaign in Libya. NATO members, meeting Tuesday in Brussels, agreed to have the alliance use sea power to enforce a U.N arms embargo on Libya. But the organizations members continued to debate the much more difficult issue of whether the alliance would coordinate enforcement of a U.N. imposed no-fly zone over Libya. [Fox News] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: (NewsCore) - SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday continued to defend US involvement in Libya, saying he believes the American people "should be proud" of military action that has saved the lives of Libyan civilians. "I just want to emphasize to the American people -- because of the extraordinary capability and valor of our men and women in uniform, we have already saved lives," Obama said in a joint news conference with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes. Obama said the prospect of Col. Moamar Ghadafi's forces attacking the city of Benghazi could have resulted in "catastrophy" but said international military intervention had resulted in the Libyan leader pulling back his forces. [My Fox Boston] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain says the military strikes against Libya were necessary because there would have been "a horrible blood bath" under besieged strongman Moammar Gadhafi without international intervention. The Arizona Republican and 2008 presidential candidate tells CBS's "The Early Show" the no-fly zone the U.S. and its NATO allies implemented is working and it's time for "a no-drive zone." McCain says the message the world needs to send to Gadhafi's army is, "don't leave your barracks" and kill Libyan civilians or there will be consequences. McCain calls Gadhafi a man "with American blood on his hands," saying he was responsible for the terrorist attack on Pan American flight over Lockerbie, Scotland. He says the U.S. and its allies must turn momentum in the Libyan strife over to the rebel side. [MSNBC] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: (Reuters) - Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud at a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on Tuesday expressed strong support for the aims of the U.N. resolution on Libya, Cameron's office said. "On Libya, the prime minister set out the action we were taking in support of implementation of UNSCR 1973. Prince Saud expressed strong support for the aims of UNSCR 1973 and the steps being taken by the international community to enforce it," Downing Street said in a statement. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The U.S. on Tuesday identified 14 companies owned by the Libya's National Oil Corporation in another move taken to isolate the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control called the National Oil Corporation "the centerpiece of Libya's state-owned oil apparatus." Adam Szubin, who directs the Office of Foreign Assets Control, said the National Oil Corporation has been a primary funding source for Gadhafi. "All governments should block the National Oil Corporation's assets and ensure that Gadhafi cannot use this network of companies to support his activities," Szubin said. [Wall Street Journal] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: A war photographer for the New York Times, the only woman in a group of four journalists captured in Libya last week, said that she was sexual assaulted and threatened with death by Libyan soldiers while in captivity. Lynsey Addario and her colleagues were released into the custody of the Turkish Embassy in Libya Monday, after a six-day ordeal. The team was detained last Tuesday when pro-Gadhafi forces stopped their car at a checkpoint near the war-torn city of Ajdabiya. The soldiers pulled them out of the car and the group tried to make a run for it. The soldiers quickly caught them and considered shooting them, they told the Times. But the soldiers instead chose to detain them after realizing they were Americans. [ABC News] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: U.S. President Barack Obama’s intervention in Libya clashes with his status as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said. “The president of the United States is playing a sad role and meanwhile his government is already involved in five wars and is now opening a new front of war and bombs,” Chavez said in comments carried on state television. The U.S. and its allies bombed targets belonging to forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Qaddafi for a third day after the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. [Bloomberg] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: United Nations aid agencies report food and other essential supplies are running out in Libya. They say it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide humanitarian assistance to thousands of internally displaced people as the war in the country heats up. The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) says new arrivals at the Egyptian-Libyan border are telling its staff thousands of Libyans are displaced in the east of the country. It says people displaced in the cities of Ajdabiya, Derna and Tubruk are taking refuge in homes, schools and university halls. UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards says it is very difficult to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced under current conditions of instability and violence. [VOA News] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: PARIS, March 22 (Reuters) - A majority of French support the Western military action in Libya, according to the first poll carried out in France since operations started against Muammar Gaddafi's forces on Saturday. France has been spearheading efforts to implement a U.N. resolution on Libya and was the first country to send fighter jets over Libyan skies to halt the advance of Gaddafi's troops towards the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in the east of the country. The survey conducted by pollster IFOP showed 66 percent of those surveyed supported the intervention by the coalition in Libya and there was no difference between left-wing or right-wing political streams. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: THE Netherlands will contribute six F-16 fighter jets, about 200 soldiers, a mine hunter ship and a tanker plane to NATO efforts to enforce a Libyan arms embargo, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said today. US President Barack Obama will end his Latin America tour ahead of schedule, returning to Washington a few hours early today to deal with events in Libya. The White House announced the schedule change from El Salvador, Mr Obama's final stop on his five-day trip. Much of the visit has been overshadowed by developments in Libya, and Obama aides have juggled the president's schedule to make time for briefings and conference calls with his national security team. [Heral Sun] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: Harrier fighter bombers will take off from the USS Kearsarge, the largest American ship deployed in the Mediterranean against forces loyal to Muammar Gadaffi, and head for unspecified targets in Libya. "We will be flying tonight," said Rear Admiral Peg Klein, the commander of thousands of sailors and marines serving with an expeditionary strike group stationed off the North African coast, a key component of Operation Odyssey Dawn. Col Gaddafi is still attacking civilians, in violation of a United Nations resolution, American commanders said. "It's my judgement that despite our success, Gaddafi and his forces are not yet complying to the UN resolution due to the continued aggressive actions his forces have taken against the civilian population of Libya," said Admiral Samuel Locklear aboard the USS Mount Whitney, the command and control ship for the strike group. [Telegraph] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, March 22 (Reuters) - Western missiles launched overnight destroyed Soviet-made missile carriers at a Libyan navy facility in Tripoli, leaving smouldering rubble and twisted metal, Libyan officials said on Tuesday. A Reuters reporter taken to the facility by Libyan officials said the missiles appeared to have come through the roof of the warehouse. The charred hulks of at least four missile trucks were visible with craters in the floor where they had been parked. Fifteen hours after the air strike, smoke was still rising above the site. "Yesterday, six missiles and one bomb from a warplane hit this facility," said Captain Fathi al-Rabti, an officer at the facility in the east of Tripoli. "It was a massive explosion." Officials said the navy base was evacuated before the air strike and no one was hurt. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: Kiev - Ukrainian marines, aircraft and a warship were preparing for deployment to Libya on Tuesday to aid in the evacuation of Ukrainian nationals and to provide humanitarian assistance, officials said. The forces could arrive in a week, officials said. They provided no details about the nature or scope of their mission. The landing ship Kostiantyn Olshansky was taking on board infantry and supplies in the Black Sea port Sevastopol, and a pre-departure inspection of troops and equipment was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, officials at Ukraine's Ministry of Defence said. [M&C] More
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011: Prosecutors have identified at least seven incidents of demonstrators being shot in the early days of the Libyan uprising which could constitute crimes against humanity. The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, said he aims to report on his investigation to the United Nations Security Council on May 4, before submitting a case to the court's judges. But Mr Moreno Ocampo acknowledged the evidence may not be available to get dictator Muammar Gaddafi's name on to the charge sheet, and prosecutors will face a "challenge" to ensure suspects are detained and delivered to the court. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We are collecting evidence, focusing on the first 12 days, which is a clear-cut situation where there were unarmed civilians in demonstrations. We are confirming that they were shot. We have evidence that they were shot. [UK Press] More
د. فتحي العكاري : الروح الوطنية والوحدة الوطنية على المحك

عبد السلام الزغيبي : المرأة الليبية ومساهمتها البارزة في ثورة 17 فبراير المجيدة

الشارف الغرياني : الورقة الاخيرة للقذافي!!

اميس انتمورا : المحنة الليبية وازمة الغرب

خالد الغول : عقود نفطية مباشرة .. إضافة جديدة لمجد العقيد

Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: Paris (CNN) -- In a rare public spat, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticized his political mentor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, for Putin's comments over the use of force against Libya. It all started Monday, when Putin visited the town of Votkinsk, where a large defense plant that produces missiles (including nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles) is located. Criticizing the United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya and military action to back it up, Putin called it "obviously incomplete and flawed." Putin said it's clear that "it allows anyone to do anything they want -- to take any actions against a sovereign state." "It resembles a medieval appeal for a crusade in which somebody calls upon somebody to go to a certain place and liberate it," he said. [CNN] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: FOR weeks, I’ve argued that the United States and our allies should impose a no-fly zone over Libya and mount airstrikes to stop Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s advance against the embattled rebels. Last week, the United Nations Security Council authorized precisely those actions. Over the weekend, missile strikes began. I should be elated, right? Instead, I can’t stop worrying about everything that could go wrong. The good news is that Libya’s forces are few, badly led and ill armed. American and European missile and air attacks have already shown that we can inflict substantial damage on Colonel Qaddafi’s military at scant risk. The question is whether this will be enough to stop his attacks. [New York Times] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: New York, March 22 (DPA) The UN Security Council held a closed-door meeting Monday on the situation in Libya as a coalition of countries implementing the no-fly zone was being formed. The UN said countries that have officially announced their participation in the no-fly zone include the US, France, Britain, Denmark, Canada, Italy and Qatar. Other countries with the intention to contribute to the coalition could include Norway, Spain and Belgium. The 15-nation council met at the request of Tripoli, which accused allied forces of killing civilians during airstrikes that began Saturday and were aimed at Libyan military installations. The meeting ended after 45 minutes without immediate reaction from council members. [Sify] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: Those four Times journalists who just got out of Libya couldn't have timed things better — apparently the Libyan government is now using reporters from CNN, Reuters, and other news organizations to prevent allied bombers from attacking key sites. Seven "Storm Shadow" missiles were set to be shot from a British aircraft yesterday at Muammar Qaddafi's compound, which contains a military command center and extensive air-defense systems. But Qaddafi's regime preemptively invited the journalists to "show them the damage" from a previous air assault, a tactic they admitted later was an effort to use them as human shields to prevent further attacks. The move caused "a great deal of consternation" to coalition commanders, according to Fox News, which originally reported the move. [NYMag] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: MARSA MATROUH, Egypt — When Adel Mansuri and Yasmeen Taynaz bundled their children into the car and fled Benghazi with just the clothes on their back, they feared they would be gone forever. A month earlier, the family had burned their Green Books — the mandated tome that contains Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s political, social and economic theories — and put all their hopes in the revolution. They had held out as others fled the rebel stronghold — he using his skills as an air traffic controller to help the opposition, she watching her three children abandon their PlayStations and start playing war games in the garden. But then Ras Lanuf fell. Brega fell. Ajdabiya fell, and Saturday, as Benghazi came under fierce attack from Gaddafi’s forces. [Washington Post] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: OTTAWA—The Harper government rallied opposition parties to “war” Monday, casting Canada’s military intervention in the Libyan crisis as a moral imperative. The House of Commons debated a motion which places a three-month limit on the military action, after which the government would have to come back to the Commons for an extension. Sources said was the subject of feverish back room drafting among the parties, passed unanimously late Monday night. Most opposition MPs tip-toed cautiously, expressing support for those in uniform, but warning the Conservatives that the fire-breathing rhetoric and wedge politics that were the hallmark of the Afghan mission wouldn’t be tolerated this time. [The Star] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: A new poll finds that seven in 10 Americans support the establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya, but that an equal amount would oppose sending in ground troops. The CNN/Opinion Research survey of 1,012 Americans was conducted from Friday through Sunday, which means some were interviewed before the launch of Operation Odyssey Dawn on Saturday. Support for the no-fly zone increased in the past week. An earlier survey found that 56% would support such an operation, while 40% opposed it. The new survey pegged support at 70%, with 27% opposed. When asked about directly attacking Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi's troops, support slips to 54%. And only 28% of respondents said they would support sending in U.S. ground troops. [Los Angeles Times] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: Turkey says it has agreed to a U.S. request to represent American interests in Libya. The Turkish embassy in Washington says that Turkey will act as an intermediary while the U.S. embassy is closed. A State Department official confirmed the report, but spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been officially signed. The agreement comes as the U.S. and its allies are waging an air campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's forces. On Monday, Libya released four New York Times journalists and handed them to the Turkish ambassador in Tripoli. [Seattle Times] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: The legality of military action was "not in the slightest doubt", Foreign Secretary William Hague said as he claimed the United Nations resolution 1973 would not have happened without British intervention. Mr Hague sought to allay fears the UK had rushed in to Libya, claiming his staff had "moved heaven and earth diplomatically" before the decision to use force was taken. He said Libya was "completely different" from Tunisia and Egypt, adding it was not in the interests of any European nation to have a "pariah state" too close to its borders. Mr Hague told the Commons: "This is not the West imposing its views on Libya. It's the world saying that the people of Libya should be allowed to express their views without their Government setting out to slaughter them. [UK Press] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) - Only one in three Britons agree with the decision to take military action in Libya, a poll published on Monday showed. The ComRes/ITN poll found that 43 percent disagreed with the action and 22 percent were unsure. Just under half of those surveyed felt military action was an unnecessary risk for Britain to take. Haunted by the experience of the recent Iraq war and continued losses in Afghanistan, Britons told Reuters they were wary of getting dragged into another lengthy foreign conflict at a time of belt-tightening at home. "We shouldn't be in there, we've got enough on our plate in Afghanistan," said Neil Wozencroft, a 35-year-old pipe fitter. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, Libya, March 21 (UPI) -- A missile attack on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli by British forces was postponed due international news crews nearby, Fox News said. British sources said British aircraft ready to fire seven Storm Shadow missiles Sunday had to stand down when it was discovered crews from CNN and other organizations were nearby, Fox News reported Monday. The U.S. network said the journalists had been brought to the compound by Libya's Ministry of Information to show them damage inflicted by initial attacks and to use them as human shields. The postponement of the missile attack annoyed coalition members, Fox News reported. The New York Times said the Libyan government released four of its journalists Monday, nearly a week after they were detained. [UPI] More
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011: Forces loyal to Gaddafi surrounded Misrata, the only big rebel stronghold in western Libya, on Monday and Western forces prepared to switch from air strikes to air patrols amid questions over whether coordination would be effective without a clear NATO role. Juppe said while the United States was currently coordinating the interventions with France and Britain, in the next few days, if the United States pulled back from the operation, NATO would be ready to come in with support. "The Arab League does not want the operation to be placed completely under NATO's responsibility," Juppe said. "It's a coalition of countries that is leading the operation, so they are in political control of it, and Arab countries, North American countries and European countries are participating in it," he said. [Reuters] More
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مؤسسة الرقيب : بيان بخصوص اعتقال الشيخ مصطفى عبدالله قراف

الشارف الغرياني : القذافي يتباكي على أرواح المدنيين!!

د. فتحي الفاضلي : الشعب الليبي .. وتنظيم القاعدة .. بينهما برزخ لا يبغيان

Monday, 21 March, 2011: The U.S military said Sunday that the first airstrikes to enforce a U.N.-authorized no-fly zone over Libya have been effective. A top military officer in Washington told reporters that the United States and coalition forces would continue to target Libyan military positions, but not the residence of leader Moammar Gadhafi. Navy Vice Admiral William Gortney said the U.S.-led military operation to enforce the no-fly zone has been successful. At a Pentagon news briefing, he said the air campaign had significantly degraded Libya's air defense capability. Gortney said the allied coalition has also targeted government forces near the eastern city of Benghazi. " If [Libyan government forces] are moving and advancing onto the opposition forces in Libya, yes we will take them under attack," he said. [VOA News] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: Arab leaders don't relish attacking one of their own. But bloodshed across Libya and Western pressure have forced them into supporting international airstrikes against Col. Moammar Kadafi, who in many ways is merely a caricature of monarchies and autocrats throughout the Middle East. The Arab League urged the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Now, with French warplanes and U.S. Tomahawk missiles streaking across the North African sky, the league is criticizing the air assault as Arab kings and presidents confront decades-old ironies, religious animosities and fears they will be blamed for siding with Western imperialism. There are concerns that foreign intervention may reignite Islamic radicalism that so far has not resonated with largely secular protest movements not rooted in religion or ideology. Kadafi has few sympathizers in the region but rallying against him is likely to pose credibility problems for regimes attempting to calm growing dissent at home. [Los Angeles Times] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: (CNN) -- There was never much doubt that the U.S.-built military coalition would quickly seize control of the skies over Libya. The real questions surrounding this are why the action was taken and what its ultimate political and diplomatic goals are. The specific goals of what Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called a "limited" military mission are to create a no-fly zone, protect civilians from attacks by forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi and allow humanitarian support to proceed in Libya, he said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "We would like to see (Gadhafi) withdraw his forces across the country back into garrison" and stop attacking his people, Mullen said. Violence has raged in Libya following protests calling for democracy and demanding an end to Gadhafi's almost 42-year-long rule. [CNN] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: The Pentagon expects to hand over control of allied military operations in Libya "in a matter of days", US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said. Control would likely go to either to a UK-France coalition or to Nato, Gates said, speaking on a US military plane en route to Russia. "I think this is basically going to have to be resolved by the Libyans themselves," he said. "Whether or not there is additional outside help for the rebels I think remains to be seen." British, French and American jets bombed strategic targets across Libya on Sunday to enforce a no-fly zone over the country meant to stop leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces from killing civilians . The three governments issued statements confirming the attacks had continued on Sunday, the second day of operations over Libya. [LB Times] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: RAF jets and a Royal Navy submarine launched missile attacks on targets on Saturday after the UN authorised action to protect Libyan civilians. David Cameron has said UK, French and US action against the Gaddafi regime is "necessary, legal and right". Labour leader Ed Miliband backed moves to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya, but some MPs have expressed concerns. The debate - in which Mr Cameron will update MPs on the state of military operations - is expected to begin at about 1530 GMT and continue into the evening. Parliamentary scrutiny The prime minister has said his decision to commit UK forces to military action, endorsed by the cabinet in a meeting on Friday, would be subject to full "parliamentary scrutiny" and that MPs would have access to the legal advice provided by the Attorney General to ministers. [BBC] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, Libya — The coastal highway that runs south from this eastern Libyan city was a tree-lined graveyard Sunday, strung with burnt-out hulls of city buses, military vehicles and trucks. All are signs of the fierce battle over the weekend between rebels and forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi. Local residents streamed to the fields to sightsee and pick up war souvenirs. Among them: 3-foot-long plastic rocket casings and 6-foot-long wooden boxes that had stored rockets. The highway was the main route of attack by Gadhafi's soldiers, but the rebels succeeded in pushing them back to about 20 miles from Benghazi, the headquarters for the rebellion, according to rebel military spokesman Khalid El-Sai'ih. The rebels were aided by massive warplane and missile strikes launched Saturday by U.S. and European allies to halt airstrikes by Gadhafi forces that had proven highly effective against the rebels. [USA Today] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: BEIJING—China "expressed regret" over the use of military force in Libya even as it decided last week not to block authorization of the strikes at the United Nations Security Council. China's rare acquiescence moved it further away from its longstanding foreign policy based on non-intervention. "The Chinese side has always opposed the use of military force in international relations," a government statement said after military strikes against Libya. The attacks are part of a European-led effort to establish a no-fly zone over the country and shake support for Libyan strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Analysts said the government's decision Thursday not to veto a Security Council resolution to approve the use of force in Libya reflects changes in Beijing's diplomatic strategy as its global interests become more extensive and complex. [Wall Street Journal] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer on Sunday said aircraft from Qatar were moving into position near Libya to participate in the Western military operation that has effectively established a no-fly zone. "There are forces, airplanes in particular from Qatar, that are moving into position as we speak, into theater. There are other countries who have committed, although I'd rather have them publicly announce that commitment," he said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" program. [Reuters] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: The foreign ministers of the 27 European Union member countries will meet in Brussels on Monday to focus on the situations in Libya and Japan. A military operation against Libya's strongman Muammar Gaddafi who has ruled the country with an iron fist for more than 40 years began on Saturday, involving the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and other countries. Over 100 cruise missiles were fired. A new UN Security Council resolution on Libya adopted on Thursday encompasses a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" against forces loyal to Gaddafi. [Rian] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: Vatican City, Mar 20, 2011 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to the widening military conflict, Pope Benedict XVI has prayed for a “horizon of peace and harmony” to arise in Libya. He also assured the people of Libya of his “heartfelt closeness.” “The disturbing news coming from Libya has awakened in me fear and trepidation,” Pope Benedict told the faithful in St. Peter’s Square after the traditional Sunday Angelus prayers. He reported that he had made a “special prayer” about the state of affairs in Libya during his Lenten spiritual exercises last week. The pontiff called on those in positions of military and political responsibility to have at heart the safety and security of citizens and to ensure access to humanitarian aid. [Catholic News Agency] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: MOSCOW, March 20 (UPI) -- Russia Sunday called on U.S. and European forces to stop the "indiscriminate" attack on Libya. "The reports say that during air raids on Libya strikes were also delivered on non-military facilities. ... As a result, 48 civilians are reported dead and over 150 wounded," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti news agency. "In this connection, we are calling on the respective states to halt the indiscriminate use of force," the Kremlin said. Russia abstained during the vote on the U.N. Security Council resolution that authorized a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" against Moammar Gadhafi's forces. [UPI] More
Monday, 21 March, 2011: The German foreign minister has defended Berlin's decision not to take part in the Western invasion of Libya, warning of a protracted conflict in turmoil-hit country. "It is not because we have some sort of lingering soft spot for [Libyan ruler Muammar] Gaddafi's system that we decided not to send German troops to Libya, but because we also have to see the risks of a lengthy mission," AFP quoted Guido Westerwelle as saying on Sunday. He made the remarks as Western countries, including the US, Britain, France, Denmark, Norway, and Canada have attacked Libya, saying that the invasion is part of a UN-mandated resolution to put into effect a no-fly zone over the North African country. [Press TV] More
فوزي عبدالحميد : يا سيف .. أنت ووالدك لستما من الشعب الليبي

سالم بن عمار : بداية العد التنازلي لنهاية الطاغية الجبان القذافي

د. مصطفى عبدالله : 1973

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : الرسالة الثانية للامين العام إلى السيد رجب اردوغان

محمد مخلوف : قليل من الوفاء لبنغازي .. يا وفاء بوعيسى!؟

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : بيان حول آخر المستجدات

Sunday, 20 March, 2011: (CNN) -- An international military coalition including France, the United States and Great Britain attacked Libyan air-defense and other military targets Saturday night in an operation that eventually will include enforcing a no-fly zone. Libyan rebels had called on international action to help them stave off assaults by Libyan government forces on their positions in Benghazi and other enclaves. The coalition's intervention in Libya's civil war comes two days after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution authorizing the use of force, including a no-fly zone, to "protect civilians and civilian populated areas" from government attack. Here is a look at how the situation got to this point, and what the major players are saying and doing. [CNN] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: David Cameron ordered British forces into action against Libya in “Operation Ellamy”, saying the bombardment was “necessary, legal and right”. Explosions were reported at an airport east of Tripoli as a British Trafalgar Class submarine and US Navy ships and submarines stationed off Libya fired 110 Tomahawk missiles at 20 targets in what one source described as a “night of carnage”. The missiles targeted Libyan command and control centres, radar installations and surface-to-air missile sites. Libyan officials said the attacks were “barbaric” and causing civilian casualties. British Tornado GR4 jets from RAF Marham were poised to attack more sites with Storm Shadow missiles, which can be fired from 200 miles from their target. [Telegraph] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: Reporting from Tripoli, Libya— It was to be a human shield, a massive gathering of Moammar Kadafi's supporters at his Bab Azizia compound, and the Libyan leader was to give a late-night speech of defiance against the international forces arrayed against him. They would stand by their beloved Brother Leader at the same compound destroyed by President Reagan's airstrikes in 1986. Even if the bombs came sailing down. Even if the entire place went up in flames. "I'm here to support Moammar Kadafi and to oppose the threats of the West," said Ghazal Muftah, a 52-year-old grandmother in a camouflage army jacket and hijab, or head scarf, among about 400 or so gathered around the ruler's vast and well-protected residence. [Los Angeles Times] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: PARIS: UN chief Ban Ki-moon told how Libya's Prime Minister made a "desperate" bid on the eve of Saturday's international military attacks to get him to stop the offensive. Ban told the Paris crisis summit on Libya about the telephone call from Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, a UN spokesman said. Later Ban told reporters how he had lost confidence in the ability of Muammar Gaddafi's leadership to tell the truth. "Last night, the Libyan Prime Minister urgently called me saying that they will strictly abide by Resolution 1973. He asked me to intervene to stop military action on the part of the international community. "Frankly he sounded rather desperate," Ban told the presidents and prime ministers at the summit which was held just before the first air strikes were staged in line with a UN Security Council resolution passed on Thursday. [Times of Malta] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: Mohammed Nabbous, a citizen journalist who founded an online television station to cover the uprising in Libya, was killed on Saturday while reporting on events in the strife-torn country. Nabbous founded Libya Alhurra TV following the popular "day of rage" on 17 February, and had been posting round-the-clock raw footage and commentary from the rebel-held city of Benghazi. He was widely regarded as the most influential local journalist covering the popular uprising in Libya, providing a steady stream of eyewitness accounts for thousands of worldwide viewers and foreign reporters. Nabbous' final report for the station was streamed live on Saturday morning, as government forces continued to pound Benghazi with artillery shells in an effort to seize control of the city. He appears to have been shot while recording the report, dying a short time later. [Media Spy] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: As the Iraq war hit the 8-year mark, hundreds of people, many of which were veterans of previous and current U.S. wars, gathered in front of the White House to express their dissatisfaction with the war and current occupations. With hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed since the beginning of the war and the American troop death toll at over forty-four hundred in Iraq alone, protesters expressed outrage that the wars have not only continued, but have actually escalated and expanded in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and no Libya. After the rally, some anti-war activists chained themselves to the White House fence and are now being arrested for civil disobedience behind me. Among them are Daniel Ellsberg, the leaker of the famous Pentagon Papers which exposed the quagmire of the Vietnam war. One Iraq war veteran described why he partook in the civil disobedience. [Press TV] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: TRIPOLI: Western forces carried out air and missile strikes on Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte on Saturday, the state-run news agency Jana said. "Air bombardment and missile attacks have struck several civilian targets in Zuwarah, Tripoli, Sirte and Benghazi," in raids along the coast stretching from western to eastern Libya, an armed forces spokesman said, quoted by Jana. Western powers on Saturday launched attacks from the air and sea against Gaddafi's forces under a UN Security Council resolution to impose a ceasefire in a month-long showdown between loyalists and rebels. Gaddafi was reputedly born in a Bedouin tent in Sirte, a Mediterranean city 360 kilometres (225 miles) east of Tripoli. [Times of India] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard has backed the military intervention in Libya, saying it's consistent with the UN Security Council resolution. "I believe the resolution has got breadth in terms of what the international community can do. "But I believe the Security Council would meet and deliberate again if there was a question of ground forces," she said. Australia's foreign minister Kevin Rudd says he has spoken to his British counterpart about the situation in Libya. Mr Rudd says it's a difficult and complex military operation. [Radio Australia News] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Libya called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Saturday night after a coalition of Western countries launched airstrikes on its military forces, Al-Arabiya TV reported. The U.N. Security Council has passed a resolution imposing a no- fly zone over Libya and allowing the use of "all necessary measures" to protect civilians in the North African country. In the letters sent to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barak Obama on Saturday, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said that according to the Charter of the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council is not authorized to intervene in Libya's internal affairs. [Xinhuanet] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: If there was any doubt last week in the resolve of western powers to come to the aid of Libya's people, there is none now. Last night's military action by Nato forces, raining scores of missiles on targets across the country, signals the upmost determination to fulfil the United Nations mandate to protect civilians from violent repression by Colonel Gaddafi. It was reasonable to hope that the Security Council vote alone might have discouraged Gaddafi. But a more bloody response was also predictable. Following the familiar patterns of a cornered tyrant, Gaddafi claimed to be implementing a truce, quibbled with UN terms and attacked the rebel stronghold at Benghazi. [Guardian] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: Moscow regrets the attack from a range of European countries on Libya which is being conducted "with reference to the hastily adopted UN Security Council resolution," official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich said on Saturday. The new UN Security Council resolution on Libya was adopted on Thursday; it encompasses a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" against forces loyal to Libya's strongman Muammar Gaddafi. Paris has taken the leading role in coordinating the world's response to the tumult in Libya and takes efforts to halt Gaddafi's attacks on the poorly armed rebel forces. [Rian] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: As American missiles struck Libya, President Barack Obama doggedly promoted his Latin American agenda Saturday, praising Brazil as a soaring economic force and brimming market for trade. Back home, his message was all but lost in the roar over the Libyan conflict. "The United States doesn't simply recognize Brazil's rise; we support it enthusiastically," Obama said from this capital city as he launched a five-day outreach mission that will also take him to Chile and El Salvador. He began in Brazil as a sign of solidarity between the two largest democracies and economies in the Americas, and he sought to break through here with his themes of bold cooperation on energy, education and trade. [NPR] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: SALLOUM, Egypt -- Just hours earlier, Dr. Hana Galal personified Libya's potential future as a democratic state. As a member of the liberated east's government, Galal would glide into the National Libyan Council's meetings, wearing her loosely fitted head scarf, and champion human rights issues, her lifelong passion. She met with leaders from around the world and made endless media pleas on behalf of the new government. But by Saturday evening, she sat at the Egyptian-Libyan border with little more than the clothes on her back. She, along with thousands of other Benghazis, fled Libya's second-largest city today after it sustained its most aggressive attack by forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, since splitting with the regime last month. Yesterday's promise had become today's refugee. [Miami Herald] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: SOLANA BEACH, Calif. -- As international military action against Libya's leader unfolded on Saturday, one San Diegan who grew up in Libya said he believes the future for his homeland is bright. In his Solana Beach store, Libya native Akram Mansori said he watches reports from his homeland while thinking about his family who is still in Libya. He showed 10News what he calls the real Libyan flag that preceded the rule of Moammar Gadhafi. "This is our national Libyan flag -- the original -- not that green rag he uses," said Mansori as he held up a red, black and green flag with a white crescent and star. Mansori made no attempt to disguise his contempt for the Libyan dictator. [10 News] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: The attack on Libya on Saturday night was only the first stage of an operation that will see the might of Britain, the United States and France pitted against the Libyan regime. The Pentagon said that 110 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) fired by British and US forces were supported by a French air strike on tanks and armoured vehicles in what has been described as the “kinetic” phase of the operation – bombing to take out Libya’s anti-aircraft defences. Further attacks by British Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft, based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, were expected over the night. RAF Marham is home to 9 and 31 Squadrons, which are equipped with air-launched anti-radiation missiles, which home in on the radiation emitted by enemy radar, and Storm Shadow missiles, used to target command and control bunkers and radar stations. [Telegraph] More
Sunday, 20 March, 2011: Afrol News, 19 March - Malta, Libya's closest European neighbour, denies its airport will be open for "any military strike against Libya" by the coalition preparing to implement the no-fly zone. afrol News yesterday reported that ten nations already were ready to aid in an attack against the Ghaddafi regime, including Malta, which according to British military sources was among the main basis for British air operations against Libya. Martin Bugelli for the Maltese Office of the Prime Minister today strongly denied this information in a protest note to afrol News. "All references to Malta are incorrect as Malta is not hosting any military base, equipment or personnel for any military strike against Libya. [Afrol] More
وفاء البوعيسى : ليبيا ... تملأ فمي دماً

المحمودي : حول قرار مجلس الأمن

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : تصريح صحفي

خالد الغول : يا أنا يا نحرقها

Ghoma : A Vicious Dictatotr..!

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : تحية للولايات المتحدة الأمريكية!!

سليم الرقعي : لعبة القذافي بعد القرار الدولي .. وطريقة مواجهتها

رجب محمود دربي : خضّب بالدّم ما شئت فأنت جرذٌ

Saturday, 19 March, 2011: Washington - US President Barack Obama on Friday ordered Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi to carry out an immediate cease-fire, withdraw his forces from rebel-held cities and stop all attacks on Libyan civilians or face military action from the United States and its allies in Europe and the Arab world. "Let me be clear, these terms are not negotiable," Mr. Obama said from the East Room of the White House. Those terms, particularly lifting the siege of opposition-held territories, would give the rebels a reprieve, if not a military advantage. Libya had pledged a cease-fire hours before. But reports from rebel-held territory indicated that the attacks by Gaddafi militias continued unabated in the east and west. [NDTV] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: After two weeks of playing down the prospect of military intervention in Libya, the Obama administration is on the brink of inserting itself into a third war in a Muslim nation — something the president, who has spent the first half of his term mending America’s relationship with Islam, had hoped to avoid. The administration’s shift from skepticism to support for military intervention in Libya occurred over a frenetic week of war and diplomacy in Washington and Paris, at the United Nations and inside Libya, where facts on the ground changed swiftly. Libya’s rebel forces dissolved far more quickly than administration officials had anticipated, despite warnings of their weakness from the director of national intelligence. [Washington Post] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: Madrid – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero urged Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for an immediate and verifiable cease-fire or risk military intervention. Ban and Zapatero met in Madrid a few hours after the U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 1973, which authorizes the use of force to protect the civilian population of Libya from attacks by troops loyal to Gadhafi. At a press conference, the Spanish premier and the U.N. chief called on the Gadhafi regime to comply without attempts at deception the cease-fire announced by Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa in response to Resolution 1973. "It is absolutely necessary for the Libyan authorities to immediately cease all hostilities against the civilian population," Ban said. [Fox] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: A week ago, President Obama hosted a White House conference on bullying prevention that kicked off in the East Room. The president had in mind the kind of intimidation that happens in school lunchrooms and such. On Friday, when he returned to the same ornate room, the president was thinking about a different kind of bullying, the sort that features tanks and field artillery pieces deployed by a dictator against his own people. Explaining his decision to have the U.S. participate in a UN sanctioned military intervention against Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, Obama said: Now, here is why this matters to us. Left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Qaddafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. [NPR] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: (Reuters) - France kept up the pressure on Muammar Gaddafi on Friday, saying it was ready to launch military intervention despite the Libyan leader's government declaring a ceasefire in its attacks on rebel forces. President Nicolas Sarkozy's government said it will host talks on Saturday between the European Council president, Arab League officials and senior representatives of all states wanting to support a U.N.-mandated intervention in Libya. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told Reuters television after meeting the prime minister and members of parliament that everything was ready for strikes but declined to give details. "We are ready but I cannot give you more precise details of the calendar at this stage," he said. [Reuters] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: NATO allies have agreed to speed up planning for possible military action in Libya, but the alliance has yet to decide whether to intervene in the conflict, a NATO official says. The decision was made on Friday by ambassadors of the 28-nation alliance after the UN Security Council approved military action, including the enforcement of a no-fly zone, to stop Muammar Gaddafi's regime from crushing rebels. "The ambassadors agreed to accelerate the military planning," a NATO official said on condition of anonymity, adding that envoys will meet again in the coming days to try to complete the process. Advertisement: Story continues below "The issue of concrete action is not on the table yet," the official added. [SMH] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: When it came to the crunch, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, decided that Germany should side with China and Russia. These three members of the UN security council abstained from Thursday's vote on a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, along with Brazil and India. It is a curious political development, to say the least. The three make for strange bedfellows. There is Germany, a democracy which puts great store in the rule of law and human rights, siding with a communist, one-party dictatorship and a country with a dubious track record on political freedoms. On the other side are Germany's traditional allies – the US, France and Britain – not to mention parts of the Arab and African world. Lebanon had been one of the countries presenting the resolution, which was backed by the Arab League. [Guardian] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT: THE CHIEF prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has warned Libya’s Col Muammar Gadafy that attacks on civilians in Benghazi would constitute a war crime. With tanks and artillery advancing on the city, Luis Moreno-Ocampo said such an attack would see Col Gadafy and his generals facing the full force of international law. “A government cannot attack civilians,” he said. “There is no impunity.” Hours earlier, Col Gadafy vowed to show “no mercy” in the expected assault on Benghazi, the key rebel stronghold. Libya warned civilians to leave the city before fighting began. Mr Ocampo said such warnings did not absolve the regime of responsibility for civilian casualties. He said: “Any indiscriminate attack against civilians would constitute war crimes. [Irish Times] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: (CNN) -- The freedom fighters facing down Moammar Gadhafi have a character and a cause that the Libyan Army does not have: They are fighting for their freedom, and Gadhafi's army is fighting to preserve his dominance over them. This is a similar situation to the one the first Americans faced in the Revolutionary War, when we fought the powerful British army. The British troops fought for King George III, and our Continental Army fought to claim the freedoms laid out in the Declaration of Independence. With a little help, the Libyan freedom fighters can win. In retrospect, the mission of stopping Gadhafi would have been easier if it were taken up three weeks ago. Nonetheless, the U.N. Security Council's resolution Thursday to authorize military action and the support from the Arab League have sent a signal. Gadhafi must be prevented from committing a massacre on his own people in Benghazi, the rebels' stronghold and Libya's second-largest city. [CNN] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: Brussels - France is to host representatives of the European Union, United Nations and the African Union in Paris on Saturday to discuss the Libyan crisis, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Friday. 'Tonight, I will travel to Paris where I will meet tomorrow, we hope, with Ban Ki-moon, certainly with Amr Moussa of the Arab League and Jean Ping of the African Union,' Ashton told a news conference in Brussels, adding that French President Nicolas Sarkozy would host the meeting. In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sarkozy had also invited leaders from Britain, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Belgium, as well as foreign ministers from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. [M&C] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: The State of Qatar has welcomed the resolution No 1973 for 2011 of the UN Security Council, issued on Thursday on the Libya situation. This was disclosed to Qatar News Agency by a source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The source said the State of Qatar, according to the resolution, had decided to take part in the international efforts aiming to stop the bloodshed and protect the civilians in Libya. The source confirmed that the State of Qatar respected the choices of the Libyan people and its legitimate right to a peaceful living. The source reiterated that Qatar was looking forward to seeing a prompt implementation of the UN Security Council resolution so as to put an immediate end to bloodshed in Libya and bring about stability and security for the brotherly Libyan people. [Gulf Times] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: BENGHAZI: The commander of the rebels fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi on Friday dismissed any ceasefire offer as a bluff, accusing the strongman of being a liar. Khalifa Heftir told a press conference, the ceasefire "is not important to us" and that Gaddafi is "bluffing." "Gaddafi does not speak any truth ... All the world knows that Muammar Gaddafi is a liar. He and his sons, and his family, and all those with him are liars," Heftir, who defected from Gaddafi's army, told a press conference in Benghazi. His comments came as the Libyan government announced an immediate halt to military operations in the country after the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution authorising the use of force against Gaddafi's forces. [Times of India] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: Muammar Gaddafi's ceasefire offer will not satisfy western leaders queuing up to take a shot at him – but it's unclear what will. When the US and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003 the aim was to overthrow Saddam Hussein. When Nato entered Kosovo in 1999 its purpose was to stop ethnic cleansing by Slobodan Milosevic's army. The precise objectives of the Libyan war 2011, and how they will be achieved, are less well-defined – and therefore, potentially problematic. The ceasefire hastily announced by Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa in the wake of UN resolution 1973 authorising foreign military intervention will be seen as a welcome first step. Except that regime forces bombarding Misrata and other cities appeared not to hear the news. Given Tripoli's talent for lies, the enforcement, verification, and permanence of a ceasefire could be a vexed and lengthy matter. It will not happen overnight. [Guardian] More
Saturday, 19 March, 2011: Sam shifts nervously from foot to foot, his hands gently chopping the air as if to emphasise what motivated him to quit his marketing degree in London, leave his friends behind and head to the front lines in the Libyan Desert. "I just couldn't sit there and watch the news, I was going mad. I felt I had to do something, you know whatta mean?" he said in a London accent full of glottal stops and double negatives. After getting his parents' approval last week, Sam left for Egypt, where he joined a middle-aged businessman and an older doctor – each with their own past – to cross the border into eastern Libya, get some military training and join the fight. "I just hope they show me how to use a gun," said the London teenager as he prepared to join rebels in his native Libya fighting to overthrow strongman Muammar Gaddafi. [Telegraph] More
الأتحاد الليبي : اقتحام كلية الشرطة .. جريمة اخرى ترتكبها كتائب القذافي

عبدالنبى أبوسيف ياسين : ستُهزم ألمانيا للمرة الثالثة ..

ياسين بوسيف ياسين : على ظفر فتاة ليبية

Friday, 18 March, 2011: Shortly before midnight, the streets of Libya's de facto rebel capital, Benghazi, were quiet, nearly deserted. A few minutes after midnight, tracer bullets and celebratory machine-gun fire were racing into the air from every direction and residents piled into their cars for a massive street party. In between, the United Nations Security Council voted by 10-0 to not only impose a no-fly zone over eastern Libya but to allow for “all necessary measures” short of an occupation to protect the country’s civilians from Col. Muammar Qaddafi, the dictator who’s ruled Libya for nearly 42 years. It had been a grim week for a revolution that began as a peaceful uprising against a despot on Feb. 17, with this city and many others wrested from Mr. Qaddafi’s grasp by young people armed with little more than stones and a fierce will for change. [Christian Science Monitor] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: Downing Street have cautioned against earlier suggestions that British planes could be in action "within hours" and declined to put a timetable on it. The UN resolution rules out a foreign occupation force in any part of Libya. The cabinet will meet on Friday and Prime Minister David Cameron will make a statement to the Commons, No 10 said. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the resolution authorised a no-fly zone over Libya and "all necessary measures" to protect the civilian population - including those in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. It also called for an immediate ceasefire, an end to the violence, measures to make it more difficult to bring foreign mercenaries into Libya and a tightening of sanctions. [BBC] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: With a boldness that the world had begun to believe he lacked, Barack Obama has gone for broke. The US wants Muammar Gaddafi's head. It will not rest until he is deposed and there is regime change in Libya. And it will fight to get it. Obama spent weeks pondering, prevaricating and posturing, infuriating Britain and France, arch advocates of military intervention. He used public appearances to prate professorially about plans, contingencies and downsides. He allowed senior administration officials such as Pentagon chief Robert Gates to give full vent to their doubts and misgivings about a possible Libyan quagmire. Obama is already fighting two wars in Muslim countries he did not start – in Iraq, now all but finished, and Afghanistan. [Guardian] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: Security council authorizes military action against Qaddafi. The measure also calls on nations to intercept ships or planes suspected of carrying arms or mercenaries to Libya, and freezes the foreign assets of seven government officials and five entities. The list includes the Central Bank of Libya, Libyan National Oil Corp., the nation's defense minister and three of Qaddafi's sons. Chinese and Russian envoys said they were concerned that the resolution could lead to a wider war and that questions about implementation of the no-fly zone weren't answered to their satisfaction. "China is always against the use of force in international relations," said Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong. [SF Gate] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: The belated US decision to support Anglo-French proposals for a Libyan no-fly zone seems no more than a cynical gesture. Washington concedes that merely grounding the Tripoli regime’s aircraft and helicopters may not change outcomes. But the situation today is where it always was: once Muammer Gaddafi showed himself determined to fight, only direct ground intervention by the US and its allies would have enabled the ill-armed rebels to prevail. Monopoly possession of organised force gives tyrannies a decisive advantage, unless they either lose the support of their own soldiers or are vulnerable to diplomatic pressure from Washington, as Colonel Gaddafi is not. [Financial Times] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: David Cameron is experiencing one of his most significant moments since becoming prime minister last May. The vote at the United Nations to take "all necessary measures" to protect civilians in Libya, allowing a no-fly zone, is little short of a personal triumph. It may well define his approach to foreign policy for the rest of his premiership. It is only a few weeks since Cameron was mocked for being isolated on the world stage as he demanded tough action against Muammar Gaddafi. Some unkind souls even had the cheek to suggest that his support for a no-fly zone showed that the prime minister had a James Bond view of foreign policy on the grounds that he thought Britain could project military power with little help. [Guardian] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: A Windsor, Ont., neurosurgeon held a news conference on Thursday to tell his story about his recent trip to Libya, and to urge swift and strong action against the Gadhafi regime before more people are killed. Dr. Abdallah Shamisa was so upset by the events in the country of his birth, he joined several other doctors from the Toronto area and headed to Libya three weeks ago to work in hospitals in the eastern part of the country — areas still controlled by the opponents of Moammar Gadhafi. Surrounded by members of the Windsor Islamic community, Shamisa recounted stories of brutality by Gadhafi forces, including how he trained young people to shoot their victims in the spinal cord, paralyzing them for life. "I have seen probably 10 quadriplegics, all of them young," said Shamisa. "They will always be on a ventilator and I think most of them will die, considering the difficulties with the health care system at the time being." [CBC] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: Oiltanking Malta said this evening that independent experts would certify that an oil tanker which anti-Gaddafi protesters claim is heading for Libya, will leave Malta empty. The ship's owners also insisted that the ship would not head for Libya. The assurances came as the group of anti-Gaddafi Libyans protesters went to court in an attempt to stop the departure from Malta Freeport of the tanker Mubariz Ibrahimov, which they claim will carry oil to Libya. Magistrate Abigail Lofaro put off a decision by 24 hours to enable the Attorney General to reply. She also requested the protesters to explain their request. Talks were also being held at the freeport between the protesters and representatives of the ship owners and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the owners seeking to assure the protesters that the ship would not go to Libya. The tanker belongs to the Palmali Group of Turkey. [Times of Malta] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: I recently returned to my homeland in Libya for the first time in 41 years. I and other members of the royal family endured a long exile in Cairo and elsewhere, keeping our heads down during years when Moammar Ghadafi had hit squads deployed to assassinate opposition elements around the globe. Now is the time to return and reunite to overthrow the dictatorial regime in Tripoli. My fear, however, is that the democratic moment may pass if the free world dawdles in indecision. The forces for progress in Libya need help now. Col. Ghadafi’s forces have beaten back rebel elements and retaken ground that had been won at great cost. In Benghazi alone, more than 380 young unarmed protesters sacrificed their lives before elements of the armed forces could be compelled to change sides, thus tipping the balance in favor of the liberation of eastern Libya from the forces of the dictator. In Baida, over 100 perished in the hands of Ghadafi-employed African mercenaries from Chad, Niger and Mali, prompting local police forces and members of the army to break ranks from the regime to protect their unarmed countrymen. [Washington Times] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: PARIS -- Col. Moamar Khadafy ruled out talks with rebel forces in a newspaper interview Wednesday, telling France's Le Figaro he could seize control of Libya within a day if he wanted to. "My concern is to liberate the people of gangs that occupy Benghazi," the newspaper quoted him as saying. "These rebels are likely to serve its people as human shields ... It is quite possible that these rebels are killing civilians and they put the blame on the Libyan army," he added. Khadafy repeated his claims that rebels forces have been infiltrated by al Qaeda. "These are not people with whom we can consider dialogue," he told the Paris-based daily. With reports suggesting an assault by pro-Khadafy forces on the rebel-held eastern city of Benghazi is imminent, Ghadafi was asked how long it would take him to seize back control of his country. [New York Post] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, March 18 (Bernama) -- Libya will positively respond to the newly adopted United Nations Security Council resolution that okays a no-fly zone over Libya, Xinhua news agency reported quoting Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim as saying Friday. In a statement issued in the early hours of Friday, Kaim said Libya will protect civilians in regions across the country, and ensure the supply of food and medicines. The UN Security Council on Thursday adopted a resolution to authorise a no-fly zone over Libya and called for "all necessary measures," excluding troops on the ground, to protect civilians under threat of attack in the North African country. [Bernama] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: PARIS, March 17 (Reuters) - A major French grain exporter said on Thursday trade with Libya had completely stopped despite the country's need to purchase food commodities. Loic Desselas, head of trading at Soufflet, a French grain trading company which counts Libya as a client, said that France's harsh political stance could hurt future exports if Muammar Gaddafi stays in power. Oil-rich Libya imports large quantities of grain. A French political source said on Thursday France believed it could muster enough support for the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution on Libya and that military intervention could take place within hours of that. [ID:nPISHEE77C] "I don't know what will happen, but it is possible that this market will close (for France) for political reasons," Desselas said at a conference organised by grain lobby France Export Cereales. [Reuters] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: The French Defence Minister has confirmed that military action against the Ghaddafi regime can start only hours after the UN Security Council approves of it. Defence Minister Alain Juppé today said France was ready for immediate strikes against the Ghaddafi regime as soon as the UN Security Council gives its much awaited approval. The Council is to vote over a no-fly zone and possible military action against the Ghaddafi regime this night, with most observers expecting an approval. French diplomatic sources today confirmed this to the news agency 'AFP', saying military actions "could start only hours after the resolution is approved of." [AFROL] More
Friday, 18 March, 2011: In his book “Seeking Gaddafi”, the British MP Daniel Kawczynski focused on the sinister aspects of the Gaddafi’s dictatorial misrule. Ghaddafi is now fighting his own people to cling to power. Libya is burning and the world is dithering and cannot decide whether to impose a no-fly zone or not. The Obama Administration has miserably failed to provide a decisive leadership in dealing with Gaddafi. The EU is confused and NATO has been rendered impotent by the squabbling politicians. You cannot help feeling that inaction by the world is a tacit admission of failure at best and collusion with the tyrant at worst. When I met Daniel recently at a House of Commons function, we discussed this subject and I observed that if Gaddafi is allowed to win, we are in effect telling the Libyan people “you are to have 40 more years of the Gaddafi’s tyranny”. Daniel Kawczynski agreed. [Ammon News] More
خالد الغول : الولاء الديني مقدم على الولاء القبلي الجاهلي

د. فتحي الفاضلي : مذبحتا "تدمر".. و "ابوسليم".. خيانة عُظمى

هشام بن غلبون : صور المظاهرة التي نظمتها الجالية الليبية أمام مقر الجامعة العربية ـ القاهرة ـ 12 مارس 2011

عمر الهوني : صور رفع علم الاستقلال على سفارة النظام في لندن ـ 13 مارس 2011

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : رسالة الأمين إلى رئيس وزراء تركيا

Thursday, 17 March, 2011: UNITED NATIONS -- Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy envoy to the U.N. who has turned against Moammar Gadhafi, said today the U.N. Security Council had 10 hours to pass a resolution imposing a no-fly zone in Libya and possibly authorizing airstrikes. "We think Col. Gadhafi today has lost his mind," Dabbashi told journalists, explaining that Gadhafi's forces had instructions to "destroy everything and kill whoever you find" in the eastern city of Ajdabiya. "We think that in the coming hours we will see real genocide in Ajdabiya," he said. "The international community has to act within the next 10 hours." [AOL News] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: Anthony Shadid, Stephen Farrell, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario were reporting on the fighting in the eastern part of the country, the Times said in a statement. Bill Keller, the Times executive editor, said on Twitter: "Four of the best journalists I know, missing in action. Libyans say if they're in [government] custody, they will be freed." The reporters were last in contact with their editors Tuesday morning. According to the newspaper, secondhand reports said that Times reporters and photographers had been swept up by Libyan government forces in the town of Ajdabiyah. This could not be confirmed however. [ABC News] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: Despite anxiety and fear, Benghazis still widely support the 11-person provisional transitional council -- a group of men and women who lead the opposition. Every day residents come out to show their support. But for the international community, council members are unknown. Who are they and what do they want? Council spokesman Abdul Hefda Ghoga offers this explanation. “We would like to assure everybody that once Gadhafi is gone it will be a much better place than it has been for the last 40 years. We will have true democracy in Libya. There will be a civil state that is independent and enjoys its civil rights,” he said. [VOA News] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: WASHINGTON: Following President Barack Obama’s announcement that diplomat Chris Stevens — the number two official at the US Embassy in Tripoli until it was suspended when fighting began last month — had been appointed as the special US representative to Libya’s rebel leaders, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held out on the possibility of economic and political aid to the Libyan resistance at a meeting with one of their leaders in Paris, US officials said. It was the highest-level talks she has had with the opposition, and officials present said that late Monday she went beyond offering humanitarian aid but stopped short of promising military help for an opposition rapidly losing ground to Muammar Qaddafi’s forces. [Arab News] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: (Reuters) - Italy's Eni called on Europe to abandon sanctions against Libya, becoming the first Western firm to try to rebuild bridges as Muammar Gaddafi is regaining control and may reopen the oil taps. While other firms declined to comment on their return to Libya, analysts said they believed sanctions would remain in place to isolate Libya from big companies for months to come, making it a playground for smuggling by little-known traders. "Whatever happens, imposing sanctions is shooting ourselves in the foot because by not taking this gas, we are not ensuring our energy security," said Eni's chief Paolo Scaroni, whose company produces both oil and gas in Libya, much of which is exported to southern Europe. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: Cameron calls for 'leadership' on Libya David Cameron urged the UN on Wednesday to “show some leadership”’ on Libya, calling on the UN Security Council to back a no-fly zone that would try to contain Muammer Gaddafi’s assault on rebels seeking to overthrow him. As France and Britain led efforts to secure a new UN Security Council resolution on Libya today, Mr Cameron conceded there was “a wide range of views” within the body over how to proceed against Col Gaddafi. But the prime minister told MPs that he was urging Security Council members “to take the right steps, so that, actually, we show some leadership on this issue and make sure that we get rid of this regime”. [Financial Times] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says Libya helped finance the campaign of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and now wants the money back. Saif al-Islam Gadhafi has told France-based Euronews television that Libyan funds were poured into Sarkozy's 2007 campaign so France could help the Libyan people. But he said Sarkozy has disappointed them. Gadhafi said Libya has documentary evidence of the contributions and is ready to reveal everything. The French president has led the call for a military intervention in Libya, where fighting has broken out between Gadhafi supporters and rebels calling for the end of his four-decade regime. [VOA News] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: Opting instead for a summit on Libya between the European Union, the African Union, and the Arab League, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini ruled out Italian military intervention. In a setback for English and French strategists, who have been working to gain European Union consensus on military intervention against Colonel Gaddafi in Libya, Italy has publicly announced its intention not to commit military assets to the conflict in Libya. According to a report in the Jerusalem Post, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini expressed his interest in seeing a Libyan summit - convened by European Union, African Union, and Arab League representatives. [Digital Journal] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: A Libyan opposition member says those opposed by Moammar Gadhafi will be disappointed with the United States and the rest of the international community if they fail to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Ali Tarhouni, member of the Economic and Oil Committee of the Provincial Council running the liberated areas of Libya, says the days of the Libyan leader are numbered and the people will remember those who supported them in their time of need. “I think it is actually a shame that the Western world, particularly the United States, that advocates for democracy [and] human rights, and now we see more of a cowardly position. The Libyan people are not asking for much. All they are asking for is for no-fly zone,” he said. [VOA News] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: OTTAWA — The UN Security Council is the proper place to decide on action against Libya, Canada said Tuesday as G8 countries refused to support a no-fly zone proposed by France and Britain. "It's clear that there is a need to provide a response through the UN Security Council, a response that will be effective diplomatically, involving the Arab League and other partners," Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said as G8 foreign ministers wrapped a two-day meeting in Paris. The carnage in Libya dominated the two days of discussion, but host France was unable to marshal support for the no-fly proposal. Along with Britain, France proposed the intervention to halt the advance of Moammar Gadhafi's forces, which are winning back territory with tanks, warships and artillery from badly-outgunned rebel forces. [CTV] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: New Delhi, March 16: A Libyan PhD scholar, whose visa expires tomorrow, will not be deported for the time being, the Supreme Court ordered today. The court also issued notices to the Centre on a plea by Aiad Amar Saad Mohamed — he was accepted for Ranchi University’s PhD programme on February 25 this year — seeking extension of his visa. Mohamed, 46, had initially come to India on a research visa and applied for a PhD in English at Patna University. But his visa lapsed on March 19, 2010, while he was awaiting a notification from the university, so he was forced to go back to Libya. He then applied to Ranchi University and was accepted in the PhD programme. So, he came back to India on a tourist visa to complete the formalities for his three-year PhD. That visa expires tomorrow. [Telegraph India] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: MUSAID, Libya — Even with the threat of the Libyan leader's vengeance looming, few in this remote rebel-held border town can resist flashing the "V" sign for victory these days because people in Musaid say they finally feel like winners. "We are now calling the shots here," says Mohammed Habouni, sitting in his Toyota SUV. Habouni is part of the largest clan, Bedouins called Habouni, in the resort town of 4,000, a few miles from the Egyptian border. About 1,500 people belong to this clan, and the fate of Musaid seems largely up to them. Weeks after they wrested their freedom from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the euphoria lingers. It doesn't matter, locals say, that Gadhafi and sons have promised to move eastward and hunt those in these rebel-held areas down. [USA Today] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: LONDON, United Kingdom — Some dictators are evil. Some dictators are functioning psychotics. Some are lucky. Muammar Gaddafi seems to be all three. His 42 years at Libya's helm prove my first two assertions. The third point is demonstrated by the Japan tsunami. That catastrophe has so distracted international attention away from Libya that people can be forgiven for not knowing that Ghaddafi's army — more a ragtag group of militias — has been steadily reclaiming towns in eastern Libya taken by the even more ragtag groups of rebels when the uprising began last month. While people have been looking at Japan's disaster porn, they may have missed the fact that the Arab League finally called for a no-fly zone over Libya and this call — unique in the history of that organization — has been met with a resounding "no can do" from the G8. [Global Post] More
Thursday, 17 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, 15 March 2011 (IRIN) - Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city and seat of the opposition Libyan National Council, is bracing for the fall-out from fighting in Brega, 200km away, with residents warning they could suffer gas and electricity shortages. “If Gaddafi [forces] should take Brega, we will find ourselves with no gas and electricity,” a local resident of Benghazi, who gave his name as Salar, told IRIN. It was unclear by 14 March whether government forces had overrun the town, with both sides claiming they were still in control of the area. Observers warn that the fall of eastern towns like Brega could encourage government forces, which are battling retreating armed opposition fighters, to turn their guns on Benghazi. Should that happen, fighting would disrupt fuel and water supply lines, and affect operations at the port through which some aid has been arriving. [IRIN News] More
د. فتحي العكاري : قراءة في الموقف العسكري العام لمعسكر الطاغوت

عبد السلام الزغيبي : ولادة عسيرة قد تحتاج إلى عملية قيصرية

الأتحاد الليبي : انتهاكات صارخة لحرية الاعلام

د. مصطفى عبدالله : نظام حكم الطاغية القذافي إنتهى

صلاح الحداد : الحرية ليست للأغنياء والبيض فقط

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : تعزية الامين العام إلى سمو امير قطر

محمد مصراتي : الثورة التي كانت مجرد فكرة نكتة

Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: A proposal to establish a no-fly zone over Libya has been introduced to the U.N. Security Council, though both its chance of passage and effectiveness even if it does pass are very much in doubt. The resolution would provide political and legal authorization for the establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya, strengthen existing economic sanctions -- including a more robust enforcement of an arms embargo -- and expand a list of individuals, organizations and companies that are subject to travel bans and to the freezing of assets from Libya. The draft also calls for a ban on the use of commercial flights to transport mercenaries into the country and other means to end the involvement of foreign fighters. [Fox News] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: AJDABIYA, Libya -- Rebels opposed to Col. Moammar Gadhafi's Tuesday fled this strategic post after government troops took the city in a stealth assault, overwhelming the only major population center on the way to the rebel capital Benghazi and making a crucial stride towards snuffing out the four-week-old uprising. Demoralized rebel fighters streamed out of the city, trying to regroup along a four-lane highway to Benghazi that was packed with speeding ambulances and cars of fleeing Ajdabiya citizens. Advance, unite in numbers. Yes, he owns planes, yes he owns missiles, but we have God with us and we'll achieve victory or death!" urged a frantic broadcast Tuesday afternoon on the Voice of Free Libya, the rebels' Benghazi-based channel. "This is our last stand." [Wall Street Jornal] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: In a bid to further clamp down on the Libyan government, the Treasury Department sanctioned the country’s foreign minister, who was a key CIA asset over the years, as well as 16 entities in its banking, oil, aviation and investment sectors. Moussa Koussa, who previously served as the country’s intelligence chief, now has any of his assets under U.S. jurisdiction frozen, and any U.S. citizens are banned from doing business with him. He became known as “the envoy of death” by Libyan exiles for allegedly sending hitmen around the world to assassinate opposition figures. However, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he was ordered to cooperate with the Central Intelligence Agency in its hunt for members of al-Qaeda. [Wall Street Jornal] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: It was to be a face-to-face encounter with one of the captured Al Qaeda militants accused by Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi and his associates of being behind the uprising in this North African nation. But Salah Mohammad Ali Abou Obah, born in 1967, denied being either a militant or a member of Al Qaeda. Rather, he told a group of reporters taken Tuesday to the criminal investigations headquarters in Tripoli, the capital, on Tuesday that he was a low-ranking member of an exiled Islamic opposition group. The prisoner said he had spent much of the last 14 years in Britain. He joined up with fellow Libyans, both secular and Islamist, to take over the main square in the city of Zawiya as part of a quest to overthrow Kadafi's regime and establish a pluralistic government. [Los Angele Times] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: Cape Town — President Jacob Zuma will be leaving for Libya next week as part of a high level committee selected by the African Union to mediate in the worsening conflict there. Other committee members included Presidents of Mauritania, Congo, Mali and Uganda. The announcement was made in Cape Town today by International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman. He said South Africa supported the AU's position on calling for the immediate end of air strikes and other hostilities. Furthermore, the deputy minister said they supported a call for "Libyan authorities to facilitate the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to the needy population and the adoption and implementation of political reforms to end the on-going conflict." [All Africa] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: PARIS — The eight most powerful industrialized nations failed to agree Tuesday on a no-flight zone or any other military operation to help the Libyan opposition, instead passing the problem to the United Nations Security Council by urging an undefined increase of pressure on the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. France and Britain pressed for agreement on a no-flight zone, while Germany and Russia opposed the measure and the United States was cautious, officials said, speaking anonymously following diplomatic protocol. Alain Juppé, the French foreign minister, read a statement after talks among foreign ministers of the Group of 8 nations concluded here on Tuesday, saying that they called on Colonel Qaddafi “to respect the legitimate claim of the Libyan people to fundamental rights, freedom of expression and a representative form of government.” [New York Times] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: A source sends on a letter going out shortly from the Foreign Policy Initiative, signed by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, former Iraq administrator Paul Bremer, Commentary editor John Podhoretz and many others: In your inaugural address two years ago, you said this: "And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more." Today the United States and its allies should stand with the men, women and children of Libya who seek a future of peace and dignity. The situation in Libya in the coming days will not just impact the Libyan people. [Politico] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: BAMAKO, Mali — Elhadj Maiga is a Qaddafi recruiter and a proud one at that, scrambling to assemble a pipeline of young men from Mali to go and fight for The Great Leader. At this stage, without cash for guns or transport, Mr. Maiga’s group of about 200 young men is more of a fan club than a militia. But like other pro-Qaddafi groups that have sprung up here since the rebellion in Libya began, what it lacks in logistics it makes up in loyalty. “We’re all ready to die for him,” Mr. Maiga said. “He’s done so much for us, after all.” Just look at Mr. Maiga’s life: he prays at a mosque in Bamako, Mali’s capital, that Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi built; he watches television on the Malian national network that Colonel Qaddafi set up in the 1980s. [New York Times] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: The world hoped that Libya would repeat the experience of Tunisia and Egypt: a popular uprising that toppled the dictatorship fairly quickly and at modest cost, followed by an effort to begin consolidating popular governance. That now seems unlikely. Muammar Qaddafi is made of sterner and more brutal stuff than Zine El Abidine Ben Ali or Hosni Mubarak, and he has been more effective at weakening and dividing potential opponents. All signs now point to the Libyan conflict being tragically protracted, with the potential for regional instability, humanitarian disaster, and the empowerment of extremists. Of course, no one can precisely predict the future direction of the country with certainty, but four scenarios, echoes of previous conflicts around the world, seem plausible. [The New Republic] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: The United States imposed more economic sanctions on Libya's government Tuesday, as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi continued their crackdown on the opposition. The conflict is also hitting home in western Virginia, where a family is mourning a young man with ties to our area who was killed in the fighting. Suzi Elarabi was worried for her son's safety, calling Muhannad Bensadik every hour from her Martinsville apartment. As the fighting in Libya escalated, she encouraged him to leave for the United States, but knew he wouldn't come. "Libya is his country too," Elarabi told News 7, "so he decided that he would not leave Libya until he did what he had to do and fight for freedom for the Libyan people." The 21-year-old was born in Eden, North Carolina. He spent summers in the Martinsville area, and attended Magna Vista High School in the 9th grade. [WDBJ7] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: One month after the revolution in Libya began, 15-year-old Fatma Kader's elation has turned to tears. She is wracked with worry that forces loyal to Col. Muammar Gadhafi are marching deeper into eastern Libya and won't be stopped. "Where's Obama?" she asks, so overcome with emotion she can barely speak. "They keep using this opportunity to kill us." Osama Bensadik's bliss has turned to devastation. He came to eastern Libya – "free Libya," they call it here, with a new government and new flags flying – to help his son fight the revolution. They thought they had won. But today, he is looking for his son's body after he was shot fighting on the front lines. "Everyone's asking for a no-fly zone. There's no comparison between the kids fighting with their small weapons and Gadhafi's forces with the major artillery," [ABC] More
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, March 15 (Reuters) - Libya's government will honour existing contracts with Western oil companies but the crisis is likely to influence its future cooperation with them, a senior foreign ministry official said on Tuesday. "Yesterday I met with Mr Shukri Ghanem, the president of the National Oil Commission, and he told me he is still in contact with the chairmen of Eni (ENI.MI: Quote) and some American companies," Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim told Reuters in Tripoli. "We hope that they will be convinced that the security is guaranteed for everyone and they will be back here to resume their work," he said. Asked if existing contracts could be reviewed, he said: "I don't think so at this stage. ... Maybe for new ones, for new concessions, for new contracts. Maybe what happened in the last four weeks will be reflected in the future cooperation with other countries." [Reuters] More
تعازي إلى آل الشويهدي والكبتي

علي الخليفي : سيدي الرئيس

المحمودي : من صنع لكم معروفا فكافئوه

سليم الرقعي : سر تصاعد التدخلات الغربية في أحداث ليبيا!؟

Tuesday, 15 March, 2011: Ajdabiya, Libya. On Libya's eastern front, taking towns may be easy for Col. Muammar Qaddafi – but holding them is something else again. After days of being pounded by rocket fire and bombing runs from forces loyal to Qaddafi, Libya's rebel army piled into their pickup trucks yesterday afternoon and cut a ragged retreat from the oil town of Brega to Ajdabiya, 40 miles to the east. They left mounds of ammunition and supplies behind them as they fled, Qaddafi’s fighters surging behind. That was all according to plan, says Mohammed el-Majbouli. “We drew [Qaddafi's forces] forward, and then we maneuvered behind them and trapped them,” says Mr. Majbouli, a former member of Qaddafi’s special forces who is now organizing rebel fighters. [Christian Science Monitor] More
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011: PARIS — The Group of Eight powers gathered in Paris on Monday to thrash out a common line on possible intervention to ground the warplanes pounding Libya's rebels. The G8 ministers were also to discuss Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which have raised fears of a nuclear disaster after damage to a power plant, as well as economic concerns. In Libya, as forces loyal to strongman Moamer Khadhafi pushed their fierce assault against the rebels to the key town of Ajdabiya, the world's eight powers were seeking a common front, with host France pushing for a no-fly zone over Libya. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe vowed to step up efforts to get approval for the measure, which is backed by the 22-nation Arab League, considered crucial for dealing with the region. [AFP] More
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011: The vice-chancellor who now heads the umbrella group for British universities met Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli as part of a £75m deal with Exeter University to educate "elite Libyan officials". University links with the Gaddafi regime have come under the spotlight once again after an MP tabled a Commons motion calling for an inquiry "to trace the huge amounts of money from Middle Eastern dictatorships that have flowed into British universities". Universities have faced intense scrutiny since a row erupted over a £1.5m donation to the LSE by the Gaddafi foundation, the charity run by the dictator's son Saif al-islam. The decision to accept the funding led Sir Howard Davies to resign as the LSE's director. [Guardian] More
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011: "Time is of the essence" in the struggle to prevent Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi "brutalising" any more of his people, Prime Minister David Cameron has told MPs. In a Commons statement on 14 March 2011, Mr Cameron said that there should be "no let up on the pressure we put on this regime". He said the UK was urgently working on a draft UN security council resolution, which would authorise the operation of a no-fly zone over Libya. The prime minister also told MPs that the UK was calling on the security council to approve "much tougher measures against mercenaries" fighting against the Libyan uprising. [BBC] More
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011: Groups fighting against the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi last month formed an umbrella organization known now as the Interim Transitional National Council. The goal was both to reduce factional differences and to put a spotlight on some recognizable leaders. "The main aim of the national council is to have a political face ... for the revolution," Abdel-Hafiz Ghoqa, a spokesman for the group, told reporters in announcing its formation. Even as the rebellion is suffering some military losses, it's enjoying some diplomatic victories. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Thursday that she will meet with members of the council during her upcoming visit to the region. [NPR] More
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011: (RTTNews) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that his country was opposed to any sort of NATO military intervention in Libya, warning that such a move could lead to dangerous consequences. "We see that outside intervention, particularly military intervention, doesn't solve the problem. To the contrary, it deepens it," Erdogan was quoted as saying while addressing a two-day Leaders of Change Summit in Istanbul. "A NATO intervention to Libya or any other country will be ineffective. Beyond ineffective, it might be dangerous," the Turkish Prime Minister added. [RTT News] More
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011: Washington (CNN) -- As the debate continues over whether the U.S. should involve itself directly in the upheaval in Libya, millions of dollars of American aid is arriving there already. Safety concerns mean U.S. disaster experts have been unable to enter Libya to see first-hand the dimensions of the humanitarian crisis, State Department officials said Monday, but U.S. partners are dispensing assistance. Most of that aid is moving to the eastern part of the country, controlled by rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Nancy Lindborg, assistant administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, said the U.S. is working with the United Nations and private organizations to provide urgently needed supplies inside Libya. [CNN] More
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011: UNITED NATIONS: A divided UN Security Council discussed on Monday the idea of authorising a no-fly zone over Libya, but no consensus emerged among its 15 members and Russia said it had questions about the proposal. France, which along with Britain has led calls for an enforced ban on military flights across the North African oil-producing state, said it hoped the Arab League decision to ask the council to impose a no-fly zone would persuade reluctant members to support it. “Now that there is this Arab League statement, we do hope that it’s a game changer for the other members of the council,” French UN Ambassador Gerard Araud said before the closed-door council meeting. [Daily Times] More
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011: LONDON — The last time we heard from my father was early in the morning of March 1, when he phoned my brother to tell him, “I’m about to be arrested.” My father, who called from my family’s house in Tripoli, urged my brother, who lives in Manchester, England, to look after the family and to continue fighting the Libyan regime, no matter what happened to him. Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime already had arrested three of my brothers who still lived in Libya. Only my mother and two sisters remain free, at least for the moment. Because I hold a British passport — I was born in the United Kingdom and lived there until 1989 — I managed to make my way out of Libya the day after my father’s arrest. [AJC] More
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011: Suppressing demands for change with violence is impossible, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday in remarks about Libya, adding that it is time to meet people’s demands for democracy, fundamental rights and welfare. “We should give importance to people, rather than states. Where there are no people, there will be no states,” Erdoğan said. The prime minister continued to caution, however, against a military intervention in Libya, which he said would not help bring about a peaceful and successful transition in the country and could instead have dangerous and negative implications. [Hurriyet Daily News] More
منظمة الأمل : بيان تأييد ودعم المجلس الوطنى المؤقت

عمر الهوني : تظاهرة الليبيين امام سفارة النظام ـ لندن ـ 12 مارس 2011

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي على الساحة الأوروبية : بيان

سالم بن عمار : بل شعبنا سينتصر عليك يا زيف

Monday, 14 March, 2011: PRESIDENT Obama says the noose is tightening around Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. In fact, it is tightening around the Libyan rebels, as Colonel Qaddafi makes the most of the world’s dithering and steadily retakes rebel-held towns. The United States and Europe are temporizing on a no-flight zone while the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Gulf Cooperation Council and now the Arab League have all called on the United Nations Security Council to authorize one. Opponents of a no-flight zone have put forth five main arguments, none of which, on close examination, hold up. Gen. Wesley K. Clark argues that “Libya doesn’t sell much oil to the United States” and that while Americans “want to support democratic movements in the region,” we are already doing that in Iraq and Afghanistan. [New York Times] More
Monday, 14 March, 2011: Time was running out for Libya's revolution last night as Muammar Gaddafi's forces routed rebels in the east of the country, driving them into retreat from the town of Brega under a rain of rockets and shells, and opening up the road to the principal opposition stronghold, Benghazi. With western countries paralysed by disagreements over military intervention, the exhausted and terrified rebel army piled into pickup trucks with machine-guns mounted on the back or towing anti-aircraft guns and raced away from a sustained assault by rocket launchers and artillery to which they were ill equipped to respond. The Gaddafi forces' advance came as Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, prepared to travel to the region to meet representatives of the rebels' revolutionary council. [Guardian] More
Monday, 14 March, 2011: Libya's de facto oil minister says he has asked Italian oil giant Eni SpA for help in putting out a fire at an eastern oil facility that was the scene of fierce fighting between rebels and government loyalists. National Oil Co. head Shukri Ghanem told The Associated Press on Sunday that he is worried the fire at a kerosene storage tank in the Ras Lanouf facility will spread. Ghanem said he spoke with Eni's chairman about the company helping to extinguish the blaze but that no decision had been taken. Ras Lanouf was recaptured by pro-government forces as part of an ongoing push to crush the anti-government uprising. [Businessweek] More
Monday, 14 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, LIBYA - They are two fighters on the front lines of what they say is a battle for freedom and survival. But the paths that Haitham al-Ghaybee and Abu Sultantook to this moment were very different. One is a scruffy rabble-rouser who has a reputation for hard drinking; the other a clean-shaven, green-eyed Islamist who has fought before in the name of his religion, carrying out attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq. Neither fits neatly into the profile of drug-addled al-Qaeda devotees that Col. Moammar Gaddafi has used to denigrate the rebel force seeking to oust him from power after 41 years. Instead, the men reflect the wide array of perspectives and backgrounds present among those who in recent weeks have captured control of half of Libya, and are desperately seeking to win the rest. [Washington Post] More
Monday, 14 March, 2011: Barack Obama’s public reluctance to point Hosni Mubarak toward the exit door pushed open by millions of disgusted Egyptians was defensible, if not exactly admirable: the U.S. did not wish to be seen peremptorily dumping so longstanding an ally, although the White House should have seen much earlier that there was no alternative. The president’s dithering over Libya has been neither defensible nor admirable. His electoral pitch made much of America’s “moral obligation” to intervene to prevent atrocities against civilians. Atrocities is a strong word: it does not describe the familiar travails of the subjects of unjust and corrupt rulers. But atrocities are happening in Libya. Obama’s declared principles in foreign affairs face a test he seems loath to recognize. [Newsweek] More
Monday, 14 March, 2011: It was only after a long day of applying stitches, performing emergency surgeries and amputating limbs that had been torn apart by gunfire that the doctors took a moment to reflect on the brutality being waged against the people of Libya. For two weeks, the Toronto-area doctors travelled from one overcrowded hospital in Libya to the next, using old equipment and outdated medicine to treat horrific wounds — but the morale of those on the front lines was always on their minds. “Once we got to the hotel, that’s when we started crying and supporting each other. We are supposed to help the people who are living there. [The Star] More
Monday, 14 March, 2011: Who would have thought that a country like Libya who was a geopolitical Terra Nullius for the past 40 years, would become at the very centre of international debates and strategies? Libya is a very ancient civilization which enjoys a strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, rich with its generous oil reserves. Yet, Kaddafi erased Libya from the maps since 1969 with two decades of isolation, embargo, dictatorship, absence from the Union from the Mediterranean, and caricatural political positions. If we learnt something since January from the Arab turmoil, it would be that no matter how logical and accurate you keep your analysis it cannot be applied to the Arab world. [Morocco Board] More
Monday, 14 March, 2011: Like Sinatra, Moammar Gaddafi has always done things his way. When Egypt- and Tunis-style public protests failed to dislodge the Libyan leader, a full-scale rebellion erupted, only to be met with the uncompromising brutality so familiar to longtime Gaddafi observers. For now, Libya appears stalemated, with rebels controlling the eastern half of the country while regime loyalists dig in around Tripoli and the west. As the international community waits to see if, when and how Gaddafi might fall, let's topple a few misunderstandings about the mercurial leader. Gaddafi is insane. 1Given - Gaddafi looks like a deranged dictator. Homicidal attacks on his own people? Check. Wacky ideology? Try reading his incoherent ramblings in"The Green Book," a manifesto published in the 1970s. [Washington Post] More
Monday, 14 March, 2011: The man leading the Libyan revolution in Benghazi could not be any more different from the flamboyant dictator back in the capital of Tripoli. Mustafa Abdel Jalil is a small, softly-spoken lawyer with a thin white beard and a passion for bee-keeping and Italian football. He is neither a rabble-rouser nor a guerrilla fighter, and has told his friends that he has no desire to replace Muammer Gaddafi should the revolution succeed and the ­current Libyan leader is toppled. Yet, despite his unassuming appearance, Mr Abdel Jalil has emerged as the undisputed head of the opposition National Council, which co-ordinates the struggle against the Gaddafi regime from Benghazi. When he speaks, on the need for a no-fly zone or on the future constitution of the country, his pronouncements are regarded as the official position of the Libyan revolution. [Financial Times] More
Monday, 14 March, 2011: Libyan rebels discovered that soldiers captured during a bungled operation were carrying scraps of paper with the usernames and passwords for secret computer systems. Sources in Benghazi, the largest Libyan city in opposition control, told British newspaper The Sunday Times last week that they seized a cache of communications equipment when the joint MI6 and Special Air Service (SAS) mission went wrong nine days ago - and also found the details needed to access the computers on notes among their captives' belongings. Several pieces of equipment were even said to have labels saying, "Secret: UK eyes only." "It is so inept, it is unbelievable," one expert said. [Adelaide Now] More
مظاهرة الجالية الليبية أمام المصرف المركزي بوسط العاصمة الايرلندية دبلن ـ 12 مارس 2011

عبدالنبى أبوسيف ياسين : ترحل أو لا ترحل .. يا معمّر ؟

خالد الغول : القذافي وأعوانه هم المسئولون عن أي تدخل أجنبي

د. مصطفى عبدالله : لابد من التضحية من أجل ليبيا

د. فتحي الفاضلي : سنن الطواغيت .. من بن علي الى معمر

Sunday, 13 March, 2011: Reporting from Benghazi and Uqaylah, Libya In a stark rebuke to one of its members, the Arab League urged the United Nations on Saturday to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. The move came even as forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi advanced eastward toward the strategic city of Port Brega in an intensifying onslaught against out-gunned rebels, who retreated from airstrikes and rocket barrages that thundered across deserts and coastal highways. The Libyan army has made substantial gains in recent attacks, driving insurgents from the country's largest petrochemical refinery near Uqaylah on Saturday and routing them earlier from Ras Lanuf, about 25 miles west, and Zawiya in the west of the country. The opposition has relinquished at least 60 miles of coastal territory in six days. [Los Angeles Times] More
Sunday, 13 March, 2011: Al Jazeera has announced that one of its cameramen, Ali Hassan Al Jaber, was killed after a reporting team for the Arabic-language channel was ambushed by government forces near the town of Benghazi. The news sparked an outpouring of emotion and support for the network and the slain cameraman. Wadah Khanfar, the director general of the Al Jazeera Network, announced the death in broadcast remakrs, saying "the network will not be silent after death of our cameraman" and would seek to prosecute the perpetrators. [Boing] More
Sunday, 13 March, 2011: Libyan rebels, forced back by air strikes and shelling from loyalist forces, got Arab League backing in their quest for a no-fly zone to ground Moamer Kadhafi's warplanes. Forced to abandon efforts to recapture the oil town of Ras Lanuf, the outgunned anti-regime fighters struggled to set up a new defensive line 30 kilometres (about 20 miles) further east along a coastal road towards Brega. Brega is the last main town before Ajdabiya, gateway to eastern Libya on the roads to the main rebel cities of Benghazi and Tobruk. Advertisement: Story continues below The news was better from the Arab League talks in Cairo however, as it came out in support of plans to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. [SMH] More
Sunday, 13 March, 2011: President Barack Obama says the U.S. and its allies are "slowly tightening the noose" around Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. During a Friday news conference, Mr. Obama said he had not taken any options "off the table" in terms of a possible response to Mr. Gadhafi's crackdown on government opponents. Mr. Obama also announced he would be appointing a special envoy to deal with Libyan opposition forces. His announcement came just hours after the European Union agreed to acknowledge rebel leaders. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Friday agreed that Libya's opposition National Council is a legitimate political entity. However, the 27-nation bloc stopped short of giving the council full diplomatic recognition. France has officially recognized the rebel group and had urged the EU to do the same. [VOA] More
Sunday, 13 March, 2011: PARIS -- A Brazilian reporter who was freed from detention in Libya has urged Moammar Gadhafi's government to release a colleague from a British newspaper who is still held in the violence-wracked country. Andrei Netto says he believes he was released after eight days because of "good ties" between Brazil and Libya. He fears for the fate of colleague Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi national working for The Guardian. Netto spoke Saturday to The Associated Press after returning from Tripoli via Dubai to Paris, where he is based as a correspondent for Brazil's Estado de S. Paulo newspaper. Netto, who was released Thursday, said he and Abdul-Ahad entered Libya through Tunisia and had filed news reports before being detained 10 days ago in the town of Sabratha. [Washington Post] More
Sunday, 13 March, 2011: Addis Ababa - The African Union said on Saturday that the presidents of South Africa, Mauritania, Congo, Mali and Uganda had been asked to form a high-level committee to help resolve the conflict in Libya. The committee would look "to engage with all parties in Libya, facilitate an inclusive dialogue among them, and engage AU partners, as part of the overall efforts, for the speedy resolution of the crisis in Libya", said a statement issued from the bloc's headquarters in Addis Ababa. The five presidents who will sit on the committee are South Africa's Jacob Zuma, Congo's Denis Sassou Nguesso, Amadou Toumani Toure from Mali, Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz from Mauritania. [News 24] More
Sunday, 13 March, 2011: (CNN) -- When the Gulf War began in 1990, many were worried about "another Vietnam," but few of those were in the military. The war chiefly showed how easy it is to run over an enemy who has little in the way of effective defenses, strategy, tactics, planning, morale or leadership. When it ended, President George H. W. Bush, triumphantly exclaimed, "By God, we've licked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all." Within three years, however, the country picked up another syndrome. A couple dozen American military personnel were killed in scraps of armed conflict while trying to police an anarchic situation in Africa. In consequence, Americans succumbed to the Somalia syndrome, and thereafter troops were sent into such situations only when the environment was "permissive" or when high altitude bombing could be relied upon alone. [CNN] More
Sunday, 13 March, 2011: he Arab League has called on the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya in an effort to protect civilians in the North African country. The resolution, which came after a six-hour meeting Saturday of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, also called for the League to hold dialogue with the opposition Libyan National Council. "The Arab League has officially requested the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone against any military action against the Libyan people," secretary general Amr Moussa said in televised press a statement. The Libyan delegation, which arrived in Cairo on Friday, did not attend the meeting. But the delegation delivered a message to Moussa, asking the Arab League not to endorse any foreign military intervention in the North African country. [DPA] More
Sunday, 13 March, 2011: (New York) – Libyan security forces controlled by Muammar Gaddafi have launched a wave of arrests and disappearances in Tripoli that has gripped the city with fear, Human Rights Watch said today. According to credible and consistent accounts given by Tripoli residents to Human Rights Watch, security forces have arrested scores of anti-government protesters, suspected government critics, and those alleged to have provided information to international media and human rights organizations. Some detainees have apparently been subjected to torture. “Gaddafi and his security forces are brutally suppressing all opposition in Tripoli, including peaceful protests, with lethal force, arbitrary arrests, and forced disappearances,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. [HRW] More
Sunday, 13 March, 2011: Troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi launched an assault on the city of Misrata on Saturday, attempting to recapture the last town in the west of the country still in rebel hands. Apparently unsettled by the uprisings against his 41-year rule that began just under a month ago, Gaddafi was initially slow to respond, but he has regained the initiative, ordering his troops onto the counter-offensive, crushing a revolt to the west of Tripoli and pushing back rebels in the east. The only rebel outpost between the capital and the eastern front around the oil town of Ras Lanuf is Misrata, Libya's third largest city, with a population of some 300,000 people, around 200 km (130 miles) east of Tripoli. "They are trying to get into Misrata, they are now 10 km away," said rebel spokesman Gemal by telephone. "We are hearing shelling. We have no choice but to fight." [IB Times] More
عطية صالح الأوجلي : محطات

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : عقارب الساعة لا تعود إلى الوراء!

LLHR: Col. Qaddhafi forces enrollment of African migrants in his army

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : مذكرة : إلى اجتماع مجلس جامعة الدول العربية

عمر الهوني : تظاهرة الليبيين امام سفارة النظام ـ لندن ـ 10 مارس 2011

هشام بن غلبون : صور المظاهرة الحاشدة أمام مبنى السفارة الليبية ـ لندن ـ 10 مارس 2011

د. فتحي العكاري : السلف مردود يا أعداء ليبيا

عبدالنبى أبوسيف ياسين : مرحباً بحرب البسوس .. يا سيف القذافي

فرج الفاخري : إذا كان الكلام من فضة

مؤسسة الرقيب : انتهاك الشيخوخة وعدم احترام الشيبة

Saturday, 12 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — President Obama said Friday that he would appoint a special representative to Libya’s rebel leaders and that the Treasury Department had placed sanctions on nine more family members and friends of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in an effort to force the Libyan leader to resign. Mr. Obama said the representative, who White House officials said would probably be chosen by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the next few days, would determine how the United States could help the Libyan opposition. The move is significant because although the United States has not formally recognized the rebels as legitimate representatives of the Libyan people, the appointment of a special representative is bound to be interpreted as a move toward de facto recognition. [New York Times] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: ZAWIYAH, LIBYA - In the battle-scarred center of this small town, evidence abounds that the popular uprising here has been brutally crushed, in a bitter blow to the fast-fading hopes of rebels that they can succeed in toppling Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. The fall of Zawiyah, 30 miles west of Tripoli and the only major town in western Libya to have been claimed by the opposition, came as President Obama and the European Union offered only measured support for the rebels, leaving them increasingly vulnerable to Gaddafi's better organized and better equipped military. Government officials escorted journalists to Zawiyah's main square, the focus of the fighting, for what amounted to a victory rally, with soldiers firing machine guns into the air and a crowd of about 200 enthusiastically chanting pro-Gaddafi slogans. But devastation lay all around. [Washington Post] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: President Barack Obama emphasized repeatedly at his Friday news conference that “all options are on the table” when it comes to Libya. But he did not come close to committing U.S. forces to enforcing a no fly zone over Libyan airspace. The Obama administration’s wariness about this strikes some critics as a sign of U.S. weakness. But there are sound reasons to wait on military intervention just a few more days until there is wider international and especially regional support. Muammar Qadhafi would love to turn his war against his own people into an anti-American narrative — harking back to the 1980s when the Reagan administration tried to bomb Libya into giving up terrorism. The best way to confront him now is to get his neighbors in the African Union and Arab League to back measures by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to protect Libyan opposition forces, ordinary civilians and oil installations. [Politico] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: TRIPOLI—A UN mission is due to visit Libya on Saturday to evaluate the country's humanitarian needs, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaaim said at a news conference on Friday. "A UN humanitarian mission will visit Libya on Saturday to evaluate the country's humanitarian needs," Kaaim said, adding that the delegation will tour hospitals to check on food and medicine supplies. "We have six-months worth of food and medicine stocks," he added. Earlier UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was dispatching to Libya an envoy, former Jordanian foreign minister Abdul Ilah Khatib, to raise international concerns about Moammar Gadhafi's deadly crackdown on protests. [Inquirer] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: ROME - THE United Nations on Friday warned the crisis in Libya would likely have a 'significant' impact on food security in the country and surrounding region because of possible disruption of food supplies. 'In Libya, the situation may lead to a sudden disruption of imports and the collapse of the internal distribution system,' Daniele Donati, head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation's emergency operations, said in a statement. 'Depletion of food stocks and loss of rural manpower are all factors that in the longer-term could seriously affect food security,' he said. 'The ongoing crisis will likely have a significant impact on food security in Libya and in nearby crisis-affected regions,' he added. [Xinhuanet] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: There is an old joke told by an American comedian poking fun at British police because they don’t carry guns. ‘So he’s chasing the suspect and he shouts ‘Stop……or I’ll shout stop again’. It brings a smile – but it also sums up the European Union’s position to Libya at the moment, which is no laughing matter. All 27 leaders of the EU countries came together in Brussels for an extraordinary session for only the fourth time in history. This European Council previously gathered during the Georgia War; during the war in Iraq and immediately after the 9/11 attacks in the US. The intention here was clear; to speak with one voice, to put diplomatic pressure on Colonel Gaddafi. [Aljazeera] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: Europe's leaders have clashed over the prospect of intervention in Libya, with Angela Merkel leading a campaign to block talk of air strikes and no-fly zones from David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy. An emergency EU summit in Brussels summoned the ghosts from the 1990s of division, appeasement, and impotence when Europe failed to halt the fighting in former Yugoslavia. Cameron has emerged as the west's leading hawk, but failed to win explicit support for Nato to enforce a no-fly zone. The summit statement said EU leaders would "examine all necessary options" to protect civilians. The German chancellor noted there was no legal basis for a no-fly zone, and said she would reconsider only if a legal basis were established. [Guardian] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: Smirks and the odd expletive fill the room as a group of young men recall their education growing up under the eccentric and oppressive rule of Muammer Gaddafi. Colonel Gaddafi’s Green Book was a compulsory subject for study from primary school right through to the end of university. First published in 1975,it outlines his “third universal theory” which he used to turn the oil-rich north African nation into a Jamahiriya, or “rule of the masses”. Libyan students lined upto repeat chants in praise of Col Gaddafi’s system before class and again after lunch. Please respect FT.com's ts&cs and copyright policy which allow you to: share links; copy content for personal use; & redistribute limited extracts. As they studied the book’s contents, they were taught to reject modern liberal democracy. Libya’s unique system, they were told, was based on “direct democracy” in the form of popular committees. [Financial Times] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: LOS ANGELES, Mar. 11 -- Fighting in Libya has nearly stopped the country’s production of oil, reducing output by 1.4 million b/d to less than 300,000 b/d, according to Total SA. “Oil production in Libya must have fallen to between 200,000-300,000 b/d maximum,” said Total Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie, adding that there are “about 1.4 million b/d less" than normal. “There is no problem of supply to the market," de Margerie said, adding, "We have stocks so there is no risk of a shortage.” Total has shut down its production at two Libyan oil fields: Al Jurf (offshore) and Mabruk (onshore), where it shares production with other companies, de Margerie said. With the unrest, Libya is producing just 300,000-400,000 b/d, down sharply from its typical production of 1.8 million b/d, according to Holly Pattenden, head of oil and gas analysis at the Business Monitor International in London. [OGJ] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: As the wave of Islamic uprising sweeps through the Middle East and North Africa, the people are fighting to take back their Islamic identity from dictatorships. Political analyst from Beirut Khaled Abou Hait believes Muslims are demanding their identity and dignity back from regimes controlled by Western ideologies. The following a transcript of Abou Hait's interview with Press TV in which he shares his ideas on the Islamic awakening in the Middle East, as well as what's needed for the people to overcome Western influence. Press TV: People there in Libya who are fighting the Gaddafi forces have been saying that they do not want any military intervention in the form of invasion but they would want to use an immediate implementation of the no-fly zone. Why do you think we haven't seen that measure taken by the international community yet? [Press TV] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: CAIRO — The Arab League will not allow two Tripoli envoys to attend a weekend crisis meeting expected to discuss imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, top officials in the pan-Arab organisation said Friday. Tripoli sent envoy Salma Rashed to Cairo to replace Abdelmoneim al-Huni, who resigned as Libya's ambassador to the Arab League last month in protest at the killing of demonstrators. Embattled Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi also sent his electricity minister, Umran Abu Kraa, to attend Saturday's crisis talks in Cairo, an Arab League source told AFP. But Hisham Youssef, chief of staff of Arab League secretary general Amr Mussa, said none of the Libyan delegation would attend the gathering after Tripoli was suspended from all Arab League meetings. [AFP] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, Libya — The voice of the revolution resides in a rundown compound of single-story concrete buildings on the outskirts of this city, the de facto capital of rebel-held Libya. Stray cats jog through the debris, and abandoned trucks are lined up against a wall. In a small room with a dirty green carpet on the floor and a map on the wall is a makeshift studio where broadcasters are on the air live 12 hours a day. Programming is a mix of patriotic music, talk shows and news, though there is no fixed schedule, says Ramadan Aboshaala, 46, a former television engineer who helps run the Voice of Free Libya. Aboshaala says there is little organization. "We are in a revolution now," Aboshaala says. "We don't have managers." [USA Today] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: Libya's former envoy to Washington has been at the State Department the past several days, and diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli have "set up shop" in the State Department's Near East bureau. From their new base, the diplomats are helping U.S. government efforts to understand the Libyan opposition and its leadership structure, according to a diplomat who attended a briefing at the State Department this week. U.S. ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz briefed foreign diplomats about the Libyan crisis and what he's learned about the Libyan opposition at the State Department this week. [The Envoy] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: How cheered Libya's reeling opposition must feel now that they know that the White House is dispatching Secretary of State Clinton to meet with them during her trip to Tunisia and Egypt to have a post-revolutionary exchange of views. As they lose ground and are surely being overrun, the freedom-fighters must also be overwhelmed with gratitude that NATO's Action Committee is meeting to exhaust as much time as may be needed to render a "no-fly zone" an exercise in futility. And as Colonel Gaddafi's forces continue to hammer them, his opponents must be toasting to the generous statements of concern emanating from the White House asserting that all options are on the table to come to their rescue. [Huffington Post] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: Geneva: UN officials say they are getting reports that child soldiers are being recruited to fight for Moammar Gaddafi loyalists in Libya. UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado told The Associated Press today there is "a serious concern" that child soldiers are among the mercenaries that Gaddafi is hiring to attack rebel forces. The spokeswoman for the UN children's agency said the mercenaries come from Chad, Niger, Central African Republic and Sudan's Darfur region, which are all places "with known child soldiers." The UN special envoy for children in armed conflicts, Radhika Coomaraswamy, also says human rights groups and local civilians are providing unconfirmed reports that children are being killed and injured by taking up arms in Libya. [Silicon India] More
Saturday, 12 March, 2011: PRO-FRENCH FEELING: France’s decision to recognise the rebel Libyan National Council has been very popular AS THOUSANDS arrived for Friday prayers here in rebel-held Benghazi, a large French tricolour billowed against the graffiti-covered courthouse that has become the headquarters of the opposition movement seeking to overthrow Muammar Gadafy. The flag was draped alongside the pre-Gadafy Libyan standard which can be seen everywhere in Libya’s eastern flank since the uprising began more than three weeks ago. France’s decision earlier this week to recognise the rebel Libyan National Council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people has bolstered confidence here in the city where the revolt was born. [Irish Times] More
مؤسسة الرقيب : الرقيب تكشف عن اعتقالات وحالات اختفاء قسري واعتداء بحق نشطاء في ليبيا

مؤسسة الرقيب لحقوق الإنسان : بيان بخصوص اعتقال صحفيين

مؤسسة الرقيب لحقوق الإنسان : بيان بخصوص اختطاف

LLHR : Libya Meeting in the British House of Commons

ابراهيم عبدالعزيز صهّد : احذروا الساعين لشق الصف الوطني

د. مصطفى عبدالله : رقصة المذبوح

خالد الغول : ضرورة تغيير الخطاب الإعلامي

علي الخليفي : إعلان موت جُرذ

Friday, 11 March, 2011: Washington (CNN) -- Testimony by the director of national intelligence has prompted a leading Senate Republican to call for his resignation even as other senators expressed support. In a statement, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, criticized James Clapper's statement, given during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, that Moammar Gadhafi's regime would "prevail" over the rebels in Libya. "His comments will make the situation more difficult for those opposing Gadhafi," said Graham, adding they undercut U.S. efforts and should not have been made in a public forum. Graham also cited two previous times where Clapper made misstatements. "It should be the final straw," Graham said of his remarks on Libya. [CNN] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi is unlikely to be ousted by rebels, the top U.S. intelligence officer has told a congressional committee, and the United States must contemplate the national-security implications of a Kadafi victory — or even a stalemate. Libya could end up split into two or three parts, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said Thursday, or "you could end up with a Somalia-like situation." Because of its superior weapons and logistical capabilities, "I think over time, over the longer term, that the regime will prevail," Clapper said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Kadafi has units, equipped with tanks and artillery, that have the ability to maintain and replenish their weapons over time, Clapper said. [Los Angeles Times] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: Colonel Qaddafi continues to draw the ire of the western world. His security forces abused three BBC correspondents in Libya. “We were lined up against the wall,” Chris Cobb-Smith, one of the trio, told The New York Times. “I was the last in line — facing the wall. I looked and I saw a plainclothes guy with a small submachine gun. He put it to everyone’s neck. [He] put the gun to my neck and pulled the trigger twice. The bullets whisked past my ear.” UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said the abuse "could amount to torture." Goktay Koraltan, another one of the three detained correspondents, told the Times there were others in the prison who appeared as though they had been beaten. [Business Insider] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — The United States will soon send disaster assistance relief teams into rebel-held eastern Libya, President Barack Obama's national security adviser said Thursday. Tom Donilon emphasized that it would be a purely humanitarian mission that "can be in no way seen as a military intervention" and would be entering eastern Libya with the permission of the opposition. "These are humanitarian assistance teams. They are not going in any way shape or form as military operations," he told reporters in a conference call on the situation in Libya and elsewhere in the Arab world. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton earlier Thursday said she would meet with Libyan opposition leaders in the U.S., Egypt and Tunisia. [MSNBC] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: RAS LANOUF, Libya (AP) — With fierce barrages of tank and artillery fire, Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists threw rebels into a frantic retreat from a strategic oil port Thursday in a counteroffensive that reversed the opposition's advance toward the capital of Tripoli and now threatens its positions in the east. The rout came as the U.S. director of national intelligence stressed that Gadhafi's military was stronger than it has been described and said that "in the longer term ... the regime will prevail." Hundreds of rebels in cars and trucks mounted with machine guns sped eastward on the Mediterranean coastal road in a seemingly disorganized flight from Ras Lanouf as an overwhelming force of rockets and shells pounded a hospital, mosque and other buildings in the oil complex. Doctors and staff at the hospital were hastily evacuated along with wounded from fighting from the past week. [AP] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: Athens - Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi has released three Dutch navy pilots who had tried to evacuate Dutch citizens from the strife-torn country, a spokesman for the Greek defence ministry told the German Press Agency dpa late Thursday. The pilots had flown to Libya in late February to pick up Dutch citizens stranded in the Libyan port of Sirte, but were seized by government troops. Late Thursday, officials in Tripoli turned the three men over to Greek officers. 'One of our planes is landing this evening in Tripoli' to pick them up, Ilias Vergitsis, spokesman for the Greek Defence Ministry, told dpa. [M&C] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: TRIPOLI—Col. Moammar Gadhafi's government suffered a series of diplomatic setbacks Thursday, as France formally recognized Libya's main opposition group, the U.S. said it would hold talks with the rebels and European nations extending sanctions on Libya's government and its banks. Forces loyal to Col. Gadhafi stiffened their offensive against rebels in the country's breakaway east and also stepped up their battle of rhetoric against foreign governments that have sympathized with the rebels. Pro-Gadhafi forces dropped bombs from fighter jets and fired salvoes of Grad rockets on the strategic oil-refinery city of Ras Lanuf on Thursday, said rebel fighters in retreat from the city. The government also remained in control of the central square of Zawiya, [Wall Street Journal] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: International ratings agency Standard & Poor's on Thursday downgraded Libya's sovereign rating to junk status and suspended its ratings for the country. Also, the rebel-led government in the nation's east said it would honor existing contracts with international oil companies. The twin developments spotlighted the challenges confronting an oil-rich nation that just weeks ago was well on the path to redemption after enduring years of sanctions as a pariah supporter of terrorism. S&P said it lowered its long- and short-term sovereign credit ratings for Libya to BB/B from BBB+/A-2, and removed the ratings from CreditWatch negative. [ABC] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to the Middle East next week to promote democracy and meet with Libyan rebels, she said Thursday, as she announced that the United States has suspended relations with with the Libyan embassy in Washington. As tensions boil over in the region, Clinton will be the first cabinet-level member of the Obama administration to visit Egypt and Tunisia since popular protest began. “I intend to convey strong support of the Obama administration and the American people that we wish to be a partner in the important work that lies ahead as they embark on a transition to a genuine democracy,” she said in morning testimony before a House subcommittee. [Politico] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: Amid the popular Libyan uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi, residents of towns and cities in the areas of eastern Libya controlled by rebels have formed an interim administration. The Interim Transitional National Council aims to provide political and military leadership, organise basic services and represent Libyans abroad. Its leaders say the council is not a government, but will "steer" Libya into what they hope will be a post-Gaddafi era and then "guide the country to free elections and the establishment of a constitution for Libya". According to its website, the body currently has 31 members representing the various regions and cities of Libya. Some have been named, while those representing Ajdabiya, Kufra, Ghat, Nalut, Misrata, Zintan and Zawiya will remain anonymous. [BBC] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: A correspondent for The Guardian is believed to be being held in custody by Libyan authorities after going missing while reporting in the country. Iraqi national Ghaith Abdul-Ahad was last heard from four days ago on Sunday when he contacted the paper through a third party from the outskirts of the town of Zawiya, which has been the scene of fierce fighting in recent days. The paper has quoted the foreign ministry in the capital Tripoli as saying Libyan authorities were holding Mr Abdul-Ahad along with Brazilian journalist Andrei Netto. The two are understood to have been detained close to the coastal town of Sabratha on Monday. International press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders has called for their immediate release. The body said in a statement: "Journalists should not under any circumstances be made to pay for the fighting between government forces and rebels." [UK Press] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it is moving to shut down Libya's embassy in Washington as international pressure builds for Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi to step down. "We are suspending our relationships with the existing Libyan embassy. So we expect them to end operating as the embassy of Libya," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told US lawmakers, stopping short of formally ending diplomatic relations. After a pro-democracy uprising erupted in Libya in mid-February, the United States evacuated its diplomats and shuttered its embassy, but US officials said at the time they would continue using Libya's embassy here as a channel to the Kadhafi regime. Clinton did not say why Washington had changed tack. [AFP] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: (Reuters) - Libya's aerial bombing of civilians and use of heavy weapons on city streets must be investigated as possible crimes against humanity, the top U.N. human rights official said on Thursday. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also said she had received accounts of executions, rapes and disappearances in the north African country. Reports of the "continued aerial bombardment of civilians and the use of military grade weapons and tanks on city streets" were outrageous and "would be investigated as possible crimes against humanity," the former U.N. war crimes judge said. Pillay, noting that the Security Council had referred Libya to the International Criminal Court, said security forces should not think they could commit crimes without facing prosecution. [Reuters] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: The tragic truth is that in Libya Colonel Gaddafi appears to be on the way to regaining control. As the US director of national intelligence said today The tragic truth is that in Libya Colonel Gaddafi appears to be on the way to regaining control. As the US director of national intelligence said today, the regime’s superior military strength makes it likely that “over longer term, that the regime will prevail." Realistically, the only way to stop this from happening is through intervention of some sort—with the most plausible option still a no-fly zone which would deny the regime air superiority. Without this, the regime’s all out-war tactics—as declared by Saif Gaddafi today—will prevail. If Gaddafi does emerge from this conflict victorious, then he will surely exact the most terrible vengeance on those parts of the country and those tribes that have risen up against him. Gaddafi’s actions in victory will likely provide another test of the international community’s willingness to protect people from slaughter by their rulers. [Spectator] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: Monitor Group, a consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., is struggling to explain a multimillion-dollar contract with the Libyan government. The biggest part of the job was giving Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi an image makeover. In 2007, TV interviewer David Frost and two academics from the U.S. and U.K. sat in a studio in Libya. As something crashed offstage, Frost faced the camera. "Hello, and welcome to Libya in the Global Age, a conversation with Moammar Gadhafi, who we're delighted is here." The two-hour program was part of a "Dialogue Around the Ideas of Moammar Gadhafi." The idea came from Monitor Group, which was founded by Harvard professors. Under two contracts with the Gadhafi government, Monitor paid Western experts to fix Libya's economy and Gadhafi's image. [NPR] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: DUBAI—Libya's central bank governor Farhat Bengdara said Wednesday he had been temporarily replaced by the country's finance minister and had his right to sign agreements withdrawn. Mr. Bengdara's still uncertain status highlighted the awkward position foreign governments and international institutions face as they seek to support a still inchoate rebel movement in Libya, while international legal obligations force them to deal with representatives of the government in Tripoli. "Obviously, I can't go back," to Tripoli, Mr. Bengdara said in an interview at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, after disappearing from public view for more than a week. He said he was disputing the government's decision to replace him and would continue lobbying foreign governments to soften the impact on ordinary Libyans of any freeze on the central bank assets. [Wall Street Journal] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: AJDABIYA, Libya — A short walk from the morgue, men gathered at noon Wednesday before a billboard that read “Free Libya” and listed the dead and wounded in the fighting that had raged for days a couple of hours away along the Mediterranean. No. 15 was Mahmoud Abdel-Hamid, from Benghazi. No. 43 was Ibrahim el-Sharif, from Ajdabiya. “These are the new names,” one man said, pointing at the board. Some looked for friends, others relatives. A few were curious about whether they knew anyone. Osama Moghrabi simply nodded in recognition. “More will have to die,” he said. At Ajdabiya Hospital, a low-slung affair trimmed in cream and salmon, the guns have fallen silent, save for an occasional volley in the distance. [New York Times] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — Opposition sources said Syrian Air Force officers were flying some of the MiG-23 and MiG-25 fighter-jets ordered to attack rebel-held towns in Libya. They said at least one Syrian Air Force officer was killed and identified after his plane was downed. Syria has sent weapons and other military equipment to the Libyan regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, the opposition sources said. Syrian opposition sources said the regime of President Bashar Assad has approved the deployment of hundreds of fighters to Libya as well as air and anti-tank munitions to Gadhafi. They said Syrians have also served as pilots for Gadhafi's fleet of MiG fighter-jets. [World Tribune] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: Beleaguered Libyan Leader Muammar Gadhafi is the ugly face of dictatorship , President Shimon Peres said during an address to a student association in Jerusalem. Referring to recent unrest in Libya, as pro-Gadhafi forces and rebels seeking to depose the long-time leader engage in what could be a protracted civil war, Peres said that Gadhafi was "the ugly face of the dictator and the regime's ghastly character." "I think he should have worked in Dior. Every day he changes his fashion," Peres said, adding that the Libyan leader "invests thousands of dollars in funny hats. In damned dresses. Every day he's with his damned dresses." Last month, Peres said he believed Libyan leader Gadhafi's reign was nearing an end. [Haaretz] More
Friday, 11 March, 2011: Is it cowardice? Is it indecisiveness? Or is it clever diplomacy? Depending on who you ask in Washington, you'll get a different explanation for President Barack Obama's silence, to date, on the subject of Libya. Since the uprising began, he has made only one extended comment on the Libyan rebellion, and it was thoroughly anodyne. He declared – surprise! – that the US "strongly supports the universal rights of the Libyan people." He said he had "instructed his administration to prepare the full range of options that we have to respond to this crisis." And then he concluded: "The change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region. This change doesn't represent the work of the United States or any foreign power." [Telegraph] More
الباكور : راشد الزبير السنوسي : علم الإستقلال

فوزي عبدالحميد : بيان هام .. إلى معمر القذافي

المحمودي : الإستهانة بالعدو هي المهلكة

ياسين بوسيف ياسين : بين القبلية والحزبية ومسميات أخرى

د. فتحي العكاري : السلبية والظلامية ودورها في تخلفنا

Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Fighting continued to intensify today around the Libyan port of Ras Lanuf, which is bracketed by two of the country’s most important petrochemical complexes, as forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi used grad rockets, mortars, and air strikes in an attempt to retake the area. Late this afternoon, at least one air strike set a massive oil tank ablaze at the Sidra oil export terminal about six miles west of town, the first time Libya’s oil infrastructure has been damaged in the month-long uprising. Mr. Qaddafi claimed the oil tank was set ablaze by "Al Qaeda" fighters working with the rebels, despite multiple witnesses saying it was hit by one of his planes. Rebels also said the pipeline that delivers crude from southern fields to the port was damaged in the attack, but this could not be confirmed. [Christian Science Monitor] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Since the Libyan crisis began in mid-February, oil prices have risen about $20 a barrel and gas prices are up about 50 cents a gallon. Here are answers to common questions about the crisis: Q: Is Libya a big supplier of oil to the U.S. and world? A: No. Libya supplies just 44,000 barrels of oil a day to the U.S., or less than 1% of its total oil imports. Last year, Libya produced 1.6 million barrels a day, or 1.8%, of the 88 million barrels consumed daily. About 1 million have been shut down. Saudi Arabia churns out about 9% of the world's oil, or 8.4 million barrels, and 9.3% of U.S. imports. Q: Can other countries make up for Libya's production? A: Yes, to a large extent. Saudi Arabia has boosted production by about 600,000 barrels a day and has an additional 3.5 million daily barrels in spare capacity... [USA Today] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Fadlallah Haroun recounted how masked men grabbed him on the street, handcuffed him and threw a sack over his head, then tossed him into a waiting vehicle and sped off. Seven years later, he emerged from Moammar Gadhafi's prisons without ever being charged. Haroun's odyssey took him from the underground cells of the Katiba jail in his hometown of Benghazi to the notorious Abu Selim prison in Tripoli, where Libyan groups outside the country said up to 1,200 prisoners were killed in 1996. Along the way, he said he endured daily beatings, mock executions and psychological terror. "When I was in prison, I met so many people who suffered the same thing I did just for expressing their opinion," said Haroun, 45, over coffee in a sitting room lined with low green couches at a family home in Benghazi. [AP] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — The Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi has “tens of billions” in cash secretly hidden away in Tripoli, allowing him to prolong his fight against rebel forces despite an international freeze on many of the Libyan government’s assets, according to American and other intelligence officials. Colonel Qaddafi has control over the huge cash deposits, which have been stored at the Libyan Central Bank and other banks around the Libyan capital in recent years, the officials said. Since the protests and fighting erupted, some of the money may have been moved into Colonel Qaddafi’s Tripoli compound, Bab Al Azizia, according to one person with ties to the Libyan government. While United States intelligence officials said they could not confirm such a move, one official said that Colonel Qaddafi “likely has tens of billions in cash that he can access inside Libya.” [New York Times] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Where did U.S. military forces fight their first land battle overseas? And this isn’t just a random history question – it has a connection to current events, as well as a famous song. Give up? The answer is... Libya. Or a city-state along the north African coast, which is currently part of Libya, anyway. Today the problem with Libya is Muammar Qaddafi’s brutality toward his own country’s protesters. But two centuries ago, the problem the West had with Libya was pirates. Raiders from what Europeans then called the Barbary Coast began preying on US merchant ships in the 1780s. By the early 1800s, the US was tired of paying protection money to the Qaramanli pashas of Tripoli in an effort to get them to leave American trade alone. So the newly formed US Navy sailed to the waters off what is today Libya and began chasing down Tripoli privateers. Most of these fights went America’s way. Not all of them, though. [Christian Science Monitor] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: (Reuters) - U.N. agencies remain shut out from Libya for security reasons but are increasingly alarmed at sketchy reports of mounting casualties and needs in besieged cities, U.N. officials said on Wednesday. Satellite imagery has helped them to monitor checkpoints and roadblocks on the way to the border with Tunisia, and thereby track massive refugee flows out of Libya to some degree. But most of Libya -- where rebels are battling forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi -- is a black hole for U.N. humanitarian and human rights officials who voice growing frustration in private. "We are pretty blind. We don't seem to be getting a clear picture of what is going on there," one U.N. official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Two journalists working for the BBC in Libya have been arrested, tortured and subjected to a mock execution by security forces of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime. The shocking account of their experiences, including being held in a cage in a militia barracks while others were tortured around them, was made available to media colleagues in Tripoli after the men had been released and left the country. At one point during their captivity the men say they had shots fired past their heads as they were led into a barracks. One of the men was attacked repeatedly with fists, boots, rifle butts, a stick and piece of pipe. He also described trying to help other victims of torture whom they saw, some of whom had had their ribs broken during beatings. [Guardian] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: (CNN) -- Three BBC journalists released from detention in Libya told Wednesday of beatings and mock executions that they and other detainees were subjected to by their captors. The three -- Feras Killani, Goktay Koraltan and Chris Cobb-Smith -- described how Libyan authorities seized their cameras and other equipment Monday at a checkpoint six miles south of Zawiyah, a scene of heavy fighting between government and rebel forces. Even though all three had BBC identification cards, they were transported with their local driver to a barracks where they received coffee and cigarettes until a Libyan officer arrived. Killani, who is Palestinian, said the officer singled him out and criticized Palestinians. "When I tried to respond he took me out to the car park behind the guard room," Killani said, [CNN] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Libya’s Ras Lanuf refinery, the country’s largest crude-processing plant, was shut amid fighting between government forces and rebels, an official with the Libyan Emirates Oil Refining Co. said. While the facility hasn’t been damaged, employees have fled, said the person, who declined to be identified because he isn’t authorized to speak on the matter. Oil tanks at the nearby Es Sider terminal were damaged by bombings today, according to Al Jazeera television. The network showed fireballs and plumes of smoke over the area. Al Arabiya reported a “large” blast at the Ras Lanuf refinery. “With the violence escalating, it was a question of time when oil facilities would be drawn into the fighting,” Samuel Ciszuk, senior Middle East energy analyst at IHS Global Insight in London, said in a phone interview. [Bloomberg] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Defense ministers from 28 NATO member states will gather on March 10-11 in Brussels to discuss the "architecture" of the future missile defense network in Europe and the situation in Libya. Russia and NATO agreed to cooperate on the so called European missile defense system at the Lisbon summit in November 2010. NATO insists there should be two independent systems that exchange information, while Russia favors a joint system with full-scale interoperability. The ministers will draw "a road map" of political, military, organizational and financial aspects of the European missile shield to prepare the basis for the discussions of the issue at the next ministerial meeting in June. The agenda of the current meeting will also focus on the situation in Libya, where fierce fighting between forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and insurgents continues. [RIAN] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Foreign Secretary William Hague and his German counterpart have urged the European Union to explore ways of imposing more sanctions on Libya. In a joint letter to EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton, they said Europe should adopt a united front on Libya. They call on EU governments to agree not work or co-operate with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime. Earlier, Prime Minister David Cameron defended Mr Hague against Labour criticism over Libya. The letter, signed by Mr Hague and Germany's Guido Westerwelle, says Col Gaddafi "has to step aside to allow for a true democratic transformation of the country". [BBC] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Qaddafi urged the West to send monitors to the North African country as clashes between rebels and Qaddafi’s army worsen, Trud reported. “I call on the entire world to send a mission of monitors to Libya in order to assess the facts,” the Bulgarian newspaper cited Saif Qaddafi as saying in an interview. “I appeal to Bulgaria to send such a mission as well.” He dismissed the insurgents as a “bunch of nobodies who represent no one but themselves,” adding “we’ll overcome the terrorists,” Trud reported. Daily attacks on rebels and civilians by Libyan warplanes prompted discussions among the U.S., European nations and Arab countries over a possible United Nations resolution authorizing a no-fly zone. [Bloomberg] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday evening that he would not support sending U.S. troops into Libya. “The people of those countries have to make their own choices,” Rumsfeld, a key architect of the Iraq war, said during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. Rumsfeld explained that the invasion of Iraq was based on the belief that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction, whereas Libya abandoned their nuclear program. The former Bush official also backed up the current administration’s hesitancy to establish a no-fly zone. “I see all kinds of discussion about a no-fly zone right now, and I think [Defense Secretary Robert Gates] is correct that that’s a complicated thing to do. We had no-fly zones with the British and the French in Iraq for years. And our planes were shot at, over 2,000 times.” [Talk Radio News] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: As Libyan dictator Muammar Khadafy battles rebels seeking to topple his authoritarian regime, the international media continues to explore the dealings of Cambridge-based Monitor Group. The Massachusetts consulting firm, formed by a group of Harvard University professors, is at the heart of an academic scandal. The Monitor Group was hired by Khadafy to modernize Libya’s business environment and polish the image of the Khadafy regime. Monitor worked on a flattering biography of the dictator that was never published and helped son Saif Khadafy write his Ph.D. thesis for the London School of Economics. Monitor also ran a “visitor” program that may have put the company in violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act and is driving the media scrutiny of the Monitor Group. Less well reported is the work of Monitor to reshape Libya’s security structure. [Examiner] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Activists on Wednesday occupied a London mansion owned by a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and said they hoped Libyan refugees would join them. A group calling itself Topple the Tyrants said its members entered the house in solidarity with Libyans trying to oust the Gadhafi regime. Several climbed onto the roof and unfurled a banner showing Gadhafi's face and the words "out of Libya, out of London." Spokesman Montgomery Jones said the squatters would stay "until this property can be returned to the Libyan people." "We don't trust the British government to return the house to the Libyan people, to whom it rightfully belongs," he said. [NPR] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: (Reuters) - A former official at Libya's sovereign wealth fund has asked Austria's top court to release his assets that Vienna froze in a hunt for offshore wealth of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his inner circle. Attorneys for Mustafa Zarti, 40, filed an appeal on Wednesday with Austria's Constitutional Court against the March 4 asset freeze order from the central bank, a spokesman for Zarti said, confirming a report by the Austria Press Agency. The legal action seeks the immediate release of his assets because the order was based on false media reports, the spokesman said. Austria last week added Zarti, former deputy head of the Libya Investment Authority (LIA) sovereign wealth fund, to its blacklist of suspected Gaddafi cronies, calling him a "close confidant of the regime in Libya." [Reuters] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Tripoli pours old notes back in circulation. Libya’s central bank has ordered banks to recirculate old currency in the first sign that the oil-rich north African state is facing liquidity problems amid international efforts to freeze the regime’s assets. Officials at the central bank’s office in Benghazi told the Financial Times that the directive came as they were informed by fax on Tuesday that Farhat Omar Bengdara, the governor, had been replaced by Abdulhafiz Zlitni, a former central bank governor and secretary of planning and finance. The officials said dinars that they described as fourth and fifth issue had been taken out of circulation at the end of last March, but they said stocks of the old notes remained in the central bank, as well as at commercial banks, and would now be considered legal tender again. “People are withdrawing money, we had to use it,” a central bank official said. “We have a large amount stored.” [Financial Times] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Opponents of Lybia’s Col. Moammar Gadhafi are taking their fight to the web. Libya’s rebel National Transitional Council, an organization that has established a provisional government, announced it has started its own website. Published in Arabic and in English, the website “seeks to establish an essential link to the international community,” the NTC said in a press release. [Wall Street Journal] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 9 (UPI) -- Egypt, still grappling with a revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February, is reported to be quietly aiding rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. This is seen as part of a drive by the transitional regime in Cairo to restore Egypt's leadership of the Arab world. While the United States and the international community debate whether to intervene in the civil war raging in Libya to support the ragtag rebel forces holding the east of the country, Egypt apparently has sent around 100 Special Forces troops to help the insurgents. The U.S. global security consultancy Stratfor says these troops "have played a key role in quietly providing weaponry and training to Libyan opposition forces while trying to organize a political command in the east." [UPI] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: Over a long career I have lived and worked in Iran, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain and the former Trucial States. The majority of Americans think people in the Middle East are inferior. This is not true. They have the same goals in life as we do, regardless of their religion. As a percentage of population they have no more radicals than we have here in the United States. Libyans are engaged in a peaceful effort to obtain for themselves the same values that we enjoy in the United States. Despite the fact we have preached these same values for many years, we are doing nothing to help them. For many years we have dealt with the Gadhafi regime for commercial reasons. This is a double standard by any evaluation. Our elected leaders and bureaucrats, in all branches of government, are controlled by the military-industrial complex and lobbyists. They are aided by the 24-hour news media. [Chronicle] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, LIBYA—That top-up of extra credit that appeared suddenly on every Libyan’s cell phone: was it just another clumsy bribe from Moammar Gadhafi or something much more nefarious? And what about that handful of frontline fighters in Ras Lanuf, the ones who stormed too far too soon last weekend against all military logic, leading the rest of the rebel army lemming-like into a wall of Gadhafi’s superior armour. Whose side are they really on? Or the creepy man who marched into an Ajdabiya hotel this week, demanding the names and affiliations of startled foreign journalists while holding up an iPhone, capturing their faces on video — a Gadhafi spy? He fled abruptly before anyone could ask. The rebel heartland of eastern Libya may be free — but it is not yet free of the paranoia that accompanied 41 years of Gadhafi rule. [The Star] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: WASHINGTON -- In September 1941, Japan's leaders had a question for Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto: Could he cripple the U.S. fleet in Hawaii? Yes, he said. Then he had a question for the leaders: But then what? Following an attack, he said, "I shall run wild considerably for the first six months or a year, but I have utterly no confidence" after that. Yamamoto knew America: He had attended Harvard and been naval attache in Japan's embassy in Washington. He knew Japan would be at war with an enraged industrial giant. The tide-turning defeat of Japan's navy at the Battle of Midway occurred June 7, 1942 -- exactly six months after Pearl Harbor. Today, some Washington voices are calling for U.S. force to be applied, somehow, on behalf of the people trying to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi. Some interventionists are Republicans, whose skepticism about government's abilities to achieve intended effects ends at the water's edge. All interventionists should answer some questions: -- The world would be better without Gaddafi. But is that a vital U.S. national interest? If it is, when did it become so? A month ago, no one thought it was. [MLive] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: The oil priced jumped today after forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi bombed oil industry infrastructure, inflicting what could be longer-term damage on the country's exporting capacity. Gaddafi's forces struck an oil pipeline leading to Es Sider and dropped bombs on storage tanks in the Ras Lanuf oil terminal area in the eastern section of Libya that is rebel-controlled. Rebels said government forces also hit an oil pipeline leading to Sidrah. "The large explosions and enormous columns of smoke from storage tanks and other facilities in Ras Lanuf, close to the Es Sider terminal, are perhaps more than merely symbolic," Barclays Capital oil analysts headed by Paul Horsnell said. Advertisement: Story continues below "They represent a final fading of any residual realistic hope that the outage of Libyan oil could prove to be anything other than prolonged." [WA Today] More
Thursday, 10 March, 2011: The newly elected Conservative Prime Minister in Britain, fresh from making deep budget cuts to the military, responds to a faraway political crisis with sudden and dramatic calls for military action against the ruling dictatorship, with top-secret raids and gunboats steaming to a foreign coast. To some here in Britain, David Cameron in 2011 is coming to resemble Margaret Thatcher in 1982, the year the Iron Lady surprised the world by going to war against Argentina’s military junta. While Libya today has little in common with the Falklands then, Mr. Cameron has been far more aggressive than other Western leaders in calling for a foreign military intervention, and this week has found himself embroiled in scandal over a botched top-secret spy mission to give MI6 support to the Libyan rebels. Mr. Cameron faced hostility in the House of Commons Wednesday from a Labour Opposition accusing him of trying to launch a military intervention without United Nations authorization. [The Globe and Mail] More
عمر الهوني : صور ازلام القذافي امام سفارة النظام ـ لندن - 6 مارس 2011

عثمان البراني : مظاهرة لوس آنجلس ـ كاليفورنيا - 5 مارس 2011 ـ (2)

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : تنويه وتذكير

موقع المجلس الوطني الانتقالي
The website of the Interim Transitional National Council

د. إبراهيم قويدر : شباب الشعب العظيم

رجب محمود دربي : الجرذ أنت والنبلاء الثّوار

Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: The oil producing town of Ras Lanuf in Libya has seen some of the worst fighting in the last few days. Home to a huge facility at the very heart of Libya’s massive oil and gas industry, the plant could become a new target. For now, opposition forces control this and virtually every other natural energy facility in the country. But as this conflict wears on, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will need oil. He will have to try and take it by force or, as many fear, he could bomb oil and gas complexes to prevent anyone else from using them “ We expect that he will destroy everything because he is crazy," Fahad Kheri, superintendent in Libya's oil and gas Industry, told Al Jazeera. The installation is only a few hundred kilometres away from Gadaffi’s hometown and stronghold of Sirte. [Aljazeera] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, Libya — In less than three weeks, an inchoate opposition in Libya, one of the world’s most isolated countries, has cobbled together the semblance of a transitional government, fielded a ragtag rebel army and portrayed itself to the West and Libyans as an alternative to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s four decades of freakish rule. But events this week have tested the viability of an opposition that has yet to coalesce, even as it solicits help from abroad to topple Colonel Qaddafi. Rebels were dealt military setbacks in Zawiyah and on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on Tuesday, part of a strengthening government counteroffensive. Meanwhile, the opposition council’s leaders contradicted one another publicly. The opposition’s calls for foreign aid have amplified divisions over intervention. And provisional leaders warn that a humanitarian crisis may loom as people’s needs overwhelm fledgling local governments. [New York Times] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: LOS ANGELES — Things have gotten chilly here for Natural Selection, the film production company backed by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s son Saadi. On its office line, a recorded message has been the only answer for much of the last week. Outside the company’s suite on Sunset Boulevard — across the street from the Hustler store and under a billboard promoting the Jerry Weintraub documentary “His Way” — a parking spot identified as Natural Selection’s is blocked by a battered white van with four flat tires. (An attendant’s notice taped to the back is dated Feb. 2.) And Mathew Beckerman, the producer who made a splash in Variety last year with word that he had rounded up $100 million in financing for the company from Mr. Qaddafi and others, is suddenly getting a very cold shoulder. [New York Times] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: Any decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libya should be made by the UN and not by Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said. Mrs Clinton said it was important such a move came from the Libyan people, rather than being a US-led effort. Calls for military intervention are growing as pro-Gaddafi forces bombard areas held by Libyan rebels. Rebels are fighting to oust Col Gaddafi after more than 41 years, and more than 1,000 people are believed to have died. Some 200,000 others have been displaced by the fighting. Mrs Clinton reiterated her government's call for Col Gaddafi to step down peacefully, but warned that the crisis in Libya could be protracted. [BBC] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: BRUSSELS, March 8 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) on Tuesday decided to expand sanctions against unrest-torn Libya, by targeting the country's sovereign wealth fund organizations. Diplomats said the EU's 27 members agreed to impose sanctions on the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), along with four other organizations. The LIA, set up in 2006, is reported to have invested in a range of European assets including football clubs and publishing firms. The EU adopted last week a visa ban and asset freezes against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and 25 others in the oil-rich North African country. The bloc's leaders are expected to meet in Brussels this Friday to discuss the unfolding crisis in Libya. [Xinhuanet] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: In recent days some U.S. senators have been urging President Obama to consider military intervention to help Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gaddafi. Not Richard Lugar. The top Republican on the Senate foreign relations committee said little while a senior member of his own party, John McCain, repeatedly urged the United States to pursue setting up a no-fly zone over Libya. On Sunday Democrat John Kerry, the chairman of the foreign relations committee, suggested that Washington might want to ”crater” runways used by Gaddafi’s forces. On Tuesday, Lugar issued a strong warning against U.S. intervention in what he called Libya’s civil war. “The United States should not, in my view, launch military intervention into yet another Muslim country, without thinking long and hard about the consequences and implications,” Lugar said in a statement. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: With cool confidence, a Libyan expatriate arrives at this remote border with a small fortune in donations and imminent regime change on his mind. From the outside, it looks easy: He predicts that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has perhaps 10 days before the people-power Arab revolt sweeps him away as it already has the authoritarian leaders of Tunisia and Egypt. “Every time someone dies, [the opposition] gets stronger,” says the Libyan with a North American accent, who could not be named. “Qaddafi is going to have to kill everybody. If that’s the price of freedom, I guess we are willing to pay it.” But rather than the euphoric victories in Tunisia and Egypt, Libya's conflict now evokes another uprising: Iraqis' 1991 bid to overthrow Saddam Hussein. It, too, began with hope but ended in despair as the dictator brutally suppressed antigovernment rebels and ruled for another 12 years. [Christian Science Monitor] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: The uprising in Libya has entered its fourth week. The question remains: Will Gadhafi resign? Libyan opposition leaders are denying they've been negotiating an exit strategy for the embattled Libyan leader and his family, despite reports to the contrary. Members of the Libyan National Transitional Council say the talks never existed. According to the false reports, the opposition would not seek criminal charges against Gadhafi if he stepped down within three days. Gadhafi's regime also denied a deal was in the works with the opposition. The United States is still pushing Gadhafi to give up his reign and face prosecution. [CNN] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: The Bush administration's decision to normalize relations with Libya, in return for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi giving up his nuclear and chemical weapons programs, was a "very difficult" one, says former Bush National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. But in the end, it was "a good deal" for the U.S., the global community, and, especially now, the Libyan people. "Think about if this megalomaniac now had chemical weapons in his possession," or worse. Should Libyans thank Bush? Bush pre-empted a bloodbath: The "dire and combustible situation in Libya" might well have been a "catastrophic atomic holocaust" had "Bush been unwilling to resort to 'cowboy diplomacy,'" says Christopher Adamo in the Hawaii Reporter. Gadhafi only gave up his nukes because the Iraq War showed him just how determined Bush was to "take the war on terror to the enemy's doorstep." In a fair world, there would be "loud and ceaseless celebration" of Bush's fortitude. [The Week] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: Muammar Qaddafi's inner circle was debating whether the man in charge of Libya since 1969 should remain in power or relinquish his role, as his government invited rebels and tribal leaders to negotiate a political solution, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The rebel-led governing council, based in Benghazi, in eastern Libya, confirmed Tuesday that it received the invitation but rejected it. Reform-minded officials in Qaddafi's government were lobbying for a plan that calls on Qaddafi to cede power to a council of technocrats who could shepherd a transition toward democratic reforms and a government based on modern institutions, according to a person familiar with the situation. Under this plan, Qaddafi would be given an honorary title reflecting his service to the country but be removed from day-to-day decision-making, according to this person, who added that members of Qaddafi's family were briefed on the plan. [Fox] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, Libya — Armed rebels on Tuesday took a Jordanian doctor who said he works for MSF, a claim denied by the medical charity, from a hotel room in Libya's rebel-held city of Benghazi, witnesses and officials said. "They entered our room. They didn't knock. They had the master key," the unnamed man's colleague, Mai Salam, told AFP at the Ouzo Hotel, where most of the international press corps in Benghazi is based. "They were armed and they said 'come with us'. We asked who are you. They won't tell us. They searched, patted him and took him away," Salam added, saying she was a volunteer with MSF. The precise nature of the doctor's affiliation was thrown into confusion when the emergency coordinator for Libya of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) denied that he was a member of their team. [AFP] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: A stadium in eastern Libya named in honour of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been stripped of its title, opposition groups say. The Hugo Chavez stadium outside Benghazi has been renamed "Martyrs of February", in memory of people killed fighting to overthrow the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. President Chavez is a close ally of Colonel Gaddafi. Last week he offered to mediate in the conflict in Libya. "The name has been officially changed to 'Martyrs of February,'" the policeman responsible for guarding the stadium, Jaled al-Barghati, told the AFP news agency. "The decision was made by the [opposition] National Council following a request from the local population," he added. [BBC] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — US Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz and other US officials met in Cairo with members of the opposition seeking to topple Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, the State Department said Tuesday. The State Department declined to identify Cretz's interlocutors but said Washington has been in contact with opposition members inside and outside the National Council, which is headed by former Libyan justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil. "We are engaging a wide range of leaders, and those who both understand and can potentially influence events in Libya," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters. "Cretz over the past few days was in Rome and Cairo for multiple meetings, both with Italian government officials, Egyptian government officials, but also opposition figures within Libya." His talks with the Libyan opposition sought to "gain a greater understanding and perspective on what's happening," Crowley added. [AFP] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: The governor of Libya's central bank, the gatekeeper to the finances of Moamer Kadhafi's regime, has surfaced in Turkey after a intense search, the Financial Times reported Wednesday, as quoted by AFP. Farhat Omar Bengdara, who was hunted by officials, diplomats and bankers as rebels fought against Kadhafi's regime, revealed his location in an email sent to the British paper. Bengdara told the business daily that he had been told Libya's secretary of planning and finance had taken over as acting governor and explained that he had been in Istanbul. Foreign leaders have been desperate to find out the bank chief's loyalties as his access to central funds gives him genuine power at time when the international community is freezing the North-African nation's assets. Bengdara claimed he was still undertaking his duties and was only abroad as it was easier to conduct business. [Focus] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: It breaks his heart but computer engineer Moftah Muzwadi has left his homeland Libya for good. He vows never to return until the “mad man” Muammar Gaddafi is gone. For almost two weeks, his wife and four children waited nervously without sleep in their Tripoli home for the fighting to be over. But the shootings raged on. “Some people kicked down the doors of my neighbours’ homes and went inside their homes. I was so afraid. I am sure it was just a matter of time before they got to mine. “They shoot anyone. I saw many people lying dead on the street. I knew some of them. Some were my neighbours,” he said in flawless English. [The Star] More
Wednesday, 9 March, 2011: Yes, Egypt and Tunisia definitely could. Libya, in turmoil, is still a question mark. I've spent a decade working with high profile Middle Eastern investors and there is no doubt the region has some daunting problems. But its also got some really impressive strengths. Case in point, it's a deep sea of capital and its deeply capitalist. This was how Dubai rose from a Tunisian and Egyptian-type city to a modern metropolis within ten years. There is no reason why this can't happen again elsewhere (hopefully with a little less speculation). Egypt is located just 30 minutes from 60% of the world’s oil and 45% of its natural gas. It is also just down the road from some of the world's leading investors. [Business Insider] More
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د. فتحي الفاضلي : هذه المدن .. وهذه الجماهير .. وهذا الوطن

صلاح الحداد : مليارات القذافي المخفية

مؤسسة الرقيب لحقوق الإنسان : رسالتان إلى وزارة خارجية جمهورية الصرب ووزارة خارجية البوسنة

سليم الرقعي : هل من يحمل السلاح ضد القذافي اليوم هم إسلاميون!؟

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : أسباب انتفاضة السابع عشر من فبراير!!

Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: (CNN) -- NATO has launched around-the-clock surveillance flights of Libya as it considers various options for dealing with escalating violence in the war-torn country, America's ambassador to the organization told reporters Monday. Representatives of key Western powers also highlighted the possibility of establishing a no-fly zone in Libya -- part of growing campaign to break strongman Moammar Gadhafi's grip on power. British, French and U.S. officials were working on a draft text that includes language on a no-fly zone, diplomatic sources at the United Nations told CNN. The language in the text will deal with triggers rather than timelines for taking such a step, one diplomat noted. If gross violations of human rights are committed, the diplomat added, the elements of the text could be quickly turned into a resolution. [CNN] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: Speaking at the White House, Mr Obama said the US would stand with the Libyan people as they faced "unacceptable" violence. "We have got Nato consulting around a wide range of options in Brussels, including potential military options in response to the violence that continues to take place inside Libya," he said. Mr Obama has instructed his military planners to prepare a range of options, which are understood to include signal-jamming, airdropping weapons and supplies to rebels and landing units of special forces of the sort deployed early during the Afghanistan campaign. However Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, warned that any foreign military intervention in Libya should have international backing. He has warned that imposing a no-fly zone would involve direct military action in the form of bombing raids to eradicate Libya's air defences, thus potentially dragging the United States into a third major war front after Iraq and Afghanistan. [Telegraph] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: As we noted last week, Internet service has been shut down in Libya, but the implementation is quite different from the Internet blackout put in place by Hosni Mubarak's regime last month. Rather than cutting off traffic at the router level, the Libyan authorities are diverting traffic going through the country's Internet. James Cowie of Renesys discusses why this strategy is actually far more sophisticated: [T]he Libyan Internet is actually still alive, even though almost all traffic is blocked from traversing it. The BGP routes to Libya are still intact, which means that the Libyan ISP's border routers are powered on and the fiberoptics are lit. In fact, we've identified a handful of isolated live IP addresses inside Libya, responding to ping and traceroute, and presumably passing traffic just fine. Someone in Libya is still watching YouTube, even though the rest of the country is dark. Why did Libya put its Internet in 'warm standby mode' instead of just taking it down, as Egypt did? Perhaps because they're learning from Mubarak's experience. [Foreign Policy] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain and France are drafting a U.N. resolution that would establish a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent Moammar Gadhafi's air force from bombing civilians and rebels fighting to oust him from power. A British diplomat at the U.N. stressed Monday that the resolution is being prepared as a contingency in case it is needed, but no decision has been made to introduce it at the U.N. Security Council. Pressure for the no-fly zone appears to be intensifying after Gadhafi's regime unleashed its air power on the poorly equipped and poorly organized rebel force trying to oust their ruler of 41 years. The heavy use of air power on Sunday — and again on Monday — signaled the regime's concern that it needed to check the advance of the rebel force toward the city of Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown and stronghold which lies on the main road to the capital, Tripoli. [AP] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: (Reuters) - Occidental Petroleum Corp (OXY.N) said on Monday it is in full compliance with U.S. sanctions on Libya. Libya provides less than two percent of Occidental's total worldwide production. The company's share of production from Libyan properties in 2010 was approximately 13,000 barrels-of-oil-equivalent per day. "We are not aware of the current production status of the Libya oilfields where Oxy produces," said the spokesman in response to a question about the status of its fields. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil has stopped trading crude oil with Libya to comply with U.S. sanctions, two trading sources told Reuters on Monday citing unofficial information they received from the U.S. supermajor. Sources also said they understood U.S. oil firms ConocoPhillips and Marathon, which are stake holders in Libyan oil production projects, have also either fully scrapped or reduced dealings with the country. Earlier on Monday, trade sources told Reuters Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley had also stopped all contracts with Libya. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: KABUL — Television microphones picked up the US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, joking with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday about possible military intervention in Libya. "Welcome back sir, how are things?" Petraeus can be heard saying as he greets Gates on the Kabul airport runway, according to a transcript provided to AFP by the US television crew. "Well, I think you have a bigger plane than normal, you're going to launch some attacks on Libya or something?" Petraeus jokes. "Yeah, exactly," Gates replies. The light-hearted exchange came after a number of cautious statements from Gates and other top officers over the crisis in Libya, suggesting the US military has little enthusiasm for intervention in that country -- despite calls from some European allies and American lawmakers. [AFP] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: Potentially embarrassing details of links between the Gaddafi regime and British universities have emerged, including revelations that one of the Libyan dictator's sons was tutored in the UK. Mutassim Gaddafi, who has been described as a "war criminal" by Libyan anti-government protesters, was given private lessons at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the summer of 2006. Four years later Soas, which is part of the University of London, announced a lucrative deal with a Libyan university. It has also emerged that another British university formed a partnership with a Libyan government ministry to reform the country's prisons. But the university did not gain access to Libya's two most notorious jails. [Guardian] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: (Reuters) - ConocoPhillips (COP.N) is in full compliance with U.S. sanctions against Libya and is not exporting oil from that country. "We are full compliance with U.S. sanctions, a company spokesman said on Monday. Conoco has a non-operating 16 percent interest in the Waha concessions in Libya. Net oil production averaged 46,000 barrels per day in 2010, versus 45,000 barrels per day in 2009, according to a regulatory filing. In the 2010 fourth quarter, Conoco's daily output averaged 1.73 million barrels of oil equivalent. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: AMMAN (Agencies) - Former foreign minister Abdul Ilah Khatib was appointed on Monday as UN special envoy for humanitarian affairs in conflict-ridden Libya. UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky, announcing Khatib’s appointment in New York on Sunday, said Khatib would have “urgent consultations” with Muammar Qadhafi’s government on the growing battle with rebel forces and work on the humanitarian crisis it has caused. Nesirky said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had persuaded Qadhafi’s foreign minister to let a “humanitarian assessment” team visit Tripoli. The United Nations has demanded “urgent” access to the rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata, which has come under attack from regime forces, and Ban has expressed growing concern over what he has called Qadhafi’s “disproportionate” use of force. [Jordan Times] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: RAS LANOUF, Libya (AP) - Libyan warplanes launched fresh airstrikes on rebel positions around a key oil port today, trying to block the opposition fighters from advancing toward Moammar Gadhafi’s stronghold in the capital, Tripoli. Rebels in the area said they can take on Gadhafi’s elite ground forces, but are outgunned if he uses his air power. [Vindy] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: As the body count in Libya rises where Muammar Khadafy is waging war on his own people to stay in power, the Cambridge-based Monitor Group seeks to distance itself from consulting work for the dictator. Situated in a modern office building along the Charles River, the Monitor Group prides itself on its reputation. Founded in 1983 by a group of Harvard business professors, the international consulting group operates in over two dozen countries. One of Monitor’s founders, Michael Porter, still teaches at Harvard and lectures around the world about the benefits of capitalism. Porter is considered an expert on competitiveness. [Examiner] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: Valletta, Malta - Malta's Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said Monday that the island-nation would not serve as a military base for any eventual Western or NATO military intervention in Libya. Malta has had no discussions with NATO on the unrest in Libya and Maltese efforts in connection with the North African country were purely humanitarian, Gonzi said at a news conference. He also dismissed reports linking Malta to a possible military build-up against Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi's forces. 'Whoever is trying to relay this message is doing a disservice,' Gonzi said. [M&C] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: Libya's government extended an olive branch to rebels today in a bid to prevent further bloodshed as the armed uprising in the oil-rich country entered its fourth week. Jadallah Azous al-Talhi, a former Libyan prime minister of the 1980s who is from eastern Libya, appeared on state television reading an address to elders in the insurgent stronghold of Benghazi. Mr Talhi asked them to "give a chance to national dialogue to resolve this crisis, to help stop the bloodshed and not give a chance to foreigners to come and capture our country again." But Ahmed Jabreel, an aide to rebel chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said: "Any negotiations must be on the basis that Gadaffi will step down. There can be no other compromise." [Morning Star] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: ALGIERS (Reuters) - Libya is an important partner for the West in containing al Qaeda and illegal migrants trying to reach Europe, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Monday, in an apparent warning to governments planning sanctions. "Libya plays a vital role in regional peace and world peace," he said in an interview with the France 24 television station. "We are an important partner in fighting al Qaeda." "There are millions of blacks who could come to the Mediterranean to cross to France and Italy, and Libya plays a role in security in the Mediterranean," he said, speaking through an interpreter. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday called for an end to the ongoing bloody violence in Libya — which started on Feb. 15 — in order to save the lives of Libyans and safeguard the country’s territorial integrity. The Council of Ministers, presided over by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, also urged the Libyan authorities to allow distribution of relief supplies among the country’s strife victims. The Cabinet expressed its concern over the worsening security situation in some Arab and Islamic countries and emphasized the need to deal with such developments with patience and wisdom, ensuring the security and stability of people in those countries. [Arab News] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: When the Libyan revolution erupted, Abdul Fatah Younis was at the heart of the action. As one of a small group of young army officers involved in the conspiracy against the regime, he helped seize the radio station in Benghazi, Libya’s second city. That was in 1969 and his comrade in arms was a 27-year-old captain – Muammer Gaddafi. In the four decades that followed, he rose to the rank of general, headed Libya’s special forces, and took up the post of interior minister as a trusted member of Col Gaddafi’s regime. But, in a reflection of the extraordinary events that have swept across Libya, he is now deploying his special forces to support and advise rebel fighters bent on ousting the Libyan leader, predicting the regime’s downfall within days and alleging that Col Gaddafi’s Ukrainian nurse has been dispatched to her homeland with $50m to hire fighter pilots for the regime and buy spare parts for the air force. [Financial Times] More
Tuesday, 8 March, 2011: Arab League Secretary general Amr Moussa called on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to launch reconciliation talks with rebel forces as soon as possible if he wishes to stay in power, though he believes the Libyan people aren't likely to accept reconciliation. In an interview with French radio Moussa added that international inspectors should be sent to eastern Libya to see for themselves whether mass murder is in fact being committed against Libyan citizens. If these reports are true, he said, then it is imperative that those responsible be brought to justice. AFP [Ynet News] More
هشام بن غلبون : مظاهرة أمام مبنى الـ BBC ـ مانشستر تضامنا مع الشعب الليبي ـ 5 مارس 2011

عثمان البراني : مظاهرة لوس آنجلس ـ كاليفورنيا - 5 مارس 2011 ـ (1)

علي الخليفي : دعوة إلى حسم المعركة

فرج الفاخري : الصيد فى مرحاض عام !

المؤتمر الليبي للأمازيغية : نداء : معا من أجل معركة الزاوية الحاسمة

الأتحاد الليبي : نداء لمنظمة اطباء بلا حدود ولكافة المنظمات الدولية

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : مذكرة الأمين العام إلى مكونات المجتمع الدولي

Ghoma : No to Foreign Intervention in Libya

Monday, 7 March, 2011: The BBC's John Simpson says Ras Lanuf remains in rebel hands. Four Libyan towns which forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi claimed to have retaken remain under rebel control, witnesses say. Tobruk and Ras Lanuf remain in rebel hands, BBC correspondents said. Anti-Gaddafi forces still control Misrata and Zawiya, residents and rebels said. But both Misrata and Ras Lanuf came under renewed attack on Sunday, and clashes have been reported in the small town of Bin Jawad. In the capital, Tripoli, officials said pre-dawn gunfire there was celebrating pro-Gaddafi "gains" of the towns. Many people there first thought the firing was clashes between pro- and anti-government forces, and there are suspicions celebratory gunfire was then used to cover up the gunfight. [BBC] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: Moammar Gaddafi is hunkered down, some once-loyal aides have abandoned him for the rebel side and President Obama and other leaders are demanding he step down. But he still has a friend - the man who received the al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Though uncharacteristically quiet as Libya slid into anarchy, Chavez has in recent days venerated Gaddafi for his revolutionary credentials and asserted that the United States is about to invade the North African country to seize its oil. He also convened a meeting Friday in the Venezuelan capital in which his allies, including Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia, agreed to a vague peace mission to end the violence in Libya. [Washington Post] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: A prominent US senator has said that the United States and its allies should plan for a no-fly zone over Libya and consider bombing the country's airports and runways. John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the comments on Sunday, but added that no action should be taken unless an international agreement is reached. LIVE BLOG He also said that taking out runways and airports could be an effective tactic, and added that a no-fly zone would not amount to full-blown military intervention. He said, however, that moving against Libyan air defences should only be done if Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, were to use his air force as a means to target civilians. [Aljazeera] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: The leader of the opposition Justice and Democracy Party of Libya says he has begun compiling evidence of what he describes as flagrant human rights abuses and grave atrocities perpetrated by forces loyal to embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi against anti-government protesters. Hadi Shalluf, who is also an international lawyer, says the evidence will be sent to the International Criminal Court for the prosecution of Gadhafi and his regime, including his immediate family. “We are trying to gather the information to give them to the public prosecutor and the ICC (International Criminal Court), and also present it to the Libyan (court) jurisdiction in the future, when we catch Gadhafi or we arrest him in Libya,” said Shalluf. [VOA] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: (CNN) -- U.S. gasoline prices increased nearly 33 cents in two weeks, the second-biggest two-week jump in the history of the gasoline market, according to a new survey of filling stations. The latest Lundberg Survey of cities in the continental United States was conducted Friday. It showed the national average for a price of self-serve unleaded gasoline at $3.51, an increase of 32.7 cents from the last survey two weeks earlier, survey publisher Trilby Lundberg said. The jump was the biggest since a 38-cent hike between August and September 2005. At the time, the price increase was driven by damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. "This time around, the spike comes not from nature, but from people," Lundberg said. "The armed struggle in Libya has shocked international oil markets and here it is at the pump." [CNN] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — The United States came under mounting pressure Sunday to help arm rebels facing Moamer Kadhafi's emboldened and regrouping military, amid charges Washington missed recent chances to oust Libya's strongman. President Barack Obama has insisted that all options including military action remain on the table with respect to Libya, where Kadhafi forces have unleashed deadly airstrikes on rebels and civilians in efforts to crush an uprising in which thousands are believed to have been killed. But with the administration cautioning that a decision on a no-fly zone was still far off, US lawmakers and former officials appearing on Sunday talk shows coalesced around the likelihood that supplying weapons to the outgunned rebels was a way forward. [AFP] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: As Libya's bloody conflict rages on, important lessons for U.S. foreign policy are emerging from the past month's Middle East turmoil. Starting with Tunisia, the Obama administration has seemed repeatedly surprised by anti-regime demonstrations, unsure of the stakes for America and its allies and unprepared conceptually and operationally to deal with the consequences. In Egypt, there was contradictory, unhelpful White House rhetoric when silence would have been prudent - and in Libya, silence when strong American words (and actions) were amply warranted. But even presidential rhetoric is only rhetoric. The real test is whether our government is prepared for uncertainty, and how its policies are implemented under stress. [New York Daily News] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: UNITED NATIONS, March 6 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has appointed former Jordanian foreign minister Abdelilah Al- Khatib as his special envoy to Libya, a statement issued by Ban's spokesman said here Sunday. The new special envoy is "to undertake urgent consultations with the authorities in Tripoli and in the region on the immediate humanitarian situation as well as the wider dimensions of the crisis," the statement said. Al-Khatib "will come to New York in the next few days before taking up his responsibilities in the region," the statement said. "The secretary-general is deeply concerned about the fighting in western Libya, which is claiming large numbers of lives and threatens even more carnage in the days ahead," the statement said. [Xinhua] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya in the event of a prolonged struggle between the Gaddafi regime and its opponents, the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi. The Saudi Kingdom, already facing a "day of rage" from its 10 per cent Shia Muslim community on Friday, with a ban on all demonstrations, has so far failed to respond to Washington's highly classified request, although King Abdullah personally loathes the Libyan leader, who tried to assassinate him just over a year ago. Washington's request is in line with other US military co-operation with the Saudis. The royal family in Jeddah, which was deeply involved in the Contra scandal during the Reagan administration, gave immediate support to American efforts to arm guerrillas fighting the Soviet army in Afghanistan in 1980 and later – to America's chagrin – also funded and armed the Taliban. [Independent] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday lamented the deaths and humanitarian crisis caused by the fighting in Libya between forces loyal to longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi and those demanding his ouster. "My heartfelt thoughts go out to Libya, where recent clashes have caused many deaths and a growing humanitarian crisis," Benedict said in his first public comments on the fighting in the north African country. [Ynet News] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: Brussels, March 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The European Union (EU) has sent a high-level mission to troubled Libya to assess the needs of the people and monitor evacuation efforts. The office of the EU foreign affairs chief said Sunday that it will be the first such mission to Libya since the anti-regime protests began Feb 14 against Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year rule. The Libyan authorities are fiercely suppressing the riots, and at least 6,000 people have been killed, according to international organisations. The EU experts will have to report on the humanitarian situation in the oil-rich north African country to the emergency EU summit on Libya to be held in Brussels March 11. [Sify] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: (Reuters) - The rebel council based in eastern Libya says the region has food supplies that will last three to four months, Saad al-Ferjani, the council member managing economic affairs, told Al Arabiya television on Sunday. He said the National Libyan Council would honour all contracts to supply oil from the crude-producing region. "We will cover all of our contracts, they cannot be changed," he said. "The food supplies are available at a high level, and are enough for three to four months," he said. Medicine, petrol and gas were also available, he said. [Reuters] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: (Reuters) - Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey wants an investigation into Libya's detention of two Swiss businessmen who were caught up in a diplomatic row over the Swiss arrest of a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. "We should defend ourselves now against what was done to the two Swiss back then," Calmy-Rey told the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper in an interview on Sunday. Relations between Switzerland and Libya soured in 2008 when Geneva police arrested a son of Gaddafi on charges -- later dropped -- of abusing two domestic employees. Libyan officials deny their cases had anything to do with Hannibal Gaddafi's arrest, but Switzerland says they were innocent pawns caught up in Libya's retaliation against Berne. [Reuters]
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Monday, 7 March, 2011: BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — As Libya churned with popular rebellion, Serbia's ex-president flew to Tripoli to arrange an interview with Moammar Gadhafi for a Serbian TV channel — giving the Libyan leader a platform to bluster about his grip on power. "The Libyan people are fully behind me," Gadhafi defiantly told Pink TV in a telephone interview. The gesture of support for Gadhafi was not officially endorsed by the Serbian government. But it has been criticized at home for failing to join worldwide condemnation of Gadhafi's bloody crackdown against the uprising. A possible reason for the silence: hundreds of millions of dollars worth of military and construction contracts. Serbia's cozy ties with Libya sit ill with its recent efforts to rehabilitate its image after the Balkan wars, in particular by participating in peace keeping missions. [AP] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: TRIPOLI - The Libyan government officially rejected the United Nations Resolution 1970 which imposed travel ban and assets freeze on Gaddafi's family and some senior officials, and expressed "deep regret" over the position of the UN Security Council, according to an official statement released on Sunday. The resolution was based on external media reports, rather than on accurate, well-documented, and verifiable information whose credibility has been ascertained by an in independent and impartial facts-finding committee, the statement said. The north African country is witnessing the worst unrest in the past four decades, which broke out on February 16 in the eastern city of Benghazi. The mass protests, demanding an end to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule, have turned into violent clashes between anti-government protesters and pro-Gaddafi troops. The parties responsible for the violence in the country are " sleeping cells which belong to al-Qaida terrorist organization operating in a region that they call the Muslim Maghreb," the statement added. [China Daily] More
Monday, 7 March, 2011: The saga of eight British "diplomats", who flew into eastern Libya to make contact with rebel forces, turned rapidly into a Dad's Army-style farce. David Cameron, who personally authorised the mission, faced embarrassment when the Libyan authorities released intercepted phone calls which showed the operation had a distinctly amateur feel to it. "I didn't know how they were coming," ambassador to Libya, Richard Northern, said when an opposition leader suggested that it was unwise for the group to have landed in a helicopter in an open area. The botched operation came as an embarrassment to the PM who has struggled to command Britain's response to the Libyan crisis from the outset. [Guardian] More
د. إبراهيم قويدر : رفرف العلم وعُزِف النشيد.. فانهمرت الدموع

الطيار : مظاهرة الجالية الليبية في فانكوفر ـ كندا ـ تضامنا مع الشعب الليبي

الشارف الغرياني : سقوط أخر الاقنعة المزيفة !!

Sunday, 6 March, 2011: A honking, cheering, flag-waving convoy of rebel gunmen in dusty pickup trucks and battered sedans screeches to a halt in Bin Jawwad, a flyspecked hamlet. They had advanced 110 miles in 18 hours. Reporting from Bin Jawwad, Libya - The Libyan jet fighter circled once, twice, and then dipped, low and ominous. "Scatter! Scatter!" a rebel commander screamed. On a windswept highway here on the new front line in the ever-shifting war in Libya's east, rebel gunmen raced for cover behind boulders the color of sand. Several antiaircraft guns burst to life, sending bright red rounds streaking toward the sky. They exploded in black puffs above the desert Saturday afternoon. Then the plane was gone, and the frenzied, all-day celebration of the rebel victory over pro-government forces the night before resumed. [Los Angeles Times] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: Since his return in late December, a longtime opposition group leader has become more vocal in his denunciation of Moammar Kadafi. But some experts say such groups have been gone too long to be of much help to the rebels in the streets. He remembers the desperate pleas of the men at the gallows as they were about to be hanged. Their faces were hidden by black hoods. A man at the podium declared the two had acted against Col. Moammar Kadafi, who had just taken over as leader of Libya. "'We didn't do anything, we didn't do anything,'" he remembers the two men pleading. "'Oh, God. We are not guilty.' And then they started reciting the Koran." That was four decades years ago, and Anwar Magariaf, who would grow up to become a devoted militant against Kadafi, was perhaps 11 years old. He began to cry. [Los Angeles Times] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: London - Eight British special forces commandos were captured by rebel forces in eastern Libya, the Sunday Times reported. The paper said the soldiers were escorting a junior British diplomat through rebel-held territory who was hoping to make contact with the insurgent forces. The government refused to comment. 'We neither confirm nor deny the story and we do not comment on the special forces,' a Ministry of Defence statement said. A Geneva-based human rights group also said it was aware that a team of special forces troops had been seized by Libyan rebels, but was unaware of their nationality. The Times report said the rebels took the captive SAS soldiers to Benghazi, the largest city held by the opposition, where they being held. The UK Press Association said the SAS intervention had angered some Libyan opposition leaders. [M & C] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: Italy and Japan have confirmed they will endorse UN and EU sanctions on Libya. The UN Security Council unanimously voted to back a sanctions resolution aimed at ending the Libyan government's attack on citizens. Authorities in Italy, Libya's main trading partner, agreed to freeze assets linked to Colonel Gaddafi and his family. 'We have to listen to Libyan people... we have to help this transitional process be peaceful, without violence, without a regime killing its own population' said Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. Gaddafi's regime has demanded that the UN suspend sanctions against the Libyan leader over his crackdown on protests. Human rights groups say 6,000 people have been killed since protests against Colonel Gaddafi erupted last month. [Sky News] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: PARIS, (AFP) - Moammar Kadhafi said he wanted the United Nations or the African Union to probe the unrest rocking Libya and promised investigators free access, in an interview published Sunday. The strongman, making his first such demand since the outbreak of violent protests against his rule and the ensuing bloody riposte, also warned that the unrest would spell disaster for Europe. "First of all I would like that an investigatory commission of the United Nations or the African Union comes here to Libya," he told the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche. "We will let this panel work unhampered," he said, adding that he would be in favour of France "coordinating and leading" the probe body. Shortly after the unrest broke out, Kadhafi’s son Saif al-Islam, long seen as a possible successor, said he wanted an independent domestic probe into the unrest. [Montreal Gazette] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: Heavy and sustained gunfire has broken out in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. A BBC correspondent said machinegun and heavy weapons fire could be heard across the city. It is not clear what the source of the fire was or who started it but it is the heaviest in Tripoli since the rebellion against Col Muammar Gaddafi began two weeks ago. There have been protests against Col Gaddafi's rule in Tripoli but the city has so far remained in his control. [BBC] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: Italy warned Friday that the unrest in the Arab world could result in a "destabilizing" dismantling of their sovereign fund investments in the West. Treasury Minister Giulio Tremonti didn't specify Libya or its sovereign wealth funds by name in comments to a conference in Istanbul. But Italy has a lot to lose if the Libyan Investment Authority were to be shuffled amid the escalating fighting. The fund has stakes in major Italian companies like Unicredit bank, Juventus football club and engineering firm Finmeccanica. In Unicredit alone, the Libyan Investment Authority has a 2.6 percent stake on top of the nearly 5 percent stake held by the Libyan Central Bank. According to state-run RAI television, Tremonti rhetorically asked what would happen if revolutionary forces in North Africa said: "These funds are ours and we want them back." [Businessweek] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: BREGA, Libya — Sand swirls over the desert road, past a sign warning of camels ahead. Young Libyan fighters assemble in the gritty haze at the western edge of this strategic oil town, the scene of heavy fighting just days ago. They are eager to push westward to take on Col. Moammar Gadhafi's forces. Some wear snorkeling goggles against the sand. Others wrap their faces in checkered scarves. Tattered Gadhafi posters flutter in the wind, and Libya's pre-Gadhafi tri-color flag — a symbol of hoped-for post-Gadhafi freedom — flaps from a light pole. A cargo container, destroyed in an earlier battle, lies as a hunk of twisted metal. All around, heavy and light machine guns rattle periodically, mostly as a show of defiance but sometimes to ensure the guns work. [Pittsburgh Live] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: The Hague, March 5 (DPA) Libyan state television has accused the Netherlands of spying, following the capture of a Dutch navy helicopter and its three-strong crew by militias loyal to embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi, Dutch state radio (NOS) reported Saturday. The Netherlands is engaged in intense negotiations with Libya in a bid to gain the release of the three marines. 'The aim of the helicopter (Lynx) mission was to drop or pick up spies on Libyan soil,' Libyan state TV said, alleging 'an international conspiracy' against Gaddafi, Dutch news agency ANP reported. Tripoli accused the three soldiers of 'breaching international law' after they had infiltrated Libyan airspace without clearance. [SIFY] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: (Reuters) - The National Libyan Council said on Saturday it had named a three-member crisis committee, which included a head of military affairs and one for foreign affairs. Omar Hariri, one of the officers who took part in Gaddafi's 1969 coup but was later jailed, was appointed head of the military. Ali Essawi, a former ambassador to India who quit last month, was put in charge of foreign affairs. Mahmoud Jebril, who had been involved in a project among intellectuals to establish a democratic state, was named head of the crisis committee, which aims at streamlining decision making. [Reuters] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: The U.N. Human Rights Council has postponed issuing its report on Libya in the wake of criticism that it contains praise for the North African nation's human rights record. The 47-nation council said Thursday it would hold off on adopting the report on Libya after critics said it was too soft. The routine report was prepared before the recent uprisings and Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi's violent crackdown on protesters. The U.S. ambassador to the council, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, said the delay was the right thing to do and hopefully "the voices of the Libyan people, and not just the voice of the Gadhafi regime, can be reflected." [Sify] More
Sunday, 6 March, 2011: I am, like many, disappointed by the lack of debate about nonmilitary alternatives to the situation in Libya. No Fly Zones are an extremely risky venture, have no current legal basis, and may backfire. Before any military action is contemplated, there are other steps available to put pressure on Gaddafi's regime to step down. These are additional to the welcome steps imposed by the UN Security Council this weekend in resolution 1970: ICC referral, assets freeze, travel bans etc.. These are ideas for discussion, but discussion followed by deliberate action is what's needed right now. A lot of these ideas flow from my -- very mixed -- experience of working on sanctions on Iraq and indeed Libya ... [Huffington Post] More
الأتحاد الليبي للمدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان : اختفاء قسري وعزل عن العالم الخارجي

د. فتحي الفاضلي : مرة أخرى .. إلى معمر .. إرحل الآن

مؤسسة الرقيب لحقوق الإنسان : رسالة إلى سفير الإمارات

سليم الرقعي : حذاري من مبادرة "شافيز" فهي مبادرة القذافي!؟

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : بيان صحفي

مؤسسة الرقيب : بيان بخصوص اعتقالات عشوائية بالعاصمة الليبية طرابلس

Saturday, 5 March, 2011: BENGAHZI, LIBYA - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi unleashed their fiercest counterattack yet against the opposition on Friday, assaulting rebel-held positions by ground and air and firing on demonstrators in the government stronghold of Tripoli. The lethal force of the government offensive - including what rebels described as a "bloodbath" in the strategic western port city of Zawiyah - raised the stakes for Washington and its western allies. They have threatened military intervention should the Gaddafi government cross red lines including the systematic endangerment of defenseless civilians or if the battle for Libya evolved into a long-term, bloody stalemate. [Washington Post] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: Internet service was blocked in much of Libya, notably the capital city of Tripoli, making it difficult for people to plan or communicate Friday in the violence-torn country. U.S. firms that monitor global Internet networks reported that Web traffic in and out of Libya was disconnected abruptly Thursday afternoon local time and continued to be unavailable late Friday. Tripoli, a city of 2 million people, was suffering a near-total outage, according to residents in several neighborhoods, as well as Libyans abroad who are in telephone contact with family members in other neighborhoods. Google Inc., which tracks the status of its services, reported a sudden halt in traffic from Libya starting at approximately 2 p.m. local time Thursday (7 a.m. EST) and continuing through Friday. [Wall Street Journal] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: Moammar Gadhafi's regime struck back at its opponents with a powerful attack Friday on the closest opposition-held city to Tripoli and a barrage of tear gas and live ammunition to smother new protests in the capital. At least 37 people died in fighting and in an explosion at an ammunitions depot in Libya's rebellious east. The bloodshed signaled an escalation in efforts by both sides to break the deadlock that has gripped Libya's 18-day upheaval, which has lasted longer than the Egyptian revolt that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and inspired a wave of protests across the region. So far, Gadhafi has had little success in taking back territory, with several rebel cities repelling assaults and the entire eastern half of the country under rebel control. But the opposition forces have seemed unable to go on the offensive to march on pro-Gadhafi areas. [ABC] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: According to Reuters, Colonel Gaddafi has designated a new man at the United Nations. Apparently, breaking down in tears and begging for international sanctions was not considered helpful: " Libya has appointed ex-foreign minister Ali Abdussalam Treki as its U.N. envoy in New York, replacing an ambassador who renounced the Libyan leadership, the United Nations said on Friday. "The Secretary-General (Ban Ki-moon) has received correspondence from the Libyan authorities," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said. "That correspondence names Dr. Treki as the person they wish to have as the permanent representative of their country." It is not clear whether Treki, one of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's most senior foreign policy advisers and a former president of the U.N. General Assembly, will ever take up the post as Libyan ambassador to the United Nations." [Foreign Policy] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: According to an excellent story by Farah Stockman in today's Globe, Monitor Group, a Cambridge-based consulting formed founded by Harvard professors, "received $250,000 a month from the Libyan government from 2006 to 2008 for a wide range of services, including writing the book proposal, bringing prominent academics to Libya to meet Khadafy 'to enhance international appreciation of Libya' and trying to generate positive news coverage of the country." Obviously, given what is happening in Libya now and the increasingly deranged Khadafy's willingness to brutalize his own people to stay in power, people aren't looking too kindly on Monitor Group's Libya connection. It's worth remembering, however, that Monitor Group wasn't alone, and that it wasn't the only institution to have cashed in on the perception that Khadafy was softening in recent years. [Boston] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: Though the revolution against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has no set leader, rebels in Benghazi have set up a provisional government in a courthouse. Here, a justice-obsessed lawyer, a beverage vendor and a computer expert are among those who have become the heart, head and voice of a country intent on change. The old general is crying, his cheeks trembling. His eyes are red from weeping. Then he buries his face in his hands. Brigadier General Abdulhadi Arafa is one of the most powerful men in Benghazi, in the entire rebel-held eastern part of Libya, in fact. The 64-year-old officer commands 2,000 members of a special-forces unit. And he did everything right a week and a half ago when, after 41 years of service, he decided to refuse to obey Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. [Spiegel] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: Muammer Gaddafi’s regime is still benefiting from hundreds of millions of dollars in oil export revenues, even as western powers impose financial sanctions aimed at forcing Libya’s leader from power. Payments for crude oil exports are finding their way back to Libya’s central bank and, potentially, into Col Gaddafi’s direct control, according to a senior western oil official and traders contacted by the Financial Times. Oil officials and shipbrokers said that Libya exported about 570,000 barrels a day in the last week of February, when the unrest started, and shipped about 400,000 b/d this week. At current prices, the oil shipped over the two-week period is worth $770m. The export flow is now tailing off as more oil companies and tanker owners stop dealing with Libya because of reputational risk, executives and shipbrokers said. However, Chinese and Indian companies have continued buying the crude, they said. [Financial Times] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: The Obama Administration must avoid wishful thinking about an “easy button” policy for liberating Libya from the oppressive and murderous Qadhafi dictatorship. The hope that a quick Western intervention through imposing a no-fly zone would ensure the toppling of the regime, reassert American leadership in the “fight for freedom,” or stem a serious humanitarian crisis is not realistic. Even if he is deprived of airpower, Colonel Muammar Qadhafi has mustered sufficient military force to make a stand, and it is unlikely that a mere show of force by Western powers would precipitate the collapse of his entrenched regime. That said, the U.S. has significant interests in the outcome of the current conflict. Qadhafi has committed crimes against Americans, and it is in the national interest to bring him to justice. [Heritage] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: Libyan officials have been so angered by Arab media coverage of the revolution in their country they've resorted to jamming satellite TV channel transmissions from a location in Tripoli and have accused foreign reporters of fomenting unrest. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) this week said security forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continued to detain journalists and jam broadcast frequencies. "It is beyond irony that the authorities in Tripoli are inviting in foreign reporters for guided tours of the capital while they round up Libyan journalists who dare talk to foreign broadcasters," said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. [Huffington Post] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: Sources confirmed that The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, had been placed on heightened readiness, prepared to deploy to North Africa at 24 hours’ notice. The 600-strong infantry unit returned from Afghanistan in late 2009 and is based at Fort George near Inverness. “They’re ready, just in case,” said a source. The Ministry of Defence insisted that the battalion was prepared for humanitarian relief operations, not combat. But the disclosure that British troops are on stand-by came amid growing concerns that Col Gaddafi’s struggle to retain power could take Libya into a protracted civil war and cause a humanitarian crisis. [Telegraph] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: Benghazi (Libya), Mar 5 (AFP) Twin blasts at a Libyan military weapons depot killed at least 12 people and wounded another 26 outside the main rebel-held city of Benghazi, a hospital official said."Twelve dead and 26 wounded," said Nasser Tumi, who was registering the deaths and injuries at Al-Jala hospital. He reported two explosions at the military base at Al-Rajma, southeast of Benghazi. An AFP journalist who visited the hospital saw 11 bodies in the morgue, some of them horrifically disfigured and burnt. [AFP] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: Libyan currency worth £100m ($162m; 200m Libyan dinars) has been impounded from a ship, the Home Office has said. The ship was intercepted by UK authorities after heading back to British waters following an aborted attempt to dock at Tripoli. The money, which was printed in north-east England and impounded at Harwich, has been taken to a secure location. Chancellor George Osborne said that authorities were tracking the ship for week before the money was seized. [BBC] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: A ship loaded with 1,000 tons of flour bound for Benghazi in eastern Libya returned to port on Thursday without delivering its cargo because of reports of aerial bombardments in the area, officials said. "The owners of the ship took the decision. There were concerns about the reports of aerial bombardments," Greg Barrow, a spokesman for the Rome-based World Food Program, which chartered the ship, said. The WFP, which has launched an operation costing $39.2 million US to provide food aid inside Libya and to the thousands crossing into Tunisia and Egypt, said the ship had returned to Malta. "We urgently call for safe humanitarian access to Libya. This shows the scale of the challenge we face, especially if there is a need to ramp up food and other assistance in Libya," WFP chief Josette Sheeran said in a statement. [Edmonton Journal] More
Saturday, 5 March, 2011: LONDON: Bomb attacks on Brega harbour were intended to scare rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, his son Seif Al-Islam told Britain's Sky News late Thursday. "The bombs were just to frighten them to go away," Gaddafi's son said. "There is no city there, the city of Brega is miles away. I am talking about the harbour, only oil refinery there," he insisted. Seif Al-Islam made it clear the regime would do all it could to prevent the harbour falling into rebel hands. "This is the oil and gas hub of Libya," he explained. "All of us, we eat, we live because of Brega. Without Brega six million people have no future because we export all of our oil from there. Read more: Libya bombings only to 'frighten' rebels: Gaddafi son - The Times of India [Times of India] More
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Friday, 4 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — President Obama delivered what he called an "very unambiguous" message to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday: "Step down from power and leave." He also warned those carrying out Gadhafi's orders that they will be held accountable for their actions. "They should know history is moving against Colonel Gadhafi," Obama said. In his first public comments on the crisis in Libya in more than a week, the president also said he has instructed the Defense and State departments to explore all U.S. options to influence the Libyan uprising and Gadhafi's violent efforts to crush it. [USA Today] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, Libya—The residents of Libya's capital, subject to a clampdown as Col. Moammar Gadhafi loses much of the rest of his country to opponents, are gripped by fear and paranoia. Pro-Gadhafi security forces, visiting homes at night, have made scores of arrests. Families of some anti-government activists have gone into hiding after receiving threats from officials. Doctors say patients with gunshot wounds—a sign the injured person may have been at a street demonstration—have been arrested and taken from hospitals. Some residents of Tripoli, home to 2 million of Libya's 6 million people, on Thursday described these and other incidents that form what they say is a tapestry of terror in the capital. As Col. Gadhafi has rallied his base, these people say, reprisals have escalated against those who protest his rule. [Wall Street Journal] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: BENGHAZI, Libya — Late for the funeral of his friend the martyr, Muhieddin Gebril raced his car through the soldiers’ checkpoints, toward the cemetery next to the cement factory where the rebels buried their dead in a long and growing line. The men had known each other in England as business partners. In Libya, during this uprising, they were fellow revolutionaries. A few days ago, Mr. Gebril and his friend, Khaled el-Taghdi, hugged each other outside this city’s courthouse, where the opponents of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi gather. “He told me, ‘We won. We won,’ ” Mr. Gebril said. But it was too early to declare victory. The colonel fought back on Wednesday morning, storming the city of Brega in the rebel-held east of the country. [New York Times] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: All eyes are on the remarkable events unfolding in Libya, but all eyes are not equal. Some look toward Libya with pain more than most others. Some blaze with anger more than most. Some narrow in greater skepticism over whether this is the beginning of the end for the Libyan dictator, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. They are the eyes of people like Rosanne Weston, a New Yorker whose feelings about Colonel Qaddafi could not be more personal. His Libya killed her husband. On Dec. 21, 1988, Jerome L. Weston, a 45-year-old businessman, was murdered along with 269 others when a bomb smuggled onto Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. Many of the 189 American victims were achingly young, students returning home from study abroad. [New York Times] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Residents of the rebel–held city closest to Libya's capital passed out sweets and cold drinks to fighters Tuesday and celebrated with a victory march after they managed to repel an overnight attack by pro–Gadhafi forces. "Allahu Akbar (God is Great) for our victory," residents of Zawiya chanted as they paraded through the city's main square. Some carried on their shoulders an air force colonel they said had just defected to the rebels' side. Witnesses said pro–Gadhafi forces battled rebels for six hours overnight but could not retake control of the city 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Tripoli. They said the last of several assaults by the Gadhafi loyalists came at around 3 a.m. local time. "We were worried about air raids but that did not happen," said one resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. [TMC] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: A Venezuelan peace gambit, proffered by one of the only world leaders who still admires Libya’s dictator Moammar Gadhafi, was quickly rejected by rebels but aroused cautious interest in Washington. “Any effort that is able to resolve this peacefully, you know – you know, deserves consideration,” U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. The Obama administration also signalled a willingness to accept exile for the ruthless Libyan dictator, although Colonel Gadhafi has vowed to fight to the last drop of Libyan blood rather than flee. “His movement to a third country, that would be a major step toward resolving the current situation,” Mr. Crowley said, adding “whether he would be welcome in Venezuela, obviously that’'s a matter for Venezuela to determine.” [The Global and Mail] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: The director of the London School of Economics has resigned over its links to Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. Sir Howard Davies said he recognised the university's reputation had "suffered" and he had to quit. He said the decision to accept £300,000 for research from a foundation run by Col Gaddafi's son, Saif, "backfired". The LSE council has commissioned an independent inquiry into the university's relationship with Libya and Saif Gaddafi. It will seek to clarify the extent of the LSE's links with Libya and establish guidelines for future donations. Lord Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and former chairman of the Council of University College London, has been appointed to carry it out. [BBC] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The mourning tent was set up in Tripoli's Fashloum neighborhood Thursday to receive grieving friends and neighbors of a 56-year-old man shot to death by Moammar Gadhafi's militiamen a week ago. No one dared show up. Paying condolences to a slain protester is dangerous in the Libyan capital. A wave of arrests, killings and disappearances has terrorized Tripoli in a deadly crackdown by Gadhafi's regime as his opponents try to organize new protests Friday. Bodies of people who vanished have been dumped in the street. Gunmen in SUVs have descended on homes in the night to drag away suspected protesters, identified by video footage of protests that militiamen have pored through to spot faces. Other militiamen have searched hospitals for wounded to take away. [AP] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: LONDON — As the battle for Libya rages on, the struggle over control of the country’s sovereign wealth fund and its $70 billion in assets has just begun. With a sizable pot of ready cash and stakes in a few elite European companies — including the British publisher Pearson and the Italian soccer club Juventus — the fund served as an emphatic calling card for its founder, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, a son of the Libyan ruler who was once regarded as the reformer in the family. Established in 2006, the fund was used by Mr. Qaddafi in an effort to make the case that Libya was ready to open itself to the West. [New york Times] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: Serious concerns have been raised about internal disintegration and civil war were Muammer Gaddafi to fall. Marc Ginsberg, former US ambassador to Morocco, has warned of coming chaos, suggesting Libya could become an “Afghanistan in north Africa”. But while these concerns are justifiable, there is little danger of a long-term civil war. The main forces of Libyan society – the tribes, Islamist groups and the army – lack the capacity for any sustained conflict. The west should therefore focus on persuading Mr Gaddafi to leave, and not rush into unwise and counter-productive military action. The threat of civil war has been understandably talked up by both Mr Gaddafi, and his son Seif al-Islam. The latter’s threat to fight to the “last man and last woman”, and his father’s rallying of loyal tribes to attack the protesters, indicates how the regime intends to behave if forced into a corner. [Financial Times] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: Oil production in Libya has been cut in half due to nationwide civil unrest, according to Shukri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation. "Libya's oil production has been halved as foreign workers have left because they don't feel safe" he told Agence France Presse. "Libyan workers also have left but most of the foreign workers are technicians, and this has led to a reduction in production." Ghanem, who also serves as the de facto oil minister, did not provide any data to back up his claims. However, he emphasized that "none of the oil installations were damaged" and that "we continue to produce and export" oil. Most foreign oil companies, including Total (NYSE: TOT) of France, have wither shut down their operations in Libya or suspended them. [IB Times] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: (CNN) -- Soon after the Libyan rebellion escalated, a senior member of the nation's powerful Warfallah tribe announced it would no longer support Moammar Gadhafi, saying that "he is no longer a brother." The Zawiya tribe, based in a petroleum-rich region in the east, threatened to cut off oil flow. The Bani Walid tribe decided to withdraw its men from the regime's security brigades. And the influential Zintan tribe, allied in the past to Gadhafi's own tribe, broadcast a statement of support for the opposition. One after another, Libya's myriad tribes are falling in line against Gadhafi, and the implications are enormous, said longtime observers of Libya, because for centuries, tribes have formed the backbone of the North African nation. [CNN] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the long-time leader of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, with the last word meaning “state of the masses,” is facing the toughest challenge of his life. The brutal regime that knew how to treat African rulers like children so as to provide a platform for an ambitious and forceful foreign policy agenda is now on life support. Unbelievably, the regime is expiring violently and bloodily. To make matters worse, last Sunday, the United Nations Security Council, under pressure from Washington, unanimously imposed sanctions on the Gaddafi government by freezing all assets, banning 16 individuals from travelling, enforcing an arms embargo and sending his name to the International Criminal Court for investigation on crimes against humanity. Furthermore, on Tuesday, the General Assembly suspended Libya from the Human Rights Council, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warning: “UN responses to the crisis in Libya send a message of great consequence within the region and beyond.” [The Citizen] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: Singers Beyonce and Mariah Carey have sought to distance themselves from the tainted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, for whose entourage they both performed at glitzy New Year's eve parties. They joined Canadian artist Nelly Furtado, who used her Twitter account on Monday to declare she would give away the $1 million she received to perform a 45-minute set in Italy for Gaddafi's family in 2007. Pop stars' association with Gaddafi and his sons has caused considerable embarrassment this week as the Libyan ruler orders a brutal crackdown on an uprising against his rule. The music press has highlighted how artists including Beyonce and Carey have earned large paydays for sometimes brief appearances at lavish parties hosted by Gaddafi family members, including his son Muatassim. The stars have faced calls from fans and the public to give back the money they made. [WA Today] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: Khaled Taghdi, from Whalley Range, was reportedly caught in a bomb blast in the port of Brega during fighting between forces loyal to Col Gaddafi and rebels, according to a family friend. Nadia Handi, said the businessman, aged in his 40s, travelled to Libya a fortnight ago in an effort to get his 20-year-old daughter Fatima, from the capital of Tripoli. After being denied entry across the Tunisian border, Mr Attghdi, who was born in Tripoli but had lived in Manchester for 13 years, is understood to have flown to Egypt and crossed the border to the rebel capital of Benghazi. From there he travelled west to Brega and was in the city on Wednesday when government forces attacked. Miss Handi, 40, said his wife Mounia had become frantic after being unable to contact him and at first refused to believe it when a friend called from Libya to say he had been killed. [Telegraph] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: With the future of Libya still in the balance, some CIA operations veterans think it’s well past time the spy agency went past just trying to keep tabs on what’s going on and arm the rebels. “This guy, Gaddafi, has been an enemy of ours for decades,” says Charles Faddis, who led a secret CIA mission into northern Iraq before the 2003 invasion. “Now his people have risen up against him and are attempting to do what we never could, depose him. We should have been in there a week ago, arming the opposition and providing whatever other assistance we can.” The agency’s success in Afghanistan in 2001, leading troops and directing air strikes that routed the Taliban in matter of weeks show that “both CIA and Special Forces have broad capabilities, as displayed in Afghanistan in 2001, to work with indigenous forces in fast moving, fluid situations like this,” Faddis added. [Washington Post] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: Tripoli, Libya (AHN) – Despite the freezing of Libyan assets by at least three western nations, the strife-torn nation has enough in its war chest to fund operations. According to the International Monetary Fund, the Central Bank of Libya holds at least $110 billion in foreign reserves. The IMF cautioned it is unclear how much money is held by the central bank and on foreign shores. The Libyan government and strongman Muammar Gaddafi have extensive global holdings ranging from a Hollywood production company to an Italian soccer team and London property. The U.S. has frozen $30 billion in Libyan assets, Canada $2.3 billion and the U. another $30 billion in a global bid to pressure Gaddafi to step down after 42 years of ruling Libya with an iron fist. Despite the freeze, the IMF estimates Libya’s $110 billion international reserves are sufficient to cover the country’s imports for three years. [Gant Daily] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: ATHENS, Greece — Some 400 U.S. Marines arrived at an American naval base in Greece in a buildup of U.S. forces around Libya, and Britain and France said Thursday that preparations should begin to establish a "no-fly zone" over the North African nation to protect rebel forces. Libyan opposition leaders have pleaded for foreign powers to launch airstrikes to help them oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from power, but the Pentagon has tried to play down the idea of using military force, including a no-fly zone. Nevertheless, the U.S. is mobilizing: Some 400 U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, arrived Wednesday at the U.S. Souda Bay on the Greek island of Crete. Base spokesman Paul Farley said they have been deployed "as part of contingency planning to provide the president (Barack Obama) flexibility on full range of option regarding Libya," along with the amphibious assault ships USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce which have been ordered to the Mediterranean Sea. [Canadian Press] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev described on Thursday the situation in Libya as moving toward the civil war. "Libya has been and is on the brink of a civil war, and our task was to save the lives of our citizens [there]," Medvedev said during a meeting with Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu. Russia completed on Wednesday the evacuation of its citizens from the North African country, where at least 2,000 people are believed to have been killed in violent clashes between troops loyal to the country's long-standing leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and opposition protesters and rebel forces. "This was a large-scale and complicated operation," Medvedev told Shoigu, referring to the evacuation of the Russians from Libya. The Russian Embassy in Tripoli reported earlier on Thursday that Russia had evacuated 520 Russians and 593 foreign nationals from Libya. [Rian] More
Friday, 4 March, 2011: GENEVA - The international Red Cross on Thursday urged Libyans to respect medical personnel after two ambulances came under fire in the coastal area of Misrata, wounding two and destroying one of the vehicles. "Credible reports indicate that two Libyan Red Crescent ambulances were shot at today (Thursday) in Misrata, west of Benghazi, resulting in two volunteers being injured and one of the ambulances being completely burnt," the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement. "Red Crescent and Red Cross staff must be respected and allowed to carry out their life-saving work in safety," said Simon Brooks, head of the ICRC team in Benghazi. "This is a vital issue for us and our colleagues at the Libyan Red Crescent. Volunteers are always ready to do their job but they must be granted the necessary security," he added. [Vancover Sun] More
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Thursday, 3 March, 2011: Washington (CNN) -- The United States is weighing a possible military role to help the Libyan revolt against leader Moammar Gadhafi, but top U.S. officials warn that the issue is controversial. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a Senate panel Wednesday that "there may well be a role for military assets to get equipment and supplies into areas that have a need for them" and in areas where the United States is welcome. But she noted the Arab League statement issued Wednesday that rejected "any foreign interference within Libya on behalf of the opposition, even though they have called for Gadhafi to leave." [CNN] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: It's as if the bloodbaths of Iraq and Afghanistan had been a bad dream. The liberal interventionists are back. As insurrection and repression has split Libya in two and the death toll has mounted, the old Bush-and-Blair battle-cries have returned to haunt us. The same western leaders who happily armed and did business with the Gaddafi regime until a fortnight ago have now slapped sanctions on the discarded autocrat and blithely referred him to the international criminal court the United States won't recognise. While American and British politicians have ramped up talk of a no-fly zone, US warships have been sent to the Mediterranean, a stockpile of chemical weapons has been duly discovered, special forces have been in action, Italy has ditched a non-aggression treaty with Tripoli and a full-scale western military intervention in yet another Arab country is suddenly a serious prospect. [Guardian] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- In the span of a few years, Libya's financial tendrils have reached across oceans, across borders and across continents. The United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the European Union recently moved to freeze billions of dollars of assets belonging to Libya's government and its leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family, as the violence and chaos spread across the country. Libya shares little about its financial dealings, but there are some things we do know about the types of assets that were frozen and where Libya has invested its oil-rich wealth. Through various financial institutions, Libya has spread its wealth across at least 35 nations on four continents. [CNN] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: Arab League diplomats say the organization would oppose any form of foreign intervention in Libya. The diplomats commented Wednesday in Cairo, where the 22-member body is meeting to discuss unrest in the country. World condemnation is mounting against the Libyan government and its attacks on civilians as a rebel protest widens. As the international community is gearing up relief efforts to areas in Libya held by anti-government forces, world powers are putting sanctions into place. And they are debating the possible enforcement of a no-fly zone against the Libyan military. On Tuesday, the 192-member General Assembly voted by consensus to suspend Libya from the Human Rights Council for committing "gross and systematic violations of human rights" in suppressing an uprising against autocratic leader Moammar Gadhafi. [VOA] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: OTTAWA—Canada is making available $5 million in humanitarian aid to help relieve the chaotic and crowded conditions that experts say is creating a crisis on Libya’s borders. Already, France has dispatched two airplanes full of medical professionals and equipment, as has Italy. Britain earlier this week announced it was paying for airplanes to repatriate some of the foreigners who fled their jobs at Libyan oilfields when fighting broke out between anti-government protesters and forces loyal to the regime of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada’s contribution would go toward medical care, food and shelter, though he did not say where the money would be directed or how it would be distributed. [The Star] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: TRIPOLI, Libya — Amid new reports of fighting between his security forces and rebels seeking his ouster, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi took time out today to deliver a meandering, disjointed three-hour speech mixing a combination of giveaways to the public, promises of reform, and vows of retaliation in an apparent bid to quell the growing unrest here. His speech bore little apparent relation to reality. Addressing the Libyan Peoples General Congress on the 34th anniversary of the founding of Libya’s distinctive “rule by the masses” nonconstitutional government, Colonel Qaddafi repeated his recent denials in the face of all evidence that any demonstrations against his government had taken place recently. [New York Times] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's personal nurse had her passport confiscated on returning to her native Ukraine on Sunday after allegedly verbally abusing fellow passengers and crew in a drunken rant. Witnesses told the Ukrainian daily newspaper Segodnya that 38-year-old Galyna Kolotnytska was drunk when she got on the plane that took her from Tripoli to Kiev and needed help to stand on her own two feet. She flew into a drunken rage, they added, when she realised that the plane was a military cargo plane and not a passenger liner. "She began to shout the odds ... demanding the pilots' names and threatening to fire them. She was very aggressive and said that she was Gaddafi's woman and that he would not permit her to be insulted," one witness claimed. [Telegraph] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: As nations evacuate their citizens from the violence gripping Libya, many African migrant workers are targeted because they are suspected of being mercenaries hired by Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader. Dozens of workers from sub-Saharan Africa are feared killed, and hundreds are in hiding, as angry mobs of anti-government protesters hunt down "Black African mercenaries," according to witnesses. About 90 Kenyans and another 64 citizens from South Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Zambia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Burundi landed in Nairobi on Monday, according to officials. [Black Star News] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: The Zambian diplomats who had remained in Libya after other Zambians were evacuated on the weekend have also left that country. Zambian Ambassador to Libya, Rueben Musakabantu and three other embassy staff had remained in Tripoli to secure embassy property. But the three got on Kenyan airways commercial flight Wednesday evening and are expected in Zambia at night. It is not clear why they changed the plan to stay on just after a few days. Libyan demonstrators are accusing Black Africans of being used as mercenaries for Muammar Gaddafi. [Zambia Watchdog] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: After appearing to consolidate its hold on the capital, the Libyan government is struggling to show that it retains both the upper hand and widespread legitimacy throughout the country. In an interview late Monday with the Los Angeles Times, Seif Islam Kadafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, spoke extensively about how his government views the current crisis in his country, where opponents have wrested control of the eastern city of Benghazi and other parts of the country from the regime. Above all, he said, Libyan people want "peace and security," which he said only the government in Tripoli can provide. [Los Angeles Times] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: BREGA, Libya (AP) - Rebel forces routed troops loyal to Muammar Qadhafi in a fierce battle over an oil port Wednesday, scrambling through shelling and an air strike to corner their attackers. While they thwarted the regime's first counteroffensive in eastern Libya, opposition leaders still pleaded for outside air strikes against pro-government troops. The attack on strategic Brega, 740 kilometres east of Qadhafi's stronghold in Tripoli, illustrated the deep difficulties the Libyan leader's armed forces - an array of militiamen, mercenaries and military units - have had in rolling back the uprising that has swept over the entire eastern half of Libya since February 15. In the capital of Tripoli, Qadhafi warned against US or other Western intervention, vowing to turn Libya into "another Vietnam", and saying any foreign troops coming into his country "will be entering hell and they will drown in blood". [Jordan Times] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: An estimated 6000 people have been killed so far in Libya's two-week-long popular uprising against the 42-year-old regime of Muammar Qadhafi, the Libyan Human Rights League said on Wednesday. "Victims in the whole country were 6000," Ali Zeidan, a spokesman for the Libyan Human Rights League told reporters at a joint press conference with the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). Zeidan noted that victims included some 3000 people killed in the capital Tripoli, 2000 in the rebel-held city of Benghazi, and 1000 in various other cities. "This is what people told us, but it might be more," he added. UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said on Friday that more than 1000 people had already been killed in the bloodshed. Libya's deputy UN envoy, for his part, has said that "thousands" had lost their lives. [Almasri Alyoum] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: LONDON — Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned Wednesday against international military intervention in Libya, saying it would only cause "more suffering." "I believe military intervention will cause more suffering for the international community and the people of Libya," the Afghan leader told Channel Four news during his visit to Britain. "A military intervention will raise the nationalistic fervour of the population there, with no clear end in sight, and as a consequence of that I would not advise it," he added. Karzai later met with Prince Charles at the British heir's Clarence House residence where they talked for around 50 minutes about the prince's visit to Afghanistan last year, according to Charles's office. [AFP] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: NALUT, Libya (AP) — The men, armed with handmade weapons, knives and automatic rifles, hunker down in an unfinished concrete building meant to one day be a hotel. They lie on mattresses, drink tea and take turns watching the long road to Tripoli for any sign of imminent attack. The men at the impromptu hilltop post are the first line of defense for their remote town of 18,000 in Libya's northwestern desert, which shook off the rule of Moammar Gadhafi — "Liberated Nalut," as the graffiti sprayed on walls in town proclaimed. "The youth here lost hope in this country," said Mustafa, a 37-year-old civil servant among the men. "So when the uprising started, we took whatever arms we could find and we exploded — we took our town back." He, like many others in the town spoke on condition their full names not be used for fear of retaliation. [AP] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: WASHINGTON - An unpublished U.S. diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks tells the previously undisclosed story of how an American corporate powerhouse — the $35-billion Coca-Cola Co. — got caught up in a fierce fraternal dispute between two of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s sons. The contretemps among the freres Gadhafi over a local bottling plant escalated into a heavily armed confrontation resembling a Hollywood gangster film, as a classified 2006 U.S. cable put it. “You know the movie ‘The Godfather’? We’ve been living it for the last few months,” a businessman involved in the dispute was quoted in the cable as telling an official from the U.S. diplomatic mission in Tripoli. [Toronto Sun] More
Thursday, 3 March, 2011: He was so smooth in his Brioni suits and cashmere zip-up sweaters. His English was fluent, his manner easy. He spoke of civil society and democracy, the subject of his doctoral thesis at the London School of Economics. Through American consultants, he promoted openness at home, counter-terrorism abroad, and headed a major charity. He dabbled in art, painting a little himself and displaying the work of others. Related story on The Daily Beast: Libya's Muammar Gaddafi Tried to Execute Me He even met secretly with Israelis-journalists, academics, and government officials in Europe, knowing that they would rush to share what he had said with the officials he hoped to impress in Washington. [MSNBC] More
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Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday played down the possibility of American military intervention in Libya, saying there was no agreement within NATO about the use of force and that now was not the time for the United States to be entering into another war in the Middle East. Nonetheless, in a Pentagon news conference with Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mr. Gates said that he had ordered an amphibious assault ship, the Kearsarge, and an amphibious transport dock ship, the Ponce, to the Mediterranean. He said about 400 Marines were en route to the Mediterranean “in support of the Kearsarge,” although it was unclear whether they would be aboard the ship or stationed elsewhere in the region. [New York Times] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: Canada is deploying a warship to the waters off Libya to assist in the evacuation of Canadian citizens, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said. Meanwhile, the country moved to freeze $2.3bn (£1.4bn) in Libyan assets, Canadian media reported. And Canadian singer Nelly Furtado has pledged to donate to charity $1m she received for a 2007 private concert for Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. Col Gaddafi has rejected calls to leave amid protests that have riven Libya. 'No military action' In Ottawa, Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay told reporters the frigate HMCS Charlottetown would leave Halifax for the Mediterranean Sea off Libya on Wednesday and that the voyage would take six days. [BBC] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: UNITED NATIONS — The 192 U.N. member nations suspended Libya on Tuesday from the U.N. Human Rights Council in the latest international effort to halt the Gadhafi regime's violent crackdown on protesters. The General Assembly voted by consensus on the council's recommendation to suspend Libya's membership on the U.N's top human rights body for committing "gross and systematic violations of human rights." General Assembly President Joseph Deiss called for the vote and signaled its adoption by consensus by banging his wooden gavel. The resolution sponsored by Arab and African states also expressed "deep concern" about the human rights situation in Libya. It is the first time any country has been suspended from the 47-member council since it was formed in 2006. Based in Geneva, the council is charged with strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. [Chron] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: Sen. Lindsey Graham has traveled to war zones with Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman while sharing tough stances with them on Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror. Now, Graham, R-S.C., is breaking with his close Senate allies for the first time on a major national security issue as he rejects their calls to arm rebels trying to topple Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. "Providing arms, I'm not sure that helps us," Graham told CNN. "I don't know if you could control right now who would get the arms." McCain, R-Ariz., and Lieberman, I-Conn., were traveling in Egypt, where they urged President Barack Obama to take tougher steps against Gadhafi. "Now is the time for action, not just statements," Lieberman told CNN. "(We need to provide) the kinds of tangible support - no-fly zone, recognition of the revolutionary government, the citizens government, and support for them with both humanitarian assistance and I would provide them with arms." [Kansas City] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: A leading arms trade watchdog group suspects that Libya received a shipment of military equipment from Belarus, as forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi began a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, reports that an Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane left Belarus two weeks ago and flew to Libya. The plane took off from Baranovichi, a Belarusian military base that inherited a huge stockpile of weapons after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The plane flew to Sebha, a base deep in the Sahara that is still controlled by Gadhafi loyalists. The information comes from Hugh Griffiths, a British arms control expert for SIPRI. "Sebha is a very interesting airport because it is still under the control of Gadhafi. It’s surrounded by an area that is controlled by a tribe that is quite loyal, fiercely loyal, to Gadhafi. [VOA] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: The Senate passed Tuesday a resolution calling for the resignation of Moammar Gaddafi as well as new steps against the Libyan leader, including the possible establishment of a no-fly zone over Libyan territory. The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), was approved Tuesday night by unanimous voice vote. It calls on Gaddafi to "desist from further violence, recognize the Libyan people's demand for democratic change, resign his position and permit a peaceful transition to democracy governed by respect for human and civil rights and the right of the people to choose their government in free and fair elections." It also condemns the recent violence against civilians in the country and endorses the U.N. Security Council's recent referral of the situation in Libya to the International Criminal Court. [Washington Post] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: Reporting from Tripoli, Libya — He was for years Libya's greatest hope for a peaceful, orderly transition away from his erratic father's autocratic rule. As such, the seemingly open-minded son of Col. Moammar Kadafi was feted by world leaders and greeted with approval by international human rights groups and even some opposition activists as a beacon of reform in a politically ossified North Africa. Now Seif Islam Kadafi, 38, is hunkered down in a besieged capital, shorn of his reformist mantle and taking a front-and-center role in organizing his family's defiant attempt to survive a revolt that has left rebels in control of large swaths of the desert nation. With hundreds dead, tens of thousands scurrying to safety abroad, and the onetime reformer having warned that his father's security forces would fight "to the last bullet" in streets that would "run with blood," Seif Islam acknowledges that any vision of top-down change has come off the rails. [Los Angeles times] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: The Shanghai-and Hong Kong-listed contracting company said in a statement Tuesday that almost all of its employees that had been working in Libya have left the country, and the Chinese government is arranging the return of its remaining staff. "Given the uncertain situation in Libya, the preservation of equipment and materials on site and subsequent development remain unclear," China Railway Construction Chairman Meng Fengchao said in the statement. China Railway Construction said it has three railway projects in Libya valued at a combined $4.24 billion. The violence has disrupted much of China's presence in Libya, where Beijing has said there were some 75 Chinese companies operating and more than 30,000 Chinese residing before the unrest. On Tuesday, China's Foreign Ministry said about 32,000 Chinese nationals had been evacuated from Libya. [Wall Street Journal] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is considering whether it should cut diplomatic ties with Libya, a senior U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday. "Whether to maintain relations or sever them is under review," the official said. Cutting ties would send a strong message that the United States no longer considers the government of Moammar Gadhafi to be legitimate. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both said in recent days that Gadhafi has lost his legitimacy to rule the Libyan people and should leave power. According to the senior U.S. official, the last high-level communication with Gadhafi's government was last week, when Clinton spoke with Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa. [CNN] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: A major international credit agency has cut Libya's rating for the second time in just over a week, citing the increasing political turmoil that has left hundreds dead. Fitch Ratings says Libya's debt is below investment grade, and warns it may cut the rating again if conditions deteriorate further. The agency says Libya's oil exports have been cut in half and noted that many of the foreign workers who play a key role in this vital industry have fled the country. In the sharp downgrade, the agency also considered efforts to freeze major foreign assets belonging to the family of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The report's authors say Libya's long-term economic health is "encouraging" because of its oil wealth, lack of debt, and a government investment fund valued up to $140 billion. [VOA] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: BERLIN – Fast-moving events in Libya have catapulted the scandal-plagued Middle East and North African Division (MENA) of Human Rights Watch into a new controversy for its failure over the years to diligently investigate human rights violations in Libya. According to Anne Herzberg, a legal advisor for Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, “Human Rights Watch, and specifically MENA director Sarah Leah Whitson, has soft-peddled [Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi’s oppressive acts and offered no help to the Libyan people. Whitson was well aware of the atrocities committed by the Gaddafi regime, but she chose to present the facade that Gaddafi’s son [Saif al- Islam] was prepared to implement ‘reforms.’” Calling on the HRW official to resign, Herzberg said on Sunday that the ongoing events in Libya “reveal Whitson’s gross incompetence. She has failed to retract her previously misleading statements. She cannot continue to head the MENA division.” [Jerusalem Post] More
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011: (Reuters) - Leaders of the rebel forces holding eastern Libya are forming an army of volunteers and defectors and will advance on Tripoli once it is liberated from within, a rebel army officer said on Tuesday. Captain Faris Zwei, among military officers in the east who had joined the opposition to Muammar Gaddafi, told Reuters there were more than 10,000 volunteers in Ajdabiyah, about 800 km (500 miles) from the capital which was still held by forces loyal to the Libyan leader. "We are reorganising the army, which was almost completely destroyed by Gaddafi and his gang before they left," he said. "We are reforming, as much as we can, the army from the youth that took part in the revolution." He added: "We're currently waiting for Tripoli to free itself, and we will give them time to have this honour." [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: After two weeks of revolution and the deaths of thousands of Libyans, the Obama administration is starting to contemplate military action against the brutal Libyan regime of Moammar Gadhafi. The United Nations Security Council has already sanctioned Gadhafi and referred him to the International Criminal Court following his violent suppression of Libya’s revolutionary movement, creating the contours of a hardening international position against Gadhafi. And now most U.S. nationals in Libya have now fled, removing what the Obama administration has considered an impediment to action. So here comes the Navy. The Enterprise carrier strike group, last seen hunting pirates, is in the Red Sea — and may sail through Suez to the Mediterranean — and the New York Times reports that an “amphibious landing vessel, with Marines and helicopters” are there as well. [Wired] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: Libya’s opposition gained fresh support from the U.S. and European nations, who promised humanitarian aid and began planning for a no-fly zone, as leader Muammar Qaddafi declared that “my people love me” and sent forces to regain lost territory. The European Union yesterday imposed an arms embargo and other sanctions, and the U.S. said it has frozen $30 billion in Libyan assets. The U.S. said refugee-aid teams were sent to Libya’s borders while American naval and air units are being repositioned in the Mediterranean. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with ministers from the EU and Russia in Geneva. Qaddafi has “lost the legitimacy to govern and it is time for him to go without further violence or delay,” Clinton said. [Bloomberg] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met at the White House on Monday for talks dominated by the situation in Libya. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, also took part in the discussions and spoke with reporters. The talks came as the United States considers what additional options to use to deal with the bloodshed in Libya, where military forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi battle opposition forces. Appearing at a White House news briefing after attending an Oval Office meeting between President Obama and Secretary-General Ban, Ambassador Rice referred to the U.N. Security Council resolution approved over the weekend. [VOA] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: WASHINGTON — The United States said it received word Monday that Libya has got rid of its ambassador in Washington after he defected to the opposition, and has now replaced him with a regime supporter. "We were informed by the government of Libya that they have withdrawn their recognition of their ambassador, Ambassador (Ali) Aujali," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters. "He no longer represents Libya's interests in the United States... So now there is a charge d'affaires at the embassy who has been authorized by the government of Libya to represent its interests," Crowley told reporters. He said it is important for Washington to deal with embassy and other officials representing Colonel Moamer Kadhafi's regime because such communication links may prevent further bloodshed. [AFP] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- As Moammar Gadhafi battles for survival in Libya's capital Tripoli, many of the henchmen who helped him hold onto power for 41 years remain at his side guarding the darkest secrets of a brutal regime. These secrets include who was behind the bombings of a Pan Am jumbo jet Dec. 21, 1988, in which 270 people died, the almost identical bombing of a French airliner in 1989 and a 2003 plot to assassinate Crown Prince Abdallah of Saudi Arabia, now king. [UPI] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: The African Union Peace and Security Council has met to discuss events in Libya, but declined to follow other international bodies in imposing sanctions against the Gaddafi government. The Council also extended the mandate of an Ivory Coast mediation team. The United Nations and the European Union have slapped sanctions on Libya. The Arab League has suspended Libya’s membership. But when Africa’s highest secruity body discussed the Libya question Monday, it took no action. Libya is a major funder of the African Union, and has a seat on the 15-member Peace and Security Council, but its ambassador Ali Abdalla Awidan did not take part in the debate. He stood outside the Council chamber, where he declined to comment. [VOA] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: Libya's revolutionary leaders sought to prove their pro-western credentials on Monday by announcing an immediate resumption of oil exports to foreign clients – even though the proceeds will go straight to Col Muammar Gaddafi. For the first time in over a week, oil was shipped from the eastern port city of Tobruk, deep in territory that has fallen to a civilian-led insurrection that has styled itself the Free Libya movement. A tanker carrying 700,000 barrels of crude oil sailed for China, with a second bound for Italy due to leave in the next 48 hours. Such quantities may be trifling when compared the vast amount of oil in the world's waterways at any one time, but the resumption of Libyan exports has already done much to soothe international concern. [Telegraph] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: Geneva – The wave of repression unleashed by Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya "constitutes crimes against humanity," Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Patricia Espinosa said here Monday. "We are offended and it seems absolutely intolerable because it constitutes crimes against humanity, the brutal repression of peaceful groups that we have seen in Libya," Espinosa said in her address to the U.N. Human Rights Council's 16th regular session, which began on Monday. "In light of the legitimate demands of the citizens, the only acceptable arms are reason and justice," Espinosa said, adding that "the violence used by the Gadhafi regime against its own people" was unacceptable. [Fox] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: Austrian banks have more than 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in deposits from Libyan clients, Austrian central bank Governor Ewald Nowotny said in an interview on Austrian state television today. Nowotny added he couldn’t say yet how many of the deposits were linked to the country’s leader, Muammar Qaddafi, and his family, whose assets are to be frozen under a UN Security Council resolution. “I can’t say yet how big the volume is that falls into this category,” Nowotny said, referring to the asset freeze. “Overall, Austrian banks have deposits from Libya that total more than 1 billion euros.” [Bloomberg] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: A prominent member of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Council has called on the Arab League and Arab countries to intervene in Libya to end the crisis, but warns the West to desist from what he describes as interfering in Libya’s affairs. Esam Alarian, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, says his group is organizing humanitarian assistance to Libya’s anti-government protesters, who demand leader Moammar Gadhafi, step down and cede power. “We announced many times that we are supporting the struggles of Libyans against Gaddafi’s regime. This is our political situation. But, we appeal to the Arab League and Amr Moussa, [VOA] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: LONDON Feb 28 (Reuters) - Embarrassed by funding ties to Libya, Britain's prestigious London School of Economics (LSE) university moved on Monday to repudiate a research grant it received from a charity chaired by a son of Muammar Gaddafi. A university statement said it planned to set aside £300,000 ($487,000), equivalent to the sum it had so far received from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, for purposes agreed with the LSE's wider academic community. "In particular, the School is looking into establishing a scholarship fund for Libyan students," it said, adding the university's leadership would consider the plan on Tuesday. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 1 March, 2011: Valletta, Malta - A Libyan plane that was turned away from Malta last Wednesday was carrying pilots who intended to take back two fighter jets that defectors had landed on the island, Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said Sunday. Two Libyan colonels flew their fully loaded jets to Malta on February 21, saying they had refused to bomb protesters who have called for leader Moamer Gaddafi's ouster. During a news conference on Sunday, Gonzi said that the Libyan plane with seven pilots on board was turned away because it had no flight plan. He also denied media reports that claimed Gaddafi's daughter had been on the plane. [M&C] More
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