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Maximilian Forte, "The War in Libya: Race, 'Humanitarianism,' and the Media"

Maximilian Forte, "The War in Libya: Race, 'Humanitarianism,' and the Media" | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

"We left behind our friends from Chad.  We left behind their bodies.  We had 70 or 80 people from Chad working for our company.  They cut them dead with pruning shears and axes, attacking them, saying you're providing troops for Gadhafi.  The Sudanese, the Chadians were massacred.  We saw it ourselves."  (A Turkish oilfield worker who fled Libya, speaking to the BBC and quoted in NPR's "In Libya, African Migrants Say They Face Hostility," 25 February 2011)

"I am a worker, not a fighter.  They took me from my house and [raped] my wife," he said, gesturing with his hands.  Before he could say much more, a pair of guards told him to shut up and hustled him through the steel doors of a cell block, which quickly slammed behind them.  Several reporters protested and the man was eventually brought back out.  He spoke in broken, heavily accented English and it was hard to hear and understand him amid the scrum of scribes pushing closer.  He said his name was Alfusainey Kambi, and again professed innocence before being confronted by an opposition official, who produced two Gambian passports.  One was old and tattered and the other new.  And for some reason, the official said the documents were proof positive that Kambi was a Kadafi operative. . . .  All I know is that the Geneva Convention explicitly prohibits prisoners of war from being paraded and questioned before cameras of any kind.  But that's exactly what happened today.  The whole incident just gave me a really bad vibe, and thank God it finally ended . . . .  [O]ur interpreter, a Libyan national, asked [LA Times reported David] Zucchino: "So what do you think?  Should we just go ahead and kill them?"  (Luis Sinco, "Journalists Visit Prisoners Held by Rebels in Libya," Los Angeles Times, 23 March 2011)

To what extent is the revolt in Libya a continuation of earlier race riots against the presence of migrant workers from Sub-Saharan Africa?  Where do members of the Gaddafi regime, some of whom were apparently responsible for setting security forces against those migrants, fit in with the current rebel leadership?  How does the calculated cultivation of racial fear and racially selective xenophobia tie in with calls for foreign military ("humanitarian") intervention?

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REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ~>LIBYA: RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA ~ #Saif #Gaddafi #FEB17CRIMES #NTC #ICC

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Defense.gov News Article: Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University.

The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a position he held from 1963 until he became king in 2005.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the essay competition is a fitting tribute to the life and leadership of the Saudi Arabian monarch.

Lifetime Supporter of U.S.-Saudi Alliance

The king was a lifetime supporter of his country’s alliance with the United States. Abdullah ruled Saudi Arabia from 2005 to his death, and served as regent of the country from 1995. He is succeeded by King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz.

“This is an important opportunity to honor the memory of the king, while also fostering scholarly research on the Arab-Muslim world, and I can think of no better home for such an initiative than NDU,” Dempsey said in a statement announcing the competition.

The competition will focus on issues related to the Arab-Muslim world and is designed to encourage strategic thinking and meaningful research on a crucial part of the world. The program will be in place at NDU for the next academic year, officials said.
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Libyan Minister Abducted From Hotel Room After Fleeing Tripoli / Sputnik International

Libyan Minister Abducted From Hotel Room After Fleeing Tripoli / Sputnik International | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Minister abducted from the city of al-Bayda, to where the country's internationally recognized government has fled from the capital, Tripoli.
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:) French media is mocking Fox News mercilessly, and it’s brilliant

:) French media is mocking Fox News mercilessly, and it’s brilliant | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
As Le Petit Journal is demonstrating, mocking Fox News is becoming an international pastime.
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Three months of fighting in Libya's Benghazi kills 600, say medics - Firstpost

Three months of fighting in Libya's Benghazi kills 600, say medics - Firstpost | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - About 600 people have been killed in three months of heavy fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in Libya's second-largest city Benghazi, medical staff said on Sunday.
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Libyan government army declares cease-fire - Al Jazeera America

Libyan government army declares cease-fire - Al Jazeera America | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Tobruk-based authority's move follows similar decision by rival faction in advance of next round of UN-brokered talks
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Are there any prospects for Moscow-Libya cooperation? - Al-Monitor

Are there any prospects for Moscow-Libya cooperation? - Al-Monitor | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Russian officials are taking a wait-and-see attitude to developments in Libya.
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Saif Gaddafi was right: we don't know what we have unleashed in the Middle East as Arab Spring catches a chill

Saif Gaddafi was right: we don't know what we have unleashed in the Middle East as Arab Spring catches a chill | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
I’ve only ever had one short conversation with Saif Gaddafi, who was captured trying to flee Libya last weekend.
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Arab cartoonists pen their response to Charlie Hebdo affair

Arab cartoonists pen their response to Charlie Hebdo affair | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Leading caricaturists across the Middle East question the meaning of free speech while attacking Israel and Arab leadersArab cartoonists are hitting back over the Charlie Hebdo affair with satirical works questioning the meaning of free speech in...
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Libya Warplane Hits Trawler Carrying Gasoline to Benghazi - Voice of America

Libya Warplane Hits Trawler Carrying Gasoline to Benghazi - Voice of America | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A Libyan warplane attacked a fishing trawler carrying gasoline to the port of Benghazi this week after the internationally recognized government suspected it of supplying Islamist militants, ...
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What's Left in Libya - The New Yorker

What's Left in Libya - The New Yorker | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Benghazi is now seeing more extreme violence than it has since the Second World War.
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Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries | Zero Hedge

Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these "transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine," Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis "within hours." Perhaps explaining the explosion higher in NatGas prices (and oil) today, gas companies in Ukraine confirmed that Russia had cut off supply; and six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas. The EU raged that the sudden cut-off to some of its member countries was "completely unacceptable," but Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller later added that Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey; and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stated unequivocally, "the decision has been mad
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Freedom of Speech on Trial in America: Rapper Facing Life in Prison for Song Lyrics - US Following Saudi Arabia

Freedom of Speech on Trial in America: Rapper Facing Life in Prison for Song Lyrics - US Following Saudi Arabia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
“Rap music, it’s just another form of communication that gang members use,” said the prosecutor in rapper Brandon Duncan's case. Hearing scheduled for Friday, January 23.
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Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo: We intend to sue Fox News

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo: We intend to sue Fox News | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tells CNN she intends to sue Fox News; a Fox executive calls the suit "misplaced."
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Um Beijão ao PCP »» A carga fiscal explicada em legos, segundo o PCP

Um Beijão ao PCP »» A carga fiscal explicada em legos, segundo o PCP | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A presença da ministra das Finanças na Comissão de Orçamento e Finanças, hoje no Parlamento, ficou marcada por um momento insólito. O deputado comunista Paulo Sá recorreu a uma construção em legos para demonstrar que não há alívio fiscal em 2015.
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VICTOR'S JUSTICE: ICC Prosecutor Ocampo Misleads UN Security Council on Saif Al Islam Gaddafi’s Detention

VICTOR'S JUSTICE: ICC Prosecutor Ocampo Misleads UN Security Council on Saif Al Islam Gaddafi’s Detention | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, May 16, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) made his 3rd report to the UN Security Council on the action of the ICC on the referral unde...
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Argentina prosecutor who claimed cover-up over 1994 blast found dead

Argentina prosecutor who claimed cover-up over 1994 blast found dead | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Alberto Nisman had accused President Fernández of offering to cover up suspected Iranian involvement in Jewish centre bombing that killed 85 An Argentinian prosecutor who accused President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of orchestrating a cover-up...
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Inside Libya's al-Jawiya prison - Aljazeera.com

Inside Libya's al-Jawiya prison - Aljazeera.com | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The new jail, located on an air base in Misrata, consolidates prisoners from other makeshift facilities.
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Terror attacks in Europe: the five danger zones

Terror attacks in Europe: the five danger zones | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Security experts believe jihadis returning from Syria are most likely to be plotting attacks in five western European countriesLast week’s attacks in Paris and this week’s arrests in Belgium and Germany have thrown the spotlight on to jihadis...
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Violence in Libya since Kadhafi overthrow - Yahoo News

Violence in Libya since Kadhafi overthrow - Yahoo News | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI (AFP) - Key events during the turmoil since Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled in October 2011.
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龍緯華's curator insight, January 18, 1:04 PM

Still with the dictator bullshit

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Why French Law Treats Dieudonné and Charlie Hebdo Differently - The New Yorker

Why French Law Treats Dieudonné and Charlie Hebdo Differently - The New Yorker | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
If the country wants to turn last week’s terror attacks into a turning point, it needs to show that its Republican values of freedom protect all citizens.
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O fabuloso destino de Cristiano Ronaldo

O fabuloso destino de Cristiano Ronaldo | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
O lema do Sporting “Esforço, Dedicação, Devoção e Glória” pode adaptar-se bem à carreira desportiva de Cristiano Ronaldo, que acaba de conquistar a terceira Bola de Ouro. Recordamos alguns momentos marcantes de uma caminhada recheada de sucesso. “Quero jogar à bola”, dizia em menino.
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Works minister pledges boost to Tripoli in 2015 - The Daily Star

Works minister pledges boost to Tripoli in 2015 - The Daily Star | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter pledged Tuesday to boost the infrastructural projects in the northern city of Tripoli, saying the city’s socio-economic situation was “tragic.”
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