Fighting rages in Benghazi as Tripoli braces for fallout from the kidnapping of prime minister Ali Zaidan Libya marks the second anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi with the country on the brink of a new civil war and fighting raging in the...
Tripoli football coach escapes shooting unhurt. By Ashraf Abdul Wahab. Tripoli, 14 October 2013: The coach for Tripoli's Al-Ahly football club, Hossam Al Badri, escaped unhurt after gunmen opened fire on his car on Saturday.
Police commander shot dead in Benghazi CNN International (CNN) -- A senior military police commander was killed by unidentified gunmen in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, the country's official news agency, LANA, reported.
BBC News Libya: Gunmen shoot down Benghazi's top cop CBS News Libya: Gunmen shoot down Benghazi's top cop. TRIPOLI, Libya A Libyan security official says gunmen have killed the head of the regional military police in the eastern city of Benghazi.
¿Como juzga el secuestro por parte de las milicias armadas del primer ministro libio Ali Zeidan, posteriormente liberado?
Es un choque de poder. Es parte del caos en el cual ha caído Libia tras la guerra de la OTAN, que depuso sangrientamente a Gadafi. El secuestro no me sorprende en absoluto. El año pasado, cuando iba a ser primer ministro Anwar Fekini, figura emergente de la oposición en el exilio (y nieto de Mohammed Fekini, protagonista de la revuelta contra la ocupación italiana), intenté disuadirle. Fue reticente ante mi sugerencia, pero recientemente me dio las gracias diciéndome: “Me has salvado la vida.”
¿Que ha ocurrido en Libia desde la muerte de Gadafi, en octubre de 2011, hasta hoy?
Ha ocurrido un fenómeno de proliferación de las milicias armadas. Según estimaciones de los servicios de inteligencia estadounidenses son más de 500 y muy temibles. La propia Casa Blanca, que proporcionó aviación a estos insurgentes, se dio cuenta de ello con dolor el 11 de septiembre de 2011 cuando los yihadistas atacaron el consulado de EEUU en Bengasi asesinando al embajador americano Chris Stevens y a otros tres altos funcionarios estadounidenses. Entre las milicias el peso de los yihadistas es muy fuerte. Y después de la reciente captura por parte de las fuerzas especiales americanas del presunto exponente de Al Qaeda, Abu Anas-Al Lybi, muy visible en el movimiento libio, ha saltado la “respuesta” de las milicias más islamistas. Estas le dicen –de modo creíble- a Washington: habéis hecho una detención arbitraria, contra nuestra soberanía. El día anterior Zeidan había desmentido todo apoyo de Trípoli a la operación. Pero el Secretario de Estado estadounidense John Kerry lo desmintió vehementemente poco después, revelando que el gobierno libio había dado su consentimiento. Me gusta recordar un elemento que puede ayudar a entender la complicidad entre milicias y gobierno en Libia. Ali Zeidan, profesor universitario magnificado por todo Occidente, es un hombre extrañamente rico y hace tan solo un mes regaló un millón de dólares a las milicias de Misurata, consideradas las más fuertes y radicales.
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Libyan military chief assassinated in Benghazi Al-Bawaba Al Arabiya reports that gunmen shot Barghathi outside his home, Colonel Abdullah al-Zaidi, spokesman for the security services, told Agence France-Presse.
Libya's Military Police Chief Shot Dead In Benghazi: Reports RTT News Libya's military police chief, Colonel Mustapha al-Barghathi, has been shot dead by masked gunmen in the eastern city of Benghazi, media reports citing local officials said Friday.
Phillip Marshall, a former airplane pilot and author whose works included the 2003 novel "Lakefront Airport" and "The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror," a 2012 publication in which he theorized it wasn't al-Qaida but U.S.
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Interview with Libyan leader. 90 000 fighters still respond to the tenets of the Green Revolution which led Gaddafi in 1969.
Silence gripped Libya for over two years. If prior to the murder of African leader Muammar Al Gaddafi the news about the country flooded the media, ended eight months of massive bombing of the Organization of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO), media companies turned off their satellites that pointed to North Africa. But in Libya the silence was not such.
From the overthrow of Gaddafi, which occurred in October 2011, one of the countries with higher standards of living of the black continent entered a spiral of violence and lawlessness today prevails. Clashes between tribal militias-the same who worked with NATO to capture Gaddafi-regions taken by irregular forces or controlled by remnants of Al Qaeda attacks in diplomatic areas, and an interim government headed by Prime Minister Ali Zeidan , so far only managed the delivery of a European multinational oil reserves, are commonplace.
This synthesis was made days ago by a senior leader, who was with Gaddafi until his last days, and in Madrid agreed to be interviewed by journalist Carlos Aznárez, editor of Latin American Abstract. The interviewee, who requested anonymity, is described as “a true survivor of the campaign of mass murder that occurred the triumph of NATO military forces,” but that in turn is “well known in Libya and has not changed much his face or appearance. ”
Life is good if you're a member of the Gulf Counter-revolution Club, officially known as Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). You can crush the Arab Spring at will. You can hire goons all across dar-al-Islam to advance a sectarian Sunni-Shi'ite divide. You can be deeply implicated in the destruction of Syria. You can treat a significant part of your own population as third-class citizens.
Not only you get away with it; you get rewarded with expensive toys. And in one particular case - Saudi Arabia - even with a two-year seat at the UN Security Council.
Not to mention that the House of Saud expertly gets away with manipulating Islam as the pillar of its "legitimacy". The House of Saud controls the Hajj - which took place this week; an enormous logistical operation that "legitimizes" its role as leader of Sunni
Islam, and automatically, the whole Islamic world. Well-informed Muslims though are very much aware of the fallacy - as much as they're aware of how the House of Saud is fast transforming Mecca into a Vegas-style pay-per-prayer luxury resort. Who's profiting? Certainly not the pilgrims.
Quociente Cultural 's insight:
Pepe's Note: " Wiseguys rejoice; this was written and uploaded BEFORE the Wahhabis rejected having to confront Samantha Power everyday about women's rights. There will be a follow-up - as Asia Times is not a 24/7 site."
Today Saudi Arabia got itself elected as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. It was the first time that Saudi Arabia gained this position and an experienced diplomat expected great Saudi influence:
No doubt, it is a show of determination that the Saudi voice should be heard lest it is taken for granted by the big powers. It is a conscious decision to be assertive on the international stage. ... Clearly, the Saudis are flaunting their prerogative to pronounce on the Syrian conflict. Many crucial decisions on Syria’s future will be taken at the Security Council through the coming year or two and Saudis want to influence them instead of being a passive onlooker.
If all this is going to be a good thing or not, time will tell. The notorious P5 gang will be looking quizzically at the great pretender. But, the point is, Security Council will now have five-and-a-half veto holding members. This never happened before and a new alchemy is called for.
But shortly after news of the election by the General Assembly ran over the ticker and the diplomats piece was published the Saudis backtracked. They declined to take the Security Council seat citing three reasons:
“The continuation of the Palestinian Cause without a just and lasting solution for 65 years, resulting in several wars that threatened international peace and security, is irrefutable evidence and proof of the Security Council’s inability to carry out its duties,” the Foreign Ministry statement said.
“The failure of the Security Council to make the Middle East a region free of all weapons of destruction, its inability to subdue the nuclear programs of all countries in the region without exception…is more irrefutable evidence of its inability to shoulder its responsibilities,” it added.
“Allowing the ruling regime in Syria to kill and burn its people through the use of chemical weapons, while the world stands idly by, without applying any deterrent sanctions against the Damascus regime, is also proof of the Security Council’s inability to carry out its duties and responsibility,” the Foreign Ministry statement said.
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