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Senussi asks again to be tried in the Hague - Libya Herald

Senussi asks again to be tried in the Hague - Libya Herald | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Daily Star Senussi asks again to be tried in the Hague Libya Herald Mindful of the 26-day detention of Saif Al-Islam's four-man defence team in Zintan 16 months ago, the ICC order made a point of insisting that the safety of the defence lawyers...
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Talk Libyan resistance | Los Pueblos Hablan

Talk Libyan resistance | Los Pueblos Hablan | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

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. ”

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Pepe ESCOBAR :: 'Our' weaponized Wahhabi bastards .

Pepe ESCOBAR :: 'Our' weaponized Wahhabi bastards . | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

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."

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M of A - Why Do The Saudis Want Then Decline A UNSC Seat? #UN

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.
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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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Enrique Ferro's curator insight, October 18, 2013 6:00 PM

THE SAUDI KINGDOM HAS NO SENSE OF SHAME: THEY ARE THE MOST DESTABILIZING AGENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THEY CONTRIBUTE TO SPREAD CW, AND THEY DON'T GIVE A DAMN FOR THE PALESTINIANS, AS THEY ARE IN LEAGUE WITH ISRAEL AND THE US OF A.

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Eni CEO says Libya can be the next oil and gas paradise - CNBC.com

Eni CEO says Libya can be the next oil and gas paradise - CNBC.com | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Eni CEO says Libya can be the next oil and gas paradise
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In Libya, "everyone is going to be wealthy," says Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni.
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Tripoli checkpoint attacked, gunmen arrested

Tripoli checkpoint attacked, gunmen arrested | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab. Tripoli, 17 Octobver 2013: Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in the Wadi Rabie district in south east Tripoli this evening, wounding two policemen.
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Libya Struggles to Secure Cities, Borders - AllAfrica.com

Libya Struggles to Secure Cities, Borders - AllAfrica.com | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Libya Struggles to Secure Cities, Borders
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Benghazi — With Libya plagued by terrorist attacks and daily assassinations, many are urging authorities to rapidly restore a professional army.
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Grand Theft Health Insuranc by RUSSELL MOKHIBER #Obamacare #Health

Grand Theft Health Insuranc by RUSSELL MOKHIBER #Obamacare #Health | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Tommy Douglas’ courageous act — standing up for the people of Canada against the vicious attacks of the powers that be — has resulted in a system that delivers health care for all Canadians — no complex bills, no deductibles, no deaths from lack of health insurance, no medical bankruptcies — all funded by a progressive tax system.

The movie profiles Canadians with serious medical illness — who come out financially unscathed — no bills, no bankruptcy, no health related financial worries.

And then compares those Canadians to the suffering human beings south of the border.

The movie does a good job of making us Americans feel like crap compared to our cousins up north.

Check out this sequence, for example:

How many people in the United States die each year because they have no health insurance?

45,000

How many people in Canada die each year because they have no health insurance?

Zero.

How many people go bankrupt each year in the United States because of medical expenses?

922,819

How many people go bankrupt each year in Canada because of medical expenses?

Zero.

How many Americans do not have health insurance?

50 million.

How many Canadians do not have health insurance?

Zero.

How many Americans go without medical care because of costs?

115 million.

How many Canadians go without medical care because of costs?

Zero.

One of the stars of this film is a young American from Portland, Oregon named Lindsay Caron.

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Libya asks Christian groups working in public health to leave the country - Atlas Shrugs

Libya asks Christian groups working in public health to leave the country - Atlas Shrugs | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Ah yes, more of the fetid fruit of Obama's pro-sharia foreign policy.

Libya asks some religious to leave country; prelate deplores situation Catholic Culture October 15, 2013

There is a “very strong contrast” between the situation of the Church in Libya and in the region’s other nations, according to a statement from the Conference of Bishops of the Region of North Africa.

Archbishop Vincent Landel of Rabat (Morocco), president of the bishops’ conference, issued the statement following a meeting of the conference in Rome.

“The lack of security that prevails in Libya has as a consequence that most religious communities that came to work in public health at the request of the Libyan authorities have been asked to leave the country,” said Archbishop Landel.

“The Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli told us, ‘I did not think Libya would one day experience such a situation and would ask us to leave … It is for me a terrible suffering. Even if I do not understand the design of God through it all, with my brothers and sisters who are still there, I try to hold onto hope.’”

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Libya’s security at risk from allies lobbying - @AnaGomesMEP a SHAME 4 Portugal and EUROPE

Libya’s security at risk from allies lobbying - @AnaGomesMEP a SHAME 4 Portugal and EUROPE | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Britain has been ­placing officials in Libyan government ministries to lobby for “commercial interests”, a senior European politician has claimed.
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PLOS Medicine: Mortality in Iraq Associated with the 2003–2011 War and Occupation: Findings from a National Cluster Sample Survey by the University Collaborative Iraq Mortality Study

PLOS Medicine: Mortality in Iraq Associated with the 2003–2011 War and Occupation: Findings from a National Cluster Sample Survey by the University Collaborative Iraq Mortality Study | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
PLOS Medicine is an open-access, peer-reviewed medical journal that publishes outstanding human studies that substantially enhance the understanding of human health and disease.
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German filmmaker imprisoned for exposing dire Qatar World Cup worker conditions

German filmmaker imprisoned for exposing dire Qatar World Cup worker conditions | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Toiling in terrible conditions, no salaries for months, passports confiscated by employers – that’s the horrendous reality for migrant workers helping with preparations for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, as revealed by German filmmaker, Peter Giesel.
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MUST WATCH »»» Pepe Escobar: More shutdowns ahead as US ruled by casino capitalism

The budget brinkmanship has cost the world's largest economy billions of dollars - as well as the trust of investors around the globe. And it also sparked ca...
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Talk About Political Dysfunction ... #Libya #NATO #Alqaeda #US #Gaddafi

Talk About Political Dysfunction ... #Libya #NATO #Alqaeda #US #Gaddafi | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
In Libya, no one is strong enough to seize power, but everyone is powerful enough to get in the way.
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Rebelion. "Libia ya no existe, se ha somalizado"

¿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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Pepe ESCOBAR :: Will China ‘de-Americanize’ the world?

Pepe ESCOBAR :: Will China ‘de-Americanize’ the world? | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Beltway budget kabuki – aka shutdown – is over. But no ‘terrorist’ or dejected Hollywood screenwriter could have come up with a worse PR move and marketing strategy for brand USA.
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Insight: Militia rivalries threaten new war in post-revolt Libya - Reuters

Insight: Militia rivalries threaten new war in post-revolt Libya - Reuters | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Voice of America Insight: Militia rivalries threaten new war in post-revolt Libya Reuters Police and troops from Libya's nascent army were at the scene, but the former militiamen showed they are the arbiters in a struggle between rival tribal and...
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Libya's big power play yet to come - Video #Alqaeda #TakeOver

Libya's big power play yet to come - Video #Alqaeda #TakeOver | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Nic Robertson interviews the militia leader who helped free Libya's prime minister from kidnappers. Source: CNN WORLD
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Gunmen kill Libya's military police force commander - Reuters

Gunmen kill Libya's military police force commander - Reuters | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Gunmen kill Libya's military police force commander
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BENGHAZI, Libya | Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:36am EDT.
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Libye : le chef de la police militaire tué à Benghazi

Libye : le chef de la police militaire tué à Benghazi | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Le chef de la police militaire libyenne a été tué vendredi par balles à Benghazi, dans l'est de la Libye, selon un porte-parole des services de sécurité.
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"Gaddafi supporters are tortured in Libyan jails" – tribe union's spokesman - The Voice of Russia

"Gaddafi supporters are tortured in Libyan jails" – tribe union's spokesman - The Voice of Russia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
"Gaddafi supporters are tortured in Libyan jails" – tribe union's spokesman The Voice of Russia Bassem al-Hashemi Sol, the press secretary of a Libyan tribal association, spoke about the aims of the visit and the current situation in Libya in an...
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Libya Seeks Assistance To Deal With Migrants - Voice of America

Libya Seeks Assistance To Deal With Migrants - Voice of America | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Libya Seeks Assistance To Deal With Migrants
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TRIPOLI — Earlier this month at least 200 people drowned when their boat caught fire and sank in the rough waters off the coast of the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.
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How NGOs support US-NATO-Israel Military Agenda in Syria under a Fake Humanitarian Mandate

How NGOs support US-NATO-Israel Military Agenda in Syria under a Fake Humanitarian Mandate | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
As fighting continues to rage across Syria, Doctors Without Borders (DWB) is now calling for “greater access for humanitarian aid to Syrians suffering in their country’s civil war” and urging the i...
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PEPE ESCOBAR :: El nacimiento del mundo "desamericanizado"

PEPE ESCOBAR :: El nacimiento del mundo "desamericanizado" | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

 

Se acabó. China está harta. Se acabaron los miramientos (diplomáticos). Es hora de construir un mundo “desamericanizado”. Es hora de tener una “nueva moneda internacional de reserva” para reemplazar al dólar estadounidense.

Todo está aquí, en un editorial de Xinhua , directo de la boca del dragón. Y el año es solo 2013. Abróchense los cinturones, y eso vale sobre todo para las elites en Washington. Va a ser un vuelo duro con mal tiempo.

Hace tiempo que se acabaron los días de “tratar de pasar desapercibido” de Deng Xiaoping. El editorial de Xinhua resume la gota que colmó el vaso, el actual cese parcial de actividades del Gobierno de EE.UU. Después de la crisis financiera provocada por Wall Street, después de la guerra contra Irak, un “mundo desorientado”, y no solo China, quiere un cambio.

Este párrafo no podría ser más gráfico:

En lugar de cumplir con su deber de potencia dirigente responsable, un Washington estrecho y egoísta ha abusado de su estatus de superpotencia y ha introducido aún más caos en el mundo transfiriendo los riesgos financieros al exterior, instigando tensiones regionales en medio de disputas territoriales y librando guerras injustificadas bajo cobertura de mentiras descaradas.

La solución, para Pekín, es “desamericanizar” la actual ecuación geopolítica, comenzando por más influencia en el Fondo Monetario Internacional y en Banco Mundial de las economías emergentes y el mundo en desarrollo, llevando a una “nueva moneda de reserva internacional que se cree para reemplazar al dominante dólar estadounidense”.

Nótese que Pekín no propugna que se destruya completamente el sistema de Bretton Woods, al menos de momento, pero quiere más poder de decisión. Suena razonable, considerando que China tiene un poco más de peso eno del FMI que Italia. Una “reforma” del FMI –en cierto modo– ha tenido lugar desde 2010, pero Washington, lo que no es sorprendente, ha vetado todo lo sustancial.

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@BarackObama Syrian Shia child who watched parents killed has her heart cut out #FSA

@BarackObama Syrian Shia child who watched parents killed has her heart cut out #FSA | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Their children now, your children tomorrow. The fully male controlled and run Islamic societies are never far from the worse savagery imaginable, making their warlord prophet proud. What happened t...
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