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Corbyn calls for review of British role in Iraq airstrikes against Isis

Corbyn calls for review of British role in Iraq airstrikes against Isis | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Labour leader says airstrikes against Islamic State have been unsuccessful as most targets operate in Syria, where UK government does not plan to bomb Jeremy Corbyn has suggested Britain should review its involvement in coalition airstrikes against...
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Tibetan Buddhist monks gather for Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly - in pictures

Tibetan Buddhist monks gather for Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly - in pictures | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Thousands of Tibetans participate in the week-long annual gathering marking Buddha’s descent from the heavens
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Merkel: "Portugal tem demasiados licenciados"

Merkel: "Portugal tem demasiados licenciados" | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Chanceler alemã indica que a formação profissional deve ser o caminho para baixar o desemprego jovem em Portugal e Espanha, "que têm demasiados licenciados".
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The Battle for Libya’s Only Resource

The Battle for Libya’s Only Resource | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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The Battle for Libya’s Only Resource

Libya’s oil could help knit the country back together — or tear it apart for good.

By Nicholas Linn
November 4, 2015 - 3:40 pm
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The Battle for Libya’s Only Resource

Oil is Libya’s lifeblood. The country has virtually no other industries or formal employment; oil is its only business. According to the World Bank, oil revenues account for over 95 percent of the government’s budget. And since about 80 percent of Libyans are on the government payroll, it is no exaggeration to say that oil feeds and clothes the Libyan people. No other country is so dependent on a single resource.

This is especially troubling when you consider that Libya is mostly desert, lacking significant arable land — it can’t grow its own food. “Without hydrocarbons revenue, the viability of the Libyan state is very much in question — which is what we are on the cusp of seeing first hand,” said Geoff Porter, a North Africa risk consultant and assistant professor at West Point. “If there are no export earnings, there’s no money, and if there’s no money, there’s no food.”
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State Department Admits Nusra Front ‘Absorbed’ Part of Moderate Opposition

State Department Admits Nusra Front ‘Absorbed’ Part of Moderate Opposition | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Nusra Front, al-Qaeda affiliate in northern Syria, has recruited fighters the United States previously designated as moderate opposition, US Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson said on Wednesday.
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Involvement in Syria to 'Damage US Reputation' Once and for All

Involvement in Syria to 'Damage US Reputation' Once and for All | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The US is doomed to failure in the Syrian conflict if it continues to compete with Russia and increase its intervention, journalist Michael Brendan wrote.
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Egyptian President Sisi tells UK: finish job in Libya to stop another Syria

Egyptian President Sisi tells UK: finish job in Libya to stop another Syria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Egypt's President will demand that David Cameron completes his "mission" in Libya to prevent the country being dominated by Islamists
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CNA: Aparecen primeros rumores que apuntan a Israel como autor de la caída del avión ruso

CNA: Aparecen primeros rumores que apuntan a Israel como autor de la caída del avión ruso | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

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Blog do Alok: The Saker: Rússia na Síria, semana 4: Sobre a Declaração de Viena

Blog do Alok: The Saker: Rússia na Síria, semana 4: Sobre a Declaração de Viena | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Sinai plane crash not due to technical faults or pilot error, says Russian airline

Sinai plane crash not due to technical faults or pilot error, says Russian airline | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
‘Only explainable cause is physical impact on the aircraft,’ says Metrojet official, ruling out technical fault or mistake by crew Russian airliner Metrojet says Saturday’s plane crash in Egypt, which killed all 224 people on board, was not caused...
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Coup d'État in Portugal

Coup d'État in Portugal | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva, has rejected the coalition government formed with the support of the new parliamentary majority, on the grounds that it includes personalities from the left-wing block and also some Communists.
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Warplanes bomb Libya's Sirte, target Islamic State: witness - Reuters Africa

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Unidentified warplanes carried out air strikes on Libya's Sirte city, targeting areas controlled by Islamic State militants in the south and west, a witness said on Thursday.
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Russian Investigators: 'External Impact' Caused Crash

Officials are looking into what caused a Russian airliner to lose speed before crashing into Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Saturday, killing 224 people.
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Libya Oil Guard Halts Zueitina Port Exports Amid Political Rift - Bloomberg

Libya’s Petroleum Facilities Guard halted crude shipments from Zueitina port indefinitely amid the escalating conflict between the divided country’s two rival administrations, putting the OPEC member’s oil exports at risk.
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Desavergonhice é isto: Salgado triplica pensão para 90 mil euros por mês

Desavergonhice é isto: Salgado triplica pensão para 90 mil euros por mês | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Antigo líder do Banco Espírito Santo vai passar a receber uma pensão mensal de 90 mil euros, o triplo do que recebe hoje. Mais dez antigos gestores do grupo falido vão também ser beneficiados pela mesma medida
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Forces Holding Libya Oil Fields Threaten to Cut Off Exports

Forces Holding Libya Oil Fields Threaten to Cut Off Exports | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The forces that control most of Libya's oil fields on Wednesday threatened to cut off exports if foreign companies do not start wiring payments to the internationally recognized government in the country's east.

Until now foreign companies have paid the Central Bank in the capital Tripoli, which is controlled by Islamist-allied militias who back a rival government.

The internationally recognized government, which is based in the country's far eastern city of Tobruk, recently set up its own Central Bank and National Oil Company.

Ali al-Hassi, spokesman for the Oil Fields Guard, told The Associated Press that foreign companies must transfer funds to the new authorities.

The petroleum-rich North African country slid into chaos following the 2011 toppling and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Oil production has dropped to less than 25 percent of normal levels, to 350,000 barrels per day, according to the newly established NOC.

The U.N. said Wednesday it has appointed German diplomat Martin Kobler to be its envoy to Libya after months of failed peace negotiations between the country's two rival governments.
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UN Libya envoy accepts £1,000-a-day job from backer of one side in civil war

UN Libya envoy accepts £1,000-a-day job from backer of one side in civil war | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The United Nations special representative in Libya spent the summer negotiating a £35,000-a-month job with a Gulf state that supports one side in the civil war he was trying to end, the Guardian can reveal.

Bernardino León, the UN peace mediator and a former Spanish foreign minister, was offered a job in June by the United Arab Emirates, the federation of seven absolute monarchies dominated by oil-rich Abu Dhabi, as director general of its “diplomatic academy”.

On Wednesday the UAE announced that León would take over as head of the academy, a state-backed thinktank founded last year to promote the UAE’s foreign policy and strategic relations and train its diplomats. A German diplomat, Martin Kobler, has been appointed his successor at the UN.

León is due to end his previous role on Friday, leaving Libya’s rival factions deadlocked over his plans for a national unity government.

He denies any conflict of interest, saying he had made it clear he wanted to leave his UN role by 1 September. “The only defence I have against these attacks is my work,” he wrote in an email to the Guardian. “As I said before, read my proposals, the agreement and the government proposal. It has been considered by the Libyans from both camps as a fair proposal.”

Emails seen by the Guardian show León was offered the role of director general in June, a move followed up by talks about increasing his housing allowance a month later. In August he said he would be travelling with his family to settle down in Abu Dhabi.
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Forbes Nominates Putin as World’s Most Powerful Person Third Year in a Row

Forbes Nominates Putin as World’s Most Powerful Person Third Year in a Row | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The influential American magazine Forbes prepared a new list of the most influential people of 2015.
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Gunmen kidnap Tripoli government minister in Libya

Gunmen kidnap Tripoli government minister in Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Gunmen have kidnapped a minister in Libya’s Tripoli-based government, parliament said on
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Top army general calls Russia ‘#1 threat’ to US / In a next future: will be Public Opinion :)

Top army general calls Russia ‘#1 threat’ to US / In a next future: will be Public Opinion :) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Fresh back from Kiev, Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley called Russia “aggressive” and “adversarial to the interests of the United States,” claiming that having nuclear weapons and the ability to use them makes Russia the foremost threat to the US.
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Libya warns it could flood Europe with migrants if EU does not recognise new ... - Telegraph.co.uk

Libya warns it could flood Europe with migrants if EU does not recognise new ... - Telegraph.co.uk | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Islamists who took power in Tripoli issue veiled threat in response to West's
refusal to accept their legitimacy
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Libya at the crossroads - Ibrahim Jadhran

Libya has fallen into turmoil with its internationally recognised government and elected parliament on one side and a self-styled administration holding Trip...
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Libya accuses Italian navy of violating waters - News24

Libya accuses Italian navy of violating waters - News24 | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Libya's elected government has accused the Italian navy of violating the country's territorial waters after authorities said they spotted three Italian warships off the eastern coast, but Italy's government dismissed the claim.
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LIBYA : Al-Sharif and Belhadj destabilized in Tripoli - Africa Intelligence (subscription)

LIBYA : Al-Sharif and Belhadj destabilized in Tripoli - Africa Intelligence (subscription) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The helicopter attack which killed a dozen senior Fajr Libya officers west of Tripoli on October 27 has destabilized Abdelhakim Belhadj and his top lieutenant Khaled Al-Sharif at a time when they are faced with growing hostility from the Misrata [...]...
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Libya human rights organisation attacks international “silence” on helicopter ... - Libya Herald

Libya human rights organisation attacks international “silence” on helicopter ...
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