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  • Libyan parliament comes under gunfire in Tripoli

    05/18/2014 6:20:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 18, 2014
    There has been heavy fighting outside the Libyan interim parliament in the capital Tripoli. MPs fled the building after heavily armed attackers tried to storm it. Some eyewitnesses say the gunmen were from the powerful Zintan Brigade of former rebel fighters. However, a paramilitary force backing retired general Khalifa Haftar claimed it was behind the assault. Authorities are struggling to contain militias that control parts of Libya. A planned new constitution remains unwritten and the country has had three prime ministers since March. On Sunday, the gunmen launched their assault on parliament in armoured vehicles. Black smoke rose above the...
  • Gowdy Named Chair of the Select Committee on Benghazi (Official Congressman Gowdy Press Release)

    05/05/2014 12:00:05 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 83 replies
    U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy ^ | 5-5-2014 | Press Release
    Press Releases Gowdy Named Chair of the Select Committee on Benghazi Washington, May 5 Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this statement regarding the announcement that Speaker John Boehner has chosen him to lead the select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks: “I applaud Speaker Boehner for his decision to establish a select committee and am honored to serve as Chairman. Twenty months after the Benghazi attacks, there remain unresolved questions about why the security was inadequate, our response during the siege itself, and our government's interaction with the public after the attack. All of those lines of inquiry are legitimate...
  • George Clooney's fiancée Amal Alamuddin is set to represent Gaddafi's spy chief

    05/04/2014 5:32:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-4-14 | Claire Ellicott
    Top barrister: Amal Alamuddin is defending a suspected Libyan war criminal accused of masterminding the Lockerbie bombing Having won the heart of the world’s most eligible bachelor, Amal Alamuddin is getting used to being the centre of attention. But George Clooney’s fiancée has also hit the spotlight for a very different reason – defending a suspected Libyan war criminal accused of masterminding the Lockerbie bombing. It has been just a week since her engagement to the Hollywood heart-throb was revealed but it is already clear that the high-flying barrister is not about to let her career take a back seat....
  • Fast & Furious: Benghazi Edition

    04/26/2014 6:58:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2014 | Scottie Hughes
    A blockbuster news event happened earlier this week. One that ought to have caused outrage in all political quarters. One that ought to have made us question not only the Obama administration’s competence, but also their motives. How else should we explain $500 million in arms that the United States facilitated to al-Qaeda linked groups in Libya? How else to explain the sudden shift in a decade and a half-long War on Terror from waging merciless war against the terrorist group that felled the Twin Towers and killed 3,000 Americans to becoming their sugar daddy on the shores of Tripoli?...
  • Climate adaptation faces funding crisis warn UN officials [Carbon Market Collapse]

    03/21/2014 7:40:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    RTCC ^ | March 20, 2014 | Sophie Yeo
    Flows of money towards climate adaptation projects are becoming increasingly unpredictable, making it difficult for vulnerable countries to prepare for the hardships caused by global warming. Future fundraising tactics would have to be “extremely aggressive” in order to raise enough money to continue their work, according to board members of the UN-run Adaptation Fund, the primary finance provider for adaptation projects around the world. “We are essentially going with our hands out to everyone,” Philip Weech, the board member from the Bahamas representing the Latin American and Caribbean regions, told RTCC. “We take funds from anyone, any inch, but the...
  • AP: Three years after US-NATO intervention, Libya is a failed state

    03/22/2014 4:18:11 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 42 replies
    HotAir ^ | 03-22-2014 | Morrissey
    An anniversary passed this week that went almost completely unremarked — and for good reason. March 17th marked the three-year anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya to stop the Moammar Qaddafi regime from attacking rebel-held Benghazi and Ajdabiya, and the three-year anniversary on the 19th of the NATO war on Libya. French, British, and American planes began bombarding the Qaddafi regime, an air war that would continue for months — while Barack Obama refused to request Congressional approval for it. Later, Obama would claim that Libya represented the smart model of Western intervention....
  • Obama’s Libyan legacy

    03/16/2014 11:41:43 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-16-14 | DrJohn
    Benjamin Franklin is believe to have said it first: "Our Constitution is in actual operation. Everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." We can add another. Nothing is certain but death, taxes and Barack Obama lying.Two years ago I wrote Why you’re an idiot to believe anything Barack Obama saysIn it were documented the mounting lies told by Obama: - We’re not after Gaddafi - We won’t impose - No boots on the ground None of that was true. Obama got his wish and toppled Moammar Gaddafi. Shortly...
  • Assassination pushes Libya towards civil war two years after Gaddafi death

    10/19/2013 6:41:12 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 19 October 2013 13.21 EDT | Chris Stephen
    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 eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of its Arab spring revolution. Violence between radical militias and regular forces broke out on Friday night and continued yesterday, while the capital Tripoli is braced for fallout from the kidnapping earlier this month of prime minister Ali Zaidan. Federalists in Cyrenaica, home to most of Libya's oil, open their own independent parliament in Benghazi this week, in a step that may herald the breakup of the country....
  • Before He Was Overthrown and Killed...Gaddafi Warned Jihadists Would Conquer N. Africa

    01/27/2013 8:37:32 AM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    The National Post ^ | Friday, January 25, 2013 | Scott Barber
    Full headline: Before he was overthrown and killed, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi warned jihadists would conquer northern Africa During the dying days of his four decade rule, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi cast an ominous prophecy. If his regime fell, jihadists would subjugate northern Africa, inflicting widespread violence and terror. “Al-Qaeda considers all the people to be infidels,” Mr. Gaddafi declared in a speech weeks before NATO began its military intervention in Libya. “They deem all people their enemies. They know nothing but killing.” The Islamists would pour in from Afghanistan, Algeria, and Egypt, he warned, saying, “These are beasts with...
  • Capture of Libyan town smacks of revenge, not reconciliation

    10/28/2012 3:59:19 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 26, 2012 7:21am EDT | Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Hadeel Al Shalchi
    Fighters yelling "Allahu akbar (God is greatest) and "Today Bani Walid is finished" sought to make their mark with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades on a town they say still provides a refuge to many of the overthrown Libyan leader's followers.
  • Gaddafi spy chief said arrested in Mauritania

    03/17/2012 7:20:02 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Mauritanian authorities acting with French help arrested Muammar Gaddafi's former chief of intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, as he entered the West African country on a false passport, officials said on Saturday. Senussi, who for decades before the late dictator's fall inspired fear and hatred in ordinary Libyans, is sought by the Hague-based International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity. The whereabouts of Senussi, the last major figure at large from Gaddafi's regime, had been unclear for months.
  • Gaddafi's death may be war crime: ICC prosecutor

    12/15/2011 11:45:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:10am EST | Reporting By Louis Charbonneau; editing by Christopher Wilson
    The death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was captured and killed by rebels in October, may have been a war crime, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Thursday. "I think the way in which Mr. Gaddafi was killed creates suspicions of ... war crimes," ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters. "I think that's a very important issue," he said. "We are raising this concern to the national authorities and they are preparing a plan to have a comprehensive strategy to investigate all these crimes." …
  • The Real Dangers Of The Successful War With Libya

    11/27/2011 12:55:06 AM PST · by stevelackner · 7 replies
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | November 27, 2011 | Steven W. Lackner
    There are many things that have made the bombing campaign in Libya that helped oust Moammar Gaddafi questionable at best. Among these questions are the fact that there was no congressional approval for the campaign, and more. I myself asked this question as well as other important inquiries while the bombings were taking place. But all these questions were the sorts of queries that were more relevant while the war was being waged, but once Gaddafi was at long last toppled and even violently lynched, many of the questions regarding the action have since subsided. Now that even Gaddafi's son...
  • The curious path to the end of Moammar Gaddafi

    11/05/2011 5:12:03 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-05-11 | DrJohn
    Barack Obama said this about Muammar Gaddafi's death: For four decades, the Qaddafi regime ruled the Libyan people with an iron fist. Basic human rights were denied. Innocent civilians were detained, beaten and killed. And Libya’s wealth was squandered. The enormous potential of the Libyan people was held back, and terror was used as a political weapon. The path to Gaddafi's end has been a very strange one. Gaddafi seized power in Libya in 1969 and has ruled Libya with an iron fist. Dissent has been ruthlessly crushed and the media remains under strict government control. Libya has a law...
  • Libya: Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam in contact with ICC

    10/28/2011 4:54:31 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | October 28th 2011 | Staff
    The International Criminal Court (ICC) said it had held talks - through intermediaries - with Saif al-Islam about his possible surrender. Prosecutors stressed that Gaddafi's son, who is wanted for crimes against humanity, would get a fair trial. Saif al-Islam, who was once the presumed successor to his father, has been in hiding for months. Recent reports claimed he was in a convoy heading toward Libya's desert border with Niger, where other Gaddafi allies have fled. But those reports have not been confirmed, and the ICC said it did not know where he was. Zimbabwe-bound? ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo...
  • The Passing of a Dictator

    10/28/2011 3:43:24 PM PDT · by bthockey · 2 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 10/20/11 | Matthew Monos
    Today, we all received the news that Gaddafi has been killed by rebels. Much rejoicing ensued. I, however, would like to suggest that this, and the entire "Arab Spring" is not a cause for rejoicing. I have many reasons for saying this, and I'll try to go through them here. In my opinion, aiding the Libyan rebels, and helping them to attack pro-Gaddafi forces was no business of America. Usually, I would be categorized as a "hawk," due to my support of military actions. In the case of Afghanistan and Iraq (I have internal debate about that one), I feel...
  • A New Wave Of Islamic Terror, Courtesy Of Obama

    10/26/2011 11:49:51 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-26-11 | Skookum
    Using the murky reasoning of Obama Logic, best described as an enigma, An Islamist Spring has been imposed upon the world with the aid and encouragement of Obama. In his latest attempt to impose freedom and mayhem on the people of Libya, Obama has used the American military to insure that the people of Libya could depose their despot and pave the way for a wave of terror and bloodshed, while they determine their own Islamic Fundamentalist destiny. While Socialist revolutionaries praise the vision of Obama, there are others who are willing to realistically appraise what the Narcissist in Chief...
  • The Face of the New Libya, Pt II – Lies and proof of atrocities grow

    10/26/2011 7:11:08 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-26-11 | Mataharley
    Love and praise for Gaddafi's killer To tag team Dr. John's first documentation on the "face of the new Libya", it seems more of the world is waking up that the new face may likely surpass the old face in ugliness and human rights violations. It was just three days ago that Libyan rebel forces claimed they had captured Gadhafi's son and heir-apparent, Saif al-Islam, alive. In the flurry of truly stupid "Libyan freedom fighters" videos, capturing their war crimes and disregard for what the west would consider freedom and justice on their various new media, most bloggers were already...
  • 'Your Excellency': Charles's fawning letter to Gaddafi discovered at one of despot's palaces

    10/25/2011 5:29:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25th October 2011 | Sam Greenhill and Rebecca English
    A fawning letter sent by Prince Charles to Colonel Gaddafi has been discovered at one of the despot’s palaces in Libya. Addressing the dictator as ‘Your Excellency’, the heir to the throne called for greater ties between the two nations. It is the latest embarrassing link to emerge between the British Establishment and Gaddafi’s hated regime, and follows revelations his brother Prince Andrew was also used as a go-between.
  • The face of the new Libya

    10/25/2011 4:00:59 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-25-11 | DrJohn
    This sort of thing really warms the heart: Muammar Gaddafi's 'trophy' body on show in Misrata meat storeGaddafi's body is now a Libya tourist attraction: (supposedly buried now) Bloodied, wearing just a pair of khaki trousers, and dumped on a cheap mattress, Muammar Gaddafi's body has become a gruesome tourist attraction and a macabre symbol of the new Libya's problems. Hundreds of ordinary Libyans queued up outside a refrigerated meat store in Misrata, where the dead dictator was being stored as a trophy. A guard allowed small groups into the room to celebrate next to Gaddafi's body. They posed for...
  • Gadhafi Bites the Dust ... What's Next

    10/25/2011 9:33:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    "Another one bites the dust And another one gone, and another one gone Another one bites the dust." -- Queen Forgive me if I don't join the State Department, American officials and world leaders in their euphoric Hallelujah Chorus celebrating the demise of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi. Oh, I'm happy he's dead, but I have as much faith that things will change for the better in Libya as I do in the Great Pumpkin rising from the pumpkin patch on Halloween night (sorry, Linus). "Gadhafi's Death Ushers in New Era," read the headline in last Friday's usually sober Wall Street Journal....
  • Muammar Gaddafi's Death: Will Libya Become the New Afghanistan?

    10/25/2011 9:01:39 AM PDT · by hamboy · 9 replies
    Philly2Philly.com ^ | October 25, 2011 | Erik Uliasz
    Will Libya Become the New Afghanistan- a haven for Al Qaeda? Muammar Gaddafi was killed after being captured by the Libyan fighters he once scorned as "rats," cornered and shot in the head after they overrun his last bastion of resistance in his hometown of Sirte. Three days later, the new leaders of Libya declared their country “liberated”, paving the way for an interim government. But what kind of government will emerge in the “new” Libya? And could it be possible that NATO’s efforts could have pulled a rerun of Afghanistan of the 1980’s, where the CIA helped its people...
  • NTC says Gaddafi buried in secret grave

    10/25/2011 1:59:32 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 20 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | October 25th 2011 | Staff
    Burial of deposed Libyan leader, his son Mutassim and an ex-aide marked by prayers offered by his tribe, sources say. Libya's National Transitional Council has buried Muammar Gaddafi, his son Mutassim and a former aide at a secret location in the desert at dawn, sources tell Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera's correspondent on the ground reported, quoting an NTC source, that all three were buried on Tuesday and members of Gaddafi's tribe said prayers to mark the burial. The bodies had been moved late on Monday from a commercial freezer in a warehouse area of Misrata in anticipation of burial, according...
  • DREAMS OF A LIBERAL LIBYA

    10/24/2011 6:47:06 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | October 24,2011 | Scott Johnson
    In his statement marking the death of Muhammar Gaddafi last week, President Obama inserted a mystifying passage: “[T]he Libyan people now have a great responsibility — to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s dictatorship….” “An inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya.” Can we mull that over with a glass of wine at the faculty club? Obama added this — it would be wrong to call it a demand, more of a request or an imprecation, yoking heterogeneous ideas by violence together, like metaphysical poetry: “And we call on our Libyan...
  • Libya ends public showing of Gaddafi's body (dispute of burial)

    10/24/2011 10:40:28 AM PDT · by jda · 18 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 24 October 2011 | Rania El Gamal
    The burials {of Gaddafi, his son and his former army chief} have been held up by wrangling between the emerging factions within the National Transitional Council over where they should be interred. NTC leaders want Gaddafi buried at a secret location so the place does not become a shrine. Gaddafi's tribe, centered on the city of Sirte where he made his last stand, has asked for the body so they can bury it there. Gaddafi requested to be buried in Sirte in his will.
  • Libya: The Energy Wildcard

    10/24/2011 7:31:01 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 21.10.2011 | John C.K. Daly
    Libyan Colonel Gaddafi’s 42 year brutal reign is over, but the future looks murky ahead for a country primarily known for exporting oil and terrorism. One thing is for certain – international oil companies will be packing out flights to Tripoli to cut deals for a piece of the action. Libya remains the wild card, with only 25 percent of the country’s oil potential territory explored. Whatever the demerits of the Gaddafi regime, it kept tight rein over its oil industry, and that, combined with international sanctions for its terrorist proclivities, largely stymied development of the country’s resources, much in...
  • Rights group: Bodies of 53 apparent Gadhafi loyalists found in Libyan hotel

    10/24/2011 3:30:37 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 40 replies
    cnn ^ | 10/24/2011 | staff
    The bodies of 53 people, believed to be supporters of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been found in a hotel that was under the control of anti-Gadhafi fighters, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The rights group said it found the bodies clustered together at Hotel Mahari in Sirte on Sunday. About 20 residents were putting the bodies in body bags to prepare them for burial when Human Rights Watch found them. "We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently (Gadhafi) supporters, at an abandoned hotel in Sirte, and some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot," said...
  • Many in Sub-Saharan Africa Mourn Qaddafi’s Death

    10/24/2011 3:15:45 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | October 22, 2011 | Josh Kron
    While Libya’s former rebels and many Western nations welcomed the end of the country’s long and brutal dictatorship, many sub-Saharan Africans are mourning the death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, celebrated as much for his largesse as for his willingness to stand up to the West.... “We are the 1 percent who are not celebrating,” said Salim Abdul, who helps run a major mosque in Uganda’s capital named for the former Libyan leader, who provided the money to build it. “He loved Uganda,” said Mr. Abdul in an interview at the mosque, in Kampala. He noted that Colonel Qaddafi had committed...
  • Gaddafi tortured prior to execution

    10/23/2011 11:48:16 PM PDT · by jackal7163 · 88 replies
    Never thought I'd feel sorry for the bastard, but sodomizing a 69 year old man prior to execution is something only arabs can do...
  • The Tyrant is Dead, Long Live the Tyrant

    10/23/2011 10:13:29 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 2 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    The tyrant is dead, and the head of Libya's Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, (who was also Gaddafi's former Justice Minister), has declared that Libya has been liberated. What a glorious day it is when a country is liberated from its justice minister by its justice minister. If only Gaddafi had been quicker on the ball, he could have staged a revolution against himself and liberated the country from himself. We mustn't laugh. Now that American troops are leaving Iraq and Afghanistan has declared that it will back Pakistan in any conflict with the United States, we must have the...
  • Libyans awake from a ludicrous nightmare

    10/23/2011 12:51:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    ft.com ^ | October 23, 2011 | David Gardner
    Muammer Gaddafi ended up hiding in a sewage drain, a bit like the “rats” he said he would hunt down in Benghazi, alley by alley or “Zenga Zenga”, in what became a demented slogan for a doomed counter-revolution. There was a savage symmetry to his death. But if there is a theme to Gaddafi’s life, it is one of solipsism and failure. Cunning and ruthless, he held on to power for 42 years. That was remarkable. Beyond that, he achieved nothing. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut...
  • None Dare Call It Socialism

    10/23/2011 1:33:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 10/17/2011 | Daniel J. Flynn
    he Berlin Wall fell twenty-two falls ago. Did the news only now reach the Mediterranean? Those who cannot identify the present are condemned to repeat the past. Rampant stupidity has that effect on a maxim. George Santayana presumed too much when he mocked people who merely forgot yesterday. We can’t even get today straight. This year is socialism’s worst since the Berlin Wall fell. Just don’t say it aloud. We aren’t supposed to notice that the same mindset that crippled Budapest, Berlin, and Belgrade beats down Damascus and Athens. It is Eastern Europe along the Mediterranean. It is 1989 again...
  • Gaddafi's Global Stash a Staggering US$200b

    10/23/2011 11:59:21 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 16 replies
    Latest estimates of the hidden cash, gold and investments that the dead dictator had salted away are double what Western governments suspected Muammar Gaddafi secretly salted away more than US$200 billion in bank accounts, real estate and corporate investments around the world, about US$30,000 for every Libyan citizen and double the amount that Western governments had suspected, senior Libyan officials say. The new estimates of the dead dictator's hidden cash, gold reserves and investments were staggering, one person who has studied detailed records of the asset search said. "No one truly appreciated the scope of it." Meanwhile, Gaddafi's corpse remained...
  • The international justice industry should back off from Libya

    10/23/2011 7:55:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Pundicity ^ | Oct 21, 2011 | Michael Rubin
    Muammar Qadhafi may have been captured alive in Sirte, but it wasn't long before his dead body was being paraded through the streets of Misrata, a town pulverized by Qadhafi loyalists. The United Nations is predictably demanding an investigation into his alleged summary execution by forces loyal to Libya's new government. The UN's outrage is misplaced, though. We should all be glad Qadhafi is dead. International justice has become a multi-billion dollar industry in which trials last years and justice is seldom served. Serbian dictator Slobodan Milošević died in prison more than four years after his trial began. Liberian dictator...
  • What Gaddafi’s Death Teaches the Middle East…And Should Teach the West

    10/22/2011 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Barry Rubin
    Remember a peculiar fact: even though Gaddafi was generally a horribly repressive anti-American dictator, in his final years he tried making a deal with the Americans. Gaddafi was frightened by the U.S. attack on Iraq in 2003 and didn’t want to be next on the list. So he cooperated, gave up his nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction programs, and reduced his foreign subversive efforts. That did not save him from being overthrown by the United States, just as it did not save a genuine American ally, President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. On this point, I’m not advocating anything...
  • Obama publicly supported execution of Gaddafi after capture without trial [Vanity]

    10/22/2011 10:53:40 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 32 replies
    Vanity | 10/22/2011 | Self
    The sitting U.S. President Obama, publicly supported the capture of Gaddafi which was soon followed by what appears to be his execution-style murder by his captors. When U.S. soldiers captured Saddam Hussein during the Presidency of George W. Bush, he was taken prisoner, handed over to Iraqi authorities and eventually tried, convicted and executed by them. President Bush has long been excoriated by liberals and leftists as a "war criminal", yet U.S. troops showed excellent restraint and control when arresting Saddam. Now various groups around the world are calling for an investigation into what, according to video of the event,...
  • New cycle of tribal culture awaits Libya

    10/22/2011 10:48:28 AM PDT · by Clive · 12 replies
    QMI Agency via Sun Media via Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-10-22 | Salim Mansur
    The brutal end of Moammar Gadhafi was foretold. It is an end that despots want to cheat, and some do, as Stalin and Mao did. But Gadhafi became a hunted man, and it was only a matter of time when the hunt for him was over. It was Gadhafi’s misfortune to fall into the hands of his tribal foes, unlike the Iraqi despot. Saddam Hussein was, ironically, lucky to be found by American soldiers instead of being trapped like a hunted animal, and his life extinguished as mercilessly as he had killed his opponents. There is none despised more in...
  • Rebels Displaying Trophy Corpses of Gaddafis they Just Executed in Captivity...

    10/22/2011 6:36:56 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 60 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 22, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    And in a butcher shop (!) What's up next, string 'em from a bridge...? They were screaming "Allahu Akbar" when they finished him off- just like Al Qaeda does it, how bout that. While we still do not know who the rebels we just boosted to power actually are (yet plenty of reason to suspect the worst- i.e. packed with AQ and Muslim Brotherhood types), hey, we're about to find out.  Alas, so far-so bad, as they're already committing war crimes, up to and including summary executions... which appears to be just what happened to ole Muammar and out-of-luck son Mutassim. The UN and ICC suspect as much, as...
  • Gaddafi: Death of an era, dawn of an era

    10/22/2011 4:40:28 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 3 replies
    Al Jaze4era ^ | October 21st 2011 | Robert Grenier
    First accounts are almost never correct, but if the circumstances of Libyan Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi's death prove to be as reported, they will provide yet another, final irony in a life replete with them. The man whose success relied upon a combination of great-power manipulation and the ability to sustain the fantasy that he embodied the aspirations of his people succumbed in the end to a combination of great-power military intervention and the genuine aspiration of his people for a future free of his vicious domination. Gaddafi's passing brings with it a welter of thoughts and observations. The...
  • Russia: Geneva Convention flouted in Gaddafi death

    10/21/2011 7:31:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    reuters.com ^ | October 21, 2011
    (Reuters) - Russia believes that Muammar Gaddafi should have been treated as a prisoner of war according to the Geneva Conventions and should not have been killed, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, calling for an investigation into his death. "We have to lean on facts and international laws. They say that in a course of armed conflicts international humanitarian rules written in Geneva conventions are enforced," Lavrov said in a radio interview. Gaddafi died in unclear but bloody circumstances shortly after the fugitive former strongman was captured by transitional government forces on Thursday, two months after he was...
  • McCain: Gaddafi's Death Should Worry Putin

    10/21/2011 8:55:54 PM PDT · by Fennie · 45 replies · 1+ views
    PIK ^ | October 21, 2011
    U.S. Senator John McCain has compared Russia and Libya, saying that Muamar Gaddafi's death should worry the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, according to Gazeta.ru. "Dictators in all countries, including Bashar al-Assad and, possibly, Mr. Putin and some Chinese leaders should be worried. I think this is spring, but not only the Arab Spring," McCain said during the BBC's Newsnight show.
  • What does Gaddafi's fall mean for Africa?

    10/21/2011 3:22:40 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 8 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | October 21st 2011 | Mahmood Mamdani
    "Kampala 'mute' as Gaddafi falls," is how the opposition paper summed up the mood of this capital the morning after. Whether they mourn or celebrate, an unmistakable sense of trauma marks the African response to the fall of Gaddafi. Both in the longevity of his rule and in his style of governance, Gaddafi may have been extreme. But he was not exceptional. The longer they stay in power, the more African presidents seek to personalise power. Their success erodes the institutional basis of the state. The Carribean thinker C L R James once remarked on the contrast between Nyerere and...
  • Gadhafi dead, who's next on Obama's hit list?

    10/20/2011 4:51:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 20, 2011 | Andrew Malcom Political News & Commentary
    In what might be called the Obama Doctrine, but won't be because it isn't one and we were leading from behind anyway, the nation's top community organizer has helped NATO reorganize another bad guy from the world scene. Thirty-one weeks after Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama promised that the Libyan military operation would last "days not weeks," Muammar Gadhafi is dead, along with hundreds of fighters and civilians on both sides. The dictator lasted through 42 years of international insoucance, ever since Obama was a sixth grader. But near the beginning of the Arab Spring earlier this year Gadhafi made...
  • Richest Man in The World: Gaddafi’s wealth now estimated could exceed Ł80 Billion!

    10/21/2011 9:11:32 AM PDT · by alexmai · 44 replies
    Latest estimates on Gaddafi’s wealth, could even top Mubarak, making him one of the richest people in the world, now estimated could exceed Ł80 Billion ($128 Billion). He has widespread business activities and financial investment assets in many countries, including Spanish real estate, of course many Italian investments, including their media, sport and banks. Also in excess of $1.6 Billion of assets in UK alone...
  • Video Shows Gaddafi Alive, Then Dead (Warning Graphic)

    10/21/2011 9:23:10 AM PDT · by Freepmanchew · 15 replies
    Chicoer Gate ^ | 10/21/11 | Chuck Wolk
    The final end of Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. While you do not see Gaddafi assassinated, you do see him still alive in the first video. He is even fending off his captors who have him. Then near the end of the video, you will hear gunshots. In the second video you will see that Gadaffi is dead, and hear the rebels celebrate by shooting their weapons in the air. They also show his now lifeless body. So be warned, because both videos are graphic and could be very disturbing to see. Follow this link to see Gaddafi's End
  • Saif al-Islam Gaddafi loses arm

    10/21/2011 8:17:33 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Press TV ^ | October 21st 2011 | Staff
    According to Libyan military officials, Saif al-Islam, the influential son of slain ruler Muammar Gaddafi is in critical condition and has been hospitalized after losing his arm. This follows reports of Saif al-Islam being arrested in Libya's coastal city of Ziltan after receiving injuries in his lower back and earlier accounts suggesting his death. Saif al-Islam's brother Mo'tassim Gaddafi was also recently found dead in the city of Sirte, after National Transitional Forces (NTC) overcame Gaddafi loyalists in the northern coastal city. Libya's Interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has called on neighboring Algeria to hand over members of Gaddafi's family,...
  • Gaddafi is Dead. Now What?

    10/21/2011 5:43:05 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 17 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 10-21-11 | J.D. Longstreet
    First allow me to establish that I am glad the world is rid of Gaddafi. He was a tyrant and a terrorist. “Sic Semper Tyrannis!” It cost Americans a little over a billion dollars to send Mr. Gaddafi to his eternal reward where, no doubt, he is stoking the furnaces as we write. But this is not the end. In fact, it is the “beginning of the beginning.” I have never been totally satisfied that a democratic form of government will actually work in an Islamic country such as Libya, or Iraq or even Afghanistan, for that matter. They are...
  • For Iraqis, Gaddafi death evokes Saddam memories (Tribes and Terrorists still control Libya)

    10/21/2011 3:42:53 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    reuters ^ | 10/21/2011 | Muhanad Mohammed (Twolastnames)
    Iraqis watching news of the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi remembered how their own dictator Saddam Hussein was ousted, fearing Libyans might now face years of factional violence as they did after Saddam's capture and execution. Gaddafi's death while trying to flee in a convoy Thursday came after eight months of war between Gaddafi loyalists and NATO-backed rebels who took the capital from the deposed leader two months ago. After the 2003 U.S. invasion that ended his rule, Saddam went on the run for months before he was dragged from a hole in the ground, put on trial and...
  • Col Gaddafi killed: Condoleezza Rice recounts his 'eerie obsession' with her

    10/21/2011 4:24:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/21/11
    Col Gaddafi killed: Condoleezza Rice recounts his 'eerie obsession' with her Colonel Muammar Gaddafi had a "slightly eerie obsession" with Condoleezza Rice, describing her as his "African Princess," the ex-US secretary of state said in an excerpt from her memoirs published on Thursday. 12:53AM BST 21 Oct 2011 The late Libyan leader met Ms Rice in the oil-rich north African country in September 2008, a historic meeting that signalled the once pariah state's return to the diplomatic table after decades of isolation. Ms Rice, unlike ex-British prime minister Tony Blair, declined to meet Gaddafi in his infamous tent, opting instead...
  • Hugo Chavez calls Muammar Gaddafi's death an 'outrage'

    10/20/2011 6:24:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | Oct. 20, 2011
    VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez expressed anger over the death of Muammar Gaddafi, calling it an "outrage" and saying the ousted Libyan strongman was a "martyr". "Sadly the death of Gaddafi has been confirmed," said Chavez, who had just returned to Venezuela from cancer treatment in Cuba. "They assassinated him. It is another outrage," the Venezuelan leader told reporters in the town of La Grita. "We shall remember Gaddafi our whole lives as a great fighter, a revolutionary and a martyr," he said. Chavez had defended Gaddafi since the start of the uprising against the Libyan leader's regime in February, and...