Posts Tagged Libya

Obviously the Libyans Don’t Want the Money

In that case, don’t give it to them until they stabilise the country. If the factions that represent the new Libya can’t reconcile their differences, the whole exercise has been futile. Treat them like little children squabbling over a toy, they deserve no better.

Libyan scramble for £100bn in assets fractures the peace at Tripoli airport

Militias and army clash over control of runways after UN decides to fly newly printed currency into the capital

Protesters in Benghazi on Friday demand to know the membership of Libya’s National Transitional Council. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

The unfreezing of £100bn in Libyan assets by the UN this weekend has fired the starting gun for a fierce battle for influence being waged by the country’s militias, in which the frontline is set to be Tripoli’s international airport.

The glittering prize immediately in prospect is a consignment of several billion dinars, printed in Germany, which is due to be flown into Libya on board five cargo planes. Whoever controls the airport when the cash arrives will be able to levy a hefty security fee for delivering it to the country’s central bank. But the fight to control the airport is part of a far wider battle for political and economic dominance in the new Libya; one that pits the various factions who united to overthrow the Gaddafi regime against each other, as well as remnants of the dictator’s defeated military.

In theory the decision on Friday by the UN Sanctions Committee and the US to release frozen assets marks, in the words of British foreign secretary William Hague, “another significant moment in Libya’s transition”. Those sentiments were echoed on Saturday by Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, on a visit to Tripoli. But the reality is considerably more complicated.

Tripoli airport is currently held by the militia from Zintan, a mountain town 90 miles to the south, who captured it on the way to liberating Tripoli in August. But the Libyan national army, controlled by Gaddafi-era generals, is determined to take control, in what is shaping up to be a defining power struggle. Meanwhile, amid the growing tension the ruling National Transitional Council has become a target for mass protests across the country and the object of deep suspicion outside its Benghazi power base.

Source: The Guardian Read more

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Another One Bites the Dust

Yemeni President Saleh signs deal on ceding power

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has signed a deal under which he will step down after months of unrest.

Mr Saleh signed the agreement, brokered by Yemen’s Gulf Arab neighbours, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Under the plan, he will transfer his powers to his deputy ahead of an early election and in return will get immunity from prosecution.

But protesters rallying in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, said they would reject any deal giving the president immunity.

The demonstrators said the Gulf initiative ignored the “blood of martyrs”, BBC Arabic correspondent Abdullah Ghorab in Sanaa reports.

A crackdown on anti-government protests, which began in February, has left hundreds of people dead and thousands wounded in Yemen.

The 69-year-old leader – who has ruled since 1978 – came close to signing the deal several times in the past, only to pull out at the last minute.


Seems like the despots are learning it is better to get out while the going is good. Maybe they are a little worried they might end up like Libya’s arsehole. We only need the arsehole in Syria to do the same and the Egyptian military to get out of politics.

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The People are Waking Up

Much has been said about Wikileaks, etc. The people who have something to hide have been vitriolic in their condemnation of the release of secret documents. Documents that have shown just how shady are the dealings of governments and military. Of course they don’t want their dirty laundry to be aired in public.

Politics and war are not pretty, they are dirty sordid affairs and if the people are aware of how dirty and sordid, then the politicians wouldn’t have a prayer of ever being reelected.

This is what it is really all about. Those in power want to stay in power.

Whistleblowing is about making politicians, and by virtue their military cronies, transparent as they should be.

The people of the world need Wikileaks to tell them the truth, because the politicians could lie straight in bed.

In more recent days, with the fall of Tripoli, the press is having a field day with the documents recovered from government offices. Documents that are far more damaging to the American and English than Wikileaks.

The documents recovered so far show that both American and English intelligence agencies (now there’s an oxymoron) colluded with the Libyan despot in many ways that are considered illegal and despicable.

Now the British Prime Minister is calling for an inquiry into the reported dealings, reported in the BBC News today. The agencies of both countries have been caught with their pants down and are back peddling like crazy in their embarrassment.

But the result of all this is the people are now beginning to see their governments for what they are.

Maybe with their eyes open a little further they will see that the conspiracy theorists are not so full of bullshit after all; that their governments are capable of anything, and I mean ANYTHING,  in the name of self-preservation, nothing at all to do with serving the people. Serving the people is not even on the agenda.

The sheeple have been following the leader blindly for too long; and that’s exactly what the governments want. As long as the sheeple are blind to what’s going on, the governments can do what they please.

Wikileaks, Libyan Files, etc are precisely what we need.

The politicians and military need to be brought back into line and serve the people; that’s what they were elected for.

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