On Libya, Now They Tell Us


On Libya, Now They Tell Us

The U.S. capture of an alleged al-Qaeda terror leader in Libya underscores the failure of the major news media to give the public the full story during the military intervention that led to Muammar Gaddafi’s ouster and murder. Mainstream journalists behaved more like propagandists, as Robert Parry reported in 2011.

By Robert Parry (Published on Sept. 15, 2011)

During the six-month uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, major U.S. news outlets repeated again and again that the Libyan dictator was behind the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and they ignored warnings that militant Islamists were at the core of the anti-Gaddafi rebel army.

Indeed, for Americans to get alternative views on these points, they had to search out Web sites, like Consortiumnews.com, which had the audacity not to march in lockstep with the rest of the Western media. Only outside the mainstream press would you find significant questions asked about the certainty over Libya’s guilt in the Pan Am bombing and about the makeup of the rebels.

Libyan Ali al-Megrahi, whose conviction as the “Lockerbie bomber” remains a point of historical dispute.

Now, after the United States and its NATO allies have engineered the desired “regime change” in Libya – under the pretext of “protecting civilians” – those two points are coming more into focus. The New York Times and the Washington Post finally acknowledged that radical Islamists, including some with links to al-Qaeda, are consolidating their power inside the new regime in Tripoli.

And, the proverbial dog not barking – even as Libya’s secret intelligence files have been exposed to the eyes of Western journalists – is the absence of any incriminating evidence regarding Libya’s role in the Lockerbie case. Earlier interrogations of Libya’s ex-intelligence chief Moussa Koussa by Scottish authorities also apparently came up empty, as he was allowed to leave London for Qatar.

Since Gaddafi’s fall, news outlets also have reported that Libyan intelligence agent, Ali al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing by a Scottish court and was later released on humanitarian grounds because of terminal prostate cancer, is indeed gravely ill, bedridden and seemingly near death. [He died May 20, 2012.]

Megrahi’s trial in 2001 before a panel of Scottish judges was more a kangaroo court than any serious effort to determine guilt – even a Scottish appeals court expressed concern about a grave miscarriage of justice – but the Western press continues to describe Megrahi, without qualification, as the “Lockerbie bomber.”

It also was common in the West’s news media to smirk at the notion that Megrahi was truly suffering from advanced prostate cancer since he hadn’t died as quickly as some doctors thought he might. After Gaddafi’s regime fell, Megrahi’s family invited BBC and other news organizations to see Megrahi struggling to breathe in his sick bed.

His son, Khaled al-Megrahi, also continued to insist on his father’s innocence. “He believes and we know that everybody will see the truth,” the younger Megrahi told the BBC. “I know my father is innocent and one day his innocence will come out.”

Asked about the people who died in the bombing, the son said: “We feel sorry about all the people who died. We want to know who did this bad thing. We want to know the truth as well.”

Convicted or Railroaded?

As more information becomes available inside Libya, the facts may finally be clarified about whether Gaddafi’s government did or did not have a hand in the bombing over Lockerbie. However, so far, the indications are that Megrahi may well have been railroaded by the Scottish judges who found a second Libyan defendant innocent and were under political pressure to convict someone for the crime.

After Megrahi’s curious conviction, the West imposed harsh economic sanctions on Libya, agreeing to lift them only if Libya accepted “responsibility” for the bombing and paid restitution to the families of the 270 victims. To get rid of the punishing sanctions, Libya accepted the deal although its officials continued to insist that Libya had nothing to do with the Lockerbie bombing.

However, amid the 2011 propaganda campaign in support of the Libyan rebels, none of this uncertainty was mentioned in the New York Times, the Washington Post or other leading U.S. news outlets. Gaddafi’s guilt for Lockerbie was simply stated as flat fact, much as the same news organizations endorsed false claims about Iraq’s WMD in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of that Arab country.

Similarly, there was scant U.S. media attention given to evidence that eastern Libya, the heart of the anti-Gaddafi rebellion, was a hotbed for Islamic militancy with that region supplying the most per-capita militants fighting U.S. troops in Iraq, often under the banner of al-Qaeda.

Instead, Gaddafi’s claims that he was battling Islamic terrorists in the Benghazi region were widely mocked or ignored in the West. Even a report by analysts Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman for West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center got short-shrift.

In their report, “Al-Qaeda’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq,” Felter and Fishman analyzed al-Qaeda documents captured in 2007 showing personnel records of militants who flocked to Iraq for the war. The documents showed eastern Libya providing a surprising number of suicide bombers who traveled to Iraq to kill American troops.

Felter and Fishman wrote that these so-called Sinjar Records disclosed that while Saudis comprised the largest number of foreign fighters in Iraq, Libyans represented the largest per-capita contingent by far. Those Libyans came overwhelmingly from towns and cities in the east.

“The vast majority of Libyan fighters that included their hometown in the Sinjar Records resided in the country’s Northeast, particularly the coastal cities of Darnah 60.2% (53) and Benghazi 23.9% (21),” Felter and Fishman wrote.

The authors added that Abu Layth al‐Libi, Emir of Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), “reinforced Benghazi and Darnah’s importance to Libyan jihadis in his announcement that LIFG had joined al‐Qa’ida.”

Top Libyan Terrorists

Some important al-Qaeda leaders operating in Pakistan’s tribal regions also are believed to have come from Libya. For instance, “Atiyah,” who was guiding the anti-U.S. war strategy in Iraq, was identified as a Libyan named Atiyah Abd al-Rahman.

It was Atiyah who urged a strategy of creating a quagmire for U.S. forces in Iraq, buying time for al-Qaeda headquarters to rebuild its strength in Pakistan. “Prolonging the war [in Iraq] is in our interest,” Atiyah said in a letter that upbraided Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi for his hasty and reckless actions in Iraq.

After U.S. Special Forces killed al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, in Pakistan, Atiyah became al-Qaeda’s second in command until he himself was reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in August. [See Consortiumnews.com “Time Finally Ran Out for Atiyah.”] ***(Unfortunately Bin Laden had died of natural causes in 2002 or 2005 this has been proven, what they killed in May 1st 2011 is an unfortunate person who was not Bin Laden. Do a research and find out what happened to the CREW and SPECIAL FORCES who were involved in this escapade, If I am not mistaken they are all dead) 

However, to most Americans relying on the major U.S. news media, little of this was known, as the Washington Post itself acknowledged in an article on Sept. 12, 2011. In an article on the rise of Islamists inside the new power structure in Libya, the Post wrote:

“Although it went largely unnoticed during the uprising that toppled Gaddafi last month, Islamists were at the heart of the fight, many as rebel commanders. Now some are clashing with secularists within the rebels’ Transitional National Council, prompting worries among some liberals that the Islamists — who still command the bulk of fighters and weapons — could use their strength to assert an even more dominant role.”

On Sept. 15, 2011, the New York Times published a similar article, entitled “Islamists’ Growing Sway Raises Questions for Libya.” It began:

“In the emerging post-Qaddafi Libya, the most influential politician may well be Ali Sallabi, who has no formal title but commands broad respect as an Islamic scholar and populist orator who was instrumental in leading the mass uprising. The most powerful military leader is now Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the former leader of a hard-line group once believed to be aligned with Al Qaeda.”

Belhaj was previously the commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which was associated with al-Qaeda in the past, maintained training bases in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks, and was listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Though Belhaj and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group deny current allegiance to al-Qaeda, Belhaj was captured during George W. Bush’s post-9/11 “war on terror” and was harshly interrogated by the CIA at a “black site” prison in Thailand before being handed over to Gaddafi’s government which imprisoned and – Belhaj claims – tortured him. ****(he was not tortured stayed in prison only a year and then was on a house arrest) 

The Times reported that “Belhaj has become so much an insider lately that he is seeking to unseat Mahmoud Jibril, the American-trained economist who is the nominal prime minister of the interim government, after Mr. Jibril obliquely criticized the Islamists.”

The Times article by correspondents Rod Nordland and David D. Kirkpatrick also cited other recent developments of growing Islamist influence inside the Libyan rebel movement:

“Islamist militias in Libya receive weapons and financing directly from foreign benefactors like Qatar; a Muslim Brotherhood figure, Abel al-Rajazk Abu Hajar, leads the Tripoli Municipal Governing Council, where Islamists are reportedly in the majority; in eastern Libya, there has been no resolution of the assassination in July of the leader of the rebel military, Gen. Abdul Fattah Younes, suspected by some to be the work of Islamists.”

It may be commendable that the Post and Times finally gave serious attention to this unintended consequence of the NATO-backed “regime change” in Libya, but the fact that these premier American newspapers ignored the Islamist issue as well as doubts about Libya’s Lockerbie guilt – while the U.S. government was whipping up public support for another war in the Muslim world – raises questions about whether any lessons were learned from Iraq.

Do these prestige news outlets continue to see their role in such cases as simply getting the American people to line up behind the latest war against a Mideast “bad guy” – or will they ever take seriously their journalistic duty to arm the public with as much information as possible?

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France has “taken note” of Libyan call for int’l intervention


 

France has “taken note” of Libyan call for int’l intervention

 

The Libyan Puppet government is at it again asking for the aggressors to come in and rescue them. Only this time NATO, USA and the European countries are very busy with Ukraine and Palestine. They do not have time for their whining from their puppets. Of course they also do not have the budget for another intervention. The F.UK.US & Co. want this destruction from their  patsies which they finance and train(Al Qaeda, Ansar Sharia, Muslim Brotherhood, Daash and Misurata-jews militias) and what I mean they want this is in dividing Libya into THREE Separate States one to belong to the French which is Fezzan, the second piece to British which is Tripolitania and the third piece to Americans which is Cyrenaica or Barca as it is called. The map Below shows the division the map with names in English is the new division the West wants for Libya.

Libya: Last report from the Government (03/03/2012): UN in the way more cowardly and deviant recognizes that NATO killed Libyans civilians. No to impunity or to oblivion!

 

A French official said Tuesday his government had “taken note” of the Libyan government’s call for an international force to return security to the volatile country, but he said this call would have to be discussed by the international community, and firstly by the UN.
Violence has wracked several parts of Libya for months as rival groups vie for power. Clashes have been most violent in Benghazi and in Tripoli for the past few days, with heavy fighting around the airport and some government buildings.
“We have taken note of the call of the Libyan government for an international force. A return to a secure (situation) in Libya is a priority for France. This is a subject we consult on regularly with our principal partners,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said in a briefing.
But the French official stressed that the Libyan appeal was not addressed to France but to the international community.
“It should be examined by the competent international bodies with priority given to the United Nations,” he added.

France has also another problem and can not intervene in Libya their problem is Mali and the international community has already heavily criticized them. In my opinion France already has her hands full and I don’t think any time soon they can intervene in any country.

Why the International Airport of Tripoli Closed down for three days.


Why the International Airport of Tripoli Closed down for three days.

We all know that Libya after the illegal war in 2011 is NOT the great success as declared by Obama but is a failed state that is a fact. What the Western Media neglects to report is that all Libyans are struggling against the ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS brought in by NATO, F.UK.US, QATAR, U.A.E. and SAUDI ARABIA. Before I conclude this article about the closing of the International airport of Tripoli, I would like to reiterate for my readers what has happened since the end of the ILLEGAL War up to and including today’s incident. 

The Israeli agreement signed and sealed by the phony entity NTC (National Transitional Council), which was put in place by NATO and F.UK.US to rule Libya forever.  This document gave the Mossad a permanent base of operations in the green mountain area of Libya. When I first tweeted this document other reporters (I do not claim to be a reporter just an activist and a fighter for the liberation of my country from the colonization done illegally by the west) tried to mock me by saying it is a false document and No Western Media has published it therefore, it does not exist.  This agreement was signed in Afghanistan. Here is the link which confirms: “The tribe’s security got this document from their people inside and I believe it came out of Afghanistan.” The document is written in Hebrew and is an agreement between the NATO puppet rebels and Israel. The agreement stated that Israel will arm and train the rebels until they take over Libya at which time Israel will be allowed to build a military base in the green mountain area in the east of Libya.“Israel-involvement-fake-revolution.  All of these conditions are being met and the location has been secured for Israel.

We the Libyan people are a very straight forward people. We were never fanatics about religion or politics. What we desire is security for our family, a good job, a home we could call our own and the ability to travel abroad. This we had before NATO blew up our country.  So what changed? Well the Illegal war for one, the imported mercenaries from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, U.A.E, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Tunis, Algiers, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, America, Israel, England and France. Now the F.UK.US are using the uneducated-poor in Libya as their patsies because they are cheaper than their own troops. They import these uneducated-poor-mercenaries whenever they want to overthrow a legitimate government. Any Arab country that does not voluntarily comply with the commands of the “one world order” Zionists is invaded. Here is a formal confirmation supporting my earlier statements about the mercenaries who are Al Qaeda: The Database Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that “Al Qaeda” is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan”. Courtesy of World Affairs, a journal based in New Delhi, WMR can bring you an important excerpt from an Apr.-Jun. 2004 article by Pierre-Henry Bunel, a former agent for French military intelligence.

“I first heard about Al-Qaida while I was attending the Command and Staff course in Jordan. I was a French officer at that time and the French Armed Forces had close contacts and cooperation with Jordan . . .

“Two of my Jordanian colleagues were experts in computers. They were air defense officers. Using computer science slang, they introduced a series of jokes about students’ punishment.

“For example, when one of us was late at the bus stop to leave the Staff College, the two officers used to tell us: ‘You’ll be noted in ‘Q eidat il-Maaloomaat’ which meant ‘You’ll be logged in the information database.’ Meaning ‘You will receive a warning . . .’ If the case was more severe, they would used to talk about ‘Q eidat i-Taaleemaat.’ Meaning ‘the decision database.’ It meant ‘you will be punished.’ For the worst cases they used to speak of logging in ‘Al Qaida.’

 The west has plans for us Libyans: Africa is a land mass that is a little more than 3 times the size of the United States.  The Africans north and south of Sahara must unite. The permanent tactic of the Europeans in general, and the British, in particular, is to divide and conquer. This is the standard operating procedure of imperialist/Zionists.  In Libya, the Zionist had been planning for decades to exploit the traditional Arab Libya.  I abhor the Zionist vision of Libya as a racist state. The Zionists invision the creation of Libya as a racist State, in the same way as South Africa was once a racist State. Number one fear of the Zionists has always been the unification all of Africa.

So now you have a better picture of what is happening in Libya. Libya is now being occupied by imported terrorist groups brought in, trained and financed by ISRAEL, USA, FRANCE AND BRITAIN: Al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar Sharaia, Misurata/Jewish Racist Rat Brigade and Daash which is under Abdelhakim Belhaj.  Belhaj is the only one who is a Libyan but he was in exile because Islamic Extremists were forbidden in Libya under the past government. Belhaj carries a BRITISH passport and has been caught with many other professionally prepared phony passports.  He was living in England when the US decided it was time to sent him back to Libya as a gift to the legitimate Jamahiriya government, but it was a trap. The US used all its influence with the UN to force the Jamahiriya government (for HUMANITARIAN REASONS) to release all prisoners in Libya who were claimed to be political prisoners but were in fact radical Islamist terrorists. All of those released were associated with Al Qaeda, Libyan Islamic fighting group (LIFG), and other extremist groups,  all of whom originate from the east Libyan town of Derna. The legitimate Jamahiriya government complied with this demand even though it was against the better judgment of the Late Leader. He capitulated with the UN demand because he was promised more freedoms in world business for the Libyan people.  The last prisoner was released in the first week of February 2011. This coincided with the resignation of Mustapha Abdeljalil from his job with the legitimate Libyan government.  

 Do you think this was a coincidence? I don’t think so!

Everything had been planned to the last detail. The master-planners did not calculate the HUMAN factor, this being that the Libyan people loved their country and supported their government by a factor of 85%. Libya is an ancient culture with one of the strongest support for family units in the world.  Those values are upheld by the tribal structure.  Libyan people are typically non confrontational, they enjoy strong belief in their God, but protect the every religion based on a book.  These are all the things that the Zionists cannot allow. They attempted to split Libya into THREE pieces to be shared with England, United States and France. This is why you see the attempt at forced independence of CYRENAICA which is Benghazi. Second division to be an area of the minority of the Amazigh or Tamazight known as Berbers; they are scattered between the regions of Zawiyah, Nalut and Gharyan. The area of northwest to be called TRIPOLITANIA and lastly the extremists want to make the city of Derna a radical Islamic emirate.  I have attached a map of Libya so that you can see the divisions.

 Political Map of Libya

 

MAP OF TRIBES

MAP OF TRIBES

Tribes Legend the numbers attached to the names of the tribes,  which connects to the map above.

When Benghazi tried to get its independence as Cyrenaica the rest of the Libyan population went against them, you can go to the archives of this blog to find more information. 

The Libyan people do not want to be divided, we do not want to live in fear, we do not want our wives and daughters raped. We are sick and tired from the 240 foreign & national militia’s who are financed by NATO/CIA/MOSSAD to cause chaos in Libya. We are sick with worry for all of our beloved sisters and brothers being illegally detained in militia-controlled detention centers, living under inhumane conditions. These centers are holding nearly 40,000 people without access to the justice system, and some 2 million civilians still remain forcibly displaced  or in exile as a result of the illegal war in 2011.

Since NATO began its destruction of Libya in March 2011until today, I don’t think any legitimate Libyan has had a peaceful night.  The legitimate Libyan people suffered continuous bombings for 8 months during the NATO attacks in 2011 (I am surprised any of us are still alive). After NATO accomplished the destruction of Libya it left 250,000 psychopathic mercenaries to finish the destruction of Libya. These mercenaries formed militias (armed gangs). These militias are always fighting each other and of course there is collateral damage.  In April of 2014, the calculated death toll since NATO started its destruction of Libya is over 600,000; most were civilians.

As I stated before the master-planners failed to calculate the Human factor – the love of our country. Today there is a Green Resistance and day by day it’s getting stronger as more Libyans are realizing or waking up and joining the resistance against the militias and the foreign occupiers. The tribes in exile are assisting were ever they can to help the resistance. Many “self exiled” Libyans are returning to assist. Each and every one of us is giving a helping hand.  We will never stop loving our country even if we have to die to save it.

On the 12th of this month there was a meeting with the main militias to decide who control’s what. After the militias agreed they shook their hands and left. The Misurata militia, Tajoura, Janzour brigade 27, Souk Juma and Daash initiated an attack on the 13th of July, against the Zintan tribal fighters and the International airport of Tripoli. The reason for this attack was because the Daash militia which belongs to Belhaj, lost control of the military airport called Mitiga. Belhaj’s control of Mitiga allowed Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE to smuggle arms, alcohol and money into Libya.  In return, Belhaj and his crew would repay them with Human trafficking of children and women.  With the loss of Mitiga airport to the government,  Belhaj and his criminal associates are left with only one airport in Misurata which is not sufficient for all their illegal activities. These militia’s are attempting to put Tripoli under siege, but as I said before the Human factor is always foiling their schemes.  The Zintan tribe, although they are not my favorite tribe, are probably the most proficient Libyan fighters, they are more humane and apparently they do love Libya. They are always on alert. When the “militia mafia” fighters of Misurata, Daash, Tajoura, Zanjur , Souk Juma  attacked the Zintan, they were in for a very big surprise, they were soundly beaten back.

Many thanks for the editing of the above article by J. Moriarty 

“We are publishing the reports of the secret security officers of the Libyan intelligence regarding the meetings of the Muslim Brotherhood and the armed mafia in collaboration with the terrorist elements from Daash (Belhaj). This report shows the brutal schemes (collusion) of these criminals to attack the legitimate Libyan army who are working to bring back the dignity and security of Libya. A copy of their plan has been leaked and we have posted it below. This report shows what is happening today in Tripoli because of NATO’s illegal actions in 2011and its results in detail. A copy of the original plan was delivered to the head of Libyan intelligence by hand.”

 

Libya: 6 dead and 25 injured in clashes in Tripoli 13.07.2014 According to sources with the Ministry of Health of Libya today announced the arrival of 9 dead and 30 wounded to hospitals in the Libyan capital of Tripoli as a result of fighting between militias from Misurata and the Zintan in several areas of Tripoli, the source added that the cases of wounded, ranging from moderate to serious .

Libyan Civil Aviation announced the closure of the airport in Tripoli for 3 days 14/07/2014 Libyan Civil Aviation announced that it will be shut down the Tripoli International Airport for three days. Also added that travelers stranded abroad will run flights from Misurata to bring these passengers.

Video: of Tripoli clashes between militias the Zintan and Misurata 13/07/2014

Sound of clashes Palace bin Ghashir between militias Misurata and the Zintan 13/07/2014

Ongoing clashes to control the airport in Tripoli between forces from Misurata and the Zintan

Video the Zintan forces arrived at dawn today to Tripoli airport

Confessions of Abdul Hamid Issa one centrist leaders shield after his arrest

 for the attack to the international airport of Tripoli.

The killing of Abdel Moneim hunting leading of Ninewa operations room of rebel militias by the Zintan

 

Suleiman Shatwan was killed, he is the leader of the battalion “Big” in Misurata clashes of Tripoli 13/07/2014 sources reported the death of Suleiman Shatwan leadership of “Big battalion” in Misurata. The death of Shatwan came after his injuries in today’s battles in the vicinity of the airport in Tripoli.

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The death of Solomon Chitwan

Images of militias Salah Badi corpses

Gharyan military council confirms clashed with a convoy of Zintan gate of Abi Shaybah 13/07/2014 The head of the military council of Gharyan Chenkadh key “to the website ambiance” The clashes capabilities at noon today gate of of the Council area Iboshibh between forces loyal to them and the military convoy coming from the city of the Zintan heading to Tripoli four people injured during the clashes belonging to the forces of the military council of Gharyan.

Video: Statement of the people of the city of the Zintan on the events in Tripoli

Migrants held in Libya say they were hung from trees, whipped – Now This is the reality of Todays Libya


Migrants held in Libya say they were hung from trees, whipped – Now This is the reality of Today’s Libya

 

Human Rights Watch documents horrific abuse claims by migrants in detention centres run by the Libyan government. ****(Well if HRW had done its job correctly from the beginning instead of helping the Western Media with its respective governments We the Libyans wouldn’t be in this situation)

Migrants wait to disembark from an Italian navy ship in Sicily, Italy, in May. The world is currently experiencing the biggest movement of migrants since the Second World War.

CARMELO IMBESI / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Migrants wait to disembark from an Italian navy ship in Sicily, Italy, in May. The world is currently experiencing the biggest movement of migrants since the Second World War.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Jul 03 2014

 

Refugees hung, upside down, from trees and whipped. Migrant women and girls strip-searched and violated. Dozens crammed into tiny cells with blocked and overflowing toilets.

Those are some of the horrific conditions facing migrants in Libyan detention centres, according to Human Rights Watch, which documented abuses in eight of 19 facilities run by the Libyan government.

The migrants in these holding facilities are often fleeing conflict or poverty in Africa and are trying to escape, in boats, across the Mediterranean to the European Union.

In eight of the centres, 93 detainees, including boys as young as 14, told researchers from Human Rights Watch that they were regularly assaulted — beaten with iron rods or rifle butts, whipped with cables and hoses, burned by cigarettes, kicked and punched, shot with tasers, probed with electric shocks and hung upside down and beaten.

“We were shocked at the level of extreme violence used by guards against defenceless migrants and asylum seekers,” said Hanan Salah, a researcher for Human Rights Watch in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. ***(she was shocked? really? when she was reporting that Qaddafi gave VIAGRA to his army so that they could rape which was then denied by HRW but the harm was already done she was not shocked? she was not shocked when the ratverments were killing everything that moved on two legs whether a child or an adult? she was not shocked when the ratverments were killing in the thousands innocent Libyan people? she was not shocked when she covered up all the ratverments rapes done to our Libyan sisters? she was not shocked when Sirt was bombarded from air, ground and sea killing thousands? she was not shocked when Sirte and Ban Walid was in siege and they didn’t bother to help them? she was not shocked when in both cities mentioned white phosphorus and depleted uranium was bombed from the sky? She was not shocked when she lied through her teeth that the mass graves of handcuffed dead soldiers were killed by the ratverments only to come a year later 2012 to admit that yes the ratverments did it.? Hanah Salah and her colleagues are also responsible for this mess, they are also responsible for not doing their job from the beginning of this ILLEGAL war. They should be hanged from the trees for causing this chaos.)

“The stench, filth and overcrowding in some of the detention facilities was almost unbearable at times,” she said, adding HRW researchers “found rampant ill treatment, torture and unfavourable conditions for men, women and children in eight out of nine centres visited, which included beatings, whipping with cables, electric shocks and intrusive body searches.”

Some of the violence used against the detainees was a “form of ‘punishment’” for attempts to flee, but mostly there was “no apparent reason” for it, she said.

Many of the migrants in Libya are on their way to Italy before heading to other destinations in the EU.

The world is currently experiencing the biggest movement of migrants since the Second World WarBy the end of 2013, 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced because of war, persecution, violence and human rights violations, the United Nations reported last June in the UN High Commission For Refugees Global Trends report. Raging conflicts and turmoil in parts of Africa, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are mainly behind the exodus. ***(and who is responsible for this? U.S.A. UK, FRANCE, ISRAEL, UN AND HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH.)

In 2014, Italy experienced a record level of refugees seeking asylum. Nearly 42,000 fled to Italy in the first four months of 2014, according to the EU border agency Frontex. More than half of those migrants came from Libya, said HRW in a recent statement issued before the release of a wider report on the Libyan situation.

Italy and the EU financially support many of the detention centres and the Libyan agencies working within them. That money — nearly 12 million euros over the next four years — should be immediately suspended until the UN can ascertain that the torture has stopped, HRW says.

“Donors, in particular the EU and Italy, recipient of tens of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers coming on boats from North Africa, should immediately suspend all aid to migrant detention facilities until the Libyan authorities launch an investigation into these abuses and the UN is able to verify the abuses have stopped,” Salah said. ****(YES this is only words, where was she when we needed her? Drinking coffee with Sarkozy, Levi, Cameron and Obama.)

There are 19 official Libyan detention centres holding anywhere between 1,000 and 6,000 people. Human Rights Watch was allowed to visit nine of the facilities and to speak with 138 detainees; almost 100 of them reported some form of torture.

Researchers found up to 60 men and boys crammed into rooms as small as 30 square metres. They also witnessed hundreds of detainees kept in small rooms and corridors that were flooded with sewage from overflowing, blocked toilets, their statement said.

They discovered people detained in shipping containers, former veterinary centres and vacant government offices.

As one 27-year-old Somali man told the rights agency: “Since I came here (earlier this year) the guards attacked me twice. They whipped me with metal wire and beat and punched me all over my body. I also saw them hang four or five people upside-down from the tree outside the entrance door and then beat and whipped their feet and stomach.”

 

THE IRAQ WAR – DELIBERATE DESTRUCTION OF AN ENTIRE CULTURE


THE IRAQ WAR – DELIBERATE DESTRUCTION OF AN ENTIRE CULTURE

 

BY LADY KHAMIS

 

 

  Al-Jazeera World, UK has done an excellent programme about the culture and antiquities of Iraq and how the 2003 US assault on the country was a deliberate act to wipe out Iraq’s heritage and destroy its culture forever.

  Iraq is famously known as the ‘cradle of civilisation’. This is because its people were behind the birth of mathematics, writing, city architecture, and astronomy etc. as well as important inventions such as the wheel. Iraq has produced great scientists, writers, architects, poets and artists.

  In 1956, Iraq had the first Arab-speaking TV channel. When Saddam Hussein came to power, Iraq’s progress continued. Under his rule the country flourished economically, culturally, artistically and educationally. Baghdad was a city that became known for its great beauty and cleanliness.

  But in 1991, all that had changed. George Bush Sr dropped twice as much explosives on Iraq than the US did when they dropped the nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.

  85% of all Iraq’s infrastructure was destroyed. 67% of its educational bookstores and printing houses – all the places that printed books for education – were all deliberately bombed by the Americans.

  There were also the US-imposed sanctions. It has been well documented how this caused a slow genocide amongst Iraqis, but what is less well known is that books and even pencils were amongst the items banned from being imported into Iraq. This continued America’s plot to send Iraq back to the Stone Age culturally.

  In 2003, far worse was to come. One artist speaking on the programme summed it up perfectly when she said that Bush Jr was worse than his father had been – “the father threw missiles at Iraq, but the son wiped it out”.

  One educational figure described how his heart was broken when the College of Fine Arts – one of the first of its kind in the Arab world – was turned to ashes by the Americans.

  In total, nine museums were looted and destroyed by US bombs. It was described as indiscriminate and that they did not care what they hit, but I can see it clearly as a deliberate act.

  30,000 to 50,000 artefacts were stolen in only the first three days of war. Many were priceless and some thousands of years old.

  Disturbingly, keys to vaults were readily obtained and the culprits knew exactly what they were looking for, where it was and how to get it. Many artefacts were smuggled to the US – some American soldiers were actually involved in the smuggling operations. Shockingly, even floor tiles and door handles were looted by the US criminals. These acts caused beautiful buildings to be reduced to mere skeletons.

  World heritage sites were used as the invaders’ coalition military bases and were wrecked – particularly by the repeated, deliberate running of tanks over the ground.

  Depressing footage is shown of US ground troops blowing up a beautiful statue of a horse and whooping and laughing about it (as they always do, of course, at everything. These so-called humans are creatures of moronic filthy trash without a single brain cell between them and they have no understanding of anything beautiful in their pointless, worthless lives).

  In the following years, thousands of Iraq’s academics and the most talented people have also been targeted and assassinated, as the policy of making Iraq a backward state continues.

  As one Iraqi on the programme says, Iraq was targeted psychologically – to change the Iraqi peoples’ values and ethics.

  For America, ‘israel’ and its allies, Arabs must be kept fighting against each other – so that they cannot unite. This creates the enemy’s desired state of there being no basis for a cultural life.

  This is a deeply moving programme, which is a must for anyone interested in history or art. And for people who truly want to understand how America did not ‘liberate’ Iraq in any way, but deliberately set out to destroy its history and cultural identity – as well as its educational future.

  America deliberately killed the culture of Iraq. If only America can one day be destroyed the same way, so they will learn what they truly do unto others.

  I know that before the war, a multitude of shady backroom deals were done by the West; a steal-to-order Mafia cabal plotting to loot Iraq of its treasures and profit by selling them on the black market.

Unscrupulous dealers who saw only dollar signs when it came to brutally invading a sovereign country.

  Other individuals keep stolen antiquities in their own private domains as ‘war trophies’.

  Although the programme does not mention Libya, I fear there is a correlation here, as we have already seen evidence of looting and cultural destruction in Libya too.

 

  And now I have a little known story of my own…

  Just before the Iraq war, Prince Qusay Hussein took one of Iraq’s most beautiful, historic and valuable treasures – The Golden Bull (made with golden sheet) – and hid it in the vault of the Central Bank. It was a desperate attempt to protect it; the Husseins truly loved their country and its heritage.

  This act also shows how aware the family was that the artefacts were going to be a major target.

  After the invasion, The Golden Bull was described as having disappeared too. The bank was flooded to try and keep the Yanks out of the building. The Golden Bull was later safely found in the bank vault by Iraqi staff – and is now safely on display at the Baghdad National Museum – thanks to Prince Qusay Hussein.

  I dedicate this article to Qusay.

 

Lady Khamis (‘thegirlwholoveskhamis’)

For Libyaagainstsuperpowermedia.org