Wednesday 23 August 2017
(The Guardian 05/16/13)
The AP, IRS and Benghazi controversies are political sideshows. Obama's use of illegal force abroad is true concern. Washington DC appears to have reached peak hysteria this week. The confluence of not one, not two, but three potential scandals involving the White House has given practically every Beltway scribe a case of the vapors as they don their Woodward/Bernstein capes and doggedly uncover the truth behind the Obama Administration's lies. What's missing, however, is actual evidence of wrongdoing. The IRS scandal is certainly the most politically toxic, but it remains unclear that anyone from the Obama Administration knew what the IRS was doing or that the agency was even targeting conservative groups for partisan political reasons. The Department of Justice's...
(Libya Herald 05/16/13)
Students at the University of Benghazi staged a protest yesterday against what they said was a state of chaos and absence of security in the city. The protest, which took place on the university campus, was a reaction to the car explosion near Benghazi’s Jala hospital on Monday, according to Libyan news agency LANA. The blast was originally reported to be a car-bomb but the Ministry of Defence has since said that forensic evidence points to the accidental explosion of a vehicle transporting tank ammunition. The students called for the government to immediately activate the police service to restore safety and security to streets. Banners bearing anti-Chief of Staff Major General Yousef Mangoush slogans were apparently raised at the protest.
(The Tripoli Post 05/15/13)
China's ambassador to Libya Wang Wangsheng (left) with Libya's Deputy Prime Minister Awad al-Barasi and Libya's Housing and Utilities Minister Ali Sharif at the signing ceremony for the contract completion of the construction project in Benghazi China's ambassador to Libya Wang Wangsheng, Libya's Deputy Prime Minister Awad al-Barasi and Libya's Housing and Utilities Minister Ali Sharif Sunday attended the signing ceremony for the contract completion of 20,000 housing units, in the Benghazi districts of Gwarsha and Khadra. This is a housing project by China's State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) that was halted for more than two years because arguments over compensation wed the Chinese construction company, and also increased costs sine the end of the 2011 Revolution that ousted former...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/15/13)
A man was killed in an overnight attack on police in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi and their station was later set on fire in a possible act of revenge for the killing, police sources said on Wednesday. The army deployed additional forces to Benghazi after a car loaded with explosives blew up near a hospital on Monday, killing three people. Police sources said the man lived in the neighborhood and was involved in the assault, but local residents said he was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire. The raid was meant to free someone arrested two days ago, police said. "A crowd of angry people came to burn the police station, and police members (left) to avoid clashes...
(The Tripoli Post 05/15/13)
This is the story of a journey that should remain confidential, as well as all my previous missions. But faced with what I found, silence is no longer an option. "Party in Libya for a business trip shortly after the fall of Gaddafi, Samuel Lawrence finds himself in a country plagued by lawlessness, delivered militias all denominations and all kinds of trafficking (drugs, weapons, cigarettes , drugs ...). But once his work finished, instead of taking the destination home, this intrepid traveler chooses, in defiance of all the dangers, to sink deeper into the Libyan desert ... to meet the most heavily armed jihadists and other groups or less politicized. Interviews it gathers more amazing as each other, look out...
(AL Jazeera 05/15/13)
Ministers say there's possibility explosion that left four dead was not deliberate car bombing as previously thought.A bomb blast outside a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi that left at least four dead could have been an accident, senior ministers have said. Ministers said on Tuesday that they were now considering the possibility that the day-time blast on Monday outside Benghazi's Al-Jala hospital was not a deliberate car bombing as previously thought. "All the signs point to an accidental explosion," Interior Minister Ashur Shwayel said at a press conference in Libya's second city. Justice Minister Salah al-Mirghani said it was "too early to draw any conclusions," but "among the theories being looked at, there was the possibility that this...
(Fox News 05/15/13)
Terror groups ousted from Mali appear to be trying to set up a new haven in Libya, France's defense minister said Monday, vowing to discuss ways of helping Tripoli improve its shaky security with U.S. officials later this week. Jean-Yves Le Drian noted that there is common ground: both French and U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya were hit by terror attacks. French forces took a leading role in driving al-Qaida-linked rebels from their bases in northern Mali this year, and officials have expressed concern that Libya may be al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb's next choice of sanctuary. "Apparently in Libya there are attempts to constitute a new terrorist hotbed — 'apparently,' I weigh my words well — and there's a...
(The Associated Press 05/15/13)
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday approved President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Libya, a post that has been vacant since insurgents attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi last September, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. With little discussion, the panel on a voice vote approved Deborah Kay Jones, a career diplomat who has served in Kuwait, Argentina, Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the committee, praised Jones and spoke of the imperative of filling the job amid increasing lawlessness in Libya. On Monday, a deadly car bomb exploded near a hospital in Benghazi and officials gave conflicting numbers on the death toll. "There is simply no substitute for having a...
(The Tripoli Post 05/15/13)
Leading Internet Service Provider in Libya, Rawafed Libya for Telecommunications & Technology has sealed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) for capacity on the KA-SAT satellite to support IP trunking services to its new wireless broadband network in Libya. Rawafed Libya has concluded a wholesale agreement with Eutelsat enabling it to use up to 1.6Gbit/s of capacity on two KA-SAT spotbeams that provide premium reach of Tripoli, Benghazi and surrounding regions. The Internet provider says that Rawafed Libya’s use of KA-SAT will accelerate access to wireless broadband for public agencies, enterprises and consumers in the more densely populated areas of Libya. The company is deploying local Wifi hot spots that will be fed by KA-SAT in areas...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(Xinhuanet 05/14/13)
At least three people were killed and six others wounded after an explosion hit on Monday a hospital car park in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, a medical source told Xinhua, while official death toll is still unavailable. "The hospital received three corpses and six injured," director of Al-Galaa hospital told Xinhua. The final death toll could rise notably as the director said " We received also body parts of unknown number of casualties." Earlier, the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera news channel said the explosion close to Al-Galaa hospital left 12 people dead and scores others injured. Local reports meanwhile said there was a big crowd near the parking lot at the time of the blast.
(The New York Times 05/13/13)
WASHINGTON — An exasperated President Obama on Monday called Republican criticism of his handling of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, “a sideshow” and said that any accusation of a cover-up by his administration “defies logic.” Speaking to reporters for the first time since his Republican adversaries used Congressional hearings to renew their political assault, Mr. Obama was dismissive of the continuing controversy, saying that those in Washington who are playing politics with the issue “dishonor” the four people who died in Benghazi last fall. Read the story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/us/politics/obama-addresses-benghazi-a...
(The Associated Press 05/13/13)
ARIS — Terror groups ousted from Mali appear to be trying to set up a new haven in Libya, France’s defense minister said Monday, vowing to discuss ways of helping Tripoli improve its shaky security with U.S. officials later this week. Jean-Yves Le Drian noted that there is common ground: both French and U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya were hit by terror attacks. French forces took a leading role in driving al-Qaida-linked rebels from their bases in northern Mali this year, and officials have expressed concern that Libya may be al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb’s next choice of sanctuary. “Apparently in Libya there are attempts to constitute a new terrorist hotbed — ‘apparently,’ I weigh my words well — and...
(BBC News Africa 05/13/13)
A car bomb explosion near a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi has killed several people, officials say. The death toll is unclear. Local officials initially said nine people had been killed. A hospital spokesman later said three bodies had been found. The blast follows a string of bombings in the eastern city in recent days. Security remains precarious in Libya since the uprising against long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, with protests by militias and attacks by Islamists. The head of Jalaa hospital told AFP news agency that his facilities had received three bodies, with another nine people wounded, three of them critically. The blast reportedly happened in the hospital car park. The explosives had been placed in a grey...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(AL Jazeera 05/07/13)
Baragthi persuaded by prime minister to change decision to quit in protest over militia siege of defence ministry. Libya's prime minister has convinced the defence minister not to resign, just hours after Mohammed al-Baragthi said he was quitting in protest against the siege of two government ministries by armed groups, the premier's spokeswoman said. "The prime minister asked the defence minister to change his mind and to consider the situation the country is in, and so he decided to change his mind," the spokeswoman told Reuters news agency on Tuesday. Baragthi resigned earlier in the day, calling a siege of government ministries by armed groups an "assault" on democracy. His came as armed men in Libya's capital, Tripoli, kept up...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/07/13)
Libya's defense minister resigned on Tuesday in protest at a siege by gunmen of two government ministries that he denounced as an assault on democracy almost two years after the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. He was the first cabinet minister to quit in a crisis over the siege, which armed groups refused to lift even after parliament bowed on Sunday to their main demand by banning from government posts any senior official who served under Gaddafi. "I will never be able to accept that politics (can) be practiced by the power of weapons ... This is an assault against the democracy I have sworn to protect," Defense Minister Mohammed al-Bargathi said. Members of parliament in Libya, plagued by armed...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/02/13)
ZINTAN, LIBYA — Saif al-Islam, son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, will appear in court on Thursday in the town of Zintan, where a militia has held him since his capture in November 2011, a local council official said. Saif is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on war crimes charges, but his court appearance relates to charges that he gave information to an ICC lawyer last year that could endanger national security. The ICC lawyer, Australian Melinda Taylor, was herself arrested and held for three weeks after the meeting. She has since said her detention proved that Saif al-Islam could not receive a fair trial in Libya and should be tried in The Hague. Libya, which wants...
(CNN 04/30/13)
Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Armed men in trucks with anti-aircraft guns mounted on them occupied the Libyan Justice Ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, forcing ministry staff to leave, Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said. The militants consisted of 20 to 30 armed men in military fatigues, according to al-Marghani, who said he tried to talk to the men before fleeing. This comes as the nation's Foreign Ministry remains under siege for a third straight day. The armed protesters have said their main goal was to push the General National Congress to pass a proposed law that would ban Gadhafi-era officials from holding government posts. The political isolation law proposal has been a matter of contention among lawmakers for several months because...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...

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