April 2nd, 2011

Libyagate: cowards, bigots and liars in charge

The insurgents leaders seem dedicated to gaining control of oil towns, others are merely stopovers. Brega is the main refining town.
Benghazi is the largest city where human traffickers were prevalent before the Libyan gov’t incarcerated many of them. It looks as though they have been released by the insurgents who also appear to be funded by the same clique. Human trafficking via Benghazi will likely resume as a result of coalition interference – if the coalition prevails or if the nation is split.
Tripoli is suffering deprivation due to the blockade by the coalition.
The UN has abandoned its peacemaker role wholesale
NATO has abandoned its peacekeeping role wholesale
The public in coalition countries have been lied to repeatedly
An illegal cartel central bank and cartel oil company have been established in Benghazi

Other victories the illegal coalition rush to get Gaddafi has caused or permitted.
The trained fighting force of 1000 the insurgents’ council has professed to have looks to be formed of Al Qaeda trained extremists and including Hizbollah and other elements such as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group that is a terrorist group banned in the UK.
A youth protest was used to cover the release of an armed uprising by the unleashing of an allied secret service supported insurgency (If the principal of provoking a coup attempt is acceptable, the attempt was at least premature, poorly supported and badly perverted by vested interests).
The legitimate youth protest was effectively stifled by the uprising
Protracting the conflict by fighting gov’t forces for Sarkozy’s bandits has brought the country to the brink of civil war.
The killing spree embarked on by the coalition against gov’t forces has increased the death toll probably measurable in terms of whole factors.
Infrastructure has been destroyed by missiles and bombs.
The mass exodus of migrant workers caused by coalition bombing with missiles produced a huge humanitarian crisis.
Residents fleeing the fighting have abandoned smaller cities and towns to take refuge in Tripoli and Benghazi effectively polarising the country
Destabilisation of the country is leading to a partition

Destabilisation is having ramifications. Other countries will think twice before protesting against their dictators. They want change not a war brought on by vested interests.

Externally oil supplies have been affected and oil prices have inflated

What the Libyan gov’t has not done – yet.
Has not called on citizens to fight NATO and their insurgents thus making the civil war a fact
Has not blown up oil wells.

Obama has seen the writing on the wall. Political expediency and falling popularity has greater sway. The threat of congress withholding funds means the hawks would have to pay from their own funds or have empty arsenals.
Cameron is in the same situation except there is no credible opposition party in the UK. He should pull out now even though he may have already done irreparable damage to his, the European Commission and the cartel bank’s credibility.
Sarkozy should be the first to go on trial for war crimes due to his involvement with the coup attempt.
I’ve already said the UK should withdraw from participation in the corrupt UN and NATO .

World Socialist reports:
American Media Silent on CIA Ties to Libya Rebel Commander by Patrick Martin 2011-03-30
London School of Economics was hub of relations between British elite and Gaddafi regime By Simon Whelan, 1 April 201
US, Britain press two-track policy in Libya war By Patrick Martin 1 April 2011
Global Research
The Euro-US War on Libya: Official Lies and Misconceptions of Critics by James Petras and Robin E. Abaya March 30, 2011
[More reasons for the EC-Clinton war on Libya.]

April 1 DT
0645 US fighter jets are to end their combat role in Libya as early as tomorrow, the Defense Secretary Robert Gates has revealed. The surprise announcement, leaves British and French air forces at the forefront of the operation. President Barack Obama is anxious not to get bogged down in another Iraq but US senators have lined up to question the timing of the pullout as pro-Gaddafi forces make gains.

0807 With Britain and France taking the lead in the air strikes, divisions in Europe over military action in Libya are intensifying. The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has just used a visit to China to call for an immediate ceasefire insisting: “We must get the political process underway.”

0814 The changes sweeping the Middle East continue unabated. Kuwait has become the latest country to see its government resign. Meanwhile the Foreign Office is urging all British citizens in Yemen to leave after a “rapid deterioration” in security following weeks of protests.

0907 Reports of heavy fighting around the key oil town of Brega which was retaken by government forces yesterday.

[Perhaps the only good to come of this is the defection of Moussa Koussa - but does the UK gov't, Israel and the CIA want the truth to come out about Lockerbie? Koussa may suffer a sudden heart attack if it doesn't.]
1006 With questions over the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher, the Lockerbie bombing and arms shipments IRA already to the fore, now France looks set to become embroiled in the wrangling over Moussa Koussa’s past.
The families of those who died on a French plane blown up over Niger in 1989 are calling for French prosecutors to question him over the atrocity.

10:30am Rebels moved rockets and other equipment forward towards Brega today, seeking to retake the oil town and regain momentum against better equipped government forces.
At a checkpoint on the outskirts of the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiyah, rebels prevented unarmed Libyans seeking to join battle from going beyond the town’s boundaries towards Brega, where rebels and Gaddafi’s troops fought on Thursday. [Reuters]
[Insurgents with rockets are no match for gov't forces with RPGs as has been demonstrated.]

1235 Rebels in Benghazi have offered to observe a ceasefire but only if pro-Gaddafi forces pull out from all cities.

Was that an April fool’s joke?
If the gov’t forces at Ajdabiya go to Brega what seems to be the insurgents’ main force would have to defend against 2 fronts. The insurgents must have weakened Benghazi defences in reinforcing Brega. It’s a hard call. The insurgents are trying to make Brega irresistible. If Benghazi falls it is game over.
From the political aspect, Benghazi is the most attractive and offers a quick end with full benefits but is risky. Going full tilt for Brega would extend the conflict but critically weaken the insurgents’ military ability.
Dividing the force between Ajdabiya and Tobruk and or weaker towns on the other side of Benghazi would isolate the main city as with Misurata but again prolong the conflict.
Going all out for Misurata is an unlikley option but would provide a strengthened force with a cleared rear and only one direction to go.  The Ajdabiya force will probably wait there till the US jets have gone.
With the US pulling out their jets they will no doubt send a parting salvo of missiles to residential areas in Tripoli.
Can the UK “treasury reserve” pick up the tab for half of another colonisation project on behalf of big oil, big bank, other vested interests and the delusional “Emperor Napoleon”?

If the EC continues to wage war against the legitimate Libyan government in support of a coup attempt that had already been brought to the point of failure the humanitarian disaster(s) they have caused will continue to grow. The coup has failed in fact. What remains is a NATO- UN coup attempt with the insurgents merely providing the opportunity for NATO to kill the Libyan army soldiers and destroy their armour. What a bunch of cowards, bigots and liars we have in charge.

Is this a mini nuke, yet another war crime?

Humanitarian aid bombs
AlJaz1:44pm http://blogs.aljazeera.net/liv...
BBC television quoted a Libyan doctor as saying that a Western coalition air strike had killed seven civilians, mostly children, and wounded another 25 people near the oil town of Brega on Wednesday.
The doctor told the BBC he had been called to a village 15km from Brega after the strike hit a military convoy driven by supporters of Gaddafi.
A trailer containing ammunition exploded between two homes, killing girls and young men aged between 12 and 20, the BBC said on Friday. The report has not been confirmed.

Koussa must have given intel, possibly corroborating much of what I've been shouting about the constituent parts of the insurgent army and the justification for Libyan gov't intervention in Benghazi.
Whatever, the truth is that the coup attempt was manufactured by Sarkozy and NATO and the UN are deadly-to-humans prawns in the salad.
US withdrawal will reduce the death toll and even the playing field a little, but not much with Cameron and Sarkozy blood and power lust at its peak.
I thought fox hunting was illegal.

The Riddle of the Neanderthal Within JD Adams Salem-News.com
Even with modern genetic analysis, the enigma of the Neanderthal is yielding different interpretations.
The Neanderthals are the nearest species preceding modern man. Recent research from different teams has converged on the finding that most of us have at least 1% to 4% Neanderthal DNA, and probably more, according to anthropologist Eric Trinkhaus.
The results of genetic testing reveal that Neanderthal DNA is 99.7 % similar to modern humans.
Food for thought.
That could explain much. Neanderthals were thought to be a peaceful species and very tasty.

From Yugoslavia to Libya: What Is Al Qaeda's Involvement?
by grtv
Twelve years ago NATO attacked former Yugoslavia under the guise of humanitarian aid. Now history is repeating itself in Libya.
Michel Chussodovsky from the Centre for Research on Globalization says the coalition forces in Libya may say humanitarianism is the goal, but the military has attacked schools, media, hospitals and historic sites.

Climate advisor Hans Schellnhuber declares human society needs to be managed by elite group of ‘wise men’
notrickszone.com/2011/0...  and motls.blogspot.com/2011/03/herr-schellnhuber-has-master-plan.html
Cockroaches and woodwork are metaphors that come to mind.

(2010 info)
aka LIFG
Description: The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on December 17, 2004. In the early 1990s, the LIFG emerged from the group of Libyans who had fought Soviet forces in Afghanistan and pledged to overthrow Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi. In the years following, some members maintained a strictly anti-Qadhafi focus and targeted Libyan government interests. Others, such as Abu al-Faraj al-Libi, who in 2005 was arrested in Pakistan, aligned with Usama bin Ladin, and are believed to be part of the al-Qa’ida (AQ) leadership structure or active in the international terrorist network. On November 3, 2007, AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced a formal merger between AQ and LIFG. However on July 3, 2009, LIFG members in the United Kingdom released a statement formally disavowing any association with AQ. In September 2009, six imprisoned LIFG members issued a 417-page document that renounced violence and claimed to adhere to more sound Islamic theology than that of AQ. More than 100 LIFG members pledged to adhere to this revised doctrine and have been pardoned and released from prison in Libya as of September 2009.
Activities: LIFG has been largely inactive operationally in Libya since the late 1990s when members fled predominately to Europe and the Middle East because of tightened Libyan security measures. To date, the November 3, 2007 merger with AQ, which many LIFG members in Europe and Libya did not recognize, has not resulted in a significant increase in LIFG activities within Libya. LIFG engaged Libyan security forces in armed clashes during the 1990s and attempted to assassinate Qadhafi four times. On July 3, 2009, the LIFG released a statement that the group would cease terrorist activities in Libya. Although LIFG has not claimed responsibility for terrorist acts in recent years, in February 2006, the U.S. Treasury Department accused five suspected LIFG members residing in the UK of financing terrorism by providing false documents and financial assistance through front companies. The five were placed on the UN’s al-Qa’ida and Taliban Sanctions Committee’s consolidated terrorist list.
Strength: Unknown.
Location/Area of Operation: Since the late 1990s, many members have fled to various Asian, Arabian Gulf, African, and European countries, particularly the UK.
External Aid: The LIFG has used Islamic charitable organizations as cover for fundraising and transferring money and documents. LIFG also finances operations with criminal activity.

President of Bahrain's Center for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab says the US media have been ordered not to cover news on the government's brutal crackdown on Bahraini people.
Reports from the Center's colleagues in the United States say “In the US some news agencies and TV stations were asked not to report on Bahrain and not to embarrass [President Barack Obama's administration,” Rajab told Press TV.
He went on to say that the US and the Western governments have chosen to keep silent over ongoing atrocities in Bahrain due to their support for the country's authoritarian regime.
According to unconfirmed reports, over 420 people have been arrested during ongoing protests in the kingdom, Rajab pointed out.
The Bahraini protesters continue to demand the ouster of the 200-year-old-plus monarchy as well as constitutional reforms.

Monbiot is an orifice through which UN verbal diarrhea passes
The UN Would Never Lie to George Monbiot

Perspicacious perspective in the Counterpunch diary:
Battling the Beast
Libya has dislodged from the headlines a nuclear catastrophe in Japan, on top of a seismic one, that’s one of the epic dramas of the past half-century and what’s doubly weird is that the actual fighting in Libya is a series of tiny skirmishes. The muscle-bound adjectives and nouns used to describe the military engagements – if they even deserve that word – in press reports remind me of a Chihuahua trying to mount a Newfoundland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N... Ambition far outstrips reality, which is in this case is a nervous rabble motley insurgents – maybe 1,500 or so at most, posing for television crews and then fleeing back down the road to the next village (“strategic stronghold”) at the first whiff of trouble.

By my count, the mighty armies contending along the highway west of Benghazi would melt into the bleachers at a college baseball game. News stories suggest mobile warfare on the scale of the epic dramas of the Kursk salient in World War Two. But most of the action revolves around one tank. I’ve seen it in hundreds of video feeds. Like the tooth passed from witch to witch in Greek myth this tank performs many functions and to judge from the graffiti on its turret, it’s always the same vehicle. Maybe that’s why there’s endless bickering about whether the U.N. resolution covers the supply of arms and heavy equipment. The war’s PR men want to freshen up the visuals.

Tediously insightful
Libya: * Who Are the Rebels? * WikiLeaks
Depictions on satellite television of events in Iraq and Palestine fuel the widespread view that resistance to coalition forces is justified and necessary. One Libyan interlocutor likened young men in Derna to Bruce Willis’ character in the action picture ‘Die Hard,’ who stubbornly refused to die quietly. For them, resistance against coalition forces in Iraq is an important act of ‘jihad’ and a last act of defiance against the Qadhafi regime. …

Ivory Coast. Quattara (legit pres) forces have attacked the pres palace. The illegit election loser Gbagbo has been told if he steps down he won't be harmed [much].
The poseur UN faux peace keeper force is there for the cameras and the funding but not much else.
Around 500 civilians have died in the fighting.
Around 10,000 people have fled the country.
About 500,000 displaced.
Of course this country has little to offer in wealth, strategic location or oil. Cameron could have been a saint instead he's a twunt.

Rebels reach Ivory Coast president's palace

Egypt, another protest staged (I think protests are now illegal)
Syria, another 4 killed.
Afghanistan, UN offices attacked. Death count? 2 beheaded
Bahrain, "The last few nights they been raiding houses and beating and arresting people," Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, told Babylon & Beyond, adding that approximately 400 people are either missing or in custody.
"Some people were also arrested at checkpoints controlled by thugs brought in from other Arab and Asian countries -- they wear black masks in the streets," Ragab said. http://latimesblogs.latimes.co...
Huffpoo has good coverage http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Yemen, "Rival Protests Fill Streets as Yemen's President Defiant"
Gaza, Upcoming Gaza flotilla must be stopped, Netanyahu tells UN chief http://www.sanfranciscosentine...

Aussie most read "Sick of jerking in bed? Try masturbating"
If they need demonstrators I'm sure UK gov can spare a few.

If 1500 is a fair guess at the insurgents' number, 1000 Al Qaeda and the rest E. Libyans, escaped convicts, CIA, MI5, DGSE, Libyan gov't spies etc suggests that this is hardly a representative uprising even if it is just E.Libya.
1209: Thousands of Serbs are supporting a Facebook campaign to show solidarity with the Libyan regime, saying the airstrikes bring back bad memories of Nato's bombing of Serbia. The page entitled "Support for Muammar al Gaddafi from the people of Serbia" has attracted more than 65,000 supporters, BBC Monitoring reports.
1217: The Arab League has thrown its weight behind Libya's rebel forces. Hisham Youssef, who was the bloc's representative at this week's London conference on the future of Libya, said the Arab League would support whatever end to the conflict satisfies Libya's opposition.
[Arab league of dictators, aalmost half seeing protests and most violently suppressing them. But that's ok because they are friends with The US]
1236: Perhaps this is better news from the International Committee of the Red Cross in Libya. ICRC officials are in Tripoli at the invitation of Libya's authorities discussing how to expand humanitarian activities nationwide.
1329: The BBC's Nick Springate reports from Libya's eastern town of Brega that for the first time, rag-tag rebel forces have been bolstered by a number of well-armed, seemingly well-trained soldiers in full military attire. It's not clear where they've come from, our correspondent says, but their very presence has boosted morale on the front line. "
1336: Our correspondent says the rebels are now starting a major onslaught on Brega, having given a boisterous reception to two key rebel figures - the former interior minister and the former head of the armed forces.
1405: As if the unrest reverberating around the Mediterranean coastline wasn't enough, the region has just been hit by more shockwaves in the form of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake centred beneath the island of Crete
1451: Ibrahim writes: "I just came back recently from Aden in Yemen (my parents' origin). This government is a gang. It's run by Saleh and his family. Literally, this man has turned this country into his own real estate. He has to be investigated and prosecuted. Gaddafi is really a saint when compared to Ali Abdullah Saleh."
[Is it theirs to sell?]
1524: Hiefa, who has contacts in Misrata tells the BBC: "Now there is a battle between the rebels and Gaddafi's force in Misrata in the heavy transport road. Gaddafi's forces have been able to access the main warehouses of goods supply. They are bombing the fuel and water stores. At the same time, Gaddafi's forces are bombing the city centre heavily and randomly. If Gaddafi succeeds in trying to control these areas, he will destroy Misrata in a couple of hours. The situation there [is] very serious. People in Misrata wondering why the coalition force has not stopped Gaddafi's force until now? "
["People" - insurgents or civilians?]
1549: Libya Feb 17 tweets: "DIRECT from Misrata: 3 martyrs so far today, one body was completely charred. One injured being operated on

Misurata, insurgents, 3 killed, 1 injured today. How many killed by bombs and missiles on the army side?
This is hardly a major war. The humanitarian aid falling from the skies is the main threat to Libya and is responsible for causing a humanitarian disaster where there would have been none or at most a minor one had the coalition not intervened.
If you want peace, don't use banks, don't pay tax and don't vote for the tripartite coalition of EC representatives next election.
Incidentally, most of the damage in Misurata is to the account of the coalition. Bombs and cruise missiles flatten, shells and grenades damage. "Get Gaddafi" knows no moral limits. Perhaps because politicians' reputations are more important?

Winning the war (?) but yet to win a battle...
6:08pm And here's the latest report filed by Laurence Lee, our correspondent in Benghazi, wrapping up the day's events so far.

"Neither side seems muscular enough to gain outright victory"
Bolleaux. Absent coalition interference and a war would never have developed from Sarkozy's insurgency in Benghazi. Absent the air forces and missiles from 12 external nations and the insurgency would end pdq.

7:10pm AFP reports that the death toll from three days of fighting in Brega is 11, including 8 civilians.

7:12pm New Reuters footage shot in Ajdabiya shows images of a ghost town, with residents fleeing the city after the oil town of Ras Lanuf fell to pro-Gaddafi forces two days ago.

Another flower arranger breaks the news about the colonial invasion force. "No boots On the ground" should be chiselled on the headstone of each coalition leader.
7:16pm Catheron Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, says (through a spokesman) that the bloc will launch a military operation with boots on the ground to support humanitarian assistance in Libya, but only if asked to do so by the UN.
According to an EU statement, the headquarters for EUFOR Libya would be in Rome, under Rear Admiral Claudio Gaudiosi of Italy.
It would last four months at most, and cost $13.86 million.
Lie after lie after lie after lie after lie. As bad as the CO2 con.

8:37pm Ibrahim Dabbashi, the former Libyan deputy ambassador to the UN who stepped down to join the opposition, has just been speaking with Al Jazeera.
"Certainly to defeat the Gaddafi forces there are many conditions but one of them is the well organised leadership of the forces of the opposition. Without good military commanders ... certainly there will be no success. But this is one of the first conditions."
"Arming the opposition is very important and I think it is within the context of the [UN SC] resolution 1973 which indicates that all necessary measures should be taken to protect the civilians on the ground ... there is no alternative but to arm the opposition forces because, well, there should be also aerial attacks on the moving forces of Gaddafi that are aiming at citizens but I think there should be some forces on the ground to protect the civilians."
Asked if arming the opposition would lead to an even more civil war-esque situation, Dabbashi said:
"In Libya it is completely different, there is a consensus among the Libyan people that they don't accept Gaddafi anymore, once he steps down I think all these arms will be gathered by the concerned security and we saw it now, in the eastern part of Libya, as soon as the Gaddafi forces withdrew from the eastern part, all those who had arms went to the army and gave in their arms."
Dabbashi said the ceasefire is more for Gaddafi to observe, as the opposition was "only defending themselves".

There is a difference between defending and attacking such as happened at Sirte and is happening at Brega and Misurata. This is bankster and oil cartel reps talking, not wishing to have their gains threatened imo. The US is withdrawing their jets. Suddenly the insurgents want a ceasefire and for the Libyan gov't to admit defeat?

8:47pm Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid has been on the road with Libya's opposition today, and filed this report from the western gate of Ajdabiya, where opposition fighters have prevented journalists from venturing any further.

9:12pm In this short audio message posted to the Voices of Feb 17 Audioboo page, a resident of Az Zintan (SW of Tripoli) says the western part of the city is being hit by Grad rockets fired by pro-Gaddafi forces. He says government troops have surrounded the town of Kikla (about 60km east of Zintan), and are also attack Aquila.

9:14pm Ibrahim Dabbashi, the former Libyan deputy ambassador to the UN who stepped down to join the opposition, has told Al Jazeera that he has "credible information that many people are willing to defect".

9:56pm Musa Ibrahim, the government's spokesman, on rejecting the ceasefire conditions set by the opposition:
"They are asking us to withdraw from our own cities. .... If this is not mad then I don't know what this is. We will not leave our cities."
What seems to define UK politics nowadays is not so much "what can we do for the UK" but "how much can we get past the electorate".
If / when we get a non sock puppet leader perhaps a lesson could be learned from Brazil, a former puppet led nation.

Brazil stares down the US on Libya
Lula himself has endorsed Dilma's critical position on Libya, going further in his condemnation of the intervention: "These invasions only happen because the United Nations is weak," he said. "If we had twenty-first-century representation [in the Security Council], instead of sending a plane to drop bombs, the UN would send its secretary-general to negotiate."
His remarks were widely interpreted to mean that if Brazil had been a permanent member of the Security Council – a position it has long sought – it would have vetoed the resolution authorising the bombing rather than, as it did, merely abstaining from the vote.
Argentina and Uruguay likewise have voiced strong disapproval of the intervention. On one level, this censure reflects Latin America's commitment to the ideal of non-intervention and absolute sovereignty. But on another, less elevated and more commonsensical level, it reflects a belief that the diplomatic community needs to return to a standard in which war is the last rather than the first response to crisis.
"This attack [on Libya] implies a setback in the current international order," IPS reports Uruguayan President José Mujica as saying. "The remedy is much worse than the illness. This business of saving lives by bombing is an inexplicable contradiction."
Image http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix...

Heartwarming - followed by chilling news. The Afghan UN killings now reported as 7.

AlJ TV reports extensive looting in Ajdabiya. No side accused. Undisciplined insurgents or disciplined army?

10:24pm The Associated Press reports that the US will "soon" stop firing Tomahawk cruise missiles, in addition to pulling attack aircraft out of operations, in the Mediterranean theatre.

11:27pmLibyan television reports that coalition forces hit civilian and military areas in the towns of Khoms and Arrujban on Friday.
Khoms is about 100km east of Tripoli, and Arrujban is about 190km southwest of the capital.

11:32pm Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister, says his country has not ruled out the possibility of arming the Libyan opposition, but that to do so would be an "extreme measure".
Frattini said it would be a decision taken if it became "the only possible option to protect civilians".

11:37pm US-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch says that the use of landmines by the Libyan government has been "confirmed".
[Punish them with more humanitarian cruise missiles...]

Libyagate update April 2. CIA contractor leads insurgents in US-EC war.

Back at the front:
'Libyan revolutionaries recapture Brega' Press TV 9:58am April2
Libyan revolutionary fighters have wrest back control of the strategic oil town of Brega after a fierce and bloody fighting with forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, reports say.
Seven bodies of pro-Gaddafi troops and at least 10 burnt-out army vehicles were seen along the road between Ajbadiya and Brega, 80 kilometres (50 miles) to the west, AFP reported on Saturday.
The oil town of Brega, which has changed hands for a seventh time in six weeks so far, came under heavy assault by pro-regime forces over the past few days, as they struggled to penetrate deep into the city of Ajdabiya--- a key oil town just 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the opposition stronghold of Benghazi.
Yet Al J reports 4:35pm Pro-democracy forces in Libya say at least 10 of their fighters have been killed in a NATO air strike on the outskirts of the eastern town of Brega, as the battle rages on for control of the oil port.
Al Jazeera Libya Live April 2

12:25am Civilian and military areas in Khoms and Arrujban have today been hit by air strikes  - "by the bombardment of the colonial and crusader aggressors" - on Friday, Libyan state TV has quoted a military official as saying. Khoms is about about 100 km east of Tripoli, while Arrujban lies is about 190 km southwest of the capital.

12:30am Italy has not ruled our arming the anti-Gaddafifighters in Libya. But the country is exercising  "caution at the moment".

12:40am The west Libya city of Misurata continues to be under heavy bombardment, residents tell Reuters.

1:40am More on the Nicaraguan - Libyan diplomatic twists. First it was announced that Miguel D'Escoto, a former Nicaraguan foreign minister, would be the Gaddafi administration's new representative to the UN - after veteran Libyan diplomat Ali Treki was reportedly denied a visa.
Then US officials poured cold water on the idea, saying D'Escoto, a 78-year-old former Catholic priest and ex-Sandinista revolutionary, was only in the United States on a tourist visa - which didn't allow him to work, let alone work as a national envoy to the United Nations.
Now president Daniel Ortega has appointed D'Escoto as Nicaragua's deputy UN ambassador, which could pave the way for D'Escoto to legitimately speak at the international body, potentially using his position to speak up for Gaddafi's regime.
UN officials have said they have yet to recieve official communication from Tripoli naming Libya's new representative.

2:40am International news media were yesterday taken by Libyan government officials on a tour of areas reportedly shelled in NATO air strikes. An unidentified doctor told journalists in Sabha: "Many, many houses are around the hospital. I thought maybe it hit hospital. It was near the hospital. The fire was looking like a nuclear bomb."
Libyan government spokesperson Mussa Ibrahim said were 13 people were killed and 185 wounded in the attack.

3:15am Fighting in north Libya continues through the night, with reports of explosions in Homs and ongoing shelling in Misurata.
A resident of Homs, 120km east of Tripoli, told the AFP news agency he heard explosions coming from a local naval base, which had earier been targeted by NATO forces.
Libyan State TV, however, reported the air strikes had hit residential neighbourhoods, saying: "Military and civilian areas in the Al Khums [Homs] and Al Rojban regions were targeted in raids by the Western assailants, crusaders and colonialists."

3:19am A spokesman for the anti-Gaddafi fighters in Misurata told AFP that 28 people had died in the city in the past three days of fighting. He denounced the "disproportionate use of force", saying: The criminal's [Gaddafi's] forces fired at the city with all kinds of shells, rockets and bombs. Today they tried to reach the port, destroying everything on their path.
The Libyan foreign ministry said Monday that an anti-rebel offensive in Misrata had been stopped after security was restored.

3:57am This video has emerged online in the past few hours, and purports to show anti-Gaddafi fighters in Misurata in the aftermath of NATO shelling earlier today. Because it's hosted on Facebook, we can't embed it on our liveblog -so, to watch it, you'll have to click here.

6:38am The Gaddafi regime has initiated a concerted effort to open lines of communication with western governments in an attempt to bring the conflict to an end, the Guardian writes: Gaddafi regime starts talks with the west to end conflict

7:10am The nations staging air strikes on Gaddafi's forces will be heading into a diplomatic minefield if they arm the rebels as well, experts and envoys at the UN told AFP news agency. With international law specialists warning that any supplies would breach the UN Security Council arms embargo that the United States, Britain and France all voted for, diplomats say a council showdown would certainly follow if evidence emerges of deliveries.
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and British prime minister David Cameron have both said they believe UN resolutions on Libya allow arming the rebels. "Many countries would certainly strongly oppose any attempt to interpret the current resolutions as permitting arms supplies," one senior diplomat on 15-nation council responded, speaking on condition of anonymity"
Nato insists Alliance will enforce arms embargo Nato has delivered a rebuff Barack Obama and David Cameron by insisting that the Alliance will enforce an arms embargo on all of Libya, including rebel held territory. Teleg March 31]

7:41am Quick recap: - Reports say forces loyal to Gaddafi have attacked the rebel-held town of Misurata. A rebel spokesman told the AFP news agency Gaddafi's forces attacked Misurata on Friday night with tank and rocket fire.
- State television says military and civilian areas east and south-west of the capital Tripoli came under fire, by what it calls western assailants, crusaders and colonialists.
- In the east, Brega remains the frontline, but the battle appears largely deadlocked.
- The Transitional National council said it was ready for a truce if forces loyal to Gaddafi withdrew from several key towns. But a government spokesman said the ceasefire offer was a trick.

8:34am The German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle says the situation in Libya demands a political resolution, the Associated Press news agency reports.

9:30am Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee, reporting from Benghazi, says his team was told that Gaddafi's forces have stopped using tanks, because they can be easily spotted by NATO airplanes. Instead they are using pick-up trucks with mortars on the back which look a lot more like the rebel forces.
Both sides now are basically mired in this stretch about 200km wide on the southeast tip of the Gulf of Sirt and that situation - it seems increasingly - can't change [...] So they have - despite all the bluster and the bravado - to find some sort of accommodation [...] Something's got to give.

9:58am Al Jazeera's correspondent reports that 13 Libyan rebels were killed and seven others were injured when NATO aircraft bombed four cars of rebels west of the city of Ajdabiya. The Libyan government says the air strikes killed six people and wounded 12 others.

10:20am This video posted on Facebook shows rebels celebrating after one of Gaddafi's tanks was destroyed in the streets of Misurata.

12:54pm Three Swedish fighter jets headed to Sardinia en route to taking part in NATO operations against the regime of Gaddafi, a military spokesman said. 
The three JAS Gripen warplanes, of a total nine aircraft pledged by Sweden, took off from the Ronneby base on Sweden's southern coast, army spokesman Rickard Wissman told AFP.Another five Gripens and a C-130 Hercules usable for mid-air refueling were to leave early Sunday, he said. The deployment, decided Tuesday by the Swedish government, won parliamentary approval on Friday.

1:32pm Check out the fresh story on the front page of our website with the latest from Libya: 'Libyan rebels killed in NATO air strike'

3:06pm Al Jazeera illustrates where the latest's fighting has taken place in Libya.

2:40pm Al Jazeera's correspondent reported that Libyan pro-democracy fighters have taken control of most the Libyan city of Brega after having engaged in clashes with Gaddafi forces. [See Press TV report linked above]

4:06pm Al Jazeera's James Bays describes the situation in Ajdabiya. youtube.com/watch?v=9Ey3hYFE_nk

4:35pm Pro-democracy forces in Libya say at least 10 of their fighters have been killed in a NATO air strike on the outskirts of the eastern town of Brega, as the battle rages on for control of the oil port. [See BBC bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12915894 Teleg telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8423394/Libya-Western-coalition-air-strike-kill-10-rebels.html]

6:12pm The New York Times reports on Bernard Henri Levy the French man that managed to grant Libyan opposition group a hearing from the French president and the American secretary of state.
It was Mr. Lévy, by his own still undisputed account, who brought top members of the Libyan opposition — the Interim Transitional National Council — from Benghazi to Paris to meet President Nicolas Sarkozy on March 10, who suggested the unprecedented French recognition of the council as the legitimate government of Libya and who warned Mr. Sarkozy that unless he acted, “there will be a massacre in Benghazi, a bloodbath, and the blood of the people of Benghazi will stain the flag of France.”

Comment - Sunny S Chopra [Moderator]
The West and the token Arab and Muslim support have made a civil war worse and maybe killed more Libyans than they were ready to protect from secular Kaddafi. As for Libya the media should understand this is Africa not the middle east, besides Arabs, there are Berbers and a huge black population. This is a joke much like the Rebels who deserve respect but not for increasing this civil war. A ceasefire on all sides should end this. The world needs peace not another oil war on yet another western client.

A little insight into Haftar and other western backed uprisings
A CIA contractor (mercenary), a military commander has been sent in to lead the insurgency. Were the additional soldiers that joined the insurgents from the NFSL that he formed with CIA funding when he defected from the Libyan army and fled to the US after losing the Chadian war?

American media silent on CIA ties to Libya rebel commander

From Rebel army chief is veteran Gaddafi foe: think-tank
"Jamestown said that for many years Hefta had been the commander-in-exile of the Libyan National Army (LNA), the armed wing of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL), a an exiled opposition group.
He had lived in the United States for twenty years, Jamestown said. It suggested that for some of that period he was pursuing LNA activities from the United States."
"Gaddafi, whom Haftar had considered a close friend, was said to deny Haftar's very existence while he languished in a Chadian prisoner of war camp for seven months. In reaction, an infuriated Haftar joined the LNSF ... and declared war against the Libyan state."
The paper said Hefta set up the LNA "on June 21, 1988 with strong backing from the Central Intelligence Agency".

Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalifa_Hefta
Khalifa Belqasim Haftar (sometimes spelled Hifter, Hefter or Huftur) is a senior military officer in Libya. Formerly one of Muammar Gaddafi's army commanders in the Chadian–Libyan conflict, he fell out with the regime when Libya lost the war, and sought exile in the United States. In 2011 he returned to Libya to support the uprising. On March 24, 2011, it was announced that he would be taking command of the rebel army.
Some sources have reported ties with the US Central Intelligence Agency. After falling out with the Gaddafi regime, Haftar set up his own militia financed by the CIA, according to the 2001 book Manipulations africaines, published by Le Monde diplomatique. After entering the United States in the 1990s, Haftar took up residence in Vienna, Virginia, five miles outside of Langley, Virginia, where the CIA is headquartered.[4] The CIA is actively involved in working with the Libyan rebels in their conflict with Gaddafi.
Middle East: Revolutions and Propaganda
Once again, it is necessary to review a timeline to definitively establish the premeditated, Western-backed nature of the current "revolutionary" conflagration consuming the Middle East and Northern Africa.

2000: US-funded and trained Otpor in Serbia overthrows Slobodan Milosevic.
2002: Otpor starts hosting Georgian and Ukranian protesters for preparation of "Rose Revolution" and "Orange Revolution."
2003: Otpor travels to Zimbabwe to train protesters. Srdja Popovic decides to found CANVAS
2008: Egyptian April 6 Movement leaders attend US State Department summit in NYC.
2009: April 6 Movement attends training in Serbia under CANVAS. CANVAS also trains Tunisian protesters.
2010: February, April 6 Movement meets US International Crisis Group trustee Mohamed ElBaradei at Cario’s airport. With Google exec Wael Ghonim, they begin conducting ElBaradei’s presidential campaign and organizing protests on behalf of ElBaradei’s “National Front for Change” for the next year.
2011: January-February April 6, Mohamed ElBaradei, the National Front for Change, assist in the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
2011: February, George Soros funded NGOs begin submitting draft constitutions for Egypt’s new government.

1980s: US-CIA backed National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL) made multiple attempts to assassinate Qaddafi and initiate armed rebellion throughout Libya.
2005: NFSL’s Ibrahim Sahad founds the National Conference of Libyan Opposition (NCLO) in London England.
2011: Early February, the London based NCLO calls for a Libyan "Day of Rage," beginning the "February 17th revolution."
2011: Late February NFSL/NCLO’s Ibrahim Sahad is leading opposition rhetoric, literally in front of the White House in Washington D.C. Calls for no-fly zone in reaction to unsubstantiated accusations Qaddafi is strafing “unarmed protesters” with warplanes.
2011: Late February Senators Lieberman and McCain and UK PM David Cameron call for providing air cover for Libyan rebels as well as providing them additional arms.
2011: Early March; it is revealed UK SAS special forces are already operating inside Libya.

In retrospect, the orchestrated Western-backed nature of the Tunisian, Egyptian, and Libyan unrest is clear. However, as the events played out, especially in the early stages, the corporate-owned mainstream media committed itself to breathtaking propagandizing. In Egypt, crowds of 50,000 were translated into "crowds of 2 million" through boldfaced lies, tight camera angles and disingenuous propagandists like BBC’s Jon Leyne. In Libya, the initial armed nature of the rebellion was omitted and the unrest was portrayed as “peaceful unarmed protests.
Perhaps most diabolical of all is the manner in which the mainstream media portrayed Egypt’s opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei. Indeed, ElBaradei was at the very center of the protests, having returned to Egypt a year earlier in February 2010 to assemble his “National Front for Change” with the help of Egypt’s "youth movements" led by the US State Department trained April 6 Movement and Google’s Wael Ghonim. But we were all told he “just flew in,” and that he was viewed with “suspicion” by the West. We were also told that Hosni Mubarak was still our "chosen man" and reports even went as far as claiming (unsubstantiated claims) that Mubarak was preparing to flee to Tel Aviv, Israel of all places, and that Israel was airlifting in weapons to bolster his faltering regime.

Obviously those "attempts" to save Mubarak’s regime failed, if they ever even took place. And on the eve of Mubarak’s fall, the US eventually turned a full 180 degrees around from defending him, to demanding he step down. As George Soros and the Neo-Con packed National Endowment for Democracy fund the drafting of the new Egyptian constitution and the US prepares funding to back Egypt’s opposition ahead of elections, it is quite clear that US-Israeli "support" in this case was designed to tarnish Mubarak and play on anti-Israeli/American hatred the globalists have been cultivating for decades.

With amazing "foresight," the Council on Foreign Relations’ magazine Foreign Affairs reported in March 2010 the following: /continues here. Note there are links in abundance in the original essay.
Libyan rebels massacre black Africans WSWS
“Because mercenaries from Chad and Mali are presumed to be fighting for him [Gaddafi], the lives of a million African refugees and thousands of African migrants are at risk. A Turkish construction worker told the British radio station BBC: ‘We had seventy to eighty people from Chad working for our company. They were massacred with pruning shears and axes, accused by the attackers of being Gaddafi’s troops. The Sudanese people were massacred. We saw it for ourselves.’ ”
The genocide authority Heinsohn explains: “It is standard knowledge in genocide research that minorities come under attack in civil wars because at least one party to the conflict accuses them of collaborating with the enemy….
“Whoever wants to prevent crimes against humanity with the use of force...is always in danger of helping one side in the neutralisation or even extermination of the other side…. UN Security Council Resolution 1973 of March 17 against the Libyan government provides a perfect example.

Wife of defecting foreign minister captured in firefight Teleg
She is thought to have been captured amid eyewitness reports of a fierce gunfight at Col Gaddafi's central Tripoli compound as the regime stepped in to stop further defections. Yesterday, local residents recalled how the most fierce firefight yet seen in central Tripoli had erupted within hours of the regime confirming that the Foreign Minister had defected. "The blocks in that area are the homes to high ranking official of the state who must live close to Col Gaddafi. People say that some of them were trying to flee with their families when they came under attack from the guards," said a local resident.

Armed Forces serving in Libya to be told: you face the sack Teleg
Exclusive: Royal Navy personnel taking part in the Libyan intervention and soldiers fighting in Afghanistan will be told next week that they could be sacked under defence cuts.

From Libyan rebels plead - send us guns March 24
"We need arms and ammunition. This is our only problem," he said in a briefing. "Our friends are trying to support us. I hope soon we will have success and we will have all the weapons we need to liberate Libya."
Foreign governments are debating what kind of further support, if any, they should offer. But Bani, echoing other rebel officials, ruled out accepting any advisers or trainers to whip the disorganised fighters into shape.
"Our culture does not accept foreign troops on our soil. The only foreign expert we have is Google Earth," he said.
Reporting on the situation on the ground, Bani said a "ferocious battle" was underway for Ajdabiyah. This was not independently confirmed by reporters at the front, however.
He also said a unit of Serbian mercenaries was holed up there with the government forces, a claim that could not be independently verified.
The government forces at Ajdabiyah were running short of supplies and the rebels were trying to negotiate with them to surrender, using a preacher at the local mosque as an intermediary.
"We don't want to kill them. We want to lead them to peace," he said.
[As another of the gov't tanks was destroyed by coalition humanitarian aid.]
A number of countries had promised material aid, he said, but he declined to name any of them.
"Everyone who loves freedom would love to help us. It is an endless chain of names," he said. [Guessing, Qatar, Egypt, Saudi, France, CIA]
The main immediate concern was that mercenaries from Chad were being flown in to fight on Gaddafi's side, he said, appealing to the international forces to strike the airport that was being used as their staging point. [The explosion in the video that was perhaps a mini nuke?]
The new army now being forged would be headed by Khalifa Hefta, he said. General Abdul Fatah Younes, a defector who had served Gaddafi for 40 years and is not trusted by some in the rebel leadership, will be chief of staff.

War Funding BBC
[...] Help for rebels
Col Gaddafi has framed Western intervention as an oil grab and made overtures to potential buyers in China and India. He has threatened to sue any oil company that does business with the rebels.
“ Allowing Agoco to trade independently is absolutely essential not only from a strategic but also from a humanitarian point of view”
End Quote John Hamilton Analyst
The rebels "are ready with the infrastructure, they've got people in the fields, at the terminals, there are a lot of people there who know what they're doing", says John Hamilton, a Libya expert at British risk analysis firm Cross-Border Information.
"But they need the financial structure in place. That's something they're working to put in place but they need international co-operation to achieve."
There are signs that this co-operation may be arriving.
US and UN officials have said sanctions do not apply to rebel oil sales - even though the US listed the rebel-controlled Arabian Gulf Oil Company (Agoco) as one of those targeted.
Qatar has also offered to assist the rebels in selling oil, and may be able to help them avoid difficulties over ownership rights, according to Greg Priddy, an oil analyst with Eurasia Group consultancy.
But Mr Priddy said eastern Libya needed 100,000 barrels of oil a day just for its own use, and it would take some time before rebels could start earning large sums from exports. "It's not something that's going to happen in the next couple of months," he said.
Before the conflict began, Libya was producing 1.6 million barrels a day, accounting for about 2% of world output. Some 70% of the oil comes from the east.
Libya holds Africa's largest crude oil reserves, and its oil, most of which was being sold to Europe, is especially valued because of its light, low-sulphur quality.
[...] A rebel source in the eastern port of Tobruk confirmed that the rebels had enough fuel, but said they could do with more cash. He said they were negotiating with British officials to take possession of hundreds of millions of Libyan dinars printed in the UK.

Moral bankruptcy in Libya war
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