Monday, February 21, 2011

Libyan Protests Escalate

In a recent article I posted on the sister blog,
TIA 4 CHRIST, entitled The Planned Chaos in Egypt, I mentioned that that the Muslim world is going to set the scene for many violent stage-shows in the future. I did not realize that it’s going to happen so soon!

Now the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (a state of the masses), known simply as Libya, is also following the Egyptian way. This authoritarian African state, has been ruled by the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for 40 years. The majority of the population (97%) are Sunni Muslim.

While Libya is dominating the news headlines, I would like to make use of this opportunity to remind readers that Gadhafi is one of Nelson Mandela’s big buddies! Mandela described him as "my brother leader". Gadaffi and former President Mandela developed a close relationship after Mandela's release from jail in 1990.

"We look forward with joy and anticipation to the full re-entry of Libya into the affairs of our continent and the world."
Nelson Mandela - 1999

And now for the latest news…

Libyan Protests Escalate With Fires, Gunfire Reported
February 21, 2011 (VOA News)

Reports from Libya indicate the more than 40-year-rule of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is under siege from an escalating popular uprising that is turning violent and destructive.

Witnesses in the Libyan capital say the country's legislative branch is among government buildings set on fire as opposition activists battled security forces and government supporters. Gunfire has been reported in the capital.

The reports from Tripoli indicate an hour-by-hour surge in the uprising. There are reports of some officials fleeing the country. Some key cities are reported to be under control of anti-government protesters. Information is hard to come by because there are no foreign media outlets in Libya and Libyan television is under state control.

Monday, the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights said at least nine Libyan cities, including Benghazi, Sirte and Misrata, were in the hands of the protesters.

Human Rights Watch said the death toll continues to rise. It said at least 233 people have been killed in five days of violence.

The U.S. State Department has ordered all embassy families and non-essential personnel to leave Libya. It also urged U.S. citizens to defer travel there.

Mr. Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam went on state television late Sunday to proclaim that his father remains in charge with military support in the face of the most serious anti-government revolt since the elder Gadhafi took power in a 1969 coup. Saif al-Islam Gadhafi vowed that the government will fight until "the last man, the last woman, and the last bullet" to stay in power.

Wagging his finger in a rambling address, the younger Gadhafi warned Libyans to stop the uprising or risk igniting a civil war that will drown the country in "rivers of blood" and lead to a return of colonial powers. He insisted that Libya is "not Egypt or Tunisia" - neighboring countries whose strongmen were swept from power in recent weeks.

Saif al-Islam Gadhafi blamed the protests that erupted in eastern Libya last Monday on a variety of culprits, including Libyan exiles, Islamists, foreign media, and drug abusers. But, he conceded that Libyan security forces had made some "mistakes" in cracking down on demonstrators because of a lack of training in dealing with such situations. In a conciliatory move, the younger Gadhafi said the government is willing to begin a dialogue on political reforms, including a new constitution and confederate power structure.

In other developments Sunday, a representative of Libya's powerful Warfallah tribe said it has turned against Moammar Gadhafi and is siding with the opposition. Several Libyan diplomats also quit in protest at the government's violent crackdown, including the Libyan representative to the Arab League and the Libyan ambassador to India.

Libyan authorities have cut Internet and some telephone services in response to the protests, making it difficult to independently verify reports of violence. But foreign media organizations have been able to speak to witnesses in the country through satellite phones and other connections.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.



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What happened to ZA Sucks ? DOES ANYONE KNOW ?

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

They have decided to suspend the blog for the time being until a proper defensive and offensive strategy is in place.

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Thank you Tia! hopefully they will be up and running soon !

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Thank's pal, I was just going to ask that very same question about SAS. The issue in Libya, good, I think, let the mossies get a bit of their own medicine, they are just as revolting (pun intended) as our black plague.. I see as usual ANC and Zuma have no comment about their bretheren, why are we not supprised. Just to let you know I am a fan too of your website's and generally go in every day, I enloy your comments and insight's on every subject.
Thank you again for TIA- MYSOA and Africa 4 Christ. How are you coping with the death of you son?, I cannot imagine how hard it must be. God Bless and stay safe.

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@ Anonymous (February 24, 2011 5:08 PM)

Apologies for taking so long to respond to your comment. When comments get posted, they arrive in my inbox immediately, and I do read each and every one of them.

As for my dearly departed son, I cannot describe in words how much I miss him, but the worst part of the grief-proses is thankfully over. The memories of him will always remain a tender issue as long as I live.

Thanks for your concern, and also the kind words concerning my blogs.

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It is a pleasure and the truth. I am 57 years young and have a son of 32, who is a pilot, captain for an airline. I too spent 14 years in the SADF as a citizen force member. It is extremely sad to lose a child. Please keep well, and thank you again for all the hard work and energy you put into your web sites.

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Libya Solutions

1 - United Nations: discussion (part) 'democracy' with 'country' (including 2 points - found: Consensus in the 'country')
+ Protesters' about 2 / 3 - The country people '(anti-government) -> governments' innovation completely. " Approximately 1 / 3 'country people' -> compromise 'response'.

+ The 'leader' country: tenure (and vote 'trend': two times a term.)

2 - (Outside) no intervention (internal):
conflict 'protest' - 4 elements:

+ Authorities 'response' 'rights' (people).

+ Review: 'water quantity' 'against government' (Libya. ..) - how to resolve 'demanding' people.

+ 'Government' is not 'resolutions'' Security Council United Nations' (votes' absolute ') and' leader 'is not' banned movement. "

+ The 'link in the region' 'not opposed' (ie the Arab League, ASEAN, Africa ...).

3 - Apply 'military intervention' (external) - based on:

+ Article 7 - The United Nations Charter

+ A country (outside) no intervention. Number of coordinated water (shown: part - many 'people' World).

4 - Make 'intervention measures' 'outside' 'purpose':

+ Prevent conflict (violence): 'government' and 'people - oppose'.

+ Response: 'government solutions' and (require) 'protesters'.

+ Intervention (external): 'solution' and stop (escalation) 'conflict' and 'faction' (in water).

+ 'Required' 'the government' (is): Negotiation - meet 'the people' -> stop 'intervention' (population: the decision).

5 - The 'intervention' ('outside' or 'water' 'participation'):

+ Response: desire 'majority, World - purpose (' on ') (Section 4).

+ Do not 'responsible' build 'new government' (citizens 'decision').

+ The (problem) 'conflict' Left: the 'UN' 'coordination' in every country and region.

United Nations implement 5 'elements' (above) is:

- Avoid (condition - in Libya), the protesters 'conflict' (assert basic 'human'). 'Government' apply 'the protesters' armed -> create 'force' rebel: repression.

- Avoid: the wrong intervention (external) as 'constraints' (factors '4 '- Section 2) and ('4 Factors' section 4).

- The solution (on the) 'did not happen Civil War' (by 'community' is not 'recognized' and 'isolation'.
Government (will) meet the 'right people' and (will) 'no fear' 'protests'.

Human civilization: to know - the unified 'solution' (above) -> is not 'civil war'.

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