Report: Israeli company recruits mercenaries to support Gadhafi

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Libya opposition prepares for ‘battle’

Here is a great map of Who Controls What in Libya
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/feb/27/libya-tripoli-unrest-gaddafi-map

Now before we get to Gadhafi’s crimes, the reports of an Israeli company’s support for the mercenaries:

Report: Israel company recruiting Gadhafi mercenaries
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An Israeli company is recruiting mercenaries to support Moammar Gadhafi’s efforts to suppress an uprising against his regime, an Israeli news site said Tuesday.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=364418

Report about Israeli recruiting of mercenaries from Al Jazeera Arabic
http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C36A7C61-8874-4D82-9CC2-4886B4E58739.htm

Hebrew report about Israeli recruiting of mercenaries from Israeli press

http://www.news-israel.net/Article.asp?code=24935

Here’s a translation from Avi, a regular commenter at this site, of above Hebrew article:

The article states that the weapons were provided by an Israeli company that’s made up of former generals in the Israeli army.

The article states that in the past, the company was under investigation for illegal sales to another African country, but this time, according to Egyptian sources, the company received explicit approval when the company’s CEO whose name was specifically mentioned in the document (there’s no link to that document within the body of the article) had met with the head of Aman (Hebrew acronym for Intelligence Directorate) Aviv Kokhavi and later with the Minister of Defense Barak and PM Netanyahu. That CEO, the article explains, had received the approval of the aforementioned officials to go ahead and recruit mercenaries as Israel fears the establishment of a Muslim Caliphate in Qaddafi’s place.

It adds that the Libyan ruler seeks to establish an army of 50,000 mercenaries who will arrive from different areas in order to break apart the anti-government rebellion.

Up until now I was paraphrasing the translation, but the article contains too many details. So, I’ll resume verbatim:

It is further reported that representatives of the Israeli company that deals in arms sales and serves as a broker for fighters had met with Libya’s intelligence chief, Abdallah Sannusi. The meeting took place in Chad, another African state. The final details of the deal were agreed upon in that meeting. Chad, Libya’s and Sudan’s neighbor to the south has had intimate relations with Israel for several decades now.

It should be noted that mercenaries who had already arrived in Tripoli, left from Chad and that is a provable fact. According to publications in the west, Qaddafi pays the company that deals in recruiting mercenaries 2,000 USD per day, per fighter. From that, the mercenaries personally receive about $100 per day. This is a brokerage deal to the tune of billions of dollars. The money is paid to the African supervisors who bring their gangs and rake in a fortune. The large amounts include weapons and ammunition that mercenaries use, and compensation for the mercenaries’ families in the event that fighters are killed, injured, or fall in captivity.

Simultaneously, it should be noted that the United States, Britain and perhaps NATO have decided to begin an aerial siege [no-fly zone] on Libya, also in order to prevent entry of mercenaries to the state.

The rebels in Libya have already succeeded in capturing a few tens of mercenaries and display them to the media. Qadhaffi himself denies having recruited fighters outside the country and said that more than half the subjects of Libya are “blacks, therefore the media errs for mistaking them for mercenaries”. [End of article]

Gadafhi’s crimes:
New air strikes in Libya oil town
New air strikes are launched against the oil town of Brega a day after pro-Gaddafi forces failed to capture it from protesters, sources in the town say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-africa-12632482

Gaddafi amasses army of African mercenaries
After decades of financing and training rebels and liberation movements, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi is accused of using his influence to amass an army of mercenaries from across sub-Saharan Africa. Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Chad, Mali and Zimbabwe.
http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/03/03/140004.html

Human rights group: At least 6,000 dead in Libya
Libyan Human Rights League provides shocking estimate of death toll as Gaddafi continues to battle anti-government forces; meanwhile, International Criminal Court to probe possible crimes against humanity in Libya.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4036798,00.html

Qaddafi Forces Capture 3 Dutch Aviators
The Netherlands is negotiating for the release of three members of a Dutch naval helicopter crew who have been held since Sunday while rescuing European citizens.
http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=ffd8b83a9605b44e52f736b3d024f81a

Doubts surround Gaddafi’s chemical weapons arsenal
WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence agencies are reporting that forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have stepped up security around Libya’s principal remaining stockpile of agents used in chemical weapons.  But U.S. agencies are unsure they know where all of the Libyan chemical stockpiles are located, officials said.
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/doubts-surround-gaddafis-chemical-weapons-arsenal


Gaddafi’s military capabilities
As fighting in Libya intensifies, attention is now turning to the stockpile of weapons Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, may have built up over four decades of rule. Fears over what Gaddafi could have at his disposal, however, may well not match up with reality, given that the airworthiness of his fighter jets is being questioned, and that years of sanctions and neglect may have rendered much of the army’s equipment useless. Al Jazeera’s Tim Friend reports.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MtTaIH38uI&feature=youtube_gdata

Libyan Warplanes Attack Rebel-Held Eastern Towns
Libyan rebels withstood ground and air attacks on the Mediterranean port city of Brega on Wednesday, blunting a major counter-offensive by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in a seesaw battle that lasted much of the day.
http://www.npr.org/2011/03/02/134188512/gadhafi-forces-bomb-rebel-held-town-in-east-libya

Gaddafi’s forces attack Libya’s Brega
Some of the fiercest fighting since the uprising in Libya began last month has taken place in Brega, one of many town controlled by the opposition in the east of the country. About 300 men loyal to Muammar Gaddafi attacked Brega early on Wednesday morning. Later, an airforce bomber circled the town, and Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley was about 70 metres from where a missile hit.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FmYVZvheZU&feature=youtube_gdata

Libya unrest: Tripoli fights back
Libyan government forces are moving east and re taking some towns from the rebels
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/feb/27/libya-tripoli-unrest-gaddafi-map

Libya warplanes bomb oil district, in ongoing offensive to retake east
Offensive began at dawn on Wednesday, sparking rebel call for foreign air strikes on African mercenaries they said were helping Gadhafi stay in power; estimates of death toll range between five and 14.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/libya-warplanes-bomb-oil-district-in-ongoing-offensive-to-retake-east-1.346734?localLinksEnabled=false


Kadafi loyalists, rebels fight for control of Libyan oil facility
Government forces attack a key oil facility and air base in rebel-controlled Port Brega, their first offensive in eastern Libya since rebel fighters took control.  Libyan government forces launched a counterattack against a key oil facility and air base in rebel-controlled eastern Libya on Wednesday morning as Moammar Kadafi vowed to “fight until the last man and woman.”
http://feeds.latimes.com/%7Er/latimes/middleeast/%7E3/DQXIwzzM6js/la-fg-libya-port-brega-20110303,0,7151561.story


Deadly fighting as Gadhafi tries to retake rebel-held town
Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Libyan aircraft bombed a section of eastern Libya on Wednesday as leader Moammar Gadhafi tried to take back control of an area seized by the opposition.
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/02/libya.conflict/index.html

Gaddafi: Libya dignity under attack
He said that the world did not understand the Libyan system that puts power in the hands of the people. “The people are free to chose the authority they see fit,” he said.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/03/201132113120236750.html

Lisa Holland, interviews Saif Gaddafi
Transcript: Susan Rice, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, called your father delusion and unfit to lead.  Is he aware that these comments have been made?
http://skynewstranscripts.co.uk/transcript.asp?id=953

Middle East: Too Late, Qaddafi Seeks the Aid of Muslim Clerics
The Libyan leader’s attempt to woo religious leaders came after several moral figures, both inside and outside Libya, backed the pro-democracy protesters.
http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=e023024e86bc0004e89c0a2ffb05cfb4

EXCLUSIVE: Gaddafi bunker photo gallery
http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/exclusive-gaddafi-bunker-photo-gallery/

Saif Gaddafi Exposed [ENGLISH SUBTITLES]
Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z47ymow04uc&feature=player_embedded
This worthless excuse of a man will pay for his crimes against humanity.
Supporters- [chanting] ‘Only God, Muammar & Libya.’
Saif — guys, guys, listen, listen We need high spirits [More chanting]
Saif: Listen, listen brothers, the people have said the police force have joined the protesters, but today we will prove the opposite (Context — Saif is hinting at an idea — to equip his supporters with police clothing and request them to enter the protests undercover.)
Saif:Do you need weapons?!
Supporters reply: Yes, Yes, Yes!
Saif: One minute please, you will receive all the support, all the facilities and weapons etc. Everything will be okay, and you will be victorious.
Supporters: [Chanting] ‘Only God, Muammar & Libya.’ Oh Al Jazeera you despicable, we need no other than our leader Gaddafi’
Saif: ‘Today we’re not inviting you for rice & meat’ (Libyan saying — meaning: we mean business). This is what I want to tell you today.’
Supporters: [chanting] ‘We will show them (the protesters), ‘we will bring it back (the country back to Gaddafi’s power).’ ‘The population needs Col. Muammar.’
Saif- listen, listen, this is your country … now we shall leave, and you have all the backing. But your country [unknown word] Italians. The protesters you confront are nothing; they are bums, brats and druggies. Today brothers, Tripoli that you live in, will be cleared (of protesters).
Supporters :[chanting] With spirit and blood we support you our leader’ (Gaddafi)
Saif: I shall leave now, and I will send you weapons. Tonight I will return with more people and weapons.
PLEASE READ THIS!!! . Publicly he tells the worlds press that everything is fine in Libya and everything being reported is lies. However, we know the truth. The links below will direct you to countless human rights atrocities committed by the Gaddafi’s over the last week. They deny everything. This is what he is desperate for the world not to know about. EXPOSE THE BASTARD. warning the images are brutally graphic
Link 1 http://tinyurl.com/6gj8q27
Link 2 http://tinyurl.com/6ck9pgs
Link 3 http://tinyurl.com/5tsppgk
Link 4 http://tinyurl.com/66uzt3o
Link 5 http://tinyurl.com/6kjvb6n
Link 6 http://tinyurl.com/6hxj3mh
Link 7 http://tinyurl.com/6yucj3d
Link 8 http://tinyurl.com/6gc28kk
Link 9 http://tinyurl.com/6cnp6qz
link 10http://tinyurl.com/657ybwm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z47ymow04uc&feature=player_embedded
http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/live-blog-libya-march-2


Nurses held in Libya ‘were tortured’
In 2004 five Bulgarian nurses were found guilty by a Libyan court of deliberately infecting hundreds of children at a Benghazi hospital with HIV. The nurses, who have always maintained their innocence, say they had been tortured into confessing. They spent years on death row before finally being freed and sent home in 2007. Sonia Gallego spoke with them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zTvAsShaLM&feature=youtube_gdata

The Opposition Gains More Ground, Everyday
Libyan opposition rejects U.S. weapons offer
The Libyan opposition has asserted that it is fully capable of toppling Muammar Qadhafi, rebuffing calls from influential quarters in Washington for weapon supplies to hasten the collapse of the regime.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article1498181.ece

Youth of Tripoli: Freedom this Friday!
O youth of Tripoli, our appointment with freedom is on Friday. O youth of Abu Sleem and Al Hadba. O youth of Ghot Ashaal and Al Drebeee. O youth of Gorjee, AsSiyaheeya and Girgaresh. O BuSleem and Fashloom and Souq Al Jummah. You are the ones who wanted to changed and demanded for it because you seek pride, dignity and freedom. You want to live in the level that agrees with your wealth from oil. Here the opportunity has arrived. You will come forth on Friday to prove to this tyrant that you are worthy of a dignified life and that he cannot oppress you anymore than that, and that your brothers in Benghazi are not better than you. Our appointment is Friday.
http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/youth-of-tripoli-freedom-this-friday/

Libyan opposition prepares for offensive against Gaddafi
BENGHAZI, Libya (IPS) – As the defectors from the Libyan army organize the weapons they have recovered from Muammar Gaddafi’s strongholds in the region, thousands of Libyan men are volunteering to join the soldiers in a possible attack on Tripoli to oust Gaddafi from power.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11836.shtml?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+electronicIntifadaPalestine+%28Electronic+Intifada+%3A+Palestine+News%29

Libyan rebel volunteers pour in
The ragtag groups of fighters, many untrained and some not as young as others, have proved surprisingly effective so far. And Kadafi’s army isn’t exactly a crack force. The new recruit has a middle-aged paunch and a silver beard.
http://feeds.latimes.com/%7Er/latimes/middleeast/%7E3/kH8ab-am0eA/la-fg-libya-army-20110303,0,841696.story


Libya rebels regain Brega town
At least 10 killed as rebels fought intense battles to repel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces from key oil port town of Brega.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/03/20113219238494697.html

Aftermath of bomb dropped on city of Brega
The photo shows a crater near the campus of Al-Najm University in Brega due to an air-strike from pro-Gaddafi forces. The people of Brega were able to fight them off with help of the people of Ijdabya. Murad Warfally, of the University of Benghazi, tells Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland of today’s fighting in Brega.
http://feb17.info/videos/aftermath-of-bomb-dropped-on-city-of-brega/

Libya rebels halt Gaddafi attack
Rebel forces in the eastern Libyan town of Brega fight off an attack by soldiers loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-africa-12626496

Libyan rebels foil attack on Brega
Untrained fighters defend key oil port against ground and air attack, as Gaddafi loyalists beaten back.
http://english.aljazeera.net//news/africa/2011/03/2011332015604915.html


Libya rebels celebrate ‘victory’
Rebels in Libya celebrate after fighting off an attempts by troops loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi to retake the eastern oil port of Brega.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-africa-12630150

Gun fight in Benghazi Feb 21st
Gun fight near the Brega Company headquarters, Jamal Abdul Naser Street, Al-Berka, Benghazi. The fight is said to be between the Libyan people and mercenaries. Soldiers who joined the people’s revolution can be seen helping out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNHvDEUbeLo&feature=player_embedded


Translated: Phenomenal footage of Battle for Brega today
http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/phenomenal-footage-battle-for-brega-today/


Breaking Footage: Clashes in Brega (March 2nd)
http://feb17.info/videos/brega-march-2nd/

Military personnel engaging in revolution
http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/military-personnel-join-revolution-in-dhahra-street-tripoli/

Captured Pro-Gaddafi Soldier, Brega (March 2nd)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-7aYMEyw_2M
http://feb17.info/videos/captured-pro-gaddafi-solider-brega-march-2nd/


Translated: Captured soldier from Al Brega battle today
http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/translated-captured-soldier-from-al-brega-battle-today/


African Mercenaries Captured Libya 03.02.2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGV-Qomo9AQ&feature=youtube_gdata&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


Liberated Libya Rejects US Intervention
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6342


Video: Libya analysis: ‘A sign of weakness at the heart of the regime’
The Guardian’s Middle East editor, Ian Black, assesses Muammar Gaddafi’s counter-offensive, his latest speech in Tripoli and the prospects of a no-fly zone
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2011/mar/02/libya-analysis-video


On the revolutionary road in Libya
http://framework.latimes.com/2011/03/02/kadafi-loyalists-rebels-fight-for-oil-plant-in-libya/#/0


Amazing: Small boy in Al Bayda speaks gems
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y013_Yd2ZyM&feature=player_embedded


Young Boy from Bayda Encourages the People of Libya and His Cousin in Tripoli to Fight for Their Country
“To every guy, to every child, to every man, to every woman, to every girl, to every boy,  I will say, good luck.”
And I will say we will fight… to the end”
Powerful words from the young voice of Libya..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y013_Yd2ZyM&feature=player_embedded
http://feb17.info/videos/young-boy-from-bayda-encourages-the-people-of-libya-and-his-cousin-in-tripoli-to-fight-for-their-country/


Amazing: Misratah demonstrates in huge numbers 1st March
http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/amazing-misratah-demonstrates-in-huge-numbers-1st-march/

Amazing: Misratah gathers and burns The Green Books
http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/amazing-misratah-gathers-and-burns-green-books/

Burning the Green Book
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It9kOvyOqDE&feature=player_embedded

Sister cries for her brother in critical condition, Benghazi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBsB_xw4iaw&feature=player_embedded

Media & Repression/Suppression
Cameramen targeted by Gaddafi mercenaries
http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/cameramen-targeted-by-gaddafi-mercenaries/

Humanitarian
Libya refugee crisis worsens
UN urges rapid action to help thousands of refugees before the exodus turns into a full-blown humanitarian crisis.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/03/201132184434793591.html


U.N.: More than 140,000 Have Fled Libyan Clashes
Reports have emerged of a dire situation on Libya’s borders with Tunisia and Egypt, where tens of thousands have fled to evade the clashes. We speak to Elizabeth Tan of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. [includes rush transcript]
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/2/un_more_than_140_000_have


Fears grow for Libya migrants as thousands flee
Amnesty International has warned of a growing humanitarian crisis as thousands of migrants leave the country during continuing unrest.
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/fears-grow-libya-migrants-thousands-flee-2011-03-02


Europe to help Libya stranded
Emergency airlifts launched as more than 140,000 refugees pour into Tunisia and Egypt.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/03/20113214351963280.html


Black Africans in Libya live in fear
While many have hailed the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi’s rule in Libya as symptomatic of a nationalistic desire for freedom and equality, there is a dark side to this revolution. Many African migrant workers report that they have been attacked by anti-government protesters, after having been mistaken for mercenaries hired by Gaddafi. They say that their businesses have been attacked, and residents of Benghazi, an opposition stronghold say they are too afraid to even venture out of their houses. Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland reports from Benghazi, in eastern Libya.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNA8z5G-Xmk&feature=youtube_gdata


Developments
The Lede: Latest Updates on Libya’s Revolt and Mideast Protests

On Thursday, The Lede is following the uprising in Libya and protest movements across North Africa and the Middle East.
http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=5d2c593cba6fbaaf4476376ca7dc1427

Court probes Gaddafi’s ‘crimes’
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he will investigate Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for crimes against humanity.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-africa-12636798

Gaddafi warns of bloodbath if West intervenes
TRIPOLI – Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi warned on Wednesday “thousands” would die if the West intervened to support the uprising against him, as rebels drove back an attack by his forces on an eastern town.  The chilling warning came as western powers dampened expectations of any early imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya, amid a clamour from western states for action to prevent Kadhafi’s warplanes from attacking his own people.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/02/gaddafi-warns-of-bloodbath-if-west-intervenes/


Gaddafi accepts Chavez talks offer

Embattled Libyan leader accepts mediation offer from Venezuelan ally in bid to solve political crisis.
http://english.aljazeera.net//news/africa/2011/03/20113365739369754.html

U.S. wants to know who’s in charge of Libyan revolution

Efforts to identify the uprising’s leaders and their long-term goals provide no clear answers. But at a time when international support is an urgent issue, the U.S. needs to figure out who speaks for the Libyan public.
http://feeds.latimes.com/%7Er/latimes/middleeast/%7E3/IHzd3ZGqUwY/la-fg-libya-opposition-20110303,0,5986935.story


Libya no-fly zone would require bombing raids: US
Enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya would first require bombing the north African nation’s air defense systems, top US commander General James Mattis warned Tuesday.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/libya-no-fly-zone-require-bombing-raids-us-20110301-085042-344.html


David Cameron defends no-fly zone plan for Libya
Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted the UK is right to be looking at plans for a no-fly zone over Libya.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12618631

Polish FM on Libya: No no-fly, let them work it out internally
As the United States contemplates implementing a no-fly zone in Libya, don’t expect Poland to lead the campaign among European powers to support international or NATO military intervention. “It’s an internal Libyan conflict so far,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told Foreign Policy in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/03/02/polish_fm_on_libya_no_no_fly_let_them_work_it_out_internally

Libya: Russia, China join France in opposing military action against Gaddafi
Russia and China have expressed misgivings about military action against the Libyan regime, and are opposing the establishment of no-fly zones over the strife-torn north African country.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8354737/Libya-Russia-China-join-France-in-opposing-military-action-against-Gaddafi.html

US UK, French forces land in Libya: India sending 3 warships in support
Western forces are reportedly preparing to set-up training bases for local militias set-up by the rebel forces for an effective control of the oil-rich region and counter any push by pro- Qaddafi forces from Tripoli.
http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=78009


Arabs may impose Libya no fly zone
International concern grows over violence in Libya with Arab state ministers saying they could impose a “no-fly” zone.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/03/20113218130353466.html


Arab League hails dawn of ‘new era’ of revolutions against tyranny
Arab ministers hold unprecedented silent memorial for ‘martyrs’ of revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia; Amr Moussa: The Arab people will stand against tyranny.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/arab-league-hails-dawn-of-new-era-of-revolutions-against-tyranny-1.346758?localLinksEnabled=false

Revealed: David Cameron’s secret talks with Tony Blair over Libya crisis
David Cameron has been secretly consulting Tony Blair about Libya despite publicly criticising his links with Colonel Gaddafi.  Senior officials say the Prime Minister has held at least two conversations in the past fortnight with the former Labour premier, now a Middle East peace envoy. Mr Cameron has consulted Mr Blair about the Libyan dictator’s state of mind and sought advice about how to make him quit.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362345/David-Camerons-secret-Libya-crisis-talks-Tony-Blair.html#ixzz1FVzzms2D


BREAKING: Aircrafts filled with American dollars leave Miteega Air Base
Reliable sources have reported to Almanara Media that a number of aircrafts took off from Miteega Air Base today and last night piloted by Algerian captains to unknown destinations. These aircrafts were reported to be carrying containers filled with dollar notes and with no passengers onboard.
http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/breaking-aircrafts-filled-with-american-dollars-leave-miteega-air-base/


“Envoy of Death” omitted from UN sanctions list
Musa Kusa, the Libyan foreign minister who became known as “the envoy of death,” is not on the United Nations sanctions list, a notable omission that has lit up the exile tweetersphere. Kusa earned the grisly moniker years ago for his role in assassinating and kidnapping opposition figures abroad. After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks Kusa, Gadaffi’s intelligence chief at the time, was directed to cooperate with the CIA on terrorism. The U.S.-educated Kusa reprised the role when the strongman decided to dismantle his weapons of mass destruction programs in exchange for lifting sanctions against the country for its role in the 1989 downing of PanAm Flight 103…”
http://friday-lunch-club.blogspot.com/2011/03/envoy-of-death-omitted-from-un.html


Nouri al-Mismari “leave the remaining tasks to us”
Nouri al-Mismari, Gaddafi’s former head of protocol told Al Jazeera that Libyans wanted foreign military help to “neutralise” the air force – “then leave the remaining tasks to us.”
http://feb17.info/media/nouri-al-mismari-leave-the-remaining-tasks-to-us/

Spain freezes assets owned by Gadhafi regime
MADRID: Spain announced Wednesday it was freezing assets owned by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, including a vast tract of land on the Costa del Sol. The decision tightens a global financial chokehold on Gadhafi’s regime, its assets already blocked in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Britain, Austria and Germany. “We will proceed with the embargo or freezing of Ghadafi’s assets in Spain,” a government spokesman said.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=125510#ixzz1FVM4exa5


Kadafi said to be hurting from loss of oil revenue
The attack on Port Brega shows he wants to regain control of Libya’s oil fields and refineries, which have been crucial to his 41-year hold on power. But it is unclear whether he has amassed enough wealth to keep his patronage system going.
http://feeds.latimes.com/%7Er/latimes/middleeast/%7E3/IFZD17mQ0Uw/la-fg-libya-oil-20110303,0,2953769.story

British firms stand to lose millions in revolt
Britain stands to lose hundreds of millions of pounds in exports to Libya as a result of the country’s bloody revolution, a former government minister warned yesterday.  Lord Trefgarne, chairman of the Libyan British Business Council and a minister in the Thatcher government, said: “We have about £1.5bn of trade in total, of which the largest part is imports of Libyan crude oil and gas into the United Kingdom, but we had visible exports of approaching £400m last year that I guess must be at stake.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/british-firms-stand-to-lose-millions-in-revolt-2226895.html

Russia to lose $4 bln in arms exports to Libya: official
Russia is to lose $4 billion in arms exports to Libya due to the imposition of U.N. sanctions against Moamer Kadhafi’s regime, the head of state industrial holding Russian Technologies said Thursday.
http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/03/03/140048.html

Libya unrest tests China’s interests in the Middle East
Beijing’s successful evacuation of tens of thousands of Chinese from Libya has highlighted China’s growing role in North Africa and the Middle East.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/%7Er/feeds/world/%7E3/MReS7KmvxEw/Libya-unrest-tests-China-s-interests-in-the-Middle-East


The Dictator has fans: Chavez: U.S. distorting situation in Libya ‘to justify an invasion’
“Let’s not get carried away by the drums of war, because the United States, I am sure that they are exaggerating and distorting things to justify an invasion,” Chavez said Monday, according to Venezuelan state media.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/01/libya.venezuela.chavez/index.html?hpt=T2


Other
Gaddafi Son’s Book Plans Dropped Amid Plagiarism Charges
NEW YORK — In addition to the decadent New Year’s Eve parties, confabs with neoconservative pundits and dinner parties with Wall Street kingpins, the Gaddafi family had aspirations to succeed in the book world. Oxford University Press made a deal with Saif Gaddafi, the second son of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, to publish as a book his doctoral thesis on “soft power” and democracy, “The Role of Civil Society in the Democratization of Global Governance Institutions.” As one of the most respected publishing houses in academia, the contract was an honor for the young Gaddafi, who was being groomed as his father’s likely successor. In order to boost sales and push it on the bestseller lists, Saif Gaddafi offered to purchase 20,000 copies of the book, reports the London Evening Standard.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/gaddafi-son-book-plagiarism-charge_n_830540.html

Beyonce donated Gaddafi-linked money to Haiti
LOS ANGELES – Grammy-winning singer Beyonce donated money received for a New Year’s Eve concert reportedly for Moamer Kadhafi’s son to help Haiti relief over a year ago, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Beyonce gave the money away as soon as she learned of the Kadhafi connection to the concert at a private party on the Caribbean island of St. Barts on December 31, 2009.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/02/beyonce-donated-gaddafi-linked-money-to-haiti/

Solidarity
Video: Demonstrations outside Libyan embassy in London today
http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/video-demonstrations-outside-libyan-embassy-in-london-today/

Analysis/Op-ed
HRW Libya: Q&A on Libya and the International Criminal Court
On March 3, 2011, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced he would open an investigation into the situation in Libya. This follows the referral on February 26, 2011 by the United Nations (UN) Security Council-by a vote of 15-0-of the situation in the Libya since February 15, 2011 to the ICC prosecutor.
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/03/03/libya-qa-libya-and-international-criminal-court

Calling for a no-fly zone
What exactly is a no-fly zone, and how does it work? What does it take for the UN to allow a no-fly zone over Libya? And Can a no-fly-zone over Libya really help to end the violence in Libya?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBiiO8peT48&feature=youtube_gdata

Robert Fisk: The historical narrative that lies beneath the Gaddafi rebellion
Poor old Libyans. After 42 years of Gaddafi, the spirit of resistance did not burn so strongly. The intellectual heart of Libya had fled abroad.
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-the-historical-narrative-that-lies-beneath-the-gaddafi-rebellion-2230654.html

The Battle of Brega: Qaddafi Compared to Netanyahu in Arab Press, Juan Cole
Aljazeera English reported on the Battle of Brega just as it was concluding on Wednesday afternoon, describing relatively ineffectual bombing raids by Tripoli even as partisans of the liberation movement pushed pro-Qaddafi troops out of the city.
http://www.juancole.com/2011/03/the-battle-of-brega-qaddafi-compared-to-netanyahu-in-arab-press.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+juancole%2Fymbn+%28Informed+Comment%29


The Qadhafi social network, Issandr El Amrani
This is a first attempt at mapping the social and power networks around Muammar al-Qadhafi using existing reporting, Wikileaks cables from Tripoli, and a few academic sources. Any complementary information and corrections are appreciated. Please do not use this for any commercial or reporting purposes without contacting me first.  Large PDF version for download here.

http://www.arabist.net/blog/2011/3/3/the-qadhafi-social-network.html

What Gaddafi did for the CIA and MI6
This is why the West suddenly fell in love with Gaddafi a few years back. He was the CIA’s preferred torturer. As opposition groups in Libya take over areas outside of the capital, state prisons and military buildings are being searched.
http://pulsemedia.org/2011/03/02/what-gaddafi-did-for-the-cia-and-mi6/

Libya uprising: 5 steps the world is taking
The international community is struggling to respond to the escalating Libya conflict. Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has warned of “bloodshed” if other countries intervene, and the opposition rebels have yet to formally request military assistance. Here’s what’s been done so far.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/%7Er/feeds/world/%7E3/1BJS1cv2yTM/Libya-uprising-5-steps-the-world-is-taking


Qaddafi’s foray east fails to dampen Libya uprising
Forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi pushed east today toward the oil town of Brega, but retreated west after clashes with ‘Free Libyan’ forces.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/%7Er/feeds/world/%7E3/U1Zf26pKzIU/Qaddafi-s-foray-east-fails-to-dampen-Libya-uprising


American Intervention in Libya, Ali Younes – Washington, D.C.
According to high level sources here in Washington, the U.S government is about to take a decision, or already made it, to intervene directly in the Libyan crises by having its warships dock at the Libyan eastern ports. This mean that U.S ground forces, Marines and support units will establish Forward Operating Bases (FOB) in coastal Libyan cities to coordinate with the Libyan “opposition” and establish a parallel Libyan government in the event that the regime of Moammar Qaddafi did not fall or toppled in the coming days.
http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=16692

Intervention in Libya would poison the Arab revolution | Seumas Milne
Western military action against Gaddafi risks spreading the conflict and undermining the democratic movement. It’s as if the bloodbaths of Iraq and Afghanistan had been a bad dream. The liberal interventionists are back. As insurrection and repression has split Libya in two and the death toll has mounted, the old Bush-and-Blair battle-cries have returned to haunt us. The same western leaders who happily armed and did business with the Gaddafi regime until a fortnight ago have now slapped sanctions on the discarded autocrat and blithely referred him to the international criminal court the United States won’t recognise.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/02/intervention-libya-poison-arab-revolution


Libya: A state of terror
As Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan president, wages war against a popular uprising, Libyan exiles and defectors explain how terror has long been a tool of the regime.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW4kjD53U5I&feature=youtube_gdata

Another Tidal Wave is Needed, George S. Hishmeh – Washington, D.C.
The spark that the impoverished Tunisian fruit peddler, Mohammed Bouazizi, lit in his self-immolation act in protest for his mistreatment and humiliation by a policewoman is still ablaze within many of the Arab regimes anciens, regrettably abundant in the Arab World. Already two discredited presidents – Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia – have been kicked out of office and a third, the “delusional” leader of Libya, Moammar Gaddafi, is expected to follow suit anytime soon.
http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=16695

The Arab Revolution and Anti-Imperialism
Tunisia falls. Egypt falls. Anti-imperialism gets a shot in the arm. Ben-Ali and Mubarak, who for decades acted as nothing but Western stooges, are forced from power and the global order trembles. Cracks emerge under our feet and we all wonder; what next? We are too close to these events to truly realise their magnitude. However, what must be made emphatically clear is that the global order stands or falls with the Pan-Arab revolution. The fighting in the Arab street is a transnational fight of epic proportions. While it is a fight for dignity, a fight for rights and a fight for fairness – these battles cannot be pitched without truly knowing one’s enemy – the forces of empire.
http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=16694

The people on the street document casualties – why can’t governments? | John Sloboda
Those who have died in the Arab uprisings are being memorialised. War victims have a right to the same attention. The turmoil engulfing the Arab world has upturned so many familiar assumptions that governments (whether inside or outside the Arab region) are struggling to find some sure footholds from which to chart their stance and course of action.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/02/arab-uprisings-casualties-war-victims


Cartoons
Steve Bell on Gaddafi and the Libya protests – cartoon
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cartoon/2011/mar/03/gaddafi-libya-protests-cartoon

147 Responses

  1. Ellen
    March 3, 2011, 11:03 am

    “The article states that the weapons were provided by an Israeli company that’s made up of former generals in the Israeli army.”

    Which firm and what former generals? It seems the original article did not say. Until those facts are known this sort of information falls into the propaganda box.

    • Avi
      March 3, 2011, 11:17 am

      Ellen,

      It appears (though, not a certainty) that a suppression order was put in place on the Israeli press. That is why none of the mainstream sources have yet to pick up this story and is why the above-referenced website has decided to omit the names.

      If the mainstream press does publish this news, they will most likely cite reports by the foreign press. That has long been the method to circumvent censorship laws. (See the Mordechai Vanunu case and the Israeli press’s handling of the documents he leaked).

      • IranContraClanDidNineEleven
        March 3, 2011, 1:45 pm

        Avi, can you please take a look at this clip? It sounds pretty unbelievable and that’s why I’d like to see an Israeli’s take on it, also I can’t understand what they’re saying haha.

        Video titled “Gaddafi’s Mother is Jewish”

      • Seham
        March 3, 2011, 2:06 pm

        I know you asked for an Israeli take, but, I am fairly certain this has been debunked. But even if it hasn’t, what difference does it make if his mom was Jewish or not. Not much, aside from the gossipy curiosity of it all. I asked Abukhalil if he knew whether this was true or not and he responded in all caps, NOO!!! and that this is old gossip. Besides, per AJA/AJE filming the inside of Qadhafi’s looted palace seems like they only found devil worshipping books.

      • DICKERSON3870
        March 3, 2011, 2:35 pm

        ALSO SEE: Libya’s Gaddafi could find refuge in Israel ~ by Ryan Jones, Israel Today, 02/21/11

        (excerpts) Israel’s Channel 2 News last year interviewed two Israeli women of Libyan origin who claimed to be distant relatives of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
        The older of the two interviewees, Guita Brown, said she is Gaddafi’s second cousin (Brown’s grandmother was the sister of Gaddafi’s grandmother). The younger of the two women, Rachel Saada, granddaughter of Brown, explained in more detail: “The story goes that Gaddafi’s grandmother, herself a Jewess, was married to a Jewish man at first. But he treated her badly, so she ran away and married a Muslim sheikh. Their child was the mother of Gaddafi.”
        While Gaddafi’s grandmother converted to Islam when she married the sheikh, according to Jewish religious law (and common sense), she was ethnically still Jewish….
        …If the story told by Brown and Saada is true, Gaddafi is [might arguably be, provided he converts to Judaism – J.L.D.] entitled to immigrate to Israel as a Jew under Israel’s Law of Return…[Talk about a “storybook ending”! – J.L.D.]

        SOURCE – link to israeltoday.co.il

      • Saleema
        March 3, 2011, 3:07 pm

        devil-worshipping books? Are you being sarcastic?

        If it’s true then man, no wonder he grew so respulsively ugly over the years.

        He’s evil in more than one way.

      • moonkoon
        March 4, 2011, 2:53 am

        Gaddafi’s Jewish daughter-in-law (well, almost)
        By Miriam Shaviv
        August 25, 2009
        … According to the article, young Mr Gaddafi – whose interests include pet tigers – apparently has an Israeli girlfriend, actress Orly Weinerman, who was trying, for a while at least, to ‘make it’ in London.
        How liberal of him – and how disgusting of her.

        link to thejc.com

    • Jethro
      March 3, 2011, 11:35 am

      The Arabic version of the story DOES name the former general and the company. It’s General Yisrael Ziv, and the company is Global CST. The source (according to the reporter) is an un-named Yediot Ahronot reporter.

      • Ellen
        March 3, 2011, 12:32 pm

        Ok, that fills in the gaps and with the key facts makes it easy enough for any reporter or investigator to verify and follow up on, even if the source remains unnamed.

        Why were the key facts left out of the Hebrew version citing the Arabic language report? Why would this even be published at all without key information?

        Sloppy reporting? No, it is too basic — Journalism 101. Something is not right about the handling of an extremely important story.

        So if Mondoweiss has this information why isn’t any reporter worth his or her salt from the MSM like all over this?

      • RoHa
        March 3, 2011, 8:32 pm

        “So if Mondoweiss has this information why isn’t any reporter worth his or her salt from the MSM like all over this?”

        You really have to ask?

      • Avi
        March 4, 2011, 5:14 am

        CST Global, the Israeli company named in the above-referenced report, has been involved in training and arming Georgian and mercenary fighters in the run-up to the Georgia-Russia war.

        According to reports in Ha’aretz, in 2009 CST Global signed a deal to train mercenaries and provide fighters to Guinea’s Moussa “Dadis” Camara.

        More from Ha’aretz:

        זיו וכמה מעובדי גלובל נחתו בקונאקרי במארס 2009. זיו בא לגיניאה עם קבלות. בקולומביה הוא אימן את הכוחות המיוחדים ולאחרונה חתם על חוזה לאימון היחידות המיוחדות של פרו. אולי מפתיע לגלות, שמי שסייע לגנרל הישראלי ליצור קשרים במדינה הדרום אמריקאית הוא שר החוץ לשעבר, פרופ’ שלמה בן-עמי. בשנים האחרונות מחלק ההיסטוריון את זמנו בין ישראל לספרד, שם הוא עומד בראש “מכון טולדו” ליישוב סכסוכים בינלאומיים.

        “בן-עמי היה בצוות החשיבה שלנו ועזר לנו בקולומביה”, סיפר זיו ל”הארץ”, “כעת הוא מנסה לסייע לנו לפתח יעדים באפריקה”.

        Zeev [CST Global’s CEO] and several of Global’s employees landed in Conkary in March 2009. Zeev came to Guinea with receipts.

        In Colombia he trained the special forces and recently signed a contract to train Peru’s special forces. Perhaps it’s surprising to find out that the Israeli general was helped to establish connections in South America by the former foreign minister, Shlomo Ben Ami. In recent years, the historian has divided his time between Israel and Spain. There he is the head of the Toledo Institute for the resolution of international conflicts.

        “Ben Ami was a member of our think team and helped us in Colombia,” Zeev told Ha’aretz. “At the moment, he is trying to help us find [prospective clients] in Africa”.

        Given this history, it’s not far-fetched that reports concerning CST Global’s involvement in Libya are highly plausible — even in the absence of mainstream media coverage.

    • Seham
      March 3, 2011, 11:40 am

      Ellen, I believe since this originated in the Israeli press that the onus is on them to debunk this and that others should go with it until it is debunked or clarified further.

      • annie
        March 3, 2011, 11:58 am

        just thought i would add a link to the earlier conversation on the ‘Qadhafi compares himself to Israeli war criminals’ thread for anyone following the trajectory of this conversation.

        Avi March 3, 2011 at 4:29 am [edit]

        Seham,

        The original article in Hebrew appears here:

        (Warning: Article contains a graphic image)

        link to news-israel.net

        The article states that the weapons were provided by an Israeli company that’s made up of former generals in the Israeli army.

        The article states that in the past, the company was under investigation for illegal sales to another African country, but this time, according to Egyptian sources, the company received explicit approval when the company’s CEO whose name was specifically mentioned in the document (there’s no link to that document within the body of the article) had met with the head of Aman (Hebrew acronym for Intelligence Directorate) Aviv Kokhavi and later with the Minister of Defense Barak and PM Netanyahu. That CEO, the article explains, had received the approval of the aforementioned officials to go ahead and recruit mercenaries as Israel fears the establishment of a Muslim Caliphate in Qaddafi’s place.

        It adds that the Libyan ruler seeks to establish an army of 50,000 mercenaries who will arrive from different areas in order to break apart the anti-government rebellion.

        Up until now I was paraphrasing the translation, but the article contains too many details. So, I’ll resume verbatim:

        It is further reported that representatives of the Israeli company that deals in arms sales and serves as a broker for fighters had met with Libya’s intelligence chief, Abdallah Sannusi. The meeting took place in Chad, another African state. The final details of the deal were agreed upon in that meeting. Chad, Libya’s and Sudan’s neighbor to the south has had intimate relations with Israel for several decades now.

        It should be noted that mercenaries who had already arrived in Tripoli, left from Chad and that is a provable fact. According to publications in the west, Qaddafi pays the company that deals in recruiting mercenaries 2,000 USD per day, per fighter. From that, the mercenaries personally receive about $100 per day. This is a brokerage deal to the tune of billions of dollars. The money is paid to the African supervisors who bring their gangs and rake in a fortune. The large amounts include weapons and ammunition that mercenaries use, and compensation for the mercenaries’ families in the event that fighters are killed, injured, or fall in captivity.

        Simultaneously, it should be noted that the United States, Britain and perhaps NATO have decided to begin an aerial siege [no-fly zone] on Libya, also in order to prevent entry of mercenaries to the state.

        The rebels in Libya have already succeeded in capturing a few tens of mercenaries and display them to the media. Qadhaffi himself denies having recruited fighters outside the country and said that more than half the subjects of Libya are “blacks, therefore the media errs for mistaking them for mercenaries”. [End of article]

      • Ellen
        March 3, 2011, 12:45 pm

        As Jethro reports above, it seems that the original Arabic version of the story was complete and gives the critical missing facts.

        And, if this reporting on the chain of reporting is accurate, the Israeli press then put out an incomplete version — that cannot hold water — for others to run with.

        If this story is true there is MUCH more to it than a former Israeli General, Yisrael Zi, contracting out mercenaries to Ghadaffi to kill people through Global CST of Israel — just because of supposed bogey-man paranoia of “radical Islam.”

      • annie
        March 3, 2011, 12:56 pm

        ‘private security’ is BIG business.

      • Seham
        March 3, 2011, 1:00 pm

        Ellen, if this gets any coverage in Israeli media I will keep you informed. If it doesn’t get any coverage then I would assume that it is true and they are hoping that people forget, quickly. And if true, I would hope that the embarrassment of being caught in this filthy game would make them stop immediately. But, I am not holding my breath.

      • marc b.
        March 3, 2011, 1:20 pm

        ellen,

        March 3, 2011 at 11:03 am
        “The article states that the weapons were provided by an Israeli company that’s made up of former generals in the Israeli army.”

        Which firm and what former generals? It seems the original article did not say. Until those facts are known this sort of information falls into the propaganda box.

        March 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm
        Ok, that fills in the gaps and with the key facts makes it easy enough for any reporter or investigator to verify and follow up on, even if the source remains unnamed.

        March 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm
        As Jethro reports above, it seems that the original Arabic version of the story was complete and gives the critical missing facts.

        and yet after this progression you conclude

        If this story is true?

        you seem determined to undermine the credibility of the reports, even after each of your prior doubts was responded to. one might objectively question your motivation.

      • Ellen
        March 3, 2011, 2:04 pm

        marc,

        No no, perhaps my writing is sloppy. I am not determined to undermine the credibility of the reports nor to paint them as true. Just looking for truth. The first report as presented here was incomplete. I asked some questions.

        Jethro filled in the important facts — names. With this, the validity of the original Arabic language report can easily be verified. So good enough for me.

        And because there are names named, I now take the reports to very likely, indeed, be true and not libelous nonsense or propaganda.

        marc, this is now what I THINK might be going on:

        A truthful report — complete and with names — came out in the Arabic press.

        This report was reported upon in fringe Israeli press. It was incomplete and reeking of the methods used to turn a real story into something that could easily be discredited. This “dis-credible” version is what is thrown out there for all pick up and to trash. Ergo, no one can say it was suppressed and the real story is killed. That is how it is done.

        Now if any real reporters and editors read Mondoweiss they might have a big story in front of them, one with lots of legs.

        The western press is a fearful lot and it might be too hot.

      • Seham
        March 3, 2011, 2:15 pm

        I understand your initial reservations Ellen, I saw the piece last night and tweeted George Hale the editor of Maan and asked him for verification before feeling comfortable about posting it. When I woke up, I had the AJA and link to the Israeli website + the translation from Avi so I decided to go with it because if true (and so far I have no reason to believe it is not) it would be dangerous to ignore this bit of news. Anything that can potentially shame the bastards that are aiding Qadhafi’s murderous campaign against Libyans must be exposed. Should this turn out to be untrue, I will post that in a future update–near the top of the list.

      • fuster
        March 3, 2011, 2:26 pm

        Seham,
        anybody can print a story that’s been printed somewhere else.

        having something like facts might be more interesting instead of merely being another link in a chain of bs.

      • marc b.
        March 3, 2011, 3:00 pm

        ellen, i apologize if i my insinuation was unwarranted. in any event, there doesn’t appear to be any question that mercenaries are being used. that alone, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean that israel was involved, although israeli involvement is not inconsistent with israeli interests or prior practice. you right. more information is needed on the israeli angle.

        3-3-11 NPR report
        NPR’s Lourdes Garcia Navarro tells NPR Newscasts she saw a small group of young pro-Gadhafi fighters were captured outside Libya’s eastern city of Brega, which is controlled by rebels. She says the youngest boy was about 13 and said he was from Niger:

        They said they had been put on planes and given weapons to fight Libyan pro-democracy rebels. They said they had been promised money and that everything would be fine…and the (Brega) crowd here is extremely angry, there’s a real sense of disgust.

      • Chaos4700
        March 3, 2011, 8:49 pm

        And if anybody knows how to shovel B.S. on thick, it’s fuster, I suppose.

  2. Avi
    March 3, 2011, 11:09 am

    With billions of dollars at Qaddafi’s disposal, the maniac could destroy whatever is left of the country before he relinquishes power.

    At the same time, the problem with foreign intervention is that very few leaders/countries are doing so out of the goodness of their hearts.

  3. Frances
    March 3, 2011, 11:38 am

    Love the new news round-up format, Seham. Thank you so much for the hard work you put in.

    • annie
      March 3, 2011, 11:42 am

      i’ll second that. i resource your threads way more than i acknowledge them. thanks seham.

    • dalybean
      March 3, 2011, 1:22 pm

      I so much agree that the news round-up is excellent, Seham. Very nice work.

      • Seham
        March 3, 2011, 2:20 pm

        thanks all of you

      • Andre
        March 3, 2011, 2:23 pm

        Just wanted to chime in and say I also very much appreciate the work by Seham and Kate for doing these threads.

      • fuster
        March 3, 2011, 2:27 pm

        good for you. everyone else should as well.

  4. longliveisrael
    March 3, 2011, 11:56 am

    You gotta love Mondoweiss. The article, in a so-called newspaper, states that this information came from “Egyptian Sources” No one knows which sources. Of course, there were also reports that Israeli F-16s were strafing Libyan protesters. These are all facts for Mondoweiss supporters.

    • annie
      March 3, 2011, 12:02 pm

      nope. as seham just pointed out:

      I believe since this originated in the Israeli press that the onus is on them to debunk this and that others should go with it until it is debunked or clarified further.

      maybe they will issue a retraction. but blaming mondoweiss? plllllease.

      • sydnestel
        March 3, 2011, 12:52 pm

        This story, which originated on an Israeli web site (not exactly the “Israeli Press”), quotes unnamed Egyptian sources for all its “facts”. So I don’t think we should come done definitively as to whether it is true or not until another more reliable and traceable source is found.

      • annie
        March 3, 2011, 12:58 pm

        I don’t think we should come done definitively as to whether it is true or not until another more reliable and traceable source is found.

        point taken

    • Chaos4700
      March 4, 2011, 1:42 am

      Fuster, that’s pretty sad when you had to drag toadies in from other blogs to echo chamber your loony talking points.

      The “Swift Boats” sail again. Repeat the slander often enough and it becomes true? Nice try.

  5. longliveisrael
    March 3, 2011, 12:04 pm

    You guys must be all confused. You love Chavez yet he supports Kadaffi. Oy Oy Oy.

    I love how there is a veritable deluge of material about how evil Kadaffi and sons are. NONE of this ever appeared on Mondoweiss. It was all Israel is bad, all day, every day. The same goes with Egypt. Amazing how you all suddenly worry about the Egyptians and Libyans.

    • Seham
      March 3, 2011, 12:12 pm

      I don’t love Chavez or Castro or anyone else that is willing to overlook, explain and/or justify the indiscriminate slaughter of Libyans.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 3, 2011, 12:18 pm

        Seham,

        This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to thread-jack, as a way of distracting from yet another Israeli crime. Typical Zio-garbage.

      • kapok
        March 3, 2011, 12:41 pm

        Yo corazon Fidel!

        When Chavez and Fidel send an aircraft carrier to help the loyalists I’ll fall out of love and eat humble pie.

        US and Israel are proven killers and liars. They are not beneath manipulating the distracted minds of those of us in the hinterland.

      • Seham
        March 3, 2011, 2:11 pm

        kapok, yo comprendo. Pero, some leftists (from Latin America) that I have been supportive of have been truly disappointing me with their reactions to the Arab uprisings. They will only support the uprisings if they can in someway use a particular revolution to snub their noses at the US and while that is completely understandable, I can’t see how anyone with any decency can claim that “not enough” is known about Libya to take a position against Qadhafi. Everything is plain as day and all one has to do is listen to what the madman and his sons say and then watch them follow through on all their threats. I am very disappointed. I can’t stand U.S. policy all around the world, especially Middle East and Latin America either and I am very, very aware of the dirty hands of the U.S. in Latin America but that does not and should not ever mean that one would throw his or her support behind lunatic dictators.

    • annie
      March 3, 2011, 12:29 pm

      You love Chavez yet he supports Kadaffi. Oy Oy Oy.

      how do these comments make it thru moderation????

      we all deserve a good laugh at least once a day i suppose. thank you phil and adam!

      ;)

      • longliveisrael
        March 3, 2011, 12:47 pm

        Annie,

        I guess these kinds of comments are ok for you. Or those that compare Jews to Nazis, frequently seen on Mondoweiss

        “US and Israel are proven killers and liars. They are not beneath manipulating the distracted minds of those of us in the hinterland.”

        “Typical Zio-garbage

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 3, 2011, 1:08 pm

        Those comments should be okay by everyone. And if the truth hurts, perhaps you should reconsider your outlook on things, if it suggests that nothing the US, Israel or Zionists in general do is ever worthy of scorn and condemnation.

        And if Israelis don’t want to be compared to Nazis, they should stop acting in ways which remind people of Nazis.

      • annie
        March 3, 2011, 1:10 pm

        divert a tad lli? by all means provide counter evidence neither the US or israel kill and lie about it and then let’s discuss it. provide counter evidence neither engage in manipulating distracted minds. are you on mondowatch piping in to inform us what is and is not acceptable speech? those that compare Jews to Nazis. would a threadjack be your pleasure this morning?

      • Chaos4700
        March 3, 2011, 9:02 pm

        Probably because you do behave like Nazis. Just ask Jewish UK MP, Sir Gerald Kaufman.

      • jimby
        March 4, 2011, 9:49 am

        Doesn’t anyone realize that Venezuela is an OPEC member and therefore deals with Iran and Libya etc on a regular basis. So if Chavez offers to mediate it probably comes from a familiarity with Qaddafi Duck. The NY Times regularly slanders Chavez. Their reporter on Venezuela is Simon Romero who basically represents the opposition. Romero is on a par with the inimitable Judith Miller.

  6. Saleema
    March 3, 2011, 12:11 pm

    A muslim Caliphate in Libya? Do these people even know what the hell they are talking about?

    The age of empries is over and you can’t havea n empire over only ONE country. A cliphate is an empire. Libya, with it’s population of 6 million, can’t take over the Muslim world. NO one’s asking for empires, peole are asking for democracy.

    Leave it to the Israelis and Americans to stir up controversy over things that don’t exist.

    • Woody Tanaka
      March 3, 2011, 12:21 pm

      The problem, my friend, is that you are smart and looking at this logically, and you are not a paranoid ignoramus. The people for whom this statement was made are the ignorant bigots who will believe anything bad about Muslims and Arabs.

    • sydnestel
      March 3, 2011, 12:53 pm

      The original Hebrew article says an “Islamic Emirate”. I’m not sure how it got translated as Caliphate.

      • Saleema
        March 3, 2011, 3:10 pm

        What the hell is an Islamic Emirate? I’ve never heard of it before. Leave it to Israelis to invent crap.

      • Chaos4700
        March 3, 2011, 8:58 pm

        They invented the cherry tomato, you know! And hummus! And the Google!

      • DBG
        March 4, 2011, 12:17 pm

        Chaos, regarding the cherry tomato, this might interest you:

        link to ynetnews.com

  7. Woody Tanaka
    March 3, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Is anyone really surprised? They’re Zionists. Their bigoted ideology requires them to support people like Gadhafi and the oppression of the Arabs, and then to lie about it.

    • fuster
      March 3, 2011, 12:43 pm

      Wooody, – Their bigoted ideology requires them to support people like Gadhafi —

      is about drool down your neck stupid. what tripe.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 3, 2011, 1:01 pm

        Yeah, because the list of popular movements in Arab countries which the Zionists have supported is so long, and we all recall how Netanyahu was calling for Mubarak’s ouster from the very start.

        What the Zios are looking for is tamed dictators who won’t challenge them on the death and destruction they wantonly inflict on the Palestinians. They don’t give a damn about anything but their Apartheid state.

      • fuster
        March 3, 2011, 2:13 pm

        Wooody, your comment

        – Their bigoted ideology requires them to support people like Gadhafi –

        is still grossly stupid and it’s not going to change because you add more crap on top of it.

        there’s not a hope in hell for it.

        if Israel would prefer that other nations don’t engage in warfare against Israel and care less that the people in those nations are repressed, that has little to do with their ideology.

        dumb Wooody.

      • yourstruly
        March 3, 2011, 3:25 pm

        the zionist settler entity has to prefer dictators who repress the people beccause if the people weren’t repressed they’d demand that their government come out in support of justice for palestine. Or didn’t you hear those chants in liberation square a couple weeks ago?

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 3, 2011, 3:31 pm

        LOL. Your inability to comprehend is no reflection on my statements. But I don’t expect more from you.

      • RoHa
        March 3, 2011, 8:15 pm

        “if Israel would prefer [sic*]that other nations don’t engage in warfare against Israel and care less that the people in those nations are repressed, that has little to do with their ideology.”

        On the contrary, it means that they have an ideology of “screw you, Jack, as long as we’re all right.”

        But we knew that already.

        (*That should be “if Israel prefers” and “cares less”.)

      • Chaos4700
        March 3, 2011, 8:51 pm

        Why don’t you just post a random string of swear words when you post, fuster? It would save time and would be almost as sophisticated as your default method.

  8. kapok
    March 3, 2011, 12:22 pm

    The complexity is maddening. It’s like trying to re-assemble one of those Chinese wood block puzzles — the size of a house!

    Any attempt to form an opinion is dashed by the next report.

  9. Taxi
    March 3, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Axis of the Status Quo versus the People of the Middle East.

    That’s how the mideast should be reported and read cuz that’s clearly the line in the sand that’s been drawn before the whole world.

    Whose side are you on israel: the Status Quo or the People?

    The clock is ticking and time ain’t on your side.

  10. Lydda Four Eight
    March 3, 2011, 12:58 pm

    from the ma’an article, the high ranking Libyan intelligence officer is Abdullah Sanusi. this is not common knowledge but the Royal family that Qadhafi overthrew in 1969 was the Sanusi Royal family. Is there a different family name that is similar or is this intelligence guy related to the Royal family that was overthrown in 1969? that seems strange. Sanusi is also spelled Sennussi or similar.

    “Company representatives recently flew to Chad to discuss the matter with a high-ranking Libyan intelligence officer Abduallah Sanusi, the report said. During the meeting, Sanusi agreed to pay the company to recruit up to 50,000 mercenaries from African countries, according to the news site.”

    • annie
      March 3, 2011, 1:15 pm

      wow, that is very interesting lydda.

      totally OT but this reminded me of something i read this morning @ helena’s

      The Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm yesterday reported that:

      Eyewitnesses have reported seeing an estimated 30 tanks being transported into Bahrain from Saudi Arabia on Monday night at around 6:45pm local time. The tanks were sighted along the King Fahd causeway, which links the small island-nation of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.

      Commuters traveling along the 25-km causeway were held up due to the presence of “15 tank carriers carrying two tanks each heading towards Bahrain.” Civilian eyewitnesses could not, however, confirm whether the tanks belonged to the Saudi military.

      hmmmmm

      • MRW
        March 4, 2011, 8:48 am

        Annie,

        Bahrain said yesterday or the day before that it was their tanks.

  11. longliveisrael
    March 3, 2011, 1:40 pm

    Yes, Annie, you got it, they are Israeli tanks, it was in some Egyptian newspaper. So, the Israeli air force is bombing Libyans, Israeli tanks are wandering from Saudi Arabia to Barhain, African mercenaries are hired by Israelis to attack Libyan rebels, and I’m sure intrepid Mondoweiss reporters will discover more evil stuff we Israelis are up to.

    • Avi
      March 3, 2011, 2:55 pm

      we Israelis

      Something tells me you came on the 9PM flight from JFK.

      • longliveisrael
        March 3, 2011, 5:43 pm

        Actually Avi, I am Israeli. I served in the IDF paratroops and in the security services and I am VERY PROUD of it and would do it again in a flash. I am also the son of an Auschwitz survivor and know what Kapos look and sound like.

      • marc b.
        March 3, 2011, 6:26 pm

        really? what’s a ‘kapo’? and how would you know what one is being ‘the son of’ a survivor? my grandparents grew up in abject poverty, with the germans and russians over running over their puny little farm, pressing the men into service in the red army, many never to return home, and i don’t presume to have any idea of what they went through. none.

        schmuck.

      • longliveisrael
        March 3, 2011, 6:37 pm

        Marc, I know what a Kapo looks like because my Mother, who survived Auschwitz told me what they look like and act like. Todays Kapos are different, they call themselves “progressive Jews” they are doing this because they love Israel and they care deeply about justice. However, the charade is very easy to see through.

      • Chaos4700
        March 3, 2011, 8:53 pm

        How many Palestinian children have you shot, personally, LLI, in your tenure in the IDF? Or was it your job merely to piss on them?

      • longliveisrael
        March 3, 2011, 11:22 pm

        I was waiting for a comment like this, because after all, that is what we Israelis do. So, I think it might have been around 100, I lost count. Some of them I just poured Phosphorus on them, so don’t know what happened to them, it might have taken them a long time to die.

        See, ask a stupid question for which you claim to know the answer. I find it funny that you would accuse others here of hate and racism when you make these ridiculous assertions that have no basis in fact.

      • annie
        March 3, 2011, 11:45 pm

        you had it coming

        Todays Kapos are different, they call themselves “progressive Jews”

        your anti semitism spills out just like all your other racism.

      • DBG
        March 4, 2011, 12:23 am

        Annie,

        so comparing Israelis to Nazis is applauded on here, but when lefty fringe Jews are compared to Kapos it is antisemitism? The reality is, both are sick, both are antisemitic, and both need to be squelched from any blog that wants to be taking seriously.

      • Chaos4700
        March 4, 2011, 1:40 am

        You dodged the question, LLJ. Do yourself a favor and look into getting that fake passport early when you want to go abroad and not get tagged for war crimes investigations. I hear the wait for that can be a real pain.

      • Avi
        March 4, 2011, 5:41 am

        longliveisrael March 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm

        Actually Avi, I am Israeli. I served in the IDF paratroops and in the security services and I am VERY PROUD of it and would do it again in a flash.

        Well, good for you. But, why is it that several Zionists now have showed up here in the last few months and immediately declared that they served in the army as though service in the army is an indicator of one’s Israel-ness, as though it’s a badge of honor?

        Rahm Emanuel volunteered for the Israeli army during the Gulf War in 1991. That doesn’t immediately make him Israeli, does it?

        And since you prove once again that Israeli identity revolves around — and depends on — the army, then it’s no wonder Israel refuses to make peace with its neighbors.

      • marc b.
        March 4, 2011, 6:22 am

        Todays Kapos are different, they call themselves “progressive Jews” they are doing this because they love Israel and they care deeply about justice. However, the charade is very easy to see through.

        you’re seriously comparing critics of zionist policies with prison camp guards who herded women and children into gas chambers? oh, lli, if that is your guiding principle in life i fear that it is all going to end very badly.

      • MRW
        March 4, 2011, 9:19 am

        Avi, I think they’re new Ministry of Foreign Affairs recruits. They have that whiny heightened sense of self-righteousness that is so emblematic.

    • MRW
      March 4, 2011, 8:50 am

      longliveisrael,

      Your sarcasm about intrepid Mondoweiss reporters needs to be directed to the Hebrew editors of http://www.news-israel.net who approved and printed the article you object to. They’re the coffee. We’re the cup here.

  12. yourstruly
    March 3, 2011, 1:52 pm

    So the settler entity is providing the Libyan dictator with mercenary fighters? Meanwhile the U.S. is considering no fly zones to block the entry of these mercenaries? How’s our government going to handle the settler entity’s being on Gadaffi’s side in this revolution? Ignore it criticize it but say, “what the heck, nothing we can do about it, since Israel’s an independent nation? More likely Israel’s acting in our government’s lbehalf, since Gadaffi’s our SOB. whereas the revolutionaries might not bow down before Uncle Sam.

  13. DICKERSON3870
    March 3, 2011, 2:27 pm

    RE – “Report: Israeli company recruits mercenaries to support Gadhafi” – Seham
    “PRICKY DICK” CHENEY SEZ: “So?”

  14. MICHAEL
    March 3, 2011, 3:03 pm

    PressTV is saying half a million mercs in Libya! link to israellycool.com link to presstv.com US prepares to launch Libya attack >…Reports also indicate that the company has recruited 500,000 African mercenaries, charging the Libyan regime 200 dollars per day for each mercenary.

    Cf. >…Reports also indicate that the company has recruited 500,000 African mercenaries, charging the Libyan regime 200 dollars per day for each mercenary. From link to presstv.com vs. Egyptian sources have revealed that the Israeli company has so far provided Gaddafi’s regime with 50,000 African mercenaries to attack the civilian anti-government protesters in Libya…Gaddafi regime pays $2000 per day for each mercenary. The mercenaries receive $100 per day and the remaining goes to Global CST, the report says. From link to tehrantimes.com

    • fuster
      March 3, 2011, 3:21 pm

      how stupid do you have to be to believe that, Michael?

      do some math

      and

      wise up.

      • Chaos4700
        March 3, 2011, 8:54 pm

        Is anyone really that surprised I mistook this trash-talking creep for yonira?

      • Taxi
        March 4, 2011, 9:55 am

        I’m assuming yonira’s been banned due to my complaining about his targeted sexism towards me. I submitted proof of his inappropriate behavior pattern a few days ago.

  15. Potsherd2
    March 3, 2011, 3:04 pm

    So let’s assume this report is true. Right now, the UK and France are making strong noises about military intervention, now that Qadhafi is on the counteroffensive. Obama is, also. The US is committed on this one, chosen sides, and it’s against Qadhafi.

    So now the US is about to commit to military intervention against Israeli mercs, sent to prop up Qadhafi with the tacit support of Byahoo.

    What’s being said behind the scenes?

    • marc b.
      March 3, 2011, 3:39 pm

      What’s being said behind the scenes?

      we can assume that they aren’t discussing the logistics for free and fair elections or the nationalization of the gas industry.

  16. fuster
    March 3, 2011, 3:29 pm

    In related news, PRESS-TV is soon to report that Israel is hiring Kosovan mercenaries.

    link to news.smh.com.au

    • Ellen
      March 3, 2011, 5:04 pm

      Fuster, the insane attack on US airmen at the Frankfurt Flughafen was carried out by a 21 year old postal worker who lived in Frankfurt and originally from Kosovo. He is a deranged nutcase and has No ties to any group, other than a bizarre facebook page.

      Your link is old and very bad reporting. Your comments intended to ridicule. Ridicule is like a boomerange.

      • fuster
        March 3, 2011, 6:09 pm

        Ellen…..

        —-Killer of U.S. airmen is radical Muslim, German official says

        The man who shot and killed two American troops in Germany Wednesday was a recently radicalized Muslim whose aim was to kill American troops, a German official said Thursday.

        link to religion.blogs.cnn.com

        also

        link to spiegel.de

        I won’t mind a bit if it’s untrue, Ellen, but there are half a dozen other German papers reporting it in the same way.

        —-But the German media have reported there is mounting evidence that the accused shooter had ties to terrorists.

        Reports quoted witnesses as saying that the suspect cried “Allahu Akhbar,” (“God is great”) before opening fire. The website of the broadcaster Hessische Rundfunk reported he had been in online contact with a radical preacher—-

        link to dw-world.de,,14887224,00.html

      • Chaos4700
        March 3, 2011, 8:55 pm

        The isn’t a tragedy committed against Americans you aren’t willing to exploit, is there fuster?

        Sick bastard. This is what Zionism does to your brain, one muses.

      • annie
        March 3, 2011, 10:59 pm

        chaos..Killer of Palestinian child is radical Zionist, official says…The man who shot and killed two Palestinian teens near al-Mazra’a al-Sharqiya was a radicalized Jew…… shot in the back and was found lying face down.

        here’s more fussy:judeaphobia is going to spread without any other impetus needed.

        he doesn’t here is own racism.

      • fuster
        March 3, 2011, 11:47 pm

        annie, you want to compare a settler murdering teens throwing stones at him … to Al Qaeda???????????????

        re-think that a little, maybe find something on a bigger scale and with world-wide publicity.

      • annie
        March 3, 2011, 11:52 pm

        i was comparing radical islam with radical judaism, definitely. dangerous violent religious fanatics. both responsible for war and death and murder and they are screwing with my world. i do believe one is more dangerous than the other. lets put it this way, if i had to chose which to spend some time with on a desert island it wouldn’t be a difficult choice.

      • fuster
        March 4, 2011, 12:00 am

        may your vacation plans be all that you imagine, annie.

        but maybe you should skip the whole desert island thing and take up skiing.

      • DBG
        March 4, 2011, 12:20 am

        “radical Judaism” isn’t touching your world Annie, it may be feeding your obsession, but that is it. Radical Islam is killing Americans on a daily basis and killing themselves en masse right now.

        You Israel-haters really need a reality check, seriously there is absolute carnage and anarchy in the ME right now. But none of you care, you pay lip service to Libya because you’d look like total frauds if you didn’t. But the reality is, it is all about Israel and “radical Jews” to you.

        This site isn’t a war of ideas in the ME, it is a war against Israel.

      • Ellen
        March 4, 2011, 3:17 am

        Fus, you are reading and quoting old and retracted reports written in english. All repeat the same bad information. Listen and read the original German as it unfolds.

        As the ARD reported last night ” the good news is that he had no ties to any extremist groups or terrorist.” Nor did he cry god is great. No one can verify that. That claim is not repeated because it apparently did not happen. ( not that matters as he is insane.)

        The radical preacher was listed as a friend on his facebook page.

        As this thread points out, be very careful and skeptical of news reports. Especially when agendas and emotions are in play.

      • Richard Witty
        March 4, 2011, 6:10 am

        “If I had to choose which one to spend on time with on a desert island”.

        Hard to know what you are saying. Please be explicit.

  17. fuster
    March 3, 2011, 5:01 pm

    The New York-based human rights group says many mercenaries come from Chad, citing sources in both countries. The international advocacy group is pushing for a legal procedure to be followed in determining what happens next, but the process is still somewhat uncertain.

    Bouckaert, HRW’s emergencies director who is in Benghazi, said the Chadian consul to Libya had visited Thursday to discuss the treatment of prisoners from the central African nation.

    Bouckaert described the fighters from Chad as men “who were not mercenaries specifically recruited to defend Gadhafi but members of (a Chadian) rebel movement Gadhafi has been funding and training for many years who would lose that support if he fell.”

    link to google.com

    —-Some of the mercenaries, ten Malians and two Nigerians captured by Libyan anti-government rebels, show their passport in a classroom of the western Libyan city of Zintan, about 150 kilometres south of Tripoli.

    Gaddafi has recruited some 800 Tuareg separatist fighters from Niger, Mali, Algeria and Burkina Faso, security sources said on Thursday.

    “Eight hundred Tuareg originating from Mali, Algeria and Burkina Faso have been recruited by Libya to fight on Gaddafi’s side,” a Malian security source told AFP.

    link to nation.co.ke

    —–To quell the insurgency and protect his last strongholds and fortresses that are still not under the control of insurgents, Colonel Gaddafi has been making increasing use of mercenaries recruited from the ranks of the nomads Tuareg from Niger, Mali and Algeria that have lived since the ’80s in the South Libyan towns of Sebha and Oubari.

    However, since they are poorly trained in handling weapons, Colonel Gaddafi spoke directly to Muhammad Abdelaziz, leader of the Western Sahara Separatist Group, the Polisario Front. Mr. Abdelaziz who owes a big debt to Gaddafi for helping him, financially and logistically, since the mid-70s by providing equipment for an entire army, could deny such an appeal for help.

    According to sources in Tindouf, Algeria, over two hundred well trained Western Sahara Separatists fighters that are trained in the techniques of guerrilla warfare, have been selected and armed with Kalashnikovs, grenades and rocket launchers, and sent on their way on board 4X4 at the end of last week, heading for Libya.

    link to moroccoboard.com

  18. longliveisrael
    March 3, 2011, 5:58 pm

    Now it’s all clear.

    link to elderofziyon.blogspot.com

    Israelis dressed as Hamas are robbing banks in Gaza to help pay for the mercenaries employed by Kaddafi. Kill two birds with one stone. Rob the Palestinians and help kill tons of Libyans. Who said we Jews have lost our edge?

    • fuster
      March 3, 2011, 7:33 pm

      It’s just like when the poor misunderstood Hamas hoods were stealing the food and blankets from the UN.

      link to nytimes.com

      It couldn’t be true!!!!!

      • annie
        March 3, 2011, 11:18 pm

        you’re disgusting fuster. it was a couple weeks after the massacre. did you think hamas was going to sell them? you dig back 2 years and argue about 1.5 million prisoners fighting over who gets the food?

        grow up.

      • fuster
        March 4, 2011, 12:06 am

        I’m not the disgusting one, annie, It’s your friendly local goons grabbed the grub and blankets because they didn’t want the stuff feeding and warming Gazans who weren’t Hamas loyalists.
        So go tell the flipping UN who’s been passing out the aid all these years that they’re disgusting for complaining that those sick sons of Hamas stole the stuff.

        ——-Chris Gunnes, spokesman for the UN agency that looks after tens of thousands of Palestinian refugee families, said Hamas policemen broke into a UN aid warehouse and took 3,500 blankets and 4,000 food parcels which had been earmarked for 500 families in need. —–
        ——-The Hamas minister hinted that the UN had given aid to non-governmental organisations linked to Fatah——

        link to timesonline.co.uk

    • Chaos4700
      March 3, 2011, 8:56 pm

      You, fuster and the rest of the Zionists really have the market cornered on hate speech don’t you?

      I wish they would ban you just to strip the rest of the anti-Semitism that makes it on the blog. Jesus Christ, I never heard any of this anti-Semitic bullshit until I started having daily encounters with Zionists.

    • yourstruly
      March 3, 2011, 10:51 pm

      you give away your racist nature with your jokes about killing libyans.

      • Ellen
        March 4, 2011, 8:05 am

        longliveisreal thinks murdering other human beings is funny and the ongoing deaths of Libyans right now is the frame of a joke.

  19. RoHa
    March 3, 2011, 6:55 pm

    I mentioned this on the “economic miracle “thread. Glad to see it supported from other sources.

  20. fuster
    March 3, 2011, 8:22 pm

    Another dumb American praises the way Libya was run by Gaddafi.

    just last year.

    —First, although Libya is far from a democracy, it also doesn’t feel like other police states that I have visited. I caught no whiff of an omnipresent security service — which is not to say that they aren’t there — and there were fewer police or military personnel on the streets than one saw in Franco’s Spain. The Libyans with whom I spoke were open and candid and gave no sign of being worried about being overheard or reported or anything like that. The TV in my hotel room featured 50+ channels, including all the normal news services (BBC World Service, CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, etc.) along with contemporary U.S. sitcoms like “2-1/2 Men,” shows like “Desperate Housewives,” assorted movies, and one of the various “CSI” clones. A colleague on the trip told me that many ordinary Libyans have satellite dishes and that the government doesn’t interfere with transmissions. I tried visiting various political websites from my hotel room and had no problems, although other human rights groups report that Libya does engage in selective filtering of some political websites critical of the regime. It is also a crime to criticize Qaddafihimself, the government’s past human rights record is disturbing at best, and the press in Libya is almost entirely government-controlled. Nonetheless, Libya appears to be more open than contemporary Iran or China—

    link to walt.foreignpolicy.com

    • Chaos4700
      March 4, 2011, 1:37 am

      Could you just drop us a link to the hasbara clearinghouse that’s spoonfeeding you these pro-Zionist ad hominem talking points? Obviously, you didn’t read the whole article, or else you wouldn’t have looked like an idiot linking it and just regurgitating the cherry picked section you were instructed to regurgitate.

      There’s no point in arguing with you when you’re just the middle man, fuster.

      • longliveisrael
        March 4, 2011, 10:20 am

        Another example of how things work on Mondoweiss. Anyone who is pro Israel is clearly a tool of the Israeli government, an idiot, a fascist and so on. It could not possibly be that anyone could have an opinion of their own. This is the modus operandi of the left and certainly by many here. You only want to hear from your own kind. Chaos4700, Annie regularly insult anyone who comments on here that does not share their view. They don’t actually address the facts.

      • Taxi
        March 4, 2011, 10:57 am

        Dude you got actual blood on your hands – what the F do you expect? A gold star?

        And which part of ‘zionism is racism’ do you not understand?

        Your support of racist ideologies is your prerogative but don’t go whining like a baby when people thwack you for it.

      • longliveisrael
        March 4, 2011, 11:19 am

        You and your buddies obviously don’t get sarcasm. Chaos asked a stupid and biased question, got the appropriate answer.

        You want to talk about killing children, I can compile a very long list of children murdered and wounded by Palestinian terror.

        Zionism is beautiful, it’s only in your bigoted mind otherwise

      • fuster
        March 4, 2011, 11:19 am

        said the cab that was complaining that someone spoke inappropriately to he/she/it and he/she/it compiled a detailed complaint to gave it to the mods.

        He/she/it likes the thwacking when it’s in others, loves to whine when it’s own tires get mud flung on them.

        “actual blood on your hands”

      • longliveisrael
        March 4, 2011, 11:33 am

        Fuster,

        It’s a total waste of time and energy arguing with these hardcore anti-semites or “progressive Jews” It would be like arguing with the SS.

        Notice that they never actually address any of the facts we bring up, they just start slamming us for being racists, blood on our hands, child killers etc.

        None of them responded to my post about how there was NEVER anything about the plight of the Egyptians on MW till the recent events. Suddenly, they all care about the Egyptians. Where were you for the last 30 years? Oh, I know, bashing Israel. In fact, the only reason they are making an issue of the events in Egypt is that they see it upsetting the relationship between Israel/Egypt and the US. They couldn’t care less about the Egyptians, and this is evidenced by the absolute lack of comments prior to recent events.

        It’s just like all those lefties who suddenly discovered the suffering Iraqis when the US invaded. Where were they for all the years when Saddam was brutalizing his people? Hypocrites.

      • Taxi
        March 4, 2011, 11:34 am

        To all the racist toads on this site, especially the ones with blood on their hands: STFU you ain’t gonna get no sympathy from me for your boohoo tears!

        When the macho sexist israelis/zionists hit this site and start behaving inappropriately, only a jackboot to the mouth will do!

        As to the fust calling me an ‘it': I’m compiling how many ‘it’ you’ve called me. You got two strikes already friendo! Either debate intelligently or you will be removed for your systematic ‘personal’ attacks.

        I’m on to you croacker!

      • annie
        March 4, 2011, 11:42 am

        you’re like a broken record lli. we’ve all heard your incessant repetitious screed before. now you’re whining about how no one engages you on the context. phff. you’re lucky the mods even let these comments thru much less expecting us to respond to them.

      • longliveisrael
        March 4, 2011, 11:42 am

        This was a good laugh. Calling people racist toads, threatening violence (I thought you MW supporters were against violence) and then wanting intelligent debate?

      • longliveisrael
        March 4, 2011, 11:49 am

        Yes, Annie, I am your worst nightmare. A proud Israeli, a Zionist, and not one of your ghetto Jews who will bend over for you.

        Annie, I follow your posts on here, mostly personal attacks on anyone who does not toe the anti-Israel line. You don’t reflect that well on MW. I dislike what Phil does in terms of Israel, but I respect his right to do so. Some of the “followers” on this site however are outright anti-semites. What’s more, and I have seen this many times, there is no debate, certainly not by the likes of you, Chaos, Taxi and a few others.

      • andrew r
        March 4, 2011, 11:59 am

        LLI, you need to deal with the baggage of the Zionist movement before you go around calling Jews against Israel “kapo” or “anti-semitic.” The early WZO leaders saw anti-semitism as a natural reaction to the peculiarity of the Pale Jews. Herzl, before embracing the idea of a Jewish state, wanted to defeat anti-semitism by converting every young Jew. Ruppin, an assimilated Polish Jew, out and out hated Polish Jews. Jabotinsky saw Jewish blood as alien to Europe. This doesn’t go into what all of the above plus Ben-Gurion and Eshkol thought of Mideastern Jews.

        It’s actually you Zionists who inherited a tradition of Jewish antisemitism. Some of us have done our homework and you can’t cover it up with cheap smearing.

      • Taxi
        March 4, 2011, 12:03 pm

        I hear nothing but nervous laughter Mr. longlive.

        BTW I’m not against violence when it’s in self-defense.

        And like I told you, you got blood on your hands, you admitted it, therefore you deserve capture followed by a criminal trial for all your evil deeds.

        Your day is coming and your stupid passport won’t help protect you in the least.

      • andrew r
        March 4, 2011, 12:06 pm

        “”What’s more, and I have seen this many times, there is no debate, certainly not by the likes of you, Chaos, Taxi and a few others.”

        Of course there’s no debate. There’s apologia for military assault on civilians and racist segregation on your end vs. debunking on our end. This isn’t a budget meeting at the student council. Some points-of-view shouldn’t be given the time of day.

      • andrew r
        March 4, 2011, 12:08 pm

        “Yes, Annie, I am your worst nightmare. A proud Israeli, a Zionist, and not one of your ghetto Jews who will bend over for you. ”

        Hate to tell you this but virtually every Jew who had a fighting chance during the war was under a gentile banner. The Labour Zionists were more interested in striking economic deals with Germany than fighting it.

      • Seham
        March 4, 2011, 12:09 pm

        Can’t believe ya’ll are still engaging the nutty Sahyounis.

      • DBG
        March 4, 2011, 12:11 pm

        First off Taxi, I am pretty sure he was mocking Chaos for his ridiculous accusation. Second, please don’t advocate violence when you are a world away. If some crazy person was cheering for the death of your kids, would you be offended? Because that is what you are doing.

        Second, where are you guys getting this passport thing from? Are you saying all Israelis are war criminals? WTF? how is that different than saying all Palestinians are terrorists?

      • Potsherd2
        March 4, 2011, 12:21 pm

        On the contrary, lli, you are a gift from the gods, sent to us to illustrate the typical Israeli crackpot of the right-wing, crowing with pride over his own sins.

        But you can’t really expect anyone to seriously engage your remarks. It isn’t necessary, as they speak for themselves.

      • Taxi
        March 4, 2011, 12:44 pm

        DBG,

        I don’t believe LLI was joking, I believe he IS criminal at large who will be dealt with in due time. Every now and then we get these ex-idf visitors on this site showing off their collection of Palestinian scalps. You expect no strong comment/reaction to this?

        I’ll remind you of the despicable ‘death tourism’ that israelis ‘enjoyed’ while Gaza was being bombed with White Phosphorous.

        I believe most israelis are war criminals, either in act or because of their active support of the ethnic cleansing that’s been going on since 1930’s.

        I predict the end of isreal, hence the passport reference.

      • fuster
        March 4, 2011, 1:13 pm

        you’re churning up more mud on your flaps, Taxi old toscin.

      • Taxi
        March 4, 2011, 3:20 pm

        Again with your cheezy non-metaphor and stupid ass comment – the only mud I see around here is all over your green with envy face.

        Nothing you can say or do will EVER save israel from being held accountable for EVERY SINGLE CRIME IT HAS COMMITTED.

        Give it up will ya – that mean streak of yours!

      • annie
        March 4, 2011, 11:57 am

        Could you just drop us a link to the hasbara clearinghouse that’s spoonfeeding you these pro-Zionist ad hominem talking points? Obviously, you didn’t read the whole article, or else you wouldn’t have looked like an idiot linking it and just regurgitating the cherry picked section you were instructed to regurgitate.

        chaos, it’s not hard to figure out the MO happening here. the title of the post is damaging to israel’s image, the subject matter stinks to high heaven. the comments and reactions to the alleged abomination speak for themselves. so what’s a poor tool to do? the options are limited but it serves to disrupt the thread with diversionary cherry picks like the walt out of context article and insult. think of it as the ice cream and then they build up the sunday up from there. laden it an abundant amount of ad hominem whipped cream, nuts and sprinkles of god know what else and then top it off w/a cherry (you wait it’s a comin) and viola! a thread jack!

        best to just ignore it from the get go (i need to learn this too).

      • longliveisrael
        March 4, 2011, 12:37 pm

        Annie, that headline makes you all look foolish, just like many conspiracy theorists are.

        Case in point. Those like Annie, Chaos, Taxi etc, voice their opinions supposedly backed by justice, empathy and their own free opinion. Those of us who support Israel, however, are tools, thread hijackers with blood on our hands etc.

        Taxi threatens to ban us. That’s funny, I thought this blog belonged to Phil Weiss. The inmates have taken over the asylum.

        Anyway, I could care less what you think of me. I just hope that fuster and DBG understand, and I think they do, what sort of people are on here.

      • annie
        March 4, 2011, 1:05 pm

        Anyway, I could care less what you think of me.

        that’s rich. i was starting to think you were obsessed w/getting my attention.

        see ya round!

      • fuster
        March 4, 2011, 1:10 pm

        I have some idea that there are people commenting on the blog that in their own strident and blind way harm what should be a far better place.

      • Taxi
        March 4, 2011, 1:27 pm

        “Taxi threatens to ban us”.

        Poor criminal you!

        I know what you did the summer of ’06 – let’s not even mention 1982.

        You really think you can get away with ANYTHING in this world just cuz you’re from that racist country israel? Ya think your turn to be ‘ousted’ from the region ain’t coming?

        Ya think ANYTHING can save you from your accumulated and deserved karma?

        Well think again.

      • Taxi
        March 4, 2011, 1:39 pm

        I’m touched. Sounds like you REALLY care about Mondo’s standards.

        NOT!

      • annie
        March 4, 2011, 1:50 pm

        luv ya girlie ;)

  21. DBG
    March 3, 2011, 9:26 pm

    Let’s see what we’ve learned from MW since the revolutions in the ME began:

    El Al Cargo jets delivered tear gas and other riot dispersal means to Cairo.

    Mubarak was going to exile in Tel Aviv

    Israeli f-16s strafed Tripoli(my personal favorite)

    Now an Israeli is helping supply African mercenaries to Libya. (Avi did the translation so this must be true). Memri anyone?

    Screw CNN, MW is the place to get the hard hitting facts.

    • Chaos4700
      March 4, 2011, 1:34 am

      Find those WMDs in Iraq yet, putz?

    • MRW
      March 4, 2011, 8:47 am

      DBG,

      Please indicate where MW makes claims of “hard hitting facts.” You haven’t been here long enough to understand what commenters do here. So let me educate you: some of us the shorthand of just posting an article, reporting it as being out there and wait for reactions, or provide links. Others take the extra time to provide segues to set up the entry.

      If you will note the headline of this post, it begins with “Report.” Report means report, nothing more. The article that Avi translated was an Israeli article.

  22. piotr
    March 3, 2011, 11:39 pm

    About Israeli company recruiting mercenaries in Chad:

    it sounds crazy. I think that there are at least two “private tribal armies” in Chad, and of course, Libyan rulers have direct contacts and they do not need middlemen. Actually, Kaddafi tried to annex a disputed strip of territory and lost rather miserable, the Saharan fighters are pretty good (they got support from the French). However, fighting in Sahara, from what I read, is basically contest of endurance. “Normal” people can fight only at dawn, tough Saharan tribesmen can fight for half an hour longer. Later is so hot that nobody can lift a finger. Now it is winter, and Saharan fighters do not have an edge over coastal Libyan volunteer rebels.

    Chadian Saharan tribes are different that Tuareg (who live in Niger, Mali and Algeria).

    It is also possible that Libya was indeed far from most oppressive, but Kaddafi never was an overly competent ruler and apparently, the age did not make him any better.

    • Avi
      March 4, 2011, 5:09 am

      CST Global, the Israeli company named in the above-referenced report, has been involved in training and arming Georgian and mercenary fighters in the run-up to the Georgia-Russia war.

      According to reports in Ha’aretz, in 2009 CST Global signed a deal to train mercenaries and provide fighters to Guinea’s Moussa “Dadis” Camara.

      More from Ha’aretz:

      זיו וכמה מעובדי גלובל נחתו בקונאקרי במארס 2009. זיו בא לגיניאה עם קבלות. בקולומביה הוא אימן את הכוחות המיוחדים ולאחרונה חתם על חוזה לאימון היחידות המיוחדות של פרו. אולי מפתיע לגלות, שמי שסייע לגנרל הישראלי ליצור קשרים במדינה הדרום אמריקאית הוא שר החוץ לשעבר, פרופ’ שלמה בן-עמי. בשנים האחרונות מחלק ההיסטוריון את זמנו בין ישראל לספרד, שם הוא עומד בראש “מכון טולדו” ליישוב סכסוכים בינלאומיים.

      “בן-עמי היה בצוות החשיבה שלנו ועזר לנו בקולומביה”, סיפר זיו ל”הארץ”, “כעת הוא מנסה לסייע לנו לפתח יעדים באפריקה”.

      Zeev [CST Global’s CEO] and several of Global’s employees landed in Conkary in March 2009. Zeev came to Guinea with receipts.

      In Colombia he trained the special forces and recently signed a contract to train Peru’s special forces. Perhaps it’s surprising to find out that the Israeli general was helped to establish connections in South America by the former foreign minister, Shlomo Ben Ami. In recent years, the historian has divided his time between Israel and Spain. There he is the head of the Toledo Institute for the resolution of international conflicts.

      “Ben Ami was a member of our think team and helped us in Colombia,” Zeev told Ha’aretz. “At the moment, he is trying to help us find [prospective clients] in Africa”.

      Given this history, it’s not far-fetched that reports concerning CST Global’s involvement in Libya are highly plausible — even in the absence of mainstream media coverage.

      • fuster
        March 4, 2011, 10:53 am

        it’s farfetched.

      • annie
        March 4, 2011, 10:11 pm

        ‘clients’ in africa? yuk

  23. moonkoon
    March 4, 2011, 5:56 am

    Gaddafi’s ability (with or without direct Israeli assistance) to quickly recruit thousands of mercenaries from Chad, Mali etc. speaks volumes about his close relationship to those groups. To my mind, it is starting to look like he has been Israel’s covert point man in North Africa for some time, funnelling guns’n’ammo to various Israeli backed campaigns undertaken on their behalf by assorted fake jihadist/”freedom fighter”/mercenary types in Mali, Chad, “Dafur”, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria etc., not to mention various West African fiefdoms, and I suspect just about anywhere else on the continent where there is unrest or instability.
    I also suspect that Gaddafi had a hand in the recent uprisings in Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt, all of which have contiguous borders with Libya. If the Libyans did have a hand in formenting the unrest among its neighbours, then the neighbours are no doubt aware of their involvement by now. Pro-Gaddafi forces have been particularly ruthless towards Egyptians.
    … ”She and her children witnessed two Egyptians instantly executed in front of them at the airport. She says her spirit is in shock,” Mrs Armet said. …
    link to smh.com.au

    On a related matter, the current exodus of migrant workers from Libya (including about 1.5 million Egyptians) virtually ensures the collapse of the internal Libyan economy. Either that or Gaddafi and his supporters will have to do their own chores. :-)

  24. fuster
    March 4, 2011, 1:55 pm

    —-To my mind, it is starting to look like he has been Israel’s covert point man in North Africa for some time—moonkoon,

    and what a fine mind it must be.

    marvelous in it’s Orwellian design and scope.

    able to realize that all along his insane reign of anti-reason is all about him being a ZIONIST!!!!

    here’s more eye-opening secret Zionism……

    “If a community of people wears white on a mournful occasion and another dresses in black, then one community would like white and dislike black and the other would like black and dislike white. Moreover, this attitude leaves a physical effect on the cells as well as on the genes in the body.”

    “Labour in return for wages is virtually the same as enslaving a human being.”

    “While it is democratically not permissible for an individual to own any information or publishing medium, all individuals have a natural right to self-expression by any means, even if such means were insane and meant to prove a person’s insanity.”

    there’s proof for and of what’s on your mind, moonkoon,
    from The Green Book, available at all fine stores. you should also enjoy 1984, you’ll recognize things.

    and one last””””””””””””’I cannot recognise either the Palestinian state or the Israeli state. The Palestinians are idiots and the Israelis are idiots.””””””””””””’

    can’t be a real Zionist stooge without saying that, can he.

  25. fuster
    March 4, 2011, 2:35 pm

    here moonie are photos of gaddafi meeting his Zionist controllers.

    link to english.aljazeera.net

    link to 3.bp.blogspot.com

    link to 1.bp.blogspot.com

  26. longliveisrael
    March 4, 2011, 3:19 pm
  27. piotr
    March 4, 2011, 3:20 pm

    Why is it farfetched: one has to check reality beyond the internet. Or read some history on internet.

    In case of Chad, for many years there was a split of the population in three groups:

    a. animists and Christians in the south, numerous but without military power

    b. two coalitions in the Saharan and sub-Saharan north

    Surprisingly enough, the coalitions changes places in the capital more than once, and typically the loosers were trying to get funds and arms from Kaddafi. That was the pattern for at least 30 years. Kaddafi just needs to dial leaders of warbands. Any armed group in Africa has satelite phones. And other tribal forces in Sahara were supported at one or more occasion by Kaddafi, so without a doubt he has a direct access to all of them in his Rolodex.

    I think that Israeli companies were training guerillas or mercenaries in the same places in Africa where “blood diamond trade” was taking place. This makes it easy to imagine how the connections were made. And in the case of Georgia, the connection is quite obvious. But I just do not see Saharan tribes flocking to local kosher restaurants to contact Israeli recruiters.

    • fuster
      March 4, 2011, 3:40 pm

      piotr

      it’s farfetched because it denies the mass of known things for an interpretation that relies on approximately zero things known to be true.

      you can imagine whatever science-fiction stuff suits you, but Gaddafi’s history says that he doesn’t hang out for beers and blood diamonds with the Israelis.

      I like to think that Gaddafi is really a duck, but that fantasy won’t float any better than the other f’ked-up conspiracy rumors that seek to pin the blame for every Middle Eastern murderer on anyone but people from the house of peace.
      Gotta be Imperialists, Jews, Crusaders. 110% of the time.

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