And more news from Libya:
Gadhafi: Crackdown on Libya revolt is like Israel’s war on Hamas in Gaza
Speaking to France 24, long-time Libyan Leader says estimated figures of rebel, civilian casualties are exaggerated, adding that at most ‘150 to 200 people were killed.’
UN: Libya must stop attacks on civilian targets
UNITED NATIONS, March 6 (Reuters) – The U.N. chief on Sunday demanded an end to “indiscriminate” attacks against civilians in Libya and warned Tripoli that anyone who violates international law will be brought to justice.
Libya casualties spark UN moves
The UN appoints a new envoy on Libya and is to send a humanitarian team as the battle between forces loyal to Col Gaddafi and rebels intensifies.
Fierce fighting rages in Libya
Opposition forces across the country are battling forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in their bid to overthrow his regime.
Libya plane hits town, over one million need aid
RAS LANUF, Libya (Reuters) – Government forces seeking to dislodge rebels from Libya’s strategically important coast struck at an oil town on Monday amid quickening efforts to prevent more humanitarian suffering and a mass refugee exodus. The United Nations said more than one million people fleeing Libya and inside the country needed humanitarian aid, and conditions in rebel-held Misrata town were particularly worrying following attacks on it by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.
Victims of the Attacks in Misrata (Extremely Graphic)
Warning: This video contains extremely graphic images. Misrata has been one of the hardest hit cities in Libya throughout this turmoil. Ruthless government forces have indiscriminately killed civilians, including a young baby taped in this video. This video tracks the victims that enter into a hospital in Misrata, and rarely any leave alive. Misrata’s hospitals have dealt with the most heinous injuries and deaths. They are in dire need of medical supplies and resources. Please donate and get involved.
Pro-Gadhafi forces reportedly strike Zawiyah in bid to regain control
It was impossible to verify reports of attack on rebel-held town west of Tripoli, because communication networks cut off.
Attacks on the city of Az-Zawiyah this morning
16:25 BBC Attacks on the city of Az-Zawiyah have resumed. Tanks and artillery were used on monday morning according to an exiled Libyan opposition group. They also say that the revolutionaries had been able to capture government troops who “admitted that they had been instructed of the need to recapture the city before Wednesday”. A reporter in Az-Zawiyah confirms hearing artillery and seeing smoke over the city.
LIVE- Libyan Unrest: “Gaddafi brigades launched the most violent attack ever on Zawiya”
We are tracking the latest developments to keep you updated on the situation on the ground. There are interactive maps located in the Protest map page to keep up with the latest movements. You can also click on our links to follow the latest Live Libya Blogs and featured twitters.
7 killed and 50 wounded in Bin Jawad
BBC Bin Jawad has fallen to Gaddafi’s troops, the BBC confirms. Medical professionals speaking to AFP said that at least 7 people had been killed in the clashes and 50 people wounded. A reporter for AFP in Ras Lanuf said there had been an air strike.
WATCH: Eyewitness footage of violence, protests in Libya
The violence and protests in Libya continue to rage on, leaving hundreds dead and wounded in the wake of what some are calling a genocide situation. Sunday, troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched a counter-offensive against rebel towns, using tanks, helicopters and heavy artillery to hold back protestors. Storyful’s Ed Rice has compiled video taken at street level into a horrifying highlight reel of sorts, featuring burning flags, tanks, bullet-riddled cars and a constant chorus of gunfire. This video does not contain graphic content.
Gaddafi’s men launch counterattack
Government forces try to retake rebel-held towns along the coast amid reports of shooting in the capital, Tripoli.
Gunfire erupts in Libyan capital
Heavy shooting reported in Tripoli, as protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s more than 41-year-old rule continue.
Heavy gunfire rocks Libya capital
Heavy gunfire breaks out in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, for the first time since the rebellion began against Col Muammar Gaddafi two weeks ago.
Praying Libyans being Shot at by Gaddafi’s Forces
Video apparently from today (3-4-2011) of people praying outside a Masjid in Tripoli (generally pray outside when the inside is too crowded) being shot at by Gaddafi’s men.
Gaddafi forces launch new attack on Zawiyah-resident
ZAWIYAH, Libya, March 5 (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi launched a new attack on the western town of Zawiyah on Saturday, with tanks shelling the central square, residents said. “The attack has started. I see more than 20 tanks,” one resident in the square told Reuters by telephone. Gunfire could be heard in the background. A second resident confirmed the fighting, saying Gaddafi’s forces were using “tanks and mortars”.
Pro-Gadhafi tanks ‘fire on houses in Zawiyah’
BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — Tanks manned by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Saturday fired on houses when they launched a fresh assault on the town of Zawiyah, near the capital, witnesses said.
Ras Lanuf – Hospitals Dealing with Injured
This video has been posted online in the past few hours, and purports to show the hospital mortuary in Ras Lanuf dealing with the injured – and the corpses – resulting from yesterday’s fighting in the city. The video contains footage the viewer may find disturbing. Translations are below the clip.
Gadhafi forces accused of ‘massacre’ in Zawiyah
BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — Forces loyal to embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were accused by a doctor of perpetrating a “massacre” during a heavy assault Saturday on the key town of Zawiyah.
Tuaregs ‘join Gaddafi’s mercenaries’
Members of the Tuareg community in Mali say a large number of men from the Tuareg ethnic group have left Mali in the last week to join pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya. “About 2-300 have left in the last seven days,” said a senior elected official, who did not want to be named, from the Kidal region in the north of the country, where many Tuareg live.
More on Az-Zawiya this morning
BBCAnother resident of Zawiya, Hussein, tells BBC World News that about 30 people were killed and 150 injured in the attack by pro-Gaddafi forces on Saturday morning. “This morning at six o’clock the army came from three different directions – the north, east and west. They came with tanks, armoured cars, anti-aircraft guns and machine guns. There was a big fight between the rebels and the Gaddafi forces. There were a lot of civilian deaths, including women and children. But now the rebels have beaten them, and they have withdrawn to the outskirts of Zawiya.”
Gadhafi plunges Libya into bloodbath
Troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi launched counter-offensives against rebel-held towns Sunday, increasing fears that Libya is heading for a protracted civil war rather than the swift revolutions seen in Tunisia and Egypt. At least 18 people, including a baby, were killed in the fighting in the town of Misrata, to the east of Tripoli, a doctor told Reuters by phone
Gaddafi troops’ ‘gains’ disputed
Four Libyan towns which forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi claimed to have retaken remain under rebel control, witnesses say.
Conflicting claims abound in Libya
Everything in the Libyan conflict depends on who you believe, and in the capital, Tripoli, they believe Gaddafi’s forces have taken back control of the towns of Az-Zawiyah and Misrata from the rebels. But witnesses have told Al Jazeera the government claims are false. Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee reports.
The Truth about Tripoli today
As I write I can hear volleys of gunfire hammering around Tripoli. It is around 1430 on Sunday and since early morning supporters of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have been out in the streets celebrating. They have been told – and seem to believe without question – that his forces have scored important victories. One of the government spokesmen said Zawiya, Misrata and Ras Lanuf had been recaptured from rebels, and that Col Gaddafi’s forces were advancing on Benghazi, the epicentre of the rebellion. Not long after first light, I went to Green Square, right in the middle of Tripoli and the place where true believers in the regime congregate to celebrate its triumphs.
Tripoli celebrates Gaddafi ‘win’
Pro-Gaddafi supporters are extremely festive in the capital Tripoli, celebrating the government’s supposed victory against anti-government rebels. Meanwhile, across the country, rebels still continue to oppose pro-Gaddafi forces. Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught reports from Tripoli.
Libya’s Devil in female form
‘Huda the executioner’ – Libya’s devil in female form. How pulling on a hanging man’s legs made Huda Ben Amer one of Colonel Gaddafi’s most trusted elite.
Battle for Libya intensifies
Anti-government forces repulse ferocious assault by Gaddafi loyalists as fighting spreads across the coastline.
Kadafi regime reports success but rebels say they still hold Zawiya, Misurata
Government attacks on Zawiya and Misurata continue to kill scores of civilians, but witnesses report that the rebels are holding their ground using light guns, Molotov cocktails and knives. Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi renewed attacks against strategic cities near the capital Sunday, and though his deputies insisted they were overwhelmingly successful, the reality appeared to be very different.
FACTBOX-Gaddafi stronghold Sirte, a challenge for rebels
March 6 (Reuters) – Rebels in the east of Libya have advanced west along the Mediterranean coast towards Sirte, birthplace of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and an important military base that could prove a formidable battleground.
Libyan rebels say fight off army in Zawiyah, Misrata
BENGHAZI, Libya, March 6 (Reuters) – Libya’s rebel council said its forces fought off troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in Zawiyah and Misrata on Sunday, and the two cities were now “liberated”. A spokesman told a news conference in Benghazi that all cities in the east of the country remain liberated.
Rebels fight for Libya’s Ras Lanuf
Libyan troops troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched counteroffensive attacks against a number of rebel-held towns yesterday as the uprising intensified into open warfare. In Libya’s Ras Lanuf, which is home to an important oil refinery, the fighting has been particularly heavy, rebels there say the town remains in their hands. Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland is there and has been talking to the rebels.
Rebels: All east Libya cities liberated
Libya’s rebel council says forces fought off Gaddafi troops in Zawiyah, Misrata. At least 18 people, including one baby, killed in Misrata, doctor says. British FM: UK diplomats sent to Benghazi left Libya.
Rebels Take, Hold Key Oil Cities in Fierce Libyan Civil War, Juan Cole
Libyan rebels advancing from the east along the Mediterranean coast, having taken the oil refinery city of Ras Lanuf on Saturday in fierce fighting, have advanced further west and taken the small town of Ben Jawad. They appear to have succeeded in shooting down a fighter-jet sent against Ras Lanuf by besieged dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s rump air force, using the city’s anti-aircraft batteries, which they had captured.
Video: Libya rebels control oil port
In the west of Libya, rebels claim to have taken full control of the oil port of Ras Lanuf. Some government soldiers in the strategic town have reportedly switched sides.
Rebels capture Libyan oil port from Gadhafi forces
RAS LANOUF, Libya (AP) — Libyan rebels have captured the oil port town of Ras Lanouf from pro-Moammar Gadhafi forces, their first military victory in what could be a long, westward march from the opposition-held east of the country to the capital Tripoli. Witnesses said on Saturday that Ras Lanouf, about 87 miles (140 kilometers) east of the Gadhafi stronghold of Sirte, fell to rebel hands on Friday night after a fierce battle with pro-regime forces who later fled.
Libyan rebels in Zawiyah repel attacks by pro-Gaddafi forces
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebels holding the Libyan city of Zawiyah said they repelled two attacks on Saturday by forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi using tanks and artillery., In a second day of fierce fighting for control of the coastal town, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, government forces retreated to the outskirts early in the day but later mounted a counter-offensive., Rebels said both attacks were repelled. The city bore the signs of heavy fighting, with one building completely burned and smoldering rubble littering the center.
Rebels push toward Gadhafi’s hometown as Libya veers closer to civil war
Rival successes by Gadhafi forces entering rebel-held Zawiya and opposition forces taking over port of Ras Lanouf signal an increasingly long and violent battle ahead.
On the road to Sirte
Untrained Libyan rebels are advancing west rapidly, taking oil installations that many thought would be heavily defended by troops loyal to longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. As they get closer to Sirte, Gaddafi’s birthplace, they are trying to impose some kind of order on the road, and many wonder what kind of resistance – if any – they’ll meet.
Libyan rebels continue westward drive
BIN JAWAD, Libya (AFP) — Libyan opposition rebels on Saturday advanced further west along the Mediterranean coast to Bin Jawad, inching closer towards Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, an AFP reporter said.
Libya rebels revel in recent victory
A honking, cheering, flag-waving convoy of rebel gunmen in dusty pickup trucks and battered sedans screeches to a halt in Bin Jawwad, a flyspecked hamlet. They had advanced 110 miles in 18 hours. The Libyan jet fighter circled once, twice, and then dipped, low and ominous.
Council declares itself Libya’s sole representative
BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — The self-declared national council established by Libyan rebels fighting to overthrow ruler Moammar Gadhafi on Saturday declared itself the sole representative of the country.
Rebels in east Libya set up crisis committee
Committee wants to shift base from Benghazi to Tripoli. National Libyan Council calls for foreign air strikes to expel Gaddafi. Government forces try to reoccupy Zawiyah after death of dozens.
Middle East: Revolutionary Breeze Blowing from Cairo to Benghazi
Tarek Shalaby shared the details of his trip to Libya on Twitter. He and those who accompanied him also shared the photos, and videos they took during their trip. It all started when Tarek announced the plan to go to the city Salloum, which is near the Egyptian borders with Libya, for anyone who’d like to donate or even join them on February 23. They then announced that they will gather first at Mostafa Mahmoud mosque in Cairo for people to meet them there.
Volunteer Army Rallies up and Marches West
The spirit of unity has spread like wildfire during these momentous weeks. With faith in God, Libyans drew inspiration from Tunisians and determination from Egyptians as they push to overthrow Gaddafi after nearly 42 years of brutality. Men, women and children are joining together and taking on duties amidst forces trying to repress the people. The brave young men of Eastern Libya rallied up in efforts to assist their brothers and sisters who are being slaughtered in the west. From 15 to 65, Libyans of all ages joined the youth, inspired by their historic movement. Heads high, chest full, they march past the Court house in Benghazi heading to the capital to free Libya and topple another ruthless regime.
Photos of the Libyan Revolution by Neil Brandvold
Our friend Neil Brandvold has been traveling in Libya for the past week. The following are his photographs and captions from the revolution.
Rebuilding Bayda, ANTHONY SHADID
BAYDA, Libya — The signs in Bayda still read the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab State of the Masses. It was never much of a state, nor did the people have much say. Now two weeks after its liberation, residents of this highland town have the task of making it so, a challenge that may prove pivotal to the course of Libya’s revolt.
Hopes of Peaceful Revolution in Libya End as Opposition Prepares for Long Battle Against Gaddafi Forces
Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s regime has launched a counter-offensive in the attempt to retake several cities captured by opposition forces in a popular uprising that began Feb. 17. Gaddaffi’s forces are attacking opposition fighters with helicopter gunships, fighter planes and tanks in several cities, including Bin Jawad, Tobruk, Ras Lanuf and Misrata. Meanwhile, the United Nations is launching an appeal to help 600,000 people within Libya who are expected to need humanitarian aid. We go to Benghazi to speak with Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat.
Libya Crisis Map
OCHA, UNOSAT and NetHope have been collaborating with the Volunteer Technical Community (VTC) specifically CrisisMappers, Crisis Commons, Open Street Map, and the Google Crisis Response Team over the past week.
Food supply worries in Libya
The UN recently announced that global food prices have hit an all-time high, and nowhere is this more evident than in Libya, a country that depends on imports for more than 90 per cent of its food. High oil prices and the rising cost of basic food could threaten future political stability, too. Al Jazeera’s Tim Friend reports.
Thousands of Migrant Workers Stranded at Libyan Borders and Ports As Violent Clashes Spread: Video Report by Anjali Kamat in Benghazi
Since forces loyal to Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi began violently cracking down on the popular uprising weeks ago, many of Libya’s migrant workforce attempted to flee the country. Of Libya’s estimated 2.5 million foreign workers, the United Nations estimates that at least 200,000 workers have fled the country since the fighting began—and that number is expected to double. Thousands of workers are congregating at Libya’s border with Egypt, Tunisia and along its port towns, creating a humanitarian crisis where shelter, food, sanitation and transportation is desperately needed. Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat speaks with migrant workers in the port town of Benghazi and to Peter Bouckaert, the emergencies director for Human Right Watch. Special thanks to videographer Yusuf Misdaq who contributed to this report.
How Qaddafi helped fuel fury toward Africans in Libya
During the past few weeks of uprising in Libya, hundreds of African migrant workers have been detained, beaten, or harassed by Libyans due to reports that African mercenaries are fighting for Muammar Qaddafi.
Libya Live Blog – March 6
As the uprising in Libya continues, we update you with the latest developments from our correspondents, news agencies and citizens across the globe.
Report: Gaddafi offered resignation for security
Al-Sharq al-Awsat reports Libyan leader wants rebels to drop demands to try him in international court, guarantee his security as well as that of his family and funds in exchange for his departure from country.
Libyan rebels seize British SAS troops – report
LONDON (Reuters) – Libyan rebels have captured a special forces unit in the east of the country after a secret diplomatic mission to make contact with opposition leaders backfired, the Sunday Times reported.
Libyan opposition ‘refused’ talks with UK delegation
Libyan opposition forces had refused to talk to a British delegation who entered the country without prior arrangement and who were being sent back to London, the forces’ national council said on Sunday. “We do not know the nature of their mission.
Libyan rebels release UK troops
Fighters in Benghazi free British “diplomatic team” including seven special forces members.
SAS-backed Libyan diplomatic mission ends in humiliation
British special forces and intelligence agents leave Libya on HMS Cumberland after being released by anti-Gaddafi rebels.
Libyan rebels say not contacted over Chavez plan
BENGHAZI, Libya, March 6 (Reuters – Libyan rebels said on Sunday that they had not been contacted over Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s plan to create an international peace mission to mediate in the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.
Diplomatic team has left Libya after problems -UK
LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – A small British diplomatic team sent to Benghazi in eastern Libya to initiate contacts with the rebel-backed opposition, and that “experienced difficulties” there, have now left the county, UK foreign secretary William Hague said on Sunday.
Libya asks UN to lift sanctions
At least 30 people killed in clashes between Gaddafi forces, rebels in Zawiyah, doctor says. Libyan FM sends letter to Security Council complaining about sanctions imposed on Gaddafi.
Gaddafi dismayed by lack of global support
Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi has expressed dismay at the absence of support from abroad, saying he is embroiled in a fight against terrorism.
Libya scraps taxes to mark “victory” over rebels
TRIPOLI, March 6 (Reuters) – Libya’s government has ordered the abolition of import tariffs on staple goods and taxes on consumption and production, state television reported on Sunday. It said the government took the decision “on the occasion of the great Libyan victories over the terrorist gangs”. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have been fighting rebels who control large areas of the country.
Libyan buildup focuses on Malta
The Mediterranean island has become the focus of military preparations for a possible no-fly zone over Libya.
Kerry denies Libyan no-fly zone would be ‘military intervention’
Not everyone thinks that bombing Libyan targets in the process of creating a no-fly zone would amount to an attack on the country. Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) Sunday disagreed with the Obama administration’s view that bombing military targets to set up a no-fly zone would mean “military intervention.”
France working for Libyan no fly zone
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said today his country was working with Britain to get a United Nations Security Council resolution to impose a no-fly zone in Libya.
German foreign minister calls for more Libya sanctions
Berlin – German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is calling for more sanctions against the regime of Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi. ‘What’s happening in Libya fills me with great concern,’ he told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. The United Nations Security Council must tackle the issue again, he said.
LIBYA: GADDAFI IS “OVER”, SAYS FRATTINI
(AGI) Rome- “Gaddafi is ‘over’ now,” said Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. “A regime that continues to shoot crowds and kill its own people can’t be an interlocutor for the international community,” Frattini declared during an interview, due to be published in the weekly magazine “Gente” (People) on March 7, in which the minister newly condemns the repression of protesters exacted by the Libyan dictator. . .
Libya oil sales continue
Libya’s oil sales contribute significantly to the country’s export earnings, making the industry one of president Gaddafi’s main financial pressure points. The international community is trying to pressure the Gaddafi rulership, as the violent crackdown on protests continue. But the web of international sanctions brought down on the government clearly has some gaps, as companies from China, India and Austria continue to buy Libyan oil – completely legally. Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports.
Al Akhbar: Son of Qaddafi visits Israel, asks for money and others
This is an English translation of a French account of an article in Al-Akhbar: Nizar Abboud, the serious and reliable correspondent with the UN of Lebanese daily Al Akhbar, reports that a son of Kadaffi has visited occupied Palestine two days ago to sollicit for help. During his visit Saif el Islam has asked high placed zionist officials for military asistence in terms of ammunition,night surveillance and satellite suveillance, trying to develop political and economic relations between the two countries. (?) He also asked the zionists to use their credit with the USA to protect the funds invested by his family, offering part of the profits. Saif el Islam maintains- for a long time already- narrow relations with the zionist entity, and we have not forgotten how he used, since the beginning of the lybian revolation, services from a famous zionist ‘security’ firm. This firm has furnished mercenaries from Tchad and elsewhere, making huge profits( Kadaffi has been willing to pay salaries of 1000 to 2000 dollars a day). http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/5713
Al-Qadhdhafi and Israel
“He even met secretly with Israelis—journalists, academics, and government officials in Europe, knowing that they would rush to share what he had said with the officials he hoped to impress in Washington.”
Libya pushes oil to 30-month high
US considers releasing oil from emergency stockpiles as crude prices top $106 on Libyan and Middle Eastern concerns.
Gaddafi’s nurse says he is in good health
KIEV, March 6 (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is in good health and is a “great psychologist”, one of his Ukrainian nurses told a local television channel. The nurse, filmed secretly while reluctantly talking to a TVI reporter, was identified only by her first name Oksana. She left Libya in late February as Gaddafi’s forces tried to quell a revolt that threatens his grip on power.
Former nightclub dancer reveals how she had a ‘crazy’ six-year fling with Gaddafi’s son and watched as he blew millions
* Claims he kept suitcases stuffed with bank notes and spent £170m in a single year
* He paid £500,000 for the Pussycat Dolls to perform live at his birthday party
* Allegedly got wildly drunk, offered her cocaine and beat up his servants
PA censors TV show poking fun at Gaddafi
Fatah officials in West Bank censor episode of popular sitcom depicting satirical image of Libyan leader, claiming it might endanger Palestinian refugees living in Libya. Show’s creator: Refugees used as excuse to limit freedom of expression.
UK and Libya: Fumbling in the desert | Editorial
David Cameron is not having a good Arab revolution. He was the first world leader to visit Egypt and Tahrir Square after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, which is good. But on the same Middle Eastern tour he took with him eight defence firms peddling military equipment, which is to misjudge the nature of events in the region badly. The roles of prime minister and international sales director for UK plc are different, as Mr Cameron is fast learning. Then came his comments about a no-fly zone over Libya, which were initially greeted with less than the customary enthusiasm by people – such as the US defence secretary, Robert Gates – who know what the tactic entails: a bombing campaign to knock out Colonel Gaddafi’s air defences. The old foreign affairs hand John Kerry, the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, said yesterday that the US and its allies should prepare for a no-fly zone, but that this could not go into operation without international backing.
Qadhdhafi’s female body guards
All Qadhdhafi’s claims and slogans were empty rubbish–at best. His regime did not advance women’s rights one bit there (unlike–say–the Ba`th parties which despite their tyranny did advance women’s rights in relative terms especially in the 1960s and 1970s period). The Libyan tyrant had a shtick that he only traveled with female body guards. But I notice that since has has faced a serious challenge to his regime, he has abandoned the female body guards and brought in all-male guards. What a clown. Leftist my…potato.
Propaganda on behalf of Qadhdhafi
“When I asked Barber about the Libyan funding for his article, he replied, “I didn’t take money from Qaddafi. The money to Monitor was coming from the Qaddafi Foundation, funded by Saif [Qaddafi’s son], who was providing the impetus for reform.” But this turns out not to be true. Nothing in the Monitor documents that have been released mention the foundation. The Monitor documents David Corn obtained are all about PR for Qaddafi. And the Guardian obtained other documents showing that Monitor’s PR deal with Libya was submitted to the head of military intelligence for Qaddafi, Abd Allah al-Sanusi—he has been held responsible for atrocities in the present uprising. Defending his acceptance of Libyan money, Barber also said, “Everyone gets paid. Consultants get paid, and I was paid by Monitor. I’ve been paid by lots of different people—the Department of Education, the state of New Jersey.” But wait a minute—isn’t there a difference between working for the State of New Jersey and working for the state of Libya, to burnish its image in the eyes of Americans? Barber went on to say, “The pay isn’t the issue. The issue is what I was doing there: working to build democratic capacity.” In fact, the issue is not what Barber told Libyans about democracy, but rather what he told Americans about Qaddafi. Barber also pointed out that the US was courting Qaddafi at the time, seeking his help in fighting Al Qaeda and opening Libya to American oil companies. “Nobody criticized Condi Rice for shaking hands with Qaddafi,” Barber told me. “But when somebody goes in saying ‘maybe we can create some democratic capacity,’ they say we were duped in a PR scheme to burnish the image of a dictator. I just don’t get it.””
A Libyan Leader at War With Rebels, and Reality
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s personal mythology has kept him in power of a tribal, deeply divided society for longer than any other living leader in North Africa or the Middle East.
America’s secret plan to arm Libya’s rebels
Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya in the event of a prolonged struggle between the Gaddafi regime and its opponents, the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi. The Saudi Kingdom, already facing a “day of rage” from its 10 per cent Shia Muslim community on Friday, with a ban on all demonstrations, has so far failed to respond to Washington’s highly classified request, although King Abdullah personally loathes the Libyan leader, who tried to assassinate him just over a year ago.
Meet Randa Fahmy Hudome: Qadhafi’s Washington Lobbyist Now Comes Under Scrutiny, But For The Wrong Reasons
As the 2011 Arab revolution reached Libya, and with Mouamar Qadhafi now mercilessly employing military weapons to quell an uprising across the entire country, one of his hired guns in Washington DC has come under increasing scrutiny and been put on defensive, but a quick look at Randa Fahmy Hudome’s career makes it clear she has much more to explain than her work as the Washington lobbyist for the “brother leader” in Tripoli. We pick up Randa’s career as a congressional staffer working in Senator Spencer Abraham’s office in the late 90’s where she remained until he was defeated in the 2001 election. Abraham is a member of that elite sub-set of an earlier wave of Arab immigrants and someone James Zogby thinks should make the Arab-American community “beam with pride.” When Abraham was appointed Secretary of Energy by the incoming George W. Bush’s administration he brought Randa with him to the department as a low-level Bush appointee.