by Gerald A. PerreiraOct. 20, 2017, marks the sixth anniversary of the martyrdom of Muammar Qaddafi, revolutionary Pan-Africanist and champion of the Global South. The execution of Muammar Qaddafi and those who fought alongside him and the destruction of the Libyan Jamahiriya is one of the greatest crimes of this century. The Libyan revolution was more than a social, political and economic revolution; it was nothing short of a spiritual and cultural revolution. Indeed, there would have been a fierce resistance to the current recolonization and re-carving of Africa if Muammar Qaddafi were alive and the Libyan Jamahiriya were flourishing as before. We stand in solidarity with the family of Muammar Qaddafi and the families of all the martyrs.
October 21, 2017 06:11 UTC
And from there it is but a short, sharp step to the torturous subjugation of an entire people. Today, Libya remains in turmoil. Nevertheless, the fact is that post-Gaddafi Libya now comprises part of the black market chemical weapons supply route that opened up in the aftermath of the post-Iraq military intervention and that goes en route to Syria. Meaning that for the terror group, Libya presents the cheapest and easiest gateway to Europe. Well, it seems that the international community is as good as its word, when that word is no to nation-building.
October 20, 2017 20:03 UTC
A series of shortcuts undertaken by the Italian government in Libya to stop migration flows in recent months has had serious repercussions. The origin of the battle can be traced back to the summer, when Italy allegedly started paying militias to halt human smuggling. Libya has been a fractured state since the 2011 civil war that overthrew Moammar Gadhafi. “Pushed by the EU and Italy, the GNA in Tripoli granted legitimacy to Brigade 48 and al-Ammu. Italy is set for parliamentary elections in 2018, and immigration is the leading issue for the nation.
October 20, 2017 19:07 UTC
He is a powerful president, and we have a strong relationship. I believe Egypt and the U.S. have developed good relations. Soon, a Congress delegation is expected to visit Egypt and meet a number of officials and MPs.The decision to cut U.S. aid to Egypt is definitely unfortunate. I believe President al-Sisi realizes the importance of reforming religious discourse and undermining the ideology that supports intellectual terrorism. This is why we are attempting to further support Egypt against terrorism.
October 20, 2017 18:11 UTC
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Friday joined the chorus of shock over the car bomb slaying of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, sending a note expressing his condolences Friday to the overwhelmingly Catholic island nation. VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Friday joined the chorus of shock over the car bomb slaying of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, sending a note expressing his condolences Friday to the overwhelmingly Catholic island nation. Rarely does the death of a private citizen elicit a formal letter of condolence signed by the Vatican secretary of state in the pope's name. Malta has been stunned by Monday's slaying of Caruana Galizia, an anti-corruption investigative reporter whose inquests probed the business dealings of Malta's leading politicians. "It has been four days since her murder and those candles we lit up will soon burn out," he told the Malta Independent.
October 20, 2017 14:15 UTC
The meeting will address the fight against extremism, foreign militants and radicalisation on internet. (Photo | AP)ISCHIA: G7 interior ministers discussed today ways to tackle one of the West's biggest security threats -- jihadist fighters fleeing Syria -- as the EU promised to help close a migration route labelled a potential back door for terrorists. Italy said Wednesday the G7 group would also be working on how to go about "de-radicalising" citizens returning from the IS frontline, to prevent them becoming security risks in jails. In a G7 first, representatives from Internet giants Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter also took part as the interior ministers want the tech giants to go further and faster in identifying extremism. Britain, in particular, is attempting a carrot-and-stick approach, warning it may force the hands of the tech giants over monitoring activities if requests for greater voluntary cooperation fall on deaf ears.
October 20, 2017 13:41 UTC
He was with another person, who is however not under investigation and was not arrested.The police said Debono had been on the island for 24 hours, having spent the night there. A lawyer for Darren Debono had told MaltaToday his client terminated all trading commercial relationships with Bin Khalifa and put the company into dissolution. Both vessels were tracked close to the Libyan shore on multiple occasions in 2015. In 10 instances both vessels were detected alongside each other on the limits of Maltese territorial waters. The report said that according to the Maltese authorities, the request was rejected owing to the situation in Libya.
October 20, 2017 13:35 UTC
Officials said the accord aimed at removing jihadist content from the web within two hours of being posted. ISCHIA: G7 countries and tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter on Friday agreed to work together to block the dissemination of Islamist extremism over the internet. The United States and Italy signed an agreement on the sidelines of the G7 meeting to share their fingerprint databases in a bid to root out potential extremists posing as asylum seekers. The “technical understanding” aims “to ascertain whether (migrants, asylum seekers or refugees) are noted criminal suspects or terrorists”, Minniti’s office said. Italy has played a major role in training Libya’s coastguard to stop human trafficking in its territorial waters, as well as making controversial deals with Libyan militias to stop migrants from setting off.
October 20, 2017 13:30 UTC
The authorities in Siciliy and Lampedusa today arrested former Maltese international footballer Darren Debono, 43, in Lampedusa. He was one of two Maltese reportedly involved in the transport of Libyan contraband fuel sold in Europe, according to Italian media. Both Maltese were reportedly involved in the transport of the oil. READ: Operazione Dirty Oil, 9 arresti per riciclaggio di gasolioThe oil was exported illegally from Zawyia Libyan refinery and shipped to Europe where it was mixed with other oil and then sold from various sources. Some 80 million kilogrammes of fuel oil worth €30 million was shipped to Italy in 30 tanker trips.
October 20, 2017 13:04 UTC
Oct. 20 (UPI) -- War damage to port facilities in Libya could constrain production to around 1.25 million barrels per day, analysis from consultant group Wood Mackenzie found. "Wood Mackenzie believes Libya may now be reaching its near-term production limits and future growth will be gradual," the consultant group said in an emailed report. Wood Mackenzie found various stalemates mean different things for different energy companies. Last week, the chairman and board of directors at the Libya National Oil Corp. met in London with representatives from Spanish energy company Repsol to review production planning, security challenges and ways to mitigate risk. Libya is exempt from an OPEC-led effort to balance an over-supplied market for crude oil with managed production declines so it can steer oil revenue toward national security efforts.
October 20, 2017 10:07 UTC
Controversial as it is, the issue of granting Libyan diplomatic passport to the spouse of the Vice-President of the Libyan Arab Foreign Bank, Falak Jmeel Ali Al-Assad, who is the cousin of Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad, has been the talk of the town for the last few days. It said in an official letter on Wednesday that this is a violation of sovereignty to give the Syrian national and any other foreign national the privilege of Libyan diplomatic passports, demanding withdrawing it from Falak Al-Assad. Yes she is the cousin of Bashar Al-Assad and daughter of Hafid Al-Assad's brother. Her passport was issued at the time of Gaddafi's regime and it was renewed by all governments before our government." However, activists posted a photo of the passport showing that it is a new issue and not a renewed one.
October 20, 2017 09:33 UTC
- Advertisement -Five persons, including two women, have been remanded in prison custody by an Oredo Magistrate’s Court for allegedly trafficking one Everlin Oghagbon and Mary Osarobo with a view to using them for prostitution abroad. The accused persons, who are facing a three-count charge of procurement for prostitution, human trafficking and illegal entry are Rasheed, 47; Oyasiri, 52; Erhahon, 50; Osarobo, 46, and Egbon, 52. They were also arraigned for “exporting” their victims to Libya for prostitution and other sexual exploitation. In his judgment, Chief Magistrate F. E. Akhere referred the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, for legal advice. He adjourned hearing till November 24.
October 20, 2017 08:37 UTC
'Dream of return'For one group, however, there is no hint of regret over the late leader's demise. "The division and the chaos didn't come directly after the death of Gaddafi or the success of the revolution," he said. Mohamed Mukhtar's family fled Libya in 1999 during a wave of arrest by the Gaddafi regime and settled in the northern English city of Manchester. Unlike Ballali, however, Mukhtar was certain a struggle to overthrow Gaddafi would eventually happen long before the 2011 revolution. "I would tell those who think it was better under Gaddafi that if they were to taste one month under the Gaddafi regime, I'm 100 percent sure they would review that claim and take the side of the revolution.
October 20, 2017 08:14 UTC
EU sees ‘real chance’ to shut migrant route from LibyaBrussels, Belgium | AFP | The EU on Thursday pledged more money for Italy’s work with Libya to stem migrant flows to Europe, with Brussels seeing a “real chance” to close the central Mediterranean route. Italian Prime Minister Paulo Gentiloni has been working with his UN-backed Libyan counterpart Fayez al-Sarraj to sharply reduce the perilous migrant sea crossings to Italy, the main entry point to the European Union. “We have a real chance of closing the central Mediterranean route,” Tusk told a press conference, after officials reported earlier this month that the numbers of migrant departures from Libya have dropped 20 percent so far this year. Member states are supposed to match that amount, but Juncker said the commission had increased its share to 2.5 billion euros, then to 2.9 billion and lately to 3.1 billion euros to make up part of the shortfall. The post EU sees ‘real chance’ to shut migrant route from Libya appeared first on The Independent Uganda:.
October 19, 2017 20:26 UTC
The Libyan joint committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS) resumed Thursday at the UNSMIL's headquarters in Tunis after three days of suspension of the withdrawal of the HoR members. The meetings that took place Wednesday between the heads of the two committees under the supervision of the UNSMIL's Head Ghassan Salame led to some consensus over the different authorities such as the disputed Presidential Council and government issues, sources from Tunisia reported. The sources added that the committee agreed to separate the Presidential Council (PC) from the government so the PC will represent the state's sovereign institutions, while the government will do the functional work on the ground. The meeting took place and according to the sources, no clear agreed upon points were provided, however; the next session will be on next Saturday. On its website, the UNSMIL said late on Wednesday that the meetings on the margin among the HoR and the HCS members were positive and showed progress toward reaching final amendments to the LPA.
October 19, 2017 20:26 UTC