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Michele Bachmann: Obama Administration Adopting ‘False Narrative’ On Benghazi

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 18, 2012

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is accusing the Obama Administration of adopting a “false narrative” on the attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed.

Bachmann insisted on “further investigation” in a statement issued by her office Friday, Patch reports. Bachmann issued the statement as a response to General David Petraeus’s testimony before Congress on the raid.

Bachmann also demanded more information on Obama’s knowledge of the attack, comparing the incident in Benghazi to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

“Ultimately, President Obama is responsible for the actions of his national security team and it is incomprehensible that we have yet to hear what the President knew, when he knew it, and the specific orders he gave his team,” Bachmann’s statementsaid. “Almost immediately after Osama bin Laden was killed the Obama administration starting releasing specific details… By contrast, two months after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi… we have little knowledge of what the President knew and what his actions were.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Petraeus mistress reveals real motive behind Benghazi attack (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 13, 2012

The fallout from former CIA head David Petraeus’ resignation might be more significant than first thought: as all eyes turn to the ex-intelligence chief’s mistress, it’s apparent that she may have been privy to what really happened in Benghazi.

Two months after the storming of an US consulate in Benghazi, questions remain largely unanswered about both how and why insurgents entered the facility on September 11 and executed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The discussion became a heated issue on the campaign trail leading up to Election Day, and conflicting accounts from the White House, State Department and Congress all led to a mess of confusion that has only further spun out of control following the unexpected stepping down of Petraeus on Friday.

In the immediate aftermath of the CIA chief’s resignation, skeptics quickly suggested that there was more to the story, especially given Petraeus’ role as head of the country’s intelligence agency and the relatively unscathing extramarital affair that he rightfully admitted to in citing his departure from office. As journalists and investigators tried to dig deep for info on the alleged mistress, Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell, as expected the story took a drastic turn by Sunday when it was revealed that she may have been briefed on the truth of the Benghazi scandal while the rest of the country claws for answers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Too many powers wanted Gaddafi dead – NTC head

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 26, 2012

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was wanted dead so his secrets would die with him. So insists Mahmoud Jibril, the man who led the NTC uprising to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi’s regime, in an exclusive interview with RT.

“Too many parties who have real interests that Gaddafi doesn’t talk, that he should be silenced forever,” Mahmoud Jibril told RT, specifying he does not know who exactly killed the Colonel – a foreign entity or Libyans.

“I would love to know who was behind [Colonel Gaddafi’s] killing,” he said.

Jibril told RT the former ruler of Libya Colonel Muammar Gaddafi sent too many contradictory messages, trying to buy time and pretending to have a readiness to share power.

Mahmoud Jibril said he regretted Colonel Gaddafi was not taken alive to face trial, but certain powers that may have wanted him to keep silence due to the secrets he knew. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sarkozy ‘Received £42m From Gaddafi To Fund 2007 Election Campaign’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 12, 2012


Everything possible in politics:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy received £42m to fund his election from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, it was claimed today.

Published on investigative website Mediapart, a governmental briefing note refers to several visits to Libya by Sarkozy’s election team.

The documents make specific reference to Ziad Takieddine, a middle man in huge arms and petrol contracts between France and various Middle Eastern countries.

It is claimed Takieddine went to Tripoli 11 times to supervise the transaction in 2005, “the year where a payment of €50m (£42m) would have been concluded between the Libyans and Sarkozy camp.”

It also claims Brice Hortefeux, Sarkozy’s long time friend, advisor, and later interior minister, “intervened personally” in the financial operations. According to Mediapart, Hortefeux has denied any involvement in the events. Read the rest of this entry »

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Libya: Gaddafi Loyalists Seize Bani Walid

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 24, 2012

BENGHAZI, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi loyalists seized control of a Libyan city and raised the ousted regime’s green flag, an official and commander said Tuesday, in the most serious revolt yet against the country’s government.

The retaking of Bani Walid comes as Libya’s new leaders have struggled to unify the oil-rich North African nation three months after Gadhafi was captured and killed.

Hundreds of well-equipped and highly trained remnants of Gadhafi’s forces raised the green flag over buildings in the western city late Monday after hours of clashes that drove out the local “revolutionary brigade,” said Mubarak al-Fatamni, the head of Bani Walid local council. Revolutionary brigades are militias that are nominally loyal to the National Transitional Council, the national government.

Al-Fatamni, who fled to the nearby city of Misrata following the attack, said four revolutionary fighters were killed and 25 others were wounded.

The head of Bani Walid’s military council, Abdullah al-Khazmi, also said Gadhafi loyalists had taken the city. He spoke to The Associated Press at a position on the eastern outskirts of Bani Walid, where hundreds of pro-NTC reinforcements from Benghazi were deployed, with convoys of cars mounted with machine guns. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pro-Gaddafi forces capture Bani Walid, 5 NTC troops killed – report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 23, 2012

Files picture dated September 22, 2011 shows Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters launching a rocket towards Bani Walid from their outpost at the entrance of the city (AFP Photo / Joseph Eid)

Fighters loyal to late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have clashed with revolutionary forces in the former-regime stronghold of Bani Walid, taking control of the city in the process.

The head of Libya’s National Transitional Council Mustafa Abdel Jalil today warned of the threat of another civil war.

At least five NTC troops were killed and 30 others injured in the violence, Interfax reports.

M’barek al-Fotmani, a local official, says the pro-Gaddafi rebels who seized control of Bani Walid were using heavy weaponry including 106mm anti-tank weapons.

He also said that authorities called for help when the attack began, but the NTC did not send any troops.

There are between 100 and 150 men armed with heavy weapons who are attacking. We have asked for the army to intervene, but the Defense Ministry and NTC have let us down,” he told Agence France Press.

“We’re out of the frying pan into the fire. We’ve been warning about this for the past two months,” he added.

Witnesses say the violence erupted on Monday after Gaddafi loyalists, angry over the arrest of one of their men, attacked pro-revolution fighters.

The town of Bani Walid was one of the last bastions of pro-Gaddafi force in Libya’s eight-month civil war.

The clashes came after mass protests in the city of Benghazi over the weekend and the subsequent resignation of NTC deputy chief Abdel Hafiz Ghoga. Read the rest of this entry »

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RT’s 10 that shaped 2011: Libya war, Gaddafi’s death

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 25, 2011

With 2012 just around the corner, RT continues its own countdown with ten special reports on events that have shaped 2011. We are looking back at major stories through the eyes of RT correspondents who witnessed them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Qatari Owners of Paris’ Soccer Team Hanker For Aging Englishman Beckham

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 22, 2011

By BRUCE CRUMLEY

Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham fights for the ball against Emelio "Chieffy" Caligdong of the Philippines national football team Azkals during their friendly match at the Rizal Memorial football stadium in Manila December 3, 2011.

Why does perennially under-performing Paris Saint-Germain of France’s anemic professional soccer league see hiring a fading star at over $1 million per month as vital to assuring its future? Because the aging player in question is David Beckham, whose marketing and financial allure is considered as important as his footballing skill by PSG’s Qatari owners. And even if Beckham’s representatives are denying reports that the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has come to an unofficial agreement with PSG, there are reasons to suspect the resurgent rumors may yet come to fruition. After all, the Paris club is only one part of a mix with which Qatari VIPs are looking to boost the Emirate’s prestige through the world’s most popular sport. And despite his advancing age and slowing gait, Beckham remains not only one of the biggest global draws in the game—but just the kind of meta-star capable of mesmerizing celebrity-crazed, sports-fickle inhabitants of Paris.

French media was again abuzz Wednesday with reports that the 36-year-old Beckham has agreed to sign an 18-month contract with PSG once his Galaxy deal expires Dec. 31. According to dailies le Parisien and l’Equipe, Beckham has accepted a league-topping $1.05 million monthly salary whose total value could be nearly doubled by $22.3 million in performance bonuses—most of those based on Beckham’s merchandizing potential, rather than footballing potency. Indeed, in addition to Beckham’s iconic and hunk status that’s expected to broaden PSG’s appeal to a far wider base of Parisians (a population infamous as fair weather fans who demand big matches, lots of glitz, and the likelihood of victory to even start caring much about sports), the association with the former England hero might well allow Paris Saint-German to finally establish a true brand identity abroad. And that, it’s hoped, could mean millions in new income from PSG jerseys selling alongside the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona merchandize in foreign markets–particularly in Beckham-mad Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arab Spring One Year On: What Happened, What Changed?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2011

One year ago today, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in Tunisia. It was a personal protest that had huge ramifications not only for his homeland, but the entire region. This was the incident which triggered the demonstrations that spread from Tunisia into Egypt, Libya, Syria and beyond. This was the start of the Arab Spring.

At Bouazizi’s funeral 5,000 marchers chanted: “Farewell, Mohammed, we will avenge you. We weep for you today, we will make those who caused your death weep.”

For all their passion, no one expected what happened next: 12 months of intense protests, violence and revolution across North Africa and the Middle East, which brought down governments and resulted in thousands of deaths.

But 12 months later what has the impact really been? Which governments have fallen, which are on the brink – and which, if any, are stronger than ever? Was the Arab Spring really a movement – or was it always an invention of the press?

And with protests breaking out in Russia, Greece, China and even New York throughout 2011, as well as in the Arab world, has the spirit of the Spring spilled become a truly global phenomenon?

IN PICTURES: A Photographic History Of The Arab Spring

ARAB SPRING TIMELINE: How The Arab Spring Unfolded

As the Arab Spring marks a year of protest, we look back at what happened, and what changed.

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Model fired for Gaddafi sympathies

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2011

Vanessa Hessler (AFP Photo / OLIVER LANG)

Considering the Gaddafi family to be “normal people” can cost you a job, as a German-based model discovered after an interview about her relationship with Muammar Gaddafi’s son Mutassim.

US-born Italian model Vanessa Hessler, 23, dated Mutassim Gaddafi for four years. The interview with Hessler was released after her former lover was captured and killed alongside his father Muammar in October.

“I didn’t have any contact with him since the uprising broke out, but our relationship was one of passion. The Gaddafi family is not as they are being depicted. They are normal people,” Hessler was quoted in Italian magazine Diva e Donna.

“We, France and the United Kingdom, financed the rebels, but people don’t know what they are doing,” she added.

These comments cost Hessler her long-term contract with Telefónica Germany. They chose to terminate their partnership with the blonde model for “failing to distance herself from her comments on the conflict in Libya.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Gaddafi’s death ‘a war crime’: ICC searching for scapegoats

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2011

A National Transitional Countil (NTC) fighter points a gun at Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte in this still image taken from video shot on October 20, 2011 and released on October 22, 2011 (Reuters / Reuters TV)

Some two months after the torturous death of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, the ICC finally “suspects” it was a war crime. A group of enthusiastic freedom fighters may end up convicted, but not those who made the killing possible, and actually benefited.

The international court’s chief prosecutor says there were strong indications Muammar Gaddafi was killed in custody. The ICC says the great number of witness accounts and video taken at the moment when he was captured by rebel fighters show that he was beaten and abused by his captors.

“The death of Muammar Gaddafi is one of the issues to be clarified – what happened – because there are serious suspicions that it was a war crime,” Luis Moreno Ocampo said on Thursday.

Moreno Ocampo said he asked Libya’s interim rulers what their plans were to investigate alleged war crimes by all parties, including the rebels.

But how many parties were really involved there, besides the rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces, and will the stake of the Western powers in setting off Libyan revolution be investigated? Many believe that NATO deliberately gave a blind eye to the violations of international law, and thus also bears some responsibility.

Political analyst Adrian Salbuchi believes that Gaddafi’s killing was the main goal of the Western coalition from the very beginning. He said that the US, France, Britain and NATO should be held accountable for the massacre and posited that the West “supported the worst terrorists” in Libya. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mexico: Al Saadi Gaddafi Tried To Enter Country

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 8, 2011

MEXICO CITY — Mexico said Wednesday that a son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and three relatives had plotted to sneak into Mexico under false names and take clandestine refuge at a posh Pacific coast resort.

 

The elaborate plan to bring al-Saadi Gadhafi to Mexico allegedly involved two Mexicans, a Canadian and a Danish suspect, all of whom have been detained, Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire said.

 

He did not reveal which relatives had planned to accompany Al-Saadi Gadhafi, who is known for his love of professional soccer and run-ins with police in Europe.

 

The plot was uncovered by Mexican intelligence agents in early September as al-Saadi was fleeing Libya shortly after his father’s ouster. He never made it to Mexico, but did reach the Western African country of Niger, where he has been living.

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Libyan in(ter)vention: False facts fatal for Gaddafi

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 2, 2011

Sanctions against Syria and looming prospects of an intervention into the country are drawing ever more parallels with the war in Libya. But as it turned out, the “facts” used to wage a “humanitarian war” on Tripoli, underwent almost no verification.

“There’s no evidence to justify the humanitarian war in Libya,” is the conclusion of filmmaker and independent journalist Julien Teil.

“In the beginning of this story, we got some allegations which have been looked at and said to the UN Human Rights Council and those allegations had never been verified or checked,” he told RT’s Tesa Arcilla.” And these had been used also as material for the ICC case against Libya.”

On March 17, UN Security Council Resolution 1973 was passed, imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. Accusations were that Gaddafi had bombed his own people from air and land, used foreign mercenaries, ordered the use of rape as a weapon, and killed by the thousands.

“I can’t prove there was no bombing. All I know is that there is no evidence of bombing,” says Julien Teil. “So I interviewed the man who went to the UN Human Rights Council, Sliman Bouchuiguir.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Aisha Gaddafi, Daughter Of Former Libya Leader, Calls For Overthrow Of New Rulers

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 1, 2011

ALGIERS, Algeria — Moammar Gadhafi’s daughter urged Libyans on Tuesday to overthrow their new rulers, possibly violating the terms of her exile in Algeria.

In an audio message broadcast on Syria’s al-Rai television station, Aisha Gadhafi called for a revolt against the men who overthrew her father, the government she said “arrived with the planes of NATO.”

“My father has not left, he is always among us,” she said, following the traditional 40-day mourning period after his death. “Don’t forget the orders of your father urging you to continue fighting, even if you no longer hear his voice.”

Gadhafi, Libya’s dictator for 42 years, was captured with his son Muatassim on Oct. 20 and killed by rebels.

As the Libyan capital of Tripoli fell to rebel forces, Aisha, her mother and two of her brothers took refuge in neighboring Algeria.

Aisha’s appeal puts her in direct conflict with a promise she and her family members made not to make public statements at the risk of losing their status as humanitarian refugees.

After similar statements in September, Algerian officials warned that she could be expelled.

The Algerian regime had close ties with Gadhafi but has since worked to repair strained relations with Libya’s new leaders.

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London School Of Economics Admits ‘Mistake’ In Accepting £300,000 From Colonel Gaddafi

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 1, 2011

The head of the London School of Economics says a report criticising its acceptance of a £1.5 million donation from Libya showed “failings in our governance and management”.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s most high-profile son, Saif al-Islam, studied at the school from 2002 until 2008, gaining a doctorate.

In 2009 the LSE received £300,000 from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF), prompting protests from students and widespread criticism.

The payment was the first of a proposed five donations totalling £1.5 million, but the others were never received.

In March this year Sir Howard Davies resigned from his post of director at the LSE over the university’s links to the Gaddafi family.

A comprehensive report by Lord Woolf into the scandal was published today, and found “the links which the LSE developed with Libya have clearly brought to light shortcomings in communication and governance within the LSE”.

Professor Judith Rees, director of LSE, said: “It’s a fairly forensic exercise.

“Obviously it’s very hard hitting, it’s very detailed, and it does show that there were clear mistakes made, and failings in our governance and management.

“It’s sad, and certainly very painful reading for someone like me who has spent most of their career at the school.”

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