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Year In Review: 2011’s Biggest Events

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 24, 2011


When Mohamed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian fruit seller, set himself on fire toward the end of December 2010, he did so out of economic despair and outrage over rampant corruption in his native Sidi Bouzid.

In 2011, the world saw protest movements that demanded an end to that inequality. Bouazizi became a symbol for millions of people around the world who found themselves similarly facing daily government oppression and misrule. “The people want the downfall of the regime” became a slogan that united people across Syria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.

Protests toppled leaders that previously had seemed untouchable — Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Tunisia’s Zine Abidine Ben Ali and Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh. Meanwhile, the brutal crimes of the governments of Syria and Bahrain captured headlines worldwide and rose to the top of the international agenda.

In the United States, activists in New York’s Zuccotti park launched a protest movement that challenged corporate culture and the unequal division of wealth. Protesters questioned the foundations of the global economic system and defended the rights of “the 99 percent.”

Natural disasters continued to wreak havoc around the world, with floods in the Philippines killing nearly one thousand, devastating earthquakes in Turkey killing hundreds as buildings collapsed, and the worst earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan’s history creating a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The United States claimed the deaths of al Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and the American, radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

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Gaddafi’s Killer Will Be Prosecuted When Caught, Libya’s Interim Government Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 30, 2011

He is hiding or hided?

The person responsible for the death of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi will be prosecuted, Libya’s interim government has said.

Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, deputy chief of the National Transitional Council (NTC), said that anyone proven to have shot and killed Gaddafi would be brought to justice.

“With regards to Gaddafi, we do not wait for anybody to tell us,” he told the al-Arabiya satellite channel.

He added: “We had already launched an investigation. We have issued a code of ethics in handling of prisoners of war. I am sure that was an individual act and not an act of revolutionaries or the national army. Whoever is responsible for that will be judged and given a fair trial.”

Previously the NTC has insisted that Gaddafi was shot accidentally in ‘crossfire’ after his arrest.

But footage released after the former leader’s death, which showed him wounded and being violently assaulted by his captors, lead to international criticism and calls for an investigation.

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Libya: Tripoli Scene Of New Fighting

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 14, 2011

This Libya war could invite another recession. What NATO will face and what Gaddafi will say that time? That time Gaddafi could tell lots of bullet type sayings. There could not be any alternativ­es rather than pretending of being deaf.
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Libya’s Revolution Produces a New Hybrid: Pro-Western Islamists

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 16, 2011


The Libyan rebels chuckle when they find a child-sized T-shirt featuring a cartoon of Osama bin Laden amid the

Former rebel fighters pray at a checkpoint near Bani-Walid, Libya, September 12, 2011 Alexandre Meneghini / AP

surveillance files, tapes and photos in one of the buildings abandoned by Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s internal security forces. Sporting thick, bushy beards in a fresh show of religiosity they say never would have been tolerated under the old regime, they have mixed feelings about the man on the T-shirt. “Fighting in the name of Islam is something that all Muslims respect,” says Mukhtar Enhaysi, carefully. “But when [Bin Laden] makes explosions and commits acts of terrorism against civilians who have nothing to do with that, no one agrees with that.”

Enhaysi’s nuanced view is commonplace in a country whose citizens are suddenly free to express themselves, although the subtle Islamist current in the rebellion has worried some of its Western backers. Rebel forces in Tripoli are commanded by a former associate of Bin Laden, who the CIA had sent to Libya for questioning and torture by Gaddafi’s regime. And the leader of the rebel Transitional National Council has called for a constitution guided by Islamic values, reflecting popular sentiment in a country whose people describe themselves as conservative, and who have endured 42 years of enforced — albeit, many say, superficial — secularism under Gaddafi, even as he tried to style himself as the nemesis of the West.(See pictures of the lengthy battle for Libya.)

Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a cheering crowd in Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square this week that, “We seek a state of law, prosperity and one where Sharia [Islamic law] is the main source for legislation, and this requires many things and conditions,” adding that “extremist ideology” would not be tolerated.

Indeed, for a citizenry that views itself as inherently more conservative than its Egyptian and Tunisian neighbors, it shouldn’t be surprising that Libya’s interim leaders are already emphasizing the Islamic character of their future government. But many say that Gaddafi’s legacy — and NATO’s recent intervention — has also paved the way for a different kind of Islamist than the type that Washington has long feared. “The fact that Gaddafi used [the West] as a common enemy, well, the saying ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ holds very true here,” says one official in the National Transitional Council (NTC), speaking on condition of anonymity. “If you compound that with the fact that the Westerners were instrumental in their support [of the rebels] and in the demise of Gaddafi, you see that people are really quite friendly.”(See a brief history of Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year rule.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Post-Gaddafi Tripoli: How Libya’s Civil Servants Are Holding It Together

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 4, 2011


When a pick-up truck laden with C-5 explosives accidently blew up after hitting a pothole last week in the ritzy Tripoli

Libyan policemen are seen patrolling in Tripoli, Libya, 03 September 2011.

neighborhood of Gargaresh, residents witnessed something unexpected. Within minutes of the explosion, three fire trucks arrived on the scene to extinguish the blaze. “In my entire life I never saw anything like it,” says Kamal Mansur. “The fire squad responded and put the fire out quickly. Before the revolution, no one ever wanted to work for [former Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi. Now everyone wants to work to build a new Libya.”

On Thursday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Libya faces an “immediate humanitarian crisis” and many foreign observers have decried the lack of basic services. But in the capital of Tripoli, civil servants are still on the job, weathering the hardships and shortages left in the wake of Gaddafi’s fall. Everyone seems to be working hard to avert the human catastrophe predicted for the country.(See pictures of Gaddafi’s 40 years in power.)

Just off the Mediterranean coast, under the shade of two unfinished skyscrapers, three men are raking refuse into a large blue plastic tub. A fourth dumps it into a small garbage truck. “We work in a few neighborhoods from 9 in the morning until 10 at night,” says Abu Bakr Mayga, a guest worker from Mali. Even though they have not been paid their $300-a-month salary since the revolution broke out in February, Mayga and his fellow Africans from Mali, Burkino Faso, and the Ivory Coast are still collecting empty bean cans and plastic mineral water bottles. “Just because there was a revolution does not mean there won’t be any more garbage,” explains the group’s leader, Juma’a Ibrahim, 22, a native Libyan. “We all have to do our part.”

Earlier in the week, the country’s new leaders blitzed cell phones with text messages imploring Libyan civil servants to go back to work. Oil workers, power plant employees, healthcare specialists, and even gas station attendants were urged “to return to work quickly in view of… your responsibility to the nation.”

The message was heard in the Ben Gashir police station. Many officers failed to show up for work in the days after rebels captured the capital on August 20. But as the security situation stabilized following the evaporation of Gaddafi forces, they slowly returned to their headquarters. “We want the capital to be safe,” says Umar Farhan. “We are here to do that.” Though he admits that the city could use a boost in the number of street patrols, the police officer says that just being out helps to ease people’s fears. “They just want to see our uniforms. If we can get out more, it will go a long way.”(See TIME’s award-winning pictures of the battle for Tripoli.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Nato Steps Up Fight Against Gaddafi Strongholds As Rebel Council Reject Deployment Of UN Forces

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 31, 2011

These days I am confused with Libya case and asking myself question how long the rebels will fight nearby Gaddafi’s compound?
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Desperately seeking Qaddafi’s brigade of beautiful bodyguards

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 26, 2011


When the rebels stormed into Muammar Qaddafi’s fortress of Bab al-Aziziya they expected to find more people than just the stalwart leader and his family. But it appears that Qaddafi’s famed bodyguards too have vanished into thin air.

There is no trace of Qaddafi’s female bodyguards, once estimated to be around 400 beautiful women.

The Libyan leader first began to appear with his female guards in the 1990s; his previous guards were from the former East Germany.

According to media reports, in the past 20 years Qaddafi employed as many as 400 “Revolutionary Nuns,” as the female guards came to be known. They were also referred to as “The Amazonians.”

The guards were reported to have taken a vow of chastity before beginning the job of guarding the Libyan leader; in addition, they took a pledge to sacrifice their lives to protect him. The guards also underwent extensive firearm and martial arts training in the Women’s Police Academy in Tripoli. Read the rest of this entry »

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British Jets Attack Gaddafi’s Bunker In Hometown Of Sirte

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 26, 2011

If British jets know whereabout­s Gaddafi, then why to announce 2 millions dollars?
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A Field Guide to Libya’s New Interim Government

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 26, 2011

The struggle between two opposite thinking will not stop soon I reckon.
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Libya: New Government Begins To Make Plans But Fighting In Tripoli Continues

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 24, 2011

Still fighting continues and Gaddafi’s cost as per the announceme­nt is million dollars in trillion dollars war. So this decision seems in rush and not relevant. It could be better to wait couple of days.
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Some latest Clips from Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011

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Questions Over Nato’s Role As Libyan Rebels Advance On Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011

NATO will be there or not, but NATO will be there.
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Free And Defiant Saif al-Islam Still At Large In Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011

Everywhere this kind of controvers­ial news make people sick.
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Fighting Gaddafi: How NATO and the Rebels Dovetailed Toward Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011


Libyan rebel fighters embrace at the former female military base in Tripoli, Libya, August 22, 2011. (Photo: Sergey Ponomarev / AP)

The first time the NATO allies had an inkling that Muammar Gaddafi’s regime might be on its last legs was two weeks ago when Libyan rebel forces opened up a third front in the western half of Libya. Eastern Libya, of course, had the most publicized front, one that the rebels never really got to push past the oil facility town of Brega. But western Libya, the general area around Gaddafi’s capital Tripoli, had two fiery points of rebellion that refused to be extinguished: the region around and including Zawiyah just east of Tripoli; and the port of Misratah to its west. And then came the threat to Gaddafi from the south. Just as August began, fighters from the mountain region of Nefusa pushed north towards the capital, meeting little resistance as they raced to the Mediterranean. It was then that the allies felt they had finally broken Gaddafi’s army after five months of continuous bombardment.

According to sources within and outside the alliance, NATO experts had long suspected that Gaddafi’s strength had been waning. Still, it was taken aback at the events of the last 24 hours. Rebel forces from all three western fronts have taken most of Tripoli with only pockets of fighting left, albeit fierce. Though Gaddafi remains at large, the rebels captured three of his sons (though one reportedly escaped late Monday). Given that a month ago the rebels were perceived as fragmented and disorganized and NATO, many thought, was on the verge of losing an embarrassing battle with a third world dictator, how did Tripoli so quickly fall once the rebels reached its gates?

(PHOTOSLibyan Rebels Move on Tripoli)

To hear British and NATO sources tell it, this was the plan all along. The strategy from the get-go was to tighten the noose slowly around Gaddafi’s neck – politically, economically and militarily. Why not have James Bond or Jason Bourne depose him right away? Because the fight in many ways was never about Gaddafi himself, but about convincing the Libyan people to abandon their leader of 42 years. “We knew vast military power would not win this, but if the National Transition Committee could unlock the desire for freedom all over Libya, that was what would win this,” says a NATO official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “So that’s probably even more significant – the simple groundswell of public support for these forces as they came through. Gaddafi’s forces would’ve seen that – that they were fighting not just an army advancing but a huge number of hostile civilians and that’s a clue to give up.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Gaddafi’s Rule Is ‘At An End’ Rebel Council Declares As Fighters Stream Into Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 22, 2011

Bud Gaddafi already disappeare­d?
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