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IRI released its survey of public opinion in eastern Libya (PDF), conducted October 12-25, 2011 and its analysis (PDF). This poll marks IRI’s first public opinion survey in Libya, and is designed to provide information to stakeholders to improve accountability and transparency in the political process as Libya makes its transition from authoritarianism to democracy.
In late October fighting was continuing throughout much of Libya between Qaddafi regime loyalists and the opposition, precluding any scientific survey research on a national level. In partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy, IRI polled those relatively peaceful parts of eastern Libya not controlled by regime loyalists.
Although not representative of a nationwide sentiment, this sub-national poll nonetheless serves to inform policy makers of opinions and concerns of Libyans first freed from the Qaddafi regime. This survey identifies high levels of optimism for the political and economic future among Libyans, and very high support for the National Transitional Council. The vast majority of Libyans wish to see a democratic system emerge after Qaddafi, and wished to see elections held within a year.… Read More
Official List for Prime Minister Abduraheem El-Keib’s Transitional Executive Board
Prime Minister: Abduraheem El-Keib
Deputy Prime Minister: Mustafa AbuShagur
Minister of Religious Affairs: Hamza AbuFaris
Minister of Justice: Khalifa Ashour
Minister of Telecome: Anwar Fituri
Minister of Labor: Mustafa Rujbani
Minister of Health: Dr. Fatima Hamroush
Minister of Interior: Fawzi Abdela’ali
Minister of Energy: Awad Beroin
Minister of Trade and Commerce: Sharkasi
Minister of Education, Sulaiman… Read More
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I have spent most of my adult life working on, and in, interventions. I began as a junior diplomat with East Timor, served in the Balkans and in Iraq, then spent a few years in Afghanistan. But none of this made me feel I could predict the future of Libya as I entered Tripoli in August. There were echoes of Baghdad in the masked men holding on to truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns and shouting Allahu Akbar at an angry crowd outside the bank. Was this the prelude to a sudden flurry of looting, then, after a few months, sullen resentment, riots, roadside bombs and rockets falling into the foreign compounds? Would Libya, like the Iraq or Afghan interventions, eventually suck in billions of dollars, thousands of lives, and achieve little more than trauma, corruption and insecurity?
Or could it be, like the Balkans, a success? After all, in 1995 there was a civil war in Bosnia in which 100,000 people were killed; there were three ethnic armies and 419,000 men under arms. Then the west intervened. Today it has a single army of fewer than 15,000. A million refugees have returned and more than 200,000 homes have been given back to their owners. Karadzic, Milosevic and Mladic have been caught and tried as war criminals. You can drive from one end of Bosnia to the other: the checkpoints are gone. The war has completely ended. And all this was achieved at a cost of zero American and Nato lives. Are there lessons from the last two decades that could guide us to success in Libya?
Two dominant theories of intervention have been studied by those responsible for “post-conflict strategy” in Libya. The first – championed by one of the world’s most influential thinktanks, the Rand Corporation – emphasises resources and planning. It holds that the Balkans succeeded because of sufficient troops, money and good management. Iraq failed because there was “no postwar plan”; Afghanistan because of insufficient resources (“We were distracted by Iraq”). The implication for Libya is to plan better and, if necessary, to “surge”. The new US theory of counterinsurgency, of General Petraeus, is this view on steroids. He and countless American politicians, from the president down, emphasise strategy, leadership and above all resources.
The second – equally influential – lesson stresses the need for heroic nation-builders. For former high representative in Bosnia Paddy Ashdown, the key is to “go in hard”, establish the rule of law rapidly, through bold and charismatic international leadership, then “avoid setting deadlines and settle in for the long haul. Peacekeeping needs to be measured not in months but decades.” In 2003, Ashdown wrote to secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld, suggesting the postponement of elections in Iraq until the rule of law was established. In 2008, he warned that in Afghanistan there was a need to find “a single person to head up the international effort, with the authority to bash international heads together”.… Read More
Al Jazeera uncovers evidence that influential Americans tried to help the now deposed Libyan leader cling to power. (See document below)
In the heart of Tripoli lays Libya’s intelligence headquarters, much of it was destroyed by NATO airstrikes which transformed the building that struck fear into the hearts of millions of Libyans for over four decades, into a symbol of how Gaddafi’s regime has been all but destroyed.
Guarding the compound are a couple of dozen armed rebel fighters, some of them tell me their friends and families went missing as a direct result of “intelligence” gathered by those who worked in the building.
It’s fair to assume that among the rubble and ransacked offices, lay some of the darkest, deepest secrets of Gaddafi’s regime. I’m looking for files entitled “Lockerbie” or “IRA”, but unfortunately the place is a mess.
I’m taken to the office of Abdullah Alsinnousi, he was head of Libya’s intelligence service and one of the Gaddafi regime’s most notorious and feared strong men.
Scattered on his desk are dozens of documents branded “top secret”, but the rebels accompanying me aren’t keen on me taking anything away. I find a folder titled “Moussa Alsadr”, he was the former head of Hezbollah who went missing in Libya over thirty years ago. Within seconds, the folder is taken by my minder who says none of these documents can leave the compound.
In the room adjacent to Sinnousi’s office is a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom kitted with a plush jacuzzi, an indication of the lush lifestyle led by the heads of the former regime. Sprawled on the bed lays a rebel fighter taking an afternoon nap. The scene is almost surreal, “gosh how times change”, I whisper.
Communication with US officials
I managed to smuggle away some documents, among them some that indicate the Gaddafi regime, despite its constant anti-American rhetoric – maintained direct communications with influential figures in the US.
I found what appeared to be the minutes of a meeting between senior Libyan officials – Abubakr Alzleitny and Mohammed Ahmed Ismail – and David Welch, the former assistant secretary of state who served under George W Bush and the man who brokered the deal which restored diplomatic relations between the US and Libya in 2008.
Welch now works for Bechtel, a multinational American company with billion dollar construction deals across the Middle East. The documents record that, on August 2, 2011, David Welch met with Gaddafi’s officials at the Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo, just a few blocks from the US embassy there.… Read More
Eid Mubarek ~ كل عام وأنتم بخير
We would like to wish our readers and supporters around the world a happy and blessed Eid
As we enter into the Eid celebrations, we reflect on how special the past thirty days have been for Libya. The month of Ramadan has… Read More
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From Tripoli based source:
The most crowded prison is Ayn Zara. Several people perish anonymously in this prison daily. The incarcerated population suffers from numerus diseases, mainly skin diseases. The number of prisoners in this facility is uncertain, but most likely close to 10 000. Prisoners are allowed only 20 minutes of access to… Read More