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Dry your tears and continue the fight: the one you were shown was not Muammar Al-Gaddafi


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The process of psychological destabilization of NATO must be retained forever by the citizens of the world as a lesson.

According to reports reaching us, the martyr humiliated and presented as Muammar Al-Gaddafi, in videos and photographs that have been shown around the world, has been identified as the real person actually called Ali Majid Al Andalus who was an inhabitant of Sirte in Libya and was famous for his resemblance to the brother Leader of the El Fateh Revolution.We publish this news to put an end as quickly as possible to the confusion in the psychological war during which NATO has flooded the web with false news, false documents, false Libyan sites, contaminating social networks and unfortunately also some sites of friends of Libya.

The man in the photo with the bullet hole in the head was not Muammar al Gaddafi, but his double. He called himself ‘Ahmid’. Just look at his face and compare it with that of the true Muammar Al- Gaddafi!

Ali Majid Al Andalusi

Brother Muammar Al-Gaddafi

We have obtained this information from a reliable source and we ask that you mobilize more than ever to work in order to update the truth and for an end to unjust wars against the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and elsewhere such as in Iraq, Afghanistan and those wars that predators would launch against Syria and Algeria, for example.

We ask the European and American populations and all peoples of the world to step up their actions with all their might, with all means available and to set in motion any concerted effort to ensure that NATO and all their accomplices throughout the world be rendered permanently ‘checkmated’. This is the future of humanity. Do not leave your future and that of future generations in the hands of dangerous psychopathic criminals.

The psychopathic criminals Obama, Sarkozy, Cameron and ignoble Albellajil know very well that they did not kill Muammar Gaddafi. They used this innocent man solely for their psychological operation by having him lynched by armed thugs of the TNC before the cameras. This served several purposes including tarnishing the image of the Guide on the one hand and smearing Islam on the other.

The reason that Jalil was quick to declare Sharia in Libya is to place the blame for the crimes of NATO squarely on the backs of Muslims and Islam, when in reality it is these ‘druggie types’ hired by the secret services of NATO countries, who have nothing to do with Islam, who committed these crimes.

This is a war against Islaam. Once these monstrous mercenaries from NATO have committed enough crimes before the cameras around the world with the help of NATO, the latter will then have every excuse to kill more people and boost their wars to strengthen their control over the Muslim countries that they have been pitching as wild and barbaric societies. Islam will then have been discredited and their victims will quietly accept their ‘offer’ and help to execute the infamous project of the so-called New World Order.

NATO’s process of psychological destabilization must be retained forever by the citizens of the world as a lesson.

Mathaba Post-Script

We fully endorse the above article, originally published here. From our own impeccable sources close to the Leader Mu’ammar Qaddafi and within his own circle, at a sensitive time, without placing any risk to any source we published a denial on the same day that all world media declared — on the basis of video files alone — that Mu’ammar Qaddafi was dead. Once again, the minority in the world who have learned over the past 12 years that Mathaba stands alone with Truth, and who follow Mathaba closely, as well as our subscribers, knew the truth while the world was misled by tell-lie-vision media.

We also published on the very next day once again a rebuttal of the reports of Qaddafi’s death and called for the matter to be closed and not to become the subject of controversy, time wasting, deflection and endless discussion. However, we were attacked by a great many who feared we would “lose credibility” and “aid the enemy” because our detractors were convinced Mu’ammar was dead. Those who have followed Mathaba online since 12 years, know that we do not pay attention to perceived “credibility”, but only to the publication of truth, without fear nor favour, and without regard to political ideologies of left and right.

We had hoped that at least the minority in the world, the thinkers andtruth soldiers would hear our message loud and clear, and we were not disappointed. They agreed with us that if anyone wishes to consider Qaddafi dead, let them do so, or alive, let them do so, we simply stated the facts of him being physically alive, and choosing not to communicate so that the world media who started this war, the bankers who bankrolled it in their attempts to grab African resources, and the other slaves of the “new world order” could “have their day” and their own perceived victory, even if it will be short-lived.

Yet others, including a few who should know better, still have a trust in the one and only difference between a Hollywood movie and a TV News Channel: that difference being, the channel. Turn channel to Hollywood movie and you know it is a movie, unless you are young and did not yet know that death on TV is for entertainment and faked. Turn channel to news, and the vast majority, including an incredible number of those who are otherwise in high positions: international human rights lawyers, political leaders, even heads of state — just find it hard to believe that a news channel would lie.

News Media

As to how and why news channels lie, this is a different and longer subject. We work in news, and have seen this for decades. Few know how it really works. It has a lot to do with editors. The ownership, funds, turning a blind eye, ratings, policy, the frightful practice of getting news 3rd of 4th hand and passing it off as fact, laziness, lack of education and critical mind, spin by staff in order to keep their jobs and obtain favour of editors, and the editors keeping favour of those who own them, all play significant roles in the picture of why the so-called mainstream media (MSM) which we prefer to call Money Slave Media (M$M) is so compromised from start to finish.

As an experienced editor, who gets to see too much information that would make most normal people sick and tired, over and over again, the same patterns and events, but different actors and locations, over decades, I can tell you that there will be a great many readers reading my words even at this stage, and having read the above, who will still be seeking some “confirmation” that Muammar is alive and that it was not he who died on October 19 or 20.

Should we entertain those who do not trust us and our track record, not on the occasional error out of hundreds of thousands of news reports, a small handful over the years, in each case corrected, but on those important issues we have come out loud and clear and would be puting our very future existence on the line if we were lying or unprofessional? Let us cut a deal. If I spend time providing additional logical proof, without revealing how and why it is that we knew for a fact, after that you go and also spend a little of your time and money for us: because we have many communication, infrastructure and resource expenses, to keep this operation going.

About Mathaba

Mathaba is not a part-time hobby blog with a blind love for Muammar Qaddafi without even knowing anything of the man until this war started, we have been close to him for decades. It is our readers who help pay the expenses of running this service, including those who work full time, because we do not get funding from governments, intelligence agencies, corporations, but only from subscriptions, individual private donations, and occasional ethical advertising (of which there is too little in this day and age where most capitalist businesses are motivated by money and not value).

If you read any further below this line, we ask you therefore not only tosign up for a subscription and/or make a donation, but that you read this article again and that you act upon it: for in truth whether Muammar was really killed and all the above are suicidal lies on our part, or physically alive but having divorced himself from this horrible world which failed to understand him including most of those who shout most loudly both inside and outside Libya that they are his supporters and would die for him — the result is the same. The Jamahiriya was never Muammar even though he started it. The resistance never depended upon him, even though he went out with his gun. His political, economic and social program for the liberation of the world, The Green Book, does not depend on his physical presence, nor does his (r)evolutionary movementnor do the rights and freedoms of the Jamahiriya (self-governing civil society) for their fruition.

Doubting Thomases

So, for those doubting Thomases, here a few tips  and then do your own research, away from Mathaba, do not use us, and do not bring this issue up at our expense deflecting discussions and focus away from the continuing struggle, most especially, growing the green movement and making sure that the Libyan Jamahiriya becomes, even with a very slight geographical shift, a Universal Jamahiriya:

* Muammar was no where near Sirte on 19-20 October. We admit readers will be unlikely to verify this, but let us just put that out there.
* Muammar is taller and older than the Hero who was murdered while the leader of whites Hillary Clinton has called for world-wide applause of murder.
* The photos in this article above are not the best, as they are opposite sides of their heads. There are others you can compare.
* Muammar has some specific marks, that are always there, more or less pronounced, study recent photographs if you do not know him well face to face.
* The rotting bodies “displayed” on the dirty mattresses for days were covered by blanked, with only a part of the head of the victim visible.
* As with the killing of the old man in Pakistan, body dumped out to see, the bodies of the victims were destroyed and moved not to be found.

Yes you were lied to again by all the world media, including those fake gate-keepers many of you trusted and with the typical switch and bait method. Jazeera, PRESS TV, BBC, CNN, New York Times, Guardian, fanatically pro-Qaddafi blogs (who focus on the cult worship aspect but not on his real ideas, movement and personality). Nation of Islam (Louis Farrakhan), Hugo Chavez, even Robert Mugabe (for now at least) were deceived, the left wing who you fail to detect all the loud traits of fascism and nihilism among them, the “international organizations”, all without exception have failed you. So what are you going to do about it?

Take Responsibility

For those who are looking for Libyans to win a single-handed victory against the most powerful military alliance on earth, while they fight with their hands and feet tied, without water nor food, nor adequate medical supplies. And did so for 8 months, something those soldiers attacking them would not be able to do for more than a few days or weeks at best. For you, shame on you. One of The Third Universal Theory premises is that no one can represent you: no one can die for you. If you think the battle is military, then go out there, go into Africa, anywhere, and fight. Do not call on others to fight if you are not willing and doing so yourself.

For those of you who are looking for Mu’ammar Qaddafi to come out and address you to deny his death, when it has clear advantages at this new phase of the struggle, shame on you. Seek your reassurance elsewhere. Feel him alive in your hearts, know that no matter what happens he would always either be alive with Allah, or alive on Earth. There can be no death for Mu’ammar, even if they would succeed to get his physical body in future. Instead, continue his work.

A Word on Islam

Finally, a word on Islam, to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Again, take it from us or leave it, we report only fact and truth. Up to you to go out and verify what we say if you doubt it. Libya has had Sharia almost since the start of the Al-Fateh revolution in 1969. To be implemented, required there to be a Jamahiriya. Without a Jamahiriya you cannot have Sharia. The Holy Qur’an has been the Law of Society in the Jamahiriya since its inception with the Sebha Declaration of 2nd March, 1977.

Mu’ammar has addressed Muslims and also on occasion given significant messages to non-Muslims and spoken on Islam on numerous occasions throughout the years. He always did so from a position of truth-seeking and truth-telling, no matter how much it angered and annoyed the “religious establishment” throughout the Arab world and even beyond. His was never the method of diplomacy, but, of Education: of himself and others. Please read the chapter Education in The Green Book.

A very good book was written on his religious thought by Mustafa Ayyoub, titled “The Third Universal Theory and the Religious Thought of Muammar Qaddafi” (spelling of author and title may be different), from Canada. If you wish to know the details, purchase that book. It may even be available online these days, do a search.

On the other hand, his enemies, those hostile to Islam (Truth, Peace, Justice) such as the Anglo-American-Zionist groups and their servants, always wish to portray Islam and Muslims (and Mu’ammar for those who know his personal life and methods, as well as his political, economic and social activities well, can attest to this, he was among the best of Muslims in the world) in a negative light. Sometimes Libya and the Leader naively played into those images, for they were not professional deceivers or versed in the art of propaganda and deception, as their enemies are.

Therefore psychotic criminals, murderers, rapists, drug addicts, human traffickers, corrupt former officials, royalists, foreign agents, opportunists, heretics, and money slaves — all of which make up the vast bulk of the so-called “revolutionary rebels”, “TNC” (“NTC or CNT”), Al-Qaida, LIFG alliance which will now fight each other, providing a haven for non-stop mobile intervention in Africa by the predatory bankrupt western forces in their grab for resources, are portrayed as Muslims.

The louder they shout “ALLAHU AKBAR” while actually believing the opposite (“NATO AKBAR”) with fearful loud hoarse voices to conceal their ignorance, fear, pretence and love of dirt and squalor, the more the barbarian white elites of the world are in joy, for that is what they wish Islam to be. And that is why Mutassim, moments before his death, when hearing these words from his torturers smiled: for he knows their abode as promised by Allah is to be in the depths of hell.

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Diary: Mogadishu’s destroyed buildings


Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

After three years of drought thousands of colourful tents made with sticks and branches wrapped in plastic sheets and bits of cloth have sprung up among Mogadishu’s destroyed buildings. Over the summer and early autumn tens of thousands of starving Somalis entered the city. Now the refugees fill the shells of long-defunct ministries, gather in the shade of the roofless cathedral and stand under the parliament building like worshippers seeking a miracle. They appear in the streets in tattered clothing, holding bundles on their oversized heads, carrying yellow jerrycans and babies on their backs.

Inside the Ministry of Health, Fatima was building her tent, tying sticks together with strips of fabric, then wrapping larger pieces of cloth around them: a torn sarong, a plastic sheet, a fragment from an orange headscarf. Her infant son sat inside the tent with the rest of her possessions: a kettle and a blackened pot filled with half-cooked maize porridge that she got from a charity kitchen. She and her two sons would feed on that porridge for the next 24 hours, until she was given more. Around her many other tents filled the roofless room. Fatima’s tent stood against a shattered wall, its windows blown in by a tank shell some time in the last decade.

Fatima left her village in the south of Somalia, near Kismayo, when the rains failed for the third time. She walked to the nearest road, where she waited for a passing truck and begged a place for herself and her children. They travelled for three days in the back of the truck, surviving on the maize loaves she had with her and some water she begged for along the way. When they reached Afgoy on the outskirts of Mogadishu they were stopped by al-Shabaab militia, who told her to go back home. ‘They told us it was better to wait for God’s mercy and the rain than beg for food from the unbelievers.’ Twice she tried to cross into government-held territory, where aid was distributed, and twice they stopped her. She waited, but God’s mercy never came. A few days later she tried again, this time at night, and crossed the front line into the city.

Her older son was holding the sticks of the tent while she tied the knots around them and chattered away. ‘We left the sick and the old behind in the village. Only the strongest make it to Mogadishu: we were five when we left, now we are three.’ Where did the other two go? ‘I lost two sons,’ she said, and went on tying knots.

Three decades ago, Mohamed Siad Barre, commander of the Supreme Revolutionary Council, head of the politburo of the Somali Revolutionary Socialist Party and the last ruler of a functional Somali state, built vast concrete buildings all over Mogadishu. The beautiful city on the coast of the Indian Ocean, with its Arabic and Indian architecture, winding alleyways and Italian colonial-era villas, was dominated by these monuments. They were Third World incarnations of Soviet architecture, exuding power, stability and strength. The buildings – like the literacy campaigns, massive public works programmes and a long war against neighbouring Ethiopia in the late 1970s and early 1980s – were supposed to reflect the wisdom and authority of the dictator.

Sycophants and poets sang Siad Barre’s praises in these buildings, and schoolchildren waved ribbons and flew flags in their courtyards to celebrate his birthday. But in the deserts beyond the city walls nomadic tribes were agitating for war. When the Soviet Union fell and the unpredictable dictator could no longer play his hand in the Cold War game of African dictatorships, he was toppled. His clan was defeated by the clans he had marginalised.

Tribesmen poured into the city and Siad Barre’s state collapsed. The fighters ransacked Mogadishu’s Arab and European quarters and stripped its cinemas and ministries bare, shelled its old stone houses and hammered bullets into the walls and columns of its bars and cafés. Tribal commanders installed themselves as kings of crumbling neighbourhoods. Clan wars fragmented into sub-clan wars and then into sub-sub-clan wars. Tribesmen fought and killed other tribesmen and then turned against men of their own tribe and killed them. The fighters replaced their camels with Japanese pick-up trucks and fitted them with guns, turning them into war wagons. Everyone had been fighting for so long they forgot why they had started fighting in the first place and a miserable lethargy settled in. Generations of young men were born into the war, boys whose real mother was a Kalashnikov and whose only knowledge lay in the killing of other boys.

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Tribunal Judges fail to Challenge Home Secretary’s Decision Despite Evidence in Shaykh Raed Salah Hearing


Friends of Al-Aqsa is disappointed with the Tribunal Judges findings in the appeal against deportation made by Shaykh Raed Salah.

The Tribunal concluded that the Home Secretary acted in accordance with state policy despite the evidences which were presented to it. The judges were unwilling to challenge the decisions made by the Home Secretary, despite the fact that she took less than half an hour to reach the decision to exclude Shaykh Raed from the UK and consulted no British intelligence or security services.

They also reached their decision despite noting that the information received by the Home Secretary came from the Communities Securities Trust and the Jewish Board of Deputies both of which provided an ‘unbalanced perspective’ when distinguishing anti-Semitism and criticism of the state of Israel. The crux of the case against Shaykh Raed stands on the ability of onlooker to distinguish legitimate political criticism of Israel as opposed to deplorable anti-Semitism.

On the other hand, the judges had the temerity to question how well the high profile figures who provided letters of support for Shaykh Raed knew him, including Baroness Tonge, Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, John Cryer MP, Noam Chomsky and Bruce Kent. Thus, they were willing to cast doubt on the evidences in support of Shaykh Raed, while conferring greater value on evidences against him.

In a distorted conclusion to the judgement, the judges accept that Shaykh Raed can continue to spread his message about the plight of Palestinians ‘from abroad… using modern methods of electronic communication’. For an individual whose actions allegedly merit exclusion from the UK, this hardly seems like a fitting conclusion, reflecting the non-sense that this decision amounts to.

Ismail Patel said, “this decision reflects a newly emerging higher burden of proof being placed on Palestinians who wish to visit the UK and speak freely about what is happening to them under Israeli occupation and governance. Only two weeks ago this very same government welcomed suspected war Criminal Tzipi Livni with open arms, and the false premise of a ‘special mission’ while it continues to deny individuals like Shaykh Raed who have faced years of oppression, their liberty and freedom.”

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Deported Palestinians describe prison ordeal

by crescentandcross in Uncategorized

Nazi Gistapo

“Imagine living in a cell with someone dying in front of your eyes,” freed man tells Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera

Of 1,027 freed Palestinian prisoners, 40 were deported and forced to start their lives all over again [REUTERS]

Hazem Asili, from the West Bank, was 25 years old when he was jailed by Israel in 1986. Abdelhakim Hnaini, also from the West Bank, was 27 years old when he was incarcerated in 1993. On October 11, a deal was brokered exchanging 1,027 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured in 2006 by Hamas. Asili and Hnaini are among the 15 of these prisoners who were deported to Qatar as part of the swap deal.

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, the two men talk about their treatment in Israeli prisons, and what it feels like to finally be free.

Al Jazeera: Can I ask what you were charged with?

Asili: I was charged with being a member of a cell that blew up a bus in 1983, and with cooperating with another cell that attacked troops from Israel’s Givati Brigade in 1986.

Hnaini: My charge was that I was a member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, and [participated in] some military activity.

AJ: And your sentences?

Hnaini: Both of us were sentenced to life in prison.

AJ: Can you tell us a bit about the difficulties you faced in prison?

Asili: The worst is when you feel that the jailer wants to break you, to remove your own sense of humanity, to relegate you to a mere object. That’s the life we were living, fighting that battle 24 hours a day. For me personally, the most demeaning were the repeated strip searches. The security excuse is false and we all know it. Searching us while we are forced to be naked has nothing to do with security. It’s all about breaking our will. That is the worst form of torment.

The suffering was compounded by the severe limits on who could visit me, [only] my closest relatives. It is so hard to live for so many years without ever meeting my nieces or nephews. These are my basic family members, people very dear to me, but they were not allowed to visit me. Obviously these restrictions have nothing to do with security. My 10-year-old niece visiting me in jail does not pose a security risk to anyone.

On top of all that, the Israeli still portrays himself as the humanist. They come, take over our land, control every aspect of our lives, our movement, what we build, what we learn … and then insist that they have this right. That mindset is recreated exactly in prison.

” Imagine living in a cell with 16 prisoners, where they can barely stand next to each other to pray. After a while, this becomes normal. It just becomes part of our life.. “

– Abdelhakim Hnaini

Hnaini: I want to add that there are some details, for people like me and Abu Jaber [Asili], abuses after all these years just become a part of our daily routine. We almost forget that this stuff is not normal. When we tell people on the outside, it shocks them.

For example, imagine living in a cell with 16 prisoners, where they can barely stand next to each other to pray. After a while, this becomes normal. It just becomes part of our life.

My brother, I’ve seen him twice in the last 15 years for “security considerations”. He’s never been arrested for anything. My mother is 75. She’s not allowed to visit me for security reasons. My father is 80. He’s not allowed to visit me for security reasons.

There is another aspect; the lack of healthcare. One of our brothers who was freed, Ahmad al-Najjar, has cancer of the throat. He’d go to the prison clinic, over and over again, and the prison doctor would always tell him he just has an infection.

One of our brothers spent 10 years in prison suffering from cancer until he was in the final stages. They sent him home to die, and he is dying in a hospital in Bethlehem now.

Of course, we’re all cramped together in cells, so skin diseases can spread easily. They won’t treat us until someone is close to dying. Imagine living in a cell with your cellmate dying in front of your eyes every day because of the lack of healthcare. That by itself is such severe suffering. But this is something we’ve gotten used to. Yet when I tell people on the outside, they barely believe us.

Let me tell you about solitary confinement. I’ve been in the solitary cell. It is exactly 1.8 metres long, with a bench to sleep on, right next to a small toilet. The area was so small that we could barely kneel in prayer. And sometimes they’d put two of us in that cell.

So these details, these are things we almost forget are not normal.

You’ve spent 19 and 25 years in these conditions, continuously confined to these small spaces. How does it feel to be suddenly free?

Hnaini: So my brother called me, asked me where I am. I told him I’m lost! I’m lost in this big Centre City thing [City Centre Mall, in Doha, Qatar]. It’s like going from hell to a heaven. If you haven’t experienced prison, you can’t imagine what it’s like. Prison is a grave. It feels like a proper grave and being released really feels like being born again.

On TV in prison once, on one of the Israeli channels, we watched a programme about prisons in Scandinavia, a documentary of sorts. We, the prisoners in Israeli jails, were watching and laughing. Viewers were supposed to feel sorry for the prisoners in Scandinavian jails. They should come see how we live in their jails.

Asili: That’s another form of psychological abuse, it could be intentional. Again to show us that we are not worthy of being compared to humans.

Hnaini: Before you move on, there’s one thing I want to tell you about, sort of an institution of Israeli prisons. It’s called the “bosta”, the trip from jail to jail or jail to hospital. Well, it’s a stretch to call it a hospital, it’s a prison with the most basic medical facilities.

Asili: They put so many obstacles on the way to getting treatment that in the end, you prefer to stay ill in prison rather than go to this “hospital”.

Hnaini: Let me tell you how we suffer. They put us in a van, basically a metal box, with metal chairs. There’s a small fan in the ceiling for circulation, just enough to ensure we don’t suffocate. There will be 25 people cramped in the back. Sick people, with their hands and legs chained. Imagine – in a metal box with our limbs chained. It has got nothing to do with security. It’s racism. They just want us to suffer. The distance would usually take one or two hours. But they make us stay in this box for 15 hours. I am not exaggerating. The point is that when you’re sick the next time and go to the prison doctor and he says he’ll transfer you to this hospital, you end up saying no, I’d rather stay where I am. And he makes you sign a document to that effect, so that if you die, he is not liable. Because I would die 20 times on that journey.

You’ve been in jail since the mid-80s and early 90s.

Asili: Yes. Before the internet [laughs].

Hnaini: We only know how to use call and end on mobile phones [laughs].

Were you ever able to use phones inside?

Asili: No, no of course not.

Hnaini: A few of the prisoners managed to smuggle in a phone. They need to break the rules to overcome their racist rules that ban prisoners from contact with their families. Imagine, since Shalit was captured, all the Gaza prisoners have not been allowed to have any contact with their families. This is contrary to international law. It’s also punishing the families.

So they’re banned from even calling their families?

Hnaini: Of course. Here’s a story for you. The prisoners in the Naqab prison were able to smuggle in a few mobile phones. Using one of the phones, they took a picture of five or six prisoners in their cell, preparing a stuffed chicken for dinner. One of the guys used his phone to upload the picture online. Imagine this: the phones were confiscated, the image published in Israeli media, the prisoner who uploaded the picture was charged with “incitement” and sent to solitary confinement for four months, a new rule was introduced that we would not be allowed to buy a whole chicken to cook. Imagine the absurdity.

What pushed you to do what you did?

Asili: To me, it’s natural. Nobody comes and takes away all your rights and you sit and accept that, unless you also believe that he is better than you. And in their ideology, they do believe that they are better than us, and we have to accept that. But nobody told me, and that is why I rebelled against them. They take my land and believe they are better than me, they don’t even see us as equals.

I challenge Israelis to treat us as equals. To give us the same social and political benefits they give Jews. To give me, someone who belongs to this land, the same treatment they give someone from Russia or from somewhere else with absolutely no connection to this land.

“Treat me as an equal, give me what you give yourselves, and I’ll be more than happy to coexist and stop fighting. Give me the right to elect and be elected, and we’ll all give up arms. I challenge them.. “

– Hazim Asili

Treat me as an equal, give me what you give yourselves, and I’ll be more than happy to coexist and stop fighting. Give me the right to elect and be elected, and we’ll all give up arms. I challenge them.

Hnaini: I want to add something very important. We do not hate Jews. We do not hate Jews for their religion. We hate the occupier. Why are Qataris here walking around in security and safety without carrying guns? They aren’t occupied. Why do the French walk around without arms? They aren’t occupied.

Asili: But the French did carry arms. When they were occupied, they resisted. But for us, it’s even worse. When the French were occupied, the world stood with them and their fight. But we’re occupied and the world stands with our occupier. Not only are we occupied, but they want to take away our dignity. They want to label my right to fight oppression as terror, and to label his occupation as law and ethics.

Hnaini: If we were not occupied, we would never fight. We want peace and safety, but the occupier won’t give it to us. We don’t dream of fighting. We dream of living at home, in peace.

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad says West set to plunder Libya

by crescentandcross in Uncategorized 


Western countries supported Muammar Gaddafi when it suited them but bombed the Libyan leader when he no longer served their purpose in order to “plunder” the north African country’s oil wealth, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

 While Tehran has applauded the people of Libya for overthrowing the man it considered an illegitimate dictator, Ahmadinejad warned Libyans that the West now aimed to run their country for them.

 ”Show me one European or American president who has not travelled to Libya or has not signed an agreement (with Gaddafi),” Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live in which he accused the West of ordering the former leader’s execution.

 ”Some people said they killed this gentleman to make sure he would not be able to say anything, just like what they did to bin Laden,” he said.

 Iran accuses the West of helping create the Sunni Muslim militant group al Qaeda run by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan in May.

 Ahmadinejad derided the West’s approach to the Security Council, which he called an “organization with no honor,” saying the UN resolution to take action against Gaddafi was used as an authorization to “plunder” Libyan oil.

 ”Any decision that would strengthen the presence, domination or influence of foreigners would be contrary to the Libyan nation’s interests,” Ahmadinejad said.

 ”The expectation of the world of the Libyan nation is that they stand and run the country themselves.”

 The downfall of Gaddafi, after he gave in to pressure to abandon nuclear work, has reinforced the view of hardliners in Tehran that no good would come of making concessions to the West.

 Iran has been subjected to four rounds of sanctions by the United Nations since 2006 over its disputed nuclear program. Western powers accuse Iran of trying to develop a nuclear weapon, but Tehran insists its program is peaceful.

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U.S. downplays concerns as Libya’s post-Gadhafi rulers call for Islamic law

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The Obama administration and European allies congratulated the Libyan people as Libya’s interim rulers declared formal victory in their nine-month struggle against the recently killed strongman Moammer Gadhafi on Sunday.

Still, underneath the surface festivities, it seems that some forces aligned with Libya’s interim leaders may be mimicking brutal aspects of the unmourned Gadhafi’s repressive style, even as they seek to distance themselves from his legacy.

Investigators with the international human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch reported Monday that they had discovered the dead bodies of 53 Gadhafi supporters apparently executed with their hands tied behind their backs at an abandoned hotel in Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte.

Meanwhile, Global Post reported that its analysis of video images of Gadhafi taken before his execution last Thursday apparently shows him being sodomized by a member of Libyan National Transition Council forces wielding a weapon.

The allegation came as the bodies of Gadhafi and his son Mo’tassim were put on public display in a cold storage facility for two days in the Libyan city of Misrata.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton–who on a visit earlier last week to Libya expressed the wish that Gadhafi be captured or killed–said on the Sunday talk shows that it would be appropriate for Libyan authorities to pursue an investigation of Gadhafi’s death.

Libya’s interim rulers took up the suggestion on Monday, saying they would proceed with such an investigation, the New York Times reported.

“In response to international calls, we have started to put in place a commission tasked with investigating the circumstances of Muammar Qaddafi’s death in the clash with his circle as he was being captured,” Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, chairman of the National Transition Council, told journalists in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Monday, the Times’ Adam Nossiter and Rick Gladstone reported.

But past such pledges–to investigate, for instance, how the Libyan rebels’ military commander Abdel Fattah Younes was assassinated in July,  apparently at the hands of one Islamist militant rebel faction–have so far gone nowhere.

In the meantime, Western officials got another stiff reminder Sunday that Libya’s victorious rebels plan to steer the country toward greater public observance of Islam.  Libya’s interim leader Abdul-Jalil pledged at Sunday’s festivities commemorating the successful struggle to topple Gadhafi that Islamic Sharia law would be the basis of the new government.

“We are an Islamic country,” Abdul-Jalil told crowds celebrating in Benghazi Sunday, the Times reported. “We take the Islamic religion as the core of our new government. The constitution will be based on our Islamic religion.”

Abdul-Jalil promised that “Islamic banks would be established in the new Libya,” the Times’ Nossiter and Kareem Fahim reported. “He also talked of lifting restrictions on the number of women Libyan men can marry.”

His comments “reflected not only the chairman’s personal religious conservatism and the country’s, but also the rising influence of Islamists among the former rebels,” Nossiter and Fahim wrote. “The Islamists, who include some influential militia commanders, have warned that they will not permit their secular counterparts in a new government to sideline them.”

“Any law that violates sharia is null and void legally,” Abdul-Jalil said, according to Agence France Press’s Simon Martelli, who added that the NTC leader specifically referenced plans to void Gadhafi’s former ban on polygamy. “The law of divorce and marriage . . . . This law is contrary to sharia and it is stopped.”

Abdul-Jalil’s pronouncements are already provoking sharp rebukes from feminists and teir progressive-minded sympathizers  in LIbya. “It’s shocking and insulting to state, after thousands of Libyans have paid for freedom with their lives, that the priority of the new leadership is to allow men to marry in secret,” a Libyan feminist who gave only her first name Rim told the AFP’s Martelli. “We did not slay Goliath so that we now live under the Inquisition.”

The specter of Islamist rule is provoking “feelings of pain and bitterness among women who sacrificed so many martyrs,” Adelrahman al-Shatr, a Libyan opposition politician, told the AFP. “By abolishing the marriage law, women lose the right to keep the family home if they divorce. It is a disaster for Libyan women.”

Former American officials who have worked in the North African nation tend to downplay concerns that Libya’s post-Gadhafi rulers plan to institute extreme, Taliban-style restrictions on expression, women’s dress code and behavior, stressing that there’s a broad range of interpretations of Islamic law. They also contend that Libya which under Gadhafi had made cultural strides toward secular modernity, is not fertile recruiting ground for Islamist extremism.

But Abdul-Jalil’s pronouncements Sunday indicate a continuing struggle for influence between Islamist militant and more secular factions of Libya’s anti-Gadhafi forces.

And documents found in Gadhafi’s seized intelligence ministry in August support previous reporting that showed the CIA was long concerned about al-Qaida links to factions of anti-Gadhafi militants, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Indeed, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a top anti-Gadhafi rebel who has become a leading figure in the post-Gadhafi leadership in Tripoli, told reporters in September that he was arrested in Thailand in 2004, tortured under interrogation by the CIA, before he was rendered back to Gadhafi’s Libya. (Belhaj strongly denied any allegiance to al-Qaida or Osama bin Laden.) U.S. officials have also acknowledged concerns about the possibility that Gadhafi’s huge stockpile of surface-to-air missiles and other weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists, including al Qaida’s north African affiliate, al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, which has been active in Libya.

In the short term, however, the United States, like much of the rest of the world, is focusing mainly on Libya’s achievement in toppling a long-ruling dictator–with the assistance of NATO air-power. “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Libya on today’s historic declaration of liberation,” President Obama said in a statement Sunday.  “After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise.” Libya’s transition authorities must now turn “their attention to the political transition ahead,” he urged.

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Inglorious secret burial for Gaddafi and son

by crescentandcross in Uncategorized

 From sources inside Libya:

Gaddafi representatives had negotiated truce & safe passage out of Sirte, NTC agreed informed H Clinton & UK FO including NATO and ICRC of terms, conditions etc., convoy displayed White Flags but attacked no prisoners taken, everyone murdered, all vehicles destroyed. Gross violation of Geneva and other International Conventions.

Other matter regarding ICC is false, no offers made.

Please expose hipocracy of the whole affair, Gaddafi was Assasinated with knowledge and complicity of US/UK/NATO.


Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mo’tassim were buried in a secret desert location today, five days after the  Libyan leader was captured, killed and put on grisly public display.

“He (Gaddafi) has just been buried now in the desert along with his son,” National Transitional Council (NTC) commander Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters by telephone.

Gaddafi’s cleric, Khaled Tantoush, who was captured with him, prayed over the  bodies before they were taken from the compound in the coastal city of Misrata, where they had been on show, and handed to two NTC NAZTO Rats  for burial.

NATO Rats had worried many outsiders by displaying the corpses in a meat locker in the fiercely anti-Gaddafi city of Misrata until their decaying state forced them yesterday to call a halt.

Under pressure from Western allies, Pro-Zionist  NTC promised the same day to investigate how Gaddafi and his son were killed. Mobile phone footage shows both alive after their capture.

The former leader was seen being mocked, beaten and abused before he died, in what NTC officials say was crossfire.

The saga has made Western allies of Libya’s interim leadership queasy about the prospects for the rule of law and stable government in the post-Gaddafi era.

“I laughed when I saw him being beaten as he deserved to be. And I laugh again now that I know he is in the ground,” said Emani Zaid, 20, a student in Tripoli.

“If the men who buried him are true free Libyans, they can keep the secret (of his grave).”

Determined to prevent Gaddafi’s grave from becoming a shrine for his supporters, NATO rats  wants to keep its location secret, refusing custody to his tribe, many of whom live in Sirte.

The prayers for the dead were attended by two of Gaddafi’s cousins, Mansour Dhao Ibrahim, once leader of the feared People’s Guard, and Ahmed Ibrahim.

Both were captured with him after a NATO air strike hit a convoy of vehicles trying to break out of Sirte, Gaddafi’s home town, just after it fell.

“The NTC officials were handed the body after the sheikh completed the early morning ceremony and are taking him somewhere very far away into the desert,” Mlegta said.

“Throw him in a hole”

For Ali Azzarog, 47, an engineer, it was good riddance.

“Throw him in a hole, in the sea, in garbage. No matter. He is lower than a donkey or a dog and only foreigners say they care about how we killed him. And they are lying,” he said.

Mohammed al-Sharif, a 22-year-old describing himself as an aspiring writer, said: “Let the dust of the desert sweep over the hole where he was buried … Then the name ‘Muammar’ can be forgotten and our children will never know of this time.”

Libyans rose up against Gaddafi’s 42-year rule in February, defying a violent response that was parried by NATO air power under a United Nations mandate to protect civilians.

The 69-year-old strongman’s death ended eight months of war that had dragged on in Sirte and elsewhere even after the NTC’s ragtag militias captured the capital, Tripoli, in August.

Hatred of Gaddafi unified his disparate opponents, who may now tussle for power during a planned transition to democracy in a broken nation with regional and tribal rivalries to overcome.

“Leaders from different regions, cities, want to negotiate over everything – posts in government, budgets for cities, dissolving militias,” said one senior NTC official in Tripoli, though he defended this as a healthy expression of freedom.

At times, Gaddafi’s body appeared to have become a macabre bargaining chip for Misrata, which endured a pitiless war-time siege, and whose leaders now demand a big say in the new Libya.

Fears that Gaddafi’s sons might wage an Iraq-style insurgency have faded since the deaths of Mo’tassim and his brother Khamis, a military commander, who was killed earlier.

But well-armed fighters in the former Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid, which fell to the NTC this month, told Reuters they were planning to keep up their struggle.

“Mass execution”

Abuses apparently committed by both sides in the civil war may also impede reconciliation.

New York-based Human Rights Watch urged the NTC yesterday to probe an “apparent mass execution” of 53 people, apparently Gaddafi loyalists, whom it found dead, some with their hands bound, at a Sirte hotel.

In Tripoli, a 33-year-old waiter, who said he was too scared to give his name, praised what he said was Gaddafi’s courage.

“If you say Gaddafi died like a coward, you are wrong. He died proud like a lion. He said he would never leave Libya and he did not leave. Fight, fight, fight. I was not a Gaddafi supporter before this revolution but when I saw his bravery, I knew he was the only man for Libya,” he said.

One of Gaddafi’s sons, the enigmatic Saif al-Islam, remains on the run.

Once viewed as a moderate reformer, Saif vowed to help his father crush his enemies once the revolt began.

An NTC official said Saif al-Islam was in the remote southern desert near Niger and Algeria and was set to flee Libya using a fase passport.

He said Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi who, like Saif al-Islam, is wanted by the International Criminal Court, was involved in the escape plan.

“The region is very difficult to monitor and encircle,” the official said of Saif al-Islam’s purported whereabouts.

In Niger, there was no official comment on Saif al-Islam, but the government there has repeatedly signalled it would fulfil its responsibilities to the International Criminal Court which wants to try Gaddafi’s son for crimes against humanity.

“The instructions in Niger are very clear: if this son of Gaddafi enters Niger, he must be arrested and placed immediately in the hands of the authorities because there is an international arrest warrant for him,” a Nigerien military source said.

Gaddafi’s death allowed the NTC to declare Libya’s “liberation” on Sunday in Benghazi, the seat of the revolt.

NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil also announced that Libya had “taken Islamic sharia as the source of legislation”.

Many rejoicing Libyans brushed off unease among human rights groups and Western capitals about the manner of Gaddafi’s death.

Until the public was finally denied access yesterday, fighters were still ushering sightseers into the chilled room where the bodies of Gaddafi, Mo’tassim and his former army chief lay, their flesh darkening and leaking fluids.

The UN human rights arm has joined the Gaddafi family in seeking an inquiry into his killing.

The NTC promised one yesterday, saying most Libyans had hoped to see Gaddafi on trial.

Some Libyans are also uncomfortable at the way Gaddafi was killed and his body treated.

“I regret it, really,” said lawyer Sawani Ghanem, 30, adding that Gaddafi had tainted Libya as a land of terrorists.

“We should have tried to show the world we could be more humane and aspire to change.”

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Group warns of cover-up in Egypt Christian deaths

by crescentandcross 

CAIRO – An international rights group warned Tuesday that Egypt’s ruling generals may try to cover up the circumstances surrounding the killings of more than 20 Coptic Christian demonstrators when the military broke up their protest by force earlier this month.

Egypt’s ruling military council, which took power after the February  ouster  of  Zionist Hosni     M-Barak in a popular uprising, have portrayed the Oct. 9 protest and the ensuing bloodshed as the work of provocateurs. The could shield the soldiers from blame.

The violence and the military’s handling of the aftermath have fueled criticism that Egypt’s new rulers are not implementing reforms that would lead to an open, democratic regime.

“The military has already tried to control the media narrative, and it should not be allowed to cover up what happened on October 9,” said New-York based Human Rights Watch spokesman Joe Stork.

The clashes left 27 people dead, at least 21 of them Christians, the deadliest single incident since Mubarak’s ouster. After months of growing tensions between the youthful protesters that spearheaded the uprising and the ruling military, the killings brought relations between the two sides to a new low. Activists accuse the ruling military council of behaving like the old regime. The generals have been pressing for an end to street protests.

The Christian minority, about 10 percent of Egypt’s mostly Muslim population, has long complained of discrimination. Attacks on Christians have significantly increased since the uprising.

The violence on Oct. 9 began when about 1,000 Christians tried to stage a peaceful sit-in outside the state television building. The protesters said they were attacked by “thugs” with sticks, and the violence spiraled out of control after a speeding military vehicle jumped onto a sidewalk and crushed some Christians to death.

At a news conference after the clashes, the military tried to exonerate itself, blaming the Christians and “hidden hands” for starting the violence. They denied troops shot any protesters or intentionally ran them over.

The ruling council put military prosecutors in charge of investigating the killings.

HRW urged authorities to transfer investigation of the case from military to civilian prosecutors.

“The only hope for justice for the victims is an independent, civilian-led investigation that the army fully cooperates with and cannot control and that leads to the prosecution of those responsible,” the HRW statement said. If the military maintains control, it said, that would “ensure that no serious investigation occurs.”

HRW also urged an investigation into whether the military manipulated the media and the state television coverage on Oct. 9 which “may have amounted to incitement to violence.”

As protesters marched toward the TV building, state television called on viewers to rush to the army’s rescue, casting the Christians as a mob seeking to undermine unity between the people and the military.

Activists fear that an army-controlled investigation may seek to make scapegoats of some of the protesters. Some 28 people were arrested in the aftermath of the killings, most of them Christians. There has been no word of soldiers arrested.

Those fears have been heightened by a prosecutorial summons for a young blogger critical of the military. Alaa Seif, the son of one of a prominent human rights lawyer, has been attacked on television by pro-military activists who claim that they have a video recording of him throwing rocks at Christians during the clashes.

His sister Mona, a campaigner against military tribunals for civilians, said Tuesday that the blogger had been called for questioning. Alaa is abroad.

The brother of another military critic, Maikel Nabil Sanad, said Tuesday that the young blogger has been moved to a mental hospital.

Marc Sanad said that he visited his brother at Cairo’s Abbasiya mental hospital on Monday, 63 days after Maikel began a hunger strike to protest his conviction for “insulting the military.” He said that Maikel’s health was poor.

Basma Abdel Aziz, a health official said Monday that her ministry had no information of Maikel’s consignment to a mental hospital, but that if he is confined in Abbasiya, the precedent would be “very dangerous and unacceptable.”

Also Tuesday, hundreds of police officers stormed the regional security office in the Red Sea town of Hurghada, about 300 miles (500 kilometers) southeast of Cairo. They broke down doors, shattering windows and sending the building’s employees fleeing. Soldiers removed them from the building. No injuries were reported.

Thousands of low-ranking police officers have launched protests in front of local security offices across the country, calling for higher wages and a purge of former regime officers from top security posts. The police say the sit-in, launched Monday, will continue until their demands are met.

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Palestinian children woken in night to be photographed by soldiers


Youngsters in West Bank village were forced out of bed for Israeli military ‘mapping’ exercise.

Balil Tamimi, resident of Nabi Saleh, West Bank

Balil Tamimi, whose children were woken past midnight to be photographed by Israeli soldiers Photograph: Harriet Sherwood/

I went to Nabi Saleh earlier this week, a West Bank village which has been the scene of weekly protests over a nearby spring for almost two years.

It’s a small village of around 550 residents and the spring is located on land that the Palestinians say is privately owned. But settlers from Halamish, across the valley, began construction work in 2008 to turn the spring into a picnic site and leisure attraction for Jews only.

The villagers’ weekly demonstrations which followed have become an established part of the popular protest movement in the West Bank, which is largely non-violent – or at least starts out that way.

The Israeli army nearly always intervenes in these protests, usually by using crowd-dispersal equipment including tear gas, stun grenades, foul-smelling water canon, rubber bullets and sometimes live bullets.

(I was in Qusra, another village, last Friday shortly before a Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers. A small group of settlers, maybe 15, had come down the hill with Israeli flags, and scores of men and youths from Qusra rushed to prevent them entering the village following earlier attacks including the vandalising of a mosque. The Israeli military, which was on the scene within minutes, began firing tear gas almost immediately – before any stone-throwing began. I left quite soon after, having been momentarily blinded by the gas, and did not witness subsequent events. An IDF statement later that day spoke of “a violent riot, during which Palestinians hurled rocks at security personnel. During the riot, security personnel used riot dispersal means and eventually, live fire.” But, as I witnessed, the “riot dispersal” began before the “riot”.)

The Nabi Saleh protests have been reported extensively. But a conversation I had with one of the villagers highlighted a practice of which I was previously unaware.

Bilal Tamimi (many of the village residents are part of the extended Tamimi family) said that soldiers often come to arrest villagers – including children – at night, a practice documented by B’Tselem, Defence for Children International – Palestine and other NGOs. But he said that, earlier this year, the army also came at night to photograph and record the identity details of children. He described what happened in his family:

“They came at 12.10am, and woke me up. They asked me how many children I have. They looked at my ID papers [where the children are listed] and asked me to wake up the two older ones, who are above 10 years. I said, they are sleeping. The soldiers said, wake them anyway.

“They wrote down the numbers and took pictures of the boys. Then they said they could go back to sleep.”

According to a report by B’Tselem, No Minor Matter, published in July:

“The photos were taken for what the army calls ‘mapping’: the army did not have any basis for suspecting any particular minor they awoke to photograph, but they wanted to build a reservoir of pictures they could later use for identification purposes, should the minor be involved in stone-throwing or other violent activity. In response to a report on the issue which was broadcast on Channel 10 News, the army said that ‘it uses a variety of means to maintain order and security’.”

It’s hard to see why it’s necessary to get children as young as 10 out of bed in the middle of the night to be photographed, questioned and/or arrested.

According to a report submitted to the UN by DCI on August 1, 52% of Palestinian children arrested by the Israeli military over the previous year had been detained between midnight and 5am.

My colleague from the Independent, Catrina Stewart, recently wrote a shocking account of what happened during one interrogation, which was recorded on video.

Bilal Tamimi has been recording the Nabi Saleh protests on a video camera lent to him by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem since January 2010. “Our demonstrations are non-violent,” he told me. “The camera is our weapon to document what happens.”

He acknowledges that children from the village “sometimes throw stones – but mostly after the soldiers fire [tear] gas.” The villagers “are used to living with this situation”, he says, but as tensions continue to rise in the West Bank, “we fear it will get worse”.

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UNICEF appeals for release of Palestinian child detainees from Nazi Camp’s

East Jerusalem, 17 October 2011 (UNICEF) – UNICEF appealed today to the Zio-Nazi regime to release all Palestinian children currently in Zio-Nazi military detention, following the announcement that they will release Palestinian prisoners as part of a prisoner swap deal.

As of 1 October, 164 Palestinians under 18 year of age were detained by Zio-Nazi Gistapo, most of them under charges of stone throwing. It is not clear whether the list of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners who are to be released in two stages includes children.

“UNICEF calls on the Zio-Nazi regime to release Palestinian child detainees so that they can be reunited with their families”, said Jean Gough, UNICEF Special Representative in the occupied Palestinian territory. “As stated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the detention of children should be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time”, she added.

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