Feb 28, 2011

Creating A blog

If you have ever wanted to join the world of blogging and just never thought that you had the time or the money to get into, guess again. 
There is a myth that blogging is hard to do and you need to put money into it right away to be able to create a blog. This is untrue. 
With the growing desire for everyone to share what they know on the Internet, there are more ways then ever to create a blog for free. Some of the sites are even simple enough for non computer savvy person to understand. 
So get set to create a free blog in a matter of minutes with no need for any knowledge of coding required. Go to Blogger.com to register for a free account. Blogger is one of the most popular free blog platforms that is out there. 
Blogger is part of the google family and if you already have a google email it will be even easier to get started with the process to create a free blog. After you have set up your Blogger account by following the prompts, click on the link that says create a blog.

Good luck!
Kim

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Feb 27, 2011

Egypt proposes term limits, competitive elections

An Egyptian panel tasked with amending the country’s constitution recommended Saturday easing restrictions on who can run for president and imposing presidential term limits – two key demands of the popular uprising that pushed longtime president Hosni Mubarak from power.
The eight-member panel also suggested limits on the use of emergency laws – in place in Egypt for 30 years – to a six-month period with the approval of an elected parliament, and beyond that period only if approved by a public referendum.


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Armed pro-Gaddafi gangs roll in Libyan capital

  Libyan protesters shout slogans against Gaddafi
Photo by: AP Photo/Hussein Malla By ASSOCIATED PRESS 
02/26/2011 15:15 Talkbacks (1) The embattled Libyan regime passed out guns to civilian supporters, set up checkpoints Saturday and sent armed patrols roving the terrorized capital to try to maintain control of Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold and quash dissent as rebels consolidate control elsewhere in the North African nation.
Residents of its eastern Tajoura district spread concrete blocks, large rocks and even chopped-down palm trees as makeshift barricades to prevent the SUVs filled with young men wielding automatic weapons from entering their neighborhood — a hotspot of previous protests.

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UNSC meets to discuss imposing sanctions on Libya

  Anti-Gaddafi protesters in Libya
Photo by: AP By ASSOCIATED PRESS 
02/26/2011 19:40 The UN Security Council on Saturday began urgent deliberations to consider imposing sanctions to punish Libya for violent attacks against anti-government protesters.
The sanctions under consideration at Saturday's session include an arms embargo against the Libyan government and a travel ban and asset freeze against Gaddafi, his relatives and key regime members.

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Pro-Gaddafi gangs deploy in Libyan capital

Muammar Gaddafi’s embattled regime passed out guns to civilian supporters on Saturday, set up checkpoints and sent armed patrols roving the capital to try to maintain control of the Libyan strongman’s hold on the city and quash dissent as rebels consolidate control elsewhere in the strife-torn nation.
Residents of its eastern Tajoura district spread concrete blocks, large rocks and even chopped-down palm trees as makeshift barricades to prevent the SUVs filled with young men wielding automatic weapons from entering their neighborhood – a hotspot for previous protests.

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Libyan ambassador pleads to UN: Save our country

“United Nations, please save Libya,” pled the country’s Ambassador Abdurrahman Mohammed Shalgham in an emotional speech Friday before the UN Security Council in New York.

Shalgham, a long time friend of Libya’s leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi, told the council that he has chosen the Libyan people over its leader.

“I regret to be in this position,” Shalgham said.

He could still recall how as a young man, Gaddafi defended freedom, but now he has told his people, “Either I rule over you, or I kill you,” said Shalgham.

The people of Libya are asking for freedom and democracy, he said.

“I [am telling] my brother Gaddafi, leave the Libyans alone.”’

To the United Nations, he said, “We want a decisive and courageous resolution from you.”

Speaking to reporters outside the meeting, Shalgham said, that it was important to the Libyan people that the Security Council stop the bloodshed.

“I hope they can do something tangible and effective to stop what is going on there,’ he said.

Any sanctions would be against the regime and Gaddafi and not the people, Shalgham said.

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“When a government shoots its citizens, it cannot continue. You cannot be a leader while you are killing your people. It’s not a crime to say that you want to be free,” he said.

In the end, he said, he hoped Libya would be free, and that the citizens of other countries in the region would attain that same right.

“Within one year you will have another Arab world,” he said.

Earlier in the day in Geneva, a representative of the Libyan mission, M. Adel Shaltut told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the diplomats there had resigned from the government and from now on, would only represent the people of Libya.

He called for a moment of silence for the victims of violence in his country and asked that a verse from the Koran be read.

“We in the Libyan mission have decided to serve only the Libyan people. We will serve as their representatives in this august body and in other international forums,” Shaltut said.

His words were greeted by a round of applause.

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Erdogan speaks out against UN sanctions on Libya

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken out against the United Nations imposing sanctions on Libya, warning that the Libyan people would suffer most, not Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
Erdogan also suggested Saturday that the international community was acting out of concern about Libya's oil reserves and not its people.

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'Russian missiles could be passed on to Hezbollah'

  The S-300 missile defense system
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02/26/2011 22:10 The Defense Ministry issued a statement Saturday regarding publications that Russia intends to complete a deal to transfer cruise missiles to Syria. "This deal was signed two years ago and has been in the process of implementation for some time, despite Israel's appeals to Russia regarding the matter."
Security officials warned that the Russian cruise missiles "are potentially dangerous weapons and they may come fall into the hands of Hezbollah, just as other weapons systems came from Syria."

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UNSC deliberates referring Libya to Int'l Criminal Court

The UN Security Council met urgently Saturday to consider new sanctions against Libya to halt a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters, but members disagreed over a proposal to refer Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and top aides to an international war crimes tribunal.
There was broad consensus among the council's 15 members on some sanctions, including an arms embargo as well as a travel ban and asset freeze directed at Gadhafi, his family and other key regime members, said diplomats who spoke on background because the session was closed.

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11 die in Iraq's 'Day of Rage'

Protesters carrying the Iraqi flag climb on a military vehicle during a demonstration in Mosul. Photo: Reuters Protesters carrying the Iraqi flag climb on a military vehicle during a demonstration in Mosul. Photo: Reuters
By Sinan Salaheddin in Baghdad
Saturday February 26 2011
AT LEAST 11 people were killed yesterday as thousands marched on government buildings and clashed with security forces in Iraq's "Day of Rage".
Security forces trying to push back crowds opened fire, killing nine demonstrators in Northern Iraq. In the western Anbar province two people were shot and killed in a protest.
The protests were fuelled by anger over corruption, chronic unemployment and shoddy public services from the Shiite-dominated government. Shiite religious leaders discouraged people from taking part, greatly diminishing the Shiite participation and the overall size of the crowd in a country where such religious edicts hold great sway.
The centre of Baghdad was virtually locked down yesterday, with soldiers searching protesters entering Liberation Square and closing off the plaza and side streets with razor wire.
The heavy security presence reflected the official concerns that demonstrations there could gain traction as they did in Egypt and Tunisia, then spiral out of control.
- Sinan Salaheddin in Baghdad
Irish Independent
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IDF strikes Gaza terror targets in response to rockets

The IDF Spokesman unit on Saturday confirmed that IAF aircraft attacked two terrorist targets in the south of the Gaza Strip.
Specific targets were hit and all IAF planes returned safely to their base.

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Armed pro-Gaddafi gangs roll in Libyan capital

  Libyan protesters shout slogans against Gaddafi
Photo by: AP Photo/Hussein Malla By ASSOCIATED PRESS 
02/26/2011 15:15 Talkbacks (1) The embattled Libyan regime passed out guns to civilian supporters, set up checkpoints Saturday and sent armed patrols roving the terrorized capital to try to maintain control of Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold and quash dissent as rebels consolidate control elsewhere in the North African nation.

Residents of its eastern Tajoura district spread concrete blocks, large rocks and even chopped-down palm trees as makeshift barricades to prevent the SUVs filled with young men wielding automatic weapons from entering their neighborhood — a hotspot of previous protests.


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Erdogan speaks out against UN sanctions on Libya

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken out against the United Nations imposing sanctions on Libya, warning that the Libyan people would suffer most, not Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
Erdogan also suggested Saturday that the international community was acting out of concern about Libya's oil reserves and not its people.

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Syria and Iran agree to cooperate on naval training

Iran and Syria have agreed to cooperate on naval training, Reuters reported Iran’s official news agency saying on Saturday.
“The two parties will cooperate with each other in training issues and the exchange of personnel,” the Iranian news agency quoted the agreement, signed by the commanders of both navies, as saying.

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Egyptian delegation to visit Ramallah for talks with PA

  Mahmoud Abbas, Salam Fayyad at Bethlehem mass
Photo by: AP By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 
02/26/2011 18:13 For the first time since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, a high-level Egyptian delegation is scheduled to visit Ramallah this week for talks with Palestinian Authority officials, a PA official revealed.
The official said that the delegation would be headed by Gen. Muhammad Ibrahim, a senior official with Egypt’s General Intelligence Service, the Mukhabarat.

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UNSC envoys split on decision to refer Libya to ICC

  The United Nations Security Council (AP).
Photo by: AP UN Security Council diplomats clashed on Saturday over a proposal to refer the violent crackdown on anti-government protests in Libya to the International Criminal Court, Reuters reported.

Countries appeared split over whether to refer the issue to the rarely-used war crimes court even though there was wide-spread support for a draft resolution of sanctions to punish Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.


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Palestinians say 4 injured from IDF strike in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza reported on Saturday that IDF planes hit targets in Gaza belonging to Islamic Jihad west of Khan Younis.
Earlier in the day Palestinians reported that four people had been lightly injured as a result of IDF activity in the Gaza Strip, including a baby.

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Attack shuts Iraq's largest oil refinery, kills 1

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02/26/2011 11:41 BAGHDAD  — Gunmen attacked Iraq's largest oil refinery Saturday, killing a guard and detonating bombs that sparked a fire and forced the facility to shut down, officials said.
The assailants, carrying pistols fitted with silencers, broke into the Beiji refinery around 3:30 a.m., attacked the guards and planted bombs near some production units for benzene and kerosene, said the spokesman for Salahuddin province, Mohammed al-Asi.

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Key opposition leader returns to Bahrain urging reform

MANAMA, Bahrain  — A prominent Bahraini opposition leader returned home from exile Saturday and urged the Gulf kingdom's rulers to back up promises of political reform with action.
The return of Hassan Mushaima, a senior Shiite figure, could mark a new phase for an anti-government movement in the tiny nation which is strategically important for the US because it hosts the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

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UNSC envoys split on decision to refer Libya to ICC

  The United Nations Security Council (AP).
Photo by: AP UN Security Council diplomats clashed on Saturday over a proposal to refer the violent crackdown on anti-government protests in Libya to the International Criminal Court, Reuters reported.
Countries appeared split over whether to refer the issue to the rarely-used war crimes court even though there was wide-spread support for a draft resolution of sanctions to punish Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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UK military planes rescue 150 from Libyan desert

  British naval ship HMS Cumberland
Photo by: AP Photo/Ministry of Defence, Cpl. Randall, HO By ASSOCIATED PRESS 
02/26/2011 22:28 LONDON — British military planes entered Libyan air space in a daring rescue of more than 150 civilians from desert locations, officials said Saturday.
The C-130 Hercules planes, carrying Britons and other nationals, safely landed in Malta after picking up the civilians from desert locations south of Benghazi, UK Defense Secretary Liam Fox said.

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Egyptian troops beat protesters outside cabinet office

CAIRO — Egyptian military police beat protesters Saturday to clear them from outside the Cabinet office where they were trying to camp out overnight to press demands for sweeping political reforms and the dismissal of remnants of ousted President Hosni Mubarak's regime.
The clash signaled a tougher line from Egypt's military rulers, who had avoided violently confronting anti-government protesters in the streets while promising to meet their demands for democratic reform and return the country to civilian rule.

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Feb 26, 2011

Gaddafi family show of unity a sham, leaked cables show

By Elizabeth Piper
Friday February 25 2011
Greed, jealousy and ambition poisoned relations inside Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's family and often destroyed the careers of officials who got in the way, according to US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.
The five Gaddafi children used threats and occasional violence to try to ensure their business and political interests won out in the major oil exporting country.
"While internecine strife is nothing new for the famously fractious . . . family, the recent escalation of tension comes during a particularly momentous period," said a diplomatic report dated March 2009, shortly before Libya celebrated the 40th anniversary of the revolution that brought Col Gaddafi to power.
The family is now operating as a tight unit against unrest which threatens to end Col Gaddafi's rule, but the US reports document a family split between Col Gaddafi's second eldest son and supposed heir Saif al-Islam and four of his siblings.
It lists several officials who were forced to resign, sent abroad or sacked for refusing the children's requests, failing to keep them in order or simply for becoming too close to one or other of the factions.
The chairman of the National Oil Corporation quickly resigned after he declined a request for $1.2bn (€870m) from Gaddafi's security adviser, his fourth eldest son Mutassim, to create his own security unit.
The cables offer little hope for the family. One child, Saif al-Arab who lives in Germany, is referred to only briefly and is guilty only of spending "much time partying".
- Elizabeth PiperIrish Independent
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Protesters and army unite to restore some normality

By Catrina Stewart in Tobruk
Friday February 25 2011
Protesters still giddy with success at routing Libyan forces crowd the entrance of Tobruk's central police station, which they set ablaze just a few days ago.
Outside, people chant slogans against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the reviled Libyan leader they accuse of turning on his own people with vicious force.
"Who thinks he is a lion, and points to us as rats?" one placard says, a reference to Col Gaddafi's defiant speech a few days earlier, when he refused to step down.
Like many parts of Libya, the north-eastern seaside city of Tobruk is now in the hands of protesters and the military. But as the initial euphoria subsides, the task now is to re-establish some semblance of order and prevent the country from plunging into a bloody and protracted civil war.
Protesters have formed civilian committees tasked with restoring some normality to Tobruk. More than 20 groups are charged with securing key installations, distributing food, collecting looted weapons, helping businesses reopen and much more.
At the helm is General Suleiman Mahmoud, a former army loyalist who defected to the opposition after seeing the carnage wrought by Col Gaddafi's forces in Benghazi.
"The people are running this city, and the army is with the people right now," Colonel Rashid al-Seinini, a senior army officer in Tobruk, told reporters.
On the outskirts, the committees have bolstered the guard at the city's only oil refinery, helping thwart what they believe was a plan by pro-Gaddafi thugs to attack the facility two days ago. They have also suspended oil exports, partly because the regime could try to bomb the refineries, they say, but also over fears that the revenue would end up in Col Gaddafi's pockets.
Other committees are working in neighbouring Egypt to bring in medical and food supplies.
Radio Free Libya, a local station, has appealed to protesters to return the weapons seized from the police during the clashes last week. About 90pc of the weapons have been returned, Abubakir Hussein Zaki, a prominent dissident, said. These are now being redistributed to security guards and the military in preparation for defending against a new crackdown.
Whether the committees will form the basis of a future civil government in the event of Col Gaddafi's fall is still unclear. They claim they are only thinking of ridding the country of Col Gaddafi.
"In our mind, there is nothing else right now -- our only wish is to see this criminal out of the country," said Hassan Abdel Rafig, a committee leader. (? Independent News Service)
- Catrina Stewart in TobrukIrish Independent
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Tears of relief as Tripoli teachers arrive home

THEY left Ireland full of hope just a few months ago to escape the crippling recession and to take up their first full-time jobs abroad.
Yesterday, there were hugs and tears of relief from family and friends as a group of five young teachers arrived back home, having fled gunfire and riots on the terror-stricken streets of the Libyan capital.
The teachers, who had all recently taken up posts at the International School of Martyrs in Tripoli, were among the first ex-pats who managed to escape after hiding out in a safe house.
And they thanked the generosity of a German pilot who went around Tripoli airport asking for passengers to fill his flight, which brought the group to safety in Istanbul.
The flight of the Irish also included Dublin City University (DCU) emeritus professor Helena Sheehan, who told how she had been "abandoned" by her academic hosts in a Tripoli hotel and left to fend for herself.
It was only thanks to Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office that she got on a flight to Gatwick, she said.
"I knew it was dangerous (to go there), but I didn't think it would be so bad," said Ms Sheehan, who arrived back in Dublin yesterday.
Ms Sheehan revealed how, after getting to Tripoli airport, their bus drove in circles around the tarmac for 45 minutes searching in vain for the Air Corps plane that had made an unsuccessful attempt to airlift the Irish to Valletta in Malta.
Yesterday, one of the teachers, Lisa Ruane (25) from Castlebar, revealed that two of the young pupils in her class were grandchildren of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi.
"There were bodyguards outside my classroom every day, but they were really nice," she told the Irish Independent.
Lisa, along with her boyfriend, Fintan Coen (26) from Roscommon, had been delighted to find work at the International School of Martyrs and had stayed with colleagues at a house in a compound at the school.
But by last Thursday the country had slipped into chaos as the 'day of rage' kickstarted a clash between democracy protesters and the Gaddafi regime. The teachers began to fear for their lives as gunfire erupted and thousands of protesters poured onto the streets.
Urged
By Sunday, they were urged to get out and thanks to the help of a Libyan family, managed to hide in a safe house until Tuesday when they tried to get a flight out of Tripoli airport.
"There were thousands of people outside the airport and they (security guards) started beating people back with batons," said Lisa.
"The three men in our group were not let in and we started begging and pleading with the guards, saying they were our husbands and saying 'Irish, Irish'.
"Eventually, they let us all through and we were lucky to come across this German pilot, Guido Fromme. He was amazing and let us on his flight. He even asked us to email him to let him know that we had arrived home safely."
Sinead Coen from Roscommon, Fintan's sister, claimed yesterday that Irish families at home "got no help" from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
"I spoke to Foreign Affairs and suggested on Monday that we should send out a jet, but I was told it would cost too much," she told the Irish Independent, after meeting Fintan at Dublin airport.
"When they did act, it was too little, too late. What also annoyed me was the reports that the department had contacted families in Ireland. They did nothing of the sort."
Ms Sheehan managed to get out of Tripoli thanks to the help of the "professional and fantastic" in the UK's Foreign Office.
She said she was put on a free flight to Gatwick, but then had to fork out €300 on a one-way Aer Lingus ticket to Dublin.
"The Irish evacuation failed, so I was on the British evacuation, so thank you to the British taxpayers and the British Foreign Office," she said.
Dramatic
Deirdre Toomey (28) from Clonard, Co Wexford said the saddest part of their dramatic flight to freedom was that they had not had the chance to say goodbye to colleagues and the "26 little kids" they left behind.
"On Sunday night we realised things were changing fast and that night we feared for our lives. We could hear gunshots and chanting."
They were greeted with "total chaos" when they reached the airport on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, English teacher Claire Walsh (30) from Newbridge, Co Kildare, who had been stranded in Tripoli, made her father's birthday yesterday a special one when she phoned home from Malta to tell him she was safe.
She was expected to fly into Dublin last night from Gatwick.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said, concerning the dozen Irish people in Benghazi, that evacuations by sea were due to take place yesterday evening, dependant on local conditions.
- Fergus Black and Majella O'Sullivan
Irish Independent
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Feb 24, 2011

Gaddafi blames bin Laden for chaos


A protester holds a weapon as he shouts slogans against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during a demonstration in Tobruk (AP);
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has accused al Qaida chief Osama bin Laden of being behind the uprising which has plunged the country into chaos.

He spoke as forces loyal to him struck back against rebels in clashes in cities close to the capital Tripoli.
Army units and militiamen attacked a mosque where many were holding an anti-government sit-in and battled with others who had seized control of an airport. A doctor at the mosque said 10 people were killed.
Col Gaddafi blamed bin Laden for the uprising in a rambling phone call to state TV. The Libyan leader said the more than week-long revolt has been carried out by young men fired up on hallucinogenic pills given to them "in their coffee with milk, like Nescafe".

"Shame on you, people of Zawiya, control your children," he said, addressing residents of the city outside Tripoli where the mosque attack took place.
"They are loyal to bin Laden," he said of those involved in the uprising. What do you have to do with bin Laden, people of Zawiya? They are exploiting young people ... I insist it is bin Laden."

The attacks aimed to push back a revolt that has moved closer to Col Gaddafi's bastion in Tripoli. Most of the eastern half of Libya has already broken away, and parts of Gaddafi's regime have crumbled.
In the latest blow to the Libyan leader, a cousin who is one of his closest aides, Ahmed Gadhaf al-Dam, announced that he has defected to Egypt in protest against the regime's bloody crackdown against the uprising, denouncing what he called "grave violations to human rights and human and international laws".
In Zawiya, 30 miles west of Tripoli, an army unit attacked the city's Souq Mosque, where regime opponents had been camped for days in a protest calling for Col Gaddafi's removal, a witness said.

The soldiers opened fire with automatic weapons and hit the mosque's minaret with fire from an anti-aircraft gun, he said. Some of the young men among the protesters, who were inside the mosque and in a nearby lot, had hunting rifles for protection. A doctor at a field clinic set up at the mosque said he saw the bodies of 10 dead, shot in the head and chest, as well as around 150 wounded.
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Fledgling state takes shape in the east

By James Hider in London
Thursday February 24 2011
A SEPARATE, free Libya is starting to take shape in the east of the country, where large sections of the army have defected to the rebels and the anti-government demonstrators have begun to form an independent government.
As Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces regrouped in Tripoli, 1,000 miles to the east, in Tobruk, the local army commander announced that he and his men were with anti-regime protesters.
A fledgling local government was holding its first meeting yesterday in the town of al-Bayda, west of Tobruk, and mob justice was starting to be replaced by the framework of a criminal system.
Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Jalil, the newly appointed Justice Minister in the east, who recently defected from the Gaddafi government, was due to pass judgment on about 100 captured pro-Gaddafi troops, both Libyans and African mercenaries.
Slaughtered
The Khamis Brigade, one of the regime's special forces units which had slaughtered civilians in the town days earlier, made its last stand at the local airport. Local youths had called for the men to be executed, but the new authorities said they would not face the death penalty.
The fact that at least some judicial system was taking hold spoke of increasing stability after days of vendettas and horrifying revenge meted out by infuriated crowds.
In Benghazi residents said calm had largely been restored after heavy bloodshed at the weekend, when pro-Gaddafi forces were reported to have burnt soldiers who refused to fire on protesters.
The crew of a Libyan air force jet baled out after refusing orders to bomb the rebel city and left their aircraft to crash in the desert, according to the Libyan newspaper 'Quryna'. In Tobruk, Major General Suleiman Mahmoud, the local army commander, told al-Jazeera that Col Gaddafi was "a tyrant" and that "the people in the army are steadfast" in the city. On the city streets, demonstrators held banners declaring "Free Libya".
- James Hider in LondonIrish Independent
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We'll fight to death in civil war, says Gaddafi army

FORCES loyal to Muammar Gaddafi carried out their threats to trigger a civil war in Libya last night.
They took up positions across Tripoli and began a rearguard action against rebels in major cities.
Residents in parts of the capital were trapped in their homes as "thousands" of soldiers patrolled the streets, accompanied by African mercenaries.
Tanks took up positions around important public buildings, while sandbag defences were also being built.
"We will fight until death," a pro-Gaddafi soldier in his early 20s said outside a military compound near Tripoli's Green Square, which had been cleared of demonstrators.
"The country needs stability at a time like this. The people are on our side."
Residents said bodies were still piling up in hospitals from the shootings of the previous two days.
"Anywhere we go there is danger," said a 28-year-old mother of four who asked not to be named. "All we want is food and fresh water for our children but it is impossible to find."
As ministers, generals and diplomats defected, government spokesmen loyal to Col Gaddafi were trying to rally people to his side.
The Libyan leader signalled a fightback in a speech on Tuesday, when he called on supporters to "chase away the rats and terrorists".
General Jameel al-Kadiki, deputy commander of the air force, denied that his jets had bombed civilians but said they had been forced to prevent opponents using military supplies "against the Libyan people". Later, the deputy foreign minister, Khaled Khaim, claimed to EU ambassadors that al-Qa'ida had set up a base in the rebel city of Darnah.
But the area under government control was shrinking. Most of the east is held by protesters and is relatively peaceful, though there were reports of dozens of deaths in al-Bayda. The total numbers who have died was not certain. Franco Frattini, Italy's foreign minister, said reports of 1,000 dead were "credible".
Maj Gen Suleiman Mahmoud al-Obeidi, a former eastern commander, was with defecting troops in Tobruk. Misrata, a coastal city east of Tripoli, and Zawiya to the west, were also said to be under rebel control.
But opposition groups said the Khamis Brigade, loyal to Col Gaddafi's youngest son, was moving against these towns.
Sanctions
A resident of Misrata said loyalist forces were attacking its TV station. Loyalist forces were also fighting back in Sabratha.
Col Gaddafi and his sons seemed to be planning to regroup in Tripoli and the province of Sirte, his birthplace, before fighting back.
Two crew of a Sukhoi-22 attack jet ejected after refusing to bomb Benghazi, the eastern city where the revolution started. But Mohammed Ali Abdullah, of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an exile group, said defecting soldiers had shown no willingness to fight for the revolution. In Washington, President Obama was said to be reviewing his options, including sanctions, to pressure Libya to halt the brutal crackdown.
It also emerged that Middle Eastern airports were turning away planes carrying members of Col Gaddafi's family.
Questions were still being asked about the statement read by the former public security minister, Abdul Fattah Younis, that he had changed sides. But the government claimed he had been kidnapped.
The role of the army remains unclear. One senior retired general said he was leading troops in defence of the protesters in Tobruk, while large numbers of other units have laid down their weapons. But it was not known how many would fight against brigades that remained loyal.
Diplomatic missions around the world have gone over to the opposition en masse. (? Daily Telegraph, London)
- Richard Spencer in LondonIrish Independent
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This is wat Anti Aircraft looks like..

Maybe some of you were wondering what these anti aircraft weapons are (some probably think about rockets..lol) that the Mercenaries are using against the Libyan anti-ghadaffi protesters.



Here is a good example;







Some others of you could be wondering...what's the difference?


Well, look at this.

Gaddafi warns people of 'swift retribution'

A WILD and desperate- looking Colonel Muammar Gaddafi staged a dramatic defence of his collapsing 41-year rule last night, appearing on state television to damn the "rats" conspiring against him and to insist that he would die a martyr on Libyan soil.
For more than an hour, he hurled insults at the cameras. He said he would defy America, superpowers, "men with turbans and long beards" and anyone else who tried to end his revolution.
He said his opponents were trying to plunge Libya into civil war and to turn it into an Islamic state, or an Afghanistan or a Somalia.
Occasionally reading from his "Green Book" and shaking his forefinger at the camera, he threatened swift, violent and all-out retribution to those who continued to oppose him.
Frequently raising his voice to a scream, he said he had proved Libya was leader of the African, Asian and Latin American continents in their fight against imperialism. He would not leave the country for which he said his grandfather and many others had given their lives.
"Muammar Gaddafi is the leader of a revolution," he shrieked. "Muammar Gaddafi has no official position to resign from. He is the leader of the revolution forever. This is my country, my country."
Col Gaddafi made his appearance after a first meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the crisis in Libya. Some protesters and diplomats who had defected from his regime were calling for the UN to impose a no-fly zone to prevent a repeat of the air attacks ordered by the regime on Monday night.
But there was no immediate indication that the UN was likely to move beyond a condemnation of the killings of innocent protesters -- and even that looked likely to be blocked by Russia and China.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the violence as "completely unacceptable".
Forces loyal to Col Gaddafi seemed to have control over the capital Tripoli, with state television earlier showing footage of a pro-regime rally. Residents were said to be hiding inside their homes after attacks from the air and from snipers on roofs on Monday night.
There were reports of "massacres" in a number of districts, with Human Rights Watch giving a figure of 62 dead in the city.
Explosions
Worst hit were those who attended an anti-government march in Tripoli on Monday afternoon. "Many people were killed by the explosions and bullets," a 22-year-old student who attended said.
Foreign nationals leaving the country gave dramatic accounts of seeing bodies on the streets and burning buildings. Residents insisted that many of the attackers were the African mercenaries Col Gaddafi is said to have hired to defend his regime to the end.
"They carry machineguns and machetes," one said. "If any of them are caught they are killed immediately."
The latest reports indicate that most of the east of Libya appeared to be beyond Col Gaddafi's reach yesterday. (? Daily Telegraph, London)
- Richard Spencer
Irish Independent
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Feb 23, 2011

Dead Mercenary found with Nigerian passport

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 It looks like the Mercenaries are coming from whole Africa..therefor I'm wondering how many would there be around in Libya.

One thing is for sure, they have been sent to death by Ghadaffi...probably without even knowing what's really going on in the country.
Even if they are equipped with artillery and anti-aircraft weapons, there is a big chance that they all will be murdered sooner or later.
Let's hope that they put their weapons down before it's all too late.

They are mercenaries, but still Human (in some way). Ghadaffi has already costed enough of lives.

Libya: Planes on stand-by to evacuate Irish citizens

Two Government planes are on standby in Malta to evacuate 40 Irish citizens trying to flee Libya.
The Casa aircraft and LearJet with nine crew members are in Valetta awaiting the green light from diplomats to fly into Tripoli.
The two planes and additional crew members flew into the Mediterranean island overnight.
The Defence Forces are liaising closely with Department of Foreign Affairs officials as they attempt to get clearance to land in the troubled north African state.
About 40 Irish nationals in Libya are seeking to leave as ruler Muammar Gaddafi ruthlessly cracks down on protests over his 42-year autocratic regime.
The Irish Casa aircraft, routinely used for fisheries patrols, can carry 21 people and the LearJet eight.
"The LearJet was dispatched with a spare crew for the Casa if a window of opportunity arises," a Defence Forces spokesman said.
"We are liaising with the Department of Foreign Affairs and as soon as they give the green light through their channels we can move."
Outgoing Taoiseach Brian Cowen approved the immediate deployment of the two Air Corps planes last night.
A Government spokesman said: "The decision follows increasing concern in relation to their safety arising from the latest assessment of the deteriorating political situation in that country."
Foreign Affairs officials have been liaising with European Union counterparts to establish options to assist citizens and help them leave the country safely.
The evacuation is being co-ordinated by Pat Hennessy, the Irish ambassador in Rome who is accredited to Libya.
The group includes at least six Irish workers in Libya's second city Benghazi with Dublin-based firm Mercury Engineering.
Four women who hold Irish passports are long-term residents in the city and married to Libyan men.
More than 200 people have been killed in the past two nights of clashes on the streets of Libya, with Colonel Gaddafi vowing to fight "to my last drop of blood".
The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised against all travel to Libya and warned Irish citizens who are already in the country to leave.
Anyone who has any concerns over family or friends in Libya can contact its Crisis Centre on 01 4180222.
Press Association
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Protesters Versus Mercenaries in Libya

Watch how the poor Libyan protesters are throwing rocks at the heavy-armed Mercenaries.


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Mercenaries patrolling the streets of Libya

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'Appalled' US stops short of criticising leader

By Matthew Lee in Washington
Wednesday February 23 2011
THE Obama administration last night condemned yesterday's "appalling" violence in Libya.
"This violence is completely unacceptable," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said. But as it sought to extricate US diplomats and other Americans safely from the violence spreading around Libya, Washington stopped short of criticising Muammar Gaddafi personally or demanding that he step down. Washington did not outline any specific steps to coerce or punish the Libyan regime.
However, in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Gaddafi's speech as very frightening and said he had virtually declared war on his own people.
Ms Merkel told a news conference she would support eventual sanctions against Libya if Gaddafi failed to stop the violence.
"The news we've had from Libya yesterday and today is worrying and the speech by Colonel Gaddafi this afternoon was very, very frightening, especially because he virtually declared war on his own people," Ms Merkel said.
"We urge the Libyan government to halt immediately the use of violence against its own people, and if the use of violence does not cease then Germany will exhaust every possibility to exert pressure and influence on Libya," she said.
If the Libyan government did not desist, she said, "we would then speak in favour of sanctions against Libya".
Meanwhile in Rome, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Libya's use of violence on civilians was "unacceptable", criticising a carefully nurtured ally after coming under fire for his silence on the crisis.
"Prime Minister Berlusconi is alarmed over the escalation of clashes in Libya and for the unacceptable use of violence on the civilian population," the government said in a statement.
"The European Union and the international community must do everything to prevent the Libyan crisis from degenerating into a civil war."
And in Geneva, the UN high commissioner for human rights called yesterday for an international investigation into attacks on anti-government protesters in Libya, saying they could amount to crimes against humanity.
Navi Pillay called for rights violations to stop immediately and denounced "the reported use of machine guns, snipers and military planes against demonstrators".
- Matthew Lee in Washington
Irish Independent
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Palestinians divided over Arab unrest’s impact on peace

  Nabil Shaath
Photo by: BLOOMBERG By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 
02/21/2011 18:34 Talkbacks (35) The Palestinian Authority believes that regime change in the Arab world will strengthen regional support for the Palestinian cause, PA negotiator Nabil Shaath said on Tuesday.
Some Palestinian officials, however, expressed fear that the events in Egypt would hurt the Palestinians because of Cairo’s preoccupation with domestic affairs.


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Countries rush to evacuate citizens from Libya

ANKARA, Turkey — Governments scrambled by air and sea to pick up their citizens stranded by Libya's bloody unrest on Tuesday, with thousands of Turks crowding into a stadium to await evacuation and Egyptians gathering at the border to escape the chaos.
At least two airlines, British Airways and Emirates, the Middle East's largest, said they were canceling flights to Tripoli, as reports spread that bodies of protesters littered the streets of a district in the capital.


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Bahrain king orders release of political prisoners

MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain's king ordered the release of some political prisoners Tuesday, conceding to another opposition demand as the embattled monarchy tries to engage protesters in talks aimed at ending an uprising that has entered its second week.
In a brief statement on Bahrain's official news agency, the king ordered the release of "a number of prisoners" and a halt to "several trials" of Shi'ite activists.

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Feb 22, 2011

Army Arrests Mercenaries in Libya


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Morocco: 5 found dead after pro democracy protest

Morocco’s interior minister says five charred bodies were found in a bank set alight by troublemakers on the sidelines of one of many protests nationwide pushing for more democracy in the kingdom.




Taeib Cherqaoui told reporters on Monday that at least 128 people – mostly security personnel – had been wounded in unrest linked to protests a day earlier that drew at least 37,000 demonstrators in dozens of towns and cities.


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Libya: Gaddafi's son vows to fight to the end as protests spread

Troops loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya will "fight until the last man standing" to defend his regime, his son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, said as forces battled protesters in the capital Tripoli.
Col Gaddafi's second son and heir apparent appeared on television late in the evening to say there would be "rivers of blood" and that Libya was on the brink of a civil war that would burn its oil wealth.
"Our spirits are high and the leader Muammar Gaddafi is leading the battle in Tripoli, and we are behind him as is the Libyan army," he said. "We will keep fighting until the last man standing, even to the last woman standing...We will not leave Libya to the Italians or the Turks."
But he admitted that "civilians are driving tanks in Benghazi" and though he said only 84 people had died showed he was aware of the extent of the uprising.
"This is an opposition movement, a separatist movement which threatens the unity of Libya," he said. "We will take up arms, we will fight to the last bullet. We will destroy seditious elements. If everybody is armed, it is civil war, we will kill each other."
Opponents of the Gaddafi regime were in control of parts of Libya's second city Benghazi having driven back security forces who fired on them with high-velocity sniper rifles, machine guns and even anti-aircraft artillery.
There were less violent clashes in Tripoli, though there were also reports of gunfire and tear gas there as demonstrators gathered near Green Square and hurled stones at police. One protester told the al-Jazeera network they were chanting at the leader: "Where are you? Where are you? Come out if you're a man."
Human Rights Watch says that at least 233 people have died since last week in the unrest, which has spread from the eastern provinces. It said at least 60 people died in Benghazi yesterday, 50 deaths having been recorded at Al-Jalaa Hospital and ten more at 7 October Hospital.
The city was described to diplomats as a "war zone" by a senior regime official.
"Troops including mercenaries are being sent there by plane," diplomats said they were told. "The fighting is intensifying.
"Lots of people are being killed, including members of the security forces.
The figures are certainly above 200, with many thousands more injured across the country." Benghazi is 900km east of Tripoli, and has always been more hostile to Col. Gaddafi's regime than other parts of the country.
According to a local lawyer, members of an elite army unit known as "The Thunderbolt" defected to the protesters and overwhelmed a force belonging to the separate Republican, or Praetorian Guard.
"They are now saying that they have overpowered the Praetorian Guard and that they have joined the people's revolt," the lawyer, Mohamed al-Mana, told Reuters by telephone.
Fighting has also broken out in the eastern cities of Al-Bayda, Ajdabiya, Darnah, and Tobruk, with eye-witnesses reporting Molotov cocktails, rifles and even antique Arabic sabres being used by demonstrators.
In Darnah, a group of Islamists seized an arms depot, and were holding civilians and soldiers there hostage.
Protestors in Ajdabiya claimed that it was a 'Free City' after the headquarters of Gaddafi's Revolutionary Committee were burned down on Friday, along with 14 other buildings.
There were also reports of protesters clashing with the authorities in the town of Misrata, just 120 miles to the east of Tripoli, and later in Tripoli itself.
The breakdown of the authorities' control in Benghazi, where the armed forces were reported to have retreated to their command centre and to be firing indiscriminately on protesters surrounding it, was clear from videos being posted on the internet in greater numbers than before.
One showed the body of a man in blue police fatigues being carried away by demonstrators, who can be heard discussing whether he was one of the "African mercenaries" said to have been recruited by Col. Gaddafi to defend himself. The corpse had black rather than Arab features, though that does not necessarily mean he is not a Libyan citizen.
A regional medical coordinator told The Daily Telegraph bodies were piling up in hospitals. "Tanks and helicopter gunships full of foreign mercenaries are fighting gangs of demonstrators," he said. "At least one dead man had been hit by an anti-aircraft missile, while other bodies are riddled with heavy machine gun fire."
One Libyan journalist claimed that a group of women and children jumped to their deaths from a bridge in Benghazi to escape the "mercenaries".
He said: "Some of these mercenary shock troops have been killed or captured, and some of them are said to on the equivalent of around 500 dollars a day. These killers are coming from countries like Chad.
"They're vicious. People are so terrified of them that they've been doing everything possible to get away. Women and children were seen jumping off the Giuliana Bridge in Benghazi to get away. Many of them were killed by the impact of hitting the water, while others were drowned."
Rumours that mercenaries were being recruited by the government forced Libya's ambassador to India to resign in protest. Ali al-Essawi told the BBC that he could not support his government's violent crackdown on demonstrators calling for the ouster of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The BBC, on its Arabic service website, said Essawi accused the government of deploying foreign mercenaries against the protesters.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said his father, who has only briefly appeared on state television in a pro-government rally, remained in the country and was backed by the army.
He offered to put forward reforms within days that he described as a "historic national initiative". He said the regime was willing to remove some restrictions and discuss the constitution.
In his televised statement he acknowledged the army made mistakes during the protests, but denied reports that hundreds were dead.
Col. Gaddafi has briefly appeared on state television in a pro-government rally, but has otherwise remained silent.
"Gaddafi's fear is that eastern cities will fall, and a full-scale revolt will reach Tripoli," said Omar, 24, a civil servant in Benghazi.
Amid reports that large numbers of soldiers have defected to the protesters, Col. Gaddafi's third son, Saadi, was said to be coordinating the forces ranged against the protestors.
- Richard Spencer
© Telegraph.co.uk
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Captured Mercenary Libya

Captuired Mercenary in Libya confests on tape

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Ghadaffi's family member took them to the plane (nephew)
Half of them weren't payed to kill, but forced


Mercenary snipers in Libya (Tripoli)

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Morocco: Banks burned down and plundered by Agressive protesters

It's very sad to see how they are abusing the protests for money and violence.

RABAT (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Morocco on Sunday demanding King Mohammed give up some of his powers, dismiss the government and clamp down on corruption.

In the capital Rabat, some people in the crowd waved Tunisian and Egyptian flags in recognition of the popular uprisings that overthrew the two countries' presidents. At least 5,000 people marched across central Rabat, according to Reuters reporters.

Uniformed police kept their distance from the protest but plain-clothes officers with notebooks mingled with the crowd amid chants of "The people reject a constitution made for slaves!" and "Down with autocracy!"

Some called on the fragile coalition government of Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi to leave. Placards and slogans made no direct attacks on the king although one criticized the influence of firms in which his family is the biggest investor.

Libya: War planes versus Civilians


(Reuters) - Libyan warplanes were bombing indiscriminately across Tripoli on Monday, a resident of the Libyan capital told al Jazeera television in a live broadcast.
"What we are witnessing today is unimaginable. Warplanes and helicopters are indiscriminately bombing one area after another. There are many, many dead," Adel Mohamed Saleh said.

Saleh, who called himself a political activist, said the bombings had initially targeted a funeral procession.
"Our people are dying. It is the policy of scorched earth." he said. "Every 20 minutes they are bombing."
Asked if the attacks were still happening he said: "It is continuing, it is continuing. Anyone who moves, even if they are in their car they will hit you."


There was no independent verification of the report but Fathi al-Warfali, the Libyan activist who heads the Swiss-based Libyan Committee for Truth and Justice, who was taking part in a protest outside U.N. European headquarters in Geneva said he had heard the same reports.
"Military planes are attacking civilians, protesters in Tripoli now. The civilians are frightened. Where is the United Nations, where is Amnesty International?" al-Warfali told Reuters.

Weapons of the Mercenaries in Libya

Feb 21, 2011

Morocco: Protesters destroying police property.





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Uprising protests in China?

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Morocco: Agressive protests against the police

Don't understand me wrong..but why aren't they protesting peacefully like in Bagrain, Egypt, Libya,..

I'm afraid that he bullets will come soon..
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Nevermind, forget what I said..it looks like the police has asked for it, watch these peacefull protesters being arrested by the corrupted police earlier that day.

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I believe the situation in Morocco can be described as followed: Older people protesting peacefully, and younger kinds who are abusing the protests by damaging properties and violence. 
Sad story..




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