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7/22/2016

Declassified Emails Reveal NATO Killed Gaddafi to Stop Libyan Creation of Gold-Backed Currency



Πηγή: The Free Thought Project
By Jay Syrmopoulos
January 14 2016

Washington, D.C. – In spite of French-led U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 creating a no-fly zone over Libya with the express intent of protecting civilians, one of the over 3,000 new Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department on New Year’s Eve, contain damning evidence of Western nations using NATO as a tool to topple Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. The NATO overthrow was not for the protection of the people, but instead it was to thwart Gaddafi’s attempt to create a gold-backed African currency to compete with the Western central banking monopoly.

The emails indicate the French-led NATO military initiative in Libya was also driven by a desire to gain access to a greater share of Libyan oil production, and to undermine a long term plan by Gaddafi to supplant France as the dominant power in the Francophone Africa region.

The April 2011 email, sent to the Secretary of State Hillary by unofficial adviser and longtime Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal with the subject line “France’s client and Qaddafi’s gold,” reveals predatory Western intentions.

The Foreign Policy Journal reports:

"The email identifies French President Nicholas Sarkozy as leading the attack on Libya with five specific purposes in mind: to obtain Libyan oil, ensure French influence in the region, increase Sarkozy’s reputation domestically, assert French military power, and to prevent Gaddafi’s influence in what is considered “Francophone Africa.”

Most astounding is the lengthy section delineating the huge threat that Gaddafi’s gold and silver reserves, estimated at “143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver,” posed to the French franc (CFA) circulating as a prime African currency.

The email makes clear that intelligence sources indicate the impetus behind the French attack on Libya was a calculated move to consolidate greater power, using NATO as a tool for imperialist conquest, not a humanitarian intervention as the public was falsely led to believe.

According to the email:

"This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc (CFA)".

(Source Comment: According to knowledgeable individuals this quantity of gold and silver is valued at more than $7 billion. French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly after the current rebellion began, and this was one of the factors that influenced President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to commit France to the attack on Libya.)

The email provides a peek behind the curtain to reveal how foreign policy is often carried out in practice. While reported in the media that the Western backed Libyan military intervention is necessary to save human lives, the real driving factor behind the intervention was shown to be the fact that Gaddafi planned to create a high degree of economic independence with a new pan-African currency, which would lessen French influence and power in the region.

The evidence indicates that when French intelligence became aware of the Libyan initiative to create a currency to compete with the Western central banking system, the decision to subvert the plan through military means began, ultimately including the NATO alliance.

h/t Levant Report

Jay Syrmopoulos is a political analyst, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, Raw Story, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.


7/11/2016

Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam wants to 'contribute to unification of Libya'



Πηγή: France24
8 Jule 2016


The embattled son of the late Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi was released from jail several weeks ago and has been living in the town of Zintan, his lawyers have told FRANCE 24.

Saif al-Islam – once widely regarded as Gaddafi’s likeliest successor – was sentenced to death in 2015 for crimes committed during the revolution that overthrew his father. He has nevertheless been allowed to walk free under an amnesty provision by the Libyan government as it struggles to unite the country.

Lawyer Marcel Ceccaldi on Friday confirmed his client had left jail on April 12, 2016 as originally reported by FRANCE 24, adding that he was not serving time under house arrest.

Ceccaldi said Saif al-Islam wanted to “contribute to the political unification of Libya” and “fight against terrorism,” in reference to the Islamic State group, which has taken over key parts of the north African country.

Another lawyer, Karim Khan, said Wednesday that Saif al-Islam was released under an amnesty declared by the Tobruk parliament, the internationally recognised authority that governed part of Libya before the national unity government of Fayez al-Sarraj took over in March.

The lawyer said the release was made "in accordance with (Libyan) law".

Khan declined to say whether he had spoken to his client, saying only that he "is well and safe and in Libya".

Saif al-Islam had been held since 2011 by a militia in Zintan, a mountainous western region beyond the control of authorities in the capital, Tripoli.

His captors refused to transfer him to Tripoli, where he was sentenced to death in absentia by a court in the city in July 2015 for his part in the killing of protesters during the uprising that toppled his father.

The verdict had drawn condemnation abroad, with Human Rights Watch saying the trial was riddled with legal flaws and carried out amid widespread lawlessness undermining the credibility of the judiciary.

To challenge ICC charges

The proceedings began in April 2014 before fighting between rival factions in Tripoli erupted, and the power struggle has loomed large in the unravelling of state authority around the vast, oil-producing North African country.

Saif al-Islam is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, which issued an arrest warrant in 2011 on preliminary charges of crimes against humanity, murder and persecution for being part of the inner circle of his father’s regime.

Khan said he would file an application to make the ICC case inadmissible, arguing that his client has already been tried by his home country.

Invoking the principle of "double jeopardy", he said: "It is prohibited to try an individual twice for the same offense".

Asked whether dropping charges against Saif al-Islam would hurt reconciliation efforts in the war-torn country, the lawyer said it was "up to Libyans to decide what is best for peace and reconciliation", not the ICC.

According to a source quoted by French daily Le Monde, he has been living in Zintan in a “comfortable house with a new wife and their three-year-old daughter”, and able to move around freely.

Libya: Leaked tapes suggest West supports Haftar



Πηγή: Aljazeera
10 Jule 2016

Air traffic recordings indicate General Haftar receives Western support despite his opposition to Tripoli government.

Air traffic control recordings obtained by the Middle East Eye suggest British, French, Italian and US forces have been coordinating air strikes in support of renegade Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar.

The leaked tapes, which could indicate the countries are helping Haftar fight rebels in the east, appeared to confirm that a joint operations base exists - something which the London-based media organisation has previously reported.

"What's clear is that Western forces are helping Haftar coordinate air strikes in eastern Libya ,which is where his base of control is. But the targets there aren't actually Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS)," Karim el Bar, the journalist who reported the story, told Al Jazeera.

"They [the targets] are his [Haftar's] political enemies - some of whom are Islamists, some of whom have other political affilations ... he's undermining the government in Tripoli."

Conversations between Libyan pilots and the air traffic controllers at Benina airbase, one of Haftar's vital military facilities, can be heard in the leaked audio, in both Arabic and English. French, Italian American and British accents are audible.

Haftar helped former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi seize power in 1969 and was once a key figure in the army before being exiled to the US in the late eighties. He spent the next several decades plotting to oust Gaddafi.

Last year, Haftar launched a self-declared campaign to drive armed groups from Libya's second biggest city, Benghazi. He has refused to support a UN-backed unity government, based in the capital Tripoli, because his forces were once loyal to a rival government.

"The government in Tripoli is launching an offensive in Sirte against ISIL, and so we have this bizarre situation where Western governments are diplomatically and publicly supporting the government in Tripoli, but then their militaries are supporting Haftar in the east," el Bar said.

The leak could cause diplomatic headaches for the countries implicated, in light of Haftar's refusal to support the unity government.

Forces loyal to the general have also been accused fighting groups taking part in the Western-backed campaign against ISIL.

"Benghazi, good morning, Ascot 9908," says a man with a British accent, in one of the recordings. "Ascot 9908, just letting you know we are in contact with Benghazi airfield."

French and Italian operators appear to be directing air traffic in most recordings.

Pilots with American accents also feature, using the call signals "Bronco 71" and "Mustang 99" - both are names of American cars.
Foreign backing

After participating in the Libyan revolution in 2011 and Gaddafi's overthrow, Haftar faded into the background until February 2014, when he called on Libyans to rise up against the General National Congress (GNC) - the newly elected parliament.

Then, at the time of his dramatic televised address, groups such as the al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Sharia had taken over Libya's second city of Benghazi and its surrounding towns and villages, fighting a war against military, police and public officials.

In May 2014, he launched Operation Dignity to combat what he called hardline militias in and around the city. In March 2015, Libya's newly elected House of Representatives (HoR), which replaced the GNC, appointed him the commander of the Libyan National Army.

In the last two years, forces loyal to Haftar have pushed armed groups out of Benghazi to as far as Derna, 250km to the city's east.

But his potential role in any future national military has been one of the biggest road blocks in attempts to achieve Libyan unity.

He is reportedly unhappy with the line-up of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord because responsibility for security has been given to another officer, Ibrahim al-Barghathi.

Several reports since the beginning of Operation Beginning suggest that Haftar receives considerable support from foreign backers, the UAE and Egypt in particular.

Some analysts say that his foreign backing has made him less willing to compromise on a unity government.

Now, as the UN-backed government attempts to route ISIL out of its stronghold in Sirte, Haftar has been accused of pursuing a separate war against a group that helped push ISIL out of Derna last year.

The Shura Council of Mujahideen in Derna - an anti-ISIL Islamist coaltion - was key in last year's fight in the port city. The UN Support Mission in Libya condemned Haftar's air strikes there and warned that the resulting civilian casualties could constitute a war crime.

"Basically he doesn’t want to have any rivals in the east and he considers everyone, even loosely associated with political Islam, as terrorists," Libya specialist Mattia Toaldo, a senior policy fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations, told Middle East Eye. "Much like his Egyptian patrons."

The Middle East Eye's el Bar told Al Jazeera: "You have to wonder why Western governments are supporting him if he's not going directly after ISIL. If you're going to have political reconciliation in the country, you're going to have to bring these groups [that Haftar is targeting] in."