Category Archives: Libya

16 Things Libya Will Never See Again

This information was posted online by Saya on October 24, 2011

  1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
  2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at zero percent interest by law.
  3. Having a home considered a human right in Libya.
  4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 dinar (U.S.$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
  5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25 percent of Libyans were literate. Today, the figure is 83 percent.
  6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kickstart their farms are all for free.
  7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need, the government funds them to go abroad, for it is not only paid for, but they get a U.S.$2,300/month for accommodation and car allowance.
  8. If a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidizes 50 percent of the price.
  9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
  10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amounting to $150 billion are now frozen globally (some sources put the amount frozen at $200 billion – that is almost half of the money Europe needs to get out of its financial crisis).
  11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession, as if he or she is employed, until employment is found.
  12. A portion of every Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
  13. A mother who gives birth to a child receive U.S.$5,000.
  14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $0.15.
  15. 25 percent of Libyans have a university degree.
  16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Manmade River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

Source: Saya

When war erupts somewhere, there are good things which get lost along the way. And sometimes, when we look back we wonder if what happened was at anytime worth considering.

 

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Could racism towards Black Africans be intrinsic to Arab culture?

This is a question which emerges from a note that Kevin Bismark Cobman posted online, further to racist attitudes of the National Transitional Council – NTC in Libya towards Black Africans and the Arab world apparent silence to such racism.

On this platform we published our views, particularly when all the news were expressing outrage about the way NTC rebels were treating Black people during and after the fall of Tripoli. Please read Kevin view point in the following note. Continue reading

NTC leaders: Can you stop the slaughter of Black people in the New Libya?

On 31/8/11, Colette Braeckman, a Belgian journalist, wrote a note
in French on the plight of Black people in the New Libya, only days after Gaddafi had been overthrown from Tripoli. The course of events, particularly in reference to what might come to be called revenge killings in the future, reminds of what happened to Hutu refugees who, after the defeat of Juvenal Habyarimana’s soldiers in 1994, were pursued and hundreds of thousands of them were killed inside Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. It was only 16 years later [exactly on 1/10/10] that the international community through the UN Mapping report acknowledged that atrocities including those of genocide nature had been committed by the victorious RPF and other affiliated armies. Can David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy learn from such recent history of military conflicts and stop their humanity from being blinded by the riches they are counting from their venture in Libya? Please read an English translation of Braeckman’s note. Continue reading

A necessary UN no-fly zone over UK further to ongoing riots in London and other British cities!

Satires are a form of telling a story. The following one tries to link London riots with what has been happening in Libya since the NATO bombing started in that country a few months ago now. Hundreds of young people are involved in the lawlessness situation that major cities in UK are experiencing since a few days. Continue reading

Putting Out Fire With Gasoline In Libya

By Susan Lindauer

War doesn’t work, does it? Best case scenario, NATO’s war against Libya will run 18 to 24 months unless decisive action is taken right now—this day—to end the military confrontation. Moussa  Koussa, Libya’s Foreign Minister who defected to Britain on March 30, warns Libya is in danger of becoming the “New Somalia.” Continue reading