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Rebels Give Gaddafi Supporters Four Days to Surrender

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Al Jazeera reports that a rebel leader says Khamis has been killed; however, his death has been announced prematurely several times during the conflict.

The New York Times reports that the rebels are gradually establishing themselves as Libya’s official government. On Monday, they signed new energy deals with ENI, Italyís biggest oil company, and allowed France and Britain, the leading members of the NATO alliance whose airstrikes have supported the rebels’ efforts, to send advance teams into Tripoli to reestablish embassies there. But, says the Guardian,†the fact that†a convoy of six armored limousines could “drive unmolested down the length of the country, from Bani Walid to the pro-Gaddafi bastion at Sebha, on the edge of the Sahara desert, and then west to the Algerian border, indicates that there is a wide swathe of the central Libyan hinterland” still not in the NTC’s control.

A large number of sub-Saharan migrant workers remain stranded in squalid camps in Tripoli, terrified to leave for home. The workers fear they will be attacked by the rebels after being mistaken for†Gaddafi-hired mercenaries from Chad and Sudan. The chairman of the African Union, Jean Ping, has said that the “plight of the stranded migrants was an important reason the union has so far refused to recognize” the NTC and that the Libyan council “seems to confuse black people with mercenaries.Ē

Tripoli also houses a 45-hectare zoo right next to Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya complex and to the Rixos Hotel, where a number of foreign journalists were holed up when the rebel forces first entered Tripoli over a week ago. Gaddafi’s third son, Saadi, owned nine of the zoo’s eighteen lions and visited them daily, says the Guardian. His†second son, Saif al-Islam was so fond of big cats that he took two albino lions with him when he went to study in Austria. While a rocket-propelled grenade fell through the zoo’s hippo enclosure, the three hippos were unharmed, as were Saadi’s lions and baboons, gazelle, pelicans and barbary sheep. Let’s hope they are not forgotten†as the new rebel government sets itself up in Tripoli.

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4:51PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Libya:
* GDP per capita - USD 14,192.
* Unemployment benefit - USD 730.
* Each family member subsidized by the state gets annually USD 1.000
* Salary for nurses - USD 1.000.
* For every newborn is paid USD 7.000.
* The bride and groom receive a USD 64 thousand to purchase flats.
* Major taxes and levies prohibited.
* To open a personal business a one-time financial assistance of USD 20.000
* Education and medicine are free.
* Educ. Internships abroad - at government expense.
* Stores for large families with symbolic prices for basic foodstuffs.
* Part of pharmacies - with free dispensing.
* Loans for buying a car and an apartment - no interest.
* Real estate services are prohibited.
* Buying a car up to 50% paid by the State.
* No Payment for electricity for the population.
* Sales and use of alcohol is prohibited.
* Petrol is cheaper than water. 1 liter of gasoline = USD 0.14.

10:35PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Whoever harbors this evil despot will feel the wrath of their own people.

9:00PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

The rebels are giving him the time because they need the time to consolidate their forces for a coordinated three sided attack on Serti. I’m pretty sure Gaddafi isn’t going to surrender and neither is his son. They both know they will be found guilty of crimes against the Libyan people and will likely be executed which would be humiliating for both of them. If they are not complete cowards they will both put a gun in their mouth and blow their brains out rather than be captured.

2:41PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Max Forte, "A Victory for the Libyan People? The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya"

In this important article, the war propaganda (aka lies) that Prof. Forte totally demolishes are:
1. Genocide by Gaddafi regime
2. Gaddafi “bombing his own people”
3. The need to save Benghazi
4. Gaddafi's use of African mercenaries
5. Gaddafi forces Viagra-fueled mass rape
6. Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
7. Gaddafi the demon
8. Rebels are freedom fighters & angels
9. Victory for the Libyan people
10. Defeat for “the Left"

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/08/31/the-top-ten-myths-in-the-war-against-libya/

Prof. Forte is a prof. at Concordia University, Montreal. Check him at http://zeroanthropology.net/about-the-bloggers/max-forte/

12:39PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

apparently they have refused the offer.

12:26PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

The rebels are offering life as opposed to death for the people who are harboring Gaddafi, or are sympathizers obstructing his capture. They are not offering this option to Gaddafi.

It shows great humanitarianism from the rebels given they have not been shown that level of mercy from their opposition, (Gaddafi's supporters).
It also shows they are preparing for a democracy in a fair and balanced way, rather than blowing up every man, woman and child who is in the, 'city of Surt, Gaddafi’s hometown, or the city of Bani Walid and Sabha, which is on the edge of the Sahara desert.'

In our bottom line society I would rather hear of a deadline which offers first life, before it makes no offers and thousands of children and women are killed because the men support that loser of a (ex) leader. They may use photo ops of woman and children chanting Gaddafi's name in praise, but the reality is they have no voice in a country where thus far only the men have a voice. Hopefully women will be heard in the future, as well as many other freedoms, and true democracy will follow soon.

12:26PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

The rebels are offering life as opposed to death for the people who are harboring Gaddafi, or are sympathizers obstructing his capture. They are not offering this option to Gaddafi.

It shows great humanitarianism from the rebels given they have not been shown that level of mercy from their opposition, (Gaddafi's supporters).
It also shows they are preparing for a democracy in a fair and balanced way, rather than blowing up every man, woman and child who is in the, 'city of Surt, Gaddafi’s hometown, or the city of Bani Walid and Sabha, which is on the edge of the Sahara desert.'

In our bottom line society I would rather hear of a deadline which offers first life, before it makes no offers and thousands of children and women are killed because the men support that loser of a (ex) leader. They may use photo ops of woman and children chanting Gaddafi's name in praise, but the reality is they have no voice in a country where thus far only the men have a voice. Hopefully women will be heard in the future, as well as many other freedoms, and true democracy will follow soon.

12:07PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

The Al Qaeda led rebels can't wait to take over, I want to know when NATO will send in US ground troops? Just another Iraq.

8:19AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Ghaddafi needs to be treated the same as the USA treated the Barbary pirates who used to infest the Libyan coast - we formed the Marines and trashed 'em! Look at the lyrics of the Marine Hymn - it's time for a repeat!

6:11AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

I hope the new government is better to the people and use their oil money wisely. They need to start converting to other forms of energy usage now and exporting that why they have the money to invest in their future.

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