Whatever one’s views regarding Moamar Gadaffi, the post-colonial Libyan government played a key role in eliminating poverty and developing the country’s health and educational infrastructure. According to Italian Journalist Yvonne de Vito, “Differently from other countries that went through a revolution – Libya is considered to be the Switzerland of the African continent and is very rich and schools are free for the people. Hospitals are free for the people. And the conditions for women are much better than in other Arab countries.” (Russia Today, August 25, 2011)
These developments are in sharp contrast to what most Third World countries were able to “achieve” under Western style “democracy” and “governance” in the context of a standard IMF-World Bank Structural Adjustment program (SAP).
Public Health Care
Public Health Care in Libya prior to NATO’s “Humanitarian Intervention” was the best in Africa. “Health care is [was] available to all citizens free of charge by the public sector. The country boasts the highest literacy and educational enrolment rates in North Africa. The Government is [was] substantially increasing the development budget for health services…. (WHO Libya Country Brief )
Confirmed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), undernourishment was less than 5 %, with a daily per capita calorie intake of 3144 calories. (FAO caloric intake figures indicate availability rather than consumption).
The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya provided to its citizens what is denied to many Americans: Free public health care, free education, as confirmed by WHO and UNESCO data.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO): Life expectancy at birth was 72.3 years (2009), among the highest in the developing World.
Under 5 mortality rate per 1000 live births declined from 71 in 1991 to 14 in 2009
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1. Did you know that he gave the African American community, in New York, over $50,000,000 and the US government made the mayor of New York give it back?
2. Did you know that he tried to give the Nation of Islam in the, United states, over a half a billion dollars ($500,000,000) and the US government made them give it back?
3. Did you know that all newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
4. Did you know that he was tiring to create a central bank for Africa where all the African Union nations would be able to get Loans from to rebuild the continent and the loans would have been at 0% interest and the banking system would have been based on Islamic Sharia Law free from Western banks slave debt.
5. Did you know that education and medical treatment were all free in Libya?
6. Did you know that Qaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project.
7. Did you know that electricity was free.
8. Did you know that It was free to start a farming business and Qaddafi purchased all the farming equipment needed.
9.Did you know that gas was .14 cent a gallon.
10.Did you know that Qaddafi raised the level of education? Before Qaddafi only 25% of Libyans were literate. He bought that figure up to 87% under his rule with 25% earning university degrees. Greater than the US and nations of Europe.
11. Did you know that a mother who gives birth to a child receive U.S.$5,000.
12. Did you know If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities you need, the government funds them to go abroad, for it is not only paid for, but they also get a $2,300/month for accommodation and car allowance
13. Did you know that Libya had It’s own state bank free from the Zionist bankers of the West (FED, IMF and the Zionist International Bank of Settlements).
Mummification Pre-Egypt - Long Lost Secrets of Libya's Black Mummy (ANCIENT HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)
The programme explores the enigmatic central Saharan society which once spanned the entire north African continent. We unravel their tale through the story of the discovery of the black mummy, Uan Muhuggiag. It soon becomes obvious that these people were responsible for an extraordinary array of innovations which later became famous under the Egyptians. Their presence re-writes the history of Egypt and of the entire continent of Africa.
The background: the lost society of the central Sahara and the rise of ancient Egypt. The origins of ancient Egypt are archaeology’s greatest unsolved mystery. What prompted this remarkable culture to develop such distinctive rituals as mummification? Where did they get their ideas? As far as we know, Egypt was only preceded by one great civilisation: Mesopotamia. Although Mesopotamia is a far older culture – there is no evidence to suggest that these people had developed any similar funerary practises. But if Egyptian innovations did not come from earlier known civilisations – where did they come from?
The answer has come from an unlikely quarter – the barren Sahara desert. In the last few decades evidence has been mounting that the Egyptian civilisation was not the first advanced society in Africa. At the same time as Mesopotamia rose in the near east, another culture thrived in Africa. Although few people have heard of it – this central Saharan culture is providing evidence for the invention of ritual activity which had previously been attributed to the Egyptians.
The boy next to me fell to the floor and for a moment I didn’t know if he had fainted or was dead – then I saw that he was covering his eyes so he didn’t have to see the waves any more. A pregnant woman vomited and started screaming. Below deck, people were shouting that they couldn’t breathe, so the men in charge of the boat went down and started beating them. By the time we saw a rescue helicopter, two days after our boat had left Libya with 250 passengers on board, some people were already dead – flung into the sea by the waves, or suffocated downstairs in the dark. It’s very difficult for me to think about this, nearly four years after I paid a smuggler to get me out of Libya, but it’s important for people to understand what is happening to us and why. Read More: (Click On Image)
The EU needs to find better answers on immigration as ending the Mare Nostrum search-and-rescue operation has not stopped desperate people from attempting this perilous journey.
Tragically, it’s Groundhog Day in the Mediterranean. Around 400 migrants are feared dead after drowning between Libya and Italy. And just two days ago, Italian coastguards rescued over 6,000 stricken migrants who had attempted to reach Europe from the north African coast.
Both scenarios are desperately familiar. The former echoes disasters in February 2015 and September 2014. And, in fact, most of last summer, which saw record numbers die in the Mediterranean.
Coverage of the latter could have been almost entirely copied from reports published 12 months ago to the week, when a similar number were hauled from the sea during the equivalent weekend of 2014.
There were some who hoped that 2015 might be different. Last autumn, the EU opted not to create a like-for-like replacement for Operation Mare Nostrum, a huge Italian-run search-and-rescue operation that saved up to 100,000 lives in the Mediterranean last year. In the words of one British minister, Baroness Anelay, Mare Nostrum created “an unintended ‘pull factor’, encouraging more migrants to attempt the dangerous sea crossing and thereby leading to more tragic and unnecessary deaths”.
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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, has been sentenced to death by a court in Tripoli.
Saif, once seen as his father’s heir apparent, was condemned to death along with eight other figures from the former dictatorship, including the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and Gaddafi’s last prime minister, Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi.
The mass trial, which opened in Tripoli in April last year, has been mired in controversy after human rights groups and the international criminal court questioned its standards.
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The US and its allies destroyed Africa’s wealthiest nation, Libya, in order to re-colonize the African continent, an American journalist says.
Don DeBar, an anti-war activist and radio host in New York, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday, after US President Barack Obama ordered a new bombing campaign in Libya.
The airstrikes were undertaken to help Libyan forces “finish the job” and drive the terrorists out of the war-torn North African country, Obama told reporters during a press conference in the White House on Tuesday.
“Libya was destroyed by the United States and its allies, with the United States leading in terms of policy and in terms of coordination with the military activities,” DeBar said.
“It was an unconventional war on Libya with the US Air Force and NATO allies providing air support and the ground troops being comprised of al-Qaeda fighters and other irregulars that were trained and armed by the US, but the Qataris, including Qatari command and control on the ground. There were Qatari regulars in uniforms that were commanders of the fighters that were documented as well as Qatari arms that were captured and displaced on the YouTube,” the journalist said.
Nearly five years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has become a failed state, with the central government holding no sway over the country.
Obama has authorized the Pentagon to open a new military front against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Libya after the fledgling government there asked for help with precision targeting inside the coastal city of Sirte.
DeBar said Gaddafi was deposed because he “was well into the process of helping to organize a United States of Africa, an integrated African polity and economy, and was offering to bankroll it with Libya’s wealth.”
“That was something that would run counter to the US plans, now actualized by installing AFRICOM (the United States Africa Command) on the continent, essentially re-colonizing Africa,” he added.
“AFRICOM, which is the command and control structure of the African command that is embedded in 35 African countries now at the highest level of the military, essentially establishes US military control over Africa,” the analyst stated.
“In other words, the US’s first African American president, and the son of a Kenyan, helped the United States re-colonize Africa. Muammar Gaddafi was a major impediment to that effort, and he was raped and killed by US proxies for his trouble,” he concluded.
In this excerpt from Bob Coen and Eric Nadler's film "Shadow War of the Sahara", broadcast on the Franco-German channel ARTE charts the rise of the U.S.military's AFRICA COMAND (AFRICOM). This excerpt reveals why AFRICOM's chief critic, Libya's Mohammar Gaddafi, had to be removed from power for the project to succeed.
UN migration agency says selling of people is rife in African nation that has slid into violent chaos since overthrow of Gaddafi.
est African migrants are being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave markets in Libya, survivors have told a UN agency helping them return home.
Trafficked people passing through Libya have previously reported violence, extortion and slave labour. But the new testimony from the International Organization for Migration suggests that the trade in human beings has become so normalised that people are being traded in public.
“The latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya],” said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies. “The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.”
Source: The guardian
It’s a mass grave that we don’t need the United Nations to verify. Every day an average of 14 migrants, the vast majority from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, die crossing the Mediterranean.
Many more see their European dream turn into a nightmare long before they’re corralled on to flimsy rubber dinghies on Libya’s beaches. They’re the victims of a silent massacre in the Sahara desert – a journey more deadly than the crossing from the coast, according to the International Organisation for Migration.
Come the spring, thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing poverty and violence will die in Libya, but I doubt you’ll hear much about it. Compassion fatigue has set in. The numbers have become too big to comprehend. It’s an old story; we feel numbed by the now familiar news images of men huddled together on boats. Maybe it’s because they’re African and have been written off as “undeserving economic migrants”. These are the people some of our political leaders have in mind when they talk of swarms, plagues and marauders. The understandable focus on Syrian refugees has taken the spotlight away from the more dangerous route to Europe through Libya.