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Instead, Qaddafi was often referred to as “the leader” and his son Seif (until now heir-apparent) as “the principal.” Discussing national policy with a foreigner was punishable with three years in prison. Basic commodities—including rice, sugar, flour, gasoline—were heavily subsidized by Qaddafi’s government and sold for a fraction of their true cost.Reporters Without Borders described press freedom in Qaddafi’s Libya as “virtually non-existent.” Oil the economy in Libya and oil profits have bankrolled massive investments in education and infrastructure—yet Libya lags far behind other oil-rich Arab states. A 2006 article in described Libya’s “prosperity without employment and large population of young people without a sense of purpose.” Libya’s society is tribal and traditional—despite liberal laws on issues such as women’s rights—and many Libyans identify via clan allegiance first, nationality second. Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise.
Why can’t anyone agree on how to spell Qaddafi’s name?
Since at least the 1980s, the name has been alternately spelled as “Moammar/Muammar Gadaffi/Gaddafi/Gathafi/Kadafi/Kaddafi/Khadafy/Qadhafi/Qathafi/etc.,” according to Chris Suellentrop at .
Al Jazeera Arabic reports that it’s received videos of murdered protesters that are too graphic to air.
The video below, which was released by Al Jazeera English, gives (non-graphic) on-the-ground footage and a concise synopsis of events on Saturday and Sunday. EST: The Libyan prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, announces at a news conference in Tripoli that Moammar Qaddafi has been killed.
In return, the US and the United Nations lifted economic sanctions against Libya. Tripoli (Nick Baumann): Al Jazeera (via Sultan al-Qassemi) reports multiple accounts of airplanes attacking protesters in Tripoli. Tripoli (Nick Baumann): Mobile and television networks are down across Libya.
On the Arab street, however, Qaddafi is widely loathed. Shadi Hamid, an expert on the Arab world at the Brookings Institution, slams the Western response as “business as usual” and asks whether the West is even capable of “bold, creative policymaking.” s Max Fisher, meanwhile, says that while the media blackout means the air-attack claims are impossible for press to verify, if they’re true, the United Nations should “shut down Libyan airspace immediately.” UPDATE 3, Monday, Feb. Al Hurra (a satellite television competitor of Al Jazeera’s that is sponsored by the US government) is reporting that the Libyan ambassador in London has resigned and joined protests outside the embassy.That didn’t work out, so instead the dictator rented land on a suburban property owned by Donald Trump.The tent was erected and then dismantled after a public outcry, and both Trump and the Secret Service announced that Qaddafi wasn’t coming after all.He has founded the “Qaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation,” which supposedly seeks to promote human rights and fight the use of torture in Libya and across the Middle East.Wasn’t Qaddafi that guy who set up a giant tent on Donald Trump’s spread? During his 2009 trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Qaddafi had hoped to sleep and entertain guests inside an elaborate Bedouin-style tent in Manhattan’s Central Park.Some in Libya hoped that Seif Qaddafi, who has been growing more prominent as an adviser to his father, would create openings for democratic reform.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating