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  1. Vatican: Airstrikes killed 40 civilians in Tripoli
    03/31/2011 11:59

    Catholic official in Tripoli says “so-called humanitarian raids have killed dozens;” UK’s Hague calls for Gaddafi cabinet members to defect.
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    ROME – At least 40 civilians have been killed in airstrikes by Western forces on Tripoli, the top Vatican official in the Libyan capital told a Catholic news agency on Thursday citing witnesses.

    “The so-called humanitarian raids have killed dozens of civilian victims in some neighborhoods of Tripoli,” said Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli.

    “I have collected several witness accounts from reliable people. In particular, in the Buslim neighborhood, due to the bombardments, a civilian building collapsed, causing the death of 40 people,” he told Fides, the news agency of the Vatican missionary arm.

    Libyan officials have taken foreign reporters to the sites of what they say were the aftermath of western air strikes on Tripoli but evidence of civilian casualties have been inconclusive.

    Western powers say they have no confirmed evidence of civilian casualties.


  2. EU wants freeze on Libya’s bluefin tuna catch

    BRUSSELS | Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:25am EDT

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s fisheries chief has called for the suspension of Libya’s fishing rights for the Atlantic bluefin tuna, fearing the endangered fish could be further depleted amid the confusion of war.

    An Atlantic bluefin can grow to the size of a horse and fetch more than $100,000 in markets such as Japan, but stocks have plunged by more than 80 percent since the 1970s, scientists say.

    EU fisheries chief Maria Damanaki fears Libya is in no position to regulate its fishing fleets when bluefin come to spawn in the Mediterranean in May or June.

    High-tech fishing vessels using echo-sounders have become so efficient at locating and netting the giant creatures in “purse seine” nets that a season’s quota can be met in just 10 days, and long-term damage to thestock can be inflicted thereafter.

    Damanaki called for action from the body that governs bluefin fishing, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday.

    “The EU believes that, as long as this situation will last, this gives rise to grave concerns in a situation where bluefin tuna is already under serious threat,” Damanaki wrote.

    She called for Libya’s fishing rights for Atlantic bluefin tuna to be “temporarily suspended until Libya is able to ensure the respect of all ICCAT provisions.” Last November, ICCAT set a 2011 quota of 12,900 tonnes, down 600 from 2010, ignoring calls from conservation groups for deeper cuts.

    (Reporting by Pete Harrison, editing by Mark Trevelyan)


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  22. BRUNEI: The government today embraced a form of Islamic shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties.

    It began phasing in a version of Shariah that allows for penalties such as amputation for theft and stoning for adultery.

    Most of the punishments can be applied to non-Muslims, who account for about a third of the 440,000 people in the country.

    Reactionary Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah declared the law a “great achievement” for Brunei.

    Human Rights Watch said the move was a “huge step backward for human rights.”


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  37. On September 1, 1969, a group of 70 Libyan army officials calling themselves the “Free Officers Movement” and led by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi launched a coup d’état against the monarchical government of King Idris I. The coup established the rule of the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) as the official governing body of Libya, with Gaddafi as chairman.

    The coup against Idris was bloodless. Not a single death was recorded during the seizure of power. Rather, the repressive apparatus of the state—the armed forces, the police, the prisons—simply shifted hands to Gaddafi.

    Idris came to power in 1951 through the intervention of the United Kingdom and the United States, who gave the monarchy hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for the establishment of military bases in Libya. Idris oversaw a regime of mass political repression. He banned all political parties and all government officials were selected directly by the monarchy.

    The political crisis in the country was greatly heightened in 1959 when oil was discovered and vastly increased Libya’s wealth. In 1951 Libya’s GDP per capita sat at around $30. By 1969 it had jumped to $2,000. Most of this new wealth was concentrated in the hands of a few privileged individuals who were close to the monarchy. This extreme inequality combined with massive political repression made Idris wildly unpopular with the Libyan masses.

    In an address to the country after the coup succeeded Gaddafi exclaimed, “By a single stroke it (the army) has lightened the long dark night in which the Turkish domination was followed first by Italian rule, then by this reactionary and decadent regime which was no more than a hotbed of extortion, faction, treachery and treason.”

    Gaddafi and the other officers were able to exploit the unpopularity of the Idris monarchy to their benefit. Making appeals to anti-imperialism, Arab nationalism, and using vague socialist rhetoric, the RCC established a bourgeois nationalist regime heavily inspired by Maoism.

    Gaddafi would remain in power until 2011 when his government was toppled by the US-backed NATO bombardment under the Obama administration.



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