US House stops Libya war money

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From Al Jazeera:

US House votes to block funding for Libya

Bill to prohibit funds for US military operations in Libya unlikely to become law, but seen as snub to president.

Last Modified: 14 Jun 2011 12:19

The US House of Representatives has voted to prohibit the use of funds for US military operations in Libya.

Politicians adopted the amendment to a military appropriations bill by a vote of 248 to 163 late on Monday.

A number of members of Congress have expressed their dissatisfaction at Barack Obama’s, the US president, decision to go ahead with operations in Libya in March and to continue without congressional authorisation.

According to US law, the president must seek congressional authorisation to send US troops into combat and must withdraw the forces within 60 days if Congress has not authorised the military action.

The amendment, introduced by Democratic representative Brad Sherman from California, invokes the War Powers Resolution, a 1973 law that limits presidential powers on sending troops abroad into combat zones without the consent of Congress.

Sherman’s text states that “none of the funds made available by this act may be used in contravention of the War Powers Act.”

Politicians must still approve the appropriations bill as a whole and the measure must still be approved by the Senate.

Al Jazeera Patty Culhane, reporting from New Hampshire, said: “This is going to be a bit of a shock for Obama administration as the vote was so overwhelmingly against allowing him to use the fund in Libya.

White House under pressure

The White House has been under rising pressure from congressional critics demanding details about US goals in Libya.

“President Obama might face an uphill battle because even his own party has been very concerned about his action in Libya,” said Culhane.

“Lot of people, both in his party and Republican side, think that he has over-stepped his bound.

“[The] House of Representative’s message to Obama: You can’t use any money until you get our permission to continue in Libya.”

“It doesn’t mean US planes are necessarily going to stop flying, but it does mean that the president has to get back to Washington and try to convince the Senate not to go along with House of Representative,” she said. …

Meanwhile, admiral Mark Stanhope, the head of Britain’s royal navy, has said the navy could face logistical problems if NATO’s mission goes on longer than another six months.

Elements of the campaign would have been cheaper and “much more reactive” if Britain had still had an aircraft carrier, he said.

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Britain: Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards boasted today that Britain can sustain its military intervention in Libya for “as long as we choose to.” Gen Richards made his claim after Royal Navy Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope warned that Britain could not cope with a prolonged war in Libya: here.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs’ murky dealings with Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi are gradually emerging: here.

Hundreds of Serbian citizens burned a Nato flag outside the offices of President Boris Tadic in Belgrade today as Nato officials gathered in the city for a conference that aims to draw Serbia closer to the Western military alliance: here.

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  1. From AFP:

    Tunisians look to war-torn Libya for work

    [Tunisian men sit on the steps of a theatre as they pass time while awaiting employment opportunities on in Tunis]

    Released on – Tuesday,14 June , 2011 -09:15

    Sitting on a cafe terrace in an impoverished Tunisian town, Mohamed Gasmi has little else to do but ponder his meagre prospects in the newly liberated north African country.

    “I’ve been thinking about Libya,” despite the ongoing conflict there, instead of settling for paltry pay as an occasional day labourer in Tunisia, said Gasmi, an out-of-work butcher.

    Gasmi, like other unemployed youths in Ettadhamen, works off and on for a construction firm taking advantage of cheap labour as the jobless rate nudges near 20 percent, five months after a popular uprising toppled longtime ruler Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

    As a baker in Tripoli, Gasmi’s brother is earning more than twice what he could hope to earn in Tunisia.

    “He struggled to find work here. What’s worse, he was being paid 15 dinars (seven euros) per night compared with 70 dinars (35 euros) in Libya,” Gasmi said of his brother.

    He did return to Tunisia in February at the start of the uprising against Moamer Kadhafi but has since returned, assuring Gasmi that “everything was going fine,” and that the area where he was working was quiet.

    For Gasmi, prospects of a better standard of living are trumping any fears about the violence in Libya.

    He is originally from Mateur, a farming town about 60 kilometres from Tunis. At 20 he abandoned his studies and headed for the capital where he began working for a butchery.

    But after seven years he lodged a complaint against his employer who had refused him his benefits.

    “My boss was a mini-dictator, worse than Ben Ali,” said Gasmi.

    Pale, thin and drawing on a cigarette, he explains how he had hoped to set up his own business.

    “I asked the state employment office for credit to open my own butcher shop,” he said. “I would have started by myself, got some capital, maybe hired somebody.”

    But it was not to be: Gasmi was told he needed to own property or have a three-year business lease.

    Across the road, a local small loans association confirms what Gasmi experienced.

    “We don’t lend to young people, they don’t have guarantees,” said a top company official, Fatima Louati.

    Microcredit is financed by a public bank and is granted according to whether there is a guarantee and not the project’s viability, the agency’s director Hamadi Hammami noted with sympathy.

    What is more, “only six percent of loans result in lasting projects,” he said.

    On the cafe terrace, Gasmi is still waiting. The dispute with his former employer rumbles on.

    The revolution has come and gone, but social justice has yet to reach him.


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