p2pnet view P2P:- “A boast from Libya’s defected justice minister that he can prove that Moammar Gadhafi ordered the 1988 bombing of a U.S. jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, stirred hope among families of the 270 dead that the rogue dictator might be held accountable someday”, said the McClatchy-Tribune early last month, going on >>>
“This is not surprising,” said Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein, who lost her husband, Michael, when Pan Am Flight 103 blew apart. “We always suspected that it was Gadhafi. Nobody does anything there . . . without his approval.”
Pointing to the 1986 bombing of a Berlin disco and 1980s attacks on the Rome and Vienna airports, all attributed to Libya, Bernstein said that Gadhafi’s massacres of his countrymen in recent days should leave U.S. and foreign governments red-faced about restoring normal diplomatic ties with Libya in recent years.
“The idea that . . . this guy was anything but a murderer and a thug is just beyond me,” she said. “Of course, this is the kind of person who wouldn’t think twice about killing his own people.”
To ‘enhance international appreciation … ‘
“It reads like Libyan government propaganda, extolling the importance of Moammar Khadafy, his theories on democracy, and his ‘core ideas on individual freedom’,” says the Boston Globe, continuing:
“But the 22-page proposal for a book on Khadafy was written by Monitor Group, a Cambridge-based consultant firm founded by Harvard professors.
“The management consulting firm received $250,000 a month from the Libyan government from 2006 to 2008 for a wide range of services, including writing the book proposal, bringing prominent academics to Libya to meet Khadafy ‘to enhance international appreciation of Libya’ and trying to generate positive news coverage of the country.
“As the crisis in Libya deepens, Monitor’s role in Libya has come under increasing scrutiny.”
Will everyone who works, or worked, for the Gaddafi government similarly fall under “increasing scrutiny”?
‘King of Kings of Africa’
Officially the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Libya is now the focus of continual mass media attention that began with the Anonymous-inspired citizen protests in Tunisia, which led to the downfall of president Ben Ali, eventually spreading to Egypt and other countries in North Africa — and elsewhere.
On Saturday p2pnet quoted an item from Alive in Libya, the declaration for a temporary council in the ‘Republic of Libya’ with Mustafa Abdul Jaleel as president, and Abdul Hafid Abdul Qader Ghoga as his deputy and official spokesman.
Anti-Gaddafi rebels have control of towns and cities across the country and all that remains is: will the self-styled ‘King of Kings of Africa’ run, like Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt, or will he be de-throned by force?
While we wait to see, not only Harvard professors, but also scores of other people and companies around the world benefited from the largess of the Gaddafi clan.
“Mega Big Music star 50 Cent earned mega Big Music bucks performing at lavish parties thrown by family members of Libyan murderer Muammar Gaddafi”, p2pnet recently quoted Rolling Stone as saying, going on:
“But he isn’t alone. Mariah Carey was paid $1 million to sing for Gaddafi’s son, Muatassim, Libya’s national-security adviser, “at a lavish New Year’s Eve party on the Caribbean island of St. Barts in 2008″, says the story, which also pointed out:
“Beyoncé and Usher performed for an undisclosed sum on the island the following year. 50 Cent gave a performance before Muatassim at a 2005 film festival in Venice … ”
Canada extended ‘Most-Favoured Nation’ tariff status to Libya on January 29, 2009, says the CBC, and there used to be a Canadian government page which stated >>>
In Libya, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Tripoli.
Libya is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa.
Canada enjoys good bilateral relations with Libya. In the 1990s, the imposition of international sanctions against Libya impeded the development of Canada-Libya bilateral relations. However, after the United Nations suspended these sanctions in 1999 and lifted them completely in 2003, relations normalized, especially after Libya’s decision to abandon its weapons of mass destruction program in 2003.
It was against this backdrop that Canada opened a Bureau in Tripoli in 2002, run by a chargé d’affaires. In 2004, Canada opened its Embassy and appointed a Canadian Ambassador to Libya.
Several hundred Libyan students are pursuing their higher education in Canada.
Trade relations with Libya are based on the promotion of goods and services exports and on the growing investment in Libya’s energy sectors.
We say ‘used to be’ because this official Canadian government page has been disappeared. The url http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/libya-libye/bilateral_relations_bilaterales/canada-libya-libye.aspx now leads to “HTTP Error 404 – Not Found”
CRJ900 NextGen passenger jets
Only six months ago, Canada’s Bombardier’s aerospace division was boasting it’d won a third order “in as many years for regional aircraft from Libya with a $131.5-million US contract for three CRJ900 NextGen passenger jets that will be operated by the North African country’s national carrier”, said the CBC , going on:
“Bombardier’s aerospace division won a $131.5-million US contract to supply three CRJ900 NextGen passenger jets to Libyan Airlines.Bombardier’s aerospace division won a $131.5-million US contract to supply three CRJ900 NextGen passenger jets to Libyan Airlines.
“Montreal-based Bombardier said Libyan Airlines also has options for an additional three planes, potentially increasing the value of the sale to $267.8 million.”
On March 1, Montreal’s SNC-Lavalin “confirmed it has a contract to build a detention centre in Libya, a country currently gripped by violence as pro-democracy protesters clash with hardline government forces”, said Daily Commercial News, going on:
“The Montreal-based engineering giant has said the facility will be the ‘first to be built according to international human rights standards’.
“ ‘We think this is an important step forward for this country and an opportunity for us as a company to share values that we think are essential to all citizens of the world,’ Leslie Quinton, the company’s vice-president of global communications said in an email.”
The CBC has a post listing Canadian firms with Libyan contracts.
What other companies and individuals, Canadian and otherwise, had, and have, dealings with all the other corrupt governments in the world?
No need to stay tuned.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
McClatchy-Tribune -Families of Lockerbie dead hope Gadhafi is held accountable, February 11, 2010
Boston Globe – Local consultants aided Khadafy – Cambridge firm tried to polish his image, March 4, 2011
p2pnet – The new Republic of Libya: temporary council, March 5, 2011
Alive in Libya – Translation of the declaration of a temporary council in Libya, March 5, 2011
Tri-City Herald – Libya rebels set up first political leadership, February 27, 2011
Associated Press – Libyan revolt appoints ex-justice minister to head a provisional government, February 26, 2011
p2pnet – ‘Donate cash Libyans paid you’, 50 Cent told, March 1, 2011
CBC – Bombardier wins Libya aircraft contract, October 7, 2010
Daily Commercial News – SNC-Lavalin defends building detention centre in Libya, March 1, 2011
CBC – Canadian companies in Libya, February 28, 2011
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