Uganda seizes Libya shares in UTL

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Tuesday, 29th March, 2011
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By David Mugabe

THE Government has seized control of Libya’s majority stake in uganda telecom (utl) with immediate effect.

Aggrey Awori, the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) minister, said the Government was exercising its oversight role and also complying with UN sanctions against Libyan assets.

“We have to monitor all the transactions in conformity with the rules and now they cannot make certain decisions without our knowledge,” said Awori.

The Libyan government owns 69% of utl under its investment arm, Libya Africa Investment Portfolio.

utl has become the second entity in which Libya has a direct stake to fall under government control. Bank of Uganda last week relieved the Libyan Foreign Bank of its shareholding in Tropical Bank. The Libyan Foreign Bank owned 99.7% of Tropical Bank’s portfolio.

Awori said employees and Ugandans should not worry because the Government would normalise operations.

“The situation will be stabilised and all uncertainties will be eliminated within a week,” said Awori.

utl has about 1.75 million subscribers.

Awori also said the Government was planning a major monitoring of the telecom sector to bring the recent telecom bickering under control.

“The way events have been unfolding is “eyes on, hands off “but now we want to have hands on,” said Awori. MTN recently threatened to switch off all calls to utl over claims of an unpaid sh20b debt.

In freezing the Libyan Foreign Bank assets, Prof. Tumusiime Mutebile, the central bank governor, said all management appointees by the Libyan Foreign Bank were immediately relieved of their duties and a new management was appointed.

But Awori yesterday said he needed 48 hours to confirm whether there would be changes in utl management.

However, Donald Nyakairu, utl’s chief legal and corporate affairs officer, said they had not yet received the information and operations were going on normally.

“Probably they are thinking about it (the take-over), but nothing has changed. They have not approached us,” said Nyakairu.

Uganda Communications Commission boss Godfrey Mutabazi also said he had not been told about the new development.

In taking hold of both utl and Tropical Bank, the Government would be seen to ensure that both entities are operationally independent of Libyan influence, thereby safeguarding the local clientele.

Mercenarios españoles combaten en Libia junto a los rebeldes

 

Desde hace al menos una semana, un nutrido grupo de contratistas de la empresa Gibraltareña compuesta por Españoles SGSI Group se encuentra luchando en Libia contra las tropas gubernamentales de el Coronel Gadafi. Al parecer, estos se habrían desplazado desde Malta, para recuperar y poner a salvo a uno grupo de técnicos expatriados de una conocida compañía petrolífera. Tras de lo cual y habiendo llegado a un acuerdo con los jefes del mando rebelde se habrían comprometido con este gobierno en ayudarles a formar pelotones para actuar contra los carros de combate y las tropas estatales. Parece ser que han logrado desplazar material militar para abastecer a su equipo y a los rebeldes a los que entrenan desde su base en Cesaréa Israel.

El propietario de la empresa Víctor González, es un viejo conocido de el General Israel Viz, a cuyo servicio ya habría servido en el pasado. Israel Viz es un militar israelí retirado que se ha estado dedicando entre otras cosas a formar para SGSI Group a personal de inteligencia en Guinea ecuatorial. Mientras que Israel Viz habría estado coordinado a Mercenarios en Libia que ahora están cumpliendo funciones de francotiradores, Víctor González habría aceptado cumplir con la misión de eliminar a los mismos con sus propios francotiradores. De este modo si Gadafi gana Israel Viz seguirá trabajando para su régimen, haciendo ver los logros, de sus mercenarios. Y si Gadafi pierde, haría púbico el acuerdo llegado con el SGSI, por lo que aún podría demostrar que sus lealtades estaban con los rebeldes y con la coalición. Un claro ejemplo más de lo prácticos que pueden llegar a ser los israelíes en las contiendas actuales, siempre sacando partido.

Esta misión de eliminación de objetivos, habría empezado en Bengazi, y se estaría desarrollando ahora mismo en Misurata. Según fuentes rebeldes al menos ocho francotiradores habrían sido eliminados solo durante el primer día en Bengazi. La empresa SGSI lleva mas de diez años asesorando en cuestiones de seguridad al gobierno de Guinea Ecuatorial al que dicen ha montado su propio servicio de inteligencia. Se dice que ante una llamada del entonces gobierno de José María Aznar, pidiéndole su colaboración antes del intento de golpe del 2004, el propietario de la empresa, habría llamado él mismo a un contacto del gobierno Angoleño para que pusiesen en marcha el bloqueo de dicho golpe [1]. Víctor González que tiene un pasado de lo mas oscuro, se dice que ha llegado a estar huido de la justicia de su propio país aprovechando su condición diplomática Guineana, cuenta con una empresa paralela en España que tiene los permisos y parabienes del ministerio de defensa para la venta y comercialización de armamento en España. La pregunta ahora es, ¿Es conocedor el gobierno de José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero de las actividades que sus compatriotas desempeñan ahora mismo en Libia? España que tiene incluido en su código penal un artículo contra los mercenarios, debería ser mucho más seria a la hora de controlar las actividades que los mismos, en su mayoría formados dentro del seno de su propio ejército. Lo más curioso del caso es que durante décadas, el material militar español ha sido vendido sin reparo alguno al gobierno de Libia y que posiblemente esta misma empresa haya mediado en la compra-venta del mismo.

SGSI Group tiene a su mecenazgo un grupo de luchadores contra Al Qaeda en Somalia llamado Ahlu Sugnat national salvation forces. Al parecer este grupo se habría puesto en contacto con SGSI durante una operación que esta empresa protagonizó el pasado año en Somalia, contra un grupo de terroristas que habrían secuestrado un barco alemán de un armador cliente. En un intento de conseguir ayuda por parte del gobierno de Israel el responsable de este auto proclamado cuerpo de salvación somalí habría llegado a un acuerdo de colaboración, armamento y entrenamiento a cambio de información privilegiada sobre los piratas locales. Se conocen operaciones de este mismo estilo así como de protección llevadas a cabo por SGSI Group en Iraq, Afganistán y Pakistán.

Un pingüe negocio una vez mas para estas oscuras fuerzas que operan a su antojo.

Nota:

[1] http://www.elpais.com/articulo/internacional/mercenario/asegura/Aznar/apoyo/golpe/Guinea/Ecuatorial/elpporint/20050120elpepiint_15/Tes

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Ongoing violence leading to rising displacement in Libya, says UN agency

Refugees await food distribution at the border town of Sallum, Egypt, after fleeing the ongoing crisis in neighbouring Libya

25 March 2011 – The United Nations refugee agency said it is receiving reports of increased displacement in Libya, while the numbers of people fleeing the North African nation amid what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called “the brutal campaign of violence by the Libyan regime against its own people” have remained steady.

Non-governmental partners working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimate that up to 20,000 people have been taking refuge in the small town of Al Butwen, east of Ajdabiya for over two weeks, while some 5,000 people are displaced in the coastal town of Derna.

The agency has sent two convoys with medical supplies to the rebel-held city of Benghazi through the Egyptian Red Crescent and the Libyan Red Crescent, as well as thousands of blankets, sleeping mats and other relief items.

However, UNHCR does not currently have access to deliver humanitarian aid into other parts of Libya, spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a news conference in Geneva.

Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi has waged a fierce military crackdown in response to the protests that erupted in Libya last month as part of a wider movement calling for reform across North Africa and the Middle East.

As of 23 March, more than 350,000 people have fled the violence in Libya, with most of them going to neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia, said UNHCR. It added that the numbers of those fleeing have remained steady over the past few days.

Yesterday Mr. Ban reported to the Security Council that although the Libyan authorities have repeatedly claimed to have instituted a ceasefire, there has been no evidence of that.

“To the contrary, fierce battles have continued in or around the cities of Ajdabiya, Misratah and Zitan, among others. In short, there is no evidence that Libyan authorities have taken steps to carry out their obligations under Resolutions 1970 or 1973,” he said, referring to last week’s resolution and an earlier one calling for a ceasefire and full protection of civilians.

In a related development, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of Libyan journalist Mohammed al-Nabbous on 19 March and called for all journalists detained in the country to be freed.

According to the International Press Institute, the 28-year-old founder of online channel Libya Al-Hurra, or Free Libya, was killed by snipers in Benghazi during an attack on the city by pro-Qadhafi forces.

“His tragic death, along with numerous reports of journalists being detained in the country, indicates just how dangerous Libya has become for media workers,” Ms. Bokova stated in a news release.

“In keeping with the Geneva Conventions to which Libya is a State party, it is essential that all those in positions of power in the country respect the right of journalists to do their work unhindered,” she added.

Mr. al-Nabbous is the second journalist to be killed in Libya within the past two weeks, said UNESCO. Ali Hassan al-Jaber, a cameraman with Al Jazeera, was killed in an apparent ambush last week.

Historia de otra manipulación mediática

Las ejecuciones no fueron por negarse a disparar contra los manifestantes
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El negocio de la desinformación y la propaganda en la guerra mediática

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Libya: Media Manipulation

As the journalists continue to follow the events in Libya, so does the public. Our new interactive format, which allows our readers to comment on the articles, has seen Pravda.Ru over the past few weeks receive numerous interesting comments from those who have been interested in this situation, which we are happy to synthesize below.

43606.jpegLet one thing be perfectly clear: those who manufactured those Libyan flags from the time of King Idris, those who are arming, aiding and abetting the “rebels” (terrorists according to the western media referring to the same types of actions in other countries) are responsible for what is going on. Suppose the western media is misleading us?

“He’s gotta go,” says David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom about Muammar Al-Qathafi. The thing is, who has done more for his people? From President Obama, surprisingly, the same call. Yet the Libyan is not a protagonist who is dying for his own war to become a hero, because his disastrous policies at home are making him unpopular.

Unlike David Cameron, Muammar Al-Qathafi has invested in his people; he has not slashed education funding, he has increased literacy rates from 10 to around 85%; maybe those who support the flags from the pre-Qathafi era would like to have a reminder of the statistics from those times, because for sure those who fabricated these flags and transported them across the Tunisian and Egyptian borders will send Libya and the Libyans back into the dark ages from which Muammar Al-Qathafi freed them.

Let another thing be perfectly clear: the western media is misleading us and is trying to hide the interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign member of the UNO. Let us see some of the many comments from – and a presentation of several points raised by – our readers…

1. Why did the Libyan “revolution” not start in the capital, Tripoli, but rather in the separatist region of Cyrenaica?

2. Is it important that Cyrenaica is the oil-rich region?

3. How come the terrorists in Libya are referred to as “rebels” yet in other countries in the region they are “terrorists”?

4. How come the authorities of any sovereign nation have the right to impose law and order after armed insurrection, but Muammar Al-Qathafi apparently does not (according to Western media)? What does any civilised nation do when rebels burn buildings, kill women and children (oh didn’t the western media publicise this?) and slaughter and torture unarmed civilians? In most countries the authorities have the right to react.

In the case of Libya, it is facing an armed insurrection fuelled by interfering foreign powers, marauding gangs of terrorists aiming to settle tribal scores, all for the right price.

5. How is it possible that the poorly equipped “rebels” “now have access to more sophisticated equipment” (SKY News). Where did it come from?

6. How to explain the fact that Dutch and British special forces have been detained operating inside Libya?

7. Why does SKY News concentrate on the same screaming child in a Libyan hospital, every single day, a child who seems to be screaming because he is more afraid of a syringe than due to any injury? Is it correct to manipulate public opinion using images of children?43607.jpeg

8. Why does the same news channel show a man with a flesh wound from “heavy weaponry” while the bullet is visible on the surface of his skin? Why is Dominic Waghorn reporting the “truth” when last Summer he came to Portugal to hide it?

9. Why did the western media report that civilians had been bombed, and then Saif Al-Islam Qathafi entered a Sky News vehicle, saying for them to take him where they wanted, and the SKY crew was unable to find the areas they had said his “regime” forces had bombed?

10. Why did the BBC lie about an air strike that never existed?

11. Why did the BBC admit that the Libyan Air Force had been purposefully not hitting human targets? Then say Muammar Al-Qathafi is a “dictator” “slaughtering his own people”?

12. Why has the western media been saying that Muammar Al-Qathafi has been throwing the full force of his military options against “unarmed civilians” when it is obvious the civilians are heavily armed and he has not yet even started to use all the weaponry at his disposal?

13. Allaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahu Akhbar!!   Allaaaaaaaaaahu Akhbar! God is great! Where have we heard this before? And now from the er…rebels.

14. Why is the unrest always worse after Friday prayer service? Are we seeing another CIA-Mujaheddin type alliance? The type that saw the launch of the Taleban in Afghanistan?

15. Why is it that whenever there is a western camera present, someone unfolds one of those idiotic flags from the time when the people of Libya were illiterate and oppressed?

16. How come Muammar Al-Qathafi turns up wherever and whenever he wants in Tripoli?

17. Has Muammar Al-Qathafi disrespected the UNO by using lies to attack sovereign nations outside the auspices of the UN? No.

43608.jpeg18. Libya is a “carbon copy” of brutal, bloody aggression of NATO on Yugoslavia
and Serbia. Looking at those people running away from Libya to Tunisia in their thousands and western media again doing same thing, telling us that they are running away from “Gadhafi’s regime” not from a threat of NATO intervention and their bombs but just like what happened with the Albanians from Kosovo, the aggressor is intervening on “humanitarian grounds”.

19. Gadhafi has to be put on trial for Genocide and violation of human rights but GW Bush, Tony Blair and Greschner should receive the “Nobel peace prize”,

20. When the West waged its genocidal 1st war for the conquest of Kuwait and Iraq, the hundreds of thousands of third country nationals that fled from Iraq did so not because of having had to suffer any hardship due to Iraqi rule, but rather because of starvation and acholera epidemic resulting from an inhuman total blockade imposed by NATO (food items and chemicals–employed—in–water–treatment–plants were especially prohibited).

21. The WESTERN MAINSTREAM media has completely FORGOTTEN about the human right to life of all the Libyan civilians unopposed to Gaddafi who are being massacred or maimed by the foreign insurgents just to terrorise the remaining populace and make a point. Just as this very same media cared not a fig about the thousands of apolitical innocent civilians that were brutally executed (by stoning, electrocuting etc.) by the Bush & Hillarity-backed Taliban within days of having overran almost three-fourths of Afghanistan with NATO weaponry in the late 1990’s.

22. Few other countries live in such a social comfort, as Libyans do. They have free health care system and treatment. Their hospitals are provided with the best medical equipment in the world. The education in Libya is free of charge. Talented youth have an opportunity to study abroad at the expense of Libya. After getting married, a couple can get more than 60 thousands dinar (50 thousand dollars) of financial help. State credits are non-interest-bearing, and often the principal is written off as well. Automobile’s prices are considerably lower, than in Europe and affordable for everyone. Petrol costs 18 cent, and bread 4 cent. Libyans have been provided a very good environment as regards social and job-security, and their general educational level (both males and females can be seen pursuing all branches of university education) is better than that in so-called very affluent Arab countries like Saudi Arabia.

23. When a DUTCH helicopter carrying several mercenary Dutch soldiers including a jingoistic woman, (allegedly on a sabotage-cum-espionage mission to undermine Libyan national defence right in the hometown of the leader Col. Gaddafi ) were captured by Libyan defenders, the DUTCH government finally acknowledged that its warship:- the TROMP, has indeed been lurking in the high sea off SIRTE and the captured helicopter had lifted-off from there.

24.  When will the world understand the US modus operandi. Befriend, Praise, Infiltrate, Subvert, Destroy. It has become cliché and yet people still fall for it. It is true there is an upper limit to intelligence but stupidity knows no bounds. Let it be a warning to all those who believe that the US/Israel and other Zionist minions can be trusted allies. The process, preparing the world for the invasion of Libya, is so reminiscent of the one prior to the Iraq war, that only those severely challenged can fail to see it.

25. Surely the Libyan armed forces have shown restraint, more than aggression. Let’s face it, they could raze the cities and towns if they wanted. They have been going in, causing limited damage to the terrorists and have pulled back out again limiting the human and material damage.

26. But when price increases in major Libyan cities sparked a wave of discontent, imperialism seized the opportunity. They concluded that it was time to get rid of Gaddafi, an always uncomfortable leader.

The riots in Tunisia and Egypt, protests in Bahrain and Yemen have created very favorable conditions to instigate demonstrations in Libya. It was no accident that Benghazi emerged as the hub of the rebellion. Major transnational oil companies operate in Cyrenaica, the ends of pipelines and gas pipelines are located there.

The National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an organization financed by the CIA, was activated. It is instructive that it was the city to see the rapid emergence in the streets of the old monarchy flag and portraits of the late King Idris, the tribal chief Senussi crowned by England after the expulsion of the Italians. A “prince” Senussi suddenly appeared to give interviews.

27. In relationship to the status of women in Libya, “The delegation indicated that women were highly regarded in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, and their rights were guaranteed by all laws and legislation. Discriminatory laws had been revoked.” (Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, Human Rights Council, Jan. 4, 2011, p. 4)

Many thanks to our readers for making Pravda.Ru the interactive and interesting alternative must-read on the Net!

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Pravda.Ru

UN slaps sanctions on Libyan regime

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/02/20112271959190839.html
The council demanded a Libya take ‘steps to address the legitimate demands of the population’ [Reuters]

The UN Security Council has unanimously imposed travel bans and asset freezes on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, members of his family and inner circle.

Saturday’s resolution adopted by the 15-nation council also called for the immediate referral of the deadly crackdown against anti-government demonstrators in Libya to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for investigation and possible prosecution of anyone responsible for killing civilians.

The council demanded an “immediate end to the violence and for steps to address the legitimate demands of the population” in Libya.

It called for Libyan authorities to act “with restraint, respect human rights and international humanitarian law,” and facilitate immediate access for international human rights monitors.

The council called for an immediate lifting of restrictions “on all forms of media” and for the safety of foreign nationals to be assured and their departure facilitated.

Under the arms embargo, UN members will take immediate and necessary measures to “prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to Libya … of arms and related material of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment”.

Libya would be prohibited from importing all arms and related material and all UN members should prevent their nationals from exporting them.

The travel ban and assets will target the 68-year-old Libyan leader, his adult children, other family members and top defence and intelligence officials accused of playing a role in the bloodshed.

‘Moral support’

Sixteen names are on the sanctions list.

The council said its actions were aimed at “deploring the gross and systematic violation of human rights, including the repression of peaceful demonstrators”.

And members expressed concern about civilian deaths, “rejecting unequivocally the incitement to hostility and violence against the civilian population made from the highest level of the Libyan government”.

The day was consumed mainly with haggling behind closed doors over language that would refer Libya’s violent crackdown on protesters to the International Criminal Court, or ICC, at the Hague.

All 15 nations on the council ultimately approved referring the case to the permanent war crimes tribunal.

Council members did not consider imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, and no UN-sanctioned military action was planned.

The Libyan deputy UN envoy described the adoption of sanctions as “moral support” to those resisting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Ibrahim Dabbashi, one of the first Libyan diplomats to denounce Gaddafi and defect, said the council’s move “will help put an end to this fascist regime which is still in existence in Tripoli”.