Libyan Rebels Round Up Black Africans

Ben Hubbard, Yahoo! News, September 1, 2011

Rebel forces and armed civilians are rounding up thousands of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Sahara Africa, accusing them of fighting for ousted strongman Moammar Gadhafi and holding them in makeshift jails across the capital.

Virtually all of the detainees say they are innocent migrant workers, and in most cases there is no evidence that they are lying. But that is not stopping the rebels from placing the men in facilities like the Gate of the Sea sports club, where about 200 detainees–all black–clustered on a soccer field this week, bunching against a high wall to avoid the scorching sun.

Handling the prisoners is one of the first major tests for the rebel leaders, who are scrambling to set up a government that they promise will respect human rights and international norms, unlike the dictatorship they overthrew.

The rebels’ National Transitional Council has called on fighters not to abuse prisoners and says those accused of crimes will receive fair trials. There has been little credible evidence of rebels killing or systematically abusing captives during the six-month conflict. Still, the African Union and Amnesty International have protested the treatment of blacks inside Libya, saying there is a potential for serious abuse.

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In the Khallat al-Firjan neighborhood in south Tripoli, Associated Press reporters saw rebel forces punching a dozen black men before determining they were innocent migrant workers and releasing them.

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  • Justin

    Oh well, this does not affect our people directly so who cares? This is a Libyan affair, they can sort it out.

    Plus there is ZERO media uproar around the hundreds of Afrikaners who are brutalized/killed by these poor innocent Africans every year. I’ll reserve my concern for them instead.

  • John L.

    Ethnic conflict in Libya is being swept under the carpet, and is not being discussed in the Public Media in the same way the Ethnic aspect to London riots were falsified, obscured, and ignored. It doesn’t reflect well on the Global Village, Multiculturalism official ideology.

  • patthemick

    Get ready for the Libyans to try to send these folks to Europe. They want an Arabic country and don’t worry about political correctness.

  • Anonymous

    it would be amazing if libya became a non black country, but arabs aren’t much better.

  • Anonymous

    These are the same ‘black african’ mercenaries that Gadhafi paid to quash the rebels. What do they say: In the game of thrones, you win or you die.

  • Lex

    I know this is only a pipe dream but wouldn’t it be nice to read America was doing the same thing here?

    The downside is the loss of police jobs and the closing of prisons?

  • John

    The media is making this out to be a vendetta or persecution

    of blacks.The facts are Gaddhafi was widely using black African mercenaries to subdue and terrorize the local population as they had no qualm

    to commit atrocities for the sake of some fast money.

    Nevertheless justice must take place and those found guilty of

    war crimes against the population should receive there summary penalty.Those innocent should be deported out of the country…going south and not across the Mediterranean

    Its a pity the thug(sorry English teacher)who attacked the elderly couple on the bus in Korea

    http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2011/08/foreigner_on_ko.php

    wasnt given a one way ticket to Libya and also given a `second chance` to make a living there!

  • Anonymous

    According to the great pc con artist neocon original tool misegenator Thomas Jefferson ALL men are created equal wirh inalienable rights to pursue life liberalty and happiness.

    RIGHT?

  • Anonymous

    More proof that blacks are hated by everyone.

  • Nicholai Hel

    This is a teaching moment. What can we learn from the Libyans.

  • Ben

    @ Justin

    I disagree. We should care about what is happening around the world.

    Ignorance isn’t a virtue.

  • Jim

    The Libyans are like most other people around the world who lack our pc brainwashing: They react proactively to a very real threat.

  • Laager

    I do not have a source for the following article as it arrived by e-mail from a friend.

    Judging by the heading it seems to emanate from the USA

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    LIBYA: HUMAN RIGHTS or SAVE THE US$?

    Gadhafi a gold bug? Finally, a believable conspiracy

    Posted: August 25, 2011

    4:41 pm Eastern

    © 2011

    I don’t like conspiracy theories; they are the refuge of the weak-minded. Reality is bad enough; there is no need to explain the world using conjecture and fantasy. The facts suffice.

    In particular, imputing conspiracies to garden variety government evils is based on the following faulty premise:

    Government generally does what is good for us (NOT). So whenever we think it is failing in a mission it fulfills so well (NOT), we should look beyond the facts for something more sinister (NOT).

    As if the state’s natural quest for unlimited power were not enough to explain the events! Why, for example, would you need to search for the “real reason” for an unjust, unscrupulous war, unless you honestly believed government would never prosecute such a war?

    History belies this delusion.

    Even when government prosecutes a just war, it finds ways to prolong it, as a protracted crisis helps in consolidating power.

    The constituent elements of the behemoth continuously work to increase their sphere of influence. Thus grunts don’t benefit from war; the generals everybody reveres do. It is but natural for the soldier’s superiors to pursue war for war’s sake.

    Given its size, reach and many usurpations, the U.S. government is a destructive and warring entity – no matter which of the “big government party” factions is at the helm.

    Clearly, conspiracy thinking is not congruent with a view of government as fundamentally antagonistic to the welfare of the individual and civil society, a position I hold.

    I would say simply that the state presides over the disintegration of civil society, but it does so reflexively, rather than as a matter of collusion and conspiracy.

    This has been my general thinking, until now. I may have finally found a conspiracy I can consider.

    Rather than wind down – as we were told it would – the United Sates’ indirect invasion of Libya has gained momentum. Rather than continue to misfire their weapons, Libyan “rebels” have suddenly materialized as lean, mean, fighting machines that’ve stormed and taken the capital, Tripoli.

    One minute the entities labeled “rebels” by an adoring American media were being repelled back to their Benghazi stronghold by a well-trained army of Libyan conscripts. Next you know, the same men had captured Col. Gadhafi’s compound.

    What you won’t see or hear if you watch Fox News, MSNBC and CNN – whose presstitutes don’t report, but root for whichever side in a conflict benefits their favored political party or ideology – you’ll get from Russia Today.

    As RT reports, the U.K.’s Secret Service has been “engaged in drilling Libyan rebels, helping them to establish a proper military plan for an assault on the capital, Tripoli.” The U.K. not only dispatched spies and former special ops to train militants, but had been “providing them with ammunition for the operation, including night-vision goggles, advanced communication equipment and no less than 1,000 sets of body armor.”

    GlobalPost.com has confirmed that the North Atlantic military alliance has ramped-up its 5-month-old campaign of air strikes, insisting that the 4,000 targets NATO had leveled so far were all “legitimate military targets.” These sorties have brought the regime to its knees, a NATO spokesperson asserted.

    Let’s rewind the newsreel.

    In 2009 – in his capacity as head of the African Union – Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi had proposed that the economically crippled continent adopt the “Gold Dinar.” I do not know if Col. Gadhafi continued to agitate for ditching the dollar and adopting the Gold Dinar – or if the Agitator from Chicago got wind of Gadhafi’s (uncharacteristic) sanity about things monetary.

    This much I do know: America is crashing and burning. Monetary policy and media spin have obfuscated this inescapable reality. Most Americans are quite happy to remain suspended in a world of make-believe, where the U.S. is still a superpower, despite the fact that, combined, American state and personal debt now approximates 65 trillion dollars.

    My countrymen expect to continue cruising on credit and on the backs of the dwindling number of producers among them.

    It turns out that any confidence America and its profligate European and English allies had placed in the sheer stupidity of African Union leaders had paid off. By GoldBuzzer.com’s telling, the Libyan leader had failed to convince the African Union to adopt a gold currency. The Gold Dinar was dismissed and Gadhafi demoted. Nor had Gadhafi made headway in persuading oil-rich Middle Eastern leaders to demand gold, rather than debased dollars, for their oil.

    Granted, at 144 tons, Libya’s gold reserves are relatively small (and probably getting smaller given the post-revolution looting that is likely under way): “only 5.6 percent of its total currency exchange reserves.”

    Nevertheless, gold is both a haven and an indicator of how moribund the dollar-driven global economy is. A modicum of monetary-policy savvy will have sent the more capable individuals and countries scampering after gold, late in 2008, if not before.

    Congress and the Department of Justice have sicced their attack dogs on Standard & Poor’s after that credit rating agency dared to declare the obvious: America’s credit is kaput.

    Is it within the realm of conspiracy to posit that the same disorganized criminal enterprise could have tacitly agreed to take down a pesky, persistent Arab gold bug?

    Had a gold revolution engulfed oil-rich African and Persian-Gulf states this would have spelled trouble for the debt-strapped West.

    If only symbolically, a gold revolution across Arabia and Africa would have outweighed by far the significance of a democratic revolution.

    Members of the media-monetary-congressional complex orbit in privileged circles; all benefit from the freshly counterfeited funny-money dispensed from D.C.

    On the other hand, the workers of the world are brothers in bondage.

    Had Gadhafi sparked a gold-driven monetary revolution, he would have done well for his own people, and for the world at large.

    A Gadhafi-driven gold revolution would have, however, imperiled the positions of central bankers and their political and media power-brokers. The former surreptitiously print away the fruits of the people’s labor; the latter scramble their brains so that they don’t know they are being robbed blind.

  • IndianaJohn

    Reply to Laager above.

    The commentary that you posted is widely known among students and holders of gold. Also, during Gadhafi’s regime the living standard of Libya rose to the highest in Africa. Gadhafi bankrolled his country with it’s oil, issued Libya’s own currency and did not pay intrest to the rothschild bank.