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August 31, 2011

Kasikornbank to Arrange Funding for Laos Hydropower Projects

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By Suttinee Yuvejwattana – Aug 30, 2011 3:01 AM ET

Kasikornbank, the nation’s fourth- largest bank by assets, plans to arrange financing for two hydropower projects in Laos, Executive Vice President Vasin Vanichvoranun said.

Kasikornbank will provide about four billion baht ($133 million) to both the Nam Ngum 3 and Nam Ngiep 1, power plants in Laos with a combined value of more than 60 billion baht, he told reporters in Bangkok today.

Kasikornbank and its unit Kasikorn Securities also have 15 fundraising deals this year with a combined value of 360 billion baht, he said. Of those, four deals worth 5 billion baht are initial public offerings, he said.

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Kasikornbank forecasts corporate loans will exceed its 2011 target, driven by big deals expected for the remainder of the year, said executive vice-president Vasin Vanichvoranun.

The bank’s wholesale loan growth throughout this year would be around 10%, double the existing projection at 4-6%. However, KBank has no plan to adjust the target.

Syndicated loans worth 51 billion baht in total for three infrastructure projects would be a boon for commercial banks in the remaining five months of the year. Of the total lending, KBank would extend 12 billion baht, or 4 billion baht for each of the three projects.

“Doubling our corporate loan growth from the existing target is mainly due to project finance. Infrastructure project investment is better than projected partly because of the slowdown [in such investment] over the last few years. The healthy economy also encourages loan demand as well,” Mr Vasin said.

He added that large banks would benefit more from financing big projects rather than smaller banks.

The three infrastructure projects include the 440-megawatt Nam Ngum 3 hydropower plant in Laos, with total syndicated loans of 22 billion baht, and the 300-MW Nam Ngiep 1, with combined loans worth 25 billion.

KBank will be the sole lender in the other project, which involves a satellite and is worth 4 billion baht.

These deals would bring both interest and fee-based income on target for this year, he said.

Moreover several financial deals of the bank’s subsidiary, Kasikorn Securities, will enhance the bank’s fee income as well. They mainly involve initial public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions and buyouts worth around 360 billion baht in total.

KBank projects total corporate banking revenue of 15.6 billion baht, of which 7.1 billion would be fee-based income, growth of 22% year-on-year.

Mr Vasin added the energy sector would generate the highest growth rate for the bank’s corporate loans, at 44%, followed by the petrochemical industry (29%), and the hospitality sector (28%). Meanwhile, the growth rates of the automotive and food sectors would be 19%.

KBANK shares closed yesterday on the SET at 122.5 baht, down three baht, in trade worth 1.2 billion baht.

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August 30, 2011

Steve Jobs: who’s going to protect us from cheap and mediocre now?

Apple has moved from its early anti-establishment image to being the best-managed high-tech giant – and an arbiter of taste

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Apple's Steve Jobs: an arbiter of taste. Photograph: Paul Sakuma/AP

Not so fast.
Until the last sinew, the last synapse gives up, Steve will continue to influence the company he co-founded and later recreated. Seeing he could no longer ”meet [his] duties and expectations as Apple‘s CEO”, Jobs kicks himself upstairs and becomes chairman, director, and “mere” Apple employee. In a distant future, I see him haunting the circular hallways of Apple’s Cupertino spaceship, the Commendatore hunting the clock punchers and damning the linear thinkers straight to hell.

Let’s review. In 1983, Apple’s board of directors felt that Steve required “adult supervision”. John Sculley, the designated grown-up, replaced Jobs as chief executive and eventually pushed him out of the company.

Fast forward a decade and a half. In 1997, Steve returns to run his company unchallenged … but not unassisted. The Apple 2.0 management team, hand-picked, well-groomed, isn’t so much a stroke of genius as it is an emblem of the enfant terrible all grown up. As the Fortune chart below shows, Apple has no lack of ”bench strength” – and who’s providing the adult supervision now?

With Steve as chairman, Tim Cook, Apple’s long-time chief operating officer, moves to the centre of the chart. He joined the company 13 years ago, has always reported directly to Steve and saw his responsibilities increase over time. He now drives the team that made Apple the most valued and valuable high-tech company in the world.
As for ourselves: No whining. It’s our job, as consumers, to protect ourselves, to vote with our wallets against the bean counters, the “paint by numbers” product planners. It’s our place to provide ”constructive feedback” when Apple products fail to meet the combined aesthetic and functional standards Dear Leader drilled into the marketplace. From MobileMe to “skeuomorphic” calendars, address books and bookshelves — to say nothing of fresh Lion bugs. Steve’s Apple may not be perfect, but…

A portentous example: The 1998 Bondi Blue iMac, the first visible re-assertion of Steve’s style – and of Jony Ive’s portfolio in the making:

Immediately iconic, users adored their iMacs. The unexpected shape and colour set a new standard for high-tech products, so much so Apple competitors tried to rub the amulet for luck – and showed us what they really stood for: Cheap, imitative mediocrity. I recall going to Palo Alto’s Fry’s store and seeing beige PC clone boxes with candy-coloured plastic inserts that approximated the iMac palette.

As a Forbes article put it, speaking of Dell’s similar fig-leaf attempt:
“Dell, ever concerned with keeping its inventory low, seems to be approaching coloured notebooks in a much less risky way, using cheaper plastic inserts. Of course, the appearance of the Inspiron doesn’t inspire the way the first iMacs and iBooks did.”

The aesthetic knock-offs weren’t just cheap, they were ugly. The inserts looked even worse than the faux-wood ”accents” on Chrysler dashboards. No cojones, no imagination, no taste.

Fast forward a bit more: Steve introduces the Apple Store. We’ll pass over the record-beating numbers and address the two messages the store imparts.
First, the architecture, an expression of the Apple ethos, says: ‘This is what we think of ourselves’.
Second, once inside the store, the experience states: ‘Here’s what we think of our relationship with you, our customer’.
In comparison, I see carriers trying to spruce up their store fronts with shiny metal appliqués – but go inside and you find cheap trade-show modular furniture.

Taste matters. Let’s turn to this YouTube video of the opening of an Apple Store clone. Not a Chinese counterfeit but a Microsoft store in Scottsdale, Arizona. It starts much like the “real” thing: Happy customer, rows of high-fiving employees, a decor that looks familiar. But 40 seconds into the one-minute video, we get the “tell”, the killer detail that gives the imitation away. Here we get the men in suits and ties:

Still more evidence of Steve’s influence: Just as HP decides to spin off its PC business (or perhaps not), PC clone makers demand an additional $100 subsidy per ”ultra-portable” laptop from Intel. Why? They want to compete with Apple’s increasingly popular MacBook Air. It seems that the “Apple tax”, the premium we’re willing to pay for quality, isn’t enough to dissuade us.

PC clone makers can’t match Apple’s cost or its bill of materials (BOM). The way Apple procures parts and subsystems, the way it runs contract manufacturing and stays on top of complicated but delicate distribution logistics is evidence of the company’s aggressive supply-chain management (SCM). Steve – and thus Apple – understands that the channels need to be fed just so, neither starved nor stuffed.

I found the BOM story interesting and looked up current ultra-portable prices. Who better than Sony in that product category? I went to their site and got this:

A nice MacBook Air competitor starting at $1969. The real thing starts at $1299.
Quite a reversal of the old world order and, I hope, a source of satisfaction for Jobs.

Spanning an amazing arc of 30 years, the company with the anti-establishment image has become the most disciplined, best-managed high-tech giant – and arbiter of taste.

When I first met Steve, in February 1981, he was sitting cross-legged on a credenza in the Apple board room, picking his toes. Since then I’ve watched with glee as he went against received wisdom, causing pundits to have fits at every turn. I picture them as a gaggle of eunuchs standing around the caliph’s bed, braying in high-pitched voice: “Steve, you’re doing it wrong!”

For a long time, I’ve seen him as having an animal inside him, the one with the desires, the instinct, the drive. In 1985, that animal threw Steve to the ground. He picked himself up at Pixar – you’d be a captain of industry for doing no more – and NeXT. Then, in 1997, armed with Pixar’s success and Next’s technical prowess, he came back to run Apple and make it really his.

He had learned to ride the animal.

Steve and Tim both speak, rightly, of Apple being at the crossroads of technology and humanities, liberal arts. In tribute to Jobs’s aesthetic sense, and why it deeply matters, I’ll conclude with a quote from Herman Hesse‘s Steppenwolf:
Before all else, I learned all these playthings were not mere idle trifles invented by manufacturers and dealers for the purposes of gain. They were, on the contrary, a little or, rather, a big world, authoritative and beautiful, many sided, containing a multiplicity of things all of which had the one and only aim of serving love, refining the senses, giving life to the dead world around us, endowing it in a magical way with new instruments of love, from powder and scent to the dancing show, from ring to cigarette case, from waist buckle to handbag. This bag was no bag, this purse no purse, flowers no flowers, the fan no fan. All were the plastic material of love, of magic and delight. Each was a messenger, a smuggler, a weapon, a battle cry.

August 29, 2011

Gaddafi’s girl executioner: Nisreen, 19, admits shooting 11 rebel prisoners, now she is shackled to hospital bed awaiting justice

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By Richard Pendlebury and Vanessa Allen

Last updated at 8:33 AM on 29th August 2011

First you see her large brown eyes and rosebud lips, framed by a pink headscarf. Then you notice that her bruised feet are secured by manacles to the foot of her bed.

Nisreen Mansour al Forgani is a pretty 19-year-old. She was also a serial killer for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Yesterday, in a heavily guarded room at the Matiga military hospital in Tripoli, she admitted to the Mail that she had executed as many as 11 suspected rebel prisoners in the days leading up to the fall of the Libyan capital last week. Shot at point-blank range, in cold blood.

'They told me if I didn't kill, it would be me who died': Nisreen, centre, with her female militia
They told me if I didn’t kill, it would be me who died’: Nisreen, centre, with her female militia

‘I killed the first one, then they would bring another one up to the room,’ Nisreen said. ‘He would see the body on the floor and look shocked. Then I would shoot him too. I did it from about a metre away.’

One of thousands of girls and young women recruited by Gaddafi’s all-female militias, Nisreen is now a prisoner of the rebels and in fear of her life. Yet despite her killings, it is impossible not to feel pity for her.

Nisreen claims – and her doctors and even some of the rebel fighters believe her – that she had to shoot under great duress. She also says that she was sexually abused by senior military figures, one of whom was the commander of the elite Tripoli brigade tasked with protecting Gaddafi himself. ‘I told them [the rebels] what I did,’ she said. ‘They are angry. I do not know what will happen to me now.’

Shackled: Nisreen is now awaiting justice tied to a hospital bed
Shackled: Nisreen is now awaiting justice tied to a hospital bed

So how did this slight young woman, who used to live with her mother in Tripoli and enjoy dance music, come to have so much blood on her hands?

Nisreen says that her family were not supporters of the Gaddafi regime, although that is hard to verify at this stage in post-liberation Tripoli.

Her parents split up when she was a child, and Nisreen did not like her father’s new wife so she went to live with her mother.

One of her mother’s friends, a woman called Fatma al Dreby, was the leader of the female branch of Gaddafi’s Popular Guards militia – and this, it seems, was the fateful factor.

Regime: Nisreen says she had to shoot under great duress and was abused by those acting in Gaddafi's name
Regime: Nisreen says she had to shoot under great duress and was abused by those acting in Gaddafi’s name

Last year, Nisreen left college intending to look after her mother, who was sick with cancer. Instead, Fatma recruited her for the Popular Guards.

The family protested, but Fatma would not be swayed. Nisreen was young and pretty – just the type they wanted. ‘There were about 1,000 girls from all over Libya,’ Nisreen recalled of their training camp in Tripoli. ‘I was there with a girl called Faten, whom I knew from college.’

The recruits were instructed in the use of firearms, and Nisreen was trained as a sniper.

By the start of the uprising in February, the two girls were being housed by the militia in a mobile home near Tripoli airport. Their duties mainly involved manning checkpoints around the city.

Their unit was based at the HQ of 77 Brigade, next door to Gaddafi’s Bab Al-Azizya residential complex, but Nisreen says she saw the dictator only once, when his convoy swept past her checkpoint.

Fatma was a zealous supporter of the regime, says Nisreen. ‘She told me that if my mother said something against Gaddafi that I should immediately kill her. If I said anything about the leader that she did not like I would be beaten and locked in my room. She also told us that if the rebels came, they would rape us.’

It was a shameless piece of manipulation from the militia leader who, according to Nisreen, pimped her female recruits for the sexual gratification of her senior male colleagues.

‘Fatma had an office at the 77 Brigade base and there was a room with a bed next door. One day, she summoned me and put me in that room by myself. Mansour Dau, who was the commander of 77 Brigade, then came in and shut the door.’

He raped her.

‘After it was over Fatma told me not to tell anyone, not even my parents,’ says Nisreen.

‘Every time Mansour came to the HQ he was given another girl by Fatma. She was given presents in return.’

Conflict: As the regime fell apart Nisreen said her abuse became worse
Conflict: As the regime fell apart Nisreen said her abuse became worse

Nisreen said she was later raped by Mansour’s son Ibrahim, also an officer in the brigade, as well as another military relative of the commander, called Noury Saad.

It happened to many girls she knew. And as the Gaddafi regime began to crumble, the abuses increased.

Tragically, her friend Faten was killed in bizarre and brutal circumstances as the rebels closed in on Tripoli in the past month.

Beautiful, and trained to kill: Libyan Popular Guards
Beautiful, and trained to kill: Libyan Popular Guards

The two girls were on a checkpoint near the Bab Al-Azizya complex when Colonel Gaddafi’s son and heir, Saif Al-Islam, arrived with an entourage. ‘Saif was wearing a bulletproof vest, helmet and aviator sunglasses,’ Nisreen recalls. ‘Faten went to have a closer look, and Saif’s bodyguard shot her in the head. She had simply got too close.’

The spiral of horror gathered pace. There is a saying in Libya: ‘Cut my throat but do not get a girl to shoot me in the back.’ One suspects that the deployment of Nisreen as an executioner of ‘traitors’ was meant as a final insult to the condemned.

Nisreen explains that she was taken to a building in the Bosleem district of Tripoli, put in a room and armed with an AK 47 rifle. There, a black woman soldier in a blue uniform kept guard and prevented her from escaping.

Image of war: Photographs of the Libyan war mostly contained images of men fighting
Image of war: Photographs of the Libyan war mostly contained images of men fighting

‘The rebel prisoners were tied up and kept under a tree outside,’ she says. ‘Then one by one they were brought up to the room. There were three Gaddafi volunteers with guns also in the room.

‘They told me that if I didn’t kill the prisoners then they would kill me.’

She begins to cry. ‘Some of the prisoners looked like they had already been beaten. Others were beaten up in front of me in the room. They did not speak. I do not remember their faces … most of them were about the same age as me.’

She wipes her eyes and stares at a weeping wound on her elbow.

‘I tried not to kill them … I turned and shot without looking. But if I hesitated, one of the soldiers would flick off the safety catch of his own rifle and point it at me.

‘I killed ten, perhaps 11, over three days,’ she says, slowly and almost disbelievingly, counting the murders on her fingers. ‘I don’t know what they had done.’

She wails: ‘I never harmed anyone before the uprising began. I used to have a normal life.’

Nisreen eventually escaped by jumping from the window of the second-floor room where she carried out the killings. Despite being injured in the fall and then hit by a reversing pick-up truck, she managed to limp out of the compound.

‘I was found by some anti-Gaddafi people who took me to a mosque where I was given water,’ she said. ‘Then I was brought here.’

Two fighters are on guard outside her door at the hospital. ‘We are here to protect her as much as to prevent her escaping,’ one says.

A woman in a white coat, presumably a doctor, enters the room. She begins to talk seriously to Nisreen, who bursts into tears. In fact, the woman is a volunteer medical orderly who has come to give ‘the girl sniper’ a piece of her mind.

‘How could your conscience let you kill all these people, just for Gaddafi?’ she exclaims.

Nisreen is a victim too. Her brother told me that the family tried to get her out of the 77 Brigade base, but were threatened by the soldiers.All the girls in the Popular Guards were raped. The men sexually assault the female recruits and then train them in weapons.

Dr Rabia Gajum, a Libyan child psychologist

She leaves the room and a rebel fighter, no older than Nisreen and with a rifle slung over his shoulder, replaces her. He leans on the end of the bed and addresses the girl.

‘Do you pray?’ the fighter asks her. ‘I used to,’ she whispers.

‘What time of day did you kill them?’

‘In the mornings.’

Her tears begin to roll again. He turns to us and asks: ‘If a girl killed 11 people in your country, what would you do?’

The scene has become an unpleasant freak show.

We ask her if any of her family know she is here or what’s happened to her. No, she replies. She gives us the phone numbers of relatives still in Tripoli. We call them and, finally, her stepmother answers.

‘I am at the Matiga hospital,’ Nisreen pleads with her. ‘Please, please come and get me.’ She winces and struggles against her ankle restraints.

‘Keep quiet about it all. Don’t tell them anything,’ we hear the woman at the end of the line telling her stepdaughter.

The rebel fighter shrugs with disgust. ‘There were many girls who did things like this,’ he says.

Rebel fighters: Rebels visit the hospital where Nisreen is staying and ask her how she could kill for Gaddafi
Rebel fighters: Rebels visit the hospital where Nisreen is staying and ask her how she could kill for Gaddafi

Eventually the stepmother and Nisreen’s brother turn up. But they stay only briefly – and do not seem surprised to see the armed guard on the teenager’s door.

Nisreen is being looked after by Dr Rabia Gajum, a Libyan child psychologist who has volunteered to work at the Matiga hospital. She voices immense sympathy for the teenager.

‘Nisreen is a victim too,’ she says. ‘Her brother told me that the family tried to get her out of the 77 Brigade base, but were threatened by the soldiers.

Wounded: As the wounded and dead fill Tripoli's hospitals Nisreen begs to be taken of
Wounded: As the wounded and dead fill Tripoli’s hospitals Nisreen begs to be taken of

‘All the girls in the Popular Guards were raped. The men sexually assault the female recruits and then train them in weapons. We have had four women in here as patients, all trained as snipers like Nisreen.

‘We give them medical treatment. After that it is a matter for the new government about what to do with them.’ She added: ‘Nisreen has pelvic injuries and severe bruising. She needs long bed-rest and psychological counselling.

‘What we shall tell her parents I don’t know. Her mother is receiving treatment for throat cancer in Tunisia. Her father is sick and in a wheelchair and has no idea what has happened. It would be too much of a shock for him.’

Sniper: Nisreen shot 11 rebel fighters in cold blood
Sniper: Nisreen shot 11 rebel fighters in cold blood

However much Nisreen has blurred her account through shame, fear or a desire to explain her actions, she appears to personify the corruption and brutalisation Libya has experienced under Gaddafi.

Personal documents that we found at the 77 Brigade barracks prove she was there and underpin much of the detail she gave us.

But the only evidence of the atrocities in which she took part come from her own lips, for the district of Bosleem is still not yet secured by the rebels.

Her eyes were beautiful but completely blank, whether from shock, painkillers or both. But at least she is alive.

Across the city, the hospital in the Abu Salim district was a place of horror this weekend. Scores of corpses abandoned after the fighting around the Bab Al-Azizya complex were decaying in the sun.

A pick-up truck appeared, loaded with dozens of gas masks and rubber boots, looted from a police station.

Wearing a respirator was the only way one could bear to walk among the dead.

Next to slippery, bloated and fly-infested bodies lying on trolleys by the entrance lay a litter of the dead’s ID cards.

Two of them revealed that 21-year-old Mahaamat Cherif, from Chad, and Saidou Massatchi, 31, from Niger, would not be going home.

Unlike Nisreen, they cannot even try to explain why they fought for Gaddafi.

August 28, 2011

Unknown facts about Ayesha Gaddafi

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by Fayha Asalah from Iraq
August 29, 2011

She is elegant, well educated; smart enough to cope with any international community, and above all, Ayesha Gaddafi [some say Aisha Gaddafi or Ayesha Qattafi], the only daughter of ‘former’ Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is truly possess an extremely seducing quality. People in today’s media or those angry mobs on the streets of Libya may call her “sexy woman” or “diva of luxury”, but reality is Ayesha is possibly one of the finest Arab daughters in today’s world, who has unimaginable courage and brilliance. A young woman, born in 1976, has accomplished so much in international arena, including lately courageously facing the most adverse days of her loving father. People may brand me as Gaddafi fanatic or wrongly fan of Ayesha – but the total reality is, Ayesha Gaddafi really deserves admiration from everyone, especially women, for showing to the world, when sons of a father mostly try hiding in holes during his bad times, the only daughter never did the same thing. She stood up and fought and still is fighting. Even in recent past, Ayesha Gaddafi was seen as the most potential successor to her father, in if that even turned true, she would be the only Muslim female head of the government in the Arab world.

Ayesha being trained in the Libyan army got promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, which she is holding till date. She has been the goodwill ambassador of the United Nations, philanthropist, humanitarian and a lawyer by profession. She was appointed as the United Nations Development Program National ‎Goodwill Ambassador for Libya on July 24, 2009, primarily to address the issues of HIV/AIDS, poverty and women’s rights in Libya, all of which are culturally sensitive topics in the country. In February 2011 the United Nations stripped Ayesha of her role as a goodwill ambassador. She was placed under a travel ban on February 26, 2011, under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1970. This resolution by UNSC as well as her exclusion from being the goodwill ambassador was politically motivated, as United States and NATO were jointly supporting the anti-Gaddafi rebels in Libya and they were wholeheartedly looking for ouster of Muammar al-Gaddafi from the leadership in Libya.

Goodwill Ambassador is a collective term sometimes used as a substitute honorific title or a title of honor for an Ambassador of Goodwill; but, most appropriately for a generic recognition, it is a job position or description that is usually indicated following the name of the individual recognized in the position. Goodwill ambassadors generally deliver goodwill or promote ideals from one entity to another, or to a population. Ayesha has served as a mediator on behalf of the government with European Union corporations.

In 2000 after sanctions were imposed on Iraq, Ayesha Gaddafi arrived in Baghdad with a delegation of 69 officials. Shortly before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, she met with Saddam Hussein. In 2011, she strongly protested the policies of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama, calling for a mediation of the Libyan Civil War through an international organization which would exclude them. She vehemently opposed the anti-Saddam offensives of President George W Bush in Iraq and Ayesha had been consistently a supporter of Democrats in United States.

After the recently NATO bomb attack on the compound of Muammar al-Gaddafi, Ayesha sued NATO over the bombing of a building in Gaddafi’s compound that allegedly killed her brother, Saif al-Arab Muammar al-Gaddafi, and her own infant daughter among the three grandchildren of her father’s who were killed. See video here. She claims the attack was illegal, as it was a civilian building. Ms. Gaddafi’s lawyers filed the petitions in Brussels and Paris in June 2011.

However, on 27 July it was reported that Belgian prosecutors declined to investigate the war crimes complaint filed by al-Gaddafi against NATO [whose headquarters are in Belgium], saying that their country’s universal competence law [requiring a connection between the complaint and Belgium] does not apply in the case. Ayesha Gaddafi’s husband, Ahmed al-Gaddafi al-Qahsi, whom she married in 2006, was also killed by anti-Gaddafi rebels on 26th July 2011. See Ayesha Gaddafi’s wedding video here, and here. When Muammar al-Gaddafi’s compound in Libya was occupied by the rebels, Ayesha Gaddafi’s house also became a target of attack and looting. Personal belongings and valuable of Ms. Ayesha were looted by the rebels. Some of the rebels drank and danced at the living room in the house and few of them went to her personal bedroom and had sex with a few Nigerian women they brought from Benghazi. While having sex with the Nigerian hookers, the rebels were making abusive words on Ayesha Gaddafi. At least 90 Nigerian girls were captured from several whore houses in Benghazi by the rebels, who are later forced to give sexual comfort to members of the anti-Gaddafi forces in Libya. Watch videos of rebels storming into compound of Muammar al-Gaddafi and his daughter Ayesha Gaddafi here and here. See the video of her personal bathroom inside her luxurious house here. Here is another video showing the house of Ayesha Gaddafi.

Here is the video of Ayesha Gaddafi giving lecture to the people asking them to support her father. And after the rebels starting getting stronger, when media continued to claim that Ayesha has already left Libya for another country, she gave a video statement saying she did not flee Libya.

But, now the question is, where is Ayesha Gaddafi? Some unconfirmed reports say, she has been brutally raped and murdered inside the compound by some of the rebel members in Libya and after murdering, her dead body was set on fire. No one can ever confirm this news. If she is alive, then the million dollar question remains unanswered – will this iron woman of the Arab world will retain the dignity and honor of her father? Or she will face the gallows being accused of “crime against humanity”?

Finally, I would like to ask a straight question to those big “bosses” sitting at NATO, United Nations and the UNSC. As Ayesha Gaddafi was the United Nations goodwill ambassador up to 2011, how the Westerners suddenly labeled her as a ‘murdered’ only after revoking her position? I am sure; those big “bosses” are also feeling shy of making such huge hypocrisy with the world just for the sake of serving the purpose of United States and some oil-monger countries. If you can accuse Muammar al-Gaddafi for torturing prisoners in prison, why not also accuse American presidents for notoriety at Guantanamo Bay Detention Centers? Or, whatever United States does is legal and anything others do is illegal? We clearly understand why White House and the entire forces and allies of America are continuing aggression in Arab and Muslim nations. They want to capture the Muslim world and put them under the feet of the Westerners. Shall we at all allow it to finally happen?

DISCLAIMER: Opinion expressed in this article is solely of the author and may not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Weekly Blitz.

August 28, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi’s female bodyguards claim rape


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  • August 29, 2011 7:14AM

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  • Women say they were used by Gaddafi and regime
  • Blackmailed into joining guard over fake charges
  • “passed on, like used objects, to one of his sons”

FIVE women who were part of Muammar Gaddafi’s elite team of female bodyguards have reportedly claimed they were raped by the deposed Libyan leader.

According to the Sunday Times of Malta, the former bodyguards told a Benghazi-based psychologist they were raped and abused by Gaddafi and his sons, before being tossed aside once the men became “bored” with them.

The details are reportedly being collected by psychologist Seham Sergewa for possible use by the International Criminal Court, which has issued a warrant for the arrest of Gaddafi and his top associates, including son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, for suspected war crimes.

One of the women reportedly said she was blackmailed into joining Gaddafi’s female bodyguard unit after the regime fabricated a story that her brother was caught smuggling drugs into Libya, and he would be imprisoned unless she agreed to join the brigade.

“A pattern emerged in the stories,” the Sunday Times of Malta says.

“The women would be first raped by the dictator and then passed on, like used objects, to one of his sons and eventually to high-ranking officials for more abuse before eventually being let go.”

The psychologist, Sergewa, has also been investigating claims of systematic rape said to have been committed by pro-Gaddafi soldiers during the conflict.

Since the early 1970s, and until recently, Gaddafi was always surrounded by his female bodyguards, known as his Amazonian guard. They wore camouflage outfits, nail polish and heavy mascara.

The cadre of 30 women pledged oaths of loyalty to him, including a vow of virginity, according to reports.

The women shadowed, and at times took bullets for, Gaddafi; in 1998, one died and two were injured when the Libyan dictator was attacked.

In June, Gaddafi loyalists revealed they were training female soldiers as part of their plan to combat the Libyan rebels.

The Guardian newspaper reported that 500 women of all ages had graduated from a program designed to teach pro-Gaddafi females how to use weapons.

“Libyan women are now joining the armed forces against NATO. We are training them. Their main role is defending homes. We have no plan to send them to the front line. They are not trained for that, and our army is very effective,” Moussa Ibrahim, a government spokesman, told The Guardian.

“We are going to make sure that every mother, the symbol of love and creation, is a bomb, a killing machine,” Moussa said.

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