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12:38 PM, April 23rd, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 23rd

  1. Dutch Prime Minister Steps Down: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his cabinet tendered their resignations Monday as budget talks in the Netherlands fell through. Rutte and the Dutch Parliament will meet Tuesday to schedule new elections. 
  2. Zimmerman Released on $150K BailGeorge Zimmerman walked out of the Seminole County jail just after midnight Monday morning after posting $150,000 bail. Zimmerman put up $15,000 (10 percent) of the bail total to be released and was headed to an undisclosed location that could be outside of Florida. 
  3. Walmart Shares Fall on Bribery Probe: Walmart’s stock fell 3.1 percent in premarket trading Monday after a weekend New York Times article uncovered an internal investigation into bribery at the retailer’s Mexican operations. 
  4. Obama Embraces Executive Power: With Congress deadlocked, President Obama is increasingly resorting to executive orders and recess appointments to achieve his objectives. Last fall, after the summer’s debt-deal negotiations, Obama told aides they needed to do be more aggressive about executive power and coined the slogan “We can’t wait.”
  5. North Korea Promises to Turn Seoul to AshesNorth Korea’s rhetoric is becoming increasingly violent following its failed rocket launch. The country’s military threatened Monday to turn parts of Seoul to ashes using “special actions.” The actions, according to the military, “will reduce all … to ashes in three or four minutes … by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style.” 

Photo: One year ago, photographer Tim Hetherington was killed by Gaddafi’s forces in Libya. These are his final images

3:00 PM, November 2nd, 2011
The Libyans didn’t pass any information. This report is absolutely baseless and untrue,” says the senior official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject. “This was a plan by the security to arrest people they suspect. It’s a precaution to mobilize in the streets in anticipation of the American withdrawal.
Last week The New York Times reported on a tip from a senior official in the Iraqi government: Intelligence documents found in Tripoli after the fall of Gaddafi indicated that the Saharan madman was helping Baathists and former military officers in Iraq to topple the government, the Times reported. Now a senior Iraqi official tells The Daily Beast that in fact there was no Libyan tipoff. 
10:45 AM, October 21st, 2011
12:46 PM, October 20th, 2011

nationalpost:

Muammar Gaddafi dead: Former Libyan dictator found hiding in a sewer waving a golden gun
Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was found hiding in a drainage culvert waving a golden gun as he tried to flee National Transitional Council fighters who had overran his hometown and final bastion on Thursday.

According to various sources, the former Libyan dictator may have tried to break out of his final redoubt at dawn in a convoy of vehicles after weeks of dogged resistance.

However, he was stopped by a NATO airstrike and captured, possibly three or four hours later, after gunbattles with NTC fighters who found him hiding in a drainage culvert.

Moments later, his bloodied body was stripped and displayed around the world from cellphone video. (Photo: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters)

Fittingly brutal?

Reblogged from National Post
12:38 PM, October 20th, 2011

On the alleged photo of Gaddafi’s body after he was captured and killed in Sirte

It was taken in Sirte by a rebel fighter using a mobile phone. AFP photographer Philippe Desmazes was able to take a photo of the mobile’s screen a few minutes later and transmit the picture.

“I was covering the fall of Sirte and heard gunfire a little further west of where I was.

The rebels explained to us that Kadhafi’s men had tried to break out at night a little further west. There had been fighting but this sounded more like celebrations than fighting,” said Desmazes.

“So I asked the fighters to take me there. When I got there, they showed me big concrete cylinders in which they said Kadhafi had been hiding when he was captured.

“A little further on, I noticed some fighters gathered around a phone. I was lucky because I was the only one to notice them. The owner of the phone showed me the arrest of Kadhafi which he had filmed a few minutes earlier. Given the ambient light, it was very difficult to take a screen grab. The fighters gathered round and gave me enough shadow to take the shot. I was really lucky,” he said.

via Agence France-Presse

11:28 AM, October 20th, 2011

newsweek:

shortformblog:

joshsternberg:

Video of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first getting word, via Blackberry, of Gaddafi’s death edit: captured (sorry). “Wow.”

“Unconfirmed. We’ve had a bunch of these.” 

Fascinating raw video. Thanks ABC for releasing this.

Is this from what must be the coolest email listserv there is? 

(Source: joshsternberg)

Reblogged from Newsweek
1:47 PM, September 8th, 2011

Here’s what was found in Gaddafi’s “love den” at Fateh University in Tripoli: double bed, flowery carpets, Jacuzzi with water jets, and a full gynecological examination room—some say for illegal abortions. Gaddafi visited the campus a few times a year to lecture students.

2:17 PM, April 15th, 2011

cluster bombsmortar projectiles that burst over the city and scatter high-explosive bomblets below; imprecise by nature and place civilians at high risk when fired into populated areas; banned in much of the world. ALSO: what Gaddafi’s forces are now using in Libya.

(Source: The New York Times)

11:13 AM, April 11th, 2011
The Ukrainian press called us Gaddafi’s harem. That’s nonsense. None of us nurses was ever his lover; the only time we ever touched him was to take his blood pressure.
1:02 PM, April 5th, 2011

Hague Court: Gaddafi Planned Civilian Killings

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, a prosecutor with the International Criminal Court in the Hague, says he has evidence that as protests roiled Egypt and Tunisia, Gaddafi’s regime drew up plans to shoot civilians if similar demonstrations broke out in Libya.

Specifically: ”The planning at the beginning was to use tear gas and (if that failed to work) …, shooting.”

(Source: reuters.com)

5:07 PM, March 11th, 2011
For this week’s installment of “This Week In Cheats,” we wanted to focus on our second annual Women in the World summit—with luminaries and dignitaries from around the globe joining together here in New York City to discuss solutions and, as our Editor-In-Chief writes, “awaken new commitments to change the lives of women of the world.” 
We’ve heard four brave women from Middle Eastern countries talk about their new forms of protest in a panel called “Firebrands: Pioneers in the New Age of Digital Dissent,” moderated by Christiane Amanpour.
Melinda Gates announce the Gates Foundation was investing $1.5 billion towards mothers and newborns, a heart-breaking story about acid attacks on a child, journalists on the frontlines, a session on human sex trafficking in the U.S., and of course, a conversation with President Bill Clinton. 
Friday’s third session started with actress Ashley Judd delivering a powerful, if upsetting message about the child sex trade. “Who are these men who buy children for sex?” she asked the audience. “They are our fathers, our uncles. The guy who gets out of the taxi before you get in, the guy on the stair-master next to you.”
Tonight, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins us for what’s sure to be a lively discussion. You can watch her talk livestreamed online later tonight.
As battles between forces loyal to Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi and rebels saw the uprisings take a turn toward civil war. In the U.S., the debate continues in the U.S. as to whether we should commit to enforcing a no-fly zone over the African country, which would ground fighter jets and helicopters ferrying mercenaries. For his part, President Bill Clinton told Tina Brown on stage at our Women in the World summit that he would support such a no-fly zone. “We have the planes to make an appropriate contribution to this,” the former president said. “I wouldn’t do it if [the rebels] hadn’t asked. We should do it.”
Oh! And, in case you missed it, we announced the 150 Women who Shake the World list with a fantastic interactive on the site. Go click around & find a new hero.

For this week’s installment of “This Week In Cheats,” we wanted to focus on our second annual Women in the World summit—with luminaries and dignitaries from around the globe joining together here in New York City to discuss solutions and, as our Editor-In-Chief writes, “awaken new commitments to change the lives of women of the world.” 

  • We’ve heard four brave women from Middle Eastern countries talk about their new forms of protest in a panel called “Firebrands: Pioneers in the New Age of Digital Dissent,” moderated by Christiane Amanpour.
  • Melinda Gates announce the Gates Foundation was investing $1.5 billion towards mothers and newborns, a heart-breaking story about acid attacks on a child, journalists on the frontlines, a session on human sex trafficking in the U.S., and of course, a conversation with President Bill Clinton. 
  • Friday’s third session started with actress Ashley Judd delivering a powerful, if upsetting message about the child sex trade. “Who are these men who buy children for sex?” she asked the audience. “They are our fathers, our uncles. The guy who gets out of the taxi before you get in, the guy on the stair-master next to you.”
  • Tonight, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins us for what’s sure to be a lively discussion. You can watch her talk livestreamed online later tonight.
  • As battles between forces loyal to Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi and rebels saw the uprisings take a turn toward civil war. In the U.S., the debate continues in the U.S. as to whether we should commit to enforcing a no-fly zone over the African country, which would ground fighter jets and helicopters ferrying mercenaries. For his part, President Bill Clinton told Tina Brown on stage at our Women in the World summit that he would support such a no-fly zone. “We have the planes to make an appropriate contribution to this,” the former president said. “I wouldn’t do it if [the rebels] hadn’t asked. We should do it.”
  • Oh! And, in case you missed it, we announced the 150 Women who Shake the World list with a fantastic interactive on the site. Go click around & find a new hero.
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