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UN Security Council slams sanctions on Libya’s Qadhafi


By Yehonathan Tommer

NEW YORK – All 15 nations on the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose sanctions on Libya, by slamming an immediate arms embargo, freezing all financial assets and economic resources as well as those of its leader Muammar Qadhafi and members of his family.

The Council imposed a travel ban against Qadhafi, his four adult sons and one daughter, and 10 close Libyan loyalists who are believed to have barricaded themselves in the capitol, Tripoli.

It demanded an “immediate end to the violence and repression and for steps to address the legitimate demands of the population in Libya.

It called on Libyan authorities to act “with restraint, respect human rights and international humanitarian law,” and to facilitate the immediate and safe access of international human rights monitors, to ensure the safety and assets of all foreign nationals and those wishing to depart the country, and an immediate lifting of all restrictions on the media.

Libya’s widespread and systematic attacks against civilian protestors by loyalist forces and mercenaries are to be referred for investigation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for suspected “crimes against humanity,” even though Libya is not a signatory to the protocols creating the court.

The UN estimates that more than 1,000 protestors have been killed since the uprising erupted on February 15th.

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

The Resolution “by itself cannot end the violence and repression in Libya,” but it “sends a strong message that gross violations of basic human rights will not be tolerated, and that those responsible for grave crimes will be held accountable,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


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1 Comment for “UN Security Council slams sanctions on Libya’s Qadhafi”

  1. “Two manic-depressives, two tyrants, two world wars.” (2008) Medical Hypotheses 70 888-892

    Summary Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin were tyrants who attained absolute power, and misused it in a gargantuan fashion, leaving in his wake a trail of hatred, devastation and death. All made war on their perceived enemies and on their own countrymen. In ‘‘A Brotherhood of Tyrants: Manic Depression and Absolute Power’’ (1994) Amherst, Prometheus Books, D. Jablow Hershman and I expose the paranoid/megalomaniacal variant of the disorder as the force that drove them to absolute power and the terrible abuse of it. We uncover manic-depressive disorder as a hidden cause of dictatorship, mass killing and war, and show how the psychopathology of the disorder can be a key factor in the political pathology of tyranny. In our earlier ‘‘The Key To Genius: Manic-Depression and the Creative Life’’ (1988) Amherst Prometheus Books we catalog the role of the disorder in the lives and careers of Isaac Newton, Ludwig von Beethoven, Charles Dickens, Vincent van Gogh and other creative geniuses. Thus manic-depressive disorder is variable
    to the extreme of paradox. Key to the destroyers is an indifference to the suffering of others, a need to control everyone and everything, a resistance to reason, and grandiose and paranoid delusions. The paranoid and grandiose delusions of manic-depressives are as infectious and as virulent as a deadly microbe, and can easily infect those in thrall to the host figure. It is a phenomenon known as ‘‘induced psychosis’’ and its imprint is often to be seen on the world stage. In this article I will add Kaiser Wilhelm to the list of manic-depressive warmongers, and passages from Robert Payne’s ‘‘The Life and Death of Adolph Hitler’’ that are not only pathognomonic of manic-depressive disorder, but of the mixed variant.

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