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Capitalism's Warplanes: CIA & al Qaeda Destroy Socialist Libya's 53rd Highest Living Standard

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In last year's 2010 United Nation Human Development Yearly Index of all Nations,
Libya is ranked 53rd in the world, well above nine European nations, for example, Russia, which is ranked 65th.

High human development: Libya 53rd in world (#1 in Africa) Neighbors Tunisia 81st, Algeria 84th

Medium human development (developing countries) Egypt 101, Morocco 114 , Gabon 93,

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Low human development (developing countries)
Yemen 133, Sudan 154

(The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide

Life Expectancy Index  
Education Index
Mean Years of Schooling Index ] Expected Years of Schooling  
Income Index

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Very high human development (developed countries)
Bahrain 39 having braced by Qatar 38 and Portugal 40
(Bahrain has a very unequal income and services range)
The Library of Congress Federal Research Division Libya country profile of Libya, April 2005 reads, " Basic health care is provided to all citizens. Health, training, rehabilitation, education, housing, family issues, and disability and old-age benefits are all regulated by ... the Social Care Fund . The health care system is not purely state-run but rather a mixed system of public and private care. In comparison to other states in the Middle East, the health status of the population is relatively good. Childhood immunization is almost universal. The clean water supply has increased, and sanitation has been improved. The country's major hospitals are in Tripoli and Benghazi, and private health clinics and diagnostic centers, offering newer equipment and better service, compete with the public sector. The number of medical doctors and dentists reportedly increased sevenfold between 1970 and 1985, producing a ratio of one doctor per 673 citizens. In 1985 about one-third of the doctors in the Libya were native-born, with the remainder being primarily expatriate foreigners. The number of hospital beds tripled in this same time period. Malaria has been eradicated, and significant progress has been made against trachoma and leprosy. In 1985 the infant mortality rate was 84 per 1,000; by 2004, the U.S. Agency for International Development estimated that the infant mortality rate had dropped to 25.7 per 1,000. ... estimates report an infant mortality rate of less than 20 per 1,000.

 Having control of their own oil wealth has enabled Libyans, along with neighboring Algerians to provide their citizens with a relatively high income. South Africa is higher but unevenly distributed between white and non-white.

* (2 )   Al Jazeera 12/28/11, "young Bou'azizi doused himself in petrol and set himself aflame on December 17, ... Lahseen Naji, a protester, responded to "hunger and joblessness" by electrocuting himself after climbing an electricity pole."  A third, Ramzi Al-Abboudi, under the burden of business debt, ironically made possible by the country's micro-credit solidarity programme, killed himself. On 24 December, Mohamed Ammari was fatally shot in the chest by police in Bouziane. ... 1/14/2011,  Tunisian President Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia following a month of  demonstrations precipitated by high unemployment, food inflation, corruption that resulted in scores of deaths and injuries, most of which the result of action by police and security forces. The UN team leader, Bacre Waly Ndiaye, who investigated the Human Rights in Tunisia, stated that 219 people died as 30 January.

"Protests in Yemen followed the initial demonstrations Tunisia heightening during those in Egypt. The protests, initially against unemployment, economic conditions and corruption escalated to calls for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign" (Only 45 countries have a higher percentage of people living on less than $2 a day, World Bank)

Fifteen shot dead and hundreds wounded after pro-government forces of interim government open fire on demonstrators in Yemen Daily Mail, 4/4/11. 52 Dead in Yemen Protest Bloodbath, AAP 3/19/11, "Medics in Yemen raised the death toll from a sniper attack on protesters from to 52 as thousands rallied despite a state of emergency imposed by the autocratic regime. Witnesses said pro-regime "thugs" rained bullets from rooftops around a square at Sanaa University...  The death toll mounts daily."

"In Egypt, grievances of the hundreds of thousands protesters in all major cities against U.S. supported dictator Mubarak[ included high unemployment, food price inflation, and low minimum wages." AFP 1/27/11. After eighteen days of hundreds of thousands to millions protesting, and 840 deaths, Mubarak resigned, even though advised by U.S. presidential envoy Weisner to hang in. The death toll continues to rise as the army under the provisional government attacks demonstrators still protesting injustice and inaction. Almasryalyoun , April, 2011.

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How did Egypt become so corrupt under a U.S. and investment banks supported dictator? A picture is emerging of a state where wealth fuels political power and political power buys wealth. Inside Story , 08 Feb 2011

The reader is encouraged to check what exactly was reported by all the major print news outlets from Feb. 15th onward in terms of number of casualties for both sides, view whatever videos are offered as proof that Libyan police, security, soldiers targeted civilians peacefully protesting. The internet, Google and YouTube have of course a great deal of material emphasizing mainstream anti-Gaddafi accusations and praise for the rebel attacks on the government, but much can be learned with one's failing to find verified that which CNN, the other five U.S. networks, and printed media have put out, especially in justifying big power military intervention against the government of Libya, almost always referred to as "Gaddafi" or "the Gaddafi regime."

We really didn't see much of planes and tanks "unleashed" until truck loads of heavily armed rebels were well on the road toward Tripoli. One does remember two planes defecting to Malta, two others falling out of the sky, one shot down over the ocean. No pictures of planes  bombing cities. No proof that orders were given to do so.

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