tv [untitled] August 23, 2011 6:01am-6:31am EDT
it is good to have you with us here on arts he i'm wrong research a welcome to the program power has reportedly been restored to the libyan capital the ports on the situation finally emerging after a five hour blackout apparent explosions seen right here in the latest pictures coming from tripoli nato planes have been heard bombing the city and heavy clashes between the rebels and government forces are reported to be taking place in central parts of tripoli including right around the hospital the casualties are said to be arriving at the facility following the intense overnight fighting earlier the story took a major twist when colonel gadhafi his son made an appearance refuting rebels claims that he had been arrested but still no communication with the hotel where the international journalists a station but only you know we managed to speak on the phone with independent journalist lizzie phelan who is sort saif gadhafi herself. but there have been some
extraordinary events right of course we've been hearing over the few days that the libyan government is crumbling about this and have claimed their rebel their claim that they are i mean i complete control of tripoli so it was much about the price of the fire the fire and and the rick perry how it went by police i'm sorry you are at the hotel. you probably boy he gave an interview he did maybe some of it with him for a drive through the b.p. where they would take him to be the way some of them say they saw thousands of people in the area and propose that the libyan government report that a number of these are people from tribe to quote the country have come in for their capital support this struggle here again the rebels. very much relaxed in high spirit. that the libyan government are winning against the rebels and then we all thought how could that mohammed get that. could offer. he was reported to have been
caught it has been released by his daughter by the comment gadhafi i mean at the apartment he gave the speech. so of course he's been completely. at the back. of the wild about what's happening here in the capital. and you can log on to dot com for more eyewitness accounts from tripoli. through all the. journalists are staying in central tripoli hotel say they've been targeted by rebels to get more information from inside the libyan capital. called. the fight is not over in tripoli but they're covering up of libya's vos oil riches the biggest in africa is already beginning the foreign minister fired the starting gun saying that it will use any oil company will play the number one role in the region and its lore and reports the service won't come cheap for the libyan people
. delivered as a promise but seen by many as more of a threat david cameron says nato will stay while libya makes the transition to democracy as allied forces lend support to the rebels to take tripoli to stop the war coalition warns libyans not to expect they're getting something for nothing but western powers don't do this without asking for a paper why is it that the head of the t.n.c. is running off to paris to meet with the french president while of course he's one very very important issue which is why the western powers tony blair and others struck a deal with gadhafi in the first place it will be exactly what they're seeking to continue with with the t.n.c. to further explore those oil riches the british government makes no secret of the fact that its motives in supporting the rebels aren't entirely altruistic last year
alone the u.k. export it around forty billion dollars of goods and services to north africa and the middle east but it's black gold that's the key libya has the largest oil reserves in africa western powers look at the region and they talk about humanitarianism all democracy but they think about oil great mot it says it's impossible not to draw a comparison with iraq he's written a book about the aftermath of the iraq invasion in which he maintains western powers imposed a democracy which played on sectarian divisions that ensured years of tribal struggle but also meant the allies retained control of the oil supply while the u.k. government insists lessons have been learned from iraq and all firms move into libya even before the fate of tripoli is sealed great oil grab is already beginning b.p. has a contentious oil and gas exploration contract in libya which the u.k.
government will be anxious for it to resume italian oil giant e n i. is the first to send back to libya and it says rose on the knees french towel and. we also did well as investors hoped they'd soon be able to resume production in libya but at what price to the libyan people the great fear is that just as they did in iraq created democracy which serves british interests or the west's interests or oil companies' interests and does nothing for the people of libya nor emmett's london. times correspondent pepe escobar believes as soon as western countries get libyan oil contracts they will want to have boots on the ground to secure it. this is the cover story in this story from the beginning was our to be responsibility to protect that was the basis for u.n. resolution one nine seventy three there is the bathes of the agreement between the u.s. and saudi arabia we get a resolution based on your fake arab league gold nine countries out of twenty two
and you can do any you want with bahrain or in saudi arabia itself but this was the cover story sold to american and european public opinion especially the chinese the russians many being brazil for that matter they're not buying it they know it's a us nato coordinator operation without them there will be no victor just would be a still no don't go for ever and we have the international community sort of basically that lantus is ours taking sides in a civil war so when they knew that they could go on for months or years on end it's ok let's try to take tripoli in one day and they did it because they blow basically going the whole city and the way towards you know what this reminds me of i was there at a time because mission provisional authority in iraq in two thousand and three this is the same saying we're going to have a western goods on the ground and we're going to open up. libya for a hired core no holds bar durable capitalism with no rebuts ration of profits
you know what let's get their oil as soon as we can the best contracts possible are not that this is completely krrish if this is the way we don't know yet that u.s. and nato goals we're going to have reracked two point zero. of course while we gauge expert opinion on the story we value your input as well and tried you can have your say on our website called that's what we're asking for opinion on what lies ahead for the country assuming i revel in victory. it seems not many have faith in the future of believing that will be left with little more than an oil chest for nato members around a fifth fear the country will be torn apart in a power struggle and nothing will change at all just a few of sixteen percent and a despite having been a so-called fight for democracy only a minority feel that's what it really make sure you have your say here anytime you like artsy dot com. cheering crowds in tripoli's green square
now renamed martyr's square left many around the world with a feeling of deja vu back in february or gyptian who are united in joy and hope for a brighter future when they celebrate the toppling of hosni mubarak now it's the feeling of disappointment that unites them he's going to look so what's ahead for the libyans if the change finally comes. could that he regime is crumbling. believe the rebels are cheering. the. same cheers and tears could be seen in egypt in february as the nation ousted their longtime leader hosni mubarak but six months on many egyptians say their home has been crushed by reality. you know i love the revolution when it happened i welcomed it that looked at the time we call life at the end of the time that we see it's not getting better we have nothing to eat don't tell me about democracy for hungry people it just doesn't
matter the egyptians now are not governed by who they chose as their leaders instead it's their or me that's in control the army that has strong ties with the u.s. and he sponsored by washington the military regime that the edifice the institutions that. where the essence the fundamental essence of the mubarak regime those remain and we can see that thousands of people have been brought to military trial since the end of the popular revolution that ousted mubarak in tripoli the body taking over is the national transitional council also not chosen by the leaving people yet the council is being recognized as the legitimate government of libya by all allies who have been helping oust gadhafi many leave ians are outraged by the fact that foreign powers are effectively making vital choices or that there's too much wealth and geopolitical strategic value to libya to let it only become reformed in democratic rights and universal participation by the citizenry. western powers need
to implement a western economic and military agenda and therefore the people who will command the political situation in libya and the military situation in libya will indeed be supported and buttress by western powers western powers have thrown all their support behind the national transitional council giving them billions of dollars and weapons to gain control but the rebels are far from being the united group what is going to face after that is a period of prolonged chaos nobody knows the outcome this is as i said in the beginning this is tribe against tribe this is not democracy against the taliban revolutions in libya have developed under different scenarios in egypt it was an on armed uprising of millions in libya it's been an insurgency flooded with weapons by the west and those weapons are still in their arms and they're not going anywhere
and many analysts are saying that we could find themselves in a much worse situation than the egyptians because on top of power crisis similar to the one egyptian libyans could be facing a fresh break of violence at the hands of the mom i'm going to shut down reporting from one. our team. and i will be bringing you more expert opinions on developments in libya also if you want to see. the libyan border where people fear the internal conflict is already. this is from the office as. it was attacked by. operating here shortly before. the. country which many believe is a following in libya's footsteps special report on the aftermath of the military operation in the syrian city of that's coming up a bit later this hour here on our two. fronts plans to hold
a high level meeting next week to discuss libya's political future the libyan opposition leader has been invited to paris to attend he's done a bushel reports from the french capital. every e.u. state has now declared it wants to take an active role in libya's development while at the same time saying it was the libyan people to decide their own future so exposed they were raising the question what does europe want does it want to continue interfering in libya's affairs or let them democratically decide their own future even poland's foreign minister has said that poland wants to take part france has really taken the lead president sarkozy will meet the rebel leader mahmoud jibril on wednesday in paris defense minister longer he says that they will build a road map for the future all of that country diplomats here are explaining the e.u. and nato see an opportunity now to play a leading role in the future of north africa with america the united states taking
a back seat for the moment for political reasons over in washington nato head underscore grows musson says they will continue with their mission of protecting civilians in libya german leader angler merkel says gadhafi is money must be secured in the name of the libyan people but it's very unclear who will control that money and how it will be used. don't you but your reporting right there now of british intelligence has reportedly played a key role in the latest push on tripoli by rebels according to a report in the u.k. daily telegraph m i six officers advise the rebels on the strategy behind the operation and a plan drawn up weeks ago but it has more from london. it seems like the british had a big hand in all of this and they originally let on the british press today reporting that a team of intelligence officials have been operating in the country for some months now people like spies spooks takes s.a.'s offices giving advice to the rebels but
mandate that nato that have been operating under in the country did not have ground troops of course so this has been quite a clandestine off the grid operation and william hague the u.k. foreign secretary was keen to stress the vice and kit that they've been supplying to the rebels has been non-lethal things like night vision goggles body armor and telecommunications equipment in the end but it did emerge last night they did also have a big hand in coordinating this assault on tripoli that's been in the pipeline for some months now apparently with weapons fighters and communications equipment being smuggled to secret weapons dumps around tripoli then when the air force pave the way over the weekend bombing strategic communications. belonging to gadhafi that paved the way the signal was given and then the assault on tripoli began to surprised at that these forces and also downing street last night actually refused
to rule out bringing in u.k. troops as peacekeepers should the transition that they're all talk not descend into anarchy and they've even got two hundred u.k. troops stationed in cyprus ready to be deployed to libya at the drop of a hat. right there while i discuss the situation in libya europe's involvement in more detail now joined live from brussels by. he's the head of the european political forum i thank you for joining us today so one of could have made a surprise appearance despite rebels or trumpeting about his arrest what do you think it was an honest mistake or deliberate feeding a false information just to recap. you know i think it's quite normal for a. political forces to try to spread confusion in these sort of situations we have a very difficult situation with a lot of changes happening on the ground you know by by the minute we've got rebels
advancing on tripoli the fighting in the suburbs we don't know what what areas of tripoli are being held by the rebels we make some assumptions that. you know gadhafi loyalist forces are controlling around about ten to twenty percent of the city. would be quite normal to reject for the confusion let's say. into the situation now i would say both sides could be using this tactic and in fact even you know western intervention could be slightly playing ok so i was the multiple sources here and confusion into the heart of the conflict but what about the blackout because all monday we had reports about the situation in tripoli however conflicting reports kept coming in but after saif al islam overnight appearance we witnessed a complete information blackout this morning triggered by one side in particular who could have been behind that or was it was it just a bombing do you think. well it's difficult to say i mean i think certainly the
onslaught of western military strikes on nato let's say by which he strikes strikes could play a role because the infrastructure has been significantly affected by this and that of course includes communications however. you know they could be an element again of trying to facilitate a situation where information is very nontransparent is very difficult to come to come by from this conflict and that could be a tactic by the gadhafi side because it could be covering let's say a retreat or withdrawal or even a. forced exile situation to to a third country and of course the rebels also may be trying to. project let's say a position of great dominance on the battlefield which would allow them to grain you
know gain the moral high ground and sort of the international decline when you when you talk about the moral high ground we see the rebel celebrating in the heart of the libyan capital but the european leaders have already started planning a postscript afy life in tripoli despite the fact that they haven't actually finished the deal yet do you agree that the rebels victory is a done deal at this point. well i think you know the tide has been turning against mamata gadhafi since since maybe june or so since around about you know early sama. i think the writing is looking as if it's on the wall however i don't think it's a done deal as yet because i think the more interesting aspect about the don deals is the type of negotiations that have taken place in the background that are not visible from the surface in terms of you know the day after tomorrow like what's going to happen and who's going to play a role in which excuse me which areas of government which state resources are going
to go state assets are going to go to which particular tribes in the in the libyan frame where you talk about which which assets go to which particular try it but let's talk about western the western role so if gadhafi if his regime does fall what do you expect to what extent will europe likely continue its involvement there we've had other saying this is a basically internal tribal warfare between what is a mixed bunch of guys who are going to be running this transitional government but if indeed they do come to power then what role can we can we expect to be continued from those western forces that at that intervened in the first place. well i think there's two aspects to that question first of all western forces will. look to burrow into v. and to bear or let's say influence you know within any. governing structure in libya. the question is and that's also because they're providing a lot of aid you know london is unfrozen
a lot of the assets up to around two billion dollars has been made for the libyan transitional national council for eighty's. so you know this is a number of support for for let's say a new government but the more interesting question will the lead be in tribes be able to hold together a stable. a new stable regime will such a regime be able to emerge in this country because it has to be a lot of questions asked about whether this is actually possible which we're going to then employ which could and then i suppose give the western powers the reason to get involved and help them establish some sort of a form of a future government i'm sorry i missed that but i thought that's all we have time for head of the european geo political forum live in brussels many thanks indeed ok thanks. for fighting in libya is reported to have reached the country's border with tunisia where heavy gunfire has just been. beefed up its presence along the
frontier as libyan infiltrators have allegedly crossed the border a correspondent every nickel was at the spot for. violent clashes have been reported along it's unusually been border over the weekend it all started on friday when a local resident has reported that near the town do reportedly several vehicles with libyan license plate carrying arms men have been spotted afterwards clashes have been erupting throughout the weekend between the tunisian border patrol and really being men we cannot talk with certainty about their identity now you have to remember that it was in tunisia where the events of the so-called arab spring have started trends to transpire this year with the ousting of the tunisian president and the unrest which started in tunisia has essentially been caught like a fever throughout the middle east and the north africa and the result is that what we are seeing in the capital right now now back then in the spring of this year
thousands were fleeing from tunisia to europe in order to escape the mayhem which was going on here and now a similar situation is happening to libya but now libyans are fleeing all over the border with tunisia into tunisia and of course what we could be witnessing is yet another human catastrophe in the region with thousands of refugees trying to escape from me how of course we do not know whether or not those refugees will try and make their way into europe which dealt with that crisis and now may be facing another one with the ongoing clashes in libya. and then just a reminder here we're not you know we've got extensive coverage of the situation in tripoli of course on our website dot com head on over for the latest video analysis and opinion you can also get up to the minute news from the region on our twitter page just follow us. on the school called. the continuing
fighting between protest of protesters and government forces in syria has prompted the u.n. and she want rights council to call for an investigation into alleged. relations there the government crackdown on protesters has been going on for six months now the city of hama has witnessed some of the most severe clashes but a few days ago the army withdrew an r.t.s. maria from his travel to the city to assess the aftermath of the violence. the city of hama around two hundred kilometers north of the capital damascus religiously conservative sunni dominated city it's been one of the centers of religious tensions here in syria for many years in one thousand nine hundred eighty two during the current president bashar assad's father rulon the city saw a bloody massacre according to amnesty international over ten thousand people were killed there in the regime's crackdown on the city's sunni population but during this conflict this city has been among the last to join the national opera's in the army were moved into in july and withdrew ten days later i t.
is now going there to see how things are on the ground after the army left the city and to try to find out exactly what's happening there during a ten day military operation. the way to hama goes through homs the city where activists have been reporting dozens of civilians over the last few months of violence. the closer we get to it the more dramatic this to becomes checkpoints of here along the highway. at the entrance to hama all the cars. but that's not the only reminder of the recent unrest. in the city of hama became infamous after it appeared in an amateur video posted on you tube showing dead bodies thrown to the r.c. river comment accompanying this video sad these were residents of hama killed by security forces while syrian t.v. reported they were policeman. disappointed presidents phone too and all
military operations against anti-government protesters they've recently been reports about the army still being deployed in several cities across syria including hama. this is what's left from the office of squat in the center of the city of hama officials say it was attacked by extremist groups operating here shortly before. the city and. say that. the armed groups set the building on fire and killed at least twenty soldiers who were inside the building at the time of the attack. the only came to remove barricades and behind these barricades there were owned people not peaceful demonstrations and there were clashes between them and the troops. while the governor's sharing his views on what's happened a crowd gathers outside his residence this slogan is sound neutral first.
of the changes in seconds. what's people saying gives a completely different picture we lived about for months and up for only the very best for the most persian rug after the army in the city we see visited by the is it fair i fear the fruit of hope for a governor i pray that less than a fifth giving officials though put all responsibility on the people themselves they have the right spots these people just don't want to give the government time to do reforms the reforms cannot go through in such an atmosphere. i would journey to hama has been part of a so-called syria is trying to work but no matter what its initial goal was it turned out to be very different from its name or if notion r.t. how much syria. i talk to business news now with yours.
hello and a very warm welcome to the program continued fighting in libya has surprised some in the market oil prices that edging up again after the truck sharply the day before and hopes that a swift end to libya's civil war would bring the country's oil x. was back to the market whether crist symptoms corrado from standard and poor's says it will take the country at least a year to get back on top. i think it would take about a full year before production he said its peak libya is currently producing around less than one hundred thousand barrels which is about nine percent of the previous capacity now we understand from any which is the largest producer in the country that so far as they know installations have been hurt but still you cannot just turn it on you have to build up the pressure and you have to start gradually so it will probably take a full twelve months before they reach peak. let's have a look at those figures oil prices are climbing up this find you can leave as we
know continues and in anticipation of fall in u.s. court stockpiles w. china is hovering at eighty five dollars per barrel as you can see our friend plant is at one hundred eight dollars. stocks in europe extending monday's rally trekkie overnight gains on broad street and didn't asia for taxes just two percent for that c. is a bit behind although there's no special cashless for buying so traders attribute he may be short the club's according to some analysts and finally in russia the markets are higher supported by a stronger crude. temperature couples all the individual show moves from the might six per pound house to raise the previous. quarter with the stand down the style of the company is considering position of two major banks in poland meanwhile stocks are among the best performance gaining of the top percent. of mine a pull of metal is also up supported by record high gold prices. your market
analysis said about one hours time. welcome back here with the headlines now nato planes have reportedly carried out air strikes on the libyan capital and these are the latest pictures of explosions you can see now heavy clashes between rebels and government forces have resumed in tripoli as both sides claim to have the upper hand. also down to a cost over whether a victory would actually leave the libyan people in control of their destiny as experts point to egypt where those who fought for the revolution ended up with a government they did not choose. and the fighting in libya still rages on oil companies have already started circling around the sun and still come.