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(FOREIGN POLITICS) READ: Gadhafi to Urge UN to Abolish Switzerland…

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Gadhafi Libya Leader(Newser Summary) – Moammar Gadhafi plans to urge the United Nations to wipe Switzerland off the map when he visits New York later this month, the New York Daily News reports. The Libyan leader—as part of a vendetta against the Alpine nation that began when his son Hannibal was busted for beating up his servants in a Geneva hotel—will ask the UN to abolish the country and divide its land up between Italy, France, and Germany, Swiss lawmakers say.

 

Rob Quinn

Source: New York Daily News

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September 4, 2009 at 9:30 am

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(READ): Colonel Gaddafi party to outshine the Beijing Olympics…

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Source: Telegraph.co.uk

Libyan women walk in front of a billboard showing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi celebrating his 40th anniversary.

Libya is planning a celebrations on the scale of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Colonel Gaddafi to power.

If anything, the superlatives will be even greater as Beijing 2008 did not boast the world’s largest tent, 1,000 camels, Toureg nomads or 40 hot air balloons.

Performers are being flown in from all over the planet, from dancers and fireworks specialists to a brass band from Wales.

The giant tent, and the stage within it, longer than a football pitch, are being built by a British special events company, Atlantic Enterprise.

The director is a Frenchman and the party is being put together by a public relations company run by the British government’s one-time favourite ad-man.

“Everything is bespoke for this event,” said Atlantic’s managing director, Shane McCarthy. “Nothing like this has ever been done before.”

Organisers are expecting 300,000 Libyans to watch the show being put on next Tuesday to mark the anniversary live, with more on television.

After congregating in Libya’s capital Tripoli, newly whitewashed and decorated with Gaddafi posters, hundreds of VIP guests will enjoy an evening buffet.

They will then be escorted into a smaller version of the open Bedouin tent, 130 yards by 45 yards, by 27 yards tall, in which the pageant will take place. Once they are joined by Col Gaddafi himself, the show will begin. Read More

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August 29, 2009 at 1:12 pm

(WORLD) READ:Could East Africa become an outsourcing hub?…

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africaSource: Globalpost

The arrival of broadband in Tanzania presents dazzling business possibilities.

 

By Eamon Kircher-Allen — Special to GlobalPost
Published: August 17, 2009 07:36 ET
Updated: August 18, 2009 11:18 ET

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Ramadhan Mubarak shook his head as he gestured to his six forlorn PCs.

“I believe that many people want to use the internet,” he said. “But most Tanzanians are poor, so they can’t manage the cost.”

Mubarak owns two of the handful of internet cafes in downtown Dar es Salaam, and he can barely cover his overhead of $1,500 a month. Like many people here, he’s hoping that will soon change: East Africa’s new fiber-optic cable has been laid across the Indian Ocean and made landfall here on July 23. When it goes into use in late August, it is likely to dramatically reduce costs and improve connectivity speed.

The cable, which is a two-year, $650 million project of the private venture Seacom, connects East and Southern Africa to India and Europe and will end the dependence of Tanzania’s internet on satellites. Even accounting for exaggeration — some boosters have promised it will improve education and healthcare and curb corruption — pretty much everyone who uses the internet here agrees that fiber-optic connectivity is nothing short of a revolution. Read More

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August 21, 2009 at 11:18 am

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