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بشير مصيطفى : يا مصر لا تخطئي مثلهم

الخبير الاقتصادى الدولى والوزير الجزائرى الاسبق د بشير مصيطفى

الخبير الاقتصادى الدولى والوزير الجزائرى الاسبق د بشير مصيطفى

أعلن في مصر عن اكتشاف حقل جديد للغاز – يضاف الى حقول مكتشفة مؤخرا – يصل احتياطهالى 810 مليار متر مكعب ما يعني أن مرحلة جديدة في مسار الاقتصاد المصري بدأت تتشكل ويجب انتظار زهاء أربع سنوات حتى يشرع في استغلال الحقل الجديد إذا ما توفرت الاستثمارات الرأسمالية اللازمة

استثمارات رأسمالية ليس من السهولة تأمينها على خلفية طموحات المنافس الجديد في سوق الاستثمار الطاقوي أي إيران ، ودخول المشروعن الغازين العملاقين ( ساوث ستريم ) و ( ناباكوف ) حيز الخدمة آفاق العام 2017 . ومن جهة ثالثة ترقب الشركات الطاقوية ما ستسفر عنه قمة الأرض ( باريس – ديسمبر 2015 ) من قرارات تحد من الاحتباس الحراري وتقيد مبادلات الطاقة الأحفورية
ومع ذلك ستجني مصر من الاكتشاف الجديد عوائد مهمة بشرط ألا تكرر أخطاء دول أوبك الاثني عشرة في إدارة أصولها النفطية على نحو كبدها خسائر مازالت تدفع ثمنها

أخطاء أوبك القاتلة

لم تحقق دولة واحدة من دول أوبك ( منظمة الدول المصدرة للنفط ) هدف الصعود الاقتصادي على الرغم من مرور 55 سنة عن تاريخ انشاء المنظمة و 75 عاما عن فكرتها التي أطلقها وزير بترول فنزويلا في 1940 السيد ( ألفونسيو بيريس ) لا لشيء سوى لأن تلك الدول حولت قطاع الطاقة الأحفورية الى مجرد أداة تجارية لتحقيق الريع على حساب الثروة ، وهو الهدف التجاري الذي رسم لها بعد أن تضاءلت الفكرة الأصلية أي استخدام النفط كسلاح لمقاومة الشركات البترولية العالمية وإطلاق صناعات وطنية ومحاربة الفقر والتخلف وهشاشة البنى الانتاجية التي ما زالت تميز المجتمعات النفطية عن نظيرتها الصناعية. ولهذا تتهم المنظمة بأنها أطالت من عمر التخلف الصناعي لأعضائها لأنها حولت إيرادات النفط الى مجرد ريع يمول الخزينة ويحمي الأنظمة الحاكمة ، والدليل على ذلك أن آمالا عقدت على “صندوق أوبك للتنمية الدولية” سرعان ما تراجعت تحت ضغط الأهداف التجارية الضيقة ، وظلت جل الشعوب النفطية حبيسة اقتصاديات هشة لا تقوى على مقاومة الصدمات على الرغم مما جنته الحكومات من إيرادات نفطية لامست 530 مليار دولار لصالح مجموعة أوبك كمعدل سنوي ، وظلت الاقتصاديات النفطية تسجل أرقاما متأخرة في مجال تنافسية الأسواق عدا الامارات العربية المتحدة على وقع الجذب الخدماتي والى حد ما المملكة العربية السعودية بفضل الصناعات البتروكيمياوية

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المشهد المصري بديلا

في حالة تأمين الاستثمارات اللازمة لاستغلال مصر لحقول الغاز الجديدة فيها يفترض اعتناق رؤية ( الانتقال الطاقوي ) الممهد لحالة ( التحول الطاقوي ) الجاري تصميمها في الدول المستهلة . وتعني هذه الرؤية التعامل مع قطاع الطاقة الأحفورية وفق إشارات المستقبل ( 2030 – 2050 ) في مجال الخارطة الجاري تصميها لصناعات المستقبل ومجتمعاته ( الصناعات والمجتمعات الصديقة للبيئة ) . الموضوع يتطلب منظومة متطورة لليقظة الاستراتيجية في هدف التنوع الطاقوي وتحويل التراكم الرأسمالي الذي سينشأ خلال المرحلة الانتقالية الى أصول جديدة تخدم التنوع الاقتصادي وصناعات الغاز الناشئة لتلبية الطلب الداخلي في جميع القطاعات التي تمتلك مصر فيها مزايا نسبية ، وفي مرحلة تالية التحول الى الصادرات عالية المحتوى التكنولوجي والمعرفة بتحويل المزايا المذكورة الى مزايا تنافسية في منطقة المتوسط على اقل تقدير

طريق الصعود

من السهولة على مصر إدماج المورد الغازي الجديد في مشهد مدروس للصعود الاقتصادي في آفاق العشرين عاما القادمة ( 2035 ) بتصميم ( رؤية مصر 2035 ) أو رؤية ( استشراف مصر ) وستجد القاهرة جيشا كاملا من الخبراء في مجال تصميم السياسات المبنية على المعرفة أي على اليقظة الاستراتيجية . وسيكون الطريق حافلا بالمفاجآت الكامنة في نظم الانتاج الحديثة ومهن المستقبل والتفوق التكنولوجي

ستة مفاتيح متاحة بين يدي الدولة المصرية في الرؤية المذكورة وهي : برمجة الاقتصاد وفق نموذج قياسي كلي للنمو آفاق العام 2050 – تطوير التعليم بكل أطواره حسب معيارية الجودة والتعليم لأجل توازن الأسواق – تطبيق منظومة اليقظة الاقليمية المبنية على متابعة الاستثمار عبر الأقاليم بشكل احصائي رقمي ذكي – البطاقات التقنية للتنويع الاقتصادي حسب المزايا النسبية في مرحلة أولى ثم التنافسية في مرحلة تالية وذلك على أساس نسبة مدروسة للنمو هي نفسها نسبة الاقلاع أي 7 بالمائة مستديمة سنويا ، ثم نسبة الصعود أي 10 بالمائة وهذا ممكن في ضوء تجارب الدول – تجسير العلاقة بين أطرافي ثلاثي التفوق الدولي أي ( التعليم العالي – البحث العلمي – قطاع الانتاج ) ، وفي هذا الصدد يكون جيدا أن تطلق القاهرة مؤسسة مختصة في أبحاث النمو نسميها ( المعهد المصري للتنمية ) أسوة بالمعهد الكوري للتنمية – وأخيرا إعادة هيكلة الأجهزة التنفيذية للدولة على أساس الحكم الصالح المبني على التشاركية الديمقراطية والشفافية والادارة الراشدة أي الحوكمة الذكية كي تلتقي أهداف الصعود بأدوات التنفيذ دون تعثر . حينها ستجد مصر وفي سنوات قليلة نفسها وقد حققت الاشارات الأولى لحالة إسمها  الصعود الاقتصادي

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Massive blaze destroys building in Baltimore following day of riots

Baltimore firefighters confer as they attack a fire set by rioters in a convenience store and residence at East Biddle Street and Montford Avenue during rioting in Baltimore, Maryland in the early morning hours of April 28, 2015.

Following a day of riots in Baltimore, a community center and apartments owned by the Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore were set ablaze and burnt down before firefighters managed to contain the flames.

Firefighters were forced to respond to the three-alarm fire at 8:49pm, after the flames engulfed the five-story building at Gay and Federal streets

“We were able to dispatch units as soon as we got the call,” Baltimore Fire Department spokesman Capt. Roman Clark said, as law enforcement officers with shotguns cordoned off the fire hazard area. More than 90 firefighters responded to battle the flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Clark said, as riots following Freddie Gray’s funeral raged across the city. No one was injured in the East Baltimore blaze. A spokesman for the mayor of Baltimore, Kevin Harris, said the fire at the Mary Harvin Transformation Center was related to rioting in the city.

Firefighters managed to calm the fire just before 10:00pm and were spraying water over surrounding structures to ensure no flames spread.

The Southern Baptist Church was building the center to provide 60 affordable apartments and behavioral counseling for seniors. The construction was ongoing since 2006 by the Woda Group, a low-income housing developer.

“We’re going to rebuild. We’re going to come back strong from this,” the church’s pastor Donte Hickman told local media outlets. “This fire is going to spark a revival.”

Senior vice president of The Woda Group, Kevin Bell, also vowed to rebuild the housing and community center. “This does not make us go away,” he said.

The city lent $15 million towards the construction of the units. The State Department of Housing and Community Development granted another $200,000 last year toward the center.

The Southern Baptist Church fire is one of many the Baltimore City Fire Department has been battling as riots erupted throughout the city. Baltimore’s firefighters are taking precautions to protect themselves against violence.

FBI investigating possible ISIS attack in U.S.

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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a possible an Islamist-inspired terrorism plot in the United States, CNN reported on Saturday, quoting law enforcement officials.

A Federal law enforcement official who asked not to be named said there was a known threat to Los Angeles International Airport, but did not say whether this was a new threat or was associated with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

CNN said the investigation started after intercepted communication and other intelligence information that led officials to believe that a plot could be under way.

The network quoted an official as saying the plot focused on parts of California and that officials there had stepped up security.

The Transportation Security Administration had also alerted local law enforcement agencies responsible for security around airports in the state although the possible threat was not necessarily related to aviation, CNN said.

It added that some U.S. cities had increased their security, but gave no further details.

No one at the FBI was immediately available to comment. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also declined to comment on the reported threat to Las Angeles airport.

Haftar does not object to military operation in Libya

Haftar claimed that armed groups supported by Turkey and Qatar were entering Libya while his forces do not have enough weapons to face these groups

Haftar claimed that armed groups supported by Turkey and Qatar were entering Libya while his forces do not have enough weapons to face these groups

Commander of the Libyan government in Tabruk General Khalifa Haftar said on Friday that he does not object to a military operation in Libya, similar to the one carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Sky News Arabic reported.

In an interview with the network Haftar said that his forces do not want to cause damage and destruction in Tripoli but those who are currently deployed there will move at the appropriate time.

The controversial general said that the movement of his units would take place after more pressure is put on the western parts of the country, stressing that his forces are moving slowly, but with “very-well calculated steps.” He emphasised however that the military capture of Tripoli must be carried out by forces under his command only.

General Haftar criticised the current UNSC sanctions on the supply of weapons to the Libyan army. He also criticised the EU’s efforts to secure a resolution to target illegal migrants in the Mediterranean. He said if Libya was supplied with weapons it would be able to end the flow of migrants to Europe.

Haftar claimed that armed groups supported by Turkey and Qatar were entering Libya while his forces do not have enough weapons to face these groups.

He also claimed that ISIS members had infiltrated into Libya from several neighbouring countries, as well as through the seaports along the Libyan coasts.

Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185, kills 32

A campaigner from “Bring Back Our Girls” shouts slogans during a rally in Abuja, Nigeria, calling for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted last April by Boko Haram militants

A campaigner from “Bring Back Our Girls” shouts slogans during a rally in Abuja, Nigeria, calling for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted last April by Boko Haram militants

Kano, Nigeria (CNN) — Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and residents said.

Gunmen in pickup trucks attacked the village of Gumsuri, just north of Chibok, on Sunday, shooting down men before herding women and children together.

“They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs,” a local government official said on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

News of the attack took four days to emerge because of a lack of communication. Telecommunications towers in the region had been disabled in previous attacks.

Local officials learned of the attack from residents who fled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, where the officials had moved a year ago to escape Boko Haram attacks.

The militants stormed the village from two directions, overwhelming local vigilantes who had repelled Boko Haram attacks over the course of the year, said Gumsuri resident Umar Ari, who trekked for four days to Maiduguri.

‎”They destroyed almost half the village and took away 185 women, girls and boys,” Ari said.‎

Resident Modu Kalli said the militants fired heavy machine guns on the village and poured canisters of gasoline on houses before setting them on fire.

“We lost everything in the attack. I escaped with nothing, save the clothes I have on me,” Kalli said.

Hundreds of residents of Gumsuri continue to arrive in Maiduguri, which has been struggling to accommodate thousands of residents fleeing towns and villages overrun by Boko Haram.

Cameroon: At least 116 Boko Haram fighters killed

Meanwhile, the Cameroon military says that it killed at least 116 Boko Haram fighters during a fight in northern Cameroon on Wednesday, near the border with northeastern Nigeria.

The incident began when the militant group tried to attack the Cameroonian town of Amchide, military spokesman Lt. Col. Didier Badjeck said.

One Cameroonian soldier was killed, and another was missing after the attack, according to a statement released by Badjeck. Boko Haram destroyed two trucks and stole a third, Badjeck said.

Badjeck said the military believes its artillery also inflicted unspecified damage to Boko Haram on the Nigerian side of the border during the fight.

“Our defense forces rigorously fought back this barbaric attack, and forced the enemy to retreat,” Cameroonian government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said.

“This terrorist group has only one objective: to spread fear and uncertainty amongst our population. But I can assure you that they will be defeated,” Bakary said.

Two months ago, the nearby area of Limani, Cameroon, was the site of a deadly clash between Boko Haram and Cameroonian forces. Eight Cameroonian soldiers and 107 Boko Haram fighters were killed during an attack by the militants that month, Cameroon state-run broadcaster CRTV reported, citing the Cameroonian defense ministry.

Campaign of violence

Boko Haram has terrorized northern Nigeria regularly since 2009, attacking police, schools, churches and civilians, and bombing government buildings.

This month, at least one female Boko Haram suicide bomber killed five people in Maiduguri. Last month, suicide bombings killed nearly 180 people. More than half of the victims died in an attack on a mosque that many suspect Boko Haram was behind.

The group has targeted mainstream Islam, saying that it does not represent the interests of Nigeria’s 80 million Muslims and that it perverts Islam.

In April, Boko Haram militants drew international condemnation when they kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls, many of whom they later said they sold into slavery.

At least 5,000 people have died at Boko Haram’s hands, according to a U.S. Congressional Research Service report, making it one of the world’s deadliest terrorist organizations.

“The United States of America Is Changing Its Relationship With the People of Cuba”

President Obama Speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House on December 17, 2014

At noon today, President Barack Obama announced that the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.

President Obama said that the United States is renewing its leadership in the Americas and stated that he has taken additional measures aimed at supporting the ability of the Cuban people to gain greater control over their own lives and determine their country’s future. – See more at: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2014/12/17/united-states-america-changing-its-relationship-people-cuba#sthash.qYCGlxiq.dpuf
President Obama said that the United States is renewing its leadership in the Americas and stated that he has taken additional measures aimed at supporting the ability of the Cuban people to gain greater control over their own lives and determine their country’s future. – See more at: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2014/12/17/united-states-america-changing-its-relationship-people-cuba#sthash.qYCGlxiq.dpuf
President Obama said that the United States is renewing its leadership in the Americas and stated that he has taken additional measures aimed at supporting the ability of the Cuban people to gain greater control over their own lives and determine their country’s future. – See more at: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2014/12/17/united-states-america-changing-its-relationship-people-cuba#sthash.qYCGlxiq.dpuf

President Obama said that the United States is renewing its leadership in the Americas and stated that he has taken additional measures aimed at supporting the ability of the Cuban people to gain greater control over their own lives and determine their country’s future.

President Obama said that the United States can do more to support the Cuban people, and promote our values, through engagement.

President Obama thanked His Holiness Pope Francis for his support, the Government of Canada, and a bipartisan group of congressmen who worked for a new approach to advance our interests in Cuba.

In closing, President Obama said, “Change is hard –- in our own lives, and in the lives of nations…[W]e are making these changes because it is the right thing to do.”

In a statement, the Secretary said, “Today’s step also reflects our firm belief that the risk and the cost of trying to turn the tide is far lower than the risk and cost of remaining stuck in an ideological cement of our own making.”

مسرب وثائق “ويكيليكس” يخرج عن صمته ويتهم أمريكا بالكذب بشأن العراق

Last US Military Convoy Departs Iraqأتلانتا، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية :

كسر الجندي الأمريكي برادلي مانينغ، الذي يقضي  عقوبة بالسجن لتسريب وثائق إلى موقع “ويكيليكس”، صمته بهجوم ناري على الولايات المتحدة، متهما إياها بالكذب بشأن العراق

تواري مانينغ، عن الأنظار بعد الحكم عليه بالسجن 35 عاما، لتسريبه 750 ألف صفحة من الوثائق السرية إلى “ويكيليكس”، وأعرب لاحقا عن رغبته في قضاء بقية حياته كامرأة وأطلق على نفسه اسم “تشيلسي

WikiLeaks Contributer Chelsea Manning

WikiLeaks Contributer Chelsea Manning

واتهمت “تشيلسي” في مقالة بصحيفة “نيويورك تايمز“، نشرت السبت، تحت عنوان “ماكينة ضباب الحرب“، متهما وسائل الإعلام الأمريكية بإشاحة وجهها بعيدا عندما سادت الفوضى والفساد في العراق وأفغانستان، مضيفا: “فيما انفجرت الحرب الأهلية في العراق، ومجددا، تفكر أمريكا في التدخل، هذه الأعمال غير المنجزة يجب أن تفرض سؤالا ملحا إزاء  كيفية سيطرة الجيش الأمريكي على التغطية الإعلامية خلال تورط الطويل هناك وفي أفغانستان”

وتابعت المقالة: “أعتقد أن القيود الحالية على حرية الإعلام وتكتم الحكومة الشديد، يجعلان من المستحيل على الأمريكيين استيعاب كامل ما يحدث في الحرب التي نمولها”

وأضافت “تشيلسي” في مقالتها: “قد تذكرون الإعلام الأمريكي الذي غص بقصص تعلن نجاح الانتخابات العراقية، وصور نساء وهن يستعرضن بفخر أصابعهن الملطخة بحبر الانتخابات.. كان معناها الضمني نجاح عمليات الجيش الأمريكي في خلق عراق مستقر وديمقراطي.. أما نحن المتمركزون هناك كنا ندرك تماما أن الحقيقة أكثر تعقيدا”

وأشارت إلى تلقيها تقارير بانتظام بتفاصيل عمليات قمع أمنية ضد معارضين نفذت نيابة عن رئيس الوزراء، نوري المالكي، مضيفة: “صعقت من تواطؤ جيشنا في الفساد بتلك الانتخابات.. ورغم ذلك فأن تلك التفاصيل المقلقة للغاية مرت تحت رادار الإعلام الأمريكي”

والجمعة، استبعد الرئيس الأمريكي، باراك أوباما، إرسال قوات إلى العراق، في معرض تأكيده بأنه يدرس خيارات أخرى مطروحة ستدعم بها إدارته الحكومة العراقية للتصدي لـ”داعش”، رهن تقديمها بحل قاد العراق خلافتهم السياسية، وهو مطلب أعاد وزير خارجيته، جون كيري، تكريره

ويرى معارضو أوباما أن عدم رغبة الرئيس تقديم مساعدات عسكرية مهمة لقوات المعارضة السورية خلال تصديها للقوات الموالية للنظام، سهل لـ”الدولة الإسلامية في العراق وبلاد الشام” مهاجمة العراق

وكانت محكمة قد قضت بعقوبة السجن 35  عاما على “تشيلسي” بعد إدانته بتهريب وثائق سرية، وبرأته من أخطر التهم ضده وهي مساعدة العدو

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WikiLeaks Contributer breaks silence, accuses U.S. of lying about Iraq

Chelsea Manning, previously Bradley Manning, is a U.S. Soldier and WikiLeaks Contributor who recently ended her silence she held since her conviction. Courtesy:

Chelsea Manning, previously Bradley Manning, is a U.S. Soldier and WikiLeaks Contributor who recently ended her silence she held since her conviction.
Courtesy:

(CNN) — A U.S. soldier imprisoned for leaking documents to WikiLeaks broke her silence in a fiery editorial accusing the United States of lying about Iraq.

Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for leaking 750,000 pages of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group.

At the time, Manning went by the first name Bradley, but later announced the desire to live as a woman and be known as Chelsea.

Manning has stayed out of the limelight since the conviction, which spared the former intelligence analyst from the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

But she was back Saturday, with an opinion piece titled The Fog Machine of War in The New York Times. In it, she accuses the U.S. media of looking the other way when chaos and corruption reigned in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan,” Manning wrote.

“I believe that the current limits on press freedom and excessive government secrecy make it impossible for Americans to grasp fully what is happening in the wars we finance.”

She said that during the 2010 elections in Iraq, the media duped the world into thinking that all was well.

“You might remember that the American press was flooded with stories declaring the elections a success, complete with upbeat anecdotes and photographs of Iraqi women proudly displaying their ink-stained fingers,” she wrote. “The subtext was that United States military operations had succeeded in creating a stable and democratic Iraq. Those of us stationed there were acutely aware of a more complicated reality.”

She said at the time, she got regular reports detailing security forces’ crackdown against dissidents “on behalf” of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

“I was shocked by our military’s complicity in the corruption of that election,” she said. “Yet these deeply troubling details flew under the American media’s radar.”

Sunni militant fighters are vowing to capture cities in Iraq and threatening the government of al-Maliki. Some Iraqi security forces, most of whom were trained by the United States, have bolted their posts in areas overrun by militants.

U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will not send troops to Iraq, but is considering other options.

“This is not going to happen overnight,” the President said Friday. He added that unless Iraq fixes its internal political problems, short-term military help from the United States won’t make much difference.

Pressure for the United States to provide military support to Iraq’s struggling government has increased, with conservative Republicans blaming Obama for creating a security vacuum in 2011 by pulling out U.S. troops.

GOP critics also say that Obama’s unwillingness to provide significant military backing to opposition forces in Syria’s civil war has made it easier for the militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to attack in Iraq.

Obama, however, has resisted getting drawn into another military engagement there after the ending the nine-year conflict started by his predecessor.

Manning also slammed the practice of embedding journalists with the military.

“Reporters naturally fear having their access terminated, so they tend to avoid controversial reporting that could raise red flags,” Manning wrote.

Libya evacuation decision ‘minute by minute,’ U.S. official says

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Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — The U.S. military has doubled the number of aircraft standing by in Italy if needed to evacuate Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, CNN has learned.

A decision to evacuate as violence in the Libyan capital grows is “minute by minute, hour by hour,” a defense official told CNN on Monday.

Fierce fighting swept across the city Sunday after armed men stormed the country’s interim Parliament. Sporadic bursts of gunfire and blasts could still be heard on the outskirts of the capital Monday evening.

The violence appeared to be some of the worst since the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

In a move that could further inflame an already tense situation, the speaker of the interim parliament, Nuri Abu Sahmain, who is backed by Islamist forces, ordered troops known as the “Central Libya Shield Forces” to deploy to the capital Monday, the Libyan state news agency LANA reported.

The forces, mostly from the city of Misrata, east of Tripoli, are considered to be among the most powerful Islamist-affiliated militias. They have had long-running rivalries with the heavily armed Zintan militias when both groups were based in the capital.

Meanwhile, the Saudi ambassador to Libya announced that his country’s embassy and consulate in Tripoli closed Monday because of the violence, and the staff has left Tripoli, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. The sites will reopen when the situation stabilizes, Ambassador Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Ali said, according to the report.

Turkey took similar measures, shutting down its consulate in Benghazi, Turkey’s semi-official Anadolu news agency reported.

U.S. aircraft arrive in Italy

Four additional U.S. V-22 Osprey aircraft “arrived overnight” at the naval base in Sigonella, Italy, to join four V-22s and 200 Marines that had been moved there last week, a U.S. defense source said.

The V-22 Ospreys, which can take off and land vertically with at least two dozen passengers, are ready to be in the air on six hours notice, the official said. The additional aircraft should give the military the capability to evacuate more than 200 people from the embassy.

The aircraft and Marines are part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response team, stationed in Moron, Spain. The force was formed after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012 to provide closer standby military capability in a crisis.

4 killed, dozens more injured in violence

At least four people were killed and 90 injured Sunday in Tripoli, according to the Health Ministry.

Fighters armed with heavy weapons moved in on the General National Congress as Sunday’s session was adjourned. The attackers stormed the building as members were evacuated. Fighting then spread to other parts of the city.

Libya’s main political forces have been slowly dividing along Islamist and liberal lines.

The more liberal parties, backed by the heavily armed militias from the western mountain city of Zintan, have accused the Islamists of hijacking power and controlling the government and parliament.

The GNC attack involved the al-Qaaqaa brigade, a Zintan militia based in Tripoli, which said in a statement that it had “heeded the call of the homeland to save it from the abusing politicians.”

Libya’s political process has stalled as a result of infighting among the Islamist and liberal forces in the GNC, and elections for a new parliament to replace it have not yet taken place. Many Libyans view the GNC as having lost legitimacy.

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Turkey mine fire: Image of aide kicking Soma protester stokes anger

Yusuf Yerkel, an aide to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, kicks a person who is being wrestled to the ground by two police officers during protests in Soma, Turkey, on Wednesday, May 14.

Soma, Turkey (CNN) — The image of an aide to Turkey‘s Prime Minister kicking a man protesting the mine disaster that has claimed nearly 300 lives has prompted outrage — and has become a symbol of the anger felt against the government.

The incident occurred as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the western city of Soma a day after the devastating mine fire.

The man, detained by special forces, can be seen lying on the ground as the suited adviser to Erdogan, identified as Yusuf Yerkel by Turkish media and CNN Turk, aims a kick at him.

The shocking image outraged many in Turkey, prompting an outpouring of anger on social media, and is seen as symbolizing the increasingly polarizing impact of Erdogan’s authority on the country.

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