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Water, Water, Water — Libya’s Hidden Asset

Friday, March 4, 2011

Virtually unknown in the West: Libya’s water resources

A. PEASANT at  twelfthbough.blogspot.com

We still wonder how on earth did Gaddafi manage to stay in power for forty years? Did no one notice his madness until now?
Did no one notice that he built a HUGE FRESH WATER PIPELINE to the Benghazi region, that lunatic?
Were they waiting for him to finish?

 

Libya’s Great Man-Made River Project, September 1, 2010

 

The 1st of September marks the anniversary of the opening of the major stage of Libya’s Great Man-Made River Project. This incredibly huge and successful water scheme is virtually unknown in the West, yet it rivals and even surpasses all our greatest development projects. The leader of the so-called advanced countries, the United States of America cannot bring itself to acknowledge Libya’s Great Man-Made River. The West refuses to recognize that a small country, with a population no more than four million, can construct anything so large without borrowing a single cent from the international banks.

…In the 1960s during oil exploration deep in the southern Libyan desert, vast reservoirs of high quality water were discovered in the form of aquifers.

…In Libya there are four major underground basins, these being the Kufra basin, the Sirt basin, the Morzuk basin and the Hamada basin, the first three of which contain combined reserves of 35,000 cubic kilometres of water. These vast reserves offer almost unlimited amounts of water for the Libyan people.

The people of Libya under the guidance of their leader, Colonel Muammar Al Qadhafi, initiated a series of scientific studies on the possibility of accessing this vast ocean of fresh water. Early consideration was given to developing new agricultural projects close to the sources of the water, in the desert. However, it was realized that on the scale required to provide products for self sufficiency, a very large infrastructure organization would be required. In addition to this, a major redistribution of the population from the coastal belt would be necessary. The alternative was to ‘bring the water to the people’.

In October 1983, the Great Man-made River Authority was created and invested with the responsibility of taking water from the aquifers in the south, and conveying it by the most economical and practical means for use, predominantly for irrigation, in the Libyan coastal belt.

By 1996 the Great Man-Made River Project had reached one of its final stages, the gushing forth of sweet unpolluted water to the homes and gardens of the citizens of Libya’s capital Tripoli. Louis Farrakhan, who took part in the opening ceremony of this important stage of the project, described the Great Man-Made River as “another miracle in the desert.” Speaking at the inauguration ceremony to an audience that included Libyans and many foreign guests, Col. Qadhafi said the project “was the biggest answer to America… who accuse us of being concerned with terrorism.”

The Great Man-Made River, as the largest water transport project ever undertaken, has been described as the “eighth wonder of the world”. It carries more than five million cubic metres of water per day across the desert to coastal areas, vastly increasing the amount of arable land. The total cost of the huge project is expected to exceed $25 billion (US).

Consisting of a network of pipes buried underground to eliminate evaporation, four meters in diameter, the project extends for four thousand kilometres far deep into the desert. All material is locally engineered and manufactured. Underground water is pumped from 270 wells hundreds of meters deep into reservoirs that feed the network. The cost of one cubic meter of water equals 35 cents. The cubic meter of desalinized water is $3.75. Scientists estimate the amount of water to be equivalent to the flow of 200 years of water in the Nile River.

The goal of the Libyan Arab people, embodied in the Great Man-Made River project, is to make Libya a source of agricultural abundance, capable of producing adequate food and water to supply its own needs and to share with neighboring countries. In short, the River is literally Libya’s ‘meal ticket’ to self-sufficiency.

Self-sufficiency?!? Absolutely Not Allowed. Banksters don’t like that sort of thing one bit.

This project has been in the works for many years. Have you ever heard of it? We had not until today.

Underground “Fossil Water” Running Out, National Geographic, May 2010

Libya turns on the Great Man-Made River, by Marcia Merry, Printed in the Executive Intelligence Review, September 1991

A gala ceremony was held in Libya at the end of August, at which Libyan leaders “turned on the tap” of the Great Man-Made River, the water pipeline/viaduct project designed to bring millions of liters of water from beneath the Sahara Desert, northward to the Benghazi region on the Mediterranean coast. The inauguration marked the end of Phase I of the project, which is slated for completion in 1996.

Under the giant scheme, water is pumped from aquifers under the Sahara in the southern part of the country, where underground water resources extend into Egypt and Sudan. Then the water is transported by reinforced concrete pipeline to northern destinations. Construction on the first phase started in 1984, and cost about $5 billion. The completed project may total $25 billion. South Korean construction experts built the huge pipes in Libya by some of the most modern techniques. The engineering feat involves collecting water from 270 wells in east central Libya, and transporting it through about 2,000 kilometers of pipeline to Benghazi and Sirte. The new “river” brings 2 million cubic meters of water a day. At completion, the system will involve 4,000 kilometers of pipepines, and two aqueducts of some 1,000 kilometers. Joining in celebrating the inauguration of the artificial river were dozens of Arab and African heads of state and hundreds of other foreign diplomats and delegations. Among them were Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, King Hassan of Morocco, the head of Sudan, Gen. Omar El Beshir, and Djibouti’s President Hassan Julied.

Col. Muammar Qaddafi told the celebrants: “After this achievement, American threats against Libya will double…. The United States will make excuses, [but] the real reason is to stop this achievement, to keep the people of Libya oppressed.” Qaddafi presented the project to the cheering crowd as a gift to the Third World.

Mubarak spoke at the ceremony and stressed the regional importance of the project. Qaddafi has called on Egyptian farmers to come and work in Libya, where there are only 4 million inhabitants. Egypt’s population of 55 million is crowded in narrow bands along the Nile River and delta region. Over the last 20 years, the water improvement projects envisioned for Egypt, which could provide more water and more hectares of agricultural and residential land, have been repeatedly sabotaged by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and the Anglo-American financial interests behind them.

In the 1970s, Qaddafi expelled many Egyptian families from Libya, but over the recent months the two countries have become close once again. There are plans to build a railway line to facilitate travel back and forth. There is also a standing commission between Sudan and Libya for integrating economic activity.

Over 95% of Libya is desert, and the new water sources can open up thousands of hectares of irrigated farmland. At present over 80% of the country’s agriculture production comes from the coastal regions, where local aquifers have been overpumped, and salt water intrusion is taking place. The Great Man-Made River will relieve this. The water now flowing will immediately supplement supplies for domestic and industrial needs in Benghazi and Sirte. But Libyan officials plan for 80% of the overall project’s flow to eventually be used for irrigating old farms, and reclaiming some desert lands. Since 20% of Libya’s imports are foodstuffs, expanded water supplies are a means to greater self-sufficiency. The Great Man-Made River project and its objectives fly in the face of the water-control schemes sanctioned by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. These institutions have blocked work on other “great projects” such as the Jonglei Canal–the huge ditch that was designed as a straight channel on the upper White Nile in southern Sudan. The Jonglei Canal, which stands half-finished and abandoned at present, would have drained swamplands, aided agriculture, transportation, power resources, and health, and provided expanded flow to the Nile River all the way down to Egypt. The World Bank and the U.S. State Department are backing a “Middle East Water Summit” in Turkey this November, which is intended to promote only politically favored projects such as desalination plants in Saudi Arabia, and water shortages elsewhere.

London and Washington circles were apoplectic about the opening of the new Libyan water project. The London Financial Times ran criticisms of the project from Angus Henley of the London-based Middle East Economic Digest. The pipeline, he said, was “Qaddafi’s pet project. He wants to be seen as something other than the scourge of the West.” The Financial Times called the project Qaddafi’s “pipedream,” stating that critics may be awed by the engineering involved, “But they regard the dream as a monument to vanity that makes little economic sense in a country where the U.N. Development Program says 94.6% of territory is desert wasteland.”

If it is vanity that motivated the project, at least the vanity of Libya’s head of state is being channeled in a productive direction in this case–which is more than can be said of the leaders of Britain and the United States.

 

Friends:
We should be watching this one very closely!!  I would hope that reason and JUSTICE prevails here.  It should be self-evident, (that is if we yet are governed by constitutional principles) that PEOPLE have the inherent right to barter and exchange goods and services between themselves – and the key issue in this case is simply whether a monopolistic/near totalitarian government should be allowed to interfere with this most basic, “inalienable” right; is it not rather, as Lincoln knew and understood, the role of HONEST GOVERNMENT to facilitate and PROTECT this most basic right of individuals to contract and exchange goods and services for whatever model and form of recompense they may agree and contract to perform among themselves?  If they choose silver, gold, platinum, copper, or even STATE BANK electronic debits — how can that form of commerce (i.e. exchange) between willing parties ever be construed, charged, or even successfully prosecuted as “counterfeiting” – which is defined as copying and forging government-issued specie.  (The defendants did not do that – rather, they minted their own coinage, separate and distinctly different from the thoroughly corrupt and monopolistic private central banksters known as the FEDERAL RESERVE.)
This is a critically important “landmark” case for ALL Americans.
Liberty Dollars?  Indeed. In the words of Patrick Henry – this is “Liberty” or Death thereof, frankly.  ESPECIALLY in the light of current global events and the pending collapse of the U.S. Federal Reserve Note (I refuse to call a FRN a ‘Dollar’).
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LD4 CASE NEWS:
February 2011 Vol. 13 No. 02
US v. BVNH Case # 5:09-CR-00027
Tomorrow, March 7, 2011, an epic battle begins in Federal District Court. BVNH – one lone stubborn individual American vs. the might and fright of the US government – was charged with counterfeiting (Sec 485 and 486) after the FBI confiscated over 9 TONS of gold, silver, platinum and copper over three years ago. The lines are clearly drawn between an individual’s freedom, to come up with creative ways, such as barter to deal with government mismanagement of our economy and its continued nullification of our Constitution. Verdict expected within 30 days.
Dear Liberty Dollar Supporters!
Table of Contents:
1. LD4 Trial Commences
2. Everything is UP!
3. Freedom’s Phoenix Article
4. Ron Paul Declines to Testify
5. Greenspan Supports Gold Standard…
6. Monetary Revolution
7. Chilling Cartoon from 1934!
8. Unofficial Historical Article on LD
9. Link to Subscribe to LDN
Dear Liberty Dollar Supporters!
1. LD4 Trial Commences
BVNH contends that he has invented a new monetary device that is not prohibited by the law and that an individual can issue his own private voluntary barter currency (PVBC). Of course the gov disagrees. Unfortunately for the gov, it has no basis for its case. The truth is that the gov simply does not like the politically active national NORFED organization and its patriotic mission to “return America to a value based currency – one Liberty Dollar at a time” and has done everything possible, including arresting its principals to try and kill the Liberty Dollar.
But the gov has not stopped the Free Dollar Movement. A couple of dozen different currencies have already sprung up from the NORFED seeds. People have taken the issuance of money into their own hands because they are not happy with the failing non-Federal non-Reserve IOU Note and want something better. Something with value! While the gov assumed that the NORFED arrestees would cop a plea like the 95% of all people arrested. NO! That did not happen. Now the gov must prove beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of twelve jurors in the Statesville Division of the Western District of North Carolina that BVNH counterfeited US coins.
If the charges were not so serious, it would be laughable that anybody could confuse the one ounce Silver Liberty with a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar or an Ike dollar! But that is the basis of the gov case! But it is even more bizarre. The gov would have the jury believe that a whopping 2-1/2 inch diameter Silver Liberty could be confused with the “current money.” Think that is incredibly dumb? Well they also “think” that the statue of King Kamehameha on the Hawaii Dala looks like a US coin and it is counterfeit too!
This gov has some very serious problems and it should solve those problems. It should not waste taxpayers’ money on such a wrong-headed trial. Unfortunately, the gov is not very bright and what they will do and have done since NORFED introduced the Liberty Dollar on October 1, 1998 is inadvertently popularize alternate currencies as the US dollar tanks. It almost seems like a plan to secretly support a value based currency but that would give the gov more credit than it deserves.
One thing is for sure. This landmark monetary case of the century will be decided one way or the other. Either the jury will cherish the American individualistic spirit or BVNH will mistakenly go to prison. It is an all or nothing. BVNH feels morally bound as a citizen of a Republic to do what he thinks is best for the country. He “thinks” that our country deserves a better money than the gov is providing. Hope you can stop by the Federal District Court in Statesville, North Carolina, as the trial will not be televised. Running time is approx. one month.
PS: I am very pleased to hear that some people are coming from as far away as California for the trial! Please remember that you have a 30 day window to attend.
2. Everything is UP!
Metals are up. Commodities are up. Premiums are up. Sales are up. Stock market is up. Oil is up. Jobless claims are up. Margins are up. Food Stamps are up. Deficit is UP! And to no surprise, inflation is UP! Meanwhile, YOUR money is tanking unless you are holding value.
APMEX premiums are up. The premium over spot on a single one ounce house-brand silver round has risen from $1.50 a year ago to $2.69 a few months ago and is now $2.99. DOUBLE. Premium on US Mint Silver Eagles was less than $2.00 a year ago. A few months ago it went to $4.19 and is now $4.39! Hell, when NORFED started, silver was UNDER $5.00 an ounce and that was just a few years ago. Silver is still a tremendous buy… even at $30 or $40 or more!
US Mint Sells Record 6.4 Million Ounces Of Silver In January 2011 

Stock Market Up, Up and Away
Comex gold, silver margins raised 50%

The Global Commodity Equity Index Hits 27 Month High

World Gold Council

Treasury says Fed deficit is EXPLODING!

Food Stamps Hits an All Time High

Hyperinflation Momentum Picking Up by James Turk

3. Freedom’s Phoenix Article
On Thursday, February 24, 2011 the Freedom’s Phoenix Global Edition featured the upcoming LD4 Trial.
The Liberty Dollar 4 – Criminal Trial Starts on March 7, 2011
Written by Sierra Hancock
“Ambushed, attacked and robbed in 2007, indicted in 2009, re-indicted in 2010, by the vile despicable bastiches of the DOJ/FBI/IRS, the Liberty Dollar 4, now the Liberty Dollar 1, will be tried criminally in federal court in Statesville, North Carolina on March 7th, 2011. Statesville is the county seat of Iredell County, North Carolina and is in the center of the western part of the state.” Please click HERE for the whole article.

4. Ron Paul Declines to Testify
Not worthy of comment.
5. Greenspan Supports Gold Standard…
Gold Standard Fully Supported By…. Alan Greenspan!?
By Tyler Durden on 01/21/2011 – 11:58
You read that right. After such establishment “luminaries” as World Bank president Robert Zoellick [1], Warren Buffett’s father Howard [2], Jim Grant [3], and, most recently, Kansas City Fed president Thomas Hoenig [4], all voiced their support for a return to a gold standard, the most recent addition to the motley group of contrite voodoo shamans is none other than the man who is single handedly responsible for America’s addiction to cheap toxic credit, who spawned such destroyers of the middle class as the current Chair Creature, and who currently is the chief advisor in John Paulson’s crusade to gobble up every ounce of deliverable physical in the world: former Fed Chairman – Alan Greenspan!
In an interview with Fox Business, the man who refuses to go away into that good night: “We have at this particular stage a fiat money which is essentially money printed by a government and it’s usually a central bank which is authorized to do so. Some mechanism has got to be in place that restricts the amount of money which is produced, either a gold standard or a currency board, because unless you do that all of history suggest that inflation will take hold with very deleterious effects on economic activity… “There are numbers of us, myself included, who strongly believe that we did very well in the 1870 to 1914 period with an international gold standard.”
And a further stunner: Greenspan himself wonders if we really need a central bank. Now our only question: why couldn’t the maestro speak as clearly and coherently during his tenure that resulted in our current near-terminal financial state. And as a reminder, courtesy of Dylan Grice [5], if and when we do get a return to a gold standard there would be a need to reindex the monetary base to a real time equivalent price of gold, putting the price of the precious metal at about $6,300: “The US owns nearly 263m troy ounces of gold (the world’s biggest holder) while the Fed’s monetary base is $1.7 trillion. So the price of gold at which the US dollars would be fully gold-backed is currently around $6,300.” Click HERE for the article.
Please note I am opposed to any “Gold Standard” operated by the government. As noted economist Dr. Richard H. Timberlake said:
Gold standards were put in place by governments, and, in all but a very few cases, they have been managed by governments. A gold standard, especially “the” gold standard administered by a Treasury or central bank, is an illusory solution to monetary mischief. It would be just as subject to government tampering as any other institution managed by the state. Many statist central bankers, in fact, embrace a “gold standard” because it serves as a respectable cover for their traditional hands-on control. No, no “gold standard,” please.
I prefer the new “Organic Gold Standard” owned by the people. Please click HERE for more info.
6. How to Abolish the Fed and Convert to Gold as Money
David Redick, a businessman and president of Forward-USA, has launched his own “Monetary Revolution.” Please click HERE for your invitation.

7. Chilling Cartoon from 1934!
Click HERE
8. Unofficial Historical Article on Liberty Dollar
Federal Government Closes down Liberty Dollar
By Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter
9. Link to Subscribe to LDN
Please use this link to subscribe or unsubscribe to the Liberty Dollar Newsletter. http://www.libertydollarnews.org/pommo/user/subscribe.php
Closing Remarks:
This will be the last Newsletter until after the trial. When the trial is over you will get an announcement. Either We the People will win and I will immediately make plans to redeem any paper or digital currency you are holding. Or that I lost and will go to prison. Either way the bullion and numismatic value of your Liberty Dollars will continue to appreciate until your wrongfully seized property is returned by another court action. Of course, I prefer the former and hope that all Americans’ money will appreciate. Time will tell very shortly. My fate is in the hands of the jury.
I continue to believe that it is only by adopting a free and independent currency that provides us with “just weights and measures” will we be able to throw off the yoke of a manipulated monetary/tax system and generate a peaceful and prosperous society.
Thank you for all your efforts to return America to value – one dollar at a time!
Bernard von NotHaus
Monetary Architect/Editor
Editor@LibertyDollar.org