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Libya Under Gaddafi
[submitted by Ridiculousman.com: thanks]
Much has been said about Muammar Gaddafi, whether lies or truth we may never know but there are certain facts and changes that happened in Libya under his rule and its very essential that we must know about them. As it is the best way to judge anybody is to see what he did when he was in power:
• Before he threw the previous monarchy, of King Idris, leading a bloodless coup, the literacy rate in Libya was 25% which under him went upto 87%. As on today 25% of Libyan’s have a university degree and 15% have advanced degrees.
• Education and medical treatments were free in Libya. If Libyans were not able to find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funded them to go abroad and also provided $2,300/month accommodation.
• Electricity was provided free to all its citizen.
• Housing was considered a human right in Libya and Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until every Libyan had his own home.
• Banks in Libya were state owned and loan was given to its citizens at 0% interest rate by law.
• Libya had no external debt and its reserves amounted to $150 billion which is now frozen globally.
• Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the ‘Great Man-made River’ project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country. It costed around $27billion.
• A portion of Libyan oil sale was credited directly to the bank account of all Libyan citizens.
• If a Libyan was unable to get employment after graduation the state gave him/her a salary until an employment was found.
• Should any Libyan wanted to take up farming career, they used to receive farming land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms, all for free.
• All newly-weds In Libya received around $50,000 by the government to buy their own apartment, so to help start a family.
• A mother who gave birth to a child received $5,000.
• 40 loaves of bread in Libya costed $0.15.
• If a person bought (there is no word ‘buys’) a new car in Libya, government subsidised 50% of the price.
• The profit on oil belonged to the people and not to Rothschild’s BP and Rockefeller’s Standard Oil.
• Richest in Africa with the highest living standard and at one time – GDP per capita $11,314 higher than Japan, Libya was known as the ‘Switzerland of the Middle East’.
• Woman in Libya had equal rights, not only in mere theory, but also in practice. However, under the Shariah-Law-based ‘Transitional National Council’ this has changed quickly now.
• Libyans had a direct participatory democracy based on People’s Conference that put other so called ‘democracies’ to shame.
• Being an Islamic country Libya was the only one in North Africa and the whole world where fundamentalist and radicals were not accepted at all.
• Gaddafi planned to introduce a single African currency made from gold, which would have eradicated the US$ and Euro as trade currencies for Africa, in consequence freeing them from the bullies like Rothschild.
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