FROM LIBYA – NATO Bombs Al Fateh University

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Cynthia McKinney


Al Fateh University (Arabic: جامعة الفاتح) is the largest and most important institute of higher education in Libya, providing undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels of study. It is located in the capital Tripoli. The university was founded as an independent university in 1973 as the University of Tripoli when the University of Libya was divided up. It is home to more than 45,000 students with a faculty of more than 2,500. TUITION IS FREE.

On June 14, NATO bombed this civilian university, damaging the library and disrupting the end term preparations for final exams. Several buildings suffered serious structural damage, and much of the library’s stock was ruined. Students and university staff pitched in to do a major cleanup of black dust and smoke damage. If it weren’t for a last-minute scheduling change, two of the damaged buildings would have been packed with students, and hundreds, if not thousands, would have been killed. Fortunately, no one was killed.

For description of the bombing itself, see

ALSO – just so you understand (for those outside the US, or those inside living in protected environments), this is an example of how the US authorities act on our streets, from Miami, 30 May 2011:

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