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virtually unknown in the West: Libya's water resources

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.

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Anonymous said…
Wow, great find AP...
Well, the globalists seem bent on making America the most hated nation on long until we bomb this evil water pipeline, which supplies cool, refreshing aid to the terrorists?

Loved the "Absolutely Not Allowed" line btw, too funny.

A. Peasant said…
thanks Switters. indeed the whole thing has been scrubbed from the herd attention space so it can be all about oil and crazy madmen, etc.
Anonymous said…
I do remember something about this a while back (on TV, perhaps Nat Geographic or maybe a science mag), but not since. I never paid it the attention or put the significance you did here.

Nice work.
Anonymous said…
By the way - OFF-TOPIC

The other day Ron Paul was on 5 different "mainstream"...Cenk and Spitzer battled him, and Kudlow and Napolitano serenaded him...

I'm telling ya...he's being brought in to *possibly* manage the empires foreclosure.

(I realize you're mostly into geo-politics, but damn AP, I'd buy you HoeGaardens all night to pick your brain. :-)))
veritas6464 said…
Hey AP,..Great read, so much crap put out by the yids and their minions in the msm, the reality of course is entirely different:

From a post I put up about a week ago...

"Under Gaddafi, Libyans had the highest actual income per capita in Africa, and the lowest infant mortality rate. They had free university education for low-wage earners, free healthcare for low-wage earners, including a medicine allowance and for those that qualified; a $76,000 wedding gift, home loans were available at 10% of a families yearly salary, gasoline at 44 cents a gallon, subsidized New-car purchases, 300,000 homes built for the poor, and a guarantee of land ownership for all Libyans. This picture is seriously at odds with the picture being presented by the running-dog MSM."

A. Peasant said…
so as far as i can tell, and i'm still trying to suss it out, gaddafi has been tolerated like the crazy uncle. he's definitely had his deals with scumbags like blair and berlusconi, but he also does all the other "wacky" (ie: good) things for the Libyans. the attitude toward him from other elites seems to be bemusement. a bit of a lab experiment maybe. he has a different psychological profile than the typical psychopathic piece of shit in power.

still not sure to what extent he is playing along with the pre-arranged agenda at this point or how much is genuine resistance, but he is in any event contributing to the escalation of the situation. plus they are really enjoying ripping him to shreds. win win win...

plus there's all this business of his jewish-ness and the kabbalah books...

Switters is that you with the HoeGaardens?! i had one of those once. beer that tastes like flowers. damn i'd drink with you too.

i happened to see ron paul with spitzer actually. do a search of his name here:

the pauls are not to be trusted.
Anonymous said…
Excellent find!

- aangirfan
Anonymous said…
Peasant your last summation is pretty much what I think at this point. I am watching this cautiously myself. I did see an interview with his cousin the other day who lives in Israel. Go figure?

All I can say or sure at this point is the Arab masses want to see some change and the agents of other nations (UN) want to make sure their guys are in place when the dust settles.

There are definitely pics of Ron Paul out there making that funky fraternity sign also.
Anonymous said…
From Veterans Today

"“Israel is flooding Libya with mercenaries, Gaddafi is slaughtering his own people and the rebel leaders who have called for help from America are being ignored while Gaddafi is consolidating for a full scale civil war which could easily have ended a week ago.” . . . . . . .

. . .. "Libya already owns much of Washington and London. Bush and Blair are his best friends as are Cheney and Rumsfeld. They loved him, love him still. He was forgiven Lockerbie, he was forgiven terrorist bombings that killed American servicemen in Europe, he was forgiven his training and support of the IRA factions that killed so many Brits."

Where's Duff going with this bullshit?

Is duff pimping for another war?

"Today, Gaddafi’s forces retook the key city of Zawiya. Thousands of Libyan army troops, several regiments, moved on the city, using artillery, mortars, machine guns and air support.

This kind of military operation is only possible because of a successful public relations campaign inside the US. Libya’s assets?

* The Israel lobby
* Wall Street and the oil giants
* The Neocon “straw men” and
* Many who consider themselves “progressive” who are all too ready to damn America…making them the same predictable “propaganda fodder” they were after 9/11

Today’s deaths are, at least in part, on your hands".

So if the US go to war against Libya, it will be over the dead bodies of gaddafi's so called friends, AIPAC and Big Oil? 'scuse me?
Anonymous said…
I hasten to add by way of clarifiction that it seems clear that the US is intent on invading Libya - the advance troops are already in there, it seems.

It is also clear that Duff is writing disinfo here.

BUT, is it merely very badly written and organised disinfo (a little out of character for Duff or his ghost writers) or is there something I'm missing here?
Anonymous said…
James I had the same reaction you did when I read that piece. It appears to me some of the old put out some good info, win some friends and then when the chips are down, bet the house in favor of the usual aggressive policies. That piece was definitely bullshit.

As I have said before his wife who is nurse keeps pushing vaccine also and explaining to people they are uninformed and more of a hindrance than a help.
Anonymous said…
What do you think James?

According to the contract, the software would "protect the identity of government agencies" by employing a number of false signals to convince users that the poster is in fact a real person. A single user could manage unique background information and status updates for up to 10 fake people from a single computer.

The software enables the government to shield its identity through a number of different methods including the ability to assign unique IP addresses to each persona and the ability to make it appear as though the user is posting from other locations around the world.
Anonymous said…
g'day Mick. Thanks for your comment. I've got to dash right now so I'll read your link a bit later.

But from your description, I think it very likely because I always go by the thought that if I can think of something devious and effective for the other side, they have got there before me!
poorrichard said…
Great find.. I jumped it to WRH..
You got a big H/T .. Well Done.
Anonymous said…
Mick, I'm pretty sure that the story is true. And I'm also pretty sure that the 'anonymous' network is a plant like wikileaks.
So they want people to know about this but for the other reason(s) apart from the one they announce i.e. the spreading of disinfo.

This information will tend to make people suspicious of each other (think Stasi) and

It will distract people from the real reason behind Facebook and other social online networks.

And that is to identify (through traffic numbers then content) the social hubs of information in the community because these are very likely the social leaders in the community. So that if and when push comes to shove and the FEMA camps are opened for business, it will be these natural leaders that will get rounded up if they are in any way opposed to the elite leaving the rest of the population unable to organise themselves into any meaningful opposition.
Anonymous said…
Ahh yes. I enjoyed enough HoeGaardens last night to forget to sign my handle :-)

I've been following Ron Paul for about 4 years now. I like him, and his message regarding liberty...but something is pecking at the corners of my mind.

America is down, no doubt. No foundation for any kind of meaningful recovery is being laid. The nation is demoralized, distracted and ignorant.

Yet American loves a good "underdog comes from behind" success story.

While I was 100% supportive of him in recent years, it's beginning to feel like falling into a trap.

Which is troubling, because I've grown to enjoy the anarcho-capitalist viewpoints, like Lew Rockwell, Tom Woods, and Gary North, who all support RP.

Thanks for your input AP. I guess I can only hope that he's not a piece of the "endgame" puzzle. Will continue monitoring.

A. Peasant said…
ha, switters, i knew it was you...

ya just be careful. it always sounds so good then, shit. not so good. i can't tell you how many times i got caught in that trap. so sad.

now i am cynical bitch. 24x7. ha.
A. Peasant said…
richard, thank you very much.

james, dubs. xo you guys.
Christian said…
Read this 2 parts.I printed it out..
Anonymous said…
Who is Gordon Duff from Veterans Today? You decide...

1. Gordon Duff is a Jew

2. Gordon Duff says "there is not a German American family that does not have Jewish Blood."

3. Gordon Duff says he has on his staff "a Russian Colonel, Russian Security Services, 5 or 6 former IDF Mossad people, couple of Brits and Pakistan Army."

4. Gordon Duff says "the people most abused by Zionists, Israel and the ADL are the Jews in the United States. No group is misused as much as Jews. Making the Jews of the US real victims is their goal. They (Zionists, Israel, ADL) are doing everything possible to make people hate Jews in the US. There are no Jewish-Americans, there are no White-Americans. Racism is evil."

A. Peasant said…
"there is not a German American family that does not have Jewish Blood."

pfft. that is a ridiculous statement, also not to mention, completely unprovable.

i'm trying to listen to the interview, about 30 minutes into it. he is all over the place.
poorrichard said…
The post just hit
Anonymous said…
Was talking to an Iraqi born IT engineer at work today (we discuss geo-politics regularly) I asked him if he had heard about this. and he said that it's bullshit. That it was just some project to get people to work, and that it doesn't do anything.(?) That it was a huge, expensive failure.

I'm going to forward him this article and see what he says about it. He was actually laughing about this pipeline project.

A. Peasant said…
i saw that argument too in researching this. however, it was couched in amongst other arguments that i considered bullshit Western oriented psyops.
Anonymous said…
Oh, and regarding the Ron Paul issue...I found this comment by someone on Daily Paul that made sense.

"Internationalists share current agenda of Ron Paul ending Fed

However, the internationalists want to end the Federal Reserve Bank so that they can establish an international fiat currency, which is like the Federal Reserve on steroids. So, at the moment, their goals happen to be aligned with ours as far as ending the Federal Reserve bank.

This is why they may actually be using Ron Paul. The fact that Ron Paul has been consistent for 30 years means he's the perfect candidate to promote their agenda. All the internationals have to do is re-tune their media to support Paul rather than deride him - temporarily.

However, once the Fed is ended, the internationalists will not support sound money, nor Ron Paul anymore, and they will push for international fiat instead."

So they'll use him up then throw him out once they've wielded him as a tool to convince Americans that the Federal Reserve Note is bunk. Yup. That's starting to look feasible.

JJane said…
hey AP - i get more truth here than is humanly possible to grasp...Gasp!
it's like my head is getting vaccumed out! phew, girl...but i can never eva go to sleep w/o checking in on the Game Plan.
now i have a tummy ache lol
and so many good two-leggeds fighting the good fight. still, it gives me a tummy ache and a bullet to the brain.
you guys are amazing, all of you.
Jungle Jane and the zoo
Anonymous said…
More GD B.S. In fact I am going to de-link Duff from my blog. There was a heavy khazar push into poland in ancient times and there is an element there now and some of Polish descent in Germany and vice versa. I have seen it estimated that Poland is some 30 mixture of Germans. The majority of Germans are not khazar.

Michael Bradley has an interesting take on it.
A. Peasant said…
hey Jane, hang in there girlfriend. we'll get through it. thanks for reading.

dubs, well you've been having a hard time over there forever at VT, no? it's a big site, big audience. an audience critical to steer in the right direction. we assume it is being steered.

switters, yes that is a good point about Paul being used. however there is nothing to stop him from noticing that himself.
Noor al Haqiqa said…
So this is where all the cool kids hang out is it? I need to get out more often I am thinking.

Regarding Gordon Duff. As soon as I heard him favouring the Libya invasion I knew he was not what he seems. Yes his work has been excellent and he has hit all the right places however, suddenly here we are with this ridiculous war and this astute writer is in favour?

And another one hits the dust.
A. Peasant said…
ha, i dunno Noor, this info just grew legs for some reason. it's all good. re: duff, he's working an angle that we presume is to deflect blame away from the pentagon.
Anonymous said…
Well, they got him. Mission accomplished. So much for the "limited supporting role".