Flooding and radiated water (with potential to seep into ground and Pacific Ocean) found outside Japan’s reactors.


After much speculation, 3 underground tunnels outside the nuclear reactor in the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant tested positive for contaminated radiation.

Officials said Monday afternoon that water had been found a day earlier merely 4 inches below ground level in 1, measuring at over 1,000 millisieverts per hour (or more than 4 times the legal exposure for nuclear workers),  tunnel causing concern to that the overflow would spread into the soil or out to sea. This was a real possibility as the coastal line was less than 200 feet away.

Irradiated water was said to have leaked into the 2nd reactor’s turbine room to the turbine room and came into contact with partially melted nuclear fuel rods, Japan’s nuclear safety agency reported Monday.

The spreading contamination represents a critical safety concern for workers at the plant and will result in further delays in an attempt to fully restore power needed to cycle cool water around the fuel rods and keep them from overheating which could cause it to melt down and release uranium.

As power company officials investigate the source of the leaks, the amount of water being injected into the second reactor Monday was reduced from 9 tons to 7  tons.

The reduction might limit flooding, but it could also increase the risk that the fuel rods will overheat.

Additionally concerning, the stagnant water still has not been drained from the turbine buildings, despite a pump being put in place at the 1st building.

Decisions have not been made at the 2nd bldg so the water continues to sit there as well.

Meanwhile, radioactive water was measured in the sea surrounding the plant for the 3rd consecutive day with levels of iodine 131 in water sampled Sunday 03/27/11  were 1,150 times greater than government safety levels.

My friends on the West Coast of the  US and Canada- be aware.

On a positive note, the nuclear safety agency said it had ordered the power company to begin sampling water in additional places throughout the ocean to monitor the situation. Let’s pray they publish those results without and fudging of the numbers like the Japanese Govt  regarding the levels of radioactive iodine.

Leaked water sampled from one unit was 100,000 times more radioactive than normal background levels yet it was reported initially as being  10 million times the norm. That’s quite a difference and, as I predicted, are much more severe.

As I have said before, the US needs to prep the American and Canadian people (namely the West Coast) on what to do in an event of contact with radiation.  Not just direct contamination but also through tap water, milk, cheese and vegetables.

Copyright (c) March 28, 2011. All rights reserved.

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Libyan Questions that MUST be answered before we continue with Operation Odyssey Dawn.


A multi phased mission, deceivingly named Operation Odyssey Dawn, involves several nations with the lead position being held by the US, the French and the British military forces against Muammar Qaddafi forces in Libya, after the nations became convinced that the Libyan leader was not adhering to a United Nations mandated cease fire.

The United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan have also agreed to provide humanitarian or logistical support.

Together- US & Britain launched 128 Tomahawk missiles on areas of deemed “threat” by Pro Qaddafi forces.

With the UN’s help- Libyan opposition forces claimed victory Saturday over Muammar Qaddafi’s forces in a strategically located in the Eastern city but the battle in the West raged as loyalists tanks resumed shelling Misrata, the city next to Tripoli (Libyas capital) and are setting up camp, after a recent victory for the opposition, in Ajdabiya.

With the importance of Ajdabiya and its strategic location that sits on the path to Tripoli, this could be seen as a turning point favoring Anti-Qaddafi protesters with the Western gate falling on Thursday and the Western  Gate falling on Friday

However, at this point it still is yet to be determined WHO the Anti-Qaddafi protesters actually are?

A number of on the ground contacts state that the leadership falls under Al Qaeda with Hezbollah and Hamas thrown in for extra volatility.

At this point, Britain & France have stated that a no fly zone has been established with Italy pushing for all the nations involved to fall under NATO command.

A NATO structure is still being finalized at this point, however it is said that the US would report to Canadian Lt. General  Bouchard who will be assigned as the joint task force commander (which pleases me greatly as I am French-Canadian) and one thing that I can tell you about Canadians is that they have a great appreciation for the US as their Southern neighbor. I feel that we would be in “safe” hands.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in a news conference that “NATO is in the beginning stages of operation.”

However, it is at THIS point that the United States should retreat and get our bearings together. To continue this fight without huddling back in the US would be a GRAVE mistake.

Before we even continue doing ANYTHING with Libya, Obama MUST get congressional approval and explain to the American People , where much disapproval abounds, a long term plan AND budget, how much this war is going to cost, and an exit strategy.

Let’s learn from our war in Afghanistan and not fight a fuzzy battle of “hope and change”. We need clear cut definition and directive not to mention a declaration of war, as required in the US Constitution, if Congress approves this costly action.

We need to gather our bearings as Obama has said one thing about the war but does the exact opposite. This is not news to us who have been following Obama since the 2010 election. This is a pattern of his; however, now its serious because our US military service men & women lives are stake.

There are several questions that need to be answered before we continue with military operations in Libya. For example;

1. The name Operation Odyssey Dawn.  Is Obama not aware of Homer’s Ilaid and Odyssey where Odysessus travels almost 10 years to get back home to Ithaca? But if you ask Obama, he sees our involvement will be quick. There’s a disconnect. What is the timeline for our involvement in Libya? Obama said it will be “short” but there are serious long term implications if we wage war with Libya as we are all interconnected.

2.  Obama did not consult with Congress before going into this war. He did not set forth a long term plan, budget or exit strategy. It is unclear as to how much this war will cost us. What we do know is that it costs approximately $575, 000 for each cruise missile fired.

At this point, there were 112 confirmed missiles fired and then 16 missiles were said to be fired in a second round (AFTER Obama said he would not send any more missiles because of the exorbitant cause and massive amount of innocent Libyan lives).

That comes to 128 Tomahawk Cruise missiles being fired which results in a WHOPPING $73.6 MILLION.  That price does not include the overhead and maintenance costs of our Airforce & Navy.

3. Obama states that his goal is to get rid of Qaddafi’s power but not Qaddafi. Oh; so we are just going to make Qaddafi angry enough to ban oil exports to the US?  Is Obama planning on having a divided Libya where Qaddafi controls the West side and the unknown rebels control the East? How is this supposed to work in our benefit again?

4. Where is the Arab League? Qater has flown fighter jets overhead but that is the only member who has stepped up to the plate. They asked for our help, as most of you know, I have stated since the beginning that we SHOULD NOT TAKE A ROLE LEAD IN LIBYA. Yet, that is EXACTLY what we are doing. This is not OUR fight. We need to step back and let Libya decide the history of Libya.

5. Where does  Saudi Arabia, Germany, Turkey and Italy stand in this fight?  Can we count on their support? Would they be willing to be a lead player in this human rights correction?

6. If we are going to war with Libya because of a human rights violation- do we set the same standard for the other middle east countries doing the same thing? At present count, I have noted 11 areas of disrest. 1. Afghanistan 2. Iraq 3. Tunisia 4. Egypt 5. Libya 6. Bahrain 7. Jordan 8. Yemen 9. Algeria  10. Iran and now 11. Syria.

7. What is the operational budget and how much it is going to cost us taxpayers? I know its  a hard concept for Obama to grasp but money does not grow on trees.

8. What is the exit strategy? How can we avoid another Afghanistan or Vietnam?

9. Who are these Anti-Qaddafi forces really? What do we know about them? From I understand they are a mixture of Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas.

If that is the case, why are we going to support them? Their way of life is VERY different from ours- do you really think they will cater to the US like Libya has?? Really? Im sure their definition of freedom is VERY different than our definition.

We need to do a serious background check on these people before we commit time, money, arms and military.

10. If we get into this war, is there a possibility of WW3?  As it looks to me, I see two very distinct sides of this equation.

On one side, stands the US, Israel, Jordan, Yemen, France, Britain, Europe, Canada, South Korea (hopefully Saudi Arabia), Italy, Japan and the Arab League

Against Group B-of  Libya, Old Egypt, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Iran, North Korea, Russia (and more than likely, China).

Read more about the WW3 implications by visiting: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/is-wwwiii-in-the-near-future-qaddafis-latin-american-allies-blast-military-attacks/

Does anybody else see this potential line up?  If this happens, what are the repercussions and cost of that?! How can WW3 be avoided if we do decide (which I advise AGAINST) to get involved in Libya.

11. Are we prepared to lose Libya’s oil supply? What steps can we do to lessen our foreign dependence on oil?  I can hear the drill baby drill crowd chanting and I am supportive of drilling in preapproved areas as long as we dont add any NEW drilling in the Gulf.  So what other means are available? Plenty and the majority of them can be implemented simulatenously.

So many, in fact, I created a radio show especially to showcase how we can lower our gas cost. Listen here by visiting: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/heart-of-america-radio/2011/03/10/hoas-gus-guzzler-special-edition-03102011

There are many questions that need to be answered and Obama needs to be honest about his stance and his vision of the US involvement in Libya.

So what can WE do about it? For starters, you can contact:

Obama’s staff directly at 1-202-456-1111. Try it, you get to talk to a live person. I  have memorized this number, I call it so much.

Tell them that we need to regroup and figure out the long term plan and exit strategy as well as the cost and the increase in taxes (its either an increase in taxing or cutting more programs to balance!) and how us going into Libya in an attempt to get cheaper oil is a risky investment and not one that you are willing to take, not with a $14.3 trillion dollar debt haunting our children and grandchildren and no clear definition, direction, exit strategy or budget.

Also, make it a point to contact your Senators and Representatives to put more pressure on them and encourage them to stand up against President Obama (we elected them to be our voice!)

Representative Search: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Senate Search: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

Finally, dont be afraid to contact your local news media and speak up! The Truth needs to be heard and it is up to US to deliver it. You can do it, I believe in you. If you need help getting started, email me at Theheartofamerica@wordpress.com and Ill help point you in the right direction.

Obama may have preached about hope and change and while change is certainly occurring. I have found many people to have lost their hope and that is a dangerous slippery slope that must be avoided at all costs.

Stay hopeful, stay faithful- Together we will solve this problem and work towards bettering our children’s future. That I promise you.

Copyright (c) March 26, 2011. All rights reserved.

US forces go on the offensive in Libya


Western forces hit targets along the Libyan coast on Saturday, destroying tanks and armored vehicles in the region of the rebels’ eastern stronghold, Benghazi, using strikes from air and sea to force Muammar Qaddafis troops to cease fire and end attacks on civilians.

Libyan state television reported that the airstrikes on several cities had killed 48 people and wounded 150 in ‘civilian areas’. The statement by the Libyan armed forces said the capital Tripoli as well as the cities of Sirte, Benghazi, Misrata and Zuwarah were hit.

French planes fired the first shots in what is the biggest international military intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The missile strikes came exactly 8 years to the day after the beginning of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Hours later, U.S. and British warships and submarines launched 110 Tomahawk missiles against air defenses around the capital Tripoli and the western city of Misrata, which has been besieged by Gadhafi’s forces, U.S. military officials said.

They said U.S. forces and planes were working with Britain, France, Canada and Italy in operation “Odyssey Dawn”.

Libyan state television also said that fuel storage tanks that supplied Misrata had been hit.

In Tripoli residents said they had heard an explosion near eastern Tajoura district, while in Misrata they said strikes had targeted an airbase where Qaddafi’s forces were based.

In Benghazi, the international intervention, which followed weeks of diplomatic wrangling, was welcomed with a mix of apprehension and relief. “We think this will end Qaddafi’s rule. Libyans will never forget France’s stand with them. If it weren’t for them, then Benghazi would have been overrun tonight,” said Iyad Ali, 37.

“We salute, France, Britain, the United States and the Arab countries for standing with Libya. But we think Qaddafi will take out his anger on civilians. So the West has to hit him hard,” said Khalid al-Ghurfaly, a civil servant, 38.

“There are 5,000 tribesmen that are preparing to come here to fight with our leader. They better not try to attack our country,” said farmer Mahmoud el-Mansouri. “We will open up Libya’s deserts and allow Africans to flood to Europe to blow themselves up as suicide bombers.”

Qaddafi seen losing grip on Libya

The air strikes, launched from a flotilla of some 25 coalition ships, including three U.S. submarines, in the Mediterranean, followed a meeting in Paris of Western and Arab leaders backing the military intervention.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said participants agreed to use “all necessary means, especially military” to enforce a UN Security Council calling for an end to attacks on civilians.

“Colonel Qaddafi has made this happen,” British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters after the meeting. “We cannot allow the slaughter of civilians to continue.”

Some analysts have questioned the strategy for the military intervention, fearing Western forces might be sucked into a long civil war despite a U.S. insistence — repeated on Saturday — that it has no plans to send ground troops into Libya.

But analysts have questioned what Western powers will do if the Libyan leader digs in, especially since they do not believe they would be satisfied with a de facto partition which left rebels in the east and Gaddafi running a rump state in the west.

One participant at the Paris meeting said Clinton and others had stressed Libya should not be split in two. And on Friday, Obama specifically called on Qadaffi’s  forces to pull back from the western cities of Zawiyah and Misrata as well from the east.

“It’s going to be far less straightforward if Qadaffi starts to move troops into the cities which is what he has been trying to do for the past 24 hours,” said Marko Papic at the Stratfor global intelligence group.

“Once he does that it becomes a little bit more of an urban combat environment and at that point it’s going to be difficult to use air power from 15,000 feet to neutralize that.”

Copyright (c) March 19, 2011. All rights reserved.

JUST SAY NO to tapping the Strategic Oil Reserve (Solutions included!)


The International Energy Agency (IEA) has produced an  estimates stating that the social upheaval in Libya has halted between 850,000 and 1.0 million barrels per day of the country’s exporting oil.

In the United States, oil prices has risen to over $106/barrel causing CA to fill up at the price for an astonishing $5/gallon. On the East Coast, prices loomed around a whopping $3.5/gallon.

It has been said that society could survive on gas pumps as high as $4.5/gallon but current recessive times are causing people to doubt that figure and instead are looking for ways to lower our gas costs.

Including myself. In fact, I have outlined options available below in order of feasibility from 1-7, with #5  being used as a LAST resort and  the sub options within #6 and #7 sought to be implemented simultaneously while operating within the first 4 options.

Before the outline of options,  A BIG thank you goes out from the Heart of America to Saudi Arabia, the IAE & Canada for offering to help us during this tumultuous time. I hope our “leaders” (and I use that term loosely) will come to their senses and take you up on your offer to help bring financial relief via the gas pump to the United States. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s comforting to see who our true friends are in a time of crisis.

Option #1- Seek assistance from the IEA

IEA, part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), holds emergency stockpiles equi va lent to at least 90 days of net oil imports, counting both government and industry stocks.

IEA executive director Nobuo Tanaka last week sought to calm markets by saying emergency oil stockpiles could be used if needed to counter the disruption from Libya.

“We can release 2.0 million barrels per day for two years. We don’t really have to worry too much about the supply side,” said Tanaka.

Option #2- Take up Saudi Arabia on their effort to help.

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has pledged to fill any supply void left by Libya.

Saudi Arabia was currently pumping around 9.0 million barrels daily and has spare capacity of 2.5 million to 5 million barrels per day; although that would cut global spare capacity to pump more oil.

Opponent of this idea are against it because we would be resting our demand in Saudi Arabia’s hands and their regional area is running amok with domestic civil wars and stability in Saudi Arabia is not guaranteed. A concern that is justifiable and definitely noted as Saudi Arabia’s “day of rage” will be initiated tomorrow.

Yet it is important to remember that OPEC [Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries] is capable of managing the situation, of exporting 2.5 to 4 million barrels a day are available from Saudi Arabia.

New production can be completed in a few days while price reductions become immediate.

Problem being? Is not so much the quantity but rather the quality that the US is searching for as Libyan oil is “sweeter” which makes it easier to be refined. Unfortunately, not too many countries can “measure up” to Libyan oil but at this point, “can beggars really stand to be choosers?”

Option #3- Seriously consider Canada’s offer to help while ensuring that the water of Ogallala is protected.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday urged U.S. officials to approve an oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, calling his country a secure, stable and friendly neighbor that offers “ethical oil” as Canada respects human rights, workers’ rights and environmental responsibility.  Not too mention the location convenience of having the oil right next door and on all things considered, “calm” land.

Canada is offering to build a 1,900 mile pipeline that would carry crude oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas, producing more than 500,000 barrels a day of crude oil derived from formations of sand, clay and water in western Canada.

The $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline could substantially reduce U.S. dependency on oil from the Middle East and Venezuela, according to a report commissioned by the Obama administration.

“Keystone XL will also create 20,000 high-paying jobs for American families and inject $20 billion into the U.S. economy“, states CEO of Calgary-based TransCanada, the project’s developer.

The study suggests that the pipeline, coupled with a reduction in overall U.S. oil demand, “could essentially eliminate Middle East crude imports longer term.”

Yet opponents are responding that  the project would bring “dirty oil” from a polluting source into the U.S.  Specifically, portions of Colorado,  Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Dakota, Wyoming, before coming to it’s finally destination stop in Texas via the Ogallala Aquifer.

The Ogallala Aquifer holds the majority of the water in America’s high planes and uses 90% of the underground water to irrigate crops that provide 1/5 of the total annual U.S. agricultural harvest.

While I understand their concern of their deletable and non-renewable source of water; I have to think that Canada has run across similar concerns as this type of drilling is a relatively new concept.

Perhaps we could meet with them and find a way to allow access to their oil reserve while protecting the American plains irrigation water and make this a win-win for both parties involved.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Option #4 – Opening up drilling in the US areas  where already pre approved.

Now newer fields are showing promise, including the Niobrara, which stretches under Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas; the Leonard, in New Mexico and Texas; and the Monterey, in California and North Dakota.

By 2015, oil executives and analysts say, the new fields could yield as much as 2 million barrels of oil a day — more than the entire Gulf of Mexico produces now.

This new drilling is expected to raise U.S. production by at least 20 percent over the next five years. Within 10 years, it could help reduce oil imports by more than half.

** Please note- this is NOT an argument for additional drilling in the Gulf  of Mexico after last year’s oil spill.

In fact, I would prefer for the existing drilling to be compliant with an independent drilling regulatory agency (as talked about:  https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/cg-adm-thad-allen-and-bureau-of-oem-support-an-indepenent-drilling-regulatory-agency/) before they are allowed to start drilling again.

In addition, I  also would like existing Gulf drilling to be in full compliance of the new safety legislation, Implementing the Recommendations of the BP Oil Spill Commission Act (read more: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/safety-measures-for-oil-may-be-tedious-but-dont-throw-them-to-the-wayside-for-a-quick-dollar/)**

For the record, while I support existing and pre approved new drilling- I do not support any new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as it provides a potential threat to our Country’s military mission off the West Coast and runs the risk of getting into the Loop Current near South Florida and be carried into the Gulf Stream which runs up the East Coast of Fla and of the United States.

Option #5 Tapping our strategic oil reserve (THIS SHOULD BE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS)

Democratic lawmakers are pushing the public into lessening our personal supply of oil for a (possible) relief at the gas pump by tapping into our strategic oil reserve which holds only 727 million barrels of crude.

The U.S. reserve’s stockpile is equal to 485 days of Libyan oil exports and about 60 days of total U.S. oil imports.

However, tapping this reserve has only been done on a few occasions in the past and is frowned upon by many as it reduces our energy self dependence (something that the Democrats, ironically enough, keep talking about).

If the Democratic Party is looking for “all the help we can get”- perhaps they should look to the solutions below instead of depleting one of our only stable sources of security.

Option #6: “All the help we can get” which includes other means of financing

One way that we can work towards investing in our alternative energy sources is by eliminating big oil subsidies and reduce royalties. You can read more about it by visiting: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/case-in-point-eliminate-big-oils-subsidies-and-royalties-reduction-of-national-debt-encourage-alternative-energy-and-give-back-money-to-the-american-taxpayers/

Another way of tackling the rising gas costs is to copy British finance minister George Osborne line of logic as he signaled he would cut the country’s fuel tax to counter soaring oil prices. A one penny-per-liter rise in the fuel duty planned by the previous Labour government is due to take effect in April. Perhaps we can do something similar here in America.

Option #7: “All the help we can get” which includes alternative energy

Natural gas remains an important fuel for electricity generation worldwide as it is less expensive with natural gas than with oil as the primary energy source, and natural-gas-fired generating plants are less capital-intensive than plants that use coal, nuclear, or most renewable energy sources.

High world oil prices encourage consumers to turn to natural gas in the near term but this will only be a short term gain as natural gas supply is expected to start dwindling by 2020 – 2035.

Solar Energy;  Connects a solar thermal array with an existing combined-cycle natural gas power plant, reducing the use of natural gas when heat from the sun is available to help produce the steam needed to generate electricity.

The technology uses solar collectors with mirrored surfaces that reflect and concentrate the sunlight onto receiver tubes filled with a heat transfer fluid. After being heated, this fluid travels to a heat exchanger where it converts water into steam, which is used in the steam turbine generator  to produce electricity. Look at FPL Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Martin County, FL as an example.

** Side note: There is another option involving closed land fills.  To find out more about the benefits of transforming closed landfills into solar facilities, please visit:  https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/saving-the-planet-one-landfill-at-a-time/

—  Hydroelectricity which uses the Earth’s water cycle to generate electricity. Water evaporates from the Earth’s surface, forms clouds, precipitates back to earth, and flows toward the ocean.

This movement of water as it flows downstream creates kinetic energy that can be converted into electricity. A hydroelectric power plant converts this energy into electricity by forcing water, often held at a dam, through a hydraulic turbine that is connected to a generator. The water exits the turbine and is returned to a stream or riverbed below the dam.

The Department of Energy has completed a resource assessment for 49 states (no report was generated for Delaware because of scarce resources). The completed work has identified 5,677 sites in the United States with undeveloped capacity of about 30,000 MW. By comparison, today there is approximately 80,000 MW of hydroelectric generating plants in the United States.

Geothermal energy is achieved by digging deep wells and pumping the heated underground water or steam to the surface. We can also use the stable temperatures near the surface of the earth to heat and cool buildings. Read more about geothermal energy, by visiting: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/geothermal-debate-heats-up/

Wind farms It is estimated that wind energy has the potential to provide 10 to 15 percent of future world energy requirements. Yet, if we can make use of ocean areas with high winds for wind energy, they could potentially generate 500 to 800 watts of energy per square meter. Though it is slightly less than solar energy (which generates about one kilowatt of energy per square meter), wind power can be converted to electricity more efficiently than solar energy and at a lower cost per watt of electricity produced. Read more about offshore wind farms, by visiting: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/offshore-wind-farms-a-dream-turned-reality/

In Conclusion;

If we use Saudi Arabia and IAE’s oil while working with Canada in figuring a way to turn their “dirty” oil into “clean” oil, working on our pre approve drilling projects, researching  and implementing alternative energy options all the while cutting big oil’s subsidies/royalties and lessening the gas tax  – we would be able to pull ourselves from this slippery slope of mass confusion and panic and possibly come out better than where we were before the Middle East upheaval.

Truth be told, it is going to take a lot of work and creativity to get this done but I have full faith in the American People to rise above, join together and do what is best for our Country in an effort to give our children and grandchildren a better life than what we were given.

Simply tapping our oil reserve because we are too lazy to research into the options will only hurt our future generation’s self reliance. We cannot allow this to happen- not when other countries are offering to help and when we have the solutions right outside our grasp.

Copyright (c) March 8, 2011. All rights reserved.

Europe, Britian, Canada, US, Germany & Switzerland move to freeze the assets of Libyan President.


Nations around the world are moving to freeze the assets of  Libya’s President- Muammar Gaddafi in an attempt to pressure the Libyan leader to stand down.  As of date, these nations include:

Britain

Britain on Sunday became the latest country to freeze billions of dollars worth of investments including those of Gaddafi’s children, and lifted his diplomatic immunity.

“We are now putting serious pressure on this regime,” David Cameron, the British prime minister, said on Sunday.

“The travel ban and the asset freeze are the measures we are taking against the regime to show just how isolated they are.”

The British government has also barred the export of uncirculated Libyan banknotes from Britain without a license, amid reports that there have been attempts to move around $1.5bn in uncirculated Libyan banknotes out of the UK.

Canada

Canada also made moves on Sunday to freeze the assets of Gaddafi and his family, and to halt financial transactions between Ottawa and the government in Tripoli.

“Far from protecting the Libyan people against peril, he [Gaddafi] is the root cause of the dangers they face,” Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, said in a televised statement.

“It is clear that the only acceptable course of action for him is to halt the bloodshed and to immediately vacate his position and authority,” he said.

United States

The moves by Britain and Canada came after the US announced it was placing sanctions on Libya. Barack Obama, the president, signed an executive order on Friday freezing any financial assets tied to Gaddafi’s government that were held by US banks and institutions throughout the world.

“The Libyan government’s continued violation of human rights, brutalization of its people, and outrageous threats have rightly drawn the strong and broad condemnation of the international community,” Obama said in a statement.

“These sanctions therefore target the Gaddafi government, while protecting the assets that belong to the people of Libya.”

Germany

Germany said on Monday it was proposing a 60-day freeze on all financial payments to Libya in a bid to stop funds from reaching Gaddafi.

“We are therefore working to ensure that all financial flows are cut off,” Guido Westerwelle, the German finance minister said.

Switzerland

Switzerland has also frozen the assets of Gaddafi and his family, condemning the use of violence by Libyan forces against civilians.

Australia has stated that it is investigating claims that the Libyan leader has stashed millions of dollars in the country.

Kevin Rudd, the country’s foreign minister, said it was time for Gaddafi to step down.

“For the sake of humanity, go now!” he said, comparing the leader’s actions to genocides in Rwanda, Srebrenica and Darfur.

Finally, Europe!

Read more about the steps that the European Union uses and their 80% consumption of Libyan oil, by visiting: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/eu-approves-sanctions-against-libya/

Copyright (c) February 28, 2011. All rights reserved.