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    Libya: Can You Hear Me, Now?


    As crisp new Libyan 1 Dinar notes slowly but surely make their way from Tripoli to Benghazi, Gaddafi's face is slowly but surely disappearing from the sweaty wads and bricks of stacked currency that Libyans use in their daily transactions.
    Just like there are new biometrical blue Libyan passports, there is new money as well.


    One Gaddafi era legacy which lingers, however, still haunts the pockets and pocketbooks of Libyans. Most, nearly all, Libyans carry 2 cell phones with them, at all times, wherever they go.
    This madness must end.
    It is something that one has to live in Libya to truly experience and appreciate. Libyans are forced to carry two cell phones, one Libyana, and one Madar, because both of those two Gaddafi era companies still have some sort of weird monopolistic hold that unites them in keeping telecommunications backwardly expensive.
    The two companies put up some sort of front of competition, they are obviously one corporation; though, albeit different
    subsidiaries of that corporation.


    If the need to cart around two phones without any guarantee that either will actually work at a price of at least 7 cent a minute per every call was not bad enough....


    No one is making sure that Mohammed Gaddafi, or one of his subsidiaries mind you, is not still pocketing 7 cents from every single minute of every single call every single day.


    For all the Libyan people know, every phone call they make could still, even now, be going to fund Mr. Mohammed Gaddafi as he lives it up luxuriously in Oman while he has nothing to do all day but dream up ways to destroy Libya.


    Libyans, just trying to get by, are too busy running around scratching on Libyana and Madar refills cards to have even the time to grasp the dimensions of the ways in which Gaddafi still haunts them.


    Where did the money come from that financed the bomb that went off in Benghazi today?


    If the new Libyan Government seems to have communication issues, there is a reason for for that .


    What we have here is a failure to communicate.

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