The United Nations Panel of Experts on Libya just released its latest report.
The report points out that “Libya has become a primary source of illicit weapons.” Some of those weapons are Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems, or MANPADS.
From Libya to Tunisia:
From Libya to Mali:
From Libya to Chad:
From Libya to the Central African Republic:
The report says it is likely that Qatar has made illicit transfers of Belgian rifles to the Libyan rebels. One of the illicit weapons has been intercepted on its way to Syria. (Update 6/16/2014: this paragraph has been modified to reflect the fact that the complete chain of custody could not be documented.)
The rifle’s serial number is 1531415. According to the table we are using in the research note published by the Small Arms Survey, the weapon should have been produced somewhere in late 1979. The UN experts write that the rifle was part of an order dated 21 December 1979 and exported from Belgium to Qatar.
Diversions to Mali
The report documents a transfer we worked on last year, regarding the diversion of Belgian PRB NR 160 106 mm projectiles from Libya to Mali. Unfortunately, the lack of records in Belgium does not permit a thorough research.
The Panel also documented transfers of Belgian PRB 60 mm illuminating mortars:
And of FN FAL rifle and FN MAG machine gun:
Here again, our methodology is confirmed. The FAL serial number is 1252901, which indicates a production somewhere in late 1974 (with an order made the year after, in 1975, as indicated in the UN report.)
Diversion to Syria
The Panel also confirmed another story we have been helping on, regarding the diversion of Belgian PRB NR 160 106 mm projectiles from Libya to Syria.
Thanks to this report, we can confirm the tracing methodology further with FN FAL rifles found onboard the Letfallah II and exported by Belgium to Libya in the 70s.
Serial number Our methodology UN Panel
The Belgian Walloon Region has to strike those six words from its most recent arms export law, adopted in June 2012, after today’s Constitutional Court decision (below.)
Another part of the law, in which the Government wanted arms export licenses not to be subject to Freedom of Information Law requests, has to be deleted altogether.
The lawsuit was brought by La Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, the Belgian human rights organization that already attacked the last export licenses delivered by the Region for a shipment of small arms shipped to Gaddafi in 2009.
More in French in La Libre Belgique
I had the pleasure to meet several journalists from Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, and Egypt on December 15 in Tunis. The Small Arms Survey organized a one-day workshop in Tunis and invited me to help them improve their coverage of the arms trade. Here the prezi I made for that day.
My first 2 minutes of live broadcasting with the Google Glass tonight.
We already know about the photo and video quality of the device. But the weakness of Glass here is counterbalanced by the fact that it becomes a virtually handsfree live broadcasting tool. I still have to test it outside of the wifi range and with a cellular connection.
Glass can record video, but it was not made to broadcast them live. The platform is quite flexible and I explained how I could install some Android applications on it four days ago, here. So I first installed something called Launchy, in order to launch the applications I would put on Glass. Then I installed Settings, in order to control the Bluetooth pairing process.
Applications like Ustream require users to prompt their login and password, but Glass doesn’t come with any way to type anything. So the only solution so far is to pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard. I first tried with an Apple keyboard, then with a Logitech keyboard, but it didn’t work. So, as Dan McLaughlin recommended, I bought a small Favi BT keyboard, which just arrived today in the mail.
The pairing process did not work at first but it did after a few attempts. Login and passwords were typed with the keyboard and the “record” button was clicked with the mouse.
Now I can upload and use other applications. Stay tuned for the next developments, and send your ideas here. How would you use Glass in a journalistic perspective?