Historic Flag At Libyan Embassy


Rebel Flag , originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

I noticed that the rebels flag was raised this weekend at the Libyan Embassy here in Belgrade. I wonder who put it up? The “rebels” are moving in to the capital Tripoli, Gadhafi’s family is leaving the country, and it sounds like he is making a last stand in his home village. There still may be weeks or months of fighting in Libya, but it does look like there will be a change in government.

It is odd however that the official Libyan flag, which is all green, was taken down and the tri-color rebel flag put up. If Gadhafi approved the Ambassador and staff here, they quickly switched sides. I wonder who decided to raise this flag instead of the official one? Are all Libyan Embassies throughout the world changed the flag already?

Gadhafi was a terrible president for the country. I don’t have much hope for a good government coming from the rebels either however. Libya is cursed with oil reserves and as with most nations with oil, it doesn’t bring prosperity and a democratic society. I hope the rebels after they are done fighting, travel to Norway and see how they managed their oil money. Norway is one of the few countries that has been able to use its fossil fuel income to better its society. It has done so by basically putting most of the income in a trust fund and slowly selling its reserves. Having lived in Venezuela, another OPEC nation, I don’t have much hope for Libya…

The Passport Arrives! (Family Journal – June 6, 2008)

Nadia, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

Nadia is shown above with her renewed Australian passport. The big smile on her face reflects the relief in receiving it after an epic journey.

Nadia’s passport expired in May so she had to get a new one. The nearest Australian Embassy to us is in Brasilia, Brazil. They handle Australian citizen services in Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil. We had a lot of paperwork to do and it was challenging to wire money to them so it was a long process. When we finally did get everything straight, the first passport sent by the embassy was lost by IPOSTEL, the Venezuelan mail service. The Australian Consul in Brazil, Mr. Patrick Maher,helped us by getting another passport issued and express DHLed to us before we leave on Tuesday, and free of charge. A big thank you to Patrick! After the first passport was lost, we lost hope that we would be able to leave Venezuela without a long delay, but DHL and the Aussie Embassy delivered it on time.

The life of an expatriate global family is never boring.