Was Turkish PM Erdogan the final recipient of the Qaddafi human rights prize?

The Turkish opposition is criticizing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his relative silence on events in Libya saying he is “doing well by the award” given to him by Muammar al-Qaddafi last November. If current events continue the way they've been going, it looks like Erdogan may have the dubious honor of being the last recipient of that particular award.

The "Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights" (check out the flash-tastic early-90s style website) is one of the stranger prizes around. Past recipients have included everyone from Nelson Mandela to Louis Farrakhan to Qaddafi fan-boys Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega as well as some more unexpected choices like Coptic Pope Shenouda III, former Maltese Prime Minister Dom Mintoff and "the libraries of Timbuktu." The children of Palestine, children of Bosnia, and children of Iraq are also past winners. 

The prize is worth $250,000, though I'm assuming the children didn't all share that. 



Who depends the most on Libyan oil?

Irish voters head to the polls today for a national election that is expected to bring to an end to the rule of the Fianna Fail party, which has been in power for 60 of the last 80 years. (See Alex Massie's preview on the site today.) The vote comes amidst a time of spiralling economic turmoil for the country. As if an 11 percent GDP decline and 13 percent unemployment aren't bad enough, Ireland also stands to take a hit if oil supplies from Libya are further disrupted, as this chart from the Economist -- via RealClearWorld --  makes clear: 

In terms of total volume of imports, Italy is by far the leader, according to the Economist, bringing in more than 376,000 barrels per day. 

Hat tip: FP alum Kayvan Farzaneh