And Finally

US pop stars played for the Gaddafi clan

By | Published on Thursday 24 February 2011

Mariah Carey

With Libya and the collapsing regime of Muammar Gaddafi very much in the news at the moment, the New York Times has noticed that among those American diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks recently is the revelation that Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Usher have all played at the Gaddafi family’s annual New Years party on the island of St Barts in recent years.

Carey was reportedly paid $1 million to sing four songs at the 2009 party. Still, how were they to know that Gaddafi – once considered by some to be the biggest supporter of anti-Western terrorist groups in the world – would turn out to be a bit of a controversial figure one day?