Archive for the ‘Middle East & North Africa’

  • Excellent interactive map of Libya
    Been frustrated by names of cities in the news or battle areas or tribal zones you can’t find on map? Well every little oasis and wadi are on National Geographic’s interactive Libya map. There’s even a 3D function for those who really like to feel they’re on the ground. Note: This...
    by at March 22nd, 2011 at 03:03 pm
  • Top Ten Ways Libya is NOT Iraq by Juan Cole
    I keep hearing so-called experts say Libya is another Iraq and Afghanistan. But these countries are not the same people or the same struggle. All Muslim struggles are not alike. For once, we have a chance to be on the right side of history. This great essay written by Professor Juan Cole, author of “Engaging the Muslim World,”  lays out 10 ways that our...
    by at March 22nd, 2011 at 11:03 am
  • Toureg defection in Libya could accelerate Gaddafi regime fall
    RFI France reports that Otman Ben Assi, exiled Libyan in support of Free Libya, claims a defection of Touregs could lead to the fall of Gaddafi. He also speaks of the importance of the city of Sabha.  Listen to his comments (in French) in short interview with Christine Muratet RFI: Touregs are a traditional nomadic tribe that wandered the...
    by at March 21st, 2011 at 02:03 pm
  • “Kamikaze pilot attack real. Khamis Gaddafi is dead of burns.”
    Khamis Gaddafi There was so much back and forth in Twitter about the kamikaze pilot attack on Bab al Azizia that I edited my story a couple of times to try to keep up. I ended up calling it all “Urban Legend” and dismissed it as wishful thinking. It was the action that Twitter had been calling for and it seemed that finally someone answered. The whole story...
    by at March 21st, 2011 at 10:03 am
  • Twitter Tribute to Mohammed Nabbous known to world as “Mo”
    This morning in Benghazi, a journalist hero lost his life to a sniper bullet while videotaping the aftermath of Gaddafi bombardment. Mohammed Nabbous started Libya Alhurra TV exactly one month ago with his laptop and an inordinate amount of courage. His following grew daily with a worldwide audience rapt with the revolution for democracy in Libya, but also enthralled...
    by at March 19th, 2011 at 06:03 pm
  • Mo Mohammed Nabbous Benghazi TV Libya Alhurra first missing, then found, then finally gone, A Martyr
    “I am not afraid to die, I am afraid to lose the battle” – Mohammed Nabbous, Benghazi martyr today. Omar Al-Mukhtar would be proud. @ChangeinLibya. Mohammed Nabbous – known as Mo to the world – has been with the Libyan revolution from the beginning. I tuned into his Livestream Libya Alhurra broadcast from the first night on Feb 19, exactly...
    by at March 19th, 2011 at 02:03 am
  • NATO fiddles while Benghazi burns under full scale assault by Gaddafi
    AFP: Free Libya jet shot down over Benghazi this am A full assault is happening in Benghazi right now. Rockets and bombing have rocked residential areas. Tweets of civilians being shot as they flee their homes. Tweets also of assault from the sea. The hotel where journalists stay has been bombed. All hell is breaking loose. What did the United States, United Kingdom, France...
    by at March 19th, 2011 at 01:03 am
  • Speechless at NATO inaction and undecided if leaders incompetent or lying.
    It doesn’t happen very often to me that I’m speechless, but that’s just where I am today. The tweets are flying with news of massacres in several Libyan cities in the 24 hours since the UN Security Council approved a No-Fly Zone along with all means necessary to stop violence against civilians, including military action. The Gaddafi regime keeps claiming...
    by at March 18th, 2011 at 03:03 pm
  • Congratulations Free Libya on NFZ + whatever it takes short of “boots on the ground”
    We all held our breath. France took the time to make a statement. And they deserved it. They have led the way for Libya. Vive la France!!! French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe expressed France’s outrage at Gaddafi and then French support of Free Libya. It was well-orchestrated drama and very civilized. The UN at its best. note: France was the first country to recognize...
    by at March 17th, 2011 at 11:03 pm
  • English text of Tea of Freedom!
    Translation: O tea of freedom! Ya la la la laa lee O you that is dear to me! Ya la la la laa lee Your strength is 100/100! Ya la la la laa lee O tea of freedom! Ya la la la laa lee O traitor of our revolution, off to your grave directly! Hey! Off to your grave directly! Off to your grave directly! Oh you who dirtied our reputation, you wellington boots face! Hey! You wellington...
    by at March 17th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • Cold corporate reality almost froze the Arab Spring but UNSC vote for NFZ in Libya keeps it alive
    Everyone was really excited about the “Arab Spring” until it started to happen and then they panicked. OMG – democracy! Arabs can’t handle that. Al Qaeda and Iranian mullahs will rule the oil fields. First there was warm heartfelt sympathy and support. Then cold corporate reality rapidly froze the West’s enthusiasm for change. Change...
    by at March 16th, 2011 at 08:03 pm
  • Kamikaze Pilot The Martyr Mokhtar Mohammed Osman is Urban Legend
    This is a photo of the kamikaze pilot that rumors and “confirmed” reports said crashed his plane into Bab Al Azizia, Gaddafi’s compound. The myth: Mokhtar Mohammed Osman took off from a military airfield in Tripoli with orders to bomb Adjabaya, but turned his plane and flew into the compound. Unfortunately it was all Urban Legend and I fell for it...
    by at March 15th, 2011 at 07:03 pm
  • General Khalifa Belqasim Haftar returns to support Free Libya
    Khalifa Belqasim Haftar, former Libyan army commander, was one of Gaddafi’s most prominent military marshalls during the war against Chad. The first announcements of his return from the U.S. to Libya to support the Free Libya forces appeared on Mar 14. There certainly has been a dramatic change in events in the last 24 hours. I don’t know if it’s due...
    by at March 15th, 2011 at 06:03 pm
  • Egypt Youth refuse to meet Hillary Clinton
    Hillary Clinton continues to slide in her credibility ratings among the youth of the Middle East. The Egypt Youth Revolution refused to meet with her in Cairo, reflecting the disdain for her expressed on the twittersphere. Democracy-seeking youth can see through her hypocrisy and the BS and aren’t about to let her get away with it. She’s being pillared on Twitter...
    by at March 15th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • Free Libya on Ides of March
    Just when things looked so dark, I had begun to despair, Free Libya struck back today with their own jets. They sank two Gaddafi Libyan ships that had been bombarding from sea and bombed the tarmac at Gaddafi’s Gardabya Airport in his hometown of Sirte. It’s also reported that the defected Free Libyan air force has bombarded three Gaddafi military convoys. While...
    by at March 15th, 2011 at 11:03 am
  • Failure to act to help Free Libya
    We are coming! posted on twitpic by @ChangeinLibya  
    by at March 14th, 2011 at 04:03 pm
  • BBC Report on Saudi Arabia and the struggle for democracy
    Saudi Arabia has come a long way since I lived there. No high rises, cell phones, shopping centers then. But women still can’t drive, can’t vote and are subject to the will of their fathers, husbands and brothers. And Saudi Arabia is still a theocratic kingdom with very little democratic process. But the unthinkable is happening even there. People are asking...
    by at March 13th, 2011 at 02:03 pm
  • Blog Rantings of a Sandmonkey from Egypt
    I’ve followed @Sandmonkey faithfully since the beginning of the Egyptian revolution. He’s feisty and opinionated and takes no prisoners. Check out his new article “The Free Republic of Egypt” on his Rantings of a Sandmonkey blog.
    by at March 13th, 2011 at 11:03 am
  • Huda the executioner’s wedding with Amazon Guard cameo appearance
    This YouTube video is on the whole uneventful and now new. The wedding was years ago. Huda Ben Amer aka the executioner is young and so is Muammar Gaddafi. I turned the sound off and followed it through to see if anything would ever happen. At 4:11 into the video, some smiling and armed members of the Amazon Guard show up for a cameo appearance. I repeat this is NOT new...
    by at March 13th, 2011 at 10:03 am
  • Imagine Charlie Sheen as President Of Libya
    “For Americans who don’t get Free Libya, imagine Charlie Sheen as President with power of  life and death over you.” A pretty scary thought, don’t you think? Well that’s what it’s like living under the Gaddafi’s – first Muammar now Saif al-Islam.
    by at March 11th, 2011 at 09:03 pm
  • Vive la France for recognizing Libyan National Council (TNC) while Gaddafi calls Obama’s bluff
    Sarkozy came through in a big way today and recognized the Libyan National Council (known as TNC or PTNC – yes – too confusing) as the legitimate representatives of Free Libya. According to my Twitter sources, France refused to let the Gaddafi delegation enter the country as they had no visas and sent them back to Libya on the same plane. Nice story if...
    by at March 10th, 2011 at 06:03 pm
  • Solidarity demonstrations in Derna and Misrata for cities suffering from Gaddafi attacks
    While Gaddafi’s mercenaries and battalions attack and destroy, Derna and Misrata gathered for solidarity demonstrations to support Libyan cities suffering from Gaddafi tyranny and massacres. Misrata has suffered greatly from Pro-Gaddafi forces. This YouTube video shows the gathering today in Derna (Darnah), a coastal city lying between Benghazi and Tobruk in East...
    by at March 10th, 2011 at 04:03 pm
  • Analysis of US intervention in Libya at Scenarios resulting from doing nothing are bad
    I’ve read some powerful commentary from readers at  Two comments concerning US intervention in Libya caught my attention: MCQknight writes his analysis of Libya and US intervention: Possible Scenarios: 1) We do nothing, Gadhafi wins, hundreds of thousands of people are murdered in retaliation, oil skyrockets, Libyan oil supplies are closed...
    by at March 10th, 2011 at 03:03 pm
  • “If we stop now, we get killed anyway,” says a young woman from Benghazi
    These are the words of a Libyan young woman from a YouTube video of an AJE segment on the efforts to help the war by the women of Benghazi.  The women of Benghazi: “If we stop now, we get killed anyway,” she explains. Her words echo the sentiment underlying the religious fervor with which the untrained, lightly armed freedom fighters...
    by at March 10th, 2011 at 02:03 pm
  • I am American and I recognize the TNC of Libya as only legitimate representative of Libyan People
    This is the tweet that just started to circulate the glove. I have seen it now in German, Spanish and Arabic – all in the last 15 minutes. “I am “x” and I recognize the #TNC of#libya as the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people – PUT UR COUNTRY AND RETWEET”
    by at March 10th, 2011 at 08:03 am
  • Two videos of Free Libya: 50,000 Benghazi women and Battle Wounds
    These two videos on YouTube tell different stories about the Uprising for a Free Libya. The first shows 50,000 women demonstrating in the streets of Benghazi. TheoCHLibyaAlhurra. “Benghazi 50,000+ Women Take to the Streets for a Free Libya.” The second is a heart-wrenching slide show of the pain and suffering...
    by at March 9th, 2011 at 08:03 pm
  • Shocking story of arrest and torture of BBC journalists in Libya by Gaddafi forces
    The Guardian is reporting the story of two journalists working for the BBC who were arrested, beaten and even subjected to mock executiion by Gaddafi security forces. The two reporters for the BBC Arabic service, Ferras Killani, a Palestinian refugee with a Syrian passport and Turkish citizen Goktay Koraltan, were arrested on Monday with Chris Cobb-Smith, a British citizen,...
    by at March 9th, 2011 at 04:03 pm
  • El-Baghdadi updated maps Libya Coast Mar 9 6pm GMT
    Here is the latest map of cities from along the Libyan with flags showing whether under control of Gaddafi forces or Free Libya.  El-Baghdadi provides regular updates of detailed maps in Libya. Time and date of update is March 9 6pm GMT. Follow him on Twitter @iyad_elbaghdadi.
    by at March 9th, 2011 at 01:03 pm
  • Formula for hallucinogenic drugs (Halwasa) on Benghazi poster
    formula for Halwasa Here’s a poster from Benghazi with the formula to make Halwasa – the hallucinogenic drug that Gaddafi claims incited the youth of Libya to rise up against him.
    by at March 9th, 2011 at 10:03 am
  • Topple the Tyrants take over Saif al-Islam’s London home
    Saif al-Islam's London house today A group called “Topple the Tyrants” have taken over Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s home in Hampstead Garden, north London. The group is not Libyan, but sympathetic to the Free Libya struggle to oust Gaddafi. Out of Libya! Out of London!  
    by at March 9th, 2011 at 10:03 am