Archive for the ‘Middle East & North Africa’

  • Women journalists Alex Crawford and Jacky Rowland best reports from the front lines in Libya
    Two women journalists are press stars on the front lines of combat in Libya. Alex Crawford Sky News Alex Crawford spent a night in a mosque in Green Square in Zawiya Libya and reported from the thick of the battle that has been raging there as tens of tanks and armored trucks relentlessly attack both civilians and freedom fighters. Watch her account on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkaAXDTLhsw Jacky...
    by at March 9th, 2011 at 08:03 am
  • Free Libya! For Freedom Fighters, failure is not an option
    Freedom Fighters are engaged in a fight to the death. They cannot lose. Torture and death await their capitulation. They will win or they will die. That’s the mentality that drives them to face tanks, helicopters and artillery fire with handguns, machetes and household tools. That’s the determination that has driven back tank assaults in the streets of...
    by at March 8th, 2011 at 08:03 pm
  • Four Freedom Fighters united in their fight for Free Libya
    Who are the men who fight for Free Libya? They come from widely different backgrounds with different motivations. They all are committed to losing their lives, if it brings about change. That’s what unites them. They want a Free Libya, free of Gaddafi, free to be human beings with the same motivations and desires as the the modern world. Here are just four...
    by at March 8th, 2011 at 08:03 pm
  • Watch Pro-Gaddafi propaganda on Libyan State TV English News
    While you see a lot of the truth on CBC’s Fifth Estate, it’s a whole other story on Libyan State TV. They’ve now started a special English version to convince the world of Gaddafi’s bizarre vision of reality. It’s worth a watch on the YouTube just to see the Orwell-inspired propaganda machine of Gaddafi. I especially like the colorful language...
    by at March 8th, 2011 at 10:03 am
  • Recommend: CBC’s Fifth Estate “Gaddafi Dying Days” documentary
    If you’re looking for a good recap of the reign of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, I recommend CBC’s (Canadian Broadcasting) Fifth Estate program titled “Colonel Gadhafi (Gaddafi) Dying Days: A dictator’s final fight against his own demise.” With footage from the first days of his coup against King Idriss right through nowtime, CBC’s Fifth...
    by at March 8th, 2011 at 09:03 am
  • Huda the Executioner, another of Gaddafi’s women, stands by his side
    Libya’s Devil in Female Form. Gaddafi has surrounded himself with many women over the years. His first wife had the sense to get away after six months, but Safiya Gaddafi has stood by her man and bore him eight children: Aisha the sole daughter and her gang of  seven brothers. Safiya stays out of the limelight and rumor has it she is in Vienna. His Amazon Guard,...
    by at March 7th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • Dead or Alive – US/UK put £10m bounty on Gaddafi
    That’s the story reported on MSN news. Spies and operatives from the US and UK are supposedly in Libya handing out bundles of cash to anyone who might get close to Gaddafi. They’ll pay £10 million or $16 million and change to anyone who brings in Gaddafi – dead or alive. The claim is that the bounty on Gaddafi is being floated up the food chain and...
    by at March 7th, 2011 at 12:03 am
  • First Edition of the Feb17 Libya Revolution newspaper hot off the press.
    Banner of FEB17 Revolution newspaper The first publication of the FEB17 REVOLUTION LIBYA newspaper is hot off the virtual press. (download to read) http://scr.bi/gCMoNq
    by at March 6th, 2011 at 08:03 pm
  • ICRC sends medical help but donations needed for Free Libya
    There are two specific sites just started to funnel donations and medical help to Free Libya. http://www.facebook.com/LibyanMedicalRelief http://www.betterplace.org/projects/6271-assistance-for-injured-and-refugees-in-libya Two ICRC medical teams of ten surgeons and nurses have arrived at Al Jalla Hospital in Benghazi and Ajdabya Central Hospital. The International Committee...
    by at March 6th, 2011 at 07:03 pm
  • Gaddafi jokes get laughs even in the midst of bloodshed
    Gaddafi calls media "dogs" The tweet jokes get laughs even as they intersperse with stories of bloodshed and battle: “New sitcom on Libya State TV called “Everyone Loves Gaddafi.” “Libyan TV BREAKING NEWS: Gadhafi just cured cancer and landed on the moon.” “Col Kaddafi claims he owns KFC = Khaddafi Fried Chicken. In fact,...
    by at March 6th, 2011 at 06:03 pm
  • Battle of the message: Free Libya holds positions vs Gaddafi takes back
    At the end of the day which is now about 3 in the morning in Libya, it appears that the Free Libya Freedom Fighters have held their ground against Pro-Gaddafi forces in Zawiya, Misrata, and Tabrouk.  State Libyan TV claimed victory in those cities, as well as Ras Lanuf. But foreign correspondents on the ground question those claims. @Libyafreedomnew tweets that “revolutionaries...
    by at March 6th, 2011 at 06:03 pm
  • Latest maps of Libya with Gaddafi vs National Libyan Council
    These latest maps of Libya from Al Marj and Benghazi to Zwara were created by Iyad El-Baghdadi who says in his profile that he is an “Islamic libertarian. ” Azzawiya is called Zawiya on international news. Recently captured Ras Lanouf is on second map. Libya NW Coast http://yfrog.com/h37155j Libya Sidra Bay Mar 05 10pm Libya time http://yfrog.com/h0ywz3j
    by at March 5th, 2011 at 11:03 am
  • Libyan Freedom Fighter “We will win or we will die”
    Freedom Fighter in Libya Photo of Libyan Freedom Fighter with victory sign pulled from yfrog http://yfrog.com/h7fjkqrj. @ToneyBrooks “Reminds me of Omar Mukhtar quote, ‘We will win or we will die.” Also to quote from my Marine friend Bert, “Failure is not an option.”
    by at March 5th, 2011 at 09:03 am
  • National Libyan Council declaration of independence in English
    The Libyan Republic Declaration of the Establishment of the National Transitional Temporary Council In affirmation of the sovereignty of the Libyan people over the entirety of their territory, land, sea, and air; and in response to the demands of the Libyan people, towards the realization of the free will with which they shaped the uprising of February 17th; and in preservation...
    by at March 5th, 2011 at 09:03 am
  • Head of NATO tells BBC “If requested, we stand ready to assist with our assets.”
    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Danish Prime Minister and current head of NATO, said in an interview with BBC that NATO acts by resolution of the United Nations Security Council. He explained that NATO is very aware of the sensitivity of Western intervention in that region of the world. He did add however that “if requested, we stand ready to assist with our assets.” I...
    by at March 5th, 2011 at 01:03 am
  • Saif al-Islam tells the truth at last
    As his brother Khamis Gaddafi leads his Khamis Brigade in a massacre against the city of Zawiya, I am reminded of Saif al-Islam‘s comments to western journalists. “We have been holding back,” Saif has said several times in interviews with journalists. After the the last hours of  brutal attacks which include tank firing on residential areas in Zawiya,...
    by at March 5th, 2011 at 01:03 am
  • Interpol issues orange not red alert for Gaddafi family and Inner Circle
    Interpol issued an orange alert today for “possible movement of dangerous individuals and assets.” It did not issue a red alert, as in the case of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, as a red alert requires the request of a member country and an underlying national arrest warrant. File No.:  2011/108/OS/CCC “The individuals listed in this Notice have been...
    by at March 4th, 2011 at 03:03 pm
  • Did the Brits, first to offer help to Free Libya, forget to tell Benghazi about the SAS team??
    According to the Guardian, Richard Norton-Taylor says the British are moving to help Free Libya anti-Gaddafi forces. The Guardian article stated that the British government  was in contact with key Free Libya figures and preparing to send unarmed advisers to help anti-Gaddafi forces in eastern Libya. That story came out just a couple of days before a team of  SAS/MI6...
    by at March 4th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • Tweets of love and encouragement from the world to Libya before Friday battles
    It is 4:30 am in Libya. In a few hours, Libyan freedom fighters will take to the streets for a FREE LIBYA – even knowing that Gaddafi and his evil Inner Circle will stop at nothing to crush them. Here are some of the tweets I received in just one hour. They are from everywhere, from all those following the struggle. From those who want to show their love and encouragement...
    by at March 3rd, 2011 at 07:03 pm
  • 3 Gaddafi sons among Libyan Inner Circle names on ICC investigation list
    Mutassim Gaddafi Luis-Moreno Ocampo announced that eight Libyans from Gaddafi’s Inner Circle would be investigated for crimes against humanity, but did not name names. He said that those on the list had either de facto or formal authority and that they would be held criminally responsible for any war crimes committed by those following their orders. He stated...
    by at March 3rd, 2011 at 11:03 am
  • Toppling Gaddafi cartoon by Habib Haddad
    Dar Al Hayat Here’s a little bit of humor to end another exciting, nerve-wracking day following the Libyan Revolution. Go Freedom Fighters!!! FREE LIBYA!!! This cartoon of toppling Gaddafi by Habib Haddad appeared on Dar Al Hayat website: http://international.daralhayat.com/internationalarticle/240045
    by at March 2nd, 2011 at 10:03 pm
  • Amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge equipped with medical facilities
    This is a shot of the US amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge as it sails through the Suez Canal. According to DailyNewsEgypt.com article time stamped Mar 3, 2011 1:08 am, two US warships, the USS Kearsage and the USS Ponce, entered the Mediterranean on route to the Coast of Libya. It’s reported that the amphibious ready group includes marines, helicopters and medical...
    by at March 2nd, 2011 at 02:03 pm
  • What PR firm is propping up Gaddafi?
    The Gaddafi regime must be working with a new PR firm. Whoever they are, they are good. And someone, probably Saif al-Islam, has convinced Gaddafi to listen. The image has changed completely. Gaddafi no longer seems wacked out on drugs – although he is as wacked out as ever. The press conference today was professional. Of course, Gaddafi went on and on with his nonsense...
    by at March 2nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • Also Libya: A poem by Suheri Hammad
    Also Libya no one tells you if anyone does, you do not listen anyway. if you do still you do not understand. no one tells you how to be free. there is fire in your neck ocean in your ear there is always your fear the words you cannot even (speak). no one is here when the world opens upside down you reach toward dawn your weight on the earth changes. some of us plant deeper others...
    by at March 2nd, 2011 at 10:03 am
  • Where is Twitter outrage at Russia and China opposition to no-fly zone for Libya?
    Does Libya want a no-fly zone or not? Is that considered “help or intervention?” If they do want a no-fly zone, then why aren’t the tweets flying hard and fast that show outrage at Russia and China for opposing a UN Security Council resolution for a no-fly zone to be enforced by NATO? I follow Twitter #Libya and #Egypt religiously. First I heard, “Where...
    by at March 1st, 2011 at 08:03 pm
  • Zenga Zenga means revolution starts from every street, every corner
    My Egyptian friend Tarek has helped me out with the meaning of Zanga Zanga, the hot tune circulating on YouTube that was created for the Libyan Feb 17 revolution. I should say that the lyrics were written by Alooshe. The music is originally by Pitbull and T-Pain. To see the original: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LefQdEMJP1I Tarek adds yet another meaning for zanga as “corner.”...
    by at March 1st, 2011 at 03:03 pm
  • Sabha is gate for mercenaries and stronghold of Al-Senussi’s pro-Gaddafi tribe
    Sabha is one of the major cities of Libya still under pro-Gaddafi forces. The population of 130,000 is described as a mixture of Arab and  Black. It’s an important player in the Libyan revolution for two reasons: 1. Sabha is a hub for illegal immigration from across the Sahara, bringing people from Niger, Ghana, Togo, and Sudan hoping to pass through Tripoli to...
    by at March 1st, 2011 at 02:03 pm
  • Irony of U.S. and Al Jazeera collaboration on Libya
    Does anyone else see the irony? The U.S. has worked hard to move the world to take action on a crisis that Al Jazeera English brought to the world’s attention. And kept there. This is not saying that either the US or AJE are working single-handedly. There are lots of players who have moved the ball forward. But it certainly seems ironic that the US is going where...
    by at March 1st, 2011 at 02:03 pm
  • No Wesley Clark. No legal mandate for invasion. Libya for Libyans
    No Wesley Clark! No legal mandate for invasion of Libya by West. Libyan people don’t want military intervention. Libya! Libya for Libyans! Listening to Wesley Clark gave me the chills. He did save himself at the end of the Anderson Cooper interview by saying that measured steps would achieve the best results for the Libyan people. Now that we know that the eyes of...
    by at February 28th, 2011 at 10:02 pm
  • Libya united: No-fly zone YES, foreign military invention NO
    “This is a revolution of Libyans, by Libyans, for Libyans,” says @septimus_sever. And he is not alone. The tweetosphere is united. Libyans do not want foreign military intervention. No fly-zone YES. Foreign armies NO. I received the following Tweets in the last 2 hours. The same opinion is coming from all sources. “Allow Libyan ppl 2 make their own fate.” “Not...
    by at February 28th, 2011 at 03:02 pm