Archive for the ‘A Point of View’

  • “Nature is challenging Man’s best efforts” – NHK report on Japan nuclear crisis
    Roof blows off at reactor in Japan After a couple of days of frustration trying to watch NHK World TV on a tiny box in the upper corner of their website, I am happy to report that UStream is carrying the continuing coverage. Just link to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nhk-world-tv for replaying informative video of what has happened in Japan over the last days: earthquake,...
    by at March 14th, 2011 at 10:03 am
  • Japan explosions, meltdowns and radiation releases at nuclear sites
      Fukushima Reactor #3 hydrogen explosion Mar 13 Fukushima: 2 hydrogen explosions in 2 days. Reactor #1 yesterday. Reactor #3 today. Problems in 3 other plants. Official Japanese government line: partial meltdowns; containment cores intact; released radiation not harmful to humans. Crew of USS Ronald Reagan exposed to one month’s radiation in one hour while...
    by at March 13th, 2011 at 10:03 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. http://www.sandmonkey.org/2011/03/13/the-free-republic-of-egypt/
    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
  • Children of hate, the sad result of Fundamentalist Christian religious intolerance
    These children holding posters tell the whole story. How tragic that their parents have chosen to teach them that God hates. Isn’t the whole premise of Christianity supposed to be love – love of all beings, but especially your fellow man? These posters cover everything. God hates science (blew up the shuttle). God hates our politics (America). And God not only...
    by at March 12th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • 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 defensetech.org: Scenarios resulting from doing nothing are bad
    I’ve read some powerful commentary from readers at defensetech.org.  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: http://bit.ly/fPkanq. “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” http://twitter.com/ChangeInLibya/status/45864245451169792...
    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.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjPblrKLARs 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 Mar 9 Status Report on Libyan Military and Diplomatic Fronts
    Here is a compilation of Tweets from Iyad el-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) who gives one of the best MOST OPTIMISTIC status reports on military action in Libya. He also talks about today’s Gaddafi delegation visit to Cairo. If you are looking for a TOO hopeful report on the outcome of the Libyan Uprising or Revolution – whatever you want to call it – this...
    by at March 9th, 2011 at 03:03 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. http://yfrog.com/gyunv5j http://yfrog.com/h2z8g0j   http://yfrog.com/h60ujdj
    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
  • 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
  • Iman Bugaighis is spokeswoman for Libyan Provisional Transitional National Council
    A community volunteer and a woman has the job of spokesman for the Libyan Provisional Transitional National Council in Benghazi. Iman Bugaighis was an original member of the self-appointed “Feb. 17 Revolution” committee of 13 members which ran the city from a courthouse from the first days of the successful takeover by euphoric young revolutionaries. Her LinkedIn...
    by at March 7th, 2011 at 05:03 pm
  • 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