Archive for the ‘A Point of View’

  • Gaddafi drug jokes among tales of hope and struggle on Twitter
    It’s not only the Egyptians who can make jokes in the face of terror and struggle. The tweets coming out of Libya, usually focused on the latest clashes, flag-raising, defections and calls for a no-fly zone, are interspersed with jokes about the Gaddafi family – especially Muammar, Saif and drugs. Even Saif Gaddafi has a weak spot for jokes, declaring in an...
    by at February 27th, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Libyan Tribes – alphabetical list and by East West
    Tired of the maze of Libyan Tribes? Want a quick cheat sheet? Tribes are sorted by alphabetical order, without use of the “al” or “el” prefix. A second list is by region. Far from complete, the lists contains the major Libyan tribes out of about 140, many of them subsets of others.  Please note that spelling can vary with the transliteration...
    by at February 26th, 2011 at 03:02 pm
  • List of Gaddafi Inner Circle for sanctions/asset freeze
    Click here for the official List of Gaddafi Inner Circle singled out for sanctions and asset freeze: Libya – Sanctions List Min Final NAMES ON THE LIST: Gaddafi Family: Muammar Gaddafi Gaddafi children: Aisha, Hannibal, Khamis, Mohammed, Mutassim, Saadi, Saif al-Arab, Saif al-Islam. note: Aisha is the only daughter and former UN Goodwill Ambassador. Saif al-Islam...
    by at February 26th, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • OmarKaBoo video recap of Egyptian 2011 Revolution
    Here’s an excellent and moving video summary made by Omar KaBoo of the events leading up to and culminating in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution that forced the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. Youtube: website source: follow me on TWITTER @LVview
    by at February 26th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Colonel Gaddafi-Duck quacks again
    Gaddafi-duck by Reckno - Ciaran Longrigg Maybe it’s wrong to make fun of Colonel Gaddafi-duck when he’s such a brutal and ugly monster. But the Libyans themselves are having a heyday with jokes about him, so why can’t a Westerner join in too? Quack! Quack! Quack! That makes as much sense as the sounds Gaffy Duck is making now. Col. Gaddafi-duck by RidesAPaleHorse For...
    by at February 25th, 2011 at 09:02 pm
  • Gaddafi’s wife Safiya
    Safiya Gaddafi wife #2 Muammar Gaddafi has been married twice. His first wife Fathia Khaled was a schoolteacher. It seems to have been a traditional Libyan marriage, arranged by their families, as it’s reported that they never met until the wedding. The marriage didn’t last long. They separated after six months, but not before Fathia was pregnant with Muhammad...
    by at February 25th, 2011 at 04:02 pm
  • Ban Ki-Moon tells Security Council “Act Now”
    South Korean Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations became an international hero today when he spoke bluntly and forcibly before the UN Security Council on behalf of the Libyan people. He tells them that UN has duty to protect. “This is an historic turning point. Now is the time for action. The international community must rise to the occasion.” “I...
    by at February 25th, 2011 at 02:02 pm
  • Watch English interview by CNN Turk with Saif al-Islam
    This interview by Turkish CNN journalist Cuneyt Ozdemir with Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam is a must see. It is in English, filmed in front of huge map of Libya. Saif is animated and desperate to be believed. “Most of Libya is calm. All of the south is calm. All of the central coast is calm. Only two small areas of combat in the west.  Benghazi is in chaos....
    by at February 25th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Weather clearing Tripoli. Ferry sailed. No-Fly Zone Obama?
    Okay.  The internet tells me the weather is clearing in Tripoli Libya. 51 degrees F. Scattered clouds. Winds 12 mph. The ferry to evacuate Americans with guest Brits and Canadians should be sailing from Tripoli to Malta. No more threat of hostage-taking, like in Iraq. Obama you need to act. You need to show that you’re ready to put your money where you mouth is....
    by at February 24th, 2011 at 09:02 pm
  • My personal email to Obama about Libya
    “Do the right thing. I so want America to do the right thing. You know what is right. Do it! I worked hard for your election. I am only one person. But you are much more than that. Every word you say reaches the heart and soul of the Libyans tonight. Please give them hope.” send your email to: FOLLOW me on TWITTER @LVworldview
    by at February 24th, 2011 at 08:02 pm
  • Bravo Libya! Lions of the Desert
    Omar Mukhtar Lion of the Desert I hate to say that I am proud, because who am I to say anything? But I don’t personally know anyone who has the courage of what I have seen these last days. I would like to think that I could be so brave. I hope I never have to test myself the way the Libyan people have. Please let me say that I am proud without anyone taking offense....
    by at February 24th, 2011 at 08:02 pm
  • Why the Army can’t save Libya like in Egypt
    Gaddafi came to power in a coup against the former King Said Mohummad al-Senussi. Gaddafi understood well how to fragment Libya to maintain power. He has kept the airforce under the control of his own tribe. He has kept the army weak in relation to his own brigade system which answers to his Revolutionary Committees. His sons each seem to have a brigade of their own. The...
    by at February 24th, 2011 at 06:02 pm
  • Map of Free Libya cities
    Free Libya Map Feb 24 2011 Thanks to for map.   Green is Free Libya. Red is pro-Gaddafi conteroffensives. Black figures are areas of no conflict. Black barrels are oil terminals. Brown is military installations. FOLLOW me on TWITTER @LVview
    by at February 24th, 2011 at 04:02 pm
  • Ahmed Kadaf al-Dam, Gaddafi’s cousin, defects to Egypt
    Ahmed Kadaf al-Dam is Gaddafi’s cousin and considered to be one of his staunch supporters. (note: Kadaf is yet another of the multiple ways to transliterate the names of the Qadhafah – Gaddifi family.) I’d be a lot more impressed if he hadn’t defected to the safety of Egypt rather than stay and fight for the people of Libya. He’s obviously...
    by at February 24th, 2011 at 02:02 pm
  • Aisha Gaddafi and her gang of brothers
    Muammar Gaddafi has 7 sons, 1 daughter and 1 adopted son. Almost all of them are involved in his regime. Wikileaks documents point out that anger at his family’s excesses have helped fuel the Feb 17 uprising. They are all in a life-and-death struggle which cannot end well for them. When their father’s regime topples, they lose everything. Most of them demonstrate...
    by at February 24th, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Typical terror tactics of Gaddafi regime
    Libyan State TV is showing images of men, lying on the ground with their hands tied behind them. It is unclear if they are dead or alive. The message to freedom fighters is: “This is what will happen to you if you don’t stop now.” Pro-Gaddafi forces are taking injured from hospitals. It is unknown what happens to them, but I can guess. Members of the...
    by at February 24th, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Where do I get my news on Libya?
    Tweetosphere is vital. There are several links to follow but Retweeting keeps you in touch with most of the news that is coming out of Libya as well as what’s being said around the world. Check these sources out. Or follow me on Twitter @LVworldview for a my summary. I follow: (this list is far from complete sources for Libya. But I get hundreds of tweets a day from...
    by at February 24th, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Non-tribal youth change their names on Facebook
    Demonstrating the trend in consciousness-raising among the youth of Libya, they are going on Facebook and changing their last names which show their tribal affiliation. (al-Gaddafi, al-Obeidi, al-Megrehi etc.) They now choose to be known by the city they hail from or just Libya. It’s a show of unity. In the first days of freedom, people greeted each other on the...
    by at February 23rd, 2011 at 09:02 pm
  • Obama says “exploring all options”
    “Exploring all options.” Those three words from Barack Obama would mean a lot to anyone who isn’t crazy. The problem, as everyone knows, is that Gaddafi is beyond hearing anything. But those around him are capable of hearing. Maybe they will get the message. It would be so easy if Obama could just fix it. I’m sure he wants to. At least he finally...
    by at February 23rd, 2011 at 03:02 pm
  • Soldiers executed for not firing on Derna civilians
    This is a pretty horrific video, but if these are truly Libyan soldiers who refused to fire on civilians in Derna, then it gives you a better idea of the hard choices people there are having to make. It’s seems easy to ask, “Why don’t they all just say no.” If they all did, then it would be easy. Unfortunately, this is what can happen if not enough...
    by at February 23rd, 2011 at 01:02 pm
  • Where is Gaddafi’s Amazon Guard?
    Gaddafi usually travels with his Amazon Guard of 40 martial arts-trained women of mixed colors who are supposedly all virgins and crack shots. I didn’t see any of them standing beside him during his speech. Have they gone underground, gone over to the Rebels or just left town? One got killed once saving his life when his convoy was attacked. She threw herself in...
    by at February 23rd, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Gaddafi uses text message to plea for support
    photo from Gaddafi Facebook album According to the Jakarta Globe, Gaddafi’s regime tried a new tactic to assert control. It sent a text message on the Libyan national mobile telephone network. “God give victory to our leader and the people.” The text message comes with a promise of a credit in cellphone time if  forwarded to other mobile telephone...
    by at February 23rd, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Egyptian flag links mosque and church
    This clip was tweeted by Wael Ghonim showing Egyptians using a giant flag to link a mosque with the church across the street. There are about 10 million Coptic Christians in Egypt who are reported to make up 10-15% of the population. The Egyptian government has always guaranteed the Copts right to worship, but there have been many conflicts between...
    by at February 23rd, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Maj Gen Suleiman Mahmoud Al-Obeidi officially defects
    The Commander of Army in Tobrouk in the far east of Libya, Maj. Gen Suleiman Mahmoud, has officially gone over to the rebellion. His full name is Suleiman Mahmoud al-Obeidi which puts him in the same tribe as Maj. Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis who made his dramatic defection yesterday on TV. This is probably a good indication that the Obedi tribe from the Tobrouk region is...
    by at February 23rd, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Is Obama waiting til US Nationals out of Libya?
    I see Hillary‘s face. She knows about the evil in the streets of Libya. She wants to send in the Marines. She looks like she’s really holding herself back when speaking as Secretary of State Clinton. It’s wearing on her. Obama probably reflects the same sentiments – he just expresses it differently. And he is President of the United States and might...
    by at February 22nd, 2011 at 09:02 pm
  • Abdul Fattah Younis resigns from Gaddafi regime
    Here are a few excerpts from Abdul Fattah Younis, reported to be Gaddafi‘s #2 man, Army General and Minister of the Interior. He has resigned his post and seems to have survived an assassination attempt by Gaddafi’s men. He referred to the February 17 Revolution and asked the police and military to join. “Gaddafi’s men came to shoot me but the bullets...
    by at February 22nd, 2011 at 02:02 pm
  • Wading through maze of Libyan tribes
    It seems almost impossible to wade through the maze of tribes that exist in Libya.  It’s almost impossible to imagine a country could seriously be fragmented along so many fault lines. How important a role these tribes actually play is difficult to see at the moment. Gaddafi has held the country in his iron fist for 40+ years. Has that been necessary to make it...
    by at February 22nd, 2011 at 01:02 pm
  • Libyan UN Deputy Ambassador tells Gaddafi to step down
    Al-Badeshi, Libya’s Deputy Ambassador  to the UN, called today for Gaddafi to step down. He also called for international powers to step in and use every means necessary to stop the genocide in Libya. He is taking his case to the Security Council and asking for an emergency meeting. He and his delegation – minus the ambassador who has gone missing –...
    by at February 21st, 2011 at 09:02 pm
  • Sunni cleric al-Qaradawi issues fatwa – kill Gaddafi!
    This is where the real split happens in cultures. Yusuf al-Qaradawi is arguably the most influential Sunni Muslim cleric in the world. He is considered by many to be the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Foreign Policy names him the world’s 3rd most influential public intellectual. He has regularly spoken in the past in support of democracy. But today,...
    by at February 21st, 2011 at 07:02 pm
  • An especially odd Muammar Gaddafi appears on state TV
    After seeing the 15 second clip of Muammar Gaddafi telling viewers not to believe the “dog TV channels,” I have a hard time believing that he is still in charge. He’s always been an odd duck, but his appearance on Libyan State TV showed an old man who looked quite seriously impaired. Armed with an umbrella and sporting a flap-eared hat, he declared to...
    by at February 21st, 2011 at 06:02 pm