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  • 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
  • Ashamed of Obama
    This is comment I sent to Anderson Cooper’s blog. “Am following as well as twitters from Libya. Isn’t anyone in the White House doing the same? I worked hard to elect Barack Obama. I have not agreed with all his actions. But now I am ASHAMED of him. What could it really cost to speak out? We are imprisoned by our own...
    by at February 21st, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Where can Gaddafi go? Venezuela? Zimbabwe? Nicaragua?
    Where can Gaddafi go? Now see that he could head to Managua and hang out with Daniel Ortega who called him from Nicaragua to offer his support. that makes a real statement about the kind of country he must run. posted Feb 21: I don’t see any countries except North Korea and Zimbabwe to accept Muammar Gaddafi or his son Saif. I could add Iran to the special club who...
    by at February 21st, 2011 at 10:02 am
  • We don’t want bread. We want to eat democracy. We want to drink freedom.
    This from tweeter @al_andros “#libya: We don’t want bread. We want to eat democracy. We want to drink freedom.”
    by at February 21st, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • With our souls, with our blood, we will sacrifice ourselves for you Benghazi!
    The battle cry in the streets of Benghazi Libya was a simple and direct chant. Nothing was going to stop the protesters. Bullets didn’t, although it stopped about 300. “With our souls, with our blood, we will sacrifice ourselves for you Benghazi!” Notice they said “souls” instead of “lives.”
    by at February 20th, 2011 at 09:02 pm
  • Virile Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi on TV not old man Gaddafi
    It is rare one gets to watch a truly deranged tyrant hang himself and his regime with words. There is simply no way any credible government could support this man who was speaking for his father, Muammar Gaddafi. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi rambled on for about an hour in front of the world, promising total reform tomorrow on the one hand and promising a bloodbath with the other. It’s...
    by at February 20th, 2011 at 05:02 pm
  • Where does Libya’s oil money go?
    According to m&c (Monsters & Critics) News: “Thanks to its oil wealth, Libya has the highest per capita income – an estimated 12,000 US dollars in 2010 – among African nations.” This is amazing when you know that 2/3 of the people live on less than $2/day. Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa. Where does their revenue go? Certainly...
    by at February 20th, 2011 at 04:02 pm
  • Libyan tribes, mercenaries and the military
    According the my twitter source @SultanAlQassemi, the International Institute for Strategic Studies puts the Libyan military at 76,000 men. There is an auxiliary People’s Militia of 40,000 reservists. It’s unclear if the 76,000 includes the reservists. There are also personal battalions. Gaddafi’s son’s battalion is especially known for brutality....
    by at February 20th, 2011 at 02:02 pm
  • Watch celebration in Benghazi Libya
    You realize what a small place Benghazi Libya is and hopefully can understand the impact of 200 protesters losing their lives. And that’s not to mention the hundreds that are seriously wounded by high caliber bullets from machine guns, helicopters etc. These guys look like they think they have won. I pray they are right!  According to my twitter sources, the fight...
    by at February 20th, 2011 at 02:02 pm
  • Email Obama to speak out on Libya
    Email President Obama to speak out on Libya. I know he’s not all powerful, but his silence is damaging. What’s our excuse now? Bahrain is an ally. Has Gaddafi become one too?
    by at February 20th, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Map of Libya
    by at February 20th, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • February 20 Movement demonstrations in Morocco
    The February 20 Movement demonstrations in Morocco are asking  for more power for the people and more economic opportunity – the same theme that started every movement in the Arab world – except Egypt which went straight for the removal of Mubarak from the beginning. Freedom – Dignity – Justice is their call. Mohammed VI has ruled since 1999...
    by at February 20th, 2011 at 09:02 am