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Note:  Current Liveblog is here for up to date commentary on events in Libya.

While I write this diary the Gaddafi regime is razing the city of Zawiya to the ground and indiscriminately killing its citizens.  Alex Crawford reported from Zawiya today:

The people of Zawiyah are fighting for their lives. We have seen with our own eyes Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces firing on peaceful protesters.

Gaddafi's forces opened fire on protesters calling for the colonel to step down
We have witnessed the regime's tanks shelling residential buildings. We have sheltered in a mosque as the colonel's soldiers fired on the minarets.

Later, we were in the town's Martyrs' Square watching the rebels' celebrations as the authorities in Tripoli told the foreign media they had "liberated" the place.

The Sky News crew of cameraman Martin Smith, foreign editor Tim Miller and I found ourselves trapped in Zawiyah as the Libyan army still loyal to Col Gaddafi moved in to crush them.

The day before, we had joined thousands and thousands of Zawiyah's towns folk as they marched through the streets demanding Col Gaddafi stepped down.

They shouted slogans for change and waved the original Libyan flag as they moved en masse to the army tank lines on the edge of the town.

In the crowds were children, mostly young boys. They looked around eight, maybe 10 years old. "Go Gaddafi, go," the crowd shouted.

We were constantly stopped by the demonstrators. "Tell the UN we need their help," one man said. "Gaddafi is killing Libya. Send your report. We need to show people this."

Then, as the crowd came close to the first tank, near an intersection, the soldiers opened fire.

The crowd appeared to flinch but carried on walking - the firing carried on too. It caused a stampede as people fled. The firing continued.

We saw ambulances being driven at high speed to pick up the first casualties and they too were fired on.

I beg you to hear this plea from the Libyans:

"Tell the UN we need their help," one man said. "Gaddafi is killing Libya. Send your report. We need to show people this."

Please call the White House, the State Department, your representatives in Congress and ask them to help the Libyan people.  Ask them to support a internationally sponsored no-fly zones and surgical airstrikes, anything short of boots on the ground.  The Libyan people are being massacred by the Gaddafi regime.  They need our help.  Alex Crawford has heard their call, will you?

Momentum is building for an internationally sanctioned no-fly zone.  The UK and France are writing a resolution for the UNSC.  It is expected that it will not be impossible to get China and Russia not to veto the resolution.  At a meeting of the Gulf States yesterday, they added their support and called for an urgent meeting of the Arab League.  

Call today NOW
Please call the White House, the State Department, your Congressional representatives, and the UN to urge them to take action to stop the horrific bloodshed and repression.  Most important, call today NOW.  Thousands have been murdered, tens of thousands wounded, hospitals are overwhelmed, medical supplies have been depleted.  We haven't a moment to waste.

Update:  You can also sign this petition from Avaaz:

To the UN Security Council:
We urge you immediately to impose a no-fly zone on Libya to stop aerial bombings, attacks and the movement of Qaddafi's troops and weapons, which are inflicting a terrible toll on civilians, and to protect the needs and interests of the Libyan people.

This request for help has been formally made by the the Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC).  The Libyan TNC, a thirty member group formed to represent Libyans throughout the country who are fighting to remove the Gaddafi regime, has publicly requested international aid in the form of a no-fly zone and airstrikes.  

In a statement faxed to Al Jazeera on the 6th, the Libyan national council asked the international community to "protect the Libyan people from any further genocide and crimes against humanity without any direct military intervention on Libyan soil."  The specifics of this request are outlined below.  

Lifting from a comment by peraspera citing a report by the French intellectual, philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, who is on the ground in Libya and attended the March 5th meeting of the council, the consensus of the council included the following points:

1.    All of them request the institution of a no-fly zone that would prevent Tripoli's Mirages and MIGs from coming to try to bomb the terminals at Braydah, a hundred kilometres from Benghazi, in hopes of provoking this viva la muerte of oil the author of the Green Book dreams of. It would also prevent Gaddafi's aircraft from committing a crime unprecedented in the history of contemporary counter-revolutions, that of making strafing runs against the crowds of civilians demonstrating peacefully in the streets of Tripoli or elsewhere.

2.    If that is not possible, they request surgical air strikes on the main military airfield planes take off from at the airport of Sirte, 500 kms to the east of the capital, and other strikes on another military airport located at Sebah, in the south of the country, near the Chadian border. The latter serves as a beach head for the shuttling of mercenaries, such as those of Alabrag, whom Gaddafi recruits for a small fortune, having never trusted his army and, more than ever, having no choice but to pay the dogs of war. And last, they request strikes on the infamous Bab El-Azizia at Tripoli, the guide's command center and bunker as well as, no doubt, a house of torture like the one the people of Benghazi besieged and set fire to -- their own storming of the Bastille!

3.    Failing that, again, they request the destruction or in any case the long-distance jamming of transmission systems that alone, as in all modern warfare, make it possible for the Libyan military to operate, even if it's falling to pieces....

The one thing that the Libyan national council does not want is foreign military intervention on the ground.  Speaking at a news conference, the head of the national council, ex-Justice Minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said the body did not want foreign troops on Libyan soil and had sufficient forces to liberate the country.

Our people have the numbers and the determination to liberate all of Libya, but we will ask for air strikes to help us do this in the shortest possible time.
Please join me in supporting the Libyans who have put their lives on the line by calling the U.N., the White House, the State Department, and your Congressional representatives to urge them to move quickly to respond to the Libyan's request for a no-fly zone and airstrikes.  
 
Ask them to stand strong and protect the Libyan people by supporting UN sanctioned no-fly zones and air strikes and to formally recognize the Libyan national council as the legitmate representatives of the country.

Contact info follows below  
Contact info for the WH, State Department, Congress, UN, and humanitarian aid organizations is listed below  If you have additional or better information please share it and I will edit the diary.  Please also leave a comment telling us what happened when you made your calls.  If you aren't able to call and instead sent an email, please consider sharing what you wrote with us; your words may embolden another.

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Note:  Current Liveblog is here for up to date commentary on events in Libya.

The Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC), a thirty member group formed to represent Libyans throughout the country who are fighting to remove the Gaddafi regime, publicly requests international aid in the form of a no-fly zone and airstrikes.  

Please join me in supporting the TNC and the Libyans who have put their lives on the line by calling the U.N., the White House, the State Department, and your Congressional representatives to urge them to move quickly to respond to the Libyan's request for a no-fly zone and airstrikes.  
 

Ask them to stand strong and protect the Libyan people by supporting UN sanctioned no-fly zones and air strikes and to formally recognize the Libyan Transitional National Council as the legitimate representatives of the country.

In a statement faxed to Al Jazeera on the 6th, the Libyan TNC asked the international community to "protect the Libyan people from any further genocide and crimes against humanity without any direct military intervention on Libyan soil."  The specifics of this request are outlined below.  

Lifting from a comment by peraspera citing a report by the French intellectual, philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, who is on the ground in Libya and attended the March 5th meeting of the TNC, the consensus of the council included the following points:

1.    All of them request the institution of a no-fly zone that would prevent Tripoli's Mirages and MIGs from coming to try to bomb the terminals at Braydah, a hundred kilometres from Benghazi, in hopes of provoking this viva la muerte of oil the author of the Green Book dreams of. It would also prevent Gaddafi's aircraft from committing a crime unprecedented in the history of contemporary counter-revolutions, that of making strafing runs against the crowds of civilians demonstrating peacefully in the streets of Tripoli or elsewhere.

2.    If that is not possible, they request surgical air strikes on the main military airfield planes take off from at the airport of Sirte, 500 kms to the east of the capital, and other strikes on another military airport located at Sebah, in the south of the country, near the Chadian border. The latter serves as a beach head for the shuttling of mercenaries, such as those of Alabrag, whom Gaddafi recruits for a small fortune, having never trusted his army and, more than ever, having no choice but to pay the dogs of war. And last, they request strikes on the infamous Bab El-Azizia at Tripoli, the guide's command center and bunker as well as, no doubt, a house of torture like the one the people of Benghazi besieged and set fire to -- their own storming of the Bastille!

3.    Failing that, again, they request the destruction or in any case the long-distance jamming of transmission systems that alone, as in all modern warfare, make it possible for the Libyan military to operate, even if it's falling to pieces....

The one thing that the Libyan national council does not want is foreign military intervention on the ground.  Speaking at a news conference, the head of the national council, ex-Justice Minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said the body did not want foreign troops on Libyan soil and had sufficient forces to liberate the country.

Our people have the numbers and the determination to liberate all of Libya, but we will ask for air strikes to help us do this in the shortest possible time.

Call today NOW
Please call the White House, the State Department, your Congressional representatives, and the UN to urge them to take action to stop the horrific bloodshed and repression.  Most important, call today NOW.  The Libyan people have been under brutal attack for days.  Thousands have been murdered, tens of thousands wounded, hospitals are overwhelmed, medical supplies have been depleted.  We haven't a moment to waste.

Contact info follows below  
Contact info for the WH, State Department, Congress, UN, and humanitarian aid organizations is listed below  If you have additional or better information please share it and I will edit the diary.  Please also leave a comment telling us what happened when you made your calls.  If you aren't able to call and instead sent an email, please consider sharing what you wrote with us; your words may embolden another.

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Note:  Excellent  Middle East Update  by Weasel.
Current Liveblog is here for up to date commentary on events in Libya.

Update:   I've just heard that the Libyan ambassador to the UN, not his deputy who called for UN action yesterday, will be presenting to the UN Security Council meeting on Libya this afternoon.  Ambassador Mohamed Shalgham appeared this morning and announced that he represents Libya:

He called Gadhafi "my friend" and said he had been speaking every hour with top government officials appealing for an end to the violence.

"I am asking them to stop this escalation, this bloodshed, and they are listening to me, they are respecting me. And I hope within 24 hours everything will be changed there," Shalgham said.

What did he hope will change in 24 hours?

"They will stop everything. They will stop this escalation, stop this crackdown," Shalgham said.

The ambassador said he would speak at Tuesday afternoon's meeting and deliver this message to council members.

Under intense questioning from reporters demanding to know who is responsible for the killing of protestors, the ambassador said: "All the regime is responsible. I am one from the regime, all of us we are responsible."

Shalgham said Gadhafi won't step down and insisted that the government has not been bombing civilians or using mercenaries.


Please make calls urging the US and the UN to stand strong and protect the Libyan people.

Responding to the escalating and brutal violence Muammar Gaddafi has wrought upon the Libyan people, the United Nations Security Council and the Arab League have called emergency meetings for this morning at 9 am  and 10 am EDT respectively.

UN Security Council
The Security Council closed-door meeting was requested by the recently resigned Libyan deputy ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi who, with other diplomats at Libya's mission to the UN, announced on Monday a decision to side with the protesters in Libya and called for the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime. The Security Council includes five permanent members: People's Republic of China which replaced the Republic of China in 1971, France, Russian Federation which replaced the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991, United Kingdom, and the United States; and ten non-permanent members:  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil. Colombia, Gabon, Germany, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal, and South Africa.

Arab League
The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the current crisis in Libya and to put additional "pressure" on the Gaddafi government. Qatar's prime minister and foreign minister, Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, called the meeting.  UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, condemned the escalating violence in Libya and told Gaddafi that it "must stop immediately” while in extensive discussions with him yesterday.  The 22 members of the Arab League include  Algeria, Bahrain, Manama,  Djibouti, Egypt,  Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait,  Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia Riyal, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

What Next?
Discussions in the Middle East/North Africa Liveblogs and Meteor Blades' diaries have also focused on what course should be taken to stop the violence in Libya.  Many of us have expressed frustration, bewilderment, and anger at the silence coming from the White House and the State Department.  It wasn't until the end of the day yesterday that  Hillary Clinton  finally strongly condemned the violence:

"The world is watching the situation in Libya with alarm. We join the international community in strongly condemning the violence in Libya. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been lost, and with their loved ones.

"The government of Libya has a responsibility to respect the universal rights of the people, including the right to free expression and assembly. Now is the time to stop this unacceptable bloodshed. We are working urgently with friends and partners around the world to convey this message to the Libyan government."

We never heard from President Obama.  

Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern at the escalating scale of violence and emphasised that it must stop immediately.  His chief spokesperson at the U.N. indicated that Ki-moon

reiterated his call for respect for basic freedoms and human rights, including peaceful assembly, and underlined the need to ensure the protection of the civilian population under any circumstances. He urged all parties to exercise restraint and called upon the authorities to engage in broad-based dialogue to address legitimate concerns of the population.

Discussions here about what course should be taken have examined a spectrum of options, ranging from suggestions that the U.S. should distance itself from the conflict to unilateral military intervention to a collaborative action as part of the Security Council and/or NATO, which might include establishing a no-fly zone, removing the Gaddafi regime, facilitating transition to a democratic government, allowing the regime to remain in power and enact reforms, to holding accountable those responsible for serious violations of international human rights law.

Personally, I agree with former British Foreign Secretary Lord Owen who appeared on CNN and the  BBC unequivocally describing Gaddafi as "unbalanced" and concluding that the situation in Libya now represents a direct threat to world peace.  Lord Owen stressed the urgency of a UN Security Council meeting that is now scheduled.  He also told the
BBC "military action is the only thing Col Gaddafi and his sons are going to listen to."  The military intervention I have in mind is to immediately establish a no-fly zone to prevent the Gaddafi regime from bringing in additional mercenaries.  Others would take it further.

Call today NOW
Whatever your thoughts are about the best course, please call the White House, the State Department, your Congressional representatives, and the UN to urge them to take action to stop the horrific bloodshed and repression.  Most important, call today NOW.  The Libyan people have been under brutal attack for days.  Hundreds have been murdered, thousands wounded, hospitals are overwhelmed, medical supplies have been depleted.  We haven't a moment to waste.

Contact info follows below  
Contact info for the WH, State Department, Congress, UN, and medical aid organizations is listed below  If you have additional or better information please share it and I will edit the diary.  Please also leave a comment telling us what happened when you made your calls.  If you aren't able to call and instead sent an email, please consider sharing what you wrote with us; your words may embolden another.

The Poll
Kossack  grannyhelen  is curious about where the dkos community stands on the next step with Gaddafi and has devised a poll.  Please register your opinion there too.

Do the Libyan People Want or Need Our Help
In case you are wondering if our help really is wanted and needed by the Libyan people:

ShababLibya LibyanYouthMovement
now we feel really helpless... #Libya #Feb17

Libyana Americana
Cyrenaican Libyana Americana
by monaeltahawy
"Im not afraid to die, Im afraid to lose the battle" a friend of mine in #Benghazi yesterday who was involved in battle for Fadheela #Libya

Cyrenaican  Libyana Americana
by ShababLibya
Please, we need people to contact the Obama administration and the United Nations to demand they do something about Libya #Feb17 #Libya

Libyan4life    
I can't believe people are wondering what the US the worlds SUPER POWER can do for #Libya. Are you kidding, u can't think of a thing? Food?

Food shortages, nonexistent medical supplies and continual killings make it a scary and grave situation in #Benghazi. #Libya wont give up!


iyad_elbaghdadi  Iyad El-Baghdadi
by monaeltahawy
To clarify, Libyans do not want any Western power to intervene or interfere, just want to hear someone denounce Gaddafi for killing them

Supporters of the Libyan people gathered outside the WH on Saturday to deliver this message to President Obama:

There will be another protest at the WH today.  If anyone has info regarding the time, please post it below the tipjar and I will add it to the diary.

Poll

grannyhelen would like to know: What are your thoughts about how the U.S. and others might intervene in Libya? Which of the following actions/outcomes do you favor?

15%6 votes
7%3 votes
35%14 votes
5%2 votes
5%2 votes
5%2 votes
7%3 votes
10%4 votes
2%1 votes
5%2 votes

| 39 votes | Vote | Results

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Note:  Current Liveblog is here for up to date commentary on events in Libya.

Massive and horrific carnage is taking place in Libya as Ghaddafi’s military and foreign mercenaries massacre unarmed Libyans standing up to demand their freedom and an end to the regime.  Hundreds have been killed and hospitals are overwhelmed with 1000s of wounded.  On Sunday night after Ghaddafi's son Saif appeared on Libyan television and made a rambling 37 minute speech, pro-Ghaddafi thugs opened fire on the 40,000 strong crowd of people in Green Square in Tripoli including women and children.  When the wounded arrived at hospitals they were executed by the thugs.  It has been reported that Ghaddafi has hired 30,000 African mercenaries to brutally attack the people of Libya.  At the time of writing, we do not have a confirmed death count from Tripoli on Sunday.  A video of the massacre posted late Sunday night can be found here.  (Note, I cannot bring myself to watch this and cannot vouch for how graphic it is.)

Where is the U.S. government?  Why haven't we heard anything from President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton?
With the exception of appearances on Sunday news shows, a midday tweet and a written statement released by PJ Crowley, the U.S government has been silent about Libya since Friday.  

Yahoo News is reporting that Crowley's statement strongly condemned the use of 'lethal force' in Libya and "called on Tripoli to allow peaceful protests after "credible reports" of hundreds of casualties in a government crackdown," but it seems Crowley actually said:

"The United States is gravely concerned with disturbing reports and images coming out of Libya," ....

"We are working to ascertain the facts, but we have received multiple credible reports that hundreds of people have been killed and injured in several days of unrest -- and the full extent of the death toll is unknown due to the lack of access of international media and human rights organizations."

....

"We have raised to a number of Libyan officials, including Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, our strong objections to the use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators,"

....

"Libyan officials have stated their commitment to protecting and safeguarding the right of peaceful protest. We call upon the Libyan government to uphold that commitment, and hold accountable any security officer who does not act in accordance with that commitment."

It is well past time for President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to strongly and unequivocally condemn the Ghaddafi regime's use of lethal force against the Libyans.  

Please take time from your day to contact the White House, the Department of State, your Congressional representatives, the U.N., and the Libyan government.  Phone numbers and talking points follow below.

Up to date commentary on the unfolding events in Libya and elsewhere in the region can be found in the liveblog here.  

Some will question what kind of leverage the U.S. will have with Ghadaffi.  Dave Houck explains this well:

[M]any governments and organizations throughout the world that do have more direct influence on Kadafi's regime than we do.  Our White House and State Department can, if they so choose, bring to bear enormous influence through back channels and behind the scenes.  Additionally, public statements made by our government's top officials can have a very supportive effect on the demonstrators themselves.  Knowing that the whole world is watching and that the world community sees their cause as just can give hope to the protesters.
The Libyans cannot turn back now.  They and their families will only be hunted down by Ghaddafi.  We must do all we can to support these brave freedom fighters.

In case you were wondering if our help really is wanted and needed:

ShababLibya LibyanYouthMovement
now we feel really helpless... #Libya #Feb17

Libyana Americana
Cyrenaican Libyana Americana
by monaeltahawy
"Im not afraid to die, Im afraid to lose the battle" a friend of mine in #Benghazi yesterday who was involved in battle for Fadheela #Libya

Cyrenaican  Libyana Americana
by ShababLibya
Please, we need people to contact the Obama administration and the United Nations to demand they do something about Libya #Feb17 #Libya

Libyan4life    
I can't believe people are wondering what the US the worlds SUPER POWER can do for #Libya. Are you kidding, u can't think of a thing? Food?

Everyone needs to BOMBARD, BOMBARD @PJCrowley asking, imploring why the US has said nothing but being ''concerned' about #Libya.

Food shortages, nonexistent medical supplies and continual killings make it a scary and grave situation in #Benghazi. #Libya wont give up!


iyad_elbaghdadi  Iyad El-Baghdadi
by monaeltahawy
To clarify, Libyans do not want any Western power to intervene or interfere, just want to hear someone denounce Gaddafi for killing them

Supporters of the Libyan people gathered outside the WH on Saturday to deliver this message to President Obama:

Please do all that you can NOW.  You may very well save a life.

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Egyptians are organizing donations of medical aid they will bring to the Libyan revolutionaries who have been engaged in a bloody revolution for three days.  Some aid has already arrived from Egypt and fifteen volunteers with aid donations will leave today in a convoy bound for Libya.  

Massive and horrific carnage is taking place in Libya as Ghadaffi’s military and foreign mercenaries massacre unarmed people standing up to demand their freedom.  Hundreds have been killed and hospitals are overwhelmed with 1000s of wounded.  People are being mowed down in the streets and even in the windows of their own homes.  There are videos posted on YouTube of horrific violence.  They are graphic and I have chosen not to post them here, but you can find links to them and up to date commentary in the liveblog here and here.  

What can we in the U.S. do to support the Libyans?

Some will question what kind of leverage the U.S. will have with Ghadaffi.  Dave Houck in the comments, answered this better than I can:

[M]any governments and organizations throughout the world that do have more direct influence on Kadafi's regime than we do.  Our White House and State Department can, if they so choose, bring to bear enormous influence through back channels and behind the scenes.  Additionally, public statements made by our government's top officials can have a very supportive effect on the demonstrators themselves.  Knowing that the whole world is watching and that the world community sees their cause as just can give hope to the protesters.
Although it's the weekend and we may not catch anyone in an office unless they care as much as we do, we need to do whatever we can NOW to stop the carnage.  The Libyans cannot turn back now.  They and their families will only be hunted down by Ghadaffi.  We must do all we can to support these brave freedom fighters.

This tweet came in around 9 am EST:

ShababLibya LibyanYouthMovement
now we feel really helpless... #Libya #Feb17
32 minutes ago

And this around 11 am EST:
Libyana Americana
Cyrenaican Libyana Americana
by monaeltahawy
"Im not afraid to die, Im afraid to lose the battle" a friend of mine in #Benghazi yesterday who was involved in battle for Fadheela #Libya
20 minutes ago

And in case you were wondering if our help really is wanted and needed:
 Cyrenaican  Libyana Americana
by ShababLibya
Please, we need people to contact the Obama administration and the United Nations to demand they do something about Libya #Feb17 #Libya
1 hour ago

Libyan4life    I can't believe people are wondering what the US the worlds SUPER POWER can do for #Libya. Are you kidding, u can't think of a thing? Food?
less than 20 seconds ago via web
Everyone needs to BOMBARD, BOMBARD @PJCrowley asking, imploring why the US has said nothing but being ''concerned' about #Libya.
about 1 hour ago via web

Food shortages, nonexistent medical supplies and continual killings make it a scary and grave situation in #Benghazi. #Libya wont give up!
about 1 hour ago via web


Please do all that you can today.
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The people of Bahrain are being attacked again today and are begging for help on twitter.  Please take a minute and call your president, the state department, and your Congressional representatives and tell them the U.S must take a moral stand and condemn the government of Bahrain.  If you can get through, call the Bahrain embassy in DC.  Tell them that the world knows what is happening that we can read the tweets of the Bahrainis who have been shot at and those of Nick Kristof who is a witness to it in the ER at the Bahraini hospital. Don't wait call NOW please!  

Update:  Please use this very important info posted below by Jesse CW:

The Arms Export Control Act of 1976 (4+ / 0-)

    Gives the President of the United States the authority to control the import and export of defense articles and defense services. It requires governments that receive weapons from the United States to use them for legitimate self-defense.

http://en.wikipedia.org/....

Back in 82, Reagan suspended sales of cluster munitions to Israel when they were used without due regard for civilian life in Lebanon.

If Regan can act humanely with regard to Lebanon, surely Obama and Clinton can too.  I have not been able to get through to the WH comment line all day.  I called my reps and asked them to convey the message for me to Obama and Clinton to stand on the side of the protesters, condemn the violence, and remind the Bahraini government of this stipulation, and tell them we will cut off arms sales.  Britain has publicly stated that it is reviewing its arms sales policies.  Please consider calling your reps and asking the same.

Tweets and contact info follow below.

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Update 2:  Send an email that will be seen by the Bahraini government.  I just spoke with the embassy press office and they are collecting emails that will be sent to Bahrain at the end of the day.  information@BahrainEmbassy.org

"They are killing us!" one protester tweeted as Bahraini Defense forces violently ambushed peaceful protesters sleeping in tents at Pearl Square (Bahrain's Tahrir Square) at 3 am.  Shooting with buckshot, rubber bullets, teargas, and hitting people batons, the foreign mercenary force killed 4 and wounded at least 600.  Those attacked and wounded included women and children, doctors, and journalists, including ABC's Miguel Martinez.  According to the Al Jazeera English (AJE) liveblog:
16:15pm a spokesman for the central command of Bahrain's forces made a statement on state television:
Bahrain defence forces will take all necessary measures to secure safety, order and stability.  
(h/t jnhobbs)
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Mon Feb 07, 2011 at 08:30 AM PST

Egypt Liveblog: Sub-Diary #76

by conchita

You are in the the 76th Child Diary of the Liveblog of the 2011 Egyptian Uprising and other uprisings spreading throughout the Mideast.  We stand with our Egyptian friends and their courageous struggle for freedom.

DO NOT REC THIS DIARY!  Rec the Mothership here.

(The idea is to keep the Mothership visible on the rec list, with links therein to the child diaries where we can discuss the events.  This prevents multiple liveblog diaries taking up slots on the rec list.)

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Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 12:28 PM PST

Egypt Liveblog: Sub-Diary #68

by conchita

You are in the the 68th Child Diary of the Liveblog of the 2011 Egyptian Uprising and other uprisings spreading throughout the Mideast.  We stand with our Egyptian friends and their courageous struggle for freedom.

DO NOT REC THIS DIARY!  Rec the Mothership here.

(The idea is to keep the Mothership visible on the rec list, with links therein to the child diaries where we can discuss the events.  This prevents multiple liveblog diaries taking up slots on the rec list.)

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Fri Feb 04, 2011 at 09:48 AM PST

Egypt Protest Media Action Strategy

by conchita

This diary is a place to strategize how to do a media campaign to blast the wise leader statement below.  

Let's do what we can to support our Egyptian brothers and sisters who are putting their lives on the line in Egypt.  Please share your insights and expertise and what you can contribute to getting this statement by the Egyptian youth to the media first.  We'll figure out the next step when we get that rolling.

Statement from the Egyptian youth is in Arabic www.shabab-masr.com.  Link to English translation and PDF at the bottom on the left.

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Here's the challenge.  If we can get enough calls going to the WH, State Department, Congress, and the Egyptian embassies, I will get the info to the protesters in Tahrir Square.  Think of what it will mean to them to know that we are here bearing witness and fighting for them.

Let's do what we can to support our Egyptian brothers and sisters who are putting their lives on the line in Egypt.  Please make as many calls as you can to the White House, State Department, the Congressional foreign relations committees, your Congressional reps, and the Egyptian embassies.  

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